29 April 2019

Shang Dynasty

21 March 2019

Nationalists and kleptocrats

Without naming specific politicians in the Pacific region, [Foreign Minister Downer] added: “We have never tried to make ourselves popular with extremists, nationalists and kleptocrats.


22 January 2019

Father-daughter relationships strengthened with these three connectors

Key takeaway from this article:
Three things were raised repeatedly: the bond that working the land created, the significance of shared beliefs, and the connection between sport and a good father-daughter relationship. 
1. We don't really farm but maybe we could do gardening?
2. Shared beliefs: Really this seems to mean by all means challenge her beliefs but don't belittle them.
3. Sport: Actually could be any activity, but it should be a thing the father loves.

Doesn't need to be the father but could be any male role model.

20 May 2018

Four steps to fencing greatness

Top fencer recommends the following Four Steps:

  1. Pick some aspect of your fencing that you want to work on
  2. Think of a few related actions that can happen in a real bouting scenario
  3. Find a partner and create a drill giving him the option to use variations of those actions
  4. As you improve, add more options and increase the speed

25 August 2017

Superiority of Finnish police

I would need to look into it further to establish why the Finnish police are superior - or whether they are superior at all and this was, for example, this was merely a lucky shot, but...

The 2017 Turku stabbing is an example of superior police work. A young Moroccan man ran amok, stabbing about a dozen people, killing 2 and injuring 8. Three minutes later (!), police shot him in the thigh and arrested him. Police have since arrested 3 more people and issued an arrest warrant for another.

In NSW, they would have shot him dead. The reason is because, I believe, (a) a culture of cowardice; and (b) poor firearms standards.

NSW Police are essentially young people handed a weapon that they carry loaded with minimal training and supervision.

Such a person would not be and is not encouraged to aim at the thigh but at the centre of mass.

In the Finnish case, the suspect is still alive. This means he can assist police, perhaps unwillingly, perhaps unwittingly, with their investigations. It means he is not a martyr. It means he has years to reflect on what he has done and perhaps repent, which is not only humane, but serves the cause of the Enlightenment, including against obscurantist ideologies such as Islam.

While killing is sometimes inevitable, either because of the danger of the situation or because of the inherent difficulties that are necessarily a part of exercising violence, we win when we don't shoot to kill.

21 August 2017

Hero police officer who killed jihadists was ex-soldier doing overtime


19 August 2017


Bollards are a cheap, simple and effective defence against attacks using vehicles, currently all the rage amongst Islamic terrorists in the West.

Bollards would have prevented most the of the deaths and injuries in the Parliament House attack in London. Sadly, the fashion for vehicle attacks was well known by that stage but the authorities in London had done nothing about that obvious target.

Here we see the effectiveness of barriers in one of two attacks, the Cambrils attack:

While details remain sketchy, it seems the Cambrils van overturned after hitting bollards or security barricades, at which point the occupants piled out and began shooting.

Source: The New Daily

Could Barcelona have been minimised using bollards?