Wednesday, December 13, 2017

December 13, 2017 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

  • "Extended Buffer Tube for AR Pistols"--The Firearms Blog. Leapers is not offering a pistol buffer tube that is 8.5 inches in length. According to the article, "[t]he interior length of the tube makes it compatible with standard buffers and springs." Although it can work with any pistol brace, it has some features intended specifically for the Gear Head Works Tailhook Mod 1 brace.
  • "Long Range Shooting: Barrel Vibration & Accuracy"--The Load Out Room. This is an article discussing, in basic terms, that part of interior ballistics commonly termed barrel harmonics. Basically, you have two types of waves being set up in the barrel: sine waves that travel down the barrel and cause the barrel to whip, and pressure/compression waves that can stretch or shrink the bore diameter. Per these theories the best accuracy will be obtained when the bullet leaves the barrel during a node when the waves have the least impact on the barrel and, therefore, accuracy is based on finding the optimal barrel time (OBT) for a particular barrel.
        The encampment was nestled in a canyon several hundred feet from Sepulveda Boulevard and the 405 Freeway, hidden from passing cars. For several years, it had been home to an unknown number of people, officials said.
             Investigators said the fire had not been set deliberately and they have not found any of the people who lived there. The camp — one of scores of makeshift communities that have grown along freeways, rivers and open space across Los Angeles — was largely destroyed in the fire, leaving authorities with little evidence.
              News that one of Los Angeles’ most affluent neighborhoods was damaged in a fire sparked by some of the city’s poorest residents added a sober note to the incident, with some officials saying it underscores the need to do more to house the homeless.
      The article also mentions that Los Angeles County is estimated to have 58,000 homeless residents.
                The intense fire is burning away vegetation that holds the soil in place and baking a waxy layer into the earth that prevents the water from sinking more than a few inches into the ground, experts said.
                    With one heavy rain, the soil above this waterproof layer can become saturated, start to slide in hilly areas and transform into something catastrophic.
                 ... when you’re conservative woke, you’re ready to deploy the most powerful non-bullet firing weapon in your liberty-loving arsenal – your devastating capability not to give a damn what the liberals and their Conservative, Inc., cruise-shilling Benedict Arnold buddies say.
                     When you don’t care anymore, they got nothing.
                       What are these whiny weasels going to do to you anyway? Not like you? Think bad things about you? Taunt you a second time?
                         Look. Learn. Accept the harsh truth.
                           They hate you.
                             They hate you.
                               They hate you.
                                 No matter how you try to please them, regardless of whether or not you comply with their every command, that will never change.
                                    They hate you. Govern yourself accordingly…
                            AC adds his own thoughts:
                                     Amygdala is growing on both sides and as it does, we are coming to hate each other. and as we hate each other, we cease caring what the other side thinks. ...
                                         ... And this is not a destination – it is a waypoint on the path we are traveling.
                                             r/K Theory would indicate the only way to restore unity as the K-shift passes involves massive mortality, and looking at our national lack-of-unity, it is hard to think that is not going to be the case.
                                    With this in mind, I think the question the GOP and Democrats ought to be asking is not why Roy Moore lost the senate race in Alabama, especially considering all the allegations made against him, but how he came so close to winning notwithstanding those allegations.
                                             Here’s a little secret we have to say out loud: Women love the sexual interplay they experience with men, and they relish men desiring their beauty. Why? Because it is part of their nature.
                                              Women want to be desired by men, to attract them, to be the only woman in the world for that man. Their beauty is an essential part of their allure, especially when men and women first meet. They have little else to go on because they don’t know each other, and beauty serves as a guidepost to greater interest.
                                                Outside of a woman looking for a mate, her beauty is a source of power because men and other women value it. This is why married women still want to be beautiful. It’s an expression of their femininity, which doesn’t disappear at the altar.
                                                  We don’t need studies to bear this out, though we do have them. A recent Pew Research study says society values physical attractiveness in women the most. Nurturing and empathy are second. The top traits most valued in men are morality and professional success. In other words, men want women who are attractive and emotionally connective, and women want good men who are financially successful.

                                          Tuesday, December 12, 2017

                                          December 12, 2017 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

                                          "Winter Clothing Discussion"--Dave Canterbury (22 min.)

                                          • A new Woodpile Report is up.
                                          • "Review: A Closer Look at the SOG Responder Bag"--Security & Self-Reliance. The author rates it as a great EDC bag--lightweight, well-made, and with 3 magazine pouches able to accommodate a couple AR mags each.
                                          • "Hornady .44spl 165gr FTX gel test and review"--The Firearms Blog. Although penetration was only about 12 inches on both bare gelatin and the heavy clothing test, expansion was pretty good in both instances.
                                          • "When Can You Pull A Gun On Someone"--Alien Gear Holsters Blog. The short answer, according to the article, is: "When a person would reasonably fear for their life or great injury." The problem you face, from a legal perspective, is that many states have laws prohibiting brandishing of a weapon; and even in states without brandishing a weapon, doing so may give rise to an aggravated assault. Although "brandishing" in its common definition denotes waving or presenting a firearm, this has been watered down in many cases where it is sufficient to show someone a weapon with the intent to intimidate them, whether or not you draw the weapon; similarly, a claim of assault does not necessarily require that a weapon be drawn.
                                          • "What Criminals With Guns?"--MacYoung's Musings. Marc MacYoung notes that the white elephant that everyone ignores when it comes to gun crime statistics is the relationship between committing or being a victim of a gun crime, and a past history of criminality, but no attempt is made to quantify it or raise it when discussing the causes of gun crime. He writes:
                                          When it comes to gun deaths and shootings, crime is more important than race. It is more important than age. It is more important than income. It is more important than sex. And it definitely has a lot to do with who is pulling the trigger and why. That's why it's 'absence' in official numbers is a serious, "Hold the phone." As in how the hell can you have a rational conversation about guns without it? ... The bottom line is in the U.S. we have a professional, armed criminal class who shoot each other with distressing regularity. They in fact make up most of (nonsuicide) gunshot 'victims.'
                                          And when discussing gun violence and children, a history of criminality involves gangs:
                                          But let's talk about gang affiliation. Not just membership. Gang members make up a majority of teens who are shot and killed. But also on that list are people who know, are related to, and -- often -- are in physical proximity to a gang member (who is the actual target). This especially means other minors. Oh and do you want to know the fastest way for a teenage girl to get shot? Try screwing or partying with a gang member. It's all fun and games until the other side shows up, and bullets start flying. 
                                          Read the whole thing.
                                          • "How to Make Improvised Snowshoes"--The Art of Manliness. Trudging through deep snow may be good aerobic exercise, but it is not good for anyone interested in efficient movement. This article briefly describes two methods of making improvised snowshoes. The first method is not really all that improvised, and might be better described as a DIY snowshoe: using branches and cord/tape (for webbing) to make snow shoes. While not as nicely finished as old-time snow shoes made with a wood frame and rawhide webbing, the results are remarkably similar. The second method is truly improvised: tying a fresh bough from a fur tree to the bottom of your feet.
                                          • "Trump Era NICS on Track to Second-Highest Year Ever"--Ammo Land. Obviously NICS checks don't necessarily translate into firearm purchases--as the article observes, NICS checks are increasingly being used for other purposes than purchasing a firearm, and Kentucky apparently runs a NICS check monthly on all its concealed weapons licensees. But as the author writes:
                                                   Based on performance from the last few years, one hundred NICS checks result in an increase of the private firearms stock in the United States by 56 newly produced or imported firearms.
                                                     Using that criteria, over twelve and a half million firearms have been added to the private stock in 2017 so far. The total for the year is likely to be between 13.5 million and 14 million additional private firearms.
                                                       Those numbers would place the number of privately owned firearms in the United States at about 418 million firearms at the end of 2017.
                                                           Martin is correct that Jesus likely did not teach in Greek, the language in which the gospels were originally written. Even so, there is no surviving copy of Jesus' famous prayer in Aramaic or Hebrew. ...
                                                             That does not make the text of the Lord's Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13) unreliable, however. The Early Church had high standards for the gospels, and only selected texts with a direct connection to eyewitnesses.
                                                                Furthermore, Luke 11:2-4 contains another version of the Lord's Prayer. The Luke prayer is shorter than the Matthew one, but it still includes the phrase "lead us not into temptation."
                                                                 The Greek word in both verses is eisenenkēs, which means "to carry inward."
                                                                   Were Francis to translate Matthew 6:13 and Luke 11:4 as "do not let us fall into temptation," he would be the one mistranslating the actual text. He would be applying his own interpretation on the Bible over and above the actual words of Jesus.
                                                                   ... If God does not tempt people, how should Christians interpret — and pray — Matthew 6:13 and Luke 11:4?
                                                                     The book of Proverbs may suggest an answer. "The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps," according to Proverbs 16:9.
                                                                         When millions of Catholics and other Christians pray "lead us not into temptation," they are not asking God to decide not to tempt them, as if God were the one doing the tempting in the first place. Instead, they are asking to live lives shielded from too much temptation.

                                                                Friday, December 8, 2017

                                                                December 8, 2017 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

                                                                "Understanding Minute of Angle (MOA) - Long Range Shooting Technique"--National Shooting Sports Foundation (17 min.)

                                                                • TGIF: This week's Weekend Knowledge Dump from Active Response Training. Among the various articles and links are two that, in particular caught my eye, which were links to videos discussing exploring how hitmen think.
                                                                • "UPGRADE: Ruger RedHawks get Sleeve & Shroud Barrels to Improve Accuracy"--The Firearms Blog. These are the 4.2" and 5.5" 8-round .357 Magnum models. Look like nice weapons.
                                                                • "Schrade SCHF38 Frontier Knife: Great value knife for $30"--The Modern Survivalist. A good quality high-carbon steel outdoor knife that FerFal likes. Blade length is 5-3/4 inches. FerFal also indicates that "[t]he knife comes with basic but functional nylon sheath, a diamond sharpener and a rather nice quality ferro rod."
                                                                • Good guy with a gun: "Father shoots and kills teen robber who burst into a Texas Popeyes and threatened his kids with a gun"--Daily Mail. The interesting thing is that the father did not initially attempt to engage the robber, but merely wanted to get his family out of harm's way. The robber seemingly agreed to let the father and his family leave peaceably, but when a couple of the kids came out of the restroom, the robber pointed his pistol at them. That is when the father administered the tax payer relief shot.
                                                                • Juxtaposition this:
                                                                • An anti-gun nut explains "Why the AR-15 Is So Lethal" at The Atlantic. Except he doesn't. Sure, he includes a quote from Stoner discussing the 5.56 mm bullets tendency to yaw quickly and how that makes it more lethal than the 7.62 mm. But there is no context or explanation, such as how the M-16, as originally produced, had much lower twist rates than today, which made the bullets much less stable than what we see today. There is also no explanation that this increased lethality is only when comparing military full metal jacket rounds, with no discussion of the impact of bullet construction and expansion, velocity, or their impact on terminal ballistics; nor any comparison to popular hunting rounds. In fact, the article is so misleading, I expect that the author, James Fallows, has probably never actually put any time or effort into understanding terminal ballistics. Interestingly enough, when he originally wrote about the M-16 in 1981, the focus of his article was arguing that the weapon was lousy for its intended purpose; and now he argues that the AR-15 is too effective to be in civilian hands.
                                                                With this:  
                                                                • "Marine: .223 May Not Be Lethal Enough for Civilians"--The Truth About Guns. The author opines that "[t]he .223 is a varmint round, meant to kill targets no larger than a rabbit or coyote. Because of its horrible terminal ballistics and external ballistics, many people build AR’s in other calibers." As is generally the case, the truth is between the two extremes.
                                                                • Considering the foregoing two articles, it always good to return to the basics of terminal ballistics: "Effective Game Killing"--Terminal Ballistics Research.
                                                                • "Counter Surveillance: Carrying Weapons Without Telling Everyone"--Gabe Suarez explains common "tells" that people have or engage in when carrying a concealed weapon. These are such things as telltale bulges, knife clips that are visible, touching or adjusting the weapon on your clothing, the weight of the weapon causing a jacket to droop on one side or otherwise hang unnaturally.
                                                                • Because surveilling Muslim terrorists is not politically correct: "Germany to surveil far-right doomsday 'prepper scene'"--Deutsche Welle. According to the article:
                                                                The "prepper scene" refers to a loose network of people collecting firearms and other supplies in preparation for a collapse of state power. There are thought to be well over 100,000 preppers in Germany, and there are suspicions that some members have connection to the far-right, though few details are publicly known.
                                                                Ostensibly, the cause for this surveillance stems from an "anti-terrorism" raid on 6 preppers which didn't yield any arrests, but turned up a list of left-wing politicians. Also, the preppers--all members of the German military reserve association were--shock!--discussing troop movements and vaccine shortages as part of a internet chat group. The article goes on to report:
                                                                        On its website, the German prepper community (PGD), identifies its own roots in a 19th century American movement that originated among farmers during lean times in the US Civil War. "The prepper educates himself in various areas and specializes in them," the PGD website says. "The prepper acquires capabilities over time, during which he makes his preparations and studies the most diverse possible danger situations such as tornados, flooding, earthquakes, economic collapse, wars, etc., as well as circumstances in his immediate surroundings."
                                                                           The skills listed on the PGD site include finding food, treating water, hunting skills, self-defense, first aid, as well as building shelters and bunkers. The site also describes firearms as the "biggest difference" between preppers in the US and Europe.
                                                                    The website for the PGD is here, if you are interested. They also have a small library of materials for preppers (in German, of course).
                                                                              Products such as grain, wine, liquor and processed foods are among the cargo that are most frequently stolen but building supplies and automotive parts have also been targeted by thieves, Aranda said.
                                                                                 A series of robberies in the space of a single weekend in the municipality of Tehuacán, Puebla, in September was described as “the theft of the century” after criminals got away with 1,000 tonnes of grain.
                                                                          The concern is that robbers will cause the spill or release of toxic chemicals.
                                                                            Natural gas from fracking has displaced oil as the fuel of the Western economy, with the result that OPEC (and, less critically, Russian oil) can no longer hold anybody’s economy hostage. For the Saudi government, moreover, no longer can cartel-inflated oil revenues pay for the gigantic welfare state that supports so much of the population in non–working, gilded, state dependency. What can’t go on, won’t, said economist Herb Stein sagely; and MbS, as the new crown prince is called, saw this reality and stepped in to take precautionary measures before a rapidly collapsing economic order sparked social anarchy, with an outcome no government could foresee or control.
                                                                              Part of his strategy, according to the author, is create a more liberal, secular society that will encourage economic growth. But he is not guaranteed success. The article concludes:
                                                                                        ... Crucially, the royal family will find it harder to fund the radical Wahhabi Islam that OPEC has let grow like mushrooms. It’s hard to imagine that this well-established, well-fed worldwide network of terrorist-supporting fanatics, in their opulent mosques and madrassas—and especially in the more Spartan ones in Pakistan—will go quietly; little wonder that the prince has surrounded himself with a repressive security apparatus reminiscent of the Shah of Iran’s. He appears to be a quiet but inexorable foe of Muslim extremism, and consequently it is uncertain that he will emerge from his heroic and visionary remaking of the Saudi order with his head intact on his shoulders. Many a social liberalization has spun out of control and produced anarchy or fascist counterrevolution. But well-wishers have long hoped that some Muslim Martin Luther would purge Islam of its quotient of bloodlust and allow the self-perfecting, ethical version of its peaceful adherents to prevail in a secular society, where separation of mosque and state makes religion a private matter. In a medieval region like Arabia, it turns out, a king might do the job equally well—if he can survive to inherit the throne and rule from it. And then the question will be whether his revolution can last, as the Pahlavis’ and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk’s did not.
                                                                                             It’s not just the Wahhabi mullahs, along with the royal kleptocrats, who will try to kill this project in its infancy. So will the Iranian Shiite fanatics, who, for all their vehement and resentful disagreements with their Sunni “brethren,” don’t want to see a strain of moderation take hold. So will a Sunni–Shia war ensue?
                                                                                                Recall that the Protestant Reformation ignited three decades of ferocious religious warfare in Europe, laced with massacre, torture, and forced exile. Let’s hope that the Islamic version is short and mild, but conclusive enough to deglamorize the dream of terrorism not only in the Middle East but also in the minds of those Western Muslims whose cultural alienation has sparked so much vile carnage. They, like so many others, have nothing to lose but their ideological chains.
                                                                                      As the advocates of same-sex marriage and LGBT rights made clear in every jurisdiction where they achieved victory, holdouts who resisted the new dispensation on marriage and “discrimination” would soon discover that their religious conscience provided them no safe harbor from legal coercion. On the contrary, their reliance on religious faith, as the source of their morality in interacting with others, would only paint a target on them.

                                                                                      Thursday, December 7, 2017

                                                                                      Washington Post: "'Good guys with guns' can be dangerous, too."

                                                                                                As you probably have heard, the House of Representatives voted in favor of the national reciprocity bill for concealed weapons permits. The vote, as expected, was primarily along party lines, with only 6 Democrats supporting the bill, and 14 Republicans defecting to the other side. The Washington Examiner article, to which I have cited, reports:
                                                                                              While Democrats argued the concealed carry legislation would only add to gun violence, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said the legislation is the best way "not to infringe on the rights of law-abiding citizens, but to enforce the laws against criminals." 
                                                                                               "This bill is about the simple proposition that law-abiding Americans should be able to exercise their right to self defense, even when they cross out of their states' borders," he said last week. "That is their constitutional right." 
                                                                                                 But Democrats angrily opposed the bill, and said it makes no sense to consider legislation easing rules for gun owners after so many tragic shootings around the country. Rep. Elizabeth Esty, D-Conn., whose district includes Newtown, where 20 children were shot to death in 2012, called the bill an "outrage." 
                                                                                               "This will should be called the Act to Carry Any Gun, Anywhere, Any Time, by Anyone," she said. "The Concealed Carry Reciprocity bill is an outrage and an insult to the families in Newtown and to the hundreds of families who have lost loved ones to gun violence who are gathered here today, at the Capitol, for the fifth annual vigil on gun violence."
                                                                                      You might be confused by Esty's argument against the bill since it makes no sense: a "good guy with a gun" could have stopped the shooting spree at the Newton school, if the closest "good guy with a gun" hadn't been miles away. But that is exactly what the Democrats want to ensure is that there are no good guys with guns anyway near a crime scene. The Truth About Guns caught this argument from The Washington Post that succinctly sets out the liberal position: "‘Good guys with guns’ can be dangerous, too."

                                                                                               The Washington Post has a point:
                                                                                      And there is the fact that law enforcement regularly lose firearms. Such as today's headline from The Daily Mail: "Shocking moment brazen burglar steals assault rifle, ammunition and a tactical vest from a marked police car in Florida."

                                                                                             Nevertheless, we still allow police to carry and use firearms because we recognize the benefit of doing so outweighs the downsides to doing so. So, even if "bearing weapons" wasn't a right, the same logic applies to concealed weapons carriers.

                                                                                      Video: "Don't Talk To The Police"

                                                                                      "Don't Talk To The Police"--Regent University School of Law (47 min.).

                                                                                              This is a must see for anyone that walks, drives or breaths--especially if you carry a weapon for self-defense. This includes not only a short presentation by the law professor, James Duane, but a guest presentation from a police officer discussing how he goes about questioning suspects. Also read the The Truth About Knives article (linked to below).

                                                                                             The short take is that police are not going to play fair in questioning, especially if they feel that you have broken a law. For example, around here, if you get pulled over for speeding, the first question is a damned-if-you-do-damned-if-you-don't type: "How fast were you going?" If you say you don't know, then you have opened yourself up to a citation for inattentive driving. If you say that you though you were going "X" miles per hour (a few miles per hour over the speed limit), you had admitted to speeding.

                                                                                             And remember that everything you say to the police is an admission against interest, which is not considered hearsay. But everything the police say to you is probably going to be considered hearsay.

                                                                                             Anyway, watch the video and read the article. I'll try and have some more thoughts this weekend.

                                                                                      (H/t The Truth About Knives).

                                                                                      Protests Erupt in Palestinian Occupied Territories

                                                                                      Palestinians have reverted to norm, acting like spoiled 2-year olds and throwing a temper tantrum now that the United States has officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The Daily Mail reports:
                                                                                              Violent protests have broken out in the West Bank today after US President Donald Trump enraged the Middle East by recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital. 
                                                                                              Palestinians torched debris and hurled rocks towards Israeli troops who fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse a demonstration in Bethlehem. 
                                                                                             Medics said 31 people have been injured by Israeli army gunfire during clashes in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip with rallies underway in the cities of Nablus, Jenin and Ramallah. In Hebron and Al-Bireh, thousands of demonstrators marched with chants of 'Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Palestine', witnesses said. 
                                                                                              It comes after Trump sparked fury with his White House announcement yesterday, which changed decades of American policy and sparked warnings from Hamas of a new intifada, or uprising, against Israel. 
                                                                                              Amid growing fears of fresh bloodshed in the region, the Islamist group said the President had 'opened the gates of hell' with his 'flagrant aggression' while a pro-Hezbollah newspaper in Lebanon has declared 'Death to America' on a front page showing a burning US flag.  
                                                                                              This morning, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Trump of throwing the Middle East into a 'ring of fire' and compared him to a 'blender' stirring up trouble in the area. The Country's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the US 'has pulled the pin on a bomb ready to blow in the region.'
                                                                                       (Another article from The Daily Mail, and one from the BBC).

                                                                                      A Day To Live In Infamy -- Today Is The 76th Anniversary of the Attack on Pearl Harbor


                                                                                      Wednesday, December 6, 2017

                                                                                      Jihadists Threaten San Diego LDS Temple

                                                                                      From the San Diego Reader:
                                                                                               On November 29 a jihadist media group published an image suggesting San Diego could be in the crosshairs of terrorists this holiday season. The San Diego California Temple in University City appears to be their target of choice. 
                                                                                               An image of a terrorist holding an assault rifle was superimposed on the Mormon temple, which appears to be on fire. The two towering spires rise up on either side of the jihadist. A statement at the bottom of the image reads, “Coming Soon..#San_Diego.” The words “Coming Soon” are wrapped in Christmas decorations and splattered with red.
                                                                                      Pamela Geller sardonically observes: "Apparently American’s most famous Mormon, Mitt Romney, garnered no favor when he insisted that Islam is not a violent faith."

                                                                                      December 6, 2017 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

                                                                                      "Winter Survival Cooking" -- Survival Russia (14 min.)

                                                                                              The classic example of the bystander effect is the murder of Kitty Genovese in New York City in 1964, where numerous witnesses allegedly failed to render assistance and ignored screams for help from Genovese who stabbed and severely wounded by her attacker, who then left because he thought her cries for help would draw attention, then later returned and killed Genovese. The story was sensationalized by The New York Times, and, true to form, was later revealed to have grossly misreported and misrepresented the facts. In fact, when The New York Times came clean in 2016, it reported:
                                                                                      While there was no question that the attack occurred, and that some neighbors ignored cries for help, the portrayal of 38 witnesses as fully aware and unresponsive was erroneous. The article grossly exaggerated the number of witnesses and what they had perceived. None saw the attack in its entirety. Only a few had glimpsed parts of it, or recognized the cries for help. Many thought they had heard lovers or drunks quarreling. There were two attacks, not three. And afterward, two people did call the police. A 70-year-old woman ventured out and cradled the dying victim in her arms until they arrived. Ms. Genovese died on the way to a hospital.
                                                                                      Thus, it is, in fact, a very poor example as to the bystander effect because people had indeed heard her initial cries for help and called the police. But Genovese had made her way into the vestibule at the back entrance of the apartment building, and so was no longer visible. (The police did not initially respond, thinking that it was a domestic dispute). When her attacker returned and found her, she was no longer in view or hearing of bystanders. Nevertheless, her final cries were heard by a neighbor who found her and tried to help her, and police were called. Unfortunately, as noted earlier, Genovese died en route to the hospital.
                                                                                              Of course, not everyone stands by. Some choose to be heroes. One conspicuous example of this is Arland D. Williams, Jr., a passenger aboard Air Florida Flight 90, which crashed on take-off into the Potomac River on January 13, 1982. 78 people died in the crash. Williams was one of the few survivors. What is notable is that he refused to be rescued, instead repeatedly passing the rescue loop dangling from a helicopter to other survivors, until he was finally overcome by the cold water. He posthumously received the Carnegie Medal. The latter article observes:
                                                                                              Because only pure, spontaneous do-gooders are eligible for the Carnegie Medal (not professional lifesavers or protective parents), the Carnegie archives are now a historical record of people who really shouldn't be heroes.
                                                                                                And so, after sifting through more than a century's worth of Carnegie case studies, three intriguing factors snap into focus.
                                                                                                   1. Lots of guys are risking their lives: Since 1904 the Carnegie Commission has seen over 80,000 cases of extreme heroism.
                                                                                                     2. "Guys" is exactly the right word; nine out of every 10 Carnegie heroes have been men. That means about 800 men are hurtling themselves into danger every year. And there's no telling how many other men are risking their lives with no recognition at all.
                                                                                                      3. If you want a Carnegie Medal, prepare to die trying. Heroism is a lethal business; during a typical 5-year stretch, nearly one in four Carnegie Medals was bestowed upon a corpse. ...
                                                                                                Although I can't find the article now, I remember reading that there was another factor at play: a disproportionate number of the people that receive the medal were raised in small towns. In any event, when there is violence, it helps if the bystander is armed.
                                                                                                  The panels we had available were a Gall’s Lite level IIA, CATI level IIIA, and two groin protectors from IBA armor, which are approximately equivalent to level IIIA. This is, of course, a great deal more than any person is likely to be wearing at one time so if it can’t stop the threat, it seems safe to conclude that soft armor is ineffective against rifles under any reasonable conditions.
                                                                                                    For the ammunition, the author indicates that he chose the ".300 AAC Sellier & Bellot 147 gr FMJ because it is significantly slower than many other rifle rounds." And the results?
                                                                                                      The results are pretty conclusive. As you can see in the high speed, the bullet slammed through all four armor panels, six inches of ballistic gel, and five gallon jugs of water. That means that it didn’t just barely get through; it had a great deal of hate left inside it, even after slicing through all that armor. 
                                                                                                      Here’s a look at WalletHub’s Top 10 safest cities for 2017:

                                                                                                      1. Nashua, NH
                                                                                                      2, South Burlington, VT
                                                                                                      3. Warwick, RI
                                                                                                      4. Columbia, MD
                                                                                                      5. Gilbert, AZ
                                                                                                      6. Fargo, ND
                                                                                                      7. Lewiston, ME
                                                                                                      8. Plano, TX
                                                                                                      9. Portland, ME
                                                                                                      10. Brownsville, TX 
                                                                                                      Here’s a look at WalletHub’s LEAST safest cities for 2017:

                                                                                                      173. Jackson, MS
                                                                                                      174. Baton Rouge, LA
                                                                                                      175. Chattanooga, TN
                                                                                                      176. Orlando, FL
                                                                                                      177. Little Rock, AR
                                                                                                      178. Detroit MI
                                                                                                      179. Oklahoma City, OK
                                                                                                      180. San Bernardino, CA
                                                                                                      181. St. Louis, MO
                                                                                                      182. Fort Lauderdale, FL

                                                                                                      Monday, December 4, 2017

                                                                                                      Forced Labor and Cake Makers

                                                                                                                Tomorrow the United States Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral argument in the Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission case. The media generally attempts to paint this issue as "Christian versus Gay Marriage" or a "discrimination" case (see, e.g., this article from Politico). But, in reality, the underlying issue is whether the government should be free to force a person to labor for someone else against their will. The courts have been saying that is acceptable since the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, so I don't hold out much hope for the Cakeshop. However, the simple fact is if you believe that a cake maker should have to bake a cake notwithstanding his religious views, then you believe in forced labor; and it would do much to improve the quality of the discussion if both sides on this issue would acknowledge that that is at the heart of the matter.

                                                                                                      December 4, 2017 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

                                                                                                      "Awesome Food For The Outdoors|How To Make Salted Meat With Spices"--Survival Russia (12 min.). He also has a follow-up video describing how his grandmother salted meat.

                                                                                                      • I have followed the Survival Lilly channel on YouTube since fairly early on. However, due to YouTube's demonetization of anything that it deems politically incorrect, she has had to start a second channel--Survival Lilly Restricted--and move certain content (mostly her hunting and firearm related videos) to that channel. So, check it out and subscribe.
                                                                                                      • "AR-15 Muzzle Brake Shootout #3"--The Truth About Guns. An updated comparison with some new entries and old favorites. This time, the best brake (i.e., the one with the greatest recoil reduction) was the SJC Titan Compensator. However, this is not one to be used in dim light or indoors as the flash and concussion looks pretty awesome.
                                                                                                      • Western Rifle Shooters Association indicates that Matt Bracken is making his books free for download from Amazon over this week with different books available on different days. Unfortunately, this started Sunday, so one book is out of the picture. However, his latest, The Red Cliffs of Zerhoun, will be a free download on Friday.
                                                                                                      • "DNO Firearms DX-7 Modernized AK Rifle"--The Firearms Blog. Their version of the AK has an aluminum receiver that tips up for access to the guts, similar to the AR. This also means that it has a fixed rail for optics. The charging handle has been shifted to the left side of the weapon, and their is a selector lever similar to the AR and other modern sporting rifles. It appears to retain the same trigger assembly, bolt, bolt carrier, gas system and barrel as the original. It is not yet available for sale, but the company has said that final price should be around $1,000.
                                                                                                      • Heh. "An unexpected threat to Chinese warships"--Bayou Renaissance Man. Due to overfishing and pollution, the South China Sea is chock full of jellyfish. And they don't play well with cooling intakes on China's new aircraft carrier. 
                                                                                                        Once in the cooling vents, they get mashed into a thick, sticky soup.
                                                                                                          This blocks the cooling system, causing the engines to overheat and bringing the warship to a halt.
                                                                                                            It then reportedly takes days to clear the pipes.
                                                                                                              So now the carrier has to be proceeded by a tugboat towing huge nets and shredders that catch the jellyfish (and anything else that gets caught up) and turn them into fine chum. 
                                                                                                                        The problem with assuming the SBR is as good as other platforms at a distance stems from a community with a limited grasp on ballistics. At known distances, modern optical sighting systems allow you to dial in dope with an extreme degree of precision and repeatability. Punch in your data, and your I-phone can tell you exactly how many clicks to go up in order to hit that silhouette at 900 yards…
                                                                                                                           The difficulty comes when the shooter is in a field scenario where he (or she) is under a time constraint to hit a target of varying size presentation at an unknown distance. At this point, if our target is going to present for only a few seconds, there is little to no time to dial in dope or to accurately estimate the exact target distance. Our chance of hitting that target will be highest with a projectile which that shoots as flat as possible, and that is a balance of ballistic coefficient and velocity.
                                                                                                                  • "Hornady SBR Ammo"--Rifleshooter Magazine. Discussion and review of Hornady's 75-grain 5.56 mm round designed for use out of a short-barrel system. From the article:
                                                                                                                    Hornady’s new 5.56 75-grain InterLock HD SBR Black load penetrates very well while reliably expanding. Hornady’s testing using an 11.5 inch barrel showed it to penetrate to an average depth of 17 inches in bare 10 percent ordnance gel; 14.7 inches when the gel was protected by FBI protocol steel barrier; 17.2 inches after penetrating a wall board barrier; 16.7 inches through a plywood barrier; and 15.2 inches through an auto glass barrier. In bare gel it expanded to .46 inch and had a retained weight of 69.5 grains, or 93 percent.
                                                                                                                      I would like to see the results in ballistic gelatin after going through heavy clothing, though. 
                                                                                                                                A swift and easy victory over the Iraqi Army was not a foregone conclusion. During the buildup to war, we were told to anticipate high casualties and a hard fight against our adversaries. This is where prayer made the difference. Our chief concern was the Iraqi Army using chemical weapons once we attacked.
                                                                                                                                  All the indications were that Saddam would do this. Baghdad used chemical weapons extensively during its long war against Iran (1980-1988), and even against its own Kurdish people (1988). The prevailing winds generally blew out of Iraqi into Saudi Arabia and Kuwait. This meant that the environment favored Iraqi use of chemical weapons. Yet prayer changed the course of nature and perhaps the outcome of the war.
                                                                                                                                     The Second Armored Cavalry Regiment began the attack into Iraq the day before the actual ground war. Artillery and U.S. Air Force aircraft bombarded forward Iraq positions while our tanks advanced. As the first of our tanks crossed into Iraq at 1:30 p.m. on 23 February 1991, I witnessed the wind literally change direction from its northwesterly prevailing course to a southwesterly one.
                                                                                                                                        I was speechless, for as the unit’s intelligence officer (S2), I spoke often of the problem the prevailing winds posed. The wind change meant the Iraqi Army could not use chemical weapons, as the wind would blow it back on its own troops. The precise timing of this can only be the result of prayer.
                                                                                                                              • "The First & Last SAW: Why the Squad Belt-Fed Is a Dead End (Brief Thoughts 005)"--Nathaniel F. at The Firearms Blog. Nathan argues that the SAW is too inaccurate and too heavy (particularly considering its ammunition requirements) to continue to serve as a viable squad level weapon, particularly when compared to the Marine Corps' M27 IAR. 
                                                                                                                              • "Charlottesville report tells us what happens when the police fail to do their job"--USA Today.
                                                                                                                              • Energy independence: "GOP Senate Opens ANWR to Oil Drilling"--PJ Media. The bill opens up less than 10% of the ANWR to drilling, so the environmental impact will be minimal, but gives us access to billions of barrels of oil.
                                                                                                                              • More energy independence: "Trump shrinks Utah monuments angering environmentalists"--BBC News. The liberals don't like it when the "I have a phone and a pen" is in Republican hands. The two monuments are the Bears Ears National Monument and the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. These two monuments have been reduced in scope and split into 5 monuments. The Bears Ears National Monument was created by Obama as a final "screw you" to Utah. The Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument was created by Bill Clinton in 1996 as an end run around Congress, which was split over whether to create a wilderness area and how large to make it. At the time, it was believed that he had twisted the purpose of the antiquities act, which was never intended to set aside such huge amounts of land. It also created a whole slew of problems and issues over access to property for other land owners (the largest of which was Utah) and disputes over who owned existing roads. The Federal government eventually traded land and paid off Utah over the state land, but the other disputes simmered.
                                                                                                                                         Of course, as with all things Clinton, Bill's motive was not purely because he loved the outdoors. Rather, a portion of the monument, the Kaiparowitz Plateau, is estimated to contain 7 billion tons of low-sulfur, high-BTU coal, which was going to be mined by Kentucky-based company Andalux Resources (sub-surface mining, at that). However, this rich of coal deposits of this type of clean burning coal is only replicated in two other areas of the world--a deposit in Columbia which was years from development, and the coal fields of South Kalimantan (Borneo), Indonesia. And, by coincidence, the latter fields were being developed the Lippo Group: "a powerful $5 billion Indonesian conglomerate, founded and owned by the Riady family who, it turned out, had raised and funneled millions of dollars into [Clinton] campaign coffers." And in another coincidence, "Entergy Group of Little Rock [Arkansas], in partnership with the Lippo Group of Hong Kong, signed a memorandum of understanding with the North China Power Corporation for the cooperative management and expansion of the $1 billion 1,200 megawatt coal-fired Daton 2 power plan in Shanxi Province."
                                                                                                                                           Needless to say, this change--something promised by Trump during his campaign (can you believe it, a politician that keeps his campaign promises)--removes the coal rich portion of the Kaiparowitz Plateau from the national monuments. Nevertheless, Trump didn't completely revoke what his predecessors had done--the 5 new monuments will still comprise in excess of 1 million acres. Which seems like a nice compromise for the competing interests. But, then, liberals don't actually believe in compromising.

                                                                                                                                  Video: "Red Dot Sight Fuzzy? Here's What to Do"

                                                                                                                                  --by TWANGnBANG (10-1/2 min.)

                                                                                                                                            TWANGnBANG discusses astigmatisms and red-dot sights, including how to determine whether it is your red dot or your eyes; as well as offering up some suggestions (such as getting glasses or contacts to correct for the condition, or using a rear peep sight in conjunction with the red-dot). The problem with an astigmatism is that rather than having a crisp, clear dot, it may appear blurry or smeared, even if you otherwise have good vision. Another video on this same topic is offered up by the MyCold DeadHands channel, entitled "ASTIGMATISM, RED DOTS, THERE IS A CURE" (5-1/2 min.).

                                                                                                                                  Video: "Solar Flares and the Global Electric Circuit"

                                                                                                                                  by Suspicious Observers (2-1/2 min.).

                                                                                                                                          This video discusses a paper on magnetosphere-ionosphere interaction, the impact of solar wind, and diagrams the electric circuit (for those of you that know how to read a circuit diagram).

                                                                                                                                  Sunday, December 3, 2017

                                                                                                                                  Don't Trust Them ...

                                                                                                                                  ... the media, that is. Accuracy in media reporting is a hot topic right now, what with the wild accusations of "fake news" being thrown about, and ABC's suspension of Brian Ross for, essentially, lying about Trump and Flynn. But it shows up anytime that the media decides to be partisan. For instance, I was just reading today an op-ed at U.S. News and World Report entitled "How High Is Our Capacity for Carnage?" The piece is, as you can probably tell from the title, a call for banning "high capacity" magazines, which the authors define as anything greater than 10 rounds. What is their evidence that such bans would be effective? Glad you asked. They write:
                                                                                                                                  Today, eight states have implemented a limitation on the size of magazines. Six of those eight are among the 10 states with the lowest rates of gun violence. In the other 42 states, however, magazine size is unlimited. Given that federal law no longer restricts their size, the only limitation is technological, meaning that 100 round magazines not only exist, they are perfectly legal. One hundred bullets fired without stopping to reload.
                                                                                                                                  And for their statistical basis, they link to a 2013 list of states at the Violence Policy Center on state firearm deaths. The states that rank the lowest are (starting at number 10): Iowa, California, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, and Hawaii. However, this isn't a list of deaths by gun violence as the authors claim, but a list of gun deaths for any reason, including suicide. When you look at firearm homicides, the list of the safest states is much different: North Dakota, Vermont, Wyoming, New Hampshire, Utah, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts and Oregon. This dichotomy is especially apparent in Wyoming which has one of the highest firearm death rates but a homicide rate of zero.

                                                                                                                                           Germane to this debate is the impact of high capacity magazine bans on gun deaths. If you examine the tables, the states with the lowest rankings (homicide and suicide) remained stable between 2004 and 2014 (other than a couple switching places). However, the NY Safe Act, which limited magazine capacity, was not passed until 2013. Connecticut's law likewise was not passed until 2013, and didn't take affect until 2014. Hawaii's magazine restriction is only applicable to handguns. So, there is not only a lack of evidence that magazine restrictions reduce gun deaths, but there is no correlation even when looking at the states cited by the U.S. News' authors.

                                                                                                                                  Friday, December 1, 2017

                                                                                                                                  December 1, 2017 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

                                                                                                                                  "Ancient CHAKRAM (Xena EDC) / Heavy Duty ARROW Knife (Ultimate Throwing Test)"--Adam Celadin (10 min.). The test of the throwing knife is first; the discussion of the chakram starts about the 4 minute mark, and the throwing is about the 6 minutes mark.

                                                                                                                                  • TGIF: This week's Weekend Knowledge Dump from Active Response Training. He links to and comments on articles about using a shot timer for training, using tactical lights, how to survive a mass shooting/sniper attack, and gripping a revolver.
                                                                                                                                  • While you are there, check out this article: "Stupid Active Killer Advice." The stupid advice is to pour soup or some other slick liquid on the floors, supposedly to impede the shooter's ability to move around. The problem, as Greg Ellifritz points out, is that it also hampers your ability to move about as well as anyone responding to the shooting.
                                                                                                                                  • Gabe Suarez has recently posted a series of articles on low-light shooting tips and technology:
                                                                                                                                  • "The Role of Lasers on Handguns." A couple points that I particular want to bring to your attention: first, he is adamant that a laser sight must be able to be activated single-handed, preferably by squeezing the grip or a button mounted on the handgun's grip; second, like I've noted in the past, lasers are properly sighted in so the beam is parallel to the bore, rather than intersecting the path of the bullet at pre-determined range (such as with optical sights).
                                                                                                                                  •  "The Truth About Using Lights in a Gunfight." Basically, don't. He asserts that: (1) "The need for completely illuminated target identification has been vastly overblown by lumen-peddling flashlight manufacturers and liability-centric instructors"; (2) if you have children or other persons that you may need to carry or physically shepherd out of harm's way, you will need a one-handed weapon (i.e., a handgun) rather than a rifle or shotgun; (3) you must be able to turn the light on or off while your finger is one the trigger, and it should have a momentary switch; (4) weapon lights should be used sparingly; (5) " Yes, in the real world people get covered with gun muzzles all the time....ALL THE TIME"; and (6)  "The weaponlight is NOT a reactive self defense tool or a necessity," by which he means that if you are attacked, you don't have time to screw around with a light, and almost always will have sufficient light to at least point shoot at an attacker, but rather that the light is used for pro-active searching and pre-planned confrontations.
                                                                                                                                  • "The Truth About Target Identification." Here, Suarez goes into more detail on why you, as a private citizen responding to a "bump in the night" don't generally need to illuminate your target with a light to identify whether it is friend or foe. He discusses how most targets can "at a glance be identified, even in a darkened home by their movements, actions and the process of elimination."
                                                                                                                                          I took a super bright light (that the sales rep donated...sort of) and inserted it into a cardboard target, lens toward the firing line. I took two military police guys in class, and had them face away from the target. They were armed with MP5 SMGs. I had them close their eyes and wait. All the lights on the range had been turned off except for the ostensibly blinding and disorienting flashlight. 
                                                                                                                                             Their instructions were that when I yelled "fight", they were to turn and engage the source of the light as they moved off the X. As they stood by, I turned on the light in the target bright and even set it to strobing. I then got out of the way and yelled, "fight!"
                                                                                                                                               In a few seconds, both operators had moved off the X and peppered the target with about twenty rounds each. The flashlight was miraculously not hit, but the target was fairly well destroyed. The bright strobe prevented them from getting a sight picture (like all good guys use), but it did not prevent them from point shooting it a cumulative total of over forty times even if they were "blinded by the light".
                                                                                                                                                Moral of the story is this - The use of light may identify your threat, but it will also give away your position and safety. 
                                                                                                                                          He goes on to discuss using night vision equipment in conjunction with a handgun.
                                                                                                                                          • "How Technology Owns the Darkness." In this article, Suarez continues his discussion about using night vision equipment with a handgun--specifically, a small hand-held monocular with a handgun.
                                                                                                                                                    After the popping stopped, the firefighters hiked to the source of the sound and found a cabin that had burned to the ground. Nearby, the release said, they found a bunker dug into the ground, containing what appeared to be novelty hand grenades that had been altered by drilling out the bottom and plugging the holes with threaded, galvanized pipe plugs. They also saw what appeared to be explosive powder, fuses and ammunition.
                                                                                                                                                         The bunker contained a “large number” of boxes and containers used as food storage, the release said. The firefighters took photos and informed law enforcement.
                                                                                                                                                           The discovery impacted the firefighting. Authorities deemed the items potentially dangerous to firefighters and would allow only airplanes or helicopters to suppress flames in the area.
                                                                                                                                                             On June 30, a bomb squad from Washington County and the FBI removed the explosives from the bunker, while other officers contacted a person of interest at his home in Parowan.
                                                                                                                                                              The person said he owned the cabin and bunker and was responsible for the explosives there. He said he’d purchased, drilled out and threaded the hand grenades and insisted they weren’t an explosive hazard to officials in the area.
                                                                                                                                                                He also told officers there were seven or eight such structures — four of which were cabins with bunkers hidden nearby — throughout the area. Most contain explosives and food storage, and were built over the course of several years, he said.
                                                                                                                                                        And to top all of this off, the cabins had all been built on State or Federal owned land. The article mentions that the man had been building and stocking the cabins and caches for a period of about 30 years.

                                                                                                                                                        Thursday, November 30, 2017

                                                                                                                                                        November 30, 2017 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

                                                                                                                                                        "Primitive Technology: Natural Draft Furnace"--Primitive Technology (6 min.)

                                                                                                                                                               This video from Primary & Secondary is spot on! You need to gather your data from different sources – different data points as I like to say and then make a conclusion. Even when you do that perfectly, you still might not like the outcome.
                                                                                                                                                                 There is so much bad information now. I am in a few groups in facebook and the info there is so bad. At least on a forum you build up a reputation and watch people that have a reputation. Most of the time you know when people are full of shit. Seems like lately you have to start your research thinking this author / video creator is full of shit.
                                                                                                                                                                   Its on you to find good sources of info if you care. ...
                                                                                                                                                            • "Product Review: AeroGarden Ultra"--Blue Collar Prepping. The author reviews a "small automated aeroponic (growing plants without soil or other media) gardens where everything from the lighting to the watering is automated." It doesn't work too well for root vegetables, and it requires a power source, but has otherwise worked nicely for the author.
                                                                                                                                                            • "Composting and Mulching Fall Leaves"--Go Garden Club. The author writes:
                                                                                                                                                                       Turning leaves into compost is really quite simple and involves the following steps:
                                                                                                                                                                       1. Add Leaves to a compost pile. Use a rake to gather the leaves into a central location so that the composting process can begin.
                                                                                                                                                                         2. Stir the compost pile often. The compost pile should be turned even during the cold months of winter to ensure that the compost decomposes properly.
                                                                                                                                                                           3. Keep the compost pile moist because it accelerates decomposition. Watering the compost insures that it will deteriorate in the manner that makes it most beneficial to a lawn.
                                                                                                                                                                    • "The Spices of Life"--SHTF Blog. An article on spices and seasonings for cooking. The author, in particular, likes garlic powder (not garlic salt). He also notes: "My own list of spices is not terribly extensive, but they include curry powder, Italian spices, sage, coriander, bay leaves, paprika, basil, celery seed, chives, chili powder, mustard, cinnamon, sesame seeds, poultry seasoning, parsley, poppy seeds, and several others."
                                                                                                                                                                    • "Why Salt Is Important To Survival"--Survival Based. The author advises that you should "[a]dd salt to your emergency kit if you haven’t already, as this mineral is an essential to human life. The body does not produce salt, but it needs it for survival. Salt is necessary for correct nerve transmission as well as sweat, blood, and digestive uses." She also briefly discusses its use for preserving foods and wound management.
                                                                                                                                                                    • If you could have only one gun: "Shotguns: Do-It-All Workhorse Firearms"--Shooting Illustrated. The secret to having a shotgun work as a "do-it-all" firearm is to have a variety of types of ammunition: small shot for birds and small game; buckshot for self-defense or hunting; slugs for self-defense or hunting; and perhaps some exotic rounds for particular purposes (e.g., signal flares). Unfortunately, by being a do-it-all weapon--especially in configurations that make it usable for self-defense--it doesn't do any one task particularly well. The shorter barrel and generally more open choke of a defensive shotgun makes it a little less handy for bird hunting then a full length, properly choked shotgun; the effective range of buckshot is generally less than that of a defensive pistol; and the slug lacks the accuracy and range of a rifle. And then there is the ammunition costs for an equivalent number of rounds. Most of the buckshot and slug rounds I see run between $1 to $2 dollars per round in 12 ga., depending on brand and whether it is a premium round.
                                                                                                                                                                    • More UK crime statistics: "More than 700,000 men were victims of domestic abuse in a year as stats reveal arrests are only made in less than HALF of all cases"--Daily Mail.

                                                                                                                                                                    Other Stuff:
                                                                                                                                                                              Typically, analysts assume that changes in reported GDP reflect movements in living standards and productive capacity. In China, however, this is not the case. Local governments are expected to boost spending by whatever amount is needed to meet the country’s targets, whether or not it is productive.
                                                                                                                                                                                GDP growth is not the same as economic growth. Consider two factories that cost the same to build and operate. If the first factory produces useful goods, and the second produces unwanted ones that pile up as inventory, only the first boosts the underlying economy. Both factories, however, will increase GDP in exactly the same way.
                                                                                                                                                                          ... The implications are clear. China’s growth miracle has already run out of steam. It is only by allowing debt to surge that the country is able to meet its GDP targets. ...
                                                                                                                                                                                   Cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov says he found bacteria clinging to the external surface of the International Space Station that didn't come from the surface of Earth. 
                                                                                                                                                                                      Shkaplerov told the Russian news agency Tass that cosmonauts collected the bacteria by swabbing the outside of the space station during space walks years ago.  
                                                                                                                                                                                        "And now it turns out that somehow these swabs reveal bacteria that were absent during the launch of the ISS module," Shkaplerov told Tass. "That is, they have come from outer space and settled along the external surface. They are being studied so far and it seems that they pose no danger."
                                                                                                                                                                                  The most likely explanation is that these are bacteria living high in the atmosphere that are occasionally kicked up high enough to reach the space station. Whether or not that is correct, the discovery definitely has implications for the theory of panspermia
                                                                                                                                                                                    [A] group of Chinese investors who are suing both [former Virginia Governor, Terry] McCauliffe and Tony Rodham, brother of Hillary, claiming that they were defrauded in an immigration scam involving a company McAuliffe founded nearly a decade ago. Chinese investors hoping to benefit from the EB-5 visa program dumped more than a half million dollars each into the firm with the expectation that there would be green cards available for them in short order. Now, with the company on the rocks and their immigration status in peril, they feel that they’ve been ripped off.
                                                                                                                                                                                    • Deuteronomy 22:5: "Cross dressing snuck up in our blind spot."--Dalrock. The author hypothesizes that the acceptance of women dressing like men, grooming their hair like men, and otherwise acting like men, opened the door to the current cross-dressing, transgenderism movement.
                                                                                                                                                                                    • "STUDY: Satellites Show No Acceleration In Global Warming For 23 Years"--The Daily Caller. From the article: "University of Alabama-Huntsville climate scientists John Christy and Richard McNider found that by removing the climate effects of volcanic eruptions early on in the satellite temperature record it showed virtually no change in the rate of warming since the early 1990s." The key to understanding why this is an issue is that the satellites were launched to address concerns that ground weather stations were compromised by being located in urban "heat islands" and of too limited of coverage. But then the data started coming in, and the climatologists didn't like what they saw, because the satellite data has not supported on-going global warming--at least not at the rates which justify the vast economic and lifestyle changes being pushed by climate scientists and governments. Thus, what you will see is that the reports still asserting continued global warming make extensive use of data from the ground weather stations, even though such data is known to be less reliable. This study also further illustrates a primary failure of climate science, which is that none of the climate models have accurately predicted temperature changes, or even been close. In other words, there are no climate "models," just fantasy.