Wednesday, November 15, 2017

November 15, 2017 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

"Remington .357 mag 158gr SJHP carbine Gel Test Review"--TFB TV (8 min.). A week ago, the author of this video had tested this load out of a revolver (see my Nov. 7 run around the web). This time, he tests the same ammunition out of a carbine with a 16-inch barrel. I've noted before that most semi-auto cartridges don't gain very much in performance after the barrel reaches 8 to 10-inches, and, in fact, with long barrels, performance may drop off as friction between the bullet and barrel plays an increasing role. However, revolver cartridges are often an exception to this rule, with some significant improvement in performance in the longer barrels, especially with rounds such as the .357 and .44 Magnums.


       The BAC works as such: As the shooter moves their scope to track a target with both eyes open, the image observed through it by the shooting eye becomes blurry due to the fast magnified motion. When this happens the brain will adjust to primarily take in the view from the non-shooting (and non-magnified) eye, which sees a much wider FOV. By using a scope with a bright reticle, the reticle remains visible in the shooting eye and gets merged into the non-magnified view.
           Essentially, the brain takes the two images of the target scene – one from each eye – and combines them, pulling the non-magnified view from the non-shooting eye, and the reticle from the shooting eye, to create on combined image. The end result is the shooter seeing a non-magnified view with the reticle still present.
              When the weapon settles on a target and becomes still, the brain readjusts back to primarily taking in the view from the shooting eye, allowing the shooter to use the scope as intended. Shooters who practice this method are able to track targets as they move downrange without losing them. The whole process is a natural effect that takes place within the brain, all the shooter needs is two eyes and a bright reticle to make it work.
      • "Tactical Hand Signals"--Common Sense Evaluation. There is a nice graphic showing different hand signals at the link.
      • "Hand over your weapons"--Boston Globe. The author of this piece, David Scharfenberg, argues that the only way to deal with mass shootings in particular, and gun deaths generally, is to confiscate firearms and rid the body politic of weapons. Scharfenberg specifically focuses on Australia's gun confiscation (which he acknowledges only resulted in confiscation of 1/5 of the firearms) as a goal. But he acknowledges that there are difficulties with implementing such an confiscation in the United States, such as the pesky 2nd Amendment, America's expectation of freedoms, and the sheer number of firearms. (Although Scharfenberg doesn't give the numbers, if a confiscation program in the U.S. was just as successful as Australia's, it would still leave 240 to 320 million firearms in circulation). In any event, Scharfenberg argues that mandatory gun confiscations where a restraining order is in place, such as California, or where family members or others express concern over someone's actions, would be a nice intermediary step.  
      • Modern ruins: "10 Abandoned Racetracks"--How Stuff Works
      • "Evangelical quits Church of England leadership over 'heretical' stance on sexuality"--The Telegraph. According to the article, "Lorna Ashworth left the Archbishops' Council, an executive committee in the Church in protest over a 'revisionist agenda'" that coddles same-sex couples and transgenders. 
      "In light of this revisionist agenda and the heretical teaching that comes with it, I am no longer willing to sit around the table, pretending that we, as a governing body of the Church of England, are having legitimate conversations about mission," she said. 
      • Robert Mugabe has been removed from power in Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe used to be called Rhodesia (after Cecil Rhodes) and was a prosperous country under the rule of its European descended inhabitants. However, it became caught up in the European hysteria of "decolonization," and after a long armed struggle and international sanctions, finally gave into the pie in the sky dream of shared rule. However, in a familiar story, the then newly elected President Mugabe turned out to be a violent, despotic tyrant who crushed all political opposition (especially from different tribes), eventually driving most of the white farmers out of Rhodesia, and turned the country back to its natural state as a third-world hell hole. Although Mugabe knew that the white farmers were needed for national prosperity, and made overtures to try and convince some to return, there was always the constant need to confiscate lands and distribute it to his loyal supporters to maintain their favor. If the country continues to follow the script, Mugabe will either be replaced by someone that is even worse of a tyrant, or will descend into civil war, or both.
      • "Plague ravaging Madagascar will inevitably become RESISTANT to antibiotics, experts warn"--Daily Mail. According to the article, just over 2,000 cases have been reported, with 165 having died. About 4% of the cases involve health care workers who, presumably, contracted it from their patients. The Daily Star breathlessly reports that the plague can kill in as little as 3 hours (although no source or evidence is given or cited). I'm still note seeing the extraordinary spread that would warrant such concern. So, either this is a case of the media trying to create a panic to sell newspapers (or garnish page views), or there is more than is being reported. I suspect the former.
      • The wages of sin socialism: "Venezuela just defaulted, moving deeper into crisis"--CNN Money. Venezuela has not only run out of other people's money (at least, other people are no longer willing to loan it money), it has nearly run out of its own money. It lacks the money to purchase needed food or medical supplies. Poor people are starving while everyone else must buy through the black market. It's only source of foreign funds is its increasingly poor quality oil. By defaulting, the story notes that creditors could move to seek payment by having oil that has already been delivered to foreign ports seized and sold, which will (from the Venezuelan government's perspective) merely make matters worse because it will cut off a supply of foreign funds. Of course, no one has suggested that government leaders dip into their clandestine off-shore accounts to pay the debts.
      • A Christmas message from the religion of peace: "ISIS Group Vows 'Christmas Blood' While Depicting Attack on Vatican"--PJ Media
      • "NYT Op-Ed: White People Are Violent Racists"--Rod Deher at The American Conservative. Deher weighs in on black law professor Ekow N. Yankah's version of "the talk." He writes, in part:
      John Derbyshire lost his job at a leading conservative magazine because he wrote a column on another website detailing his strategy for helping his children protect their Sino-Anglo bodies (Derb is a British-born man married to a Chinese-born woman) from violent black people. I didn’t see that Derb left NR editor Rich Lowry much choice but to fire him. Some things you simply cannot publish without serious consequence, even if they express honestly your fears, well-grounded or not. If you’re white, that is. But if you’re black, you can submit a column to The New York Times saying that all white people are violent racists unless proven otherwise, and that blacks should not be friends with whites, and it will be published, because that is what it means to be a right proper American liberal in 2017.
               Violence in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero has emptied entire villages, closed schools and forced bus companies off the road.
                 Now it has shut down the state’s overcrowded morgues as workers walked off the job, saying the stench of hundreds of decomposing bodies had become unbearable.
          • I'm sure that Black Lives Matters will be right on this: "Migrants trying to reach Europe are being sold as modern-day slaves by smugglers in Libya for just £650 each"--Daily Mail. Sub-Saharan Africans hoping to illegally enter Europe have had their hopes dashed as Italy has cracked down on human smuggling, particularly that facilitated by NGOs. This has left the erst-while illegal aliens stranded in Libya with no way to pay off their smugglers. The smugglers have, accordingly, started selling them in slave markets to pay their debts. That slave markets would be opening again in the Muslim world should not be surprising. Remember that the destruction of the slave trade was accomplished by the British Empire and enforced under the Pax Americana. This is the natural consequence of the roll back and decline of Western power generally, and the collapse of the British Empire in particular.
          • "The World Needs to Prepare for ‘Peaked China’"--The American Conservative. The author argues that China's actual GDP growth has been a more modest 2 to 3% over the last several years instead of the 7+% claimed by the Chinese government, that China has taken on huge amounts of debt, and that China is about to get hit by a population bomb of an exploding number of elderly requiring health care and other government benefits. The author adds:
            There is also a bigger problem we must consider. The legitimacy of the Chinese Communist Party is based on delivering strong economic growth, a better standard of living and upward mobility for most of its society. But what happens when most of China’s citizens realizes this grand bargain, which is paid for in the form of a population that is controlled by what can only be described as an authoritarian regime offering very little freedoms or rights, is not getting what they “paid” for? Could Chinese leaders—and some would say this is already happening—push a hardline nationalism that seeks to channel the population’s anger against Beijing’s geopolitical competitors? In such a scenario, the Communist Party would blame America, Japan, and all of its neighbors for Beijing’s problems, and push to dominate the region through raw power, to prove to the people it still deserves the right to rule.
            • Why the Kurds will not be allowed to become an independent nation: "Silk Road is Soft Power for Expanding China"--The American Conservative. Note that the planned "Silk Road" will pass right through Kurdish territories. From a different perspective, expanded rail service from the Far East to the Near East will facilitate the travel and supply of millions of troops to the battle of Armageddon. Just sayin'.
            • "Remember when Joshua made the sun and moon stand still?"--Bayou Renaissance Man. Peter Grant discusses an article that hypothesizes that the famous event described in the book of Joshua was actually a description of a solar eclipse on October 30, 1207 B.C. He quotes from the cited article:
                      To begin with the theory of eclipse, the authors suggest that rather than the sun and moon stopping in their celestial tracks, including based on the original Hebrew word, "a plausible alternative meaning is that the Sun and Moon stopped doing what they normally do: they stopped shining." This interpretation actually goes back at least a century, the authors themselves point out, to an article in the Princeton Theological Review of 1918.
                        "This interpretation is supported by the fact that the Hebrew word translated 'stand still' [dom] has the same root as a Babylonian word used in ancient astronomical texts to describe eclipses," Humphreys stated.
                  While an interesting hypothesis, I see two problems with it: First, it seems to be too early. The eclipse described would have been just before or about the time of the Exodus, not 40+ years after it. Second, it doesn't explain the shower of hail or rocks (bolides or meteors?) that struck down the enemy forces. In any event, you can find a short summary of various theories and arguments at Blue Letter Bible. I would also note that Chuck Missler has advanced a theory that the Earth's rotation was slowed by a near pass-by from Mars
                  • "New Earth-Size Planet Found Around Nearby Star"--National Geographic. The star is a red dwarf called Ross 128b, and is about 11 light years from us. The exo-planet is believed to be about the size of the Earth and at a distance where it could have temperatures similar to that of Earth. Unfortunately, the article doesn't mention whether the planet is tidily locked. Given how close it would have to be to Ross 128b, I would assume so.

                  Monday, November 13, 2017

                  November 13, 2017 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

                  "Personal protection: 9mm vs. .357Magnum"--Paul Harrell (17 min.). One of the interesting comments that Harrell makes is that muzzle velocity of the .357 Magnum out of his snub-nosed is greater than the 9 mm. The revolver he mentioned was had a 2.25-inch barrel. I've noted that on snubbies, it is questionable as to whether .357 Magnum gives enough extra benefit to warrant the recoil and muzzle flash. This was based on my graph based on averages of muzzle velocities from data collected by Ballistics By The Inch (see here for my graph--click on the graph to enlarge). At 2 inches, the average muzzle velocity of .357 was just over 900 fps; that of the 9 mm was higher, although still less than 1,000 fps. At 3 inches, this has changed dramatically: the .357 now has a velocity right at 1,400 fps, while the 9 mm is still under 1,100 fps. While the Ruger SP101 has a barrel length of 2.25 inches, the S&W J-Frame Model 360 has a barrel length of 1.875 inches. Although this is small difference in barrel length, it will have a substantial difference in the velocity of the .357 Magnum.


                  • "From Hymns To Gunfire In A Country Church In Texas"--The Captain's Journal. Herschel notes some additional facts about the shooting from a Washington Post article, including the fact that the shooter initially circled the church for about 2 minutes, shooting through walls, until he finally entered the building. As Herschel notes, if anyone had been carrying, that 2 minutes would have given someone in the congregation that was armed to have shot back or at least taken a position that would have allowed him/her to shoot anyone entering through the doors. Herschel then comments:
                           Does your church have a security plan?  No, I’m not talking about calling 911 or relying on the police.  Do men in your church carry weapons?  Have the men in your congregation met and worked together to discuss, train on and execute your security plan?  Does the security plan include men stationed throughout the property and physical plant?  No, I’m not talking about police.  I’m talking about the men in your congregation.  Do the men in your congregation meet on a regular basis and train with weapons?
                             The American church had better wake from its coma before it’s too late.  You’re a target.  Learn and understand that.  With a confined space, men, women and children sitting with people to the front of them and people to the back of them, limited means on ingress and egress, and all attention focused in one place, we’re sitting ducks.  Wise up, folks.  Do not run to call 911.  It will be too late for the police to do any good.  You are your own protector and the protector of your own congregants.  God expects it.  He demands it.
                      I don't have any idea how many people carry in my congregation. We have a retired Sheriff's deputy, but I don't think he carries. There is a woman that is a detective with one of the local law enforcement agencies. She always has a large purse, so I presume that she carries, but I don't know. I carry. But, as I've noted, the LDS Church forbids concealed carry in its churches in Utah, and I've never seen or heard any discussion of concealed carry elsewhere, or of any security plans for that matter. 

                      Sunday, November 12, 2017

                      An Interesting Concurrence of Events

                      A short series of videos from Suspicious Observers you might want to watch:





                             The gist of these videos is as follows:

                             The Earth currently enjoys three protections against space weather (cosmic rays and solar flares/storms): the Earth's magnetic field, which protects against all forms of space weather; the Sun's magnetic field, which helps protect the whole solar system (including Earth) from cosmic rays; and a magnetized dust cloud through which the solar system is currently traveling which also provides protection against cosmic rays. All three of these are failing.

                             Taking these in reverse order. First, the solar system is on the cusp of leaving the dust cloud that currently provides some protection against cosmic rays and entering a void largely devoid of this dust. Second, as the Sun enters another grand minimum, the strength of the Sun's magnetic field is weakening, exposing us to more cosmic radiation. Third, the Earth's magnetic field--our primary shield against solar ejecta and flares as well as an additional shield against cosmic rays--has significantly and suddenly declined in strength the last few decades.

                             The consequence is that we will see Earth become more subject to the vagaries of space weather and radiation, which will probably see increased health problems, severe storms, and earthquakes. I would suppose that lessened solar magnetic field and leaving the dust cloud will also leave the Sun more vulnerable to the influence of cosmic rays or other phenomena.

                      * * *

                             I have noted before my belief that the period from 2020 through 2050 will be especially turbulent and may be the time period in which the Tribulation and Second Coming will occur. It may be a fruitless endeavor to attempt to predict the time of the Tribulation and the Second Coming, but I believe we have been provided different signs in order to act as warnings, affirmations of our faith, and to give meaning to the disasters that will come. This does not mean that all upheaval or disasters are tied to the Tribulation and Second Coming. We see wars, pestilence, and natural disasters that are not part of the set of signs, and will continue to do so; and it possible that the Second Coming is many decades or centuries away.

                              Nevertheless, there are indications of a concurrence of events that suggest the wars and disasters that have been predicted are imminent: the collapsing international order and shifting of centers of power, the weakening of the Earth's magnetic field and rapid changes in the location of the magnetic poles, and signs of an impending grand minimum which will result in cooling of the climate. There is also always the chance of volcanic eruptions that could affect the climate over large areas of the earth (particular examples I've discussed before). As we know from history, cooling periods have always resulted in declining crop yields and spread of pestilence. For instance, both the Justinian's Plague and the Black Death were associated with climatic changes (see, e.g., here and here).

                             Even if the Apocalypse is not near, we are living in a period where Western Civilization is in decline, and we may, in our lifetimes, see portions of Europe become completely overrun by savage hordes and cease to be part of the "West."

                             It is up to us to preserve ourselves and our posterity. This blog (and many others similar to it) primarily focuses on physical preservation or survival. I and others have also discussed spiritual and/or emotional preservation and survival. A bigger question, and one that is dear to the heart of the Alt-Right movement, is the preservation of Western culture or civilization. Given the current decadence and rot, it is not clear whether it is worth preserving Western civilization, in toto. (Stefan Molyneux has an excellent video that discusses this issue). But there are surely elements of Western Civilization that are worth preservation (or recapturing): not only history, art or aspects of the culture, but aspirations, ideas and philosophies. I hope to discuss this point in the future.

                      Friday, November 10, 2017

                      November 10, 2017 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

                      "The PAX AMERICANA, PetroDollar and Coming CRISIS in the GULF"--Black Pigeon Speaks (15 min.). BPS discusses how a perfect storm of events involving demographics, falling or stagnant oil prices, and Saudi Arabia emptying the water aquifer that provides it with potable water will set off war in the Middle-East and create a vast flood of refugees to Europe. 

                      Firearms/Self-Defense/Prepping:
                      • Greg Ellifritz at Active Response Training has been busy this week--here are a few of his articles and posts:
                      • TGIF: Another Weekend Knowledge Dump. I would specifically note the article from Dave Spaulding on "What Really Happens in a Gunfight?"
                      • Greg has penned a review of the book, Prepper Guns by Bryce Towsley. He describes the book as being much in the same vein as Boston's Gun Bible, and I would note that another author compared it to Mel Tappan's Survival Guns, except in each case, updated to current firearms and accessories. That is, the book is a review and recommendation as to various firearms that would be useful for a prepper, including accessories.
                      • Greg has also posted three articles about self-defense in a church building, motivated, obviously, by the recent shooting in Texas. First of the articles is "Your Tactical Training Scenario…Violence at Church" which has a list of points or questions to ask yourself to help evaluate you and your family's risk while at church. Second is "Forming a Church Safety Team," a guest post written by Ron Borsch, a retired police officer and law enforcement trainer. This is a lengthy article (with links to additional resources) to advise on forming armed security volunteers at a church. I was pleasantly surprised to see that the author did not limit membership in such teams to LEO or military, but suggested congregation members with concealed carry licenses. Third, and finally, is "Church Safety," another guest post from Ron Borsche, which is a more general look at church safety vis-a-vis shootings than the prior article.
                      • Here is the text of the Democrats' new "assault weapon" bill (PDF). As noted yesterday, it primarily goes after semi-automatic rifles or shotguns that use a detachable magazine and one or more features such as a pistol grip, threaded barrel, barrel shroud (basically, any free float front handguard), etc. It pretty much bans any pistol AKs, ARs, or any other pistol that does not use the grip as the magazine well. It bans magazines, whether detachable or fixed, of more than 10 rounds (except for tube magazines for .22 rifles).  Oh, and it prohibits "bump fire" devices. It also prohibits private sale of any grandfathered weapons or magazines. There is a list of specific weapons which are prohibited under the bill. It has even longer lists of exempted weapons. A stock, non-threaded Mini-14 or Mini-30 would still be okay, as would an SKS with the original stock and 10-round fixed magazine. Read the whole thing. I don't believe that the current public sentiment is such that this bill could be passed right now.
                      • "Gun Review: Hudson H9 9mm Pistol"--The Truth About Guns. The H9 is a pistol that attempts to combine the best aspects of striker fired pistols with those of 1911 pistols, together with an enlarged front in order to lower the height of the barrel and put the recoil impulse of the recoil spring low enough that it won't cause muzzle climb. The author liked the overall finish of the weapon, and thought that the designers had achieved their goal of minimal muzzle flip, but the fitting of some parts was rather loose, and the accuracy was not very good.
                      • "The Quest for A Hunting Rifle"--Real Life Survivor. A discussion of caliber, types of actions, stocks, and optics, for a hunting rifle. The author concludes: "My current taste in a deer rifle runs to a lightweight, composite-stocked, short-barreled bolt action chambered for a cartridge that shoots a 130- to 165-grain bullet into 1 MOA."
                      • "Germany Suspects Apocalypse By 2040"--Anonymous Conservative. The author discusses an extensive 102-page report, called "Strategic Forecast 2040" published by the German Ministry of Defense at the end of February 2017, and which was subsequently leaked to Der Speigel. The Forecast predicts "a world in which the international order erodes after 'decades of instability', the value systems worldwide drift apart and globalisation is stopped." Anonymous Conservative adds:
                               Never think the elites don’t know what is coming, and that they are not preparing for it now. ...
                                 People are going to die. Lots of them. That is beyond any doubt. And for every death, there will be hundreds, if not thousands, who will live in terror – terror for their lives and safety, terror of losing their homes, terror of failing to provision their families, and terror of being on the outside of the community they will need to survive.
                                    The elites will do whatever is necessary to not be among the terrified or the dead .... They are taking names, securing vital resources, and cementing their holds on power, all while the masses blissfully believe we will always have it as easy as we did yesterday.
                                    Are you preparing too? Start formulating your plans, figure out what you will need, and assume everything provided by government will go away. From disease outbreak, to security, to food, to medicine, whatever you can’t provide for yourself or get from your immediate community, you will probably have to do without. And whatever you acquire, do not, in any way, let others know you have gotten it.

                              Other Stuff:
                              • More on Saudi Arabia:
                                      ... Kuwait's Foreign Ministry also ordered its nationals to leave Lebanon immediately, according to a statement carried by Kuwait News Agency (KUNA).
                                         The Saudi and Kuwaiti positions come six days after the sudden resignation of Prime Minister Saad Al-Hariri. He announced his resignation from Riyadh on Saturday.
                                           Al-Hariri accused Iran and its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah, of “controlling the Lebanese state,” and pointed out that he sensed that something was being plotted covertly to target his life.
                                              Lebanon had already been drawn into the crisis in two ways: After a rocket was fired from Yemen at the Saudi capital, Riyadh, on Saturday, Saudi officials accused Hezbollah and Iran of aiding in the attack. And they declared that the attack amounted to a declaration of war by Lebanon, a leap given that the weak Lebanese state does not control Hezbollah.
                                                At the same time, the Lebanese prime minister, Saad Hariri, unexpectedly flew to Riyadh and declared his resignation there on Saturday. Suspicions were growing among officials and diplomats in Beirut on Thursday that he had not only been pressured to do so by Saudi Arabia but was being held there against his will.
                                                   Despite the worries, analysts, officials and diplomats said that although they were not privy to the thinking of the Saudi crown prince, it was far-fetched that Saudi Arabia would launch a military action against Lebanon, since it is already overstretched in a war it started two years ago against Iran-aligned Houthi rebels in Yemen.
                                                   And Saudi Arabia has expressed displeasure with Lebanon this way before: This was at least the fourth time in five years that it asked its citizens to leave Lebanon.
                                          • "US Air Force official: Missile targeting Saudis was Iranian"--AP. Per the report: "Iran manufactured the ballistic missile fired by Yemen’s Shiite rebels toward the Saudi capital and remnants of it bore 'Iranian markings,' the top U.S. Air Force official in the Mideast said Friday, backing the kingdom’s earlier allegations."
                                            There’s a particular reason he’s trying to control the DAs in major cities. That way you control what is prosecuted and what is not. He’s trying to change the nature of law enforcement by buying the prosecutors. He’s investing millions to do it and he’s succeeding because conservatives are not calling it out loudly enough to stop it.
                                            • Some local (for me) news: "Wildlife moving into foothills"--KTVB. Wolf tracks have been found in the hills just a few miles north of the city. The article cites the Idaho Department of Fish & Game warning that as winter comes, deer and other game will move into the valleys, and will be followed by predators such as wolves and mountain lions. 
                                            • "Monsanto Faces Blowback Over Cancer Cover-Up"--Der Speigel. Internal documents show that Monsanto tried to ignore warnings that Round Up pesticide could cause cancer or other health issues, and refused to do any research to verify it one way or another. Also, not only has some research linked the primary chemical in Round Up to lymphoma, but there is also this:
                                              Glyphosate appears not to be as harmless as the industry likes to claim, in part because it also kills many microorganisms in addition to plants. Although this is unlikely to directly affect humans and animals, it does apparently affect the millions of bacteria in the intestinal flora known as the microbiome.
                                                Mexican TCOs maintain the greatest drug trafficking influence in the United States, with continued signs of growth and expansion. By controlling lucrative smuggling corridors, primarily across the SWB, Mexican TCOs export significant quantities of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, and possibly fentanyl into the United States annually. Once these illicit drugs are smuggled into the U.S., they are delivered to user markets in the United States through transportation routes and distribution cells that are managed or influenced by Mexican TCOs.
                                                • "Border Patrol losing agents faster than it can hire them"--Washington Times.
                                                • You may not have seen much in the media about it, but there is a big scandal developing over a dump of some 13 million documents called the "Paradise Papers" which provide insights to how the wealthy and powerful individuals and corporations use offshore banking accounts to shield their money from taxes. An article from The Guardian on it, as well as one from Deutsche Welle. As the latter notes, this tax avoidance is mostly legal, but "ethical and moral issues ... arise when powerful figures — particularly politicians or those with influence in the political world — are seen to be shepherding often obscene amounts of wealth out of the reach of their own national exchequers, whilst supposedly asking others to act in the national interest."
                                                • Some inconvenient truths for climate scientists:
                                                The inconvenient truth about climate change is that we lack the data to properly understand what weather was like over most of the planet, even in the recent past. Without a good understanding of past weather conditions, we have no way of knowing the history of the planet’s average condition -- the climate. Despite the confident pronouncements of politicians and climate activists, we cannot compare today’s climate with the past. Meaningful forecasts of future climate change are therefore impossible.
                                                  The author also notes that every single climate model based on the proxy data on which climatologists rely have been wrong. Read the whole thing.

                                                    Thursday, November 9, 2017

                                                    Daily Mail: "State trooper saves own life by wrapping his tourniquet round his leg to stem heavy bleeding after being gunned down during a traffic stop"

                                                            A state trooper who was shot several times during a traffic stop saved his own life by applying a tourniquet to his leg before help arrived, authorities said. 
                                                            Cpl. Seth Kelly, 39, remains hospitalized in critical condition after suffering wounds to his neck, shoulder and leg in the close-quarters gunfight with 22-year-old Daniel Khalil Clary in Plainfield Township, Pennsylvania. 
                                                            Kelly was helping another trooper arrest Clary, whom they suspected of driving under the influence of marijuana, when the suspect began fighting with them, police said.  
                                                    * * * 
                                                           ... the struggle lasted nearly two minutes, and at one point all three men were 'wrestling and rolling around' the right lane of busy Route 33, north of Philadelphia, as cars and trucks whizzed by them on the left.
                                                            Shot and gravely wounded, Kelly had the presence of mind to grab the tourniquet he wore on his service belt and apply it to his bleeding leg. 
                                                    (Underline added).

                                                    Who Are The Real Racists?

                                                    Juxtaposition this:

                                                    • Merriam-Webster defines "racism" as "a belief that race is the primary determinant of human traits and capacities and that racial differences produce an inherent superiority of a particular race."
                                                    With this:

                                                    November 9, 2017 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

                                                    An abandoned pachinko parlor in Saitama Prefecture, Japan. From "From abandoned strip clubs to crumbling love hotels: Fascinating photographs capture the darkly enchanting side to modern Japan"--Daily Mail. Also check out the following: "Abandoned streets, books left open on classroom desks and supermarket shelves still full of food: Filmmakers in hazmat suits explore the ghost town of Fukushima six years after the nuclear disaster"--Daily Mail.

                                                    Firearms/Self-Defense/Prepping:
                                                    • "Black Aces Tactical Mag Fed Shockwave 12 Gauge Shotgun"--The Firearms Blog. This 12 gauge firearm (not a shotgun) is based on the Mossberg action, but uses a 5-round detachable magazine, and will accept a magazine tube spike (meaning you can stab at people with it as well, which is handy if you have run out of ammunition). MSRP is $499.
                                                    • "Democrats propose ban on assault weapons"--New York Post. Sponsored by the usual suspects. (Update: Some more details as to the ban; it will prohibit  "assault weapons" that use a detachable magazine and one or more "military characteristics" including pistol grip, threaded barrel, front grip, folding or telescoping stock).
                                                    • Related: "Why Bringing A Gun To Church Is A Pretty Good Idea"--The Federalist. The author notes: "... I would point out that I can’t find an example of a single example of an accidental fatality by a gun-owning parishioner during a service at a church (or temple or mosque). Perhaps someone can point one out to me. I can think of at least two incidents off the top of my head in which church parishioners likely stopped a massacre because they had guns."
                                                    • "Michigan Senate OKs concealed pistol carry in schools, churches, day care centers"--Detroit Free Press. This is not for all concealed carry license holders, but only for those that obtain an endorsement after undergoing additional training and qualifications (essentially the equivalent of an enhanced permit for my Idaho readers).
                                                    • Steve's Pages's resource: a collection of downloadable manuals for firearms and some accessories.
                                                    • "Video: Using a SteriPen"--Doom and Bloom Survival Medicine. These are the ultraviolet light "pens" used to kill bacteria and other pathogens in water. Note that these do no remove chemical or particulate contaminants.
                                                    • "Bicycle Generators"--Blue Collar Prepping. The primary use of such a device is to recharge a batteries (e.g., a deep cycle battery, or charging electronic devices). The article describes the basic set up for such a system. This may be a good alternative to those who question whether they will be able to use a solar recharging system, or who want the better opsec that such a system offers over other charging systems.
                                                    • "Sally Lunn Bread"--All Things Provident. This recipe uses baking powder instead of yeast, and the author indicates that it has a texture similar to corn bread. Check out this site because the author has lots of recipes that are intended to be made using your food storage.
                                                    • "Concealed Weapons"--Firearms History, Technology & Development. For those interested in firearms history or information on firearms that is off the beaten path, this site is well worth browsing. This particular article caught my attention because it is about historic firearms that were designed to not look like firearms: e.g., a couple types of cane-gun and a palm pistol, and a few weapons designed for spy agencies during the Cold War.
                                                    • "The Top Pistols Used by Today's IDPA Shooters"--Shooting Sports USA. The Glock 34 tops the list, followed a distant second by the S&W M&P Pro. Interestingly, the Glock 19 is more popular than the Glock 17, although I guess that if you are going to go full size Glock, you might as well get the extra barrel length of the Glock 34. Not surprisingly, revolvers are little used.
                                                    • "9x39mm: AR-15 for Moose?"--The Firearms Blog. A few days ago, Nathaniel F. looked at Russia's subsonic round, the 9x39mm, and compared it against its American counterpart, the .300 Blackout. In this article, he examines the possible performance of the 9x39 if it was loaded with supersonic hunting rounds. He believes a 200 grain bullet would provide good ballistic performance (both trajectory and terminal) out to 100-yards; and a lighter 150 grain bullet would mimic the ballistics of the .30-30 and 7.62x30 out to 200 yards. 
                                                    • "Handloading Ammo: Basic Procedures to Follow"--Shooting Illustrated. A nice checklist of all the steps you may need to follow when reloading ammunition. Trimming is generally not necessary for pistol or revolver ammunition; and some of the steps included are for when working up new loads.
                                                    • "CorBon DPX Ammunition : Current State of Affairs : UPDATE"--Ammo Land. CorBon had contracted with Barnes Bullets to manufacture the bullets used in CorBon's DPX ammunition. But after Barnes was bought out by Remington, it broke off its business relationships with CorBon. This is the first I had heard of Remington buying Barnes. In any event, CorBon is currently tooling up to produce its DPX bullets in-house.
                                                    • "Troubleshooting Rifle Accuracy"--American Rifleman. It may just be a bad barrel, but more likely it has something to do with the scope (or its mount), the bedding or actions screws, ammunition, or you. 

                                                    Other Stuff:
                                                           Over the weekend, Saudi Arabia detained dozens of high-profile figures, including 11 princes and dozens of former ministers, in a new anti-corruption probe headed by the kingdom's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS).
                                                             Saudi officials say the detainments are about getting rid of corruption, while some analysts argue it represents the latest step in Mohammed bin Salman's efforts to consolidate power in order to continue his plans to overhaul the country's economy.
                                                      • "The New World Order is dead"--Don Surber. Everything that Bush Sr. sought to achieve, as outlined in his September 11, 1990 "New World Order" speech has come to naught. The Middle-East, in particular, has sunk the whole thing. Saudi Arabia is rightfully concerned that Iran will use its nuclear weapons against the Kingdom, and is seeking to counter Iran's threat, part of which, ironically, will involve closer cooperation with Israel, and less reliance on the United States (at least as to providing boots on the ground), and require Saudi Arabia to obtain its own nuclear weapons (thanks Obama!). The issue I see is that the Saudi war in Yemen has exposed the Saudi military as largely incompetent. It will have to turn to mercenary forces, at least at the outset. 
                                                              Some of Saudi Arabia's richest families are in talks with banks and asset management companies to shift their fortunes so that their money and properties are not captured by the anti-corruption sweep. 
                                                                Saudi Arabia's attorney general says the kingdom has called in 208 people for questioning in the probe, estimating hundreds of billions of dollars were misused through embezzlement and corruption in past decades.
                                                                  An estimated 1,700 bank accounts have been frozen and those in the firing line risk having their assets and properties seized by the government as it attempts to flush out fraud in Saudi Arabia.
                                                            The Saudi government has estimated that it will need $2 Trillion to reform its economy so it is not dependent on oil sales and foreign labor. $800 Billion is a nice down-payment.
                                                            • "Saudi Arabia says Lebanon declares war, deepening crisis"--Reuters. The article reports: "Saudi Arabia accused Lebanon on Monday of declaring war against it because of aggression by the Iran-backed Lebanese Shi‘ite group Hezbollah, a dramatic escalation of a crisis threatening to destabilize the tiny Arab country"; and "Lebanon has been thrust to the center of regional rivalry between Saudi Arabia and Iran since the Saudi-allied Lebanese politician Saad al-Hariri quit as prime minister on Saturday, blaming Iran and Hezbollah in his resignation speech." On a side note, 40 years ago, no one would have described Lebanon as an Arab country because it was a majority Christian country and very moderate--Beirut was often likened to Monte Carlo.
                                                            • "Column: Saudi purge takes kingdom into unpredictable new era: Kemp"--Reuters. The author describes in some detail the traditional balance of power in the Kingdom between the descendants of the original King Abdulazziz, with different factions (or branches of the family, if you will) controlling different important government positions. However, with these purges, "[f]or the first time, all three power ministries (defence, interior and National Guard) are under the direct control of one branch of the royal family." This article provides a good context to what is happening and a possible why.
                                                            • "Syria: Rearranging The Chess Board For The Next War"--Strategy Page. The author sees the next step in the Syrian conflict as being between Iran on one side and an Israeli/Saudi alliance on the other. The article also notes that Israel's Druze population (a minor Islamic sect that combined Islam with Greek philosophy) has been pushing the Israeli government to do more to protect the Druze population in Syria (which, by the way, has also been assisting Israel in its strikes into Syria). 
                                                            • "Marriage strike paradox."--Dalrock. The age of first marriage is increasing. Although some have argued (including Dr. Helen Smith) that this is a result of men "going on strike" and refusing to marry, Dalrock believes it is the opposite: that women are delaying marriage in order to "live it up" in their twenties before settling down. He explains:
                                                                      ... Nearly all women are still able to marry. If we could break this data out for just White women the percentage who marry by 45 would be even higher, around 90%!  Moreover, the change we are seeing is almost entirely a delay in the age of marriage. If men were driving this change, it would mean that men were refusing to marry young hot women, and insisting on marrying clapped out party girls instead. Even if you stipulated that this was indeed what was happening, insisting on an older, less hot, less chaste, more demanding wife doesn’t count as a “strike” in my book.
                                                                          What we are seeing instead is women continuing to push out the age of marriage. As they are doing this, they are changing the signal young men receive regarding how to be sexually successful. Beta Bucks (BB) used to be a very effective strategy for an 18 year old young man. He might have to wait a few years, but he could see the plan working for his 3-5 year older bother and his friend’s older brother. Now a young man would have to look to men 10-15 years older to see examples of the BB model finally paying off. Meanwhile, they see the Alpha F**** (AF) model working all around them. AF gets rewarded, and BB is not only not rewarded for a decade or more, but our whole society (especially Christians) despises husbands and fathers,  the epitome of the BB model.  This is a very powerful message, and an unmistakable one.
                                                                  Read the whole thing.
                                                                             On the hustings President Zuma likes to sing one of the ANC “liberation” songs, which includes the words: “We are going to shoot them with machine guns, they are going to run…. The cabinet will shoot them, with the machine gun…. shoot the Boer, we are going to hit them, they are going to run.” The country is considered one of the least lawful on earth, boasting some of the world’s highest rates of violent crime, with numbers of dead and wounded approaching what might be considered a low-grade civil war. According to Genocide Watch, the murder rate among South African white farmers is four times higher than among South Africans en masse. That rate increased every month after President Zuma sang his song, for as long as accurate records are available. (The police have been instructed to stop referring to race in their reports.) Being a white farmer in South Africa now rates as one of the most dangerous jobs in the world.
                                                                               But despite this, across the full media and political spectrum the country appeared to be in a celebratory mood. The reason was that two white Afrikaner farmers, Theo Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen, were sentenced to 14 and 11 years in jail, respectively, for attempted murder.
                                                                                   In their defense they told the court their farms were failing because of trespass and theft and the police were inept and lackadaisical. On the day of the incident the “victim,” Victor Mlotshwa, according to the two accused, was in possession of stolen copper cable and, when approached, threatened to kill the families of the two farmers and burn their farms down. Mlotshwa was wrestled into a coffin and told he was to be incinerated. No such thing happened and the defendants insisted they were simply trying to scare him. But that was enough for the full force of the law to be unleashed, and Judge Sheila Mphahlele was in full, furious flight. She called the attack “inhumane and disgusting,” and handed down an outrageously harsh sentence. Justice Minister Michael Masutha was fulsome in his approval. “We believe that this strong sentence will deter would-be hate crime perpetrators in our society,” he said.
                                                                                 So why the fear to name names before? Part of it might be the steps that the abusers were using to stifle anyone that might bring accusations. The Anonymous Conservative discusses this in his take on a report that Weinstein was using very expensive and very covert private intelligence firms--Kroll and Black Cube--to investigate and discredit potential accusers and reporters.
                                                                                   This new source of energy, according to researchers Marek Karliner and Jonathan Rosner, comes from the fusion of subatomic particles known as quarks. These particles are usually produced as a result of colliding atoms that move at high speeds within the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), where these component parts split from their parent atoms. It doesn’t stop there, however, as these disassociated quarks also tend to collide with one another and fuse into particles called baryons.
                                                                                     It is this fusion of quarks that Karliner and Rosner focused on, as they found that this fusion is capable of producing energy even greater than what’s produced in hydrogen fusion. In particular, they studied how fused quarks configure into what’s called a doubly-charmed baryon. Fusing quarks require 130 MeV to become doubly-charmed baryons, which, in turn, releases energy that’s 12 MeV more energy. Turning their calculations to heavier bottom quarks, which need 230 MeV to fuse, they found that a resulting baryon could produce approximately 138 MeV of net energy—about eight times more than what hydrogen fusion releases.
                                                                            I doubt that we would be able to leapfrog regular fusion to doing something like this, but it offers an alternative (and middle ground) between nuclear fusion and matter-anti-matter power systems if it is feasible. 

                                                                            Tuesday, November 7, 2017

                                                                            November 7, 2017 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

                                                                            "Remington .357 mag 158gr SJHP revolver Gel Test Review"--TFB (7 min.)
                                                                            This, or similar loads, are popular for .357 Magnum. This test showed good expansion and excellent penetration (perhaps even a bit of over penetration), which is why the .357 is a good defensive round.

                                                                            Firearms/Self-Defense/Prepping:
                                                                                    For my LDS readers in Utah, I would note the following from the Utah Department of Public Safety: "The concealed firearm permit allows an individual to carry a firearm fully loaded and concealed.  The permit also allows an individual to carry a firearm into public schools. Permit holders can not carry a firearm into federal or state restricted areas i.e. any airport secured area, federal facilities, courts, correctional & mental health facilities, law enforcement secured areas, a house of worship or private residence where notice given and/or posted, any secured area in which firearms are prohibited and notice posted, or otherwise prohibited by state of federal law." (Underline added). Moreover, the LDS Church has provided notice to the Department of Public Safety that it prohibits firearms in its houses of worship
                                                                            Through research you learn that the vast majority of people who are shot survive. The human body can take an enormous amount of punishment and still keep ticking. I know several people who were shot and didn't even realize they were hit until after the fight was over. Then there were some who received relatively minor injuries, went into shock, quit and died.
                                                                            And like many good trainers out there, he recommends that if you take a martial arts or unarmed self-defense class, you take one that involves contact sparring. 
                                                                                      The New York Times reports that mumps outbreaks are on the rise, with more than 6,000 cases of mumps reported in the United States last year. That’s the highest number of mumps cases reported in the past 10 years. For some perspective, in 2010 the number of cases was down to the hundreds.
                                                                                        Most of the recent cases have occurred in outbreaks. A large outbreak in Arkansas, for instance, affected primarily 18-22-year-olds. The majority of those that were infected had received the mumps vaccine when they were children.
                                                                                • "Hepatitis A outbreak continues to grow, but more slowly"--The San Diego Union. Based on the numbers, health authorities may have gotten the outbreak under control. This outbreak, you might remember, has mostly been in the homeless population and largely a problem because of homeless relieving themselves in areas with foot traffic.
                                                                                • "NEW: Ruger SP101 Wheelgun Chambered In 9mm"--The Firearms Blog. Another article noting that Ruger has released a 9 mm revolver. In this one, however, the author asks readers why a revolver in 9 mm instead of another caliber. I can think of a couple of reasons off the top of my head: compatibility with ammunition used in other firearms, and loading with moon clips which is even faster than speed loaders.
                                                                                • "Review: Ruger LCR .327 Federal Magnum"--Guns & Ammo. Another new wheel-gun from Ruger. Because it uses the .327 Mag., it can fit 6 rounds in a cylinder that normally would only be able to accommodate 5 rounds of .38 Special.

                                                                                Other Stuff:
                                                                                           Two new books reach the gloomy conclusion that, whatever its past prospects, Europe’s future is likely to be bleak and turbulent. The continent, in short, is going to the dogs. All that remains to be decided is the identity of the dogs, and here the two authors differ.
                                                                                             James Kirchick is a neoconservative American journalist who has been reporting from Europe for almost a decade (we were colleagues at Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty). In The End of Europe, he portrays a continent plagued by a long list of overlapping problems: the weakening of the political center and the mainstream parties, the rise of populism, the United Kingdom’s Brexit vote and its potential to weaken European unity, the Euro crisis, the threat from a revanchist Russia, a failing commitment to liberal democracy, the growing appeal of Vladimir Putin’s authoritarianism, an aversion to a robust foreign policy and a corresponding unwillingness to spend money on defense, a disturbing rise in anti-Semitism in western Europe (even more than in eastern Europe), and a migrant crisis that at times resembles a non-military invasion by predominantly young Middle Eastern and African men who are also largely Muslim. These crises interact with each other to produce a more general crisis of political, moral, institutional, and even civilizational self-confidence. And—what especially matters to America—they weaken Europe as a strategic and economic partner for Washington in global affairs.
                                                                                               Douglas Murray, a conservative British writer and deputy editor of the London Spectator, would accept most of Kirchick’s analysis—Brexit is an exception—and would sympathize with his robust candor. Murray’s The Strange Death of Europe shows, however, that, like the hedgehog to Kirchick’s fox, he knows one big thing: the migration crisis is far more dangerous than all the others. It poses an urgent existential threat to Europe’s future, and how it happened suggests that neither the European Union nor national governments have much of a clue how to resolve it. 
                                                                                        As to the migration crises, Murray answers the question of why European leaders welcomed the flood of immigrants in the first instance:
                                                                                          How could this happen? Murray’s initial answer is that it happened because we told ourselves lies to justify each stage of the process. There aren’t many migrants and it’s no big deal; that argument showed an unawareness of the demographic truth that large percentage increases in small numbers add up to a lot quickly. (Think compound interest.) They contribute more to the economy and the welfare state than they receive; in fact immigration does not raise a nation’s per capita income and it imposes heavy net fiscal costs on national and local treasuries. They will rescue the welfare state and pay for our old age; in fact migration provides little or no alleviation of social security costs (see previous point) and because migrants have children too, it increases them long term. They make our dull societies more diverse and thus more exciting; but many people like home to be familiar and comfortable, and cultural change can be destructive as well as vibrant. They’ll soon assimilate to our liberal values. Really? How soon? For how long should we be prepared to accept a rise in rapes or restrictions on free speech as a price worth paying for those better restaurants? And what if the newcomers don’t assimilate but demand that the “native” community does so instead by, for instance, demanding sharia or blasphemy laws? Recent British governments have shown themselves not unwilling to move in such directions. Given population trends, as Murray points out, they will have stronger incentives to do so in the future.
                                                                                            And Murray concludes that the resentment against immigrants and the changes it is making to the culture are what is driving the current "populist" movement. The review is an interesting read and worth your time.
                                                                                            • Related: "Refugee centers in Germany suffer near daily attacks"--Deutsche Welle. The article reports: "Fresh data from Germany's Federal Criminal Police Agency (BKA) obtained by German daily Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung shows that there have been 211 attacks on refugee homes throughout Germany in the first nine months of the year, plus an additional 15 incidents up to October 23."
                                                                                            • "We Didn't Beat ISIS, It's Here"--Sultan Knish. Daniel Greenfield notes: "We’re not just fighting a bunch of ragged terrorists. We’re fighting against the sense of manifest destiny of a large Muslim population, not just in Iraq and Syria, but in London, Paris and every state in America."

                                                                                            Monday, November 6, 2017

                                                                                            November 4 Was A Dud

                                                                                                    Antifa and its ilk had been promising that November 4 would be a day to live in infamy, when they would begin the revolution to overthrow the Trump Administration. It turned out to be a fizzle. I didn't see any news reports of any significant Antifa marches or protests around the nation. Locally, the only notable event was members of a Shiite Mosque marching to commemorate Imam Hussain (Husayn ibn Ali). Although the march was described in local press as "message of peace," the death of Hussain marked the schism between Shia and Sunni Islam and centuries of bloodshed between the two groups.

                                                                                            Primary & Secondary Primers: Don't Look Through the Optic When Scanning an Area

                                                                                            "P&S Primers - Don't Look Through The Optic"--Primary & Secondary (3 min.)