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 Google’s newly-announced photo OCR technology.
Google Can Now Search for Text in Your Pictures
Regular content contributor G.P. sent this: Google Photos can now search for text in your pictures, copy and paste it. JWR’s Comment: Never forget that the Internet is an enormous vacuum cleaner, sucking up data. Whatever goes there often ends up ends up in persistent databases. This technology is probably already being misused by malefactors–both state actors and non-state actors. In addition to using a tool like ExifPurge to remove GPS tagging from your personal photos, it is very important to not post any close-ups that reveal your fingerprints and to not let things like firearms serial numbers, credit cards, personal correspondence, bills, receipts, or car license plate numbers be seen in any uploaded photos. OCR technology is progressing rapidly. And with AI now increasingly being used to cross-correlate data, the implications are huge.
Maunder Minimum? Central England’s Chilly October
SurvivalBlog reader A.D. spotted this news: Central England experiences Historically Chilly October. The article begins:
“The UK’s October 2019 sure felt like a chilly one, but now official Met Office temperature data has confirmed it — Central England just experienced a month on par with those of the mid-to-late 1600s.
The Central England Temperature (CET) record measures the monthly mean surface air temperatures for the Midlands region of England, and is the longest series of monthly temperature observations in existence, anywhere in the world.
Its mean reading for October 2019 came in at a nice round 10C — that’s 0.7C below the already cool 1961-1990 average (the current standard period of reference for climatological data used by the WMO).
In the 360 years of CET data there have only-ever been nine other years with an October average temperature of 10C — these are 1659, 1660, 1663, 1668, 1669, 1670, 1672, 1679, and 1722.”
No Power = No Phones
Peter sent us this: PG&E blackout knocks out quarter of Sonoma County cellphone towers. JWR’s Comments: California’s regulations don’t require backup power–even for some land line phones. This underscores the need to have both our own power generating capacity and to have ham radio gear and practice with it.
Mat Shea on The 2nd Amendment
Rep. Matt Shea – Rally for Your Rights – 2nd Amendment. Parenthetically, this 2017 document was mentioned as recommended reading, by Shea: Here’s the Memo That Blew Up the NSC.
Bad News From Argentina
H.L. spotted this at The American Thinker: Bad News From Argentina
Andy Ngo’s Harassment by AntiFa Continues
At WRSA: What Serious Looks Like. A snippet: “I am sure that your readers are familiar with Andy Ngo and his run in with antifa. They are staying on him like a tick on a dog’s ear. They are staying in close contact with his family.”
Gun Control Activist Shoots Her Three Children in Murder-Suicide
Reader H.L. sent this: Sick: Texas Gun Control Activist Shoots Her Children Dead in a Triple Murder-Suicide. JWR’s Comment: So these are he sorts of people who are attempting to dictate what what sorts of guns the general citizenry can and and cannot own?
File Under: No Great Surprise
BBC News Launches ‘Dark Web’ Tor Mirror
Reader A.D. sent this: BBC News Launches ‘Dark Web’ Tor Mirror. A.D. also noted: “Instead of visiting bbc.co.uk/news or bbc.com/news, users of the Tor browser can visit the new bbcnewsv2vjtpsuy.onion web address. Clicking this web address will not work in a regular web browser.”
Reid Heinrichs: Is There an AR-15 Violence Crisis?
A recent vlog from firearms trainer Reid Heinrichs: Is There Really an AR-15 Violence Crisis? Perception vs. Reality Matters. (Thanks to Tim J. for the ink.)