Tuesday, May 24, 2016

SHTF Self-Education Series Tuesday Book Review: The Interrogator

This book review is of a text that really is more a biography of an extremely interesting man than a handbook on interrogation.  So, if what you are looking for is more KUBARK-ish, go here.  KUBARK is a CIA manual that has long since been declassified (January 1997).  It was originated in July 1963 and was originally classified as "SECRET NO FOREIGN DISSEM".  The link provided to KUBARK is legitimate and is part of the NSA archive.

Book Reviews - An Ongoing List of Previously Published Reviews with Purchase Links

Ongoing list, with Amazon purchase links, of Tuesday Book Reviews by Partyzantski previously published:

Thomas Jefferson Library, Library of Congress, Washington DC

Click on the Book Title to be directed to Partyzantski's review.
Purchase Links to Amazon book page are provided underneath the book title.

All links (to book reviews, and Amazon purchase pages) were verified as active as of  27 April 2016.

As always, thank you for your patronage and your support of our humble blog.  Book or other purchases made through our Amazon portal are sincerely appreciated.

5 Things to Think About for Emergency Evacuation from your home

Like many families, we have college age children studying away from home.  They happen to be living and studying in "weather-challenged" parts of the country, with higher-than-average risk for earthquakes, wild fires, hurricanes and tornadoes.  As parents, we worry about their safety should things go sideways and they have to evacuate (ie: it is not safe to shelter in place).  The recent fires in Alberta, Canada have brought home the realization that sometimes "bugging in" is NOT an option.

"Hurricane Preparedness Week" public education awareness week by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) was this past May 15th - 21st. Their timely tips and information guides generated an overdue discussion about various emergency scenarios that could arise in the near future in their specific locations. The Red Cross also publishes various guides to suggested preparations for a variety of disaster situations that would be most appropriate for your specific situation.

FREE RESOURCE:  Hurricane Safety Checklist & valuable hurricane info

HAMAS, Rockets and the future of asymmetrical warfare

HAMAS, Rockets and the future of asymmetrical warfare
- an anxiety provoking discussion that is not going to go away

I post this here as a means of putting this topic out there.  As ye are all men and women with a technical bent and are interested in all manner of things, consider this a gateway into more information and data that you might find handy later for other intellectual pursuits.  Who says that you are not a "rocket scientist" ?  Read on, and prove them all wrong! (usual disclaimers, you assume all risks for application of knowledge).

Connecting the Dots: EgyptAir, Fundamentalist Islam and The Not So Friendly Skies

Today, it became clear that the EgyptAir flight #MS804 reported as "vanished from radar" astonishingly via Twitter, has been confirmed as crashed and lost.  Infrared imaging points to a working hypothesis of an explosion from a detonated bomb or bombs.  The point of departure for this flight was Paris, France.  This is not the first terrorism incident EgyptAir has dealt with in 2016.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Monday Morning Roundup

Were both EgyptAir Flight 804 and Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 crashes caused by Jihadi Kamikaze pilots?  Both had strong ties to fundamentalist Islamists.

Fast and Furious scandal finds a new life as Judge orders release of documents Obama WhiteHouse tried to hide with spurious "executive privilege" diktat.

Brazil's new government halts funding for planned low-income housing program. Socialists called Temer's government "illegal" and plan street protests.

Learn how to make homemade flat bread, which can be quickly cooked on a stovetop or bbq grill.  Switch it up by using whole wheat or spelt flour, and adding herbs (fresh garlic, thyme, rosemary are popular choices). 

Thanks for stopping by!   Wishing you a great week!


Saturday, May 21, 2016

#TrumpTrain is a Black Swan Event; Establishment in full meltdown

Nassim Taleb, the author of the pop culture phenom, "The Black Swan" is not highly regarded by actual statisticians but seeped into the collective consciousness by penning a book at precisely when the fulcrum of public opinion was tipping from unshakeable belief in the known to concern of the unknown in the months leading up to the 2008 financial crisis.

It isn't just the improbable rise of Trump's political success, when compared to historical norms, that is the "Black Swan Event", it's that his deeply flawed campaign is succeeding precisely because of its Establishment-defined "flaws" that makes the #TrumpTrain a "Black Swan Event".  It has been the Establishment's relentless excoriation of Donald Trump that has supercharged his ascent into his position of "most likely" to win.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Affordable Armor - the OT64 in review

In my personal and professional life, I refer from time to time to the concept of expanding the horizon.  I am going to do that here by introducing a relatively obscure bit of armor that is actually affordable (at least from an acquisition perspective).

No, Amazon does not seem to carry this  :(

SHTF Self-Education Series Tuesday Book Review: The Naked Warrior by Pavel Tsatsouline

As a diversion from the usual crop of categories that I blog about here and in the interests of diversity, I am reviewing a book that was given to me by a Colonel who I served in Iraq.  Without divulging him, I will just say that he is a physically imposing guy who has a life story that legends are made of.  He could regale the troops with song, a story woven expertly or quote Wilford Owen in depth. I owe him much.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Generational Democratic Policy Scorecard

##Throwback Thursday post:  Written by "Director Blue" Doug Ross, cross posted on  both directorblue.blogspot.com and HotAir.com on Jan 29, 2011.

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Good post by Director Blue posted at Hot Air's Green Room this morning.

The only one he leaves out is the abysmal failure of the public schools.

More of the same is doubling down on stupid.

I also think every SOTU should be "scored" at the end of each FY (Fiscal Year).

Democratic Report Card

Update:  5 years later, where are we?

5 Big Failures of Progressive Policies that still get funded.