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 ”. One Michigan school is completely full of hockey puckey.
The Army’s Next-Gen Weapons
Reader H.L. suggested this article on the Army’s Next generation squad rifle and pistol . Both weapons are designed specifically to improve on the weaknesses of the existing M16/M4 and the M9. Features of the squad rifle include higher velocity bullets and the ability to penetrate body armor. The M17/M18 pistol incorporates modern proven technology to increase the handling characteristics and the reliablity. We’ve seen how the adoption of the M16 and M9 have created an incredible civilian market for the civilian counerparts – so much so that the AR-15 platform may be the best selling rifle platform of all time. I suspect that the same thing will occur with the new weapon system.
The NSA lost control of some of it’s own hacking tools a bit over a year ago when details were leaked to the public on how they worked. In that time span, patches to the operating system and software were released specifically to combat those vulnerabilities. Sadly, over a year later, many computers are out there that just haven’t been updated at all . Hackers first used these known vulnerabilities to spread ransomware, then moved on to cryptocurrency mining attacks. Now security researchers are suggesting that the UPnProxy vulnerability is being used by hackers to build an even bigger malicious proxy network. Unless you have upgraded the software on all of your vulnerable devices, hackers can reach through your firewall and target unpatched computers. Thanks to G.P. for the link.
DSV sent in this article on how Oakland University in Michigan is arming its faculty and students with hockey pucks  to defend against active shooters. Yes you read that right. The school is a
victim rich no gun zone with the faculty and staff having very few options available to them legally. Many of the classrooms can’t even be locked from within. During an active shooter training for faculty, the police chief was asked what could be done and he responded by telling them to throw something at the bad guy. As a result, one of the professors started an effort to purchase 800 hockey pucks for union members and another 1,700 for students so they could have a weapon. My forehead is hurting from smacking it with the palm of my hand now.
Reader D.B. sent in this article that shows that China continues to sabotage  critical technology components bound for America. Apparently, China’s intelligence services had ordered subcontractors to plant malicious chips in Supermicro server motherboards for over two years. While this evidence revealed the implant was in the server’s Ethernet connector, the security expert suggested that he has seen other hardware and other manufactures compromised as well. The only way to identify the hacking is by monitoring for hidden communications originating from the server boards. Supermicro continues to deny that it sold any hardware containing malicious microchips to any customers.
The migrant caravan has reached the U.S. border and conflicts continue to rise as many in the migrant camps test the resolve of the border patrol in defending the border. Now, DHS has released data that shows someone is coaching the migrants . There has been a 110% surge in migrant men falsely claiming that the children they show up with at the border are theirs in order exploit a legal loophole that lets migrant families enter. So far, 170 “families” have been caught lying about their relationships to enter the U.S. Another 165 claimed to minors, but were actually adults.
Good Guy Killed
Reader B.B. sent in this article on the recent Alabama mall shooting  over Thanksgiving. Sadly, the man killed by police was not the shooter, but instead a good guy with a gun. This stands as a stark warning to all those who carry concealed. Be careful when assisting others and the police are on their way. The police are often entering the situation “behind the curve” and anyone seen with a firearm in their hand is in danger.
Kiosks and Poo
With the rise in minimum wage and the expected result of fast food outlets responding by moving to ordering kiosks, it was with a sense of irony that I read this article sent in by reader P. Every single time I’ve ever visited a fast food restaurant and utilized the bathroom facilities, I’ve been appalled at how many people refuse to wash their hands after doing their business. Watching employees do the same thing is what broke me from eating out. Now there is a study that shows that every single kiosk tested across the country is covered in coliform bacteria . The range of contaminates found on the touch screens is absolutely appalling and apparently most people are completely unfazed by the revelation.
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