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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. 

4 hours, 4 minutes ago on Counter-Insurgency in Ferguson

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


6 hours, 21 minutes 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. 

6 hours, 26 minutes 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. 

6 hours, 43 minutes ago on Counter-Insurgency in Ferguson

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@LadyHW @LawyerHandle About those outside parties...the Communist Party...I mean...seriously? 


http://littlegreenfootballs.com/article/43754_Oh_No!_the_Communists_Are_Mad_at_Me

7 hours, 3 minutes ago on Counter-Insurgency in Ferguson

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@Kiyabear And neighbors are generous with handing out 'freeze pops.' :D


7 hours, 11 minutes ago on Counter-Insurgency in Ferguson

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@JohnChristopher1 The 'white privilege' a dude has to roll with to have the presence of mind to be snarky (and kinda funny) to a waddling cop with a rifle...I can't help but applaud. So much win. 

7 hours, 27 minutes ago on Counter-Insurgency in Ferguson

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@JohnChristopher1 Pleatherface (love the name) comment is my favorite, thus far: The cop was later asked to write an essay on exemplary policing for the Washington Post.

7 hours, 45 minutes ago on Counter-Insurgency in Ferguson

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@JohnChristopher1 Do the 'Rules of Firearm Safety' simply not apply to cops? 

11 hours, 2 minutes ago on Counter-Insurgency in Ferguson

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Great to see articles like this. Interesting stuff I probably wouldn't have read about else where, within the confines of my social circles. 

Can the NRCC bring that 'manliness' program stateside? ;)

11 hours, 48 minutes ago on Non-Violent Unconventional Warfare

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@Txazz @LawyerHandle


I'm going to withhold judgment on this story, there is a telling difference between the linked story and it's source. 

12 hours, 39 minutes ago on Counter-Insurgency in Ferguson

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@Allwet If the story about the witness story changing is true, then you are right, it's irrelevant. He isn't going to go to jail, period. 

13 hours, 2 minutes ago on Counter-Insurgency in Ferguson

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@Txazz @Jaycel Adkins I think it's still possible, but you need level heads to work through it. Not fame seekers, racists, nihilists, anarchists, etc. etc. etc. 

13 hours, 10 minutes ago on Counter-Insurgency in Ferguson

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@LadyHW Interesting that he leaves out the protestors and the LEO/National Guard. :/ This whole thing is a sh*t show. 

13 hours, 25 minutes ago on Counter-Insurgency in Ferguson

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@Txazz @Jaycel Adkins It's frustrating, because I can see how it's still be viewed as a pseudo-execution. Certainly not enough to convict the officer in a court of law, reasonable doubt via the changed witness story plus phone video conversation? But to persuade the protestors that it wasn't an execution? Not really. 


13 hours, 27 minutes ago on Counter-Insurgency in Ferguson

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@Txazz That's interesting (if true) and jives with how things were shaking out, particularly that wittiness phone video conversation. Again, this would all be a mute point had the officer been wearing a camera or had a dash cam in his car. The autopsy report that was released by the family coheres with this account if true. 

Wilson told him to get out of the street. 

There was some form of altercation (which resulted in Wilson's injury). Here is where Brown tries to take Wilson's gun? 

Brown breaks contact (due to shot fired?). Nice way to get an assailant to break contact from your gun, pull the trigger? 

Wilson exits car and tells Brown to Freeze.

Brown turns around and rushes Wilson. 

Wilson fires. 

Question from Brown supporters: 

The killing shot is said to be the last two shoots fired into the top of Brown's head and face. Will the supporters view those last two shots as execution shots after they might claim Brown tried to surrender? 

Make sense?

13 hours, 57 minutes ago on Counter-Insurgency in Ferguson

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@KineticFury @Jaycel Adkins @Txazz It appears that the suspect was betting that the cops would shot him and got what he wanted. 

The idea that I could get outwitted by a crazy deranged person isn't exactly something I would be keen on. 

My concern is that people are freely choosing to enter roles/scenarios where they will come into contact with non-compliant, dangerous, and/or armed individuals. And the only recourse they have is deploying lethal force. 

The cops I see have glocks AND taser guns. 

1 day, 9 hours ago on Counter-Insurgency in Ferguson

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@Txazz I saw that Alderman Antonio French was already on the scene. I initially dismissed it, but looks to be turning into something. Do these cops carry any less than lethal weapons, other than a baton? 


1 day, 12 hours ago on Counter-Insurgency in Ferguson

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@YankeePapa @CTactical I think the fact that his parents are on television demanding to know why their 'child' is dead has something to do with it. 

1 day, 13 hours ago on Counter-Insurgency in Ferguson

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@majrod

On the cops side, why aren't at least trying to limit access to the area to residents?  It's done after tornadoes and hurricanes.  Well besides the knee jerk response of first amendment rights it may be portrayed as heavy handed or more "militarization".  Damned if you do and damned if you don't.


I think once the narrative of 'militarization' was set by LEO's response in opening days of this, die got cast. 


Honestly, when the cops last night were letting out ONLY journalists from the scene, i.e. not letting non-journalists leave the cordon, my mind went to dark places in regards to what is going to happen when the cameras get turned off and journos are gone from the area. 


Plus repeated demands to by LEO for journos to turn off cameras, cops refusing to wear IDs/say last names, lack of dashcams/wearable cameras on LEO*, etc. 


*Maybe its' an ignorant comment, but how LEO has $ for all that surplus military gear and don't bother to install dash cams in their vehicles is bizarre. 

1 day, 13 hours ago on Counter-Insurgency in Ferguson

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Great point. Recently read about a bombshell report about Ferguson that came from reporter, who was told by a girl, who heard it from a friend, whose husband was there. I'll wait and see on that one. 

1 day, 15 hours ago on RUMINT and The Unreliability of Local Reporting In Iraq and Elsewhere

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@HonestBroker247 @CTactical A certain amount of 'same difference' is going around the internet these days. 

The protestors have the right to protest, getting called an insurgent for doing that is telling. 

2nd amendment people take note....

1 day, 20 hours ago on Counter-Insurgency in Ferguson

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Great post, Jack. Exactly what I was looking for when trying to understand how someone with experience in counter-insurgency would deal with the situation in Ferguson without giving the impression of equating the civil unrest in the States with the civil war in Iraq. 

One of the most interesting aspects of this entire episode has been the use of social media/online platforms: 

1. Twitter/Hashtag activism, which failed completely in the kidnapping in Nigeria situation. But here appears to have been the galvanizing force for various groups to take concrete actions from Times Square to the steps of the LAPD. 

This twitter photo by @jack (founder of Twitter, who has been on the scene multiple times during the curfews) is pretty telling: https://twitter.com/jack/status/501068627094040577/photo/1

2. Livestreaming: this has been the first event I have followed that has had 'independent/non-MSM' journalists using live streaming to report from Ferguson has events are taking place. 

3. Anonymous. The willingness/opportunism of this group/s to release a falsely identified person as the shooter was troubling. But I wonder if their presence had an effect on the unwillingness of law enforcement to identify themselves by last names, wear identification, etc. Which of course, further alienates the local community and feeds into the narrative of an us vs. them. 

Finally, I urge anyone who has read this article and is watching how Ferguson is playing out to imagine a similar scenario would play out in regards to Loren's recent article on a 'solution' to the border 'crisis' in Texas. This scenario with different sounding last names could easily happen. 



2 days, 11 hours ago on Counter-Insurgency in Ferguson

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@LadyHW @Jaycel Adkins @Loren Schofield @Coriolanus The parameters of the scenario appear to be a bit more broad than just 'social media insurgency and agitation' to include how to not light matches in gas filled rooms. 

A 'Hearts and Minds' approach to the Ferguson scenario (which can very easily be replicated in the border areas with anyone who has a bit of an imagination) would make for a compelling article. 

Some interesting places to start: 

http://www.vox.com/2014/8/14/6002451/ferguson-police-militarization-seattle

There is an article that you google titled 'Veterans on Ferguson' as well. When I linked to it, it brought the entire twitter stream into my comment making it obnoxiously long. 


6 days, 10 hours ago on A Green Beret’s Solution to Protecting the Southern Border Pt 2: TEXAS

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TheAnonMessage releases name of police officer they claim shot Mike Brown. Threatens to release address, photos, 'full dox' if police do not respond. 

Thousands of retweets within first hour of release. 

Curious to see a 'part 3' about how to prevent this scenario playing out along the Texas border within the parameters of your 'solution.' 

@Loren Schofield 

6 days, 19 hours ago on A Green Beret’s Solution to Protecting the Southern Border Pt 2: TEXAS

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Philosophers have leveled up since the 1800s. :P

It's more about Anatol Rapoport and Daniel Dennett these days. 

Nice primer here: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/03/28/daniel-dennett-rapoport-rules-criticism/

1 week ago on How To Win An Argument

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HuffPOST is live blogging at the bottom of this article: 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/08/11/michael-brown-shooting-unrest_n_5670377.html

Take note of use of twitter, vine ("SWAT pointing rifle at Alderman"), #Ferguson, etc. 

Social Media = No way to control the 'narrative.'

1 week, 1 day ago on A Green Beret’s Solution to Protecting the Southern Border Pt 2: TEXAS

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Keep an eye on situation in St. Louis and be able to extrapolate similar scenarios playing out via 'Texan Round'ups.' 

Caute. 

1 week, 2 days ago on A Green Beret’s Solution to Protecting the Southern Border Pt 2: TEXAS

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@HonestBroker247 Another flight of fancy, de-criminalization of drugs. 

1 week, 6 days ago on A Green Beret’s Solution to Protecting the Southern Border Pt 2: TEXAS

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@LadyHW @Jaycel Adkins The image of outsiders to orcs in Donovan's piece coupled with the photo above has me wincing a bit. But will sit back and watch what happens now. 

1 week, 6 days ago on A Green Beret’s Solution to Protecting the Southern Border Pt 2: TEXAS

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I re-read this after reading Jack Donovan's "Death to Urban Elves"….oh boy. 

1 week, 6 days ago on A Green Beret’s Solution to Protecting the Southern Border Pt 2: TEXAS

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@Txazz @LawyerHandle Eye opening account from the juror. 

2 weeks, 3 days ago on One Navy SEAL’s Opinion Of The Jesse Ventura Situation

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@LawyerHandle You just need to raise your fees, W. ;)

2 weeks, 3 days ago on One Navy SEAL’s Opinion Of The Jesse Ventura Situation

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@LadyHW @Jaycel Adkins @Loren Schofield @NVShawn

"You think too much uncle."

"Do I?"

"Father said so."

"Oberyn thought too little."

"Some men think because they are afraid to do."

"There is a difference between fear and caution."

- Doran Martell, A Feast for Crows. 

2 weeks, 3 days ago on UPDATED Team Room Project: Protecting Our Southern Border Part 2

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@SEAN SPOONTS(MAFIA) @Jaycel Adkins @LadyHW

واحد هو سعيد ليكون من الخدمة

;)

2 weeks, 4 days ago on UPDATED Team Room Project: Protecting Our Southern Border Part 2

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@Loren Schofield @Jaycel Adkins @NVShawn @LadyHW

a). There are groups that can cause twitter storms and take hashtag selfies. And there are groups that can shut down sections of cities or industries via walkouts, boycotts, riots, etc. 

b). A 'spontaneous' or 'grassroots' repeat of El Gran Paro Estadounidense 'self-organized' via social media is a guaranteed response to 'extreme measures.' 

Another possible response to 'extreme measures' could be active and passive resistance to this policy by both the Catholic and Mormon Churches. A resurrection of 'sanctuary movement' by Catholic parishes, joined in solidarity by Mormon churches recruitment of illegal immigrant church volunteers could happen as well. 

I would look at the text of the Utah Compact and compare against your proposal. 

It would be dangerous to look at both like a logic syllogism. Be conscious of how texts could be 'interpreted' to justify (implicitly/explicitly) various actions. There are folks on both sides who aren't exactly the sharpest tools in the shed. Their actions will need to be taken into account. 

c). Your proposal will include prohibitions against implementations of 'stop and frisk' programs and banning of 'quotas of arrests and detentions' in the performance reviews of 'government officials' put in charge? 

Again: 

1. Will your policy actually succeed in it's stated goals, i.e. a solution to illegal immigration, in practice (not just in theory)? In rough draft, I'm respectfully dubious. 

2. Will that solution, create more problems, than it solves? Is the juice worth the squeeze? In rough draft, your plan does not appear to acknowledge that there will even be a serious opposing reaction. Which gives me pause. Your plan seems to concentrate on logistics and bureaucracy, when the reaction to your plan will come at the social, economic, and cultural level. Those three together usually result in a political reaction, in this case a political capitulation after being put under stress. 

Anyhow, I hope this helps as you develop your article and I wish you luck. 

Cheers. :)



2 weeks, 4 days ago on UPDATED Team Room Project: Protecting Our Southern Border Part 2

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@NVShawn @LadyHW @Jaycel Adkins Thank you for the links, I will look into them this evening. 

I wonder about how hard those numbers are, particularly in the hispanic community, after the 12th time they are asked to prove their citizenship status by a government official. 

The US already has one large ethnic group who feels persecuted. Is it prudent to add another? 

There are a number of narratives that can get woven into this action, if people are not careful. 

An example of the requirement to have hospitals report undocumented people to government officials. It doesn't seem to be a stretch to think it will lead to illegals searching for alternative means of health care. 

Illegal 'body' shops? 

Disease outbreaks?

Is that tactic worth a cholera outbreak in a suburb of Houston? 



2 weeks, 4 days ago on UPDATED Team Room Project: Protecting Our Southern Border Part 2

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@YankeePapa @Loren Schofield Just an edit: The Jesus thing is a continuation of quoting Amos Oz in the linked interview. My takeaway was the last sentence about soldiers and machine guns. :)

2 weeks, 4 days ago on The Current Situation In Gaza & Why I Joined the Israeli Defense Force (IDF)

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@LadyHW @Jaycel Adkins One needs to consider if the solution will exacerbate the problem or create bigger problems. I'm not saying that would be the case, but it has to be addressed. 

One can end up being Usain Bolt, trying to run an ultra marathon. You might get way ahead at the beginning, but when night falls….going to be on the side of the road gasping. 

Is a 'War on Illegal Immigration' akin to a 'War on Drugs?' 'War on Terror?'

Will the 'majority-minority' population of Texas be turned into something akin to Israeli Arabs as a result of militarization of the Texas border? 

Will that solution lead to a better status quo than now exists?  

2 weeks, 4 days ago on UPDATED Team Room Project: Protecting Our Southern Border Part 2

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Worth reading: 

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/07/crossing-party-lines-at-the-border-undocumented-child-immigrants/375349/

Poll mentioned in article: http://publicreligion.org/research/2014/07/july-2014-unaccompanied-minors/

http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2011/08/myths-and-realities-of-us-mexico-border-spillover-effects/244091/

How your plan will deal with relationships among Mexican/Latin American communities that exist along the border? Racial profiling? Texas being a 'majority-minority' state. Etc. 

Seems there are other players besides illegal immigrants and Texas Naitonal Guard/Law Enforcement. 

Good luck with your article. 

2 weeks, 5 days ago on UPDATED Team Room Project: Protecting Our Southern Border Part 2

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Very telling that this is what Amos Oz thinks: 

Amoz Oz: I would like to begin the interview in a very unusal way: by presenting one or two questions to your readers and listeners. May I do that?

Deutsche Welle: Go ahead!

Question 1: What would you do if your neighbor across the street sits down on the balcony, puts his little boy on his lap and starts shooting machine gun fire into your nursery?

Question 2: What would you do if your neighbor across the street digs a tunnel from his nursery to your nursery in order to blow up your home or in order to kidnap your family?

With these two questions I pass the interview to you.

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The only alternative to continuing the Israeli military operation is simply to follow Jesus Christ and turn the other cheek. I never agreed with Jesus Christ about the need to turn the other cheek to an enemy. Unlike European pacifists I never believed the ultimate evil in the world is war. In my view the ultimate evil in the world is aggression, and the only way to repel aggression is unfortunately by force. That is where the difference lies between a European pacifist and an Israeli peacenik like myself. And if I may add a little anecdote: A relative of mine who survived the Nazi Holocaust in Theresienstadt always reminded her children and her grandchildren that her life was saved in 1945 not by peace demonstrators with placards and flowers but by Soviet soldiers and submachine guns.

http://www.dw.de/oz-lose-lose-situation-for-israel/a-17822511

2 weeks, 5 days ago on The Current Situation In Gaza & Why I Joined the Israeli Defense Force (IDF)

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@Minou_Demimonde And I just thought I was being polite to people. :P

3 weeks ago on Race Relations in the Team Room

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Great show, enjoyed listening. 

3 weeks ago on Episode 103 – Instructor Zero

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@wmurch Great comment!

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Race Relations in the Team Room

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Don't always need a Snowden to learn something and think….WTF @$$holes!

http://arstechnica.com/security/2014/07/undocumented-ios-functions-allow-monitoring-of-personal-data-expert-says/

Apple has endowed iPhones with undocumented functions that allow unauthorized people in privileged positions to wirelessly connect and harvest pictures, text messages, and other sensitive data without entering a password or PIN, a forensic scientist warned over the weekend.

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Three Ways the US Government Could Kill Edward Snowden

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@LawyerHandle Pierre Omidyar paid 250 million dollars to have access to the whole cache, by bankrolling Greenwald's venture. 

Pierre owns 10% of Ebay, so if anyone knows how or knows people who know how to lockbox that cache, I'm thinking it's him (or do something more interesting with it, frankly). 

A venture that I believe Jeremy Scahill joined. The list get's longer. 

If the above article is relaying authentic information. 

http://www.omidyargroup.com/firstlookmedia/veteran-journalists-joins-the-team/#.U9EHJaVeTwI

It's interesting that people are focused on nation states, etc. But the NSA cache has to deal with various uses of technology. A cache that one of the most wealthy and most immoral (if you believe some) internet billionaires now has possession of, is being virtually ignored. 


I'm around, practicing Capitalism mostly. ;)

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Three Ways the US Government Could Kill Edward Snowden

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My understanding is that Snowden is no longer in possession of the cache of materials taken from the NSA. They are in the possession of Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Pierre Omidyar. 

Is that understanding incorrect? 

Are they going to be on this hit list, too?

http://pando.com/2013/11/27/keeping-secrets/

3 weeks, 6 days ago on Three Ways the US Government Could Kill Edward Snowden

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