By Joel Skousen and Andrew Skousen
For the past year, it appeared as if Donald Trump was going to use military action to disarm North Korea, which continues to develop nuclear weapons and the intercontinental missiles to deliver them. However, this week, it looks like the Trump will succumb to North Korea’s false promises to give up its nuclear weapons—that same ploy used before in order to buy more time and complete its military development. That’s good news in one sense, in that a war with NK is not now imminent. However, the bad news is that when it does come, it will be much worse.
The difference is that this time NK is much closer to finishing its nuclear weapons program and the means of delivery. CIA Director Mike Pompeo says that NK is only a “handful of months” from being able to solve its final technical problems of developing a miniaturized nuke in a warhead capable of surviving the heat of reentry. Negotiations on the details for another sham disarmament by NK can take at least a year, and maybe another 6 months before inspectors find out NK is cheating again. Sure, the pending threat of military action has brought NK to the table, but if anyone thinks this means Kim is really serious about disarmament, they are naive.
This has all the signs of a sophisticated trap—and it’s probably going to put off Trump’s plans for a military strike on Kim’s offensive weapons, which I think was prepared for later this month.
Once South Korea and North Korea start talks, it’s going to be almost impossible for the US military to strike without looking like unnecessary aggression. It effectively takes any military option completely off the table, especially with the US not being a party to the talks.
If the US were at the table, they could more easily determine if they “were going nowhere,” and decide to break off negotiations, but by not being a party to the talks it puts the US in a situation where they can’t end them and opt for military action.
And NK’s nukes aren’t the only problem. The US also needs to demand NK give up its huge stockpile of chemical weapons. Remember, Syria was threatened with invasion if they didn’t give up their chemical weapons. Why let NK have them without military reprisal? That’s a double standard.
Now, with yesterday’s dramatic announcement that Trump will meet face to face with Kim Jong-un and that NK is claiming to be willing to give up both its nuclear and missile program, all military options are off the table for the foreseeable future. The White House staff was taken aback by how quickly Trump accepted. He didn’t even consult with his advisors, who were livid. You don’t just give Kim the prestige of a one on one talk with the head of the free world without some serious concession. Thus, the day after, the White House announced that Kim will have to take some specific action to start standing down his weapons program before talks can happen. We’ll see. But I doubt Trump will back out now.
That puts the massive demand for some form of gun control as your biggest threat of the week. Expect to see yet more horrific shootings at schools, by unstable youths under the control of black operations. The media onslaught continues this past week at fever pitch, focusing as usual on the alleged single shooter despite credible reports of multiple shooters.
In the recent Parkland, Florida shooting, Douglas High School teacher Stacy Lippel told Good Morning America that she was grazed by a bullet as she closed the door to her classroom after letting a number of students in to get out of the line of fire. She described the shooter in terms that doesn’t match Nicolas Cruz in any way.
“I suddenly saw the shooter about twenty feet in front of me standing at the end of the hallway actively shooting down the hallway, just a barrage of bullets, and I’m staring at him thinking why are the police here, this is strange because he’s in full metal garb, helmet, face mask, bulletproof armor, shooting this rifle that I’ve never seen before
Although both she and her Good Morning America hosts assumed this must have been Cruz, and never once entertained the thought of multiple shooters, none of this equipment and clothing matched what Police said Cruz was using and wearing—an easily recognizable AR-15, a red shirt, jeans and a backpack with a gas mask, smoke grenades and extra magazines. What Lippel saw was at least one other mercenary shooters that coordinated their attack with the presence of Cruz, destined to take the whole blame. A helicopter news video shows two men removing two large duffel bags from the school and into a vehicle right after the shooting—which is tampering with evidence. Watch it here at the 4 min. mark. I strongly suspect that this heavy duffel bag contained the SWAT gear from one or two black ops assailants. At least two other students told reporters on camera they heard or encountered more than one shooter.
In another recent massacre in Las Vegas, the media stubbornly insists the sole shooter was Stephen Paddock even though even the local newspaper, the Las Vegas Review and Journal covered reports of unknown persons shooting up the lobby of the Bellagio, the Tropicana and two other casinos. In addition, FAA tape recordings at the Tower at McClarren Airport right across the highway from the targeted venue, clearly state that they are closing runway 19 due to “active shooters” on the runway. No mention has ever been made of the additional shooters or targeted casinos by the newspaper after the first day. That’s a concerted cover-up.
PREP TIP: by Andrew Skousen
Shooting a firearm in home defense situations presents a troubling dilemma: how can you listen for the tiniest noises around you and still protect your hearing from your own gunfire? Gunshots are loud; especially for the shooter who is right next to the gun. One scientific measurement showed all calibers above .22 produce over 150 dB of sound pressure (far above the threshold of potential damage at 130 dB) and some calibers were almost twice as loud at 160 dB (on the logarithmic scale, every 10 dB increase is twice as loud). Hearing loss is more common from sustained sounds or from frequent exposure, but the rapid pressure build-up from a firearm discharge can still damage sensitive tissues in the ears. Older people’s ears are more prone to damage because their tissues aren’t as flexible.
Our hearing is vitally important, especially at night when we can’t see well. The hardest part of night-time encounters is finding and identifying an intruder. Sounds are usually your first indicators since they travel around objects and through walls. Of course, sound works both ways, so be careful when you are investigating “strange noises at night” not to bump into furniture or knock over items in the dark and alert an intruder to your location. Fortunately, you can use your familiarity with your surroundings to your advantage. Take note of potential objects and clutter that could get kicked or bumped into in the dark, so you can avoid them. Also take note of the doors, stairs or floorboards that always creak so you can better pinpoint where an intruder might be.
Active ear protection headsets can be of great help in these home defense situations—if they are of good quality. These headsets have a microphone that retransmits all sounds below a certain decibel level through to the ear and blocks loud sounds like gunshots. Good sound quality is important here but you only get what you pay for. Prices vary from super cheap $20 headsets to high-tech custom ear protection costing well over $1000. For home defense, you need a headset that is at least as good at picking up sounds as your own hearing, covers your ears well, and is quick to put on. I recommend looking for the lower-cost units that are still Military-grade quality. The clamshell-type units that surround the ear are better than the ear-bud style because they are faster to put on in the dark. They also have bigger, easier buttons to find while wearing them on your head.
The Sordin Pro X headset is a good balance between cost and performance (any Sordin unit with “X” in the label is considered military grade). At $190 this unit is far below the $500 – $1500 some active units cost but still gives you very good hearing amplification. Unlike the cheaper active headsets that barely retransmit conversation-level noises around you, the Pro X headset can help you hear even better than your natural hearing. Chris Ewens of Bulls-Eye Tactical Firearms Training in Northern California uses them himself and highly recommends them. He says:
The Sordin Pro-X headsets have an on-off button and five levels of amplification buttons, both up and down. You press a button and they are on at the last level of amplification that you selected. They automatically turn off after 4 hours of non-use. My experience over the past 10 years has been that the two AAA batteries last over a year of weekly use.
The best asset of these headsets is that they compress the sound so you can hear normally and carry on a conversation while someone is shooting next to you. The attack time, which is how fast the circuitry responds to a loud noise, is faster than other brands. This provides better hearing protection, as your ears are not exposed to the sub-second bursts of noise before the noise is subdued, as happens with cheaper headsets. The “X” models are mil-spec and waterproof. I have used them in the rain many times.
They are directional, meaning each ear hears separately just like your unprotected ears. At maximum amplification, you can hear clothing move. You can hear a person breathing in another room. It is truly the cat’s meow, but they do currently cost nearly $190.
Some shooters find the headsets don’t seal well when they press their cheek against a rifle. If you prefer a long gun for home defense consider the optional gel ear pads, which seal around the ears better. They are sold separately but are cheaper if you buy the headset with them already installed.
Use your headset anytime you practice with your firearm and keep it easily accessible near the weapon at your bed. Train yourself to grab your gun first and get into a defensive position from the most likely avenue of attack (usually the doorway) before you put on and activate your ear protection. Don’t hesitate if you have to fire without ear protection—save your life first, and your hearing second. Overall, the Sordin Pro X is the easiest way to solve the home defense hearing dilemma: It offers good ear protection without compromising your situational awareness and does it for a reasonable price.
Joel Skousen is the Publisher of the World Affairs Brief, and author of 3 books on preparedness: