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 personalities are shaped by natural surroundings.
Americans’ Personalities Shaped By Their Natural Surroundings
SurvivalBlog reader B.D. spotted this: How Americans’ Personalities Are Shaped By Their Natural Surroundings. Here is a quote:
“Reported in the journal Nature Human Behaviour this week, psychologists led by the University of Cambridge in the UK found that people who reside in mountainous US regions, such as the Rocky Mountains in the west and the Appalachian Mountains in the east, tend to have personality traits more closely associated with the “frontier settlement theory,” which says the first people from Europe who settled in the US during the colonial era were tough, individualistic, and non-conformists.
According to the researchers, this “Wild West mentality” can still be found in populations that live in mountain regions of the US.
“The harsh and remote environment of mountainous frontier regions historically attracted nonconformist settlers strongly motivated by a sense of freedom. Such rugged terrain likely favored those who closely guarded their resources and distrusted strangers, as well as those who engaged in risky explorations to secure food and territory,” lead author Friedrich Götz, from the University of Cambridge’s Department of Psychology, said in a statement.
“These traits may have distilled over time into an individualism characterized by toughness and self-reliance that lies at the heart of the American frontier ethos,” added Götz.”
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FDA Finally Issues Amalgam Warning
Reader D.S.V. sent this: FDA Finally Issues Amalgam Warning
Charges Dropped on 90% of Portland Rioters
This one came to us from H.L.: 90% of Portland Rioters Are Rewarded for Months of Destruction; Attempted Cop Killer Released. A snippet:
“But of the 213 people arrested for these crimes, down from the 295 the month before, charges against 90% of them were dropped, some as early as the next day. Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt gave them a free pass because he’s decided to “preemptively decline to prosecute” the vast majority of cases because it’s not acceptable to hold adults accountable for their criminal behavior, or something. Let me remind you that interfering with a police officer, disorderly conduct and rioting were the top three charges that Schmidt has declined to prosecute. “
How a 12-Year-Old Achieved Nuclear Fusion
Reader A.K. suggested this: How a 12-year-old achieved nuclear fusion – Guinness World Records
A Really Big AR
I noticed that DRD Tactical (one of our loyal writing contest sponsors) now makes AR-based rifles chambered all the way up to .338 Lapua Magnum. But surely it must be their 6.5 Creedmoor riles that are selling the best. The caliber has had deservedly-well growing popularity. If you do any business with DRD Tactical, then please mention that you heard about them in SurvivalBlog.
Xfinity Television Remotes Can Be Hacked
C.B.. sent us this: Security company finds vulnerability in Xfinity television remote controls.