Category Archives: 071 Competitive Strategy

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

Leading to the only logical conclusion: Distributed networks.

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

Source: Fast Company

Special Forces Association Rejects Calls For Gun Control

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

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

Source: The Daily Caller

EU Jeopardizes Millions of Innocents by Moving Forward with Plan Disarm Citizens

In an all too common political reaction, the EU moves to strip innocent citizens of the one thing that can save lives during a decentralized attack: More good people with guns on the scene.

The EU’s move to further centralize centralize firearms ownership guarantees more events like Paris, San Barnardino, Orlando, etc.

In the immediate aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Paris, the EU’s quasi-legislative (and simultaneously executive) branch, the European Commission, expedited plans to set new minimum gun control thresholds for its member states. The centerpiece of the new restrictions is a provision that severely restricts civilian ownership and use of semi-automatic firearms, by placing many of these types of guns in the same category as fully-automatic firearms. Other proposed changes include a new rule placing a fi

Source: NRA-ILA

FBI Director Says Nothing Bureau Could Have Done Differently to Prevent Attack

Reality is neither the way you wish things to be nor the way they appear to be, but the way they actually are. Either you acknowledge reality and use it to your benefit or it will automatically work against you.” – Robert Ringer

From The Daily Caller (11/18/15) We Face Terrorist Threats – Don’t Even Think About Enacting Gun Control Laws

“It is important to realize that the best security practices, people, and technology governments have to offer could not thwart the ISIS attacks in Paris. Nor will these practices, institutions, and technologies thwart the next attack.

Second: From FBI DIrector James Comey…

FBI Director James Comey said Monday that the Bureau had previously investigated the killer responsible for murdering 50 people in an Orlando gay nightclub Saturday night, but he said he didn’t believe there was anything that could have been done differently.

– Via Mediaite

Seems those who are connected with reality understand that a decentralized threat can’t be defeated with a centralized response.

Because of “ill-defined parameters” innocent lives are put at risk

Nothing new here folks, just move along.

The investigators wanted to know how the strike occurred. But the interviews they conducted also revealed almost universal confusion among the Green Berets over their exact mission in Kunduz. The goal was simple: not to lose the city. But in a reflection of the ill-defined parameters of the United States’ mission in Afghanistan, no one involved in the battle seemed to know how far the group was supposed to go to ensure success.

Source: U.S. Role in Afghanistan Turns to Combat Again, With a Tragic Error – The New York Times

Colorado Sheriffs Say Citizens Choice Should Be Overturned Because It Makes Them “Uncomfortable”

Not backing your state legislature, your state constitution, and your citizens because doing so makes you “uncomfortable?”

Seriously?

My goodness, whatever you do, don’t go do something that supports your people but makes you uncomfortable.  Do you boys need to find your safe space?

I guess the oath of office to defend the Colorado Constitution just don’t cut it hu?

You have to ask yourself, “If one can’t be faithful in the little things (those things the citizens have voted on and the state has made lawful), how can one expect them to stand up for you on the bigger issues?”

Answer: You can’t.

Wonder how those who voted for more rights in their states will feel when those “sworn” to uphold their rights figure out that’s not happening?

Today six Colorado sheriffs filed a federal lawsuit that seeks to reverse marijuana legalization in their state, which they say should be overturned because it makes them uncomfortable. Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith and his counterparts in five other counties say Amendment 64, the marijuana legalization measure that is now part of Colorado’s constitution, has made their jobs harder by creating a conflict between state and federal law.

Source: Colorado Sheriffs Say Marijuana Legalization Should Be Overturned Because It Makes Them Uncomfortable | TruthVoice

Why the Era of Soaking the Rich Is Over | Foundation for Economic Education

Scheve and Stasavage’s Taxing the Rich: A History of Fiscal Fairness in the United States and Europe (Princeton University Press, 2016) is a shocking book. Given the title, I absolutely did not expect it to bolster libertarian morale. But Taxing the Rich offers libertarians more credible hope for the future than any openly libertarian book published in the 21st century.

The heart of S&S’s unintentionally delightful thesis:

1. Democracies have no inherent tendency to “soak the rich.”

2. Instead, democracies adopt high, progressive taxation in the face of compelling “compensatory” arguments for redistribution.

3. Only major wars of mass mobilization make compensatory arguments compelling.

4. Modern warfare has made majors wars of mass mobilization obsolete.

5. Therefore, tax the rich policies are a thing of the past, at least for developed countries. They won’t be coming back.

 

Source: Foundation for Economic Education <— Read more here

Politicians panties in a wad about guns that look like smartphones

The ignorant seem to never mind their own business…

A proposed two shot Derringer type handgun design, which is planned be concealed as a smart phone and will require the same laws and paperwork to purchase as any other; is causing the usual ignorant hoplophobs into a group hand wringing hissy fit.

Not happy with disarming as many innocent people as they can (while they hid behind their body guards), are now looking for new laws and old regulations to prevent people from carrying a newly designed tool to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Note: The kind of a tool you carry doesn’t make you a good or bad person, it’s how the tool is used that matters.

WASHINGTON — Police across the country already have mistakenly shot cell phone-wielding people whose mobile devices were mistaken for guns. Now a Minnesota businessman is trying to bring to market actual guns shaped like smartphones.U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., and law enforcement leaders from both ends of the commonwealth say his idea is misguided and they are pledging to do whatever they can to stop him.

They are asking the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to enforce the 1988 Undetectable Firearms Act, which already bans guns that are not shaped like traditional firearms.

“Officers are compelled to make split-second decisions all across this nation each and every day,” and this product will make their jobs harder and endanger lives, said Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross Jr., who joined Mr. Casey on a conference call with reporters Thursday.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Rasmussen Looks at Why Americans are Buying So Many Guns

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Source: Rasmussen Reports

McAuliffe vetos gun bills, touts domestic violence protections

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

Source: The Washington Post

That Weirdly Interesting Libertarian Party Debate on Fox

Already, the Libertarian Party has garnered more public attention at this point in the cycle than ever. It makes sense too. The standard bearers of the two dominant parties present a choice between socialism and fascism, between forced nationalism or forced internationalism, between the establishment and something that could even be worse than the establishment, between two flavors of intensified despotism.

And this is happening even as the failures of the old model of a state-managed society are more obvious than ever. Never before in modern history have the two mainstream candidates had such high unfavorables in the polls. Generally, two thirds of Americans judge Trump and/or Clinton to be intolerable.

Source: Read more here —> Liberty.me

Blackwater’s Founder Is Under Investigation for Money Laundering, Ties to Chinese Intel, and Brokering Mercenary Services

ERIK PRINCE, founder of the now-defunct mercenary firm Blackwater and current chairman of Frontier Services Group, is under investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice and other federal agencies for attempting to broker military services to foreign governments and possible money laundering, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the case.

Source: The Intercept

Why ISIS Is Different—And Why It Matters | Hoover Institution

“The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) is the modern face of terror. Unlike al-Qaeda, the Irish Republican Army, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Maoists in India, the Shining Path, and other traditional terrorist organizations, ISIS refuses to lurk in the shadows. Unlike Hezbollah, Hamas, the Tamil Tigers, or the Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia, ISIS is not content with controlling a limited amount of territory confined to a single nation-state. Osama bin-Laden was willing to wait for a future day when al-Qaeda, having destabilized the Western world and defeated the dictatorships of the Middle East, would emerge to claim its rightful place as the governing body of the Islamic caliphate. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is unwilling to postpone that destiny. He and his followers are in a hurry—to establish an Islamic caliphate, to continue its spread across the Islamic world, to battle the Crusaders and Jews, and to bring their brand of justice and Shari’a law to the entire world. They have seized territory in Iraq and Syria larger than the size of Israel and Jordan combined, formed a government, fielded capable armed forces, and established branches in nine other countries, with sympathizers in dozens more. ISIS is a force with which to be reckoned.”

Source: Why ISIS Is Different—And Why It Matters | Hoover Institution

Welcome to the Age of the Commando – The New York Times

In December, Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter announced at a House hearing that an “expeditionary targeting force” will be sent to Iraq to conduct raids on top Islamic State targets. They’ll be joining the roughly 3,500 troops already there working as advisers and trainers. President Obama seems desperate to strike a balance between doing nothing in the region and not reneging on his “no boots on the ground” promises.

Clearly, commandos have boots, and those boots touch the ground. But White House officials have taken to what a report in this newspaper recently called “linguistic contortions” to obscure the forces’ combat roles.

As the military as a whole downsizes, Special Ops recruitment continues to rise. There are approximately 70,000 Special Ops personnel today, a number that includes soldiers, civilians, National Guard and Reservists, as well. This number is up from 45,600 in 2001 and 61,400 in 2011. Still, Adm. William H. McRaven — then the head of Socom — told Congress in 2014 that “the force has continued to fray” from the endless deployment cycles. In response, the Army alone last year put out a call for 5,000 new Special Ops candidates.

Source: Welcome to the Age of the Commando – The New York Times

Is the Worm Turning as Europeans Discover Virtues of Armed Self-defense while EU Bureaucrats Seek New Gun Controls?

Further, the New York Post pointed out in an article titled “Europeans stocking up on guns after mass sex attacks,” actual firearms are also in great demand.

More recently, German state news agency Deutsche Welle noted this trend. According to the article, “most customers want a pistol that can fit easily into a handbag or a small drawer in the night table.” Moreover, a “social media expert” told the news outlet, “There has been an increase of at least 1,000 percent or more in Google search queries for gun permits since January.”

To their credit, rank and file German police officers appear to support the decision many Germans are taking to arm themselves. German Police Union Chief Rainer Wendt told Deutsche Welle that the police do not intend to obstruct citizens in their attempts to lawfully arm and that he does not support new laws that would make it more difficult for the public to obtain self-defense products.

As we pointed out back in November and December, this all comes at a time when the EU is seeking to crack down on firearm ownership in its member states. Pursuant to the European Firearms Directive, EU nations are already required to adopt a minimum threshold of gun restrictions. However, on November 18, in the wake of terrorist shootings and bombings in Paris, the European Commission announced that it was expediting previously contemplated gun control legislation. An extensive overview of current EU firearms law can be found at Library of Congress’ website.

Under EU legislative procedure, typically the transnational government’s executive branch, the European Commission, drafts and proposes legislation. The proposed legislation must then be approved by the European Parliament, which consists of members of parliament (MEPs) elected by the citizens of member states, and the European Council, which consists of the leaders of the various member states, in order to be adopted. These entities may also provide amendments to the proposed legislation.

Source: Read more here — > NRA-ILA

Largest ‘Enhanced Concealed Weapons Permit’ class ever taught at the Idaho State University Law Enforcement building

Instructors tell KPVI that the class enrollment was so large, they had to split it up into two classes, with a total of 70 participants wanting to be armed with a ‘Enhanced Concealed Weapons Permit,’ unlike Idaho’s basic concealed carry permit, the enhanced version requires eight hours of classroom time and 98 rounds shot down a range.Cheryl Simpson says she already has the basic concealed carry permit, but decided now was the right time to take the enhanced course.“The class we took this morning helped me, it showed me how to handle a gun, how to hold it, how to stand,” says Cheryl Simpson, Class Participant.

Source: KPVI News 6 – Pocatello, ID  <—Read more here

Indiana lawmakers considering a more Constitutional Carry

No license needed to carry: House Bill 1056, authored by Rep. Jim Lucas, a Republican from Seymour, would repeal the law requiring concealed-carry licenses to carry handguns in public in Indiana.

In other words, gun owners would no longer have to get a special permit to carry their weapons outside their homes.”This is geared toward the innocent person. I want to remove one more obstacle in their path where they can defend themselves,” Lucas told WRTV-TV in Indianapolis.

Erich Pratt of Springfield, Va.-based Gun Owners of America, a gun advocacy group, says eight states don’t require special permits to carry guns — Arizona, Arkansas, Alaska, Wyoming, Montana (at least most of it), Kansas, Maine and Vermont.

Source: Elkhart Truth  <—Read more here

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