31 July 2021

Saturday Roundup of Link Roundups - 31 July

Wombat-socho at The Other McCain starts things off with In The Mailbox: 07.28.21

Cafe Hayek: The Invisible Hand Relies On Visible Prices
CDR Salamander: Get The Damn JAG In Here

EBL - Hannah Barron: Catfish Noodling 🐟🎣🦀

The Feral Irishman: Way Back Wednesday
Pirate's Cove: Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup
American Elephants: Joe Biden News of the Day

The Right Way - Top of the News

Report To Congress – Our Navy is Not War Ready, The Focus on Being Woke To Blame - IOTWreport
If we had believed in omens…- American Digest

Don Surber - Highlights of the News

ITEM 3: Polling firm Morning Consult announced, "59% of registered voters hold Biden’s economic policies responsible for the 13-year high in inflation in the United States

Again from Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 07.29.21

Baldilocks: Lifecycle
BattleSwarm: Austin Pays $10,000 To Indoctrinate APD In Critical Race Theory, But It Gets Worse

A View from the Beach - Election 2020: Insurrection Committee Fallout Continues

U.S. Capitol Police Officer: Trump ‘Helped to Create’ Jan. 6; ‘We Should All Go to His House, Do the Same Thing to Him’. He walked it back, but the internet never forgets.

Vlad Tepes - White creeper van coming for your kids, British law and rights just not a thing anymore: Links 1, July 30, 2021

1. Piers Morgan Calls For Unvaccinated to be Denied Medical Treatment
Professional attention-seeker Piers Morgan is leading the charge for unvaccinated people to face state-sanctioned discrimination

Battleswarm Blog - LinkSwarm for July 30, 2021

Supreme Court upholds Arizona’s voting integrity laws. Naturally, Democrats freak out…
Also in the courts, a defeat for Biden’s racist reparations policy.

Political Hat - Quick Takes – Woke Learning: Indigenous Creationism; Critical Race Collective’s 5 Tenets; Not Really Math

It’s almost as if wokeness and “real-world math” doesn’t create equity since students who learn college-prep math will still be “advantaged”.

Once more from Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 07.30.21

EBL: Livin’ Mask Free
Twitchy: A Gay Rights Activist Explains How The CDC’s P-Town Study May Be Fatally Flawed, also, Unmasked Biden Says “In All Probability” We’ll Have More COVID Restrictions

Gates of Vienna - News Feed 7/29/2021

Federal Reserve Chairman Says Inflation Could be “Higher, More Persistent” Than Expected
The chairman of the Federal Reserve, Jerome Powell, spoke up amid concerns about inflation

J.J. Sefton at Ace of Spades HQ - The Morning Report - 7/29/21

About time. Where the hell have you people been for the past 6 months?!
GOP Lawmakers Demand Answers on January 6 Protesters: "Do We Have Political Prisoners Here in America?"

Doug Ross - Larwyn’s Linx: Migrants arrive at US border from all over the world: 'We are seeing a permanent change'

Questions that Won't be Asked by the January 6 Commission: C.S. Boddie
Where in the World is Kamala Harris?: Charles Lipson

Maggie's Farm - Links

Dusty Hill, ZZ Top bassist, dead at 72
There’s a new “Pride” flag. Do try to keep up.
Power Outages and the Indian Point Closure: An “I Told You So” Event

Anonymous Conservative - News Briefs – 07/30/2021

Arizona State Rep Mark Finchem says AZ Attorney General will likely seize the Maricopa County election routers within 30 days.

I leave you with Thursday gifdump from Knuckledraggin My Life Away, Cartoon Round Up.... from Theo Spark, It's A Fun Friday ~ 1 from Woodsterman, and Friday Memes … from Freedom Is Just Another Word…

Statistics on Recidivism from the DOJ

The least shocking news I've read this week, released prisoners are rearrested at high rates. Recidivism of Prisoners Released in 34 States in 2012: A 5-Year Follow-Up Period (2012–2017)

I can't decide if I'm surprised or not by these statistics.

Among state prisoners released in 2012 across 34 states, 62% were arrested within 3 years, and 71% were arrested within 5 years (figure 1).

Then there are the parole violations that resulted in "return to prison."

As I said, I can't decide if 71% recidivism is a surprise, or that it took 5 years for them to be rearrested is a surprise.

There are some issues with the data, which I suppose is why only 34 states are used in the study. The data from the other states was either not available or just horrible in terms of accuracy.

Hat tip to The Other McCain and 37% of Criminals Released From Prison Get Re-Arrested Within ONE YEAR. He notes...

And if you think crime is bad now, just remember: AOC wants to abolish prisons and turn all the criminals loose.

Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

He probably thought it was safe to threanten an old man. He was wrong. SPD: Homeowner fatally shoots trespasser in self-defense; victim identified

The trespasser, Darnell D. Smith, 33, allegedly made a threatening move towards the resident. Fearing for his life, he fired two shots, striking Smith at least once, police say.

The would-be bad-guy died at the scene.

No charges were filed against the homeowner.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Poll: Detroit Residents Care About Public Safety

I'm shocked to learn that people care about safety, and even more shocked to see it reported in the media. Exclusive poll finds Detroit residents far more worried about public safety than police reform

By an overwhelming 9-1, they would feel safer with more cops on the street, not fewer. Though one-third complain that Detroit police use force when it isn't necessary – and Black men report high rates of racial profiling – those surveyed reject by 3-1 the slogan of some progressives to "defund the police."

This will be completely ignored because you are just serfs, and don't know what is good for you. Your rulers will decide, so shut up and do what we tell you to do.

You've Got A Friend

There has been some discussion - by me and in the comments - about how a lot (most?) of the Rock & Roll music from the 1970s is drek. Here is a song that isn't drek from 1971, but it also isn't Rock.

Discogs calls this "Pop Rock," but a number of music critics, who I agree with, call it Folk Music. Mostly accoustic guitar and voice, with some very low-key percussion. Doesn't sound like Rock to me.

This song is "You've Got A Friend" by James Taylor from his 1971 album Mud Slide Slim and the Blue Horizon. It was written by Carole King and included on her 1971 album Tapestry first.

30 July 2021

Now You Can See Why Texas Democrats Ran

They don't want to give up their ability to cheat. Georgia Democrats Admit They’re ‘F**ked’

What is incomprehensible to me is how these 270,000 people somehow got registered to vote without being able to prove who they are.

Let’s think about this: You could fill out a voter registration form just using any name — write in “Max Dorian Fried,” for example — and any address (e.g., 755 Battery Ave SE) and you’re a registered voter.

There is more. Click thru.

Friday Links

Da Tech Guy - Post Christian/Marxist Sore Thumbs in Science, Law, Tribalism, Truth and the Fruits of it All Under the Fedora

Haven’t you ever wondered why so many totalitarian counties were behind scientifically or needed to steal secrets from the west?

First Street Journal - Why don’t neoconservatives, who support American-style liberty and democracy abroad, support liberty at home?

Don Surber - Ohio RINOs let killers go free

Ace of Spades HQ - Advertisers Complain About "Plummeting" Ratings of NBC's Olympics Coverage

Professor David Yamane - Sociology of Guns Module 2: Guns Are Normal, Normal People Use Guns The includes an embedded video of a talk given by Professor Yamane.

The Other McCain - Bang Bang Fang Fang: Eric Swalwell’s China Spy Secrets Inspire Painful Puns

Battleswarm Blog - Reminder: Significant Portions of Russia Are Still Primitive Crapholes

Again from Don Surber - How to get life skills in college "Get a job."

The Post Millennial - JK Rowling sent violent threats by trans activists The Acceptance and Tolerance of the Left: Do what we say or suffer.

Yes, but now hundreds of trans activists have threatened to beat, rape, assassinate and bomb me I’ve realised that this movement poses no risk to women whatsoever.

Again from The Other McCain - Liberalism as Organized Ignorance

And again from Robert Stacy McCain - Return of the Aspiring Rapper Update

Power Line - Time to Convert to Soccer? On the Woke, Woke, World of Sports...

Adaptive Curmudgeon - Motorcycle Exploration 2021: Part 3: Backwoods Social Strata AC is "primitive camping" in the heat of summer. And reflecting on society.

Blazing Cat Fur - MALCOLM: Churches are burning in Canada — do our politicians even care?

Second City Cop at Chicago Contrarian - On Chicago: "Misconception"

Are you going to believe Kim Foxx or your lying eyes Chicago?

Manhattan Contrarian - Chinese Virus Retrospective: The Shame Of Our Public Health "Experts"

Did you realize that the risk of death from Covid-19 has only been 0.2%?

And again from Don Surber - I don't care about this Olympics Woke Politics? Why would anyone watch that?

Texans Are Still Armed

Home invaders are still getting shot. Teenager shot following gunfight with resident during home invasion.

Police said a 17-year-old boy broke into the home armed with a rifle and a handgun. The home had four people inside. At some point, one of the people inside the home opened fire on the suspect who was trying to rob the house.

A gunfight ensued between the suspect and resident, which ended with the suspect being shot.

Police caught up with the guy who got shot at a local hospital.

The homeowner is not facing charges at this time, but the investigation continues.

Self-defense Is Legal in Missouri

It took the DA two and a half months to come to that conclusion, which is really pretty quickly for the legal system. St. Joseph woman won't be prosecuted in husband's death

Prosecutor Ron Holliday said investigators determined the shooting occurred because of domestic violence and Dawn Applegarth was in fear for her life or serious injury at the time.

Mark Applegarth was prosecuted for domestic abuse against his wife in January, according to online court records

He was a risk, and she took steps to be able to defend herself.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

“A city out of control and in a downward spiral”

Things are going to get much worse before they get better in our big cities. Chicago police officers caught in roiling mess of fear, shock, anger — and hesitation

Cops “are disgusted with the spectrum of every profound decision made under stress being parsed and analyzed to death,” a police source said. “And, yes, there is talk of standing back instead of risking their family’s future on an honest mistake of a moment.”

I think the big cities, because Chicago is not alone in this, are going to discover what happens when you don't insist on ANY enforcement of the rule of law. Worse than they have now. Or in other words, "How low can you go?"

“They’ve been working 12-hour days with no days off for weeks, maybe a month due to soaring crime; eight fatalities every weekend, 50 shot, a city out of control and in a downward spiral,” the source said.

“The cops are being held accountable, probably to 15 agencies, but nobody seems to be calling the politicians to be held accountable ... or anyone in this s- - -storm,” the source added.

Shooting and murder are increasing at alarming rates, carjacking is out of control. And what is the City Council spending time on? Renaming Lake Shore Drive, because that is the most critical issue facing the city at this time.

It really was a magnificent city, once upon a time.

29 July 2021

Quote of the Day - From an Imaginary Version of Microsoft...

Because the real MS would never tell you this particular truth....

You just bought a brand new server for your enterprise and we’ve just installed a bunch of old and insecure crap, on all of your servers, just in case they might need to connect to something else that you may have lying around that’s also old and insecure. To eliminate any confusion about why all this complex stuff might not be working, we turned everything on and it’s fully enabled, so that your shiny new systems would just work out of the box without you needing to learn anything about them, or even wonder for a minute why you couldn’t just plug everything in and have it all go! So it does! ... because we’re Microsoft “Vulnerable by Design.”

From Steve Gibson, and Security Now Episode #829.

But it should be noted that Microsoft - the real Microsoft - did use the phrase “Vulnerable by Design” to describe a design problem with device drivers.

This all came up in relation to one of the latest Windows security nightmares, PetitPotam, that allows for fairly complete attack via the NT LAN Manager and the Print System Remote Protocol. Click thru if you want details.

Chicago Mayor's Failed Anti-violence Campaign

Lori Lightfoot has failed the city of Chicago. Nearly a year into Lightfoot’s anti-violence plan, many of Chicago’s most dangerous neighborhoods are doing worse.

The plan was to provide housing resources, anti-violence initiatives, and jobs. So how is that working out? Not very well.

Fatal shootings in West Pullman are up 566% from this time two years ago, North Lawndale 201%, South Lawndale 160%, Chatham 116%. Only three of the areas targeted by City Hall are down from 2019: West Englewood, Roseland and Humboldt Park.

Yet the administration has yet to funnel any extra assistance to some of those dangerous neighborhoods, particularly on the Far South Side, according to the city’s website. The West Pullman community area, for example, has received none of the $36 million released by City Hall under the plan this year.

The only thing that City Hall has "accomplished" is making sure that cops are unable to enforce the law. No car chases. They are dangerous. No foot chases either. They are also dangerous.

She did keep a platoon of cops surrounding her house during the worst of the rioting. Because she's special.

Lucky the Owner Was Armed

He tried to rob Lucky Donuts. Man tries to rob donut shop in Redding, gets shot, flees and sets stolen truck on fire | KRCR

[Robert Keo, owner of Lucky Donuts,] told police the suspect's truck slammed into his back door and tore it off of its hinges. The man then entered through the opening created by the crash. In the police report, Keo said he feared for his life and warned the suspect to leave his shop.

The suspect did not listen and continued to move into the shop. Keo then fired one shot in self-defense which hit the suspect.

The truck was stolen, and it was later set on fire.

The suspect is still on the loose.

So I wonder if Lucky Donuts is a cop hangout. (Yeah, I went there.)

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0. (Hat tip to Keep and Bear Arms.)

NYPD Officer Saves Life with Ingenuity

This is a great story. It is from a week or two ago, but I missed it then. New York police officer saves man's life by patching up chest wound with potato chips bag and tape | Fox News

An officer arrived on the scene of a stabbing where a man had been stabbed in his lung.

He didn't have a proper chest-seal, so he improvised.

Upon arriving, a man who was hunched over on the sidewalk told him that the suspect caught "me in my lung." Officer Kennedy immediately directed one man to get a bag of chips and tape from a nearby bodega, and for two other men to help him lay the man on his back.


Officer Kennedy quickly emptied the bag and taped it over the man's wound to try to prevent his chest cavity from filling with air.

Paramedics replaced that with a proper chest-seal.

The attending physician at Harlem Hospital said Officer Kennedy's actions saved the victim's life, according to the NYPD.

Dachief has a breakdown video, which is how I found this story.

I haven't checked, but I doubt this story recieved national media attention, because showing police doing good things doesn't fit with the national media's propaganda campaign.

Florida Man Gets Stuck in the Mud Running from Police

Must be something in the water. WATCH: Suspect gets stuck in the mud as he flees from Marion County deputies

Robert Daniel Dean, 36, has been charged with two counts of grand theft auto, grand theft, dealing in stolen property, DWLSR habitual, flee and elude, two counts of violation of probation.

He got stuck in traffic related to a previous accident, or breakdown. He nearly hits the towtruck, and a pedestrian. The reactions of the drivers around the stop are interesting because people don't usually have the sense to get out of harms way.

Suspect: I'm sorry.
Deputy: I don't care, dude.

Peak Florida at least for today.

This link will take you to the video for Stuck In The Mud Florida Man Arrested After Stealing Truck, High-Speed Chase - July 20, 2021, and skip the annoying and pointless bit at the beginning.

Quick, Release the Stories on a Surge

The Other McCain believes that they want to distract you from something. A ‘Surge’ of Media-Hyped Fear

Look at that graph, and tell me if you think we are facing a crisis.

Two graphics, courtesy of the New York Times. The first shows U.S. COVID-19 deaths dating back to the beginning of the pandemic:

I have included the first of the 2 graphs. Click thru for the 2nd. That 2nd graph shows cases for the month of July through the 26th.

My hunch — and it is only a hunch — is that this “surge” hype is really being driven by the teachers unions, who want to keep schools closed, and are exerting pressure on the Democratic Party who, in turn, are pumping out “surge” propaganda via their media allies. Part of this message is about scapegoating Republicans as responsible for vaccine “resistance,” even though the lowest vaccination rates are among blacks and Hispanics, both of whom are key Democratic Party constituencies.

I think it is more likely something related to Joe B.'s health, or China doing something warlike.

28 July 2021

A Sad Day - Dusty Hill of ZZ Top Has Passed Away

Iconic? Well why not. Dusty Hill, bassist for iconic rock group ZZ Top, dies at 72

"We are saddened by the news today that our Compadre, Dusty Hill, has passed away in his sleep at home in Houston, TX," according to a statement posted to the group's Instagram feed.

Here's a video that features Dusty. ZZ TOP - It's Blues Time!

But here's a video that has better production qualities... "La Grange" The 2005 remaster.

Wednesday Link Roundup - 28 July

Bacon Time!!!! - Sunday Linkage

The Other McCain: Return of the Aspiring Rapper Update
Bustednuckles: Mancard REVOKED !

Pirate's Cove - Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup

  1. Chicks On the Right explains how Socialism Wokeness works in the real world, with Simone Biles seeing her scores restricted
  2. Datechguy’s Blog says to get your data off the cloud

Wombat-socho at The Other McCain - In The Mailbox: 07.26.21

American Power: My High School Taught Me Critical Race Theory Six Years Ago ∓ Tried To Reeducate Me When I Fought Back
American Thinker: Traveling The Quiet Road To Tyranny

EBL - Larry Elder for Governor

AoSHQ: Larry Elder in the lead (trying to keep him out backfired on Newsom)
Larry Elder leads field to replace Gov Gavin Newsom in recall election https://t.co/HGOj83EbzH
  — Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) July 24, 2021

Political Hat - News of the Week (July 25th, 2021)

Antifa (Which Is Just Plain Fa) Literally Fights Against Women’s Rights
This weekend there was another riot outside the upscale LA spa that allows men to walk around naked in the women’s area, because it’s California and “transgender rights” ...

Gates of Vienna - News Feed 7/25/2021

Chicago Chamber of Commerce Rages as Average Unemployed Illinoisan Parent Earns $35/Hour Sitting on the Couch

A View from the Beach - Election 2020: The Red Queen Gets Another Pawn

Green Glenwalt reports FBI Using the Same Fear Tactic From the First War on Terror: Orchestrating its Own Terrorism Plots. The Babylon Bee, FBI Discovers Building Full Of Dangerous Extremists Organizing Acts Of Terror Across Country. A building named after J Edgar.

Again from Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 07.27.21

Cafe Hayek: Quotation Of The Day
CDR Salamander: We’re Designing Ourselves To Lose
Da Tech Guy: For The Love Of All That Is Good, Get Off The Cloud!

Vlad Tepes - Canada’s Conservatives are creepy totalitarians, More Covid measures being imposed all over: Links 2, July 26, 2021

5. More unicorns, this time in Switzerland: 71 hospitalized after being double vaxxed and 17 died, 37 more also died after only one dose.

Don Surber - Highlights of the News

ITEM 15: The Epoch Times reported, "Gov. Gavin Newsom acted in an unconstitutional manner when he implemented covid 19-related mandates barring private school children from in-person classes, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit has ruled.

Anonymous Conservative - News Briefs – 07/26/2021

AZ State Senator Michelle Ugenti-Rita had Police escort Gateway Pundit reporter out of the Turning Point rally, for asking her why she killed the election integrity bill.

J.J. Sefton at Ace of Spades HQ - The Morning Report - 7/26/21

"The plan would remove the mayor's power over the department, and eliminate the charter's minimum number of police."
Minneapolis City Council Advances Plan to Wipe Out Police

Doug Ross - Larwyn’s Linx: Unrestricted Mass Border Invasion Continues, Report: 1 Million Illegal Entries in June

The Navy’s Debauchery Problem: An Enlisted Perspective: Luther Ray Abel
Nancy Pelosi Enlists Adam Kinzinger For J6 Committee to Re-elect Democrats: CTH

Maggie's Farm - Monday morning links

St. Louis mandates masks indoors regardless of vaccination status, recommends masks outdoors
Protesters Rage Across Europe As Lockdown, Vaccination Mandates Begin
Govt Workers Sue Connecticut to Avoid Returning to Work

I leave you with Sunday gifdump from Knuckledraggin My Life Away, Sunday Funnies, 07-25-21 from Stately McDaniel Manor, Sunday Funnies from Flopping Aces and Happy Funday All ~ 1 from Woodsterman.

The Strangest Story of Self-defense

Death by landscaping bricks. Shooting Suspect Stoned To Death By Group In Fort Worth: Police | Dallas, TX Patch

He started shooting. He killed one person and injured two others. They responded with what was available.

The police narrative indicates the brick-throwing to be more of a self-defense response than a traditional stoning.

There are not many details provided, but the police say there was a distrubance before the shooting.

Self-defense is a human-right. And this all happened in Texas.

In the words of the Babylon Bee, This News Is Weird.

They Would Rather Kill a Police Officer...

Instead of getting a ticket, for running a stop sign (and why didn't he stop?), three people tried to kill a police officer. 3 indicted for attempted murder of strangled Illinois police officer during traffic stop | The Post Millennial

"A minor infraction that likely would have resulted in a citation at most turned into an officer fighting for his life," said the Aurora Police Department chief.

Because they shouldn't have to obey the law. Or something.

The officer who was assaulted was treated at a local hospital and has been returned to duty.

Sketches of Spain

This song is both good in its own right, and a shout out to the Miles Davis' album by the same name. I should probably feature something from the original, since that Miles Davis album is usually called one of the best records from Davis. But that is for another time.

This song is "Sketches of Spain (for Miles)" by Buckethead from his 2002 album Electric Tears.

27 July 2021

Politics In Canada Are Even More Screwed Up than in the USA

Canada Flag

And that is saying something. It is "only" the Green party, but it is still amusing. Green Party mutiny continues as they turn against Annamie Paul for being pro-Israel.

A black, Jewish woman, Annamie Paul, currently heads the Green Party in Canada. Apparently some of the members of the party have an issue with the Jewish part of that equation. Or so it would seem to me.

But the question is: why the acrimony? Why the infighting? Why the hate-on for Ms. Paul? Well, the unspoken reason why so many Greens are turning red with rage regarding Ms. Paul seems to have everything to do with… her opinions regarding Mideast policy?!

When tensions were hitting a boiling point with Israel and Hamas back in May, Paul issued a statement calling for a de-escalation and a return to dialogue. That sounds rational, but not to the “progressive” Israel-haters in the Green Party, of which there appears to be many.

One of the MPs "crossed the aisle" to the Liberal party, but was then forced to "apologize" from some antisemitic views.

The conflict has been so intense that a no-confidence vote was to be taken, but ended up going to an arbitrator first. Now the party is suing to overturn the result of arbitration. EXCLUSIVE DOCUMENTS: Court documents reveal Green Party Leader Annamie Paul is being sued by her own party - Rebel News

New court documents filed Wednesday in Toronto in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice against Green Party leader, Annamie Paul reveal the tortured process she has endured as she tried to stay in control of the party she was elected to lead in October.

Paul narrowly dodged a leadership review earlier this week as party old guard faithful to former leader Elizabeth May and vocal anti-Israel elements in the party try to maintain their stranglehold on the reigns of power.

They fired one of Paul's assistants around the time that one MP moved over to the Liberal Party.

And Trudeau's Liberal government was all set to exclude Paul from participating in their Antisemitism Summit. She is the "only Jewish federal party leader" so that didn't play too well. They relented and let her be an observer, but blocked her active participation. (Irony is not dead in Canada.)

So whenever you dispair about the state of things in Washington, DC, look at some of the other countries.

You Can't Do Everything Over the Internet

Or why your backup strategy might suck. Don’t Wanna Pay Ransom Gangs? Test Your Backups.

Even if you don't pay to keep the ransomware gang from disclosing your data, and your customers' data, you may still have to pay for a decryption key if you were backing everything up over the intertubes, and you expect to restore from those backups in the same way.

Even with the data transfer rates we enjoy today, if you have enough data, it can be that sneaker-net will outperform the internet. Seriously out perform.

“In a lot of cases, companies do have backups, but they never actually tried to restore their network from backups before, so they have no idea how long it’s going to take,” said Fabian Wosar, chief technology officer at Emsisoft. “Suddenly the victim notices they have a couple of petabytes of data to restore over the Internet, and they realize that even with their fast connections it’s going to take three months to download all these backup files. A lot of IT teams never actually make even a back-of-the-napkin calculation of how long it would take them to restore from a data rate perspective.”

Then, if your backups are encrypted (What do you mean your backups are not encrypted?), did the decryption key just get encrypted by the bad guys? That is poor planning.

In rare cases, they can corrupt your backups.

But the assumption that "we can do everything over the internet" is what kills most people.

Back in ancient times, when I was still working in Information Technology, part of my job was disaster recovery planning, and part of that was off-site backup and recovery. About once a year, most organizations would test their backup/restore procedures at an off-site vendor-location. For a week, or more, before the recovery test, companies would scream "Do you know there is a backup test?" And even then, stuff would be missed.

I only ever worked for one organization where corporate would spring the tests on IT without warning. That was the one organization where I was fairly certain that my paycheck would be cut, even if there was a fire in the data center. Everywhere else? The best disaster-recovery plan was to keep your résumé up to date on your PC at home.

As XKCD pointed out, Bandwidth is a Limiting factor: FedEx Bandwidth.

If you want to transfer a few hundred gigabytes of data, it’s generally faster to FedEx a hard drive than to send the files over the internet. This isn’t a new idea—it’s often dubbed SneakerNet—and it’s how Google transfers large amounts of data internally.

Transmission rates have gone up since that was written, but so have the volumes of data involved.

So, what would you do, if you went out to lunch and came back to discover that a tanker-truck full of toxic chemicals had spilled on the highway in front of your building, and you couldn't get in? It wasn't a truck full of toxic chemicals; it was a bomb-scare, and we did get back in that afternoon, but it was an interesting thought experiment.

Felon Shot During the Commission of a Crime

That is how the headline should read. 16-year-old boy shot, arrested during confrontation in Douglas - Chicago Sun-Times

The fact that the bad guy is 16-years-old is really beside the point. He was threatening a law-abiding citizen with a gun. Things didn't go well for him.

Just after midnight, a 41-year-old man was standing near his vehicle in the 2900 block of South State Street when he was approached by a teenage boy with a handgun, Chicago police said.

The man, who had a concealed carry license, shot the 16-year-old in the arm, police said.

Police took the would-be bad-guy to a local hospital, and arrested him.

I think it will be some time before the bad guys get the message that the law abiding just might be armed.

Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

How's That Affordable Bail Working Out?

Cases 29, 30 and 31, of people out on bail for felonies, accused of killing, trying to kill, or shooting someone in Chicago. Note the arrest must be for a new offense.

Keeping people in jail is unfair.

Fist up, Christopher Solis-Govea. #29: On electronic monitoring for gun case, man escapes and shoots victim in the face, prosecutors say | CWB Chicago.

He posted bail in January, but went AWOL from electronic monitoring, and a judge issued an arrest warrant on January 15th.

Solis-Govea remained at large until Tuesday, when CPD’s fugitive apprehension unit arrested him for allegedly shooting a man in the face on March 3 — almost exactly two months after Judge Ortiz lectured him about the potential consequences of firing a gun.

Next, is Karon Hunt. #30: Man, on bond for gun case, shot woman 10 times in her back, prosecutors say.

Prosecutors said the alleged victim, a 28-year-old woman, was hanging out with friends on the 7300 block of South Prairie when Brunt joined them and began talking with her around 1:30 a.m. on May 23.

The woman noticed a gun in Brunt’s waistband and decided to walk back to her car, Assistant State’s Attorney Gail Bembnister said. As she got into the vehicle, Brunt pulled out the weapon and shot her ten times in the back, according to Bembnister.

And finally Jerome Powell. #31: Man shot 2 victims in separate robberies while on bail for felony gun case, prosecutors say.

A man who was on probation for burglary and on bond for allegedly being a felon in possession of a firearm shot two victims in separate robberies less than an hour apart earlier this month, prosecutors said Sunday. Jerome Powell, 23, is now the 31st person accused of killing, trying to kill, or shooting someone in Chicago this year while awaiting trial for another felony.

But remember, Kim Foxx, not-so-affectionately known as Crimesha, Cook County State's Attorney, says that increased crime in Chicago is a "misconception."

So who is it unfair to, to keep felons in jail? Because it is not fair to the 31 people who have been victims.

Self-defense Is Legal in Virginia

I suspected that it was, but this decision was made at warp-speed, for the Criminal Justice System. Police: Dale City homeowner acted in self-defense in non-fatal, July 6 shooting of suspected intruder.

Prince William County police will not charge a Dale City homeowner who shot a man on his front porch who he encountered after hearing what sounded like someone trying to break into his house, police said Friday.

My post from when this story was first in the news is at this link. You can find all of the details at that link.

Self-defense is a human-right.

26 July 2021

The Price Of A Mile

Sabaton is a Swedish Heavy Metal band that has a thing for historically based lyrics. They are planning a 2022 tour, and so they have released at least one new video, even though the song is not new. I will have to look for other videos.

This is "The Price Of A Mile" by Sabaton from their 2008 album The Art of War. While WWI is not my thing, this song is about the Battle of Passchendaele.

As for the battle itself...

Battle of Passchendaele, also called Third Battle of Ypres, (July 31–November 6, 1917), World War I battle that served as a vivid symbol of the mud, madness, and senseless slaughter of the Western Front. The third and longest battle to take place at the Belgian city of Ypres, Passchendaele was ostensibly an Allied victory, but it was achieved at enormous cost for a piece of ground that would be vacated the following year. [Ref. Encyclopedia Britanica.]

As for the tour... Sabaton announce The Tour To End All Tours for 2022. It will include The Hu (the Mongolian Metal band that everyone was going crazy over a year or 2 ago.) 26 cities have been scheduled starting in March of 2022, though I don't think they will be coming to North America.

The Weekends In Chicago Are Becoming so Predictable

HeyJackass! brings us the details on another Mostly Peaceful Weekend in Chicago.

An “uptick” in temperatures has the ability to send the “downward trend” “skyrocketing”, however we’ve been told it’s just a “misconception” and a ‘big narrative that’s happening.”

Final Peaceful Tally: 11 killed, 64 wounded
2020 weekend tally: 4 killed, 59 wounded
2019 weekend tally: 8 killed, 43 wounded

Click thru for more details, and stats from previous years.

The "Crime Is Down" crowd, being Police Superintendent Brown, Mayor Lightfoot, and Cook County State's Attorney Foxx, will all be spinning like mad. And the State's Attorney's office did say that the rise in crime in Chicago is a misconception.

He Suffered a Breakdown of the Victim-selection Process

He thought it was a good idea to enter an occupied home. Man shot after exchanging fire with Evansville homeowner

And Indiana is not New Jersey.

Evansville police spokeswoman Sgt. Anna Gray said an armed man went into a home near the 1800 block of McConnell Avenue. The homeowner and the man reportedly fired their guns at each other, and the man who entered the house was shot.

Cops took him to a local hospital; he is expected to survive to face charges.

The investigation continues, but self-defense is a human-right.

Mob Randomly Attacks Guy Walking His Dog

More anarchy in NYC. Disturbing video captures teen mob beat up NYC man out walking his dog

He is a firefighter, off-duty at the time of the attack, but that isn't what started the issue. He had the nerve to ask them to stop setting off fireworks in the park. So they attacked him.

The 44-year-old victim said he was strolling with his 3-year-old Labradoodle Dylan in Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village at around 9:55 p.m. Friday when he was suddenly targeted by the mob.

“There were at least 100 kids … I was walking my dog. They just picked me out and approached me,” the still-shaken victim, who asked to remain anonymous, told The Post Saturday afternoon.

Curtis Sliwa, of Guardian Angeles fame, and current GOP candidate for Mayor, claims that police were in the area, but failed to respond to the attack. They did show up fairly quickly once it looked to turn nasty.

Police on Saturday confirmed to The Post that the victim was struck in the head with a glass bottle at 75th Street and Juniper Boulevard North. No arrests were made. The pooch, who was scooped up by a good Samaritan, was not hurt.

Once again we see that Hobbes was correct about what happens when law and order are abandoned.

It also brings to mind "The Second Coming by W. B. Yeats.

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Western Civilization was nice while it lasted.

Crime in Chicago is a “misconception”

Because otherwise it might be someone's fault for, say, not enforcing the law. Top Foxx aide: Chicago’s skyrocketing gun violence is a “misconception”

You can also file this under "Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics." But then Math is Hard, especially if you're a lawyer. Or so it seems. More on that in a post for tomorrow.

Matthew Saniie, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx’s chief data officer, says that everything is fine. Things were bad last year, but they are better this year. And...

Saniie covered well-worn ground as he laid out statistics that he said show Kim Foxx is not soft on crime and bail bond reform doesn’t contribute to increasing violence.

That post for tomorrow will take a look at one of the key statistics around bail reform.

As far as things being better this year, not so much.

Chicago has recorded 72 homicides this month as of sunrise on July 21. If that pace continues, July 2021 will replace July 2020 as the worst July in the past 61 years.

What Do You Do When a Prosecutor Refuses to Prosecute?

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You don't wait for them. Fed up with Kim Foxx’s office, alderman wants city to take some matters into its own hands.

This aldermen, ex-police-officer Anthony Napolitano, wants the city to hanlde some crimes itself, since Crimesha (Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx) refuses to prosecute.

The crimes range from “looting and mob actions,” vandalism, possession of etching materials, paint and other markers used for graffiti to unlawful possession of a firearm and firearms ammunition and offenses committed in “public transportation safety zones” or near schools, parks and playgrounds.

Some of the things that the prosecutor has decided is OK. The result has been chaos.

“Destroying property. Looting stores. … It’s happening every weekend. The wildings downtown right now where you have a mob of about 30 kids standing around beating people up on the corners, taking phones and purses in broad daylight,” Napolitano said.

“Every week, there’s another police vehicle or fire vehicle or city vehicle being destroyed by wildings. … We’ve got four-wheelers and motorcycles on sidewalks on Michigan Avenue riding around. If you drive down the Kennedy Expressway, the entire city is covered in graffiti. I’ve never seen anything this bad before. … We’re a lawless city right now.”

I wish him luck, but I believe that this is locking the barn door after the horse has escaped. (Hat tip to 19th Ward Chicago.)

25 July 2021

A Raconteur Report Musical Interlude

Raconteur Report brings us a song that has a nice 1980s vibe. It is from Jon Astley, the British record producer who produced a couple of his own albums in the late 1980s.

Click thru for Sunday Music: Jane's Getting Serious from 1987.

Sheriff's Detective Jeremy Brown

End of Watch. Fallen Clark County deputy identified; shooting suspect remains at large

Clark County sheriff's Detective Jeremy Brown, 46, was identified as the deputy who was fatally shot Friday evening at an east Vancouver apartment complex. The suspected shooter remains at large.

Self-defense Is Legal in Virginia

I suspected that it was. No charges for Woodbridge woman who shot, killed armed suspect at her home

The homeowner, identified as a 44-year-old woman, reported to police that she was leaving her house when a masked man armed with a handgun approached her from the side of the home.

The victim, who was also armed at the time, shot the individual as they approached the front door of her residence. She was not injured.

So how is this better if she had been disarmed, and had to fend off a physical attack. It was clear that he wasn't there for any good purpose.

And the DA moved at lightspeed to make this determination. The shooting took place on July 22nd.

The following statement leads me to believe that this was a domestic violence incident, but there is not enough detail provided to say that is the case.

Police say the incident was not random. Following an investigation and consultation with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, the shooting was ruled to be justified based on self-defense.

Self-defense is a Human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

You Were Told That Sharing Location Data Was Dangerous

But you didn't believe it. Or it was hard to do anything about it. The Inevitable Weaponization of App Data Is Here

Experts have warned for years that data collected by advertising companies from Americans’ phones could be used to track them and reveal the most personal details of their lives. Unfortunately, they were right," Senator Ron Wyden told Motherboard in a statement, responding to the incident.

That was responding to one incident. If you're interested in the details click thru. But it isn't the only incident.

Motherboard has also shown how wide spanning the customer base for this sort of location data is, with the U.S. military and various law enforcement agencies also purchasing it, skirting the need to obtain a warrant. And although the data was based on that generated by telecom networks and not apps, we also previously spoke to Ruth Johnson, a woman who was stalked and harassed by someone who gained access to her phone's location. Johnson said T-Mobile put her "life in danger." Motherboard also tied black market location data to the spot of a triple murder.

You have nothing to hide? You've obviously never had a violent stalker. And now that the Left has decided that insisting on "2+2 = 4" is racist, you are all headed for reeducation camps.

Anarchy in New York City

Or, what is the opposite of "law and order?" We're losing the battle for NYC streets: Goodwin

The decline of civilization is happening all around us. But let's look at one of the epicenters of the decline, New York City.

Unlicensed vendors/peddlers take over neighborhood after neighborhood. Prostitutes stroll certain sections of the city with no cops in sight. Prosecutors are not interested in enforcing laws against prostitution. Drug addicts have taken over the parks, because that isn't a crime either.

The result of the hands-off trend is a growing foulness and squalor in public spaces, courtesy of the government’s tacit approval for peddlers, druggies and hookers to create mayhem and diminish the quality of life for residents and businesses. While it’s not as deadly or frightening as violent crime, disorder is a pernicious partner and one often bleeds into the other.

They didn't like "Broken Windows" so they have put that philosophy into reverse, with the expected result. (Hat tip to Maggie's Farm.)

24 July 2021

Saturday Roundup of Link Roundups - 24 July

Wombat-socho at The Other McCain starts things off with In The Mailbox: 07.22.21 (Afternoon Edition)

Victory Girls: Eric Swalwell Had His Hand In The Campaign Fund Cookie Jar
Volokh Conspiracy: Freedom Of Speech != The Free Speech Clause

Don Surber - Highlights of the News

The True Defender reported, "House Democrats Oppose a Bill That Would Declassify Information About the covid 19 Virus’s Origins in a Wuhan Lab."

Daley Gator - Your CCW News Update For Wednesday (07/21/21)

The city of Austin faces a crisis of rising violent crime after the City Council voted last year to drastically reduce the police department’s budget, interim Police Chief Joseph Chacon says.

EBL - People don't watch CNN now, will pay to watch CNN+? 🤷🏻‍♀️🥔

AoSHQ: TV Ratings are abysmal, especially CNN
I am still unclear why CNN even has Brian Stelter on. If I were leaning left I would find him annoying. Does he have black mail on Jeff Zucker?

Again from Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 07.23.21 (Morning Edition)

Power Line: Thank Goodness For Censors, also, Did The FBI Promote The Plot To Kidnap Gov. Whitmer?
Shark Tank: Sabatini Files Bill Mandating Use Of E-Verify In Florida

Battleswarm Blog - LinkSwarm for July 23, 2021

The Texan brings back The War Room to track 2022 Texas election races.
“Texas House Democrats’ COVID-Spreading Publicity Stunt Is Backfiring.”

A View from the Beach - Election 2020: More of the Same Old Same Old

At Da Caller, Voting Machines In Pennsylvania County Decertified Due To 2020 Election Audit Effort Apparently, they believe voting machines can be hacked. Which is why we should eliminate voting machines. HE, Don't Look, Trust Us: North Carolina State Board of Elections Denies Audit Request.

Gates of Vienna - News Feed 7/22/2021

‘Maskless’ Dem Donna Howard Still Desperately Digging
Democrat Texas state Rep. Donna Howard is still desperately trying to explain why she was maskless on a private jet flight, but her efforts only appear to be drawing more anger

Vlad Tepes - Eric Clapton fights back, Vaxx seems not to prevent the disease very well: Links 1, July 23, 2021

1. Eric Clapton says he won’t play venues that require proof of vaccination
(CTV is a lot kinder to Eric Clapton than they are to any actual scientists or doctors who are opposed to the vaxx.

One more time from Wombat-socho - In The Mailbox: 07.22.21 (Evening Edition)

American Conservative: America’s Lackluster Beach Towns
American Greatness: TX Starts Jailing Illegals On State Trespassing Charges, also, CNN’s Sparsely Attended Biden Town Hall Flops In The Ratings

Anonymous Conservative - News Briefs – 07/22/2021

Pennsylvania’s top election official has decertified the voting machines of a small southern county that disclosed that it had agreed to requests by local Republican lawmakers and allowed a software firm to inspect the machines as part of an “audit” after the 2020 presidential election.

Maggie's Farm - Wednesday morning links

Lockdown hysteria did more harm than COVID-19
Senator Rand Paul Confronts a Very Nervous and Lying Dr. Anthony Fauci

Doug Ross - Larwyn’s Linx: Did the FBI drive the Whitmer kidnapping plot?

Gavin Newsom invites world's homeless to California: Tori Richards
DC leaders struggle with rising crime after cutting police: Sarah Westwood

J.J. Sefton at Ace of Spades HQ - The Morning Report - 7/22/21

Congratulations! It's . . . an inferno?
Couple Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter Over Wildfire Allegedly Started During Gender Reveal Party

I leave you with Thursday gifdump from Knuckledraggin My Life Away, Cartoon Round Up.... from Theo Spark, and Thursday Memes … from Freedom Is Just Another Word…

Polls Have Become Democratic Propaganda

Are we shocked, that polls from places like CNN are insane? But most seem to get it wrong consistently. Fact Check: Were 2020 Polls ‘Rigged’? Is There Even Any Need to Ask Anymore?

For example, CNN’s final national poll, released Oct. 28, the Wednesday before Election Day, had Biden leading by 12 points — TWELVE POINTS! — which was nearly eight points higher than the 4.5 actual margin. You cannot be that wrong by accident.

Click thru for the details on how a lot of polls continue to get it wrong, and why that amounts to Democrat propaganda.

The moral of the story is, don't believe the polls.

Good Guys 2, Bad Guys 0

Another example of a failure of the victim-selection process. They probably didn't expect a good-guy to be armed in California. Homeowner shoots, kills intruder in Guinda, California

When deputies arrived, they found two people had been shot, according to a Facebook post by the Yolo County Sheriff's Office. One of them was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was taken to a hospital with a serious injury from the gunshot.

Deputies determined that the shooter was the property owner, who was not injured, according to the Facebook post.

This seems to be a trend, at least in parts of California.

This is the fourth known instance of a homeowner shooting an intruder this summer in the Greater Sacramento region.

Self-defense is a human-right, and even in California, it might be your legal right.

Home At Last

More Steely Dan? Why not.

This is "Home At Last" by Steely Dan from the 1977 album Aja. It is one of the best albums ever produced, though I'm never sure how I feel about this particular song.

23 July 2021

Friday Links - 23 July

The Other McCain starts us off with Democrats to Rural America: ‘Vote for Us, You Ignorant Racist Hillbilly Yokels!’

If you’re a member of the Urban Crime and Drag Queen Story Time Party, you might not be too popular among bitter Bible-clingers.

Chicago Contrarian - Chicago Speech Free Zones™ + the “All Access” Anti-Racist Pass to see Lori

19th Ward Chicago - The objective was to obtain a new high

U.S. adults' positive ratings of relations between Black and White Americans are at their lowest point in more than two decades of measurement.

Jim Treacher - Anthony Fauci Is Immune to Answering Questions

The Shekel - Aside From Instigating And Assisting Plots They Later Break Up - What Is The FBI Good For, Exactly?

Again from The Other McCain - Texas Democrats Spreading COVID-19

Blazing Cat Fur - AOC RESPONDS: Ocasio-Cortez Defends $58 Sweatshirts Because ‘Transactions Aren’t Capitalism’

Manhattan Contrarian - Another Manhattanite Mugged By Reality: The Case Of Maud Maron

Blue Bird of Bitterness - Things we’ve learned from the movies

Never, ever travel anywhere with Tom Hanks.

Bacon Time!!!! has some info on the Freedom Phone………

Flopping Aces - This is the weasel who changed the outcome of the 2020 election David Weiss,the US Attorney for Delaware, smothered the investigation into Hunter Biden's laptop.

GraniteGrok - Folks, GraniteGrok has a Problem … The problem is a copyright troll.

SiGraybeard - Why Solar Power Isn't Likely to Keep Getting More Common Economics are hard to overcome.

The College Fix - BYU Hawaii refuses to grant student exemption from vaccine that could paralyze her

University officials have not mandated the vaccine for employees.

Pirate's Cove - Shooting In Democrat Run City Puts Renewed Focus On Gun Violence Or Something

Again from 19th Ward Chicago - Next year it will be 9 year olds

Chicago Public Schools Will Give Free Birth Control to Fifth Graders, Pushing Sex on 11-Year-Olds

The Daley Gator - Ah yes, the Left and Selective Memory Syndrome

Juvat at Chant du Départ - Megan and The Recruiter

What's the difference between a fairy tale and a war story? A fairy tale begins "Once upon a time..." ,a war story begins "So, There I was..."

Adaptive Curmudgeon - Aaaaaand It’s Gone. AC has more on Monarch Butterflies.

Legal Insurrection - Leftist ‘Reimagined’ Policing Programs Raise Red Flags

So, in effect, un-uniformed government contractors will be taking away non-violent individuals in unmarked vehicles.

Victory Girls - Biden Backs Off Facebook Comments With New Spin

Moonbattery - Biden Regime Emulates China’s Social Credit System

And one more time from The Other McCain - Mindless Carnage Continues in Chicago

Covering homicide in Chicago must be like covering the weather: “Partly cloudy with widely scattered afternoon and evening gunfire . . .”

Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

Self-defense does happen in the People's Republic of Chicago. Man fatally shot during attempted South Side home invasion | WGN-TV

Two guys decided it was a good idea to break into an occupied home on the South Side of Chicago.

The homeowner and two other people got into a physical confrontation with the home invaders. Chicago police said that’s when a gun went off and one of the invaders was killed. The other ran away and hasn’t been caught.

The investigation continues, but self-defense is a human-right, even in Chicago. It is still to be seen if the Criminal Justice System (sic) in that locale will recognize it as a legal right.

FBI = Funded But Incompetent

Incompetent when they aren't just being unethical. DOJ: Larry Nassar investigation mishandled by Indianapolis FBI

I'm shocked to read that the FBI would disregard public safety. OK, I'm not shocked at all. The FBI has been about doing whatever at least since COINTELPRO.

Officials with the Indianapolis FBI office made false statements, failed to respond for months leading to more than 100 other gymnasts being sexually abused and exhibited "extremely poor judgment" in the handling of 2015 allegations against longtime USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar, according to a stinging rebuke Wednesday from the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Of course one of the FBI agents making those statements was trying to get a job with the Olympics/Paralympics Committee

The report added Abbott violated ethics guidelines while negotiating for a job with the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee during the investigation.

Public servant? Don't make me laugh. He was busy trying to get a job for after his retirement. Guess what he thought was more important: That job, or the safety of athletes exposed to Larry Nassar.

Hat tip to The Shekel, who asks, Aside From Instigating And Assisting Plots They Later Break Up - What Is The FBI Good For, Exactly?

COVID-19, Nursing Homes, and Canada's Answer to Cuomo

“They didn’t all die but most did” Is this part of Canada's "free" health care? Quebec nursing home often gave morphine rather than treat COVID-19 patients, inquest told - The Globe and Mail

"Kill the Old People" seems an extreme way to cut costs.

A nurse testified that the Sainte-Dorothée long-term care facility consistently administered morphine instead of attempting to prolong the life of elderly residents who were believed to have COVID-19.

“They didn’t all die but most did,” Sylvie Morin said.

Including at least one person who never tested positive for COVID. Well they don't know, because the test was "lost." Or could it be that the test didn't come back the way that would have been good for the nursing home.

There are more details and a law suit.

Hat tip to Small Dead Animals, who asks...

Is this… murder?