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 Biometric Scanning.
DHS Backs Off on Mandatory Face Scans
R.J. sent this: DHS Wanted To Add US Citizens To The Long List Of People Subjected To Mandatory Face Scans At Airports… But Has Backed Down For Now. The article begins:
“We knew the DHS would get to this point eventually. Since the beginning of its biometric scanning program rollout, the DHS has planned on adding US citizens to the list of people forced to trade their faces for air travel privileges. So far, the program has been limited to suspicious foreigners (which is all of them, including those here on visas), but a recent filing — caught by Zack Whittaker at TechCrunch — says flying in the United States would soon require adding yourself to the government’s facial recognition databases.”
Tesla in Autopilot Mode Strikes Again
Here is a quote:
“A state police cruiser was struck by a Tesla in autopilot mode Saturday morning on I-95 in Norwalk, said police.
Police say the crash happened in the early morning hours just north of Exit 15.
Troopers out of Troop G responded to a disabled vehicle in the left center lane of the highway, officials said.
Police say the troopers had their emergency lights activated and flares behind the cruisers.
As the troopers were waiting for a tow truck for the disabled vehicle a Tesla Model 3 crashed into the back of one of the cruisers.
The Tesla also hit the disabled vehicle.
The driver of the Tesla told police his car was in autopilot while he was checking on his dog in the back seat just before the crash.
Police say the driver was given a misdemeanor summons for Reckless Driving and Reckless Endangerment.”
How Long Does Canned Food Last?
Over at Food Storage Moms: How Long Does Canned Food Last?
Police Use Bystanders as “Human Shields” in UPS Truck Shootout
“‘In addition to the UPS driver – who was on his knees – the innocent bystander was shot while sitting in a car waiting at the stop light in the intersection,’ CBS4 News in Miami reporter Jim DeFede has confirmed.
‘The number of shots fired by the officers is not currently known but my source said it could exceed 200 rounds,” he reported. The deceased bystander had been “inside an idle car at the scene.'”
Huge Black Friday Gun Sales Recorded
G.G. flagged this: Americans Bought Enough Guns on Black Friday to Arm the Marine Corps – Yet Again! Here is a pericope:
“According to the FBI, over 200,000 background check requests associated with the purchase of a firearm were submitted to the agency on Black Friday, marking the second highest gun sales day ever. The previous record was set on the day after Thanksgiving in 2016. In both 2017 and 2016, enough guns were potentially purchased on Black Friday to arm every active duty United States Marine.”
Pearl Harbor Murders Were by Active Duty Armed Guard
Linked over at the great Whatfinger.com news aggregation site: Murders/Suicide at Pearl Harbor were by Active Duty Armed Guard. A snippet:
“The incident has dropped off the media radar. The murderer was an active duty sailor officially assigned guard duty. None of the infringements on Second Amendment rights being suggested by those who wish a disarmed population would have made the slightest difference in this case. All have exceptions for people who are engaged in their military missions while being officially armed by the government.”