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metric Montana draftsman

Earlier this year I decided to give go at using metric measurements. That system has many advantages facilitating gauging and related calculations. For target ranging through optical scopes using mil-dots, plus calculating hold-offs and hold-overs, it is far more fluid than the MOA, foot, inch, yard system. Thus I have lived in a mixed-system world for the last six months. Setting up my new studio, radio shack, reloading, hobby area requires quite a bit of design, millwork and cabinetry … all needing to be done before I could have a nice mechanical drawing station set up. I am incredibly happy with the cheesy little 30-dollar “interim” drawing board I bought to draw plans for my drawing table and more. I […]

putting fake news outlets in charge of censorship

The German parliament has voted to fine social media networks up to €50 million ($56 million) if they fail to remove hateful content or fake news. The networks will be given 24 hours to block or delete any inappropriate content. Around the same time the German government acted, Facebook, Google (YouTube), Twitter and others created and staffed departments to “combat fake news”. Their words are ironic in that fake news is all they will allow. The Internet has been killing their propaganda and terrorism efforts. They intend to FIX that. In Germany, USofA and anywhere else governments strive for control, the conflict is always free speech and the right to defend it, the cornerstones of life, liberty and the pursuit […]

scat

Yesterday I found a carcass just outside our fenced yard. Our neighborhood has large populations of deer, turkeys, lions and bears. The prior owners of our house scooted quickly back inside when the little old lady stepped into the breezeway to face a bear and her cub. I added a six-foot chain link fence to encourage predators to stay out of our yard, but I know it is only a deterrent. A mountain lion could jump that with a deer in its mouth. My carcass find yesterday was a reminder. Later in the day I found this big poop. I admit I don’t know scat. But this one seems quite large … larger than a mountain lion. Perhaps a […]

I fought for ________

I enlisted in the US Air Force to _________ avoid being drafted into the Army, sent to Vietnam and kill complete strangers with whom I had no quarrel, or even any knowledge of. I thought then, and still believe today participating in war at that level would have planted some demons in my mind. Today there is no draft snagging up young men shortly after their 19th birthday. Young folks today have to be inspired other ways to join the USofA Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy. Widespread unemployment that may run around 40% in that demographic certainly helps. The military-industrial-complex sucks over 50% of the annual government spending with one result being a whole lot less money for a […]

school is out forever

A few days ago I published the video of my 2006 gubernatorial debate, primarily because in it I discussed my proposal to allow tax deductions for scholarships to schools chosen by parents and students. For me that plan would be a huge step in the right direction treating growing, exploring, individuals as that, rather than cogs to be forged by a government monolith. That article and debate video are here: 2006 Idaho governor candidate debate Today my FEE newsletter arived with two links to great articles on education. I share excerpts and links with you. ——————————-   What Happens When You Ask Unschoolers “What They Want to Be When They Grow Up” “Real life” isn’t something to be postponed. by […]

California VS national anthem

The California NAACP is taking the revisionist history war to the USofA national anthem. They reinterpret Francis Scott Key’s rarely sung third verse to be racist. It has to go. I encourage them to do something about it, and hereby offer an effective strategy. Secede from the union. Establish The People’s Paradise of the Left Coast. Adopt a more suitable national anthem. I recommend, “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” by Fred M. Rogers. http://www.idaholiberty.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Mister-Rogers-Neighborhood-.-Neighbor-Song-PBS-KIDS.flv

Mandalay Bay

Now a month after the great mass shooting in Las Vegas is a good time to get a feel for what really happened that night. I figured testimonies, evidence and experiences will all be compiled. The wounded will have died or well on their way to recovery. There will be a plethora of heroic and near-miss stories to help the event capture the imagination. No. that is not what I find. Below are four video news reports that SHOULD BE played in every home. I found these with the following search. You can select other videos to watch, including those published by the fable spinners. Use your own head to figure out which is which. You might note I do […]

Facebook exposed

Facebook is your life. Facebook is where all your friends are. Facebook is your news source. Whatever you think Facebook is likely is mistaken. Here is an article from one of Facebook’s founders. Facebook was built to exploit ‘psychological vulnerability’ – founding pres. Sean Parker, the founding president of Facebook, says the company was designed to “consume as much of your time and conscious attention as possible” and warns the platform could affect developing minds in negative ways. At an Axios event Wednesday, Parker, 38, the billionaire co-founder of Napster and an early investor in Facebook, confessed that he has become “something of a conscientious objector” to social media, despite the fact that he made most of his $2.6 billion […]