Monday, January 19, 2015
Yeah, Name One
And the numbers vary. By a lot.
WWF says 10,000 species are going extinct each year. The Center for Biological Diversity says it's "literally" dozens per day. The National Geographic Society says its between "100 to 1,000 species lost per million [species] per year, mostly due to human-caused habitat destruction and climate change."
They just have a lot of trouble naming any.
In fact, the International Union for Conservation of Nature says, "only one animal has been definitely identified as having gone extinct since 2000. It was a mollusk."
Here is a sobering number (for them) from the newspaper of record, the NYT. Here is the money quote:
Species began going extinct at a much faster pace. Over the past five centuries, researchers have recorded 514 animal extinctions on land. But the authors of the new study found that documented extinctions are far rarer in the ocean.So that's a little over one per year. What about the other 9,998 and 1/2?
Before 1500, a few species of seabirds are known to have vanished. Since then, scientists have documented only 15 ocean extinctions, including animals such as the Caribbean monk seal and the Steller’s sea cow.
The real trouble is that we don't know how many species there are (or what is the natural rate of extinction, for that matter); so talking about a set percentage of loss of species by 2040 or 2100, for example, is nonsense.
Friday, January 16, 2015
Thought of the Day
Today, the President unveiled a new proposal: Make two years of community college free for responsible students across America.Muslim terrorists in Nigeria plunder and pillage a village, killing hundreds, and Obama leaps to defend freedom:
President Obama has revealed that he will be pushing for the Healthy Families Act (which, given that it’s about paid sick leave, should be the Unhealthy Families Act, surely?) to become law.Muslim terrorists in Syraq (or is it Iraqia?) post a video showing a child hacking off the heads of two prisoners, and Obama says no mas:
Yesterday, President Obama announced that he is challenging the federal government to remove all unnecessary regulatory barriers to broadband build-out and competition, and is establishing a new Broadband Opportunity Council. The council will bring together more than a dozen government agencies with the singular goal of speeding broadband deployment and improving access in areas that need it most.It’s like he’s in a different movie. It’s one thing to not say the phrase “Muslim terrorists”, but to pretend that they’re not there? Setting aside any value in his proposals, aren’t they a little weird in context of daily headlines? Don’t they come from an alternate reality?
Labels: President Obama; Fecklessness
Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Interesting French National Police Weaponry
But on closer examination, I see they're carrying the Ruger AC556, a full auto version of the Mini 14.
The French have also upgraded the wooden stocks usually sold by Ruger. The gun is still in the awfully underpowered .223 (5.56mm on the continent) but it's cool that they're using American weapons.
Here's how you tell it's the AC556:
Sunday, January 11, 2015
On Dallas' Play-off Fate
That Karma is one tough mother, right?
Labels: Sports; NFL
Saturday, January 10, 2015
More Lefty Ignorance About Guns
Here's the close enough transcript:
Just to keep it into perspective, I don't think we should imagine that the conditions and the threat are exactly the same in the United States as they are in France. They are different. In fact, one thing that is different here is weapons are universally available and so it is actually a very good thing that, that the tensions are not exactly the same because we would expect to have a lot more carnage. (Emphasis added).
Let's review what weapons the Muslim mass murderers used: Two full auto assault rifles, probably AK-74s, a pump shotgun (for close encounters) and a rocket propelled grenade launcher (probably a Soviet RPG-7, but accounts vary and it could have been an RPG 18 or 22).
There may be a few full auto AK-47s in the United States. For one to own one legally, it would have had to have been imported before 1968 and there were darned few AKs being captured by us before that time. The Russians had them, of course, but the other commie nations not so much. They became more common in Viet Nam after the import ban. So our "universally available" weaponry here in America would not likely have included full auto AKs. It is much easier for Europeans willing to break the strict gun laws that exist over there to obtain full auto AKs. It is the most produced assault rifle ever, with perhaps 100 million in existence; and they were the main weapon of the armed forces of the European countries behind the Iron Curtain and there are plenty still around. So, no, Mr. Robinson, the particular assault rifles used were much more "universally available" in Europe than here.
How about the RPG? Well, again, they are almost non-existent in the US but are all over the place in Europe. Although the RPG-7 was developed in 1961, the Soviets kept them pretty much exclusively in mother Russia for quite a while. Now they are as common as mice throughout Asia and Africa and Europe, but are not at all a common weapon here in the carnage-waiting-to-happen United States.
So no, blame America firsters, we wouldn't expect a lot more carnage here. Perhaps a non-Muslim terrorist citizen in France with a lawfully concealed carry weapon could have taken out the murderers before they entered the newspapers office. But there was no chance of that as there are no lawful citizen concealed carry permits in France. The French government forbids the public arming for self defense so the Parisian public was sheep to the Muslim terrorist wolves. How's that gun control legislation working out for you, mon ami?
And don't even get me started on the Gendarmes sans pistolet.
Friday, January 09, 2015
New Liberal: If Muslims disagree with what you say, I will defend to your death their right to take offense.
Labels: Fearful Self Censorship
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
Comparing Apples to Oranges
So I took a closer look at the descriptions of supposed "waterboarding" by the Japanese.
Remember that we take pains not to actually get water in the lungs of the people waterboarded, because that would be actually drowning them. We merely trigger a feeling of drowning by wet cloth over mouth and nose. We get water on the face and in the mouth and nose but that's as far as we go.
Let's go to the Mother Jones article.
The [war crimes] archive has multiple examples of the United States charging Japanese soldiers and prison guards with war crimes for waterboarding prisoners (often referred to as the "water cure" or the "water treatment")But was what the Japanese did and called the water cure or the water treatment just like our waterboarding of captured Muslim terrorist more than a decade ago?
I think not. It takes a while for the Mother Jones writer to include an actual description of the Japanese methods.
When [Major Wyatt] refused to do [what the Japanese wanted], he was subjected to treatment known as the "water cure". The Japs forced him to swallow two or three gallons of water then jumped on his stomach, forcing he water out. His fingernails were torn out and vinegar poured on the wounds.
So the water cure described there is nothing at all like ours. We don't make the detainee swallow even a drop. We don't then force out large quantities of water from the stomach by jumping on the stomach and we certainly don't rip out fingernails. Except for the inclusion of water in both, the water cure described here has nothing whatsoever to do with our waterboarding.
And the water cure or treatment the Japanese used during the war was not at all a simulated drowning but more like real drowning with large amounts of water introduced into the lungs of the victim. One of the cited articles states:
...a description of the type of torture known as “the water treatment,” in which “the victim was bound or otherwise secured in a prone position; and water was forced through his mouth and nostrils into his lungs and stomach until he lost consciousness,”
And these cherry picked charges are not the only things the Japanese guards and soldiers were accused of. The indictments are long and full of horrible detail. Mother Jones pretends that these tidbits are the whole of the indictments. They are not.
Normal lefty journalism, however.
Recognizing the Bigger Problem
Here are the stats for black murder victims in the United States from the FBI (2014 are not available):
2013 6261 black murder victims
2012 6454 black murder victims
2011 6329 black murder victims
2010 6470 black murder victims
2009 6556 black murder victims
2008 6782 black murder victims
2007 7316 black murder victims
2006 7421 black murder victims
2005 7125 black murder victims
2004 6632 black murder victims
2003 6887 black murder victims
2002 6730 black murder victims
2001 6446 black murder victims
2000 6193 black murder victims
1999 5855 black murder victims
Total 99,457 black murder victims
If we add in the probable 2014 statistics we're well over 100,000 in 15 years. Divide 100,000 by 75 and you get 1315.8. So a black person in the United States is 1,316 times more likely to be murdered than they are, unarmed, to be killed by police or security guards. And of the 100,000 murder black murder victims, almost 96,000 were killed by other black Americans.
So, the protestors are silent on the everyday murders, over 18 per day, but are going ballistic about the extraordinarily rare, killed by police while black and unarmed, which occur on average once every 73 days.
Wow, some people's idea of a serious problem is completely out of whack.