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 ”. Venezuela is back in the news again. Now that the hurricanes have taken a break from their destruction, man-made disasters are being paid attention too.
Venezuela continues it’s slide into oblivion and now it is becoming apparent that the country is becoming cut-off from the rest of the world . Nearly every major air carrier has discontinued service to the country due to security concerns. Now foreign governments are putting barriers in place to keep Venezuelans out. Even if you are able to obtain a visa to exit the county, flight costs are prohibitively expensive. Thanks to S.B. for the link.
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Venezuela’s annual inflation rate just dropped  — to 2,276%. it is so bad that the average Venezuelan has lost at least 20 pounds since this started. Dieting may be a fad in America where the majority of the population is obese or borderline obese, but there it is about survival.
Wondering why experts almost always recommend that you keep three months worth of cash on hand? Puerto Rico was devastated by multiple hurricanes and most of the infrastructure on the island was destroyed or severely impaired. Now there are reports of armed gangs roving the streets posing as police. Cash is king  as no one wants to (or can) take credit cards or extend credit to individuals. The ATMs are running out of cash and the basics are tough to get.
As North Korea threatens electromagnetic pulse attack, questions over lapses in US grid security rise . the U.S. power grid is considered one of the most vital pieces of infrastructure, but there is no authoritative organization that can direct how power companies are to protect themselves frum such an event. As a result, no one really has any idea how such an attack would impact America even though they have studied the problem for more than 15 years. Thanks to A.D. for the link.
Reader H.L. sent in this article on what to do if you have been caught by the Equifax data breach . If you think about it, there were more than 150 million accounts that were compromised. With less than 350 million people, if you remove those who are too young to work and those who just don’t work, you reach a similar number. It is possible that every person who currently works or has some sort of credit has been compromised.
Your Bicycle is the Spy
Tomes Software and Ford Motor Company are collaborating on devices and software for your bicycle. under the guise of safety, the software will keep nearby automobiles alerted to the presence of bicycles  to cut down on collisions of this sort. Of course this means that the NSA or any other alphabet agency as well as certain private companies) know where your bicycle is at all times.
Long Term Storage
Reader M.H. wrote in to update us on some information from his long term storage. He had a sealed can of navy beans that was at least 9 years old. In attempting to use them, he discovered that they would not cook up soft enough to eat. They were able to use them for their hogs though. he is thinking about grinding the rest up for flour.
Reader B.B. sent in this article showing the timeline of antifa violence in 2017 . You can clearly see where police and university authorities did not shut the violence and as a result, the violence has continued to escalate. Note that the antifa movement is seems to use contradictory ideologies such as Marxism and anarchism.
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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!