- "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.
- "Hundreds more Black Lives Matter protesters are arrested across America as police in Minnesota are pelted with rocks and fireworks on SIXTH night of demonstrations"--Daily Mail.
- Demographics is Destiny:
- "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."
- "Think organic food is better for you, animals, and the planet? Think again"--The Telegraph. Organic growing processes require more land and produce more CO2 than modern farming for each person it can feed.
- "Last chance for Never Trump: What to watch for this week in Cleveland"--CNN (warning: video plays automatically). Major donors and party insiders are trying "to convince a majority of the Rules Committee to adopt a proposal to allow delegates to vote their 'conscience' and break from primary results supporting Trump." What better way to convince voters that elections are a sham and further destroy the legitimacy of government?
- "The military fired me for calling our enemies radical jihadis"--Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (Ret.) writing at the New York Post. Key point:
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.”
- "California is NOT prepared for the Big One: Experts say catastrophic fires and lack of water could 'cut lifelines' to megaquake survivors"--Daily Mail.
- "Drones will cause an upheaval of society like we haven’t seen in 700 years"--Quartz. The author notes that infantry have dominated the battlefield since the introduction of handheld firearms because it is cheap and easy to train and field an army using firearms. He goes on to predict that very soon, autonomous armed drones may become cheaper to field than infantry.
- "Why Soros Is Fomenting The Refugee Crisis?"--Anonymous Conservative.
- "This genetically engineered ‘living robot’ moves with rat heart cells"--Extreme Tech. A bio-mechanical robot (cyborg).
- "This massive planet has three suns, and that's not all that's weird about it"--The Christian Science Monitor. "HD 131399Ab orbits star A, but the exoplanet's orbit brings it a third of the way to the other two stars, B and C, which are close together. And when it's at that point, the exoplanet feels the gravitational attraction of the other two stars." It should have been ejected from its solar system, but apparently is in a stable orbit.