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 NYPD police officers are using facial recognition.
Demand for “Prepper Properties” is Soaring
Building an Underground House with Hand Tools
Michael Z. Williamson (our Editor-At-Large) sent us this YouTube link: Building The Most Secret Underground House and Water Slide to Swimming Pool Underground. It is no wonder that this video has had 35 million views.
Rogue NYPD Cops are Using Facial Recognition App
The New York Post reports: Rogue NYPD cops are using facial recognition app Clearview. The article begins:
“Rogue NYPD officers are using a sketchy facial recognition software on their personal phones that the department’s own facial recognition unit doesn’t want to touch because of concerns about security and potential for abuse, The Post has learned.
Clearview AI, which has scraped millions of photos from social media and other public sources for its facial recognition program — earning a cease-and-desist order from Twitter — has been pitching itself to law enforcement organizations across the country, including to the NYPD.”
Marines are Now Allowed Concealed Carry
Reader DSV spotted this: Marines are Now Allowed to Concealed Carry on Base
NOAA to Study Climate Plan B: Geoengineering
Reader Sean B. sent this: NOAA gets go-ahead to study climate Plan B: Geoengineering.
Oakland Bans Landlords from Background Checks on Potential Tenants
File under “Oh, California”: Oakland bans landlords from running criminal background checks on potential tenants.
Supreme Court: Welfare Recipients Can Be Denied Residency, Citizenship
Reader H.L. sent us this from PJ Media: Trump Win at Supreme Court: Welfare Recipients Can Be Denied Residency, Citizenship
A Ham Radio Antenna Launcher
Apparently ham radio and gadgetry go together: Pneumatic Atomic Antenna Launcher or PAAL. JWR’s Comment: Back when I first started attending Field Days (circa 1973), we were encouraged to practice lofting antenna wires using standard fishing rods. I suppose these mortars can reach higher tree branches, but what a huge pile of PVC required!
Ted Cruz Now Has Number 1 Podcast in America
Trump Administration Set To Ease Gun Export Restrictions
Another from H.L.: Trump Administration Set To Ease Gun Export Restrictions
Want to Own a Wyoming Missile Silo?
A listing over at my #1 Son’s site caught my eye: Wyoming Missile Silo Site 1.6 acres. (Plenty of Due Diligence would be required!)
Bloomberg Now a Contender for Nomination
And to round out today’s topics, DSV sent this alarming news: Rival Campaigns Are Starting to Take Bloomberg Very Seriously
Here is a quote from the opening of the article:
“At a closed-door fundraiser late last year, Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) was notably fixated on, and visibly irritated by, one of the fellow Democrats vying for the presidential nomination. Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg had just entered the race. But he had already managed to get under his competitor’s skin.
At the event in Northern Virginia, Klobuchar talked at length about Bloomberg’s massive TV ad blitz and the gobs of cash he was planning to throw into the 2020 primary, according to an account from a source in the room who attended.
“She talked about how she was on a Sunday show for 10 minutes and saw five or six Bloomberg ads while she was in the green room,” the Democratic attendee, who donated money to Klobuchar’s campaign for entrance into the event, told The Daily Beast. ‘She’s very worried about the amount of money he’s spending.'”