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 a variety of emerging threats and trends, starting with a piece about a planned escape from New York:
An Escape From New York Before the Election?
First up, H.L. was the first of several SurvivalBlog readers to mention this, over at The New York Post: Fearful New Yorkers plan to flee city on Election Day: ‘People will go nuts’.
Fight or Flight: Election Has Many Americans Feeling Anxiety
Long-time link contributor D.S.V. sent this article, in the same vein: Some plan to move, others buy guns: Election has many Americans feeling high anxiety.
Newbie Preppers Buying Military Gear Before the Election
Reader G.G. sent this: Americans Are Frantically Buying Military Gear Before the Election. A snippet:
“In some suburban and rural settings, it’s become everyday wear. A retail chain called 5.11 Tactical, which traces its roots to a friend of President Donald Trump’s adult sons, is even trying to turn the survivalist look into a fashionable national brand. It’s racking up annual sales of almost $400 million with stores in places including Tulsa, Oklahoma, and the U.S. Army’s Fort Bliss in El Paso, Texas. Across the country, gun and ammunition sales have surged as well.”
Taiwan Aims Missiles at China to Foil Invasion Plans
Linked over at the Whatfinger.com news aggregation site: Taiwan aims missiles at China to foil invasion plans
A Record Number of Carry Permits in U.S.
Another from G.G.: Study Reports Record Number of Carry Permits in U.S.. A pericope for you:
“Roughly 7.6 percent of Americans have a carry permit, according to its findings. Slightly more than 26 percent of them are female and the number of new women outpaced men by 101.2 percent. There are now five states with more than 1 million people with carry permits. They are Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Texas. Per capita, by qualified adult resident, 28.5 percent of the Alabamans have a license—the top figure in the nation. Indiana claims second-place honors with 18.7 percent and Iowa trails in third.
The cost is even going down. John R Lott and Rujun Wang, the report’s authors wrote, “A lot of changes in fees are occurring this year. Arkansas just reduced its fee from $142.11 to $91.9 and Washington from $48 to $36. Indiana’s 5-year license to carry has become fee exempt since July 1, 2020, while Tennessee’s 8-year license fee has dropped from $100 to $65, effective from January 1, 2020. West Virginia also reduced $75 fee for a LCDW to $25, starting on June 1, 2020.””
WalMart’s New Speed Shopping Floor Layout
Second Food-Stockpiling Wave Is Here, With 3,400% Pantry Surge
Massive Asteroid Subject of New Findings
SurvivalBlog reader C.B. suggested this article, over at the Phys.org news page: Massive asteroid subject of new findings. The article begins:
“A University of Hawaiʻi Institute for Astronomy (IfA) astronomer has revealed critical new findings linked to a large asteroid expected to pass extremely close to Earth. Dave Tholen and collaborators have announced the detection of Yarkovsky acceleration on the near-Earth asteroid Apophis. This acceleration arises from an extremely weak force on an object due to non-uniform thermal radiation. This force is particularly important for the asteroid Apophis, as it affects the probability of an Earth impact in 2068. “
Bacteria Were the Real Killers in 1918 Flu Pandemic
Reader A.D. mentioned this piece at New Scientist: Bacteria were the real killers in 1918 flu pandemic.
NJ to Mass Release Inmates Starting Nov. 4th
Finally, Reader D.S.V. sent us this: New Jersey Governor Signs Bill To Mass Release Inmates Starting Nov. 4. JWR’s Comment: Hmmm… Scheduled for the day after the Presidential election. Purely coincidental, I’m sure…