That’s laid back, all right!

I was amused to come across a Web site called ‘Sleeping Chinese‘.  It consists of hundreds of photographs captured by a Chinese photographer of his countrymen and -women sleeping in all sorts of odd places and positions.  Apparently that’s more acceptable in that society than it is in the Western world.  Here are a few examples from his collection. There are many more at the link, including some positions that seem so excruciatingly uncomfortable that I’ve no idea how anyone could fall asleep in them!  Entertaining viewing. Peter

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“How the widening urban-rural divide threatens America”

That’s the title of a recent op-ed column in the Los Angeles Times by Victor Davis Hanson.  Here’s an excerpt. The urban-rural divide can be experienced within hours. I live half the week in a 140-year-old farmhouse in the rural Central Valley, the other half in a studio apartment in Palo Alto near the Stanford University campus. At my house, I worry about whether the well will go dry. I lock the driveway gate at night, and if someone knocks after 10 p.m., I go to the door armed. Each night, I check the security lights in the barnyard and

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Reporting back on my earlier bleg

On November 5th I asked readers who knew and/or trusted me personally to help with funds to provide a firearm for a disabled person who really needed it.  I figured it was time to report back and let you know what’s happened. The person in need recently separated from her spouse due to a domestic violence situation, and is seeking a divorce.  Threats were made along the lines of “If I can’t have you, no-one else will”, and that sort of thing – and given the history of violence and instability in the person making the threats, they were taken

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Another example of modern mercenaries

A couple of days back I wrote about how mercenaries were making headlines again.  They’re doing so in Mali, West Africa, as well. Last Friday, a week on from the Paris atrocities, gunmen from al-Qaeda stormed the Radisson Hotel in Mali’s capital, Bamako, killing 20 foreigners. The worst terror attack in Mali’s history, it showed how jihadists are still a threat to be reckoned with here, despite the presence of 3,000 French troops who ended al-Qaeda’s takeover of northern Mali two years ago. If those French troops are ever to go home, however – as France would like, given its

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Highly strung?

A video clip has been doing the rounds of a few vehicles in Xingtai, China, appearing to suddenly ‘levitate’ off the ground, spin around and fall to the ground. Turns out there’s a rational explanation.  The Telegraph reports: It may sound like something out of Star Wars, but if you look very closely at the video, you can just about make out what actually happened. Just before the first minibus rises into the air, you can see a faint black line to the left of the screen, which police believe was a cable or thick wire. It appears that a

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“Allahu Quackbar”???

I’m forced to giggle at the news that 4Chan and Reddit users have united to edit yellow rubber ducky heads onto images of ISIL fundamentalist terrorists.  The title of this blog post comes from the Reddit discussion thread. The Telegraph reports: As the hacker collective Anonymous continues its cyber war against the Islamic State, other internet users have also joined the fight. The hacker group has vowed to hunt down members of the terror group, while creative users of imageboard 4Chan have decided to fight back with humour using rubber ducks. “How about castrating the image of IS by replacing

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Concealed carry in Haiti . . .

. . . but not of a gun.  I received this picture from an e-mail correspondent last night.  I don’t know its origin, but it shows all too clearly how even a very large weapon can be concealed if someone’s determined to do so. A few days ago I pointed out that even large, long-barreled revolvers can be concealed if you put your mind to it.  I reckon that machete’s bigger (or, at least, longer) than almost any revolver, yet he was carrying it beneath a T-shirt.  Makes you think, doesn’t it? (I hope he isn’t the sarcastic type.  It

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Mercenaries make headlines again

‘Mercenary’ is a dirty word in today’s politically-correct environment;  yet mercenaries – those who fight for money, rather than for loyalty or patriotism or some other ideal – have been around almost since the first armies were organized.  It’s no different in the modern world.  In fact, the USA re-legitimized the entire concept during its wars in Afghanistan and Iraq by employing so-called ‘private military companies‘ and their ‘contractors’.  At the height of the war in Iraq, in 2007, the USA employed more ‘contractors’ than troops in that benighted country.  With the drawdown of US forces, contractors have become more

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“Black Lives Matter” undermines itself

I’m getting very tired of the bigoted idiots of the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement.  Today they disrupted shopping on Chicago’s ‘Magnificent Mile’. Thousands of people marched on Chicago’s most prestigious shopping street on Friday, disrupting business on one of the busiest U.S. retail days, to protest the shooting death of a black teenager by a white policeman and the city’s handling of the case. About 2,000 protesters, some holding signs reading “Stop Police Terror” gathered in a cold drizzle for the march on Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile,” which closed the major city street of Michigan Avenue to traffic on the traditional

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