AIER: The Real Problem Is the Politicization of Everything

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.

Click here to read the entire article at AIER.org.

Benton County Sheriff Swears in First Posse Members

From the Facebook page of the Benton County, WA Sheriff’s Office:

Yesterday evening in Prosser, Sheriff Jerry Hatcher swore in nine of his newest community volunteers as Benton County Sheriff Posse Members. We are proud as an organization to welcome these community members into the Benton County Sheriff’s Office family. They have shown a desire to serve their community and support the mission of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

The Sheriff’s Posse will participate in community outreach programs such as Cops and Kids, the Touch-A-Truck event, and parades. They will also be used in special circumstances in a limited capacity for search and rescue, traffic control, and recovering large live stock. Posse members will also be able to ride with deputies and see firsthand the quality work our deputies provide.

If you’d like to become more involved in the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, please reach out to Lieutenant Jason Erickson. He can provide you with information on the Sheriff’s Posse and other volunteer programs.

Congratulations to our community members who have volunteered to take on the training and service involved in posse membership.

We the Governed: AG Ferguson’s Persecution of Tim Eyman

Glen Morgan at We the Governed has an interesting article up, detailing some of the vindictive strangeness of Attorney General Ferguson’s case against Washington state initiative backer Tim Eyman — AG Ferguson’s Persecution of Tim Eyman, Eyman’s Plea, and a Creepy AG Employee.

…Depending on how one views Eyman’s successful initiatives over the years, they have reduced the amount average citizens would have paid on their taxes by close to $40 billion over 20 years (see link here).  Since Eyman is so clearly a guy identified with depriving the state of this cash which they could have squandered by now, then the wrath and resources of the state is focused entirely against this one guy

…this current case is unique in almost every measure.  In THIS case, unlike every other campaign finance case filed by the AG in Washington State’s history, the state is uniquely concentrating the full force of the government to destroy one man over violations that are commonly made by many of AG Ferguson’s campaign donors and allies.  There is no proportionality in this lawsuit against Eyman compared to the violations that he may or may not have committed.

How many regular people would think the AG is being fair or honest in the Eyman case?

Here are just a few unique elements to the Eyman case:

  • State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has stated from the beginning that he would never settle this lawsuit with Tim Eyman.  For context, the State settled with the Green River killer, but they will “never settle” with Tim Eyman.
  • Ferguson has spent more on pleadings, staff costs, and investigative costs on this case than any other campaign finance case in state history. (See article for reference here)
  • The level of harassment against Eyman is unique in the AG’s history.  For example, tossing out Eyman’s attorney using the fact the AG is the only creditor in Eyman’s bankruptcy court hearing to force his attorneys to resign and the unique legal attacks targeting Eyman’s wife.
  • The AG (and PDC before them) did not even bother to meet or contact his treasurer (the guy legally responsible for the reporting) for the first few years of this investigation (normally this is the first person they would interview in this type of case), and this failure to meet with the treasurer was particularly tragic because the treasurer, Stan Long, died in a car accident two years after this case started.  There was plenty of time for the state to have interviewed the guy. They did not because they don’t care about the truth. Their focus is only on stopping Eyman.
  • The AG has planned 35 3rd party depositions on supporters of Eyman.  This has NEVER happened in any other campaign finance case.
  • When Eyman’s attorneys have tried to reach out to the AG to ask for a settlement demand (See here), the AG refused to respond and just went to the media.  See article here.
  • Unique in the history of campaign finance lawsuits, the AG wants to deny Tim his rights to participate in the political process with a lifetime ban for participating with initiatives – the only thing he has done for the past 20 years. (for more on this you can read an editorial published by a small paper in Washington State – the Leavenworth Echo (linked here). The AG tried to convince the paper to change their article, which, to the credit of this paper, they refused (linked here)…

…The AG has played pat-a- cake litigation with everyone from the Spokane County Democratic Committee to the Democrat Speaker of the House Frank Chopp (see partial list here for comparative examples) who also violated the campaign finance laws and the AG never bothered to harass these people in this way.  Not even close… Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson appears to be using his office to settle personal vendettas and to assist him with political payback for his friends… 

Click here to read the entire article at We the Governed.

Yakima Herald: Klickitat County Sheriff Won’t Enforce New Gun Law

Joining the growing chorus of Sheriffs and law enforcement chiefs against the laws passed in Initiative 1639, now Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer comes out to say he won’t enforce it, either. here an excerpt from the Yakima Herald’s article Drawing a line: Klickitat County sheriff says he won’t enforce Washington’s new gun law. While residents of Seattle and Olympia were only too happy to vote away the rights of others, most of the rest of the state voted against the initiative, giving yet more reason to separate into a new state.

Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer says he’s not enforcing the state’s new initiative that places stiff requirements on the sale and ownership of semiautomatic rifles such as AR-15s, calling it unconstitutional.

“I think it’s a bad law and I think it violates people’s rights,” he said. “This law will do nothing to stop crime or do anything to make our communities safer. But what it will do is make criminals out of our honest citizens.”…

Not all law enforcement agencies in the state are taking a stance as hard as Songer’s. But many are concerned about the constitutionality of the measure and the additional workload enhanced background checks will bring when the initiative takes effect in July, said Steven Strachan, executive director of the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.

The Lewis County Sheriff’s Office and Republic Police Chief Loren Culp announced shortly after the November general election that they wouldn’t enforce the new law…

In November, the National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation filed a joint lawsuit in U.S. District Court challenging the constitutionality of I-1639…

Click here to read the entire article at Yakima Herald.

Related:

Wahkiakum Sheriff, Citing Constitution, Says He Won’t Enforce I-1639

Lewis County Sheriff’s Office Won’t Actively Enforce I-1639

Washington Sheriff [Ferry County] Vows to Not Enforce I-1639

Police Chief Instructs Officers Not to Enforce I-1639 Gun Regulations

 

OH8STN: Grid Down EMCOMM Winter Edition

Julian at OH8STN.org is full of useful amateur radio information. In the piece excerpted below, he talks about winter emergency communications and the difference between preparing for emergency communications when there is a large logistics tail on the move to support you and emergency communications in a long term or grid down scenario. Here’s a bit from Grid Down EMCOMM Winter Edition:

EMCOMM VS Communications Preparedness

There’s a huge disconnect between the yellow vest wearing emergency communications Community within amateur radio, and those seeking to learn and or develop skills for communications preparedness. They both have completely different methodologies, but they are overlapping.

  • With EMCOMM (North American Edition), we almost always have an expectation of a large Logistics deployment machine, deploying resources after the fact. Hopefully this will change after the horrific lessons of Puerto Rico.
  • With Communications Preparedness, our focus is grid down Communications in the thick of the disaster. There’s no Logistics, no one’s coming to help right away, so we are left on our own, getting information into and out of an active disaster zone.

Right now neither the EMCOMM community or the Communications Preparedness crowd are speaking the same language. They simply don’t understand one another. I suspect anyone reading this blog, or watching my videos has a firm grasp of both sides of this “Niche within a niche” as my friend John calls it. This disconnect between the two communities is critical for understanding and ultimately deployment in the field…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4I87136fTa8

Click here to read the entire article (and see video) at OH8STN.org.

WA GOAL Post 2019-3

From the Washington Gun Owners’ Action League:

GOAL Post 2019-3

Legislative Update from Olympia 28 January 2019

HEARINGS ON TV WASHINGTON

NEW GUN BILLS FILED

ACTION ON BILLS

PUBLIC HEARINGS SCHEDULED

MY TRAVEL SCHEDULE

If watching the hearings in Olympia didn’t bring the message home, in today’s world, feelings and emotions beat facts and logic every time. The
one with the most emotional testimony wins.I’ve been watching that for 24 years. The link below goes to last Monday’s Senate Law & Justice hearing: Senate Law & Justice hearing, Monday, 21 January: https://www.tvw.org/watch/?eventID=2019011158

I know that everyone reading this message knows the difference between a democracy and a republic, but in case it slipped your mind…A democracy is mob rule: the issue or the side with the most votes wins. Five wolves and a lamb voting on what to have for lunch.A republic is governed by a constitution which places limits on the democracy, (i.e. the lamb has an
AR-15.) There are certain things where a simple democratic majority does NOT win.

Theoretically the Second Amendment and Article 1, Section 24 of the state constitution guarantees the right to keep and bear arms, no matter what the democratic legislature votes.“Shall not be infringed.” (2A)“Shall not be impaired.” (1/24)That seems pretty clear, but many legislators are constitutionally illiterate. Read the dictionary definitions of “infringed” and “impaired.”

That’s where the Supreme Court (federal and state) step in to ensure the constitution is followed.Sometimes.

Is a 10-round magazine limit an infringement?An impairment? Try SEVEN rounds under current New York State law.Or FIVE, as is being proposed in Oregon right now. (I can see the look on all you smug revolver shooters’ faces.)

Only four new gun bills were filed last week, all in the House.HB 1319, by Rep. Sharon Wylie (D-49), prohibits firearms at all public meetings
of a city, county or other governing body. HB 1346 by Rep.Gerry Pollett (D-46), would ban the transfer of any lead-based or lead core ammunition to anyone under the age of 21 – there go your junior rifle programs (all to prevent lead contamination and protect the chilluns, of course). HB 1374 by Rep. Macri (D-43), repeals state preemption in its entirety.—stand by for every city to enact a multitude of gun laws including restrictions on where and when you can carry firearms – with or without a CPL. The cities have been fighting this since it passed 30+ years ago.Good luck making it from one corner of the state to another without violating SOMEONE’s gun law.  And HB 1381 BY Rep. Mike Pellicciotti (D-3), which prohibits the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs – drones) to deliver contraband to anyone in lawful detention – from guns to drugs to cellphones to anything they declare as contraband.

Several bills passed out of their original policy committee, generally with amended versions (substitutes) offered, and now sit in their respective Rules committees, awaiting a pull to the chamber floor for a full floor vote. These include:HB 1010 (destruction of forfeited firearms), SB 5027 (extreme risk protection orders – substitute passed), SB 5061 (undetectable firearms – substitute passed), SB 5062 (high capacity magazine ban – substitute passed), SB 5143 (firearm seizure in DV cases – substitute passed) and SB 5174 (CPL training requirement – substitute passed that allows NRA or similar courses to qualify). These bills all now await a floor vote.

Public hearings are also scheduled for several bills. The House Civil Rights & Justice Committee will conduct public hearings on HB 1315 (CPL training) on 29 January at 10:00 a.m. and on HBs 1319 (open carry/public meetings) and 1346 (lead ammo ban) on February 1^st at 10:00 a,m. Senate Higher Ed will conduct a public hearing on SB 5150 (college safety officers) at 1:30 p.m. on 31 January.Senate Law & Justice will hear SBs 5181 (firearm possession/mental health) and 5205 (incompetent to stand trial) at 10:00 a.m. on 29 January.

Action has yet to be taken on several more bills that have already had public hearings.Their time will come!It frequently means there is back-room negotiating going on to amend the bills after testimony.

BILL STATUS/GOAL POSITION:

SHB 1010 Disposition of forfeited firearms by WSP Senn (D-41) H.Rules OPPOSE

HB 1022Prohibiting handgun sale data base Walsh (R-19) H.CR&J SUPPORT

HB 1024Prohibiting gun owner data base Walsh (R-19) H.CR&J SUPPORT

HB 1038Authorizing armed school personnel Walsh (R-19) H.CR&J SUPPORT

HB 1068 High capacity magazine ban Valdez (D-46) H.CR&J OPPOSE

HB 1073 Undetectable and/or untraceable firearms Valdez (D-46) H.CR&J OPPOSE

HB1097 Repeals firearm confidentiality waivers Walsh (R-19) H.CR&J SUPPORT

HB1098 Repeals penalties/unsafe storage of firearms Walsh (R-19) H.CR&J SUPPORT

HB 1203 Reporting lost or stolen firearms Doglio (D-22) H.CR&J OPPOSE

HB1225 Firearms/domestic violence Jinkins (D-27) H.CR&J OPPOSE

HB 1286 Assault weapon ban Peterson (D-21) H.CR&J OPPOSE

HB 1315 CPL training requirement Lovick (D-44) H.CR&7J OPPOSE

HB 1319 Open carry prohibited at public meetings Wylie (D-49 ) H.CR&J OPPOSE

HB 1346 Lead ammo ban for “youth” Pollett (D-46) H.CR&J OPPOSE

HB 1374 Repeals state preemption of gun laws Macri (D-43) H.CR&J OPPOSE

HB 1381 Use of UAVs to deliver contraband Pellicciotti (D-30) H.PunSaf NEUTRAL

SB 5016 Authorizing armed animal control officers Van De Wege S.L&J SUPPORT

SSB 5027 Extreme risk protection orders, under age 18 Frockt (D-46) S.Rules OPPOSE

SB 5050 Body armor use in a crime O’Ban (R-28) S.L&J NEUTRAL

SSB 5061 Undetectable and untraceable firearms Dhingra (D-45) S.Rules OPPOSE

SSB 5062 High capacity magazine ban Kuderer (D-48) S.Rules OPPOSE

SB 5072 Extreme risk protection orders O’Ban (R-28) S.L&J NEUTRAL

SB5099 Target shooting on DNR land Sheldon (D-35) S.Ag SUPPORT

SSB 5143 Seizing firearms/DV incidents Dhingra (D-45) S.Rules OPPOSE

SB 5150 College safety/officers weapons Wilson (R-17) S.HiEd SUPPORT

SB 5172 Firearm training/gun bill sponsors Fortunato (R-39) S.StGov SUPPORT

SSB 5174 Training for CPL issue Palumbo (D-1) S.Rules OPPOSE

SB 5181 Firearm possession/mental health Kuderer (D-48) S.L&J OPPOSE

SB 5205 Firearm possession/incompetent for trial Dhingra (D-45) S.L&J OPPOSE

SB 5340 Assault weapons ban Kuderer (D-48) S. L&J OPPOSE

SB 5434 New gun free zones Wilson (D-30) S.L&J OPPOSE

HB = House bill, SB = Senate bill.L&J = Law & Justice, CR&J = Civil Rights and Judiciary, PubSaf = Public Safety, HC = Health Care, H. K-12 = House Early education, Aprop = Appropriations, Fin = Finance, W&M = Ways & Means“S” before a bill number indicates Substitute (amended).

HEARINGS SCHEDULED:

29 Jan House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee John L. O’Brien Bldg

10:00 a.m. HB 1315

29 Jan Senate Law & Justice John A. Cherberg Bldg

10:00 a.m. SBs 5181 and 5205

31 Jan Senate Higher Ed Committee John A. Cherberg Bldg

1:30 p.m. SB 5150

1 Feb House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee John L. O’Brien Bldg

10:00 a.m. HBs 1319 and 1346

21 Jan Senate Law & Justice Committee John A. Cherberg Bldg

10:00 a.m. SBs 5061, 5062, 5143, 5174

22 Jan House Civil Rights & Judiciary Committee, John L. Bldg

10:00a.m HBs 1024, 1068, 1203, 1225

24 Jan Senate Agriculture Committee, John A. Cherberg Bldg.

1:30 p.m. SB 5099

LEGISLATIVE HOT LINE:You may reach your Representatives and Senator by calling the Legislative Hotline at 1-800-562-6000. Toll free!!! The hearing impaired may obtain TDD access at 1-800-635-9993.Also toll free!!!

1-800-562-6000TDD 1-800-635-9993

OTHER DATA: Copies of pending legislation (bills), legislative schedules and other information are available on the legislature’s web site at “www.leg.wa.gov <http://www.leg.wa.gov>”. Bills are available in Acrobat (.pdf) format.You may download a free version of Adobe Acrobat Reader from Adobe’s web site (http://www.adobe.com). You may also obtain hard copy bills, initiatives, etc, in the mail from the Legislative Bill Room FREE OF CHARGE by calling 1-360-786-7573.Copies of bills may also be ordered toll free by calling the Legislative Hotline at (800) 562-6000. You may also hear floor and committee hearing action live at http://www.tvw.org/(you need “RealAudio” to do this, available free at
the TVW web site).

By reading the House and Senate “bill reports” (hbr, sbr) for each bill, you can see how individual committee members voted. By reading the “roll call” for each bill, you can see how the entire House or Senate voted on any bill.The beauty of the web site is that ALL this information is available, on line 24/7 , to any citizen.

GET THE WORD OUT: If you want to subscribe to the GOAL Post by e-mail, send a message to “goalwa@cox.net ” <mailto:goalwa@cox.net>. Please pass GOAL Post on to anyone you believe may have an interest in protecting our rights. Better yet, make a couple of copies of this message, post it on your gun club’s bulletin board, and leave copies with your local gun shop(s). PERMISSION IS HEREBY GRANTED TO DUPLICATE OR REDISTRIBUTE GOAL POST PROVIDED IT IS REPRODUCED WITHOUT TEXTUAL MODIFICATION AND CREDIT IS GIVEN TO GOAL.I can be reached at “joewaldron@cox.net” <mailto:joewaldron@cox.net>or by telephone at (425) 985-4867. Unfortunately, I am unable to mail hard copy GOAL Post to individuals.Limited numbers of hard copies MAY be available at the Second Amendment Foundation book table at WAC gun shows.

Upcoming WAC gun show(s):

Puyallup (Pavilion) 23-24 February

Puyallup 30-31 March

 

“The right of the individual citizen to bear arms in defense of himself, or the state, shall not be impaired, but nothing in this section shall be construed as authorizing individuals or corporations to organize, maintain or employ an armed body of men.”

Article 1, Section 24

Constitution of the State of Washington

Copyright 2019 Gun Owners Action League of WA

Technology and Avoiding Censorship

The world of news reporting has been metamorphosing since the Internet became easily available. Print journalism is dying. The newspaper and magazine news sources that have survived have moved onto the internet to some extent, though they may still have a print presence. But the Internet is a funny place, and it, and dwindling financials, have changed those venerable news dinosaurs. Making profits became dependent upon Internet advertising which was measured by ad views or ad clicks. It became more important to these institutions to have stories that received more views rather than stories of deep substance, not that the two are mutually exclusive. Inevitably, the businesses started catering to specific audiences or demographics, posting stories and headlines that would invite those users to click into the article to view the ads. Once proud institutions like the New York Times have become more of a television sitcom, where the stories are played to a captive audience with implied “applause” and “laughter” cue cards. CNN is more like People magazine than a news network.

Speaking of television, much the same has happened to news sources there. As viewers switched from advertising-supported television channels (or paid cable channels) to watching shows and reading news on the Internet, the financial support of the captive television audience dwindled. As that revenue dwindled, television companies had less money with which to subsidize their news. When once news was a point of pride of the stations that they gladly subsidized, the broadcasters now had to compete for advertising revenue for their news shows. These causes likewise led to a similar chasing after of sensational headlines as was occurring in the Internet space.

In short, the mainstream media news sources have turned into a wasteland as far as actual news goes. Instead they relay stories that will play well with their respective cash-cow herds. Or they run stories that are profitable for them to air, either because they are paid to do so or to ingratiate themselves with government agencies or corporations in order to have access or the personal prestige of being seen with later (for those persons high up enough in the pseudo-news organization). It is well documented, for instance, that the CIA has for decades worked with news organizations of all kinds in order to either relay or suppress the stories or propaganda that they want to shape public opinion. This is no less true for many large corporations and political parties who actively work with these organizations for their own propagandistic ends.

It should be no surprise to anyone, then, that people have turned to alternative news sources. This is a great danger to the power of all those organizations currently involved in mainstream news organizations – i.e. government agencies, political parties, corporations, foreign entities, etc. Controlling the media is a way to control the people. People cannot get angry over something that they never hear about, or better yet, they can’t believe anything that the media is portraying as laughable. Because people are, indeed, looking for real news, these interests are doing their best to prevent alternative news sources or at least people’s access to these sources.

In the past several months, we’ve seen many alternative news voices as well as individual users banned from various Internet social media platforms which they used to communicate with the people who followed them – a process called de-platforming. Because these social media platforms are owned by private corporations there is no first amendment violation, even when some of the corporations are counseled by advisory entities with close government ties. Little justification is given for these deplatformings other than vague mumblings from the corporations about hate speech, extremism, insults, Russian spies, and so forth. The corporations are under no obligation, currently, to provide any truth. They say something the content creator did violated their terms of use and that is the end.  So far these deplatforming actions have been overwhelming against conservative voices, though not entirely so.

Continue reading “Technology and Avoiding Censorship”

Survivopedia: Sugar and Salt – Your Survival Allies

Chris Black has written an article about salt and sugar food storage over on Survivopedia – Why Salt And Sugar Are Your Best Survival Allies

Sugar and salt are among the most common and widely used household substances in North America.

Both sugar and salt are with us since at least 8,000 BC, as according to researchers, the sugarcane plant was first domesticated by the good people in Southeast Asia 10,000 years ago.

People can live without sugar all their lives, except from Americans of course, but salt is another story altogether. While our bodies can manufacture their own sugar from various foods rich in carbohydrates, like fruits and cereal (fruits also contain sugars by the way), salt, formerly known as sodium chloride, is an essential mineral, which is readily available in nature in its natural crystalline form, also known as rock salt.

Unlike sugar, which is a highly refined/processed food, making for the ultimate soluble carbohydrate, and not very good for one’s health, salt is an essential mineral for both humans and animal life in general. While plant life and animal meat (including milk) contain sodium in various quantities (not so much for plant life), if you’re a vegetarian, you may require extra salt added to your diet, because the human body cannot produce sodium chloride on its own, and the plant-based sodium intake may not be enough for your body to function properly.

The Good News about Sugar and Salt

They’re both non perishable substances, provided they’re stored properly…

Click here to read the entire article at Survivopedia.

WA state: Anti-Gun Bills Pass Committe

From NRA-ILA:

During the January 24th executive session, the Washington state Senate Committee on Law & Justice voted to pass all of the gun control bills before them by a vote of 4-3.  They will now go to the Senate floor for further consideration.  Please contact your state Senator and urge them to OPPOSE these anti-gun bills.  Click the “Take Action” button and call 1-800-562-6000 to contact your state Senator.

The Proposed Substitute to Senate Bill 5062, sponsored by Senator Patty Kuderer (D-48), was filed at the request of Attorney General Bob Ferguson.  It would ban the possession of ammunition magazines with a capacity greater than 10, encompassing most standard capacity magazines commonly used by law-abiding citizens, such as with handguns popular for self-defense.  Those who own non-compliant magazines prior to the ban would only be allowed to possess them on their own property and in other limited instances such as at licensed shooting ranges and nationally sanctioned sport shooting events.  These magazines would have to be transported unloaded and locked separately from firearms and stored at home locked, making them unavailable for self-defense.

The Proposed Substitute to Senate Bill 5061, sponsored by Senator Manka Dhingra (D-45), was filed at the request of Attorney General Ferguson.  It would end the centuries old practice of manufacturing firearms for personal use, among other things.

Senate Bill 5174, sponsored by Senator Guy Palumbo (D-1), would increase the government red tape that law-abiding adults must go through in order to obtain a Concealed Pistol License by requiring a mandatory training course.

Senate Bill 5143, sponsored by Senator Dhingra, would require law-enforcement to seize firearms and ammunition when they are called to the scene of an alleged domestic violence incident and hold them for at least five business days.  This would result in property being confiscated without first going through due process and subjecting citizens to bureaucratic red tape to get their property returned.

Senate Bill 5027, sponsored by Senator David Frockt (D-46), would expand Washington’s existing Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO).  It would affirm that the ERPO can be issued against minors while also infringing upon the self-defense rights of law-abiding parents or others in the household without due process.

SHTFPlan: Gov’t Shutdown Proves Americans Unprepared

From Mac Slavo at SHTFplan.com, Brutal Reality: Government Shutdown Is Proving Americans Are NOT Prepared For A Recession.

The brutal reality is that most Americans are not prepared for the next economic downturn or recession. The government shutdown is highlighting just how much Americans rely on others as opposed to themselves, and how little they have saved for an emergency.

According to the newest op-ed article by Market Watch, the government shutdown is perfectly proving that Americans are not prepared for a financial disaster of any kind, let alone an economic recession. Many have long assumed that the government (which as we all know is almost $22 trillion in debt) will be using their money (stolen funds aka, taxation) to bail out those who get themselves into trouble. But the shutdown is proving just how little the government actually does and just how financially illiterate many Americans have allowed themselves to become.

Almost 60% of Americans have less than $1000 in savings for a rainy day fund or an immediate emergency. It’s been ten years since the Great Recession left many Americans jobless with no money, and it appears most have learned nothing. The government shutdown serves as a painful warning and preview for what will happen once unemployment rises from 50-year lows.  Americans are far too dependent on others, including the government, for their survival.

Within just a few weeks into the government shutdown, people are struggling to cope. We hear stories about people turning to food banks to feed their families. We hear stories about people who are in dire straits because they can’t get loans. We hear stories about people who can’t pay their mortgages. That’s not even one month into the shutdown. –Market Watch

Most Americans live paycheck to paycheck, including those who work for the government…

Read the entire article at SHTF Plan.

We the Governed: Environmentalists Ignore Olympia’s Real Pollution

In a similar vein to the recent post about Portland killing itself, here is an article from Glen Morgan at We the Governed titled Silence of the Enviros – ignoring real pollution in Olympia’s greenspaces, detailing the piles of dangerous garbage filling up Olympia’s parks, trails, and other green spaces.

The City of Olympia in Washington State once was known for an assertive, aggressive, and well-funded environmental movement.  Locals who claimed to care about the environment would fill a Thurston County Commissioner meeting demanding abusive regulations on the rural residents of the county for daring to build a porch on their home, or to build a barn on their property. These attacks were conducted under the theory rural residents would pollute the water and instigate a nebulous global warming apocalypse in the distant future.  However, a strange sound of silence has descended on the once vibrant and noisy movement now that toxic waste garbage piles filled with used syringes, human waste, chemicals, and mountains of trash are filling Olympia’s city parks, trails and greenspaces.  These faux environmentalists are nowhere to be found.

“Leave no Trace” Olympia’s greenspaces have been brightened by addict/homeless decorations everywhere. Olympia’s Gang Green groups choose to ignore places like this (photo 1/15/2019 – next to Percival Creek)

This author has written extensively for years about the many terrible policies and abusive regulatory efforts pushed by local members of Gang Green including the Thurston Environmental Voters, Washington Conservation Voters, League of Women Voters (which does not include Republicans) The Black Hills Audubon Society, the Carnegie Group, and the Friends of Rocky Prairie.  These organizations supported ridiculous $42,000 pocket gopher taxes (see here), aggressive police-state powers to impose large fines on rural residents (see here), and other abusive statist policies.  In many ways, these abusive efforts by this group of activists led to the replacement of all Democratic Party Commissioners in Thurston County in 2014 and 2016 with Independent County Commissioners for the first time in State history (see here).

Click here to read the entire article at We the Governed.

Largest List of Hacked Email Addresses and Passwords Exposed – Jan. 2019

I’m reposting this here to make sure people see it. You can see if your email is on the list by going to http://haveibeenpwned.com and putting in your email address. It will tell you if your email is on this list or any others in the past. I went through the emails of a couple dozen friends and family and found a few on the list and let them know, so you probably all interact with someone whose email password may be floating out on the internet. From security researcher Troy Hunt:

Many people will land on this page after learning that their email address has appeared in a data breach I’ve called “Collection #1”. Most of them won’t have a tech background or be familiar with the concept of credential stuffing so I’m going to write this post for the masses and link out to more detailed material for those who want to go deeper.

Let’s start with the raw numbers because that’s the headline, then I’ll drill down into where it’s from and what it’s composed of. Collection #1 is a set of email addresses and passwords totalling 2,692,818,238 rows. It’s made up of many different individual data breaches from literally thousands of different sources. (And yes, fellow techies, that’s a sizeable amount more than a 32-bit integer can hold.)

In total, there are 1,160,253,228 unique combinations of email addresses and passwords. This is when treating the password as case sensitive but the email address as not case sensitive. This also includes some junk because hackers being hackers, they don’t always neatly format their data dumps into an easily consumable fashion. (I found a combination of different delimiter types including colons, semicolons, spaces and indeed a combination of different file types such as delimited text files, files containing SQL statements and other compressed archives.)

The unique email addresses totalled 772,904,991. This is the headline you’re seeing as this is the volume of data that has now been loaded into Have I Been Pwned (HIBP). It’s after as much clean-up as I could reasonably do and per the previous paragraph, the source data was presented in a variety of different formats and levels of “cleanliness”. This number makes it the single largest breach ever to be loaded into HIBP…

Read the entire article at Troy Hunt.

John Mosby: Guerrilla Gardener

John Mosby of the Mountain Guerrilla blog has some thoughts up on getting your garden started – Guerrilla Gardener: Some Thoughts and Observations on Vegetable Food Production (Or, Gardening for Knuckle-Draggers).

One of the truisms of gardening is that “Your first year of gardening will result in abject failure.” There’s so much to learn, about the plants, about starting seeds, about your local soil conditions and what amendments are needed, about weather and climactic conditions, etc.

We had gardens when I was a kid. We successfully raised rocks, tomatoes, rocks, okra, rocks, and peas, as I recall. Of course, as any gardener will tell you, those are some of the simplest crops to raise in a kitchen garden. In fact, they’re so easy to grow, you could almost grow them without even planting them (especially the case with rocks…).

After leaving home for the Army, I had never had a garden. Hell, I’d never had a potted plant.

My wife had never, as far as I know, had a garden in her life.

So, when we decided to start raising most of our own food, to increase our sustainability, my first instinct was to raise small livestock: chickens, rabbits, etc. Of course, I’m a meat-eater, both literally and figuratively, so that makes sense. My wife on the other hand, likes her veggies, and we want the kids to eat well-balanced meals, so a garden, it was decided, was a necessity (And, to be clear, by “it was decided,” I mean, HH6 said, “We’re going to plant a garden this year!” and I responded with, “Roger that, boss!”)

So, as is my norm, when confronted with a new, unfamiliar—foreign—mission, I started doing my “Area Study” research. I dug out a couple dozen books on subsistence gardening, organic gardening, no-till gardening, and etc.

Let me set your mind at ease: there’s a metric …ton of material available out there on gardening, and it’s fair to say that any given reference book on the subject will contradict what every other available reference book will say.

In the end, between our research, and my wife and I bickering about differing visions for the farm’s production, here’s what we ended up trying…

Click here to read the entire article at the Mountain Guerrilla blog.

Fr. John Peck: Poll Finds Overwhelming Majority Want Restrictions on Abortion

From Fr. John Peck, New Poll Finds Overwhelming Majority of Americans Want Restrictions on Abortion.

A new national poll conducted by Marist University finds an overwhelming majority of Americans support restrictions on abortion and would like Roe v. Wade reinterpreted to allow restrictions on abortions.

Three in four Americans (75 percent) say abortion should be limited to – at most – the first three months of pregnancy. This includes most of those who identify as Republicans (92 percent), Independents (78 percent) and a majority of Democrats (60 percent). It also includes more than six in 10 (61 percent) who identify as “pro-choice” on abortion.

The strong support for restricting abortion came despite the fact that a majority of Americans identify as pro-choice (55 percent) — making it clear that the terms pro-choice and pro-life are not accurate in determining or representing the actual views of Americans on abortion.

The Marist Poll follows on the heels of the May 2019 Gallup poll which confirmed 53% of Americans oppose all or most abortions.

The poll also found that a strong majority of Americans disagree with the Roe v. Wade decision that gives states the ability to allow abortions up to birth without any limits…

Click here to read the entire article at Fr. John Peck’s website.

Doom and Bloom: Deadly Viruses, Part 3

Nurse Amy and Dr. Alton of Doom and Bloom Medicine have the third part of a series on Deadly Viruses up at the website. This installment goes into detail about influenza, the virus that kills around half a million people each year.

Spanish Flu ward

During a typical flu season, up to 500,000 people worldwide will die from the illness, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). In the U.S., it’s usually about 30,000, mostly among the very elderly or immune-compromised. But occasionally, when a new strain emerges, a pandemic results with a faster spread of disease and, often, higher mortality rates. Last year, 80,000 U.S. residents failed to recover from the flu.

The deadliest flu pandemic, sometimes called the Spanish flu, began in 1918 and sickened up to 40 percent of the world’s population, killing an estimated 50-100 million people. Indeed, it was a factor in bringing about the end of World War I.

Could such a flu pandemic happen again? If a true long-term disaster scenario occurs, we’ll be thrown, medically, back to that era, so it’s possible. Despite this, many don’t take measures to prevent it.

Click here to read the entire article at Doom and Bloom.