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 germination experiments using seeds from the Svalbard global seed vault.
Hydroxychloroquine Versus Remdesivir
Linked over at the Whatfinger.com news aggregation site: Hydroxychloroquine vs. Remdesivir: History’s most deadly con. The CDN article begins:
“The world has been rocked by a deadly virus with millions infected, 153,000 deaths reported in the United States, and 667,000 worldwide.
An intense battle has emerged on how to treat COVID-19, between hydroxychloroquine (HCQ), an inexpensive treatment for malaria and other diseases that’s over 50 years old, and Remdesivir, a drug that has been around since 2009, manufactured by Gilead Pharmaceuticals.
This battle shows how public perceptions can be manipulated for profit and political advantage, in this case, at the cost of hundreds of thousands of needless deaths.
As the truth finally comes out, the people who perpetrated this con job will be reviled in history, and those who manipulated the narrative, and the data, will be exposed.”
Recently-Imported Israeli FN-FAL Magazines
I just learned that Palmetto State Armory (“PSA” — one of our affiliate advertisers) is running a special on a small batch of original Israeli metric FN-FAL magazines that were recently imported. There is a mixture of new and used magazines. A few of them are actually original Belgian magazines with blued followers! These typically sell for $25 to $35 each, but PSA is selling them for just $14.99 each. Type SKU # 5165493391 into their search box. I recommend that you jump on a few of these, even if you don’t yet own a FAL, since their price is bound to go back up to $25+, very soon
Face Masks Confuse Facial Recognition Technology
D.S.V. sent this: Face Masks Confuse Facial Recognition Technology
Some Surplus MRAPs for Sale
Our Field Gear Editor Pat Cascio mentioned that a few military surplus MRAP vehicles are being brokered by the folks at Bulletproof-it.com. (Contact them for photos and details.)
The “Chalking” Double Standard
From Officer Tatum: DC Police Arrest Two Pro-Life Students For ‘Chalking! JWR’s Comment: Soooo… Apparently permanently painting “BLM” and similar text on city streets and sidewalks is okay, but temporarily chalking a conservative message is not?
Gun Control in Wuhan Virus Stimulus Package?
Reader J.B. spotted this: Gun Control Will be Tacked on To Wuhan Virus Stimulus Package
Svalbard Global Seed Vault Begins 100-year Seed Experiment
Svalbard Global Seed Vault commences seed experiment that will last 100 years. (A hat tip to reader C.B. for the link.) Here is a snippet:
“How long can seeds stay alive? That question is crucial for seed gene banks and research institutes working with plants and seeds. Therefore, a new seed longevity experiment has started in the Global Seed Vault. The experiment comprises seeds of 13 globally important crops, produced by project partners from all over the world, including Leibniz Institute of Plant Genetics and Crop Plant Research (IPK), and is planned to go on for a hundred of years from now on.
The first experimental seed samples will be brought into the Svalbard Global Seed Vault on the 27th of August. These first test sets consist of seeds produced at the IPK Gatersleben.”
Rutgers University: “Grammar Be Racist”
Peter and D.S.V. both sent us this news: Rutgers University declares grammar to be racist
Tinted Solar Panels Could Boost Farm Incomes
Reader C.B. sent this: Green energy and better crops: Tinted solar panels could boost farm incomes. Here is a brief excerpt:
“Researchers have demonstrated the use of tinted, semi-transparent solar panels to generate electricity and produce nutritionally superior crops simultaneously, bringing the prospect of higher incomes for farmers and maximizing use of agricultural land.
By allowing farmers to diversify their portfolio, this novel system could offer financial protection from fluctuations in market prices or changes in demand, and mitigate risks associated with an unreliable climate. On a larger scale it could vastly increase capacity for solar-powered electricity generation without compromising agricultural production.”