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 Wild Bee Crash.
Wild Bee Population Collapses by 90% in New England
We’ll start out today with this from reader H.L.: Wild Bee Population Collapses By 90% In New England, Study Warns. A snippet:
“Researchers from the University of New Hampshire conducted a study to document declines in about 100 wild bee species critical to pollinating crops throughout New England. What they discovered, according to the study, was a collapse in the wild bee population across the state, reported AP.
Researchers analyzed 119 species in the state from a museum collection at the college dating back more than a century. Sandra Rehan and Minna Mathiasson published the study in the peer-reviewed journal called Insect and Conservation Diversity this month. They concluded 14 species found across New England were on the decline by as much as 90%. Several of the species include leafcutter and mining bees.”
Patriots Day Remembered
Reader Tim J. recommended this video by Reid Heinrichs: The Shot Heard ‘Round the World: Lessons for today from Lexington and Concord. Hee also recommend this great essay on teh same theme, by Bill Buppert: Because Private Weapons Prohibition, That’s Why.
New SurvivalRealty.com Listing in Alaska
My #1 Son wrote me to mention an unusual new listing at his SurvivalRealty.com spin-off site: Remote Alaskan Property & Wild Salmon Business.
Seattle’s Revolt of the Elites
Peter sent us this: Seattle’s Revolt of the Elites. Here is a quote:
“Since the release of Eric Johnson’s documentary Seattle Is Dying, which depicts an epidemic of street homelessness, addiction, crime, and disorder, city elites have launched a coordinated information campaign targeted at voters frustrated with the city’s response to homelessness. Earlier this month, leaked documents revealed that a group of prominent nonprofits—the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Campion Advocacy Fund, the Raikes Foundation, and the Ballmer Group—hired a PR firm, Pyramid Communications, to conduct polling, create messaging, and disseminate the resulting content through a network of silent partners in academia, the press, government, and the nonprofit sector. The campaign, #SeattleForAll, is a case study in what writer James Lindsay calls “idea laundering”—creating misinformation and legitimizing it as objective truth through repetition in sympathetic media.
The key messages of the campaign include a number of misleading claims, including: “Seattle is making progress to end homelessness,” “1 in 4 people experiencing homelessness in our community struggle with drug or alcohol abuse,” and “[62 percent of Seattle voters believe] we are not spending enough to address homelessness.” All three contentions fail to meet basic scrutiny: street homelessness has increased 131 percent over the past five years; King County’s lawsuit against Purdue Pharma admits that “the majority of the homeless population is addicted to or uses opioids” (not one in four); and 62 percent of Seattle voters agree to the statement “we are not spending enough” only when it is directly prefaced in the polling questionnaire by the phrase “other cities of the same size are spending 2 to 3 times the amount that Seattle is and are seeing significant reductions in homelessness”—itself an unsubstantiated claim. (When the same question is presented neutrally, without the framing, support for “we are not spending enough” drops to 7 percent).”
Las Cruces, N.M. Overwhelmed by Migrant Dropoffs
Las Cruces, N.M. pleads for help amid migrant dropoffs: ‘This is going to be an ongoing event’. (Thanks to DSV for the link.)
Establishing Garden Plots
Here is a good YouTube video by Engineer 775 of Practical Preppers: The fastest way to make a garden plot! JWR’s Comment: There is nothing quite like having the proper power tools!