Saturday, March 05, 2016

I have to throw this in to disturb your evening:

These people are insane.
However, the relationships among gender, science, and glaciers – particularly related to epistemological questions about the production of glaciological knowledge – remain understudied....Merging feminist postcolonial science studies and feminist political ecology, the feminist glaciology framework generates robust analysis of gender, power, and epistemologies in dynamic social-ecological systems, thereby leading to more just and equitable science and human-ice interactions.


Water is our dreaming. It is our collective unconscious

Don't laugh too hard; we've got idiots just as stunning here.

And a small data dump came in for the ladies

below the fold

It's been a busy day;

yardwork, garden, and I discovered that, if I'm careful, I can use the axe on that stump as part of my shoulder workout.  And my shoulders and arms feel it.  Time to relax and examine the new information.

Oh, that was a wonderful idea, wasn't it?

Those who attended the emergency meeting demanded to know who composed and sent out emails and a Facebook post this week after an out-of-school fight broke out Tuesday at a local park.

The post, which has since been deleted, called for a “Diversity Day.” Students were told to wear Gateway High shirts and “Black Lives Matter” shirts for the pre-planned event.

Parents said Friday that the post on an official district account added racial tension to what was originally a nonpolitical, juvenile dispute.
What makes this even more idiotic?
Gateway High board members asserted that the event was a personnel issue, and they were still investigating who sent out the emails and post.
Really?  Nobody knows who sent the e-mail?  You're dealing with Hillary Clinton and the State Department?

Brushed you off, did he?

“So the shift has to be made away from the animal product and away from the beef industry, but all the animal products into a plant-based diet or there will be no planet, and in the next 50 years we won’t have an ocean,” Simmons said. “When the oceans die, we die. We cannot have a lobbyist take advantage of all our natural resources to poison the planet and the people.”

He said that when he met with Sanders that he brushed off Simmons concerns. Simmons went on to blame earthquakes and hurricanes on factory farming and demanded that something must be done to prevent more from happening.
Apparently because you're too freaking stupid for even Sanders to put up with.

See all kinds of things from great heights

Danish astronaut Andreas Mogensen, aboard on ISS, caught an electric view never before taken from space: a huge blue burst of optical activity — known as a blue jet — radiating from a thunderstorm over India.

If this information is correct, those wardens need charges filed against them.
The legislation stems partially from an incident on a ranch in Ryan, in southwest Oklahoma. The landowner, Rob Thornton, told Red Dirt Report that two game wardens drove a half mile onto the ranch, crossed two separate cattle guards, searched two vehicles, an 8,000-square foot barn, separated the ranch foreman from his 15-year-old son and wrote the teenager a $400 citation for shooting at a hog during hunting season.

The wardens claimed they heard gunshots, prompting them to cut the locks on a gate and drive onto private property.
They CUT LOCKS?  SEARCHED VEHICLES AND A BARN?  They think that 4th Amendment thing doesn't apply to them?

So even if you're admitting guilt and checking our privilege, you're guilty because you didn't do it JUST RIGHT and some snowflakes were offended.

Well, crap; if this is true, FN has a real problem with this pistol.

And now, it being nice outside, I shall hobble out and try to accomplish something.

Friday, March 04, 2016

Yes, it's early;

I'm tired.  So here's the data.

Two things that came in very handy while the shoulder

had the arm not-useable for these things:
Did some digging around pre-surgery, and bought this cordless can opener.  Worth every penny, and still using it on the original batteries.

Be advised, use GOOD batteries; generics run down fast, but a set of Duracells has been going since November, small cans and large.  It doesn't run quickly, but it gets the lid off.

The second came to me post-surgery, when I could used the arm a little: this chopper.  Parents had bought one to try, I saw how it worked while down there for a few days, and they gave me one.  Cut, say, an onion into quarters, throw it in, pull the cord a few times, chopped onion; how finely depends on how many times you pull.

I don't have many kitchen gadgets, but- especially what the arthritis does with my hands at times- I wish I'd thought of looking for them a long time ago.

A brave and honest man;

I can hear the screams for him to be fired all the way in my back yard.
“Racism doesn’t exist. Obviously, I’m lying. Of course it exists, but not for you. See, you don’t have to go to the back of the bus. You’re not denied the opportunity to eat at restaurants, or to enter night clubs, or to patronize businesses. You have the right to vote. You’re not being lynched. You’re not being hung. You’re not going through the trials and tribulations your ancestors recent and far beyond recent, endured so you can sit here today.”  

... You’re older, you know I’m not talking about you. But youngsters, nobody’s trying to hear that. You need to understand that white folks got problems, too. Some of them can’t pay their bills. Some of them are struggling. Some of them are being denied opportunities. And you need to understand that, because when people are going through their own problems, they are not going to lament what your trials and tribulations are

This is exactly what pisses me off about a lot of the pot people: it should be legalized, "It only makes sense", etc., but by DEITY they want tobacco banned.

Well, I know one of the things that ought to...

What causes NSA to lose sleep at night?
And one of their big problems is self-created:
I've been quite critical about how NSA's behavior over the last 15 years has alienated a large portion of the security industry practitioners.  I haven't seen anything over the last year or two to cause me to change that - and the whole FBiPhone incident is causing even more collateral damage.
NSA has a lot of smart people, and the ones who are trying to fight the Bad Guys are fighting the Good Fight.  But they have a huge branding problem to overcome.  Adm. Rogers isn't addressing that.

At this point, wonder if he thinks they CAN truly overcome the distrust?

At this point, the question must be asked: do these people rise to, or only aspire to, the level of 'whiny pussy'?
“So many of us shared in our pain. I felt I was in danger, and I felt so many people in that room were in danger,” proclaimed Marcus Robinson, student and president of the Pittsburgh Rainbow Alliance. Robinson also suggested that councilors should have been provided in another room to protect students who felt “traumatized” by Yiannopoulos’s opinions.
A homosexual male goes to a university, gives a non-compulsory and extracurricular event in which he expresses opinions they don't agree with, and they have attacks of the vapors like this?  Amazing.

I've heard Keanu Reeves is a pretty nice guy;

no personal info on that, but it appears he shoots like s sumbitch:

Last time I hit the range, the CherryBalmz-lubed

.22 conversion got another hundred rounds through it; still working just as it should.  That makes between 600-700 rounds with zero problems due to the lube.  Not bad at all; as I've mentioned before, this conversion works great as long as the lube is sufficient; if it doesn't slick things up enough, it short-strokes.  A lot.  That's on the pistol lubed with the heavier Ma Deuce Juice; the one lubed with Black Rifle Balm hasn't had quite as many rounds(yes, I'm a bad tester, should've been keeping better count), but it's working perfectly as well.

As mentioned, I flat can't afford to put, say, a thousand rounds of centerfire pistol or rifle ammo into testing the stuff, so I can't specifically speak to how it'll work in a .223 or 7.62x39 AR, or a 9mm pistol.  I've generally found that if stuff will keep those conversions running smoothly, especially after long breaks in-between without cleaning or more lube, it'll hold up in anything else I've tried it in. 

So the question becomes, is it worth the price to you?  Personally, unless it's got something REALLY special in long-term use, the answer is no, especially since(my favorite) the Lubriplate SFL-0 is so inexpensive.  It may well be worth it to you, that's your decision to make.

I'll keep shooting them(.22s are fun, and good for my rehab), and see how it does over a longer time, and let you know.

Thursday, March 03, 2016

I don't think that "Come to Germany, we welcome you!" thing

is working out very well.

Sooner or later some woman/women/girls are going to wind up raped and dead, possibly tortured as well, and things are going to come apart at the seams.

Knox's Law

I’ve proposed a similar Godwin corollary to Godwin’s Law which I have none-too-modestly dubbed “Knox’s Law.”

As an online discussion of gun owners’ rights grows longer, the probability of an ad absurdum argument involving nuclear weapons approaches 1.

Also, thanks to Mr. Huffman, someone starts that "Nobody wants to take your guns!" crap, he gives lots of ammunition to respond with.


oh, ah, nevermind."
ANYtime you hear 'hate crime', etc., now, it really needs to be considered either a mistake or a fake until there's proof otherwise.

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

More fruits of Smart Diplomacy

Violent extremists, criminals and foreign fighters are part of the daily refugee flow into Europe, the top NATO commander in Europe told lawmakers, "masking the movement" of these dangerous elements and heightening the potential for an attack.

In testimony Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee, U.S. Air Force Gen. Philip Breedlove said ISIS is "spreading like a cancer" within this mix, "taking advantage of paths of least resistance, threatening European nations" and the United States.
Yeah, this is going to end well.
Breedlove later told reporters that he has asked for more U.S. forces to be permanently based in Europe, which is facing threats from a more aggressive Russia as well as ISIS.
I guess that 'reset' button didn't work after all.

I don't think I've written of it before, but as a case lube

a commenter* mentioned using lanolin: take the liquid, use one part of it to about nine parts 90% rubbing alcohol in a sprayer.  Sounded interesting, so I found a bottle of liquid lanolin and a small spray bottle and mixed some up.

Oh yeah, it works.  I put the cases in a baggie, give them a few sprays, then close the bag and work them around a minute.  If I want to make sure the inside of the necks get some, I set them upright in a bag, give a spray or two, then dump them over and spray & work.  The slide through the sizing die very nicely, it takes very little lanolin to do a LOT of cases, and it washes off with Dawn dish soap(I use that and hot water to clean the stuff, rinse and dry, then run them through the tumbler to make sure I got it all).

And if your hands dry out the way mine do in winter, you can use the straight lanolin on them.

*I can't remember who, dammit, if you see this let me know so I can give you credit

A: Anti-inflammatories can be wonderful

B: I wish I didn't have to take them so often
C: at times like this I'm glad I have them, they're really helping the knee.

Today was going to be a range day, but I really don't want to stand that much, not to mention carrying the stuff in and out.  Grocery shopping must be done later, I'll save the walking and standing for that.

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Times I consider just falling completely apart

and getting it over with. 

Right now.

Yesterday, foot caught on something and turned, and I landed right knee-first, on the driveway.  Yes, it hurt.  Still does.

So now I have a functional shoulder that needs work to get back to strength, and a knee that doesn't work and hurts like hell at times(swelling is down, but still stiff and painful; stairs suck).  Which makes me wonder what's going to get hurt/need work next?

In other news: ref the shoulder, hanging a pipe from the clothesline pole, at appropriate height, allows you to lean back to your chosen angle and do semi-pullups, and then lean forward to do pushups.  Which helps, but it's going to take a while.

Also, there's a gym not far from the house that's been there for years, and I stopped in to check it out: no contract, 24/7 operation, really nice setup including cardio machines, weight machines and free weights.  Lots of all of it.  But it's $30/month, and that's more than I can do.  There's a Gold's Gym about a mile away, but by the time they finish their sales pitch on signup costs, plus whatever-per-month, it's a bit high as well, and not nearly as nice a setup.  So for now, until 10Gym or someone builds a lot closer, at-home stuff it is.

There's stuff to do tomorrow, but it may get put off a day or two, as none of it is essential and I don't know how the leg is going to be.

I have made my peace with getting old: I hate it, and it wants to kill me.

Not just Neil Goldschmidt; every bastard who knew

and did nothing, or made excuses, who didn't care because 'Look at the good he did!'; every one of you miserable shits should pay for it.

Especially you, the miserable excuse for a lawman who picked her up so her rapist could screw her; damn you.

And you, McCormack, you bastard.
With his journalistic experience, McCormack knew what a huge story he had been handed. Still, he chose to do nothing. "I didn't feel like it was my business, and even though I don't like Neil, I didn't want to destroy him," McCormack says.

McCormack says he never shared the secret, even though Goldschmidt's surprise decision remained perhaps the greatest mystery in Oregon politics over the past 15 years

So now even Hockeystick Mann admits to the pause;

anyone have a weather report for Hell?
“It has been claimed that the early-2000s global warming slowdown or hiatus, characterized by a reduced rate of global surface warming, has been overstated, lacks sound scientific basis, or is unsupported by observations. The evidence presented here contradicts these claims,” the paper in Nature Climate Change says.
Though the paper’s findings are not controversial – few serious scientists dispute the evidence of the temperature datasets showing that there has been little if any global warming for nearly 19 years – they represent a tremendous blow to the climate alarmist “consensus”, which has long sought to deny the “Pause’s” existence.

First, the study was published in Nature Climate Change a fervently alarmist journal which rarely if ever runs papers that cast doubt on the man-made-global-warming scare narrative.
Secondly, it directly contradicts a widely-reported study produced by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) last year which attempted to deny the existence of the “Pause” (also known as the “hiatus”).

The standard: "Stay on the plantation, or you won't count as black anymore."

Good. Now if Apple will show the same attitude to the PRC,

we'll be in decent shape.
A federal judge on Monday ruled the U.S. Department of Justice does not have legal authority to force Apple to develop a program to circumvent security features on a smartphone related to a drug trafficking case in New York.
I like this from the judge:
"The relief the government seeks is unavailable because Congress has considered legislation that would achieve the same result but has not adopted it," he wrote. "It is also clear that the government has made the considered decision that it is better off securing such crypto-legislative authority from the courts rather than taking the chance that open legislative debate might produce a result less to its liking."

Like Insty says, now when I hear about some Horrible!Racist!Attack!!, my first thought is "Evidence?  Proof?  Or it's bullshit."
Audio from two 911 phone calls and video footage of the alleged racially motivated assault at a New York college has been released, providing more evidence why the women who made the accusation are now being charged with false reporting.
There was an assault; they started it, they're the ones yelling names and hitting people.  And then
Now some of that footage has been released, but it is difficult to tell what exactly happened. The 911 audio is more damaging, showing one of the accusers saying "I think it's so funny" and "I beat up a boy" before the call connected to a dispatcher.

When the call connected, the accuser then tells the story that she was "jumped" on a bus and that it was a racially motivated attack.

One of the things that makes me so glad some of my ancestors got the hell out of Scotland.
It’s for the children — or maybe, really, for the child, singular. A toddler was murdered by an antisocial crumb using an airgun eleven years ago, and after a decade plus of wave-the-bloody-shirt publicity (and no further intervening homicides) the Scottish authorities have declared the devices contraband. Owners of the estimated half-million powderless peashooters in the quasi-country have from July to the end of the year to get a permit — which may or may not be issued, at the whim of police, and which requires them to prove, to whichever copper catches gun-ban duty, a “need” for the toy.

From the Dark and Fascist State of New Jersey:
A veteran state trooper alleges in a whistleblower lawsuit she was retaliated against by her superiors after raising objections that police academy background checks were compromised because of pressure to increase racial diversity among State Police ranks.
Jiras claims in her suit that her superiors, under pressure from the state Attorney General's Office to boost recruit class diversity on short notice, approved candidates who had been automatically disqualified for having suspended licenses, criminal affiliations and active warrants.
Just bloody wonderful, isn't it?

Monday, February 29, 2016

Obviously, this is unpossible: (formerly Great)Britain has laws against all this!

The kind of laws Clinton and Sanders and Obama say would make us safe!
Grenades have become the latest “must have” weapons being sold by underworld arms dealers at knockdown prices.

And a special Mirror investigation has found that the terrifying trade is booming.

Following the killing of two unarmed policewomen in a gun and grenade attack on Tuesday, we uncovered the shocking array of firepower available on the streets today.

The death-dealing “shopping list” includes guns for hire for as little as £100 and bullets priced at anything from £5 to £15.
However could this happen with all those laws? 
The source added that weapons and grenades were often smuggled in from abroad, along with drugs.

He added: “A grenade is not the type of thing you stash under a bed or have just lying about. You get one when you need one for a specific purpose.” He revealed that underworld armourers even sell gangs “assassin kits” – including a gun, silencer and bullets for £300.
Damn.  It's like those criminals don't care about or obey those laws...

Sunday, February 28, 2016

Remember the kid injured when the idiot dropped a flashbang in his crib?

A federal judge has approved settlements totaling $3.6 million to the parents of a toddler who was severely injured when a flash grenade detonated in his playpen during a 2014 raid.
But guess what?
'Considering that this family was still held responsible for the medical bills is itself a travesty.'
Yep.  Not only do the cops involved get off with no punishment(other than being all upset that people don't have the proper amount of feels for them), but the family is paying the medical expenses out of the award.

Wonder if the local citizens out of whose pockets this is coming have anything to say about that?

Yeah, that British National Healthcare System is WONDERFUL!

The mother of a 19-year-old model who died of cervical cancer after doctors failed to allow her a smear test has questioned why her daughter was refused the simple examination. 

The NHS scrapped routine smears for under-25s in 2003 over concerns they could do more harm than good.
Note that that says 'routine', not "There's a problem but you shouldn't use this as a diagnostic tool", yet she could not get one.

Amazing, isn't it?

Yeah, there are actual consequences to your "For Cecil!" bullshit

As a mental exercise, let us take fifty thousand US dollars (plus all the other money, noted above), multiply that number by two hundred lions, and see how much money the bunny-huggers and the spine-less, knee-jerk politicians and bureaucrats have kept out of the mouths of starving Zimbabweans and the game reserve.
That's right, Tofu Breath:  those game parks you're dotting your cupcakes over?  A large percentage of their budget and operating capital comes right out of the wallets of hunters.

In one fell swoop -- over one idiot furry predator -- you've not only managed to take the food right out of the mouths of the families that have come to rely upon it, but you've also managed to make a significant dent in the operating capital of the park itself.

But the enviroweenies will still run around feeling virtuous; and that's more important than damage to the park and black people in Africa starving, isn't it?

Wonderful: be a 9/11 conspiritard, and "The JOOOS did it!" moron, and the head of the university defends your freedom to speak; be a conservative wanting to speak on other campuses...

Wow.  Progress, indeed.
The Defense Minister Eleuterio Fernández Huidobro, is in favor of the population is armed to defend even the government.
“For me, gun ownership is an attribute of freedom”
 This is amazing for Latin America. That a major government official, the minister of Defense no less would come out and assert armed population is like Sarah Brady coming back from the death, getting a concealed weapons permit and go on a shopping binge at her local Gun Store.