Wednesday, December 22, 2021

The Docent's Memo (Dec. 22, 2021)


Ballistic tests show that the bullet essentially destabilizes (yaws) while in flight and enters and penetrates sideways. Penetration seemed pretty good on bare gelatin, but accuracy would be terrible.


  • "Cold weather shooting considerations" by Massad Ayoob, Backwoods Home Magazine. Ayoob brings together a collection of cautions, tips, and tricks of his own and from readers about keeping your and your firearm in working condition in cold weather. One of the big issues is using a gloved hand while shooting: many trigger guards are too small to admit a gloved finger (at least, not without the danger of inadvertently depressing the trigger), and so much of the the article relates to this topic, ranging from different types of gloves or mittens, to changes in hardware. Your solution will likely depend a lot on where you live. For instance, where I live and because I work in an office, I can most of the time get away with using a lightweight glove that will work with my weapons, even the pistols or rifles with smaller trigger guards. If I lived in other parts of Idaho where the winter weather is more like the upper plains states, I would have to use one of the other options discussed in the article. I will add, however, that you need to experiment and explore what works, and look to make sure that a glove doesn't interfere with the trigger resetting. For instance, I've noticed that the design of revolver triggers on S&W weapons can easily catch or pinch the fabric of a glove.
    Another issue is that lubricants thicken when cold, and could render a firearm inoperable, and so Ayoob recommends keeping the firearm inside a coat close to the body. But you also need to keep it easily accessible even while wearing a heavy coat. Ayoob solution is to use a shoulder holster, but he has collected ideas from others.
  • "TFB Armorer’s Bench: AR15 Gas Rings and Their Maintenance"--The Firearm Blog. A detailed article on determining when your gas rings around the bolt (piston) in your AR15 need to be replaced and how to do it. My only quibble is that the author adds: "When installing new AR15 gas rings take special care to have their gaps randomized and not lined up. Have each of the gas spaced out on one-third of the circumference. If they are lined up then leakage will happen and performance issues may arise." This is a myth (see this Brownell's Smith Busters video). 
  • Some firearms history: ".276 Pedersen And The 'Other' Garand?"--Armory Life. Some of you might not be aware, but following World War I, the U.S. Army became deeply interested in fielding a standard infantry weapon that provided better firepower than the bolt-action rifle. Concurrently, they also wanted a cartridge that would be smaller with less recoil, but just as or more lethal than the .30-06.  The article explains:

    It was already understood that smaller caliber bullets [than .30 caliber] had a higher “lethality index” at close ranges, but as of 1928 that knowledge operated on a theoretical basis only as there had been no practical test using a human tissue analog.

    Since that was the case, a ballistics study was conducted in June and July of that year that would infamously be remembered as the “Pig Board” because of its use of 18 anesthetized pigs as test subjects. Another board in 1930 used anesthetized goats. The outcome of both boards confirmed that smaller caliber bullets inflicted the most damage at 300 yards and that .30 caliber bullets inflicted the most damage at 1,000 yards.

(Strangely, the Italians had the opposite experience pitting their 6.5 mm rifles against 8 mm rifles used by the Ottomans in the Italo-Turkish War 1911-1912 as mentioned in this video). At the conclusion of the tests, a War Department board recommended adoption of the the .276 Pedersen cartridge. Both Pedersen's cartridge and his semi-auto rifle survived the initial trials. Garand's rifle submission also survived. But the Great Depression put an end to the .276 Pedersen. The military was afraid that Congress would be loath to fund both a new rifle and a new cartridge, so they decided to focus on getting the new rifle. Because Pedersen's design was not as amenable to alteration to use the .30-06, Garand's rifle was selected (it may have also helped that because Garand's design was "in house," the military would not have to pay a royalty to produce the design).

    The common argument concerning why to use the .41 Magnum is that it is a better big game cartridge than the .357 Magnum and a better defensive cartridge than the .44 Magnum. That may be a viable argument if you were only limited to one handgun, and you wanted to use it for both self-defense and hunting. But if you have no such limitation, you have to ask: is the .41 Magnum enough better than a .357 Magnum for self-defense to justify the extra size, weight, and recoil? And is its lower energy versus the .44 Magnum worth it to have a slightly flatter trajectory for handgun hunting? Although the .41 Magnum has hung on for decades, Richard Mann believes that the cartridge is dying and soon will be relegated to the dust bin of history.

    Typically, the faster a handgun bullet is driven, the lower the Point Of Impact (POI) will be on your target with the same bullet. This is the opposite of rifle impact, where the faster the bullet, the higher the POI. Add weight to a projectile traveling the same speed as a lighter one, and POI rises in the handgun.

    For example, zero your .44 Special revolver at 25 yards, shooting a 200-grain bullet, loaded over 7.5 grains of Unique, in a .44 Special case. Your group is dead smack in the middle of the Bullseye. Now, use your same 7.5 grains of Unique with a 250-grain bullet, with the same gun, sight setting and distance. Your POI will be higher than your original group using the 200-grain bullet by 2″ to 3″.

    Why, you ask? The reason is simple. Barrel time. As the bullet travels down the barrel, the muzzle rises in recoil. The more recoil, the higher the POI. The faster the bullet is traveling, the shorter the barrel time, hence, a lower POI.
  • Springfield has announced two new .45 ACP pistols: an XD-M Elite 3.8” Compact OSP in .45 ACP and a very nice looking 1911 Operator pistol. The latter reminds me that Lucky Gunner recently released a video on the topic of why everyone either loves or hates the 1911. I figure I will provide my two cents on that topic. First, and foremost, the 1911 has a cachet that undeniable: it was invented by John Browning; it served the U.S. through two world wars, plus the conflicts in El Salvador, Korea and Vietnam; and it has been pushed heavily by generations of gun writers. Second, the 1911 looks like what a defensive handgun should look like. I don't know if there is some combination of ratios and angles, the clean lines, the fact that we've seen it in so many movies and television shows, or what, but it just looks "right." Third, it is easy to shoot. The trigger design, how the safety falls right under the thumb, the grip angle, make it an easy weapon for most shooters to use. You may not appreciate it until you actually pick one up and use it, but it just feels "right" for many shooters. However, if it doesn't "feel right" for you (whether due to grip angle, size, etc.), there isn't much that can be done. And it admittedly is not a very practical weapon when compared to more modern designs that may offer lighter weight, higher capacity, better reliability, and lower price. 

Prepping & Survival:

    Imagine that a dog sees the scent like a red fog that hovers over the ground where you just traveled. This will assist you in understanding how to evade one.

    If the wind moves at 3-5 MPH (a gentle breeze) the scent will travel with the wind about 5-15 yards. A stiff wind at 20-30 MPH the scent will travel 100-200 yards off the route traveled. Anything above 30 MPH, the handler ain’t even going to try because your scent has been totally dispersed everywhere and is just plain gone.

#1 Scent Massing
    Yes, you read that right. Run hard to open the gap between your pursuer and yourself. Then stop and start running in a circle. Slowly run in a spiral until the circle is approximately 50 yards in diameter. This is called scent massing. What you just did placed your scent everywhere. As the dog approaches, they just smell you in every direction. With no clear trail, the dog will simply give up. I actually did this during a training mission with a local sheriff’s department.

    Thirty minutes prior to the track, the handler had been bragging about how he and his bloodhound had just completed a week-old 26-mile track. (That’s NC state requirement to be certified as a bloodhound tracking handler/dog). Not even 15 mins into the track they hit my scent mass and both just gave up. They had no clue what to do or what had happened. Needless to say, the handler was super pissed at me.

    Side Note: Your scent flows off of you the hotter your body gets. That means that your head, sweat, clothing, detergent, etc. are all the scents that make up you as the target. So as soon as you can slow down, do it. Try not to sweat any more than you have to.

#2 Scent Masking
    I was running rabbit – in this case, I was giving the dog and his handler something to chase/track for training purposes – for a buddy of mine who was a bloodhound handler for a neighboring county sheriff’s department (it was a different agency from the last one.) I had just finished running about a mile when it started to rain. Not thinking anything of it, I threw on my poncho, walked 25 yards in the woods, and sat down.

    I watched for a hot minute while my friend and his dog walked by me about 3 or 4 times. Finally, he called me on the phone and asked where I was. I stood up and scared the crap out of him. When I told him what I had done, he explained to me that I had just taken my scent and put it into a ziplock bag. I totally just scent-masked myself.

    Side note: If you can smell someone without the aid of a dog, then you’re within 25 yards of them. (I figured this out also while stalking deer in the swamps of NC.)

    Whenever you find yourself evading a dog, be sure to use 2 or more tactics to throw the dog off your trail. Unfortunately, what works for a dog, will not work for a human tracker.

    When a nuclear EMP is created we begin at Phase E1. This is a short phase but an intense burst. This is the part that delivers the high voltage pulse and last one to five nanosecond(s)

    Phase E2 is the scattered gamma particles. We can also equate the E2 to lightning in terms of EMP production. This is the easiest to protect against. This lasts anything up to one second

    Phase E3 is different to the previous phases. This is a very slow pulse lasting anything up to hundreds of seconds. This is the one that can destroy power lines and shut down power plants as a result, because we use AC current they conflict with the pulse that is a DC current. Both a nuclear EMP and the sun produce an E3

    A Solar EMP does not produce Phases E1 and E2 when at ground level.

    The CME will hit Earth anywhere from 15-18 hours for fast pulses or last several days if they are slow pulses. Each CME lasts several hours. Each CME can last weeks, depending on the cycle and over a day the sun can produce up to 3 CMEs a day.

    So The Sun could bombard the earth with CMEs for at least a week. This means that anything not shielded from an E3 EMP will not be fixable as long as the pulses keep hitting the Earth. An CME can last as long as the sun is capable of producing the pulse during the event. As long as a continuous pulse is active there will never be any electronics as the pulse will stop any repairs to the electronics. This is also true for man-made EMPs.

    When the sun creates an CME things get worse. The sun is always giving off small amounts of electromagnetic waves – that’s how we see the “The Northern Lights”.

    However if the sun was to bombard the Earth’s magnetosphere with CME pulses, all we can do is move fast to shield our electronics before 18 hours are up. Why?

    It can take 18 hours to 3 days for the pulse to reach Earth when a warning goes out. A CME within the sun’s corona can last up to four weeks.

    While a nuclear-born EMP can keep happening as long as there are missiles to launch, that’s not to mention the radiation.

    After a nuclear explosion and resulting “mushroom cloud” we also experience the results of a nuclear-born EMP, it lasts anything up to minutes, but once over there is nothing to fear from that pulse, just the radiation.

    Now that we understand the different electromagnetic pulses, we should look more at the aftermath as this is also covered in the duration.

    The aftermath will last as long as years, perhaps decades, depending on what was damaged by the pulse, years and decades being especially true for power plants and modern conveniences that have lots of circuits and wires, perhaps we will never recover.

    #1 in my book is always food, and I have covered this topic at great length. Do not waste your money on “survival food.” Even the most affordable companies are absolute scammers for how much you get for what you spend. Usually they work out to 100 to 200 calories per dollar.

    My repeated advice has always been to expect many many times that, and I will re-cover this topic again soon, but for now, if you are looking for true “survival food” that is cost effective, the Mormons are the best source. They sell cases of #10 cans. But instead of it being a little bit of cheese powder mixed with pasta, like say an Auguson farms cough cough, at 50 to 100 calories per dollar, you receive cans of flour, beans, rice, pasta, potato flakes, and other realistic survival foods at roughly 1,000 calories per dollar.

    If you are more of a do it yourself’er, Walmart flour is, right now, about 5,000 calories per dollar. Their 20lb bags of pinto beans are about 2,000, and their rice and pasta are over 1,500. Even Dinty Moore Beef Stew is over 400. For the dry foods, if you want to preserve them for decades, you can get giant mylar bags with ziplocks from Uline, and an impulse sealer on Ebay. I think time is getting short though.

    ... I have anonymized all the details but the general idea remains: four guys (friends) with money have bought a suitably large piece of land in Texas and now want to create a car-free human-scaled town of the kind that I am always writing about.

    In this text I intend to set out the most bare-bone basic premises for how to start a good town, what is needed to build something anti-fragile and sustainable under the above mentioned scenario. I will go back to this text and edit it, add points, or discuss certain aspects deeper in future texts, especially those points that stimulate questions or controversy.

An interesting read on the practicalities of making a small town that will have the organic feel of an Old World town rather than a modern development. It should be of interest to anyone interested in how to rebuild following a civilizational collapse.

VIDEO: "Think Legal Weed Cut Down On Crime? Think Again"--America Uncovered (15 min.)
Cartels are using legalization as cover for their illegal grow operations.

News & Current Events:

    The warship has been almost totally destroyed by the fire - the latest of a spate of mysterious blazes at top secret naval shipbuilding facilities - with the damage running into hundreds of millions of pounds, say reports.

    Russia says there were no weapons or crew on board the stealth corvette when fire erupted, however, other reports said three crew were injured, with reporting that two required hospitalisation.
  • Pay no attention to the conspiracy: Instapundit linked and excerpted from a WSJ piece on John Kerry's work to destroy the U.S. oil and gas industry. From Instapundit's excerpt:
    The president’s climate envoy has been pressuring banks and financial institutions to reduce their commitments to U.S. oil and gas companies and join the Net-Zero Banking Alliance, which would hobble the ability of oil and gas companies to increase production. Citi, Wells Fargo, Bank of America, Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase signed on to the alliance this year.

    Mr. Kerry’s efforts didn’t go unnoticed. In April, members of the Senate Banking Committee sent him a letter expressing concern that he had “been pressuring banks to make extralegal commitments regarding energy-related lending and investment activities” that would result in “higher energy costs for American consumers.”

    In May, 15 state treasurers sent a letter to Mr. Kerry observing that he and other members of the Biden administration are “privately pressuring U.S. banks and financial institutions to refuse to lend to or invest in coal, oil, and natural gas companies, as part of a misguided strategy to eliminate the fossil fuel industry in our country.” They urged banks and financial institutions “not to give in to pressure from the Biden Administration.”

So why haven't the Fed's investigated the Net-Zero Banking Alliance as an illegal restraint of trade? The Alliance boasts of itself:

    The industry-led, UN-convened Net-Zero Banking Alliance brings together banks worldwide representing over 40% of global banking assets, which are committed to aligning their lending and investment portfolios with net-zero emissions by 2050. Combining near-term action with accountability, this ambitious commitment sees signatory banks setting an intermediate target for 2030 or sooner, using robust, science-based guidelines.

    The Alliance will reinforce, accelerate and support the implementation of decarbonisation strategies, providing an internationally coherent framework and guidelines in which to operate, supported by peer-learning from pioneering banks. It recognises the vital role of banks in supporting the global transition of the real economy to net-zero emissions.

    It was co-launched on 21st April 2021 with 43 founding banks and the Prince of Wales’ Sustainable Markets Initiative Financial Services Taskforce.

Currently, the group counts 97 banks in 39 countries as members. These are not small, insignificant banks. According to the group, these banks control $66 trillion in assets, representing 43% of total global banking assets.

    Section 1 of the Sherman Act provides: “Every contract, combination in the form of trust or otherwise, or conspiracy, in restraint of trade or commerce … is declared to be illegal.” 15 U.S.C. § 1. A consortium of banks agreeing to not loan or otherwise cripple businesses that are not deemed "green" should certainly count as a combination or conspiracy in restraint of trade.

    Eight years ago, a team of researchers launched a project to carefully repeat early but influential lab experiments in cancer research.

    They recreated 50 experiments, the type of preliminary research with mice and test tubes that sets the stage for new cancer drugs. The results reported Tuesday: About half the scientific claims didn’t hold up.
    The city had for months been searching for a new owner for the 1,100-pound monument, which served as the focal point of the white-supremacist Unite the Right rally in 2017. After the city took the statue down over the summer, six proposals on what to do with it were submitted by arts groups, historical societies or individuals, some offering to pay the city as much as $50,000 for the bronze sculpture.

    But the Charlottesville City Council voted 4 to 0 to hand it over to the only local bidder: the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, a Black-led museum that proposed repurposing the metal entirely.
    According to research led by scientists at Israel’s Weizmann Institute of Science, the human-made molecule hexadecanal (HEX) — which is found in large amounts on baby scalps — triggers aggression in women while blocking it in men. The findings were published this month in the journal Science Advances.

    “We found that HEX has no perceptible odor, but that when you sniff it, it affects the way you behave toward others — specifically, your aggressive responses to others,” Dr. Eva Mishor, who led the study, said in a press release.

    To determine this, the researchers exposed about half of the study’s 130 participants to HEX while the rest received a control. They then gave the test subjects the option to blast a game partner with unpleasant noises of varying intensity. While women exposed to HEX consistently went for the loudest and most unpleasant noises, men who were exposed to HEX consistently chose milder noises than their non-HEX-exposed counterparts.
The toddler died aged 16 months of cardiac arrest after being punched or kicked by Brockhill in September 2020 using “massive force” on a par associated with “a road traffic accident”, according to the judge. A postmortem revealed previous brain injuries, fractured bones and internal organ injury.

Although the author makes it clear that he is "not implying that all lesbians are murderers, nor even that lesbians are more likely than heterosexual women to commit murder," I would note that research does show higher domestic violence in same-sex relationships than in heterosexual relationships

    There were only 8.5 births per 1,000 people in China last year, according to the latest yearbook released by the country's National Bureau of Statistics in late November. 
    That's the lowest not only since yearbook records began in 1978 -- but also since the founding of Communist China in 1949, according to official data.
    The birthrate, which has now fallen to single digits, is the latest troubling sign of China's worsening population crisis, as the country of 1.4 billion people begins to lose its youthful edge.
    The country's once-a-decade national census revealed in May that just 12 million babies were born last year -- an 18% plunge from 14.65 million in 2019.
    The number of marriage registrations in China has fallen for seven consecutive years and hit a 17-year low last year, figures from the recently released China Statistical Yearbook 2021 showed.

    A total of 5.87 million couples got married in China in the first three quarters of 2021, down slightly from the same period of last year, according to the data released by the Ministry of Civil Affairs.

    It is expected that the number of marriage registrations in China will continue to decline in 2021, state-run China Daily reported on Wednesday.

Since out-of-wedlock births are rare in China, marriage rates are closely tied to birth rates; so declining marriage rates bode ill for China being able to reverse its demographic decline any time soon.

    According to the Cato 2021 Speech and Social Media National Survey, of the 2,000 people polled, liberals, even moderate ones, were far more likely to encourage Big Tech-led censorship of their peers on apps such as Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

    “This behavior is highly tied to political ideology,” the poll notes.

    While 65 percent of strong liberals, 44 percent of moderate liberals, and 32 percent of moderates testified that they reported another user for “sharing offensive content or false information,” only 21 percent of moderate conservatives and 24 percent of strong conservatives said they did the same.

    In addition to reporting people to Big Tech companies, 80 percent of strong liberals and 68 percent of moderate liberals said they have blocked or unfriended someone for their posts “about politics or science.” Only 48 percent of moderates, 44 percent of moderate conservatives, and 46 percent of strong conservatives reported doing the same.

    The survey also found that “altogether, conservatives are more likely than liberals to have personal or near personal experience of being penalized by social media companies for the content they’ve posted to their accounts.”

And then there is this:

    ... In a recent poll of 850 private and public college, university, and trade school students spread across the United States, Generation Lab and Axios found “Young Dems more likely to despise the other party.”

    While just 5 percent of young Republicans said they wouldn’t be friends with someone who votes differently than they do, 37 percent of the young Democrats polled said they would end friendships based on voting records. An even higher number of Democrats, 41 percent, claimed they wouldn’t support a business they knew had political allegiances to other parties while just 7 percent of Republicans said the same.

    As we approach the first anniversary of the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, we — all of us former senior military officials — are increasingly concerned about the aftermath of the 2024 presidential election and the potential for lethal chaos inside our military, which would put all Americans at severe risk.

    In short: We are chilled to our bones at the thought of a coup succeeding next time.

    One of our military’s strengths is that it draws from our diverse population. It is a collection of individuals, all with different beliefs and backgrounds. But without constant maintenance, the potential for a military breakdown mirroring societal or political breakdown is very real.

Unmentioned is that the only deaths at the Jan. 6 protests were at the hands of the Capital Police. But truth and clarity are not the purpose of this piece. Rather, it is fear that Republicans might do in 2024 what the Democrats did in the 2020 election:

    Imagine competing commanders in chief — a newly reelected Biden giving orders, versus Trump (or another Trumpian figure) issuing orders as the head of a shadow government. Worse, imagine politicians at the state and federal levels illegally installing a losing candidate as president.

    All service members take an oath to protect the U.S. Constitution. But in a contested election, with loyalties split, some might follow orders from the rightful commander in chief, while others might follow the Trumpian loser. Arms might not be secured depending on who was overseeing them. Under such a scenario, it is not outlandish to say a military breakdown could lead to civil war.

    In this context, with our military hobbled and divided, U.S. security would be crippled. Any one of our enemies could take advantage by launching an all-out assault on our assets or our allies.

The authors argue that to prevent Trump winning the 2024 election and being sworn in as president, the following steps need to be followed. First, that the members of the military be educated as to who is the "right" person to give orders. Second, military intelligence resources must be used to identify anyone who might stray from the accepted orthodoxy. Third, the DoD must wargame the next election to make sure the military can decisively step in and make sure that the "wrong" person is not sworn in as president. Okay, I paraphrased. But it is accurate when you consider that their recommendations are predicated on it being impossible that Trump or another outsider be elected president.

VIDEO: "Omicron"--Paul Joseph Watson (8 min.)


EcoHealth Alliance – Peter Daszak’s controversial group with a long history of collaborating with the Wuhan Institute of Virology – is advising New York on pandemic preparedness and health “equity” as part of the city’s new Pandemic Response Institute.


VIDEO: "China Crashes Again! Another Evergrande Falls..."--Stoic Finance (14 min.)
And housing prices have been falling.

Commentary & Opinion:

  • "What's the Deal With All the Perverted Behavior at CNN?" by Robert C. Smith, Real Clear Markets. The op-ed is about the perversions that are increasingly coming out concerning the leftist elites and how the FBI seems to be covering for them. The author lists plenty of examples and reaches the following conclusion:

The radical Left simply does not adhere to the secular law or any sort of law that derives from a divine authority. The ends always justify the means. If the Constitution gets in their way, they trash the Constitution. If widely accepted Judeo-Christian values obstruct their plans, they ridicule the faith.  The Left wants to destroy everything that kindles their hatred. They want to be their own deity and sit on a throne of their own making where they are not shackled or feel the need to be obedient to anything but their own narcissism. I think this drives them to engage in the verboten. I think by engaging in the verboten, this solidifies their belief in their godlike status and their victory over the old God who they never wanted to obey.

Smith is not wrong. But the Left have long been this way, whether it was the "free love" movement of the late 19th and early 20th Century, the "sexual revolution" of the 1960s and 70s, and all of the way up to the present. What has changed is that such behavior now has the de facto imprimatur of the government. That is why the FBI knows about it but fails to act, or conveniently "loses" key evidence. But is the FBI's acts or inaction because they enjoy the ability to blackmail others, or is it because cliques of agents are involved in the same type of perversions and so they are protecting their own? It is certainly suggestive when we learned that one of the FBI agents involved in the Governor Whitmer case "was charged with beating his wife when they returned home from a swingers party."

    There are many reasons people join Black Axe. Some recruits are forced, others volunteer. In Makoko, a vast slum built on wooden stilts above Lagos Lagoon, we interviewed a number of Axemen, some of whom said they had joined against their will. Their loyalty, nevertheless, was strong - cemented by the spiritual bond of the initiation process.

    "We worship Korofo, the unseen God, and he has always guided us," the leader of the group told us, sitting in a small wooden building, surrounded by an entourage of Axemen. He said he was "proud" to be a member of Black Axe, despite saying he was forcibly recruited by a police officer. Another member claimed he joined after his father was killed by a rival gang. No matter how or why members join, many of them claim there are benefits.

    "Secrecy, discipline and brotherhood," a cult member told us proudly during another interview in Lagos in April 2021, when we asked why he had joined Black Axe. He claimed he made good money through the group's criminal enterprises - better than he would earn working in a bank.

    "Nobody will be able to touch you - once you belong to a cult, they will protect you," said Curtis Ogbebor, a community activist based in Benin City, who tries to stop young people joining groups like Black Axe. "The process of initiation - it's all about networking."

    Dr Stone says many Axemen join solely for networking purposes. Nigeria has the second highest rate of unemployment in the world, and within this challenging environment, he says joining Black Axe can provide protection and business connections. He claims not all members are criminals.

    "We have members in the Nigerian army, navy, air force. We have those in academia. We have priests, pastors," he said.

    This mutual support was key to Black Axe's original purpose. The group grew out of a student fraternity called the Neo Black Movement of Africa (NBM). It formed at the University of Benin in the 1970s. The NBM's symbol was a black axe breaking chains, and its founders said their aim was to fight oppression. The NBM was inspired by the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, but in structure, secrecy and brotherly commitment, it mirrored societies like the Freemasons, which had a presence in Nigeria during the colonial era.

    The NBM still exists today, and is a legally registered company with the Nigerian corporate affairs commission. It claims to have three million members around the world, and regularly publicises charitable activity - donations to orphanages, schools and the police, both in Nigeria and abroad. It holds huge annual conferences, some of which have been attended by prominent politicians and celebrities.

    Leaders of the NBM claim Black Axe is a rogue, breakaway group. Publicly they strongly disassociate themselves from the name and are adamant that the NBM opposes all criminal activity.

    "NBM is not Black Axe. NBM has nothing to do with criminality. NBM is an organisation that tends to promote greatness in the world," says Olorogun Ese Kakor, the current president of the organisation, in an interview with the BBC in July 2021.

    The NBM's lawyers told us anyone from Black Axe who is found to be a member of NBM "will be expelled immediately" and that they have zero tolerance for crime.

    International law enforcement have a different view. Statements by the US justice department, in the course of its prosecution of Black Axe members since 2018, say that the NBM is a "criminal organisation" and "part of the Black Axe". Similar statements have been made by authorities in Canada, who have said the NBM and Black Axe as "the same".

VIDEO: "Is Jesus Historical? What Do The Romans Say About Him?"--Metatron (29 min.). An examination of non-Christian references to Christ that were near contemporaneous and support at the least the Biblical account of Christ being tried and executed by Pontius Pilate. 

And Now For Something Completely Different:
  • "Revenge of the Apes: Monkeys in Maha's Beed On a Murderous Rampage After Dogs Kill One of their Infants"--News 18. After dogs in the town killed one of the monkey infants, the monkeys went on a killing spree by attacking dogs, hauling them to a high place, and dropping them to their deaths. Government wildlife officers were called in to do something, but couldn't even catch one of the monkeys. After the townsfolk tried to stop the monkeys, the monkeys widened their net of retribution by now targeting children (although no children have been killed). The article ends:
Monkeys have killed almost all the pups in the village and now, villagers say that there are hardly any pups left in their village. But monkeys have not stopped. Troops have started targeting small kids. School-going kids are being attacked by the monkeys and this has created panic among the villagers. 

Kfs [potassium feldspar] is a powerful ice-nucleating aerosol, yet is normally rare in atmospheric dust mineralogy. Ice nucleation plays an important part in cloud microphysics, which modulates the global albedo. A conceptual model is proposed whereby the anomalous presence of Kfs post impact is posited to have two key effects on cloud dynamics: (1) Kfs reduces the average albedo of mixed-phase clouds, which leads to a hotter climate; and (2) Kfs weakens the cloud albedo feedback mechanism, which increases climate sensitivity. These mechanisms offer an explanation as to why this otherwise benign mineral is correlated so strongly with mass extinction events: every Kfs-rich ejecta blanket corresponds to a severe extinction episode over the last 600 myr. This model may also explain why many kill mechanisms only variably correlate with extinction events through geological time: they coincide with these rare periods of climate destabilization by atmospheric Kfs.

    Some of the objects are nondescript, and just lumps of metal. Mostly, there's nothing unusual about them except that everywhere you look in the metal, the composition is different, which is odd. It's what we call inhomogeneous.  That’s a fancy way of saying 'incompletely mixed.'  The common thing about all the materials that I've looked at so far, and there's about a dozen, is that almost none of them are uniform. They're all these hodgepodge mixtures. Each individual case will be composed of a similar set of elements, but they will be inhomogeneous. 

    One of the materials from the so called Ubatuba event [a UAP event in Brazil], has extraordinarily altered isotope ratios of magnesium. It was interesting because another piece from the same event was analyzed in the same instrument at the same time. This is an extraordinarily sensitive instrument called a nanoSIMS - Secondary Ion Mass Spec. It had perfectly correct isotope ratios for what you would expect for magnesium found anywhere on Earth. Meanwhile, the other one was just way off. Like 30 percent off the ratios. The problem is there's no good reason humans have for altering the isotope ratios of a simple metal like magnesium. There's no different properties of the different isotopes, that anybody, at least in any of the literature that is public of the hundreds of thousands of papers published, that says this is why you would do that. Now you can do it. It's a little expensive to do, but you'd have no reason for doing it. 

    Earlier this year The War Zone exclusively reported about a series of 2019 incidents that involved unidentified drones stalking US Navy vessels over several nights in the waters off of Southern California. Our initial report also covered the Navy’s investigation into the incidents, which appeared to struggle to identify either the aircraft or their operators. Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Michael Gilday later clarified that the aircraft were never identified, and that there have been similar incidents across the service branches and allied militaries.

    Newly released documents obtained via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) show that the full scope of these drone incursions was greater than it initially appeared, and they persisted well after the Navy’s investigation was launched. Deck logs indicate that drone sightings continued throughout the month of July 2019 and included events where drone countermeasure teams were called into action. One notable event involved at least three ships observing multiple drones. Uncharacteristically for unclassified deck logs, the details on this event are almost entirely redacted. 

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