Wednesday, September 2, 2015

A Quick Run Around the Web--September 2, 2015

Umayyad mosque, Aleppo – Before and After (Source)

Survival/Prepping:

  • "California’s Katrina Is Coming"--Wired. "Most of the state’s water is drawn from the Delta, protected by levees that pretty much amount to mounds of dirt, even when compared to infrastructure that infamously failed New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Hurricanes don’t hit NorCal, but these levees are alarmingly susceptible to disaster. If enough were to breach—in an earthquake perhaps, or severe El Niño storm—sea water from San Francisco Bay could rush in, tainting the water supply serving two-thirds of the state. The worst-case scenario could cause up to three years of severely curtailed water for most Californians."


Firearms/Self-Defense:

  • "Lasermax introduces Spartan line"--The Firearms Blog. A new line of laser sights designed to fit on an accessory rail.
  • "Fatal Firearm Accidents vs Private Gun Ownership 1965 – 2013"--The Truth About Guns. As the number of firearms in private hands has increased from 90,000,000 to 363,000,000, the number of accidental firearms fatalities per year has fallen from about 2,500 to 505. And accidental firearm death rates are at an all-time low for the last 115 years. There seems to be an inverse relationship between accidental firearm deaths and the number of civilian weapons circulating. 
  • "Is It 1968 Again? Crime Rises 'Unexpectedly'"--Powerline. Murder rates rising in several large American cities.

Immigration in Europe:



Black Lives Matter/Civil Unrest:

"It’s been a “bad year” for cops in the US, right? Lots of them getting assassinated, right? Surely, it’s all a result of the uprisings in urban areas, by inner-city youths and their communist agitators, right? It’s horrible, right?

    Well, it’s horrible, sure, but it’s actually been a pretty average—if not below average—year for violent homicide of police officers, compared to the last thirty years.



    Election 2016:


    Other Stuff:

    A family built on the marriage of a man and woman supplies the best setting for God’s plan to thrive—the setting for the birth of children, who come in purity and innocence from God, and the environment for the learning and preparation they will need for a successful mortal life and eternal life in the world to come. A critical mass of families built on such marriages is vital for societies to survive and flourish. That is why communities and nations generally have encouraged and protected marriage and the family as privileged institutions. It has never been just about the love and happiness of adults.
    Instead Obama seems to be intent on doing as little as possible to fight ISIS — just enough to be able to say he is doing something without doing enough to achieve his stated purpose to “degrade and destroy” that terrorist state. Among other deficiencies, Obama has not implemented any plan to mobilize Sunnis against ISIS. Without their support, it will be impossible to oust ISIS from the Sunni areas it has occupied. Instead, Obama seems to be pursuing de facto cooperation with the Iranian regime even though Iran is sponsoring the very Shiite militias whose radicalism drives Sunnis into the arms of ISIS.

    • "Pondering Hitler's Legacy"--George Friedman, Stratfor. On this anniversary of WWII, the most devastating war to date in the history of the world, George Friedman ponders what Hitler wrought. 
    The first outcome, obviously, was that he destroyed Europe's hegemony over much of the world and its influence over the rest. Within 15 years of the end of the war, Britain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands lost their empires. ... 
    There was another thing Hitler cost Europe: the metaphysical sensibility. It is startling, the extent to which Christian Europe has abandoned Christianity for secularism. ... 
      Of course in all of this, perhaps the most important thing that Hitler did was unleash the United States, a country where earning a living is the definition of life. Hitler believed that his defeat meant the triumph of Bolshevism. It really meant the triumph of the United States and its culture, which it distributed in Western Europe through occupation and in the Soviet bloc through imitation.
        The United States redefined European culture. As I have written in Flashpoints: The Emerging Crisis in Europe, it was not Coca-Cola but the computer that was the carrier of American culture. The computer had nothing to do with metaphysics or with the true or beautiful. It had to do with the narrowest form of instrumental reason: It simply got things done, and in doing so, it justified its existence. The computer dominated the world — and Europe — and with it came a mode of thinking, contained in programming, that was so radically different from what European culture consisted of as to almost be from another planet. Of course, Europeans helped found the culture, but they bequeathed it to their heir, the United States. Paradoxically, the United States remains the most religious of countries, with church attendance at its height. Religiosity and instrumental reason are compatible in the United States — a point to ponder.


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