Thursday, February 28, 2013

Country Founded By Geniuses And Run By Idiots

Originally posted at Monty Pelerin's World blog,
H. L. Mencken correctly observed:
Government is actually the worst failure of civilized man. There has never been a really good one, and even those that are most tolerable are arbitrary, cruel, grasping and unintelligent.
Mencken also was prescient:
As democracy is perfected, the office represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. We move toward a lofty ideal. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their hearts desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.
But this is not about Mr. Mencken. Rather it is about some unknown individual who committed the following to the email world:

Food for thought…

•If you can get arrested for hunting or fishing without a license, but not for being in the country illegally … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

•If you have to get your parents’ permission to go on a field trip or take an aspirin in school, but not to get an abortion … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

•If the only school curriculum allowed to explain how we got here is evolution, but the government stops a $15 million construction project to keep a rare spider from evolving to extinction … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

•If you have to show identification to board an airplane, cash a check, buy liquor, or check out a library book, but not to vote who runs the government … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

•If the government wants to ban stable, law-abiding citizens from owning gun magazines with more than ten rounds, but gives 20 F-16 fighter jets to the crazy new leaders in Egypt … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

•If, in the largest city, you can buy two 16-ounce sodas, but not a 24-ounce soda because 24-ounces of a sugary drink might make you fat … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

•If an 80-year-old woman can be stripped searched by the TSA but a woman in a hijab is only subject to having her neck and head searched … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

•If your government believes that the best way to eradicate trillions of dollars of debt is to spend trillions more … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

•If a seven year old boy can be thrown out of school for saying his teacher “cute,” but hosting a sexual exploration or diversity class in grade school is perfectly acceptable … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

•If children are forcibly removed from parents who discipline them with spankings while children of addicts are left in filth and drug infested “homes”… you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

•If hard work and success are met with higher taxes and more government intrusion, while not working is rewarded with EBT cards, WIC checks, Medicaid, subsidized housing, and free cell phones … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

•If the government’s plan for getting people back to work is to incentivize NOT working with 99 weeks of Unemployment checks and no requirement to prove they applied but can’t find work … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

•If you pay your mortgage faithfully, denying yourself the newest big screen TV while your neighbor buys iPhones, TV’s and new cars, and the government forgives his debt when he defaults on his mortgage … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots.

•If being stripped of the ability to defend yourself makes you more “safe” according to the government … you might live in a country founded by geniuses but run by idiots. 
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Sunday, February 24, 2013

A View From Space with Gary Bell, February 23, 2013

TOPICS: The Oscars, Oscar Pistorius, Aleister Crowley, Jimmy Page, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, How Music influences the Masses, Hypnosis ,Trance,Voodoo, Mitch Mitchell

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Sunday, February 17, 2013

How To Make Your Own Assault Rifles At Home

Free Men Own Guns, Slaves Do Not ,Yes, it's legal. Read 18 USC, Chapter 44. You do not have to be licensed if you manufacture a gun or ammunition for your own personal use. Similar to say, wine or beer. You can brew your own beer and wine all you want as long as it's for your own consumption (depending on the state you live in). But as far as federal law goes, you can manufacture a firearm without a license. It's perfectly legal to make your own guns. There have been gunsmiths for centuries but what isn't legal is for you to sell those guns to others without being licensed. In fact, if you really want to be cute about this, you can purchse liquid plastics that can make the entire gun and the plastic will be as strong as steel.

Advancing technology is not bad or evil, but people must be prepared to use it responsibly and be aware of the potential dangers new technology will pose. When people know how to use technology and can master it, it can drastically improve their lives. But if people lose control of it, it can be dangerous.

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A View From Space with Gary Bell, February 16, 2013

TOPICS:  Pope Resigns, Oscar Pistorius, Chelyabinsk meteor, Carnival Triumph, Illuminati, Aliens, D.N.A, Man to God, Numerology, Climate, N.W.O

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Friday, February 15, 2013

Meet the groundbreaking new encryption app set to revolutionize privacy and freak out the feds.

Mike Janke.
Silent Circle CEO Mike Janke Courtesy of Silent Circle
For the past few months, some of the world’s leading cryptographers have been keeping a closely guarded secret about a pioneering new invention. Today, they’ve decided it’s time to tell all.

Back in October, the startup tech firm Silent Circle ruffled governments’ feathers with a “surveillance-proof” smartphone app to allow people to make secure phone calls and send texts easily. Now, the company is pushing things even further—with a groundbreaking encrypted data transfer app that will enable people to send files securely from a smartphone or tablet at the touch of a button. (For now, it’s just being released for iPhones and iPads, though Android versions should come soon.) That means photographs, videos, spreadsheets, you name it—sent scrambled from one person to another in a matter of seconds.

“This has never been done before,” boasts Mike Janke, Silent Circle’s CEO. “It’s going to revolutionize the ease of privacy and security.”

True, he’s a businessman with a product to sell—but I think he is right.

The technology uses a sophisticated peer-to-peer encryption technique that allows users to send encrypted files of up to 60 megabytes through a “Silent Text” app. The sender of the file can set it on a timer so that it will automatically “burn”—deleting it from both devices after a set period of, say, seven minutes. Until now, sending encrypted documents has been frustratingly difficult for anyone who isn’t a sophisticated technology user, requiring knowledge of how to use and install various kinds of specialist software. What Silent Circle has done is to remove these hurdles, essentially democratizing encryption. It’s a game-changer that will almost certainly make life easier and safer for journalists, dissidents, diplomats, and companies trying to evade state surveillance or corporate espionage. Governments pushing for more snooping powers, however, will not be pleased.

By design, Silent Circle’s server infrastructure stores minimal information about its users. The company, which is headquartered in Washington, D.C., doesn’t retain metadata (such as times and dates calls are made using Silent Circle), and IP server logs showing who is visiting the Silent Circle website are currently held for only seven days. The same privacy-by-design approach will be adopted to protect the security of users’ encrypted files. When a user sends a picture or document, it will be encrypted, digitally “shredded” into thousands of pieces, and temporarily stored in a “Secure Cloud Broker” until it is transmitted to the recipient. Silent Circle, which charges $20 a month for its service, has no way of accessing the encrypted files because the “key” to open them is held on the users’ devices and then deleted after it has been used to open the files. Janke has also committed to making the source code of the new technology available publicly “as fast as we can,” which means its security can be independently audited by researchers.

The cryptographers behind this innovation may be the only ones who could have pulled it off. The team includes Phil Zimmermann, the creator of PGP encryption, which is still considered the standard for email security; Jon Callas, the man behind Apple’s whole-disk encryption, which is used to secure hard drives in Macs across the world; and Vincent Moscaritolo, a top cryptographic engineer who previously worked on PGP and for Apple. Together, their combined skills and expertise are setting new standards—with the results already being put to good use.

According to Janke, a handful of human rights reporters in Afghanistan, Jordan, and South Sudan have tried Silent Text’s data transfer capability out, using it to send photos, voice recordings, videos, and PDFs securely. It’s come in handy, he claims: A few weeks ago, it was used in South Sudan to transmit a video of brutality that took place at a vehicle checkpoint. Once the recording was made, it was sent encrypted to Europe using Silent Text, and within a few minutes, it was burned off of the sender’s device. Even if authorities had arrested and searched the person who transmitted it, they would never have found the footage on the phone. Meanwhile, the film, which included location data showing exactly where it was taken, was already in safe hands thousands of miles away—without having been intercepted along the way—where it can eventually be used to build a case documenting human rights abuses.

One of the few people to have tested the new Silent Circle invention is Adrian Hong, the managing director of Pegasus Strategies, a New York-based consulting firm that advises governments, corporations, and NGOs. Hong was himself ensnared by state surveillance in 2006 and thrown into a Chinese jail after getting caught helping North Korean refugees escape from the regime of the late Kim Jong Il. He believes that Silent Circle’s new product is “a huge technical advance.” In fact, he says he might not have been arrested back in 2006 “if the parties I was speaking with then had this [Silent Circle] platform when we were communicating.”

But while Silent Circle’s revolutionary technology will assist many people in difficult environments, maybe even saving lives, there’s also a dark side. Law enforcement agencies will almost certainly be seriously concerned about how it could be used to aid criminals. The FBI, for instance, wants all communications providers to build in backdoors so it can secretly spy on suspects. Silent Circle is pushing hard in the exact opposite direction—it has an explicit policy that it cannot and will not comply with law enforcement eavesdropping requests. Now, having come up with a way not only to easily communicate encrypted but to send files encrypted and without a trace, the company might be setting itself up for a serious confrontation with the feds. Some governments could even try to ban the technology.

Janke is bracing himself for some “heat” from the authorities, but he’s hopeful that they’ll eventually come round. The 45-year-old former Navy SEAL commando tells me he believes governments will eventually realize that “the advantages are far outweighing the small ‘one percent’ bad-intent user cases.” One of those advantages, he says, is that “when you try to introduce a backdoor into technology, you create a major weakness that can be exploited by foreign governments, hackers, and criminal elements.”

If governments don’t come round, though, Silent Circle’s solution is simple: The team will close up shop and move to a jurisdiction that won’t try to force them to comply with surveillance.
“We feel that every citizen has a right to communicate,” Janke says, “the right to send data without the fear of it being grabbed out of the air and used by criminals, stored by governments, and aggregated by companies that sell it.”

The new Silent Circle encrypted data transfer capability is due to launch later this week, hitting Apple’s App Store by Feb. 8. Expect controversy to follow.

This article arises from Future Tense, a collaboration among Arizona State University, the New America Foundation, and Slate. Future Tense explores the ways emerging technologies affect society, policy, and culture. To read more, visit the Future Tense blog and the Future Tense home page. You can also follow us on Twitter.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Meat Industry Now Consumes Four-Fifths of All Antibiotics

Last year, the Food and Drug Administration proposed a set of voluntary "guidelines" designed to nudge the meat industry to curb its antibiotics habit. Ever since, the agency has been mulling whether and how to implement the new program. Meanwhile, the meat industry has been merrily gorging away on antibiotics—and churning out meat rife with antibiotic-resistant pathogens—if the latest data from the FDA itself is any indication.
The Pew Charitable Trusts crunched the agency's numbers on antibiotic use on livestock farms and compared them to data on human use of antibiotics to treat illness, and mashed it all into an infographic, which I've excerpted below. Note that that while human antibiotic use has leveled off at below 8 billion pounds annually, livestock farms have been sucking in more and more of the drugs each year—and consumption reached a record nearly 29.9 billion pounds in 2011. To put it another way, the livestock industry is now consuming nearly four-fifths of the antibiotics used in the US, and its appetite for them is growing.
Pew Charitable Trusts.
In an email, a Pew spokesperson added that while  the American Meat Institute reported a 0.2 percent increase in total meat and poultry production in 2011 compared to the previous year, the FDA data show that antibiotic consumption jumped 2 percent over the same time period. That suggests that meat production might be getting more antibiotic-intensive.
Not surprisingly, when you cram animals together by the thousands and dose them daily with antibiotics, the bacteria that live on and in the animals adapt and develop resistance to those bacteria killers. Pew crunched another new set of data, the FDA's latest release of results from its National Antimicrobial Resistance Monitoring System, or NARMS, which buys samples of meat products and subjects them to testing for bacterial pathogens. Again, the results are sobering. Here a a few highlights pointed to by Pew in an email:
• Of the Salmonella on ground turkey, about 78% were resistant to at least one antibiotic and half of the bacteria were resistant to three or more. These figures are up compared to 2010.
• Nearly three-quarters of the Salmonella found on retail chicken breast were resistant to at least one antibiotic. About 12% of retail chicken breast and ground turkey samples were contaminated with Salmonella.
• Resistance to tetracycline [an antibiotic] is up among Campylobacter on retail chicken. About 95% of chicken products were contaminated with Campylobacter, and nearly half of those bacteria were resistant to tetracyclines. This reflects an increase over last year and 2002.
Takeaway: While the FDA dithers with voluntary approaches to regulation, the meat industry is feasting on antibiotics and sending out product tainted with antibiotic-resistant bugs.

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Sunday, February 10, 2013

High School Student Issues New Warning ... to His Generation: Tyranny Has Come, Will You Take Action?

To my generation,

Upon writing a letter to President Obama regarding his gruesome and unconstitutional drone policy, I feel it is paramount that I write a letter to you warning you about what is to come; warning you – that if you do not take action now – you will not be able to enjoy the life pleasures you have been acquainted to.

Full letter and links posted below...

I know, from personal experience, that most of you would rather be out partying, hanging out with friends, watching television, playing video games, or hanging out with your girlfriends/boyfriends than paying attention to politics. It is not hard to see that social appearances top that of actual intelligence and critical thinking. I understand that society has plagued you with a considerable amount of pro-government propaganda and demoralizing content. It is blaringly obvious that you rather have your friends think you are “cool” than stand out from among the crowd and stick up for your rights, as well as your morals. Lastly, I understand that not all of you have fallen ill to the ignorance that has an insurmountable stranglehold over our society. However, sad as this may be, we are in the minority. That being said, I don’t mean to paint the matter with a broad brush, but a majority of our generation are not critical thinkers and are not the least bit interested in fighting against the ever-increasing authoritarian state. Therefore, this letter speaks to the majority as a warning, and it speaks to the minority as a motivator to furnish new warnings to our generation and as an inspiration to make us want to take further action.

In school, we have learned of the atrocities performed by the dictators of the 20th century. We were taught how they conducted random kidnappings, threw people – who went against the party lines – in gulags, slaughtered civilians in firing lines, raped children and women, and made the youth of their nation turn on their own parents by ratting them out to the “authorities” if they criticized the state. Even more mind numbing, the youth, at times, were forced to murder the people of their own townships and their families (Mou’s regime). As a further matter, without a doubt, we have all been taught that these sorts of sickening acts of state aggression would never see the light of day in America; that they would never come to fruition in the “land of the free.”

What if I told you that the violent acts of state aggression in the 20th century are, in fact, seeing the light of day in America?

In the 1990s, the United States Marine Corps crafted an urban warfare training program called “Operation Urban Warrior.” This program’s purported goals are to train the military for urban combat operations in which there are large populaces, cultural differences, combat training in urban environments “against a backdrop of civil unrest”, biological attacks, and “to support the national military strategy of preparing for the threats of a new century and a changing enemy.”

Here is the mission statement from the Department of Defense’s Urban Warrior page on their website:
To support the national military strategy of preparing for the threats of a new century and a changing enemy. To enhance domestic national security. To conduct and refine disaster relief and humanitarian assistance operations for use in the United States and abroad. To conduct urban combat operations and ready Marines for the likelihood that battles in the 21st Century will be focused in the world’s rapidly expanding urban areas.
Here are their mission goals:
Using a sea-based, Navy-Marine Corps team, provide humanitarian and disaster relief assistance to a large, metropolitan city, including food, water, shelter and medicine. Successfully conduct an amphibious landing, helicopter assault and mass casualty drill in response to an incident involving chemical or biological weapons, and in coordination with civilian police and fire departments. Conduct a mid-intensity combat operation in an urban environment against a backdrop of civil unrest, and restore order.”
Again, just as the case is with the white paper regarding drone assassinations, the federal government has not specifically defined who the “enemy” is. However, you can figure out the said enemy they are referring to when the following federal documents outline who you should consider a terrorist or an enemy: The FBI’s Project Megiddo document, the FBI’s and BJA’s Communities Against Terrorism documents, New Jersey’s Department of Homeland Securities Terrorism and Awareness Prevention document, and the Department of Homeland Security’s Hot Spots of U.S. Terrorism document. Each and everyone one of these – as stated in my drone letter – classify Americans as the enemy, “domestic terrorists”, for supporting the Constitution, Ron Paul, liberty, the Founding Fathers, the Second Amendment, for having goose bumps (no joke), for being over dressed for the weather, for paying with cash or credit cards, and for shielding our computer screen while in an Internet cafĂ©.

In closing, Operation Urban Warrior drills were conducted in San Francisco’s East Bay and Chicago in 1998 and 1999. These urban warfare drills are becoming more prevalent as each year passes by. In January of 2013, the military conducted unannounced urban warfare drills in Miami, Houston, and a few other locations in cooperation with local authorities. This is just one example of the growing authoritarian police state. If the Founders had ever witnessed a military preparing for civil unrest, which – in accordance to the Constitution – can be considered a “standing army”, they would have spoken out with great reproach.

The final examples of the growing authoritarian regime, which we have all been taught would never come into fruition in the United States, are: The PATRIOT Act, H.R. 347, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013, the drone policy, national disarmament, and the National Defense Resources Preparedness executive order. Understandably, these are vast topics which could take volumes to break down and connect one thing to another, with parallels from the past and present. However, in order to keep this warning letter short, I will give you a brief overview of each issue mentioned above.


The Patriot Act was signed into law on October 26th, 2001, by President George W. Bush. The Patriot Act allows for unwarranted searches and seizures on the basis of suspected terrorism. In addition, it allows for the unwarranted wiretapping of communications. These actions are in clear violation of the 4th Amendment. In short, it allows the federal government to monitor and search any American citizen they want, simply on a suspicion.

H.R. 347

H.R. 347 is more commonly known as the anti-protest bill. It makes it a criminal offense to protest on federal building and grounds, despite the fact that tax payers pay for those public servants and buildings. This, in all actuality, makes them public grounds. The bill is also unconstitutional in the sense that it violates your First Amendment rights.

The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2013

The National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is military bill previously signed into law before President Obama. However, on the 31st of December, 2011, President Obama reauthorized it with Sections 1021 and 1022, contained in the military detentions section. These new provisions allows for the indefinite detention of any American citizen for being a “suspected terrorist.” It stops you of your right to due process, a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury, and the Writ of Habeas Corpus. The lack of these rights under authoritarian regimes is what leads to people’s unfortunate stays in political prisons and gulags. As noted earlier, you can be a suspected terrorist for having goose bumps. This means you are a potential candidate for being indefinitely detained, among the many other reasons that classify you as a “suspected terrorist.” It also declares the U.S. as a “battlefield,” as Senator Lindsey Graham announced. No authoritarian regime in the past has ever gone so far as to make a legal to kidnap the citizens of their countries. They just did it.

Drone Policy

I hate to repeat what I said in my last letter, however, it is a must. With respect to the Administration’s leaked white paper, you and I can be drone bombed for being classified as an “affiliated terrorist group” to Al-Qaeda. In regard to the documents mentioned above, Ron Paul supporters are considered “affiliated terrorist groups.”

National Disarmament

Now, it hasn’t happened yet, but it’s on the verge of happening if we do not do something. In the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Massacre, the gun-grabbing agenda picked up pace. In response to the hysteria surrounding the shooting, Senator Dianne Feinstein proposed gun legislation that would virtually ban over 1,000 fire arms and would require that all firearms, as well as their owner’s information, be registered in a national database. The dictators of the 20th century would have loved this idea of registering gun owner’s information in a national database because it would have, when they dropped the iron curtain down onto their nations, made their disarmament operations much easier and much faster.

The National Defense Resources Preparedness executive order

This is an executive order that was signed by President Obama. It is one of the largest federal usurpations of power any society has seen. “The new Executive Order states that the president and his secretaries have the authority to commandeer all U.S. domestic resources, including food and water, as well as seize all energy and transportation infrastructure inside the borders of the United States,” the Huffington Post reported in an article titled, “Martial Law by Executive Order.” The article went on to further its description of the power the federal government granted itself:

“The Government can also forcibly draft U.S. citizens into the military and force U.S. citizens to fulfill “labor requirements” for the purposes of “national defense.” There is not even any Congressional oversight allowed, only briefings.”

In a nutshell, the President can implement instant communism.

Pretty crazy, right?

I urge you to take action. We have hopped on board the train to despotism and it seems as though it is charging full-speed ahead into tyranny. I apologize for not being able to provide lengthy examples and explanations as to why I purport that we are under authoritarian control, but I hope the examples given did the job.

It is up to us to fight for the liberty we are using quickly. It is time to put away the video games and focus on learning, on educating yourself and others, and on understanding the philosophical ends of liberty. It is time that we show the generation above us – who have been warning us longer than we’ve been alive, in some respects – that we will restore the individual and economic freedom which once made this nation a wonder of the world.

I know that you do not want to live under despots. I would hope that the issues listed above have frightened you, for that is the only way by which we can begin to reverse these drastic issues our nation is faced with.

That being said, we have two choices: Take action and attempt to regain our freedom or be slaughtered by the authoritarian state.

I am a high school student myself. I am 16 years old and I have sacrificed the typical things students our age are interested in because I see our situation for what it is. It is a bone chilling situation, which can take a sharp downward spiral at any time. Upon noticing, it motivated me to take action; to stand up against the state. I plead to you. Stand up against the state, as I and many others have. If we do not do this, we will be left with no other choice: A revolution in self-defense. I hate to say it, but that is the severity of the situation.

For liberty,

Alec Scheer,

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A View From Space with Gary Bell, February 9, 2013

TOPICS:  Superbowl 47, Sandy Hook, Dark Knight, BeyoncĂ©, Lady Gaga, Aleister Crowley, Golden Dawn, Illuminnaki, Aliens, N.W.O, Royalty, Kate Middleton, Grail Birth, Grammy Awards

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Sunday, February 3, 2013

Friday, February 1, 2013

No Ammo Needed: LaserLyte Laser Training System: Does it Really Work?

Looking for a way to improve your accuracy and technique?  Want to dry fire your pistol without damaging the firing pin?  The LaserLyte Laser Training System (LTS) is a great way to  hone your skills safely and quietly without heading to the range.  This clever package allows you to practice a number of pistols skills at home.

How does it work?

I’m sure the science is far more complicated, but the basic functionality is easy enough to explain.  The laser is contained in a  small brass cartridge that fits in your gun.  A sensor on the back of the cartridge (protected by a firing pin-friendly rubber pad) registers a firing pin strike.  That strike activates a laser pulse that shoots close enough to point of aim to be a reliable indicator of accuracy.
That is half of the equation.  The target is a battery operated light sensor.  When the laser hits the target, it blinks.  There is a smaller circle on the target housing that acts as a switch that displays all of the shots.  Another sensor resets the big target.

Shoot the target.  Shoot the display sensor to see where you have hit.  Shoot the reset sensor.
The only disadvantage I see in this set up is the delayed response.  I would like for the shots to display as they hit the big target, so I can tell how I am doing in process.  But my guess is the light emitted by the shot display could interfere with the detection of subsequent shots.  So it stays dark until you shoot the display sensor.

No big deal.  It works incredibly well.  I used a Beretta PX4 in 9mm for the video, though I have also tested a .45 (a Springfield Armory TRP 1911) and a .380 (a Colt Mustang).  The PX4 is the perfect gun for the LaserLyte, as it allows for practice with every imaginable shot scenario.  But the single actions do just fine.
LaserLyte Cartridges in .380, 9mm, and .45 ACP
Running double action, for example, is the easiest.  The only things missing are the bang and the recoil.
Or you can cock the hammer and run single action, which is how I use the .45 and the .380.
Or, with striker fired guns, practice a tap-rack.  This is especially useful for all semiautomatics, as you may need to clear a jam someday.
But there’s more.  I put the target in such a place that would allow me to practice room entry.  The target is a great way to practice point shooting.  It even makes shooting from the hip less embarrassing.
This is the best way to practice at home.  I’m convinced of that.  Pulling form a holster.  Precision aiming.  Rapid fire double action.  The LaserLyte LTS accommodates all of it.
The cartridges come in several pistol calibers:  .380, 9mm, .40 S&w, .45 ACP.  Rifle enthusiasts will have options, too.  There is a cartridge for .223, and sleeves for larger rounds that will convert the .223 to fit in larger rifles.
How much does all of this cost? The laser cartridges have an MSRP of $109.95.  The target itself is $219.95.  There are occasional deals that bring them down from those prices, significantly.  Regardless, the LTS is far less expensive than range time and ammunition.  And it can keep you current.
Practice is important.  A friend of mine is training for ISPCA competition.  But she’s averse to cold weather.  So when the temperature dropped a couple of weeks ago, she stopped showing up at the range.  When she did return, it took her most of one practice session to get back to the times she’d been posting before she left.  She had regressed a bit.

Practicing with firearms is best done with live fire.  But there are other options.  Some prefer dry firing.  Others simply handle their guns, practicing sighting in and drawing, loading and clearing problems.  But accidents do happen because people are careless.
Safety should be of primary concern.  Clear the weapon.  Double check. Check again.  I look in the chamber, in the mag well or cylinder.  I make sure that I unload all of the magazines.  Then I maintain trigger control, keep the gun pointed in a safe direction, and dry fire once, at least, just as the final test.  After that, I feel confident to practice–but I never let down my guard completely.  The good thing about the LTS is that once the cartridge is in the gun, live rounds cannot be loaded in, not even accidentally.
And those are my two benchmarks for firearms gadgets.  Does it work and is it safe?  The LTS works exactly as advertised.  And the whole system is designed to be safe.  That doesn’t mean some bozo isn’t going to be able to find a way to shoot a hole in his wall, but it won’t the a problem with the LTS.
Check out the LaserLyte webpage for extensive video (bottom of page) of the LTS and the other products they make for training.
Hey LasrLyte–how about a six pack of cartridges in .38?  Please?

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