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Some Thoughts about the Recent Shooting of Cops in Dallas: 2

In the previous post of this series, I pointed out that Micah Xavier Johnson’s (MXJ) profile was remarkable for being unremarkable. In other words, there is nothing about him which would predict that he was going to shoot up a dozen cops on July 7. In my opinion, the plainness of his profile is by far the most problematic part of that shooting since it raises the possibility that many (potentially millions of) other people in USA are capable of doing similar things.

As many of you know, the difference between fringe rebellions and full-blown insurrections is that those who do the former are far more ideologically driven than the later- which is a fancy way of saying that insurrections are usually done by people who are average in every sense of that word. The profile of MXJ strongly suggests that what he did is better categorized as part of a wider decentralized insurrection than due to membership of fringe group or belief in a fringe ideology.

And this brings me to the use of a bomb disposal robot by the police to kill MXJ. In my opinion, it was a terribly stupid idea to kill him with an explosive carrying robot. My objections to that action by the police are based in long-term consequences of such an action- both intended and unintended.

It does not take a genius to figure out that use of such technology, primitive as it is, in the USA opens the door to its use in far more routine circumstances. What is going to stop local police departments, filled as they are with “people” who feel they are above the law, to start bombing people in far more mundane situations? What about bombing innocent people living in some house that was incorrectly identified as the hiding place of some “suspect”? What about due legal process? Well.. you get the picture. However, cops killing people in USA is by the far the least problematic aspect of using bomb carrying robots.

The far more problematic aspect of legitimizing and normalizing such behavior by cops is the potential for serious and unending blowback. Do you think that people who are being killed by bomb carrying robots will not use similar devices and methods against cops? I mean.. what is now going to stop some black or brown guy from using an improvised robot bomb, remote-controlled device or even the suicide vests you see in the middle-east against them or their families? Think that is too far-fetched? Look what happened in Iraq and Afghanistan after the USA unsuccessfully tried and failed to occupy them. Do you really think it cannot happen here? How much money would bet on there not being a similar blowback in the USA?

It is well-known that people in Iraq and Afghanistan had no worthwhile history of using IEDs and suicide bombs against “soft” targets (non-active combatants and supporting civilians) prior to the invasion and failed occupation of their countries by the USA. As many of you might also remember, all that changed very quickly after the invasions and explosive devices (IEDS and suicide bombs) eventually caused more casualties among american soldiers and their civilian supporters/ helpers than pretty much any other weapon system. Then, as now, the american response was to increase harassment and murder of potential terrorist sympathizers and try to find technological fixes. We all know how that worked out or not. In any case, both occupations ended in american defeat- despite massive technological and material superiority.

Will write about some other aspects of this incident (especially the tone-deaf response of politicians and cops) in future posts on this topic.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. July 10, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    this isn’t anything “new”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Allen_Muhammad

    and I couldn’t find it but there are a few stories of black men going on killing spree’s during the Vietnam War…

    Ironically, if the Alt-Rite/HBD Race Realist’s had any testicles, they would praise the liberals/feminist’s who say it is full blooded white men who are serial killers/spree killers

  2. July 10, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    also, not to go all “Alex Jones” on you but there were reports from the Pulse massacre where the doors were locked, more people could’ve gotten out. The singer from Eagle’s of Death Metal had made statements that similar things happened during the Paris massacre. He was dismissed as a grisled drug addict who was disrespecting the gov. of France…

  3. webej
    July 11, 2016 at 9:54 am

    The response, for the time being, will be more technology, more violence, more surveillance, and more control of the narrative. It will take a really long time to sink in that these things are not leading to the intentioned outcomes.

  4. P Ray
    July 11, 2016 at 2:18 pm

    Regarding the blowback – and you’re going to hear it from me first …
    A similar situation will happen, aggrieved person will confront and shoot the ham-fisted police, then run off …
    police will send their marvelous S.H.I.V to carry an explosive …
    it goes up until a point, but doesn’t reach the building the shooter is in.
    So a bunch of police go up to the robot.

    A shot rings out, hitting the explosive the robot is carrying. Looks like some people will be feeling extra crispy.

    It’s later discovered that the person rigged up a wireless jammer (a broken microwave does this job too, for wireless devices in the 1.8GHz spectrum like handphones and usb dongles – to check if the microwave is suitable, run it with the door closed. If it interferes with downloads, the microwave is “leaking radiation” and is therefore suitable)

    There’s always ways around technology.

    • P Ray
      July 12, 2016 at 2:45 am

      The microwave can of course be placed on the floor above the person, connected via inverter to a car battery – so that when a lockdown is issued and if power is cut, continuous operation is still possible.
      Removal of the motor and the plate where the food is zapped, will ensure that it operates silently.
      (I try to think of solutions to problems when I’m free)

    • P Ray
      July 12, 2016 at 3:56 am

      If you’re in a rush and need the wireless jamming urgently (e.g. marriage service, church sermon, funeral event) … you can just run the microwave oven with the door open.
      However, this has the noise of the motor for attendees to contend with.

      • July 15, 2016 at 10:35 am

        no, it needs a powerful shock to detonate, it’s done by a blasting cap, where the most important part is about 0.6 g of pentrite. Too small to be hit. A bullet would have to travel at ~ 2 km/s to set it off, that’s well outside the 0.9 km/s range of AR-15/AK-74 rifle

    • July 14, 2016 at 12:45 pm

      more nonsense, plus the C4 won’t explode and the sensitive part of the blasting cap is too small, I am also surprised that he died, since the real lethal radius for 450 g of C4 is 1 m, 2 m for heavy and 2,5 for mild injuries

      for 3 kg it’s about 3,5 m – that’s why suicide bombings tend to kill about 10 people via blast alone, 8 kg -> 7 m, about 20 dead

      • P Ray
        July 14, 2016 at 6:25 pm

        C4 is chemically triggered, and I’m presuming people with a military background know that. Is that the explosive of choice for law enforcement?
        You didn’t mention anything about the jammed wireless, so I’m gonna say I’m correct on that. đŸ™‚

  5. blakcsafety1
    August 2, 2016 at 6:15 pm

    America cannot just sit back and watch young sometimes innocent black, Hispanic, men women and children being killed by law enforcement. I might also add that a few white men, women and children are now being targeted by law enforcement. If a man can be killed for selling cigarettes or cds, or driving with a broken taillight, or just driving to work, how do you expect these people to respond? Like I said and I don’t necessarily espouse violence, but people are not getting results from the courts so they resort to street justice.


    “Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.” -JFK

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