|"The faded elegance of a lost world: Inside Italian-style mansion in North Carolina which has been crumbling away for decades"--Daily Mail. More photos and story at the link.|
- "Video shows Las Vegas smoke shop clerk shooting 13-year-old"--Las Vegas Review-Journal. This is from a December 2, 2016, incident. The clerk has being charged with murder. Basic background is that three teens (13 and 14 years old) plotted to rob the store, then charged into the store with hoodies and shirts drawn up about their faces. The clerk claims that he feared for his life, and shot (multiple times) the nearest robber, killing him. That is, the clerk has raised self-defense.
I'm no expert on Nevada law (and this is not intended as legal advice), but just quickly looking up the relevant self-defense statute, it appears that under Nevada law, the defendant ("slayer") wanting to use self-defense as justification for killing another must show (1) "The danger was so urgent and pressing that, in order to save the person’s own life, or to prevent the person from receiving great bodily harm, the killing of the other was absolutely necessary," and (2) "The person killed was the assailant, or that the slayer had really, and in good faith, endeavored to decline any further struggle before the mortal blow was given." Nev. Rev. Stat. 200.200. The Nevada Supreme Court has further indicated that:
... homicide is justifiable when a person reasonably believes that he is about to be seriously injured or killed and there is an actual and immediate danger that he will be killed. While homicide would be justifiable under these circumstances, it would also be justifiable if there was no actual or immediate danger to the defendant, but the defendant reasonably believed that his assailant could kill or seriously harm him.
Culverson v. State, 106 Nev. 484, 487, 797 P.2d 238, 239 (1990) (emphasis in original). The "reasonable" requirement necessitates showing not only a subjective belief (that is, what the defendant believed) but also an objective belief (that is, a "reasonable person" would likewise have the same belief).
The problems for the clerk is that the robber was 42 feet away at the time of the shooting (i.e., he had only barely entered the store), the robber was a young teen, and the robber and his compatriots were unarmed. Thus, there may be a question for the jury of whether the clerk had a reasonable belief he could be killed or seriously harmed, and/or imminence ("the danger was so urgent and pressing ..."). In a self-defense shooting, as much as possible, you want to eliminate the possibility of jury questions. Referencing the OODA loop, the issue is one of needing to take additional time to observe and orient before deciding to act. In this case, for instance, the better course of action might have been to draw the weapon and verbally challenge the robbers.
The lesson here is that self-defense law oft times does not allow us to take the personally safest option because of the need to establish the reasonableness of our actions. The law expects us, the citizen, to take a life only under dire circumstances.
- Another self-defense gone wrong, this time from Washington state: "Homeowner who found a 'naked' teacher's aide taking a SHOWER in his house, left to get his gun and then returned to shoot the 'intruder' dead through the bath curtain is charged with murder"--Daily Mail. Background facts: the homeowner owned two homes next to each other. One was used as his residence, and the other (the home in the story) was used for a business office. The intruder that was killed appears from the photographs to be a large, muscular man, with beard and extensive tattoos. For some reason, he decided to break into the home/office and take a shower. That is where the owner discovered him. There were words, the owner left to retrieve his gun, and shot the intruder through the shower curtain. The police apparently believe that there was no further warning given to the intruder. I don't know whether Washington follows or has anything like the Castle doctrine, but even if it did, I don't know if it would be applicable. Again, however, the issue is whether the intruder posed an imminent danger requiring resort to deadly force.
- Following in the footsteps of Mossberg (the Shock Wave) and Suarez International (the Stake Out), Asylum Weaponry has also introduced its own "shotgun-like," but not a shotgun, 14-inch barrel weapon. Like the Suarez offering, Asylum's firearm is based on the Remington 870 action. However, comparing what you get for each of the Asylum and Suarez 870 based systems, it seems to me that Suarez offers more for the money.
- "AK-47, AKM/AKMS and AK-74 Blueprints"--The Firearms Blog. The author has collected some technical drawings of the AK and specific parts, which he has shared.
- "Cheap and Easy Night Sight Replacement For Your Combloc Rifle – Content Contest"--The Truth About Guns. How to replace the tritium vials in the night sights for the Yugoslavian M59/66.
- "Glock Accessories – Best Must-Have Hardware for Your Pistol"--Ammo Land. Video and article at the link. It goes over some of the standard recommended upgrades for a new Glock: sights, trigger connector, pins, and some others that make it a nicer weapon.
- The Religion of Peace strikes again: "Pictured: First images of 'terror suspect' accused of planting a nail bomb which ripped through carriages on St Petersburg metro killing at least ten and injuring 50 while Putin visited the city"--Daily Mail. Dressed in traditional Muslim garb with the beard (san mustache) that is typical. Probably Chechen.
- More: "ISIS Celebrates St. Petersburg Metro Blast That Killed 9"--Vocativ. The article reports: "Others [ISIS supporters] celebrated by saying that the Monday bombs made for 'a metro to hell for the worshipers of the Cross' and claimed that the attacks — which are still under investigation by Russian authorities — were revenge for Russia’s backing of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s fight against ISIS and other rebel groups in Syria’s civil war."
- He's going to have to update it ... frequently: "A Week of Diversity and Terror"--Daniel Greenfield at Sultan Knish. A post from last week recapping just the terrorist incidents last week in Europe by jihadis. Greenfield points out:
Somewhere along the way it wasn’t life that became normal, but terror. And the insistence on normalcy just normalizes the terror. A week with three terror attacks across Europe is no longer extraordinary. We have come to expect that there will be men trying to stab and run us over from Paris to Antwerp to London. And we have come to expect another Islamic terror plot targeting Kansas City, Miami, Columbia, New York, San Bernardino, Boston, Tampa, Dallas, Rochester, Springfield and any city.
We don’t know when or where the next attack will come. But we know whom it will come from.
- Diversity is our strength: "Police hunt 'machete wielding man' who raped woman in Bonn"--The Local. Per the article, police described the man (pictured in a police sketch as African) as being "aged between 20 and 30, 180 cm tall and dark skinned. ... At the time of the incident he was wearing light jeans and a summer jacket. He spoke to the couple in broken English."
- You can't stump the Trump: "Top Obama Adviser Sought Names of Trump Associates in Intel"--Bloomberg. From the article:
White House lawyers last month learned that the former national security adviser Susan Rice requested the identities of U.S. persons in raw intelligence reports on dozens of occasions that connect to the Donald Trump transition and campaign, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.
The pattern of Rice's requests was discovered in a National Security Council review of the government's policy on "unmasking" the identities of individuals in the U.S. who are not targets of electronic eavesdropping, but whose communications are collected incidentally. Normally those names are redacted from summaries of monitored conversations and appear in reports as something like "U.S. Person One."
- Related: "Susan Rice Requested Unmasking of Incoming Trump Administration Officials"--Medium.
- There is no separation of church and state in Islam: "Mosques Spying for Turkish Intelligence in Germany Prompt Raids, Government Probe"--PJ Media. From the article:
The Turkish-Islamic Union for Religious Affairs (DITIB) in Germany is the official arm of the Diyanet, the Turkish government's Presidency of Religious Affairs, which operates 900 mosques and employs 970 imams and religious officials. DITIB represents 70 percent of Germany's Muslim community and serves the more than three million German nationals of Turkish origin or Turkish citizens who live in Germany.
But investigations into the DITIB in recent months have revealed that the Turkish government-controlled mosques have been used extensively as part of the spy network of the Turkish intelligence agency, the Milli Istihbarat Teskilati (MIT).
- "Average IQ can be a real bear, or silk purses and sow's ears"--Ex Army. (H/t Nicholas Stix). A brief discussion of bell curves, average (or mean), and the implications for IQ results for different populations. Key point from the article: "It is average IQ that is the prime determinant of what a society will be like. And according to my calculations, the average US IQ has declined by at least eight points since 1965."
- "Is this pink pill the elixir of youth? A Harvard scientist claims NMN drug has already knocked 20 years off his age - and given his 77-year-old father the energy of a 30-year-old"--Daily Mail. This is another article on a drug soon going to human trials that seems to reverse the affect of aging on cells. This article, however, gives a much clearer explanation for the layman of what is happening than I have seen in the other articles I've read.
- Related: "Is the Cure for Aging Just Around the Corner?"--Reason. Discussion of a couple lines of research.
- Face-to-Face recently posted an article challenging the application of r/K theory to politics. Since I've read Anonymous Conservative's book on the topic, as well as some other work that applies r/K to human behavior, it seemed easy to poke holes in the Face-to-Face article and I had, in fact, been considering writing my own critique of the Face-to-Face article. Nevertheless, Anonymous Conservative has posted a rebuttal to the Face-to-Face article.
- Related: "A Thought About The Frontier"--Anonymous Conservative. More on the libertarian in r/K theory.
- Deja vu: "Protesters TORCH Paraguay's parliament building after smashing their way in when a controversial law allowing the President to be re-elected was passed"--Daily Mail. Paraguay's parliament voted to repeal a term limits law to allow the current President to run again. It was a similar measure that marked Venezuela's decent into a dictatorship.