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 Caching Cash. (See the last item in this column.)
Fire Departments Becoming Scanner Opaque
Here is some important news from H.L., for those of us who own public service band scanners: Fire Departments Are “Going Dark” and Becoming Secret Public Safety Organizations . The article starts out with this:
“Across the country fire departments in Connecticut , Georgia , Tennessee , North Carolina  and Illinois  have begun encrypting their radio transmissions, effectively turning them into secret public safety organizations.
The latest fire department to ‘go dark’  and hide its communications from the public is the Denver Fire Department in Colorado.
The Denver Post reported  that once the fire department learned that they could no longer communicate with the Colorado Police Department which also went dark; they decided they had to do the same thing.”
Making DNA Records and Samples Go Away
The latest from tech guru-ess Kim Komando: How to delete your data from home DNA test sites 
Oh, and speaking of DNA data, don’t skip reading this: A New Method of DNA Testing Could Solve More Shootings .
Gun Law Changes in Portugal Serve as Warning
Over at The Captain’s Journal: Gun Control In Portugal Serves as a Warning For Gun Owners In America , (Thanks to H.S. for the link.) A snippet from the article:
“Changes of the original Act No. 5/2006 always lead to a more restrictive regime. Many items that were legal by 2006 became illegal and are now considered “forbidden weapons”…
And there is no end to that.
The EU Gun Ban implementation proposal now exceeds everything we have seen so far in terms of absurd prohibitions, abuse of power, disregard for private property and increase of subjective and dubious prohibitions. It is now being discussed by the Portuguese Parliament.”
Has The Era of Billionaire Warlords Arrived?
G.P. suggested some insightful commentary in a brief “must watch” video: Billionaire warlords: Why the future is medieval — Sean McFate . JWR’s Comment: Although this gent has a left-of-center perspective, I believe that he is essentially correct. This will surely add new meaning to the terms “corporate merger” and “hostile takeover.”
Facebook’s Memory Hole
The latest video from Sargon of Akkad: Facebook’s Memory Hole . Now, it seems that just mentioning Tommy Robinson, or linking to his site, or posting a photo of him will get your post automagically zapped from Facebook. The age of full-on AI-driven Internet censorship has arrived, folks! To me, it is apparent that the leftist cabals are getting their ducks in a row for the 2020 election. They mean to manipulate the election outcome by hook or by crook.
Venezuela Hit By Major Blackout
And another from G.P.: Venezuela hit by major blackout, government blames ‘sabotage’, A quote:
“Critics say corruption and under investment have left the country’s power grid unable to function, while Maduro says the problems are intentionally created by political adversaries.
Crowds flooded a main avenue of Caracas. Many people said they expected they would have to walk several hours to their homes because the few buses on the streets were full and the city’s metro system was shut down.
‘The person responsible for this is named Nicolas Maduro,’ said Pedro Fernandez, 44, a systems engineer in the Altamira neighbourhood of Caracas, on his way by foot to the other side of town.
‘This is just the tip of the iceberg given all the things we’re suffering.'”
Lenny Magill and His Glockstore: Voting With His Feet
Reader Michael t. zeroed in on this news tidbit: Glockstore.com Will Relocate HQ to Nashville 
A Question on Caching Cash
SurvivalBlog Reader R.H. wrote to ask: “I don’t see where you have ever discussed burying cash except for a reference to using Nalgene bottles . Serious discussion of this issue is overdue. There could be issues with mildew which could degrade the currency. Need to address proper methodology, oxygen or moisture absorbents, etc. In tornado country, we can’t depend on an aboveground vault full of cash not being shredded to pieces. Only underground would be safe.”
JWR: Replies: All of my cash caching experience is with nickels–lots and lots of nickels . So I don’t feel qualified to make a recommendation on paper currency beyond burying truly watertight containers in proximity to a large stone landmark that is unlikely to ever be disturbed. Would any readers care to chime in, in the Comments section for this post? Thanks!