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”. Our goal is to educate our readers, to help them to recognize emerging threats and to be better prepared for both disasters and negative societal trends. You can’t mitigate a risk if you haven’t first identified a risk. Today, we look at Asian Longhorned Ticks.
‘Clone Tick’ Swarms are Killing Cattle
Reader Jon C. sent us this: ‘Clone tick’ swarms, new to U.S., are killing cattle by draining their blood, chasing after humans. A pericope:
“Asian longhorned ticks, also sometimes called “clone ticks” because they can reproduce without mating, have killed five cows in the Tar Heel State this year — by draining them of blood. Each cow was infested by hundreds of ticks.
“The official cause of death,” writes technology news site Ars Technica, “was acute anemia, which is typically associated with severe hemorrhaging.”
These ticks are extremely aggressive; New Jersey health investigators in 2017 reported them swiftly clambering up their legs while they investigated a tick assault on a sheep paddock. The ticks’ usual killing grounds are in Russia and Asia, where they are known to spread various serious diseases to humans. It’s not known how or exactly when they arrived in the U.S. So far the ones found in North America have not carried disease.”
CPS Using ‘Predictive Analytics’ to Snatch Kids
Another article sent to us by DSV at Big League Politics: CPS Is Taking Kids Away Based on ‘Predictive Analytics’ Computer Program To Judge Parents.
Soil Degradation: Only 60 Years of Farming Left?
Reader G.P. sent this probably alarmist news item: Only 60 Years of Farming Left If Soil Degradation Continues.
MSNBC Guests Regularly Misuse the Terms Fascist and Nazi
I’m amazed how many times guests on the MSNBC talking head shows use “Trump” and “Fascist” in the same sentence. By advocating less bureaucracy and less regulation, Trump seems to be the polar opposite of fascists. But yet these pundits prattle on, overusing, misusing, and misapplying the terms “fascist” and “nazi”. I believe that one main sore point for them is Trump’s advocacy of secure borders. In this regard, some of the MSNBC crowd borders on paranoid and delusional. Their latest rants include describing the Betsy Ross Flag as synonymous with the Nazi swastika, and calling Trump a racist. To label everyone who advocates secure borders as “fascists” is akin to calling all McDonalds employees “militarists” because they wear uniforms.
Facebook Injecting ‘Hidden Tracking Codes’ In Photos?
A hat tip to DSV for sending this: Facebook Accused of Injecting ‘Hidden Tracking Codes’ In Your Photos.
Netanyahu: Europe Ignoring the Iran Threat
By way of Whatfinger.com, there is this from the BBC: Netanyahu: ‘Europe might ignore Iran threat until nuclear missiles hit’. Here is a quote:
“Israel’s prime minister has said the European Union might not wake up to the threat of Iran “until Iranian nuclear missiles fall on European soil”.
Mr Netanyahu likened Europe’s approach to Iran’s recent breaches of a 2015 deal limiting its nuclear programme to the appeasement of Nazi Germany.
He spoke after EU foreign ministers said the breaches were not significant.
Iran says they are a response to reinstated US sanctions, but insists it is not trying to build nuclear weapons.
It has threatened to return to the situation before the nuclear deal was agreed unless Europe does more to mitigate the effects of the sanctions. They have caused its oil exports to collapse and its economy to plunge into recession.
The EU has set up a mechanism for facilitating legitimate trade without direct financial transactions. However, Iran has said it does not meet its needs.”