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 some more panic buying news.
Costco Panic Buying in Southern California
People in Japan are Panic-Buying Toilet Paper
Wuhan COVID-19 is More Lethal than Earlier Estimates
“World health officials said Tuesday the mortality rate for COVID-19 is 3.4% globally, higher than previous estimates of about 2%.
“Globally, about 3.4% of reported COVID-19 cases have died,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said during a press briefing at the agency’s headquarters in Geneva. In comparison, seasonal flu generally kills far fewer than 1% of those infected, he said.”
California’s Carcass Problem
Reader S.B. spotted this: Kings County to hold special meeting on livestock carcass emergency. A snippet from the article:
“The Kings County Board of Supervisors will hold a special meeting Tuesday to decide how to dispose of animal carcasses on farms and dairies in the county.
Carcasses are piling up after the South Valley’s only rendering plant was forced to stop picking up dead cows, bulls and horses on Feb. 24 after mechanical issues forced a severe slowdown of its operations.”
S.B. had this comment: “We often consider the potential effects of the failure of urban or suburban utilities and infrastructure. However, for those of us living in rural areas, we might want to think about services and facilities focused on our particular needs and the consequences of those shutting down.”
Bloomberg Tries to Defend His Armed Guards
Linked over at the Whatfinger.com news aggregation site: Bloomberg Tries to Defend Using Armed Guards While Pushing Gun Control. JWR’s Comment: On Bloomberg’s farm, all pigs are created equal, but some are more equal than others.
Apple Settles for Throttling Back Older iPhones
DSV sent this: Apple to pay $500 million settlement for throttling older iPhones. The article begins:
The settlement calls for the tech giant to pay customers $25 per iPhone, which could be adjusted up or down depending on how many iPhones are ultimately eligible.
It covers U.S. owners of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, 6s, 6s Plus, 7, 7 Plus or SE that ran iOS 10.2.1 or later operating system and owners of the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus that ran iOS 11.2 or later before Dec. 21, 2017.”
Some “Recovered” COVID-19 Patients Test Positive
Reader A.D. sent us this troubling news: Some COVID-19 patients test positive days after recovery. Here is an excerpt:
“Four medical professionals with COVID-19 who met the criteria for hospital release or lifting of quarantine in China had positive real-time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) results 5 to 13 days later, according to a research letter published yesterday in JAMA.
The researchers said the results suggest that current criteria for hospital release or lifting of quarantine and continued treatment should be reevaluated. ‘These findings suggest that at least a proportion of recovered patients may still be virus carriers,” they wrote.'”
Horse Found Slaughtered and Butchered in Florida
Tim J. spotted this one: Horse in Florida found slaughtered for its meat, owners offer $10,000 reward
Trump Administration is ‘Defunding Planned Parenthood’
Reader S.B. flagged this article: VP Pence: the Trump Administration is ‘Defunding Planned Parenthood’