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”. A universal ID proposal is here – proposed by private industry.
Reader B.B. sent in this article on the latest gun confiscation scheme in Colorado. Since the mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado, the state has seen a steady march towards anti-gun positions. Despite the fact that it used to be a fairly pro-gun state, the politics are dominated by the urban areas. Now boulder has passed a law that restricts their version of “assault weapons” (which bear nothing but a passing visual resemblance to an actual assault weapon) just days to “certify” them or remove them from city limits. According to the law, if you tell the authorities that you have the firearm and show ownership proof from before the ban, you can keep it. Of course, we all know where that is headed. It shouldn’t be long before jack-booted thugs are kicking in doors to confiscate the duly “certified” firearms.
Reader H.L. sent in this excellent article on a rational perspective of the growing movement by Californians to exit the union. The writer compares the issue with the secession of the south which brought about the civil war. It is one of the few articles that I have read that puts the issues of both the south secession and the current thinking in proper perspective. While the author has left out some critical things like the control of and access to shipping ports, he probably comes closer than any other article I’ve seen at addressing the political problems. I still don’t think that the Federal government would allow it, probably mustering much of the same garbage that the union did during the civil war, but it’s a nice thought.
Central Valley Politics
Speaking of California, reader S.B. sent in this article on how the central valley politics are being influenced by bay area transplants. The bay area transplants are driving up home prices, creating much of the same problems where they move. Workers can no longer afford to live in the same city that they work. The political ideologies just aren’t meshing and it is starting to show. While the newcomers keep placing big spending items on the ballot, this election saw a rebellion of sorts as the long-term residents mustered to defeat many of those proposals. It’s a bit of a microcosm of the same things that brought President Trump to power.
According to this article sent in by reader G.P., Microsoft and MasterCard are teaming up to create a digital identity. In their initial tweet, they describe it as a universal solution for voting, driving, applying for a job, renting a home, getting married and boarding a plane. I wonder how long it will take someone at the company to suggest that a digital implant with the same information as the card would be a whole lot more physically secure. After all, it’s tough to loose your hand, but easy to loose your wallet. Responses to the corporate tweet get it though. One states: “Euphemism for: Universal tracking of users.”.
Escaping Certain Death
This was an interesting article profiling a group of Paradise survivors. There were about 150 people trapped in a parking lot as they tried to flee the deadliest fire in recent California history. The group has a number of volunteer firefighters in it and multiple small decisions made by firefighters, law enforcement and evacuees created a unique opportunity for survival. Waiting was probably the hardest thing they had to do while the inferno raged around them. It’s a great read.
Small Survival Kit
Reader John sent in this article on a really small survival kit that can be brought with you just about anywhere. We are all familiar with the typical EDC kit or small pouches and bags that most preppers stuff in their pockets or the nooks and crannies of their vehicles and backpacks, but this one is a bit different. You can literall stuff it in your wallet and while the things in it seem unobtrusive, they can be very important. It doesn’t solve all of your problems, but it does solve some important ones. Be sure to read the comments section too.
Survival Realty has an interesting listing in Amish country. The home is an earth-bermed home with a spring fed pond along with a private well. The home is a little over 1400 square feet on four and a half acres with natural stone interior walls. There is also a 1kW solar array and a Jotul F600 woodstove for heating. There are also a number of outbuildings on the property that make it useful for the prepper. You might want to take a look at this gem.
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