- "Defeating Drones: How To Build A Thermal Evasion Suit"--Oathkeepers. The instructions are in a video, but there are written comments about the suit and other issues concerning thermal imagers. (See also Radiant Barrier)
- "FLIR ONE thermal imaging camera review"--The Gadgeteer.
- "Ruger 10/22 Takedown Upgrades For SHTF"--Survival Cache.
- "Urban foraging — if you’re still stuck in the city when disaster strikes"--Personal Liberty.
- Video: The Shoulder Pop (see below)
- "100 Years of .30-06" at The Truth About Guns.
- "The so-called 'refugee' flood"--Bayou Renaissance Man. Peter Grant notes that the "refugees" in Europe are not simply seeking safety--else they would have stopped in the first safe refuge they found--but are seeking money and the welfare benefits available in the richest of the European countries. "The fact that in doing so, they're imposing an impossible burden - financial, social, cultural and in other ways - on the countries to which they're moving is something about which they care not at all."
- "We can't cope with this tide! Europe's despairing leaders bring back border controls with free-movement zone on brink of collapse"--Daily Mail. Germany has asked Italy to tighten its borders.
- "Hungary opens Budapest's main railway station after two-day standoff - but cancels most trains"--The Independent. Hungary not allowing the refugees to proceed to Austria.
- "Would Hillary’s Election Cause an American Civil War?"--Roger L. Simon at PJ Media.
- "The Clintons’ plan to counterattack Obama"--Monica Crowley at The Washington Times. "
- "Hillary's emails WERE for sale on the open market but the Obama administration didn't go after them, says US intelligence official"--Daily Mail.
- "Students Bombed the SAT This Year, in Four Charts"--Bloomberg News. Common core, or the expansion of the number of students taking the test?
- "Russian troops 'fighting alongside Assad's army against Syrian rebels'"--The Telegraph.
- "A Sprawl of Ghost Homes in Aging Tokyo Suburbs"--New York Times. (Also available here).
“There are empty houses everywhere, places where nobody’s lived for 20 years, and more are cropping up all the time,” said Ms. Haneda, 77, complaining that thieves had broken into her neighbor’s house twice and that a typhoon had damaged the roof of the one next to it.
Despite a deeply rooted national aversion to waste, discarded homes are spreading across Japan like a blight in a garden. Long-term vacancy rates have climbed significantly higher than in the United States or Europe, and some eight million dwellings are now unoccupied, according to a government count. Nearly half of them have been forsaken completely — neither for sale nor for rent, they simply sit there, in varying states of disrepair.
These ghost homes are the most visible sign of human retreat in a country where the population peaked a half-decade ago and is forecast to fall by a third over the next 50 years. The demographic pressure has weighed on the Japanese economy, as a smaller work force struggles to support a growing proportion of the old, and has prompted intense debate over long-term proposals to boost immigration or encourage women to have more children.
For now, though, after decades in which it struggled with overcrowding, Japan is confronting the opposite problem: When a society shrinks, what should be done with the buildings it no longer needs?