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 ”. “Platinum” used to mean something special. When you were part of the platinum club for any organization, you had somehow earned your way. Even a platinum credit card used to mean that you were financially stable. That’s obviously not the case now. In New Orleans, you can be special by being part of the city sanctioned spying ring.
City Sanctioned Spying
New Orleans has gone full Orwell with their latest proposal. You can now join their new “Platinum” program by tying your security cameras into their feeds.
“SafeCam Platinum is an exciting new opportunity to connect your home or business with the City of New Orleans by sharing your public-facing security camera footage directly with the Real Time Crime Center!”
How exciting, you can now feel like you are part of a privileged group spying on your neighbors.
More Than Carbon Taxes
Reader D.S. sent in this article that shows France’s unrest, while triggered by the new carbon taxes is deeper than that and why the public is still rioting. Both France and German have ordered EU states to open up their borders for mass migration . Both Macron and Merkle have championed the process of a globalist government and redistribution of wealth. In their push to these goals, they have not obtained the consent of the governed and it’s beginning to show. To add insult to injury, it also appears that armored vehicles responding to the riots in Paris are wearing the EU flag .
Alaska’s “Can Do” Attitude
Reader H.L. sent in this article profiling how Alaska managed to repair most of the damage to highways caused by the recent earthquake in just a matter of a few days . Crews worked around the clock to smooth the broken roads back into usable blacktop. The rapid response shows how investing time and money into preparations for these kinds of disasters can payoff in the long run, even when you can’t predict the event. Adding to the difficulty was the freezing weather. Paving with hot asphalt is very difficult in cold weather. The article did note that painting the new road stripes with the normal glass embedded epoxy paint will have to wait for summer. In the meantime, a temporary paint has been applied for the driving aids.
Russian Bombers in Venezuela
Russia is deploying its nuclear-capable Tu-160 Blackjack bombers to Venezuela  this week as it continues its provocative pattern of bomber training flights. At least two bombers will fly from Russia to Venezuela as part of training exercises that include in-flight fueling. The flights, including the recent flights over the north pole, are deviations from their standard training runs and are clearly aimed at sending the U.S. a message according to experts. The Russians are stepping up the flights after the Trump administration had announced that they were pulling the U.S. out of the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty that Moscow regularly violates. Thanks to G.P. for the link.
Mike Williamson, SurvivalBlog’s Editor at Large, wrote in to inform SurvivalBlog readers that the ATF seems to be having some internal issues  on how rulings will proceed.
Dr. Bones’ New Book
Dr. Bones and Nurse Amy (Joe and Amy Alton) have released a new book titled “Alton’s Antibiotics and Infectious Disease; The Layman’s Guide to Available Antibacterials in Austere Settings ”. This is a guide to antibiotics obtainable by the average citizen and the diseases they treat. With infection a major risk in long-term survival scenarios, Dr. Joe Alton and Nurse Practitioner Amy Alton go into detail about the wise use of antibacterial meds (fish or otherwise) that can be stockpiled by the family medic for tough times. This one-of-a-kind book was inspired by the original article  by Dr. Alton published in SurvivalBlog years ago. The Altons feel strongly that, with supplies and knowledge, many deaths can be avoided in times of trouble. For autographed copies, go to their web store .
Ebola Threat High
As the Congo enters its traditional high-risk season for Ebola, there is some hope. An experimental vaccine appears to be helping  the communities that it reaches. More than 40,000 people have received the vaccine. However, there have been no formal studies on it’s effectiveness since its first use in 2015. The World Health Organization spokesman just simply said “I think it’s having a major impact.” The current outbreak has tallied about 500 cases with a 50% mortality rate. While considerably smaller than the West African outbreak which totaled 28,000 cases and 11,000 deaths, it is still the second largest outbreak ever documented and one of the longest running. The outbreak is estimated to run another six months.
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