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"A great civilization is not conquered from without until it has destroyed itself from within."

Ariel Durant

Saturday, July 16, 2016

The AK-47 as a fashion statement . An idea whose time has come.



This issue has a good review of all current American produced AK-47 variants. Also a good write up on the different 7.62X39 ammunition widely available in the U.S. today.




If, as the news is reporting, the military coup in Turkey has failed, it's very bad news for the international effort to fight Islamic terrorism.  Since Kemal Ataturk founded the modern Turkish state after World War 1, the army has been the bastion of a secular government. There are close links between the Turkish military and the United States Military.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the Turkish Prime Minister, is a full fledged Islamist. He's also a totalitarian. He has had a great many people arrested and imprisoned for the heinous crime of objecting to his Islamization of Turkish society. His regime "disappears" people.  He allowed ISIS recruits to freely pass through Turkey.  When Turkish thugs attacked crew members of an American destroyer in Istanbul, he had the assailants quietly released.

There has been tension between him and the military for some time over the relationship between Turkey and ISIS. Now it's probable that , with the senior military officers removed, Erdogan will accelerate his pro Islamist stance. We may lose the right to use the airbase at Incerlik, which will cripple our efforts against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.


UPDATED SATURDAY 16 JULY TO POST THIS COMMENT FROM KYMBER. COMES FROM A CANADIAN FRIEND IN TURKEY.

"So here is the real truth of what is going on in Turkey after the coup attempt for a chance at democracy. In less then 24 hours it has emerged :
1. 264 people killed, mostly soldiers
2. One soldier beheaded by Erdogan supporters on the Bosphorus bridge after he surrendered.
3. Soldiers who had surrendered we stripped and some beaten by Erdogan supporters and police.
4. Nearly 3,000 soldiers are arrested.
5. Over 2,700 judges fired.
6. Arrest warrants out for 140 judges from the Supreme Court.
7. Mosques all over Turkey have broadcast for people to take to the streets for "democracy". No separation of religion and state here.
8. Everyone, including me has received a text message from the government "inviting" us to take to the streets for "democracy". This was sent this afternoon, well after the "coup"attempt had ended.
9. Canadians living here, including me, received a text message advising us to stay indoors until we receive word it is safe to go out from the Canadian Embassy. French nationals and I imagine many others received probably similar messages from their governments. This has to do with the rule of law having broken down in large urban areas with huge crowds of Erdogan supporters taking to the streets.
10. Turkey has cut access and power to Incirlik airbase where the US has a permanent presence and launch airstrikes against ISIS from.
11. The death penalty, which has been removed many years ago from the Turkish penal law, is being discussed in parliament on maybe being brought back for the" coup" members.

So if the western democracies say it was a victory for democracy in Turkey, they are sadly wrong, as Erdogan is solidifying his total grip on power here. Don't believe your governments."




ATLANTA ON FX

FX network is running a new series called "Atlanta" starting in September.  Looks like it might be a pretty accurate depiction of the city now.  Just looking at these clips, I'd say it was filmed down around the airport area. If so, that's the territory of the Gangster Disciples, so I hope the FX bunch paid their "insurance" money to placate that outfit.  Of course, they may need to pay the Hispanic Suerenos Gang, which lays claim to Hapeville.  Don't want to be filming in a gangs territory without paying your dues. That would be a great way to get your crew and cast ventilated in a drive by.



On the magazine news front,





This months American Survival Guide is more like the old magazine in the 80's and 89's. Primarily concerned with outdoor survival.  Since I've decided to "bug in" rather than "bug out" not much of this was applicable to me, but it's always an interesting read.




The new Doomsday quarterly magazine is out this week.  There's a good article on guns for survival situations, and another on civil unrest (i.e. riots). I haven't finished it yet as I just picked it up yesterday during my sojourn off the mountain.

I have been trying to learn how to use "Pininterest." I thought it was just an on line system for selling home made products, but I am beginning to learn that it's much more than that. I found some excellent uniform prints on one page, and the system seems to sort by interest. I downloaded the red "P" that goes in the upper part of your screen to "mark" pages, but it doesn't work for me. Anybody with any helpful tips or advice, please leave me a comment. I'd like to learn more about this.

Thought for the Day:


The Tao of Ferrets.

Ivy and Geraniums by Stef




26 comments:

  1. I'm disappointed to see Erdogan hold onto power. Bet the Kurds take another beating. This ain't over by a long shot.

    I'm pretty comfortable in the wilderness, but it's a tough long term situation. Fine line between buging out and being a refugee.

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    1. Erdogan wants to settle the Kurdish question the way the Turks settled the Armenian "problem."

      If he starts attacking the Kurds, what do we do if he goes after "our" Kurds in Iraq, who are the only force currently operating against ISIS in that country who are worth a damn.

      My thought is that I don't know anywhere safer to go than where I am now. Plus I have resources here I would not have access to "on the road."

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  2. Harry - The red "P" is active on pics you post once you have installed the code. It shows on any pics you post to allow others to "pin" your pics to their Pinterest board. When they pin it to their board, your (specific) blog post is linked to that pic. If you still have difficulty tomorrow, please let me know - when I am back on my laptop (as opposed to phone) I will be in a better position to help.
    P.S. You have a heatwave heading your way next week...

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    1. Dani, I am concerned about what you mean when you say "post." I don't want to put anything on pininterest, I just want to look at the pages. Pininterest is not picking up things I post on the blog and sticking them on other peoples pininterest pages is it? I can imagine that would not be very welcome.

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    2. People can link to your blog there and it will link to you. Maybe there is some security measure you can take to prevent it but if they copy your blog post link and paste to their page, it can be shared. Pinterest will also suggest posts to you based on your likes, especially if you set your account up to search for those types.

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  3. Mmmmmm Turkey looks like a false flag. Only a couple thousand military participated and they were knocked down. Now Erdogen has the power to remove all opposition for his total Islamic state. Obama is watching and wishing.

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    1. It's a real blow to the U.S. Erdogen has already winnowed out the most pro-western journalists, military leaders and politicians in Turkey. He's an autocrat who wants to see a version of the Caliphate restored, if not with ISIS in control then perhaps with himself as Caliph.

      Obama doesn't have a clue. When Mubarak, a staunch friend and ally, was overthrown in Egypt and replaced with the Moslem Brotherhood, Obama clapped his little hands and all his sheeple bleated about the "Arab Spring."

      A good military dictator who crushes terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism is far better than a thousand duly elected Islamists .

      I still shudder to think how happy I was when we went in after Saddam. If I had known the evidence for WMD was all made up or faulty, and if I could have seen what would happen when there was no Saddam to control the herd there in Iraq, I'd have been a lot less sanguine about the whole thing.

      Henry V

      "But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in a battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all `We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon their children rawly left. . . . Now if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it...."

      George Bush blew the movement, and I supported him in doing it. Too late now to do anything about that.

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    2. tewshooz, agreed. a set up.
      possibly inside job to weed out the 'good' military. maybe by those who want to move up in rank.

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  4. Hey Harry,

    (captaincrunch)


    The news of the failed coup by the Turkish Military is bad. I think Turkey is on its way to a civil war. Maybe lower ranking officers and Non-coms can start a resistance that can grow. 'Erdogan I think wants to be the next 'Sultan of Istanbul or the Islamic State. Obama made a statement in support of Erdogan just like a made statements in support of Micheal Brown and Travon Martin.

    'Back to my concept that Europe could possibly attack Russia igniting WW3.

    Here's one way they could do it.

    Turkey goes full on Islamic State.

    Turkey decides to stay Nato. The Nato countries being ran by idiots and sycophants from the European Union the U.S. government, agree they need Turkeys combined economic power to help with the Eurosocailism agree to keep the first 'recognized' Islamic state in the world in Nato.

    Meanwhile, on the Turkish border with Armenia and Georgia Isis members are invading, raping and up to their happy muslim habits of creating havoc on innocent people that don't agree with their garbage religion.

    Russia finally has enough. The Russian Orthodox Church which is embedded in the Kremlin has had enough. The Russian army masses on the Turkish Border and reinforcements are in Georgia and Armenia. The fun begins. The Russian invades Turkey in a desperate measure to keep islam from spreading to the north and to stop terrorism in their own country. Then every Nato country condemns Russia and counter attacks Russia because a fellow Nato country was invaded.
    Southern Europe (with our help) invades Russia (under the pretext of stopping Putin and getting the Russian Army out of Turkey to free Turkey. The real reason Europe wants Russia is because Russia is a gold mine of resources that everyone wants.
    Many natural resources are in decline and if we look at the bigger, longterm picture. Wars for cheap fuel, cheap energy will be in vogue during the rest of the 21st Century.

    This is setting up to be nothing more than a giant chess game as a pretext to collapse nations. Get access to more inexpensive resources and create global police states 'islmic, secular and even a Christian Police state' or two in the 21st Century.

    1984.

    There's the blueprint. 1984.

    War is peace and so on.

    welcome to the 21st Century.

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    1. Anything is possible. However, Erdogon has been moving Turkey towards Sharia for a long time. He shut down newspapers that opposed this, replaced television news managers with people from his own fold, removed military officers who refused to support his pruning back civil rights and his cut and paste on the constitution.

      Now that the military has been decapitated, he can go back to letting ISIS use his country as a transit point and safe haven . He can go after the Kurds, or use ISIS to do so. He can stop the ISIS attacks, which were intended to destabilize the country. We won't be able to use Turkish bases anymore, so where will we base our fighter bombers?

      This is a real blow to the war on terrorism. We are losing at every turn. The terrorists are always just one step ahead of us.

      It's a nightmare.

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    2. Hey Harry,

      (captaincrunch)

      'with respect Harry. Its not a nightmare. Its just history repeating itself.

      I would not be supprised to see the western world go into another dark age.

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    3. Not all nightmares occur solely in REM sleep, CC. Some of them are real.

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  5. Harry - this from a very trusted friend, ex-canadian military, from my trade, who married a turkish woman and now has dual citizenship...this is from his facebook post (in quotes):

    "So here is the real truth of what is going on in Turkey after the coup attempt for a chance at democracy. In less then 24 hours it has emerged :
    1. 264 people killed, mostly soldiers
    2. One soldier beheaded by Erdogan supporters on the Bosphorus bridge after he surrendered.
    3. Soldiers who had surrendered we stripped and some beaten by Erdogan supporters and police.
    4. Nearly 3,000 soldiers are arrested.
    5. Over 2,700 judges fired.
    6. Arrest warrants out for 140 judges from the Supreme Court.
    7. Mosques all over Turkey have broadcast for people to take to the streets for "democracy". No separation of religion and state here.
    8. Everyone, including me has received a text message from the government "inviting" us to take to the streets for "democracy". This was sent this afternoon, well after the "coup"attempt had ended.
    9. Canadians living here, including me, received a text message advising us to stay indoors until we receive word it is safe to go out from the Canadian Embassy. French nationals and I imagine many others received probably similar messages from their governments. This has to do with the rule of law having broken down in large urban areas with huge crowds of Erdogan supporters taking to the streets.
    10. Turkey has cut access and power to Incirlik airbase where the US has a permanent presence and launch airstrikes against ISIS from.
    11. The death penalty, which has been removed many years ago from the Turkish penal law, is being discussed in parliament on maybe being brought back for the" coup" members.
    So if the western democracies say it was a victory for democracy in Turkey, they are sadly wrong, as Erdogan is solidifying his total grip on power here. Don't believe your governments."

    the world is going crazy Harry...and those of us in the know....know! sending much love. get those kids home! your friend,
    kymber

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    1. Kymber, your friend is right on target, and I appreciate your taking the time to send this. Bad news is always subject to being disregarded because people don't want to believe it.

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    2. Harry - i just wanted people to know what is going on from someone who is actually there. he is being told by the canadian embassy to be ready to stay in-doors for 2 weeks!!! he and his family are not preppers/survivalists per se as his wife and her mother go every morning to the market for fresh veg and fruit. i pray he has some stuff stocked but am not sure. i pray he can make it through the next 2 weeks. i will keep you updated of any changes or anything that happens over there. i trust my friend to tell the full truth.

      sending love Harry, as always! your friend,
      kymber

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    3. Kymber, if the Mullahs see this as their chance for a Multi Al Sadr style revolution your friends there may be in deep kimchi. I hope they can lay low or get out depending on what happens. I appreciate you sending the reports from him, there's nothing better than a primary source.

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  6. Harry, just got back from a few days of semi-isolation in the mountains, and no news was certainly good news for me. As I read your blog today apparently no surprise, as the world still continues it's precipitous slide downward.

    I got into it a bit with my sister from Sacramento. I tried to convince her to move out of there but failed. She and her husband have become liberals it would seem. They love the diversity and see no threat to their safety, even after being robbed several times. I just don't get it.

    When I asked her about her muslim neighbors she said they were all loyal to the country and she has "seen them do the pledge of allegiance". When I asked her to go back and ask her friends if they are for sharia law or the constitution she got angry with me. That was the end of it.

    I truly feel sorry for her. Back during Katrina, she used to live in Jackson, MS. She was attacked by a Katrina refugee in her own home. She was lucky to survive it. So I thought she would see the world as I do. I was mistaken. --Troy

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    1. I lived in Sacramento in the '50s and '60's. No Muslims then and it was a great little city. Do they still have the Music Circus, I wonder? Liberalism is a mental disease.

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    2. Troy, you did the best you could. There are none so blind as those who will not see. History is replete with examples of people living on a powder keg right up until it exploded.I am glad all of my family is out of there now. Perhaps as things develop she will see the handwriting on the wall.

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    3. Tewshooz, Sacramento was a decent city back then. It's a third world hell hole now. Even Roseville,which was just a little country town, was long ago swallowed by Sacramento urban sprawl.

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  7. So it looks like there is speculation that Erdogan staged a coup against himself to identify his enemies and give him a reason to eliminate the sectarians out of the military and his government.

    Looks like the Ottoman Caliphate is coming back.

    And I bet Obama has the military abandon the US Airbase there, too.

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    1. I'm inclined to think that he's not that intelligent, and the Army leadership is not that stupid. Rather, I think the Army saw that Erdogan trying to make Turkey a sharia country was causing chaos and destroying what Ataturk strove so hard to achieve in bringing Turkey out of the Dark Age and into the modern world. I'm very sorry the coup failed.

      I don't know what will happen to Incerlik now. In the 80's we had an important joint communication station at Dyarbakir, and that will be effected as well. Without Turkish military support we are going to have a bad time fighting ISIS.

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    2. It just seem strange to me that he was at his plane when it all happened. That violated the first rule of Coup - Grab or kill the Leader First.

      Really am scared for any foreigners in Turkey right now, including those on Incerlik. One thing the Crusades have shown us is that muslims have no problem holding large groups hostage and then as soon as they get what they want the hostages accidentally die. Really hope the president doesn't toss those people aside, like Bengazi.

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    3. It may be that Erdogan intends to model himself on Ayatollah Khomeini, and make Turkey into an "Islamic Republic" which means an Islamic Theocracy.

      I notice L.D. Obama has sent Erdogan a message of congratulations on suppressing the coup.

      There are American security forces at Incerlik. I don't know who commands them or what his orders are, but if it's an Army officer, I doubt they would roll over like the people at Jimmy Carters Embassy did. There won't be any fools from the State Department to prevent the troops from defending themselves at Incerlik. In a dangerous situation in the Middle East, having any State Department drones around is the kiss of death.

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  8. andrew, i think you are dead right.
    those guys live for machiavellian machinations.
    those tricks are not called 'byzantine' for nothing-- it is a way of life there for millennia.

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    1. It's possible, but I tend to think this was a last act of desperation on the part of those who don't want to see Turkey become another Iran. It's a damn shame they were not successful.

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