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 “free” mystery seeds arriving from mainland China.
Mystery Packages From China: Seeds and Sunglasses
Arkansas man plants mystery seeds from China, says results are wild — and now other packages are inexplicably showing up. The article opens with this:
“An Arkansas man who says he received a packet of unknown seeds from China has planted them — and KSFM-TV calls the burgeoning plant “wild.”
Packages of unsolicited seeds from China began showing up in mailboxes across the country in July, stumping agriculture and commerce officials in the process.
In early statements, the USDA said it believes that the products are part of what could be a “brushing scam,” in which people receive unsolicited items to, in turn, create fake customer reviews for the purpose of boosting sales.”
JWR’s Comment: Yes, it is probably just a “brushing” scheme. But don’t plant any of those seeds, and don’t trust their sunglasses.
Is Kamala Harris a Marxist or a Maoist?
Linked over at the Whatfinger.com news aggregation site: GovTrack: Kamala Harris Further Left than ‘Democratic Socialist’ Bernie Sanders. Oh, and she wants your guns.
DJT Hints of COVID-19 Vaccine Before November
You’ve probably already seen this headline: Trump: COVID-19 vaccine may be ready ‘right around’ Election Day. JWR’s Comment: Gee, a new vaccine rushed into production after only brief trials. What could possibly go wrong?
Fairfax County, Virginia Schools Tell Parents Not to Hire Tutors
The Fleeing New Yorkers
D.S.V. also sent this one by Paul Craig Roberts: Flight From New York. His essay’s opening lines:
“New York City is in Serious trouble. Indeed, all diverse US cities are in trouble, especially those ruled by Democrats. The combination of coronavirus and unchecked rioting and looting have undermined their economies.
Working at home has taught businesses that they do not need to accumulate employees in office complexes. Working at home saves money for businesses and employees. With profits and raises harder to come by, dispensing with office complexes and commutes is cost effective.
High income people who no longer need to work in office complexes do not need expensive Manhattan brownstones and apartments. They can escape to Mystic Connecticut or somewhere else.”
Getting Medieval in Chicago: Raise The Drawbridge!
Cities Institute COVID Checkpoints, Power Shutoffs, and Fines
“With the daily number of coronavirus cases in the United States still hovering at about 50,000 and American deaths from the disease approaching 160,000, cities across the country are taking increasingly severe measures to force the curve of the outbreak downward — including power shutoffs, fines and more.
In perhaps the most striking example of a city’s coronavirus response, Los Angeles sent police to a large house party in the Beverly Crest neighborhood after complaints from neighbors about the number of people there. FOX 11 Los Angeles sent a news chopper — the kind normally used to document high-speed car chases — to relay video of the party from above. Police cited and impounded some of the cars in the area, but determined there were no noise violations and left. There was later a fatal shooting at the party, which prompted even more scrutiny of the incident.”
Cancer Diagnoses Plummet During COVID-19
Reader S. spotted this news headline: Cancer diagnoses plummet during COVID-19, and experts fear that could mean worse disease later.