Russian Influence

Much has been said about “Russia hacked the election!” by Hillary Clinton supporters who would rather blame a foreign power for her loss rather than admit that she was essentially unelectable even to her own party which is why they had to rig the primaries.

Here is how influence operations work. A secret peek behind the curtain if you will.

In any population, you have people who are firmly on “Side A” and people who are firmly on “Side C” and you have some people between those two that are not firmly decided on A or C.

If you want to influence people to side A or to side C, who do you spend your time and effort to influence? The people NOT firmly A or C. Because those people have already made up their minds, and will not be influenced by you. You must focus your efforts on the people who have not made up their minds yet, who by definition are able to be influenced.

So… ask yourself this simple question, “Going into the election last November, how large was the undecided population? Was it big enough to sway the election one way or the other?”

If you sit down and do a rational analysis of who voted, and how they voted, it is very hard to come to the conclusion that any foreign power was able to influence the election.

Do you really want to know who set the conditions for Donald Trump to win the election? The DNC and the RNC. They put together the absolute worst pair of presidential candidates in living memory and ensured that third party candidates would get more press than every before as the people who weren’t firmly D and weren’t firmly R looked for any way to save out of that horrible binary choice.

Stein and Johnson soaked up plenty of votes in the states where they were on the ballot. And in some states Trump won over Hillary by less than the amount of votes cast for Stein and Johnson. If we assume that all Stein voters would have gone Hillary, and all Johnson voters would have gone Trump, the election outcome wouldn’t have changed. Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, North Carolina and Florida all went to Trump by fewer votes than Johnson and Stein received.

Does this mean that third parties cost Trump the election? No, not really, what it did was set the stage for Trump to walk away with a plurality of votes the way Bill Clinton did in 92. Had the DNC and RNC not played such games of chicanery during the primaries they wouldn’t have alienated the undecided middle ground.

As of right now, it looks like a gamble the RNC won. But I predict it will be a Pyrrhic victory as Trump will prove uncontrollable by the party, and Republicans in Congress are stuck dealing with the blowback because for better or worse he ran as a Republican.

So, in the light of how influence works, it should be very clear that Russia did not in fact “hack the election” as there simply wasn’t an undecided ground that was able to be influenced. If there was, the third party votes would have been less than 2% of the popular vote instead of 4.9% of the popular vote. Almost one in twenty voters said, “I hate Clinton, I hate Trump, I’m going to waste my vote and save my conscience.”

But all the polls going in were for Hillary right? Well yeah, if you’ve been on social media at all you’ll know that it is a pretty unpopular time to be a Trump supporter. But “Dewey Beats Truman!” is a historical event, not just an internet meme.

I’m positive that Russia did their best to influence voters through their national information operations goals, but that is essentially all above board and legal. It certainly isn’t “casus beli” unless we also want to set the legal precedent that “Voice of America” is now an act of war. I’m also positive that Russia saw Trump as someone more in line with their national interests, especially after attempting to work with Hillary when she was SecState. However, that Trump won? Well, that surprised a lot of people.

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Compare and Contrast lessons learned from the 20th Century

The advice of a “Yale professor”

Americans are no wiser than the Europeans who saw democracy yield to fascism, Nazism, or communism. Our one advantage is that we might learn from their experience. Now is a good time to do so. Here are 20 lessons from the 20th century, adapted to the circumstances of today.

1. Do not obey in advance.

Much of the power of authoritarianism is freely given. In times like these, individuals think ahead about what a more repressive government will want, and then start to do it without being asked. You’ve already done this, haven’t you? Stop. Anticipatory obedience teaches authorities what is possible and accelerates unfreedom.

2. Defend an institution.

Follow the courts or the media, or a court or a newspaper. Do not speak of “our institutions” unless you are making them yours by acting on their behalf. Institutions don’t protect themselves. They go down like dominoes unless each is defended from the beginning.

3. Recall professional ethics.

When the leaders of state set a negative example, professional commitments to just practice become much more important. It is hard to break a rule-of-law state without lawyers, and it is hard to have show trials without judges.

4. When listening to politicians, distinguish certain words.

Look out for the expansive use of “terrorism” and “extremism.” Be alive to the fatal notions of “exception” and “emergency.” Be angry about the treacherous use of patriotic vocabulary.

5. Be calm when the unthinkable arrives.

When the terrorist attack comes, remember that all authoritarians at all times either await or plan such events in order to consolidate power. Think of the Reichstag fire. The sudden disaster that requires the end of the balance of power, the end of opposition parties, and so on, is the oldest trick in the Hitlerian book. Don’t fall for it.

6. Be kind to our language.

Avoid pronouncing the phrases everyone else does. Think up your own way of speaking, even if only to convey that thing you think everyone is saying. (Don’t use the internet before bed. Charge your gadgets away from your bedroom. Read.) What to read? Perhaps The Power of the Powerless by Václav Havel, 1984 by George Orwell, The Captive Mind by Czesław Milosz, The Rebel by Albert Camus, The Origins of Totalitarianism by Hannah Arendt, or Nothing is True and Everything is Possible by Peter Pomerantsev.

7. Stand out. Someone has to.

It is easy, in words and deeds, to follow along. It can feel strange to do or say something different. But without that unease, there is no freedom. And the moment you set an example, the spell of the status quo is broken, and others will follow.

8. Believe in truth.

To abandon facts is to abandon freedom. If nothing is true, then no one can criticize power, because there is no basis upon which to do so. If nothing is true, then all is spectacle. The biggest wallet pays for the most blinding lights.

9. Investigate.

Figure things out for yourself. Spend more time with long articles. Subsidize investigative journalism by subscribing to print media. Realize that some of what is on your screen is there to harm you. Learn about sites that investigate foreign propaganda pushes.

10. Practice corporeal politics.

Power wants your body softening in your chair and your emotions dissipating on the screen. Get outside. Put your body in unfamiliar places with unfamiliar people. Make new friends and march with them.

11. Make eye contact and small talk.

This is not just polite. It is a way to stay in touch with your surroundings, break down unnecessary social barriers, and come to understand whom you should and should not trust. If we enter a culture of denunciation, you will want to know the psychological landscape of your daily life.

12. Take responsibility for the face of the world.

Notice the swastikas and the other signs of hate. Do not look away and do not get used to them. Remove them yourself and set an example for others to do so.

13. Hinder the one-party state.

The parties that took over states were once something else. They exploited a historical moment to make political life impossible for their rivals. Vote in local and state elections while you can.

14. Give regularly to good causes, if you can.

Pick a charity and set up autopay. Then you will know that you have made a free choice that is supporting civil society helping others doing something good.

15. Establish a private life.

Nastier rulers will use what they know about you to push you around. Scrub your computer of malware. Remember that email is skywriting. Consider using alternative forms of the internet, or simply using it less. Have personal exchanges in person. For the same reason, resolve any legal trouble. Authoritarianism works as a blackmail state, looking for the hook on which to hang you. Try not to have too many hooks.

16. Learn from others in other countries.

Keep up your friendships abroad or make new friends abroad. The present difficulties here are an element of a general trend. And no country is going to find a solution by itself. Make sure you and your family have passports.

17. Watch out for the paramilitaries.

When the men with guns who have always claimed to be against the system start wearing uniforms and marching around with torches and pictures of a leader, the end is nigh. When the pro-leader paramilitary and the official police and military intermingle, the game is over.

18. Be reflective if you must be armed.

If you carry a weapon in public service, God bless you and keep you. But know that evils of the past involved policemen and soldiers finding themselves, one day, doing irregular things. Be ready to say no. (If you do not know what this means, contact the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and ask about training in professional ethics.)

19. Be as courageous as you can.

If none of us is prepared to die for freedom, then all of us will die in unfreedom.

20. Be a patriot.

The incoming president is not. Set a good example of what America means for the generations to come. They will need it.

With the Advice of Mike Vanderbough:

What I Have Learned From the Twentieth Century

With thanks to Schoolmasters Joseph Stalin, Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Mao Tse-Tung and Pol Pot

From the Liberty Pole
June, 1999
by Mike Vanderboegh

As an amateur historian of this sad century whose time is almost up, I would like to reflect upon six lessons I have learned in my studies. Folks who wish to live free and prosperous in the next century would do well to understand the failures of the past.

LESSON NO. 1: If a bureaucrat, or a soldier sent by a bureaucrat, comes to knock down your door and take you someplace you do not want to go because of who you are or what you think — kill him. If you can, kill the politician who sent him. You will likely die anyway, and you will be saving someone else the same fate. For it is a universal truth that the intended victims always far outnumber the tyrant’s executioners. Any nation which practices this lesson will quickly run out of executioners and tyrants, or they will run out of it.

LESSON NO. 2: If a bureaucrat, or a soldier sent by a bureaucrat, comes to knock down your door and confiscate your firearms — kill him. The disarmament of law-abiding citizens is the required precursor to genocide.

LESSON NO. 3: If a bureaucrat tells you that he must know if you have a firearm so he can put your name on a list for the common good, or wants to issue you an identity card so that you be more easily identified — tell him to go to hell. Registration of people and firearms is the required precursor to the tyranny which permits genocide. Bureaucrats cannot send soldiers to doors that are not on their list.

LESSON NO. 4: Believe actions, not words. Tyrants are consummate liars. Just because a tyrant is “democratically elected” does not mean he believes in democracy. Reference Adolf Hitler, 1932.

And just because a would-be tyrant mouths words of reverence to law and justice, or takes a solemn oath to uphold a constitution, does not mean be believes such concepts apply to him. Reference Bill Clinton, among others.

The language of the lie is just another tool of killers. A sign saying “Arbeit Macht Frei” (Work Makes You Free) posted above an execution camp gate does not mean that anybody gets out of there alive, and a room labeled “Showers” does not necessarily make you clean. Bill Clinton notwithstanding, the meaning of “is” is plain when such perverted language gets you killed. While all tyrants are liars, it is true that not all political liars are would-be tyrants — but they bear close watching. And keep your rifle handy.

LESSON NO. 5: Our constitutional republic as crafted by the Founders is the worst form of government in the world, except when compared to all the others. Capitalism, as well, is a terrible way to run an economy, except when compared to all other economic systems. Unrestrained democracy is best expressed as three wolves and a sheep sitting down to vote on what to have for dinner. The horrors of collectivism in all its forms — socialism, communism, national socialism, fascism — have been demonstrated beyond dispute by considerable wasteful trial and bloody error. Leaders such as Bill Clinton who view the Constitution as inconvenient and ignorable are harbingers of tyranny.

LESSON NO. 6: While nations do not always get the leaders they deserve, they always get the leaders they tolerate. And anyone who tells you that “It Can’t Happen Here” is whistling past the graveyard of history. There is no “house rule” that bars tyranny coming to America. History is replete with republics whose people grew complacent and descended into imperial butchery and chaos. Dictators count on the assistance of people who are complacent, fearful, envious, lazy and corrupt. While there is no “Collective guilt” to the crimes of a regime (all such crimes being committed by specific criminal individuals), there is certainly “collective responsibility” — especially for those who watch the criminals at work without objecting or interfering.

A French journalist of the last century wrote: “I must speak out, for I will not be an accomplice.” Evil tyrants require, indeed they depend upon, willing and unwilling accomplices — good people who would never think of harming a soul themselves. Lenin called such people “useful idiots.”

De Tocqueville observed that “America is great because America is good. When America ceases to be good, she will cease to be great.” As related in the Old Testament, God judged nations based upon the immorality and criminality of their leaders. Entire peoples were scourged because of their failure to remove corrupt leaders.

As we move from the Twentieth Century into the Twenty-First, we should take care to remember the ancient story of Sodom and Gommorrah. If we wish to avoid the butchery of the Twentieth Century and the righteous judgment of the God of our antiquity, we would do well to keep our Bibles, our Constitution and our firearms close at hand.

Let me just say first off that Item 13 “Hinder the One Party State” from the Yale Professors list is just pure hypocrisy from the “Reality has a Liberal slant” crowd. However just because someone is a hypocrite doesn’t mean they are automatically wrong. In this case, every time a single party controls Congress and the White House they piss off America through crappy governance. In fact, the longest stretch of single party rule in the last four decades was under GWBush from 2001 to 2006. Clinton enjoyed a Dem majority from 92 to 94, and Obama a Dem majority from 2008 to 2010. We’ll see just how long President Trump can make a Republican majority last, and my prediction is “until 2018.”

Compare, both lists are inherently calling on Americans to first and foremost be GOOD people. Both lists are about empowering an individual to resist an unjust and immoral government.

Contrast. The Yale professor is much more touchy feely, and offers no practical advice on the use of force. Government is force, and like fire sometimes you must fight fire with fire. You’ll lose more often than not, but sometimes there are no good options.

Biggest contrast, Mike conveniently told you who to kill. Unfortunately he didn’t tell you how to do it. Reading Mike’s list makes it sound like some idjit will come alone instead of with overwhelming numbers in order to force your compliance.

That being said, there is plenty of public debate from the left and right about the potential utility, or lack thereof, on an armed populace being able to prevent “tyranny.”

Here’s old Roland’s thoughts on the matter. I don’t need a gun. I can blow up a water tower, or electrical substation, or bridge, or internet exchange point, or dam, just fine with some home made explosives. Every “insurgency” isn’t about winning on the field of battle, it’s about making the government irrelevant. I don’t need guns to do that, no one does anymore. Sure guns are useful tools, and would make shooting up a substation much easier but  some cheap RC cars or quadcopters loaded with explosives would have done the job just as good.

The problem with preventing tyranny isn’t in having access to guns. Nor is it in having good intentions and being a good and moral person (although that has a whole bunch of different benefits). The problem with preventing tyranny is that the fracking idiots on the Left and Right are so interested in pointing out the leaders on the opposite side as “Tyrants” that anyone who can spot an actual tyrant is drowned out of the conversation.

Donald Trump is no more a tyrant than Bill Clinton. Or GWBush. Or the iWon himself President Barack Obama. In fact, of all of them, the only one in the bunch that I wouldn’t mind sharing a beer with would be the one that spent his entire career being mocked by the Mainstream Media, GWBush. He wasn’t a good president, but he was a good man, and the same can be said for Jimmy Carter. Carter was a horrible president, but a decent human being.

And there lies the rub, people who are “good presidents” like Reagan or Clinton (or Nixon and Kennedy before them), are often really horrible human beings. I have no doubt that Donald Trump is an absolutely abysmal human being, you don’t have three marriages to trophy wives by being a loving husband.

So, do you know who WOULD have been a much higher risk to become a Tyrant? Hillary Clinton. She had the undying and unyielding support of the media. She had the approval of her own conscience to make the world a better place. She was convinced that she needed to be a strong leader to give the girls of America a strong female leadership figure. Literally all tyrants start out as populists with massive public support through the mainstream media. Before anyone brings up Pinochet, he was a Dictator, and he gave up power, and no one saw him coming.

So there you have it, a bunch of leftists all concerned now that Trump is set to take office, who would have continued to run with the “why won’t you cousin humping rednecks in flyover country just get a clue and let us do what we know is best for you?” liberal program are utterly shocked to find that “resistance to tyranny” might have some uses after all.

In other news, people who focus on the gun are artificially limiting their options for opposing actual tyranny.

Comments are open, speak your mind.

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Damn it’s been a week…

2017 started out trying to kick my ass, and succeeded. Two weeks in and one of two guys in my shop who’ve been passed over for promotion and must retire. Although me quicker than him. A friend of the family lost her significant other, and I’m having the damndest time getting a certificate transcript sent to a college by the EC-Council.

Everyone makes fun of the #adulting hashtag thing, but I swear this week made me want to drink heavily.

In better news, the younger child is not fighting reading simple phonics books, the older child is working on analog clock reading (he got digital right away). Life goes on, and hard times don’t last forever.

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Things that make you go “hmmm…”

First up, 8 years into the “post-racial America” we seem to be very much embroiled in racial identity politics….


In other news, reparations ain’t gonna happen, get over it. Although evidence of “getting over it” is not going to happen in the “post-racial America” brought about by President Obama…


And, don’t forget, if you don’t give the Congressional Black Caucus what they want, they’ll have Representative Elijah Cummings threaten even more race riots.


Why is it that when crazy white folk talk about self rule out at some wilderness area in Oregon Democrats are quick to use the “treason” label? Or is it not treason when their side does it?

Just saying, things that make you go “hmmm…..”

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Caliber Wars

The internet is no stranger to the caliber wars. 9mm was meant to wound Europeans, to kill anything you need a 45! The 5.56 poodle shooter doesn’t have the energy at the muzzle that a 7.62 battle rifle delivers at 500 yards! Bigger holes bleed more! Velocity is a diminishing investment, but mass and diameter are constants!

You want to know the truth?

Most of the people in the caliber wars have either never shot someone, or seen someone shot. I’ve never shot someone, but I have seen someone shot. With an AK. He was luckier than the other guy shot with an AK who died.

What does this tell you about the effectiveness of the AK? Absolutely nothing. Within normal use ranges, all bullets are sufficiently deadly if you are sufficiently skilled.

Now there are some cartridges at the “weaker” end of the lethality spectrum that I don’t recommend for anything other than sport shooting or plinking. The 25ACP? Perfectly suited to assassination ranges. I’ve watched a 22 Short literally bounce off standard 16 gauge sheet metal (my wife missed the target and hit the shed). But that was at 55 feet downrange, and I sure as heck don’t think my skull could stop a 22 short at close range.

At the other end of the spectrum, a 50 BMG is probably a bit on the unnecessary side, as is anything 308 Win or more on the energy spectrum.

Rule of thumb here, humans are pretty equivalent to “deer size game” when you consider small Cous Deer to big western Mule Deer. The classic deer cartridge is the “sedate” 30-30 Winchester.

There aren’t many handgun rounds out there that can perform anywhere near the level of energy and velocity as the sedate 30-30. Quite literally the difference between the 10mm and 380 ACP is larger diameter and heavier bullets for similar speeds. A shot to the head with either is going to ruin your day, and a shot to the foot with either is going to ruin your day. The larger 10mm is going to put up more impressive energy numbers, but it doesn’t do jack if you can’t put that bullet where it needs to. After all, the 30-30 isn’t going to kill with a miss.

So what does going to a more powerful round give you? The more powerful round gives you a slightly better range options, and better options for turning cover into concealment. That comes at the cost of increased recoil, muzzle flash, noise, and weight. There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.

Lately, you know since about the Vietnam war or so, folks have been beating up on the 5.56 in various forms. The idiotic “Is Mk318 better than M855A1?” question really makes me want to ask, “are you volunteering to get shot with both to see which you’d prefer?” But the introduction of rounds like the 6.8 SPC, 6.5 Grendel, 300 Blackout, and 6×45 (actually a really old wildcat), implies that the market feels the 5.56 just isn’t up to it any more.

You know why new cartridges are invented? To sell rifles. In order to sell rifles someone has to convince you that the rifle you have now is a tad inadequate in some department. So cue the “has more energy at 500 than the 5.56 at the muzzle!” or “Beats the 308 win in ballistics out to 600 with less recoil, ALL from an AR-15 package!”

The cartridge wars are about brand loyalty and marketing, nothing more.

Now every once in a while you will find a very specific need that only a few cartridges can fulfill. Like the 357 Sig being chosen because it could launch projectiles fast enough to penetrate Chicago transportation seats to get bad guys. Makes perfect sense for that organization to choose that caliber for that reason. That’s not a consideration for the Piedmont North Dakota SWAT Team and competitive fishing league.

Currently the Army is looking for another handgun to replace the M9. There is nothing wrong with an M9. It’s an older design, not a polymer striker fired option like a Glock or M&P, but in terms of putting ventilation holes in stuff, it does fine. In fact, the medical examiner isn’t going to be able to tell what brand of pistol was used to ventilate someone. Why is the Army looking to replace the M9?

Because the Army is stupid, and because the Army is changing. With opening up all jobs to females now you’ve got all sorts of hand sizes and shapes to deal with. Rather than training people to adjust themselves to use the tool, they are searching for a tool that can be more easily modified to adjust to the user. Nothing wrong with that approach, just that it will end up spending way more taxpayer dollars than needed to get what is essentially an off the shelf solution.

Don’t waste time listening to anyone preach about the wonders of the 300 Blackout, literally he’s just trying to sell you something. The 9mm is just fine, and so is a 380 if that’s what you can handle best. Training and competency trump caliber selection dang near every time. Find what works for you, keep working to get better, and just ignore the people who say, “that’ll getcha killed on the street!”

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There were no droughts or famines before Global Warming caused them all!

You can spot propaganda as it uses the same technique as advertising, it tries to get you emotionally involved in order to trick your brain into equating two unrelated things as related.

Read this:

TSIHOMBE, Madagascar — She is just a frightened mom, worrying if her son will survive, and certainly not fretting about American politics — for she has never heard of either President Obama or Donald Trump.

What about America itself? Ranomasy, who lives in an isolated village on this island of Madagascar off southern Africa, shakes her head. It doesn’t ring any bells.

Yet we Americans may be inadvertently killing her infant son. Climate change, disproportionately caused by carbon emissions from America, seems to be behind a severe drought that has led crops to wilt across seven countries in southern Africa. The result is acute malnutrition for 1.3 million children in the region, the United Nations says. – Nicholas Kristof, Sunday Review, New York Times, Jan 6, 2017

And notice the “may be” and “seems to be” that I’ve conveniently put in bold font to help point out the weasel wording in an article designed to transfer the bad luck of a regional drought into some sort of “white guilt” aimed at Americans. But the article is clearly trying to equate “American Emissions” with “Killing poor Africans” despite not having any real evidence.

After all, if it is “Global Warming” then shouldn’t there be droughts everywhere? Or extra rainfall everywhere? Should we be talking about “desertification” which is a permanent change instead of “drought” which is a temporary condition? Asking questions like this will get you a good yelling at an some rather unsavory accusations about your ethics and biology. But, if “Global Warming” had a scientific leg to stand on it would do so, rather than try to use the tools of propaganda to get you to buy a Prius.

Ever wonder why the “Global Warming” and “Anthropogenic Climate Change” community likes to start measuring “climate change” from 1880? Because that’s a good coincidental time between the end of a cooling period and a rough start of an industrialized world. Unfortunately it paints a picture that somehow the world was “natural” before the evil industrial world polluted the atmosphere with Carbon Dioxide, even though the “bulk” of CO2 increase happened after the 1940s. As a fun excercise, lets look at some non global warming linked droughts and famines prior to the 1940s.

So starting way back over seven centuries ago…

The Great European Famine of 1315–1317, was actually a series of crises. The tragedy, that killed an estimated 7.5 million people, was caused by strange weather and unrelenting rains.

Russian Famine of 1601–-03. Killing one-third of the population, the Russian Famine of 1601-03 is the worst to hit the country in terms of fatalities, killing as many as two million. A combination of a crop disruption from the erupting volcano of Huaynaputina in Peru and record cold weather was believed to be the cause.

Deccan Famine (India) of 1630-–32. Occurring after three-consecutive crop failures, the Deccan Famine of 1630-32 was one of the worst to take place in India. Over the three-year period, an estimated two million perished, mainly in the Deccan region of Central India.

Irish Potato Famine, 1845 – 1852 in the country of Ireland. The rough period, caused by a potato disease that ravaged crops, caused the area to lose as much as 25% of its population with one million in fatalities and another one million in residents who emigrated as a result. It should be noted that most of the deaths weren’t caused by a lack of potatoes, but improper responses by the British government that concentrated people into areas where disease did most of the killing. This was because the British policy on wheat because of their Mercantilist economic model, but that’s another story entirely.

Finnish Famine 1866-68 killed between 15 and 20 percent of the population in the area or roughly 150,000 people. A combination of weather and poor handling of the crisis by the Finnish government were believed to have been to blame.

Bengal Famine 1969 – 1773 in what is now parts of Bangladesh. An estimated 15 million perished in the famine, which was blamed on greedy principles from the British East India Company’s rule.

The Great Famine of 1876–78 (India), this tragedy that took the lives of as many as 10.3 million, affected over 250,000 square miles in India. The two-year famine also distressed over 58 million in the Madras, Mysore, Hyderabad and Bombay areas.

Northern Chinese Famine 1876-79, affected the northern portion of the country of China. As the fifth-worst famine in history it is believed to have killed 13 million people.

Indian Famine 1896 – 1902. One of many famines to hit India throughout the centuries, this one was the worst, claiming an estimated 19 million lives.

Chinese Famine of 1907. 24 million dead.

Russian Famine of 1921, estimated 5 million deaths. This disaster affected the Volga-Ural region and was believed to be as a result of hard times during Word War I.

Chinese Famine of 1928–1930 killed an estimated 3 million.

Soviet famine of 1932–1933, remembered by some as the Holodomor, a term that translates to “hungry mass death.” Between seven and 10 million were killed in the area, which is now part of the Ukraine and Siberia, among other areas.

Chinese Famine of 1936, estimated 5 million dead.

Chinese Drought 1941, an estimated three million perished.

So there you have it…droughts and famines not linked to “climate change” and more to bad luck, bad weather, poor governance, and deliberate governance. A regional drought in Africa two hundred years ago would have killed of hundreds of thousands, but produced no record for white people to feel guilty about. Unless you are the British and your economic policies were responsible for the majority of the deaths in the Irish Potato Famine and the Bengal Famine, then feel guilty all you want.

In a few years the drought will be over in southern Africa, but it will be some other drought in some other place that people assume is caused by “Global Warming.” Of course the drought out in California is killing jobs and killing orchards, but since a famine isn’t associated with it no one really cares, except orchard owners.

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Historic Racism, the excuse that something bad happening to someone else in the past justifies your bad behavior now…

So four black “youths” kidnapped, tied up, and tortured a kid in Chicago. Evidently the talking heads in the media are very concerned that this might support the “false narrative” that black people can be just as racist as any other set of people. They keep talking about “this one, isolated, tragic incident” as if people would conveniently forget the “knockout game” or the “black flash mob beats white girl” headlines of the past few years.

Nope, no sir, they want to talk about how white people are afraid for no reason. How Trump is a big meany racist for pointing out that Chicago had more murders than New York and L.A. combined…

On a much more positive note…. One of the better signs of equality in the United States is so much horse manure is being called “racism” that only the terminally gullible would believe.

“Micro aggressions” are those things that aren’t aggressive, and can only be detected by someone who thinks they can see things that other people don’t. Seriously anything that makes anyone uncomfortable at any time can fall under the “micro aggression” category as if someone’s hurt feelings mattered even in the slightest. If that hurt your feelings, at least do me the courtesy of not accusing me of a “micro aggression” cause I’ll straight up call you names.

“Code words” are “hidden messages in plain sight that perpetuate the historical oppression of minorities” is probably one ya’ll just might be familiar with. Of course if I told you that there were hidden messages all around you that you couldn’t see or hear unless you had enough melanin in your skin, you’d think I’m crazy. But people believe it.

“Historic Oppression” is what people complain about when they aren’t oppressed. Otherwise they’d be complaining about “current oppression.” But they aren’t complaining about “current oppression” they are complaining about “code words and micro aggressions that are an invisible to everyone who isn’t trained to spot them bringing up the historical oppression of people of color!” (how much you wanna bet you can’t spot code words or micro aggressions without a gender or ethnic minority studies degree?)

“White Privilege” is the idea that somehow people should feel guilty for having better luck than someone else. Seriously. Born a rich black kid? Total lottery winner there, good for you son! Born poor white trash? Well look here son, you just happen to have some unearned advantages. What advantages you might ask? Well you ain’t black, so there’s that going for ya.

“Well, what advantage is being not black?” You might ask? That’s a dang good question, as being not black means you can’t be a diversity hire, you have to score higher on standardized tests, and the only people you aren’t expected to be smarter than are Asians. Seriously, Asians have to be the most disadvantaged people out there, at least from a social expectation standpoint. Asian men are all supposed to be engineers, doctors, or really flipping good at math in there day job and freakin’ ninjas at night. Asian women are expected to like tentacles for some reason. Don’t ask me why, I still don’t know.

Literally we live in a world where Cletus from flyover country can be accused of using “code words” and “micro aggressions” for writing this here blog post, or telling a joke, or even trying to be civil. “Oh, so you have to TRY to treat me like a human being!” cries the poor (historically) oppressed minority woman, “That is SUCH a micro aggression!”

“Hell lady.” Cletus answers, “I have to TRY to treat anyone like a human being cause we didn’t learn much of them fancy manners back in the trailer park. Makes it real hard to remember not to cuss when you bitch so much about nuthin’.”

The truth is that in America, if you are born poor odds are you’ll stay poor, and if you are born rich odds are you’ll stay rich regardless of color. In America your skin color doesn’t hold you back from success, but sometimes rotten luck just happens and it’s no one’s fault. There are assholes out there of all ages, sexes, colors, races, and faiths. There’s some good folk too.

But seriously, give up on the victimhood. Let “micro aggression” and “code words” and “historical oppression” die on the vine. Those things don’t exist outside of some ethnic minorities studies program that exists only to produce college graduates with no marketable skills or practical knowledge but have a chip on their shoulder.

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