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 new SARS-like virus contagion.
Geographic Evidence that Gun Deaths are Cultural
Regular link contributor H.L. sent us this fascinating set of maps, over that Jim Quinn’s blog: Geographic Evidence that Gun Deaths are Cultural. JWR’s Comment: Beware, whenever you see the term “gun deaths” used by mass media news sources!
How Scalia Botched Heller
“Perhaps the most grievous error Scalia committed was his failure to overturn the Supreme Court’s decision in U.S. v. Miller, the only prior case dealing with the individual right to possess a gun. Miller, decided in 1939, was a flawed precedent. It upheld the National Firearms Act of 1934, which placed severe restrictions and punitive taxes upon machine guns, suppressors, short-barreled rifles and shotguns, and destructive devices “in interstate commerce.” The Miller court ruled that these items were not “in common use” by the militia, thus not protected for individual ownership.”
SARS-Like Virus Spreads Outside China
Mystery SARS-Like Virus Spreads as First Confirmed Case Emerges Outside China. Here is the article’s introduction:
“A new virus from the same family as the deadly SARS disease has spread beyond China’s borders for the first time with a case emerging in Thailand, UN and Thai officials said on Monday.
Thai doctors diagnosed a Chinese traveller with mild pneumonia on January 8 later confirmed to have been caused by the so-called novel coronavirus – which has already given rise to 41 pneumonia-like cases and one death in China.
The outbreak has caused alarm because of the link with SARS (Sudden Acute Respiratory Syndrome), which killed 349 people in mainland China and another 299 in Hong Kong in 2002-2003.”
Man Builds Bulletproof Stormtrooper Suit
Reader H.L. sent us this: Man builds bulletproof stormtrooper suit with 3-D printer
Buried down in the article was this clarification of the hyped headline:
“The helmet, one shin guard, and the back plate are bulletproof. It would have been too expensive to bulletproof the whole suit.
When tested, the bulletproof helmet did its job, but it took a real beating on the firing range. So, Rasmusson cut a slice out of the face with a water jet in order to see how it had performed on the inside.
For the most part, it did a great job with the exception of the eye guard, which was not bulletproof to start off with.”
Americans Want Everything Delivered
Study: Intermittent Fasting to Live Longer
Reader DSV sent us this: People on the intermittent fasting diet live longer: study. The intro to this New York Post piece reads:
“A new study points to one that’s been especially trendy, especially among those who hope to live long, healthy lives. Intermittent fasting, which commonly means fasting for 18 hours or more a day, can help people lose weight, live longer and fight diseases, a Johns Hopkins Medicine neuroscientist suggests in a new paper.”
Virginia Increasing Prison Budget: Readying for Gun Grabs
Reader H.L. sent us this: Report: Virginia increases corrections budget in preparation for arrests of gun owners, police.
Virginia Governor to Declare State of Emergency
Linked over at the great Whatfinger.com news aggregation site: Gun Rights Under Fire: Virginia Governor to Declare State of Emergency
A Warning on “Christian” Colleges
G.P. sent us this: Don’t Assume Because A College Is Christian It’s A Safe Place For Your Kid.