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Saturday, December 31, 2016

2016 In Review: And Predictions for 2017, plus 2017 - Ron Paul's New Year Predictions, & if had had to live in the past, which era would I live in & why?

Happy new year!

Let's not forget about the 19+ trillion dollar dept!: .
But don't be totally pessimistic.

If I had to live in the past, which era would I live in and why?:
If I had to be born in the past, I would've preferred to be born in the 1980's and, as I was growing up, listen to people such as Ryan Dawson and Michael Rivero, and read sites such as the Anti Neocon Report/Anti Neocons/Rys2sense, Antiwar, Consortiumnews, and WhatReallyHappened, just to name a few.

Though I'd have to agree with Skallagrim that I'd rather live in the future:

And bonus:

Sunday, December 18, 2016

House Quietly Passes Bill Targeting "Russian Propaganda" Websites; why should we be concerned?

A few weeks ago, I released the article PropOrNot, Is It Propaganda Or Not? Fake news sources, "Russian propaganda" accusations, hypocrisy of such accusations, & is the establishment media getting desperate? #FakeNews #UnfollowFriday in light of the recent "fake news" and "Russian propaganda" craze.

I updated it to link to the article House Quietly Passes Bill Targeting "Russian Propaganda" Websites, but I did not really read it until the day before this article was released. Before you proceed, read that article.

Now I'm getting concerned. Now, there is a potential for the U.S. government to silence views that it dislikes and get away with it.

I hope that president Donald John Trump doesn't use it, and pays respect to the alternate media that helped him win and to our rights in general. But, considering how he isn't outspoken against the NDAA or Patriot act, does not talk about liberty, his ego and how much he flip-flops on positions, there is a chance that he may use it to suppress critics. 

But let's not overfocus on him: even though being president is a strong position of political power, we also must look out for congress and the senate enabling the president to do what he does.
A list of the people in congress who voted in support of H.R. 6393, Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017 can be found right here.

If you want to watch another video:

That's it for now. I hope I do not get shut down for this.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

My personal opinion on wild animals as "exotic pets" & the exotic pet trade, plus info on red foxes, wolves & wolfdogs as pets

Even though I am pro animal rights, I am not have much of a problem with people keeping exotic animals (definitely no problem whatsoever in cases where they have little to no chance to survive on their own in the wild). 
BUT, I want these animals to be treated and handled humanely (treat him/her better than how you would want yourself to be treated if you're in their skin), safely (make sure that they are not harmed and that they're kept in a way that wouldn't pose a significant safety or environmental threat to other people, other animals, or the surrounding environment), and overall, RESPONSIBLY. Part of this is making a satisfactory environment for the animal so they can be what they are. For example, if they move around alot, and require lots of space, then give them a big space that they can run around in.

Remember that after a wild animal is born into captivity and kept for a certain amount of time, it may lose its instincts or at least its survival skills.

If you need some comedy to give you a better idea of why an animal that was born and raised in captivity may not survive by himself in the wild, here's a light hearted scene from the Disney movie "The Fox and The Hound", in which Tod, who's been raised by Widow Tweed after his real mother was killed, tries to catch a fish to impress Vixey, but he doesn't have the proper survival skills.

In short: I do accept the ownership of "exotic pets", but under VERY strict conditions. The animal(s) should be treated with kindness and respect, and it would be good if their owners and handlers would give their animals love.

I hate it whenever someone buys an animal becuase they think it looks cool or it satisfies their ego or whatnot, lockup the animal in a limited space, and then the animal grows up and they find out that they can no longer take care of it, or otherwise fail to treat the animal as well as they should.

And definitely be careful about who you get any animal from:

Some of my fellow libertarians may disagree with me as to how animals should be treated. But to me, since animals are living individuals that can feel pain and have emotions, I wish to protect their rights.

Now, let's specifically talk about wild canines as pets.

Do not think that a wolfdog is all that easy:
Warning: some swearing in the video below.

For lookalike alternatives to real wolves or wolf dogs, I suggest reading 11 Dogs that Look Like Wolves.

Okay, so still as far as canines go, you might be thinking "how hard is it to have a fox"?

Well it would depend on the type of fox you're thinking about.

For reference, let's take a quick peek at the challenges to owning the most common type of fox in the world (and is most often the species that people refer to when they're talking about foxes), the red fox.

For some of the challenges and requirements of having a red fox, go read the following articles:
And Loki the red fox may seem cute at first, but what his owner has to put up with every day is annoying, and takes dedication.

Even when you're going with the smallest type of fox, the fennec fox, you still cannot treat them in the same way that you would with a cat or dog.

If you want a domesticated red fox, get ready to go to Russia, get set back round $8,000 US, and jump through the legal hoops of wherever you live and all of the travelling and potential transportation, handling, and possibly even customs fees.
And, perhaps in part because domesticated foxes are so new compared to dogs, they're still more challenging to own than cats or dogs of comparable size (

But before you even do any of that, you must read about the laws of your country, and the administrative territorial entity (ie state, province, prefecture, territory, and so on and so forth) that you live in.

For more info on fennec foxes and wolfdogs:

For lookalike alternatives to real red foxes, I suggest reading 11 Dogs That Look Like a Fox.

As a bonus, if you read the part about how someone who was looking for a pet fox did not want their face to get bitten off, I'll throw in this clip about what Finnick says to Nick about kissing him (skip to 2:34):

And to wrap this up, I'll mention how when Ms. Fox asked her husband, Mr. Fox, why he lied to her and kept taking birds from farms, he responded with "because I'm a wild animal".

A comment on a scene from the movie "The Fox and The Child".
1:19:00 NEVER do that to a wild animal unless you are being watched by someone who knows to to properly interact with wild animals, and/or you yourself has lots of experience with handling wild animals. They're not domesticated like cats or dogs (with the exception of Russian domesticated Foxes, which are very rare): they're wild animals, and are not adapted to live with us. They are not evil: they simply do not know any better, which is why I feel that it's even worse than locking someone into a prison cell becuase most humans can have some understanding of what's going on, while a animal doesn't.
I felt bad for both the girl and the Red Fox becuase neither one understood what was going on. The girl made the mistake of assuming that a wild animal can tolerate being locked up to the extent that a cat or dog would.

Why I recommended the guns that I did for my "The most recommended civilian-legal guns" article, plus a note on using .22-250 Remington for self-defense or security-patrol round.

This doesn't cover every gun, but at least the major ones that were mentioned here.

Semi-automatic shotguns:

Benelli Super Black Eagle 2: it's just designed well with an inertia driven system that doesn't use a gas system, so it don't have a gas tube that needs to be cleaned out. It also takes strong magnum loads.

Benelli M4: it's reliable enough to pass U.S. Marine corps trials, and has an adjustable stock, a feature not found on most tube fed shotguns.

Fostech Origin 12: it's a semi-automatic shotgun that takes detachable magazines, enabling fast reloads. But I reccomend getting shotguns fed by fixed tubular magazines beforehand becuase of how hard it would be to find the magazines for the Origin 12.

Winchester Super X3: can have its magazine capacity extended up to 11 rounds.

Manual action shotguns:

Benelli Supernova: it's a pump action shotgun with a solid mechanism and can take magnum length shells.

KelTec KSG: it's a pump-action shotgun in bullpup configuration. It is very compact, but holds 12 to 14 rounds of ammunition, depending on the length of shells it's loaded with.

Mossberg 500: it's an easily customizable pump-action shotgun that can be installed with a metal trigger group and a variant, the 590/590A1 is used by the U.S. military. Similar goes for the Remington 870.

Paradus LAX 12: it's a lever-action shotgun that can hold up to 5 rounds in the magazine, plus one in the chamber and another one on the loader. It's Category A in Australia.

Manual-action and pseudo semi-automatic rifles:

Barrett Model 95 and Desert Tech HTI: both can fire .50 BMG and are magazine fed bullpups, with the former also being able to take smaller rounds.

Southern Gun Company .223 lever release rifle, and
VZ-58 MARS; they can simply be quickly fired.

Henry Octagon: it's pump action and can feed loose rounds without a proprietary magazine, instead using a tubular style.

Browning T-bolt: it's magazine fed and quick to fire.

Ruger American Rimfire: can use high-capacity 10/22 magazines.

Non-restricted carbines (Henry Mare's leg, BRS-99, Chiappa 1887 T-series):
all of these would work great as non-restricted pistol substitutes. I think it's possible to get a holster for the Henry Mare's leg (which can serve as a great backup hunting gun), and I can imagine a custom or 3D printed specialised holster for the BRS-99.

Note about .22-250 Remington:

AE22250G has more range, but the P22250G is more powerful;

(These images & figures do NOT belong to me. They rightfully belong to Federal Ammunition.)

So, I reccomend AE22250G for most uses. But if your target(s) get close and you need more stopping power than range (especially with hunting), switch to P22250G.

Remember that .22-250 Remington is originally developed as a civilian hunting round, and P22250G was developed more for shooting medium sized game while AE22250G was developed as a varminting and target round. So just keep in mind that you're essentially taking a hunting and sporting round with hunting loads and pressing it into either a self defense or, much less likely, paramilitary (ie prepper group, maybe security-patrol) purpose.

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