Miss Sloane, an overly detailed analysis.

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Last year a movie came out that was either a poorly thought out piece of antigun propaganda or a film that badly misjudged or mistimed the cultural zeitgeist. In either case people just didn’t go see it. From a thirteen million dollar budget it grossed three and a half mil in theaters making it on the top one hundred list of biggest box office bombs. I briefly considered seeing this movie in theaters but I decided against it for a variety of reasons and I am not even sure if it was shown at any theaters within a hundred miles of me.

Time goes by, the movie is released on DVD and I am one of a handful of people who put in a request for this film at the local library. Yesterday I saw this movie and I was blown away, I was so overwhelmed by one scene in particular that I literally had to press the stop button and go into my backyard and laugh like a maniac for fifteen minutes straight. Now if you don’t want this movie spoiled for you, go watch it now. Just so you know I rate this thing a one out of five and it earns that rating in ways that I could never conceive of.
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A Generation of Sociopaths. Review.

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Rather crude cover design wouldn’t you say?

A little while ago I wrote an article I am not all that proud of. Essentially it was my grumbling about intergenerational stresses viewed through a stressed prism. It didn’t come out as coherent and logical as I like my articles to be. With that said it seems that I am not the only person who is struggling with these issues.

Full disclosure, my father is both a baby boomer and very likely a sociopath, at least he fits the clinical description to a T. Ironically enough he was the one who told me about this book after hearing an interview with the author on NPR. I put in a request for this book at my local library and they provided me a copy very quickly. If you have absolutely no patience or attention span, I have intention to purchase a copy of this book. Why? Well that is going to take a little while to explain.

First of all, this is the most statist book I have read in a very long time. A point that the author makes (constantly), is that old saw that we do not live in a deeply flawed or nonfunctional society. Our government worked and always worked. It just doesn’t work so well right now because a pack of sociopaths are in the drivers seat. If you are reading this then I imagine you know what a fallacy that idea is.
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ATT Mind radio and Guns of Hollywood podcast review.

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It’s been too long since I have done a podcast review, so how about a pair that make for a really odd contrast? I like to think that I have widely varying tastes in things of an intellectual matter. So how about a sampling from two subject matter that wouldn’t ordinarily be seen anywhere near each other.

Guns of Hollywood is part of the Firearms radio network, a podcast stream with a refreshingly diverse collection of firearms, and sometimes very peripherally related to firearms podcasts. I had the idea to do a show similar to GoH back in 2010, however I didn’t go ahead with it at the time, primarily because I didn’t know anything about podcasting at the time and to be honest, I really don’t like the sound of my own voice. That said I am glad that someone else picked up on the idea.

Those someone’s being Sam Asner and Allie Howe. Once a week they realize an episode analyzing the writing, acting and of course the guns of various movies and TV shows released over the years. Not limited by the inexplicable self imposed rules of most film review podcasts I have listened to, they cover it all. Their conversation is witty and well paced, the audio quality of more recent episodes is good and the occasional guest is a refreshing addition to the dialog. That said, some of their earlier episodes had some audio quality issues, as many new podcasts do. I was one of a few people who wrote in to tell them to step up their game on that front.

ATT Mind Radio deals with completely different subjects, psychedelics mostly. The show is hosted by one James W Jesso. There seem to be more and more psychedelic themed podcasts floating around nowadays. However some are lacking a the use of care and critical thinking when dealing with these substances. If there is one thing that I would like to get across to anyone using psychedelics it is that you should be extremely careful and do plenty of research beforehand. It’s probably not needed to read a massive and somewhat dry tome like The Antipodes of the mind before any use of these substances. But care and critical thought are absolutely essential. There are entirely too many people out there who got their brains fried or wound up in some kind of weird cult because of careless dabbling in psychedelia.

Mr Jesso comes across as someone who uses care and critical thought. Episodes are released on an occasional basis and it is an interview format show. Around an hour long, though often longer. Audio quality in episodes I have listened to recently is decent. Not perfect, although one of the more recent episodes, specifically episode 43 had such abysmal sound that I had to give up halfway through, even though it was an interesting subject.

In short I rate both podcasts as a 5/5. If you are interested in either guns or psychedelics I recommend you have a listen for yourself. If you are some modern day Hunter S Thompson and you haven’t heard of either of these shows yet, you’re welcome.

Technological paths not taken, the potential of Thorium

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I used to be a militant socialist, environmentalist, a big believer in the idea of the Archaic Revival and anti nuclear. The power of deductive reasoning granted to me by the Trivium Method enlightened me that socialism, especially my particularly vicious flavor of it, was a bad idea. I still think I am an environmentalist, but I think the issue is far more complicated and involved than I was told. The Archaic Revival was revealed to me as just another aspect of a centuries old control mechanism. Nuclear technology though, that was a somewhat more complicated issue for me to get a handle on until recently.

When it happened The Fukushima disaster seemed to me to be the final nail in the coffin of nuclear fission power generation. Through a series of admittedly unlikely events TEPCO managed to make uninhabitable a fairly large part of a relatively small country. Pressurized water nuclear fission reactors seemed like a collection of disasters waiting to happen. Even if they didn’t go bang they were still finicky, complicated and expensive contraptions.

My interest in nuclear tech was not limited to power generation. I have an ongoing fascination with nuclear weaponry. In my occasional perusing of writings and videos of nuclear weapons I would hear occasional reference to Thorium reactors. I started hearing references to Thorium reactors in the strangest places. In ads on podcasts, in space exploration, even on PBS. My curiosity was piqued, I watched a few YouTube videos. Joined a Thorium Facebook group and incorporated a few references to Thorium reactors in one of my stories. The Eutopian civilization in my two novels is powered by a combination of Thorium reactors, solar power, advanced hydrogen and methane fuel cells. With a few early generation fusion reactors thrown in for good measure.

Then I watched this.

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$35 frequency analizer

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My phone can do things your phone can’t do!

Hardware versions of this cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. Much cheaper on a good Android phone.

You need a phone that can do OTG (check online).
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You need an SDL dongle, I got this:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01GDN1T4S?ie=UTF8&tag=www30dollarfi-20&camp=1789&linkCode=xm2&creativeASIN=B01GDN1T4S
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You need an OTG cable, I got this:
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00N9S9Z0G?ie=UTF8&tag=www30dollarfi-20&camp=1789&linkCode=xm2&creativeASIN=B00N9S9Z0G
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You need this app:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mantz_it.rfanalyzer

and this driver:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=marto.rtl_tcp_andro

here’s the manual:
https://github.com/demantz/RFAnalyzer/blob/master/doc/rf_analyzer_manual.md

and here’s an interesting video about it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkn1ljAqTMw&t=304s

Also, if you want to know more, get this book: The Hobbyist’s Guide to the RTL-SDR: Really Cheap Software Defined Radio

DJ’s Super Eggs -recipe

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Simple to make, delicious, and makes great leftovers for a couple days.  This large recipe is great for a family breakfast, or for many meals for a smaller group.

1 package Ore-Ida Potatoes O’Brien

6 jumbo eggs

10 oz package of pico de gallo (hot or mild, as you prefer)

1 package Jimmy Dean turkey sausage links (pre-cooked)

1/3 cup olive oil

Milk to taste for scrambling the eggs

Salt & pepper to taste

Shredded cheese to taste (I prefer Kraft Mexican four cheese blend)

Salsa or ketchup, as preferred

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Carefully add potatoes to hot oil, being wary of splatters.  Cover and cook, turning every 3-4 minutes.  (These are basically the package directions.)

While potatoes are cooking, cut up sausage links into small pieces.  Kitchen scissors work great for this.  Set aside.

Beat together eggs, milk, salt and pepper.  Set aside.

When potatoes are almost done (maybe 17 to 19 minutes), add pico and sausage bits to potatoes and heat through, stirring well.  Add beaten egg mixture and cook until almost done.  Turn off heat.  Ensuring mixture is evenly distributed in the pan, sprinkle shredded cheese on top, and cover.  Keep covered until cheese has melted.

Serve in wide bowl or plate.  Salsa or ketchup, as desired.  Yum!

Michael’s tip:  Best with salsa when freshly cooked, better with ketchup when reheated.

 

 

Cash Newmann’s solution to choking down spoonfulls of herbal supplements

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Tired of eating tablespoons of green powder?

Get 500 largish gelatin “000” size capsules for $16:

IF YOU PREFER THE VEGETARIAN VERSION, THEY’RE HERE.

 

And get this $23 capsule maker (directions on box):

 

Do not use for Kratom, or Colloidal Uranium Enemas or anything except things prescribed by a doctor. Because those other things aren’t from a doctor! (Even though it’s been said by people who know that this works great for those.)

Keep pets and kids out of the room, then wipe all surfaces with damp paper towel when done. Wear green color clothes. lol.

–Cash Newmann!

Notes on modern handgun design. Or, why you should consider the Grand Power pistol.

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Image from The Probability Broach graphic novel from Big Head Press

Since the end of the assault weapons ban handgun design has been going fairly steadily in one direction. That direction is to create a thousand different variants of the Glock 19. This are good reasons for this, the G19 is a good gun. Not too big, not too small, reliable as all get out. Ammo is common, with a simple operating system. Anyone who can use a gun can use a G19 provided they have been trained to keep their index finger off the trigger until it is time to actually start shooting.

Despite what is suggested in the novel The Probability Broach. (and a variety of other libertarian/ancap works) Even if we lived in a world where everyone was allowed to be armed with powerful weapons at all times I seriously doubt that the majority of people would walk around armed most of the time. Never mind that regardless of whatever the law says, carrying a firearm is a grave responsibility. Never mind the fact that most policemen, whose job demands that they occasionally get into conflicts with nasty people do not usually train with their firearms enough to pass the benchmark of basic proficiency tests. Let alone hit small moving targets under stress, oh no. Handguns are a solid mass of steel, aluminum and plastic that are usually rather uncomfortable to carry without a quality holster, belt and experience. It’s kind of hard just to find someone who carries who invested in a proper belt! So, even if Lib-Par emerged tomorrow I seriously doubt that we would see large numbers of people openly carrying large weapons for very long. Some might do it for awhile for the sheer novelty of it. But after awhile most people would either dispense with carrying large weapons or carry something a bit more manageable.
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