Percussive dissasembly

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From Bayou Renaissance Man:

Boys and their highly explosive toys
This is what happens when a 1998 Nissan Maxima is loaded with 49 pounds of Tannerite and detonated with a bullet.

Nice shooting too...

A better mousetrap

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From the University of Reading - Museum of English Rural Life.

155-year old mouse trap claims its latest victim
After logging onto their computers today, staff here at the MERL were greeted by an unusual email from the Assistant Curator:

‘There appears to be a dead mouse in this mousetrap…’

It began.

‘…which is not described as being there on the database.’

So, this retired rodent had managed to sneak past University of Reading security, exterior doors and Museum staff,  and clambered its way up into our Store. Upon finding itself there it would have found the promised land; a mouse paradise laid before it full of straw, wood and textiles. Then, out of thousands of objects, it chose for its home the very thing designed to kill it some 150 years ago: a mouse trap.

The trap itself was not baited, but this did not stop our mouse from wriggling inside and, finding itself trapped, meet its demise. The trap was manufactured by Colin Pullinger & Sons of Silsey, West Sussex and although we don’t know the exact date this one was made, the trap itself was patented in 1861. It is a multi-catch trap with a see-saw mechanism, and you can see its object record here. It is known as a ‘Perpetual Mouse Trap’ and proudly declares that it ‘will last a lifetime’. How apt.

Much more at the site including a diagram of the mouse trap. Brilliant design. One of the comments to this post is as follows:

Colin Pullinger was my Great,Great Grandfather. Have 2 business cards of his showing all the things he did,plus all his legal documents relating to land acquisitions etc,all on parchment. There is a blue plaque to him in Selsey. He was at the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park,1851, and sold 1.5 million traps worldwide! My Grandad,his grandson,went to Upper Norwood to watch the Crystal Palace burn down in 1936. My Dad watched from his bedroom window. My Dad is thrilled the mousetrap still does its job after all this time!!

Just wow!

More here: How a mouse died in our Victorian mouse trap

Buy Me Once

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Great little website - they list items that are either so well made they do not wear out or items that have a zero-quibble lifetime guarantee. Some items cannot meet these standards (a toothbrush) but they are listed because they are sustainably and well made.

Prices to match but really nice stuff - check out Buy Me Once

The meeting segued into a Chamber board meeting and after about ten minutes, I raised my hand and asked the President if I really needed to be there - they just needed a couple member votes for a quorum on two by-law amendments.

I was told no and a couple of us scurried for the door - Chamber meetings are run well but there is a lot to cover and they can run longish.

Went out to Crav'n and had two pints of Kulshan Irish Red and read for a bit. Home again.

Got the Chamber meeting in 20 minutes - they want to change some of the by-laws and need a quorum of members. For such a small community, there is a lot going on.

Gorgeous spring day today - in town it got up to 57, will have to check the weather station at home. Only 33 days until Daylight Savings takes effect.

The usual activities

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Took care of the critters, running out for coffee and to pick up the pasteries for the store.

Pay some bills, make some phone calls.

Working at the house and then in town (bringing some work tables to my Mom and Dad's condo - time to start sorting out all their stuff), back for a 6:00PM meeting with our local Chamber of Commerce.

They had Youtube take down Lady Gaga's stunning rendition of the National Anthem.

Talk about being a Dik Hayd...

Here is a different video - missing the first 20 seconds and crappy quality but it still packs the same emotional punch. Great stuff!

Streisand Effect? Here. Now we know not to buy anything associated with Dik Hayd...

The Superbowl commercials

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I did not watch the game today - in town, in a meeting and on the air.

Fortunately, Rolling Stone compiled all twenty commercials on to one page.

Link here: Watch 20 Leaked Super Bowl Commercials Before the Big Game

Some Superbowl fun

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Our Sunday Net has about 70 people on its roster - we check in and practice passing traffic and such. Generally about 80% of the roster is on the air.

Tonight it was more like 30% - wonder why? Go Broncos!!!

News you can use - Ham Radio

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From Southgate Amateur Radio News:

Earthquake in Taiwan
An earthquake measuring 6.4 has hit Taiwan, and caused buildings to collapse.

HARTS (Hong Kong Amateur Radio Transmitting Society) has received a weak voice signal from the CTARL Taiwan (Chinese Taipei Amateur Radio League) that asks that the following frequencies be kept clear.

HF frequencies used in Taiwan are voice: Main is 7.060 MHz with backup 7.050 MHz and 3.560 MHz. Short range frequencies are on VHF and UHF.

At least four buildings have collapsed in the south of the island.
Dozens of residents are reported to be trapped in the city of Tainan, those houses nearly two million people.

So often, amateur radio is the only method of communication after a disaster. Even in a place with decent infrastructure such as New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, with the power out, cell service only lasted for as long as the fuel for the towers backup generators - one day to three days. Ham Radio can operate off a car battery, solar panels or a small generator. During the horrible quake in Nepal, the first communications out of that Nation were through nine ham radio stations.

It is not if, it is when...

Off to the Water Board meeting.

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Meeting and then Ham Radio net for these people: WECG

Got a bite to eat in town - had a lot of stuff to take to the recycler...

From the Toronto Sun:

Trudeau's mission impossible
When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the premiers meet next month to develop a national strategy for fighting climate change an all-powerful force will defeat them. It’s called math.

That’s because the math applies no matter how many times Trudeau and the premiers tell us how great it is that they are all meeting and talking about climate change.

It’s also because you can’t change the math, no matter how many press releases you release, or speeches you give, or how many joint press conferences you hold.

Simply, put, when it comes to reducing industrial greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions linked to climate change, the numbers don’t lie. They can’t be fudged, or avoided. Here’s why.

Much more at the site but here are some of the inconvenient truths:

Reducing our emissions by 127 Mt would mean the equivalent of shutting down all of Canada’s electricity sector (85 Mt) plus half of the building sector (43 Mt), in less than five years.

Achieving the mid-level reduction of a 146 Mt reduction would mean shutting down the equivalent of Canada’s agriculture sector (75 Mt) and most of our emission-intensive and trade-exposed industries (76 Mt), in less than five years.

Achieving the high-level reduction scenario of 168 Mt would mean shutting down the equivalent of Canada’s entire transportation sector (170 Mt), in less than five years.

The idea any of this is going to happen is absurd.

Another example of Liberals pursuing the narrative instead of the data. Doesn't work.

Japan said that if the path of the missle crossed Japanese territory that they would shoot it down. It did. They didn't

From Reuters/Yahoo:

Japan did not try to shoot down North Korean rocket: NHK
Japan did not take action to shoot down a rocket launched by North Korea on Sunday, though it flew over Japan's southern Okinawa prefecture, public broadcaster NHK said.

North Korea launched the long-range rocket carrying what it has said is a satellite, South Korea's defense ministry said.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told reporters that the launch of the "missile" was unacceptable.

I am sure we will find out more in the weeks to follow.

She sung our National Anthem today for Superbowl 50 and just nailed it:

Nothing much to report

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Got the critters fed and happy, heading out for coffee and then a quick run into town.

Water Board meeting at 6:00PM tonight and then a ham radio emergency communications net at 7:00PM

Another domestic terrorist

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From NBC News:

Michigan ISIS Supporter 'Tried to Shoot Up' 6,000-Member Church, FBI Says
Federal authorities have arrested a Michigan man they say is an ISIS supporter who wanted to carry out an attack on a 6,000-member Detroit church.

Khalil Abu-Rayyan, 21, of Dearborn Heights, allegedly had guns and a large knife and told an undercover FBI agent that he "tried to shoot up a church one day."

The good news:

But according to authorities, he said his plan was foiled when Abu-Rayyan's father discovered his gun, ammunition, and a mask he was going to wear before he could carry out the attack.

The guy is a real turd:

"Honestly I regret not doing it. If I can't do jihad in the Middle East, I would do my jihad over here," he allegedly said.

He also had armed himself with a knife and told the undercover agent, "It is my dream to behead someone," authorities said.

And of course, when he goes to prison, he will become even more radicalized. These people are a pox on civilization.

Great quote re: Bernie Sanders

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From Jerry Pournelle's website - just an excerpt:

I recently listened to a Bernie Sanders stump speech and found myself surprised. I agree with him on the problem: The US middle class has been under prolonged attack, is already seriously damaged, and it’s only getting worse. (Mind, the moment Sanders started proposing solutions, I was reminded of H.L.Mencken:
For every complex problem, there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong”.)

Words to remember

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The Reverend Hale was quite an interesting person - here, and here

Curious happenings in Japan

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From The Asahi Shimbun:

Taxi drivers report 'ghost passengers' in area devastated in 2011 tsunami
In early summer 2011, a taxi driver working in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, which had been devastated by the tsunami a few months earlier, had a mysterious encounter.

A woman who was wearing a coat climbed in his cab near Ishinomaki Station. The woman directed him, “Please go to the Minamihama (district).” The driver, in his 50s, asked her, “The area is almost empty. Is it OK?” Then, the woman said in a shivering voice, “Have I died?”

Surprised at the question, the driver looked back at the rear seat. No one was there.

A Tohoku Gakuin University senior majoring in sociology included the encounter in her graduation thesis, in which seven taxi drivers reported carrying "ghost passengers" following the March 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami.

Yuka Kudo, 22, went to Ishinomaki every week in her junior year to interview taxi drivers waiting for fares. She asked them, “Did you have any unusual experiences after the disaster?”

She asked the question to more than 100 drivers, and many ignored her. Some became angry. However, seven drivers recounted their mysterious experiences to her.

And the drivers reactions:

What impressed Kudo was that the drivers did not have any fear toward their ghost passengers, but held them in reverence. They regarded the encounters as important experiences to be cherished.

The taxi drivers were feeling the daily sorrow of residents in Ishinomaki where many people were killed by the tsunami. One said that he lost a family member in the disaster.

Another said, “It is not strange to see a ghost (here). If I encounter a ghost again, I will accept it as my passenger.”

So many things that we do not know - things that float past us without our ever being aware of them.

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