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 “HJL”. Venezuela continues to make news as the country continues its slide into oblivion
Reader H.L. sent in this article showing that 3G and 4G LTE networks are just as prone to stingray phone tracking due to some recently discovered vulnerabilities. Hackers revealed the findings at the Black Hat conference in Las Vegas. They describe a cryptographic flaw in the protocol which allows the devices to connect with the cell operator. It’s a sad day when you realize that your government is in the same class as those hackers.
Americans and Europeans are not the only ones that are unrealistic about the food supply. It also appears that it is a world-wide problem. Reader T.J. sent in this video of a prank in a Brazilian supermarket where there is a “box” and the chef puts a live pig in, turns a crank and sausage comes out the other side. As amusing as all the reactions are, just where do these people who like sausage think it comes from? People are really disconnected from the actual food supply. I completely understand the predictions of mass starvation should the trucks quit rolling.
Over the years, we have received many letters from aging people who want to homestead. They have the heart needed to make the move, but their body is a limitation. As one put it: “I can do everything I could when I was 20. I just pay a much higher price for it.” Patrice Lewis, over at her blog Rural Revolution, has posted an article with many tips on working smarter, not harder as you get older.
Venezuela continues its move into chaos as anti-government protesters and security forces continue to clash. Maduro has banned protests and is warning that any one who marches will risk up to 10 years in prison. The opposition coalition has called for mass protests this entire weekend. This has prompted the U.S. government to order the families of diplomats to evacuate the embassy. So far, the conflict has claimed more than 112 lives as a direct result of the conflict and the country continues its slide into oblivion.
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The U.S. government has also authorized the voluntary departure of any U.S. government employee at its hilltop embassy in Caracas. President Trump is warning that the U.S. may impose economic sanctions on Venezuela if Maduro goes ahead with his vote to create a legislative superbody.
A judge ruled in favor of GunMag.com and the Second Amendment Foundation over Seattles gun and ammunition tax. The City had enacted a tax on all purchases in 2015. They claimed it would generate nearly half a million dollars in revenue. The gun magazine made a public records request for the actual data and the city refused. The Second Amendment Foundation believes the refusal is because the tax generated so little income compared to what was predicted.
Residents of Ocracoke Island, North Caroline, are getting a taste of TEOTWAWKI. PCL Construction, the company building the new Bonner Bridge, drove a steel casing through an underground transmission cable cutting the main power feed to the island. The Cape Hatteras Electric Cooperative is providing temporary power through a diesel generator, but they can’t supply the entire Island at once. Residents have been asked to turn non-essential electric loads off. There are also rolling blackouts throughout the island. You just never know when your preps are going to be needed by you!