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 ”.
A Florida appeals court has upheld Miami Shores, Florida’s veggie garden ban . Last year, a state court ruled that the city had the right to ban vegetable gardens. They believe the vegetable plants are unsightly. Thus, with the single stroke of a pen, the courts have now said that the city is well within it’s rights to ban you from growing your own food while allowing your neighbors to build pools, park boats/jet skis and even put in lawn gnomes. But you can’t have zucchini. The Florida constitution protects people from arbitrary restrictions on their right to use their own property, but the courts so far have been poisoned. Thanks to D.S. for the link.
Baltimore schools are some of the most problematic schools there are. An investigative series from a Fox affiliate has been profiling many of the issues including passing students who have never even shown up for a class. One of the latest escapades is that 13 public high schools from around Baltimore (out of a total of 39) had no kids that were proficient in math  in 2017. Zero. Nada. Zilch. Not a single student! Reader K.B. notes that you would be hard pressed to find a single high school in all of Asia with the same poor performance.
Why Public Sector Abuses are Rampant
Reader H.L sent in this article showing why abuses of the public sector are so bad . We’ve all heard of the retirement abuses where a police officer will retire with a “disability” which is in reality just normal aging (thus protecting a good portion of his income from taxes). Or perhaps a fighter fighter who contracts cancer and now it’s presumed to be caused by the job enabling the opening of publicly funded benefits. These are nothing new, but now we have a new one. Four Orange county officers who were attending the Las Vegas concert that came under fire did what many others did. They helped out their fellow attendees.
The difference is that even though they attended the concert on their own time and it was out-of-state, they filed workers compensation claims with their home counties to get additional leave and medical benefits. Now Tom Daly (D-Anaheim) has announced he plans to introduce a bill guaranteeing that such cases can’t be refused and it will be retroactive to those who have already been turned down. And we wonder why California is in such bad financial condition.
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To go along with that piece of ridiculous news, we find that California’s economy ranks a measly 37th , behind even Michigan and Ohio. This despite California’s claim that they are the sixth largest economy in the world (larger than France, Canada, Brazil, Russia and Italy). The problem is that those calculations are done by the state’s Department of Finance and does not calculate in the cost of living. There are a myriad of other factors to consider as well, such as the tax burden and the per capita GDP. It’s not a pretty picture for the state.
Source Code of Hacking Tools
Reader D.B. reported that Wikileaks has released the source code of the alleged CIA hacking tools  as part of their “Vault 7” leaks. The CIA continues their silence on the authenticity of the intelligence documents, but to my knowledge, Wikileaks has never been wrong when all the facts were learned. Security experts are stating that they do not expect the release of the source code to be a threat, but that the CIA will have to refactor their code and there is a possibility of undiscovered hacks.
Off Grid Survival Property
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We’ve been hearing about some of the new street drugs that can be absorbed through the skin. Apparently a Fairborn, Ohio paramedic responded to an overdose situation and while driving the patient to the Hospital began exhibiting signs of an overdose himself . His partner noticed and was able to stop the ambulance in the middle of the road and administer Narcan to counteract the OD. Both the patient and the paramedic were then taken to the hospital. The investigation is still ongoing, but carfentanil is suspect. A small quantity of this type of drug absorbed through the skin or inhaled by a human can lead to overdose and death. Thanks to D.S.V. for the link.
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Please send your news tips to HJL. (Either via e-mail of via ourContact  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!