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 La Niña winter Weather Pattern.
The India-China Border Standoff
Linked over at the Whatfinger.com news aggregation site: India-China border standoff has negated notions of ‘asymmetry in power’
Winter 2020/2021: La Niña Returns?
Reader C.B. sent this: La Nina forms in the Pacific – here’s what it means for hurricanes, wildfires. Here are the article’s opening paragraphs:
“A La Nina climate pattern has appeared in the Pacific Ocean, which could lead to an increase in activity during the ongoing Atlantic hurricane season and create conditions more prone to wildfires out West, forecasters say.
La Nina, Spanish for “little girl,” is a naturally occurring phenomenon in which sea surface temperatures across the central and eastern Pacific Ocean are cooler than average, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It’s the opposite of the warmer-than-average “El Nino” — and scientists believe this time the pattern will last through at least February.
“La Nina can contribute to an increase in Atlantic hurricane activity by weakening the wind shear over the Caribbean Sea and tropical Atlantic Basin, which enables storms to develop and intensify,” Mike Halpert, the deputy director of NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, said in a statement.”
Tylenol Lowers Risk Aversion
Reader D.S.V. sent us this: Tylenol side effect: Acetaminophen may cause people to take greater risks. Here is a percope:
“Popping a Tylenol for that nagging headache could do more than just provide some pain relief. A new study finds that taking acetaminophen may also cause an individual to take greater risks than they would otherwise.
Researchers at The Ohio State University conducted a series of experiments to see how the popular pain reliever affects decision making. While we often hear warnings about how acetaminophen can take a dangerous toll on liver, this latest side effect may give thrill-seekers (or risk-averse folks) reason to pause.
In one experiment, researchers had 189 college students (109 men, 79 women) take 1,000 mg of acetaminophen, the suggested dosage for a headache. Some students were unknowingly given a placebo instead of the drug. Once the medication kicked in, participants were provided a list of various events and then rated each one on how risky they thought it was.
Results show that students who’d taken acetaminophen viewed things like “bungee jumping off a tall bridge” or taking skydiving classes as less risky than those given a placebo. Similarly, ‘speaking your mind about an unpopular issue in a meeting at work,’ switching careers in your mid-30s, and walking home alone at night in a high-crime area were also considered less risky by those in the acetaminophen group.
“Acetaminophen seems to make people feel less negative emotion when they consider risky activities – they just don’t feel as scared,” explains study co-author Baldwin Way, an associate professor of psychology, in a university release. ‘With nearly 25 percent of the population in the U.S. taking acetaminophen each week, reduced risk perceptions and increased risk-taking could have important effects on society.'”
When Christian Worship Becomes a Protest
This one came to us courtesy of H.L.: Seattle Bans Christians From Worshipping in Park, But Then God Intervened
Yer ‘Ol Woodpile Report is Now Fully Archived
Cheri wrote to mention that the Late Great Yer ‘Ol Woodpile Report blog (edited by Ol’ Remus, RIP) is back up with full archives. (See the new boxes at the top.)
Facial Mask Effectiveness — Not!
D.S.V. sent us this from Red State: The CDC Accidentally Admits Cloth Masks Are Not Effective