Beat this!

Here’s the Swiss ‘Top Secret’ drum corps performing at the Edinburgh Tattoo. Their performance seems to be a combination of military precision and free-form fun for all! Impressive! Peter

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More Halloween precautions

Over the past few days I’ve linked to two other blogs providing useful lists of precautions on how to survive the witching season. Today Missouri Rebel weighs in with his ideas. A few examples: If [the] goblin/creature/whatever took 20 rounds of 147gr 9mm JHP’s and didn’t even blink, then the old double barrel 12 gauge loaded with birdshot you brought along isn’t going to help. Use a weapon that has a history of making a mess. I recommend the M2 HB, cause .50 BMG rounds took apart Nazi and Japanese aircraft in WW2, they’ll do wonders on Mr. Undead as

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Doofus Of The Day #409

Today’s Doofus is from Lockport, NY. According to the Police Blotter for last Thursday, a certain Miriam Siemucha decided to return a set of sheets to a local store. The store manager inspected them and found they hadn’t been bought at his establishment, whereupon he stalled her while he called the cops. On arrival, the police asked Ms. Siemucha (in so many words) what she was playing at. While inspecting the bedsheets, they noticed a certain aroma. Further investigation led them to a marijuana pipe and some of the drug, wrapped in a corner of the sheets. Ms. Siemucha is

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Some very ancient history indeed!

I was fascinated to read that marine archaeologists believe they’ve discovered the site – or at least the general area – of the Battle of the Aegates Islands, the final naval engagement (in 241 B.C.) of the First Punic War between Carthage and Rome. MSNBC reports: The remains of a sunken warship recently found in the Mediterranean Sea may confirm the site of a major ancient battle in which Rome trounced Carthage. . . . The shipwreck was found near the island of Levanzo, west of Sicily, which is where historical documents place the battle. In the summer of 2010,

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Another one from Mark Steyn

On Thursday night I posted links to four articles by Mark Steyn, analyzing the real issues at stake in the mid-term elections next week. Yesterday he published the fifth and final article in the series. Here’s an extract. SOVEREIGNTY AND TERRITORY In the Nineties, the “culture wars” were over “God, guns and gays”. The overreach of the statists has added a fourth G: Government itself is now a front in the culture war, and a battle of the most primal kind. Is the United States a republic of limited government with a presumption in favor of individual liberty? Or is

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I have an aversion to this sort of inversion!

I’ve heard of, and seen, inverted flight . . . but inverted landings? That’s new to me, but a stunt pilot, Craig Hosking, modified his Pitts Special, ‘Double Take’, for the purpose. Weird, but certainly entertaining! I particularly liked the second tail-wheel on top of the tail . . . but when I’m in a plane, I think I’d greatly prefer the more conventional variety of landing, thank you very much! Peter

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So that’s why they do it!

I’d always wondered why there were Braille instructions provided on drive-through automatic teller machines. After all, a blind person can hardly drive through them, can he? It turns out there’s a good reason, after all. Mainly, it is because it is required by law, thanks to the ADA Accessibility Guidelines for Buildings and Facilities. There are certain exceptions, in terms of these requirements, when it comes to drive-up ATMs vs. walk up ATMs, such as the differing requirements on the “Reach Ranges” in section 4.34.3. However, being able to get rid of the Braille is not one of these exceptions,

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More hints to survive Halloween

Old NFO has published another useful list of how to survive the weirdness of the season. Hints include: If someone tells you that you are the Chosen One and must save whoever or whatever, kill them and change your name. Same bloody well goes for any harbinger of any “prophesy”. If possible, resurrect them and kill them a second time. Bullets may or may not work. Either way, shoot the evil entity. A lot. Fire always makes a situation better. Or more entertaining, and that’s the truly important thing. If anyone says “But Whatever Bad Entity doesn’t exist”, kneecap them

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A debt collector gets creative

According to a report from upstate Pennsylvania, a debt collection agency tried a novel approach to force its victims to pay up. Authorities charge that Unicredit used civil court subpoenas to summon consumers to fake court hearings that were used to intimidate consumers into providing access to bank accounts, making immediate payments or surrendering vehicle titles and other assets. Sometimes, the complaint charges, Unicredit employees were sent to consumers’ homes in order to retrieve documents or have consumers sign payment agreements. The fake courtroom allegedly contained furniture and decorations similar to those used in actual court offices, including a raised

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The end of the world has been . . . er . . . postponed . . .

I’m highly amused to find that the doom, gloom and disaster crowd, who are predicting the end of the world next year on the basis of the Mayan ‘long count’ calendar, might have to revise their plans. Doomsday believers, you might be able to breathe a sigh of relief. The much-hyped “prediction” that, according to the ancient Mayan calendar, the world will end on Dec. 21, 2012 may be based on a miscalculation. According to recent research, the mythological date of the “end of days” may be off by 50 to 100 years. To convert the ancient Mayan calendar to

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