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 Pistol Shooting at Distance.
“The prevailing sense of crisis following the economic crash may have inspired people to consider getting back to basics. Across society, Deegan said, people who were laid off or had hours cut also found themselves with more free time then they knew what to do with.
But social media sites like Facebook, than in its infancy, also helped people with an interest in survival skills and equipment find each other. The Irish Survivalist Group, which Deegan co-founded, now has more than 2,000 members on Facebook.
So what does it mean to be a survivalist in Ireland?
As Deegan explained, in addition to working personally on their own skills his group’s members arrange regular meetups of up to 30 or 40 people, heading out to the wilderness with no tents or equipment ‘to get to know each other and talk about various aspects of survival’.”
The National Guard’s Dramatic Logo Change
Over at the Yer ol’ Woodpile Report  weekly bog there was a link to this at Guns.com: National Guard Ditches Iconic Minute Man, Gun Logo. “The rebrand makes it clear that the Army National Guard is part of the Army.” Ol’ Remus Comments: “And just like that, what were the country’s organized militias are now admitted to be the domestic standing army so feared by the founders.” JWR’s Comments: I can recall being in the Army Reserve back in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Even though we were Federal troops, (rather than under teh State National Guard Bureaus) some of the recruiting paraphenalia for the Army Reserve used the Minuteman logo, with the motto “America’s Home Team.” Yes, times have changed.
How A.I. Will Go Out of Control
Reader G.P. sent this: How AI Will Go Out Of Control According To 52 Experts . Included in that article is this quote from Elon Musk :
“I think we should be very careful about artificial intelligence. If I were to guess like what our biggest existential threat is, it’s probably that. So we need to be very careful with the artificial intelligence. Increasingly scientists think there should be some regulatory oversight maybe at the national and international level, just to make sure that we don’t do something very foolish. With artificial intelligence we are summoning the demon . In all those stories where there’s the guy with the pentagram and the holy water, it’s like yeah he’s sure he can control the demon. Didn’t work out.”
Pistol Shooting at Distance
A video from Reid Henrichs: How To Shoot a Pistol Better at Distance . (Thanks to Tim J. for the link.) JWR’s Comments: At 100 yards and beyond, I prefer a supported sitting position or even prone position for pistol shooting. But Reid is right: The fundamentals are of critical importance, at distance.
Trump Suggests Dumping Illegals on Sanctuary Cities
Several readers wrote to mention this: President Trump Is ‘Giving Strong Consideration’ to Sanctuary Cities for Migrants . It is my suggestion that President DJT adopts a new motto, as a polite jab at Obama: “If you like your illegals, you can keep your illegals.” (In fact we can send them our illegals, if they like them so much.)
Truck Ham Radio Setups
A YouTube video from Survival Dispatch: Truck Ham Radio Setups . In this video, Niki Caligiuri and Chris Weatherman chat about how to set up a personal ham radio in your vehicle for everyday use.