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 vehicular data and tracking.
The GPS Granny Nanny
Auto expert and commentator Eric Peters penned this: The GPS Granny Nanny.
Who Owns Vehicular Data?
At Roll Call: Your car is watching you. Who owns the data? The article start out with this:
“If you’re driving a late model car or truck, chances are that the vehicle is mostly computers on wheels, collecting and wirelessly transmitting vast quantities of data to the car manufacturer not just on vehicle performance but personal information, too, such as your weight, the restaurants you visit, your music tastes and places you go.
A car can generate about 25 gigabytes of data every hour and as much as 4,000 gigabytes a day, according to some estimates. The data trove in the hands of car makers could be worth as much as $750 billion by 2030, the consulting firm McKinsey has estimated. But consumer groups, aftermarket repair shops and privacy advocates say the data belongs to the car’s owners and the information should be subject to data privacy laws. Yet Congress has yet to pass comprehensive federal data privacy legislation.”
Campus Radicalism is Not New
Some interesting reading, by Daniel Pipes: Harvard’s Communist Uprising, 50 Years Later. JWR’s Comment: The frightening thought is that the radicals of this generation who settled into academic lives are now considered “stodgy old people with white privilege” and “insufficiently activist.”
The Day The Dinosaurs Died
Peter wrote to suggest this in The New Yorker: The Day The Dinosaurs Died. Here is a snippet:
“Within two minutes of slamming into Earth, the asteroid, which was at least six miles wide, had gouged a crater about eighteen miles deep and lofted twenty-five trillion metric tons of debris into the atmosphere. Picture the splash of a pebble falling into pond water, but on a planetary scale. When Earth’s crust rebounded, a peak higher than Mt. Everest briefly rose up. The energy released was more than that of a billion Hiroshima bombs, but the blast looked nothing like a nuclear explosion, with its signature mushroom cloud. Instead, the initial blowout formed a “rooster tail,” a gigantic jet of molten material, which exited the atmosphere, some of it fanning out over North America. Much of the material was several times hotter than the surface of the sun, and it set fire to everything within a thousand miles. In addition, an inverted cone of liquefied, superheated rock rose, spread outward as countless red-hot blobs of glass, called tektites, and blanketed the Western Hemisphere.”
Space Objects Tracking
Here is an interesting site dedicated to tracking space object around Earth, recommended by reader Michael H.: Stuffin.Space. Michael’s Comments: “Quite entertaining. Upper left of site has a search function, and you can also see groups, like the GPS satellites, etc.”
Another Bump Stock Ban Lawsuit
Reader W.D.H. wrote to mention: “I noticed this today regarding a lawsuit by Texas firm RW Arms, suing the government over having to deliver 73,000 bump stocks to the ATF for destruction without compensation. As JWR and others have noted, the Federal ban is a clear violation of the 5th Amendment’s Takings clause. It will be interesting to see where it goes. A bad law is far worse than no law. I still prefer dangerous Liberty over peaceful slavery.”
Is Pelosi Losing Her Iron Grip?
“But the setback for Democrats could be even bigger than a budget loss in a battle with Trump or than an embarrassing lack of basic political wherewithal to pass something as non-controversial as a budget. Pelosi fended off an intra-party rebellion after the midterm election before the beginning of this Congress to win a second chance at the Speakership–the first time she’s held the gavel since she lost in the 2010 midterm elections at the beginning of former President Barack Obama’s administration. In doing so, Pelosi secured major rules changes that largely protect her from an internal rebellion mid-Congress–like what drove out former House Speaker John Boehner and what constantly threatened fellow former House Speaker Paul Ryan–but that does not mean she is fully secure.
If she keeps losing battles like this to the left of her conference and sizable numbers of members on both sides feel emboldened enough to take on the Speaker of their own party in battle–and they start winning those battles, as the left won this one–then they could start challenging her on many more things that they would normally let go.”