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 look at so-called Doomsday Bunkers being constructed by ex-pat millionaires in New Zealand.
Doomsday Bunkers in New Zealand
Hunting the One Percent’s Doomsday Bunkers in New Zealand . JWR’s Comment: The documentary film maker takes 28 minutes to show about 10 minutes worth of interesting content. And there is the usual liberal hand-wringing about “the shortage of affordable housing.” Only a committed socialist would complain about hundreds of millions of dollars invested into a local economy by mostly absentee neighbors who use hardly any public services. But this is still worth watching.
Reader Paul B. sent us the link to this interesting Yahoo News Australia article: The only way is down: subterranean survival warning 
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Preparing for The Perfect Storm
B.B. sent us a link to a lengthy, well-written piece on preparedness by Doug Lynn, over at The Burning Platform: Preparing for the Storm: The Perfect Storm.  It is primarily directed at preparedness newbies, but still worth reading. Here is a key passage:
“We will also need to defend against any pirates and all that entails. Think it through.
And how do we get better at anything? Practice. Drill. Rehearse.
All prepping will vary according to one’s particular climate and geographic location, but the time to plan, buy, stock and store is all but gone; because the ship has all but sailed. Still, even “Baby Steps” in the right direction  will provide at least some element of protection in the forthcoming perfect storm.
Remember, something is better than nothing and what you don’t use, you can barter. Now is the best time to turn your fiat cash into things you will need. Search the web using terminology like “best barter items”, or “bugging out”, or “urban survival”, or “basic prepping”. Then, plan for the forthcoming hard times like you would an extended camping trip.”
Max V. on Team Patrol Formations
The latest tabletop training video from “Max Velocity”: Team Patrol Formations . He describes it as: “A look at Team Patrol Formations, and the advantages and disadvantages of various formations for patrol movement and advance to contact.”
Little Utility in Hellfire Triggers
I had a reader recently write to inquire about Hellfire brand trigger actuators. He asked if they had any practical utility. My reply was as follows: “There is no comparison between a binary trigger and any of the various trigger actuators. With a binary trigger the sights are quite usable. But with the various actuator gadgets (Hellfire, Hypergat, Autoburst, the now-banned bump-firing stocks, et cetera) you essentially lose the use of your sights. So all that you are left with is an ammo-eating noisemaker. I should mention that the Las Vegas concert shooter was successful in his dastardly act of terror only because he had an area target. I recommend that you save your money for a while, and buy a binary trigger.”
Unintentional Jamming in Ohio
Reader Tim K. spotted this odd news from Science Alert: Car Keys Mysteriously Stopped Working in This Small Ohio Town, And We Now Know Why . A quote from the article:
“Despite those early suspicions, an intensive door-to-door investigation led by local authorities determined it was indeed just one rogue device behind the town’s radio transmitters going dark.
The culprit, it turns out, was a home-made device invented by a local electronics enthusiast. He’d designed a specialised gadget to inform him if anybody was upstairs in his house while he was working downstairs in the basement.”
North Korea: Severe Food Rationing
North Korea faces food crisis after poor harvest, U.N. says . The article begins:
“Four in ten North Koreans are chronically short of food and further cuts to already minimal rations are expected after the worst harvest in a decade, the United Nations said on Friday.
Official rations are down to 300 grammes – under 11 ounces – per person per day, the lowest ever for this time of year, the U.N. said following a food security assessment it carried out at Pyongyang’s request from March 29 to April 12.
It found that 10.1 million people were suffering from severe food insecurity, “meaning they do not have enough food till the next harvest,” U.N. World Food Program spokesman Herve Verhoosel said.”