|Adolf Mosengel: Dorf in den Berner Alpen (c. 1885)|
- First off, check out Active Response Training's "Weekend Knowledge Dump."
- "Why Does Germany Condone Mass Rape?"--David P. Goldman at PJ Media. He writes:
Germany's leaders have nothing of signifcance to say about the worst outbreak of sexual assaults in Germany since the Red Army moved out after World War II. Why won't they do anything? Answer: for the same reason that the Catholic Church insists that Islam is a religion of peace. The alternative--watching from a distance a civilizational collapse in real time with its attendant horrors--is too terrible for Angela Merkel or Pope Francis I to contemplate. They would rather take casualties than absorb the horror of the situation. The root of the problem is theological. The West is paralyzed by its own notion of the good.
I generally agree with Goldman, but I have to disagree here. What he is describing is not the reason for the silence from German leaders, generally, and certainly not the advanced secularists that inhabit the halls of power throughout the Western world. Perhaps it informs their psychology, to a certain extent; certainly it provides them a means of manipulating their populations. But there are other considerations. First, some pragmatic reasons. Germany's birth dearth presents it with the dilemma of either cutting back on government expenditures (including pensions), or import new tax payers. It, like most of the industrialized world, has chosen the latter option. Moreover, just as American companies have resorted to a new form of slavery (by using either low-cost illegal aliens or low-cost workers here on special work visas, such as the H1-B program) to lower production costs and increase profits, so too will European corporations where they are able. Finally, migrants make a reliable voting bloc for socialist leaders. Thus, importing workers is a win-win for both fiscal conservatives and social liberals.
Second, as Oswald Spengler described (predicted?) nearly 100 years ago, Western civilization is now in an age of Imperialism. Daniel Greenfield described the implications of this in his essay: "The Two Empires We Must Defeat." Greenfield notes that nationalism is antithetical to imperialism:
Empires may be expansionist, but they're also tolerant and multicultural. They have to be, since out of their initial phase they have to enlist the cooperation and services of subjects from a variety of cultures and religions. An empire may initially be fueled by the talents and skills of a core nation, but as it reaches its next phase, it begins sacrificing their interests to the larger structure of empire.Greenfield goes on to describe two types of imperialists: those of international law (essentially what Spengler would have referred to as the cult of money) and ideology, represented by socialism in its various flavors. He writes:
These two types of imperialists are incapable of representing native workers or communities because they are transnationalists. Their vision is cosmopolitan, rather than representative. They are entranced with a byzantine international arrangement and uninterested in the lives of the people they are ruining.Britain and France have long experience with being international, cosmopolitan empires. Germany and the rest of Europe, less so. It is not surprising that real resistance to immigration would first arise in these latter nations.
- Related: "Reports: asylum seekers among Cologne attacks suspects"--DW. "Police identified some suspects who harassed women in Cologne on New Year's Eve as asylum seekers, media reports say. City police reportedly did not want to publicize this because of its 'politically awkward' nature."
- Related: "German vigilante group vows to protect women from migrant attackers as 34 suspects are arrested - including three for gang-raping two teenagers"--Daily Mail.
- Related: "Unprecedented sex harassment in Helsinki at New Year, Finnish police report"--The Telegraph.
- Related: "New Year Sex Assaults Reported in Sweden"--AP.
- Related: "More horror sex attack claims: Teen girls gang-raped by four Syrian nationals in Germany"--Daily Express.
- Related: "Syrian Migrants In Cologne Tell German Police They’re Above The Law"--Daily Caller.
- Related: "Huge influx of migrant men will lead to more sex attacks like those in Cologne, says analyst, as it's revealed Austrian police have ALSO covered up identical gang assaults"--Daily Mail.
- Related: "Cologne New Year sex attacks: Germany's women are angry, scared - and getting tired of excuses"--The Telegraph. "Many German women are now beginning to voice fears that their personal safety is being compromised in the name of political correctness." Ya' think?
- Related: "German Shops Sell Out of Pepper Spray in Wake of Cologne Migrant Rapes"--Breitbart.
- "PEGIDA UK – Splintering Among K’s and Amygdala Motivation Lesson"--Anonymous Conservative. From the post:
In the early stage of a K-shift, while threat and harshness are still avoidable and deniable, there will be a period where splintering will occur among the right. As a result, some rightward individuals will cling to aspects of r which give them comfort, while trying to maneuver politically and for social reasons in directions other than the K-strategy, as the Cuckservatives of the US do. Other groups with amygdalae only partly trained to react to a single deviation from one aspect of the K-strategy will focus on one aspect of K, from family values and social conservatism, to nationalism, to demands for freedom from government oppression, each to the exclusion of the rest of the K-strategy. They may attempt to compromise, or reduce conflict stimuli on other aspects of K as a strategic move, driven by their amygdala’s obsessed focus.
As the apocalypse goes down, there will be a reversal of the splintering, leading the right to fuse, but this will only occur as violence and threat become undeniable and a necessity that must be addressed. If real violence and threat were actually present in everyone’s world now, the similar aspects of right-leaning ideologues would unite them as allies against the threat, overwhelming their amygdalae’s present drive to avoid conflict. It would be something which would be actively driven by a cognitive desire of the amygdala to alleviate more thoroughly the massive anxiety produced by the threat. As they say, there is nothing like common enemies.
- "Sources: Suspect Confesses To Shooting Officer, Says He Did It In the Name Of Islam"--CBS News. This has to do with the shooting of a Philadelphia police officer late yesterday evening. Update: "At a press conference this afternoon it was revealed Archer [the shooter], who has a criminal record, used a police handgun reported stolen in 2013."
- "Immigrants in the Workforce, State by State and Industry By Industry"--National Journal. "Immigrants make up 13 percent of the population and 17 percent of the workforce, .... Immigrants are more likely than U.S.-born workers to hold jobs in six of the 13 major industries examined, including manufacturing and administrative services."
- "FLIR Announces 'Its Most Affordable' Thermal Monocular"--The Firearms Blog. MSRP of $599, and supposedly able to resolve animals and people out to 100 yards.
- "Sleeping System Selection For Preppers"--Arizona Weaponcraft. A look at sleeping bags.
- "Area Air Purification, Part 1"--Blue Collar Prepper. Filtering or keeping contaminants out of a room or structure.
- "Campfire Reflector Wall Doesn’t Work… Part 2"--Dirt Time. The author responds to criticisms about his earlier study showing that reflector walls actually don't work to reflect heat.
- "New Crosman Pioneer Airbow"--The Firearms Blog. "Arrows fired [sic] from recurve bows travel at an average of 225 fps while arrows fired [sic] from compound bows travel at an average of 300 fps. But a 375 grain arrow fired from the Airbow travels at 450 fps. Not only that, according to Crosman it’s possible to fire all 8 arrows in the same timeframe it takes to fire just 3 arrows using a crossbow." Bows don't use gunpowder--you don't "fire" them. Semantics aside, the product sounds interesting, and its price--$849 MSRP--is about that of many compound bows.
- "Win A Free Case Of MREs"--Modern Survival Blog. Mmm, good.
- "HF E Mail System"--Survival UK. The author discusses how to use an HF radio and sound card interface to make use of an "email" system. Note: it makes use of 5 main "hubs" to forward the messages around the world. According to the author, it is not fast, but it works.
- "Controlled Round Feed: Cutting Through The Hype"--Art of the Rifle. Discussing controlled round feed (versus push feed) in a bolt action rifle, as well as advantages and disadvantages.
- "The Biggest Pre-Attack Indicator Of Them All"--No Nonsense Self-Defense. The author writes (with a slight edit of my own):
People are always asking me about pre-attack indicators. How do you know when you're about to be attacked? How do you tell the difference between threat displays and pre-assault indicators? What do your look for?
Here is the #1 pre-attack indicator: YOU'RE BEING AN A[**]HOLE!
- "HK33 magazines that work"--VolkStudio Blog. One of the main reasons I never attempted an HK33 build was that the magazines were hard to find, and outrageously expensive. Oleg Volk has found that the ProMag polymer magazines ($14.95 MSRP) work pretty well, though.
- "Bacteria found in Otzi the iceman could turn the Out of Africa theory on its head: 5,300-year-old germs suggest there was more than one mass migration into Europe"--Daily Mail.
Scientists believe that there were originally two distinct strains of H.pylori - an African and an Asian strain - which merged to form the modern strain which infects people in Europe today.
But when they analysed the DNA of Ӧtzi's H.pylori, the team made an intriguing discovery.
Rather than being infected with the same strain as Europeans today, the iceman had a strain more closely related to bacteria found in modern Central and South Asia.
It had been assumed that Stone Age people were already infected with the European strain of the bacteria before they settled down, giving up the nomadic life for farming, before Ӧtzi's time in the Copper Age.
But the findings from Ӧtzi turn this theory on its head, indicating that the movements of early Europeans may have been much more complicated than previously believed.
'The recombination of the two types of Helicobacter may have only occurred at some point after Ötzi's era and this shows that the history of settlements in Europe is much more complex than previously assumed,' explained Dr Frank Maixner, a microbiologist at EURAC.
He added: ‘We actually don’t know what kind of people brought this African H.pylori into Europe.
'What we do know is that the signal for this second population, which has come into Europe is strongest in North East Africa.
‘What more than likely happened…is that the North East signal, found in modern day Europeans, had not evolved by the time we left Africa 65,000 years ago.'
The 'Out of Africa' theory holds that the main migration from Africa occurred around 65,000 years ago.