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Friday, 12 July 2019

Blackout Time (Again)

Filed under: Life — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 4:00 PM (16:00)

At about 10:11 PM last night, power went out on West Side of Albuquerque.

At 11:53 PM, I checked the sites for KRQE, KOAT and KOB — no mention of the blackout whatsoever.

At 12:02 AM, I checked the PNM site — no mention of the outage, but I submitted an outage report using my phone.

At 12:04 AM, I checked the Albuquerque Journal site — no mention of the blackout whatsoever.

At 12:24 AM, I improvised an alcohol lamp using a glass pickle jar, a glass horseradish jar and rubbing alcohol (70 % isopropyl alcohol)

With flash (to show the internals)

Without flash

At 12:55 AM, the power came back on, just as suddenly as it went out.

All during the blackout, I could hear rotor blades going by overhead, at what sounded like 200 feet above the ground. The only helicopters permitted to fly at night or during cloudy weather (that I know of) are government agencies. In this case, it was most likely either the Albuquerque Police Department or the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Office.

And local lamestream snoozemedia was of no use during the blackout — while this was going on, it seemed like they made no effort whatsoever to cover it, but top of all of their websites was “popular” New Mexico singer fatally shot in downtown Santa Fe.


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Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Trapped Squirrel Rescue!

Filed under: Life — Tags: , — mikewb1971 @ 12:17 PM (12:17)

Earlier this morning, I saw gravel falling through the bathroom vent, and heard a chirping sound coming from the same vent.

Thinking that a bird had gotten trapped in the vent, I went up to the roof, pulled off the vent cover, and found a squirrel trapped inside —

  

At first, I put a stick down the pipe, so that said squirrel could climb up and out to freedom. No dice there — my trapped friend was probably too scared to do so.

Next, I grabbed a pair of leather work gloves from the garage, picked up the squirrel, and then lifted the squirrel up and out of the vent pipe.

Alas, my new pal didn’t stick around for a post-rescue photo.

I did make sure to cover the vent pipe with some window screen mesh and secure that to the pipe with duct tape before replacing the vent cover.

In the end, I saved a pile of FRNs by not having to call any sort of contractor, and avoided having to deal with the City (didn’t need to call “Animal Control”).


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Who Truly Owns Your Property? Is It Really You?

Filed under: Humor, Philosophy, Principles — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:26 AM (00:26)

H/T Randy Langkraehr


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Thursday, 27 June 2019

Just Too Funny Not to Share

Filed under: Dark Side, Humor, Politics — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 12:50 AM (00:50)

H/T Frédéric Bastiat Facebook page


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Friday, 21 June 2019

Yet Another Phisher?!

Filed under: Technology — Tags: — mikewb1971 @ 2:49 AM (02:49)

Oh, joy, another phisher trying to get my ProtonMail password —

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First, I tried to go to accountaxxxx244.ee

Going to the actual phishing site’s domain name (https://bonga.go.in.ua), I first had to navigate through Google’s Safe Browsing warnings AND let Google know that I am aware of the “danger” —

Which eventually took me to this —

These phishers never seem to improve their bag of tricks. Instead, they rely on their (potential) marks to be stupid.


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Wednesday, 19 June 2019

[TLE] Re: Excellent Article Today

Filed under: Blogging / Writing, Correspondence, Media, Politics, Principles, Resistance, Self-Defense, Technology — Tags: , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 2:52 PM (14:52)

Sent with ProtonMail Secure Email.

I hope all is well with you and yours, Neil!

‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
On Sunday, June 16, 2019 10:16 AM, L. Neil Smith wrote:

Dear Mike —

I greatly enjoyed what you wrote for us today[1]. I love philosophy related specifically to hardware. Wish I were confident that an AR-15 drum magazine would be reliable.

I’ve read that drum magazines in general lean towards unreliability. I haven’t had any personal experience with them (yet).

I hated the Beretta. No first-hand knowledge about the P320. You know me; I’m not fond of 9mm in general, although I have some.

I’ve never fired any of Beretta’s weapons, nor any of SIG’s. I am willing to give them a tryout, though. (I am definitely in “try before I buy” mode where firearms are concerned these days.)

The 9mm of today isn’t the 9mm that Paul Mauser created in 1902. People have been killing other people with it for over 100 years now, so it’s not entirely bad.

An interesting twist is that the eco-fascists’ insistence that ammo manufacturers stop using lead (a lot of them are also victim disarmers, so this was an attempt to shut down the ammo industry) has caused some ammo companies to produce solid-copper projectiles.

Since copper is considerably lighter than lead, putting the same powder charge behind it as you would behind a slug with lead in it is going to yield significantly higher muzzle velocities.

What was the formula for kinetic energy, again? 1/2 x m x v^2

(The Soviet-era steel-core ammo was an attempt by the Soviets to save a few rubles, and also yielded higher muzzle velocities, such that the F-Troopies tried to ban it as “armor-piercing.”)

I also wanted to tell you that I believe the Glock 22 may be the finest sidearm ever in produced by Mankind. Mine is actually a G23 Gen4, and it is my constant companion.

I am also wanting to try out the Springfield XD, the Arsenal Strike One, among others.

I also share your view “Of course they’re weapons if war, you retarded dirtbag — a war against me that you started and continue to wage! What else did you think James Madison had in mind?”

Nice Coxe quote, too.

Madison in Federalist Paper #46 is good, as well as Thomas Jefferson’s stuff.

MWB


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. #1,025 : Sunday, 16 June 2019Bernalillo County DA Raul Torrez, Idiot or Liar?

Sunday, 16 June 2019

Bernalillo County DA Raul Torrez, Idiot or Liar?

Filed under: Politics, Self-Defense — Tags: , , , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 3:50 PM (15:50)

In light of the past six months, I think that it’s rather obvious that Bernalillo County District Attorney Raúl Torrez is functioning as a rhetorical sock puppet for the Big Victim Disarmament machine, with the hands of George Soros and Michael Bloomberg up his rear making his lips move —

Sock puppets — which one is Raúl Torrez?

On Monday, 10 June 2019, the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office posted a bit of idiocy or fearmongering on Facebook —

Monday, 10 June 2019 at 1:16 PM

An Albuquerque teen arrested for selling the deadly drug fentanyl and military grade weapons on social media now being prosecuted federally.

Here are some photos from that post, with my own commentary in red.

Kid with FRNs fanned

Here El Chapo Jr shows off the fruits of his alleged business activities.

Oh, my — pills!

Beretta 92 type pistol with magazines

Yes, the M9 was and is patterned after the Beretta 92 series of pistols. That’s because Fabbrica d’Armi Pietro Beretta introduced it into the U.S. Armed Forces’ trials to replace the M1911, and the M9 was selected in 1985 as the winner of those trials.

Never mind that the Beretta 92 series has been available on the American civilian market since it was first made available by Beretta in 1975. And also disregard the non-Beretta clones of the Model 92 series available to American civilians — the Taurus PT-92, for example.

Similarly, there have been numerous civilian clones of the M1911 available on the American market for decades.

And recently, the SIG Sauer P320 was adopted as the U.S. military’s M17, with a civilian version of the M17 (“SIG Sauer P320 M17”) being offered by SIG Sauer.

And of course there’s the Glock, which gained notoriety after being adopted by the Austrian military and police as their service pistol in 1982, and has been subsequently adopted by quite a few other military and law enforcement agencies. (Disclaimer — I own two (2) Glocks myself, a G17 and a G22)

But wait, there’s more! (Apologies to Billy Mays and Anthony Sullivan) — Torrez & Co. want us to follow them deeper down their taxpayer-subsidized, Bloomberg- and Soros-directed rathole and swim with them in their sewer of hoplophobic insanity and idiocy: here’s more “evidence” of “military grade” “assault weapons” “on the street” —

Pic from behind AR-15 pistol (blurry)

My request for clear, in-focus pictures, of course, appears to have gone unheeded.

AR-15 pistol with drum mag in car (dated Wednesday, 5 June)

Here’s a picture from the related press conference, dated Wednesday, 5 June 2019 at 12:28 PM

Of course, the Albuquerque Journal added its no-charge PR help reporting (the KRQE “News” “team” was also complicit) of Torrez’s rhetorical regurgitation —

“Make no mistake about it, this young man had in his possession a weapon of war,” Torrez stated. The AR-15 pistol is small enough to be concealed on a person’s body and can be fired with just one hand.

But “seriously” (as if these idiots and liars should actually be taken seriously?!) — “weapon of war” ?

Maybe Torrez mistook the AR-15 pistol pictured here for an M231 Firing Point Weapon[1] . . . ?

Maybe the next item on El Chapo Jr’s shopping list was a Bradley Fighting Vehicle of some sort?

But seriously (for real, this time) —

What military or law-enforcement agency actually uses AR-15 pistols as pictured above?

Why would they use such neutered knock-offs when they can get AR-15-pattern weapons with similar-length barrels (this one appears to be about 10 inches) AND attached shoulder stocks (suppressors, too!) without having to fill out any Form 4s or pay the 200-per-weapon transfer tax.

That’s what the AR-15 pistols with exposed buffer tubes like that are — neutered knock-offs.

They’re marketed to those who want an AR-15 with a barrel shorter than 16 inches without having to complete a Form 4, pay the transfer tax, get fingerprinted and photographed, then wait six months to a year wondering if their federal weapon permit will be approved.

What Torrez and his fellow Political Classholes need is a reminder that the Founders wanted America’s private-sector civilians to have actual weapons of war in their personal possession, as opposed to neutered knock-offs —

The power of the sword, say the minority . . . , is in the hands of Congress. My friends and countrymen, it is not so, for The powers of the sword are in the hands of the yeomanry of America from sixteen to sixty. The militia of these free commonwealths, entitled and accustomed to their arms, when compared with any possible army, must be tremendous and irresistible. Who are the militia? Are they not ourselves? Is it feared, then, that we shall turn our arms each man against his own bosom. Congress has no power to disarm the militia. Their swords and every terrible implement of the soldier are the birthright of Americans.
Tench Coxe, Letter to the Pennsylvania Gazette, 20 February 1788

What Torrez and others of his ilk either forget or willfully disregard is that the Founders wanted America’s civilian population to have at least military parity with, if not supremacy over, the federal government, and probably the state governments, as well.

What is the specific war that we need such military weapons for, exactly?

Why, it’s the perpetual war for human freedom, of course.


FOR FURTHER REFERENCE

  1. Ian McCollum at Forgotten Weapons on the M231 Firing Point Weapon — Website / YouTube

    Wikipedia — M231 Firing Point Weapon

    Soldier Systems — “M231 Firing Port Weapon”

NOTES

  1. Published at The Libertarian EnterpriseNumber 1,025: 16 June 2019
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Wednesday, 12 June 2019

Book Review — Sci-Fi Shorts, by Nathan Dodge

Filed under: Reading, Reviews — Tags: — mikewb1971 @ 9:49 PM (21:49)


Sci-Fi Shorts by Nathan Dodge

If you’re looking for a quick, easy read, then Sci-Fi Shorts might be for you.

I read through all 28 pages on my phone in under 30 minutes, and was not at all disappointed.

Each of the three stories were short but solid and thought-provoking.

(NO, I’m not providing any spoilers!)


NOTES

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Re: Recycling

Filed under: Correspondence, Media, Politics, Resistance — Tags: , , — mikewb1971 @ 8:44 PM (20:44)

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‐‐‐‐‐‐‐ Original Message ‐‐‐‐‐‐‐
Date: Sunday, June 9, 2019 9:36 AM
Subject: Re: Recycling

Mike,

Just declare yourself to be a sanctuary ‘citizen’ and you will be exempt from all of Keller’s crap. (BTW, I like your name for him.)

The stores can declare themselves to be sanctuary businesses and can keep using plastic bags.

That reminds me — I need to pick up a couple of 80% AR-15 lowers (one for 5.56 x 45 mm caliber, and another for 7.62 x 51 mm caliber).

I want at least some of my weapons to be the way Keller & Co want their voters — undocumented.

What Keller and his fellow eco-fascists don’t realize is that “single-use” plastics can have multiple uses — cleaning out litter boxes, tossing trash, caching items for later use, etc.

MWB


Sunday, 9 June 2019

Operation Choke Point Moves (Back) to the Private Sector

Filed under: Politics, Resistance, Self-Defense, Technology — Tags: , , , , — mikewb1971 @ 6:00 AM (06:00)

First, Big Finance tried to shut down the firearms industry in the 1990s when Bank of America, among others, decided that they would no longer provide financial services to federally-licensed unregulated firearms dealers and manufacturers —

https://startpage.com/do/dsearch?query=banks+refusing+firearms+business

Then in 2013, Barack Obama decided to make this sort of thing official federal policy with Operation Choke Point.

Trump, to his credit, shut down Operation Choke Point in 2017.

Now the Silicon Valley victim disarmers are getting into the game. Recently, Salesforce head Marc Benioff decided to have his company join the act by cutting off his company’s services to firearms dealers and manufacturers.

Here’s the boilerplate legalese that comprises Salesforce’s terms of service —

https://c1.sfdcstatic.com/content/dam/web/en_us/www/documents/legal/Agreements/policies/ExternalFacing_Services_Policy.pdf

The last paragraph of Section 6, Prohibited Actions (on page 3), is where Salesforce puts Benioff’s victim disarmament fetish into Salesforce’s terms of service —

Worldwide, customers may not use a Service to transact online sales of any of the following firearms and/or related accessories to private citizens. Firearms: automatic firearms; semi-automatic firearms that have the capacity to accept a detachable magazine and any of the following: thumbhole stock, folding or telescoping stock, grenade launcher or flare launcher, flash or sound suppressor, forward pistol grip, pistol grip (in the case of a rifle) or second pistol grip (in the case of a pistol), barrel shroud; semi-automatic firearms with a fixed magazine that can accept more than 10 rounds; ghost guns; 3D printed guns; firearms without serial numbers; .50 BMG rifles; firearms that use .50 BMG ammunition. Firearm Parts: magazines capable of accepting more than 10 rounds; flash or sound suppressors; multi-burst trigger devices; grenade or rocket launchers; 80% or unfinished lower receivers; blueprints for ghost guns; blueprints for 3D printed guns; barrel shrouds; thumbhole stocks; threaded barrels capable of accepting a flash suppressor or sound suppressor.

Still, there ARE alternatives to Salesforce (H/T the Jews Can Shoot FB page) —

https://selecthub.com/customer-relationship-management/salesforce-alternatives/


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