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 world’s public schools are at it yet again.
A Surprising Poll
Like many others, I have always assumed that conservative strongholds like Texas have suffered from the migration of leftist/progressive loonies from California or the east coast. The thinking was that these people moving in from the coasts were bringing their liberal values with them as they sought employment opportunities. It was quite surprising to me to learn that that assumption may very well be wrong. I was listening to Ben Shapiro  when he profiled a recent poll that measured if a person had been born in Texas or not and if they voted for Cruz or O’Rourke in this election. It would appear that the people moving into Texas are fleeing the liberal/progressive coasts and are actually skewing the results in favor of conservatism. It is the young, new voters that are most liberal. I suspect that has alot to do with the indoctrination centers we call public school. The interesting part of the video starts at about 14:00.
Scotland Public Schools
Scotland is one of the latest countries to openly subvert Christian values  through the public schools. According to this article send in by DSV, schools in Scotland will soon be required to teach students LGBT history to prevent “homophobia and transphobia” and to encourage exploration of their own gender identity. The move comes after lawmakers accepted the full recommendations of a working group led by the Time for Inclusive Education (TIE) campaign. There will be no exemptions or opt-outs to the policy. As we’ve said before, get your kids out of these indoctrination centers while you can.
Mike Williamson, SurvivalBlog’s Editor at Large, sent in this interesting article on one British woman’s perspective of Brexit . She has a box of goods which consist of her favorite brands of foods that are made in the EU. She fears that after the Brexit finishes, she will not be able to buy those foods anymore and so she is stocking up on them. Looking in the box, I see things like cans of Pepsi and other common items. It seems silly to those of us that are outside of the EU. As Mike states:
Well, gee, what did the UK do before it was part of the EU? How do the US and Japan trade with Europe without being part of the EU? How does Norway manage? They could be stockpiling useful stuff against natural disasters and the breakdown of civil society, but she’d rather worry about French marmalade. I wouldn’t, for two reasons. A: it’s French. B: it’s marmalade.
Reader P. sent in this great article from Visual Capitalist. We’ve all grown up with world maps that use the Mercator perspective to show a 3D globe in a 2D representation. This type of map gained acceptance because navigation lines were all straight as they would be on a globe. However, the map introduces perspective distortions  that are greater the further you get from the equator. Since most of the world that we are familiar with lies north of the equator, those countries appear larger than they really are – sometimes significantly larger. In particular, Canada, Russia and especially Greenland are inflated. Canada and Russia appear to take up about 25% of the Earth’s surface when in reality, they only occupy a mere 5%. Kudos to Google for changing to a spherical projection on Google Earth. Perhaps this is one of the reasons Flat Earther’s seem so convinced in their willful ignorance.
Why the AR-15/M4
Its a common question. AR-15 or the AK? Reid Henrichs gives his perspective of why he likes the AR-15/M4 . Among the features he likes are the modularity and versatility of the weapon. It can be used for room clearing as well as shooting out past 600 yards and it is an easy rifle to shoot. Of particular interest is the indoor capabilities of the rifle. The .223 cartridge does not penetrate walls as efficiently as the heavier .30 caliber rifles do, making if far less likely that you will over-penetrate your target and shoot your neighbor by accident. In fact, according to Henrichs, FBI testing suggests that penetration in structures is actually less than pistols and shotguns, yet still very effective on human targets. For all you AK fans, Henrichs promises to do a video on the AK too.
A Hard Dose of Reality
After the Borderline Bar and Grill shooting in Thousand Oaks California, the only gun shop is seeing a steady stream of new customers  willing to exercise their Second Amendment right and purchase a firearm. The shooting is a tragedy and it should be noted that there were multiple off-duty police officers who could have intervened has they been armed. Any citizen who had a firearm could have prevented or at least mitigated this horrific shooting. This is just one more example where anti-gun laws proved to be totally ineffective in stopping the perpetrator from accessing firearms. Instead, all they did was create a victim-rich shooting gallery for the bad guy who only stopped once he had shot himself.
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