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 a Milwaukee hermit’s “arsenal.”
The Milwaukee Hermit’s Arsenal
This one at Fox News caught the eye of reader Jim L.: Milwaukee authorities find weapons stash in hermit’s underground bunker in the woods. JWR’s Comment: This small assortment of guns hardly qualifies as an “arsenal”!!!
Uh-Oh: Michael Bloomberg is Running for President
Some troubling news, confirming some earlier rumors, over at CNBC: Mike Bloomberg launches bid for 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Yes, it will be a “Billionaire Versus Billionaire” race.
I have a few predictions:
- The mainstream media will downplay his rabid anti-gun position.
- The mainstream media will tout Bloomberg as “the sensible and reasonable alternative” to the other Dem candidates.
- Bloomberg will spend more than $150 million from his personal fortune in the campaign.
- Bloomberg may name fellow New Yorker Hillary Clinton as his running mate, early on.
Why 536 Was ‘The Worst Year To Be Alive’
Reader Dan E. sent this from SlashDot: Why 536 was ‘the worst year to be alive’
America’s Overseas Drug Dependence
Paul S. spotted this at the Doctors for Disaster Preparedness (DDP) web site: Drug Dependence. Here is a pericope:
“…the U.S. now depends on China for most drugs. The U.S. even lacks the capacity to produce penicillin, as Rosemary Gibson reveals in her book China Rx: Exposing the Risks of America’s Dependence on China for Drugs.
In 1988, Oak Ridge National Laboratory published Expedient Antibiotic Production: A Final Report. This includes a how-to guide to build/rebuild antibiotic production facilities if they were damaged or destroyed. It has a map of the location of such production facilities in relation to a possible nuclear attack on industrial or military facilities.
Today, most of this capacity is gone, as manufacturing has been outsourced to the cheapest supplier. In 2004, the last U.S. penicillin production facility, in Syracuse, N.Y., closed. It was also making the starting material for cephalosporins. Launched in 1943, the facility had made 70% of the world’s penicillin until the mid-2000s
In the 1980s, the Chinese government began to invest in the production of penicillin ingredients, and by 2001 had built vast industrial capacity. China had the great advantage of rules that tolerate massive air and water pollution, and antibiotic production is dirty industrial work. From 2004-2006, Chinese companies dumped penicillin ingredients on the global market at very low prices. After competitors were driven out of business, prices increased spectacularly in 2007.”
80th Commemorative Edition Red Ryder BB Gun
DSV forwarded this news: Daisy Launches Special 80th Commemorative Edition Red Ryder BB Gun. JWR’s Comet: I was surprised top see that over at Amazon.com, you can order a Daisy Red Ryder 80th Anniversary Edition Carbine BB Gun bundled with A Christmas Story Decoder Pin. How’s that for nostalgia?
There is No Climate Emergency
Reader A.D. sent us this: European Parliament Told: There is No Climate Emergency. Here is how teh article begins:
“The press conference was hosted by the European Conservatives and Reformists group in the European Parliament, who formally received the climate declaration from Professor Guus Berkhout.
Professor Berkhout represents the Climate Intelligence Foundation (Clintel), a Dutch group who have collected signatures from over 700 prominent scientists and professionals in support of the basic statement: there is no climate emergency.
Signatories include Nobel laureate, Professor Ivar Giaever, who made important experimental discoveries regarding superconductors, and the influential mathematician and physicist Professor Freeman Dyson.”
Attorney Killed with Loaded Evidence Gun
Is this a Darwin Awards candidate? South African Attorney Killed When Loaded Evidence Gun Fires in Courtroom. (Thanks to DSV for the link.)