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 Zapping Fake Power Grids.
Gun Sales Surge — Mostly for Pistols
Zapping Fake Power Grids to Help Us Survive an EMP Attack
Reader G.P. spotted this: Scientists Are Zapping Fake Electrical Grids to Help Us Survive an EMP Attack.
Here is a an excerpt:
“Substations are the central hubs of the power grid, but if you don’t work for a power company, it may not be obvious. Next time you’re driving around, watch where the power lines go — eventually they’ll connect to large metal towers on a fenced-in patch of dirt or rock.
On the outskirts of the substation will be a little shed, called a control house. Think of it as a giant version of the circuit breaker in your home. It houses the switches, batteries, meters and control boards that keep transmission lines and transformers in check.
The control houses can be made of a variety of materials – concrete, brick, metal, or a combination of the three. But little research has been done on what might happen to these power centers during an EMP. To find out, Randy Horton and his colleagues at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) took on the challenge in a report released in April.
Horton and his colleagues at EPRI spent the last three years simulating what happens when E1 waves ripple through the equipment used in power stations. This included actually zapping transformers and transmissions lines with high-frequency pulses and building substation housing out of different materials and putting them to the test to see how the electronics inside held up.”
Unplanned Movie DVD Debuts #1 on Amazon
I was pleased to see that the pro-life movie Unplanned had a debut at #1 in Drama DVDs at Amazon.com on its release day. Congrats to the film-makers!
Prepping is Now Part of Mainstream US Politics and Culture
Reader C.B. sent this: Forget ‘Obamageddon’, ‘Prepping’ is now part of mainstream US politics and culture. For more detailed reading, here is a link to the original scholarly article. Note that the study depended on biased sources like the SPLC.
Does DuckDuckGo Search Engine Hands Over Your Data To Google?
I spotted this at Whatfinger.com (my favorite news aggregation site): Google Alternative Touted As Being Private Search Engine Hands Over Your Data To Google.
Michigan Bans Property Seizure Without a Conviction
A hat tip to reader DSV, who sent this: Michigan Bans The Cops From Seizing Your Property Without Conviction. A pericope:
“The Heartland Institute reports that three new bills were signed into law which limit property seizure practices in the state.
These new statues ban police officers from seizing property in suspected drug crimes without first acquiring a conviction or plea agreement.
Civil asset forfeiture is a legal progress that enables law enforcement to confiscate assets—cars and money—from individuals suspected of being involved in illegal activity. In previous cases, law enforcement did not even have to charge the owner with a crime. The owner would then have to go to court to get their property back.
Now, these new laws prohibit police officers from taking property for suspected drug crimes without first having a conviction or plea agreement in cases dealing with assets below $50,000. These new laws also mandate that the government notify an individual if their property has been confiscated while shifting the burden on officials to prove that the forfeiture is justified.”
Abortion Killed 42 Million Worldwide, in 2018
Reader C.M. suggested this article: Abortion Was the Leading Cause of Death Worldwide in 2018, Killing 42 Million People.
Unconstitutional Red Flag Gun Confiscation Laws Coming Soon
Lib Warns: Keep Your Kids Away From Their Pro-Life, Trumper Grandparents