sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Monday, October 17, 2016

International News

When I grow weary of Hillary's criminal misconduct, Barack's conniving and laziness and the shrill claims by the mainstream media on Donald Trump, which has dubious sourcing for the most part, I default to what the news is not reporting.  In the days of Huntley/Brinkley, etc. there was an effort to report on what was going on around the world. That's been gone for a long time.

Now if we want the truth, we need to turn to sources such as WikiLeaks. While the craven media takes on the mantle of the "Ministry of Truth", we need to look elsewhere to try and ferret out and analyze world events that do have the capacity to influence our lives.

Norks Trying to Shoot Missiles

The US Strategic Command said it detected a failed missile launch attempt by North Korea on the afternoon of October 15, Korean time.

 The North attempted to launch a Musudan intermediate range ballistic missile from Kusong in northwestern North Korea. The missile failed to launch and detonated on the ground, the US said.

This was the seventh Musudan launch attempt this year. The only success to day was on 22 June, when the missile traveled 250 miles before splashing into the Sea of Japan.

The location of the attempt is noteworthy. Kusong is the location of a Musudan missile base, according to a defector. It is not a test site for a missile under development. This launch attempt was probably a reliability test of a missile at the Kusong missile base. Based on the six launch failures this year, North Korea has serious problems with the Musudan, which is a key component of its strategic deterrent.

There has been no word of executions ordered by Dear Leader, but those are usually small, private affairs that are kept quiet except to those who hear the gunshot, knowing that they just got the vacated job.

Russians and Geopolitics

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin ahead of the eighth BRICS Summit in Goa. This was the 17th annual summit between the Russian and Indian heads of government. The signed agreements on energy and defense worth billions of dollars and revive the relationship.

Under the biggest agreement, a group led by Russian state oil company Rosneft (ROSN.MM) said it would pay $12.9 billion for a controlling stake in both India's Essar Oil and the port facilities that it owns.

In the joint statement issued after the summit, President Putin described the energy relationship with India as an “energy bridge.” Prime Minister Modi and President Putin participated in the activation of a second Russian-built nuclear reactor at a power complex and poured concrete for the third reactor unit. 

Russia and India also announced plans for a joint venture to build utility helicopters in India. Indian military officials said the joint venture plans to build at least 200 Kamov 226t helicopters required by the country's defense forces. Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd will be the local partner of Russian Helicopters and state arms exporter Rosoboronexport.

India said it also would buy Russian air defense systems. The S-400 air defense system would strengthen India's defenses along its borders with China and Pakistan, Indian military officials said. 

The two also agreed on plans to build and supply stealth frigates for the Indian navy. Russia's Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, who is in charge of space and military industries, said two frigates could be built in India and two in Russia, RIA news agency reported. 

Putin intended to revive Russia’s longstanding strategic partnership with India. He came well prepared and appears to have succeeded. The joint statement after the summit addressed enhancement in nearly every field of bilateral cooperation. President Putin decisively sided with India on all issues related to terrorism, including, and specifically, on the terrorist attack on the Indian Army base at Uri in Kashmir on 18 September.

The energy agreements are particularly important for the Modi government which is trying to jump start economic progress by expanding the electricity grid. Putin also took advantage of India’s policy of avoiding reliance on a single arms provider to reinforce weapons cooperation. 

Indian acquisition and deployment of the S-400 air defense system, which is being used to protect Russian forces in Syria, would neutralize much of the Pakistani missile threat. 

Call it Porn -- Only -- if you Must

Work Tools
Knife Porn at its finest
I don't have one (can't afford it), but they call it the "White Wolf Bowie"

When I think about stuff that I want...and trust me, I'm materialistic, I look a this sort of thing and frankly, it makes me want to put an apron on and forge stuff, swinging that hammer!  If you go to the website, and drift to products, and from there to axes - the Finnish Forest Axe and Finnish Splitting Maul are two that I have my eye on. Yes, they're expensive tools, which is why I don't own any.  I would like to (fantasy) think that I could make the tools myself. Maybe if I had that level of shop? Who knows? But this company is all about serious craftsmanship.

I own far less expensive axes, hatchets, tomahawks, mauls, splitting wedges, etc. in inventory at the house (or packed into go-kits for specific jobs), but there is something in the craftsmanship that goes into Neeman's tools that makes them appealing.

Small Stoves
It's much the same when I am looking for a stove to put into an out-building on the White Wolf Mining property where I want to do my writing, art and other projects. The house is fine but it's not a place for creating. And in the barn, or whatever you want to call it, down property on the rimrock and near the game trail, I need a proper stove to cook snacks and keep the place warm. It needs to be small, functional and rugged.

A ship's stove is just the right size to heat a hundred or so square feet of workspace, and it has to be able to handle either coal or wood. It also needs that authentic feel of weight and strength so that it will blend with the setting.

The small oven is perfect for baking small loaves of bread/biscuit and what's not to love about the smell and taste of freshly baked bread (with butter and honey on it) - when you're in the mountains and have worked up an appetite.

Self Defense

I recently added a new handgun to inventory. It's the Ruger Super Redhawk Alaskan in .454 Casull/.45 Colt. There are those among you who may feel that shooting the .454 Casull cartridge from a handgun with a 2.5 inch barrel borders on the insane, but having done my research, it's the most pistol for its size for an every-day carry perspective (living on the Mogollon Rim) where bear can be confronted accidentally. Living in a house in the mountains with few others around, the smells of cooking and garbage sometimes brings in an unexpected guest. Some people suggest shouting at a bear or carrying chemical spray to try and dissuade them as they are coming at you to maul you and rip you limb-from-limb. Others like the idea of sitting next to a wild grizz. I take a different approach...and there's nothing wrong with a bear skin rug in front of the fireplace either. Some suggest wearing the bear skin to keep out the cold, but that is a bit rustic for me.
(LSP - the recoil is roughly the same as shooting the .460 V [.460 S & W Magnum], but the frame is smaller and it's lighter and smaller for every-day carry. In the video, below, there is a lot of whining about recoil, but you've fired the .460 and it packs a larger punch than the .454 Casull.)
Melon Popping with the .454 Casull cartridge.
Bowling Ball Popping  with the Super Redhawk Alaskan
Destroying Masonry - for a small handgun with a 2.5" barrel, it does pack a punch, possibly also effective against zombies who take cover behind a block wall.
I'm carrying the Hornady .454 Casull with 240gr JHP bullets, which is a lighter round with somewhat less recoil than the larger 400gr "DT" bullet options that are optimal against a grizzly bear. (there are black bear in the AZ mountains, not grizz.)

The handgun will chamber .45 Colt, .45 Schofield (.45 S&W) and .454 Casull.  The .45 Colt cartridge offers a lighter option for range day and getting a feel for the firearm, but the point of impact is different (beyond point-blank range) than the .454 Casull.

Some people prefer a lower power semi-auto, citing the number of rounds. (me too at times)

Speed is fine. Accuracy is final. Pop the melon. Pulp and splatter it...