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July 11, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers |

What happens when a sniper is caught by the enemy?

In past wars, very bad things. On the Eastern Front of World War II, most German snipers were careful to try to disguise their role as a sniper. If they were caught by the partisans or some more vengeful units of the Red Army, they could be expected to be tortured to death. In Sepp Allerberger’s memoir Sniper on the Eastern Front, he mentions incidents in which a captured Wehrmacht sniper was found castrated and his sniper rifle was shoved up his rectum as far as the back sight. In another incident, partisans sawed off the limbs of a captured sniper, using tourniquets to ensure that he didn’t bleed to death. They then sawed him in half from the groin upwards.

Whilst I would take such horror stories with a grain of salt—though I don’t doubt that horrible things happened during WWII—snipers captured by the enemy and identified, or at least suspected to be snipers can expect some very rough treatment.

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July 5, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers |

What would happen if the USA were to shrink its military and force other countries to protect their own borders?

Sadly the US pulling back on it’s military will make the world a more dangerous place.

Currently, the world is enjoying the longest single period  of General Peace ever. Since the end of World War Two, the number of people who have died in a war is now just low, it’s at an all time low.

Part of that has been because the United States military has been so large. So large that many countries don’t bother to build military forces because they know the best military they could field wouldn’t be a match for the United States. So they, in many cases have not bothered trying to match the US military.

In the case of our Allies in NATO and other parts of the Western Alliance, they have been promised that the United States would always come to their defense. So many of those counties have token military forces.

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June 27, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers |

Why do we hear time and time again about police shooting unarmed people?

I’d like to share this story with you. This happened to me recently:

At about 01:30 in the morning, I pulled up in my cruiser to a medical office building to follow up on a theft case I was working on. The parking lot is not very well lit. As I step out of my cruiser, a man runs towards me, holding something in his right hand. It’s dark, and all I can make out is that it’s thin, about 6″ long, and one half is wrapped in cloth. He starts swinging it around, yelling “I’ll fucking kill you! I’ll eat you! I’ll fuck you!”

I draw my firearm, point it at him, and start giving loud verbal commands. At the same time, I radio dispatch for help. He’s not responding to my commands. He’s still yelling, swinging the item, making stabbing motions, making threats. He starts approaching slowly, I back off to keep distance. We start moving into the street. About that time my backup shows up. Other officers draw down on the man, start giving verbal commands. He’s still not responding.

At this point, it would have been prudent to tase him, but my department doesn’t equip us with tasers.

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June 20, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers |

What is the modus operandi of these Russian troll farms?

The idea is pretty simple: By imitating “normal Americans” and then espousing radical and extreme ideas, they were convincing real normal americans that those radical and extreme ideas were “normal american” ideas.

The idea was to drive people farther towards their fringe elements. If you were left of center, they wanted you to see prejudice, sexism and racism in everything and everyone. Right of center, they wanted you to see America “under attack from all sides” by Muslims, Liberals, whatever. If you’re black, they wanted to convince you the problem is white people. If you’re white, they wanted to convince you the problem was black people. They wanted to create more extremists, thereby destabalizing the nation.

This was elaborated in their military manual The Foundations of Geopolitics :

Russia should use its special services within the borders of the United States to fuel instability and separatism, for instance, provoke “Afro-American racists”. Russia should “introduce geopolitical disorder into internal American activity, encouraging all kinds of separatism and ethnic, social and racial conflicts, actively supporting all dissident movements – extremist, racist, and sectarian groups, thus destabilizing internal political processes in the U.S. It would also make sense simultaneously to support isolationist tendencies in American politics”.

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June 13, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers |

How could you have everything and still kill yourself?

Imagine burning yourself. bad. Third degree burn bad. Nerve endings are fucked. You feel nothing in that spot. It’s numb.

How the hell can that hurt, right? Well, it’s the lighter burns around it; screaming in pain, that there’s a big thing missing. Only it’s depression, that numb spot is a lack of sensation. the areas around it are You feeling bad for not feeling bad.

So those smaller areas go searching for a cure. I tried making money. Succeeded. didn’t work. Bought my dream car. nope. Girlfriends. nope. Painting. music. woodworking. photography. Got good at some, but that feeling of accomplishment? I haven’t had that since I was 8, and got to be the scarecrow in the wizard of Oz in the school play. My dad showed up. he clapped at the end.

Sought therapy. three decades of it. really threw myself at it. nothing.

Tried travel; been all over the place. Standing at Mcmurdo station, checking the last continent off off my list after 15 years of busting around the world. I felt nothing. Hundreds of cities. thousands of stories. every chunk of land I could find. still nothing.

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June 6, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers |

What’s it like to know you are going to die soon?

How does it feel to know you are dying? That is a difficult question, because the answer can be different from day to day or even from hour to hour. The feeling, range from denial, to fear, to guilt, to anger, to sadness and to acceptance. It is the same, I suppose, as any greiving process. You can’t work your way through one set of feelings and neatly move on to the next.

It is almost like being at the beach, standing in the water on a windy day. A wave comes at you and almost knocks you off your feet. You struggle and regain your balance, just in time for the next wave to hit. Over time, the strength of the waves subside and you think your footing is a little more secure. Suddenly, out of seemingly no where another large wave hits and you almost loose your balance again.

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May 30, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers |

Was Roseanne’s First Ammendement Rights Violated?

In a since-deleted tweet, Roseanne Barr referred to former President Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett as “product  of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Planet of the Apes”. 

Some have questioned Barr’s firing, saying she is protected by the First Amendment to say whatever she wants. While Barr has a right to say whatever she wants, she also has the responsibility to deal with the consequences of the things she says, and ABC also has the right to fire her.

First of all, this is in no way a free-speech or First Amendment issue. The First Amendment protects us from facing consequences from the government over our speech, not consequences from our peers or our employers. Yes, what Barr said, although abhorrent, absolutely was constitutionally protected speech, and, of course, it should be. After all, giving the government the power to decide what is and is not “acceptable” speech would be giving the government the power to silence whatever kind of speech it felt like silencing, which would be very dangerous indeed. Anyway, the point is, a free-speech-rights violation would be someone trying to, say, arrest Barr for her comments, not firing her for them. Her rights were in no way violated in this case. ABC simply exercised its own rights as a private company to decide whom it does and does not want to associate with, and it’s my view that no one should blame its executives for making the decision that they made. 

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May 23, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers |

Should I fight back in prison?

I have been incarcerated on a few different occasions in my former ( young and stupid) life. One thing that I came to realize when I was in those situations was that, although I was there because I did something that was against the law and I got caught, and the things I did were serious offenses, I did these things simply because I was young and dumb kid. I knew that I did not belong there.

The people that I encountered during my stays were mostly psychopathic, sociopathic and basically people who decided that they were not going to follow the rules of society. Most of the time people like this will never conform to the rules set by our society and culture. They just do not and will not get it. These people use violence and the fear of violence to try to achieve their goals, whatever they may be. For whatever reason this is how they learned to navigate the world. These people will use violence or the threat of violence to get whatever it is they want from you because this is all they know. If you show them that you are not afraid of their attempts to scare or intimidate you, most of the time they will leave you alone and you will even gain their respect. This is all that they will understand and these people belong in prison, locked up like the animals that they are.

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May 16, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers |

If a soldier steps on a landmine and doesn’t lift his foot off the landmine then it won’t detonate, but is there any way out of this scenario?

You mean after you hear that soft “click” that mine manufacturers built in out of curtesy so that a soldier knows he’ll die soon and can say his last prayer, or better even, be saved by his mates?

Sounds too good to be true? That’s because it’s not.

Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technicians commonly refer to such landmines as HSE mines – Hollywood Special Effect mines.

If you were to construct an anti-personnel (AP) mine, would you built it in a way that allows a soldier who stepped on it to get away unharmed? Probably not. At least that’s how weapon developers approach that question. And why wouldn’t they? Their job is to create a device that stops the enemy from penetrating an area (or at least to make it very time-consuming). The more casualties the deployment of the device produces, the more it will slow down or stop the enemy. Obviously, this is best achieved with a mine that instantly injures or kills a soldier rather than with one that allows him to survive unharmed.

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April 25, 2018 | No Comments » | Topics: Answers |

Why does Norway have much less gun violence than america even though gun ownership is very high? 

First and foremost, there isn’t a culture of being afraid, which is more present in the US. This results in less of a wish to “have a gun to protect yourself”. Wanting to have a gun to protect yourself is common in the US even among regular people, and is included in gun safety training. In Norway, 25 years ago when I regularly hung out with criminals in the rave scene, it wasn’t even common among career criminals to want to have a gun for protection. It was possible to get one, but it was non-trivial. I never encountered an illegal gun, though I’ve encountered plenty of legal ones.

But that brings us to another aspect of this: There’s very little long-term crime culture in Norway. Crime tends to be a thing that young people do and then grow out of. This again ties into a few different things:

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