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”. Thankfully the Anchorage Earthquake has not been deadly so far.
Several SurvivalBlog readers wrote in about the new report released by the military on the EMP vulnerability of America. The report suggests that the threat of an attack is significant. While the report is mostly focused on the impact an EMP attack would have on the military, it appears to support the congressional warning that up to 90 percent of the population on the East Coast would die within a year. It’s important to note that those fatality numbers are not directly attributable to the EMP hit itself, but to the failure of infrastructure. Without electricity, transportation, food processing, and healthcare, the mortality rate would be significant. The report suggested that up to 99 nuclear reactors could melt down without the ability to cool them. Failures may include long-term loss of electrical power, sewage, fresh water, banking, landlines, cellular service and vehicles.
So far, there have been no loss of life due to the large earthquake centered around the Anchorage area, but the infrastructure has taken a significant hit. There are many homes without power, which is a significant danger since we are moving into winter right now. There is also concern about gas leaks from damaged pipes. The major highways leading in and out of Anchorage are basically cut off (with the exception of one northbound highway). There have been no reports of any major building collapse which is good news. Highway officials are suggesting the damage to the roads and bridges is significant enough that it will take considerable time to repair them.
Reader H.L. sent in this article from Armstrong Economics that profiles a presentation given by Professor Valentia Zharkova on her “Climate and the Solar Magnetic Field” hypothesis at the Global Warming Policy Foundation in October. The professor is using information from the solar cycle that correlates with past temperature changes on the earth and has been able to identify some interesting characteristics that bear a remarkable resemblance to sunspot and terrestrial activity features reported in the last millennial. Using this data, she is predicting that the earth is moving into a significant cooling cycle. This, of course, flies in the face of man-made climate change so there is significant controversy.
Reader G.P. sent in this video with a look at Delta Airlines new biometric screening terminal. Based on the video, it appears that most people actually like it as it greatly simplifies the check in process. Rather than standing in line as your information is validated, you simply walk up to the terminal and click “facial recognition” and the system checks your face with your passport photo already on file. Right now, the system is for checking in and checking baggage, but by early next year, the TSA will be using it at the security checkpoints. The airline also intends to use it in place of the boarding pass at the terminal gate. Hmmm, it seems the only thing missing from this picture is the link between your social credit rating and the ticketing system. Are we talking about China or the U.S. here?
Tensions are heating up between Ukraine and Russia again after Russia detained three Ukrainian ships over last weekend. Ukraine is threatening to respond in kind against Russia which will most certainly escalate to open conflict with Russia having a decided advantage. Meanwhile, President Trump has canceled his planned meeting with Putin at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires due to the conflict. Russia’s detentions have drawn international condemnation.
Reader J.C. has reported that Adams County has agreed to pay $2.6 million to the family of Jack Yantis to settle the wrongful death of the Idaho rancher. This was the rancher who responded to calls about a bull that had escaped and was injured from a car crash. During his attempt to put the bull down, Adams County sheriff’s deputies Brian Wood and Cody Roland shot and killed Yantis. Both state and federal prosecutors claim that there isn’t enough evidence to file criminal charges against the two deputies so the family filed suit against the county. A federal judge dismissed the suit on November 20th because the settlement agreement had been reached. Both deputies no longer work for Adams County.
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