Sunday, December 6, 2015

A Quick Run Around the Web--December 6, 2015


Self-Defense/Prepping:

  • First, Active Response System's most recent Weekend Knowledge Dump.
  • "What to Do in an Active Shooter Situation"--The Art of Manliness. Note this factoid: "In a study done by the FBI in 2014, it was discovered that most active shootings end in 2 minutes or less. That’s not enough time for law enforcement to arrive. So when you start hearing gunshots in places you shouldn’t be hearing gunshots, understand that you don’t have very much time to think about what you should do."
  • "Drinking Swimming Pool Water in an Emergency"--Modern Survival Blog. I would be worried about chlorine levels, but the article (and some others I looked at) indicate that the level of chlorine should be fine. But they warn that the water will quickly (within a few days) become dirty if your pump/filter have stopped working or if your chlorine levels begin to drop. An interesting fact: "160 billion gallons of water that is stored in swimming pools across America. That is the equivalent of 1,500 gallons of water for every household in America, theoretically enough water to sustain each household (a family of four) for a year (except for evaporation) if all other sources of water were to become inaccessible for some disastrous reason." Of course, the swimming pools tend to be concentrated in the warmer, suburban neighborhoods, but that is good for people in those dry regions.


The World In Which We Live:

  • "Hive Mind"--West Hunter. "Garrett Jones has a new book out: Hive Mind. He argues that 'while individual IQ scores predict our independent success moderately well, a country’s average score is a remarkable bellwether of its general prosperity.'"
  • "Muhammad and People of the Lie"--New English Review. A 2011 article that is still very relevant today.
On the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001, thousands of jubilant Palestinians took to the streets, chanting “God is great,” firing automatic weapons and handing out sweets to passers-by. The largest demonstration took place in Nablus in the West Bank, where some 3,000 marchers danced and cheered as guerrillas fired assault rifles and grenades into the air.
    Many journalists were on the scene, but they were forcibly detained in a hotel by armed Palestinian security forces to prevent coverage of the rally. One cameraman — a freelance AP reporter — nevertheless managed to film some of the celebration.
      The next day, members of Tanzim, the military arm of Fatah, physically threatened the cameraman and warned AP not to air the material. A cabinet secretary for the Palestinian government told the Associated Press that the government could not “guarantee the life” of the cameraman if the film were broadcast.
        The Palestinian information minister explained to the Washington Post that the coercive tactics “were not against the freedom of the press but in order to ensure our national security and our national interest. We will not permit a few kids here or there to smear the real face of the Palestinians.”
          The threat worked. After initially declining to confirm the incident, the AP bureau chief in Jerusalem acknowledged the intimidation and the news organization’s capitulation to it. On Sept. 14, 2001, the news organization made known that “in light of the danger,” it wouldn’t release the video for world broadcast because “the safety of our staff is paramount. At this point we believe there to be a serious threat to our staff if the video is released.”
            Fourteen years later, the historic footage from 9/11 remains inaccessible to public view.
            • "Who Lost Eurasia?"--Robert Zubrin at PJ Media. Europe's helplessness by accident or design?
            • "ISIL/Da'esh and 'non-conventional' weapons of terror" (PDF)--a report to the European Parliament. Basically, the report indicates that ISIS has reportedly used chlorine gas and mustard gas (easily manufactured from common chemical constituents), and may have access to more advanced nerve agents developed by Syria. Based on the group's rhetoric, the authors of the report warn that ISIS may seek to use a chemical weapon or dirty bomb (conventional explosive used to spread a radioactive material) in Europe. So, an awful lot of ifs and nothing concrete.

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