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 yet another prediction of a possible second civil war.
Rep. Gohmert Predicts Second Civil War
Linked over at the great Whatfinger.com news aggregation site: Rep. Louis Gohmert: Impeachment ‘Coup’ Will ‘Push This Country Toward Civil War’
Tax Collectors Ferreting Home Improvements
Company Allows Tax Collectors To Secretly Look For Home Improvements And Airbnb’s. (A hat tip to H.L. for the link.) The article begins:
Trust a corporation to turn property tax collectors into property owner surveillance operatives.
Deckard Technologies (DT) promotes Smart City surveillance by creating a program that allows tax collectors to surveil resident’s properties anytime they want.
If you hate corporate doublespeak like I do, then you will love DT’s explanation of how their product works.
“Applying advanced data analytics, machine-learning and the talents of our data scientists, we identify, monitor and analyze real estate data and property activity for cities demanding answers with accuracy and precision.”
Let’s start with their “advanced analytics that identifies, monitors and analyzes real estate data and property activity.” In a nutshell they use Google Earth or other satellite imagery of peoples homes and compare them to their building plans.
After a tax collector has looked at someone’s property they can fine the owner for any number of reasons, which in turn adds to that city’s bottom line. Turning government tax collectors into a for-profit business venture is infuriating.
Goat Herd Saves Reagan Library From Fire
Probiotics to Protect Honey Bees?
Reader C.B. sent this: Using probiotics to protect honey bees against fatal disease
We’re Winning the Demographic War
James C. sent us the link to a vlog from Tim Pool: The US Is Becoming more Conservative Because Democrats DON’T Have Kids. JWR’s Comment: I believe that Tim Pool is right. We are now past the point of peak liberalism.
Utah: Record Cold of -43.6 ºF
File under “Global Warming”: Utah sees record cold of -43.6 ºF – ‘Perhaps the lowest October temperature ever recorded’ in continental U.S.
US Wind Energy Capacity: 100 Gigawatts
Police: Sorry About That
Police Owe Nothing To Man Whose Home They Blew Up, Appeals Court Says. Here is a quote:
“An armed shoplifting suspect in Colorado barricaded himself in a stranger’s suburban Denver home in June 2015. In an attempt to force the suspect out, law enforcement blew up walls with explosives, fired tear gas and drove a military-style armored vehicle through the property’s doors.
After an hours-long siege, the home was left with shredded walls and blown-out windows. In some parts of the interior, the wood framing was exposed amid a mountain of debris.
A federal appeals court in Denver ruled this week that the homeowner, who had no connection to the suspect, isn’t entitled to be compensated, because the police were acting to preserve the safety of the public.
“Under no circumstances in this country should the government be able to blow up your house and render a family homeless,” Leo Lech, the house’s owner, told NPR. “This family was thrown out into the street without any recourse.”
Lawyers for Lech argued that the police’s destruction of his home was a violation of the Constitution’s Takings Clause, which says private property cannot be taken for public use without “just compensation.” But the problem with that argument, the appeals court ruled, is that courts have long held that police cannot be on the hook for property damage caused in the process of trying to make an arrest.”
Aerial Saw Is Boon to Line Trimming
Abolishing Honors Classes and Gifted Programs?