Friday, July 22, 2016

A Quick Run Around The Web -- July 22, 2016 (Updated)


Firearms/Self-Defense:
Just a reminder that one person's solution may not be ideal for you or someone else.

Europe Burns:

Other Stuff:
A massive fault could trigger a cataclysmic earthquake beneath Bangladesh, parts of east India and Myanmar, new research suggests.
    The hidden fault, which has been buried under miles of river sediment, could release an earthquake of magnitude 8.2 to 9.0 in one of the most densely populated regions of the world, the study found. And because researchers discovered the system relatively recently, they have no estimates for when such a megaquake could occur.
      Turkey’s Kurdish citizens continue to have three or four children while ethnic Turks have fewer than two. By the early 2040s, most of Turkey’s young people will come from Kurdish-speaking homes. The Kurdish-majority Southeast inevitably will break away. Erdogan’s hapless battle against the inevitable motivates the sometimes bewildering twists and turns of Turkish policy.
        It is true that the promises have been over generous and that the current taxation and reserves to pay for them too little but the system is underpinned by the full financial might of the US Government. And if we’re about to worry about the solvency of that then we’ve all got much greater problems than whether pensions continue to be paid. The true point is that the Federal government has taxing rights on the entirety of the US economy. The question is not whether there’s enough they can raise from that to pay the bills due, it’s whether they’ve the political will to do so.
        • State or municipal pensions may be a different story: "The Pension Vise Tightens in California"--American Interest. "Earlier this week, CalPERS—California’s pension fund for most public employees—reported abysmal annual earnings of 0.61 percent, a tiny fraction of the seven-and-a-half percent annual returns needed to keep it solvent over the long run. And its sister fund for teachers, CalSTRS, isn’t doing much better."
        • Putting the guess-work back into science: "Global Temperatures Are Mostly Fake"--Real Science. The article points out that there is little temperature data from the Southern Hemisphere, so "researchers" just make it up. Also: "This date in 1934 may have been the hottest in US history. The map below shows actual temperatures, not the “heat index.” Almost two-thirds of the US was over 100F on July 21, 1934 – with temperatures of 115 in Missouri and South Dakota, and 113 in Minnesota."
        • Related: "What a Cooling Antarctica Means for Climate Science"--American Interest. "... over the past two decades, our southernmost continent has actually been cooling, sending scientists scrambling for explanations and silencing the shouts of environmentalists who just twenty years ago were convinced that we’d be seeing an ice-free South pole by now."
          There's a common thread weaving together all the terrorist incidents in Europe, all the murders of police officers in the USA, and all the political protest from the sometimes fringe, often violent left-wing and progressive groups in this country.  It's a fundamental determination to tear down and demolish the status quo in society by whatever means are necessary.  It's a declaration of war against the standards that have hitherto defined civilization.

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