Tuesday, November 3, 2015

A Quick Run Around the Web -- November 3, 2015

Wikimedia's Picture of the Day: "Schiessent├╝mpel at the Black Ernz near Waldbillig, Luxembourg"

  • "The Death of Europe"--Quadrant. "In Africa and the Middle East whole countries are emptying.  But from what are their people fleeing?  In essence, they are fleeing from themselves, and when they enter other countries they bring with them all that implies: failed cultures, intolerant insularity and ancient animosities."
  • News from the American Redoubt: "Adams County rancher shot and killed by deputies"--KTVB.com. Short version: an elderly rancher was told by emergency dispatcher that his bull was injured in car crash, he went to the accident scene to put down the bull, and, instead, the rancher was put down by the sheriff deputies at the crash scene. When his wife heard he was shot, she collapsed from a heart attack. Just a reminder that the quote from the "The Death of Europe" article cited above also applies to those fleeing blue-states to red-states, including LEOs.
  • "There's a Hole in the Sun That's Going to Make the Skies Dazzle"--Bloomberg. A moderate sized geomagnetic storm (not a coronal mass ejection) with higher than normal solar wind should intensify the auroras.
  • "Seattle, Vancouver and Portland are at risk of a MEGAQUAKE: Risk revealed in first detailed map of Pacific Northwest fault line"--Daily Mail. "The 'Big One' will hit when Juan de Fuca, a 700-mile chunk of the Pacific Ocean, slides under Canada and America. Now, scientists have a better idea of how this will happen after creating the first ever detailed map of the mantle under the tectonic plate."
  • "Letter: .40 S&W"--Survival Blog. A reader of the Survival Blog has pointed out that right now is a great time to pick up a used .40 S&W caliber police trade-in handguns because of the low prices. My experience with such purchases is that the firearms generally have lots of holster wear (obviously), and probably weren't taken care of very well, but will have actually been shot very little. Don't expect a pristine gun as far as its outside finish, but, on the other hand, it shouldn't be shot out. I was never one of the persons "who previously thought the .40 S&W was the greatest thing since sliced bread [but] are now starting to poo-poo the caliber"--I've disliked it from the first time I shot one. But if you do decide to get one, I would note that some LEO agencies have reported problems with the frames cracking over time on certain models of .40 S&W, so inspect the firearm carefully before purchase or shooting.
  • "The Campfire Reflector Wall Does NOT work, Here’s Why"--Dirt Time. I think the author is confusing temperature with heat, and ignoring the importance of such structures reducing the flow of air, so I'm not convinced he is correct, but I'm still throwing the article out for your review and thoughts.
  • "Steel: Heat-Treatment"--Blue Collar Prepping. Some tips on heat treating steel.
  • "Survival Advice that Won’t Work for a City Dweller"--Apartment Prepper. Common advice for the person living in a rural "retreat"--such as burying a cache of extra food, or gathering water from ponds and streams--do not work so well in a dense urban environment. The article discusses some of the advice that don't translate very well, and offers some work-arounds. 
  • "How To Think Like a Prepper"--Perky Prepping Gramma. Developing the "prepping" thought-process.
  • "Defense: Obstacles Part XI: Breaking Contact And Evading"--The Lizard Farmer. The author has a great set of articles on planning, constructing and using obstacles for a rural retreat (many could probably be adapted for use by a neighborhood or small subdivision in a suburban setting). This article, however, discusses what to do if your obstacles are not enough.

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