Author Archives: Ron Danielowski

“Boyd is in the Details”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OODA_loop

Principals and stakeholders, you need to understand this: Like war, business, and these senseless murders, it’s all about YOUR “OODA Loops” and YOUR ability to interrupt/stop/change your adversary’s/competitor’s OODA Loops.

Col. John Boyd’s Decision Making Process (Observation, Orientation, Decision, and ACTION) or the “OODA Loop” lies in the very heart of this issue, and ignoring it will only exacerbate the problem.

This is partly due to the fact that the bad guys initiate their planning well in advance of the attack: that is to say, they are already completing numerous OODA Loops prior to their attack. This could be hours, days, weeks, even months, or years in the making. The point here is that there are lethal OODA Loops being planned and closed in this process; they are planning, are you?

This is true across the spectrum of violence from the individual to the army, to the nation-state; it’s universal. While this article is focused on the San Jose murders, one could easily copy and paste with different times, places, and events, but the outcome would remain the same for ignoring this reality.

From the article: “The sheriff’s office is next door to the rail yard”.

Let that sink in – and NO, it’s NOT a critique of police response times, tactics, policies, or procedures – it’s about reality. It’s about time, distance, will, the right tools, and sufficient training. Again, it’s all about OODA Loops.

You have probably heard people offhandedly comment that “When you have seconds to live the police are only minutes away” but what you need to understand is that this is a truism – it’s not a joke.

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You can’t get there from here, Part 2…

You really can’t.

I have been training military and LEO for most of my adult life so I want to be perfectly clear upfront, none of the below is a criticism of LEOs.

I understand the job and its political games, so I have nothing but empathy for them.

Instead, it’s a criticism of the political system and people that as Professor of Yale Law School Stephen Carter stated “…that takes such bizarre delight in creating new crimes for the cops to enforce. “

Yesterday the D.C. Auditor came back saying that the Police ‘acted recklessly’ in the shooting death of Deon Kay.

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You can’t get there from here…

Heartfelt sympathies go out to the police under this policy/leadership.

It sucks working for people who don’t understand the reality of a lethal force encounter. People who don’t understand how little time is available for the right decision, how dynamic and fluid situations are in real life vs on paper, in the book, or in some scripted scenario/video trainer.

While this is indeed “an alternative…” it certainly won’t be applied in a way that “preserves life.” I can’t imagine a more ridiculous statement in regards to firearms and the credible use of lethal force.

It set’s the public up with unrealistic expectations.

Why?

Firearms are NOT a less than lethal option, anyone who tells you different is ignorant, run – don’t walk away.

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D.C. – Its bad decisions are inevitable, here’s why.

The Administration has really stepped in it (again) this time, and it’s even kicking up a storm in the MSM.

DC’s inability to put this issue (or any other for that matter) reliably to bed is due to some simple reasons.

i) What Dr. Edwin called “impenetrable hubris” amongst those who perceive themselves as the highminded within the system.

ii) The drug war – like most wars, “is a racket” as Smedly Buttler may have put it. In this case, it’s a war that has nothing to do with securing American liberty. It’s big money being able to play both sides simultaneously. It benefits certain industries at the expense of others that both prey upon and penalizes the American people in order to pursue a war funded by and against themselves, and

iii.) And DC’s continued break from reality and inevitably unstoppable slide into ineffectiveness.

It’s like watching a poorly scripted and produced reality-show version of House of Cards. One which the American people are increasingly finding as distasteful, trite, and tiresome, and as dangerous as it is destructive to all who try to wield Tolkien’s Ring of Power. And we are rightly wanting to turn it off and unsubscribe from it before it does even more harm.

And it will, it’s inevitable really (H/T to both Martin VanCrevelds’ The Transformation of War, and as always – Boyd).

This is what happens when you start with the idea that you can centralize wisdom and the mission becomes the survivability and sustenance of the institution over the people you are ostensibly there to serve.

Because the system has become so centralized and internally focused on maintaining power over the years, they can only produce OODA Loops (yes, back to Boyd) slowly with the inappropriate one size fits all solutions, handed down by highminded and accredited “experts”. Solutions that won’t work or won’t work the way envisioned at all because they are not based upon the current reality on the ground. Because they are not looking at the reality on the ground for possible answers or any new issues that always spring up at the point of contact; they are putting all their eggs in a very centralized, slow, reactive, ineffectual, unreliable, and fragile basket, one that will shatter at first contact.

Add to all of that the typical DC response of – it’s better to do something with partial information than to do nothing (it’s really not), and mix in poor decisions making models with their typical strategy of throwing a ton of money, manpower, resources, and regulations (because remember, it’s their brilliant solution to pretty much anything), and you have the ongoing shitshow that only benefits DC and the rent-seekers who constantly petition it – all at the expense of the American people.

2020 and, God help us, even 2021 so far, are proving just how detached DC is from reality and just how badly the system is broken.

It’s what happens when you become internally focused on the bureaucracy and its solutions and start issuing what the military calls a “command push”, rather than focusing externally on problems and asking for recon pulls – which comes from the experts who have “boots on ground” and are in contact with the problem right now.

And because you aren’t using recon pulls and listening to the experts who are in contact with reality, you aren’t finding the best solutions from all the opportunities the tens (if not hundreds) of thousands of local experts on the ground – who are working out the solutions in thousands of if not millions or billions of tiny expert experiments (OODA Loops within OODA Loops). And without listening you can’t know if what you are doing is successful or not. There is no credible intel going up the chain to contradict the assumption and current narrative. It’s a big echo chamber.

Again, this is all very Boydian.

This is what happens when you think you know better and act like an arrogant ruler, rather than acting as wise leaders and advisors who influence and create change from the solutions and opportunities that are produced by the local experts… again, from the ground up. And none of the good local stuff can happen when trust and cooperation aren’t in place and you’re being TOLD what to do instead of advised and asked for feedback.

Who in their right mind would trust any organization they interact with, let alone DC when treated like that?

It’s what happens when a system is turned upside down and inside out, where everything is backward and where centralized decision-making makes for OODA Loops that are slow and more ineffective at each successive action based on the improper reality and the poor decisions multiply at an exponential rate as they fight the wrong reality.

This leaves the system an easy target for exploitation from any faction that doesn’t compete in the same space, time, and operates in a completely different reality.

And that applies to both parties.

This is what happens when you put your faith in a superman or centralized higher power that you can appeal to but that you don’t have direct influence over or involvement in – other than a petition of redress that will never come. People wait for delivery from “above” instead of taking action to solve the problem themselves – because they were never empowered or expected to do so.

Both parties and the administration should consider their next steps wisely, and we all know that’s a tall order for DC.

Numerous Presidents, VP’s, Senators, Congressmen, etc., have openly admitted to ingesting cannabis and even gone so far as to support its decriminalization.

Would they take the current Orwellian route of impeaching prior Presidents with their steely resolve to ensure their oh-so-pious (lol) morals are upheld? I don’t think so, few associate DC with high-morality or politicians with a strength of character, and everyone would know it’s a farce anyway.

Will they go so far as to fire the current VP, unseat federal congressmen and senators, or demand that state legislators step down, thereby proving to everyone that they never mean what they say on the campaign trail?

This would be banking on the voter’s poor short-term memory. In the past, that’s been a pretty good bet. Who knows, they may think that perhaps they can get away with it… perhaps they can.

But as recent history has proven with the power of the internet and all of the special interest groups and associations springing up keeping track of the duplicity in politics now – it’s unlikely – but hey, it’s DC – anything stupid can and does happen.

Bank on this though; the system is doomed due to the fact it’s thoroughly centralized and incapable of making good decisions because of it. Oh, and it doesn’t matter what they say, or how loyal you are – you’re politically expendable because it’s a big club, and you ain’t in it.

Decentralize everything and quick – our better and brighter future depends on it.

“Boyd is in the details…”

This is a piece on John Boyd’s Decision Making Process a.k.a. the “OODA Loop” and more importantly – how it rules all, especially at mass murder scenes.

Everyone needs to understand this. It’s a life, business, community, and even a nation saver.

If your a business owner you had better get this one right – because with the wrong decision on this you will lose your shirt and sink your enterprise, and if you’re in the insurance industry you will need to recalibrate to survive.

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Selecting a Safe Dry Practice Area

If you understand the value of dry practice and are ready to begin training, the first thing you need to consider is a safe location to dry practice in.

A good dry practice area will help you maintain focus on the task at hand while keeping you and others safe.

Much like establishing a storefront, you need to select your dry practice area with the most important factor in mind “location, location, location.”

When selecting your dry practice area, ensure it meets the following criteria:

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On Security Theater

CEOs and business owners this is important to your survival, you will want to pay attention to this.

“According to recent research conducted by Traction Guest, the overwhelming majority (92 percent) of enterprise security and risk professionals report that physical security is of greater strategic importance to their organization now than it was before the pandemic…

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The Value of Dry Practice

Dry Practice – The “secret” of winners the world over

For a weapons operator, dry practice is the process of practicing gun handling skills such as presentations, reloads, malfunction clearances, movement techniques, tactics, etc. with an unloaded firearm to gain real measurable life-saving skills.

Take away: Dry practice is an inexpensive yet invaluable tool in helping you to quickly gain important motor skills.

Dry practice isn’t new, it’s been around for a very long time and its benefits are well known.

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ATTN: Current and former Military and LEO Firearms & Tactics Instructors:

Register now for DSI’s Tier 4 Combative Firearms Instructor (CFI) Certification Course – Friday, August 09 to Sunday, August 11th. 2019, in picturesque Cody, Wyoming and expand your service offerings and support dramatically.

Registration closes May 3rd, 2019 for our Tier 4 Combative Firearms Instructor (CFI) certification course. Only 1 of 5 seats remains available and candidates are accepted on first come first serve basis, so reserve your seat now.

We believe a well armed, well trained, and coordinated society is a secure and sustainable society.

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Capitalism (aka Self-Ownership) Is the Only Moral Economic System

Politicians’ popular claims against capitalism rely on false assumptions about markets and governments.

With all the “turn that over to the government, too, so someone else will have to provide it for you” proposals that have come from Democrat presidential hopefuls already, candidates are actually being asked if they are a “socialist” or a “capitalist.”

Bernie Sanders, who has called for “economic rights” guarantees to be treated as constitutional rights, admits being a socialist. Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who may want even more people to live at everyone else’s expense, is on the same bandwagon: “Capitalism is an ideology of capital—the most important thing is the concentration of capital and to seek and maximize profit.” Consequently, “capitalism is irredeemable.”

However, other candidates, proposing or supporting very similar changes, have claimed they are (modified) capitalists.

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Military or LEO Firearms & Tactics Instructor?

ATTN: Current and former Military and LEO Firearms & Tactics Instructors:

Register now for DSI’s Tier 4 Combative Firearms Instructor (CFI) Certification Course – Friday August 09 to Sunday August 11th. 2019, in picturesque Cody, Wyoming, to expand your service offerings dramatically.

Registration closes May 3rd, 2019 for our Tier 4 Combative Firearms Instructor (CFI) certification course.

Only 2 seats remain available and candidates are accepted on first come first serve basis, so reserve your seat now.

Expand your offerings with DSI

An armed, well trained, and coordinated society is a secure and sustainable society.

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Asbury Park’s Rebirth Shows How Entrepreneurs Make Our World a Better Place

David Parker revives neighborhoods in the Boston area. Since the 1970s, he has gone into the most impoverished parts of the city, only to buy the apartments and buildings that very few wanted. Parker’s intrepid nature proved prescient. The locales once shunned by Boston’s many well-heeled residents are now very desirable to them.

Parker’s success is an effect of him having fixed what was broken. Yet he’s very modest about it. Lightly paraphrasing this most courageous of investors, “I could only afford neighborhoods that I didn’t feel safe in.”

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After a Decade of Cheap Money, the Federal Reserve Still Has No Exit Strategy Everything the Federal Reserve did to cause the housing crash was done

I started a house painting business the month house prices peaked. I had planned on using the profits from painting to fund my film projects, but that was assuming home values weren’t going to fall 30 percent. My timing couldn’t have been worse.

Everything the Federal Reserve did to cause the housing crash was done on a much larger scale, not just in 2008, but in every year since. But while I was experiencing the unwinding of the housing bubble, I stumbled across a free audiobook of Economics in One Lesson by Henry Hazlitt. I was literally painting a house when I heard the words of a man in the 1940s describing our boom and bust perfectly. I immediately knew what documentary I needed to make. To make sure we didn’t fall for the next bubble, I needed to interview people, like Ron Paul, who predicted the crash and ask them why it happened. I needed to find out what would come next.

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America Finally Admits Recycling Doesn’t Work (FEE)

“This, Mises would say, is planned chaos, the inevitable result of central planners making decisions instead of consumers through free markets.”

Image Credit: U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman David Clark

A couple of years ago, after sending my five-year-old daughter off to school, she came home reciting the same cheerful environmental mantra I was taught in elementary school.

“Reduce, reuse, recycle,” she beamed, proud to show off a bit of rote learning.

Recycling makes people feel good, but the idea that it improves the condition of humans or the planet is highly dubious.

The moral virtue of recycling is rarely questioned in the United States. It has been ingrained into the American psyche over several decades. On a recent trip to the Caribbean, my friend’s wife exhibited nervous guilt while collecting empty soda, water, and beer bottles destined for the trash since our resort offered no recycling bins.

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A Government Guide to Keeping Insulin Unaffordable: 3 Easy Steps to Hogtie a Market

Desperate patients pay up because they have nowhere else to go—and their distress is deliberate and designed.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Image Credit: Public Domain

By Laura Williams

From the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE)

f you’ve heard anything about insulin lately, it’s probably been palpable outrage over soaring prescription prices or dubious optimism about Eli Lilly’s recent release of its new version that, at half the price, will cost an arm or a leg but not both.

The inventors of insulin sold its patent for $1. Eli Lilly now charges $360 a month for the drug and made $3.2 billion in profits last year.

Meanwhile, Americans must sell all their possessions to get the insulin they need.

We’re going to take on the greed of the drug industry. https://t.co/vtWsN4cXeR— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 15, 2019

Amid this cesspool of indignant commentary, you’re likely to hear one of the biggest misconceptions around: that markets, competition, or capitalism have failed to respond to the patient’s need in creating more affordable insulin. What you won’t hear is how pharma giants have enlisted the FDA, the DEA, the FBI, customs and border security, and a dozen other taxpayer-funded regulatory and enforcement agencies to protect their profit margins.

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