Tues. Aug. 6, 2019 – bad mood

78F and 93%RH this morning, with the sun poking out.

Didn’t sleep well. Bad dreams continued into this morning, and started me off on the wrong foot.

The news hasn’t made it any better.

3rd world pissants have made and used deadly drone aircraft…

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-05/drone-strike-pro-haftar-forces-public-assembly-kills-over-40-libya and yet no one much seems to be talking about what this means for the world.

The whole world is in turmoil, and things are not going to end well. I know, doom and gloom for at least the last several years… but look at the changes in those last years.

The geo-political landscape really is changing. The world is rearranging itself and we are caught up in it.

Like the list of crime in my previous post, start listing the big changes in the last two years, and it gets surprising quickly how big and how fundamental some of those changes were.

Stay frosty my friends.

n

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66 Responses to Tues. Aug. 6, 2019 – bad mood

  1. Greg Norton says:

    3rd world pissants have made and used deadly drone aircraft…

    Nothing new. I saw a presentation from these folks *three years ago* at Dallas Maker Space, discussing the fabrication of drones for less than $100 capable of autonomous flights of several miles. Most of the cost was avionics and engines; the bodies were single pieces of foam cut using the Maker Space laser and folded into aerodynamic shapes.

    Scissors and Xacto knives would work to cut the foam if you were patient, but the Maker Space built their own computer-controlled laser from parts, including an imported laser tube from Germany — something not beyond the means of a sufficiently motivated group in Libya.

    https://www.flitetest.com/

    The capabilities are probably even more advanced now than the demos I saw three years ago.

    The knowledge is out there and drones are not nuclear weapons. As our late host indicated multiple times, any of the regulars on this board could conceive of a way to bring down a commercial airliner without too much trouble.

    Khadaffy correctly predicted the trouble which would happen if he were removed from the equation.

  2. SteveF says:

    Khadaffy correctly predicted the trouble which would happen if he were removed from the equation.

    Just another part of the Obama/Clinton legacy, the gift that keeps on giving.

    any of the regulars on this board could conceive of a way to bring down a commercial airliner without too much trouble

    Yes, but that’s mostly just an attention-getting stunt. If you really want to do damage, go after the infrastructure. The electric grid is trivial to disrupt. Rail lines are easily disrupted. (They relatively easy to protect, too, but that greatly increases cost and delays, so two derailments will serve the purpose.) Water systems are difficult to disrupt for Joe Blow and his garage workshop but easy if you have explosives, incendiaries, or heavy equipment. And so on.

  3. Nick Flandrey says:

    Ah, but you’re still thinking drone=small. Freaking things can be as big as 737s, and this one is not a weaponized hobby drone.

    The fact that they probably bought it from one of our nominal allies is bothersome too.

    n

  4. MrAtoz says:

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-08-05/drone-strike-pro-haftar-forces-public-assembly-kills-over-40-libya and yet no one much seems to be talking about what this means for the world.

    Ban all drones world wide!!!

    Wait a minute! I have four. Fcuk banning all drones!

    You know that will be the call after the first in the FUSA.

    Mr. SteveF is right, of course. The Mooslim terrorists are too dumb to do tech stuff, they have to leverage common Moos by threatening their families, etc., to do their tech.

  5. CowboySlim says:

    Ban all drones world wide!!!

    YES!!! They are not covered by our 2nd. Amendment.

  6. Greg Norton says:

    Ah, but you’re still thinking drone=small. Freaking things can be as big as 737s, and this one is not a weaponized hobby drone.

    The fact that they probably bought it from one of our nominal allies is bothersome too.

    Even a drone that large shouldn’t be a surprise.

  7. Nick Flandrey says:

    Not an area known for its aerospace or tech prowess.

    n

  8. Nick Flandrey says:

    https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2019-08-04/el-paso-dayton-gilroy-mass-shooters-data

    “For two years, we’ve been studying the life histories of mass shooters in the United States for a project funded by the National Institute of Justice, the research arm of the U.S. Department of Justice. We’ve built a database dating back to 1966 of every mass shooter who shot and killed four or more people in a public place, and every shooting incident at schools, workplaces, and places of worship since 1999.”

    –and no surprise, they studied mass shooters and discovered they used guns. The measures they propose are a laundry list of un-Constitutional lefty talking points.

    –I’d like to see that database. As it was publicly funded and used open sources it should be freely available.

    –the phrase “and every shooting incident at schools, workplaces, and places of worship since 1999” tells me they are looking to increase the number of incidents. The last “researchers” who used a phrase like that included anything that happened on or near a school, whether there were students present or not. So vandalism counts if shots were fired, and gang violence counts if it happened at 1am on school property. Conflating all those incidents with mass shootings isn’t helpful.

    And nothing new in there profiling– kids had a sucky life. Which leads to mental health issues. They looked for info on how to do it. They had an event which “pushed them over the edge” and into action. They had access to a murder weapon (and since they studied shootings in particular, the weapon was a gun.) Some people saw it coming.

    Then they conflate mass violence with mass shooting, which is sloppy and probably indicates bias.

    They believe SEL (which is itself a research project attempting to change humanity at its core) would help. Which means they are full on progressives, looking to perfect man, and we know where that inevitably leads. 100 million dead or imprisoned.

    n

  9. Nick Flandrey says:

    ” Ban all drones world wide!!!

    YES!!! They are not covered by our 2nd. Amendment. ”

    -until you weaponize them, then they ARE covered…

    n

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  11. Ray Thompson says:

    YES!!! They are not covered by our 2nd. Amendment.

    Slap a pistol barrel and a .22 shell on the drone and you are golden.

  12. Nick Flandrey says:

    Another RINO who dishonors his oath, and in favor of laws that would have made NO DIFFERENCE in the shootings.

    “‘The second change I’m calling for is more controversial, but too important to shy away from any longer: raising the age of gun purchase to 21,’ Kinzinger continued.

    He claimed current laws are especially dangerous in the case of schools shootings when a student or recent student can legally purchased weapon.

    Kinzinger’s post also details that he wants there to be a ban on certain high capacity magazines, ‘like the 100-round drum the Dayton shooter used this weekend.’

    —Anyone see this drum mag reported anywhere?

    “‘As we look at the issue of gun violence, we know we cannot change what has happened, but we can work together to get a handle on this crisis moving forward without fully disrupting our constitutional rights,’ Kinzinger wrote. ”
    –without “FULLY”. How about NO. NO. NO and more NO.

    –primary this turd.

    n

  13. Nick Flandrey says:

    Anyone who has an interest, this is a perfect example of poor writing on the topic–

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7327059/Mental-illness-not-blame-mass-shootings-access-deadly-guns.html

    Conflates suicide with “gun violence” switching back and forth to whichever supports the author’s point. Argues from authority. Abuses statistics. Circular logic (gun murders use a gun, so eliminating guns would end gun murders, by definition.)

    n

  14. Mark W says:

    A friend of my wife called her yesterday, crying. She said the shootings are all Trump’s fault, and my wife can’t understand because she’s white. The friend also believes Trump should be shot.

    I’m having trouble understanding how a person can become so hateful. She didn’t used to be this way until her husband voted for Obama and became a “true believer”. Bill Maher is the fount of all knowledge for them.

    What is wrong with people that they stop thinking about what’s going on and need to be told how to think?

  15. hcombs says:

    What is wrong with people that they stop thinking about what’s going on and need to be told how to think?

    Thinking is hard. Much easier simply to let Mill Maher and CNN tell you what to think.
    That’s what my sister-in-law does.

  16. Greg Norton says:

    —Anyone see this drum mag reported anywhere?

    No. 100 rounds. Isn’t that already outlawed in this country.

    Not that it would be all that practical for someone on the move.

    Wasn’t the Dayton shooter like a Pajama Boy wannabe?

  17. SteveF says:

    until you weaponize them, then they ARE covered

    That comment wins the Internet for the day.

  18. Harold Combs says:

    100 round drum magazines are legal but highly unreliable. The Colorado movie theater shooter had one a few years back and it jammed on him after just a few rounds so he switched to his more deadly shotgun.

  19. Ray Thompson says:

    Going to buy MIL a car while in San Antonio. She seems to be fairly OK with actually doing the purchase. Surprises me actually. Toyota dealer close to her house, about seven miles I guess so that is where we will make the purchase. Have already contacted the dealer and started the process of getting the vehicle wife and I think she would like. A 2019 Yaris LE or possibly a 2019 Corolla LE. Corolla is a little more expensive.

    One possibility is a 2017 used Yaris LE, 44K miles, one owner, no accidents, all service at the dealership, one year left on the bumper to bumper. Can probably talk the dealer into giving two years of free normal service (oil change, etc.) as part of the deal. Cost is a little less than $12K. Might be a really good option as I don’t think she will be driving much beyond 5 years. And in that five years will probably not put more than 20K miles on the car. Hope the vehicle is still there when we arrive.

    It is odd trying to find a vehicle for someone else located 1,100 miles away. Not only that an often indecisive, picky individual. From the wife’s conversation yesterday MIL is ready to buy. I figure with her old vehicle and taxes she should be able to get the vehicle for about $12K with taxes. That is actually a price MIL is OK with.

  20. CowboySlim says:

    She said the shootings are all Trump’s fault, and my wife can’t understand because she’s white. The friend also believes Trump should be shot.

    I agree, one more shooting that will preclude all future shootings.

  21. Greg Norton says:

    What is wrong with people that they stop thinking about what’s going on and need to be told how to think?

    People want to be like the personalities they see on the tube. Bashing Trump is trendy.

    Again, we won’t have to force 99% of the population into reporting to the gates of the camps. Just provide free cable channels, streaming services, and WiFi within the barbed wire.

    Netflix account and default password the same as the number tattooed on your arm before the delousing station.

    Outside the wire? Broadcast TV and physical media only.

    Nooooooooo

  22. Ray Thompson says:

    She said the shootings are all Trump’s fault

    Bill Clinton was president during Columbine. The Aurora, Colorado shooting was under Obuttwad’s tenure. Hard to blame Trump for those shootings.

  23. lynn says:

    Over The Hedge: doesn’t anyone knock anymore ?
    https://www.gocomics.com/overthehedge/2019/08/06

    How rude !

  24. Greg Norton says:

    Bill Clinton was president during Columbine. The Aurora, Colorado shooting was under Obuttwad’s tenure. Hard to blame Trump for those shootings.

    Ted O’Baxter pointed these things out, but the Progs at least want Trump’s signature on a universal background check bill.

  25. Mark W says:

    Bill Clinton was president during Columbine. The Aurora, Colorado shooting was under Obuttwad’s tenure. Hard to blame Trump for those shootings.

    Rationality may not be a strong point with people who think that way.

  26. Harold Combs says:

    That universal background check bill, HR8, is a nightmare. Check it out. It institutes a national gun registry and then puts process in place to ensure every gun gets registered. It makes it a felony to “transfer ” a firearm without federal permission. Transfer meaning gift, lend, sell, or inherit. If you hand your buddy your shotgun at the range to try out, you both become felons.

  27. lynn says:

    Is it time to bury our gubs ?

  28. lynn says:

    “Backblaze Hard Drive Stats Q2 2019”
    https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-stats-q2-2019/

    “As of June 30, 2019, Backblaze had 110,640 spinning hard drives in our ever-expanding cloud storage ecosystem. Of that number, there were 1,980 boot drives and 108,660 data drives. This review looks at the Q2 2019 and lifetime hard drive failure rates of the data drive models currently in operation in our data centers. We’ll also say goodbye to a couple of drive models that have been around for several years, take a look at how our 14 TB Toshiba drives are doing (spoiler alert: great), and along the way we’ll provide a handful of insights and observations from inside our storage cloud.”

  29. Harold Combs says:

    Wife and I just voted in Mississippi primaries.
    Paper ballots and Voter ID required.
    That’s the way to do it.

  30. lynn says:

    “How Ryan Reynolds Wound Up in Hobbs & Shaw”
    https://www.vulture.com/2019/08/ryan-reynolds-hobbs-and-shaw-cameo-how-it-happened.html

    “At this point, it’s no longer a secret: Ryan Reynolds turns up in an uncredited bit part in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. Playing a CIA apparatchik named Locke, Reynolds kicks the first Fast franchise spinoff into high gear by sending Dwayne Johnson’s Luke Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw on a dangerous mission to track down a rogue MI6 agent (Vanessa Kirby) who’s in possession of a super toxin capable of wiping out hundreds of millions of people across the globe. (That rogue MI6 agent also happens to be Shaw’s estranged sister.)”

    I am betting that Ryan Reynolds and Kevin Hart were in ten minutes of the movie as cameos.

  31. lynn says:

    Wife and I just voted in Mississippi primaries.
    Paper ballots and Voter ID required.
    That’s the way to do it.

    Yes !

    And, all voting should be in English. My Texas county, Fort Bend County, is required to present ballots to voters in 14 different languages so we have to use machines. The USA has become the land of Babel.

  32. lynn says:

    “Far-Left Protesters Descend on Mitch McConnell’s Home, Threaten to “Stab the Motherf**ker in the Heart””
    https://www.infowars.com/far-left-protesters-descend-on-mitch-mcconnells-home-threaten-to-stab-the-motherfker-in-the-heart/

    Disgusting ! And they brought their children ?

    Hat tip to:
    https://drudgereport.com/

  33. Ray Thompson says:

    The USA has become the land of Babel.

    The politicians have become the masters of babble.

  34. lynn says:

    The USA has become the land of Babel.

    The politicians have become the masters of babble.

    That happened when George Washington stepped down as our first President.

  35. lynn says:

    That universal background check bill, HR8, is a nightmare. Check it out. It institutes a national gun registry and then puts process in place to ensure every gun gets registered. It makes it a felony to “transfer ” a firearm without federal permission. Transfer meaning gift, lend, sell, or inherit. If you hand your buddy your shotgun at the range to try out, you both become felons.

    I seem to remember that Canada tried to institute a national gub registry, spent billions of dollars, and gave up in a fit of disgust. One has to remember that these sorts of items are administered by minimum wage employees with IQs averaging around 75. Long numeric serial numbers are not their strong point.

    And yes, “transferring” raises a whole new class of issues. My father likes to get new gubs, look at them for while, maybe shoot them, and pass them along to me and my middle brother. Ammo too. I have given gubs and ammo to my son. I guess we are all criminals.

  36. Nick Flandrey says:

    ” I guess we are all criminals. ”

    –not yet, but you. will. be. /evilyodavoice

    Time to start burying?

    –certainly time to finish an 80% lower or two, mate it to a cheap complete upper, test fire, add a dozen mags and vac seal the whole thing… and maybe stick it in a metal heating duct… somewhere you have access that isn’t your legal address…

    –or buy some rifle with wooden furniture that nonetheless shoots 7.62 or 5.56 and put a modest scope on it. Call it a hunting rifle.

    –or buy a couple of .22 cricket rifles and vac seal them with ammo… they can be used to upgrade later or just as small rifles.

    –buy and practice with a revolver and moon clips…maybe in 9mm? See also Jerry Miculek for pointers.

    n

  37. paul says:

    Is 7.62R ok? It’s old, says 1883 or 1893…. Tsarist Russia. 🙂

    Weighs a ton. I’m told it’s no good because the barrel it “wallered out”. Something about how far a bullet will go into the end of the barrel. Whatever, its state of wallered out works with my eyes.

    Pity the empty beer and soda cans!

  38. paul says:

    So I was just sort of wandering the web and thought to look up how to root an LG V20. It seems there are a few ways which vary with the exact model.

    Er, nothing is exactly in English. On the other hand, their English is a 1000 times better than my Korean or whatever.

    I think I’ll wait and see how much crap Verizon has loaded that I can’t turn off / disable and hide before proceeding.

    My current phone has Google’s Office Suite of stuff. Can’t uninstall. I can disable network access and put the icons in a single folder.

  39. Mark W says:

    My current phone has Google’s Office Suite of stuff. Can’t uninstall. I can disable network access and put the icons in a single folder.

    The real problem is the appstore constantly tracking your location and app usage. The only way around that is to install a distro that doesn’t have GApps included. Then you’re limited to alternate appstores like F-Droid.

  40. paul says:

    The real problem is the appstore constantly tracking your location and app usage.

    I’ve suspected as much. And what the heck is with stuff constantly needing to be updated? Fresh ads?

    The really odd thing is that stuff I have paid for almost never updates. Torque has updated a couple of time. The bank apps a few times.

  41. lynn says:

    “Republican senators get behind first federal gun control law since 1994 after mass shootings with backing for ‘red flag’ laws to seize guns from dangerous people”
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7327315/GOP-congressman-calls-universal-background-checks-amid-warning-party-faces-suburban-extinction.html

    Rush Limbaugh had a great point this morning. Who decides what a “red flag” is ?

    Is a “red flag” somebody who attends a Trump rally ?

  42. lynn says:

    “Harold Pease: We could vote for socialism like Austria did” by Harold Pease
    https://www.journaltribune.com/articles/opinion/harold-pease-we-could-vote-for-socialism-like-austria-did/

    “With all Democratic Party 2020 presidential candidates seemingly embracing socialism we could vote for socialism, Austria did. In the 20th Century at least a fourth of the world became socialist. Austria was the only country that acquired it by ballot rather than revolution. Once fully in place there are never again free elections with options other than socialists. Austria chose it because it promised to end dire economic conditions and died as a free nation for so doing. Kitty Werthmann, whose account is herein summarized, was an eyewitness to the vote and resultant suffocation of all freedom in Austria in 1938.”

    That is sobering.

  43. Nick Flandrey says:

    “Who decides what a “red flag” is ?

    Is a “red flag” somebody who attends a Trump rally ? ”

    –we know two things for certain from history. One, no matter where it starts, it will progress to levels of ridiculousness that the original authors would never have dreamed of attaining. Two, It will be applied as a universal solution, like the RICO act, or the courts and the “general welfare” clause.

    n

  44. Greg Norton says:

    “Who decides what a “red flag” is ?

    Is a “red flag” somebody who attends a Trump rally ? ”

    As with the Patriot Act, the eventual bill has been sitting in a file cabinet ready to go since at least the late 90s. The only question that remains is the identity of the file cabinet’s owner. The Republicans have known since Columbine that they would eventually have to pass something on background checks.

    Medicaid for All has been ready since ACA passed. It is the logical next step after people overlook the “If you like your doctor…” lie.

    If you like your coverage …

    (You really think you’re getting Medicare level care? It will be the biggest bait-and-switch in history.)

  45. lynn says:

    “Disney Goes After Netflix With $13-a-Month Streaming Bundle”
    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/disney-goes-netflix-13-month-232813410.html

    “(Bloomberg) — Walt Disney Co. is pricing a new bundle of streaming services at a surprisingly low $12.99 a month, challenging Netflix Inc. with a package that includes family programming, live sports and a deep library of television shows.”

    “The entertainment giant announced the combined pricing for Disney+, ESPN+ and Hulu on a conference call Tuesday with investors. It will debut as part of the November launch of the Disney+ service and represents a near 30% discount to their individual prices.”

    That is a lot of content. It will be $50/month in a few years.

  46. Nick Flandrey says:

    WRT red flags–

    “Russian parents face having their one-year-old son taken from them because they took him to an anti-Putin rally as officials crackdown on opposition

    Over 1,000 people were arrested during the rally on July 27
    They are accused of endangering the boy’s life by passing him to a third person
    Authorities have arrested 2,400 people in two weeks of protest in Moscow
    Sergei Fomin, who faces 8 years in prison, used a baby to evade police”

    –so yes, it will get there eventually.

    n

  47. Greg Norton says:

    That is a lot of content.

    $12.99 is still a bit high. I’ll want to see the really obscure stuff from the vaults.

    No, not “Song of the South”, but the entire back catalog of Disney Channel programs and original movies, Kurt Russell’s flicks, “The Black Hole”, “Golden Girls”, and the secret shame of The Mouse, “Midnight Madness” — embarrassing but still historically significant as Michael J. Fox’s first US movie.

    Disney has a lot of material that hasn’t been seen in decades but the costs were sunk by the Reagan Administration. You know that most of that cash flow is about papering over the ESPN losses.

  48. lynn says:

    –buy and practice with a revolver and moon clips…maybe in 9mm? See also Jerry Miculek for pointers.

    I have speed loaders for some of my revolvers. I may need more. I wonder if my new Ruger 7 shot has a speed loader ?

    Looks like I may need a few more magazines for my AR as those may be outlawed soon. And I’ve never bought a scope for it but I doubt that they will regulate those.

  49. Nick Flandrey says:

    “That is a lot of content. It will be $50/month in a few years.”

    That is a lot of crap. Cable companies bundle. They bundle in all the stuff no one will watch, ever, with the one channel they do. Nobody wants ESPN anymore, that’s why it’s moving to streaming anyway. I don’t know anyone that got Hulu to watch more than one or two shows that weren’t available elsewhere. There could be 10000 shows, but they only want to watch family guy or whatever. I get prime video free and have never watched it because they never had anything I wanted to watch.

    Despite that, yes, it will be $50 eventually.

    n

  50. Rolf Grunsky says:

    That would have been the late and unlamented “long gun registry”. This had been brought in by the liberal government and finally killed by Harper’s conservative government. Only Quebec wanted it (and there was some support in urban areas) but there was broad opposition to it elsewhere.

    The federal government wanted the provinces to cover the costs and again except for Quebec all the others refused. As far as I know, the registry was abolished and the collected data destroyed.

    I do know that a permit is required to purchase guns and ammunition in Canada. I have no idea how private sales are handled.

    Handguns and other “restricted” weapons are dealt with differently . But with an ordinary permit you are free to buy “ordinary” (hunting) guns and ammunition as you see fit. I think. I don’t spend much time looking at this and it keeps changing.

    Remember, thanks to our handgun restrictions, the only people walking around with handguns, concealed or otherwise, are cops and criminals!

  51. lynn says:

    No, not “Song of the South”, but the entire back catalog of Disney Channel programs and original movies, Kurt Russell’s flicks, “The Black Hole”, and the secret shame of The Mouse, “Midnight Madness” — embarrassing but still historically significant as Michael J. Fox’s first US movie.

    I watched “The Black Hole” just a couple of months ago on the Disney channel. I had forgotten how creepy the robot enforcer (Maximilian ?) was.

  52. Nick Flandrey says:

    “Disney has a lot of material that hasn’t been seen in decades.”

    — and will never see the light of day under the current SJW revisionist censorious harassment. The anti-Hitler shorts? Nope. Anything with a “mammy” character? Nope. The only way any of the interesting stuff will ever get release is when they clean it up and release is for a millisecond to recapture the copyright. Or maybe I’m just too cynical.

    n

  53. lynn says:

    I get prime video free and have never watched it because they never had anything I wanted to watch.

    The wife has been binge watching “24” on Amazon Prime. She is up to about season 8 or 9.

  54. Nick Flandrey says:

    I keep hoping to find the original Herbie the Love Bug movies, the original Witch Mountain, any of the Daniel Boone or mississippi riverboat stuff, or indeed, any of the classics from Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom period.

    n

  55. Greg Norton says:

    The idiot Castro Brother (ok, they’re both idiots) takes a cheap shot.

    https://dailycaller.com/2019/08/06/joaquin-castro-names-trump-donors/

  56. Greg Norton says:

    — and will never see the light of day under the current SJW revisionist censorious harassment. The anti-Hitler shorts? Nope. Anything with a “mammy” character? Nope. The only way any of the interesting stuff will ever get release is when they clean it up and release is for a millisecond to recapture the copyright. Or maybe I’m just too cynical.

    I’m not asking for them to go that far, but the library needs to be very comprehensive for that price. Everything Dean Jones did for them, including Herbie, should be there.

    I imagine that “The Even Stevens Movie” (I’m not holding my breath for the TV series) would be pushing things since it would mean Shia LeBeouf gets a residual.

  57. lynn says:

    “Demand for bulletproof backpacks surging in the wake of shootings: report”
    https://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/456318-demand-for-bulletproof-backpacks-surging-in-the-wake-of

    Wow.

    https://guarddog-security.com/practical-bulletproof-backpacks

    I wonder how much the Pro weighs.

  58. Harold Combs says:

    The idiot Castro Brother (ok, they’re both idiots) takes a cheap shot.

    Not a “cheap shot” but a thinly veiled threat. Dare to vote Republican and we will come for you. This is NOT how the America I grew up in worked but it’s an entirely different country now and I fear for our children.

    PS: My remaining son is bugging out. He’s fed up with the way things are going and wants to get away on his sailboat. I think part of that s PTSD from his time as a Marine.

  59. brad says:

    Bugging out. Dunno if that’s what it is, but I have – entirely unexpectedly – received news that an old friend and a relative have both recently moved to the Netherlands. Neither of them was the type I would expect to turn expat. Sent a “Welcome to Europe” email to both of them.

    On a completely different topic: I was inexcusably bored, and looked in on Vox Day’s site. I should know better – it’s Dunning-Kruger at work. He wrote an entire blog post excoriating someone for doing bad statistics (the odds of someone being present at two mass shootings). Only: the person is right, and Vox Day’s calculations are utterly wrong. But he claims an “instinctive grasp of mathematical relationships”, so there. Truth is, he has the same instinctive misconceptions that everyone has, who hasn’t actually studied and understood statistics. I’ll stay away from his blog for another few months, until another ill-considered moment of boredom strikes…

  60. Nick Flandrey says:

    WRT backpacks, the armor link I posted has some nice looking ones. There are plenty aimed at kids elsewhere. There have been briefcases aimed at executive protection for a while, they fold out to provide frontal cover.

    FWIW, the groin protector part of a set of full coverage armor .mil style is almost free (no one wants them) and they are about the size and shape of a child’s bookbag. In large or XL they are about the size of an adult soft armor pad…. just sayin’… and any backpack that will take a camelbak has a nice sleeve for the insert….

    n

  61. MrAtoz says:

    And, all voting should be in English

    The language of the Federal Goobermint should be English. No other translations on forms, no free translators in court, English only. The States can do what ever they like.

  62. MrAtoz says:

    We already have background checks. I guess the goobermint will now look into your grade school grades, social media, etc. And adjudicate you from afar. How does a gub registry stop mass shootings? ProgLibTurds will empty prisons of drug/murder/rapists and fill them with gub owners they don’t like. That being all gub owners. Watch gub and ammo sales surge.

  63. Mark W says:

    And what the heck is with stuff constantly needing to be updated? Fresh ads?

    I believe so 🙁

  64. ech says:

    —Anyone see this drum mag reported anywhere?

    Yes, with pictures.

  65. Ray Thompson says:

    How does a gub registry stop mass shootings?

    So if there is a mass shooting, and the gun is registered to you, even though reported stolen by you, the lawyers for the victims will destroy your life. You may even get charged by the DA as an accessory. Next bullets will have serial numbers.

  66. nick flandrey says:

    Next bullets will have serial numbers.

    –they’re trying that, called microstamping.

    n

    ech, got a link to the drum mag pix? I haven’t seen anything, but haven’t done a deep dive into it since I got back. And any revision of the 20 minute response time? That is seriously F’d up if true. That he surrendered to SWAT suggests that, once again the locals completely ignored doctrine and let the shooter keep killing while they waited for SWAT.

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