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 preparedness and large families.
Television Hits a New Low
The ongoing churlish decline of American television culture has reached a new low. Consider, if you will: The New TWILIGHT ZONE Has A Swearing Problem. (Warning: In describing the show’s foul language problem, author Scott Wampler uses foul language.)
SSRIs and Mass Shootings
Here is some documentation for whet we’ve recognized anecdotally, for many years, over at Ammo.com: Prescription For Violence: The Corresponding Rise of Antidepressants, SSRIs & Mass Shootings
Range of Iranian Ballistic Missiles
U.S. Suspends All Flights to Venezuela
Reader G.P. sent this: US suspends all flights to Venezuela citing safety and security.
The Case for Larger Families
This article recommended by Ol’ Remus at Yer Ol’ Woodpile Report caught my eye: The Case for Larger Families. JWR’s Comment: Virtually all English-speaking countries now have birth rates that are below the replacement rate. (That is, an average of 2.3 children per couple.) In the long term, this is demographic suicide for western cultures and people groups. I encourage SurvivalBlog readers to prayerfully consider having at least four children!
Here is a key quote from the article:
“Larger families are often believed to be unaffordable. This is wrong for several reasons:
- The initial cost is large, but for subsequent children, the infrastructure is present. No need to buy most of the furniture new for the next kid, such as strollers, car seat, crib, etc. For many families, the biggest initial cost is the loss of a second paycheck, That cost will not increase with additional kids.
- Once the commitment to managing on one paycheck is made, purchases such as homes and cars are viewed with an eye to how affordable they are for the chosen lifestyle. For that reason, it’s important for families not to lock in a lifestyle that requires two paychecks. From the start, they should commit to living on one paycheck (as soon as possible – sometimes, prior debt must be cleared first).
- College is one big expense that is often brought up. This negates the tuition reduction that comes with more family dependents. It also puts more pressure on the graduate to choose his/her college, and major, with an eye to the best bang for the buck. That’s a feature, not a bug, as kids SHOULD learn that budgets are necessary.
- Seeing the example of parents working as a team for maximum family good is a wonderful model for life. That team experience comes years before sports participation, and has a greater impact on their character.
- Budgeting, a necessity for nearly all larger families, allows kids to learn about the value of prioritizing needs over wants. It might also prod some of the older kids to get a part-time job – that experience alone is priceless. Better a paid job that a make-work “internship” – the lessons a REAL job teaches are beyond compare.”
Birthrate Decline Crisis in Illinois
Nigel Farage on Upcoming EU Election
“We had a referendum, a full free and fair referendum. We were told by the government whatever [the result] was, would be implemented. That couldn’t be clearer. We then had a general election in which about 75 per cent of people voted for Labour and Conservative parties, both of whom promised they would honour the referendum and deliver Brexit.
…we are a democratic country, our great tradition is that we’ve always been a great democratic country… I think this is a moment whether you’re a leaver or a remainer to say ‘promises must be kept’ because if they’re not, trust in the entire democratic system breaks down. So let’s deliver Brexit. We have a new date now, the 31st of October, we absolutely must leave on that date if we are to be in the eyes of the rest of the world a credible, democratic nation that obeys the rule of law.”
California: Cluttered Yard? $60,000 in Fines
Government Will Pay You $1,000 to Adopt a Mustang
Another from content contributor G.P.: Government will pay you $1,000 to adopt a mustang.