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”. My blood is boiling today over the jury verdict in the Arizona shooting. Another incident of the thin blue line abuse.


Reader H.L. sent in this article on how Artificial Intelligence (AI) is being used to design and build more AI. Apparently, the child AI that results is better at performing the designated test tasks than other AI. Some seem to be okay with this development and others not so much. As the article states: “If we didn’t design it, how can we be sure that there aren’t unintended consequences?” How can you be sure that you can control it?

Moderate Islam?

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has pledged to promote a … Continue reading →

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“Today I am delivering

I’ve judged this course of action to be in the best interests of the United States of America and the pursuit of peace between Israel and the Palestinians. This is a long overdue step to advance the peace process. And to work towards a lasting agreement.

‘Israel is a sovereign nation with the right, like every other sovereign nation, to determine its own capitol. Acknowledging this is a fact is a necessary condition for achieving peace. It was 70 years ago that the United States under President Truman recognized the state of Israel.

‘Ever since then, Israel has made its capitol in the city of Jerusalem, the capitol the Jewish people established in ancient times. Today, Jerusalem is the seat of the modern Israeli government. It is the home of the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset, as well as the Israeli Supreme Court. It … Continue reading →

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Has there ever been a cost basis study comparing rechargeable batteries versus changeable taking into account original cost of batteries and charger, cost of purchased electricity at today’s average rate, or if solar charged the cost of that equipment. As my rechargeable batteries lose life and I see changeable batteries going for cheap, I am beginning to wonder if loading up on the cheap expendables isn’t cheaper in the long run. – R.T.

HJL’s Comment:

I’m sure there have been cost studies, but I am not aware of any. However, you can do a basic comparison on costs yourself. Just be aware that cost is not the only factor that has to be considered when making the decision.

Typical purchase costs:

A quick look on Amazon has Eveready Gold AAs for $0.39/each (or AmazonBasics AA Performance for $0.25/each)
Panasonic … Continue reading →

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My wife and I have developed a mid-scale grain garden and have shared much of the crop operations earlier in this article series. We are in the middle of disclosing modifications to the Rodale Thresher as part of our Threshing and Winnowing operation. Let’s continue.

Threshing and Winnowing (continued)
Exit Modifications To Avoid Lost Grain

I used ½” galvanized hardware cloth for the exit screen as shown in Figure 10. Most of the grain lost from the thresher is via sweeping out seed along with threshing debris. Counter this by installing finished 1” X 1” boards across the screen to provide stops, and also by sweeping the coarse debris side-to-side before sweeping it out.

The original thresher design dropped the grain through the screen onto the floor. I installed a drawer under the screen as shown in Figure 10. A 5-gallon bucket full of reaped grain results in a drawer … Continue reading →

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Contest Gardening

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Property taxes and retirement are of high concern for most people who are getting ready to retire or are already retired. Modern Survival! With regards to taxes when you retire, your property taxes will amount to more dollars than any other tax that you will be paying. And they always go up! Sometimes alarmingly! When people retire, they typically spend less money and they no longer receive an income from an employer (or employment dollars lessen due to working part time). Therefore income tax rates for your state don’t matter so much as your property taxes. Similarly retirees tend to

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Taxes Lists Retirement

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Here are the latest items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. And it bears mention that most of these items are from the “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of JWR. (SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor.) Today’s focus is on derivatives counterparty risk.

Precious Metals:

We’ll start with this from Andrew Hecht at Seeking Alpha: Precious Metals in the Final Month of 2017

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David Morgan: What drives the Silver Price — Supply or Demand?

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Reader R.B. wrote to mention this sign of the times:  “APMEX just sent out an email indicating that they are now accepting payment for precious metals in Bitcoin.”

Stock Markets:

Kirk Spano: Let The Stock Market Bubble Blow


Lithium Giant Eyes … Continue reading →

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A fire starter kit is a very important asset and should be a subset of your other emergency / survival kits. This may include: – 72-hour kit – emergency kit in your vehicle – bugout bag – get home bag – day pack for hiking – pack while hunting / fishing / outdoors – camping equipment – E-kit kept in your ATV 4-wheeler – kit in your snowmobile – boating emergency kit – EDC, everyday carry Get the idea? Pretty much anytime you’re heading out beyond your home base, having a fire starter kit within your other ‘kit’ is excellent

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My wife and I are convinced we need to pursue self sufficiency, and a large part of that is food self sufficiency, including providing our own protein, vegetables, and grain. I’m writing about our family’s grain gardening and am in the midst of detailing our crop operations. We’ve gone over soil preparation, planting, and reaping. Let’s now continue with drying.

Reaping and Drying (continued)

Mild fall weather during harvest time as shown in Figure 3 is unusual in the Copper River Valley, Alaska. It’s usually cold and sometimes wet; we had three inches of snow on the ground during our first harvesting year. So it is frequently necessary to dry the harvested grain before threshing. Also, peas harvested for shelling must be dried before threshing.

Constructing Drying Trash

I constructed 43 drying trays to accomplish this purpose. Construction details are shown in Figures 4 and 5. The wood is finished … Continue reading →

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On another Sunday morning, in 1941, America was caught sleeping. Then there was that September morning, in 2001. Let’s pray that nothing like those days ever happens again. – JWR

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SurvivalBlog Writing Contest

Today features another entry for Round 74 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The nearly $11,000 worth of prizes for this round include:

First Prize:
A $3000 gift certificate towards a Sol-Ark Solar Generator from Veteran owned Portable Solar LLC. The only EMP Hardened Solar Generator System available to the public.
A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any one, two, or three day course (a $1,095 value),
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