Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Live free to spite the Rulers

In the course of writing my newspaper column for Sunday, I realized this is a planet of political prisoners.

All of us, everywhere on the planet, are being held as political prisoners.

We are held captive by those who mean to rule us with politics. No escape is allowed; they'll kill anyone who tries and looks like they might succeed.

If you don't believe me, just build your own interplanetary spaceship and launch without getting government permission.

This realization is not nearly as negative or defeatist as it might seem at first glance. It depends on how you respond.

That this is how they see you doesn't mean you have to accept your imprisonment or behave like a prisoner. That's up to you. By living free (embracing your outlawry) in spite of the schemes of the political criminals, you spit in their eyes.

We are better than them. We are more ethical than they are. Show them, if they dare to look.

Here are some of the 

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Dig out the diseased root

When I dig into any social or societal problem, I find government underlying it. Am I hallucinating?

Even if it's true that government is beneath every social or societal problem, this doesn't mean there's not something even more fundamental than government below that. There could be a root cause that expresses itself as government, which then causes the higher-level trouble.

If that's the case, address the disease that causes government.

But government is still a common factor in all the social problems I've looked at. No matter what else people may try to blame. 

It's just not a good strategy to try to govern anyone but yourself. It's going to cause more problems than it solves, every time. You can deny it, you can dispute it, but you can't refute it.

Here are some of the 

Monday, February 19, 2024

Conditioned to accept ridiculous evil

If humanity were free and someone thought up the idea of government today, would anyone fall for it?

I doubt it. It takes a population slowly and relentlessly conditioned over generations to certain absurd beliefs to fall for such an obvious scam. 

Humans have been undergoing this conditioning for thousands of years. Maybe longer. Most members of our species are well conditioned to accept the unacceptable-- to allow someone else to govern them instead of governing themselves like healthy individuals do. Don't judge what healthy humans would accept based on what you see around you. It's not even comparable.

It's interesting to me that the roots of political government reach back to the prehistoric era when people were probably the most superstitious and fearful they have ever been. (Although today's humans seem to be trying to compete for that dubious distinction.)

Unscrupulous characters used this superstition and fear as a way to get their gullible fellow humans to submit to something that wasn't actually good for them, but that they were told was good for them. And necessary.

It must be true because the holy men told them this is what the spirits required. Funny how well this worked out for those holy men.

Just like it works out for the filthy holy men of modern politics. 

This is why I say political government is The Ancestral Enemy. This isn't something new. It has been around as long as there have been crooked people who'd rather govern everyone else than mind their own business-- there's more profit in it. It's ancient. But it has grown and mutated into something with a dishonest veneer of civilization as it becomes more evil in its reach and abilities.

I trust that you see through it; you see it for what it is. If you didn't, you probably wouldn't be reading these words now. Right?

Here are some of the 

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Can't live someone's life for them

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for February 18, 2024)

People don't always do what you want. 

I'm not even talking about those who decide to rob others at knifepoint, which I'm sure you don't want them to do. I'm talking about when someone chooses to do their own thing based on different values, preferences, and information. When they make a choice you wouldn't have made. A choice you might think is a mistake, based on your values, preferences, and information.

How we handle these situations says a lot about who we the rest...

Saturday, February 17, 2024

Helping others way to help self

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for January 14, 2024)

Respecting other people's liberty will go a long way toward freeing you.

If you truly understand liberty you'll know why.

There's no reason to enslave yourself with the desire to control the rightful behavior of others.

By encouraging you to respect other people's liberty, I offer you the chance to increase your own, which eventually increases my liberty. It's like a snowball rolling downhill. So is the opposite effect of looking to restrict-- to violate-- the liberty of others.

Whenever I see someone who wants the liberty of others to be violated in some way I think they must not value their own liberty much. Maybe they don't understand what they are doing, or think it's OK since "everybody else does it". Because political government is accepted as a given at this point in human history, it's likely both.

If you don't want people begging politicians for laws to restrict what you do, within your rights, why would you ask politicians to violate the rights of others? This doesn't mean you have to like what others do. Respecting their right to do certain things isn't condoning them. You can even speak out to show your disapproval. You are within your rights as long as you aren't using force to stop them.

Think how much time and energy gets wasted trying to run the lives of others; how much of your life you waste trying to dictate how other people live. Why would you sabotage yourself in this way?

"Does this mean people should be allowed to...?" However you fill in the blank, if it doesn't violate anyone else's liberty, it's none of your business if they do or if they don't. If it's none of your business, by extension, it's none of any government's business. Once you get it, your own liberty will expand beyond your wildest dreams. It only costs you the illusion of control over others. It removes your option to punish people for doing things you'd rather they didn't do.

Considering the state of society, you'll probably have to go first. You'll have to stand aside and respect the liberty of others more than they'll respect yours. Before they'll respect yours, or in spite of the fact they never will. You can be a good neighbor even to those who aren't. Respect their liberty to show respect for yourself. Helping others is a way to help yourself.

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Is "useful" elusive?

What is something I could do that would be useful? 

Not just useful for myself, but for liberty. For you.

I’d like to be more useful— as I’ve always wanted to be. I’m not sure that the ways I’ve tried to be useful have been as useful as I’d hoped.

Is my blogging still useful (assuming it ever was)? Does it seem like I have said everything I have to say (after nearly 17 ½ years) and I'm just repeating myself now? What do you think?

What could I do that would be useful?

I’m not going to promote any politician.
I’m not going to align with any political party.
I’m not going to express support for any government institution.
I’ll never support the police or the military in any way.
I’ll never pretend government is legitimate or good. Or necessary. Or that it protects us, or our liberty. That it is anything other than a criminal organization.

Like so many others do with such enthusiasm.

I don't see those things as useful but as actively harmful. It makes me cringe when I see many prominent social media libertarians (Libertarians) doing those things. 

Sure, you do you, but I see so much pro-government extremism from some of them-- many of whom have "libertarian" in their profile name-- that it makes me wonder how they can reconcile it. To me it looks like wanting a seat at the Big Table, some crumbs to snack on, and a pat on the head from people in positions of political power-- who they frequently pose with, smiling from ear to ear. Unironically!

I want to be more useful than that, but at least useful and not harmful.

Any suggestions?

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Friday, February 16, 2024

Government = crime

Government is crime. 

If you v*te for more government, you’re v*ting for more crime. 

If you side with government, you're siding with criminals. 

If you want more taxes, you're wanting to force people to fund crime and support the criminals.

If you beg for more "laws", you're asking for criminals to have more power over regular people.

If you want more "gun control" [sic] you're saying you prefer the criminals to have all the guns.

If you demand people "respect the office", you're demanding respect for the criminals in those offices.

If you "back the blue" and "support the troops", you are worshiping the hitmen of the criminal gang.

If you support govschool teachers, you're supporting the criminal gang's recruiters and propagandists.

When is any of this ever the right thing to do?

If you love the Constitution, you love the document that criminals wrote to give the crime gang permission to organize. Yes, it supposedly put limits on what the criminals of the future were allowed to do, but as is so often pointed out, when do criminals obey the rules? It's a straw to grasp at, but it's not going to solve the underlying problem. 

To allow government-- run by anyone-- to exist and function is to embrace crime.

Liberty is the greater good!
If you want to support what I do, you will. If not, you won't.
Thank you.

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Truth can hurt but lies don't help... unless...

Free speech is non-negotiable. But it can and will hurt.

This is not a good reason to censor yourself or others. 

Free true speech is even more valuable.

If you say things just to be polite or to not hurt someone's feelings, you're lying. You should at least say nothing at all if you don't think you should say truthful things in the moment.

But this is when you're dealing with regular people.

The exception is if you're lying to an archator to save his/her victims. In that case, you've done exactly the right thing. Archators aren't ever owed the truth, but since any lie takes something out of you, feel free to lay it on them anyway-- if you're up to it, and if the truth doesn't put innocent people in extra danger. 

Speech, true or lies, has a cost. Free speech isn't free, but it's never as expensive as censorship.

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Thank you.

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Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Love and hate

I love this glorious, beautiful planet. All of it. 

I hate the governments which infest and despoil this planet. Every single one of them without exception. The governments which pretend to own all the living things and all the natural wonders, and every square inch of the planet. And beyond.

Liberty is the greater good!
If you want to support what I do, you will. If not, you won't.
Thank you.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024

You know it

People seem to instinctively know that authoritarianism— government— is evil. It’s a recurring theme in the most inspiring fiction. 

We know it. We feel it. 

Yet too many people join forces with it because it pays them.

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Thank you.

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Monday, February 12, 2024

Do you believe in fairy tales?

No election that seeks to impose a ruler (to "fill a political office") or enact any type of liberty-rationing legislation.policy is legitimate. Never.

It doesn't matter who v*tes, who counts the v*tes, or how lopsided the results appear to be. It doesn't matter what the results are

No one has any right to gang up and decide to violate someone else's rights. Not even if they know that by doing so they are allowing government to violate their own rights that they don't value.

I'm not going to act as though I believe this fairy tale. Because I don't. It's ridiculous.

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If you want to support what I do, you will. If not, you won't.
Thank you.

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Sunday, February 11, 2024

Some contests not safe to ignore

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for February 11, 2024)

I'm not watching television today. It's impossible for me to care less about a sporting event-- a game-- than I do

A good thing about sports contests: it's safe to not care. The outcome doesn't grant the winning team power to threaten my life, steal my property, or violate my liberty. The winners will not inherit an army of career rights violators who imagine their job is to control how the rest of us live. I can ignore the event without danger.

I wish all silly contests were as safe to the rest...

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Saturday, February 10, 2024

No one has permission to violate rights

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for January 7, 2024)

You are never obligated to cooperate with anyone trying to violate your rights. Never, for any reason.

It will be dangerous to refuse to help them violate you, but in such circumstances, cooperation is just as dangerous. Once someone has decided to harm you, you're not going to escape without a scratch. Especially when they claim to have the imaginary, magical quality they call "authority".

They'll try to make you sorry you didn't help them hurt you. They'll do their best to punish you. This only shows them to be the bad guys. A defining feature of bad guys-- criminals-- is their willingness to violate the rights-- the life, liberty, or property-- of others.

What are your rights? The Bill of Rights is a start, but not the whole picture. The Ninth Amendment hints at this by stating the other amendments are not a comprehensive list of the rights placed beyond the authority of government. "The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people." Government hates, studiously ignores, and violates this law with nearly everything it does.

You have a right to do everything-- absolutely anything-- which doesn't violate someone else's equal and identical rights, regardless of the opinion of the regional political powers.

The flip side of this is the acknowledgment that no one can have a right to violate your rights. It doesn't work that way. This means you aren't obligated to cooperate with anyone who is trying to violate your rights or to prevent you from doing things you have a natural human right to do.

I won't deny this is dangerous knowledge to have and act upon.

Once you know this, you'll see anyone who is trying to violate you in the same light: as a criminal, nothing more. It doesn't mean you'll always prevail-- sometimes the criminals have the drop on you. Their gang may outnumber you. They may have given themselves permission to do what they do, and they may even claim you and your neighbors gave them this permission.

Funny thing, though: there is no hocus-pocus by which you can give someone permission to do things on your behalf which you-- as an individual-- have no right to do on your own. The myths saying otherwise are convenient for power-hungry bad guys, but lack any basis in reality or ethics. Now you know.
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Newcomers bring change

There are things I don't like, but that I know I have no right to use force to prevent. A huge influx of migrants is one of those things.

This might be surprising considering I spend so much effort defending the right of people to go where they want, as long as they aren't violating anyone's property. And because I don't believe in government "borders". But personally, I'm generally against mass migration (and the conditions that cause it).

It's not even a matter of where those migrants originate.

I saw the damage done to Colorado by the influx of people from California. I don't think I could handle living in the place I love the most, not anymore, with the changes the newcomers brought. 

I think Texas faces the same risk.

The same could happen to any place that gets a large number of new people who don't value the things the current residents value. That's not necessarily a bad thing, depending on the current residents' attitude toward archation

Newcomers who love and understand liberty, even if the long-time residents don't, are a good thing for any population. 

If, though, the newcomers bring an enthusiasm for archation-- either through crime or legislation-- then they are a net negative. The place would be better off without them.

The character of the newcomers matters; government's opinion of them doesn't.

Liberty is the greater good!
If you want to support what I do, you will. If not, you won't.
Thank you.

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Friday, February 09, 2024

Weapons are designed to save lives

Those who celebrate criminals get very upset that good people don't want to give up their weapons to make bad guys safer. 

The purpose of weapons in the average person’s hands is to save lives. It’s what they are designed to do.

Sometimes they accomplish this by taking the life of someone who is endangering the innocent.

This isn’t hypocritical nor does it bother me in the slightest.

Bad guys have the final responsibility in this situation. If they choose to sacrifice themselves to their greed and evil, we should support their choice.

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Thank you.

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Thursday, February 08, 2024

Not for me, but you go ahead

Recently, Smith & Wesson introduced their new rifle, the 1854. It's a modern lever-action rifle. This is one gun I have no interest in owning.

I'm sure this new rifle is a great gun in many ways, but it's not for me.  I love my more traditional lever-action rifles.

However, I'm glad Smith & Wesson is making this new rifle and I hope it sells well. I hope lots of people like it and want it. More guns in the right hands is good for everyone... except for the crooks and creeps among us. I can't bring myself to worry too much about their welfare.

Just because something isn't for me doesn't mean I'm going to try to keep others from enjoying it.

What other people like is of no concern to me, unless it violates life, liberty, or property. This doesn't. This is the heart of libertarianism.

This is a concept that it's obvious the "former libertarians" out there don't get. Probably because they are actively avoiding "getting it". Why? Obviously, it's because they want an excuse to violate someone in some way-- to do something they have no right to do-- but they don't want to admit (or feel like) they are the problem. So they grasp at "reasons". Some cite religion, some reference safety, some use culture, others find other excuses. It really doesn't matter what excuse or justification they torture a reason out of.

They are wrong. As wrong as it is humanly possible to be. But they'll gloat in their wrongness. It's quite the spectacle.

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Thank you.

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Wednesday, February 07, 2024

When an "expert" at identifying cognitive dissonance falls into it

Scott Adams seems to harbor a deep-rooted hostility against libertarians. As do all who want to reserve the option of archating (and worshiping The State) without feeling like the bad guy.

Years ago he claimed to be "libertarian, without the crazy stuff"; and he defined the "crazy stuff" as anything that defined libertarians, which he has never understood. Let me say that again: All his anti-libertarian opinions show he doesn't understand the first thing about liberty, and it doesn't seem as though he wants to. It would destroy his bubble if he did, and it's easier to attack the straw men he creates.

A couple of days ago he went on a rather strange rant against comic Dave Smith, a political libertarian who is probably always more correct than Adams on the topic of government.

A few highlights from his video (you can watch the whole thing at the link above): “you don’t need a libertarian country”… "there never has been one and it can’t work"… “Argentina… to me that just looks like capitalism”.

Then we get to the part where he really went off the rails: “you can fairly easily trigger them (libertarians) into cognitive dissonance”.

To demonstrate his point, he showed the opposite happening. 

He quoted Dave Smith as saying, “Netanyahu did not sufficiently defend Israel from the October 7 attack and that perhaps that was intentional as well”. Adams says this is "too far", and is “mind reading”.

Sorry, Scott, your government supremacism is showing. You don't need to read any minds, just look at the actions taken.

Did the Israeli government impose anti-weapon legislation? Yes. They did. This is the opposite of "defending Israel" from such an attack. The residents were made easy prey for criminal scum so they'd be easier to govern. It was intentional-- legislation always is-- and it was demonstrably disastrous. Netanyahu and his minions are guilty, as Smith charged. Facts are facts, like them or not. 

Then Adams allowed it may have been intentional on Netanyahu’s part, to give him an excuse to destroy Hamas at the cost of losing a few hundred innocent people. Smith said this was a bad thing. Adams says if this was the plan, the plan worked. Adams wants to wait and see how it turns out, not considering the human costs in the present, because it might be worth the deaths and suffering in the long run.

Which is a typically disgusting example of pragmatism.

He asked, “Was I making a good point or not?” No, Scott, you were being evil and pragmatic. Slavery was very pragmatic. Democide is pragmatic. They both "work", from a certain point of view. You can excuse anything by saying it "works".

Then Adams starts slipping into his own trap.

Smith replied, “Adams sees no evidence an unprovable counter-factual wouldn’t be worse”. Adams claimed this was "word salad" because he couldn’t understand it. This is not the first time he's claimed "word salad" for something easily understandable by anyone without the motivation to be unable to understand it. I understood Dave's sentence, accurate or not. Yet he claims this shows Smith suffering "cognitive dissonance".

Scott is the one in cognitive dissonance. And can’t see it. Partly because he’s so brainwashed by statism. Partly because he’s being dishonest. Again.

He also claimed this sentence was a quintuple negative (demonstrating an inability to count to five). Maybe he has difficulty reading words-- he dislikes words and their definitions, anyway, calling that "word-thinking". How convenient for him. 

He then started trying to insult Dave Smith for not understanding costs and benefits. I guess Smith isn't pragmatic enough. Would Dave Smith refuse to consider the costs and benefits of slavery before standing up and denouncing it? I doubt it. Adams? I don't think he would denounce slavery if others hadn't already made it safe for him to take that position. Or unsafe to debate the costs and benefits before taking a position on it.

He kept calling Smith a progressive, even after initially admitting he wasn’t one. He then said libertarians and progressives were really the same thing because their ideas can't work in the real world. Well, not in the real world Adams promotes, where rights aren't real; only power matters. Where government can do anything it wants, using whatever excuse dumb people will accept.

It’s interesting to me that anyone who tries to ridicule the libertarian position has to either try hard to not understand or they have to lie. Or both.

Statism is stupid and evil. And statists seem to love acting patronizing to those who are smarter and more ethical than they are.  It's like a spoiled toddler being patronizing toward his dad.

When Adams is right, he’s right. When he’s wrong, it’s generally because he’s a vile statist who is suffering from cognitive dissonance while seeing it in everyone who disagrees with him.

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Tuesday, February 06, 2024

"Against violence"

Whenever I hear someone say they are "against violence" I roll my eyes. It's a reflex.

People who say they are against violence are not credible. They are probably saying that to sound "moral" to others who are equally ignorant. And they never seem to be against violence by government-- frequently they are big fans of that violence.

Often, they conflate "violence" (force) and "aggression" (initiated force). Those aren't the same thing. Aggression is something you never have the right to do, and violence is something you can have the right to do when it's purely defensive. 

So, when I hear someone say they are against violence, I wonder if they'd really stand by and watch an innocent person-- maybe a family member-- be attacked, or if they are lying and would use violence to defend the innocent like a decent person would do. 

I hope it's the second one. And I wish they'd stop bowing toward the vile altar of pacifism.

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Thank you.

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Monday, February 05, 2024

They know what they are

I got a first-hand report from someone having to deal with government employees a couple of days ago. Just hearing about it makes me angry.

If I acted like a government employee I would be too ashamed to show my face in public.

Government employees like to be in your face, in your pockets, and in your business... as long as they feel safe. And it takes extraordinary measures to make them feel safe from their victims.

Government employees hide behind bulletproof glass and metal detectors.

They hide behind “laws”.

How pathetic!

Government employees are cowards. They instinctively know they are in the wrong; the bad guys. They are worse than useless, they are harmful. They'll never admit it openly, but their actions show they know the truth.

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Thank you.

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Sunday, February 04, 2024

Our rights are imaginary? Don't be barbaric

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for February 4, 2024)

It is often said there are two kinds of people. What kinds? It depends on the point being made. Yet, it's usually true, if incomplete.

In this case, I'm talking about two kinds of people where liberty is concerned. There are people who are authoritarian and people who are libertarian; those who want everyone else controlled and those who don't feel any such the rest...
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Saturday, February 03, 2024

Liberty takes more responsibility

(My Eastern New Mexico News column for December 17, 2023- For some reason I skipped posting this in its entirety when I should have. Sorry about the delay!)

Most people don’t seem to want liberty. Many of them want freedom, but they aren’t interested in the responsibility that comes with liberty.

A majority want to feel safe and comforted. They want guarantees. They want the familiar, even when the familiar is guaranteed to be harmful to them. They don’t want the uncertainties that come with liberty. Uncertainties are a fact of life, like it or not.

Some of them would like liberty for themselves but are terrified of allowing others to exercise their own. “Liberty for me, but not for thee.” This tells me they don’t understand liberty at all.

I’m not just guessing about what people want; they’ve told me. Even most of those who express a general appreciation for the idea of liberty couch it with a “but.”

It’s why they balk at liberty and allow political criminals to retain power. It’s why they tolerate government officials who claim “Violence is a contagious disease” instead of tarring, feathering, and running these politically useful liars out of town on a rail.

It’s one thing to define words to make your meaning clear. We should all be prepared to do this. It’s a different matter to redefine words with the intention of confusing people for your own gain. I’d call this “fraud.”

To define words as the opposite of what they are generally understood to mean, in order to use your new definition as justification for violating people with tyrannical legislation, is one of the most common acts in politics. If people were more interested in liberty and truth, perhaps they’d stop putting up with it.

There’s a comfort in allowing someone else to make the decisions and bear the responsibility. I may not agree with this path, but I understand it. I see how seductive it can be.

That’s not reality, though. Or, at best, it is a distorted reflection of a faded and tattered version of reality. Without taking responsibility, are you really even alive? Without liberty, is life worth the effort? If you allow government to treat you as a naughty and stupid child, unable to run your own affairs without its overbearing “guidance,” what are you? Not a responsible adult, but something smaller and weaker. Something less.

As much as I dislike the politicians and their lackeys, I can’t blame them for taking advantage of an opportunity that has been handed to them. I’d love to see this opportunity retracted.
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A randomly armed society is a politer society than an unarmed one

Today— or yesterday as this posts— I was walking around among large groups of people in a sketchy area. Or, large from my perspective, anyway. 

Against my will and better judgment, but in service to familial tranquility.

I felt better when I realized that I wasn’t the only one armed; that I was undoubtedly one among many. This being Texas.

I know there are people* who would find this disturbing. I’m so glad I’m not one of them.

I'll always be sure the generally decent people vastly outnumber the scum. Even most statists are generally decent, if misguided.

Give me a universally armed society any day. And a randomly armed one until then.


*cowards and crooks and monsters, in particular

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