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 ”. The wall is becoming a contentious issue this week. While the government is in a partial shutdown over it, the public may fund it themselves.
More on Bumpstocks
Mike Williamson, SurvivalBlog’s Editor at Large has a good article on what everyone needs to know about the bumpfire ban . Looking past the obvious details and a very unconstitutional ban, Mike delves into the nitty-gritty of why this is a horrible direction and such a slippery slope. He doesn’t even own one because he owns several of the “real thing”. There is so much misinformation in the public arena on just what these devices are, you should be prepared to explain these details to anyone you meet. Who knows, the ATF make make it impossible to wear a belt on your pants in the future because you can do the same thing with your belt loops.
Gun Parts and Ammo
Palmetto State Armory (one of our Affiliate advertisers) has announced a great sale on Gen-2 30-round black MagPul PMAGs . They are just $7.99 each, after you put them in their shopping cart. Search for item “MAG571-BLK” Stock up, before Congress gets busy robbing us of our rights! Be sure to use the coupon code “PMAG” when you check out.
Brian Kolfage has a gofundme page for building the border wall  that has raised almost $15 million dollars in just five days. While congress has partially shut down the government because the Democrats have refused to deal with the border wall issue, the private citizens are showing that they really want the wall. The fundraiser has a goal of 1 billion dollars making it potentially the largest private fundraiser in history. The rate at which people are donating make also make it the fastest growing fundraiser as well. While I’m doubtful that this project will eventually fund the wall, the politicians need to take note of this project. They should be representing the people and despite the political controversy, the people are speaking quite loudly.
Lost Art of Gardening
Reader H.L. sent in this great article on 24 lost gardening tips from 100 years ago . Large agriculture has changed the way even the small gardeners raise vegetables. Chemicals used to prop up farm land and refrigeration have caused much of the knowledge that used to be common to fall into oblivion. These tips are a good start on learning to recover that knowledge. Thanks to archives and books, it is still there, but you have to look for it now. Gardening is a skill that must be acquired. Don’t fall into the trap of buying a bucket of seeds and storing it in a closet until you need a garden. Start now and learn while the making of mistakes doesn’t mean the difference between feeding your family and starving.
Storage Locker Auctions
Reader S.D. wrote in:
“Make the effort to get to know those who buy storage units and flip the items at flea markets, ect. They more often than not prefer to flip inventory as quick as possible, especially if the unit has already paid for itself. Because of this I now own a gently used Carhartt coat for $10. Networking is so key…you don’t need to even talk politics, people would rather gather and talk shop about their families, memories, and shared networking/connections and just as importantly, referrals.”
The “yellow vest” protesters in France, whether you agree with them or not, have brought about significant change on the part of the politicians, but there may be a new movement afoot. The “blue vest ” movement is actually from the police. The month long “yellow vest” protests have had them working overtime and fatigue and frustration are starting to take their toll. The movement, driven by police unions, seems to be moving in the same direction as the “yellow vests” and as such may bring those protests to a whole new level. What is not known at this time is whether the police movement is purely a self-interest movement that is only trying to bring about better working conditions for them regardless of the rest of population or if it is more public minded as a whole. Thanks to H.L. for the link.
Merry Christmas From the Grinch
Brockton, Massachusetts said Merry Christmas to a small business owner this year by serving a notice to vacate his property.  The city is using eminent domain to take the building by force because they don’t believe he has made enough effort to revitalize his own property. The city believes they can do a better job and has already struck a deal with a developer. Fourty-four states have passed legislation to restrict eminent domain powers but six have not (Massachusetts being one of them). You should check the articles links to find out if your state has some limitations or not.
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