Monthly Archives: October 2015
An estimated 900,000 privately-owned firearms are held by an Austrian population of just under 8.5 million, but gun dealers are reporting a surge in shotgun sales this year, reports The Daily Mail. Local media puts the accelerating private arms race down to the sheer numbers of migrants and an attendant fear of house break-ins.
The most dangerous misconception about our criminal justice system is that it is pervaded by racial bias. For decades, criminologists have tried to find evidence proving that the overrepresentation of blacks in prison is due to systemic racial inequity. That effort has always come up short. In fact, racial differences in offending account for the disproportionate representation of blacks in prison. A 1994 Justice Department survey of felony cases from the country’s 75 largest urban areas found that blacks actually had a lower chance of prosecution following a felony than whites. Following conviction, blacks were more likely to be sentenced to prison, however, due to their more extensive criminal histories and the gravity of their current offense.
“If we don’t fix this and our politics is going to continue to be even more segregated and more polarized as the demographics of our country continue to change. If we don’t fix for this, I think our future in politics in this country is going to be problematic,” said Belcher, adding, “I think you will see more dysfunction. I think you will see our politics, our legislative bodies come to a complete halt, more so than they already have, if we don’t solve for this problem, if we can’t solve for the tribalism in our politics and be one big tribe and not several separate smaller tribes.”
Neighbors in a historic Southside Fort Worth block say the pranks and antics of children there have turned dangerous.They claim a group of elementary school-aged children are wreaking havoc. They are accused of throwing rocks and onions at cars, taking bikes from front yards, and most recently setting garbage on fire.
“I thought I was the only one who’s in a bad mood because of this.”“None of us want this. We’re all scared.”“What is this? How will this be in 100 years?”“This is not my life. It just shows you how many of them are here already.”“Now there’s another 1.5 million who came this year.”“Every year 2-3 million arrive.”“It’s generally about foreign infiltration.”“Yes, exactly.”“We won’t dress like we do now.”“Here, no! They won’t take anything from me!”“Look, when I walk through the streets of the city, it’s only foreigners!”“There are walking 50 foreigners and I only see one European face.”“Look at the women! They’re all veiled!”“This is our future.”
We Asked an Expert What Would Happen if Russia Cut the Pipeline to the Internet | VICE | United States
It’s sometimes easy to forget (if, in fact, you ever knew) that the information superhighway travels mostly in huge cables buried deep at sea—miles and miles of fiber optic wire that carry on them 95% of our daily communication and $10 trillion (!) worth of global business. If someone were to sever enough of said cables, our tenuous grasp on the modern world would be lost. Electronic banking would be a distant memory, your smartphone would be just a phone, and door-to-door encyclopedia salesmen would descend upon suburban neighborhoods again. In short, life would be hell.
Even as an image of a Germany taking great pains to welcome hundreds of thousands of refugees has bolstered the country’s image abroad, it has also been accompanied by a wave of hatred that cannot be played down. At the center of this second, disturbing narrative is Patriots against the Islamization of the West, or Pegida, a xenophobic grassroots movement that has manifested itself with demonstrations each Monday mostly in Dresden in the east, but also in other parts of Germany. But Pegida is only one part of a much larger problem, as the following feature from the new issue of SPIEGEL illustrates.
Source: SPIEGEL ONLINE
“The increasingly controversial Federal Reserve offered a green light on Wednesday for banks controlled by the Communist Chinese dictatorship to gobble up American financial institutions and enter the U.S. banking market despite national security concerns, sparking warnings among critics about the rapid spread of the brutal regime’s influence within America. Analysts, meanwhile, called the unprecedented approval a ‘landmark step’ for regulators that could have global implications.
Under the U.S. central bank’s decision, the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), the largest bank in the Communist Party-run country with assets estimated at some $2.5 trillion, will be allowed to become a holding company and acquire the Bank of East Asia in New York. It marks the first time that a Communist Chinese bank — ICBC is more than 70 percent owned by the regime — has been permitted to take over an American bank. All 13 branches of the U.S. institution will be taken over.”
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IRS’ LOIS LERNER SKATES; AN UGLY PRECEDENT IS SET: “IRS officials now know they can go after anyone…
To begin, you might want to read the essay that John sent me, entitled Wimp Nation: Poised to Fall. It sums up the cultural situation quite nicely.The United States has become a nation of weak, pampered, easily frightened, helpless milquetoasts who have never caught a fish, fired a gun, chopped a log, hitchhiked across the country, or been in a schoolyard fight. If their cat dies, they call a grief therapist. Everything frightens Americans.
Three hours of terror held this Mexican border city hostage as a cartel firefight raged. A failed attempt to capture the top Gulf Cartel leader in this border city set of an afternoon of terror with rolling gun battles, explosions, cartel blockades and high speed chases. The raging violence took place just a few miles south of the Texas border.
The new poll found that 70 percent of Americans feel crime is rising, and that is up from 63 percent in 2014. On the other hand, only 18 percent say there is less crime. Only 8 percent said that crime rates have remained static since 2014.The lowest number of respondents who felt crime was rising—since Gallup first started asking the question in 1989—was in 2001 when the number fell to 41 percent. The highest was 89 percent, found in the early 1990s. But as recently as 2009, that number reached 74 percent.
That we are living in an era of major conservative backlash is not news. From the wholesale assault on reproductive rights to the dramatic increase in restrictions on voting to the bizarrely enduring Donald Trump campaign, the evidence everywhere suggests that right-wing America is freaking out and lashing out. They can feel their control over the country, which has a black president and legal gay marriage now, slipping out of their fingers.The temper tantrum has grown so massive it’s threatening even the Republican party, which is being torn apart by purity tests and fury over even the slightest hint of cooperation with liberals, who are seen as a subversive threat to be stomped out instead of fellow citizens to work through your issues with.So it’s really not a huge surprise that, with right-wing anger levels so high, a small number are taking it to the next level and setting fire to churches and clinics. Unfortunately, this isn’t really getting the media attention it deserves.
“Support for, and opposition to, gun control is closely associated with several demographic characteristics, including race, level of education and whether one lives in a city. Nearly all are trending forcefully against the NRA,” author and UCLA professor Adam Winkler writes. “The core of the NRA’s support comes from white, rural and relatively less educated voters. This demographic is currently influential in politics but clearly on the wane. While the decline of white, rural, less educated Americans is generally well known, less often recognized is what this means for gun legislation.”
A fundamental problem with Mr. Holland’s piece is his failure to recognize that the centralized solution – police response – does not adequately address active shooter incidents due to the tyranny of time, space, and force. Police responders almost always arrive after the shooter has worked his will on his targets, and often, understandably, take minutes more to orient themselves to the situation and intervene. Shooters may stop, flee, or take the own lives when the police arrive, but their damage is largely already done.