- First up, a new Woodpile Report.
- "More than 100,000 migrants have already reached Europe this year, official statistics show... a landmark that was not reached until JULY last year"--Daily Mail.
- "Olive oil prices are set to rocket following a 'disastrous' harvest in Spain and Italy"--Daily Mail. Cooking oils are generally not good items for long term storage because they can go rancid, but it may still behoove you to stock up an extra few bottles. If stored correctly and of a good grade to begin with, olive oil can last for up to two years. (For more information, see these articles: "Everything You Need to Know About Storing Oils/Fats, Part 1" and "Part 2," "How to Store Olive Oil," and "Keeping Olive Oil Fresh").
- "The shocking moment a woman 'shoplifter' is slammed to the ground by Florida cop and left in a pool of blood from her gaping head wound"--Daily Mail. I'm not making any judgment calls on the officer's actions. Rather, it was this explanation from the department spokesman that caught my attention: "He told WTSP: 'We're trying to put handcuffs on her, she's trying to fight. I know people will say she's tiny but a lot of tiny people cause harm.'" If you are a normal bloke (i.e., not a police officer acting in the course of his duties), don't think for one instant that you will be able to resort to similar reasoning if you have to defend yourself against a woman: society has a general expectation that women are free to physically vent their anger on men without the man being able to take any defensive action--especially if it can be shown that there was a "relationship" between the two. Instead, the experts' advice to men: “Run. Run and don’t go to the police.” And document everything.
- "Ebola nurse Pauline Cafferkey flown to London hospital"--BBC. "A spokesman for the Royal Free said: 'We can confirm that Pauline Cafferkey is being transferred to the Royal Free Hospital due to a late complication from her previous infection by the Ebola virus.'"
- The peasants are revolting. "Welsh Town Leads a British Revolt Against the Tax System and Corporations"--The New York Times.
Mr. Lewis [a local coffee shop owner] said he paid the 21 percent corporate tax rate on his profits last year, equivalent to 31,000 pounds, or $45,200. By contrast, Facebook — which is based in the United States but does business in Britain and is therefore subject to British taxes — paid just £4,327, or $6,274, in corporate tax in 2014, or about one-seventh of what Mr. Lewis paid.
Facebook’s bill was also less than the average personal income tax payment and the national insurance contributions that individual British employees pay, which amount to about $7,800 a year for someone making the median income of $40,000.
That is just one glaring example, Mr. Lewis and his fellow shopkeepers in Crickhowell said, of what amounts to multinational tax dodging on a gargantuan scale, leaving the little guy to pick up the tab. And their protest is one small case study of how economic populism is playing out around the world, rallying grass-roots support to challenge governments and corporate interests alike.
- "'Northern Thunder' military exercise..prelude to a Saudi Arabia/GCC invasion of Syria?"--SNAFU. The drill involves 20 countries, with 350,000 troops, 2,500 warplanes, 20,000 tanks and 450 helicopters, all under Saudi leadership. Solomon writes:
Two things. First the Saudi's have taken notes and are doing their own form of coalition warfare. Second they're attempting to reduce dependence on US military leadership/power and become the de facto leaders of the region.
Considering everything that we've seen in the Middle East, I think the alternate media has it right and wrong. I don't think this is going to lead to WW3. I do think its only a matter of months or at most a couple of years till we see a major regional war.
- Related: "Iran versus the Saudis in the Middle East"--Bayou Renaissance Man. Quoting from Strategy Page:
There is a lot of popular support for Islamic terrorism among Sunni and Shia as it is common to believe that the non-Moslem world is always actively at war with the Islam and Islamic terrorists are the only effective weapon to strike back with. This sounds absurd to non-Moslems, especially Westerners. Arab diplomats insist that there is no such terrorist support in Moslem nations. But anyone perusing Arab language media immediately sees this support and some of it even shows up in English language versions of Arab media. ...
- "Milo: Feminists ‘Waging War on Working Class Men’"--Breitbart. Milo Yiannopoulos is quoted as saying:
"It’s as much a class war as it is a gender war” stated Yiannopoulos. “Much of it is perpetrated by white middle-class women who are the most privileged group in the history of our civilisation, of our species. They are the most privileged people ever to have lived[…] sort of waging war on working-class men. Now most of my readers fall into that second category, and I see the sort of injustice perpetrated on them and the sort of language used about them.”
- "Xenophobia and Fear"--The Anonymous Conservative.
More and more, I think living within a liberal brain is one of the worst curses life could inflict upon you. From the lack of richness in one’s emotional life, to needing therapy after hearing Milo speak for a few minutes, it just seems as if liberalism is a living nightmare which liberals would really want to wake up from, if only they knew how nice it is to not be afflicted with the amygdala-deficiency underlying their malady.
Unfortunately for them, conservative thought processes are a cognitive color they have never seen.
- Venezuela on the brink of a coup?--Brushbeater.
- "Old trees reveal Late Antique Little Ice Age around 1,500 years ago led to famine and social upheavals"--Watts Up With That. "Tree-ring measurements have revealed a period of extreme cold in Eurasia between 536 and around 660 CE. It coincides strikingly with the Justinian plague, migrations of peoples and political turmoil in both Europe and Asia, reports an interdisciplinary team, led by the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL and the Oeschger-Zentrum of the University of Bern, in the journal Nature Geoscience."
- "A first! Hubble images a distant planet 160 light years away, sees clouds"--Watts Up With That. At least they assume they are clouds causing the variances in brightness.