Roundup

Roundup

Not that some people are weeds.I'm mostly going to leave alone the shootings. One was an obvious leftist nut job, but hey, white and ostensibly male, so "violent white men". The other was more... complicated. But only barely, as the historically literate know that the whole class warfare based on race thing is based in old school progressivism. Not that "leftists are the real racists" gets any traction, but when the only thing remotely "right wing" in a screed full of income and social equality, environmental, and similar issues is the racial supremacy aspect, not an example of "right…

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Fun With Artillery

Fun With Artillery

Or, how not to do a ceremonial firing of an artillery piece.The funniest part, other than watch her not have the strength to follow through, is that you know she had been trained for this, that everything was prepped to "make sure nothing went wrong", etc. - including almost certainly her doing previous firing pulls.The myth goes that in today's services, endurance, muscle mass, and upper body strength just aren't factors, and women are just as capable as men.Women just do not have the upper body strength.…

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Why I stopped Being even a "Small L" Libertarian

Why I stopped Being even a "Small L" Libertarian

...a long time ago.Because I saw this coming. Think of it as a proto-awareness of what Taleb discusses as the tyranny of the intolerant minority and more to the point what happens around that with skin and the game, risk, and consequences pushed off to others.Or put another way - that company towns and their abuses existed because the government gave up on enforcing the law there.So leaving aside "crony" capitalism and bending politics to exclude competition, and leaving aside corporations large enough to be good-sized nations in their own rights, is the fact that they are…

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They Won't Leave You Alone

They Won't Leave You Alone

I'd crow about how I told you so, but predicting SJW's will not leave a hobby or stone unturned if it may be liked by more white and male types than others, and that they will impose diversity on you and you'll like it, or else, and "get away with your hateful opinions you Trump bigot!" no matter how obscure it is is like predicting the night will follow the day. Craft beer, knitting, and yes, as I predicted, wargames.Even in the original kerfluffle over Scramble for Africa, one could already see the twitter and other threads where people…

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Impressions of Europe - Oslo

Impressions of Europe - Oslo

Along with Kristiansand, Oslo's surrounding terrain is somewhat gentler than much of the rest of Norway. The country overall heavily shows the signs of being carved out by glaciers, but the extremes in sheer cliff walls, tall hills, and relatively little flatland hold less true here.It is indeed beautiful, in a stark way. And it does call to me.Don't bother with the town hall. You can hardly miss it if you're downtown because it's right on the waterfront, and is a Soviet-style hideous example of government "we are serious" architecture. Ditto the internal artwork, all in glory of…

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Impressions of Europe - Copenhagen, part 2

Impressions of Europe - Copenhagen, part 2

First - prices. A decent hotel - not swanky - about $200/night, with air conditioning. The breakfast though, was excellent. Yes, a buffet, as mentioned, but chock full of soft boiled eggs, yogurt, good bread, fresh fruit, cold cuts, butter, block cheese, and infused water.Incidentally, courtesy of grandparents growing up who were from the Baltics, I was in heaven, especially after I managed to get my hands on smoked salmon and pickled herring. Your mileage likely varies - but even the more normal stuff to american tastes was fresh. That said, while produce at a few of the…

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