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”. A SurvivalBlog reader updates us on his preparations for Hurricane Michael today.
Yet another leaked “internal document” from silicon valley shows that the tech giants are indeed attempting control of free speech in their desire to make Trump and the populist movement that elected him a mere blip in history. This time the the document admits that Google and other tech platfroms now control the majority of online conversations and have undertaken a shift towards censorship in response to political events around the world. Despite Google’s claims to the contrary, evidence is mounting that Google (and other tech companies) do indeed wish to control the narrative. Of course you knew that just because conservative voices are so easily squashed online, yet liberal/progressive voices shout louder than ever. Thanks to D.S. for the link.
The United States appears to be morphing into the United States of Soviet America according to this article sent in by reader H.L. We are seeing an ever growing amount of surveillance by the government over its own citizens along with a lessening of trust towards both sides. The writer clearly shows how America’s news outlets are clearly being used as propeganda just like the Soviet news outlets like RT and Sputnik. Now with the Department of Homeland Security’s media monitoring program, all that is left is monitoring private conversations of U.S. citizens…oh wait, thanks to Edward Snowden, we already know about those.
Illinois Bankruptcy Option
A SurvivalBlog reader sent in this article on how J.P. Morgan is recommending a bankruptcy option for Illinois now. Pensions were never supposed to replace most or all of a persons salary, yet here we are where the government sector does exactly that and now they can’t afford it. Most states have manageable burdens (about 15% of revenue) but Illinois is quickly reaching the point where over 50% of their revenue has to go towards servicing debt, pensions and retiree health care if it were to be fully funded.
Reader C.V. sent in this letter about Hurricane Michael:
It is Wednesday October 10th, 2018 at 8:00 AM. I’m sitting at work where not many will be coming in today due to the expected onslaught of Michael’s wind and rain. I am 189 miles North-Northwest of Panama City Beach, FL in the Fort Benning/Columbus, GA area. My truck is full of gas, I have my get home bag and plenty of water in my truck should I need it. They are expecting wide spread power outages, flash flooding, and with the forty to fifty mile per hour sustained winds there will be many trees down in this area.
At the house I have two chain saws and eight gallons of gas should I have to cut up any trees that come down at my place. I’ve experienced this in 1995 with hurricane Opal as it too hit the Florida panhandle and moved north through Alabama. Then, I was on the east side of the storm and we had sustained winds of fifty to sixty miles per hour. There were thousands of trees down along with power outages for days. This time I should be on the west side of the storm and hopefully the winds will not be as bad, however, I’m not counting on it.
They have not called for any tornado warnings or watches yet, but they always come and this is where the real inland damage comes from. It is calm at the moment and I’ll work here until noon today. I’ll carry my laptop home then and continue to prepare for the oncoming storm. I have my generator if needed, my food supply and water storage are all prepared. Short of a direct tornado hit or tree falling directly on the house we should be fine, but it is always best to be prepared. My faith in the lord keeps me strong during these times and I just want to say thanks to all the survival blog community for being a resource that keeps me thinking and preparing. – C.V.
Reader Peter sent in this article showing that a flea-borne typhus outbreak in Southern California has spread to a third city. Health officials said there have been nine cases in downtown Los Angeles, 12 in Long Beach, and 59 in Los Angeles County. The danger of flea-borne, human transferable diseases is obvious. Most wild animals have fleas and the the flea can easily jump to domestic animals, then on to humans making it very difficult to control outbreaks. In the meantime, health officials make the following recommendations:
- Make sure cats and dogs are free of fleas
- Don’t leave food outdoors
- Don’t feed wild animals
- Avoid debris and overgrown vegetation that may attract wild animals
- Store trash in cans with secure lids
- Use insect repel repellent
FBI Actively Confiscating Gold?
Reader DSV sent in this articled about suspicions that the FBI is playing games with a treasure hunting groups gold-find location. Apparently the FBI has performed excavations at the site, yet is claiming that nothing has been found. The FBI took over three months to perform the excavations. It’s an interesting read.
Go Wells Fargo!
Despite their sordid history, I’m starting to like Wells Fargo a lot more these days. Yet again, Wells Fargo bank has bucked public pressure and granted a line of credit to Sturm, Ruger & Co. The bank officially states that gun policy should be made by legislatures, not financial institutions. I really dislike banks and I’m miffed that you often have to have a bank account to do business, but despite their past history of abuses, this was the right move for them. Thanks to DSV for the link.
J Bar S Gunworks In Sandpoint is Closing
I just heard that J Bar S Gunworks in Sandpoint, Idaho will be quitting business, on Saturday (Oct. 13, 2018). I recommend that any SurvivalBlog readers who are local get in there ASAP, and take advantage of the special prices on guns, ammo, accessories, and reloading supplies on their closeout inventory. I assume that the owner will also be inexpensively selling some store fixtures, such as display cases and wooden gun racks. The store is located at: 502 Cedar St, Suite A, Sandpoint, Idaho
o o o
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!