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Richard Moyer

Richard Moyer

Richard is an engineer by day, and a political activist by night, fighting would-be totalitarians and government busybodies everywhere.

Once as common as riding a bike or driving a car, the ability to accurately shoot a gun is an increasingly rare skill.

Since most people have to pay to go to a range, and ammunition is becoming increasingly expensive, learning by trial and error can get pricey and take a long time. Here are some basic tips that will improve your performance when you do get to the range.

Rifles

Rifles are, by far, the easiest gun to shoot. If you understand how a rifle's sighting system works, hitting a pie plate at 100 yards shouldn't be difficult for the first-time shooter.

If the rifle has a scope, you need to first practice positioning your eye before you take a shot. There is a very small area behind the scope where you can actually see anything through it, and moving your head even a fraction of an inch can make the scope go completely black.

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  1. Centering your eye behind the scope is critical to shooting accurately. Being offset left or right, up or down, will make you less accurate.
  2. Move your head slowly from side to side, up and down while looking through the scope. The point where the image is brightest and clearest is the center of the scope, and this is where you should position your head every single time.
  3. Generally your cheek will be pressed against the stock to get this ideal view. Consistency is key, and positioning your head the same way every time is essential to shooting accurately

If the rifle has what are called iron sights, you will need to line up your eye, the rear sight, the front sight and the target in order to aim the rifle. Just like shooting with a scope, maintaining a consistent head position will help you shoot accurately.

  1. Center up your eye on the rear sight, focusing on the notch or peep hole in the rear sight.
  2. If your head is in the right position, when you focus on the front sight, the front sight will be centered in the rear sight.
  3. Sweep your focus back and forth between the front and rear sight, adjusting your head position until your eye, rear sight and front sight are aligned.
  4. Move your shoulders and torso, not the gun or your head, until you are pointed roughly at the target.
  5. Sweep your focus between the sights and the target, starting at the rear sight.
  6. When you feel confident that the rear and front sights are centered on the target, the rifle is aimed.

Next, you need to practice your trigger pull. A bad shooter will move the gun one way or the other while pulling the trigger, which spoils any shot. The gun must stay pointed exactly at the target through the entire trigger pull or your shot will miss.

  1. Wait until the gun is out of ammo and the trigger can be pulled without firing a shot.
  2. Pull the trigger while watching the crosshairs on the target. Since the gun won't fire, you'll get to watch how the gun moves while you pull the trigger without the distraction of the gun actually firing.
  3. Pull the trigger over and over again while pointing precisely at the target.
  4. Develop a trigger pull that doesn't move the crosshairs. Keep practicing until the crosshairs don't move when you pull the trigger. Train yourself to always pull the trigger in exactly this way.

Now that you aim at your target and pull the trigger without moving the gun all over the place, you need to stabilize the gun. At best, you can rest the gun on a rail in front of you. In the worst case, you are standing up in a field with nothing to rest the gun on. The more stable a platform you can provide for your gun, the more accurately you will shoot.


Shotguns

Skeet shooting is a manly art, favored by old boys' clubs, politicians and country gentlemen, in which you shoot at flying clay targets with a shotgun. This is essentially the only time that non-hunters will shoot a shotgun, and it is totally different from shooting a rifle or handgun. An unprepared skeet shooter can miss every single target every single time and make an ass of his or herself, but a little preparation can make a big difference.

The first key to shooting a shotgun is actually mathematics, not technique.

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  1. Look at the range, and where the airborne targets are coming from. How far away are you when you plan to pull the trigger? Let's say this number is 75 feet.
  2. The target will go about 50-60 feet per second, and your bullets will go about 1200 feet per second. Multiply 50-60 feet per second by 75 feet. Divide this number by 1200, and you'll get 3-4. This is how many feet in front of the target you need to aim if the target is flying perpendicular the barrel of your gun.
  3. You will need to shoot about 10 target diameters ahead of that 4.5 inch target if it is flying perpendicular to the barrel of your gun.
  4. If the target is going at 45 degrees to the barrel of your gun, reduce the distance to about 6-7 diameters.
  5. If the target is coming straight at you, point directly at your target.
  6. Visualize these scenarios. Draw each situation on a piece of paper, to scale. This "sight picture" is what you will need to see over the barrel of your gun when you pull the trigger.

Aiming a shotgun is not complex.

  1. There is a flat rail along the top of almost every shotgun, and a bead at the end.
  2. Position your head so that your line of sight is just barely skimming that rail, and that bead is dead center.
  3. Swing the gun back and forth downrange without moving your eye relative to the barrel of the gun.
  4. Practice sweeping an arc while maintaining perfect position, your line of sight skimming the rail, centered on the bead.

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When the target is launched, start sweeping your gun ahead of the target's trajectory for a split second.

  1. Once you are tracking steadily ahead of the target by your calculated distance, pull the trigger.
  2. Keep sweeping along the trajectory of the target even after pulling the trigger.
  3. This is critical, because if you stop leading the target, during the time between trigger pull and when the pellets actually leave the barrel, your gun will be pointed in the wrong spot.

If you do your math right, sweep the gun smoothly and don't get frustrated, you should hit some targets.

 

Handguns

Handguns are the most popular and most difficult guns to shoot. Because of their low power, they can be shot at indoor ranges without much danger, and so urban shooters will almost exclusively shoot handguns. An unprepared handgun shooter can miss embarrassingly large, close targets every single time if they have poor technique.

Handgun sights are almost always like the iron sights of a rifle, a notch in back and a post in front. Line up your eye with the rear notch, the front post and the target in order to aim the handgun.

  1. Hold the gun in both hands with elbows slightly flexed, like a cop, not straight out like an action movie.
  2. Center up your eye on the rear sight, focusing on the notch.
  3. If your head is in the right position, when you focus on the front sight, the front sight will be centered up in the rear sight.
  4. Sweep your focus back and forth between the front and rear sight, adjusting your head position until your eye, rear sight and front sight are aligned.
  5. Move your body as a unit, until you are pointed at the target.
  6. Sweep your focus between the sights and the target, starting at the rear sight.
  7. When you feel confident that the rear and front sights are centered on the target, the pistol is aimed.

Practicing trigger pull is essential, because it is very easy to twist the gun off-target while pulling the trigger. The procedure here is identical to practicing a rifle trigger pull.

  1. Wait until the gun is out of ammo and the trigger can be pulled without firing a shot.
  2. Pull the trigger while watching the sights. Since the gun won't fire, you'll get to watch how the gun moves while you pull the trigger without the distraction of the gun firing.
  3. Pull the trigger over and over again while pointing precisely at the target. Right handed shooters tend to twist the barrel to the left, left handed shooters twist to the right. Resist this tendency.
  4. Keep practicing until the barrel doesn't move when you pull the trigger. Train yourself to always pull the trigger in exactly this way.

Now that you have these basics, all you have to do is practice.

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When political advantage can be purchased by businessmen, you get a much maligned "1%" controlling everything, as is increasingly happening in the United States. It's not that US businessmen are suddenly more greedy for profit, it's that the rich can get profits without providing value to customers by buying off government employees and the coercion they offer. Absent coercion, it is impossible to make profits without someone agreeing to hand you money for your product or service.

 

Whether their gains were ill-gotten or not the "1%" controls $50 Trillion worth of capital, and we are seeing a growing resentment towards those who control this wealth, and a Marxist kind of envy. While many suggest outright theft and "spreading the wealth", this is absolutely not the answer, and is actually the very thing that got us here in the first place.

I saw this passage, and it drew this into sharp focus:

$50 TRILLION needs to become the new 99%. If the propagandized masses understood how much $50 trillion is, and how just a mere fraction of that staggering amount of wealth could be used to evolve society, for the benefit of everyone, we would have a full-blown societal evolution right now.

For example, only $1 trillion could provide jobs to 20 million unemployed people, paying them each $50k per year. $1 trillion could also send 127 million to college AND provide health insurance for 206 million people.


Superficially, he paints a tempting picture: the super-rich have $50 trillion in cash sitting around that they refuse to spend, and the world could enter a new era of prosperity if they'd just come off of it. But that $50 trillion is not bundles of cash or gold coins, and even if it were, the sudden release of huge amounts of useless paper money or gold coins wouldn't suddenly create a bunch of products and services for people to enjoy.

 

That $50 trillion of "wealth" is actually the means of production by which hundreds of millions of people are both employed and provided for. Along with hundreds of other industries, the sales price of all the farmland, food processors, trucking lines and supermarkets that provide Americans with their daily bread is included in this $50 trillion. That is to say that this wealth isn't parked somewhere doing nothing, it is the economy itself.

 

The example of $1 trillion of that wealth being used to employ 20 million people is a fake idea, since that trillion dollars in capital already being used to employ some untold millions of people year after year. Theoretically, you could sell Apple and ExxonMobil to someone (who?) and then spend that trillion in cash employing a bunch of people (doing what?), but this is what is already happening every day. However, instead of Exxon selling off their refineries, they sell the products, and then roll those profits over into new exploration and facilities, which employs thousands of people. Suggesting that government could somehow manage the world's means of production better than those currently in charge is the height of folly.

 

The example of college tuition is even worse. Included somewhere in that $50 trillion is, no doubt, a commercial bakery. It employs a bunch of people and it feeds even more. I'm sure those people couldn't give two hot damns what the name of the person that owns that bakery is, and whether he's in the richest 1% of Americans or not. However, I'm sure that they wouldn't want to see their place of work sold as scrap to pay someone's college tuition. They are probably much more concerned with being able to pay for their own children's college tuition.

 

Worse still is the example of health insurance, because somewhere in that $50 trillion are both health insurance companies and health care providers. The event of a hospital changing ownership from the 1% to the 10% would not somehow make health insurance and health care free to millions of people. The horrid spectacle of private property being seized by government employees wouldn't somehow make doctors' services free or make health insurance cheaper, either. Rather, all the employees would still need a paycheck, and the owners would have different names.

 

Perhaps because they exercise such political advantage, the 1% doesn't deserve their tremendous wealth in part or even in whole. However, to imagine that their wealth does not serve the public good in any way, and that people's places of work had ought to be seized by government employees, and redistributed forcefully to people of their choosing ignores that government created the problem.

 

It is power-peddling by government stooges that funneled America's wealth to the politically well-connected in the first place, and more of the same won't solve the problem. It will make it worse. If government employees steal from today's 1% until they are no longer the 1%, there will be a different 1%, this time entirely composed of political operators.

 

 

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What Happened?

To patch their tattered finances, the government of Poland decided that stealing was easier than cutting spending, so they decided to steal everyone's retirement in return for worthless government paper promises. Of course, no one gets to say anything because governments have tanks and attack helicopters.

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gimme yo monay.

Theft, sometimes euphemistically called "nationalization", is a common theme amongst government employees. Anything is fair game, all you have to do is cook up a little bit of legal mumbo-jumbo like this:

"private funds within the state-guaranteed system would have their bond holdings transferred to a state pension vehicle, but keep their equity holdings. "

To translate this worthless sentence into the truth:

"A boo-boo, boo-boo-boo, we're stealing from you."

 

How Can They Get Away With This?

Government employees all over the world agree that retirement accounts are the easiest, most politically expedient type to steal. But why?

The Tax Penalty

A nominal tax penalty for pulling out retirement money early keeps many people from pulling the trigger. A 401(k) administration company like Vanguard will remind you that you have to pay 10% plus your tax rate, which is often hanging around 40-50%, and it makes pulling your money out look super dumb. However, If your tax rate was 30-40%, you'll still have to pay that no matter what, anyway. If the government is going to steal all your money, 10% extra is a small price to pay to keep some of it.

You Don't Spend your 401(k) Every Day

Unlike your bank account, that you need to pay bills and eat, your 401(k) doesn't affect your immediate quality of life. If your 401(k) is seized by the government, traded for worthless government scrip denominated at the same amount, you won't wake up feeling any different.  I'm sure the Polish government has been more than happy to provide a computer screen for everyone to look at with big numbers on it, so the people feel reassured that their retirement is still "there". Seizure of bank accounts is a harder thing to pull off when people can't buy groceries. Try getting re-elected after that.

 

So What the Hell Do I Do?

So what do you do? Do you wait for the Feds to drag you down with them? Are you going to go down with the ship?

If you don't feel like bailing out Uncle Sam, the best thing to do is diversify and make your assets harder to seize.

Electronic retirement accounts that show you a number are just that until you redeem them; a number on a screen. Some asshole that pays someone with a gun can coerce your retirement company to hand over all your stuff and put a big zero on your computer screen. It happened to the Polish, it happened in Cyprus, it happens all the time. Don't be surprised when it happens to you.

Harder to seize is real estate. Granted, Mao, Lenin and Mugabe all stole people's land, but this is a pretty far cry from transferring a 401(k) electronically into faux-valuable government bonds.

Even harder to seize is real-estate outside the country. If you have family overseas, perhaps buying a little cottage in Tuscany next door to Great-Aunt Esmeralda isn't such a bad idea. If you don't have anyone to keep an eye on it, owning land or property overseas is a little risky.

Gold and silver are tough to steal, since governments have to actually send someone into the field to find and steal your gold. It's way cheaper to call JP Morgan Chase and arrange for a transfer of everyone's savings.

In the end, paper assets are paper, and possession is nine-tenths of the law. Unless you can see, feel and hold something, you are taking someone else at their word, and their word is only as good as the government's, since they can send in stooges with guns to void all the contracts. This sounds cynical, but this is also the whole of human history.

Cover yourself. Hold your assets. Give yourself a chance to defend them.

 

 

 

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Electronic communications, electronic files, digitized data, all are permanent. In a court of law, there is nothing like a phone call record, an email or GPS tracking data. Electronic data, unlike hearsay or an eyewitness, has a sort of immutability to it, a permanence and trustworthiness to it, that makes it perfect evidence against a defendant. There is no dirt like electronic dirt; it never goes away.

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Every second of every day, government employees are collecting electronic evidence, building a permanent case file against every citizen. When a case becomes strong enough, government employees swoop in and prosecute. If you haven't already been prosecuted, or threatened with prosecution or investigation, it is only because your file is too thin, and you haven't done anything to offend the sensibilities of some government employee searching the database.

By storing every email and conversation, NSA employees are building a dirty-little-secret database for every citizen. This much is undeniable. What isn't being discussed though, is that this database is power; power of state employees over one another and the public. No doubt, this information is already being used to punish and coerce anyone that crosses someone with access to this power. Remember, no power in the history of the world has ever existed without also being abused. Plainly, the hundreds of thousands of Americans with access to this blackmail database can't all be individually trusted, and therefore the database is dangerous to the welfare of everyone.

Remember, this database will be accessible not only to current government employees, but to every future government functionary that will ever sit. The data isn't safe, no data can ever be, but it is permanent. A permanent blackmail database, with potentially incriminating information on every American, is being created by state employees for their own benefit.

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What this permanent electronic record means is every would-be dissident, anyone who threatens the power of those with access to the data, can count on everything they ever did electronically being used against them in retribution. A secret database of everyone's dirty laundry, accessible by a group of people with the power to dispense military and police, should represent a clear threat to anyone that appreciates human nature.

Yes, perhaps the mission statement of the NSA to fight terrorism is being adhered to today, but that doesn't matter. The database is being built, the database is forever, and there is zero chance that no person, at no time, will ever use this database for a wicked purpose. The database the NSA is building today will be accessible, in your lifetime, to the worst regime that will ever sit during your lifetime. Think of Barack Obama's megalomaniac grandson, or George W. Bush's cocaine-addled yet-unborn nephew. This power will belong to them.

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Furthermore, elected officials, not just citizens, will be bent to the will of those who control this data, corrupting further our already corrupt system. A quick threat of prosecution or investigation will influence the votes of elected officials who frequently have so much to hide. This database, made all the more powerful by virtue of being secret, will be used someday to decide the fortunes of those who seek power, and will shape the path of things to come. What is worst about this scenario is that the window of opportunity to eliminate the NSA's system is rapidly closing. One can be certain that the NSA wouldn't allow itself to be shut down by a politician on whom they had incriminating information without airing them out.

Power structures exist for their own benefit, one can be certain that the NSA's high-level officials will have increasing say-so over the basic functions of our government, to the point of having absolute power. It is little wonder that Vladmir Putin, former head of the KGB, is now the most powerful man in Russia. A man with total knowledge, of the kind the KGB might collect on politicians, can easily turn a representative government into a rubber-stamp legislature of stooges. It is exactly this that we have to fear from the NSA and their total surveillance program, not just intimidation and control of the citizenry, but total nullification of the citizens' means to change their government peacefully.

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You still have to take him seriously.

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If Batman has the Joker, I have inflation. Inflation, my great and worthy opponent, has shown me yet another side of his wicked, wealth-destroying ways. Let's have a look.

1. Inflation is a Double Stealth Tax

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Inflation is sometimes called a "stealth tax", as people are robbed of their savings and pensions by their government without any notice. It is more than that, it is a double stealth tax. Here's how.

Imagine 6% inflation, understated as 2%. Imagine further that a $100 investment grew by 4% and you paid 25% tax.

  • On paper, you made $4.
  • After taxes, you kept $3.
  • According to official inflation, you made $1.
  • In reality, you lost $3.

You made money on paper, and you paid taxes on that paper profit, but in reality, the government robbed you twice, by taxation and by inflation. Even more insidiously, if not for inflation hiding the loss, you would have been able to write off the loss. Instead you get stuck with a tax bill for losing money. In this particular case, inflation is a triple stealth tax.

 

2. Inflation Punishes Productive Activity

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Imagine you're in Serbia in 1993, and you bought a sack of corn for 1 dinar. It increases in price by a factor of 100 after six months. Imagine further that your neighbor grew corn at a cost of 1/2 a dinar a bag. When you go to sell your corn, both you and the farmer gross 100 dinars. You net 99 and he nets 99.50. Because of inflation, the productive activity of growing corn and the useless activity of hoarding it are indistinguishable in terms of profit. In going through all the trouble of actually producing corn, your neighbor made an extra half percent.

Furthermore, imagine the double stealth tax penalty you and your neighbor would pay on that 10,000% paper profit.

Because of these perverse incentives, when inflation gets high enough, people abandon most productive activity. This exacerbates inflation further, since fewer goods are being produced, driving prices up further, which encourages even more hoarding.

 

3. Consistent Inflation Encourages Speculators

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Sitting on resources isn't only profitable when inflation is ultra-high. Speculators the world over borrow money to amplify the profits of even small increases in price. The small, consistent increases in price created by modest inflation can be exploited by speculators with access to cheap credit from central banks like the Federal Reserve.

Imagine a megabank buys $1.5 billion in oil futures, and the price of oil goes up 3% due to inflation. If the bank is leveraged 15 to 1, as is legal, they can control $1.5 billion of oil while only using $100 million of their money (generally the customer's money). As the price of oil inflates 3%, the bank makes $30 million in profits after paying 1% interest on the loan. All for doing nothing.

Because interest rates available to megabanks are well below the rate of inflation, and the money printers have essentially guaranteed that inflation is here to stay, futures contracts win more than they lose. If inflation were zero, futures would trend slowly downward as industry becomes more productive and efficient, so speculation wouldn't be nearly so attractive.

Because of inflation, sitting on resources is often equally or more profitable than actually producing them, especially because of the favorable tax status afforded to "investments". Steady growth in the financial sector, accompanied by a steady contraction of the manufacturing sector is the harvest we reap when we inflate our currency.

 

Inflation is the Enemy

The power to counterfeit money is never beneficial to anyone but the counterfeiters and their friends. Anyone who says otherwise is either misguided or dishonest. To imagine that by creating excessive taxation, confusing fair assessments of value, stealing people's savings and promoting non-productive speculation on a grand scale might somehow benefit society at large is to deny the entire history of paper money and its grievous consequences.

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