|Source: "Ancient Greeks may have built China's famous Terracotta Army – 1,500 years before Marco Polo"--The Independent. The article indicates that there is evidence that ancient Greeks were present in China in the Third Century B.C.--when the terracotta figures first appeared. Apparently, prior to that time, the Chinese did not make figurines larger than 20 cm in height.|
- "RVing Lawfuly with Your Guns"--Ammo Land. If you are traveling with a camper or motor home, this article references some resources for learning what is legal where, and also makes suggestions as to what type of firearm is most useful for the RVer.
- "Mall Ninja As F*ck: Slung Up Glock"--Breach Bang Clear. While not as good as a stock, the author notes that it is possible to use a sling to increase stability and compensate for recoil on a stock-less gun by pushing the firearm forward to increase tension on the sling. This was, according to the article, commonly used for some of the smaller MP5 submachine guns. To do this with his Glock, the author purchased an ENDO Glock stock adapter and a receiver plug from Spikes Tactical to which he was able to attach a sling point. (Unfortunately, the stock adapter does not fit Gen 4 Glocks). Anyway, check it out.
- "Nancy Oakley on Publius Huldah: All Federal Gun Control Is Unlawful"--Ammo Land. Yes, based on a plain reading of the 2nd Amendment.
- George Washington warned of the dangers of becoming involved in foreign entanglements: "More Allies, More War?"--American Conservative. The author of this piece warns that "Washington also has some allies who are as much a danger as a boon, and who could even drag the U.S. into a war it does not seek." In particular, he points to South Korea (which could drag us into another conflict with North Korea), Japan (which could drag us into a conflict with China), Israel (a possible war with Iran), and India (a possible conflict with China and/or Pakistan).
- Related: "Aleppo mayor blames West for doing nothing over 'holocaust' in city"--Sky News. According to the article, the mayor has criticized the international community for failing to halt government and Russian airstrikes on the city. The problem being that he expects us to get into a war with Russia over his city.
- "Syrian bomb plotter commits suicide in German police custody"--The Telegraph. I had recently posted links to several articles pertaining to the manhunt for this particular refugee living in Germany. Anyway, he had been caught and promptly killed himself. The explosive he had manufactured has also been revealed: TATP (Triacetone Triperoxide). This explosive is not really suitable for the primary bomb, but is useful for improvised blasting caps. If you are interested in how it can be made, you can go here.
- K-selection continues: "'The Punisher' is popular: Bloodthirsty Philippines President Duterte boasts support of 84% of citizens as he bans smoking and death squads slaughter drug users in the streets"--Daily Mail.
- "US destroyer hits radar sites in Yemen after this week's ship attacks"--The Washington Examiner. The article begins: "The destroyer USS Nitze launched Tomahawk cruise missiles at three radar sites on Yemen's coast early Thursday morning local time as retaliation for this week's two missile attacks on U.S. ships, according to the Pentagon." Unanswered is the question of why it took so long to authorize a retaliatory strike.
- Danger, Will Robinson: "Turkey Questions Historical Treaty Defining Regional Borders"--VOA News. From the article:
A dispute continues to deepen between Ankara and Baghdad over the presence of Turkish soldiers near the Iraqi city of Mosul.
Тhe spat erupted after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan took the country and the region by surprise last month by calling into question the 1923 Treaty of Lausanne, which defined modern Turkey’s borders.
He declared Turkey had been blackmailed by foreign powers into giving up vast swaths of territory that were once part of the Ottoman Empire. Although Erdogan focused his criticism on the loss of Aegean islands to Greece, it is Turkey’s southern borders he had in mind, according to visiting Carnegie Europe scholar Sinan Ulgen.
“The message should be seen more of a signal in relation to Turkish polices towards the south, Syria and Iraq. I read it as a backdrop to a policy that tries to build domestic support for a more long-term presence, particularly in Syria, by pointing out, at allegedly past historical mistakes," Ulgen said.
Turkish forces are currently in Syria and Iraq. But the Turkish presence at the Bashiqa base, close to the Iraqi city of Mosul, has become the center of a deepening dispute with Baghdad. The base is ostensibly tor training Sunni militia to fight Islamic State.
On Tuesday, Erdogan dismissed Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi’s calls to withdraw Turkish troops, telling him “he should know his place.”
It is interesting that Erdogan calls the borders the result of blackmail, since it was a consequence of Turkey being on the losing side of World War I. In any event, it also interesting since, before WWI, Turkey's borders included all of Iraq, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Israel, and the Gulf states. Does this mean that Erdogan is going to lay claim to most of the Middle-East? The article suggests that his sights are more limited, seeking only to reclaim Kirkuk and Mosul, both in northern Iraq. He wants the oil fields there.