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 San Francisco’s plummeting quality of life.
New Florida Law Okays Front Yard Veggie Gardens
On July 1st, a new law will take effect in Florida , voiding some local zoning laws. This law recognizes the right of homeowners to grow vegetables on their own property–even their front yards. Hooray! (Thanks to DSV for sending the link.)
Is Idiocracy Becoming Reality?
Evan Horowitz at NBC: IQ rates are dropping in many developed countries and that doesn’t bode well for humanity .
An Affordable Drone for Retreat Security?
Reader SOG suggested a recently-reviewed drone , under $150. He says: “An inexpensive drone with pic and cam not tied to a cell phone. These would be great for retreat ops. Sort of a poor man’s RAVEN.” Here is a an ordering link: HUBSAN H501SS X4 Drone GPS 4 Channel Altitude Mode 5.8GHz Transmitter 6 Axis Gyro 1080P FPV Brushless Quadcopter Mode 2 RTF ( White) 
Quality of Life Plummets in S.F.
A hat tip to Peter for sending this: San Francisco’s Quality-of-Life Toll . Here is a snippet:
“San Francisco is the nation’s leader in property crime . Burglary, larceny, shoplifting, and vandalism are included under this ugly umbrella. The rate of car break-ins is particularly striking: in 2017 over 30,000 reports  were filed, and the current average is 51 per day . Other low-level offenses, including drug dealing, street harassment, encampments, indecent exposure, public intoxication, simple assault, and disorderly conduct are also rampant.
Many in law enforcement blame the crime wave on Proposition 47, which in 2014 downgraded possession of illegal narcotics for personal use and theft of anything under $950 in value from felonies to misdemeanors. Anti-incarceration advocates disagree with that argument, but theft is indisputably booming, and narcotics activity is exploding on sidewalks, parks, and playgrounds . When compounded with other troubles for which the city is now infamous (human feces , filth, and homelessness, which is up  17 percent since 2017), San Franciscans find themselves surrounded by squalor and disorder.”
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The Great Unraveling Begins
The latest essay from the sagacious Charles Hugh Smith: The Great Unraveling Begins: Distraction, Lies, Infighting, Betrayal . Here is a pericope:
“The ruling elites start “fudging” reports (i.e. lies are presented as truths) and promoting narratives to mask their self-aggrandizement and the erosion of the nation/empire under their self-interested rule.
European MEP Election Results
If anyone is curious: European elections 2019: When do we find out the results of yesterday’s vote? 
A Harrowing Houston Home Invasion
Dog shot trying to protect family during home invasion, police say . Here is a quote:
“A family dog tried to protect her family as gunmen held a father down during a home invasion overnight.
This happened just before 1 a.m. Friday at a home on Sagewick Drive in southeast Houston.
Houston police say four armed intruders broke into the home through the back door which just happened to be unlocked. A father, who was in the kitchen at the time, was held down at gunpoint.
The family were told to stay in their rooms, but the 17-year-old managed to get out through a bedroom window to run for help.”
Purgatory Ski Resort Reopening For Memorial Day Weekend
Colorado’s Purgatory Ski Resort is reopening for skiing on Memorial Day Weekend . They’ve had 8 fresh inches of snow. Perhaps they should send Al Gore a pair of complimentary lift tickets. Thanks for that Global Warming, Al!