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”. With Paris burning due to the riots, the questions start arising on why they continue. The answer may surprise you.
Are you still wondering why Paris is burning? This article sent in by reader H.L. shows why there is so much civil unrest. France has the the highest tax rate in the industrialized world along with the worst investment record in Europe. You can physically oppress people all day long and they will usually just knuckle under and take the abuse. But when you start hitting them in their pocketbook and making it difficult to feed their family– lookout! Back in the 1700s the magic tipping point seemed to be around 6% tax. In today’s world, it would appear to be closer to 40%. France is at a whopping 46.2% tax rate. I don’t think a simple reversal of the new gasoline taxes is going to fix this problem.
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Put another way, Paris is basically burning over climate change taxes introduced in the last few years. The straw that broke the camels back was the $0.25/gallon climate change tax on gasoline. Imagine what will happen if that tax is closer to $49/gallon. That is the level of taxation that a United Nations special climate report calls for in 12 years using a carbon tax of $5,500/ton. The U.N. claims that a tax of $27,000/ton ($240/gallon) is needed to limit global warming to no more than 1.5 degrees. Thanks to DSV for the link.
Reader G.P. sent in this excellent article that compares the current pricing bubble to the dot.com bubble along with the tulip bubble in the 1600s. The point made is that we obsess over what causes a bubble to break, but it really doesn’t matter. What matters is that the bubble exists and it will break somehow, someway. It is much wiser to spend time figuring out what will be damaged when the bubble breaks rather than why it breaks. Given the current debt that the entire world is in (thanks to central bank policies all over the world), that bubble may have already broken and we just haven’t realized it yet.
Surprise Medical Bills
There is a battle brewing in medical bills at the end of this year. At issue is a disagreement between United Health Care (insurance) and Envision Healthcare (employer). What will happen if these two giants can’t iron out there differences is a surprise medical bill for many patients. If they can’t work it out, Envision Healthcare doctors will be treated as out-of-network even if they work in a hospital that is in-network. You may go in for treatment with the expectation that your insurance covers the procedure only to find out that your hospital bills are, but your doctor bills are not (or at least not as much as you think). This will be a contract negotiation to keep your eye on if you are affected. Thanks to H.L. for the link.
Reid Henrichs of Valor Ridge recently posted an interview with Chuck Taylor. Chuck has been a firearms instructor for over 40 years and has a wealth of knowledge. This interview is just under 30 minutes long but is well worth the time spent watching it. As expected, Chuck emphasizes training over equipment. In his words, you can have the best hardware in the world, but if you don’t have the software for it, it is useless. Learn how to shoot without all the specialized hardware that we have a tendency to rely on. He remarks that shooters who are excellent competitive shooters may fall apart under combat conditions because they have not trained in the thought processes required under combat. This is a great interview about the psychology of shooting. Thanks to T.J. for the link.
Reader M.M. wrote in after reading SurvivalBlog’s recommendation on purchasing 80% and 100% lower receivers ahead of the new Congress convening and asked about AK-47 type rifles and spare parts/kits. I personally don’t own any AK-47 type weapons but I know many who do prefer that platform. I suspect that that platform will be targeted at least as much, possibly more than the AR platform by new legislation. In the past, foreign weapons have been seen as easy targets based on Congress’s ability to manage tariffs and import/export regulations. With many of the new AK-47 type weapons being made here in the U.S., it won’t be as easy as it was back in the ’90s for Congress to restrict them, but you can bet any legislation that includes the AR will also include the AK. If that is your platform of choice, you may want to stock up.
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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!