Saturday, March 25, 2017

March 25, 2017--A Quick Run Around the Web


Firearms/Prepping:
  • "Skipping The 'OO' In OODA"--Gabe Suarez.  The "OO" in OODA stands for "observe and orient". However, if you arrive on a scene with some foreknowledge of what you will be encountering, you can significantly shorten the time for observing and orienting yourself to the situation. Suarez explains from an example where two officers had been called to the scene of a reported armed robbery. The robber presented himself, carrying a rifle with a 90-round drum magazine. According to the report, the officers fired a total of 13 rounds from their sidearms in 2.6 seconds, killing the robber. (That is considerable restraint compared to how police react in my neck of the woods). Suarez explains:
       ... here is what I think the reality of the event really was - The good guys made up their minds that this was going to be a shooting when they got the call.  Thus the need to "Observe" and "Orient" was minimized to the point of having already been accomplished, leaving only the presentation of a target and the elimination of same.
       In 2.6 seconds (I suspect less that that) there was no, "Is this my suspect?", "Could it be someone else dressed just like him with a rifle?", "Should I challenge him?", "What if its not him?", and so on and so forth.  And I doubt there was a great deal of yelling to drop the gun.
           There was a description, a location, and a description of events that justify shooting.  The two "O"s are taken care of...now it was simply a matter of visually locating him.
    Although the term suggests the spontaneous and unpredictable transformation of an innocent into a kind of murderous beast, such wolves are actually "lone" only in a very limited sense. They differ from their background in degree, distinguished by critical extras such as 1) the willingness to use violence; 2) the training to employ it; and 3) the means necessary for an attack.

    Other Stuff:
             A SWAT team set up a perimeter in the neighborhood for hours, believing the man was barricaded inside. Police fired rounds of tear gas into the home, trying to get the man to come out, LAPD Capt. Paul Vernon said on Twitter.
               Around 6 a.m. Friday, police entered the home and conducted an “extensive search” of the property, Eisenman said. The man was not found.
                 It was unclear when he left the house, authorities said.
                   The dart from this secret CIA weapon can penetrate clothing and leave nothing but a tiny red dot on the skin. On penetration of the deadly dart, the individual targeted for assassination may feel as if bitten by a mosquito, or they may not feel anything at all. The poisonous dart completely disintegrates upon entering the target.
                     The lethal poison then rapidly enters the bloodstream causing a heart attack. Once the damage is done, the poison denatures quickly, so that an autopsy is very unlikely to detect that the heart attack resulted from anything other than natural causes. 
              (H/t Anonymous Conservative).
              • "How to unlock your car in 30 seconds"--Roman UrsuHack.  (Video; 2 min.). The method uses a string with a loop in the middle. Introducing the string and loop by prying out the door slightly, you can then pull the string down until you get the loop over the knob for the lock, pull the loop tight, and then pull the knob up using the string. 
              • The wages of sin socialism: 
              • "Venezuela is out of food, out of medicine, and running out of gas"--Hot Air. Bakers being arrested if they use flour to make brownies instead of bread; seeking assistance from the UN for medical supplies (which are then apparently shipped to other countries); and running short of gasoline although sitting atop some of the largest oil reserves in the world.
              • Armed heists in the news:
                     This is the second shooting incident to occur in less than 24 hours in Sin City, as a gunman in a pig mask opened fire during an armed robbery at the iconic Bellagio hotel earlier in the day.
                     Earlier on Saturday, a gunman opened fire during an armed robbery at the nearby Bellagio hotel, prompting terrified tourists to seek shelter amid a chaotic scene. 
                     At least three people entered a high-end store, which is believed to be a Rolex store, inside the resort, including one who fired gunshots, police said.
              • Fort Apache, Sweden. "Swedish Police Under Siege"--Anonymous Conservative. Rinkeby is one of those "mythical" no-go zones in Sweden. It is so safe and full of grateful refugees, that the police are spending $43 million to build a new police station in the suburb town, complete with "bullet proof windows, steel reinforced walls, and surrounded by security fence." Also, it is too dangerous for officers to go to work using public transport; instead, they "may have to be driven to the station daily for their personal safety." Anonymous Conservative comments:
                Sooner or later the resources are going to contract suddenly. When they do, that neighborhood is going to become vastly more violent, and the residents are going to start flooding out to raid neighboring areas. After raiding, they will escape back into the neighborhood with their booty and try to keep the cops out. Since that raiding booty is all that will support the residents of the neighborhood, the residents will unite against all outside forces, from Swedish citizens to Police.
                         During trials on mice, the team found that the drug directly repaired DNA damage caused by radiation exposure or old age.
                           'The cells of the old mice were indistinguishable from the young mice after just one week of treatment,' said lead author Professor David Sinclair.
                             Human trials of the pill will begin within six months.
                               'This is the closest we are to a safe and effective anti-ageing drug that's perhaps only three to five years away from being on the market if the trials go well,' said Professor Sinclair.
                          This should be interesting. Will it be considered a "right" to obtain the drug? Or will it be kept from certain populations? And , in either case, what social disruption might result?

                          Discrimination and the Benedict Option

                                 Patrick J. Deneen discusses the current state of Christianity in the United States in his article "Moral Minority" at First Things. The title is a reference to Jerry Falwell's efforts in the 1980s to create the "moral majority": a political movement that sought to harness the political power of socially conservative Christians, which Falwell believed represented a silent majority of the electorate. The author, Deneen, argues that, whether or not there was a "moral majority" at that time, it certainly does not exist today:
                          Thirty years later, the mood has changed. Three books have appeared almost simultaneously that assume the opposite of what Falwell believed: America is populated by an immoral majority. Not only is its leadership class dominated by progressive elites, but the American public more generally has been corrupted by constant saturation in a media of skepticism and irony, pervasive consumerism, unavoidable pornography, and incessant distraction fostered by entertainment centers in every person’s pocket. America has lost its faith, and so the faithful have begun to question their belief in America.
                                 Deneen then goes on to describe the three books: The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation by Rod Dreher; Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World by Charles J. Chaput; and Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture by Anthony M. Esolen. The common theme linking the three books is that Christians need to build sustaining communities and prepare to weather the end of our current culture and civilization and the new one to come.
                                 Deneen describes the current situation:
                                   Yet over that same span [1970s to 2000s], the culture changed, and not in Jerry Falwell’s direction. Measures of community strength, volunteerism, neighborliness, and civil society declined. Family breakdown increased, especially among the economically disadvantaged of all races. Divorce rates skyrocketed, and though they later leveled off for the wealthy, they remain high, especially for the poor. At the same time, rates of marriage have declined, and American birth rates have begun to resemble those of an aging and childless Europe. A holocaust of unborn children continues unabated. Findings by both conservative and liberal social scientists such as Charles Murray and Robert Putnam show an extraordinary erosion of social norms and expectations—familial, educational, legal, and professional—especially among those who make up the working class of America. Social mobility has become a taunt rather than a real possibility for many Americans, replaced by a self-perpetuating new aristocracy that congregates in the wealthiest urban areas of the country. Trust in all the main institutions of American society—both public and private—has declined, as has trust of citizens toward each other.
                                     Findings by the Pew Research Center about religious belief and practice show an ongoing decline in religious belief and membership, including a dramatic rise in nonbelievers, especially among the millennial generation. Even where religious faith persists, Christian Smith suggests that religion for many Americans is individualistic and therapeutic rather than a source of discipline and moral norms. For nearly thirty years, conservatives have triumphed politically amid a catastrophic breakdown of social and cultural norms, especially those that foster an ethic of self-sacrifice, commonweal, and practices that inculcate duty, discipline, respect, civility, and obedience.
                              He continues:
                                       And so here we are. The long-standing conservative narrative held that America is fundamentally decent but that those decencies are being eroded by an elite that subscribes to non-American, and even anti-American, values. The simultaneous political success of conservatism and ruination of American culture has made this view untenable. Now, a more radical possibility is opening up. Traditional Christians now wonder if a just and righteous society must be built in opposition to a national creed that has led inexorably to libertinism.
                                         This conclusion has become harder to avoid. If the conservative political movement animated by a belief in a moral majority was born out of Roe v. Wade, it died with Obergefell v. Hodges. It died especially because, unlike Roe—which was decided while public opinion was divided, inchoate, and moveable on the question of abortion—Obergefell was decided with the backdrop of consistently growing popular support for marriage between homosexuals, with particular enthusiasm among a younger generation that will inherit the nation. Obama’s war against traditional Christians paid electoral dividends, supported all the while by the media, schools, universities, and even corporate America. This has caused a growing number of Christians to conclude that the nation is no longer a Christian nation, if it ever was.
                                  Dreher makes similar comments in his book, but places the tipping point slightly before the Obergefell decision. Dreher concludes, instead, that "[t]he steady decline of Christianity and the steady increase in hostility to traditional values came to a head in April 2015, when the state of Indiana passed a version of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act." He goes on:
                                         The law merely provided a valid religious liberty defense for those sued for discrimination. It did not guarantee that those defendants would prevail. Gay rights activists loudly protested, calling the law bigoted--and the for the first time ever, big business took sides in the culture war, coming down firmly on behalf of gay rights. Indiana backed down under corporate pressure--as did Arkansas a week later. 
                                         This was a watershed event. It showed that if big business objected, even Republican politicians in red states would not take a stand, even a mild one, for religious freedom. Professing orthodox biblical Christianity on sexual matters was now thought to be evidence of intolerable bigotry. Conservative Christians had been routed. We were living in a new country.
                                  It was shortly afterward that Obergefell was decided; a decision that bluntly stated that opposition to gay marriage could only be the result of animus. Dreher astutely notes (although without awareness of the full import) that "[p]ost-Obergefell, Christians who hold to the biblical teaching about sex and marriage have the same status in culture, and increasingly in law, as racists."
                                         It is interesting to me that Dreher, and I suspect all the authors cited above, would reject out of hand any explanation by the Alt-Right, yet surely the Alt-Right has the answer to what happened, that being that the Republican party is not and has not been "conservative," because they do not conserve anything. Their only principle is to cow-tow to big business.
                                         This should not be too surprising, though, because the Republican party was not the party of social conservatism until the 1970s and '80s when social conservatives, disaffected by the Democrats, increasingly fled to the Republican party; a movement that showed most strongly in Reagan (himself a former Democrat) successfully bringing traditional Republicans and social conservatives under the same tent to win the Presidential election against Jimmy Carter. However, Reagan was unable to shift the soul of the party leadership, and habit, more than anything, allowed the two Bushes to claim the conservative Christian vote.
                                         But Deneen and Dreher are both wrong as to when the Culture War was lost. Ironically, it is Dreher that gives us the answer to that question. To repeat from above: "Post-Obergefell, Christians who hold to the biblical teaching about sex and marriage have the same status in culture, and increasingly in law, as racists." (Underline added). And that--the racist part--marks the loss, because it was with anti-discrimination laws that the government took upon itself to destroy freedom of association, and tell us whom we had to hire, whom we had to work for, and provided the laws to punish any that objected.
                                         Or, as Angelo Codevilla observed, "when the 1964 Civil Rights Act substituted a wholly open-ended mandate to oppose 'discrimination' for any and all fundamental rights, it became the little law that ate the Constitution." And, he adds: "Now, because the Act pretended that the commerce clause trumps the freedom of persons to associate or not with whomever they wish, and is being taken to mean that it trumps the free exercise of religion as well, bakers and photographers are forced to take part in homosexual weddings."
                                          One could go even farther back, to Davis v. Beason, 133 U.S. 333 (1890), wherein the United Supreme Court held that freedom of religion only protected one's religious beliefs, not one's religious practices. But I agree with Codevilla that the watershed was the various civil rights and anti-discrimination cases and laws that completely usurped the freedom of association (which is, in its negative--the freedom to not have to associate--is most valuable). After that, it was unacceptable to hold to any mores that did not have the tacit approval of the government.
                                         This is not to say we should seek to discriminate against others because of their race, sex, or whatnot (although it certainly is appropriate under certain circumstances), but that we ought to have the right to do so, if we so wish. Discrimination takes thought--at least if one is to provide a rational for it--but indiscrimination does not. 
                                         A couple weeks ago, I noted a speech by Evan Sayet that discussed this very topic. I'll set out again the relevant portion of his talk:
                                          What happens is, they are indoctrinated into what I call a "cult of indiscriminateness." The way the elite does this is by teaching our children, start­ing with the very young, that rational and moral thought is an act of bigotry; that no matter how sin­cerely you may seek to gather the facts, no matter how earnestly you may look at the evidence, no matter how disciplined you may try to be in your reasoning, your conclusion is going to be so tainted by your personal bigotries, by your upbringing, by your religion, by the color of your skin, by the nation of your great-great-great-great-great grandfa­ther's birth; that no matter what your conclusion, it is useless. It is nothing other than the reflection of your bigotries, and the only way to eliminate bigot­ry is to eliminate rational thought.
                                             There's a brilliant book out there called The Clos­ing of the American Mind by Professor Allan Bloom. Professor Bloom was trying to figure out in the 1980s why his students were suddenly so stupid, and what he came to was the realization, the recog­nition, that they'd been raised to believe that indis­criminateness is a moral imperative because its opposite is the evil of having discriminated. I para­phrase this in my own works: "In order to eliminate discrimination, the Modern Liberal has opted to become utterly indiscriminate."
                                               I'll give you an example. At the airports, in order not to discriminate, we have to intentionally make ourselves stupid. We have to pretend we don't know things we do know, and we have to pretend that the next person who is likely to blow up an airplane is as much the 87-year-old Swedish great-great-grand­mother as those four 27-year-old imams newly arrived from Syria screaming "Allahu Akbar!" just before they board the plane. In order to eliminate discrimination, the Modern Liberal has opted to become utterly indiscriminate.
                                                 The problem is, of course, that the ability to dis­criminate, to thoughtfully choose the better of the available options--as in "she's a discriminating shopper"--is the essence of rational thought; thus, the whole of Western Europe and today's Democrat­ic Party, dominated as it is by this philosophy, rejects rational thought as a hate crime.
                                          However, this stupidity has infected the Christian right. For instance, Deneen mentions that "[m]easures of community strength, volunteerism, neighborliness, and civil society declined." But does he ask why? Would he even admit that racial and ethnic diversity are one of the principal root causes of the decline he laments? How about the rise in single mothers and children born out of wedlock? Statistics tell us that "[a]mong non-Hispanic blacks, the figure [for out-of-wedlock births] is highest, at 72.2 percent; for American Indians/Alaska Natives, it’s 66.9 percent; 53.5 percent for Hispanics; 29.4 percent for non-Hispanic whites; and a mere 17.1 percent for Asians/Pacific Islanders." An inconvenient truth, indeed. 
                                                 Some of you reading this (assuming you have gotten this far) may think me racist for pointing out these facts; although I would contend that it is not racist if it is true. But that is not my intent. Instead, I use this as an example that we so desire the praise of man (or, at least, fear social approbation or ostracism) that we censor not only our very thoughts, speech and action, but seek to do so to those around us; and because of this desire (or fear), failed to object to the incremental broadening of anti-discrimination laws. Of course, under the 1965 Civil Rights Act and its progeny, it is more than just disparagement that one might face, but the force of law could then be brought down upon someone for expressing truths or opinions that were deemed verboten. 
                                                 Of course, once the government goes down the road of forcing you to hold an opinion with which you may not agree, and force you to associate with or provide labor or products to those with whom you do not want to, it is only a matter of time until the set of forbidden thoughts and acts begins to encompass more and more of other private conduct and association. It is a domino effect. And coupled with the goals of Cultural Marxism, its ultimate aim will be to destroy all conduct or associations not affirmatively approved of by the State.
                                                 Martin Niemöller is remembered best for the following quote concerning German acquiescence to National Socialism: 
                                            First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Socialist.
                                              Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
                                                Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Jew.
                                                  Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
                                                   Something similar can be said about our society:
                                                          First they came for the racial bigots, and we did not speak out--Because we were not racists or bigots, and did not like the bigots. 
                                                          Then they came for those that said that there were material differences between races and cultures that made them incompatible, and we did not speak out--Because we wanted to be welcoming to all peoples and cultures and not thought of as a bigot. 
                                                         Then they came for the clubs that were men-only, because we knew that the sexes were the same, and it was bigotry to think otherwise. 
                                                          Then they came for those that were opposed to the sin of homosexuality and abortion, and we did not speak out--Because we believed in live-and-let-live, that a woman's rights were greater than a baby's, and, besides, we didn't want to be thought a bigot. 
                                                         Then they came for those that defended Western culture and values, and we did not speak out--Because we did not want to be called a bigot, and, besides, everyone and every culture are of the same value and worth. 
                                                         Then they came for those that wanted to preserve traditional marriage, and we did not speak out--Because we did not want to be thought a bigot, and besides, they just loved each other and lots of people cohabited without getting married, so what did it matter anyway. 
                                                         Then they came for those that would not actively support gay marriage and transexuals, and we did not speak out--Because we did not want to be called bigots, although we could not think of any other valid reason.
                                                         Then they came for whites and we did not speak out--Because, of course, all whites are bigots (even if unconsciously) and we do not like bigots. 
                                                         Then they came for ...  
                                                  Where does it end?
                                                          The Benedict Option will not withstand a system of law that is empowered to destroy any association that is not approved by the State, and will actively seek to destroy those associations. Yes, I suppose that Christians could develop a system of "house churches," always trying to skirt below the radar, but this will of necessity be a system similar to the cells in a guerrilla organization, not a civilization within a civilization for which the Benedict Option seems to call. The efforts of churches to accommodate the demands of the government and society are ephemeral, because there will always be more demands. But no church is going to run the risk of saying "enough is enough," and face the consequential bankruptcy and other government sanctioned attempts to dissolve said church. 
                                                         Benedict was successful in large part because of the failing civil government, poor communication, difficulty in traveling, and lack of hostile surveillance that marked the dissolution of the Roman Empire. It is these same factors that allowed Christian communities to survive within the Islamic lands. But just as modern technology has allowed hostile Islamic governments and militant groups to destroy and drive out those surviving Christian communities over the past century, so too will churches in the West seeking survival under the Benedict Option be discovered and destroyed. 
                                                         Moreover, those taking up the Benedict Option will need to reject the string of defeats I listed above in my paraphrase of Niemöller's poem, which won't happen. Trust will need to be paramount, but how many modern Christians are willing to say, let alone believe, that their culture is superior to all others; to reject admixtures that lesson trust and community cohesion; to turn out those that buck church laws and covenants? In short, what churches will allow discrimination, because there must be some discrimination to have a community separate from the world around it if for no other reason than to keep that world out. But all I see or hear from various churches are calls for inclusion that are incompatible with the separateness needed for survival. 
                                                         In short, absent a collapse of general social order, the Benedict Option will not succeed. We can seek to ignore the world, but the world will not ignore us.

                                                  Friday, March 24, 2017

                                                  McCain Source of Leaks?

                                                  Red State Watcher reports:
                                                         According to White House officials, McCain is believed to have somehow gained access to the content of President Donald Trump’s private, classified telephone calls with world leaders. And he isn’t keeping quiet about what was talked about either. 
                                                         ... Officials believe the senator has inside knowledge of a number of President Trump’s telephone conversations, including at least one conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 
                                                         Even more alarming, officials believe McCain is secretly sharing this sensitive information with colleagues and his cabal of friendly mainstream media journalists in a dangerous clandestine campaign to damage Trump’s presidency even before it has a chance to succeed. ...
                                                  (H/t Vox Popoli).

                                                  March 24, 2017 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

                                                  More information here.

                                                  Firearms/Self-Defense/Survival:
                                                  • TGIF: This week's Weekend Knowledge Dump from Active Response Training.
                                                  • "Analysis- Scout Sniper Basic Course Failure Rate Part One" and "Part Two"--The Firearms Blog. The Marines are having trouble graduating enough Scout/Snipers: only around 40% graduate the basic course. The idea currently being floated is to split the basic course in half; the candidate would take the first half, deploy with a sniper platoon essentially to get some "on the job training," then return to finish the course. The author then goes on to describe why he doesn't think this is a good idea.
                                                  • "Bullet Construction, Shot Placement, and Killing Ability"--Peterson's Hunting. Different bullets (within the same caliber) for different purposes. Essentially a discussion of designing bullets to provide good expansion and the trade off with penetration, and some methods devised to try to provide both. Obviously, with light skinned game such as deer, fairly rapid expansion is good; with larger game, you need better penetration.
                                                  • "The incredible survival story of woman who ran out of gas near the Grand Canyon and used her wits to stay alive while she was stranded for FIVE DAYS"--Daily Mail. She had a breakdown in a remote area, with no cell-phone service. She did most of what you are supposed to do in that situation (except, perhaps, letting someone known where she was going and when she was expected back): stayed with the vehicle, built a large sign for "HELP" using rocks. However, she also realized after a few days that no one was looking for her, so she hiked back to where she was able to get a partial signal with her cell phone and call for help.
                                                  • "Inside a prepper's 'end-of-the-world closet' that holds $10,000 worth of doomsday supplies"--Business Insider. Medications and first aid supplies, food, water, stoves, body armor, gas masks, and some weapons (mostly blades since he lives in New York). All of this in an apartment.
                                                  Unless you like boiled food or feel like roasting everything on a stick, oils or fats are a must. Olive oil will keep in a dark place for a year, so having some handy will make your life in the field a lot easier. Skip the cooking fats, like butter and lard, as they can go rancid quickly.
                                                  • "New 'Preppers' Strategize To Defeat Genocide"--WND. The preppers in question are the the Suidlanders, or "Southlanders": white "Afrikaners" and Boers who describe their organization as “the world’s largest non-state civil defense organization.” While compared to preppers in the United States, the group faces a more imminent threat: genocide.
                                                         South Africa appears to be on the brink of collapse, even though the mainstream media has done little to report on the looming doom.
                                                           Infrastructure is crumbling, racial tensions and genocidal sentiments are being whipped up by political leaders, land grabs are accelerating, attacks on free speech are ramping up, university campuses are burning, and the economy is in complete disarray.
                                                             And even before the latest developments, the country was swirling around the drain, according to many experts who have spoken to WND over the years.
                                                               This month, the normally soft-spoken former South African President F.W. de Klerk, who along with Nelson Mandela oversaw South Africa’s transition from apartheid to “Rainbow Nation” democracy, sounded the alarm.
                                                                 Specifically, the Nobel Peace Prize recipient who shared his prize with Mandela, blasted South African President Jacob Zuma, the current South African leader, who famously went on national television and sang a genocidal song advocating the slaughter of the European-descended Afrikaners, for his increasingly dangerous actions.
                                                                    “President Zuma is determined to accelerate our descent along the road to state capture, economic crisis and racial confrontation,” De Klerk said at a conference marking 27 years since he announced the release of Mandela from prison.
                                                                     The current rulers are contributing to the nation “stumbling aimlessly down the road to societal collapse,” said De Klerk on February 2.

                                                              Other Stuff:
                                                              • "Rex Tillerson: North Korea Threat Is Imminent, Strategic Patience Is Over"--Austin Bay at  the Observer.  After discussing the history of the Korean conflict, including the limited and periodic attacks upon South Korea over the past several decades, the article goes on to describe North Korea's quest to have nuclear weapon tipped ballistic missiles: a goal it is has or will soon attain. Thus, Tillerson has indicated that North Korea presents an imminent threat, and that responses may include South Korea and Japan obtaining nuclear weapons to act as a deterrent. (Not that they would deter a suicidal regime). Bay concludes:
                                                                     The Trump administration is clearly pressuring China. I guarantee Beijing gulped when Tillerson suggested that South Korea and Japan might acquire nuclear weapons—and it was supposed to. China has regarded the presence of U.S. forces in Japan as a brake on a revival of Japanese militarism. ...
                                                                       Japan doesn’t really want nuclear weapons, and China definitely doesn’t want Japan to acquire nuclear weapons.
                                                                         But the Kim dynasty’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and missiles to deliver them continues unabated and the threat they pose is increasing.
                                                                           China must bring decisive pressure on North Korea’s regime. By decisive, I mean pressure that terminates North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
                                                                             Perhaps China can produce a diplomatic miracle and convince Kim Jong Un that ending the program is the only way he and his regime will survive. This diplomatic miracle would deserve a Nobel Peace Prize.
                                                                               China may have the covert wherewithal to induce the North Korean military to conduct “regime change from within.” I suspect this fear haunts Kim Jong Un. Kim Jong Nam reportedly had numerous friends in China.
                                                                                 If China cannot bring decisive pressure, or refuses to do so, then the threat of a high-intensity war fought to determine the Kim dynasty’s fate will eventually become imminent. Should this last phase of the Korean War erupt, it won’t be confined to the peninsula. If nuclear weapons strike cities the casualties will be enormous.
                                                                                   “If you’re wondering what this has to do with science, you’re certainly not alone,” Alex Berezow, a senior fellow at the American Council on Science and Health, wrote in a post about why he’s not attending the march.
                                                                                     “The answer, of course, is nothing. These issues are the primary concern of revisionist historians and social justice warriors, not empirically-minded scientists,” Berezow wrote, pointing to public statements by march organizers.
                                                                                       The two Princeton professors say the trend affects whites of both sexes and is happening nearly everywhere in the country. Education level is significant: People with a college degree report better health and happiness than those with only some college, who in turn are doing much better than those who never went.
                                                                                         Offering what they call a tentative but “plausible” explanation, they write that less-educated white Americans who struggle in the job market in early adulthood are likely to experience a “cumulative disadvantage” over time, with health and personal problems that often lead to drug overdoses, alcohol-related liver disease and suicide.
                                                                                    See also "The Forces Driving Middle-Aged White People's 'Deaths Of Despair'" at NPR and "Mortality and morbidity in the 21st century" at Brookings, where you can download the full paper.
                                                                                             Around 230 people - mostly women and children - who were being used as 'human shields' by ISIS were killed when an airstrike by the US-led coalition triggered a huge explosion in Mosul.
                                                                                               Civil defence agency officials said three buildings in the Jadida neighbourhood of west Mosul collapsed and it is believed the airstrike set off explosives in a lorry being used by ISIS militants.
                                                                                          If the enemy is going to shelter among civilians, then victory will require civilian casualties. It didn't stop us in World War II, and it shouldn't stop us now.
                                                                                                   ... It’s now clear what happened. The Obama people started spying on Trump once he had the nomination or perhaps even earlier. They may have started earlier with an eye on helping the Republicans knock him off in the primary, but that’s not clear. They figured that Clinton was a lock so they were not careful about covering their tracks. The Clinton people are as dirty as it gets so they were not going to be ratting on anyone over it. If anything, they would expand on it.
                                                                                                     This is where the Russian hacking story comes into the picture. Once disaster struck and Team Obama realized they had a problem, they needed cover, so they started with the Russian hacking nonsense. They would then claim that it was all an accident and they were just trying to prevent Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale from attacking our democracy! It’s also why Obama signed a retroactive Executive Order giving cover to the intel agencies for their domestic spying activities. They were creating a cover story.
                                                                                                       The complication is that it appears that at least one person has perjured himself over this and that one person is FBI Director Comey. There’s no way to square his testimony with these new revelations. The best he can do is split hairs and claim he was not part of the spying effort. Of course, there’s no way to touch him as he runs the FBI. In fact, there’s no way to investigate any of the intelligence organizations. This is the point where many of the robot historians of the future will say the American political class murdered itself.
                                                                                                         Unless there is some will to address it, and that’s highly unlikely, we now have a new normal where highly politicized intelligence agencies are used by both sides to discredit one another and discredit any attempts to reform the system. It’s no longer a game of rules. It is a zero sum  game of power and that cycle only ends one way, with someone marching their army on the capital and taking control. As with Rome, whoever emerges as the dictator will not have murdered the system. The system will have murdered itself.

                                                                                                  Thursday, March 23, 2017

                                                                                                  March 23, 2017--A Quick Run Around the Web

                                                                                                  "Shuttlecocks On Grenades Dropped By Drones"--The Firearms Blog.
                                                                                                  Firearms/Self-Defense:
                                                                                                  • "Blue Force Gear Releases Micro Trauma Kit NOW"--The Firearms Blog. The complete kit includes: QuickClot combat gauze; HyFin vent chest seal (2); Cleer medical trauma bandage 4” Flat Pack; decompression needle; six 2” x9” Frog Tape; size 28 Nasopharyngeal airway; and 1 pair heavy duty medical gloves. MSRP is $200 for the complete kit.
                                                                                                  • "Oops" is generally not the word I've used: "DoubleStar Debuts the Oops! Replacement Kit"--Ammo Land. The Oops! Replacement Kit includes: Four takedown detent springs; four takedown detents; two buffer detent springs; two buffer detents; two firing pin retaining pins; two extractor springs with bumper pads; two selector springs / ejector springs; and two selector detents. MSRP is $15.99.
                                                                                                  • A couple days ago, I published my own analysis of the cost versus benefit of firearms. Apparently inspired by the same story, but relying on other studies as to the cost of crime, Dan Zimmerman at The Truth About Guns made a similar analysis. Although the numbers are different, the conclusion is the same: the costs saved by use and possession of firearms to prevent crime overwhelmingly outweigh the costs of firearm deaths and injuries.
                                                                                                  • "NICS Checks Increase for February 2017"--The Firearms Blog. Per the article, "February NICS checks hitting over 2.2 Million last month represents almost a 10% increase over January 2017. That number for February is only slightly lower than the number of checks performed in October 2016." 


                                                                                                  Other Stuff:
                                                                                                           This place is just like Sweden. Terrified of admitting the truth about the threat we face, about the horrors committed by the migrants we failed to deter — because to admit that we are sinking, and fast, would be to admit that everything the liberals believe is wrong.
                                                                                                             That multiculturalism has not worked. That it is one big fat failure and one big fat lie.
                                                                                                      Among other measures, it maintains NASA’s long-term goal of sending humans to Mars by the mid-2030's, and continues to fund development of the Space Launch System and Orion crew capsule that will get them there. It also calls for continued support of robotic missions already underway, like a Europa probe and the James Webb Space Telescope.

                                                                                                      Wednesday, March 22, 2017

                                                                                                      Isaac Arthur: "Upward Bound: Space Elevators"

                                                                                                      (Link: 30 min.)

                                                                                                      Diversity is Our Strength: Terror Attack in London

                                                                                                             The Daily Mail reports that "FOUR people are dead - including police officer and terrorist - and 20 more injured - after killer mowed down pedestrians on Westminster Bridge before killer is shot attacking police in Parliament grounds."

                                                                                                      Source: "How the London terror unfolded: Path of destruction from Westminster Bridge to the Houses of Parliament"--Daily Mail
                                                                                                             According to the article first referenced above:
                                                                                                             At least 20 people were hit when a 4x4 drove along the pavement on the crowded bridge, knocking down and seriously injuring pedestrians before crashing into a fence below Big Ben. 
                                                                                                             The killer, described by witnesses as 'middle-aged and Asian', then managed to break into the grounds of Parliament, where he fatally stabbed a police officer with two knives. 
                                                                                                             The policeman died at the scene. The attacker, who was shot by armed officers, died after he was taken to hospital. 
                                                                                                             It is currently believed one attacker was involved and he killed three people, including the policeman, and left at least 20 pedestrians and three other police officers seriously injured.
                                                                                                      The article goes on to later report:
                                                                                                             Frazer Clarke, 25, from Burton-on-Trent, said: 'We heard a loud bang and screaming and then I noticed some smoke. I thought it was a car crash. 
                                                                                                             'I looked towards the front gate and people were running, a police officer and a fellow coming to the gate with two knives. 
                                                                                                             'He was stabbing the police officer with the knives. He was wearing black tracksuit bottoms, a black of grey top and what looked like work boots. The police officer was stumbling and fell on the floor'  
                                                                                                             Pat McCormack, 21, from Washington in Tyne-on-Wear added: 'I saw him stabbing the officer in the back of the head and the back of the neck. 
                                                                                                             'He was running away but then he collapsed.' 
                                                                                                      Another article has several videos apparently showing parts of the incident.

                                                                                                             Whether bad timing, a quick response, or as a result of prior knowledge, Turkish President Erdogan stated just minutes following the incident that "If Europe continues this way, no European in any part of the world can walk safely on the streets."

                                                                                                             A couple points, the first being of a practical nature: it is difficult to defend yourself, whether armed or not, from someone attacking you with a weapon in each hand. Although discussing a knife-pistol combination, Greg Ellifritz was just discussing this topic a couple days ago in his article: "Your tactical training scenario…a weapon in each hand." Ellifritz warns:
                                                                                                      Many uneducated instructors will advise something like “Get distance, draw your gun and shoot.”  That’s great in theory, but it doesn’t usually work in real life.  You can’t move away from him as fast as he can move towards you.  And how quick will your concealed draw be as the attacker is both shooting and stabbing you?
                                                                                                      In the scenario that he was discussing--a gun-knife combination--Ellifritz recommended that your best option was probably to attempt to gain control of at least one weapon: moving to the outside of arm holding the gun in that particular scenario. I suspect that the same would apply with someone armed with two knives if you are forced to grapple with the attacker: just pick which hand on which you are going to concentrate.

                                                                                                             One thing I've noticed in my practice is that the arm holding a knife makes a good fulcrum if you let it (or force it) to move along an arc consistent with the arm's normal movement. Rather than fighting to force the arm to stop and move in a different direction, you want to guide the arm to finish an arc or path that the body would normally follow, just changing its course enough so it does not strike you. (Hopefully, you have been practicing an unarmed defense where you step at a 45 degree angle forward and to one side). Instead of parrying or blocking a blow with your arm, as you might if unarmed, you want to grab the attackers arm. Adding your full weight to the arm can easily overbalance your opponent and drag his arm to the ground. (If you have stepped aside at a 45 degree angle, it should also put you to side or to the side and slightly behind the attacker, where you may be able to do all sorts of harm to the attacker's shoulder and/or elbow joint). On the other hand, a straight overhead strike down with a knife can easily be redirected so that the attacker ends up (with your help) stabbing himself in the thigh or groin. In any event, your goal is to get yourself in a position where you are behind the attacker, whether that is behind him because you have thrown him off balance, or behind him as in sitting on his back with his face buried into the pavement, so he can't effectively use the weapon in the other hand, and allowing you to run away or engage in some other act to end the encounter in your favor.

                                                                                                             However, as Ellifritz recommends, this is really something that you need to practice using dummy weapons with a partner, and working out a solution that works with the training you already have. You can pick up Cold Steel dummy knives for around $10 each, so it hopefully won't break the bank to get a couple.

                                                                                                             The other aspect to this incident is the political and social factors. Of course, this is a result of Europe importing people so alien to its culture that they will never assimilate. As Michael Walsh writes in the wake of this attack:
                                                                                                      Now here we are, half a millennium later [after the failed Turkish attempt to take Malta in 1565], and the war between Islam and the West has rushed in to fill the vacuum left by the U.S. victory against the Soviet Union in the Cold War. That grim conflict was fought out largely via proxies, and in the back alleys of Moscow and Berlin. Today's war -- which only one side seems to recognize -- is now being waged in front of the Mother of Parliaments.

                                                                                                      March 22, 2016 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

                                                                                                      A good, no-nonsense video on the subject. Basically, though, it should be a quality rifle (dependable), and mount a flashlight. An optic is nice, but not necessary. However, if you have an optic, it needs to be one of those that can be left constantly on without running down the battery, such as an Aimpoint (switch the battery once per year); or, if a scope, have a permanently etched reticle.

                                                                                                      Firearms/Self-Defense/Prepping:
                                                                                                      Your battle rifle deserves the simplicity treatment. It can be optimized for only one thing and that thing should be gunfights at medium range. Fit it with a low power, wide field scope that can survive the jackhammer test, backed up by iron sights you've zeroed-in and practiced using. Put together a rifle for precision work at long range if you must, don't compromise your battle rifle, it should be simple, absolutely reliable, and never need batteries.
                                                                                                      • "Reloading 101: Introduction to Hand Dies"--Rifle Shooter. The author observes: "Years  ago they were thought of as an entry level reloading tool (you’d actually hit them with a hammer).  Over time hand dies have grown in sophistication and now represent the pinnacle of reloading technology.  They work so well that they are often encountered in use by bench rest shooters." I have, somewhere, an old set produced by Lee that used a mallet to provide the necessary work. The model that the author is reviewing, however, uses dies with micrometer adjustments for seating, and the work comes from a small arbor press. 
                                                                                                      • But I like slapping the side of my AR: "New Strike Industries Extended AR-15 Bolt Catch"--The Firearms Blog. This one should make it easier to operate the bolt catch to manually lock open the bolt.
                                                                                                      • "Gun safety best ever, accidental deaths at new low, 0.3% of all in 2015"--Washington Examiner. "In its annual 'Injury Facts' report, the [National Safety Council] put accidental gun deaths in 2015 at 489." According to the group, "That's about three-tenths of 1 percent of the 146,571 total accidental deaths from all other listed causes." This is after 8 years of record breaking gun sales.
                                                                                                      • "223 Remington/ 5.56mm NATO barrel length and velocity: 26 inches to 6 inches"--Rifle Shooter. The difference in velocities between 24 and 26 inches is negligible, which suggests that 24 inches is probably the longest a barrel need be. The loss between 24 and 20 inches was larger than the loss from 20 inches to 16.5 inches. The velocity loss between 20 and 18 inches was generally minimal--less than 100 fps in most cases, and much closer with certain of the ammunition tested.

                                                                                                      Other Stuff:
                                                                                                             The Islamic State, or ISIS, has found growing success recruiting teenagers and pre-teens in the West to plot and carry out attacks, according to CTC Sentinel, the Combat Terrorism Center at West Point’s monthly newsletter.
                                                                                                               More curious, very few of these plots are planned by “lone wolves,” or self-radicalized terrorists who do not have any contact with a larger network or group. In fact, more often than not, the teenagers are not “self-radicalizing” but are being lured directly by members of the terrorist organization.
                                                                                                        They want to be heroic; and, per their religion and culture, being heroic means being a terrorist.
                                                                                                        • Another BLM myth destroyed: "Black Egyptians"--West Hunter.  From the article: 
                                                                                                        They [Johannes Krause et al] say “ancient Egyptians shared more Near Eastern ancestry than present-day Egyptians, who received additional Sub-Saharan admixture in more recent times.” Today Egyptians, most of them, have around 20% sub-Saharan ancestry. Apparently it used to be less than that – how much exactly we’ll see when the article comes out, probably. Copts might give you a rough idea of what Egyptians used to be like – whatever the SSA fraction is in modern Copts [probably lower than in typical Egyptians], it was probably lower still 2500 years ago. In particular I would expect that the West African component just wasn’t there yet, although some of the East African component probably was.
                                                                                                        • "Gut bacteria play a role in long-term weight gain"--The Conversation via Yahoo News. According to the article, "[o]ur latest research, published in the International Journal of Obesity, shows that people who have a stable weight over nine years or lose weight, have a larger number of different types of microbes in their guts, eat more fibre and have a higher abundance of certain types of gut microbes." It also notes that people on a "yo-yo diet," had higher weights than people fed the same calories under a steady diet, but the "yo-yo" diet resulted in less diversity among the gut bacteria.
                                                                                                        • Let me count the ways: "Seven Ways China Conquers The Philippines"--21st Century Asian Arms Race
                                                                                                        • "FBI Investigates Online Right For Russia Ties"--Anonymous Conservative. Just an excuse to surveil conservative bloggers. AC observes:
                                                                                                                 Our government has forked. There is the openly acknowledged government of the Constitution, with all of its rules, regulations and laws, and then there is the shadow government which rolls under the radar, and does what it wants. Periodically the forks end up on the same lines when leftists control the open government as well as the shadow side, but the shadow government is run by the rabbits constantly – at least until Trump manages to repopulate it with his people.
                                                                                                                   This excuse is the machine covering its ass for eight years of aggressively targeting the online right. Either the government thinks we are all Russian deep cover spies, targeting America for destruction on behalf of our comrades in Moscow, or they are full of shit and scrambling to explain something that is about to come out. It is interesting, because I never thought anything about our targeting would ever become public, but it seems as if the machine is now laying the groundwork to explain what exactly the reasons were for its interest in the online right.

                                                                                                            Tuesday, March 21, 2017

                                                                                                            Cost/Benefit of Firearms

                                                                                                                    The Daily Mail reports on a study by the Stanford School of Medicine in California which attempts to estimate the direct and indirect costs of gun violence. Obviously, I'm relying on a news report and so cannot comment on the specific methodology used in the study, but I would note that what they are terming "gun violence" includes all gun related injuries, which would, perforce, include injuries resulting from accident or negligence, as well as suicides or attempted suicides.

                                                                                                                   But there was an interesting point brought out in the article: "shootings of young and poor individuals insured by Medicaid made up about two-thirds of firearm injuries, and they were most often victims of assault." Which suggests that we have a gang problem, not a firearm problem.

                                                                                                                   In any event, the article indicates that the medical costs are $3.1 billion per year for gun injuries. (To put that in perspective, a 2014 article indicated that car crashes cost the U.S. $871 billion per year; there are an estimated 300 million firearms in the United States, which is probably a low estimate, versus 248 million registered cars. You do the math).

                                                                                                                   On the other hand, in The Cost of Crime to Society: New Crime-Specific Estimates for Policy and Program Evaluation (Drug Alcohol Depend. 2010 Apr 1; 108(1-2): 98–109), the authors concluded that "[i]n the United States, more than 23 million criminal offenses were committed in 2007, resulting in approximately $15 billion in economic losses to the victims and $179 billion in government expenditures on police protection, judicial and legal activities, and corrections." That comes out to a cost of $8,434 per offense in 2008 dollars (which is year that the study authors used). Thus, even if firearms only prevented 1.6% of crimes (368,000), we would be ahead from a pure cost standpoint. But, actually, firearms are used 2.5 million times per year to stop crimes, or $21 billion worth of crime using the per crime cost listed above. (In reality the cost savings is much greater because firearms are used to prevent more serious--and, thus more costly--crimes). Thus, based on the studies cited to above, the value of firearms for self-defense far exceed the cost of injuries and deaths from firearms.

                                                                                                            March 21, 2017 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

                                                                                                            "shop robbery sawn off"--RJ D (32 sec.)
                                                                                                            Another robbery video. Again, note how quickly the incident occurred. Interestingly, the robber seemed to know how to work the cash register (point-of-sale terminal) better than the cashier/clerk, and he was doing it while viewing the screen upside down.

                                                                                                            Firearms/Self-Defense:
                                                                                                            • My Glock Gadget arrived back in December 2016. At that time, shipping of the product was to those people that had pre-ordered the item, and interest seemed limited to a relatively small group of people, but I see that is no longer true, with articles concerning the Gadget from Bearing Arms and American Rifleman. The Bearing Arms article is the most detailed, giving examples of instances where it would be useful during reholster, including one incident where an accidental discharge was only avoided because of the Gadget and the tactile warning it gave that the trigger was being depressed upon reholstering. The author also adds:
                                                                                                            I’ve heard some express doubts about The Gadget, wondering if it would make it more likely for dirt and debris to be introduced to the rear of the gun and causing a malfunction. There were several Glocks in that very same muddy class, and I didn’t see any of them suffer malfunctions, no matter how muddy the guns were. The Gadget has been heavily tested by a number of firearms instructors and high-end shooting enthusiasts in all sorts of environments before it went on the market, and their reactions have universally been positive, at least among those I know who have tested it.
                                                                                                            • "Skill Set: Covert Draw"--The Tactical Wire. The idea here is to be able to draw your weapon from concealment without alerting anyone else. This flows from the general advantage of concealed carry: to not automatically be the subject of attention if a violent crime is occurring near you (for instance, an armed robbery) and, hence, to have the option of whether to become involved, and, if so, to pick the time to draw your weapon and interject yourself into the situation.
                                                                                                            • "Building a Precision Sniper Rifle on a Budget (Part 1)"--Loadout Room. This is the first in a series of articles discussing putting together a long range rifle and, as the title suggests, this part is directed toward those with more limited funds.
                                                                                                            • Related: "Rifle stock or chassis?"--Rifle Shooter. Discussing the differences between a chassis and stock system. The basic difference is that the stock will be made of a synthetic material (e.g., fiberglass or carbon fiber) while a chassis will be of aluminum. Also, in most cases, the chassis will be significantly heavier than a stock (although there are a couple of lighter weight options out there). Finally, the rifle will need to be bedded to the stock (i.e., using a bedding compound), while the chassis does not.
                                                                                                            • "CQB: Attitude Beats TTPs"--Weapons Man. Key part: "… if you can find a person that will take an AR and run into a small room of completely unknown contents, expected deadly threat, then you already have ~75% of what you need to create a successful CQB operator. All that remains, is to teach and train your operator the very few principles, and the very simple techniques, for room combat."
                                                                                                            • "The 3 Best Concealed Carry Handguns – Foghorn’s Picks"--The Truth About Guns. His picks, from 1st place to 3rd place: (1) Glock 43; (2) Wilson Combat Bill Wilson Carry 1911; and (3) Ruger LCR in .357 Magnum. Of course, everyone has a different list, but I certainly would discourage anyone from carrying a snub .357 Magnum (unless you are only using .38 Special +P loads in it) because of the excessive recoil and flash for only a marginal improvement (if any) in performance. 
                                                                                                            • "Additions to Ruger Mark IV Line"--The Firearms Blog. A target/competition version and a .22/45 "Tactical".
                                                                                                            • "7.62×39 mm Russian: Effect of barrel length on muzzle velocity"--Rifle Shooter.  From 24-inch to 17-inch by one inch margins, and 16.5 inches thrown in at the end. Highest velocity was 2,454 fps at 23 inches. However, what I thought was interesting was how little the velocity changed between 22 inches (2404) and 16.5 inches (2301). 


                                                                                                            Other Stuff:
                                                                                                                   This seems as good a time as any to remind you of Enoch Powell's "Rivers of Blood" speech that he gave in 1968, as he looked ahead at the consequences of Europe's nascent importation of Muslims:
                                                                                                                   The other dangerous delusion from which those who are wilfully or otherwise blind to realities suffer, is summed up in the word "integration." To be integrated into a population means to become for all practical purposes indistinguishable from its other members.
                                                                                                                     Now, at all times, where there are marked physical differences, especially of colour, integration is difficult though, over a period, not impossible. There are among the Commonwealth immigrants who have come to live here in the last fifteen years or so, many thousands whose wish and purpose is to be integrated and whose every thought and endeavour is bent in that direction.
                                                                                                                       But to imagine that such a thing enters the heads of a great and growing majority of immigrants and their descendants is a ludicrous misconception, and a dangerous one.
                                                                                                                         We are on the verge here of a change. Hitherto it has been force of circumstance and of background which has rendered the very idea of integration inaccessible to the greater part of the immigrant population - that they never conceived or intended such a thing, and that their numbers and physical concentration meant the pressures towards integration which normally bear upon any small minority did not operate.
                                                                                                                           Now we are seeing the growth of positive forces acting against integration, of vested interests in the preservation and sharpening of racial and religious differences, with a view to the exercise of actual domination, first over fellow-immigrants and then over the rest of the population. 
                                                                                                                           In December, 1716, snow fell to the depth of five feet, rendering traveling very difficult, and almost impossible except on snow shoes. The temperature throughout the winter was moderate, but the amount of snow that fell that season has never been equaled in New England during the three centuries of her history.
                                                                                                                              Snow fell in considerable quantities several times during the month of January, and on February 6 it lay in drifts in some places twenty-five feet deep; and in the woods a yard or more on the level. Cotton Mather said that the people were overwhelmed with snow.
                                                                                                                                The great storm began on February 18, and continued piling its flakes upon the already covered earth until the twenty-second; being repeated on the twenty-fourth so violently that all communication between houses and farms ceased.
                                                                                                                                  During the storm enough snow fell to bury the earth to the depth of from ten to fifteen feet on the level, and in some places for long distances it was twenty feet deep. The twenty-fourth was Sunday, and the storm was so fierce and the snow came in such quantities that no religious meetings were held throughout New England.
                                                                                                                                    Indians, who were almost a hundred years old, said that they had never heard their fathers tell of any storm that equaled this.
                                                                                                                            • Related: "New Trump Wiretap News"--Anonymous Conservative. Some more on the developing history of government surveillance of Trump prior to the election.
                                                                                                                            • "Another hapless attack"--Vox Popoli.  Vox Day rebuts another attack and mischaracterization of the Alt-Right--this one by Fred Reed. As I've noted before, Reed generally has interesting and intelligent things to say, but he has a glaring blindness when it comes to the topic of illegal immigration and Latinos. 
                                                                                                                            • The loss of legitimacy and collapse of Empire: "The Empire Should be Placed on Suicide Watch"--The Unz Review. (H/t Vox Popoli). An excerpt:
                                                                                                                                     ... the Neocons’ refusal to accept the election of Donald Trump has resulted in a massive campaign to de-legitimize him. What the Neocons clearly fail to see, or don’t care about, is that by de-legitimizing Trump they are also de-legitimizing the entire political process which brought Trump to power and upon which the United States is built as a society. As a direct result of this campaign, not only are millions of Americans becoming disgusted with the political system they were indoctrinated to believe in, but internationally the notion of “American democracy” is becoming a sad joke.
                                                                                                                                       And just to make things worse, the US corporate media is finally revealing its true face and has now unapologetically shown the entire world that not only is it not in any way “fair” or “objective”, but that it is a 100% prostituted propaganda machine which faithfully serves the interests of the US “deep state”.
                                                                                                                                The rest of the essay pertain to the disarray concerning our foreign policy and loss of military power: the author believes that the Hegemony is over.