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 “JWR”.  Today, we focus on H.R. 8 — the Private Gun Transfer Ban bill.

Private Gun Transfer Ban (H.R. 8) Entering Committee Hearings

H.R. 8, the so-called “Universal Background Check” (private gun transfer ban) bill reportedly now has 229 co-sponsors. Committee hearings on the bill begin this week. It has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee. That is enough for passage in the House of Representatives. Yikes! Our only viable chance now is to stop the parallel version, in the Senate. Please contact both your congress member and both senators from your state. Remind them that Congress has no authority over INTRAstate sales of used merchandise. That isn’t “interstate commerce”! So it violates the Commerce Clause. And restricting private sales of firearms is also an infringement of our Second Amendment rights. This law is unconstitutional at least two different ways, and must be stopped!

The Solar Roadways Spending Boondoggle

The Solar Roadways farce is continuing.  The latest news is that the “self-heating” prototype roadway installed in Sandpoint, Idaho had to be manually shoveled clear of snow. What a monumental waster of taxpayer money. A hat tip to T.Z. for the link.

Mapping Global Corruption

Reader H.L. sent us this:  Mapping Where Global Corruption Is Most (And Least) Rampant. Anyone who is considering buying an offshore haven, take note!

Venezuela: Who Has the Guns?

And reader H.L. also sent us this:  Venezuela crisis shaping up to be all about who has the guns. Here is a excerpt from the article:

“Recall that when Venezuelan soldiers mutinied in the area of Petare earlier this month, their priority also was seizing weapons.

It does suggest that a penurious armed force with no access to weapons is the problem.  Apparently, not even the soldiers are trusted with guns by the dictatorship.  The Maduro regime is starting to arm gangs as a means of checking the military.  They trust gangs and thugs, but not responsible military men with guns, and seem to have disarmed them.”

Israel: Army Simulates Attack on Gas Rigs

The Times of Israel reported: Army simulates attack on gas rigs in most complex naval drill in decades.

UK Stockpiling “Trauma Packs” In Case Of No-Deal Brexit

Reader G.P. suggested this article at Zero HedgeUK Stockpiling “Trauma Packs” In Case Of No-Deal Brexit.

Typhus Epidemic Worsens in Los Angeles

H.L. sent us this: Typhus Epidemic Worsens in Los Angeles. “A veteran city prosecutor is among the latest victims.” H.L.’s Comment:  “As a city deteriorates, homeless population increases, rats, fleas, diseases. Typhus a Third World disease. It is now here [In American cities].”

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      1. You shouldn’t think that way, if U.S. Rep’s only hear from members of their only party they will be emboldened, but if they hear loudly from the other side, they might be more moderate. It is true that in states where there are Democrat Rep’s with large conservative voters they will lie to sound moderate and vote leftist anyway, but then there is an election day someday.

  1. LA/Typhus: A person I know lives in South Central LA. He is the perfect example of “how to cook a frog.” He stated they have had this for a long time and the locals aren’t worried about it. News like this is “blown out of proportion and not that big of a deal.” Seriously?

    1. People in liberal areas are weird; the person you know should be careful.

      ‘A California man was caught on surveillance camera ~licking a homeowner’s intercom system for ~hours.’

      ‘Roberto Arroyo was shown getting overly intimate with the doorbell system at the home in Salinas while maintaining eye contact with the camera.’ From the Independent 1/9/19.


      Germ Warfare ~ Dan Savage Goes Undercover to the Iowa Caucuses and Gives Gary Bauer the Flu Bug. TheStranger 1/27/2000

      ‘… I decide that if it’s terrorism Bauer wants, it’s terrorism Bauer is going to get.’ …

      ‘An hour and a half later, most everyone has left the offices for a pizza party. I am alone, like Cinderella after her sisters trotted off to the ball. My nose is running like a faucet, so I’m not too upset at missing the pizza. Besides, I’ve got work to do.’ …

      ‘I go around the room ~licking doorknobs. They are filthy, no doubt, but there isn’t time to find a rag to spit on. If for some reason I don’t manage to get a pen from my mouth to Gary’s hands at the conference, I want to seed his office with germs, get as many of his people sick as I can, and hopefully one of them will infect the candidate. I ~lick office doorknobs, bathroom doorknobs. When that’s done, I start on the staplers, phones, and computer keyboards. Then I stand in the kitchen and ~lick the rims of all the clean coffee cups drying in the rack. I grab my coat and head out.’ …

      ‘He [Gary Bauer] takes the picture, and I pull the pen out of my mouth and hand it to him. Score! My bodily fluids — flu bugs and all — are all over his hand! When he tries to sign, no ink comes out. Gary looks up at the cameras and says, “Looks like everything is frozen.” He grabs a poster and scribbles on it to get the ink flowing, then signs the picture. He hands me my pen, and starts to walk toward his van. He stops to answer a reporter’s question, and I see him run a finger under his nose. Perfect.’

      ‘I didn’t need to lick all those doorknobs after all.’

      These are not stand alone events. If possible, people should move out of the liberal areas.
      The news and YouTube has stories and videos, about Crude & Rude liberals getting weird with the food they prepare, ~before the food is served to other people to eat.
      The American Redoubt area might be a possible place to live.

      +Plus treat all liberal areas and the all their food, as though it has been infected with some type of weird disease.

      1. GGHD,
        An analogy:

        My chum Cindy worked at the laundromat.
        Cindy is always kidding around.
        Cindy is reasonably accurate at counting quarters… but just barely.
        Cindy is much better at joking around.

        Cindy quit the laundry to work as an assembler at the new XXXXXX RV factory fifteen miles away in XXXXXX. us$14 an hour.

        Cindy can never afford to purchase the RVs she assembles.
        Might this affect her attitude at work?

        Multiply by millions and millions of disenfranchised dispossessed underrepresented underfunded blah blah blah individuals in the 99% ‘movement’.

        * * * * *

        Doorknob licking == merely the latest mental illness of the Dan Savage crowd.

        They have a new trend == intentionally contracting HIV so they are ‘in’ with the AIDS crowd. Apparently, this mental illness is a form of Survivor Guilt.

        Good grief.

        1. LargeMarge

          Can you provide a link about the HIV thing? I understand we probably can’t post links in the comments, but X article by Y author at Z website would help greatly.

          1. Those goofballs proudly go by the title ‘big chasers’ and ‘bug catchers’. They intentionally seek STI carriers for no-strings-attached quickies. As you might expect, they congregate in cities. [For ‘cities’, auto-correct offered ‘cooties’! Apropos…]

            I discovered this a couple days ago from a YouTube recommendation between Sailing LaVagabond and telecaster jazz recommendations. Skip-forwarding through the (CNN?) video, I could feel my fists clench and my blood pressure spike.

            I had no idea. Journalist Dan Savage failed to mention this during our last conversation… which was never.

          2. Vagus, … Large Marge, must referring to the ~Bugchasing~ as explained by Wikipedia, in an article with the same name. =

            “Bugchasing, also known in slang as charging, is the practice of pursuing sexual activity with HIV-positive individuals in order to contract HIV. Individuals engaged in this activity are referred to as bugchasers. It is a form of self-harm.”

            Such people need our prayers.
            The danger posed to ~all people is in the Wikipedia article ~Criminal transmission of HIV~

            “Criminal transmission of HIV is the ~>intentional or reckless infection of a person with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).”
            [Such people need our prayers too. … I’ll admit, it takes a really good, Christian to pray for evil villains.]

            The big liberal areas are full of people that want to ~intentionally cause harm to other people. It’s more than just throwing rocks through windows, and slashing car tires. … Some people want to intentionally spread, whatever disease they may have to other people.

            SurvivalBlog, has recommendations about where to move for the safety of yourself, and your family. … One thing not mentioned enough: a move to a more conservative area, might help preserve/regained a person’s ~emotional sanity.

            As a political observation [It relates to the President’s State of the Union Speech, last night], ~ the Free Market System, with some government oversight, such as practiced in the USA, has produced a Wealthy and Healthy nation.

            Socialism, as desired by many Liberals in the USA, has produced ~Death, for many people; along with poverty and an unhealthy life for everyone else.

            The USA is also blessed with many, very-good, religious people. Christianity and other good religions can easily produce prosperous economies.
            The idea of being ~honest, and getting ~out of bed, and ~working, six days a week, is good for a Nation’s economic health. ‘A fair day’s work; for a fair day’s wage.’

  2. Regarding global corruption.

    Friend of mine went on a cruise off South America several years ago and pulled into a resort in Nicaragua run by the cruise line . He heads to the bar and sits down next to a guy who turns out to be a retired US Navy Chief (as is my friend) now living in Nicaragua. They find they have a lot in common and talk a long while.

    The expat tells my friend that he moved to Nicaragua several years prior and bought/rented (I don’t remember which) a house. Shortly after moving in he has a knock at the door and it is a representative of the Sandinistas. The guy informs the expat that it is customary for the residents to make a yearly donation/payment to the Sandinistas but in return he will have no problems EVER with property crime or his own personal safety. The expat is thinking, “Oh no. They are going to shake me down for everything I own.” But he goes ahead and politely asks what the “normal” amount is. $200 says the Sandinista. The expat, greatly relieved by an amount far less than he expected (and seeing no choice in the matter other than to move out) agrees and pays it.

    This event happened a few years prior to the conversation with my friend. The expat said it was the best $200 per year he had spent on anything his entire life. The Sandinistas were 100% good at their word. In a moderately crime ridden area, he was NEVER bothered or stole from in any way. He felt he lived in virtually total safety.

    So a “terrorist” organization taxes you $200 a year (at the point of a gun, although not yet drawn) for “police” services and provides 100% results. Or your local city/county, in the US, taxes you thousands (at the point of a gun, although not yet drawn) and provides you with a pretty fair policing effort (usually) but sometimes with mixed results. And uses some of your money to set speed traps to give you tickets to take more of your money so they can “protect” you more.

    Which is more corrupt?

    Now in intellectual honesty there is probably more to it. County Sheriffs in my county mostly appear to have a higher moral character than what I perceive a Sandinista would. But I don’t know any Sandinistas. They might be terrible sinners or wonderful saints for all I know. And you still have to wonder what the fundamental difference is between a nation state (i.e. “legitimate” government), a terrorist organization, an organized crime family or a street gang. A whole lot of what all four do seems pretty similar sometimes.

    But I am not quite ready to move to Nicaragua. Although if it does not warm up pretty soon…

  3. Private gun transfer ban.

    A law is only words on paper. How is that going to stop me from selling my personal property when, where, and to whom ever I want?

    It won’t.

    Only the narcisists in the federal government could even remotely think that any free thinking, logical individual would follow such a ridiculous law. It is akin to telling me that I cannot sell my car, if I want too.

    There is no way they can even begin to enforce it. How many gun owners in New Jersey turned in the high capacity magazines? How many will? How will they enforce it, they can’t.

    In my opinion they can take their words on their papers and put them right where the sun don’t shine.

    1. I agree that it will be ignored by most folks. But it will still be a sad chapter in American history when the Feds destroy gun shows–at least as as we still know them in about 40 states. I’m not looking forward to attending a “New Jersey style” gun show, here in the American Redoubt!

    2. I don’t think the Feds will have to enforce it at all. Most of the idiotic “law abiding” gun owners will self-enforce it for fear the person they are selling to is an undercover Fed.

  4. Even “behind the wall” here in the peoples republic of NY doctors blame parents for not vaccinating their kids for measles when we have a wide open border with illegals dragging diseases here which is completely ignored. Im not sure how it is now but schools back in the day didnt accept unvaccinated kids.

    1. I recently left the People’s Republic of NY for greener pastures (don’t put it off, trust me!) They can’t deny the student access, as that would be rayciss (just like needing photo ID to vote). No, you can’t make this stuff up!

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