Decimation

2021 January 15
by justrand

Today the word “decimation” is commonly used to refer to an overall sense of destruction and ruin. Most folks hear the word and think if something was “decimated” it was utterly destroyed. But that is not the original meaning of the word.

Decimation was a form of Roman military discipline in which every tenth man in a group was executed by members of his cohort. As early as 471 b.c., and all the way into the 20th century, this discipline technique was used to punish units or large groups guilty of capital offences, such as cowardice, mutiny, desertion, and insubordination, and for pacification of the rebellious.

The word “decimation” literally means “removal of a tenth“. It was designed as an attempt to balance the need to punish serious offences when dealing with a large group of offenders.

In practice a group selected for punishment by decimation was divided into groups of ten. Each group drew lots and the soldier who drew the shortest straw was executed by his nine comrades, often by stoning, clubbing, or stabbing. The nine “comrades” were willing to do it, because the alternative was ALL of them would be executed.

Neat huh?

And here we are today. The Democrat/media/Socialist/BigTech/Woke cabal (lots of overlap there), is making it VERY clear: You can be the one being stoned/clubbed/stabbed (metaphorically or otherwise), or you can be one of the “nine comrades” doing the stoning! And if you wanna be one of the “nine comrades” you better pick up a rock quick and help identify candidates for stoning…before they identify YOU!

It’s essentially ‘Musical Chairs’…with more dire consequences. The “stoning” is, for now, not physical. But being stripped of your Civil Rights, losing your job, being publicly humiliated, and tagged with one or more horrible labels, may hurt just as bad.

Democrats across the country have called for citizens to rat out their neighbors. Companies are being encouraged (DEMANDS will come later) to look at the Social Media posts & contacts of employees and prospective employees, to identify those who rebel against the Leftist dogma. The media is actively calling for the expulsion of groups of people from all aspects of life for the “crime” of supporting Donald Trump.

“Decimation” can be VERY effective in changing behaviors. Just ask the Romans.

36 Responses leave one →
  1. 2021 January 15 5:26 pm
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    justrand permalink

  2. 2021 January 15 5:56 pm
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    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    IDK though I’m sure it “worked”, but I’m also sure there would revenge on the commanding officers while they were sleeping or on whoever made their food or in battle a knife would end up in the wrong person.

    In Vietnam there were possibly as many as 1000 episodes of “fragging” officers who took their men into too much adventure trying to get metals\glory\etc.

    Pretty sure this is how hannibal’s father died,

  3. 2021 January 15 6:10 pm
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    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    Hannibal being Rome’s main adversary

  4. 2021 January 15 6:13 pm
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    bc3b permalink

    John Weaver, co-founder of the Lincoln Project and top McCain and Kasich campaign manager, is forced to come out of the closet as gay after offering favors to men in return for gay sex:

    https://www.axios.com/john-weaver-lincoln-project-co-founder-acknowledges-inappropriate-messages-32de0ee5-bf9d-4574-945c-bc0ef4777b81.html

  5. 2021 January 15 6:24 pm
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    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    Also Hannibal destroyed Rome in the second punic war with a mere 20 or 30k men vs 300k men. A lot of the men weren’t even his own men it was just groups he picked up along the way in Northern Italy that disliked the Roman’s. I don’t recall him using any tactics that extreme.

    I do recall that one of Hannibals policies was to take slaves among those that resisted him. He used to give the slaves an option if they didn’t want to be a slave. Basically they could fight another slave to the death 1 v1. The winner got to be in his army, and as long as they fought well they would get to be a freeman among Carthage.

    Of course…Carthage did lose in the end, but they had merchant class rulers who didn’t really support their general (which cost them their lives)

  6. 2021 January 15 8:35 pm
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    mpt permalink

    Scott Adams says that the best way to beat the left is to hold them to their own standards and by aggressive adherence to the new rules they are placing on society. I don’t know. Seems like nailing jello to a wall would be easier.

  7. 2021 January 15 8:42 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Scott Adams’ idea is not bad, but our RINOs in DC are not the guys to implement it. It’s a talent mismatch.

    Meanwhile, Trump poll rating stays steady.
    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2021/01/15/nolte-rasmussen-poll-shows-no-slip-in-support-for-president-trump/
    On January 5, President Trump’s job approval rating with Rasmussen was 47 percent. Today, the president’s job approval is 48 percent.

    The attack on Capitol Hill took place on January 6. Since then, there has been more than a week of 24/7, highly-coordinated media hysteria attacking the president as a traitor, as guilty of sedition, of being criminally liable for leading a violent coup against the United States of America … and his job approval rating is up a point.

    Don’t pay any attention to media pollsters. Please don’t. They’re all crap. All liars. All proven liars who have been deceiving and lying to you for at least three election cycles.

  8. 2021 January 15 8:48 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Kyle Griffin
    @kylegriffin1

    Impeachment manager Rep. Ted Lieu: “All Donald Trump has to say to calm tensions down is one sentence: ‘The election was not stolen.'”

    commenter–
    “Dems: Just say uncle and we’ll think about letting you up.”

  9. 2021 January 15 9:59 pm
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    JimNorCal permalink

    I want the Parler CEO guy to shoot people who performed “invasive” bullying AND I want to be on the jury to clear him.

    Bobby Allyn
    @BobbyAllyn
    Wow: Parler CEO John Matze has fled his home with his family and they all have gone into hiding after receiving “deaths threats” and “invasive personal security breaches,” according to a new filing from Parler’s lawyers in the suit with AWS.

  10. 2021 January 16 6:34 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    OP,

    The Romans had a very direct way of maintaining order for sure. However I would not give our current crop of Progs quite that much credit. I see it somewhat differently —

    * The outings that are occurring are more based on training and opportunity than any given mindful directive. The training is mostly lib college pablum. The opportunity just who they bump into next. Right now there are not Stasi formulated list(s) though that could come.

    * The take over of Congress scared the living sh%t out of the TPTB. (Keep in mind they were on the floors conducting business when it occurred.) Polesi’s knee jerk reaction was ‘Impeach’ having no other tactical options at the time. What has flowed since is just as irrational, eg no fly list bans.

    * The only Prog aligned group that seems to have a mind on the issue right now is the Tech Tyrants. They had to know that once Trump left office their monied landscape disappeared, especially Twitter. Clear prognostication would indicate that the layout of social media would metastasize. So to attempt to prevent the rise of alternatives (eg Parler) they executed a digital Kristalnacht. A short term win but a long term loss.

    Right now, in my view, the words of the period are — If you don’t want to be a Victim, then don’t act like a Target. —

    * Be aware of your surroundings. Otherwise you might be the unwilling participant in the Knock Out game. To any younger viewers that means, put your damn cell phone in your pocket.
    * Avoid crowds. Go about your business, but be like the circling hawk, always aware. Ever watch nature shows? Notice how the herd knows something is about. A sense of listlessness and bunching tends to occur. It happens in humans populations too. Be keen to it and look for the exit.
    * Never travel alone. Best in twos or threes. But if you must, have a reason and a plan and tell someone in the tribe where and for how long. The SO and I practice this always.
    * Go prepared. Mindful of weather conditions, the venue, the risks. Armed if you can, with blade always.
    * Conduct business with those of trust, or friends of trust. Vett everyone else at length. Deal not with the corporates as much as possible; they value profit over morality and are easily turned.
    * The major social media sites are not and never will be your friend. Don’t use them, don’t participate on them.
    * Defense, food, shelter, in that order and always.

    Its a tennis match and the Progs are 3-love. But they will have a foot fault, they always do for at heart they are opportunists. They can plan (rules for radicals) but their execution of plans generally are crude and do not consider second order effects. We will get our opening when the population as a whole has had enough of their crap. Half the population is already with us, only 40% more to go.

  11. 2021 January 16 6:58 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Well, this is just duckie.
    Disinformation? Truth?

    https://yasha.substack.com/p/signal-is-a-government-op-85e

  12. 2021 January 16 7:00 am
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    drdog09 permalink

  13. 2021 January 16 7:12 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    13,

    False flag masked as truth. Look, if someone doubts the app has a backdoor all they have to do is ‘read da code’ — https://github.com/signalapp/libsignal-client-node. All of it is on github. So far I have not heard any crypto analyst pointing out the code trap. Not often that I have heard that the Feds run a sting in full disclosure.

    As to the matter of the programmer having ties with the Feds. That is a guilt by association sort of charge. But to be clear, consider how many times has the govt thrown money at someone and ended up with a $600 toilet seat? Plenty. Almost makes me wonder if the site owner is the double agent himself.

  14. 2021 January 16 7:37 am
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    drdog09 permalink

  15. 2021 January 16 7:42 am
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    justrand permalink

    PRP, my “decimation” post is not to suggest real Roman-style decimation will occur.

    But the technique of destroying a few to cow others into submission IS being used. And its use is being expanded.

    Universities and corporations (just to name two areas) across America now routinely punish those who dare to oppose the Leftist orthodoxy, and every time they punish one, dozens more simply SHUT UP. And increasingly their “comrades” are forced to participate to show that they are “loyal” to the cause.

    Call it “decimation” or Whack-a-Mole, the end result is an apparently compliant populace. Apparently.

  16. 2021 January 16 7:51 am
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    justrand permalink

    The author makes a case for Fox”news” reforming itself…and then articulates how they are doing the opposite. Fox is busy rearranging the deck chairs…on the Titanic. I give them almost NO chance of ever regaining the prominence they once had.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2021/01/fox_news_reportedly_considering_top_executive_firings_over_their_postelection_ratings_collapse.html

  17. 2021 January 16 7:54 am
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    justrand permalink

  18. 2021 January 16 7:59 am
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    justrand permalink

  19. 2021 January 16 8:12 am
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    justrand permalink

    I promise to shut up after this link…at least for a while. This article points out the lunacy of Amazon’s actions, and does it well. The author posits two explanations for Amazon’s actions, but there is a third and more obvious one, IMHO, which is contained in the parable of ‘The Scorpion and the Fox’.

    https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2021/01/amazon_goes_mad.html

  20. 2021 January 16 9:35 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    21,

    “Furthermore, if the CIO queries Amazon about it, what can the company do to reassure him? Nothing. One of the most important assets of any organization is the ability to make a credible promise, and Amazon has, in one stroke, destroyed this asset in a way that is impossible to fix.” — from the article.

    There is the crux of the matter. And if I were a CIO ‘is it in their nature’ as the parable lays bare, would be front and center in regards to my operations with Amazon.

  21. 2021 January 16 9:51 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

    “if the CIO queries Amazon about it, what can the company do to reassure him?”

    Especially after all the stories say it was nameless “Amazon employees” who demanded Parler be deplatformed.
    What does that tell you about who is running the asylum?

  22. 2021 January 16 10:15 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    Seriously? — https://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2021/01/16/smart-toilets-will-use-anal-fingerprints.aspx — Can DHS be far behind in capitalizing on this? And will they be installed in hut 1369.

  23. 2021 January 16 10:39 am
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    justrand permalink

    DHS has assured me that Hut1369 will have the very latest in “anal” technologies! 🙂

  24. 2021 January 16 10:50 am
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    mpt permalink

    PRP, my “decimation” post is not to suggest real Roman-style decimation will occur.

    I thought it was a constructive suggestion on how to reform the GOP. Was it not?

  25. 2021 January 16 10:53 am
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    bc3b permalink

    null

    I have switched to ProtonMail for my political messaging (as has the dog). It is an encrypted service with Swiss-based servers. I suggest you look into it. The 100,000+ Google employees aren’t sitting around all day twiddling their thumbs.

  26. 2021 January 16 11:05 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    One more point on the debate about Signal. If one was really anal (see post above) about security on the app there is also a server platform one could set up privately. You would have to go thru the process of setting up appropriate keys and the like but it would take any concerns out of the loop. That too is up on github.

  27. 2021 January 16 11:08 am
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    JimNorCal permalink

    Proton has a VPN product as well.
    Drdog I sent you a Proton email a week or so ago. Did you ever get it?

  28. 2021 January 16 11:13 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    mpt,

    Ya know reforming the GOP has been tried twice before, once with Goldwater again with Tea Party. The party seems unchangeable. Their saving grace is that using them makes getting the ‘right’ candidates on the ballot easier. But on the other hand it might be easier to coopt the libertarians and ditch the GOP. Options, options but no clear path forward in my view.

  29. 2021 January 16 11:13 am
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    justrand permalink

    Dennis Prager’s Column

    In my last column, I described how I have come to better understand the moral problem of the “‘good German,’ the term used to describe the average, presumably decent German, who did nothing to hurt Jews but also did nothing to help them and did nothing to undermine the Nazi regime.”
    Watching America accept the rationally and morally indefensible physical and economic lockdown of the country, I concluded: “Apathy in the face of tyranny turns out not to be a German or Russian characteristic. I just never thought it could happen in America.”In one week, it has gotten worse. Now we are faced with a lockdown on speech the likes of which have never been seen in America. And the parallels with Germany are even more stark. The left-wing party (the Democrats) and the left-wing media (the “mainstream media”) are using the mob invasion of the Capitol exactly the way the Nazis used the Reichstag fire.On Feb. 27, 1933, exactly one month after the Nazis came to power, the German parliament building, the Reichstag, was set ablaze. The Nazis blamed the fire on their archenemy, the communists, and used the fire to essentially extinguish the Communist Party and its ability to publish, speak or otherwise spread its message. Using the Reichstag fire as an excuse, the Nazis passed the Enabling Act, a law that gave the Nazi chancellor, Adolf Hitler, the power to pass laws by decree — without the Reichstag.Now to America 2021.On Jan. 6, 2021, a right-wing mob of a few hundred people broke away from a peaceful right-wing protest involving tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of American conservatives and forced its way into the U.S. Capitol. One Capitol policeman was killed after being hit in the head with a fire extinguisher, and one of the right-wing Capitol invaders was shot by a Capitol police officer. (A handful of others who died in the vicinity of the Capitol did so of nonviolent causes.) Aside from smashed windows, the mob seems to have done little damage to the Capitol. Their intent is still not clear. It seems to have been largely catharsis. They hurt no legislators, and if they intended to overthrow the government, they were delusional.

    Beginning the next day, the American left used the Capitol mob just as the Nazis used the Reichstag: as an excuse to subjugate its conservative enemies and further squelch civil liberties in America — specifically, freedom of speech.
    Twitter not only permanently banned the account of President of the United States but permanently banned him from Twitter. Any Twitter account found tweeting Donald Trump was permanently banned.
    The left was able to do all this not only by using the Capitol mob incident but also by engaging in a series of lies.
    The first was blaming the attack on President Donald Trump. Over and over, in every left-wing medium and stated repeatedly by Democrats, Trump is blamed for “inciting” the riot in his speech just before it took place. Almost never is a Trump quote cited. Because there is none. On the contrary, he did say, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard” (italics added).
    Another lie was the immediate labeling of the mob attack on the Capitol as “insurrection.” All left-wing media and Democrats now refer to the event as an “insurrection,” a term defined by almost every dictionary as “an act or instance of revolting against civil authority or an established government.” As morally repulsive as the actions of the mob were, they did not constitute a revolt against civil authority or an established government. Disrupting the work of legislators for a few hours — as wrong as that was — does not constitute a “revolt.”
    But what proves the left’s “insurrection” label is a lie is that Democrats and their media never once labeled the left-wing riots of 2020 — which involved the destruction by fire and/or occupation and vandalizing of police stations, and the establishment of “autonomous zones,” which, by definition, revolted against “established governments” — as an “insurrection.” The enormous number of businesses burned down, looted or otherwise destroyed was barely covered by the mainstream media, and their violent perpetrators were almost never prosecuted, let alone condemned, as engaging in an insurrection. Dozens of people were killed in these riots, yet there was more outcry and condemnation against the hourslong occupation of the U.S. Capitol than against six months of left-wing violent riots.
    Then, like the Nazi regime after the Reichstag fire, the left immediately moved to further curtail civil liberties, specifically conservatives’ ability to promote their ideas. Twitter and Amazon made it impossible for the alternative to Twitter, Parler, to exist, all in the name of preventing another right-wing “insurrection.”
    In the name of the Capitol “insurrection,” the Democrats announced they would impeach the president of the United States, though he had only 14 days left in office.
    In the name of the Capitol “insurrection,” the editor of Forbes, Randall Lane, announced that Forbes media was “holding those who lied for Trump accountable” in what he called “a truth reckoning”: “Hire any of Trump’s (press secretaries),” Lane warned, “and Forbes will assume that everything your company or firm talks about is a lie.”
    In the name of the Capitol mob attack, 159 law professors at Chapman University have called for the firing of John Eastman, a tenured fellow law professor and holder of an endowed chair at Chapman — because “his actions Wednesday (that) helped incite a riot.” Eastman had spoken at the Trump rally.
    The professors ended their Los Angeles Times letter: “He does not belong on our campus.”
    Words well chosen.
    What the left is doing is announcing — and enforcing — that conservatives “do not belong” in our society. The parallels to 1933 are precise. And most good Americans are keeping silent, just as did most Germans. Though they do not risk being beaten up, are Americans in 2021 as afraid of the American left as Germans in 1933 were of the German fascists? We’re about to find out.

  30. 2021 January 16 11:13 am
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    drdog09 permalink

    29,

    Indeed I did.

  31. 2021 January 16 11:43 am
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    gnqanq permalink

    In my last column, I described how I have come to better understand the moral problem of the “‘good German,’ the term used to describe the average, presumably decent German, who did nothing to hurt Jews but also did nothing to help them and did nothing to undermine the Nazi regime.”
    .
    .
    I believe Dennis Prager is a decent person. Better than most. But here is his problem, as well as most other people.

    Luke 18:18

    A ruler questioned Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 19But Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.

    There is only one who is good and he sits on the throne in Heaven. WE (including those decent Germans) are corruptible and have our failings. Only when we have the rock (God) as our foundation do we have a secure setting. And as long as we keep our focus on him (Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Corrie ten Boom, and others) can we avoid being those “Good Germans”.

    We are human and we will fail. But if during those times (Eye of the Storm) we keep our eye on him, we will come through.

    Just a big bug aboo of mine when people refer to certain people being “Good”.

    Romans 3:23 For all have sinned and have fallen short of the glory of God.

    And I put myself at the head of the line on that one.

  32. 2021 January 16 4:53 pm
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    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    Watched an youtube domentary on Hannibal’s wars with Rome a few months ago. Very interesting.

    The lack of support from Carthage when Habbibal had weakened Rome proved fatal to the empire.

    https://youtu.be/2GH1c50zcYc

  33. 2021 January 16 9:17 pm
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    Wylie E. Coyote permalink

    Yep, there is no limit to the number of people the Leftist Deep States are willing to kill or ruin to keep there power. The whole “COVID” scam was nothing but a lie…

    No proof that the virus actually exsists.

    Pfizer admits this too:

    “From the off-guardian, January 3, 2021, “What Vaccine Trials?” by Iain Davis:

    “…the WHO protocols Pfizer used to produce the mRNA [for the vaccine] do not appear to identify any nucleotide sequences that are unique to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. When investigator Fran Leader questioned Pfizer they confirmed: ‘The DNA template does not come directly from an isolated virus from an infected person’.”

    And there we are, right back where I started, some time ago. If you don’t have the isolated virus, how can you claim you’ve sequenced it?

    And if you’ve sequenced it by ASSUMPTION and GUESS, how can you claim the sequence—or the virus—is real?

    Answer: You SAY the sequence and the virus are real, but you have zero proof.”

    https://www.lewrockwell.com/2021/01/jon-rappoport/covid-vaccine-secret-a-stunner/

    So do you wanna sign up for that vax now? WTF could be in it?

    Everybody all set for the big round-up of “Trump Supporter = Domestic Terrorist” after the next government false flag event?

    Big gun grab to follow…….probably NOT news to any of you folks

  34. 2021 January 17 6:45 am
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    PresidentRonaldPaul permalink

    LRC goes off the deep-end a bit sometimes haha

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