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 the new .308 PMAG drums. (See the last item in this column.)
Kentucky Sheriff Warns Residents To ‘Load Guns’
Gregg sent us this: Kentucky Sheriff Warns Residents To ‘Load Guns’ 
Mapped: The Median Age of the Population
A hat tip to H.L. for sending us this: Mapped: The Median Age of the Population on Every Continent 
Chinese Dam Disaster Hushed Up
Also from H.L. came this note: “I thought you would be interested in this story I found on MSN: 230,000 Died in a Dam Collapse That China Kept Secret for Years . A nation 87,000 reservoirs! That is mind boggling.”
Washington Attorney General Threatens County Sheriffs
At TownHall.com: Washington State AG to Sheriffs: Put Your Political Views Aside And Enforce Our Gun Control Law…Or Else . JWR’s Comment: The political divide that follows the crestline of the Cascades just gets wider and wider…
It’s been a while since SurvivalBlog readers have heard from me. Yes, I’m still around, though I have stepped down from the Managing Editor position. Instead, my family is working on our family blog as well as reactivating our Bible rebinding business. If you have a Bible or another book that is in need of a new cover or some repairs, contact us. We have a new ad running in the SurvivalBlog ad stack. You can also see some of our work on our new web page at The Treasured Book . We are still building the web site, but the shop is up and running and we’re accepting jobs. – HJL
Retreat Property for Sale in Ecuador
A new property for sale in Ecuador  has just been listed at my #1 Son’s SurvivalRealty.com site. It is 5.5 acres located on the edge of a canyon with incredible views of a river.
Future of Homeschooling
Thanks to DSV for spotting this at The Christian Post: Future of homeschooling: Less religious, more regulated? A key quote from the article:
“Steven Craig Policastro, founder and executive vice president of the International Association for Creation , told The Christian Post that in recent years, the biggest change in state-sponsored resistance to homeschooling has been a “shift” from attempts to ban homeschooling to “extremely oppressive” regulations.
“Opponents of home education have realized that since they are unable to make homeschooling illegal, they can at least attempt to place extremely burdensome regulations on parent-led, home education to make it difficult or nearly impossible,” said Policastro.
“There also are constant attempts by school districts all over the country to require things of homeschool students and parents that are not required by law. There are times in which the school districts do not properly know the law, but in other instances the school board leaders do not care and they want their regulations mandated regardless of the law.””
Nevada Governor Signs Bill Outlawing Private Gun Sales
Foreign Ownership of Thousands of U.S. Aircraft Cloaked in Secrecy
Chris F. flagged this: Foreign ownership of thousands of U.S. aircraft cloaked in secrec y. Why does a small East Texas town called Onalaska have more than 1,000 registered aircraft – and no airport? A quote from the article (with accompanying news broadcast video):
“For $5, an owner can register a plane with the FAA.
Planes registered to the name of U.S. trust carry an “N” tail number. It’s a distinction that experts say carries advantages, including allowing planes to receive less scrutiny than when carrying a tail number from a different country.
Trust company officials who handle such trusts told WFAA that they use “due diligence” when vetting owners to ensure they are reputable. However, others disagree and say too little information is readily available in the FAA registry, allowing foreigners to shield their true ownership from law enforcement.
“We shouldn’t require less information to … to register a car than to register an aircraft,” U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-Mass.) told WFAA. “If you are a foreign national … you can register an aircraft here and the government doesn’t know anything about it. Come one. It’s laughable.””
New .308 PMAG Drums
Blog reader Tim J. wrote to mention the imminent release of the PMAG® D-50 LR/SR drum magazine . These 50-round drums will fit most AR-10 family rifles. The folks at MagPul claim the same high reliability as their D-60 AR-15 drums. Note that this new model weigh 4.5 pounds loaded, so they are of course something for retreat perimeter security, rather than patrolling. I expect the demand for these will be strong, so place your order early. Brownells  is already taking pre-orders for them. And I’m confident that GunMagWarehouse.com  and several other magazine sellers will soon list them.