Monday, September 1, 2014

Boost Your I.Q.

So goes the claim in a piece I found on Townhall of all places. The money quote:
And all you need to get started is this book (link deleted), a 9-volt battery, a couple of wires, a 2 milli-Amp resistor and two moist sponges to attach to your head and your left arm....
I would suggest the author try this and see how long it takes for him to realize that resistors are measured in Ohms, not Amperes.

P.S. The adage about "if a little is good and a lot is better then too much should be about right" does NOT apply to self induced electroshock therapy even though if you win a Darwin Award, we all win.

Terrorist Supporters Demand FBI Not Consider Them Terrorists

And I suppose that as long as the terrorists supporters have a supporter in the White House, they'll get their way. The whole thing is here.

Keep in mind that September marks the anniversary of the greatest Muslim victory over the U.S. infidels since the Beirut barracks bombing or the capture of the Constellation. Come the end of September we'll see if CAIR and MB still qualify as educational outfits.

Happy September

And thanks to Bayou for the pointer to Loneley Libertarian where this gem was found:
Placed on Kickstarter, this should make someone a millionaire in no time at all. A secondary line of welcome mats should do well also.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Who Is A Gun Owner

The answer depends on who's collecting the data as witness the disparity shown here:
Pew and the GSS show a declining population of gun owners but Gallup and ABC are showing an increase. The bumpyness of the graphs is interesting to me as the NICS check data moves much more smoothly. This suggests that something else is going on. I got this chart from Historia Futura Praedicit where there is a fairly exhaustive analysis of some of the underlying data behind these graphs.
In 1987 Arthur Kellerman, a doctor who has done research on firearms and firearm related incidents, sent a survey asking if their was a firearm in the household to addresses that were listed in the firearm permit registries. His purpose, to see if those permit holders would respond truthfully. Of the 35 responses he received, 31 answered truthfully which would indicate that around 88% of gun owners would answer questionnaires honestly; however, what surprised him was that there were also 20 households that did not respond. When he went to investigate he found empty lots.  In other words those permit holders had knowingly lifted a false address in order to keep their real home residence a secret from the authorities. If this polls is indeed accurate, then that means that 36% of those polled intentionally tried to hide the fact that they are gun owners. This sort of phenomena has repeated with the recent 'assault weapons' registration in Connecticut. Only around 11% of all estimated assault weapons holders registered their weapon by the deadline set forth in the law.
This is rather a larger chunk than I would usually take for a quote, but the story is interesting to say the least.  Dr Kellerman BTW is the source of the famous “43 times more likely” to be murdered in their own home if they own and keep a gun in their home" statistic which he has since reduced to 2.7 times more likely with added caveats about using drugs and other factors. Also no mention of the state in which the survey information was collected, but while most states do not have a registry of firearms owners, the ones that do are places where firearms owners are rightfully paranoid and would be reluctant to tell the Nosey Survey Company anything at all about their guns.

Click on over to the HFP link and read the whole thing. I found it interesting and it informs one as to where the Anti's are getting those bogus stories about the gun culture being in a serious decline. If 43% of gun owners will attempt to conceal their ownership of firearms that skews the ownership curves much higher than the 35-45% in the graphic above. What's in serious decline is trust in the government at any level at all and in anyone seen as a minion of said governments.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Art For Art's Sake

And you thought the Eastern Europeans had no sense of humor any more after having it surgically removed by Russian surgeons.
The caption translates "In keeping with the times".

P.J. O'Rourke observed that Eastern Europe, from the Iron Curtain to Siberia is covered with monuments to the point that he described monuments to the monuments. Tedious indeed. A joke from the cold war era describes a Westerner chatting with a Czech, asking him if he considers the Russians to be his friends or his brothers. The Czech answers quickly: "Our brothers, of course!" and after looking around to see that no one was nearby adds "We can choose our friends."

Anyway, this monument is a regular target of the locals. You can see more of their aerosol photoshop work here.

Global Warming

Following the Australian repeal of their carbon tax which seemed to mostly transfer money to the Chinese, The administration is now plumping to sign another environmental treaty. Notwithstanding that the Kyoto treaty was rejected in the Senate 95-0, the president seems intent on signing this one anyway.

Odds of ratification: zero. BUT:

Pledges and reviews sounds like more hot air. The methodology is to publicly sign the treaty, blame the Republicans for the Senates failure to ratify, then order the EPA to issue rules to accomplish the treaty’s goals. The EPA complies and the Senate Dems stop any legislative veto of their efforts.

We don' need no steenkin' ratification now do we?

Elio Update

The Elio P4 is at Flatirons Crossing today and tomorrow in the upper food court. The line to sitin it was 50 yards long when I got there so I passed. I did get pictures and the P4 is lower and sleeker than the P3 I sat in last year. They have also added a windscreen wiper, R.H. roll-down window and climate controls since then. Vehicle weight is up to 1200 lb and the engine is still the Geo Metro 3-cyl they had in it last year. The new engine is still in development.

Here's a shot showing the vehicle fully occupied:
The passenger was not small but had little trouble getting in or out. No more than any other 2-door sedan.
The rear now features an opening trunk. The back seat folds forward.

Won't get a weeks groceries in there without folding the seat down.

The top speed is electronically limited to a bit over 100 mph. The reps there were discounting the modest top speed which suggested to me that some attention needs to be addressed to the overall vehicle aerodynamics before you install that Hyabusa engine and go for the land speed record. Maybe a small air dam up front and some '59 Chevy tail fins on the back. Of course this would probably cut into your 84MPG rating, but then quadrupling the available horsepower will do that anyway.

It seemed like about every 3rd person in line was ready to drive the prototype home right there so enthusiasm is quite high. It will reportedly be available about this time next year.

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Future Of Transportation - Superregulation

The NHSTA is suggesting that all new cars broadcast location, direction, and speed to whomever wants to collect the data. Swell. The first people asking for the data will be local police who can use it to write the tickets electronically.

Just think, with all the paperwork taken care of by a server at city hall, the cost of writing a ticket and sending it out will descend to the point that even the most minimal offense will become cost-effective.

The counter to this will be the self-driving car which by its nature will never violate any speed law. All the more reason for municipal governments to oppose the things on "safety" grounds. The hit to municipal revenue would be catastrophic.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Two California Counties Petition To Secede

They have the signatures, but in this case they have to get permission to secede from the government they are trying to escape from. Sort of like a slave in the old south petitioning 'ol Massa to allow him to run away.
Critics question how an area with a relatively low tax base and small population could afford to pay for basic services such as schools and roads.
Schools and roads don't cost all that much especially if you don't spend money on things like diversity administrators and public transit. Remember that Hong Kong, before it's takeover by the PRC had no natural resources and imported its water from the commies and still had the highest GDP/capita in the world.

Colorado Gun Law - Castle Rock

The election results are in and the City Manager no longer has the authority to write municipal gun law. Also open carry is now allowed in nearly all places.

High fives for the people of Castle Rock.

Federalizing the Local Police

Of course. Because the does not trust anyone to have a gun who is not directly answerable to them.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Economic Refugees

In light of Burger King joining the steady stream of corporate refugees fleeing the economic tyranny of the United States, one is reminded of other regimes efforts to stem the flow of refugees. East Germany for example, famously built a fairly imposing wall to keep their people in. The only thing keeping the Obama administration from the same solution is the knowledge that walls like that work both ways and if a steady flow of Democratic voters is inconvenienced by the razor wire and land mines, the Senate could change hands in the next election.

Worse than that, Hillary might be denied her rightful place on the throne.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

September E-Postal

So here I am surfing the innertubes when here's an e-mail announcing the September target is up already:
Yup it's alligator season in Louisiana, so get on out to the swamps and bag yourself some.
The link is to True Blue Sam's where you'll find all the rules. The actual pdf target is here so don't use this one. It's limited Vickers so only 12 shots per target. It also applies the "Q-tip rule" in that solid hits are worth more than nicks.

The difference is that when you were shooting Q-tips, the skinny targets favored larger calibers. In this case a solid hit seems to mean completely inside the gator which favors the smaller bores.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Seek and Ye Shall Find

Imagine my surprise to find out that the Fed.Gov actually is quite careful to keep copies of everything. Including, it seems, Lois Lerners e-mails.
“A Department of Justice attorney told a Judicial Watch attorney on Friday that it turns out the federal government backs up all computer records in case something terrible happens in Washington and there’s a catastrophe, so the government can continue operating,” Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton told Fox News’s Shannon Bream.
here's no mention of a judge being involved but I'm having a hard time imagining the DOJ admitting anything like this after harping continuously that with the destruction of her hard drive, all her e-mails were permanently lost. At least without some federal judge mentioning jail time to someone.

The DOJ lawyer goes on to say that extracting the e-mails is difficult beyond human ability and therefore they don't want to  be bothered with trying. Of course this suggests that if anything catastrophic ever happened to Washington, the recovery technology would be the first thing permanently lost.

Too much to hope for I'm afraid. If there was money involved, the government would likely arise from the ashed like the Phoenix and no one's 1040 would be a day late.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Science Marches Onward - Date Rape

Actually the prevention of same. Four guys from North Carolina State have mixed an indicator chemical with nail polish to make it possible to detect a Mickey in your drink by simply giving it a provacitive swirl with your finger.

Impregnating the swizzle sticks with the indicator would probably also work and would mark an adulterated drink even after it arrived at your table. If you come back from the ladies room and discover that your stick is from a different bar, your suspicions should be aroused.

The FDA will probably ban it.