Sunday, May 24, 2015

Mr. A cheers for.... Rand Paul.

So...   Mr A came up and was routing this link:

 http://thelibertarianrepublic.com/a-win-for-rand-paul-senate-blocks-patriot-act-extension-leaves-town/

While saying "[Mr. A] does the freedom dance!"



Though it's not all skittles and beer.

See Mr. A is a known and very irate  Champagne Socialist and of late...  incoherent Gamergate supporter (incoherent in the sense that he produces pro gamergate memes that are dense and confusing).

So it shouldn't be surprising that  Mr. A is looking for other sources of news and taking it where he can.  This is a man who works in a technical field and despite being very liberal has a raging hate for Greens, Feminists, and SWJs (his words).

Heck, just look at this other peice on the same The Libertarian Republic  about "The Left" and their "War on Nerds"

What's interesting is the reaction from two others in the room.

[Blue-collar-Left-who is anti-police and anti-rich]: Huh rand paul
[Blue-collar-Left-who is anti-police and anti-rich]:  Guess even a stopped clock is right twice a day
[Quite Left, Quite Rich Englishman] Hey, at least your elected leader hasn't said "For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens 'as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone."
That shows the lack of  true empathy (which is not limited to the left).  An American who follows police abuses and civil liberties should not be surprised that Rand Paul is anti-patriot act.

And as for the Englishman.... big words coming from someone who was all gung ho about "hate speech" laws.  And this isn't any sort of defense of the insane, totalitarian speech restrictions the Tories are promoting (which read like something out of an Allan Moore comic),  but then again, I don't advocate for hate speech or that news outlets I don't like should be banned...

[Quite Left, Quite Rich Englishman]  I'm pretty sure the tartan tory vote willl have literally died out within the next twenty years, after all.

Amusing given the Tartan Labour vote has also died out...  Don't they have the same number of seats up in Scotland as the Tories do?

Really the whole "One Nation" claptrap used to justify mass free speech suppression is darkly amusing given an openly secessionist party has one basically all of the Scottish parliament seats.

And Mr. A has some.. surprising thoughts on that:

I'm kind of thankful that the SNP exists.  Everyone in the states who gives a damn is looking at that and thinking, and we'd be a lot better off as a union of states than as either 'murrica or Amerikkka

Oh? "States Rights" and shrinking the power of the Federal government?  Though again don't take much heart to this,  given  Mr. A seems to be thinking this way because of "Those damn feminists!"


[Quite Left, Quite Rich Englishman] It hasn't stopped the UK electing a government whose agenda includes scrapping the Human Rights Act, permitting pervasive monitoring, bringing in arbitrary restrictions on undesirables, and introducing censorship of the media.  And that's just what they're admitting to.

Again, this is coming from someone quite well off (has a house in the London area that is astronomically valued) who thinks Labour isn't "red" enough.  And in the past has gone about the dangers of Hate Speech and that there's not enough restrictions to keep the media "honest".  Who, like Mr. A, has demanded confiscatory taxes that they themselves would be except from...


But this shows that "the left" is actually quite riven with division and cuts, especially when you go international.

Again the Englishman in the room has this sarcastic bon mot :

 On the 'plus side', telling the police union to piss off and live with their heavy cuts was a rather brave move for a politician to make after serious riots only a few years ago with heavy cuts to public services and welfare on the cards.

Which is a sharp contrast with the American leftists in the room who are extremely anti-police to where they'll even complain about police unions, which used to be sacred such US circles.

 (Though there will be come cognitive dissonance with gun control... in that cops shouldn't have weapons of war, but cops should be able to say who can and cannot have gun permits...)

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Out in the garden...

Well I was working on a side garden pulling out a dead bush and I found a nice creeping vine with lovely tiny purple flowers was growing on it.

So I made sure to pull out the bush gently and then got a set of trellises to replace it for the vines.

I also broke down and picked up some ferns while I was at the garden center.

I'll see how they do in the shade garden near the other ferns.


I also picked up a bit more English Ivy, and plant food and some soil...  interesting how it all adds up.

It shows my current gardening style of "Use perennials and natural shade and rip out weeds" is fairly low cost.... but is often a coasting on what's there.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Empty Turrets and the Duke of Columbia raised bounty on brigands by 30 gold crowns.

Two articles from Strategypage.

The first a bit of info on Russia's new tank.  Including the bit that made me interested on how there's no one in its turret. The crew is all within a capsule in the hull.

The second is about the United States giving bounties on various outlaws, pirates, and cut-throats..

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

How to spot the Media endorsing Censorship...

Ken White of Popehat notes that there's more than the overt pro-censorship messages among the media,  there's also pro censorship assumptions and rhetorical devices.  (Such as the idea that there's such a thing as "Hate Speech" under US law."

Fortunately , Ken White has some advice.

Fortunately, this ain't rocket science. Americans can train themselves to detect and question the media's pro-censorship tropes. I've collected some of the most pervasive and familiar ones. This post is designed as a resource, and I'll add to it as people point out more examples and more tropes.

When you see the media using these tropes, ask yourself: what normative message is the author advancing, and does it have any basis in law?

Monday, May 18, 2015

A range report.

So I recently got a CED 7000  shot-timer.

And yesterday, I just got back from the range with it.

And no complaints.   Menu easy enough to use,  sensor worked well.   It wasn't overly hot or overly bright today so I can't tell that.


One thing I did notice is:  Your mind LIES.

There were times where I thought my draw was slow and sucky,  but the timer said it was still on par.  There were a other times where I thought I was rushed and missed on the draw, but it turns out I wasn't any faster (I still missed).

But was important to realize that shaving some tenths of a second isn't good if I miss the steel.


So yes, I would recommend a shot clock.  Provided you've 1) got a range where you can have *some* privacy (the sensor would only pick up shooters within the same bay),  and 2) you're the type of shooter that has a logbook.  Since there's a lot of neat data you can get to compare your times versus groupings versus guns.

Oh, and if the range allows draw from holster that's gravy. As that's a neat time to checkout too.

But yeah, I really recommend a clock, especially if you want to work on some of the fundamentals.  And actually track how you're doing, because again,  your mind LIES.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Signals and Stopping.

Some info on a 3D Printed revolver.

A very intriguing design, and I'm amused by this bit:

The Imura revolver started when a university official, named Yoshitomo Imura, was arrested in Kawasaki, Japan after he was found to be in possession of 3D printed firearms. Even though some of these weapons had the ability to be fired with actual metal bullets, Imura claims to have only ever fired blanks with the weapons. The arrest took place after Japanese authorities found a video online with Imura firing one of his 3D printed guns, called a Zig-Zag Revolver.

Since his arrest the FOSSCAD community has continued upon his work and make several key changes to the weapon.  This is the latest version of the revolver now in 22lr.  No word on if this has been test fired yet but this proves that the 3d printed gun is still alive and well and the designs are continuing to evolve.

Hah!

Via Oddball in GBC