- "Rescue teams take to Puerto Rico streets in darkness amid warnings that power could be out for months following devastating hit from Hurricane Maria"--Daily Mail. More here and here. Not an EMP attack, but it should provide a lot of lessons for dealing with a lack of power, and what might happen in an extended grid down situation.
- Remington has a new model of the R51 available--it a duel tone, "smoke/silver". I have to say that it looks pretty nice.
- "Shooting miscellany"--Bayou Renaissance Man. He writes:
First off, buckshot. I highly recommend Federal's Flite Control rounds as one's primary buckshot load for defensive use. I prefer the #1 buckshot reduced-recoil (i.e. slower muzzle velocity) cartridge (15 pellets per load), but others choose 00 buck in standard-velocity or reduced-recoil rounds. The special Flite Control shot cups hold the load together quite a long distance from the muzzle, so that even out to 30 yards, most of the pellets will hit a human-size target. Most 'conventional' buckshot is lucky to get half as far without some of the pellets drifting off target, and at 30 yards, you'll be lucky to get two or three buckshot pellets in the kill zone.
- Cooler heads prevail: "Army 7.62mm Rifle Program CANCELLED – ICSR is No More"--The Firearms Blog. Loading soldiers down with heavier weapons and ammunition was going to create more problems than it would solve.
- "How to Filet a Fish"--Food Storage and Survival. Instructions, lots of photographs, and a link to a video on the subject.
- This is how fast disaster can strike: "Heart-stopping moment construction workers flee in terror as thousands of gallons of muddy water thunder over Laos villages after a catastrophic dam burst"--Daily Mail. Of course, a larger dam makes a much larger mess (short video about the Teton Dam failure).
- Feel good story of the day: "Emotional moment father who lost everything in Hurricane Harvey breaks down when his son is given a Woody doll by a kind-hearted stranger"--Daily Mail. From the article:
Sports photographer Michael Orta's Port Arthur house was destroyed after it was filled with four feet of stagnant flood water.
He found his son's precious Woody doll floating in the water.
Even though Orta and his son Maddox lost everything in Harvey, the pair went to help others by unloading a donation truck.
'We're still blessed because everyone's still alive and we have family,' Orta said. 'But when Maddox lost his Woody doll, I remember seeing Woody's little hat floating in the water, and I just remember how upsetting that was for me.'
Orta had to pause speaking because emotions began to overwhelm him.
'When these guys showed up, they said I have something for your son.' Maddox and Orta spotted a Woody doll hanging out of a backpack on the truck. The toy had been donated by another young boy named Xander.
A handwritten note came with the doll. It read: 'Praying things get better for you all. Woody is very special to Xander so I hope whoever gets him gives him a loving home.'
- "The Statue of Mikhail Kalashnikov is Unveiled in Moscow"--The Firearms Blog. The article notes that in addition to this new statue, there are others of Kalashnikov in Ijevsk, in the Russian Federal Military Memorial Cemetery, on the campus of Izhevsk State Technical University, and in a Russian military base in Armenia.
- Celebrating diversity: "Danes In The Midst Of Low-Tech Jihad"--Anonymous Conservative. He cites an article reporting that "[t]housands of incidents involving loosened wheel bolts on cars, large rocks or cinder blocks thrown from highway overpasses, and thin steel wires strung across bicycle paths meant to decapitate unsuspecting cyclists, is spreading a growing sense of horror among the Danes." The article also indicates that "[i]n almost all cases, the perpetrators have turned out to be from MENAP countries (Middle East, North Africa, Pakistan)."
- A couple new stories about Obama's spying on the Trump campaign:
- "Samantha Power sought to unmask Americans on almost daily basis, sources say"--Fox News. The article reads, in part:
Samantha Power, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was 'unmasking' at such a rapid pace in the final months of the Obama administration that she averaged more than one request for every working day in 2016 – and even sought information in the days leading up to President Trump’s inauguration, multiple sources close to the matter told Fox News.
Two sources, who were not authorized to speak on the record, said the requests to identify Americans whose names surfaced in foreign intelligence reporting, known as unmasking, exceeded 260 last year. One source indicated this occurred in the final days of the Obama White House.
- "It looks like Obama did spy on Trump, just as he apparently did to me"--Sharyl Attkisson at The Hill.
According to media reports this week, the FBI did indeed “wiretap” the former head of Trump’s campaign, Paul Manafort, both before and after Trump was elected. If Trump officials — or Trump himself — communicated with Manafort during the wiretaps, they would have been recorded, too.
But we’re missing the bigger story.
If these reports are accurate, it means U.S. intelligence agencies secretly surveilled at least a half dozen Trump associates. And those are just the ones we know about.
Besides Manafort, the officials include former Trump advisers Carter Page and Michael Flynn. Last week, we discovered multiple Trump “transition officials” were “incidentally” captured during government surveillance of a foreign official. We know this because former Obama adviser Susan Rice reportedly admitted “unmasking,” or asking to know the identities of, the officials. Spying on U.S. citizens is considered so sensitive, their names are supposed to be hidden or “masked,” even inside the government, to protect their privacy.
In May, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates acknowledged they, too, reviewed communications of political figures, secretly collected under President Obama.
She goes on to warn of the dangers of allowing the intelligence agencies to become king makers.
- The LDS Church has purchased the printer's manuscript for The Book of Mormon ... for $35 million. People jest that Brigham Young University (BYU) is the "black hole" of tithing, but it appears the Church's historical department is trying to play catch-up.