Tuesday, January 22, 2019

January 22, 2019 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

"The AR is not Direct Gas Impingement"--Military Arms Channel (24 min.)
The host explains that the AR15 is not a true direct gas impingement system; rather, Stoner figured out a way to move the piston to a position inside the bolt carrier so that the recoil forces would be straight back.

  • A new Woodpile Report is up. Ol' Remus begins by playing the world's smallest violin for the furloughed federal workers: "For nonessential federal employees the shutdown is a vacation with deferred payment, yet we're expected to weep in solidarity because they're being inconvenienced. Welcome to the real world. We Deplorables work without pay for the equivalent of several months of every year to fund DC's parasitic bloat. And we have to show up every day." He then goes on to discuss methods of storing .22 LR ammunition for long term, before turning to his summary of articles and news. Check it out.
  • The Organic Prepper has more sympathy for the plight of the furloughed federal works, and the those that soon may be without SNAP benefits, and, therefore, has some articles on getting by on less--particularly, how to cut your grocery bill:
            The big upgrade to these two Tracker 2 models is what Leupold terms the “Beacon” mode. When selected, the Beacon mode quickly recalibrates the screen for increased detection in hot environments. When activated in one of three Hi-Bright screen colors, Beacon mode detects the warmest object in the active image and rebalances all the Hi-bright colors back down to grayscale.
             Result: The screen is a grayscale color under the Beacon threshold until a “warmer” spot is detected and is then displayed as a Hi-Bright condition. Any exposed areas of that deer or hog crouched down behind brush, for example, should pop right up into the Tracker 2’s screen. The Beacon mode is standard in both the LTO Tracker 2 and the LTO Tracker 2 HD.
        For now, Bartozzi said his organization [the NSSF] is focused on a measure that would expand public gun ranges, funded by an existing tax on firearms and ammunition sales that supports conservation, safety programs and shooting ranges on public lands. The hope is that increasing the number of public ranges will encourage more people to become hunters.

               Exports:  -4.4% versus estimate 2% and November’s 5.4%

              Imports: -7.6% versus estimate 4.5% and November’s 3%

              Trade Balance: $57 billion versus estimate $51 billion and November’s $44 billion

               Exports to the U.S. fell 3.7%, the first nonseasonal decline since October 2016. That would indicate an end to the pre-tariff purchasing rush by U.S. companies in the third quarter and into the fourth. Exports to the U.S. had previously climbed over 12% for three consecutive months.

               “The Chinese trade numbers released today got all the alarm bells ringing,” says Naeem Aslam, chief market strategist for Think Markets in London and a Forbes contributor. “If you need any evidence how the trade spat is impacting a country’s economic health then look no further than China trade. The lower export number means lower jobs, which means another direct impact on the (Chinese) economy. Donald Trump can be pleased. His policies have brought China to its knees.”
                  Production of industrial robots fell by 12.1 per cent in December from a year earlier after a drop of 7.0 per cent in November, according to data published by the National Bureau of Statistics on Monday.
                   Meanwhile, growth in the new-energy car sector, which has been heavily subsidised by the government, slowed to 15.5 per cent in December from 24.6 per cent in November.
                   Production of integrated circuits, the semiconductors that power smartphones, computers and other electronic devices, as well as high-end industrial and military products, also fell by 2.1 per cent in December, although this was an improvement from November’s decline of 7 per cent.
                Also: "The ongoing trade war with the United States was identified as the main cause of the fall in advanced industrial output as high US tariffs cut into demand, causing business and consumer confidence to shrink and so perpetuating a downward spiral in economic activity."
                • Related: "Liberals Are Bigots, But It's Okay Because That Kid Had a MAGA Hat"--Jim Treacher at PJ Media. He explains: "Back in the old days, white supremacy meant burning crosses, threatening and hurting and killing people, saying racist things, etc. Now all you need to do is stand in one spot, literally saying nothing, and that's white supremacy."
                • Related: And some thoughts from Tucker Carlson who sums up the whole incident pretty well: "So what’s actually going on here? Well, it’s not really about race. In fact, most of the stories about race really aren’t about race. And this is no different. This story is about the people in power [the media and celebrities] protecting their power, and justifying their power, by destroying and mocking those weaker than they are [the Catholic students]."
                • Gun control in action: "Murders in Mexico rise by a third in 2018 to new record"--Reuters. The article reports that murders in Mexico rose by 33 percent in 2018, breaking the record for a second year running, with investigators opening 33,341 murder probes in 2018 compared with 25,036 from the prior year.
                • Related: "Organized Attacks Throughout Brazil’s Ceara State Continue"--The Rio Times. "Since the first week of the year, 280 attacks have been registered, including the burning of buses, vehicles, public buildings, and banking establishments, as well as bombs placed in utility facilities across the state." The attacks are believed to have been orchestrated by prison gangs.
                The road map published by the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp (CASTC) indicates that between 2020 and 2045, China aims to achieve several significant milestones with regard to space technology to include a reusable carrier rocket by 2035, and a nuclear powered space shuttle by 2040, which would augment larger payloads to include human presence in space. These plans for a nuclear powered space fleet are supported by the China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT), which in a report published in the People’s Daily front page stated that this development would enable China to commercially explore and exploit the natural resources available in space by 2040. Wang Chunghui, associate professor of aerospace propulsion at the School of Astronautics at Beihang University, stated, “The nuclear vessels are built to colonise the solar system and beyond.”
                One of the keys to the success of the West is that every time Western civilization has gone into a terminal decline, some new frontier or source of resources has opened up, revitalizing the civilization. I believe that space could be that next frontier, but only if Western nations step up to the plate and actually work to colonize the solar system.

                Monday, January 21, 2019

                January 21, 2019 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

                "Firing test of a DIAS made from a coat hanger"--Open Source Ordinance (2 min.)
                Don't do this at home.

                • Related: "Vasilyev Automatic Rifle (VAR) Concept"--The Firearm Blog. A Russian firearms designer is taking a shot at finding a solution that would allow soldiers to engage targets at long range and also penetrate body armor. His concept uses a long barreled, bullpup weapon using a saboted projectile with a tungsten penetrator.
                       Camouflage is most frequently designed with one or more of three goals: blend, break up or disrupt. Blending patterns mimic the predominant colors or patterns of the environment where they’ll be used most. A classic example is one of my all-time favorite patterns, the original Mossy Oak Bottomland. ...
                * * * 
                        Camo patterns designed to break up the human outline usually have large contrasting blocks of color or patterns. A recent example is the Cipher pattern from First Lite. Cipher uses large, irregular and contrasting areas of colors and shapes to prevent the wearer from appearing like a large monotone blob. This is the downfall of many blend patterns like Bottomland. Cipher works in many environments but uses primarily brown tones to work well in arid regions or wooded areas during the dormant seasons. Because Cipher is a breakup-style pattern, the colors aren’t as important as they would be if the pattern were intended to blend.
                        All Season All Terrain camo, is an older pattern that might not be as fashionable as it once was. Still, it’s effective as ever. ASAT breaks up the human outline and disrupt the ability of game to distinguish individual parts of the wearer. I’ve often explained my affection for ASAT like this: Other camo patterns attempt to look like something, but ASAT attempts to look like the nothing between somethings. Rather than looking like a tree, bush or rock, ASAT attempts to become part of the negative space between. It makes parts of the human form confusing to an animal’s eye. I admit, ASAT is not pretty and doesn’t use high-tech printing techniques to create shadowing. It also lacks photorealistic elements, but it flat-out works.
                  • "DIY: How to Build a Three Tiered, Raised Garden Box (plans included)"--Real World Survivor. From the article: "The three-tiered strawberry bed is made from 2-by 6-inch treated boards. The most attractive and practical size bed I have made had a 60-by-60- inch base box and took up little room in the yard. Upon the base box is a second box that measures 43 by 43 inches, and the third box measures 30 by 30 inches. The second box is turned 45 degrees to the first box, giving the bed a pleasing geometrical look. The third box is placed on the second box, parallel to the first box."
                  • I haven't tried this, but it sounds interesting: "Revealed: The five-ingredient recipe for the 'miracle spray' that will clean your dirty floors, showers, stove tops AND grout"--Daily Mail. The recipe: "Simply gather 1.5 litres of water (one cup of which should be boiling), 300ml of vinegar, 60ml dishwashing liquid, 25ml eucalyptus oil and three teaspoons of washing soda - which is also known as sodium carbonate. ... [M]ix the washing soda with about one cup of boiling water to dissolve. Then add the remaining ingredients and pour it all into a two litre bottle - ideally one with a spray nozzle that will allow for easy application on a variety of surfaces." It is supposed to mimic a popular Australian cleanser called Lectric.
                  • It's hard to gauge the seriousness of this outbreak because of the histrionics and hyperbole in the news accounts: "World View: Ebola Outbreak in D.R. Congo Spreading Exponentially Faster"--Breitbart.  From the article:
                            The number of Ebola cases recorded each day in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) has doubled, indicating that it may spread to other regions and other countries.
                            According to Jean-Philippe Marcoux, country directory for Mercy Corps in DRC, “Now it’s doubling – it’s very possible that it can double again. If we don’t significantly increase the resources, it will keep increasing. It will spread progressively to other health areas and it will be there for a long time.”
                              If this doubling continues, it would represent exponential growth.
                          Even with the "doubling", there have only been 668 cases, which indicates that it isn't as easily transmitted as past strains have been. I find the following more interesting, however:
                            WHO is predicting that the outbreak will continue for six more months or even longer. But even if the outbreak could be contained quickly – and it cannot – then it could quickly be restarted because the disease can be transmitted sexually up to 18 months after an individual’s cure and it can also pass from pregnant mothers to their fetuses. 
                              Sexual transmission could turn this into the next "AIDS." While AIDS is a heterosexual disease in Africa, in advanced countries it is mostly limited to homosexuals and drug users who share needles. A sexually transmitted Ebola would likely follow a similar pattern as did AIDS, spreading from Africa into those populations in advanced countries that are most likely to engage in risky sexual behavior.
                                    Of course, correlation is not cause and effect, but we now know the aurora are the result of interaction between the solar wind and gases, especially oxygen and nitrogen in the upper atmosphere. We now know the aurora are a direct result of electrons interacting with the magnetic field.
                                      I hope we will see some enterprising open-minded research done on these manifestations of change to determine the mechanisms. I previously hypothesized that changes in upper-level circulation, especially the subtropical easterlies and the mid-latitude westerlies are due to changes in pressure on the magnetic field and all underlying atmospheric layers by the solar wind. We know the solar wind compresses the magnetic field on the up-Sun side, so it is logical that variation in the solar wind causes variation in the amount of compression creating a bellows-like effect.
                                          “When you open your smartphone’s map app, you may see an arrow pointing which way you’re facing, and there’s something quite clever going on underneath,” he continues. “Your phone contains a magnetometer that is measuring the Earth’s magnetic field. In order to make sense of this information, Android and iOS operating systems use the WMM to correct the measurements to true north.”
                                            Normally the World Magnetic Model is updated every 5 years. For decades that’s been often enough to track natural changes in our planet’s magnetism caused by fluctuations in Earth’s molten core. But suddenly things are changing faster than before. 
                                          “Since late 2014, Earth’s core field has varied in an unpredicted, and currently unpredictable, manner [including a sudden change in declinaton called a ‘geomagnetic jerk‘ in 2014/2015],” says Brown. “The aim of the WMM is to be globally accurate within 1 degree of declination, but we were going to exceed that limit in only 3 years.” That’s why, for the first time, they are issuing an update to the WMM before the usual 5 year mark in 2020.

                                    "Earth Catastrophe Cycle | SOLAR MICRONOVA III"--Suspicious Observers (13 min.)
                                           I don’t believe that people of color can be racist in America.

                                           Racism is completely different from prejudice, because it’s systemic, as the -ism suffix connotes. I’d define racism as a political, economic or social system in which a dominant race uses its power to oppress others of different races. ...

                                           When you experience rudeness from black people, remember that they will never have the power you do as a white person. They don’t live in a country where the laws, norms and rules benefit them. White people ― er, white men ― were running the show around here long before the ink on the Declaration of Independence was dry. 
                                    • It bears repeating: SJWs always lie. "LEAK: ‘Huge Teams’ Engaged in Manual Interventions on Google Search Results"--Breitbart. A little over a month ago, Google CEO Sundar Pichai testified before Congress that Google's search results were solely the result of their search algorithm. Google has also stated that "we never rank search results to manipulate political sentiment." However, remarks from an internal Google discussion thread indicate that the Company does manually intervene to change search results to favor leftist causes and bury results supporting conservative causes.
                                    • "Leaked Bruce Ohr testimony may be the key to unraveling the biggest political scandal in American history"--American Thinker. From the article: "Ohr has testified that the officials who submitted the FIA warrant applications knowingly lied, because he warned them that the Fusion-GPS dossier was opposition research from the Hillary Campaign." 
                                                            Cuba began suffering severe food shortages late last year, beginning with a shortage of wheat that left Cubans with no access to the bread the government mandates they eat through rations. Some on the island are speculating that Cuba may be returning to the “Special Period” of the 1990s when the island experienced the worst economic crisis in its history following the collapse of the Soviet Union. For many Cubans, products such as bread and eggs are now considered a luxury, with people forced to queue for hours to buy them from state-run stores.
                                                            As noted by PanAmerican Post, one of the key reasons behind the current hunger is the regime’s failure to produce sufficient quantities of flour, the vital ingredient for producing bread. Regime officials claimed that several mills throughout the country had broken down and the government had no access to replacement parts. Havana also failed to import sufficient quantities of wheat to meet the demand from the population. Despite the regime’s failures, individuals seeking to eat are the ones suffering retribution – those found in personal possession of flour can face fines of up to 3000 pesos ($30), four times the average monthly salary.

                                                      POTD: Abandoned Mining Town of Inylcheck in eastern Kyrgyzstan

                                                      Source: "'Soviet grandeur has turned into a post-apocalyptic wasteland': Haunting photos show once-thriving industrial towns in the USSR that have been left to ruin"--Daily Mail. According to the article, this particular town was developed in the 1980s to house and service miners, but that most of the inhabitants left when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991. More photos from this and other locations at the link.

                                                      Sunday, January 20, 2019

                                                      January 20, 2019 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

                                                      "Earth Catastrophe Cycle | The Wind Attacks"--Suspicious Observers (7 min.)

                                                      • First up, the latest Weekend Knowledge Dump from Active Response Training. Self-defense and prepping articles this week, including a couple on tactical/weapon lights, self-defense against a dog, an article about a group of pharmaceutical hackers (Four Thieves Vinegar), and a good article on what makes a holster good, bad or ugly. I liked this comment from the latter article: "Truth is, if it doesn't work for other people who tested it under harder circumstances than you have, it doesn't work for you. You just don't know that yet."
                                                      • "TIMING IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN SPEED!!"--Gabe Suarez. He notes that he learned about the concept of time from taking Karate, not shooting. Key point: "So forget all the speed silliness the sportsmen are so fond of. It is not about that. It is about your understanding of the flow and cycle of the dynamics of the fight, and your ability to exploit them and interject yourself at the right point in time." Read the whole thing.
                                                      • "The AR-15 Forward Assist For Total Beginners"--The Truth About Guns. The primary issue with the forward assist is knowing when to use it ... and if you don't know that, you should probably never use it. If a cartridge is not going into battery, jamming it into the chamber even harder will probably only make things worse. One of the comments suggested using the forward assist to quietly chamber a round, and is probably one of the few legitimate times to do so. The only time I found the forward assist useful was when shooting some cheap steel cased ammo, and for some reason, it was barely cycling the action, and without enough power to fully pick up a new cartridge and feed it into the chamber. (I haven't that issue with any other ammunition, and, in fact, I've had the opposite, where the action was cycling too fast until I put in a heavier buffer). I suppose that there may be times that your BCG may have enough carbon fouling that it will be sluggish on feeding, and warrant the use of the forward assist.
                                                      • "How NOT to Bring New Shooters into the Fold: Learning to shoot should never have a foundation of being a joke"--Shooting Range Blog. We've probably seen videos or heard stories of someone having a new shooter (often a girlfriend or wife) fire the most powerful gun in their collection, intermixing a .357 when shooting a .38 Special, or telling them that the recoil is less if they hold the stock away from their shoulder--all "jokes" that rely on simply being cruel to someone that doesn't know better. Scott Wagner discusses how these "jokes" aren't funny and do nothing to foster support for our right to possess and use weapons.
                                                      • "About Sore Testicles and Pain from Cycling"--Sky Above Us. The author discusses what can cause testicular pain or numbness when cycling, and suggests some things to try to reduce or eliminate the problem:
                                                      (1)  Stand out of the saddle and pedal regularly to allow blood flow to resume to the testes and genitalia. 

                                                      (2)  Choose a pair of padded bicycle shorts which will provide protection to your undercarriage while cycling. 

                                                      (3)  If you have had problems with your testicles from cycling you could consider one of the specialist cycling saddles from companies featured right that remove the nose section of the saddle and remove the testes from the seating area of a cyclist. 

                                                      (4)  Set up your saddle height correctly to alleviate any excess pressure on your testes.
                                                      • Something I've written about before: "Gun Owners Defy New Gun Control Laws in the US and Abroad"--The Truth About Guns. As the author relates, most state laws banning firearms or magazines are doing well if they can garner a 4% compliance rate, although Connecticut is believed to have achieved a 15% compliance rate with its requirement that "assault weapon" owners register their weapons. The author notes that Australia is estimated to have only achieved a 20% compliance rate with their confiscation/buy back program, and Canada' long gun registration program was such a failure that the Canadian government eventually scrapped it.
                                                                 About 9.45am on Sunday 31 December 2017, detectives from Darling River Local Area Command attended the property for the purposes of a firearms audit and spoke with a resident.
                                                                 During a subsequent search of the property, officers located and seized 118 firearms, including revolvers, rifles, shotguns and shortened rifles.
                                                                   It is alleged 109 of those firearms were unregistered and not stored safely.
                                                            • Speaking of defiance, Franklin Armory has teased a new carbine that shoots for each pull of the trigger, but is not semi-automatic (see here and here). The second article has a video showing the weapon being shot, and it appears that when you pull the trigger, it simultaneously pulls the bolt back, which then releases and fires a round. What I can't tell is if it uses a fixed firing pin, similar to an open bolt design, that simply fires when the bolt closes, or if the bolt closes and then a hammer drops. I suspect the latter because the bolt likely needs to lock in the closed position before firing.
                                                            • "Guerrilla Gardener: Some Thoughts and Observations on Vegetable Food Production (Or, Gardening for Knuckle-Draggers)"--Mountain Guerrilla. The author describes what he and his wife did to make a productive garden, but also notes that what worked for him may not work for you. The primary point he makes is that even considering the time and effort, he was able to save a significant amount of money by raising vegetables in a garden.
                                                            • "Real World Secrets of Stalking and Tracking Wild Animals"--Survival Sherpa. A review of Mark Warren's Secrets of the Forest Volume 3: Eye to Eye with the Animals in the Wild and At Play in the Wild on tracking and stalking animals.
                                                            • "Surviving a Gunfight: Tips for Preparation & Problem-Solving"--Shooting Illustrated. Sheriff Jim Wilson points out that:
                                                            A gunfight is going to be what it’s going to be. It will probably come as a complete surprise. The attack will most likely come much faster than a person expects. And it will undoubtedly involve elements that the person has not thought about. In short, it creates a life-threatening problem that the armed citizen has to solve and solve quickly.
                                                            Also: "Our society does not allow the honest citizen to initiate the action. If we are to survive, we have to respond to the threat and overcome it. It’s like running a foot race with a guy who has been given a 10-yard lead."
                                                              Here are eight stubborn facts to keep in mind about gun violence in America:
                                                              1. Violent crime is down and has been on the decline for decades.
                                                              2. The principal public safety concerns with respect to guns are suicides and illegally owned handguns, not mass shootings.
                                                              3. A small number of factors significantly increase the likelihood that a person will be a victim of a gun-related homicide.
                                                              4. Gun-related murders are carried out by a predictable pool of people.
                                                              5. Higher rates of gun ownership are not associated with higher rates of violent crime.
                                                              6. There is no clear relationship between strict gun control legislation and homicide or violent crime rates.
                                                              7. Legally owned firearms are used for lawful purposes much more often than they are used to commit crimes or suicide.
                                                              8. Concealed carry permit holders are not the problem, but they may be part of the solution.

                                                              Chinese researchers are using physiognomy to tell criminals from non-criminals.
                                                              It is no doubt true that the United Kingdom and the United States are democracies, with the people allowed some say. But to be more precise, they are curated democracies, with members of an unelected elite policing the boundaries of acceptable opinion and excluding heretics. Members of this elite are, by their own estimation, guardians of truth and good sense. They know what is best.
                                                              • "European Defense"--Hoover Institute. Angelo M. Codevilla writes about the myth of NATO and Europeans providing for their own defense, but that NATO and Europe have used the relationship to constrain the United States rather than to advance the purposes of the alliance. He also notes that the alliance is increasingly irrelevant:
                                                                        The underlying reality is that the Europe with which America has dealt is waning demographically, ceasing to exist culturally, and is dead politically, never to return. Today, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, etc. are disappearing biologically: In Germany, for example, 42% of all births in 2017 were to migrants from the Middle East or Africa. That percentage is already set to rise. Natives’ birth rates are far below replacement levels (Italy’s is 1.34 births per woman), together with the migration of young Middle Eastern/African people, well-nigh guarantees the end of Europe’s biological character, fast. Its cultural character is changing even faster. We can only guess the extent to which Europe may be able to maintain a European identity in the face of migration.
                                                                        Current European elites’ inability to control their countries’ invasion by people from the Middle East and Africa, the migrants’ offenses against public safety, and the strictures imposed on native populations on the migrants’ behalf, are not least of the reasons why political Europe as we used to know it has ceased to exist. Other reasons, including the elites’ contempt for ordinary people’s way of life and manifold incompetence, are legion. Hence, the traditional parties are discredited, and the ruling classes are under siege by disaffected populations, especially the young. Without constituencies outside the establishment, they fear elections. Their very capacity to marshal people for any common purpose whatever is already gone. Their disappearance is only a matter of time.
                                                                  These comments were picked up by Media Matters and The Daily Beast, and I have since received a number of messages and emails from angry people — readers of those sites, I assume — who are upset and demand that I apologize. The bit about having learned nothing from Me Too seems to be the biggest sticking point. And it is for all of my comments on this issue, but that one comment in particular, that, after careful reflection, I have decided to officially and formally not apologize. I'm not sorry at all, even slightly.
                                                                  "A University of Georgia (UGA) teaching assistant [Irami Osei-Frimpong] wrote Wednesday on Facebook that “some white people may have to die for black communities to be made whole in this struggle to advance to freedom." He added that to suggest otherwise is “ahistorical and dangerously naive.” 
                                                                          The deaths began in 1997 and all bear striking similarities but have never been looked at as related in the past. 
                                                                            Most of the men were young, athletic and academically high achievers. 
                                                                              According to retired NYPD Detective Kevin Gannon and his team of investigators, they have evidence that 100 of the men may have been murdered by a gang. 
                                                                                A key piece of evidence is that the team found smiley face graffiti symbols at all of the sites where the bodies were recovered. 
                                                                                   From about 1400 to 1532, the Quijos Valley marked the eastern frontier of the Incan Empire. Although they were subjects of the empire, the people of the Quijos Valley maintained a distinct cultural identity from the Incas, and historical and archaeological records show that the valley was a conduit for trade between Incan territory and the peoples of the Amazon Basin.
                                                                                    The first Europeans to set foot in the Quijos Valley were Spanish expeditions in 1538 and 1541, who arrived in search of gold and cinnamon. They estimated that about 35,000 indigenous people lived in the region. By 1577, about 11,400 people had clustered around the Spanish town of Baeza, which the colonizers built in 1559 alongside the indigenous community of Hatunquijos. But by 1600, three out of four of these people were dead.
                                                                                     Many died of European diseases, which ravaged unexposed New World populations. Others perished under the Spanish encomienda system of forced labor, and many more died fighting in a series of uprisings against the Europeans between 1560 and 1578. Just three small huts remained in Baeza by the mid-1800s.

                                                                                Thursday, January 17, 2019

                                                                                January 17, 2019 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

                                                                                "Gunfight Analysis: Tunnel Vision"--Sensible Self Defense (3 min.)

                                                                                        Selective attention means that we think we are paying attention, but research shows that we only pay attention to a very small part of our environment at any time. 
                                                                                         If our being is focused on event A, the less we will notice around event A. This is called inattentional blindness. You can look at a face and have a ten minute conversation with a certain person and not know what shirt color that person was wearing, because you tuned it out. This is a common phenomenon that does not just happen in critical events, but it happens to people all the time. 
                                                                                          Even the events we do pay attention to, we may not be to recollect. This also happens with selective hearing, where the human becomes less reactive to sound by paying more attention to visual works. 
                                                                                            Officers in shootings often don’t hear gunfire or screams. Victims of car wrecks recall silence on the moment of impact. Other sounds may sound amplified for unknown reasons; this causes confusion and can really impact the human memory. This will cause the memory to not match witnesses, tapes, and other evidence. 
                                                                                               It is very important to stick with what you know, and to not fill in the gaps to please any person or interviewer. Try not to make up things under pressure to fill in the gaps of your memory. You do not need to feel any social pressure to state things you do not know are true. Dr. Alexis Artwohl illustrates that your truth may or may not match reality. 
                                                                                        • "Range Testing the Ruger LCR"--by Marcus Wynne at Active Response Training. Wynne lives in Minnesota, and so he carries a pocket gun in his out layer that he can access, if necessary, more quickly than he can a larger carry gun under his outdoor clothing. In this article, he evaluates the Ruger LCR revolver and various .38 Special loadings, giving his evaluation of each of the different cartridges, and some thoughts on speed loaders. He recommends replacing the factory Hogue grip with a Rogers grip. 
                                                                                                 By the way, as Greg Ellifritz notes, Wynne also writes novels that take advantage of his background, including as a Federal Air Marshal. I've read a few of his novels, including No Other Option, The Sword of Michael (which I review here), and just finished Warrior In The Shadows (an interesting weave of modern crime action-adventure and Aborigine magic). I have just started reading the first book of his Wylde trilogy. I'm not very good at reviewing fiction, so just let me say this: I like his books. He knows his topics, including the firearms and unarmed combat stuff, and it shows in the books. In fact, I think you can pick up some tips. Character development is good--in fact, in No Other Option, the villain really gave me the creeps. So, give them a try.
                                                                                            Simply put, if you don’t have the proper spin rate on your bullet then it may not arrive on target in the first place, and even if it does, the bullet may hit your target at an undesirable angle to the bullet design. Remember, bullets, even the expensive ones, are designed to hit their targets nose first. Bullets which hit angles too high or low, left or right, or even sideways aren’t going to perform as designed by the engineers.
                                                                                            “When our neighbor Jeanne came in with Jayme, she said: ‘Get a gun. We don’t know if he’s after us,’” Kasinskas said. “So we were armed and ready in case this person showed up.”[…]
                                                                                                     An article from the Journal of Child and Adolescent Behavior looks at suicide among children and adolescents and found that "the highest suicide rates for children and adolescent in both sexes were mainly found in the former Soviet Union and Central and South America." Again, the U.S. isn't even among the top 10. The article cites as causes of suicide: social and political unrest or turbulence, poverty, and loss of cultural values and traditional beliefs. Hmmm. What has been happening to poor, rural communities in the United States?
                                                                                                       Within the United States, there are significant differences in suicide rates based on gender and race. For instance, the suicide rates among blacks and Hispanics are fairly low, while suicides among whites are much higher, and those for American Indians and Eskimo are more than 3 times that of blacks. Thus, we should expect states with large populations of Native Americans and/or whites to have higher suicide rates than those with large black and Latino populations. And, in fact, we see that with Alaska, South Dakota and Wyoming having the highest suicide rates among adolescents. 
                                                                                                          While we are told that overall gun ownership as a percentage of the population has been falling, "[s]uicide rates rose in Utah and every other state but Nevada between 1999 and 2016, with big increases seen across age, gender, race and ethnicity, according to a report released Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention." Well, I'm pretty sure that Nevada didn't see a precipitous drop in the rate of gun ownership during that time frame. However, Obama was president for much of that period. Maybe his presidency caused more teens to kill themselves?
                                                                                                           Finally, firearms may be a means of suicide, but they are not the cause of suicide. Australia, for instance, saw the number of suicide by firearms decline after it enacted sweeping bans on firearms, but its overall suicide rate continued to rise, with males apparently substituting hanging for shooting themselves.

                                                                                                    "5 African Nations Most in Debt to China"--China Uncensored (13 min.)

                                                                                                            Zhang Ming, chief economist for Ping An Securities, said China’s credit bond default risks are likely to rise further in 2019.
                                                                                                              He said the defaults were likely to expand from manufacturing firms to smaller property developers and local government’s financing platforms this year.
                                                                                                        • "Tucker Carlson’s dangerous wedge."--Dalrock. Dalrock begins by noting that "[l]ast week Tucker Carlson broke a carefully guarded conservative taboo and called out our elites for their role in destroying [A]merican families." He continues:
                                                                                                          So far, no one is openly questioning the wisdom of the legal mechanisms we’ve put in place to actually destroy families, or the legal incentives we’ve put in place to encourage women to destroy (or never form) their own families.  We replaced marriage with a new central family model, the child support model, without discussing the wisdom of this change, or even acknowledging that we did so.  So far no one, not even Carlson and Wilcox, has had the poor taste to bring this up.  But this is the real danger of the discussion.  If we are allowed to discuss the responsibility our elites have in destroying the family, and are allowed to proceed with the assumption that public policy should encourage stable marriages, sooner or later we will get around to the eight hundred pound gorilla in the room.  Our elites need to shut this conversation down, and they need to shut it down fast.  So far they haven’t been able to do so.
                                                                                                                   "Eddie Lampert didn't save Sears, he ran it into the ground. No one thinks their job is safe under his leadership," Lily Wang, deputy director of United for Respect's Rise Up Retail said in a statement to FOX Business.

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                                                                                                                       The non-profit retail community group notes that since Lampert took control of Sears in 2005, he has repeatedly sold off Sears’ most profitable assets to corporations that he controls and “has major stakes in,” earning him more than $1 billion in the process.
                                                                                                                         “Under Lampert’s control, Sears has shelled out $6 billion in stock buybacks to pay out to investors and shareholders instead of paying down its debt or investing in its store infrastructure and the workforce,” the group added.
                                                                                                                    Estimates hold that around 32,000 yellow vests marched on January 12 throughout France, including a full 8,000 in Paris, up some 6,000 from turnout estimates last Saturday. In Rouen, there were 3,500 yellow vests taking part. In total, 80,000 police were deployed Saturday to meet the protesters. Although the numbers of yellow vests have been waning overall since the uprising started last November following a fuel tax hike, enthusiasm appeared strong and aggression was not lacking.
                                                                                                                      The protesters are still from the whole of the political spectrum.
                                                                                                                      • "American Apartheid:  Resurrecting Communism’s South African Playbook – In America"--Wilder, Wealthy and Wise. The author, Wilder, came across an article written by Tayari Jones, a Black Nationalist, and decided to go down the rabbit hole to trace the philosophical roots of Jones anti-white message ... which led him to the writings of Joe Slovo who was influential on the African National Congress (ANC) during its battle against South Africa's apartheid era government. Key point:
                                                                                                                        In our culture, today, we actively have Marxists attempting to undermine the fabric of our society using a variety of weapons, and especially trying to create a majority coalition of disaffected people to destabilize society to create, in effect, an American version of apartheid to fight.  This is one reason that illegal immigration is actively supported – it brings in people entirely unrelated to the current society.  Outside of the future leftist votes, this group is used to help create additional fragmentation in the country.
                                                                                                                          This ties in well with what Bruce D. Porter discusses in his book, War and the Rise of the State as he discusses the rise of totalitarian states based on fascism, Nazism, and Communism: that those states require a state of war to form and exist, and, in particular, a war against internal enemies. As Porter observes, Hitler admitted that if the Jews had not existed, he would have had to invent someone like them. Only, this time, white conservative men will play the role of the Jews.

                                                                                                                          Wednesday, January 16, 2019

                                                                                                                          January 16, 2019 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

                                                                                                                          "Earth Catastrophe Cycle | Pole Shift"--Suspicious Observers (12 min.)

                                                                                                                                  HR8 prohibits young adults from acquiring handguns, but does so with a clever subterfuge.
                                                                                                                                  HR8 requires almost all firearms sales and loans to be conducted by a federally-licensed dealer. Because federal law prohibits licensed dealers from transferring handguns to persons under 21 years, HR8 prevents young adults from acquiring handguns. This is a clever way to enact a handgun ban indirectly.
                                                                                                                            • "2019 Assault Weapons Ban"--The Weapon Blog. An outline of key provisions of Dianne Feinstein's bill to enact a new assault weapons ban. 
                                                                                                                            • Another firearm's law workaround: "Dagny Dagger Ammo Allows Legal Access To Armor-Penetrating Bullet"--Ammo Land. In 1986, Congress essentially outlawed the sale to civilians of new production armor piercing style ammunition. But it did so by restricting the use of certain specific types of metals. According to this article, Atlas Arms has figured out some other non-restricted materials to use (although the actual materials are apparently still hush-hush). Or, as the article indicates, "the Dagny Dagger escapes these criteria by use of obscure alloys and careful geometry." Moreover, they are eventually planning on putting the information in the public domain so private individuals can manufacture it at home.
                                                                                                                                    You need only look at the moot court research of my friend Glenn Meyer, a now-retired psychology professor who found that, given a situation of a homeowner shooting a burglar, the mock juries were harsher on those who used an “assault rifle” than those who used a typical “sporting gun.”
                                                                                                                                    With that in mind, should I trade in all my AR-15s and similar rifles for the double-barreled shotguns of Elmer Fudd and Joe Biden, and advise you to do the same? Oh, hell no! Instead, I will advise you to be able to explain your choice of firearm in such a way that even 12 people expressly selected by your accusers for their lack of knowledge of firearms and self-defense can understand.
                                                                                                                              • You probably heard about the 51 year old man, David Steven Bell, who is being demonized for defending himself against a pack of feral black girls (see this New York Post article and this article from The Citizen Times). The basic story is that these girls--apparently a mixture of teens and tweens--were harassing someone in a store and this guy intervened to tell them to knock it off. However, when he left the store, the girls decided to confront him and harass him. He pushed a couple of girls away, but one of them--the 11 year old girl that is the subject of the articles--rushed back at him, and he punched her. 
                                                                                                                                       Frankly I think that guy was within his rights to defend himself. But the media was quick to disparage the man as a "brute" and note the apparent disparity of force, since the man was 6' 5" tall and weighed 250 lbs. The man is being charged with multiple counts of assaults on a minor. 
                                                                                                                                       There are several trends and social mores that come together to make things dicey for Mr. Bell. First of all, there is the traditional Western more that men simply are not supposed to hit women, period. While this historically didn't include slapping or spanking, it now includes any form of physically striking a woman. While this is an anachronism in an age of equal rights, we all know that feminism has been all about women accruing the rights of men without giving up any of their privileges. 
                                                                                                                                       The second fact against Mr. Bell is that the disparity of force, which has been particularly emphasized in the media: that is, Mr. Bell's size versus the girl. Even though the girl was clearly physically attacking Bell, there are those that are going to say, "well, it was just a little girl." Does this mean that Bell should have just taken whatever physical abuse that was being directed his way, and suffer an injury? I don't believe so, but society, as a whole, would probably say "yes." 
                                                                                                                                       The third problem Bell has is that he is a white male and the aggressor was a black female. An automatic strike against him in the current environment of hyper identity politics. 
                                                                                                                                      Fourth, female empowerment now encourages girls and women to be physically aggressive. 
                                                                                                                                        So, what should Bell have done? It's easy to say that he probably shouldn't have involved himself in the first place by intervening inside the store. I've warned before about the dangers of "white knighting." It is no-win situation, where you are damned if you intervene, but you simply encourage this outrageous behavior by doing nothing. It's also an unsatisfying answer in this case because it doesn't address the larger issue of what to do if you are accosted by a pack of feral children.  
                                                                                                                                       With young teens and tweens, you might be able to just shove your way through, just like working your way through a pack of yapping chihuahuas. In this age of universal surveillance and cameras, if you feel like you have to defend yourself, make your defense appear to be as passive as possible, and, especially, minimize the use of your hands. You don't want to use closed hand strikes. Keep your hands open and in front of you in a defensive posture, where it might act to calm the child down, but also allows you to block or strike or grab the attacker. If the attacker rushes you, like in this case, let the attacker hurt herself by running into a shoulder or elbow, or tripping her. If you feel you have to strike, turn your hands slightly inward (palms facing each other) and make a quick, sharp, strike with the edges of your hand--not a push but a short strike, no more than a few inches of movement, against your opponent's chest. Remember that the goal isn't to subdue the teen(s) but to get them to simply leave you alone.
                                                                                                                                       Anyway, those are my thoughts. Please feel free to chime in with your own suggestions or criticisms.
                                                                                                                                         Since late October, Frisco residents have reported a number of attacks by coyotes — unusual behavior by the canine predators, which rarely interact with humans.
                                                                                                                                          Twice, passing drivers stopped a coyote from stalking joggers along Eldorado Parkway. Then, aggressive coyotes bit a woman on the neck and scratched a 9-year-old child. In December, two other women were attacked while jogging and a coyote bit a dog walking through its neighborhood.
                                                                                                                                      Herschel Smith has written about the increased number of encounters with coyotes at The Captain's Journal (see, e.g., this article regarding a North Carolina incident).
                                                                                                                                                 No antibiotic is effective against every type of microbe. Certain ones will kill aerobic bacteria, others are used for anaerobic bacteria, still others are effective against resistant strains, and certain people are allergic to or intolerant of various antibiotics.
                                                                                                                                                 Instead of buying 10 types of antibiotics (many having similar substances) you should consider 4-5 with totally different actions, so if the bacteria is resistant to one of them, you have 4 totally different “solutions” to try.
                                                                                                                                            The four recommended by the author are: Amoxicillin, Clarithromycin, Ciprofloxacin, and Metronidazole. He goes on to discuss each of these, and gives tips on storing antibiotics, so be sure to read the whole thing.
                                                                                                                                            • With Shot Show coming up, a lot of new products are being announced:

                                                                                                                                              "Gillette: The Best an Incel Can Get"--Paul Joseph Watson's take down of Gillette's new man-hating commercial (8 min.). Feminists, of course, welcome the advertisement and view any objection to it as being the result of the "fragile male ego."
                                                                                                                                              Globalization has had some downsides, for instance by depressing middle-class wages in developed countries with advanced economies.
                                                                                                                                              Ya think?
                                                                                                                                              They [the Democrats and Never-Trumpers] believed it because not only did they want to believe it, they had to believe in order for their carefully constructed world-view to survive. History is supposed to arc toward justice, not boomerang back and hit the cultural Marxists in the tush. A boor like Donald J. Trump not only should not have been elected president, it was impossible that he actually was elected president. Therefore, some nefarious forces must have been at play -- and once they are rooted out, down goes Trump, and progressive order and sanity are restored.
                                                                                                                                              He also states that "Andy [McCarthy] makes a convincing case that the entire FBI/Mueller charade was a way to cover their own malfeasance in -- at the Obama administration's behest and with Hillary Clinton's willing collusion -- surveilling the Republican candidate and trying to torpedo his campaign under the guise of 'national security.'" Then he reminds us of the time that Teddy Kennedy sought Soviet assistance to make sure that Ronald Reagan lost his reelection bid, as revealed by Soviet records released after the fall of the Soviet Union.
                                                                                                                                                        It was a May 14, 1983 letter from the head of the KGB, Viktor Chebrikov, to the head of the USSR, the odious Yuri Andropov, with the highest level of classification. Chebrikov relayed to Andropov an offer from Senator Ted Kennedy, presented by Kennedy’s old friend and law-school buddy, John Tunney, a former Democratic senator from California, to reach out to the Soviet leadership at the height of a very hot time in the Cold War. According to Chebrikov, Kennedy was deeply troubled by the deteriorating relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union, which he believed was bringing us perilously close to nuclear confrontation. Kennedy, according to Chebrikov, blamed this situation not on the Soviet leadership but on the American president---Ronald Reagan. Not only was the USSR not to blame, but, said Chebrikov, Kennedy was, quite the contrary, “very impressed” with Andropov.
                                                                                                                                                          The thrust of the letter is that Reagan had to be stopped, meaning his alleged aggressive defense policies, which then ranged from the Pershing IIs to the MX to SDI, and even his re-election bid, needed to be stopped. It was Ronald Reagan who was the hindrance to peace. That view of Reagan is consistent with things that Kennedy said and wrote at the time, including articles in sources like Rolling Stone (March 1984) and in a speeches like his March 24, 1983 remarks on the Senate floor the day after Reagan’s SDI speech, which he lambasted as “misleading Red-Scare tactics and reckless Star Wars schemes.”
                                                                                                                                                              Even more interesting than Kennedy’s diagnosis was the prescription: According to Chebrikov, Kennedy suggested a number of PR moves to help the Soviets in terms of their public image with the American public. He reportedly believed that the Soviet problem was a communication problem, resulting from an inability to counter Reagan’s (not the USSR’s) “propaganda.” If only Americans could get through Reagan’s smokescreen and hear the Soviets’ peaceful intentions.
                                                                                                                                                              So, there was a plan, or at least a suggested plan, to hook up Andropov and other senior apparatchiks with the American media, where they could better present their message and make their case. Specifically, the names of Walter Cronkite and Barbara Walters are mentioned in the document. Also, Kennedy himself would travel to Moscow to meet with the dictator.
                                                                                                                                                                   Meanwhile, the inspector general's investigation looking into the deep state's surveillance abuse before the election continues apace, and a secret grand jury has been investigating former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe for months. The OIG revealed last month that it was unable to recover a number of vital Strzok/Page text messages from the special counsel's office because Mueller's records officer had scrubbed them. That almost looked like a warning shot from the OIG to the special counsel.
                                                                                                                                                                   Then there's U.S. Attorney John Huber, the sheriff who never quite rode into town. He's supposedly investigating the Clinton Foundation and Uranium One, but so far he doesn't seem to have accomplished much.
                                                                                                                                                                     The reason for that could be that Huber is waiting for DOJ Inspector General Horowitz to finish his lines of inquiry to avoid overlap.
                                                                                                                                                                       The president himself may be holding the ace in the hole. He can order that the remaining damning FISA documents be unredacted and released so the public can see the FBI's surveillance abuse for themselves. Trump over the weekend suggested that he is waiting until just the right moment to drop the FISA bomb and hinted that some of the miscreants involved in the SpyGate scandal are going down.
                                                                                                                                                                         "People are being exposed by this that are totally corrupt," he told Judge Jeanine Pirro on Saturday. "A lot of the people that don’t get mentioned even in that article today, the phony article in The New York Times, there’s a lot of corruption, and we’re exposing it. And I’m going to put that down someday as one of my greatest achievements."
                                                                                                                                                                  • It is interesting that Bloomberg thinks that global warming is going to kill everyone. It shows that he is either a mendacious lier or doesn't have a clue as to what he is talking about. However, it does remind me of some of the news I've seen over the last week:
                                                                                                                                                                    Of course, we see headlines like this, intended to scare us into delivering ourselves up to the technocrats that would save us from the great demon Global Warming: "Antarctica Is Now Rapidly Melting All Over, Including Parts We Thought Were Safe." It's not the whole story, since much of the melting is over volcanic zones. But, more damning, it ignores the other half of the equation, which is ice accumulation. That is, "NASA Study: Mass Gains of Antarctic Ice Sheet Greater than Losses."
                                                                                                                                                                              When a police truck carrying men in uniform pulled into an impoverished neighborhood in the Haitian capital, residents thought it was an official operation.
                                                                                                                                                                              Maybe police were finally trying to head off a war between the gangs that run protection rackets in the market next to the sprawling collection of cinderblock shacks and low-rise public housing.
                                                                                                                                                                                Then the men opened fire. Joined by local gang members clad in black, they went house to house with long guns and machetes, pulling unarmed people into the narrow alleys and killing them with single shots or machete blows, witnesses told The Associated Press.
                                                                                                                                                                            As to motive:
                                                                                                                                                                              Some residents and local rights groups say the killers were gang members working with corrupt police to seize territory in the La Saline gang war. But others accuse Haitian government officials of orchestrating the massacre to head off anti-corruption protests that often start in the neighborhood, an opposition stronghold.
                                                                                                                                                                                Fun fact: "Haiti is the world's oldest black republic and one of the oldest republics in the Western Hemisphere."