Wednesday, June 29, 2011

It's not paranoia if....

Possibly the most important and scary podcast I've ever heard.

If you or anyone in your family and friends is active on social media this is a must listen!

Practical Defense 177 - Personally Identifiable Information by Alex Haddox

Mr. Haddox was the Product Manager and co-founder of the Symantec AntiVirus Research Center

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Forbes… really …Forbes?

How far afield have things gotten when a magazine like Forbes is covering “anti-authority” smart phone apps.

By their actions they are proving every day that the Second Amendment is responsible for making all the other Amendments possible.
Cops’ Least Favorite iPhone Apps

Protect and Serve whom?

Unfortunately, these types of stories and observations are becoming all too common.

http://www.saysuncle.com/2011/06/27/scale-3/

Monday, June 27, 2011

TSA Forces 95-Year-Old, Wheelchair Bound Leukemia Patient to Remove Adult Diaper for Search

I don’t want to say enough is enough, but… Since the day the TSA was thrust upon the American population it has been an unmitigated disaster.

TSA Forces 95-Year-Old, Wheelchair Bound Leukemia Patient to Remove Adult Diaper for Search


Do you ever foresee a time when airports return to normal pre-9/11 appearances? If the answer is NO, ask yourself why and what needs to be done to make that happen.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

How to Convince a Vegetarian to Eat Wild Game

Something to keep in mind when discussing hunting and the shooting sports.

Most of the protections and advancements in wildlife management have come from hunters and their affiliated organizations.

Isn't it nice that something that tastes good is also good for you :-)


How to Convince a Vegetarian to Eat Wild Game

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Problem or Solution

While watching TV this morning it appeared to be a slow news day, or at least I thought so.

For about an hour, the announcers went on about the most innocuous, irreverent stories. It dawned on me that there are so many issues that deserve to be covered and they seem to be ignoring. I wasn’t sure if they were just tired of the same old same old or filling time until the next “major” story presents itself.

Then it dawned on me. It is exhausting when the every major story for the last (fill in your own timeframe) originates from the same source: Government.

Okay, how can that be, you ask? This is a short list of the major story topics for the last two years: politics, economy, health care, homeland security, national debt, immigration, industrial accidents and weather. The first six are all directly attributable to federal state and local governments, but how do industrial accidents and the weather get pulled into the mix.

BP oil spill, Japan tsunami nuclear plant disaster, E. coli outbreaks, mad cow, Haiti earthquake, and the massive flooding in the Midwest pretty much covers it. The connection between these and the various forms of governments not as tenuous as it appears.

Yes, BP is responsible for a broken pipe that caused the spill. The real story is the extortion and cover-up by the government: for the mismanagement of the capping, clean up, restoration and reparations for the affected people and communities. The Japanese government covered up the true scope and severity of the radioactive accident that followed the tsunami. The food borne illnesses that have swept the US and Europe demonstrate that the “inspections” that the authorities claim is in place to protect us, is just an illusion and is in fact inept and best and possibly contributory at worst. As an aside, if they can trace the sources of an outbreak to a specific field or stall on a farm, why can’t they find people in the country illegally?

The Haiti earthquake cannot possibly be about governments, it is an act of G-d. Yes the earthquake is a natural event, but the devastation was disproportionate in Haiti when compared to the Dominican Republic. The two countries share the same tiny island and the only difference between the two is their governments. Infrastructure, building codes and emergency services are the primary examples of what went wrong. For decades, Haiti has been ruled by one despot after another who used it to enrich themselves at the expense of its citizens. The Dominican Republic has had a stable “representative democracy” government since the late 1970’s. The two countries are a study in what government can and should do for its inhabitants.

Now to bring it closer to home. The massive flooding in the Midwest was exasorbated by decisions long ago to reroute rivers and lakes. Diverting the flow with dykes and levees was done by the Army Core of Engineers at the behest of government in spite of the governed. This is where the seeds of the current destruction were sown. Adding insult to injury, and utilizing the un-American premise of “the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the one” they proceed to destroy the manmade embankments. To flood one persons land in order to possibly save another person’s property is not a choice that the government has any business making, period!

So, now back to the premise; due to the tremendous overreach of government and the ridiculous impositions it makes on our daily lives… is government the problem or the solution?

Monday, June 20, 2011

Operation Fast and Furious. Neither concept is associated with control and oversight.


I have often wondered how certain obviously ridiculous decisions are made and have decided that is must be one of two things. First is that the process of creeping incrementalism causes people and organizations to move so far afield from their original intent that the next step, no matter how absurd, seems logical. Think of the Milgram Experiment where people “electrocuted” subjects when told to do so by someone in authority.

Or, when selecting between two or more choices, they will most often pursue the one perceived as easiest, regardless of the moral consequences. Think of how someone decides to rob a bank or commit a carjacking rather than get a job.

If law enforcement does not respect the “Law”, no one else will either. By doing this, it causes the general population to lose respect for the authorities and promotes an “us against them” dynamic. The purpose of any government agency is to serve and protect the community, not their own self interest.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY

Family comes first, spend some time with yours.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Who do you work with?

The illusion of familiarity is how we view the world. The reality is generally much more frightening.

Who do you work with?

Monday, June 13, 2011

Food for thought

Tough times don't last, tough people do!

Our parents and grandparents made it through the Great Depression buy putting their nose to the grindstone and living a conservative lifestyle. We can do the same, if we try.

Plan for the worst, hope for the best.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

It's a Start

You know it's almost too late when MSN and Kiplinger's are advising on SHTF preperations.

Their essentials

Friday, June 10, 2011

Worthy Quote

If you're not a liberal at twenty you have no heart, if you're not a conservative at forty you have no brain.

Winston Churchill

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Gun Free Zones are an oxymoron

The NYC police department has released study called Active Shooter: Recommendations and Analysis for Risk Mitigation.
They studied incidents that happened between 1966 and 2010. The information, which includes terrorist attacks, was collected on global events and the analysis made highlights some interesting statics. The table below was taken directly from the actual report and illustrates one undeniable fact:

Number of active shooter incidents in a police station… wait for it… ZERO

Table 1: Number of Incidents by Location

Location Type                          Number of Incidents                Percentage

School                                                   64                                            29%

Office Building                                     29                                            13%

Open Commercial                                 52                                            23%

Factory/Warehouse                               30                                            13%

Other                                                     49                                            22%

Total                                                    224*                                         100%

* The 202 cases in the active shooter data set occurred at 224 locations because several attacks involved more than one location.

The primary difference between schools and police stations is that at one, almost everyone is armed and at the other, not so much. That statistic is similarly applicable to the rest of the categories however even the official press release announcing the results of the study contained this tidbit:

46% of active shooter attacks end with force applied by police, private security, or other bystanders, and 40% of active shooter attacks end with attacker suicide or attempted suicide

 That means that by definition “other bystanders” are the actual first responders to the unfolding events and could intercede on their own, in self defense, to shorten its duration.

Maybe the best way to combat active shooters scenarios is to outlaw Gun Free Zones. That or move all of the schools in to police stations.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Weinergate

Watched his mea culpa and I think it sounded like this to me:


I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together
Goo Goo G" Joob

But that's just my opinion, I could be wrong.

Politicians!!!

The worst thing that can happen is for your guy to win.

Now you have no one to blame but yourself :-( 

Monday, June 6, 2011

Computer Issues

A weeks worth of computer issues appear to have been resolved. Back to Blogging soon.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Momma don’t want no hurricanes comin’ round here


Failing to plan is planning to fail. If you have not already made the appropriate preparations, there is no time like the present. The basics of your preparation should be consist of shelter, water and food. Why do I list them in that order; that’s their proper priority. If your home or building is destroyed, the rest of your preparations may be scattered or lost. Second is water. It is necessary for drinking and cleanliness. In the aftermath of an event, preventing injury and infection will become monumentally important since emergency services will be stretched to the breaking point. Also, you can go for many days without food, the same cannot be said for water.

As we have already seen, wild weather is affecting large swathes of the Midwest. This spring will go into the record books as a real catastrophe.  The one overriding truth in all of these situations is that you and only you can and must prepare for these situations and their immediate aftermath.

Help from the authorities is not “just around the corner” and they may even be the cause of the problems. Remember, the Army Corps of Engineers destroyed levees to prevent flooding of cities, good for the city, very bad for the small towns and farms. OBTW, that sounds like: the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. Not really the principle this country was founded upon.