- "Devastating Bangkok blast caught on camera: At least 27 dead and dozens injured as motorbike bomber targets tourists at shrine."
- "The Iran deal will unchain top ayatollah’s terror slush fund"--The New York Post notes that "[a]ccording to the [Obama] deal [with Iran], within six to 12 months, Treasury will de-list more than three dozen banks, oil companies and other investments belonging to the Execution of Imam Khomeini’s Order, a k a EIKO. Reportedly worth more than $95 billion, EIKO is controlled by the supreme leader."
- From The Firearms Blog: "DIY Barrel Rifling Tool" and its follow up, "DIY .410 Staplegun Revolver."
- From The Truth About Guns: "New 3D Printed Handgun: Now in Semi-Auto!"
- "The NSA Playset: Espionage tools for the rest of us" at Ars Technica.
- "ISIL's Most Important Anniverary is Coming Up and It's Not What You Think." The 9th Anniversary of the creation of the Islamic State in Iraq.
- A couple from SNAFU!:
- "Evolving BACK to LBE's!" Solomon notes the trend (fashion?) from load bearing equipment (LBE) to load bearing vests, which were abandoned in favor of battle belts, which grew too heavy requiring suspenders, putting us back to the "improved" LBE.
- "Self Defense Training....Pelvic shots are catching on! What are the implications?"
- "For Better or Worse." Our worst economic disasters have been overseen by a near monopoly of economists from MIT and Britain.
- "Was Sardinia home to Atlantis? Comet triggered an enormous tidal wave that wiped out ancient civilisation, experts claim." My first thought was that what he was looking at was a disaster caused by the eruption of Santorini/Thera, but the dates and locations are wrong for that to be the case.
- John Derbyshire issues "A Report from the Conservative Movement's Dustbin," including the following observations:
Our culture has continued to slide giggling into the pit. It is now thirty years since you last heard anyone hum a tune from a current popular song. Concerts of serious music rarely include anything less than half a century old. Very few of us could name a living painter or architect. Entire years pass when no American outside the academy spontaneously quotes a line of verse written by any American poet younger than Elizabeth Bishop (b. 1911), or a British poet younger than Philip Larkin (b. 1922). The middlebrow novel is slipping into extinction. Movies are an extension of the comic-book industry; only TV drama shows occasional flashes of brilliance. The churches are branch offices of Globalist Multiculturalism, Inc.: the Episcopal church in my sleepy, 360-year-old Long Island town advertises Misa en Español.
Forbidden by Supreme Court decree to test job applicants for ability, employers demand college degrees as proxies, obliging parents either to beggar themselves or to see their children loaded with debt after four prime young-adult years learning nothing much. The colleges themselves are hotbeds of Cultural Marxism, padding out their prospectuses with intellectually worthless Grievance Studies courses, awarding degrees to illiterate black athletes, and writhing in frenzies of agonized self-abasement when someone is seen wearing a hood on campus.Police and Fire Departments, to avoid diversity lawsuits, allow black female cadets to walk through their test fitness runs. Other working- and lower-middle-class employments are sold off to low-bidding H-1B visa holders or illegal aliens. Homosexuals can pretend to be “married,” and if you peaceably express disapproval you will be hounded from your job. Submarine crews are co-ed.
It is all progressing as Spengler foretold in the early 20th Century, and Isaiah described from his day and age witnessing the waning of the empire built by David and Solomon. Read the whole thing.