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 California Chicken Cull.
U.S. Farms in Worst Crisis in a Generation
“By the time it is over, we may look back and say that this was the worst farm crisis that the U.S. has ever seen.
The biggest problem for farmers so far in 2019 has been endless rain and flooding. Farmers kept waiting for a break in the weather that never came, and at this point the number of acres that have not been planted with crops is “unprecedented”…”
California Chicken Cull
The latest on Newcastle Disease: To stop a virus, California has euthanized more than 1.2 million birds. Is it reckless or necessary?
Boston Dynamics Robot Dog
Boston Dynamics prepares to launch its first commercial robot: Spot. I’ll offer a snippet:
“Boston Dynamics’ lifelike robots have been delighting and terrifying the internet in equal measure for years, but the company has a much bigger milestone ahead: its first ever commercial product — a quadrupedal robot named Spot — is nearly ready to go on sale.
Spot is currently being tested in a number of “proof-of-concept” environments, Boston Dynamics’ CEO Marc Raibert told The Verge, including package delivery and surveying work. And although there’s no firm launch date for the commercial version of Spot, it should be available within months, said Raibert, and certainly before the end of the year.”
Millennial Fathers Lack DIY Skills
The New York Post reports: Millennial dads have pathetic DIY skills compared to baby boomers. Here is a pericope:
A new poll of 1,000 millennial dads and 1,000 baby boomer dads found that when a DIY task needs to be done at home, more than half of millennials prefer to call a professional.
And when it comes to emergency “handiness” scenarios, millennial dads fall short in almost every category. Millennial dads are less likely than their boomer counterparts to be able to change a car tire on the side of the road, unblock a toilet or sink, reset a tripped circuit breaker or even open a stuck pickle jar with their hands.
The new survey, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Alarm.com, found that modern dads’ toolkits have declined too.
Many millennial dads reported not owning a cordless drill (46%), a stepladder (49%), a set of screwdrivers (38%) or even a hammer (32 percent) — an item owned by 93% of boomer dads.
Elderly California Woman Evicted for ‘Religious’ Activity
Over at WorldNetDaily: Woman, 85, booted from home for ‘religious’ activity.
California Ammunition Restrictions Begin Soon
Reader DSV sent: California’s Ban on Lead Ammunition: July 1st. And, as previously noted, California will also begin a system of background checks to purchase ammunition and a ban on mailorder sales. That also begins July 1st. I strongly advise gun owners in California: Vote with your feet!
FreeZoxeeFriends in a Funding Crisis
The fledgling conservative FreeZoxeeFriends social media site may soon have to shut down, without donations of advertising.
Horse Progress Days in Illinois
SurvivalBlog reader L.N. wrote to mention that the 26th annual Horse Progress Days will be held this year on July 5-6 in Arthur, Illinois. Horse Progress Days a traveling event and Arthur is the westernmost venue. L.N. writes: “For those unfamiliar, Horse Progress Days is essentially a farm equipment show organized by and aimed mainly at plain people (Amish, Mennonites etc.) but all are welcome. Manufacturers and vendors will display and demonstrate hundreds of pieces of new and innovative draft animal-powered farm equipment as well as wagons, buggies, and tack. Also on display will be human powered tools and devices of every kind for off-grid living. There will be numerous seminars on related subjects as well as equine events.”