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 U.S. Population Density. The featured image is a composite photo of the lights of North America at night. Some pictures truly are worth a thousand words.
Insured Against Cataclysm?
First up, over at Wired: Post-Apocalyptic Insurers Try Out a New ‘Make it Rain’ Strategy. Here is a quote:
“Typical insurance, the kind you probably have on your car or home, helps with this, but it is slooooow. It pays out only after you make a claim and get a valuation of the damages—and then you still have to wait for the check. That’s not much help if you’re wading through floodwater.
Insurers have figured out a way to speed that up—by restructuring the system. Forget about claims and adjustment; with these new kinds of policies, all it takes to get the financial ball rolling is the occurrence of a trigger, a previously agreed-upon event: an earthquake of sufficient size, say, or a hurricane with winds of a given speed. It’s called “parametric insurance,” and if one of those hazard parameters gets met, every policy holder downrange of the trigger gets an automatic payment of a set amount. Pow.”
Visualizing 200 Years of U.S. Population Density
Peter sent us a link to this item: Animation: Visualizing 200 Years of U.S. Population Density. JWR’s Comments: It is fascinating watching this well-researched and detailed animation play through. You will notice a great huge gap in their map: The American Redoubt. The population density here–outside of a few cities like Spokane and Boise–is amazingly low, even to this day.
Facebook Eliminated 1.5 Billion Page-Views to Conservative Sites
I spotted this linked over at Free Zoxee Friends: Facebook Eliminated Over One Billion Page-Views to Conservative Websites in 2018 – Now, Thanks to James O’Keefe, We Have Proof This Was The Plan.
Is a Second Civil War Coming?
Over at American Thinker comes a short, pointed piece by Jeff Lukens: Is a Second Civil War Coming?
Prepping For The Next Cold War
G.P. wrote to suggest this article: Prepping For The Next Cold War. A snippet:
“Let’s say another Cold War does happen, the United States military (all branches) may place orders for massive amounts of ammunition. Those orders could cause shortages in the civilian market. Not shortages in just loaded ammunition, but also smokeless gun powder, primers, and new brass for reloading.”
Terror Watchlist Shared with 1,400 Private Groups
Reader T.Z. sent this: Feds share watchlist with 1,400 private groups. T.Z.’s comment: “You know, like if you have a Ron Paul bumper sticker.”
Pakistan Prime Minister Calls for Talks With India
“‘This is unprecedented territory — we haven’t had tit-for-tat air strikes between India and Pakistan since the 1971 war,’ said Anit Mukherjee, a former Indian Army major and assistant professor at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore, by phone. ‘We don’t know what will come from this. But it seems like Pakistan has given a response. And there have been casualties — captures, deaths.'”
The Constitution Myth
The latest piece from conservative classicist Catholic blogger Antonius Aquinas: The Constitution Myth
Navy SEALs and Backpack Nukes
And one more from G.P., with some fascinating history: Navy SEALs and backpack nukes: US special operators once carried the fury of the atom in a sack. A quote:
“[These devices] …were called Special Atomic Demolition Munitions, or SADMs. The U.S. government designed a variety of these man-portable nuclear weapons with destructive yields that ranged from 100 tons of TNT to 1,000 (.1 to 1 kiloton). They weighed approximately 59 pounds and were always meant to be delivered via a two-man team.
Although the deployment of the weapon could really be handled by just one special operator (these weapons never reached the conventional forces), nuclear doctrine dictated that no single person—other than the president—ever have the means to detonate a nuclear weapon on their own. As a result, each special operator was given one half of the detonation code and both would need to input said codes in order to start the countdown on the weapon.”