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 America’s Food Supply Chain.
Map of America’s Food Supply Chain
Reader D.C.H. suggested this, at Fast Company: The first map of America’s food supply chain is mind-boggling. The article, based on a Environmental Research Letters study, begins:
“My team at the University of Illinois just developed the first high-resolution map of the U.S. food supply chain.
Our map is a comprehensive snapshot of all food flows between counties in the U.S.—grains, fruits and vegetables, animal feed, and processed food items.
To build the map, we brought together information from eight databases, including the Freight Analysis Framework from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which tracks where items are shipped around the country, and Port Trade data from the U.S. Census Bureau, which shows the international ports through which goods are traded.”
Your DNA Records Aren’t Private
UK Burglars List Where They Look for Valuables
Reader DSV sent this from The Mirror: Burglars explain the first place they look when trying to steal your valuables.
Hawaii’s Big Island is Riddled with Lava Tubes
Linked over at the great Whatfinger.com news aggregation site: Hawaii man dies after falling into lava tube on his property
A PVS-14 Sale
Ready Made Resources is running a big Veteran’s Day sale on White Phosphor AN/PVS-14 night vision goggles. These are top of the line full mil-spec units made by L3 Communications! “Package Contents: Monocular, headmount, transfer arm, soft case, shoulder strap, eye cup, objective lens cap, lanyard, de-mist shield, sacrificial window, lens tissue, AA Batteries (2) & ops manual.” Buyers will also receive a bonus of a free box IR chemlight sticks. Be sure to order before midnight on 11/11/2019.
Hospital Disinfectants Can’t Kill C. Diff
Reader C.B. sent this, over at Medical Express: Hospital disinfectants struggling to kill C. diff bacteria colonies. Here is a quote:
“The deadly and notoriously stubborn superbug, Clostridioides difficile (C. diff), is putting up a winning fight against hospital-grade disinfectants meant to kill it, according to results of a new study published in the Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy journal of the American Society for Microbiology. The C. diff bacterium causes inflammation of the colon with symptoms ranging from diarrhea to life-threatening sepsis and is most common among the elderly in hospitals or other health care facilities.
“We found no disinfectant was able to completely eliminate C. difficile embedded within biofilms, although we did note differences among disinfectants,” reports Kevin Garey, professor of pharmacy practice at the University of Houston and chair of the College of Pharmacy Department of Pharmacy Practice and Translational Research. Garey was the project’s principal investigator. The paper was the doctoral thesis of first author, Tasnuva Rashid, of the University of Texas School of Public Health.
Overall, Clorox, Cidex OPA, and Virex were most effective at killing C. diff spores. Clorox and OPA were also effective at killing total vegetative cell growth, the cellular stage responsible for causing infections. Virex was found to be ineffective against vegetative cell growth in biofilms. Clorox and Virex were most effective in reducing biomass followed by Nixall, Cidex OPA and Vital oxide.”
Property Seized for $8.41 in Unpaid Taxes
Review of Latest Version of the M1 Abrams Tank
Another article that I found linked at Whatfinger.com aggregation site: ATTACK! The Latest Version of the M1 Abrams Tank Just Got Even Better.
Michael Bloomberg in 2020 Presidential Bid?
Michael Bloomberg again eyeing 2020 presidential bid: sources. JWR’s Comment: I expect the mass media to begin touting Mikey Bloomberg as “the more sensible and reasonable alternative” to the current pack of Dem hopefuls. Just beware that no matter how they try to spin his positions, he is rabidly anti-gun!