Thursday, January 14, 2016

A Quick Run Around the Web--January 14, 2016

 A 1928 Model A Ford in front of Bowen Island Public Library,
 owned by Dan C. of Bowen Island.
  • Europe's immigration crises:
  • "Boom in demand for self-defence weapons"--The Local (Austria). "Up until September 2015 an average of 100 weapons permits were issued a month in Vienna. Police records show that this doubled in October, and quadrupled in November to 457."
    The truth is, it is too late already. The big bang is on its way. The migrants are there, they are transgressing, and they are not being trained through punishment and amygdala conditioning, to constrain their behavior. Indeed, the exact opposite is happening.
      These are cultures which only respect force and being brutalized. When Kaddafi could kill anyone, he could walk the street freely, with people kissing his shoes and hailing him as a hero. Once he couldn’t kill anyone, the rush was on to see who could stick a gun barrel up his ass first, to shoot him dead from inside his ass. Saddam was the same thing. Now these brutalize-or-be-brutalized savages have been imported in massive numbers into a Europe which is bending over backward to look as weak as possible.
        Notice, officers are obeying their orders to grovel before the savages, and only one is speaking out. These are aggressive K-strategists who joined a profession which involves protecting and fighting. But conditions are presently r, and the least stressful way forward right now for their amygdalae is to play nice and not engage in conflict, if they can avoid it. The threat is just not great enough to draw out their inner wolf yet.
          If things heat up while r-selection is still operative, and vigilantes begin operating too soon, the least stressful path forward for these officer’s amygdalae will be to gather the evidence, and arrest the suspects, in accordance with procedure. Until an officer’s wife is killed, or a detective’s daughter is raped, these men will follow their orders, and not risk their jobs. It is how their amygdalae work.
            For now I would focus on amping up amygdalae with protests and crime stories, feeding the perceptions of threat, learning how the surveillance state works, and beginning to mold your mind to operate only in a well-planned, well thought out, careful fashion, designed to avoid being caught. That means studying modern surveillance and studying modern forensics, two related fields. If the choice one day becomes to fight, or die at the hands of a Muslim Caliphate, an education in those fields will be vital to success.
              The truth is we have yet to see what will happen to any opposition to a first world government in the presence of the modern surveillance state and modern forensic technology. From private sector “ancestry” DNA databases (which have been accessed by government investigators in the past, and could identify you as a possible DNA donor, even if only one distant blood relative has submitted a sample to them looking for family tree information), to the combination of extensive surveillance camera networks with facial recognition and DMV photo databases, to the searchable content generated by the average citizen’s internet use and phone text messaging, to the location data generated from phones, credit cards, wifi networks, and other means, even the Stasi never had such massive quantities of technical intelligence stored in searchable form on their citizenry. All of that ignores the rest of the surveillance machine, which is enormously powerful in its own right.
                A study of the Roman Empire would indicate that modern day rabbits will try to actively hand governmental power and authority to our new foreign barbarians, the Muslim invaders. If that happens, government opposition will no longer be as it was portrayed in the past, with rag-tag groups of iconoclasts meeting privately to plan their activities, and being able to be relatively free of government intrusion as they set out on their adventures. Today the data pool available to government is so extensive, that if only one small thread is picked up anywhere in the network, everything that person has done for months, and everyone they have had contact with for years can be deduced in a very short period of time, with almost no effort.
                  Absent extensive adaption to this new technological terrain, any opposition to any government dictates could be quickly infiltrated, documented, and shut down immediately at the pleasure of whoever controls that machine. If the Muslim invaders ever gain control of that machinery, we need to commit ourselves to making sure that door to resistance never fully closes.
                    That would be worse than Apocalypse.
                    • America's leadership crises:
                    Governor Haley gave the English version, Miami Representative and party-insider Mario Diaz-Barlat delivered it in Spanish.  Here’s a (paragraph by paragraph) comparison as translated by the Miami Herald ... : 
                    ♦ English (Via Haley): No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country. 
                    Spanish (Via Diaz-Barlat): No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love the United States should ever feel unwelcome in this country. It’s not who we are.
                    ♦ English: At the same time, that does not mean we just flat out open our borders. We can’t do that. We cannot continue to allow immigrants to come here illegally. And in this age of terrorism, we must not let in refugees whose intentions cannot be determined.
                    Spanish: At the same time, it’s obvious that our immigration system needs to be reformed. The current system puts our national security at risk and is an obstacle for our economy.
                    ♦ English: We must fix our broken immigration system. That means stopping illegal immigration. And it means welcoming properly vetted legal immigrants, regardless of their race or religion. Just like we have for centuries.
                    Spanish:  It’s essential that we find a legislative solution to protect our nation, defend our borders, offer a permanent and human solution to those who live in the shadows, respect the rule of law, modernize the visa system and push the economy forward.
                    ♦ English: I have no doubt that if we act with proper focus, we can protect our borders, our sovereignty and our citizens, all while remaining true to America’s noblest legacies.
                    Spanish: I have no doubt that if we work together, we can achieve this and continue to be faithful to the noblest legacies of the United States.

                    On the surface this sounds like a reasonable idea; after all, if you can’t have capacity shouldn’t you get effectiveness as a tradeoff? If the gun you’re carrying is limited to 10 (or 7 or 5 — the number doesn’t really matter) rounds whether it’s 9mm or .45ACP, doesn’t it make sense to pick the bigger bullet?
                      There’s only one little flaw with that idea: there’s no practical tradeoff to be made. The best information we have — coming from sources as disparate as Greg Ellifritz’s study of handgun “stopping power” to the anecdotal experiences of those instructors who have actual experience in battle — say that there’s no practical difference in effectiveness between the 9mm and .45ACP. (There are some folks who still insist there is, of course, but the weight of the evidence is running almost completely against them. At this point it’s like trying to argue that cigarettes don’t cause cancer.)
                        If there is no appreciable or practical difference in effectiveness, then the rationale for choosing a larger cartridge in a capacity-limited gun makes no sense. The choice isn’t between 10 less-effective or 10 more-effective bullets; the choice is between 10 bullets of roughly equal effectiveness. It would seem a non-choice.

                        The author goes on to discuss that the real factors to consider are speed and precision (and, if for concealed carry, concealability). Read the whole thing. 

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