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 how SurvivalBlog has been shadow banned.
Pills to Protect Against an Apocalypse
A short but fairly accurate piece was recently posted over at The New York Times: Potassium iodide offers limited protection to those exposed to a Chernobyl-type disaster. Every family should have some on hand. But keep in mind that they only protect against one form of cancer and not any other radiation effects. Several of our advertisers stock them.
SurvivalBlog Has Been Shadow Banned by Google
I ran some tests and found that search engines are now actively shadow banning SurvivalBlog via manipulation of their search results. Searches at Google.com on words like “survival”, “preparedness”, “food storage”, “disaster readiness”, “prepping”, and so forth all are now de-emphasizing SurvivalBlog. Instead of showing up near the top of the first page of search results as we once did, SurvivalBlog now often shows up on Page 2–where it is often overlooked by newbies. This shadow banning was done despite the fact that we are still consistently posting daily original content, and are considered one of the very best sources of information on preparedness.
In an attempt to “play the game” in the search engine world, we changed a few things. This was in hopes of maintaining at least a marginal position in search engine results. This included adding a comments section, and adding photos or other illustrations atop each article and column. Without those, we would probably no longer be visible at all. Meanwhile, in the Social Media world, it is only at the conservative FreeZoxeeFriends site that we get any coverage. (Note: I refuse to get a personal Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter account.)
Bottom line: We are not going to “win” in the now overtly-politicized search engine world, or in the social media world. Doing so would mean making too many compromises to our integrity. They have declared war on SurvivalBlog and have certainly shadow banned us. But they can’t stop the signal! We need to run an Internet guerilla campaign to remain visible and viable. Please share SurvivalBlog articles you’ve enjoyed with your family and friends, by e-mailing them links. Encourage them to bookmark and visit SurvivalBlog. And for those of you that do use Social Media: Please post links to SurvivalBlog articles that you have enjoyed reading. Lastly, please consider putting a mention of SurvivalBlog in your e-mail signature footer. Thank you!
Massachusetts Gives In, Will Process Some Gun Permits
Long-time content contributor D.S.V. sent us this: Massachusetts Gives In, Will Process Some Gun Permits Under Court Order.
An Experienced Border Wall Builder Speaks
This was recently posted over at American Thinker: We Built the 2006-2007 Wall: ‘Over 100 Miles in 90 Days’. Here is a quote:
“James Bonk came to speak at the Northern Virginia Tea Party, skeptical of discussions about Trump’s border wall being solid concrete slabs. From his years of experience, transporting giant concrete slabs to the middle of nowhere would be expensive and inefficient. He has worked on concrete wall projects but would not recommend that design on the wilderness frontier. Mixing and pouring concrete slabs on site in the middle of nowhere would be difficult. Logistics and transport of components are an important part of any such project.
Opponents of a border wall keep saying we must listen to experts. Along with border patrol agents on duty, those experts include those like James Bonk, who have actually built the parts of the border wall we have now. But those experts and border patrol agents on site are calling for a metal wall of vertical pipes or slats they can see through, which is exactly what Trump is now promoting.
James Bonk is concerned that bureaucrats a decade ago sabotaged and undermined the project with “designed to fail” illogical requirements and that ideas being discussed today are similarly aimed at intentionally failing in the project. The wall-building project abruptly stopped when Barack Obama became president. Nevertheless, despite the hindrances, they successfully built hundreds of miles.”
Maryland Seeks to Restrict Transfer of Rifles and Shotguns
The latest from attorney Adam Kraut: Maryland Seeks to Restrict Transfer of Rifles and Shotguns Between Law Abiding Citizens.
Too Much Sun Avoidance?
Over at Mercola: Researchers Call for Immediate Revision of Sun Avoidance Recommendations. The article begins: “Researchers call for an immediate revision of public health recommendations on sun exposure, noting that ‘nonburning UV exposure is a health benefit and — in moderation — should be recommended as such.’”
H.R. 8 is Still on The Fast Track
H.R. 8–the congressional bill that would criminalize private firearms transfers–is still on the fast track. It now has 231 co-sponsors (including five wishy-washy Republicans) and it is being ramrodded through committee. It should be out on the floor of the House in less than a week. Its passage is a fait accompli in the House by simple majority (218 of 435 congresscritters), but it can be stopped in the Senate. Please contact your Senators, frequently!