What? Only ten?

They’d better go check those houses again.

16 arrested in massive marijuana bust in Gwinnett
A day after more than 2,500 marijuana plants were seized, Gwinnett County and federal authorities confirmed Thursday they arrested 16 people in the 19-home drug sting.
[…]
More than $340,000, 10 firearms, including a semi-automatic rifle, and seven vehicles were seized in the drug bust early Wednesday morning, Parker said.

This is Georgia. If they didn’t find at least one shotgun per house (more likely one per exterior door), they weren’t looking.

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How Much Bandwidth to Download a Physical Object?

Seriously: I keep seeing these moronic stories about downloading “guns.”

It’s computer code, to be sent to printers.

Not. Fucking. GUNS.

Downloading 3-D Printed Guns to Become Legal Next Month
A three-year legal battle led by gun-rights activists has ended in a settlement with the U.S. government that will legalize downloading 3-D printed guns starting next month. Cody Wilson, who describes himself as a “post-left anarchist,” posted plans for a 3-D printed handgun he called “The Liberator” in 2013, but was told to take them down by the State Department.

More specifically, downloading the files — the code — was always legal. That’s part of what this acknowledges. The prob the State Department invented was downloads by people in other countries, as they pretended these files were “munitions,” making out-of-country downloads an ITAR violation.

I find it morbidly amusing that journalists are outraged by this. You know, journalists who like to use encryption to communicate with their confidential sources. Especially those overseas, like in Iran.

Perhaps they’ve forgotten that the State Department also tried to call crypto code “munitions” back in the ’90s. And lost that argument, too; which opened the door to effective crypto for journalists (among others… like your bank).

Credible -giggle-

The study itself comes from the John Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, an agenda-driven organization created in 1995 and funded primarily with a $50 million endowment from Michael Bloomberg (and joined by other left-leaning funders) for the expressed purpose of developing gun-control policy positions. Asking this source for data, and Hemenway to provide credibility is like asking the Flat Earth Society for maps.
— Alan Korwin, July 15, 2018

[UPDATED] I wonder how much the Post Awful is losing on these.

I received something in the mail today, and the stamp caught my eye. Darnedest thing. It’s a shot of last year’s solar eclipse, but I realized that it isn’t merely printed; the blacked out solar disc is… thick. There’s a blob of stuff applied over the printing.

I first noticed it when the envelope got folded slightly, and the thick material cracked. Being a suspicious sort, I wonder if something was underneath that. I started fiddling with it.

And the blacked out solar disc faded away, leaving the moon.

Turns out USPS issued these “thermochromic ink” thingies. Same price as regular forever stamps, but they must cost a fair bit more to print. Probably at a loss.

ETA: It seems I have a… former reader who was offended by… his own paranoid delusions. Or maybe his wife made the call to print these stamps.

I’d like to apologize.

To my other readers who encountered “Ken’s” silly complaint.

Words (used to) have meaning

customer: [kuhs-tuh-mer] a person who purchases goods or services from another; buyer; patron.

Future uncertain for manager fired for tackling accused gun thief
Despite stopping White from making off with more than $700 in merchandise, according to police, Crouch was suspended and later fired for violating Academy Sports’ policy that forbids physically making contact with customers.

Personally, I would have thought that the thug removed himself fro the potential class of “customer” when he grab a gun without paying for it, and ran out of the store.

There is a side issue of risk assessment in physically stopping a shoplifter. Would I recommend tackling a guy for swiping a DVD? Seems unlikely.

But a weapon and ammunition? Simply by stealing them, the guy has demonstrate ill intent, and the damage one with ill intent can do with a loaded firearm is somewhat greater than what can be accomplished with a DVD.

Academy Sports should have given Crouch a bonus, not a suspension and termination. They now have a choice of messages:

  • The thief was — in reality — a customer, and they allowed that unlawful transfer of a firearm.
  • All customers equal shoplifters. Is that what they think of you?
  • Guns are no more dangerous than DVDs. So it’s time for them to put “evil black rifles” back on their shelves.
  • Academy Sports doesn’t give a damn who gets killed so long as no employee makes a worker’s comp claim for a sprained back stopping a shoplifter.

I am in the wrong line of work.

Here I am, trying to draw tip jar donations with useful (see The Zelman Partisans), and sometimes mildly (or morbidly) amusing info. Trying. Never said succeeding.

But some smartass just made $200 for this piece of… humor. That’s like a year, year and a half of donations for me.

Please note that they call that a “shotgun.” But close examination shows — aside from the obvious three loose tie-straps holding the pipe to the 2X4 — there’s…

No trigger.

No firing pin/striker.

No firing mechanism at all.

By that standard, I probably have a thousand bucks worth of shotguns in the garage, some assembly required.

Is it just me, or does  Sarge there look like, just maybe, it’s starting to sink in that they got took?

Well, someone made his — hi-er — point.

And two hunnerd bucks.

ETA: Say! Germany could sell San Francisco a bunch of black broomsticks and raise enough money to buy real gun for their army.

“Petro-Masculinity”

For all I can tell from the abstract, that might be guys who prefer petroleum jelly over KY.

Petro-masculinity: Fossil Fuels and Authoritarian Desire
As the planet warms, new authoritarian movements in the West are embracing a toxic combination of climate denial, racism and misogyny. Rather than consider these resentments separately, this article interrogates their relationship through the concept of petro-masculinity, which appreciates the historic role of fossil fuel systems in buttressing white patriarchal rule. Petro-masculinity is helpful to understanding how the anxieties aroused by the Anthropocene can augment desires for authoritarianism. The concept of petro-masculinity suggests that fossil fuels mean more than profit; fossil fuels also contribute to making identities, which poses risks for post-carbon energy politics. Moreover, through a psycho-political reading of authoritarianism, I show how fossil fuel use can function as a violent compensatory practice in reaction to gender and climate trouble.