Tuesday, 14 June 2016

10:02 – Federal and state estimated taxes are in the mail. Grrrrrr.

I’m afraid that the Florida outrage is just the latest in what’s likely to be a string of similar outrages between now and the general election. The goal of terrorists, after all, is to spread terror among ordinary people. In that sense, the choice of a gay bar was less effective than it might have been had the murderer chosen a target that average people could identify with. Only a tiny percentage of the population has ever been in a gay bar. Nearly everyone has attended sporting events, theme parks, and similar soft targets that attract mass numbers of people. There are hundreds of thousands of such soft targets, most of them made even softer by declaring themselves gun-free zones. Which is actually a pretty good metric: if it’s a gun-free zone, you really don’t want to be there under any circumstances. And in that category I include not just sports stadia and theme parks, but entire cities and states. All they’re really doing is advertising, “Lots of helpless victims available here.” Someone called that a wolf amongst the sheep, but I think a weasel among the chickens sums it up better. If you value your life and your family’s lives, don’t go anywhere you can’t go armed. And if you ever find yourself in such a situation, don’t count on someone else to save you. Whether or not you’re armed, your best response is ALWAYS flat-out attack.

More work on science kit stuff today.