Monday, November 19, 2018

November 19, 2018 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

"Why They want to REPLACE YOU"--Black Pilled (13-1/2 min.)

  • "Concealed Carry Corner: Carrying While Jogging"--The Firearm Blog. The author notes that in addition to two-legged predators, we are seeing increased numbers of fatal attacks by dogs, coyotes and other animals on people that are out exercising or enjoying the outdoors. In one case, a woman was attacked and killed by "her neighbor’s six standard dachshund and terrier mixes and one border collie mix." The author's own solution is start out with a lightweight firearm--an LCP--and carry it in a pocket holster in a pair of "field shorts," not running shorts. However, he then goes on to list some other options, including options that will work with tight running or biking shorts, or yoga pants. Being older, I go with old-fashioned solutions, which is a small fanny pack with holster. If I'm walking or, God forbid, jogging, I keep the fanny pack to the front. If riding a bike, I just slide it around so the pack is over my "fanny." The pack keeps the weight of the weapon centered, and the additional pockets on the fanny pack can hold my keys, identification, and cell phone. I can then clip a folding knife over the fanny pack's belt.
  • "Press the trigger smoothly"--Tactical Professor. Word: "One of the components of NOT producing buckshot targets with a pistol is pressing the trigger smoothly and straight to the rear." The author provides one exercise (not using a firearm) to help develop your straight pull, and then a target and drill for dry firing. The exercise requires that you have a vertical line to use as reference, such as a picture frame, and then practice moving your finger back while keeping the distal joint in line with the edge of the frame.
  • "Building Barricades for Long Range Rifle Practice"--Guns America Digest. Plans, directions and photographs concerning building your own barricades for shooting practice. Although the title refers to long range rifle practice, these barricades would also be useful for tactical rifle practice and, in two of the cases, tactical pistol shooting.
  • "Tempus Fugit, Med Supplies Edition"--Western Rifle Shooters Association. You have probably already seen this, but if not, it is a short piece reminding us of the need to stock on large quantities and multiple varieties of antibiotics, as well as a list of references so we know how to use those antibiotics: "Tarascon’s Pocket Pharmacopeia to give you dosages and normal course, a good nursing drug reference (Mosby’s, etc.) to lay out do’s and don’ts etc., and a current/recent PDR to understand everything about the drugs in question."
  • "PREPPER MEDICINE: WHAT YOU THINK YOU KNOW CAN KILL YOU"--American Partisan. Herbal medicine and old wives tales are not sufficient medical knowledge in the event of SHTF, and the latest "healthy" trends such as skipping inoculations can be deadly. You need real medicine and real knowledge.
  • The Lizard Farmer has a new post up: "It’s Not Enough". He warns about getting stuck in a comfort zone, especially when you obtained your gear and gotten your initial training. His suggestion is to spend 30 minutes a day working on prepping, be it dry practice, physical training, or expanding your knowledge. Read the whole thing.
  • Crap! "Waste Management after SHTF"--SHTF Preparedness. This actually isn't much of an article: it reminds you that waste management will be an issue, and links to a couple articles on burn barrels and composting toilets. But it is an important reminder of an important topic. The best discussion I've seen of the issue is in Cody Lundin's book, When All Hell Breaks Loose. If you don't have his book, I really suggest that you get a copy. 
  • "Bugging out Hygiene 101"--The Survivalist Blog. Do you know what is better than antibiotics? Not having to use antibiotics. And day-to-day hygiene plays a big role. This article discusses the basics of hygiene including bathing when water is in short supply, a temporary substitute for washing your hair, taking care of your teeth and gums, and laundry.
  • Projection or an attempt to "other" gun owners? You decide: "Newsweek Reporter: Almost Everyone I’ve Ever Heard Of Who Owns An AR-15 Is A Mass Murderer"--Hot Air
  • This reminds me of something I've heard before ... oh yeah ... when guns are banned only criminals will have guns. "Corrupt UK Border Officer Jailed for Smuggling Guns & Drugs"--The Firearm Blog.


"Massive Crater Discovered Under Greenland Ice"--NASA Goddard (4-1/2 min.)
A bit more on the discovery of that impact crater discovered in Greenland.

I no longer believe that political solutions are possible for us. I am baffled by the way people still speak of the West as if it were at least a cultural unity against Communism though it is divided not only by a political, but by an invisible cleavage. On one side are the voiceless masses with their own subdivisions and fractures. On the other side is the enlightened, articulate elite which, to one degree or other, has rejected the religious roots of the civilization—the roots with-out which it is no longer Western civilization, but a new order of beliefs, attitudes and mandates. 
         NATO, the European Union, the memories of two devastating wars, and the Soviet threat have been variously credited for the decades of peace Europe has enjoyed since the end of the Second World War. The uncomfortable reality is that this enduring peace is also the result of the often violent resettlement of ethnic groups within coherent national borders. The cultural, linguistic, and religious fault lines that exploded into violence during the first half of the 20th century have been largely erased from the map, replaced by a series of uniform national blocs.
            It’s no accident that the one place in Europe that wasn’t completely reorganized along these lines is still a tinder box. The Balkans erupted in the 1990s because Yugoslavia temporarily defied this pan-European trend of state building, thanks largely to Marshall Tito’s charismatic authoritarianism. After Tito died, communism and a unified Yugoslavia followed in quick succession. Slovenia and Croatia were able to detach themselves relatively easily, but Bosnia, home to Muslim Bosniaks plus large minorities of Orthodox Serbs and and Roman Catholic Croatians, was not so lucky.
             Beijing over the last two years has significantly ramped up its swiping of commercial technology and intellectual property, from jet engines to genetically modified rice, as U.S. relations with China have grown more acrimonious under President Trump, according to U.S. officials and security experts.
              “They want technology by hook or by crook. They want it now. The spy game has always been a gentleman’s game, but China has taken the gloves off,” said John Bennett, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Francisco office, which battles economic spies targeting Silicon Valley. “They don’t care if they get caught or if people go to jail. As long as it justifies their ends, they are not going to stop.”
          They could just deport all Chinese nationals working in key industries and freeze the issuance of student or work visas to Chinese nationals. It wouldn't stop the problem completely, but it would put a serious crimp in the Chinese plans.
                  Britain’s education system is failing to tackle the “astonishing” underperformance of boys as feminists have made the topic “taboo”, the former head of the university admissions service has warned.
                    Mary Curnock Cook, who was chief executive of Ucas until last year, said the fact that boys are falling behind in education is a national scandal – yet it is such an “unfashionable” topic to discuss that it has become “normalised”.
              • From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs: "Murder rate soars in Venezuela, forcing population to take extreme precautions to stay alive amid food and medicine shortages"--Daily Mail. "The South American nation registered 26,000 homicides last year, 89 per 100,000 inhabitants and a figure 15 times the global average, according to the Venezuelan Observatory of Violence, a non-governmental group." Seems a rather optimistically low estimate.
              • Post-Christian America: "Witches now outnumber Presbyterians in America as number of Pagans soar to 1.5 MILLION - and millennials' love of yoga and star signs is to blame"--Daily Mail. The number practicing or taking part in reiki or other forms of "energy healing" is probably much larger. Reiki and similar practices is a growing problem within the LDS membership, particularly among the feminist leaning crowd.
              • MGTOW: "Modern Love. Cohabitation on Rise in U.S.: Demographic Trends"--Bloomberg Quint. 9% of the 25-34 age group is cohabiting with an unmarried partner versus 7% living with a spouse. A total 15% cohabitation rate is really pitiful. 
              • A Catholic tribulation: "The Bishops In Their Labyrinth"--John Daniel Davidson at The Federalist. There is no sugar-coating this: American Catholics are facing a time of great trial, which unfortunately includes enemies of the faith within the Catholic Church. Davidson reports that American bishops attended a conference in Baltimore to deal with the crises of sexual abuse and deviancy, but the conference was undercut by a letter from the Catholic Pope instructing them "to delay consideration of two proposals that would have formed the basis for a substantive response to the sexual abuse crisis: a new code of conduct for bishops and the creation of a lay commission to investigate bishops accused of misconduct." Rather, the Pope wants to wait until a February synod to discuss sexual abuse allegations. However, that is only half of the problem, the other being widespread practicing homosexuals within the priesthood. The author explains:
                      Meeting an American bishop for the first time is like meeting a general for the first time. You think the man is a general because he is the best, perhaps because he has distinguished himself in battle. But you soon realize that in most cases he is a general simply because he has survived the system long enough.
                         Often, it’s the same with bishops. That’s not to say there are no good bishops (or generals), but simply that bishops are products of the system that produced them. In America, that system has been compromised for at least a half-century. Many current American bishops, now in their 60s and 70s, were shaped in their youth by the sexual revolution and a “culture of dissent” in the American church that rejected traditional moral teaching on issues like birth control, marriage, and homosexuality.
                          As a result, some bishops lost sight of moral truth, as well as an understanding of what they are and what their role is in relation to the laity. There’s a reason bishops refer to one another as “brothers” and that parishioners call their priests “father.” For Catholics, those terms reflect the theological reality that priests are living icons of Christ, true spiritual fathers to the faithful. It’s no wonder that McCarrick, in his depravity, referred to his favorite seminarians as “nephews” and told them to call him “Uncle Ted,” rejecting his role as father and shepherd for something vague, confused, and utterly false.
                             It’s also no wonder that so many bishops, including the pope, now want to quarantine the issue of sexual abuse of minors from the larger question of sexual infidelity in the priesthood, specifically, violations of celibacy with consenting adults. During the conference, there was some discussion of whether the proposed lay review board should examine claims of sexual offenses against minors as well as adults. Cupich was quick to urge that they be kept separate, saying that it’s a “different discipline,” and that, “In some of the cases with adults involving clerics, it could be consensual sex, anonymous, but also involve adult pornography. There’s a whole different set of circumstances.”

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