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 ”. Israel continues to be hammered by terrorist rockets from Gaza.
Getting You Through the Storm
The Biblio Blog has a list for you. Whether you are prepping for hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, economic crises or any other man-made or natural disaster, they have a list of books for you. This list is their top ten recommendations  that should be on every persons book shelf. Some of the books, we are very familiar with and others not so much, but they all look good. I especially like the last book that they recommend. That one is truly indispensable.
Gun Control Proposals
Pat Cascio, SurvivalBlog’s Senior Field Gear Editor, sent in this article on six different ways  that Nancy Pelosi plans to take away your firearms freedoms. Should democrats gain control of the House in this coming election, she will most certainly be the Speaker of the House. The Washington Times has reported that Nancy believes it is more important to secure more gun control than it is to win future elections and is fully prepared to put her career at risk to pursue this agenda. This article lists six specific proposals that she has mentioned that she will go after. These include the standard “Assault Weapons” ban and “Universal Background Checks” as well as a few others like gun confiscation laws and dropping the Hearing Protection Act.
Israel Under Fire
The Israeli Security Cabinet is considering military action  in the Gaza strip as the Palestinians ratchet up their terrorist attacks. The latest were some rocket launches against Israel, one destroying a Beersheba house, the other landing in the sea. The defense establishment does not want an escalation of the conflict between Hamas and Israel, but the attacks are continuing relentlessly. These attacks come right in the middle of Egypts attempts to broker an understanding and restore calm in the area. While Hamas is attempting to distance itself from the attacks, they (and the Islamic Jihad) are the only parties known to have these types of rockets. For those who still think Israel is the aggressor, just imagine our response if Mexico or Canada were launching these types of missile attacks into the U.S.
Update: it would appear that Israeli jets have struck Gaza  in retaliation.
Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire
Democrats certainly don’t have a lock on lying to their constituents, but this voting cycle, they sure have been bold in their attempts. Reader RLH sent in this article from Project Veritas that caught Senator McCaskill red handed  hiding her true agenda about gun control. She and her aids expressed fear that if her true position got out that it would severely hurt her chances to get elected. Well, now it’s out there. Well see how the residents of Missouri respond in just a couple of weeks.
Reader G.P. reports that a massive power outage has left roughly half of Venezuela without electricity.  The blackout started Monday evening with an explosion at a power station. It’s a stark realization of the destructive power of socialism to realize that Venezuela was once among Latin America’s most developed countries. Now they are in the grip of a historic crises, lacking basics like food, medicine and power after only two decades of socialist rule. Remember that fact in November when you vote.
Drug Resistant Salmonella
The CDC is reporting outbreaks of drug resistant salmonella  in 29 states now. At least 92 people have been infected with this strain that is resistant to the normal antibiotics. Twenty one of those people have been hospitalized, but there have been no deaths reported. The Department of Agriculture is attempting to identify the source or supplier of the chicken containing the salmonella. So far, this strain has been found in whole chickens, chicken parts, ground chicken and in pet food purchased at grocery stores. It has also been found in live chickens. Those who have been sickened reported eating a variety of brands of chicken products. Thanks to reader DSV for the link.
The fear mongering among gun control enthusiasts on the untraceability of 3D printed guns has bordered on hysteria. We won’t mention the fact that most of those who push that agenda actually have no idea what a 3D printed gun is or the cost involved in producing one. Nor will we get into the fact that U.S. citizens have long had the ability to manufacture small arms in their own garage for their own use which also have no serial numbers. But it turns out that weapons printed on 3D printers can be traced  unlike those that are made on traditional tooling. Printers have a unique signature and experts in this study sent in by reader H.L. had a success rate of over 99% in identifying the printer that made the sample weapons tested.
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