Thursday, December 3, 2020

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Making the Case for Voter Fraud

VIDEO: "This may be the most important speech I've ever made...."--Pres. Donald Trump (46 min.)

     If you haven't had the time to watch the speech above, I would advise that you do so (or at least read a transcript). The President sets out his arguments and some of the evidence for claiming fraud in this recent election. The Leftists are mocking the speech as a measure of Trump's supposed desperation to garner some popular support. They (the Left) seem strangely blind to the fact that over half of the country believes that there was widespread fraud. 

    As for myself, I did not have the perception that the President was desperate. Rather, I was reminded of past presentations and briefings that Presidents or cabinet level officials have given to justify taking military action against a foreign country. I see this as something similar--the President is contemplating some action and is providing the justification for it. But the President did not mention any particular action other than the lawsuits that have and continue to be filed to challenge election results in various states. So it's not clear whether this speech was simply to provide his justification for his continuing legal challenges, or if there is a Plan B.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

A Quick Run Around The Web (12/1/2020)

VIDEO: "Two-Man Fire Team Tactics"--UF Pro (2 min.)
This illustrates how a 2-man team might react to an ambush, showing firing and maneuver with a 2-man element, and another reason why you want a larger capacity magazine--suppressive fire. 

Firearms/Self-Defense/Prepping:

    If in your world view, you can say anything to anybody without repercussions, then good for you. It’s naive and perhaps even suicidal, but it is your right to think that way. Here’s the thing though: being verbally aggressive is often the precursor to violent behavior. Just because you don’t punch somebody, doesn’t mean you are not acting aggressively when you called him a “Goddamned fucking idiot!!!!” You might feel justified, you might feel righteous in saying so, but you are still aggressive, even if you have no intention of turning that aggression into physical violence.

    Guess what: some people will take you seriously anyway and assume you’ll go to the violence stage in the next couple of seconds. So they don’t wait for your punch to come and hit you first. They don’t know you, they don’t know if you’ll lash out or not. They’ll just assume you will eventually strike, given your aggressive verbal tirade. What’s more, legally speaking, they will be able to present a strong case in their defense because if you are the only one screaming obscenities, you are the aggressor, not they…

Christ taught that we should love our neighbors, but even more basic is that we shouldn't be a**holes.

  •  "The Best Coat Pocket Defensive Pistols"--Active Response Training. Greg Ellifritz explains in this article that winter carry brings its own complications, including that it is more difficult to get to a firearm you may be carrying on your waste. The historical remedy to this is to carry a small gun in a coat pocket that you can quickly access (perhaps even shooting through the pocket material) giving you time to access your primary handgun if need be. But, as Ellifritz also explains, the handguns need to be light or they will print or pull your coat off kilter. Another concern is muzzle-flash, if you are shooting through the pocket material, because too much flash/blast could set your clothing on fire! Thus, Ellifritz narrows down the choice to alloy framed snubnosed hammerless (or shrouded) revolvers in .38 Special or, if recoil is an issue, .22 LR.
  • "Canadian Army Looks To Replace Ageing Hi-Powers"--The Firearm Blog. "We don’t yet know what sort of pistol and what sort of characteristics the Canadian Army will be looking for yet, but the pistol is very likely going to be modular, ambidextrous and chambered in the ubiquitous 9x19mm round." The UK changed from the Browning to the Glock 17 Gen4 in 2013 (although they also have older Sig P226s).  Australia appears to still be using the Browning. New Zealand uses the Glock 17. My guess is that Canada will probably either opt for the Glock or the Sig P320.
  • "Ball And Dummy"--Art of the Rifle. The author explains: "To sum ball and dummy up, it involves interspersing dummy rounds and live rounds during a string of fire.  The shooter should not know beforehand whether there’s a dummy or a live round in the chamber.  Ideally, to start out with, give a live round to induce the flinch.  A rimfire may not induce a flinch, so this is probably more applicable with centerfire cartridges.  After the first live round, go heavier on the dummies until the flinching and blinking goes away.  Then reintroduce live rounds.  If a flinch reappears, go back to dummies."
  • "US Army Considering Squad Size Change"--Overt Defense. From the lede:
With the Next Generation Squad Weapon (NGSW) program underway, the US army is considering changes in squad size. Working with the basic assumption that introducing new weapons might mean a change in optimal squad organization, the Army’s Maneuver Battle Lab recently revealed that they have commenced a study tackling the issue. While it is uncertain if any change will result from the study, the army had already indicated that the size of the squad will not fall below 9 men.

The article discusses some of the history of the squad and notes that the Marines are experimenting with 15 man squads. The two factors driving the changes are (1) the wider adoption of automatic rifles capable of suppressive fire so, in effect, every member can be an automatic rifleman, and (2) that the squads are too small for effective fire and maneuver using only the elements within the squad. Another factor which will probably require at least one new member to the squad is that small drones are pushing intelligence gathering down to the squad level, but you will need someone that can carry and deploy small surveillance drones. Thus, at a minimum, I would expect the squad to increase to 10 men, with an "assistant squad leader" in charge of communications and drones, but I suspect that they will add a third fire team.
  • "Winning In The Jungle: B-720 Tips Of The Trade"--American Partisan. This is an update to the B-52 tips that American Partisan had published earlier. These are lengthy, detailed lists of tips and tricks, and will probably overwhelm most people trying to take it all in at once. I believe that the person that will get the most out of this list will be the person with some background in reconnaissance patrols and/or actively practicing such techniques. That is, practice, read through the list and pick up a few additional tips, incorporate that into your techniques, practice and repeat.
  • "Wartime Networks" by Sam Culper, Guerrilla America. From the article:
    I’m re-reading Networks of Rebellion for the umpteenth time. Really, for the third time but it feels like more.

    It’s a dense, data rich, academic view of insurgency. Not for the weak of mind or those who get bored easily, but the payoff is the knowledge of what makes and breaks insurgent networks.

    The greatest take away so far is that peacetime networks form the basis of wartime insurgent networks.

    In other words, you go to irregular war with the friends you have, not necessarily the friends you want.

    And it reminded me of one of David Kilcullen’s books called The Accidental Guerrilla. Kilcullen explains Usama bin Laden’s strategy of marrying into the family of Mullah Omar (or maybe Omar married into UBL’s), which is how UBL became ingratiated into Afghan Pashtun culture.

    And under the code of Pashtunwali, the Pashtuns were obligated to protect UBL. The Taliban couldn’t give up UBL based on this honor code, which virtually assured a ground war in Afghanistan to defeat the Taliban and vanquish al-Qaeda.
    If you are new to the notion of reloading your own ammunition, before you even think of spending any money on equipment or components, get a good reloading manual. Get several manuals, such as from Speer, Hornady, Sierra, Nosler, as well as the powder manufacturers. Hodgdon and Alliant are the two major powder suppliers in the U.S. VihtaVouri is an excellent powder from Finland, and is most definitely worth consideration. All suppliers publish load data for their powders for more cartridges than one can imagine.

    Study each one of these manuals, as well as the online loading data provided by the powder manufacturers, and see how variations of components and powders might affect your decisions. ...

You will also note that the manuals may differ quite a bit on certain loads. For instance, I've noticed that Hornady is generally much more conservative in their recommendations--I had one bullet and powder combination where the maximum load in the Hornady manual was the starting load in a different manual. On another point, the author recommends sticking to a basic balance beam scale for measuring powder weights. No. Electronic scales are not that expensive if you are just going with a basic scale, and they are much easier to work with.

  • "Reloading 7.62x39mm" by Norman Gray for Starline Brass. Some warnings to separate and sort your brass because you won't be able to reload steel casings or casings that are Berden primed, and while most manufacturers use large rifle primers, a few use small rifle primers. Another thing to keep in mind is that some American made rifles in 7.62x39mm had a .308 bore as opposed to the .311 bore typical of the Eastern bloc or Chinese rifles. (The author notes that Ruger switched to a .311 bore barrel for the Mini-30 in 1992, but earlier versions used a .308 barrel). The author offers some other tips for the budding reloader and a few of his own recipes. 
  • "The Guns of Thanksgiving" by Philip Schreier, American Rifleman. A look at the firearms that the Pilgrims would have carried. Contrary to popular art, it was not the blunderbuss (which hadn't even been invented) nor the matchlock used by Spanish explorers a century earlier, but snaphaunce muskets. 

The snaphaunce was developed in the late 16th century in Scandinavia and the Low Countries (Holland, Belgium and Flanders). It was the first lock to feature a piece of flint held in a vice-like hammer (referred to as a cock). When fired, the flint would fall on a frizzen, causing a shower of sparks to then drop into the pan, igniting the priming charge. While not as susceptible [as the matchlock] to the sudden changes in weather, the snaphaunce was a marked improvement over trying to keep a lit ember going while also trying not to spill any loose charging powder that might set off an unfortunate chain of events.

  • Some more firearm history: "'V' Is For Victory: The Smith & Wesson Victory Model Revolver" by Bruce N. Canfield, American Rifleman. "While all of the .38 [Military & Police model] revolvers made by Smith & Wesson during World War II were dubbed 'Victory Model,' the term as generally used today refers to the .38 Spl. 4"-barreled revolvers as made under U.S. Navy and U.S. Ordnance Dept. contracts."
  • "One Shot Timer Rules Them All"--Redhawk Firearm Training. A review of the RangeTech Shot Timer. The author writes:
    For those of you that instruct, this is an absolute game-changer!  I can use the sturdy clip to attach the timer itself to the belt, hat, or even shirt collar of one of my students in the center of the line.  This allows me the freedom to move freely behind the firing line, while keeping the sound of the timer where I want it to be!  From my phone, I can change every possible setting of the timer from par times to sensitivity.

    On my other shot timers that I have used, the display is harder to read in shadowed or low-light environments, but because all of the feedback is on my phone, I can not only see it well, but I can save it as well. 

    Here’s my single biggest gain when using the RangeTech - EFFICIENCY.  On other models of shot timers, I have to remember a certain combination of manual buttons in order to scroll through a setting menu, and then hit that manual button a whole bunch of times to get to what I’m needing.  Now, it’s as simple as looking at the entire setting menu for the timer on one screen with my phone, and selecting what I want rapidly.

    This saves precious time when I’ve got students on the line, but personally, it’s an excellent resource to have when dry-firing for my own proficiency.  I have saved precious minutes between reps by having the ability to change every setting on this timer from my phone instead of a click-and-scroll manual button menu.

And at about $75, it is a lot less than other shot timers. My shot timer is the Competition Electronics Pocket Pro 2. It's not pretty and it uses up 9 volt batteries like there is no tomorrow even if the timer has been turned off, but it works. 

    On November 15, 1884, [Oscar] Thomas made a beeline to the store of Witzleben & Key on Main and Sixth streets in Caldwell, Kansas. He had an ongoing beef with the store because it would not sell him goods on credit. Thomas was armed to the hilt with a dirk knife and a sixshooter. Apparently, he had once told his compadres that he would carry his gun to town if he so desired, and no man or officer of the law would take it from him.

    With a snoot full of who-hit-john, Thomas accosted store clerk Mack Killibraw. Killibraw took up an axe handle and would have used it on Thomas had Mr. Witzleben not taken it from him. Anyway, during the fracas, the town marshals were summoned, and they arrived in time to catch Thomas going for his gun.

    As Marshal Phillips entered the store from the front, Killibraw grabbed Thomas’s hand to keep him from drawing his revolver. Phillips, with his own revolver drawn, ordered Thomas to, “Throw up your hands.”

    Thomas turned, faced Phillips, and calmly made a move to draw his gun. Phillips fired, whereupon Thomas dropped down partially behind the store counter. Phillips again told him to put his hands up. He refused again.

    By then Assistant Marshal Wood had entered the store from a side door, and after Thomas refused to throw out his guns, Phillips commanded Wood to shoot. Wood did as he was ordered, hitting Thomas clean in the head with a shot from his revolver. Thomas died from his wounds the next morning. An autopsy showed Phillips’s bullet had hit Thomas in the left breast, passed through, and came out to the right of his spine. Wood’s bullet entered Thomas’s skull to the left of the junction of the parietal bones and the occipital bone, passed through the brain, lacerating it, and exited through the middle of the forehead.

  • "Digging Your Own Well the Right Way" by Tom Marlowe, The Survivalist Blog. A detailed look at wells and the different methods of digging wells. One thing to be aware of, particular in the western United States, is that you may be required to apply for a water right or license from the state in order to draw water because in those states you may not have a property right in the water that flows or collects over, or under, your property. 
  • "Bug Out Batteries"--Blue Collar Prepping. This is a follow up to the author's recent article on alkaline versus rechargeable batteries. In this article, she looks at different methods of recharging, including the Brunton Explorer solar recharger, a newer Panergy Solar Charger & Battery Bank, and the Eton FRX2 handcranked generator/radio/charger. If you are wanting to charge AA or AAA sized batteries, she recommends the Guide 10 Plus recharger from Goal Zero with a mini-USB input.
  • This might be a fun project: "Building a radio receiver - how the first receivers worked"--Rebuilding Civilization. He explains:
    The first receivers made use of something called a “coherer”. It’s really just a pile of metal filings that are loosely placed between two electrodes.

    It has a remarkable behavior that allows us to detect radio waves.  When no radio waves are present, the resistance between the electrodes is quite high. However, when a radio frequency is present, the metal filings microscopically "weld" together and the resistance drops dramatically. This behavior can be used in an electrical circuit to alert us to the presence of radio waves and it will be covered in detail below. The coherer must then be reset, which involves shaking up the filings to cause the coherer to go back to its non-conductive state, in order to detect the next signal.

The receivers using coherers were only good for pulsed signals (e.g., Morse code) and needed a strong signal to work. The article describes the circuit needed and how tuning was based on the length of the antenna.  

    Beginning in 2000, the Dallas P.D. equipped its patrol cars with GPS locators, which provide data on the vehicle’s coordinates every half-minute. Weisburd analyzed police location data from 2009 against 911 calls in each “beat,” the roughly two-square-mile area that DPD officers patrol. The resulting dataset provides a minute-by-minute measure of police presence and crime levels across Dallas.

    There’s a classic problem associated with similar studies of police effect on crime. If an increase in crime causes police to flood a particular area, then a comparative analysis may suggest that an increase in the number of police correlated with an increase in the crime level. This phenomenon—called simultaneity—caused early researchers to conclude, erroneously, that more police increased crime.

    To address this problem, Weisburd takes advantage of the Dallas PD’s “rapid response” mandate, which calls on officers to respond to emergency calls within minutes. Because this mandate often requires officers to leave their beats, one can examine how a call for help in another area of the city affects crime rates in the area that the departed cop was meant to be patrolling. Weisburd focuses on non-crime out-of-beat calls, ensuring that the out-of-beat event is not of the same sort as the crimes in-beat she subsequently tracks.

    The effect is pronounced. Weisburd finds that a 10 percent decrease in time spent in a beat results in a 7.4 percent increase in crime, as measured by 911 calls. Conversely, a 10 percent increase in time on beat reduces public disturbances by 6 percent to 7 percent, and burglaries by 5 percent. In other words, the presence of cops has a major effect on the crime rate.

    But by what mechanism do police alter the crime rate? Weisburd proposes two possibilities: that the mere presence of an officer deters crime, or that the presence of an officer increases the chance that an offender will be arrested before he commits multiple crimes, thus lowering the overall offense rate.

Of course, not all law enforcement is equal. We are well aware of the many failures of the Broward County Sheriff's Department, but here is a new one: a "squad" of eighteen (18) deputies watched a young black man attempting to break into a house without confronting the attempted burglar or doing anything to stop him. While the crippled homeowner faced the door on his own, crutches and a firearm in hand, telling the 911 dispatcher how scared he was, the deputies stood down the street for 15 minutes and did nothing until the burglar gave up and voluntarily surrendered. The justification for this dereliction of duty? The deputies were supposedly trying to set up a perimeter to make sure no one else was hurt by the lone, unarmed perp. My opinion is that what they were actually waiting for was for the resident to shoot the perp, and then rush in and arrest the resident.


VIDEO: "Review and refresher"--30 Second Tactics (4 min.)
A roundup of some key tips for safe use and operation of a patrol rifle and pistol light.

The Current Unrest:

This move means that should Joe Biden emerge as the victor in the 2020 election, that Durham can continue his investigation and cannot be easily fired by the Biden administration. The Associated Press notes that “a special counsel can be fired only by the attorney general and for specific reasons, such as misconduct, dereliction of duty, conflict of interest of other violations of Justice Department policies,” and that an attorney general must “document those reasons in writing.”
    ... that peaceful and trustworthy elections are likely no longer possible in America means Americans no longer have any peaceful options should the ruling powers do things that the public doesn’t like. Eventually, the response will be violence, and bloodshed, and brutality.

    I am not calling for it. I am simply predicting that it will happen, all because the Democrats refused to accept the legality of the 2016 election and then used any means to steal the 2020 elections, and the Republicans stood by and let them do it.
    During the weeks following November 3, innumerable election experts and statistical analysts have pored over the voting data upon which former Vice President Joe Biden’s purported campaign victory ostensibly stands. A growing body of evidence ranging from straightforward ballot audits to complex quantitative analyses suggests that the tabulation of the votes was characterized by enough chicanery to alter the outcome of the election. Consequently, a consensus has gradually developed among the auditors of publicly available information released by the states, and it contradicts the narrative promulgated by the Democrats and the media. The more data experts see, the less convinced they are that Biden won.

    Among the analysts who question the legitimacy of Biden’s victory is Dr. Navid Keshavarz-Nia, a cybersecurity expert whose technical expertise was touted by the New York Times last September and who has been described as a hero in the Washington Monthly. It’s unlikely that either publication will be singing his praises for his work pursuant to the recent election. His damning analysis of the electronic manipulation of votes that occurred in the early hours of November 4 appears in a sworn affidavit included with C.J. Pearson v. Kemp, a lawsuit filed by Attorney Sidney Powell in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. His nine-page affidavit (Exhibit 26) describes how it is possible to manipulate votes, where this occurred, and sums up his findings as follows:

I conclude with high confidence that the election 2020 data were altered in all battleground states resulting in hundreds of thousands of votes that were cast for President Trump to be transferred to Vice President Biden. These alterations were the result of systemic and widespread exploitable vulnerabilities in DVS, Scytl/SOE Software and Smartmatic systems that enabled operators to achieve the desired results. In my view, the evidence is overwhelming and incontrovertible.

    Dr. Keshavarz-Nia is by no means the only expert to reach the conclusion that widespread vote-tampering occurred. This examination of the election results, for example, uses quantitative analysis to identify some very odd anomalies in the 2020 vote patterns. But it isn’t necessary to be a sophisticated statistician or cybersecurity expert possessed of arcane knowledge of how voting machines operate to see that enough ballot fraud occurred to change the election results in several states. That Keshavarz-Nia provides his findings in a sworn affidavit, under penalty of perjury, renders him highly credible. Still, his conclusions are rather opaque to anyone without an enormous amount of training and experience in his field. This requires many of us to take what he says on faith.

    Giuliani’s first witness at the was officer retired U.S. Army Colonel Phil Waldron, a cybersecurity expert who spent half of his 30-year military career as a cavalry officer, conducting armed reconnaissance, and the last half of his career in information warfare.

    Waldron stated that the common software in most of the automated systems operating in the United States today come from Smartmatic Voting Systems and are vulnerable to hackers or on-site manipulation.

    Waldon said that his “white hat hackers” had witnessed Dominion communicating with overseas servers, directly contradicting fired Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Director Chris Krebs, who said the 2020 election was “the most secure in American history” and that “there is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”

    He said his team used a reconnaissance tool to look at the Dominion voting network on November 3, confirming that the it was connected to the internet, and that “there were plenty of vulnerabilities” allowing hackers to “penetrate the system.”

    Waldon said his team observed “packet traffic” that went from the U.S. to Frankfurt, Germany, but wasn’t sure if the traffic was coming from Dominion, or another automated voting system.

    He explained that “packet traffic” are “bits of information that are sent over the internet protocol from one point to another.” An automated voting system company called Scytl is located in Germany.

    The four updates in question (coming early on November 4, 2020) are: a 6:31 a.m. Eastern update in Michigan with 141,258 Joe Biden votes and 5,968 Donald Trump votes; a 3:42 a.m. Central update in Wisconsin with 143,379 Biden votes and 25,163 Trump votes; a 1:34 a.m. Eastern update in Georgia with 136,155 Biden votes and 29,115 Trump votes; and a 3:50 a.m. Eastern update in Michigan with 54,497 Biden votes and 4,718 Trump votes.

    Without these updates, Biden would have lost the states of Michigan, Wisconsin, and Georgia, giving him 42 fewer votes in the Electoral College and costing him the presidency.

    Citing state records, the lawsuit claims that Benson’s office sent out 355,392 unsolicited ballots. Northon explained that Michigan law requires two signatures for absentee voting: a signature on an application form and a signature on the security sleeve for the ballot. In this election, officials mailed out more than 300,000 ballots that no one had requested.

    * * *

    ... almost 30,000 voters said they had sent in absentee ballots but Michigan’s voting records show those ballots were not counted. The lawyer explained that Matthew Brainard conducted a survey and found “29,682 people said they requested a ballot, said they voted, and their ballot wasn’t counted. The state’s records show it wasn’t counted.”

    Why did their ballots not make it to the final tally? Northon said the Amistad Project has “more than three dozen affidavits” testifying that officials threw out ballots when they did not like the result. ...

    Michigan officials counted another 35,109 ballots that were not associated with any address. ... According to Northon, voters “were sent an absentee ballot, but there’s no address on file. They voted. That violates the law.”

    Michigan officials also counted 13,248 ballots cast by individuals who were registered to vote in another state. They also counted 317 ballots from people who voted more than once and 259 ballots from voters who listed only an email address instead of a physical address. Finally, election officials mailed out at least 74,000 absentee ballots that voters requested online.

    “The statute requires a signature, all they’re doing is checking a box,” Northon explained.

    These illegal tabulations and omissions add up to more than three times the margin of victory in the State of Michigan. ...


Miscellany:

Contrary to popular belief, globalization has functioned as a substitute for innovation and growth. With globalization on the march, the western ruling class could continue to indulge in its most preferred activities, regulation and taxation, in an environment where both of these political addictions appeared sustainable. Non-western elites could perpetuate their authoritarian regimes, garnering growth and legitimacy, from the access to the western markets. Their copy-and-paste method of “innovation” from western firms would fit well with an indigenous business class composed of mostly insiders and ex-regime apparatchiks.

2020 is not the great reckoning predicted in the book of Revelation, despite the fires, the plagues, and the wailing on Twitter. It is the resignation and determination of Exodus, of a dogged people packing up U-Hauls and fleeing this frontier state to seek an even newer, more eternal world.
 
The author is a venture capitalist and part of the locust horde.
    Elaine, a front-line health care worker in Minneapolis, was putting groceries in the trunk of her car recently, in a crowded parking lot at the Uptown Kowalski’s Market, giving her high-alert system a break, as most of us do when some benign activity consumes our attention. It was 5:15 p.m.

    A moment later, a car blaring loud music pulled up behind hers, trapping her at her own car’s trunk. Someone got out of the car and punched Elaine to the ground. An accomplice wrested her handbag from her arm. In the next instant, the car and assailants were gone. It was again a regular evening, just after dark, in a busy parking lot in Uptown.

    The robbery had happened so fast that no one had even noticed. Elaine, my colleague’s mom, a 60-plus year-old woman, beaten and robbed, her eye already swelling shut, had to pull herself up from the ground and stumble into the store for help.

    The store security chief, Scott Nelson, experienced with this kind of crime, immediately began reviewing film from monitoring cameras at nearby businesses.

    Committed to pursuing justice for Elaine, Nelson laments that we “need police service and we need more of it. South Minneapolis is worse than I’ve ever seen it.” He describes the surge of 20-plus attacks a day that are now striking people just going about their daily business, people like Elaine.

    Usually in a stolen car, perpetrators Nelson describes as “young teens, 12-to-14 years old” cruise from lot to lot in neighborhood business districts, waiting for a victim, “like a deer hunter sits in a tree.”

    When they are apprehended, Nelson says consequences are negligible. “I arrest the same people over and over. Nothing happens to them.”
Social Architects (26) is a black identitarian organization headquartered in Washington, D.C. Headed by former Department of Homeland Security employee Ayo Kimathi, “SA-26” fosters pan-Africanism, opposes homosexuality, and resists the deep state. Chris Roberts interviewed SA-26 by email earlier this month. 
    The story of Cynthia Ann and her son, Chief Quanah Parker, is told in S.C. Gwynne's book, Empire of the Summer Moon. Gwynne traces the rise and fall of the Comanche Nation against the backdrop of the fight for control of the American Midwest.

    Gwynne tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that he became interested in telling the Comanche story because of their integral role in preventing — and then opening up — the American West to white settlers.

    "If you go back through Comanche history, you see that they were the ones who stopped the Spanish from coming North," he explains. "Why did the French stop coming west from Louisiana? Comanches. ... Here was why the West Coast and the East Coast settled before the middle of the country. Here was why there was basically a 40-year wait before you could develop the state of Texas or before other Plain states could be developed."
    Item: Did you know a TV remote can become a spying device by hijacking the infrared it uses to communicate with a set-top box?

    Item: But who needs a remote when you can just yell at your TV? The FBI says that’s not safe either: Hackers can control a smart TV‘s camera and microphone to remotely record video and audio of whoever’s in the room, or use the unsecured TV to get into your router and then your PC.

    Item: Even a humble coffee maker can be hijacked and turned into a ransom-demanding machine. So can other unsecured IoT devices.
    'Together with the dispersed timing of key evolutionary transitions and plausible priors, one can conclude that the expected transition times likely exceed the lifetime of Earth, perhaps by many orders of magnitude

    'In turn, this suggests that intelligent life is likely to be exceptionally rare.'

Space manifolds act as the boundaries of dynamical channels enabling fast transportation into the inner- and outermost reaches of the Solar System. Besides being an important element in spacecraft navigation and mission design, these manifolds can also explain the apparent erratic nature of comets and their eventual demise. Here, we reveal a notable and hitherto undetected ornamental structure of manifolds, connected in a series of arches that spread from the asteroid belt to Uranus and beyond. The strongest manifolds are found to be linked to Jupiter and have a profound control on small bodies over a wide and previously unconsidered range of three-body energies. Orbits on these manifolds encounter Jupiter on rapid time scales, where they can be transformed into collisional or escaping trajectories, reaching Neptune’s distance in a mere decade. All planets generate similar manifolds that permeate the Solar System, allowing fast transport throughout, a true celestial autobahn.

Bigger question: can the same process work with planets? We know the Jupiter and Saturn had to form much nearer the Sun than their current orbits, so how long did they take to migrate from the inner solar system, and have they moved back and forth? 

Monday, November 30, 2020

Recommended Reading: New Post From Defensive Pistol Craft

Jon Low at Defensive Pistolcraft has published his (generally) monthly roundup of articles, video, and commentary. Lots of good stuff. But before we get started, I want to say thanks to Jon for the shout-out and link to a recent review I did of a shoulder roto-holster for Craft Holsters. 

    Jon begins this month with the following advice:

     You must carry your loaded pistol on your body concealed.  You won't have time to get it.  You won't have time to load it.  If you open carry, you will be the first one shot to death.  

     When the violence starts, there will be no warning.  All is calm, and then all hell breaks loose.  When nation states go to war, there is troop movement and massing of forces.  At our level, there is no telegraphing of intention; not by the enemy, not by you.  So, you must be aware.  You must prepare.  

     As all 2nd Lieutenants are taught, you may be forgiven for losing a battle.  But, you will never be forgiven for being taken by surprise.  Why was the Commander of the Pearl Harbor Naval Base court martialed?  Because he allowed a surprise attack by the Japanese on his base.  

     I read of an incident where a man was stopped at a road block in Portland, OR, pulled out of his car, and beaten.  This will never happen to you, because you are in condition yellow and see the road block in time to U turn.  If not, you will have your doors locked and your windows up, because you're not an idiot.  You won't worry about running over the rioters, because you must protect your child in the back seat.

     Remember, self defense is to prevent the attack.  (So, you should never get hurt.)  If you fail at that, self defense is to stop the attack.  (So, you don't get hurt too much.)

     After the attack it is not self defense.  It is revenge and retribution, which is not legal.  (If you're not dead.)

He links to a lot of articles on self-defense, including an article noting incidents where people had to use more than 10 rounds in a self-defense shooting, another on the topic of "Everything you know about violence is wrong" unless you are a professional with exposure to violence, and a couple on using flashlights (I'm skipping a lot). He discusses some training classes he attended and lessons learned. Jon recommends using pistols that are ambidextrous in case of having to shoot using your off-hand, and discusses some that are truly ambidextrous in their controls. And he has a lengthy discussion of different types of self-defense insurance as well as articles discussing the different carriers, and a list of the insurance carriers. For instance, he notes that you should avoid the reimbursement plans as you will need the money up front. Finally, Jon ends with a personal anecdote about confronting some drug dealers at his apartment complex, and the absolute disinterest expressed by the Nashville PD. 

Read the whole thing.

UPDATE (12/3/2020): Mr. Low writes concerning some of the items mentioned above...

    Some misunderstood my comments in the last post.  The police lady from the vice department telling me "not to cause trouble" was actually telling me not to make more work for her.  

     Yes, confronting drug dealers is dangerous.  But, if you don't chase them out of your neighborhood, they will scare off the nice residents.  And before your children graduate from high school, your neighborhood will turn into a slum.  Yes, it does happen that fast.  No, as a matter of fact, the police will not chase the drug dealers out of your neighborhood for you.  As you can see from John Farnam's comments above, the police won't even rescue you from a home invader.  You think they are going to chase drug dealers out of your neighborhood for you?  

    The John Farnam referrence is to: https://defense-training.com/tactical-loitering/

"COVID-19 Lockdowns: Liberty and Science" By Sam Jacobs

Sam Jacobs, writing at the Libertas Bella blog, discusses the Covid-19 lockdowns and their threat to liberty. He begins:

    The Chinese Coronavirus (COVID-19) hit American shores — officially, anyway, there is significant evidence that it arrived earlier — in late January 2020. The American public was then told that a two-week shutdown of the economy would “flatten the curve,” relieving the pressure on hospital intensive care units and saving lives in the long run.

    The average American, including conservatives, being people of good faith, complied, thinking that this was a common-sense measure that would save lives in the wake of a new and mysterious pandemic. 

    But two things quickly happened: First, the goalposts moved. No longer was it enough to “flatten the curve.” Now we were to be locked down until there was a cure. 

    Even the cure was not enough for some figures like the lionized-by-liberals Dr. Anthony Fauci — we would continue to be locked down even after a vaccine had been rammed through the approvals process with limited testing. When would we be allowed out by our masters? No one could answer this. 

    Second, there was an intensification of the authoritarian measures. Some states, aided by Big Tech, introduced “contact tracing” where people had to sign in with extensive personal information if they wanted to, for example, eat out at a restaurant. This was so that, in the event of infection with COVID-19, the state health department would be able to track and trace everyone you had contact with. 

    We should add that a third thing didn’t so much “happen” but was discovered: As it turns out unless you are old (over the age of 65), morbidly obese or suffer from a complicating disorder (such as diabetes or asthma), COVID-19 was little more than a bad cold or the flu. 

    What’s more, there was a financial incentive from the government to mark deaths as COVID-19 deaths when they were not. George Floyd, the man who died while being arrested by the Minneapolis Police Department, sparking riots over the summer of 2020, is officially a COVID-19 death because he died with COVID-19, despite not dying of COVID-19.

    By the fall of 2020, the facts became clear: While COVID-19 was dangerous for select populations, it had an extremely low death rate among the young and healthy. 

    The generous or naive might say that the COVID-19 health measures are misguided attempts to protect the population. A more hard-nosed or cynical person likely thinks that these measures are a deliberate attempt to enact totalitarian measures leveraging public panic.

    This, of course, would not be the first time the government and its toadies took advantage of such a panic, with the 9/11 attacks presenting a recent example of such. 

    We believe that COVID-19 measures are little more than a cynical power grab. We also believe that they have no basis in “the science” often breathlessly invoked by the toadies of this power grab. 

    In this article, we will make a compelling case that there is nothing scientific about this attack on the individual civil liberties of Americans. As Canadian Dr. Roger Hodkinson, a top pathologist, virologist, and CEO of a biotech company manufacturing COVID tests said, “this (COVID-19) is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on an unsuspecting public.”

Read the whole thing. And consider that COVID-19 is being used to terrorize the public in order to force political change, even if that is merely the accumulation of state power. As such, it is a form of terrorism, and those officials falsely and dishonestly pushing lockdowns and other power grabs could, and maybe should, be considered terrorists.

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Book Review: "The 100 Greatest Combat Pistols" by Timothy J. Mullin


  Book: The 100 Greatest Combat Pistols: Hands-On Tests And Evaluations Of Handguns From Around The World by Timothy J. Mullin. Boulder, Co., Paladin Press, 1994 (408 pages).

    This is the first of three books that Mullin published evaluating military arms: later books covered rifles and light machine guns, and submachine guns, machine pistols, and shotguns. I'm sure that Mullin is not the one that chose the title because it is misleading. The book isn't about the "greatest" combat pistols, but instead covers some 100+  handguns used by major militaries from approximately 1880 to 1990, providing Mullin's own evaluation of the firearms as a combat weapon based on his experience in the military in Vietnam, law enforcement, and as a civilian shooter and writer. Some were excellent in his opinion; most were indifferent; and probably more than you would expect were terrible. 

    Obviously, it currently being 25 years after the book was completed, the book is somewhat out of date because it does not include some of the more modern polymer handguns that have gained acceptance among various military and paramilitary organizations. The intent of the book wasn't to provide information on the latest military arms, however, but to provide information on firearms one might encounter in out-of-the-way places around the globe. But for someone interested in military weapons and wanting something more than the bare statistics or history of the weapon, this is a good book to add to your collection. 

    Mullin's evaluations consisted of shooting the weapon on a target range at 50 feet, and using the handgun in a police-style "cinema range", combined with his thoughts on how easy it was to activate or deactivate the safety, general feel, the quality or usefulness of the sights, etc. There were some firearms that were terrible as target pistols, but proved very effective on the cinema range--and vice versa--but Mullin gave greater weight to its performance on the cinema range. 

    Through the book, and more comprehensively at the end, he provides his thoughts on what is needed in a military pistol, some of which won't sit well with experienced shooters. But, as he explains, his focus is on qualities for a trooper on the front lines with little or no experience in handguns, and little interest in handguns to boot, so he tends to emphasize passive safety features more than would an experienced shooter. For instance, throughout the book, he mentions his preference for military pistols using a form of magazine safety to avoid accidental discharges after a soldier has "unloaded" his weapon. 

    Mullin also makes an interesting test of the effectiveness of various popular handgun calibers against two loaded AR magazines such as a soldier or marine would carry in an ammo pouch. The results from this was that 9 mm ball from a Beretta 92 penetrated the first magazine and got stuck in the second; 9 mm Makarov did not go through even one magazine; .45 ACP ball ammo penetrated one magazine and only dented the second; but Czech AP rounds fired from the Beretta 92 had complete penetration of both magazines, pouches, and a 900 page book, coming to rest in the ground.

    Another factor to keep in mind is that Mullin has more concern for what would make a good backup weapon for a frontline soldier or marine over someone behind the lines, which means that he places greater weight on small size and light weight over large and cumbersome handguns. This comes from his own experience in Vietnam where a lot of soldiers carried privately purchased small revolvers that they could carry in the breastpocket of their fatigues as a backup in the event of a primary weapon malfunction.

    And, due to the limitations on ammunition design and construction imposed by the Hague Convention, which prohibited explosive ammunition and hollow-points, he tends to prefer larger calibers over smaller. In this regard, he definitely holds that the .45 ACP is the superior pistol cartridge for standard full-metal jacket military handguns unless penetration of body armor is a concern.

    With all that in mind, his top 5 picks (actually 7 with a couple of ties) for a handgun for a frontline soldier or marine are: (1) S&W Model 65 .357 Magnum with a 2-inch barrel; (2) S&W Model 940; (3) Glock 17; (4) Sig P225 in 9 mm or Sig P220 in .45 ACP; (5) S&W .38 Special 2-inch stainless steel Chief's Special or the Model 642. The five worst were: (1) the Dreyse .32; (2) the "Brixia"; (3) the Montenegren revolver; (4) the Japanese Type 26; and (5) Italian 10.35 mm. He also was surprised at several handguns that performed extraordinarily well on the cinema range and would have been his recommendation for the time when they were issued: (1) the French M1873 11 mm revolver; (2) Mauser M96 broomhandle;  (3) Roth-Steyr M1907; (4) Webley Mark VI; and (5) Soviet PSM in 5.45 mm.

    Interestingly, although Mullin likes the Colt 1911, he did not think it was very good as a military pistol because it needed to be carried cocked and locked to be quickly ready to fire, and lacked a magazine safety, making it too complex to safely use by standard troops. Mullin disliked the Browning Hi-Power because of its hard to use manual safety. Ironically, neither of the semi-auto pistols that made his top 5 had magazine safeties.

    As noted above, one of Mullin's intents was to provide information about firearms that one might come across in journeys around the world, particularly if one had to obtain a weapon from less than legal sources. As part of his discussion, he notes that "you may be in a position where you can get a weapon but not the proper ammunition." He goes on to relate:

Even if you cannot get the proper ammunition, you may be able to modify what you have to fit. For instance, you can expand the base of a .32 ACP to make a rim, and it will work in an 8 mm M1892 revolver. The .380 ACP pistols can fire .32 ACP and .38 Super. You can shoot .380 ACP ammo in a 9x19mm pistol. You can fire .38/.40 in a .44/.40 pistol by wrapping paper around the cartridge. You can single-load .30 Mauser into a 9x19mm pistol and fire it, and .30 Luger will work fine, also. ...

    One thing that Mullin mentions repeatedly is how much more effective handguns would be if the person had access to Très Haute Vitesse (THV) ammunition: ammunition using high velocity solid bullets that were good at both barrier penetration and wounding.  

The bullets had a sharp point which in conjunction with the high velocity was intended to provide excellent barrier penetration. However, the sudden widening of the bullet behind the point was designed to generate a wide wound channel, and the light weight meant that it would quickly lose velocity, both in the target and (should it miss) in the open air. 


Although the source cited above indicates that the bullet material was copper, other sources indicate that the bullets were brass. In any event, they were not allowed to be imported into the United States, having been decreed illegal armor-piercing handgun bullets. Because the manufacturer, Société Française de Munitions (SFM), had been relying on the U.S. market for sales, the loss of access spelled the end of the French efforts, although the same or similar projectiles continued to be used in South Africa.

    The Dutch performed more formal tests that were written up in a research paper. The abstract reports:

The Très Haute Vitesse (THV) bullet was introduced to meet the requirements of law enforcement officers, as an alternative to larger calibre fully jacketed bullets, since expanding or exploding bullets are not relevant in Europe. To examine the effect of the THV bullet in tissue, especially the size of the lesion and the degree of overpenetration, 11 recently killed pigs were shot with the weapons used by the Danish Police Force and a 9-mm pistol for reference. The ammunition was THV in the calibres 7.65 mm, 0.38, and 9 mm, using conventional fully jacketed bullets for comparison. The lesions were considerably larger when the THV bullet was used, the entry wound in particular, being roughly twice the diameter in the case of the THV bullet as compared to the fully jacketed bullet of similar calibre. Only one 7.65-mm THV bullet overpenetrated the target when fired against the thorax or abdomen of the pigs and then with only minimal residual energy. All fully jacketed 7.65-mm bullets, all 0.38 bullets, with the exception of one THV bullet, and all 9-mm bullets overpenetrated the target. The 7.65-mm THV bullet produced a lesion which in its extent resembled that of the fully jacketed 9-mm bullet, and should be a suitable alternative for the Danish Police Force.

Velocities with these bullets is so high--well over 2,000 f/s--that I suspect that hydrostatic shock plays a role in wounding.

Saturday, November 28, 2020

#GiveThanks Day Seven: Thank You Readers, Contributors, Commentors and More...

Last Friday, President Nelson asked members to give thanks each day for a week in a post on social media. This is the final post for this #GiveThanks series, so I want to say thank you to:

  • My readers. My goal with this blog was to point people to useful resources and sources of information concerning the end times and prepping/survivalism in preparation for those times and any lesser emergencies. I've learned far more from the journey than I knew before I started it.  
  • The commentators. There is always a lower number of people commenting on blogs versus the number that do leave comments. The comments I receive have, by and large, been positive and either shared new information or ideas and/or been supportive. I especially want to thank some of my regular commentators including Brian, John Wilder, Bad Attitude, and 1chota, as well as those that have left comments over the past few months including KA9OFF, McChuck, Shootist143, Bob, Jeff, Paul, Francis T. Taylor, Greg Ellifritz, and many more, as well as all those that have left comments over the years.
  • My sometimes contributor, The Realist, who brings a different perspective, skill set and experience to prepping and the end times.
  • Those people that have reached out to me via email. I don't have your permission to post your names, but you know who you are, and I have really benefited from your comments and ideas, sharing links to other articles and videos, and just generally looking out for me. 
  • Those people that have provided products and books to me free of charge to review: Al at Craft Holsters who has provided excellent holsters and provided me the opportunity to try different methods of daily concealed carry that otherwise would not have been possible, Ralph Mroz author of the superb Street Focused Handgun Training series of books, and Evan at Hill People Gear for sending me two different sizes of their high quality and comfortable kit bags which are perfect for carrying on the trail or in the woods. 
  • Those other bloggers that have linked to my blog at various times, including KA9OFF, Greg Ellifritz, Jon Low, and probably many others of whom I am not aware. 
Thank you all!

Friday, November 27, 2020

A Quick Run Around the Web (11/27/2020)

 

VIDEO: "Testing old body armor - bullet proof vest."--30 Second Tactics (7 min.). Greg Ellifritz has pointed out that body armor can retain its effectiveness well beyond its manufacturer's guaranteed life (assuming it hasn't been damaged by moisture, exposure to the sun, or chemicals), and that is what this video demonstrates using soft armor from the 1980s.

Firearms/Self-Defense/Prepping:

  • "Weekend Knowledge Dump- November 27, 2020"--Active Response Training. First, I want to thank Mr. Ellifritz for the shout-out. Second, of course, I recommend that you check out the links to great articles and the commentary. Articles include, but are not limited to, a couple articles on knives and self-defense issues, why BB shot (or any small pellet shotgun load) should not be your first choice for a defensive shotgun load, an article and comments from Greg about melatonin including that it seems to offer some protection against COVID-19, building a get-home bag tailored to your needs, the M-1 carbines being imported from Ethiopia, the success in the 1970s of New York's stake out squad, and a lot more.
  • "B-52 Reconnaissance Tips Of The Trade, Vietnam"--American Partisan. Great tips for working in the bush. You probably should print this up.
  • "Skill Set: Crawl, Walk, Run …"--Tiger McKee, Tactical Wire. McKee explains that "[u]ntil one has learned how to manipulate the weapon and fire it accurately, there’s no reason to even think about progressing into any defensive work. You have to 'crawl' first." And by "crawl" he means learn the basics of firearm safety and principles of marksmanship.
  • "New K-PAK and J-CLIP-R Loaders From Zeta-6"--Revolver Guy. One of the products the company had previously released was the J-Clip which is a flexible speed-loader for the S&W J-frame revolvers. The J-CLIP-R is a version designed for the Ruger LCR revolver. The K-Pak is a speed strip style reloader but with round slightly offset making them quicker and easier to use in reloading over a straight speed strip.
  • "Henry Announces 29 New Rifles & Shotguns"--Guns Magazine. Including a bunch of new lever action models with side-loading gates. 
  • "Featured Gun: The Marlin model 70P 'Papoose'"--Tincanbandit's Gunsmithing. A review of the history and features of this weapon. The first .22 rifle I bought was a Papoose because I wanted something that could be broken down easily for travel--at the time, I was living some distance from home attending college. I loved that rifle. In fact, later, when I was forced to sell some firearms due to money concerns, I opted to keep the Papoose over a Ruger 10/22 I had simply because the Papoose was just as accurate, was more reliable, and had the take-down feature. I passed it on to my oldest son.
  • "The ATF’s False Narrative Surrounding the Legality of SB Tactical Pistol Braces Exposed"--The Truth About Guns. An excerpt:

Then, as we neared the election, the ATF dropped an October surprise, declaring some braced pistols were actually SBRs — NFA-regulated short barreled rifles — only to later back off that determination under pressure. That declaration was in direct disobedience to the Department of Justice’s edict (which happened, in a big part, thanks to Rep. Gaetz with help from brace manufacturer SB Tactical) that ATF could not pursue any new rulings or regulations on pistol braces without first setting clear standards for the accessories in cooperation with the firearm industry.

  • "10 Tools Every Prepper Should Have"--Urban Prepper. He gives some very specific recommendations: (1) a tool box; (2) Black & Decker LDX Drill; (3) DeWalt Grinder; (4) Dremel 4300; (5) hatchet; (6) an Ontario machete; (7) an Eastwing crowbar; (8) a Gerber eTool; (9) a Stanley handsaw; (10) and an arc welder. I'm assuming that this list is in addition to having basic carpenter, mechanics, and gardening tools. I'm also assuming that the handsaw he is recommending is a rip saw, although he doesn't say. I'm not sure about the arc welder--it takes training and practice to be able to use one effectively. I think a beginner would do better with a smaller acetylene welder, which could be used for welding, brazing and cutting with the appropriate tips. In any event, a wire-fed arc-welder will be better for the beginner than one using welding rods.
  • "Are You Prepared? 2020 Winter Holiday Travel Prep Tips"--Survival Life. The author lists 7 things to make sure you have with your care: (1) first aid kit; (2) get home bag; (3) seasonal weather preps such as heavy blankets or sleeping bags, hats, gloves, and emergency communications; (4) a jump starter; (5) something to inflate you tires, whether a bottle of fix-a-flat or compressor; (6) fire extinguisher; and (7) road safety kit. I would add having some sand for traction and tire chains/cables, and probably a tow strap. Even if your vehicle would be incapable of towing another car, it is possible that someone with a truck might stop to help, but not have a tow strap or tow chain. Having your own remedies this problem.
  • "How To Choose The Best Wool Pants For Winter Comfort, Camping And Survival"--Survival Common Sense. An excerpt:
Get a couple inches or so bigger around the waist. They will shrink with use. You may want to wear polypropylene long underwear underneath, or synthetic pajama bottoms if wool makes you itch. Never wear 100-percent cotton thermal longjohns – they will get damp from perspiration and suck the heat away. Also, you’ll want plenty of room in the seat and thighs of the pants if the plans include vigorous snow sports, such as snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.

When the weather turns cold it forces us to modify how we dress, and sometimes how we carry.  While I recommend one carry method consistent for all seasons if you do switch how you carry I recommend limiting it as much as possible.  The main thing that you will want to do is begin to train with the same clothing garments that you will be wearing most of the time.  If you wear gloves, then you need to train with those gloves on to ensure that you will be able to manipulate and shoot your weapon without any problems.  Don’t forget to practice some reloading and malfunction drills with them on, you will find that thick gloves will seriously impede your ability to work the smaller manipulation devices on your handguns like the slide and magazine release. 

Read the whole thing.

  • "Top 10 Things Preppers Forget"--SHTF Preparedness.  (1) a sewing machine to mend clothes (get a mechanical powered one if you envision a lengthy grid down situation); (2) paper towels; (3) baking soda (used for much more than baking); (4) plastic sheeting; (5) paper maps; (6) fire starters; (7) BOBs for each family member; (8) a bicycle or bicycles; (9) spare eyeglasses; and (10) bullion cubes for rehydration (see the B-52 reconnaissance tips article above as well). The author also goes on to list items that people forget to include in their BOBs.
  • "A Long-Term Survival Food That Actually Tastes Good"--Apartment Prepper. The product is NutrientSurvival: Homestyle Scramble dehydrated food made with hash browns, eggs, peppers and cheese. The author particularly liked it in a wrap as a breakfast burrito. 
  • "Alkaline or Rechargeable?"--Blue Collar Prepping. The author writes:

    ... While there is no denying the efficiency and savings of rechargeable, there's also a huge convenience in the ability to quickly swap out exhausted batteries for fresh ones. What's a prepper to do?

    My answer is to take the best of both worlds by purchasing rechargeable AA and AAA batteries to put inside your electronics, along with a recharger unit and a solar panel. This allows you to take advantage of the ready availability of alkaline batteries while also having a semi-renewable* source of power.

She goes on to explain that her set-up is an Eastshine Universal Smart Battery Charger and uses AmazonBasics High-Capacity Ni-MH Rechargeable Batteries. 

    Measure the circumference of your dominant hand (right handed or left handed) which tends to be slightly larger.

    Use a soft flexible tape measure (sewing tape measure) around the palm. Wrap it around the fullest part of your palm – excluding the thumb – as shown.

    Then measure from the tip of your middle finger to the bottom of your hand.

    Your glove size will be the larger of the two measurements.

He also includes tables showing how this translates into sizes for men's, women's, an unisex gloves. 

... Though the terms can be used as synonyms, there’s a difference between a prepper and a survivalist. A prepper seeks to get the tools and supplies needed to react to disasters and emergencies. A survivalist changes their lifestyle according to what response they anticipate would be required to survive the same situation. Preppers are more concerned with accumulating provisions and gear, where survivalists are more concerned with skillsets and lifestyle choices.

  • "SELCO: Timing Is EVERYTHING When the SHTF"--Organic Prepper. Selco begins: "For a starting point, you need to understand something that I mentioned in previous posts. When SHTF occurs, the situation is fluid – it can change quickly, and you need to recognize those changes so you can react in time, and in the proper way." Also, he notes that the real danger is other people.
  • "Top Common Misconceptions About Volcano Eruptions"--Nation.lk (h/t KA9OFF). The first misconception has to do with the role of molten rock in powering eruptions. The article explains:
    About 25-30 kilometers (15-20 miles) below our feet, there is intense heat and pressure. Some kinds of rock melt under these conditions, forming magma.

    That red-hot liquid rock has enough buoyancy to rise towards the surface through cracks in the overlying crust. It might not get there but if it does, there will be an eruption.

    There’s a long way to go, though. Surely the weight of the overlying rock helps squeeze the magma along?

    Nope. It’s running on gas — not fossil fuel, the gases dissolved in the molten rock. These include water vapor, carbon dioxide, and sulfur dioxide.

    Gases bubble out of the magma as it gets higher, since the pressure is decreasing because there is less rock. You can safely get the same effect by opening a carbonated beverage bottle; the contents are under pressure, but carbon dioxide bubble appear when the seal is released.

    But our magma conduit is still capped, so the gases have nowhere to go but out into the conduit. This speeds up the rising melt, and a chain reaction starts that can lead to an eruption, if the gases don’t run out and the magma doesn’t encounter a barrier of some sort that it can’t pass.

    If it does stop, then the magma will begin to cool, eventually freezing in place as a dike, sill, or pluton. Erosion sometimes uncovers these structures, revealing their beauty in places like Devil’s Tower in Wyoming.
 
There are 9 more points discussed in the article, so read the whole thing.


VIDEO: "Canting Your Rifle with a Red Dot"--Tactical Hyve (3 min.)
Demonstrating how canting your rifle slightly when using a red dot allows you to keep your head straight and makes it faster and easier to use the rifle.

The Current Unrest:

    Surprisingly, the deaths of older people stayed the same before and after COVID-19. Since COVID-19 mainly affects the elderly, experts expected an increase in the percentage of deaths in older age groups. However, this increase is not seen from the CDC data. In fact, the percentages of deaths among all age groups remain relatively the same. “The reason we have a higher number of reported COVID-19 deaths among older individuals than younger individuals is simply because every day in the U.S. older individuals die in higher numbers than younger individuals,” Briand said.

    Briand also noted that 50,000 to 70,000 deaths are seen both before and after COVID-19, indicating that this number of deaths was normal long before COVID-19 emerged. Therefore, according to Briand, not only has COVID-19 had no effect on the percentage of deaths of older people, but it has also not increased the total number of deaths.

    These data analyses suggest that in contrast to most people’s assumptions, the number of deaths by COVID-19 is not alarming. In fact, it has relatively no effect on deaths in the United States.

This jives with other reports indicating that there have been no flu deaths in 2020--i.e., flu deaths were attributed to COVID-19.

    “To the extent that there remains any further action to perfect the certification of the results of the 2020 General Election for the offices of President and Vice President of the United States of America, respondents are preliminarily enjoined from doing so, pending an evidentiary hearing to be held on Friday,” read the injunction from Judge Patricia McCullough.

    Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, has promised to appeal the decision but also claims the order has no bearing on the results, as the election was already certified and electors chosen.
    A Nevada judge has agreed to let the Trump campaign present its evidence that fraud and illegalities plagued the state’s election, enough to reverse Joe Biden's win and set an example for other state challenges.

    According to Trump officials, the judge set a Dec. 3 hearing date and is allowing 15 depositions. What’s more, the campaign plans to present its evidence that could result in the rejection of tens of thousands of mail-in ballots in Democratic Clark County, where Biden ballots outnumbered Trump ballots by 91,000 in unofficial results.
    Joe Biden’s lead in Arizona dropped from 10,377 votes to 4,202 after a machine error was discovered on Tuesday. 
 
    The error was from a faulty upload from Greenlee County, which showed 22,110 votes — but should have been 3,723. State officials say that it was temporary and has now been corrected.

These are the days when all voices will be heard and loyalties tried. This is no time to offer allegiance to your enemies and hope your allies will understand. One either believes in freedom enough to risk death, or pension, or accept the fate of those who would destroy it. The 80 million know they are the last vestiges of freedom on earth. They are being asked to accept a fraud, to acquiesce to communism, but they cannot. No matter what the flawed election returns, it cannot be allowed to stand. We know the outcome already and anything less is unacceptable. 

    Many have debated, and Rudy Giuliani only vaguely explained on Lou Dobbs’ show by saying they had “different theories” of the case, why the Trump legal team separated from Sidney Powell.

    Occam’s Razor has a simpler explanation: What Powell is investigating—complicated trans-national computer fraud, involving multiple countries, not just the United States, with immense implications for the democratic system worldwide—takes considerably longer to explicate and prove than the time available to question a presidential election before votes are certified and the Electoral College meets.

    This was corroborated by discussions I held with two men in a position to understand a great deal of this fraud that they say originated in and still emanates to a great degree from Venezuela (with a little help from Cuban, Iranian and Hezbollah friends, possibly others).

    These men wish to remain anonymous because they fear for their safety operating in foreign territory as they frequently do.

    One of them is a former CIA officer who served in the Directorate of Operations and as chief of station in several countries. The other is of Venezuelan birth and lives in the United States.

    In recent years, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and others, they have worked to “flip” leaders and military personnel inside the Venezuelan and Cuban establishments, many of whom were involved with or had information about the extensive narcotics trade undertaken by those two countries as well as Iran and Hezbollah.

    This billion-dollar criminal enterprise, particularly regarding Hezbollah in this instance, was on the brink of an exposure and prosecution that was ultimately ignored, as Politico reported, by the Obama administration on the urgings of the mullahs in order to protect the then-incipient Iran Deal.

    Some of what these men told me can be authenticated, some not for reasons beyond anyone’s control at the moment. I leave it to readers to decide for themselves.

    Nevertheless, for the record, and to understand what we are dealing with, the following members of the Venezuelan leadership are currently indicted in the United States for narcotics trafficking: President Nicolas Maduro, National Assembly leader Diosdado Cabello, petroleum minister Tareck El Aissami, Vice President Delcy Rodriguez, former intelligence chief Hugo Carvajal, and Venezuelan Army Chief of Staff Vladimir Padrino.

    To give an idea of the extent of the crime, notorious Mexican “narcotrafficante” El Chapo was said to be worth $1.2 billion. Diosdado Cabello, I was told by one of my informants, is worth in excess of $20 billion! That puts him up there among the richest people in the world. Mix petrodollars—Venezuela, in whatever condition, has one of the richest oil fields on the planet—with drug dollars and you have a lucrative cocktail.

Smartmatic

    The two men spoke with me about the origins of the Smartmatic system, which they analogized in some respects to 9/11, mentioning that it was another example of how we tend to underestimate our adversaries, in this case their computer capabilities.

    With China and Russia to worry about, Venezuela has been more or less off our radar, but, given the figures above, it shouldn’t be. Their ruling class—not their people, clearly—has enough working capital to do as much damage as anyone.

    More than a mere Banana Republic, they are a growing criminal state with tentacles reaching into Colombia and across the Atlantic into one of the major parties of our NATO ally Spain, I was told.

    But back to Smartmatic.

    In 1998, socialist Hugo Chavez, on his way to being maximum leader for life, changed the constitution of his country, allowing him to serve a six-year term instead of five—with the caveat that if 20 percent of Venezuelans were to sign a petition demanding a recall, an election would be held.

    To the surprise of Chavez, such a petition was forthcoming and his attempt to invalidate the signatures failed.

    A system had to be invented to guarantee the caudillo’s victory in the forthcoming presidential recall referendum.

    Enter Smartmatic, a company founded in Delaware in April 2000 by three young  Venezuelan engineers.

    January 2004, a Venezuelan government agency, the New York Times reported, invested $200,000 in a technology company owned by those same three.
Defense Attorneys Sidney Powell, Lin Wood and others have filed a lawsuit in Georgia demanding that the results of the 2020 election be set aside because of “massive election fraud” and foreign influence in the election. The lawsuit claims that 96,600 mail-in ballots “were fraudulently cast” and that “136,098 ballots were illegally counted as a result of improper manipulation of the Dominion software.”

    A Salt Lake City coffee company said it objected to a tweet posted by a Blaze Media reporter who tied its coffee to Kyle Rittenhouse, accused of killing two people during an August protest in Wisconsin.

    Elijah Schaffer tweeted a since-removed photo of the 17-year-old wearing a Black Rifle Coffee Company shirt with the caption, “Kyle Rittenhouse drinks the best coffee in America.” The teenager was released Friday after supporters raised his $2 million bail.

    Schaffer posted a discount code for the coffee under the post with the photo. And online, commenters questioned whether the coffee company had a sponsorship deal with Rittenhouse and accused it of supporting murder and hate.

    But Black Rifle Coffee, a sponsor of Schaffer’s Slightly Offens*ve podcast, said in a statement Saturday that it is not sponsoring or supporting Rittenhouse.

    A spokesperson for the coffee company told The Salt Lake Tribune on Saturday afternoon that the company was terminating its sponsorship of Slightly Offens*ve, but late Saturday, she said she had misunderstood.

    “We are not fluctuating our ad spend,” she said in a text message. “We did have a conversation with Schaffer, and he understands that the post was a mistake.”

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    Blaze employees “make decisions about how to allocate ad dollars within the Blaze,” she said, but she did not clarify whether Black Rifle would request to end its placement as a podcast sponsor. She said the company and Blaze are discussing “how to move forward with the allocation of ad dollars.”

    Black Rifle Coffee is a Salt Lake City-based roaster that brands itself as a gun-loving, conservative company started by veterans. In a statement Saturday afternoon, co-founder Evan Hafer said, “We do not support legal advocacy efforts. We do not sponsor nor do we have a relationship with the 17-year-old facing charges in Kenosha, WI.”

Contrary to  the opinion of some christian commentators it is my opinion that there is plausible statistical evidence that Trump was defrauded of an electoral victory. It's also my opinion that real Christian persecution is going to begin with a Biden ascendancy and I think that it's safe to say that I think that many Trump supporters are of the same mind. I'm also of the opinion that should the Democrats lose any Supreme Court contest they will not respect it's decision and will try to force their claim.  Should Trump try to preempt this by arresting those responsible, it will be perceived by his opponents and as an attempt at a coup. I really hope I'm wrong but I can't see a "peaceful" solution to this.  This does not mean that that the country will turn into a Yugoslavia or Syria but I can imagine a prolonged period of quite nasty civil unrest.

    And now we see how far they proved themselves willing to go. Do we really want to find out how much further they’ll dare to take things? People unafraid to annul the last presidential election, if they really tried to steal this one, are coldly and deadly serious about holding onto power. They’re willing to imprison innocent men like General Mike Flynn, and Kyle Rittenhouse, and David Daleiden. To persecute innocent citizens like Brett Kavanaugh, Nicholas Sandmann, and Mark Judge. To close all our churches, open our borders, create new farcical states, and pack the Supreme Court with flunkies. What will they do to us and our cities if we try to resist them now?

    I think a lot of Republicans consider this, and cower. In their heart of hearts they know that U.S. elites, allied with foreign billionaires and social engineers eager to start the Great Reset, will literally stop at nothing. And that frightens them, as it should.

    An oil tanker in the Red Sea has been subject of a mysterious attack while it was anchored at the Saudi port city of Shuqaiq on the Red Sea, reportedly after a mine exploded.

    The vessel has been identified in Bloomberg as the Maltese-flagged, Greek-managed Aframax tanker Agrari which early unconfirmed reports are saying was “attacked while at a berth” according to a statement on behalf of its owner TMS Tankers.

Conveniently, "[b]oth the BBC and CNN are now reporting that a number of Iranian passports were apparently found floating around the oil tanker."
Gratitude is the basis for a fulfilled life.  Practicing gratitude provides lower stress, better sleep, and generally better health.  It makes people around you happier, too, because who likes living around a tool?  Gratitude might seem like something that you’d do for other people, but it turns out the biggest beneficiary is . . . you.
Sources told the Chicago Sun-Times that Lt. Patrick Quinn was pulled from his position in the Crime Prevention and Information Center in police headquarters and sent to the Rogers Park District on the North Side after Mayor Lori Lightfoot and CPD brass learned of Barr’s visit during a conference call Nov. 17 — just a day before Barr, the nation’s top law enforcement officer, was scheduled to arrive in Chicago.

Of course, the bigger question is why the mayor was so upset that the department's intelligence unit hadn't picked up on the visit earlier.
... Why are affluent white liberals so eager to believe we’re living in a white supremacy, for example? Here’s my best guess: The narrative of wokeness or “anti-racism” as it is often called is an outgrowth of an academic discipline called “Critical Race Theory.” This view has its origins in philosophers like Hegel, Marx, and Foucault, who share a common belief: Equality is impossible, because at the core of every human interaction is a power struggle that someone is winning and someone is losing. Human history for these guys is just an endless rotation of oppressor and oppressed, a revolving door of masters and slaves in Hegel’s view, proletariat and bourgeoisie for Marx, privileged white people vs. marginalized people of color in Critical Race Theory. For these thinkers, power struggles are inescapable, and the whole idea of equality is just a fiction behind which the oppressor hides.
  • "Condition Red: Your Visual Displacement Is Now Complete"--The Unz Review. A look at how visual media, both advertising and entertainment, has been used to diminish white people and, especially, white men.
  • DC Comics is a perfect example of "get woke, go broke." If Vox Day's sources are correct, the actual comic publishing arm of DC Comics will completely shut down this coming spring. But, just to prove that you can't teach a liberal new tricks, we learn that "DC Comics introducing non-binary hero Kid Quick." 
    According to reports, the character is a younger, gender-fluid spin on the Flash with “they/them” pronouns. The new hero will debut as part of the “Teen Justice” team, which showcases new spins on classic characters.

    Reports further said that Kid Quick will later take on the Flash moniker in the upcoming “Future State: Justice League” series in 2021.