Tuesday, March 26, 2024

CWP, 26 March MMXXIV Anno Domini

 Greetings Sheepdogs,
 "Our Justice System, Wounded!" by John Farnam
     This is a real problem.  Stay away from Democrat run cities and states.  
Doesn't matter if you are not White.  Doesn't matter if you're a hard core
liberal.  Remember, CNN labeled George Zimmerman a "White Hispanic".  
All the liberal media labeled Kyle Rittenhouse a "White Supremacist".  
Truth does not matter to the evil ones.  
     "Personal Protection in the Age of Technology"
Find out what you need to know from an FBI Cyber Squad Special Agent.  
Sunday, April 7th of 2024 A.D.  
14:00 (2:00 PM) Central Time
In the Nashville, TN area.  Location emailed to you upon registration.  
To register, send an email to
Suggested donation $20.  
Topics covered will be:  
phishing, passwords, hoaxes, fraud using artificial intelligence and social media.  
Table of Sections:  
*****     *****     ***** Prevention *****     *****     *****
Things you can do to avoid the lethal force incident.  
Table of contents:  
----- Mindset -----
Figuring out the correct way to think.  
Si vis pacem, para bellum.  
(If you want peace, prepare for war.)  
     “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.)
     ‟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
     ‟Fear is an instinct.  Courage is a choice.”  
-- Rear Admiral Joseph Kernan, USN
     ‷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
***** Situational Awareness *****
How to avoid being taken by surprise.  
     "Jeff Cooper's Color Code exists to help you get your head
around the need to kill someone in the immediate future."  
-- John Hearne
"Editor’s Notebook: Systems" by Rich Grassi
Unaware (white) of what's going on around you.
Aware (yellow) of who is around you and what they are doing.
Alert (orange) to a potential threat and taking action to avoid the threat.
Alarm (red) by a real threat and taking action to escape the threat,
     which might include shooting the threat.  
Combat (black) front sight, press.  
     “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  
     I was directing traffic and signaled a gentleman to move his car forward closer to the
car in front of him, so we could fit 5 cars in the designated lane.  He couldn't.  He told
me that the sensor on his Honda Accord Hybrid automatically applied the brakes and
would not let him get any closer to the car in front of him.  
     Many cars have this safety "feature".  You won't be able to ram the non-engine side
of the car blocking the road in front of you.  You'll just have to sit in your car until
the mob burns you out with Molotov cocktails.  
     If you buy a stupid car, you're going to get tragic results.  
     "It's easier to stay out of trouble than to get out of trouble."  
-- Claude Werner
" “Modern” Policing! " by John Farnam
     The Metro Nashville Police Department has eliminated its "Ability Test" and
replaced it with an "Agility Test".  No physical strength test.  No physical endurance
test.  Why?  Because they are attempting to achieve 30% female (including those
who identify as female?) police officers in the department.  Why 30%?  Why not
11% (already achieved)?  Why not 50%?  When you set arbitrary goals without
reason, you get ugly contortions to achieve those goals.  
     There are now police departments in the U.S. that have no written test.  No
literacy test.  No psychological test.  No math test.  Nothing.  
     There are now police departments in the U.S. that have no physical test.  
No strength.  No endurance.  Nothing.  
     There are now police departments in the U.S. that do not require U.S. citizenship.  
     So the standards in private security are much higher than in municipal police
departments.  There are many police officers who could not pass the shooting
qualification course to be a Tennessee Armed Guard.  
     Stop and think about that.  
     If you're drawing portraits or cartoon characters, how do you make the character look
stupid or inept?  Jutting upper lip and head jutting forward so that the ears are well in
front of the shoulders.  Good posture has the ears over the shoulders, teeth together,
mouth closed, lips meeting evenly.  Good posture make you look like a hard target.  
Tuck your chin and pull your head back.  I know it's hard.  Your life time of slouching
is a bad habit that must be broken.  
"A LESSON FROM HAITI" by Massad Ayoob
"Criminal Strategy: Charm
If you’re in a transition zone and encounter someone who’s overly nice
for seemingly no reason, be careful."
by Jo Deering
"NYC Subway Monkey Dancing"
by Tactical Professor (Claude Werner)
     There are a lot of sides in any incident.  You never know who is on your side,
or who is on the enemy's side.  Or, who is just looking for an opportunity to
kill someone just for the fun of it.  
     "Owning a gun is choosing to be an active participant in your own rescue"
-- Gideon Joubert
     "Security Theater!" by John Farnam
     “I see a gun as the ultimate representation of my ability, as a free citizen,
to take final responsibility for my own safety.”  
 -- Gideon Joubert
     [Farnam's reporting turns out to be far more accurate than the mass media's.  
A lot of "news" outlets refused to say who was responsible for the attack, even
though ISIS publicly claimed responsibility.  Some mass media sources are still
claiming a fatality count of 41.
     During Operation Iraqi Freedom, the U.S. Commanders cut the feed to CNN
and the British Commanders cut the feed to Sky News, because the media reports
were wrong and demoralizing.  Guys would complain that back home they were
hearing and believing stuff that we knew to be false.  Very frustrating for the troops
on the ground.  
-- Jon Low]  
" “Apex” Predators! " by John Farnam
     "Personal Protection in the Age of Technology"
Find out what you need to know from an FBI Cyber Squad Special Agent.  
Sunday, April 7th of 2024 A.D.  
14:00 (2:00 PM) Central Time
In the Nashville, TN area.  Location emailed to you upon registration.  
To register, send an email to
Suggested donation $20.  
Topics covered will be:  
phishing, passwords, hoaxes, fraud using artificial intelligence and social media.  
"Safety Tip: Don't Be Around Police Using Their Weapons" by Docent
     Keep in mind that the IDOC officers were in uniform and one of them was still
mistakenly shot by police.  You can imagine what would have happened to a regular
citizen with a concealed weapon if he or she had attempted to assist.  
     This is reality.  
Stay out of Chicago et al.  
"13-Year-Old Fatally Shot Inside Her Edgehill Avenue Home;
Mother Reports it was Accidental"
by Metropolitan Nashville Police Department
Hat tip to Stephen P. Wenger.  
     ALWAYS carry your pistol on your body, in a holster specifically designed for your pistol,
rigidly attached to your study belt.  Any other method of carry is suboptimal.  
     If you have rationalized carrying in a purse, your pistol MUST be in a holster specifically
designed for your pistol, in a compartment of your purse that contains absolutely NOTHING
else.  You must wear the strap of the purse across your chest, NEVER over just one shoulder.  
The strap MUST have a steel cable running through it.  
"Man shot at Cordova Walmart speaks about what happened" by Jeremy Pierre
Hat tip to Stephen P. Wenger.  
     I suspect that depictions on both big and small screens of police detectives racking
slides to chamber a round before entering venues where they expect to encounter
suspects have done more to promote empty-chamber carry in the US than have prior
US military service or training by IDF (Israeli Defense Force) veterans. People who
don't feel comfortable carrying a pistol with a round in the chamber may be better
served with a double-action revolver.  
-- Stephen P. Wenger
by U.S. Department of Homeland Security,
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
     Excerpted from SCN (Secure Community Network) BULLETIN:
Suspicious Activity Reporting Indicators, Examples from Past Attacks and Attack Plots:  
     The following activities would warrant suspicious activity reporting to law enforcement.  
Defined Criminal Activity --
    Expressed or Implied Threat: Communicating a spoken or written threat to commit
a crime that will result in death or bodily injury to another person or persons or to
damage or compromise a facility or institution.  
    Cyberattack:  Compromising or attempting to compromise or disrupt an organization’s
information technology infrastructure.  
    Theft/Loss/Diversion: Stealing or diverting something associated with a facility or
institution (badges, uniforms, identification, technology, or documents) that is
proprietary to the facility or institution.  
    Sabotage/Tampering/Vandalism:  Damaging, manipulating, defacing, or destroying
part of a facility or institution.  
    Breach/Attempted Intrusion:  Unauthorized personnel attempting to enter or actually
entering a facility or institution, including a restricted area, secure protected site, or
non-public area.  Impersonation of authorized personnel.  
    Misrepresentation:  Presenting false information or misusing insignia, documents,
and /or identification to represent one’s affiliation as a means of concealing possible
illegal activity.  
    Aviation Activity:  Learning to operate an aircraft or interfering with the operation
of an aircraft in a threat of harm to people or property that would arouse suspicion of
terrorism or other criminality in a reasonable person.  
Potential Criminal or Non-Criminal Activity --
    Eliciting Information:  Questioning individuals or otherwise soliciting information
at a level beyond mere curiosity about a public or private event or particular facets
of a facility’s or building’s purpose, operations, security procedures, etc., in a manner
that would arouse suspicion of terrorism or other criminality in a reasonable person.  
    Testing or Probing of Security:  Deliberate interactions with, or challenges to,
installations, personnel, or systems that reveal physical, personnel, or cybersecurity
capabilities in a manner that would arouse suspicion of terrorism or other criminality
in a reasonable person.  
    Photography:  Taking pictures or video of persons, facilities, buildings, or
infrastructure in an unusual or surreptitious manner that would arouse suspicion of
terrorism or other criminality in a reasonable person.  Examples include taking
pictures or video of infrequently used access points, personnel performing security
functions (e.g., patrols, badge/vehicle checking), security-related equipment
(e.g., perimeter fencing, security cameras), etc.  
    Observation/Surveillance:  Demonstrating unusual or prolonged interest in facilities,
buildings, or institutions beyond mere casual or professional interest and in a manner
that would arouse suspicion of terrorism or other criminality in a reasonable person.  
Examples include observation through binoculars, taking notes, attempting to mark
off or measure distances, etc.  
    Recruiting/Financing:  Providing direct financial support to operations teams and
contact or building operations teams and contacts; compiling personnel data, banking
data, or travel data in a manner that would arouse suspicion of terrorism or other
criminality in a reasonable person.  
    Materials Acquisition/Storage:  Acquisition and/or storage of unusual quantities
of materials such as cell phones, pagers, radio control toy servos or controllers;
fuel, chemicals, or toxic materials; and timers or other triggering devices, in a
manner that would arouse suspicion of terrorism or other criminality in a reasonable
    Acquisition of Expertise:  Attempts to obtain or conduct training or otherwise
obtain knowledge or skills in security concepts, military weapons or tactics, or
other unusual capabilities in a manner that would arouse suspicion of terrorism
or other criminality in a reasonable person.  
    Weapons Collection/Discovery:  Collection or discovery of unusual amounts
or types of weapons, including explosives, chemicals, and other destructive materials,
or evidence, detonations or other residue, wounds, or chemical burns that would
arouse suspicion of terrorism or other criminality in a reasonable person.  
    Sector-Specific Incident:  Actions associated with a characteristic of unique
concern to specific sectors (e.e., the public health sector) with regard to their
personnel, facilities, systems, or functions in a manner that would arouse suspicion
of terrorism or other criminality in a reasonable person.  
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 10:00 PM (your own bed).  
Don’t fail the attitude test.  
----- Training -----
Figuring out the correct tasks to practice.
     “If you are reading this and can’t put your hand on your defensive firearm,
all of your training is wasted.” -- Col. Jeff Cooper
     "Every gadget or technique you add to your toolbox comes with the need for thousands
of rounds and repetitions to make it viable.  If you only train and practice a couple times
each year, or even just monthly, you’re working right on the edge of just maintaining basic
skills with a standard pistol.  Without the necessary initial and sustainment training,
every gadget you add to your pistol will reduce your proficiency.  Don’t screw crap to your
gun, or transition to a new technique, without the necessary training and practice to learn
to use it effectively and safely.  Otherwise, avoid the gadgets."  
     "Just remember that tools you’re untrained with are dangerous to you, and there’s only
one letter difference in "fool" and "cool".  And, sometimes, those words can be
-- Richard A. Mann
Excerpted from " Defensive Handgun Fads & Facts" by Richard A. Mann
by Mike Seeklander
     Take the time to find the answers to [these questions] before your critical incident.
1.      Do you know how to select and utilize gear that will ensure your survival
versus allow you to lose your gun during a dynamic situation?  
2.    When dealing with a potential threat more than three yards away can you access
and draw your firearm efficiently and quickly (under 2 seconds), and do you practice
those techniques weekly (at a minimum)?  
3.    If you were forced to deal with that same threat and they were less than three
yards away, do you know what to do in that close proximity?  
4.    What if that same threat was so close they could grab or punch you (less than a yard)?  
Would you know how to handle that situation (could you protect yourself against the punch)?  
5.    If you were seated in your vehicle, seat belted in, would you know how to handle that?  
6.    If during your critical incident, you drew and shot the threatening person yet they
failed to be effected, would you know how to handle that or what caused it?  
7.    What if during your critical incident your were injured or had one of your hands
occupied.  Could you still draw, reload, or clear malfunctions in your handgun with
one hand only?  
8.    What if you had something that provided cover, could you use that cover efficiently
and still return fire?  
9.    During your incident, you might experience some physiological and psychological
effects that if misunderstood could easily rattle you.  Do you know what to expect?  
10.    Lastly, have you ever exposed yourself to simulated stress that simulates the real
fight, and if not, do you know what it will be like?  
     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)
     Making students learn an arbitrary label (Type One or Type Two, etc) for each
malfunction they experience is pedantic bullshit that makes instructors seem more
intelligent than they are.  Labeling these malfunctions with an artificial numeric
designation only slows the students’ learning process and serves no significant
purpose beyond making explanations easier for the egotistical instructor.  
     Don’t even get me started on the “four count drawstroke.”  The goal is to
communicate clearly with our students.  Why not just use descriptive plain language
and cut out all the silly numerical designations that few students understand?  
-- Greg Ellifritz
     I'm going through my lesson plans right now to eliminate all of the arbitrary
     No more white, yellow, orange, red.  Instead, I will use the NRA's
unaware, aware, alert, alarm.  
     No more Type One or Type Two, etc.  Instead, I will use failure to fire,
failure to eject, failure to extract, failure to feed (then the slide pushes the
cartridge down into the magazine, instead of up into the chamber).  
     Probably lots more.  I'm still looking.  
-- Jon Low
     "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
"Early Mindset" by Ben Stoeger
     “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
Hello Jonathan,
     While sitting around the gym the other day I got asked a question about red dot
sights (RDS) on pistols.  It started a long conversation and got me thinking, here
are a couple of considerations for those who are new to running red dots or thinking
about upgrading to running a RDS.  
     Consideration #1: It won't fix bad shooting.  
A common misconception with red dots is they make you shoot better.  Not entirely
accurate.  What they do is allow you to see better, specifically the target.  A major
advantage to using red dots is the promote target focus technique.  It's not like you
can't use target focus with iron sights, but red dots were designed for target focus.  
So, if you sucked when you transitioned to a red dot, you will suck until you fix your
shooting technique.  
     Consideration #2: You have to put in the work.  
If you have no experience shooting either sighting system, you might have a
transitional advantage.  Meaning, you are clean slate.  When transitioning from iron
sights to red dots the biggest obstacle is not looking at your iron sights.  It's an
ingrained habit that will take concerted effort to remedy.  Start slow and keep your
expectations low.  If you have real trouble consider occluding your view through the
optic with some tape.  This will force you to see the dot with your peripheral vision
while focused on the target.  
     Consideration #3. Properly mounting and zeroing the RDS
Most modern pistols are optic ready.  Simply remove the cover plate and install
your new RDS.  Confirm the optic will fit the optic's footprint on the slide.  
Use thread locker and torque to the manufacture's specification.  Selecting the zero
is more a personal choice, but your shooting skill will matter.  If you are a good shot,
consider the 25 yard or 15 yard zero to maximize the true benefit of a RDS, accuracy
at distance.  If still working on your marksmanship then a 10 yard zero is a great start.  
It is far better to have a precise and accurate group to best zero then learn the holds
at the longer distances.  
     Consideration #4. Practice, practice often.  
One thing I've learned running red dots on pistols for about a dozen years is they
take effort to master, but the hard work is in the routine practice to sustain the skill.  
The ability to mount the pistol with a solid register of the dot on target is quick to
erode.  If the interval between practice is long you can expect some problems,
how much is the big question.  Put in at a minimum dry fire practice.  
     I love red dots since I first mounted one on my rifle.  Love them on pistols with
equal enthusiasm, but nothing is free.  
Good luck
P.S. feel free to share with other like minded folks.  
10 thoughts on “Daily Defense with Jeff Gonzales”
     "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
     "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
--- Start of Classes ---
     Coming up this weekend March 23rd we will be in Pisgah Alabama at
Brian's Mom's place for a Pistol and Shotgun Training Day focusing on pistol
shooting while getting off the X and running your shotgun like it is a part of
your own body.  TN/GA/AL Pistol and Shotgun Training Day.  
Location: Phillips/Edwards Farm 763 County Rd 332 Pisgah AL 35765
(about 40 min from downtown Chattanooga TN)
Time: 9AM - 3PM CENTRAL time
Price: $80 – you can pay through Eventbrite or to save the Eventbrite fees
you can pay at class by cash or check or Electronic payment by paypal or
venmo (friends and family option) or by credit card (contact Randy by
phone 423 827 9133 or by email at randy@harriscombative.com for CC payment).  
     If you plan to pay at class you need to contact me and RSVP so I can plan
for targets and equipment.  
     As always you can skip the Eventbrite fees by paying me directly through
Paypal (friends and family or add 4%) or Venmo.  You can also pay at class
with cash or check.  
     Eventbrite Link - Eventbrite TN/GA/AL Training Group
Paypal – cruelhandluke2000@yahoo.com
Venmo – www.venmo.com/Randy-Harris-47
     And then coming up on Saturday June 1 ...
Primary Skills for the Armed Citizen
Location : Sumner Gun & Supply, LLC 526 West Main Street Gallatin, TN 37066
Online waiver for the range
     This class is the street knowledge, gun handling and marksmanship class that
your Carry Permit class should have covered but didn't.  After a brief discussion
on legal, moral and ethical considerations we cover dealing with unknown persons
that approach you on the street, recognizing the cues of impending criminal assault,
taking appropriate action for the situation, use of empty hand techniques, use of
pepper spray ,drawing from concealment, delivering fight stopping hits with your
pistol, reloads, malfunction clearance and we look at dealing with police after the
action is over.  
Equipment Required:  Pistol and at least 2 magazines , carry gear, Eye and Ear Protection
Ammo count: 200 Rounds.  
Price: $200 (Plus a $20 range fee payable to the range at class)
Eventbrite Link- Eventbrite link for Primary Skills for the Armed Citizen
Randy Harris
Harris Combative Strategies
Law of Self Defense ADVANCED Live Online Course, $149
Saturday, April 20, 2024
9AM-4PM Mountain time
"Final 2024 Classes Posted" by Greg Ellifritz
Trident Concepts
Apache Solutions
--- End of Classes ---
     ‟Training is NOT an event, but a process.
Training is the preparation FOR practice.”  
-- Claude Werner
----- Practice -----
How to get proficient at that task.  
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
"McGee’s Paradigm" by The Tactical Professor
"Three Shots in Three Seconds
There are good reasons why this is an oft-quoted statistic in the firearms training world."  
by Claude Werner
     ‟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
     Dr. Ignatius Piazza says that live fire practice is only used to verify
what you have learned in dry practice.  It is in dry practice, without the
recoil and report of the pistol, that you perfect form and develop
competence and speed.  You should be dry firing 10 shots for every
live round you fire on the range.  This is also more cost effective than
live fire practice.  (Eventually, you will be visualizing 10 repetitions
of an action for every 1 that you dry practice, and 10 dry practiced for
every live round fired.  That would be efficient practice.  Mindlessly
shooting ammo at the range is not practice.  It's just a waste of time
and money.)  
     “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
*****     *****     ***** Intervention *****     *****     *****
Suggestions on how to deal with the incident that you failed to avoid.  
     Awareness, Avoidance, De-Escalation, Escape
Table of contents:  
----- 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
     "The pawns are the soul of chess."  
-- Philidor (Francois Andre Danican-Philidor,
September 7, 1726 - August 31, 1795)  
     "You win gunfights by not getting shot."  
-- John Holschen
----- Tactics -----
Maneuver and fire in support of your strategy.  
     "Real fights are short."
-- Bruce Lee
     In my opinion, the way to mitigate the risks [of overpenetration] is to train more to
ensure you hit your target (pass through hits with modern defensive ammunition tend
to create relatively minor wounds) and to set up safe lanes of fire in your house.  
All bullets that are effective in flesh will penetrate a couple of walls.  The answer isn’t
to handicap yourself with a less effective bullet.  The answer is to shoot better and
think more.  
-- Greg Ellifritz
     “Fortuitous outcomes reinforce poor tactics.”  
-- Chuck Haggard
"De-escalation Tactics: Zen and the Art of Tactical Communication" by Mark Jacobs
     "The shorter the fight, the less hurt you get."
-- John Holschen
----- 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
"Floaty Thumbs" by Ben Stoeger
     Thumbs forward, I disagree.  
     "The foundations of your grip are established
before you even draw the pistol from the holster."  
-- Tanner Denton
"Ensuring Aiming Success" by Tim Herron
     "It's not daily increase but daily decrease - hack away at the inessentials!"
-- Bruce Lee
*****     *****     ***** 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 -----
You must be alive to have these problems:  criminal and civil liability.  
     In the right hand column of this web page, click on "Never Talk To The Police"
or use the direct address
     “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
     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 understanding and consent are not required
for someone to take your life, kill your loved ones,
and destroy all you hold dear.”
-- William Aprill
----- Medical -----
     "If you prepare for the emergency,
the emergency ceases to exist!"
-- Sherman House
     If you have pain, do physical therapy, stretching exercises, and weight loss (eliminate
all sugar; drink enough water to always generate large volumes of clear urine; never use
an alarm clock, instead go the sleep earlier; exercise; sitting on the couch watching TV
and drinking beer is WRONG!) before resorting to pain killers, muscle relaxants, and
----- 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
*****     *****     ***** Education *****     *****     *****
Table of contents:  
     "You will never get smarter or broaden your horizons
if you're unwilling to learn from others and read."
-- Becca Martin
Practical Eschatoloty
The Tactical Professor
"Weekend Knowledge Dump" by Greg Ellifritz
Rangemaster newsletter
The Reload
Sign up for their newsletter.  
     "Cogito, ergo armatum sum." (I think, therefore armed am I.)
-- John Farnam
----- 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
Law of Self Defense ADVANCED Live Online Course, $149
Saturday, April 20, 2024
9AM-4PM Mountain time
"Gun Ban for Non-Violent Illegal Immigrant Found Unconstitutional"
by Stephen Gutowski
"Analysis: All Immigrants are Part of ‘The People’ Protected by the Second Amendment"
by Matt Larosiere
"Analysis: SCOTUS is Unlikely to Agree Second Amendment Protections Extend to
People Unlawfully in the US"
by Konstadinos Moros
     "Law of Self Defense" by Andrew Branca
(free book, just pay for shipping so you don't have to go to Colorado to pick it up)  
" 'Not a gun expert': Biden pick self-destructs when asked to define 'assault weapon' "
by Harold Hutchison
Hat tip to Stephen P. Wenger.  
     "The 5 Elements of Self Defense" by Andrew Branca (free of charge)
     I had the privilege of conversing with Jennifer Chance at the last Guardian Conference
in Oklahoma City, OK.  She is articulate and intelligent.  Her record says she is highly
competent.  She is well worth listening to.  
"CCW Safe Podcast Ep. 133: Jennifer Chance"
     Note how she explains your lack of any control, once you are sucked into the system.  
That's why you must have a competent attorney.  That's why you must have huge amounts
of money.  That's why you must have an insurance policy (from a company who will
actually pay your attorney up front in full; and expert witnesses, private investigators,
bail, subject matter experts to assist your attorney, etc.)  
     [I was fortunate to have been born into a family that understood the law and had
the money to take care of my federal and state prosecutions.  If you are not so
fortunate, you must get that insurance policy, NOW!  Right now.  Tomorrow may be
too late.  
     If you are police or private security, you have no choice.  "U.S. Law Shield" is the
only insurance company that will cover you.  All of the other insurance companies will not.  
     "Attorneys on Retainer" is another option.  They are not an insurance company.  
They are attorneys on retainer.]  
     “Your character is what you do when no one is looking.”  
-- Thomas Jefferson
     If the ATF can kill the Director of an international airport who had no criminal record,
met with U.S. Senators on business, lived in an upper middle class home, and
earned $253,000 a year, do you think they would hesitate to kill you?  
     "Airport executive shot in firefight with federal agents at his home in Arkansas"
by Patrick Smith and Deon J. Hampton
     The ATF cleaned up or removed all eveidence before the Arkansas police arrived.  
I wonder why?  There were no Arkansas state or municipal police accompanying the
ATF to serve the search warrant (not an arrest warrant).  I wonder why?  The feds
usually want the locals to accompany them on such "warrant services" to avoid problems.  
Unless it was a raid and not a service, as the neighbors suggest.  
"Breaking: ATF Raid, Home Owner And ATF Agent Shot" Pat RMG
     06:00 no knock raid.  
"ATF SWAT raid that killed Arkansas man raises more questions of excessive force"
by Lee Williams
     “I struggle with seeking charges against fellow police officers,” Humphrey wrote
in the affidavit.  “However, it appears ATF is abusing their police powers and violating
their oaths of office.  I believe the ATF has committed crimes and violated Fincher’s
civil rights and due process of law.”  
"Man murdered in his home by ATF for private firearms sales"
by Legally Armed America
     No knock, door kicked in, on day that time zone changed, so it was in the dark.  
" ‘Something stinks to high hell:’ Brother of airport director shot by ATF agent speaks out"
by FOX 16 KLRT
     You have to watch this video from Canada, where police advise people to leave
their car FOBs at their front door so thieves can steal cars without breaking into the
home.  Possibly, if Canadians had guns, criminals might be less interested in stealing
cars because it would be riskier for them to break into the homes while the victims
are there.  
-- John Lott
     Stupidity and cowardice reign supreme in Canada.  
"South Carolina has become the 29th Constitutional Carry state,
and 46.8% of Americans now live in Constitutional Carry states,
with 67.7% of the area of the entire country.  
Depending on the gubernatorial election in North Carolina this November,
North Carolina could become the 30th state, and more than half of Americans
would be covered." by John Lott
"Satan's Clinic Drops Unexpected BOMBSHELL" by Roman Balmakov
     The Satanists are using the Constitutional rights of free speech and freedom of religion
to push abortion.  
     Do you see how this will affect us?  It doesn't take much imagination.  
     Excerpted from "Defensive Use of Firearms" email of 03-24-24
by Stephen P. Wenger
"Why Did Biden Administration Halt Operation Disrupting Cartel Efforts
to Obtain Military Weapons?"
by Cam Edwards
     Revisiting the Mexican Connection:  Most of us have heard of Operation Fast & Furious,
but what about Operation Thor?  That secret program, which was a multi-agency effort
involving more than a dozen federal agencies, was aimed at disrupting the trafficking of
military weaponry from the United States into Mexico, but according to CBS News the
project was suddenly halted in 2022 with no explanation.  Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley has
been trying to get answers from these agencies, and on Thursday his office released a trove
of documents from both whistleblowers and officials who responded to his demands for
documents.  While the material sheds more light on how the operation worked, they don't
answer the fundamental question of why the Biden administration put a stop to it.  
“The new documents, exclusively obtained by CBS News, were sent by Grassley on
Thursday to nine federal law enforcement agencies within the Departments of Justice,
Homeland Security, State, and Postal Service.  They accompanied a set of sternly-worded
letters demanding that each department disclose details about Thor's operations — the
existence of which the Biden administration has yet to publicly acknowledge — as well
as all current efforts to target cartel firearms trafficking networks operating in the U.S.
and neighboring countries. . . .  The FBI and State Department declined to comment.  
The Postal Service confirmed that they were  reviewing the letter and "will be providing
a response directly to the Senator."  In an email, Justice Department spokesman
Peter Carr also acknowledged receiving Grassley's letter.  . . .  Grassley's newly released
documents make public, for the first time, internal charts detailing how intricate networks
of traffickers across the U.S. smuggle firearms and ammunition across the southwest
border into Mexico and the hands of drug cartels, including depictions of actual narco
weapons trafficking routes.  . . .  The latest disclosures are part of an inquiry launched by
Grassley in October, which sought to uncover why the federal government canceled an
interagency intelligence effort at the same time that it praised its success.”  
     Keep in mind that Mexico president Andrés Manuel López Obrador's administration
is currently suing many major U.S. gun makers to the tune of $ 10 billion, blaming them
for fueling cartel violence.  The disclosures from whistleblowers indicate that the Biden
administration itself is allowing the weapons trafficking to take place, or at least isn't
doing much to stop it.  
     Another curious twist is that Obrador has been the subject of at least two U.S.-based
investigations into his own ties to the cartels; investigations that were also suddenly halted
during the Obama and Biden administrations.  According to ProPublica, the first investigation
took place in 2010, and revolved around alleged cash payments from the cartels to Obrador's
failed 2006 presidential campaign; information detailed by an Obrador staffer who was
busted on drug charges by the DEA.  . . .  According to ProPublica, the DEA wanted to
mount a sting operation where they'd pose as drug traffickers and offer $5 million to
Obrador's then-current campaign, but instead, the entire investigation was shut down by
DOJ in 2011 . . . right around the time that Operation Fast & Furious was starting to
become front-page news.  
     Another investigation was underway when Biden took office in early 2021, but
according to the New York Times that too was shut down once Biden was in the
White House.  . . .  While Democrats are blaming gun makers, Republicans, and
Second Amendment advocates for enabling cartel violence, Grassley says that it's our own
government that is failing to aggressively go after cartel traffickers.  . . .  Between Operation
Fast & Furious, the sudden shutdown of Operation Thor, and the kid-glove handling of
Obrador, I get the impression that the Obama and Biden administrations have done far
more to fuel cartel violence south of the border than any other entity in the United States.  
Are they turning a blind eye to these trafficking efforts (or, in the case of
Operation Fast & Furious, allowing guns to be trafficked) because it benefits their domestic
gun control agenda, their foreign diplomacy with Obrador, or both?  It's horrifying to realize
that is a legitimate question to ask, but you don't have to be a crackpot conspiracy theorist
to see something is terribly wrong here . . . and it's not our supposed lack of gun laws or
our Second Amendment rights.  
     Reported elsewhere: “Mexico’s president said Friday he won’t fight
Mexican drug cartels on U.S. orders, in the clearest explanation yet of
his refusal to confront the gangs.  Over the years,
President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has laid out various
justifications for his 'hugs, not bullets' [abrazos, no balazos] policy of
avoiding clashes with the cartels.  In the past he has said
'you cannot fight violence with violence,' and on other occasions he
has argued the government has to address 'the causes' of drug cartel
violence, ascribing them to poverty or a lack of opportunities.  
But on Friday, while discussing his refusal to go after the cartels,
he made it clear he viewed it as part of what he called a
'Mexico First' policy.”  
     Long-term list members should recall that the preponderance
of evidence strongly suggest that the
Obama-Holder-Clinton Fast and Furious – and related, smaller
gun-walking operations conducted by F Troop – were intended
to build political capital to reinstate a federal ban on “assault weapons,”
not to penetrate the highest levels of the Mexican drug cartels, as claimed.  
F Troop would have been precluded from the latter by earlier FBI and
DEA operations.  
-- Stephen P. Wenger
"The Remarkable Truth of US v. Miller (1/2):  
A Manipulated Case for Gun Control"
by Andrew Branca
     This U.S. Supreme Court case ruled that the 2nd Amendment only protected firearms
useful to a militia, sparking debates that continue to this day.  Ironically enough,
contemporary gun control groups argue the opposite viewpoint,
claiming that the Second Amendment only safeguards weapons that are not designed for war.  
    “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
----- 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
"10 Ways to Instill Safe Gun Handling
Mentoring someone who is brand-new to firearms can be one of the great joys in life."
by Wendy LaFever
     The hand grenade story is very important.  Read it and understand it.  
It is very easy to induce panic in others.  Read the article and learn.  
     The best coaches and CEOs aren’t the ones who succeed just on the field or in
the boardroom.  The true greats are measured by their coaching tree—what the
people who worked for them, who they mentored, who they inspired go on to do.  
-- Excerpt from "37 Pieces of Career Advice I Wish I’d Known Earlier" by Ryan Holiday
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
     "Teach them diligently . . . "
-- Deuteronomy 6:7
     I took a student to a USPSA match today in Chapel Hill, TN.  The RO disqualified
her in the third stage of the match for having her finger on her trigger while moving.  
The RO knew she was a first time shooter, so he cut her a lot of slack.  Disqualification
is the penalty for the first violation.  The RO disqualified her on her third violation.  
In the previous two and a half stages she was shooting well, tight groups, correctly
placed hits, muzzle always pointed down range, safe gun handling (other than the
finger violation).  
     So, I will have to work on instilling in my students trigger finger discipline.  
Any suggestions would be appreciated.  
     This my second student to get disqualified from a match.  So, while the fraction is
small, the two data points are significant.  I noted that today's student took the
disqualification in stride displaying a good attitude.  The previous student who had
been disqualified (for a muzzle violation) became very upset.  So, explaining to the 
student that it just means you're finished shooting for today, and nothing more, is imperative.  
"Who do you let into your classes" by Ben Stoeger
Safety vetting.  
How into it are they?  
Vetting for skill.  Are they in over their head?  
the students who require the extra effort
are the ones who need us the most!"
-- John Farnam
"Dear Instructors, Get a Real Job" by Ballistic Radio
(Podcast – Season 5, Ballistic Radio Episode 241, February 11th, 2018)
with Claude Werner
     “We’re not, as an industry, connected very well with the reality of what people’s
lives actually are, so therefore we tend to offer solutions that don’t necessarily fit
into what people really need.” — Claude Werner
     Have you ever attended class that was informative and fun but you knew the
recommended gear and carry methods were a bit unobtainable for your particular
mission or lifestyle?  Have you ever seen what some “gun people” claim to carry
on a daily basis and roll your eyes, knowing there’s no conceivable way you could
make all of that gear fit into your regular life?  You’re not alone!  
     Claude Werner has been trying to bridge the gap between the average citizen
who wants to carry a gun and their instructors.  He joins the show to talk about
some of the ways he has seen instructors fail those seeking to carry firearms for
self-protection.  Claude discusses the mindset changes he would like to see in the
industry; the adoption of a client-based mentality over a student-teacher one,
a more customized approach to the needs of those clients, and a flexibility in
regards to recommendations based upon client needs.  
     The firearms industry of trainers is largely dominated by former law
enforcement and military instructors who are accustomed and expected to carry
certain gear in ways that are effective for those missions.  This can bias teaching
modalities to reflect a reality that doesn’t offer much relevance to the sixty year-old
office assistant who will get fired if it’s discovered she carries a gun.  
     If you are an instructor, or just a regular private citizen seeking more
information on how to address specific concerns that carrying a firearm brings up
for most normal people, this episode is for you!  
     "You must teach skill sustainment as part of training."  
-- John Hearne
----- Students -----
     Pay attention!  Make a good faith effort to learn.  
Your life depends on it.  The lives of your loved ones depend on it.  
     When I teach, I tell my students that we are doing this technique in class so that in
combat in the real world, it won't be the first time they are attempting the technique.  
Of course, that is not sufficient.  If you practice the technique 1000 times, you may be
able to execute it with confidence.  It would take about 2000 intentional deliberate
repetitions to execute the technique with automaticity (without thinking about doing
it, without remembering doing it, automatic reflex response).  Of course, everyone
is different.  
     How many times have you brushed your teeth?  How many times have you taken
a shower?  How many times have you started your car and backed out of your driveway
or backed into your drive way?  If you practice a thing many many times, it will become
automatic.  This is neither good nor bad.  It's just a fact.  
----- 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
----- Gear -----
And the safe storage thereof.  
     “Mission drives the gear train.”
-- Pat Rogers
"What Makes a Firearm?" by NRA Staff
"Defensive Shooting Indoors: The Overpenetration Problem" by Josh Wayner
     The author recommends using a light weight Hornady V-Max style of bullet in a
home defense shooting.  I categorically disagree with this approach.  My agency had
a shooting with this round and it performed very poorly.  A student I trained  from
another agency also shot a guy with this round.  It temporarily dropped the guy, but
the criminal remained fully functional and was released from the hospital in less than
two hours.  Don’t rely on the V-Max or TAP .223 rounds for home protection just
because they penetrate fewer walls than more effective rounds.  
-- Greg Ellifritz
"Concealed Carry Corner: Carry Tips That Make A Big Difference"
by Matt E
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
"An Alternate Look at Handgun Stopping Power" by Greg Ellifritz
     "No matter what gun you are shooting, you can only expect a little more than half
of the people you shoot to be immediately incapacitated by your first hit."  
     "All the common defensive calibers required around 2 rounds on average to
     "If you look at the percentage of shootings that did not result in incapacitation,
the numbers are almost identical.  The .38, 9mm, .40, and .45 all had failure rates
of between 13% and 17%."  
     "The lower caliber rounds (.22, .25, .32) had a failure rate that was roughly double
that of the higher caliber rounds."  
     "Head shots = 75% immediate incapacitation
     Torso shots = 41% immediate incapacitation
     Extremity shots (arms and legs) = 14% immediate incapacitation.
No matter which caliber you use, you have to hit something important in order
to stop someone."  
     "No matter which gun you choose, pick one that is reliable and train with it
until you can get fast accurate hits.  Nothing beyond that really matters."  
"Make It Work For You
Maintaining competency with a smaller defensive pistol requires more effort."  
by Sheriff Jim Wilson
MASADA™ – 9mm Parabellum
     Support Israel, by Israeli.  
Fully ambidextrous.  6 lb. trigger.  MSRP $534.99.  
The trigger is pretty nice.  
     I bought one (new in the box) from Outpost Armory in Murfreesboro, TN for $360.  
Came with 2 magazines (17 round capacity) and 3 backstraps for small, medium, and
large grip size.  When you rack the slide, it's not buttery smooth as you would feel
with high end pistols, but it's perfectly functional and reliable.  
CCI 9mm Luger 115 gr Blazer Full Metal Jacket Ammunition
50 Round Box for $11.99
     “Your car is not a holster.”
-- Pat Rogers
     *****     *****     *****  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.  
     I have heard it said in many math departments that "All of the hard problems have
been solved.  Only the impossible ones are left."  A literature search often reveals
that only incremental steps have been published in recent times.  So mathematicians
will often attempt to ask new questions, to explore new fields, in hopes of discovering
interesting results.  Of course, whether or not a theorem is interesting is subjective.  
Be careful.  No, scratch that.  Take risks.  
     Peter Thiel: ​“Competition is for losers.”​  I loved this the second I heard it.  When
people compete, somebody loses.  So go where you’re the only one.  Do what only
you can do.  Run a race with yourself.  
-- Excerpt from "37 Pieces of Career Advice I Wish I’d Known Earlier" by Ryan Holiday
"This Obscure Maths Will Revolutionize Data Privacy" by Sabine Hossenfelder
     No, the solution is not faster chips.  The solution is better homomorphisms.  
And you can find them.  It's easy.  Many are already known.  You just have to do a
literature search to find them.  Much of graduate work in the math department
was doing literature searches to make sure you are not exploring things that have
already been explored.  Novel is always better than incremental.  
     Does the data need to be encrypted?  or just anonymous?  How anonymous?  
"Encryption Market Heating Up - ThreatWire" by Hak5
     I lived through the DotCom bubble and burst (1999 A.D.).  Always fun to watch things
cycle.  Every read "Wheel of Time" by Robert Jordan?  
     "Computer science has nothing to do with computers or science."  
-- Donald Knuth
"The worst prediction in physics" by Fermilab
     What is the energy density of "free" space?  (Space is never "empty".)  
     Why do we think the expansion of our visible universe is accelerating?  
Because we see a red shift in the spectra of light from the stars that we
observe relative to the spectra in our laboratories.  You see the problem
with that?  Same spectral pattern → must be same element.  (Really?)  
Spectra shifted to lower frequencies relative to the spectra in our
laboratories → red shift → the source must be moving away from us.  
     Every star appears to be moving away from us.  The farther away from
us, the more the red shift, the faster it is moving away from us.  Would
that mean we are at the center of the universe and everything is accelerating
away from us?  Not necessarily.  Just as when you blow up a balloon every
point on the surface of the balloon moves away from every other point and
points farther away from each other move apart faster, so in a 4 dimensional
space, our embedded 3 dimensional space would experience a similar
expansion without us having to be in the center of the expansion.  Do you
see that?  
     What are the underlying assumptions that may be false?  Isotropic space,
smooth and continuous time, conservation of CPT (Charge, Parity, and Time),
conservation of information, and a lot of other technical things.  
Everyone thought Parity was conserved, but Madam Wu proved that Parity
was not conserved; there is a fundamental difference between right and left
handed atoms, molecules, and such.  So all of the other assumptions could
be false, too.  Do you see how you can use this?  Just like denying or
accepting an axiom or postulate in math takes you into an different field
of math.  
     If you believe that massive objects warp space and that all trajectories follow
the path of least action, then if an object were to asymmetrically warp the space
around itself, it would fall toward the area of higher curvature of space.  
     Spheres have any charge on their surface uniformly distributed on their surface.  
But any little spike will cause the charge to accumulate on the spike.  What's the
charge density at the tip of a spike?  Theoretically, infinite.  In the real world,
very high.  What's the stress at the tip of a crack in any solid?  Theoretically,
infinite.  In the real world, very high.  That's why cracks in your windshield
propagate until they reach the edge of your windshield.  
     If an object is symmetric and then changes it shape to be asymmetric and then
starts to move, how do you account for conservation of momentum?  Mass is
equivalent to energy.  Space has energy.  Energy is equivalent to momentum.  
Space has a momentum which can be used to do work, such as expanding the
observable universe.  So the momentum of space in the vicinity of the object is
equal and opposite to the momentum of the object thus conserving momentum.  
Remember, space is a medium through which electromagnetic radiation propagates,
just as acoustic radiation propagates through plasmas, gasses, liquids, and solids.  
Space has a well defined electric permittivity and a well defined magnetic permeability.  
So space is a medium that can hold energy.  
     Just as God gave us oil and natural gas on Earth, so God gives us energy in space.  
The narrator in the Fermilab video doesn't understand it too well, but we will.  
     Christopher Columbus used sailing ships to traverse the Atlantic Ocean.  
Would that get us to the Moon?  No.  We needed a different technology.  
Will rocket ships get us to the nearest star?  No.  We would run out of
fuel long before arrival.  
"How to Split a Cake 5 Ways" by Tipping Point Math
     A solution that works in all cases.  Now that's amazing.  

"Ants On A Log" by Tipping Point Math
     The power of changing perspective.  I have seen math professors
attempt to teach this technique to their students.  A very difficult
thing to teach.  Why?  

"The Joy Of Hex" by Tipping Point Math
     This game does not force a win for Red or Blue.  It ensures a
win for either Red or Blue.  Even if one of them is trying to lose.  
No possibility of a draw.  So you see how this applies to in our

     "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
"GoPro Inside a Car Tire (With Balance Beads)" by Warped Perception
     Do you understand the physics?  Do you see how this relates to what we're doing?  
"Absolute Infinity" by Numberphile
     No, all the numbers you can think of are called the "Constructible numbers".  
The set of Real numbers has a higher cardinality than the Constructible numbers,
because the Constructible numbers are countable.  The Real numbers are not countable,
i.e. cannot be brought into a 1 to 1 correspondence with the Integers.  
     "There's nothing between them."  Well that's only true if you believe in the Continuum
Hypothesis.  Which is independent of the other axioms of set theory.  So you can't prove it.  
You can only assume it or deny it.  
     A well ordering only exists if you assume that a well ordering exists.  If you deny
that a well ordering exist, then a well ordering does not exist and you can't play the
silly game that the narrator proposes.  But, because every element of a set is distinguishable
(if they are indistinguishable then we are not in set theory) creating the set of all subsets
of the original set is well defined.  It's called the Power set.  The Power set has higher
cardinality than the original set.  So the Power set of ℵ₀ has higher cardinality than ℵ₀.
ℵ₀ < P(ℵ₀) = ℵ₁
Now whether or not there is any set of cardinality between ℵ₀ and ℵ₁ depends on whether
or not you believe in the Continuum Hypothesis.  
     Sets are well defined.  Classes cannot be defined as a set.  That is the difference.  
The notion that classes are bigger than sets is not a well formed notion, because Classes
do not have a well defined cardinality as do sets.  So to compare them is nonsense.  
Classes are bona fide mathematical objects.  
     That's a problem with videos made for a lay audience.  They try to dumb the content
down to make it palatable, but end up saying things that are wrong.  
     Those who think they know everything irritate those of us who do.  [That's a joke.  
You should be laughing.]  
     "Premature optimization is the root of all evil."  
-- Donald Knuth
"What ACTUALLY happens during a Stack Overflow?" by LaurieWired
"Mastering Memory: Allocation Techniques in C, C++, and ARM Assembly"
by LaurieWired
     Remember C++ is just a preprocessor for C (and a bunch of libraries).  
We use C because it allows us to touch the hardware.  (no virtual machine as in Java et al)
Assembly language is almost a transliteration of machine language.  It's complicated
because it's machine specific.  
     She is referring to UNIX / POSIX / Linux operating system calls.  
     Single letter Assembler instructions?  Wow!  How dangerous is that?  
     No error messages does not mean there are no mistakes.  It means that the source
code compiled without syntax error.  
     Oh, it's not reviewing.  It's reminiscing.  Good for staving off dementia.  
Hexadecimal, Greek-Latin mix
Sexadecimal, Latin
Hexadeka, Greek
***** Signals Intelligence and Ground Electronic Warfare,
Cryptologic Communications, Cyber Security, and such *****
"Police warn of thieves using wifi-jamming tech to disarm cameras, alarms"
by Josh DuBose
Hat tip to Bruce Schneier.  
"Automakers Are Sharing Consumers’ Driving Behavior With Insurance Companies"
by Kashmir Hill
Hat tip to Bruce Schneier.  
Schneier on Security
"A Real Social Security Office Gave Me a Flyer With a Scam Phone Number On It
Scammers have infiltrated a Social Security Administration building in New York,
imperiling your personal information."  
by Shawn Musgrave
    The attack does not have to be very sophisticated.  It just has to work.  
Working 16% of the time is excellent.  Remember, there are many cases
in which the attack only has to work once.  For instance, once malicious
code is injected into the target system, it doesn't matter if the attack never
works again.  
"Is Your Password Secure?" by Tipping Point Math
     Long is more important than complex.  
"How to Smuggle Data out of the Network with Ping" by Plaintext Packets
     ‟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"
     *****     *****     *****  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!)  
"WATCH: Jordan Peterson’s Full Testimony Before Congress" by The Daily Signal
     “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
"researchers find unfixable bug in apple computers" by Low Level Learning
     "Spectre Attacks: Exploiting Speculative Execution" by Paul Kocher, et al
Breaking Constant-Time Cryptographic Implementations Using Data
Memory-Dependent Prefetchers"
     "GoFetch: Breaking Constant-Time Cryptographic Implementations
Using Data Memory-Dependent Prefetchers" by Boru Chen, et al
"Good habits and skill beat luck every time."
-- Sheriff Jim Wilson
"210,000 CODERS lost jobs as NVIDIA released NEW coding language." by Scripter
     Significant message.  Unfortunately, bad title.  
"The Merge"
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Rest in Peace
General Al Gray died on Wednesday, 20 March 2024, at age 95.  
Former Commandant of the Marine Corps, 1987 - 1991.  
Hat tip to Michael Gallagher.  
     A friend of mine just left a very important job that a lot of people would kill for.  
When he left I said,
“If you can’t walk away, then you don’t have the job . . . the job has you.”  
-- Excerpt from "37 Pieces of Career Advice I Wish I’d Known Earlier" by Ryan Holiday
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz
     Remember what Donald Trump said in "The Art of the Deal",
always be prepared to walk away.  If you can't walk away,
you are not negotiating, you are begging.  
Tetiana Gaidar
"Happy Birthday to The Astonishing Multi-Talented @TetianaGaidar💖 "
by Taran Tactical
"Why Socialism Sucks In Theory And Practice" by Nick Freitas
     Peter Navarro is in prison (minimum security, but still federal prison).  
Yes, the Democrats could do this to you.  And eventually they will, unless you bend
the knee.  
     I am attending a Bible study at my church.  The leader is a scholar, expert in ancient
Aramaic, ancient Hebrew, ancient Greek, and ancient Latin; as well as English to
communicate with us, his students.  It has become clear that all modern translations
of the Bible are wrong, not just bad, not just honest mistakes.  Your Bible is probably
an English translation of an ancient Latin translation of an ancient Greek (New Testament)
translation of ancient Aramaic (Old Testament).  A lot of modern English translations
are just transliterations because the translators don't know what the words meant at the
time in the context.  So you're getting a particular transliteration, not a translation;
certainly not a translation of meaning in context of the time of the writing.  
     So to think that the modern English Bible is the inerrant word of God is a little
"Gannett, McClatchy news chains say they will stop using Associated Press content
The media companies Gannett and McClatchy, which together control more than
200 news outlets including USA Today and the Miami Herald, say they will stop
using stories, video and images from The Associated Press later this month"  
by David Bauder
     Ya, it's money, but it may also be they don't trust Associated Press reporting.  
Too many mistakes of fact.  Too embarrassing to have to retract and make corrections.  
Bad for one's reputation.  
     When I played chess, I would read:  
     "Basic Chess Endings" by Reuben Fine
     "Modern Chess Openings" by various authors over the years
     "The Art of the Middle Game" by Paul Kerbs and Alexander Kotov
     Free online.  The modern world is amazing.  I have the paper books because I like
to hold the tome and turn the pages as I was taught to in Kindergarten.  
     "My cop friends who have any other career opportunity should really be working
an exit strategy quite quickly.  I can’t visualize any future situation where it becomes
easier to be a cop in today’s world.  Get out before you get killed or go to prison for
doing your job."  
-- Greg Ellifritz
"physicists only have 5 jokes" by Angela Collier
     There are only two sciences:  physics and stamp collecting.  
"8 Restaurant Etiquette Mistakes a Gentleman NEVER Makes"
by Gent Z
Yes, they will use this playbook against you.  
    “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