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The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods:

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”.

The High Cost of Socialism

Reader H.L. sent in this article showing that under the guidance of Maduro’s socialism, over 40% of Venezuelan business have closed. Maduro imposed a mandatory wage increase of nearly 60 fold, making it almost impossible for these businesses to survive. Adding insult to injury, Maduro has also imposed price controls so that the business cannot increase their prices to accomodate the wage increases or account for runaway inflation. This is minimum wage on steroids.

Mosquito-Borne Illness

Eastern equine encephalitis is rearing its ugly head again. A Michigan resident has been infected with this deadly mosquito-borne disease. the CDC reports that nearly a third of those who are infected with the diseas end up dying. it is primarily tranmitted by mosquitos near swamps and wetlands, though it has been found in other places over the years. This is the first case in Michigan since 2016. While named after horses who are vulnerable, the disease is actually most often carried by birds. Human infections are pretty rare wiith only about 7 cases reported every year. Thankts to G.P. for the article.

Night Vision Sale

Ready Made Resources is having a sale on their Photonis White Phosphor PVS-14. The white phosphor allows a more natural looking image than the green phosphor units and the PVS-14 form factor allows the unit to be hand-held, helmet mounted or even mounted on your weapon behind your normal sights. You can also get either a 5 year or a 10 year warranty on the unit.

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Mental Health Checks for Ammo Purchases?

Pat Cascio sent in this article on Detroit’s attempt to one-up California in the race for gun control. Why bother with those pesky background checks when you can require a full on mental health check to to allow the purchase of a few rounds of ammo? Wayne County Commissioner Reggie Davis, who represents the 6th district, is announcing a new proposed bill that would limit the sale of ammunition and increase checks for people buying ammunition in Wayne County. In addition, the ammo would have to be purchased directly from a law enforcement agency (like they don’t have enough to do in Detroit already).

Tokyo Underground

Reader D.C. sent in this interesting video about Tokyo underground. There is a significant underground infrastructure since the city has virtually no more room to expand above ground. The infrastructure is based around the subway system, but contains complete shopping districts. It’s an interesting concewpt that has far reaching implications for public safety.

Smart Pills

Medical technology has made remarkable progress in the last few years. One of those areas is in the realm of “smart pills”. these are pills that the person swallows, then they traverse the digestive tract of the person, recording as they go. This gives the doctor the ability to replace several other more intrusive methods of inspection (such as a colonoscopy) and the ability to view the entire tract. But what about patient privacy? this is an are that needs further patient privacy development. Thanks to DSV for the link.

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Survival Realty

Survival Realty has a new interesting listing near Bonners Ferry, Idaho. This is an unfisnished off-grid home on four acres that borders national forest land. The home is nearly finished and is listed for only $178,900.

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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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