The old Second Amendment joke used to be: “If you ban our guns, can we at least carry swords?”
Over in Spain, where handgun purchases are strictly controlled, the local (actually imported ) scumbags have taken that to heart:
A massive machete brawl that broke out between rival Pakistani gangs on Tuesday night in Barcelona has left one man dead and two others badly injured.
Local reports say that up to 30 men from two groups of rival Pakistani gangs were involved in the street fight where weapons like machetes, knives, and baseball bats were used.
And before we think it’s sectarian (Sunni vs Shia, etc.) violence, allow me to reassure you that it’s the traditional cause of street mayhem:
Police also said that they’re looking into whether the two rival groups had set up the brawl to settle scores that are a part of a drug-related turf war.
I once had an argument with an anti-gun advocate who suggested that knives etc. are better than guns because of the lowered risk of collateral damage. Clearly, he had never actually seen a fight between machete (panga) gangs; but I had, back in South Africa. Absolutely all the participants were horribly injured and a few bled to death before the cops and ambulances arrived.
Nasty things, machetes [puke warning].
Here’s a sample, from Cold Steel:
Brrr… I think I’d rather take my chances with guns, thankee.
I haven’t spoken at all about the situation in Hong Kong before, mostly because there wasn’t much to be said: (somewhat) free colony opposes colonial power’s aggression, mayhem ensues.
Several people have wondered why the ChiComs haven’t sent in the tanks, à la Tienanmen Square, to crush the waves of protests, but the answer is simple: Hong Kong provides a means whereby the ChiCom government can move money around the world without provoking too much notice because currency movement in Hong Kong is completely unregulated. Crush the protests, make Hong Kong just another province (like, say, Jiangxi or Shandong) and that flexibility disappears.
It is, however, a two-edged sword. What has transpired since the protests began is that capital (money owned by individuals, that is) has been pouring out of Hong Kong and flooding into Singapore — to name just one such destination — thence on to parts unknown. Which means that if Beijing does finally send the tanks into Hong Kong, they’re likely to find, like Old Mother Hubbard, that the cupboard is bare. And the flow of money is truly a deluge: if you study how many major corporations have been purchased by Chinese-sourced money over the past few months, you’d be amazed. Even better is that by and large, the corporations being thus purchased are characterized by their cash flow operations — in other words, the Chinese billionaires, canny businessmen that they are, are not just parking their money under an offshore mattress, they’re putting that cash to work and generating a revenue stream.
The ChiComs may not only be running out of other people’s money — they may soon be running out of their own.
Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of totalitarians.
By the way, you may have noticed that the above is somewhat short of details; that’s because if I say more, I could jeopardize my several sources who are not only well placed in the area, but who do a ton of business there too and are close to said wealthy people. One can never be too careful when dealing with Commie bastards.
It began, as so many of these things do, with the French, over two centuries ago. Now we have this:
UK workers are sabotaging and assaulting workplace robots in an attempt to stop them taking their jobs, finds study.
But for some manual workers they have found their own ways of stopping the robots’ rise to world domination – by confusing them.
I predict that this is going to become more, not less common.
“But why, Kim,” you may ask, “is this happening at all? Aren’t robots / A.I. / Smart Stuff going to be the Way Of The Future? ”
Here’s a hint:
The report also predicted 20 million people will have been replaced by the machines in the work place by 2030.
That’s just in Britishland. And let’s not hear the tired old “buggy-whip maker” argument again. With the trend which is taking place, robots and A.I. will soon have the capacity to take over jobs which may now seem intrinsically human, but aren’t, e.g.:
A backlash is not at all out of the question.
What more can be said about a bunch of Ole Pharts not only having sex in public, but a guy letting his 85-year-old wife pull the train? (I’m guessing about the last part, but it wouldn’t surprise me, nowadays.)
And who knew that dogging had come to Connecticut (state motto: “Like Massachusetts, only with less class and charm”)?
Goddamn Baby Boomers… couldn’t they just have had an orgy at Happy Hours Retirement Village, like all the others do?
Oh fer gawd’s sake. Here we go with the John McCain Image Rehabilitation Project:
Cindy McCain marked the one-year anniversary of her husband John McCain’s death with a string of rebukes to Donald Trump and his leadership of the Republican Party.
She told ABC News there is no one in the GOP to carry on her husband’s mantle and be a ‘voice of reason’ for the Republican Party.
I have great respect for the fact that she’s McCain’s widow and therefore loyal to his memory. Unfortunately, my memories of her late husband are not so rosy, e.g. when he had the deciding vote on legislation which would have killed ObamaCare, he voted against it, thus:
I will also never forgive nor forget the many times McCain stabbed Republicans in the back — including especially Bush 43, to whom he had lost in the 2000 primaries — simply so that he could curry favor with the fucking Democrats and the media [lots of overlap].
The hell with him, and his nonexistent “voice of reason”. “Spiteful” describes the late senator from Arizona better than any other adjective. (Feel free to add your suggested adjectives in Comments.)
Everybody told them that it was a monumentally-stupid idea; but noooooo:
Restaurants Unlimited, a Seattle-based chain with restaurant locations in 47 US cities, announced on Sunday it was seeking Chapter 11 protection, citing “progressive” wage laws.
The company, which has operated since the Lyndon Johnson Administration, said rising labor costs—part of a national trend of government-mandated minimum increases—were part of its decision.
Note the 47 cities affected by these closures (see link).
I would feel more sorry for the soon-to-be-laid-off workers, but I’m betting that most of them supported the higher-minimum-wage idiocy in the first place, so… sucks to be them. Maybe next time they’ll vote with their brains instead of with their greed. (Granted, working-class people have trouble making ends meet in liberal shitholes like Seattle and San Francisco; but the politicians who have caused the high housing prices are the same ones who pushed through the higher minimum-wage thresholds. So there’s a double whammy here, and yet those idiot voters keep sending them back into office.)
Of course, it’ll be all Trump’s fault (according to the West Coast media).