The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:

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”. Survivalrealty has a great California location with an Atlas shelter on the property this week.

Public Schools Again

In yet another example of why public schools are a total loss, a West Point High School teacher in Virginia was fired for refusing to use the politically correct gender pronoun that a very troubled and mentally ill student decided that they wanted to use. The student was a biological female, yet decided to identify as a male. While the teacher was agreeable to calling the student by her actual name, it wasn’t good enough and the student along with the administration demanded that the teacher suspend reality and refer to the student by her chosen pronoun.

Other students at the school have staged a walkout in protest, but to no avail. This is a disturbing trend that we have allowed to take hold in these Marxist/Socialist indoctrination centers as up to three percent of ninth and eleventh graders are gender nonconforming at this point. Get out while you can! Thanks to D.S. for the link.

Global SitRep

Reader G.P. sent in this article by Patrick Buchanan that gives an interesting global sitrep. As we enter the next two years of Trump’s presidency, the U.S. will basically be paralyzed politically as the Democrats go after Trump with everything they have. Europe’s leaders are also similarly paralyzed due to various political maladies that affect each of their nations. England is consumed with Brexit, France is burning with globalization, Germany is swamped with immigrants, Poland and Hungary are at odds with Brussels and Europe is drowning in Muslim immigrants. It’s not a pretty thing.

World Debt

World wide debt has reached new heights this year. A record $184 trillion (represented in U.S. dollars) is on the books now. That’s $86,000 per person for the entire world population. Leading the debt are the United States, China and Japan. Overall the combined public and private debt is equivalent to 225% of the entire world’s gross domestic product. This number represents an increase in over $2 trillion since their last estimate in October as it includes countries that had not previously reported. Thanks to P.B. for the link.

Recession Recovery

A decade after the financial crises, the U.S. economy is supposedly working well with unemployment at a 50 year low. But when you look deeper into the economy, you see some disturbing facts. While some areas are doing well, most regions are barely moving ahead. The bottom third of U.S. counties actually saw their economies shrink. For the ext 20% in the bottom half, the economies grew by only 0.6 percent. So why are the overall numbers so good? Because the relatively few counties that are doing well are doing spectacularly well and the way unemployment numbers work is not truly representative of actual unemployed or under-employed numbers. Thanks to H.L. for the link.

Venezuelans Lament

Also from H.L. comes this article on the gun ban in Venezuela. True to historical form, the repressive government banned personal ownership of firearms six years ago and now the free citizens have little recourse as the socialist continue to stamp out their freedoms in rigged elections and corrupt politics. With the ban put in place by Hugo Chavez before his death, Maduro has wasted no time in enforcing it. The penalty for a civilian carrying a banned weapon is 20 years behind bars. You know who does have guns though? The government and the criminals (but I repeat myself there.) The citizens didn’t care enough years ago and now they are paying the price.

Polio-Like Disease

The symptomatically polio like disease that has plagued America has seen an expansion of cases this year. Acute Flaccid Myelitis (AFM) has struck 158 people across 36 states this year with another 311 cases still being evaluated. Texas had the most cases with a total of 21. Colorado has the next highest at 15. Oddly enough, the disease seems to have a two-year cycle which begins in September and subsides at the end of November.


For the secret squirrel looking for a location in California, there is a 20 acre listing in Kern County, CA (exact location is undisclosed) that has a 10′ x 40′ Atlas fallout shelter on the property. The shelter is gas tight and well built with a master bedroom and a bunkroom. It will sleep six comfortably along with a galley kitchen/living area. There is also a video of the shelter.

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  1. World Debt

    Nobody ever asks; to whom is this debt owed? If we all owe each other this money, then why not Jubilee? So I ask, to whom is this money owed and what has been surrendered as collateral? Y’all should find out, dear slave, who it is that’s running this global plantation.

    1. @Fred. My answers to your 3 questions are ‘I don’t know’. I know for example that China is a huge holder of US treasuries. I have little faith that the US has significant gold reserves. I know the much of the West is federal land.

      If I was China and the US defaulted could I demand for starters, 61% of Idaho and 29% of my beloved Montana?

  2. Countries owe each other, owe banks, institutions, mortgage companies, car lenders, the whole things a mess. But they all owe each other green IOU’s that are lent to them via the Federal Reserve, which is the top of the food chain, who has secret share holders whom I’ll bet maybe just a couple people in the world knows their identity. It’s just a big poker game, and the chip bullies always win, at every turn, suppress gold prices, buy it all with our own money, crash the market, cash in on derivatives, reinvest on the down market, make more profits (cash and resources) on the way back up, over and over and over. It’s just a big game.

    ***Warning Foul Language ***

  3. The Class A shareholders of the Fed are essentially the castle dwellers of Europe. YOU, your loved ones and all of your property were the collateral used by your government when the US filed for bankruptcy in 1933 – thanks FDR! The US has never legally emerged from those bankruptcy proceedings.

    1. So the federal reserve debt based banking system was rolled out and 25 years later, surprise surprise, America goes bankrupt and now we’re slaves. Heard similar before. Land, minerals, future labor all of it still owed and since we keep taking on more debt we keep forfeiting more future assets as collateral, payment, and interest. This is exactly how debt works. When people blame the federal reserve or banksters I just roll my eyes. The bankers are doing exactly what bankers do. Not saying any of this is right, I just heard it this way.

      One more question, if the national debt and (government budget) deficit are two different things, why are they used interchangeably? I don’t know why but it’s more debt slavery I suspect.

      1. There is a reason why the Department of Commerce has copies of everyone’s birth certificate. It is because THE PEOPLE are the collateral for the debt. You are the collateral because you opted into the system.

        How did you “opt in”?

        Why, by signing up for a social security number. The moment you accepted the government’s number you are their slave.

        If you’ve ever seen the movie “The Matrix” (the first one), it sums up the “wool pulled over your eyes to blind you to the truth”.

        The legal, financial, and governmental constructs that have been erected around us are the real life matrix.

        How do you unplug? The short answer is you can’t, without much pain.

        So,what to do?

        The first thing is to NEVER allow yourself to be disarmed.

        Second, get some training and prepare.

        Wash, rinse, repeat.

  4. The “one dollar bill” in your pocket is not a dollar – it is a Federal Reserve Note. A note is a promise to pay. Pay what? A Dollar! What is a Dollar? A Dollar is a unit of weight of silver! As defined by the Coinage Act of 1792, a dollar is 371.25 grains of pure silver. A dollar can no more be money than a quart can be milk.

    The small print (a note is a legal document) on a 1928 $20 FRN says “Redeemable in gold on demand at the United States Treasury or in gold or lawful money at any Federal Reserve Bank”. Lawful money is a noun, legal tender is a verb.

    Article 1 Section 10 of the U.S. Constitution states: “No State shall… make any Thing but gold and silver Coin a Tender in Payment of Debts. This is still the law of the land.

    1. I’ve constantly carried an 1890 ‘silver’ Liberty Dollar in my pocket for years as a reminder of what real money is. Every once in a while when the conversation warrants, I pull it out and show it to the person with me, who ALWAYS exclaims their surprise that we once used real silver-based coins for money.

      It also works wonders when you need to ‘flip a coin’ to settle a wager among people.

      “What’s that?”

      “It’s a silver U.S. dollar.”

      “Is it real?”

      “Of course. Our grandparents used to pay for groceries with silver money, you know.”

      “What? Really?”

      “Yep. You know that FRN in your pocket isn’t real money. It’s only a debt note.”

      “Huh? Explain.”

      (…and that’s how you wake up minds one at a time…)

    2. Now Doc, them is fightin’ words. You can’t go around saying a piece of paper aint nothing but a piece of paper. Somebody’s gonna get hurt. Those high up men said that paper is a bill for some gold or silver… uh, yeah, I know, …but after people got used to using paper, they said they didn’t have to give you any silver or gold anymore.

      I guess its sort of like holding a title to some land, but one day you don’t really own the land anymore, but the bank says you can keep the title and trade it to the next guy that comes up the road for something you need. You just have to hope he won’t be asking where the land is either. And he can trade it to the next guy, and so on…and so forth.

      The scheme works just as long as nobody asks where the land is, or the gold or silver. You got to stop talking about “Constitution” this, or “Federal” that, or “legal” this and that. You’re just gonna stir up things…

      People don’t really want to know how the magician pulled the rabbit out of the hat. They just want to believe he really did. Somehow that rabbit was living in that hat all the time. Somehow the Fed’s waved their magic wand and pulled money out of their hat.

      I hear they got a new kind of money called “Bit Coin.” I’m not sure if they call it that because you got to worry about gettin’ bit or what. But its worth something because thousands and thousands of computers all over the world were all grinding away day and night and they said its worth something. As I hear it, Computers are never wrong. The only problem I see is, they used to give you a piece of paper called a dollar you put in your wallet. I guess if worse came to worse, you could still use it to light your fire place. Now, I don’t know what you get with a Bit Coin. I think its just a really really long number somewhere. I guess you could write it down on a piece of paper and have “real” money again.

      So if I take my piece of paper with the really long number on it down to the Quicky Mart I wonder if Bobby Jean will give me a six pack for it? I know she’s gonna look at at me like I’m crazy. But I’m just going to tell here she has to just believe its good.

  5. The linked article about Venezuela documents government backed gangs, an unofficial police force. ANTIFA came to mind, perhaps a function of city governments with a hostile bias towards civilians in our country? I suggest this in-depth 29 minute documentary from an investor’s perspective as a good insight to how things are in that troubled country, Venezuela, with some lessons for us.

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