Several items have crossed my monitor in recent days and weeks that I haven't had time to develop into full-length blog articles, but I think are nevertheless worth sharing.
1. With the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks still fresh in our minds, here are two articles that you might want to bookmark for future reference. They contain material that's timeless, and will be useful long into the future, particularly when speaking with people who weren't even alive when the attacks took place.
Images of 9/11: A Visual Remembrance
The 9/11 Attacks: Understanding Al-Qaeda and the Domestic Fall-Out from America's Secret War
Both are well worth reading, and bookmarking, and remembering.
2. A well-known fact, but one many people forget:
If you haven't got a few weeks' basic needs stockpiled (food, at least a week's water, essential supplies like medication, etc.) then go read that article. It'll provide encouragement for you to start work on that, right away.
3. Larry Correia, author and friend in meatspace and cyberspace, is renowned for the quality and length of his rants when something or someone offends him. He's just unleashed his latest, and it's a doozy! I'm going to censor the title here, because some of his language is anything but family-friendly; but when you read it, it's hard to disagree with his sentiments.
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4. Michael Z. Williamson, another author buddy, takes on gun control (again) on his blog, and points out how much falsehood is involved in its arguments.
Good stuff, and all true.
5. A few weeks ago, I wrote about Robert Mugabe's death. In my article, I concluded:
By tolerating the existence of such brutal dictators, the West has basically made the problem of Africa much worse . . . both for Africans, and for the West as a whole.
Some commenters took issue with those words, accusing me of trying to shift blame for such tyrants onto the West, rather than African tribal culture. No, I wasn't trying to do that: but I think the evidence for Western tolerance of, if not active support for such dictators, is very clear. One reader suggested this article about the Live Aid efforts of the 1980's, which supports my thesis:
All that public outpouring of sympathy and money merely funded genocide. It was almost entirely a wasted effort.
6. Be careful who you label a Nazi. The real Nazis were infinitely worse than mere present-day political opponents.
I might add that if you visit the site of the former death camp at Auschwitz, and you listen very carefully at the site of the gas chambers . . . you can still hear the screams, if you listen with your soul. I'm not making that up. It's an uncanny and terrifying reality. Similarly, visit the site of Bergen-Belsen, and just stand there silently, and listen. If you don't believe the dead still speak, that should cure you of your disbelief, right there.
If you can't go to Auschwitz or Bergen-Belsen, watch this video from 1945 of what a correspondent found when he entered the latter camp after its liberation. Every word, every image, is true.
That's what Nazism meant, and still means. Don't let others throw the term around idly, as if it were just another political label. If anybody calls me a Nazi, they're comparing me to the men who did that. They do so at their own risk.
7. Finally, with reference to the recent New York Times attempt to slander Justice Kavanaugh of the US Supreme Court (about which I wrote a few days ago), I note that the Conservative Treehouse has very capably dissected the situation and exposed the real background to this brouhaha. It makes very interesting reading.
Essential reading, IMHO, to understand the rationale behind the NYT's scurrilous propaganda.
There you are. That should give you reading matter for a few minutes, at least.