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”. As winter begins to set in, our thoughts turn towards heat. There is an article on a wood stove competition today that is very interesting.
Reader T.J. sent in this video of a store clerk using the super secret WD-40 defense when he was threatened. This obviously occurs in some area where firearms are forbidden because the would-be robbers only have hand tools to threaten the clerk with and the clerk grabs the nearest thing to defend himself which happens to be a can of WD-40 lubricant. The move befuddles the attackers who eventually give up and leave. The takeaway here is that the clerks attitude was obviously the difference and the real reason why the attackers left. I can’t help but wonder how much more effective that can of WD-40 would have been when combined with one of those cheap Bic lighters also usually found on the counters at convenience stores.
Reader M.P. sent in this article on Fox News detailing yet another reason why you really don’t want a presence on social media. As if buying a gun in New York didn’t already require ridiculous hoops to jump through, proposed legislation in the State would require a purchaser to consent to up to three years worth of search history on social media to gain approval of an application. The proposed legislation would also be applied to those who are renewing existing permits to carry or possess a pistol or revolver. Things specifically looked for would be commonly known profane slurs or biased language used to describe race, national origin, ancestry, gender, religion, disability or sexual orientation as well as threatening the health or safety of another person, or acts of terrorism.
While identifying potential terrorist seems worth it for some, the language about gender, religion or sexual orientation is incredibly disturbing. Does that mean if you are a Christian preaching against the sin of homosexuality that you can no longer qualify for a permit? It also seems to be pretty arbitrary on who makes the decision of what is dangerous or offensive. I suspect this bill will be challenged on constitutional grounds.
National Geographic ran an article reviving the old Nuclear Winter concept that prevailed during the cold war. For those who are too young to remember this, the concept is simply that a nuclear war would kick up enough dust particles into the atmosphere to impact how much IR radiation would reach the earth. This would result in a cooling effect which would affect crop production world-wide. I guess since global warming is a bust now, the liberal/progressive pundits are back to the ’70s with their global cooling. Those who are old enough (50-year-olds maybe?) will remember the rampant fears of the coming mini-ice age that was going to wipe us all out. Thanks to G.P. for the link.
Wood Stove Competition
Another video from National Geographic, sent in by reader D.C., profiles a wood stove competition. The competition measured the particulate and carbon monoxide emissions generated by each stove. Most of these stoves were incredibly efficient and clean burning though some of them seemed pretty complex. The short video doesn’t go into alot of detail on each stove, but it sounds like it was a great competition and there are plenty of links in the description to view the original article which does describe the entries in more detail. The overall winner was the Ideal Steel Hybrid Woodstove. Note that this is an older video and article from 2013, but the information is still very relevant today.
Banks Blocking Assets
We’ve long been proponents of the adage that you don’t really own something unless you possess it. Cash and Gold are among those assets that are impacted by this adage. While there are dangers to holding your own assets, especially if others know you have them, there are also dangers when someone else holds them for you. This article, sent in by reader H.L., shows that banks are increasingly blocking access to client owned assets around the world.
Bank bail-ins, frozen assets, and court warrants to access private safe deposit boxes are just some of the dangers you face when holding those assets inside a safe belonging to someone else. Banks have a tendency to loan out your asset when they hold it and withdrawing your gold or cash may not be as easy as you think. Swiss banks are even resisting attempts by clients to withdraw money, limiting the withdrawals to 100,000 Swiss francs in cash or gold per year. Three years ago, I attempted to withdraw several thousand dollars from my bank to purchase a used vehicle from a private owner. The bank didn’t even have the money on hand and had to order the cash from their supplier.
Reader DSV sent in this article on how how being grateful is good for your health. As we wind up this Thanksgiving weekend here in the states, we’ve had ample opportunity to give thanks to the Lord for the blessings he has bestowed on us. It is this thankfulness towards the Lord or even others around you that provides incredible health benefits. These benefits include reduced stress, improved sleep, better heart health and even measurable effects on every organ in your body. There are also strong psychological benefits as well. The article is an interesting read. Be thankful.
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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!