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Back to the NRA | June 23, 2016

Several years ago I left the NRA because I was sick of their constant fear mongering and overreaction to everything Obama said or did.

But after witnessing the Democrats opportunistically exploiting the Orlando shootings to cripple our Second Amendment rights, and the blatant lies and historical revisionism in the media, I felt that it’s time to rejoin.

I chose the 5-year membership because that’s the most money I could send them.

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Ballistics By The Inch | May 17, 2016

Barrel length is a determining factor in a bullets velocity. Generally, the longer the barrel the faster the bullet will be traveling when in exits the muzzle. So short barreled guns sacrifice power for concealability, but how much?

The folks at Ballistics By The Inch tested 23 different calibers in multiple barrel lengths and posted the results.

I’ve taken their data, computed the muzzle energy for each load, and put it in an easy to navigate spreadsheet: https://onedrive.live.com/redir?resid=AEBCE67226A8F61!9505&authkey=!AMlO7IL07bGPtAM&ithint=file%2cxlsx

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21ˢᵗ Century Demographics I | May 5, 2016

These charts show the projected population changes in what are currently the eight largest economies.

Chart 1:  The population change from 2015 to 2100 I didn’t include China because it’s population is so large that G2-7 shrink into one rainbow line.

Chart 2: The G7 + China populations as a percent of World total Six of countries show a gradual decrease, China shows a dramatic decrease (from 18.7% to 11.4%) while the United States stabilizes at 4% mid-century.

Chart 3: The net population change in G7 + China in numbers and percent growth.

US growth combined with China’s decline will change the population disparity between the two countries. Today the US population is 23.4% the size of China’s; in 2100 it is projected to be 39.3%.

Source: http://esa.un.org/unpd/wpp/Download/Probabilistic/Population/
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The Power of the Purse | April 15, 2016

Republicans love say how the National Debt went up under Obama as if he was responsible for that.

CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES

ARTICLE I

SECTION 7. 1 All bills for raising revenue shall originate in the House of Representatives; but the Senate may propose or concur with amendments as on other Bills.

SECTION 8. 1 The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts and excises, to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States;

2 To borrow money on the credit of the United States;

SECTION 9. 7 No money shall be drawn from the treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law; and a regular statement and account of receipts and expenditures of all public money shall be published from time to time.

Congress collects taxes, borrows money and approves all Federal spending. Congress spent that money not Obama.
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You’re Riding in a Bomb | April 3, 2016

The CIA recently left some explosives on a school bus after a training mission and the bus transported students until a mechanic found it. It’s extremely unlikely that the explosives would have detonated as they weren’t primed but it makes a great panicky story.

But if this story scares you here’s something to think about:

Gasoline has an energy density of 34.2 MJ (megajoules) /Liter So the gasoline in a cars gas tank (assuming a 13 gallon (49.2 Liters) capacity gas tank) has 1682 MJ of energy.

TNT has a specific energy of 4.6 MJ/Kilogram. 1682 / 4.6 = 367 Which means that the chemical energy of a full tank of gas is equivalent to 367 Kilograms (809 lbs.) of TNT.

Here’s a video of what 500 lbs. of TNT can do in a MK 82 bomb.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy_density
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Noah’s Ark and the Absurdity of Creationism | March 24, 2016

The Ark Encounter is an amusement park that will feature a life-sized replica of Noah’s Ark. The Ark is 510 feet long, 85 feet wide, and 51 feet high and will be filled with animatronic animals that don’t eat or shit. The Ark, of course, won’t actually float because a wooden ship that size couldn’t.

“In the world of creationism, any counterfactual is taken to be evidence in the creationists’ favor. When the science complements AiG’s (Answers in Genesis) interpretation of the Bible, the science is right. When it challenges it, the science is wrong. What is never wrong, though, is the Bible. According to one article on AiG’s website, “When a scientist’s interpretation of data does not match the clear meaning of the text in the Bible, we should never reinterpret the Bible. God knows just what He meant to say, and His understanding of science is infallible, whereas ours is fallible.”
For creationists, science can be wrong. But God never is.
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Rust | March 22, 2016

”Today we know that only a handful of rare metals don’t corrode: tantalum, niobium, iridium, and osmium. The others—all of them—can be invited, urged, or forced to react with oxygen. Some react spontaneously in air or water. Some, like aluminum, chrome, nickel, and titanium, form a thin outer layer of protective metal oxide, and then call it quits. Many of the corrosion-resistant metals are named in honor of Greek gods or kings, for no other entity could have created such marvelous stuff. Nevertheless, most metals met oxygen long ago, which explains why precious few metals present their naked selves anywhere on Earth. (This also explains why oxygen did not accumulate in the atmosphere for billions of years, until rocks on the surface had reached their fill.) Three-quarters of the universe’s elements are metals, and nature, apparently, abhors almost all of them.”

— Jonathan Waldman Rust: The Longest War
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Surface Pro 4 vs. iPad | May 18, 2016

Why the Surface Pro 4 is a better choice for work than the iPad from a lawyer’s perspective.

The Paperless Prosecutor is a blog about reducing the use of paper and embracing digital technology. While it’s geared toward lawyers and the legal profession the articles are useful for anyone who wants to use 21ˢᵗ technology to organize their information.

And if you’re a OneNote fan, the blog has articles extolling the features and virtues of OneNote for organizing your info.
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21ˢᵗ Century Demographics I I | May 6, 2016

Africa’s Century.

The world’s population is projected to grow from 7,349,472,100 to 11,213,317,480 by 2100 and 80% of that growth will be in Africa.

Chart 1: The projected population changes over time. By 2100 Asia, Europe and the Americas will be gradually declining in population while Oceania will be growing at a tiny rate. Africa’s population is projected to grow dramatically.

Chart 2: Population Change by Continent. All of the continents will have larger populations in 2100 except Europe while Africa will be nearly as populous as Asia.

Chart 3: Continents and their share of World population. Asia, Europe and the Americas will have a smaller share of world population. Oceania’s share will rise from 0.5% to 0.6% while Africa’s share will rise from 16% to 39%.*

By 2100 it is projected that 83% of the world’s population will live in Asia or Africa. Today it’s 76%.

Source: http://esa.un.org/unpd/wpp/Download/Probabilistic/Population/
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Science Pirates | April 28, 2016

Scientific research is being stymied by the high cost of accessing science papers. Researches are often blocked from accessing their own work because companies like Elsevier put profit before progress.

But once again Geeks beat greed. Alexandra Elbakyan, a researcher from Kazakhstan, created Sci-Hub (https://sci-hub.io/) which allows anyone to access just about any science paper for free.

”This is important now more than ever in a world where even Harvard University can no longer afford to pay skyrocketing academic journal subscription fees, while Cornell axed many of its Elsevier subscriptions over a decade ago. For researchers outside the US' and Western Europe’s richest institutions, routine piracy has long been the only way to conduct science, but increasingly the problem of unaffordable journals is coming closer to home.”
How one researcher created a pirate bay for science more powerful than even libraries at top universities.
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The First Amendment and Free Speech | March 25, 2016

There seems to be some confusion about the First Amendment and how it relates to free speech. The First Amendment prohibits the federal government from restricting free speech:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

And the US Supreme Court in Gitlow v. New York, 268 U.S. 652 (1925), held that this restriction also applied to the states based on its interpretation of the Due Process Clause
 of the Fourteenth Amendment:

Section 1

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

What this means is that the Government can’t restrict speech or expression, it doesn’t apply to private organizations or individuals.

So the protesters interrupting Donald Trump’s rallies may be wrong in suppressing speech they disapprove of, but they aren’t violating his First Amendment Rights.
The GOP frontrunner has flaws, but his supporters should not be denied the opportunity to hold a peaceful rally.
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Putin’s Petroleum Predicament | March 23, 2016

A global surfeit of oil, thanks in large part to the US revolution in shale oil extraction, threatens to undermine Vladimir Putin’s Potemkin Empire.

I take particular pleasure in the fact that American companies, and their technological innovations, are undermining Russia’s ability to pay for the military expansion it plans to threaten the United States and its allies with.
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