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Daily Archives: October 7, 2017

Descent Into Madness . . .

No, not me. Not yet, anyway.

Well, the somewhat-expected knock at the rig door didn’t happen this morning.




Thought the guy might come back for another shot at getting us out of ‘his’ site. But no such luck. I told Jan if it happened and the park had asked us to move, that it was going to take at least three hours to get everything packed away and ready to go.

According to our friend Ed Hurlburt, after the guy left us he pulled into a redbag site on the other site of Ed. Since Ed’s site was redbagged, he wanted to know why Ed had power. I guess he though there was some secret to getting power even if the pedestal was bagged.

Ed had to explain to him that he was running on 30 amps from a nearby working pedestal at another site. The guy finally gave up and moved on, I guess.

Apparently the cause of all this was a not-up-to code electrical panel. About 30 minutes before the power when off, Jan heard a big ‘BOOM’ outside which was probably the transformer and panel blowing up.

Bad Electric Panel 1




Bad Electric Panel 2

Looks like they’ve replaced the meter panel and the transformer and then called it quits for the weekend. Which explains why we were told the problem wouldn’t be fixed until Monday or Tuesday.

About 5pm Jan and I headed out for dinner at the local Golden Corral. One of our favorite places, especially this one which is really good, unlike a few others we eaten at around the country. They have some of the best Fried Chicken around.

A few days ago I talked about the bump stocks that the Las Vegas shooter used to mimic fully automatic fire. Referencing the calls to ban them, I talked about how you would also have to ban springs and rubber bands.

Well, now they’re going to have to ban fingers. Check out this video.

Several people have commented why the Las Vegas shooter’s rifles, when fitted with bump stocks, aren’t considered to be illegal fully automatic weapons. Well, that’s because of the way the Federal law is written.

“The National Firearms Act, 26 U.S.C. 5845(b) defines “machine gun” to include any combination of parts designed and intended for use in converting a weapon to shoot automatically more than one shot, without manual reloading, by a single function of the trigger.

Which mean it fires continuously with ONE pull of the trigger, while a bump stock just enables you to pull  the trigger multiple times, really, really fast.



Still on the Las Vega shooting theme, John Ringo is a very well-known science fiction writer, and one of my favorites. He has his own idea, from personal experience, about what drove the shooter. It’s a very interesting read, and certainly raises a lot of possibilities, especially with his girlfriend saying he would lie in bed screaming and crying for days.

Check it Out.

Descent Into Madness

Nick and I have had a really weird experience with a Kindle book called 101 People to Kill Before I Die. We both downloaded the book on the same day, August 26th, when it was a free daily selection on FreeBooksy.

What’s weird is that our copies of the book are different. We were talking about the book, and Nick said,

“What about the aliens?

Me: “What aliens?”

Nick: “The aliens that raped the CIA guy.”

Me: “What aliens?”

After this back and forth for about five minutes. we discovered that Nick’s copy has a whole additional, different subplot . . . with aliens, that’s not in my copy.

WTH?

So I went back to Amazon to look at the book in the Kindle section. Turns out that there were a lot of complaints about the alien subplot with readers specifically downrating the book in their reviews because of it.

So the only thing that makes sense is that some time between when Nick downloaded the book and when I downloaded it, the writer must have deleted that part.

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The main problem with this is that it left several holes in the plot that didn’t make sense any longer. Which is what made me start questioning the plot in the first place.

The Word of the Day is:  Collogue 



Thought for the Day:

At no point in history has any government ever wanted its people to be defenseless for any good reason.

htyhdth

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