Video: "A point about cloaks"--Lindybeige
- "New AR-magazines from HERA Arms. Plus prices for the CQB stock and grip"--The Firearms Blog. You may remember that HERA Arms makes California compliant stocks for the AR platform, as well as a non-California compliant rear stock and front grip reminiscent of FN's P90. According to the article, the California stock will be $124.00; the normal stock will be $119.00; and the front grip will be $39.00.
- Speaking of AR upgrades, The Firearms Blog also links to 6 videos focusing on specific features or upgrades for the AR, those areas being: buttstocks, pistol grips, foregrips, triggers, weapon's light, and optics.
- "Refrigerator Foods You Can & Can’t Save After A Power Outage: A List"--The Weekend Prepper. The author has a rather extensive list of foods that need to be immediately used or discarded in the event of a power or refrigeration failure, versus foods that can be saved or retained. The only thing I would note is that the author suggests that eggs be discarded. The primary reason that we, in America, refrigerate eggs is to prevent the growth of salmonella; in Europe, eggs are often stored at room temperature--EU law even requires it for businesses that sell eggs. However, at least in Britain, chickens are vaccinated against salmonella, so that is not a worry for those in Britain. The primary problem with removing an egg from refrigeration and then attempting to store it at room temperature is condensation, which may cause mold to form on the egg, and which can then get into the egg. If you have fresh eggs (i.e., not store bought, but straight from the chicken) you can store eggs for an extended period of time in a cool area after sealing the eggs with grease or wax, or even using oil. But even if stored at room temperature, eggs should be good for several days, and possibly up to a week.
- For most popular calibers, manufacturers make a wide variety of bullets for different uses. However, I've noticed that for the .243, there seems to be a dearth of bullets (at least commercially loaded) for target purposes. So, I was glad to see that The Firearms Blog is reporting that Sierra will be releasing its MatchKing Bullets in 243 Caliber (6mm) in a 110 Grain Hollow Point Boat Tail configuration. The Ballistic Coefficient (BC) is touted as being a very low 0.617.
- "How To Make Delicious Bread In A Slow Cooker"--Kitchn. (H/t SHTF Prepper). The author reports (emphasis mine):
Exact cooking temperatures can vary from slow cooker to slow cooker, but most reach upwards of 200°F on their HIGH setting. Coincidentally (or maybe not!), this is also around the target internal temperature for baking most breads. The trick is letting the bread hang out in the slow cooker for long enough that it bakes all the way through — undercooked loaves mean gummy interiors. On the upside, there's no need to let the dough rise before you put it in the slow cooker; the loaf will rise and bake all at the same time.
- It's that time of year: "How To Field Dress A Pheasant In Under Two Minutes"--SHTF Blog. Unfortunately, the pheasants in this area mock me by remaining in the farmers' fields that are off limit to hunting--sometimes within just a few yards of the fence.
- "Finally! An AK Receiver Optic Rail – No Welds Required"--The Firearms Blog.
Clinton is the very model of a modern time-server – a politician whose features have congealed into an institutional mask and whose statements are a hymn to the status quo, to the vast reassurance of her followers and predictable outrage of the antis. At her best, she represents the voice of grown-up responsibility touching US commitments at home and abroad. But at her worst and most typical, Clinton behaves like a divine rights monarch in search of her electoral Versailles, above the law and mere bourgeois morality.
Nothing quite captures how much she embodies the establishment as this morning's headline from the Daily Mail: "Stocks soar on poll predictions of a Clinton victory - and it's the bank [Goldman Sachs] which paid her and her husband millions for speeches doing best." Gurri, goes on to suggest that the election really won't resolve the issues thrown up the fractured and broken power structure: "The quarrel between public and elites will not pause for Inauguration Day. While the future direction of the struggle is uncertain, we do know what is at stake: every aspect of the democratic process, of economic activity, of our place and power in a fractured world."
- Related: "Leaked Bill Clinton Speech: Obama Years Left No Hope For White Working Class"--The Daily Caller.
The economic stagnancy of the Obama years is to blame for plummeting life expectancy rates among white, working-class Americans, according to former president Bill Clinton, who privately told Democratic donors that lower-income whites “don’t have anything to look forward to when they get up in the morning.”
- Another must read article: Although we owe much to the Anti-Federalists--those that opposed the ratification of the Constitution--they are now mostly forgotten. It is somewhat ironic, considering that it was their objections and arguments in support of those objections that gave us the Bill of Rights. In any event, Trevor Burris has a good summary of the Anti-Federalist warnings about a strong federal government in his article, "The Anti-Federalists Predicted Today’s Political Morass, And Can Help Us Get Out," at the The Federalist. It is sobering to read his article and see that the Anti-Federalists have, largely, been borne out in their warnings. For instance, Burris notes:
First, the Anti-Federalists predicted that the federal government the Constitution created would increase its power until states were merely secondary considerations. Second, that this powerful federal government would be too big and distant for the people to effectively control, and thus vainglorious men of ambition and avarice would control it to enrich themselves off the common people.
Third, that it was unwise to govern a diverse and large population from a remote and distant government that would hold such immense power over the daily lives of common people, and, as a result, politics would become something more primitive than civilized, characterized by constant discord and fighting as different factions tried to control the lives of their fellow citizens.
These three ideas can be combined into one salient and perceptive question: Will a remote and distant government that wields a large amount of power over a vast land and a diverse people increasingly be seen as not representing the people, and, in the process, sow discord between them?
Read the whole thing.
- Hmm: "Democrat Offices Bugged By Parties Unknown"--Anonymous Conservative. And a warning:
Learn to play the intel game, because when the apocalypse goes down, only those playing will survive. It is the ultimate advantage. Guns, tactics, fortifications, and so on are all kindergarten gaming. Intel will be the PhD/MD level of ass kicking when the shit is going down.
- Danger, Will Robinson: "NATO puts 300,000 troops on 'high alert' in readiness for a confrontation with Russia as fears grow Putin is preparing to attack the West"--Daily Mail. The headline is somewhat misleading--the article is about how NATO is trying to get 300,000 troops that it could put on alert, notwithstanding the defense cutbacks taken by most NATO members over the last two decades. Intercivilizational war is upon us, and the West is not prepared.
- William S. Lind has repeatedly observed that the primary mission of the United States military is not to defend the United States, but to obtain appropriations of money from the Congress. Thus, it was interesting to see this piece discussing what is meant by the term "militarism," including: "Modern militarism has … specific traits … modern armies … are more liable to forget their true purpose, war, and the maintenance of the state to which they belong. Becoming narcissistic, they dream that they exist for themselves alone … perpetuating themselves for the purpose of drawing money."
- Speaking of Lind, he has a new article at Traditional Right discussing, not military matters, but developing cities into communities. He writes, in part:
Traditional neighborhood design helps create something conservatives value highly, namely community. (Note that community and the Left’s value of “diversity” are in tension; the more diverse a place’s population, the less easy it is for community to form.) We value community because people who live in communities care what their neighbors think of them. That in turn generates peer pressure, which is the most effective force upholding proper morals and manners. People behave well because if they don’t, they may find themselves excluded from the community. Conservatives favor peer pressure and, when necessary, exclusion, because they are both more effective and less dangerous than law and the power of the state in leading people to behave themselves.
- And, while we are on the topic of diversity:
- "German Streets Descend Into Lawlessness, Annals Of The Muslim Apocalypse"--The Captain's Journal.
- And a reminder that we live in the 21st Century: "'Impossible' fuel-free engine that could take humans to Mars in 10 weeks DOES work, claim leaked Nasa papers"--Daily Mail. I would note that it is not "fuel free" in that it requires electricity, whether that electricity is provided by a power plant using fuel, or solar cells collecting "fuel." The point, however, is that according to a pre-print version of the NASA paper leaked online, tests show that the device is producing a measurable amount of thrust.