Unless I have a burning issue I will start with a topic of current events. The hurricane that devastated the east coast, some little political issue related to the election, or another topic in the news that caught my attention. I briefly describe it (because in three years time most of these things will be lost to your memory or the general public consciousness) and then I give a little thought to my take: What do I THINK about this? How does it malke me FEEL? Is there someone I know who is personally affected by this development?
In this way I find that I don’t have much trouble putting something down and also, in 3, 5, or 10 years you look back and say; ‘Oh, I had fogotten about that (My Y2K posts are hilarious) and also you get a peek at what and how you were thinking through time. Sometimes this part is less than inspiring, but that’s why it is a journal and not a blog.
Triple Aught Designs appears to be an intermediate “tactical” equipment/clothing company. What I mean by intermediate is that they are not like Original SOE Gear or First Spear making gear with pretty much only the warfighter in mind, yet they are definitely not Patagonia either. When I first went to their site I didn’t really get who it was that they were serving with their products but it soon became clear. They make gear for people who need good stuff that will last in demanding conditions. I could see pretty much all their stuff being used in the military or by outdoorsmen.
What happened was the pouch that came with my Leatherman Wave was slowly coming apart. I put the word out to many of my active MIL and outdoor friends and Pig Monkey, who writes a great blog, suggested the TAD S1 pouch. If PM recommends a piece of kit you need to check it out. I did and while it looked well thought out the specs showed that it might be a bit bigger than I wanted. However the S2 looked like it might be almost perfect.
When I got the sheath I saw that it was indeed almost perfect. One of the things I liked about the S1 was that it could be mounted both horizontally and vertically on a belt. I ASSumed that the S2 had the same feature. It didn’t. It can only be mounted horizontally to a belt but that is going to work just fine for me.
My first impressions are decidedly positive. It looks well made and functional. The Wave fits in the pouch snugly but not too tight.
The flap is held in place with a wide Velcro panel and holds securely but is still easy to open.
The way the belt loops are setup it will accommodate different belt widths and thicknesses. Since the Velcro joint is between your belt and your body it is quite secure.
For less than $20 delivered and made in the USA, this looks to be a great deal and a good piece of kit.
In the States news sucks. It got so bad that someone realized they could make a lot of money by doing exactly what was already there but with a nominally “conservative” perspective. Hardly a solution. Aside from the problems with terms like “liberal” and “conservative” and the way people wave them like a banner above themselves, “conservative” crap is still crap.
So what are we to do? Where are we to go in an effort to educate ourselves about our Republic and the world that surrounds it? The best we have is NPR (No, I’m not impressed either). Fortunately we have the Internet and on the Internet there are much better options than the dung carried on our airwaves.
Below is a list of news programs that I have found educational. I am not interested in having my existing beliefs re-enforced. I do not want to hear about why I am right and “they” are wrong. I ESPECIALLY do not want to hear about why one party is better than another. I want to be informed on what is happening and what different interested parties think about it. The following links will likely be of interest only if the above is true for you too.
From Our Own Correspondent – Link
Global News – Link
HARDtalk – Link
Newshour – Link
NewsPod – Link
Peter Day’s World of Business – Link
Empire (May be a special and not a series) – Link
Fault Lines – Link
Inside Story – Link
Inside Story Americas – Link
Inside Story US 2012 – Link
101 East – Link
The BBC stuff is audio only because of the British TV licensing but the Aljazeera is availble in HD, Standard, and Audio Only. The only problem with Al Jazeera’s audio only is that since it is a TV broadcast the subtitles for the non-English speakers can’t be read. I hope you find something helpful or useful there.
Yes, Al Jazeera, and to some extent the BBC, is often anti-American in its bias. Hopefully your knowledge of and love for your country can tolerate someone saying there is something wrong with the US (especially if what they say is true. Then we can try to fix it)
I’m always looking to expand my sources so let me know of the sources you’ve found.
Today marks twenty three years since the massacre of peaceful protesters who wanted nothing more than a say in their country’s affairs. It was a protest started when people laid wreaths on the Monument to Fallen Heroes in Tiananmen Square. Today the monument is roped off and guarded by soldiers. The people are no longer allowed to honor their fallen for fear that they might again express their desire to be more than subjects of the Communist Dynasty.
I have lived in China and have come to love the Chinese people dearly. I feel a deep and quiet rage when I think of how they are used and abused by a government that has gone far beyond guanxi in its corruption.
Below are pictures that I took of what I believe is the only monument to the slaughter of June 4th in China. The Monument is in Hong Kong.
And finally, here is a picture of a synopsis of the events that lead up to the massacre. Click on the image and you will be able to view it full sized where it will be fairly legible.
No, the old cannot kill the young forever and any student of Chinese history will know that the government is only a part of China but that China has never been the government. The Party is perilously close to losing the Mandate.