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”. There is a newcomer in the tactical tourniquet market that shows some real promise today.
Awesome Company to Work For
Reader R.S. sent in this article about a Wisconsin family owned business that sounds pretty great to work for. The company produces wiskey, beer and shot glasses with a decorative bullet embedded in them. During a company meeting last month, the company announced that they wanted to give their employees a gift that they could use for personal protection. They decided to give $500 towards the purchase of any firearm that the employee wanted. All 16 of the staff were allowed to pick out any firearm at any local gun shop. If you spent less than $500, you could use the remaining money for any firearm accessories. The staff is a mixture of veterans, experience gun owners and first-time gun buyers. Now that’s a great company!
I typically carry a CAT tourniquet in my kit as they have always been one of the best. As an EMT though, I learned that you have to be careful when buying these as the airsoft industry has created cheap look-alikes that will typically break when used. When your bleeding out is not the time to find out that your tourniquet isn’t a real one. Anyways, one of my complaints of the CAT tourniquet is how difficult it can be to put on one-handed. Not being a combat veteran, I’ve never had to use one this way, but I’ve always practiced the skill. It is difficult to teach that to someone who won’t practice regularly though. Now, reader G.P. sent in this article profiling a new tourniquet that promises to be just as effective and much easier to use one-handed. I’m definitely going to get a couple of these to try out.
Reader DPS sent in this comment on the California Camp Fire refugees:
Here is what happens when you do not prepare. Paradise California citizens shoring up at the local Walmart. Some may think you can’t possibly outsmart a wildfire. Well, let me tell you, we have a log home in the redoubt and cleared 50 yards in all directions to the dirt. We have four 250 gallon water cisterns buried in the four corners with high pressure spray to hose down the home if needed. We have fire extinguishers, steel roof, and fireproof chemical over the outside of all the logs. we have a small moat of water circumnavigating the perimeter of the dirt and drill regularly as a family. In a wild fire, we stay put with our preps and fight it out. I do not believe the Paradise fire would overcome us in the Redoubt should it had been there in our neck of the woods.
New Jersey Kids Trapped by Snow
Reader DSV sent in this article about a surprise snowstorm that was stronger than expected. The staff at Liberty Middle School had to turn the whole school into a slumber party because their buses couldn’t travel the roads to bring them home and most of the students parents were unable to retrieve them. This brings back hints of the 1888 School Children’s Blizzard in the northwest plains where hundreds of children were trapped in school. Of course, the difference is then, people recognized that survival was the name of the game. Yesterday, I heard on the radio that many parents were considering suing the weather stations because they under-predicted the strength of the storm. We live in such a snow-flake litigious society that it appears the only lesson learned by the majority is that they need someone to blame other than themselves for their unpreparedness.
The Worst Year to be Alive
Ask a medieval historian what was the worst year to be alive in history and you’re likely to get an answer based around 1349 when the black death wiped out half of Europe. But historian Michael McCormick has a different answer. in 536AD a heavy fog plunged Europe, the Middle East, and parts of Asia into darkness for 18 months. This resulted in the coldest decade in the past 2300 years with snow falling in China in the middle of the summer. Crops failed, people starved and towards the end of it, the bubonic plague struck the Roman port of Pelusium in Egypt. All told, one-third to one-half of the Easter Roman Empire was wiped out. And they didn’t even have heavy industry to blame climate change on either. These things happen throughout time and it’s one of the reasons we prep. Thanks to G.P. for the link.
Reader W.W. shows the absolute absurdity that the gun-control crowd is willing to stoop too to make their point. According to this article, Democrate Eric Swalwell has called for the confiscation of semi-automatic weapons in the U.S. and is willing to use nuclear bombs on those who don’t comply. He wasn’t to spend $15 billion of your tax money to ban them, then buy them all back, then criminally prosecute those who resist. When challenged over his plan and notified that he would be basically declaring war on the American population, he responded with a tweet that it would be war, but the government had nukes (implying that they would win that war). How do these people get elected?
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