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 threat of a global pandemic similar to the Spanish Flu, of 1918. That pandemic killed more people than the combat casualties of the four years of World War I.
In a Global Pandemic, Which Countries are Safest Havens?
Reader C.B. sent this Fox News link: In a global pandemic, which countries are safest havens? JWR’s Comment: “Madagascar!”
An India-Pakistan Nuclear War Could Kill Millions, Threaten Global Starvation
Another from C.B.: An India-Pakistan nuclear war could kill millions, threaten global starvation. Here is how the article begins:
“A nuclear war between India and Pakistan could, over the span of less than a week, kill 50-125 million people—more than the death toll during all six years of World War II, according to new research.
A new study conducted by researchers from the University of Colorado Boulder and Rutgers University examines how such a hypothetical future conflict would have consequences that could ripple across the globe. Today, India and Pakistan each have about 150 nuclear warheads at their disposal, and that number is expected to climb to more than 200 by 2025.
The picture is grim. That level of warfare wouldn’t just kill millions of people locally, said CU Boulder’s Brian Toon, who led the research published today in the journal Science Advances. It might also plunge the entire planet into a severe cold spell, possibly with temperatures not seen since the last Ice Age.
His team’s findings come as tensions are again simmering between India and Pakistan. In August, India made a change to its constitution that stripped rights from people living in the long-contested region of Kashmir. Soon after, the nation sent troops to Kashmir, moves that Pakistan criticized sharply.”
Hong Kong Protesters Build Makeshift Catapult
H.L. spotted this, over at Zero Hedge: Hong Kong Protesters Build Makeshift Catapult On Third Day Of Unrest Over ‘Anti-Mask’ Law. JWR’s Comments: Protests like this underscores the importance of the individual right to keep and bear arms–which sadly does not exist in China. Picture how differently these protests would have been if the majority of the protestors had a loaded AK slung over their shoulders. Armed men control their destiny, while disarmed men are at the mercy of others.
Ron Paul on Inaccurate Homeschooling Statistics
Former congressman Dr. Ron Paul noted in his recent newsletter:
“Something doesn’t add up.
According to the U.S. government’s National Center for Educational
Statistics, in 2012, there were 1.77 million homeschooled students in
2012. This is reported in Figure 1 (p. 7). This was 3.4% of all students (Table
1, p. 6). This report was published in 2017.
In that same year, the NCES published another report. In it, we are told that the number of homeschooled students in 2016 was 1.69 million. This was 3.3% of all students. This is reported in Table 7 (p. 18).
So, we are asked to believe, between 2012 and 2016, the number of
homeschooled students fell by 81,000 students.
Does this reflect your experience?
Maybe more homeschool parents are refusing to answer government surveys,
or maybe it’s normal sampling error. But I don’t believe that homeschooling
became less popular between 2012 and 2016.
I wonder what the next survey will report . . . and when it will be released. “
Disappearing Rural Grocery Stores
Reader DSV sent us this think tank news item: As Rural Groceries Fade Away, Lawmakers Wonder Whether to Act. A snippet:
“In North Dakota, a legislative panel is studying rural food distribution and transportation amid a steep decline in the number of groceries serving rural areas. The committee is considering whether there are public policies that could work, said state Rep. Thomas Beadle, a Republican committee member. But Beadle hopes consumers will organize and solve problems on their own.”
The Most Miserable Countries
A hat tip to H.L. for sending this: The Most Miserable Countries in the World.