- "Ammunition: Congress Demands Army and Marine Corps Standardize Rounds"--The Firearms Blog. The Marines use the Mk. 318 ("silver bullet") while the Army uses the M855A1. Congress has insisted that, barring a determination of an emergency by the Secretary of Defense, both services use the same ammunition within a year.
- "FBI To Issue Sig Sauer ROMEO4M Red Dot Optics"--The Firearms Blog. The FBI just recently approved agents to use this optic on their own rifles, and now has selected it for the carbines that the Agency issues.
- "Essential Self-Defense Law Part I: Imminence"--Concealed Nation.
- "Essential Self-Defense Law Part II: Appropriate Force"--Concealed Nation.
- "Carbohydrates and Fats in the Apocalypse"--Blue Collar Prepping. Another in a series looking at nutrition post-SHTF.
- "Do Not Underestimate The Value Of Food And Water"--Modern Survival Blog. The author begins by discussing the importance of having a reserve of money (i.e., gold and silver), but then segues into a discussion about how important it is to have food and water. I would note that a lot of wealth (i.e., gold and silver) went into the hands of European farmers during the 1920s and World War II as people coped with hyper-inflation and wartime shortages.
- The left wants a civil war: "The Electors’ Responses, And Why We Must Expect Better"--Roger Wolfson at The Huffington Post. Wolfson, disappointed that Republican electors aren't willing to change the votes, and that Democrats must bring more pressure to bear on the elector. Of course, the article has been toned down since it was originally published. The original title was "The Electors' Responses, And Why It's Time To Take To The Streets," and, yes, Wolfson had urged protests and demonstrations to pressure the electors.
- Global warming alert: "Chicago breaks snowfall record after polar plunge in Midwest and West which is bringing temperatures 35 degrees colder than usual"--Daily Mail. Remember the mantra: higher temperatures = global warming; lower temperatures = weather. And just ignore the low solar activity.
- "Report: China military buildup seen at India border"--UPI. According to the article, China has recently deployed additional fighters to Tibet along the border with India, as well as units responsible for launching mid-range ballistic missiles and strategic bombers.
- "China Admits 'Economic Downturn Just Beginning', Slashes Salary Guidelines"--Zero Hedge. According to China's Global Times, government guidelines setting out suggested raises has cut back on the size of raises recommended for this coming year because the country is experiencing an economic slowdown.
- Keeping OPEC happy: "Army Corps of Engineers said the government SHOULD approve controversial Dakota Access pipeline but was overruled by bureaucrats"--Daily Mail.
- "Asia is in the grip of a transnational crime crisis -- but governments look away"--UPI. An excerpt:
The immense demand for methamphetamine (ice), ecstasy and new psychoactive substances among the wealthy urban residents of East Asia and beyond has revitalized organized crime in the region.
The scale of recent drug seizures in underground laboratories in China's Guangdong province alone is staggering – and it's jumped by 50 percent in the last year. In January 2015, for instance, 2.2 tons of solid and liquid methamphetamine destined for Shanghai were uncovered in the coastal county of Lufeng. In May that year, 1.3 tons of ketamine and 2.7 tons of its precursors were found in the city of Yangjiang, disguised as black tea bound for Southeast Asia.
- "Aging white population speeding diversity"--The Hill. According to the article:
The percentage of the U.S. population that is white has decreased from 79.6 percent in 1980 to 61.9 percent in 2014. The percentage of Latino-Americans has increased from 6.4 percent to 17.3 percent over the same time period, while both the African-American and Asian-American populations have grown, too.
The author also warns that these changes are "hastening a political divide likely to have long-term ramifications." Ya think? Take a look at this as an example: "Buzzfeed: White People Are A ‘Plague To The Planet’"--Daily Caller (h/t Weasel Zippers). From the article:
The listicle [at Buzzfeed], entitled, “19 School Powerpoint Presentations That Give Zero F[**]ks,” is a list of students giving presentations. Many of the presentations include insulting and hateful messages towards whites, such as, “White People Are a Plague to the Planet,” “How White People Plagued Society,” and “White People Are Crazy.”
An image featured on the list shows a young woman with the presentations, “White People Stay Colonizing,” while wearing a T-shirt that reads: “Make America Brown Again.”
It reminds me of a post from Vox Day:
Dear White Americans,
Congratulations. You're the Indians now. Only they won't leave you any reservations. Because they're not as nice as you were. Good luck!
The American Indian
- Related: "America's dying whites: Caucasian death rate now outstrips the birth rate in a third of states"--Daily Mail.
- "Pizzagate and the Genetic Fallacy"--Vox Popoli. The reason the media is not interested in further investigating Pizzagate is because of the source of the story: conservative or right wing sites. However, that is how the Rotherham scandal first was exposed:
The Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal first “broke” in the far-right blogosphere. The accusation they made was that these gangs were being allowed to operate undisturbed because everyone was too afraid of “appearing racist” to properly investigate them . . . and nobody listened to the far-right bloggers who were breaking this story because they were afraid of “appearing racist” if they gave any credibility to those far-right sources, too. Never mind that it seemed paranoid to rely on bloggers to report truths like these when the allegations were so wide-reaching, involving a literal conspiracy within the police force.
And yet, years after no one was willing to take them seriously, the far-right blogosphere turned out to be right.
Well over a thousand (mostly) white young girls were being abused by (mostly) Pakistani gangs.
And the authorities were covering it up.
The issue, as the latter article points out, is not whether there is enough evidence to prove that there is a scandal, but whether there is enough evidence to investigate further.
- Related: "Sextortion: The U.S. military's dirty little secret is a growing national security concern"--Military Times.
- "Star lifting to mine star matter could explain dimming of Tabby's star"--The Next Big Future. Tabby's star is, if you remember, the star that has mysteriously been dimming, leading even some astronomers to suggest the cause might be the construction of a mega-structure (e.g., a Dyson sphere) around the star. Now a new (but related theory) is that it might be caused by the systematic mining of matter from star via a process called "star lifting." The article gives a succinct explanation of star lifting, but if you want to learn more, watch this video from Issac Arthur.
- An article from 2008 that I happened across: "Ancient city discovered deep in Amazonian rainforest linked to the legendary white-skinned Cloud People of Peru"--Daily Mail. From the article:
The tribe had white skin and blonde hair - features which intrigue historians, as there is no known European ancestry in the region, where most inhabitants are darker skinned.
The citadel is tucked away in one of the most far-flung areas of the Amazon. It sits at the edge of a chasm which the tribe may have used as a lookout to spy on enemies.
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The Cloud People once commanded a vast kingdom stretching across the Andes to the fringes of Peru's northern Amazon jungle, before it was conquered by the Incas.
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Named because they lived in rainforests filled with cloud-like mist, the tribe later sided with the Spanish-colonialists to defeat the Incas.
But they were killed by epidemics of European diseases, such as measles and smallpox.
Much of their way of life, dating back to the ninth century, was also destroyed by pillaging, leaving little for archaeologists to examine.
Remains have been found before but scientists have high hopes of the latest find, made by an expedition to the Jamalca district in Peru's Utcubamba province, about 500 miles north-east of the capital, Lima.
Until recently, much of what was known about the lost civilisation was from Inca legends.
Even the name they called themselves is unknown. The term Chachapoyas, or 'Cloud People', was given to them by the Incas.
Their culture is best known for the Kuellap fortress on the top of a mountain in Utcubamba, which can only be compared in scale to the Incas' Machu Picchu retreat, built hundreds of years later.
Two years ago, archaeologists found an underground burial vault inside a cave with five mummies, two intact with skin and hair.
Chachapoyas chronicler Pedro Cieza de Leon wrote of the tribe: 'They are the whitest and most handsome of all the people that I have seen, and their wives were so beautiful that because of their gentleness, many of them deserved to be the Incas' wives and to also be taken to the Sun Temple.
'The women and their husbands always dressed in woollen clothes and in their heads they wear their llautos [a woollen turban], which are a sign they wear to be known everywhere.'