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 the ongoing Hong Kong protests.
Hong Kong Protests: It’s Now a Revolution
“Defying stern warnings from both the local government and Beijing, people in seven districts in Hong Kong—most notably teachers, airport workers, and civil servants—participated in a general strike Monday, shutting down portions of the territory. For instance, more than a hundred flights were cancelled.
The strike followed weeks of sometimes violent protests in the territory, a semi-autonomous region of the People’s Republic of China. Youthful demonstrators over the weekend surrounded and attacked police stations, and enraged residents drove riot police from their neighborhoods.
Roving protesters, dressed for urban combat, created a series of confrontations across the territory, even closing the main tunnel linking Hong Kong Island with the rest of the territory. A beleaguered police force, demoralized and fatigued, was unable to keep up with the mobile bands of radicalized youth.
Some of the protest messages were impossible to miss. In Wanchai’s Golden Bauhinia Square, a magnet for tourists from other parts of China, kids spray-painted a statue with provocative statements such as “The Heavens will destroy the Communist Party” and “Liberate Hong Kong.”
In Hong Kong, revolution is in the air. What started out as an unexpectedly large demonstration in late April against a piece of legislation—an extradition bill—has become a call for democracy in the territory as well as independence from China and the end of communism on Chinese soil.”
Hot Shots: The Impact of Hot Weather on Your Rifle
Reader C.B. sent this from Shooting Illustrated: Hot Shots: The Impact of Hot Weather on Your Rifle.
Robocall Blocking Apps are Harvesting Data
Reader DSV spotted this from Kim Komando: These robocall [blocking] apps are harvesting your data. Here is a quote:
“Oh the irony! Just when you thought you had obtained relief from the robocalls that invade your privacy, security researchers have found that a number of call-blocking applications may not be as privacy friendly as you might have assumed.
As it turns out, several of the most popular apps you can download to block robocalls are actually harvesting personal data and sharing them with analytics companies. These companies then sell your data to marketers and advertisers — some of whom may even be robocallers as well. It’s like a never-ending circle of spam!”
More People Killed by Hammers, Clubs than with Rifles of Any Kind
A hat tip to H.L. for sending this link: FBI: More People Killed by Hammers, Clubs than with Rifles of Any Kind
Modern Cave Man Offers ‘Neanderthal’ Survival Courses
Reader K.A. was the first of several folks to send this: Modern cave man offers ‘Neanderthal’ survival courses in Italy. A snippet:
“Guido Camia can show you how to light fires using just a flintstone, survive on a diet of insects and build a forest shelter.
The 37-year-old, who originally trained to be a patisserie chef, now makes a living offering “Neanderthal” survival courses in the Italian Alps.
On one of his weekend trips, you can watch him climb rocks and fish from streams barefoot, dressed in animal skins, carrying a spear and looking like something out of “The Flintstones”.
But Camia’s outdoor survival courses also come with an official stamp of approval.
“For the past five years, my courses have been supervised by Italy’s International Survival Federation (FISSS),” he told AFP.
Camia says he also gives courses in more traditional attire, but his “passion for the paleolithic” gave him the idea of a Neanderthal sidekick.”
The Wood Database
Reader G.P. sent me the link to this fascinating reference site on wood varieties: The Wood Database.