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3/28/2014
If you'll glance over to the left sidebar, you'll see a new menu selection: ESSAYS & COMMENTARY. That's something I had years ago; I had discontinued it when I stopped writing commercially. But lately I realized that I've still been writing some permalinked columns and decided to give interested surfers an easier way to find them.

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4/23/14
Socks...

Why did it have to be socks?

A few things come to mind:

  1. Is it real, or a gag... wait... GOP... Probably real.
  2. Ugly socks may be protected by the Second Amendment.
  3. Ugly unwashed socks certainly are.
  4. It could be worse: Imagine what former Prez Clinton is offering to Dems... wait... I beg your pardon; have some bleach.
  5. Oh dear Bog please Senator Ayotte don't offer us anything for the love of Ghu no oh whimper sweet Haysoos don't...
  6. I wondered how the Repugnants were going to crash/burn/concede certain victory over the Dimwits. Now I know.
Added: David confirms that it's no gag.


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4/23/14
About that Florida gun insurance bill

Florida's SB-424 has been getting some attention in both the gunnie blogosphere and the libertarian free-market world (there isn't always as much overlap in those as you might think). Gunnies tend to be all, "Yay! The insurance companies won't be able to charge me more just because I have guns." The free-marketeers complain that, "This unfairly limits the ability of businesses to do business unhampered by self-righteous meddlers."

[Opening disclaimer: No one really seems to be addressing government regulation and control of the insurance industry in the first place. It's important to remember that the industry – in the world as it currently exists – is not really free-market (unless you count organized crime "protection rackets").]

Now that the bill has passed the Florida House and Senate, we can see that the truth is somewhere in between the ranted positions.

UNFAIR METHODS OF COMPETITION AND UNFAIR OR DECEPTIVE 19 ACTS
(g) Unfair discrimination.— 22
1. Knowingly making or permitting any unfair discrimination 23
between individuals of the same actuarially supportable class 24
and equal expectation of life, in the rates charged for a any 25
life insurance or annuity contract, in the dividends or other 26
benefits payable thereon, or in any other term or condition of 27
the terms and conditions of such contract. 28
What the language says (and Bog only knows what courts will make of it later) is that insurance companies can't arbitrarily charge different rates for the same services to people with the same actuarial classifications. A company could still require separate rider (and additional premium) to specifically cover firearms use. Or they can create a new actuarial class based on measured statistical differences between gun owners and non-owners. That is, if they can show that owning a gun really does increase risk, they can charge more. Expect to see the debunked Hellerman study rolled out again. Or, they might discover the well known fact (to anyone but the Bradyites) that places with looser restrictions on honest folks have lower crime rates... and lower premiums for gun owners as they have decreased risk (OK, I'll admit that a company voluntarily lowering its income is unlikely).

Basically, if you're cool with Mommy Government stepping in and telling bakers and wedding photographers that they have to treat all potential customers the same – no discriminating because they like things you don't – you should be fine with this.

Contrariwise, if you think private business owners should be able to conduct their business in line with their personal beliefs ("eww.... gay marriage"), then you should be outraged that insurance companies like Progressive can't impose their.... progressive anti-gun bias in the marketplace.


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4/21/14
Figures

Lessee...

  • Pleasant temperatures around 70° - check
  • Sunny - check
  • Clear, nearly cloudless skies - check
  • A slight breeze not quite enough to stir leaves on the ground - check
Yep, time for another PSNH power outage. They might as well schedule them, except that power goes out in any weather. Electricity was only out for an hour this time. Not bad for Power Shortage of New Hampshire.

The automated outage reporting phone tree they have is fun. You tell them multiple times that, "Yes, I've checked my equipment, and it's PSNH's problem again." Then they tell you three or four times that they'll bill you if it turns out to be your problem. You have to confirm a couples of times that you agree to that. I think the idea is to stall you in hopes that the power magically restores itself before they generate the trouble ticket number. I don't know why they bother since the Public Utility Commission has never penalized them for all the outages.

True, once in the past 10 years the problem was in the house. We blew that call because out of all the outages (every week or two), it had always been PSNH (that one was a breaker failure that I'm pretty sure was caused by the numerous outside line surges). I put a line monitor right on the incoming mains, before any customer equipment. And never since that one-time-in-a-decade has the failure been in-house again.


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4/21/14
I don't usually pay much attention to "celebrities"*

But stay with me for a minute.

New Zealand says yes to Nigella despite US exclusion
New Zealand officials have granted a special visa to celebrity chef Nigella Lawson, who has admitted cocaine use, in an apparent confirmation she has been blocked from entering the United States, according to a report.

Nor do I generally worry about victimless drug use. But again, stay with me.

If Ms. Whatserface was denied entry to the US for admitted [arbitrarily-]illegal drug use, I see a way to make America a much better place. You might recall a certain worthless SOB who admitted to using marijuana. Heck, there's a whole list of pols who've copped to reefer madness. I'm pretty sure quite a few of them have been known to leave the country on occasion. All we have to do is...

...enforce their very own 8 U.S.C.1182 and not let them back in. OK, technically, that would only apply to aliens, not citizens. But wait! We have a precedent for citizens, too.

Presto! A much nicer country. Heck, for once, I might be persuaded to support the use of tax money to fly them out in the first place.

Then there's this other guy, noted for expensive international vacations. True, so far as I know, he hasn't had the commissar issue a press statement bragging on his drug use, but surely this comes close enough:

And even his wife says he's not from 'round here.


* "[C]elebrity chef"? If the article hadn't said, I'd have had no idea what she is. I still don't really know who she is, and I'm probably better off that way. But really... there's such a thing as a celebrity chef? Dare I hope that it's something like a Roast Chef, and that she cooks celebrities?
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4/20/14
They should spend more time at Walmart


(Source: People of Walmart)

Scientists Discover First Case Of Genital Reversal: Female Penis, Male Vagina
Displaying the first examples of animals with reversed genitals, researchers have discovered cave insects in which the females have penis-like genitals and the males have vagina-like organs.
Especially at night.

Or not.

Whoa!

The insects were found to engage in intercourse between 40 and 70 hours
I foresee a rush of Neotrogla Natural V!@gr@TM spams in the near future.


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4/18/14
So your cops want an MRAP*


IEDs? Check.
AM Rifles? Check.
RPGs? Check.
Gravity? ... um ... er ... uh oh ...

Congratulations! Your tiny town has an MRAP and is ready for war
Here at The Watch, we’re looking for the smallest town in America to acquire an MRAP, or Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected armored personnel vehicle.
Personally, I don't think any PD should be allowed to get an MRAP unless they can demonstrate the unlawful use of at least one armor-piercing IED, 20mm antimaterial rifle, or RPG within the previous five years. That said...

The US military didn't start fielding MRAPs until 2007; that's just seven years ago. And they're already surplusing the things out. Not even to the National Guard, but to small tiny town police departments. Clearly the DOD knows something that... just maybe... the cops should be considering regarding their effectiveness and usefulness.

For Ghu's sake, are the cops even getting CARFAX reports before taking custody of those lemons? If you think hurricane flooding screws with the resale value, think about the battle damage under that Bondo and touchup paint.

Ah, well. Considering that an MRAP may only get 5 miles per gallon, I suppose operating one in anything but a small (geographically) town is cost prohibitive. Nor can the entertainment value of watching one of these things attempt to negotiate back roads around here be discounted entirely. Bog knows, watching the much smaller Humvee try to get around small German towns was hilarious on occasion.


* Or BearCat; same basic idea.
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4/17/14
God's work

A family member forwarded a Google Alert this morning. Yetanothersite appears to be offering free downloads of some of my fiction. That's pretty common; if you don't want to download my writing right here, there are sites all over the Internet offering bootlegs (back when I was fighting the Benner over the ebooks and dead tree editions they were selling, I tried sending DMCA takedown notices to the ones I found to demonstrate – for potential legal purposes – that I was actively protecting my rights). This one appears to be an spam email harvesting scam; doesn't even let you download the book (some similar sites do downloads by simply deep linking back to my site).

I think the mostly-noncommercial site that annoyed me the most was a "Christian" church group, geared towards "uplifting" those poor, downtrodden African peasants, who insisted they can take and use anyone's material (and charge for it) because they're doing God's work.

Why God wants starving Africans to build sundials beats the hell out of me.*

(They were less concerned with the broke-ass involuntary "contributors" they were ripping off. And while they finally claimed they'd take down my articles – they had several – they never actually did... at least not by the time I gave up and stopped checking them.)


* Apparently God also wants them to brew mead, get drunk, and make artisanal handcrafted paper. Maybe their god is kinda cool after all.
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4/16/14
1,000,000: A good start

As Many As One Million Armed New Yorkers Are About To Break The Law
When I asked the New York State Police how many New York gun owners had registered the guns they own that now fit somewhere into the state’s expansive “assault weapons” category the state responded: “New York State Police cannot release information related to the registration of assault weapons including the number of assault weapons registered. Those records you seek are derived from information collected for the State Police database and are, therefore, exempt from disclosure.”
Oh, yes. We can't forget the "Unlike the mere personal and private information of permit holders, data embarrassing to the State is protected" exemption.

We can wait for the addresses of [foolish] NY UNSAFE registrants to be published and figure the numbers from that. But we'll have to manually count the dots on the interactive map.

Various estimates of NY State compliance make the few percent of Connecticut residents who swallowed and bent over look like a massive mob of trend followers reminiscent of pet rock purchasers.


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4/16/14
Toldja so

Many years ago, I noted that, "There are very few problems in life which cannot be resolved with a suitable application of high explosives."

I love det cord.


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4/16/14
Notahoax, either

As described so far. I'll continue to reserve final judgement as I await more details.

Lots of "news" reports are referring to the latest nonincident in Boston as a bomb "hoax", and claims are surfacing that the accused is a performance artist (with assumption that his "hoax" was "art").

Please go back and reread articles. I've seen nothing where any police officer or civilian witness – nobody – says the guy claimed or even implied that he had a bomb. Nor that he had "planted" his pack anywhere suspicious, where it might reasonably be feared to be a bomb.

According to reports, witnesses and police alike say he was simply wearing the pack, and when challenged immediately put it down and told officers that it was just a kitchen tool. In fact, he specifically told them it was not a bomb. That's not exactly an attempt to make gullible people believe there's a bomb.

In fact, based on the limited data currently available, his "suspicious" acts were to 1) wear a poncho in the rain, 2) shout "Boston strong!", and 3) possibly be wearing face paint like this guy.

Maybe he meant to frighten or shock people. But absolutely nothing reported thus far supports that notion. If such were his intent, wouldn't he have generated a stronger effect if he'd pulled such an alleged dumbfuck stunt at the actual Boston Marathon rather than five days before, in the pouring rain?

Notice that the PD has not bothered to arrest/charge the news weenie who did leave an unattended suspicious bag at the finish line. Nor did they arrest the lineman who lost his power line fuse, which the cops blew up earlier that same day. At this time, based on availablee information, I think Edson is being charged with an offense more accurately described as "accidentally making stupid cops look stupid".

If you have data (not presumptions) to the contrary, please share.


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4/16/14
"And your little dog, too"


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4/16/14
Update on the Boston Notabombing

As I described yesterday (and into the wee hours this morning), the Boston police continued their fine tradition of protecting the people from things that don't go boom, like cartoon signs, traffic counters, and sweatshirts, by setting off their own explosions in the middle of the city. Yesterday it was a power line fuse, and two "suspicious" backpacks.

Ah, those backpacks...

Man charged with marathon hoax due in court
The man was stopped late Tuesday by an officer who saw him acting suspiciously, including walking barefoot down the middle of a street, veiled in black, in pouring rain, police Superintendent Randall Halstead said. The man dropped the backpack and told the officer it contained a rice cooker, he said.
Earlier reports, referencing police statements, claimed two backpacks had been left by the finish line, and that the "bomber" was wearing some sort of makeup and shouting, "Boston strong".

Now we hear that the guy dropped one backpack when challenged by the cops and told them it was just a rice cooker. The makeup seems to have vanished from the latest reports. Suddenly this doesn't sound quite so incriminating.

Unless "Boston strong" civic pride is felonious now.

I see the guy is still reported as being "veiled". I'm guessing – just based on the current downward trend of the threat level reporting, mind you – that the "veil" was some sort of raingear to keep the "pouring rain" off him.

Perhaps ponchos are hoax devices in Boston too now.

Oh. Wait... there were two backpacks reported (both of which the cops blew up). But they said the "perp"only had one... which he was still carrying... and had not left "near the finish line of the Boston Marathon"...

A second suspicious backpack was determined to have been left behind by a media outlet and was not a danger.
Ah. Media. That would explain why it contained notabomb "photo equipment".

Well... scorched, shredded, blown up photo gear. Sucks to be the press (or anyone else) in a town where the cops think anything and everything is a bomb.

Except... actual... bombs.

Found an image from a video alleged to be the notabomber.

I would not call that a "veil". What it really looks like in that pic is a big trash bag, cut open and being used as an improvised rain poncho. I've done exactly that myself; more than once. Heck, I keep trash bags in my BOB because they're so usefully adaptable to many applications.

Added: Boston Strong: Dang, look at all those mad bombers.


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4/16/14
Postage (Not) Due
Scammers using fake USPS emails to steal personal information
Officials of the Better Business Bureau on said hackers send emails about online postage charges and attempted or intercepted package deliveries.
"Online postage charges". Where have I heard that before?
U.S. Postal Service officials warn that fake emails include poor spelling or grammar, request immediate action and request personal information.
One would think that demanding "online postage charges" would also count as one hell of a hint. Unless they really are trying to charge postage on email.

If they start delivering my mail in APCs or MRAPs, I'm going to start wrapping caps.


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4/15/14
ahem- Excuse me, but...

WTF?

Missing Nebraska Toddler Found Safe in Claw Machine
[E]mployees at nearby Madsen's Bowling and Billiards found the missing child playing with toys inside their claw machine, where he became stuck after apparently crawling inside.
Crawled inside. Uh huh.

Maybe if he crawled in when it was open for restocking. And no one noticed that there wasn't any more room for prizes. And that this one really, really big prize was moving and playing with the other goodies.

I suspect we'll soon hear of the arrest (for child endangerment) of vending company employee who got tired of the idiot unattended kid trying to grab the toys as he worked and decided, "Fine, kid. You wanna play with the prizes? Play with the frickin' prizes!"


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4/15/14
This is a trick question, right?

"If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown Washington, what should you do?"
I'm a-thinkin'...

I'll admit to sometimes wondering what it would cost to get the Brits to invade DC again.


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4/15/14
Dear Boston, this is not a bomb

One of these days, those guys are going to take out a few movie theaters when some critic calls another Clooney movie a bomb.

Suspicious Device Not an Explosive: Boston Bomb Squad
A suspicious device being investigated in Boston on Tuesday morning turned out to be a high-voltage fuse that may have fallen off of a utility truck, authorities said.
Neither was this.

Nor this.

Nope, not this one either.

Oddly enough, this one was a bomb, but you seem to have missed it. Probably because you were too busy "investigating" something safer.

Even more oddly, you managed to miss the wounded bomber that time, too, despite ripping the Constitution apart in a [futile] attempt to appear to be doing something useful.

For the morbidly amused, a web search on "What bombs has the Boston police department actually found?" turned up...

Well, not much. At least it wasn't kittens.

(And yes, the BPD did blow up the line fuse. Of course, they did.)

Added, 9:30PM: And of course, they've just blown up a backpack or two. Since they aren't publicly patting themselves on their backs for destroying a confirmed bomb, it's probably safe assume that someone will be shopping for replacement clothing. Or maybe kittens. Perhaps a pony.

Added, 10:10PM: "photo equipment". Boston Police say the bags were “disrupted cuz we can, mofo for precautionary reasons.”

Look, I get that they don't want to take stupid chances. But Boston PD has a fairly long track record of mistaking pretty much anything for bombs... except bombs. If nothing else, maybe they could use a couple of classes on recognizing common 20th and 21st century items. And off the battlefield and in the middle of a crowded city, I'm not entirely convinced that blowing up on site suspected explosive devices is the smartest and safest way of dealing with them. Then again, transporting live devices through the city... true, tough call. Maybe I'd feel better if the reports were that they were "disrupting" these suspect devices that turn out to be harmless with water jets rather than more explosives. (Disclaimer: Maybe they are, but the reports I keep seeing say they're "blowing them up".)

Added, 4/16, 1:35AM: And a rice cooker, which does sound odd. But apparently he told them that's what it was. For now, he's being charged with possession of a hoax device (which includes fuses, signs, counters, shirts, kittens, and stuffed ponies). I do look forward to hearing more about this.


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4/14/14
What? The evidence of criminal activities vanished?

"Oops. Our bad."*

EPA Concedes: We Can’t Produce All the Data Justifying Clean Air Rules
Seven months after being subpoenaed by Congress, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy conceded that her agency does not have - and cannot produce - all of the scientific data used for decades to justify numerous rules and regulations under the Clean Air Act.
[...]
The agency has recently come under fire for exposing volunteers to concentrated levels of particulate matter without informing them of the risks, a practice Rep. Paul Broun (R-Ga.), chairman of the House Science Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight, called “despicable.”
Four ways of considering this:
  1. The data proving the lethality of the stuff the EPA really, really wanted an excuse to regulate never existed.
  2. The EPA did not maintain controversial data to support rules and regs that have damaged the energy industry, and are even being used to ban the most affordable and convenient heating source for millions of Americans on tight budgets.
  3. The EPA very conveniently doesn't have the data that proves they deliberately conducted ethically repugnant testing on humans with what they admit/claim are lethally toxic substances, which hospitalized uninformed subjects.
  4. The EPA really is that evil, and incompetent enough to lose their data.
Your call.

Personally, I'd call the PM2.5 testing ethically repugnant (oh, wait; I did), and felonious. Essentially sentencing poor people to freeze to death is... icing on the genocide cake.

I'm trying very hard to avoid a Godwin moment, mentioning certain someones trying out pesticide on human subjects, but some comparisons of evil acts by evil people just come naturally.

Who am I kidding? That comparison is impossible to ignore.


* Just kidding. They aren't acknowledging complicity. That would be ethical, moral; the right thing to do.
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4/12/14
Keene's Ian Freeman arrested

Radio host, minister Ian Freeman arrested
Keene resident accused of using different names to get multiple identifications, police say

Freeman, a radio host and minister, is accused of using different names to get multiple identifications from the New Hampshire Department of Motor Vehicles, state police said.

Ooooh... sounds sinister. But other people have a slightly different take on it:

"He was caught in the middle of a legal name change. His name was changed with the court, but not with the Social Security Administration, which is a requirement for a State of NH driver's license. So, he got his NH DL under his original name, even though his name was now legally "Ian Freeman". For a couple months he "had two names", but did get his NH license changed to Ian Freeman.
"They've been wanting to arrest him for a long time, ever since he put quarters in people's parking meters in Keene, this was thier best chance, so they took it. "Unsworn falsification" ? Really ?"
I'll reserve judgement but note that Freeman has long been a gadfly, annoying the hell out of the local and state governments. The "Keene Robin Hood" parking meter fiasco (from the city's viewpoint), or win for liberty (from the Free Keene point of view) comes to mind. In the past, Freeman has been arrested for such nefarious schemes to destroying the very fabric of society as his tenants having an outside sofa and recording govgoons at play (something the Supreme Court thinks is just fine.*


* Well... except when it's them. Funny, that.
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4/12/14
Gulf War Update AITC (32B), March 2014

Huh. Didn't even know there was such a thing.

Yeah, the feds finally found me, and sent me an update on the study of health issues for deployed Desert Shield/Desert Storm veterans. Lessee... started mid '90, got back in March or April, I could look it up but... 1991.

Yep. That comes to 23 years. And they just now got an "update" to me. Judging by the sequence number, these have been coming out for quite a while. As I said, never even heard of it before. I figure I've been through 10-11 physical address changes since then. Presumbably they found me by my tax returns.

A rational person might think, "Gee, they knew who I am. They sent me there, on computer generated orders (I used to work in the office that generated those deployment orders for the 5th Mob). I know they had pay and tax records back then for me (and all of us that went to play in the sand box, since they had to do that to give us our combat pay. So you'd think they could turn over a list of those names/SSANs to the IRAS and ask for the latest tax return addresses for us. Years ago."

Possibly rational persons aren't familiar with the federal government's awesome efficiency. I'm surprised they got something to me before I died.

Of course, if they'd gotten these notices to everyone in a timely, pre mortem mannner, they might have had to pay out more benefits. Says here:

"GW Veterans are three times more likely to have chronic multi-symptom illness (CMI) compared to non-deployed GW-era Veterans (37 percent versus 12 percent)."

Doesn't say how many of us managed to survive this lo... oh. Wait. They just found me (and maybe one or two others?). They don't frickin' know if we survive to be inconvenient financial burdens on the benevolent VA.

Never, ever forget that you and the feds may have conflicting ideas of "efficiency", not to mention "concern" and "responsibility".

Added: Anyone know offhand if the feds ever decided to extend more conventional "GI Bill" style benefits to people who entered service between 1977 and 1985? We had the useless VEAP, and so far as I can tell they never got around to grandfathering us. But sorting through Title 38 is a bitch. Didn't worry about it too much, because I understood the "contractual" limits when I signed up, but it would be interesting to hear they slipped us in finally.


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4/11/14
America is doomed

Yes. Dental floss now comes with graphic, cartoon-style instructions for extracting floss from the dispenser.

We are so f#cked.


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4/11/14
Why not just ban crashes?
Rules lag to help passengers escape crashed buses
The National Transportation Safety Board, which investigates transportation accidents, recommended in February 1999 that federal regulators issue new standards for large buses, also known as motorcoaches, so that after an accident passengers can easily open windows and emergency exits.

NTSB Chairman Deborah Hersman raised the issue again at a 2011 congressional hearing, saying the recommendation was one of many related to motorcoaches that regulators hadn't acted upon.

I mean... bans have worked so well on illegal drugs, "gun violence", and illegal undocumented immigration.
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4/11/14
The ARES "SCR"

I know a lot of people are getting their knickers in a twist over the very idea of "capitulating" to the gun-banners by making NY-legal ARs...

...but I actually like the aesthetics of this design. And I generally don't care for the AR platform. An admittedly unfair bias partially based on old military experience with the M-16 (not the A2 et al; the original mil version. I'm old. I know it's unfair, and that newer variants fix much of what I disliked (piston gas op, for one). I'm getting over it, and the SCR definitely helps.

Suppposedly it will take any AR upper, so it might be possible to get it in a caliber I like. (Meh. As if I had any money.) Not quite sure how that works since someone says it uses a special bolt carrier to work with that sporty-style stock. Not seeing a lot of hard data yet.

Truthfully, it's not just the aesthetics either. It looks like the ergonomics of the stock would work better for me with iron sights. YMMV, but that's why there's so many different guns out there.

Added: Video. Specifically says 300 AAC Blackout, 5.56 NATO, and 7.62x39. Still not sure what they've done with the bolt carrier... Wait...

This may be the patent. The bolt carrier group is proprietary, but it may take conventional bolts for specific calibers.


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4/11/14
Naturally more gun control, is the solution [/sarc]


Jared Loughner, Left-wing Lunatic
(Image: Wikipedia)

So, we have a "very liberal" left-wing nut (whose favorites books included the Communist Manifesto) with a history of making threats. Multiple complaints had been filed against him with law enforcement (which the sheriff had suppressed). He'd even been tossed out of his college for violent threats. He was an admitted drug and alcohol abuser (although no one thought to do anything about that either) Now we learn that he's also spent months making "paranoid, expletive-filled Internet rants about government conspiracies, suicide and killing police".

And yet, Gabby and Mark think the problem is you owning guns. OK, Gabby Giffords is seriously brain damaged. What is Kelly's excuse?


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4/10/14
About that woodstove cookery I occasionally mention

Yes, I really do that, even in the 21st century.

In the winter anyway. This may be the last bit I do until winter sets in again, as it'll soon be too warm to fire the stove up.


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4/10/14
Missing the -ahem-

...point.


As seen on The Gun Feed"

This is the "Arrow Card".

Bug Out: An emergency departure from location A, which has become unsecure, to a secure location B.

A bug out should be preplanned, whether it's to escape zombies or a Cat 5 hurricane. It should be fast, which implies you've prepared your supplies for the trip in advance.

If you are stopping in mid-flee to cut branches to build a bow, and to shape, fletch, and head arrows because you didn't bring a gun and ammo YOU. ARE. DOING. IT. WRONG.

Ironically, the folks at Primalware say:

[W]e are are the type of dudes who think worst case scenario all the time. Failing to plan is planning to fail."
OK, I've told you what bugging out is. Then there's the "survivalist" who prides himself on acquiring the skills to survive on minimal pre-placed resources, usually for a longer term than a short bug out. That would be nasty situations in which you lose your supplies, or are stranded so long you ran out; that sort of thing. In which case, you probably lost your pocket knife and Arrow Cards, too.

Next up is the collapse of civilization when everyone forgets how to make guns and ammo, when the Bradys win. In which case, you might be better off learning how to make arrowheads instead of stocking a centuries' supply of little metal cards.

This is a product with a lot of "Gee whiz, that's kinda cool" and damned little practical value. I wouldn't mind having one as a novelty (in much the same way that I'd like to own a Gräbner Kolibri in 2.7mm, just for the hell of it), but I certainly wouldn't be planning to use the damned thing. Besides, I can already make better arrowheads.*


* One of my hobbies is old "obsolete" tech. Which may not be practical now, but just you wait until the North Koreans nuke us with a giant EMP bomb and world civilization collapses and.... ahem- Well, it's fun.


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4/10/14
So much for the right to remain silent

Mute stroke victim barred from LAX flight, forced on 8-hour bus ride
The problems began when Heidi, who was left wheelchair-bound and unable to speak or write after a stroke a decade ago, was stopped by the Transportation Security Administration due to an expired driver’s license, CNN reported.

Wright claims the TSA agent was rude and insensitive, insisting Heidi talk.

“I showed her ID, her (social security card) and her DMV papers,” Wright said, to no avail.

-sigh-

Can someone explain to me why the TSA has not been abolished, its management indicted and jailed without bail, and its facilities razed and salted?

TSA spokesperson Nico Melendez told ABC7 that it regrets the incident.

“I think it could have been handled differently by the TSA...

No. This is the TSA. They aren't capable of handling it better. But wait!
and it probably could have been handled differently by the family, and hopefully moving forward the family won’t have this problem again, because they know about the programs that we have in place,” Melendez said.
Isn't that precious? The family could have handled it better. Presumably by groveling and properly, and possibly calling in a faith healer to miraculously render Heidi capable of speech. And it's all good now because the family now knows the procedures the the TSA has "in place" yet somehow didn't know/implement themselves...

Oh. Wait. The TSA did: Humiliate innocent people and force them to grovel. Deny them access to the transportation they've paid for if groveling fails to ensue.

Check.

Standard TSA Disclaimer: "It didn't happen and it was the victim's fault for not knowing the job we're allegedly paid to know and perform." (With an snide implied,"That'll teach the uppity bitch.")

Check.

About nine years ago, a guy I worked with applied for a TSA screener job (which I think he got). He tried to convince me to go apply as well. He was a nice guy so I honestly tried to be calm and polite in explaining why I would never do that, and why I really, really wished he'd reconsider his own employment plans.


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4/9/14
Rule. It. Out

Today's lesson in self-incrimination:

The facts were these: one evening in the late 1980s I was at a friend's house in my home town. Were were on the low roof of his garage. Alcohol was present. We were singing. Neither of us had very good singing voices. That may be why I felt obligated to accompany us on my friend's mother's accordion. That is what we had back then, instead of autotune.


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4/9/14
Obviously a high capacity assault knife

What do you want to bet that it has an evil black finish, too?

20 wounded in multiple stabbings at Pennsylvania high school
DEVELOPING: Twenty students were wounded — four seriously — at a high school near Pittsburgh and one person is in custody early Wednesday, emergency officials say.
Added, 11:55AM: I've seen a report that, despite at least two contract "security guards" on site, the alleged perp was taken down by a vice principal. Three questions come to mind:
  • Will the school get a refund from the company?
  • Had they contracted with Securitas?
  • How fast will the Bradys et gungrabbing victim disarmers al scream that "nonprofessionals" can't be trusted to protect kids in schools, as they tap dance in the blood? Oh... wait...

    The SOB used knives, not guns... That's OK, then.

    Never mind.


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4/8/14
For the near-terminally bored...

Another knee update: Week 4. Or, it's been four weeks since I screwed it up, so maybe I should call it Week 5.

Anyway: Like I said, four weeks on. Doesn't really hurt anymore, except when I use it a lot ("lot" being what I used to call "normal") or flex it too far. Range of motion is definitely reduced. Those familiar with my old, stomach-churning trick of turning my feet around backwards (yes, really, there's a picture of it around here somewhere... and I rendered a TI sergeant speechless back in USAF Basic Training*) will be pleased to learn that I don't think I'll be doing that anymore.

My knee has gotten so much better that I've been able to take advantage of the fact that something resembling spring has sprung at long last. I've been prepping my garden for the past couple of days: building raised bed frames, turning soil, mixing in compost, laying out the black plastic.

At this point, the knee is mostly healed, and it's a matter or using it to get it back into shape. I tried working yesterday without a wrap on the knee and that proved to be a mistake. Annnoying pain ensued midway through the day. Not analgesic-level pain, though, so I'm making progress. I did wear the wrap for today's adventures in gardening. I'm a-thinkin' that a knee brace is going to be in my long-term future, darn it.


* Note to trainers dealing with young smartass punks: When defining the position of military attention, specify "feet heels together forming a forty-five degree angle toes pointed in the forward direction".
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4/8/14
Maybe this is their plan to jumpstart the economy and create jobs

It seems Mr. Holder wants to spend a few hundred million more that we don't have on "gun safety" via "smart guns".

Old Joel notes that:

Have these people never heard of a black market? I’m reasonably sure that if they force the kind of violence here that they’ve created in Central America with their drug war, we’ll be more competent at it than some cartel of stoned Mexicans.
In-frickin'-deed.

Can they believe this would "work" [for some totalitarian values of "work]? Yes; they aren't stupid (some of them anyway, Sebelius excepted) but they are crazy. Please recall that their boss is the guy who forgets that he's married, forgets his offsprings' ages, forgets his offsprings' gender, forgets... anyway, you get the idea. There's a reason they rarely let him out without a keeper and teleprompter.

The black market is an excellent point. As usual, they're forgetting that America has a long and honored history of smuggling. Rumrunners, gunrunners (as opposed to authorized gunwalkers), wool for crying out loud. In New England is virtually a sport now. Speaking of sports, anyone recall the moonshining origins of stock car racing?

Sheesh, we smuggle treats into movie theaters just for the hell of it.

Or we could just build what we want. How many CNC mills are in the wild now? Add in 3D printing (not for direct printing of guns, but for cheaply and accurately making mold forms for cast items), and good old fashioned zip guns and other cell block (funny how they can't even keep weapons out of "totally controlled" prisons) treasures of ingenuity, and I think we'll just continue prove that an all-out "War on Reliable Guns" will prove as effective (and lucrative) as the War on Some Drugs.

The black market is conservatively (much too conservatively, I think) estimated to be 10% of the US economy. Considering that California's leading cash crop has been, for years, marijuana (beating out the number two crop by more $1.2 Billion per year), I think we should take that with a large grain of salt.

The sickly funny part of this is that personalized weapons – smartguns – had their conceptual realworld origin in law enforcement, as a means of protecting officers from being shot with their own lost weapons (hmm, I've never lost my sidearm to a bad guy; wonder what they keep doing wrong?). Oddly enough, though, LEO don't want smartguns because they don't work.


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4/6/14
This looks somewhat interesting

Kairos: an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment (the supreme moment) (Wikipedia).

Written by a frequent commenter at Claire Wolfe's Blog.


Kairos: A Proposal to Restore Federalism to the United States

I hope to add this to my reading list (right after Joe Collins" new book, Abnormal End – really, I haven't forgotten; the knee incident blew out my schedules as much as the knee). I'm pretty dubious of the whole "Constitutional Convention/Let’s throw out the old scrap paper and write new scrap paper/This time they’ll obey the rules" concept. We started with a set of rules that, if they'd ever been held to, I'd never have developed my anti-gov bias. Sure, what we have now needs some tweaking. But the basic problem isn't the rule book. It's enforcement of those rules, primarily ensuring the government obeys them instead of making up new little "house rules" to weaken the power of the individual people over said abusive (and that's exactly what it is, when it can do that) government.

Not an enforcement clause. We have that already, in the Second Amendment. An enforcement mechanism. A way to make the SOBs "play fair", not just pretty words that say we can do that... unless the gov says we can't. In science fiction terms, unless/until we can build governments with real Three Laws of Robotics we shouldn't be building governments designed to take over the world in the first place. Not pretty words, but an internal mechanism that burns the government out as soon as it tries breaking the rules.

Perhaps Kairos addresses that in a way that could satisfy even me. Hopefully, I'll see.


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4/6/14
One dumbass decision

In case you've been under a rock, Brendan Eich lost his job as CEO of Mozilla. Just so you understand his qualifications:

  • He co-founded Mozilla.
  • He created JavaScript.
  • He's worked on coding browsers since 1995.
  • He was the CTO of the Mozilla Corporation since 2005.
  • He kept up his coding skills by working on Rust.
A rational person might think that, for just once, a business had made a good choice of CEO. But Eich has his downside:
  • In 2008, while holding down one official Mozilla position and roughly six years before becoming CEO, he donated money to the campaign for California's Proposition 8. Prop 8, before being rendered moot by a federal court four years before Eich became CEO, would have banned gay marriage.
  • No one has ever claimed, to the best of my knowledge, that Eich ever based any decision as an employee of Mozilla on his personal opinion on "gay marriage". In fact, Mozilla's official position relating to LGBT issues forbids such. I repeat: No one says Eich violated that guideline.

A lot of people are calling for a boycott of Mozilla and its products in retaliation for the "anti-straight bigotry" displayed by Mozilla. I think that's unnecessary.

Any company that dumps such an apparently highly skilled and qualified individual for something perfectly lawful that he did on his own time – carefully separated from Mozilla – six freaking years ago is bound to collapse under the weight of its own incompetent bullshit any second now. A boycott would be redundant. Emotionally satisfying for many, but redundant.

Meanwhile, we're still waiting for the "gay mafia" to call for the impeachment and removal from office of that other – not-so-competent – bigot who was opposing gay marriage back in 2008, and much more recently, and in his official role as President.

-crickets-

For the record, I also oppose government approval/licensing/permission/regulation of gay marriage. But then, I oppose the government meddling in any marriage, since that's a contract strictly between the participants and possibly their personal belief system(s)...

.....which would account for lib idiots who view GOVERNMENT as their personal lord and savior demanding federal control of marriage.

Feel free to boycott me.


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4/5/14
Sympathy for the devil*

The Noah movie explained: A modern, Western Christian (a sociological set of subsets notorious for failing to get along with each other) take on a Hollyweird script assuming it has something to do with an explanation of a "secret" Jewish take on serially-interpreted millenia-old myths of lifted from a bunch of other primitive cultures by a group of self-isolated hunter-gatherers.

Parse that, sucker.

YMMV.

Joel says this is "plausible". But other people say Joel has been out in the desert sun way too long.

I've not seen Noah. If this is what it does to the human brain, I'm afraid to.


* Not a Rolling Stones reference. I think. Dr. Mattson might believe otherwise. I'm afraid to ask.
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4/4/14
"We are full fledged federal law enforcement officers."

I noticed that image on a news story about EPA cops. It took me a couple of minutes to locate the source: EPA Special Agents: Trained to Fight Environmental Crime.The EPA's own YouTube propaganda piece. Much, though not all, of that video is about the alleged training the pollution police get. The scene in question isn't specifically identified as a training scenario, but from context clearly is. I think. I hope... wait... I like the idea of these idiot not having real guns.

The image filename, which I've left intact, is "EPA-special-agents-making-arrest-in-EPA-video.jpg". No mention of training. Not sure if the site that generated it didn't know the difference, if they truly believe the EPA cop is making a real arrest with a red gun, or if it's a sly dig at the feds. Could go any way.

"We are full fledged federal law enforcement officers. We just can't be trusted with real guns."

Whoa. Wait a minute... The EPA cops just raided US Brass in Montana, because they allege employees were exposed to lead from old ammo cases. That being so, it's entirely, stupidly, possible that these clowns tote red guns to avoid lead contamination. With this administration – these are the people who think carbon dioxide must be banned – I'm not prepared to rule out any dumbfuckery. (Added:) This anti-science insanity would account for the fact that the raid went down months after the compliance inspection and after US Brass installed new filtration/ventilation systems. I guess they really wanted to have a raid day, but were afraid to enter the premises before the new gear made it totallly safe for wimps.


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4/4/14
Just for the record, that isn't a technique you want to emulate

Unless you really want free room and board...


Source: Failbook

...and a roommate named Bubba who'll make you his bitch. And likely share you with the entire cellblock.*


* Last I checked, IE doesn't ask. By default, it just does it to you unless you can manage to scream, "No! Stop!" and kill the process fast enough. Possibly the OP lives in a jurisdiction where that dating technique isn't a major felony.

Added: To be fair, I installed Opera for a test drive recently. Despite specifically telling it not to set itself as my default client, it hijacked several file associations. So MicroCeph isn't the only offender.


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4/2/14
A White House 'We the Serfs' Petition

We petition the obama administration to: respond in a timely manner to the petition to respond to petitions in a timely manner.
In anticipation of the inevitable stall on the petition (https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/respond-all-whitehousegov-petitions-get-over-100k-signatures-within-one-month/7bqrqcrg) demanding that the White House respond to qualifying petitions within 30 days of reaching the required signature threshold – i.e.- those that reach the ever-growing number of required signatures – we the under-signed demand that the White House respond in a timely manner to the petition to respond to petitions in a timely manner.
That'll show 'em! And if they don't comply, we... we... we'll... Write another petition!


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4/2/14
A new weather model from the BBQ Summer* folks

Forecasters find new formula for long-range weather
"The latest British model, which simulates the climate on a more detailed scale, was shown to be 62 per cent accurate [...] when it was tested on 20 years of retrospective data"
Accuracy of actual predictions remains to be seen. The Old Farmer's Almanac claims an accuracy of 80-85%. I doubt that, as do other people (but note that "It's also of interest to note that the Old Farmer's Almanac believes that sunspot cycles and other factors suggest that "a cold, not warm climate may be in our future". – and recall that 17+ years of government and NGO temperature data says the climate is not warming, and the NWS completely blew its "well above average" temperature forecast for the past winter...and the Almanac nailed the cold trends).


* "Barbecue Summer"
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4/1/14
No. Just... No.

Saw this earlier today. Ignored it until Joel reposted it this evening.


Click for source

I would sooner carry a pastel MLP AR. And I’m not into ARs. Or MLP. Nor pastels, much.

Even aside from the liability issues, something about that design bugs me.* Admittedly, I don’t usually care for embellished weaponry (or holsters/scabbards/sheaths). Of course, a stroll through a museum suggests I’m in the historical minority on that subject.


* You know you’d have to load that thing with Satan's Own Hi-Ex Tipped Massive-Overkill Flesh-Shredder™ rounds just to distract opposing counsel from the gun decoration.


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4/1/14
Cue Inigo

Durbin Criticizes Free Enterprise: 'Created Unfairness and Injustice'
"The free enterprise system is a strong system," he said, but it "created unfairness and injustice when it came to health care, which we are addressing with this Affordable Care Act."
Because everyone knows that a health care and insurance which is heavily regulated at the state and federal level is the epitome of "free enterprise". Hmm...
  • Licenses to practice medicine.
  • Laws restricting which licensed professional can perform which procedures.
  • Like licensing limiting the prescription of drugs...
  • ...which have to be approved by the feds...
  • ...and dispensed only by yet another licensed professional...
  • ...and maintained by the customer in federally-approved containers...
  • ...but only after signing a local LE-approved log...
  • ...all paid for by the insurance company of your choice so long as it is approved and licensed in your state...
  • ....and now meets the approval of the feds by covering women's reproductive medicine for men...
  • ...yet doesn't seem to require vasectomy coverage.
  • And... oh hell, my fingers are getting tired... better get my federally approved RSI-prevention device out...
-psst- Durbin! Lookie here. Moron.


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4/1/14
Knee, revisited

On the off chance someone's interested, here's the latest on my knee (which I attempted to forcibly, if inadvertently, twist off three weeks ago).

  • Doesn't hurt unless I do something stupid, like try to walk normally. This is a major improvement over whimpering in agony. Do not underestimate the simple lack of something.
  • I don't think I mentioned this before, but it does appear that somewhere in all this I managed a minor hairline type fracture of one toe. Annoying, but not incapacitating.
  • I unwrapped the knee (the ankle recovered enough to not need it about a week ago) and tried walking this morning. I can walk short distances (i.e.- to bathroom) without wrap or cane. If I'm going outside, I'd darned well better have one of the other. If I'm walking more than a few yards, I still need both. Again, this is a major improvement over whimpering in bed, and dreading the next trip to the toilet.
  • Bringing in firewood is still an adventure in masochism. Sadly, this is only April, and winter is not yet over.
  • The good part of winter not being over is that it doesn't matter that my knee isn't going to let me prep the garden yet... because everything's still covered in snow. This is actually getting fairly extreme even for this NH location. It's going to be a very short growing season. I blame global warming.
  • At the rate I'm healing, I expect I'll be mostly normal (physically, not mentally, bwahahahahaha) in another week. I do though suspect I'll be needing a real knee brace on and off for a few years. Some of those ligaments may never be the same, and the cartilage has seen better days, too. I've got a birthday coming in about a month.


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4/1/14
I thought I'd see what it takes to get banned at Techdirt.

Well, not really. They're fairly tolerant. I never would have put up with out_of_the_blue's crap for as long as they did. But I did do a little trolling this morning, at this post:

Animator Sues Disney For Allegedly Ripping Off Her Short Film For Its 'Frozen' Trailer
'Wilson's animated short film, The Snowman, has been all over the internet since its release in 2010. It was even entered in several animated film festivals where Pixar employees "were present and competing" in the same category. Wilson doesn't say she personally showed this to Disney employees but she infers that there were many, many ways anyone could have viewed her creation prior to Frozen's development. She does note, however, that Disney's personnel had been supplied with copies of the animated work in the past. "
Techdirt is a great resource for tech issues, hence the name, I supppose. Duh. But when it comes to "intellectual property" they – and many of their commenters – get downright schizoid. Copyright bad, remix good. Piracy drives sales of commercial versions. Copyright slows/prevents innovation (and yes, you can replace "copyright" with "patent" in all of those at Techdirt)... unless the "offender" is a big corporation like Disney. Suddenly the victim is a victim. And Disney's use is fair use. Because only little individuals can innovate, or something like that.

In fact, I have a lot of sympathy for Techdirt's baseline position on IP, even though I'm not in total agreement with it (at some point, creators stop creating if they can't get compensated in some way, a point that escapes the "information wants to be free GNU Agers).

I just want them to be aware of, and acknowledge, their little anti-capitalist bias.

It'll probably happen about the time that hell freezes over, and Microsoft really stops snooping on its customers.


Added: Someone wondered about the back story of my publishing woes. Looks like I killed the old page that explained that, so here is the short version of what happened. Enjoy.


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4/1/14
Please aware that today is April Fool's Day

So when you see stupid stuff like this:


These "3D printed bullets" bear a
striking resemblance to conventional
inert training rounds.

You should take this with a large (say... 50 pound) grain of salt. If at all.

New 3-D printed ammo to end ammo drought
"Italian 3D-printing startup, Brachia Caeli Industries (BCI) announced today at a press conference that it had successfully printed fully functional centerfire ammunition. This comes on the heels of December’s congressional ruling that the Undetectable Firearms Act (UFA), which bans guns not visible to metal detectors or x-ray scanners, does not apply to 3-D printed arms."
As usual, we'll take this a point at a time:
  • "Italian 3D-printing startup, Brachia Caeli Industries" is apparently such a new startup that even Google has never heard of it.

    Added: It may be worth noting that "Brachia Caeli" is Googly-Latin for "air arms".

  • "December’s congressional ruling that the Undetectable Firearms Act (UFA), which bans guns not visible to metal detectors or x-ray scanners, does not apply to 3-D printed arms." Except that congress doesn't make judicial rulings (with the exception of impeachment and trial of certain people). And the 3DP Liberator was specifically used as an excuse to extend the "plastic gun" ban, since it was so important to panty-pissing dimwits to ensure the Liberator would be banned.

  • "This new tech allows existing 3-D printers to fabricate plastic shell-casings with integral primer-compound." No. Just... No. Existing 3D printers that extrude plastic (like that supposed bullet and casing) do not also extrude brass (like that base in the photo), nor do they also extrude explosive primer compounds. Not to mention powder, if they're printing "fully functional" rounds. There is no such thing as an "existing 3-D printer" that does all that. Metal powder-based printers and polymer-extruding printers don't even work on the same prinicple (other than the overly generally "deposition"). Metals use laser sintering of deposited powders, while plastics are simply melted by a hot print head and squirted out. Using either on an unstable primer compound is... an explosive development.

  • You might even notice that the article states that these fine folks are producing centerfire ammo, while the article URL says it is the rather different critter, rimfire. In fact, I would have been more likely to fall for the report if it had been plastic-based rimfire. But the article does state centerfire and the picture shows centerfire brass bases.

As described: Bullshit. If someone is actually doing this, they aren't doing it the way this article describes. And it probably isn't the people being described either.

Also, if you already heard about the cloned dinosaur (several outlets are republishing that account verbatim), that one's bullshit, too. The damned "baby dinosaur" is a kangaroo lifted from another – real – article.

I repeat: This is April Fool's Day. Please exercise some sense in evaluating "news" reports.

Also, The Onion, The Daily Currant, and bloody-damned News-Hound are known satire/parody sites. Stop passing them along as "real". Or at least refrain from voting.

Added: I see that firearms/RKBA news aggregator The Gun Feed picked up that "report" (and notice how many hoax links came from guns.com)... and carefully grouped it with the other April Fool's links (like Bloomie buying NRA). Would that others were so perceptive.


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3/31/14
I guess this explains 'The Walking Dead'

Valerie Jarrett to Hollywood to Get Obamacare in Movie, TV Scripts
A top of advisor to President Barack Obama is in Los Angeles to try to get Obamacare written into scripts of TV shows and movies.

(Hat tip to David Codrea.)


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3/31/14
Another MH370 conspiracy

Dear Bog... It seems someone is trying to claim that a passenger from the missing MH370 is being held captive by the US military at Diego Garcia. The schizophrenia-enhanced know it's true because the guy sent a blank image with EXIF data.

In its way, this is almost as good as CNN's suggestion that the plane got sucked into a black hole. Or the Bermuda Triangle. Or something. Maybe it went to Narnia via a convenient mid-ocean wardrobe.

Let's take this one at a time.

  • The alleged Mr. Wood managed to hang on to his Apple smartphone, carefully stashed up his wazoo, for more than three weeks without detection... or a dead battery. I want one of those batteries. Washed, please.

  • Having decided to contact the outside world, the best he can do is send a selfie and a text message to an Internet forum. Apparently Mr. Wood has no friends who might be interested in hearing from him.

  • We "know" the message and location must be legit because "jimstonefreelance.com" explains:
    Image Exif data: THE SMOKING GUN
    Exif can’t be rewritten with common software, it can only be added to in fields such as image credits with some advanced applications applications.
    I guess EXIF editing freeware like Exif Pilot isn't common, and is advanced. Ditto all these.

  • But let's pretend the location is good.* That would... be...

    ...here.

    Please note the little blurry airplane-shaped silhouettes. Those are airplanes. Now consider where the hell they're going to hide a Boeing 777 on that little island without it being noticed.

No doubt my debunking is just another part of the false flag op distracting us from the Ukraine or something.

I confess that sometimes I lose track. Is D.C. Clothesline a "real" source, or is it supposed to be satire and parody like The Onion and The Daily Currant? Enquiring minds want to know.


* Or, if you don't like pretending, use this image. It's the exact same file, run through a freeware EXIF editor I just downloaded. Note that the location has shifted somewhat from sea level in the Indian Ocean.
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3/31/14
And the car alarms go wild

Via Ian at Forgotten Weapons.


Pak-40 German 75mm AT Gun Firing

You'll want to watch the video. Apparently an earlier shot blew out vehicle windows behind the gun.


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3/31/14
It's time to play "My Favorite Search Terms"

The game show subtitled, "WTF?"

Sometimes you just have to give in and look at how people are finding you on the 'Net. These are a few of the search terms that trapped people in my spiraling-to-oblivion accretion disk.

  • carl bear bussjaeger: Searches on my name generally pop up after one of my columns has drawn the sort of attention that makes people exclaim, "WTF? Who the hell wrote that?" In this case, I suspect it was prompted by this bit of investigative journalism of alleged journalism.
  • gauntlet pattern: This represents several inquiries about fist protection. I shall hope that they really were looking for instructions on constructing replica medieval armor, and that Rule 34 does not come into play.
  • requirements for king sca meridies: A simple one! See: ability to suck up and able to sustain more unacknowledged impacts to the head than your fellow suckups. SCA-related hits were quite popular this month; remarkably so given that I haven't been active in the SCA for nearly twenty years.
  • sca july feast: See: food poisoning, piss-poor marshalling
  • sca sable ramd [sic]: Additional useful search terms would be: alcohol abuse, drug abuse, cheaters, welchers, cowards, wimps, stupid.
  • postage due enforcement: Something non-SCA! In this case, it's a bit of fiction; one of my more popular short stories, "Postage Due". A friend once suggested I was responsible for at least one iteration of the Internet Email Postage urban legend. I'd like to think so.
  • http://www.bussjaeger.org/: Please be aware that entering a URL, complete with the specified protocol, into the Google search field instead of the browser address field does not get you to www.bussjaeger.org any faster. In fact, it takes longer, and allows Google to track where you're going, for no good any reason. Stop it, or we'll take away your Internet license.

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3/30/14
Another nonbinding poll

Rather like the Presidential "elections".*

Poll: Is Barack Obama the Worst President in History?
Obama’s entire presidency has been a disaster for America.
Judging by that opening line, I'd guess that there's just a little bit of bias in their polling methodology. But really? Is Obama the worst?

I'd say, "Yes; tied with 42 of the previous 43 criminals-in-chief." I'm cutting Jefferson a little slack here, although good arguments both ways can be made over shennanigans like the Louisiana Purchase


* Unless you've been a member of the Electoral College you've never voted for a US President, no matter what the lamestream muddia have told you.
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3/29/14
Earth Poverty, Degradation, and Menial, Manual Labor Hour

How quickly we forget. See? Sometimes effort pays off! Yep, it's time for "Earth Hour" again. When moronic first world masochists try to pretend that that living like poor peasants around the world is a good thing. (They should probably ask some of those peasants about that.)

I rather liked this comment over at Watts Up With That:

Hugh Winkler says: March 29, 2014 at 11:00 am-"Every day is “light up celebration day”. Why can’t you just allow one “feel good” day and turn the lights off, for chrissakes."
Because we aren't masochists, Hughie. My ancestors and I didn't spend generations improving our lot so I could chuck it all and squat around a frickin' candle hoping the winter-starved wolves won't eat me in the dark.

But feel free to sacrifice yourself while everyone else laughs at your suicidal tuchis.


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3/27/14
Liars and other lamestream muddia reporters

No sooner do I write something about a newspaper with a deliberate anti-RKBA bias, not to mention serious accuracy issues, than I hear from an admitted liar from another newspaper. It started with this article in The Kansas City Star:

Dangerous consequences: Preserve a mental health patient’s gun rights, or protect the public?
That screed under the byline of Darryl Levings, is chock full of BS: Semi-automatic rifle called an "assault rifle," prohibited persons just strolling into stores and casually buying "Street Sweeper" Title II Any Other Weapons. Absolutely factually wrong.

I just referred to Levings as a liar. That's strong language, and might be considered actionable by an idiot. But it's my opinion and I can back it up with Levings' own words from his email. You see, after I tried reading that article, I wrote an email to the reporter objecting to the inaccuracies. He, as I said, replied today. Of specific interest to those wondering if he's actually a liar or simply clueless is this statement:

"I'm aware of the assault "weapon/rifle" thing, but rifle is much more descriptive to the common ear, so I used it. I said the weapons were semi-automatic so that was perfectly clear to someone as versed as yourself. So why all the smoke?"
(link to complete email)
He claims that he knows the difference but deliberately chose to call a semi-automatic rifle an assault rifle. Because it's "more descriptive" to folks he's been misleading all along. Not more accurate; just more prone to making them think he really is talking about machine guns. Which he ("I said the weapons were semi-automatic") knows is false.

Yes, I think I'll stick to my my opinion that he's a deliberate liar. His own statement supports that belief.

Of course, he could offer a little of his own mental incompetence as a mitigating circumstance. He also thinks NICS is administered by the "AFT" [sic] ("so the AFT sees no record to stop the sale").

Then there's the "NICS, [...], which relies on fingerprints" for purchase background checks error. NICS background checks for purchases are name based, no fingerprints involved. At least not in federal requirements. Does Missouri have a fingerprinting requirement at point of sale? I know they repealed the old purchase permit requirement. That would appear to leave only the standard NICS at POS. Missouri's Criminal History Record Information (CHRI) System does include fingerprints in records of criminals, but I don't see anything that requires fingerprinting of customers in addition to a NICS check. Maybe some MO resident with more of a clue than Levings can provide some accurate info on fingerprinting.

More morbid amusement from Darryl, when discussing those people listed as prohibited persons for reasons of mental incompetence: "The point is that almost NO state complies with the federal definition, unless people are already involuntarily committed". I tried to explain to Levings that "involuntarily committed" (and "adjudicated as a mental defective") is the federal definition. But he seems enamoured of the idea of prohibiting persons just because "only places like California have real teeth to keep a crazy from getting a gun" without worrying about little things like justice and due process. Something tells me Levings thinks the way the VA is trying to prohibit veterans owning firearms, without anything resembling justice or due process, is just peachy keen. But he can correct me if that impression is wrong.

Still waiting.

While we're waiting, perhaps you should wonder if a newspaper with an admitted liars on staff is realy a news source you want to rely upon.

Update, 3/27, 6:00PM: Levings replied.

"just more of the same, bear, you're not impressing anyone "
I was fully aware that I wouldn't "impress" him. Honesty – facts – holds no interest for a liar like Levings. Since this made it into print in the first place, I likewise doubt that honest reporting interests his his editor, but you never know.

Update 2, 3/27/6:20PM: Just sent this to the KC Star editor:

Just curious: Would it be of interest to you to learn that your reporter Darryl Levings has admitted in written communications that he deliberately and knowingly made an error of fact in the article "Dangerous consequences: Preserve a mental health patient’s gun rights, or protect the public?" (http://www.kansascity.com/2014/03/22/4909753/dangerous-consequences-preserve.html)? Personally, I'm of the opinion that intentionally stating a falsehood in a news report is _lying_, and a newspaper that allows the practice is useless as a news source and should be abandoned.

Actually, he made several inaccurate statements, but I'm primarily concerned with his deliberate false claim of an assault rifle. The other could merely be the result of sloppy, amateurish research rather than intentional lies.

If you do think integrity is important, I can provide you with copies of his emails, complete with headers to verify provenance. Otherwise, you can simply enjoy the write-up at http://www.bussjaeger.org/liars-reporters.html

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Carl "Bear" Bussjaeger
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That's most likely pointless. Levings is listed on their website as "Senior editor/writer - lifestyle". Odds are that they'll just blow this off. Certainly Levings himself wasn't concerned enough to deny lying. Usually when I call out a reporter for inaccuracies he pretends he didn't know, or that he was just reporting what [insert whomever] told him.


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3/27/14
Not-so-great moments in marketing

Remind me never to subscribe to the Nashua TeleTypograph. Oh... wait...

I did. Once.

The "Telegraph" is one of the larger papers in New Hampshire. It's also probably the worst. I call it the Typograph for much the same reason Brits have their "Grauniad". Except the Typograph only dreams of achieving the high standards of quality demonstrated by the Guardian (yes, that should sound scary). For a while after I canceled my print subscription, I would occasionally visit their website for local news. But after too damned many links to 404 pages – and even more pages with a headline and absolutely nothing else – I visited less often.

Truthfully, the 404 and blank pages tend to be the Typo's best reporting. When they manage to post an article... They'd do things like publish someone's home address and note that the remote house on a dirt road in the woods would be unattended. Or they'd provide a list of all the alleged (yet nonexistent) machine guns someone wasn't actually busted for possessing, and actively refusing to publish corrections. Or print some article about honest gun owners, accompanied by a graphic photo of gun-wielding lunatics and crime scenes from out of state. All with the most amazing set of typographical errors. Finally, they stopped writing crime reports; they opted to print police department press releases verbatim under some reporter's byline. And they still managed to insert typos.

For some strange reason, they were basically going broke. They eventually found some [sucker] to buy them out. I heard that a few folk hoped the new management would come with a shiny-bright editorial broom. I wasn't so optimistic. I turned out to be right.

I think this ad that showed up in the snailbox today pretty well illustrates the continuing quality issues the Typo is enjoying.

Do they truly believe there's a large masked-spandex-clad-freak demographic in NH? One large enough to support the paper? Meh... Typograph; they probably do.


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3/26/14
False False Flags

I didn't stutter.

Can we saw “False flag”*. The plane deal is keeping lots of stuff out of the headlines. We hardly hear about the Chrimea or the economy lately. I suppose it could je a coverup as suggested on the daily sheepel last night as well.
No need for false flag ops. In an entire world of things happening the complicit lamestream muddia can always find something more important... like Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, too effin' many Kardashians...

Even if you insist on an incident involving a plane crash...flight 370 is at least the 22nd crash just this year. If anyone were so inclined, you could find something mysterious about any one of them. In 2012 and 2013, we averaged a crash roughly every two days.

You want mysterious? How about the missing "mutant plague mice" ship drifting unfound on the high seas for more than a year?

One more cry of "false flag op!" and I'm going to declare that conspiracy theory to be a false flag op in itself, and watch the Internet nuttosphere** collapse into a black hole of concentrated paranoia.


* I'm afraid to ask what "flag" this "op" is supposedly impersonating. We have a missing plane that was carrying unapproved hazardous cargo, a set of radio and telemetry transmissions consistent with a fire casused by that that fire-prone hazardous cargo, radar tracks consistent with a pilot trying to reach an air strip in an emergency, and no government or freelance terrorists claiming any responsibility. None. Nada. Zip. Nothing. Silence. We have what appears to be a sadly ordinary plane disaster with no weird agenda attached being passed off as a sadly ordinary plane disaster with no weird agenda attached.

** Heck. I thought I coined that term. Looks like someone got there first.


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3/26/14


Hiroshima urban renewal
Nation-building in Japan

Japan to hand over nuclear material to United States
The US administration is trying to secure worldwide supplies to stop them falling into the hands of terrorists secure them in the hands of the only country that has actually used nuclear weapons in war. Twice.*
Fixed it for you, BBC.

Funny how no lamestream muddia outlet never remembers that part as the fedgov strives to make the world safe from nukes for itself.


* Not debating whether it was necessary, if it saved (American) lives, or if Nagasaki was a [sadly believable] secret deal with Stalin to not have a spare nuke laying around. Just pointing out that after 69 years no else – not "terrorists", free democracratic country, souless communist nation-state, evil running dog capitalist corporation, freelance lunatic... nobody – has ever done what the US government did. Twice.
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3/25/14
I can only assume he has never had a girlfriend

The creator, I mean.


EZ Robot Controlled Lost in Space B9 Robot

This guy has basically built a full-scale for-frickin'-real-robot replica of the old Lost In Space Robot costume. I am doubly in awe of his technical skills and his ability to function with less of a sex life than even me.

I wonder if he's seen Pacific Rim yet.


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3/25/14
This sounds familiar

What an ATF set-up looks like
Hot tip: if some scroungy guy offers to sell you guns out of his trunk, he’s probably one of “ATF’s Finest” — a criminal working with the agency to make new first-time felons. A Wisconsin man is now about to be a literal jailhouse lawyer because he didn’t listen to his own sense that there was “something funny” about the convicted drug dealer who was insisting he buy the guns.
When last I was living in Memphis, someone told me that "X" would probably like talking to me because he sells guns. Didn't think much about it; just filed the info away.

Until one day while I was working outside, this guy walked up and introduced himself. Yep, "X". He said he'd heard I was "into" guns, and offered to sell me anything I wanted. -ding!- I said I wasn't interested. He made a point of mentioning that he was not a licensed dealer -dingding!- so he could get me stuff without any paper trail. -dingdingding!-

At that point I was backing away, but he wasn't done. "You want machine guns? I can get you machine guns." CLANGCLANGCLANG "Silencers, too." REDALERT!WHOOPWHOOP "Just tell me what you want."

I hung around just long enough to state very clearly that I didn't want anything, that I had no interest whatsoever in obtaining machine guns or silencers, and that I wasn't going to do business with him. Then I went inside.

A few days later he showed up again. Same routine...
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3/25/14
Knee Update

Should anyone be interested... It's been two weeks since I attempted, however inadvertently, to see how many 360° rotations my knee could make. At least, it felt that way.

Mostly, there's not even much in the way of background pain now. Unless I try to walk hobble more than 20-30 steps, or if I try to sit up in my desk chair too long; the knee does not like being bent. The knee can even take enough weight to help me balance on the cane (which, yes, is still required).

When the knee pain faded somewhat, it revealed the unsurprising fact that I'd also twisted the heck out of my ankle, though not nearly as bad as the knee. But I'd assumed that and been wrapping the ankle all along The ankle is mostly all right except that it does not want to rotate; if I forget, screams do ensue. At such times, I am again thankful for the aspirin and ibuprofen my sister sent.

My sword cane is demonstrating that it's more sword than cane by coming apart at the joint. As it happens, duct tape works better on canes than knees. True, I can no longer draw the sword, but as always, there are loaded firearms ready to hand. (So anyone thinking this would be a good time to rob the cripple in the woods... think again.)

(Such wanna-be felons should also consider that I'm a bit cranky right now.)


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3/25/14
To Boldly Go...


Source

That greatly angered Russia, who strongly disapproved of the dismantling of their spacecraft. Fortunately for NASA, they had long since established a means of transferring wealth from the wealthy to the poor Russians.



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3/22/14
Update on David Codrea

If you're a regular reader of David Codrea's War On Guns and his Examiner column, you've probably already heard the news. If you aren't a regular reader, you darned well should be. But...

...for now,via Mike Vanderboegh...

David Codrea needs our prayers. "Tell everyone to leave me the hell alone, okay?"
"David collapsed in the middle of the night last night and fractured two ribs and also put couple of lumps on his head. He is (in the hospital)."
David was already dealing with pneumonia. I presume weakness from that contributed to the fall. Do for him what your beliefs allow; otherwise leave him be (i.e.- no WOG blog comments that need his moderation, nor emails that he's in no condition to check).

If you have verifiable tips to pass on, consider giving them to Mike V. for now. Or even me; I don't have David's or Mike's readership (outside of New Hampshire, where I do surprisingly well), but I do get some attention.


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3/21/14
I'm an authority?

That's different.

I got a request for information about historical inks (lampblack and iron gall types) from someone who found my Period Inks and Pigments article. What makes this "different" is that the request didn't come from someone in the Society for Creative Anachronism just piddling around. If I'm interpreting the email address correctly, this is someone from a university in Ireland working in archeology. I would have thought such a person would already have access to far better references than do I.

I'm more of an redneck nerd geekishly exclaiming, "Hey, y'all! Watch this!" than a real scholar. I like to start with knowing something can and has been done and figure out how to do it myself. Heck, I've never found a historical reference for the way I use acorns as a tannin source for iron "gall" ink; I just reasoned that tannin is tannin (for ink purposes anyway) and gave it a shot. So far as I can tell, no one ever did that before, which seems strange because you have to leach the tannin from acorns anyway to process them for food. Why waste the tannin? I pointed my correspondent at a few sources and wished her luck.

I wonder if I should be flattered that a university archeology type is asking me, or wonder exactly what she's experimenting with.


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3/21/14
Do fink lines work?

I noted earlier that the head of a local Crime Stoppers program ran afoul of the courts when he refused to share information from an anonymous tip with the defense. I've long thought that anonymous fink lines were dubious constitutionally, but I wondered how effective they are. Offhand, I couldn't recall ever seeing a study of that point. So I did some web searches.

And turned up almost nothing. Perhaps someone with access to specialized databases could do better, but the main item I could find was one 1987 study of the Crime Stoppers program. One study in 27 years?
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3/20/14
Bravely protecting the snitches of America

No jail for Crime Stoppers head over anonymous tip
The head of Miami-Dade County's Crime Stoppers program avoided jail time Thursday after a judge found him in contempt of court for refusing to divulge details about an anonymous tip, some of it on a piece of paper he ate rather than turn over at a previous hearing.
I always did have doubts as to the -giggle- propriety of anonymous fink lines. How does that go again...?
"In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to [...] be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him"
Ah, right.

And then there's the monkeywrench factor: It isn't hard to imagine tying up an LE department with a series of credible, detailed reports of utterly BS nonexistent "offenses". Or faked reports to get someone cough congresscritters, zoning inspectors, city councilmen, cops cough in trouble. It isn't as if people SWAT folks for fun... oh... wait.

Knee permitting (actually, it's much better now, so long as I don't want to... you know, use it; which is a huge improvement over being just under the "screaming in agony while laying down" threshold where I was for the first few days), I think I'll see if I can dig up some studies on the effectiveness/cost:benefit ratio of fink lines. In the meantime, why not read this:

You never know when you might need it.


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3/20/14
NOTICE: The following meme pic frightens ATF agents


Explanation

(right-click to save)

I suggest reposting everywhere.

The folks at Ares Armor are putting these together using footage from the TRO-violating ATF raid on their facility. The ATF says it violates their goons' privacy. Their position on violating constitutionally-protected guaranteed (obviously the protections are crap) rights is clear.

I do like their sense of humor.


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3/20/14
Surprise! Not.

Remember that ditz who whined that people beat her up for recording them against their will in a bar, and as proof that she was not recording them provided the videos she'd recorded of people asking her to stop?

Alleged Google Glass Attack Victim Under Restraining Order For Secretly Recording Neighbors In 2012
The woman who said she was attacked in a San Francisco bar for wearing Google Glass has a restraining order against her for an incident two years ago where she admitted to secretly pointing her smartphone at her neighbors’ open window and recording their conversation.
Do read the entire article. Judging by Slocum's own statements she's a frickin' paranoid schizophrenic. True, I'm not a doctor qualified to diagnose, but... "chasing a friend of mine with an axe", "talking about me and conspiring against me", "pulled a big knife on me". I also note that the police never seem to have been called regarding those astonishing murder attempts. Aptos police apparently do not respond to the Twilight Zone.
Ah, well. It's good to be having this debate now. Wearable and implantable electronics will become pervasive. We damned well better figure out, before too many fights and murders occur, just how we're going to deal with it. Cellcams should have given us a hint of the extent of the issue, but collectively we clearly weren't that bright.

Will we create news laws? Or new customs? What sensory devices will be acceptable? Can a private citizen claim that the recording was fine because he was in public, recording a fully visible house? Will that do for cops, too?

Some of these rules exist. Cops, for instance have been limited by past court rulings, to surveillance equivalent to human senses, unless they obtain a warrant for more intrusive techniques. That's already being overturned by new rulings allowing warrantless cell phone location data collection (and other metadata... and how does the NSA affect that) and some GPS bugs. So what if FLIR markets a thermograph imager that plugs into a smartphone and the same private citizen (or snooping cop) stands on the sidewalk recording your house with that gadget designed to show what's happening inside?

A FLIR could be ruled unacceptable (and has in the past, by courts, used by cops; but is allowed for utility companies scanning for inefficient homes) because it extends data collection to a wavelength beyond human senses. So leave off the FLIR...

...and install an ordinary parabolic mike. Same freq range as the human ear, just more sensitive. Do you ban those? What about sound-amplifying hearing aids.

Just don't rely on common sense and courtesy to sort out potential problems. As Slocum demonstrates, common sense ain't, courtest is lacking, and insanity rules the day.

Of course, private individuals could always adopt the same rules of engagement used by cops when being recorded.


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3/20/14
Remember that false report of a man with a gun?

Yeah, that one. Update: We now have a picture of the scary tattoo.


Actual tattoo

Not very realistic.

I stand by my call for criminal charges against the tree crew that falsely reported a man with a gun.


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3/20/14
It isn't just American "news services" that are full of crap

London teenager locked up for importing Uzi machine gun and 'arsenal' of other weapons from US disguised as ornamental OWLS
A teenager who bought a machine gun and 187 rounds of ammunition and imported them from the US disguised as ornamental owls has been locked up. Reza Khalilzada, a Dutch national, ordered the Uzi machine gun from the United States but was caught when his parcel was intercepted by customs officials on August 8 last year.
So much fail...
  • The guy didn't exactly sucessfully smuggle the "Uzi", since it was intercepted by US Homeland Security before reaching the UK.
  • That .22 caliber "Uzi" "lethal machine gun" is actually the semi-auto – NOT machine gun – Walther replica.
  • The "AK-47" ammunition was also intercepted in the US.
  • The AK barrel is alternately described as a -47 and a -74, so I'm pretty doubtful of the full-auto claim on this one, too.
  • Then again, the Brits call the slingshot a catapult, so I suppose the rest of their words don't have to make sense either. That does explain the Daily Mail and the Grauniad.

Added, 5AM: Wait. Let me back up. I realized that I'm making an unspoken assumption that others might not.

I am concerned about the accuracy of such reports because victim disarming idiots on both sides of the pond use these articles to claim that "lax" US laws are allowing the flow of nasty ol' machine guns to peaceful places like the UK (or, if you prefer, Mexico a la Fast & Furious Project Gunwalker), "necessitating" more restrictive laws (or even UN intervention through silliness like the small arms trade treaty).

When discussing this with the merely ignorant gungrabber, it can be worthwhile to note that 1) machine guns are heavily regulated, 2) this wasn't a machine gun, and 3) US authorities did successfully intercept it, keeping it out of some UK criminal's hands.


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3/20/14
YES, it is. Moron.

CNN’s Don Lemon: ‘Is It Preposterous’ to Think a Black Hole Caused Flight 370 to Go Missing?
CNN’s Don Lemon has been entertaining all sorts of theories about the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370, including the chance something “supernatural” happened, but on Wednesday night, he actually asked panelists about the possibility a black hole was involved.

Seriously, folks; who actually watches CNN anymore? And why? Kinky sexual thrills? Do you like fictional war movies? Keeping up with the latest developments in nerve gas? Childraising tips? Other entertainment? Do you miss the USSR's Pravda, and this is the next best thing? Maybe you're a wanna-be psychopathic murder and enjoy like company in noted constitutional scholar Piers Morgan?

I called out CNN for this crap more than a decade ago in Net Assets. It was old – pardon the expression – news then. For Ghu's sake, people, you can get more accurate, less biased reporting from Fox News. (Scary, that.)

Is this really a source you want to reply upon? Idiots who think "global warming" causes meteors?

(Hat tip to Watts Up With That.)


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I don't get paid for these. I don't have a publisher. In fact, the one "publisher" that put out bootleg copies of these books never paid me. Worse, he conducted some unauthorized activities under my name, causing me to get hit with the taxes on his pirated profits. Some pirates are still selling some of these, including a horribly edited, unauthorized collection of short stories (get The Anarchy Belt below: all those stories and more, and better edited) elsewhere on the 'Net. I don't get royalties. Never have. No advances either. Nada, nothing, zip.

In short, if you like what you see, I'd appreciate it very much if you would consider dropping a little something in my Tip Jar. It's the only money I'll ever get out of all that work. It would be great if I could get enough to keep me in beans and rice. If nothing else, remember that it costs me money to maintain this site and provide the bandwidth for the free (to you) downloads.

By special request, I can also provide these in other formats (Kindle, EPUB, etc.)

Thanks.


Added, 4/1/2014: Someone wondered about the back story of my publishing woes. Looks like I killed the old page that explained that, so here is the short version of what happened. Enjoy.



Net Assets
  What would you do, how far would you go, for freedom?
  Net Assets is the story of people who push all the limits – technological, political, personal – to develop an affordable space launch system which anyone can use. It is also the story of those who would anything to stop them. Anything.
  Bussjaeger examines the laws, treaties, and technology that make or break the old dream: real space development and colonization by real people, out of the reach of government bureaucracies that fear the consequences of unlimited freedom.
2003 Prometheus nominee.
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Review of Net Assets, courtesy of Kent McManigal.



Bargaining Position
  Sequel to Net Assets.
  An oddball pair of extremely individualistic asteroid miners on a speculative journey to the far reaches of the solar system think they have struck it rich: an ancient, robotic space probe apparently free for salvage. But who built it, and do they want it back? And is it really an unmanned robot?
  While grappling with those issues and suddenly quirky automation problems of their own, a few more people decide they want the probe for themselves.
  Is this First Contact? How do they define contact? How do they define life?
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Here's a nice little review of Bargaining Position compliments of John Walker.

Kent McManigal also turned his attention to Bargaining Position: See his review.



The Anarchy Belt
  A collection of short stories by the author of Net Assets and Bargaining Position. 24 tales of people dealing with new problems, and a few old ones in new contexts. Includes 12 more stories in the NA/BP universe.
  Piracy on the high frontier, high tech rednecks, revolution against... the post office?, psychopath training simulators, the right to keep and bear nukes, and much more.
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A Little Pussy
  A new short story with the Hunters from Bargaining Position.
  Aggressive housepets... sort of. And Bill unsupervised in the workshop. It's a toss-up which is scarier.

  (Note to prudes: look at that cover art and consider the reference to "housepets" before jumping to conclusions. So far as sexual content goes, I rarely exceed PG13, and never R. If you do want porn, you'll have to look elsewhere.)
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I used to be active in the Society for Creative Anachronism, so a lot of these are written from that perspective. But they are still useful for anyone interested in learning how to do things for themselves.




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