Thursday, December 08, 2016

Because, to Gizmodo, bureaucrats losing some power over our lives would be bad.

The bill of indictment against this dangerous madman, who they find "pretty freaking terrifying"?
he has advocated for the FDA to give up on vetting the efficacy of new drugs before they come to market. O'Neill, in other words, would like the FDA to stop performing one of its primary functions and let all of us act as lab mice. Such a move might allow drug makers to rake in tons of cash on untested medical treatments that might not ever work.

"We should reform [the] FDA so there is approving drugs after their sponsors have demonstrated safety—and let people start using them, at their own risk," O'Neill said in a 2014 speech at the conference Rejuvenation Biotechnology. "Let's prove efficacy after they've been legalized."
Those "insane" ideas that relate to the FDA may seem familiar to readers of Reason as they have been defended at length and intelligently here by our science correspondent Ronald Bailey, at most detail in this 2012 article.

In it Bailey presents some facts and analysis Gizmodo might not be aware of, or maybe not care about. (Gizmodo does not make the slightest attempt to actually explain why O'Neill's ideas are allegedly insane or bad for America.)
Short version of Gizmodo: "This man wants a government agency to lose power!  And has these strange ideas!  It's HORRIBLE!"

"To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize."

is the line.  And it holds up very well.
However, OSU students and staff have trouble calling the knife attack that took place on their campus “terrorism.” 

Faith Goldy, a Rebel Media reporter, traveled to Ohio State University's campus last week to speak to students and discuss the recent attack — and she got some very interesting responses.

So, does this count as 'Hope!' or 'Change!' ?
For the first time in more than two decades, life expectancy for Americans declined last year — a troubling development linked to a panoply of worsening health problems in the United States.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Couple of things from GFZ, starting with Journalism!

Sentence has been passed by Judge Rick! The shooter is at fault! Damn the NRA! Right? But by now we know that the first batch of news might not be quite complete or even truthful.

The idiots have traveled to Ohio to wave their sex toys:
Gun rights activist: “We were quiet right afterwards, but a week after a terrorist attack on our campus, we’re asking for the right to be able to defend ourselves if this happens again.”

Cocks Not Glocks: “You horrible people, here’s a big rubber penis to prove how wrong and insensitive you are.”

Does NBC have a rule that they have to write garbage when guns are involved?

The start, which tells you all you need to know:

The NBC2 Investigators have uncovered a flaw in Florida's gun checks system.

300,000 people legally bought guns in Florida in the last four months. Only 100,000 people got their licenses to carry in the same time frame.

What does that mean for the other 200,000 people? Do they already have their licenses? Are they illegally carrying?

Hey, NBC2 'investigators', has it ever occurred to you that people buy firearms for reasons OTHER than ccw?  Like, maybe, hunting or target shooting?  Having around the house?

What the hell is wrong with you people?

Who is it that's supposed to be 'anti-science', again?

Much to my surprise, I showed up in the WikiLeaks releases before the election. In a 2014 email, a staffer at the Center for American Progress, founded by John Podesta in 2003, took credit for a campaign to have me eliminated as a writer for Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight website. In the email, the editor of the think tank's climate blog bragged to one of its billionaire donors, Tom Steyer: "I think it's fair [to] say that, without Climate Progress, Pielke would still be writing on climate change for 538."
The only acceptable narrative for the activists over at the Center for American Progress is that climate is making the weather worse resulting in ever more property damage and anyone questioning the politically correct story must be drummed out of polite society.

So what did wikileaks reveal? Among other things, an email from ThinkProgress chief editor Judd Legum to major Democratic donor (and climate warrior) Tom Steyer bragging about how he had successfully trolled FiveThirtyEight statistical analysis website proprietor Nate Silver into getting rid of Pielke. Why go after Pielke? Because he had published an article at 538 based on his research daring to point out that so far climate change had not boosted "normalized" property damage. Normalized basically means taking into account the fact that as a result of economic and population growth there is more property and lives at risk from bad weather.

Oh, gee, whatever could go wrong with this?
Web giants YouTube , Facebook , Twitter and Microsoft will step up efforts to remove extremist content from their websites by creating a common database.

The companies will share 'hashes' - unique digital fingerprints they automatically assign to videos or photos - of extremist content they have removed from their websites to enable their peers to identify the same content on their platforms.

"We hope this collaboration will lead to greater efficiency as we continue to enforce our policies to help curb the pressing global issue of terrorist content online," the companies said in a statement on Tuesday.
Standard question: who defines 'extremist'?  Based on what criteria?  If the idea of Zuckerbitch and his minions, and their fellow travelers, doing it makes your skin crawl, join the club.

And now I shall brave the cold and wind, as there are supplies I'm short on.

I would love to hit the range with some rifle loads.

However, it's cold, the wind's whistling out of the north, and I don't care "It's good training!", Not doing it. 

Also, sourdough biscuits fresh out of the oven are a lot more inviting right now.

Speaking of which, here's the recipe I found:
1 cup all-purpose unbleached flour
2 ts baking powder
3/4 ts salt
1/4 cup butter*
1 cup sourdough starter, right out of the fridge
Enough water or milk to get it mixed to dough

Mix the dry ingredients, cut in the butter, add in the starter.  You may not need to add liquid, in either case mix to a dough.  Cut out, put on parchment(wonderful stuff), bake at 425 until done; roughly 20 minutes.

The original recipe used 1/2 cup of butter; way too much for me, 1/4 cup seems about right.

*BUTTER, you heathen, not margarine or fake butter.  Do not profane the biscuits with that crap.

Monday, December 05, 2016

Snork... hehehehehe,.. and you thought the left was freaking about Mattis before...

“The first time we blow an enemy nation completely off the map will not be an insignificant event,” Mattis said. “The survivors of the globe will write about what we do for the next 10,000 years.”

There has been unprecedented bipartisan support for “Mad Dog” Mattis’ nomination, as many lawmakers are fearful of receiving a vigorous ass kicking from the retired Marine general.

“He testified on Capitol Hill once, pushed me on the ground, and then took my lunch money,” said Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth of Illinois. “I’m all about him being SecDef if he stops calling me girl’s names.”

About the 15-22,

I found the target I'd saved from when the OOB happened.  The first shot hit exactly where aimed, the OOB bullet actually made it to the target, and hit 8" lower than the aimed one. 

Oh, I'll bet they'd love that

The U.S. government and the City of San Francisco are asking Kate Steinle’s family to dismiss the wrongful death lawsuit in a hearing on Friday.

Kate Steinle was shot and killed in July of 2015 on Pier 14 along San Francisco’s waterfront. Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant, has been charged in the murder.
Lopez-Sanchez was released from the San Francisco City Jail in Apil.
They really hated that so many people found out what they do with this 'sanctuary city' garbage.  And that it drew attention to all the crimes committed by illegals in and around these cities.  And they REALLY must hate the idea of this trial not only bringing it all back up, but anything new they can throw into the news.

This is interesting: teacher in Canada talking about the dangers of PC speech and 'hate-crime' laws, especially those involving language.  Some bits:
There have been lots of cases where free speech has come under attack, why did you choose this particular issue?
This is very compelled speech. The Supreme Court in the United States has held that compelled speech is unacceptable for two reasons. One is to protect the rights of the speaker, the other is to protect the rights of the listener. The listener has the right to be informed and instructed without being unduly influenced by hidden sources. If your speech is compelled, it isn’t YOU who is talking, it’s some other entity that’s compelling your speech. So I actually think that Bill C-16 is unconstitutional. I’m using American case law, but the principles apply. It just hasn’t been pushed to our Supreme Court yet.
I was also quite profoundly influenced by [Alexsandr] Solzhenitsyn’s book The Gulag Archipelago. People say that real Marxism has never been tried – not in the Soviet Union, in China, in Cambodia, in Korea, that wasn’t real Marxism. I find that argument specious, appalling, ignorant, and maybe also malevolent all at the same time. Specious because Solzhenitsyn demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt that the horrors [of the Soviet system] were a logical consequence of the doctrines embedded within Marxist thinking. I think Dostoyevsky saw what was coming and Nietzsche wrote about it extensively in the 1880s, laying out the propositions that are encapsulated in Marxist doctrine, and warning that millions of people would die in the 20th century because of it.
Do you believe that society should draw the line at all when it comes to limitations on hate speech?
No. Hate speech laws are wrong. The question – not a question, but THE question – is ‘who gets to define hate?” That’s not to say there’s no such thing as hate speech – clearly there is. Hate speech laws repress, and I mean that in the psycho-analytical sense. They drive [hate speech] underground. It’s not a good idea, because things get ugly when you drive them underground. They don’t disappear, they just fester, and they’re not subject to correction. I made these videos, and they have been subject to a tremendous amount of correction over the last six weeks. I don’t just mean from my public response, but also partly from the university’s response, partly from a group of friends who have been reviewing my videos and criticizing them to death. This is why free speech is so important. You can struggle to formulate some argument, but when you throw it out into the public, there’s a collective attempt to modify and improve that. So with the hate speech issue – say someone’s a Holocaust denier, because that’s the standard routine – we want those people out there in the public so you can tell them why they’re historically ignorant, and why their views are unfounded and dangerous. If you drive them underground, it’s not like they stop talking to each other, they just don’t talk to anyone who disagrees with them. That’s a really bad idea and that’s what’s happening in the United States right now. Half of the country doesn’t talk to the other half. Do you know what you call people you don’t talk to? Enemies.

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Why, if you have a .223 and a .300 Blackout, you'd better make sure

you don't get the wrong rifle & cartridge together

Some students who made false rape reports being prosecuted.

Good.  Every time some idiot does this it both takes LE resources away from real crime reports, and can destroy the life of the falsely accused.

Oh, this is wonderful, they couldn't even make sure the jeep for the FUNERAL would keep running?

Well, 'liberals' are cheering the fires in Tennessee, so I guess they'll say the old lady deserved being hit with a chair, because Trump! or something.

Government-run health care...
Four staff members have resigned from a southeastern Oklahoma veterans facility rather than face the possibility of getting fired, after a resident was found to have maggots in a wound.

Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs executive director Myles Deering said the maggots were discovered while the patient was alive at the facility in Talahina, about 130 miles southeast of Tulsa. Deering said the maggots were not the cause of his death.
The agency said a physician's assistant and three nurses, including the director of nursing, resigned after an investigation was conducted. Spokesman Shane Faulkner said all four chose to resign before the termination process began.
I refuse to comment on this, as my language is deteriorating into cursing before I even start typing.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Stolen from a guy on Bookface:

"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from a brick when it stops working." - Arthur C Clarke, while kicking his computer.

More just because

Getting back to one of the original reasons I started this, "Does different brass make a difference?"

In ammo.  Short answer: yes.  Does it always matter?  No.

In more depth:
If you're just loading general practice ammo, especially for handguns, long as the cases will fit and cycle properly, use whatever.  If you're going for real accuracy, you have to get picky.

Not always real picky.  Some rifles seem to shoot just about equally well with most brands, but most will have some they do and do not work as well with.  Example:
First rifle I ever really worked on was a 8mm Turkish Mauser, the long infantry rifle(29" barrel).  I did a bunch of mods to it, found a load it liked and then decided to see what difference cartridge cases from different makers might make.  The load, as I recall, was a 150-grain Hornady soft-point over 46.0 grains of IMR4064, ignited by a CCI Large Rifle primer.  Five rounds were loaded with Federal, five with Remington, and five with Winchester cases.

Test day, target at 100 yards.  The Federal set all went into a group right at 1" across, and I was happy.
The Remington set, same size group but centered almost exactly 1" higher.  Still happy.
The Winchester set, group was more than 3" across and both higher and to the right.  Shocked.
That's a fairly dramatic difference, but the kind of thing you can run into.  It's not that Winchester brass is crap, it's good-quality stuff; it's just that this rifle didn't much care for it.

So as little change as 'who made the cases' can make a huge difference, especially at longer ranges.  From what I've read, the serious benchrest types will by cases in lots of 1000(or more) and make sure it all comes from the same manufacturing lot; same for the bullets and primers, and for at least enough powder to fill all those cases.  Trying to keep as many variables as small as possible.  Size all the cases the same, trim to the exact same length, and so forth.  Worth it?  Oh yeah, it helps produce groups like this, and these.

So for general shooting, whatever is handy may work just fine, but for better accuracy, let alone serious accuracy, you'll need to find out which brand cases work best in yours.

Early again, but being as it's wet and cold out there,

that's just fine.

Right now I've got nothing to say,

and crap to do.  See you later.

E-mail last night, the 15-22

has arrived in the PROM.  We'll see what they think.

Friday, December 02, 2016

Just how effing stupid are hoplophobes and leftists?

This effing stupid:
“Senator Kaine should not have rushed to judgment, should have waited for the facts to come in, as should have the police that were there who ended up shooting — who we now know — is someone who aligned himself with ISIS,” Konst said.

Kelly interrupted her response to clarify: “Did you say the police should have exercised more self-control?”

Konst continued: “They want to make sure the attacker is still alive so they can question him.” She maintained that the police officer should have shot to injure the terrorist and not kill him.
This is what you get when people who don't know what the hell they're talking about think they should tell other people what should be allowed to them.

It's a bit early, but

the data is in.  So get to work