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 features a pair of videos that explain how nuclear bombs work, but in language that a person can truly understand.
How Nuclear Bombs Work
I was looking for a short tutorial on how nuclear bombs work when I ran across this two-hour lecture series on YouTube. People understand how normal explosives work and the fear factor just isn’t there because there isn’t much “unknown”. But with regards to nuclear bombs, that “unknown” factor is often off the charts. While the politics in this two part lecture are somewhat dated (2013), the technical stuff is brought down to a reasonable level and you walk away with a rudimentary understanding of how they work, how they are made, and what the significant dangers are.
As an example, it becomes apparent that enriching uranium 235 to the low yield of 4.5% required for peaceful nuclear reactors is actually about 75% of the work required for weapons grade U-235. Bringing it to 20% is about 90% of the work to get it to weapons grade quality. At this stage, the uranium is stored as a gas called uranium hexaflouride and can be enriched to weapons grade with comparatively very little effort. When a country acquires the ability to have “peaceful” nuclear reactors, the remaining industry to build nuclear bombs is relatively minimal. You don’t even need “weapons grade” to build a bomb either. The series also points out that if your delivery system is a container on a ship or a truck, you don’t even have to worry about the miniaturization required to fit it on a ballistic missile. This is a very informative series on the difficulties (and simplicities) of building nuclear weapons.
Nuclear 101: How Nuclear Bombs Work Part 1/2 – Making nuclear bombs
Nuclear 101: How Nuclear Bombs Work Part 2/2 – Making the material for nuclear bombs
By this time, we’ve all heard of companion planting – the method of plantinig certain garden plants together to gain a synergistic benefit. Sometimes that benefit is in the areas of pest control and sometimes the benefit is growth or fruit/seed production. But did you know that some plants should never be planted together because the opposite happens? Reader H.L. sent in this interesting article on plants that should never be planted together (or even in the same area as you rotate your plans around your garden.)
Oregon Claims Your Kids
Reader T.Z. sent in this article on how the state of Oregon is now claiming authority over all children. They have become the first state to enact a law that mandates home visits of all families with new born children. We are wondering what happens if you refuse to let them in your home too. Do they get a warrant? Will they take your kids away? Progressive socialists used to be satisfied with controlling your kids once they reached school age, but now, they are apparently going after them right after they are born.
Reader DSV sent in this article on protecting your privacy when using alternatives to hotels. The author of the article explains how more and more people are finding hidden cameras in areas of the home where you would reasonably expect privacy. While Airbnb will support you if you find a camera in your bedroom or bathroom, they generally will not if you find a camera in the living room. If one of the pictures you view when selecting the home has a security camera in it, Airbnb will tell you that you must assume that there will be more around the house. If you use these services, you should probably just assume that there are cameras everywhere. There are some things that you can do that will help you find hidden cameras, but there is no guarantee that you can find them all.
Firearms and Crime
Reader D.S. sent in this PDF article on a recent government study on the usage of firearms in crimes. Unsuprising to most readers of SurvivalBlog, the study points out that only 7% of firearms used in crimes were bought legally. All of the others were obtained illegally – methods in which gun control laws would have been totally ineffective in preventing access to the firearms. These are statistics that the gun control advocates wished didn’t exist and you can bet that you will never hear them from their lips.
Venezuela’s Gun Control
Speaking of gun control, reader H.L. sent in this article on the connection between gun control and Venezuela’s current economic and social crises. Venezuela has proven to be one of the most tyrannical governments in the world. They routinely, violate basic civil liberties such as free speech, they debase the currency at will, confiscate private property and create economic controls that destroy the countries productivity. Meanwhile, the population is basically helpless to resist because massive socialistic gun control was implemented before embarking on these practices. This article shows the political path followed that links gun control to the abuses over the past few years.
Survival Realty has listed a beautiful log cabin sitting on 50 acres of Arizona property that you can own for less than $90,000. It has 1,400 square feet with a covered deck on two sides with some incredible mountain views.
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