Wednesday Miscellany

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Spreading the news one blog post at a time!

Sexual Assaults In The Military Are At An All-Time High And Most Of Them Are Male On Male : “There is a raging epidemic of sexual assault in the U.S. military. A report released by the U.S. Department of Defense says that an astounding 12,000 women serving in the U.S. military were sexually assaulted in 2012. This is a national disgrace, and any U.S. service member that rapes a woman deserves the death penalty in my opinion. It has gotten so bad that a female service member serving in Afghanistan is more likely to be raped by a male service member than she is to be killed by the Taliban. But that is only half the story. Sexual assault against males is at an epidemic level in the U.S. military as well. In fact, according to the same report that I just mentioned, there were 14,000 sexual assaults against men serving in the U.S. military during 2012. That means that most of the sexual assaults in the military are actually male on male.”

Republicans kill pro-Second Amendment bill in Tennessee : “Senate Republicans in Tennessee voted to kill a pro-Second Amendment bill that would have protected Tennessee citizens from unconstitutional federal gun laws on Tuesday.” Remember this betrayal and vote out of office Senator Finney (D), Republican senators Kelsey, Overby, Stevens and Ford.

Bloomberg Says He Can Out-Spend the NRA : In a bid to push more draconian anti-gun legislation, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg claims he can out-spend the NRA. You can join the NRA here. Meanwhile ATF Agent thinks : Raiding Gun Store Was “Fun”.

Sandy Hook Shocker: Associated Press stories & photos predate the massacre : “Photos of the immediate aftermath of the Sandy Hook massacre, which Timothy Hunter had found in Sipa Press’s archives, every one of which has a creation date BEFORE the Dec 14, 2012 date of the massacre.”

Government Agency: If 9 Substations Are Destroyed, The Power Grid Could Be Down For 18 Months : “What would you do if the Internet or the power grid went down for over a year? Our key infrastructure, including the Internet and the power grid, is far more vulnerable than most people would dare to imagine. These days, most people simply take for granted that the lights will always be on and that the Internet will always function properly. But what if all that changed someday in the blink of an eye? According to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s latest report, all it would take to plunge the entire nation into darkness for more than a year would be to knock out a transformer manufacturer and just 9 of our 55,000 electrical substations on a really hot summer day.”

Comments

  1. Uncle Mikey Bloomberg may be willing to out spend the NRA, but he is wasteful and does not spend his money smart, look at some of his ad campaigns.I think he will lose interest when folks stop listening to him since he is no longer mayor, and he will move on to something else, hopefully it is something harmless, but I will not hold my breath.
    I have been talking about the how vulnerable our sub-stations are for decades, no one will do anything about it, same for our water supply. With boarders that are not protected, and thousands of “student visa” foreign nationals MIA, we are set up for attack for sure.

  2. Rider of Rohan says:

    #1-This is the result of allowing gays to openly serve in the military. Now we see a push for transgenders in the military, no doubt with hormones, sex change procedures, etc. costs picked up by the taxpayer. As for women in the military, I’m for preserving the traditional role of women, but the expansive role of women in combat and close-combat support roles is not helpful in my opinion. The Marines are the ones trying to find the proper mix of men and women in combat, experimenting with a 480/120 mix of men/women. If women were just as effective in combat as men, then there could be 600 women in these units without loss of combat effectiveness as is the case with men, so this entire exercise is illogical from the start. They openly admit that women are not as effective in combat roles. No belittling of women here at all by me, but close combat in the military is not a role for women in a decent society.

    #3-Bloomberg can outspend the NRA, but his money is worthless in one sense, as any support he gives an anti-gun group in most states is poison. Most run from him.

    #4-I saw this story on SH last week, and almost posted it. I looked it over, but am not computer-savvy enough to know if these things are true or not. I’m not sure whether date and time stamps can be added or changed, so I remain very curious for someone to explain it, maybe someone here will know.

    #5-This story of the grid is well-known here. I’m of the opinion that terrorists from Iran, etc. have already pinpointed these and await orders. Another reason to prep.

    • tommy2rs says:

      Anything digital can be manipulated, from photos to file data. File dates get modified by backup software, EXIF data can be changed or removed from photos quite easily. There’s tons of software for doing this. One such offering is below.

      http://cleansofts.org/dirdate.html

      Trust nothing, question everything.

    • Okiebama says:

      IMHO women in and of themselves are more than capable of combat arms positions. For me, the problems arise from the mixing of male and females, across all jobs. The shenanigans are well known. It is rare for even a co ed training cycle to pass without fraternization. Having also lived in coed barracks I can honestly say it was a hook up fest. That behavior, which goes unpunished, causes the biggest breakdown of unit cohesiveness. You just can’t have an effective, combat ready unit if PVT Susie is miffed at her on again off again boyfriend SGT Henry.

      If the military honestly wants combat effective troops then segregated training and units are a must. Yes I am advocating all female combat units if the military insists on opening up combat arms to females. That will be the only way it will work. IF and only IF the females don’t cat fight.

      • Okiebama

        • Sorry, I accidently hit enter!

          IMHO women are not capable of being effective in a combat role. Let me give you an example, there are not many women who can carry a machine gun on a patrol. ASK ME HOW I KNOW THIS!

          I went to a military college and graduated as a second lieutenant. One weekend during my second year of school, I was teamed up with someone to carry the machine gun on a patrol through the North Georgia mountains. I thought I was going to die trying to carry that thing.

          When I was in the service I saw some very small men that should not have been tank mechanics either. I believe there should be strength tests for all MOS categories. Pass the test and you can do the job regardless of your sex.

          • k. fields says:

            Kate, it looks like your idea of “Pass the test and you can do the job regardless of your sex” is exactly what the military is currently working towards.
            http://www.armytimes.com/article/20140312/NEWS/303120056/Army-tests-both-women-men-combat-fitness-study
            As for your experience humping a machine gun on patrol, I think a quote from the article said it best, “When we started, it was very challenging because we’d never experienced any of these tasks before,” said Capt. Nartrish Lance, 40, who after 21 years in the Army is getting her first taste of what it takes to serve in a combat unit. “But, once you get to rehearse … it becomes easy.”

          • Okiebama says:

            I agree not all women can pass muster on physical ability. Like you said, some males can’t pass it either. All I’m saying is having coed units cause more problems than a female trying to make it through Sand Hill.

            I know full well not all females are physically capable to carry out certain missions, neither are males. If I remember correctly a 155 projo weighs more than a 50 cal. I have never had to carry either long distances. But I have hand loaded many a flat rack of 155s and 8in howitzers and could keep up where some males failed.

            Not all women can or desire to have 11B or 13 D as an MOS. But if females can keep up and carry out the mission, let them. Just please for the love of God put them in all female units.

    • k. fields says:

      RofR – I’m very surprised by your statement that the sexual assault ” is the result of allowing gays to openly serve in the military.”
      Such assault is about power, domination, sadism, and humiliation not sex.

      • Rider of Rohan says:

        k. fields, no offense against gay people at all, but you have to admit straight men don’t sexually attack other straight men. So a problem was created that didn’t previously exist. I understand what you’re saying, but we are talking about unit cohesion here, and whether a fighting unit can work as a team. If the team breaks down for whatever reason, then all is lost. My youngest son just left the US Army after 5 years of service over all the changes that are occurring. He believes they are for the worst, and will result in people getting killed who shouldn’t, and will weaken our forces at a time when budget cuts are already taking a toll. I happen to agree with him.

        • k. fields says:

          So you’re saying that all male on male sexual assaults are carried out by gay men? That a heterosexual male would never sexually assault another man?
          I sincerely hope you never end up in prison and find out first hand just how wrong you are.

          • Rider of Rohan says:

            Prison is not the military, k. fields. You are a very intelligent person, you know what I’m talking about.

            • k. fields says:

              RofR – You feel male on male sexual abuse in the military “is the result of allowing gays to openly serve in the military” and “straight men don’t sexually attack other straight men” at least not in the military, that is.
              Yes, I believe I know what you are talking about and it saddens me that someone as intelligent as you would hold such an opinion.
              As I stated before, sexual assault is about power, domination, sadism, and humiliation not sexual preference or orientation. Someday I hope you’ll come to understand that, but for now I guess we’ll just have to disagree and move on.

    • #1 Hit that nail right on the head RoR.

  3. Sexual assaults in the military:

    As I was leaving (retiring) the Army in 1995, there were more and more incidents where young officers were chastising older NCO’s, for being “too harsh” on young soldiers. This was not only done, but done in front of these young enlisted people. It fostered a new belief system that all they had to do was run to their officers to get “fair” treatment. They were no longer accountable for their actions, only if they got caught, and then it had “better be something major”. It also caused the NCO’s to start to “second guess” their actions and duties in accordance with the new “politically correct” norm.

    First of all, fair is relative. Most people mean it to say “my way”. Fair is treating everyone equitably, not the same, but holding them to the same standards irrespective of their race, creed, or gender. This definition has been lost as more or the “it’s not MY fault” generation takes leadership positions.

    This has lead to further discipline problems, the sexual assaults just being the latest to surface. When self-sacrifice and placing the welfare of others above your own is not taught thru example and words, by our leaders, the common soldier has nothing to follow. These traits must be seen, not just heard. If they think that leadership has more privileges and less responsibility, they have it backwards. Yes, “rank has it’s privileges”, but these are to be earned through dedication to your subordinates, your country, and your sacrifice to them.

    It saddens me more than I care to recognize, that our military is not what it was, internally. Yes, we have fancy new toys, capable of doing many things. However, the lack of internal moral discipline to do what is right, even in the face of military superiors telling you or actually doing otherwise, will doom us all. It will lead to “excessive use of force”, sexual assault, and eventually “plundering” both at home and abroad.

    Leadership comes from the top. But in the military, it is the middle that “runs” the military. When the NCO’s won’t stand up for what is right, they doom everyone. Officers won’t lead, subordinates won’t follow. The military is not, nor can it be, a democracy. Discipline has to teach “mental muscle memory”. You have to know how to react, and why to react that way, long before you have to. Your “moral compass” has to be set correctly. You have to know and always do “the right thing”, especially in peace time, so that during the stress of war it’s “just what you do”.

    As a side note, I became a Christian some years after I left the military. I now understand more about that “internal moral compass” than I did then. Yet, I still practiced it. I put myself between my soldiers and others, they had to go through me to get to them. Then, I didn’t know why I did it, just that it was the right thing to do, but I better understand now. Was there a cost to be paid for it, yes. But I have a peace about it I doubt that I would otherwise have.

    • Hunker-Down says:

      JP in MT,

      You said, “Leadership comes from the top”. TDL fired the leadership that has a moral compass.
      The rest (I’m sure there are exceptions) will follow whatever TDL deems to be politically correct.
      I to am saddened.

  4. I was thinking about #5 yesterday when it got brought up about the plane and what nefarious purposes it could be used for. I dont know details on how our grid is, but I remember a few years ago where a plant in one state had issues and people in another state lost power because of it. Yesterday the talk was that if said plane and missing nukes were used over us, would it cause emp effects, and someone said maybe at most a couple thousand miles.
    That got me to thinking, even a couple thousand miles could be devastating, especially if the right power plants were in the way. Admittedly, it wouldnt be the entire country, but I do believe it could have a huge domino effect. If our power grids are connected at all like I *think* they are, then couldnt it going cause rolling brown or black outs in other areas? I assume that if one power plant were to go, could or would they try to reroute the power thru stations that are still functional?
    Dont we have someone in the pack who works for the electric companies or something? Your (or anyones) thoughts on this would be nice to hear.

  5. Donna in MN says:

    14,000 Male homosexual assults on other men in the military is what happens when morals are removed from the military and it follows tdl wicked policies. They should be punished with our civilian laws, and given dishonorable discharge without any military benefits. But will they?

    I believe a woman has the right to defend her country, neighborhood and home if necessary in close combat, especially when shtf and we are attacked. I certainly will if need be, even if it isn’t welcome in a “decent” society.

    Glitches happen like it did on the dates of my former business webpage and in camera. When batteries run out in my camera, it stops the date until new batteries are installed and picks up on the last recorded date, not the current date. This is explainable with my camera, and why I no longer display dates on my photos. I don’t believe in non-sense conpiracies.

    Blackouts have happened before with substations tripping shutdowns on the east coast and Canada. It was over some small incident. If the heat causes it, it usually comes back. The transformer manufacturer should have power generators ready to use, being important as generators for a nuclear power plant.

    • JP in MT says:

      Donna in MN:

      FYI….Military members are subject to the UCMJ, the Uniform Code of Military Justice. They are also subject to civilian law here in the States and MAY be subject to the laws of a foreign country. Jurisdiction will depend upon where the crime was committed (as in on or off base). It is possible to be tried and convicted in a civilian court, serve out your sentence, as still be tried, convicted, and imprisoned by a military court pertaining to the same crime but for different reasons. The rules on double jeopardy do not necessarily apply.

    • Donna,
      You state, “The transformer manufacturer should have power generators ready to use, being important as generators for a nuclear power plant.” and I will add that many probably do; however, they are not in this country, many of the components are not in this country, each critical transformer can take months to build, and there is a 2 year backlog of orders. Many of these things are huge and cost millions of dollars each, are very specific in application and thus spares are not kept on hand. This is not quite like replacing a lightbulb.

    • Texanadian says:

      I don’t think the manufactures should be tasked with having back up generators. The end user who supplies the power maybe. If the transformer goes down the power isn’t going to get through the lines anyway. Get a home generator and you’re set.

      • Donna in MN says:

        Past experience tells me a high demand for fuel to run generators all over this country including businesses, factories, schools, hospitals, gov’t buildings, etc., will cause a fuel shortage and unaffordable prices over ssome period of time. We are still experiencing this with propane prices up here and it is not going down soon.

  6. #1 After serving 20+ years in the Navy, I find these numbers difficult to believe. First, how were the numbers arrived at? 14,000 male on male, but only 13% report, are we guessing that 13%report? Or is the 13% really 90% that report? Sure there are probably problems and i do not condone this type of behavior by any means! In my 20 years, we added women to the ships i was attached to, many thought there were going to be serious problems. I think they were minor in comparison. sure the young kids were caught in compromising situations, they were disciplined accordingly. There will always be male female interactions when the two are combined in any situation, that is human nature, as is male and male and female and female interactions. Women in the Navy i think was a very positive thing, I had women working for me that worked circles around many of the men. I may be wrong, i have been retired over 10 years, just hard to believe with my experiences, and stationed on ships with over 1,500 sailors attached, and shore facilities too.

  7. Hunker-Down says:

    #1. If I wanted to be politically correct I couldn’t comment on this topic; so here goes. People emotionally attached to or repulsed from others in their unit will statistically raise the occurrences of combat fragging. Poisoned from within. Not emotionally equipped as a unit to win.

    EMP. Finally, the topic is getting closer to the MSM, something we have been discussing for years.Where is this transformer manufacturer; in the U.S.? DO they build the size transformers we would need?

    • I believe that they’re not going to name that transformer manufacturer, or say where it’s located, b/c there may be terrorists reading sites like this, who’d see that kind of intel as very useful for obvious reasons.

      • tommy2rs says:

        A simple web search turns up that information. The first company I looked at has plants in both Wisconsin and North Carolina and proclaims it proudly on their website.

  8. k. fields says:

    The potential power grid problems always make me wonder, should we have a guarantee that private companies will always provide folks with electrical power?
    Isn’t expecting that kind of guarantee akin to nationalizing the system? Do we want that?

    • Hunker-Down says:

      k. fields,

      I don’t trust any guarantee written by a lawyer, it will always exclude what I need. I don’t trust any guarantee written by a non-lawyer, it may not cover what I need. I’ll sign the papers only because commerce wont happen without them, but I have no faith in them to protect me, because someone with an agenda wrote it to take advantage of me.

      I know that’s a really bad attitude, but government and big business is not interested in my welfare, only my money and my vote.

    • Elect com’s aren’t going to make that kind of guarantee, & neither would a govt controlled elect system, BECAUSE they can’t control or manage the weather, & severe weather (ice storms, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc) are the most common kind of elect service interruptions. While prepping is a growing movement, it’s still a minority of Americans who are concerned enough about terrorists could attack the elect grid; so most elect customers are not going to be willing to pay a bit extra every month to upgrade &/or secure the system better. Hopefully, this will reach a tipping pt in the next few yrs, as more people recognize & tell their elect com’s they want more & better systemic protection from terrorists or crazies.
      Remember, while highly regulated, elect com’s are still in business to make $$$, & thus will give their customers what we/they say we want & will pay extra for, but they need to know that MOST are willing to pay a little extra for. In our former location in another state, I knew 2 retired elect com managers, including the CEO.

  9. Nebraska Woman says:

    Off topic just a tad…
    I have been studying the decline of Rome, and there are two facts that need to spread to all Americans.
    1. Romans began giving citizenship to people who had no cultural or birth ties, or allegiance to Rome at all. Think: America is doing the same.
    2. Rome became a mass of bureacracies and bloated governments. Think: America is doing the same.

    Tom Tancredo, who used to serve in the US House of Rep, writes for WND.com, and is an acquaintance of mine, thinks if these two problems were solved, we would be just fine. I tend to agree.

    • Donna in MN says:

      add that Rome diluted their gold coins with other common metals and it is like printing monopoly money.to ours.

      They stopped conquering nations and slave labor dried up… which is like all our jobs losses and lost revenues to the government.

      Corruption-The political rot also extended to the Roman Senate, which failed to temper the excesses of the emperors due to its own widespread corruption and incompetence. As the situation worsened, civic pride waned and many Roman citizens lost trust in their leadership– does that hit home now?

      Weakening of the Roman legions–There was a decline in sign ups for the military so Rome hired foreign mercinaries who soon lost allegence to Rome and joined the enemies to sack Rome. This is close to your #1.

      • +1

        • About 7 yrs ago, a financial adviser friend gave a presentation of a dozen ways the US financial system compares to the Roman govt/finances at the end of the Roman empire. Easy debt & very high debt were the basis of several factors.
          Even scarier, if u accept the Roman experience as historical basis of what’s happening to the US, things got so bad in parts of the Roman empire, that they were glad & welcomed foreign troops who conquered their part(s) of the former empire.

      • Nebraska Woman says:

        You are right on the mark, sister. Any of these facts could be applied to America. Monopoly money made me LOL. Great call.

      • Rider of Rohan says:

        Wow, what Nebraska Woman and Donna in Mn. said! It’s as if this was all done according to a script. Do this and that happens, etc. One would think we could learn from history. But, alas, no chance. Every civilization thinks it will be different this time, just as every socialist/communist believes if they get one more chance they can make it work, all the while denying human nature.

    • Neb woman, did Tom Tancredo recommend any way(s) for Americans to combat or survive the fall of USA? If so, could u give us a link?

      • Nebraska Woman says:

        Go to wnd.com, scroll down, and on the right side find the commentaries. He writes there. I sincerely love that man; I met him while I was in the inner circle of the Republican Party. He exudes love for his country and I never found him to be a phony. Maybe that’s why he wasn’t elected. Oh, and I probably should not have capitalized the name of the party; it gives it more importance than it deserves.
        Tom believes in borders and enforcing immigration laws.

  10. OwlCreekObserver says:

    Just a few observations on the topic of sexual assaults in the military.

    For the record, I retired from the Air Force back in the mid-1980s after 23 years of service and I personally saw VERY few sexual assault cases, and not one single male-on-male case. I can’t say with absolute certainty that they never happened of course, but I’m pretty comfortable saying that they were at least extremely rare. My job included the processing of people for involuntary discharges and I’ve tossed out literally hundreds of individuals over the years who were convicted of far less serious charges.

    I believe the real issue is that there has been a degradation of moral character in our society. Watch prime time television any night of the week if you doubt that. The military is a cross-section of that society so it should surprise no one that the same moral lapses that occur in civilian society show up in the military. IF you could find accurate data on sexual assaults on college campuses (same general age group), you would probably find that the numbers are similar. Colleges and universities do their best to keep that information from the public for obvious reasons.

    Honor and discipline have always been hallmarks of America’s military, but in recent years the news is filled with cheating scandals and other moral lapses at the military academies, and indeed throughout the military. I believe that this is merely a reflection of our society in general and I also don’t see it improving in the years ahead.

  11. GoneWithTheWind says:

    If it was cut and dry then most of your points would be correct. But most “sexual assault” cases in the military are not “rape”. And to make matters worse a large percentage of them are false claims that are actually encouraged by the military regulations and justice system. That is a woman can get into trouble for having consentual relations in the military under many situations so they claim they were assaulted. I would also add that when faced with a crappy assignment some female military have used the “sexual assault” claim to get them out of the assignment. Last, to claim it is somehow a “raging epidemic” is incorrect unless you also believe that in similar sized groups of young adults with similar or worse records of sex crimes is also a “raging epidemic”. In fact you are probably safer from sexual assault in the military then you are in college. Should it be zero, zip, nada? Absolutely and the false claims of sexual assault should be zero as well. But given human nature I don’t think crime is going to disappear.

  12. Interesting how we talk about being self reliant (or more so) then expect others to spend money so our services are not interrupted for long. To me it is a sign of how mentally dependent we are on others to provide for us. We are not yet ready to be truly independent.

    As we move through various topics, especially the last few weeks, we have seen many who would put their own survival ahead of others, then we wonder where the morals of some in this country have gone. All we need to do is look at ourselves, our own “moral compass”. We complain about those who abuse the power of their office/position then say we would steal from and/or kill people who are not responsible for our condition. Just “geographically challenged” to be near one of us when things go “south”.

    Sad.

    • Donna in MN says:

      Thoughtful words with a search of self awareness.
      I watched the new series “100″. It relates to survival with a mob of few or no morals.

    • Rider of Rohan says:

      You’re right, JP. I’ve been reorganizing some of my preps today because I got more stuff in, which I will report Sat., don’t want to jump the gun. But yes, I know I need a propane or nat gas generator, and I’ve put it off. I have a gasoline generator, but I know that’s not long term. I really need to buckle down and get a large solar system. But I can’t make myself spend $20,000+ to do it. I have the money in the bank, but I can’t. I’m still depending on others when I should step out and do what I need to do. But I’m hesitant for some reason.

      As for the moral compass of the folks on this blog, I was shocked by what I’ve seen some people say the past couple of weeks. The moral bankruptcy of our country is just as apparent here as in DC, I’m ashamed to say.

      • Nebraska Woman says:

        RofR, your words in the last paragraph hit me hard because I have been thinking the same thing. Some days I cannot bring myself to read comments here and on other blogs I follow. I have thought of the pack as my internet family; it hurts when people attack MD and each other. That needs to stop.
        People will think pretty much what they will. Name calling and harsh words do not help.

      • RoR,
        Take a look at http://uscarb.com/ for propane and nat gas conversion kits for engines, which can relatively easily to convert back and forth as fuel becomes available.

        • Rider of Rohan says:

          Thanks for that information, OhioPrepper. I sure will give them a look. Have you used the conversion kit yourself?

          • Tactical G-Ma says:

            RoR,

            Last year we put in an out outdoor kitchen w/ 250 gal. LP tank. I keep telling myself I’m going to convert the genny I have to be either/or but now that they are more available I may just sell the one I have and get one that does both. I hate worrying about gasoline gumming up the works. I have talked with people who have used the no-drill kit and it works!

          • RoR,
            I haven’t tried one yet, but have a friend who has one, and the reviews are good, including some Youtube videos. I have it on the preps list as cash becomes available, and always have a large supply of propane on hand.

    • k. fields says:

      Well said, JP!

  13. #5 -on elect substations attacked – I’d seen reports on the Cal substation being attacked, even in mainline media, which made the news b/c it had either never happened or was very rare. Also, Snyder conveniently failed to mention that after 9-11, most US elect com’s upgraded the security on their/our substations (which was widely reported in the 1-2 yrs after 9-11). B/c elect com’s rely on substations to make $$$, they have a financial stake in making them as secure as possible. I wouldn’t be surprised if newsletters geared for elect com managers have already had articles on how to prevent or reduce the chances of that kind of substation attack.

    • So what can we survivalists do about it? Study ways to rely less on the grid, learn to make ur own electricity (which can be very costly). We get a lot of sunny days here in OK, which would lend itself to solar energy, & places w/ lots of wind can utilize windmills. Got a good river or creek on ur property? Find out how to buy/build a paddle-wheel & mill -can’t think of the term for that kind of setup.

      Remember after Hurricane Sandy hit NYC & NJ, reports showed private individuals charging a small fee to let people on a sidewalk, re-charge their cell phones or lap tops or tablets or kindles? Why not get the equipment to be able to do that the next time your elect goes out? When the USD becomes worthless, u could barter for recharging electronic things. We Americans have become addicted to convenient cheap elect, in ways that our grandparents & great g-parents never could have imagined. Your next power outage could be an earning opportunity if u prepare for it now.

      • mindful patriot says:

        RedC, if you are in OK, you’re my neighbor!
        Good thoughts! I was just thinking how if the grid went down in winter I would be in big trouble as my home is heated solely on electric. Purchase and installation of a wood stove is high on my priority list.

        • Tactical G-Ma says:

          Mindful
          If I had the cash I would go for geo-thermal heating. The problem is…it’s free except for the initial installation and even self circulates.

        • Thanks mindful pat. My problem is that my “ideas” go much farther than our limited finances, like most of us here. We live in a sm town/rural area in SE OK. If u want, my email is bluesky09
          at
          juno
          dot
          com

    • tommy2rs says:

      My son is an operator for a power plant in Texas. Not only hasn’t the company upgraded security, they actively declined even minimal ballistic protection for the entryway shack despite it having been shot at by random idiots driving by in vehicles. The reason? Money. The rest of the plant is similarly unprotected for the same reason.

  14. Petnumber1 says:

    Military (active duty, all branches) – reported sexual assault rate (2011) – 0.022%

    US prison system – reported sexual assault rate (2011) – 0.055%

    General public (US) – reported sexual assault rate (2013) 1.33%

    College campus – could not find good data

    These were the closest comparisons I could find reflecting sexual assault rate in the military vs. other demographics, and the closest years I could find to compare. All stats are on “reported” data (not to be confused with “conviction” data), which I couldn’t find. Also, the data reflects all reports of “sexual assault” (which is very loosely and inconsistently defined, but in most cases included any sort of unwanted sexual advance, up to and including rape and/or sodomy).

    Also, I found a very interesting article that describes how military male-on-male sexual assault goes back a very long way. You can read more about it here: http://data.baltimoresun.com/military-sexual-assaults/

    We can’t take any single piece of data and make assumptions or correlations based just on that. We can also not assume that rape is the outcome of uncontrolled sexual desire (as might explain rape initiated by a gay person) – overwhelmingly, the evidence shows that rape is much more often the outcome of a desire to exert power and control over the victim, or feelings of rage, excitement, or revenge being channeled into whatever violent opportunity presents itself.

    So when an article like #1 above is presented, we can’t just take it at face value and make assumptions about it. Instead, we have to do a little digging for actual data, and apply scientific, analytic methods to draw conclusions…and then test those conclusions. If we don’t do these things, then we might as well still believe in the Easter bunny, because we will be gullible to anything we read or hear. :(

  15. Draq wraith says:

    #1 you can thank bill Clinton for don’t ask, don’t tell.
    And Obama for the rest.
    I believe those numbers are like statistics very subjective to the persons ideas of what are the actual numbers.

    The power grid crap has been covered time and time again.
    Lets cover the Mega drought in CA and TX some.

    both regions are big time suppliers of gas to many states.
    both have nuclear reactors that will be in need of water.
    Those refineries will lose production numbers without water
    so I predict a long hot summer.
    CA is about dry to the bone. TX isn’t far behind.

    • k. fields says:

      The drought in CA won’t have an effect on the nuclear power plant operations here as all use the ocean as their source of cooling water.
      Nuclear power generation is just about a thing of the past here in CA anyway with currently only one site still in operation (Diablo Canyon) – all the other plants have been shut down.
      The drought WILL have an affect on the hydro plants (normally about 12% of the total electricity produced in CA) but even that source of electricity is being slowly replaced by natural gas expansion and other renewable technologies.

    • k. fields says:

      Regarding CA oil refineries, yes they use a lot of water to cool vapor into gasoline (think thousands of gallons a minute) but due to prior water restrictions, the majority of that water in CA is now recycled once on site and is sourced from treated municipal wastewater that was previously simply dumped into the ocean.

  16. buttoncrazy says:

    I agree that we need to discuss water. I think the water shortage will be the item that will bring this nation to it knees.