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”. The cleanup from Hurricane Michael begins.
Hurricane Michael apparently has the weather experts confused. Reader T.J. sent in this news article showing that the weather service was unable to predict the strength of the hurricane as it made landfall. The wind speeds are directly related to the pressure – The lower the pressure, the stronger the winds. Michael went from an unassuming tropical storm to flirting with the Category 5 level. This makes Michael the first Category 4 to make landfall in October since 1954. According to the experts, the storm should not have been as powerful as it was.
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Meanwhile, the aftermath of the storm is making life difficult for many residents. Those who were not prepared are now finding it difficult to find food and shelter. There is no electricity in much of the state so any food in a refrigerator has spoiled. There is no city water pressure or sewer in many urban areas so waste products are piling up. The article profiles the usual assortment of people who are upset that the government hasn’t come in yet to save them and make them comfortable. While our hearts go out to the people that are suffering, this should be a strong reminder to them that the government is not the one you depend on when the going gets tough. Thanks to H.L. for the link.
In Mad Max, Beyond Thunderdome there is a place called bartertown where you can get just about anything, but ultimately, you own nothing. Reader M.J. sent in this article that makes the link to our progressive property taxes. You perpetually rent your property from whom you pay these taxes to. Don’t want to pay any income taxes? Just don’t make any income. Don’t want to pay sales tax? Don’t buy anything. As long as you have land where you can produce your own food and shelter, you can still live. But just try not paying your property tax and see what happens to things you think you own.
A SurvivalBlog reader sent in this article on how to extend the life of your root vegetables by storing them in sand. This is a time honored way of extending the life of your root vegetables. What kills most vegetables in your refrigerator is the moisture that collects on them. This moisture encourages rot to set in and this rot easily spreads to other nearby vegetables. The sand is something of a moisture regulator. It absorbed the moisture that would normally condense on the vegetables and releases it to maintain humidity. If you are storing vegetables in a basement or root cellar you can just use normal sand, but if you are using the crisper drawers in your refrigerator, just use clean playsand that you buy at a hardware store.
The Next Domino
First they came for Alex Jones. Next came the independent press. You knew that it was just a matter of time before the ratchet was tightened and the bar for determining who would be removed was lowered. In the recent round of account closures, Facebook and Twitter have closed the accounts of organizations like The Free Though Project, the Anti-Media, Press for Truth and dozens of others. They might have had a marginal case by redefining hate speech on Alex, but these new closures don’t even come close to fitting that narrative. Hmmm, isn’t it suspicious that these closures are happening as the mid-term elections are drawing near?
A SurvivalBlog reader submitted this article on Australia’s drought. Australia is entering what could be termed a mega-drought that is expected to last 20 years and will significantly affect crop production as global cooling sets in on this new Eddy Grand Solar Minimum cycle. While currently, this mostly just about Australia, it certainly has the possibility to spread world-wide as droughts have done in past solar minimum cycles.
Reader DSV sent in this article on how hackers are managing to steal keyless cars. The problem is that we are trading security for convenience. There is always a tension between those two things and with the keyless fobs that are now standard equipment on new many new cars, the pendulum has swung to far to the convenience side. This article lists some of the more popular hacks that are being used and also lists the car models that are vulnerable to them. Some countermeasures are as simple as regularly changing your on-board WiFi password or manually checking tire pressure the old-fashioned way before your trip begins. Others require you to be aware of who is near you when you lock or unlock your car door.
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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!