Friday, June 3, 2011


Everyone owning their own home is an idea who's time is past (W.R. Mead, The American Interest)
As one American dream dies another emerges. Happened before and it'll happen again.

Low wages, low growth, low employment: Brace for the age of contraction. (Ron Smith, Baltimore Sun)
Tell me some good news.

Amazing story from WW2 of a fighter plane being downed by fire from a Model 1911 .45 caliber U.S. service pistol!
(Phil Bourjaily, The Gun Nut blog)

So-called "dazzle" camouflage fools the eye better than the blend-in kind (Esther Inglis-Arkell, io9)
Doesn't fool radar, sonar, infrared or most other forms of detection though. Sounds like it was written by a English or Art  History major with no understanding of modern war technology.

 Shabaab claims American carried out suicide attack (Bill Roggio, Long War Journal)
"If Abdullahi Ahmed was indeed an American and did carry out the attack, he would be the eighth American citizen to have executed a suicide bombing in Somalia"

Keeping your communications secret is still possible (J.W. Rawles, Survival Blog)
But it's a lot of work. Seems more like something from a spy novel but all the techniques listed should hold up pretty well, provided you're not detected and/or captured that is. Interesting read.

Encrypted website lets you buy any drug you want to (Adrian Chen, Wired)
"Silk Road, a digital black market that sits just below most internet users’ purview, does resemble something from a cyberpunk novel. Through a combination of anonymity technology and a sophisticated user-feedback system, Silk Road makes buying and selling illegal drugs as easy as buying used electronics — and seemingly as safe. It’s Amazon — if Amazon sold mind-altering chemicals."

Wisconsin lefties to set up a tent city named "Walkerville" to create a semi-permanent encampment at the state capitol (Ann Althouse, Ann Althouse)
Madison reminds me of Ann Arbor in the way it often operates like a state within a state. And with it's large demographic of kooks, flakes, leftists, crazies, unionists, professional agitators and such like. Ought to be interesting. Either the public will get tired of this and vote the Reps out or that they'll get angry and vote more in.

German police training vultures to find bodies (BBC)
Makes sense.

Ten Great Things About Old Men (Gavin McInnes, Taki Mag)
While couch potatriots and armchair activists sit indoors screaming through their keyboards, old dudes are walking softly outside with a big stick. They’re not particularly fond of fags, but if the government decided all homosexuals must be killed immediately, the ragtag rebellion’s frontlines would be filled with old dudes. Platitudes such as, “I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” aren’t platitudes to old guys. They really will grab a gun and fight for you. They already did."