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”. Zimbabwe is crashing and burning this week…again.
Tonight will provide an excellent view of the only full lunar eclipse in 2019. The eclipse is notable because it will be happening during what is called a “super moon”, a time when the moon is closest to the earth, making the moon look larger. Technically, “super moon” is not an official term, but it rolls off the tongue a whole lot easier than “perigee syzygy” which is the proper name. In any case, 12:12 a.m. EST (9:12 p.m. PST) is totality. North and South America will have a great view of this one. Have fun viewing it.
Top Five Lies on YouTube Gun Channels
Reader T.J. sent in this excellent video from Reid Henrichs of Valor Ridge that deals with some of the more egregious lies propagated on YouTube channels. I’ve heard these lies myself many times, but usually from YouTubers that I no longer watch because I recognize them as mostly ignorant trying to pass themselves off as experts. Some of these lies will get you hurt or killed in a critical situation. Reid addresses each of them with actual facts.
Additional Gun Ban Legislation
The NRA has sent out an alert to its members about Washington’s new push for gun ban legislation. Senate Bill 5340 and the companion House Bill 1286 were filed at the request of the attorney General. They would ban possession of commonly owned semi-automatic firearms based solely on cosmetic features along with a list of firearms, and magazines capable of holding more than ten rounds. This legislation is in addition to the already filed SB 5062 and HB 1068 which will ban standard capacity magazines. Yep, thanks to the American voters, we are in for a wild ride for the next two years. Thanks to reader P. for the link.
Credit Card Companies
Reader DSV sent in this article on American Thinker about the trend of credit card companies being used to censor those who operate businesses protected under the Second Amendment. One of the biggest dangers to the American public is the amount of big brother data that the CC company has to collect from you and the merchant in order to pull off this sort of censorship. They have to be able to determine if you are purchasing a vacuum cleaner or a semi-automatic rifle and other private data like that.
It’s one thing for a merchant to collect this information, it’s another matter entirely for a financial institution to demand this sort of info. In the meantime, CC companies are going after merchants who deal almost exclusively with firearms-related matters. This article profiles one of the latest issues where Patreon caved to MasterCard’s demand that conservative author Robert Spencer be banned.
Playing with AI
Security experts are beginning to sound the alarm about the myriad ways that Artificial Intelligence can have it’s data manipulated by hackers. Things like tricking a neural network into misrecognizing an object, tricking facial recognition into falsely recognizing a person or even things like a self-driving car blowing through a stop sign because it didn’t recognize the sign are all possibilities. It shows that machine sensors don’t actually see data the same way that humans do and how good the human mind is at filtering out things that don’t belong. This article goes into some depth on how these attacks work and how they can disrupt seemingly simple things. Since such technology is quickly becoming commonplace, we can expect such exploits to start happening regularly. Thanks to G.P. for the link.
If you thought Venezuela was a problem, be thankful you are not in Zimbabwe. The Namibia Economist published a letter from a person in Zimbabwe where the entire country is in their third day of a total shutdown. Banks are closed, schools are closed, roads are closed and transport systems have shut down. There are no newspapers and the Internet has been shut down by the government. Vigilante groups are moving through the cities, burning and looting and elements of the police and military are involved in forcing the shutdown. Even in wartime Europe, people still had access to newspapers and retail outlets. This is socialism shining at its best attempting to control people.
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