- "The Problem with Doomer Fiction"--Surviving the Suburbs. The author's primary complaint is that the novels, he believes, inaccurately paint people overall as more horrible than they actually are. His experience in smaller disasters is that people, for the most part, tend to come together (I would note that this is the thesis and argument of Rebecca Solnit's book, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities That Arise in Disaster). He goes on to note that we shouldn't be quick to write off our neighbors in a disaster just because they might not be preppers, because they may have valuable resources or skills that we just don't know about.
- "Scotchgard: Prepper Gold"--BEANS, BULLETS, BANDAGES & YOU. The author discusses the Scotchgard product and its history, and then addresses its use in prepping. It has an obvious use for adding or reviving water repellent features on clothing, backpacks, sleeping bags, stuff bags, etc. But the author notes that "Scotchgard not only repels water, but also helps resist dirt being ground into fabric, so your outerwear will remain cleaner as well as dryer thanks to Scotchgard."
- "Buy It Once: Everyday Carry Tools I’ve Bought to Last Me a Lifetime"--More Than Just Surviving. The author lists the high quality items he has purchased for prepping or everyday use, including a favorite watch, knives and tools, footwear, etc. Some good recommendations. Check it out.
- "Evacuation, by S.A."--Survival Blog. The author has retreat property to which he expects close family or fellow preppers to come to in the event of SHTF. However, he wants his family to know what to expect, and who they may or may not bring with them to the retreat. Thus, this post sets out some letters or instructions that can be distributed to family and friends.
- "Historical Origins of the HK93, AK74, M16A1 and AR18"--Guns America Blog. Some firearms history.
- "The Indian or the Arrow?"--Gabe Suarez. Or, sometimes it is the equipment. Suarez addresses the accepted truism that it is the man, not the equipment, that is most important. While generally true, Suarez notes that equipment can be so bad that it limits the trained man from being able to exercise his training to its full potential. As an extreme example, he notes that a professional cyclist on a top quality bicycle will beat in a race a 10-year old on a children's tricycle, but if you put the 10-year old on a quality bike and the professional cyclist on the tricycle, the professional cyclist will lose. Anyway, the point is that you don't need the fanciest and most expensive equipment, but you do need to get and use equipment that won't limit you.
- "What Country Ever Existed A Century and a Half Without A Rebellion?"--Bookworm Room. The title of the post is taken from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson explaining the necessity of periodic revolution. The author notes that it has now been 153 years since the start of the American Civil War. He then goes on to list out quotes and statements from various articles and news reports where people have recently either been predicting social unrest, or, for those on the left, calling for unrest. He concludes:
The proggies have not accepted the election results of 2016. I imagine they will act without restraint on Nov. 7, 2018 if and when they fail to recapture the House or Senate. I expect that if we are going to have blood in the streets, we will start seeing it between Nov. 7, 2018 and Nov. 2020. Indeed, I am close to thinking it inevitable.
As a side note, I would point out that the United States has not been free of rebellions and insurrections during the past 150 years, either. We've had range and water wars pitting wealthy landowners against small farmers, we saw significant violence and open warfare in the late 1800s and early 1900s over labor issues, we saw food riots during the Great Depression and the violent put-down of a veterans march on Washington D.C., we saw race riots periodically throughout the 20th Century, culminating in those of the 1960's and 1970's, and, during the latter period, significant amounts of domestic terrorism by minority and leftist radicals. We've had an exceptional period of domestic peace, but it is the exception, not the rule.
- Related: "'When you aggressively f*** with people’s lives, you should not be surprised when they decide to f*** with yours': Left-wing writer warns Trump administration that opponents will carry out 1970s-style domestic BOMB ATTACKS against them"--Daily Mail. The quoted portion in the headline was from an essay written by Splinter News writer Hamilton Nolan.
- Related: You are aware, I'm sure, of the harassment of Trump Administration officials over the last several days, including White House press secretary Sarah Sanders experience at the Red Hen restaurant. Well, the Left is getting a taste of their own rules: "Angry protesters throws CHICKEN FECES at the Red Hen restaurant during demonstration against owner who told White House press secretary Sarah Sanders and her family to leave because she works for Trump"--Daily Mail.
- Related: "Insurrection is Here; How Long do We have Until Civil War 2.0 Starts?"--Peter Barry Chowka at The American Thinker. The author relates: "Cities around the country including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and in Washington State and Utah have seen waves of demonstrators assemble at local ICE headquarters in attempts to shut down the agency’s operations enforcing immigration laws, including processing deportation orders against illegal criminals."
- Related: "Mainstreaming Mob Violence: Yet Another Reason To Carry A Gun"--The Truth About Guns. The article discusses the violent rhetoric and actions we've seen from the political Left, and adds:
Sooner or later, this mob will expand their potential targets to anyone perceived as a possible Trump supporter. They may target specific people like Pam Bondi and her boyfriend, or they may select targets of opportunity. Either way, guess what: no matter your politics, if you’re a gun owner, you are their perceived enemy.
We teach people not to ignore an articulated threat by a potential attacker. If someone angry at you says, “I’m going to kill you,” you should listen. As they say, the FBI would call that a “clue.” You should take credible threats seriously and act accordingly to defend yourself.
The gun-hating left is telling you what they intend to do. With this in mind, the prudent people will take precautions for their own self-defense. If you have a carry license, or live in a constitutional carry state, make sure you carry a gun. If you have not yet acquired your CCW, do so right away.
Don’t forfeit your life because you left your safety rescue tool at home.
- Keeping it in the family: "Spy do! Robert F. Kennedy III set to marry former CIA agent who is the stepdaughter of a billionaire Oscar nominee at family compound next week"--Daily Mail. Kennedy is marrying Amaryllis Fox, a CIA analyst, and the step-daughter of billionaire Steven Rales, who heads up the science and tech conglomerate Danaher.
- Horrible, but probably something that will become more common: "Armed home invaders torture seven-year-old boy by holding him down in bathtub of scalding hot water to force him to tell them where the valuables are in terrifying Texas break-in"--Daily Mail. Although you have to go to the very end of the article, it does finally provide a description of the burglars:
The suspects are described as black, one was wearing a black vintage Air Jordan men's hooded sweatshirt that is black with 'Jordan' spelled out in white on the sleeves and was clearly carrying a gun in his hand. Another was wearing a white Adidas hoodie and a face mask which read 'change.'
The third was wearing red sneakers that are believed to be Jordan basketball shoes.
Cops are also hunting a fourth suspect, the getaway driver.
- "Border Agents arrest 5,000 illegal immigrants with criminal records trying to cross the border - including a convicted murderer and scores of gang members"--Daily Mail. This is just the last 8 months. And the number of gang members (i.e., those verified as being gang members) was 505. The gangs listed in the article were MS-13, the 18th Street gang, and the Mexican Mafia. While MS-13 and the 18th Street gang are Central American gangs with an international presence, the Mexican Mafia is primarily a California prison gang, suggesting to me that those gang members joined while serving prison time in California.
- Global warming predictions have been worse than random chance: "Thirty Years On, How Well Do Global Warming Predictions Stand Up?"--Watts Up With That. From the article: "Global surface temperature has not increased significantly since 2000, discounting the larger-than-usual El Niño of 2015-16." The article goes on to discuss other global warming predictions that have failed to materialize. A retarded monkey could have done a better job at predicting climate change than the various experts and organizations that have tried their hands.
- The Swamp just took a serious body-blow: "Supreme Court Deals Severe Blow to Public Unions"--PJ Media. In a 5-4 decision, the court held that public employees couldn't be forced to pay dues to public sector employment unions. The case involves state public employees, but would probably be applicable on the federal level. The article suggests that 30 to 35% of public employees would probably leave the unions.
- Ethnic diversity leads to reduced social capital: "Now Even Swedes Are Questioning the Welfare State"--Bloomberg. Some Swedish social services are being cut back, and "[r]esentment has built over the influx of more than 600,000 immigrants over the past five years, many from war-ravaged countries like Afghanistan and Syria, a huge number for a country of 10 million people."
- For the star gazers: "An asteroid four times bigger than the UK is now so close to Earth that it's visible to the naked eye: Here's how to see it"--Daily Mail. The asteroid, 4 Vesta, can be seen close to Mars, Saturn and the Sagittarius constellation. The article doesn't mention what its relative luminosity is, but does have some details and photographs captured by space probes.
- "A new supervolcano is brewing under Massachusetts, Vermont and New Hampshire"--Fox News. From the article:
“The upwelling we detected is like a hot-air balloon, and we infer that something is rising up through the deeper part of our planet under New England,” says Rutgers University geophysicist Professor Vadim Levin.
Might become a problem in some tens of millions of years.
- I had missed this anniversary: "June 15, 1389: Islam Enters and Conquers Eastern Europe"--PJ Media. That was the date of the Battle of Kosovo. From the article:
So many birds flocked to and feasted on the vast field of carrion that posterity remembered Kosovo as the “Field of Blackbirds.” Though essentially a draw -- or at best a Pyrrhic victory for the Ottomans -- the Serbs, with less men and resources to start with in comparison to the ascendant Muslim empire, felt the sting more.
In the years following the battle of Kosovo, the Ottoman war machine became unstoppable: the nations of the Balkans were conquered by the Muslims -- after withstanding a millennium of jihads, Constantinople itself permanently fell to Islam in 1453 -- and they remained under Ottoman rule for centuries.
- "One America News Covered Stephen Paddock and Las Vegas"--Anonymous Conservative. A roundup of some of the anomalies with that event.