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  • KenK's picture
    KenK 35 weeks 6 days ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    About the only way to non-violently stop a UAV is with an EMP, which presents other issues of it's own. 
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    KenK 35 weeks 6 days ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    So lots of these forums are "honey traps" for gun owners?
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    KenK 35 weeks 6 days ago Web link strike
    That takes some of the shine off of Stanford's brand if that's all it takes to get in.
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    Darkcrusade 36 weeks 13 hours ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    Really?! https://www.ar15.com/forums/ Look up Project Phoenix , Nam era. Every single firearm forum is run by LEO's. All Gun shows are lousy with em.
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    Glock27 36 weeks 17 hours ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Alex. I smile at your bug out bag, but, exactly where are you going to bug out too? That is a question many preppers have asked themselves after reviewing the potential; they just ain't no where to really bug out too because everyone else is going to be bugging out also. It will be crowded. The current trending philosophy in prepperdom is to maintain your position and build a relationship with neighbors, and defend your position. What would you advocate the elderly to do, or those with physical disabilities, or medical problems. We can't bug out. I have more fear over what the government is going to do if this catastrophic event were to take place. Please forgive me Alex, but I think you should be searching for a more solid plan than running out the door and into the woods, a your essay seems to imply. Ah! The woods. That place is going to be chuck full of preppers. Everybody and their brother and sister and mother and father are going to be in the woods hunting for food to shoot or trap or fish. Prepping is not as simple as packing up a bag and bugging. Today it is becoming more and more of an art and a science. I am not certain at this point if your are truly serious about prepping or if this is an experimental thing for you. Is it experimental, or is it serious?
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    KenK 36 weeks 1 day ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    I tried to start a thread on a firearms web forum about that very topic and wondered out loud about the best way to shoot them down but the admin removed the thread as "inappropriate". I have never understood why gun people are such invenerate cop groupies. 
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    KenK 36 weeks 4 days ago Web link KenK
    The activist behind this is a wealthy internet millionaire and if he wants to do this he has the funds to, so I would ignore bleats for money. Just sayin'. Save your money or donate it to STR or like minded, independent efforts and outfits. My opinion FWIW.
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    KenK 37 weeks 1 day ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    Kentucky is a much more civilized place than NYC or SF in that sense. And most Kentuckians have the firepower to personally enforce their privacy and property rights there as well. Good on them.
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    mjackso6 37 weeks 2 days ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Unfortunately, this wouldn't work for me. I've got family who would need protection under these circumstances, including young children who aren't in my custody. I couldn't just "bug out" and leave them to deal with whatever was coming.
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 37 weeks 4 days ago Web link KenK
    At $0.015 per fluid ounce that adds over $1 to the price of any two-liter bottle subject to Philly's soda tax. People aren't gonna stop drinking soda, they'll just buy as much as they can outside the city like NYC people do with cigarettes. And if this tax starts going higher to make up for unexpected shortfalls in collections, organized smuggling operations will spring up. How about a lying politician tax? For every provable falsehood a Philly pol gets caught in, 1.5 percent of his/her pay is withheld and returned to the treasury? Seems fair to me.
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    KenK 37 weeks 4 days ago Web link KenK
    If I had had this option back in the day I would have bailed on public skools after about seventh grade and just read stuff and worked on things, volunteered, travelled, etc and then taken the GED test upon turning 16 and taken a state diploma. (Just to have that peice of paper to show people, just in case anybody I care about ever asked.)
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    KenK 37 weeks 4 days ago Web link KenK
    We'd get more reliable "news" if these mofos faced real consequences for this constant use  of "unnamed sources" bullshit that they put out there as actual reportage. The networks need to start viewing these people as reporters who "report" not as media stars who are above reproach. Goofs that continually predict stock markets crashes or gold price drops/spikes on CNBC or Bloomberg and then go on to be totally wrong, eventually get dropped from the guest list. But not Whitehouse reporters tho. Just sayin'. 
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    KenK 37 weeks 4 days ago Web link KenK
    Doh!
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    KenK 37 weeks 4 days ago Web link KenK
    We found an old Kelvinator refrig in a house we were rehabbing. Built of steel, fiber glass insulation and lead plated inside.  Built like a tank. We cleaned that bitch up and put it in the garage where it kept our beer and live bait or whatever cold for years and years. Indiana Jones hid in one like it to avoid a nuke blast in the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull movie. American companies used to build the shit back in the day.
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    Alex R. Knight III 37 weeks 4 days ago Web link KenK
    My washer & dryer are from 1981 and 1972 respectively.  Maytag & Sears Kenmore.  Still work just fine, and even the owner of a local appliance store says to hang on to them until the very last because the new ones suck so bad.
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    Alex R. Knight III 37 weeks 4 days ago Web link KenK
    For the second time now.  The first was that infamous "what if" speech he gave.
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    rita 37 weeks 4 days ago Web link KenK
    Too bad we can't "pull" Trump for making the same claim.
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    mishochu 37 weeks 5 days ago Page Paul Hein
    That was awesome. Note too, "we" are supposedly those Money Trees from which the legislative gangs derive unlimited funding for anything. By hook (inflation) or by crook (taxation).
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    Jim Davies 37 weeks 6 days ago Page Paul Hein
    Delightfully logical, Paul. You maybe forgot the Money Trees, though; I'm told they grow all along the National Mall and their fruit provides unlimited funding for anything. Even the petals of their blossom, at this season, can be used as IOUs.
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    Jim Davies 38 weeks 6 days ago Blog entry Alex R. Knight III
    You're thumping only one tub, Alex, but that is an excellent letter.   Guns are important, but not crucial. Coincidentally, today's edition of the Zero Government Blog explains.
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 39 weeks 15 hours ago Web link felix.ireton
    Cordwood is a better choice and much more aesthetically pleasing for a perm or semi-perm structure. 
  • Jim Davies's picture
    Jim Davies 39 weeks 1 day ago Web link KenK
    I don't subscribe to the view that real freedom will result from repeated secession, creating ever more but smaller government entities; but do concede that several small ones are preferable to one big one because they must then in some degree compete with each other, to attract people to join the tax farm each operates. Therefore, the freedom-seeker can vote with his feet, and play one government off against another.   I did that myself, years ago, by quitting Her Majesty's farm and joining this one. And as you probably know, more than a few libertarians are currently leaving other States and moving to New Hampshire, which harasses residents less than most others.
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    KenK 39 weeks 1 day ago Web link KenK
    One less is better tho, Jim. I'd be more than happy if my township, county, and school board state entities disappeared, even if it leaves Michigan and the USgov untouched. Local sorts are the ones that are the most numerous meddlers in my daily life. People whine and moan continually about the federal agencies and the rest of the Big State, but honestly it's the "local" gov minions that trip me up the most. The only fed I have interacted with in the last decade or so was a federal egg inspector who knocked on my door cuz she was lost. Oh, and the Census Bureau "enumerator" guy in 2010.
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    Jim Davies 39 weeks 1 day ago Web link KenK
    Nothing, alas, is withering away except a town line. It's a border adjustment, no more. The hapless hundred residents of Centerville will have even less control over their own lives and fortunes than they do today; instead of breaking up a large political entity (eg Brexit, USSR) this is the opposite; a small one is being swallowed up by a larger one.
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 39 weeks 2 days ago Web link KenK
    I wonder how many "normies" (ie. non-ancap types, etc.) would vote (I know, I know. Voting? Reeee!) who honestly toted up on a balance sheet of pluses and minuses would vote to abolish whole classes of institutional government? But on the other hand, as with numerous instances of genuine populism when put to a vote, the deep state would find some way to thwart it, so why bother? It's getting harder and harder for the deep state to keep up the pretense that all these elections, laws, regulations, matter at all, and that's it's really all about force. The USA is coming to it's own perestroika moment similar to the one the Soviet ruling class faced in 1990. 
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    Alex R. Knight III 40 weeks 1 day ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Hi Doug:  Good to hear from you!  Pack's just under 30 lbs. now.  Knives can break, and just like with guns, different ones are for different things.   Not saying which way I'd go while bugging out.  :-)  Would depend on the cause anyway.   Few locally know I'm a prepper -- I definitely don't advertise it and for the reasons you say.   Glad you liked the column.  :-)
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    Jim Davies 40 weeks 1 day ago Page Kevin M. Patten
    Touché.
  • Ned Netterville's picture
    Ned Netterville 40 weeks 2 days ago Page Kevin M. Patten
    "Like its immeasurably superior rival Cambridge..." Aw, Jim, Cambridge has its failings, as for example: J.M. Keynes, King's College.
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    Ned Netterville 40 weeks 2 days ago Page Kevin M. Patten
    Kevin, and anyone else listening, based on 34+ years experience in AA, I've never heard of a judge or PO checking to determine that the person who signed the court paper wasn't your cell mate who you met outside before the meeting and signed it for you. Of course if you are an AA member and you are trying to get honest with yourself and others, this won't do.
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    Ned Netterville 40 weeks 2 days ago Page Kevin M. Patten
    Kevin, and anyone else listening, based on 34+ years experience in AA, I've never heard of a judge or PO checking to determine that the person who signed the court paper wasn't your cell mate who you met outside before the meeting. Of course if you are an AA member and you are trying to get honest with yourself and others, this won't do.
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    Ned Netterville 40 weeks 2 days ago Page Kevin M. Patten
    "At this point I should confirm the reader’s guess: I have been arrested for breaking the drinking laws, afterwards coerced into AA. Moreover, a recent episode (I won’t detail here) in my life saw me not just inside the meetings, but also another drug treatment flock, to whom I was to bring said-signatures to..." Kevin, Among other epithets, I would describe myself as a voluntaryist (a.k.a., pacifist/anarchist), a disciple (a.k.a., student and follower, however haltingly) of Jesus of Nazareth, an alcoholic and a member of AA. I used to "take" AA meetings into the local county jail, where those who were allowed to attend had to have their judge's approval, and since I always brought some good donuts to go with the jailhouse coffee, a lot of those at the meeting were just there for the donuts, but almost to a man over ten years and maybe 200 of these meetings, I can't recall even one attendee who wasn't at least courteous and a little curious about what besides donuts we (usually 2 of us) AAs had to offer. Of those who had their judges' approval to attend, I suspect most if not all had more than "your honors" permission. They were order to go. At most if not all of these meetings, I would point out to them, as I point out to you and as you point out in your essay, that they could not be coerced by any judge to attend AA meetings. This always brought a reaction: "My judge told me if I didn't attend AA 3-times a week for two years my probation (or parole) would be suspended and I'd have to finish my two-year sentence." Me: "Well let me tell you, a United States Court of Appeals has held that it is a violation of your civil rights to be forced to attend AA. I can assure you, if you bring that to the judges attention he will back off and won't send you to AA. Of course he may make you do your two years, but he can't make you go to AA. So if you don't want to go to AA, don't go. The worst the judge can do to you is send you back to jail. I don't know for sure because I've only spent less than 140 days in jails, but I'm sure I could do two years standing on my head if I didn't want to be coerced into attending AA. I think I understand what motivates your animosity to AA, and I can't say I blame you. But I once went to jail because I refused a judge's order to do the IRS's bidding. And I'm not at all happy about AA's general (not 100% by any means) cooperation with the courts by signing papers to prove attendance by those who are court ordered. Some groups refuse to sign them, and that I think would keep the court-sent perverts away. But the crucial point I would make is that in my 79 years of life, about 50 of them as a libertarian, I have never known a more freedom-oriented group than AA. No dues, no fees, no taxes, no rules, no regulations. The Traditions say "the only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking," and I like to add no one will ever check your desire if you want to attend meetings without it. You become a member of AA by saying so to yourself. The traditions also say "our leaders are servants the do not govern." No one in AA can tell anyone to do anything and make it stick, and the few who might attempt to do so are usually gone in a few years at most if they don't change. The libertarian tradition of AA tends to drive control freaks away. I assume some of them go away like you, dissing AA, but that's okay, AA has broad shoulders and most of us aren't upset by dissing. As one who looks forward to the demise of the violent nation-state, I think AA serves as a model of how well a group of people can operate in the absence of coercive authority. As for Bill Wilson, whatever his shortcomings, some of his writings are the essence of libertarian "doctrine." In at least two he pays his respect to the concept of anarchism. In my book, for that reason, he can't be all bad as some of his detractors would have it. I was never "sent" by a court to AA, although my wife who has more power than any court sent me. But if it had been the state's doing, I might still be "out there" slamming 'em down--or, much more likely, dead. Keep the faith, Ned
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    Ned Netterville 40 weeks 2 days ago Web link KenK
    This is unquestionable one of the best anti-war songs. It plays off WW I and the terrible slaughter of young men in the fields of France. The last verse is so utterly poignant I can still shed a tear fro young Willie McBride and all the young victims "who were butchered and damned." "Did they really believe that this war would end wars." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rThFCuAgxPg
  • Alex R. Knight III's picture
    Alex R. Knight III 40 weeks 4 days ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    http://everything-voluntary.com/letting-go-social-change
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    Douglas Herman 40 weeks 5 days ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Alex! Dude! You already live in the primo bug out state of Vermont. BTW, what's the pack weigh? And why so many knives? Trade items?   When I rode thru Vermont in 1984, the guy at the border w Canada welcomed me and said the north part was owned by Canadians and the southern part owned by Bostonians. If you "bug out" which direction wpould you go? Me, I'd go to Bernie's house on the lake.   Keep up the good work, and perhaps you could host a "bug out" party and wake folks up. But if too many peeps know you're a prepper, they'll just flock to you and beg for help when TSHTF.
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    KenK 40 weeks 5 days ago Web link A. Magnus
    No surprise here. This is "what democracy looks like!"
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    Alex R. Knight III 41 weeks 4 days ago Web link KenK
    Pending approval, I have a forthcoming column about this.
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    KenK 42 weeks 4 days ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    It's far easier to draw people into a nice clean well ordered nation like Germany is. Esp if it's got generous welfare benefits like she does. Why would they ever want to go back to home to their African or middle eastern shit holes? And it's why govs shouldn't trawl for migrants.
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    Jim Davies 43 weeks 17 hours ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    There's been something fishy about this whole saga. For half a century, Germans have welcomed Turks as Gastarbeiter, temporary workers to make good a shortage of labor. When Merkel rolled out the mat for these refugees, who had been holed up in Turkey, I supposed it was an extension of the same program; and yet they were left to make a harrowing journey on foot instead of booking tickets on Lufthansa or Turkish Airlines. If they were welcome, why didn't the German consul in Istanbul issue visas? And by the way, why were they unable to stay in Turkey, where the climate and culture suits them so much better?   Now that the mat is being rolled up again, $100 million would buy a lot of tickets; what's the problem? - it's nearly $600 per unwanted refugee. At that rate it should be pretty easy to charter some planes - or trains, by dusting off the Orient Express - to take them back to whence they came.   Or is it that the Turkish government will not take them?    
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    KenK 43 weeks 1 day ago Web link Melinda L. Secor
    Poor taxpayers. Pay to let them in pay to get them out. With no visible means of support, why were any of them (women children & injured excepted) allowed in? Able-bodied uninjured single men aren't refugees.
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 43 weeks 5 days ago Web link strike
    Not a morale booster.
  • Jim Davies's picture
    Jim Davies 43 weeks 5 days ago
    Splitsville
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    Nonsense. Panarchy is for losers. Also see the current ZGBlog.
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    Alex R. Knight III 43 weeks 6 days ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Glad you liked the column.  :-)
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    Alex R. Knight III 43 weeks 6 days ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    Between what's in the AR-7 magazines and the 26 extra rounds, that's 50 total.  Plus 10 rounds total for the .38 -- I think that's a good balance.   And yes, as stated, there's certainly room for other items and modification of the list -- especially depending on time of year.   But again, weight and travelling light is a paramount consideration.
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    Paul 43 weeks 6 days ago Page Alex R. Knight III
    That little pencil sharpener sounds like a good idea, hadn't heard of that. You need at least an extra box of .22LR, maybe more (for trade items if nothing else). Tarp or poncho? Netting to keep bugs off the face? Emergency blanket?
  • KenK's picture
    KenK 43 weeks 6 days ago
    Splitsville
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    Who'd marry someone that's a lefty ex-prison guard? Talk about an authoritarian personality eh? She's doing that dude a favor. Sheesh.
  • Paul's picture
    Paul 43 weeks 6 days ago
    Splitsville
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    We all need a divorce. It's called "Panarchy". Other than that, it sure was nice saying "a pox on both your houses" in the last election.
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    Paul 43 weeks 6 days ago Web link A. Magnus
    This reveals the downsides of being "law-abiding". As we learned from experience on our homeschooling email list, many mothers who registered with the state wish they hadn't, while no noncompliant mom ever wished she had.
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    Paul 43 weeks 6 days ago Web link A. Magnus
    Four tanks in Estonia. Yeah, that ought to deter the Russians.
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    Paul 43 weeks 6 days ago Web link strike
    Yeah, I don't believe the "duped" line either.
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    Douglas Herman 44 weeks 9 hours ago Page Mark Davis
    Brilliant column, Mark. Too bad the NYT or the New Yorker cannot publish this for their snowflake progressive readership. Found your summation equally spot on:     "P.S.: The reason that conservatives didn’t fall to pieces when Bill Clinton took office following the Reagan/Bush regime and after Obama was elected following eight years of rule by Bush II, is that they have a deeper sense of culture that gives them structure and meaning in life. There were no violent protests by conservatives or public crying and whining about losing a popularity contest used to determine who gets to wear the “Ring of Power.” The reason that so many progressives are having mental breakdowns these days, complete with intense anger and impetuous violence, is the nihilism of their philosophy that does not allow for meaningful value judgments as to morals, culture and social norms. Indeed, they scorn these ideals as boorish, uneducated and ultimately stupid (you know, social constructs). This is why libertarians can typically tolerate conservative statists longer than progressive statists: a common respect for social norms not imposed by the state.?