Wednesday, May 26, 2010

HOT5 Daily 5/26/2010

1. "How Islamists Came to Dominate European Islam" Not surprisingly, it involved governmental stupidity.

Representative Sample: Western governments have a history of ignoring the Islamists' repulsive ideology and working with them, even strengthening them.

2. "Africa Hearts America"All our aid to Africa is buying us some good will?

Representative Sample: Across 110 countries Gallup surveyed in 2009, median approval of U.S. leadership was 51%, up from 34% in 2008. Approval topped 75% in 20 sub-Saharan African countries, with Kosovo, Ireland, and Albania joining them as most approving.

3. "How safe is safe enough?" Good question.

Representative Sample: Fatalities per vehicle mile traveled has fallen by 300% since 1971. Cars have never been safer. Perhaps federal regulations have played a part, but even the greediest CEO of a car company knows the dead make lousy repeat customers. Just how much safer can cars be made?

4. "Dueling Rifle Rounds: It’s All About the Wound Channel" This debate has been ongoing since the 5.56 round was introduced decades ago.

Representative Sample: The Times (the British one) has a story about the continuing debate over the 7.62mm round versus the 5.56mm as employed in the long range firefights in Afghanistan. The story asserts that the 5.56mm round used in the M4 rifle “lacks sufficient velocity and killing power in long-range firefights.” As Defense Tech readers know, we’ve covered this issue before.

5. "The Right to be a Fool?" It's amazing that this has made it all the way to Canada's Supreme Court.

Representative Sample: The Quebec Superior Court awarded Richard $101,000 in damages. Being La Belle Province, and M Richards being a francophone, and the letter being in English, additional offence has been caused. Being fleeced in your own language, one supposes, is less aggravating. Still, that's a heck of a return on the price of a magazine subscription.

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