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-Great Cultural Revolution
Bee or not: ‘Other States Look To Texas For Advice On How To Get Democrats To Leave’ (don't cheat)
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/14/2021 02:31 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Almost lost my coffee on my keyboard. LOL.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/14/2021 9:51 Comments || Top||


Critical Race Theory Has No Idea What To Do With Asian Americans
h/t HotAir
[Newsweek] - One of today's most vexing federal lawsuits is Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard, which has brought anti-Asian discrimination to the forefront of our discourse. Students for Fair Admissions (SFFA) contends that Harvard's "race-conscious" admissions process violates the Constitution by disadvantaging Asian American applicants based solely upon their race, while Harvard argues that campus diversity goals justify its race-conscious process.

Much of the reasoning behind Harvard's admissions process comes from critical race theory (CRT), a theory of race that actually originated at Harvard University. CRT teaches that America is divided into privileged and oppressed racial groups. All negative aspects of modern society flow from that overly simplistic dichotomy.

Under the CRT framework, "white supremacy" covers many different phenomena. Everything from blatant discrimination to the existence of English grammar to choosing not to riot are sometimes included under the term. And in the words of "anti-racist" activist and author Ibram X. Kendi, "The only remedy to racist discrimination is anti-racist discrimination. The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination. The only remedy to present discrimination is future discrimination." In order to combat white supremacy—however broadly defined—critical race theorists view "anti-racist" discrimination as the only legitimate response.
To put it another way "We know we can't compete on the level playing field".
However, with the emergence of several racial groups that have come to be just as successful as whites, critical race theorists have come up with the term, "white adjacency." Robin DiAngelo, author of the now-infamous book White Fragility, defines it this way: "The closer you are to whiteness—the term often used is white-adjacent—you're still going to experience racism, but there are going to be some benefits due to your perceived proximity to whiteness. The further away you are, the more intense the oppression's going to be." According to CRT advocates, Asian Americans are the most "white-adjacent" minority.

...The idea of "white adjacency" hinges on the overwhelming success of Asian Americans in this country. It emerges from the fact that Asian Americans have the highest per-capita income, lowest per-capita crime rates and highest rates of college education. In fact, Asian Americans score better on average than whites on all of these metrics.
And that's (IMO) one of the reasons why bastions of the Establishment, like Harvard, cooperate with "African-American" rabble rousers. The Establishment doesn't feel threatened by "African-Americans" (affirmative action gifts can always be taken away).
The principal goal of any ruling class is to stay the ruling class - every other consideration is secondary.
Let me go out on a limb & predict that - in a few years - Harvard will start discriminating against (some) "Hispanics".

Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/14/2021 02:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10794 views] Top|| File under:

#1  p.s. CRT knows perfectly well what to do with Asian Americans.
Discrimination in places like Harvard, and physical attacks on the street by their "African American" thugs.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/14/2021 2:29 Comments || Top||

#2  Someone didn't get the talking points, the Marxist simply classify Asians as the new whites. Interesting how they separate out Hispanics of whom most consider themselves white while playing this Newspeak game.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/14/2021 6:44 Comments || Top||

#3  even better problem for CRT is the Nigerian-American community

They self identify ethnically as Nigerian, not African-American but they are black and probably have less Caucasian DNA then African Americans.

They have lower crime rate, more stable families and higher per capital incomes than the average non Hispanic white American
Posted by: Lord Garth || 07/14/2021 9:46 Comments || Top||


#5 
Posted by: Jiling Gravitch9209 v || 07/14/2021 11:21 Comments || Top||

#6  Someone didn't get the talking points, the Marxist simply classify Asians as the new whites.

They can do math so that kinda proves your point.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/14/2021 11:51 Comments || Top||

#7  They also don't know what to do with African Immigrants who succeed.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 07/14/2021 12:48 Comments || Top||

#8  They have lower crime rate, more stable families and higher per capital incomes than the average non Hispanic white Americana

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_ethnic_groups_in_the_United_States_by_household_income

Re household income, that's only true, "from a certain point of view". The white number includes Hispanics. The ethnicities lower down the scale from Nigerians are Arabs and Hispanics. The numbers aren't controlled for household size. Three generations living and working under one roof? One household.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 07/14/2021 13:31 Comments || Top||

#9  They also don't know what to do with African Immigrants who succeed.

Something I noticed the other day, you don't see middle class successful black people on the news. It is either someone from the elite grifter class, your Sharptons and Obamas, or it is Dwantavious and Shawniqua from the 'hood engaging in unsocial behavior.

One place you *do* see middle class blacks lately is on social media as they righteously rip the local school board/teacher's union a new one for trying to permanently handicap their children's future prospects. I take that as a good sign.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/14/2021 13:45 Comments || Top||

#10  I thought this was established? Keep them out of college and beat them in the streets, blame White People.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/14/2021 14:01 Comments || Top||

#11  Saying Asians enjoy white privilege is a tell.

Privilege is cognitive ability. Europeans and Asians have, on average, much higher IQs than people from Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.
Posted by: Jean DuSable || 07/14/2021 19:20 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
Wild Bill Donovan, The Grandfather of American Intelligence
[SOFrep] On July 11, 1941, President Roosevelt appointed William “Wild Bill” Donovan to head up a civilian intelligence-gathering organization. And the face of American intelligence would change forever.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/14/2021 09:16 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

#1  My favorite stories about him came from the upper end of the Depression. He was making a mid 6 figure income as a corporate lawyer. But he would drop everything including but not limited to meetings in progress if any of his boys from the 69th showed up.

A lot of them on hard times he made sure they left with a 'loan' or took them downstairs to sit with them while they had a decent meal. Haven't been a fan of his bureaucratic offspring for some time. But the man himself was as fine an officer in as dire a time as we have ever fielded.
Posted by: Cesare || 07/14/2021 13:01 Comments || Top||

#2  One of my heroes as a kid. A big difference between the man and his bureaucratic offspring is that Wild Bill was on our side.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/14/2021 13:12 Comments || Top||

#3  Donovan was fought tooth and nail by Hoover and his FBI. Hoover won Latin America, but Donovan took the rest.
Posted by: Gerthudion Whomoper3485 || 07/14/2021 17:48 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
THE BIG GUY has SPOKEN: George Floyd Mural Struck by Lightning, Crumbles to the Ground
[The Liberty Daily ] A mural of the late Black Lives Matter icon George Floyd has been struck by lightning and has collapsed. Eyewitnesses confirmed that nobody was near the mural when it was struck nor when its pieces fell to the ground.

The Toledo mural, completed in June 2020, was struck by lightning in the middle of the day on Tuesday, leaving a charred wall where Floyd’s face was before. It was a direct hit; artwork to the left and right of the mural appeared unblemished.



According to local WTOL:

Toledo Fire and Rescue responded to the scene at Summit and Lagrange Streets, where a large mural dedicated to George Floyd — who was killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin last year — had collapsed.

The piece was created by Toledo artist David Ross just about one year ago. He said the artwork stands as a memorial and reminder to never forget what happened that day in May of 2020.

A witness who saw the wall fall told TFRD they had seen a lightning bolt strike the building. The department later confirmed the strike to be the cause of the collapse.

No word from BLM yet as to whether they’ll blame systemic racism in Heaven for the event.
Posted by: Thrinemp Ebbunter9661 || 07/14/2021 00:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Soros next.
Posted by: KBK || 07/14/2021 0:47 Comments || Top||

#2  (Charles Barkley voice) - 'that's turrible!'
Posted by: Raj || 07/14/2021 0:53 Comments || Top||

#3  I thought bee.
Posted by: Xyz || 07/14/2021 0:58 Comments || Top||

#4  *Wow* Thought it was Bee™ too.
Posted by: magpie || 07/14/2021 1:03 Comments || Top||

#5  God hates idolatry.
Posted by: Blackbeard Barnsmell6454 || 07/14/2021 5:57 Comments || Top||

#6  Holy Toledo!
Posted by: Too Old To Work || 07/14/2021 7:57 Comments || Top||

#7  damnum fatale.

Posted by: Vespasian Ebbeaque4083 || 07/14/2021 8:23 Comments || Top||

#8  Must start going to church again......
(Pater Nostra qui in coelis habitat.....)
yeah, it's been awhile.....
Posted by: Mercutio || 07/14/2021 8:57 Comments || Top||

#9  Was that white lightening? Asking for a friend.
Posted by: Cesare || 07/14/2021 9:13 Comments || Top||

#10  Help @ getting started

Pater Noster
qui es in caelis,
sanctificetur nomen tuum.
Adveniat regnum tuum.
Fiat voluntas tua,
sicut in caelo et in terra.
Panem nostrum quotidianum da nobis hodie,
et dimitte nobis debita nostra,
sicut et nos
dimittimus debitoribus nostris.
Et ne nos inducas in tentationem:
sed libera nos a malo.
Posted by: Whereth Peacock7339 || 07/14/2021 10:30 Comments || Top||

#11  ^ From Latin to English
Our Father
Who art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done,
On earth, as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those
who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil. Amen
Posted by: Whereth Peacock7339 || 07/14/2021 10:58 Comments || Top||

#12  lightning be rayciss
Posted by: Chris || 07/14/2021 13:10 Comments || Top||

#13  lightning be rayciss

Well, duh! Lighting is made out of electricity. Electricity was invented by the White Man(tm), so it is evil from the git-go.

He probably did it so he could oppress POOKs and BIPPies at night, even if those acronyms did not exist way back when.
Posted by: SteveS || 07/14/2021 13:26 Comments || Top||

#14  The mural was one for the Aegis.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 07/14/2021 14:44 Comments || Top||

#15  No word from BLM yet as to whether they’ll blame systemic racism in Heaven for the event.

They're Marxist. They don't believe it happened.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 07/14/2021 19:55 Comments || Top||


-Land of the Free
America Rewritten (47 min video)
[Epoch Times] The Constitution of the United States established the American form of government and radically changed the ideas of where the rights of citizens originate. It’s founded on the idea that the role of government is to protect God-given rights.

Yet now, the doctrine that constitutes America is under assault. Freedom of speech is being worn down through corporate—government censorship, freedom of belief is being suppressed with lockdowns, the right to bear arms is being called into doubt, and the numerous rights of Americans are in jeopardy.

Join host Joshua Philipp as he speaks with experts including Dinesh D'Souza, Victor Davis Hanson, Rick Green, Trevor Loudon, Mary Grabar, Thomas K. Lindsay, Kevin Roberts, Craig Parshall, Dustin Bass, and K. Lloyd Billingsley in "America Rewritten."
Try it; you'll like it.
Posted by: Bobby || 07/14/2021 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10796 views] Top|| File under:


Government Corruption
TWA 800: 25 Years of Deep State Deception
[American Thinker] On July 17, 1996, TWA Flight 800, a Paris-bound 747 out of JFK, blew up off the coast of Long Island. It seemed somehow fitting that James Kallstrom, the public face of the FBI investigation into the plane's destruction, would die two weeks before the 25th anniversary. As a patriot, a Vietnam vet, and an outspoken critic of all things Clinton, Kallstrom once held promise as the insider most likely to come clean. He never did.

As to my own involvement with this story, until the evening of February 23, 2000, I was as naïve as a CNN anchor. Before that evening, I would have dismissed out of hand anyone who dared suggest that elements of the FBI and CIA would conspire with the White House and the New York Times to cover-up the cause of so public a disaster.

February 23, 2000 was the night my education began.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/14/2021 05:07 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I would have dismissed out of hand anyone who dared suggest that elements of the FBI and CIA

With the possible exceptions of USN sightings of alien invaders and Hunter Biden as a skilled artist and painter.... "Dismiss out of hand" nothing.

Posted by: Besoeker || 07/14/2021 5:19 Comments || Top||

#2  It appears that the Navy's SAM warheads are about 150 pounds. That's about 2.5 times the 155mm shell, for comparison.
Presumably that's because the missile won't necessarily hit, due to maneuvering, and needs enough punch to do the job with a proximity hit.
So, would not a Navy SAM blow the thing to pieces? It's not like the missile is trying to catch a hard-twisting fighter aircraft going 700 mph. A solid, full contact hit should have made the thing into tin foil, no?
How about a MANPAD?
They're on the black market and might more accurately explain the A/C blowing itself up.
It would be a horrible act of war and Clinton would have had to take action, against somebody. Who? Likely wanted to hot have to, considering no way to know.
Back in the day, I spent some time in a Nike Hercules unit. I don't think you can lose a missile and have to have your load-out replenished without a fair amount of paperwork.
And a whole ship's company never, ever lets on about the whole thing.
Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 07/14/2021 8:43 Comments || Top||

#3  ...Okay, a few points:

*TWA 800 was out of the effective engagement envelope of a Stinger. Even had it not been, Stinger's comparatively small warhead would have detonated away from the plane as it would have been homing in on the engines. To put this in perspective, the much larger warheads on the two Soviet AAMs that brought down KAL 007 did not tear the plane apart, and in fact the bird held together far better than one would have expected.

*Looking at the USN SAM theory, a night launch would have lit up the night sky for miles around - it would have looked like heat lightning. Then, as mentioned, we need every last man on the ship to keep their mouths shut unto eternity, as well as the folks at the dozens of radars that would have seen it. Finally go here for a discussion of the development of the RIM-66 SAM warhead. Please note the pic at the very top of the page - that's what one of these beasts looks like going high order.

My own belief is that there was either a bomb in the cargo bay, or there was some weird malfunction that Boeing and the FAA either couldn't identify (likely) or covered up (unlikely). I hold to the bomb theory - to hide that would have required the fewest number of people and had the most reason to happen.

One last thing: my father used to say that the number of truly and completely successful conspiracies throughout history can be counted on the fingers of one hand...and involved no more than a handful of people.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 07/14/2021 10:28 Comments || Top||

#4  I suspect that it was not a cover-up of a known cause but a fear of discovering a cause that might have forced action in an unwanted direction that led to force-feeding the narrative. I think the same thing about the JFK assassination.
Posted by: Glenmore || 07/14/2021 10:37 Comments || Top||

#5  A more working version of Mike's link in #3
Posted by: SteveS || 07/14/2021 10:46 Comments || Top||

#6  I am not at all certain concentrating on a US Navy mishap is the correct vector or theory. If you wish to cloud something in obscurity, blame it on an incorrect actor.

I'm with Mike on this one. An electrical short in the fuel system should NOT leave traces of cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine (RDX), nitroglycerin, and the third a combination of RDX and pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN).

NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20594
AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT REPORT


1.16.4.8 Examination of Explosive ResidueExamination of recovered wreckage revealed trace amounts of explosive residue on three samples of material from three separate locations in the airplane wreckage. These
material samples were submitted to the FBIís laboratory in Washington, D.C., with many other material samples for analysis. The pieces on which these traces were found were described by the FBI as a piece of canvaslike material and two pieces of floor panel; however, the exact locations of the traces were not documented. According to the FBIís laboratory report,219 analysis of each of the three material samples revealed that they contained traces of different explosives: one contained cyclotrimethylenetrinitramine
(RDX), one contained nitroglycerin, and one contained a combination of RDX and pentaerythritol tetranitrate (PETN).

Posted by: Besoeker || 07/14/2021 11:21 Comments || Top||

#7  The Stinger is all-aspect homing. Any a/c is warmer than the background unless you're shooting up sun. So, theoretically, you could hit the nose.
A proximity fuse is for the machine to decide it's not going to get a contact hit. A fat, slow target which is not maneuvering will allow for contact.
I was talking about a SAM, not an AAM.
The 81mm mortar round weighs about ten pounds, and the Stinger's head about two thirds of that.
The point of the Stinger is to disable an aircraft and, with luck, cause it to self-destruct as when the turbines going a bazillion rpm get busted loose.
The feds had three separate and contradictory explanations for the explosive residue. One was that the a/c had shuttled guys to and from Gulf 1. And whatever they brought in with their gear and boots stayed there for five years of contact with other stuff which would have taken some off, cleanings, ventilation and submersion in the North Atlantic. Yup.
Then there was the bomb training which, by definition, does not leave RESIDUE. But the wispy, thready, faint vapor the dog was supposed to be following was supposed to survive however long from the test, plus submersion.
Then the guys hauling up the pieces and the ships had residue, presumably from some live fire exercise, which got smeared on the pieces.

If it had been one of our missiles, we have a problem. Someplace there's a missile warehouse with 99 missiles which is supposed to have 100. And the guy in charge signed for 100 when he took over. Or he signed for 99 plus a pile of paperwork in the empty slot--being facetious. He doesn't want the cost of even a Sidewinder taken out of his pay.
Have you ever seen a captain taking over a company? All over the arms room, the supply room, counting the desk chairs, etc. He OWNS those rifles.
It would take a hell of a lot of hiding to put the order to pretend 99 is 100 out of sight. And a verbal wouldn't do it. Nobody's going to want to be unable to explain where a MANPAD, AAM or SAM went to when he was supposed to be controlling them.
And whoever fired it needs one to refill his loadout, or his arms room. They're one short at Otis AFB. Who's signing for that? Or on some carrier.
As has been said, you really need to fear the little men with the brief cases who believe with all their being that 2+2=4. Because they have to sign it.
I note Cashill has one of the witnesses saying she heard a CRACK simultaneously with the flash. Might have been a figure of speech, but sound takes five seconds to travel one mile. You can see the diff at a fireworks show from the other side of the parking lot.

I also like Glenmore's point that maybe you don't want to know. See ArrowAir at Gander in 1985. Supposed to be icing but some clown in DC wanted the records sealed for seventy freaking years.

Posted by: Richard Aubrey || 07/14/2021 12:21 Comments || Top||

#8  No giant conspiracy, just an inability to define the problem. There is no way a ship full of sailors, or even the control room could keep this quiet. The USG not being able to pin it down leads to them being silent and that drives speculation...
Posted by: 49 Pan || 07/14/2021 15:09 Comments || Top||


'Cut their funding in half': Tom Fitton urges GOP to tame 'out of control' DOJ, FBI
[Just The News] The Department of Justice and the FBI should be held accountable for their ongoing misconduct by having their funding slashed by half, said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch.

"[T]he Justice Department's been a disaster for a number of years," Fitton told the John Solomon Reports podcast. "The FBI has been out of control. There's been zero accountability for the misconduct that we've been talking about for years now.

"So it's no surprise that you have politicized prosecutions that we're seeing tied to January 6, the targeting of Tucker Carlson, the FBI thinking they can ... go in and, you know, take your banking records without permission."
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/14/2021 04:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10795 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Is it too late to add the Deep State Department, CDC, CIA, USPS, and the IRS to the funding cuts ?

Transfer the funding to the Border Patrol and border wall construction.
Posted by: Besoeker || 07/14/2021 8:12 Comments || Top||

#2  It'd be a good start at rooting out the problem of a big and corrupted government. Maybe a declaration that the Dem Party and a part of the Pub Party is a criminal organization as well. Throw in prosecutions for wrongdoing to clean up the mess called D.C.
Posted by: JohnQC || 07/14/2021 9:50 Comments || Top||

#3  Defund the FBI.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/14/2021 11:53 Comments || Top||


International-UN-NGOs
The Crumbling Global Tower
[PJ Media] Although COVID deaths in Europe and North America are down, thanks to the availability of vaccines and growing herd immunity, the long shadow of the pandemic still hangs over the international order. The "fragile states" are reeling not only from the disease but from the lockdowns and fall in economic activity.

North Korea, the world’s only self-proclaimed coronavirus-free nation, said it was facing a "grave" viral incident and a "tense" food situation. This was seen by the BBC as an admission it is in real trouble.

Meanwhile, "Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western hemisphere, has earned another grim distinction: it’s the only one that hasn’t vaccinated a single resident against Covid-19," writes Bloomberg. "Haiti was among the 92 poor and middle-income countries offered doses under the Covax Facility. But the government initially declined AstraZeneca PLC shots, citing side effects and widespread fears in the population."

...The "international community," already hard-pressed by its own domestic concerns, is in no mood to donate more aid, send troops, or accept more refugees from the Caribbean, the Middle East, North Africa, or Afghanistan. The well is running dry. Even before the latest trouble, the left-wing Nation wrote: "Haiti Has Been Abandoned—by the Media, the US, and the World." It underscores how deep the fatigue is: when the media gives up, who’s left?

Hanging like a cloud over the future of the "global world" is the question of the pandemic’s origin and whether — or when — a similar crisis might be due. The BBC’s preview of the intelligence community’s 90-day report to Joe Biden on the disease’s origins suggests it may be inconclusive. "There is no definitive piece of evidence — no Covid-positive bat or a confirmed first human case — to show conclusively how it started."
We know how it started - the Wonderful Wizards of Wuhan institute begrudged the necessary funds for bio-security for their bio-weapons lab. And then the super-humanitarian wizards of China's ruling clique went out of their way to spread it to the rest of the World.
...We don’t know anything definite, but Dr. Zeynep Tufekci, writing in the New York Times, noted that a Chinese lab accident started a pandemic once before—the 1977 H1N1 "Russian flu," which, fortunately, killed only 700,000 people worldwide.

...With this question unlikely to be resolved
publicly, at least
for years if not decades, a new era of uncertainty dawns over the West. Even the Washington Post has stopped pretending we’re going back to "normal." "The economy isn’t going back to February 2020. Fundamental shifts have occurred," and not in a good way.

...More likely this could be the end of the old global world, the vanished landscape of old norms that Joe Biden was supposed to restore. Neither social media nor Hollywood could save it. It died under the rise of China, the corruption of Washington, the stasis of Europe, and the madness of Woke culture. COVID, when it came, was simply the coup de grace for the whole teetering edifice.

We are emerging from the pandemic, not by the door through which we entered, but into an unfamiliar landscape.
The only good news is that Chinese failed to produce a domestic vaccine - which (IMO) is the only thing that can keep them for doing something like this again, only this time deliberately.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 07/14/2021 03:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [10793 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "There is no definitive piece of evidence — no Covid-positive bat or a confirmed first human case — to show conclusively how it started."

CCP covered their tracks.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 07/14/2021 11:56 Comments || Top||


Science & Technology
Every Modern Assault Rifle Is Traced Back to This
[The National Interest] Key Point: The combination of bolt action full-sized rifle and submachine gun was useful in the trenches of World War I...

During World War II, the beleaguered German Army fielded a revolutionary new infantry weapon designed to make the German soldier the most powerful on the battlefield. The Sturmgewehr-44, or StG-44 was the first mass produced assault rifle. The weapon, urgently needed as Germany found itself increasingly losing the war, was a template for future weapons, including today’s AK-74M and M4 carbine.

At the outbreak of World War II, the German Army fielded two infantry small arms: the Karabiner Modell 1898 kurz, otherwise known as the 98k bolt action carbine, and the MP series of submachine guns. The 98k was a shorter, handier version of the Gewehr 98 rifle used during the Great War. It weighed 8.2 pounds, had a five round internal magazine, and an effective range of 600 yards. The MP series, including the MP-38, MP-40, and MP-41, were a new design of compact, folding stock submachine guns. The guns weighed approximately nine pounds, fired from a 32 round detachable magazine and had effective ranges of approximately 200 yards.
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