Monday, July 11, 2016

July 11, 2016 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

  • "Dallas Police Massacre: Tactical Takeaways"--The Truth About Guns. The author discusses the following: (1) Movement is life, and aggression wins, (2) Teamwork is key, (3) Communicate, reload and fire from cover, (4) Back off the cover (i.e., don't be pressed up close to a barrier), (5) Standard police tactics have limited effectiveness (discussing why the military abandoned SWAT tactics for CQB).
  • "One Dallas Cop's Experience and Thoughts on Thursday Night"--Dallas Observer. Major Max Geron, a 24-year veteran of the Dallas Police Department, recounts his experiences the night of the shooting. One bit: 
To compound issues a continuation of the demonstration sprung up in front of a convenience store and the crowd there quickly grew from 30-50 to 150-200 angry demonstrators shouting things at assembled officers who stood in a skirmish line between the store and demonstrators. ...
    ... some stayed to hurl insults at officers. One officer later told me “I tried to tell them that we were there to protect them and the guy said, ‘Protect us hell! You guys are the targets tonight!’” and started laughing.
    • "The Meaning of the Baby Bust"--The Orange Country Register. The authors begin by noting that "the most recent data suggest that this is not happening, as the birthrate in 2015 dropped to a historic low. A new study from the University of New Hampshire suggests that these trends have resulted in 3.4 million fewer births since 2008, based on the pre-recession fertility rate, or roughly 15 percent fewer births than would have occurred at the 2007 birth rate." They go on to discuss that the primary reason seems to be a continuing slow economy and a widespread belief that the next generation will fare worse economically. This seems to be the case, as the authors point out that the current batch of 25 to 29 year olds make significantly less than their predecessors. On top of which, they face more expensive housing. All of this is combining to drive down birth rates.
    • "As Japan's population shrinks, bears and boars roam where schools and shrines once thrived"--Los Angeles Times. A mostly anecdotal article about the declining rural population in Japan, with the resultant increase in abandoned buildings, loss of businesses, and reduced services. The article notes that Japan's population peaked in 2010, and has been declining since. "Now, the country has begun a white-knuckle ride in which it will shed about one-third of its population — 40 million people — by 2060, experts predict. In 30 years, 39% of Japan’s population will be 65 or older."
      If our leaders were interested in winning, they would have to design a strategy to destroy this global enemy. But they don’t see the global war. Instead, they timidly nibble around the edges of the battlefields from Africa to the Middle East, and act as if each fight, whether in Syria, Iraq, Nigeria, Libya or Afghanistan, can be peacefully resolved by diplomatic effort.
        This approach is doomed. We have real enemies, dedicated to dominating and eventually destroying us, and they are not going to be talked out of their hatred. Iran, for example, declared war on the United States in 1979 — that’s 37 years ago — and has been killing Americans ever since. Every year, the State Department declares Iran to be the world’s primary supporter of terror. Do you think we’ll nicely and politely convince them to be good citizens and even (as President Obama desires) a responsible ally supporting peace? Do you think ISIS or the Taliban wants to embrace us?
          No, we’re not going to talk our way out of this war, nor can we escape its horrors. Ask the people in San Bernardino or South Florida, or the relatives of the thousands killed on 9/11. We’re either going to win or lose. There is no other “solution.”

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