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 power grid vulnerability to cyber attacks. EMP, CME (severe solar storms), and physical infrastructure attacks are not the only risks!
Power Grid Vulnerability: Utilities Fined for “Serious Cyber Risks”
This troubling article illustrates the vulnerability of our three national power grids: Secrecy Reigns as NERC Fines Utilities $10M citing Serious Cyber Risks . Here is how the article opens: “The North American Electric Reliability Corp. (NERC) imposed its stiffest fine to date for violations of Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) cybersecurity regulations. But who violated the standards and much of what the agency found remains secret. In a 250 page regulatory filing, NERC fined undisclosed companies belonging to a so-called ‘Regional Entity’ $10 million for 127 violations of the Critical Infrastructure Protection standards, the U.S.’s main cyber security standard for critical infrastructure including the electric grid.
Thirteen of the violations listed were rated as a “serious risk” to the operation of the Bulk Power System and 62 were rated a ‘moderate risk.’ Together, the ‘collective risk of the 127 violations posed a serious risk to the reliability of the (Bulk Power System),’ NERC wrote.” (Our thanks to J.M. for the link.) I hope that more Americans–especially our legislators–wake up to power grid vulnerability!
JWR Interviewed on the Pending Private Party Gun Transfer Ban
I was just interviewed on the Reluctant Preppers podcast  about H.R. 8 — the pending Private Party Gun Transfer Ban. Therein, I gave a summary of the proposed law and the short-term tsunami in gun prices that will be felt in the interval between the law’s passage but before enactment. I also explained the probable long term effects in the market for pre-1899 antiques.
Corporal’s Corner: Adirondacks Class Footage
Tim J. recommended a couple of great video training segments from the always quite useful Corporal’s Corner web site: Adirondacks Class Footage: Winter Emergency Shelters  as well as this one: Takedown Bucksaw .
Yellow Vests in Stuttgart: Protesting a Diesel Driving Ban
H.L. spotted this: Yellow Vests in Germany: Hundreds Protest New EU Regulations . The article begins: “Hundreds of people demonstrated Saturday in Stuttgart, the bastion of Germany’s car industry, against a recent driving ban on older diesels, wearing yellow vests to match protesters in France whose movement began as a reaction to proposed fuel hikes.”
DNA Test Company Brags of FBI Data Sharing
Survivalblog reader D.S.V. suggested this article: One of the largest at-home DNA testing companies is giving the FBI access to its records .
San Francisco’s Drug Addict Legions
Peter sent us this newspaper article link: San Francisco — where drug addicts outnumber high school students . Peter’s Comments: “I am reminded of a societal conundrum: We don’t advocate feeding wild animals since it introduces long-term, bad behaviors such as a lack of foraging skills, attracting too many animals to an area, and increased reproduction rates due to an abundance of food. It also increases the risk of a disease outbreak due to more animals in the area. So why do we promote basic-income programs for younger, healthy people?”
Anti-Gun Attorney General Nominee: William Barr
Firearms Policy Coalition has posted this video with an important alert: Tell US Senate to Vote ‘NO’ on Anti #2A AG Nominee, William Barr . Please please, contact your Senators. While you are on the phone with their office: Also insist that they vote against S.42–the unconstitutional ban on INTRA-State private party gun sales.
Pink’s Celebrity Daughter is a Shooter
James C. suggested this article, over at AllOutdoor.com: Pink’s Celebrity Daughter is a Shooter . The piece begins: “Not all famous entertainers are ignorant anti-gunners, as proven by a recent Instagram video posted by hartluck, the userid of former motorcycle racer Corey Hart, husband of the well-known singer known as Pink. Hart posted a video of their 7-year-old daughter Willow Sage Hart firing a rifle, with the following caption:
‘Haven’t poked the parent police bear in a few days. Willz and I shooting the 22 rifle. She is getting pretty good. Can hit a 12 inch pie plate from 30 yards. Started her shooting at 3yrs old. For the record non[sic] of us hunt, just enjoy shooting for sport. I’m raising the kids with knowledge of fire arms, how to handle them, shoot them, store them, and avoid them in uneducated hands. #knowledgeispower'”
Please send your news tips to JWR . (Either via e-mail of via our Contact  form.) These are often especially relevant, because they come from folks who watch news that is important to them. Due to their diligence and focus, we benefit from fresh “on target” news. We often “get the scoop” on news that is most likely ignored (or reported late) by mainstream American news outlets. Thanks!