Feb 272015
 

A few years ago, people started realizing that 3D printers and small CNC mills were going to revolutionize not just general manufacturing, but firearms manufacturing in particular. How can the government regulate firearms, when you can simply print one – or a dozen – up in your own home?

Well, a way to throttle innovation has been implemented: fear.

FedEx And UPS Refuse to Ship a Digital Mill That Can Make Untraceable Guns

A small CNC mill, designed expressly to be able to mill out AR-15 receivers, is a perfectly legal device. It’s just a complex power tool. You don’t need to have any sort of license to own or operate such a thing. But FedEx and UPS have decided to chicken out on shipping them because they are afraid that they will be set upon by the government.

Couple this with the Obama administrations recent realization that while it cannot infringe on the freedom of the press it can ban ink, things are starting to look interesting in the world of organized gun-grabbing.

 Posted by at 1:29 am
Feb 252015
 

Astrology could help take pressure off NHS doctors, claims Conservative MP

level of stupid

He criticised the BBC and TV scientist Professor Brian Cox for taking a “dismissive” approach to astrology, and accused opponents of being “racially prejudiced”. …

“I do believe that astrology and complementary medicine would help take the huge pressure off doctors.

brosci

“Ninety per cent of pregnant French women use homeopathy. Astrology is a useful diagnostic tool enabling us to see strengths and weaknesses via the birth chart.

“And, yes, I have helped fellow MPs. I do foresee that one day astrology will have a role to play in healthcare.”

twaddle

I looked this dumbass up on Wikipedia. Apparently he’s for real. And apparently his interest in BS “alternative medicine” is real and not new:

Tredinnick supports alternative medicine including homeopathy and chiropractic.[9] In October 2009, he told Parliament that blood does not clot under a full moon; a spokesperson for the Royal College of Surgeons of England warned his colleagues would “laugh their heads off” at the suggestion.[10] In the same debate, Tredinnick characterised scientists as “racially prejudiced“.[9]

Health journalist Victoria Lambert has interpreted Health Minister Jeremy Hunt’s call for traditional Chinese medicine to be available on the NHS as an endorsement of Tredinnick’s call for integrated alternative healthcare. Tredinnick claims that “herbal medicine is not quackery”, is cost-effective and, unlike Western medicine, has been used for thousands of years in China.[11]

In July 2013, Tredinnick sponsored an Early Day Motion congratulating a farmer for his decision to use homeopathy.

Ye gods. And I thought American politicians trended towards derp.

 Posted by at 6:16 pm
Feb 212015
 

Latter part of 2013, Obama’s promise “if you like your insurance, you can keep it” came to pass for me when my insurance company let me know that they were dropping my insurance because, screw you buddy, get Obamacare. But at least I did get new government subsidized insurance. Yay. So, all is well, yes?

Early yesterday, this was in the news:

Feds sent incorrect tax information to 800,000 people on ObamaCare

 

And then later yesterday, I checked my email:

From: Health Insurance Marketplace

Sent: Feb 20, 2015 12:41 PM

To: scottlowther@…

Subject: Important information about filing your 2014 Federal income taxes

Important information about filing your 2014 Federal income taxes

Because you enrolled in a health plan through the Health
Insurance Marketplace for 2014, you recently received an important tax
statement in the mail, called a form 1095-A. This statement has information you
need to fill out your federal income tax return. Unfortunately, your
statement contained incorrect information. We need to correct the monthly
premium amount of the second lowest cost Silver plan, which is shown in Part
III, Column B of the form.When the corrected statement is ready, we’ll send a message
to your Marketplace account on HealthCare.gov. Until then, please wait to file
your 2014 Federal income taxes. If you already filed your 2014 Federal income taxes and used
the incorrect Form 1095-A, additional information will be provided shortly.

Sigh.

 

 

 Posted by at 3:42 am
Feb 092015
 

It seems a Ukrainian missile found its mark near Donetsk. Reportedly, this night time attack struck a Russian separatist weapons dump/depot, with the result that the secondary explosion was *really* impressive. Apparently some nearby thought it was a tactical nuke.

 

Note that there are some initial faint flashes, followed about a second later by a truly spectacular blast (this is also apparent in the audio). This would seem consistent with missile or artillery strikes going off, followed by a far larger secondary. If t was a nuke, there’d be no precursors; it’d go straight to the main event.

 

 Posted by at 1:43 am
Feb 032015
 

Russia May Slap Germany With A $4.5 Trillion Lawsuit For Nazi Atrocities

Yeah. That’ll work.

If you want some damned entertaining reading, take a look here:

http://izvestia.ru/news/582576

If’n you don’t read Russian, Chrome will auto-translate, or you could use Google translation. But in short, some Russian politicians are trying this tactic not because they think they’ll actually get a dime out of Germany, but because they’re pissy that Germany is levying sanctions on Russia for is war of conquest in Ukraine.

Can’t wait until the Poles, Finns, Czechs, Hungarians, etc. line up their lawyers to sue Russia for the nightmares the USSR inflicted on ‘em.

 Posted by at 2:56 pm
Feb 012015
 

Fourth-grader suspended after using magic from ‘The Hobbit’

Little kid saw “The Hobbit,” brought a ring to school and told another kid that said ring could make said other kid “disappear.” SUSPENDED!

the principal said threats to another child’s safety would not be tolerated – whether magical or not.

Gah.

Anybody else here old enough to remember when “imagination” wasn’t considered something to be *entirely* stamped out in school?

People freaking out about kids using “magic” makes as much sense as people refusing to vaccinate their kids… and should be met with the same response: if you are afraid of vaccinations or magic, you don’t have to send you kid to school. In fact… you’re not allowed to. Go wipe out your *own* gene pool, leave everybody else out of your stupidity.

 Posted by at 2:50 pm
Jan 302015
 

Russia may declare 1990 reunification illegal

Sergei Naryshkin, speaker of Russian parliament’s lower house, on Wednesday ordered legislators to consider an appeal from a Communist Party deputy to denounce the reunification of Germany as an illegal land grab of East Germany by its western neighbour.

Spec-tacular.

putinhead2

 Posted by at 12:13 am
Jan 222015
 

The King of Saudi Arabia (future historians note: the transitional period between “Arabia” and “South-East Province, Republic of Greater Israel), that is.

Saudi Arabia’s ‘reformer’ King Abdullah dies

Now to see who puts in an appearance at the inevitable Gathering Of Terribly Important People. Ya gotta wonder if there might be Certain Administrations who make more of an effort here than, say, showing solidarity with the French a week or so back…

POLITICS G20 202428

Shown: a sycophant bowing and scraping before the now deceased King Abdullah.

 Posted by at 10:30 pm