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 a new Ebola cure.
In Atlanta, There Is a Free Lunch
Reader H.L. forwarded this: All students to receive free lunch regardless of family income in Atlanta school district. H.L.’s Comment: “Creating more welfare mentality, that someone else owes you…”
Bosnian Survivor Warns America to Never Give Up Their Guns
Reader Larry H. spotted this: A 1992 Bosnian Holocaust Survivor Warns America to Never Give Up Their Guns.
An Ebola Cure is Heralded
A Zero Hedge piece: “The Success Is Clear”: We Finally Have A Cure For Ebola. Here is a quote from one troubling portion of the article:
“Drugs based off of monoclonal antibodies have become popular in modern medicine, helping fight off diseases like cancer and lupus.
On the negative side, it takes years of reverse engineering to create these types of drugs. ZMapp, for example, was created by infecting mice with Ebola and then collecting the antibodies that the mice produced against the virus. From there, those antibodies had to be engineered to look more like human ones, so as not to provoke an immune reaction.
Since Ebola infiltrates victims cells using spiky proteins on the virus’s outer shell, researchers look for antibodies that do a good job of binding to these proteins. From there, if access is blocked, the virus can’t replicate and spread. Ebola is especially difficult because it is large and has the ability to change shape, making it difficult for any one antibody to block its infection. This is why a drug cocktail approach is in favor, like the Regeneron product, which is a combination of three monoclonal antibodies first generated in mice.
Donald Trump’s Broken Promise To Protect The 2nd Amendment
Reader Jon. C. suggested this piece by Pastor Chuck Baldwin: Donald Trump’s Broken Promise To Protect The 2nd Amendment
Magnitude 4.2 Earthquake in Kansas
Television news story: 4.2 magnitude earthquake causes minor damage in Hutchinson area.
An ‘Old-School Hacker’ Fights Cybercrime
Reader C.B. sent us this from The Wall Street Journal: An ‘Old-School Hacker’ Fights Cybercrime. A quote:
“Mr. Mitnick, 56, calls himself “the world’s most famous hacker.” Headlines in February 1995, when the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested him after a two-year online manhunt, called him the “most wanted hacker.” He spent nearly five years in prison—not his first stint behind bars—but now he’s a “white hat,” a hacker who abides by the law.
After his release in 2000, he tells me over dinner at the Trump International Hotel here, he decided to use his skills to “help people and help companies protect themselves.” Two months later he was invited to testify at a Senate Governmental Affairs Committee hearing on computer security. He had to get permission from the probation office to travel to Washington.
Mr. Mitnick says he urged lawmakers to make it “a priority to help internal government agencies and the general populace understand the threat.” He shrugs: “I tried to warn them back then, 19 years ago, but they didn’t do anything.”
Today cybersecurity—and insecurity—is in the news constantly. “The hackers are ahead, and the security people are always trying to catch up,” Mr. Mitnick says. A week after we met in July, Capital One Financial Corp. announced that a cybercriminal had gained access to the personal information of 106 million credit-card customers and applicants. In a follow-up phone conversation, Mr. Mitnick called the data breach a “wake-up call to enterprises, and even small business, that you have to thoroughly take a look at the threats out there.””
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