Shooting in days of yore

(“Days of yore?”  “Yeah – days of yore fathers!”) Seriously, though, this video clip is from the late 1930’s.  It shows the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Exhibition Pistol Team at work and play.  The techniques demonstrated are mostly very dated, and some are downright dangerous – enough to give OSHA a fit!  Still, back then, this was considered normal.  Enjoy! They must have had great trust in one another to stand downrange, serving as living target frames and mounts like that . . . darned if I’d have done so! Peter

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Mythical creatures

I recently came across a very interesting Web site called ‘Mythical Creatures List‘.  It lists thousands of creatures from myth and legend, organized by culture, attribute or type.  Clicking on any entry brings up a sub-list of qualifying creatures, and clicking on the name of any of them provides more details about it. I looked up some mythical beasties I knew, such as the Norse Ratatosk and the African Lightning Bird.  Sure enough, both were listed, along with brief information about them – not enough, I think, but I guess the site can’t be a full encyclopedia!  The brief descriptions

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Doofus Of The Day #697

Courtesy of a tip from Australian reader Snoggeramus, today’s winner comes from that continent.  The winning deed happened almost two decades ago, but has only just come to light.  The award goes, not to him, but to the official idiots who made it possible! Daniel Heiss escaped from Berrimah jail in 1995, sparking a 12-day manhunt around Darwin. His girlfriend Carolyn Wilkinson has just published his biography – Blood On The Wire. In the book she claims Heiss escaped by memorising the detail of the key after studying it hanging from a prison officer’s belt. But the former prison officer

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Resurrecting (part of) the Saturn V

Ars Technica has a fascinating article about how NASA engineers are studying an F1 engine from the first stage of the gigantic 1960’s-vintage Saturn V rocket, digitizing it in CAD programs and trying to design an updated successor.  Here’s a brief excerpt. SLS‘ design parameters called for a Saturn V-scale vehicle, capable of lifting 150 metric tons into low Earth orbit. No one working at MSFC had any real experience with gigantic LOX/RP-1 engines; nothing in the world-wide inventory of launch vehicles still operates at that scale today. So how do you make yourself an expert in tech no one

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More about the US monetary base and money supply

A couple of days ago I asked ‘What’s the US money supply up to?‘  I gave my own response to that question.  Now Karl Denninger adds some very pertinent comments. The monetary base of circulating funds is not simply “money” — it is money and credit.  We all know this; most of us, in fact, nearly all, walk around with over ten if not over 100 times as much available credit in our wallet as we have dead Presidents. . . . I could walk into a car dealer and buy a car with the plastic in my wallet.  Not

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Gun control, skewered

Kevin at The Smallest Minority brings us one of the best and most exhaustively documented articles I’ve ever read on why the latest gun control measures failed to gain traction, and wouldn’t have worked in any case.  It’s far too long for me to provide excerpts here, because it really needs to be read as a whole.  Every gun owner should study it, as it provides very useful ‘ammunition’ for us to defend our position. Go read the whole thing, and bookmark it for future reference.  I’ve gone further – I’ve saved a copy to my hard disk.  It’s that

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More on boycotting GE

Yesterday I mentioned that in the light of its anti-gun stance, I wouldn’t be buying any more GE products.  Today Karl Denninger weighed in on the subject. GE Capital has the absolute right to choose not to do business with gun dealers and their customers. We the people have the absolute right to not do business with GE Capital and by doing business with those who are funded by GE Capital or who offer credit through it you are choosing to do business with them. Who’s on this list?  Oh my oh my.  Sporting goods companies, automotive parts and service

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A jump rope queen indeed!

I’ve never seen anything like this – and I’m still not sure I can believe my eyes! The young lady is Adrienn Banhegyi.  She appears with Cirque du Soleil.  Here’s a video of one of her live performances. All right, I’m going to crawl into a corner and feel very inadequate for a while . . . Peter

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Looks like I’ve bought my last GE product

It seems General Electric – or rather its capital and banking arm – has decided that guns are icky, nasty things, and wants nothing more to do with them.  MarketWatch reports: General Electric Co. is quietly cutting off lending to gun shops, as the company rethinks its relationship to firearms amid the fallout from the school shooting in Newtown, Conn. This month, Glenn Duncan, owner of Duncan’s Outdoor Store in Bay City, Mich., said he received a letter from GE Capital Retail Bank in which the lender said it had made “the difficult decision” to stop providing financing services to

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Fascinating insights into our economic handbasket

Courtesy of Casey Research, we can read online two chapters from David Stockman‘s new book ‘The Great Deformation: The Corruption of Capitalism in America‘.  They provide an enormous amount of background information as to why our economy is in such a mess, and show how it got that way.  After reading them, you may rest assured I’ve ordered the book! Go read them for yourself, and learn.  It’s worth your time. Peter

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