Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Stop Playing Defense!

     Many readers and passers by have the inclination to form traditional America/Patriot groupings/communities.  This is all well and good, even necessary.  HOWEVER, there is work to be done RIGHT NOW to make the task easier later.

     What I am talking about is perhaps going to take the Readership aback a tad.  What I am proposing is for Readers to research, find and then infiltrate any and all organizations that smack of communism, socialism, totalitarianism. In short, the political and economic underbelly of the progressive Borg.

"Professor" Melissa Click, Progressive on display.  How many cats do you think she has?
     You would be right to ask, "to what purpose?"... and I will tell you right here and now that it is to perform the reconnaissance role of the scout, to learn all you can about the goals, aims, structure and individuals that make up these organizations.  Yes, this will entail burying your emotions on the various topics to allow you to get proximity and access.  This will enable you to see with your own eyes, hear with your own ears the workings of the mechanisms.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Monday Morning Roundup

As the economic situation continues to devolve in Venezuela, an opinion piece published in El Universal theorizes that Leftist hegemony in Latin America is tied to the cyclical nature of commodity prices and a "reset" to open market reforms and a reversal of socialist policies is predictable.

Corruption in the "Refugee Resettlement" scam knows no bounds; a Chaldean Catholic priest confesses he gambled away $500,000 intended for refugee resettlement expenses.  He was whisked away to a "rehabilitation centre" that markets its services to fallen priests.  How such serious moral corruption is to be resolved in "several days" of "voluntary treatment" remains to be seen. 
Saudi Arabia doubles its land holdings in the Palo Verde area of California as part of its long term food security strategy, setting off fierce debate over water usage and water rights in the parched California and Southwest regions.

Easter/Passover season brings with it recipes for classic comfort food, including crispy potato latkes.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Armored vehicles for Preppers in a "Come as you are conflict"

In a future chaotic world more reminiscent of modern Brazil than "On the Beach" or "Mad Max", it is clear that every day people will require a means to travel from A to B without becoming sniper or IED bait.  They will also need a way to overpower hasty road blocks set by extra judicial killing squads.  These are all features of Iraq, of Brazil to a somewhat lesser degree and other garden hot spots of the globe.

Monday Morning Roundup

Friend or Foe? US touts ISIS savagery but ignores Turkey's indiscriminate violence against the Kurds in the southeast portion of the country, further destabilizing the region.

China flexes its muscles by opening a military "logistics hub" at a key geostrategic location in Djibouti.

Bigger is better404 carat uncut diamond found in Angola by an upstart Australian mining company.

Spring forward: Although the eastern seaboard was hit with a late-season snowstorm, many people are seeing the first signs of spring.  Here's a list of refreshing cocktails that will make you think of spring, including a recipe for the classic Pimm's cup.

Monday, March 14, 2016


     One of the comments by Prognomore on the recent column "Trump, Chicago and Rahm-bo" struck a hidden chord. 

 "Donald J. Trump truly took his message and his supporters to the very doorstep of his fiercest, most insidious opposition, and the country is all the better for having some light shed into the morass that ferments in Chicago and wants to infect the entire country"

Monday Morning Roundup

Does ISIS have a manpower problem?  Early reports of voluntary retreat from Rutba, in Western Iraq, suggest "yes".  It's one thing to seize territory, another entirely to hold it.

China ignores existing international tribunal in the Hague; sets up own to adjudicate territorial disputes in South China Sea. 

The Gulf States of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, UAE and Dubai still have not accepted any Syrian Refugees, citing "security" concerns, while 13,000 languish in deteriorating hygiene conditions in Greece, overwhelming the already economically struggling nation.

The time to practice SHTF skills is before SHTF.  A recipe for healthier-than-store-bought homemade beef jerky that can be oven-dried.


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Sunday, March 13, 2016

Trump, Chicago and Rahm-bo

The 2016 Presidential Campaign is beyond being a poker match, it is approaching 3D Chess in complexity and depth.

The Progressive People's Militia (what else would you call it?), which is composed of dozens of front organizations and controlled by a Vast Left Wing Conspiracy (plain as day to those who can see, and read...) is admitted to in public forums, by communists who see no need to keep it covert any more:

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Familiar Tactics: American Progressives and Palestinians

"American progressives and the tactics of the Palestinians"

I ran across this article on Twitter.  I am posting it here because it accurately compares and summarizes Palestinian struggle movement tactics with what is happening in the realm of the Trump campaign protests.

Go there and read it.

Friday, March 11, 2016

The Red in the Streets of Chicago

The raging 40 yard dumpster fire that is Chicago and the almost Trump speech has cleared the decks of all other news items.  Many Americans who might see the events and maybe even read about them here (less likely every year that the Dept of Education works at it) may not have the reference points of the Cold War and actual experience with Commies.

Dust in the Wind - a look back at relatively recent sensor technology

     In case the Readership is not clued in to the inner workings of the intersection of academia and the Department of Defense, I'd like to take this opportunity to bring this to your attention - the Ivory Tower (in this case, UC Berkeley, bastion of communism) developed a new generation of sensor that has some rather interesting applications as well as implications.  I introduce to you

"Smart Dust".

     As a personal aside, I had NOTHING to do whatsoever with the development of Smart Dust.  I did take the time to review the concept for military applications circa 2002-2003 for experimental use in scenarios and adding guidance on what the shape of the future battlespace might be.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

SHTF Self-Education Series: The Coming Anarchy: A book review by Partyzantski

I am reviewing a book today that has been on my shelf for quite some time.  It bears a copyright of 2000, the edition I am covering here is the 2001 edition by First Vintage Books.  To put this book in some historical context, the aftermath of the Cold War was still being processed and the rotting timbers of the post Soviet state were still actively falling asunder.

The key takeaway from this book is a vision of what the future looks like, because we have been living amongst it and not noticed.  The future is the hollow state, with sharply defined haves and have nots... it is a hypersegregated world not unlike Brazil.  Why is this important for the readership here?  It is important as it provides an alternate set of planning assumptions for the crowd generally known as "preppers".  While it is a relief to consider that the world will probably not be rendered a moonscape through limited nuclear war (if such a thing exists), the proposed grinding, chaotic fallen nation states that will carry on are not exactly comforting.

A brief comment on the ongoing revelations regarding the killing of LaVoy Finicum

     To start this off, understand that the FBI's "HRT" (aka "Hostage Roasting Team") does not operate in a vacuum.  By this, I am not talking about an orbital path, I am talking about command climate - the leadership atmosphere that the HRT operates within.  All leadership positions provide the opportunity for the leader to shape the mood and temper of his or her workers (for lack of a better term, let's call them that).

     A command climate or leadership atmosphere is a fickle thing.  It may provide a sustaining wind that allows each to achieve their best, or it may operate more along the lines of that around Henry II
         "Who will rid me of this meddlesome priest?"                                                                                    
Such an environment and climate may lead the worker bees to assume what the leadership wants and act out upon those assumptions.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Monday Morning Roundup

The Long March continues ... China checks off another item on their "Must Do" List, and fulfills a 15 year long dream to secure a majority stake in the coveted US domestic market, with the Chinese-owned conveniently Western-sounding "Haier" group completing the purchase of GE Appliances.  However, the true motivation for the purchase comes at the end of the article:
"The price tag also makes sense from a foreign exchange perspective, said Zhou Qun, general manager of the China business consultancy GfK China.
“Haier sees overseas acquisitions as its most efficient investment,” he said. “The U.S. dollar is likely to rise more, so it’s reasonable for Haier to spend US$ 5.4 billion.”  No word on a future "taxpayer cash for (appliance) clunkers" program just yet.

Barbarians inside the gate:  three men (no further physical descriptions provided) were arrested for a murder in an "asylum center" in the central Swedish town of Lindesburg. 
"Three men, all aged 25-30, are suspected of murder after the victim was stabbed in the throat. Police declined to release the nationalities of the casualty or the three alleged attackers."

 The Awakening is slowing down the complete capitulation to evil.  SFC Martland, a US Army NCO who witnessed the rape of a young boy while deployed to Afghanistan has earned a temporary reprieve and has until May 1st to argue against his dismissal from active duty.

Now that some parts of the US are enjoying warmer weather, thoughts turn to outside grilling.  "Inside Out" burgers are always a favorite.  I make mine with bacon, sharp cheddar and roasted garlic cloves.  Burgers need a high fat content grind, otherwise they dry out - and, it's important to not handle the meat too much when forming the patties.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Trumpentum: The Unstoppable Power of a Leaderless Idea

This week's book review by co-blogger and retired USMC Intelligence Officer, Partyzantski, discusses the business pop culture book,

The Starfish and The Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations"

Certainly, the book made quite a splash when it was first published, and in the greatest irony of ironies, its authors were invited to speak at various US Department of Defense symposia and presentations.

So, how does the “unstoppable momentum” of the Trump phenomena (“Trumpentum”) fit into the “Starfish” paradigm?

Book Review Tuesday: The Starfish and the Spider: The Unstoppable Power of Leaderless Organizations

In a break with my usual reading subject matter, from time to time I step clean off of the ranch into other topics that, strangely enough, loop right back to where I started!

The book that is under review here is the paperback by Ori Brafman and Rod A Beckstrom.  The specific edition is copyright 2006 and is published by Decentralized Revolution, LLC; ISBN # 978-1-59184-183-8.  Readers with some area specific knowledge and background may suss out why I picked this up off the shelf, I'll get to that in due time.

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