March 24th, 2005


going quiet -- plus, links

Don't have much net time, and will be having less in short order, so don't be surprised not to hear from me.

Before I go, I'll leave y'all with some stuff. Here are some serious links. Fun stuff later.

There are two reporters whose work you should be paying attention to: Nick Kristoff and Claudia Rossett. Rossett's coverage of the UN has been dogged and relentless, while Kristoff has the balls (and backing of his paper) to go into the world's hellholes and tell the human stories there.

I am increasingly concerned by anti-Semitism on the progressive Left. Universities aren't just at risk for this stuff; they're increasingly hotbeds of it. Call me crazy, but when people in the famously tolerant and progressive Berkeley, CA start chanting, "Don't believe the news, it's controlled by the Jews," [video link; follow the previous link to page 2 for a transcript] I think we have a problem. Even if it's not as bad as some other places, yet.
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Box o' Truth

And since it's been a while since I did gun-geekery, here's a link to The Box O' Truth, in which a man spends his retirement trying to find out just what kind of stuff various calibers and weapons will penetrate. Lots of pictures, and timeless "lessons learned" at the end of every experiment:
1. Sheetrock (drywall) doesn't slow any round down much. If you shoot in the house, walls will not stop any serious round.

2. Twelve pine boards will not stop a .223 round.

3. Shooting stuff is fun.

(My favorite, in the section on whether thick clothing provides protection against bullets: "If the North Koreans seemed uneffected by the .30 Carbine rounds, they were probably not being hit. Because clothing won't stop a 30 Carbine.")
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