Wednesday, March 20, 2019

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

He also discusses the differences in the gas system between the standard 1187 and the law enforcement version of the 1187.

       FBI Special Agent Jeff Dale addressed the Tennessee Firearms Association meeting last night.  He told us that 120 innocent persons died last year from gun shot wounds (including police fire, friendly fire, and self fire) in criminal attack incidents.  While drunken drivers killed 58,000 innocent persons last year.
     So, if your are spending a great deal of time practicing your self defense gun skills, while neglecting your defensive driving skills, you're not operating in reality.
        Last week a group of four Combat Arms Veterans contributed to a post I wrote concerning the premise that, “on a good day, a civilian that has taken 3 or 4 SUT type classes from a Tactical Trainer won’t even be at the experienced Infantry PFC level”. ...
           I have mentioned a number of times (these highlighted links are just a few examples) a variation of this theme, “You are not a Commando/Infantry, but you do not need to be.”. I actually had a guy say, “YES! and if you had just said it this way from the beginning then you might not be getting any negative feedback.” to part of my response to another comment he had made. My actual comment to him consisted of this, “Here’s the thing, “You can’t be what we are/were without doing what we do/did (BUT YOU DON’T NEED TO BE).”.
      He goes on to discuss the skills that you should develop. He adds:
              Post SHTF, Offensive Ops shouldn’t even be considered till your defensive ops are underway, and even then, probably not because most just will not have the appropriate manpower for anything but defense.
                Start with the basics. Lay the groundwork for a solid defensive foundation, then MAYBE move on to the consideration of an offensive action if urgently needed. But keep in mind, depending on perspective, that offensive operation you conducted could come back to bite you in the ass legally. If you believe that’s BS, look at some examples from the former Yugoslavia, and tell me that possibility isn’t there.
                    I remember, not long ago, doing a training demonstration for the Assistant Chief of the Minneapolis Police Department, her Training Lieutenant, and the very seasoned Sergeant in charge of the MPD Tactical Team (used to be ERU when I kicked a few doors with them, don’t know what they call themselves now…). After going through a brief session (30 minutes) designed to help them recognize their own somatic markers in the presence of danger, the Sergeant made six out of six entries into a room where he was required to state, based on his monitoring of his somatic markers, where the “bad guy” inside the room was — before he entered.
                     He was right on six for six out of all entries.
                      What I remember most, with a mix of amusement and resignation, was his complete flabbergastment at his own performance. He didn’t want to believe what he’d just done, because by his (previous) belief system, what he had just done was impossible, and therefore was some kind of arcane trickery on my part.
                  And more:
                            Specifically we’ve developed a number of exercises designed to help operators more rapidly recognize (and act) upon their individual somatic markers (insert Wikipedia link Somatic Marker Hypothesis) in the presence of danger. Primarily this is focused on refining the sense of imminent danger from humans nearby (though we have validated it in the field at over 300 meters) and the response it elicits in humans who, these days, are more unaware than not of everything, especially subtle feelings in the body traditionally associated with emotions (hair standing up on the neck, sinking feeling in the stomach, etc. are examples).
                            This plays off our fundamental emphasis on the importance of preconscious processing as a foundational element in survival in the face of extreme stress and extreme danger.
                              In other words, we train the brain’s pattern recognition program to recognize its own signals faster and sooner so as to speed up the decision making process in fast breaking human on human conflict. To recognize danger early. To recognize the shift in another human from OBSERVATION to ATTENTION and then ATTENTION to INTENTION.
                        • Related: "Involuntary Hand Clenches Leading to Accidental Discharge"--Active Response Training.  Ellifritz notes that "most shooters don’t know that certain situations can cause involuntary hand clenching.  The tightening of the hand causes a contraction of all of the fingers with a force up to 30 lbs. (the Glock trigger pull weight is around 6 lbs.) and cannot be consciously controlled." Thus, even if you think you are safe because you finger is off the trigger and extended along-side the trigger guard, you may not be safe. He explains:
                          The three most commonly identified causes of involuntary hand clenching have been extensively studied.  They are as follows:
                            1) Postural Imbalance.  When the shooter loses balance or trips, his hands will clench.
                              2) Startle Effect.  When the shooter is under stress and surprised, there will often be a hand clench.
                                3) Interlimb Interaction.  Under stress, when the non gun hand closes violently, the gun hand will clench,  spontaneously duplicating the actions of the non-gun hand.
                                  So be safe out there and don't shoot your junk off.
                                  • "Here’s Why Bikes Are Great Bug Out Vehicles"--The Survivalist Blog. The points raised by the author are: (1) flexible routing (e.g., you can ride between cars and along paths that won't allow other vehicles); (2) bicycles are quiet; (3) bicycles are faster than walking; (4) increased carrying capacity over walking; (5) easy to split up your group if you are being pursued; (6) they don't need gasoline; (7) spare parts will be plentiful [ed: although from my own experience in trying to scavenge parts for fixing bikes, this may be more difficult than you might think]; (8) you probably already own one; (9) it is easier to learn to fix than motor vehicles; and (10) they are EMP proof.
                                  • "Rats – Mice – Insects After SHTF – What To Do About It"--Modern Survival Blog. Short version is that "cleanliness is next to Godliness," and don't forget the mice/rat traps and insect repellent. The author's favorite repellent is Picaridin Insect Repellent. 
                                  • Speaking of rats and SHTF: "President Evil"--Richard Fernandez at PJ Media. He writes:
                                           The inability of the Maduro regime to restore power supplies to more than an intermittent fraction of Venezuela's population has provided the 21st Century with its first glimpse of what a network collapse can do to a modern society. The EMP Commission Report anticipated civilization's increasing dependency on electric power, telecommunication, banking, fuel, transportation, food distribution, water supply and emergency services grids. They concluded that if these crashed our seemingly solid world could come tumbling down faster than we think.
                                            Nearly a week after the Guri Dam, which provides most of Venezuela's base electric load, broke down, people are drinking from sewers, patients are dying in hospitals, prisoners are starving in their cells, gasoline is running out at stations from lack of distribution, food is rotting in the reefers and looting has become widespread. All cascaded from a fault that until now has not yet been fully explained. One Venezuelan described the day the grid died almost as if civilization were in the past tense[.]
                                      • "5 Key Changes You Need To Make To Improve Your Prone Position"--Shooting Sports USA. They are: (1) consistency (especially keeping the butt of the rifle against your shoulder between shots); (2) keep your gear close so you can reach it without disturbing your shooting position; (3) make sure you shooting coat fits, especially around the shoulders, to avoid fabric bunching up under the rifle butt; (4) correct arm and rifle position (more below); and (5) consider the rotation of the sling on your arm if you are using a shooting sling. Now more on point number 4:
                                      Once while at a national competition, I overheard the then-National Rifle Coach explain to someone how the two forearms should form a triangle with the floor, like a bipod for the rifle. This triangle need not be equilateral; the sling arm may be more vertical than the trigger arm. But essentially, all I needed to do was move my left elbow out from under the rifle. After trying it out, I realized this technique did not stretch my arm and relied purely on bone structure for support—meaning my arm no longer stretched or sagged as I shot my match. My other elbow now has more pressure on the mat as well, which means a more durable position with recoil for me.

                                      "MOST POWERFUL, RARE AND INTOXICATING IMAGES FROM THE PAST"--Perfect Life (14 min). A reader brought this to my attention, and it is interesting.
                                            Mr. Kramer, a former State Department official and a Trump detractor, leaked the Democrat-financed dossier material to The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post’s Fred Hiatt, CNN’s Carl Bernstein, National Public Radio, McClatchy news service and others, he said during his deposition in the libel case.
                                             But his most momentous meeting was with Ken Bensinger of BuzzFeed. In Washington during the Christmastime holidays, he let Mr. Bensinger read the dossier. He then stepped away.
                                               The reporter took cellphone photos. They ended up on Jan. 10, 2017, on BuzzFeed’s website, forever changing political history.
                                            Remember that it was the so-called "independent" reporting of the dossier's allegations in the mainstream media that was used to justify the FISA warrant. In any event, the article also reports: "Mr. Steele, whose mission was to sink the Trump campaign and then his presidency, believed Mr. McCain’s involvement would give 'the FBI additional prod to take this seriously,' Mr. Kramer testified." Kramer also took the dossier to Obama's National Security Council. I'm more and more convinced that the issue with Trump, as far as the Deep State was concerned, is that they didn't have sufficient "dirt" on him to use for purposes of blackmail. 
                                                      Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., hinted Monday the coming release of documents that will "show" U.S. ambassadors conspired with the FBI and the Justice Department to harm President Trump.
                                                       “It's additional information that is coming out that will show not only was there no collusion, but there was a coordinated effort to take this president down,” Meadows told Fox News’ Sean Hannity. “We talk about the 'Deep State.' There are players now, even ambassadors, that are sitting ambassadors that were involved in part of this with the FBI-DOJ.”
                                                        Meadows did not name any ambassadors.
                                                  • Stupid pissing contests: "Professor says she plays 'chicken' with men while walking to empower women"--The People's Ledger. Basically she does not move out of the way of men when walking, so they have to swerve to avoid her. She terms the "game" "Patriarchy Chicken." I don't see her as being particularly progressive in this, since most women are oblivious to what is going on around them and don't step aside, especially when moving in herds in a lunch or shopping crowd; and women expect men to move aside because of chivalry. However, this professor's glee will probably end when she encounter's some clueless or malicious man that decides not to move, and she gets knocked down on her butt.
                                                  • "Total US Firearms: Not 300 Million, but 412-660 Million?"--Weapons Man. This is a post from October 2016. In 2014, I cited an estimate that indicated that there would be over 400 million by 2016, while even acknowledging that those estimates probably severely undercounted the number of firearms. The problem, it seems to me, is that reporters look at old estimates (say the 300 million estimate) and then just repeat them as though they are still current.
                                                  • "Parabon Helps Investigators Solve 1,000 Years of Cold Cases in 9 Months"--Ammo Land. "Since the introduction of its Snapshot® Genetic Genealogy Service last May, Parabon has assisted law enforcement agencies in making positive identifications in nearly 50 [cold] cases." The article continues:
                                                    The magnitude of the achievement is noteworthy since cold cases are particularly difficult to investigate; memories fade, witnesses and suspects move away or die, and leads have typically been exhausted.  Until recently, even DNA evidence was of little value if it failed to produce a match.  However, genetic genealogy can breathe new life into a cold case investigation by using DNA as a “genetic witness” to generate leads.  Even if a suspect in a particular crime had no known connection to the victim, DNA can still connect him or her to the crime scene and genetic genealogy is providing a powerful new approach to tying such unknown DNA to an identity.
                                                           Now, more than a century after his reign of terror, forensic scientists have pinpointed his identity from a list of over 100 hypothetical possibilities. Primary police suspect, a then 23-year-old Polish barber by the name of Aaron Kosminski, is Jack. And while he died in an asylum by 1919, he left behind a vital clue to his bloody past.

                                                            Eddowes, Kosminski’s fourth victim, was found on September 30, 1888, allegedly near a shawl stained with blood and semen. Forensic scientists, led by microbiologist Jari Louhelainen, were able to sample mitochrondrial DNA from those traces to a living descendant of Kosminski, all but proving his guilt.
                                                            I've read several books on the Jack the Ripper mystery, and Kosminski has always been one of the key suspects, even in the minds of the investigators at the time ... seemingly confirmed because the investigators contrived to have Kosminski put into the insane asylum. According to Vox Day, Kosminski was Jewish, and "the police note[d] that the one of the only eyewitnesses refused to testify on the grounds of the man he had seen was a fellow Jew." 
                                                              The uranium shipment came under attack on Tuesday in the town of Frade, about 30 km (19 miles) from Angra dos Reis, where the Angra 2 nuclear power plant is located. Following an intense fire exchange with the gunmen, the [police] officers [guarding the shipment], none of whom were injured, managed to thwart the assault, police said.
                                                                The company that operates the power plant suggested that the attackers weren't after the uranium shipment, per se, but that the fight was the result of local turf battles between gangs.
                                                                • To globalists, you are just an interchangeable cog in the economic machine: "The Coming Demographic Disruptions"--Larry Diamond at American Interest. After describing the "birth dearth" amongst developed nations, the author suggests:
                                                                  There is no social model for societies that will be as old as these industrialized countries will be unless one of two things happens: They dramatically increase fertility, or they import people. Even with economic and social incentives to encourage more births, these societies cannot escape the imperative to welcome precisely the phenomenon against which many advanced democracies now seem to be rebelling: immigration.
                                                                  He continues: 
                                                                         It is immigration that will give these four societies (and Canada and Australia) economic dynamism, cultural vitality, and greater fiscal sustainability—if they can “govern over diversity.”  The key lies in the traditional American formula, e pluribus unum, out of many one. The imperfect, at times shamefully disappointing, but still remarkable success of the United States in assimilating immigrants while forging the most diverse nation in world history has been an indispensable key to America’s economic and political vibrancy. Will we now squander it in an atavistic and misplaced fear of the “other”, stimulated by demagogues seeking to manufacture fear in order to ride to power? That is one of the key questions confronting the future of the United States and its global leadership.
                                                                          Yet it is not the whole story. The United States is surprisingly well positioned to absorb and manage immigration. For one thing, we are a nation of immigrants with a history of assimilating successive waves of immigrants. For another, the principal source of immigration across our land border, from Latin America, is expected to decline sharply in the decades ahead. Fertility in Mexico (and in El Salvador) has already fallen to replacement levels, and the undocumented Mexican population in the U.S. has been trending downward since 2008. With planning and rational policy (such as keeping highly educated workers in the United States once they finish their science and engineering degrees), the United States could continue to dominate all its competitors in the new global economy of high technology. Industrialized Asia—Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and Singapore—needs this immigration even more, but save for Singapore, these countries lack a strategy for recruiting and absorbing it.
                                                                      The article concludes by looking at the special problem Europe faces vis-a-vis sub-Saharan Africa.
                                                                             Leigh said this all ensures that the student graduates with an Ivy degree, which then gets him internships and jobs at the best companies in the country. 
                                                                               'It means he gets interviews, even if his GPA is sub-3.0. It means he gets the best jobs when he graduates. He's still an idiot, but now he's an idiot earning high-five or low-six figures,' she writes. 'This is when the next dominos start to fall.'  
                                                                                Leigh said the company that hires the student then begins to groom him with an executive coach, deciding that he's 'executive material' because he has the 'right name and the right degree and the right presentation'. 
                                                                                  He will also get a mentor, who will help him 'meet the right people, form the right connections' and take him to the right events to make sure 'he knows all the power players in their city', she continues. 
                                                                                     It is these key figures who help the student sign up for the right charities to build his 'Personal Brand', getting him seats on 'the best non-profit boards in his city'. 
                                                                                      'Some of these are competitive,' Leigh writes. 'Want to know how I know that? Because they require an essay, resume, and bio. And guess who writes those.' 
                                                                                        The student eventually gets promoted, making 'low-mid six figures'. But thanks to his good school, good job, and good philanthropy, he begins being considered for 'a whole host of things most average people have absolutely no awareness of'. 
                                                                                           'He's going to apply for and be named one of his city's "40 Under 40" and get a spread in a local, glossy magazine. He's going to apply for and get a position in his city's Up and Coming Young Leaders' program, and be interviewed on TV. He's going to apply for and win a spot in his city's "Wealthy People Pretending To Do Good But Really Just Hanging Out With Other Wealthy People" initiative, and get newspaper coverage,' Leigh continues. 'I'll give you one guess who writes those applications.' 
                                                                                           By the time he's in his 40s and 50s and now earning high-six figures, the man is now ready to apply to a for-profit board, Leigh explains. 
                                                                                      There's more at the article. As I've said many times before, a meritocracy will only last for one generation.
                                                                                      • Related: "Unmasking the College-Admissions Fraud"--City Journal. According to the article: "The celebrity college-admissions cheating scandal has two clear takeaways:  an elite college degree has taken on wildly inflated importance in American society, and the sports-industrial complex enjoys wildly inflated power within universities." Also this: "America’s education problem is not that too few students are going to college, but that too many are. One easy solution to the college-debt crisis would be to stop encouraging so many people to go to college in the first place. Policymakers and philanthropists must start valorizing vocational training and hands-on work experience, instead of relentlessly trying to boost the number of university graduates."
                                                                                             The women made their own X-rated film as part of new Channel 4 documentary Mums Make Porn after being disgusted by the adult movies they found online.

                                                                                             The three-part series which starts tomorrow saw them direct and produce a video to create porn that is realistic and promotes positive attitudes towards sex.
                                                                                               Federal sources told the Miami Herald that the men will not be charged criminally, but are being debriefed. They told U.S. authorities they were on the island providing private security for a “businessman” doing work with the Haitian government.
                                                                                                The five American citizens, who returned on a commercial flight to Miami on Wednesday night and were met by U.S. law enforcement, did not have any scheduled appearances in Miami federal court.
                                                                                                  The U.S. Attorney’s Office referred calls to the State Department, which said only: “The return of the individuals to the U.S. was coordinated with the Haitian authorities.”
                                                                                              NPR original reported about the men:
                                                                                                The five Americans have been identified as Christopher Michael Osman, Kent Leland Kroeker, Christopher Mark McKinley, Dustin Porte and Talon Ray Burton. At least two of them are former Navy SEALs; another two also served in the U.S. military, and the fifth man has worked as a contractor with the Department of Homeland Security[.]
                                                                                                  See, this is what happens when you let those Navy guys be in charge.
                                                                                                           The quartzite makes up one half of a mountain on Anjouan island, a 400-square-mile island that is part of the Comoros Islands. Like the Hawaiian island chain, Anjouan formed due to volcanic eruptions, which makes the presence of quartzite on the island all the more interesting. “All those years, it has bothered me that I didn’t understand how those rocks got there,” Class told Live Science.
                                                                                                             The presence of quartzite is not the first non-volcanic rock to be found on the island, Live Science added. In the 1980s, there were “scattered outcroppings” of quartzite, but nothing like the discovery Class and her team found in September 2018.
                                                                                                              More information and study is needed to determine just how much quartzite is on the island, as well as determine where it came from. One explanation has been continental and tectonic plate drift, but the chemistry of the volcanic rocks on the island don’t correspond with any association of a continental crust, Live Science added.
                                                                                                          The U.S. Air Force has revealed that it is working to turn the U.S. Navy’ s Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range, or AARGM-ER, into a fast-flying strike weapon that its F-35A Joint Strike Fighters will be able to use against a variety of time-sensitive targets. This is something that The War Zone had thought would be the case based on previous information about this program. The new missile would give those stealthy jets, as well as other aircraft in the future, an important tool for quickly knocking down anti-access and area denial threats, as well as destroying pop-up targets on short notice.
                                                                                                                   ... “The target environment includes Theater Ballistic Missile Launchers, Land Attack and Anti-Ship Cruise Missile Launchers, GPS Jammers, Anti-Satellite Systems, and Integrated Air Defense Systems.”
                                                                                                              Although based on an existing system, the new missile will be able to fly farther and faster.

                                                                                                              Monday, March 18, 2019

                                                                                                              March 18, 2019 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

                                                                                                              A comparison between features of the standard M9 and the M9A3.

                                                                                                              • "300 Blackout Versus 7.62×39"--The Captain's Journal. Herschel writes: "Nothing particularly appeals to me about either cartridge, but if you’re into one or the other, or both, it would seem that the sweet spot is 110-gr BO, with the best accuracy coupled with about the highest muzzle velocity." I like the Hornady 110 grain V-Max.
                                                                                                              • "CD3WD"--Blue Collar Prepping. Back in the days when survivalists were concerned of global nuclear war, maintaining or rebuilding civilization seemed a bigger concern that with the newer prepper community. But I do see a budding of more interest in that topic. The author of this piece notes that there used to be a project "called CD3WD, short for 'Compact Disk of 3rd World Data,' and the project ended up with slightly more than could be fit onto a single CD." The project went down years ago. The author, however, found a link to an archive of the material, as well as a bunch more resources, at the Autarky Library. You can also download the core of the CD3WD at or view it online at this siteSee also this site.
                                                                                                              • "Confident CCW: Overcoming Obstacles to Effective EDC"--Shooting Illustrated. The author notes that most people that have a concealed carry license don't regularly carry a firearm. Some of this might be because where they work doesn't allow firearms, but the author suggests that some of it might be due to other issues such as lack of knowledge of the law concerning where you can legally carry and lack of knowledge of the law on the use of deadly force. The author next turns to the "how" of concealed carry:
                                                                                                                        After you have hurdled the law, the next obstacle to overcome is the “how.” Some folks I have talked with did not feel comfortable, because they felt as though they didn’t know how to safely carry concealed. You might be comfortable shooting a handgun, but not so much carrying it on your person. It is normal to be a little nervous the first few times. Once you have some carrying experience your nervousness will begin to subside. The other problem for some is how to practice. While there are some great video resources, none of them will replace quality instruction from a certified instructor. They can help answer questions from how to choose a handgun as well as suggest where to carry on the body. If you were to take a step back and look at the industry from the eyes of someone new it can be overwhelming. Just remember, you will get what you pay for watching online resources.
                                                                                                                          With a little guidance, you will find a combination of handgun and holster to fit your needs. A little trick I recommend to new students is practicing in your home with an unloaded handgun or inert replica. It might sound a little silly, but in the sanctity of your home the nervousness will begin to subside. If you like the idea of practicing in your own home then start by learning how to unload and clear your handgun. Double-check to make sure it is unloaded. Practice for short intervals at first, gradually working up to a full day or weekend. 
                                                                                                                           At first it may feel awkward, but with time it will become less, eventually leading to your new norm. Remember, this is new to you, so take it slow. Once you get comfortable carrying in your home, the next step is to practice your drawstroke. Again, double-check to make sure your handgun is unloaded and always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. I recommend practicing from an open condition first. Don’t jump right into a concealed drawstroke. Work your way through these progressions with safety in mind. 
                                                                                                                             The last obstacle we see has to do with the notion of changing the way you dress or having to buy a whole new wardrobe. Some have complained they needed specialized clothing to carry concealed. You really don’t or shouldn’t need customized clothing. A big part of this solution is in choosing a gun ideally suited for concealment. While size is important, you want to make sure you can handle the gun safely and shoot it well. I try to encourage my students to live their life, but be armed as they see fit. My recommendation, particularly in the beginning is to go with some simple concealment techniques.
                                                                                                                        Read the whole thing.
                                                                                                                          I’m sure you’ve read the old joke about people asking park rangers what to do about bears.  The rangers told them to have pepper spray and wear bells on their clothes.  The bears would hear the bells and give them a wide berth, but if not, the pepper spray would dissuade the bears from attacking.  The people asked the park rangers when they would know they were in bear country.  The rangers told them, “You’ll see piles of bear scat that has bells in it and smells like pepper…”
                                                                                                                          • Related: "Loaded for Bear: Is 10mm Sufficient?"--Loudout Room. The author relates that the general advice for a gun for protection against bears is that "[t]he round needs to be able to penetrate and crush through 3 feet of hide, fat, muscle and bone." The author concedes that the 10 mm (which has between half and 2/3 of the energy of a .44 Magnum depending on the loads) can be effective for black bear, but for 600 lbs or more of grizzly or brown bear, the author considers .44 Magnum to be the minimum.
                                                                                                                          • Related: "When Bears Attack — Top Sidearms to Carry in Bear Country"--Guns America Digest. The author notes that smaller or less powerful cartridges can be effective with a dense bullet providing deep penetration. However, he prefers a modern revolver in .45 Colt, and notes that most guides in grizzly or brown bear country recommend .44 Magnum or larger.
                                                                                                                          • Related: "Big boomer guns"--Massad Ayoob at Backwoods Home Magazine. Ayoob writes about his favorite big-bore shotguns, rifles, and handguns for shooting or hunting. He notes that with steel or bismuth shot and hunting water fowl, bigger is better, so a 10 gauge may be useful. Similarly, the largest game needs larger bore magnum and express rifles. As for handguns:
                                                                                                                          It is probably here, more than anywhere south of Alaska, where Macho Monster Magnum guns come into their own for practical value, if you live in the backwoods. I’ve bought and shot such hefty handguns as the .454 Casull, and the .500 Magnum and .460 Magnum revolvers from Smith & Wesson. Truth to tell, though, for outdoors use, I’m happy with the .44 Magnum. In a lifetime of shooting, I haven’t seen anything that will stand up to a 320 grain SSK bullet from a four-inch barrel Smith & Wesson .44 Mag.
                                                                                                                          • Related: "WILDERNESS CARRY: THE RIGHT HANDGUN FOR THE JOB"--Gun World Magazine. This article goes more in the nuances of what pistol is appropriate for your outdoor adventure, which largely depends on what you can expect to encounter. For instance, ".22 LR makes for perfect carry guns when you are out to dispatch porcupines or squirrels." If backpacking, the author likes his ".45 ACP, but a .38 Special, .40 S&W, 9mm or even a .380 ACP will take care of coyotes and two-legged attackers if the need arises." For hunting larger game (deer size or larger), the author notes that .357 Magnum or .44 Magnum is useful both for having to put a wounded animal down if you have to track it into brush, or for defense against predators that might be attracted by the blood or carcass. 
                                                                                                                          • Related: "Flood Survival 101"--The Survivalist Blog. The author raises and discusses four points on surviving floods: (1) Know the specific flood threat in your area, including whether you live on a flood plain or are downstream of damn; (2) Identify Safe Areas; (3) Understand the signs and warnings of flooding (especially flash flooding); and (4) Find, map and practice evac routes. FEMA's Flood Map Service Center can assist you in determining whether you live on a flood plain. Also, have a NOAA weather alert radio and pay attention to news sources. I would also note that along major rivers which are bound by levees or dikes, it is not uncommon for a levee or dike to be breached in a rural area of the river in order to protect cities from being flooded.

                                                                                                                          "How Well Do Scientists Understand Global Warming?"--America Uncovered" (17 min.).
                                                                                                                          Not very well.
                                                                                                                                    A gunman has opened fire inside a tram and at several other locations in the Dutch city of Utrecht, authorities say.
                                                                                                                                     Several people have been injured and one is feared to have died, media reports say.
                                                                                                                                       Police say the gunman is still at large. Trains and trams have stopped running and schools have been asked to keep their doors closed.
                                                                                                                                        Counter-terrorism police reportedly say the shooting "appears to be a terrorist attack".
                                                                                                                                         Dutch anti-terrorism co-ordinator Pieter-Jaap Aalbersberg said all efforts were now focused on catching the gunman. He also said there could be more than one perpetrator.
                                                                                                                                  • Speaking of suppression of speech:
                                                                                                                                    This is exactly what Tarrant hoped would happen. In you are interested, this article has links to the video and manifesto that were still working as of yesterday
                                                                                                                                    • "Christchurch"--L'Ombre de l'Olivier (h/t Instapundit). The author of this piece, Francis Turner, spends the first part of his article on tips to survive a mass shooting like what happened in Christchurch, but then delves into the shooter's motives and his hope to widen dissension and polarization within the West and methods to prevent a recurrence. Turner is not hopeful, however:
                                                                                                                                      The better, longer term solution, of course is to create an environment where people don’t want to become terrorists. That’s an area where I’m about 99% sure the current political leadership is going to utterly fail. In fact I strongly expect that they will enact measures that end up inspiring more terrorism because their actions will show a problematic double standard where “right-wing” “white supremacist” terror is treated in a totally different way to islamic or “antifa” terror. That will inspire the islamicists and “antifa” crowd because they will think they can get away with it and it will foster grievances amongst those drawn to the “white supremacist” side of the house.
                                                                                                                                      • If it weren't for double-standards, the media wouldn't have standards at all: "Media Gorges Itself on Hatred While Ignoring Atrocities"--American Greatness. From the article:
                                                                                                                                        •         On a day in March, more than 40 members of a religious minority were targeted for their faith and murdered. I don’t mean the Mosque shooting in New Zealand, but the massacre of Christians in Nigeria, about which the American media was altogether unconcerned. 
                                                                                                                                                 In the wake of the New Zealand shooting, however, New York Times “reporter” Patrick Kingsley could barely contain his glee. The New Zealand shooter, a self-described fascist, provided Kingsley with ammunition to charge President Trump, Italian Interior Minister Matteo Salvini, and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban with aiding and abetting the “Global Reach of White Extremism.” The shooter, wrote Kingsley, “highlights the contagious ways in which extreme right ideology and violence have spread in the 21st century.” Trump, Orban, Salvini, and all those who dare speak their name but to spite them, own this shooting so far as Kingsley is concerned.
                                                                                                                                                 A search for “Nigeria” in the Times’ archives shows that no ink has been spilled in the columns of this, America’s “newspaper of record,” for the Christians facing extermination at the hands of Muslims in that country. This is odd, isn’t it?
                                                                                                                                                Local reports from Nigeria state that 35 people were killed on March 10 during an attack on Anguwan Barde. The next day, authorities estimate that 46 people were murdered in the village of Anguwan Gamu. Around 100 homes were razed. The bodies of a minister and his wife were found mutilated, floating in a river. All in all, more than 130 people were killed during one week in February, which suggests a plan to “wipe out certain communities”; namely, Christians, a minority group.
                                                                                                                                                 To be sure, the New Zealand shooting is an atrocity. But to claim, as Kingsley does, that it is indicative of some kind global spread of white extremism of concern to Americans must mean the lack of reporting on the worldwide massacre of Christians, mostly by Muslims, is a serious moral and ethical failure. Unless, of course, our concern is only reserved for particular forms of extremism.
                                                                                                                                        Pareto is best known to us for the Pareto Principle.  As the story goes, Pareto was in the midst of trying to figure out what laws governed the distribution of wealth, and had pulled together historical economic records from all around Italy.  Now, modern Italian record-keeping is on a par with modern Italian engineering – I mean, has anyone ever been able to keep the oil on the inside of an Italian engine?  But the story goes that while working on this economic problem, Pareto was messing around with the peas in his garden and noticed that 20% of the pea plants produced 80% of the peas.
                                                                                                                                        Read the whole thing.
                                                                                                                                        • Laws are for the little people: "EPSTEIN-ACOSTA DEAL WAS EVEN SWEETER THAN WE THOUGHT"--Powerline. Even though Epstein's solicitation of a 14-year old was what set off the investigation into his provisioning of young teens to the rich and powerful, his plea deal was only to two (2) prostitution charges, and only one of those involved a minor (a 16 year old). Consequently, Epstein does not have to register as a sex offender in New Mexico where he owns a ranch, or in the Virgin Islands where his estate is located.
                                                                                                                                        The most destructive and pervasive myth in America today is that we live in a meritocracy. Our elites, so the myth goes, earned their places at Yale and Harvard, on Wall Street and in Washington—not because of the accident of their birth, but because they are better, stronger, and smarter than the rest of us. Therefore, they think, they’ve “earned” their places in the halls of power and “deserve” to lead.
                                                                                                                                                 The measure, which now heads to Gov. J.B. Pritzker's (D) desk for a signature, requires schools to include "the role and contributions of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in the history of this country and this State" in official textbooks.
                                                                                                                                                  Supporters of the rule say the measure is intended to reduce anti-LGBT bullying in schools by teaching students about the historical place of LGBT figures in American society.
                                                                                                                                            Note: Pervert means "alter (something) from its original course, meaning, or state to a distortion or corruption of what was first intended."
                                                                                                                                                      Defense officials want to test a neutral particle-beam in orbit in fiscal 2023 as part of a ramped-up effort to explore various types of space-based weaponry. They’ve asked for $304 million in the 2020 budget to develop such beams, more powerful lasers, and other new tech for next-generation missile defense. Such weapons are needed, they say, to counter new missiles from China, Russia, North Korea and Iran. But just figuring out what might work is a difficult technical challenge.
                                                                                                                                                       So the Pentagon is undertaking two studies. The first is a $15 million exploration of whether satellites outfitted with lasers might be able to disable enemy missiles coming off the launch pad. Defense officials have said previously that these lasers would need to be in the megawatt class. They expect to finish the study within six months.
                                                                                                                                                        They’re also pouring money into a study of space-based neutral particle beams, a different form of directed energy that disrupts missiles with streams of subatomic particles traveling close to light speed — as opposed to lasers, whose photons travel at light speed.

                                                                                                                                                  Sunday, March 17, 2019

                                                                                                                                                  Sunday Medley of Videos

                                                                                                                                                  Some videos that have caught my interest:

                                                                                                                                                  "Electrodynamic GeoSpace Action"--Suspicious Observers (3 min.)
                                                                                                                                                  An overview of some of the major electrical currents associated with solar activity.

                                                                                                                                                  "Hubristic Globalism Has Failed"--Classiarius (5-1/2 min.)

                                                                                                                                                  "Brenton Tarrant, Acceleration & Collapse"--Blonde In The Belly Of The Beast (16 min.)
                                                                                                                                                  Tarrant's plan depended on politicians, media, and the social media companies acting reflexively and true to form. His plan is succeeding.

                                                                                                                                                  Saturday, March 16, 2019

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

                                                                                                                                                  "Are WE on the Wrong Side of History??"--Warrior Poet Society (4 min.)
                                                                                                                                                  John Lovell predicts that future generations will look back on our culture's widespread practice of abortion much like we look back on the Holocaust. 
                                                                                                                                                  • Remember to go check out this week's Weekend Knowledge Dump from Greg Ellifritz. First off, I would like to say thank you to Mr. Ellifritz for his shout-out about my humble blog. Mr. Ellifritz always has a good selection of articles and videos which he cites and comments about, but there are a few that I want to especially point out. First, he links to an article entitled "Hard Lessons: Urban Survival," which is a great article for anyone planning on bugging-in in an urban environment. It will, however, crush many of your preconceptions of surviving in an urban environment, at least if the collapse resembles what has already happened to the ghettos of the United States. He also cites to a couple article that puncture myths about what are the most important skills for the concealed carrier ("CCW Training: Are We Practicing the Wrong Skills?" and "Meta : Critical Skills and Goals for Personal Protection." The latter is particularly good. Finally, just because I'm a revolver aficionado, check out "Rediscovering the Wheel: Revolver Drills To Improve Shooting." Many of the drills will help out those of you that use a semi-auto, as well.
                                                                                                                                                  • I was saddened to hear that the Baugo Blades website will be closing down on April 12. They have long been a supporter of this blog, and I really appreciate it. Baugo Blades not only had articles on wilderness survival and prepping, but they sold elderberry starts and a survival knife called the Forager's camp knife, designed for use for the forager and camper as a heavy duty blade for tasks such as cutting and batoning, prying apart things, and digging up roots or edibles. They are having a closeout sale with significant drops in prices, so be sure the check them out.
                                                                                                                                                  • Sparks31 has moved to a new blog/site called "Outland Tek Musings."
                                                                                                                                                  • "The Golden Age of Tactical Shotguns"--Shooting Illustrated. In 1999, Timothy J. Mullin published his book, "The Fighting Submachine Gun, Machine Pistol, and Shotgun: A Hands-on Evaluation" (Amazon link). Unfortunately, the book is out of print, and even used copies can be pricey. Most of the book is devoted to the SMG, but Mullin does discuss the use of shotguns for a military role, lamenting the lack of development and that most "military" shotguns are simply gussied up civilian hunting shotguns. This article, however, notes that the last several years have seen some significant developments in shotguns intended for tactical roles. Of course, the article mentions the Kel-Tek KSG and UTAS UTS-15 bullpup shotguns released in 2011 and 2012, respectively. Kel-Tek has continued to improve its design, and now offers several models of the KSG with different features, barrel and magazine tube lengths and, most recently, a model featuring a single magazine tube. In 2016, we saw Mossberg and Remington releasing their Shockwave and Tac-14 "firearms" that featured 14-inch barrels and a pistol grip. Although many decried these designs as a solution in search of a problem, they can fill certain tactical roles--especially if fitted with a laser sight. Mossberg and Remington have also released versions of their pump-shotguns and Shockwave/Tac-14 firearms that take detachable box magazines, allowing for quick reloading of the weapons. More recently, Remington has released their Tac-13, which is a semi-auto short barrel "not-a-shotgun". And, while unmentioned in the article, there are a number of other box-magazine fed semi-auto shotguns that have hit the market. 
                                                                                                                                                  • "Concealed Carry Corner: Concealed Carry At Home"--The Firearm Blog. A discussion of why you should carry at home, including some videos and news stories about violent criminal attacks on people at their homes.
                                                                                                                                                  • Another reason to use revolvers: "A NEW METHOD OF DNA TESTING COULD SOLVE MORE SHOOTINGS"--Wired. An excerpt:
                                                                                                                                                              Previously, to get DNA off of shell casings, the lab would moisten a cotton swab and rub it over the metal. But their success rate was less than 1 percent. This was proving to be a problem for many cities across the country struggling to solve shootings and homicides. Police often find that shell casings they collect from a crime scene are their most valuable evidence. Ballistic testing can offer clues about what kind of gun was used and, sometimes, whether that same gun was used in another crime. But the casings seldom yielded fruitful DNA results, and the San Diego Police Department, like many others, had stopped doing that kind of test.
                                                                                                                                                               Until 2014. That’s when DNA scientist Shawn Monpetit of the San Diego Police began researching the subject and found a 2011 Netherlands study in which scientists recovered DNA from about a quarter of the casings they tested using a new method. This new technique required scientists to soak the casings for about half an hour in tubes filled with a cocktail of chemicals that break open cells and release DNA so it can then be isolated and tested. “Think of it like soaking your dishes,” said Kristin Beyers, one of the lab’s supervising criminalists.
                                                                                                                                                                 In a rare move, the San Diego Police Department agreed to fund its own study in 2014. Ten cops and lab workers were enlisted to use ammunition the way a criminal might: They carried some around in their pockets and took some straight out of a package before loading it into a gun and firing. When the scientists ultimately tested the roughly 800 casings they collected, swabbing half using the traditional method and soaking the other half, the lab got “interpretable” DNA samples off about 34 percent of the soaked samples. They published their study in a peer-reviewed academic journal, Forensic Science International, and the San Diego Police Department began using it in 2014—around the same time they tested the evidence in the Gregory Benton murder case.
                                                                                                                                                        • "Storage Options in a Small House: Doors as a Storage Space?"--hook racks that slip over the top of doors. Also consider other space savers that fit over doors: my wife, for instances, hangs from the inside of our bedroom door a storage system in which she stores supplies that she uses for sewing. I've also seen back-of-the-door systems for storing shoes or other items.
                                                                                                                                                        Roughly 100 miles off the West Coast, running from Mendocino, California, to Canada’s Vancouver Island, lurks the Cascadia Subduction Zone, where the Juan de Fuca Plate is sliding beneath the North American Plate, creating the conditions for a megathrust quake 30 times stronger than the worst-case scenario along the notorious San Andreas, and 1,000 times stronger than the earthquake that killed 100,000 Haitians in 2010. Shockwaves will unleash more destructive force against the United States and Canada than anything short of nuclear war, a giant asteroid strike, or a civilization-threatening super-volcano.
                                                                                                                                                        When it happens, the earth will slip by roughly 60 feet along a rupture zone more than 600 miles long, unzipping the sea floor at roughly two miles per second and convulsing the West Coast for as long as five minutes. Bridges will fall. Wet soil will liquefy. Brick and masonry buildings will shatter. Skyscrapers built before modern earthquake codes may topple. City centers in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver will be buried beneath glass shards and rubble. Everything underground—water mains, natural gas pipes—will be crushed. Land that has bulged upward from tectonic pressure for the past 300 or so years will collapse to baseline, permanently altering the topography and plunging low-lying coastal areas into the ocean. The inland Cascade Mountains will knock the knees out from under the earthquake, but numerous landslides will occur, especially on roads built with a “cut and fill” method, where flat slabs get cut out of rock walls and smoothed over with soft fill. Just a few minutes after the quake finally stops, the second hammer blow will strike. Tsunami waves up to 50 feet high will rip the face of the coastal region clean off the map, pulverizing everything and killing everyone in their path.
                                                                                                                                                                  Other evidence, which, Kennett noted, is consistent with previous and ongoing documentation of the region by Chilean scientists, pointed to a “very large environmental disruption at about 40 degrees south.” These included a large biomass burning event evidenced by, among other things, micro-charcoal and signs of burning in pollen samples collected at the impact layer. “It’s by far the biggest burn event in this region we see in the record that spans thousands of years,” Kennett said. Furthermore, he went on, the burning coincides with the timing of major YDB-related burning events in North America and western Europe.
                                                                                                                                                                   The sedimentary layers at Pilauco contain a valuable record of pollen and seeds that show change in character of regional vegetation — evidence of a shifting climate. However, in contrast to the Northern Hemisphere, where conditions became colder and wetter at the onset of the Younger Dryas, the opposite occurred in the Southern Hemisphere.
                                                                                                                                                                     “The plant assemblages indicate that there was an abrupt and major shift in the vegetation from wet, cold conditions at Pilauco to warm, dry conditions,” Kennett said. According to him, the atmospheric zonal climatic belts shifted “like a seesaw,” with a synergistic mechanism, bringing warming to the Southern Hemisphere even as the Northern Hemisphere experienced cooling and expanding sea ice. The rapidity — within a few years —  with which the climate shifted is best attributed to impact-related shifts in atmospheric systems, rather than to the slower oceanic processes, Kennett said.
                                                                                                                                                                      Meanwhile, the impact with its associated major environmental effects, including burning, is thought to have contributed to the extinction of local South American Pleistocene megafauna — including giant ground sloths, sabretooth cats, mammoths and elephant-like gomphotheres — as well as the termination of the culture similar to the Clovis culture in the north, he added. The amount of bones, artifacts and megafauna-associated fungi that were relatively abundant in the soil at the Pilauco site declined precipitously at the impact layer, indicating a major local disruption.

                                                                                                                                                                "True Facts: The Bolas Spider"--ZeFrank1 (4 min.)
                                                                                                                                                                Some humor to lighten your day.
                                                                                                                                                                • Gun control in action: While the media (including the NY Times article above) make is seem as though New Zealand had little restrictions in the way of gun control, Wikipedia indicates that
                                                                                                                                                                Gun licenses are issued at the discretion of the police in New Zealand provided the police consider the person to be of good standing and without criminal, psychiatric or drug issues as well as meeting other conditions such as having suitable storage facilities. Several different categories of licenses are permitted, with the lowest one permitting access to restricted semi-automatic rifles and shotguns, with limited capacity, while the higher levels which permit fully automatic weaponry and pistols are rarely issued to civilians. 
                                                                                                                                                                (Underline added). Tarrant apparently used two AR-15 style rifles (bizarrely painted with messages) and two pump-action shotguns which he legally obtained under a license issued to him. This both indicates the failure of gun control laws to be able to stop mass killings, but also indicates a failure of psychology as a means of detecting mass killers before the fact. What this means for the success of "red-flag" laws should be obvious. The New Zealand prime-minister has promised to double down on stupid by passing even more restrictive gun laws.
                                                                                                                                                                • When seconds count, the police are minutes away: In this case, 36 minutes. The commander of the local police force maintains that this was “an incredibly fast response time,” and "I am very happy with the response of our staff.”
                                                                                                                                                                • Diversity + Proximity = War: The best treatment I have seen of this in the media is Rod Dreher's article, "Radicalization & Degeneration" which discusses some of the main points from Tarrant's manifesto. Per the manifesto, Tarrant became radicalized after traveling to Europe and seeing the impact of the depopulation and replacement of Europeans by Muslims, and, in particular, the April 7, 2017, terrorist attack in Stockholm in which a little girl, Ebba Akerlund dead. Dreher observed, at this points:
                                                                                                                                                                Here’s the chilling part: Everything Tarrant identifies as qualities of a disintegrating Western civilization is true. You may think that declining numbers of ethnic Europeans is a good thing, or something that has no particular moral meaning. But it really is happening. So are all the rest.
                                                                                                                                                                       Tarrant's goals for his shooting was not only revenge against Muslims for the crimes inflicted on Europe and Europeans, but to also help propel the degenerate West into its collapse. For instance, he specifically noted that he hoped that his attack would influence politicians in the United States into confiscating firearms and spark a civil war. Another article explains:
                                                                                                                                                                        A secondary goal was to goad individuals on the Left into pushing for gun control. He says he chose to use guns in order to push precisely that agenda in order to “create conflict between the two ideologies within the United States.” He believes if the Left can be pushed into trying to weaken Second Amendment rights this will splinter the country, resulting in “a civil war that will eventually balkanize the US along political, cultural and, most importantly, racial lines.”
                                                                                                                                                                          He wants Americans divided and wanted to use his armed attack as a way of doing this. By pitting the nation against itself he claimed the result would be “racial separation of the people within the United States ensuring the future of the White race on the North American continent, but also ensuring the death of the ‘melting pot’ pipe dream.”
                                                                                                                                                                           In his manifesto he said he had various choices of weapons but chose guns because anti-Second Amendment activists would assure his crime got extra media attention. He hoped to pressure them to “seek to abolish the second amendment” in order to rip the country apart. In a part where he asks himself question he asked: “Won’t your attack result in calls for the removal of gun rights from Whites in the United States?” His answer: “Yes, that is the plan all along…”
                                                                                                                                                                            Getting back to Dreher, he warns that there will be more like Tarrant, writing that "what Tarrant did, and what the Islamist terrorists do, intersect insofar as they are responses to the profound displacement of peoples and traditions in the modern world." Also:
                                                                                                                                                                    It seems clear to me that it in no way requires one to endorse Tarrant’s vile crimes to recognize that like splitting the atom, the unwinding of Western civilization is going to release some extreme energies. It already is. It is simply bizarre to think that all Europeans are going to acquiesce gently in the overwhelming of their nations by immigrants in this century. Most will, I think, but it is reasonable to expect that more and more violent fanatics like Tarrant and his hero Anders Breivik will arise. I believe we should take Tarrant seriously when he says that what radicalized him most of all was traveling to Europe and seeing with his own eyes the withering away of the continent’s ancient peoples. His way of responding to it is demonic — but what he is responding to is real. 
                                                                                                                                                                    Read the whole thing.
                                                                                                                                                                    • "White men are evil" and Trump Derangement Syndrome: The main stream media is taking their typical shallow approach to this issue. First, without any analysis, they conclude that Tarrant was a "white supremacist," and suggesting that "white supremacists" are the greatest terrorist threats facing the West. Just keep ignoring 9/11! More strange, in my view are the completely unwarranted attacks on Trump, including his statement that there are only a small number of "white supremacist" terrorists and accusations that his hard stance on immigration somehow caused the attack.
                                                                                                                                                                    • Suppression of Speech: I have no doubt that this incident, as well as Tarrant's motivations, will be used to demonize and suppress speech critical of immigration or Islamification of the West. This will confirm Tarrant's thesis in the minds of many.
                                                                                                                                                                    • Speaking of corruption: "Bill Clinton, Loretta Lynch Tarmac Meeting Reemerges After Lisa Page Bombshell"--Neon Nettle. With the leak of Lisa Page's testimony that the Department of Justice instructed the FBI to not pursue charges against Hillary for her mishandling of classified information, it raises once again the issue of what was discussed between Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton at the infamous Arizona meeting on an airport tarmac. It also raises the prospect that Lynch may not have been telling the truth when she said that she would accept the FBI's recommendations as to whether to charge Hillary Clinton.
                                                                                                                                                                              Infectious diseases—some that ravaged populations in the Middle Ages—are resurging in California and around the country, and are hitting homeless populations especially hard.
                                                                                                                                                                              Los Angeles recently experienced an outbreak of typhus—a disease spread by infected fleas on rats and other animals—in downtown streets. Officials briefly closed part of City Hall after reporting that rodents had invaded the building.
                                                                                                                                                                                 People in Washington State have been infected with Shigella bacteria, which is spread through feces and causes the diarrheal disease shigellosis, as well as Bartonella quintana, or trench fever, which spreads through body lice.*
                                                                                                                                                                                   Hepatitis A, also spread primarily through feces, infected more than 1,000 people in Southern California in the past two years. The disease also has erupted in New Mexico, Ohio, and Kentucky, primarily among people who are homeless or use drugs.
                                                                                                                                                                                    Public-health officials and politicians are using terms like disaster and public-health crisis to describe the outbreaks, and they are warning that these diseases can easily jump beyond the homeless population.
                                                                                                                                                                                      In all but one of the last seven presidential elections, Republicans lost the popular vote. George W. Bush and Donald Trump won only by capturing narrow majorities in the Electoral College.
                                                                                                                                                                                       Hence the grand strategy of the left: to enlarge and alter the U.S. electorate so as to put victory as far out of reach for national Republicans as it is today for California Republicans, and to convert the GOP into America’s permanent minority party.
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Related: "National Data | Legal Immigration—The Bigger Problem"--VDare Magazine. The author notes that the 1990 immigration law "capped" legal immigration at 700,000 persons a year, but, in reality, with all the exemptions built into the system allowing immigrants to bring in their families, excepting refugees from the limit, and the anchor baby phenomena, the true number is much higher. For instance, the article notes that 1,266,264 people were granted legal permanent resident status in 2006. And who knows how many illegal immigrants enter the country each year. One 2006 study believed that 500,000 illegals enter the U.S. each year.
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Related: "Exclusive–Mo Brooks: ‘Masters of the Universe’ Want More Immigration to ‘Decrease Incomes of Americans’"--Breitbart. According to the article, Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) said in an interview that "recent demands to increase the number of foreign workers coming to the U.S. to compete against American citizens for jobs is merely an effort by corporations to deplete the earnings of Americans," and that "Democrats support for mass legal immigration is centered on the premise that increasing the number of foreign workers in the U.S. will decrease Americans’ wages, thus forcing many into poverty and becoming welfare recipients. This, Brooks said, is how Democrats create a permanent dependent class of Democrat voters."
                                                                                                                                                                                  • Then and now ... 
                                                                                                                                                                                             [China's] flagship telecommunications firm Huawei spends $20 billion a year on R&D and now leads the world in fifth generation (5G) broadband. With download speeds perhaps 2,500 times as fast as 4G LTE broadband, 5G makes possible an entire range of new technologies: robotic controls that communicate with each other, highly-coordinated drone swarms, driverless cars, augmented reality, big data processing, and many others.
                                                                                                                                                                                            No American company offers 5G systems. Two Scandinavian companies, Nokia and Ericsson, offer a costlier and inferior alternative, by all accounts (Huawei's R&D spending is double their combined budget). The Trump administration has demanded that our allies keep Huawei out of 5G rollout, without success. Germany's Economics Minister Peter Altmaier has warned that excluding Huawei would delay 5G rollout by years and add billions to the cost. The dust hasn't settled, but the likely outcome seems to be a lot of egg on our face and a lot of sales by Huawei.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Dubbed "Spoiler," the technique is able to determine how virtual and physical memory is related to each other, by measuring the timing of speculative load and store operations performed by the processor, reports The Register. By spotting discrepancies in the timing, it is possible for an attacker to determine the memory layout, and in turn know areas to attack. 
                                                                                                                                                                                                  "The root cause of the issue is that the memory operations execute speculatively and the processor resolves the dependency when the full physical address bits are available," researcher Daniel Moghimi advised to the report. "Physical address bits are security sensitive information and if they are available to user space, it elevates the user to perform other micro architectural attacks."