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 solar superstorms are projected to affect the national power grids.
All 50 States Have Declared Disasters
Linked over at the Whatfinger.com news aggregation site: All 50 states under disaster declaration for first time in US history. A snippet:
“All 50 states are under a major disaster declaration for the first time in U.S. history, after President Trump approved Wyoming’s declaration Saturday.
Within 22 days, Trump declared a major emergency in all 50 states and most territories through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The final disaster declaration occurred on the same day U.S. surpassed Italy to become the country with the most deaths from the virus.
Trump approved the first major disaster declaration for coronavirus in New York on March 20, followed two days later by Washington and California, the early hot spots of the virus. New York has become the hardest-hit state, recording 188,694 positive cases and 9,385 deaths from the virus, according to the state’s health department.
The U.S. Virgin Islands, the Northern Mariana Islands, Washington, D.C., Guam and Puerto Rico all received approved major disaster declarations. American Samoa is the only U.S. territory that has not received a disaster designation. “
3-D Printers Get Past Biometric Security
Reader C.B. sent this: 3-D printers help override biometric security measures
Solar Storms: Where the Power Might Go Out
Reader A.D. sent us this fascination article about the threat of solar superstorms: Where the Power Might Go Out. Take a close look at the included maps. Here is a pericope:
“Whether or not *your* power goes out during a solar storm depends on two things: (1) The configuration of power lines in your area and (2) the electrical properties of the ground beneath your feet. In areas of more electrically resistive rock, currents struggle to flow through the ground. Instead, they leap up into overhead power lines – a scenario that played out in Quebec in 1989.”
Buying Seeds Now Prohibited in Michigan
H.L. sent us this astounding news: Buying seeds now prohibited in Michigan — but booze, pot, lottery tickets OK
Virginia Governor Signs Bill Banning Private Party Gun Sales
Virginia’s Democrat Governor Ralph “Blackface” Northam has signed several new anti-gun bills. One of these bills bans the private sale of modern firearms. (So-called “universal background checks.”) Thankfully, pre-1899 guns, like those that I sell, are exempted. A snippet:
“Governor Ralph Northam today announced he has signed several landmark gun violence prevention measures into law, including legislation to enact an Extreme Risk Protective Order, require background checks on all gun sales, mandate reporting of lost and stolen firearms, prevent children from accessing firearms, and reinstate Virginia’s successful one-handgun-a-month policy.”
JWR’s Comment: Conveniently for Northam, all public gatherings are currently banned in Virginia, so there is no opportunity for public protest.
Vermont Bans Farmer’s Markets
Reader A.K. sent this: State Shutters Farmers Markets.
BuzzFeed: This Pandemic Is Not Your Vacation
Reader “Ch.” sent us the link to this, over at the left-of-center BuzzFeed News: This Pandemic Is Not Your Vacation. Ch. Notes: “This article is filled with entitlement, wealth hating, white hating, and willingness to violate property rights and the constitution.”
The Amazing Disappearing Greenland Movie Trailer
Any ideas on why the movie trailer for the comet impact disaster film Greenland was only available in the US for a couple of days, and was then yanked? (The only surviving copy on YouTube appears to have Swedish subtitles.) Probably just distribution problems, since most theaters–except some drive-in theaters–are closed.
Giant Asian Hornets to Invade the US
“Asian hornets are similar to European hornets that live in the U.S., but they are not native to America.
They are large insects measuring almost 2in long, originally from Southeast Asia, that prey on small creatures – especially bees.
Just one sting is enough to kill someone allergic to their venom.
The yellow legged critters were accidentally introduced to France from China in 2004 and they have been spreading rapidly throughout Europe and other parts of the world ever since.”
Illinois Provides Grace Period for Gun Permits
African Locust Outbreak Returns–Now 20 Times Larger
Another from H.L.: African Locust Outbreak Returns; Second Wave Approximately 20 Times Larger