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 concealed carry of firearms by private citizens.
Constitutional Carry Versus Control
Some cogent commentary from Reid Henrichs: Constitutional Carry vs Control – The Winds of Freedom
Sprawling Ugandan Refugee Camps
Mike Williamson (our Editor At Large) recommended this detailed piece that documents the grinding poverty of Africa’s huge refugee populations: In Uganda, a unique urban experiment is under way. Their dependence has become multi-generational, and their “camps” are transforming themselves into permanent cities. There have been Sudanese refugees continuously in Uganda for more than 35 years. And a few of these refugees crossed into Uganda during the first Sudanese civil war (from 1955 to 1972.) Much like the Palestinian “refugees” in Israel, after two generations, they can no longer be considered legitimate refugees. By definition, if a whole chunk of a nation’s population is born in a country, then they are permanent residents, not temporary guests.
Howard Sachs Decries the Arrested Development of Socialism
A essay by Howard Sachs, at American Thinker: A Lesson for Our College Kids about Socialism. (Thanks to H.L. for the link.) Here is a key quote:
“I understand the allure of socialism and leftism. I don’t make fun of those who ascribe to them or their thoughts. I just encourage everyone to channel who he is meant to be — not the child he always carries with him. Let people take care of themselves and the people around them as brave, strong, and free American adults. Mom and Dad are really gone from your lives. The big, iron-fisted State of socialism and leftism will not and cannot replace them. All leftism, in all its forms, from communism to Democrat socialism, does is keep us small, weak, dependent, impoverished, and very un-free little boys and girls.”
And, in describing the asset bubble re-inflation following the 2008 debacle, Faber said: “You can print money for a long time, but it doesn’t end well.”
The New Zealand Mosque Attack
A recent video from Paul Joseph Watson: The New Zealand Mosque Attack.
And there is also this video analysis by Frank Sharpe, of the exemplary firearms training organization Fortress Defense: New Zealand Active Murderer. JWR’s Comments: This adds credence to the familiar saying: “You will default to the level of your training.” From Frank Sharpe’s expert analysis, we can clearly see that the mass murderer did not have much firearms familiarity or skill at arms. There was plenty of fumbling and a bad case of “that stuff will get you killed” level of stoppage-clearance incompetence. Frank Sharpe observed that clearing one stoppage took 18 seconds? But that didn’t stop him, since he was operating almost unopposed in a fishbowl–up against a lot of unarmed goldfish. Just one armed member of that mosque could have surely stopped him. Sadly, there were none, because there is virtually NO legal non-police concealed carry or open carry in New Zealand. Well, perhaps it is permitted for a select few high speed executive protection teams. But not any of us plebian citizens. The police response was predictable: They arrived after the ghoul had departed to attack the second mosque. Pitiful.
No More “And Aspirin A Day”?
Reader DSV spotted this: Daily Aspirin No Longer Recommended To Prevent Heart Attacks In Older Adults.
Drink Diet Coke and Die Young
“In the new study, published in Circulation, looked at data from 80,647 women and 37,716 men who had answered questionnaires about lifestyle factors every two years.
They found that the more sugar-sweetened drinks a person drank, the more his or her risk of early death from any cause increased.
Drinking two a day increased that risk by 14 per cent, while those guzzling more than two a day had a 21 per cent increased risk of early death.
They also had a 31 per cent higher chance of dying young from heart disease.
Each additional drink consumed per day increased the risk by another 10 per cent.
Researchers also found a link between sugary drink consumption and an early death risk from cancer.”