May 30, 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 the planned Highland Rim developments.

Highland Rim Project in Kentucky and Tennessee

This biased article ran in a collegiate newspaper, back in February: Highland Rim Project Sparks ControversyJWR’s Comments:  It is funny to see how they referred to The American Redoubt internal migration project in the past tense. They wish!’

Here is a link to their associated real estate company: Ridge Runner USA.

Why Is the New BLM Rule So Controversial?

Blog reader C.B. sent this:  Why Is the New BLM Rule So Controversial?  The article begins:

“Earlier this week, House Republicans gathered enough votes to narrowly pass the WEST Act, which if the Senate concurs would nullify the BLM’s new “Conservation and Landscape Health” rule that elevates conservation priorities on 245 million acres of federal public land.

The WEST (Western Economic Security Today) Act passed the House 212 to 202, largely on the basis of concerns that the BLM’s rules would overturn decades of traditional land management in the West. (You can see how your representative voted here.) It’s one of a bundle of bills that can collectively be considered the Republican-controlled Congress’s rejection of what lawmakers call over-reach by the Biden Administration to regulate natural resources through agency rule-making.”

An X-Class Solar Flares Alert

Video from Suspicious Observers: Triple Impact Solar Storm Alert. JWR’s Comment:  It is time to tuck all your spare electronics in your Faraday cans and bags!

Portland Police: Arson Fire Burned 17 Police Cars

Kelly B. sent this: Portland police investigating claims of responsibility in arson fire that burned 17 police cars.

DHS: 2025 Real ID Deadline For New Licenses

Reported by USAToday: The 2025 Real ID deadline for new licenses is really real this time, DHS says.

Where are People Moving to in 2024?

Some statistics complied by MoveBuddha: Where are People Moving to in 2024? A quote:

“Many states seeing decreased interest are those that have cooled off from recent sky-high popularity. These states include Texas, Florida, and Montana. All three are still seeing high numbers of in-moves from out of state, but just less robust than the year before.”

Apple’s iPhone Spyware Problem Is Getting Worse.

Over at Wired: Apple’s iPhone Spyware Problem Is Getting Worse. Here’s What You Should Know.

New York DA Pushes for Ghost Gun YouTube Content Removal

At Reclaim The NetNew York DA Bragg Pushes for Ghost Gun YouTube Content Removal.

Microhydro Basics

Here is a useful summary: Microhydropower Systems.

“Microhydropower can be one of the most simple and consistent forms or renewable energy on your property.

If you have water flowing through your property, you might consider building a small hydropower system to generate electricity. Microhydropower systems usually generate up to 100 kilowatts of electricity. Most of the hydropower systems used by homeowners and small business owners, including farmers and ranchers, would qualify as microhydropower systems. But a 10-kilowatt microhydropower system generally can provide enough power for a large home, a small resort, or a hobby farm.”

New York ‘Wetlands’ Bill Could Force Gun Ranges to Close

Linked over at the Whatfinger.com news aggregation site: Lawmakers Warn New York ‘Wetlands’ Bill Could Force Gun Ranges to Close.

The 23 Best Survival Gifts of 2024

At the Field & Stream magazine website: The 23 Best Survival Gifts of 2024. JWR’s Comment:  The author’s list is a bit heavy on gadgets, but it includes are some sturdy and practical gems.

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