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  • Glock new products announced today [G43 single-stack 9mm?]

    01/20/2015 10:17:44 AM PST · by ctdonath2 · 24 replies
    Glock ^ | 1/20/15 | Glock
    Glock will introduce new products today at 6:30EST, streaming video at Here's a thread for discussion.
  • iPhone 6 Gets Sent Into Space [survives unscathed]

    01/15/2015 5:39:04 PM PST · by ctdonath2 · 16 replies
    MacRumors ^ | Thursday January 15, 2015 | Juli Clover
    Back in late November, iPhone case maker Urban Armor Gear sent an iPhone into space using a weather balloon, and in early January, the site shared a video depicting the iPhone's journey to the stratosphere in an Urban Armor Gear case. The iPhone soared 101,000 feet into the atmosphere, and was subjected to 70 mile per hour winds and temperatures that dropped to -79 degrees Fahrenheit. Though turned on at launch, the iPhone later shut off and froze due to the cold weather Urban Armor Gear hooked the iPhone up to a weather balloon rig that also included a GPS...
  • Woodall (R-GA) Statement on House-Passed Government Funding Bill

    12/11/2014 8:52:13 PM PST · by ctdonath2 · 55 replies ^ | Dec 11, 2014 | U.S. Rep Rob Woodall (R-GA)
    “Congress and the American people have debated a number of different paths to try to hold President Obama accountable for his executive overreach. While there is still disagreement on which path is best, the path that we took in the House tonight is the first step to get us there. First and foremost, this bill holds the line on spending, implementing a spending level that is even lower than the one proposed in the original ‘too conservative to pass’ Paul Ryan budget. Additionally, the bill implements conservative priorities such as an increase in pay and funding for our troops, as...
  • Nullify NFA via "Executive Memo"? [vanity]

    So I'm sitting here reading the Obama's "it's not an Executive Order, it's just a Memo" negating established immigration law. The core premise is "fulfilling the law is just not viable, so here's how we're going to change it by refusing to execute & enforce it". Occurs to me that NFA law (federal gun laws requiring a $200/$5 tax, intense background check, and other paperwork) is in a comparable state: NFA processing times are (AFAIK) approaching a year now, which is of course in gross violation of "right to keep and bear" insofar as you've paid for an otherwise lawful...
  • Ferguson Nov.10 [live thread]

    11/10/2014 8:18:03 AM PST · by ctdonath2 · 48 replies
    As there was a thread indicating the Ferguson/Brown/Wilson Grand Jury verdict will be released at 2:00PM CST Monday, seems suitable to have a thread gathering initial rumblings & expectations not quite worthy/linkable toward their own threads.
  • Emergent (trending rumors evaluation site)

    10/14/2014 6:54:13 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 8 replies
    Emergent is a website which tracks emerging rumors, aggregates them, and evaluates their accuracy. Looks interesting.
  • 10 Lessons From Real-Life Revolutions That Fictional Dystopias Ignore

    09/16/2014 8:05:57 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 14 replies
    io9 ^ | 9/16/14 | Esther Inglis-Arkell
    Today's genre books are full of future dystopias, which only have one weakness: teenagers. And everybody knows that most dystopias are kind of contrived. But here are 10 lessons from real-life rebellions against repressive regimes, that we wish the creators of fictional dystopias would pay attention to. 10. The Enemy of Your Enemy Is Not Your Friend [snip] 9. The Top Guy Isn't Always the Problem [snip] 8. Sometimes Making Concessions Leads To Rebellion [snip] 7. Two Downtrodden Groups Will Usually Be Fighting Each Other [snip] 6. Never Neglect the Practicalities [snip] 5. New Regimes Come With Crazy Ideology [snip]...
  • Here's Apple Pay in Action (video) [and replacing min-wage clerk jobs]

    09/12/2014 8:03:39 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 36 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | 9/9/14 | TechCrunch
    At 1:40, demonstrates using an iPhone to bypass a fast-food cashier entirely: open app, recognizes you're at a restaurant, shows the menu, you pick what you want, tap "Pay", authorize with fingerprint on phone, go to food pickup window.
  • "Purge" tonight?

    08/15/2014 1:34:18 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 51 replies
    Media stirring about a "purge" tonight, based on last year's movie "The Purge" which depicted a scheduled period where all crime was legal for 12 hours. With the Ferguson events deflating as the "good boy" starts appearing not so much after all, those looking for an excuse to continue recent rioting (for rioting's sake) may be leveraging the confluence of news & entertainment into real life. #purge on Twitter"Purge" news on Google
  • Current popular gun boards? (vanity)

    07/25/2014 10:01:57 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 25 replies
    What are the current "hot" gun discussion boards? I've been distracted by politics for a few years, and some of my favored places (, have faded as the natural lifecycle of such places tends to. Surely others have popped up. Where to go?
  • Forsyth County GA Courthouse Shooting

    06/06/2014 1:42:37 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 43 replies
    A well armed & armored defendant drove to the Forsyth County GA Courthouse, ignited a smoke grenade, and started shooting (injuring one deputy). He didn't last long. SWAT showed up within 40 seconds.
  • A FReeper got a Leaf

    05/07/2014 9:16:24 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 181 replies
    self | ctdonath2
    I did it. I got an electric car. A Nissan Leaf. Whatever the origins, the confluence of factors made it absurd not to. Buyers get a $7500 credit off federal taxes. Georgia offers $5000 off purchase or lease. Power usage costs about $25/mo (vs gas at $150-300). That, plus negotiating, makes a 2 year lease net cost $0, if not negative. That I was driving a '98 POS facing major repairs, plus legislative movements reconsidering the incentives, made it a must-do. If you're in a state with similar incentives, and have any reason at all to get another car, do...
  • "Someone will do something stupid...”

    11/05/2013 9:17:23 PM PST · by ctdonath2 · 11 replies
    V for Vendetta | Alan Moore (?)
    "We're under siege here. The whole city's gone mad." "This is exactly what he wants." "What?" "Anarchy ... Chaos. The problem is that he knows us better than we know ourselves. ... With so much chaos, someone will do something stupid. And when they do, things will turn nasty. And then Sutler will be forced to do the only thing he knows how to do. At which point, all V needs to do is keep his word. And then..."
  • Killing Season

    10/13/2013 5:36:15 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 6 replies
  • Treasury Ran $98 Billion Deficit in July--But Debt Stayed Exactly $16,699,396,000,000

    08/14/2013 10:19:37 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 17 replies
    CNSnews ^ | 8/14/2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Since Lew sent [a] letter--announcing that he would use "extraordinary measures"--the debt has remained stuck at exactly $16,699,396,000,000 for 87 straight days. That includes all 31 days in July when Lew's Treasury says it was running a $98 billion deficit.
  • FReeper comments on Girl Scouts and alternatives?

    06/17/2013 6:43:32 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 59 replies
    My little girl is 5. Perfect time to start Girl Scouts except ... well I suppose y'all will fill me in on that. Thoughts?
  • Why Anti-Authoritarians are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill

    05/08/2013 10:47:20 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 28 replies
    Mad in America ^ | February 26, 2012 | Bruce Levine
    In my career as a psychologist, I have talked with hundreds of people previously diagnosed by other professionals with oppositional defiant disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, anxiety disorder and other psychiatric illnesses, and I am struck by (1) how many of those diagnosed are essentially anti-authoritarians, and (2) how those professionals who have diagnosed them are not. Anti-authoritarians question whether an authority is a legitimate one before taking that authority seriously. Evaluating the legitimacy of authorities includes assessing whether or not authorities actually know what they are talking about, are honest, and care about those people who are respecting their...
  • Obama's Corporate Cronies?

    09/07/2012 10:53:41 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 15 replies
    Does anyone have a concise list of the Obama's "crony capitalism" conspirators? Like Solyndra, companies which barely existed being given huge sums for questionable goals, putting on a good but brief show, then evaporating.
  • ObamaCare: government demands private records? or not?

    08/01/2012 12:14:23 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 5 replies
    To clear up a misconception either way: does ObamaCare legislate governmental access to otherwise private medical records? Citations needed.
  • Anyone up for a march on DC? (a la 9/12/2009)

    06/28/2012 8:13:10 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 99 replies
    The "tea party" got a million people to protest at the Capitol on 9/12/2009. Time for a "we mean it" sequel.
  • Olympics 2012 - viewing options? (v)

    06/04/2012 11:48:32 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 18 replies
    The Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games is on Friday, July 27, 2012.
  • Stocks Post Loss on Greece, S&P at 3-Month Low

    05/15/2012 12:41:36 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 120 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | May 15 2012 | Drudge
    Headline only.
  • Sarcastic May Day poster?

    05/01/2012 4:38:27 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 24 replies
    May 1 | ctdonath2
    Looking for office-suitable poster/picture retorts to May Day. If anyplace has 'em it'll be FR!
  • Spain Is Doomed: Why Austerity Is Destroying Europe

    04/18/2012 7:43:02 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 63 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Apr 18 2012, 10:00 AM ET | Matthew O'Brien - Matthew O'Brien
    Let's try a thought experiment. Imagine you walked into the bank, told them you were going to be taking pay cuts for the next few years, and then asked for a loan. You'd be laughed out of the office or else pay an interest rate so high that "usurious" wouldn't do it justice. The logic is simple: If you're in debt and your income is shrinking, it's mighty hard to pay back what you already owe. ... Nearly a quarter of Spain's population is unemployed. Half of its youth are out of work. And it's only going to get worse....
  • Google Maps Quest 8-bit

    04/02/2012 8:25:54 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 4 replies
    Google Maps ^ | April 1 2012 | Google
    For those who missed Google Maps Quest yesterday, you can still activate it:
  • Obama Faces More Lawsuits Over Pro-Abortion HHS Mandate

    02/26/2012 12:48:09 PM PST · by ctdonath2 · 6 replies · 1+ views ^ | 2/20/12 | Steven Ertelt
    Alliance Defense Fund Senior Counsel Gregory Baylor will join Geneva College President Ken Smith [last] Tuesday at a press conference to announce a new federal lawsuit against the Obama administration over what ADF and the college call its “unconstitutional mandate that religious employers provide abortifacients, sterilization, and contraception to employees regardless of religious or moral objections.” “People of faith shouldn’t be punished by the state for following that faith in making decisions for themselves or their organizations,” said Baylor. “Every American should know that a government with the power to do this to anyone can do this–and worse–to everyone.” Smith,...
  • Money. All of it.

    11/21/2011 8:11:53 AM PST · by ctdonath2 · 9 replies
    xkcd ^ | 11/21/11 | xkcd
  • Occupy This

    11/16/2011 2:22:58 PM PST · by ctdonath2 · 4 replies
    We Are The 53% ^ | 11/15/11
  • Day of Rage: September 17

    09/15/2011 2:28:44 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Our Mission On the 17th of September, we want to see 20,000 people to flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months. Once there, we shall incessantly repeat one simple demand in a plurality of voices and we will not leave until that demand has been met. ... What Is This "One Demand"? ... A Facebook poll started by Adbusters suggests the demand might be an end to corporate personhood.
  • ctdonath2's take on the Obama's Jobs Act

    09/09/2011 10:47:28 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 5 replies
    "THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT" Ok, let’s do some objective analysis of this. Rough, off-the-cuff stuff but at least figure what ballpark numbers and effects are.  "1. Tax Cuts to Help America’s Small Businesses Hire and Grow Cutting the payroll tax in half for 98 percent of businesses: The President’s plan will cut in half the taxes paid by businesses on their first $5 million in payroll, targeting the benefit to the 98 percent of firms that have payroll below this threshold." Noted elsewhere, that’s reducing the tax to 3.1%. Being able now to retain 3.1% of up to $5M means...
  • Infomous [a different kind of news aggregator]

    08/31/2011 9:33:20 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 7 replies
  • Mark Duggan did not shoot at police, says IPCC

    08/09/2011 11:18:19 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 13 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | Tuesday 9 August 2011 18.34 BST | Jeevan Vasagar
    Mark Duggan, whose shooting by police sparked London's riots, did not fire a shot at police officers before they killed him, the Independent Police Complaints Commission said on Tuesday. Releasing the initial findings of ballistics tests, the police watchdog said a CO19 firearms officer fired two bullets, and that a bullet that lodged in a police radio was "consistent with being fired from a police gun". One theory, not confirmed by the IPCC, is that the bullet became lodged in the radio from a ricochet or after passing through Duggan. ... The IPCC said Duggan was carrying a loaded gun,...
  • The "Debt Limit" Bill S 365

    08/02/2011 8:19:11 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 31 replies
    Library of Congress. ^ | 8/1/11 | Congress
    AN ACT To make a technical amendment to the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. TECHNICAL AMENDMENT TO EDUCATION SCIENCES REFORM ACT OF 2002. Section 174(e)(1)(A) of the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 (20 U.S.C. 9564(e)(1)(A)) is amended by inserting `, subject to 1 extension of not more than 12 months, at the Secretary's discretion, for any contract in effect on, or entered into after, January 1, 2011' after `period'.
  • Apple announces OS X Lion, iOS 5, iCloud

    06/06/2011 12:35:21 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 198 replies
    Engadget ^ | 6/6/11 | Engadget
    Apple introduced OS X Lion, iOS 5, and iCloud today. Lots of articles at the link and elsewhere.
  • National Emergency Alert System Set To Launch In NYC

    05/10/2011 7:00:22 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 34 replies
    CBS ^ | May 10, 2011 8:35 AM
    A new national alert system is set to begin in New York City that will alert the public to emergencies via cell phones. Presidential and local emergency messages as well as Amber Alerts would appear on cell phones equipped with special chips and software.
  • TSA encounter at SAN (TSA gets their Rosa Parks)

    ... This agent looked over my boarding pass, looked over my ID, looked at me and then back at my ID. After that, he waved me through. SAN is still operating metal detectors, so I walked over to one of the lines for them. After removing my shoes and making my way toward the metal detector, the person in front of me in line was pulled out to go through the backscatter machine. After asking what it was and being told, he opted out. This left the machine free, and before I could go through the metal detector, I was...
  • The Flying iPad

    09/27/2010 5:04:11 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 14 replies
    Comic Sans Relief ^ | September 2010 | Chris Ainsworth
    The iPad that just flew off the top of my minivan going 70 MPH then landing on Interstate 75's asphalt was as good as new.
  • GA gun bill SB 308 now law

    06/09/2010 1:12:07 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 17 replies · 400+ views
    GA governor has signed bill SB 308 into law - good news for state gun owners. Biggest win is removal of the 140 year old "public gathering" clause.
  • iPad 3G

    04/30/2010 2:07:38 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 68 replies · 1,238+ views
    iPad 3G now on sale! I'm in line behind about 150 people. An army of staff are pairing off with customers. The buzz is fun.
  • One crumbling building stymies Syracuse, state officials, & keeps I-81 closed

    03/10/2010 12:38:47 AM PST · by ctdonath2 · 10 replies · 770+ views
    The Post-Standard ^ | March 04, 2010, 6:00AM | Meghan Rubado
    Syracuse, NY - Syracuse has the authority to demolish the crumbling building that has disrupted the commutes of 50,000 people a day for nearly a week, but it wants the state to pay for it. The state is OK with paying, but it’s not sure it has the authority to demolish the building, whose bricks are threatening to drop onto Interstate 81. Instead of deciding on a method of demolition, or hiring a contractor, or setting a tear-down date, officials at both levels of government have spent the past five days wrangling over legal issues. Meanwhile, the one mile stretch...
  • Obama signs bill to entice foreign travelers to US

    03/04/2010 9:01:27 PM PST · by ctdonath2 · 21 replies · 552+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Thu Mar 4, 4:50 pm ET | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama has signed a bill creating a program to promote the U.S. as a premier tourism destination for international travelers. ... Government and private industry would evenly split the program's costs, with Washington contributing up to $100 million a year. That money will come from a $10 fee paid by foreigners who do not pay for visas to enter the U.S.
  • Discussion of SCOTUS oral arguments in McDonald v. City of Chicago [2 Amm. case]

    03/02/2010 8:14:09 AM PST · by ctdonath2 · 149 replies · 4,780+ views ^ | March 2, 2010
    Oral arguments in Supreme Court case McDonald v. City of Chicago have wrapped up. This thread is for gathering breaking news, transcripts, and commentary.
  • McDonald discussion [SCOTUS 2nd A case]

    03/02/2010 7:52:21 AM PST · by ctdonath2 · 82 replies · 2,029+ views
    There's a lot of interest in the McDonald case's oral arguments happening right now.
  • Worst Films of All Time?

    01/06/2010 9:42:42 AM PST · by ctdonath2 · 391 replies · 7,119+ views
    In the spirit of the current thread "Best Films of all Time?", I just have to ask for the other end of the spectrum. I don't mean "Night of the Lupus", "Attack of the Killer Tomatoes", or other standard bad/forgettable films. I don't mean just box-office flops. I want to see tour-de-force bad.
  • Ebert commenting on "blue" vs. "red" states

    12/18/2009 1:34:24 PM PST · by ctdonath2 · 21 replies · 1,547+ views
    Roger Ebert's Journal ^ | December 17 or 18, 2009 | Roger Ebert
    Ebert: Blue States have fewer murders; this is even more true in densely-populated areas. Red states have significantly more rapes. Blue states, led by Massachusetts, have a lower divorce rate than do red states. Blue states are much safer places to drive - the difference is stunning. Blue states have substantially less infant mortality - however, there are a few surprises, such as Utah. Blue state infant mortality rates are similar to those found in the rest of the developed world. Folks in blue states live longer than folks in red states. The states with the least poverty are blue,...
  • Nidal Hasan on Martyrdom

    11/07/2009 4:03:07 AM PST · by ctdonath2 · 13 replies · 557+ views ^ | 05/20/2009 | Nidal Hasan
    NidalHasan scribbled: There was a grenade thrown amongs a group of American soldiers. One of the soldiers, feeling that it was to late for everyone to flee jumped on the grave with the intention of saving his comrades. Indeed he saved them. He inentionally took his life (suicide) for a noble cause i.e. saving the lives of his soldier. To say that this soldier committed suicide is inappropriate. Its more appropriate to say he is a brave hero that sacrificed his life for a more noble cause. Scholars have paralled this to suicide bombers whose intention, by sacrificing their lives,...
  • Did the Eagle Scout Receive Proper Punishment?

    10/14/2009 11:26:56 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 76 replies · 1,845+ views ^ | October 13, 2009
    Did the Eagle Scout Receive Proper Punishment? Yes No I'm not sure.
  • The 2009 Ig Nobel Prize Winners

    10/09/2009 6:50:52 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 3 replies · 351+ views
    The 2009 Ig Nobel Prize WinnersThe 2009 Ig Nobel Prizes were awarded on Thursday night, October 1, at the 19th First Annual Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony, at Harvard's Sanders Theatre. On Saturday afternoon, October 3, the new winners explained their work, at the Ig Informal Lectures at MIT. ... PEACE PRIZE: Stephan Bolliger, Steffen Ross, Lars Oesterhelweg, Michael Thali and Beat Kneubuehl of the University of Bern, Switzerland, for determining — by experiment — whether it is better to be smashed over the head with a full bottle of beer or with an empty bottle. REFERENCE: "Are Full or Empty...
  • FLULAVAL Prescribing Information

    10/07/2009 1:52:12 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 15 replies · 731+ views
    GlaxoSmithKline ^ | 2009 | GlaxoSmithKline
    HIGHLIGHTS OF PRESCRIBING INFORMATION These highlights do not include all the information needed to use FLULAVAL safely and effectively. See full prescribing information for FLULAVAL. FLULAVAL® (Influenza Virus Vaccine) Suspension for Intramuscular Injection 2009-2010 Formula Initial U.S. Approval: 2006
  • Free MIT course: How to Stage a Revolution

    09/12/2009 3:10:46 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 13 replies · 1,482+ views
    Course Description 21H.001, a HASS-D, CI course, explores fundamental questions about the causes and nature of revolutions. How do people overthrow their rulers? How do they establish new governments? Do radical upheavals require bloodshed, violence, or even terror? How have revolutionaries attempted to establish their ideals and realize their goals? We will look at a set of major political transformations throughout the world and across centuries to understand the meaning of revolution and evaluate its impact. By the end of the course, students will be able to offer reasons why some revolutions succeed and others fail. Materials for the course...