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”. Today has an interesting article on the arms buildup of Turkey along the Syrian border.
It may be for the wrong reason, but at least it’s moving people in the right direction. Fear that they won’t be able to get their favorite foodstuffs anymore have driven many of Britain’s housewives to stockpiling food and medicine. In a first world country like Britain, separate trade agreements outside of the EU will obviously be made once Britain has exited the EU, but these housewives don’t trust that they will still have access to things they need and want. Many who wanted to stay part of the EU have formed a group called “48% Preppers”, so named after the vote percentage who wished to remain in the EU. In a way it’s kind of silly, but hey, whatever it takes to get people to get out of the “Just in Time” mentality. Thanks to H.L. for the link.
Cracked on TSA
Mike Williamson, SurvivalBlog’s Editor at Large, dredged up this old article from Cracked, a typically liberal organization. However, they’ve hit this one on the head and it’s still just as valid today as it was six years ago. “7 Reasons the TSA Sucks (A Security Expert’s Perspective)” is an excellent short treatise on why the TSA is one of the worst security organizations in existence. It’s proof that even a humor organization can get valid information from an expert.
Also from Mike Williamson comes this article on what “low income” means when you live in California’s Bay area. If you live in the San Francisco area and you make less than $117,000/year, you now qualify as a low income family. A report out from the Department of Housing and Urban Development found that the media price for a single-family home in the area was now $935,000. When you see pictures of what a million dollars will buy you, you might think twice before buying. You’d probably get a better home in one of Detroit’s run down areas for just a couple hundred dollars. it’s worth noting that the area offers very low survivability during an economic crisis.
Turkey Invasion Imminent?
From Pat Cascio, SurvivalBlog’s Senior Field Gear Editor, comes this article on the massive arms buildup of the Turkish government on Syria’s border. 80,000 troops and trainloads of heavy armor have been moving to the border in the days since John Bolton’s meetings with Turkey. The article states that they believe Turkey will begin deploying along the border from ten different locations about 10 kilometers deep into the border with the intend of clearing an area 30,000 square kilometers from what they consider terror organizations. What they call a “terror corridor” is actually the traditional homeland of the Kurdish people who fought side-by-side with the US against ISIS.
Reader M.D. sent in this article on William Barr, Trump’s new Attorney General pick. Barr has a long history of anti-gun positions, but understanding that he was AG from 1991 to 1993 is critical and nobody is asking questions about that. He was the one in charge during the Ruby Ridge standoff in which Vicky Weaver and her child were shot by FBI snipers and his 14 year old son was killed. Both the Justice Department and the FBI concealed evidence and called for blanket immunity for the FBI despite an internal investigation that suggested criminal charges against FBI officials. It’s also worth mentioning that despite his insistence that he had no knowledge of those operations, there is evidence that he received up to 20 phone calls concerning Ruby Ridge in the 24 hours before Vicki Weaver was killed.
Consistency in Carry
Reader B.E. wrote in to ask the SurvivalBlog community:
I’ve recently been informed of the importance of consistency in carry, i.e. carrying weaponry in the same general area consistently and practicing the way you will fight. For me, when I am able to carry my handgun I carry it in the same general location but I am not always able to legally carry. Nor am I able to be exactly the same everyday with what I carry. For instance, when I’m at the gym I carry a neck knife but when I wear a tucked shirt for work this knife is not easily accessible and, if I am at work, I rely on a ‘tactical’ pen in my right pocket. When I can, I replace this pen with a folding knife and practice using both in almost the same motion.
I also add a small folder from time to time in my back pocket, next to my wallet. How do I condition myself to recognize what I’m carrying on any given day? I imagine there’s little worse than grabbing for a knife in my back pocket that isn’t there when I need it or reaching for a knife when I should reach for the gun because I’m not used to it being there. Advise appreciated. Thanks and God bless.
Defending a Venezuelan Homestead
Here is an interesting article on defending your homestead from the perspective of a Venezuelan. As predicted, the city has serious shortages of everything and the citizens of the towns are now “foraging” through the countryside for supplies. As the title of the article states: Eventually people will come for what you have. The article gives some advice on equipment and operations that have been necessary for the homesteader to retain control of their properties. This is definitely worth a read.
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