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 Victory Gardens.
Alinco DJ-X11 and The Poor Man’s SIGINT Station
Over at American Partisan: Alinco DJ-X11 and The Poor Man’s SIGINT Station, by Holy Serf
New York Nat’l. Guard to Seize Ventilators & PPE
Linked over at the Whatfinger.com news aggregation site: Cuomo signs executive order to deploy National Guard to round up unused ventilators, PPE. JWR’s Comemnt: This sets a dangerous precedent. What is there to prevent Cuomo from going after vehicles, guns, hotel space, or anything else they deem expedient and “necessary”?
The latest from Frank Sharpe of Fortress Defense: Sustainability? Here is an excerpt:
“We can’t simply pull kids out of school for three months, add 6 million to unemployment in a few weeks, and pit the population against one another in a battle for personal space where they think defeat potentially means viral death, and expect there not to be long term damage.
Governors, mayors, and police are making threats and wielding massive amounts of “emergency powers” at citizens. In Maryland the Governor is justifying arrests for violators of his “social distancing” order.
In Kentucky, two circuit court judges have ordered infected persons to wear ankle monitors for breaking quarantine
A wave border, literally in the ocean without another person in sight, was arrested – which required police to lay hands on him – in Malibu this week. How, in this case, does exposing police officers, jail guards, and other prisoners to potential infection help the problem? I don’t know – however, it is a great example of how when it comes right down to it, all government amounts to is FORCE. That’s what it does. That’s all it knows how to do.
When you ask for government – whether it’s a tax, license, plastic straw ban, or nationalized health care – it comes with guns.”
New NASA Global Groundwater Maps Available
“NASA researchers have developed new satellite-based, weekly global maps of soil moisture and groundwater wetness conditions and one to three-month U.S. forecasts of each product. While maps of current dry/wet conditions for the United States have been available since 2012, this is the first time they have been available globally.”
Colorado County Threatens Fines and Jail for Interlopers
G.S. spotted this news item: You could get 18 months in jail for visiting Colorado county in coronavirus pandemic
Where Will the Bodies Go? Morgues Plan as Virus Grows
H.L. sent this: Where will the bodies go? Morgues plan as virus grows
Court to Rule on Video Cameras Trained on Homes for Months
Reader DSC suggested this article: Court to rule on constitutionality of video cameras trained on homes for months
It’s Time to Bring Back Victory Gardens
Reader DSV sent us this piece by Katie Wells: It’s Time to Bring Back Victory Gardens. The article begins:
“During World War I and World War II, many countries encouraged their citizens to grow gardens, often called ‘Victory Gardens.’ This relieved some of the burden on the public food supply and was marketed as a way to help the war efforts. In fact, some sources report that 41% of the food Americans consumed during these times was grown in these home gardens.
Vacant lots and public parks became fields of vegetables and many people grew beets, Swiss chard, tomatoes, and lettuce in their front yards or on rooftops.”
Pandemics and the U.S. Military: Lessons from 1918
Reader M.E.R. spotted this: Pandemics and the U.S. Military: Lessons from 1918
Alligators Venture Out in South Carolina
“Emboldened alligators are asserting themselves along the South Carolina coast as humans stay sheltered from the coronavirus pandemic.
Two incidents were reported in the past few days, both involving gators left to their own devices in areas normally bustling with tourists during Spring Break.
On Wednesday, video posted on Instragram showed an alligator casually strolling amid closed shops at Barefoot Landing in Myrtle Beach. No humans were in sight, giving it free reign to move from one door to the next.”
Some Looting in New York City