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 how the US Navy is finding new uses for old flak cannon technology.
Navy to Revive Flak Cannons to Combat Drones
Over at Zero Hedge: US Navy To Revive Flak Cannons To Combat Drone Attacks.
Army Picks Robotic Fighting Vehicles
And speaking of robotics, this was linked over at Whatfinger.com — my favorite news aggregation site: The U.S. Army Just Picked Its First Robotic Fighting Vehicles. A snippet:
“The Army’s Combat Capabilities Development Command plans to award a contract to QinetiQ North America to build four Robotic Combat Vehicle-Light prototypes and another contract to Textron to build four Robotic Combat Vehicle-Medium prototypes, all for initial tests that will take place in late 2021.
The Army also wants a bigger, more powerful Robotic Combat Vehicle-Heavy, but the service doesn’t plan to begin testing the larger vehicle until 2023.
After testing the armed robots, the Army plans to make a decision about wider development of the vehicle for front-line use.”
China Locking Down Cities to Stop Wuhan Virus
The Associated Press reports: China locking down cities with 18 million to stop virus
Virginia Senate Passes Three Gun Control Bills
H.L. sent this: ‘Assault on the Second Amendment’: Virginia Senate passes three gun control bills. JWR’s Comment: This news came just a few days before the huge, armed, pro-gun rally in Richmond. Given their arrogance, I believe that the Virginia state legislators would have passed these, even after that rally.
Red Flag Nation: Anti-Gun Laws, Sanctuary Cities and the Second Amendment
Some commentary from John Whitehead: Red Flag Nation: Anti-Gun Laws, Sanctuary Cities and the Second Amendment. Here is an excerpt:
“The war on terror, the war on drugs, the war on illegal immigration, asset forfeiture schemes, road safety schemes, school safety schemes, eminent domain: all of these programs started out as legitimate responses to pressing concerns and have since become weapons of compliance and control in the police state’s hands.
Mark my words: gun control legislation, especially in the form of red flag gun laws, which allow the police to remove guns from people suspected of being threats, will only add to the government’s power.
These laws, growing in popularity as a legislative means by which to seize guns from individuals viewed as a danger to themselves or others, are yet another Trojan Horse, a stealth maneuver by the police state to gain greater power over an unsuspecting and largely gullible populace.”
Massachusetts: No Religious Exemptions to Vaccination?
Massachusetts considers eliminating religious exemptions to vaccination. (Thanks to reader DSV for the link.)
Deplatformed: Subverting the Second Amendment
This Ammo.com piece was featured over at American Partisan: Deplatformed: How Big Tech Companies & Corporate America Subvert the Second Amendment. Here is a quote:
“This is the situation in which we find ourselves as a nation today: Guns are not illegal, but private companies will make it increasingly difficult to buy, sell or own them – up to and including pulling your bank account. You have all the freedom of speech you like, but prepare to be deplatformed or have your voice buried by large tech corporations with their thumb on the scale of American discourse.
As the American economy has become more corporatist – such that the market is controlled by the interrelation between monolithic mega-corporations, Wall Street and the state – and less capitalistic and dynamic, the American press and economy are now being dominated by forces hostile toward the American public and American values.”
Seattle Residents Can Vote Via Smartphones
Reader V.G. forwarded this: Seattle is the first area in the US where residents can vote via smartphones. JWR’s Comment: Isn’t technology wonderful? What could possibly go wrong?
Elderly Man’s Life Savings Seized at Airport