Highway to . . . well, Heaven or Hell, I guess!

A couple of years ago I wrote about an English pastor who’d converted a Triumph Rocket III motorcycle into the world’s fastest hearse.  It seems his efforts have been outdone.  A recent comment on that post informed me that someone’s taken a Suzuki Hayabusa (the world’s fastest production motorcycle) and attached a hearse in sidecar fashion. How fast does it go? OK, that’s fast! Peter

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Do stupid things, pay the price

I’m frustrated and angry to read that a man in Washington state is facing charges after firing a warning shot at someone trying to break into his home.  This is something that’s stressed in every shooting course I’ve ever taken, and in every qualifying course for a concealed carry permit.  If you fire a shot, whether or not it’s aimed at anyone (or no-one), you’ve just employed lethal force!  It may not have caused lethal (or any) damage, but it still had the potential to do so, therefore it’s legally classified in the same way. I’ve taught for years (and

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Rosso Fango

As I promised yesterday, here’s the second of two short movies from the Sundance Film Festival.  This one describes an unlikely encounter in a shellhole during World War I – but it’s based on fact;  an incident like this really happened.  ‘Rosso Fango’ is described as follows: Lest we forget the old adage “War is Hell,” successful commercial director Paola Ameli brings us rushing directly into the maelstrom with highly stylized production value and bracing emotional intensity. Rosso Fango (translated to “Red Mud”) begins deep inside a mud hole in no man’s land during World War I. A British soldier

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Video from inside a tornado

No Silence Here has put up a video clip of a storm-chaser vehicle that found itself directly in the path of a tornado in Oklahoma recently.  One can’t see much, but the violence of the storm is very obvious.  It’s worth watching. Personally, I think anyone who deliberately puts themselves in close proximity to a tornado has issues best dealt with by a psychiatrist . . . but to each his own, I guess. Peter

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More of this, please!

I was delighted to see Tea Party activists in Texas working together with Democrat legislators to defeat a law that would have given politicians in that state concealed carry privileges denied to ordinary citizens.  That’s outstanding!  If something’s wrong, it’s wrong, period.  It doesn’t matter what party affiliation one espouses – to oppose such measures is the right thing. Why aren’t we seeing more of this?  Why can’t Republican legislators work with OWS activists to pass measures that are right in themselves, irrespective of who introduced them?  Why can’t more right-thinking (and left-thinking!) people ignore party political dogma and think

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The civic anatomy of murder

DNAInfo has published a remarkable timeline of murders committed in Chicago during 2012.  Each victim is identified by name, age and race, the location of the crime is noted, and where possible links are provided to further information.  Here’s one example. The most interesting thing as far as I’m concerned has been to correlate the race of the victims with the area in which they were killed;  and also, where I have access to such information, to check on the criminal record of the deceased.  Overwhelmingly, the violence is concentrated in predominantly minority areas of the city;  and overwhelmingly, those

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That’s how I remember medicine

I was heartened to read of a doctor in Maine who’s stopped taking medical insurance, and is operating a cash-only practice.  He posts his fees online, and those who want to claim back their expenses from their medical insurers have to do the paperwork themselves.  His prices are half what they used to be, he saves a bundle on administrative overhead, and he says he’s “freed up to do what I think is right for the patients”. Frankly, I don’t know why many other doctors haven’t already done this.  I remember this sort of medical practice as a child.  My

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Spitfire 944

This is a remarkable short film from the Sundance Film Festival, one of two temporarily put up on YouTube to mark Memorial Day (I’ll put up the second one tomorrow.)  It’ll only be available for a couple of weeks before being taken down again, so you might want to save a copy.  It’s described as follows: For aviation fans, get ready for a ton of wonderful archival footage coming your way in William Lorton’s Spitfire 944. A true-life story, Lorton has discovered rare 16mm footage of a 1944 spitfire crash and tracks down the pilot, now an 83-year-old World War

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The night shift clearly has way too much time on their hands . . .

The Cora supermarket in Rennes, France, clearly had too many workers on the night shift with too little to do.  They came up with this domino demonstration, using store stocks. When it hit YouTube, it went viral, and as a result the supermarket’s customers demanded to see it ‘live’.  The workers duly obliged, and hundreds of people turned up to watch. So, what began as a project to amuse bored workers has turned into a pretty massive publicity stunt for the supermarket chain.  Well done to all concerned! Peter

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So much for government ‘austerity’!

Forbes has just published an excellent article pointing out that all those baying for more Keynesian economic stimulus instead of so-called ‘austerity’ programs have one major problem:  there is no government austerity to speak of.  Here’s an excerpt. The official Keynesian story is that the PIIGS of Europe (Portugal, Italy, Ireland, Greece and Spain) have been devastated by cutbacks in public spending. Austerity has made things worse rather than better – clear proof that Keynesian stimulus is the answer. Keynesians claim the lack of stimulus (of course paid for by someone else) has spawned costly recessions which threaten to spread. 

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