- "The big one just got bigger: Entire San Andreas Fault could rupture at once causing a massive California-wide 8.3 magnitude quake, say scientists"--Daily Mail. From the article:
Researchers say that a catastrophic mega-earthquake in California would unleash significant devastation throughout the Golden State, resulting in the destruction of up to 3.5million homes.
Newly conducted studies of the San Andreas Fault, the 800-mile long meeting point between the Pacific and North American tectonic plates which runs directly underneath the California coast, show the possibility that it could come undone all at once, resulting in a massive, state-wide ‘big one’.
Scientists say that the prospect of a mega-earthquake of a magnitude of at least 8.3 on the Richter scale – which was once considered improbably – is now possible.
- "The Apartment Dwellers Reloading Guide"--The New Rifleman. Although the focus on this article is reloading within the limited space provided by an apartment, it provides a thorough list of tools and equipment for someone starting into reloading, as well as the basic steps to reloading your own ammunition.
- "Are Trauma Kits Missing From Your Range Bag?"--Ammo Land. Are you prepared to treat a gunshot or stab wound?
- "Hammer Or… '-Less?' "--Guns Magazine. The relative merits of using a "hammerless" (actually, concealed hammer) J-frame revolver over a more conventional one sporting a hammer. Of course, you could try and split the baby by getting a model with a shrouded hammer.
- "Choosing the Combat Handgun: Don’t get 'wrapped around the axle'…"--Handgun Combatives. "... the three primary features required when selecting a combat pistol were 'reliability, high visibility sights and a good trigger'. Hard to dispute these and I consider them iron clad, but in this day and age I would add fit. The number of pistol models has grown considerably over the years and the gun must fit your hand if you are going to shoot to your potential."
- I've seen a couple articles regarding the US Marine Corp attempting to backdoor the M27 (basically an HK416) as a general issue rifle. (See, e.g., SNAFU! and The Firearms Blog and the original source article at Military.com). The two primary features of the weapon is a short-stroke piston system (eliminating the direct gas impingement on the bolt) and that it uses a free-float rail system (allowing for a uniformly thicker barrel). In other words, something more akin to what 3-gunners use in their competitions.
- "Leprosy Emerges In Squirrels"--Anonymous Conservative. After noting a report on the spread of human leprosy strains among red squirrels in the UK, the Anonymous Conservative wonders if there is "a greater force which drives Apocalypse," and goes on to observe:
Invariably, economic upheavals seem to accompany climate cooling, which seems to accompany disease outbreaks, which may accompany geologic activity, which may accompany solar activity, which itself has been speculated as having some tie to the greater positioning of the solar system within the galaxy.
I have wondered if this association may hold in the animal world as well. Might the unseen forces of early resource restriction that hit humans, perhaps due to nearly undetectable diminutions in food yield, at the same time hit the animal world, which begins to find itself weakened, and its populations dying back slightly due to a slightly smaller carrying capacity of its environment. Clearly the animals will begin seeing resource-related mortality long before humans, where such is nearly unheard of in the first world. That mortality, and the associated nutritionally deficient weakness which will accompany it in many survivors, is where disease gets its foothold.
He is correct. With the exception of the Columbian contact with the Americas, the great spreads of deadly plague (e.g., Justinian's plague and the Black Death) were associated with severe cooling trends, wetter weather in Europe and Asia, and decreased crop yields.
- Evolution in action: "Man, 21, dies after he waved a revolver around and accidentally shot himself in the head"--Daily Mail.
- "Eastern European countries begin sidling up to Putin as voters elect Russia-friendly leaders and disappointment grows with their life under the weakening EU"--Daily Mail. The countries specified are Moldova and Bulgaria. In his book, The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order, Samuel P. Huntington did a remarkable job of predicting the general trends of today's world affairs, even though his book was written in the 1990s. He not only correctly predicted the split of the Ukraine and the rise of a militant Islam, but, if his thesis is correct, we will see the border between the West and Russia and its allies fall along lines of religion and language. As a result, we will likely see much of the Balkans (perhaps even Greece) fall within the Russian sphere; Belarus and Romania may split, with the eastern (Orthodox) portions falling within Russia's sphere of influence.
- "Minority Identity Politics Creates Majority Identity Politics"--American Interest. From the article: "The Democratic Party’s decision build its coalition around race and gender differences, and emphasize those differences in order to mobilize its base, predictably produced a parallel response from the identity groups that were not included," i.e., white Americans. The author concludes that "in the long run, it will not produce anything good—only tribalism, distrust, and, ultimately, violence." Considering the objectives of the Frankfurt School, this may be a feature, not a bug.
- "Brace Yourself for Four Years of Nonstop Freakoutrage"--Kurt Schlichter at Townhall. Considering the outrage, even violence, from the left, Schlichter observes:
It’s important to understand why liberals are so angry and so scared. They are angry because they believe they have a moral right to command us, apparently bestowed by Gaia or #Science or having gone to Yale, and we are irredeemably deplorable for not submitting to their benevolent dictatorship.
They are scared because they fear we will wage the same kind of campaign of petty (and not so petty) oppression, intimidation, and bullying that they intended to wage upon us.
And their fear tastes like sunshine puked up by a unicorn.
- Our brains may be quantum computers: "A New Spin on the Quantum Brain"--Quanta Magazine. From the article:
... if a new hypothesis proves to be correct, quantum effects might indeed play some role in human cognition. Matthew Fisher, a physicist at the University of California, Santa Barbara, raised eyebrows late last year when he published a paper in Annals of Physics proposing that the nuclear spins of phosphorus atoms could serve as rudimentary “qubits” in the brain — which would essentially enable the brain to function like a quantum computer.
- A reminder that we live in the 21st Century: "It's official: NASA's peer-reviewed EM Drive paper has finally been published"--Science Alert. And its conclusion is that the drive works. According to the researchers, "thrust data from forward, reverse, and null suggested that the system was consistently performing at 1.2 ± 0.1 mN/kW, which was very close to the average impulsive performance measured in air." While 1.2 milliNewtons is very small compared to even ion based engines, it is much larger than that provided by a solar sail. Also, the authors note that they were only testing whether the drive worked, not trying to optimize it. Thus, there may be considerable improvements to be made.