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”. Goodbye, France. It’s been nice knowing you.
France has a significant population of Islamic people. Every day, the significant number of those parents send their kids to a local mosque where they spend half of a three hour lesson learning Arabic and the other half learning about the Quran. Now, the president of France wants to introduce a program into public schools to offer Arabic to kids as young as six. President Macron believes the lack of Arabic resources in public schools has forced the Islamic community into communautarisme (creating a social divide between Islamists and the rest of the country). He also believes that teaching Arabic in public schools will reduce the tendency of the community to use the private schools are recruiting centers for jihadists. See, America’s liberal/progressives don’t have a lock on stupidity. (Note: This link may require a membership.) Thanks to reader P. for the link.
West Nile Virus
Reader G.P. sent in this article showing that there have been a record number of West Nile virus infections reported this year. The warming temperatures and flooding that much of the country has experienced recently have created massive breeding grounds for mosquitoes. Every state except Hawaii has reported cases of the virus and Georgia has reported deaths due to the infection. Pennsylvania has had a massive surge in infections and Massachusetts has record numbers. Texas is also expecting large numbers of infections. Last year, there were 2,097 cases reported and this year is on track to surpass that number.
The CDC is investigating more cases of the strange polio-like syndrome bringing the total number of cases to 155. Acute flaccid myelitis, is a polio-like syndrome that causes muscle weakness and paralysis. The official number of confirmed cases remains at 62 in 22 states, but state health departments are reporting other suspected cases that haven’t been confirmed yet. The CDC is unsure of what is causing the syndrome, nor have they determined who is at risk other than stating that it mostly affects children.
Reader DSV sent in this article profiling yet another example of government meddling and overreach. Two brothers ,who own a trucking company, own a 16 acre tract of land that used to be pasture for dairy. The lot has become overgrown with invasive species of underbrush and the brothers decided to clear the invasive growth and plant a Christmas tree farm. As soon as they cleared the land, the township sent their “tree police” to inform them that they would be subject to nearly a million dollar fine.
The arborist used neighboring properties to estimate how many trees the brothers cut down and fined them $300 per tree. Of course, the neighboring properties had never been pasture land and had full growth native trees on them. The township has offered to settle for $450 thousand dollars. It is worth noting that the ordinance the township is claiming has an exemption for for nursery/tree farm operations.
Reader H.L. sent in this article showing how some cities are capitalizing on the California exodus. The soaring real estate costs have made living in California difficult and many families are fleeing to other states to keep costs under control. Many of these states are themselves seeing real estate prices jump as the Californians dump large sums of money in housing markets that are much lower priced. Idaho and Nevada are two of the states that have seen home prices escalate more than 7% over the last year. Sadly, while the home price increases are tough for these other states to absorb, even tougher are the progressive liberal values that many Californians take with them as they flee the state. Expect to see more states turn from deep red to purple over the next few years.
Social Security Scams
The Social Security Administration (SSA) is warning that a new scam is gaining momentum across the country. The callers are spoofing the SSA’s caller id number and then pretending to be from the SSA. The hope is that they will trick you into giving up private information with which they will use to steal your identity or empty your bank accounts. Never give your account numbers or passwords over the phone. These agencies are never supposed to call you up for this information.
Loan Repayment Avoidance
Here is a novel approach to loan repayment avoidance: Dr Suellen Lee borrowed $300,000 from a patient of hers and had been making payments towards the repayment of the loan. When her medical clinic fell on hard times, she conveniently diagnosed her benefactor with dementia which immediately prompted her financial company to lock her assets up. Dr Lee apparently did not use any testing method or even bother with a second opinion on the diagnosis either. Since the scandal has been found out, Dr Lee has voluntarily surrendered her medical license, but insists she did it because the case is unwinnable. She also claims it’s all lies.
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