Wednesday, September 30, 2015

The Real “Blowback” in Syria

The Real “Blowback” in Syria

 • 09/29/2015 • 6 Comments
russia-china-750x425by James Corbett
September 29, 2015
A month and a half ago, when the US-Turkey deal for the creation of Kurdish ISIS-free zones was still the big talking point in the Syrian war, Russia was engaged in a diplomatic effort that flew under the radar. Their plan: to create a “broad coalition” of countries to seriously confront the ISIS threat. The idea, floated by Russian minister Lavrov at the Iran nuclear negotiations in Vienna and other international venues, received little attention and wasn’t taken very seriously by anyone. Spurned by the so-called “Syrian National Council,” rejected by the Saudis, and, inevitably, turned down cold by the White House, it looked like this was destined to be another Russian foreign policy initiative that would whither on the vine.
Oh what a difference a month makes. Far from giving up on the idea, Russia simply decided to proceed with their own “coalition of the willing,” much to the chagrin of the yellow press of the West. Faux outrage over the presence of Russian military advisers and equipment in the country (neither a new nor a surprising development given Russia’s military alliance with Syria) soon gave way to consternation over Russia’s military/intelligence alliance with Iran and Iraq and even the possible extension of that alliance to include Hezbollah and Yemen.
But this week’s bombshell threatens to blow all of that out of the water: the latest (unconfirmed) reports indicate China is getting involved in the fight. According to Al-Masdar Al-‘Arabi, a high-ranking Syrian army official has confirmed to the news site that Chinese involvement in the Syrian conflict is here: “the Chinese will be arriving in the coming weeks.” This follows a week of speculation piqued by the apparent deployment of a Chinese cruiser to the Mediterranean that Russian Senator Igor Morozov has asserted is taking part in Russia’s Syrian operations.
If these reports are true, then there is a significant shift taking place in the Syria narrative, long dominated by the West, the Gulf states, the Israelis, the Turks and their puppet organizations in the country. We are now witnessing the rise of a power bloc that contains the second and third largest militaries on the planet as well as the active cooperation of the governments actually effected by the ISIS invasion. That brings with it a legitimacy that the US and GCC could only wish for in the conflict.
All eyes are now on the UN General Assembly, where it seems Obama and Putin are engaging in a tit-for-tat on the Syrian conflict and the respective parties’ participation in it. It is also evident that the US has lost even more face in the international community as Russia once again steps up to the plate with actual decisive actions that show they mean business.
This turn of events is much closer to what is meant by the mealy-mouthed “blowback” explanation that left war apologists love to use to explain things like the rise of Al Qaeda or the rise of ISIS. According to the proponents of the blowback theory, the current mess in Syria wasn’t a deliberate strategy to foment an Islamic State (as even the former head of the DIA has now publicly accused the White House of doing); no, it’s “blowback” and “unintended consequences” by a “bungling administration” that “can’t do intervention right.”
Well here’s blowback of a much different sort. The US, the Saudis, the Turks, the Israelis, all of these parties have used the conflict as an excuse for showboating, hand-wringing, and advancing their own agendas in the region. And now, as a result, a military coalition that is actually interested in obliterating the ISIS terror boogeyman has arisen.
It remains to be seen whether this is just more 2D chess in support of 3D machinations. Rumors that Putin has been willing to put Assad on the chopping block since the very beginning of the conflict persist, and it will be interesting to see if Russia ultimately puts some sort of Assad “power-sharing” arrangement on the table as a concession to get the ball moving diplomatically in Syria.
But however it plays out from here, there is no happy ending for Obama and his partners in crime. Their carefully constructed terror boogeyman is increasingly looking like its days are numbered.
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Saturday, September 19, 2015

How to be a Powerful Parent (funny) - with JP Sears

Squeeze The Trigger


Proper Trigger Squeeze Is Important
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When shooting handguns, the proper placement position of your finger on the trigger is on the pad of your finger approximately half way between the tip of your finger and the first joint. But according to the range master, it is not a fast and hard rule. What is more important is that when grasping a handgun you have a space or gap between the base of your trigger finger and the gun. If you have this gap when you fire the gun you will have better accuracy because you are pulling the trigger straight backwards and are not exerting any sideways motion on the gun during the trigger pulling motion. 

Visible gap between finger
and Glock 26 pistol
Close-up of finger placement
gap on Glock 26
Correct finger pad placement
on trigger of Glock 26


It's one of the fundamentals of good shooting and is the ability to pull the trigger straight back without any sideward motion which would move the gun off target or disturb the sight picture. Improper squeeze is one of the main reasons shooters miss their targets. Improper squeeze is usually caused by jerking, flinching or improper positioning of the finger on the trigger.

  1. Your hand must be properly positioned as high up as possible on the grip.
  2. Your trigger finger should have a small gap between it and the side of the handgun to allow for a straight pull back of the trigger.
  3. The front of the trigger should contact the mid-pad of the first joint of your trigger finger.
  4. Squeeze with steady increasing pressure. When you begin to squeeze it you will have a certain amount of slack. You will then hit the break point of the trigger and the gun will discharge. If you have a good squeeze you will not know exactly when the gun fires and you will not tend to flinch or jerk the weapon. The firing of the gun should surprise you each time you pull the trigger.


  1. Practice by dry firing your gun.
  2. Practice at the range with a low recoil .22 caliber handgun. The low recoil and reduced noise will help cure flinching.
  3. Only move your trigger finger during the squeeze. If your other fingers move you may be applying sideward pressure to the gun which will disturb the sight alignment.
  4. Concentrate on your squeeze with every shot. By paying attention and with repetition your trigger squeeze will improve. 
  5. Minimize flinching by wearing better hearing protection. The less noise you hear when it goes bang, the less you will flinch.
  6. Practice with a revolver at the range. Load some chambers some with normal loads and some empty chambers. Spin the cylinder so you don't know when you pull the trigger if you will fire a live round or an empty chamber. If you flinch it will be apparent.
  7. Shoot slower and concentrate on trigger pull.
  8. Some people repeat a word or phrase in their mind as the squeeze the trigger to take their concentration off of the expected flinching. 
Note - It is hard to "unlearn" bad trigger pull techniques and overcome flinching. It may take several hundred or thousands of rounds to overcome bad habits. Be patient.


You can check this for yourself by dry firing at home. With a verified empty gun (of course) practice dry firing by aiming at a small object or spot on the wall that is easily visible. Look for the trigger finger gap, then while aiming, pull the trigger. The front sight of the gun should not move off the targeted object as you hear the click. If it does move off target then you are doing something wrong and need to investigate your technique some more.


The amount of travel a trigger moves before discharge.


The point of travel of the trigger at which point the firing pin is release and the gun is fired.


A quick pulling of the trigger which induces slight sideward motion and throws you shot off.


The unwanted motion of your body when you anticipate recoil and the loud bang. Anticipated recoil is difficult to overcome. When you anticipate recoil you tend to push forward (or down) the muzzle of the gun which usually results in low shots on the target. How to stop flinching.


Keep your trigger finger gap in mind when purchasing a new hand gun. At the gun store grasp the gun as if you were going to shoot it, then look at the placement of your finger. If you don't see the gap between the gun and your finger as shown in the picture, then the gun or the handle grips is too large for your hand.  Try swapping grips or look for a different (but smaller gun) to fit your hand.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Paul Laurence - Underexposed (1989)

(C) 1989 Capitol Records Inc.
01. Make My Baby Happy 0:00
02. I Ain't Wit It 4:20
03. (She's Not An) Ordinary Girl 8:14
04. Main Course 12:55
05. Cut The Crap 17:15
06. Sue Me 23:50
07. She's Gone 27:51
08. I'm a Business Man (Kick It Too) 31:52

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Is The Anarchist Cookbook A Psyop? - Questions For Corbett

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Wednesday, September 9, 2015


"I don't know what you people do in your own country but in America we don't go onto other peoples property and touch their stuff."

The photo above of my neighbour Justin plugging in his electric leaf-blower is the best I could get without being caught. I had to take the picture using the digital zoom from between venetian blinds so I apologise for the quality. I'm not Annie Leibovitz.
I did not get along very well with my neighbours in Australia and seventeen thousand miles away, little has changed. The fat redheaded family to our right have a fat redheaded dog that enjoys standing in our driveway and barking at 2am, the old couple to our left have never been seen unless you count glancing towards their house and seeing their blinds close quickly, and Justin across the road recently installed a spotlight on his front porch facing directly towards our bedroom window.
As we are moving in a few weeks to larger premises with less neighbours, the last night we are here I intend to shoot the fat redheaded dog with a paint-ball gun, moon the old couple, and steal everything in Justin's front yard that isn't bolted down because that is pretty much standard operating procedure in Australia.

From: Justin Flecker
Date: Sunday 6 May 2012 6.52pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Lamp

I received your note but you cant go onto other peoples property and take things, that's trespassing. Massanutten is a wooded area and I installed that light for security. It's a safety issue. I can't help it if some of the light goes across the road, close your curtains if it bothers you.
From: David Thorne
Date: Sunday 6 May 2012 7.41pm
To: Justin Flecker
Subject: Re: Lamp

Hello Justin,
Thank you for your email. While I accept that curtains are usually the key to community accord, in this instance they would need to be constructed of eight-inch-thick lead sheeting. Last night, with my curtains closed and bedside light off, I read a book. Wearing sunglasses. Under a blanket.
Though unconvinced that blinding local fauna is the best solution, I do understand the heightened need for security living in a wooded area such as the gated community of Massanutten demands. Having formerly lived my entire life in Australia, I am unfamiliar with much of the local wildlife but I did see my first raccoon last week. I stepped outside to have a cigarette and the raccoon, sitting less than five feet away beside an up-ended bin eating the remains of a Domino's Artisan Tuscan Salami pizza, hissed at me. Surprised, I threw myself backwards, rolled several times toward the door, and sprang to my feet holding the welcome-mat above my head to appear taller. Sometime during the roll-spring-mat maneuver, probably during the roll part as it was over gravel and I was wearing shorts and a thin t-shirt so I had to take it slow, the raccoon left. Which probably isn’t as exciting a story as it should be but this isn't Borneo and I’m not Jack London.
I did see a snake the other day though. I picked up a stick to poke it with which also turned out to be a snake. Jumping back in panic, I threw it away from me, but our dog thought I was playing fetch and I had to run and jump over a creek to get away.
As such, this weekend I intend to set up a canister of poisonous gas in my yard with an industrial fan behind it. I can't help it if some of the gas goes across the road.
Regards, David.
From: Justin Flecker
Date: Monday 7 May 2012 2.14pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Lamp

Is that meant to be a threat? Put something up in your window if you don't like the light, we lived here 5 years before you even moved into the neighborhood and got along perfectly with Ryan who lived at your property before you. We went to his BBQ's and I loaned him our mower. We get along with all our neighbors. I dont know what you people do in your own country but in this country we dont go onto other peoples property and touch their stuff.
From: David Thorne
Date: Monday 7 May 2012 3.37pm
To: Justin Flecker
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Lamp

Dear Justin,
In my country, terawatt globes are reserved for police helicopter chases and warning sailors of hazardous shoals. This is despite the fact that practically every living creature there can kill you in under three minutes. Our primary spoken language is screaming.
I'm not surprised you get along well with all the other neighbours. If you put fifty children with Down's syndrome in a room there is going to be a lot of hugging.
And no, it was not a threat. It was an exaggerated response to an uncompromising stance. I was taught never to make a threat unless you are prepared to carry it out and I am not a fan of carrying anything. Even watching other people carrying things makes me uncomfortable. Mainly because of the possibility they may ask me to help.
I did consider installing a floodlight as bright as yours, but this would require some form of carrying things, electrical wiring knowledge, and access to a power supply capable of producing that amount of wattage. Probably fusion. As I am told off by my partner for wasting money when I leave the light on in the bathroom overnight, I can only speculate to what her reaction would be to an electricity bill eight times our annual income for retaliatory garden lighting. She would probably have to get a third job.
It would be much cheaper to stand in my driveway and throw rocks. I can't help it if some of the rocks go across the road. You should probably put something up in your window.
Regards, David.
From: Justin Flecker
Date: Tuesday 8 May 2012 10.01am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Lamp

Did you take our lamp again asshole? What part about not being allowed to go on our property don't you get? 
From: David Thorne
Date: Tuesday 8 May 2012 10.32am
To: Justin Flecker
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Lamp

Dear Justin,
No, I did not take the light again. I relocated it again. Its current location may be discovered by deciphering the following set of clues to its whereabouts. Perhaps you could invite your friend Ryan over and treat it as a kind of treasure hunt:
1. It's in the letterbox again.
2. Look in the letterbox.
As I realise this probably won't narrow it down much for you, I will give you a third clue in the form of a riddle:
What burns with the light of a thousand suns and is in the letterbox?
Regards, David.
From: Justin Flecker
Date: Tuesday 8 May 2012 11.15am
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Lamp

I put a smaller lamp in so you can shut the fuck up now. Don't email me again and if you ever trespass on our property again I will press charges.
From: David Thorne
Date: Tuesday 8 2012 12.02pm
To: Justin Flecker
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Lamp

Dear Justin,
What if I have a barbecue and need to send you an invitation? Is it ok to email you then?
Regards, David. 
From: Justin Flecker
Date: Tuesday 8 May 2012 12.18pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Lamp

No it's not ok.
From: David Thorne
Date: Tuesday 8 May 2012 12.27pm
To: Justin Flecker
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Lamp

Dear Justin,
What if I need to borrow your lawn-mower? I can't invite people over for a barbecue and expect them to stand in long grass. Someone might be bitten by a snake. It's a safety issue.
Regards, David.
From: Justin Flecker
Date: Tuesday 8 May 2012 3.26pm
To: David Thorne
Subject: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Lamp

Fuck off back to Austria.