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 ”. You might want to look at sorghum as a sweetener on your homestead.
Valley Food Storage, a SurvivalBlog advertiser, has posted an article on freeze drying food  without the aid of a large expensive machine, using equipment that you probably already have. I will note that this is entirely possible and I have actually performed such an operation myself, though not intentionally. I will attest to the fact that it does work. However, be aware that since it is a long term process and not in a hermetically sealed and controlled container, there is a far greater chance that something will affect the food. I have never had food that came out of this process with an acceptable taste. Still, if you are looking for something that works without spending thousands of dollars and you don’t need a high volume, this can work.
From Michael Z. Williamson, SurvivalBlog’s Editor at Large:
The stories about the recent Toronto mass shooter all focused on him having a gun in a society that panics about firearms, and were slow to mention this:
Carfentanil is used medically for tranquilizing elephants and rhinos. It has no other medical uses. It is impossible to dilute to the point of being safe for human consumption. Carfentanil has an unknown LD50 but I found this on a reddit thread about that topic:
2.1± 0.3 ug/kg is the dose at which elephants become recumbent. That’s 2.1 micrograms per kilogram of body weight to sedate an elephant. That is *absurdly* low dosage. 8.4mg will sedate a 4000kg elephant. The RCMP claim as little as 20ug can be fatal to human beings. Skin contact can cause transference of a dose.
Even a kilogram atomized and put into the air of a large building would kill hundreds if not thousands depending on the size of the building,
In Toronto, the CN Tower still has an open air observation deck over 1000 feet up, allowing dispersal over literally hundreds of thousands of people. Each of the Commerce Court buildings, or CIBE or similar, use the elevator shafts for ventilation return, and in addition, those buildings connect to the GO train stations and to the underground mall in downtown. Distribution of powder through those avenues would kill tens if not hundreds of thousands.
If you hear any kind of warning about such an attack, take it very seriously, get inside a building that does not have a large central plenum, or into a small private dwelling.
Better, of course, is not to live or work anywhere near a large population center. Especially if it’s iconic and would make good headlines for a terror organization or deranged nutjob seeking perpetual fame with his own Wikipedia page, a made for TV movie, or other notoriety.
Pat Cascio, SurvivalBlog’s Product Review Editor, sent in this outstanding article on an Israeli anti-terrorism operation  that is changing the game. YAMAM is an Israeli clandestine counter-terrorist special police force that recently allowed members of the press to tour their training facility. The group has developed methodologies for responding to terrorist incidents and mass shootings which is shares with partners around the globe. Even U.S. law enforcement agencies have used them as consultants. This article is a “must read”.
Sons of America
Reader DSV sent in this article that passes a warning on to America’s sons  given the Supreme Court debacle that we’ve just witnessed. For those who live under a rock by choice, Judge Kavanaugh was a practically impeccable nomination for the recent Supreme Court vacancy and thought to be a shoe-in for the job. Senate Democrats had to go all the way back to his high school to find anything negative about him and even that was dubious at best. A man’s life and family were nearly wrecked over partisan politics. With the rules of conduct basically thrown out, even your sons walk a fine line between college preparation and jail.
Sorghum or Honey?
An American Homestead posted a video about why they use sorghum  rather than honey as a sweetener on their homestead. While most of his reasons have to do with a neighbor that hasn’t had very good experiences with his hives, he does bring up some interesting points. I’m not sure I agree with his conclusions but I do agree that keeping honeybees requires skill and experience. Producing your own honey certainly goes down as one of those skills that you can’t just pick up after a crises and expect it to work (similar to gardening). Thanks to reader T.J. for the link.
Reader DSV sent in this article on fake news  that CDC uses to promote flu shots. I’m not anti-flu shot though I don’t get one. I do expect those who promote it to use accurate information when they push the shot though. Using fake news to advertise and promote is dishonest at best and gives credence to the claim that the true nature of the flue-shot business is about making money, not your health. A person should be able to sift through the information and make their own decision.
If you are looking to expatriate, SurvivalBlog has a new listing in Equador  that might interest you. This is a 38 acre retreat on a mountaintop that has two dwellings and is completely off-grid. There is a rain water collection system along with solar panels and wind turbines that supply electricity. The retreat is only an hour from Cuenca on the Pan American highway.
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Please send your news tips to HJL. (Either via e-mail of via our Contact  form.) These are often especially relevant, because they come from folks who watch news that is important to them. Due to their diligence and focus, we benefit from fresh “on target” news. We often “get the scoop” on news that is most likely ignored (or reported late) by mainstream American news outlets. Thanks!