- This week's Woodpile Report.
- "How One Man Uses the 99 Cent store for his First Aid Needs"--Dirt Time. Putting together your own first-aid kits.
- "The Micro-Kit"--Le Survivaliste. The author describes his compact survival kit. A nice example.
- "Slings and Rifles"--Blue Collar Prepping. This is a very basic overview of slings, and some basics on the "hasty-sling" position. If you want advanced information on the use of slings, check out the various articles at Art of the Rifle.
- "Neurological Training for Shooting Performance (Pt. 2)"--The Loadout Room. Vision and eyesight.
- "15 Everyday Items You Can Stop Buying"--Daily Survival (from an article at the Apartment Prepper blog). A discussion of products that you can make for yourself rather than purchase.
- Juxtaposition this:
- February 9, 2016: "Supreme Court Puts Obama's Clean Power Plan on Hold"--ABC News.
- February 13, 2016: "Antonin Scalia, Supreme Court justice, dies at 79"--CNN.
Obviously, I don't know if Scalia was murdered or died from natural causes; given his age and history of health problems, his death probably was natural. But because there will apparently be no autopsy, we will never know. Here's the point, though: the various scandals of the last decade--e.g., NSA spying, the use of the IRS against conservative groups, blaming Benghazi on some poor YouTube film maker, Fast and Furious, Obama's targeted assassination program (including Americans)--make it reasonable to at least consider whether Scalia was assassinated. And that is a sad commentary on the current state of the Republic.
- Related: "Greens Prematurely Look to ‘Upside’ of Scalia’s Death"--Breitbart. "Maintaining the fiction that Scalia’s death helps secure the rules’ future is a myth that alarmists must propagate to keep alive their precious Paris climate agreement."
- We live in a society where it is easy to tell the wheat from the tares. "The Loss of Antonin Scalia and The Coming North American Ugliness"--The Silicon Graybeard. He writes:
... the liberty minded people on the right feel that the last 15 years or so have been a constant assault of never-ending threats to personal liberty and desperately want our country back. The left feels that the last 15 years haven't gone anywhere near far enough and desperately want (arguably) Bernie Sanders to complete the fundamental transformation to a socialist republic. ... We desperately want a country back where personal liberty and determination can live again; they desperately want a country that never was!
Those two views are fundamentally incompatible. There isn't a single step that can be taken in the direction of more liberty that doesn't conflict with the leftist's views, and there is no step the leftists can take that doesn't take away more liberty. A presidency farther to the left than we are now will simply destroy the republic.
- "India’s Hidden Firearms Treasures Headed Our Way?"--The Truth About Guns. India has a large number of .455 Webley revolvers stashed away.
- "What the hell?! My thoughts on current combative firearms training"--Dave Spaulding at Handgun Combatives. (H/t Bayou Renaissance Man). He writes:
Before 9-11, there were just a few training institutions and about 10-12 traveling instructors...I got to them all and had a good handle on what was being taught. Then our country was attacked, two wars began and a large number of folks came out of the military and changed the training industry, I believe forever. Focus shifted from the concealed handgun to the M-4 carbine and if you were not former Special Ops you didn't know s[***]. If you weren't former Special Ops and wanted to instruct, no problem! You just act like you were/are.
Defending the home or what to do in a parking lot attack moved to battlefield tactics. Never mind much of the battlefield stuff was/is inappropriate for law enforcement or the legally armed citizen...it was/is really cool to do! Gear became the primary concern and many felt as long as they looked good, it did not matter if they could shoot good. ...
Does Spaulding have a legitimate gripe, or is it just sour grapes over the change in the industry? A bit of both, I suspect. He makes several valid points, though, and I recommend reading the whole thing. I understand his concerns about the quality of the training being offered, or whether it is even applicable outside a battle zone. But if Spaulding is suggesting that all training should be only what is eminently practical (and I don't know if that is his opinion), I would disagree. I know people very interested in different aspects of sword combat. Is it practical? Not really. But it interests them because of the historical context, the challenge, or they simply like bashing or stabbing at someone with a sword. Likewise, most of us will (hopefully) never have a need to use small unit tactics to take down a team of raiders or terrorists, but it is of interest to various people for different reasons.
- "How to Use Everyday Items to Save Your Life During an Attack"--PJ Media. Improvised weapons.
- "A Robotic 9/11"--Global Guerrilla. "Even the simple robotic platforms of today can be extremely effective as weapons. At current rates of improvement in machine intelligence, the situation will get much more interesting very, very soon."
- A few days ago, I posted the following from "The Overhyped Headshot - Briefing Room"--SWAT Magazine:
The man operating the table had a Beretta 92 with a set of Crimson Trace Lasergrips. I asked if I could borrow it for a demonstration. After double and triple checking it to make sure it was clear, I handed it to the customer. Stepping back and holding up my fist, I said, “This is about the size of the brain at five yards. Every time you have a sight picture, activate the laser.” I then moved my fist up, down, sideways, and diagonally. The laser never came on.
While the basic point--the headshot is more difficult than a center of mass shot--is valid, the more I thought about the author's demonstration, the more unrealistic it appeared. Unless your target is bobbing around like a boxer, the head is not going to be moving like the author's fist. Some movement? Likely. But moving up, down, sideways, and diagonally? Unlikely. A valid point does not need to be supported by a bad example.
- "Why a Russia-Saudi Output Freeze Isn’t Sending Oil Prices Up"--The American Interest. Cartels only work when everyone cooperates.