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 reader submitted a fascinating review of the politics of Starship Troopers today.
According to this article sent in by reader H.L. there have been 62 confirmed reports of “acute flaccid myelitis” (AFM) across 22 states in the U.S. This is a disease very similar to Polio. The CDC says that states are not mandated to report the numbers to the CDC so the number of cases could be higher. While the disease currently remains fairly rare, the similarities to Polio are causing concern. The disease affects the spinal cord and can cause partial paralysis. It mostly affects children and young adults and can be caused by a variety of causes like toxins in the environment, genetic disorders or other viruses like West Nile or adenovirus.
The State of the American People
True to form, criminals are having a heyday in Florida. While anyone with any sense and/or compassion are concerned first about life saving and then about survival, criminals have other thoughts. According to this article sent in by reader G.P., armed looters are targeting homes and businesses that remain without electricity. Deputies have arrested quite a few looters who started just as soon as the storm abated. In some cases, the occupants are actually home, but the normal security of locked doors and alarms are non-existent. So far, there have only been reports of theft, but with the looters being armed, it’s only a matter of time before someone gets shot or stabbed.
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A SurvivalBlog reader sent in this link to Western Rifle Shooters Association on a conversation that occurred during Hurricane Michael. The exchange happened as several men were trying to lash doors shut while winds were howling at 140 mph through the school hallway. The author and his daughter were the only people who had a leatherman to cut rope with. Even during this desperate life-saving tactic, there were those who were appalled the author had a knife at school. While not descriptive of all Floridians, I fear that the U.S. is filled to the brim with people like those described. This story is actually reprinted from the comments of another article on masculinity. Both are worth a read. Note that there is foul language in this article.
Clandestine Bitcoin Mining
Reader DSV sent in this article on hackers using your computer to mine bitcoin. It’s called cryptojacking and entails hackers placing clandestine software on your computer that uses the computer’s spare CPU cycles to mine bitcoin for them. Cryptojacking has grown in popularity because it is hard to detect and reasonably passive. You may not even know that your system has been hacked and is being actively used. The hackers have various ways of getting you to download the software that even include viewing some ads. This should be another warning that you shouldn’t open strange e-mails from people you don’t know, nor click on any link within your e-mails or browser that you aren’t sure of. If you notice that your computer is constantly working when you are not doing anything on it, you should have it checked.
Personal Library Tool
Reader G.P. sent in the link to a personal library tool that looks interesting. The tool is called Polar Bookshelf and is capable of reading PDF and HTML along with several other formats. It will store online sources offline allowing you to read the subjects without an Internet connection once you’ve stored them. You can also annotate the documents with the built-in features. We’d be interested to know if any SurvivalBlog readers are currently using this tool, and if so, how well it works for you. Having a unified document archive is appealing.
The Politics of Starship Troopers
Reader T.J. sent in this interesting video on the politics of Starship Troopers. The author compares Heinlein’s personal political values with those of Gene Roddenberry and with those of current America. Fair warning though, this is a long video at nearly and hour and a half long. If you like hardcore science fiction and are leaning conservative, it is a very interesting listen. While it is in video format, I found that you don’t actually have to watch the video. The format allows you to listen to it as a podcast or in the background while you do other things on your computer. The analysis is complex and thorough, but very interesting. In particular, the video hooked me right up front when it brought out the realization that it is about a society that depends on war for survival.
Survival Realty has a new listing of 92 acres in Montana with a subterranean abode complete with a well and a solar generator. The views from the property are spectacular and the underground shelter looks very comfortable. This is a ready-made survivalist property where you could survive just about anything.
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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!