1. Leaving aside the specifics of this incident, this is a good reason why trainers need to be knowledgeable on what they train. Telling someone "put together a

"Report: KY training video with Nazi symbol was lifted from white supremacist site"

2. training on [niche subject x]," when they have no background in it, is asking them to carry a heavy load. After 9/11, for example, in a number of places, a person would be tasked with putting together a presentation on "Islamist terrorism" or some such, even though they had
3. no background in it. What did they do? They went to the web, where some of them had trouble distinguishing between legitimate sources and materials that were actually from anti-Muslim extremists. Though they had no intent to spread anything false or extremist, they just didn't
4. know. Someone with an actual background would be more likely to know where to go for reliable information and be better equipped to judge whether content was problematic or not. This is generally applicable and not just for law enforcement.

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16 Feb
I know this is a long shot, but is there anybody out there who might have access to issues of Dental Management magazine from circa 1978? I believe there are some extremist classified ads in the back that I'd like to see.
Okay, this tweet had garnered far more interest than I ever imagined (some people appear to have followed me because of it!).

For those asking for more info, I really don't know more than the below. The main ad I'm looking for would be Tax Strike News, a tax protest newspaper.
Update: someone may have found the reference for me! I've seen a partial page, waiting for the whole page. Will post, and give credit/shoutout when that happens. Looks like the reference was not actually a classified ad but something else.

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Note the phrase below, "we want our statement to resonate with the sheeple." The word "sheeple" is commonly used by people in the far right to refer to the American people, who passively believe
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The U.S. has a deep history of right-wing violence, so much so that many shocking incidents are largely forgotten. One such incident, which occurred in Woodburn, Oregon, in 2008, involved a father and son pair of anti-government extremists, Bruce and Joshua Turnidge.
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This is a short, anecdotal thread about UFO-related "terrorism" in the United States. We tend to think of terrorism as being related to the far right, or the far left, or extremist religious movements, but fanatic belief in any cause can potentially result in violent acts.
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Please stop conflating different American contexts for the word "militia;" it just creates confusion for people.

"Stanford’s Greg Ablavsky on Law and the History of American Militias"
There are three main contexts involving armed groups in which the word "militia" is used.

1. The historical/legal/statutory militia, which is referred to as "the militia," not as "militias." I simplify, but today it is basically the National Guard.

2. "Militias" as a *generic*
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3. Paramilitary groups within the militia movement, a specific right-wing anti-government extremist movement.
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