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 “HJL”. Make sure you read the article on the updated NIST recommendations for electronic passwords.
In Durango Colorado, a bear broke into an SUV and took it for a short joy ride. It yanked the steering wheel off of the column, ripped the radio out of the dash, released the emergency brake and rolled it down a driveway and into a mailbox and over some utility boxes at 5 A.M. It then busted the rear window in its escape. Authorities are sure it was a bear because it apparently defecated in the car (likely because it was nervous over the vehicle moving). I wasn’t sure for a while if we were talking about an incorrigible bear or a teenager. Apparently a late frost damaged the berry production and the bears are hungry. If you live in the area, make sure you take proper precautions. Thanks to H.L. for the link.
Google has fired James Damore over an internal memo that he distributed on how Google was creating a politically correct environment. Damore backed up many of his claims about the differences in people with references to scientific studies, but Google obviously doesn’t care. Political correctness won out and the crying snowflakes got their way. Google also ignored it’s own motto of “Don’t be evil”. Good news though…Gab.ai is hiring him. Thanks to several SurvivalBlog readers for this article.
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The mother of a California 9 year old boy is complaining that she was turned down by every bakery in the Stockton area when she asked them to make a Trump themed birthday cake for him. Breitbart reports that they contacted several of the bakeries, but none have returned their call. Reader D.B. suggested that the mother tell them it was for a gay, minority, Muslim wedding and the bakeries will fall over themselves to make it.
News agencies are widely reportingthat North Korea has miniaturized their nuclear warheads enough to fit on an ICBM now. Back in May, the Christian Science Monitor was reporting that they expected North Korea to have up to 100 nuclear ICBMs by 2020. Now news agencies are reporting that it has already started. The claim reportedly comes from U.S. intelligence agencies. If true, it is certainly bad news. However, it may also be the beating of the war drum as the U.S. military-industrial complex tools up for yet another war front. We will be keeping a close eye on this one. Thanks to Old Bobbert for this one.
Those who are wanting a continuation of Obama Care should read this article. Canada is now weighing the concept of paying doctors a premium for pushing euthanasia to lessen the burden on their state health care system. Euthanasia was legalized in Canada just over a year ago and now they want to push it as a primary “choice”. Wait… The state incentivizing doctors to kill patients? What happened to the hippocratic oath? This is the health care system we want to emulate? Thanks to D.S. for the link.
For 20 years, the NIST recommendations on creating passwords has trained people to create passwords that are extremely hard to remember, but very easy for computers to crack. Now, retired NIST manager, Bill Burr, says he regrets the paper he authored that encouraged they bad password habits. He now recommends that people use phrases made up of random words. They are much easier for humans to memorize, but much, much harder for computers to crack. Thanks to G.P. for the link.
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