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SurvivalBlog reader K.A. sent us a link to a video of some pro-Russian irregulars of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR/DNR) skirmishing in the village of Vergunka near Luhans’ka, Ukraine. (Note: Please ignore the lewd pictures and links at the LiveLeak website. Sorry, but I could not find another video aggregation site with the same video clip.) This video provides a great case study on how NOT to operate as a small guerilla unit: Pitiful noise discipline (plenty of “smoking and joking”); marginal command and control; suicidally poor dispersion of patrol members (at many times they were bunched so close together that just one mortar round wound have taken out four or five of them); horrible fire discipline including “spray and pray” use of small arms (LOTS of super-elevated muzzles and non-use of sights, meaning that their rounds were going harmlessly over the heads of their opponents and possibly resulting in fratricide and civilian casualties); a patrol traveling directly down streets (an invitation to ambush); poor use of available cover and concealment; lack of coordination with a supporting tank; a clueless RPG user, who apparently failed to remove the arming pins from his rounds (so that they did not detonate); failure to find, fix, and engage their opponents; failure to communicate and coordinate with supporting and supported units; and so forth– all followed by copious self-congratulation, which was all apparently for not getting themselves shot and for wasting a lot of precious ammunition. Pitiful! This is not soldiering; it is just “playing army”. – JWR

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Three useful fact sheets for hospitals, medical providers and the public from the CDC on Ebola. – A.W.

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Obama to announce 3000 troops going to fight Ebola – G.P.

Apparently, we can strategize and use the military effectively against a virus but not ISIS. – HJL

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Face The Face. – B.B.

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Border Bridge Protest Organizers to Militia: You’re Not Welcome. – G.S.

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