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”. It seems that a Skynet rising isn’t too far fetched anymore. We’re only talking chess here, but it is a short leap from chess to world domination given the right conditions.
New Jersey Magazine Ban Law
JWR’s Comment: If any New Jersey SurvivalBlog readers have any 11+ round magazines that they are considering turning in for destruction, PLEASE DON’T! Instead, mail them to me, and I will gladly reimburse you for at least your postage, and probably a lot more. (Depending on the type of magazine, and its condition.) For example, I’m paying $6 each for USGI 15-round M1 Carbine magazines, in nice condition. And I’ll pay $18 each for 13-round Glock Model 21 factory magazines. Just box them up and mail them to Jim Rawles P.O. Box 303, Moyie Springs, Idaho 83845 …and I’ll mail you a check. It is just that simple.
We are definitely in for a wild ride come January. Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (a.k.a. Crazy Eyes) got a bit miffed when Donald Trump Jr trolled her on Instagram. I have to admit, it’s funny. For those who don’t want to click on the Instagram link, It’s a meme which has a pictured of Ocasio-Cortez asking the question: “Why are you so afraid of a socialist economy?” followed by a picture of Trump saying: “Because Americans want to walk their dogs, not eat them.”. Crazy Eyes’ response was to attempt to troll Trump Jr. back by threatening him with her subpoena power in about a month. Can you say “ethics violation”? See what happens when you don’t show up at the polls on election day?
Backdoor for Encryption
Backdoor in encryption are nothing new. The U.S. government attempted such a fiasco back in the ’90s with the “Clipper chip”, a hardware implementation of encryption that had a backdoor that the NSA could use pretty much at will. However, it would seem that we are coming full circle. Australia just passed a law that would require companies such as WhatsApp and Signal to build backdoors into their programs that will give law enforcement access to the content of the messages in the even they require it. If the companies choose to follow this law to keep Australian customers, it’s a pretty good bet that the backdoor will be universal in their applications affecting users world wide. Until you know if that’s the case or not, avoid the Australian version of these apps. Better yet, why not just avoid social media entirely? Thanks to G.P. for the link.
Disturbingly, DeepMind’s AI, AlphaZero is now showing human-like intuition and creativity. Last year, the system mastered the game of chess in less than four hours despite not having been programmed how to win. Now, however, the program has created it’s own unique style of playing unlike any seen before suggesting it is improvising like a human. When pitted against Stockfish (the worlds best chess machine which calculates millions of possible outcomes as it plays), AlphaZero only lost six of one thousand games. It won 155 times with the rest of the games being a draw. Most players attempt to hold on to their chess pieces, but AlphaZero readily sacrificed its own pieces when it meant a better position in a skirmish.
The Wall Street Journal has an interesting article on Mob Justice in Latin America (Note: may require a login to read). Latin America is no stranger to corrupt law enforcement and gang style violence, especially since first world countries like the U.S. provide such a lucrative market for illicit drugs. But as we have increasingly seen in our neighbor to the south, Vigilante justice is gaining momentum. The people have had enough. Sadly, mob style justice does not often perform due diligence when determining the guilt of supposed perpetrator of crime. Often innocent people are judged, convicted, and sentenced by the mob with no ability for the victim to defend themselves. Thanks to KAA for the link.
Reader D.S. sent in this Paris update that suggests uniformed police are now joining in the protests on the side of the protesters. The government has already backed down on the proposed gasoline taxes, but the momentum has been gaining and the protests have not backed off yet. When a government loses control of it’s police force, the only option real option left to them is the military and that is a huge gamble. Rumors abound about Macron ordering the military to be prepared to face the violence in Paris today. Thanks to D.S. for the link.
Liberals and the Apocalypse
In a clip filled with wry humor SurvivalistGardener was interviewed about surviving the coming Apocalypse. The video clip also profiled a liberal prepper and compared the two together. While I can’t vouch for the veracity of the video, it definitely will put a smile on your face and it matches my own experiences with liberal/progressive preppers. Not all are this way, but a significant number are. Of course, the conservatives have their loons as well as demonstrated by the popular program Doomsday preppers. Thanks to W.A. for the link.
The classifieds are going strong and things are moving! Don’t miss this opportunity to list your excess items here on SurvivalBlog! There is a wide variety of listings including some pretty nice real estate like this homestead in Hayesville, NC or this one in Trenton, Georgia. Take a look today at the listings.
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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!