Well, you heard it at Slate Star Codex first, I suppose, if you’re reading it.
The history of spies seducing people. Key quote: “When the KGB tried to blackmail Indonesian President Achmed Sukarno with videotapes of the president having sex with Russian women disguised as flight attendants, Sukarno wasn’t upset. He was pleased. He even asked for more copies of the video to show back in his country.”
–Slate Star Codex, More Links for September 2014
Emphasis mine. I predict we’ll have a couple of candidates for US statewide or national office showing off their sex scandal vids (“gotta come clean ahead of the story”, you see), or at least saying their public apologies with big-ass grins on their faces, within the next couple of election cycles.
I know very little about Sukarno, but he gets a big thumbs up in my book for this one.
Only one good one again this week. So there is a 2nd Amendment supplement.
You mean the government could be rewarding bad behavior? How could this be?
Why Americans are flocking to their sinking shores even as the risks mount
Once you get through the golwball warmening angle (I really don’t mind the part bashing around of Huckabee), you get to the juicy part.
Federal disaster recovery assistance has exceeded $124 billion since 2004, according to a May 2014 study by the Congressional Research Service, mostly for damages caused by hurricanes.
And many of the houses, condominiums and resorts that line the storm-battered beach are covered by federal flood insurance, a subsidized program that took up the slack when private insurers fled the state after Hurricane Andrew inflicted huge losses in 1992. Florida is the program’s top customer among states. It has two million policies, many of them charging below-market rates, insuring $484 billion in property.
All that money creates what many people familiar with Florida’s predicament characterize as a costly – and dangerous – system of socialized risk to indulge beach lovers. “It’s an unsustainable model that encourages development and leaves people in harm’s way,” said Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, a Washington-based nonprofit budget watchdog.
If only the government could see what any other thinking individual in the insurance industry could see: Without the government’s help, no one would build anything in these locations.
Just like OPIC encourages business to offshore their manufacturing outside our borders, federal property insurers encourage “developers” and “investors” to build in areas they would otherwise run away from with their hair on fire.
Well then, I’m going to take it that 45% of Scotland is now dead.
Scots reject independence in historic vote
Not actually all that close. Per the US MSM I have learned that 55%-to-45% is only close if it is a Democrat losing to a Republican.
I was watching the results getting called out live on BBC1 and the officials in the areas that went “NO” who were tasked to read the results were decidedly more grumpy than those in the “YES” areas, especially towards the end. Methinks they saw their opportunity for a power grab in the new government falling away.
On Tuesday, September 10th in Poplarville, Mississippi, there was an election for Alderman.
The candidates were Stephanie Bounds and Glenn Bolin.
There were 354 votes cast, with each candidate getting 177 votes. They ended up drawing straws to decide the winner on Tuesday this week. Bolin won the drawing.
It all sounds rather straightforward. Folks from big burgs will probably be chuckling about how quaint it sounds too.
But there was a 355th voter. This person, however, didn’t bring a photo ID and was made to fill out an “affidavit” or provisional vote form and was told to show up at the town registrars office with their ID within five days to make their vote count.
They never showed up.
The leftists are calling this an example of how “evil” voter ID laws stop people from voting. I think it shows how voter ID laws helped make it so that the proper person won. Yes, by a straw. But the followup process disenfranchised no one, whereas a false vote would have possibly disenfranchised half of the town’s population.
I was at the Centralia FunShow helping a new shooter pick out their first gat when I walked past a table from Starlos Firearms LLC showing and selling some of their wares.
What grabbed my attention most was their very stout looking E3 Arms OMEGA-15 polymer AR lower.
While I was standing at his table and handling the actual lower, I spoke with the owner, J. Carlos Rodriguez, for a few minutes about his product and he told me about how he came to this particular design. This isn’t his first time around the track with poly AR lowers and you can tell when you get this part in your hands.
No flex. Anywhere. All the radii are clean and well designed for long wear. And that’s just the exterior. the interior is clean as a whistle and likewise, well beefed up.
I have been looking for a quality poly lower to build a 22LR practice/training rifle out of for some time now. Which is the other nice thing about these lowers, at the show they were only $49.
At that price, once I’m working again, I may build a pair of training rifles using these: one in 22LR and another in 5.56.
Scotland will be voting today to see whether they hate the British Tories enough to make Edinburgh a Havanna on the Leith.
I’m thinking not quite, but it will very likely be close.
P.J. O’Rourke writes about the entertainment value of a disaster.
Ace gives us an “Acesplanation” of some historical factors.
And the Telegraph lets us know something the “yes” folks probably haven’t thought about.
While writing about the NYT tale of how “Assault Weapon” is a term made to scare white folks, Surber refuses to hold the tough questions back.
Instead of going after the gangs, Urban Democrats go after the law-abiding citizenry, unconstitutionally banning handguns and the like until the Supreme Court’s Heller decision reversed that.
In politics, unintended consequences are rare. By going after the weapons white suburbanites and rural people enjoy, Democrats obfuscate the real issue: Black young men killing black young men for profit in cities controlled by Democrats.
Don Surber – Do Democrat Care About Dead Black Men?
The answer is: Only if will help them get votes.
7.575 million square miles!
Extent of Antarctic sea ice reaches record levels, scientists say
Scientists say the extent of Antarctic sea ice cover is at its highest level since records began.
Satellite imagery reveals an area of about 20 million square kilometres covered by sea ice around the Antarctic continent.
Jan Lieser from the Antarctic Climate and Ecosystems Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) said the discovery was made two days ago.
“This is an area covered by sea ice which we’ve never seen from space before,” he said.
“Thirty-five years ago the first satellites went up which were reliably telling us what area, two dimensional area, of sea ice was covered and we’ve never seen that before, that much area.
“That is roughly double the size of the Antarctic continent and about three times the size of Australia.”
That’s pretty damn big.
And this isn’t some lopsided leftist comparison where they measured the ice during one season and compared it to another season. This is ever. EVAR!
Of course, the MSM will finally get around to reporting on the “big ice” during the southern hemisphere’s summer when the sheets break off the shelf and go floating. Then it all be “glowball warmening” or some such.
Having a (D) after your name. Less of that unwanted “bad media” when you need it.
Louisiana U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu took nine charter flights — costing taxpayers nearly $15,000 — that coincided with campaign events where she raised over $130,000, in possible violation of federal law.
The nine flights are in addition to several others that were discovered last month.
On Friday, the Republican National Committee released records of the flights, which Landrieu expensed to her Senate office — and ultimately to taxpayers — between 2000 and 2008.
All of the flights coincided with fundraisers she held in Louisiana.
Who does she think she is, President Obama? He’s the only one who can force taxpayers to cover his campaign travel.