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Historically, how many 20 year plans withstand 'outside events'/Black Swans to actually bear a meaningful resemblance to their original intent and purpose? 

Great article. 

4 days, 7 hours ago on The Harmonious Fist Of China: Twenty Years of Strategy In The Making

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Good men, Respect. 

1 week, 4 days ago on US Wants Australian SOF to Fight the Islamic State

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Over my head, just tries to be nice to people. All I got. :)

1 week, 5 days ago on Transgenders In The Military Exist

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@SixTwo There are some GORUCK events in NYC this fall. I wish you the best, there was a Ranger a while back who did a Heavy in preparation for SFAS down in TX. 

1 week, 5 days ago on The Lies and Stolen Valor: Cory Alan Jackson, of Range Time

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@SixTwo @Jaycel Adkins @Loren Schofield @landshark222 @DanielMarkert Respect for heading off to SFAS. Out of curiosity, have you done any GORUCK events or followed any of the selection plans by Military Athlete? 

1 week, 5 days ago on The Lies and Stolen Valor: Cory Alan Jackson, of Range Time

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@Loren Schofield @landshark222 @DanielMarkert For $300 I can take a Defensive Handgun class - two days from this RangeTime Tactical Shooting (IF you never actually done anything or been a part of something that was 'Tactical' why...well..nevermind). 

OR

For $275 I can take a 'Tactical' Handgun Class - one day, from a retired Delta Force Assault Team Leader who was an instructor at Operator Training Course for Delta. 


2 weeks, 1 day ago on The Lies and Stolen Valor: Cory Alan Jackson, of Range Time

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@Loren Schofield @Recon6 @Jaycel Adkins I just see the problem in with a different lens. 

We have seen a number of examples of these types of events where collapse is not in the cards. Of course the argument will be that none of those events were the BIG ONE. And you would be right, they aren't. But the question becomes, when the BIG ONE happens, will things be akin to what happened before, or will it be so big that it just overwhelms not just ability to recover materially, but would scramble the minds of hundreds of millions of people to make a moral choice that due to this singular event (no electricity via attack) civilization, altruism, virtue, and community must be abandoned. And what must be embraced is some form of Hobbesian world view where the lack of electricity (a lack that humanity has experienced for 99.9% of it's existence) necessarily and only can lead to a 'war of all against all.' 

My intuition is that is not how it will play out. 

Hopefully we'll never know just how wrong we both are. 

2 weeks, 1 day ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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@Loren Schofield @landshark222 @DanielMarkert Rather take instruction from a former Tier One Operator than a current youtube celeb. 

2 weeks, 1 day ago on The Lies and Stolen Valor: Cory Alan Jackson, of Range Time

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@Loren Schofield To be frank, I don't know ultimately how the scenario plays out. Hence my caution about predicting the fall of Civilization and deaths of tens/hundreds of millions of people. 

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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@Kiyabear @Loren Schofield And the 9 most frightening words in that scenario will truly be ;) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhYJS80MgYA

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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@Loren Schofield Given that the scenario is fiction and you are the author of it, Loren. I'll concede that you can plot this thing however you wish. 

I'm OK with that. 

;)

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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@YankeePapa @Jaycel Adkins @Loren Schofield My reply was to Loren, so I was taking his scenario of a Terrorist act as the starting off point. 

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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@Loren Schofield And you assume that we would get no help from the 'outside?' 

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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@Loren Schofield All the more reason for our allies to come in and help us rebuild the grid. 

It's as if the The Wall from Game of Thrones is suddenly erected around the borders of the United States once these bombs go off. 

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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@Recon6 @Jaycel Adkins Check out these books, they have informed a lot of my thinking on the subject of how things would go and how we would get back up on our feet afterwards. I'm a bit obsessed with the idea of extinction level events like last five mass extinctions, the current sixth one (if you believe in that sort of thing) and how best to survive (resilience) and ultimately thrive (anti-fragility). 

Some cool books: 

Scatter, Adapt, and Remember: How Humans will Survive a Mass Extinction by AnnaLee Newitz. 

The Knowledge: How to rebuild our world from scratch, by Lewis Dartnell

Apocalyptic Planet by Craig Childs

The Disaster Diaries by Sam Sheridan

A Paradise Built in Hell by Rebecca Solnitt

There is a pretty cool youtube interview by Joe Rogan with Randall Clarkson that covers some previous extinction level events and some spooky theories about 'lost' civilizations etc. You would have to just search Randall Clarkson and Joe Rogan Podcast to find it. 

I would just give links, but the comments always want to bring in photos, etc. Looks obnoxious!!

Cheers brother and take care. Enjoy the Florida weather, glad no hurricanes this season yet, two more months…knock on wood!

2 weeks, 2 days ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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@CL0VR Great plot. :)

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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@Recon6 @Jaycel Adkins A lot of interesting research and scholarship has gone into what would happen given a true collapse of society. 

Barring a mass extinction level event, which interestingly enough, can't really be human caused, I think things will pan out ok. We are special, but not THAT Special. 

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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@TexGrl @Recon6 Or be amazed at how few people actually die and how much havoc is actually not unleashed upon the world. Look at the recent two tsunamis of the last decade that resulted in hundreds of thousands of deaths. Those societies didn't collapse into some Malthusian death struggle. 

It's a troubling vulnerability, but I don't think we need to make it the cause for concern about the future survivability of civilization of the United States. 


2 weeks, 3 days ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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@YankeePapa Where are these figures of a decade long reconstruction effort and 80 million US deaths coming from? 

I mean, is electricity the definitive reason that those 80 million people are alive today? The argument necessitates the premise that the electrical grid is the primary cause or reason for this 'surplus population.' 

Turning machines back on is not the same as rebuilding everything from scratch. 

It is not as if, an EMP would vaporize the knowledge base already in existence that the 19th century didn't have, nor make all the equipment and infrastructure that would not be effected by an EMP suddenly disappear into thin air. 

Lossing electricity is not akin to extraterrestrial impact, caldera volcanoes, etc. 

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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Really, a week without power and it's Katrina across a Continent? Isn't the danger scenario not about lack of electricity, but a sustained absence of food? 

People would quickly start turning on each other, criminal elements would use the chaos and lack of police to do whatever they want, and more than likely it would negatively affect the dollar causing instability in the market worldwide.

In a review of Solnitt's 'A Paradise in Hell": 

Solnit tells many poignant stories of altruism, courage, and compassionate social action. In 1906 San Francisco, for example, we meet Amelia Hoshouser, a middle-class woman who fed thousands of people in her makeshift “Mizpah Café,” while throughout the city soup kitchens, shelters, and relief projects emerged from collective human spirit as if spontaneously from the ruins. The quake led William James (then visiting at Stanford University) to realize that fierce collective action in the public interest can be “the moral equivalent of war.” Meanwhile, Brigadier General Frederick Funston, commanding officer at the Presidio Military Base, marched troops into the city with instructions to shoot the “unlicked mob” (orders that, tragically, some soldiers carried out). Dorothy Day, experiencing the quake as a child, went on to devote her life to recreating systems of social service for the hungry and poor staffed by Catholic Worker volunteers.

Thomas Hobbes remains a political theorist to be reckoned with, but I will never read Hobbes the same way again. Breaking down Hobbes’s conception of a supposedly natural “war of all against all,” Solnit’s empiricism demonstrates that neighborhood societies of cooperation and mutual aid arise precisely when official institutions of sovereign authority have broken down, leaving no one to help the wounded or traumatized except for other survivors, neighbors, and health providers. Solnit shows how often the greatest post-disaster threats to human security and welfare come not from “anarchy” or even “looting” but from the panicked, militarized overreaction of elites who fear a loss of power and control.

http://www.ssireview.org/book_reviews/entry/paradise_built_in_hell_extraordinary_communities_disaster_rebecca_solnit

If such an attack would lead to many months where people are forced to starve because of lack of food, that would be troubling. But days and weeks after is somewhat questionable, since it means people would suddenly loose the gifts of millions of years of evolution to adapt to new, but unfortunate circumstance. 

The scenarios and examples of how actual attacks themselves would take place is pretty interesting and worthwhile to be considered about, and hopefully have those in charge actually do something about. 

The resulting scenario of Mad Max style scenarios developing a mere week after such an event are not something I think would actually happen. In fact, if actual history serves any lessons, I don't fear my neighbors so much as I fear: the what as a result of an attack, have proven to be incompetent Government officials, the actions of Government in the resulting fall out. 

I would fear 'elite panic' rather than looters in the scenario described in this informative article, irregardless of what I think is it's erroneous conclusion on how my fellow neighbors and citizens would act....once the A/C, internet, and refrigerators shut off. 

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Red Team: Terrorist Attack on America

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@ColonelProp Goodness, is the CDC, Vaccine makers and Big Pharma a part of this Cabal, too? What role is Monsanto and Cargill going to play? Is that was the GMO movement really was about? Take over the food supply and then flip the seed switch to off and let the riff raff starve? 

Do I need to re-hang my Jenny McCarthy posters back on the wall….for a totally new reason? 

C'mon now. Is there a Red Dot on Bill and Melinda Gates, as well? Or are they in on it, too?

You are having a laugh at me CP, you, of all the people here, have some idea of the scales such a conspiracy would take. By definition planetary. Supposedly, the South Africans Whites couldn't pull off this sterilization plan on the SA Blacks, but some dandruff headed policy wonks and mustachioed hipsters, can on a global scale? 

Argh!!!!Head Explodes!!!


;)

2 weeks, 3 days ago on Never Underestimate the Bad Guys

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@Recon6 @ColonelProp Do you think increasing human population with all it's necessary increases in a variety of variables, most not particularly good for life of anything on the planet is just a myth? 

Isn't it a straw man to say that if one does believe that human population increases coupled with resource depletion is something to be avoided, that the ONLY way to avoid this scenario is some nefarious plot to murder billions of people. 

How exactly? 

Nukes? Wouldn't that kinda defeat the point for tree huggers? 

Bioweapons? Wouldn't that kinda defeat the point for tree huggers? 

Hutu power style with machetes? I've seen my fair share of tree huggers, they are a bit too Twee to go full berserk mode. 

I've gotten dismayed by my own clan's descent into being Social Justice Warriors, mostly because they all lost their sense of humor. But I'm dubious of this idea that people capable, thus far, of typing Hashtags into their smart phones, are the architects of the FINAL Final Solution. 

They are too busy being Ironic about the whole thing. 

:P

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Never Underestimate the Bad Guys

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Great to see that Indiegogo Campaign is fully funded. 

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Episode 108: Dakheel, a Yezidi Interpreter in Iraq, and Matt Victoriano, a Marine Scout Sniper

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Superb comment thread for a superb article. Very interesting reading. 

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Never Underestimate the Bad Guys

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@ColonelProp I weep that someone as educated and sophisticated as you seriously believes that statement. :P

2 weeks, 4 days ago on Never Underestimate the Bad Guys

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I saw the book on the Center Display Rack at Barnes and Noble, in front of the main entrance! Nice to see it getting the prominent placement it deserves. 

Respect. 

2 weeks, 4 days ago on A Navy SEAL’s Review of “Level Zero Heroes” By Michael Golembesky

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Thanks for the heads up, Loren. 

A section of the site that has reviews on various schools open to civilian enrollment would be pretty awesome on SOFREP. Unbiased Reviews from former SOF, who know what is what, would be sweet. 

2 weeks, 4 days ago on The Lies and Stolen Valor: Cory Alan Jackson, of Range Time

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Really outstanding article, thank you for writing it. 

3 weeks, 3 days ago on Never Underestimate the Bad Guys

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Great article and obviously makes us all ask the question: "What happened next?!?"

*side note: kicks feet up and waits for the usual suspects to storm in frothing at the mouth about WMD, artillery shells, etc. in Iraq.*

:D

3 weeks, 4 days ago on Torture House and Kids Candy (Part 1)

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Great article! 

Courage knows no sex.

4 weeks ago on Uzra: A Mother’s Final Stand In Nuristan

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@Blake Miles @Jaycel Adkins A Pascal Wager is prudent. Good to see you and hope all is well. :)

4 weeks ago on Best of SOFREP: It Has Begun…

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The Danger of seeing only what you are looking for: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ahg6qcgoay4

4 weeks ago on Best of SOFREP: It Has Begun…

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@joesig appreciate your comments, stay safe and well. 

4 weeks ago on Jesse Ventura: Widows & Orphans

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@LadyHW @Jaycel Adkins @JHR @Waterborne Dubious of the crystal ball, will take with a quark of salt. Not my first prediction/revelation that I have read. 


4 weeks ago on ISIS Media Frenzy: Al-Baghdadi Does Not Exist

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@LadyHW @JHR @Jaycel Adkins @Waterborne I'm a simple baker. I just know what I read. 

4 weeks ago on ISIS Media Frenzy: Al-Baghdadi Does Not Exist

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@JHR @Waterborne 

In less than 3 weeks, a momentous intelligence tidbit will be revealed. At that moment in time- the future of many Countries will have to be considered and ISIL and other Jihadi's may be dealt with in a way we "Americans" have not normally conducted warfare.

Respect for the bold call with attached timeframe. We'll be listening and watching. 


4 weeks ago on ISIS Media Frenzy: Al-Baghdadi Does Not Exist

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@Waterborne Dude, do I need to search for those Marxists beheading videos on LiveLeak or WorldStarHipHop? ;)

4 weeks, 1 day ago on ISIS Media Frenzy: Al-Baghdadi Does Not Exist

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Signed up for the pre-order. Thank you for the heads up. 

Author's first camping trip ever is with a battalion of Gurkhas in Brunei? Woah. 

1 month ago on Arc of the Ghurka: Book Review

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@JohnChristopher1 Busting out the Dante shoutout....well played Ser. Well played. 

1 month ago on Counter-Insurgency in Ferguson

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@Txazz @LawyerHandle

The above story, according to the Lawyer of Johnson is complete BS. 

https://twitter.com/WesleyLowery/status/502181589624053761



1 month ago on Counter-Insurgency in Ferguson

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Explains so much: 

When the ACLU asked officials in the town of Farmington, Missouri (less than a 90 minute drive from Ferguson) to provide a copy of training materials for its Special Response Team, which is roughly like a SWAT team, the town sent only a copy of a single article. The article warned that "preparations for attacks on American schools that will bring rivers of blood and staggering body counts are well underway in Islamic training camps," and went on to say that "because of our laws we can't depend on the military to help us ... By law, you the police officer are our Delta Force."

http://www.vox.com/2014/8/14/6003239/police-militarization-in-ferguson

1 month ago on Counter-Insurgency in Ferguson

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Y'all can keep your hooliganism, fleecing, whining, and make believe, I'm moving here: 

http://www.seasteading.org/?intro=close

:P

1 month ago on Counter-Insurgency in Ferguson

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@Waterborne Agree, there is a photo going around of this lady simply holding up a mirror in front of this riot cop, it's rough. 

1 month ago on Counter-Insurgency in Ferguson

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@Kiyabear @Txazz @LadyHW Maybe he misspoke, like Dubya saying 'crusades.'


1 month ago on Counter-Insurgency in Ferguson

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@LadyHW @Jaycel Adkins @LawyerHandle That communists are still around. It's just...dude...move on...find a new hobby. 

1 month ago on Counter-Insurgency in Ferguson

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@LadyHW @Jaycel Adkins @LawyerHandle I'm more baffled that these people exists than I am that Furries exist. 

1 month ago on Counter-Insurgency in Ferguson

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