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 test for poisonous mushrooms.
New Test for Poisonous Mushrooms and False Morels
Reader C.B. sent this: New test identifies poisonous mushrooms. Here is how the article leads off:
“A simple, portable test that can detect the deadliest of the mushroom poisons in minutes has been developed by Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientists and their colleagues.
Eating toxic mushrooms causes more than 100 deaths a year, globally, and leaves thousands of people in need of urgent medical assistance. Amanitin is the class of mushroom toxins that cause the most serious issues.
The new test can identify the presence of as little as 10 parts per billion (equivalent to 10 cents out of $10 million) of amanitin in about 10 minutes from a rice grain size sample of a mushroom or in the urine of someone who has eaten a poisonous amanitin-containing mushroom. The test also works with dog urine, as dogs are known to indiscriminately eat mushrooms.”
Mac Software Threats Increasing
Archery Hunter Kills 700 Pound Black Bear in New Jersey
Reader DSV sent us this: 700-pound black bear shot in New Jersey sets world record. Here is a snippet:
“A bowhunting organization says a 700-pound bear shot in New Jersey last fall has set a world record as the largest black bear killed with a bow and arrow in North America.
The Pope and Young Club, a bowhunting and conservation organization, said the bear killed Oct. 14 in Morris County toppled a record set in 1993 by a hunter in California. The new record was announced after a special panel of judges was assembled Feb. 8 in Harrisburg during the Great American Outdoors Show, the group said.”
Bloomberg Financing Destruction of Second Amendment
New Yorkers and New Jerseyites are Voting With Their Feet
Another link from DSV: Study: New York, New Jersey Face Largest Population Decrease In The U.S.. The article begins:
The career website Zippia looked at the population data from the Census’ American Community Survey to determine the states with the largest population decrease from 2017 to 2018, which is the most recent data available.
New York topped the list, losing 307,190 residents, and New Jersey came in second with 97,124 residents moving out.
Connecticut also made it into the top 10, losing 15,519 residents.
So where are these residents going? Some headed to neighboring states — New Yorkers moved to New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, and New Jersey residents left for Pennsylvania and New York — while others left in search of warmer climates, like Florida and California.
Meanwhile, Arizona, Idaho and Utah were the fastest growing states, according to the study.”
The Return of Orange Jeep Dad
Long-time readers of SurvivalBlog will remember the Orange Jeep Dad blog. After a few years of on-again-off again posting, he has resumed blogging regularly, and he has some big news: In June, he is relocating his family to St. Maries, Idaho! (One of the towns that is at the top of my list for strategic relocation.) Please bookmark his blog. It is well worth reading.
A Tesla Fooled Into Speeding
“Researchers were able to trick a Tesla Inc. vehicle into speeding by putting a strip of electrical tape over a speed limit sign, spotlighting the kinds of potential vulnerabilities facing automated driving systems.
Technicians at McAfee Inc. placed the piece of tape horizontally across the middle of the “3” on a 35 mile-per-hour speed limit sign. The change caused the vehicle to read the limit as 85 miles per hour, and its cruise control system automatically accelerated, according to research released by McAfee on Wednesday.”