Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Prepping is...

There is an abundance of "prepping" pieces out there - from the Sublime to the Ridiculous. It's much easier to find a cornucopia of the latter than the occasional gem of the former.
Here is one of those gems - especially appropriate for the Doubters and Scoffers.

In 2010, 8.5 million tourists visited Syria, accounting for 14% of their entire GDP. Eight years later, they have almost half a million dead citizens, and ten million more displaced into Europe. They didn’t see this coming, because if they did, they would have fled sooner. Nobody notices the signs of impending doom unless they’re looking carefully.

Further, the elites of a nation rarely take it on the chin. They can hop on a plane. The poor, disenfranchised, and defenseless experience the preponderance of the suffering, violence, and death. They’re the ones that should be worried.

Pretend you’re someone with your eyes on the horizon. What would you be looking for, exactly? Increasing partisanship. Civil disorder. Coup rhetoric. A widening wealth gap. A further entrenching oligarchy. Dysfunctional governance. The rise of violent extremist ideologies such as Nazism and Communism. Violent street protests. People marching with masks and dressing like the Italian Blackshirts. Attempts at large scale political assassination. Any one of those might not necessarily be the canary in the coal mine, but all of them in aggregate might be alarming to someone with their eyes on the horizon. Someone with disproportionate faith in the state is naturally inclined to disregard these sorts of events as a cognitive bias, while someone with little faith in the state might take these signs to mean they should buy a few more boxes of ammunition.
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Sunday, May 6, 2018

(un) Happy B'day, Karl

Plenty of stupid ideas kill people. But one man’s stupid ideas have killed over a hundred million people.

Karl Marx was born 200 years ago today. And despite the utter failure of his communist philosophy in practice, the cult lives on. Still people want to try again… this time they will get it right.

Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels originally published The Communist Manifesto in 1848. It laid out the beliefs and action plan of the Communist Party. The goal was to get communists of every nationality to rise up and unite to overthrow their “capitalist oppressors.”

Little did they know their words would be used by the likes of Stalin and Mao as justification for over 100 million murders meant to supposedly move society forward.

In America, the goals of the communists have crept their way into society with little fanfare. Many people have no idea that public schools, the graduated income tax, and even a central state-controlled bank (like the Federal Reserve) were tenets of the Communist Manifesto.

The points are boiled down in one section of the manifesto to a list of ten main goals. These are the goals, in Marx and Engels’ own words, followed by an analysis of how deeply they have seeped into the United States governing structure.

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Big Brother - RIP

Robert Craig Wilson, 77, a resident of Amherst, NH, died on March 22, 2018 at his home. He was born January 16, 1941 in Wayne, New Jersey to Robert Baer Wilson and Katharine Ann Greiner. He graduated from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a BA in Economics in 1964. After graduation he joined the U.S. Navy, was commissioned in February 1965 and received his Naval Aviator wings in 1967. He married Nancy Howatt in 1972. 

Bob saw three tours of duty in Vietnam aboard the aircraft carriers USS Yorktown, Hornet and Kitty Hawk. In February 1974 he lost both legs below the knee in a flight deck accident on the deck of the Kitty Hawk. He retired from the U.S. Navy in August 1974 with the rank of Lieutenant Commander. 

Bob became actively involved with the National Amputee Golf Association while living in California. After moving with his family to New Hampshire in 1986 he was elected to the position of Executive Director. During this time he founded the First Swing Learn to Golf program to teach golf to the physically challenged community. In addition to his work for NAGA, he became editor and publisher of Amputee Golfer, a magazine directed to an amputee golfing population around the globe. It should be noted that the National Amputee Golf Association is an all volunteer organization of amputees working to help other amputees. 

He was actively involved in conducting First Swing clinics for wounded soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan at Walter Reed Army Hospital, Brooke Army Medical Center and Ft. Carson, Colorado. These clinics involved teaching pros and rehab specialists how to teach their patients on the first day of a clinic and working one on one with the disabled on the second day. When he told his story to returning soldiers he said he was a relic of the Vietnam era. Bob was an amputee for 44 years. Broken soldiers who didn’t know how they can face another day found comfort in being around one who did face the day. And then the next one. 

In September 2005 he was featured in Golf Digest in a My Shot article by Guy Yocum. Other highlights included being awarded the DAV National Commander’s trophy in 1990 and the International Network of Golf Writers and Associates Dennis Walters Courage Award in 1995. 

Over the span of a lifetime Bob assisted in the formation of the British, South African, Australian and Canadian Amputee Golf Associations. For years he traveled to tournaments around the country and overseas. Bob was flown to South Africa twice over the years - once to help form the South African Amputee Golf Association and years later to be recognized for his work for the association. 

I don’t think there are words to adequately describe Bob’s contribution to the disabled community. He invited questions wherever he went. People would just walk up to him and begin sharing their own stories or those of relatives who have lost limbs. He shared his story with anyone who wanted to hear it. He taught by example.

Family members include his wife of 45 years, Nancy (Howatt) Wilson of Amherst; two sons and daughters-in-law, Craig and Moray Wilson of Newburyport, MA and Alexander and Johanna Wilson of Amesbury, MA; four grandchildren, Audrey M. Wilson, Cole R. Wilson, Madeline O. Wilson and Georgia L. Wilson; a sister and brother-in-law Stephanie A. and Robert Lucas of FL; a brother and sister-in-law Brian M. and Cassandra Wilson of VA; several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are private. Burial will be in the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery, Boscawen, NH, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to the National Amputee Golf Association Scholarship Fund ( or Veterans Count New Hampshire (see Facebook).

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Another FB Exchange

In response to posting this piece on the Libertas Media Project Facebook page, I received the following:

 Jeff A - Are there enough honorable government officials that will act on the oath they took to be able to hold them accountable?

LMP: Cynically - and historically honest - No. Because at its roots, Government isn't an "honorable" institution. Ideals and lofty goals notwithstanding, Government operates no differently than Organized Crime: a gang of thugs with guns who tell you how to live, then steal your property to fund the "protection and services" they allegedly provide. Just as with the Mafia, try telling them you don't need or want their "services". Aggressive Force - illegal and immoral - is the heart and soul of Government. How could such a fetid body attract anyone with honor? Even if it did, how effective could one or two be against the Leviathan that is Government?

Friday, March 16, 2018

The Evolution of Devolution

Judging from the cornucopia of commentary abroad in the land since the Parkland, FL shooting, there is a sudden and urgent concern for the status of our "society"; specifically "how the hell did we get here?" Responses have ranged from Woodstock to CNN, marijuana to internet porn, public schools to the NRA, NFL Instant Replay to Harvey Weinstein. While one might contend the above are inextricably connected in ways that could only thrill reclusive sociologists and myopic data miners, the answer and cure may have a common point of origin. Put another way: "chicken" or the "egg" is immaterial; the two may be synonymous!

The Evolution...

Toward the end of the Baby Boomer generation and beginning of Gen X (1965-1985 approx), new consumer toys began hitting the market. "Pong" appeared in 1972. The new shooter game "Space Invaders" invaded circa 1978. With its overwhelming success, the floodgates were opened. Arcades with similar but more graphically sophisticated war-like games appeared in shopping malls around the country. In-home "play stations" followed by more interactive games and uglier themes. Today, hand-held Smart Phones and Tablets provide everything now-extinct Mall Arcades did while home "gaming" has reached professional proportions. Following in the innovative footsteps of Radio and then TV, the Techno-Monster was born! Its first tentacle wrapped around otherwise imaginative, physically active, family immersed children. Initially, parents were just happy with a new rainy-day distraction.