Lexington, Massachusetts, April 19, 1775

That was when and where the British Empire tried to impose gun control on the Americans, and the Americans objected. The Battles of Lexington and Concord.

At dawn on April 19, some 700 British troops arrived in Lexington and came upon 77 militiamen gathered on the town green. A British major yelled, “Throw down your arms! Ye villains, ye rebels.” The heavily outnumbered militiamen had just been ordered by their commander to disperse when a shot rang out. To this day, no one knows which side fired first. Several British volleys were subsequently unleashed before order could be restored. When the smoke cleared, eight militiamen lay dead and nine were wounded, while only one Redcoat was injured.

A day of skirmishes followed, with the British Regulars being met by about 2000 militia at Concord, where they were sent to search for arms. Most had been relocated, and the British found very little.

They decided to burn what little they found, and the fire got slightly out of control. Hundreds of militiamen occupying the high ground outside of Concord incorrectly thought the whole town would be torched. The militiamen hustled to Concord’s North Bridge, which was being defended by a contingent of British soldiers. The British fired first but fell back when the colonists returned the volley. This was the “shot heard ‘round the world.”

About 250 British Regulars were killed or wounded that day, compared to 90 Americans. Not very decisive, but the Americans did show they could stand up to British.

It would take the better part of a year for the War of Independence to get rolling.

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100-year-old Technology is NOT the Problem

Oleg Volk wants you to know… Technology isn’t the devil.

Until 1994, any teen in America could buy a 30-round magazine, in person or by mail. From 1957 to 1968, they could buy an AR15 to go with it, mail order if they so wished. After 1968, they would have to be at least 18 and buy it in person…still, plenty of teens and young adults had them with few problems. Sure, mass shootings could happen…with 3-shot hunting rifles wielded by much older people, who in turn were suppressed by lawful college students with personal rifles.

We created defenseless-victim zones, and we glorify the insane. Why are we surprised at the result? Go see Oleg Volk’s image – they are always worthwhile. And he has more to say as well.

So what caused this? It isn’t 100+ year-old technology. The changes in the culture – some might call it the disintegration of the culture.

Anti-gay, Anti-Jewish Muslim Cleric Invited to Speak at Orlando Middle School

Because nothing says “positive parenting” like calling for the killing of all gays and all Jews. Sheik Who Called For Gays and Jews to Be Killed ‘Special Guest Speaker’ At Orlando Middle School  – DANGEROUS

Less than two years after 49 people were slaughtered by an Islamic terrorist at a gay nightclub in Orlando, the Greenwood Lakes Middle School in coordination with Muslim community groups in Orlando have decided to host a Syrian sheik who has called for the killing of gays and all Jews.

The conference was scheduled from the 14th, but I can find very little coverage of this guy in relation to Orlando. I guess the media is still in the habit of soft-pedaling hate speech when it comes from a minority.

Al Nabulsi, the Muslim extremist guest speaker, is notorious for making anti-American, anti-gay, and anti-Jew comments, all of which have been caught on camera and translated into English. Nonetheless, he has been invited back into the very same community that is still struggling to recover from a jihadi who wreaked havoc on innocents at the Pulse nightclub.

It isn’t clear to me how the conference ended up at the middle school. But some things are clear.

The fact that Al Nabulsi has been invited as a special guest to speak about parenting in Orlando at a tax payer-funded middle school of all places is call for alarm, given the fact that on June 12, 2016, Omar Mateen carried out an ISIS-inspired Islamic terror attack at the Orlando Pulse gay nightclub, killing 49 people and wounding 58 others in what is the second most deadly Islamic terror attack on U.S. soil after 9/11.

Not that the media like to talk about this attack in terms of terrorism. It is used only to support the gun control agenda.

Milo may have been banned by various Social Media fascists, like Twitter, but he is still around. And still Dangerous.

Connections and The Day The Universe Changed

I have been looking for these series for a long time. Finally they are available. Western Civilization documentaries: The day the universe changed by James Burke – Atavisionary

The day the universe changed is also created by James Burke and follows a similar style as that documentary. In this one, though, it tends to focus on how the development of a revolutionary big idea has tended to shape our understanding of the world and/or universe. Hence the title.

Connections actually came first. Hat tip to Borepatch.

Fear of Radiation Turned Out To Be Much Deadlier Than Radiation Itself

March 11, 2011: The 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, sometimes called the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. And the resulting mess at The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Fukushima nuclear disaster: did the evacuation raise the death toll?

People are scared to death of radiation, so it isn’t surprising that governments make boneheaded decisions about what to do in the aftermath of something like this. But the truth is that radiation from Fukushima Daiichi didn’t kill anyone. The fear, and the regulations imposed – in particular the evacuation – killed a lot of people. Mostly elderly people.

But first lets deal with what didn’t happen.

The result that did not materialise was sickness from radiation. “At present, there are no cases of cancer relating to radiation, and that includes workers at the plant,” says Dr Tanigawa. Among 173 workers exposed to radiation above occupational safety limits, there may eventually be a handful of incidents of cancer, he says. But the maximum dose to Fukushima residents was below those levels. “Statistically speaking, there should be no detectable increase in cancer in the general public.”

That hasn’t stopped the fear-mongers from doing what they do.

Say it again. NO DEATHS from radiation. And yet people keep trying to compare this incident to Chernobyl. Which is comparing jumping off a chair (no big deal) with jumping off a cliff (a very big deal). They both involve jumping, right.

But this paragraph caught my attention. One evacuee and his family were listening to rumors.

“My children were saying: ‘We don’t want to die from radiation. Let’s go to Tokyo. Let’s go to Tokyo.’”

So the family moved to the Japanese capital, 200km away, which is where their troubles really began.

Now the Japanese government and The Tokyo Electric Power Company did an incredibly bad job of providing information after the tsunami. But rumors and children’s fears shouldn’t be the basis for how you live your life. But those childhood fears – multiplied across the region – basically became government policy. Incredibly stupid government policy.

2,202 died as a result of the evacuation. This is from stress, lack of medical care, and suicide. Of those 1,984 were people over the age of 65.

The question is rather whether people should have been kept away for weeks, not years. “With hindsight, we can say the evacuation was a mistake,” says Philip Thomas, a professor of risk management at the University of Bristol and leader of a recent research project on nuclear accidents. “We would have recommended that nobody be evacuated.”

The excess radiation that would have accrued to people living in the MOST affected villages was a dose that was allowed in the industry as little as 30 years ago. You could have educated those people and given them a choice of what to do. (Free choice? Individual liberty and individual responsibility? We can’t have that!)

This all goes back to a general ignorance about radiation and risk. And the persistence of the Linear No-Threshold Theory of radiation exposure. Which wasn’t even state-of-the-art in 1946 when it was proposed.

See also Fukushima’s Refugees Are Victims Of Irrational Fear, Not Radiation

For some radiation info, consider The Banana Equivalent Dose, or Your Food is (always has been) Radioactive and xkcd’s great Radiation Chart, which points out a few things. Like people who mostly sleep next to another person get a higher yearly radiation exposure than people who mostly sleep alone.

Chicago’s WLUP is Turning Into a Christian Education Station

The demise of FM radio claims Chicago’s radio station, WLUP, “The Loop,” one-time home to Steve Dahl – most famous for staging Disco Demolition Night, that disrupted a major-league baseball game. Chicago’s Iconic Rock Station ‘The Loop’ Being Sold to Christian Broadcaster – NBC Chicago

According to the Chicago Tribune and a recent filing with the Federal Communications Commission, the Educational Media Foundation has agreed to buy WLUP-97.9 FM from Merlin Media, planning to covert the legendary station into a “non-commercial educational station.”

I suppose this isn’t surprising, given that I almost never listen to FM radio. I doubt I’m alone in that. (They never play music that I like, and the talk/comedy morning formula never appealed to me.)

Disco Demolition is legendary. How many times does a major league sport agree to let someone blow up something on their playing field during a game? Well, not during… It was the break between games of a double-header.

White Sox officials had hoped for a crowd of 20,000, about 5,000 more than usual. Instead, at least 50,000—including tens of thousands of Dahl’s adherents—packed the stadium, and thousands more continued to sneak in after gates were closed. Many of the records were not collected by staff and were thrown like flying discs from the stands. After Dahl blew up the collected records, thousands of fans stormed the field and remained there until dispersed by riot police.

That was all orchestrated by Steve Dahl, a WLUP DJ.

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Ida B. Wells

Comrade Misfit has a few things that the NY Times overlooked in their obituary of Ida B. Wells, from their series The Overlooked. (Considering I often disagree with what she has to say, Comrade Misfit’s writing is usually worth my time.)

On the subject of Well’s writing and life…

For one thing, she believed that “a Winchester rifle should have a place of honor in every black home, and it should be used for that protection which the law refuses to give.”

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