The European “refugee” crisis: an eye-witness perspective

Survival Blog has published a letter from a US visitor to Europe who ran head-on into the wave of refugees coming out of Eastern Europe, desperate to make a better life for themselves in the West (or have one made for them, courtesy of Europe’s ‘welfare state’ mentality).  Here’s an excerpt. Before we left in early September, the American news was full of the Syrians leaving. Let me tell you, our media is lying on this one. Of the hundreds of thousands already in Europe, there are (yes) Syrians, Iraqis, Afghans, Libyans, North Africans, and Kurds and more. Also our

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A pink battleship?

I was highly amused to read that the refurbishment of Admiral Nelson‘s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, HMS Victory, has led to some . . . consternation. Admiral Lord Nelson’s famed flagship HMS Victory has raised eyebrows after being restored to its original colour – a shade some people say is pink. The new colour has split opinion, with experts at the National Museum of the Royal Navy admitting that the change had met with resistance from those who preferred the old mustard-orange shade. Conservationists examined 72 layers of paint from an original timber part under a

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Blogorado bound

Miss D. and I will be heading out tomorrow for the annual Blogorado gun-blogger rendezvous at a secret hideout in Colorado.  We’ll take our time getting there, visiting friends and family;  spend the Columbus Day weekend shooting, eating, drinking and talking far too much with our buddies;  and make our leisurely way homewards via a southern route and visiting more friends.  We’re both of us looking forward to it.  I reckon I’m recovered enough from my adventures with kidney stones to be able to enjoy it. Blogging will continue from the road, but may be less frequent at times, depending

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Why wasn’t the psychologist disbarred?

I was infuriated to read about a woman who deliberately persuaded a (possibly over-gullible) psychologist to blind her. For most people becoming blind would be a living nightmare – but for Jewel Shuping it was the fulfilment of a lifelong dream. Jewel has Body Integrity Identity Disorder (BIID), a condition in which able-bodied people believe they are meant to be disabled. Her need to lose her sight was so strong that in 2006 she decided to blind herself – by having a sympathetic psychologist pour DRAIN CLEANER into her eyes. According to Jewel, her fascination with blindness began early in

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Karl Denninger lays it on the line once more

Regular readers will have seen me quote Karl Denninger very often in articles about business, commerce and economics.  Here’s a lengthy interview with him, in which he analyzes the current state of the economy and why he expects it to crumble.  It’s long, but very well worth your time to listen to in full.  If you can’t do so right away, I suggest you bookmark this article and come back to it when you can. Words of wisdom.  I’m certainly following his advice. Peter

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The Oregon college shooting and your security

First of all, forget all the bloviating about “We need stronger gun laws!”  The shooter broke how many laws today?  And do you think he’d have hesitated even for one instant to break a few more, if necessary?  The gun genie is out of the bag.  There are literally hundreds of millions of firearms in circulation in the USA, and no government edict is going to get them out of circulation.  Law-abiding and criminal alike will unite in civil disobedience to any edict attempting to disarm them.  That dog won’t hunt.  Period. Second, if you trust your safety and security

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357 linear feet later . . .

(EDITED TO AMEND:  Not 157 linear feet, as I said earlier, but 357!  I’d forgotten many of my notes were in linear yards, not feet!) When Miss D. and I moved to Tennessee five years ago, we brought with us a very large library.  It consisted of books I’d boxed up and shipped from South Africa, the accumulation of the first 37 years of my life;  what I’d gathered during my years as a pastor down in Louisiana;  and what she brought from Alaska when she came down to first nurse, then marry me.  Suffice it to say there were

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The perils of emotional over-sensitivity

The Observer has a very interesting article on the dangers of trying to protect everyone’s feelings. [Ray Bradbury‘s SF novel ‘Fahrenheit 451‘] begins with Guy Montag burning a house that contained books. Why? How did it come to be that fireman burned books instead of putting out fires as they always had? The fireman have been doing it for so long they have no idea. Most of them have never even read a book. Except one fireman—Captain Beatty—who has been around long enough to remember what life was like before. As Montag begins to doubt his profession—going as far as

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This might be must-see viewing

Michael Lewis, famous author of ‘Liars Poker‘ and other books, published ‘The Big Short‘ in 2010. It examined the lead-up to the financial crisis of 2007/08, and portrayed a fascinating behind-the-scenes world where a few savvy analysts saw what was coming and profited from it – at the expense of the entire US economy. I bought the book soon after it came out, and have it on my desk as I write these words.  It’s an excellent read, more like a detective story than a financial exposé.  Now comes the news that a movie has been made from the book,

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