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 Shortwave Broadcasting.
The Transmitters of Freedom (Shortwave Broadcasting)
Over at Off Grid Ham: The Transmitters of Freedom Should Be Turned Back On!  Here is a quote:
“The internet affords little privacy, anonymity, or security. IP addresses can be tracked. It’s fairly easy to know who is accessing what content. Plus, the internet depends on a complex system of routers, servers, and data circuits to connect them. Oppressive governments can and do control what information is accessible within their borders and severely punish anyone who crosses the line.
Shortwave broadcasts have no borders.
The success of the shortwave broadcasts of yesteryear was due to the fact that radio has no borders and defeats attempts at censorship. No one can know for sure who is listening because a received signal cannot be tracked to any individual. Somebody, somewhere can tell when and where you do anything on the internet. But if you had a radio on, who would know?”
Takedown M4s for USAF Fighter Pilots
I found this link over at the Yer Ol’ Woodpile Report  blog: USAF Fighter Pilots Are Now Flying With These Converted M4 Rifles In Their Survival Kits 
What Happened With Supermicro?
Next, over at Hackaday: What Happened With Supermicro? . A pericope:
“Supermicro hasn’t been the only one under scrutiny lately. Huawei has also been under fire for having hidden backdoors in their communications equipment . This reporting, also by Bloomberg, is different because this time there’s corroboration. In the wake of this, Huawei is being banned in a few countries, and it’s starting to hurt the company. Many manufacturers are leaving China and moving to other countries, as the threat of China hacking, the increasing costs of labor, quality concerns, and rising tariffs make moving more and more appealing. Supermicro and Huawei are just illustrative examples of the trend.
On the other hand, Cisco just released an announcement about a hidden backdoor in a server  (and a patch to fix it), so maybe Huawei just had a firmware bug and didn’t handle it well.
Many people have since agreed that the theory behind the kind of hardware hacking claimed by Bloomberg is sound, though it’s extremely challenging to pull off. Supply chain management, vendor management, and managing certifications and integrity of vendors internationally for complex components is a nightmare, and it wouldn’t be unheard of for a vendor to slip in some components of questionable provenance.”
Socialism Leaves South Africa In The Dark
The latest from Daniel Greenfield: Socialism Leaves South Africa In The Dark . JWR’s Comments: That nation’s parliament is well-known for its bombastic tirades and grandiloquence. They are captaining their ship of state directly into the maelstrom. Please pray for better government in South Africa!
SAT to Give Students ‘Adversity Score’
Reader Tim J. spotted this at MSN: SAT to Give Students ‘Adversity Score’ to Capture Social and Economic Background . JWR’s Commenta: These shenanigans of course are just an End Run around the Bakke decision. (Which supposedly stopped reverse discrimination.) The folks who should be the most angry about this new test “adjusting” are American-born Chinese, because they consistently have higher SAT scores than whites. College and university administrators were alarmed, because their schools were looking “too Chinese”, especially in their engineering and hard sciences programs. But the fact is: Racism is racism, no matter how they try to “progressively” paint it. Admission should solely based upon academic merit. And don’t get me started about football and basketball scholarships. Those are charades, writ large.
FLUX Defense Glock Pistol Brace
A video from a TGC guy: I SWEAR IT’S NOT A STOCK – FLUX Defense Glock Pistol Brace .
Amazon Warehouses for Hazardous Items
G.P. suggested this, over at Wired: Amazon Is Building Special Warehouses for Hazardous Items . A quote:
“Just before 8am one Wednesday last December, a can of bear repellent exploded  in an Amazon warehouse in New Jersey, sending two dozen workers to the hospital. It wasn’t the first time the product had caused problems  inside Amazon. The retail giant now believes it knows what happened: The aerosol can popped out of its faulty clamshell packaging, fell to the ground, and hit another object—probably the chain link fence that divides Amazon’s human employees from their robot  colleagues. Irritating capsaicin fumes then began polluting the air, causing workers to cough and their eyes to burn.
The accident was bizarre, but it also demonstrated the unique challenges that come with running the largest online retail operation in the world, where nearly every product is for sale. In the aftermath, Amazon says it tracked down and removed thousands of bear and pepper spray items from 30 fulfillment centers across the country. It then stapled their packaging shut, “to help protect against any accidental discharge,” says Carletta Ooton, the vice president of health, safety, sustainability, security and compliance at Amazon. Among other changes, Amazon now classifies bear repellent according to a higher safety standard, no longer allowing it to be handled by robots.”