Updating your kitchen?

It wasn’t always so easy. Things have changed for the better, it seems!  When I was five years old, my parents bought a house that had been built at the turn of the 20th century.  It was in dire need of rehabbing, including the kitchen – which still contained a huge hollow at the base of a chimney, that was intended to accommodate a wood-fired or coal-fired stove and oven.  (With the chimney sealed off and sliding doors installed, it became a very useful cupboard.)  Thing is, when we moved in, it wasn’t too dissimilar to the old-style kitchen shown

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The very definition of an unstable relationship!

The New York Times brings us instructions on – of all things! – “How to Have Sex in a Canoe“. Take some basic precautions. First, make room. Stow your paddles, handle ends down, behind the stern seat. Take out the removable center thwart, if there is one; you don’t want to get stuck under it in the event of a flip. (One old boat in the museum’s collection, called a “girling canoe,” features a detachable thwart and a record player.) To maintain balance, relax your body. “Let your hips roll with the canoe,” Raffan says. Be mindful of the fact

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Boys and their (highly explosive) toys

Ever wanted to blow up a toilet?  Well, that idea – as well as blowing up several other things – occurred to two British filmmakers who run the “Slow Mo Guys” channel on YouTube:  and thanks to a link at Daddy Warpig’s place, here it is in glorious Technicolor.  Watch the volume on your speakers – the speech is often quiet, but the bangs are a lot louder! That’s the most thoroughly destroyed toilet I’ve ever seen.  Even the after-effects of a Texas chili contest wouldn’t be that devastating! Peter

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A tactical thought about the US Army’s next-generation helicopters

As many readers know, I’m a veteran of military service.  I’ve traveled in military helicopters, including high-speed insertions into “hot” landing zones.  I therefore have a “grunt’s eye view” of the use of helicopters when things get hairy. Consider the size of many helicopter landing zones.  Some of them are open spaces, which offer room for aircraft to maneuver, such as this one: Others, however, can be cramped, and dangerous to the helicopters because of encroaching tree branches, rocks, and other obstacles – and, in urban LZ’s, buildings, electrical wires and other man-made hazards.  Here’s an example of a confined

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Big Brother and your car. Do you feel any safer now?

I was annoyed to read this report. In closed-door meetings last March, U.S. transportation regulators and others grappled with questions about whether police should have the power to disable self-driving cars and whether an automatic alert that a robo-taxi had been in a wreck could violate an occupant’s privacy, a report released on Tuesday showed. . . . Many participants in the meetings “agreed that it is a question of when, not if, there is a massive cyber security attack targeting” autonomous vehicles and said “planning exercises are needed to prepare for and mitigate a large-scale, potentially multimodal cyber security attack,”

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Antifa trains for violence. Forewarned is forearmed.

Antifa has become notorious for its attacks on moderate and conservative groups across the nation.  Now James O’Keefe has captured an Antifa instructor teaching members of the group how to attack and injure their opponents.  A sample quote: “If you get a good liver or kidney shot, it’s pretty much crippling them.  They’re going to be doubled over and in a lot of pain.  If you break one of the floating ribs, which are small and right down here.  Those are also very painful, it’s hard to move after that, to catch a breath.  So one good body shot could potentially

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That’s not a valid excuse

I note, with no surprise whatsoever, that the brother of the gang-banger who was shot dead in New Orleans by criminal rivals this week (along with two innocent bystanders) is making excuses for him. “He’s being characterized as a gang member, a killer. I feel like it’s a slap in the face … like he got what he deserved.” The brother of the man who was targeted in a shooting on Claiborne Avenue that left three people dead and seven others injured is speaking out against the way his brother has been characterized by police and the media. . . .

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3M gets a legal slap on the wrist – but still makes millions

If this report doesn’t infuriate you, it should! A contractor has agreed to pay $9.1 million to the U.S. government for selling defective earplugs issued to thousands of servicemembers deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan from 2003 to 2015. Known as “selective attenuation earplugs,” 3M’s Combat Arms earplugs would “loosen in the wearers ear, imperceptibly to the wearer and even trained audiologists visually observing a wearer, thereby permitting damaging sounds to enter the ear canal by traveling around outside of the earplug,” according to the whistleblower lawsuit complaint, which was settled Thursday. . . . The earplugs were originally manufactured by Aearo Technologies,

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A penetrating analysis by William S. Lind

William S. Lind is a well-known conservative commenter on US military affairs and geopolitics.  Many consider him rather “kooky”, and way off base, but even so, he often makes me think with some of his perspectives.  I don’t agree with all his positions, but I’m more than willing to tip my hat in his direction from time to time.In a recent article titled “Paradigm Shift“, he analyzes the almost hysterical reaction to President Trump’s meeting in Helsinki with Russian President Putin, and offers a thoughtful analysis of what’s behind it.  Here’s an excerpt, with its layout (but not its content) slightly

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