November 17th, 2006


Spider Jerusalem on voting

"You want to know about voting. I'm here to tell you about voting.

Imagine you're locked in a huge underground nightclub filled with sinners, whores, freaks and unnameable things that rape pit bulls for fun. And you ain't allowed out until you all vote on what you're going to do tonight.

You like to put your feet up and watch "Republican Party Reservation". They like to have sex with normal people using knives, guns and brand-new sexual organs that you did not know existed.

So you vote for television, and everyone else, as far as the eye can see, votes to fuck you with switchblades.

That's voting.

You're welcome."

- Spider Jerusalem

Via dizfactor

MPAA sues Load 'N Go

Via BoingBoing:

Cory Doctorow: Paramount and the MPAA are suing a company that pre-loads iPods with video from DVDs and then sells you both the original discs and the iPods. They claim that it is illegal to put DVDs on your iPod -- whether it's done in a store or your living room.

According to the suit, Load 'N Go sells both DVDs and iPods and loads the former onto the latter for customers who purchase both. The company then sends the iPod and the original DVDs to the customer. So the customer has purchased every DVD, and Load 'N Go just saves them the trouble of ripping the DVD. The movie studios' suit claims that this is illegal, because ripping a DVD (i.e., decrypting it and making a copy) is illegal under the DMCA. The suit also claims that this constitutes copyright infringement.

Although this lawsuit happens to be aimed at Load 'N Go, the DMCA theory in the complaint makes it crystal clear that the MPAA believes it is just as illegal for you to do the same thing for yourself at home. Apparently, Hollywood believes that you should have to re-purchase all your DVD movies a second time if you want to watch them on your iPod.

Milton Friedman joke

Via Greg Mankiw's comments:

One day an economist looked up and saw a little girl being attacked by a vicious dog, just down the street. He rushed over and saved the girl by strangling the dog.

A reporter interviews him and says, "Sir, this is a wonderful thing you have done. Did you say you are an economist?"

"Yes, I am," says the economist.

"Very good, sir," says the reporter, "this will be our lead story tomorrow, and the headline will be 'Radical libertarian economist saves little girl from vicious dog.'"

"Well, I'm not that radical," says the economist. "I'm really more of a classical liberal."

The reporter scratches his head and says, "Well, we'll come up with something. Whose views would you say you are closest to?"

"Oh, I suppose it would be Milton Friedman," says the economist.

Next day, the economist buys the paper. Across the front page is splashed: "CHICAGOITE KILLS FAMILY PET!"

How do I get not to source .bash_profile?

I use bash as my shell. As I understand it, the contents of the .bash_profile should only be executed once, when I login to my account. (The contents of .bashrc are supposed to be sourced every time I launch a new non-login shell.)

However, every time I open a new window on Mac OS X, it sources the contents of both my .bash_profile and .bashrc files. I believe this is because the default preferences are set as follows, "When creating a new Terminal window: Execute the default login shell using /usr/bin/login".

You can change that preference to "Execute this command (specify complete path): /bin/bash" (Where /bin/bash can be the path to any shell you wish). However, even when I change the new window behavior to the latter preference, .bash_profile is still sourced whenever a new terminal window is launched.

Does anyone know how to tell not to source .bash_profile except at login?

The Goblet and The Pit

A parable, courtesy of madbard:

Imagine a bejeweled goblet, shining with crystals and diamonds, filled with a magical and irreplacable golden elixir. Next to it is a giant, yawning abyss - a hole with no end. Any of the golden liquid emptied into the hole is lost forever.

That goblet represents your time. The abyss represents debating morons on the internet.

Deliberative polling

History News Network


Is there a way to include an informed and representative public voice in the nomination process? A solution can be found in the practices of ancient Athens, where hundreds of citizens chosen by lot would regularly deliberate together and make important public decisions.

In ancient Athens, there were citizens' juries and legislative commissions of several hundreds, as well as the Council of 500 that set the agenda for the Agora, the public forum - all chosen by lot. Lottery provided for an equal chance to participate, while deliberation ensured an informed outcome.

Recently, Pasok, the socialist party of Greece, revived this ancient practice after 2,400 years and applied it to the selection of candidates in the municipal elections.

In the Athenian district of Marousi, site of the Athens Olympics, a randomly selected group of 160 citizens gathered to choose from among six candidates. All members of the group were sent briefing materials on 19 issues ranging from traffic and waste disposal to private universities and social services. After 10 hours of deliberation and direct questioning of the candidates, the participants voted by secret ballot; in the second round, Panos Alexandris won a clear majority and was therefore nominated as the Pasok candidate for mayor of Marousi.


Tippmann C-3 Propane powered paintball gun

"The Tippmann C-3™ with PEP (Propane Enhanced Performance) technology is the world’s first propane powered paintball marker. With more than 50,000 shots per 16-ounce tank, you can spend more time playing paintball and less time trying to find a place to fill your CO2 tank. Propane provides the same effective range as CO2, but it is not affected by temperatures and has the same consistency as nitrogen or compressed air. Propane is a safe form of fuel used in many household items and the propane canisters can be picked up at many retail locations at a fraction of the cost of CO2.

The new C-3 is a pump action marker that will appeal to players wanting to focus on strategy and marksmanship as well as new players looking for a fun and easy way to play paintball. The C-3 is an aluminum and composite construction and features a 13” mandrel wrapped composite barrel for added accuracy and reduced weight. MSRP $229."

New SIMUNITION® Drop-In/Replacement Kits for Glocks.

"New SIMUNITION® Drop-In/Replacement Kits for Glocks.
Posted on Tuesday, November 13 @ 18:00:17 PST by davidc

Training This was my first stop at TREXPO East, since it was located inside Tactical & Survival Specialties Inc.'s area, at the front of the hall. SNC Technologies Inc. (SNC TEC), a Canadian company, is, of course, famous for their line of specialty training ammunition and marking cartridges. In fact, they're currently the industry leader in this field. Lou Solis, SIMUNITION®'s East Coast manager, showed me one of the company's new marker cartridge conversion kits for the Glock pistols. The new kit, consisting of either a proprietary barrel and spring assembly and replacement magazine for the G17, or replacement slide, barrel and spring assembly, and replacement magazine for the G19 or G22, turns any of these guns into a Glock 17T training pistol, without the need for any tools.

To continue reading, click on "Read More" below.

For Glock 17's, things are easiest, since all that is required is a drop-in barrel and spring assembly. For Glock 19's and Glock 22's, SIMUNITION® was forced to engineer a replacement slide and barrel assembly (along with spring),because the barrel replacement alone was not sufficient for proper functioning of the weapon. It should be noted that there is currently no kit available for the G23. The engineering of replacement slides is a recent development that has occured since the TREXPO East exhibition.

One of the interesting feature of the replacement SIMUNITION® barrel is the safety hole located on the right side of the chamber area. This hole permits the escape of high pressure gases in the unlikely case that someone is stupid enough to try to fire a real 9mm round through the SIMUNITION® barrel. The hole will essentially keep the gun from completely grenading in the shooters hand. The new drop in units are less expensive than arming all the trainees with 17T's. Once converted, students can fire Simunition's proprietary 9mm training round through the gun. DefRev hopes to soon have a couple of these units for T&E.

If you'd like to visit SIMUNITION®'s website and learn more about their products, click here. SIMUNITION® is a registered trademark of SNC Technologies Inc., Canada"

KWA G17 (GLOCK) Gas Airsoft Blowback Gun Pistol

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KWA G17 Gas Airsoft Blowback Gun Pistol
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- Gas Powered Automatic Airsoft Pistol
- Full Metal Slide and Barrel
- Weight: 1.8 Lbs
- Velocity: 320 fps (0.2 g BB)
- Made in Taiwan

Finally, KWA has released their new G17 complete with Metal Slide and Metal Barrel for maximum durability. This gun performs flawlessly with green gas and is an excellent choice for both airsoft hobbiests and Law Enforcement Training environments. This new gun mimics the operation of real pistols for good repetition during force-on-force training. Whether you're a gamer or a professional, this product will serve you well.
In the wide world of air guns, and especially gas guns, KWA is a recognized leader with years of experience and plenty of state-of-the-art products to prove it. Their 1:1 scale guns are superbly detailed, and feature a gas blow back full stroke and full open system, real live short recoil, a drop slider loading process, an excellent piston unit, a quick detachable metal magazine, as well as unmatched effectiveness at ranges of 30 to 40 feet! Wait till you get one of these beauties in your hands - with its realistic weight and look you'll be loathe to let it go.
Differences between KSC and KWA:
The only difference is the box, both KSC and KWA are in fact the same, they are made in the same factory in Taiwan to exactly the same specifications. This is contrary to what some people believe in that KSC guns are made in Japan. However it is confusing as KSC have made it so that only KSC and not KWA guns are exported to Japan. Whereas KWA can be exported to every other country, in general a KSC gun is more expensive partly due to the cost of first shipping the gun to Japan. Some other differences are a more robust design in the KWA's, which incorporate metal slide and barrels.

Opsgear supplies paintball guns, gear for Urban Warfare Center,1249,640185479,00.html

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Training for combat

Opsgear supplies paintball guns, gear for Urban Warfare Center
By Dennis Romboy
Deseret Morning News
NORTH SALT LAKE — Military-style combat goes on several times a week in a warehouse in this Davis County suburb.
Kim Raff, Deseret Morning News
Trainers "rescue" a hostage, bottom, during a demonstration at the Opsgear warehouse in North Salt Lake.
One day soldiers might be mounting an assault on bad guys in a fortified position. On another day, police SWAT teams might be executing a search warrant in a dangerous neighborhood.
On Tuesday, a military team armed with paintball guns mounted a sneak attack on a terrorist holding a hostage.
The Urban Warfare Center replicates force-on-force battles that might be found on the streets of Baghdad or Salt Lake City. Opsgear, a multimillion-dollar paintball and tactical gear supplier, runs the center to provide training for law enforcement and military personnel at no charge.
To the outsider, it looks like a bunch of guys playing army, but company founder David Burnell said what goes on inside the facility is serious business.
"This is not a recreational sport," said Burnell, who spent 11 years in the Air Force, including seven in special operations. "This is a training environment."
While Opsgear, whose sales have doubled annually since it started in a Bountiful garage six years ago, makes its money on paintball products, it is not the company's focus, Burnell said.
"We don't pooh-pooh the paintball industry. We respect it," he said. "They're the ones who are funding this."
Since the warfare center opened three years ago, thousands of local police officers, federal agents and soldiers, some bound for Iraq, have undergone high-stress "freeze, fight or flight" scenarios to test their mettle.
Many are Army Reserve support and logistics units that have little, if any, combat training before being deployed in Iraq. They're taught how to react when a convoy is attacked and how to keep from accidentally shooting their own in battle.
"At the end of the day, we want everyone to come home," Burnell said.
Before the combat demonstrations Tuesday, Opsgear employees and others paused to commemorate the anniversary of D-Day, the June 6, 1944, invasion of France that cracked the Nazi grip on western Europe. Workers posted a wreath and honored the thousands of servicemen and women who died in the attack.

Battlefield Air-field Bunkers

Originally uploaded by crasch.

Battlefield Air-field Bunkers

* made from extra-heavy duty outer layer and rubber internal airbag. This is the same sort of construction as military grade dummys;

* made from test-proven all-weather fabric suitable for both cold and hot environment;

* smooth surface finish, making cleaning and maintenance easy to handle.

They are inflated simply by airblown weed or grass blowers. These wholesale inflatables are able to be used either indoors or outdoors.


RAP17 paintball marker

Originally uploaded by crasch.

The RAP17 paintball marker is made of metal alloy and hard plastic. The slide and internal mechanism are made of hardened metal alloy and steel that can withstand drops, rough use and abuse. The RAP17 functions like a real handgun with blowback action and strong kickback. It's powered by a refillable internal built-in CO2 reservoir inside the handgrip which can shoot 30 rounds of .43 cal paintballs per each fill. Filling up CO2 is easy, the RAP17 package comes with a fill adapter that can be connected to any regular CO2 tank (45g, 200g, 9oz, 12oz, etc.) to fill up the RAP17.

A 12g disposable CO2 cylinder version of the RAP17 is also available. This version is called RAP17 EX, EX stands for external. This is having the 12g disposable CO2 cylinder locate inside the pistol grip that capable of firing more than 30 rounds.

Unlike other RAP Series, the RAP17 doesn't eject shell casings. The paintballs are loaded into a magazine which can hold 10 rounds and the magazine is inserted into the handgrip. Just like a real handgun, the RAP17 stops shooting when the magazine is emptied. The muzzle velocity is adjustable from 180 - 300 fps.