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 commercially-built bunkers
Boom Times For Bunker Builders
G.G.was the first of several readers to send us this: A Boom Time for the Bunker Business and Doomsday Capitalists . Here is an excerpt:
“Bunker builders and brokers have emerged as key players in this field. And they see the interior of the country, with its wide-open spaces, as a prime place to build. Aiding them is history. During the Cold War, the military spent billions of dollars constructing nuclear warheads and hiding them in underground lairs around the nation, often in Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and New Mexico. Those hideaways, emptied of their bombs, are now on the market and enterprising civilians are buying them (relatively) cheap and flipping the properties. Eager customers abound.”
China’s Social Credit Score, Run Amok
Reader H.L. suggested this: Chinese State Media Announces 2.56M ‘Discredited Entities’ Prevented From Purchasing Plane Tickets Under Social Credit System 
Amazon Says It Can Detect Fear on Your Face
Also from G.P. sent this one: Amazon Says It Can Detect Fear on Your Face. You Scared? 
Florida Man Loses Gun Rights Over Mistaken Identity
Reader G.P. sent this: Florida Man Has Firearms Rights Taken Away Over Mistaken Identity . Here is a quote:
“It was apparent that the police had the wrong man, but Carpenter was in for his biggest shock yet. The Sherriff’s office told Carpenter he had to surrender his guns. Carpenter never even had as much as a hearing, yet he was losing his rights.
“The last thing on my mind was me having to turn over my gun,” Carpenter told AmmoLand. “I was upset when the Sheriff told me that I need to surrender my gun before any due process.”
He would not be able to get them back until he goes to court so the women can verify to the judge that they have the wrong Jonathan Carpenter. He would have to petition the court for the return of his firearms. An added expense that Carpenter would have to cover himself!
A police officer I spoke to off the record thinks that the courts ran a check for a Jonathan Edward Carpenter with a concealed carry permit. Although he could not tell me for sure, he thinks that is what happened in this particular case. He did say that this is a common practice.
When I pressed the officer of the likelihood of a drug dealer obeying Florida gun laws and getting a concealed handgun permit, he agreed that it probably isn’t likely. He then stated that police and courts do make mistakes all the time, but he insisted that it is better to make mistakes than not do anything. Many disagree with that point.
For many, this is an example of how the system is broken. Second Amendment advocates worry with the expansion of extreme risk protection orders these situations will become more prevalent. Currently, 17 states have these red flag laws on the books.
Florida passed the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Public Safety Act in 2018. This is Florida’s version of a red flag law. Although this isn’t technically a risk protection order, many think cases like this highlight how red flag laws can be misused to disarm innocent people.”
Are 5G Risks Over-Rated?
Our Editor-At-Large Michael Z. Williamson had this comment: “I’m seeing a lot of misplaced concern over pending 5G cell installations. There is one study showing a tiny increase in risks to rats. As of yet, no credible risks are shown for humans. Also note that the same concerns were voiced about 4G, when it was introduced. It is worth finding valid sources to follow this, just be careful to avoid fearmongering sites that exaggerate the threat. This 2016 article is a reasonable layman’s presentation: Is 5G technology dangerous? Early data shows a slight increase of tumors in male rats exposed to cellphone radiation .
Details on Pre-1899 Finnish M39 Mosin Nagant Rifles
I’ve had more than a dozen readers write to ask for details on the two Pre-1899 Finnish M39 Mosin Nagant Rifles that I mentioned I was selling. Both are now pending sale to blog readers.
Per Title 18, U.S Code, the receiver constitutes the “firearm”, and a receiver made in 1898 or before is considered an antique–not a “firearm”. Antiques do not require a Federal Firearms License to go across state lines, nor a Form 4473. It can be mailed or shipped to any adult. But of course consult your state and local laws before ordering.