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”.
Chronic Wasting Disease
Mike Williamson, SurvivalBlog’s Editor at Large, sent in this article on Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD). In 2017, 32,000 deer were harvested from the four counties in Wisconsin with the highest incidents of CWD. Forty-nine states are represented in the zip codes of hunters that participated in the kills. In those four counties, up to 51% of the bucks test positive for CWD. for those who still haven’t connected the dots, that means that CWD has the ability to spread to every state in an uncontrollable manner if the conditions are right, devastating the deer populations throught America.
Running out of Water
Reader G.P. sent in this article on Cape Town, South Africa’s severe water shortage. The country is experiencing an extreme drought and water rationing has already been implemented, but there is no relief in sight for the city. What happens when the city runs out of water? there short video talks about the difference between a crises and a catastrophe and the fact that people will be issued water rations under the “protection” of a gun.
Venezuela’s maduro regime instigated a new policy in an attempt to keep people from profiting off of the gasoline shortage in this oil resources rich country. Under socialism, the country is unable to utilize their resources properly and as a result, the economy is collapsing in on itself. this last week, people had to wait in a queue that was literally five days long to get their ration of gasoline for their vehicles. Yep, that’s socialism hard at work for your interests making sure that everyone is equal in the queue (except for the select few of course.) thanks to H.L for the link.
Reader T.Z. sent in this article on building a Faraday cage out of things that you can buy at a hardware store. while it provides some direction on how to build it, I would note that there are problems with it. The author recognizes that he didn’t build a bottom for the cage which results in a completely ineffective cage, but he also used a 1/4” hardware cloth for the screening. This is far to large of a weave to protect against EMP. A better choice would have been metal window screening (which may be difficult to find at the average hardware store). Still, it’s a good beginning for an easy to use cage design. the comment section is also a worthwhile read.
According to this article sent in by reader T.P., West Virginia has implemented voting on your smartphone for the mid-term elections causing concerns about the security of the vote. You still are not required to prove that you are a citizen in most states to be able to vote and now there is a pilot program that makes it easier than ever to hack your vote. the move was made because they believe that mor epeople own smartphones than home computers which were needed in their other voting schemes to allow people remote voting access.
Health Care Hacks
Under the Obama Care mandates, health providers began unifying their data keeping with the intent of making access to your medical profile easier for health care professionals to access. We warned that this would mean an increase in hacking attempts because this is a very rich data source for detailed information about identities. Sure enough, the statistics bear that out. Health care hacks are on the rise with marked increases in actual data breaches over the last few years. Thanks to DSV for the link.
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