February 21, 2024

SurvivalBlog presents another edition of The Survivalist’s Odds ‘n Sods. This column is 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. In today’s column, we look at police radios switching to encryption.

Police Radio Traffic is Increasingly Encrypted

The Wildly Popular Police Scanner Goes Silent for Many. Here is an excerpt:

Denver, San Francisco, San Diego County, Baltimore, Chicago, New York and Sioux Falls are among the jurisdictions that have already encrypted radio signals to some degree. Minneapolis, whose police department has faced a lot of pressure to be more transparent and accountable, intends to adopt encryption next year.

Law enforcement officials say they long saw value in allowing a small number of civilians — journalists covering breaking news among them — to hear their communications. But as the numbers of listeners soared in a nation where true-crime shows and reality television are wildly popular, the risks of allowing unfettered access — at times including names, addresses and phone numbers — concerned public safety officials.”

NPR Rails Against New House Speaker

Some biased reporting, from the leftist NPRSpeaker Mike Johnson draws scrutiny for ties to far right Christian movement. It is noteworthy that the main reporter for this story is Odette Yousef — NPR’s  “National Security Correspondent on Extremism”.  Tellingly, her biography page seems to indicate that she sees extremist threats only from the “far-right.”  Born in Boston, she has a B.A. from Harvard in Economics and East Asian Studies.

FBI Weaponized Against Traditional Catholics

T.D. sent this Congressional report: New Report Details the Extent of the FBI’s Weaponization of Law Enforcement Against Traditional Catholics. You can read the full report here.

Most Dangerous Cities in the US

These cities and towns are most dangerous in the US, study finds. A pericope:

“Personal finance site MoneyGeek used the FBI crime data to look at crime rates in 302 large cities and 1,010 small cities and towns around the country. They looked at both violent crime and property crime, and used research by the University of Miami and the University of Colorado Denver to determine the cost of crime in each area.”

USAF is Reactivating Tinian Air Base

US Air Force to reclaim Pacific airfield that launched atomic bombings as it looks to counter China. The article begins:

“The US Air Force plans to bring the Pacific island airfield that launched the atomic bombings of Japan back into commission as it tries to broaden its basing options in the event of any hostilities with China, the service’s top officer in the Pacific says.

Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach, commander of Pacific Air Forces, told Nikkei Asia in an interview published this week that North Airfield on the island of Tinian will become an “extensive” facility once work has been completed to reclaim it from the jungle that has grown over the base since the last US Army Air Force units abandoned it in 1946.”

The Escalating Rare Earths War: China’s Export Controls

The Escalating Rare Earths War: China’s Export Controls Trigger Tensions Amid Biden-Xi Meeting Fallout.

Congressman Confirms Epstein Blackmail

Another linked over at the Whatfinger.com news aggregation site: Congressman Confirms Epstein Blackmail Among Colleagues JWR’s Comment:  We may never see the full list of Epstein’s clients.

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