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You're about to be lied to when they say-
a hand up
a new study shows
a poll by the highly respected
a positive step
are speaking out
cycle of poverty
cycle of violence
giving voice to
growing support for
high capacity magazine
investing in our future
making a difference
making bad choices
mounting opposition to
not value neutral
off our streets
on some level
our nation's children
people of color (sometimes, colour)
poor and minorities
reaffirm our commitment to
redouble our efforts
sends a message
speaking truth to power
the American People
the bigger issue is
the failed ...
the larger question is
the more important question is
the reality is
the struggle for
war on ...
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You know what the media's saying by not saying it when they say -
mob and rob
pack of teens
rival gang members
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Tactics of the Left
Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals
Power is not only what you have, but what the enemy thinks you have
Never go outside the experience of your people.
Whenever possible, go outside the experience of the enemy.
Make the enemy live up to its own book of rules.
Ridicule is man's most potent weapon
A good tactic is one your people enjoy.
A tactic that drags on for too long becomes a drag.
Use different tactics and actions and use all events of the period.
The threat is more terrifying than the thing itself.
Maintain a constant pressure upon the opposition.
If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counterside.
The price of a successful attack is a constructive alternative.
Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, polarize it.
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via the International Spy Museum
Never go against your gut.
Everyone is potentially under opposition control.
Don't look back; you are never completely alone.
Go with the flow, blend in.
Vary your pattern and stay within your cover.
Lull them into a sense of complacency.
Don't harass the opposition.
Pick the time and place for action.
Keep your options open.
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Rules of Disinformation
Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil
Become incredulous and indignant
Create rumor mongers
Use a straw man
Sidetrack opponents with name calling, ridicule
Hit and Run
Associate opponent charges with old news
Establish and rely upon fall-back positions
Enigmas have no solution
Alice in Wonderland Logic
Demand complete solutions
Fit the facts to alternate conclusions
Vanish evidence and witnesses
Change the subject
Emotionalize, antagonize, and goad
Ignore facts, demand impossible proofs
Call a Grand Jury, Special Prosecutor
Manufacture a new truth
Create bigger distractions
Remus's antidote: tell the truth as plainly as you can. Humor helps.
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The Five Stages of Collapse
Financial Collapse. Faith in "business as usual" is lost.
Commercial Collapse. Faith that "the market shall provide" is lost.
Political Collapse. Faith that "the government will take care of you" is lost.
Social Collapse. Faith that "your people will take care of you" is lost.
Cultural Collapse. Faith in the goodness of humanity is lost.
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The Psychology of Cyber Attacks
Principle of Liking - people tend to form trust with those they’re attracted to, both physically and emotionally
Social Proof - People are motivated more by what others do than a perceived or even quantifiable benefit
Rule of Reciprocation - Humans feel a sense of obligatory quid pro quo
Commitment & Consistency - Most people stick with their original decisions despite information that supports changing their course
Principle of Authority - Authority, whether real or perceived, elicits obedience in many people
Principle of Scarcity - People want to be included in exclusive offers and often make poor choices under pressure
Artist for today
Untitled recreation of Vermeer's The Music Lesson
Tim Jenison 2013
Tim Jenison (1955-), CEO NewTek, Inc.,
San Antonio, Texas. See Stuff you may want to think about, below, for the amazing story of how Mr. Jenison did this oil painting.
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With justice and liberty for all
In doomer fiction the western states get the big sort-of-army irregulars, usually coordinating their military derring-do with loyal units of the regular armed forces, who together defeat the evil invaders on page 360. It's a rule. See the 1984 movie Red Dawn, or David Aikman's 1993 novel When The Almond Tree Blossoms for instance, or more currently,
Max Velocity's Patriot Dawn, all of which assume a Resistance defending large areas and counterattacking in set piece battles. But they posit another place, an active partisan region well east, behind enemy lines on all sides, namely, Appalachia. There's a reason.
Intrusion into the affairs of Appalachia has been contested since the Whiskey Rebellion. This was no one-day street theatre like we have today, it went on for three years. Although it's portrayed as being confined to western Pennsylvania—"Frontier America" at the time, opposition to the whiskey tax involved the western counties of every other state in Appalachia . The whiskey tax was widely seen as an illegitimate federal power grab by design of a traitorous Hamilton, although Washington personally led the punative expidition—the first and last president at the head of his troops. In the end, the insurrection was put down by show of force, with the loss of only four or five lives on all sides. Jefferson's anti-Federalist Republican party later repealed the tax. It was probably unconstitutional, certainly unpopular and only the big distillers were paying it.
The official Appalachian Region is big, in the same class as the entire UK, but opinions vary as to where the "real" Appalachia might be. For the inmates of the Boston-New York-Philadelphia-DC axis, it's any place west of the Hudson and the Fall Line that isn't Chicago or Los Angeles. For sociologists it's a matter of cultural affinity, which runs north-south, as do most. To the east is the Atlantic coastal region, the other side is where the Midwest begins, or near enough. For politicians the boundary is a matter of qualifying for 'developmental' funds. For the rest of us it's perfectly obvious without recourse to sociologists or politicians, or geographers and geologists.
There was a recurring story among social workers who fanned out into Appalachia in the 1930s to Do Good—they first had to tell folks they were living in poverty and a Depression was going on. When hill folk agreed "times is hard," they didn't necessarily mean for themselves, especially. They'd heard stories. But they listened politely to the government experts who told them what they should and shouldn't eat, how to raise their kids and so forth, all the while wondering how the experts would feel if hill folk came into their house and presumed to tell them how to live their lives. In the event, the federals were seen as stalkers with a license. In later years they realized they'd been treated like any other outsider, courteously and open handedly, but they were being politely waited out for the most part, and so it was they gained their truest insight. Appalachia just wants to be left alone. Nothing personal.
If the diet of Appalachia was unacceptable to them in the '30s, it's close to a felony today. How odd. Generation after generation grew to robust adulthood on this diet, entire nations aspired to it and billions were spent on foreign aid to help them get there. Now food requires Designer DNA to be acceptable, with a full compliment of artificial hormones and antibiotics, or pesticides—the basis for weaponized chemical agents since
Zyklon B, be "processed" for uniformity, mostly for eye appeal, then documented and hermetically wrapped, otherwise it's not food but some near equivalent to plutonium or medical waste. Think not? Some day we'll see SWAT teams raiding sellers of unprocessed whole milk. Oh wait.
The Official Expert Advice seems to be "just say no to real food" or we're in the fast lane to destruction of our own personal self and everything decent and good. These schemes are more 'feel good' than 'eat good', they conflate appetite with hunger. Some experience with the latter would sort out their priorities quickly enough. When questioned, they seem to have no explanation how people's nutritional needs changed so quickly. HFE—High Frequency Evolution perhaps, but we have our suspicions. We're assured the current food pyramid, renamed "MyPlate" in 2011 by Michelle Obama, rests on the solid bedrock of her unfalsifiable certainty. Good enough for anyone, save unreconstructed hillbillies partial to red eye gravy and the like.
Things haven't improved image-wise for Appalachia since the '30s. Insofar as it's mentioned at all, Appalachia is presented as something to be transformed or overcome. They urge its more talented inhabitants to escape—not leave mind you, escape. The whole point of The Waltons was John Boy's reminiscence of the quaint but backward Appalachia he left for a normal life among normal people, where we suppose he did important normal things. We can infer a deeper level of subversion when we learn Will Geer, "Grandpa Zeb", was a Communist Party organizer and Man/Boy Love supporter.
Since then Hollywood's portrayal of hill folk has gotten downright ugly, presumed revenge for their failure to lead the People's Revolution after so much sincere effort by their betters. "Acting against their own interest out of stubborn ignorance" is how they put it. Appalachia is still known to their would-be rescuers as willful and intractable, but since the professional left's all but total capture of a more malleable and excitable constituency in the 1960s, the former Oppressed But Noble Yeomen of Appalachia are freely lampooned as malevolent, homicidal, perverted, inbred, ignorant, ineducable meth monsters. No libel is too extreme, no opportunity overlooked. Spurned lovers are like that.
Appalachia is all but invisible to the rest of America, and that's how they like it.
Appalachia's quantifiable attributes most easily lead inquiry away from understanding, toward misunderstanding in fact. It's a case of finding what you want to find. Wealth can be measured in many ways, not all of them obvious. Life is tightly organized around family and friends and neighbors, one reason the towns are small and run down, they aren't the centers of anything except themselves. Hill folk take care to be on good terms with each other, even tertiary relationships are valued and well maintained. Communities are stable over long periods of time because, while there's more personal latitude than elsewhere, there's also an understanding of orderliness that isn't violated without consequence.
Appalachians don't have the exaggerated need to avoid failure so typical of their observers, they live their lives first hand as it were and learn from their missteps, after all, success without failure can only end in delusion and disaster. The larger sense of Appalachian self reliance means to live from within oneself. It's assumed a person ought to form his own opinions and rely on his own judgments. Failure to do so marks a person as mushy and untrustworthy. Self reliance is self-correcting, responsibility for failure and credit for success is personal and directly attributable. Those who choose a life directed by others will never know success because success belongs to their masters. How could it be otherwise? The Pelosis and Obamas of this country don't come from Appalachia. But let's get back to Appalachia's place as guerilla territory in doomer fiction.
Thoughts about a fictional conflict - Operate in vehicle unfriendly areas such as forest, swamps and mountains. Do not operate in 'tank country'. The Regime will ultimately need the rural areas for food and resources. This is where you are. This is where the guerrilla campaign is waged. Hit and run. The federalized forces will be vehicle based and flailing around in the boonies—although never underestimate them, if they get some good units together that will be very effective. Hit them on the main supply routes if they come to raid into your territory.
Max Velocity at maxvelocitytactical.com
The Appalachian Mountains aren't in the same class as the western mountains, not nearly. They're high ridges of no great elevation, 3,000 feet mostly, some over 6,000 feet, arranged as nearly parallel uplifts or deeply carved plateaus, generally with little flatland between them, often not enough for a road, particularly in middle Appalachia where large differences in elevation—1,800 feet or so—in only part of a mile is the rule. Not only isn't it "tank country", it isn't vehicle country. The downside is: pretty much every flat spot in the valleys has a building on it and a river in it. The upside for irregulars is: there are counties where many, sometimes most of those buildings are abandoned .
In fact, there are towns with populations in the hundreds a few decades ago which now list only five or ten residents, particularly in coal country. Amusingly, the population densities for these near ghost towns are listed as fifty or sixty per square mile, nonsense extrapolations only demographers could embrace. This is typical of outsiders, misinformation seems more useful than no information. Here's the Census Bureau entry for one such "town", Thurmond West Virginia , better known than others due to niche tourism:
As of the census of 2010, there were 5 people, 4 households, and 0 families residing in the town. The population density was 55.6 inhabitants per square mile. There were 12 housing units at an average density of 133.3 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 100.0% White. There were 4 households of which 100.0% were non-families. 75.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.25 and the average family size was 0.00.
Also unlike the western mountains, the Appalachians are damp, have a continuous canopy of hardwoods, and they're lacey with creeks and dotted with springs. In the summer there's a general haze. It's how the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains got their name—incidentally, the various parts of the Appalachians go by local names, the Cumberland Plateau and Alleghenys and so forth. They're full of odd nooks and outcroppings and side ravines, with the occasional cave or white water rapids. Its forests are the most biologically diverse in North America, likely to have been the primary reseeding source for the present interglacial period.
Game is plentiful and the fishing is excellent. But the heat and humidity and bugs in the summer, the rain or snow and cold in winter, the aggressive feral hogs, and the coyotes and bears and snakes, and the sheer ruggedness of the Appalachians are something to prepare for seriously and thoroughly. The so-called Appalachian Redoubt is probably a fiction, on the other hand, nobody's up in "them thar hills" accidently. A cautious person can enter in one place, travel without much risk of detection for hundreds of miles north or south, and come out another place altogether. Doomer writers get it right, as a homeland for an insurgency—fictional of course—or for bugging out and getting lost on purpose, it doesn't get much better.
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1933 magazine ad for IHC Trucks
If there’s one thing you should be preparing for, then it can only be the big crash of February 2014. If we were in 1929, this would be June 1929, just a few months before the crash. The next US shutdown and arrival at the debt ceiling will be just in time for the biggest crash in history, when what has been set down long ago comes of age and ripens completely, says Tyler Durden inroducing Tom DeMark's
market prediction, Getting Ready for the Big One: February 2014, at Zero Hedge. ( Referenced chart).
The Bernanke-led Fed’s enthusiasm for avoiding the mistakes that worsened the Great Depression—a mistimed tightening of monetary conditions—has led him to repeat the mistakes that caused it in the first place. The Fed was knee deep in quantitative easing in the late 1920s, expanding the money supply and lowering interest rates via direct bond purchases. Wall Street then, as now, was euphoric. It ended badly, says Anthony Mirhaydari in this article, Ghost of 1929 crash reappears, at Market Watch.
David Hockney and others have speculated—controversially—that a camera obscura could have helped the Dutch painter Vermeer achieve his photo-realistic effects in the 1600s. But no one understood exactly how such a device might actually have been used to paint masterpieces. An inventor in Texas may have solved the riddle, says Kurt Andersen in this article, Reverse-Engineering a Genius (Has a Vermeer Mystery Been Solved?), at Vanity Fair.
An 80-minute account of how this crazy guy erected his own Everest and then proceeded to climb it,
Peter Debruge, Telluride Film Review: Tim’s Vermeer, at Variety.
Compare to Vermeer's The Music Lesson, at Wikimedia Commons.
Before his encounter with the Knockout Game and racial violence, Paul Lane was "a lefty." That was until Nov. 7, 2013. The day everything changed for Paul. The day Kenneth Johnson walked into the Contra Costa library and played the Knockout Game, says Colin Flaherty in this article, 'Lefty' librarian beaten to pulp in Knockout Game, at WND.
What's a bit of genocide here and there if it's in a Good Cause? - Western liberals like simplistic stories and Mandela was their happy ending. His very existence freed them from the need to learn anything more about what happened after apartheid. In the new apartheid, the black government represses a white minority and abuses its power over the black majority in ways that Western liberals would never tolerate if it were being practiced by men with Dutch last names. Each generation of activists struggles to outdo the previous generation in its anti-white racism, says Daniel Greenfield in this article, South Africa in the Shadows, at Front Page Magazine.
Johannesburg - A Pretoria orphanage says it is no longer getting financial support from large companies as 70% of the children in its care are white. Elzane van der Merwe of the Jacaranda children’s home said: "The only answer that the children’s home is getting is: 'Sorry, you don’t meet the criteria for 100% black economic empowerment," reported Beeld.
news24.com (H/t market-ticker.org)
The South African Communist Party joins the people of South Africa and the world in expressing its most sincere condolences to Ms Graca Machel and the entire Mandela family on the loss of what President Zuma correctly described as South Africa`s greatest son, Comrade Mandela... At his arrest in August 1962, Nelson Mandela was not only a member of the then underground South African Communist Party, but was also a member of our Party’s Central Committee.
South African Communist Party at sacp.org.za (H/t familysecuritymatters.org)
FEMA camps are real. Dave Hodges of The Common Sense Show says just about every major metropolitan city in America has these facilities at the ready for when the time comes and explores how these camps will be operated and how you and your family will be segregated "for your own safety" in the event of a serious crisis, says Mac Slavo in his foreword to Dave Hodge's article, Where are the FEMA Camps? Right In Front of You, at SHTFPlan.
It somehow wasn’t front-page news that committed believers in man-made global warming recently admitted there's been no surface global warming for well over a decade and maybe none for decades more, and their explanation is essentially a confession that the previous warming may not have been man-made at all. Instead, the Los Angeles Times will no longer print letters to the editor questioning man-made global warming, and an Obama Executive Order has just established the Council on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, says Michael Fumento in this article, Global-warming ‘proof’ is evaporating, at the New York Post.
The letter E, an influential vowel and one of the most frequently used letters in the English language, died yesterday. It was 2,800 years old. Long considered one of the most influential letters in the Roman alphabet, at the turn of the century E had originally been heralded as the signal letter in the digital world. But in recent years, the letter had suffered a series of debilitating setbacks that closely correlated with the rise of online applications. It died May 20, 2013, says Joshua Stein in this article, An Obituary for the Letter E, at Wired.
From 1943, a very detailed look at an obsolete war machine, How A Battleship Works [Vintage Infographic], at Popular Science. ( Source page with comments and explanations).
In the wake of the serial lies about Obamacare, Benghazi, the IRS, Fast and Furious, media surveillance, the NSA, Syria, Iran, etc., etc., I’m now prepared to believe many things of which I might initially have been at least somewhat skeptical. To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me, Roger Simon in this article, What if It’s All True?, at PJ Media.
The TENS [Theory of Evolution and Natural Selection] true believers keep thinking that genetics will color in the lines of their rudimentary evolution-based models, but instead, the science keeps breaking their lines. All of the conceptual models are wrong. Pretty much all of the carefully calculated timelines are wrong. Evolution by natural selection is a red herring of a theory that was developed at a time when the scientific tools were crude and largely unscientific. So, it should be absolutely no surprise that the improved data being provided by advancements in genetic science is repeatedly overturning the conclusions that were previously reached, says Vox Day in this article, The outdated Neo-Darwinists, at Vox Day blog.
Also see Fred Reed's The Bugs in Darwin, and The End of Evolution, at Fred On Everything.
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Note: Ol' Remus overhears imperfectly. Some folks say the most wonderful things, but they say it and say it and say it like some medieval barrister so Overheard takes a machete to superfluous subordinate clauses, annoying parenthetical asides and similar air bubbles. Triple dots indicate ellipses, but he's not perfectly reliable about using them. Don't assume these to be definitive quotes if your dissertation depends on it.
Eventually, the whole world is going to collapse. We in the West have staggering debts. The United States is the largest debtor nation in the history of the world. This is going to end badly. We are all floating around on a sea of artificial liquidity right now. This is not going to last. 2008 was so much worse than 2000 because the debt was so much higher, you wait until 2014 or 2015 when the next crisis hits. Debt has gone through the roof, the next one's gonna be really bad. Be prepared, be worried, and be careful.
Jim Rogers, CBC interview, via Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com
When the psychology of the price discovery mechanism becomes more dependent on money creation than economic growth, as in Japan during the 1980s and in China for the last decade, asset prices become an abstraction... Here "fundamental" investing has little or no merit. There is one reason for being long and one alone: sovereign nations are printing money and you can see that prices are trending. That's it. Nothing else matters.
Hugh Hendry, Eclectica Fund.via Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com
Anytime in the last 130-years that the Cyclically Adjusted Price Earnings (CAPE) ratio for the US stock market has exceeded 24, the market has, without fail, entered a 20-year bear market. Today, the CAPE ratio is roughly 25... Investors keep bidding up the prices simply because everyone else is bidding up the prices... It’s possible the CAPE ratio can go to 40 before it crashes.
Simon Black at sovereignman.com
Following the current period of deflation, the end game for Dollar-based debt will likely be: hyperinflation domestically and a concurrent partial debt default, internationally. Mass inflation is the ultimate stealth tax and bail-in. There is no "safe" currency. Your only escape from all of this will be in the form of tangibles. First get your money out of banks and the stock market. Then parlay most of those funds out of Dollars and into practical, barterable tangibles.
James Rawles at survivalblog.com
The '30s Depression - It was not the stock market crash that devastated the finances of the people, it was the bond collapse. Andrew Mellon had first commented when bonds rallied and stocks fell in 1929, that this was why "Gentlemen prefer Bonds". By 1931, those words demonstrated that even conservative men lost their shirts.
Martin Armstrong at armstrongeconomics.com
Really catastrophic depression is likely to occur when there is profound monetary instability — when the rot in the monetary system goes very deep.
J. Hicks, quoted by Marc Faber at dailyreckoning.com
The first spending decline on a Black Friday weekend since 2009 reinforced projections for a lackluster holiday. Purchases at stores and websites fell 2.9 percent to $57.4 billion during the four days beginning with the Nov. 28 Thanksgiving holiday, according to a survey commissioned by the National Retail Federation.
Matt Townsend at bloomberg.com
The plans of the elites for world government will not work. They don't know this. The creative destruction they have down perfectly—except for the creative part. The destruction is working out just fine.
Texas Arcane at vault-co.blogspot.com
Obama on IRS targeting conservatives, then and now
May 2013 - If the agency's investigations were not politically neutral, Obama told reporters Monday morning, "that’s outrageous, it is contrary to our traditions, people have to be held accountable and it has got to be fixed… I’ve got no patience with it."
Neil Munro at dailycaller.com
Dec 2013 - "If, on the other hand, you’ve got an office in Cincinnati, in the IRS office that—I think, for bureaucratic reasons, is trying to streamline what is a difficult law to interpret about whether a nonprofit is actually a political organization deserves a tax exempt agency. And they’ve got a list, and suddenly everybody's outraged."
Pres. Obama to Chris Matthews at MSNBC, via Brendan Bordelon at dailycaller.com
The Department of Homeland Security has just completed a hiring blitz of attorneys to oversee and manage immigration litigation. Almost all of these new civil service attorney hires hail from an activist pro-amnesty and pro-asylum background. Sources within the Department of Homeland Security report that the process for hiring these new career civil service lawyers was unconventional and was conducted by an Obama political appointee within DHS.
J. Adams at pjmedia.com/jchristianadams Article with resumes
Many of us go back and forth on whether or not the Marxist revolution happening now is actually a revolution or a counterrevolution, and whether or not we’re the insurgents or counter-insurgents. Arguments are made both ways. In any case, Liberty is clearly the insurgent concept of the modern day, and probably has been since the political concept of Liberty was developed, so I’m comfortable in making an assumption that the federal regime is applying the counterinsurgency strategy on the "fringe" Liberty movement.
Samuel Culper at guerrillamerica.com
From Fernando "FerFAL" Aguirre - What happens when cops go on strike? Well, take a look at what's happening in Cordoba, the second largest city in Argentina.
FerFAL at ferfal.blogspot.com
Taiwan and Hong Kong
- It took the Spanish Flu only 6 weeks to travel the globe–and that was with slow means of travel. With modern transportation and the exponential growth in world-wide travel, it is possible we could move from a cluster here and a cluster there to pandemic in two weeks...
if we see a pandemic, TDL will nationalize the power grid and send in National Guard troops to work the power plants.
Bam Bam at thesurvivalistblog.net
News from the Obama crime family -
The White House clarified Thursday that President Barack Obama did live with his Kenyan uncle in Cambridge, Massachusetts for a "brief period of time" before attending Harvard Law School in the 1980s after previously saying there was no record of the two ever meeting.
Dana Davidsen at politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com
When Onyango was arrested for drunk driving in August of 2011 and became the center of a media storm, Obama vehemently stated that he had never— ever —met Uncle Omar—that he didn't even know he was living in the United States. But after Obama was outed in a bold-faced lie, he not only admitted to lying about it, but stated that after living with Onyango, they "saw each other once every few months" for several years.
Kris Zane at westernjournalism.com
Viable cities - Our historic way of buildings places was not perfect. It left many behind and treated many more unfairly. It was slow moving, chaotic and inefficient. Those weren't disadvantages, however. They were design features. It was the slow moving, chaotic and inefficient approach that strengthened cities, made them financially resilient and provided the platform for ongoing improvement of the human condition. It was that daily friction of people inhabiting the same space that made cities ultimately work.
Charles Marohn at strongtowns.org/journal
PISA - Asian Americans outscored every Asian country, and lost out only to the city of Shanghai, China’s financial capital. White Americans outperformed the national average in every one of the 37 historically white countries tested, except Finland. Hispanic Americans beat all eight Latin American countries. African Americans would likely have outscored any sub-Saharan country, if any had bothered to compete... PISA's global results are largely the American bell curve writ large
Steve Sailer at takimag.com
PCP's polymer cased .308 Win. ammunition is finally in limited production. Initially they are only producing limited quantities and selling it to consumers who apply for it and are willing to provide feedback.
Steve Johnson at thefirearmblog.com
Holocaust - Without an understanding of the true risks they faced, Jewish individuals were not willing to risk their lives by fighting back against the Germans. For a large majority of the people, it was likely a lack of comprehension of the situation that prevented resistance. The desire to place trust in the Germans and take the easy path of obedience was very strong in most Jews.
Ian McCollum at a-human-right.com/jewsfight.html
Global warming - What is a lie when it results in policy decisions and pecuniary benefit for the liar? It's called fraud and in any honest society it results in indictment, prosecution, conviction and imprisonment.
Karl Denninger at market-ticker.org
Well played - Daniel Defense is a little company. Best estimates are that it has about $12 million in annual revenue. So with a 30-second Superbowl commercial costing about $4 million, exactly how was this company going to pay for it? That's easy—they weren't because they couldn't. They most-certainly weren't going to put ~30% of their annual revenues into one 30 second commercial. No way, no how. But by "submitting" the ad and getting it "denied" they got for free what they couldn't afford to pay for—an association with the NFL and professional football.
Karl Denninger at market-ticker.org
The worst pockets of gun violence are in urban areas that have been under the influence of their sociologists, urban planners, psychologists, social justice activists, community organizers and political rope-pullers for generations. And what have those areas brought forth except malaise, despair, blight and murder? Banning guns will do as much for those areas as banning drugs did.
Daniel Greenfield at sultanknish.blogspot.com.au
How are those gun bans working out?
New York City, where a few tens of thousands of firearms are owned legally, and an estimated two million are held illegally, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. That is not uncommon... about 10 percent of "assault weapon" owners obeyed California’s registration law... The New York Times reported only about 7,000 weapons of an estimated 300,000 in private hands in the state have been registered [2.3%]. It shouldn't be a surprise that people stop caring whether they're "not a law-abiding citizen" when they lose respect for the law and the people who inflict it on them.
J. Tuccille at reason.com
While Connecticut State officials publicly lament the slow trickle of registration forms, New York officials refuse to reveal their numbers at all. To keep their secrets, Governor Andrew Cuomo's troopers rely on an odd legal interpretation, with which even the state official who oversees government transparency strongly disagrees. Given the unbroken history of failure demonstrated by firearms registration schemes, and the organized campaign of resistance in that state, that's almost certainly because New Yorkers are defying the law.
J. Tuccille at reason.com
I still think that one reason the Dems suddenly got into gun control is that we were getting close to a tipping point on the CCW issue and getting nationwide reciprocity in some fashion, and they know that will pretty much end the debate.
Tam, comment at pagunblog.com
Man did not enter into society to become worse than he was before, not to have fewer rights than he had before, but to have those rights better secured.
The skilled propagandist knows how to present distorted conclusions as undisputed facts. In reality, analysis shows "Virtually all of those denied purchasing a gun are false positives." Naturally, that inconvenient truth is given no regard in the White House claim.
David Codrea at examiner.com
Obama's Executive Order 13514... requires DOD officials to accept climate change as fact, not theory, and establish proactive goals to make the military more "climate change ready." ... The "climate change" roadmap's primary objective has less to do with meeting real military needs and more to do with legitimizing Liberal scientific theory as scientific fact by Presidential decree.
Joe Calandra at libertynews.com
US armed forces - To a Statist, any power outside of their control is anathema. The Soviets tried to solve the dilemma with the Zampolit system. Putting political officers in every command, and even at every level in large commands—in order to create a separate command structure under Party control. The US Armed Forces are not at that level yet, but I predict that something like that is evolving, through the "Social Action, Minority Affairs" officers. In the future, it won't be a collateral duty, it will be a separate joint services career track, with its own schools, etc., and they will have life or death authority over every career.
DakotaGator, comment at freerepublic.com/focus
Nuremberg Code, Principle IV - The fact that a person acted pursuant to order of his government or of a superior does not relieve him from responsibility under international law, provided a moral choice was in fact possible to him.
Robert Scheer, Truth Dig, via collapsenet.com
That state which separates it's warriors from it's scholars will have it's thinking done by cowards and fighting done by fools.
Thucydides, The Pelopenisia (H/t reader JM)
Common Sense - After talking the talk, Paine walked the walk. He refused to take any money for the wildly popular little book—which sold some 150,000 copies in America and which one colonist in five read—instead donating the proceeds to the war effort. And he enlisted in the Continental Army the moment the Declaration of Independence made his book’s prediction a reality.
Myron Magnet at city-journal.org
The New Jersey waitress whose story has been questioned after she claimed she received an anti-gay note instead of a tip on a restaurant bill was discharged under dishonorable terms from the Marines last spring after she stopped showing up.
Brynn Gingras at nbcnewyork.com
Jos. A. Bank, the most prestigious clothier in the United States and/or Canada, has been subpoenaed by the Ohio Attorney General. If the Ohio AG deposes one executive, he gets to depose three additional executives for free.
Juggalo Law at abovethelaw.com
I think BTC is an NSA invention designed to track the finances of various organisations which are hostile to the USA. Which building in the whole world has the most cryptologists sitting around twiddling their thumbs?
Occident Mortal, comment 4211409 at zerohedge.com
I don't want to have much of my net worth tied up in electricity... placing our entire economic future in the hands of the Internet, well, just seems like a dicey bet. ANYONE who has not read the whole 100+ page report on America's vulnerability to electromagnetic attack, should probably not invest in Bitcoins.
George Ure at peoplenomics.com
About Detroit's urban farm experiment - I think there's concern in this transaction. Replicating a community farm is not as important as addressing issues of race and class concerns—which underlie Detroit's problems.
Nevin Cohen, professor, New York's New School, via dailymail.co.uk
Runaway juveniles put into cop-run prostitution - D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier released a statement Thursday saying she is "very concerned" about the recent allegations of "egregious conduct" by two officers involving missing girls. "The misguided actions of a few in no way reflect on the professionalism, dedication, and integrity of the Department." [Bzzz. Wrong. They don't reflect on anything but the Department.]
Scott McCabe at dccrimestories.com
U.S. ranks 17th in reading, 21st in science, and 26th in math - Some insist the persistence of poverty in an affluent America is the cause of these declining test scores.America’s poor receive free food, free health care and free education for their children from Head Start to K-12. The poor get subsidized housing and subsidized incomes. They are exempt from federal income taxes. State programs and private charities pick up where the feds leave off. Yet, if poverty explains the dismal performance of America’s students, why are they being lapped by Vietnamese 15-year-olds?
Patrick Buchanan at buchanan.org
"The government can take whatever technology it wants from a U.S. company and hide behind military secrecy in refusing just compensation," according to a recent editorial in Aviation Week & Space Technology. The Secrecy Act forces some inventors to lose commercial opportunities for their inventions, depriving them of financial reward or other benefits.
[Archie Comics co-CEO] Nancy Silberkleit is accused by her male employees of gender discrimination such as referring to them as 'penis' instead of by name, but Silberkleit contends that the case should be tossed out because white males are not 'a protected class'. [She's too modest. White males are the only "non-protected class"]
Dareh Gregorian at nydailynews.com
Philadelphia - A man was attacked out of nowhere, and Philadelphia police believe it’s the latest assault tied to the so-called "Knockout Game." A witness says the attackers videotaped the whole thing... "It was just one punch and the old man, his body just fell, dead weight, just fell to the ground, then they probably kicked him two, three times. His left side of the face was swollen. His whole left cheek was out to here. It’s sad."
Elizabeth Hur at philadelphia.cbslocal.com
Brooklyn - The alleged "knockout" attacks on Jewish residents of Crown Heights may stem from ongoing racial tension between the neighborhood's black and Jewish communities. " ... the accomplishments of the Jewish community triggers feelings of resentment, and a sense that Jewish success is not also their success."
Councilwoman, via dnainfo.com/new-york
Brooklyn - Crown Heights has fallen victim to the national 'knockout' phenomenon of random street violence... Nothing is stolen. Often nothing is said. Is "knockout" anti-Semitic? It feels that way to many, but it may be more racial than anything else. There have knockouts from St. Louis to Syracuse, always with black punchers and white victims, but only in New York have all the victims been Jewish.
Jonathan Mark at thejewishweek.com
Yale students and New Haven residents are experiencing the arrival of a new crime pattern that has gained national attention in recent weeks — the "knockout game." Yale Police Chief Ronnell Higgins notified the campus community about the violent new trend in an email on Nov. 21. There were seven reported cases of street violence in New Haven this November that could be linked to the "knockout game."
Erica Pandey at yaledailynews.com Read the comments
How it was long ago - The attack was their idea of fun. They only hated when their victims ruined their fun. In their minds, attacking was legitimate, defending against the attack wasn't. They didn’t resent their victims unless they fought back. That was life in New York City. It’s about to be life in New York City again.
Daniel Greenfield at frontpagemag.com
A cop said this "was just a random act of violence." So don’t worry about the Knockout Game, white people—this is mostly just ordinary, everyday black-on-white violence.
Ann Coulter at frontpagemag.com
If you are depending on a government retirement package to be there for you for the rest of your life, you’d better think again. Over twenty thousand Detroit retirees thought the same thing—and as of today they have been wiped out... When this crisis hits the Federal Government—and it will—you'd better be ready for them to take drastic measures... Congressional members have already gotten the ball rolling on a nationalization of America’s retirement funds.
Mac Slavo at shtfplan.com
ObamaCare - Once the employer mandate kicks in they'll be hunting Democrats with dogs in this country.
DoT, via Clarice Feldman at americanthinker.com
University of Sheffield researchers launched a balloon 27km into the stratosphere... When the balloon landed, it had carried back small biological organisms... "There is no known mechanism by which these life forms can achieve that height. As far as we can tell from known physics, they must be incoming."
Journal of Cosmology via news.msn.co.nz Photos
Law of Infinite Pregression - Ever notice you can't do anything without doing something else first?
Ol' Remus at woodpilereport.com
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We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission.
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Gold is the money of kings, silver is the money of gentlemen, barter is the money of peasants and debt is the money of slaves.
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The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
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Don't you see that the whole aim of Newspeak is to narrow the range of thought? In the end we shall make thought crime literally impossible, because there will be no words in which to express it.
George Orwell, 1984
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There's no way to rule innocent men. The only power any government has is the power to crack down on criminals. Well, when there aren't enough criminals, one makes them. One declares so many things to be a crime that it becomes impossible for men to live without breaking laws.
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The socialist ideal eventually goes viral, and the majority learns to game the system. Everyone is trying to live at the expense of everyone else. In the terminal phase, the failure of the system is disguised under a mountain of lies, hollow promises, and debts. When the stream of other people's money runs out, the system collapses.
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When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing; when you see that money is flowing to those who deal not in goods, but in favors; when you see that men get rich more easily by graft than by work, and your laws no longer protect you against them, but protect them against you … you may know that your society is doomed.
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Because the regime is captive to its own lies, it must falsify everything. It falsifies the past. It falsifies the present, and it falsifies the future. It falsifies statistics ... It pretends to fear nothing. It pretends to pretend nothing.
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Injustice is relatively easy to bear; what stings is justice.
H. L. Mencken
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We have reached a point of diminishing returns in our public life. Hardly anything actually needs doing. We may in fact be past that point; not only does nothing much need doing, but we'd benefit if much of what has been done were to be undone.
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