Thursday, July 18, 2019

The ebola situation is bad

And from what the gentleman says, probably worse- maybe a LOT worse- than reported.
...As a result, the virus is now poised to break out into three or four new countries.  I'm taking bets that it will do so before long.  I know that area from personal experience.  Just look at this map (courtesy of the Daily Mail) of where the epidemic has spread, most recently to Goma, a city of at least one million people (according to informal estimates, double that).
Unless we're very lucky, look for Ebola to reach Burundi next, and from there, slowly but surely, all the way down the central African lakes and their connecting rivers to Zambia and Malawi.  Look at the blue areas on the map below.  That's how informal, local trade travels, and (like many others, such as the Black Death in Europe in the 14th century) this disease follows trade.  It will not be possible to screen all travelers using such routes.  It's physically impossible to intercept them all - and given their mistrust of graft-seeking officialdom (of which more below), they'll have every incentive to avoid checkpoints.  They'll simply take to the bush and walk around them, or sail past them.
And if one infected person gets on an airplane to another country...  Chances are against that starting a big outbreak, but anyone really want to take the chance?

And even without airplanes,
"Isolated cases" of Ebola have now been reported from Uganda and Kenya, with the latter subject to official denials.  (If you believe them, I have a bridge in Brooklyn, NYC, to sell you.  Cash only, please, and in small bills.)  Officials in surrounding countries are terrified of admitting to Ebola cases on their territory, because they may bring with them restrictions on travel, trade, and all sorts of things that may affect their economies - and, consequently, the graft, bribery and corruption they rely on to fill their wallets.  Can't have that interrupted, can we?  This is Africa, after all!  (That's how wealthier refugees from Ebola will evade travel restrictions, even though they may be carrying the disease.  A suitable bribe, and they'll be waved through.  How do I know this?  Because I've done it myself to evade travel restrictions, in more than one country in Africa.)  That being the case, distrust any and all official statistics coming out of the affected areas.  They may or may not be correct.  I'll trust Doctors Without Borders' figures before I trust those from any health ministry (or the World Health Organization).

One thing that will help here: I really doubt Trump would have any problem ordering "NOBODY from 'x' countries comes in without extensive screening.  And if you test positive you're not going home, you're going into a hospital to be watched.  With armed guards if necessary."

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Yesterday I spent a couple of hours

melting lead pipe and casting it into ingots.

Then found out there was a heat warning in effect(no wonder the shirt was soaked).

I think alloying with tin will wait until I'm less likely to melt.

A bit of history on the 3rd bomb that wasn't dropped,

and the dangers of messing with plutonium.

At this point the citizens of Rotherham should've started decorating lampposts with council members

The council and social services there had behaved abominably. An investigation discovered that more than 1,000 girls had been raped or sexually abused. 

Now we find that the council offered the principal rapist, a piece of filth called Arshid Hussain, the chance to see his child.
These idiots really don't give a rats ass about anyone except their official 'victim' class, do they?

Lampposts, ropes, council members: some assembly required.

Roman concrete,

she thinks she's figured it out.

A: The EffingBI has been this way for a looong time,

the current mess just brought it more to public attention.

B: Fairly or not, the current FBI tragedy is that an American citizen should be duly worried about his constitutional rights any time he is approached by such senior FBI officials. That is not a slur on the rank and file, but the legacy of the supposed best and brightest of the agency and their distortions of the bureau’s once professional creed.
Bullshit.  Anyone who thinks the rank and file- those field agents Sean Hannity keeps insisting are without tarnish, etc.- aren't affected by this attitude are blind or fools.  Do they think all the footwork involved in this was only done by the high-rankers? 

And that's not even touching on the lab scandals and others.

Said it before: either the FBI gets a serious housecleaning, which has to include "Yes, you're Special Agents of the Bureau; that does NOT mean you get to play games with the law and get away with it", or that agency will never be trusted again.  And if they don't clean it out they do not deserve to be trusted.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Monday, July 15, 2019

I really need to do some handloading,

but it's late and I'm tired.  Maybe tomorrow.

I've now got regular access to a very nice outdoor range, so hopefully I can get some ammo tested(factory and handloads), and generally get a bit more rifle work done.

Speaking of, did a bit of casting this morning, and it reminded me of something: I've got some molds that, once up to heat, just throw good bullets time after time; I've got one in which the bullets stick badly until the lead and mold temps are just right, at which point they just fall right out; and I've got one in particular that is a great big PITA to consistently get good bullets out of.  It's a RCBS for .32 semi-wadcutters, and except for the once in a blue moon when all the stars align, you'll get a good bullet in one cavity and the base won't fill out in the other.  I've cleaned, and done an extra flux of the lead, and it continues.  I've never had this much trouble out of any other.

I'm tired, I may continue on this tomorrow.

Ammo To Go did some suppressor testing,

and put it together with some of the legal stuff.

Sunday, July 14, 2019

Definitely time for popcorn

Pressley seeming to hit back at the criticism from the CBC et al: “We don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be a brown voice. We don’t need any more black voices that don’t want to be a black voice.”
"If you don't speak and vote the way we want you to you aren't REALLY black or brown!"  Oh yeah, that's going over well.

This is the same kind of crap a bunch of the Evil Party has been throwing at any minority group member who doesn't toe their line for years; now it's being used on them, and it couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of crapheads.

Speaking of leftist asshats,
The Communist Origins of Antifa

Yes, this is how stupid a bunch of the left has become:
Bernie Marcus and Arthur Blank, the two primary founders of Home Depot are both Jewish.

Marcus is also a huge philanthropist supporting everything from the Atlanta Aquarium to a foundation for developmentally disabled children.

But being Republicans, at least one who supports Trump, that makes them White Supremacists.  Jewish White Supremacists.

Also from GFZ, more idiocy from Media Matters

Why does the Postal Service bother with tracking numbers?

Aside from making you feel good or something?

'African Wins Again' was a phrase I first heard

from Peter Capstick.  Years later I read 'Let Africa Sink'.  And the other day I ran across this:
I have seen. I am not turning my head and pretending unpleasant things are not true.

Senegal was not a hellhole. Very poor people can lead happy, meaningful lives in their own cultures' terms. But they are not our terms. The excrement is the least of it. Our basic ideas of human relations, right and wrong, are incompatible.
Interesting read.  The kind that makes leftists break out in sweats and scream 'Racist!', because uncomfortable facts are not to be tolerated.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Thursday, July 11, 2019

"The anarchists sure have a whole bunch of rules"

Yes, but only the ones they use to protect themselves.

Surprise!(but only if you weren't paying attention)
The announcement, however, mirrors labor trends on the east and west coasts. BLS data show that New York City experienced its sharpest decline in restaurant jobs since 9/11 following its passage of a $15 minimum wage law. In California, a local newspaper recently detailed how an entire business district virtually disappeared following the city’s aggressive minimum wage push. 

Restaurants Unlimited’s announcement came a day before the Congressional Budget Office released a report estimating that a House bill designed to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour would cost 1.3 million jobs.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Because telling the whiny ones that "This symbol far predates the national socialists"

is apparently too hard.

And remember that idiot principal with the "I can't say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event" response to a parent?  He got his pee-pee whacked, and he's all upset.
After being reassigned, Latson wrote to high school staff, saying his words to the parent were "not accurately relayed," according to an email obtained by CNN. "It is unfortunate that someone can make a false statement and do so anonymously and it holds credibility but that is the world we live in," Latson wrote.
Previously, Latson had told the Palm Beach Post, "I regret that the verbiage that I used when responding to an email message from a parent, one year ago, did not accurately reflect my professional and personal commitment to educating all students about the atrocities of the Holocaust."
Actually, I'd say the verbiage very accurately reflected his commitment; that's why he's in the doghouse.  And deserves worse.

Sunday, July 07, 2019

Scenes from the range

First off, I wasn't there that day, found out about it afterward.

First, a guy put something a bit too hot in his 629
The rest of the cylinder was in two other pieces.

Same day, someone put a REALLY overpressure load in his AR
Amazingly, the worst injury was from the AR, couple of bruises and some scratches.

Is this kind of idiot teaching your kids/grandkids/nieces/nephews?

However, the principal insisted, “Not everyone believes the Holocaust happened and you have your thoughts but we are a public school and not all of our parents have the same beliefs so they will react differently, my thoughts or beliefs have nothing to do with this because I am a public servant. I have the role to be politically neutral but support all groups in the school…” He added, “I can’t say the Holocaust is a factual, historical event because I am not in a position to do so as a school district employee.” Latson says his philosophy remains the same for slavery.
I'd be real interested in this clown's political leanings.  Because there's only two groups I know of that play this 'The Holocaust is not true/not something that really happened' game.

The 'defense' of the idiot from the district:
Latson was not disciplined for his comments, which Deputy Schools Superintendent Keith Oswald excused as “a hastily, poorly written email that he apologized for.”
Right.  That excuses everything.  Including accidentally telling people what their kids are being taught.

Sorry, forgot to post the data dump last night