SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods— a collection of news bits and pieces that are relevant to the modern survivalist and prepper from “HJL ”.
Smoke and Knives
Our favorite knife maker is back at it again . This time he created a knife out of smoke. Technically, I guess you could call this a carbon fiber knife, but he makes the carbon and fiber himself, then forms it into a knife using a mold with the carbon fiber paste. After it hardens, he uses his normal methods to create an incredibly sharp knife from the blank. This one is a bit more messy to create than his others, mostly because the dust from sharpening is so visible. As usual, the video is fascinating to watch. He also adds a section at the end where he compares the hardness of various knives that he has made in the past. This one ranks very well.
Something is brewing in northern India that doesn’t bode will for people. A sickness has broken out among the people with the primary symptom presenting itself as a high fever. Reader G.P. sent in this article in which at least 50 people have died  over the past two weeks from this illness. The patients are testing positive for malaria and viral infection, a usually non-fatal sickness that causes coughing and colds. Local hospitals are being overwhelmed with makeshift clinics being set up to accommodate the patients. This is India’s most populous state with over 200 million people living in impoverished conditions. It is suspected that heavier rains than usual have contributed to the conditions of this years outbreak.
We’ve been tracking this concept for the last year and the technology is getting scary good . This technology is getting very close to the ability to completely fake a traditional fool proof way of proving something. Currently, there are still artifacts in the final output that enable you to determine that the video has been tampered with the the technology has advanced so far over such a short time that it won’t be long before that isn’t the case. The creators of the technology advocate the ability to help AI drive cars or quicker and cheaper movie production, but you know it will be applied to political candidates. Imagine the outrage when the left finds “video evidence” against Trump for collusion, human rights abuses, or any other nonsensical, radical cause that they desire.
Now That’s Committed
Or perhaps he should be committed – to the psych ward at least. A Las Vegas professor shot himself in the arm  to protest Trump. The professor was found outside a bathroom with the gunshot wound and there was $100 bill with a note to the janitor taped to the bathroom mirror. Setting aside the obvious absurdity of shooting yourself in protest of anything, there are some obvious conclusions that can be drawn. The professor carried a concealed weapon without a permit onto a campus that didn’t allow that. he discharged the weapon in an unsafe manner and was not in fear of his life at the time. Opponents of campus carry have often expressed fear that this very thing would happen. Perhaps the prohibition against campus carry should just extend to liberal/progressives with Trump derangement syndrome? Thanks to DSV for the link.
Threat to Grid
Wired magazine ran an article that showed hos the Internet of Things (IoT) could be used  to attack the grid and create mass blackouts. This is a new approach to an attack on the grid. Traditional attacks have focused on attacking the supply side of the grid. Generators, transformers, power substations – all have been targeted by hackers in the past. Now a group of Princeton university security researchers are presenting a study in which a coordinated attack from the demand side of the grid can have the same kind of consequences. Your water heater is now a threat to the grid. Thanks to T.Z. for the link.
Reader Zac has sent in a reminder for those prepping that you can’t wait until the last minute to expect to get supplies. In the south, many stores have empty shelves and very few have bottle water. Walmart has no gas cans, hand pump gas siphons, candles, or D cell batteries. If things are this bad with pre-storm shelf stocking, imagine how things will get after a crises.
Collapse of Civility
You are standing around in a convenience store when the store clerk falls to the ground in front of you. What do you do? Do you call for help? Do you check his vital signs and perhaps start CPR if needed? Two teens inside a Washington convenience store were in that exact position . Rather than display a common courtesy for human life, they saw this as an opportunity to rob the store and take what they wanted, including the case. They even had to spend time figuring out how to open the cash drawer of the register. All the while, the store clerk is lying on the ground suffering. Even a man, who was not involved in the robbery, just watched him for a few moments, then left the store.
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