On Guerrilla Warfare — Ch 6

In a revolutionary army, all individuals enjoy political liberty and the question, for example, of the emancipation of the people must not only be tolerated but discussed, and propaganda must encouraged. Further, in such an army, the mode of living of the officers and the soldiers must not differ too much, and this is particularly true in the case of guerilla troops. Officers should live under the same conditions as their men, for that is the only way in which they can gain from their men the admiration and confidence so vital in war. It is incorrect to hold to a theory of equality in all things. But there must be equality of existence in accepting the hardships and dangers of war, thus we may attain to the unification of the officer and soldier groups a unity both horizontal within the group itself, and vertical, that is, from lower to higher echelons. It is only when such unity is present that units can be said to be powerful combat factors.

There is also a unity of spirit that should exist between troops and local inhabitants. The Eighth Route Army put into practice a code known as ‘Three Rules and the Eight Remarks’, which we list here:


All actions are subject to command.

Do not steal from the people.

Be neither selfish nor unjust.


Replace the door when you leave the house.

Roll up the bedding on which you have slept.

Be courteous.

Be honest in your transactions.

Return what you borrow.

Replace what you break.

Do not bathe in the presence of women.

Do not without authority search those you arrest.

The Red Army adhered to this code for ten years and the Eighth Route Army and other units have since adopted it.

Many people think it impossible for guerrillas to exist for long in the enemy’s rear. Such a belief reveals lack of comprehension of the relationship that should exist between the people and the troops. The former may be likened to water the latter to the fish who inhabit it. How may it be said that these two cannot exist together? It is only undisciplined troops who make the people their enemies and who, like the fish out of its native element cannot live.

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How to Take Photographs Like Ansel Adams: The Master Explains The Art of “Visualization” | Open Culture

Adams outlines "the steps in making a photograph" in a bit more detail as follows:

Need, or desire, to photograph. This attitude is obviously essential. Sometimes just going out with a camera can excite perceptive interest and the desire to work. An assignment—a purpose—can be the greatest stimulus for functional or creative work.

Discovery of the subject, or recognition of its essential aspects, will evoke the concept of the image. This leads to the exploration of the subject and the optimum point of view.

Visualization of the final picture is essential in whatever medium is used. The term “seeing” can be used for visualization, but the latter term is more precise in that it relates to the final picture—its scale, composition, tonal and textural values, etc. Just as a musician “hears” notes and chords in his mind’s eye, so can the trained photographer “see” certain values, textures, and arrangements in his mind’s eye.

via How to Take Photographs Like Ansel Adams: The Master Explains The Art of "Visualization" | Open Culture.

Sarah Huckebee in 2007

When asked about a recent AP story citing a 1992 questionnaire in which Huckabee seemed to advocate quarantining AIDS patients and called homosexuality a sin, Sarah nearly smiles. "I don’t think it hurts us right now." She knows that more than 40% of Republican caucus-goers in Iowa are Evangelical Christians and, in part, it’s thanks to their strong support that Huckabee is surging.

via Huckabee's Family Field General – TIME.

What were you told to keep secret about a company you worked for, but you don’t work there anymore, so fuck those guys? : AskReddit

The first thing you do every day at PetSmart is dump the dead reptiles into the trash. We treated them as well as we could once they were in the store — given our fairly minimal resources — but they’re mistreated in transit and often die within a day of arriving at the store. We once reordered a chameleon three times because they kept dying. Everyone knew they were too delicate to transport, but head office wanted a chameleon in the store. Most employees aren’t aware of this, since management tries to sweep it under the rug, but I was the morning custodian.

The birds are also neurotic as hell due to sheer mind-numbing boredom, and the rodents bite because they’re unsocialized. Elderly hamsters get put in the back room, where they’ll never be purchased, because they make customers sad. At least in my experience, the employees genuinely try to take care of the animals, but it’s just not a good environment for them.

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