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 “HJL ”. Have you ever wandered exactly what data Facebook was collecting from you? Now you can know.
Here we are, 10 months after last years presidential election and the topic is still as hot as it ever was. On one hand, we have Hillary releasing her book “What Happened” which is probably more aptly titled “It wasn’t my fault”. I’ve yet to see a blurb from it where she takes any kind of responsibility for her lack of integrity or lack of policies (other than get rich quick.) Now we have a report out of New Hampshire  that their same-day-registration may have swung the vote for Hillary and the Democrats. While Trump didn’t really need it, the republican Senator could have been that single vote needed to repeal Obamacare.
The Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (CCRKBA) is saying to follow SAAMI guidelines for the care of your flood damaged guns. SAAMI offers a very useful guide called: “Guidance on Firearms That Have Been Submerged or Exposed to Extensive Amounts of Water ”. Basically, you need to disassemble them, clean them and apply a moisture displacing lubricant to the metal parts. SAAMI also recommends no attempt to salvage ammunition that has been submerged in water . Thanks to Reader D.B. for the link.
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Superesse has published a list of resources that may be helpful for those recovering from Harvey and Irma: Prepping for a Hurricane and tips for the aftermath . Note that this list has some North Carolina specifics in it, but you can still use it as a guide. If you live in another state, you can replace the NC specific links with those from your state and county and store it in your safe along with keeping a copy handy while traveling.
Recycle and Reuse
Reader DSV sent in this article on 23 Things a Prepper Should Never Throw Away.  While it is a good list for those who are starting out, I would warn readers that there are some items on the list that are liable to make your preps messy. Really, how many pair of shoes can you store? I’d also warn about storing some food items in old plastic soda bottles. As per our recent experience that Mrs Latimer wrote about in “The Editor’s Preps of the Week ”, mice can and will eat through plastic to get at the good stuff. But if you are just starting out, this is a good way to get a healthy start.
We don’t like Facebook. In fact, we recommend that our readers don’t use Facebook at all. We do have a minimal Facebook presence intended to reach out to those who populate its halls, but it’s a dangerous place. Mike Williamson, SurvivalBlog’s Editor at Large, sent in this link from someone who researched exactly what data Facebook is collecting and selling . They claim they are collecting 600 terabytes of data on a daily basis of information that people freely upload to them. Did you know that when you use their apps (even the web based ones) that they are logging your every key stroke? If you wrote it in their text box, they have a copy of it. This company is evil.
The next few days should be interesting to say the least. Kim
duck soup Jong-un continues to show his irresponsible leadership by escalating tensions. Have you ever watched a frustrated parent in the middle of a grocery store as their child threw themselves on the floor in a loud temper-tantrum because they didn’t get what they wanted? Watching North Korea is like watching that child in slow motion, except the child has a nuclear weapon. Trump has now ordered the military to shoot down any missile  fired towards Guam or the United States. Trump may also be considering the same order for any missile headed to any U.S. ally in the region. Thanks to P.S. for the link.
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It is also worth noting that North Korea has officially threatened an EMP attack on the U.S.  for the first time. At this point, it’s hard for the average person to know if what Kim
duck soup Jong-un says is true or if it’s just his standard bravado/temper-tantrum. However, his statement basically reads that all parts of the recent thermonuclear bomb detonated were made in North Korea and that it could be detonated at high altitudes for a super-powerful EMP attack. Thanks to D.B. for the link.
Please send your news tips to HJL. (Either via e-mail of via our Contact  form.) These are often especially relevant, because they come from folks who watch news that is important to them. Due to their diligence and focus, we benefit from fresh “on target” news. We often “get the scoop” on news that is most likely ignored (or reported late) by mainstream American news outlets. Thanks!