UPDATE-Date Change: Because of the snow storm and the unplowed nature of the roads around the class location, we are postponing this class until February 23rd.
Combat Studies Group has a new one day class – Hard Target Traveler. This would be a good class if you travel a lot, have kids going off to college in the big city or off on a mission, or just want to feel safer when traveling.
This class will be held in the Benton City, WA area on Saturday, February,
16th 23rd, 2019. Contact CSG at either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com in order join the class. You will need to make a $100 deposit on the class through the CSG store web page (click here). On that page scroll down to near the bottom, above the comments, where it says “Class Deposit.”
* The Hard Target Traveler *
Course length: one day (8-10 hrs classroom, with combatives lab)
Required materials: comfortable clothing, note taking materials
A condensed course to prepare the western traveler for the potential hazards of foreign travel as well as threats on the homefront. Subjects covered include: Counter-surveillance, route planning, unarmed physical defense & improvised weapons, escape and evasion from unlawful custody, digital security and communications, medical and other trade-craft skills.
By the end of this course students will be able to demonstrate the following:
- Conduct useful information gathering on an area prior to arrival
- Identify trouble/danger areas using map study and OSINT
- Identify indicators of human and digital surveillance
- Prevent common vehicle attacks
- Escape from common physical attacks and holds
- Defend against blunt and edged weapon attacks
- Render self and buddy aid in event of life threatening injury
- Escape from various restraints
- Setup and utilize secure communication channels
- Setup an emergency cache and explain the different types
- Treat/prevent various ailments and diseases with off-the-shelf remedies
- Avoid and/or escape a riot or mob
- Identify and explain safe houses and safe zone
Combat Studies Group has a comprehensive article up about choosing a secure chat/messaging application in this time of increasing governmental and corporate excess. It’s a long read, but if you are interested in your privacy you should give it a read. If you don’t understand what he’s talking about, then this is a starting point for your electronic privacy/security education.
So it’s 2019……and so far we have:
– Twitter, Facebook, Youtube and the like, de-platforming or censoring any content that leans towards the right or conservative side.
– Amazon, Google, Apple, Microsoft, et al, doubling down on collection of people’s data.
– The US intelligence apparatus convincing major hotel chains (Marriot for one) to collect information and report on hotel guests (for the most trivial of “abnormalities”, if one can call them that).
– Amazon working with law enforcement to implement widespread facial recognition gathering.
– Those nifty DNA/ Heritage testing sites have been caught giving your DNA to Uncle Sam.
– Cellular providers selling your real-time location to anyone who wants to buy it.
– The proliferation of “smart” devices such as Alexa that is always listening.
– Web browsers screening the news you search for and only letting the “leftist” slanted news through.
I could go on for pages and pages, but you get the point. One needs to become aggressive to secure their privacy in this day and age….so with that in mind I thought it apropos to publish an updated breakdown of available options.
Lets establish some standards that should be adhered to when choosing a chat application.
1. It should be comprised of open-source code. Open source code can be audited by third parties for completeness, proper implementation and potential security vulnerabilities.
2. It should employ end to end encryption. In other words, the encryption happens on your device and the decryption happens on the recipient’s device versus a third party server. This removes the need to trust a third party with your keys.
3. It should utilize INFOSEC industry accepted standards for cipher primitives. It should use well studied ciphers, key exchanges and hashes such as: AES-256, RSA-4096, ChaCha20, ECC-512, Curve25519, Poly1305, secp256k1, Curve448, Twofish, SHA-3, Whirlpool, GPG.
4. It should utilize forward secrecy. This protects the user if they have a key that somehow gets compromised. In this setup the system renegotiates the key exchange at short, established time intervals. Diffie-Hellman is a common implementation of this concept.
5. It should support the removal/destruction of messages on both ends of the conversation. This could be based on a timer, manual selection or a “destroy on read” protocol…
“I’m going to be signing a national emergency,” Trump said from the Rose Garden of the White House.
“We have an invasion of drugs, invasion of gangs, invasion of people, and it’s unacceptable,” he said.
The president said he would sign the authorizing paperwork later in the day in the Oval Office…
Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the House of Representatives, and Chuck Schumer, the Senate’s top Democrat, swiftly responded to Trump’s declaration.
“The president’s actions clearly violate the Congress’s exclusive power of the purse, which our Founders enshrined in the Constitution,” they said in a statement. “The Congress will defend our constitutional authorities in the Congress, in the courts, and in the public, using every remedy available.”
The president acknowledged that his order would face a lengthy legal challenge. “We’ll win in the Supreme Court,” Trump said…
Speaker Pelosi had previously threatened that the next Democrat President could declare gun violence a national emergency while Rep. Cleaver of Missouri said that such a President could declare climate change or income inequality as national emergencies.
“A Democratic president can declare emergencies, as well,” Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. “So the precedent that the president is setting here is something that should be met with great unease and dismay by the Republicans.”
…”Let’s talk about today: The one-year anniversary of another manifestation of the epidemic of gun violence in America,” Pelosi said. “That’s a national emergency. Why don’t you declare that emergency, Mr. President? I wish you would.
“But a Democratic president can do that.”
From the Washington Strikes Back Facebook page:
Do you believe in the constitutional right to keep and bear arms? Do you stand with Yakima County Sheriff Bob Udell’s position that I-1639 is unconstitutional? Do you believe that WA Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s endorsement and support of I-1639 was wrong, a violation of his oath, a violation of the US and WA Constitution(s), and that he overstepped the authority of his office?
If you wish to take action, join fellow patriotic Washington citizens, Tuesday, Feb. 19, at 6:30 pm, for our concerned citizens’ event. (Yakima Convention Center)
MAKE a stand and hear how you can make a difference.
LEARN how you can stand with our constitutions.
HOLD AG Ferguson accountable.
Free admission. Coffee and water provided.
Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM PSTYakima Convention Center10 N 8th St, Yakima, Washington 98901
The Vashon Island community has spent years working to be prepared for an emergency/disaster situation, going as far as forming a non-profit organization – VashonBePrepared – to coordinate the disaster preparedness organizations on the island. From Citylab.com, here is an excerpt from Preparing for ‘The Big One’ in an Isolated Island Town.
…[T]he island community has been building up its emergency preparedness efforts for nearly two decades. The work was initially kicked off when Joseph Ulatoski, a retired brigadier general and island resident, started asking who was responsible if a disaster struck. His questions led to a small group of locals meeting monthly to figure out exactly how they would handle such a situation, Wallace says.
“As time went on, it became clear that we needed to be more organized, structured, and also that we would be in a form that could be recognized by people,” he says.The result was VashonBePrepared. Today it’s a non-profit, FEMA-sanctioned coalition of the island’s disaster preparedness organizations, including CERT and Voice of Vashon. Its purpose is exclusively to prepare the island for an emergency by helping to coordinate these organizations; it doesn’t actually play a role in real-time response efforts.
“It is a coalition to organize these partner groups to be efficient, avoid redundancy and duplication of effort, and inspire each other to move forward with all these different programs that each of us are running,” says Wallace, who is also the vice president of VashonBePrepared’s executive committee.
One of these key partner organizations is the Neighborhood Emergency Response Organization. Similar, in a sense, to neighborhood watch groups, its leaders have organized hundreds of households into neighborhood groups so they can get to know each other and thus be more likely to help one another if an emergency hits…
According to Benton County:
Benton County Road Closures as of 4:30 PM, Tuesday, February 12, 2019.
The following roads are now open:
- Clodfelter Road
- Locust Grove from I-82 to Plymouth Road
- Finley Road from SR 397 to end of asphalt (approx. 2.5 miles)
- Nine Canyon Road from SR 397 to Lower Blair Road
- Sellards RD from Travis to Plymouth Road
The following roads are still closed:
- Lincoln Grade
- McBee Road
- Nine Canyon from Lower Blair to South end of County Road
- Sellards RD from SR 221 to Travis Road
- Ward Gap
Closures will last until further notice. Ward Gap Road, Lincoln Grade, and McBee Road will be closed until the snow melts off. Our crews are unable to get plows into these areas due to significant drifts.
Click here to open the Benton County, WA Road Closure Map. It is supposed to be updated regularly.
From KIMA news. Stories of hardships caused by the recent storm continue to come:
YAKIMA, Wash.– Farmers have been devastated across the Yakima Valley, as strong winds of up to 80 miles per hour, and cold conditions have killed about 1,600 cows according to the Yakima Valley Dairy Farmers Association.
Yakima Valley Dairy Farmers are continuing to prepare as more snow is expected to hit the Valley, they’re adding extra bedding to insulate areas for cows to lay in, adding extra feed, and thawing water troughs with hot water.
“Without our employees, there’s no way we, or our cows could survive this storm,” Alyssa Haak , a dairy farmer in Prosser said. “To shield our cows from the wind we stacked straw bales to create a windbreak for our cows. I give a lot of credit to our milk truck drivers, too. Without their bravery, we wouldn’t be able to get our milk off the farm.”
Another farmer in Grandview says he’s been working around the clock to make sure his cows are being protected from the elements.
“These have been the worst few days of my life,” he said. “We’re just devastated. I don’t think we’ve ever been hit with weather like this.”
With severe winter weather continuing to occur in in eastern Washington throughout the next week, dairy farmers are assessing their current losses and preparing for the next round of snow and wind.
Farmers say that they are working together to help each other through these tough times.
Markus Rollinger, a Sunnyside dairy farmer stated, “Saturday was brutal. We put in a 36-hour day, but we’ve been fortunate. I’ve spent a lot of time helping my fellow dairy farmers and supporting what they’re going through,” Markus says. “My brother and I are trying to keep roads plowed for our employees and the milk trucks.”
Governor Inslee has declared a state of emergency for the state of Washington, which the farmers are hoping will lead to further assistance.
The dairy farmers say that they continue to cope with these conditions and over the next few days will be touch and go as they assess the damage and losses to their farm.
From FEMA Region X:
Youth Preparedness Camp
- Download the Youth Preparedness Camp Flyer (1 page)
- Download the Youth Preparedness Overview (2 pages)
Developed under a youth engagement concept, this six-day, five-night camp, hosted and staffed by camp and emergency management professionals will teach students how to safely assist in the immediate aftermath of a disaster when the professional response may be delayed or limited. Subject matter experts and local emergency responders will support the curriculum delivery and introduce participants to various emergency response professions. As part of the camp program, youth participants will identify and develop a concept for a give-back project where they will utilize their skills to improve preparedness in their communities.
The Region 10 Youth Preparedness Council, made up of high-school aged youth from all four states, will participate in the camp, and help lead their peers throughout the week.
For those selected to participate, FEMA will fund youth participants’ travel costs. It is critical that participants do not make any travel reservations on their own, for FEMA staff will assist with the pre-departure travel voucher process and ensure all required documentation is collected and submitted.
- Entering 8-12th grade in fall of 2019
- Reside in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon or Washington
- U.S. Citizen
Stanwood, WA 98292
August 18 – 23, 2019
How to Apply:
- Provide the following information:
- Grade entering in fall 2019
- Availability August 18 – 23, 2019
- Special accommodations (i.e. dietary, physical, mobility, etc.)
- Answer the following questions:
- Why do you want to attend this camp? What do you hope to get out of the experience?
- How did you hear about the Youth Preparedness Camp?
- Have you been involved in any emergency/disaster preparedness activities or trainings? If so please explain. (If not, that’s ok, you’ll still be considered! Everyone starts somewhere.)
- What about disaster preparedness interests you?
- How would you like to help your community get better prepared? Some ideas include volunteering with a CERT, volunteering with your local American Red Cross, or starting a preparedness club.
- Submit your application by the March 15th deadline to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information or questions, please contact Ilyssa Plumer – Ilyssa.Plumer@associates.fema.gov or 425-487-4943.
…As with all meat curing or meat projects, it starts with a great cut of meat. For bacon, you want a nice juicy looking pork belly. Remember this process takes time so you want a pork belly worthy of your efforts. This means from organic hogs or hogs raised humanely without hormones or antibiotics. Or from a heritage breed like Berkshire, Duroc, or Kurobuta. Each has a richer, meatier, more distinctive flavour than industrial pork bellies. By the way, a full pork belly weighs 10 to 12 pounds. Whole Foods will sell you pork bellies by the pound, which may be easier to handle for home smokers. Our smoker can’t handle a whole 12lbs so we usually go for the 2-3lbs and we don’t want to make to much of the same kind of bacon at once until we learn our favourites.
After getting your meat youll need to prep it to be cured. The bottom of a pork belly usually comes with skin (rind), which will be tougher than the rest of the bacon. (It also blocks the absorption of the cure and smoke flavours.) Commercial smokehouses remove it using a slicing machine. At home, you’ll have to work a bit harder. Start at one corner and use a sharp, slender knife to separate the skin from the meat, angling the knife blade toward the skin. Better yet, ask your butcher to skin it for you. Do not discard the pork skin. Direct grill it over a medium flame on both sides (start belly side down) until crisp and golden brown to make “brownies”—crackling crisp bits of skin to fold into pulled pork. Or deep fry it in oil to make chicharrones (pork cracklings). It can also be used to give flavour to beans or greens.
Next is seasoning the meat, the basic ingredients are salt and sugar and optional curing salt (sodium nitrite) and pepper. You can achieve a wide, subtle range of flavours by varying the source and proportions of these ingredients: white sugar or brown sugar, maple sugar, or even freeze-dried cane sugar juice. Ground or cracked black pepper or hot pepper flakes. Bacon makers in Scandinavia add juniper berries and other aromatic spices. For this round, we used maple syrup, brown sugar, and curing salt to make maple bacon for breakfasts. How you season depends on who you ask, and the type recipe you use, since this recipe is mostly liquids we simply poured the ingredients into a large zip lock bag mixed and mixed it well before placing the meat inside…
The Benton County Sheriff’s Office is now accepting applications for the Spring Citizen Academy. The Sheriff’s Office offers this free 5-week Citizen Academy for the public to be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, 6:00-8:00 pm. The Academy teaches the public about law enforcement and the day-to-day operations of the department. Most classes are held at the Benton County Health Department with the exception of two tours.
- Patrol Procedures and Traffic Enforcement
- Detectives and Narcotics
- School Resource Officer
- Evidence Collection
- Crime Scene Investigation
- Sex Offender Program
- SWAT Team
- Crime Analyst
- Boat Patrol
- Tours of Benton County Jail, Justice Center, and Coroner’s Office
- Plus more
Classes start Tuesday, April 30th, 2019. Applications must be received by April 16th.
Bryce Sharper over at American Partisan has a very nicely annotated reading list on Fourth Generation Warfare – A 4GW Reading List. Fourth-generation warfare (4GW) is the name given to modern warfare which blurs the lines between war and politics, and combatants and civilians. It may also be used for any type of war in which one of the major combatants is a non-state actor. Revolutions and insurgencies, as well as much other modern violent conflict, can fall under the 4GW umbrella. As Bryce points out in his reading list, the drug trade in the USA can be viewed as a 4GW conflict. Here I’ve excerpted the first three books on his list.
As the nation-state system goes through its death throes, our own government has admitted that the world is undergoing “Lebanonization.” For no other reason than that, I think it’s a good idea to understand 4th-Generation warfare in all its forms. Personally, I felt most of my officer training was useless for war in the world of the declining nation-state, so this topic is of academic interest to me. In each of these books, question the assumptions and correlate the assumption with those of other authors. These books are not ranked in order.
- Victoria by Bill Lind. A novel about 4th generation war in the United States. Regardless of what you believe about its premises, it’s an excellent, thought-provoking read about the establishment of insurgency, legitimacy, and prosecution of 4th-generation war in various regions of the former United States. It has excellent summaries of key ideas of military strategists (Moltke, et al) and philosophers (the Frankfurt School) that influenced the outbreak of insurgency in the United States, for good or bad. Lind gives an excellent definition of strategy in Victoria from one of Boyd’s talks. He said strategy is the art of connecting yourself to as many other power centers as possible, while separating your enemy from as many power centers as possible.
- American Insurgents; American Patriots by Breen. It examines the countryside insurgency that evicted the British occupation from the countryside and bottled it up in the cities. The interesting thing was the way the insurgency established a larger organization among the 13 colonies and avoided anarchy and established legitimacy. I’m halfway through. This book is a slog but gives the background of one of the few insurgencies run by good people to good results. Most insurgencies are by bad people towards bad results.
- The Fangs of the Lone Wolf: Chechen tactics in the Russian-Chechen wars 1994-2009. The forward states that “what is lacking in the literature about the guerrilla perspective are collections of the combat experiences of the rank and file guerrillas and their tactical leaders. These people seldom leave written records, yet theirs are often the most interesting accounts.” This book contains stories from rank-and-file guerrillas…
Bleyhl has several workshops coming in February.
Rabbit Owners Workshop (Pasco)
Join us for a fun, educational class about rabbits!Kamaikin FFA will be sharing information on animal care, health, housing, and showmanship. Feel to bring your rabbit with you! We will have tables set up for showing demos.No charge to attend, RSVP to save your seat (509) 547-5577.We will also have door prizes and snacks! Specials and coupons for those attending the class.Call ahead to order dinner from Great Harvest Bread located inside the Pasco location. (509) 537-1177
Wednesday, February 6th6:30 pmPasco location
4H / FFA Show Feed Workshop (Sunnyside)
We are excited to be holding our first CHS Payback Show Feed Workshop in Sunnyside.Pizza provided by Payback. Receive a (1) FREE bag of feed coupon for those signing up on the Bleyhl Co-op 4H / FFA Feed Program.Ask questions on how to raise champions!
Thursday, February 7th6:30 pmSunnyside location
Pruning Trees & Shrubs (Pasco)
Learn proper tree & shrub pruning techniques from Fermin Sanchez, a local farmer with over 40 years of experience. Class is Mon, February 18th @ 6:30 pm.David Sanchez, Bleyhl’s Bahco Representative will also be on hand to answer questions on what is the best type of pruners or saws for the type of job you will be doing.Hands on demos and tools for you to try out! No charge to attend. Sign up in store or by calling (509) 547-5577 to save your seat. Snacks provided.Fermin & David are also bilingual and will be able to translate as needed.
Monday, February 18th6:30 pmPasco location
Seed Swap (Pasco)
Organized by: Runners of the SageBring extra seeds, garden pots, tools, or equipment to exchange with others! Please bring items that are in decent shape.Meet at Bleyhl Co-op at 5:30 pm if you wish to join in the 2, 3, or 4 mile run/walk. Free, family friendly, & fun. Learn more about Runners of the Sage while you are there. Grab dinner before the run/walk at Great Harvest Bread located in the store.Questions please contact:Chris at email@example.com
Tuesday, February 19th6:30 pmPasco location
Pet Vaccination Clinic (Zillah)
Dr. Casey & Staff will offering exams, vaccines, Microchips and any minor issues. Please, no sick animals to these events, an at home visit for sick animals can be arranged.Treats & coupons for pets visiting the Dr!Look for the red ambulance mobile vet clinic out front. Any questions please contact: (509) 306-6628
Saturday, February 23rd10:00 am – 3:00 pmZillah location
Intro to Beekeeping (Pasco)
Have you been thinking of taking up beekeeping as a hobby and don’t know where to start? Do you want honey for baking or bees wax for making candles? The Mid-Columbia Beekeepers Association will be giving us helpful information and here to answer your questions about beekeeping.This class will show you some of the basics of honey bees and beekeeping as well as de-mystify this incredibly gentle and fascinating creature. Beekeeping is not as “labor intensive” as you may think, but it does require some work and study.This class will give you the information needed to decide if it is right for you. No charge to attend, we do ask you sign up to save your seat in store or call:(509) 547-5577. Door prizes, in store specials, and snacks provided.
Thursday, February 28th6:30 pmPasco location
William Strauss and Neil Howe (both historians, among other things) wrote a book in 1997 called The Fourth Turning: An American Prophecy — What the Cycles of History Tell Us About America’s Next Rendezvous with Destiny — which introduced what is now called Strauss-Howe Generational Theory. According to that theory, there is a four stage cycles of eras, called turnings, which repeat in cycles of approximately 80-100 years, the fourth of which is the Crisis turning, an era of destruction and revolution. The theory has its critics as well as proponents, so, as with everything, use your think-thingy. The following is an excerpt from a lengthy article on The Burning Platform titled 2019 From a Fourth Turning Perspective, which gives some overview of the theory and applies it to world and US events.
“An impasse over the federal budget reaches a stalemate. The president and Congress both refuse to back down, triggering a near-total government shutdown. The president declares emergency powers. Congress rescinds his authority. Dollar and bond prices plummet. The president threatens to stop Social Security checks. Congress refuses to raise the debt ceiling. Default looms. Wall Street panics.” – The Fourth Turning – Strauss & Howe
Strauss and Howe wrote their book in 1996. They were not trying to be prophets of doom, but observers of history able to connect events through human life cycles of 80 or so years. Using critical thinking skills and identifying the most likely triggers for crisis: debt, civic decay, and global disorder, they were able to anticipate scenarios which could drive the next crisis, which they warned would arrive in the mid-2000 decade. The scenario described above is fairly close to the current situation, driven by the showdown between Trump and the Democrats regarding the border wall.
It has not reached the stage where all hell breaks loose, but if it extends until the end of January and food stamp money is not distributed to 40 million people (mostly in urban ghettos) all bets are off. The likelihood of this scenario is small, but there are numerous potential triggers which could still make 2019 go down in history as a year to remember.
As we enter the eleventh year of this Fourth Turning, the fourth Crisis period in U.S. history, the mood of U.S. citizens and citizens around the globe continues to darken. Fourth Turnings are driven by generational configuration and the emotional reaction to events by the Prophet generation leaders, Nomad generation spearheads, and Hero generation cannon fodder.
As we close out this year, stock markets are gyrating wildly, central bankers are trying to reverse their nine years of interventionist strategies to sustain the establishment, civil chaos spreads across the European continent, saber rattling between the U.S., Russia and China increases, the animosity between political parties reaches new heights, the Deep State relentlessly pursues their Mueller led coup against Trump, mega-social media corporations tighten their grip on free speech by silencing conservatives, leftists push their socialist, open borders, normalizing degeneracy agenda, and global recession gains momentum as trade declines and global debt reaches unserviceable levels…
Patriotman on American Partisan has his own take on the article, The Fourth Turning & The Future, As I See It:
…I think that the article was very closely aligned with my fears. The biggest threats we face as a country are all intertwined (thus, don’t consider this a ranked list) and are: civil unrest due to a growing divide between ideologies, economic slowdowns due to massive debt and employment trends, and outside challenge of the unipolar world by China and Russia.
I don’t think that any of these are the causation for the others, but if I was forced to choose it would be the differing of ideologies that is driving the other two. The urban and rural divide has always been present obviously, but the obvious disconnect between the coastal elites in their ivory towers and those in the hinterlands seems unsolvable at the moment. The problem mostly lies with the former as the latter would like nothing more than for everyone to be left alone by everyone else. It is the liberal elites who insist on forcing their culture, norms, and ideology on those conservatives in rural America and continually try to remake the system in their permanent favor. They attack our religion, our culture, and our lifestyle because they do not approve of it…
Sheriff Jerry Hatcher released the following letter today, declaring that I-1639 is non-enforceable as written, and that he has instructed his deputies to take no enforcement action:
Kai Weiss at the American Institute for Economic Research has a nice, short article on the problems of over-politicization and the solution thereto – The Real Problem Is the Politicization of Everything. Unfortunately, at least one of the sides will reject the idea of a less-intrusive state.
…This is a problem the great C.S. Lewis also saw when he mused that we should focus on “a household laughing together over a meal, or two friends talking over a pint of beer, or a man alone reading a book that interests him.” Meanwhile, “economies, politics, law, armies, and institutions, save insofar as they prolong and multiply such scenes, are a mere ploughing the sand and sowing the ocean, a meaningless vanity and vexation of the spirit. Collective activities are, of course, necessary, but this is the end to which they are necessary.”
So what is a possible way out of this conundrum? A multitude of proposals have been made to detoxicate today’s climate, and it would frankly be pretentious for me to claim to know the solution. Nonetheless, one surefire way, as friends of liberty will quickly point out, is to get politics out of our lives. As Kristian Niemietz notes, “The most obvious antidote to a dysfunctional, adversarial political culture is just to do less politics.”
What does that require? It necessitates a dramatic reduction in the size and scope of the state, the building of a wall between the state (so long as it exists) and the rest of our lives, and the restoration of the conviction that society works best when it is left alone. In other words, we need desperately to resurrect the vision of classical liberalism and draw lessons from its modern heirs in the libertarian tradition…
To regain civility in human interactions and finally treat other human beings as human beings again, we would do well to get politics out of human affairs.