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 “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. Today, we look at some upcoming Big Tech antitrust hearings.
DEA Agents Make Controversial Searches on Amtrak
Reader DSV sent this: Southwest Bust: DEA Agents Ambush Amtrak Passengers With Controversial Searches and Seizures. Here is a quote:
“It’s legal for Perry to search people without probable cause, a warrant, or a dog because travelers supposedly realize that they have the right to decline to submit to his searches. Perry and others in his interdiction unit have testified that they receive manifests ahead of time listing the passengers who will be arriving in Albuquerque. The courts have ruled this is also legal — functioning like a helpful tip sheet on whom to question.
More problematically, Perry has been captured on surveillance footage boarding empty Greyhound buses and pulling bags out of the checked luggage bin. One clip captures him pressing on a bag so aggressively that he appears to be tackling it. But he stops short of opening the bag, which would be blatantly unconstitutional. Several people that Perry has seized cash from insist that they are not drug couriers and, in fact, were never criminally charged as such, though that didn’t help them get their money back.”
JWR’s Comments: The correct response is: “No thank you. I’m sure that that you recognize that you lack probable cause. I do not consent to any search, and I refuse to answer any questions. Have a nice day.” Then start reading a book or magazine and ignore the officer as if he is mute and invisible, even if he persists.
Diet Soft Drinks are Truly Bad for You
Just two diet fizzy drinks a day ‘increases your risk of deadly heart attack or stroke by 50%’
YouTube’s ‘Openness’ Through Censorship
A recent vlog from Matt Christiansen: YouTube Susan Plans ‘Openness’ Through Censorship — My Response
Court Rules ‘Gun Like Hand Gestures’ Are Criminal
SurvivalBlog reader H.L. sent this: Pennsylvania Court Rules ‘Gun Like Hand Gestures’ Are Criminal
Coincidentally, just a few days later, there was this news headline: US Open Tennis Player Fined for Pointing His Racket Like a Gun at a Line Judge
Congressional Panel to Hear Big Tech Antitrust
Linked over at Whatfinger.com is this at Independent Journal Review (IJR): Congressional Antitrust Panel to Discuss Big Tech Competition. The hearing is scheduled for September 24th. The article begins:
“The Senate’s antitrust panel will meet later this month to discuss concerns that tech giants, such as Google or Amazon, seek to buy smaller rivals in order to head off competition.
Senators Mike Lee and Amy Klobuchar, the chairman and top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee’s antitrust panel, said the hearing was scheduled for Sept. 24 but did not list witnesses.
“The Subcommittee also is interested in soliciting input from policy analysts, market participants, and other stakeholders on whether legislative action relating to such mergers is needed to ensure digital markets remain competitive,” Lee said in a statement.
Klobuchar said in the statement that the companies’ acquisitions “have raised serious competition issues.”
“Big technology companies have become some of the most powerful organizations in the world. They face little competition and there are numerous examples of the companies purchasing start-up competitors in various lines of business,” she said.
The tech giants, among the most rich and powerful companies in the world, are facing increasingly intense antitrust scrutiny.”
Julian Assange Issues Warning
A hat tip to Ralph in Kentucky for sending me the link to this recent Lisa Haven video: ‘ALL OF US ARE IN DANGER’ Julian Assange Issues Urgent Warning & It’s Coming True!
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