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 scary conference on global migration is taking place in Marrakesh.
Grid Down Report
G.P. sent in this article talking about the new report from the President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council published by the Department of Homeland Security. The report warns that the power grid is now the prime target of terrorists and suggests that Americans need to prepare for a power outage of up to six months. The report also recognizes that most Americans do not keep enough essentials in their home to sustain themselves during such an extended, prolonged outage. While the report recognizes the potential length of such an attack due to the destruction of hard-to-replace equipment, it only suggests that people keep a minimum of 14 days of supplies. This seems like a strange political decision- recognizing the potential severity yet only recommending minimal preparedness. Of note is the suggestion that civil unrest would probably start within hours of the attack.
This article talks about the UN conference in Marrakesh, Morocco where the world’s nations are being asked to sign away their sovereignty, their freedoms and their identity by signing the infamous UN Global Compact for Migration. Thankfully, there are countries that have preemptively stated that they will not sign the agreement. Among those countries are the U.S., Poland, Hungary, Austria, Italy, Israel, Bulgaria, and Australia. Sadly there are many countries that will be agreeing to it such as Ireland, Canada and the U.K. The intent of the agreement is to make it easier for migrants to move and settle pretty much anywhere in the world that they desire. Remember that caravan that hits the southern border pretty much every year? Part of the agreement would be to make it illegal to even talk about such events. Thanks to F.W. for the link.
Auer and Chevron Defense
The Auer and Chevron Defense is used when a governmental agency, such as the ATF, is tasked with enforcing the law, but also has the ability to make the laws up as it goes along. With the stroke of a pen, the ATF can create and enforce a law that declares a bump stock as a machine gun, even though it is a firearms accessory that has nothing to do with how many rounds can be fired with a single pull of the trigger. The Supreme Court has now agreed to hear a case that challenges that defense. With the recent additions of Gorsuch and Kavanaugh to the court there may now be the needed five votes to reverse the trend of abdication of power to federal bureaucracies.
California Gun Law’s Impact
A recent John Hopkins study has found that California’s gun laws have had no effect on gun related deaths. Of course we all knew that instinctively, but progressive/liberals need to be reminded that their socialistic tendencies have never worked in the past and nothing has changed in that regard. In 1991, California instigated comprehensive background checks for firearms sales while simultaneously prohibiting gun sales to people convicted of misdemeanor violent crimes. The law was costly and cumbersome and utterly useless as the study finds. The John Hopkins’ study found that there was no change in the statistics through 2000. Of course, that won’t keep them from trying again. They’ll just say that the laws didn’t go far enough. By the way, try not to pay to much attention to the picture on the article as it violates some basic firearms safety rules.
Reader D.S. sent in this article on the transformation of America’s culture as it moves away from Christianity and into pantheism. Ever since the early 60s, perhaps even earlier, America has challenged even the basic principles that it was found on. The changes introduced by declaring the death of God has affected its religion, its history, its social order, its ethics and even its psychology. The article is a bit tough to read, but that may be more to the fact that it hurts than anything else. “We have become a nation made up of immoral, narcissistic, infantilized people addicted to instant gratification and vice whose addictions are fed and fueled by warped, pornographic, propaganda-spewing media and entertainment.” – Ouch! On my way to the post office yesterday, I saw a political bumper-sticker that said “2020 – any adult not acting like a child”
Reader G.P. sent in this article on celebrities using facial recognition. Apparently Taylor Swift has a considerable following that could be described as “stalkers”. This past may, her concerts deployed a facial recognition software designed to monitor and identify stalkers. The software was placed in a kiosk that displayed highlights of her rehearsals and would secretly record onlookers faces and the data sent to a command post in Nashville, Tennessee that attempted to match hundreds of images to a database of her known stalkers. It should be noted that the concert is considered a private event and it is entirely legal to use facial recognition.
Reader P.B. sent this article by Michael Snyder on the U.S. National Debt. The Debt is poised to hit the $22 trillion mark and we have indicators of another financial crisis coming up. We have been adding an average of a trillion dollars every year to this debt load for the last decade and there is no sign of it slowing down. As conservatively as Trump is ruling, he has been signing every bill that is sent to his desk, and Congress shows no sign of reigning in the spending habits.
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