- Update: "Mob burns Venezuelan man alive over $5 as justice fails"--AP. Loss of the rule of law:
The mob didn't know at first what Roberto Bernal had done, but he was running and that was enough.
Dozens of men loitering on the sidewalk next to a supermarket kicked and punched the 42-year-old until he was bloodied and semi-conscious. After all, they had been robbed of cell phones, wallets and motorcycles over the years, and thought Bernal had a criminal's face.
Then a stooped, white-haired man trailing behind told them he'd been mugged.
The mob went through Bernal's pockets and handed a wad of bills to the old man: The equivalent of $5. They doused Bernal's head and chest in gasoline and flicked a lighter. And they stood back as he burned alive.
"We wanted to teach this man a lesson," said Eduardo Mijares, 29. "We're tired of being robbed every time we go into the street, and the police do nothing."
Vigilante violence against people accused of stealing has become commonplace in this crime-ridden country of 30 million, once one of the richest and safest in Latin America. The revenge attacks underscore how far Venezuela has fallen, with the lights flickering out daily, and food shortages fueling supermarket lines that snake around for blocks.
The ebbing price of oil has laid bare years of mismanagement. The economy is unraveling, and with it, the social fabric.
- "Crisis in Venezuela Reaches Apocalyptic Proportions"--Breitbart. "News reports have surfaced of people having to eat their own pets in order to survive, due to a lack of food in the country."
- "Breitbart Uses The 'A' Word To Describe Venezuela"--Anonymous Conservative. AC discusses the foregoing Breitbart article, and comments:
Three, think how much denser the populations are in our cities, how much more food needs to be shuttled in along predictable routes, how far more heavily armed we are, and how much more hogtied our police are by the leftist idiots. Imagine the massive disparity in the violence-capability of a leftist hipster, and your average street gang. I even think about how dependent our food supply is on the complex distribution machinery of Big Agra to get fertilizer, weed killer, insecticides, fungicides, medicaments, and all the other requirements of today’s big agra operations. People who don’t raise living things in incredibly high densities have no idea how quickly everything can die, if not propped up by a plethora of modern scientific marvels at every step. What will happen in the first few months if Big Agra goes bankrupt and shuts down operations?
- "Venezuela Implodes"--The Diplomad. He writes:
Simply put, however, the Venezuelan economy has disappeared. There is not even enough money to pay for the printing of money--the ultimate triumph of socialism. Mass starvation and riots loom as it is now apparent to all but the most fanatical chavista, that Venezuela's fabulous oil wealth has been squandered by corruption, mismanagement, and, above all, by the consequences of the belief that trust in government is the solution to life's problems. The Venezuelans are discovering what millions of others have: let your liberty get taken away in exchange for promises of safety and porridge, and you will end up with neither liberty, safety nor porridge.
- "Hundreds Of Families Missing As Landslides Crush 3 Villages In Sri Lanka"--NPR. This was yesterday.
- "Is this the wreckage of Flight MS804? Images emerge as debris from EgyptAir jet is found off Greek island after it went into 'sharp spin' and fell 22,000ft in what was 'almost certainly a terror attack'"--Daily Mail. The plane was flying from Paris to Egypt. There are reported to have been 56 passengers on board. This may spell the doom of tourism to Egypt.
- "Ecuador hit by two new earthquakes one month after major quake killed hundreds"--Sydney Morning Herald. Another story from yesterday.
- "La Niña is coming! Forecasts reveal massive pool of deep water moving across the Pacific could cause fall weather chaos"--Daily Mail.
- Update: Is the Machine about to go live? "New Surveillance System May Let Cops Use All of the Cameras"--Wired. The television program Person of Interest seems less fictional everyday.
- Everything old is new again: "US Army Approves M3 Carl Gustav Recoilless Rifle for General Use"--The Firearms Blog.
- "Review: RMS Glock Gen 4 Guide Rod by Advance Dynamic Systems"--The Firearms Blog. A review of a guide rod that is supposed to soften recoil by drawing out the recoil impulse. It seems primarily aimed at the competition market and a design problem spotted by the reviewer appears to make it unsuited for use in a self-defense or survival gun.
- "Migrant Gang Crime Soars"--Breitbart UK. "Gangs of migrants have increased the number of home invasions in Germany according to the head of the Federal Criminal Police (BKA),Holger Münch, who said: 'The number of identified foreign suspects has risen sharply, while the number of German perpetrators is steadily decreasing,' reports Junge Freiheit."
- "Warning on the next migrant onslaught: 800,000 line up to flee"--Pamela Geller. This is the estimated number queuing up to flee Libya.
- "North Korea and China’s Deteriorating Relationship"--American Interest. Quoting the Financial Times: "Mr Kim is popularly referred to in China as 'little fatty Kim' and even seasoned Chinese diplomats cannot hide their disdain for a man that ordinary North Koreans are required to revere as a god." A good thing for North Korea that it now has nuclear weapons that can be mounted on missiles that could strike most major Chinese cities.
- "Hailstorms, Wacky Weather Chilled Ancient Baghdad"--Live Science. From the article:
Domínguez-Castro and his colleagues collected and analyzed these documents and found that they revealed a pattern of increasing frequency of cold-weather events in the early 10th century. July A.D. 920 was unusually cold, perhaps because of a volcanic eruption, Domínguez-Castro said. It snowed in Baghdad in 908, 944 and 1007. The only snow in living memory in the city was in 2008.
The findings suggest that Iraq's climate was more prone to unusually chilly events than it is today.