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  1. Desertrat 1
    Desertrat 1 July 5, 2018 11:06 am

    The bang-whop dinner bell for grizzly bears has been spoken of for a long time. I hadn’t heard about wolves and gators, though.

    Charles Hugh Smith’s article is a good technical version of what James Howard Kunstler has been writing about for a good number of years. Smith’s views are always worth a read, IMO.

  2. E. Garrett Perry
    E. Garrett Perry July 5, 2018 11:09 am

    I love dance, ballet in particular, for the same reason that I enjoy all athletics, even if sport culture can be a pretty FUBARred place: it is the clearest imaginable demonstration that Humans are the most finely-developed, the most perfectly evolved killers in this planet’s history. Graceful as cats, strong as horses, swift as vipers. Tyrannosaurs had nothing on Humans, who meld exquisite bodies with an intelligence that reshapes planets.

    …and whatever the Hell you do, -never- get into a position where one of those men has the opportunity to kick you and cause to do so!

  3. Pat
    Pat July 5, 2018 11:40 am

    The dancers were beautiful. I had frankly never thought about how they thought about their bodies or about their work (beyond the fact of their talent and that they must love to dance). I will be remembering their comments now wherever I see dancers again.

  4. Joel
    Joel July 5, 2018 11:45 am

    There are places in this country where it’s legal to shoot wolves? Where I live they’ve been re-introduced, and the laws protecting them are so strict you’re safer letting them chew on you than shooting them.

  5. Larry Arnold
    Larry Arnold July 5, 2018 12:08 pm

    Our local small-town (excellent) hospital sees people in the emergency room who drive an hour plus up the Interstate, because that’s faster than getting helped in a San Antonio ER.

    Thanks for the H/T. Can you spell “bowhunter?” 😉

  6. Claire
    Claire July 5, 2018 12:27 pm

    “There are places in this country where it’s legal to shoot wolves?”

    Guess I didn’t phrase that very well. Let’s call that “places where it’s illegal to shoot them — and order-following Germans actually obey the law.”

  7. Comrade X
    Comrade X July 5, 2018 1:37 pm

    A hunter in Oregon shot and killed a wolf that was attacking him and he was not charged. The wildlife people investigated and determined he was being attacked. Of course the enviro’s wanted him lynched.

    The first thing I am doing on my next bear hunt is firing off a round, climbing a tree and waiting for dinner to visit. We’ll see how that works.

  8. david
    david July 5, 2018 5:54 pm

    The Juggalo vs FRS thing is only partly correct. It might work to hide your identity in a FaceBook post, but once some friend tags your pic with a name you’re outed. And as far as hiding your real ID from an urban CCTV network with FRS that’s a joke. The CCTV will easily follow a JUGGALO anywhere. So you’d be busted quickly if you’re trying to stay off the radar.- not to mention that a Juggalo showing up a third time on CCTV would likely be enough to put you ON the radar.

    However, we can learn from this – and if you can do makeup to make it look like you have your jaw or eyes or whatever somewhere other than where they are, you may defeat the FRS for a while. But if CCTV can see you leaving home, it won’t be long until they have your ID even if you wear a rubber Nixon mask. As an aside, I did read somewhere that a baseball/truckers hat with a line of small LEDs along the brim will blind the cameras and make it not see you real or Juggalo face. (Hope that was helpful. There are even instructions online that you can find to make the hat.)

  9. david
    david July 5, 2018 6:13 pm

    So, I’m a bit confused about this Brave/TOR thing. I recall reading about 3 years ago that the US Feds had hacked or otherwise forced TOR to grant them ‘back-door access’. So if you’re using TOR, just whom are you trying to hide from? Certainly NOT the Feds if they have a ‘back door access’ – and you know that giving anyone back-door access usually means you’re about to get screwed. So how is this a good thing?

  10. david
    david July 5, 2018 7:35 pm

    Reading The Gathering Storm and visiting my town’s Tax Assessor’s Office in the same day made me think about just how heavily a vehicle is taxed.

    A) Your earnings are taxed by the state and Feds before you even get your paycheck.

    B) you pay sales taxes (6.9% where I live) just to buy the vehicle.

    C) You are then charged a ‘fee’ to register (aka get on the list to be taxed again) your vehicle. This is enforced by fines and even possible jail time for not doing so.

    Its not really a ‘fee’ because you have to re-register annually. It’s more like a tax for keeping you on the ‘to be taxed’ list. And you pay every year.

    D) You are then charged a ‘property tax’ based on the alleged value of your vehicle. And you pay every year.

    This adds up to a total of four taxes – two up front, and two annually thereafter. Is it any wonder that some folks choose to not own a car?

  11. Borepatch
    Borepatch July 6, 2018 7:56 am

    David, it really is a question of how many TOR entry/exit nodes are run by the Fed.Gov. You are probably OK if your data path runs through one of these; you’re screwed if both the entry and exit nodes are owned.

    There are a lot of folks who run TOR nodes, so this is a statistical gamble.

  12. Larry Arnold
    Larry Arnold July 6, 2018 8:11 am

    Good idea, Comrade. Except I think I’d climb the tree before I fired the come-hither shot.

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