Front Sight Firearms Training Institute boasts the finest instructional staff in the industry. That’s because to become part of Front Sight’s elite instructional staff, an instructor must first successfully complete our four day, Instructor Development Program to the exacting and professional standards set by my example and supervised by our cadre of certified Range Masters. This is not an easy task. The criteria for graduation from Front Sight’s Instructor Development Course are so far above the industry standard, that fewer than one out of ten participants make the grade in their first attempt. Even seasoned law enforcement and military instructors are humbled, yet grateful for the experience to learn what it takes to be part of the greatest instructional staff ever assembled in any industry.
Words of former United Nations climate official Ottmar Edenhofer:
“One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy. This has almost nothing to do with the environmental policy anymore, with problems such as deforestation or the ozone hole,” said Edenhofer, who co-chaired the U.N.’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change working group on Mitigation of Climate Change from 2008 to 2015.
So what is the goal of environmental policy?
“We redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy,” said Edenhofer.
Primitive technology is a hobby where you make things in the wild completely from scratch using no modern tools or materials. This is the strict rule. If you want a fire- use fire sticks, an axe- pick up a stone and shape it, a hut- build one from trees, mud, rocks etc. The challenge is seeing how far you can go without modern technology. If this hobby interests you then this blog might be what you are looking for.
To the dispassionate observer who happens to possess a memory, nothing is more extraordinary than the paroxysm of fury and suspicion with regard to Germany’s intentions which broke out last spring in our country where — until five years ago — pro-Germanism was de rigueur in “intellectual” and so-called “advanced” circles. This kind of pro-Germanism was of long standing. It was seen after the Franco-Prussian War when The Times of 18 November, 1870, gave prominence to Carlyle’s letter deploring the “cheap pity and newspaper lamentation over fallen and afflicted France” and ending with the fervent hope that “noble, patient, deep, pious and solid Germany should be at length wielded into a nation and become Queen of the Continent.”
Before the Great War [WWI] when the hostile intentions of Germany toward the British Empire were clearly evident; when German officers were drinking to “der Tag,” [the Day] whilst German writers openly committed their plans for world power to paper and incident after incident showed that war was inevitable, all those who warned our country were derided or insulted. It was even suggested that Lord Roberts should be deprived of his pension for conducting his campaign for National Service.
International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences (2nd ed.) is a current (published 2015) encyclopedic collection of four to eight page scholarly articles on topics in all areas of the social sciences: anthropology, archaeology, behavioral neuroscience, clinical psychology, cognitive neuroscience and psychology, demography, economics, education, geography, history, labor studies, law, linguistics, political science, sociology and more. Included are biographies of hundreds of significant figues in these fields, from the 19th century to the present. Articles may be browsed by subject classification, title or subject index, or searched by keyword.
Internment/resettlement specialists are primarily responsible for day-to-day operations in a military confinement/correctional facility or detention/internment facility.
- Supervision of confinement and detention operations
- External security to facilities
- Counseling/guidance to individual prisoners within a rehabilitative program
- Records of prisoners/internees and their programs
Those who want to serve must first take the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, a series of tests that helps you better understand your strengths and identify which Army jobs are best for you.
Job training for an internment/resettlement specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and seven weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and in the field.
Some of the skills you’ll learn are:
- Military laws and jurisdictions
- Self-defense and use of firearms
- Interpersonal communications skills
- Search/restraint and custody/control procedures
- Interest in law enforcement
- Physically and mentally fit
- Ability to make quick decisions
- Remain calm under heavy duress
Miles Franklin sponsored this article by Gary Christenson.
The opinions are his.
Christopher Whalen wrote “ Trump is Right to Blow Up the Fed .” He stated: “Anybody who cares to read the 1978 Humphrey Hawkins law will know that the Fed is directed by Congress to seek full employment and then zero inflation. Not 2 percent, but zero. Yet going back a decade or more, the Fed, led by luminaries such as Janet Yellen and Ben Bernanke, has advanced a policy of actively embracing inflation.”
From the Federal Reserve’s web site : “The Congress established the statutory objectives for monetary policy—maximum employment, stable prices , and moderate long-term interest rates—in the Federal Reserve Act.”
Prices during ZERO inflation never double.
Prices during 2% inflation double in 35 years.
A new truck fifty years ago cost $2,500, and today it costs $50,000. This is a compound rate of inflation of 6.2% per year. Yes, the truck is better, but that doesn’t reduce the dollars you must pay.
Motel Six rented no-frills rooms for $6 fifty years ago. Today they cost $50.00 plus higher taxes. The rate of inflation is 4.3%.
A postage stamp fifty years ago cost $0.06. Today that stamp costs $0.55. The rate of inflation is 4.5%.
Cigarettes in 1913 cost $0.10 per pack. Today the cost is $6.00 to $10.00, depending upon the tax load. The rate of inflation is about 4.4%.
Gold in 1913 sold for $20.67 per ounce. Today gold sells for about $1,300. That rate of inflation is 4.0% per year for 105 years.
A house in 1913 cost… you see the pattern. Except for televisions and computers, almost everything costs more than 10 years ago, considerably more than 20 years ago, far more than fifty years ago, and outrageously more than in 1913.
1) Prices were stable for the one hundred years before the Federal Reserve’s “takeover” of the money supply in the U.S. The rising prices problem occurs because of Fed policies, not time.
2) The above are examples of price inflation. You can add 999 more from your personal experience. The official numbers from the government are… well… untrustworthy.
3) Prices rise more rapidly than the Humphrey Hawkins law (zero percent) specifies.
4) Prices rise more rapidly than the 2% inflation target that the Fed endorses. [Why 2% instead of 3.96% or 0.22%?]
5) Congress could vote to audit the Fed. It does not.
6) Congress could demand the Fed follow law. It does not.
7) Congress could dissolve the Fed and return to a modified gold standard. This would encourage government accountability, stable prices, and decrease Wall Street’s influence over our lives and economy. For obvious reasons, it does not.
The Fed (and other central banks) engaged in massive Quantitative Easing—bond monetization or “printing currencies” for the past decade. Other central banks created currencies and bought bonds, stocks, ETFs, gold and politicians with their created “from thin air” currency units. QE works well for the financial and political elite, but not for “Main street” USA, the French “Yellow Vests” or most of the bottom 90%.
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Very little historical research has been conducted on the use of swarming. This work seeks to address this deficiency by analyzing twenty three case studies of past swarming in order to derive a framework for understanding swarm outcomes. The conclusions of this historical analysis are then applied to a discussion of future swarming by both friendly and enemy forces.
This dissertation should be of interest to both military historians and analysts in the defense community concerned with understanding the potential of swarming for future rapid reaction forces and enemy ground forces. The results of the study highlight the limitations and constraints of swarming for both future friendly forces and for current insurgent swarms today (indeed, while this work is primarily theoretical and broad-based, it might be considered sensitive material in so far as it could be put to use by our enemies). The methods used to arrive at those results highlight how qualitative techniques can be used across many complex historical case studies.
This research was supported by RAND’s Arroyo Center, a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) sponsored by the United Stated Army; the International Security and Defense Policy Center of RAND’s National Defense Research Institute, a FFRDC sponsored by the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Joint Staff, the Unified commands, and the defense agencies; the Strategy and Doctrine Program in RAND’s Project AIR FORCE, a FFRDC sponsored by the United States Air Force; and finally, the Department of the Army, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-2.
The principal object of management should be to secure the maximum prosperity for the employer, coupled with the maximum prosperity for each employee. The words “maximum prosperity” are used, in their broad sense, to mean not only large dividends for the company or owner, but the development of every branch of the business to its highest state of excellence, so that the prosperity may be permanent. In the same way maximum prosperity for each employee means not only higher wages than are usually received by men of his class, but, of more importance still, it also means the development of each man to his state of maximum efficiency, so that he may be able to do, generally speaking, the highest grade of work for which his natural abilities fit him, and it further means giving him, when possible, this class of work to do.
It would seem to be so self-evident that maximum prosperity for the employer, coupled with maximum prosperity for the employee, ought to be the two leading objects of management, that even to state this fact should be unnecessary. And yet there is no question that, throughout the industrial world, a large part of the organization of employers, as well as employees, is for war rather than for peace, and that perhaps the majority on either side do not believe that it is possible so to arrange their mutual relations that their interests become identical.
The majority of these men believe that the fundamental interests of employees and employers are necessarily antagonistic. Scientific management, on the contrary, has for its very foundation the firm conviction that the true interests of the two are one and the same; that prosperity for the employer cannot exist through a long term of years unless it is accompanied by prosperity for the employee, and vice versa; and that it is possible to give the workman what he most wants—high wages—and the employer what he wants—a low labor cost—for his manufactures.
The United States is currently engaged in what has been characterized as the “long war.” The long war has been described by some as an epic struggle against adversaries bent on forming a unified Islamic world to supplant Western dominance, while others characterize it more narrowly as an extension of the war on terror. But while policymakers, military leaders, and scholars have offered numerous definitions of the long war, no consensus has been reached about this term or its implications for the United States. To understand the effects that this long war will have on the U.S. Army and on U.S. forces in general, it is necessary to understand more precisely what the long war is and how it might unfold. To address this need, this study explores the concept of the long war and identifies potential ways in which it might unfold as well as the implications for the Army and the U.S. military more generally.
Divide and Rule
Divide and Rule focuses on exploiting fault lines between the various Salafi-jihadist groups to turn them against each other and dissipate their energy on internal conflicts. This strategy relies heavily on covert action, information operations (IO), unconventional warfare, and support to indigenous security forces. Divide and Rule would be the obvious strategy choice for the “Narrowing of Threat” trajectory as the United States and its local allies could use the nationalist jihadists to launch proxy IO campaigns to discredit the transnational jihadists in the eyes of the local populace. In the “Holding Action” trajectory, Divide and Rule would be an inexpensive way of buying time for the United States and its allies until the United States can return its full attention to the long war. U.S. leaders could also choose to capitalize on the “Sustained Shia-Sunni Conflict” trajectory by taking the side of the conservative Sunni regimes against Shiite empowerment movements in the Muslim world.