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 demographic shifts caused by the ongoing Wuhan Flu pandemic.
New Trend: “Sell City, Buy Country”
Reader Jeanne L. sent this bit of confirmation for a SurvivalBlog premise, published by Politico: How Coronavirus Could Make People Move. A quote:
“Chances are, you might want to abandon crowded cities. It’s now obvious, if it weren’t before, that staying in big cities can be bad for your health. The density of social contact in urban areas—home to almost 60 percent of the global population—makes them Petri dishes for the spread of contagious diseases. The Covid-19 “attack rate” in New York City was five times the national average. (Similarly, depopulated Eastern European countries have far lower fatality rates from Covid-19 than more densely populated Western Europe.)
Of course, some cities are stickier than others. New York City may have become the Wuhan of the Western Hemisphere, but that doesn’t mean that most New Yorkers won’t stay and lobby officials to be better prepared for future catastrophes, whether viruses or hurricanes.
But other cities might not be so lucky. Milan, Madrid, Tokyo and Seattle are other wealthy, modern cities that have nonetheless become virus hot spots. Their appeal to professionals may diminish given their high cost of living and potential underpreparedness for the next virus wave.
Plus, if you’re going to be regularly quarantined, it might as well be someplace where you can enjoy a nice walk in nature. As Silicon Valley venture capitalist Balaji Srinivasan put it in a pithy tweet, ‘Sell city, buy country.'”
Seattle Cop Suspended After Opposing Lockdown Enforcement
H.L. sent this: Port of Seattle police officer suspended after speaking out against ‘tyrannical’ lockdown enforcement. JWR’s Comment: If that officer would like to move anywhere in The American Redoubt, I’m very confident that the majority of Sheriffs would gladly hire him!
Doctor Likely Killed by a Pack of Dogs
Reader Tim J. sent us this: Georgia doctor found dead in ditch likely killed by a pack of dogs: police. A snippet:
“Police out on patrol spotted a car pulled over on the wrong side of the road on Skyline Blvd. around 3 a.m. with its engine still running and door open.
An officer “got out of the patrol car to investigate and found a female that was deceased in the ditch,” Lyons Police Chief Wesley Walker told WTOC.
It was unclear what made her pull over. The incident remains under investigation.”
JWR’s Comment: Always travel well-armed!
Americans are Buying Guns Before It’s Too Late
By way of the Yer Ol’ Woodpile Report blog comes this at the Guns & Ammo web site: Buying Guns Before It’s Too Late. Gun owners are living through another history lesson.
Here is a pericope:
“The clear lesson from all of this is that anti-gun government officials will act with craven disregard for individual rights and the Constitution if they think they have justification to do so. Because of the gun store closures in New York, Massachusetts, and New Mexico, 10 percent of the country’s population – more than 30 million people – live in places where they cannot buy firearms. Even buying a firearm from a willing neighbor is not possible because each of these states have imposed universal background check laws. Americans are literally being prevented from exercising their right to keep and bear arms.
In these states, businesses like dry cleaners and liquor stores remain open as essential, but the stores that sell the only explicitly protected property named in the Constitution are forcibly shuttered…”
Bloomberg + Liberal Church Leaders = More Gun Control
Reader C.C. spotted this: Bloomberg’s Everytown Partnering With Religious Groups to Push Gun Control in November Elections
S.F. Hands Out Free Booze and Dope to Bums
D.S.V. sent us this: Homeless People In San Francisco Hotel Rooms Are Being Given Free Alcohol And Drugs