A very sensible take on Ahmed and his clock. Neither a “bomb” nor a devious Islamic fraud. Just a kid learning to tinker with electronics and getting more cr*p from teachers, cops, and now hysterical pundits than he deserves. (I’ve linked previously in comments to Brad’s similarly sane take: here and here.)
So if Volkswagen had special code in its U.S. turbocharged diesels designed to fool emissions testing systems, just how did they get busted for their clever trick? Chemistry, apparently.
The following is a guest post by my old friend Sandy. He hosted me graciously during part of my 2010 trip to Panama, where he still lives. He’s now looking for supporters to join him in a new venture, writing about a lesser-known form of prepping and escape from tyranny.
The World’s First Preppers and How to Join Them
by Sandy Sandfort
Some anthropologists say that Man’s creation and use of boats date back 45,000 years ago into the Stone Age. Then and ever since then, humans in boats have had to be preppers. Whether you are crossing the Pacific or just traveling to the next island, you have to prepare. When Polynesians sailed their outriggers hundreds of miles to settle New Zealand, they took rats and other food, water and primitive navigation tools with them; they were preppers. When Columbus set out for the New World, he was to be a prepper, as were Darwin on the Beagle and Magellan on the Trinidad. All sailors are preppers. Today, everyone who sails is a prepper whether they use that word or not.
Today, so-called recreational sailors, yachties, cruisers, boaters or whatever, are a vast community of preppers. And in today’s world, sailing offers one of the best ways to “get out of Dodge” when things turn ugly wherever you are. If you are a prepper today, you are most of the way to being a “sea prepper” if you want to be. If you think you cannot afford a boat, think again. It can be done very easily if you are willing to examine some of your preconceptions about how to organize your life.
How do I know this? For several years, I have been thinking and researching sea prepping. I know it can be done, because I know people who have done it and when I run the numbers, it all adds up.
I want to write out the entire program in a book, tentatively called, Plan Sea. Sound interesting? If you want to be involved in creating this guide to sea prepping, please visit my website (zapzone.webs.com) and click on the “Buy the Book” link at the top of the screen, then scroll down to “Come Join the Plan Sea Book Project” for information about how you can help make this book happen.
Remember that New Yorker article on the coming Cascadia “coast is toast” quake? Went a little over the top in places. Now its author, Kathryn Schultz is back with some pretty sound advice for staying safe when Cascadia decides to do its thing.
Loooove them lobbyists. A cop lobby has gotten North Dakota to legalize weaponized drones. Will other states soon follow? (But of course, we’re not to worry; only “less than lethal” weapons are allowed and in the hands of those heroes in blue, if we’ve done nothing wrong, we have nothing to worry about, right?) (H/T MJR)
And just for laughs … Mama said there’d be days like this.
This oughta keep you busy for a while. Major hat tip to faithful contributor MJR, who went on a link-hunting tear this week.
It’s not surprising, but so pathetic. Data analysis proves what the hackers claimed and everyone should have suspected: There were almost no women using Ashley Madison.
I have an email out to Stewart Rhodes to learn more about this Oath Keepers controversy. Frankly, stopping this march by black gun owners in Ferguson doesn’t sound like something Oath Keepers would do.
Forgotten history: In 1863 there was an effort to organize sleeper cells against the tyrant Lincoln for his destruction of the Constitution and operation of a giant (for the times) surveillance network.
Finally, here’s a free ebook download for you from Sparks31 on modern survivalism and communications for III-percenters. I haven’t read this yet, but looks interesting. Donations or other useful actions suggested in exchange.
Well, here’s some provocative privacy protection. Drone Munitions. Shotshells specially aimed (pardon the pun) at ridding your backyard of those pesky camera-bearing neighborhood quadcopters. (H/T MtK)
“Brady’s Empty Suits.” Excellent piece from Dave Hardy about how the Brady Center has been able to bring so many frivolous lawsuits and how the Lucky Gunner smackdown may have finally broken them. What a cynical bunch they are!
We already know that utility workers and others with access to our homes have been recruited into the “see something, say something” ranks of “terrorist” and anti-drug witch hunters. Now, San Jose, California, is contemplating turning garbage trucks into police surveillance units. Strictly to help find stolen vehicles, of course. This will never be used for anything nefarious. How could you even think that, you unAmerican little worm, you? (H/T MJR)
Glenn Reynolds says, “See something, DO something!” As those Americans on that French train did. (Joel also posted a great piece on this theme a couple of days ago.)
You might be surprised to learn that single-family housing is nothing more than a racist, classist plot. In Seattle, anyhow. (Sigh. Another formerly livable city is about to complete its spiral down the tubes.)
Okay, not really an earthquake antidote. We’re quite a ways from those yet.
But the other day (H/T jed) I linked to a New Yorker article about the inevitable Big One in the Pacific Northwest. It wasn’t a bad article, all in all. It got some important history right, gave a decent overview, and apparently woke up a few sleepyheads.
But as a geologist says in this this Slate followup, the New Yorker piece was “a little Hollywood.” It quoted a FEMA official who said everything west of I-5 would be “toast,” for instance, which (if you don’t provide some reasonable balance) is irresponsible.
If you live in the Pacific Northwest or have loved ones who do, the second article, linked in the above paragraph, is a good antidote to some of the hysteria provoked by the first.
I also noticed that on the day I linked the scary earthquake article, one of you good people purchased the book Full-Rip 9.0: The Next Big Earthquake in the Pacific Northwest via my Amazon links. I’ve read that. It’s a very good, very balanced, very serious look at the Northwest’s seismic future and how ready we are (or aren’t) for the threat. It’s also a rip-roaring story, beautifully written. I recommend it.
Finally, speaking of Amazon links: thank you to the wonderful person who bought the mega-appliance. Between your purchase and a small upsurge in buying from my links, we’re now up to normal for mid-July. Amazon has some curious ups and downs. I try to get used to them, but I was a little worried there.
This public murder + mass act of cowardice happened (in gun-free DC, no surprise) on July 4. I just heard about it. If this is how disarmed and “civilized” people behave, you can take your civilization and … ahem.
TZP has been hopping lately. Special attention to two very recent posts by Nicki. “Loopholes” and the South Carolina church shooter. And quite literally a “no-brainer” : a San Francisco supervisor wants to punish the berg’s only gun store (and any others that might ever be so foolish as to locate in the city) for something it didn’t even remotely do.
Fascinating and mostly well-done New Yorker article on the Big One that will someday wallop the Pacific Northwest. (Via jed in comments)
When it comes to preparedness sites, the world is often divided into “guy sites” and “mom sites.” There are the sites that are heavy on gear and combat theorizing. Then there are sites that are heavy on family, food, and first-aid (and not the type of first aid involving highly specialized blood-clotting agents and treatments for sucking chest wounds).
I recently heard about Defensive Training Group. DTG puts the emphasis elsewhere, where I haven’t heard it before — on neighborhoods and those who might find themselves leading neighborhood protection teams when TSHTF.
In the pre-apocalypse vacation cabins are the first to go. Kind of a dumb lefty article, but still interesting.
How one doctor blew the whistle on horrendous medical fraud and malpractice. This doctor had nothing personally to gain; just integrity. Even after he put himself at risk, it appears the government followed up only minimally, doing little to investigate what must have been an entire empire of torment for patients.