Of Course They Don’t

September 30th, 2016

Each and every time some push for gun control comes up, we get lied to via the “We don’t want to take away your guns” canard. That, my friends, is a bald-faced lie. Here is the latest bit of truth-telling, however inadvertent:

https://pjmedia.com/trending/2016/09/29/oregon-judge-to-convicted-murderer-if-i-could-i-would-take-all-the-guns-in-america/?singlepage=true

If I could, I would take all the guns in America, put them on big barges and go dump them in the ocean. Nobody would have a gun. Not police, not security, not anybody. We should eliminate all of them. We could save 33,000 people a year if we didn’t have guns in this country.

Australia, after a major shooting, rounded up all the guns, and they haven’t had near the death that we do here in this country.

I just saw last night a statistic that 11,000 people in America are murdered each year and another 20,000 commit suicide with guns.

They are a scourge of this country and no one should have one as far as I’m concerned. There’s no defense to guns. There’s just absolutely no reason to have them. But it is a right of people in this country to own and possess them, and I will not say anything to affect that right.

Lie #1: “We could save 33,000 people a year if we didn’t have guns in this country.”

This is something that’s been debunked at least 33,000 times since it was first published, yet it refuses to die.

Lie #2: “But it is a right of people in this country to own and possess them, and I will not say anything to affect that right.”

Except that you just did.

Look, folks, they’re not gonna stop until the cost of doing so becomes too painful. Once again, y’all need to drop the whole “law-abiding gun owner” thing. Yes it was both useful and necessary at one point, but that point was twenty effing years ago. When you claim to be “law abiding” you give OPFOR a lever, one that they don’t need. You’re telling them that if they can get the signature on some legislative horror, you’ll comply.

Peaceable Armed Citizen. That’s who you are, and that’s how you need to identify yourselves to any and all gungrabbers you encounter. You’ll get extra bonus points when you tell them what they need to do to get you to drop the “peaceable” part.

No. Period, end, stop. Again, bonus points for adding “and there’s nothing you can do about it”. We’ve tried polite, and it hasn’t worked. Time to get in their faces about it. I mean, what are they gonna do? Whine? Lie? They’re already doing that.

Doing the Jobs Congress Won’t

September 30th, 2016

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/09/state-ags-sue-to-stop-internet-transition-228893

Four Republican state attorneys general are suing to stop the Obama administration from transferring oversight of the internet to an international body, arguing the transition would violate the U.S. Constitution.

The lawsuit — filed Wednesday in a Texas federal court — threatens to throw up a new roadblock to one of the White House’s top tech priorities, just days before the scheduled Oct. 1 transfer of the internet’s address system is set to take place.

Congress, which I will remind you has been in GOP hands for several years now, has declined to do anything about this. One can only hope that this suit will delay things long enough for Our Betters in DC to finally do something about this.

And since I’m on the subject, let me tell you again about my idea as regards Congress. At the end of each Congress, at least for starters, we hold a Lottery. Chosen at random, 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans will be taken out and hanged along Constitution Avenue. One immediate improvement I can see is weighting the choice towards the more deserving. In this case, a legislator will have additional ballots tossed in the drum for sponsoring/voting for unconstitutional bills. Regardless of your political loyalties, I’m sure you’ll agree that this is the best proposal yet to remind folks that they work for us and that there are consequences for betraying that trust.

An Expansion on a Previous Post

September 30th, 2016

Here: http://seeemilyplay.therealgunguys.com/?p=5522

I opined that the current prohibition on genetically modifying one’s offspring was a good thing due to the overwhelming chance of it being used for frivolous reasons.

Jeffersonian, here (http://jeffersonian.therealgunguys.com/blog1609.html#4851), disagrees:

…I’d jump on that bandwagon in a heartbeat, cleansing my bloodline of the arthritis and eye problems and bad teeth. And if some parents want to make their children look a certain way, that would be far less abusive than this sort of thing.

I obviously was unclear, which is odd, seeing as how I can go on for hundreds of words at times.

In the future, assuming we don’t find a way to kill ourselves off beforehand, technology will advance to the point that both the gene-splicing and the medical techniques required will become a non-issue. My support for the prohibition of such things is for the present. Two of the medical issues I’m looking forward to are prostate cancer and dementia. I would instantly do what I could to remove them from my family’s DNA, but right now I’m totally sure that my ability to access this would be usurped by people using their social connections to produce Barbie and Ken clones.

So right now, in 2016, Congress’ prohibition on such things is a (rare) wise choice. In fifty or a hundred years it’ll be a dead letter, because even if the law remains on the books, folks will simply travel to Luna or Mars to get it done more easily and cheaply than it can be done now. So much so that I predict, outside of medical necessity, this will become nothing more than class/fashion signaling. You will find a generation of simply beautiful children, who, in typical rebelliousness, will eschew that for their own kids. The potential horror scenario is one where a “perfect” genome is developed and it becomes nearly universal. In every epidemic up to now, some people have survived because they have a genetic immunity to a given pathogen. When everyone is exactly the same, a disease that is dangerous will become an extinction event. Seriously, look around: there are any number of people/groups who are trying to destroy humanity. We don’t need to provide that sort of thing to bacteria.

“Average” Means That 50% Are Stupider Than That, Part I

September 29th, 2016

http://www.thefiscaltimes.com/Columns/2016/09/28/More-Americans-Want-One-Party-Government-Can-Ram-Through-Policy

Do Americans want divided government that would require a broad consensus for action, or do they want to issue a mandate for change that bypasses the opportunity for obstruction?

Gallup offers a surprising answer. In a survey taken the same week as the presidential debates, support for divided government hit its lowest point in the fifteen years that Gallup has polled on the question. Only one in five believe splitting power between the two parties is necessary, while those who want one-party government just barely missed hitting a new high at 36 percent.

Yet another reason, Dear Reader, why you don’t want any part of a ConCon (Constitutional Convention).

“Average” Means That 50% Are Stupider Than That, Part II

September 29th, 2016

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/602499/a-three-parent-child-was-born-in-mexico-because-the-us-wont-allow-it/

The infant came into the world thanks to a technique that involves manipulating the genetic material from two mothers before fertilizing the resulting egg with the father’s sperm. Variants of the process have been shunned by regulators in the U.S. despite the chance that they could help parents-to-be avoid passing down some rare genetic disorders.

And if that were possible here, for every kid that dodged a medical bullet using this technique, there would be a dozen kids born with blonde hair and perfect teeth. Occasionally, the Government gets one right.

Medical Fabbers!

September 29th, 2016

Just because 3D printers aren’t quite up to making things that’ll work in high stress/pressure applications (such as firearms) doesn’t mean they’re useless:

LONDON – Scientists in the United States have successfully treated broken spines and skulls in animals using 3-D printed synthetic bone, opening the possibility of future personalized bone implants for humans to fix dental, spinal other bone injuries.

Unlike real bone grafts, the synthetic material – called hyper-elastic bone – is able to regenerate bone without the need for added growth factors, is flexible and strong, and can be easily and rapidly deployed in the operating room.

Giving details in a teleconference, the scientists said the results of their animal trials – published on Wednesday in the Science Translational Medicine journal – were “quite astounding”.

Human trials could begin with[in] five years, they said.

This Is My Shocked Face

September 29th, 2016

http://www.jammiewf.com/2016/washington-mall-terrorist-cetin-wasnt-u-s-citizen-still-voted-three-times/

The Cascade Mall shooting suspect, Arcan Cetin, may face an additional investigation related to his voting record and citizenship status.

Federal sources confirm to KING 5 that Cetin was not a U.S. citizen, meaning legally he cannot vote. However, state records show Cetin registered to vote in 2014 and participated in three election cycles, including the May presidential primary.

I’m sure they would’ve noticed if he had registered as a Republican.

It’s a Good Thing That Most People Don’t/Can’t Read

September 29th, 2016

http://arstechnica.com/science/2016/09/two-million-year-climate-record-sheds-light-on-change-in-ice-ages/

(Stanford’s Carolyn) Snyder also used this record to calculate the sensitivity of the climate to carbon dioxide, coming up with an eye-popping number that bodes very poorly for our future. Several other climate experts, however, suggest that the number Snyder calculated isn’t especially relevant.

Betcha you can already guess where this is going, amirite?

This result suggests that stabilization at today’s greenhouse gas levels may already commit Earth to an eventual total warming of 5 degrees Celsius (range 3 to 7 degrees Celsius, 95 per cent credible interval) over the next few millennia as ice sheets, vegetation, and atmospheric dust continue to respond to global warming.

Oh noes!

Still, both of them (Gavin Schmidt, head of NA$A’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, and Penn State’s Richard Alley) pointed out issues with the sensitivity analysis.

The problem is that glacial cycles are triggered by changes in sunlight caused by orbital forcings. This triggers changes in the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, but it also triggers changes in everything from ocean levels and atmospheric dust to the amount of sunlight that hits highly reflective ice when it reaches the Earth. All of this affects the global temperature significantly. But, for the purposes of this analysis, Snyder only compared the temperature and CO2, ensuring that all these other impacts were ascribed to that gas.

This is why I have the attitude towards Global Warming/Climate Change/Oh Em Gee We’re All Gonna Die that I do. You see, that modern humans exist at all, and in the way that we do is due to no-kidding climate change, not the nonsense the alarmists keep trying to foist off on us. And the people who have spent a large portion of the 20th Century documenting this have relied on orbital mechanics (referred to as “forcings” in the above quote), which are the variations in Earth’s orbit and tilt, along with the waxing and waning of the sun. All of these things affect what’s called insolation (with an “o”), i.e., the amount of thermal energy that strikes the planet’s surface. I cannot right now remember the precise value, but if the amount of thermal energy drops below a certain threshold at 45 degrees North, you’re getting an Ice Age. Period. And it’s that kind of rigor that I have yet to see from the alarmists.

Back to the point: right there in the article is the debunking of AGW/CC. It’s not just carbon dioxide, there are several other factor that makes things vary. And I haven’t even touched on things like volcanoes and meteor strikes, both of which have had impacts (SWIDT? heh) on human evolution. So if you don’t want to burn the lights all the time along with the air-conditioning and you don’t want some gigantic car/truck that gets thirty feet to the gallon, do so because you don’t want to spend the money, not because you’re worried about raping Gaia.

The problem is that the overwhelming majority of the public won’t see this article, and most of those who do won’t understand what’s being said or connect the dots properly.

Oh, and by all means punch a hippy if you get the chance.

PS: From the comments:

Don’t worry, global warming will stop shortly (in the lifespan of the earth) when we go extinct for making the only home we have inhospitable.

Life will be awesome for your kids, especially if you like the sight of eggs frying.

I rest my case.

Hey! I’ll Take It!

September 29th, 2016

http://www.popularmechanics.com/space/moon-mars/a23081/spacex-mars-mission-waste-management/

But Really, What Is SpaceX Going to Do With All That Poop?

Please don’t waste your time by clicking, okay?

In the author’s defense, he abandons the elementary school humor pretty quickly, but it’s still clickbait to a certain extent.

The answer is fairly simple: Mr. Musk would need another billionaire just to keep sending food and stuff to maintain his proposed Mars settlement. Water is less of an issue, as Mars has ice caps, but if people plan on staying for much more than a month or two, you need to grow/raise food locally. And in order to maximize plant yields, you need fertilizer. Now human manure isn’t the best choice nowadays, but then again, the Chinese have managed to feed their population for literally centuries using the stuff. It’s also the reason, by the way, why Chinese cuisine doesn’t feature raw foods: even their equivalent of “salad”, which is bok choy with rice wine vinegar and some hot oil is run through the wok before it gets served. They might be godless Commies, but they’re neither stupid nor suicidal.

One thing I haven’t seen is how anyone is going to deal with animal protein. My thought has revolved around chickens and rabbits with cats being used to make sure they don’t outbreed the allotted space. If you include even miniature pigs (SPAAACE BAAACON!!), you’ll probably need bobcats. But you need to keep in mind that even on Mars, the ears don’t skritch themselves, biped.

Seriously though, all that icky stuff that we don’t want anything to do with here on Terra will be literally more valuable than gold on Mars or anywhere else we settle.

Hey, Can I Borrow $200,000?

September 28th, 2016

http://www.bostonherald.com/business/technology/2016/09/this_dream_is_real_elon_musk_on_mars_mission

Billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk says he wants to launch the colonization of Mars within a ?decade with a $10 billion personally financed project he says will keep the human spirit of exploration and innovation alive — and avoid keeping all of humanity’s eggs in one basket.

The South African Tesla developer, working through his company SpaceX, wants to begin sending humans to Mars in 10 years — and make it cheap enough for anyone to buy a ticket — to create a new consumer-friendly Martian society, complete with a pizza joint.

“The thing that really matters is making a self-sustaining civilization as fast as possible,” Musk said at a conference in Mexico yesterday. “One path is we stay on Earth forever, and eventually there will be some sort of doomsday event. The ?alternative is to become a space-faring and multiplanet species.”

Musk says he — and, he hopes, other private businesses — will step up because government isn’t doing it, though he’d welcome help from NASA.

Man, you were doing really well until that last bit. Just what “help” do you think that NA$A will provide? Muslim outreach? Better off doing it without them.

In the coming years, SpaceX will divert most of its engineering and about $300 million each year toward developing the Interplanetary Transport System, Musk said, designed so each part of the rocket can be reused to cut costs. A Martian fuel plant would further cut costs and let spaceships return to Earth. Preliminary supply runs could start as soon as 2023, carrying materials “to build everything from propellant plants to iron foundries to pizza joints,” Musk said.

Pizza is, of course important (being one of Nature’s Most Perfect Foods), but don’t forget the Bacon.

SPAAACE BAAACON!!!!

And on the heels of Mr. Musk’s announcement we have this:

http://blog.nss.org/national-space-society-space-settlement-campaign-supports-elon-musks-mars-settlement-plans/

In recognition of these momentous developments taking place the National Space Society is convening the first “Space Settlement Summit” in January to bring together leading people, companies and organizations that are making space settlement a reality. Participation in this event will be by invitation only and limited to entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, venture capitalists, and thought leaders deeply involved in making space settlement a reality. The objective of the event will be to show the synergistic in-space ecosystem that is emerging; to facilitate a convergence of interests and opportunities among the key players; and to identify critical issues along the path to space settlement. We are at the dawn of a new era for humanity and the National Space Society is continuing its role as the leading voice for space settlement.

Instead of just being a passenger/colonist, perhaps there’s a business opportunity here. Mars has about one-third gravity as we do here on Earth. Would I end up with pigs that are three times the normal size, or would I get tiny pigs and therefore cute little slices of bacon?

Bradbury here, is evergreen:

They reached the canal. It was long and straight and cool and wet and reflective in the night.
“I’ve always wanted to see a Martian,” said Michael. “Where are they, Dad? You promised.”
“There they are,” said Dad, and he shifted Michael on his shoulder and pointed straight down.
The Martians were there. Timothy began to shiver.
The Martians were there–in the canal–reflected in the water. Timothy and Michael and Robert and Mom and Dad.
The Martians stared back up at them for a long, long silent time from the rippling water. . . .