A brief primer on "assault weapons" and "assault rifles"

Posted on: Wed, 09/04/2019 - 13:16 By: Tom Swiss
Soldier of Nazi Germany with Sturmgewehr 44
A brief primer on firearms history and technology, especially on "assault weapons" and "assault rifles". Semi-automatic rifles are a 19th century technology, not some brand new evil of the 21st century. They have been common since the 1930s. And the AR-15 itself, which does not introduce any new core features over earlier semi-automatic rifles, has been with us for over a half-century. It just looks different than older rifles.

Handguns are more lethal in mass shootings than "assault weapon" rifles

Posted on: Tue, 03/19/2019 - 11:59 By: Tom Swiss
rifle and handgun. U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Elliott Sprehe
But I did not expect this finding from a study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, that in examining 23 "civilian public mass shootings" (a category defined by the FBI and Congressional Research Service to exclude familicides or shootings in the course of a robbery or other ordinary criminal motive) from 2000 to 2016, shootings using a handgun were more lethal than those using a rifle, while shootings using a rifle resulted in more people being shot.

The death of the "collusion" narrative

Posted on: Tue, 02/05/2019 - 11:33 By: Tom Swiss
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It's a funny thing that even as the Clintonist mainstream media get more and more settled into the #Russiagate paranoid conspiracy theory narrative and see Russkie influence everywhere, the actual evidence revealed by Mueller's investigation confirms how bogus the PCT narrative is. Jonathan Turley breaks it down at The Hill:

Toronto pranksters hang car from bridge

Posted on: Thu, 05/03/2018 - 09:39 By: Tom Swiss

A nice prank idea, but minus a bunch of points on the implementation for doing it in an area over pedestrian trails.

Car dangling from Toronto bridge cut down, but mystery of how it got there leaves city hanging

Toronto police are scratching their heads over who left a car dangling from a cable on the Leaside Bridge.

Commuters found themselves doing double takes on Wednesday morning as they drove by the empty shell of a blue sedan hanging from the bridge.

...and we're back

Posted on: Tue, 05/01/2018 - 23:56 By: Tom Swiss

The 2016 election. The Trump administration. Mass shootings. Paranoid conspiracy theories about child-rape sex dungeons in pizza places and Russian hackers. Nazis rallying in the streets. People getting assaulted for wearing the wrong baseball caps.

And where, you ask, has The Unreasonable Man been during these troubled times? Asleep at the switch?

Mark Zuckerberg is right about Peter Thiel

Posted on: Wed, 10/19/2016 - 15:40 By: Tom Swiss

I believe this is the first time I've ever said this: Mark Zuckerberg is entirely right.

Some in the tech world are in a moral panic about the fact that zillionarie tech baron and Facebook board member Peter Thiel is a major donor to the campaign of the vile Donald Trump. Now, there are many reasons to want to keep as far from possible from Thiel; this is a guy who actually said, way back in 2009, "I no longer believe that freedom and democracy are compatible"and spoke of the extension of the franchise to women as a negative development. He's also one of the founders of Palantir, a primary contractor of the "national security" deep state -- a hell of a thing for a self-described "libertarian" to be involved with. So his politics are awful, contradictory, irrational, and inhumane. In that realm, anyone paying attention concluded "fuck Thiel and the horse he rode in on" long before Trump became the GOP nominee, and his support for Trump is actually kind of low on his list of sins.

But the idea that a company should purge itself of board members based on ideological purity, on political opinions and affiliations outside their corporate role, is exactly the sort of self-sorting and silencing of dissent that is taking us down the spiral of partisanship.

Man saves dog from imaginary fire

Posted on: Mon, 10/17/2016 - 09:35 By: Tom Swiss

Fifth points for courage and wanting to save a dog. Minus fifty for mixing LSD with DXM, and another minus fifty for not taking basic psychedelic precautions like having a sober friend around.

Troopers: Man mixing LSD and cough syrup saves dog from imaginary fire (WNYT NewsChannel 13)

HALFMOON -- A Halfmoon man allegedly broke into his neighbor's house to save the family dog from a fire, Thursday night. However, there was no fire. Troopers say he was on LSD and hallucinating.

Troopers say 43-year-old Michael Orchard of Inglewood Drive told them he mixed LSD with cough medicine Thursday afternoon and they found him, standing heroically with a dog in his arms outside of what he thought was a giant inferno.

"He believed that the residence was on fire and he was rescuing the dog," said Trooper Mark Cepiel, Troop G Spokesperson.

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