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 the hacker threat to the U.S. power grids.
Iranian Hackers Prying the US Power Grids
Wired reports: Iranian Hackers Have Been ‘Password-Spraying’ the US Grid . JWR’s Comments: Nefarious access to SCADA systems can result in more than just short-term power interruptions. By intentionally overloading circuits there could be permanent physical damage to transformers. Similarly, water utility equipment could be damaged by repeated or carefully sequenced triggering of solenoid valves, taking advantage of the “water hammer” effect of water–an incompressible fluid . I suspect that these sort of hacking probes have gone on for years. The hackers may be gathering detailed lists of “vulns” that can be scripted into massive Fire Sale hack attack  that would most likely be launched over a holiday weekend. Be ready to survive power grid failure, folks!
Puerto Rico Hoarding Disaster Aid Supplies
Linked over at the great Whatfinger.com news aggregation site: Leaked Video Shows HUGE Warehouse In Puerto Rico Full Of US Hurricane Aid After Governor There Claimed Trump Wasn’t Sending It. 
Virginia Indoor Gun Range Bill Aimed at NRA
DSV sent this: Virginia Indoor Gun Range Bill Appears Especially Aimed at NRA Out of Spite 
Wisconsin: Where Dead Men Vote Democrat
Reader H.L. sent us this: Wisconsin Judge Orders Up to 209,000 Listings Purged from Voter Rolls — Finds 3 in Contempt, Orders Fines for Delay 
Ontario’s Nuclear Plant False Alarm
Peter sent us this one: Ontario launching investigation after emergency alert mistakenly sent about Pickering nuclear power station . Here is how article begins:
“The Ontario government is conducting an investigation after an emergency alert about an incident at a nuclear facility was mistakenly sent to millions of residents Sunday, causing many to fear a serious safety threat was imminent.
Solicitor-General Sylvia Jones said in a statement the alert was issued by mistake during a routine training exercise by the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre (PEOC).
She said there was never any danger to the public or the environment. Training exercises are an important component of emergency management and are conducted “regularly,” said Ms. Jones, who oversees the PEOC.
The province is apologizing for the error and is conducting an investigation to determine what happened and to prevent it from occurring again.”
California: Serial Droughts
Reader C.B. found this: Widespread droughts affect southern California water sources six times a century 
California: A Mountain Lion Gang
Five California mountain lions caught on video outside home in rarity for solitary creature s. (A hit tip to Tim J. for the link.)
DEA & TSA Steal $82,000 From 79-Year-Old Man with No Charges
Is Whooping Cough Becoming a Superbug?
Reader C.B. suggested this article with some news from Australian medical researchers: Whooping cough evolving into a superbug . The piece begins:
“Whooping cough bacteria are becoming smarter at colonizing and feeding off unwitting hosts, strengthening calls for a new vaccine, according to UNSW researchers.
Australia needs a new whooping cough  vaccine to ensure our most vulnerable are protected from the emergence of superbug strains, new UNSW research has shown.
Fauxcahontas: Zero Carbon Footprint Buildings
G.P. sent us this: Elizabeth Warren: “No new buildings, no new houses, without a zero carbon footprint.”