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Borepatch: “The Thought-Terminating Cliche”

I Like reading Borepatch. Not all of his essays are as pertinent and well thought out as this one but most are. In this one he discusses an effective weapon that is costantly used by people of the left. We would do well to understand the technique. Even if we don’t choose to use it we can at least recognize what they are doing and mount a resistance.



The Thought-Terminating Cliche

Al Fin has a link-rich post about groupthink and the hive mind:

A large part of the dominant left’s ideological battle against all others, is keeping alternative thought as far away from “authoritative” public platforms as possible. So no commencement address at Brandeis for Ayaan Hirsi-Ali.”

A thought-terminating cliche is a canned response that drops a listener into a default protective mode where challenging propositions can be rejected out of hand. These cliches have (as all cliches must) a kernel of truth surrounded by vast shades of gray that are skipped over. The usefulness of the thought-terminating cliche is that the Faithful can resist sin.

When avoiding the group mind, one is not looking for things to believe. Rather, one is looking for provocative ideas capable of jarring the mind into alternative levels and avenues of thought. A mind looking for something to believe is a mind ripe and ready for recruitment into the hive.”

This explains the hypocrisy of the Academic Left: in the 1960s and 1970s they were all for free exploration of new ideas, because they were on the outside looking to get in. Free expression helped them. Since the 1980s they have become the dominant ideology and so new ideas are most definitely not welcome. Thus the focus on punishing thought crime (Campus speech codes) as being harmful to diversity.

Of course, “thought crime” and “diversity” are both cliches. However, only one stops the thought process.”

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Hobbs, New Mexico Is Looking For Badasses For Their Police Department

Hobbs, NM has a population of about 35,000. Their police department has an armored vehicle and a 14-man SWAT team:


Now the police chief is advertising for the hiring of additional officers. Who would be attracted by this ad? Certainly not me. I would say it would be someone who wants an adrenaline rush from busting someone’s balls or stacking up in front of someone’s front door.

Remind me to not visit Hobbs, New Mexico.



“Exclusive: Sources Inside The BLM and Las Vegas Metro Say Feds Are Planning A Raid On Bundy Home”

Sheriff Mack

Sheriff Mack

According to Sheriff Mack they are planning to raid the home of the Bundy’s and those of their children.

Now if true why would they do this? Bundy has armed guards all day, every day. This would be a terrible, bloody scene.

What have any of the Bundy’s done to justify actions like these? This is deadly force and it’s likely to be met with deadly force. What judge would sign a warrant to do this? Or is it a warrantless raid?

Hat tip to RD Walker for the link to this.


Remember. The Chinese Protester Died

Here is a new cartoon that is supposed to say something important.


It is a take-off on the image of the protester in Tianenmen Square. It looks heroic but the story is he was killed. From Wikipedia:

In a speech to the President’s Club in 1999, Bruce Herschensohn, former deputy special assistant to President Richard Nixon, reported that he was executed 14 days later; other sources say he was executed by firing squad a few months after the Tiananmen Square protests.[5]“



“Child sex trafficking in D.C. a $100M industry”


Said Powell says, “There’s kids as young as 5, 6, 7.”

The average age of entry into this dark and devastating underworld is 13.

“A child who’s a victim of sex trafficking and sexual exploitation cannot go to school, is most likely not able to speak unless they’re asked to speak, they can’t even go to the bathroom without getting permission,” she said. “They’re probably having sex with 5 to 10 men a night.”

And it is happening here in the nation’s capital, where wealth and power are next-door neighbors to poverty and despair.”

This story begins with the story of the disappearance of 8 year-old Relisha Rudd:


Washington DC authorities suspect her parents of selling her into a child prostitution ring.

As the days pass with no sign of Relisha, some who are following her case believe she may have been sold into a child sex trafficking operation.

They point to the wads of cash and expensive items Relisha’s mother and boyfriend flaunted on Facebook in the days following the little girl’s disappearance.”

As sad as her story is, the real story is the fact that this $100 million ‘Industry’ exists in our nation’s capitol. Perhaps the ‘Allegations’ of pedophilia and pederasty we have heard against some law makers have some merit.

Here is another link to the story.




Hope n’ Change doesn’t actually have a lot to add to today’s cartoon because it pretty much sums up exactly what we believe the Obamacare strategy to be – a deliberate fustercluck designed to force people into an unworkable system and destroy the private insurance agency. The eventual goal being a single payer system for everyone…and cost-saving euthanasia (“painkillers not pacemakers” in the president’s words) for the old, infirm, and inconvenient.”

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The Bundy Family Shouldn’t Be Celebrating Victory Just Yet


I’d say Just Begun.

Steve Quayle claims to have a source inside of the Department of Homeland Security. He says that his source claims the de=escalation at the Bundy ranch was a strategic move.

At 1750 hours ET, I was contacted by my source within the Department of Homeland Security regarding the current situation at the Bundy Ranch. To put it bluntly, the people are being hoodwinked into believing that the situation is being resolved. It is not. It is a strategic de-escalation to fool the public. This source stated that the retreat of the BLM agents and the release of the cattle was actually crafted as a potential plan yesterday (Friday, 11 April 2014) based on the following:

1. A military assessment of satellite and drone surveillance imagery of the “patriot resistance. Drones under the control of the U.S. military were in use, taking real-time photographic images of not just the activity at the ranch, but “identifying the protesters, any arms and any supplies they might have or be carrying. “Mission accomplished.”
2. Real-time communication intercepts between patriots on-site and their off-site support;
3. Active monitoring of internet traffic regarding the coverage of events at ranch;
4. The monitoring of real-time video from the scene.

This source stated that a response by the patriot movement was anticipated, although exceeded their expectations. Although this was a real operation, they also ran this as a test case for future government operations once they saw the response. They were also actively managing the media, in some cases threatening to cut off White House access to anyone covering the event.”

That sounds about right to me.


They Should Have Started With This Rather Than Resorting To It


Now they look like fools who were encouraging armed confrontation, fools who got what they wanted and didn’t like it.

Federal agency vows to continue legal action after ending Nevada ranch standoff

The Bureau of Land Management vowed Saturday that it would continue its legal fight to remove illegal cattle from a rural Nevada range after ending a tense weeklong standoff with a rancher and his supporters.

“After 20 years and multiple court orders to remove the trespass cattle, [rancher Cliven] Bundy owes the American taxpayers in excess of $1 million. The BLM will continue to work to resolve the matter administratively and judicially,” a statement from the bureau said. “We ask that all parties in the area remain peaceful and law-abiding as the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service work to end the operation in an orderly manner.”

From FOX News


Professor Glenn Harlan Reynolds’ Second Amendment Abstract

Professor Reynolds

Professor Reynolds

You may want to read this. Reynolds is Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee. He also blogs at Instapundit.

I will print it out for future use.

Here is a link to the nine page abstract.


“BLM ends Bundy cattle roundup, citing safety issues”

‘Safety Issues’. Does that mean the BLM was intimidated?

Whose move is it now?

The gathering of rancher Cliven Bundy’s cattle in northeast Clark County has been stopped by the director of the Bureau of Land Management.

Bundy is meeting this morning with Clark County Sheriff Doug Gillespie to discuss a possible solution to his dispute with the BLM.

Metro Officer Jesse Roybal confirmed that Gillespie was in the Bunkerville area this morning to meet with Bundy.

The BLM had been using contract cowboys to round up Bundy’s 900 head of cattle that have been grazing over 600,000 square acres in northeast Clark County for more than 20 years without his payment of grazing fees.

Neil Kornze, director of the BLM, made the following statement this morning:

“As we have said from the beginning of the gather to remove illegal cattle from federal land consistent with court orders, a safe and peaceful operation is our number one priority. After one week, we have made progress in enforcing two recent court orders to remove the trespass cattle from public lands that belong to all Americans.

“Based on information about conditions on the ground, and in consultation with law enforcement, we have made a decision to conclude the cattle gather because of our serious concern about the safety of employees and members of the public.

“We ask that all parties in the area remain peaceful and law-abiding as the Bureau of Land Management and National Park Service work to end the operation in an orderly manner.”

More here


Kids Brought A Knife To A Gun Fight

Not too bright, were they?

It takes a special kind of stupid to attempt to rob the same house several times over the course of a few days, but rather obviously, Raynee D. Moore and his two teen-aged accomplices are that kind of stupid:

The homeowners saw the motion lights come on around 1:50 a.m. and heard sounds in the garage. They stepped out and emptied the can of bear spray into the garage. The burglars broke out a window and ran from the garage. However, one of them, a 17-year-old boy armed with a machete, was confronted in the front yard by one of the residents, armed with a shotgun.

The resident said he yelled at the suspect twice to stop, but the teenager moved toward him. The resident then fired his shotgun toward the fence as a warning, the release said. The boy immediately dropped the weapon and backpack he was carrying and laid down on the ground.

Deputies arrived to find the boy bound with zip ties, the release said. An air pistol was recovered from the scene. The teenager was arrested and booked into Spokane County Jail on burglary charges. On Tuesday night, investigators found and arrested a second suspect in the burglary, Raynee D. Moore, 19. Moore was also booked on suspicion of felony burglary.”

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“Up to 5,000 Armed Militia Members Will Be Arriving in Bunkerville, Nevada Today”

Will this be the shot heard ’round the world’? God, I hope not. There are thousands of Americans who have been salivating, waiting for an armed conflict with federal officers. None of them know what it will be like when it does happen. It is beyond foolish to want it so bad that you push to make it happen. Editor’s Note: It is apparent that the Federal government was under the impression that they could simply move into the ranch land surrounding Bunkerville, NV and have their way with the property and livelihood of the Bundy family. What they didn’t count on was the outcry from Americans across the country. And now things may be headed to the next level. As Kim Paxton of The Daily Sheeple notes, citizen militias in several states have been called up. Many members of those organizations are taking up arms and are making their way to Nevada.

And it’s not just the citizen militias that are preparing to take action. The governor of Nevada has officially condemned the federal government’s actions, though he has yet to take any steps afforded to him under State law. Sheriff Richard Mack of Gilbert, Arizona has weighed in and calls the actions “terrorism.”

At last count there were some 200 federal agents from various agencies on the ground in Nevada and it appears that hundreds, perhaps thousands, of armed militia members will soon arrive to confront them.”


The Feds Ramp Up The Bundy Confrontation In Nevada

These are BLM rangers. They are armed with guns and tasers. In this video they are shown using the tasers but not the guns. They threw a 57 year-old woman to the ground. The Bundy family and their supporters managed to get them to leave. If they come back they will have reinforcements.

The Bundys are unarmed. One even says he left his pocket knife at home. They suspect the rangers have been killing their cattle because they brought backhoes and dump trucks to the area. They want answers

This has the potential for ugliness and killing.


Maybe It’s Not Caused By The Guns…

… Maybe something else needs attention.

“24 Injured In Stabbing At Franklin Regional High School”


There is a sickness that is causing these young people to suddenly become violent. It’s not the access to knives or guns. It’s something more.

Are the kids becoming perpetually angry? Have they lost the respect for others – or perhaps never learned it – because they no longer interact with them? Are they becoming desensitized to violence? Are they being taught to hate?

I suspect all of these things enter into the equation but there is more. The authorities will likely determine that this boy has been showing signs of a mental illness.

Blaming these violent acts on the tools used by the madmen is intellectually lazy. It is far easier to blame the tools used than to look for, find, and correct the underlying problems that are encouraging acts of violence.

Politics controls the discussion, though. If the perpetrator is a minority or someone on the left their acts are somehow OK. If a gun is used it is blamed, but where are the ‘Mayors Against Illegal Knives’? That whole argument is phony and contrived.

The causes are much deeper. That is where we should look. It’s so sad.

MURRYSVILLE (KDKA/AP) – At least 24 people have been injured in a stabbing at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville.

The attack occurred in crowded hallways just minutes before the start of school.
Westmoreland County updated the victim count late Wednesday evening, saying 24 people had been injured. (21 students stabbed, 1 security guard stabbed, and 2 others injured).”


Ebony: “When Doctors Slam the Doors on the Newly Insured”

waiting line

I can not see how this is any different than it was before the ACA – except that there are now many more people on Medicaid than there were.

As a proud new beneficiary of the Affordable Health Care Act, I’d like to report that I am doctorless. Ninety-six. Ninety-six is the number of soul crushing rejections that greeted me as I attempted to find one. It’s the number of physicians whose secretaries feigned empathy while rehearsing the “I’m so sorry” line before curtly hanging up. You see, when the rush of the formerly uninsured came knocking, doctors in my New Jersey town began closing their doors and promptly telling insurance companies that they had no room for new patients.”

The writer begins by lamenting that she is having trouble finding a doctor even though she has a Medicaid card. This has been the norm since Medicaid was started. I know many people on Medicaid. They wait months for an appointment – once they find a doctor who will see them – and then wait more months for treatment. That is what socialized medicine is like.

In the second paragraph the writer reveals that her ‘Insurance’ is Medicaid. Then she presents this non-sequitur:

According to a study 33% of doctors are NOT accepting Medicaid. Here in Jersey, one has a dismal 40 percent chance of finding a doctor who accepts Medicaid – the lowest in the country.”

Huh? It sounds like your odds are better in ‘Jersey’ than in the rest of the country.

Later in the piece she notes the reason doctors don’t want to treat Medicaid patients:

However, physicians say they are rejecting Medicaid patients with good reason. One doctor explains, “the state reimburses… only about $23.50 for a basic office visit [of those insured by Medicaid], less than half of what [I get] from Medicare or private insurers.”

Now that makes sense. But how is it the fault of the doctors? Sounds to me like it is cause by Medicaid’s administrators who set the payment levels.

Read the whininess at Ebony


This Is The Face Of A Hero In Detroit:

She couldn’t have done it without her pistol.

Deborah Hughes rushed from her home to help the boy and, then, the driver. (Elizabeth Conley / The Detroit News)

Deborah Hughes rushed from her home to help the boy and, then, the driver. (Elizabeth Conley / The Detroit News)

Detroit — Deborah Hughes stood up to a ferocious mob and possibly saved a man’s life.

The retired nurse said Monday she didn’t hesitate when she saw a group of men savagely beating Steven Utash last week, after he got out of his pickup on the city’s east side to check on a 10-year-old boy he had hit with his vehicle.

“Nothing was really going through my head, other than ‘They need to stop beating this man,’ ” said Hughes, 56.

The incident started about 4:10 p.m., when Utash, a tree trimmer, accidently struck 10-year-old David Harris near Morang and McKinney. Hughes, who lives across the street, said events unfolded quickly.

“I looked out the window and saw that the boy had been hit, so I threw on my coat and ran out there,” said Hughes, who is retired from the St. James Nursing Center in Detroit.

Hughes also made sure to pack her .38 caliber pistol. “You have to carry a gun around here,” she said. “This neighborhood is terrible. I don’t walk around without my gun.”

Read more at the Detroit News


“Ruby Ridge-style standoff brewing as Bundy says he is prepared to be killed”

Cliven Bundy is brilliant. He has raised the specter of Ruby Ridge and Waco before the fact. Both were overreaches by federal government and over reactions that resulted in the death of people who did not need to die.

Bundy and his wife do not need to die. They have lived and worked their area for generations. They are fighting for their rights to continue to do so. The response by the feds is to send ‘…dozens of armed federal agents…’.

They are trying to intimidate him into giving up. He has said, “No”. It’s the feds’ move. He knows it and is prepared for it. The only thing the feds have left is brute force. If they use it it will be a mistake like it was on Ruby Ridge and at Waco.

A Ruby Ridge-style standoff is brewing in Nevada, where dozens of armed federal agents are closing in on cattle rancher Cliven Bundy over claims that Bundy has allowed his cows to graze illegally on government land, endangering a protected species of tortoise.

Vowing to take a stand for, “your liberty and freedom,” Bundy says he is prepared to be killed as authorities surround a 600,000 acre section of public land as a result of Bundy violating a 1993 Bureau of Land Management ruling which changed grazing rights in order to protect the endangered desert tortoise.

“With all these rangers and all this force that is out here, they are only after one man right now. They are after Cliven Bundy. Whether they want to incarcerate me or whether they want to shoot me in the back, they are after me. But that is not all that is at stake here. Your liberty and freedom is at stake,” Bundy said.

Bundy’s refusal to recognize federal authority over the land under dispute and his failure to pay tens of thousands of dollars in grazing fees stems from his assertion that his family’s history trumps bureaucracy.

“My forefathers have been up and down the Virgin Valley ever since 1877. All these rights I claim have been created through pre-emptive rights and beneficial use of the forage and water. I have been here longer. My rights are before the BLM even existed,” Bundy said.”

Read more at the DC Clothesline


Feds deploy snipers, arrest man for filming outside First Amendment area

On Sunday, the Logandale, Nev.-based Moapa Valley Progress reported that Dave Bundy, son of rancher Cliven Bundy, was arrested while taking photographs of his family’s cattle that are being rounded up by federal agents. According to the report, Bundy was violating an arbitrary “First Amendment” zone that had been established by federal agents. Worse yet, federal agents also deployed snipers against the man.

“He was doing nothing but standing there and filming the landscape,” Ryan Bundy said of his brother Dave. “We were on the state highway, not even off of the right-of-way. Even if they want to call [the area that we were filming] federal land; which it’s not; we weren’t even on it. We were on the road.”

“They also had four snipers on the hill above us all trained on us. We were doing nothing besides filming the area,” Ryan added.

Bundy also said federal agents told them they had no First Amendment rights except in the areas so marked.

Read more at The Examiner

So. Federal agents think they can determine where we have Constitutional rights and where we don’t. This has the potential for becoming deadly really fast.

How many times have you heard the warning, “There will be no more free Waco’s”? What is behind that warning?

We shall see.

Update The Bundy’s have a website. It chronicles the confrontation. You can find it here.

Update An editorial in the Las Vegas Review Journal calls for the Feds to back off.

Rancher stands up; feds should back off

A rancher needs big brass ones to stand up to Washington. Not only is the federal government the country’s largest and least competent landowner, it’s also the country’s largest police force and largest law firm, wrapped with red tape into one unflinching leviathan.

Cliven Bundy has big brass ones, all right. And the belt buckle and hat to go with them. But Clark County’s last cattle rancher knew his defiance would one day come to this. After more than 20 years of being dared to use their heavy hands, Bureau of Land Management officials and federal authorities say they’re finally going to seize and auction Mr. Bundy’s livestock.”

The editorial ends thus:

The most obvious solution, releasing federal land to local control, won’t happen overnight. So we offer a final chance at compromise: Have Washington stand down and send the zealots of the Center for Biological Diversity to collect the cattle, instead.”

The paper seems to be the only entity interested in compromise.



Quote of the day:

If atheists truly want a power struggle for the right to be intolerant, Christians will eventually engage and win. Because we will die before we will give up our beliefs and you will not. We invented the Crusade and the Inquisition, two institutions so historically intimidating that atheists still shiver and tell each other scary stories about them centuries after the event.”

There’s more at the link.


Hat tip to Kate


“Florida Senate Demands a “Convention of the States” to Stop Obama”

Is this getting traction in other states?

One of the most exciting movements to restore liberty going on at the state level is the growing demand for an Article V “Convention of the States” to bypass Congress and draft constitutional amendments to restore our Republic to the design the Framers envisioned.

Term limits, balanced budgets, limited executive power, and other items are on the top of most activists’ agendas for a potential amendment-drafting convention.

Already, the legislatures of Alabama and Georgia have signed onto this proposal and demanded a convention to limit the power of the federal government, which has grown even larger and more intrusive under Obama.”

More at the Conservative Tribune

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Didn’t Make The Obamacare Deadline? No Insurance For You.

There are a lot of details in all those thousands of pages. Pelosi was right. Now we’re finding out what was in the bill.

From the AP via Yahoo:

WASHINGTON (AP) — Here’s more fallout from the health care law: Until now, customers could walk into an insurance office or go online to buy standard health care coverage any time of year. Not anymore.

Many people who didn’t sign up during the government’s open enrollment period that ended Monday will soon find it difficult or impossible to get insured this year, even if they go directly to a private company and money is no object. For some it’s already too late.

With limited exceptions, insurers are refusing to sell to individuals after the enrollment period for and the state marketplaces. They will lock out the young and healthy as well as the sick or injured. Those who want to switch plans also are affected. The next wide-open chance to enroll comes in November for coverage in 2015.

It’s a little-noted consequence of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, which requires nearly all Americans to be insured or pay a fine and requires insurers to accept people with health problems.”


Chicago Cops: “No charges for man with concealed carry permit who fired at armed male”


A 53-year-old South Austin man with a valid concealed carry permit was able to shoot at two men who tried to accost him outside of his home early this morning.

The incident happened about 2:40 a.m. on the 5400 block of West Van Buren Street, said Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer Michael Sullivan.

The man was walking from his garage to the front of his home when two males in hoodies appeared in a gangway between his home and the neighbor’s home, Sullivan said.

One of the two men pulled a handgun from his waistband and pointed at the man who took out his own gun and managed to fire several times at the males, Sullivan said.

The males fled the area without being struck and the shooting did not result in any property damage, police said.

After the shooting, police responded and determined that the man was shooting in self-defense. The man had a valid firearm owner’s identification card, a valid concealed carry permit and police were able to determine that he had completed a required concealed carry class and was properly trained, Sullivan said.”

Anti-gun police superintendent Garry McCarthy was unavailable for comment.

garry mccarthy

Interestingly, the Second City Cop blog reported it this way:

Concealed Carry Works!
It only took about 35 or 36 days, but we guess guns can prevent crime, even in Chicago, IL”

More at the Chicago Tribune


Moms Demand Action Equates Smoking With Gun Ownership

They’re cancer inducing don’t you know.


I kinda like that image.

reality mda

This one is a stretch. Calling guns a cancer is irrational.

Guns Save Life responded with this:


It makes more sense than any of the Moms Dement Action propaganda.


Mozilla Is Having Trouble

Mozilla has a website called, ‘Firefox Input’. As of this moment they have gotten almost sixteen thousand ‘Messages’. Here is a screen capture:

firefox screen cap

click to enlarge.

It says that 95% of the messages have been negative (sad). Example: “I will no longer use Fire Fox since you do not support a persons right to free speech. Just because someone has a different point of view does not make them wrong.”

Looks like Mozilla is having trouble.


So Here Is What Andrew Sullivan Said…

…Now that I am on Chrome I can read the article.

Andrew Sullivan: ‘We Are No Better Than The Anti-Gay Bullies’


Author Andrew Sullivan, himself a gay man, voiced strong disgust on his blog The Dish towards Mozilla Firefox forcing CEO Brandon Eich to resign for having donated $1000.00 to California’s Prop 8 campaign in 2008 seeking to ban gay marriage, saying Eich had been “scalped by some gay activists”

Read it here

Sullivan sounds like an honest man. Unfortunately, not all on any side are. Expect him to be crucified for his tolerance.

Things look a little different with Chrome but there have been no issues so far. I need to finish setting up my toolbar but no hurry.


A Fascinating Take On The Mozilla/Eich Brouhaha

Mozilla forced Eich out; not just as CEO but entirely out of the company. By doing that, rather than demoting him, they made a decision that was not based on business, excellence, nor the company’s future. They ignored all that to destroy Eich.

Mozilla has turned their back on all of that. It is a big move for the company and a bad one. People everywhere are talking and writing about uninstalling the browser. People don’t trust the leaders of Mozilla. It was a bad move for them to make.

firefox logo

From Borepatch:

This has nothing to do with gay marriage (which I support) or the Progressive desire to burn heretics (which I find to be profoundly disturbing, in a fascist-meets-religious-fanatic sort of way). Rather, it goes back to the very roots of why I have run Firefox/Mozilla/Netscape for 20 years: technical excellence.

That is quite questionable now. It appears that Mozilla has serious organizational issues, (by implication) serious morale issues, and that their employees and Board of Directors would prefer to jettison* one of the tech industry’s premier CTOs than violate non technical Progressive social norms.

And so, the only logical conclusion is that Firefox will (is?) become a second tier browser. Technically speaking.

And so the question is what to replace it with. I’m not sure, but I’m going to start looking around. And from Mozilla’s perspective, this is a Very Bad Thing – once your users begin to think about changing, it’s very difficult to get them not to. It’s like with friction – the big energy input is to overcome static friction and inertia, to get the object sliding. It takes much less effort once that’s happened.”