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1  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: Today at 08:36:04 AM
It is time to switch Memorial Day and Veterans Day.  November is a shitty month for partying, and trying to get folks to be somber when they're marking the opening of summer is a dickish way to make everyone unhappy.

I don't get bent out of shape when folks wish me a happy Memorial Day.  For most folks it really is a happy weekend.  I don't begrudge them that, and I don't want to take away anyone's fireworks shows even if they still make me twitch.  (I take my less than happy ass inside and turn up the music.  Fireworks -ing rock even if I can't enjoy them.)  I sure as hell don't want a war big enough that everyone loses someone.  When you remember me on Memorial Day, do it with a drink in one hand and something tasty in the other.

Harumph.

I should get down to Arlington more.
2  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Beyond Earth (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: May 22, 2015, 08:20:09 AM
Ok.  Finally got home late last night and watched it this morning.  WOOOOOO!!  Much excite.  I should be a good person and wait until it goes on sale, but we'll see if that works.  No promises.
3  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box 2015: TV news, views & reviews on: May 20, 2015, 10:29:01 AM
What's the station named?

If its really NASA I would assume so since its public domain.
NASA Discovery?  It was interesting and looked like it was put together by bright folks who don't do entertainment for a living.

I will need to look more.
4  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Idiot Box 2015: TV news, views & reviews on: May 20, 2015, 07:51:39 AM
NASA has a TV station.  I am watching it at a hotel near Pittsburgh that has Dish Network.  Is there a way to stream it on a computer?
5  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Beyond Earth (Reactions, stories, let's play setups, etc...) on: May 20, 2015, 07:49:34 AM
I am excite, and traveling.  Tablets have their uses, but typing isn't one of them. 

But ooooh! Hybrids!  Been wanting these!
6  Community / License to Improvise / Re: [Farthest Star] So, guns... on: May 08, 2015, 07:47:23 AM
About the only way for this sci-fi trend to become a reality, I think, is if the LSAT program actually gives people something to work with.  From what I've seen, it'll make casings more like an even shotgun shell, instead of a slopped rimmed munition that we have currently that pretty much requires that the magazine have a curve to it.
Apparently the LSAT program gets us the CT LMG, which is 8.3 pounds lighter than a normal SAW, though the ammunition isn't compatible with M-16s.  (Maybe NATO needs new rifle ammo...)
7  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: May 02, 2015, 04:45:32 PM
Really radical idea:  Repeal the laws that do not have the intended effect.

Gun control doesn't reduce violent crime?  Dump it.
Banning drugs doesn't even make the price drop?  Legalize them.  (Don't tax them so much that you create new black markets.  Looking at you New York City and the taxes that are so high it is worth smuggling from Virginia and causing street violence over who gets to sell where.)
IDEFK what problem banning prostitution is supposed to solve.  But if you want to reduce human trafficking you have to make sure the trafficked don't need to confess to being criminals to get help.

We should probably also cut the 72,000+ page federal tax code by about 90% too.
8  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: May 01, 2015, 09:03:18 PM
Ban big cities?  But seriously.  The FBI says that in most jurisdictions, an average of 48% of violent crime is gang related.  These gangs tend to be fighting over drug related activities.  The easy way to end it is to get narcotics out of the black market by legalizing them.  Disputes are solved in court, there is less violence in the streets, and folks can get help without having to admit they are/were criminals.  I don't see a downside.
9  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: May 01, 2015, 09:17:21 AM
I'm not following you here.  The impact of arms control laws in other countries would seem to be extremely consequential to the debate.  Please elaborate.
Mostly because other countries have culture, size, and other issues that make direct comparisons between say, the US and the UK or Mexico not very helpful.  The US is as large as Europe.  Comparing most European countries to US states makes more sense to me, and even then we have individual states.
10  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: April 29, 2015, 03:42:03 PM
David Simon on Baltimore’s Anguish
Freddie Gray, the drug war, and the decline of “real policing.”
  I asked a cop buddy about this, and he said it is on the money, particularly about "the brass" leaning on the patrol officers in ways that damage the community, the department, and the copper.

FWIW, I don't think city folks are going to trust their PDs as long as the "war on drugs" festers, and even then there is a lot of work to do to rebuild trust.  (That may never have been there in the first place, the row to hoe is build trust, not rebuild.)
11  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Reaperwatch 2015 on: April 29, 2015, 01:58:24 PM
The Auld Grump - your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to play every KISS album backwards, looking for signs of Satan worshiping.
What Satan wants to have happen is for the KISS albums to be played backwards.  Your boss is the one doing Satan's bidding!  Shocked
12  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: April 29, 2015, 09:28:41 AM
I always thought the Swiss were pretty big into guns, but I think having governments that do less is nearly as important as having a relatively homogenous population.

I remember nosing around the then local gunsmith and happening across his numerous NRA posters urging the reader to remember how Hitler, Mussolini, and Mao all outlawed private gun ownership and thusly that any impinging upon the 2nd Amendment was preface to a genocidal totalitarian ruler.

My takeaway was this, "that's the dumbest fucking thing I've ever read."

I'm not sure those claims are even true, to be honest. I'll do the research one of these days.
Hitler used it, dunno Mussolini, and Mao made sure the peasants stayed disarmed.  Stalin did too.  You can't steal the kulak's grain if they can shoot back at your storm troopers.  Nor can you easily burn a cross in the yard of someone with a shotgun, which is why the KKK supported gun control.  Politicians don't like it when their hooligans are shot by the shopkeepers they are shaking down, which is why New York City's gun control started.

I don't think gun control causes terrible things to happen, it's just easier to commit atrocities against folks who have been disarmed.  It isn't even a new thing.  Rome disarmed Carthage before razing it.
13  Products / Spycraft Third Edition / Re: Ralph McQuarrie and James Bond on: April 28, 2015, 07:37:35 AM
  Even before I looked at the caption, I was instantly reminded of similar 'stunt shows' I've seen in Las Vegas. I'd totally pay to see a Bond version.
I'm regularly more impressed by the work of the stuntfolks than of the actual actors...
14  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Life, the World, and Everything. (Social Issues) on: April 27, 2015, 05:08:52 PM
I'm glad we agree on civil forfiture.

Vermont has .3 murders per 100,000 people with 42% of citizens owning a firearm.
Arizona has 3.6 with 41.1% owning.

I'm not seeing your point mate except that Vermont is far safer than Arizona.
Probably that gun control, or its lack, does not always correlate.  A lack of gun control is not a guarantee of less violent crime.  That said, I think Massachusetts demonstrated that more gun control is not the solution to the problems of violent crime:  Following a comprehensive gun control act in 1998, violent crime rose.

PRIORITIES FOR RESEARCH TO REDUCE THE THREAT OF FIREARM-RELATED VIOLENCE:
(click to show/hide)
  TL;DR  American use firearms to successfully defend themselves against crime at least as often as firearms are used in crime, and up to 50 times as often.  (I consider the 2.5 million figure unlikely.)  And less gun control in Chicago lets law abiding citizens legally stop guys like this.  (Not that anecdotes are data, but this is a vast improvement over jerkasses shooting up crowds and escaping.)
15  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: April 19, 2015, 03:09:26 PM
A drum that can use the magazine well on a SAW would be hella sweet.  Every SAW I ever used chewed the bejeezus out of magazines.  Sure I carried half a dozen magazines, but if I ever needed to use them, I was A) in a world of shit, and B) probably better off with my pistol and axe.
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