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 prospect of Internet Rationing in Europe.
America’s Grimmest Month
Austria Says: You Must Wear a Mask
Peter sent us this: Austria to Make Basic Face Masks Compulsory in Supermarkets
Study: Coronavirus Could be Airborne
Coronavirus could be airborne, study suggests. This article begins:
In a joint study by the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), the National Strategic Research Institute at the University of Nebraska, and others, researchers found genetic material from the virus that causes COVID-19 in air samples from both in and outside of confirmed coronavirus patients’ rooms. The findings offer “limited evidence that some potential for airborne transmission exists,” researchers said, though they warned that the findings do not confirm airborne spread.”
Hamptons Houses are Now Luxury Coronavirus Bunkers
H.L. sent this: Hamptons Houses Are Now Luxury Coronavirus Bunkers
Unintended COVIDquences: Rats!
Reader T.S. sent us this: Rats swarm New Orleans’ streets as coronavirus precautions leave them empty
Help Support Operation Face Mask
Three companies in the gun accessory manufacturing have teamed up for a new project to charitably benefit health care workers in a practical and tangible way: Operation Face Mask. This is a worthy cause, folks. Please send a donation, if you can afford it.
Large-Scale “Internet Rationing” Possible in Europe
At Zero Hedge: Large-Scale “Internet Rationing” Possible, Experts Warn. A pericope:
“Days after Netflix pledged to reduce streaming traffic, experts are saying that European countries could start rolling out large-scale “internet rationing” to prioritize critical apps and websites.
“If we end up in a situation where worldwide, 850m children start to receive lessons virtually for an extended period of time, then networks might want to start prioritizing video traffic over gaming traffic,” said Matthew Howett, principal analyst at Assembly, who spoke with The Telegraph.
British internet provider BT Group said their communication network could handle the extreme levels of data of millions surfing the internet while in quarantine. But they warned that video streaming services could start bogging down the system and leave critical networks, reserved for emergency services, exposed to slow speeds.
Besides Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube are other streaming services limiting ultra-high definition videos to European users to preserve the functionality of the internet.
The French and UK governments have reportedly asked Disney to suspend the launch of its new streaming service in both countries on March 24.
The risk of large-scale “internet rationings” by European governments could be on the horizon as more and more people across the continent are forced to shelter in their homes. This could lead to the throttling of internet speeds for citizens while internet traffic is preserved for European healthcare systems, education systems, and emergency systems.”
The New Yorker Visits an Oregon Gun Store
A writer for The New Yorker magazine visits an Oregon Gun Store: Choose Your Weapon. “As shoppers stock up for a potential Armageddon, an Oregon gun store has sold out of ARs and .308 rifles, many of which went to first-time liberal buyers.”
Some Pandemic Humor
From our friend Patrice Lewis, Editrix of the great Rural Revulotion blog: Some humor to lighten your day. This little bit of Covid 19 humor. There are a lot a very cute memes, and the re-creation of The Sound Of Music songs is evidence that someone has far too much time on their hands.
A Not-So-Secret Irish Prepper Speaks Out
Reader Tim J. sent this video link: My BIG Secret: I’m Ireland’s only… [Prepper]
There is No Emergency Shutdown of the Right to Bear Arms
At AmmolLand: There is No Emergency Shutdown of the Right to Bear Arms