The Mast Tree Grove
Ivan Shishkin 1898
Ivan Shishkin (Yelabuga Russia 1832—St. Petersburg Russia 1898) was, and remains, the premier landscape artist of Russia. The Mast Tree Grove, above, is his last finished work. He died at his easel having outlived two wives and his sons.
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The "Ghost Gunner" CNC mill, from Cody Wilson of Defense Distributed, machines a complete AR-15 lower receiver from a semi-finished blank. No other part of an AR-15 requires a serial number or record keeping for the BATF, so making this part theoretically results in an untraceable firearm. And what can't be traced can't be registered or confiscated. In an interview with Andy Greenberg at Wired, Mr. Wilson said,
"Typically this has been the realm of gunsmiths, not the casual user. This is where digital manufacturing, the maker movement, changes things. We developed something that’s very cheap, that makes traditional gunsmithing affordable. You can do it at home.
This is a way to jab at the bleeding hearts of these total statists. It’s about humiliating the power that wants to humiliate you. 3-D printing was about signaling the future. This is about the present. You can use this machine today to create something to the standards you’re used to. The gold standard of the gun community is metal.
This wouldn’t be worth doing if [California state senator] Kevin de Leon didn’t know about it. What excites me is giving this world to the politicians. Our strategy is to literalize and reify their nightmare, to give them the world they’re talking about. I believe it’s in the stable of popular rights afforded to the people, a republican ideal consistent with civil liberties. You can have an unserialized toothbrush, and you can have an unserialized rifle. This is important to me. The untraceable firearm is my stand."
Most of this is precisely what Mr. Wilson says it is, a public thumb in the eye for those who deserve it. The Ghost Gunner mystique is aimed at those who believe gun making is akin to watch making, when in fact it's been a cottage industry for a very long time. Bob Owens at the highly respected Bearing Arms explains in this article , Defense Distributed’s “Ghost Gunner” Is All Hype…And It’s Supposed To Be,
"The information technology media seems to think that the “Ghost Gunner”—which costs roughly the same as two factory-finished AR-15s at today’s prices—is something new and magical.
Using nothing more than a $70-100 drill press or even a hand drill with jigs, people have been completing perfectly functional AR-15 lower receivers since at least the 1990s.
All you’re really getting for that $1,200 is a bit of machinery that clearly announces your intentions to any government seriously intent on identifying the makers of personal firearms, a comforting level of “plug and play” capability, and a reduced margin of error in unskilled hands.
If your goal is to terrify and infuriate the agents of an ever-more-intrusive government, however, the Ghost Gunner serves its purpose well, and that is precisely the role of everything produced by Defense Distributed, which exists for the explicit purpose of ticking off all the right people."
The 20th century saw military arms change from finely crafted bolt action rifles firing full-house rounds to crude submachine guns using pistol rounds, to ultra-practical assault rifles firing carbine rounds. Of the three, the submachine gun is most closely associated with partisans, paratroopers and derring do. It's also the least effective in putting down an adversary, multiple hits are a near necessity when firing a slow moving bullet through a short barrel.
The granddaddy of submachine guns is the .45 ACP Thompson of 1921. It offered an impressive volume of fire but it was expensive and very heavy, nearly 11 lbs unloaded, about the same as an all-up M1 Garand. It's understandable why this was, the Thompson is from the era that gave us the elaborately machined bolt actions used by competition shooters to this day.
Wartime pressure in the 1940s produced the unlovely British STEN, the US M3 "grease gun" and their derivatives. They're submachine guns too—fully automatic compact arms firing pistol rounds—but made from welded tubing and sheet metal stampings for easy and cheap manufacturing, approximately in a class with automobile shock absorbers. Although comparatively feeble and often unreliable, they were an irresistible alternative for hard pressed nations facing annihilation. The manufacturing processes are undemanding, ammunition is plentiful and cheap, and users can be proficient enough with little training.
But there's a downside. They're inaccurate at any distance and 'combat effective' only out to fifty or seventy-five yards, about the same range as a .22 rimfire, which limits them to urban or jungle ambushes. Although there's something to be said for burdening an enemy with an excess of wounded, the user is at a near-total disadvantage when engaged at longer ranges by even a so-so rifleman, and nearly helpless against a combat veteran. The prudent irregular of today would use a submachine gun to "self-supply" a more capable arm. Which brings us to today's state of the art.
The granddaddy of all assault rifles was the German StG44 "machine carbine" of 1943 which married the submachine gun's compactness and volume of fire to a short-action 'carbine' version of the full power 8mm round, with a selective fire option for full automatic or semi-automatic. Although weighing about the same as a Thompson it could be used effectively out to 600 yards. This first true assault rifle led to the AK-47, M16 and all the others.
The so-called "maker's movement" has a long history in Europe and Asia, largely prompted by the desperation of war. And desperation it was. When the Weremacht was forced to abandon artillery they removed the breech blocks to render them useless. Exceptionally brave irregulars loaded rounds into the chamber and hit them with a hammer, making the gun a sort of recoilless rifle. Filipino guerillas made shotguns from ordinary water pipe. Village arms makers in the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan made Lee Enfields using hand tools and scrap metal. In the post-war '40s, Jewish refugees in Palestine set up an arms manufactory which was literally underground—under a bakery. In the '60s and '70s there were reports from Florida of Cuban refugees making automatic weapons in significant numbers with the intent of mounting a counterinsurgency in their homeland.
In the US, the "maker's movement" was kept alive largely by black powder enthusiasts who built flintlock and percussion rifles, sometimes from scratch but more often from kits. The black powder rifle industry was dominated by kits for years, both for economy and the pride their customers took in one-of-a-kind creations, some approaching museum-grade replicas. In turn, they were keeping alive a "makers movement" dating to before the Revolutionary War when the Crown prohibited arms manufacturing by colonials.
Many of our now-standard cartridges started out as amateur projects, the so-called wildcats, most often through experiments using existing rounds as a jumping off point. This called for considerable expertise in altering existing guns and reworking brass cases. With industrial machine tools and not a few CNC machines now scattered through the nation's home workshops, no one should be surprised if we see high order, self-made complete weapons in increasing numbers. Many custom gunsmiths started out this way and some went on to be successful niche manufacturers.
There are hundreds of millions of guns already existent in the US so, aside from legally avoiding registration, and thereby a future confiscation, there's little practical reason for hobbyists to make them. Prices have fallen, supply is not an issue and ammunition is again readily available. The "makers movement" points to something else, a revival of hands-on craftsmanship say, or a new era of experimentation, or perhaps it naturally arises from the wider move to self reliance.
In recent years another incentive suggests itself. The relentless encroachment of ill-considered, unwarranted gun laws and draconian enforcement by DC's agents have had their part in this revival of indigenous arms making. Commercial gun makers and distributors, the effective choke point until now, have a long and dishonorable history of complicity in DC's gun control schemes for their own advantage. The levee is leaking. Panicked anti-gun activists are likening the "makers movement" to outlaws and terrorism .
DC is likely to denounce it as a "loop hole" sooner or later. This may prove to be their worst idea yet. When compliance with the law is equated with evasion of the law, DC is acting in bad faith. When the law is not the law, that avenue of redress is foreclosed. In the recent past the people were treated as suspects, or parolees at worse. Now the paranoid lunatics in DC are treating the people as a dangerous enemy. There may come a time when the people take them at their word. As the experience of less fortunate lands shows, driving this particular movement underground is especially unwise.
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Magazine ad for the 1931 Pierce Arrow
DC flying Moslems directly into the US
Tennessee Rep. Rick Womick admitted to flying five flights with Somali immigrants on board from London to New York City. Flights would leave the US, land in the UK and be designated as empty for return, but the reality is that every seat would be filled with illegal Muslims. As he landed on the east coast as instructed, he would taxi right past immigrations and customs. The illegals were let off the airplane, given thousands of dollars, along with other benefits.
All of this is in line perfectly with Obama's own solution of flying in illegals directly to the US earlier this year, says Tim Brown in this article, Pilot Claims He was fired for not Signing Away His Constitutional Rights – Warns of Illegal Muslims flying into US, at Freedom Outpost
The crisis that's not going to waste - Ebola
The one legitimate function of any government is to protect the right of the people to pursue their own life, liberty and happiness. I think stopping the invasion of mortal viruses would fall into this category. It’s the one job our government is mandated to do, and it refuses to do it. Why? I believe that the lack of strong prevention response from our government—an inadequacy that is obvious to all of the healthcare workers with whom I have talked and to anyone who has the sense to do his own research—could be absolutely deliberate, says Brandon Smith in this article, U.S. government fails to stop yet another invasion, at Personal Liberty.
Ebola preparedness - "I've been a nurse for nearly 20 years, twelve of them at two of the busiest ERs in the country, one of them the busiest ER on the planet," says Aesop at the Raconteur Report. Below are three articles in which Raconteur tells it like it is about our preparedness for an Ebola outbreak in "dispatches from the front line", presented here in order of posting.
(H/t: reader PW)
So let's say that patient came in to Somewhere Unlucky ER last Friday, August 1st. By the end of the month, everyone in the hospital is infected or dead. In six weeks, the county is all sick or dead. At seven weeks, the entire state is. In eight to twelve weeks, the country and the world, says Aesop in this article, Pandemic: How It Works At The Pointy End.
The one thing the government absolute can and should do when this kind of thing happens, is be putting out straight and complete information, and facilitating rapid coordination of any and all agencies required from the dog catcher to the Department of Defense. But in all likelihood, the Duncan Scenario will repeat itself over and over until the disease comes over the levees like a Cat V Hurricane hitting New Orleans, and after that, well...Welcome to Liberia II: The Sequel, says Aesop in this article, Epidemic Management 101: How it works when your head's not up your @$$
5 to 9 chances out of 10, Senora Sanitary Tech is going to be dying in a puddle of her liquefying internal organs because of a few lapses in practice, in the next couple of weeks. Along with anyone she may have infected there after becoming symptomatic herself, the total number of which TBD. Thus Spain now becomes the eighth nation to get on the scoreboard worldwide from this epidemic, with no end in sight. Mother Nature doesn't grade on the curve, says Aesop in this article, Government Experts Still On the Case!
Making shortages from abundance
Manufactured shortages are the great project of modern governments. This is done by prohibitively increasing the cost of creating and distributing products and services, by controlling the means of production in the name of wealth redistribution and by prohibiting the production on the grounds that it is immoral or dangerous. Over the 20th century the transition was made from the first to the second and finally to the third, says Daniel Greenfield in this article, The Empire of Progressive Poverty, at Sultan Knish.
It is estimated that up to 1.25 million Europeans were enslaved by the so-called Barbary corsairs, and their lives were just as pitiful as their African counterparts. They have come to be known as the white slaves of Barbary.
landed on unguarded beaches and crept up on villages in the dark to capture their victims. Almost all the inhabitants of the village of Baltimore, in Ireland, were taken in this way in 1631, says April Holloway in this article, The White Slaves of Barbary, at Ancient Origins.
Border Patrol says ISIS jihadists are entering US from Mexico
Literally thousands of migrants from unknown origins are crossing into the United States every single day including those carrying diseases, drug cartel gang members, and Other-Than-Mexican security threats. It is only a matter of time before some of them sneak in carrying a deadly virus, a dirty bomb or other weapon of mass destruction, says Mac Slavo in this article, Border Patrol Agent Slams Feds: “We All Know Who We’ve Captured… You Can’t Keep This Kind Of Information A Secret”, at SHTFPlan.
The incredible origins of Washington's Scablands
The Scablands are essentially wounds, still unhealed by time and erosion. They cut through the land and down into the rock after a series of unfathomably large floods unleashed by the catastrophic draining of great glacial lakes—half the volume of Lake Michigan splashed onto the land in less than a week. If you can imagine that, you've got us beat. It took one geologist decades to convince his colleagues that he was reading it correctly, says Scott Johnson in this article, The Scablands: A scarred landscape as strange as fiction, at Ars Technica
Michigan cops SWAT wrong house, shoot dog, leave
Second Ebola case in Dallas - The name of the patients is currently unknown, what is known however, is that the worker was "considered to be at low risk for contracting the virus" and the he or she was wearing full protective gear when treating Duncan, suggesting—yet again—that there is a transmission mechanism which is not accounted for under conventional protocol... once again completely uncontained if said worker was able to interact with countless others, who will become symptomatic only after they in turn have spread the disease to an unknown number of their own friends, acquaintances and co-workers.
Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com
Remus says - It's beyond justification to have knowingly imported, or self-imported, active cases of Ebola. It's time to pull up the drawbridge. Cancel all visas for anyone with an African passport. It's time to inform do-gooders, medics and news crews that if they go to infected regions they will not be allowed back into the country until after a quarantine double the maximum estimate for developing symptoms. They can go there at their own risk, but not ours. It's time to close our southern border and deport illegal aliens en masse, legal ambiguities to be settled in their absence. Take your time. Anything less is a lethal fraud, reckless endangerment.
Lesson unlearned - What the Greatest Generation knew that our current princes have forgotten is that survival is not a given.
Richard Fernandez at pjmedia.com/richardfernandez
Diversity and the open border - I know that at least ten ISIS fighters have been caught coming across the southern border in Texas. There’s nobody talking about it. If you really want to protect Americans from ISIS, you secure the southern border. It’s that simple. They caught them at the border, therefore we know that ISIS is coming across the border. If they catch five or ten of them then you know there’s going to be dozens more that did not get caught by the border patrol. ISIS doesn't have a navy, they don't have an air force, they don't have nuclear weapons. The only way that ISIS is going to harm Americans is by coming through the southern border–which they already have
Rep. Duncan Hunter, to Greta Van Susteren at Fox News, via Jim Hoft at thegatewaypundit.com
Islamic terrorists have entered the United States through the Mexican border and Homeland Security sources tell Judicial Watch that four have been apprehended in the last 36 hours by federal authorities and the Texas Department of Public Safety in McAllen and Pharr.
judicialwatch.org, October 8th
Ebola news articles scrubbed from the internet - I sent out a memo to all of our staff. It said: So over the past few days of our Ebola coverage we’ve had a recurring problem. Mainstream sources keep taking down information. Information is being blacked out. Sometimes when we try to find an archived version, the internet has been scrubbed of the information. Readers follow the links we provide and discover the story says something totally different. FROM THIS POINT FORWARD: If you are writing something about Ebola, take a screen shot of whatever source you’re quoting. Make sure the address bar above shows in the screen shot. This is absolutely necessary and there are to be no exceptions. Our integrity is at stake here.
Kimberly Paxton at thedailysheeple.com
Remus says - This is getting to be a problem. Source material that disappears or is changed fundamentally points to something other than carelessness. You're advised to read Miss Kimberly's article to understand what's going on. It's unlikely this is a deliberate, orchestrated attempt to discredit citizen journalism, nor can it be entirely discounted. Should we see claims from the mainstream media—a near equivalent of DC house organs—that archived web pages are being altered, we can safely take it as "good enough" evidence and act accordingly.
The facade of “private” property - The actuality of government ownership. Of everything. Literally. Can you name a single thing that the government does not control? Is it your own body? Your car? Your business? Your interactions with other people – however non-violent? No. There is nothing – not even your naked body – that the government hasn’t asserted ownership rights over. To control and dispose of as it sees fit. Which is what owners get to do.
Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com
Unknowns and ambiguity - Prepping is a response to risk. And risk is, academically, "the known unknowns." Sustainability beyond prepping is a much larger and longer proposition. It addresses ambiguity which, academically, is the set of "unknown unknowns." Which you choose to use as guidance is solely your decision. For me? I see a lot of "unknown unknowns" piling up in our immediate future; the coming decade.
George Ure at peoplenomics.com
Social Security - My pay was docked every single day I worked. I paid Social Security. Its too damn bad the government spent the money on perks for itself and on wars to protect and expand corporate interests. I want it back. Its not an entitlement, IT WAS A LOAN, and people collecting SS are as "entitled" to repayment just as any holder of any US Treasury bond.
unwashedmass, comment 5314361 at zerohedge.com. Edited for readability and profanity.
National elections - How much longer will it be before the last of the cosmetic facades of "freedom," regularly scheduled elections, falls by the wayside as well? Surely Washington can come up with an "interest" that trumps that particular fetish. Not that it's meant much in these latter days of near-perfect incumbency and government by faceless bureaucrats. Yet many people seem more attached to it than is reasonable, considering that no election has caused a significant change in the vector of State predation since Woodrow Wilson seized power.
Francis Porretto at bastionofliberty.blogspot.com
Hope and no change - Going to the voting booth only changes the players… not the game. Every single election cycle people fill themselves with hope. They delude themselves into believing that everything will get better if they vote the right guy into office. Of course, the right guy very quickly turns into the last guy. And nothing changes.
Simon Black at sovereignman.com
Another just-in-time intervention - A Mobile County, Alabama, 5-year-old allegedly pointed her crayon at a fellow kindergartner and said something like, "pew, pew." School officials at E.R. Dickson Elementary ... made the girl sign a contract promising not to kill anyone, including herself. The little girl was also forced to take a psychological evaluation to gauge her likelihood of suicide. Unsurprisingly, she didn't even know what the word meant: "My child interrupted us and said, 'what is suicide? Mommy, daddy, what is suicide?'"
Robby Soave at reason.com
Reality - First, though, a journalistically unwelcome reality: Almost everyone charged by the police is guilty, no matter what Jesse Jackson thinks. There are two reasons. First, the perps are almost all caught in the act... Second, the case load is so great in the cities that the DA won’t paper a case unless he is sure he will win. The cops know this, and know the DA will raise hell with them if they send him iffy-maybe-could-be cases, so they don’t.
Fred Reed at fredoneverything.net
Showdown - A lot of Republicans, particularly in the establishment and those who live on either the left coast or those who live up in the bubbles of New York and Washington, are convinced that if we don’t capitulate on the same sex marriage issue and if we don’t raise the white flag of surrender, and just the accept it as inevitable, we’ll be losers. I tell you. It’s the absolute opposite of that.
Mike Huckabee via Onan Coca at lastresistance.com
Permabear speaks - The Federal Reserve System has put the banks in a strong position, but it has not changed human nature. More people are borrowing and speculating today than ever in our history. Sooner or later a crash is coming and it may be terrific. Wise are those investors who now get out of debt and reef their sails. This does not mean selling all you have, but it does mean paying up your loans and avoiding margin speculation.
Roger Babson via The New York Times, Sept 6, 1929
The Plan - What I hadn’t guessed in 1988 was that the powers that be in Chicago would simply unload their unwanted public housing project residents on the rest of the Midwest via Section 8 vouchers, with the federal government ready to persecute for discrimination any two-bit burgh that tried to resist. That seemed a little too cynical for even me to imagine in 1988.
Steve Sailer at takimag.com
Bait'n switch - Global Warming is a good example. While there may have been good intentions at first as time passed this was seen as a vehicle for raising taxes and controlling industry. This purpose persisted long after the science underlying the initial concern was proven false.
lasvegaspersona, comment 5296620 at zerohedge.com
Sept. 1, 1859 - In the 160-year record of geomagnetic storms, the Carrington event is the biggest. Energetic particles leave a record in nitrates in ice cores. Here again the Carrington event sticks out as the biggest in 500 years and nearly twice as big as the runner-up.
David Hathaway, NASA, via Bell and Phillips at science.nasa.gov
DHS's open border - If it comes to the Western Hemisphere, the countries that we’re talking about have almost no ability to deal with it—particularly in Haiti and Central America. It will make the 68,000 unaccompanied minors look like a small problem. An Ebola outbreak could encourage the poor and increasingly desperate populations in Central American countries—like Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador—to leave in droves... We see a lot of West Africans moving in that network.
Gen. John Kelly. SouthCom, via Sam LaGrone at news.usni.org
No 21 days for her - Dallas Ebola victim's stepdaughter, who took him to hospital as he was 'vomiting wildly', is given all clear to return to work as a Nursing Assistant.
Laura Collins at dailymail.co.uk
CDC bafflegab - We know that Ebola is a disease that propagates very prodigiously in so many mucous membranes in the human body, it would be astounding if it was not transmissible via this route. Given this revelation, I am also inclined to disagree with the contention of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Infectious Diseases that one cannot transmit Ebola if they are asymptomatic. All of our lives, we are told that not only can many of the infectious diseases against which we are warned be transmitted when the carrier is asymptomatic, but that they are often more contagious during periods immediately prior to an infection presenting itself. Yet inexplicably ... conventional wisdom seems to have gone out the window.
Erik Rush at mobile.wnd.com
Full retard - No telling what the sick call-off rate will be tomorrow at that (Dallas) hospital, but they've turned all ambulances away and closed their ER until further notice. Which probably means it's presumptively contaminated too... In case no one mentions it on the news, shutting down a 56-bed ER for a 968-bed acute care primary hospital in a major city is HUGE. This is just the beginning. And the officials and media have been lying to you every day in every way since this started.
Aesop at raconteurreport.blogspot.com
Spain ebola - Staff at the hospital said waste from the rooms of both patients had been carried out in the same elevator used by all personnel. The hospital was also reportedly not evacuated when the second patient, Garcia Viejo, was taken in to receive treatment.
Come on in, the Plague Is Fine - The administration claims that limiting incoming travel from Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone would backfire. Why do they say that? I’d say that it’s because they’re nuts, which is often the deep reason behind federal action. Oh, undoubtedly they’re thinking something nonsensical about the horrors of profiling black Africans, but let’s be real: we’d quarantine Sweden if they had something like Ebola, be they ever so blond, and we’d be right to do so. At the end of the day, nuts, like I said.
Gregory Cochran at takimag.com
Ebola's effects - The ebola virus is top-level horror-fiction stuff. There is no simple way to detect one has it until symptoms appear. Once they appear, over 90% of human beings who contact it will die horribly—raging fevers, wracking pain and cramps, constant vomiting and diahrrea—eventually mostly of blood as internal organs literally disintegrate along with one's entire gastrointestinal linings. The dying victims also frequently bleed vociferously from the nose, mouth, eyes, and even skin pores.
Dan Simmons at forum.dansimmons.com
But that would be racist - How ironic is it that in times past, people of faith did everything they could to stop the Plague, but were hampered by the lack of scientific and medical knowledge. Now we in the West have all the scientific and medical means necessary to combat the most recent plague, but fecklessly invite it in thinking that true and unsullied belief in a nonjudgmental, multi-cultural faith will surely keep death away from the door.
Fay Voshell at americanthinker.com
The pros - Five Dallas County sheriff’s deputies who were ordered Wednesday to go inside the Dallas apartment where an Ebola patient stayed are now worried about their health... The deputies were not wearing any protective gear, not even latex gloves.
Kevin Krause at thescoopblog.dallasnews.com
Contained - The World Bank's assessment said the economic impact of Ebola is already serious in the three countries and could be catastrophic if it becomes a more regional health crisis. The CDC said last month that unless efforts to curb the outbreak are ramped up significantly and quickly, the disease could infect up to 1.4 million people by mid-January in two nations, Sierra Leone and Liberia, alone.
Information blackout - Liberia is preventing journalists from reporting Ebola-related stories from health-care centers in the country and from interviewing Liberians in regions affected by the disease unless they obtain written permission from the government... the World Health Organization issued a statement warning that the officially reported decline in new cases in Liberia over the past three weeks “is unlikely to be genuine,” because problems with data gathering continue.
Jerome Corsi at wnd.com
Ebola may go airborne - Some scientists who have long studied Ebola say such assurances are premature—and they are concerned about what is not known about the strain now on the loose. It is an Ebola outbreak like none seen before, jumping from the bush to urban areas, giving the virus more opportunities to evolve as it passes through multiple human hosts.
David Willman at latimes.com/nation
Africa Wins Again - A new and remarkably candid on-the-ground audit from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the Ebola crisis in Liberia said that doctors and nurses have fled hospitals in the infection zone and that obstacles to killing the virus remain... The review of the southeastern Liberian counties in August found utter chaos and a full breakdown in the medical system, which has contributed to the spread of Ebola. It also found that locals didn’t know how to identify Ebola, even though the virus was dominating other areas of the country. “No Ebola surveillance systems were in place.”
Paul Bedard at washingtonexaminer.com
Ferguson thugga Myers and his 9mm sandwich - Earlier Thursday evening, dozens of protesters entered a quiet residential area on Flora Place near the shooting. There, they screamed, “No justice, no sleep.” A few moments later, a protester threw an object at a home shattering a glass window. Minutes later protesters gathered in a circle and burned two American flags. “It’s not our flag,” said Elizabeth Vega, an artist who said she had been protesting since Brown’s death. “Our children are being killed in the street. This flag doesn’t cover black or brown people” ... Willie Kilpatrick, the family’s pastor, said the family would be meeting with police to discuss how to move forward. He said Myers “absolutely” did not have a gun.
Alcindor and Stanglin at usatoday.com
The GPI indicator - ...
is based on the concept of sustainable income. The sustainable income is the amount a person or an economy can consume during one period without decreasing his or her consumption during the next period.
John Hicks, 1948, via Andre Willers at andreswhy.blogspot.com
ESPN explained - One thing I never doubt is that I am a strong black American woman, whose heart beats with the African and Caribbean blood of my ancestors.
founding editor of ESPN,
former vice pres. ESPN,
Racist layoffs at CNN - We have seen a number of African Americans leave CNN. I know CNN is going through layoffs, but the departure of so many African Americans is worrisome.
Bob Butler, pres. National Association of Black Journalists, via Betsy Rothstein at dailycaller.com
Remus says - White journalists have no national association. They're "journalists."
Breakthrough - Obama visits US-Mexican border, calls for a two-state solution.
Smithsonian goes NASA - As humans continue to transform the planet at an increasingly rapid rate, the need to inform and encourage change has become ever more urgent. The situation is becoming critical for wild species and for the preservation of human civilization. Recognizing this urgency, the Smithsonian Institution has formulated its first official statement about the causes and impacts of climate change.
Saba Naseem at smithsonianmag.com
Remus says - The Smithsonian has betrayed their mandate, decades of carefully guarded integrity and the trust of its supporters.
Government schools - Education majors score at the bottom of the SAT for incoming freshmen. Many struggle with basic math. Many states were forced to scrap their teacher exams because the teachers kept flunking. In some cities, teachers cannot be fired resulting in perverts and degenerates on the payroll. None of this is tolerated in fields like software engineering.
Tenure at ATF - President Barack Obama issued an executive order Friday [3 Oct 2014] to provide added protections to employees of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, one of the most scandal-plagued agencies in the federal government in recent years. The order allows more ATF agents to be converted to the career-employee classification, which would provide civil service protections that make it more difficult to fire such an employee.
Fred Lucas at theblaze.com
You can make this stuff up - Over at the Financial Times, Georgina Adam reports that a New Zealand auction house has withdrawn two lots said to be forged Monets by legendary forger Elmyr de Hory, which were in fact forgeries of De Hory forgeries.
Dan Duray at artnews.com
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