Thursday, February 15, 2024

CWP, 15 February MMXXIV Anno Domini

 Greetings Sheepdogs, 
 
     "History is won by those who show up."  
-- John F. Kennedy
 
Table of Sections:  
     Prevention
     Intervention
     Postvention
     Education
 
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*****     *****     ***** Prevention *****     *****     *****
Things you can do to avoid the lethal force incident.  
 
Table of contents:  
     Mindset 
     Safety
     Training 
     Practice 
 
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----- Mindset -----
Figuring out the correct way to think.  
 
     You won't have time to load your pistol.  You certainly won't have time to get your 
pistol if it is not on your body.  To think otherwise is delusional.  
 
     ‟We don’t decide what is necessary to survive a 
lethal force encounter initiated by someone else.  
That person decides what’s necessary for us to survive.”  
– William Aprill
 
"Trendy or Noteworthy? (Part I)" by Dave Spaulding
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
Excerpt:  
     Remember, fighting is final.  If you engage in combat, you run the risk of 
being hurt or killed.  It’s not a video game.  There is no way to engage in nice 
fighting.  There is no room for “politically correct” in this arena.  I fear that 
some American cops and armed citizens have reached a time when force is 
preferably “minimal” instead of “objectively reasonable.”  On the other end 
of the spectrum, some want to use military-style, battle zone tactics in domestic 
conflict.  The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled in several landmark cases – and 
it’s written in many state statutes -- that force must be reasonable, but how 
many cases do you know of in which police officers used reasonable force only 
to get thrown under the bus?  
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"Trendy or Noteworthy? (Part II)" by Dave Spaulding
Excerpt:  
     "Any technique that will be used to save your life must be applied without 
a great deal of concentration and effort.  In a situation that will last but a few 
seconds, there isn't time to observe, orient, decide and act.  Many believe you 
must cycle through the entire loop, which isn't true."  
     "This training program is well-chronicled and it’s clear that they didn’t 
receive the amount of training time that is currently committed to today’s 
police cadets in the basic academy.  The difference was that great pains 
were taken to eliminate anything that wasn’t needed and to keep what was 
taught straight-forward and simple.  Again, simple is easy to teach, practice, 
master and maintain with minimal time and effort. Sometimes, less is more."  
     "It’s not inhumane, it’s merely force, and the use of force will always 
be ugly, destructive, brutal and bloody.  The best you can do is to make 
sure you are using it appropriately."  
---
     "It's not daily increase but daily decrease - hack away at the inessentials!" 
-- Bruce Lee
 
     ‟Fear is an instinct.  Courage is a choice.”  
-- Rear Admiral Joseph Kernan, USN
 
     If you haven't decided to act.  You won't.  
 
     ‷If you look at someone bigger, faster, and stronger and immediately think, 
‶I'm at a disadvantage″,  
I have news for you:  you are.  
But that's only because you just put yourself there for no reason.  
     The truth is that anyone can do debilitating violence to anyone else.  
Your size, your speed, your strength, your gender -- 
all the factors that untrained people think make the difference when it comes to violence -- 
all matter far less than your mindset and your intent.‴  
-- Tim Larkin
 
     "Jeff Cooper's Color Code exists to help you get your head 
around the need to kill someone in the immediate future."  
-- John Hearne
 
***** Situational Awareness ***** 
How to avoid being taken by surprise.  
 
     “You need to have the capacity for danger.  
You need to be ‘dangerous’.  Yet, you need to 
learn how to not use it except when necessary.  
And, that is not the same thing as being harmless.  
     There's nothing virtuous about harmlessness.  
Harmless just means you’re ineffectual and useless.”  
-- Jordan Peterson 
 
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----- Safety -----  
How to prevent the bad thing from happening in the first place.  
How to avoid shooting yourself, friendlies, and innocent bystanders.  
 
Jeff Cooper′s Rules of Gun Safety  
RULE I:  ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED.  
RULE II:  NEVER LET THE MUZZLE COVER 
                  ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY.  
RULE III:  KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER 
                   UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET.  
RULE IV:  BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET.  
 
     You should also be aware of anyone who may move in front of your target.  
Untrained persons do stupid things when they panic in high stress situations.  
So, as the trained person, it is your responsibility to avoid shooting the 
innocent bystanders.  
 
"Home Defense Considerations: Answering the Door" by Salvatore
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
Excerpts:  
     "Speak to the stranger through the door, but don’t open it."  
     "Some may argue that simply not answering the stranger on your doorstep is 
the best policy.  I disagree.  Many home invasions begin as a simple burglary in 
which a single criminal, or multiple criminals, invade a home under the 
presumption that nobody is home.  By letting it be known that the house is 
indeed occupied you immediately reduce the likelihood of the breach."  
 
     "It's easier to stay out of trouble than to get out of trouble."  
-- Claude Werner
 
"The PROBLEM with a Thumb Safety on a Pistol" by Warrior Poet Society
---
     Pistols don't need active safeties (thumb safeties) because the holster is the safety.  
Long guns don't generally have holsters, so they need active (manual safeties).  
     Passive safeties (automatically defeated with a proper grip and trigger press) 
don't require any additional intentional actions.  So, they are better, for pistols.  
 
"9 Lifesaving Self Defense Tips From Pat McNamara"
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
Excerpt:  
     "As the driver . . . , your primary responsibility is to drive.  If you are on 
your phone, you are not driving.  This also means it’s your job to ensure that 
the vehicle is clean inside and out and functioning well.  Make sure the 
engine passes inspection, test all of the doors and locks, and ask for assistance 
if you’re unfamiliar with an item or its use.  You must account for all 
emergency equipment and verify that it functions.  And you must drive to save 
your life or the lives of your passengers if necessary."  
 
"Church Shooting!" by John Farnam
     “When the highest aim of a captain is to keep his ship and crew safe, 
he would never leave port.  But of course, that’s not what ships are for.”  
-- Thomas Aquinas
Excerpt:  
     "Yet, let us not be foolishly naΓ―ve about real (and increasing) personal risks 
that attach to all political, as well as religious, activities in 2024."  
---
     Let us never confuse "safety" with "no risk".  As Farnam says, 
personal risk attaches to all religious activities.  
 
     Do you understand why it is so important to stay away from New York et al?  
     Do you understand why the "jounalist" cannot understand what the politician is saying?  
 
     Please be safe.  
     Do not stand, sit, climb, or lean on fences.  
     If you fall, the animals could eat you and 
that might make them sick.  
     Thank you.  
-- sign in San Diego Zoo
 
Ammo.com: "Concealed Carry Crime Stats 2024"
 
"Shocked?" by John Farnam
Excerpt:  
     "The prudent take reasonable precautions, 
among which is permanent departure from 
NY, CA, IL, et al, while still possible!"  
 
John Farnam's rules to keep you out of trouble:  
Don’t go to stupid places.  
Don’t associate with stupid people.  
Don’t do stupid things.  
Have a “normal” appearance.  
Be in bed by 10:00pm (your own bed).  
Don’t fail the attitude test.  
 
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----- Training -----
Figuring out the correct tasks to practice.
 
"Knowledge defeats fear.
Preparation defeats failure.
Discipline defeats panic"
-- Michael Lang
 
"Unprepared!" by John Farnam
Excerpt:  
     "The homeowner in this case (obviously) had no lethal-force training, 
had no idea of what he was doing, and is now experiencing dire consequences!"  
     "Never unlock and open your door for people of whose motives you are suspicious."  
     "Had the exact-same shot, at the exact-same moment, been “intentional,” 
this homeowner would probably have had a strong case for legitimate self-defense, 
and thus may not have even been charged.  However, the contention of “self-defense” 
is only available to you in an intentional shooting.  In an accidental shooting, 
the argument for “self-defense” will not be allowed, as this homeowner is belatedly 
discovering!"  
 
     You need training because:  
You don't know what you don't know.  
Much of what you know is false.  
It's good to the have the answers before the criminal tests you.  
-- Claude Werner (paraphrased)
 
"The Martial Marksman Physical Fitness Hierarchy" by Matt
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
     "A very comprehensive fitness article.  I really think all of you would be 
better served by a regular gym routine than a sub-second draw."  
-- Greg Ellifritz
 
     "You brought a gun to the fight.  That doesn’t mean it’s YOUR gun.  
The gun belongs to whomever can keep it.  Think about that before intervening 
in other folks’ problems.  When is the last time you practiced your in-hand weapon 
retention skills?"  
-- Greg Ellifritz
 
"10 Advanced Handgun-Training Terms You Should Know
You'll hear these in the classroom and on the range, so it's good to know them."  
by W.H. "Chip" Gross
     "Anyone new to the game should probably understand 
these terms before taking their first shooting class."  
-- Greg Ellifritz
 
     “The secret of success is this. 
Train like it means everything when it means nothing – 
so you can fight like it means nothing when it means everything.” 
-- Lofty Wiseman
 
"Where Did These Words Hurt You?" by Erick Gelhaus
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
     My 2 cents -- 
“Slow is smooth. Smooth is efficient. Efficient is fast.”
Slow is smooth (because you can control what you're doing).  
Smooth is efficient (because controlling what you are doing removes inefficiencies).  
Efficient is fast (because there is no wasted motion).  
Fast is good (because whoever HITS first usually wins).  
[Which is not the same as who SHOOTS first.]  
 
     “You are no more armed because you are wearing a pistol 
than you are a musician because you own a guitar.” 
from Principles of Personal Defense by Col. Jeff Cooper, USMC, (1920 – 2006 A.D.)
 
"More Red Dot Tips" by SLG
Excerpt:  
     If you can’t hold 6″ at 25 yards, you are not serious about shooting, 
even at a fairly basic level.  Most professional gun-toters can’t do this.  
It doesn’t mean you can’t defend yourself, it just means that you need 
to work on your basic marksmanship.  A medium level of skill would 
be more in the sub 5″ range.  If you are looking to master the gun, 
somewhere around 2″ is your goal.  All of the above assumes 5 shot 
groups at 25 yards, shooting offhand.  
 
     "Safe gun handling and knowing how to operate the gun competently is one thing.  
How to fight with the gun is a whole other plane of knowledge."  
-- Tiger McKee
 
"Hostage Resolution" by Scott Reitz
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
Excerpts:  
     "Square-range “combat” qualification skills simply will not suffice."  
     "There are fears about striking the very person you are attempting 
to rescue, doubts about being able to deliver a precision shot when not 
“warmed up,” the question of sudden, erratic movements of either the 
suspect or victim, and the total unpredictability of the situation itself."  
     "Not everything you confront can be solved by direct gunfire, 
when absolute unwavering precision and mental composure in concert 
with experience are called for.  It is equally important to know when 
not to shoot as it is when to shoot."  
 
     "Those motivated by a desire to improve their 
gunfighting skills as opposed to a quest for trophies, 
must be willing to bleed ego on the match results 
to avoid shedding blood in combat."  
-- Andy Stanford
 
"THE SINISTRAL PROBLEM OR IS IT?" by Clint Smith
Excerpts:  
     "So check for a correct firing grip, body weight behind the handgun and 
check that trigger finger placement!"  
     "They won’t practice what they’re not good at because it isn’t fun — it’s not 
supposed to be fun, it’s supposed to make us more competent, isn’t that the point 
of all practicing to begin with?"  
     "Many fights are won by the last round fired. If the last round is your first round, 
it’ll make it a much happier day — even if fired left handed!"  
 
"STAIRWAY TO PERFORMANCE" by Steve Tarani
Excerpt:  
     "It’s a remarkably simple concept and you say to yourself 
“Yeah, I get it, it’s simple. Anyone can do it!” 
You are correct in its simplicity and that anyone, 
given the right amount of training and experience, 
can do it.  However, it cannot be accomplished without 
converting your intellectual familiarity to physical skill.  
You may understand it as a simple concept, 
but building the skill to pull it off physically, comfortably, 
and repeatably is a completely different story.  
Simple yes, but not easy."  
 
"Dan Bongino shares a “fight to your gun” video" by Mike Ox
     I tried to find the original video on Rumble.com, but I don't know how to 
search Rumble very well.  
 
     "In your training, work primarily on the two most important fundaments 
of marksmanship:  sight alignment and trigger control.  All of the other 
fundaments are support mechanisms for these two basics."  
-- Pat McNamara
 
"FRONTLINE DEBRIEFS: If My Department Won’t Pay …"
by Scott Reitz
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
Excerpt:  
     " “If the department won’t pay for it, then I’m not doing or getting it!” 
     I’m going to tell you one thing your department/city will most definitely 
pay for . . . your autopsy."  
     [Train on your own time and your own dime.  You'll never regret it. -- Jon Low]  
 
"Hard Lessons: Fighting and the Consequences Thereof"
by Integrated Skills Group
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
 
"The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly – December 2023" by Claude Werner
Excerpt:  
     “Have a gun, be able to access the gun, be able to make the gun go Bang!, 
be willing to use the gun.”
---
     The The Danish National Symphony Orchestra performing the theme from 
"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly" is awesome.  Claude always had good taste.  
     Never leave your pistol in your car.  
     “Your car is not a holster.” -- Pat Rogers
 
"How to Disappear Completely Without a Trace and Never Be Found Again"
by Ex CIA agent Jason Hanson
     Because you might not want to surrender to police.  The beatings and forced sodomy 
in jail may not be something to want to experience.  Remember Jeffery Epstein.  He 
couldn't survive; and he was rich, powerful, and connected.  The prison guards are not 
going to protect you.  The prison guards killed Epstein.  That's why they (including the 
Warden) were all transferred to other facilities.  That's how they "fire" civil servants.  
They can't fire them, so they transfer them to bumfuck Egypt.  The civil servant refuses 
to go, so he resigns to avoid being fired for not going.  But if you're doing a job for the 
Clintons, they will find you another job.  
     What makes you think you could survive?  Do you have what it takes to survive in 
prison?  
     We all die.  Better to die free.  
 
--- Start of Classes ---
 
FPF TRAINING
 
"Upcoming 2024 Open Enrollment Classes" by Greg Ellifritz
 
Harris Combative Strategies -- Don't complain.  Train.  
 
Out Post Armory
 
MeadHall
2024 Schedule (including prelim)           
Immediate Action Combatives -Cecil Burch – 23-25Feb2024 (23Feb is 6pm start time)
Grappling in a weapons based environment.
Sentinel Concepts – Steve Fisher – 2 Day Carbine – 9-10Mar2024
Symtac Consulting – Rob and Matt Haught- Shotgun Skills-23-24March 2024 (Sold Out email Symtac to get on waiting list)
FPF Training – John Murphy- Street Encounter Skills- 13-14Apr2024
Presscheck Consulting – Chuck Pressburg – 18-21Apr2024
No Fail Pistol 18-19Apr2024
No Fail Rifle  20-21Apr2024
Dr. James Williams – Shooting with Xray Vision Instructor – 4-5May2024
Apache Training Solutions – Full Spectrum Defensive Pistol - 17-19May2024
Lone Star Medics – Caleb Causey – TacMed EDC – 29Jun2024
Sentinel Concepts – Steve Fisher – 2 day Handgun  – 28-29Sept2024
RangeMaster – Tom Givens – Master Instructor Development – 4-6Oct2024
Agile Training and Consulting – Chuck Haggard – 19-20Oct2024 (waiting on date confirm)
19Oct Pocket Rockets
20Oct OC Instructor
Tim Herron Shooting – Practical Performance – 26-27Oct2024
Citizens Defense Research – Melody Lauer and Chris Cypert – 8-11Nov2024
8-9Oct The Armed Parent/Guardian
10-11Oct Contextual Handgun: Public Encounters
John Holschen – Applied Defensive Handgun Skills – 16-17Nov2024
Cougar Mountain Solutions – Erick Gelhaus – 6-8 Dec 2024
Red Dot Instructor Course
 
--- End of Classes ---
 
"Verbal Commands and Simulator Situations" Firearms Legal Protection
     Ya, it's an advertisement.  But there is good information too.  Like Bruce Lee said, 
take it from where ever you can find it.  
 
     ‟Training is NOT an event, but a process. 
Training is the preparation FOR practice.”  
-- Claude Werner
 
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----- Practice -----
How to get proficient at that task.  
 
     ‟Be careful what you practice.  
Because you will do in combat 
whatever you have practiced, 
no matter how ridiculous.”  
-- ‶Shooting in Self-Defense″ by Sara Ahrens 
 
     “Willingness is a state of mind.  Readiness is a statement of fact!”  
-- Lt. Gen. David M Shoup, USMC Commandant, 1960-1963
 
     "People rust faster than equipment."  
-- John Hearne
 
     “Train, Practice, Compete 
are the key elements in the development of humans.”  
-- John M. Buol, Jr.
 
     ‶Practice is the small deposits you make over time, 
so that in an emergency, you can make that big withdrawal.″  
-- Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, III
 
Why practice?  
    “To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment 
when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and 
offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique 
to them and fitted to their talents.  What a tragedy if 
that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that 
which could have been their finest hour.”  
-- Winston Churchill
 
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*****     *****     ***** Intervention *****     *****     *****
Suggestions on how to deal with the incident that you failed to avoid.  
 
     Awareness, Avoidance, De-Escalation, Escape 
 
Table of contents:  
     Strategy
     Tactics
     Techniques 
 
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----- Strategy -----
Deciding on the end state and how to achieve it, 
which tactics to use, which includes walking away.  
 
     “How do you win a gunfight?  
Don't be there.”  
-- John Farnam
 
"Responses to Mass Shooting Attacks" 
An Interview with Ed Monk
     I took Ed's classes when he gave them at The Glock Store, here in Nashville, TN.  
If you missed the classes, here is a chance to get a taste.  
     He and I are Graduates of the Front Sight 4-day Defensive Handgun course.  
Poor Front Sight.  It was great in its heyday.  Now just a memory.  
 
     "You win gunfights by not getting shot."  
-- John Holschen
 
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----- Tactics ----- 
Maneuver and fire in support of your strategy.  
 
     "Real fights are short."
-- Bruce Lee
 
     “Fortuitous outcomes reinforce poor tactics.”  
-- Chuck Haggard
 
     "The shorter the fight, the less hurt you get."
-- John Holschen
 
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----- Techniques -----
Ways to execute a given task in support of your tactics, 
especially when disabled or under stress.  
 
     "Use only that which works, 
and take it from any place you can find it."
-- Bruce Lee 
 
     “Not moving the gun is the critical part of the process because aiming 
doesn’t mean anything if we move the gun before the bullet leaves the barrel!”  
-- Rob Leatham
 
"Odd Position Shooting" by Greg Ellifritz
 
"IS AN EMPTY CHAMBER DANGEROUS?" by Massad Ayoob
Excerpt:  
     "In other words, if I was faced off with my evil twin with identical gun and holster, 
if his gun had a loaded chamber he would have gotten two or three shots into me 
before I had racked the slide and gotten my first round going in his direction.  
Fractions of a second mean a lot."  
---
     Racking the slide to load a cartridge into the chamber requires two hands.  You 
won't have two hands.  
     "I can rack with one hand."  
     A one-handed rack requires something of the appropriate shape, rigidity, and 
mass to rack against.  You won't have such a thing.  Muphy's Law guarantees it.  
Murphy's Law:  Anything that can go wrong will go wrong, at the worst possible time.  
     Murphy's Law is a law of nature.  It doesn't matter whether or not you believe 
in Murphy's Law.  Like gravity, Murphy's Law doesn't care what you believe.  
The only way to defeat Murphy's Law is to eliminate anything that can go wrong.  
So always carry with a round in the chamber.  You won't have time to load.  
And you certainly won't have time to get your pistol if it is not on your body.  
 
"Around the Water Cooler, Rants — Reholstering" by Rich Grassi
     I was in a class with Tiffany Johnson, Aqil Qadir, et al at the Citizens Safety 
Academy, and we had a rousing discussion about "holstering", as opposed to 
"reholstering".  They convinced me that "to holster" your pistol means what you 
think it means.  So the term "reholster" is incorrect word usage.  
 
" “Cheating” The Draw With The Pre-Aim" by Mike Ox
 
     Excerpt from an email from a friend -- 
     ". . .  I finally ordered one of the bore sights that is sized and shaped to feed into 
the chamber and checked it, and it went to where I naturally point the weapon but 
way off from where I'd had to adjust the sights, so I'm obviously doing something 
when I'm at the range to push the firearm slightly left for which I could roughly 
compensate for by adjusting the sights (at least I was consistent!).  The bore sight 
also has a dry fire function (i.e., a momentary on when struck by the firing pin), 
so I will be working with that so I can get this worked out.  I wondered if it might 
be the thin grips, but I've had other pistols with thin grips (a couple 1911s and the 
infamous Remington R51) and not had this issue before, so I'm not sure what I'm 
doing differently with this handgun.  Any thoughts would be appreciated.  
Thank you.  
--Mark"
--- 
Hi Mark,
     Don't move the sights until you are able to shoot 5 rounds through one ragged 
hole at 3 yards (5 yards if you're really salty).  Until you can shoot a tight group, 
you're not consistent enough for the sight adjustments to have any effect.  Moving 
the sights would just be chasing your tail.  
     To get the tight group, you must master the surprise trigger break.  The surprise 
break defeats all of your autonomic nervous system responses (push, jerk, flinch, 
freeze, etc.) to the report and recoil.  Scattering your shots to the left (or sometimes 
low left) for a right handed shooter is you pushing against the anticipated recoil.  
It is a natural learned reaction to the recoil.  The way to defeat this autonomic 
nervous system response is to not let your brain know exactly when the round will 
be fired.  That way, the bullet will be out of the muzzle before your body reacts to 
the recoil and report.  That is the surprise break.  
     There are many different techniques for achieving a surprise break.  The simplest 
that I have found is as follows:  
     Grip tight.  Maintain that grip pressure.  (A common mistake is to increase grip 
pressure while pressing the trigger.  That would cause the pistol to move off the target.  
Mike Seeklander says, grip first, then press the trigger.)  
     Touch the trigger.  Because you need to find out where the trigger is.  It might not 
be where you think it is, because in a high stress situation, you might not get a 
perfect grip.  
     Take the slack out of the trigger.  (Yanking the trigger through the slack drastically 
reduces accuracy.)  Now when you release the shot, the movement of the pistol due to 
the trigger movement will be minimized.  
     Apply 1 pound of pressure to the trigger.  Apply 2 pounds of pressure.  
Apply 3 pounds of pressure.  Apply 4 pounds of pressure.  Apply 5 pounds of pressure.  
The pistol will fire long before you get to 5 pounds.  And because you did not intend 
to fire the shot, you will get a surprise break.  And the point of impact will be correct.  
     Do this 5 times.  If you get all 5 bullets though one ragged hole, then it makes sense 
to move the sights.  
     This may seem like a long complex process.  But with practice, it will compress 
in time and become very fast.  Eventually, you won't remember that you are doing 
this shot process.  It will just happen automagically.  
Cheers,
Jon
 
     "It's not daily increase but daily decrease - hack away at the inessentials!" 
-- Bruce Lee
 
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*****     *****     ***** Postvention *****     *****     *****
Suggestions on how to treat your wounds.  
Suggestions on how to avoid prosecution, conviction, and prison time.  
Suggestions on how to avoid the civil law suit and judgment.  
 
Table of contents:  
     Aftermath
     Medical
     Survival
 
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----- Aftermath ----- 
You must be alive to have these problems:  criminal and civil liability.  
 
     “The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, 
but because he loves what is behind him.”
― G.K. Chesterton
 
"Alan Colie Talks And Exposes USCCA" by Heavy Duty Country
---
"More USCCA/Alan Colie Controversy!" by Andrew Branca
---
"Did Alan Colie's Email Exonerate USCCA?" by Attorneys On Retainer
---
USCCA breaks silence on "youtube prankster shooting"
by Legally Armed America
---
     Actually, this is important.  It's an exercise in psychological warfare, information 
warfare, legal warfare, propaganda, etc.  Do you understand what's going on under 
the hood?  Can you peg the intelligence levels of all of the participants?  Can you 
peg the political affiliation of all of the participants?  Can you predict their future 
actions?  If you call yourself an Intel Analyst, you should be able to.  Have fun.  
 
     In the right hand column, click on the link labeled "Self Defense Insurance".  
Or, the direct link is, 
Read this before you buy insurance.  You need to make an informed decision.  
The various policies are drastically different.  
     "You need to read the fine print." -- Massad Ayoob  
 
"Grandfather suing Sunglass Hut, Macy's following arrest" by FOX 26 Houston
     If you're going to get raped (sodomized) and beaten in jail, why would you 
submit to arrest in the first place?  
     "Because it will just make things worse."  
     Will it?  Your underlying assumption is that you will eventually get caught.  
Will you?  50% never get arrested for murder.  And murder is the highest priority 
of the law enforcement officers.  Lesser crimes have a higher probability of no 
arrest, ever.  The truth is, most reported crimes are never closed.  
     This guy was lucky.  A lot of guys get killed in jail.  Would you risk submitting 
to arrest, knowing that you might be killed in jail.  
     You think the Sheriff Deputies are going to protect you in jail?  What planet 
are you living on?  
     The Red Cross won't accept you blood donation if you've been in jail?  
Do you understand why?  
     I know of a case in which the cops castrated the suspect in jail.  The cops were 
never prosecuted.  A judge threw out the civil law suit.  The suspect had been 
arrested for rape, but another judge dismissed with prejudice because the 
responding-officer / arresting-officer was the boyfriend of the woman being "raped".  
Wouldn't it have been better to shoot the arresting officer before the officer made 
the arrest?  How much are your testicles worth?  As they taught us in the 
Marine Corps, once you surrender, it's torture and death.  So, never surrender.  
 
     In the right hand column of this web page, click on "Never Talk To The Police"
or use the direct address 
 
     “Your understanding and consent are not required 
for someone to take your life, kill your loved ones, 
and destroy all you hold dear.” 
-- William Aprill 
 
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----- Medical -----
 
     "If you prepare for the emergency,
the emergency ceases to exist!"
-- Sherman House

 
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----- Survival -----
 
     "If you stay fit, you do not have to get fit. 
If you stay trained, you do not have to get trained. 
If you stay prepared, you do not have to get prepared."
-- Robert Margulies
 
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*****     *****     ***** Education *****     *****     *****
 
Table of contents:  
     Legal
     Instruction
     Gear
 
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     "You will never get smarter or broaden your horizons 
if you're unwilling to learn from others and read."
-- Becca Martin
 
The Tactical Professor
 
"Weekend Knowledge Dump" by Greg Ellifritz
 
Rangemaster newsletter, February 2024
     A very interesting Instructor Enrichment class offered by Apache Solutions in 
North Carolina.  
 
"Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events Instructor" 4.00 hour course
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
Available Online – Free!  
In conjunction with Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT)
Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service
Texas A&M University System
 
"DAY 2:  
ALL FEMALE SWAT TEAM PERFORMANCE IN UAE SWAT CHALLENGE 2024"
by JUAN CARLOS
     Running with a gas mask on is difficult.  When I was in Rag Bag, we ran the obstacle 
course on K-Bay with gas masks on (dummy filters).  Everyone in the battalion was 
gasping for air and rolling around on the ground trying to breathe.  So, I suspect the gas 
masks don't have filters in them.  Or, the modern gas masks don't restrict air passage 
the way the ones in 1981 A.D. did.  
     The rest of the episodes are at 
 
     "Cogito, ergo armatum sum." (I think, therefore armed am I.)
-- John Farnam
 
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----- Legal -----
 
     "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. 
It is wholly inadequate for the governance of any other.
-- John Adams, October 11, 1798
 
     This is so nice to see.  
"Sheriff says man wrongly arrested was fired from job" by FOX Carolina News
 
"BIG 2A WIN: 
OBAMA-APPOINTED FEDERAL JUDGE DECLARES 
FEDERAL GUN CONTROL LAW UNCONSTITUTIONAL"
by The Four Boxes Diner
     Dicta are not binding.  The right of the people to bear arms.  The people.  Not just 
certain privileged persons.  
 
"Law of Self Defense" by Andrew Branca (free book, just pay shipping so you 
don't have to go to Colorado to pick it up.)  
 
"Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States: 2023"
 
Handgunlaw.us
 
 
"The 5 Elements of Self Defense" by Andrew Branca (free of charge) 
 
"What if You Hit the HOSTAGE? | Real Lawyer Answers!" by Andrew Branca
     Video of hostage rescue shot by police.  Success!  
     Legal theory of "transferred intent".  
 
     “Your character is what you do when no one is looking.”  
-- Thomas Jefferson
 
     You think this prosecutor is an aberration?  What planet are you living on?  
"Fired prosecutor defends charging innocent bystander" by ABC15 Arizona
     Remember, Glenn R. Funk prosecuted Nashville Police Officer Andrew Delke 
for murder for shooting an armed criminal who had pointed his pistol at Delke.  
(Delke only took the plea deal because every mock jury pulled from Davidson 
County convicted Delke.  Because that's what flaming liberals do.)  
And Funk refused to prosecute any of the Black Lives Matter rioters and looters 
who set fire to the Nashville Court House and caused other damage.  
     These Soros prosecutors are everywhere.  
 
     As pointed out by a 19th-century congressional leader, 
“One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope 
that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.”  
-- Stephen P. Wenger
 
"A Cop's Lies Put Her in Jail for 2 years—Now She's Asking the Supreme Court for Justice"
by Institute for Justice
     If the U.S. Appellate Courts protect criminal LEOs with blanket qualified immunity, 
maybe the solution is to put the criminal LEO down and walk away.  
     It may be worth the risk to avoid enduring a 23 hour cell in federal prison for years.  
(That will destroy your mental health in short order.)  Everyone dies.  But taking out 
criminal LEOs is rare heroism.  And a great community service.  In the end, we all 
answer to God.  
     I have had the misfortune of being forced to work with criminal LEOs.  It is essential 
to distance yourself from them; physically and organizationally.  Because they attract 
other criminals that you will have to deal with.  Birds of a feather flock together.  Just 
as homosexuals, they recognize each other and choose to associate with like minded 
persons.  They will recognize that you are honest and so will eventually attempt to kill 
you because they cannot tolerate your presence, as it jeopardizes their criminal activities.  
Remember, Serpico?  He wouldn't take the money.  The other New York police officers, 
who were all on the take, could not abide that.  
     Yes, I realize that in combat zones, it is easier to kill them and walk away.  Yes, . . .  
     Of course, you are wondering why didn't the agency that deputized the LEO as a 
federal LEO, fire and prosecute the criminal LEO.  Because law enforcement agencies 
protect their own as long as the LEO is on the agency's side; advancing the agenda of 
the agency, amassing more power to the agency, doing the agency's bidding.  Only 
those who have in some way betrayed the agency, such as whistle blowers or those 
who got greedy and are taking money from unapproved sources, are prosecuted.  
The agents may extort from the weak, but they may not take bribes from the powerful 
(Russian oligarchs for instance).  Because that threatens loyalty to the agency.  
 
    “Is there no virtue among us?  
If there is not, we are without hope!
No form of government, existing nor theoretical, will keep us from harm.
To think that any government, in any form, will insure liberty and happiness 
for a dishonorable population represents the height of self-deception.”  
-- James Madison, 1788
 
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----- Instruction -----
 
     Colonel Robert Lindsey to his fellow trainers:  
"We are not God's gift to our students.  
Our students are God's gift to us."  
 
----- Instructors -----
 
     Be careful what you teach.  
Because your students will do in combat
whatever you have trained them to do, 
no matter how ridiculous.
-- "Shooting in Self-Defense" by Sara Ahrens
 
"Nine-year-old girl accidentally kills gun instructor" by CNN
     No, absolutely false.  The girl did not accidentally kill the instructor.  
The "instructor" killed himself through gross negligence.  The "instructor" is 
completely at fault.  
     If you're taking golf lessons from a pro, and you shank a golf ball into the 
parking lot and break the windshield of a car, the pro is at fault, not the student.  
     Placing the blame on the 9-year-old girl is bat shit crazy.  Which is typical 
of CNN.  
 
     "Remember, 
the students who require the extra effort 
are the ones who need us the most!"
-- John Farnam
 
     All students have notions when they come to your class.  It is up to you to 
dissuade them of the bad notions and to instill good notions.  Who knows where 
they get these notions (TV, movies, internet, friends).  It doesn't matter.  
     I had a right-handed student who wanted to carry in a purse.  I said, during our 
training, she would have to carry on the belt.  She wanted to carry at a five o'clock 
position, well behind the protrusion of her hip bone (because the holster hurt her 
hip bone, I assured her that we would find an appropriate holster that would be 
comfortable, but we would make-do for now), but not quite to the small of 
her back.  She was having difficulty presenting and holstering (past injuries, 
arthritis, etc.).  So we moved the holster to an appendix carry position at 
one o'clock.  Miracles!  Enlightenment!  Epiphany!  
 
     "You must teach skill sustainment as part of training."  
-- John Hearne
 
     If you're writing stuff for your students, please consider the following.  
Excerpt from "The Writing Thief" by Ruth Culham
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1625311419
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1625311412
The Key Qualities for Each Writing Trait
     Ideas:  The piece's content 
•  Finding a topic:  The piece has a clear, central theme or a simple, original story line 
that is memorable.  If the piece has a title, that title captures that theme or story line 
in an enticing way.  
•  Focusing the topic:  The writer has narrowed a big issue or thesis to a reasonable, 
manageable topic or distilled the story to a clear, tight narrative.  
•  Developing the topic:  The writer provides enough critical evidence to support the 
issue or thesis and shows insight on the topic, or tells the story in a fresh way.  The 
ideas transcend the obvious and predictable.  
•  Using details:  The details create pictures in the reader's mind and are plentiful 
from beginning to end.  The writer's knowledge about and/or experience with the 
topic is evident through the use of accurate details, credible information, and 
believable anecdotes.  
     Organization:  The internal structure of the piece 
•  Creating the lead:  The beginning grabs the reader's attention and leads him or her 
into the piece naturally.  The beginning entices the reader to keep reading, providing 
a tantalizing glimpse of what is to come.  
•  Using sequence and transition words:  The piece contains a variety of carefully 
selected sequences and transition words, which are placed wisely to guide the 
reader through the text by showing how ideas progress, relate, and/or diverge.  
•  Developing the body:  The piece is easy to follow because the details fit together 
logically.  The writer slows down to spotlight important points or events and speeds 
up when he or she needs to keep the reader moving along.  
•  Ending with a sense of resolution:  The writer sums up his or her thinking in a 
natural, thoughtful, and convincing way and has anticipated and answered any 
lingering questions, giving the reader a strong sense of closure.  
     Voice:  The tone and tenor of the piece 
•  Establishing a tone:  The piece shows how much the writer cares about the topic.  
The piece is expressive and compelling, whereby the reader feels the writer's 
conviction, authority, and integrity.  
•  Conveying the purpose:  The reason for writing is clear.  The writer expresses his or 
her point of view  appropriately for the form (narrative, expository, persuasive, or other), 
which adds interest to the overall message.  
•  Creating a connection to the audience:  There is a strong interaction between the reader 
and the writer.  The writer has considered what the reader needs to know and the best way 
to convey it by sharing his or her feelings an opinions about the topic.  
•  Taking risks to create voice:  The writer expresses ideas in new ways, which makes 
the piece interesting, original, and fresh.  The writing sounds like the writer because 
of the particular use of words and phrases taht have a "just right" effect.  
     Word choice:  The vocabulary the writer uses to convey meaning and enlighten 
the reader 
•  Using strong verbs:  The piece contains many action words, giving it punch and 
pizzazz.  The writer has stretched to find lively verbs that add energy to the piece.  
•  Using striking words and phrases:  The piece contains many finely honed words 
and phrases that make it stand out.  The writer employs creative and effective use 
of alliteration, similes, metaphors, and/or other literary techniques.  
•  Using words that are specific and accurate:  The words are precise, often reflecting 
content- or information-based vocabulary that the reader needs to understand the 
message fully.  The writer has chosen nouns, adjectives, adverbs, and so forth 
that create clarity and bring the topic to life.  
•  Using language effectively:  The words have been selected to capture the reader's 
imagination and enhance the piece's meaning.  A deliberate attempt to choose the 
best word over the first word that comes to mind is evident.  
     Sentence fluency:  The way words and phrases flow through the piece 
•  Capturing smooth and rhythmic flow:  The writer has thought about how the 
sentences sound.  IF the piece were to be shared aloud, it would be easy on the 
ear.  The writer uses phrasing that sounds almost musical and is therefore a joy 
to read.  
•  Crafting well-build sentences:  The sentences are carefully and creatively constructed 
for maximum impact.  Transition words such as "but", "and", and "so" are used 
successfully to join sentences and sentence parts.  
•  Varying sentence patterns:  A variety of sentence types (simple, compound, and/or 
complex) enhances the central theme or story line.  The piece is made up of an effective 
mix of long, complex sentences and short, simple ones.  
•  Breaking the "rules" to create fluency:  If the piece contains fragments, they add style.  
The writer may use one word to accent a particular moment, such as , "Bam!"  If the 
writer uses a conventional tone, the sentence might begin with informal words such 
as "well", "and", or "but".  The writer breaks rules intentionally to make that dialogue 
sound authentic.  
     Conventions:  The mechanical correctness of the piece 
•  Checking spelling:  Sight words, high-frequency words, and even less familiar words 
are usually spelled correctly.  When less familiar words are spelled incorrectly, they 
are phonetically correct.  Overall, the piece shows control in spelling.  
•  Using punctuation and indenting paragraphs:  The writer handles basic punctuation 
skillfully.  He or she understands how to use punctuation to add clarity and style.  
Paragraphs are indented in the right places.  The piece is ready for a general audience.  
•  Inserting capitalization:  The use of capital letters is consistent and accurate.  
An in-depth understanding of how to capitalize dialogue, abbreviations, proper names, 
and titles is evident.  
•  Applying grammar and usage:  Words and their prefixes and suffixes have been 
combined to form grammatically correct phrases and sentences.  The writer shows 
care in using the correct grammar and usage.  The writer may break rules of 
Standard English for stylistic reasons but otherwise shows consistency and control.  
     Presentation:  The physical appearance of the piece 
•  Applying handwriting skills:  The handwriting, whether printed or cursive, is clear 
and legible.  Letters are uniform and slant evenly throughout.  The spacing between 
words is consistent.  
•  Using word processing:  The font style and size are easy to read and a good match 
for the piece's purpose.  If color is used, it enhances the piece's readability.  
•  Using white space:  Appropriately sized margins frame the text.  There are no 
cross-outs, smudges, or tears in the paper.  
•  Incorporating text features:  Text features are effectively placed on the page and 
clearly align with the text that they support.  
 
     I bet you're pronouncing "frisson" incorrectly.  Note the vowel pronunciations 
and the accent (on the second syllable).  I bet you're using it incorrectly.  Ya, there 
is a definition in scholarly American English dictionaries, but note the etymology.  
Ya, I know English is defined by "common usage" (a technical term), but can you 
use a word in a way that does violence to its etymology?  
 
     Do you understand how this applies to your teaching?  
 
----- Students -----
 
     I know training can be difficult. Let me share some words of encouragement 
that my teacher told me, that I believe apply to all training regimens.  
     "Keep in mind that this is some seriously next level material.  It is totally 
normal that the first time you see this stuff, you find it confusing.  You find it 
difficult to understand.  So, confusion should not discourage you.  It does not 
represent any intellectual failing on your part.  Rather, keep in mind that it 
represents an opportunity to get even smarter." – Tim Roughgarden, 
Professor of Computer Science and other stuff at Stanford University 
 
----- Andragogy -----
 
     ‟An instructor should not expect any learning to take 
place the first time new information is presented.”  
-- ‶Building Shooters″ by Dustin Salomon
 
     I had a student who started crying after firing her first shot.  I advised her to put the 
pistol down on the table and to take a few deep breaths.  I encouraged her to relax.  
     I would have been fine with stopping the lesson at that point.  But she chose to 
continue.  (I try to give the student as much control of the situation as possible.)  
     She said that the full size steel (heavy) semi-auto pistol in 45 ACP that she was 
using had too much recoil, and that she wanted to use the 38 Special 
Smith & Wesson 642 Airweight Double-Action 5-shot revolver that she had brought.  
(I was thinking, that's going to have a lot of recoil because it's a very light pistol.)  
She didn't discover that, because she was physically incapable of pressing the 
double action trigger to fire the pistol.  
     As long as it is safe, I find that it is better to let the student discover things for 
herself, rather than being told.  If you tell a student something that they don't like 
or don't agree with, it could cause resentment, which interferes with learning.  
 
     “The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other.  
Without collaboration, our growth is limited to our own perspectives.”  
-- Robert John Meehan
 
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----- Gear -----
And the safe storage thereof.  
 
     “Mission drives the gear train.”
-- Pat Rogers
 
"WHAT’S THIS “T&E” BUSINESS, ANYWAY?  
HOW THE PROS DON’T DO IT" 
BY JOHN CONNOR
 
"3 Reasons I STOPPED Recommending Sidecar Holsters" by Tessah Booth
 
     A couple of days ago, I was giving a lady a pistol lesson.  We were doing a standard 
equipment inspection.  We made sure the pistols were unload.  We pointed the pistols 
up.  We inserted pencils with the rubber eraser end down into our barrels.  Upon pressing 
the trigger, all of the pencils shot up.  That's good, indicating a strong firing pin strike 
and reliable primer ignition.  
     I was a  little surprised by my pistol's performance.  My SA XD usually shoots the 
pencil up to the ceiling.  So when I got home, I changed the striker spring (with a 
Wolff replacement spring) and sure enough the old spring was a quarter inch shorter 
than the new spring.  The new spring popped the pencil up to the ceiling.  Life is good.  
 
"A pencil is the key to holster comfort and concealment" by Tenicor
 
 Alien Gear
     If you're looking to build your own holster, you can buy Kydex shells and hardware 
from Alien Gear.  I do.  
 
     “Your car is not a holster.” 
-- Pat Rogers
 
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     *****     *****     *****  Cryptology  *****     *****     *****
 
     "Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, 
and preserve order in the world as well as property.  
Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of their use." 
-- Thomas Paine
---
     Cryptosystems are considered "arms" by federal law, ITAR, 
International Traffic in Arms Regulations.  That means cryptosystems are 
covered by the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  Never let the 
government infringe on your right to keep and bear cryptosystems, to 
include home made cryptosystems.  To include publishing cryptology 
in the open source literature.  Information wants to be free!  
 
"Breaking Bitlocker - Bypassing the Windows Disk Encryption"
by stacksmashing
--- 
     I can't imagine why anyone would use a proprietary system, such as Microsoft Windows.  
A given piece of software in that bloated system (40 million lines of code, decades ago 
when I studied it) will have something like 7 engineers looking at it.  While an open 
source (Linux kernel has 20,000 lines of code) piece of software will have 3000 engineers 
looking at it.  Every problem is easy to one of those 3000.  
     It's the light bulb problem.  What is the probability that the light bulb in your desk 
lamp will burn out in the next hour?  Near zero.  What's the probability that a light bulb 
in the building will burn out in the next hour?  Near 1.  
     There is no substitute for having thousands of interested engineers looking at a piece 
of code.  The self selected open source contributors are not paid.  The proprietary 
engineers (who were selected by Human Resources, not the engineering staff) are paid, 
but are not interested.  To them, it's just a 9 to 5 job.  It's the difference between guys 
fighting for their homeland and those fighting in some third world shit hole for corrupt 
politicians back home.  
     The best things in life are free:  
     Blood.  Red Cross does not pay.  They dump a very small fraction due to 
contamination due to disease.  And once detected, the person is blacklisted.  
So no longer a problem.  While the companies that pay for blood dump over 
50% due to some sort of contamination.  Probably closer to 75% based on 
other things.  
     Sex.  Free sex with a non-promiscuous person has a relatively low probability 
of STDs.  While sex with a prostitute has about a 100% probability.  
     Software.  The open source reports of vulnerabilities tell the story.  
     For quality, "free" is unbeatable.  Men will sacrifice for a cause they believe in.  
Men can't be made to give a shit about some other guy's profit.  Not now, not ever.  
That's why capitalism works.  That's why communism fails.  
 
     "Computer science has nothing to do with computers or science."  
-- Donald Knuth
 
"Is Most Published Research Wrong?" by Veritasium
     Be careful.  
 
     "Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood.  
Life is not easy for any of us.  But what of that?  We must have 
perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.  We must 
believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing 
must be attained."  
-- Marie Curie
 
"C++ Super Optimization: 1000X Faster" by Dave's Garage
--- 
     "Premature optimization is the root of all evil."  
-- Donald Knuth
--- 
     Do you understand when and why Dave's optimization fails?  
 
***** Signals Intelligence and Ground Electronic Warfare, 
Cryptologic Communications, Cyber Security, and such ***** 
 
"Lend Me Your Ear: Passive Remote Physical Side Channels on PCs"
Authors: 
Daniel Genkin, Georgia Tech; Noam Nissan, Tel Aviv University; 
Roei Schuster, Tel Aviv University and Cornell Tech; 
Eran Tromer, Tel Aviv University and Columbia University
     31st USENIX Security Symposium
Abstract:  
     We show that built-in sensors in commodity PCs, such as microphones, 
inadvertently capture electromagnetic side-channel leakage from ongoing 
computation.  Moreover, this information is often conveyed by supposedly-benign 
channels such as audio recordings and common Voice-over-IP applications, even 
after lossy compression.  
     Thus, we show, it is possible to conduct physical side-channel attacks on 
computation by remote and purely passive analysis of commonly-shared channels.  
These attacks require neither physical proximity (which could be mitigated by 
distance and shielding), nor the ability to run code on the target or configure its 
hardware.  Consequently, we argue, physical side channels on PCs can no longer 
be excluded from remote-attack threat models.  
     We analyze the computation-dependent leakage captured by internal 
microphones, and empirically demonstrate its efficacy for attacks.  In one scenario, 
an attacker steals the secret ECDSA signing keys of the counterparty in a voice call.  
In another, the attacker detects what web page their counterparty is loading.  In the 
third scenario, a player in the Counter-Strike online multiplayer game can detect a 
hidden opponent waiting in ambush, by analyzing how the 3D rendering done by 
the opponent's computer induces faint but detectable signals into the opponent's 
audio feed.  
 
"NSA Buying Bulk Surveillance Data on Americans without a Warrant"
by Bruce Schneier
 
"Facebook’s Extensive Surveillance Network" by Bruce Schneier
---
Consumer Reports
 
"Improving the Cryptanalysis of Lattice-Based Public-Key Algorithms" by Bruce Schneier
---
     Magazine article for the layman - 
"Celebrated Cryptography Algorithm Gets an Upgrade" by Madison Goldberg
---
     Primary source - 
"Fast Practical Lattice Reduction Through Iterated Compression" 
by Keegan Ryan & Nadia Heninger 
     [My local branch of the Nashville Public Library can get me such articles, 
so I don't have to drive to Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, TN  
anymore. -- Jon Low]  
 
     ‟If violent crime is to be curbed, it is only the intended victim who can do it.  
The felon does not fear the police, and he fears neither judge nor jury.  
Therefore what he must fear is his victim.”  
-- Col. Jeff Cooper, "Principles of Personal Defense" 
 
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     *****     *****     *****  Intelligence  *****     *****     *****
 
     "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, 
the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."  
-- Second Amendment, U.S. Constitution 
     The art and practice of Intelligence is an arm protected by the 2nd Amendment 
to the U.S. Constitution.  Never let anyone infringe upon your God given right 
to keep and bear intelligence.  (The enemy will try to dumb you down.  Resist!)  
     The right to keep and bear arms is Biblical.  
     “Then Jesus said to His disciples, whoever does not have a sword should sell 
his coat and buy a sword.”  
– Book of Luke 22:36, New Life Version of the Bible
 
"Helicopter With 5 U.S. Marines Found After Going Missing; 
Search For Crew Ongoing" by Ryan Saavedra
Excerpts:  
     “The U.S. Marine Corps is searching for five U.S. Marines assigned to 
Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 361 
Marine Aircraft Group 16, 
3rd Marine Aircraft Wing,” the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing said in a statement. 
“The Marines were flying a CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter during a routine 
training flight from Creech Air Force Base to Marine Corps Air Station Miramar 
on Feb. 6. 2024, when the aircraft was reported overdue.”
     The Marines said that the helicopter was found Wednesday morning by 
civil authorities in Pine Valley, California.  
     “The 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing is managing search and rescue efforts through 
the Wing Operations Command Center and using ground and aviation assets to 
locate the aircrew in coordination with the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department 
and multiple federal, state and local agencies,” the statement added.  
     Cited statement, 
 
"Good habits and skill beat luck every time."
-- Sheriff Jim Wilson
 
"[1289] This Lock Is Indisputably “Pickproof” " by LockPickingLawyer
     Notice the comments in passing.  Information leaks.  It's your job to notice.  
 
"Why were U.S. special forces told not to help in Benghazi?"
by Tim Griffin Attorney General of Arkansas
     Your job is to take the few pieces of the puzzle that you have, and to construct the 
picture.  You will never have all of the pieces.  Many of the pieces will be false.  
But you can still see the picture.  
---
     Another example.  
"Why Science Fraud Goes Deeper Than the Stanford Scandal..." by SocialNeuro
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2mWwXO_guHk
 
“If you are reading this and can’t put your hand on your defensive firearm, 
all of your training is wasted.” -- Col. Jeff Cooper
 
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     *****     *****     *****  After Thoughts   *****     *****     *****
 
     Rest in Peace, Toby Keith.  
     Rest in Peace, David Kahn.  
 
"A Psychological Breakdown of a Rap Song" by Jordan B Peterson
     There are two sexes:  male and female.  There are three genders:  masculine, feminine, 
and neuter.  Confusing the two is submitting to the liberal's misuse of language.  
 
"Actor Idris Elba Proves Why We Can't Compromise 
A Single Inch On The Second Amendment"
by Colion Noir
 
     Want to prevent men from harassing women in the workplace?  
Ban all women from the workplace.  That's how gun control works.  
 
"At Real Clear Policy: The Truth About Mass Shootings" by John Lott
Excerpt:  
     "Conflating Uvalde with armed robberies or fights over drug turf doesn’t make sense, 
but it does create inflated numbers that can be used to scare and mislead people.  
Mass public shootings are very rare, and it’s much rarer still for them to be committed 
by rifle-toting white supremacists."  
---
"Ann Coulter interviews John Lott about the Mass Public Shootings"
 
     Gary, Indiana
Do you understand why?  
 
"U.S. Supreme Court Issues 9-0 Ruling" by Facts Matter with Roman Balmakov
     You can sue any governmental body for reporting false stuff on your credit report.  
No sovereign immunity.  
     You can sue any person for reporting false stuff on your credit report.  
 
    “You can’t truly call yourself ‘peaceful’
unless you are capable of great violence.  
If you’re not capable of violence, you’re not peaceful, 
you’re harmless.  Important distinction.”  
-- Stef Starkgaryen 
 
Semper Fidelis,
Jonathan D. Low
Email:  Jon_Low@yahoo.com
Radio:  KI4SDN

Thursday, February 1, 2024

CWP, 1 February MMXXIV Anno Domini

 Greetings Sheepdogs, 
     Train and practice.  Incompetence has tragic consequences.  

     May I highly recommend Iron Soldiers Coffee Company to you?  
I especially like the Armored Car, which is a dark Italian roast.  
     I buy my coffee from them retail.  They don't give me anything.  
They don't pay me.  
     They do support gun stuff like the Guardian Conference and 
veteran care.  
Cheers,
Jon
 
     "Beliefs can't change facts - facts however, should change your beliefs. 
Some are just too proud to admit the simplicity of this statement."  
-- Angie Maness
 
     Table of Sections:  
     Prevention
     Intervention
     Postvention
     Education
 
*************************************************************************
*****     *****     ***** Prevention *****     *****     *****
Things you can do to avoid the lethal force incident.  
 
Table of contents:  
     Mindset 
     Safety
     Training 
     Practice 
 
*************************************************************************
----- Mindset -----
Figuring out the correct way to think.  
 
     As a civilian defender, your goal is to ESCAPE!  This goal gives you the highest 
probability of NOT GETTING HURT.  Not getting your loved ones hurt.  Not getting 
innocent bystanders hurt.  
     If you're at a stage in life where no one loves you, no one depends on you, 
no one would care if you died, and you don't care about spending the rest of your 
life in a cage; then maybe some other goal might be possible.  But, it would not 
be reasonable.  
     Ya, I saw "Gran Torino" with Clint Eastwood et al.  But, that was a Hollywood 
movie, not reality.  It's all fun and games until the first shot.  
 
     ‟We don’t decide what is necessary to survive a 
lethal force encounter initiated by someone else.  
That person decides what’s necessary for us to survive.”  
– William Aprill
 
     “The American Revolution was conceived in churches and taverns.  
I think I’ll spend more time in both!”  
-- Operator’s Adage
     "Adulthood" by John Farnam
Excerpts:  
Lessons:
 1) When it’s least expected, you’re elected!  
 2) In a personal-safety emergency, there will be no time to “get ready”.  
Unless police are physically present already, there is zero probability 
they’ll arrive in time to save you.  
 3) Getting into a hand-to-hand fight with a person who is out-of-his-mind 
is no laughing matter!  
There is no “reasoning” with such a person.  They are unpredictable and 
extremely dangerous, as we see.  
 4) Thinking you’re “safe,” because you’re “at home,” or “close to home” 
represents a dangerous delusion.  
“Going armed” means “being armed,” continuously, without fail!  
A gun sitting in a dresser drawer inside a home will be of no help when 
the homeowner is attacked while outside, even when the gun is technically 
only a few meters away.  
 5) Our criminal/justice system, as currently administered, obviously has 
no intention to fulfill its legitimate function of protecting innocent people 
from violent criminals.  Demonstrably vicious predators, instead of being 
jailed, are out and looking for victims, as we see!  
---
Understand:  
1) Life is hard.
2) Life is dangerous (and lethal; see point#8, below).  
3) Life isn’t “fair”.  
4) Life is not just about you.  
5) You’re not that important.  
6) You’re not in control.  
7) Your excuses will never interest anyone.  
8) You’re going to die.  
---
     "You're not mature until you have children." -- Jordan Peterson
 
     ‟Fear is an instinct.  Courage is a choice.”  
-- Rear Admiral Joseph Kernan, USN
 
"It's All Relative" by Kyle Lamb
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
Excerpt:  
     "Normalcy is relative.  Normal for me is being surrounded by folks who are 
ready to do what needs to be done.  They don't stand by and watch others take 
care of business.  This group is not considered a strange field of friends to me; 
this is my normal.  Why would I want to hang out with people who don't want 
to make things better by standing in the gap, protecting the innocent or seeking 
out and destroying those who deserve nothing better?  
     Abnormal, to me, is the man or woman who doesn't have the skeletal 
structure to maintain vigilance and stand up against what is evil and wrong.  
Skulking from Starbucks to REI to get their caffeine and clothing fixes, 
updating social media to keep us all aware of what they think of Cecil the lion 
and how certain lives matter more than others - I haven't the time for the 
carefree class, those who want to influence what I like to do and feel the need 
for safe spaces to stay segregated from spillers of free speech such as myself."  
 
     ‷If you look at someone bigger, faster, and stronger and immediately think, 
‶I'm at a disadvantage″,  
I have news for you:  you are.  
But that's only because you just put yourself there for no reason.  
     The truth is that anyone can do debilitating violence to anyone else.  
Your size, your speed, your strength, your gender -- 
all the factors that untrained people think make the difference when it comes to violence -- 
all matter far less than your mindset and your intent.‴  
-- Tim Larkin
 
     Am I paranoid to carry a gun? 
---
     "The superior man, 
when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come.  
When in a state of security, he does not forget the possibility of ruin.  
When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come.  
Thus, his person is not endangered, 
and his States and all their clans are preserved."  
-- Confucius (551 B.C. – 479 B.C.)
--- 
     "Better be despised for too anxious apprehensions, 
than ruined by too confident security."  
-- Edmund Burke (1729 – 1797 A.D.) 
 
     "Jeff Cooper's Color Code exists to help you get your head 
around the need to kill someone in the immediate future."  
-- John Hearne
---
Jeff Cooper's Color Code
White -- (NRA unaware) - sleeping, texting on your phone, daydreaming, etc.  
Yellow -- (NRA aware) - paying attention to who is around you and what they are doing.  
Orange -- (NRA alert) - recognizing a potential threat, and taking action to avoid it 
   and to eliminate ambiguity (shouting STOP! for instance).  
Red -- (NRA alarm) - recognizing a verified threat, and taking action to escape 
   (because as a civilian defender, that is our goal, because that gives us the highest 
   probability of a good outcome).  The purpose of shooting the assailant is to 
   facilitate your escape, not to kill the bad guy.  We shoot to stop the attack.  
Black -- combat - unable to escape, for whatever reason, applying force to stop 
   the attack.  And continuing to apply force until the attack is stopped to allow 
   your escape.  (Escaping to ensure your safety is good.  Hanging around to call 
   the cops and report the incident, not so much.  Because the fellow gang 
   members of the guy you just shot will be closing on you, whether you notice 
   them or not.)  
[This may not be the Color Code as you learned it.  This is the Color Code as 
the Front Sight original instructors taught it to us, students, in early 1996.  
They claimed to have learned it directly from Jeff Cooper. -- Jon Low]  
 
***** Situational Awareness ***** 
How to avoid being taken by surprise.  
 
     Just stay in condition Yellow.  I know, easier said than done.  
-- said by many different instructors over the decades.  
 
     Last night at 20:18 on 31 January 2024, I was in 
Dalton's Grill, 7061 US-70S, Nashville, TN 37221, 
eating dinner and watching YouTube.com videos on my computer with my ear phones 
in my ears.  I heard distant firecrackers and ignored it.  The two waitresses, who had 
run up to the front door, informed me that there had been gun fire in the parking lot, 
about 20 yards from where I sat.  One 18 year old male lay bleeding out on the asphalt.  
Another 17 year old lay nearby with wounds to his stomach and leg.  
     I considered going outside to render first aid.  But decided not to, out of fear that 
other armed combatants were still active in the area.  Within 3 minutes, police swarmed 
the area.  Firetrucks arrived.  Ambulances arrived.  Someone must have called 911 
when the incident started.  
     The cops taped off the parking lot.  There were shell casing all over the parking lot.  
The gunfight had taken place next to my parked car.  The cops would not let me get to 
my car.  
     At 21:00, Dalton's Grill closes and kicks me out.  So I walk a couple of doors down 
to Marco's Pizza.  And wait in there.  At 23:00, Marco's Pizza closes and kicks me out.  
At this point all the stores in the shopping center are closed and it's freezing cold.  So 
the cops let me sit in one of their cars to keep warm.  At 23:27, the cops let me get my 
car and leave.  
     It's not firecrackers!  It's gun shots!  When you're out in public, take the earphones 
out of your ears?  Get your eyes out of your electronic devices and look around!  
Don't let the huge gunfight 20 yards away take you by surprise!  
     [I'm not citing any of the news reports, because they are all wrong.]  
 
     “You need to have the capacity for danger.  
You need to be ‘dangerous’.  Yet, you need to 
learn how to not use it except when necessary.  
And, that is not the same thing as being harmless.  
     There's nothing virtuous about harmlessness.  
Harmless just means you’re ineffectual and useless.”  
-- Jordan Peterson 
 
*************************************************************************
----- Safety -----  
How to prevent the bad thing from happening in the first place.  
How to avoid shooting yourself, friendlies, and innocent bystanders.  
 
Jeff Cooper′s Rules of Gun Safety  
RULE I:  ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED.  
RULE II:  NEVER LET THE MUZZLE COVER 
                  ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY.  
RULE III:  KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER 
                   UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET.  
RULE IV:  BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET.  
--- 
RULE I: ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED
     There are no exceptions.  Do not pretend that this is true.  Some people and 
organizations take this rule and weaken it; e.g. "Treat all guns as if they were loaded."  
Unfortunately, the "as if" compromises the directness of the statement by implying 
that they are unloaded, but we will treat them as though they are loaded.  No good!  
Safety rules must be worded forcefully so that they are never treated lightly or 
reduced to partial compliance.  All guns are always loaded - period!  
This must be your mind-set.  If someone hands you a firearm and says, "Don't worry, 
it's not loaded," you do not dare believe him.  You need not be impolite, but check it 
yourself.  Remember, there are no accidents, only negligent acts.  Check it.  Do not 
let yourself fall prey to a situation where you might feel compelled to squeal, 
"I didn't know it was loaded!"  
---
Excerpted from: The Modern Technique of the Pistol, by Greg Morrison, 
Gunsite Press, Paulden, Arizona.  
ISBN 0-9621342-3-6 
Library of Congress Number 91-72644 
---
     Some people believe in God.  
Some people act as if they believe in God.  
In the end, God will say to the latter, "I never knew you."  
     Some people believe that ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED.  
Some people act as if ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED.  
Eventually, the latter group of persons will have a negligent discharge, 
because (according to Marine Corps Aviation) mishaps occur due to distraction 
(not paying attention to what you're supposed to be paying attention to, because 
something else has seized your attention), time compression (self imposed 
rushing [because someone is shooting at you, for instance]), and breaking of 
habits (doing something other than what you were trained to do, other than 
what you practiced doing [because someone is shooting at you, for instance]).  
     All actions, decisions, behaviors flow naturally, automatically, inexorably 
from your beliefs.  Not from your training, unless your training has changed 
your belief system.  So, it is critically important that you believe the correct 
things.  
     The chaotic situation of combat will distract you.  Your attention will be 
misdirected.  If you rely on your senses, you will be deceived.  But, the safety 
rules will never let you down.  Just as pilots rely on their instruments, just 
as SCUBA divers rely on their instruments, you must rely on your safety rules.  
     If you don't believe that you can be deceived, see the magic show at 
House of Cards in Nashville, TN (It's all about distraction and misdirection).  
The magicians will sit at small tables and perform close up magic for you 
(card tricks, coin tricks, etc.).  This should prove to you that the firearm can 
be loaded, even when you know, and would bet your life, that it is not loaded.  
Ask Massad Ayoob.  He borrowed a student's revolver to do a trigger control 
demonstration in one of his classes, and fired a round straight up into the air.  
But, because he obeyed Safety Rule II, no one was hurt.  
---
"LAYERS OF FIREARMS SAFETY: A TEACHABLE MOMENT" by Massad Ayoob
     Thinking that you would not have been deceived, even though several highly 
trained, experienced persons were deceived, is just arrogance.  But you could 
reasonable say that you would not have committed such a negligent discharge 
because you actually believe, not just pretend, that ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED.  
It really is a different mindset.  
 
Stephen P. Wenger's, 
Rule Five – maintain control of your firearm.  
 
     Incompetence and cowardice kill a lot of people.  
"Pilot's Reckless Mistakes Kills Instagram Star!"
by Pilot Debrief
     The airplane didn't kill these people.  Never blame an inanimate object.  Never 
blame a tool.  There was only one pilot aboard the flight.  The pilot is completely 
responsible.  
     Remember Kobe Bryant?  Who was responsible?  The pilot.  
     If you're taking money to do something stupid, you're WRONG!  If you're doing 
something stupid to keep your job, you're WRONG!  If you're doing something 
stupid to get a job, you're WRONG!  Don't do it.  You're going to get people killed.  
 
     "It's easier to stay out of trouble than to get out of trouble."  
-- Claude Werner
 
     What can you do to cause the criminal predator to NOT select you for victimization?  
     Head up and looking around.  Chest high.  Shoulders down and relaxed.  
Don't slouch.  This body language says, "I am aware.  You won't surprise me."  
     Tuck your chin and pull your head back to get your ears over your shoulders.  Your 
head sticking out in front of your body screams "GOOD VICTIM!".  
     Walk smoothly.  Don't limp.  Practice until you get your gait correct.  Wear braces 
under your clothes if necessary.  An awkward gait screams "DISABLED VICTIM".  
     Head down looking at the ground with shoulders forward screams, 
"RAPE ME.  I WILL SUBMIT.  I WON'T CALL THE POLICE AFTERWARDS."  
     That's why teaching persons to shoot in the "turtle" position is so stupid.  
"Turtle" means head pushed forward, shoulders hunch up and forward.  Because 
you're teaching the wrong body language.  It's not going to scare the hardened 
criminal.  So you're going to have to shoot the criminal.  On the other hand, 
if you had displayed the correct body language, the criminal would have left 
without you shooting him because your body language would have convinced 
him that you would have shot him; WIN!!  
---
     "Hey, Staff, how do you know that the convict isn't lying to the interviewer?"  
     When you tell a lie, you are forced to tell a second lie to cover the first lie, 
then you are forced to tell a third lie to cover or explain the second lie, etc.  
Eventually, the interviewer figures out that the subject is lying.  At which 
points the interviewer annotates "pathological liar", and doesn't ask to interview 
the subject anymore.  The psychologist also reports this to the Assistant Warden.  
(The inmates want to participate because 23 hours a day in a cell is boring.)  
     On the other hand, if the subject is honest, the psychologist reports 
this to the Assistant Warden.  The Assistant Warden records the good guy 
points which helps with the prisoner's early release, parole, or commissary 
privileges.  
     Everybody knows how the system works.  
---
     Of course, you could interview the criminal predator without his knowledge 
that your conversation was an interview.  Sort of a half ass double blind.  
Not terribly difficult, especially if the Assistant Warden is a friend whom you 
work with.  
 
"Bomb Threats" by CyberSecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency
A department of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
---
"Bomb Threats" by Greg Ellifritz
---
     It's hard to get a big bomb into a building.  Much easier to put the bomb in 
a car, drive the car into the parking lot, and then call in a bomb threat or pull 
a fire alarm to drive the victims from the building to the parking lot.  
Unless the bomb is really big, in which case the assailant will drive the truck 
up to the building.  We saw lots of examples of this when I was in training to 
guard federal buildings.  
     A real threat to life is stampeding humans.  Be careful.  
     What we were trained on more recently was tanks of 
nerve-gas / poisonous-gas / biologic-agents in or near the intakes of ventilation 
systems.  The nerve-gas, VX variants, in particular because it is odorless, 
colorless, and without symptoms for several hours, thereby ensuring no evacuation 
before contamination.  Of course, good physical security will prevent placement 
of such.  Intake vents are usually on the roof.    Don't leave ladders around that 
give access to the roof.  Lock all interior access to the roof.  (Teenagers love 
to play on the roof.)  
 
John Farnam's rules to keep you out of trouble:  
Don’t go to stupid places.  
Don’t associate with stupid people.  
Don’t do stupid things.  
Have a “normal” appearance.  
Be in bed by 10:00pm (your own bed).  
Don’t fail the attitude test.  
 
*************************************************************************
----- Training -----
Figuring out the correct tasks to practice.
 
     Truth from Jordan Peterson.  
 
     You need training because:  
You don't know what you don't know.  
Much of what you know is false.  
It's good to the have the answers before the criminal tests you.  
-- Claude Werner (paraphrased)
 
     "You brought a gun to the fight.  That doesn’t mean it’s YOUR gun.  
The gun belongs to whomever can keep it.  Think about that before intervening 
in other folks’ problems.  When is the last time you practiced your in-hand weapon 
retention skills?"  
-- Greg Ellifritz
 
"Gun Skills | Workout Routine" by FRANK MELLONI
     Mix some exercises in with your shooting.  
 
     “The secret of success is this. 
Train like it means everything when it means nothing – 
so you can fight like it means nothing when it means everything.” 
-- Lofty Wiseman
 
"Concealed Carrier Shot With His Own Gun 
When Trying to Stop Domestic Violence Incident"
by Jacob Paulsen
     Jacob Paulsen runs the annual Guardian Conference in Oklahoma City, OK.  
I highly recommend.  
Last year at the conference, we had a little problem with fleas, ticks, chiggers, and such.  
Simple solution:  
Sawyer Permethrin Clothing Insect Repellent
Spread out your clothes (shoes, socks, pants, shirts, underwear, hats, etc.).  
Spray with Sawyer Permethrin Clothing Insect Repellent.  
Let dry.  Wear normally.  It takes about 6 cycles in the washing machine and drier 
to remove the insect repellent.  So it lasts a long time.  
 
     “You are no more armed because you are wearing a pistol 
than you are a musician because you own a guitar.” 
from Principles of Personal Defense by Col. Jeff Cooper, USMC, (1920 – 2006 A.D.)
 
     "Safe gun handling and knowing how to operate the gun competently is one thing.  
How to fight with the gun is a whole other plane of knowledge."  
-- Tiger McKee
---
     A guy is walking up fast behind you.  What do you do?  
     You should have a cogent plan of action that you can explain.  
Because you have thought about it, planned an action, and practiced it.  
Otherwise, you know which plane you're in.  
[If your smart ass answer was that "you turn and shoot him", 
then I guess you are in yet another plane.]  
     Perhaps you plan is something like:  
Yell stop!  If he stops, great.  We can escape.  
     If he does not stop, that is an indication of malice.  
Clear concealment garment and establish a proper grip on your pistol.  
If he stops, great.  We can escape.  
     If he does not stop, present to close contact and fire until he stops.  
     Ya, lots of different plans depending on the situation.  
 
     "Those motivated by a desire to improve their 
gunfighting skills as opposed to a quest for trophies, 
must be willing to bleed ego on the match results 
to avoid shedding blood in combat."  
-- Andy Stanford
---
     When we shoot the match, we will go very slowly to ensure we positively identify 
every shoot-target and every no-shoot-target.  We will not be racing to win the game.  
It is common for the Safety Officer to inform the shooter that he failed to engage 
several targets, because he just ran past them without seeing them.  Moving faster than 
you can see; moving faster than you can think; is wrong and dangerous.  
     We will stay back away from corners, windows, and doors, because we understand 
that there is someone hiding behind the corner who will grab our pistol.  Crowding 
cover is a common tactical error seen in every competition.  Don't do it.  
     We will shoot at the first part of the enemy that comes into view (elbow, foot, etc.), 
because we can do so without exposing our bodies.  We can always get the center-of-mass 
hit later as we come around the corner.  We understand that whoever gets the first hit 
will usually win the gunfight.  Even if it's not a vital organ hit.  Psychological stops 
are a real thing.  
     We will not muzzle no-shoot-targets.  We will not sweep across no-shoot-targets 
when transitioning from one shoot-target to another shoot-target.  Because unlike 
the other competitors, we are not playing a game.  We are training for combat.  
(Muzzling the innocent bystander is aggravated assault with a firearm, there is a 
10 year sentencing enhancement for the firearm.)  
     Shooting the no-shoot-target is shooting faster than you can think.  We never make 
that mistake because we ALWAYS positively identify the target before we shoot it.  
     Do not do "walk throughs".  Do not choreograph the scenario.  Do not count rounds.  
Do not plan your reloads.  Shoot the targets as they come into view.    Shoot until 
empty, then reload.  Planning a scenario is a training scar.  Combat is surprising.  
     Remember, we are training for civilian concealed carry for self-defense.  
We are not playing a game.  
     [If you get disqualified for a safety violation, you know which plane you are on.]  
 
     Stav is offering a neat boutique service.  
---
     Ever since starting She Equips Herself, 
my goal has been to help women learn how to integrate a firearm into 
their daily life in a simple, sustainable way.  While my videos and content 
show you different ways to do this, I now have a more personalized option 
available on my website!  
     I'm so excited to announce this new service available on my site: 
you can now schedule a concealed carry consult with me.  
Email:  stav@sheequipsherself.com
Here are some ideas of topics we could work out together:
πŸ”˜ roadblocks stopping you from comfortably carrying a gun
πŸ”˜ storage and/or safety
πŸ”˜ holster options
πŸ”˜ are you carrying the right gun for you?
πŸ”˜ and more!
 
--- Start of Classes ---
 
Karl Rehn Training 
2024 CLASSES Upcoming Texas classes with space available:
JANUARY
**Home Defense Shooting Skills – Jan 28, 9a-noon (Rehn)
**Personal Tactics Skills – Jan 28, 1p-5p (Daub)
FEBRUARY
**Defensive Pistol Skills 1 – Feb 10 9a-1p (staff)
**Pistol Skill Builder – Feb 10 2p-4p (staff)
Close Quarters Pistol Level 2 – Feb 18 (Ellifritz)
**Red Dot Pistol Level 1 – Feb 24 9a-1p (Greig/Reichek)
Intermediate Rifle Skills – Feb 25, 9a-3p (Greig)
MARCH
**Defensive Pistol Skills 2 – March 16, 1p-5p (Rehn)
**Low Light Shooting 1 – March 16, 6p-9p (Rehn)
**AT-2 FOF Scenarios – March 17, 1p-5p (Rehn)
APRIL AND BEYOND
**School and Church Security Range Session – April 28 2p-6p (Rehn)
Dynamic First Aid – May 11 (Causey)
Rangemaster Instructor – May 24-26 (Givens)
Historical Handgun – May 27 (Givens/Rehn)
Massad Ayoob Group MAG 20 Range – August 8-9 (Thronburg)
Massad Ayoob Group MAG 20 Lecture – August 10-11 (Ayoob)
     Newsletter, 
 
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New Year SALE! 15% Off Any Class,
Ending Jan 31st, 2024!
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--- End of Classes ---
 
TRAINING VIDEOS from Royal Range
 
"Jordan Peterson Explains Free Will"
     Ballistic movement.  And the philosophical fallout.  
A lot of your movements in self-defense / defensive-pistolcraft will be ballistic 
movements as defined by Peterson.  
 
     ‟Training is NOT an event, but a process. 
Training is the preparation FOR practice.”  
-- Claude Werner
 
*************************************************************************
----- Practice -----
How to get proficient at that task.  
 
     ‟Be careful what you practice.  
Because you will do in combat 
whatever you have practiced, 
no matter how ridiculous.”  
-- ‶Shooting in Self-Defense″ by Sara Ahrens 
 
     As seen on NRA ShootingIllustrated.com -- 
"Organizing Your Shooting Practice 
Start the new year off right with this easy to shoot, easy to practice drill."  
by Claude Werner
Excerpts:  
     ". . . by shooting those 15 shots, the shooter will know where they shoot their gun, 
which is not necessarily the same as where the gun actually shoots."  
     ". . . the shooter will know what the recoil feels like and what gunshots sound like, 
which are important bits of knowledge."  
---
     As seen on The Tactical Professor -- 
"Organizing Your Shooting Practice – I" by the Tactical Professor
Excerpt:  
     "The goal of the Organizing Your Practice series is ‘Do Something.’  
As my late colleague Paul Gomez said, “Shoot Your Guns.” "  
     "If a shooter doesn’t even shoot the whole Session of the article; that’s okay.  
At least they know what it’s like when the gun goes off and what the sound of 
gunfire and the feel of recoil are like."  
 
     “Willingness is a state of mind.  Readiness is a statement of fact!”  
-- Lt. Gen. David M Shoup, USMC Commandant, 1960-1963
 
"Automaticity Isn’t Always Rainbows and Sunshine"
by Uncle Zo
Excerpts:  
     "My thumb literally pressed into the grip factions of an inch next to where 
the magazine button actually was.  This reminded me of those times that I’m 
in a rental car and I go to put into gear by reaching for the lever behind the 
steering wheel rather than the control that’s in the center console."  
     [I think "stage planning and visualization" might be a training scar, as you 
won't have the opportunity to do that in real combat situations. -- Jon Low]  
 
     "People rust faster than equipment."  
-- John Hearne
 
     “Train, Practice, Compete 
are the key elements in the development of humans.”  
-- John M. Buol, Jr.
 
     ‶Practice is the small deposits you make over time, 
so that in an emergency, you can make that big withdrawal.″  
-- Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, III
 
Why practice?  
    “To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment 
when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and 
offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique 
to them and fitted to their talents.  What a tragedy if 
that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that 
which could have been their finest hour.”  
-- Winston Churchill
---
     Do you THINK you can make that head shot on a moving target in your crowded church 
in a chaotic situation with people screaming and running around?  Do you KNOW that you 
can make that shot?  Because if you don't know that you can make that shot, you won't 
attempt the shot.  The guy who is confident takes the shot.  The guy who is not confident 
won't take the shot for fear of hitting an innocent bystander.  
     Jack Wilson of the West Freeway Church of Christ told us that he had practiced that 
head shot thousands and thousands of times.  So he was confident that he could make 
the shot.  So he took the shot.  
     Wilson also said that each member of his church security team had about 380 hours 
of training at the time of the incident.  
     "If you know where you're going when you die, you can be bold."  
-- Stephen Willeford
 
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*****     *****     ***** Intervention *****     *****     *****
Suggestions on how to deal with the incident that you failed to avoid.  
 
     Awareness, Avoidance, De-Escalation, Escape 
 
Table of contents:  
     Strategy
     Tactics
     Techniques 
 
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----- Strategy -----
Deciding on the end state and how to achieve it, 
which tactics to use, which includes walking away.  
 
     “How do you win a gunfight?  
Don't be there.”  
-- John Farnam
 
" Uvalde shooting: Bombshell report calls police response a 'failure' " by Fox News
     If you want a low casualty count, you MUST immediately attack and shoot the 
bad guy.  Unfortunately, some commanders are more concerned about liability 
and the optics of the situation than saving lives.  Which type are you?  Be honest 
with yourself, no one else is watching.  If from your past performance, you don't 
like your conclusion, you have the opportunity to fix yourself, before the upcoming 
incident.  
---
"The police response to the Uvalde shooting was riddled with failures, a new DOJ report says"
by ACACIA CORONADO, ERIC TUCKER, JAKE BLEIBERG AND 
LINDSAY WHITEHURST
     One child was killed 77 minutes after the police arrived on scene.  
Don't be like those LEO's.  Immediately ATTACK!  
---
Primary source document -- 
U.S. Department of Justice report, 
"Critical Incident Review Active Shooter at Robb Elementary School"
by DoJ
---
Original document in PDF format, (much easier to read) 
 
     "You win gunfights by not getting shot."  
-- John Holschen
---
"Two men dead after exchanging gunfire in north Phoenix home, police say"
by AZFamily Digital News Staff
Hat tip to Stephen P. Wenger.  
     As John Holschen says, "You win gunfights by not getting shot."  [Note, no mention 
of the bad guy, because he doesn't matter.  Only you matter.  Note, no mention of shooting.  
Because not getting shot doesn't depend on you shooting. -- Jon Low]  
     As Stephen P. Wenger says, ". . . just having or even firing a gun may not keep you 
from being shot.  That is the role of tactics such as moving off the X, making use 
of cover or concealment, and creating distraction."  [Yes, as any theatrical magician 
will tell you, distraction and misdirection.  Messing with the bad guy's OODA loop 
will slow him way down.  Which is a big WIN for you. -- Jon Low]  
 
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----- Tactics ----- 
Maneuver and fire in support of your strategy.  
 
     "Real fights are short."
-- Bruce Lee
 
     Can you fire from around corners?  Left and right?  (Without exposing yourself?)
Can you fire from under tables?  Under benches?  Under cars?  (In a stable confident 
manner?)  Can you fire through small openings?  Between the open door and the door 
jam?  Through the artsy lamp sculpture?  Between the slats in the fence?  
Can you fire over the garbage dumpster?  Over the car roof?  Over the car hood?  
Over the car trunk?  (If you don't know the offset between your sights and your 
muzzle, you can easily hit the hood of the car when attempting to shoot over it.)  
     If you've never done it, you can't answer the question confidently.  Claiming 
that you can do it without having done it, is just wishful thinking.  
 
     “Fortuitous outcomes reinforce poor tactics.”  
-- Chuck Haggard
---
     Listening to the after action reports of Nashville police officers would depress the 
hell out of you.  Poor tactics with a heartfelt belief that because they survived (as 
opposed to because the tactic was effective) they will do it again and it will work 
the next time.  
     On the other end of the spectrum, 
I was in the Donut Den in Green Hills this morning and had a conversation with a 
Corporal in the Nashville police.  He told me that they were allowed to put weapon 
mounted lights on their pistols, but were given very little training on how to use them 
in the academy.  So he went to Royal Range (Bob Allen, et al) and took a low light 
course on his own time on his own dime.  Bravo!  He also told me that he wanted 
to put a red dot sight on his pistol, but a class was required by the police department 
and the class was always full.  So, he went to Royal Range and took a 4-day class on 
how to use the red dot sight.  Again on his own time and his own dime.  You can't 
imagine how impressed I was.  In our modern times, most cops would not carry a 
pistol, and only do so because their department forces them to.  They are not gun 
people.  They are not warriors.  They are social workers.  Would you want a social 
worker to show up when you call 911?  Wouldn't you prefer a warrior?  
 
"LIGHT ON, LIGHT OFF?" by Clint Smith
Excerpts:  
     "I would avoid buying a gun requiring a special adaptor to mount the attachment 
to the rail.  It complicates things.  Most serious defensive pistols today have a rail 
readily accepting lights, and that’s the best approach."  
     "I think strobes are dumb and jack your eyes up really bad."  
     "A simple light is best, something you push on and off."  [I'm pretty sure he 
means push on, release off, thumb switch on the tail cap. -- Jon Low]  
     "Understand weapon-mounted and handheld lights and techniques — 
and train for both."  
---
     Mr. Smith does not mention the cheek or crown (of the head) index for the 
hand held flashlight.  These are widely taught and I think they are good.  
     A lot of weapon mounted lights (WML) don't have any way to adjust point 
of impact for the light relative to your point of aim with your sights.  You may 
not need any adjustment.  But if you do, I have found filing the polymer frame 
or shimming the contact areas works well.  You don't have to buy precise shims.  
You can use aluminum foil, aluminum soda cans, steel from tin cans, packing 
tape, etc.  It's actually fairly important to have the light zeroed to the sights.  
 
     "The shorter the fight, the less hurt you get."
-- John Holschen
 
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----- Techniques -----
Ways to execute a given task in support of your tactics, 
especially when disabled or under stress.  
 
     "Use only that which works, 
and take it from any place you can find it."
-- Bruce Lee 
---
     Perhaps you have never studied ballet.  Perhaps you don't think a pirouette is 
tactically sound.  But it is fast and smooth.  Isn't that what you want when transitioning 
from one target to another, or turning to run in a different direction.  Wouldn't it be 
nice to at least understand the mechanics of a pirouette?  So that you can make an 
informed decision when you decide not to add it to your repertoire?  Afraid of 
looking like a bunch of sticks?  If so, you are not following Bruce Lee's advice.  
 
"Man Bites Dog: Defending Yourself Against Dog Attacks" by Molotov Mitchell
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
 
     Trigger confirmation (touching the trigger unnecessarily) is WRONG!  Don't 
do it.  Your trigger has not magically disappeared.  So you don't have to check 
to make sure that it is still there.  
     Adrenaline in your blood stream makes your muscles MUCH stronger that normal.  
So touching the trigger might fire the pistol.  
     Keep your trigger finger in the register position by touching an index point.  
The seam between the slide and the frame.  The end of the pin holding the pistol 
together (as in the 1911s).  The take down lever.  If there is nothing there for you 
to index on, take your tools and make something on the surface of the frame for 
you to feel.  So you know you are in the correct position.  So you know you're not 
on the trigger.  
 
     "It's not daily increase but daily decrease - hack away at the inessentials!" 
-- Bruce Lee
 
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*****     *****     ***** Postvention *****     *****     *****
Suggestions on how to treat your wounds.  
Suggestions on how to avoid prosecution, conviction, and prison time.  
Suggestions on how to avoid the civil law suit and judgment.  
 
Table of contents:  
     Aftermath
     Medical
     Survival
 
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----- Aftermath ----- 
You must be alive to have these problems:  criminal and civil liability.  
 
     “The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, 
but because he loves what is behind him.”
― G.K. Chesterton
 
"The Police Don't want You to Know This..!"
by MadMan Review
     I don't know who MadMan is.  But in my learned opinion, everything he says 
is correct and consistent with all of the classes that I have taken.  
     I have worked as armed security in hospital emergency rooms.  Sometimes 
the cops will sit in the emergency room with the suspect handcuffed to the bed.  
     In his classes, Andrew Branca often talks about getting cut down to the bone 
on his arm and not feeling it.  So it is reasonable to believe that you are injured 
and don't know it.  
     I took a medical class in which the instructor told us about a U.S. Armed Forces 
member who was airlifted from the battle field to a hospital.  But during the 
helicopter ride he bled to death.  Internal bleeding.  The corpsmen did not find 
the bullet entry wound.  At the hospital, the doctors could not find the bullet 
entry wound.  At the autopsy, they found the entry wound in his armpit.  (There 
was no bleeding around the entry wound.)  So, wounds can be very difficult to 
find.  That's why you need to know the technique for looking for entry wounds.  
In the trauma care classes that I have taken, we were taught to strip the victim 
of all clothing and to rake every inch of the victim's skin with your fingers to 
find the wounds.  If you can't do this, for whatever reason, get the hell out of 
the way and let someone else do it!  
 
     In the right hand column, click on the link labeled "Self Defense Insurance".  
Or, the direct link is, 
Read this before you buy insurance.  You need to make an informed decision.  
The various policies are drastically different.  
     "You need to read the fine print." -- Massad Ayoob  
 
     Your self-defense incident will NEVER be a "crystal clear case of self-defense".  
Because no lethal force event is ever be a "crystal clear case of self-defense".  
To think so is delusional.  
     For some non-lawyer bureaucrat to make a determination as to whether or 
not the incident was a "crystal clear case of self-defense", while you are still 
presumed to be innocent is the height of stupidity.  
 
"Alan Colie Speaks: USCCA Never Dropped Him" by Tom Grieve
 
     In the right hand column of this web page, click on "Never Talk To The Police"
or use the direct address 
 
     All you say is, 
"I want my attorney.  I invoke my right to remain silent."  And then you
keep your mouth shut.  Don't talk to anyone (including your spouse, 
especially intimate friends), except your attorney, and then only in private.  
NEVER talk to the media.  NEVER give interviews.  NEVER talk to any 
law enforcement officer.  
     Michael Drejka got violently thrown to the ground in a parking lot 
by a larger stronger younger man.  Fearing that he would be stomped to 
death in his position of disadvantage on the ground with the assailant 
standing over him, Drejka shot the assailant once in the chest.  The assailant 
died.  After reviewing the security camera recordings of the event, the 
responding police officers declined to arrest Drejka, because it was self-defense.  
A few weeks later, the county sheriff made a public statement saying that he 
would not charge Drejka with any crime, because it was self-defense.  
At this point Drejka is free and clear.  
     Then Drejka goes into the police station without his attorney (an act 
of criminal stupidity) and runs his mouth for 2 hours.  The video and audio 
are on YouTube.com.  The detective uses Drejka's own words to arrest Drejka.  
Drejka is convicted of manslaughter, sentenced to 20 years, and will spend the 
rest of his life in prison.  Drejka is also getting beaten regularly in prison by 
the other inmates.  
     So, you can be free and clear.  And then talk yourself into a conviction.  
The interviewing detective did not ask leading questions.  The detective did 
not trick Drejka.  All the detective says throughout the interview is "okay", 
"okay", "okay", . . .  The detective just let Drejka talk.  
     So you can avoid spending the rest of your life in prison by keeping your 
mouth shut.  
 
     On the other hand, 
-- Massad Ayoob
 
     “Your understanding and consent are not required 
for someone to take your life, kill your loved ones, 
and destroy all you hold dear.” 
-- William Aprill 
 
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----- Medical -----
 
     "If you prepare for the emergency,
the emergency ceases to exist!"
-- Sherman House
 
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----- Survival -----
 
     "If you stay fit, you do not have to get fit. 
If you stay trained, you do not have to get trained. 
If you stay prepared, you do not have to get prepared."
-- Robert Margulies
 
"Contact" by John Farnam
 
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*****     *****     ***** Education *****     *****     *****
 
Table of contents:  
     Legal
     Instruction
     Gear
 
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     "You will never get smarter or broaden your horizons 
if you're unwilling to learn from others and read."
-- Becca Martin
 
     The Tactical Professor, 
Always filled with good stuff.  
 
"Weenend Knowledge Dump" by Greg Ellifritz
     From whence I steal all my best stuff.  
 
     "Cogito, ergo armatum sum." (I think, therefore armed am I.)
-- John Farnam
 
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----- Legal -----
 
     "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. 
It is wholly inadequate for the governance of any other.
-- John Adams, October 11, 1798
 
"BREAKING:  Alec Baldwin indicted in fatal ‘Rust’ shooting"
by Fox News
 
"Astrology, Palm Reading, and Bite Mark Analysis" by Docent
---
     All of the instructors that I know of, teach that after a lethal force encounter, 
you should stay at the scene and call the police to report the incident.  (Because 
fleeing the scene paints you with the brush of guilt.)  But, if unquestionably 
innocent persons are being convicted in our "justice" system, maybe that's not 
good advice.  
     All of the attorneys that I know of, teach that after a lethal force encounter, 
you should have your attorney defend you by claiming self-defense.  (As Andrew 
Branca points out, that is effectively confessing to all the points of a murder 
charge, and then arguing that you were justified because it was self-defense.)  
Do you really want to put yourself in that position?  
     If innocent persons get convicted, do you really want to help the prosecutor 
by staying at the scene and reporting the incident?  Do you really want to confess 
to all of the elements of a murder?  Ya, you might get acquitted based on a 
self-defense argument, or you might not.  As Andrew Branca says, "Even if you 
are innocent, there is a 10% that you will be convicted.  That's just the noise 
in the system."  
     As Greg Ellifritz says, "Avoid all contact with law enforcement."  
Don't stand in a line up; you will be identified as the bad guy, even if you 
were out of state at the time.  Don't give dental impressions; you will be 
identified as the perpetrator, even if you were not the perpetrator.  
Don't give DNA samples; the prosecution "expert witness" will match you 
to the crime.  Then you will have to hire an expert witness at $7000 up front 
and $500 per hour to explain why the prosecution's expert is wrong.  (Do 
you have that kind of money?)  Don't give the prosecution anything.  
So what if there is a court order?  If you are not physically present, the 
prosecutor can't get the physical evidence to convict you.  No, we do not 
have convictions in absentia in the U.S.  (We do have sentencing in absentia.)  
If the court can't find you, they can't serve you with papers to appear.  So you 
can't even be convicted of contempt of court, because nobody can prove that 
you knew about anything.  You were just vacationing at a local park or National 
Forest and didn't take your phone with you, because you were on vacation.  
     As John Farnam says, "How do you win a gunfight?  Don't be there."  
Similarly, How do you avoid conviction?  Don't be there.  
     When I was in the Marine Corps, we were taught to never surrender to law 
enforcement (in the context of a classified material courier).  Never surrender 
to the enemy.  Never surrender to anyone.  Because once you surrender, you're 
going to be imprisoned, tortured, and killed.  Always better to fight.  Ya, you 
might lose the fight.  But considering the state of law enforcement in the U.S., 
I think you'd probably win.  And then it's just a matter of Survive, Evade, 
Resist, Escape.  SERE school wasn't that hard.  Remember all the classified 
techniques.  They work in the civilian world too.  
     Less than 50% of the homicide cases in the U.S. are ever closed.  ("Closed" 
means that law enforcement makes an arrest.  Even if the arrest is of the wrong 
person.)  And these are the most important cases.  Aggravated assault, much 
lower probability.  And on down the line.  
My father always told me to just walk away.  "The jackasses are never going 
to find you."  (Having worked as a prosecutor, judge, defense attorney, etc.; 
he had a very low opinion of police, especially the FBI.  He was your typical 
Yale Republican elitist.  Think Bush et al.  Ya, they were classmates at Yale.)  
     You don't have any criminal record.  You don't have any regular contact with 
law enforcement, as a suspect.  So, they don't recognize you.  Law enforcement 
doesn't know you.  They don't have your mug shot.  They don't have your DNA.  
They don't have your fingerprints.  Why would they suspect you?  How would 
they find you?  
     The reason "statute of limitations" laws exist is that time destroys evidence, 
witnesses die, memories fade, etc.  People move.  People lose interest.  Etc.  
While there are no statute of limitations laws on murders, a competent attorney 
can make the reasonable argument that the prosecution is making it impossible 
for you to find alibi witnesses and documents, because the prosecutor refuses 
to specify the date and time of the alleged offense (by using such verbiage as 
"on or about March 13th").  Well, I can get Joe to testify that on March 13th 
we were at Martin's Barbeque all afternoon and evening, but I can't reasonably 
be expected to account for my whereabouts for the entire ill-defined period of 
"on or about March 13th".  You get the idea?  
     As Tom Givens says, 20,000 people in America disappear every year.  
Tom thinks some of them are murdered and their bodies never found.  
So their numbers should be added to the homicide totals.  But I think they 
are just starting a new life.  It's very easy to start a new life in America.  
All the natives speak English.  They all use the same money.  The culture is 
fairly uniform.  So you can easily move to a new town or state and blend 
right in.  I've done it many times in my life.  I know lots of people who 
have "retired" to other countries.  On an American pension or with savings 
from an American job, you can live like a king in a lot of other countries.  
(Remember the government needs a conviction to seize your assets or 
pension.  Only the IRS can seize without a conviction.  So pay your taxes 
and keep the IRS happy.  Even if you use the ransom from the kidnapping 
to pay the IRS debt, you win, because the IRS won't return stolen money.  
Lots of documented cases.)  
If the SEC is going to waste your time and money for years, perhaps 
decades, wouldn't the smart move be to sell your company and move to 
the Philippines or Mexico?  (Even if it's selling your company to your son-in-law 
for a dollar.)  Let them try to extradite you.  They have to find you first.  
Anyone with more than two neurons to rub together can avoid being found 
in this world of 8 billion persons.  It's not even like you have to try hard.  
The law enforcement agencies have way less pull than the financial types.  
And a lot of foreign countries won't cooperate with U. S. law enforcement.  
Think Edward Snowden.  Or, what's-her-face in Cuba, who killed a cop 
in the U.S.  
 
"Law of Self Defense" by Andrew Branca (free book, just pay shipping so you 
don't have to go to Colorado to pick it up.)  
 
"Post Office Gun Ban Ruled Unconstitutional" by Jake Fogleman
---
Primary source document, 
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,
v. 
EMMANUEL AYALA,
Defendant
Case No: 8:22-cr-369-KKM-AAS
 
Handgunlaw.us
 
"The Gun Influencer [Larry Vickers] Who Used Small-Town Cops to Import Machine Guns
Federal prosecutors target high-end gunrunning operation"
by Dan Frosch and Zusha Elinson
     Big boys, honorable persons, mature adults, don't break the law.  
We are the law abiding citizens.  Don't confuse us with criminals.  
 
"The 5 Elements of Self Defense" by Andrew Branca (free of charge) 
 
"MAJOR 2A WIN JUST NOW:  
FEDERAL APPEALS COURT ISSUES HUGE 
2A RULING IN FAVOR OF RIGHT TO CARRY"
by The Four Boxes Diner
     3rd Circuit Court of Appeals.  18, 19, and 20 year olds have full 2nd Amendment rights.  
Back in the day, 18 to 45 year olds had to bring their own arms, including ammunition, 
to militia musters.  
 
     “Your character is what you do when no one is looking.”  
-- Thomas Jefferson
 
     "An argument can be made that all civilians, including FFL holders, 
should cease all voluntary cooperation with the ATF.  Make "IT" obtain 
search warrants, develop its investigations without informants, and only 
have access to those records that are required by federal law."  
-- John Harris, Director of Tennessee Firearms Association
 
Hello Jonathan,
     The Republican-controlled legislature [in Kentucky, USA] is advancing 
House Bill 5 (HB5), also known as the "Safer Kentucky Act," and it includes 
a ton of tough-on-crime provisions that other states that value the safety of 
their residents ought to consider modeling.  
(Kentucky's governor is a Democrat, but the Republican legislator is a 
super-majority with veto-override capability.)  
Included in the 72-page bill are provisions that:
     prohibit or tightly constrain probation and parole for a variety of violent crimes,
     makes death-by-fentanyl-sale a capital crime,
     substantially elevate the severity and sentences for a variety of violent crimes 
including carjacking,
     prohibits unlawful homeless encampments,
     explicitly approves the use of force by property owners or renters to remove 
squatters or trespassers,
     empowers the state Attorney General to sue any that decline to enforce that 
law (e.g., sanctuary cities),
     requires homeless shelters to prohibit resident individuals from the use of drugs 
or alcohol and require that they consent to mental health conditions and refrain 
from criminal activity,
     allows for the institutionalizing of individuals without requiring proof of 
criminal conduct,
     tightly restricts the ability of "charitable bail organizations" to bail out violent 
criminals,
     strengthens the ability of retail establishments to use force to detain shoplifters 
and organized theft rings,
     provides criminal and civil immunity to shoplifters who lawfully use force 
to stop shoplifters,
     defines reckless endangerment with a firearm as a "violent offender" crime 
for which probation or parole is tightly constrained,
     expands the definition of terroristic threatening to include any building and 
any gathering of 3 or more persons,
     mandates that school employees report to police certain violent acts or 
firearms possession by students,
     expands the definition of "serious physical injury" for certain domestic 
violence offenses (including "dating" relationships),
     greatly increases the penalties for flight from the police,
     . . . and much, much more!  
"Kentucky Shows How to Get Tough on Crime!" by Andrew Branca
 
"Anti-Gun Advocates in SHAMBLES as Ohio Enacts Constitutional Carry, 
Crime Goes DOWN: AG David Yost" by The Hill
     Gun shots are distinctive.  Untrained humans however have a hard time 
distinguishing gun shots from other sources of noise.  
     Whether or not the government tells you to get training, you should get 
training because it's the responsible thing to do.  
 
"New policy allows privately owned firearms on Wright-Patt AFB for CCW permit holders"
by Stacey Geiger
 
    “Is there no virtue among us?  
If there is not, we are without hope!
No form of government, existing nor theoretical, will keep us from harm.
To think that any government, in any form, will insure liberty and happiness 
for a dishonorable population represents the height of self-deception.”  
-- James Madison, 1788
 
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----- Instruction -----
 
     Colonel Robert Lindsey to his fellow trainers:  
"We are not God's gift to our students.  
Our students are God's gift to us."  
 
----- Instructors -----
 
     Be careful what you teach.  
Because your students will do in combat
whatever you have trained them to do, 
no matter how ridiculous.
-- "Shooting in Self-Defense" by Sara Ahrens
 
     Instructors, you may be thinking that teaching larger classes will maximize your profit.  
And that that will make you happy.  But there is another way to satisfaction and happiness.  
I beg you to consider tutoring individuals (in the ancient Greek tradition [1]).  There are 
students, some of whom John Farnam refers to below, for whom multi-body classes are 
inappropriate, in the sense that they will not be able to learn in such an environment.  
Nobody's fault.  It's just that every person is different from every other person.  
     Why would you sacrifice the money for such an endeavor?  
πŸ”˜ Building a relationship that will bring you word of mouth clients, as opposed to 
clients from advertisements.  Word of mouth / personal referral is very powerful.  
Ask any marketing expert.  (You think Donald Trump or persons like him search 
the internet for classes?)
πŸ”˜ Being able to notice and fix a student's problems.  You would never have even 
noticed the problems in a large class.  
πŸ”˜ Giving a student your undivided attention prevents the student from getting 
distracted, which increases the student's ability to learn.  
πŸ”˜ Allows you to talk about things that the student may feel embarrassed or self 
conscious talking about in a class setting.  Is it likely that a student will admit to 
you in front of others that he has been trying and failing for years to achieve a 
surprise break.  
πŸ”˜ A one-on-one allows the student to ask the "stupid questions" that he would 
never ask in a class for fear of demonstrating his ignorance in front of others.  
πŸ”˜ I could go on and on, but you get the idea.  
     Just as some persons benefit from individual instruction, some do not.  I've had 
a lady tell me that one-on-one tutoring is too intense.  There is no crowd to hide in.  
Some students would prefer to hide in the crowd.  
[1]  In ancient Greece, Greeks would buy slaves of high intellect and education to 
tutor their children.  Taking the Bible out of context and out of time period causes 
all kinds of problems.  The Greek writing authors of the New Testament knew 
nothing of American slavery.  Claiming that the Bible advocates American or later 
European or Islamic (700 years after Christ) slavery is nonsense.  Claiming that 
the Greek writers of the New Testament were writing of slavery as it was practiced 
in the Old Testament in Egypt is similarly nonsense.  They were just too far removed 
in time and culture to know anything about it.  
     Translations may use the word "slave", but there is no such things as an accurate 
translation of anything.  Because no two languages are isomorphic.  
 
     "Remember, 
the students who require the extra effort 
are the ones who need us the most!"
-- John Farnam
 
     "You must teach skill sustainment as part of training."  
-- John Hearne
 
----- Students -----
 
"Ask the stupid question." by Jordon Peterson
 
----- Andragogy -----
 
     ‟An instructor should not expect any learning to take 
place the first time new information is presented.”  
-- ‶Building Shooters″ by Dustin Salomon
 
     “The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other.  
Without collaboration, our growth is limited to our own perspectives.”  
-- Robert John Meehan
 
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----- Gear -----
And the safe storage thereof.  
 
     “Mission drives the gear train.”
-- Pat Rogers
     So you have to be realistic about what you mission is.  Your everyday carry is for 
your everyday mission, not your summer deployments.  Not the deployments when 
you are involuntarily activated.  If you've retired and some officer says, we need your 
special skills, he is actually saying, "You're expendable and we won't keep any 
record of you.  Make sure to bring credit cards.  You might have to find you own 
way home.  Because we're going to disavow any knowledge of you."  Gold coins 
would be appropriate in this case.  
 
"Holster Issue" by John Farnam
Excerpt:  
     "When you have a holster specifically designed to accommodate a particular 
pistol with a particular flashlight attached, don’t attempt to carry your pistol in 
this holster by itself (absent the flashlight)."  
UD = unintentional discharge.
---
     [My Safariland holster (middle finger release) and my Blackhawk holster 
(thumb release) both state in the instruction manual to NEVER insert the pistol 
without the weapon mounted light (WML). -- Jon Low]  
 
"Match Your Gear To Your Class"
by Erick Gelhaus
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
Excerpt:  
     I’ll close with Pat McNamara’s thought – 
“if you are in a profession that is not tactical in nature when you come to the range, 
you should consider working from concealed. Maybe doing mag changes from 
your pockets, etc., and not throwing on a couple of thousand dollars’ worth of 
fancy gear.”  
 
"Sloppy Gun “Carrying” Is A Real Problem" by Karl Rehn
     Check out the infographic by the TSA.  
Excerpts:  
     "I’ve written extensively about the gap between the 99% of gun owners 
whose commitment to self defense consists and ends with taking the state 
mandatory permit course.  The people that are having guns stolen from vehicles 
and are forgetting them in carry on bags at airports are in that 99%.  It happens 
because their mindset is that carrying on body, even in a pocket, is “too hard” 
or isn’t necessary because they have a gun in their bag or in the car.  It’s the 
half measure that allows them to think they are well prepared and equipped 
for a potential deadly force situation, exempting them from the need to actually 
carry the gun with them.  There’s a whole industry dedicated to feeding this 
delusion, . . . "  
     "The most common car carry method, among the untrained and undertrained, 
is to carry the gun without a holster, with the trigger guard exposed, typically 
with a magazine inserted but no round chambered.  Those that carry like this 
don’t go to the range and practice every drill starting with a slide closed on an 
empty chamber.  They just chamber a round and shoot.  That means under stress, 
they have no repetitions of quickly racking the slide as they bring the gun to 
the target."  
     "More than likely anyone reading this article, particularly those that have read 
this far, isn’t the problem.  But most serious gun carriers have untrained/undertrained 
friends and family that need to be reminded that sloppy carrying can lead to terrible 
outcomes:  from stolen guns to Federal charges to failing in self defense incidents."  
 
     The grip of your pistol must be long enough for all of your fingers to be able to 
correctly grip the pistol.  If the pistol grip is so short that the little finger of your 
support-side hand cannot grip the pistol securely, you won't be able to control the pistol, 
so you won't hit your intended target.  You'll hit something.  Remember, we are 
preparing for the chaotic situation and combat stress, not the pristine conditions 
of an air conditioned indoor pistol range.  
     In a two handed grip with the middle finger of your firing-side hand pressed 
tight against the bottom of your trigger guard and the index finger of your 
support-side hand pressed tight against the bottom of your trigger guard, your 
support-side index finger will be over your firing-side middle finger, your 
support-side middle finger will be over your firing-side ring finger, your 
support-side ring finger will be over your firing-side little finger, and your 
support-side little finger will be on your grip.  
Remember, the little fingers provide most of the resistance to muzzle flip 
because they have the longest lever arm from the pivot point, which is the 
tang of the pistol.  
     If you use some other grip because "it works for you", well, you should 
seek expert training (have a good attitude and attempt to learn).  Ya, you may 
be deformed or genetically different, but it's not likely.  What's far more likely 
is that you've seen some champion female shooter using a strange grip and 
are imitating her to try to shoot like her on the false belief that it will help 
you to shoot better.  
     She is highly dedicated and puts in an inordinate amount of practice.  
She could literally make any messed up grip work.  You, on the other hand, 
are not going to put in enough practice to make anything other than a canonical 
grip work.  
 
"Annual Maintenance Tasks" by Karl Rehn
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
     I would add, check your recoil springs.  If the spring is not strong enough to push 
your slide into battery, when the slide is slightly out of battery, it's time to change the 
spring.  (Assuming your pistol is clean and lubricated.)  Replacements available at 
Brownells and Midway.  If you've got an exotic pistol, best to let a gunsmith make 
sure the length and strength are correct for your slide weight and such.  The recoil 
springs cycle with every shot and every chamber check and every loading and every 
unloading.  So they will eventually work harden.  You need to change them before 
they crack.  
     I also like my firing-pin / striker springs strong enough to shoot a pencil up into 
the ceiling.  But that is much more than is necessary for modern primers.  
 
"Always Have A “Plan B”: Alternative Carry Methods
Belt carry will likely always be “Plan A” for most of us, but other options — 
including shoulder rigs, belly bands and ankle holsters — have proven they can 
keep the armed citizen prepared."  
by Kelly Young
     You may be thinking, I would never carry like that.  
But you may not have a choice.  So be prepared.  
     Or you may have to help someone else.  So have the knowledge.  
 
"Concealed Carry Corner: Carrying A Concealed Gun With Layers"
by Matt E.
     You may be thinking, "That's obvious.  I didn't need to read that article."  
But might it also be true, that you had never thought of that, and would never 
have implemented that because you had never thought of it?  Many things in 
life are obvious after they are pointed out to you.  Be careful.  
 
"Switching Guns
Changing your carry gun should only happen under a few specific circumstances."  
by Sheriff Jim Wilson
Excerpt:  
     "We develop habits whether we realize it or not."  
     "Following the cleaning and inspection, . . . "  [Every cleaning is an inspection.  
Take your time and do a detailed inspection.  You will see that rusted trigger spring 
and hopefully replace it before it cracks in combat. -- Jon Low]  
     "Just take whatever time you need and make sure that you have created 
the kind of habits that will serve you in a defensive situation."  
[SIGNIFICANT!  Take the time, expend the effort.  Lives depend on it. -- Jon Low]  
 
AGILITE
     Support Israel.  Buy Israeli.  
Their M-16 mag pouches are nice.  
 
     Don’t load the same cartridge over and over. This will cause the cartridge 
to malfunction.  As I learned when working at McDonalds restaurants, 
rotate the stock.  (That means you put the new stuff in back of the old stuff, 
and use the older stuff first.)  
     Bullets will get pushed back into the case.  Priming compounds will crack 
and turn to powder in the primer.  If there is no lacquer seal around the primer 
pocket and the bullet-case interface, water or oil will seep in.  
 
     Always carry your pistol in a holster, because lint build-up inside your pistol 
will cause light firing pin strikes.  
Always carry your magazines in a pouch, because lint and dirt will cause 
malfunctions when the cartridge doesn't feed correctly.  
 
     Your holster must cover the muzzle.  Otherwise, something will bump the 
muzzle and drive the pistol out of its seated position in the holster.  That may 
be enough to expose the trigger.  That may be enough to allow the grip to get 
caught on the back of a chair.  It might be enough to cause the pistol to fall 
out of your holster.  It might be enough to allow your undershirt or concealment 
garment to get caught on your trigger.  Yes, as a matter of fact, it could happen 
to a 1911 type trigger, because their may be a button, zipper, draw tie, folded 
over corner seam, or other protrusion to catch the trigger.  
 
     I keep at least 2 cases (2000 rounds) on hand at any time.  That way I feel 
comfortable grabbing some ammo to go practice.  If I've only got a couple of 
boxes (100 rounds) on hand, I'm hesitant to live fire practice, because I'm 
afraid of running out of ammo.  Accept and adjust to your psychology.  
 
“Walther PDP 4.5" Steel Frame | First Impressions”
by Tessah Booth
 
"Selecting A Tactical Folding Knife" by Chris Fry
Excerpt:  
     "This article is not comprehensive regarding the selection, carry, and 
deployment of the tactical folding knife."  
     Greg Ellifritz comment, "A very comprehensive article from 
Chris Fry about choosing and carrying a folding knife for self protection."  
 
"The EDC Flashlight: A Ray of Safety in Your Pocket" by Eugene Nielsen
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
---
"Lighting the Way:  
The Importance of Color Temperature and CRI in Tactical Flashlights"
by Eugene Nielsen
 
Galco holsters
A window will pop up, and if you give them your email and phone number, 
they will give you 15% off.  I cite them because I have always been pleased 
with their quality, price, and customer service.  
 
"The Reality of the First Handgun" by Uncle Zo
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
Excerpt:  
     "There are no solutions, only trade offs." -- Thomas Sowell
     "Contrary to popular belief, most of the good folks at the gun shop, 
active or retired law enforcement officers, members of the military, and 
veterans aren’t self defense experts.  They may know several things and 
offer well intentioned advice that more often than not is out of date.  
As much as it pains me to admit it, some firearms instructors fall in 
the same boat."  
---
     Please ask me for my training record.  
Email:  Jon_Low@yahoo.com
I would be happy to send it to you.  
If an instructor won't send you his training record, 
that's a red flag. -- Jon Low
 
     I made a hybrid (Kydex shell attached to a leather sheet) inside the waistband 
holster.  Since it was for me and I know exactly how I wanted it adjusted, I bolted 
the shell down and sewed the belt loops to the leather sheet.  So this holster has 
no adjustment for ride height, cant, or anything else.  But it is stable and durable.  
Nothing to come loose.  
 
"Is there a need for red dot sights?" by Spin Firearms
     The existence or absence of the green dot doesn't really require you to focus on 
the rear sight.  You can focus on the target and be aware of the existence or absence 
of the green dot.  
 
     “Your car is not a holster.” 
-- Pat Rogers
     Criminals know enough to break into your car to steal your pistol.  What can 
you do about that?  Don't leave your pistol in your car.  Don't leave your keys 
in your car.  Don't leave your car running while you dash into the store to grab 
a few things.  
     If you have left your child in the back seat with the car running while you 
ran into the store for just a second, YOU ARE A BAD PERSON!  
 
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     *****     *****     *****  Cryptology (2651) *****     *****     *****
 
     "Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, 
and preserve order in the world as well as property.  
Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of their use." 
-- Thomas Paine
---
     Cryptosystems are considered "arms" by federal law, ITAR, 
International Traffic in Arms Regulations.  That means cryptosystems are 
covered by the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  Never let the 
government infringe on your right to keep and bear cryptosystems, to 
include home made cryptosystems.  To include publishing cryptology 
in the open source literature.  Information wants to be free!  
 
"What Time Dilation ACTUALLY Is In Relativity 
(Hint: It has nothing to do with time)" by Dialect
     "Light travels through some medium." ?  
All electromagnetic radiation travels through the medium of space.  
Space is the medium for photons.  Space is the medium for E-M waves.  
Space, the medium, has a well defined permittivity and permeability.  
So it is a medium.  Light does not propagate through void.  It only 
propagates through space.  
     [Yes, there are places where space does not exist as we know it.  
     The interior of a blackhole for instance.  Within the event horizon, 
the escape velocity is greater than the speed of light.  So light, or any 
E-M radiation, cannot be said to propagate.  That's why there is an 
information problem with blackholes.  
     Beyond the light horizon of our universe.  If there are no photons 
to carry space into the void that existed before the "Big Bang" (which 
I obviously don't believe in, because it is false), can the void be space?  
We have no communication with it. We get no information from it.]  
     "Ether."  ?
What nonsense.  Has the narrator never taken a first year physics course 
in any U.S. university?  
     "Speed of information."  
C is the speed of light in a vacuum.  Information is carried by a carrier.  
Information does not travel through space by itself.  
Any electromagnetic radiation or other things can be a carrier.  
     Group velocity can be faster than C.  But no information is traveling at the 
group velocity.  
     Light in a quartz crystal travels about ⅔ C, while electrons can travel 
through a quartz crystal at 0.99 C.  So the information carried by the electrons 
can travel faster than the speed of light in the quartz crystal.  
     "A model that doesn't rely on mathematical abstraction."  ?  
STOP!  Think about what the narrator is saying.  
     People shouldn't attempt to teach physics, unless they understand physics.  
Precision of language is precision of thought.  Be precise or go home.  
     There is no ether.  There is no true universal time.  The narrator is confused.  
To put it politely.  
     I hope you see what's wrong with this video.  Yes, it matters.  Some GPS 
type systems don't work.  Have you noticed?  They get the time wrong.  
Because the underlying physics that they are based on is wrong.  Oh, actually, 
there are lots of people with impressive alphabet soup after their names who 
are idiots.  That's why spacecraft crash.  That's why missiles miss their targets.  
That's why drones crash.  (I'm talking about wrong trajectory, not getting 
shot down.)  
---
"A special relativity paradox at 3 miles/hour (The Andromeda Paradox)"
by FloatHeadPhysics
     This is why certain GPS type systems have errors.  Their physics is wrong, 
because their philosophy is wrong.  "Now has no meaning far away."  
If you look at their source code, you can see their errors.  [I've never seen their 
source code.  I don't know anything about their source code.  I'm speculating.  
     Decades ago, when I went to interview with Phoenix Technologies, 
they asked me if I had ever read the IBM PC BIOS (International Business 
Machines, Personal Computer, Basic Input Ouput System).  And I said yes, 
because I had read it.  (They came in little three ring binders in cardboard 
boxes.)  So they couldn't hire me.]  
 
     "Computer science has nothing to do with computers or science."  
-- Donald Knuth
"A Very Bad Estimator (with Donald Knuth) - Numberphile Podcast"
by Numberphile2
 
"The Current Absurd State of Generating AI Images"
by bycloud
     We pull carriers for steganography from images on the internet.  
If the source is popular enough, it is effectively impossible to identify parties 
that accessed the source.  The internet infrastructure has always been driven by 
entertainment (pornography) because that is where the customer demand is, what 
the users are willing to pay for.  Real photos are unique in an information theoretic 
sense.  Presently, the high volume (download volume), high hit rate (unique IP 
address hits) are Artificial Intelligence (AI) generated images.  This makes human 
identification of an image impossible.  Several versions of an AI generated image 
will look identical to the human user.  This forces use of software to identify images.  
     Moving our steganography from a human level to a machine level causes 
problems.  
 
     "Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood.  
Life is not easy for any of us.  But what of that?  We must have 
perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.  We must 
believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing 
must be attained."  
-- Marie Curie
 
     The game of werewolves.  
     Do you understand the statistics?  Do you understand the game theory?  
Do you understand how useful this is in PsyOps?  
 
"How LoRa Modulation really works - long range communication using chirps"
by Visual Electric
     "Frequency-Shift Chirp Spread Spectrum Communications with Index Modulation"
by Muhammad Hanif and Ha H. Nguyen
     The paper cited in the video is behind a pay wall.  
"Frequency Shift Chirp Modulation: The LoRa Modulation" by Lorenzo Vangelista
I find it strange that Semantic Scholar 
shows over 1,900,000 papers of which Lorenzo Vangelista is listed as an author.  
---
     Detecting signals below the noise floor.  Cool, eh?  
Actually, there are a lot of ways to detect signals below the noise level.  
Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories did a lot of research 
in this area.  Great fun.  
---
     We seismologists have been using chirp waveforms since the advent of reflection 
and refraction surveys of geologic forms (usually strata, looking for oil).  The thumper 
puts out the chirp starting with low frequency and ending with high frequency.  
Because higher frequencies move faster than lower frequencies in the rock, at the 
receiver, all of the energy from the chirp will arrive as a spike (delta Dirac function).  
Cool, eh?  
---
     Submarines use this to compress their transmissions.  Every hear a submarine 
transmission?  
 
     Do you remember playing Doom?  It always made me sea sick.  
Do you understand this?  
 
     "Premature optimization is the root of all evil."  
-- Donald Knuth
 
"Catalan Numbers" by Numberphile
---
"The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences!" founded in 1964 by N. J. A. Sloane
Searching for an integer sequence starting with 1, 1, 2, 5, 14
     "What's the point, Staff?"  
     Lots of sequences start with the given numbers.  How far do you have to go to 
distinguish?  
 
"Which way does the stack grow?" by Low Level Learning
 
***** Signals Intelligence and Ground Electronic Warfare (2600), 
Cryptologic Communications (2651), 
Cyber Security, and such ***** 
 
"Stuxnet Saboteur Revealed..." by Seytonic
     If ChiComs can convince persons not to use the app, 
that's far more effective than the small number of people 
the ChiComs could catch using the app.  Psychological 
warfare trumps Cyber warfare.  
 
"No SIM?  No Problem!" by NBTV (Naomi Browell TV)
     Avoid getting jammed up.  Always cite open source.  
     "But, Staff, a classification stamp gives the report more credibility."  
     Ya, amazing how that works.  How about this, give the information to a lady as 
Naomi.  Let her broadcast.  And then cite her.  
     You can do something that matters and makes you happy.  
 
     ‟If violent crime is to be curbed, it is only the intended victim who can do it.  
The felon does not fear the police, and he fears neither judge nor jury.  
Therefore what he must fear is his victim.”  
-- Col. Jeff Cooper, "Principles of Personal Defense" 
 
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     "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, 
the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."  
-- Second Amendment, U.S. Constitution 
     The art and practice of Intelligence is an arm protected by the 2nd Amendment 
to the U.S. Constitution.  Never let anyone infringe upon your God given right 
to keep and bear intelligence.  (The enemy will try to dumb you down.  Resist!)  
 
     As Claude Werner says, it's easier to stay out of trouble than to get out of trouble.  
So always cite open source.  (Claude was intel in the U.S. Army if my memory 
serves.)  
 
"Ex-CIA: What You Aren’t Being Told About the Houthis | Mike Baker"
by The Rubin Report
     Baker gives numbers.  
 
"Pakistan launches strikes inside Iran against militant targets" by New York Post
     Are you keeping track of all players? whose side they are on? and what they 
are doing?  
     We may lose a battle, but we are never taken by surprise.  
---
"How far will escalations between Pakistan and Iran go?" by DW News
     Domestic stuff in Iran, not foreign stuff.  
 
"Good habits and skill beat luck every time."
-- Sheriff Jim Wilson
 
Hi Jonathan,
     Trying to solve a complex problem or question, but struggling to find the 
insights you need?  I’m going to make a bold statement here, so stay with me:  
You’re thinking about your data all wrong.  Or rather, your database doesn’t 
let you think about data the way you need to.  
     With many systems built on relational databases, you may not know that 
there’s a better option for complex problems:  graph databases.  Ironically, 
relational databases aren’t effective at handling data relationships, which 
means they don’t work as well for problems involving behavior and interactions 
over time.  
     A relational database works well when you’re listing transactions – like bank 
deposits and withdrawals.  But you’d want a graph database for capturing any 
relationships in the data – like the relationships between a household and all 
their banking products.  
Hope you’ve found this information helpful,
John Stegeman
---
     Do you understand?  You association graphs should be in graph databases, 
not relational databases.  Are they?  
     Your spider webs must be built correctly to catch the correct flies.  Killing 
the wrong person is unacceptable.  If your command accepts such collateral 
damage, you should resign (request transfer, request reassignment, etc.).  
You're either honorable or you're not.  There is no in-between.  
 
" ‘Into the belly of the beast’:  
Javier Milei pulls a ‘Ricky Gervais’ at World Economic Forum"
by Sky News Australia
     Yes, the translator makes major mistakes.  
---
"Argentina President Javier Milei slams elites at Davos: 'the state is the problem' "
by New York Post
     Translation into English.  
---
"Argentina President Javier Milei addresses World Economic Forum in Davos"
by Associated Press
     In Spanish.  Because the English translator at Davos makes bad mistakes.  
 
"Ukraine Schools Roll Out Shooting Training for Students" by AFP
Hat tip to Stephen P. Wenger.
 
F-35A, T/N 14-5103 mishap
LOCATION: LUKE AIR FORCE BASE, ARIZONA 
DATE OF ACCIDENT: 15 MARCH 2023
     We make lists of stuff we need for the mission.  We check the list before starting the 
mission.  When we finish the mission we check our equipment against the list to see 
what was expended in combat, what was lost, etc.  When you don't do this, you forget 
stuff.   
     Doctors and nurses do this in the operating rooms.  So they don't leave a sponge or a 
tool inside the patient.  
 
     The Palestinians consider Israel to be occupied Palestine.  If you don't know how 
your enemies think, you can't really consider yourself an intel analyst.  If you talk to 
a Saudi about Israel, he will say, "What?"  They don't recognize Israel (even though 
they give lip service to normalizing relations), they won't recognize Israel, because 
they don't recognize Israel's right to exist.  So, it doesn't exist.  Get it?  
     If you can't assume the mindset of the enemy, you won't be able to predict their behavior.  
And that is your job.  
 
"U.S. delays sale of guns to prevent use by settlers 
Biden administration already sanctioning violent West Bank settlers and 
preventing their entry to U.S. fears providing guns ordered for community 
security teams would free up arms for Ben-Gvir to deliver to settlements"  
by Itamar Eichner
     The vast majority of American Jews were, are still, liberals.  
The American liberals betrayed the Jews (From the River to the Sea!), 
as we see by Brandon's behavior.  Hopefully, the American Jews will realize.  
Trump moved the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and beat down all of Israel's 
enemies.  Will the American Jews wake up? or will they continue to hate Trump?  
We will see.  (Liberalism / Socialism / Communism is a powerful religion.)  
 
     I am aware that Mexican cartels have offered several of you fortunes for machineguns 
(including the electric type), automatic grenade launchers, claymores, and such.  I remind 
you of your oaths.  You're either a good guy or a bad guy.  There is no in-between.  Once 
you go bad, you will be at hazard from the vigilantes.  And you may find that there are 
vigilantes in your unit.  Remember Rag Bag.  
     "The Mexican government is corrupt.  We are helping Robin Hood fight the Sheriff 
of Nottingham."  
     I know you're too smart to get caught by any government or organization.  Be careful.  
But more importantly, do right.  In the end we all answer to God.  
 
     "The rocket track record speaks for itself." -- Elon Musk
 
     Have you noticed the U.S. Armed Forces members that have been killed by 
enemy action recently?  Have you wondered why the bad guys were alive to 
commit such attacks?  Have you wondered why the bad guys were not killed 
yesterday or last week to prevent the attacks?  
     Brandon says, "Don't."  Brandon contemplates what to do.  
     The second Bush declared the Global War On Terrorism.  (Which is still 
ongoing.  No one has ever given the order to stop.)  And we killed them as 
they slept in their beds.  Before they launched their attacks on us.  How else 
could we get zero civilian casualties?  Go and do likewise.  
 
     A reader told me that he appreciates this blog but would never be able to understand 
the later sections.  I told him that this was a pull broadcast for those who don't want to 
leave their (digital) fingerprints on certain sources.  
     "Wait a minute, Staff, you're saying that . . . "
     Ya, that is how the internet works.  
 
“If you are reading this and can’t put your hand on your defensive firearm, 
all of your training is wasted.” -- Col. Jeff Cooper
 
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     I make no apologies.  My audience is highly literate.  
 
     Col. (full, not light) Greg Kitchens for Sheriff of Charleston County, SC.  
 
     I received an email from USA Archery explaining the new deal that USA Archery 
has made to allow persons to bet on archery tournaments.  
     As Voltaire said, gambling is a tax on stupidity.  
     I can feel civilization crumbling around me.  My beloved archery circling the drain.  
 
     In case you don't understand our economy.  
 
     In case you don't understand reparations, wages, employee's worth, etc.  
Parenting.  When the recipient perceives it as loved.  When the child feels loved.  
"How NOT to parent your child" by RabbiYitzchokTeichtel
     This is really deep.  
 
     Einstein explains.  
 
     "When God dies, science dies." -- Jordan Peterson.  
 
     Dave Chappelle suggests all African-Americans register a legal firearm.  
 
     My Aunt Mildred speaking to me as I cut up my steak, 
"Don't butcher your meat at the dinner table."  
 
     The problems are political.  
 
     What happened to the 300 Wagner Group mercenaries in the Middle East.  
 
"Get Some Popcorn For What DA Fani Willis Did To Herself In Public"
by Doug In Exile
     "Trump winning just by existing."  
     You can always depend on Democrats to appoint or elect the most corrupt person.  
 
"Leftist Media Throws Gavin and His Gun Control UNDER THE BUS HARD... 
You simply WON'T believe this.."
by Langly Outdoors Academy
     L.A. Times recognizes stupid when they see it.  
     Primary source, 
"California says its new gun law is about public safety.  
But what about these women?"  
by ERIKA D. SMITH and ANITA CHABRIA
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     This is the authors' attempt to avoid being laid off.  
The LA Times is in full purge mode.  
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     More evidence that gun-control-laws do not enhance public safety.  
The purpose and effect of gun-control-laws is to criminalize the behavior 
of political opponents to allow the government to arrest, imprison, and 
disenfranchise (revoke the ability to vote) political opponents.  
 
     Tell the truth.  
     If you lie, you pathologize yourself.  A slippery slope and down you slide.  
 
     You won't believe what happened to me.  My son became a Christian.  
 
     When you start playing with theories where mass-energy (E = mc², mass and 
energy are different forms of the same thing) and energy-momentum (in theoretical 
physics, energy and momentum of massless particles are the same) are not conserved 
quantities, you can do all kinds of strange things.  
     "Non-conserved modified gravity theory" by H. R. Fazlollahi
     "RUDN astrophysicist created a new theory of gravity without a conservation law"
     It's sort of like the English teacher in the creative writing class telling the students, 
you can write about anything.  Or, the art teacher telling the students, you can draw 
anything you want to.  The less restrictions you have, the more freedom you have, 
this means less structure (physical structure, mathematical structure), that means 
less pleasing in any scientific sense, less ability to explain anything.  Be careful.  
 
"Michio Kaku is out of control!  Eric Weinstein on the Joe Rogan Experience"
by Dr Brian Keating
     A few years ago, my brother sent me 
"Warped Passages: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Universe's Hidden Dimensions"
by Lisa Randall
It's an explanation of string theory for the layman.  String theory was not a thing 
when I was studying physics in college.  So I wasn't familiar with it.  After reading 
Randall's explanation which requires higher dimensions (in reality, not just in theory), 
I felt string theory was nonsense.  
     Physics is a religion as any other.  There are many denominations, heretics, 
and such.  Getting published is political, not meritorious.  As Colin Powell said, 
the armed forces are the closest thing we have to a meritocracy.  Physics in 
academia is far from a meritocracy.  That's why Weinstein is complaining.  
 
"The Self Balancing Monorail" by Ewan Cunningham
     Based on the article, 
"The Brennan Gyro Monorail from 1910 – an incredible piece of engineering"
by Ewan Cunningham
Primary sources (including original patents) are given at the end of the article.  
 
     In case you don't understand what's going on on our southern border with Mexico.  
"26 States REBEL Against Biden Administration" by Roman Balmakov
     Civil Wars can come in many different flavors and levels of violence.  Remember 
the arrest of Roger Stone?  Those who care know the names of those FBI agents.  
Lt. William Calley could not claim that he was just following orders.  Neither will 
those FBI agents.  That's just how it goes in a civil war.  Those who thought they 
were invulnerable / protected, end up as did the affluent during the French Revolution.  
Oh, the leaders too, like Robert Mueller.  But it always starts with the foot soldiers.  
Remember who appointed Mueller and who was attorney general at the time.  
Democrat AGs protect their Presidents.  Republican AGs, not so much.  Of course, 
that is Trump's fault.  Incompetence and disloyalty go hand in hand.  Let us hope 
Trump has learned.  
 
"Facts" by Tom MacDonald (feat. Ben Shapiro)
     Do you understand why this song is so popular in spite of opposition from the 
music industry?  
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"Tom MacDonald Says Big Tech Suppressing New Rap With Ben Shapiro:  
‘The Industry Wants You To Listen To Manufactured Bullshit’ "
by  Tim Pearce
Excerpts:  
     " “I just dropped a new video and a new song called ‘Facts’ with Ben Shapiro.  
TuneCore, a distribution company for independent artists, refused to release the 
song because of ‘lyrical content.’  Now, YouTube is screwing with us on the 
trending charts,” 
     MacDonald showed a screenshot of rapper Megan Thee Stallion in the top 
trending spot on YouTube, with “Facts” behind at number two.  
     “Our video has over a million more views than hers in the same time frame.  
Our video also has over 30,000 more comments in the same time frame,” 
explained MacDonald.  “How is Megan Thee Stallion still number one?  
Because the industry wants you to listen to manufactured bullshit and they 
don’t want you listening to ‘controversial music.’  That’s the music industry.” "  
     " “I just want to thank God, [Tom MacDonald], and my parents, who paid for 
15 years of classical violin lessons so I could become the #1 rapper in America,” 
Shapiro posted on X after “Facts” hit number one."  
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"I Am America’s #1 Rapper" by Ben Shapiro
 
     In case you don't understand our economy with respect to Gross Domestic Product.  
"Misleading GDP Numbers" by Docent
     Primary source, 
"The Economy Isn’t Growing.  The Government Is Just Adding Debt."
by Catherine Salgado
 
     If you want to see change in the NRA, these are the guys to vote for:  
Jeff Knox, Judge Phil Journey, Rocky Marshall, and Dennis Fusaro.  
 
     “You can’t truly call yourself ‘peaceful’
unless you are capable of great violence.  
If you’re not capable of violence, you’re not peaceful, 
you’re harmless.  Important distinction.”  
-- Stef Starkgaryen 
 
"Low Bridge, Everybody Down / The Erie Canal Song" by Lee Murdock
     When I was a child, my father would play the piano and sign this song to us.  
 
Semper Fidelis,
Jonathan D. Low
Email:  Jon_Low@yahoo.com
Radio:  KI4SDN