Monday, June 27, 2016

Dear Gun grabbers

I'll tell you what I want, and what I'll give you in exchange for it.

I want the feds to implement the following national reciprocity law:
  • Carry permits will cover concealed or open carry of handguns.
  • Carry permits will be shall issue with no "good reason" requirement.
  • Carry permits applications, background check, and training fees will be paid for by the federal government. (*If this is truly national issue, and affects the safety and health of everyone, it is incumbent on everyone to pay into making the system work, not just those who choose to exercise their rights.)
  • Carry permits shall be optional in Constitutional Carry states.
  • Carry permits shall entitle the holder to purchase a firearm in any state, regardless of his or her state of residence.
  • Carry permit records shall only list the name and identifying information of the holder, and are explicitly forbidden from listing any firearms owned and intended to be carried by the holder.
  • Carry permits shall be renewable every five years, at no cost.
  • This law will be explicitly cite and be enforced by the supremacy clause and the 2nd and 14th amendments.
  • This law will come into effect immediately when passed by Congress and signed into law by the President.
And here is what I would give you after this is signed into law:
  • The sale of a firearm by a private individual to another private individual (private party transfer) shall require that the buyer:
    • undergo a background check at a licensed dealer, or
    • has on his person an unexpired Carry license.
  • This law will come into effect 5 years after National Reciprocity has been implemented.
This would eliminate the mythical "gun show loophole" - which is really just that private party sales in some states do not require background checks, and has nothing to do with gun shows or the internet - and would possibly reduce at least some accidental illegal sales.

If there were a broad national reciprocity law that made it very easy for the law abiding to get their permits, and they were given time to get them, then this would minimize the impact on the law abiding, giving us something we want, and you something you want.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Invanpah solar power plant on the verge of shutdown

Two years after the startup of the Ivanpah Bird Grilling plant  - I mean, the Ivanpah solar power plant, it seems that - surprise, surprise! - it doesn't work.
A federally backed, $2.2 billion solar project in the California desert isn’t producing the electricity it is contractually required to deliver to PG&E Corp., which says the solar plant may be forced to shut down if it doesn’t receive a break Thursday from state regulators. 
The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System, owned by BrightSource Energy Inc., NRG Energy Inc. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google, uses more than 170,000 mirrors mounted to the ground to reflect sunlight to 450-foot-high towers topped by boilers that heat up to create steam, which in turn is used to generate electricity.
Well, duh. The technology is immature, the concept is silly, and the only thing governments are really good at is malinvestment. But of course, as we all know, government's solution to problems it creates is to double down, triple down, etc.. The plant will undoubtedly be given a pass, and continue on it's quest to eliminate all avian life in California.





Sunday, November 29, 2015

Eighteen Trillion Seven Hundred Nineteen Billion Six Hundred Thirteen Million Two Hundred Seventy-Four Eight Hundred Ninety-Three Dollars and Fifty-One Cents

$18,719,613,274,893.51. The debt to the penny.

In less than seven years in office, Obama has presided over an increase in the national debt of over eight trillion dollars ($8,000,000,000,000). Yes, under the leadership of Obama, our national debt has nearly doubled. The makers in this country (all employed men and women minus city, state, and local government employees) have seen their portion of the debt rise from about $90,000 in 2009 to $151,000 in 2015, a 67% increase.

And as some people would have you believe, Obama has shown too much fiscal restraint, spending has been too low, and  "#austerity a loser".

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Austerity

You keep using that word. I don't think it means what you think it means.

I a brief conversation I had with some bloke on Twitter, he first insisted that Obama was bringing down the deficit and that the economy always runs better in democrats' hands. Then when confronted by the fact that Obama has no fiscal restraint, he asserted that Obama has shown too much restraint (or so "the experts" tell him), and "#austerity a loser[sic]".

He needs to crack open a dictionary once in a while.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Global Warming: Hot hot hot!

I saw this video years ago and wanted to make sure it would never disappear. So without further ado, Global Warming causes...
 
video

Or if you'd rather see a plain list...
A (Not Quite) Complete List Of Things Supposedly Caused By Global Warming

Acne , Longer plane flights , agricultural land increase , Afghan poppies destroyed , Africa devastated  Africa in conflict , African aid threatened , African summer frost , aggressive weeds , More Toxic Poison Ivy , air pressure changes , airport malaria , Agulhas current , Alaska reshaped ,  moves , allergy season longer , alligators in the Thames , Alps melting , Amazon a desert , American dream end , amphibians breeding earlier (or not) , anaphylactic reactions to bee stings , ancient forests dramatically changed , animals head for the hills , animals shrink , Antarctic grass flourishes , Antarctic ice grows , Antarctic ice shrinks , Antarctic sea life at risk , anxiety treatment , algal blooms , archaeological sites threatened , Arab Spring , Arctic bogs melt , Arctic in bloom , Arctic ice free , Arctic ice melt faster , Arctic lakes disappear , Arctic tundra to burn , Arctic warming (not) Atlantic less salty , Atlantic more salty , atmospheric circulation modified , attack of the killer jellyfish , avalanches reduced , avalanches increased , Baghdad snow , Bahrain under water , bananas grow , barbarisation , beer shortage , beetle infestation , bet for $10,000 , better beer , big melt faster , billion dollar research projects , billion homeless , billions face risk , billions of deaths , bird distributions change , bird loss accelerating , birds shrinking , bird strikes , bird visitors drop , birds confused , birds decline (Wales) , birds driven north , birds return early , bittern boom ends , blackbirds stop singing , blackbirds threatened , Black Hawk down , blood contaminated , blue mussels return , bluetongue , brain eating amoebae , brains shrink , bridge collapse (Minneapolis) , Britain one big city , Smaller loaves of Bread , Britain Siberian , brothels struggle , brown Ireland , bubonic plague , budget increases , Buddhist temple threatened , building collapse , building season extension , bushfires , business opportunities , business risks ,  butterflies move north, camel deaths , cancer deaths in England , cannibalism , cannibalism again , caterpillar biomass shift ,  cave paintings threatened , childhood insomnia Cholera , circumcision in decline , cirrus disappearance , civil unrest ,  cloud increase , coast beauty spots lost , cockroach migration , coffee threatened , cold climate creatures survive , cold spells (Australia) , cold wave (India) , computer models , conferences , conflict , conflict with Russia , consumers foot the bill , coral bleaching ,  coral fish suffer , coral reefs dying , coral reefs grow , coral reefs shrink , coral reefs twilight , Cabbage Shortage  , cost of trillions , cougar attacks , crabgrass menace ,  cradle of civilisation threatened , creatures move uphill , crime increase , crocodile sex , crops devastated , crumbling roads, buildings and sewage systems , curriculum change , cyclones (Australia) , danger to kid's health , Darfur , Dartford Warbler plague , death rate increase (US) , deaths to reach 6 million , Dengue hemorrhagic fever , depression , desert advance , desert retreat , destruction of the environment , disappearance of coastal cities , disasters , diseases move from animals to humans , diseases move north , dog disease , Dolomites collapse , dozen deadly diseases , Drop in birth rates , drought , ducks and geese decline , dust bowl in the corn belt , early marriages , early spring ,  earlier pollen season , Earth biodiversity crisis , Earth dying , Earth even hotter , Earth light dimming , Earth lopsided , Earth melting , Earth morbid fever , Earth on fast track , Earth past point of no return , Earth slowing down , Earth spins faster\, Earth to explode , Earth's poles shift ,  earth upside down , earthquakes , Specifically the 2015 Nepal earthquake , earthquakes redux , earthquakes redux 2 , Egypt revolt , El NiƱo intensification ,  end of the world as we know it , erosion , emerging infections , encephalitis , English villages lost , equality threatened , Europe simultaneously baking and freezing , eutrophication , evolution accelerating , expansion of university climate groups, 
extinctions (human , civilisation  logic , Colony Collapse Disorder (Bees dying)  , Inuit , smallest butterfly , cod ladybirds , pikas , polar bears,   possums , walrus,   toads , plants , salmon , trout , wild flowers , woodlice , a million species , half of all animal and plant species, mountain species , not polar bears , barrier reef , leaches , salamanders , tropical insects)

... 

 There's a lot more. :)

Thursday, July 2, 2015