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”. Forget real parenting. Tracking your kids with a GPS ankle bracelet is the new thing.
Amazon is Taking Over Your House
Amazon wants to take over your entire house. Alexa is being introduced into everyday appliances like microwaves and toasters and there are even adapters that will turn ordinary lamps into smart lamps. The adapters are incredibly easy to use too. Just plug it in and your smart phone will recognize it and program it for you. Amazon’s concept is to seamlessly integrate your everyday activities with shopping so you’ll spend more money with them. Hey, Amazon already lets strangers in your house, so why not give them total control over the rest of it. What could possibly go wrong here? I wonder if your home will be classified in the future: Are you a Google home or an Amazon home?
Card Sniffing Dogs
With the size of digital storage media growing at the same time the physical size is shrinking, I’ve often wondered how secure facilities could manage. I’ve even wondered how authorities could find information hidden on these cards when executing search warrants. Of course my mind was thinking in terms of Bibles in countries where the Bible is illegal and things like that. As it turns out, that has already been dealt with. Apparently, there are dogs who are specially trained to sniff out the chemicals found in the plastics in these devices. The dogs are currently in use sniffing out the storage media of pedophiles when warrants are served on them. Thanks to G.P. for the link.
Tracking Your Kids
Reader DSV sent in this article on parents who are actively using the GPS ankle bracelet to track their kids movements. I was actually surprised by this article. Who would have thought that there was actually a market for this sort of thing. Since you don’t need a court order to make your kid wear one of these, parents are increasingly turning to this sort of idea to keep track of their kids risky behavior. Some models are near impossible to cut off and offer a two way communication ability. Others sound a piercing alarm if the child strays out of an allowed area. Hmmm, here is a novel idea: How about trying actual parenting for a change. Cut back on the required expenditures of your lifestyle, homeschool your kids and have at least one parent in their lives during the formative years. Quit leaving it to others to parent the children. It’s a time honored tradition that actually works and is preventative in nature rather than punitive.
Forced to Abort
Dozens of doctors stormed out of an emergency meeting on Sunday. Their concerns about abortion are just being ignored. With the recent law passed in Ireland, the doctors are being told that they will be required to perform abortions regardless of their personal faith and convictions. About 300 doctors attended the meeting at the Irish College of General Practitioners EGM in Dublin and when their concerns were just ignored, dozens of them walked out of the meeting. According to the law, every maternity hospital must be ready to perform abortions starting on January 1st.
Antifa Doing What Antifa Does
Seattle has made itself so amicable to Antifa that it might as well be considered the headquarters of the group. While you can’t freely express your faith or criticize ungodly lifestyles there and you have to watch where your step so you don’t get human poo on your shoes, Antifa gets a free pass. Recently Antifa held a protest where they blocked public sidewalks and menaced residents with AR-15 rifles despite not having the requisite permits. Police just ignored them. But when a Portland journalist became the target of the group, he was informed by police that he was the one inciting conflict. It’s past time to vote with your feet if you live there. Thanks to DSV for the link.
A World Without Can Openers
Canned tuna, long a stable of American lunches, may be on the way out. The big players, StarKist, Bumble Bee Foods, and Chicken of the Sea, are struggling to keep demand for their product relevant by changing packaging, flavors and even their image. But packaging may be the key. Apparently younger households don’t own a can opener anymore. While many of us grew up with canned goods, younger generations prefer fresher options with the Just-in-time (JIT) market providing things like fresh foods delivered to your door. I’m aware of young couples who make a standard trip to the grocery store every day on their way home from work because they have no food at home in their pantry. StarKist is reporting that sales of tuna pouches are up by 20%. (Warning: link may require a login to read.) Thanks to C.D. for the link.
Signs of Recession
We’ve had a relatively long period of economic expansion (if you can call a couple of years long), but there is a problem on the horizon. During the last recession, interest rates were dropped to near zero and the average consumer debt went up as consumers and states spent money they didn’t have just to maintain their positions. Now we are seeing the problems develop. The Fed is trying to raise interest rates without crashing the economy because they really have no more tools in the belt. It’s a delicate balance for them. Consumers, on the other hand, have just continued to increase their debt loads despite economic recovery and as the economy turns, they also have no where to go financially. It’s a strange new world. Thanks to H.L. for the link.
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