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 how Hong Kong protestors are using a mesh messaging app.
SHTF Intelligence Gathering
Tim J. sent us this Forward Observer video link: SHTF Intelligence Gathering
Arctic ‘Global Warming’ Mission Foiled by Sea Ice
Linked over at Whatfinger.com, there was this bit of schadenfreude: Delingpole: Ship of Fools VI – Arctic ‘Global Warming’ Mission Scuppered By Mysterious Hard White Substance
New Property Listing: A Wyoming Silo Missile Site on 1.6 Acres
I just heard about this new listing over at SurvivalRealty.com: Wyoming Silo Missile Site on 1.6 acres.
Newt Gingrich on the EMP Threat
Reader G.P. wrote to tell me about this podcast: Newt’s World Ep 32: Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP). A summary: “What is an Electromagnetic Pulse? Could it be a real threat to our civilization? On this episode, we explain EMP with our guests: Dr. Peter Pry and Dr. William Forstchen”
Hong Kong Protestors Using Mesh Messaging App
Reader Doug M. sent this: Hong Kong Protestors Using Mesh Messaging App China Can’t Block: Usage Up 3685%. The article begins:
How do you communicate when the government censors the internet? With a peer-to-peer mesh broadcasting network that doesn’t use the internet.
That’s exactly what Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters are doing now, thanks to San Fransisco startup Bridgefy’s Bluetooth-based messaging app. The protesters can communicate with each other — and the public — using no persistent managed network.
Feds Demand Apple and Google Hand Over Names of 10,000+ Users of a Gun Scope App
A hat tip to S.L. for spotting this: Feds Demand Apple And Google Hand Over Names Of 10,000+ Users Of A Gun Scope App. An excerpt from the article:
“Own a rifle? Got a scope to go with it? The U.S. government might soon know who you are, where you live and how to reach you.
That’s because the government wants Apple and Google to hand over names, phone numbers and other identifying data of at least 10,000 users of a single gun scope app, Forbes has discovered. It’s an unprecedented move: Never before has a case been disclosed in which American investigators demanded personal data of users of a single app from Apple and Google. And never has an order been made public where the feds have asked the Silicon Valley giants for info on so many thousands of people in one go.
According to an application for a court order filed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) on September 5, investigators want information on users of Obsidian 4, a tool used to control rifle scopes made by night-vision specialist American Technologies Network Corp. The app allows gun owners to get a live stream, take video and calibrate their gun scope from an Android or iPhone device. According to the Google Play page for Obsidian 4, it has more than 10,000 downloads. Apple doesn’t provide download numbers, so it’s unclear how many iPhone owners could be swept up in this latest government data grab.
If the court approves the demand, and Apple and Google decide to hand over the information, it could include data on thousands of people who have nothing to do with the crimes being investigated, privacy activists warned. Edin Omanovic, lead on Privacy International’s State Surveillance program, said it would set a dangerous precedent and scoop up “huge amounts of innocent people’s personal data.”