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”. The Redoubt is beginning to prepare for the expected onslaught of visitors for the Solar Eclipse. If you are planning on attending, you should plan accordingly.
Monsanto was its own ghostwriter for some safety reviews. Questions arose about the carcinogenic properties of Monsanto’s baby “glyphosate”. In response, they hired an independent consulting group to develop the supplement that countered those claims. Monsanto claimed that their only involvement was to hire the group. However, recent internal emails that have come to light. These suggest that Monsanto played a much more central role, even to the extent of editing the final document. So much for independent verification.
It’s pretty clear at that point that the Republican’s rhetoric about repealing Obamacare was just verbiage to get reelected and they most had no intention of every actually doing it. An interesting statistic came up a couple of days ago from Scott Rasmussen. While the stated purpose of Obamacare was to extend insurance to more people, we now know that over 6,500,000 Americans actually paid a fine rather than sign up for the coverage. Another 15 million would drop it if it were legal to do so. How’s that for a failing government program.
Solar Eclipse Update
Port-a-potty shortages, cellular blackout zones, ambulances stuck in gridlock— these are just some of the conditions emergency managers across the nation are expecting. Up to 7.4 million visitors will pack into a 70-mile-wide band that follows the predicted path of the eclipse for the best viewing. Reader J.C. sent in this article that describes some of the things that emergency managers are trying to plan for. How should you get ready? Experts recommend enough food and water so if you get stuck in gridlock, you will be OK.
Who Eats Last?
Canadian Prepper asks this question and discusses some viable answers. We all have the idea that we will suffer ourselves so that those under our care can be satiated. This may not be the best answer though. You may be running at a pace that requires 10,000 calories/day. Performing your chores (wood chopping, security patrols, et cetera) will require a high output. You should not expect to consume the same caloric intake as someone who has a more sedentary pace. It’s not a natural thing to consider if you are like most parents, but you must be able to perform optimally to care for your family. Thanks to reader T.J. for the link.
Reader D.B. wrote in to inform us of this Oregon school district that is removing the word “Lynch” from three of their elementary schools. They don’t want to offend any minority that might be sensitive to that word and might ascribe negative connotations to it. Of course, the schools were named after the Lynch family who donated the land that the schools were built upon. It’s odd to see such a potentially positive lesson on the dangers of political correctness get buried under the fear of a few snowflakes who, in reality, have never been traumatized by the stated reason.
Susan Rice (of “Innocence of Muslims” fame) is urging Obama to accept a nuclear armed North Korea. Now we know why the Obama administration had a Laissez-faire attitude towards North Korea that ended up with their ability to have Nuclear weapons in the first place. Similarly, the Iranians are well on their way to obtaining them also. What’s next? Will she urge the current administration to accept anyone with the ready cash to buy one as well? How did we make it eight years with that administration?
Solar Panel Hack
Reader G.P. sent in this article where a Dutch researcher has shown that many Internet connected solar power inverters are vulnerable to cyber attack. The hacker can gain control of the inverter causing the output to change and fluctuate. This can have disastrous results for the power company. They attempt to balance the power generated on the grid with the power used from the grid. Crippling one or two inverters is no big deal, but a mass hack is another story entirely. Inverters from SMA were the only ones tested. The company says only four models were vulnerable, but can be protected by removing them from the Internet.