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 ”. Amazon Echo is at the center of a Murder trial as evidence now.
A growing segment of America is redefining what a nomadic lifestyle is . CBS news recently ran a new special on this. Upwards of one million Americans are now embracing a modern nomadic lifestyle where the home and property has been sold or rented out and the family now lives and travels in an RV. The article referenced suggests that those people feel that the open road lifestyle has made them happier and improved their marriages. Certainly, they don’t have the same battles over property taxes and other things that most American’s deal with. With homeschooling so available, this can be a lifestyle even for young families.
Saving Your Home
Yahoo has an article on a man who chose to fight for his home  rather than evacuate in Paradise, California. Egged on by his 90 year-old mother who refused to evacuate and armed with garden hoses and buckets of water from a swimming pool, he and his mother’s home health aide battled flames all day Thursday and into the night. It should be noted that this was not his first fire and he had some experience at dealing with it. He was able to save his home while those around him lost theirs. I noticed in the article that the description of the properties surrounding him suggested that may have played into the problem. There were apparently lots of flammable things around the properties and right next to homes.
Power Utility in California
Reader H.L. sent in this article on the fires in Northern California . Apparently, the Pacific Gas & Electric utility company told a resident that power lines were causing sparks on her property the day before the deadliest blaze in the Golden State’s history destroyed the nearby town of Paradise. Why is it that California can’t seem to manage how their infrastructure impacts the environment. I’ve not heard of any other state that has the same types of issues with power lines as California does. The utilities have already received immunity from lawsuits in several past fires and it seems doubtful that they would get that leniency again given the public backlash over that decision.
What Drives Doomsday Preppers
Showing just how out of touch the coastal elites are  with the rest of America, reader GP sends in this article from The New Yorker. The author of the article takes a dim view of preppers. Within the first few sentences, I could see the similarity to the TV show “Doomsday Preppers” where they profiled the odd and most absurd instances they could find. Even just using the word “Doomsday” implies that preppers are somehow “out there”. The author lets it slip in the video just how she feels. At the 5:00 mark in the video, she reiterates the governments position that you should be prepared for 72 hours before you get government help and how futile it is to prepare for longer periods than that.
She just doesn’t believe it can be done. Of course, completely missing in the article is the day-to-day preparations that are required for things like loss of a job, loss of income, or any number of smaller crises that can ruin a family. “Don’t worry, the government will help.”
GPS Jammed During Exercise
It would appear that Russia actively engaged in jamming GPS signals  in the last NATO exercise. While the US government says they were unaffected by the Jamming, several other nations experienced problems. Most disturbing in the whole situation is that the jamming was large scale over the area and that all civilian operations that depend on GPS were severely impacted. That would include civilian jets, communications and other infrastructures that depend on the GPS signal.
Obviously, Russia was letting NATO know of their capabilities, yet the effects were felt more in those areas that did not have alternatives or hardened navigation capabilities. The jamming was inappropriate considering the civilian effects, but consistent with Russia’s policies. It should also be a wake up for those who think that GPS navigation will always be there. Thanks to DSV for the link.
Why the AK-47
As promised, Reid Henrichs of Valor Ridge has a video out on why he likes the AK-47 . Of course, right at the top of the list is that it is durable and just works. A quality built AK will last your lifetime and probably your children’s lifetime. They are not as innacurate as many make them out to be. Some AKs are as accurate as some ARs, but the rifle is accurate enough for what it is designed to do. The parts are much bigger than an ARs and they are easy to put together. It is a very simple rifle to use overall.
The rifle is designed so that those with little training can pick it up and use it effectively. Also, the open sights are very effective for close in operations such as room clearing. The sights give roughly the same sight picture as a pistol so there is very little mental processing that goes on in switching back and forth between it and a pistol. Thanks to T.J. for the link.
A judge has ordered Amazon to release the recordings  that Amazon’s Echo device made in a home that is in the center of a murder trial. While I have no problems with a court order (warrant) making a private company turn over data that is relevant to a murder trial, I am disturbed that a private company has the data in the first place. When you buy one of these devices, you allow a company to record practically everything that is said within the walls of your home.
How many private conversations have you had where you would not want anyone outside of your home to know what was said? That would include conversations about your finances, your job, your troubles, your plans and anything else that you normally think is private. Nope, I won’t have even a smart phone in the same room with me when I want a private conversation.
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