- This past weekend, I saw a couple military helicopters slowly flying back and forth across the city in a pattern as though mapping out or photographing the terrain. I probably wouldn't have thought much about it, putting it down to the National Guard's monthly training, except for the following story: "FBI warns of possible terror attacks in New York, Texas and Virginia for the day before the election"--Daily Mail.
- 5th Generation Warfare: "Military Leader: Iran Sending Elite Fighters Into U.S., Europe"--Washington Free Beacon. I say fifth generation because fourth generation warfare is non-state entities fighting against states; but this (together with Russia's use of "little green men") clearly represents states adopting 4th generation tactics to fight each other. In any event, from the article:
The Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps, the country’s elite military force, is sending assets to infiltrate the United States and Europe at the direction of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, according to recent Farsi-language comments from an Iranian military leader.
The IRGC “will be in the U.S. and Europe very soon,” according to the Iranian military commander, who said that these forces would operate with the goal of bolstering Iran’s hardline regime and thwarting potential plots against the Islamic Republic.
“The whole world should know that the IRGC will be in the U.S. and Europe very soon,” Salar Abnoush, deputy coordinator of Iran’s Khatam-al-Anbia Garrison, an IRGC command front, was quoted as saying in an Iranian state-controlled publication closely tied to the IRGC.
- "Why these enormous snowballs in Siberia could mean America is in for a very brrr-acing winter"--Daily Mail. The gist of the story is that snow cover in Siberia is the highest since at least 1998, and portends a colder winter for North America.
- "Nosedive And Feed Angle In The 1911 .45 ACP"--American Handgunner (h/t Active Response Training). Information on why cartridges may "nose dive" and fail to feed in not just 1911 pistols, but any pistol using a single stack magazine.
- When squirrels attack: "Squirrel attacks seniors in retirement community — worker calls 911 for help"--Orlando Sentinel. No word on whether SWAT was needed.
- Dreamers: "MS-13 surging with influx of youths crossing border, 92% arrested illegal"--Washington Examiner.
- "Ebola Evolved Into Deadlier Enemy During the African Epidemic"--New York Times. The article states:
The Ebola epidemic that tore through West Africa in 2014 claimed 11,310 lives, far more than any previous outbreak. A combination of factors contributed to its savagery, among them a mobile population, crumbling public health systems, official neglect and hazardous burial practices.
But new research suggests another impetus: The virus may have evolved a new weapon against its human hosts. In studies published on Thursday in the journal Cell, two teams of scientists report that a genetic mutation may have made Ebola more deadly by improving the virus’s ability to enter human cells.
The researchers do not yet understand exactly how it works, but several lines of evidence suggest it helped expand the scope of the epidemic. One alarming finding: Patients infected with the mutated version of Ebola were significantly more likely to die.
“It’s hard to escape the conclusion that it’s an adaptation to the human host,” said Dr. Jeremy Luban, a virologist at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and an author of one of the new studies.
- Another third world immigrant: "First 13 cases of deadly fungal infection emerge in US"--Medical Press. The culprit: a drug resistant version of Candida auris.
- "The End of OTC Veterinary Antibiotics"--Greg Ellifritz warns that at the beginning of 2017, over-the-counter veterinary antibiotics will no longer be available. I guess the time to stock up is now.
- "Question of the Day: What Handgun Ammo for Self-Defense?"--The Truth About Guns. The article begins by discussing the new Gold Dot defensive ammo, the G2, which, similar to the Hornady Critical Defense ammo, uses a polymer plug in its nose to ensure consistent expansion. But the author then ends with a question to his readers asking what they like in defensive ammo. The comments make for useful and entertaining reading.
- "Cloud Defensive LCS MK1/ICC Review"--Breach Bang Clear. A device that mounts to your gun that encloses the momentary tape switch for a flashlight and keeps the wire from getting tangled up.
Playme a river: "The Parents Of This Dead Robber Are Really Mad His Victim Had A Gun"--Bearing Arms. Short story: Michael Grace Jr. and two of his acquaintances decided to engage in armed robbery at a Pizza Hut. Fortunately, one of the employees at the establishment also had a pistol, and promptly sent Michael Grace Jr. to meet his maker. Grace's parents are upset, however, believing that if anyone was to administer the coup de grâce to their son's miserable life, it should have been the police. The Liberty Zone has a nice response to the parents:
They’re asking why their son was shot by a restaurant worker, rather than law enforcement.
They’re asking why the employee had a gun.
They’re asking why their son was shot in the head.
The answers are short and sweet.
- The reason why their son was shot by a restaurant worker rather than law enforcement is because law enforcement wasn’t on the scene.
- The reason why the employee had a gun is because vermin like their spawn exists.
- The reason he was shot in the head is because he was carrying a handgun during the commission of a crime (edited to add) which was recovered at the scene.
- "Turkey blast kills nine, injures 100 after pro-Kurdish leaders detained"--CNN. Although Turkey had originally blamed the Kurdistan Worker's People Party (PKK), ISIS later claimed responsibility. Turkey wants to take possession of all Kurdish lands, so besides sending troops into the area around Mosul in Iraq, it is cracking down on pro-Kurdish parties within Turkey.
- Government of, by and for the people apparently is only a guideline: "Could pro-Remain MPs and peers scupper Brexit?"--BBC. From the article:
A High Court ruling that Parliament - not the government alone - can trigger Article 50 threatens to delay Theresa May's timetable for leaving the EU, but could it spell the end for Brexit altogether?
Downing Street says it is confident that the Supreme Court will overrule the High Court and allow ministers, rather than MPs, to decide when to begin the formal process of leaving the EU.
But there is no evidence that government lawyers have yet amassed new arguments that might persuade the highest court in the land that the three eminent judges reached the wrong conclusion on Thursday.
So if that ruling stands, then the relevant secretary of state, David Davis - in charge of the process of exiting the EU - has said his presumption is that an Act of Parliament would be required before triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty. No 10 has said that's the 'logical conclusion' of the ruling, too.
As one commentator, Brandon O'Neill, notes, the court's decision is "motivated far less by a love for legally clean procedure than by a naked disdain for ordinary people and our democratic authority. It’s not a blow for box-ticking; it’s a blow against what we the people said in the ballot box on 23 June."
- "Black History Professor Imagines A World Without Whiteness"--Daily Caller. The article quotes the professor as saying:
“Imagine everyone living life in peace,” Harrison said, building off John Lennon’s famous song “Imagine.”
“And how do we get to that good world is the question — a world without conflict. And to me, my interpretation of these words, is it would be a world, or U.S., without whiteness, in terms of the power structure,” Harrison said, offering his own interpretation of Lennon’s song.
I'm sure his solution involves lots of railroad cars heading to internment camps filled with gas chambers and ovens.
- A reminder that we live in the 21st Century: "There’s Big Money to Be Made in Asteroid Mining"--Visual Capitalist. "There is one such X-type asteroid near earth that is believed to hold more platinum than ever mined in human history." According to the article, the minerals in just a single asteroid would be worth quintillions of dollars at current prices.