Friday, June 17, 2016

June 17, 2016 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

Source: "Greek ruins, ancient and modern: One of these was built thousands of years ago, the other for 2004 Olympics - but can you tell which is which?"--Daily Mail.

The Big Lie in this case, stated by both FBI Director James Comey and President Obama is that Omar Mateen was a 'lone wolf' that 'self-radicalized over the Internet.' It is four days after the Pulse attack.  Omar Mateen spent 18 days in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in 2011 and 2012. There is no way that all the associates of Mateen in those two trips can be known in four days.  Nor what if any training or Islamist materials Mateen might have received on small items like USB drives while on those trips. 
Read the whole thing.
    But not one of the mass shootings since at least 2000, including Sunday’s, would’ve been stopped by these laws. Nor would renewing the federal “assault weapons” ban solve the problem; even research paid for by Bill Clinton’s administration found no evidence the ban reduced any type of crime.

      Just a couple of months ago, a young ISIS sympathizer planned a shooting at one of the largest churches in Detroit. An FBI wire recorded him explaining why he had picked the church as a target: “It’s easy, and a lot of people go there. Plus people are not allowed to carry guns in church. Plus it would make the news.”
      • "Zika mosquitoes are biting in America now — and we’re still not ready"--New York Post. A couple main points: (i) Zika is in the United States, and even if you are not in an area where the Zika carrying mosquitoes can be found, the disease can be transmitted by sex or even by "deep kissing"; (ii) more people are traveling to the U.S. for treatment, including those that cannot pay for treatment--under current law, hospitals must still treat these foreign patients, and if the child is born here, tax-payers may be on the hook for the rest of that child's life. On the latter point, the author writes:
      Anticipating public outrage, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is hiding the issue. The agency labels all Zika infections brought into the United States as “travel related” — lumping together Americans who caught it on a trip and migrants coming here for care.
      • "Hundreds are forced to evacuate and thousands more are at risk as raging wildfires burn through three states, as forecasters warn hot weekend weather could stoke the flames"--Daily Mail. Wildfires are dangerous. I cannot emphasize that point enough. And the time you may have to evacuate after receiving notice may be only a matter of a few minutes (as in, less than 10 minutes)--maybe even less. Keep copies of important documents (even if in electronic form) in a bug-out kit. These include not only property titles and birth certificates, but copies of property insurance policies (including the declaration pages) and medical insurance, the telephone number for your insurance agent and/or insurance company, contact information for family members, and so on. Keep other copies in a fire resistant safe or, at a minimum, wrapped up in a sealed plastic bag or container in a freezer. The reason I emphasize having access to insurance information is because if your home is damaged or destroyed in the fire, many home and fire policies may not only help you with replacement or repair of your home, but also temporary living expenses such as for a hotel or apartment until you can get back into your home. 

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