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Wednesday, 15 August 2018

Transparent Aluminum — Star Trek Technology is Now Real [Video]

Filed under: Science, Technology — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 2:15 AM (02:15)


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. WikipediaTransparent aluminum

NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook / Friendica / Gab / Google Plus / Minds / Oneway / Tea Party Community / Twitter / VK
    2. Extropy Unbound Facebook page

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Monday, 13 August 2018

“Fake News” ? Advertising Disguised as News?

Filed under: Media, Politics, Self-Defense — Tags: , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 8:07 PM (20:07)

From: Mike Blessing
To: Elise Kaplan
Date: Sun, Aug 5, 2018 at 4:34 PM
Subject: “Fake News” ? Advertising Disguised as News?

Miranda Viscoli should thank the Journal for its front-page advertising copy for her organization in the Sunday paper. What else to call the article titled “Youth and guns: A deadly mix” ?

Were any pro-Second Amendment organizations (NM Shooting Sports Association, NM Gun Collectors Assocation, Gun Owners of Mexico) contacted for this article? If not, WHY not?

From the article —

“Although anyone under 19 is barred from possessing or transporting a handgun in New Mexico, it’s clear many young people are ignoring the law.”

Imagine that — people willing to kill and maim others to get what they want won’t bother with filling out a Form 4473 with a federally-licensed gun dealer! Who would have expected that?

Anyone looking for loopholes in the gun laws need look no further.

Of course, none of this is stopping Keller from seeking $800,000 from the feds for a “Crime Gun Intelligence Center.” Because It Will Make A Difference (TM). So says Keller.

Nor is this stopping Viscoli from demanding more restrictions upon people who do NOT commit crimes with their firearms.

Never mind that statistics show that only 0.01% of firearms[1] are used for freelance criminal activity[2]. Viscoli is determined to infringe the liberty of the 99.99% of gun owners who do NOT commit criminal acts against other people.

As for the name of Viscoli’s organization — “New Mexicans to Prevent Gun Violence” (is this another Bloomberg-financed astroturf outfit?) — where can we find “New Mexicans to Prevent Knife Violence,” or “New Mexicans to Prevent Blunt-Object Violence”? Do these organizations (IF they exist at all) have Facebook Pages[3]?

Or is the very phrase “gun violence” designed to instill a fear of firearms in people who aren’t gun owners?


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Albuquerque JournalYouth and guns: A deadly mix by Elise Kaplan, Journal Staff Writer

NOTES

  1. Gun Owners are the True 99 % – BOTE Math on American Gun-Related Deaths
  2. “The State’s behavior is violence, and it calls its violence ‘law’; that of the individual, ‘crime.'”
    — Max Stirner, The Ego and Its Own
  3. To answer the question: Apparently, such organizations (IF they exist) do NOT have Facebook pages –

    https://facebook.com/search/top/?q=new%20mexicans%20to%20prevent%20knife%20violence%20

    https://facebook.com/search/top/?q=new%20mexicans%20to%20prevent%20blunt-object%20violence%20

  4. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook / Friendica / Gab / Google Plus / Liberty.Me / Minds / Oneway / Tea Party Community / Twitter / VK
    2. Duke City Pink Pistols Facebook group
    3. Freedom Rally Point New Mexico Facebook group
    4. Gun Owners of New Mexico Facebook group
    5. Independent Insights Facebook group
    6. New Mexico Gun Rights Facebook group
    7. New Mexico Lest We Forget (voter remorse) Facebook group
    8. New Mexico Libertarians Facebook group
    9. Pink Pistols – Albuquerque Facebook group

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Y&T — Hang ‘Em High

Filed under: entertainment, Listening, Media — Tags: , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:12 AM (06:12)

Walk like a warrior through the shadows of the night
Shatter the silence with our screams
Like a tiger, move in for the kill
We’re gonna get what we need

We stand together, feel it closing in
Electric shock through our veins
Power of numbers cannot be denied
Let’s stand up and show how we feel

Hang em high, band together
Hang em high through the night
Hang em high, band together
And we always will survive
Reach for the sky

Soldier of fortune, always on the run
Your enemy lies within
You must escape from the shackles in your mind
Stand like a warrior and win

Join our ranks, there ain’t no losers here
As long as we never divide
We are a force so strong we never have to run
Let’s stand up and show how we feel

Hang em high, band together
Hang em high through the night
Hang em high, band together
And we always will survive
Reach for the sky

Walk like a warrior through the shadows of the night
Shatter the silence with our screams
Power of numbers cannot be denied
Let’s stand up and show how we feel

Hang em high, band together
Hang em high through the night
Hang em high, band together
And we always will survive
Reach for the sky


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook / Gab / Google Plus / Minds / Oneway / Twitter / VK

Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Twisted Sister — Lookin’ Out For #1

Filed under: entertainment, Listening, Media, Principles — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 10:52 PM (22:52)

They always told me I must try to be
Like everyone in the nation
Go with the flow, remember me is we
There must be no deviation
Well, now I think that I’ll go my own way
I’ve got my own point of view
I just don’t care what other people say
I do what I wanna do

You know that I’m ready
I’m ready to rock
You know that I’m ready
I’m ready to rock
Gonna rock

I’m lookin’ out for number one / number one
I’m lookin’ out for number one / number one
I’m lookin’ out for number one / number one
I’m lookin’ out for number one / number one

The time has come for you to make a stand
You’ve got to do things your own way
Forget about the style, forget the brand
‘Cause every dog has his own day
It doesn’t matter what the others think
What counts is do you like you?
You think you’re drownin’ but you’ll never sink
Just do what you wanna do

You better get ready, get ready to rock
You better get ready, get ready to rock
Gotta rock

You know that we’re ready, we’re ready to rock
You know that we’re ready, we’re ready to rock
Gonna rock

We’re lookin’ out for number one / number one
We’re lookin’ out for number one / number one
We’re lookin’ out for number one / number one
We’re lookin’ out for number one / number one
We’re lookin’ out for number one / number one
We’re lookin’ out for number one / number one
We’re lookin’ out for number one / number one
We’re lookin’ out for, out for number one
Yeah


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Facebook / Google Plus / Twitter

Twisted Sister — I Am (I’m Me)

Filed under: entertainment, Listening, Principles — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 10:25 PM (22:25)

Who are you to look down
At what I believe?
I’m on to your thinking
And how you deceive
Well, you can’t abuse me
I won’t stand no more
Yes, I know the reasons
Yes, I know the score

I am, and I’ll be
I will, you’ll see
I am, and I’ll be
I am, I’m me

How I tried to please you
Live the way you said
Do the things that you do
Like the living dead
Then the truth it hit me
Got me off my knees
It’s my life I’m living
I’ll live as I please

I am, and I’ll be
I will, you’ll see
I am, and I’ll be
I am, I’m me

Now’s the time to stand tall
Start your life anew
Freedom lies in your heart
Now’s the time for you

I am, and I’ll be
I will, you’ll see
I am, and I’ll be
I am, I’m me

I am, I’m me
I am, I’m me
Can’t you see? Can’t you see?
I’m me, I’m me, me, me, me, me
I am I’m me
I am I’m me
Can’t you see?, can’t you see?
I’m me, I’m me, I’m me
I am, I’m me
I am, I’m me
Can’t you see that I’m me
I’m me, I’m me, look at me
I am, I’m me
I am, I’m me


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Facebook / Google Plus / Twitter

Friday, 27 July 2018

Random Shots for Friday, 27 July 2018

Filed under: Random Shots — mikewb1971 @ 11:59 PM (23:59)

Today in history

COMMENTS I’VE POSTED

  1. Posted to Facebook

    Is Virgin Galactic going to launch ANYTHING from “Spaceport America” before 2118?

    Branson was the guy who helped Wild Bill Richardson railroad this boondoggle through the Legislature in 2006, after all.

  2. Posted to Facebook

    They don’t want to provide you a straw, bring your own. Home Depot sells 1/4-inch plastic tubing (of the kind needed to hook up an ice maker) for about five bucks for a 25-foot roll. Get a roll, cut a 15-inch segment, and you’ve got yourself a reusable straw that will last for about a year (it’s easy to clean using a Q-tip and a straightened wire coat hanger).

  3. Posted to Facebook

    http://mitsloan.mit.edu/newsroom/articles/solving-twitters-follow-back-problem/

LISTENING / READING / WATCHING

  1. The New York TimesAn Extremely Detailed Map of the 2016 Presidential Election by Matthew Bloch, Larry Buchanan, Josh Katz, and Kevin Quealy
  2. The New YorkerDrawing the Line by Elizabeth Kolbert
  3. MIT Sloan School of Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT] — Solving Twitter’s ‘follow-back’ problem by Dylan Walsh
  4. TribunistCop Serves Summons on Mayor, Chief of Police, & Former Chief. Immediately Gets Fired. [VIDEO]
  5. Ridddle YouTube channel — The Strangest Star In The Universe
  6. Dig Within by Kevin Ryan — Techniques Used to Disrupt 9/11 Questioning
  7. Ice Age Farmer“Nobody’s Prepared For This . . .”
  8. Monster Hunter Nation [MHN] by Larry Correia — My Official Comment on WorldCon 2018’s Social Justice Cannibal Feeding Frenzy
  9. shattersnipe: malcontent & rainbows by Foz Meadows — Worldcon 76: More Than Technical Difficulties
  10. Blue Author Is About To Write by Alexandra Erin — Queer Rapid Response Team for WorldCon 76
  11. KOB 4 TV [NBC affiliate for Albuquerque, New Mexico] — Gary Johnson mulling run for US Senate by The Associated Press
  12. New Mexico Political ReportJohnson weighing Senate run, as Dunn poised to drop out by Andy Lyman
  13. Twisted Sister — Big Hits and Nasty Cuts
  14. The Truth About Guns [TTAG] — SHUSH Act Would Smash All Suppressor Regulations by Dan Zimmerman

Thursday, 5 July 2018

Ozzy Osbourne — Crazy Babies

Filed under: entertainment, Fun, Listening, Media, Viewing — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 11:43 PM (23:43)

Crazy . . . Babies . . .

Crazy babies never say die
Born to live on a permanent high,
Flying high above the world below,
They’d better come down soon
Or everyone will know
Just why

Nobody’s gonna change them, change them,
They’ve gone over the top
Nobody’s gonna tame them, tame them,
They’re never gonna stop

Walk that walk, ooooo
Talk that talk, ooooo
Walk that walk, ooooo
Talk that talk, ooooo

Crazy . . . Babies . . .

When they were born
They were born to be wild
Some say I’m another Devil’s child
Crazy babies in a world of their own,
I am a crazy babe,
So you’d better leave me alone tonight

Nobody’s gonna change me, change me
I’m gonna do this ’til I die,
Nobody’s gonna tame me, tame me,
So you better not try

Walk that walk, ooooo
Talk that talk, ooooo
Walk that walk, ooooo
Talk that talk, ooooo

Crazy . . . Babies . . .

No use talking ’bout if they’ll last,
Where they’re goin’
Or about their past
They’re just the result of our society,
So frustrated
Just like you and me
That’s right

Nobody’s gonna change them, change them,
They’ve gone over the top
Nobody’s gonna tame them, tame them,
They’re never gonna stop

Walk that walk,
Talk that talk,
Walk that walk,
Talk that talk


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook / Gab / Google Plus / Minds / Oneway / Twitter / VK

Sunday, 1 July 2018

The King and The Prince Go Shooting

Filed under: Self-Defense, Training, Viewing — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 1:03 AM (01:03)

One day, King Abdullah II and Prince Al Hussein decided to have father-and-son quality time together —

Let’s see some, Hell, ANY, of the European “nobility” or “royalty” do something like this.

If more fathers spent this sort of time with their sons, the world would probably be a better place.

And don’t want to be sexist here — this can also be a mother-daughter activity. THAT is REAL feminism.

Anyway . . . .

Got youtube-dl?

youtube-dl https://youtu.be/fa6T70YSBtE

H/T Frank Pinelander


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook / Gab / Google Plus / Minds / Oneway / Tea Party Community / Twitter / VK

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Gator vs. Pickup Truck

Filed under: Dark Side, entertainment, Fun, Humor, Viewing — mikewb1971 @ 4:19 AM (04:19)

Gator vs. Pickup Truck

or

Another Critter That Just Shouldn’t Be Messed With

This video clip NEVER gets old —

Those who have already installed youtube-dl need only copy and paste the following into their command-line interface for a copy of their very own —

youtube-dl https://youtu.be/ynhumAumc8Q

I first saw this clip on Facebook (no audio on the FB version, apparently), and later tracked it down on YouTube. The YouTube clip is dated 21 May 2015 — over three years ago.

Either way, hats off to this particular gator, who decided that he (?) wasn’t going to take any more nonsense from the guy in the pickup truck.

I just love the way that the gator just lays there in front of the truck, holding the severed bumper cover in its teeth, as if saying to the driver, “You want some more of me, bozo? Bring it and see what happens.”

All the guy had to do was leave the gator alone, and he probably wouldn’t have had the front end of his truck getting tore up. Hope it was worth it.


NOTES

  1. Reposted –
    1. Personal blogs and micro-blogs – Diaspora* / Ello / Facebook / Gab / Google Plus / Minds / Oneway / Twitter / VK
    2. Darth Mike Facebook page
    3. KCUF Media Facebook page

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

There Is No Central Plan for Winning Liberty, by Richard M. Ebeling

Filed under: Media, Networking, Organizing, Politics, Principles — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 8:11 PM (20:11)

There Is No Central Plan for Winning Liberty

by Richard M. Ebeling

Published in The Freeman: Ideas on Liberty — January 2004

People who become enthusiastic supporters of the freedom philosophy often ask how the case for individual liberty, free markets, and constitutionally limited governments can be successfully spread across the land. How can it triumph over the prevailing system of governmental paternalism?

In frustration and despair they point out that the interventionist-welfare state has its advocates and indoctrinators everywhere in society. Whether they are in the government-run schools, or on the television news shows and in the pages of newspapers and mass-circulation magazines, or in the pulpits of too many of our churches, or in armies of special-interest groups feeding at the trough of government spending — no matter where we turn the supporters of intrusive, regulating, redistributive government dominate the arena of ideas and the battlefield of politics.

To defeat these forces of political coercion and control, it is sometimes said, we have to devise a strategy and plan of action to which all friends of freedom must apply themselves. In other words, it is implied that the proponents of limited government and the free-market society must design a central plan for winning liberty in which everyone must find his place, like a cog in the machinery advancing the cause of freedom. In fact, there is not, nor can there be, such a central plan for winning liberty.

We need to remember why socialist central planning was unworkable and inevitably bound to fail. During the heyday of collectivism in the first half of the twentieth century, free-market economists like Ludwig von Mises and F. A. Hayek swam against the intellectual and ideology currents of the time and showed that socialism lacked the ability to solve the most fundamental of economic problems. They explained that no matter how well-intentioned, knowledgeable, and wise we might assume the central planners to be, they could never have sufficient information and insight to know all they’d need to know to plan all the economic activities of all the people in any contemporary society.

Hayek, in particular, emphasized that in any society in which there is a division of labor there is, by necessity, a matching division informed, knowledgeable, and expert about, at most, handful of things, while remaining ignorant about all the other aspects of life on which our social, intellectual, and material well-being depends. The superiority of the free market is that it leaves each individual at liberty to apply his knowledge, abilities, and creativity as he sees fit, yet at the same time succeeds in coordinating all that everyone does through the incentives of profit and loss and the communication network of the competitively generated price system.

How, then, can we ever expect to win liberty through central planning? We would be handicapping all our efforts by subordinating them to the knowledge, wisdom, and insight of those who would construct the blueprint to which the rest of us would be required to more or less conform. The goal of establishing the free society can never be achieved through the application of such collectivist methods.

The methodology of winning freedom was a topic to which Leonard Read, the founder of FEE, devoted a lot of his attention over the decades. He reminded us that the one over whom we each have the most influence is oneself. To succeed in this battle of ideas we must begin with a process of self-education. Each of us, to the best of our abilities, must learn and master the meaning of freedom in its various social, economic, and political aspects. This also requires us to clearly comprehend the meaning of collectivism, regardless of whether it is called socialism, communism, fascism, interventionism, welfare-statism, the “middle way,” or “liberalism.”

Know What You’re Talking About

The more and better educated we are in the philosophies of freedom and collectivism, the more and better we can articulate the case for individual liberty and identify any proposal or policy that promulgates political paternalism. Furthermore, the greater our knowledge and power of articulation in these matters, the more we will seem the type of person that others may be interested in listening to and learning from. No one turns to someone who seems not to know what he is talking about, or who cannot persuasively explain the issues involved in any discussion.

Since none of us can become masters of everything, each of us must find that niche where our interest, inclination, and ability give us the greatest comparative dvantage. And where, precisely, is that niche? Each person must answer that for himself, sometimes discovering it only through trial and error.

We also need to appreciate that the same argument for freedom will not work equally on every person we talk to. There is no single button to push to get others to see the cogency of the freedom philosophy. Some will find persuasive an argument about the “fundamental rights of man.” Others may be more like the man from Missouri, who says “show me.” For such a person, a more “utilitarian” argument about the market’s ability to “deliver the goods” or handle various “social problems” better than any form of state intervention will carry greater persuasive force. Still others might be more easily reasoned with by historical examples of how free markets and free men have successfully operated in the past, compared to government control and regulation in more contemporary times.

In responding to people in discussion or debate, each of us must find that arena of ideas in which we feel most comfortable and knowledgeable. Likewise, each of us must find those people in our circle of friends, family members, co-workers, and associates who seem most likely to be open and receptive to what we have to say. Surely, no one can know this other than each of us as individuals in our respective corners of society.

Leonard Read also reminded us that no one likes it if it seems that something is being pushed down his throat. Our enthusiasm for making the case for freedom should be tempered with patience and appreciation that for many the full implications of freedom and responsibility take time to absorb and accept.

At the end of the day, if freedom is achieved it will be done by winning over enough people one person at a time through reason, persuasion, and example. It is not an easy task, but it is the only way that is consistent with the principles of freedom we hold so dear.

Richard M. Ebeling is BB&T Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Free Enterprise Leadership at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. He was president of the Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) from 2003 to 2008.


NOTES

  1. Original article

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