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The Inevitability of Decentralization/Distributed Networks and How To Break Open The Webopoly

Leading to the only logical conclusion: Distributed networks.

All of us, technically minded or not, need to understand the tradeoffs we’ve been making. Then we need to make decisions. We can accept choke points and lock-in. Or we can look for ways to reclaim control—declining to rely so much on centralized services, and using encryption and the new decentralized tools, such as the already-working IndieWeb, as they become available.

Source: Fast Company

Special Forces Association Rejects Calls For Gun Control

SFA knows what the deal is: A decentralized threat can’t be defeated by centralizing gun ownership and disarming the people who face the threat first.

One source close to SFA told The Daily Caller that members are saying they believe Petraeus became a gun control activist for financial gain.“Recently, there have been many questions raised on the meaning of the Second Amendment to our Constitution and whether we can trust law abiding Americans to own and carry firearms, “Jack Tobin, President of the Special Forces Association, said in a statement.“’…the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed…’ a rather plain and well worded admonition,” He added.The membership resolution also suggests the Department of Homeland Security put more effort into targeting radical Islamic terrorists instead law-abiding Americans.

Source: The Daily Caller

Mitchell Strength: “I CAN’T RELATE” (Neither can we.)

I can’t relate to men who believe self-preservation is not their primary responsibility. The men who naively believe that ‘other’ men are there to protect them, their families and their possessions. The men who choose to live like sheep within gated estates while rent-a-cops patrol the perimeters that they’re unwilling, unable and unequipped to secure themselves.

Source: I CAN’T RELATE — Mitchell Strength

The Triviality of Terrorism

My point in this article is not that we should ignore the horrors of terrorism. Rather, it’s that we should see the situation as it is. And for those of us in the West, the situation is that terrorism is a political weapon, wielded by politicians in the service of what Dwight Eisenhower termed the “military-industrial complex. ”We should further understand that eliminating terrorism would deprive these people of their greatest tool. If terrorism stopped, they’d have to replace it. The Western status quo requires a frightened and confused populace. Terrorism is a deadly reminder of just how deceived humans can become. Eliminating it will be awfully hard if we remain terrified and deceived ourselves.

Source: www.freemansperspective.com

Kasich permits #BlackLivesMatter and La Raza to protest INSIDE Cleveland Convention | Prntly | America’s Top New Site

What could possibly go wrong?

The new rules allow for permitted groups, Black Lives Matter, La Raza, and the New Black Panther Party to be allowed on the convention floor. This is done for purposes of “inclusion” according to the governor (Kasich).

Source: prntly.com

Injectable sponges used for first time to stop soldier’s bleeding | Fox News

Brilliant, another useful tool for your blowout kit.

A U.S. military surgical team used an innovative device to staunch the bleeding on a gunshot victim, RevMedx, the company that makes it, recently announced. That marks the first documented occasion that the device has been used in a patient clinically, the company said.

Source: Injectable sponges used for first time to stop soldier’s bleeding | Fox News

Rasmussen Looks at Why Americans are Buying So Many Guns

While we still have a little further to go, it’s nice to see some form of common sense returning to the American people.

It seems to me that Americans are intuitively catching on to the fact decentralized threats (whether your standard criminal or other more politically motivated) require a decentralized approach to solve.

In other words, Americans seem to be realizing that because they can’t carry around cop around in their back pocket, and because police are not obligate to show up to the fight (not because they don’t want to but because there are just never enough of them), that it’s much better to be ready to deal with any life threatening situation all on their own.

The good news here is that because increasing ones personal security and that of your loved ones only take small acts of will, applied in short bursts of concentration (in conjunction with the right kinds of training), in order to learn the skills required to secure yourself, your loved ones, and your community. As with all things in life you are only a decision away from knowing the confidence and peace skill at arms can bring.

Sixty-three percent (63%) of Americans with a gun in their household feel safer because someone in that household owns a gun.

The survey of 1,000 American Adults was conducted on April 11-12, 2016 by Rasmussen Reports. The margin of sampling error is +/- 3 percentage points with a 95% level of confidence. Field work for all Rasmussen Reports surveys is conducted by Pulse Opinion Research, LLC. See methodology.

Voters still tend to oppose stricter gun control, perhaps in part because few think tougher gun laws will reduce the level of violent crime in this country.

Americans in nearly every demographic category strongly agree that most people purchase a gun for self-defense. Few think they have a criminal act in mind.

Men are more likely than women to say there’s a new gun in their immediate family. Women feel more strongly that it is too easy to buy a gun in America.

Source: Rasmussen Reports

McAuliffe vetos gun bills, touts domestic violence protections

RICHMOND — Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who struck a compromise on guns with Republicans early this year, has gone on to veto a flurry of gun rights bills that were not part of that deal. In the past week alone, McAuliffe (D) vetoed bills that would have given domestic violence victims under protective orders the temporary right to carry concealed weapons without applying for permits or getting training. He also nixed measures that would have allowed retired police officers working as private security guards…

Source: The Washington Post

Why the Controversy Over CCW Technology?


The core concept behind concealed carry is to keep the firearm hidden until it is needed. The means of carry, or how it is concealed is secondary to having it on/near you and readily accessible when it is needed.

Keeping the core concept of concealed carry in the front of ones mind, whatever configuration the firearm is, the carrier is under no obligation to make their own true lethality known to those who may wish them harm.

With the numbers of carriers ever growing, it is only natural that those technologies which will serve to help concealed carriers better conceal their weapons and blend into their surrounding environments – will inevitably and thankfully – proliferate.

In light of the new technology boom, it is only logical that CCW holders find transformer guns such as the herein mentioned “Ideal Conceal” as invaluable alternatives when traditional carries may be less practical due to bulk, discomfort, or otherwise less desirable for whatever reason.

In the end, let the carriers make the decision of when and to what extent they want to gear down, it is their lives on the line and no one should make the decision for them.

The two dominant conversations surrounding Ideal Conceal are pretty polar opposite: glowingly optimistic or severely pessimistic. Some people view Ideal Conceal for its curb appeal of convenient to deploy, easy to conceal, and its level of comfort or basically not requiring a holster. The other mindset is that Ideal Conceal creates a horrifying new concern for law enforcement. All cellphones could now be possible weapons used against our men and women in blue. As if their jobs aren’t difficult enough in the heat of the moment they must now decipher and identify if a small object is a possible threat or just another Samsung cellphone.

Source: The Firearm Blog

Recent Illinois Gun Sales are Breaking State Records

ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – Recent Illinois gun sales are breaking state records. The jump in the sale of firearms reflects a national trend.

Illinois State Police did 418,000 background checks last year. The actual number of guns sold could be higher because some transactions involved multiple guns.

Some retailers say recent mass shootings and the state’s concealed carry law are the reasons for the increase.

Source: FOX2now.com

Kansans seek concealed carry training despite relaxing of laws

“As President Obama continues to push for tighter gun control, many consumers aren’t taking the chance of waiting to purchase one.

‘I think there are concerns that there might be further restrictions on guns so people are starting to buy them now,’ said concealed carry permit holder Ron Pope.

As of July 2015, the concealed carry of a firearm without a license is legal in the state of Kansas. Gun owners are still piling into concealed carry classes despite the law change.

Ron Pope received his concealed carry license two years before the law changed.

‘I’ve always enjoyed shooting, ever since I was young. As my children got older, I wanted them to have experience shooting and I thought the additional education I’d get with a concealed carry class would be important,’ explained Pope.”

(Via.) www.wibw.com <—Read more here

You Know Less Than You Think About Guns

“‘There is a gun for roughly every man, woman, and child in America,’ President Barack Obama proclaimed after the October mass shooting that killed 10 at Umpqua Community College in Oregon. ‘So how can you, with a straight face, make the argument that more guns will make us safer? We know that states with the most gun laws tend to have the fewest gun deaths. So the notion that gun laws don’t work—or just will make it harder for law-abiding citizens and criminals will still get their guns—is not borne out by the evidence.’

n this single brief statement, Obama tidily listed the major questions bedeviling social science research about guns—while also embodying the biggest problem with the way we process and apply that research. The president’s ironclad confidence in the conclusiveness of the science, and therefore the desirability of “common-sense gun safety laws,” is echoed widely with every new mass shooting, from academia to the popular press to that guy you knew from high school on Facebook.

In April 2015, the Harvard gun-violence researcher David Hemenway took to the pages of the Los Angeles Times to declare in a headline: “There’s scientific consensus on guns—and the NRA won’t like it.” Hemenway insisted that researchers have definitively established “that a gun in the home makes it a more dangerous place to be…that guns are not used in self-defense far more often than they are used in crime…and that the change to more permissive gun carrying laws has not reduced crime rates.” He concludes: “There is consensus that strong gun laws reduce homicide”

(Via.) Reason.com <— Read more here

Identity Politics Must Die – Vincent Birrittella

“As I watch the events unfold in Oregon, I cannot help but notice the draconian nature of political culture. It seems that people are extremely willingly to support government aggression so long as it’s compelled on their particular scapegoat. This kind of mindset needs to be dead and buried. Identity politics has to go and never come back.

Nowadays, terrorism seems to be the perfect route to take to cause an uproar. Left and right both take advantage of a public that’s filled with anxiety and uncertainty. The incidents in Oregon really show that liberals actually have a bit of neocon in them: as long as the people they despise are the possible perpetrators, it doesn’t really matter what the government does to them.

For god sakes, I saw some supposed liberal doves calling for drone strikes! How can you not be frightened by such thoughts? (Thats a warning for you beer-bellied, Don’t Tread on Me–flag waving, and gun-bearing middle-aged white men. The liberals got drones and they wanna use them.)

These people are not terrorists, and no act of violence has been committed by these people. If occupying a public space for protest is a criminal act, then leftists causes are just as guilty. No one would consider Occupy Wall Street to be terrorists or criminals just for occupying a public space, nor should they. Guns don’t make it any intrinsically different.

I wish these people actually knew what could possibly result if the government decided to violently kill these people: a more reckless and authoritarian state. And let me remind the liberals that it’s the same state that brutalizes minorities — a group that liberals would die for — on a routine basis. But that is none of my business.”

(Via.) Liberty.me <—Read more here

Poll suggests Americans would arm themselves for protection – My News 4 – KRNV, Reno, NV

“WASHINGTON (SINCLAIR BROADCAST GROUP) — A Twitter poll conducted by Sinclair stations across the country found that 74 percent of respondents would arm themselves for protection.

More than 5,000 people responded to the poll, which was posted by 44 Sinclair stations across the country.

A total of 26 percent of those responding said they would not arm themselves for protection.

The polling comes amid heightened concerns over terrorism in the wake of the attacks in Paris and San Bernardino.

Attempting to quell the public’s fear, President Barack Obama said in an interview this weekend that ISIS ‘is not an organization that can destroy the United States.’

Obama validated the concerns of many Americans, saying he understand why people are worried, but he noted that the most damage ISIS can do ‘is if they start changing how we live and what our values are.’

He expressed that part of his last year in office will be spent making sure Americans remember, ‘who we are and make sure that our resilience, our values, our unity are maintained.’

‘If we do that, then ISIL will be defeated.’

Asked which was a better way to respond to terrorism in this country, enacting stricter gun control laws or encouraging more people to carry guns legally, a Washington Post/ABC poll found 47 percent of respondents felt more people carrying guns was a better response.

In that same Washington Post/ABC poll, 42 percent of respondents said stricter guns laws were a better response.

That poll was conducted by phone in December of 2015, with a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 percent. A random sample of 1,002 adults were questioned.

By comparison, a Gallup poll conducted earlier this year found 56 percent of respondents said more concealed weapons would make the country safer.

‘A majority of Americans, 56%, believe that if more Americans carried concealed weapons after passing a criminal background check and training course, the country would be safer,’ the poll concluded. Of those asked, 41 percent said the United States would be less safe.

The results were a part of Gallup’s annual crime poll, conducted in October.”

 

(Via.) My News 4 – KRNV, Reno, NV <—Read more here…

Obama meets Bloomberg as he prepares order on guns

“As his administration prepares an executive order tightening access to guns, President Barack Obama met Wednesday with former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a proponent of new gun laws who has become the chief enemy of the National Rifle Association.

Obama has met with a series of gun control advocates in recent weeks as his aides complete work on a potential order expected to expand background checks on gun sales by closing the so-called ‘gun show loophole.’

A timeline on the order — which has been tangled in legal and administrative questions — is still unknown. The President met with former U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords, who was gravely wounded during a 2011 shooting in Tucson, Arizona, on December 4 to discuss gun control.

But even as he works to tighten access to firearms, a new survey shows dwindling support for an outright ban on assault weapons, which both Obama and Bloomberg have advocated as a means to prevent gun deaths.”

(Via.) CNNPolitics.com

Banned and “dangerous” weapons found for sale on Amazon.co.uk

How far our British cousins have fallen. In this case, the British press inadvertently serves as a functionary of the state, helping to disarm more innocent British citizens and thereby leaving their fellow citizens as helpless victims in waiting.

At this point in history, the British people should be seriously rethinking their centralized approach to security.  

“Internet retailer Amazon has reportedly been found to have had a number of illegal and dangerous weapons for sale to UK customers on its website.

As an investigation by The Guardian found, a number of firearms and concealed weapons, many of which are illegal under UK law, were freely available to the public on Amazon.

In test purchases, the paper was reportedly able to buy a Kimber Pepper Blaster II, a firearm which shoots powerful pepper spray at high speeds, a Gotcha Cap, a hat which conceals a knuckleduster-style bladed weapon under the brim, and a Zap Light, a stun gun which looks like an ordinary handheld torch, all of which are illegal under laws like the Firearms Act 1968 and the Offensive Weapons Act 1996.”

(Via.) The Independent

Following Paris, Scotland Yard urgently reviews terrorism tactics | The Student Newspaper

Oh, my…

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“‘The public can be reassured that our firearms officers are trained to deal with this kind of incident and we are constantly evolving new ways to combat the threats to public safety.’

Earlier this year, the police in London practised their response to mock marauding gun attacks in the centre of the capital, following the January attacks on the French satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo, offices.

In view of the increasing threat posed by Isis and other terrorist groups, all eyes are set upon Scotland Yard’s new forces-style unit, especially trained to counteract terrorism.

The unit consists of 130 specialist firearms officers, equipped with new weapons and prepared to carry out extreme actions such as fast-roping from helicopters, storming burning buildings to rescue hostages or arresting or shooting terrorist gun attackers to the head instead of to the chest, as the police commonly does.

As the entirety of Europe is under threat and terrorists are able to enter Europe through different countries, Scotland Yard is also arranging to send abroad 60 counter-terrorism officers to protect the British people abroad.”

Well, golly-gee, what could go wrong now?

(Via.) The Student Newspaper <-read more here

Ignorance, Polarization, and Xenophobia on the Street and in the Press: “White Americans are the biggest terror threat in the United States”

Remember, when you are pointing a finger, you have three pointing back…

“Almost twice as many people have died in attacks by right-wing groups in America than have died in attacks by Muslim extremists. Of the 26 attacks since 9/11 that the group defined as terror, 19 were carried out by non-Muslims. Yet there are no white Americans languishing inside the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay. And there are no drones dropping bombs on gatherings of military-age males in the country’s lawless border regions.”

(Via.) GlobalPost

Attacker steals man’s concealed handgun in Walmart bathroom

Hint: If someone goes for your gun, the fight is on.

File under: Don’t get smoked with your own gun – please.

Interested to hear the story from the victims point of view, his training failed him. Seems that his concealment system failed him, as did his situational awareness, options to avoid, and his assertiveness. 

“A man with a concealed weapon permit was assaulted in a Walmart bathroom Thursday night and had his handgun stolen, Medford police said.

The 25-year-old permit holder entered the Walmart at 1360 Center Drive around 9 p.m., police said. He had a Springfield XD 40-caliber handgun in a holster in the back of his waistband, and his shirt covered the weapon.

The man went into the store bathroom and was followed by a white man in his mid 30s who was about 6 feet 2 inches tall and wearing an Oakland Raiders T-shirt, police said in a news release.

In the bathroom, the man wearing the Raiders shirt unsuccessfully attempted to snatch the gun from the 25-year-old’s waistband, then punched the man in the face, knocking him to the ground, police reports say. The suspect then grabbed the gun, pointed it at the 25-year-old and ordered him to leave. The victim complied and ran into the employee break room. Police were called to the store at 9:17 p.m. Thursday, records show.”

(Via.) MailTribune.com

Al Qaeda chief urges lone wolf (decentralized) attacks, and urges militant unity

 “CAIRO (Reuters) – Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri called on young Muslim men in the United States and other Western countries to carry out attacks inside there and urged greater unity between militants.

‘I call on all Muslims who can harm the countries of the crusader coalition not to hesitate. We must now focus on moving the war to the heart of the homes and cities of the crusader West and specifically America,’ he said in an audio recording posted online on Sunday, referring to nations making up the Western-led coalition in Iraq and Syria.”

(Via.) Yahoo News <—Read more here

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