Monday, August 13, 2018

August 13, 2018 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

"Max Talk 034: Why the 'Lone Wolf Operator' will Die (2): Individual Assault"--Max Velocity Tactical (9-1/2 min). It's hard to do fire and maneuver on your own. However, this suggests a different tactic is needed. The obvious example is that of a sniper; and not necessarily of a sniper team, but I am, in particular, thinking of Carlos Hathcock's lone mission into enemy territory to assassinate an NVA general. Some other ideas can be gathered from Wil Willis's short series, Special Ops Mission (some episodes can be found here). 

  • "BREAKING: Florida Parking Lot ‘Stand Your Ground’ Shooter Charged"--The Truth About Guns. I wrote about this shooting a few weeks ago. I wrote at the time that "the problematic issue with this shooting in my mind, [is that the decedent] then took a step or two back from where Drejka lay on the pavement. Drejka, without getting up, then drew his firearm and shot McGlockton." I have not seen any further information that would change my initial impressions. However, those few steps back are probably what led to the charge of manslaughter.
  • I didn't post anything this past Friday, so I didn't post a link to Active Response Training's Weekend Knowledge Dump. Go check it out.
  • "Shooting the USMC Pistol Qualification: Combat Pistol Program (CPP)"--Rifleshooter Magazine. This 2015 article describes the target and the shooting requirements. As the author notes, "[s]hooting a firearms qualification course is a great way to benchmark your proficiency."
  • "A Few Tips For Better OWB Concealed Carry"--The Truth About Guns. The article is aimed at someone new to concealed carry, but has some useful points for those switching to outside the waistband carry. Obviously, the type of holster and type of handgun make a big difference: a subcompact single-stack autoloader or J-frame revolver work well; larger and/or thicker guns not so well. And the author recommends a holster that rides high and tight. The classic pancake style holsters work for this, and the author mentions an Askins style holster as well. My own experience is that the holsters that have a couple belt loops with some space between them, such as the two examples just listed, work better at pulling the pistol close in than does a holster with a single loop on the back. The author also discusses clothing, which generally means a longer and, perhaps, a bit looser shirt to cover the firearm. The author notes:
Short-sleeve button-up shirts with a straight hem around the bottom are a great option as they satisfy most dress codes and can conceal a pistol fairly well. You can wear them untucked and still look presentable enough for the office. A nice roomy polo also works well.
Obviously, if your job allows it, an untucked t-shirt can work, and a jacket or sweater works well in cooler weather. 
  • "Six NEW Recover Tactical Pistol Rails Now Available for Preorder"--The Firearm Blog. Per the article, "[t]he new Recover Tactical rails are designed for the Glock 26, Glock 43, S&W M&P Shield, Glock 19 Gen 1 and 2, SIG Sauer P365 as well as Glock 19/23 and 17/22 Gen 3, Gen 4 and Gen 5 pistols."
  • Shooting Times has a couple articles about Ruger's classic Security Six revolver:

"The LEFT's beef with white people EXPLAINED"--Oppressed Media (36 minutes).
Although this is a long video, it is worth your time. Among other things, it has a good history of the practice of slavery, particularly as practiced in the Middle East and Africa versus the United States.

Britain is a cuckolded former empire, its population being supplanted by foreign invaders who don’t share its peculiar politically correct sensibilities, its subjects increasingly harassed, arrested, and convicted for utterances deemed “hateful” by the UK’s Orwellian government. There is no freedom of speech there, and increasingly, law-abiding citizens of the United Kingdom are being arrested, harassed, and even convicted of crimes for things they’ve dared to say… all while a marked rise in acid attacks and child sex-trafficking rings, both phenomenon associated with “migrant” populations in the UK, go unaddressed, under-reported, and largely ignored.
       A parliamentary committee has been looking into changes to the constitution to allow expropriation in the public interest.

       Its nationwide televised public hearings have been a show of emotion by people of all racial groups, regardless of class or political affiliation.

       During a session held this week in Cape Town's Goodwood suburb one woman representing the South African Homeless People's Association said: "Twenty-four years of liberal democracy [has] increased poverty.

       "The masses are worse off because of the willing-buyer-willing-seller principle."

        Another person who gave testimony said: "We are going to take the land, even if it means we're going back to the dark ages. This country must be African. We are African."

       A man wearing a T-shirt of the right-wing Freedom Front Plus party said that his Afrikaner people had been farming in the Western Cape for the past 300 years.

      "When my forefathers came, they found no-one but the Khoi and the San. My people got what they have in this country not by theft, not by genocide, but by fair means."

       Some land owners threatened war to defend their farms and their opponents vowed to respond in kind.
      ... Last week as I sat in my cosy home office contemplating things, the ebb and flow of the internet brought to me the woebegone maunderings of a (presumably) white and (arguably) somewhat credentialed Millennial, who in her search for meaning and purpose in her life wound up involved in those anti-pipeline protests near the Sioux reservation. The ukase of her lament seemed to be that she had no native culture, not in comparison with those charming and dignified tribal elders. She appeared to view them as benign, terribly exotic, definitely ‘other’ – pretty much the same lens with which the old National Geographic viewed and photographed those interesting aboriginal peoples in far distant foreign lands all these decades ago.
           And it was terribly sad to read, because the poor child does in fact, have a culture of her own – just that she has been deprived of it; deprived by intent or by cultivated sloth on the part of those who should have taught it to her; the unimaginably rich canon knowledge of western culture – our history, art, literature, music, technology, folkways. Homer and Cervantes, Shakespeare, da Vinci, Bach, Beethoven, Wagner and Rossini, Dickens and Twain, Michelangelo and Machiavelli, Brunel and Bruneschelli, the Brothers Grimm, the Brothers Wright, Don Juan of Austria and Ulysses S. Grant, the Duke of Wellington and whoever it was invented the toilet flush valve and the first working sewing machine. Likely all this and more were never taught to her, or what is worse – badly taught and as examples of western racism or whatever. To live without a sense of history is to be adrift in a kind of cultural sensory-deprivation tank, as exhibited by that child.
      Yet, it is not a research paper and contains nothing new in the way of climate science. It is a future scenario pieced together by quoting selected (cherry-picked) references with a lot of hand-waving in-between. The author’s say it’s not conclusive, and they hope it’s not going to be true. They have a responsibility to ask the question, they claim, admitting it’s extreme.
        He adds:
          There is nothing wrong with presenting an extreme scenario in order to highlight possibilities and to stimulate research. But as far as presenting it to the public, and as far as reporting it by the news media, it is essential to put it into the context of scientific facts and research. The vast majority of climate scientists are not predicting a Hothouse Earth. This provocative paper contradicts the scientific state of climate research. If it is a warning then it should not be presented as a prediction. It does not warrant all the lurid headlines.
                   The paper, by the prominent string theorist Cumrun Vafa of Harvard University and collaborators, conjectured a simple formula dictating which kinds of universes are allowed to exist and which are forbidden, according to string theory. The leading candidate for a “theory of everything” weaving the force of gravity together with quantum physics, string theory defines all matter and forces as vibrations of tiny strands of energy. The theory permits some 10,500 different solutions: a vast, varied “landscape” of possible universes. String theorists like Wrase and Vafa have strived for years to place our particular universe somewhere in this landscape of possibilities.
                    But now, Vafa and his colleagues were conjecturing that in the string landscape, universes like ours—or what ours is thought to be like—don’t exist. If the conjecture is correct, Wrase and other string theorists immediately realized, the cosmos must either be profoundly different than previously supposed or string theory must be wrong.
                Lee Smolin has been saying that string theory was a dead end since at least 2006

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