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 80% receiver legalities.
CNN Says 80% Receivers are Scary
Christopher sent us the link to this convoluted new piece from CNN: He sold illegal AR-15s. Feds agreed to let him go free to avoid hurting gun control efforts. And here is some detailed follow-up analysis by TAG‘s Dan Zimmerman: The ATF’s Definition of an AR-15 Lower as a ‘Firearm’ Is In Serious Trouble.
California Governor Signs ‘Red Flag’ Law
California Governor Signs Broadest ‘Red Flag’ Laws In United States. The article begins:
“California Governor Gavin Newsom signed legislation on Friday to expand the state’s so-called “red flag” laws into the broadest in the nation.
The new laws will allow employers, co-workers, and teachers to seek gun violence restraining orders against other people, KNSD reported.
It will also allow police, immediate family members, and roommates to ask a judge to temporarily confiscate guns and ammunition from anyone they think could be a danger to themselves or someone else, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.”
JWR’s Comment: <Sarcasm On>Gosh, those all sound like perfectly reliable judges of character and intent. What could possibly go wrong? <Sarcasm Off>
12-Year-Old Charged with Felony for Pointing Finger
What If Yellowstone’s Supervolcano Erupted?
Reader G.G. suggested this over at RealClear Science: What If Yellowstone’s Supervolcano Erupted?
China Labor Camp Survivor Details Government Organ Harvesting
Video, from Breitbart News: China Labor Camp Survivor Details Government Organ Harvesting.
Collapse OS for the Post-Apocalypse
JMD was the first of several readers to mention this piece: ‘Collapse OS’ Is an Open Source Operating System for the Post-Apocalypse. Here is a pericope:
“In a post-apocalyptic future, be it nuclear wasteland or Anthropocene nightmare, a common sci-fi trope is that those able to harness old world technology will have the upper hand. Collapse OS is a new open source operating system built specifically for use during humanity’s darkest days. According to its creator, software developer Virgil Dupras, Collapse OS is what the people of the future will need to reconfigure their scavenged iPhones. For now, though, he’s hosting the project on GitHub and looking for contributors.
“I’m doing this to mitigate a risk that I think is real. Not inevitable, but likely enough to warrant a modest effort,” Dupras said in an email.
According to the Collapse OS site, Dupras envisions a world where the global supply chain collapses by 2030. In this possible future—kind of a medium-apocalypse—populations won’t be able to mass produce electronics anymore, but they’ll still be an enormous source of political and social power. Anyone who can scavenge electronics and reprogram them will gain a huge advantage over those who don’t.”
Marines May Consider New Modular Stackable Grenade
N.J.: Car Impounding Was Money-Making Scheme
NJ cops say tickets, car impounding was money-making scheme. (Thanks to DSV for the link.) Here is a quote:
“Township police officers claim in a lawsuit that they were forced to treat the public like an ATM for the local government by writing tickets and impounding cars.
The officers say that they were investigated and faced discipline if they did not adhere to the demanding quota.
The township manager, however, is defending police brass and suggested that the officers are engaging in a job slow-down as part of an ongoing labor dispute.
The lawsuit filed in Superior Court in Trenton, and first reported by the Trentonian, claims that after a September 2018 meeting with municipal department heads, Police Chief Brian Caloiaro ordered officers to issue more tickets because ‘revenue was down.'”
Ford Ranger Pickup Modified for the Military
A hat tip to Tim J. for spotting this: Ford Ranger pickup modified for the military. JWR’s Comment: I assume that they are basing this on the European version of the Ford Ranger, because it is diesel.