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In Djokovic’s Story, Those Cheering For Authoritarians Aren’t The Heroes
by Kylee Zempel on January 17, 2022 at 9:13 pm
The left can bloviate about 'civilized society,' but it's safe to say that when your side resorts to cheering on authoritarians, you're probably not the hero.
Why Aren’t Corporate Media Concerned About Rising Antisemitism In The Biden Era?
by Eddie Scarry on January 17, 2022 at 8:57 pm
Is no one in the national media concerned about the very scary brush with antisemitism that occurred on President Biden's watch this weekend?
While Shuttering Your Family Business, Fauci Made $1.7 Million On His Lies
by Jordan Boyd on January 17, 2022 at 8:55 pm
While Americans struggled to make ends meet during the pandemic, Dr. Anthony Fauci's household raked in $1,776,479.
Like The NBA, Golden State Warriors Co-Owner ‘Doesn’t Care’ About Uyghur Suffering
by Jordan Boyd on January 17, 2022 at 7:26 pm
Palihapitiya can turn a blind eye to Uyghur suffering in Xinjiang because he knows the China-sympathetic NBA will defend him.
Slow Rolling Trucker Vaccine Protest Begins at Manitoba U.S. Border Crossing
by sundance on January 17, 2022 at 6:35 pm
Global News is reporting on a slow-moving vaccine protest by truckers at the Manitoba, Canada-U.S border crossing. (Global News) – “Truck drivers are circling MB-75 between Emerson Duty Free and the Commercial Inspection station blocking all lanes heading south to the United States and Northbound traffic coming from the USA,” Throp said. In a The post Slow Rolling Trucker Vaccine Protest Begins at Manitoba U.S. Border Crossing appeared first on The Last Refuge.
CDC Finally Admits Cloth Masks Were Always Political Theater
by Elle Reynolds on January 17, 2022 at 6:12 pm
Mask mandates have always been more about showing compliance than keeping people safe, and the CDC's latest embarrassing disclosure further proves it.
This MLK Day, Remember How The FBI Targeted Him
by Tristan Justice on January 17, 2022 at 5:56 pm
The FBI paid tribute to civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday after it spent a decade trying to destroy him.
Arizona’s Fight With Biden Over Mask Ban Another Chance For The Supreme Court To Defend Separation Of Powers
by Margot Cleveland on January 17, 2022 at 11:30 am
On Friday, the U.S. Treasury Department threatened Arizona with a loss of funds unless the state eliminates a condition that schools not mandate masks.
Video Shows Pennsylvania Official Admitting Election Laws Were Broken In 2020
by Margot Cleveland on January 17, 2022 at 11:30 am
This video provides yet another example of the widespread violations of election law during the last presidential election.
LGBT Activists Have Been Using Courts To Harass This Christian Baker For Ten Years
by Joy Pullmann on January 17, 2022 at 11:20 am
Justice delayed is justice denied: Jack Phillips has ‘now been in courts defending his freedom nearly a decade.’
Smithsonian Exhibit Shows How East Baltimore’s Working Class Created Their American Dreams
by Christopher Jacobs on January 17, 2022 at 11:00 am
The Smithsonian exhibit displays values of the 1970s that still inspire Americans today: Pride in community, the dignity of work, and faith.
Wisconsin Judge Bans Ballot Drop Boxes, Says Election Officials Broke The Law
by Dan O'Donnell on January 17, 2022 at 10:35 am
The Wisconsin legislature has launched a special counsel investigation into the 2020 election in which officials say numerous laws were broken.
New ‘Domestic Terror Unit’ Is A Way To Punish Americans For Thought Crimes
by Hudson Crozier on January 17, 2022 at 10:25 am
'Domestic terrorism' is now a catch-all term used by many in government to justify political intimidation and persecution.
It’s Scary How Similar Western Countries’ Covid Responses Are To China’s
by Helen Raleigh on January 17, 2022 at 10:20 am
It would be wrong to assume that casualties of 'zero COVID' rules only occur in authoritarian states such as Communist China.
Why Is American Express Blocking An Audit Of Its Race-Based Staff Training?
by Justin Danhof on January 17, 2022 at 10:15 am
American Express pledged a whopping $1 billion to advance “social justice,” yet the company is trying to hide some of those supposed racial justice efforts from the light of day. Recently, the company’s top lawyer petitioned the federal government seeking its permission to block the contents of American Express’s race-based employee training programs, among other racial initiatives,
Democrats Are Priming Themselves To Refuse To Accept Any Election Defeats
by Jonathan S. Tobin on January 17, 2022 at 10:10 am
Despite hyperbole, the real reason for Democrats' push to pass laws to federalize elections is a belief that if they lose, democracy is over.
New York Times: The Wedding Is Racist If It Occurs On Racist Ground
by Tristan Justice on January 17, 2022 at 10:05 am
Poetic Justice is an advice column that offers counter-advice to submissions at other publications whose contributors have failed the reader.
Businesses Celebrate Diversity By Making Employees Work On MLK Day
by Rich Cromwell on January 17, 2022 at 10:00 am
Businesses continue to do the work, literally, of celebrating Martin Luther King’s legacy by making all their employees work.
George Mason University Mandated COVID Boosters For Its Upcoming Semester. Now The Students Are Fighting Back
by Shawn Fleetwood on January 17, 2022 at 9:30 am
Amid their best attempts to mandate the COVID boosters, the university has witnessed a growing wave of backlash from its student body.
Introducing Poetic Justice, Sane Advice For Sane Readers
by Tristan Justice on January 17, 2022 at 9:00 am
Welcome to Poetic Justice, a new advice column for the advice columnists who fail their readers. This is not a typical blog that harnesses the personal conundrums of its audience to opine. Rather, this is a project to highlight the increasing radicalism of newsroom elites exposed by their own advice often as equally as extreme
Preparedness Notes for Monday — January 17, 2022
by James Wesley Rawles on January 17, 2022 at 7:05 am
On this day in 1994, the 6.7 magnitude Northridge Earthquake struck Los Angeles. It caused about $20 billion in damage and killed 61 people. This is also the anniversary of the Battle of Cowpens in 1781. This small battle was the turning point of the American Revolution in the South. In it, the best battlefield tactician America produced, the backwoodsman Daniel Morgan, decisively and utterly defeated the most arrogant, bloody, and successful field grade officer in the British Army, Lt. Col. Banastre Tarleton. The battle set in motion the chain of events that led directly to the decisive siege at … The post Preparedness Notes for Monday — January 17, 2022 appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.
Bushnell Trail Cameras, by Pat Cascio
by Pat Cascio on January 17, 2022 at 7:04 am
I’m old school – especially when it comes to hunting. I always thought that the word “hunting” meant you got out there and beat the bushes for the game you wanted. I guess things have changed over the years, and now it is a scientific and calculated thing – doesn’t sound much like a hunt to me. It is more of a game, if you ask me. Have you ever wondered what is going on at your digs, when you aren’t home, or who – or what – is on your property in the dead of night? Yeah, I thought … The post Bushnell Trail Cameras, by Pat Cascio appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.
Recipe of the Week: Anne’s Smoked Flavor Chicken With Chickpeas
by James Wesley Rawles on January 17, 2022 at 7:03 am
The following recipe for Smoked Flavor Chicken With Chick Peas was kindly sent to us by Anne. This is a tasty and stomach-warming winter recipe that serves four adults. Ingredients 2 chicken breasts, cubed 2 cloves of garlic, crushed 1 large onion, chopped 1 tsp smoked paprika 1 tsp cumin 1 tsp turmeric Salt and pepper (to taste) One 12- to 16-ounce (1.5-cup) can of chopped tomatoes One 12- to 16-ounce (1.5-cup) can of chickpeas Chicken bouillon cube — or 1/4-pint of frozen chicken broth 2 tbsp lemon juice Cooking oil (of your choice) Directions Heat the cooking oil. Saute … The post Recipe of the Week: Anne’s Smoked Flavor Chicken With Chickpeas appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.
Economics & Investing For Preppers
by James Wesley Rawles on January 17, 2022 at 7:02 am
Here are the latest news items and commentary on current economics news, market trends, stocks, investing opportunities, and the precious metals markets. We also cover hedges, derivatives, and obscura. Most of these items are from the “tangibles heavy” contrarian perspective of SurvivalBlog’s Founder and Senior Editor, JWR. Today, we look at stock market prospects in 2022. (See the Equities section.) Precious Metals: The Key Factor In Silver Is A “Concentrated Short Position On Comex”. JWR’s Comment: This shorting-selling cannot go on forever. When interest rates spike, it will trigger a breakout in spot and futures silver prices. The shorts will … The post Economics & Investing For Preppers appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.
The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
by James Wesley Rawles on January 17, 2022 at 7:01 am
“If ever a time should come, when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in Government, our country will stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin.” – Samuel Adams The post The Editors’ Quote of the Day: appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.
January 17th – 2022 Presidential Politics – Resistance Day 363
by Sundance on January 17, 2022 at 5:20 am
In an effort to keep the Daily Open Thread a little more open topic we are going to start a new daily thread for “Presidential Politics”. Please use this thread to post anything relating to the JoeBama Administration and Presidency. “This is no small thing, to restore a republic after it has fallen into corruption. The post January 17th – 2022 Presidential Politics – Resistance Day 363 appeared first on The Last Refuge.
Monday January 17th – Open Thread
by Sundance on January 17, 2022 at 5:15 am
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL. The post Monday January 17th – Open Thread appeared first on The Last Refuge.
Vaccine Mandate for Cross Border Trucking Now in Effect, Mandate for Domestic Trucking Begins in a Week, Prepare Your Affairs Accordingly
by Sundance on January 17, 2022 at 3:30 am
The cross border vaccine mandate for truckers in/out of Canada is now in effect. The U.S. vaccine mandate takes effect on January 22nd. It will take a few days to see the consequences, but there will be consequences. Keep in mind, any impact is taking place in a supply chain system that is already tenuous The post Vaccine Mandate for Cross Border Trucking Now in Effect, Mandate for Domestic Trucking Begins in a Week, Prepare Your Affairs Accordingly appeared first on The Last Refuge.
Australian Government Deports Unvaccinated Tennis Player Novak Djokovic Citing His Threat to Social Cohesion
by Sundance on January 16, 2022 at 11:46 pm
The Australian Open is scheduled to begin January 17th in Melbourne, the epicenter of Australia’s totalitarian COVID mandates. Australia granted unvaccinated tennis superstar Novak Djokovic a visa to compete. Australian border officials then attempted to block his entry and deport him, because he was unvaccinated. Novak Djokovic took the issue to the federal court in The post Australian Government Deports Unvaccinated Tennis Player Novak Djokovic Citing His Threat to Social Cohesion appeared first on The Last Refuge.
Media Beginning to Notice Food Supply Chain “Perfect Storm” as It Arrives
by Sundance on January 16, 2022 at 8:43 pm
Quite remarkably this ABC report on empty shelves is not far away from outlining the truth. They are still obfuscating some of the predictable reasons, and they completely ignore the vaccination mandate aspect that is going to worsen the issue, but they are nibbling the edges, nonetheless. The backward-looking comparative statistics they cite, “15% shortage The post Media Beginning to Notice Food Supply Chain “Perfect Storm” as It Arrives appeared first on The Last Refuge.
Sunday Talks, CBS Outlines Collapsed Support for Biden Regime, But Purposefully Ignore One Central Component of Their Own Poll
by Sundance on January 16, 2022 at 7:42 pm
CBS conducted a poll of the collapsed support for Joe Biden [DATA HERE] and then outlined their findings earlier today. However, keeping up with their need to ignore things, they skip over how the vaccination mandate is opposed within their responses. Margaret Brennan and Anthony Salvanto, CBS News’ director of elections and surveys, discuss how The post Sunday Talks, CBS Outlines Collapsed Support for Biden Regime, But Purposefully Ignore One Central Component of Their Own Poll appeared first on The Last Refuge.
Virginia’s New Attorney General Launches Probe Into Loudoun County Schools Over Sexual Assault Cover-Ups
by Shawn Fleetwood on January 16, 2022 at 1:34 pm
Virginia Attorney General Jason Miyares announced on Saturday that his office has opened an investigation into Loudoun County Public Schools.
Preparedness Notes for Sunday — January 16, 2022
by James Wesley Rawles on January 16, 2022 at 7:04 am
On January 16, 1920, one year after it was ratified, the 18th Amendment to the Constitution went into effect, for the prohibition of the sale of alcoholic beverages. — SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today we present another entry for Round 98 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include: First Prize: The photovoltaic power specialists at Quantum Harvest LLC are providing a store-wide 10% off coupon. Depending on the model chosen, this could be worth more than $2000. A Gunsite Academy Three Day Course Certificate. This can be used for any of their one, two, or three-day … The post Preparedness Notes for Sunday — January 16, 2022 appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.
Surviving Virginia’s New Year’s Snowstorm, by K.A.A.
by SurvivalBlog Contributor on January 16, 2022 at 7:03 am
Unlike many of you, I am an average suburbanite, not a hardcore prepper living on a homestead in the country. My family needs to stay where we are because of my husband’s work. So we are making the best of living a short distance from Washington, DC. We are generally well-prepared for the typical emergencies experienced in northern Virginia, such as severe thunderstorms and hurricanes. But we were caught mostly unprepared for the unusually severe snowstorm that we had in early January, 2022. This storm delivered 14-inches of snow where I live and stranded hundreds of drivers, including one of … The post Surviving Virginia’s New Year’s Snowstorm, by K.A.A. appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.
JWR’s Meme Of The Week:
by James Wesley Rawles on January 16, 2022 at 7:02 am
The latest meme created by JWR: To share this, you can find it here: https://kapwi.ng/c/ceBUc9SU6B Meme Text: Back in 1973, Charlton Heston Tried To Warn Us About Life in 2022 But Compared to The Globalist Green New Deal and The Great Reset, Soylent Green is Easy To Swallow The post JWR’s Meme Of The Week: appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.
The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
by James Wesley Rawles on January 16, 2022 at 7:01 am
“The same day went Jesus out of the house, and sat by the sea side. And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship, and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow; And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: And … The post The Editors’ Quote of the Day: appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.
January 16th – 2022 Presidential Politics – Resistance Day 362
by Sundance on January 16, 2022 at 5:20 am
In an effort to keep the Daily Open Thread a little more open topic we are going to start a new daily thread for “Presidential Politics”. Please use this thread to post anything relating to the JoeBama Administration and Presidency. “This is no small thing, to restore a republic after it has fallen into corruption. The post January 16th – 2022 Presidential Politics – Resistance Day 362 appeared first on The Last Refuge.
Sunday January 16th – Open Thread
by Sundance on January 16, 2022 at 5:15 am
Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come. THY WILL BE DONE, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but DELIVER US FROM EVIL. The post Sunday January 16th – Open Thread appeared first on The Last Refuge.
Neil Oliver Outlines the Fractured Trust of The People with Government
by sundance on January 16, 2022 at 4:53 am
Neil Oliver does a weekly monologue that is very well articulated and provokes thought; this one is no exception. In this outline Oliver weaves a series of points around the topic of collapsed trust with government and institutions with examples we all relate to. However, the last 90-seconds, when he connects them is brilliant, painful The post Neil Oliver Outlines the Fractured Trust of The People with Government appeared first on The Last Refuge.
Preparedness Notes for Saturday — January 15, 2022
by James Wesley Rawles on January 15, 2022 at 7:04 am
Today is the birthday of Dr. Edward Teller, who co-invented the H-bomb and worked on the Manhattan Project. In his later years at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, he was often so deep in thought strolling through the Berkeley hills that he would become confused and disoriented. His assistants would have to go out looking for him. — Today is also the anniversary of the 2009 “Miracle On The Hudson” engines-out emergency water landing. — SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today we present another entry for Round 98 of the SurvivalBlog non-fiction writing contest. The prizes for this round include: First Prize: The photovoltaic … The post Preparedness Notes for Saturday — January 15, 2022 appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.
Using a Dankoff Solar Powered Water Pump – Part 5, by Tunnel Rabbit
by SurvivalBlog Contributor on January 15, 2022 at 7:03 am
(Continued from Part 4. This concludes the article.) Spare Electric Motor The motors used in the Dankoff slow pumps are of the highest quality and would not need service except for brushes. However, it would be nice to have a spare motor just in case an armature fails, or a bearing fails, or if the original motor is lost to theft. If the spare pump motor was stored in an alternate location with a spare pump head and coupler, then we could eventually fabricate the missing parts. A recent quote from the owner, Kenny at Dankoff Solar Pumps: $539 for … The post Using a Dankoff Solar Powered Water Pump – Part 5, by Tunnel Rabbit appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.
Editors’ Prepping Progress
by James Wesley Rawles on January 15, 2022 at 7:02 am
To be prepared for a crisis, every Prepper must establish goals and make long-term and short-term plans. In this column, the SurvivalBlog editors review their week’s prep activities and planned prep activities for the coming week. These range from healthcare and gear purchases to gardening, ranch improvements, bug out bag fine-tuning, and food storage. This is something akin to our Retreat Owner Profiles, but written incrementally and in detail, throughout the year. We always welcome you to share your own successes and wisdom in your e-mailed letters. We post many of those –or excerpts thereof — in this column, in … The post Editors’ Prepping Progress appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.
The Editors’ Quote of the Day:
by James Wesley Rawles on January 15, 2022 at 7:01 am
“And all the people gathered themselves together as one man into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the Lord had commanded to Israel. And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month. And he read therein before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those that could … The post The Editors’ Quote of the Day: appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.
Preparedness Notes for Friday — January 14, 2022
by James Wesley Rawles on January 14, 2022 at 7:04 am
On January 14th, 1784, the Continental Congress ratified the Second Treaty of Paris, ending the War for Independence. In the document, which was known as the Second Treaty of Paris because the Treaty of Paris was also the name of the agreement that had ended the Seven Years’ War in 1763, Britain officially agreed to recognize the independence of its 13 former colonies as the new United States of America. — Today, we mark the milestone of 6,000 days of SurvivalBlog posts. (We’ve missed posting on just a few days since August of 2005.) SurvivalBlog Writing Contest Today we present … The post Preparedness Notes for Friday — January 14, 2022 appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.
Using a Dankoff Solar Powered Water Pump – Part 4, by Tunnel Rabbit
by SurvivalBlog Contributor on January 14, 2022 at 7:03 am
(Continued from Part 3.) Delivery Line Pressure Specifications Water pressure per foot of head, in the Dankoff chart indicates 60 PSI static pressure at 140 feet. When water is pumped, if my gauge is accurate, 60 PSI was reached at about 100 feet. Note that 60psi is the maximum pressure rating of most 1/2″ drip irrigation that is the least expensive black poly pipe. As a quick reference when designing a system, download the PDF of this chart. To save money, you can use inexpensive black poly pipe rated for 100 or 160 PSI for lifts above 120 feet. To … The post Using a Dankoff Solar Powered Water Pump – Part 4, by Tunnel Rabbit appeared first on SurvivalBlog.com.
Watch Live: FDA Panel Votes On Authorization Of Pfizer COVID Vaccine For Emergency Use
on December 10, 2020 at 2:26 pm
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Rabobank: It's Orwell, Not Ends Well
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Initial Jobless Claims Jump Most Since March As Lockdowns Strike
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CPI Comes In Hotter Than Expected On Hotel, Airline Fares; Used Car Prices Drop
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AirAsia CEO: Asian Nations "Won't Let Anyone In Without A Vaccination"
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by lastmanstanding on April 18, 2018 at 3:14 am
The most painful part of TRP Vol. 1 was waiting the 2 months that it took FO to ship it...with absolutely no correspondence to occasional polite emails as to "what the fuck is going on". Forging the Hero was ordered here and showed up less than a week later. Preparedness and self-sufficiency are a way of life for us. Frankly, your personal "fucking" footnotes alone are worth the price of each book.
By: Jim Scrummy
by Jim Scrummy on April 16, 2018 at 4:09 pm
Interesting take. Of course my take, is that when I purchased two of JM's books, it was money well spent, because I go back and re-read certain passages from time to time. I like supporting people who not only talk the talk, but walk the walk. Still need to buy Vol. 1, to complete the set, which will be money well spent, again.
By: Big Mike
by Big Mike on April 10, 2018 at 3:13 pm
I agree with your response John. The books you have written are not available anywhere. As I read your books and worked thru the thought processes with your book Forging The Hero, I had to really make my brain work hard to comprehend and apply the principles to my life. I could understand and "feel the pain" of your efforts. I was hesitant to spend the money you requested for each book, but now I would pay $100 bucks for one because of the content.
by Diz on April 10, 2018 at 11:22 am
Well yeah two good points. First is the material from Mosby is worth it; there are lot of Abn/Ranger/Green Berets (this is how we start our day) out there teaching tactical shit; Mosby goes beyond that with a lot of practical advice for self-sufficient living. Second, I would rather subsidize his group than some outfit I have no clue about. That probably donates to the LGBTQ minority handicapped socialist workers party. Honestly this is nick-picking the fly shit. The only real criticism is he isn't mass-marketed, cheap, and readily available. So if that keeps you from getting his info, you're a dumbass. But not my problem.
by jukk0u on April 10, 2018 at 12:59 am
In reply to <a href="https://mountainguerrilla.wordpress.com/2018/04/09/hes-not-wrong-my-very-first-negative-review/#comment-25177">TheSpartanMonkey</a>. Agreed. And this is one and the same reason to buy domestic product and not Chinese (or whatever labor exploitive extra-national interest's merchandise - and especially from one determined to bring and end to our existence. Save a nickel now, Pay with your life and livelihood later.
by TheSpartanMonkey on April 10, 2018 at 12:45 am
I wouldn't even call that a negative review. It's like someone who buys a book on nuclear engineering, then complains that it's too deep for his model submarine building fetish. And he got the book for free, so he never had to make the value judgement and plunk down his own cold, hard cash. Being a hobbiest, I'm guessing he never would've bought it. IMO, the negative review you're looking for will come from a True Believer. With regard to the price: much too much is expected for nothing these days. Everyone wants, even demands, free content. I paid the big jing for your books because of the content, but more so because I thought it rewarded you for past work (blog and book) and would help support your future efforts. It's the same reason I willingly pay more for something to a local vendor vs ordering off the internet. We've got to get beyond price shopping and realize that we're not just buying a thing, we're choosing to support a person.
by jukk0u on April 9, 2018 at 9:17 pm
Yup. Criticism is essential to improvement. Good reviews are nice, and one must recognize peoples' need to offer praise (I think it is kind of a reflexive affirmation of the validity and importance of their own experiences and opinions), but empty praise is worthless. "Thank you, I appreciate your need to nurture and acknowledge the importance of your feelers, but...what could I have done better?" Good praise: "I like that you offered x,y and z. How you explained such and so with depth. " but should be coupled with effective criticism e.g.: "your exploration of exhibit 1 would have been more effective with some background on its development as well as the current state..." or "more charts and illustrations would have helped"... FWIW: I offered some criticism of your first tome to the effect that editing the fracking sentence fragments, misspellings and misused words would go a long way to bolstering your credibility as both a writer and an expert on the subject. Whether you consciously took that advice or have merely grown in your word-craft, you have improved. As soon as my second mortgage goes through and I can by the next volume 🙂 I have no further input to offer.
by Diz on April 9, 2018 at 7:53 pm
Ha, that is somewhat funny even though it may not be meant so. Typical millennial mindset of intellectual superiority. I put it in my hobby category, so it's not worth it. I have spoken. Well, even though this tool may have his own estimate of the situation, that does not mean everyone else must agree with it. You can do damn near anything you want, but if someone has a different estimate, then these books may damn well be worth every penny. I for one, totally disagree with his assessment. Therefore the books are indispensable to me. I have put it in my get ready for the shit category, so they are totally worth it. Do as you see fit. But he has no real criticism of the material, just the cost of a privately published book. Typical entitlement mentality. All things should be available to me-cheap. This hardly qualifies as any real criticism, IMHO. Just some snarky comments on the cost of the material. It's really hard to find fault with what Mosby is laying down. Only that his standards are really high, but then if that's what the reality is, then that's just shooting the messenger. I may think he's a total dick for pointing out all my weaknesses, but then that's on me to get un-fucked. So doctrinally, I can't really find fault. But can understand people getting butt-hurt by the presentation. Most people aren't used to this kind of thing. Would I leave feedback to say tone it down? No, not really. I think it's for most folks to harden the fuck up on the other side of that equation.