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 the devastation of some recent tornadoes in the central United States.
Tornadoes Tear Through Missouri, Leaving 3 Dead
30 Tornadoes in the Central US
At CNN: There were reports of 30 tornadoes in the central US on Tuesday. JWR’s Comment: Watch the NWS forecasts closely, and leave your NOAA weather alert radio turned on!
Rats Are Taking Over New York City
The Spycraft Revolution
Reader T.Z. spotted this, at Foreign Policy: The Spycraft Revolution. The article begins:
“The world of espionage is facing tremendous technological, political, legal, social, and commercial changes. The winners will be those who break the old rules of the spy game and work out new ones. They will need to be nimble and collaborative and—paradoxically—to shed much of the secrecy that has cloaked their trade since its inception.
The balance of power in the spy world is shifting; closed societies now have the edge over open ones. It has become harder for Western countries to spy on places such as China, Iran, and Russia and easier for those countries’ intelligence services to spy on the rest of the world. Technical prowess is also shifting. Much like manned spaceflight, human-based intelligence is starting to look costly and anachronistic. Meanwhile, a gulf is growing between the cryptographic superpowers—the United States, United Kingdom, France, Israel, China, and Russia—and everyone else. Technical expertise, rather than human sleuthing, will hold the key to future success.”
Nevada Bypasses Electoral College
This is some genuinely ominous news, folks: Nevada passes National Popular Vote bill in bid to upend Electoral College. At the risk of sounding sententious, I predict: If an American presidential election is ever truly stolen, then the next round of votes will come from the rooftops.
Venezuela: Cue the Mad Max Theme Music
Reader J.M. sent us this from Organic Prepper: Venezuela: The Final Stage of the Collapse is Here
Snakebites: World’s Biggest Hidden Health Crisis?
Reader G.P. sent this: Snakebites declared world’s biggest hidden health crisis. A quote:
“A multimillion-pound programme has been launched to improve treatment for snakebites, which are thought to kill up to 138,000 people each year.
Scientists said research is urgently needed into the problem as they described snake bites as the world’s biggest hidden health crisis.
Snakebites are treatable but doing so can be expensive, and experts say ineffective antivenom medicines, often in less developed countries, mean people living in the world’s poorest places are worst affected.
Wellcome, the London-based independent global charitable foundation, has announced £80 million in funding for a new programme to focus on changing the way treatments are researched and delivered.”
New ‘Farm Bailout’ Could Cost $20 Billion
A hat tip to Miss Jennifer, for this link: Second White House ‘Farm Bailout’ Could Cost As Much As $20 Billion. Here is a pericope:
“In a departure from last year, the administration is reportedly considering basing payments on the acreage planted for the coming season, rather than farmer’s current production levels. This has spurred questions from some economists.
While the payments last year were based on farmers’ current production, the basis will be modified, the people familiar with the plan said. The administration is considering basing payments on the acreage farmers plant this year and their historic yield of crops per acre, the people said.
Former Agriculture Department officials and economists have warned that a decision to base payments on current acres planted risks skewing farm production decisions and adding to the rising stockpiles of crops, particularly soybeans. That risks depressing commodity prices even after the current trade dispute is resolved.
The combination of a disparity in payments favoring soybeans over corn and rainy weather in the Midwest could encourage farmers to change plans and decide to plant soybeans rather than corn. Soybeans have a shorter growing season, so they can be planted later.“