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 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
FEMA Reports Admits Failures
Reader G.P sent this: New FEMA Report Admits Preparedness Failures . A brief quote:
“Attempts to enhance levels of preparedness among individual households, communities, and various organizations which lie outside the emergency management profession’s immediate sphere of control have shown little to no sign of improvement. Preparedness campaigns such as Ready.gov , America’s PrepareAthon , and National Preparedness Month , all aimed at individual households and communities, have not produced the desired results… Past efforts to apply top-down or one-size-fits-all solutions have too often ended in disappointment.”
The Christchurch Massacre: Keep Calm
Sargon of Akkad has posted some incisive commentary on the Christchurch Massacre: Keep Calm .
And on the same topic, there is this great commentary by Matt Christiansen: On the Christchurch Shooting | When Self Defense Is ‘Not a Valid Reason’ 
More llinois Gun Grabbing
EU Implementing Biometiric ID Cards
The latest bit of Big Brother encroachment, directly from the EU web site: Better security for ID documents: Council Presidency and European Parliament reach provisional agreement . A quote:
“Under the proposed new rules, identity cards will have to be produced in a uniform, credit card format (ID-1), include a machine-readable zone, and follow the minimum security standards set out by ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation). They will also need to include a photo and two fingerprints of the cardholder, stored in a digital format, on a contactless chip. ID cards will indicate the country code of the member state issuing them, inside an EU flag.” [Emphasis added.]
Our Tattered Fourth Amendment
Reader H.L. sent us a link to this essay by John Whtehead: Forced Blood Draws & Implied Consent Laws Make a Mockery of the Fourth Amendment . I’ll offer a quite from his article:
“You think you’ve got rights? Think again. All of those freedoms we cherish—the ones enshrined in the Constitution, the ones that affirm our right to free speech and assembly, due process, privacy, bodily integrity, the right to not have police seize our property without a warrant, or search and detain us without probable cause—amount to nothing when the government and its agents are allowed to disregard those prohibitions on government overreach at will.
This is the grim reality of life in the American police state.
Our so-called rights have been reduced to technicalities in the face of the government’s ongoing power grabs.
Consider a case before the U.S. Supreme Court (Mitchell vs. Wisconsin) in which Wisconsin police officers read an unconscious man his rights and then proceeded to forcibly and warrantlessly draw his blood while he was still unconscious  in order to determine if he could be charged with a DUI.”
Banning Pictures of Guns on Social Media?
Over at AmmoLand: Proposed Ban on Social Media Gun Pictures Proves Gun Control is Total Control . Here is a quote:
“If you post it on social media, that’s probable cause for us to come get the guns out of your house,” Democrat Florida State Senator Jason Pizzo proclaimed  in a Facebook video three years ago. “That’s it. It’s now on you to explain why you have a gun in your house and why it’s on social media…”
He was stumping at the time to change the law to deny the right to keep and bear arms to young adults old enough to vote, marry, sign binding contracts and serve in the military. Pending that, he wanted parents to call the police on their children if they saw them posting pictures and videos with guns online.
There’s no question that if you’re a parent and have a dependent child in your home, what they are doing, what they have access to, and what goes on under your roof are your business. How you handle that parental authority is your call, or it should be. Depending on circumstances, alerting the police may be a viable option. Just be aware that their vested interest in their own safety, and the protocols they will follow to ensure it, will take precedence, and you may come to regret that you didn’t try to resolve matters another way.
Fast forward to the present, and the new climate in Florida where even some Republicans are scrambling to support citizen disarmament edicts. Pizzo is now pushing a bill  that, along with “lock up your safety” infringements, makes “posting or publishing of a picture of a firearm, BB gun, air or gas-operated gun, or device displayed to resemble a firearm to social media” by minors a criminal act that will result in guns being “promptly seized by a law enforcement officer and disposed of,” and other penalties.”
(A hat tip to H.L. for sending the link.)