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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”. There is an interesting article on common gun control lies today.

Off-Grid Air Conditioning

Reader T.J. sent in this interesting video from YouTuber Engineer775. In it, he is installing his first true off-grid air-conditioner with a 75 SEER rating. They are currently unavailable till August 2018, but it is intriguing that you can have a heat pump that will run on 750W of solar panel. Since you generally need air conditioning when the sun is shining, the claim is that you don’t need battery storage with this system. They do recommend a utility connection as backup for those days where you have limited solar capacity. I suspect that the system would work well with an existing largish solar power system. However, don’t expect this to come inexpensively. At nearly $2000, it pretty amazing what it accomplishes, but that’s still quite a bit of money and power demand.

Sheepdog

Continuing along the thought process of wolves, sheep, and sheepdogs, reader H.L. sent in this article on being a sheepdog. Do you know if you have what it takes to be the protector of your family? The author does a respectable job of linking the character traits of people to these descriptions. In particular, I like the concept that the “sheepdog” personality despises injustice, bullies, and those who never tire of ingratiating themselves to bullies. His instinct is to protect those upon whom the wolves and fellow sheep pummel, whether he likes them or not. Do you know which you are?

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Gun Control

There have been a number of lies promulgated by the media and those who would take your firearm from you in recent years. Most of those lies have been around for quite some time, but despite being proven as lies over and over again, the drumbeat just seems to grow louder. This article submitted by reader G.M. outlines some of the more prominent lies like “The police will take care of us” and “We can stop criminals from getting guns”. The ones particularly annoying to me are the ones that use the term “common sense” somewhere in the verbiage. Remember, gun control isn’t about controlling violence. It’s about controlling you. They want you disarmed so they can act with impunity.

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Reader Jon Cylc wrote an article about the gun control debate and why it will never end. The argument is really not over facts, but ideologies. The two sides can’t come to an agreement because they are two completely different concepts and there is no middle ground. The progressive left is all about vagaries and emotional pleas while the Second Amendment supporters repeatedly use facts that just fall upon deaf ears. I agree with his final premise that the debate has no end. The truth is that emotion cannot compete with fact in an informed discussion, but those that know they will lose would rather just point fingers and not participate in an actual discussion.

Facebook

Trying to kick the habit? Apparently, breaking up with Facebook is hard to do. This article submitted by reader DSV compares it to breaking up with a bad boyfriend/girlfriend who just won’t accept your decision. It literally becomes a stalking thing. One of the examples given was a person who stopped logging in and subsequently received 17 email messages over 10 days urging him to return to the swamp. The emails tended to use peer pressure suggesting that his friends were participating in some conversation that he should be a part of or suggesting that there was a post that he was sure to like. Like most people, he succumbed to the pressure and logged back in. Just say no!

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Stealth Sheets

The technology to hide from infrared cameras has been around for some time and there is evidence that some of those we are fighting overseas have used some of the more rudimentary forms of stealth to attempt to hide from the ever watchful eye. However, reader G.P. sent in this article on some new technology that has some great potential. The sheet is made out of bendable silicon and can hide about 94% of the infrared light it encounters. We should note that Snakebite Tactical offers a practical thermal suit that you can get now.

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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!



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