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Democratic Transition in Tunisia

"Tunisia is between radical and authoritarian democracy"
EROS BY SANA (January 31, 2011)

Source: http://www.bastamag .net/article1401.html

How to build the democratic transition in Tunisia? Vincent Geisser, a researcher at the Institute for Research and Studies on the Arab and Muslim world, analyzes the role played by different actors in Tunisia - political opponents, former regime of Ben Ali, "Islamist" party, army, police - and foreign powers. It describes possible scenarios of democratic consolidation in the coming weeks. Maintenance.

Basta! : Where is the revolution in Tunisia? What are the strategies of the opposing forces to build the "transition Democratic?

Vincent Geisser [1]: The "democrats" Tunisians who supported and accompanied the revolution are deeply divided over the future of the protest movement. There are those who feel the need to strengthen the nascent democracy by putting a definitive end to the protest process. They are supporters of a certain security standards, based on a historic compromise between the "doves" of the former regime, opponents and independent representatives UGTT single union (the General Union of Tunisian Workers). They want to consolidate the democratic transition, including by dealing with the army and the party more "healthy" of the security apparatus, as well as some former bosses of the regime known for their "openness." This is the position advocated by Najib Chebbi (Democratic Progressive Party), former opponent in Ben Ali, currently Minister of the transitional government.

Others want to eradicate all traces of the old regime and the party-state, and reject any compromise. This is where supporters of Marzouki (Congress for the Republic) and members of the Communist Party of Tunisian Workers (POCT). And of course leaders movement of "unemployed graduates" of the interior. They wish to push through the "democratic revolution" to give birth to a new political, economic and social development. Both camps have no real difference in political culture, they are animated by democratic ideals. What separates them fundamentally, the strategy of rupture and especially the "democracy agenda".

What remains of the old regime?


There is some disappointment today protesting actors, quite understandable - I think particularly young people "unemployed graduates". But there is no objective risk of returning to the old regime or system restore mafia. A break has occurred. The dictator is gone. This is a crucial element when it is known that while Tunisia was around him, with extreme personalization of power. mafia clans and profiteers - families Ben Ali, Trabelsi and others - have fled. Darkest segments of the security apparatus were largely dismantled.

If we can legitimately understand the disappointment of " radical democrats, "as Marzouki, Hammami, Nasraoui, and unemployed graduates who feel that their revolution was stolen, the former regime is ousted. We are in a transition phase. But this transition can lead to a regime that bastard would an independent candidate access to presidential power, with new elements but also with elements of the old regime. This will lead to reinforce a kind of "authoritarian democracy" or "democratic authoritarianism".

What role did the Tunisian army played in the revolution and what role can it play in the future?

The army has been in recent weeks a fundamental role, not supporting the plan of repression of Ben Ali. She clearly rejected the extreme policies of the supreme leader, and instead played a protective role players protesters. The reason? The army is not connected with the mafia and clan interests of power. Unlike Egypt, Syria or even Algeria, Tunisia army has no direct interest in industry or in the management of oil revenues. It is an army of about 35,000 men, composed of employees, officials, technicians and engineers.

should not be provided to paint a romantic portrait. The Tunisian army played a repressive role in 1978 to channel the social movements, and in 1981 and 1984 to quell the "bread riots". This time, she refused the role because the sources of legitimacy of the regime were exhausted. Ben Ali was discredited, corruption was widespread. Faced with this stalemate, the military has understood that the only solution was to replace the dictator.

This reaction - some would say "Republican" - is primarily dictated by pragmatic: generals and senior officers are convinced that a crackdown could lead to chaos and their own demise. As the "political fluidity" present, the Tunisian army can play a more important role in the constitutional process and the "pacification" social, oscillating between registry and registry security mediation with the forces of the country.

"security apparatus" Tunisia is it still present and operational?

France has 60 million inhabitants, Tunisia 9 million. Yet both countries have almost the same number of police officers: 135.000. is huge! Tunisia is one of the countries with the most police per capita. The security apparatus, through the Ministry of Interior is fully engaged in repression. Part of the police fired into the crowd with live ammunition. It is the security apparatus of Ben Ali who is responsible for nearly 70 deaths officially deplored and thousands injured. But the whole apparatus police is not corrupt: the "rotten" mafia of the security apparatus was largely dismantled.

There is more to fear from areas of the Department of the Interior directly to the clans and Ben Ali Trabelsi. They are currently in hiding. I do not believe in a return of "old demons" even if the future Tunisian democracy can deal with safety trends similar to those we see now in France with Nicolas Sarkozy. In this sense there is a danger of creating in Tunisia in the coming months an "authoritarian democracy".

What role can the "Islamists" in the democratic process?


The "Islamists" Tunisians have long been integrated into "democratic forums." They are "fundamentalists embedded" in the democratic debate in exile. They participated in Paris, London, Marseille numerous opposition rallies, alongside the left, communist, socialist, even anti-Islamic. Many leaders of the left Tunisian 'secular' leaders have frequently met with "Islamists". In many ways the 'fundamentalists' are already integrated into the political game of Tunisia.

For the party Ennahdha (Renaissance) Rached Ghannouchi, the model is not radical Islam or Islamism Salafi Saudi-style, but the AKP, which currently leads Turkey. This means accepting the parliamentary game and advocating economic liberalism tinged social, and especially a certain pragmatism with other Democrats. There is a huge myth about "Islamists" of Tunisia. The party Ennahdha is more of a liberal conservative party, which is not at all in a process of creating an Islamic state or Islamic theocracy. The Islamists classic "Tunisians are now looking to Ankara, they did nothing" green fascists. " How

react today Western countries and Arab neighbors?


The United States has played a leading role in the departure of Ben Ali.
support President Barack Obama to the social movement, even if he was shy, was much sharper than that of France. Beyond this symbolic support, it would seem that the Obama administration has given its support to the Tunisian army and "doves" of the regime (Mohamed Ghannouchi, Prime Minister and Kamel Morjane, the Minister of Foreign Affairs) to sacrifice Ben Ali. It is clear that the United States supported the transition scenario.

Regarding the Arab countries, we can really worry that some plans make every effort to derail the democratic process in Tunisia. Saudi Arabia, Libya, Algeria has no interest in a democracy can arise in the Arab world. A "loose coalition" of Arab dictators could be to sabotage or disrupt the democratic process in Tunisia.

Support from U.S., EU and France to Tunisian Democrats is essential. Either you play the card of democracy in the Arab world or, rather, play an ambiguous role and promotes the perverse game of Saudi Wahhabis, the megalomaniac dictatorship of the regime of Gaddafi and Algerian generals. In this case, we should not complain about the progress of the Salafist jihadist ideology!

How Does France have made such errors of analysis on the situation of Tunisia?

The official position of France was not based on an error analysis, but on a political logic of total and blind support for Ben Ali regime. Interpret the statements of Michele Alliot-Marie as a political mistake is wrong. This is not a political mistake, this is a failing policy. France has always supported authoritarian regimes . She believes that one does diplomacy in relations between States and civil societies are not important.

The United States have both supported Ben Ali and developed concrete relations with unions and all the dissidents of the regime. In contrast, France has always prohibited its diplomacy to have any contact with everything that could affect the quality of its relations with Ben Ali. This blindness is the logic of French policy towards the Arab world: "We support dictators against the risks of destabilization! It seems that France has included a number of mistakes. Hopefully it reorients its policy towards Tunisia openly supporting the democratic process.

What are the possible scenarios in the weeks and months ahead?

Tunisia has a choice between two options. Either authoritarian democratic consolidation that would lead the country until elections, with a broad coalition around an opponent as independent Nejib Chebbi (PDP), with some elements of former regime elements and the trade union left. In this case, the elections will certainly be "democratic" (at least in appearance), but the scenario is first "programmed" the government candidate will have particular ways superior to those of its opponents. This scenario of "managed democracy" is intended to protect Western interests and pursue the integration of Tunisia in the "world economy" in the footsteps of the Bank World Bank and the IMF. A scenario where the candidate would be a sort of "Tunisian Ouattara.

Another assumption: the pressure of the street continues or increases and pushes the government to resign or to go much further, with the dissolution of the party of Ben Ali (RCD), the establishment of a genuine process with the constitutional election of a constituent assembly. Total semi-democracy or democracy? Radical break with the old regime or consolidation autoritaro-democratic? This is how I would put the political future of Tunisia. A future which, in all cases, will be without Ben Ali.

Interview by Eros Sana



Notes [1] Vincent Geisser is a sociologist and researcher at the CNRS and the Institute for Research and Studies on the Arab and Muslim world (IREMAM). He is author, with Marzouki, dictators on borrowed time. A democratic path in the Arab world, editions of L'Atelier, 2009.

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          A growing rift among the “Fatimists”   
A growing rift among the “Fatimists”
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As Cornelia Ferreira mentioned in her inaugural post here at akaCatholic, Fatima Through the Lens of Vatican II: As Illustrated by Raymond Cardinal Burke:
The WAF/Blue Army has long broadcast the Vatican’s Party Line on Fatima. Now an International Public Association of Pontifical Right, it claims it’s “the only Fatima organization in the world which speaks ‘in the name of the Church’ and ‘with the authority of the Church on Fatima.”
Its “charisma” is “the New Evangelization of the world through the authentic Message of Fatima.” Its “responsibility” is to “guard the purity of the message.”



In this, so-called “Fatimists” can find nothing controversial. Indeed, all concerned have long since recognized the formerly named Blue Army, now World Apostolate of Fatima (WAF), as the very definition of a “false friend” of the effort to spread Our Lady’s authentic message.
Where some apparently did find cause for offense was in Mrs. Ferreira’s suggestion that Cardinal Raymond Burke is allied to considerable extent with these enemies of Fatima as reflected in the “distortions and doubletalk” put forth in his recent presentation given at the Roman Life Forum.
She even went so far as to say that “Cardinal Burke’s favored source of information” is none other than the WAF, which, as she pointed out, “was very pleased with his speech.”
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Call for consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart is hopeful sign of the times
The simple fact that the WAF applauded Cardinal Burke’s speech is enough to suggest that His Eminence’s words may not represent a “vindication” of Fr. Nicholas Gruner as some claimed.
In any case, it will be informative to take a closer look at what Mr. Carollo had to say. He begins:
A few days ago at the Rome Life Forum, Cardinal Raymond Burke gave a compelling address on “The Secret of Fatima and a New Evangelization,” calling for a consecration of Russia in “recognition of the importance which Russia continues to have in God’s plan for peace and a sign of profound love for our brothers and sisters in Russia.”
Notice the wording, “calling for a consecration of Russia…”
Is this simply Carollo’s attempt at damage control after effectively having been called out by a member of the College of Cardinals for falsely claiming that the consecration was already done, or does it reflect an accurate reading of His Eminence’s words?
Clearly, in my view, it is the latter. Carollo goes on:
While acknowledging his certitude that St. John Paul II carried out the collegial consecration of the world, including Russia, on May 25, 1984, Cardinal Burke said, “Today, once again, we hear the call of Our Lady of Fatima to consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart, in accord with her explicit instruction.”
In reference to the “pressure” placed on John Paul II to refrain from making an “explicit reference to Russia” during his 1984 consecration of the world, Carollo wrote:
These pressures should not be the case today and to make the consecration again with explicit mention of Russia is nothing more than following what John Paul II himself said of his consecration…
NB: …to make the consecration again.
At this, Carollo, just as Cardinal Burke had in his speech, quoted John Paul II – the man who bears more responsibility than any other for the massive Vatican cover-up of the Fatima message for which the WAF exists to continue:
“Mary’s appeal is not for just once. Her appeal must be taken up by generation after generation, in accordance with the ever new ‘signs of the times.” It must be unceasingly returned to. It must ever be taken up anew.”
Carollo went on to reiterate in the plainest terms possible one of the central positions held by the WAF; one that also forms a fundamental part the official Vatican deception:
After the 1984 consecration was done, Sister Lucia confirmed that it was “accepted by Heaven.”
Get that?
Those who, after the example Fr. Nicholas Gruner, are laboring even now for the consecration of Russia as if it has yet to be done; all in anticipation of the promised fruits that Our Lady attached to her request, are wasting their time.
Apparently, the WAF does not see Cardinal Burke’s newfound interest in Fatima as expressed at the Roman Life Forum as a challenge to this particular lie.
Does that mean that Cardinal Burke is fully on board with it?
No, not necessarily.
As for how one might be assured that the consecration was in fact done to Our Lady’s satisfaction, Carollo pointed to the following events that unfolded in the Soviet Union thereafter as a sort of proof that it resulted in peace:
– On May 13, 1984 (feast of Our Lady of Fatima) an explosion destroys 80 percent of the Soviet Union’s main munitions storage depot for its largest fleet; two-thirds of its missiles are destroyed
– On Dec. 13, 1984, an explosion in Siberia destroys the Soviet Union’s largest ammunition base
– On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl nuclear reactor accident occurs and we now know it staved off a planned nuclear strike on Europe in retaliation for the arrival of U.S. Pershing II nuclear missiles in Europe.
– May 12, 1988, an explosion wrecks the Soviet factory that made rocket motors for its deadly long-range missiles.
Get that?
Three explosions and a nuclear disaster is what passes for the promised period of peace according to the enemies of Fatima.
Apparently, the WAF does not see Cardinal Burke’s newfound interest in Fatima as expressed at the Roman Life Forum as a challenge to this particular lie.
Does that mean that Cardinal Burke is fully on board with it?
No, not necessarily.
About the conversion of Russia that was also promised, Carollo suggested that there is evidence that it is indeed taking place as a direct result of the 1984 consecration:
People are converting back to God … Young people, having grown up in atheistic families, are drawn to the beauty, truth and rich culture that the Catholic, Russian Orthodox and other Christian religions provide. I have been to Russia a number of times and can affirm, the Faith is on the rise there.
Get that?
The “conversion” being peddled by the WAF isn’t a conversion to the one true Faith, but rather one that includes persons entering both the schismatic and the heretic communities!
Apparently, the WAF does not see Cardinal Burke’s newfound interest in Fatima as expressed at the Roman Life Forum as a challenge to this particular lie.
Does that mean that Cardinal Burke is fully on board with it?
No, not necessarily.
I trust at this you get the point.
It has become ever more clear in recent days, in ways both public and private, that a “rift” has arisen between persons once united in the effort to promote the authentic message of Fatima.
This division didn’t begin with Cardinal Burke’s speech. His presentation did, however, manage to magnify it.
At this, it would seem beneficial for  all concerned to return to some of the common ground that we share as a launching point for future discussions:
We know very well that the mission of the World Apostolate of Fatima is to distort the true message of Fatima in order to give it the appearance of compatibility with the aims of the “conciliar Church” – the church-of-man that emerged following Vatican II; the very “suicide of altering the faith” that Our Lady wished to preempt.
As such, anyone who actively collaborates with the WAF in its mission of deception, even if unwittingly and with every good intention, is no friend of Fatima.
Surely, all who wish to promote Our Lady’s authentic message after the example of Fr. Nicholas Gruner can agree on at least this much.
Might I suggest that keeping this in mind moving forward will prove useful.
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1941 Frozen Front v1.12.0

1941 Frozen Front v1.12.0

1941 Frozen Front v1.12.0


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Name : 1941 Frozen Front 
Category : strategy
Size : 127 mb
Version : 1.12.0
File Format : Apk+Obb
On/Off : Online/Offline
Requires Android : 4.0.3 & Up

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          (St. Louis) GECO Swiss .223 55 grn 1000 rds - $ 300   

GECO Made in Sweden, very accurate, almost match quality. 55 grain .223 ammunition 1000 rounds. See my other ads for 7.62x51 Hirtenberger.


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          (Dallas) M&P ar-15 and ammunition - $ 1,125   
Ive dropped price to $1,125 cash firm lowest I can go. This means you get over $600 in ammo and accessories free.
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I have a smith and Wesson m&p 15. I shot it once at the range, works beautifully.  It has mag pul stealth gray parts added; a 40 round magazine and 30 round and two 10 round magazines. I also have a vortex red dot scope, a laser and a hard case u can fly with and custom padding. I also have a conversion to make it shoot .22 caliber that comes With Its own clear magazine. There is also a ton of ammunition. I'm willing to sell it all as a package or ammunition separately. Have about $1,200-1,3000 in gun and accessories.  There's also about $600 in ammunition Ammo is as follows: 2 *120 round ammo cans American eagle/ 4 boxes *100 round 223 federal*/4 boxes Winchester 20/box* 7 boxes *pmc x tax green tip armor piercing 20 per box* 9 boxes*ppu 223 20-per box* 3-50 round boxes perfecta*and magazines are full. Have about 100 loose rounds also, in total about 1,200 rounds!!!! About $1,800 invested, need cash will take $1,125cash FIRM on price, dropped it to lowest price I can. thanks-text 720-648-4317 for ?'s
          Judge blocks California's high-capacity magazine ban   

A federal judge is blocking a California law set to go into effect Saturday that would have barred gun owners from possessing high-capacity ammunition magazines. San Diego-based U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez said in ruling Thursday that the law banning possession of magazines containing more than 10 bullets would have made criminals of thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens who now own the magazines.


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          Arms Deals: EFCC Seizes Ex-chief Of Army Staff’s N4B Estate   
THE Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has seized an estate, allegedly valued at over N4 billion from a former Chief of Army Staff.


The estate, which has been placed under Interim Asset Forfeiture, was confiscated on account of the ongoing probe of the ex-Army Chief over $2.1 billion arms deals.

Prior to the seizure, the Presidential Committee on Audit of Defence Equipment Procurement (CADEP) had traced about N2 billion meant for the purchase of vehicles for the Nigerian Army, to the accounts of five children of the former Army chief.

There were indications that the said accounts were yet to be de-frozen at press time.

The Presidential Committee on Audit of Defence Equipment, headed by AVM JON Ode, had submitted its third interim report to President Muhammadu Buhari, leading to the shortlisting of the 54 people to be probed.

Apart from two ex-Army Chiefs, others recommended for probe are 16 other retired and serving Army officers, 12 serving and retired public officers and 24 Chief Executive Officers of companies involved in the procurement of equipment.

According to findings made by TheNation Newspaper, the EFCC decided to invoke Interim Asset Forfeiture Clause pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation.

A search by the paper revealed that the estate is sited between Jabi and Life Camp.

When its correspondent visited the site at 11am on Friday, the EFCC’s ‘Keep Off’ sign was already pasted on the estate.



The anti-graft agency also indicated that the estate was “under investigation.”

The estate contains more than 30 duplexes built to taste.

A reliable source, who spoke in confidence, said: “The ex-Army Chief was referred to the EFCC based on the report of the Presidential Committee on Audit of Defence Equipment, headed by AVM JON Ode.

“We are still investigating the ex-Army Chief and he will soon be interrogated. But in line with our modus operandi, we have been able to trace his suspicious assets which we have attached under Interim Asset Forfeiture.

“In this case of the ex-Chief of Army Staff, his children and friends were used as fronts for money laundering.

“We have traced many suspicious accounts linked with the ex-Army boss. Most of these accounts have been frozen.

“Some of our operatives have been working on documents in the Office of National Security Adviser (ONSA) on evidence relating to these scandalous procurement deals.”

Responding to a question, the source said: “The estate under forfeiture is so massive and valued at about N4 billion.”

Section 7 of the EFCC Act says: “The commission has power to (a) cause any investigations to be conducted as to whether any person, corporate body or organisation has committed any offence under this Act or other law relating to economic and financial crimes.

“(b) Cause investigations to be conducted into the properties of any person if it appears to the commission that the person’s lifestyle and extent of the properties are not justified by his source of income.”

The Presidential Committee had established that the ex-Chief of Army Staff has a case to answer.

The report of the panel said in part: “The Committee further established that between March 2011 and December 2013, two companies exclusively procured various types of Toyota and Mitsubishi vehicles worth over N2, 000,000,000.00 for the Nigerian Army without any competitive bidding.

“Most of the contracts awarded to the companies were also split, awarded on the same date or within a short space of time at costs and mobilization higher than the prescribed thresholds.



“For instance, on 15 Feb 13, the 2 companies were awarded contracts worth N260, 000.000.00 and N315, 000,000.00 respectively for supplies of various vehicles. The Nigerian Army could not justify the exclusive selection of these vendors against other renowned distributors of same brands of vehicles procured.

“More seriously, the Committee found no credible evidence of delivery of the vehicles by the 2 companies as there were no receipt vouchers but only unauthenticated delivery notes, invoices and waybills that were purportedly used for the deliveries.

“Nevertheless, the vendors were fully paid based on job completion certificate authenticated by the then Chief of Logistics. The payments were also made without deduction of Withholding Tax (WHT). Furthermore, analyses of the various banks accounts of the two companies showed transfers to individuals.”

The report said the individuals were five children of the ex-Chief of Army Staff and one other front.

“Thus, the Committee recommends further investigation to determine delivery of the vehicles and relationship of funds beneficiaries with the former COAS and the two companies,” the report added.

The panel also discovered that “between May 2014 and March 2015, the ONSA mandated CBN to release various sums totaling $386,954,000.00 to three companies for ‘procurement of technical equipment’, without tying the money to particular items of procurement.

“Thus, the allotment of the fund was left at the discretion of the vendor without input or consultation with ONSA or the Nigerian Army.

“Furthermore, some of the funds transferred preceded the formalization of contracts with the Nigerian Army. There was also no evidence of any contract to justify the payments made by ONSA to the companies. Consequently, it had been difficult for the ONSA, the Nigerian Army and the companies to reconcile the accounts vis-a-vis the equipment delivered.”

The panel also discovered that 42 units of Armoured Personnel Carrier (APC) which were rejected by Iraq were later sold to Nigeria to fight Boko Haram insurgents.

It claimed that some of the APCs were either expired or unsuitable, leading to loss of lives.

It added: “The Committee observed that one of the new equipment procured for the Nigerian Army from Ukraine was BTR-4E APC. However, according to the Ukraine’s State Enterprise Lviv Armour Repair Plant, the designers of the equipment, ‘some of the products sold to Nigeria in 2014 were actually among 42 units designed for Iraq which subsequently rejected them due to poor performance rating.’

“The Nigerian Army did not also undertake the mandatory pre-shipment inspections provided for in the contract agreements. Instead, the NA deployed an Infantry officer, who lacked the technical knowledge to assess the capabilities and shortcomings of the equipment, to oversee the shipment of the items for the Nigerian Army from Ukraine.

“Additionally, the 2 weeks training availed the technicians and operators was inadequate for them to comprehend the technical workings of the newly introduced equipment.

“The Committee’s interactions with the field operators revealed that although the platforms and ammunition procured were deployed for the NE operations, some of them were aged or expired, lacked spares and prone to breakdown without immediate recovery equipment.

“Therefore, failure to carry out pre-shipment inspection and inadequate training resulted in procurement of some unreliable equipment that reduced the capacity of the Nigerian Army in the North East Operations and resulted in the loss of lives and equipment.”
          Philippines military says it may use donated Chinese arms in Marawi   

THE ARMED FORCES of the Philippines (AFG) has said it may use weapons and ammunitions donated by China in the fight against Maute Group terrorists in Marawi City as the fighting enters its seventh week.

The post Philippines military says it may use donated Chinese arms in Marawi appeared first on Asian Correspondent.


          (USA-MS-OXFORD) Quality Technician Ballistics   
Quality Technician Ballistics - - - # Description Olin Corporation is a leading vertically integrated global manufacturer and distributor of chemical products and a leading U\.S\. manufacturer of ammunition\. The chemical products produced include chlorine and caustic soda, vinyls, epoxies, chlorinated organics, bleach and hydrochloric acid\. Winchester, with its principal manufacturing facilities in East Alton, IL and Oxford, MS, produces and distributes sporting ammunition, law enforcement ammunition, reloading components, small caliber military ammunition and components, and industrial cartridges\. Winchester, a division of Olin and a worldwide leader in the manufacture of commercial small caliber and military ammunition, is currently recruiting for multiple **_Quality Technician Ballistics_** positions for 2nd and 3rd shift at our production facility located in Oxford, MS\. **POSITION OVERVIEW:** Provides support to manufacturing, quality and Engineering departments by testing in process, certified and experimental products\. **ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:** + Utilizes best work practices to insure safety of all + Champions Lean Manufacturing concepts to insure that quality meets the customers standards and satisfaction + Fires velocity and pressure tests in accordance with specifications + Fires function & casualty, accuracy, matching and bullet integrity/stripping in accordance with specifications + Hand loads products in accordance with required specifications + Produces gelatin in accordance with required specifications + Fires required weapons into gelatin in accordance to specifications + Enter results of ballistic testing into computer + Support the Winchester ISO 9001:2000 compliance initiatives **REQUIRED SKILLS / EXPERIENCE:** + Excellent communication skills \(verbal and written, organizational, interpersonal, problem solving and follow through skills required\. + Basic computer skills and data entry experience + Familiarity with weapons being fired in addition to a knowledge of ammunition + Must have the ability to perform basic mathematic skills to calculate averages, and standard deviations on a calculator + Must be able to read and comprehend specifications including the ability to read a ruler + Must be detail oriented with a high degree of accuracy + Ability to handle multiple projects and work well under pressure + Must be able to load and unload weapons as needed + Silver Score on CRC \(Career Readiness Certificate\) preferred Olin is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law\.
          1/350 WWII Kriegsmarine Ammunition Boxes   
1/350 WWII Kriegsmarine Ammunition BoxesThe set contains 10x 20mm Flak Ammunition Boxes and 20x 37mm Flak Ammunition Boxes.

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          Comment on Background checks on ammunition, guns may drastically reduce deaths by DC Dalton   
Since over 2/3s of all firearm related deaths are suicides how exactly are background checks on guns and ammo going to help. More liberal drivel!
          Technical Writer - McLane Advanced Technologies - Fort Lee, VA   
The Technical Writer will develop and maintain both the functional and technical documentation, relevant to the Standard Army Ammunition System-Modernization
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          Cruella de Trump   
New York Times, by Maureen Dowd Posted By: LittleHoodedMonk- Sun, 02 16 2017 12:16:11 GMT Washington - So, with this latest toad jumping from our president’s mouth, is Donald Trump acting like a sexist pig or simply a pig? I proffer, a pig. I have no doubt that he would attack a man’s appearance in the same breathtakingly below-the-belt way if he felt humiliated by that man and had the ammunition. In his vile tweet about Mika Brzezinski, he called her crazy. He often tweets that women journalists — including me — are crazy. Yet in that same tweet about Mika, he called Joe Scarborough “psycho.” And he told the Russians in May that James Comey was “a nut job.” Some, including Scarborough, think Trump goes after women
          General Clerk III (Ammunition) - Technica LLC - New Mexico   
Technica is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EO/AA) Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, nationality, age,...
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          Yemeni forces kill 6 of Saudi's mercenaries in Jawf, Ta'izz   
A pro-Saudi militant stands next to a pickup truck as it lies in a hole on a road near Mukha, Yemen, April 15, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
Yemeni army soldiers, backed by fighters from allied Popular Committees loyal to the Houthi Ansarullah movement, have killed half a dozen of Saudi Arabia's mercenaries in Yemen's Jawf and Ta'izz provinces.
According to Yemen's Arabic-language al-Masirah television network, Yemeni forces on Saturday managed to kill at least four mercenaries in Salah district of the southwestern province of Ta'izz, where seven more mercenaries were killed in a fight with the Yemeni troops a day before.
The Yemenis also killed two other mercenaries in Khanjar area in the northern province of Jawf.
Meanwhile, the Yemeni forces inflicted heavy damage on mercenaries' hardware and military equipment in Midi Desert in the northwestern province of Hajjah. They also managed to seize several military vehicles and some quantities of weapons and ammunition from the defeated forces, two days after they launched an attack against the mercenaries' gatherings in the north of Midi.
On Friday, the Yemeni army hit a military base in the vicinity of Rahah village in Saudi Arabia's southwestern region of Jizan with a Zelzal-2 (Earthquake-2) missile. Citing an unnamed military official, Yemen's official Saba news agency further reported that the missile also inflicted damage on Saudi military equipment and vehicles.
Yemeni forces carry out these attacks as part of retaliatory assaults against the Saudi regime’s campaign against the improvised country.
A Yemeni man reacts on the rubble of houses destroyed in a Saudi airstrike in the capital Sana'a, June 9, 2017. (Photo by AFP)
Saudi warplanes on Saturday conducted a number of airstrikes on different parts of Ta'izz and the northwestern province of Sa'ada, killing at least a woman in Ta'izz and another civilian in Sa'ada. Saba also reported that a child sustained critical injuries in an airstrike in Ta'izz.
Since March 2015, Yemen has been heavily bombarded by Saudi warplanes as part of a brutal campaign against the Arabian Peninsula country in an attempt to crush the popular Houthi movement and reinstall the former president, Abd Rabbuh Mansur Hadi, a staunch ally of Riyadh.
Nearly 3.3 million Yemeni people, including 2.1 million children, are currently suffering from acute malnutrition. Latest tallies show that the war has so far killed over 12,000 Yemenis and wounded thousands more. The Saudi aggression has also taken a heavy toll on the country’s facilities and infrastructure, destroying many hospitals, schools, and factories.

          General Clerk III (Ammunition) - Technica LLC - New Mexico   
Technica is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EO/AA) Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, nationality, age,...
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          Good for Tulsi   


Tulsi Gabbard: Our media and politicians keep pushing regime change wars even though these wars have empowered Al-Qaeda and created ISIS.



Tulsi Gabbard is one of the few members of Congress that I respect.

She is right, we keep destroying the world and then moving on to destroy another space.

We have damaged the world in ways no one wants to cop to.

This is long term damage which includes death and killing.

So many civilians are gone because of our actions.

Good for Tulsi.


"Iraq snapshot" (THE COMMON ILLS):
Monday, June 26, 2017.  Chaos and violence continue, The Mosul Slog continues, Brett McGurk says a lot but none of it about diplomacy, and much more.



ALJAZEERA reports:

Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) fighters launched a string of counterattacks in a western Mosul neighbourhood, setting off clashes that continued overnight, Iraqi officials said on Monday.
An unknown number of suicide bombers and gunmen targeted the Hay al-Tanak and Yarmuk neighbourhoods, and set fire to houses and cars in Tanak, military officials told news agencies.
The area had been declared free of ISIL in May.
Several people are reported to have died in the attacks, which sowed panic among residents who had returned to the area, and prompted hundreds of families to flee overnight.



Yes, The Mosul Slog continues.

Day 246 of The Mosul Slog.

And, yet again, press reports circulate that it will be over shortly.

ASHARQ AL-AWSAT reports this morning, "The battle to take full control of Mosul from ISIS will be over in a few days, a general said Monday as Iraqi forces searched neighborhoods of west Mosul they retook weeks ago after a surprise jihadist attack on their rear that left several dead."



Searched neighborhoods of west Mosul they retook weeks ago . . .


How it repeats.

Over and over.

Here's the White House's special envoy Brett McGurk, speaking last week, trying to explain ISIS:


  
So what is ISIS? It is the largest, most sophisticated, and most global terrorist organization the world has ever seen.
Only two years ago, it controlled what was effectively a quasi-state, its so-called caliphate, with territory the size of Lebanon spanning across Iraq and Syria.
It controlled millions of people, entire cities, dual capitals in Raqqa and Mosul, generating revenue through oil and gas, taxes, antiquities trade, hostage taking, of more than a billion dollars per year.
It enslaved thousands of young girls, committed acts of genocide against minority groups, Yazidis and Christians, and sought to destroy our common human heritage, from Palmyra in Syria, to the Ninewa plains in northern Iraq.
It also established franchises, seven in all, from Sinai just to our west, to Afghanistan, Libya, and Nigeria, all with central direction and planning from ISIS’s capital in Raqqa.
And it sought to spread terrorism to all of our homelands, directing attacks from Raqqa … in Paris, Istanbul, and Brussels, and inspiring them from London, to Berlin, to Garland, Texas.
Its manpower at its height in 2015, while hard to pinpoint specifically, was in the upper tens of thousands – hard core fighters, at least.
The figures we can pinpoint are staggering: more than 40,000 foreign fighters, Jihadists, flooded into Syria between 2013 and 2016 from over 100 countries all around the world. The world had never really seen anything like it – the supercharged global Jihad.
General Gilead, many of us in this room, were extremely alarmed by this phenomenon as early as 2013. Many of us in Washington, some of my former colleagues here, were also discussing it with extreme concern.
Foremost attention among many, however, in those years, I think we have to be honest, there was a belief, by some, that this flood of Jihadist fighters could somehow be tamed and contained – after Bashar al-Assad was removed from power. I think that was a false assumption and it carried some tragic consequences.
The flood of extremist fighters and weapons into Syria combined with the crimes of the Asad regime created an explosive environment for al Qaeda, from which ISIS sprung.
ISIS rapidly spread, in 2013, across eastern Syria, killing anyone who sought to confront it. It spread openly into Iraq in early 2014, capturing Fallujah, and laying siege to Ramadi in Anbar province.
Suicide attacks in Iraq nearly all of whom at the time were committed by foreign fighters, people coming from around the world into Syria and Iraq to blow themselves up – rose from five to ten per month in 2012 to sometimes 60 per month in 2014, targeting markets, mosques, soccer games, local officials – mayors, town councils – and security personnel.
In June, 2014, Mosul, a city of nearly 2 million people, fell to ISIS; and its leader Abu Bakr Baghdadi, declared a caliphate from the grand Mosque of Al Nuri in Mosul’s old city. And late yesterday, as Iraqi Security forces closed in on that mosque, about 100 meters away, ISIS blew it up. A mosque which sat there since the 12th century, ISIS blew it up. The last month in Mosul is really telling. Summer of 2014, Baghdadi announces from that mosque that he’s the caliph creating a caliphate—the caliph proclaims his legitimacy by this ability to protect people in his so called caliphate. All of this was a false lie. But that’s what he said in the summer of 2014.
In the last month, as Iraqi Security forces closed in on that last district in Mosul, ISIS has killed any civilian trying to leave. They used a hospital on some high ground, just north of the old city, as a killing tower—with snipers killing any civilians trying to leave. We’ve actually been accused, our forces, of using white phosphorus for example, in Mosul. And I defer to our military professionals, but they use white phosphorus not to target anybody, not to kill anybody, but as a shield to allow civilians to escape. We were somehow declared of using this ammunition which was harming civilians. In fact, we were helping civilians escape as ISIS sat in a tower—a hospital which we did not want to target—and killed anyone that tried to leave. And last night they blew up the mosque in which Baghdadi declared his caliphate, I think it was a very significant moment here in the last 24 hours.
But back in 2014, if you rewind the tape, this announcement of a caliphate accelerated recruitment from around the world, with thousands of men, women, and even children, traveling through Turkey and into Syria through established smuggling networks.
About a month later in July 2014, ISIS broke through the western Iraqi border at al Qaim and approached Baghdad down the Euphrates valley, and also in the north along the Tigris valley.
Near Tikrit that summer in 2014, ISIS terrorists rounded up One Thousand Seven Hundred young Iraqi military cadets, and murdered them one-by-one, and they filmed the scene on YouTube.
I was in Iraq at the time. Newspaper headlines declared Baghdad was about to fall. There were reports of an ISIS “zero hour” in the capital and it was causing a panic among the population. We in fact reduced our embassy personnel and dusted off contingency evacuation plans given the uncertainty.
President Obama early in this crisis asked for my recommendation among others, some that are in this room, Elissa Slotkin among others, about what we should do. And our only response was we had to fight back – and fight back soon because there we had no other choice.
But we had to fight smartly, not with U.S. forces in Iraqi and Syrian towns and villages; but by strengthening local forces – Syrians and Iraqis – to take on the fight themselves, combined with devastating air power, and importantly with a political strategy that empowered people at the local level to secure their own communities, with a government in Baghdad that was responsive to its people.
We had to rally the world – particularly the Muslim world – to take on the fight themselves, combating ISIS’s poison in the mosques and online and in the media 24/7.
We had to ensure that what came after ISIS was more stable, creating the conditions for people to return to their homes and rebuild their devastated communities.
And we had to prepare a campaign that targeted ISIS financing, foreign fighter networks, global affiliates, and propaganda.
In the summer of 2014, that seemed a nearly impossible task –the Iraqi Security Forces had just completely and totally collapsed and we had almost nobody to work with on the ground in Syria--but we got to work.
We built a global coalition against ISIS, that is now the largest of its kind in history with 71 members, including 67 nations, plus NATO, INTERPOL, the EU, and the Arab League.
Early on, we organized this grand coalition around five specific lines of effort, each focusing on a particular aspect of the ISIS problem and pooling global resources to confront it:
First, we provide military support to our partners on the ground;
Second, we work to stop the flow of foreign fighters, by securing the border between Syria and Turkey and severing the international networks.
Third, halting ISIS access to financial support;
Fourth, we address the humanitarian and stabilization in areas cleared of ISIS to allow the population to return;
Fifth, we combat ISIS’s poisonous ideology.
The first airstrikes by our coalition were launched in September, 2014. There have been nearly 30,000 since, it’s been the most precise air campaign in history, and combined with aggressive and innovative global initiatives along each of the lines I just mentioned.

And while this war is far from over, the results to date are promising. 



Are the results promising?


Many observers note the destruction of Mosul.

That's promising?





Brett outlines a now three year program above.

But where's the diplomacy?

Where's the work beyond military?


Nothing has been done.

At some point, you have to argue that this was intentional.

The Islamic State rose in Iraq because then-prime minister Nouri al-Maliki was persecuting the Sunnis.

Has that persecution ended?

No.

Even now there are reports -- and photographs -- of Sunni civilians being tortured and killed.

When does that get addressed?

Smart people argued the time to address it was years ago.

But, under Barack Obama, the White House rewarded Nouri.


Even when the voters gave him the heave-ho in 2010, Barack still supported Nouri for a second term and had US officials ont he ground in Iraq negotiate The Erbil Agreement to give Nouri a second term.


ISIS didn't rise in a vacuum.

The conditions that allowed it to take root still exist.

So now what?


Sarhang Hamasaeed and Michael Yaffe (WASHINGTON EXAMINER) offer:

That will require sustained attention to the "Three Rs:" Relief, Reconstruction and Reconciliation, all of which are needed concurrently. Relief means not only continued humanitarian aid but also security assistance to protect reconstruction and reconciliation and to facilitate the return of 3 million displaced people.
Political and social reconciliation, in turn, will be needed to prevent violence and reprisals and make way for sustainable reconstruction. The U.S. should develop a plan to help resolve fundamental national and regional political issues that will allow Iraq's constellation of groups to co-exist in peace.

Already, unity is fraying among forces that stood against ISIS. Sinjar, Tel Afar and Tuz Khurmatu have emerged as flashpoints of incipient conflict. Wrangling between the Kurds and Baghdad over oil, territory and Kurdish independence continues as regional powers such as Iran, Saudi Arabia and Turkey— as well as Iraqi groups — jockey for influence. Since the ISIS onslaught in 2014, for example, Popular Mobilization Forces militias, most supported by Iran, have established offices all over Iraq — 16 just in one town south of Mosul, Iraqis tell us — in a bid to gain control in areas recaptured from ISIS. As next year's parliamentary elections approach, they'll be well positioned to buy cooperation, exert authority and support to candidates, further solidifying their grip.



Maybe the time to start this sort of work was in 2014 and not in a mad rush to beat the next election?



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          25 House Democrats Back Bill To Impeach President Trump   

zerohedge.com / by Tyler Durden / Jul 1, 2017 11:00 AM

Just four months after threatening to invoke the 25th Amendment unless Trump “gets a grip,” it appears the President’s ongoing tweet-tirades have given 25 House Democrats the ammunition to take a radical approach to impeachment – proposing the creation of an “Oversight Commission on [...]

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          General Clerk III (Ammunition) - Technica LLC - New Mexico   
Technica is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EO/AA) Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, nationality, age,...
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          Technical Writer - McLane Advanced Technologies - Fort Lee, VA   
The Technical Writer will develop and maintain both the functional and technical documentation, relevant to the Standard Army Ammunition System-Modernization
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          Comment on California Gubernatorial Candidate Gavin Newsom to NRA: TAKE DOWN THIS VIDEO! by Sam I Am   
"They care about selling you marks guns you don’t need." Some questions: - what is the direct link between the level of gun sales, and the prospering of NRA? - by what clairvoyant skill do you determine how many any individual needs? During my two year quest to determine "what I need to defend my family", not once has the NRA entered consideration. BTW, "what I need" is a bazooka, a MA deuce, a .50 Desert Eagle, a box of grenades, flack suit from WW2, M-113 APC, coupla million rounds of ammunition for every weapon, a pocket pistol, a cool looking gun for OWB, some freeze dried food, some water making ability, a SAW, a panic room, tank traps, concertina wire, claymores and other anti-personnel and anti-vehicle mines, clear 360 view for 10 miles, more gasoline than you can imagine (or diesel, depending on the generator), drones overhead 24/7, and a bunch of stuff people here can recommend. But when do I stop gathering? When I determine the threat has been permanently neutralized. That's what I "need".
          MAYOR FILNER STEPS DOWN FROM OFFICE EFFECTIVE AUGUST 30   
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By Nadin Abbott

Photos by Tom Abbott

“The hysteria ended up playing into the hands of those who wanted a political coup--the removal of a democratically elected Mayor, purely by rumor and innuendo.” – Mayor Bob Filner

"I have never felt prouder of the people of San Diego." -- Michael Pallamary, leader of the recall effort

"It is time for San Diego to come together. It is time to heal." -- Todd Gloria, who will serve as Interim Mayor until a special election

August 24, 2013—Mayor Bob Filner will step down from office effective at 5 p.m. on Friday August 30, under a deal that will have the City pay limited legal fees to defend Filner against sexual harassment allegations.  Councilman Todd Gloria will serve as interim Mayor and a special election will be held 90 days after the mayoral seat is vacated to fill the seat.

The Mayor apologized for his “personal failings” and to those who have been hurt, but insisted that he believes he will be ultimately cleared of legal wrongdoing and further, contended that he is being forced from office by the city’s power brokers in a “political coup”  based on unproven allegations.  Hear his full resignation speech.

Eighteen women have claimed inappropriate behavior by Filner over the years ranging from sexual harassment to unwanted flirtation.  But only one (city employee Irene McCormack-Jackson) has filed a lawsuit. 

The City Council approved the agreement 7-0 in a closed door session; Council members Scott Sherman and Myrtle Cole were absent.  Councilmember Sherri Lightner (photo, right) will run Council meetings after Gloria takes the City's helm as Acting Mayor.

Prior to the vote, Council heard public testimony from speakers split nearly evenly between those speaking in support and against the Mayor. The Mayor’s support came mostly from poor and ethnically diverse communities south of I-8. Opponents mainly came from wealthier communities.

Forty people signed up to speak, though some ceded time to other speakers. Many supporters spoke of the good the Mayor has done for minorities and the disadvantaged. For example, Maria Ochoa (who spoke in Spanish through a translator), said that Filner sought justice for those with little or no power. She asked why those seeking to force Filner out “ who know the laws of the state of California, why now?”

Rosa Placencia said she is “sorry” over what’s happened.  “I have spent time with Mr. Filner. When we needed help he was always there to help us.”

Lani Lutar, a conservative and past head of the San Diego Taxpayers Association, opposed having the City cover any of Filner’s liabilities. “I come before you as a concerned citizen and an advocate of victims. The decision has to be the in the community’s best interest. There has to be no payment.”

Carol Eastman urged Council not to accept the resignation deal and pay any legal fees for the Mayor. Instead, she wanted to allowthe recall effort to continue. “We will recall him, do not sell us out.”

A resident of the Alpha Project, a shelter for homeless people, said that while the Mayor personally helped her, because of what he did, “You should resign.”

ECM also talked with Enrique Morones before the vote was taken. He told ECM that this “was a sad day for the city,” and that we should not forget Filner’s 40 years of working for the disadvantaged.

After the public comment period was done, the City Council went into chambers to discuss matters with Jan Goldsmith, City Attorney. Under the Brown Act this matter can be discussed behind closed doors, since it is a personnel issue.

The mood was tense,  like waiting for a jury to come back with a verdict. After an hour and a half, Council came back to announce the decision on the settlement.

They decided to accept the agreement as negotiated during the early part of the week.

The Legal Explanation of the Agreement

The City Attorney, Jan Goldsmith, explained why the City will agree to “provide a joint legal defense through the City Attorney’s office for the City and Filner.” This is only for those cases that involve City employees and City contractors.

He also said that under California Law “the City is strictly liable for sexual harassment of City employees by City supervisors, including the Mayor. The City cannot avoid liability by claiming lack of knowledge of the conduct.”  

Moreover, there will be a cap of how much the city will cover for any private legal counsel Filner will get, if he decides to keep counsel. The cap is $98,000.

Goldsmith also said that the Office of the City Attorney has recused itself on any criminal investigations that might be coming down the pike, though they will have to help defend the Mayor on civil charges. 

Complaints made to the  Sheriff have been referred to the state Attorney General, since District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis has recused herself, having previously ran against Filner for mayor.

Filner's Farewell Address

Filner entered the chamber, and took a seat waiting for Goldsmith to end, and then took to the microphone for his farewell address. As he entered his supporters rose to their feet and gave him a round of applause.

“I offer a deep apology, to certainly all the citizens of San Diego, and to you, and the citizens that you represent,” he said, his tone contrite.  “The City should not have been put through this. My own personal failures were responsible and I apologize.”

He also apologized once again to the women he hurt. For his former fianée, he added, “I love you very much. You came to love San Diego as much as I did and you did wonderful things in the short time you were the first lady and I personally apologize for the hurt I caused you.”

He was in tears as he read that part of the statement.  He choked back tears as he also apologized to the women he offended, to whom he had no intent to hurt. He also said that he will try to make amends “in any civil manner.”

To his supporters, he added, “I apologize to all of you…I let you down, we had a chance to do a progressive vision of the city for the first time in 50 years.” Then he urged, “You need to carry that vision forwards. This is not the time to let it die.”

To the Council, he cautioned, “I started my political career facing lynch mobs, and I think we have faced one here in San Diego. And you are going to have to deal with that.” He went on to remind Council that there are forces in San Diego that did not want change and would fight to prevent it by any means necessary. “Democracy is the process--San Diego needs due process.”

He also faulted media for feeding the furor.  “You have unleashed a monster and we will be paying for this affront to democracy for a long time,” the Mayor said. “The hysteria ended up playing into the hands of those who wanted a political coup--the removal of a democratically elected Mayor, purely by rumor and innuendo.”

He did admit that he was responsible for providing the ammunition to his opponents. But he added, “There are well run interests who have run this city for 50 years who pointed the gun, and media and their political agents pulled the trigger.”

Filner was philosophical, saying he is stepping down for the good of the city. He has never been known as a quitter and quoted Teddy Kennedy:  “The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die.”  

Gloria looks to the future

Gloria, who will serve as Acting Mayor after the 30th, said to the press afterwards that while none is glad to have reached this point, it is time to move on. “This should have been the beginning of a new positive era,” he told the assembled press. “We lost ground over the past few months; as of today we are done losing ground.” Hear audio of Gloria's full statement.

He said that among other policies, he intends to implement a top down review including a revision of the sexual harassment policies.

It is time to get back to work, and move the city forwards, he emphasized. “It is time for San Diego to come together; it is time to heal.”



ECM asked whether the progressive policies of working in the neighborhoods would continue. His answer was an emphatic yes. “The Council members standing here with me care deeply about their districts and the neighborhoods. That will not change,” he maintained.

After the meeting, ECM talked with Michael Pallamary on the status of the recall. 

He told ECM that he “intends to return to normal life,” adding, “I have never felt prouder of the people of San Diego.”

Pallamary provided a warning for San Diego politicians. “A new sheriff is in town," he concluded, "and that sheriff is the people of San Diego.”

County Democratic Chair Francine Busby later issued a statement voicing "relief" at the resignation but vowed to see the Filner progresive political agenda continued.

“Last November, San Diegans didn’t just choose someone to be the Mayor," she said. "They endorsed a Democratic vision for the future. From investing in renewable energy to highlighting our role as a border community, from standing up for working families to embracing the diversity of our people and the strength of our neighborhoods, they voted for a distinctly progressive agenda. That mandate is greater than any one person, and now it remains our responsibility and privilege to see it through.”


          Judge blocks California’s high-capacity magazine ban — Fellowship of the Minds   
Score one for the Second Amendment. From ABC News: A federal judge on Thursday blocked a California law set to take effect Saturday that would have barred gun owners from possessing high-capacity ammunition magazines. The judge ruled that the ban approved by the Legislature and voters last year takes away gun owners‘ Second Amendment rights […] […]
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          Big Gun for a Small Turret   
In June of 1940, the Red Army GABTU began working on modernizing the KV-1 heavy tank. Even though production had not yet fully began, the military already had issues with the tank. This is a fairly ordinary scenario, especially considering the fact that tank development sped up with the start of WWII. According to the GABTU, the KV-1 needed more armour and, more importantly, a more powerful gun. It's hard to argue with the latter, since the Red Army's heavy and medium tanks, KV-1 and T-34, ended up with the same gun.

ZIS-5: three guns under one name

Work initiated by Council of Commissars and VKP(b) Central Committee decree #1288-495ss issued on July 17th, 1940, took two directions. In the first case, the aim was a 76 mm gun with ballistics of the 3-K AA gun. This project resulted in the creation of the T-150 heavy tank. The second variant was an 85 mm gun with ballistics of the 52-K AA gun. It was quickly obvious that a gun of this caliber doesn't fit into the KV-1, which resulted in the transformation of this project into the T-220 tank.

Reports from factory #92 made it clear that the F-27 was not just a paper gun.

Both tank guns were designed at factory #92, headed by V.G. Grabin. The F-34 was chosen as the foundation for the new gun with 3-K ballistics. This choice was no accident. Initially, the KV-1 was accepted into service with the F-32 gun, which had the same penetration as the L-11 gun on tanks produced in 1940. For this reason, the more powerful gun F-34 with ballistics of the 76 mm USV divisional gun (another design by factory #92) was designed using the F-32 base. The order for this gun was given in February of 1938, alongside the launch of the F-32 program. This gun was suitable as a stating point for a new system, although the gun mantlet had to be reworked.

The new gun based on the F-34 was indexed F-27 at the factory. Don't be surprised at this "wandering" of indices, this was normal for factory #92. For example, the 85 mm gun launched at the same time was called F-30 and the 107 mm, later pitched as armament for the KV-3, KV-4 and KV-5 tanks, was called F-42. The 57 mm anti-tank gun, known as the ZIS-2, was initially called F-31, even though it appeared after the F-42.

KV-1 with the ZIS-22 gun, February 1941.

A myth was spread about the F-27 gun, alleging that it was designed in early 1939 and work did not move past the design stage. However, volumes of correspondence in the archives prove that this was far from the truth. Design work on the F-27 and F-30 began simultaneously in June of 1940. Regular reports on the status of tank and anti-tank guns coming from factory #92 indicate that the gun did not stay on paper. Even more, work on the F-27 progressed faster than on the F-30. The working blueprints were sent to production by July 23rd. The F-30 ran into many problems, the biggest of which was that it did not fit into the "small turret", the turret of the KV-1.

As of September 21st, the F-27 was completed, and installed in a T-28 tank. It went through five stages of trials in total, firing 122 shots. The results were satisfactory. The F-30 fired 68 shots by then, which revealed drawbacks of its design.

When the F-27 fired 60 shots on September 26th, problems with the recoil system were discovered. The factory worked on various design defects throughout November. As a result, the work was late, and the F-32 gun was installed in the T-150. In total, the F-27 program cost 260,000 rubles.

Gun mantlet for the ZIS-22, designed at the Kirov factory.

This turn of events did not mean that work on the F-22 ceased. By January 15th, 1941, the first gun was improved and prepared for shipment to the proving grounds. A second prototype was also built and installed in a KV-1. After that, it was discovered that the foot trigger didn't work and that the gun was unbalanced.

By that point, work on the F-30 stalled, since factory #92 designed the 107 mm F-42 gun on their own initiative. This gun looked a lot more promising than the F-30. As for the F-27, this gun vanished from was no longer mentioned after the end of the winter of 1941. The reason was simple: it was renamed. Factory #92 introduced a new system of indices that confused many researchers. The F-27 was now called ZIS-5. This index was picked for a good reason, as the full name of the factory was "State Order of Lenin factory #92 named after I.V. Stalin".

On February 19th, 1941, Deputy People's Commissar of Defense, Marshall Kulik, signed an order on the trials of various guns in KV tanks. Item 4 on the list was as follows: "Install the ZIS-5 gun (F-27 with AA ballistics) into the KV tank (experimental prototype with 90 mm armour). The Kirov factory must deliver the turret for this tank by March 1st, 1941"

The "experimental prototype with 90 mm armour" is the T-221 tank, which was still awaiting assembly. As for the turret, it was eventually sent to factory #92. However, by that point, the issue of armament was up in the air. On March 11th, 1941, intelligence passed on information about heavy tanks that entered production in Germany. As a result, the tank development program was adjusted. The T-150, which would enter production as the KV-3, was no longer needed. Work began, first on the 223 heavy tank, which eventually also received the index KV-3, then the even heavier KV-4 and KV-5.

Nevertheless, work on the ZIS-5 continued, albeit with difficulty. Another tank appeared that could be armed with it: the T-44 (A-44) tank designed at factory #183.

Gun mantlet designed by the factory #92 design bureau. It turned out to be more reliable and easier to produce.

The ZIS-5 fell out of favour by May of 1941. As strange as it sounds, its downfall was the 3-K AA gun. The problem was that production of shells for it ceased in June of 1940, when it was replaced by the 85 mm 52-K. The 3-K and F-34 used different shells, which would have complicated supplies of tank units. Another issue was that the penetration of the 3-K and the 57 mm ZIS-4 (tank version of the ZIS-2) were similar. As a result, work on this version of the ZIS-5 ceased by the end of May.

KV-1 with the ZIS-5 gun, July of 1941.

However, that doesn't mean that work in this direction ended. Factory #92 had a refined system with the same caliber and similar barrel length. It was called F-22, and unlike the 3-K, it fired the same ammunition as the F-34 did.

In parallel with work on the ZIS-5, the installation of the F-34 in the KV-1 turret was surrounded with drama. In Kulik's aforementioned order, this was item #1. The F-34 was delivered to factory #92 on February 2nd, 1941. The reworked gun was indexed ZIS-22. It had a direct connection with the F-27: the F-34 barrel was installed in the existing F-27 mount. The trials program was signed on March 3rd, but the itself arrived only in April. After that, the project stalled. The issue was that the gun mantlet was made of structural, not armour, steel.

Kulik added oil to the fire. In the spring of 1941, the KV-3, KV-4, and KV-5 were now the priority, so the letter from the Kirov factory requesting replacement of the gun mantlet with an equivalent made from armour steel was met with a short reply: "Unnecessary, the ZIS-6 gun is on its way."

The Kirov factory did not agree with the design of the gun mantlet, but took its time with its own version. Meanwhile, the Sword of Damocles in the form of the disappearing stockpile of F-32 guns loomed over Kirov and Chelyabinsk factories. The new gun mantlet design was sent to GABTU only on July 17th, 1941. The design of the mantlet was very peculiar.

The same tank on trials, end of August 1941.

The design bureau of factory #92 had to resolve that problem, and redesigned the gun mantle with Kirov factory's permission. Work clearly began before July 17th, since the factory reported that the work was completely on July 20th. There was, however, a twist: the gun installed on the KV-1 had the ballistics of the F-22 divisional gun. As the accompanying note mentioned, the replacement of the F-34's barrel with a 51.5 caliber long one could boost the muzzle velocity to 780 m/s. This speed was possible with an increased propellant load. In other words, Grabin was trying to pitch a second iteration of the F-27.

One advantage of this gun was that it used the same ammunition as the F-34. Factory #92's gun mantlet turned out to be better, although the overall design was similar to the Kirov one. The gun mantlet was composed of two parts, held together with bolts. Unlike the design from Leningrad, all parts of the Gorkiy design were cast. Special slots were added, which made the design more resistant to hits from the side.

The design of the gun was good, overall. The issue with it was that the F-22 had been out of production for two years.

Even though the gun, which inherited the ZIS-5 index from the F-27, was ready by late July, the KV-1 only arrived for trials on August 29th. Two days before that, factory #92 inspected and marked the system. The reason was that the Gorohovets proving grounds didn't have the necessary equipment.

Designer I.M. Lependin represented factory #92 at the trials, and A.S. Schneidman represented ChTZ. Schneidman used to work on KV armament at the Kirov factory, but was moved to Chelyabinsk by August of 1941. The gun had a barrel length of 50.8 calibers (3866) and a muzzle velocity of 687 m/s. 612 shots were fired in total, and the tank drove for 170 km.

The minimum gun depression of -2 degrees did not impress the military.

Overall, the ZIS-5 passed the trials. However, Grabin's claim that the gun could achieve a muzzle velocity of 780 m/s was questioned by the commission. The issue was that the recoil resistance when using an increased charge was twice as high as calculated. Nevertheless, the robustness of the system was satisfactory.

At the same time, the effort required to elevate the gun increased. This was caused by the fact that the gun was slightly unbalanced. The commission also did not like that the gun depression dropped from 5 to 2 degrees. The designers were tasked with resolving these drawbacks.

Third variant of the ZIS-5, the one that entered production.

According to the records of the Artillery Committee, the gun was accepted into service as the "76 mm tank gun mod. 1941", indexed 52-PT-354V by the GAU. However, the ZIS-5 with F-22 ballistics did not enter service. The issue was with production: the F-22 was not produced since 1939, and it would take time, and more importantly, resources, to resume production at factory #92. F-34 and USV guns were needed like air, and production of F-22 barrels was a costly proposition. ChTZ was also in need of guns right now, instead of in the distant future. Only 13 F-32s were available as of September 1st, 1941. These factors killed off the long 76 mm gun.

Production ZIS-5, from the rear.

A somewhat different gun went into production. The stockpile of F-32 guns at ChTZ dried up, and the issue of putting the F-34 into production was very urgent. The issue was solved simply: the F-22's barrel was replaced with the F-34's. The T-34 and KV-1 had equal firepower once more, but there was no other choice.

The issue of the gun mantlet still remained. Since factory #92's design no longer met the requirements, ChTZ's design bureau pitched in. A 90 mm thick cast mantlet was ready by mid-September. The idea of a two-piece design was rejected. A special access door was added to maintenance of the recoil system. This mantlet was put into production. By the end of September, the issue of the KV-1's armament was solved.

ZIS-5 gun mantlet designed at ChTZ.

The first 17 ZIS-5 guns, initially called F-34 in letters, were shipped in September. The name ZIS-5 finally entered use in November. The name ZIS-5 can refer to three guns with a common ancestor.

As for factory #92's gun mantlet, it was later used to re-arm the Matilda III tank, but work did not move past the prototype stage.

It fits!

This conclusion to the chapter of installing a more powerful 76 mm gun didn't mean that the whole story was over. Recall that, until the fall of 1941, the KV-1 was considered a temporary measure that would be replaced by the KV-3. In the fall, it was clear that this idea would not work. Interestingly, factory #92's design bureau designed a 107 mm ZIS-6 gun mount with a coaxial 45 mm gun. It's unlikely that this was the factory's idea, it's more likely that someone at the top decided to grow a KV-4 out of the KV-3. When the reality that the KV-3 would not enter production at Chelyabinsk set in, another idea appeared: to make a KV-3 out of the KV-1. Of course, the ZIS-6 was not considered as an option, especially since it never entered production. However, an 85 mm gun was once again seen on the horizon.

The Ural Heavy Machinebuilding Factory (UZTM), the new home of evacuated Izhor factory and factory #8, picked up the development of these systems for a time. Due to the relocation to Sverdlovsk, UZTM was renamed to "Izhor factory" for some time, but Stalin signed GKO decree #1107 on January 4th that returned the old name. Earlier, on December 27th, 1941, GKO decree #1077ss "On building NKV factory #8" was signed. However, production of tanks at Sverdlovsk began deploying even before that.

Production of ZIS-5 guns began at Sverdlovsk, which supplied ChTZ (ChKZ after 1942) with tank guns. New faces joined the design bureau, including L.I. Gorlitskiy. The Gorlitskiy-Petrov duo was in charge of designing new guns for the KV-1.

ZIK-1 tank gun. This gun, designed for the T-34 and KV-1, was the first design of factory #8's design bureau at Sverdlovsk.

The factory's design bureau began working on two guns for installation into slightly modified KV turrets in December of 1941. The first one, a 122 mm howitzer with ballistics of the M-30, was indexed U-11. In the context of this article, the second gun, the U-12, looks much more interesting. This was an 85 mm gun with 52-K ballistics. A new recoil system was designed, which reduced the recoil length from 850 to 450 mm. Like the U-11, the U-12 needed slight modifications of the front of the turret and a new gun mantlet.

According to UZTM's post-war report, the gun was designed and even installed in a tank. However, unlike the KV-9 with the U-11 gun, this tank does not appear in any other documents. There are also inconsistencies with the designers. The UZTM report says that it was designed by V.N. Sidorenko, S.Yu. Rykovskiy, A.D. Zaets, and others. In reality, the work was directed by F.F. Petrov, and L.I. Gorlitskiy was his deputy. However, there are often inconsistencies in UZTM reports, especially for the period of 1941-1942.

ZIK-1 barrel. It was somewhat shorter than on the 52-K or U-12, but the penetration characteristics were not that much lower than of those guns.

Alas, no drawings of the U-12 have been found to date. However, there are some drawings of another gun, which was left out of UZTM's historical reports. This gun is the ZIK-1, a design by the factory #8 design bureau. This bureau, led by F.F. Petrov, was created in February of 1942. As for Gorlitskiy, he headed the UZTM's design bureau. This resulted in two design bureaus in direct competition with each other on two different floors of the same building.

The acronym "ZIK" is decoded as "Zavod imeni Kalinina" (Kalinin factory). Factory #8 received this name at its old location. Work on the ZIK-1 began in March of 1942 and was completed in mid-April. This gun was an attempt to fit an 85 mm barrel into the ZIS-5 gun. In order to achieve this, the barrel had to be shortened to 3400 mm (40 calibers). Even in this condition, the gun was significantly more powerful than the ZIS-5. In addition, the ZIK-1 could fit into a T-34 turret. Nevertheless, the gun remained on paper.

85 mm ZIS-25 tank gun. As you can see, the 85 mm gun can fit into the KV-1 turret, but with some nuances.

A conceptually similar gun was developed at factory #92 starting in October of 1942. The gun project, indexed ZIS-25, was led by engineer D.I. Scheffer. Lependin, who previously headed the ZIS-5 project, also worked on this gun. The main idea of this project was the unification of the 85 mm gun with the ZIS-5, which was already in production. According to the project, only 47 new parts would have to be made.

The barrel was also shorter than on the 52-K, which lowered the muzzle velocity to 757 m/s. According to calculations, this was enough to penetrate 75 mm of armour at 30 degrees from a kilometer away. To compare, the ZIS-5 could penetrate 49 mm in these conditions. The mass of the gun grew by 250 kg in comparison with the ZIS-5. As with the ZIK-1, no changes had to be made to the KV-1's turret or gun mantlet for installation.

The same gun from the rear.

The ZIS-25 project was sent for approval on November 5th, 1942. The reply from GABTU was mixed. Admitting the positive qualities of the gun, its authors fairly pointed out that the rate of fire of the KV-1 with this gun would decrease to unacceptable levels, around 2 RPM. The turret didn't get any larger, but the 985 mm 52-K round was 336 mm longer than the ZIS-5's. The loading process became more difficult.

Technically, GABTU was not opposed to producing the ZIS-25, but they demanded that measures be taken to increase the rate of fire to at least 5 RPM.

The gun was never built in metal. On November 5th, 1942, GKO decree #2477ss created the Central Artillery Design Bureau. Work on the ZIS-25 stopped, but the concept was not abandoned. In the spring of 1943, work on this gun served as the foundation for the S-31 gun. However, it was still plagued with the same issues. TsAKB did not learn from past mistakes and wanted to install it in the rather small KV-1S turret.


          Open Letter to Chicago Mobsters - A lesson from the past   
TWO Stories BOTH TRUE - and worth reading!!!!

STORY NUMBER ONE

Many years ago, Al Capone virtually owned Chicago . Capone wasn't famous for anything heroic. He was notorious for enmeshing the windy city in everything from bootlegged booze and prostitution to murder.

Capone had a lawyer nicknamed "Easy Eddie." He was Capone's lawyer for a good reason. Eddie was very good! In fact, Eddie's skill at legal maneuvering kept Big Al out of jail for a long time.

To show his appreciation, Capone paid him very well. Not only was the money big, but Eddie got special dividends, as well. For instance, he and his family occupied a fenced-in mansion with live-in help and all of the conveniences of the day. The estate was so large that it filled an entire Chicago City block.

Eddie lived the high life of the Chicago mob and gave little consideration to the atrocity that went on around him.

Eddie did have one soft spot, however. He had a son that he loved dearly. Eddie saw to it that his young son had clothes, cars, and a good education. Nothing was withheld. Price was no object.

And, despite his involvement with organized crime, Eddie even tried to teach him right from wrong. Eddie wanted his son to be a better man than he was.

Yet, with all his wealth and influence, there were two things he couldn't give his son; he couldn't pass on a good name or a good example.

One day, Easy Eddie reached a difficult decision. Easy Eddie wanted to rectify wrongs he had done..

He decided he would go to the authorities and tell the truth about Al "Scarface" Capone, clean up his tarnished name, and offer his son some semblance of integrity. To do this, he would have to testify against The Mob, and he knew that the cost would be great. So, he testified.

Within the year, Easy Eddie's life ended in a blaze of gunfire on a lonely Chicago Street . But in his eyes, he had given his son the greatest gift he had to offer, at the greatest price he could ever pay. Police removed from his pockets a rosary, a crucifix, a religious medallion, and a poem clipped from a magazine.

The poem read:

"The clock of life is wound but once,
and no man has the power
to tell just when the hands will stop,
at late or early hour.

Now is the only time you own.
Live, love, toil with a will.
Place no faith in time.
For the clock may soon be still."


STORY NUMBER TWO


World War II produced many heroes. One such man was Lieutenant Commander Butch O'Hare.

He was a fighter pilot assigned to the aircraft carrier Lexington in the South Pacific.

One day his entire squadron was sent on a mission. After he was airborne, he looked at his fuel gauge and realized that someone had forgotten to top off his fuel tank.

He would not have enough fuel to complete his mission and get back to his ship.

His flight leader told him to return to the carrier. Reluctantly, he dropped out of formation and headed back to the fleet.

As he was returning to the mother ship, he saw something that turned his blood cold; a squadron of Japanese aircraft was speeding its way toward the American fleet.

The American fighters were gone on a sortie, and the fleet was all but defenseless. He couldn't reach his squadron and bring them back in time to save the fleet. Nor could he warn the fleet of the approaching danger. There was only one thing to do. He must somehow divert them from the fleet.

Laying aside all thoughts of personal safety, he dove into the formation of Japanese planes. Wing-mounted 50 caliber's blazed as he charged in, attacking one surprised enemy plane and then another. Butch wove in and out of the now broken formation and fired at as many planes as possible until all his ammunition was finally spent.

Undaunted, he continued the assault. He dove at the planes, trying to clip a wing or tail in hopes of damaging as many enemy planes as possible, rendering them unfit to fly.

Finally, the exasperated Japanese squadron took off in another direction.

Deeply relieved, Butch O'Hare and his tattered fighter limped back to the carrier.

Upon arrival, he reported in and related the event surrounding his return. The film from the gun-camera mounted on his plane told the tale. It showed the extent of Butch's daring attempt to protect his fleet. He had, in fact, destroyed five enemy aircraft

This took place on February 20, 1942 , and for that action Butch became the Navy's first Ace of W.W.II, and the first Naval Aviator to win the Medal of Honor.

A year later Butch was killed in aerial combat at the age of 29. His home town would not allow the memory of this WW II hero to fade, and today, O'Hare Airport in Chicago is named in tribute to the courage of this great man.

So, the next time you find yourself at O'Hare International, give some thought to visiting Butch's memorial displaying his statue and his Medal of Honor. It's located between Terminals 1 and 2.

SO WHAT DO THESE TWO STORIES HAVE TO DO WITH EACH OTHER?

Butch O'Hare was "Easy Eddie's" son.

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Now, for those of you with a bit of skepticism, it is only fair to point out that these two stories have been embellished for the telling. If you'd like to view the truth of the matter, click on the link below.

SNOPES

found the story in my local Integrity business journal - because I'm lazy, I was hoping there would be a version online... there was. I found this at Chucks

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          And you thought Civil War was out of the Question?   
Their goal is to revitalize the union within the confines of the Constitution.
Many of the words were taken directly from the words of Madison and Jefferson. Though none of the recent state legislation infers that they wish to secede from the Union, there are now 21 states that have joined New Hampshire and Oklahoma in drawing a line in the sand. Considering the Martial Law, the involuntary youth brigade, the threat of an offshore banking takeover, the ratification of the UN Sea Treaty, the danger of the North American Union...etc., etc., etc.

WOW!!! Don't wake sleeping dogs, eh?

HCR 6 – AS INTRODUCED

2009 SESSION

09-0274

09/01

HOUSE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 6

A RESOLUTION affirming States’ rights based on Jeffersonian principles.

SPONSORS: Rep. Itse, Rock 9; Rep. Ingbretson, Graf 5; Rep. Comerford, Rock 9; Sen. Denley, Dist 3

COMMITTEE: State-Federal Relations and Veterans Affairs

ANALYSIS

This house concurrent resolution affirms States’ rights based on Jeffersonian principles.

09-0274

09/01

STATE OF NEW HAMPSHIRE

In the Year of Our Lord Two Thousand Nine

A RESOLUTION affirming States’ rights based on Jeffersonian principles.

Whereas the Constitution of the State of New Hampshire, Part 1, Article 7 declares that the people of this State have the sole and exclusive right of governing themselves as a free, sovereign, and independent State; and do, and forever hereafter shall, exercise and enjoy every power, jurisdiction, and right, pertaining thereto, which is not, or may not hereafter be, by them expressly delegated to the United States of America in congress assembled; and

Whereas the Constitution of the State of New Hampshire, Part 2, Article 1 declares that the people inhabiting the territory formerly called the province of New Hampshire, do hereby solemnly and mutually agree with each other, to form themselves into a free, sovereign and independent body-politic, or State, by the name of The State of New Hampshire; and

Whereas the State of New Hampshire when ratifying the Constitution for the United States of America recommended as a change, “First That it be Explicitly declared that all Powers not expressly & particularly Delegated by the aforesaid are reserved to the several States to be, by them Exercised;” and

Whereas the other States that included recommendations, to wit Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Rhode Island and Virginia, included an identical or similar recommended change; and

Whereas these recommended changes were incorporated as the ninth amendment, the enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people, and the tenth amendment, the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people, to the Constitution for the United States of America; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, the Senate concurring:

That the several States composing the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their General Government; but that, by a compact under the style and title of a Constitution for the United States, and of amendments thereto, they constituted a General Government for special purposes, -- delegated to that government certain definite powers, reserving, each State to itself, the residuary mass of right to their own self-government; and that whensoever the General Government assumes undelegated powers, its acts are unauthoritative, void, and of no force; that to this compact each State acceded as a State, and is an integral party, its co-States forming, as to itself, the other party: that the government created by this compact was not made the exclusive or final judge of the extent of the powers delegated to itself; since that would have made its discretion, and not the Constitution, the measure of its powers; but that, as in all other cases of compact among powers having no common judge, each party has an equal right to judge for itself, as well of infractions as of the mode and measure of redress; and

That the Constitution of the United States, having delegated to Congress a power to punish treason, counterfeiting the securities and current coin of the United States, piracies, and felonies committed on the high seas, and offences against the law of nations, slavery, and no other crimes whatsoever; and it being true as a general principle, and one of the amendments to the Constitution having also declared, that “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people,” therefore all acts of Congress which assume to create, define, or punish crimes, other than those so enumerated in the Constitution are altogether void, and of no force; and that the power to create, define, and punish such other crimes is reserved, and, of right, appertains solely and exclusively to the respective States, each within its own territory; and

That it is true as a general principle, and is also expressly declared by one of the amendments to the Constitution, that “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people;” and that no power over the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, or freedom of the press being delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, all lawful powers respecting the same did of right remain, and were reserved to the States or the people: that thus was manifested their determination to retain to themselves the right of judging how far the licentiousness of speech and of the press may be abridged without lessening their useful freedom, and how far those abuses which cannot be separated from their use should be tolerated, rather than the use be destroyed. And thus also they guarded against all abridgment by the United States of the freedom of religious opinions and exercises, and retained to themselves the right of protecting the same. And that in addition to this general principle and express declaration, another and more special provision has been made by one of the amendments to the Constitution, which expressly declares, that “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press:” thereby guarding in the same sentence, and under the same words, the freedom of religion, of speech, and of the press: insomuch, that whatever violated either, throws down the sanctuary which covers the others, and that libels, falsehood, and defamation, equally with heresy and false religion, are withheld from the cognizance of federal tribunals. That, therefore, all acts of Congress of the United States which do abridge the freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, are not law, but are altogether void, and of no force; and

That the construction applied by the General Government (as is evidenced by sundry of their proceedings) to those parts of the Constitution of the United States which delegate to Congress a power “to lay and collect taxes, duties, imports, and excises, to pay the debts, and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States,” and “to make all laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into execution the powers vested by the Constitution in the government of the United States, or in any department or officer thereof,” goes to the destruction of all limits prescribed to their power by the Constitution: that words meant by the instrument to be subsidiary only to the execution of limited powers, ought not to be so construed as themselves to give unlimited powers, nor a part to be so taken as to destroy the whole residue of that instrument: that the proceedings of the General Government under color of these articles, will be a fit and necessary subject of revisal and correction; and

That a committee of conference and correspondence be appointed, which shall have as its charge to communicate the preceding resolutions to the Legislatures of the several States; to assure them that this State continues in the same esteem of their friendship and union which it has manifested from that moment at which a common danger first suggested a common union: that it considers union, for specified national purposes, and particularly to those specified in their federal compact, to be friendly to the peace, happiness and prosperity of all the States: that faithful to that compact, according to the plain intent and meaning in which it was understood and acceded to by the several parties, it is sincerely anxious for its preservation: that it does also believe, that to take from the States all the powers of self-government and transfer them to a general and consolidated government, without regard to the special delegations and reservations solemnly agreed to in that compact, is not for the peace, happiness or prosperity of these States; and that therefore this State is determined, as it doubts not its co-States are, to submit to undelegated, and consequently unlimited powers in no man, or body of men on earth: that in cases of an abuse of the delegated powers, the members of the General Government, being chosen by the people, a change by the people would be the constitutional remedy; but, where powers are assumed which have not been delegated, a nullification of the act is the rightful remedy: that every State has a natural right in cases not within the compact, (casus non foederis), to nullify of their own authority all assumptions of power by others within their limits: that without this right, they would be under the dominion, absolute and unlimited, of whosoever might exercise this right of judgment for them: that nevertheless, this State, from motives of regard and respect for its co-States, has wished to communicate with them on the subject: that with them alone it is proper to communicate, they alone being parties to the compact, and solely authorized to judge in the last resort of the powers exercised under it, Congress being not a party, but merely the creature of the compact, and subject as to its assumptions of power to the final judgment of those by whom, and for whose use itself and its powers were all created and modified: that if the acts before specified should stand, these conclusions would flow from them: that it would be a dangerous delusion were a confidence in the men of our choice to silence our fears for the safety of our rights: that confidence is everywhere the parent of despotism -- free government is founded in jealousy, and not in confidence; it is jealousy and not confidence which prescribes limited constitutions, to bind down those whom we are obliged to trust with power: that our Constitution has accordingly fixed the limits to which, and no further, our confidence may go. In questions of power, then, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution. That this State does therefore call on its co-States for an expression of their sentiments on acts not authorized by the federal compact. And it doubts not that their sense will be so announced as to prove their attachment unaltered to limited government, whether general or particular. And that the rights and liberties of their co-States will be exposed to no dangers by remaining embarked in a common bottom with their own. That they will concur with this State in considering acts as so palpably against the Constitution as to amount to an undisguised declaration that that compact is not meant to be the measure of the powers of the General Government, but that it will proceed in the exercise over these States, of all powers whatsoever: that they will view this as seizing the rights of the States, and consolidating them in the hands of the General Government, with a power assumed to bind the States, not merely as the cases made federal, (casus foederis,) but in all cases whatsoever, by laws made, not with their consent, but by others against their consent: that this would be to surrender the form of government we have chosen, and live under one deriving its powers from its own will, and not from our authority; and that the co-States, recurring to their natural right in cases not made federal, will concur in declaring these acts void, and of no force, and will each take measures of its own for providing that neither these acts, nor any others of the General Government not plainly and intentionally authorized by the Constitution, shall be exercised within their respective territories; and

That the said committee be authorized to communicate by writing or personal conferences, at any times or places whatever, with any person or person who may be appointed by any one or more co-States to correspond or confer with them; and that they lay their proceedings before the next session of the General Court; and

That any Act by the Congress of the United States, Executive Order of the President of the United States of America or Judicial Order by the Judicatories of the United States of America which assumes a power not delegated to the government of United States of America by the Constitution for the United States of America and which serves to diminish the liberty of the any of the several States or their citizens shall constitute a nullification of the Constitution for the United States of America by the government of the United States of America. Acts which would cause such a nullification include, but are not limited to:

I. Establishing martial law or a state of emergency within one of the States comprising the United States of America without the consent of the legislature of that State.

II. Requiring involuntary servitude, or governmental service other than a draft during a declared war, or pursuant to, or as an alternative to, incarceration after due process of law.

III. Requiring involuntary servitude or governmental service of persons under the age of 18 other than pursuant to, or as an alternative to, incarceration after due process of law.

IV. Surrendering any power delegated or not delegated to any corporation or foreign government.

V. Any act regarding religion; further limitations on freedom of political speech; or further limitations on freedom of the press.

VI. Further infringements on the right to keep and bear arms including prohibitions of type or quantity of arms or ammunition; and


That should any such act of Congress become law or Executive Order or Judicial Order be put into force, all powers previously delegated to the United States of America by the Constitution for the United States shall revert to the several States individually. Any future government of the United States of America shall require ratification of three quarters of the States seeking to form a government of the United States of America and shall not be binding upon any State not seeking to form such a government; and

That copies of this resolution be transmitted by the house clerk to the President of the United States, each member of the United States Congress, and the presiding officers of each State’s legislature.
          State laws will expand concealed guns to public facilities   
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Guns will be allowed at the Iowa State Capitol starting Saturday. Photo by Flickr user Tony Fischer

Starting Saturday, concealed guns will be permitted at college campuses in Georgia and Kansas, more public buildings and bus stations in Tennessee, and at the Iowa state Capitol as new laws take effect continuing the steady expansion of gun rights in Republican-controlled states.

The firearms policies are among scores of laws scheduled to take effect Saturday, along with the start of the new fiscal year in many states. Some of those laws continue a recent trend of states taking the initiative to fix aging roads and address the drug overdose epidemic.

The gun laws reflect divided public preferences, highlighted by a recent Pew survey that found people nearly evenly split on whether gun control or gun rights were more important.

A voter-approved gun-control initiative prohibiting people from possessing ammunition magazines capable of holding more than 10 bullets was to go into effect Saturday in California. But it was blocked this week by a federal judge, who said it would have made criminals out of thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens who own the magazines. A similar law passed by the Democratic-dominated Legislature also is subject to the preliminary injunction.

For decades, the National Rifle Association pushed for state laws allowing people to carry concealed guns with permits. Having succeeded nationwide, gun-rights advocates now are gradually expanding where those weapons can be taken. Yet even some of the new laws contain exceptions.

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Georgia’s law will allow people with concealed handgun permits to take their weapons into classrooms but not dormitories, and college sports fans will be able to pack weapons while tailgating but not inside stadiums.

A Tennessee law allowing guns in many local public buildings, bus stations and parks can be voided if authorities instead opt to install metal detectors staffed by security guards.

Concealed guns will be allowed at college campuses in Kansas as a result of a 2013 law that applies to public buildings lacking heightened security such as metal detectors and guards. A four-year exemption for universities expires Saturday. But in a setback for the NRA, a law that Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is allowing to take effect without his signature will make permanent a similar exemption for public hospitals and mental health centers.

In Iowa, where permit holders will be able to carry concealed guns in the Capitol, the state Supreme Court has responded by banning weapons in all courthouses statewide.

Jennifer Baker, a spokeswoman for the NRA Institute of Legislative Action, described 2017 as another “successful year for gun rights.”

But advocates for greater gun regulations also are pleased with the results. On Thursday, Democratic-led Hawaii became the third state to enact a law requiring notification to law enforcement when people prohibited from owning guns try to obtain them anyway.

“This was an excellent year for killing bad gun-lobby bills,” said Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “The bills that the gun lobby did get through, in many cases, we helped to water those down.”

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          One Word Substitution with Meaning for SSC CGL and Other Competitive Exams   
One Word Substitution with Meaning for SSC CGL and Other Competitive Exams1. Audience – a number of people listening to a lecture  
2. Altruist – one, who considers the happiness and well-being of others first
3. Atheist – a person who does not believe in God
4. Anthropologist – one, who studies the evolution of mankind
5. Autocracy – government by one person
6. Autobiography – the life history of a person written by himself
7. Amputate – to cut off a part of a person's body which is infected
8. Arsenal – a place for ammunition and weapons
9. Archives – a place where government or public records are kept
10. Amateur – a man who does a thing for pleasure and not as a profession
11. Aristocracy – government by the nobles
12. Aquatic – animals/plants ere which live in water
13. Amphibian – animals which live both on land and sea
14. Ambidexter – one, who can use either hand with ease
15. Alimony – allowance paid to wife on legal separation
16. Anthology – a collection of poems
17. Abdication – voluntary giving up of throne in favour of someone
18. Arbitrator – a person, appointed by two parties to solve a dispute
19. Astronomer – a person, who studies stars, planets and other heavenly bodies
20. Astrologer – a person who studies the influence of heavenly bodies on human beings
21. Anthology – a collection of poems
22. Axiom – a statement which is accepted as true without proof
23. Agenda – a list of headings of the business to be transacted at a meeting
24. Anarchist – one, who is out to destroy all governance, law and order
25. Almanac – an annual calender with positions of stars
26. Bigamy – the practice of having two wives or husbands at a time
27. Bibliophile – a lover and collector of books
28. Bouquet – a collection of flowers
29. Bureaucracy – government by the officials
30. Belligerent – a person, nation that is involved in war
31. Biennial – an event which happens once in two years
32. Blasphemy – the act of speaking disrespectfully about sacred things
33. Creche – a nursery where children are cared for while their parents are at work
34. Cosmopolitan – a person who regards whole world as his country
35. Chauffeur – one, who is employed to drive a motor car
36. Curator – a person incharge of a museum
37. Carnivorous – one, who lives on flesh
38. Cannibal – one, who feeds on human flesh
39. Contemporaries – belonging to or living at the same time
40. Cloak room – a place for luggage at railway station
41. Cynosure – centre of attraction
42. Connoisseur – a critical judge of any art and craft
43. Crusade – a religious war
44. Choreographer – one, who teaches dancing
45. Cacographist – a person, who is bad in spellings
46. Calligraphist – a person, who writes beautiful handwriting
47. Cynic – one, who sneers at the aims and beliefs of his fellow men
48. Convalescent – one, who is recovering health
49. Cavalry – soldiers, who fight on horse back
50. Cardiologist – a person, who is specialist in heart diseases
51. Cartographer – one, who draws maps
52. Dormitory – the sleeping rooms with several beds especially in a college or institution
53. Drawn – a game that results neither in victory nor in defeat
54. Elegy – a poem of lamentation
55. Epitaph – words which are inscribed on the grave or the tomb in the memory of the buried
56. Ephemeral – lasting one day
57. Effeminate – a person who is womanish
58. Emigrant – a person who leaves his own country and goes to live in another
59. Edible – fit to be eaten
60. Egotism – practice of talking too much about oneself
61. Encyclopaedia – a book that contains information on various subjects
62. Epicure – one, who is devoted to the pleasure of eating and drinking
63. Florist – one, who deals-in flowers
64. Fastidious – one, who is very -selective in one's taste
65. Fanatic or Bigot – one, who is filled with excessive and mistaken enthusiasm in religious matters
66. Fatal – causing death
67. Fatalist – one, who believes in fate
68. Facsimile – an exact copy of handwriting, printing etc
69. Fauna – the animals of a certain region
70. Flora – the plants of a particular region
71. Fratricide – murder of brother
72. Fugitive – one, who runs away from justice or the law
73. Fragile – easily broken
74. Feminist – one, who works for the welfare of the women
75. Granary – a place for grains
76. Genocide – murder of race
77. Gregarious – animals which live in flocks
78. Hangar – a place for housing aeroplanes
79. Hive – a place for bees
80. Horticulture – the art of cultivating and managing gardens
81. Homicide – murder of man
82. Hearse – a vehicle which is used to carry a dead body
83. Hedonist – one, who believes that pleasure is the chief good (sensual)
84. Horizon – a line at which the earth and the sky seem to meet
85. Honorary – holding office without any remuneration
86. Heretic – one, who acts against religion
87. Herbivorous – one, who lives on herbs
88. Insolvent/Bankrupt – a person who is unable to pay his debts
89. Inaudible – a sound that cannot be heard
90. Inaccessible – that cannot be easily approached
91. Incorrigible – incapable of being corrected
92. Irreparable – incapable of being repaired
93. Illegible – incapable of being read
94. Inevitable – incapable of being avoided
95. Impracticable – incapable of being practised
96. Immigrant – a person who comes to one country from another in order to settle there
97. Invincible – one, too strong to be overcome
98. Indelible – that cannot be erased
99. Incognito – travelling under another name than one's own
100. Indefatigable – one, who does not tire easily
101. Infallible – one, who is free from all mistakes and failures
102. Invigilator – one, who supervises in the examination hall
103. Itinerant – one, who journeys from place to place
104. Infirmary – a home or room used for ill or injured people
105. Infanticide – murder of an infant
106. Infantry – soldiers, who fight on foot
107. Inflammable – liable to catch fire easily
108. Interregnum – a period of interval between two reigns or governments
109. Kennel – a place for dogs
110. Lunatic asylum – a home for lunatics
111. Lexicographer – one, who compiles a dictionary
112. Loquacious – one, who talks continuously
113. Linguist – one, who is skilled in foreign languages
114. Lapidist – one, who cuts precious stones
115. Misanthrope – a hater of mankind
116. Misogamist – one, who hates marriage
117. Mortuary – a place, where dead bodies are kept for post mortem
118. Mercenery – working only for the sake of money
119. Matricide – murder of mother
120. Martyr – one, who dies for a noble cause
121. Maiden speech – the first speech delivered by a person
122. Mint – a place where coins are made
123. Misogynist – a hater of womankind
124. Morgue – a place, where dead bodies are kept for identification
125. Mammals – animals which give milk
126. Monogamy – the practice of marrying one at a time
127. Missionary – a person, who is sent to propagate religion
128. Numismatics – the study of coins
129. Namesake – a person having same name as another
130. Nostalgia – a strong desire to return home, home sickness
131. Novice or Tyro – one, new to anything, inexperienced
132. Narcotic – a medicine for producing sleep
133. Optimist – a person who looks at the brighter side of things
134. Orphan – one, who has lost parents
135. Omnipresent – one, who is present everywhere
136. Omnipotent – one, who is all powerful
137. Omniscient – one, who knows everything
138. Opaque – that which cannot be seen through
139. Obituary – an account in the newspaper of the funeral of the one deceased
140. Orphanage – a home for orphans
141. Obstetrician – one, who is skilled in midwifery
142. Ostler – one, who looks after horses at an inn
143. Omnivorous – one, who eats everything
144. Pessimist – a person who looks at the darker side of things
145. Potable – fit to drink
146. Post mortem – an examination of dead body
147. Philanthropist – a lover of mankind
148. Patricide – murder of father
149. Philatelist – one, who collects stamps
150. Plagiarism – literary theft or passing off an author's original work as one's own
151. Polygamy – the practice of marrying more than one wife at a time
152. Polyandry – the practice of marrying more than one husband at a time
153. Philogynist – a lover of womankind
154. Plebiscite – (a decision made by) votes of all qualified citizens
155. Philanderer – one, who amuses himself by love making
156. Philistine – one who does not care for art and literature
157. Plutocracy – government by the rich
158. Pseudonym – an imaginary name assumed by an author for disguise
159. Posthumous – a child born after the death of his father or the book published after the death of the writer
160. Panacea – a remedy for all diseases
161. Paediatrician – a person, who is specialist in child diseases
162. Platitude – ordinary remarks often repeated
163. Pedant – one, who makes a vain display of his knowledge
164. Polyglot – one, who speaks many languages
165. Paleography – the study of ancient writing
166. Posse – a number of policemen called to quell a riot
167. Parole – pledge given by a prisoner for temporary release, not to escape
168. Pedestrian – one, who goes on foot
169. Portable – that can be carried easily
170. Quarantine – an act of separation from other persons to avoid infection
171. Rhetoric – the art of elegant speech or writing
172. Regicide – murder of King or Queen
173. Sacrilege – violating or profaning religious things/places
174. Sculptor – one, who cuts in stones
175. Suicide – murder of oneself
176. Stable – a place for horses
177. Somnambulist – a person, who walks in sleep
178. Somniloquist – a person, who talks in sleep
179. Souvenir – a thing kept as a reminder of a person, place or event
180. Swan song – the last work (literary) of a writer
181. Sot, Toper – one, who is a habitual drunkard
182. Sinecure – a job with high salary but little responsibility
183. Stoic – a person, who is indifferent to pleasure and pain and has control over his passions
184. Sanatorium – a place for the sick to recover health
185. Sororicide – murder of sister
186. Triennial – an event which happens once in three years
187. Truant – a person/student who absents himself from class or duty without permission
188. Teetotaller – one, who does not take any intoxicating drink
189. Transparent – that which can be seen through
190. Theocracy – government by religious principles
191. Uxorious – one extremely fond of one's wife
192. Utopia – an imaginary perfect social and political system
193. Uxoricide – murder of wife
194. Verbatim – repetition of speech or writing word for word
195. Volunteer – one, who offers one's services
196. Virgin – a woman who has no sexual experience
197. Versatile – interested in and clever at many different things
198. Veteran – one, who has a long experience of any occupation
199. Venial – a fault that may be forgiven
200. Wardrobe – a place for clothes 



          Court documents detail intricate cross-country drug trafficking ring allegedly run by Bull Valley couple   
BULL VALLEY – Authorities say a Bull Valley man moved hundreds of pounds of marijuana from California to Illinois using a $100,000 trailer with a hidden compartment that could only be opened by hooking up the trailer to a truck, putting it in reverse, turning on the ceiling fan and then pushing a button on a hand-held remote.

Affidavits filed by prosecutors in McHenry County Court recently reveal more details about the lives of a couple that authorities say ran a cross-country drug-trafficking operation from their Bull Valley mansion.

David A. Soskin, a 43-year-old former businessman, and his fiancée, 26-year-old Jamie M. Lee, were arrested in May after police found about 350 pounds of marijuana, valued at about $3.2 million, in a locked closet in the master bedroom of the home. Both have been charged with marijuana trafficking and face a minimum of 12 years in prison, if convicted. They have pleaded not guilty.

Court documents contained statements from Drug Enforcement Administration agents in support of ongoing efforts to seize the couple’s $800,000 home along with cash, a $100,000 fifth-wheel trailer, four ATVs, 18 TVs and other items they allege the pair bought with profits from marijuana trafficking.

Soskin was arrested during a raid of the couple’s home at 1001 Cherry Valley Road on May 19. Lee, who initially denied any knowledge of the drug operation, was arrested five days later, records show.

Investigators said they found drug ledgers in the home, along with cash, a .50-caliber machine gun, a Cobray M11 machine pistol with a suppressor, a shotgun and several boxes of ammunition, according to court documents.

After his arrest, Soskin told investigators he had recently returned from a trip to California to pick up marijuana and bring it to Illinois. He said he was a professional gambler and owned a consulting business, but also noted he had been selling marijuana for the past 18 months, according to an affidavit.

“David said he never keeps the marijuana in his house, but did this time because he was conducting an inventory of it,” the affidavit stated.

Soskin estimated there was about 300 pounds of marijuana in his house and about $45,000 in a safe, according to an affidavit.

Officers found an Excel spreadsheet in the house with various marijuana strains, THC pills and edibles listed on it. Soskin told officers the spreadsheet was an inventory of marijuana he had previously picked up, according to an affidavit.

More than 1,000 prescription pills also were found in the home. Soskin told investigators that he had prescriptions for the pills, but that he sold them instead of taking them, according to an affidavit.

He also said he bought a .50-caliber machine gun at a flea market in another state, according to court records. Weapons charges were filed against Soskin earlier this month because Soskin was previously sentenced in 1998 to 20 months in federal prison for illegally possessing and selling stolen firearms. He pleaded guilty to stealing about 150 firearms from a Bensenville gun store owned by his father.

FEDS DETAIL SMUGGLING OPERATION

Court documents laid out the inner workings of the smuggling operation, including how drugs and cash were transported, the profits involved and apparent contradictions in what Lee told investigators about her involvement and the couple’s relationship.

Lee initially told a DEA agent that she didn’t know about the piles of marijuana locked a closet in the master bedroom. She said there was marijuana oil and/or wax in a mini-fridge in the bedroom and that she smoked marijuana every night, according to an affidavit. She later said she would only agree to marry Soskin if he didn’t sell or use marijuana.

During subsequent interviews, records show Lee talked about her and Soskin’s relationship, and when she learned about Soskin’s involvement in drug trafficking. She said her involvement was limited, but later told agents she did what her fiancé told her to do.

Lee told officers that she became “fully aware” of the marijuana trafficking in September or October 2016, according to an affidavit. She said Soskin hired a friend to drive a fifth wheel trailer they previously bought for $100,000 to transport the marijuana from California, according to an affidavit.

Soskin’s friend made about $5,000 a trip, and he and Soskin made the trip every five weeks, she said.

She said Soskin flew to and from California to oversee the transaction, while his friend would drive the money to California and return with marijuana. Lee said they bought the pot in California for $800 to $1,200 a pound and then it sold in Illinois for between $2,000 and $3,000 a pound, according to an affidavit.

“Jamie further advised that although she knew about the marijuana trafficking, her involvement was minimal,” according to court records. “Jamie stated she would only occasionally help David keep inventory of the different types of cannabis and their respective amounts.”

During a raid of the couple’s home at 1001 Cherry Valley Road on May 19, DEA agents said they found documents prepared by Soskin that showed he had a net worth of $4.4 million. The list included almost $830,000 in 17 bank accounts, $3.35 million in real estate holdings and $820,000 in personal property such as vintage cars, home furnishings and firearms. It also listed a $450,000 mortgage on the six-bedroom, 11-bathroom home, $62,000 in vehicle loans and $15,000 from a pending medical lawsuit.

‘YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW’

Lee told investigators that Soskin worked for a consulting firm from 1999 until it folded in 2006. He went back to consulting in 2013 for another company, Lee said, but was laid off after a golf cart crash in 2014.

On Facebook, Soskin listed his profession as “director of first impressions” at Consumer Balance in Schaumburg, a finance company that offers services for credit repair and debt resolution.

Lee said she worked for Soskin’s consulting business, kept up their home and did whatever he asked of her. She said there were times when she had to pick Soskin up or drop him off at O’Hare Airport for consulting trips, and at the time, only knew he was traveling to California and back, according to an affidavit.

“Jamie denied any part in bookkeeping for the business or any other in-depth knowledge of David’s consulting,” the affidavit said.

She said the couple had been together “off and on” for the past eight years. The couple was living in Buffalo Grove in January 2015, but Lee ended their relationship in November 2015. She said she didn’t move out until March 2016.

Soskin proposed to Lee in May 2016.

“Jamie accepted the proposal with the conditions that David not sell or use cannabis and that they buy a house,” the affidavit said.

The couple bought the 17,000-square-foot home in December 2016. Lee said Soskin put $400,000 down and then took out a $450,000 mortgage.

The home was bought through a trust; neither Lee’s or Soskin’s name appears on official paperwork regarding the sale, according to documents from the McHenry County Recorder’s Office. The home and property had been appraised for more than $1.6 million, according to court documents.

Lee told investigators that Soskin was unemployed. She said he told her he was doing consulting work on his own and making money gambling. Shortly thereafter, Soskin said he was doing consulting work for a “leads company” in California, Lee told investigators.

“She soon became suspicious of David’s activity because he was not home often, would not answer his phone when he was gone and would not tell her specifics about what he was doing,” agents wrote in the affidavit.

Lee told the agents that when she would ask Soskin questions about his work, he would tell her, “’You don’t want to know.’”

Soskin remained in McHenry County Jail custody as of Friday afternoon. He is required to post $100,000 to get out of jail. Lee posted bond June 23 after proving the funds she intended to post were from a legitimate source.

If Soskin is able to come up with the money to post bond, he would also have to prove the funds came from a legitimate source, according to a court order. Funds tied to drug trafficking or other criminal or illegal sources cannot be used to post bond.

Soskin will next appear in court Friday and Lee will appear Aug. 4.

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David Soskin’s personal financial statement• $828,518 in bank accounts and cash• $3.35 million in real estate• $700,000 in loans receivable• $450,000 in mortgage payable• $62,000 in vehicle loans• $15,000 in medical lawsuit pending• 4,363,518: personal net worthSource: Court records


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So you guys think under bidding was negligent for Sig? They've just signed with USBP, soon USCBP and the other branches of Military. Where they may have broke even on the Army contract, they will print money because of other agencies and government branches that take the pistol. Not to mention the ammunition they will be providing and the accessories.
          Fed Dismisses Weak Data to Posture for Another Rate Hike   
SchiffReport recorded Saturday, May 6 On Wednesday of this week, the Federal Reserve against a rate hike in May But based on their official statement, the market assigned a much higher probability To a rate hike coming in June In fact, following Friday's slightly better-than-expected Non-Farm Payroll report, the probability of a June rate hike is not near 100% In other words, the markets are certain that a quart-point hike is coming next month If the Federal Reserve does raise its rates by a quarter point, that will bring the floor of the official rate finally up to 1% The ceiling being 1.25%, so presumably the Fed will target a Fed funds rate somewhere between 1 - 1.25% This is still an exceptionally low interest rate indicating extreme monetary accommodation Remember, 1% is the absolute low that Alan Greenspan lowered interest rates to in the aftermath of the 2001 recession and the 9/11 terrorist attack That artificially low interest rate really provided the air for the housing bubble that resulted in the 2008 Financial Crisis So despite these rate hikes, the Fed monetary policy remains extremely accommodative, Just not as accommodative as they were before If you recall, the main reason I was certain that the Fed was not like to deliver these rate hikes Is because I took the Fed at its word that it was data dependent And I believed that the Fed would use weak data as an  opportunity or an excuse to not raise interest rates I was wrong about that, because the Federal Reserve has ignored all of the weakening economic data and has raised rates anyway It has raised them very slowly, but nonetheless, it has raised interest rates despite the fact that all the data they claim to depend on would not support that decision I thought for 2 reasons the Fed would not want to hike rates The first be to delay the onset of the next recession After all, raising rates into a weakening economy it would accelerate the onset of that recession I thought the Fed would always err on a delay But apparently, that is not a concern for the Fed One of the reasons this might be the case is because the Fed is concerned about having some ammunition to fight the next recession, rather than to postpone the onset Meaning that they want to get interest rates further above zero before the recession officially begins so that once it is here, they have more room to cut rates Another reason that the Fed has been more willing to raise rates has to do with the action in the U.S. stock market I thought the Fed would be reluctant to raise rates for fear of how higher rates might impact the stock market But it seems the stock market has found another prop It is no longer relying on cheap money; it now also relying on hope and optimism surrounding the election of Donald Trump And the idea that he is somehow going to "Make America Great Again" With deregulation, tax cuts and all sorts of economic stimulus
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Well the Dow Jones got clobbered again today, down 252 points at the close The NASDAQ down about 55 The transports continue to get clobbered down another 146 points, decisively in bear market territory CNBC blamed the entire decline on jitters over North Korea's hydrogen bomb test I admit that this prospect is not good, but I don't believe that announcement was the reason for the decline The real problem is the Fed removing the monetary herion from the addicts on Wall Street and this is the withdrawal Former President and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, spoke on CNBC yesterday and he admitted that the Fed "engineered a stock market rally" They wanted all this phony wealth to cause us to make irrational decisions That's what happened during the dot com bubble and to a greater extent during the housing bubble Here you have it from the words of a former Fed president, a voting member who voted for QE 1 & 2 who is saying that the Fed did this to create a "wealth effect" He even said, don't be surprised if the market goes down 20% - it's still overvalued - he admits the Fed was propping it up Obviously if the Fed removes the props the market will go down After Simon Hobbs asked Fisher if he is going to apologize, he said," Don't blame me, I voted against QE3!" He is throwing his colleagues, including Janet Yellen, under the bus Now that he is no longer at the Fed, he refers to it as a "giant weapon that is out of ammunition" The Fed still has ammo: cut rates (in this case, even to negative) and QE4, their big bazooka There's plenty of ammo left and it will be fired a lot sooner than people think Korea is an excuse, but Richard Fisher is letting the cat out of the bag, but no one in the media is picking up on this Also in the markets today, while stocks were going down, gold was going up - gold hit a 2-month high today As fast as it is going up in dollars, it is going up even faster in other currencies, like the Canadian dollar, which hit a 9-year low, the Australian dollar The yen was up - the dollar/yen is breaking down - to me that is a very scary proposition for the markets to see this strength in the Japanese yen Oil prices continued to drop, down another $2 today - we're trading below $34 Gold stocks were up - you'd think they would be up a lot more because mining costs are plunging and revenue is going up, but Wall Street is oblivious to the bargains that exist in the mining stocks We got a lot of economic news today and most of it was, as is typically the case, bad Yesterday vehicle sales were at a 6-month low Last year was a record for auto sales, but December was a 6-month low despite all the Christmas giveaways Meanwhile the inventory to sales ratio continues to rise - a new high since the 2008-2009 great recession Also GM got clobbered today, down about 4% - already down 9% for the year and down more than 20% from its 52-wk high - that is a bear market This is telling me that the auto bubble has popped There are going to be a lot of layoffs in the auto sector - good, high-paying jobs I have said that starting in January 2016 we would start to see layoffs because the numbers have been horrible Sure enough, Macy's today announced a restructuring, laying off thousands of workers because of disappointing sales throughout the year We will see a huge blow-up in the securitized market for auto loans They layoffs are coming - the low unemployment number is the rear view mirror Looking at the actual economy in the windshield is a disaster for jobs This is deja vu - in 2008 the subprime market had already exploded - the housing market problems should have been obvious Yet everybody said, "don't worry, it's contained." and I said why can't anybody see that everything I have been warning about for years is happening People were still denying what I was saying even as the financial crisis had already begun
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          Re: Wie kan mij iets meer vertellen over deze doek?   
Het is inderdaad een doek om de lokale bevolking te waarschuwen met een melding hier vanaf te blijven.
Het is gebaseerd op de instructiekaarten die militairen ook krijgen (alleen die is uitgebreider met (sub)typen aanduidingen die ze doorgeven bij meldingen).

Ze noemen dit AAW (Ammunition Awareness). Het herkennen van munitie. Vooral in Afghanistan is dat een probleem want er slingert nogal wat (oud Sovjet) spul rond. De Russen hadden zelfs vlindermijnen ontwikkeld. Deze strooiden ze met honderden uit en leken op een kinderspeelgoed. De strategie was om simpelweg de kinderen uit te schakelen...

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          Re: Wie kan mij iets meer vertellen over deze doek?   
Het is inderdaad een doek om de lokale bevolking te waarschuwen met een melding hier vanaf te blijven.
Het is gebaseerd op de instructiekaarten die militairen ook krijgen (alleen die is uitgebreider met (sub)typen aanduidingen die ze doorgeven bij meldingen).

Ze noemen dit AAW (Ammunition Awareness). Het herkennen van munitie. Vooral in Afghanistan is dat een probleem want er slingert nogal wat (oud Sovjet) spul rond. De Russen hadden zelfs vlindermijnen ontwikkeld. Deze strooiden ze met honderden uit en leken op een kinderspeelgoed. De strategie was om simpelweg de kinderen uit te schakelen...

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          Judge blocks California's high-capacity magazine ban   

A federal judge is blocking a California law set to go into effect Saturday that would have barred gun owners from possessing high-capacity ammunition magazines. San Diego-based U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez said in ruling Thursday that the law banning possession of magazines containing more than 10 bullets would have made criminals of thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens who now own the magazines.


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          BREAKING!! This Is The Real Reason Why France Supported Biafra During Nigerian Civil War   
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A controversial French support to Biafra as it fought to break away from Nigeria between 1967 and 1970 was not in defence of Biafra’s secession cause — even though it had a humanitarian appeal.
Instead, it was based on that European country’s desire to have access to the region’s oil, recently-declassified war-time memos compiled by the U.S. Central Investigation Agency, CIA, say.
“France supported Biafra because of the oil and ERAP, but not the Ibo revolution,” said Jean Mauricheau-Beaupre, French secretary general for African and Malagasy Affairs, referring to Emergency Response Action Plan, ERAP.
The February 10, 1969 memo quotes Mr. Mauricheau-Beaupre, the equivalent of a minister at the time, as saying French support was merely given to a “handful of Biafra bourgeoisie in return for oil”.
As the hope of Biafra breaking away increasingly seemed lost, the French minister ruled out the possibility of a guerilla war in the region, saying there was no popular support in the region.
“The real Ibo mentality is much farther to the left than that of Ojukwu and even if we had won, there would have been the problem of keeping him in power in the face of leftist infiltration,” he said, referring to the Biafran warlord, Chukwuemeka Ojukwu.
At a time renewed agitation for a Biafran state has reached an extraordinarily feverish pitch, the declassified American intelligence shed light on how external interests largely shaped a three-year atrocious war that left over a one million Nigerians dead 50 years ago.
Amongst nations that took sides in the war, only France, Gabon, Tanzania and Ivory Coast openly backed Biafra, at that time comprising present south east and parts of south south Nigerian states.
The federal government received help mainly from the United Kingdom and Russia, as it struggled to thwart Biafra’s exit.
Both sides received huge cash support, arms and ammunition, and relief materials from their backers.
Altogether, France sent $30 million worth of material to Biafra, and lent then Ivory Coast’s President Houphouet-Boigny $3 million to aid Biafra operations, said then French Minister of National Defense, Michel Debre, and Mr. Mauricheau-Beauprea, according to the diplomatic cables.
Details of French arms supplies remain classified till date.
But the CIA file said on January 13, 1970, as the war wound down, Mr. Mauricheau-Beaupre and Mr. Debre, the national defence minister, decided to remove stocks of French-supplied arms and divide same to French bases at Douala and Abidjan.
France resolved there was no chance of supporting a Biafran guerrilla resistance, CIA noted.
“The rationale for this position as expressed by Mauricheau-Beaupre to individuals concerned with executing Biafran operations was as follows: ‘France supported Biafra because of the oil and ERAP, but not the Ibo revolution,” the cable said.
The telegram containing these intelligence was forwarded to U.S. President Richard Nixon’s deputy assistant for national security affair.
Richard Helms, the director of CIA at the time, said there was “cynicism on the part of the French” to support a Biafran guerrilla resistance.
Later, the CIA noted the war had stalemated with federal troops surrounding the Biafran enclave. Yet, it analysed that despite the federal military’s superiority in personnel and material, there was “very little prospect that either side, by itself, can win militarily in the next six months unless Biafra’s arms supply is cut off”.
“A prolonged stale-mate or ceasefire could well result in the replacement of the present moderate leadership by military leaders who would be proponents of a ruthless, all out military victory and less concerned about international opinion,” the CIA said of the military ruler, Yakubu Gowon.
It also noted that Mr. Ojukwu, a former lieutenant colonel, had the strong support of a people who seemed determined to win self-determination.
“The Biafran leaders have successfully—-if cynically—exploited the issue of starvation to win political sympathy abroad. They believe time is on their side and that either (a) the FMG coalition will collapse or (b) outside sympathy for their plight will bring about a solution favourable to them,” it wrote.
Foreign powers and interests
The CIA said the British government supported the federal military government with “non-sophisticated arms sales”, while the Soviets became a major arms suppliers at the outset of the war.
The U.S. on its part embargoed arms sales to both sides, in a war that also created opportunity for influence peddling between the west and the east.
“The FMG gives frequent assurances that the Soviet involvement is only a matter of wartime necessity and portends no political realignment of Nigeria’s traditional pro-Western stance. We have no evidence that the FMG has thus far granted any significant political concessions in return for Soviet arms. However, Soviet prestige and acceptance has increased,” the CIA wrote.  

“Soviet intentions are unclear. They probably consider Nigeria a target of opportunity to extend their influence at Western expense and relatively little cost to themselves. Whether requested or not, they have not gone beyond the provision of military equipment, including aircraft and the training of pilots.”
“Although disappointed and perhaps somewhat embarrassed–at slow FMG military progress, they appear willing to continue their support in the belief that prolonged fighting and FMG frustrations will increase the political value of their help,” the report said of Russia.
At the Organization of African Unity (OAU), all but four members (Ivory Coast, Gabon, Tanzania, Zambia, that recognized Biafra in 1968), shifted support to the Federal Military Government by 1969 and regarded the civil war as an internal question which should be solved within an African (OAU) frame-work.
For the United Nations, there was no role for it in the war, beyond the participation by UNICEF and other specialized agencies in the relief effort.
The U.S. said it regarded the civil war as primarily a Nigerian and African problem, but continued to recognise the FMG; imposed an arms embargo on both sides; contributed $30 million to the international relief effort; voiced political support for a negotiated settlement in the context of one Nigeria with workable safeguards for Ibo protection.
The French decision to supply arms clandestinely to Biafra probably saved the rebellion when it appeared near defeat last summer, the CIA cable noted, saying President De Gaulleʼs motives were mixed.
First, France hoped to acquire British and American oil concessions in the oil-rich Niger Delta, and could have been motivated by the possibility of the breaking up of an Anglophone federation which could have exerted a powerful influence in a West Africa it had strong interests.
“So far, the French have stopped short of outright recognition. They deny giving arms. We simply do not know how far the French are prepared to go in support of Biafran independence,” the U.S. said.
Ojukwu’s first destination revealed
Mr. Ojukwu fled as the stronghold city of Enugu fell under federal control. The CIA said his first stop was Gabon, contrary to the commonly known fact that he travelled to Ivory Coast.
In Libreville, the Gabonese capital, Mr. Ojukwu lived in a private villa and told French agents he departed Nigeria according to the wishes of his general staff, Phillip Effiong, and to spare his people from extermination.
Christopher Onyekwelu, Biafran finance representative in Europe and brother-in- law of Mr. Ojukwu, was given a round-trip ticket to Libreville on January 13 by the French general secretariat for African and Malagasy Affairs in Paris.
He was to join Mr. Ojukwu in Libreville a day later. Separately, C.C. Mojekwu, Biafra’s representative in Lisbon, Portugal, also departed by air for Libreville.
Later, French secretary general for African and Malagasy Affairs, Jacques Foccart, left Yaoundé where he was attending Cameroon’s tenth anniversary celebrations to meet with Mr. Ojukwu in Libreville.
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          Taliban storms mosque in Afghanistan, killing 13 people   

[Afghanistan], July 2 (ANI): Heavily armed Taliban insurgents stormed a mosque in northern Balkh province of Afghanistan, killing at least 13 people in an attack claimed by the Taliban.

The incident took place on Saturday in the vicinity of Chemtal district.

The provincial public health officials confirmed that the bodies of thirteen people, riddled with bullets, were shifted to Ibn-e-Sina hospital.

The Taliban group spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid claimed that an attack was carried out on a gathering of the militia forces in Chemtal district, Khaama Press reported.

As soon as the Taliban entered the mosque intense clashes erupted which Zabiullah claimed that twelve people including three commanders of the local militia forces were killed and another one was wounded.

Mujahid also claimed that several weapons, ammunition, and grenades were also seized during the clashes.

Rejecting the claims by the Taliban insurgents, MP representing the northern Balkh province in the parliament Gulalai Noor Sapai said that all those killed in the attack are ordinary civilians and had no links with the government or security institutions.

The local residents are saying that the deceased individuals were having links with a former Jihadi leader.(ANI)


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          Comment on Police arrest 2 men with stolen gun by Don Aks   
Of course they do. And what's wrong with purchasing a case of 9mm?? Anybody who practices at the range will do that a few times in the course of a year. Stores who sell ammunition are not burdened with the responsibility to judge the motives or character of the person making the purchase, any more than they are for a myriad of other commodity goods like wrenches, hammers, axes, drain cleaner, swimming pool chemicals, etc. ... You can't nannny-state your way out of this problem.
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Of course they do. And what's wrong with purchasing a case of 9mm?? Anybody who practices at the range will do that a few times in the course of a year.

Stores who sell ammunition are not burdened with the responsibility to judge the motives or character of the person making the purchase, any more than they are for a myriad of other commodity goods like wrenches, hammers, axes, drain cleaner, swimming pool chemicals, etc. ... You can't nannny-state your way out of this problem.


          The Race Around the World That Anyone Can Take Part In   
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First there were marathons. Then came the onslaught of more extreme races: Ironmans, ultra-marathons, and 24-Hour Tough Mudders. Now there’s a race that sounds even more intense: the Earthathon, a 25,000-mile journey equivalent to one lap around the globe. In reality, it's a group relay race intended for everyone from exercise newbies to seasoned athletes.

The premise is simple: Sign up, choose a team, and get running—or jogging or walking. After every workout, log your miles on Earthathon’s website to help your team get one step (or really a few miles) closer to the finish line, and share your accomplishment on Twitter using the hashtag #earthathon.

The social component of the race is huge. If you scroll through the hashtag you’ll see dozens of people cheering each other on and sharing personal tips and tricks. “It’s so wonderful to find a community who loves running as much as I do,” says Anna Borghesani, an Earthathon participant. “And we don’t just talk about running. It’s everything from baking to foam rolling.”

Dave Spencer, a runner from Washington, came up with the idea for Earthathon at a time when he didn’t have any races lined up. To keep himself motivated to run every day, he started a run streak (runner lingo for running at least one mile per day). On one of those runs, he started thinking how all of his miles could add up. How long would it take him to run the length of the continental United States? And then came the big question: How long would it take him to run across the world? After some quick math, Spencer realized it would take him years, even if he ran a dozen or more miles a day.

So he shared his quest with his running buddies on Twitter and slowly but surely convinced some of them to get on board. They launched the first Earthathon in September 2014 and completed it just before the end of the year. By the end of the race, hundreds of other runners from around the world had joined, so Spencer got the idea to split the participants into 10 teams for round two. Each team has its own theme, from #Runshine for runners who are all about happiness and positivity to #HeForSheRunners for people passionate about gender equality. The camaraderie and enthusiasm shared amongst team members is amazing, says Paul Layne, captain of #HeForSheRunners. “It’s the additional ammunition I need to go out and train for my upcoming races,” he says.

While there is some friendly competition to be the first team to reach 25,000 miles, Earthathon is ultimately about improving as an individual runner. Plus, once a team reaches the 25,000-mile mark, its members join other teams to help them reach the finish line (and so on until no teams are left). If you're interested in joining the latest race, which kicked off the beginning of July, you can learn more and sign up here.

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Trek to Koraigad (कोराईगड)Brief Info about the TrekFort: KoraigadHeight: 3000 ft. approx. Range: SahyadriDistrict: PuneGrade: EasyBase Village: Peth ShahapurHistory: Shivaji Maharaj incorporated this fort in Swarajya along with Lohgad, Visapur, Tung and Tikona in 1657. On March 11, 1818, Col. Prother invaded this fort but could not succeed even after prolonged fighting. Finally he succeeded on 14th March, by dropping a cannon ball where the ammunition was stored. Along with this fort the English also conquered Ghangad.Fascinating Spots: Koraigad appears like a wall from peth Shahapur. On the top of the fort is a huge plateau. The ramparts on this fort are around 1.5 kms in length. Moving along the complete top of the fort by walking on the bailey is possible. While coming up from the Peth Shahapur route many caves come across, also some cisterns and an idol of Lord Ganesh.After entering Shreeganesh Darwaja (Peth Shahapur route), the remnants of the old buildings can be seen. A Temple of a Godess Korai Devi is located here. There is a “DEEPMALA” right in front of the temple. The idol of Korai Devi is around 4 feet high. There are many bastions on the southern side of the fort. There are 6 cannons on this fort, of these the biggest cannon is named as “LAXMI” lies next to the Korai Devi Temple. There are two more temples on the fort. There are two large ponds on this fort and two caves are ahead. Here is an idol of Lord Vishnu holding the Conch, Discus, Mace and Lotus flower. From here Nagphani point, Tung, Tikona, Matheran, Prabalgad, Karnala, Manikgad ranges can be viewed.itinerary for trek Train timing for Indrayani Express:Mumbai CST: 05.40Dadar: 05.51Thane: 06.14Kalyan: 06.35Karjat: 07.15Lonavala: 08.00Pune participants:Please take the Lonavala local trainTrain timing are as follows:Pune station: 06:30Shivajinagar: 06:36Khadki: 06:41Pimpri: 06:53Lonavala: 07:55Have breakfast and tea09:00 Bus to Peth Shahapur10:15 Peth Shahapur10:30 Ascend11:30 AtopExplore - REST -... Read more
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"Papa it's me, Jyn...I've seen your [holographic] message...It must be destroyed. I know; I know. Look at you, I have so much to tell you. Papa! No! No!" "You seem unsettled...You do have a great many things to explain...[The Death Star's] power to create problems [for you Orson Krennic] has certainly been confirmed...Assure the Emperor that Galen has not compromised this weapon in any way. So, I'm still in command then?...Be careful not to choke on your aspiration Director." "Prepare a boarding party". [Scuba gear breathing respirator sounds followed by long inhales SSSHHH HOHHHHHH...Or if you prefer, Whooo Wahhh, as Darth Vader hunts down Princess Leah on board her rebel ship as she places the Death Star plans inside R2D2's robotic frame.] "Star Dust. That's it! I know because it's me." I have seen 2016's "Star Wars: Rogue One" twice now & this film, directed by Gareth Edwards, really drives home the theme that daddy abandonment issues can honestly screw up or scar central characters well into adulthood. Let's look at the whole Star Wars saga for a second. Anakin Skywalker who later turns into Dark Vader never knew who is father was & lost his mother to the Sand People. Kylo Ren kills his pop Han Solo probably because he was always absent smuggling illegal contraband across the galaxy with Chewy in the Millieum Falcon; Luke Skywalker almost ends up blind by Emperor Palpatine trying to save his father's soul by renouncing his dark side Vader persona; Anakin Skywalker lost the respect of his father figure mentor Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi when he rejected Jedi principles for Sith greed, pride, & prestige & as a result, Darth Vader got severely burnt up in a volcano requiring a special suit to stay alive & move around now. Luke, the son of Anakin Skywalker, later lost his hand when Vader informed him who his daddy really was shortly after his Jedi mentor & adopted father Yoda died. Fast forward to Jyn Erso in Rogue One & we see Jyn's daddy abducted by the Empire after she sees her momma shot & then like 10 yrs later she gets to see her precious pop blown up in front of her. Whoa, that's a lot of time alone with no biological patriarchs to mold & guide young men & women in a galaxy far, far away isn't it? On the plus side, the girls didn't became space strippers & the men didn't become bounty hunters, loan sharks, & bar bouncers I guess. May The Force Be With You I suppose. Are there therapists, counselors, & psychologists in the future? Or do depressed Jedi, Sith, rebels, & folks working for the dark side just drown their sorrows in booze, sex, money, mayhem, & bloodshed for kicks? This 2 hour & 13 minute flick tells the gritty hard knocks story of a little girl named Jyn Erso [Felicity Jones]. Around aged 10 I think her father Galen [Mads Mikkelsen] now a farmer gets a visit from his imperial past. Galen used to work as the Chief Engineer for the Empire. Who's the visitor you ask? A guy named Orson Krennic [Ben Mendelsohn] AKA 'the Director.' He's like the 4th in Command in the dark side, evil henchmen pecking order. From the top down, the structure goes like this: The Emperor, Darth Vader, Governor Tarkin, & finally Director Krennic bringing up the rear. The Director is like a high ranking administrator who makes sure top secret projections ordered by Emperor Palpatine get finished ahead of schedule with no glitches, setbacks, or malfunctions. What the latest project on tap you ask? Why finishing a new weapon called the Death Star of course. This new invention can literally pulverize planets with 1 green laser shot at the push of a button. The Director wants Galen to help Krennic to speed up the grand opening of this new dark side weapon. It's not really a request; It's more like a veiled threat. Follow my stern suggestion Galen or your wife & daughter Jyn might be physically harmed. The spouse is executed on site whereas Jyn ran away & hid herself in a camouflage bunker that looked like natural rocks in a cave. Eventually, Jyn is found by a family friend named Saw Gerrera [Forest Whitaker] who raised her until she became a young 18 yr old woman. Saw taught her how to defend herself, became self reliant, & adapt on her feet swiftly toward any tense or violent situation. As a full fledged woman, Miss Erso does get captured & imprisoned by storm troopers. Luckily for her, a tall, mechanical android called K-2SO [Alan Tudyk] breaks Jyn out of the prison transfer wagon she is in. In fact, K-2so throws her down hard when Jyn desperately tries to flee on foot as if to say simmer down lady you're not going anywhere on my watch sweetheart. I like this android actually. He's an imperial robot who was reprogrammed by the rebels to free incarcerated victims of the Empire & convince them to join the cause for liberation from evil tyranny. In addition, K-2so is quite sarcastic in his comic relief remarks. In 1 scene, a grenade is thrown near him, he catches the device in his hand & throws it behind him just in the nick of time demolishing a group of armed storm troopers assembled behind him. Here's what he says, "There are a lot of explosions for just 2 people trying to blend in [to their surroundings] You're right though. I should just wait on the ship." It's funny because if K-2SO had headed the advice of Jyn & his friend Captain Cassian Andor [Diego Luna] they'd both be dead right now since the android didn't remain back with their spaceship. Okay, I need to say this. This picture has way too many darn characters in it. Therefore, I'm only gonna address the bare bone essential cast for my audience. Saw Gerrera basically raised Jyn Erso after her parents were either killed or held hostage against her father's will to finish the working specs on the Death Star. Jyn needed to be taken to her uncle Saw's hideout on another planet in order to watch a hologram projection of Galen telling his daughter that he was still alive, loved her, & that he had sabotaged the Death Star to self destruction in sequence if a person was told to hit a vulnerable reactor. There's only 1 major problem: The blueprints to this Death Star fundamental flaw are housed in a repository center on a heavily fortified imperial base called Scariff. To make matters worse, even if the rebel alliance manages to steal the final code named 'Star Dust' [Galen's pet nickname for his precious girl]; you still have to lower an enemy forcefield just to transmit this large file to spaceship rebel commanders in the sky so they knew exactly where to fire their ammunition to make the Death Star explode into smithereens. There's a gut wrenching scene where the Director finds out that Galen has sent a message out to the Alliance regarding an achilles heel in 1 of the Death Star's reactors. Anyway, Jyn's daddy gets severely injured courtesy of an explosion on the Planet Eadu, where all the Empire's devious schemes & nefarious plans are kept. Jyn gets temporarily reunited with her old man only to watch him die right in front of her. Shortly thereafter, the Death Star shoots a green ray that obliterates 2 planets they were on. Gyn, Captain Andor, & K-2So escape 1 man made calamity only to perish on Eadu in the end. Jyn gets to posthumously honor her father by making sure the Director who killed her daddy crocks on the same base with her like the Atomic Bomb being unveiled for the very 1st time. I need to take a stroll down my childhood memory lane now. Specifically Darth Vader, the best fictional villain ever created on the silver screen. "Rogue One" essentially ends or spills over into where the original 1977 'Star Wars: A New Hope" begins. Actor James Earl Jones does the iconic voice. As a kid, I was both terrified & mesmerized by seeing this dark chocolate menace in a cape wielding his light saber like a serial killer who gets excited at the chaos & anarchy he is causing like a cat toying with a wounded mouse before they finish it off. Vader was the embodiment of sinister evil. He moved with purpose, calculated rage, & he will assassinate whomever he has to in order to prevent the rebels from getting the Death Star plans to Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi & his son Luke Skywalker who will weaken Emperor Palatine's stronghold on the galaxy at large. I loved the Darth Vader sequence when he boards Princess Leah's ship in Rogue One. An alarm goes off, you hear a large vault door made of steel creaking, the lights go out or dim; & then you hear it again--That signature scuba gear breathing apparatus...Jesus, I got chills like I was a small boy again & then out of the darkness you see his blood red saber appear out of nowhere. Vader starts swinging his Jedi sword like a lumberjack possessed to cut down every tree in the forest. He raises his other gloved hand & rebel guards are flung about the corridor like ants about to be crushed. Guns fly toward Vader like Han Solo at Cloud City with Lando Calrissian watching powerless at Cloud City. Vader raises his free gloved hand again & he starts choking the throats of defiant rebels who are annoying him now. Time to cut thru doors & people & find the Princess & the Death Star plans for his master the Emperor. It's too late Vader, a young Carrie Fisher decked out with cinnamon bun hair has just given the plans to R2D2 for safekeeping. An escape pod is laughed on it's way to Tatooine & we know the rest of the story. I really enjoyed seeing young Vader again before George Lucas neutered him in 'Revenge Of The Sith." I will never forgive George for that ever. Vader is imposing, strong, ruthless, & sadistic in Rogue One just as he was meant to be. Truly nefarious villains make the heroes struggles worthwhile & give the audience a legitimate sense of fright & peril. They keep us invested in the outcome & attached to the eternal confrontation of good vs evil like rounds in a boxing match or quarters in a SB that means the difference between preserving a way of life or watching it decline & collapse in 1 foul swoop of a light saber or presence in The Force. I always get a kick out plaster fire that is deflected by Darth Vader. It just looks so cool when the final post production editing is done. There's a pretty rad Jedi guardian named Chirrup Îmwe [Donnie Yen]. He's blind & but he's lethal with a wooden walking stick. He reminds of David Carradine from the marital arts TV show 'Kung Fu.' There's just something fascinating about a blind dude neutralizing storm troopers with 20/20 vision. This guy is no helpless creature or delicate flower at all. He just keeps repeating the following motto: "I'm one with The Force & the Force is with me." Translation: No one is ever truly abandoned & alone. I liked this film more the 2nd time I watched it. Some fans might find it too somber for their liking since our female heroine Jyn Erso [played by actress Felicity Jones] dies in the end. I liked it as a finished film because standing your ground in the face of imperial opposition means casualties will grow, but as long as you remain steadfast in your beliefs, goodness will eventually prevail. Lets roll with a B+ just on Vader & the bond between a father & a daughter that never ever fades. Thunder, a band started in the UK, is 1 of my favorite bands across the pond. This song 'Right From The Start' seemed fitting given the connection Galen & Jyn never lost with one another.
          Darling faces Budget date with destiny   
Column published in the Newcastle Journal on 16 February 2008.

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Early on in the lifetime of the Labour government – in the days when it could make such boasts without inviting ridicule – Gordon Brown once referred to himself as “the Guardian of the People’s Money.”

Indeed, such was the rigour with which Mr Brown managed the public finances in his “Iron Chancellor” phase, that there was a time when such a lofty claim could be taken semi-seriously.

A decade on, however, the administration he now heads cannot even ensure that £2.8m worth of the People’s Money ends up going to the right Newcastle.

Was this simply an administrative cock-up of the kind that happens to all governments from time to time? Or is it emblematic of a wider malaise at the heart of this particular one?

Either way, the past week has seen the mounting discontent about the performance of the Brown administration converging around his successor at the Treasury, Alistair Darling.

Every so often, a negative buzz goes round a particular politician. At the moment, it’s happening to the Chancellor.

On the face of it, the reasons for this are not hard to fathom – his handling of the Northern Rock crisis coupled with the double U-turn over the taxing of “non-doms” and the reforms to capital gains tax.

But allied to this is a growing feeling at Westminster that the Brown-Darling partnership is not doing the business for Labour, and that one or other of them will, at some stage, have to make way.

We’ll leave Northern Rock to one side for now. Suffice to say that while Mr Darling’s initial handling of last autumn’s run on the bank was praised, the continuing uncertainty over its future has not shown him in his best light.

I’ll be generous to Mr Darling and say that, thus far, the Rock crisis represents a no-score draw for the government. It could yet go either way.

The decisions to backtrack on two of the key elements of his October pre-Budget report in response to pressure from the business world are, however, less easy to gloss over.

Over the past fortnight, Mr Darling has caved in to demands to water-down his plans to standardise capital gains tax at 18pc, and also to close tax loopholes for wealthy “non-domiciled” businessmen whose earnings are held offshore.

The moves are all the more embarrassing because when Mr Darling first unveiled his pre-Budget report last October it was widely criticised as having been put together on the hoof.

It came days after the Tories had rocked the government with the announcement of their plan to slash inheritance tax for all estates over £1m.

The proposed introduction of a flat rate annual tax levied on all 650,000 “non-doms,” which had also been advocated by the Tories, was conceived as a means of paying for the tax cut.

But if such wholesale purloining of the opposition’s ideas seemed politically inept at the time, the fact that Mr Darling has now had to think again makes it look doubly so.

Indeed, as things stand, the Tories will be going into the next election pledged to tax “non-doms” at five times the rate now proposed by Labour – although there has to be a question mark over whether their plans are any more workable than Mr Darling’s.

Once again, it poses the question whether voters of a leftish inclination are now better off supporting a right-wing party that leans to the left over a centrist one that leans increasingly to the right - but that is a question for another day.

What this week’s moves by Mr Darling really demonstrate is a catastrophic loss of confidence by the government in their own values of social justice and fairness.

As one left-leaning commentator put it: “The entire Cabinet should have been barnstorming through the studios denouncing the sheer naked greed of the rich, rallying support for fair taxes paid fairly by all.”

Set against that backdrop, it is not surprising that even though Parliament has been in recess this week, a whispering campaign has begun against the Chancellor.

It was kicked off by an unnamed Labour MP who was quoted in a Sunday newspaper as saying that the Schools Secretary, Ed Balls, would do a better job at the Treasury.

Actually, there are some MPs who think this anonymous colleague was in fact Mr Balls himself, but I can’t believe he would be that daft.

Neither, frankly, can I believe there are many Labour MPs who see him as the answer, given that he suffers from the same unfortunate tendency to spout economic facts at us that afflicts the Prime Minister.

What Mr Brown really needs at the Treasury is someone who complements his style rather than duplicates it.

Charles Clarke could have been a contender – but he has this week ruled himself out of any future reshuffle equations with yet another intemperate attack on Mr Brown that just gives the Tories more ammunition.

It seems clear to me that had Mr Brown appointed Jack Straw or David Miliband to the Chancellorship last June, his government would now look stronger.

But to make those changes now would not only seem like a panic measure, it would be an admission that the Prime Minister got the most crucial appointment of his premiership wrong.

In any case, there comes a point in the lifetime of any government where reshuffles become no more than a meaningless game of musical chairs, and, for New Labour, this point has probably long since passed.

The challenge for Mr Darling now is less to keep his job than to get through to Budget Day on March 12 without having to dismantle any more of his pre-Budget proposals.

Next in the business lobby’s firing line is the proposed 2p increase in petrol duty – something for which there is a clear environmental as well as an economic case.

Whether ministers are now prepared to make that case will show if this bruised and battered administration retains any shred of self-belief.

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          re: Critical Vaccine Studies: 400 Important Scientific Papers Parents and Pediatricians Need To Be Aware Of   

It's nice to have ammunition for a talk with a doctor. But it's the law that is causing the vaccinations. This needs to be taken through the US congress as a bill that bans mandatory vaccinations. It would be even better if the governments additionally educated their peoples as to the life robbing effects of vaccines.

So we need exactly the opposite to the trends that have been sweeping the world and raising the numbers of vaccinations. And it needs to be law. This is not a simple solution. It takes minutes to replace truth with a lie, and it takes years to reverse a lie that has been sold, but it needs to be done.

Meanwhile, work with your doctors and educate them to the point they will feel guilty every time they inoculate a baby. Don't let them inoculate yours though.


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          Wikipedia Entries - Cathédrale Notre-Dame-et-Saint-Vaast - Arras, France   







Until the Revolution, the city of Arras had a very large cathedral, Notre-Dame-en-Cité, begun in the eleventh century.


When it was transformed into a store for ammunition and fodder in 1793, it was sold out, and it was very dilapidated when the notables of the city asked for subsidies to Napoleon I, passing through Arras, to restore it. The Emperor refused on the pretext that Arras already had Saint-Vaast ...


The reconstruction of the very old Saint-Vaast abbey, in the classical style, began around the middle of the 18th century, with the intervention of the great Parisian architect Contant d'Ivry. At the Revolution, the abbey church was not finished. No matter, everything becomes national.


With the Concordat of 1803, Arras became a bishopric and the new bishop, Bishop de la Tour d'Auvergne, was awarded by the Emperor as a cathedral the beautiful abbey church still under construction.


The bishop struggled to advance the work, taking advantage of the arrival of Charles X. Finally, in 1833, the edifice is completed with its interior decoration. The plan included a bell tower of 78 m. It will never be built. Bishop de la Tour d'Auvergne was very proud of his monument, a "modern production, but rich in the elegance, grace and harmony of ancient Greece (...)".


The First World War will massacre the monument. The German bombardment began in October 1914. At the end of the war, there remained almost nothing but the building. The cathedral was rebuilt identically in the 1920s and reopened in 1934. According to the witnesses, it has lost nothing of its original splendor.



Sources : La Cathédrale



















Jusqu'à la Révolution la ville d'Arras possédait une très vaste cathédrale, Notre-Dame-en-Cité, commencée au XIe siècle.


Transformée en magasin à munitions et à fourrage en 1793, puis vendue, elle était bien délabrée quand les notables de la ville demandèrent des subsides à Napoléon Ier, de passage à Arras, pour la restaurer. L'empereur refusa en prétextant qu'Arras avait déjà Saint-Vaast...


La reconstruction de la très ancienne abbaye Saint-Vaast, en style classique, commença vers le milieu du XVIIIe siècle, avec l'intervention du grand architecte parisien Contant d'Ivry. A la Révolution, l'église abbatiale n'est pas terminée. Qu'importe, tout devient bien national.


Avec le Concordat de 1803, Arras devient évêché et le nouvel évêque, Mgr de la Tour d'Auvergne, se fait attribuer par l'Empereur, comme cathédrale, la belle abbatiale toujours en construction.


L'évêque se démène pour faire avancer les travaux, profitant de la venue de Charles X. Enfin, en 1833, l'édifice est achevé avec sa décoration intérieure. Le plan prévoyait un clocher de 78 m. Il ne sera jamais construit. Mgr de la Tour d'Auvergne était très fier de son monument, une «production toute moderne, mais riche de l'élégance, de la grâce et de l'harmonie de la Grèce antique (...)».


La première guerre mondiale va massacrer le monument. Les bombardements allemands commencent dès octobre 1914. A la fin de guerre, il ne reste quasiment que le bâti. La cathédrale est reconstruite à l'identique dans les années 20 et rouverte en 1934. Aux dires des témoins, elle n'a rien perdu de sa splendeur initiale.



Sources : La Cathédrale





          In Rural Australia "Sensible Gun Laws" not so "Sensible"   

Rural Australia from Wh'od a Thought it Lookout in Quirindi.

Shortly after I started traveling into rural Australia, I found people willing to talk to me about firearms. When they learned I write about firearms, they were happy to have a conversation.

In the morning of July first, the day after I arrived in Australia, I packed up and pulled my wheeled luggage to the Central railway station in Sydney.  The staff at the station were very helpful. They printed out a ticket I had purchased over the Internet.  I boarded the train a half hour before departure. We left at 09:29

My seat mate happened to be traveling to Quirindi as well. It is a minor stop on the line, a bit over 200 miles from Sidney. We were of the same generation, and shared each other's stories.  I told her I wrote about guns. She told me her father had taken her to the range and taught her to shoot pistols. She had shot revolvers and later, a semi-auto.

That was before the Port Arthur massacre on April 28, of 1996. The Port Arthur massacre was the spark used to pass the extremely restrictive Australian gun laws. The resolution to override state gun laws was agreed to a few days later, on May 10th.  The details of the plan had been created far earlier. There was intense pressure from the media and Prime Minister John Howard to pass "sensible gun law". No real opposition was heard on the media. John Howard hated guns with a passion.

Australia went from a country with middle of the road gun laws, varying considerably from state to state, to one with extremely restrictive gun laws, almost overnight. Uniform national requirements for registration, waiting periods, treating airguns and replicas the same as real guns, were put in place in record time. No one is allowed to legally own a gun without stating a necessary purpose. Self defense is *not* considered a necessary purpose. Hundreds of thousands of guns were turned in to the government, paid for, and destroyed. No gun is allowed the be legally kept, except locked up and unloaded, with ammunition in a separate place, also locked up. These were touted as "sensible gun laws".

My seat mate thought it a shame her children and grandchildren could not experience the same  things she had experienced growing up. The current generation is being taught to fear guns. She did not have hope for change in a positive direction.

The country side we traveled through was beautiful.  It reminded me of the Shire from the Lord of the Rings movies. I saw horses and cattle and crops, and a kangaroo in a field. An hour later, I saw a dozen or more kangaroos in a field on the other side.  There were park-like forests, a couple of working mines, and a lovely long lake.

We arrived in Quirindi on time at 14:37.  My friend, Curtis Eykamp, was there to greet me. We had met in Yuma while he was doing experimental agricultural work.

Curtis took me to the farm that his father, Roy, had built up. Roy is 99 years old, clear headed, and tells fascinating stories of shooting and hunting. Curtis' son manages the farm.

Curtis' brother, Don, drove into the farm yard shortly after we arrived. I was introduced. Don had been told I wrote about guns. He began talking about the problems of "sensible gun laws". He asked that if I wrote about his case, that I explain to readers the result of "sensible gun laws" had been anything but sensible.

He has been at risk in a firearms case concerning "safe storage", for more than two years. The case did not receive much publicity. More than 50 firearms were seized, most of them high dollar collectible Winchesters. The vast majority were super grade pre-64 model 70 rifles, with some original Colt cap and ball revolvers. The antique black powder revolvers are pricey, but are not required to be registered in Australia.

Most of the guns were in  two safes, but the doors were open. A third safe was locked. Donald said he had opened the safes that morning to take out a few rifles with the intent of zeroing them for hunting, changing scopes, and adjusting the sights.

It was the end of irrigation season. After weeks of hard work, he could take some time off. He took five minutes to go down to the pivot pump and shut it off. When he returned, the police were in the yard.

The case started about 8:30 in the morning of March 14, 2015 (fall in Australia). The case is ongoing. A district court ruled the guns should not be destroyed, but should be transferred to a dealer, and the proceeds returned to Donald.

He may not possess firearms, because his license was immediately canceled.  Donald Eykamp has paid 18,000 dollars in civil fines.  There are no criminal charges before the court.

The police appealed the ruling, claiming that more than a hundred and fifty thousand dollars of highly collectible firearms and high dollar scopes should be destroyed, along with the Colt cap and ball revolvers.

I will be talking to Don in the days ahead to get more details of the case and where it is in the legal system.

We ate supper and listened to tales from 99-year-old Roy when he hunted wolves from an airplane in Canada in 1954. We retired for the night.

The morning dawned crisp and clear.  Roy and I were in the living room.  I looked out the window, and an Eastern Gray Kangaroo hopped by about 70 yards past the window. Roy's 99-year-old eyes are better than mine, but Roy was not looking out the window. Roy said he had not seen a kangaroo in the yard of the farm the entire 50 years he had been there.

Kangaroo tracks to the right of the hat

No one else had seen the kangaroo.  It was visible for a few seconds.  Minutes later, I checked for tracks.  I found them on a dirt driveway.

The political problems of firearms and regulation in rural Australia are similar to those in New York. Large metropolitan areas have most of the votes, and few firearm owners.  Rural areas have firearms, but not many votes. Australia has no Second Amendment.

Leaving a safe open for a few minutes while you travel to shut off a pump, on your own land, and return, is not much risk on an isolated farm where the only occupant is a prosperous, 72-year-old bachelor farmer.

But "sensible gun laws" are not applied "sensibly". Crime is virtually never committed with high dollar, high grade pre-64 Winchester rifles topped with the finest European scopes. Original Colt cap and ball revolvers are not much of a problem when gangs are manufacturing submachine guns for their own use.

In Australia, even guns that are antiques, and not required to be registered, are required to be locked up. John Howard said it was "only sensible".  Donald Eykamp has the means to fight the case in court. Not many do.

Rural Australians are paying the price of  former Prime Minister John Howard's phobia.

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          Arrival of a Gun Blogger in Australia   


Australia has very strict gun laws. Some would say they are more restrictive than most of the rest of the world. For example, toy guns that look like a real gun have the same penalties attached, and the same restrictions applied, as real guns.  A Red Ryder BB gun is regulated the same as a .375 H&H magnum rifle.
At least one state considers possession of computer code that can be used to print out a plastic replica of a gun, to be the same as possessing a real gun itself.  No, I do not mean an actual 3D printed firearm. I mean the instructions to print out a solid plastic toy that looks like a real gun.

After you have gone through all the bureaucratic hoops to obtain a firearm, then you have to wait another month to take possession of it. If you purchase another firearm later, you then have to wait another month to take possession of that gun.

I looked at the possibility of taking a rifle or shotgun to Australia. The hunting in Australia is some of the best in the world. The bureaucratic obstacles were too burdensome. You need a letter from your local police chief saying that you are allowed to have a gun.  The letter had to be sent to the Australian authorities weeks before your trip, and you have to identify the time you would be there.

Then, the authority to have your firearm will only extend to the state where you enter Australia. Each different state would have to be dealt with separately, as you moved from state to state.  As I intend to visit most Australian states, this became untenable.

Prior to traveling, I carefully searched the inside of my luggage for stray ammunition or components . I found an empty 9mm case. It would probably not have been a problem.

Having become accustomed to the relative ease with which firearms can be transported in most of the United States, the difficulty of traveling with firearms to Australia was vexing.  I avoided it by not taking any firearms with me. Others avoid it by paying a professional hunting outfit to handle the local legal difficulties for them.

The arrival at Sydney, after a 14 hour flight from Los Angeles, was uneventful.  As I went through customs, the officer asked me what business I would be conducting in Australia. I said that I was a writer. He asked what I wrote about.  I said guns.

I mentioned the upcoming amnesty. 

He said "You don't have any guns in your luggage, do you?" I said, no, I had written about Australian gun laws, and they are very strict.

He waved me through. No one opened my luggage or checked my carry-on. Those had been checked when I got on the plane.

I exchanged currency at the ANZ bank at the airport. It is located near the exit after you go through customs. I have been told they offer the best exchange rates in the country. The staff was pleasant and helpful. As I talked to the manager, I mentioned that I understood it was illegal to carry a pocket knife. She said that yes, she used to carry a small knife all the time, but she does not do so anymore.

Such are the ways in which liberty dies, a little at a time.

After I found my hotel, and checked in, I spent some time walking about the city.  It is clean and busy. It seemed odd to be unarmed, and to realize that carrying even a pocket knife is a serious crime.

Tomorrow I will be taking the train to rural Australia.

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          Update from Syria: Syrian Army recaptures all territory - 07/01/2017   
Rebel Israeli-backed offensive ultimately fails as Syrian Army recaptures all territory


2 June, 2017


By Izat Charkatli - 02/07/20170

DAMASCUS, SYRIA (6:18 AM) – Backed by the local National Defense Forces (NDF), the Syrian Army managed to recapture the quarries area west of Ba’ath City in Quneitra province captured earlier by the jihadist Hay’at Tahrir al-Sham during their five-day offensive on the government stronghold.

Though supported by several Israeli airstrikes in Syria’s southern province, the jihadist forces of the Jaish Muhammad operation room have been pushed back from all territories they advanced into around Ba’ath City. At least 5 militants were confirmed killed as a result of the counterattack that had the government forces recapture the quarries while the bodies of 6 Syrian soldiers killed in the clashes 4 days ago were retrieved.

Meanwhile, the Israeli Air Force launched its fourth airstrike against the SAA earlier today when it targeted a Syrian Army artillery position in the 5th Regiment Base located in the nearby Nabe’ Al-Fowar area destroying a field gun and inflicting no casualties.

It is significant to note that rebel media outlets have admitted the failure of the Quneitra offensive blaming the shortcoming on the lack of effective coordination between the factions participating in the operation.



5th Israeli attack on Syria in 8 days


Israel has yet again fired on a contingent of the Syrian Arab Army in Al-Quneitra, a region of the Golan Heights. This is the fifth such illegal attack to take place in the Golan Heights in the last 8 days.

Israel which has illegally occupied part of the Golan Heights since 1967 is becoming increasingly brazen in its attacks on Syrian forces who have been engaged in fierce battles with al-Qaeda terrorists on the Syrian side of the line of occupation.

Each of these attacks represent a violation of Syria’s legal sovereignty and in practical terms they serve to aid al-Qaeda in its fledgling struggle against the Syrian Arab Army in the south west of the country.


A diplomatic source said that Russia gathered incontestable evidence proving the use of foreign weapons and ammunition by terrorist groups in Syria.


SYRIAN WAR REPORT – JUNE 30, 2017: GOVERNMENT ADVANCE AGAINST ISIS



South Front

Syrian government forces, backed up by the Russian Aerospace Forces, have fully secured the important village of Humaima following about a week of clashes with ISIS terrorists in the border area with Iraq. The Syrian Arab Army (SAA) and its allies continued advancing in the direction of the T2 pumping station in southern Deir Ezzor.

Meanwhile, some pro-government media spread rumors that US-led coalition troops may leave their garrisons in At Tanf and al-Zquf. However, this seems unlikely in the nearest future because the garrisons in the area allow the coalition to control a chunk of the Syrian borders with Jordan and Iraq.

The SAA Tiger Forces, Liwa al-Quds and the National Defense Forces made gains against ISIS east of the Ithriyah-Khanasir road. Government troops have liberated the villages of Al-Shreima, Jadidah and Rasm Askar as well as several strategic hills east of Khansir.

Separately, the Tiger Forces have retaken Bir Abu Al’Allaj and entered the Habbari field area where clashes are now ongoing. ISIS has conducted an attack against the SAA east of Resafa but failed to break the SAA defense.

In eastern Damascus, the SAA advanced in the Ayn Tarma area and took few buildings near Al-Sanabel gas station. The SAA also reached the Ayn Tarma Roundabout and imposed a fire control over it.

Faylaq al-Rahman claimed that it managed to destroy a bulldozer of the SAA with an ATGM in Ayn Tarma. It also claimed to destroy a SAA tank in Jobar district.

The US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have captured the villages of Kasrat Affan and Mustajd Naqib in the southern Raqqah countryside.

An ISIS VBIED targeted a gathering of SDF troops in Al-Mashlabi district. Another VBIED targeted the SDF in Al-Sabahia village west of Raqqa. No confirmed reports about casualties in the SDF ranks are available online.

Summing up the recent events, ISIS is collapsing on multiple frontlines in Syria under the pressure of the SAA and the SDF. At the same time, the so-called moderate opposition backed up by the US and its regional allies are focused on attempts to make some progress against government forces in southern Syria.




          Make up your mind on trump's accusations of a "chemical weapons attack" in Syria   

Trump’s Sarin Claims Built on ‘Lie’



Here is some Sunday reading.

I am reposting the discussion from yesterday between Don DeBar and mark Sleboda on CPR News on the Trumps’ accusations of a chemical weapons attack.

While the Americans backed down almost immediately it acts as an open invitation for al-Qaeda or other terrrorist entity to carry out a false flag attack.


Mark Sleboda recommended four sources so that people can make up their own minds.







United States Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley has pre-warned Assad, about a pre-planned chemical attack that he is putting together, which pre-blames Assad, Iran and Russia.


Any further attacks done to the people of Syria will be blamed on Assad, but also on Russia & Iran who support him killing his own people.

U.S. says its warning appears to have averted Syrian chemical attack


U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Wednesday that the Syrian government of President Bashar al-Assad appeared so far to have heeded a warning this week from Washington not to carry out a chemical weapons attack.


Seymour Hersh's explosive piece was turned down by the London Review of Books as well as as by US media so was published in the German newspaper, die Welt - an indication of a McCarthyite policy of repressing anything that goes aganst the official neo-con narrative.



Trump‘s Red Line





President Donald Trump ignored important intelligence reports when he decided to attack Syria after he saw pictures of dying children. Seymour M. Hersh investigated the case of the alleged Sarin gas attack.

Will Get Fooled Again – Seymour Hersh, Welt, and the Khan Sheikhoun Chemical Attack

25 June, 2017

On June 25th 2017 the German newspaper, Welt, published the latest piece by Seymour Hersh, countering the “mainstream” narrative around the April 4th 2017 Khan Sheikhoun chemical attack in Syria. The attack, where Sarin was allegedly used against the local population, dropped in a bomb by the Syrian Air Force, resulted in President Trump taking the decision to launch cruise missiles at a Syrian airbase.

As with his other recent articles, Hersh presented another version of events, claiming the established narrative was wrong. And, as with those other recent articles, Hersh based his case on a tiny number of anonymous sources, presented no other evidence to support his case, and ignored or dismissed evidence that countered the alternative narrative he was trying to build.
This isn’t the first chemical attack in Syria which Hersh has presented a counter-narrative for, based on a handful of anonymous sources. In his lengthy articles for the London Review of Books, “Whose sarin?” and “The Red Line and the Rat Line”, Hersh made the case that the August 21st 2013 Sarin attack in Damascus was in fact a false flag attack intended to draw the US into the conflict with Syria. This claim fell apart under real scrutiny, and relied heavily on ignoring much of the evidence around the attacks, an ignorance of the complexities of producing and transporting Sarin, and a lack of understanding about facts firmly established about the attacks.
With Hersh’s latest article, this pattern of behaviour is repeated. The vast majority of the article appears to be based on an anonymous source, described as “a senior adviser to the American intelligence community, who has served in senior positions in the Defense Department and Central Intelligence Agency”. As with his earlier articles, details of the attack as described by his source flies in the face of all other evidence presented by a range of other sources.
So what scenario does Hersh’s source describe, and how does this contradict other claims? Hersh claims that “Syrians had targeted a jihadist meeting site on April 4 using a Russian-supplied guided bomb equipped with conventional explosives”, and this attack resulted in the release of chemicals, including chlorine, but not Sarin, that produced the mass casualty event seen on April 4th. Hersh’s source is able to provide a great deal of information about the target, claiming intel on the location was shared with the Americans ahead of the attack.
Hersh’s source describes the building as a “two-story cinder-block building in the northern part of town”, with a basement containing “rockets, weapons and ammunition, as well as products that could be distributed for free to the community, among them medicines and chlorine-based decontaminants for cleansing the bodies of the dead before burial”. According to Hersh’s source, the floor above was “an established meeting place” and “a long-time facility that would have had security, weapons, communications, files and a map center.”
The source goes on to claim that Russia had been watching the location carefully, establishing its use as a Jihadi meeting place, and watching the location with a “drone for days”, confirming its use and the activity around the building. According to the source the target was then hit at 6:55am on April 4th, and a Bomb Damage Assessment by the US military determined that a Syrian 500lb bomb “triggered  a series of secondary explosions that could have generated a huge toxic cloud that began to spread over the town, formed by the release of the fertilizers, disinfectants and other goods stored in the basement, its effect magnified by the dense morning air, which trapped the fumes close to the ground.”
At this point it’s worth taking a look at the claims the Syrian and Russian governments made in response to accusations that Syria had dropped Sarin on Khan Sheikhoun. Walid Muallem, Syria’s Foreign Minister, stated in a press conference two days after the attack that the first air raid was conducted at 11:30am local time, attacking “an arms depot belonging to al-Nusra Front chemical weapons”. It was noted by observers at the time the time of the claimed attack was hours after the first reports of casualties came in, and both contradicts the 6:55am stated by Hersh’s source, and the slightly earlier time provided by the Pentagon, approximately between 6:37am and 6:46am local time. Not only that, but the Syrian Foreign Minister also described the target as a chemical weapons arm depot, not a meeting place that stored other items in the basement.
Russia also published their own claims about the attack. Sputnik reported the following:
According to Konashenkov, on Tuesday “from 11.30 to 12.30, local time, [8.30 to 9.30 GMT] Syrian aircraft conducted an airstrike in the eastern outskirts of Khan Shaykhun on a large warehouse of ammunition of terrorists and the mass of military equipment”.
Konashenkov said that from this warehouse, chemical weapons’ ammunition was delivered to Iraq by militants.
Konashenkov added that there were workshops for manufacturing bombs, stuffed with poisonous substances, on the territory of this warehouse. He noted that these munitions with toxic substances were also used by militants in Syria’s Aleppo.”
These claims are consistent with the claims of their Syrian ally, but not the claims made by Hersh and his source. In the face of allegations of chemical weapon use neither Russia nor Syria mention targeting “a jihadist meeting site”, and described the location as a “large warehouse” on the “eastern outskirts of Khan Shaykhun”, not a “two-story cinder-block building in the northern part of town” with “security, weapons, communications, files and a map center.” In fact, the only thing Hersh’s account and the Russian and Syria account agrees on is it was a Syrian aircraft which conducted the attack.
In addition to this, neither Syria nor Russia presented any evidence to support their claim. If, as Hersh claims, Russia had been observing the site with a “drone for days” then they would not only have the precise location of the site, but footage of the site. However, both Syria and Russia have failed to make any imagery of the site public, nor have they provided any specific details about the location of the site. If they had, it would be possible to easily check if the location had been bombed on Terraserver, which has satellite imagery of Khan Sheikhoun before and after the date of attack. In common with Russia and Syria, Hersh’s source seems unable to provide the exact location of the attack, despite his apparent in depth knowledge of the attack.
Ignoring the fact that the version of events presented by Hersh runs counter to narratives produced by all sides, the claims around the chemical exposure are also worth examining. Hersh refers to “a Bomb Damage Assessment (BDA) by the U.S. military” of the strike, which he provides no source for, which supposedly states “a series of secondary explosions that could have generated a huge toxic cloud that began to spread over the town, formed by the release of the fertilizers, disinfectants and other goods stored in the basement”. He describes the symptoms seen in victims as “consistent with the release of a mixture of chemicals, including chlorine and the organophosphates used in many fertilizers, which can cause neurotoxic effects similar to those of sarin.” Here it is worth pointing out that organophosphates are used as pesticides, not fertilizers, and it’s unclear if this error is from Hersh himself or his anonymous source. This is not the only factual error in the report, with Hersh stating an SU-24 was used in the attack, not an SU-22 as claimed by every other source, including the US government.
Despite Hersh’s apparent belief Sarin was not used in the attack, other sources disagree, not least the OPCW, tasked to investigate the attack. On April 19th 2017 the OPCW published a statement by Director-General, Ambassador Ahmet Üzümcü describing the results of the analysis of samples taken from victims of the attack, both living and dead, stating:
The results of these analyses from four OPCW designated laboratories indicate exposure to Sarin or a Sarin-like substance. While further details of the laboratory analyses will follow, the analytical results already obtained are incontrovertible.”
later report from the OPCW, dated May 19th, provided further analysis of samples from the site, including dead animals recovered from the site, and environmental samples. Signs of Sarin or Sarin-like substances were detected in many samples, as well as Sarin degradation products, and at least two samples which state Sarin itself was detected.
These results are also consistent with intelligence published by the French government, which describes the following:
The analyses carried out by French experts on the environmental samples collected at one of the impact points of the chemical attack at Khan Sheikhoun on 4 April 2017 reveal the presence of sarin, of a specific secondary product (diisopropyl methylphosphonate – DIMP) formed during synthesis of sarin from isopropanol and DF (methylphosphonyl difluoride), and hexamine. Analysis of biomedical samples also shows that a victim of the Khan Sheikhoun attack, a sample of whose blood was taken in Syria on the very day of the attack, was exposed to sarin.”
Based on this and other reports, multiple sources state Sarin was used in the attack, despite Hersh’s narrative of an accidental chemical release. The fact Hersh does not refer to any of these reports seems to, at best, overlook key information about the nature of the attack, and at worst, purposely ignores information that contradicts the narrative he’s attempting to build.
Going back to the attack site, this ignoring or ignorance of contradictory information is also apparent. Open source material from the day of the attack, as well as satellite imagery analysis by various sources (including this excellent piece by the New York Times) consistently point to the same impact sites, one of which is the specific crater claimed to be the source of Sarin released on the day of the attack. None of these point to the structure described by Hersh, nor is there any evidence of a site as described by Hersh being attacked. Journalists visited the town soon after the attack, and made no mention of the site as described by Hersh.
One might argue that all the individuals and groups on the ground, all the doctors treating the victims, and every single person spoken to by the journalists visiting the site failed to mention the site described by Hersh, but there’s a very simple way to clear up this matter. Anyone can access satellite imagery of the town before and after the date of the attack thanks to the imagery available on Terraserver, all Hersh’s source has to do is provide the coordinates of the building attacked and anyone with an internet connection will be able to look at that exact location, and see the destroyed building. A simple way for both Hersh and Welt to preserve their reputations.


Scott Ritter who was demonised in the lead-up to the 2003 invasion of Iraq for saying that were no weapons of mass destruciton knows weapons of mass destruction like no other person on the planet – certainly better than Bellingcat!

Ex-Weapons Inspector: Trump’s Sarin Claims Built on ‘Lie’

Scott Ritter takes on White House Syria attack claims.

By SCOTT RITTER
Sarin gas victim in Syria, as reported in April 2017. | Ninian Reid / Flickr


29 June, 2017


On the night of June 26, the White House Press Secretary released a statement, via Twitter, that, “the United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons attack by the Assad regime that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians, including innocent children.”  The tweet went on to declare that, “the activities are similar to preparations the regime made before its April 4 chemical weapons attack,” before warning that if “Mr. Assad conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price.”

A Pentagon spokesman backed up the White House tweet, stating that U.S. intelligence had observed “activity” at a Syrian air base that indicated “active preparation for chemical weapons use” was underway.  The air base in question, Shayrat, had been implicated by the United States as the origin of aircraft and munitions used in an alleged chemical weapons attack on the village of Khan Sheikhun on April 4.  The observed activity was at an aircraft hangar that had been struck by cruise missiles fired by U.S. Navy destroyers during a retaliatory strike on April 6.

The White House statement comes on the heels of the publication of an article by Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh in a German publication, Die Welt, which questions, among many things, the validity of the intelligence underpinning the allegations leveled at Syria regarding the events of April 4 in and around Khan Sheikhun. (In the interests of full disclosure, I had assisted Mr. Hersh in fact-checking certain aspects of his article; I was not a source of any information used in his piece.)  Not surprisingly, Mr. Hersh’s article has come under attack from many circles, the most vociferous of these being a UK-based citizen activist named Eliot Higgins who, through his Bellingcat blog, has been widely cited by media outlets in the U.S. and UK as a source of information implicating the Syrian government in that alleged April chemical attack on Khan Sheikhun.

Neither Hersh nor Higgins possesses definitive proof to bolster their respective positions; the latter draws upon assertions made by supposed eyewitnesses backed up with forensic testing of materials alleged to be sourced to the scene of the attack that indicate the presence of Sarin, a deadly nerve agent, while the former relies upon anonymous sources within the U.S. military and intelligence establishments who provide a counter narrative to the official U.S. government position. What is clear, however, is that both cannot be right—either the Syrian government conducted a chemical weapons attack on Khan Sheikhun, or it didn’t.  There is no middle ground.

The search for truth is as old as civilization. Philosophers throughout the ages have struggled with the difficulties of rationalizing the beginning of existence, and the relationships between the one and the many. Aristotle approached this challenge through what he called the development of potentiality to actuality, which examined truth in terms of the causes that act on things. This approach is as relevant today as it was two millennia prior, and its application to the problem of ascertaining fact from fiction regarding Khan Sheikhun goes far in helping unpack the White House statements regarding Syrian chemical preparations and the Hersh-Higgins debate.

According to Aristotle, there were four causes that needed to be examined in the search for truth — material, efficient, formal and final. The material causerepresents the element out of which an object is created. In terms of the present discussion, one could speak of the material cause in terms of the actual chemical weapon alleged to have been used at Khan Sheikhun. The odd thing about both the Khan Sheikhun attack and the current White House statements, however, is that no one has produced any physical evidence of there actually having been a chemical weapon, let alone what kind of weapon was allegedly employed. Like a prosecutor trying a murder case without producing the actual murder weapon, Syria’s accusers have assembled a case that is purely circumstantial — plenty of dead and dying victims, but nothing that links these victims to an actual physical object.   

Human Rights Watch (HRW), drawing upon analysis of images brought to them by the volunteer rescue organization White Helmets, of fragments allegedly recovered from the scene of the attack, has claimed that the material cause of the Khan Sheikhun event is a Soviet-made KhAB-250 chemical bomb, purpose-built to deliver Sarin nerve agent. There are several issues with the HRW assessment. First and foremost, there is no independent verification that the objects in question are what HRW claims, or that they were even physically present at Khan Sheikhun, let alone deposited there as a result of an air attack by the Syrian government.  Moreover, the KhAB-250 bomb was never exported by either the Soviet or Russian governments, thereby making the provenance of any such ordinance in the Syrian inventory highly suspect.

Sarin is a non-persistent chemical agent whose military function is to inflict casualties through direct exposure. Any ordnance intended to deliver Sarin would, like the KhAB-250, be designed to disseminate the agent in aerosol form, fine droplets that would be breathed in by the victim, or coat the victim’s skin. In combat, the aircraft delivering Sarin munitions would be expected to minimize its exposure to hostile fire, flying low to the target at high speed. In order to have any semblance of military utility, weapons delivered in this fashion would require an inherent braking mechanism, such as deployable fins or a parachute, which would retard the speed of the weapon, allowing for a more concentrated application of the nerve agent on the intended target.

Chemical ordnance is not intended for precise strikes against point targets, but rather delivery of the agent to an area. For this reason, they are not dropped singly, but rather in large numbers. (The ab-250, for instance was designed to be delivered by a TU-22 bomber dropping 24 weapons on the same target.) The weapon itself is not complex—a steel bomb casing with a small high explosive tube—the burster charge—running down its middle, equipped with a nose fuse designed to detonate on contact with the ground or at a pre-determined altitude. 

Once detonated, the burster charge causes the casing to break apart, disseminating fine droplets of agent over the target. The resulting explosion is very low order, a pop more than a bang—virtually none of the actual weapon would be destroyed as a result, and its component parts, readily identifiable as such, would be deposited in the immediate environs. In short, if a KhAB-250, or any other air delivered chemical bomb, had been used at Khan Sheikhun, there would be significant physical evidence of that fact, including the totality of the bomb casing, the burster tube, the tail fin assembly, and parachute. The fact that none of this exists belies the notion that an air-delivered chemical bomb was employed by the Syrian government against Khan Sheikhun.

Continuing along the lines of Aristotle’s exploration of the relationship between the potential and actual, the efficient cause represents the means by which the object is created. In the context of Khan Shiekhun, the issue (i.e., object) isn’t the physical weapon itself, but rather its manifestation on the ground in terms of cause and effect. Nothing symbolized this more than the disturbing images that emerged in the aftermath of the alleged chemical attack of civilian victims, many of them women and children. (It was these images that spurred President Trump into ordering the cruise missile attack on Shayrat air base.) These images were produced by the White Helmet organization as a byproduct of the emergency response that transpired in and around Khan Sheikhun on April 4.  It is this response, therefore, than can be said to constitute the efficient cause in any examination of potential to actuality regarding the allegations of the use of chemical weapons by the Syrian government there.

The White Helmets came into existence in the aftermath of the unrest that erupted in Syria after the Arab Spring in 2012. They say they are neutral, but they have used their now-global platform as a humanitarian rescue unit to promote anti-regime themes and to encourage outside intervention to remove the regime of Bashar al-Assad. By White Helmet’s own admission, it is well-resourced, trained and funded by western NGOs and governments, including USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development), which funded the group $23 million as of 2016. 

A UK-based company with strong links to the British Foreign Office, May Day Rescue, has largely managed the actual rescue aspects of the White Helmet’s work. Drawing on a budget of tens of millions of dollars donated by foreign governments, including the U.S. and UK, May Day Rescue oversees a comprehensive training program designed to bring graduates to the lowest standard—”light,” or Level One—for Urban Search and Rescue (USAR). Personnel and units trained to the “light” standard are able to conduct surface search and rescue operations—they are neither trained nor equipped to rescue entrapped victims. Teams trained to this standard are not qualified to perform operations in a hazardous environment (such as would exist in the presence of a nerve agent like Sarin).

The White Helmets have made their reputation through the dissemination of self-made videos ostensibly showing them in action inside Syria, rescuing civilians from bombed out structures, and providing life-saving emergency medical care. (It should be noted that the eponymously named Osca
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          Comment on Israel targets Syrian artillery positions & ammunitions truck in second incident in 2 days by Rev17   
Russia has sent a clear message to Israel on Syria https://seeker401.wordpress.com/2017/03/22/russia-has-sent-a-clear-message-to-israel-on-syria/
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          Seeking Armed officer for part time work at an apartment complex - Allied Universal - Tampa, FL   
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          Armed Security Officer-Critical Infrastructure - Clearwater - Allied Universal - Tampa, FL   
Works in environments and under conditions that require carrying authorized weapons and ammunition, the use of protective....
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          Professional Armed Security Officer - GREAT PAY - Allied Universal - Tampa, FL   
Works in environments and under conditions that require carrying authorized weapons and ammunition, the use of protective....
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          Armed Security Officer PT Danbury/Wilton CT Area - Allied Universal - Danbury, CT   
Works in environments and under conditions that require carrying authorized weapons and ammunition, the use of protective....
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          92Y Unit Supply Specialist - Warehouse Manager - National Guard - Eastover, SC   
You will ensure that all documents are prepared and organized, maintain automated systems, secure and control weapons and ammunition, and schedule and provide...
From National Guard - Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:12:41 GMT - View all Eastover, SC jobs
          High Rate Operator - Orbital ATK - West Virginia   
Producer of small-caliber ammunition, as well as a leading producer of medium- and large-caliber ammunition and medium-caliber gun systems....
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          High Rate Machinist - Orbital ATK - West Virginia   
Producer of small-caliber ammunition, as well as a leading producer of medium- and large-caliber ammunition and medium-caliber gun systems....
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          China Gives Millions of Dollars in Weapons to the Philippines to Fight Daesh   
The Philippines are getting millions in weaponry from China in a move to fight Daesh. Philippines Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said that Beijing has donated $ 7.35 million in weapons and ammunition to fight the terrorists.
          Comment on ISIS to Blame for Nearly Half of Ramadan-Tied Jihadist Kills in 2017 by ties   
American trained and supported militants in Idlib are preparing provocations with the use of sarin MOSCOW, 2 Jun — RIA Novosti. Terrorists from the group "Dzhebhat EN-Nusra"* store in a warehouse in Idlib preparing provocations with the use of sarin in Syrian cities Khan Shaykhun and Kefraya, said Sunday RIA Novosti informed the military-diplomatic source. Source: Reuters According to the information received, in the village of al-Magar (Idlib) in the premises of a large engineering building preparations for the organization of the provocation with the use of a chemical agent, “sarin”. In this warehouse are presumably the ammunition filled with this poison gas. The spokesman added that for the preparation of provocations in Idlib came a group of foreign citizens, including the US and Turkey, as well as one of the leaders of "al-Nusra". See also Zakharova: the media began a propaganda campaign about the alleged use of chemical weapons Damascus "There is reason to believe that this provocation will be implemented in the settlements Khan Shaykhun and Kefraya. Her goal is to discredit the government of Syria and the failure of negotiations in Astana, scheduled for July 4-5“ — said the source. Syrian opposition April 4, said about 80 victims of the attack with chemical weapons in the city Khan Shaykhun Idlib and 200 wounded. The culprit of the attack, she called the Syrian government troops, who in reply strongly rejected the accusations and blamed on militants and their patrons. Syrian authorities have stated that they never used chemical weapons against civilians and terrorists, and the entire chemical Arsenal of the country was taken under control of the OPCW. The USA, showing evidence against the Syrian military and not listening to Russia's call for a thorough investigation, struck the base of Shirt on the night of 7 April. According to the Pentagon, was released 59 cruise missiles. As stated earlier, the President of Syria Bashar Assad in interview to RIA Novosti, no chemical attack was not, and was a provocation to justify the attack on the airbase Shirt.
          1/48 A-10 Thunderbolt II Kit   
1/48 A-10 Thunderbolt II KitThis is a plastic model kit, which comes unassembled and unpainted. So glue, model paints and other basic modelling tools are additionally required.

The need for close air support, on small pin point targets, was recognized early during the Vietnam conflict. Following an experimental development program begun in the early 1970's, the Fairchild Republic Industries A-10 Thunderbolt II was selected for production. The performance characteristics demanded were for operation on unimproved short fields, both high and low airspeed maneuverability, easy maintenance, long loiter times and range, excellent pilot protection, and a capacity for large mixed weapons loads.

The appearance of the A-10 is remarkable while its performance is amazing. Known affectionately as the "Wart Hog" by its pilots, it's a large single seat aircraft, identified by a pair of TF-34-100A high bypass fan jet engines mounted high near the rear of the twin tailed fuselage. A few of the specifications are: Length 53' 4"; height 14'8", span 57'6"; maximum gross weight 47,400lbs, including 16,000lbs of external stores. Internal armament is the GAU-8/A 30mm Gatling cannon capable of 2100 or 4200 rounds per minute. It carries 1350 rounds of ammunition, a fire control head-up display, CRT TV monitor, laser spot seeker plus a diversified armament panel that can facilitate any operational need. The A-10 has been around since 1972, and has again proven its worth during the recent Gulf war.

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          Hmm…Evidence. Denial? AMAC. Hording! Soon Enough! Mao! Gun Fight!   
Maybe…Probably…I’ll listen for the hysterics…Is why I moderate.. ___ Cover-up? Back pedaling? Covering Napolitano’s fat ugly ass? DHS Denies Massive Ammunition Purchase ___ Being (Deep Announcer type voice) “That age” now and having pitched many AARP mailings, or in the last cast sending it back on their dine with a little note attached…This is what … Continue reading Hmm…Evidence. Denial? AMAC. Hording! Soon Enough! Mao! Gun Fight!
          Federal Premium Ammo Black Cloud   
After a decade in existence, Black Cloud is now equipped with the rear-opening FLITECONTROL FLEX wad — providing tight patterns through ported and standard chokes. Its payload includes 40 percent FLITESTOPPER steel pellets and 60 percent Premium steel for dense patterns and larger wound channels. (800) 322-2342 www.shootingindustry.com/company/federal-premium-ammunition
          More concealed guns in more public places   
Starting Saturday, concealed guns are allowed at college campuses in Georgia and Kansas, more public buildings and bus stations in Tennessee, and at the Iowa state Capitol as new laws took effect continuing the steady expansion of gun rights in Republican-controlled states. The firearms policies are among scores of laws that took effect Saturday, along with the start of the new fiscal year in many states. Some of those laws continue a recent trend of states taking the initiative to fix aging roads and address the drug overdose epidemic. The gun laws reflect divided public preferences, highlighted by a recent Pew survey that found people nearly evenly split on whether gun control or gun rights were more important. A voter-approved gun-control initiative prohibiting people from possessing ammunition magazines capable of holding more than 10 bullets was to go into effect Saturday in California. But it was blocked by a federal judge, who said it would have made criminals out of thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens who own the magazines. A similar law passed by the Democratic-dominated Legislature also is subject to the preliminary injunction. For decades, the National Rifle Association pushed for state laws allowing people to carry concealed guns with permits. Having succeeded nationwide, gun-rights advocates now are gradually expanding where those weapons can be taken. Yet even some of the new laws contain exceptions. Georgia’s law allows people with concealed handgun permits to take their weapons into classrooms but not dormitories, and college sports fans can pack weapons while tailgating but not inside stadiums. A Tennessee law allowing guns in many local public buildings, bus stations and parks can be voided if authorities instead opt to install metal detectors staffed by security guards. Concealed guns are now allowed at college campuses in Kansas as a result of a 2013 law that applies to public buildings lacking heightened security such as metal detectors and guards. A four-year exemption for universities expired Saturday. But in a setback for the NRA, a law that Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is allowing to take effect without his signature will make permanent a similar exemption for public hospitals and mental health centers. In Iowa, where permit holders are now able to carry concealed guns in the Capitol, the state Supreme Court has responded by banning weapons in all courthouses statewide. Jennifer Baker, a spokeswoman for the NRA Institute of Legislative Action, described 2017 as another “successful year for gun rights.” But advocates for greater gun regulations also are pleased with the results. On Thursday, Democratic-led Hawaii became the third state to enact a law requiring notification to law enforcement when people prohibited from owning guns try to obtain them anyway. “This was an excellent year for killing bad gun-lobby bills,” said Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America. “The bills that the gun lobby did get through, in many cases, we helped to water those down.” Here’s a look at some other laws taking effect Saturday: ABORTION As with guns, some Republican and Democratic states continue to move in opposite directions on abortion-related policies. A Tennessee law will require doctors to determine the viability of fetuses of at least 20 weeks of gestation, making it a felony to abort a viable fetus unless the pregnancy puts a woman at risk of death or serious injury. In South Dakota, new felony charges will double the potential fines and prison time for physicians who abort a fetus capable of feeling pain, except in cases of medical emergencies. Other new laws deal with notifications required before abortions. A Wyoming law will require abortion providers to give women the opportunity to view an ultrasound and listen to the fetal heartbeat. It also will prohibit the use of aborted fetal tissue for research. A Kansas law will require abortion providers to give women more information about their doctors, including their credentials, malpractice insurance, disciplinary records and hospital privileges. The law also eliminates fine print, requiring the information to be presented in 12-point Times New Roman type on white paper. A West Virginia law will end a doctor’s ability to waive parental notification, allowing only a judge to do so. But a federal judge has blocked an Indiana law that would require courts to consider whether to notify parents about a minor’s request for an abortion. In Maryland, a law taking effect without the signature of Republican Gov. Larry Hogan seeks to mitigate potential federal funding cuts to Planned Parenthood. The measure directs $2.7 million from state funds for family planning services and preventive health care, if needed. TRANSPORTATION States are increasingly aligning behind new laws raising taxes and fees for transportation projects. Starting Saturday, the gas tax will rise by 10 cents a gallon in Indiana, 4.5 cents in Montana, 4 cents in Tennessee, 3.5 cents in West Virginia and 2 cents in South Carolina. In some cases, it’s the initial step in a multi-year tax increase. In South Carolina and Tennessee, the gas tax hike is the first in about three decades. The vehicle sales tax cap also is rising in South Carolina, and vehicle or driver’s license fees will rise in Indiana, West Virginia and Wyoming. In Oklahoma, a 1.25 percent vehicle sales tax will kick in Saturday. But it won’t result in an influx for road projects, because millions of dollars of existing road funds are being diverted to help fill a budget shortfall. The latest round of tax hikes means nearly three-fourths of states have taken some sort of action to increase transportation funding over the past five years. Some states also are ramping up other vehicle-related laws. Mississippi will require seat belt use by all vehicle occupants, instead of only front-seat passengers and children. Iowa will join most other states by making texting while driving a primary offense, meaning police can stop motorists for the violation instead of having to spot some other offense in order to pull them over. Virginia will require driver’s education courses to include
          News24.com | Mercedes, rhino horn and rifles parts seized in SAPS operation   
A national task team set up to combat rhino poaching around the country has arrested a Hazyview couple in KwaZulu-Natal for illegal possession of a rhino horn, rifle parts and ammunition. Reported by News24 7 minutes ago.
          (USA) PILOT - Air Interdiction Agent   
Job Overview ## Job Overview ### Summary **Customs & Border Protection (CBP): Securing America's Borders** ***Newly appointed AIAs that Enter on Duty (EOD) in a Caribbean Air and Marine Branch (CAMB) duty location, have been authorized to receive a 25% recruitment incentive in-addition to, LEAP and overtime pay.** A fully trained Air Interdiction Agent (AIA) may be eligible for overtime pay (up to an additional 25% of salary). Air Interdiction Agents (AIA) may also have a higher starting salary based on their duty location. Please visit the OPM website for more information. **This is a Direct Hire Public Notice. Category Rating, Veterans Preference and traditional rating and ranking do not apply to this Public Notice. This notice may be used to fill any vacancy throughout the Southern Border and Caribbean Duty Locations. The duty location offered in your final offer may include any geographic location within the Southern Border and Caribbean duty locations that meets agency mission-critical needs.** This is a career ladder position with a grade level progression of GS-11, GS-12 and GS-13. You will be eligible for a promotion to the next higher grade level (without re-applying) once you successfully complete 52 weeks in each grade level (with supervisor approval). For example you could: * start as an AIA in July 2017 as a GS-11 and make $60,210 - $75,262 per year* * be promoted in July 2018 to GS-12 and make $72,168 - $90,210 per year* * be promoted in July 2019 to GS-13 and make $85,816 - $107,270 per year* *Please note this example includes a range of minimum locality pay up to maximum potential salary with overtime earnings. Pay rates are based on the 2017 "Rest of the United States" salary table and does not take into consideration higher locality pay where applicable or yearly cost of living increases. **Polygraph Examination**: The Air Interdiction Agent (AIA) position is a polygraph-required position. You must undergo a polygraph exam with favorable results in order to continue in the pre-employment process. Please see Polygraph Examination. Polygraph Examination. **Polygraph Reciprocity:** CBP may accept the results of a prior federal polygraph exam in lieu of a CBP polygraph exam. You will receive information to request reciprocity in your Background Investigation Package. ### Duties Discover a challenging and rewarding career with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the sole organization responsible for securing the Nation's borders. CBP employees protect our Nation's borders from terrorism, human and drug smuggling, illegal migration, and agricultural pests while simultaneously facilitating the flow of legitimate travel and trade. Apply to this exciting opportunity to strengthen the Department's and our partners' ability to perform their homeland security functions by doing the following: * Conduct air to air, air to water, and air to ground border interdiction of people and conveyances illegally crossing U.S. borders * Patrol oceans, lakes, and rivers to prevent the illegal entry of weapons of terror * Prohibit illegal narcotics and prevent the entry of undocumented aliens Being an Air Interdiction Agent makes you a valuable member of the Federal Law Enforcement Officer (LEO) profession. Typical assignments include: * Operating Unmanned Aerial Systems performing law enforcement missions * Performing interdiction duties that include intelligence gathering, detecting, intercepting, tracking, apprehending, testifying and acting as liaison with other Federal, State, local, tribal and foreign law enforcement agencies * Developing strategies to track aircraft, vessels and people to accomplish an effective and successful interdiction * Gathering and sharing intelligence information on illegal activities or potential acts of terrorism with internal customers, the general aviation and marine communities and other law enforcement agencies * Testifying under oath before a grand jury, federal court proceedings and/or other legal proceedings ### Travel Required * 25% or Greater * You will be required to travel frequently. This may require extended foreign and domestic, Temporary Duty (TDY) assignments. ### Relocation Authorized * Yes * Relocation will be paid for Puerto Rico locations ONLY. ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… United States Citizens Questions? This job is open to 1 group. Job Requirements ## Job Requirements ### Key Requirements * *Recruitment Incentive; see 'Benefits' * FAA Commercial or ATP - Airplane or Helicopter rated w/instruments or both * 1500 flight hrs. 100 within last 12 months; *waiver see Qualifications * Possess a current FAA Class I or Class II medical certificate * You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this position * Referred for selection prior to age 40; waiver for vets, see Other Info * You must successfully pass a polygraph exam & background investigation * You must have resided in the U.S. for the last 3 years; AD military exempt * You will be required to carry a firearm and have a valid driver's license * You must meet job-related medical, fitness and drug-testing standards ### Qualifications **The qualification requirements listed below must be met by closing date of this announcement. ** You qualify for the GS-11 grade level (starting salary $60,210 up to $75,262 with potential overtime) if you possess one year of specialized work experience that demonstrates the ability to: * Fly as a Pilot-in-Command or sole manipulator in an airplane and helicopter in all environments of flight, including night, poor weather, unfavorable terrain, low altitudes or speed; * Ability to valuate information rapidly and make judicious decisions promptly during in-flight operations; * Develop strategies and coordinate aircraft and ground assets; * Use information systems and databases to conduct information surveys, queries, update files and disseminate information To be eligible for overtime, employees must be fully trained. National Service Experience (i.e., volunteer experience) Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. **Certificates, Ratings and Flight Experience:** You must possess and provide proof of the following, at time of application in order to meet the basic requirements of this position: * A current FAA Commercial or ATP Pilot Certification with the following ratings: **Dual Rated:** Airplane (Single-engine land or multi-engine land) with instrument rating AND Rotorcraft Helicopter with instrument rating; **OR** **Airplane Rated:** Airplane (Single-engine land or multi-engine land) with instrument; **OR** **Helicopter Rated:** Rotorcraft Helicopter with instrument rating. * An FAA Medical Certificate First or Second Class. Either one must be dated within the last 12 calendar months and valid through the closing date of this announcement. However, at the time of your Flight Assessment you MUST have an FAA 1st Class Medical Certificate dated within the previous 12 calendar months. Military flight medicals cannot be used - you must possess an FAA 1st or 2nd class Medical certificate. * Have 1500 hours total flight time. Within the 1500 hours you must have/show; 250 hours as Pilot-in-Command; 75 hours Instrument, and 75 Night hours, and 100 within the last 12 months. The flight logs you provide at time of application must clearly show all flight hours listed above. Your physical flight log book(s) will be required for verification at the time of your Flight Assessment. ***Note:** Up to 500 of the 1500 flight hour requirement may be waived upon verification of specialized experience (e.g. general military flight experience and training, complex aircraft flight instructor experience, multi-engine aircraft time, night vision device operations, imminent danger flight time and terrain and/or over water flight operations). You must meet all qualification requirements, by the closing date of this announcement. Qualifications are subject to verification at any stage of the application process. **Flight Hour Waiver:** The experience you use to request consideration for the Flight Hour Waiver (FHW) must be submitted at time of application. Please list all of your FHW experience on a sheet titled ‘Flight Hour Waiver Request'. Your request should include all of the following items: dates of experience, hours per week, title and a detailed description of experience. Please see the following example: **General military flight experience and training** Title: Pilot 1/1/95 to 3/2/97 40 HPW Detailed work experience **Current Federal Employees:** Current federal employees who apply to this announcement may be required to serve a probationary period in accordance with 5 CFR 315 and may be required to accept a change to lower grade, which may reduce their current salary based on Federal pay regulation. **Firearm Proficiency:** Firearm proficiency is required for Air Interdiction Agents and is part of the training provided. **Driver's License:**You must possess a valid driver's license. **Probationary Period:** You must serve a one-year probationary period during the first year of your initial permanent federal appointment to determine fitness for continued employment. **Mandatory Completion of Basic Training:** You will be detailed to the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy (FLETC) in Glynco, GA, for 15 weeks of Air and Marine Basic Training (AMBT). The training is comprised of formalized courses of basic technical instruction necessary to perform the duties of the position, including an untested swim/water survival course. Additionally, you will complete the following training programs: (1) Spanish Language training course; (2) Initial Survival Training course; (3) Aircraft-specific Flight Training course; and (4) Standardized Tactical Aviation Training (STAT) course. **Mobility: **You are required to sign a mobility agreement and be willing to relocate as necessary. **Uniforms:** This position requires you to wear an officially-approved uniform while in a duty status. **Shift Work:**** **This position requires regular and recurring shift work. You must be willing and available to work rotating shifts. You may also be rotated between assignments and duty locations. **Overtime:** Employees must be fully trained to be eligible for overtime. ### Security Clearance Secret Additional Information ## Additional Information ### What To Expect Next Once the announcement has closed we will assess your experience and training. Veterans Preference does not apply to Direct Hire recruitment procedures. Applicants will be referred for selection consideration if they meet minimum qualifications. If you are tentatively selected for a position, you will be emailed a tentative selection letter. If you have already been tentatively selected for an Air Interdiction Agent position and you reapply under this announcement and are subsequently referred for a position, your referral will replace any existing Air Interdiction Agent selection for which you are currently in process, and may delay your pre-employment processes. You will be considered for selection based on future needs of Customs and Border Protection for as long as the inventory is active, typically for a period of 12 months. There is no guarantee that everyone on the inventory will be selected for a position. CBP encourages women, minorities, and veterans to apply for an exciting career with Customs and Border Protection. DHS uses e-Verify, an Internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities. All agency employees are required to participate in Direct Deposit/Electronic Funds Transfer for salary payments. For more information about CBP's mission, activities, and careers, please see http://www.cbp.gov/. Follow U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Twitter @CustomsBorder #### BENEFITS DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Saving Plan (similar to a 401(k); Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information, go to DHS Careers website and select "Employee Benefits." **Law Enforcement Availability Pay (LEAP):** You must be readily accessible/willing to work on an unscheduled basis in excess of a 40-hour work week, you will receive extra compensation. LEAP pay is 25% of base pay. **Recruitment Incentive (RI):** Newly appointed AIAs that Enter on Duty (EOD) in a Caribbean Air and Marine Branch (CAMB) duty location have been authorized to receive a 25% RI (NOTE: Current federal employees serving in a permanent position are not eligible to receive a RI). 25% of your scheduled salary (base pay plus locality) for these locations will be paid at the beginning of each year, for up to a total of three years. The RI requires a three year/156 week service agreement. You must remain employed as an AIA in the eligible duty location for the period of the service agreement in order to receive and remain eligible for the RI. ### Other Information **Polygraph Examination**: The Air Interdiction Agent (AIA) position is a polygraph-required position. You must undergo a polygraph exam with favorable results in order to continue in the pre-employment process. Please see Polygraph Examination. Polygraph Examination. **Polygraph Reciprocity:** CBP may accept the results of a prior federal polygraph exam in lieu of a CBP polygraph exam. You will receive information to request reciprocity in your Background Investigation Package. **Polygraph Waiver:** Certain veterans may be eligible to obtain a polygraph waiver. You will receive information to request a waiver in your Background Investigation Package. **Background Investigation**: To ensure the accomplishment of our mission, DHS requires every employee to be reliable and trustworthy. To meet those standards, all selected applicants must undergo and successfully pass a Single Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) as a condition of placement into this position. Please see Background Investigation. **Age Requirement:** You must be referred for consideration before reaching your 40th birthday in accordance with Public Law 100-238. Federal civilian law enforcement positions covered by Title 5 U.S.C. 8336(c) or Title 5 U.S.C. 8412(d) may have sufficient service to meet the requirement. There are no exceptions to PL 100-238. The age restriction does not apply if you are a veteran preference eligible. See 'Required Documents'. **Notice to Retired Veterans**: Military retirees at the rank of major, lieutenant commander, or higher are not eligible for preference in appointment unless they have a documented service-connected disability. This does not apply to Reservists who will not begin drawing military retired pay until age 60. Please see veterans' information. **Residency:** If you are not currently a CBP employee, you must meet one or more of the following primary residency criteria for the last three years prior to applying to this announcement: 1. Resided in the United States or its protectorate or territories (excluding short trips abroad, such as vacations); 2. Worked for the United States government as an employee overseas in a federal or military capacity; or 3. Been a dependent of a United States federal or military employee serving overseas. Exceptions may be granted if you can provide complete state-side coverage information regarding participation in "Study Abroad" programs, overseas church missions, or state-side addresses of anyone who worked or studied with you overseas. You must provide information and related documentation at the time of application. **Misdemeanor Crime of Domestic Violence:** The AIA position is a weapons-carrying position. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition. Therefore, if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you are not qualified for this position. **Drug Testing:**You must pass a drug test as a condition of employment for this position. Once employed, AIAs are subject to random & unannounced drug tests. **Medical Examination:** You may be required to undergo and successfully pass an agency medical for the AIA position. **Physical Fitness Screening:** Due to the strenuous nature of AIA duties & the associated training programs, a fitness test has been developed to screen candidates. Please see: https://www.cbp.gov/careers/frontline-careers/aia/app-proc This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/473218800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
          (USA-VA-Sterling) CBP OFFICER (CSI PROGRAM MANAGER)   
Job Overview ## Job Overview ### Summary **Customs & Border Protection (CBP): Securing America's Borders** Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resiliency to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact join DHS. Discover a challenging and rewarding career in CBP, the sole organization responsible for securing the nation's borders. At U.S. Customs and Border Protection, we: * Screen passengers, vehicles, and shipments entering our country * Seize illegal narcotics, vehicles, and agricultural products * Prevent unauthorized entry into the country * Rescue individuals who fall into dangerous conditions traversing our border For more information about CBP's mission, activities, and careers, please see http://www.cbp.gov. Joining the Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations will allow you to use your expertise to detect and prevent terrorists and instruments of terror from entering the U.S. Apply for this exciting opportunity to strengthen homeland security by performing law enforcement activities related to inspection, intelligence analysis, examination, and interpretation of laws and regulations. This position starts at a salary of $94,796.00 (GS-13, Step 1), with promotion potential to GS-13. **Who May Apply:** Current U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees with competitive status within the local commuting area. * For definitions of terms found in this announcement, please see http://www.dhs.gov/xabout/careers/gc1303762131481.shtm. **Organizational Location:** This position is located within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, Container Security Initiative - National Targeting Cargo (CSI-NTC), Sterling, VA. One or more selections may be made using this job opportunity announcement. Further selections may also be made for additional organizational divisions and/or units within the duty location(s) listed above. **If going from a LEO Covered Position to a Secondary CBPO Enhanced Retirement Covered Position:** Please be advised that when you enter on duty in this Secondary CBPO Enhanced Retirement covered position you will no longer be covered under the Special Retirement System for Law Enforcement Officers, but will only be covered under the Federal Employees Retirement System (FERS). For further information on the Secondary CBPO Enhanced Retirement Coverage, please see the section on **Retirement Coverage**. ### Duties In this CBPO (CSI Program Manager) position you will become a key member of a team of homeland security professionals detecting and preventing terrorists and instruments of terror from entering the U.S. Typical work assignments include: * Performing foreign country capacity building assessments while providing technical assistance and guidance to team members to ensure Container Security requirements are met. * Serving as the team leader performing port assessments and conducting analysis of operations, security, and logistics * Identifying program deficiencies and preparing documentation and strategies for necessary corrections. * Serving as a technical expert in the area of international customs, making recommendations and implementing policies as it relates to Container Security. ### Travel Required * Occasional Travel * Occasional travel may be required. ### Relocation Authorized * No ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… Current U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees with competitive status within the local commuting area. Questions? This job is open to 1 group. Job Requirements ## Job Requirements ### Key Requirements * You must be a U.S. Citizen * You may be required to pass a background investigation and/or polygraph * You may be required to pass initial and random drug testing * You must obtain a valid driver's license and maintain firearm requirements * You must pass the CBP Officer Promotional Assessment (including In-Basket) * You must be able to meet job-related medical and/or fitness requirements ### Qualifications **GS-13:** You qualify at the GS-13 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience, equivalent to the GS-12 level that equipped you with the skills needed to perform the job duties. Examples include leading, directing, supervising, or providing technical direction to others in performing inspection, intelligence analysis, examination, and law enforcement activities relating to the arrival and departure of persons, conveyances, and merchandise into the U.S. Experience supervising Customs and Border Protection related work activities is preferred. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. You must: * Meet all qualification requirements subject to verification at any stage of the application process; and * Meet all applicable Time in Grade requirements (current federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the federal service) by Tuesday, July 11, 2017. **Secondary CBPO Enhanced Retirement Requirement:** The criterion is that knowledge, skill and ability in a position deemed to meet primary CBPO special retirement coverage is a mandatory prerequisite to satisfactory perform the major duties and responsibilities of this job. In order to meet the requirements of this secondary CBP Officer position you must have permanently served in a primary CBP Officer Special Enhanced Retirement covered position, i.e. Customs Inspector, GS-1890, Immigration Inspector, GS-1816, Canine Enforcement Officer, GS-1801, or CBP Officer, GS-1895. Note: If you currently serve in a permanent Secondary CBPO Enhanced Retirement covered position, you are exempt from this mandatory prerequisite. **Promotion Eligibility Rules as of October 1, 2013 (Directive No. 51332-022B):** CBP requires competition for selection into supervisory and managerial positions for occupations covered by competency-based assessments. * First-line GS-13 supervisors who have not held a permanent second-line or higher supervisory/managerial level position must compete. GS-13 applicants will not be considered non-competitively for the GS-13 second-line or higher supervisory/managerial position from a first-line supervisory position. * Mandatory competition for this position now carries a one year requisite time-in-position in a first-line supervisory GS-13 position or in a temporary (i.e., NTE, or Not To Exceed) managerial GS-13 position. * The above requirement does not apply if you currently hold or previously held a permanent supervisory or managerial GS-13 second-line (or higher) or equivalent position. * Temporary and permanent Supervisory Course Developer/Instructors (CDIs) will follow eligibility requirements for first-line supervisors. Incumbents in these positions will be eligible to compete for the GS-13 second-line or higher supervisory/managerial positions after serving the one year requisite time-in-position as a GS-13 Supervisory CDI. * To view the promotion eligibility directive (Directive No. 51332-022B) in its entirety, please visit the HRM career center webpage on CBPNET. **Security Clearance:** This position requires a security clearance. If selected for this position you should be able to obtain and maintain a Secret Clearance. **Firearms Requirement:** You will be required to carry a firearm while performing duties of this position. Maintaining firearm proficiency is also mandatory. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition. Candidates under consideration will be required to certify whether they have been convicted of such an offense. False or fraudulent information provided by candidates is criminally punishable by fine or imprisonment. **Uniform:** This position requires you to wear an officially-approved uniform while in a duty status. **Data Systems:** You will be required to maintain access to all data systems necessary for duty execution. **Basic Training:** You may be required to attend approximately 18 weeks of training at the CBP Academy at FLETC. **Shift Work/Overtime:** You may be required to work on a shift and rotational basis and perform substantial amounts of overtime. **Physical and Environmental Conditions:** The work is conducted in an office/airport setting. The position requires light to moderate physical exertion involving long periods of standing and walking. If you are not a current GS-1895, and you are selected, you will have to meet the following medical/physical standards: **Physical and Medical Requirements:** Because the duties of the position are of a strenuous nature and require a high degree of interaction and responsibility to the public, you must undergo and successfully pass our medical screening process. We will schedule, provide and pay for the required basic medical examination. For more information, go to https://www.cbp.gov/careers/frontline-careers/cbpo/app-proc. **Physical Fitness Screening:** Due to the strenuous nature of the CBP Officer duties and the associated training programs, fitness tests have been developed and will be used to screen candidates for CBP Officer positions. Candidates may be required to pass 2 pre-employment fitness tests. For more information on the requirements and a 6-week readiness program designed to assist you in achieving a level of physical fitness that will help you successfully pass the CBP fitness tests, please see the following links: http://www.cbp.gov/careers/join-cbp/which-cbp-career/cbp-officer and http://www.cbp.gov/sites/default/files/documents/CBPOPFT-1PhysicalReadinessProgram.pdf. ### Security Clearance Secret Additional Information ## Additional Information ### What To Expect Next Once the job opportunity announcement has closed, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. You will be notified by email after each of these steps has been completed. Stay informed of changes to your application status by signing up for automatic email alerts at: https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/NotificationSettings.aspx. If you are referred, you will receive a final notification of the disposition of the announcement. We expect to make a tentative job offer within 60 days after the close of the announcement. If you are selected, we may conduct a suitability/security background investigation. #### BENEFITS DHS offers competitive starting salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, vision, dental, life and long-term care insurance, Thrift Savings Plan (similar to a 401(k)), Flexible Spending Account, retirement plan, Employee Assistance Program, personal leave days and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules, telework, tuition reimbursement, transportation subsidies, uniform allowance, health and wellness programs, and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and development opportunities. For more information, please go to www.dhs.gov/careers and select "Benefits". **Retirement Coverage:** This position has been identified as a secondary position as provided under the enhanced retirement provision of Public Law 110-161 for Customs and Border Protection Officers. Please see http://cbpnet.cbp.dhs.gov/xp/cbpnet/hrm/retirement/newcbporetirementcoverage/cbpfaqs.xml for requirements of secondary coverage. Information is also available by calling the CBPO Retirement Coverage toll-free hotline at 1-866-469-7359 or emailing questions to RABASERVICES@cbp.dhs.gov. ### Other Information This position meets the criteria defined in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) as an exempt position. Therefore, while serving in this foreign duty location, the FLSA code will be categorized as "Exempt". Exempt employees receive an overtime rate defined under Title 5 rather than that defined under FLSA. For more information on Title 5 pay, please see the following link:http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/pay-administration/fact-sheets/overtime-pay-title-5/ This position is not covered under the bargaining unit. **Background Investigation:** Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency's core values of vigilance, service to country and integrity. During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (i.e., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy) and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances. Entry into this position may require that you successfully pass a polygraph examination. For more information, please see: https://www.cbp.gov/careers/join-cbp/which-career/apply/background-investigation **Probationary Period:** Current and former federal employees may be required to serve or complete a probationary period. CBP uses E-Verify, an internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about E-Verify here, http://www.uscis.gov/e-verify, including your rights and responsibilities. Every individual receives a fair opportunity throughout the federal recruitment and hiring process. To learn more, click on the link https://hru.gov/StudioRecruitment/tools/MythbusteronFederalHiringPolicies.pdf Follow U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Twitter @CustomsBorder Please view the video "Protecting America 24/7" to learn more about CBP's Office of Field Operations: http://cbpapps.cbp.dhs.gov/ofo/2011/protectingamerica/proamerica.wmv This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/473292000. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
          (USA-FL) Port Director, Nationwide   
Job Overview ## Job Overview ### Summary **JOIN AMERICA'S FRONTLINE!** The proud men and women of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are the guardians of our Nation's borders. With over 60,000 employees worldwide, we are America's frontline - a law enforcement agency responsible for preventing the entry of terrorists and their weapons into the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. CBP's major operational organizations include the Office of Field Operations, whose CBP Officers work at over 300 ports of entry in the U.S. and at select international locations to screen passengers and cargo entering the country; the U.S. Border Patrol, whose Agents stop illegal entry at the borders between the ports of entry; and Air and Marine Operations, whose Pilots and Marine Interdiction Agents help to protect our country in the aviation and maritime environments. **Note: This vacancy announcement may be used to fill Senior Executive Service (SES) Port Director positions at any duty location, for a period of 12 months, based on the needs of the agency, the existence of vacant or new executive positions, and the availability of SES slots. Qualified candidates who would like to be considered for current or future Port Director, positions in the Office of Field Operations, must apply by the closing date of this announcement.** The position is located in the Office of Field Operations. For a list of Field Operations locations, please visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection web site at www.cbp.gov Our Mission is Clear To safeguard America's borders thereby protecting the public from dangerous people and materials while enhancing the Nation's global economic competitiveness by enabling legitimate trade and travel. ### Duties Each year, $1.5 trillion of trade and 340 million people legally cross U S. borders. Ports of entry are America's gateways to the world, enabling international commerce, immigration, and tourism. CBP's Office of Field Operations (OFO) has the critical role of securing the flow of people and goods across the borders at the ports of entry. To protect America from harm, CBP must detect and remove the people and goods that pose a threat from the legitimate annual flow of people, cargo containers, and conveyances. As Port Director, you will direct all activities involving the administration of laws and regulations relating to inspection and clearance of carriers, baggage, persons, and cargo arriving in the United States. You will implement Headquarters and field office policies, programs, and procedures and assure their consistent and equitable application throughout the organization. You will establish strategic direction for and direct anti-terrorism and border protection/facilitation operations that may include trade compliance, passenger, immigration, agriculture, and cargo core business processes. You will exercise broad executive management authority in directing the proper utilization of employees, facilities, and other resources, and provide guidance and leadership in the establishment of objectives for various functions. Through public relations, you will promote essential cooperation of importers, exporters, other common carriers, and the general public. You will maintain contact with top executives in industry and commerce with regard to the application of the tariff and all related laws and regulations administered and enforced by CBP. ### Travel Required * Occasional Travel * When required. ### Relocation Authorized * Yes * CBP may choose to pay your relocation expenses in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations. ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified individuals within the civil service. U.S. citizenship is required. Questions? This job is open to 3 groups. Job Requirements ## Job Requirements ### Key Requirements * U.S. Citizenship * Background Investigation ### Qualifications You must show in your résumé that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) that apply to the SES, and the Technical Qualification listed below. Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/executive-core-qualifications/ We recommend that your résumé emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions. **Executive Core Qualifications - Mandatory** **ECQ 1 - Leading Change**: The ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. **ECQ 2 - Leading People**: The ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. **ECQ 3 - Results Driven**: The ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. **ECQ 4 - Business Acumen**: The ability to mange human, financial, and information resources strategically. **ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions**: The ability to build coalitions internally and with other federal agencies. State and local government, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. **Technical Qualification - Mandatory** 6. Knowledge of Federal inspectional laws, rules, regulations, and procedures pertaining to anti-terrorism and border protection/facilitation (e.g., trade compliance, passenger, immigration, agriculture, and cargo operations). **Enhanced Customs and Border Protection Officer (CBPO) Retirement (applies to the** **ES-1895 job series):**This position is covered by the Enhanced CBPO Retirement provisionsunder PublicLaw 110-161, Division E, Section 535 as a ‘Secondary' covered position is defined as: a Supervisory Customs and Border Protection Officer or administrative position (e.g., managerial, technical, professional) with the Department of Homeland Security for which experience in a ‘Primary' CBPO position is mandatory prerequisite. A primary CBPO position is a frontline, rigorous Customs and Border Protection Officer, GS-1895, or heritage position(s) Customs Inspector, GS-1890, Immigration Inspector, GS-1816, and Canine Enforcement Officer, GS-1801. An employee must have performed the primary CBPO position for a consecutive period of at least 3 years and transferred directly to the secondary CBPO defined position without a break of more than 3 days to be eligible for the enhanced CBPO Retirement Coverage under Public Law 110-161, Division E, Section 535. Candidates for this position must have had prior service which would include one of the above series. **Lautenberg Amendment:**This position authorizes the incumbent to carry a firearm. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition [TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 922(G)(9)]. A "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" is generally defined under the statute as any offense involving the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by the victim's current or former domestic partner, parent, or guardian. The term "convicted", as defined in the statute, excludes any person whose conviction has been expunged, set-aside, or pardoned or any person whose civil rights have been restored unless the pardon, expungement or restoration of civil rights expressly prohibits the possession of firearms or ammunition. Candidates who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence within the meaning of the referenced statute are not qualified for this position. Candidates under consideration will be required to certify whether they have ever been convicted of such an offense. False or fraudulent information provided by candidates is criminally punishable by fine or imprisonment (TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 1001). ### Security Clearance Other Additional Information ## Additional Information ### What To Expect Next To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. Faxed documents may take 2-3 business days to process. #### BENEFITS **Our Benefits Package: **You will be eligible for performance bonuses of 5 to 20 percent of base pay for superior accomplishments. You will be covered by a defined benefit, contributory Federal retirement system. You may participate in a retirement savings investment plan that offers before-tax savings and tax-deferred investment earnings. You may select one of a variety of health plans and options under the Government's Federal Employees' Health Benefits program and you may participate in the Federal Employees' Group Life and Long Term Care Insurance Programs. You can review our benefits here. **Relocation Bonus:** CBP may authorize a relocation bonus (not to exceed 25% of basic pay) for an eligible selectee. A service agreement is required. **Relocation Expenses:** We may choose to pay your relocation expenses in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations. ### Other Information **Financial Disclosure:** If you are hired, you will have to complete a Public Financial Disclosure report within 30 days after appointment. **Travel:**Occasional Travel is required. **Leave:**You will earn 26 days of vacation leave and 13 days of sick leave per year. In addition, the Government observes 10 regular paid holidays each year. **Background Investigation:** This position is a sensitive position and the tentative selectee must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation as a condition of placement/retention in the position. A Top Secret-Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) security clearance is required upon appointment. **Probationary Period: **You will serve a one-year probationary period unless you previously completed the probationary period in the SES. **Drug Testing: **This position has been identified as a Testing Designated Position under the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Drug-Free Workplace Program. Satisfactory completion of the drug test is a condition of placement and/or employment in the position and the incumbent(s) of this position is thereafter subject to Random Drug Testing. **Selective Service:** If you are a male and are hired, and if you were born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law. **The Immigration reform and Control Act of 1986**: seeks to preserve jobs for those who are legally entitled to them: American citizens and aliens who are authorized to work in our country. This law requires employees to provide a document or documents that establish identity and employment eligibility. **U.S. Customs and Border Protection:** * Is an equal employment employer: Selection for positions will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status or other differences. * Provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/473409200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
          (USA-FL) Director, Field Operations   
Job Overview ## Job Overview ### Summary **JOIN AMERICA'S FRONTLINE!** The proud men and women of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are the guardians of our Nation's borders. With over 60,000 employees worldwide, we are America's frontline - a law enforcement agency responsible for preventing the entry of terrorists and their weapons into the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel. CBP's major operational organizations include the Office of Field Operations, whose CBP Officers work at over 300 ports of entry in the U.S. and at select international locations to screen passengers and cargo entering the country; the U.S. Border Patrol, whose Agents stop illegal entry at the borders between the ports of entry; and Air and Marine Operations, whose Pilots and Marine Interdiction Agents help to protect our country in the aviation and maritime environments. **Note: This vacancy announcement may be used to fill Senior Executive Service (SES) Director, Field Operations, positions at any duty location, for a period of 12 months, based on the needs of the agency, the existence of vacant or new executive positions, and the availability of SES slots. Qualified candidates who would like to be considered for current or future Director, Field Operations, positions in the Office of Field Operations must apply by the closing date of this announcement.** This position is located in the Office of Field Operations. For a list of Field Operations locations, please visit the U.S. Customs and Border Protection web site at www.cbp.gov Our Mission is Clear To safeguard America's borders thereby protecting the public from dangerous people and materials while enhancing the Nation's global economic competitiveness by enabling legitimate trade and travel. ### Duties As Director, Field Operations, you will be responsible for managing the full range of inspection, intelligence analysis, examination, and law enforcement activities, to include apprehension, detention, and arrests relating to the arrival and departure of persons, as well as the detention and seizure of conveyances and merchandise at Ports of Entry within an assigned geographic area. Through subordinate Assistant Directors/Port Directors, supervisors, and support staff, you will plan and direct layered enforcement activities to address border security, and ensure compliance with trade laws. The enforcement activities include interdiction and security, passenger operations, passenger and cargo targeting and analysis, tactical operations, and animal and plant health inspection. These enforcement activities are to protect the Homeland from international terrorists, implements of terrorism, illegal immigrants, drugs, and other contraband. You will oversee planning, direction, and timely execution of CBP programs within the area of responsibility, including development, assignment, and authentication with National strategies, goals, and objectives for supervisors and managers of subordinate organizational units. You will approve multi-year and long-range work plans developed by the supervisors or managers of subordinate organizational units and subsequently manage the overall work to enhance achievement of the goals and objectives. You will advise and assist the trade community and importing public on CBP policies and procedures, prospective import/export changes/restrictions, possible seizures of merchandise, etc. You will provide informative outreach programs to local community and trade associations. ### Travel Required * Occasional Travel * When needed. ### Relocation Authorized * Yes * CBP may choose to pay your relocation expenses in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations. ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… Applications will be accepted from all groups of qualified individuals within the civil service. U.S. citizenship is required. Questions? This job is open to 3 groups. Job Requirements ## Job Requirements ### Key Requirements * U.S. Citizenship * Background Investigation ### Qualifications You must show in your résumé that you possess the five Executive Core Qualifications (ECQs) that apply to the SES, and the Technical Qualification listed below. Additional information on the Executive Core Qualifications is available at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/senior-executive-service/executive-core-qualifications/ We recommend that your résumé emphasize your level of responsibilities, the scope and complexity of programs managed, and your program accomplishments, including the results of your actions. **Executive Core Qualifications - Mandatory** **ECQ 1 - Leading Change**: The ability to bring about strategic change, both within and outside the organization, to meet organizational goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to establish an organizational vision and to implement it in a continuously changing environment. **ECQ 2 - Leading People**: The ability to lead people toward meeting the organization's vision, mission, and goals. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to provide an inclusive workplace that fosters the development of others, facilitates cooperation and teamwork, and supports constructive resolution of conflicts. **ECQ 3 - Results Driven**: The ability to meet organizational goals and customer expectations. Inherent to this ECQ is the ability to make decisions that produce high-quality results by applying technical knowledge, analyzing problems, and calculating risks. **ECQ 4 - Business Acumen**: The ability to mange human, financial, and information resources strategically. **ECQ 5 - Building Coalitions**: The ability to build coalitions internally and with other federal agencies. State and local government, nonprofit and private sector organizations, foreign governments, or international organizations to achieve common goals. **Technical Qualification - Mandatory** 6. Knowledge of Federal inspectional laws, rules, regulations, and procedures pertaining to anti-terrorism and border protection/facilitation (e.g., trade compliance, passenger, immigration, agriculture, and cargo operations). **Enhanced Customs and Border Protection Officer (CBPO) Retirement (applies to the** **ES-1895 job series):**This position is covered by the Enhanced CBPO Retirement provisionsunder PublicLaw 110-161, Division E, Section 535 as a ‘Secondary' covered position is defined as: a Supervisory Customs and Border Protection Officer or administrative position (e.g., managerial, technical, professional) with the Department of Homeland Security for which experience in a ‘Primary' CBPO position is mandatory prerequisite. A primary CBPO position is a frontline, rigorous Customs and Border Protection Officer, GS-1895, or heritage position(s) Customs Inspector, GS-1890, Immigration Inspector, GS-1816, and Canine Enforcement Officer, GS-1801. An employee must have performed the primary CBPO position for a consecutive period of at least 3 years and transferred directly to the secondary CBPO defined position without a break of more than 3 days to be eligible for the enhanced CBPO Retirement Coverage under Public Law 110-161, Division E, Section 535. Candidates for this position must have had prior service which would include one of the above series. **Lautenberg Amendment:**This position authorizes the incumbent to carry a firearm. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition [TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 922(G)(9)]. A "misdemeanor crime of domestic violence" is generally defined under the statute as any offense involving the use or attempted use of physical force, or the threatened use of a deadly weapon, committed by the victim's current or former domestic partner, parent, or guardian. The term "convicted", as defined in the statute, excludes any person whose conviction has been expunged, set-aside, or pardoned or any person whose civil rights have been restored unless the pardon, expungement or restoration of civil rights expressly prohibits the possession of firearms or ammunition. Candidates who have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence within the meaning of the referenced statute are not qualified for this position. Candidates under consideration will be required to certify whether they have ever been convicted of such an offense. False or fraudulent information provided by candidates is criminally punishable by fine or imprisonment (TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 1001). ### Security Clearance Other Additional Information ## Additional Information ### What To Expect Next To verify your application is complete, log into your USAJOBS account, https://my.usajobs.gov/Account/Login, select Application Status link and then select the more information link for this position. The Details page will display the status of your application, the documentation received and processed, and any correspondence the agency has sent related to this application. Your uploaded documents may take several hours to clear the virus scan process. Faxed documents may take 2-3 business days to process. #### BENEFITS **Our Benefits Package: **You will be eligible for performance bonuses of 5 to 20 percent of base pay for superior accomplishments. You will be covered by a defined benefit, contributory Federal retirement system. You may participate in a retirement savings investment plan that offers before-tax savings and tax-deferred investment earnings. You may select one of a variety of health plans and options under the Government's Federal Employees' Health Benefits program and you may participate in the Federal Employees' Group Life and Long Term Care Insurance Programs. You can review our benefits here. **Relocation Bonus:** CBP may authorize a relocation bonus (not to exceed 25% of basic pay) for an eligible selectee. A service agreement is required. **Relocation Expenses:** We may choose to pay your relocation expenses in accordance with Federal Travel Regulations. ### Other Information **Financial Disclosure:** If you are hired, you will have to complete a Public Financial Disclosure report within 30 days after appointment. **Travel:**Occasional Travel is required. **Leave:**You will earn 26 days of vacation leave and 13 days of sick leave per year. In addition, the Government observes 10 regular paid holidays each year. **Background Investigation:** This position is a sensitive position and the tentative selectee must undergo and successfully complete a background investigation as a condition of placement/retention in the position. A Top Secret-Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) security clearance is required upon appointment. Note: The Federal Government does not deny employment to individuals who are currently or who have been unemployed, nor does it deny employment to individuals who have had financial difficulties through no fault of their own. **Drug Testing: **This position has been identified as a Testing Designated Position under the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Drug-Free Workplace Program. Satisfactory completion of the drug test is a condition of placement and/or employment in the position and the incumbent(s) of this position is thereafter subject to Random Drug Testing. **Probationary Period: **You will serve a one-year probationary period unless you previously completed the probationary period in the SES. **Selective Service:** If you are a male and are hired, and if you were born after December 31, 1959, you must certify that you have registered with the Selective Service System, or are exempt from having to do so under Selective Service law. **The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986**: seeks to preserve jobs for those who are legally entitled to them: American citizens and aliens who are authorized to work in our country. This law requires employees to provide a document or documents that establish identity and employment eligibility. **U.S. Customs and Border Protection:** * Is an equal employment employer: Selection for positions will be based solely on merit without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, national origin, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, marital or family status or other differences. * Provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please notify us. Decisions on granting reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis. This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/473424200. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
          (USA-WA-Seattle) Supervisory Seized Property Specialist   
Job Overview ## Job Overview ### Summary About the Agency ***Customs & Border Protection (CBP): Securing America's Borders*** Do you desire to protect American interests and secure our Nation while building a meaningful and rewarding career? If so, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is calling. DHS components work collectively to prevent terrorism, secure borders, enforce and administer immigration laws, safeguard cyberspace and ensure resilience to disasters. The vitality and magnitude of this mission is achieved by a diverse workforce spanning hundreds of occupations. Make an impact; join DHS. Discover a challenging and rewarding career with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), the sole organization responsible for securing the nation's borders. At CBP, we: * Secure and facilitate trade and travel while enforcing hundreds of U.S. regulations, including immigration and drug laws * Screen passengers, vehicles, and shipments entering our country * Seize illegal narcotics, vehicles, and agricultural products * Prevent unauthorized entry into the country * Rescue individuals who fall into dangerous conditions traversing our border For more information about CBP's mission, activities, and careers see **www.cbp.gov**. **Who May Apply:** * Current U.S. Customs & Border Protection employees with competitive status. * View **common definitions** of terms in this announcement. **Organizational Location:** This position is with the Department of Homeland Security, within U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Office of Field Operations, Seattle Field Office, located in Seattle, WA. **GS Salary:** Visit **this link** to view the locality pay tables by geographic area. If you do not see your geographic area listed, select the "Rest of United States" pay table. ### Duties Joining the Customs and Border Protection Office of Field Operations will allow you to use your authoritative and technical expertise supervising subordinate staff and the inventory/safe storage of seized property that has not met the requirements for entry into the U.S. This position starts at a salary of $77,296 (Grade 12, Step 01). Apply for this exciting opportunity to strengthen the Department's ability to perform homeland security functions, contribute to the interdiction operation, and provide advice on all matters relating to the seized property program. In this supervisory position you will become a key team member of homeland security professionals overseeing the inventory and safe storage of seized illegal narcotics, prohibited goods and restricted merchandise. Typical work assignments include: * Supervising a subordinate staff of Seized Property Specialists and Custodians responsible for providing custody, management, and disposition of seized/forfeited property within an area of jurisdiction. * Overseeing through a subordinate staff the receipt, custody, security, transportation, storage, inventory, preservation maintenance, repair, modification, refurbishment, upgrade, final disposition, of all types of seized personal real property, including controlled substances, currency, and firearms. * Providing expert technical advice to subordinates, higher DHS officials, the general public, attorneys, the contractor or other representatives of materials/items seized, and other government agencies on all matters relating to the seized property program. * Directing the on-site representatives of the Headquarters Contracting Officer's Technical Representative (COTR) regarding the contractor's responsibilities and performance under the national contract for the storage and sale of seized property. * Monitoring and evaluating work performance of subordinates; establishing or recommending performance standards and performing a range of supervisory functions. ### Travel Required * Occasional Travel * You may be expected to travel for this position. ### Relocation Authorized * No ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… Current U.S. Customs and Border Protection employees with competitive status Questions? This job is open to 1 group. Job Requirements ## Job Requirements ### Key Requirements * You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position * Males born after 12/31/1959 must be registered with Selective Service * You may be required to pass a background investigation * You may be required to pass initial and random drug testing * You will be required to carry a firearm and maintain firearm proficiency * You must possess a valid driver's license ### Qualifications **GS-12:**You qualify at the GS-12 level if you possess one (1) year of specialized experience that equipped you with the skills needed to perform the job duties. This experience includes conducting reviews of contractors, facilities, and/or operations involved with the custody, management and disposition of seized and forfeited property; evaluating contracts associated with seized property functions and making recommendations for changes that will improve operations; and handling complex and unique seized property situations such as those requiring special security procedures or emergency storage facilities. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer experience. You must: * Meet all qualification requirements, subject to verification at any stage of the application process; and * Meet all applicable Time in Grade requirements (current federal employees must have served 52 weeks at the next lower grade or equivalent grade band in the federal service) by 07/14/2017. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) must authorize employment offers made to current or former political appointees. If you are currently, or have been within the last 5 years, a political Schedule A, Schedule C, Non-career SES or Presidential Appointee employee in the Executive Branch, you must disclose this information to the Human Resources Office. **Background Investigation:** U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is a federal law enforcement agency that requires all applicants to undergo a thorough background investigation prior to employment in order to promote the agency's core values of vigilance, service to country, and integrity. During the screening and/or background investigation process, you will be asked questions regarding any felony criminal convictions or current felony charges, the use of illegal drugs (e.g., marijuana, cocaine, heroin, LSD, methamphetamines, ecstasy), and the use of non-prescribed controlled substances including any experimentation, possession, sale, receipt, manufacture, cultivation, production, transfer, shipping, trafficking, or distribution of controlled substances. For more information visit this link. **Probationary Period:** Current federal employees may be required to serve or complete a probationary period. **Agency Career Transition Assistance Program (CTAP) Eligibles:** If you have never worked for the Federal Government, you are not CTAP eligible. Information about CTAP eligibility can be found **here**. To be considered well qualified under CTAP, you must possess the knowledge, skills and abilities and/or competencies clearly exceeding the minimum requirements of the position. In addition, you must submit the supporting documents listed in the "Required Documents" section of this announcement. This position is not covered under the bargaining unit. **Firearms Requirement:** You will be required to carry a firearm and maintain firearm proficiency. Any person who has been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence cannot lawfully possess a firearm or ammunition. You will be required to certify whether you have ever been convicted of such an offense. False or fraudulent information is criminally punishable by fine or imprisonment. **Training:** You may be required to attend 5 weeks of paid training at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) in Glynco, GA. You may also be required to complete 40 hours of Contract Officer Technical Representative (COTR) training. **Shift Work:**You will be required to work on a shift and rotational basis. **Overtime:**You must be readily available to work overtime on a scheduled or unscheduled basis in excess of the 40-hour week. **Uniform:** This position requires you to wear an officially-approved uniform while in a duty status. **Supervisory Probationary Period:** You may be required to serve an 18 month probationary period upon appointment and complete a supervisory training course within 12 months of assignment. **Physical Demands:** You must have the physical ability to climb up and down gangways, lift moderately heavy objects, stoop, kneel, bend and reach. ### Security Clearance Public Trust - Background Investigation Additional Information ## Additional Information ### What To Expect Next The open period for this job opportunity announcement may be extended to allow for a sufficient applicant pool. Once the job opportunity announcement has closed, we will assess your experience and training, identify the best qualified applicants, and refer those applications to the hiring manager for further consideration and interviews. You will be notified by email after each of these steps has been completed. Stay informed of changes to your application status by signing up for automatic email alerts with your USAJOBS account. If you are referred, you will receive a final notification of the disposition of the announcement. We expect to make a tentative job offer within 60 days after the close of the announcement. If you are selected, we may conduct a suitability/security background investigation. One or more selections may be made using this job opportunity announcement. Further selections may also be made for additional organizational divisions and/or units within the duty location(s) listed above. False statements on any part of the application may result in withdrawal of offer of employment, dismissal after beginning work, fine, or imprisonment. #### BENEFITS Review our benefits ### Other Information DHS offers competitive salaries and an attractive benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life, and long-term care insurance; retirement plan; Thrift Savings Plan [similar to a 401(k)]; Flexible Spending Account; Employee Assistance Program; personal leave days; and paid federal holidays. Other benefits may include: flexible work schedules; telework; tuition reimbursement; transportation subsidies; uniform allowance; health and wellness programs; and fitness centers. DHS is committed to employee development and offers a variety of employee training and developmental opportunities. For more information visit **this link**. **Disabled veteran leave** will be available to any Federal employee hired on or after November 5, 2016, who is a veteran with a service-connected disability rating of 30 percent or more. CBP uses E-Verify, an internet-based system, to confirm the eligibility of all newly hired employees to work in the United States. Learn more about **E-Verify** including your rights and responsibilities. Every individual receives a fair opportunity throughout the federal recruitment and hiring process. Learn more **here**. Please view the video **"Protecting America 24/7"** to learn more about CBP's Office of Field Operations. Follow U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Twitter @CustomsBorder This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/473486300. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
          (USA-NJ-Earle Naval Ammunition Depot) Fit/Aquatic Support (Lifeguard)   
Job Overview ## Job Overview ### Summary About the Agency Fleet and Family Readiness is looking for the best and brightest to join our TEAM!!! The Navy team offers innovative, exciting and meaningful work linking military and civilian talents to achieve our mission and safeguard our freedoms by enhancing the qualify of life for Sailors, their families, and others in the Navy Community. Department of the Navy provides competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits, and extensive professional development and training. Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) covers a wide scope of operations providing Sailors and their families with the finest facilities, programs and activities to meet their recreational and social needs. MWR programs encourage positive individual values, aids retention, and provides the physical, mental and social needs of a mobile Navy. MWR program encompass Fitness & Sports, Deployed Forces Support, Recreation, Entertainment and Food & Beverage Operations. For more information on Mid-Atlantic Region MWR programs visit http://www.navymwrmidlant.com ### Duties Performs life guarding duties and employs safety rules for the protection of pools, beaches and aquatic facilities assigned. Rescues swimmers and administers first aid as necessary. Assists in maintaining aquatic areas clean and free from hazards. Provides information to swimmers regarding safety rules and procedures. Tactfully warns patrons who repeatedly disregard safety rules, and follows supervisor’s direction on unruly patron actions. Maintains daily logs and records of mishap recordings as required. The purpose of this position is to provide a variety of support duties to operate fitness, sports, or aquatic facilities as needed. Assists the Fitness Director to plan, arrange, and execute activities for military, civilians and family members in the facilities assigned. Incumbent may explain and assist patrons in the use of facilities, ensuring safe and proper handling of facilities and sports equipment. Assures officials for sporting events are scheduled and available on time. Is responsible for and assists in maintaining cleanliness of facilities prior to, during, and after use. Assists in the opening and/or closing of facilities ensuring building security before closing at the end of the day. Responsible to review scheduled events to ensure facilities are prepared prior to scheduled start times. Checks ID cards to assure that only authorized patrons are utilizing facilities assigned. May answer telephone and personal questions providing excellent customer service skills. Circulates among the patrons to assist in basic use of equipment and to maintain good order and discipline. Cleans and maintains facilities, performing janitorial services to ensure interior spaces are clean, neat and orderly at all times. Sweeps, mops, dusts, and cleans workout rooms, mirrors, bathrooms and locker areas as necessary. Accounts for individual and unit issue of sports equipment by proper issue and turn-in procedures. Maintains and updates reservation schedules for facilities and sports fields to prevent schedule conflicts. Prepares and updates records/tables on ongoing intramural sports activities. Prepares, distributes, and posts publicity announcements of sports events and programs. Inventories sports equipment and follows ### Travel Required * Not Required ### Relocation Authorized * No ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… US Citizens and Non-Citizens Questions? This job is open to 1 group. Job Requirements ## Job Requirements ### Key Requirements ### Qualifications Specialized experience must demonstrate the following: (**All Certs must accompany application to be considered**) Must be at least 18 years of age. Must possess and maintain lifeguard certification provided by the American Red Cross or the YMCA. Must possess and maintain current certifications in Standard First Aid and CPR. As a condition of employment, the employee must obtain the Hepatitis B Virus (HPV) vaccination or complete the HBV declination form prior to first day of work due to possible occupational exposure to blood or other potentially infectious materials. Must possess sufficient maturity to focus on the importance of due diligence of patrons at all times; ability to exercise control over a large group of people; ability to appropriately identify hazards or hazard situations; and identify a patron’s need for assistance vice general play immediately. This position is subject to irregular schedule, requiring weekends and holidays. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. As part of the application process, you must complete and submit an occupational questionnaire. Please follow all instructions carefully. Errors or omissions may affect your rating and/or appointment eligibility. PLEASE READ THIS VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT IN ITS ENTIRETY TO ENSURE ALL REQUIREMENTS ARE ADDRESSED IN YOUR APPLICATION PACKAGE. KEY REQUIREMENTS/CONDITIONS OF EMPLOYMENT Males must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. http://www.sss.gov Selectee must be determined suitable for federal employment. Selectee may be required to successfully complete a probationary period. Selectee is required to participate in the direct deposit pay program. A favorable background is a requirement of this position. Failure to obtain and maintain a favorable background may result in the withdrawal of the position offer or removal. ### Security Clearance Public Trust - Background Investigation Additional Information ## Additional Information ### What To Expect Next All applicants will be notified regarding their status by email. Applicants will either be contacted for an interview or sent an email of non-selection 3-6 weeks after the announcement closing date. Please notify us if your contact information changes after the closing date of the announcement. Also, note that if you provide an inaccurate email address or if your mailbox is full or blocked (e.g., spam-blocker), you may not receive important communication that could affect your consideration for this position. #### BENEFITS Review our benefits **POSITION IS FLEXIBLE AND INELIGIBLE FOR BENEFITS** The Federal government offers a number of exceptional benefits to its employees. Benefits you get to enjoy while working for our TEAM include but are not limited to: Comprehensive benefits package (medical, dental, life insurance, spouse & dependent life insurance, long-term disability, retirement, and 401(k) savings plan, annual and sick leave, tuition reimbursement, etc.). Stability of Federal Civilian Service People with passion for doing work that matters Quality of Work Life Balance ### Other Information We utilize E-Verify to confirm selectee’s eligibility to work in the United States. Salary is dependent on experience and/or education. For positions requiring travel more than twice per year, selectee may be required to obtain and maintain in good standing a Government-issued Travel Card for official government travel purposes. The Department of the Navy (DON) is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. Applicants are assured of equal consideration regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, mental or physical disability, genetic information, reprisal, marital status, political affiliation, sexual orientation, or any other non-merit factor. This agency provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants with disabilities who believe they may require reasonable accommodations should email their request to nsapplications@nhr-ma.com to ensure proper consideration is given. The decision on granting reasonable accommodation will be on a case-by-case basis. This activity is a Drug-Free workplace. The use of illegal drugs by NAF employees, whether on or off duty, cannot and will not be tolerated. Federal employees have a right to a safe and secure workplace, and Sailors, their family members, and all other customers have a right to a reliable and productive Federal workforce. This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/473491700. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
          (USA-FL-Panama City) SECURITY GUARD   
Job Overview ## Job Overview ### Summary About the Agency The selectee for this position will serve as a Security Guard in the Force Protection Department of NAVSUPPACT PANAMA CITY SEC DET. ### Duties The successful selectee will perform the following duties: * Search or inspect private and commercial vehicle inspections according to federal instructions and regulations. * Confirm facilities, locks, alarms, fences, gates, or other barriers are closed/locked or open/unlocked depending on the time of day and the conditions that apply. * Use two way radio and telephone systems to communicate security status. * Perform foot or vehicle patrols of perimeters, roadways, parking and other high traffic areas to detect and prevent theft, damage, accidents, trespass, sabotage, or espionage. * Respond to traffic accidents and direct traffic to maintain or divert the flow of vehicles at the scene. ### Travel Required * Not Required ### Relocation Authorized * Yes * Relocation expenses (i.e. PCS) or relocation incentives as described in 5 USC 5753 may or may not be authorized in accordance with applicable travel regulations, command policy and available command funding. ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… Current Permanent Competitive Service Federal Employees, Interchange Agreement, VEOA, or ICTAP Questions? This job is open to 2 groups. Job Requirements ## Job Requirements ### Key Requirements * Must be a US Citizen. * Males must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. www.sss.gov * Must be determined suitable for federal employment. * Must participate in the direct deposit pay program. * May be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial period. * See Other Information and Requirements section for additional requirements. ### Qualifications In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience. Your resume must demonstrate at least one year of sspecialized experience at or equivalent to the GS-04 grade level or pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private or public sector. Specialized experience must demonstrate the following:1) Screening personal and commercial vehicles.; 2) Contolling personal and commercial vehicles; 3) Patrolling buildings or perimeters for suspicious activity. . Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management website: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/#url=GS-CLER. You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. **Requirements:** Generally, current Federal employees applying for GS jobs must serve at least one year at the next lower grade level. This requirement is called time-in-grade. All qualifications and time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement and clearly documented in your resume. Selectee will be required to successfully complete a pre-appointment physical examination. Successful completion of a pre-employment drug test is required. A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the applicant fails to report to the scheduled drug test appointment. Incumbents of drug testing designated positions will be subject to random testing. Drug test results will be provided to the employing activity/command. This position is restricted to applicants with veterans' preference. However, applications will be accepted from non-preference eligibles that may be referred for employment consideration only in the absence of applicants with veterans' preference. Selectee must obtain and maintain a current valid United States driver's license. This position requires access to firearms or ammunition. The Federal government is prohibited from employing individuals in such position who have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, or a felony crime of domestic violence adjudged on or after 27 November 2002. Selectee for such position must submit a completed DD Form 2760, Qualification to Possess Firearms or Ammunition, before a final job offer can be made Must be able to obtain an interim and/or final (e.g., confidential/secret/top secret, etc.) security clearance prior to entrance on duty AND must be able to maintain the required level of clearance while employed in the subject position. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a job offer or removal. Call back and emergency overtime may be requirements of this position. Work may include assignment to first, second or third shift or rotating shiftsto include weekends and holidays. Required to wear a uniform and comply with grooming standards. The incumbent will be required to wear a uniform and protective clothing such as ballistic vest, helmet etc. Must be 21 years of age. Must obtain and maintain current certification for CPR and fFrst Aid. Must pass a proficiency examination in the use of firearms, expandable baton amd the application of defensive spray. ### Security Clearance Secret Additional Information ## Additional Information ### What To Expect Next When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the hiring eligibility and qualification requirements for which you requested consideration. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to the questionnaire, along with your supporting documentation to determine your level of knowledge, skill, and ability related to the job requirements. Best qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager. The hiring manager may choose to conduct interviews. Once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision. Stay informed of changes to your application status by signing up for automatic email alerts at https://www.usajobs.gov/Applicant/Application/ListApplications. #### BENEFITS Review our benefits ### Other Information This position is covered by the Department of Defense Priority Placement Program. Additional vacancies may be filled by this announcement. A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments. The Department of the Navy uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify. If you are unable to apply online and request information about the Alternate Application process, please contact the Department of Navy's Employment Information Center. Federal annuitant information: The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy policy on the employment of annuitants. Policy information may be found at: http://www.secnav.navy.mil/donhr/Documents/CivilianJobs/FedCivAnnuitants.pdf Required to render appropriate honors (salute) while manning Entry Control Points. Be able to discern color, contrast and depth IAW OPM standards. ICTAP Applicants: To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority as an ICTAP candidate, displaced Federal employees must satisfy all qualification requirements for the position and receive a rating of 85 or higher. For more information about ICTAP eligibility please review the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/federal-employees/ictap/ This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/473142600. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
          (USA-ID-Bayview) POLICE OFFICER   
Job Overview ## Job Overview ### Summary About the Agency The selectee for this position will serve as a POLICE OFFICER in the FORCE PROTECTION PROGRAM of NAVSTA EVERETT SEC DET. **Salary range for the GS-05: $32,844 - 42,702. Salary range for the GS-06: $36,611 - 47,598.** ### Duties The successful selectee will perform the following duties: * **Use anti-terrorism measures to defend against potential security breaches.** * **Implement force protection measures in compliance with laws and regulations.** * **Protect evidence to avoid compromise.** * **Protect a crime scene to turn over information gathered at the scene of an incident to detectives or investigators.** * **Appear as a witness in court proceedings.** * **Conduct investigative stops on violators of traffic laws.** * **Operate radar or other speed detection equipment to monitor and enforce traffic regulations or laws.** ### Travel Required * Occasional Travel * Occasional Travel may be required to complete training. ### Relocation Authorized * Yes * Recruitment and/or Relocation incentives as described in 5 USC 5753 may or may not be authorized in accordance with applicable command policy and available command funding. Permanent Change of Station (PCS) is not authorized. ### Who May Apply #### This job is open to… Current Permanent Competitive Service Federal Employees, Reinstatement Eligibles, 30% or more Disabled Veterans, Interchange Agreement, VEOA, VRA or ICTAP Questions? This job is open to 3 groups. Job Requirements ## Job Requirements ### Key Requirements * Must be a US Citizen. * Males must be registered or exempt from Selective Service. www.sss.gov * Must be determined suitable for federal employment. * Must participate in the direct deposit pay program. * May be required to successfully complete a probationary/trial period. * See Other Information section for additional requirements. ### Qualifications In order to qualify for this position, your resume must provide sufficient experience and/or education, knowledge, skills, and abilities to perform the duties of the specific position for which you are being considered. Your resume is the key means we have for evaluating your skills, knowledge, and abilities as they relate to this position. Therefore, we encourage you to be clear and specific when describing your experience. *For the GS-06:* I have one year of specialized experience equivalent to the next lower grade level GS-05 or pay band in the federal service performing the following types of duties: 1) Issues citations in violation of law enforcement regulations; 2) Conducts investigation related to critical incidents (i.e., traffic accidents, domestic violence, assaults, child abuse/neglect) in accordance to policies and procedures; 3) Interviews witnesses to gather information about incidents; and 4) Conducts inspections of vehicles to detect the unauthorized removal of classified material, government property, contraband, weapons, explosives or any items detrimental to security. *For the GS-05:* Your resume must demonstrate at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-04 level in the Federal Service performing the following types of duties: 1) Apprehends personnel by the use of force or police equipment (i.e.,firearms, taser, Oleoresin Capsicum (OS) spray); 2) Prepares police reports concerning incidents and actions taken; and 3) Responds to emergency calls for service while adhering to state and federal laws. NOTE: This information must be supported in your resume to be considered for the position. OR Have successfully completed a four year course of study leading to a bachelor's degree in Police Science or a comparable degree program related to the work of the position. NOTE: If you select this option, it is highly recommended that you submit a copy of your transcripts with your application. OR Have a combination of experience and education as described above which, when combined, is equivalent to 100% of the qualification requirement. NOTE: This information must be supported in your resume. Successful completion of Federal, State, County or municipal police academy or comparable training course that included at least 40 classroom hours of instruction in police department procedures and methods, and local law and regulations, may be substituted for a maximum of 3 months of specialized experience or 6 months of general experience. Additional qualification information can be found from the following Office of Personnel Management website: https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/classification-qualifications/general-schedule-qualification-standards/0000/police-series-0083/ You will receive credit for all qualifying experience, including volunteer and part time experience. You must clearly identify the duties and responsibilities in each position held and the total number of hours per week. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., professional, philanthropic, religious, spiritual, community, student, social). Volunteer work helps build critical competencies, knowledge, and skills and can provide valuable training and experience that translates directly to paid employment. If you are using education to meet all or part of the qualification requirements, you must submit a copy of your transcripts or an itemized list of college courses which includes equivalent information from the transcript (course title, semester/quarter hours, and grade/degree earned) in your resume. See OPM's General Policies for information on crediting education. Generally, current Federal employees applying for GS jobs must serve at least one year at the next lower grade level. This requirement is called time-in-grade. All qualifications and time-in-grade requirements must be met by the closing date of this announcement and clearly documented in your resume. This position has promotion potential to the GS-06 grade. If selected below the full performance level, incumbent may be non-competitively promoted to the next higher grade level after meeting all regulatory requirements, and upon the recommendation of management. Promotion is neither implied nor guaranteed. Must be a U.S. Citizen. Selectee must obtain and maintain a current valid United States driver's license. Must be able to obtain an interim and/or final SECRET security clearance prior to entrance on duty AND must be able to maintain the required level of clearance while employed in the subject position. Failure to obtain and maintain the required level of clearance may result in the withdrawal of a job offer or removal. Selectee will be required to successfully complete a pre-appointment physical examination. Successful completion of a pre-employment drug test is required. A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the applicant fails to report to the scheduled drug test appointment. Incumbents of drug testing designated positions will be subject to random testing. Drug test results will be provided to the employing activity/command. The position is covered by the Lautenberg Amendment to the Gun Control Act of 1968. This position requires access to firearms or ammunition. The Federal government is prohibited from employing individuals in such position who have ever been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, or a felony crime of domestic violence adjudged on or after 27 November 2002. Selectee for such position must submit a completed DD Form 2760, Qualification to Possess Firearms or Ammunition, before a final job offer can be made. Must be able to use all police equipment, certify in the use of radar detection and alcohol detection equipment, field sobriety tests, expandable or collapsible baton, and obtain other certifications required to accomplish the duties of lae enforcement officer. This is a Key/Emergency-Essential position. In the event of a crisis situation of war, the incumbent must continue to perform assigned duties to support mission requirements until relieved by proper authority. ### Security Clearance Secret Additional Information ## Additional Information ### What To Expect Next When the application process is complete, your application will be reviewed to determine if you meet the hiring eligibility and qualification requirements for which you requested consideration. You will be rated based on the information provided in your resume and responses to the questionnaire, along with your supporting documentation to determine your level of knowledge, skill, and ability related to the job requirements. Best qualified applicants will be referred to the hiring manager. The hiring manager may choose to conduct interviews. Once the selection is made, you will receive a notification of the decision. Stay informed of changes to your application status by signing up for automatic email alerts at https://www.usajobs.gov/Applicant/Application/ListApplications. #### BENEFITS Review our benefits ### Other Information This position is covered by the Department of Defense Priority Placement Program. Additional vacancies may be filled by this announcement. A tentative offer of employment will be rescinded if the selectee fails to meet the pre-employment requirements, including failure to report to any of the scheduled appointments. Recruitment and Relocation incentives are authorized. Permanent Change of Station (PCS) is NOT authorized. Incumbent is required to wear a uniform and maintain appearance and grooming standards per Navy, Region, or Local Command SOP Orders/Policies. This position is subject to work an uncommon tour, including nights, weekends, and holidays to meet mission requirements. Overtime or night differential pay and/or unusual duty hours may be required. The Department of the Navy uses E-Verify to confirm the employment eligibility of all newly hired employees. To learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities, visit www.dhs.gov/E-Verify. If you are unable to apply online and request information about the Alternate Application process, please contact the Department of Navy's Employment Information Center. Federal annuitant information: The selection of an annuitant is subject to the Department of Defense and Department of the Navy policy on the employment of annuitants. Policy information may be found at: http://www.secnav.navy.mil/donhr/Documents/CivilianJobs/FedCivAnnuitants.pdf Must successfully complete a designated Navy Police Officers Course of Instruction and meet all certification requirements, to include weapons certifications, CPR, AED, DOD and Joint Training Regulations. Occasional Travel may be required (All Officers have to attend the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) a 3 month course and there is some travel to Naval Station Everett, WA for training (EVOC, Weapons qualifications, etc.) Employee will be required to sign a continuing service agreement prior to travel to the academy. Agreement to Continue in Service - CSA, Agency requires 9 month of continued employment after the completion of required training from the FLETC in accordance with Title 5 USC 4108 and 5 CFR410.309. Failure to voluntary complete length of employment requirement can subject employee to reimburse to the agency for fees, such as tuition and related fees, travel, and other special expenses (excluding salary) paid in connection with the training. Failure to meet conditions or employment may result disciplinary action or termination. Active duty military members MAY apply under this announcement. If selected, appointment eligibility requirements must be met prior to the effective date of appointment. Within the Department of Defense (DoD), the appointment of retired military members within 180 days immediately following retirement date to a civilian position is subject to the provisions of 5 United States Code 3326. ICTAP Applicants: To be considered well-qualified and exercise selection priority as an ICTAP candidate, displaced Federal employees must satisfy all qualification requirements for the position and receive a rating of 85 or higher. For more information about ICTAP eligibility please review the following link: https://www.usajobs.gov/Help/working-in-government/unique-hiring-paths/federal-employees/ictap/ This job originated on www.usajobs.gov. For the full announcement and to apply, visit www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/472483800. Only resumes submitted according to the instructions on the job announcement listed at www.usajobs.gov will be considered.
          (USA-NJ-Earle Naval Ammunition Depot) Motor Vehicle Operator   
Job Overview ## Job Overview ### Summary Fleet and Family Readiness is looking for the best and brightest to join our TEAM!!! The Navy team offers innovative, exciting and meaningful work linking military and civilian talents to achieve our mission and safeguard our freedoms by enhancing the qualify of life for Sailors, their families, and others in the Navy Community. Department of the Navy provides competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits, and extensive professional development and training. The Mid-Atlantic Region Fleet & Family Readiness team is dedicated to providing a full range of quality programs and services that enhance the lives of Sailors and families in support of mission readiness and retention. FFR encompasses four program areas: Family Readiness (Fleet & Family Support Centers), Fleet Readiness (Child & Youth Programs, Morale, Welfare & Recreation, and Food Service Galleys), Housing Services & Lodging (Bachelor & Family and Navy Gateway Inns and Suites) and Navy Wounded Warrior - Safe Harbor. Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) covers a wide scope of operations providing Sailors and their families with the finest facilities, programs and activities to meet their recreational and social needs. MWR programs encourage positive individual values, aids retention, and provides the physical, mental and social needs of a mobile Navy. MWR program encompass Fitness & Sports, Deployed Forces Support, Recreation, Entertainment and Food & Beverage Operations. For more information on Mid-Atlantic Region MWR programs visit **www.cnic.navy.mil/CNRMA/FleetFamilyReadiness/ThingstoDo/** This position is located at NWS Earle-MWR Department. Candidates selected for this position will serve as a Motor Vehicle Operator. ### Duties This position is located within Commander, Mid-Atlantic Region, Fleet and Family Readiness Program. The incumbent functions as the assigned driver of assigned commercial vehicles, to include cargo/passenger vans, stake trucks, passenger busses, etc. Operates gasoline or diesel powered vehicles with gross vehicle weights of 22,000 pounds or more. These vehicles may include cargo, van, stake trucks and 29 passenger buses. Such vehicles are equipped with such driving controls as gear shift lever, brake pedal, accelerator, manual or automatic transmissions and may be equipped with air brakes. Operates vehicles over roads and streets through all kinds of traffic depending upon the type of vehicle operated and the purpose for which it is operated. Maintains awareness of all legal requirements for the vehicle operated, and maintains legal driving requirements at all times. 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          Inside the Philippines Raid That Turned Up Sex-Trade Data   
It was a daring raid carried out with military precision in a remote city of the Philippines – an operation that yielded surprise ammunition for […] Read the original post by MSNBC
          Lebanon: 5 idiots blow themselves up during raid by the army on refugee camp   
(Beirut) A search by Lebanese troops on a couple of refugee camps in the town of Arsal for arms and ammunition saw 5 idiots wearing suicide vests blow themselves up wounding several troops.


In the first attack, three soldiers were wounded when a suicide bomber detonated his suicide belt near them. Three other men wearing suicide vests blew themselves up in the same camp, while others detonated an explosive device. A military explosives expert defused four other devices. At the al-Qariya camp, a fifth suicide bomber blew himself up, wounding no one. Four soldiers were wounded when a hand grenade was tossed at the troops. Over a hundred people were arrested during the raids.

          RT — Zakharova: Propaganda campaign on ‘Damascus using chemical weapons’ is launched   

With ISIS largely routed in Syria, the end game has begun. Presently, the Syrian government alliance with Russia, Iran and Hezbollah is positioned to become dominant.

Expect the opposition, supported by the coalition led by the US, to attempt to counter this.

As a consequence the propaganda rationalizing coalition intervention will likely greatly increase, and Russia is claiming this effort has already begun. Russia is acting to head it off.

This is s dangerous time, since it brings two nuclear powers into military confrontation if coalition intervention increases in Syria.

From a strategic POV, it is unlikely that the US will limit its action to Syria if a decision is made to push ahead with a plan to partition Syria first and then to remove Assad subsequently. Some diversionary moves to occupy Russia and Iran are also likely, e.g, a Ukrainian offensive in Donbas.

This is an especially dangerous time since the US push to surround and contain Russia and China is pushing both countries into a strategic alliance, as well as as a push to increase their military capabilities. This is creating alarm among US and NATO militaries, which see the gap quickly closing.
A propaganda campaign to blame Syria’s government for alleged use of chemical weapons has begun, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has warned, adding that the effort is expected to be massive and include “many fakes.”

“As we warned a few days ago, a media propaganda campaign on the ‘use of chemical weapons by Damascus’ has begun,” Zakharova wrote on Facebook.
RT
Zakharova: Propaganda campaign on ‘Damascus using chemical weapons’ is launched
A military-diplomatic source told Sputnik that Jabhat Fatah al Sham terrorist group, formerly known as al-Nusra Front, is allegedly preparing provocations at a storage in Syria's Idlib with the use of sarin gas in the towns of Khan Sheikhoun and Kefraya.
Now that the US media have shown that anonymous sources work.

Sputnik InternationalNusra Preparing Sarin 'Provocation' in Syria's Khan Sheikhoun, Kefraya
Russia believes that a provocation involving a fake chemical attack is being prepared in Syria - and that the attack will be used as an excuse by the United States to escalate the conflict.

Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said during a press briefing in Moscow that Russia believes that a provocation is being prepare in the Syrian town of Saraqeb or Ariha.
RI Staff
Russian military and diplomatic sources have warned that terrorists of Al Nusra Front/Tahrir Al Sham are preparing a new false flag operation by using sarin gas, somewhere in the countryside of the northwestern Syrian province of Idleb.
“Based on the information available, terrorists of Al Nusra Front are preparing themselves for a provocative act by using Sarin gas,” Sputnik News Agency quoted one of the sources, adding that preparations for the act itself are being made in one of the buildings in the town of Maghara in Idleb countryside, where terrorists also stock their prohibited chemicals.

Aside from terrorists, several people, known to be Turkish and American citizens, are reportedly being involved as well.
Anonymous sources as in the US media. The Russians have also learned from the US how to get ahead of the story.

Fort Russ
"Al Nusra Front [Al Qaeda] to Carry Out False Flag Attack by Using Sarin Gas, With the Help From US and Turkey" - Moscow
SANA - - translated by Samer Hussein 
An Islamist rebel group has accused the Syrian army of using chlorine gas against its fighters on Saturday, according to Reuters.

Since the alleged chlorine holocaust involves Islamist rebels, and not small children, we imagine this is probably a dress rehearsal for something much larger
Sputnik International
RI Staff
Klintsevich also pointed out the connection between the provocation and the soon arrival of a US carrier strike group to the Syrian shore.
“As soon as it [the group] arrives, the provocation with the use of chemical weapons will occur and the United States will launch an air attack,” the lawmaker said.
Sputnik International
Russian MP Links Possible Use of Sarin in Syria to Arrival of US Carrier Group
Russian Coordination Center from Hmeimim, Lattakia, said the Syrian Army never used any sort of chemicals, while conducting the counter-terrorists raids in the Damascene districts of Ein Tarma and Jobar.

According to a statement from the Russian diplomatic source, several officers from the Russian Coordination Center, were doing their work on Saturday evening in Al Kabbas neighborhood of Damascus (and which is located right next to Ein Tarma), stressing that no chemicals were ever used there or anywhere around.

The source also said Russia is in possession of an irrefutable evidence, proving that terrorists in Syria are using foreign-made weapons and ammunition, noting that Russian officers took photos of shrapnels from weapons and ammunition, discovered on the ground, along with their serial numbers.
SANA - - translated by Samer Hussein


See also
A Hollywood-style video has appeared at the US Marine Corps Youtube channel showing US military servicemen operating in Syria.
SouthFront
Video: US Marines Artillery Pounding ISIS Terrorists in Syria

RT
Turkish President Erdogan meets Russia’s defense minister [Sergei Shoigu] in Istanbul


          Association plans firearm training   
Franklin Revolver & Rifle Association, Inc. will sponsor "Girls, Guys & Guns", an introduction to firearm safety and hands-on basic pistol shooting for men and women 21 years of age and older on Sunday, July 23, from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. All equipment, instruction, ammunition and coaches are provided free as a community service. The range is located at 10 Buckwheat Rd Franklin.
          Laws of the land   
... that would have barred gun owners from possessing high-capacity ammunition magazines. Starting Saturday, concealed guns are allowed at college campuses in Georgia and Kansas, more public buildings and bus stations in Tennessee, and at the Iowa state ...
          What my gang did to travelers in Kogi State – Notorious Fulani herdsman   

What my gang did to travelers in Kogi State – Notorious Fulani herdsman
A 25-year old suspected Fulani herdsman, Abubakar Mohammed, has disclosed how himself and his gang members attacked passenger buses along Osara-Lokoja Expressway in Kogi State, under the cover of herding cattle for free range grazing.
He said they kidnap, rob, and rape female passengers for days without fear of police arrest.
Mohammed made this disclosure when he was paraded alongside one of his gang members – 23-year-old Abubakar Bamo – during the weekend by men of the Special Anti- Robbery Squad (SARS) of the Kogi State Police Command.
He said: “We are cattle rearers but we have robbed several bus passengers along Okene, Osara/Lokoja and collected all their money.
“We kidnapped some of them and held them in the bush, where we raped the female passengers.
“There was a time the police killed a member of our gang, but we re-grouped and started kidnapping anybody we saw in the bush in Itobe and Adogo communities.
“We also raped the female victims working in the farms.”
Mohammed and Bamo, who are being held at the SARS headquarters, also told newsmen that they took special interest in killing policemen on duty and taking away their AK 47 rifles which they used to carry out their operations.
On his part, Kogi Commissioner of Police, Wilson Inalegwu, commended the Commander of SARS, Supol Bimbo Oyewole and his operatives, who stormed the hideout of the Fulani herdsmen at Itobe and Adogo axis of Ajaokuta Local Government Area, Kogi state to nab the suspects.
The police boss said that the Fulani gang had on June 3, 2017 attacked a passenger bus along the Osara-Lokoja and took some of the female passengers to their hideout in the bush, where they raped them and also collected N500,000 as ransom.

According to Inalegwu, the Fulani gang kidnapped and robbed another set of bus passengers along the Kabba-Shoko road. They held the passengers for three days, collected N1 million as ransom and raped the female victims.
Inalegwu further revealed that the Fulani kidnappers and robbers masquerading as herdsmen also abducted a man in Okene. They took the sum of N400,300 from the victim and held him for seven days before he was released.
He said: “In the course of investigation, the SARS operatives arrested 23-year-old Abubakar Bamo and Mohammed Sani, 25, who conspired to abduct one Alhaji Buba at Adogo axis and he paid N1 million ransom after spending several days in the custody of the kidnappers. The gang led by the duo of Bamo and Sani were alleged to have terrorized the entire community of Adogo and Itobe in Ofu Local Government Area, Kogi State.
“SARS operatives recovered police AK 47 rifles and ammunition as well as pump-action guns from them.
“In one of the exchange of gunshots between the police and the Fulani gang, Abubakar Mohammed, escaped to their camp in Obajana with bullet wounds, where a nurse, Taiwo Oladiran, treated him and extracted bullets from his body and was paid N30,000.
“Luck however ran out on her and she was later arrested following a tip off.“
Inalegwu assured that the command would not rest on its oars. Rather it would continue to prosecute the renewed war against kidnappers and armed robbers.
He said after investigations the suspects in custody would be charged to court.
He urged the people of Kogi to provide the police with useful information to enable it combat Fulani kidnappers and robbers more effectively.

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          Comment on Syrian War Report – June 30, 2017: Government Advance Against ISIS by vot tak   
Russia Gathers Evidence Proving Use of Foreign Weapons by Terrorists in Syria https://sputniknews.com/middleeast/201707011055151537-russia-gathers-syria-foreign-evidence/ "A diplomatic source said that Russia gathered incontestable evidence proving the use of foreign weapons and ammunition by terrorist groups in Syria. Russia gathered incontestable evidence proving the use of foreign weapons and ammunition by terrorist groups in Syria, a diplomatic source told Sputnik on Saturday. "Russian officers of the Center for Syrian Reconciliation registered on Saturday 48 mortar shelling of the Al-Qabas quarter from the positions of illegal armed formations in Ein Tarma and Jobar. Moreover, they gathered incontestable evidence proving that terrorists use foreign weapons and ammunition — took photos of shatters of the shells produced abroad with serial numbers," the source said. Earlier in the day, a number of Syrian opposition internet portals reported that the alleged government troops’ chemical attack in Ein Tarma left 30 militants poisoned. The command of the Syrian Armed Forces denied the allegations calling the reports "false and not consistent with the reality."
          WallyWorld Weekend Maths   

                             Nice try, but thanks for playing.

The other day, I noticed this post.
So I went over to Wallyworld, to see what that'd cost if you did it.
(I do the shopping math, so you don't have to!)

First, the list, with my price tally over on the left side. Afterwards, the analysis.

The List
1. Head to the nearest Wal-Mart and pick-up 20 lbs. of white or brown rice (white rice stores longer but brown rice is more nutritious) and 20 lbs. of pinto beans. White rice has a better storage life while brown rice has more nutritional benefits – your choice.
 
rice      $9.28
beans $16.40

2. While you’re there grab 5 lbs. mixed beans, 5 lbs. of white sugar, 5 lbs. of iodized salt, one gallon of olive oil (can be frozen to extend shelf-life), 5 lbs. oats, 10 lbs. each of white or wheat flour and cornmeal.

4# sugar $2.56
salt         $4.20
olive oil $31.96
oats        none there
flour       $3.16
cornmeal none there
3. Now head over to the canned foods and pick-up 20 cans of canned fruits and 20 cans of canned vegetables. Be sure to buy only those brands and contents you normally eat and nothing exotic. No need to shock the senses.
 
fruit       $29.60
veggies $19.60

4. Now over to the canned meats. Pick-up 20 cans of various meats, salmon, stews, spam and tuna. Again buy only those brands with contents you normally eat and nothing exotic.

meat       $7.12
salmon $15.12
stew       $9.76
Spam    $10.56
tuna       $4.00
5. Okay. Now to the to the peanut butter shelf and toss two 40-ounce jars in the cart. The listed shelf life is just over two years and each jar has over 6,000 calories. Peanut butter is an excellent instant survival food.
PB   $10.96
6. Over to the powdered drink mix – go on I’ll wait…Okay, pick up two 72 Ounce Tang Orange drink canisters (provides 100% of the US RDA vitamin C requirement per 8 oz. glass). Also, grab six 19-Ounce Containers of Kool-Aid Drink Mix. 
OJ         $20.00
Koolaid  $15.00
7. Off to the vitamin and supplement aisle, pick up 400 tablets “one a day” multivitamin and mineral supplements. I buy this brand at the local Wal-Mart – comes in 200 count bottle for $8 each.
 vitamins $15.48
8. Now to the department we all love – sporting goods. Go to the camping aisle and pick up 4 five gallon water containers. Fill with tap water as soon as you get back home.
 
 jugs $51.88
9. While you’re there buy 250 rounds of ammunition for your primary defensive weapon. More if you can, but this will be a good start. Also a good universal cleaning kit.

ammo $95.49
kit       $34.97
10. And while you’re in the sporting good department pick up the best flashlight you can afford, extra batteries and bulb. Also, grab two boxes of wooden matches and several multi-purpose lighters. Don’t forget to date, use and rotate – remember first in first out. Let’s get started. What would you add to the list?

3D Maglite $49.97
matches      $3.96
lighters        $1.97
11. Go to back the grocery department and pick up 5 lbs of powdered milk or the equivalent of canned, now go over to the next aisles and throw in 5 lbs of rolled oats and a case of Ramen noodles. Ramen noodles aren’t the most nutritional food but they are cheap, add bulk to the diet and store well –  just don’t rely on them to provide all your nutritional needs. And don’t forget a good manual can opener.

milk       $21.94
oats       didn't have
ramen    $4.36
can opener $6.97
12. While you’re in the grocery department be sure to pick up an assortment of spices to taste, such as Basil, Chili powder, Cinnamon, Garlic, Sage, Marjoram, Oregano, Rosemary, Thyme and Black Pepper. Spices can go along way toward making unfamiliar foods palatable. Also, while you’re in that area add 5 or more lbs of salt to your shopping cart, as you know salt has 101 uses.

spices $22.84
5# salt  $4.20

13. Okay, counting what you bought during our first trip to the shopping center, that should do it for the grocery. Now go over to the area near the pharmacy and pick up 3 large tubes of toothpaste, 3 brushes, 100 double edge razor blades, (note: if you don’t have a razor you’ll probably have to order one from Amazon.com and don’t forget a brush and bowl), I’ve used this type razor for years and think it is a cheaper long-term solution than disposable.
toothpaste $4.96
brushes $2.77
razors $199.70
14. While you’re there, add the most comprehensive first-aid kit that you can find to your cart and don’t forget over the counter pain meds (Tylenol, aspirin etc.). If you’re a woman (or have one in your life) go over a few shelves and pick up enough “feminine” supplies to last three months or longer.
FA $24.44
aspirin $3.64
Tylenol $9.47
Motrin  $13.94
15. With all that food in your pantry its only a matter of time before you have to poop. I know, its shocking but we all do it.  If you have a water source such as a stream or lake nearby you can still use the toilet in your bathroom, all you have to do is manually fill the tank in back and flush as usual. If this isn’t an option, you’ll need to look for other alternatives such as the Portable Toilets sold in the sporting goods department or making a  sawdust toilet from a five-gallon bucket.

 toilet $29.63
16. What’s next? You guessed it toilet paper. If you poop you need to wipe, if not you probably need to start. You could use a corncob, cloth, Roman sponge on a stick or paper from discarded books or newspapers but I would wager most of you prefer the softness of Angle Soft. Get enough to last at least a month, more if possible and remember women need more than men so plan accordingly.

TP  $16.98
17. While you are in that area of the store pick up a supply of disposable plates, bowls and plastic utensils. Don’t go overboard here but having a small stockpile of these items on hand can save a lot of water that would otherwise be used to wash dishes. Also add two or more gallons of regular, unscented bleach to your cart.

plates   $6.77
bowls    $4.84
utensils $8.97
bleach   $7.96

18. This is a biggie and can’t be done (legally) at the department store pharmacy without the signature of a doctor – that is stocking up on prescription meds.  Getting more than a 30 day supply, at least in the U.S., can be difficult if not impossible. But there are ways to get most of what you need for long-term survival. See this post and this one and this book (note: some of the information in the book is dated but there is still good advice to be found).
 Rx meds $10
19. Now push your cart (man this thing is getting heavy) over to the hardware department of the store and pick up a carpenters hammer, vise grips, adjustable wrench, screw driver set, duct tape, electrical tape, axe, pry bar, crosscut saw, hacksaw and large can of WD-40. This is your bare minimum survival tool kit.

tools $109.98
20. After you get your tool kit, go over to sporting goods and in the camping supply aisle pick up a propane camp stove and 5 or more 1 pound propane cylinders or a bulk 20 lb tank and hose adaptor – yes the pressure in the small bottles is the same as a 20 lb cylinder or even 100 lb tank, just be sure to get the proper adapter and hose assembly. Another alternative and the one I prefer is the Volcano Stove because I can use propane, wood and charcoal.

stove     $42.88
propane $17.35
hose      $15.67
Volcano stove - didn't have
21. Okay, we are just about done  – only a few more steps you’ll be out the door and heading home. You’ll need a way to keep in touch with your group so go to the electronics department and pick up the best two-way radios that you can afford – I have these. Don’t forget a battery-powered radio and extra batteries for both. While not necessary, I prefer a radio capable of receiving AM/FM and shortwave broadcasts – I have this one.

FRS walkie talkies $79.00
radio $35.00

Total cost:   $1167.26, + tax

The Good

There is nothing on this list that's a bad idea, per se. It's all useful and handy stuff, and you should have it, or something like it.

The Bad

This is, at most, food for one for about a month.
If you tried to tote it all out in one trip, you'd need three minions, because it would fill four full-sized shopping carts, and weigh about 700 pounds.
That's a pick-up truck load.
If you're shopping for two, three, four or more people, the costs and size tally would grow appreciably. Breakfast would be oats, fruit, maybe pancakes or biscuits, and Spam. Lunch would be any dinner leftovers, and dinner would be meat, rice or beans, and veggies.
Spices help, but there's a lot of monotony there.
Anyone that isn't either 18 and broke, or retarded, should have put the listed tool kit together before they graduated high school.

The Ugly

This would be maybe what you'd need for a couple of weeks, after a flood, hurricane, earthquake, tornado, etc.
For the Zombie Apocalypse, it's barely a decent running start, and in a month, you'd starve and die.
And the list of things not on this list - that SHOULD be - would choke a cube van (and these things, too, are all readily available at WallyWorld):

broth cubes
tea
honey
canned chili
grill tools
cast iron fry pan
cast iron dutch oven
candles
batteries and more batteries
solar patio lights
bar soap
laundry soap
5-gal buckets
canning book
canning jars
canning lids
stock pot
fish hooks
fishing line
sinkers
swivels
rat traps
seed packets
bird seed
bag of onions
bag of potatoes
sunblock
bug juice
sewing needles
pins
thread (by the pound)
buttons
grommets and setter
leather punch
paracord
scissors
Shoe goo
plastic sheeting
fiberglass screening
aluminum foil
plastic wrap
baggies
trash bags
tape measure
level
bolt cutters
wire cutters
wire
gloves
safety glasses
reading glasses
sun glasses
water purification tablets
magnesium block
fire starter sparker
compass
space blanket
water bottle/canteen
sleeping bag
tarps
tent
fixed blade knife
folding knife
multi-tool
folding shovel
pointed shovel
round shovel
sledge hammer
wood axe
splitting maul
wedges
hard rake
hoe
4-tine cultivator
machete
digging bar
rubber hose
sandbags
road flares
.22LR ammo (now that it isn't unobtanium)
air rifle pellets
slingshot and ammo

and on and on and on.
That's just what I noticed walking around pricing the other stuff.

Yeah, the post noted briefly this wasn't an inclusive list. So why package it as "The 21 Things..."?? Cut it down to three: (eat, sleep, poop), or else call it the "First (of 300) Things You Need...".

If you want to use the original list, it's not bad. For some folks, it's a budget- and back-breaker. For a lot more, it's way too little.
And no way in hell should you ever think this is something you could do last minute, without a family the size of the Brady Bunch, and smarter than the characters in The Big Bang Theory.

Worst of all, a list of stuff is still just a List Of Stuff.
Stuff won't save your life, knowledge + stuff will.
And the best knowledge is that rather than slap-dashing your preps, and trying to pull them out of your ass at the last minute in a WallyWorld panic buying spree, work smarter:

Break your preps into Systems, not Stuff. And rotate through each one on a regular basis.
I.e., get all the water SYSTEM stuff at once, and have back-ups to back ups, e.g. bleach, water purification tablets, iron kettle for boiling, plastic sheeting for solar stills and rain catchment, water jugs and canteens, etc.
Next day/week/month/whatever, work on your stored food system, then your personal protection system, shelter system, food obtaining system, communication system, cooking system, power system.

Instead of buying 400 pounds of staples, try this: every week, buy an eighth day of canned food meals. Set it aside for tougher times. In a year's time, you'll have a 52-day food cushion, in cans that last from 3-5 years, if not far longer, and it'll be food you're already eating. Three years would give you six months back stock, which you could then rotate into use every week, and always have six months' food on hand. (Always feed your pantry first.)
Plan something like 14 days' different meals, break down the cans required to make it, and buy all the cans and items for one of those meals every weekly shopping trip. A day's meals, even for a family, is maybe $10-15, tops, in canned goods. If you can't scrape that much out of your weekly budget, you're already in bare survival mode now.








*Endnotes

WallyWorld is regional. Commander Zero's store in MT stocks Mountain House #10 cans.
Mine, no way in hell.
One in MS or AL has cornmeal, or grits, or whatever.
One in Chicongo or CO, not so much.
Be aware of what you can (and can't) find in your area.

Chili is a life support system. Not including it on the meats list was a major faux pas.

Fish hooks and line will feed you just about everywhere on the planet.

Rat traps baited with peanut butter and staked down with cable or sash chain will feed a family eating nothing but tree squirrels on most of the North American continent, indefinitely.

Ditto bird seed used for pigeons, and a milk crate trap. Catch enough alive at once, build a dove cot, and you have a poor man's chicken ranch, and dove season is every week, no shells required. (Raising real chickens, and rabbits, would be even better.)

The bag of onions and potatoes are to plant, not eat. You'll survive on those pretty much forever, if you have dirt, water, and sunlight. With pigeon or squirrel added to the potato and onion, it's a pretty fair stew. And rabbit pellets are decent fertilizer when you compost it. Which grows you more potatoes and onions.

You could fit $100 worth of $0.20 seed packets into a cardboard banker file box, and they'd grow enough food for a small army for several years. After the fish hooks, line, and such, they're the second thing I'd grab in the apocalypse, if I wanted to eat next year and beyond. If you're really bright, you'd have sacks (or N2 or CO2-filled sealed canning jars) of the non-GMO non-hybrid heirloom varieties sitting around for that day, which would produce seeds endlessly, pretty much like they've done since Adam and Eve, or Thag and Og, depending on your personal beliefs.

250 rounds of ammo? I can't even.
Look at any mob you've ever seen.
I don't want 250 rounds, I want 250 cases. And more in the truck.
But if you're going to go that low, how's about 200 rounds for a rifle, and 50 for a pistol?
Along with a few boxes of assorted 12 ga. and a brick of .22???

Before I'd spend $30 for the flimsy toilet seat, I'd get a 4'x8' sheet of 3/4 plywood for about the same price, and one wooden toilet seat, cut and build a much sturdier toilet cube with lid, made the right height to slip a 5 gal. bucket inside, and have a solid toilet that I could close tight, that'd last longer, and keep the smell in and the flies out. I'd coat everything but the toilet seat, inside and out, with truck bed liner, and I could rinse or sponge wipe the whole thing any time I cared to, and seal the wood so nothing go into it, including splatter or splash.

The toilet paper was $16.98 for 36 rolls, and 18.97 for 20 rolls. Really. (Manager's Special - for public school graduates, no doubt.) Caveat emptor.

Gloves and safety glasses used during Tough Times will cut back drastically on using the First Aid kits. And you won't need nearly as many glass replacement eyes and prosthetic hooks and rubber fingers, when yours don't grow back.

$200 for razor blades, but $25 for first aid? WTF???
And also, you won't need to shave next spring, when you starve this winter.

The "best first aid kit" available at WallyWorld, or anywhere else, is a small plastic Tub Of Shit. It's a half-fast solution for lazy people, with substandard supplies in sub-optimal quantities, and a waste for any real-world use, unless you're stocking a life raft for a party barge or a float platform for the pond. Probably not even then. (But other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?)
Build your own damned kit, better, bigger, and many times even cheaper. I think I've covered contents and training to use them a few times in the past. A first aid kit you didn't build is like a meal you didn't cook from eating out, because you don't know how to cook: an expensive luxury, added risks, and a sop to laziness.

While pricing this, I found two different Eton emergency radios (AM/FM/weather) at WallyWorld on markdown, one with a hand charging crank for $35, and one without it for $5. I bought them both on the spot. A decent emergency battery-powered radio for $5? Hell, yes. This is also why I walk out a piece like this in real life: serendipity.
          Take a look at how Army snipers zero in on their targets during specialized training   

US Army National Guard sniper trainingUS Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Spreitzer

During large, multiunit exercises, the US military's snipers can be overshadowed by the men and machines roving the battlefield.

To correct that, Staff Sgt. Joe Bastian — a former active-duty sniper who is now a sniper observer/controller/trainer with the First Army's 1st Battalion, 335th Infantry Regiment — designed a special 10-day training course for snipers during the 33rd Infantry Brigade's Exportable Combat Training Capability, or XCTC, at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin.

"The course is designed to get all of the snipers from the brigade together to train, broaden their horizons and share tactics, techniques and procedures," he said in an Army news story.

Bastian called on two former instructors from the US Army's Sniper School at Fort Benning in Georgia, and their course filled the 10-day exercise with weeks' worth of training for soldiers from Illinois' 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and Puerto Rico's 1st Battalion, 296th Infantry Regiment.

The course teaches snipers how to design their own training courses, as well as how to work with ammunition, targets, and ranges, and how to use camouflage and stalking techniques during training.

Below, you can see some photos of US Army National Guard snipers getting the specialized instruction they need to seek out and pick off their targets. 

XCTC is the Army National Guard’s program to provide an experience similar to an Army combat-training center at a home station or a regional training center, like Fort McCoy. Soldiers from the 502 Infantry Regiment stood in as opposition forces.

U.S. Army Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, PAO, Fort McCoy

"I had to call in a couple of favors because of the scope of this course," Bastian said. "My two co-trainers bring a breadth of knowledge and experience that is unparalleled and gives these soldiers an opportunity that they won't get otherwise."

US Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Spreitzer

Source: US Army



"The Army has a multitude of systems and professionals to continually train everyone, except snipers," Peterson, one of the co-trainers, said. "When these guys go back to their units, there's not a lot of personnel that can train them properly. This course will help them continue their education and properly train themselves."

US Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Spreitzer

Source: US Army




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          28 33 66 42 44 118 147 666 | David Desper road rage shooting of 18-year-old Bianco Nikol Roberson   

Black and White = 113; Mainstream = 113; Dishonest = 113

Here we go.


Remember who 'they' are, the programmers.

Sin = 42 & 147 (Satanic); War =  42 & 147 (Satanic)



Notice the name, David Desper, like we're in despair here.  This comes outside the city of brotherly love.

DD = 44
Kill = 44
Shooting = 44

The victim's name is also fitting.


*Road Rage = 42
Freemason = 42; February = 42; Slavery = 42; Brothers = 42; Boy = 42; Nigger = 42


Death = 118

David Desper is also 28-years-old.  Man = 28


http://www.cnn.com/2017/07/02/us/pa-deadly-road-rage-arrest/index.html

Legal gun owner.  Here's the gun grab scare.  Ammunition and gun sales are already rising.

Gematria haters hate the truth.

How redundant are these stories?  I feel bad for the losers who can't grasp it.

This one comes out of Chester County.


Thirty Three = 156; The Number of a Man = 156; Six Six Six = 156
Thirty-Three = 66; The Number of  Man = 66; Number of the Beast = 66
*Here is wisdom = 66 / 147


Humanity = 666; Number of a man


Lucifer = 323
          En miljon kronor och bilar hittade – mc-gäng greps   
Två fullvärdiga Satudarah-medlemmar – och flera med kopplingar till gänget – greps i onsdag i Danmark.
Polisen beslagtog bland annat närmre en miljon kronor efter en stor razzia runt om i landet.
– Vi har ännu en gång satt stopp för ett kriminellt nätverk, säger Knud Hvass från den danska polisen. 
De danska poliserna hade en bra dag på jobbet i onsdags. På slutet av dagen var varor värda en bra bit över en miljon kronor borta från kriminellas händer.
Ett kilo kokain, en miljon kronor i dansk och utländsk valuta, två pistoler med tillhörande ammunition, knivar, pepparspray, en BMW och Audi.
Det är den danska polisens fångst efter polisrazzian. Polisen slog till på 17 adresser i flera städer ungefär samtidigt och grep sammanlagt sexton personer – många med kopplingar till gängmiljö.

Två medlemar i Satudarah

Två av de som greps är fullvärdiga medlemmar av mc-klubben Satudarah. Flera andra beskrivs ha "nära relationer" med medlemmar i mc-gänget.
Polisen är, av förståeliga skäl, nöjda med razzian.
– Vår utredning visar att de organiserade kriminella – en del medlemmar från mc-gäng och andra gäng – tjänar pengar på narkotikahandel. Med alla gripande i går har vi ännu en gång satt stopp för ett kriminellt nätverk, säger Knud Hvass från den danska polisen i ett pressmeddelande.

10 begärs häktade

Sex personer släpptes på fri fot omedelbart, men är fortfarande misstänkta.  Samtidigt ska tio personer under slutet av veckan ställas inför en häktningsdomare. Personerna som greps är mellan 19 och 67 år gamla.
Åklagaren vill att de tio misstänkta ska häktas med hänsyn till förundersökningen.
Hur – eller om – polisen visste var de skulle slå till är inledningsvis okänt. Nu fortsätter den danska polisen utredningsarbetet med att undersöka de misstänktas kretsar – och om det finns fler som kan tänkas ha att göra med något av det som beslagstogs.
http://www.expressen.se/kvallsposten/har-ar-polisens-beslag-fran-medlemmarna-i-mc-ganget/
          Polistillslag mot Hells Angels – fyra anhållna   
Fyra personer har anhållits av polisen efter en husrannsakan mot mc-klubben Hells Angels klubblokal utanför Hässleholm, rapporterar Norra Skåne.
– När vi kom in i lokalen hittade vi både narkotika, dopingmedel och ett modifierat jaktvapen, så det var bingo för oss, säger polisområdeschef Pär Cederholm till Kvällsposten.

Polisen har den senaste tiden misstänkt en ökad aktivitet kring Hells Angels klubblokal utanför Hässleholm. En Hells Angels-medlem drog i lördags till sig polisens intresse under bilträffen Power Start of Summer Meet i Hässleholm, som Norra Skåne var först med att berätta.
– Vi ser en ökad aktivitet genom att vi får mer information och har lite ökad tillsyn. Vi var rätt så mycket folk i och med att vi hade Power Meet i Hässleholm. Eftersom det var rätt så lugnt låg vi ute på vägarna och gjorde vi en vanlig kontroll på honom, säger Pär Cederholm.

"Det var i överlåtelsesyfte"

Mannen stoppades vid 22-tiden på lördagskvällen för misstänkt drograttfylla och togs med vad polisen misstänker är narkotika.
– Det var ett narkotiskt preparat. Mängder kan jag inte ta upp, men han hade mer än till sig själv. Det är inga gigantiska mängder, men förpackat och i tillräckligt mycket för att vi skulle misstänka att det var i överlåtelsesyfte, säger Pär Cederholm.

Gjorde husrannsakan

Polisen gjorde strax efter midnatt en husrannsakan mot Hells Angels klubblokal utanför Hässleholm och fann vad man tror är dopingpreparat samt narkotika och ett modifierat jaktvapen.
– Vi var några stycken som gjorde en husrannsakan eftersom han lämnat lokalen med motorcykeln innan han stoppades av polisen. Han hade portionsförpackad narkotika på sig som vi bedömde var till försäljning och då kunde vi göra en husrannsakan i lokalen för att se om det fanns mer. Vi hade inga uppgifter om att det skulle finnas narkotika i lokalen, säger Pär Cederholm.

Fyra personer anhållna

Tre personer som fanns i fastigheten greps och anhölls, liksom personen som stoppades under cruisingen. Narkotikan ska nu analyseras.
– Det var av den mängden att det definitivt var i överlämningssyfte.
http://www.expressen.se/kvallsposten/polisinsats-mot-hells-angels-fyra-anhallna/

Polisen ser mer organiserad kriminalitet i Hässleholm

Efter en husrannsakan i Hells Angels klubblokal i Vankiva i Hässleholm, säger polisen att den grova organiserade brottsligheten är mer aktiv.
Det var i lördags kväll som en motorcyklist utanför Hässleholm togs för att ha kört drogpåverkad. Polisen gjorde därefter en husrannsakan i Hells Angels klubblokal i Vankiva i Hässleholm och hittade ett modifierat jaktvapen, ammunition, narkotika och dopning.

Där greps tre personer för grovt olaga vapeninnehav, narkotikabrott och dopingbrott. De sammanlagt fyra personerna är nu släppta igen men är fortfarande misstänkta för brotten och utredningen går vidare.

I samband med den brottsutredningen ser polisen att det är ökade aktiviteter inom den grova organiserade kriminaliteten.
http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=101&artikel=6707700

– Vi har alltid koll på de här gängen som hamnar under hatten grov organiserad brottslighet. De är Hells Angels, Bandidos och La Familia. Vi upplever att just nu har vi en ökad aktivitet, säger Pär Cederholm, som är lokalpolisområdeschef i Hässleholm.

          Comment on Stop Walmart from Selling Handgun Ammunition by Walt   
Yes, these people are absolutely trying to take all guns away. If given any opportunity at all, that is exactly what they would do. Wake up. No country in the world would exist without its ability to defend itself. That also goes for your personal life. If you have no means of legal protection, it will not be long to people who do not care about the laws you live by show up and take what you have. If you want to give up your rights, thats fine with me. But don't assume I feel the same way. I don't!
          SUSA Armed Security Officer - Securitas - Mission Viejo, CA   
Works in environments and under conditions that require carrying authorized weapons and ammunition, the use of protective gear and devices, and awareness of...
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          Armed Security--Critical Infrastructure - Allied Universal - Tampa, FL   
Works in environments and under conditions that require carrying authorized weapons and ammunition, the use of protective....
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          Seeking Armed officer for part time work at an apartment complex - Allied Universal - Tampa, FL   
Works in environments and under conditions that require carrying authorized weapons and ammunition, the use of protective....
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          Armed Security Officer-Critical Infrastructure - Clearwater - Allied Universal - Tampa, FL   
Works in environments and under conditions that require carrying authorized weapons and ammunition, the use of protective....
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          Professional Armed Security Officer - GREAT PAY - Allied Universal - Tampa, FL   
Works in environments and under conditions that require carrying authorized weapons and ammunition, the use of protective....
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          Armed Security Officer PT Danbury/Wilton CT Area - Allied Universal - Danbury, CT   
Works in environments and under conditions that require carrying authorized weapons and ammunition, the use of protective....
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          92Y Unit Supply Specialist - Warehouse Manager - National Guard - Eastover, SC   
You will ensure that all documents are prepared and organized, maintain automated systems, secure and control weapons and ammunition, and schedule and provide...
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          High Rate Operator - Orbital ATK - West Virginia   
Producer of small-caliber ammunition, as well as a leading producer of medium- and large-caliber ammunition and medium-caliber gun systems....
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          High Rate Machinist - Orbital ATK - West Virginia   
Producer of small-caliber ammunition, as well as a leading producer of medium- and large-caliber ammunition and medium-caliber gun systems....
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          Jason Mraz - We Sing We Dance We Steal Things [Flac][TntVillage]   

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Album................: We Sing We Dance We Steal Things
Genre................: Pop/Rock
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1. Jason Mraz - The Dynamo Of Volition [03:36]
2. Jason Mraz - If It Kills Me [04:33]
3. Jason Mraz - A Beautiful Mess [05:37]
4. Jason Mraz - Make It Mine [03:08]
5. Jason Mraz - I'm Yours [04:02]
6. Jason Mraz - Lucky (feat. Colbie Caillat) [03:09]
7. Jason Mraz - Butterfly [05:00]
8. Jason Mraz - Live High [04:12]
9. Jason Mraz - Love For A Child [04:05]
10. Jason Mraz - Details In The Fabric (feat. James Morrison) [05:45]
11. Jason Mraz - Coyotes [03:38]
12. Jason Mraz - Only Human [04:02]

Playing Time.........: 50:53
Total Size...........: 299,95 MB

Maybe it’s the direct result of the critical and commercial indifference toward his sophomore album, 2005’s forgettable Mr. A-Z, but for his third album, We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things, Jason Mraz loses a good deal of the smugness that had, to this point, been his primary calling card. The result is, if not necessarily a great pop record, the singer-songwriter’s most tolerable album and one that, in its best moments, proves that getting over himself was exactly what Mraz needed to do in order to make better music.
His tendency for show-offy over-writing still rears its head (one might think that “The Dynamo of Volition” lays its cards on the table right there in the title, but then Mraz starts half-rapping through an interminable series of non sequitors and mixed metaphors like “half a politician holding the mic like ammunition,” and it quickly turns into one of his wordplaying nightmares), but fully half of the songs surprise because they don’t trip over a glut of 50-cent words. “Lucky,” a duet with the useless Colbie Caillat, is a nonstarter, and he isn’t convincing as a would-be lothario on “Coyotes” or “Butterfly” (not even Justin Timberlake or professional manwhore Adam Levine could get away with the supposed come-on, “You make my slacks a little tight/You may unfasten them if you like/That’s if you crash and spend the night”), but the mellower cuts like the standout “If It Kills Me” and reggae-tinged lead single “I’m Yours” work.
The former track and “Love for a Child,” which chronicles a divorce from a child’s point of view, both draw favorable comparisons to Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s classic pop in that they showcase Mraz’s elastic voice—and it’s worth noting that he’s a far better singer than his contemporaries, including John Mayer, Josh Kelley, and Jack Johnson—and his knack for writing a strong melody. While it’s all too scattershot (ranging from the Quincy Jones-style horn section on “Butterfly” to the acoustic guitar and brushed snare of closer “A Beautiful Mess”) to make for a great artistic leap forward, We Sing at least finds Mraz finally learning how to play to his strengths.

          (USA-TX-HOUSTON) Commerical and Business Analyst   
Commerical and Business Analyst - - - # Description Olin Chlor Alkali Products and Vinyl’s, a division of Olin Corporation, has an exciting and challenging opportunity for a **Commercial and Business Analyst** , located in Houston, TX\. This role is designed to manage the tactical and operational aspects of Olin’s various energy and feedstock contracts and key service contracts\. The Commercial and Business Analyst administers all Hydrocarbons, Energy and Brine contracts and is the regular interface between the company and the HE&B suppliers\. In close coordination with Commercial Management and Supply Chain Planning, orders are processed and monitored from receipt through to invoice payment\. This role is tasked with the vital responsibility of ensuring proper optimization of receipts\. Olin Corporation is a leading vertically\-integrated global manufacturer of chemical products and a leading U\.S\. manufacturer of ammunition\. Olin is the world’s leading producer or Chlor Alkali products and Vinyl’s, the number one supplier of epoxy materials, the number one global seller of membrane caustic soda and chlorinated organics and the number one North American seller of chlorine, bleach and hydrochloric acid\. Winchester's principal manufacturing facilities produce and distribute sporting ammunition, law enforcement ammunition, reloading components, small caliber military ammunition and components and industrial cartridges\. **Primary Responsibilities:** + Prepare, confirm and distribute contracts for sales, purchase, EST \(exchange, swap and toll\), import/export and trading transactions \- based on input received by Commercial Management\. The Commercial Coordinator administers the contract and is responsible for the SAP profile and order entry\. + Contract management: volume / price management, price calculation \(in case of formula price\), along with follow up and control of expected price adjustments, including financial reconciliation of exchange, swap and toll balance\. Monitor exchange balances\. + Active invoice management: shepherding through internal systems, ensuring proper receipt and payment; and proper reimbursement for over payment + Provides support to Commercial Management including volume and price reporting + Acting as a viable business interface with key internal and external customers, vendors, partners, agents and parties + Any other duties as may be assigned **Required Competencies:** + Business Acumen \-\- Understand the complexity of business direct and indirect basis\. Work with the nuances of specific issues and situations to make informed decisions\. + Financial and Asset Management – The efficient and effective systematic process and stewardship related to the critical decisions associated with key resources and assets that delivery value to the organization and help drive positive cash flow and money management\. + Strategic and Analytical Capability – Ability to think dynamically, strategically, and objectively\. Effectively translates data into actionable insights, strategies and actionable plans\. + Forward Thinking and Conceptual Problem Solving – The ability to anticipate the implications and consequences of situations or actions, and make the appropriate plans to ensure optimal opportunity for positive outcomes\. + Reputation and Credibility Management – Gains the confidence of others through honesty, integrity, and authenticity\. Demonstrates concern that is perceived by others as responsible, reliable, and trustworthy\. + Drive for Results – Credibility earned through delivering results\. Balances urgent and effective action, commitment to excellence, taking initiative to resolve problems and work quality\. Demonstrates high initiative and provides leadership in a project\-oriented environment\. + Effective Communication – Strong verbal and written presentation skills including the ability to communicate complex ideas in a simple way and to tailor key messages and presentation style to multiple audiences\. + Influence and Collaboration – Builds and sustains collaborative relationships at multiple levels within the organization\. Able to work through complex situations to achieve resolution by building trust and including others in the solution\(s\)\. **Required Qualifications:** + BS in Supply Chain, Finance or Business + 3\-5 years manufacturing or Supply Chain experience – preferably in highly complex and integrated facilities with multiple sites and dynamic feedstock needs; + 1\-3 years of commercial contract negotiation and management desired + Ability to manage, manipulate and synthesize large volumes of data into useful and actionable components and track the target results represented by the various components\. + Ability to manage, manipulate and synthesize large volumes of data into useful and actionable components and track the target results represented by the various components + Ability to build and maintain rapport with designated customers, suppliers, and downstream businesses\. + Efficient and effective use of time and prioritization\. + Exceptional Analytical and Problem Solving Skills + Exceptional communication skills + Exceptional experience with full complement of Microsoft Office tools + Experience with SAP or other ERP platforms + Experience and/or ability to quickly learn unique operating systems and tools **Olin offers:** + Competitive compensation and comprehensive benefits + An opportunity to make a real difference in the manufacturing industry with a small company environment that gives employees a chance to be seen, appreciated and grow in responsibility + A variety of jobs and career paths that will appeal to those who are drawn to a creative, energetic and open workplace environment **Olin is an Equal Opportunity Employer\. M/W/Vet/Disabled\.**
          News24.com | Mercedes, rhino horn and rifles parts seized in SAPS operation   
A national task team set up to combat rhino poaching around the country has arrested a Hazyview couple in KwaZulu-Natal for illegal possession of a rhino horn, rifle parts and ammunition.
          1/35 Russian 9A52-2 Smerch-M Multiple Rocket   
1/35 Russian 9A52-2 Smerch-M Multiple RocketThis is a plastic model kit, which comes unassembled and unpainted. So glue, model paints and other basic modelling tools are additionally required.

The 9A52-2 Smerch-M is a Soviet heavy multiple rocket launcher. The system is designed to defeat personnel, armoured, and soft-skinned targets in concentration areas, artillery batteries, command posts and ammunition depots. It was created in the early 1980s and entered service in the Soviet Army in 1989. When first observed by the West in 1983, it received the code MRL 280mm M1983. It is expected to be superseded by the 9A52-4 Tornado.

The 9A52-2 launcher with all supporting equipment, including the 9T234-2 Transloader, and the 1K123 Vivary Fire Control System, is referred to as the complex 9K58. The first export customer for the 9A52 (12-round) system was Kuwait, with 27 systems delivered, with the United Arab Emirates being the second customer. China has also purchased this system from Russia. The weapon's accuracy is also claimed to have been improved.

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- Detailed cab.
- Full drive train assembly complete with engine transmission, differential housing and suspension units.
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           The 14 Holy Hell Moments From 'American Gods' S01E06 "A Murder Of Gods"    
The 14 Holy Hell Moments From 'American Gods' S01E06 A Murder Of Gods

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          Weapons, ammo and other items seized in traffic stop in Rhode Island.   

A Charlotte man is being held in Rhode Island, after a minor traffic stop revealed he was driving around with an arsenal of weapons and ammunition, including military issue smoke grenades and night vision goggles, reports the Rhode Island State Police . Anthony Mondrez Thompson, 39, was pulled over about 8 p.m. Thursday on Interstate 95 near West Greenwich, officials said.


          South Africa: Rhino Horn, Rifle Parts and a Mercedes Seized in SAPS Operation   
[News24Wire] A national task team set up to combat rhino poaching around the country has arrested a Hazyview couple in KwaZulu-Natal for illegal possession of a rhino horn, rifle parts and ammunition.
          CMP Talladega Marksmanship Park   
It’s a really cool place! Here’s their website: http://thecmp.org/competitions/talladega-marksmanship-park/ A new shooting buddy and I make the approximately five-hour round-trip to the park and really enjoyed ourselves. I shot four different brands of ammunition through my PTR 91, GI...
          (Fayetteville) NIB Bergara B-14 HMR .308 - $ 975   

HMR (HUNTING & MATCH RIFLE)

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The B-14 HMR rifle features our integrated mini-chassis molded into the stock to give the rifle repeatable bedding and accuracy. It also supports a fully free-floated barrel to achieve optimal precision. The Bergara Hunting and Match rifles are built to offer a rifle for both hunters and competition shooters that can perform incredibly in either situation. The stock features an adjustable cheekpiece and length of pull spacers. Built in Spain at our highly automated and efficient barrel factory, this rifle delivers a level of quality and performance that is unmatched in its price range.

The world-renowned Bergara barrel on this long range precision rifle is complemented by our own super-smooth B-14 Action, which is a two-lug system with a Sako-style extractor and a coned bolt nose and breech to ensure a smooth feeding and extraction of the cartridge. It’s also outfitted with a Bergara curved trigger we designed to guarantee a crisp, clean pull every time you fire the rifle. The trigger comes set at about three pounds. It has been factory drilled and tapped to fit Remington 700 style rings and bases.

The (#5) Bergara 4140 CrMo steel barrel is finished in matte blue and is available in 20 inches in the .308, which weighs 9.15 lbs . The muzzle is threaded 5/8-24" and includes a thread protector.

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          Re: Wie kan mij iets meer vertellen over deze doek?   
Het is inderdaad een doek om de lokale bevolking te waarschuwen met een melding hier vanaf te blijven.
Het is gebaseerd op de instructiekaarten die militairen ook krijgen (alleen die is uitgebreider met (sub)typen aanduidingen die ze doorgeven bij meldingen).

Ze noemen dit AAW (Ammunition Awareness). Het herkennen van munitie. Vooral in Afghanistan is dat een probleem want er slingert nogal wat (oud Sovjet) spul rond. De Russen hadden zelfs vlindermijnen ontwikkeld. Deze strooiden ze met honderden uit en leken op een kinderspeelgoed. De strategie was om simpelweg de kinderen uit te schakelen...

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          Re: Wie kan mij iets meer vertellen over deze doek?   
Het is inderdaad een doek om de lokale bevolking te waarschuwen met een melding hier vanaf te blijven.
Het is gebaseerd op de instructiekaarten die militairen ook krijgen (alleen die is uitgebreider met (sub)typen aanduidingen die ze doorgeven bij meldingen).

Ze noemen dit AAW (Ammunition Awareness). Het herkennen van munitie. Vooral in Afghanistan is dat een probleem want er slingert nogal wat (oud Sovjet) spul rond. De Russen hadden zelfs vlindermijnen ontwikkeld. Deze strooiden ze met honderden uit en leken op een kinderspeelgoed. De strategie was om simpelweg de kinderen uit te schakelen...

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          Treating Premature Ejaculation - Understanding Premature Ejaculation   
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          Alarms, cameras don’t stop Phoenix thief   

Alarms blaring and cameras rolling, but that didn’t stop a thief from breaking into a Phoenix home near 27th Avenue and Union Hills on Thursday night.  Originally posted at http://www.abc15.com/news/region-phoenix-metro/west-phoenix/alarms-cameras-dont-stop-phoenix-thief-who-took-gun-ammunition.

The post Alarms, cameras don’t stop Phoenix thief appeared first on Western Free Press.


          Take a look at how Army snipers zero in on their targets during specialized training   

US Army National Guard sniper trainingUS Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Spreitzer

During large, multiunit exercises, the US military's snipers can be overshadowed by the men and machines roving the battlefield.

To correct that, Staff Sgt. Joe Bastian — a former active-duty sniper who is now a sniper observer/controller/trainer with the First Army's 1st Battalion, 335th Infantry Regiment — designed a special 10-day training course for snipers during the 33rd Infantry Brigade's Exportable Combat Training Capability, or XCTC, at Fort McCoy in Wisconsin.

"The course is designed to get all of the snipers from the brigade together to train, broaden their horizons and share tactics, techniques and procedures," he said in an Army news story.

Bastian called on two former instructors from the US Army's Sniper School at Fort Benning in Georgia, and their course filled the 10-day exercise with weeks' worth of training for soldiers from Illinois' 33rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team and Puerto Rico's 1st Battalion, 296th Infantry Regiment.

The course teaches snipers how to design their own training courses, as well as how to work with ammunition, targets, and ranges, and how to use camouflage and stalking techniques during training.

Below, you can see some photos of US Army National Guard snipers getting the specialized instruction they need to seek out and pick off their targets. 

XCTC is the Army National Guard’s program to provide an experience similar to an Army combat-training center at a home station or a regional training center, like Fort McCoy. Soldiers from the 502 Infantry Regiment stood in as opposition forces.

U.S. Army Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, PAO, Fort McCoy

"I had to call in a couple of favors because of the scope of this course," Bastian said. "My two co-trainers bring a breadth of knowledge and experience that is unparalleled and gives these soldiers an opportunity that they won't get otherwise."

US Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Spreitzer

Source: US Army



"The Army has a multitude of systems and professionals to continually train everyone, except snipers," Peterson, one of the co-trainers, said. "When these guys go back to their units, there's not a lot of personnel that can train them properly. This course will help them continue their education and properly train themselves."

US Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Brian Spreitzer

Source: US Army




See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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          The KIO Dilemma   

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Armed soldiers from the Kachin Independence Army (KIA). Photo: AFP

The civil war which continues to rage in Kachin State has been going on for six years. The conflict started on 9 June 2011, and since then a ceasefire has not yet been achieved and domestic and international attention is slowly diminishing.

To date, after years of continuous Myanmar Army attacks including ground forces, artillery and airstrikes, thousands of combatants have lost their lives on the battlefields. Apparently, due to a defensive strategy, the Kachin Independence Organization/Army (KIO/KIA) has lost most of their strategic outposts – Hka Ya Bum, the most strategic peak in a mountain range five miles from Laiza, Bum Tawng, Hpun Hpyen Bum, Gidon and Lai Hpawng outposts, No. 6 battalion in Hpakant and No. 8 Brigade in Indawgyi.

The worst incident throughout this conflict occurred when the Myanmar Army fired on the KIA’s Military Academy with 105 mm calibre ammunition on November 19, 2014. It killed scores of cadets, mainly from other ethnic-armed groups, with others injured. Due to the ongoing civil war, tens of thousands of Kachin civilians have been forced to live in temporary camps and shelters. Many have lost their property others have lost their lives. Innocent Kachin civilians have suffered gross human rights abuses. Some were raped, arrested, tortured, and killed on suspicion that they were affiliated with the KIO. Property has been looted and villages and churches burned.

After losing several outposts, many Kachin people and lower ranking KIA soldiers have sceptically questioned the Kachin Independence Organization’s Central Committee (KIOCC) for not allowing any offensive attacks against the Myanmar Army. Therefore, the KIO faces a dilemma.

Offensive Dilemma

The reason for the KIO avoiding an offensive against the Myanmar Army is to protect civilians. Since the KIO/A troops and its military regiments are stationed in ethnic areas, every conflict affects Kachin civilians.

The KIO’s policy is to protect civilians from any danger and thus avoid a military offensive against the Myanmar Army. Major General Sumlut Gun Maw also mentioned in the press on May 19, 2017, that the KIOCC does not allow its soldiers to conduct any offensives to avoid large scale collateral damage.

The KIOCC thus faces a hardship - if they start an offensive against the Myanmar Army, many civilian Kachin lives will be lost, but if they continue defensive positions, they have to give up military outposts to the Myanmar Army and thus the KIOCC will lose trust from rank-and-file soldiers.

Political Dilemma

After leaving the UNFC, the KIO, paradoxically, lost legitimacy in the eyes of international partners particularly Japan which financially supported and gave technical assistances to the UNFC. Additionally, many Kachins raised the question ‘Why did the KIO withdraw from the UNFC and what is the KIO’s next move?’

It is obvious that KIO’s next step is to follow the path of the UWSA-led alliance. The alliance includes the Kachin Independence Organization (KIO), National Democratic Alliance Army (NDAA), Shan State Progress Party/Shan State Army-North (SSPP/SSA-N), Ta’ang National Liberation Army (TNLA), the Kokang Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA) and the Arakan Army (AA). The question, however, is how long can the KIO cooperate with the alliance, particularly the UWSA, and the Chinese government oriented peace path. In fact, the KIO has historically rejected Chinese’s ideology – both communism and Leninism. That was the reason the KIO did not get any major support from China, but instead minor support which allows KIO officials to travel inside their country across borderlines.

 China will inject its policy - to maintain peace and stability around its periphery, into the Northern Alliance through the UWSA as quid pro quo.  There is prima facie evidence that the UWSA has received modernized weaponry such as tanks, 105 mm mortars, sniper rifles, anti-tank weapons, and helicopters from China.

However, what does the KIO hope to get from the alliance, it is unlikely to stick to its policy of standing firmly together and helping each other when any member is under attack. This is unlikely to happen. Instead, China will attempt to stabilize its border through the UWSA-led alliance. It is a political dilemma for the KIO in that they have to follow any policy by the UWSA even if dissatisfied with it. A recent rumour is that the Federal Political Negotiations and Coordination Committee (FPNCC) led by the UWSA made a 3-point demand to the Myanmar government in the second session of the 21st Century Panglong Peace Conference. In a final decision, all members had to sign the agreement. However, the KIO requested other members give them time because they needed a consultation with the Kachin public. However, the UWSA firmly replied that they could not wait and they could adopt the proposal without the KIO. Thus, the KIO had to sign the proposal without the consent of the Kachin public. Therefore, the KIO had to follow policies made by the UWSA directed by Chinese government policy for border stability.

In fact, the KIO wants direct negotiation with the Myanmar Army to cease escalation of the conflict. However, the question is how much can the Myanmar Army accept the KIO proposal.

The way out

To overcome the dilemma, the KIO, in a worst-case scenario, can mount a stronger offense through the Northern Alliance and not use a defensive strategy. However, it is inevitable that an offensive will bring large scale collateral damage in the region.

The best-case scenario is a fruitful negotiation. The negotiation between the Myanmar Army and the KIO is a sine qua non position. It is the moment for both sides to seek any possible solution to cease escalation in Kachin and Northern Shan States in which conflicts continue to produce tens of thousands of internally displaced persons. Once both sides can manage a ceasefire, it is easier to build mutual trust for potential negotiations.

Fortunately, it is a prime moment for both sides to invite the international world into the peace process, as de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi can persuade them to help. Lifting US economic sanctions on Myanmar exemplifies how powerful she is within the international arena. If both parties put concerted efforts into anegotiation, it is possible to produce fruitful results.

Joe Kumbun is the pseudonym of a Kachin State-based analyst.


          Lance Stroll silenced her critics   
Photo: Ryan Remiorz, The canadian Press The Quebec Lance Stroll is currently ranked in 12th place in the drivers ‘ championship with a total of 17 points. Third place Lance Stroll at the Grand Prix of Azerbaijan, Sunday, instilled a healthy dose of confidence for the rest of the season. And of ammunition to hit […]
          Military Vetronics Market is Expected to Grow at a CAGR of 7% by 2021   
Market Synopsis of Global Military Vetronics Market: The Global Military Vetronics Market is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 7% during 2016-2021. The key factors driving the growth are modernization of military ground vehicles, low cost per mile military ground vehicle to reduce ownership cost, reduction of weight, size, and power consumption (SWaP) of electronics in military vehicles to expand internal space for accommodation and ammunition reserves. As per the MRFR analysis, cooling...
          7/3/2017: World: Probe on source of Maute weapons on   

said they have strong suspicions that certain legitimately licensed guns and ammunition businesses in Marawi City have connections with, not necessarily the Maute, but the Abu Sayyaf. De Leon said they are investigating a gun store in Marawi City,...
          The Arc Light Raids   




As another Lame Cherry exclusive in matter anti matter.

One of the worst tragedies of the Vietnam War, was the American leftist propagated the most treasonous propaganda of the communist world, and then some inept writer like HR McMaster bores the world to death with the subject that political wars are no different than military wars, because in one the White House gives money to the military contractors and in the other the Pentagon gives money to the military contractors.

There was in the period of the Ted Offensive which was a disaster for the communist North Vietnamese and the reality that the NVA used the Vietcong in having the Americans obliterate them to oblivion in that spoiled military operation, as Walter Cronkite whined that all was lost, when Americans piled up enemy bodies like cord wood, that in the north there was a battle of several months a Khe Sahn, the Marine Base, which the American media kept lying about being another Dien Bien Phu, which was a French loss to the communists.

Battle of Dien Bien Phu - Wikipedia

Battle of Dien Bien Phu; Part of the First Indochina War: French Union paratroopers dropping from a C-119 transport
Khe Sahn was nothing of the sort in mirroring the French failure, and while the Americans were under siege, there was never any threat of their bases being overrun or surrendered, once the situation was sorted out after the first week.

In this examination, the Lame Cherry looks at one of the components which crushed the North Vietnamese and that was the Arc Light Raids of the B 52 bombers, in carpet bombing the jungles.

Vietnam witnessed a number of superb American invention, and one was dropping listening devices in the jungles and when those transmitters picked up enemy activity, there would be raids coordinated on the 15 hour turn around of the B 52's flying out of the Pacific.

There really is nothing in this world that can compare to an American carpet bombing run in the conventional iron bombs with high explosives and set in a detonation pattern of extreme force. When the fighting at Khe Sahn first erupted the B 52's orders were two clicks from American positions, meaning the bombers would only drop payloads 2 kilometers from the American positions as drift would endanger the Americans in the bombs falling.
By the end of the campaign the B 52's were cleared to 1 kilometer which is still almost a mile, but they were improving their carpet bombing in delivery and it had great effect.

The words of the communists NVA were the testimony which counted, and in this series of quotes there are poignant insights to the effectiveness of carpet bombing on enemy positions.

People who came here say it rains bombs.

Khe Sahn was a large area on the DMZ and Laotian border. This was not some small area, and yet the NVA could not get away from the carpet bombing in effect. The elite who would appear would leave the area aghast at how the bombs seemed to fall like rain. The concussion of the big bombs sent shockwaves over the landscape.
The Marines would come out and watch the Arc Light Raids to their great delight as there is something thrilling at witnessing that kind of firepower being unleashed.

The bombing hurt our lungs.

The reason for this hurt was air pressure or shockwaves in the detonation of hundreds of large bombs set off in pattern. The lung hurt zone as a few steps away from having your life knocked out of you or your lungs or heart bursting inside of you. That is the most pertinent effect of good warfare. You want your enemy to be in pain or terror in expecting bad things. That moves them to stop fighting and in many cases the NVA had mass desertions once the B 52's were unleashed.
This is no small thing as the communists shot people for just looking disloyal.

The bombs kill everything. Plants, animals, people. It buries them in the deep tunnels.
This is the strategic effect and it is the essence of carpet bombing. The big bombs knocked the life out of everything above the surface and buried the communists in tunnels below the surface. There was not anywhere to run or hide.

The Americans learned to advance their attacks also in Mini Arc's, where they would coordinate in 1000 and 500 meter areas where the enemy was observed, and within moments of a salvo had Intruder aircraft and artillery peppering an area, as the Marine artillery walked across it.

All of this was most effective as the enemy would be flushed, and then it would be chased by the high explosives. Entire platoons just vanished in these bombing runs.

General Westmoreland stated that it was the Arc Light which broke the enemy outside of Khe Sahn in a magnificent display of firepower to suppress the constant bombardment of the NVA on American bases, which would run from 100 to 1000 rounds of mortars or missiles striking the bases.
Life was not easy on the Fire Bases under this onslaught in water was short, as were most supplies, as it all had to be air dropped in. It was a constant din of warfare in routines of removing the dead and wounded, rebuilding cared in bunkers, moving ammunition and in off times reading a book listening for incoming or playing bunker ball, which was an interesting game of throwing footballs from foxhole to bunkers and those who fumbled had to race out and grab the ball before being wounded or killed.

This is a lesson of the Arc Light Raids, an effective response at fire suppression of the enemy and a strategy to break the enemy's will to inflict murder on American forces.


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          [MerelyGifted @ MerelyGifted] The bizarre origins but otherwise True History of THE   

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The bizarre origins but otherwise True History of

THE
JOHN DILLINGER DIED FOR YOU
SOCIETY


There I was, at The University of Texas, one evening in the summer of 1966, delivering a brilliantly-researched paper to a small but select American Studies class. They were spellbound by my argument that John Dillinger made a few unorthodox withdrawals from banks and therefore deserved much of the credit for improving their security at a time when Americans desperately needed a “People’s Bandit” to distract them from their Depression worries. (The fact that I also brought to class a modified tenor sax case containing a slightly-illegal Thompson submachine gun, for “show and tell,” fascinated everybody.) (You could get away with such things back then.)

As I pointed out, Dillinger had just the right style–a sense of humor, occasional pranks, treated his hostages like guests (he tied the Racine bank’s Mrs. Patzke to a tree with a shoe string), eluded every police and FBI trap, and when he broke out of the Crown Point, Indiana jail with a wooden pistol, he took a couple of happy hostages and motored out of town singing “Git along, li’l doggie, git along.”

He also was a ladies’ man—playful and romantic—until that terrible night on July 22, 1934, after he, his new girlfriend, and the duplicitous “Woman Red,” had enjoyed “Manhattan Melodrama” at Chicago’s Biograph Theatre. As they were leaving, a bunch of trigger-happy Feds set his spirit free.

(The fact that they also winged two bystanders is rarely mentioned.)

John died with his boots on, so to speak. He previously had stayed up nights nursing his girlfriend (who was ignorant of the plot) after she was banged up in a car wreck. My very own Aunt Meta was a student nurse at Cook County Hospital at the time, and she wrangled her way into the basement Cool Room to see his remains. The next day, despite the city’s hundred-plus heat wave, nearly a thousand Chicagoans patiently waited in line outside the morgue, where they were allowed to file past John’s bullet-ravaged body. Some no doubt wept. And what with the usual odors, the stench of formaldehyde, and the flies attracted to his terrible wounds, this may well have been the inspiration for what now is called “A Taste of Chicago.”

Back in 1966, however, when that particular college class had adjourned to the back-yard area of Austin’s historic Scholz Garten, our Pulitzer Prize-winning professor, Dr. William Goetzmann, after quite a few beers, proposed that we establish The John Dillinger Died For You Society. It was intended to be no more than a spoof of the Elvis Presley fan clubs that were springing up everywhere (and of the “Jesus Died For You” signs that were coming into flower), so you can imagine the enthusiasm that my Dillinger paper inspired among the other students, who also were chuckling over the Presley fan clubs and weary of hearing how anybody “died for you.”

By then Dr. Goetzmann was tipsy enough to further declare that the Society’s founder should be Horace Naismith, a mythical figure who would delegate his authority to me. That name, Horace Naismith, came out of nowhere, but it could easily be mistaken for the fellow who invented basketball. (I don’t believe anybody thought of that at the time, but it later would come in handy: “Naismith? Wasn’t he the guy who…”)

We soon had a few dozen more-or-less official members of the Society and had membership and credit cards printed, but it was not what you’d call a formal organization, like the American Legion or Rotary Club. Everyone in the Society was automatically an Assistant Treasurer authorized to sell memberships to anyone at any time for any amount and then keep it, Because John would have wanted it that way.

The “credit card” had a hole at the top and read simply, “Present this card on the end of a pistol and ask that your purchase be charged. In most states the charge will be armed robbery.”

Dillinger credit card. Courtesy of the Discordian Archives

Also, anyone in the Society could convene a meeting at any time, so long as they left one chair empty for the “Dear Departed Member.” (This would be Mr. Dillinger, of course, although some believed that it referred to his supposedly impressive Private Member, which the Smithsonian still insists it doesn’t have and refuses to display.)

In any case, we had our first official meeting at my residence (a one-time Elks Lodge) on East 12th Street in Austin, diagonally across from the state capitol, after which we amused ourselves with a little target shooting in the basement. Soon after that we instituted what we called The John Dillinger Died For You Society Picnic & Punitive Expedition which included a Thompson submachine gun, a case of ammunition, a case of beer, and a case of dynamite, because our host (who had a ranch west of Austin) was big into blowing things up.

As word got around, the Society grew until it could boast some forty or fifty members, and it had become international (I think we had one member in Canada) by the time I moved to Chicago in 1969, where John had fallen. There I encountered other Dillinger buffs (they just didn’t have a society), including two fellow Playboy employees—Bob Shea and Bob Wilson, who just happened to have offices on either side of mine—and were hard at work on Illuminatus!, which ultimately became a cult classic. (Shea would write a chapter that involved conspiracies within conspiracies and then turn it over to Wilson, sight unseen, who would take up the story and elaborate with even more conspiracies. Oddly enough, it held together and actually made sense!)

Needless to say, Shea and Wilson were both Dillinger enthusiasts because of their frequent patronage of the Biograph, and of course I helped them work Dillinger into their story. (Shea and Wilson even mentioned Dr. Naismith as something or other, and me, as the Reverend Mr. Helmer, although the rascals gave me a social disease.)

At the time I was endeavoring to give the magazine its “redeeming social value” by way of the Playboy Forum, which published letters and editorials, and the Playboy Defense Team, with offices in the Playboy Building at 919 North Michigan Avenue (formerly the Palmolive Building); and I fed Shea and Wilson enough Dillinger lore that we soon had not just one but seven Dillingers, thanks largely to a couple of goofy crime-writers who had just co-authored Dillinger: Dead or Alive? (It was our belief that since Mr. Dillinger had been accused of robbing banks all over the country, sometimes simultaneously, he therefore had to employ doppelgängers.)

Meanwhile, I kept encountering more Dillinger buffs, and after a while we began commemorating the passing of John every July 22 at the Biograph Theatre. The management even (grudgingly) cooperated, and that was how I met Richard Crowe, fabled Ghostbuster (I call him), whose several-times-a-week bus tours include Resurrection Mary, Al Capone’s old Lexington Hotel, and, of course, the alley down which the spirit of John Dillinger still walks.

Horace Naismith remained the mysterious master of ceremonies, usually masquerading as an equally mysterious Bill Helmer who maintained an eerie silence, wore a vintage straw boater, steel rim glasses, a pin-striped jacket, and an outrageous 1930s necktie. Mr. Crowe took over the Society, arranging for members (and anybody else) to meet at a nearby tavern and drink themselves into what we’ll call a wake. About 10 PM he would lead his congregation across Lincoln Avenue to the Biograph Theatre (that’s how they spell it) to hear an inspirational speech, after which Mr. Crowe would again lead the way to the nearby alley, accompanied by an honest-to-God, properly-kilted, bagpiper skirling the mournful strains of “Amazing Grace.”

Then everybody (everybody who could remember the words) joined the piper in that sad song because—we again have to presume—John would have wanted it that way.

A John Dillinger Died For You Society Membership Card, click for 300dpi printable JPG (1.4MB). Courtesy of the Discordian Archives.

I, under the nom de guerre Horace Naismith, have since “passed the torch” of The John Dillinger Died For You Society to Mr. Crowe, commonly known as Col. Richard Crowe. I am confident that the faithful will continue to pay their respects every July 22, commemorating the most colorful outlaw of the 1930s who never personally killed anyone.

Well, maybe one, but the cop had refused Dillinger’s admonition to stop bouncing slugs off his bulletproof vest–if it was in fact John, for he only was accused, but never had time to stand trial. In any case, he shot low, they say, and as the officer fell, one slug stuck him in the chest. When John himself later was killed, shot in the back, his pockets yielded a mere $7.71, no doubt because some $20,000 in “git” money had been stolen from his pocket by a rogue cop from East Chicago who had set up the shooting because he had been getting it on with Ana Sage, our “Woman in Red.” (Ana later confirmed that she had seen John count out the money at her place before they went to the movie).

Let’s all remember that Mr. Dillinger was crooked but not twisted, and that he disapproved of unnecessary violence. Unfortunately, he had some colleagues who did not share his otherwise conventional (if somewhat flexible) Family Values.

Remember:

CRIME MAY NOT PAY
BUT IT CAN BE A SHORTCUT TO IMMORTALITY
—Horace Naismith

[Reposted from darksideofthemoon via wonko]


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http://www.doj.gov.hk/chi/mainland/pdf/macao/airservices.pdf
資訊科技合作協定和安排 :
http://www.ogcio.gov.hk/tc/business/other_economies/
香港經濟貿易辦事處 :
http://www.tid.gov.hk/tc_chi/aboutus/overseaoffice/overseaoff_maincontent.html
駐港領館及官方代表機構 :
http://www.protocol.gov.hk/chi/consular/index.html
中華人民共和國外交部駐香港特別行政區特派員公署 :
http://www.fmcoprc.gov.hk/
中華人民共和國外交部 :
http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/chn/gxh/tyb/
香港適用公約研究計劃 :
http://www.law.hku.hk/ccpl/hktreaty/database.html
法律連結站 :
http://www.hkreform.gov.hk/tc/lawlinks/content.htm
《基本法》案例資料庫
http://www.basiclawcourtcase.gov.hk/tc/home/index.html
香港特別行政基本法
http://www.basiclaw.gov.hk/tc/index/
民事司法制度改革
http://www.civiljustice.gov.hk/
社區法網
http://www.clic.org.hk/ch
香港特別行政區政府憲報
http://www.gld.gov.hk/cgi-bin/gld/egazette/index.cgi?lang=c&agree=0
香港法律資訊中心
http://www.hklii.org/c_index.shtml
判案書及法律參考資料
http://www.judiciary.gov.hk/tc/legal_ref/judgments.htm
 香港法律
https://www.gov.hk/tc/residents/government/law/
政府、法律及治安
https://www.gov.hk/tc/residents/government/political/index.htm
法例 - 律政司: 雙語法例資料系統
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis/chi/index.html
http://www.blis.gov.hk/chi/home.htm
相關法律網站
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis/chi/rela.html
勞工處- 勞工法例
http://www.labour.gov.hk/tc/legislat/contentA.htm
香港法例須知| 香港警務處
http://www.police.gov.hk/ppp_sc/11_useful_info/filming/laws.html
132章《公眾衞生及市政條例》 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! attentions
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_pdf.nsf/CurAllChinDoc/8171D1F8EA9B0162482575EE003FCBAA?OpenDocument
http://www.hklii.hk/chi/hk/legis/ord/132/
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap132!zh-Hant-HK?p0=1&p1=1
環保法例| Environmental Protection Department
http://www.epd.gov.hk/epd/tc_chi/laws_regulations/envir_legislation/laws_maincontent_lor.html
消防安全(商業處所)條例 - 香港消防處
http://www.hkfsd.gov.hk/chi/fs_ordinance.html
社區法網- 反歧視- 概述香港現行之反歧視法例
http://www.clic.org.hk/tc/topics/antiDiscrimination/introduction_to_hk_anti_discrimination/q1.shtml
香港愛護動物協會- 香港的動物保護法例
https://www.spca.org.hk/ch/animal-welfare/welfare-law-development/animal-laws-hong-kong
法律事項|   屋宇署
http://www.bd.gov.hk/chineseT/services/index_legal.html
知識產權署- 香港的知識產權法
http://www.ipd.gov.hk/chi/intellectual_property/ip_laws/copyright.htm
法例及相關資料 -- 道路交通條例
http://www.td.gov.hk/mini_site/cic/tc/laws/
香港海關- 《消費品安全條例》
http://www.customs.gov.hk/tc/consumer_protection/goods_safety/
香港《盜竊罪條例》 
http://www.hklii.hk/chi/hk/legis/ord/210/
香港保 護 瀕 危  動 植 物 物 種 條 例
http://www.afcd.gov.hk/tc_chi/conservation/con_end/con_end_reg/con_end_reg_ord/con_end_reg_ord.html
民航處- 無人駕駛飛機(無人機)系統操作指引
http://www.cad.gov.hk/chinese/Unmanned_Aircraft_Systems.html
消費者保障法例| 消費者委員會
https://www.consumer.org.hk/ws_chi/legal_protection/hk_consumer_protection_legislations/Index.html
知識產權署- 香港的版權法
http://www.ipd.gov.hk/chi/pub_press/publications/hk.htm
新《公司條例》
http://www.cr.gov.hk/tc/companies_ordinance/companies_ordinance.htm
長者社區法網- 健康與護理- 虐老- 法例
http://www.s100.hk/tc/topics/Health-and-care/Elder-Abuse/Legislation/
相關法律| 香港導盲犬服務中心
http://seeingeyedog.org.hk/%E7%9B%B8%E9%97%9C%E6%B3%95%E5%BE%8B/
《殘疾歧視條例》
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap487!zh-Hant-HK@2015-01-09T00:00:00?pmc=0&m=0&pm=1&p0=1&p1=1
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_pdf.nsf/CurAllChinDoc/E74E5D3C53F85103482575EF000ECF33?OpenDocument
食環處食物衛生守則(摘要版)第6章- 6.4 項《禁止食物業處所內有動物》
http://www.fehd.gov.hk/tc_chi/publications/code/sumc_6.htm
香港法例第167D章 《危險狗隻規例》
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap167D!zh-Hant-HK?pmc=0&m=0&pm=1&p0=1&p1=1
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_pdf.nsf/6799165D2FEE3FA94825755E0033E532/4E7854C0A194487E482575EE0048E162?OpenDocument&bt=0
法例/指引/須知/守則 - 香港美容業總會
http://fbihk.org/industry/legislation/
青少年常見罪行 > 毀壞行為及相關罪行
http://ycpc.hkfyg.org.hk/page.aspx?corpname=youthlaw&i=1536
禁運物品 香港法例第60章《進出口條例》
http://www.customs.gov.hk/tc/trade_facilitation/prohibited_articles/index.html
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap60!zh-Hant-HK@2015-02-06T00:00:00?pmc=0&m=0&pm=1&p0=1&p1=1
軍火及彈藥 香港法例第238章《火器及彈藥條例》
http://www.customs.gov.hk/tc/trade_facilitation/prohibited_articles/imports/firearms_ammunition/index.html
http://www.hklii.hk/chi/hk/legis/ord/238/
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_pdf.nsf/6799165D2FEE3FA94825755E0033E532/7F1EC0C4F9E03614482575EE00512073?OpenDocument&bt=0
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap238!zh-Hant-HK?pmc=0&m=0&pm=1&p0=1&p1=1&p6=1
香港法例不容許的物品
http://www.price.com.hk/trade_prohibited.php
 《 吸 煙 ( 公 眾 衞 生 ) 條 例 》 ( 香 港 法 例 第 371章 )
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap371!zh-Hant-HK?pmc=0&m=0&pm=1&p0=1&p1=1
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_ind.nsf/WebView?OpenAgent&vwpg=CurAllChinDoc*296.2*100*371
http://smokefree.hk/tc/content/web.do?page=Ordinances
第138章《藥劑業及毒藥條例》
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap138!zh-Hant-HK@2016-08-05T00:00:00?pmc=0&m=0&pm=1&p0=1&p1=1
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_pdf.nsf/6799165D2FEE3FA94825755E0033E532/4B641A439A9863A9482575EE004385FE?OpenDocument&bt=0
環保法例| Environmental Protection Department
http://www.epd.gov.hk/epd/mobile/tc_chi/laws_regulations/envir_legislation/leg_waste.html
《廢物處置條例》
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap354!zh-Hant-HK?pmc=0&m=0&pm=1&p0=1&p1=1
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_pdf.nsf/6799165D2FEE3FA94825755E0033E532/1CABDD12A2F8E513482575EE006EEDCC?OpenDocument&bt=0
香港環保法例一覽
http://www.epd.gov.hk/epd/tc_chi/laws_regulations/envir_legislation/laws_overview.html
http://www.epd.gov.hk/epd/tc_chi/laws_regulations/envir_legislation/laws_maincontent_el.html
環保有關法例 MANY
 http://www.epd.gov.hk/epd/tc_chi/laws_regulations/envir_legislation/laws_relatedleg.html     
環保條例及規例網站連結 MANY
http://www.epd.gov.hk/epd/tc_chi/laws_regulations/envir_legislation/laws_maincontent_lor.html
勞工處- 勞工法例 主要勞工法例一覽
http://www.labour.gov.hk/tc/legislat/content2.htm
香港法例第57章《僱傭條例》
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap57!zh-Hant-HK?pmc=0&m=0&pm=1&p0=1&p1=1
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_pdf.nsf/6799165D2FEE3FA94825755E0033E532/DAF15361C828730E482575EE00347A79?OpenDocument&bt=0
法定勞工權益
http://www.hktwu.org.hk/page6.htm
查閱身份證明文件| 入境事務處
 http://www.immd.gov.hk/hkt/useful_information/access-to-id.html
第201章《防止賄賂條例》
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_pdf.nsf/6799165D2FEE3FA94825755E0033E532/BF3E16E0F8337BEA482575EE004C509D?OpenDocument&bt=0
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap201?pmc=0&m=0&pm=1&p0=1&p1=1&p6=1
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap201?pmc=0&m=0&pm=1&p0=1&p1=1&p6=1
《證券及期貨條例》
http://www.hklii.hk/chi/hk/legis/ord/571/
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_pdf.nsf/6799165D2FEE3FA94825755E0033E532/D5D5D7B9F82A80DF482575EF001C3AEE?OpenDocument&bt=0
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap571?pmc=0&m=0&pm=1&p0=1&p1=1
 第139B章 《公眾衞生(動物及禽鳥)(售賣及繁育)規例》 
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_pdf.nsf/CurAllChinDoc/94B5E44D08DB3A2E482575EE0043EECD?OpenDocument
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap139B?pmc=0&m=0&pm=1&p0=1&p1=1
香港法例第615章《打擊洗錢及恐怖分子資金籌集(金融機構)條例》
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap615?pmc=0&m=0&pm=1&p0=1&p1=1&p6=1
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_pdf.nsf/6799165D2FEE3FA94825755E0033E532/80FEB547EA69338D482578C600539BB7?OpenDocument&bt=0
http://www.hkma.gov.hk/chi/key-functions/banking-stability/aml-cft.shtml
香港法例第609章《仲裁條例》
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap609?pmc=0&m=0&pm=1&p0=1&p1=1
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_pdf.nsf/6799165D2FEE3FA94825755E0033E532/965C30C35CEC3066482577D900540DB9?OpenDocument&bt=0
http://www.hkiac.org/zh-hans/arbitration/why-hong-kong/HK-arbitration-ordinance
第576章《鄉郊代表選舉條例》
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_pdf.nsf/6799165D2FEE3FA94825755E0033E532/EFC1A0B0160B605A482575EF001E242D?OpenDocument&bt=0
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap576!zh-Hant-HK?pmc=0&m=0&pm=1&p0=1&p1=1&p6=1
職安健法例
http://www.oshc.org.hk/tchi/main/osh_info/osh_legislation_statist/
職業安全及健康條例(香港法例第509章)
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_pdf.nsf/6799165D2FEE3FA94825755E0033E532/6B5F63C418A3A93E482575EF00120ACC?OpenDocument&bt=0
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap509!zh-Hant-HK@2015-02-06T00:00:00?pmc=0&m=0&pm=1&p0=1&p1=1&p6=1
http://www.labour.gov.hk/tc/legislat/content4.htm
反貪污法例 - Centre of Anti-Corruption Studies 廉政建設研究中心
http://www.cacs.icac.hk/tc/anticonews/anticonews.html
廉政公署條例(香港法例第204章)
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_pdf.nsf/6799165D2FEE3FA94825755E0033E532/6B7F96E8AF86FA3B482575EE004CAD2E?OpenDocument&bt=0
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap204!zh-Hant-HK?p0=1&p1=1
防止賄賂條例(香港法例第201章)
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap201?pmc=0&m=0&pm=1&p0=1&p1=1&p6=1
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_pdf.nsf/6799165D2FEE3FA94825755E0033E532/BF3E16E0F8337BEA482575EE004C509D?OpenDocument&bt=0
選舉(舞弊及非法行為)條例(香港法例第554章)http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_pdf.nsf/6799165D2FEE3FA94825755E0033E532/75ED29419E9DF7AE482575EF0019DDF1?OpenDocument&bt=0
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap554?pmc=0&m=0&pm=1&p0=1&p1=1&p6=1
 第6章 《破產條例》 
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_pdf.nsf/6799165D2FEE3FA94825755E0033E532/F24BE3BA93DDC730482575EE002D4CF6?OpenDocument&bt=0
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap6!zh-Hant-HK?p0=1&p1=1
http://www.oro.gov.hk/cht/publications/bankguide.htm
日常生活法律問題 > 鄰舍糾紛 > 法例訂明的妨擾事故
http://familyclic.hk/tc/topics/Daily-lives-legal-issues/Disputes-with-neighbours/Statutory-nuisance/
 第 212 章 《 侵 害 人 身 罪 條 例 》  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  attentions
http://www.hklii.hk/chi/hk/legis/ord/212/
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap212!zh-Hant-HK?pmc=0&m=0&pm=1&p0=1&p1=1&p6=1
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_pdf.nsf/6799165D2FEE3FA94825755E0033E532/F8DD9956A1AC9EE5482575EE004D53F7?OpenDocument&bt=0
第98章 《郵政署條例》
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap98!zh-Hant-HK@2013-05-10T00:00:00?p0=1&p1=1
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_pdf.nsf/6799165D2FEE3FA94825755E0033E532/06EABF5B7F153F64482575EE0038B383?OpenDocument&bt=0
第586章《保護瀕危動植物物種條例》
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap586!zh-Hant-HK@2015-07-07T00:00:00?pmc=0&m=0&pm=1&p0=1&p1=1
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_pdf.nsf/6799165D2FEE3FA94825755E0033E532/4E3EEBAB4FA9956E482575EF001F5657?OpenDocument&bt=0
第465章《人體器官移植條例》
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap465?pmc=0&m=0&pm=1&p0=1&p1=1&p6=1
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_pdf.nsf/6799165D2FEE3FA94825755E0033E532/AB6D02085E5FF67E482575EF000A99B7?OpenDocument&bt=0
《競爭條例》(第619章)
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap619!zh-Hant-HK@2016-10-20T00:00:00?_lang=zh-Hant-HK&m=0&pm=1&pmc=0
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_pdf.nsf/6799165D2FEE3FA94825755E0033E532/7F17988EB8D5EA1848257A240054A7E9?OpenDocument&bt=0
https://www.compcomm.hk/tc/legislation_guidance/legislation/legislation/comp_ordinance_cap619.html
香港法例第447章(床位寓所條例)
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap447!zh-Hant-HK@2014-04-10T00:00:00?p0=1&p1=1
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_pdf.nsf/6799165D2FEE3FA94825755E0033E532/2995521DBE479CF4482575EF0008B5ED?OpenDocument&bt=0
第572章 《消防安全(建築物)條例》
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap572!zh-Hant-HK@2012-08-02T00:00:00?pmc=0&m=0&pm=1&p0=1&p1=1
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_pdf.nsf/01790b2805f0cb5c4825755c00352e34/d08253dbd501ec34482575ef001de861?OpenDocument
http://www.hkfsd.gov.hk/chi/fs_buildings_commercial_premises_ordinance.html
香港法例第549 章. 《中醫藥條例》
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap549!zh-Hant-HK@2011-12-01T00:00:00?pmc=0&m=0&pm=1&p0=1&p1=1&p6=1
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_pdf.nsf/6799165D2FEE3FA94825755E0033E532/2219AD47035BD367482575EF001934D5?OpenDocument&bt=0
中醫藥條例 - 香港中醫藥管理委員會
http://www.cmchk.org.hk/chi/main_ord_cap549.htm
第29章《受託人條例》
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_pdf.nsf/6799165D2FEE3FA94825755E0033E532/AE138F877F3EE356482575EE00305836?OpenDocument&bt=0
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap29!zh-Hant-HK@2017-02-15T00:00:00?pmc=0&m=0&pm=1&p0=1&p1=1&p6=1
http://www.hklii.org/chi/hk/legis/ord/29/
民政事務總署 大廈管理 法例
https://www.google.com.hk/?gfe_rd=cr&ei=xPdWWarTDMnC8gfXlYyACw&gws_rd=ssl#q=%E9%A6%99%E6%B8%AF%E6%B3%95%E4%BE%8B&safe=strict&start=90
http://www.hab.gov.hk/tc/policy_responsibilities/District_Community_and_Public_Relations/building.htm
 大廈管理 建築物管理條例( 第344 章) 
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap344?pmc=0&m=0&pm=1&p0=1&p1=1
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_pdf.nsf/6799165D2FEE3FA94825755E0033E532/A3781A7843EFB825482575EE006E4A13?OpenDocument&bt=0
有關法例 - 香港金錢服務業協會
http://www.msoa.hk/laws.html
第622章 《公司條例》
 https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap622!zh-Hant-HK?pmc=0&m=0&pm=1&p0=1&p1=1
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_pdf.nsf/CurAllChinDoc/B6533F8D5650A04248257A5500549788?OpenDocument
《賭博條例》(香港法例第148章)
 https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap148!zh-Hant-HK?pmc=0&m=0&pm=1&p0=1&p1=1
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_pdf.nsf/6799165D2FEE3FA94825755E0033E532/9253B3F0DFA7564D482575EE0044D9B6?OpenDocument&bt=0
何謂非法賭博| 打擊非法賭博| 有節制博彩| 香港賽馬會
http://www.hkjc.com/responsible-gambling/ch/anti-illegal/index.aspx
中醫藥條例
http://www.cmd.gov.hk/html/b5/important_info/regulation.html
第374章 《道路交通條例》
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_pdf.nsf/CurAllChinDoc/2FAFAF5837F3A8EC482575EE0076DD52?OpenDocument
http://www.hklii.hk/chi/hk/legis/ord/374/
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap374!zh-Hant-HK?pmc=0&m=0&pm=1&p0=1&p1=1
香港改裝車輛指引
https://kwiksure.com/zh/article/guide-to-aftermarket-vehicle-modifications-in-hong-kong-zh/
保險公司條例. (香港法例第41 章)
https://www.elegislation.gov.hk/hk/cap41!zh-Hant-HK@2017-02-13T00:00:00?pmc=0&m=0&pm=1&p0=1&p1=1
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_pdf.nsf/6799165D2FEE3FA94825755E0033E532/1270E1359B1BDAEA482575EE00329630?OpenDocument&bt=0
香港法例《兽医注册条例》(第529章)
http://www.blis.gov.hk/blis_ind.nsf/WebView?OpenAgent&vwpg=CurAllChinDoc*486*100*529
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          American Minute for July 3rd   
Washington, D.C., was in a panic! 72,000 Confederate troops were just sixty miles away near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. After the Confederate victory at the Battle of Chancellorsville, Robert E. Lee was under a time deadline. Mounting casualties of the war were causing Lincoln's popularity to fall, so if Lee could get a quick victory at Gettysburg, he could pressure Lincoln to a truce. But this window of opportunity was fast closing, as Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant was about to capture Vicksburg on the Mississippi, which would divide the Confederacy and free up thousands of Union troops to fight Lee in the east. Unfortunately for Lee, his tremendously successful General, "Stonewall" Jackson, had died two months earlier, having been mistakenly shot by his own men. On the Union side, Lincoln replaced Maj. Gen. Joseph Hooker with Maj. Gen. George Meade to command the 94,000 men of the Union Army of the Potomac. The Battle of Gettysburg began July 1, 1863. After two days of intense combat, with ammunition running low, General Robert E. Lee ordered a direct attack. Confederate General James Longstreet disagreed with Lee's plan resulting in his delayed advance till after all the Confederate artillery had been spent, leaving no cover fire. Historians speculate that if General Longstreet had made a timely attack, the Confederates may have won the day. As it happened, 12,500 Confederate soldiers marched across a mile of open field without artillery cover to make "Pickett's Charge" directly into the Union position at Cemetery Ridge. An hour of murderous fire and bloody hand-to-hand combat ensued, followed by the Confederates being pushed back. The Battle of Gettysburg ended JULY 3, 1863, with over 50,000 casualties. The next day, Vicksburg surrendered to General Grant, giving the Union Army control of the Mississippi River. When news reached London, all hopes of Europe recognizing the Confederacy were lost. For the next two years, the South was on the defensive. On July 5, 1863, President Lincoln and his son visited General Daniel E. Sickles, who had his leg blown off at Gettysburg. General James F. Rusling recorded that when General Sickles asked Lincoln if was anxious before the Battle, Lincoln answered: "No, I was not; some of my Cabinet and many others in Washington were, but I had no fears ..." Lincoln continued: "In the pinch of your campaign up there, when everybody seemed panic-stricken, and nobody could tell what was going to happen, oppressed by the gravity of our affairs, I went to my room one day, and I locked the door, and got down on my knees before Almighty God, and prayed to Him mightily for victory at Gettysburg. I told Him that this was His war, and our cause His cause, but we couldn't stand another Fredericksburg or Chancellorsville. And I then and there made a solemn vow to Almighty God, that if He would stand by our boys at Gettysburg, I would stand by Him ..." Lincoln added: "And He did stand by you boys, and I will stand by Him. And after that (I don't know how it was, and I can't explain it), soon a sweet comfort crept into my soul that God Almighty had taken the whole business into his own hands and that things would go all right at Gettysburg." Twelve days after the Battle of Gettysburg, July 15, 1863, Lincoln proclaimed a Day of Prayer: "It is meet and right to recognize and confess the presence of the Almighty Father and the power of His hand equally in these triumphs and in these sorrows ... I invite the people of the United States to ... render the homage due to the Divine Majesty for the wonderful things He has done in the nation's behalf and invoke the influence of His Holy Spirit to subdue the anger which has produced and so long sustained a needless and cruel rebellion." In his Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863, Abraham Lincoln ended: "We here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth." Years later at the Gettysburg Battlefield, President Franklin D. Roosevelt stated May 30, 1934: "On these hills of Gettysburg two brave armies of Americans once met in contest ... Since those days, two subsequent wars, both with foreign Nations, have measurably ... softened the ancient passions. It has been left to us of this generation to see the healing made permanent." In his 3rd Inaugural Address, President Franklin D. Roosevelt said, January 20, 1941: "The spirit of America ... is the product of centuries ... born in the multitudes of those who came from many lands ... The democratic aspiration is no mere recent phase in human history. It is human history ... Its vitality was written into our own Mayflower Compact, into the Declaration of Independence, into the Constitution of the United States, into the Gettysburg Address ... If the spirit of America were killed, even though the Nation's body ... lived on, the America we know would have perished."
          Game Diary - Horizon.    

I was finally able to break back in to Horizon: Zero Dawn on Friday night.  I had a few hours, so I ignored my second playthrough save - already close to the end of the game, there - and started up a new game.  I zipped past Aloy's depressing childhood, crushing tutorials as fast as I could.

The thing is, Horizon doesn't really have a traditional part where the tutorial ends and the Game Proper begins.  Aloy's childhood introduces the tangible mechanics you'll be using throughout the rest of the game - this is how you crouch to sneak, this is how you draw your bow, this is how you scan enemies, how to craft ammo - and once the traditional montage is complete, adult Aloy is set loose in The Embrace with a few quests to complete.

The Embrace is a valley in the south-east corner of the map, and it's colossal.  Its topography is so dense, you can't see from one side to the other - it's miles across, and is something like... ten of the open-world levels in Rise of the Tomb Raider stitched together, that you can seamlessly explore, all at once.  Maybe more than ten, actually.  It's pretty ridiculous.

Scrappers - mechanical wolves or hyenas would be their closest approximation - are the meanest things in The Embrace. 

The Embrace is colossal, is my point, and will take you four or five hours to explore - with more yet to go, if you want to exhaust all its secrets.  This, too, is honestly part of the game's tutorial as you discover how quests work, how Aloy's (sci-fi Bluetooth) Focus can be used to solve crimes and track targets a'la Batman's Detective vision, and can mark targets a'la Far Cry's binoculars (or Batman's Detective vision, I suppose).  You learn the need to hunt specific machines to acquire the specific resources you need to produce specific kinds of ammunition, and grow accustomed to Aloy's weirdly-comfortable locomotion.

That's one of the reasons I love Horizon, for the record.  How comfortable it is to just move Aloy around an environment.  There's something... kind of pop-y and likewise a bit heavy to her jumps.  She has weight, and when she leaps she springs up, tucks her legs in and snaps them back down when she lands, allowing her to confidently clear gaps and leap across streams, sticking confidently to little rocks as she hops along.

Your map is a groovy combination of actual world topography and easy-to-scan crisscrosses of beaten footpaths, and another one of the things I love about Horizon is how - while if you told me to walk from Rost's cabin to the gates of the Embrace, I couldn't find my way there without a map - but when a quest marker tells you to head 500 yards east, there's something natural, comfortable, pleasurable about sending Aloy scampering along woodland paths and scrambling up rock faces, skidding down ravines and leaping from cliffs.  She enjoys the same breezy movement as Lara in the latest Tomb Raiders, and Horizon's staggeringly generous landscape is almost intoxicating.

After you've met some folks, learned how shops worked, solved some quests, upgraded your spear, maybe learned how specific ammo types can give you a leg up against certain enemies, handled a domestic situation with a young man suffering from psychosis and found Old Grata's prayer beads (though you skip almost all of it, if you wish), you're pushed into the next major story beat and can freely explore beyond The Embrace, into the Nora's Sacred Lands.

The Sacred Lands are about three times the size of The Embrace.


It's worth pointing out, I reckon, that everything you're doing as you complete the tutorial before the tutorial before the next tutorial is fun.  Horizon's combat is somewhere between the slow-paced, impeccably-framed strategy of The Last of Us and Tomb Raider's kinetic, predatory bow hunting.  You learn quickly that the machine-dinosaurs have weaknesses all over that must be exploited if you don't just plan on putting fifty arrows into a Scrapper, and taking advantage of it - putting a fire arrow into a blaze canister on a Strider's back that detonates and damages every machine in its orbit, threading the needle right into a Watcher's eye (its only weak spot) - always earns you a lovely sigh of pleasure.

So you stride past The Embrace into the Sacred Lands, and it's kind of like Link to the Past, where after gathering the three pendants your world suddenly explodes in size and scope and there is so much more than you imagined there could be.


There's more to learn - here is a Hunting Ground, maybe you should check that out!  There is a corrupted zone, what's the deal with that?  Why do I have two main quests?  Who is this creepy fucker and where is this bandit camp he's talking about?  What's a Cauldron?  This weapon seems better than my other weapon, but it doesn't do more damage - how does this even work?  Good lord, if I want the best stealth armor, I need the heart of something called a "Bellowback" - that shouldn't be too hard, right?

It will take another ten hours, at least, to complete the quests in the Sacred Lands - and that's not counting all the little collectibles, ancient viewpoints, data logs and Banuk artifacts that are weirdly pleasurable to find.  Doing this - the method by which you do this - is so much fun.  



When I was doing my first playthrough of Horizon, I remarked that it felt like the game I've been waiting this whole generation to play - and that remains true.  I compare it above, a lot, to Tomb Raider because it gives me almost all the pleasures of Lara's excellent reboot with so much more.  The crazy skill-and-tactics flavor of Horizon's combat beats the pants off Lara's perhaps more stylish brutality, and the way the game lets the player wander around, sneaking through silent woods under the moonlight, clambering up cliffsides, sitting, motionless, and forming a plan of attack for a herd of Lancehorns - the way each encounter, discovery, little adventure flows smoothly into the next - brings to mind some of my favorite games of last gen.

Horizon: Zero Dawn is in a lot of ways the game I wanted Rise of the Tomb Raider and inFamous: Second Son to be.  Not to knock RotTR - it's quite good! - but Horizon gives me that same endlessly fun, endlessly playable sense of inFamous and its PS3 sequel.  It's the same fun, fun and then fun again you'll get from Incredible Hulk: Ultimate Destruction or a Grand Theft Auto, but its gameplay is so much more refined.

There's no tradeoff, here.  I'm not playing a merely decent-looking game because its gameplay is so fun - Horizon is so good-looking it borders on obscene.  I'm not accepting middling gameplay because the graphics are so hot - this is the funnest, most engaging single-player combat since The Last of Us, with the liquid freedom of an open-world game to boot.  If The Witcher III was even thirty per cent as fun to play as Horizon, I would have played that game into the fucking ground.


I'm playing through Horizon and I'm trying to imagine what could possibly take its place at the top of the 2017 heap, in Game of the Year consideration.  I'll be pret-ty surprised if Wolfenstein or Uncharted or South Park or Dishonored can dislodge it.

I've cleared enough of the corrupted zones in the Sacred Lands to convince the Carja soldiers at the fort to open the gate to the lands beyond - but I'm not leaving, quite yet.  There's a few more things to do, a few extra corrupted zones I can clear out before I have them open those gates, and then...

Then Horizon is almost done with its tutorials.  Then the map cracks open like the sky, a further three or four times larger than the Embrace and the Sacred Lands combined, crawling with colossal machines that dwarf anything in the Sacred Lands.  It's so generous.

If you'll excuse me, I have some metal megafauna to stalk.


          Judge blocks California's high-capacity magazine ban   

A federal judge is blocking a California law set to go into effect Saturday that would have barred gun owners from possessing high-capacity ammunition magazines. San Diego-based U.S. District Judge Roger Benitez said in ruling Thursday that the law banning possession of magazines containing more than 10 bullets would have made criminals of thousands of otherwise law-abiding citizens who now own the magazines.


          Fix Bayonets!   
Doing the warrior Anglo-Saxon tradition proud.

The troops were surrounded by approximately 50 ISIS militants yesterday close to Mosul in Northern Iraq as they had just withdrawn from an intelligence gathering mission, according to the Daily Star
In the ambush, soldiers fatally shot several militants before their ammunition ran out and they were forced to use their guns as battering rams, knives, wit and brute strength to defeat the enemy.  
One man even drowned an ISIS fighter in a puddle before picking up a stone which he smashed into another man's face. 
Sources told the Daily Star that they were convinced they were going to die in the battle, so they chose to 'go out fighting' in the hope that they would kill as many ISIS fighters as possible before they died. 

Of course, they could have planned their ammo pack a bit better.

The source counted 32 dead ISIS fighters during the battle which lasted just over four hours. 
By its bloody end, the source said the remaining enemy forces had fled and despite multiple injuries - including gunshot wounds - the SAS unit walked five miles where a Kurdish fighter met them and brought them back to their base.
Those same soldiers are reported to have returned to duty just two days later, apart from those who were shot.

Well done, chaps.  




          Jason Mraz - We Sing We Dance We Steal Things [Flac][TntVillage]   

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Artist...............: Jason Mraz
Album................: We Sing We Dance We Steal Things
Genre................: Pop/Rock
Source...............: CD
Year.................: 2008
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Codec................: Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC)
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Ripped by............: Leonenero on 17/09/2016
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Covers...............: Front Back CD

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1. Jason Mraz - The Dynamo Of Volition [03:36]
2. Jason Mraz - If It Kills Me [04:33]
3. Jason Mraz - A Beautiful Mess [05:37]
4. Jason Mraz - Make It Mine [03:08]
5. Jason Mraz - I'm Yours [04:02]
6. Jason Mraz - Lucky (feat. Colbie Caillat) [03:09]
7. Jason Mraz - Butterfly [05:00]
8. Jason Mraz - Live High [04:12]
9. Jason Mraz - Love For A Child [04:05]
10. Jason Mraz - Details In The Fabric (feat. James Morrison) [05:45]
11. Jason Mraz - Coyotes [03:38]
12. Jason Mraz - Only Human [04:02]

Playing Time.........: 50:53
Total Size...........: 299,95 MB

Maybe it’s the direct result of the critical and commercial indifference toward his sophomore album, 2005’s forgettable Mr. A-Z, but for his third album, We Sing, We Dance, We Steal Things, Jason Mraz loses a good deal of the smugness that had, to this point, been his primary calling card. The result is, if not necessarily a great pop record, the singer-songwriter’s most tolerable album and one that, in its best moments, proves that getting over himself was exactly what Mraz needed to do in order to make better music.
His tendency for show-offy over-writing still rears its head (one might think that “The Dynamo of Volition” lays its cards on the table right there in the title, but then Mraz starts half-rapping through an interminable series of non sequitors and mixed metaphors like “half a politician holding the mic like ammunition,” and it quickly turns into one of his wordplaying nightmares), but fully half of the songs surprise because they don’t trip over a glut of 50-cent words. “Lucky,” a duet with the useless Colbie Caillat, is a nonstarter, and he isn’t convincing as a would-be lothario on “Coyotes” or “Butterfly” (not even Justin Timberlake or professional manwhore Adam Levine could get away with the supposed come-on, “You make my slacks a little tight/You may unfasten them if you like/That’s if you crash and spend the night”), but the mellower cuts like the standout “If It Kills Me” and reggae-tinged lead single “I’m Yours” work.
The former track and “Love for a Child,” which chronicles a divorce from a child’s point of view, both draw favorable comparisons to Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s classic pop in that they showcase Mraz’s elastic voice—and it’s worth noting that he’s a far better singer than his contemporaries, including John Mayer, Josh Kelley, and Jack Johnson—and his knack for writing a strong melody. While it’s all too scattershot (ranging from the Quincy Jones-style horn section on “Butterfly” to the acoustic guitar and brushed snare of closer “A Beautiful Mess”) to make for a great artistic leap forward, We Sing at least finds Mraz finally learning how to play to his strengths.

          (Baltimore) Quality Hardware (QHMC) M1 Carbine *ORIGINAL USGI, WILL SHIP* - $ 1,000   
For sale is a Quality Hardware M1 Carbine in original USGI Q-RMC marked stock. Receiver serial #4716343 dates to 09/1943. Excellent lockup, functions and cycles perfectly with any factory .30 carbine ammunition. PICTURES OF STRIPPED RECEIVER & OTHER PARTS AVAILABLE HERE:  http://imgur.com/a/WiV0Z; MORE UPON REQUEST

-- Includes original "IS" international silver stamped oiler
-- "United Carr. / Boston Mass" sling stamped "MRT 8-63"
-- one USGI "BW" stamped magazine (Bridgeport subcontractor, manufactured for Winchester for WWII issue).
-- "Inland Mfg. Division / General Motors" barrel stamped 12-43
-- Muller Manufacturing "MMQ" barrel band subcontracted for Quality Hardware
-- contact for more info and pics on parts, stamps, markings, etc.

Any receiver wear depicted is purely aesthetic. Absolutely no pitting or rust, wood is in great condition; aside form battle wear/nicks, excellent condition for USGI stock.

ASKING PRICE IS $1,000. Email / text for more info @ 2 //1 /// 0/// 4// 8/// 8/// 8// 6// 8/// 1//. WILL SHIP TO FFL OR FACE TO FACE SALE WITH ID AND BILL OF SALE.
          General Clerk III (Ammunition) - Technica LLC - New Mexico   
Technica is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action (EO/AA) Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, religion, nationality, age,...
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          Healthy Cholesterol Levels   
Maintaining healthy cholesterol levels could be just the ammunition to ward off heart attacks and win the battle of the bulge.
          SUSA Armed Security Officer - Securitas - Mission Viejo, CA   
Works in environments and under conditions that require carrying authorized weapons and ammunition, the use of protective gear and devices, and awareness of...
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          Armed Security--Critical Infrastructure - Allied Universal - Tampa, FL   
Works in environments and under conditions that require carrying authorized weapons and ammunition, the use of protective....
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          Seeking Armed officer for part time work at an apartment complex - Allied Universal - Tampa, FL   
Works in environments and under conditions that require carrying authorized weapons and ammunition, the use of protective....
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          Armed Security Officer-Critical Infrastructure - Clearwater - Allied Universal - Tampa, FL   
Works in environments and under conditions that require carrying authorized weapons and ammunition, the use of protective....
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          Professional Armed Security Officer - GREAT PAY - Allied Universal - Tampa, FL   
Works in environments and under conditions that require carrying authorized weapons and ammunition, the use of protective....
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          Armed Security Officer PT Danbury/Wilton CT Area - Allied Universal - Danbury, CT   
Works in environments and under conditions that require carrying authorized weapons and ammunition, the use of protective....
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          92Y Unit Supply Specialist - Warehouse Manager - National Guard - Eastover, SC   
You will ensure that all documents are prepared and organized, maintain automated systems, secure and control weapons and ammunition, and schedule and provide...
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          High Rate Operator - Orbital ATK - West Virginia   
Producer of small-caliber ammunition, as well as a leading producer of medium- and large-caliber ammunition and medium-caliber gun systems....
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          High Rate Machinist - Orbital ATK - West Virginia   
Producer of small-caliber ammunition, as well as a leading producer of medium- and large-caliber ammunition and medium-caliber gun systems....
From Orbital ATK - Wed, 14 Jun 2017 23:44:56 GMT - View all West Virginia jobs
          (USA-MN-Roseville) SUSA Armed Security Officer   
* Responds to unusual or emergency situations at client's site using the appropriate escalation of force level up to and including armed response by following established protocol. * Maintains proficiency in the use of all assigned protective equipment, restraint devices and weapons. * Controls access to client site or facility through the admittance process; precludes unauthorized access to facilities, and the conversion, theft or intentional destruction of physical assets. * Observes and reports activities and incidents, providing for the security and safety of client property and personnel. * Makes periodic tours to check for irregularities and to inspect protection devices and fire control equipment. * Preserves order and acts to enforce regulations and directives for the site pertaining to personnel, visitors, and premises. * Monitors entrances and exits; acts to prevent unapproved or unlawful entry; controls entrances, the movement of people and vehicles, and parking. * Patrols assigned site on foot or in vehicle; checks for unsafe conditions, hazards, unlocked doors, security violations. * Observes and reports incidents or suspicious activity to client representatives or company management. * Responds to incidents of fire, medical emergency, bomb threat, flooding, water discharge, elevator emergency, hazardous materials, inclement weather, and other incidents. * Prepares logs and reports as required. * With or without reasonable accommodation, the physical and mental requirements of this job may include the following: seeing, hearing, speaking, and writing clearly. Occasional reaching with hands and arms, stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling. Frequent sitting, standing and walking, which may be required for long periods of time, and may involve climbing stairs and walking up inclines and on uneven terrain. Additional physical requirements may include, frequent lifting and/or moving up to 10 pounds and occasional lifting and/or moving up to 25 pounds. * Must be able to meet and continue to meet any applicable state, county and municipal licensing and permit requirements for Security Officers and armed security work and specific protective device and weapons qualifications. * Works in environments and under conditions that require carrying authorized weapons and ammunition, the use of protective gear and devices, and awareness of personal safety and safety of others. * Required to utilize rapid and effective judgment in responding to unusual or emergency situations using appropriate escalation of force level. * Experience in physical security, military service, law enforcement or a related field, sufficient to meet the minimum requirements for state and local licensing and/or site standards as established by the company. Employer's Job# 13907408442-Jul-2017-Roseville
          (USA-MN-Minneapolis) SUSA Armed Security Officer   
* Responds to unusual or emergency situations at client's site using the appropriate escalation of force level up to and including armed response by following established protocol. * Maintains proficiency in the use of all assigned protective equipment, restraint devices and weapons. * Controls access to client site or facility through the admittance process; precludes unauthorized access to facilities, and the conversion, theft or intentional destruction of physical assets. * Observes and reports activities and incidents, providing for the security and safety of client property and personnel. * Makes periodic tours to check for irregularities and to inspect protection devices and fire control equipment. * Preserves order and acts to enforce regulations and directives for the site pertaining to personnel, visitors, and premises. * Monitors entrances and exits; acts to prevent unapproved or unlawful entry; controls entrances, the movement of people and vehicles, and parking. * Patrols assigned site on foot or in vehicle; checks for unsafe conditions, hazards, unlocked doors, security violations. * Observes and reports incidents or suspicious activity to client representatives or company management. * Responds to incidents of fire, medical emergency, bomb threat, flooding, water discharge, elevator emergency, hazardous materials, inclement weather, and other incidents. * Prepares logs and reports as required. * With or without reasonable accommodation, the physical and mental requirements of this job may include the following: seeing, hearing, speaking, and writing clearly. Occasional reaching with hands and arms, stooping, kneeling, crouching and crawling. Frequent sitting, standing and walking, which may be required for long periods of time, and may involve climbing stairs and walking up inclines and on uneven terrain. Additional physical requirements may include, frequent lifting and/or moving up to 10 pounds and occasional lifting and/or moving up to 25 pounds. * Must be able to meet and continue to meet any applicable state, county and municipal licensing and permit requirements for Security Officers and armed security work and specific protective device and weapons qualifications. * Works in environments and under conditions that require carrying authorized weapons and ammunition, the use of protective gear and devices, and awareness of personal safety and safety of others. * Required to utilize rapid and effective judgment in responding to unusual or emergency situations using appropriate escalation of force level. * Experience in physical security, military service, law enforcement or a related field, sufficient to meet the minimum requirements for state and local licensing and/or site standards as established by the company. Employer's Job# 13907408442-Jul-2017-Minneapolis
          2 July - Blogs I'm Following 1 of 2   
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Even The NYTimes Retraction On 17 Intel Agencies Is A Lie

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 29 minutes ago
Published on Jul 2, 2017 Infowars reporter David Knight talks about news outlet CNN was hit with a proverbial body slam by President Donald Trump Sunday in a tweet that has gone mega- viral. end

Israel’s Lieberman Backs Attacks Against Syrian Army

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 29 minutes ago
Published on Jul 2, 2017 The Israeli minister of military affairs has defended the regime’s recent attacks on Syrian army positions in the Golan Heights. Avigdor Lieberman said the Israeli army would continue its attacks more forcefully in the future. He was referring to Tel Aviv’s air raids in Quneitra countryside over the past two […]

China Sends Warships, Fighter Jets To Intercept US Destroyer In South China Sea

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 29 minutes ago
China Sends Warships, Fighter Jets To Intercept US Destroyer In South China Sea by Tyler Durden, http://www.zerohedge.com Just days before Trump’s meeting with the Chinese president in Hamburg later this week for the G-20 summit, the Trump administration sent a guided-missile destroyer near Triton Island in the South China Sea, Bloomberg reported, a move “which may […]

Washington Has Been At War For 16 Years: Why?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 29 minutes ago
Washington Has Been At War For 16 Years: Why? by Paul Craig Roberts, http://www.paulcraigroberts.org/ For sixteen years the US has been at war in the Middle East and North Africa, running up trillions of dollars in expenses, committing untold war crimes, and sending millions of war refugees to burden Europe, while simultaneously claiming that Washington cannot afford […]

US and Israeli Collusion for Escalated War on Syria?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 29 minutes ago
US and Israeli Collusion for Escalated War on Syria? by Stephen Lendman, http://www.globalresearch.ca/ The fundamental goals of both countries are regime change and destroying Syrian sovereignty. They partner in each other’s wars. – Both seek regional hegemony, wanting independent Syria and Iran transformed into pro-Western vassal states, their hydrocarbon resources looted, their people subjugated, their countries balkanized […]

Lynette Zang: Market Crash Coming – Insiders Run – Next Market Meltdown Means Frozen Financial System

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 29 minutes ago
Lynette Zang: Market Crash Coming – Insiders Run – Next Market Meltdown Means Frozen Financial System by Greg Hunter’s USAWatchdog.com (Early Sunday Release) Market analyst Lynette Zang has deep Wall Street experience and is starting to see a worse setup than just before the 2008 market meltdown. Zang explains, “The dollar is weak. All that is dog and […]

‘Clear Violation of Sovereignty’: Journalist on IDF Hitting Syria for 5th Time in a Week

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 29 minutes ago
Published on Jul 1, 2017 Israel says it has struck a Syrian military position, in response to stray fire from over the border. The IDF reportedly hit an artillerly battery in the Syrian-controlled section of the Golan Heights. READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/8gql end

New York Times Makes 1st Retraction on Russia Coverage

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 29 minutes ago
Published on Jun 30, 2017 The New York Times pulled an article it ran about Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 US presidential election. Earlier in the week, news broadcaster CNN landed in hot water amid accusations that it trumped up its post-election coverage for the sake of ratings. RT America’s Alexey Yaroshevsky has more. […]

The End of CNN?

mosesman at Socio-Economics History Blog - 29 minutes ago
Published on Jul 1, 2017 Another CNN producer has been caught on tape making revealing statements about employees at the network and their liberal views. end

The U.S. Navy Is Reluctant To Reveal How Much Its New Aircraft Carriers Will Cost

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 30 minutes ago
Nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77). World Military Forum *War Is Boring*: *The U.S. Navy Isn’t Revealing How Much Its New Carriers Really Cost* Congressional watchdog calls out the Navy for its lack of independent cost estimates. The U.S. Navy has learned a lot of lessons trying to develop its next generation aircraft carrier. The trouble is, as a report by the Government Accountability Office mentions, the Navy is so far refusing to put these lessons into practice, and the taxpayers end up paying the price. The GAO recently released the report detaili...more »

Picture Of The Day

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          IGP Khowaja says excluding him from transfer, posting process to hit police performance   

HYDERABAD: Sindh’s Inspe­ctor General of Police A.D. Khowaja has said that provincial government’s decision to exclude IGP’s input from the process of transfers and postings of senior police officers will certainly have adverse implications as the chief minister has already had such powers.

He said at an Eid Milan party held in honour of heirs of martyred policemen and later told journalists in police ground on Saturday night that the issue would hopefully be cleared after the Sindh High Court’ judgement in this regard.

He said that he did not need to pass comments on issues related to government as he was neither a politician nor a leader of opposition. It was not his domain, it was up to media and intellectuals to analyse and comment on government (actions), he said.

Being a government employee he had some limitations and he would continue to work within his limits. He was not demoralised and he was there to bolster morale of his force, he was doing his duty professionally and regularly, he said.

He said the Sindh government had been generous in allocating resources for Sindh police for which he was grateful to the chief minister. Last year, Sindh police had 26,370 submachine guns (SMGs) and this year 30,000 more SMGs were to be procured which would double the size of arms and ammunition with police. The arms would be delivered in September, he said.

He said that 12,000 pistols would be bought this year, raising the number of the handguns by 400 per cent as police had earlier 3,225 pistols while a fleet of 450 vehicles would be added by October this year to the 350 purchased last year.

The IGP said that computers were procured for each police station without demanding extra funds and police purchased over 12,000 sets of anti-riot gear from its own resources. Earlier, such gears used to be donated by people.

He said that 200Kva generators had been provided to police training schools and colleges and divisional police headquarters which had never been done before. It became possible due to Sindh government’s generosity, he said.

He said that it would lead to a positive change in the force. There were no resource constraints at present, he said, adding that 21,000 policemen had been recruited this year on the basis of merit and 15,000 had been trained by army personnel. Further training was under way.

The training had brought about a visible difference in the performance of the newly trained recruits and those appointed previously. Their performance was being appreciated by everyone, he said.

“Turnaround in a department cannot happen within a day or a year. If resources are appropriately utilised Sindh police will soon become a modernised force,” he said.

For the first time, he said, 2,500 personnel of information technology cadre had been sanctioned to computerize entire system of Sindh police. Reception centres in police stations and facilitation centres at divisional level were created by using available resources wisely, he said.

He said that Sindh police would have to review its policy for declaring policemen martyred in case there was negligence or violation of standard operating procedures (SOPs) by policemen during performance of duty.

No such policy review had been carried out yet but it was the responsibility of an SHO, a DSP and an SSP to get the SOPs implemented and ensure that a police constable who was performing duty at public places was aware of SOPs, said the IGP.

He informed that 1500 ex-army personnel had been recruited by Sindh government for the security of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CEPC) projects and a special protection unit had been created for them. There were, however, some non-CPEC projects as well but primarily the government-sponsored and CPEC projects were responsibility of police, he said.

About the emergence of a new outfit Ansarul Sharia which claimed responsibility for targeted killing of four policemen in Karachi, the IGP said that police were trying to track down the outfit’s operatives in order to dismantle its structure.

DIG Khadim Rind, SSP Irfan Baloch and other police officials concerned were also present at the function.

Published in Dawn, July 3rd, 2017


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          Here’s What Violence Along the U.S.-Mexico Border Really Looks Like   

Northern Mexican cities are among the hemisphere's most violent. Across the border, it's a different story. Español

Border fence between San Diego's border patrol offices in California (left) and Tijuana, Mexico (right). Public domain.

Part of the justification for President Donald Trump’s “great wall” is that it is needed to keep America protected from what lies below – northern Mexico is rife with drug violence and there exists a very real risk of that violence spilling over into American cities and towns.

But the dynamics of the drug trade – and the numbers – point to a different reality.

At the Igarapé Institute, we’ve compiled the most up-to-date official homicide data from both sides of the border. The results show that towns along the U.S. side are among the safest in the country; northern Mexico, meanwhile, is one of the most violent places in the hemisphere. They also suggest that the threat of spillover violence is unlikely to increase or decrease with the presence of a physical wall.

Map. Homicide Rates in the US-Mexico Borderland, 2015

In 2015, the average homicide rate in the 23 U.S. border counties was 3.2 murders per 100,000 inhabitants, lower than the national homicide rate for the same year, 5.3 per 100,000 habitants. U.S. City Crime Rankings does not list a single U.S. border city among the 60 most dangerous metropolises in America. Meanwhile, in the same year the 35 Mexican border municipalities had an average rate of 20.8 per 100,000, that is, 6.5 times more than its northern neighbor.

Is the physical barrier that already exists between the U.S. and Mexico responsible for “keeping America safe?” Not likely. Drug cartels already operate on both sides of the border (that’s what their business is based on) and guns and ammunition are easier to come by in the U.S. than they are in Mexico. Rather, the border dynamic is costlier for Mexico than it is for the U.S. because limited points of access to U.S. markets generate violent competition between those who wish to control them. In other words, the border itself is part of what makes northern Mexico so violent. As Ioan Grillo, author of Gangster Warlords has argued, the wall only makes illegal transactions more expensive, which in turn gives more money to criminal networks.

Homicide Rates in the US–Mexico Borderland, 2011-2015

This dynamic is even more evident when examining violence levels over time. Omar García-Ponce and Hannah Postel of the Center for Global Development in Washington, DC, demonstrated how in the past two decades the US homicide rates have remained consistently low, while the Mexican side has always been more violent, with murder rates fluctuating between 15 and 20 homicides per 100,000. According to García-Ponce and Postel, between 2007 and 2010, this murder rates spiked drastically, coinciding with violent territorial disputes among drug cartels and between these and the Mexican government’s militarized response.

The most recent data show that this trend changed between 2011 and 2015, with a consistent drop in homicide rates on both sides of the border. During those five years, the average homicide rate in the Mexican border municipalities decreased from 38.6 (2,692 murders) to 20.8 (1,529 murders). At the same time, in the US counties along the border the homicide rate fell from 3.9 (393 murders) to 3.2 (339 murders). This could, at first glance, suggest a positive relationship between violence on either side of the border – but while this drop in violence in Mexico was accompanied by a (smaller) drop in the U.S., spikes in murders south of the border to not show a similar correlation to rising violence north of it.  

Homicide Rates in the US–Mexico Borderland, 2011-2015

The bad news is that the situation in Mexico has changed during the last year. In 2016 the homicide rate in the border municipalities rose again, with an increase from 20.8 per 100.000 inhabitants to 26.5 – six points in just 12 months. This change is related to the gradual fracturing of the cartels and many small clashes between less stable and predictable groups. Murder rates jumped in municipalities like Tecate (from 19.8 to 50.6) and Tijuana (from 35.5 to 49.8) in Baja California, and Ciudad Juarez in Chihuahua (from 18.9 to 32.7). But again, there was no concomitant rise in border counties in the U.S. – a rise that would be expected if spillover violence were an urgent threat. 

Homicide Rates in the US–Mexico Borderlands, 2011-2016

Given this reality, to prevent the deterioration of security conditions along the border, the proposal to build “great, great wall” and the order given by president Trump to fight head-on against “the cartels” are unfortunate and probably irrelevant. The border doesn’t need a new wall to contain cartels that are on the verge of extinction in the criminal world. The border requires a serious cooperative strategy, based on the co-responsibility of both countries in the problem of transnational organized crime, to protect US and Mexican communities and to reduce the number of homicide victims on both sides. The US can have a positive role – building a wall probably shouldn’t be part of it. 

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          Huge gun haul stopped at Channel Tunnel   

Border Force officers seized the weapons, along with ammunition, from the vehicle’s trailer on the French side of the Channel Tunnel at Coquelles, near Calais. The 4mm and 6mm handguns and bullets were hidden in specially adapted engine blocks. Image: Two men have been charged in connection with the raid Officers were acting on intelligence […]

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          Theft of dozens of rockets in Portugal   
Theft of dozens of rockets in Portugal 22:50 - 07/02/2017 According to the Portuguese media, the repository of an army center of the country been robbed and stolen rocket - propelled grenades, grenades and ammunition. He confirmed the Spanish news agency "EFE", stealing 44 rocket - propelled grenades , anti-tank launcher for missiles and 1450 pistol (cartridges) and 168 hand grenades and dozens of ammunition and other weapons from the heart of a military base in the town (Tankos). ...
          Guns And KKK Members At Gettysburg Confederate Rally, But No Foes To Fight   

GETTYSBURG, Pa. ― A few hundred armed militia group members, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Ku Klux Klaners, supporters of President Donald Trump, and other self-described patriots descended upon the Gettysburg battlefield Saturday to defend the site's Confederate symbols from phantom activists with the violent far-left group Antifa.

Some carried semi-automatic rifles ― permitted in Pennsylvania ― as they peered out across the battlefield with binoculars, on the lookout for the black-clad, face-masked anti-fascists, anarchists and socialists they said they had heard were traveling to the national park to dishonor Confederate graves, monuments and flags.

Although many came expecting violence ― even after Antifa made it clear its adherents never planned to show up ― the only bloodshed came when a lone militia group member accidentally shot himself in the leg.

Part of the scene at the Gettysburg Battlefield on Saturday.

In the two years since white supremacist and Confederate flag admirer Dylann Roof massacred nine black parishioners at a South Carolina church, the movement to remove Confederate symbols from public property has gained renewed purpose and momentum. So far, 60 Confederate symbols have been removed from city and state-owned land across the U.S., according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Most recently, the city of New Orleans toppled four statues honoring the Confederacy.

This has incensed and energized militia groups and white supremacists across the country, who claim Confederate symbols represent heritage and history, not hate. In May, white supremacists showed up with torches at a monument to Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee in Charlottesville, Virginia, after the city moved to take it down.

Saturday's rally in Gettysburg showed pro-Confederate activists increasingly agitated, armed, and itching for a fight ― even when there is no one to clash with them.

Once a storm had passed through and the sweltering July sun returned, they gathered on the battlefield here just north of the headquarters of Union Army General George Meade, whose army repelled the Confederacy in the Civil War's most decisive battle.

After singing the National Anthem and performing the Pledge of Allegiance, the hundreds of Southern Army enthusiasts ― many of whom wore Trump pins, hats or T-shirts ― took a moment to honor the Confederate flag.

"I salute the Confederate flag," they said in unison, "with affection, reverence and undying devotion to the cause for which it stands."

Billy Snuffer, who identified himself as the Imperial Wizard for the Rebel Brigade of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, told HuffPost that there were KKK members scattered across the battlefield to "aid law enforcement" and protect the area's 20 or so Confederate monuments from Antifa.

"The Confederate battle flag has nothing to do with slavery," he said, standing in the same area where 154 years ago the Confederate Army marched into town, abducting free black Americans and sending them to the South to be sold into slavery.

"This is our history, this is our heritage," the Martinsville, Virginia, resident said of the monuments.

Billy Snuffer (right), the Imperial Wizard for the Rebel Brigade of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, stands on the Gettysburg Battlefield with another Klan member.

In mid-June, rumors had spread online that Antifa, a decentralized group known for violently confronting white supremacists and hate groups, planned to burn a Confederate flag and desecrate Confederate gravestones in Gettysburg on July 1, the date the three-day battle began in 1863.

The rumors mobilized various far-right groups, who secured permits from the National Park Service to show up en masse to the battlefield, setting the stage for what they thought would be a dramatic showdown between the opposing fringe elements of U.S. politics.

But the central Pennsylvania chapter of Antifa told local newspapers last week that it never intended to gather at Gettysburg.

The rumors, the group told HuffPost in a Facebook message, were the work of online trolls. One such tale said Antifa members were going to urinate on Confederate gravestones. One problem: There aren't any Confederate gravestones to desecrate. Although some confederate soldiers are buried at Gettysburg, their final resting places aren't marked.

Still, efforts to quell the rumors didn't stop anti-government militia groups from across the country ― including West Virginia, Michigan, Nebraska and California ― from showing up Saturday.

"Our main purpose is just to defend the historical parts of the city here and stop them from being destroyed and keep people who aren't part of anything ... safe," said a 27-year-old who would give his name only as Thor and who said he was a veteran of the war in Afghanistan.

He said he was aware that Antifa likely wasn't going to show, but that he felt compelled to be there, just in case.

Thor, a Gettysburg-area resident and member of the anti-government militia group the Three Percenters, wore an ammunition belt around a bulletproof vest. The sleeves of his camouflage uniform were rolled up, revealing the word "INFIDEL" tattooed to his arm.

Asked what he thought about all the Confederate symbols being removed from public property across the U.S., Thor didn't mince words.

"It pisses me off," he said.

The assembled groups' hatred for Antifa Saturday was surpassed only by their anger at the growing movement to remove Confederate symbols from public property.

Ted Fields, a Sons of Confederate Veterans leader wearing a black leather biker vest, addressed the crowd using a megaphone and asserted that the dismantling of Confederate monuments could lead to the decimation of America itself.

"I believe their master plan is once they get us used to taking down some monuments here and there in some liberal cities, then they're gonna try it out here and see if that works," he said.

"The next thing you know, they're going to take our Constitution and say you know what? That was written by slave-holders, it's racist, let's get rid of it and become a communist nation. I don't want that on my watch."

The crowd cheered.

A woman named Jenny Lee, who claimed to be Robert E. Lee's 3rd great grandniece, implored the crowd not to be bowed by political correctness.

"We must never back down or be intimidated by the antics of the ignorant," she said. "And all the safety-pin-wearing, easily offended, butt-hurt, temper-tantrum-throwing, vagina-hat-wearing, face-covered, commie fascists can kiss my ass."

Lee was forceful in telling the crowd that the Confederacy ― and by extension, everyone gathered at the rally ― wasn't racist. The Civil War, she said, wasn't about slavery. (It was.)

Plus, she added to great applause, thousands of blacks fought for the South, neglecting to mention that they were forced to do so.

As the rally concluded, the sound of cannons could be heard in the distance, as Civil War re-enactors not associated with the pro-Confederate rally shot off blank rounds, smoke billowing out across a different part of the battlefield. Actors in blue and grey uniforms played dead and injured.

But the only person actually shot Saturday in Gettysburg with a real bullet was a 23-year-old militia group member named Benjamin Hornberger, of Shippensburg, Pennsylvania. According to U.S. Park police, Hornberger triggered his revolver when the flag pole he was carrying bumped against his gun holster. The bullet went into his leg. Police say officers quickly applied a tourniquet, likely saving his life.

According to PennLive, Hornberger talked to paramedics and "seemed in good spirits."

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          Re: Wie kan mij iets meer vertellen over deze doek?   
Het is inderdaad een doek om de lokale bevolking te waarschuwen met een melding hier vanaf te blijven.
Het is gebaseerd op de instructiekaarten die militairen ook krijgen (alleen die is uitgebreider met (sub)typen aanduidingen die ze doorgeven bij meldingen).

Ze noemen dit AAW (Ammunition Awareness). Het herkennen van munitie. Vooral in Afghanistan is dat een probleem want er slingert nogal wat (oud Sovjet) spul rond. De Russen hadden zelfs vlindermijnen ontwikkeld. Deze strooiden ze met honderden uit en leken op een kinderspeelgoed. De strategie was om simpelweg de kinderen uit te schakelen...

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