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Freedom: The Greatest Military Strategy

Why did The Nazis avoid invading The Swiss? What made General Patton a greater war commander than Hitler? Why have the world’s greatest superpowers of the late 20th Century failed in securing control of the Middle East?

All these questions have the same answer and it is this same answer I give to people who inquire into the issue of national defense in a free society. The answer is that decentralized military forces are generally stronger, more resilient, more agile, and more adaptable than centralized military forces.

Lessons from the Swiss

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Ethereum Is Poised to Become the Global Blockchain of Choice

As competition amongst businesses in many industries stiffens, blockchain technology is likely to become even more in-demand in the years to come. While there are many competing blockchain programs out there, with the backing of the EEA by so many high profile companies, it stands to reason that Ethereum could become the go-to as more businesses seek to incorporate the technology.

Source: futurism.com

Kidnapping Victim Reveals How a Facebook Video Helped Her Escape Car Trunk

Way to think through the problem… good job kid.

Nursing student Brittany Diggs has spoken out about being kidnapped, explaining how she managed to escape from the trunk of her car after being taken as she walked to her apartment. “I remember seeing a video on Facebook” about how to find a trunk’s release latch, she told the “Today” show. “So I got the bright idea to use my insulin pump light.”

Source: yahoo.com news

Trump budget “repellent” and D.O.A.?

Of course, budget cuts are needed, these don’t sound too bad… for a start.

Look forward to hearing more numbers and the debates.

In the long run, I am not sure any of it will actually amount to much considering the way Trump has handled health care repeal, which is now health care “reform.”

And while the “conservatives” that voted for him should be hopping mad about it, we don’t seem to hear too much resistance on accepting the current plan.

Or is there and we aren’t hearing about it?

Only the outline of Trump’s budget was released last week, the so-called “skinny budget” that new presidents present to outline their spending priorities. The line-by-line budget dealing with taxes and entitlements is due in May. Congress will spend all summer arguing about it. If history is any guide, very few of the skinny budget’s numbers will be adopted. Already senators are declaring parts of it “dead on arrival.”

Source: stltoday.com

Leftists Understand Economics When it Suits Them

What’s the right way to define good tax policy? There are several possible answers to that question, including the all-important observation that the goal should be to only collect the amount of revenue needed to finance the legitimate functions of government and not one penny above that amount.

But what if we want a more targeted definition? A simple principle to shape our understanding of tax policy?

I’m partial to what I wrote last year.

the essential insight of supply-side economics…when you tax something, you get less of it.

I’m not claiming this is my idea, by the way. It’s been around for a long time.

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Chicago’s Top Cop Keeps Pushing for Unpopular Gun Law

“Unfortunately politics rears its ugly head.”

Yep, that’ll happen.

Johnson’s point, that implementation would create a “mental culture to not pick up a gun,” may or may not prove to be true. Regardless, it doesn’t diminish the fact that repeat violent gun offenders should be taken off the streets; the longer, the better. Unfortunately politics rears its ugly head.

Source: bearingarms.com

Gun control: Remington plant lays off 120 as gun makers report declining sales

Case in point is top American arms maker Remington Outdoor Co., which earlier this month laid off 120 workers at one of its plants in upstate New York. Trump’s victory, which has likely eased anxiety over stronger gun laws, has impacted the company’s handgun sales, the WSJ reported. Industry sales declines at the moment is “a dynamic from which Remington is not immune,” a company spokeswoman said.

Source: RT America

Cobalt Advantage Reloading System (CARS) “Beta” Program

If you have never seen the Cobalt Kinetics rifles (https://cobaltkinetics.com), you are in for a visual treat.

While not into the flashy, I am very appreciative of the technology that is going into producing these functional works of art, and the sport that drives it.

Cobalt Kinetics seems to be transforming and combining the best features of the old with the contemporary technology, materials, and manufacturing processes of today, which places their rifle in the price range of the average enthusiast.

Will they hold up in a fight? I don’t know, so some stress testing to find out how much punishment they can take in comparison to a regular AR would be in order.

However, they look solid so the results may surprise the skeptical.

And there is more to be pleased with.

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Following Watson and blockchain, quantum computing to deliver next powerful set of services on IBM Cloud platform

Yorktown Heights, N.Y. – 06 Mar 2017: IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced today an industry-first initiative to build commercially available universal quantum computing systems. “IBM Q” quantum systems and services will be delivered via the IBM Cloud platform. While technologies that currently run on classical computers, such as Watson, can help find patterns and insights buried in vast amounts of existing data, quantum computers will deliver solutions to important problems where patterns cannot be seen because the data doesn’t exist and the possibilities that you need to explore to get to the answer are too enormous to ever be processed by classical computers.

IBM also announced today:

  • The release of a new API (Application Program Interface) for the IBM Quantum Experience that enables developers and programmers to begin building interfaces between its existing five quantum bit (qubit) cloud-based quantum computer and classical computers, without needing a deep background in quantum physics.

Source: IBM

BREAKING: WikiLeaks’ Vault 7 Shows How CIA Spies on Your TV, Phone, PC, Mac, and More

A similar unit targets Google’s Android which is used to run the majority of the world’s smart phones (~85%) including Samsung, HTC and Sony. 1.15 billion Android powered phones were sold last year. “Year Zero” shows that as of 2016 the CIA had 24 “weaponized” Android “zero days” which it has developed itself and obtained from GCHQ, NSA and cyber arms contractors. These techniques permit the CIA to bypass the encryption of WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram, Wiebo, Confide and Cloackman by hacking the “smart” phones that they run on and collecting audio and message traffic before encryption is applied.

Source: thefreethoughtproject.com

Uber Uses Maneuver Theory (finding the gaps and exploiting them) to Subvert Trolls

Greyball: Uber’s Super Cool App to Subvert Trolls

What can a company do about trolls who use their technology to hurt the company and other consumers? It’s a tough problem for a technology company like Uber because anyone can download the app and summon a car and get picked up. Some of these accounts, inevitably, will belong to bad actors who are up to no good.

Reputation data for individual users are fantastic, but there’s still the problem that users can make new accounts. What can you do?

Several years ago, reveals the New York Times, Uber had a fantastic idea. For a suspected malevolent troll who used the service, the company dropped an extra layer on their smartphone application. The passenger would call a car, someone would answer the query, but then the ride would be canceled. This happened repeatedly. The beauty of this strategy is that the person doesn’t know it is happening and the process discourages the creation of new user accounts.

It’s not blackballing. It’s about being “greyballed,” which is the name of the application.

Peacefully Blocking Bureaucrats

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Bitcoin competing with Gold?

One Bitcoin Is Now Worth More Than an Ounce of Gold

Editorial note: the relationship between the Bitcoin price and gold is interesting as a symbol of Bitcoin’s market success, and the broader success of cryptocurrency general, but has no greater structural significance. Moreover, the market capitalization of the gold market is vastly higher. Even so, given the widespread perception of gold as a safe haven, this event could have implications for the future of Bitcoin and similar digital assets.

One bitcoin has now, at least briefly, been worth more than one ounce of gold, hitting $1239.9 at the bitcoin exchange Bitstamp, while an ounce of gold was priced at $1238.67. The last time a single bitcoin might have been worth more than an ounce of gold happened in November 2013, more than three years ago. Having taken place based on Mt. Gox pricing models, possibly manipulated due to internal Mt. Gox trading bot(s), the legitimacy of bitcoin’s first dance with gold parity faces continued scrutiny. Regardless, the price of gold in bitcoin terms is now trading at an all-time low.Bitcoin increased more than 125% over the course of 2016.

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UPDATED: France had more casualties from mass public shootings in 2015 than the US suffered during Obama’s entire presidency (532 to 527)

Not shocked…

Yet, despite the impression that President Obama has been creating, France suffered more casualties (murders and injuries) from mass public shootings in 2015 than the US has suffered during Obama’s entire presidency (Updated 532 to 527 in Tables below).  Note that these numbers don’t adjust for the fact that the US has 5 times the population of France.  The per capita rate of casualties in France is thus 8.19 per million and for the US it is 1.65 — France’s per capita rate of casualties is thus 4.97 times higher than the rate in the US.

Source: UPDATED: Crime Prevention Research Center

Lookout, scarry: “‘Ghost guns’ may haunt us all for a long time”

I’d like to propose a gun control idea. This one aimed at curbing the number of new guns hitting American streets: Let’s make so-called do-it-yourself gun kits illegal.

How about “let’s not.”

What part of “…shall not be infringed.” is so difficult to understand?

How exactly do you think you will enforce manufacturing of frames when all one needs is a 3-D printer? How will you stop the same manufacturing of 3-D printed metal parts?

Why attempt to centralize and hamstring a manufacturing revolution in distributed manufacturing of inanimate objects, and destroy an entire industry?

Smells like a solution looking for a problem or crony capitalism to me.

Source: Albuquerque Journal

The FDA, Crony Capitalism, and Wealth and Health Destruction.

This Could Be the Last Stand for Vaping

The vape industry currently stands on the edge of complete demise thanks to regulatory overreach. However, two Congressmen, Reps. Tom Cole (R-OK) and Sanford Bishop (D-GA), recently introduced legislation, which, if passed, may grant the e-cigarette industry a much-needed reprieve.

Over the past year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has targeted the e-cigarette industry, using false claims and fear-mongering to pass regulations that will likely put the majority of the industry out of business.

The new regulations were, of course, created in the name of protecting the American people from a potentially dangerous product. In reality, however, the only entity actually protected by these new laws is big tobacco.

In the Name of Cronyism

The FDA is, without a doubt, one of the worst offenders of cronyism within the United States government. And considering the size and scope of our federal bureaucratic system, this title is not easily earned.

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Authorities investigating whether Kansas triple shooting that killed one was a hate crime

Sometimes you are left scratching your head at what passes for reporting and press conferences.

Reporter lead in: “The FBI now investigating whether this is a hate crime.” FBI Talking Head: “Our role in this is investigation is to work jointly with local law enforcement to determine if an individual’s civil rights were violated.

Well, I for one am glad the FBI apparently has the special training to help out the rubes in that backward part of the United States.

It must take a lot of special schooling to figure out if someone’s individual civil rights were violated… or perhaps such wisdom and insight rubs off on you by working around such high functioning individuals one often finds in the federal bureaucracies.

Then there is this:

“I strongly condemn violence of any kind, especially if it is motivated by prejudice and xenophobia.” – Kansas Senator Jerry Moran

You know, because that violence that is motivated by prejudice and xenophobia is so much worse that the violence that isn’t.

Source: Yahoo

CCW Holder Wrongly Convicted in 5 Minutes, for Defending His Life from BLM Thugs

Those actions right there… yeah, potentially just saved lives.

Wait… where were the police to protect him?

If the same menacing crowd/individual were advancing on a police officer, what would the officer be allowed to do to protect himself?

What should any person be allowed to do in such a situation? Should they be allowed to fight or should they become a victim?

Laws that disarm people make victims out of people they disarm.

As the mob continued to surround and outflank him, they chanted “get him” and other nasty garbage. Mike did what any expert would teach any student to do; he retreated as best he could before being surrounded and overwhelmed by the ever growing mob. Realizing he was now nearly surrounded and in fear for his life, Mike drew his lawfully concealed firearm and used it to keep the crowd at bay. He never fired a shot, and in fact, his finger never touched the trigger.

Also, chose your words well, it matters…

Mike is an independent journalist/videographer who was covering a progressive anarchist “demonstration” in Portland, Oregon when he became surrounded by a mob of radical, anarchists.

Mike wasn’t being attacked by anarchists, radical or otherwise. How do I know?

Because attacking another person/property is very anti-anarchist, it’s downright collectivist, way on the other side of the spectrum of anarchy).

Apparently, Mike was being attacked by another front group of collectivists poorly disguising themselves as anarchists.

Source: ammoland.com

Russia Calls For New World Order

Talk about being out of touch with reality… trying to centralize in a decentralizing world.

Lolz…

Russia wants global leaders to embrace a new world order where the U.S. and other western nations are not calling the shots, but rather sovereign nations will follow international law based on its national interests. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow was seeking closer with Washington while also refusing to cower to the NATO militant alliance led by the U.S.

Source: yahoo.com/news

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