Richard Bonington 1825
Richard Bonnington (Arnold, near Nottingham 1802 - London, 1828). This little watercolor depicts Rouen, a historic city—where Joan of Arc was imprisoned and tried—on the Seine River in northwest France.
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Default of a different kind
It's said the human intellect is the highest achievement of evolution, but as George Carlin said: look what's telling us that. Mankind supposedly triumphed because of his toolmaking genius and organizational skills and language and ability to plan and provide for the future. None of these are the real reason. Man prevails because he has a hole card: he's the most creatively violent species the planet has ever produced. Deny it and you deny your own true self. If you've ever weeded a garden you have an
understanding of the principle
Oh, we feel guilty about it, we rationalize, we excuse, yet murder and mayhem is our default. Now consider which part of our population is growing faster. The ever-so-sensitive peddlers of tolerance and understanding aren't even replacing themselves while the coldly vicious and minimally sentient multiply unchecked. They can scarcely use tools much less make them, nor can they organize themselves much less anything else. But they are violent as a first option; irrationally, unpredictably, homicidally and proudly so. It is they who are prevailing, not their over-aware and over-educated keepers. You'd think smart people would notice these things.
The feral aren't the feral because, say, the educational system is defective—although it is defective and fundamentally so, we're now 24th in the world. Education fails to engage and redirect the feral because it's built around the fantasy that everybody will be smart and nice if nurtured just so. No they won't. No amount of education can improve the incurious. They will become what they admire—the stunningly stupid, criminally improvident and violently impulsive. They know it and we know it. The difference is, they admit it and we don't.
Willful ignorance has a lot going for it, the natural adaptability of the uncomplicated for one. When clever meets overthinker, bet on clever. Clever adapts. The overthinker mistakes complexity for adaptability. It's a bad mistake. Complexity is something engineers avoid because modes of failure increase exponentially while the benefits increase linearly, if at all. Complexity is costly in and of itself, but what overwhelms systems is the maintenance. Maintenance of complex systems is a sort of artificial adaptability, ad hoc changes for specific instances, inserted by hand so to speak, all very clumsy and after the fact. Eventually maintenance doesn't just overwhelm the system, it becomes the system.
For example, the cost to society of laws and regulations eventually reaches a point where no conceivable benefit could justify it. We're asked to believe lawlessness would exact an even greater price. Not proven, and not even a choice. Complex societies get so stupefying unintelligible, so convoluted and self-contradicting as to be the direct equivalent of lawlessness. "Government by enabling act" is getting to be so obvious even the media is noticing:
Using “prosecutorial discretion” as a pretext, he has exempted the vast majority of illegal aliens from the consequences of their actions. He has formally amnestied—without legislative authorization—more than a half-million illegal immigrants who claim to have come here before age 16. He is signaling that sometime this year he will unilaterally, and illegally, amnesty half or more of the roughly 12 million illegal aliens now living in the United States.
Mark Krikorian at washingtontimes.com
On no legal basis, all 4.5 million residents of the five U.S. territories were quietly released from ObamaCare. It seems the costs of healthcare soared in these five territories due to uneconomic mandates... WSJ reports all of a sudden last week HHS discovered new powers after "a careful review of this situation and the relevant statutory language," that enabled them to 'selectively exempt' American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands, and Virgin Islands from Obamacare.
Wall Street Journal and Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com
Nor does DC shrink from creating enemies of the state on the basis of "a reasonable suspicion to believe that a person is a known or a suspected terrorist", which they admit doing, with Soviet-style secrecy, on no evidence at all:
The U.S. government is rapidly expanding the number of names it accepts for inclusion on its terrorist watch list, with more than 1.5 million added in the last five years.
Matthew Barakat at ap.org
For another, federal government is now so complex their agencies fail at inception, the Department of Energy for example. It was sold to the people during the oil crisis of the 1970s as a command system mandated to achieve energy independence. Clear enough. Instead we have buildings full of professionals working diligently to dismantle what energy independence we had and to frustrate future attempts. DOE's mandate was effectively annulled when the EPA "discovered" coal and oil have—gasp!—downsides, and took them off the table. This twisted the DOE into a self-paralyzing loop, like a thermostat where "off" and "on" are set at the same temperature. They can't abandon their mandate and they can't pursue their mandate—every energy source has a downside. So they've "gone lawless" and do neither, or occasionally, both.
Because modes of failure multiply with each patch, more maintenance means more failure. Once committed to this tar pit there's no U-turn out. So they dither in ever-slower motion, with all the purpose of the purposeless, slowly toppling in place, as-is. A recent headline from parched California illustrates the concept, "California couple faces fine for brown lawn after complying with water-saving rules". Which gets us back to violence.
As always, complexity cedes ground to adaptability. We're well into it. We're no longer a nation of laws, we're a nation of men, specifically those men who were the first to figure out legitimacy is no longer a serious constraint, and there are no other constraints. Said another way, they adapted. The populace is just now noticing all enterprises are, or are becoming, criminal enterprises,
"non-profit" and "faith based" organizations not excepted. It's no mystery how to adapt to lawlessness.
Absent legitimacy it's a sprint to whatever irreducible power center presents itself. As in any other no-rules fight, the violent prevail over the peaceful and the homicidal prevail over the violent. This isn't mere looting, major assets, even national assets, are in play. Mexico for example, one of the most violent countries on earth, is conquering—not merging with, conquering—the southwestern US. National borders are always under control, the only question is by whom, and events are answering that question. We forfeited this essential element of sovereignty by getting wrapped around our own prissy little axle while Mexico and its domestic enablers adapted.
The middle class is the designated prey in all this. This is unwise. Middle class America is no less violent than any other people. They seem passive because they're results oriented. They rise not out of blood frenzy but to solve the otherwise insoluble. Their methods of choice are good will, cooperation, forbearance, negotiation and finally, appeasement, roughly in that order. Only when these fail to end the abuse do they revert to blowback. And they do so irretrievably. Once the course is set and the outcome defined, doubt is put aside. The middle class is known, condemned actually, for carrying out violence with the efficiency of an industrial project where bloody destruction at any scale is not only in play, it's a metric. Remorse is left for the next generation, they'll have the leisure for it. We'd like to believe this is merely dark speculation. History says it isn't.
Come such a time, we shall find our personal default mode to be as bad as we imagine. It had better be. When good people arrive at the bottom they'll find it already populated with masters of lawlessness and violence by both inclination and long experience. Chances are they aren't you, but don't despair, the learning curve is no more steep than the descent. Should societal norms give way altogether, should there be a catastrophe, it won't matter much who or what you are, only what you'll do or not do. And we'll all find out together.
Chapter One of Cousin Zeke's new story, May He Rest In Peace, is posted at Story from outten the hills.
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1941 magazine ad for Servel refrigerators
Now branded as Dometic, Servel refrigerators are still on the market. Powered by propane or even kerosene, they require no electricity and are a favorite in remote areas.
The billion-dollar outfit behind the $50 Million resort for illegal aliens
One group that is continually in the media stories when they describe “faith-based” organizations and subsequent assistance to illegal aliens, or unaccompanied alien children, is Baptist Child and Family Services. “Faith Based Organizations“. Has a nice charitable ring to it, no? At least on the surface it’s a great sounding catch phrase. It gives the reader or listener the impression of “charity” in some form. Alas, not so fast, says Sundance in this article, Soccer Balls, Sanctimony and A Billion Dollar Group Called “Baptist Child and Family Services", at The Last Refuge.
Also see: Religious 'charities' profit from open borders, Watchdogs ask: 'Is it charity if government pays?' by Leo Hohmann, at World News Daily.
Why I Am No Longer a Leftist
How far left was I? So far left I was a two-time Peace Corps volunteer and I have a degree from UC Berkeley. I wore a button saying "Eat the Rich." To me it wasn't a metaphor. Below are the top ten reasons I am no longer a leftist. This is not a rigorous comparison of theories, it's an accounting of the milestones on my herky-jerky journey, says Danusha Goska in this article, Ten Reasons Why I Am No Longer a Leftist, at The American Thinker.
(H/t reader PW)
Ukrainians bypass corrupt government, supply army directly
Members of the far-flung Ukrainian diaspora have been sending in money and used Western military uniforms as well as equipment like bulletproof vests and binoculars. Priests organize fundraisers. Prison inmates have been contributing voluntary overtime to manufacture barbed wire for the front lines. In Kharkiv, SOS Army has helped the army clean and repair weapons and readied more than 90 old armored personnel carriers for combat, always buying spare parts themselves, says Yuri Kasyanov, a coordinator for SOS Army, say Mironova and in this article, Ukraine’s Do-It-Yourself War, at Foreign Policy.
Making words unusable
If you were a member of an elitist group trying to get complete control of a logical and stiff-necked people, what would you have to accomplish first? The citizens of that country would have to stop thinking, and since you can’t just pass a law against thought, their basic ability to think would have to be destroyed—gradually before they noticed. Orwell could see coming in 1948—the erasure of our language. If one is looking for domination without all the mayhem of military takeover, then just render the language unusable. Let me explain, says Deana Chadwell in this article, Truth Telling and the Abuse of Language, at the American Thinker.
3D metal printed .45
A video of a 3D Printed model 1911 .45 ACP pistol as it's test-fired. 2m 15s. In this update a Solid Concepts company spokesman says,
"We announced our successful printing and firing of the world's first 3D Printed metal gun. Two weeks later, we announced our 1911 3D Printed metal gun had reached over 1,000 successful rounds of firing without failure."
Q&A, Treasury Department sanctions on
Kalashnikov Concern products.
A modest proposal to address our border problem
There is no law, and no political wisdom, that says that if persons refuse direct orders to halt at a border crossing, you cannot stop them forcibly. It is widely acknowledged the world over that national sovereignty includes the right to defend recognized international borders. In a majority of countries, the defense of borders is understood to include the right, in fact the duty, to use force. That is why border police worldwide are armed. On many borders they are soldiers, says Roger Kaplan in this article, They Shoot Illegals, Don’t They?, at the American Spectator.
First, they said there was no surge at the border, it was a phony crisis manufactured by the Drudge Report. Next, liberals told us these “undocumented migrants” were mere children fleeing violence and drug cartels. Then we found out that more than 80 percent of the “children” were teenage males. Now, instead of “living in the shadows”— the shadows of mass protests, New York Times magazine covers, TV shows, government housing, free schools, free medical care and free food stamps, “undocumented migrants” seem poised to become full legal residents so they can vote for more welfare and more amnesty, says Ann Coulter in this article, Happy 30th birthday, Central American Humanitarian Crisis, at Human Events.
Life in a police state
There's a lot to love about America and its people: their pioneering spirit, their entrepreneurship, their ability to think outside the box, their passion for the arts, etc. Increasingly, however, as time goes by, I find the things I don't like about living in a nation that has long since ceased to be a sanctuary for freedom are beginning to outnumber the things I love, says John Whitehead in this article, What I Don’t Like About Life in the American Police State, at The Rutherford Institute.
Flick versus stick
It has been a commonly held belief the ferro rod is superior than a Bic lighter. I, too, was an adamant believer of the ferro rod, but the more I used it, the more I began to question it’s authoritative claims. Using critical thinking and through my experiences, I determined it was NOT the wonder bar it claimed to be and stopped using it all together a few years ago. Grabbing a calculator, a scale, and a large size ferro rod, I did some quick calculations and this is what I came up with, says Alan Halcon in this article, Ferro Rod vs. Bic Lighter, at Dirt Time.
Also see Ross Gilmore's comments in this article, Ferro Rod vs. BIC Lighter, at Wood Trekker.
Remus says - Have two or three ways to make a fire when woods cruising.
Quiescent sun may mean trouble
Solar cycle 24 continues to rank as one of the weakest cycles more than a century. There have been two notable historical periods with decades-long episodes of low solar activity. Both of these historical periods coincided with below-normal global temperatures in an era now referred to by many as the “Little Ice Age”. If this trend continues for the next couple of cycles, then there would likely be more talk of another “grand minimum” for the sun. Some solar scientists are already predicting that the next solar cycle, #25, will be even weaker than this current one, says Marc Morano in this article, The sun has gone quiet ... solar cycle 24 continues to rank as one of the weakest cycles more than a century, at Climate Depot.
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The World War of 1914-1918
A British military unit on the move in France, 1917.
Circling the prey - Wolves have a developed temporal sense. They know that the prey’s status changes from hour to hour; it may still be strong now, but is it weakening... like a set of Matryoshka dolls, the scenario is repeated recursively. In the outermost doll level al-Qaeda, Isis, Putin and China are stalking America. Further on in unemployment is haunting the average man. And so on. Obama is merely the innermost doll of failure. The only question is which level of doll the wolves get first. The president’s blunders have endangered not just his political life, but perhaps the actual lives of individual people throughout the world.
Richard Fernandez at pjmedia.com/richardfernandez
Working-class victimizers - A blue-collar white kid, who feels lost and friendless on the alien terrain of a university campus, a campus he has to leave immediately after class so he can get to his fulltime job at MacDonald's, must accept that he is a recipient of "white privilege" – if he wants to get good grades in mandatory classes on racism.
Danusha Goska at americanthinker.com
Partners in crime - Politicians don't want to break up the gangs as they're useful for running their polemics on both the left and right. Rahm doesn't have any desire to stop this crap in Chicago and neither does anyone else. The cops know who the gang members and leaders are, and there are already extremely nasty laws that bear on this conduct—specifically, Racketeering. If Rahm did care and so did the prosecutors they could go out and arrest all of the gang-bangers right here and now, charging them all with 20 year felonies.
Karl Denninger at market-ticker.org
Power - They who seek to wield power love power. When out of power, they will struggle to regain it. They will not attack power itself. Neither will they attack the institutions through which they might some day wield it. Thus, they will defend even those institutions of power that are in an adversary's grip. They hope to displace the adversary and take the power he wields into their own hands.
Francis Porretto at bastionofliberty.blogspot.com
Game over for the dollar soon - Even the provincial government of British Columbia issued a renminbi bond earlier this year. It was a whopping five times oversubscribed. I’d expect within the next 2-3 years we’ll start seeing trade settlement in renminbi, even when none of the parties are in China. Today, for example, a transaction between a Paraguayan merchant and a company in Angola will likely settle in US dollars. Soon, I think we’ll start seeing that transaction done in renminbi. And once that happens, you’ll know it’s game over for the dollar.
Simon Black at sovereignman.com
Child Protection Services in action - What started out as a normal Sunday morning for Jeffrey Williamson of Blanchester, Ohio, turned into a nightmare when police officers showed up to his front door and arrested him in front of his family. His crime? Child endangerment—as the authorities described it—because his son skipped church to go play with friends. He now faces up to six months in jail... As a result of local news coverage of the event, Williamson was fired from his job and remained unemployed for a period of time.
Jordan Richardson at dailysignal.com (H/t survivalblog.com)
DC to control local zoning - The Obama administration, in July 2013, quietly introduced a new regulation that critics say will dramatically increase Washington’s power over local zoning laws in every city and town that accepts federal block grants through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development... Starting in October, the rule will allow HUD “to come in and rezone an entire area” that doesn’t include enough affordable housing for a family that falls into any of HUD’s protected statuses based on race, religion, or national origin.
Leo Hohmann at wnd.com
EPA power grab - The Environmental Protection Agency has quietly claimed ... that federal law allows the EPA to "garnish non-Federal wages to collect delinquent non-tax debts owed the United States without first obtaining a court order" ... the rule not only puts the burden of proof on the debtor, rather than the agency, but also allows the EPA to decide whether a debtor even gets a chance to present a defense before picking whomever it chooses to serve as a hearing officer.
Georgia Deputy chases suspect, shoots at dog, misses, hits boy - The family who lives on the property said their 10-year-old son was shot in the back of the knee. Sheriff Wooten later confirmed that the boy had been shot by one of the deputies at the scene. The bullet entered from the back of the knee and exited out of the front of the child's leg... a deputy was approaching the property when a dog ran up to him. The deputy's gun fired one shot, missing the dog and hitting the child.
Christian McKinney at walb.com
See also: Cop Tries to Shoot Dog, Plugs Kid Instead. Police Use of Passive Voice Ensues, by J. Tuccille, at Reason
See news article with photos: Deputy who shot 10-year-old identified; more charges on suspects, by Christian McKinney at WTOC in
Photo op - Obama is currently wandering about the country, trying to meet average people, but the choreography is more stringent than the Bolshoi's. He said he didn't want to go to the border because it would only be a “photo op” … on the same day his office published a photo of the President and Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper shooting pool.
Joe Klein at time.com
9/11 Shocker - Earlier this year, Reps. Walter Jones and Stephen Lynch were given access to the 28 redacted pages of the Joint Intelligence Committee Inquiry of 9/11 issued in late 2002, which have been thought to hold some answers about the Saudi connection to the attack. “I was absolutely shocked by what I read,” Jones told International Business Times. “What was so surprising was that those whom we thought we could trust really disappointed me. I cannot go into it any more than that. I had to sign an oath that what I read had to remain confidential. But the information I read disappointed me greatly.”
Michael Krieger at libertyblitzkrieg.com
Russian Motorcycle - It floats, it packs, it gets you where you need to go. YouTube 3m 15s
AK47 made from a shovel - DIY photo-article by Boris at Northeast Shooters.
Detailed imaging of Mount Rainier - shows subduction zone in glorious detail, article by Scott Johnson at Ars Technica
T-34-85 VS Tiger, 5m 33s, and High T-34-85 VS Tiger, 5m 49s, and T-34 many vs Tiger, 6m 05s, good quality movie clips at YouTube.
Our story thus far - Tens of thousands of illegal immigrants have flocked to the U.S. in recent months, believing the Dream Act, as well as a 2008 law that grants an asylum hearing to any child not from a border nation, and the White House policy known as “prosecutorial discretion” means once they arrive, they’ll never have to go back... The veteran Border Patrol agents know that with their attention diverted to women and children, the border at times in locations such as along the Rincon Peninsula appeared virtually unprotected from dangerous drug and weapons traffickers.
Jana Winter at foxnews.com
The US as the Balkans - Why are we doing this? Why are we inviting the world into the USA? Was there some grievous flaw in the America of Ike and JFK that must be expunged? Some sin for which we must do penance? What is coming is predictable, and has been predicted.
Pat Buchanan at takimag.com
Massachusetts Governor reveals future - My inclination is to remember what happened when a ship full of Jewish children tried to come to the United States in 1939, and the United States turned them away, and many of them went to their deaths in Nazi concentration camps.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick via Glenn Beck at glennbeck.com
Twitter at #AskDems on illegals flooding the country
via Tony Lee at breitbart.com
We are all connected. We can't just build a wall or a fence and say no more. This is America. Our doors are open.
Rep. John Lewis at twitter.com/repjohnlewis
immigrationreform will create jobs, fuel innovation & small business, raise wages & reduce deficit by ~$1T
Rep. Charles Rangel at twitter.com/cbrangel
The welfare of #ImmigrantChildren, including their health, safety and educational needs, must be our first priority.
Rep. Elijah Cummings at /twitter.com/RepCummings
Rahm Emanuel's challenger says - Our schools communities do not lack inspiration, they lack revenue. It doesn’t matter what new initiatives Chicago Public Schools concocts from year to year if it has no way to appropriately fund them. Chicago has to break its addiction to tax-breaks and find ways to generate revenue for our schools.
Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis, via Alexandra Silets at chicagotonight.wttw.com, 2013
Stealth fishing - Shopping carts make stealthy fish traps. People are used to seeing them in the rivers, especially beneath bridges. Another reason they are stealthy is that people associate certain classes of people with shopping carts and the mere act of pushing one renders the pusher invisible.
Eaton Rapids Joe at eatonrapidsjoe.blogspot.com
Miss me yet? - Thomas Jefferson complained, in the Declaration of Independence, that Britain had “erected a multitude of New Offices, and set hither swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.” Yet the swarms of officers sent by George III would have barely filled a mid-sized regional office of the IRS or city zoning department today.
Bill Bonner at dailyreckoning.com
How Much things cost in 1934 - Average Cost of new house $5,970.00 Average wages per year $1,600.00 Cost of a gallon of Gas 10 cents. Average Cost for house rent $20.00 per month. A loaf of Bread 8 cents. A LB of Hamburger Meat 12 cents. Studebaker Truck $625.00 Arrow Men's Shirt $2.50. [Multiply prices by 17.75 to get the equivalent price in today's dollars]
Prototype - It’s tempting to argue that Hitler was, if not the first, then by far history’s greatest single suicide bomber. He blew up Europe to kill the Jews in it, even if it meant killing himself and tens of millions of others in the end.
Ron Rosenbaum at lareviewofbooks.org
Snowden reveals - NSA employees have also been caught using their mass surveillance powers to spy on love interests, such as girlfriends, obsessions or former wives and to eavesdrop on American soldiers’ intimate conversations with their wives back home. By way of background, US and UK intelligence services have gathered millions of webcam images, many nude. The NSA collects and permanently retains many suggestive photographic images gathered in other ways. And top experts say the NSA is collecting the CONTENT of all of our phone calls and emails.
Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com
Also see: Whistleblower says NSA revelations mean those with duty to protect confidentiality must urgently upgrade security, by Rusbridger and MacAskill, at The Guardian.
Also see: Pentagon declined to investigate hundreds of purchases of child pornography, by John Cook at Yahoo News, 2010.
Michelle's latest idea - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is suggesting major changes to grocery stores to “nudge” Americans to purchase healthier foods when they shop... The “MyCart grocery cart” would provide dividers for shoppers to make sure they are selecting enough items in each “MyPlate” category... Supermarkets would be encouraged to create “healthy aisles,” and place foods with higher healthy ratings in “more visible retail space.”
Elizabeth Harrington at freebeacon.com
The bubble - U.S. stocks are now about 80% overvalued on certain key long-term measures, according to research by financial consultant Andrew Smithers, the chairman of Smithers & Co. and one of the few to warn about the bubble of the late 1990s at the time... only two of those bubbles—1929 and 1999, both of which were followed by disastrous crashes—were bigger than today.
Brett Arends at marketwatch.com
Obama and airliner shootdown over Ukraine
President Obama massively dropped the ball just now,' Piers Morgan tweeted. '23 Americans killed and he says "it looks like a terrible tragedy" then back to jokes?''
I agree,' responded singer Josh Groban. 'Bad prep. I was shocked.'
National Review reporter Charles Cooke tweeted: 'Shorter Obama: 'Something awful has happened with a plane. It’s awful. Awful. Republicans are bastards for not funding new airports".
'Traveling in Denver, this reporter heard gasps from guests watching a hotel lobby television as Obama spoke. One remarked: 'A tragedy is when you lose control and fly into a mountainside. This is mass-murder. What a disappointment.' 'His distance from reality is just bizarre,' said another.
David Martosko at dailymail.co.uk
Higher education -
At best, academia is seen as providing a refuge for people who can't cope with the real world—a sort of collection of mental institutions and halfway houses for the intellectually differently abled, if you will. The question is, as a society with so many poor people, increasing numbers of them direct products of academia, should we continue to support these academic institutions by entrusting our children to their care?
Dmitry Orlov at cluborlov.com
The new global warming - “By stitching our stories together,” say the rape quilt ladies, “we are creating and demanding a public space to heal.” I demand the creation of a public space for me to puke.
Kathy Shaidle at takimag.com
Science fiction in real life - Stick an electrode in the ground, pump electrons down it, and they will come: living cells that eat electricity. We have known bacteria to survive on a variety of energy sources, but none as weird as this. Think of Frankenstein's monster, brought to life by galvanic energy, except these "electric bacteria" are very real and are popping up all over the place... The discovery of electric bacteria shows that some very basic forms of life can do away with sugary middlemen and handle the energy in its purest form—electrons, harvested from the surface of minerals. "It is truly foreign, you know," says Nealson. "In a sense, alien."
Catherine Brahic at newscientist.com
Chasing zero - Living frugal is no big deal. It is simply reclassifying what was once thought of as essentials as luxuries and being content with what you have rather than always striving for more. I’ve got a big old fist full of reality for all those Yuppie Scum out there - the God Mammon you worship is constructed of paper fiat money worth absolutely zero. Keep chasing him and you will find all you hold dear to have the same value.
James Dakin at bisonprepper.blogspot.com
Armed citizens in Detroit - Fed up with crime, some armed Detroiters have developed itchy trigger-fingers — and Police Chief James Craig said lawbreakers are getting the message. “Criminals are getting the message that good Detroiters are armed and will use that weapon,” said Craig, who has repeatedly said he believes armed citizens deter crime. “I don’t want to take away from the good work our investigators are doing, but I think part of the drop in crime, and robberies in particular, is because criminals are thinking twice that citizens could be armed.
George Hunter at detroitnews.com
On being rigorously spontaneous - The most “spontaneous” writing is likely to be the worst writing, as long as you agree that writing benefits from thought. Many literary stories of spontaneous composition are myths. Jack Kerouac—celebrated by Allen Ginsberg for his miraculous “spontaneous bop prosody”—did bash out a typescript of On the Road in three weeks on a 120-foot-long scroll of paper, but the novel had already been through several versions and rewrites for more than two years before that first full-length draft was “spontaneously” composed.
Steven Poole at newstatesman.com
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