Tuesday, January 24, 2017

January 24, 2017 - A Quick Run Around the Web

Thunder Ranch's "Defensive Tactics (PART 1)" (47 minutes) 

  • "Review of the Oregon 12 Volt Chain Saw Sharpener"--Security and Self-Reliance. The author gives it high marks; and the fact that it will run off your vehicle's electrical system is a plus if you harvest your own wood.
  • "Palette's Product Review: Bondic Liquid Plastic Welder"--Blue Collar Prepping. Simplifies fixing plastic parts by using a resin that is set by using a UV light included with the kit.
  • "The Estwing Hunter’s Axe: For Dressing Game and More"--All Outdoor. The author's first impressions of the axe. It sports a skeletonized head with a chopping/cutting blade on one side and a large gut hook on the other.
  • "Nosler Releases The Brand New 22 Nosler | Fastest .22 Cartridge For The AR-15 Platform"--The Firearms Blog. The author writes that Nosler "claim[s] that the new cartridge will boast velocities that rival the 22-250 cartridge while fitting into an AR-15 platform." According to the manufacturer, "the 22 Nosler® yields nearly 25% more capacity than the 223 Rem/ 5.56 NATO making the round capable of pushing a 55gr. Nosler Ballistic Tip bullet at 2,950 fps out of an AR-15 fitted with an 18” barrel and a 77gr. Custom Competition® bullet at 2,950 fps."
  • "Obama Official Issues Ammunition Ban for Federal Lands on Last Day in Office"--Washington Free Beacon. According to the article, the directive bans use of lead ammunition (or lead fishing weights) in all national parks, federal wildlife refuges, and other lands administered by the U.S. Fish & Game.
  • "Top 5 Tips to Make Heating Your Home with a Wood Stove Easier"--Food Storage and Survival. The author recommends using a stovepipe thermometer to better regulate your flue, get a vacuum specifically designed for vacuuming up ash, get a fan or two to help move air around (we use a ceiling fan to circulate the air, and a box fan in our hallway to pull the air toward the back of our house), use a service to cut your wood if you are physically unable to do so, have a backup heating source.
  • "6 Reasons why you should own a kerosene heater"--Modern Survivalist. I used these while I lived in Japan, and later in an apartment while I was attending university. Remember that the smaller, reflective style are intended for a smaller space, so you can place it near a wall and radiate the heat toward the center of the room; but if you need to heat a larger open area, you will want one or two of the round convection heaters. You will also want to keep kerosene on hand (5 gallons should be sufficient for most emergencies) and a small siphon pump to move the kerosene from its container to the reserve tank on the heater. There is very little smell during normal burning, but a strong kerosene odor when first lighting or shutting off the heater. Also be aware that you will need to keep a window cracked open to prevent the build up of dangerous levels of CO2 or CO.
  • "The Tampon Water Filter"--Dreaming Of Sunsets Over Ochre Dunes (formerly Neo-Survivalist Apparently works well to filter out particulates.
  • "How to Can Your Leftover Turkey"--Food Storage and Survival. Probably too late this year, but maybe for next Thanksgiving or Christmas.
  • "Real Avid’s Bore Boss Pull-Through Bore Cleaner"--All Outdoor. Similar to a boresnake, it comes with its own container/handle making storage easier and cleaner.
  • "10 Must-Have Tools for the DIY Gunsmith"--Shooting Times.

Sig's winning submission for the Army pistol trials (via The Firearms Blog). A couple points that differ from the standard 320 is the manual safety (which, thankfully, is frame mounted), and the removable plate on the top of the slide for mounting a reflex-sight. 

Other Stuff:
  • First up: there is a new Woodpile Report. A couple articles jumped out at me:
  • "The Ghost of Robespierre"--The Z Man. He discusses how progressives intend to make mankind more virtuous and destroy those that are not good enough; but, unlike Christianity which accepted that there is a point where one is good enough, there are no limits in progressive movements to how "virtuous" one has to avoid being destroyed. In particular, speaking of the modern anti-discrimination movement:
     This is where anti-racism is right now. You cannot be anti-racist enough. There is no limit so anyone can come along and be more anti-racist than the current most anti-racist guy. If one is not constantly racing to be even more pure, they risk being accused of heresy, which in the modern age means being a racist. It is why Trump is called a racist. It’s not just a political taunt. The lunatics of the anti-racism movement see anyone not racing toward virtue as an enemy of their cause.
         This is the natural end of all radicalism. It is why it appeals to the hive minded. The anti-racists would merrily round up white people and kill them, not for any crimes they committed, but as a form of human sacrifice. That is what the regular executions in Paris became during the Terror. They were purification ceremonies, not punishments for the guilty, but purity was always just one more head in the basket away. It’s the inevitable end of all mass movements when there is no limiting principle.
           Robespierre eventually went to his demise in what we call today the Thermidorian Reaction. The sensible people of the revolution figured out that putting lunatics in charge was going to get everyone killed so they did what had to be done, which was kill the lunatics. It is a lesson that has had to be relearned time and again since the French Revolution and one that will have to be learned now with the anti-racists. There’s no reasoning with them so the only solution is to eliminate them.
        "What we found out is that those two cases of collapse -- Classic and Preclassic -- follow similar patterns," lead study author Takeshi Inomata, a professor of anthropology and archaeology at the University of Arizona, said in a news release. "It's not just a simple collapse, but there are waves of collapse. First, there are smaller waves, tied to warfare and some political instability, then comes the major collapse, in which many centers got abandoned. Then there was some recovery in some places, then another collapse."
        Here's my theory. The Preclassic collapse happened around 250 A.D. or so. Refugees fleeing the Mayan region eventually found their way to where ever the Book of Mormon took place. Like migrants today, the first generation probably largely behaved themselves, but the second and third generations forced the crises that led to the civil war there in the mid- to late-4th Century.

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