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Open thread 2/21/24

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  • ghostsniper February 21, 2024, 9:30 AM

    Think I see my old Yashica in there.

  • ghostsniper February 21, 2024, 9:58 AM
  • ghostsniper February 21, 2024, 2:08 PM

    Imagine you are gagged and your arms and legs are strapped firmly to a chair that is bolted to the floor while a retarded 3 year old child sits on the floor playing with a loaded .38 revolver with a hair trigger.

    What is the absolute worst thing you can imagine happening on this planet in the next year?

    Think BIG.

    My nightmare:
    Entire world grid and financial collapse resulting in total all out global nuclear war.

  • ghostsniper February 21, 2024, 2:20 PM

    H.R. 6666
    Got UV light?

    (I’m just the messenger)


  • Joe Krill February 21, 2024, 4:16 PM

    When in Nam I bought a Petri at the PX–had a lens that converted light into energy–did not need batteries. Great camera. Wish I still had it.

    • ghostsniper February 21, 2024, 5:14 PM

      Why did it need energy?
      I too got my Yashica at the PX after about a year I outgrew it and got a Canon Ftb and I don’t recall it using batteries. I had a flash for it and it used batteries. My memory isn’t what it used to be. sniff

      • Joe Krill February 21, 2024, 7:49 PM

        ghostsniper, Answer to your question. The metering was powered by a ring photocell so no battery was required.

  • ghostsniper February 22, 2024, 4:02 AM

    Chinese firm’s leaked files…

    Google news is slammed with headlines like above.
    Know what that means?
    Another concerted effort by the LSM to create a narrative before the truth gets out.
    When this happens, as it does at least once a week now, most likely it is one of two things.
    1. The exact opposite occurred by way of US gov’t or corporate means.
    2. China was involved but on a much smaller, even insignificant, manner and the LSM tries to make it seem much worse than it is.
    Essentially, MORE lying, as we’ve come to expect from these criminals.
    This stuff warrants a big, fat YAWN.

  • ghostsniper February 22, 2024, 8:46 AM

    Government-Backed Censors Who Rigged The 2020 Election Are Now Stealing 2024


  • Casey Klahn February 22, 2024, 10:17 AM

    Cameras! Myself, I have no idea of which end the round goes out. Sharpens his pencil…

    I seriously never even took photos until I had this telephone with a magical camera on it.

    I’m glued to the news to see if the truckers fade as so often does happen with boycotts and strikes. I never saw much in the Texas border convoy – the stock footage and the small numbers is what I saw, and it made me sad. If they can’t pull off this NYC boycott, which is like hitting a slow-ball thrown dead over the plate and you’ve got the big bat – you cannot miss – I’ll be a monkey’s uncle. Truckers love Trump, they hate NYC and they particularly hate driving in NYC, so I’m told. That I fully believe. They get harassed by Barney for small traffic violations, at 3 am in the morning, and the tix are steep. They pay $100 to cross the bridge into Manhattan and all that is out of pocket. IDT the driving part is that big a deal. Truckers have mad skills and nothing wrinkles them.

    But, in order to boycott NYC, you just gotta not go. That is easy AF. There is an under supply of truck capacity, and an overage of demand. No one would miss a paycheck by any means – just drive anywhere else the work is there. No, immigrants and libs will not be driving trucks. get the fuk oughta town! If the shippers pay 30% extra for carriers to drive into NYC, that’s fine but the costs of groceries and gas are already through the roof and don’t forget the Biden Tax is as bad there as anywhere. Also, a huge portion of American truckers are independent; maybe 40%? They can’t be fired or made to take loads. Now a few companies are also boycotting the City. I see where a few real estate investors/speculators are saying fuck this only a dummy would build in NYC. The GD governor admits the Trump case was a one-off and please don’t be scared of us, we won’t hurt anyone else. You cannot make this shit up.

    So, if the truckers can’t make this one happen, I’ma be fit to be tied. All they need is to disrupt 3% of retail and its a snowball rolling downhill for prices and the good people of New York. As it is, I’d say somewhere over 10% disruption can be expected and if bigger than that it is a shitstorm for New Yorkers. Sucks to live in a fashizt place, dudn’t it? Selective legal destruction of your wealth is as naghtzee as it gets. it’s boilerplate naghtzee-ism. Nice property you got there, Mr Resident new Yorker. It’d be just too bad if anything punitive were to come down from the govt., wouldn’t it?

    I’m particularly upset with the stock images and one lonely video of empty market shelves. Stop with the sandlot plays, and FGS we need to see real time actual Escape From New York images and breadlines. Leave the fakery for the Left.

    Snake Pliskin dons his leather suit and buffs his eyepatch and sneer. He’s in a positively apocalyptic mood…

    That reminds me; I’m shopping for a 5″ boot dagger. Suggestions?

    • ghostsniper February 22, 2024, 11:57 AM

      If it’s an HTG boot dagger it needs an edge on both sides and must be longer than 5″, at least 6″ and 7″ is better and it requires a decent (Vahalla, Armatus) Kydex sheath.

      Just because someone is an “independent contractor” doesn’t mean loyalty to a client isn’t a thing. I’ve been an independent contractor since 1986 and some of my best and most reliable clients have been on the roster since 1989. I wouldn’t thrown them under the New York bridge for all the money in the world. Why? Because I don’t have a Big Daddy boss employer to pick up my slack and I have to put food on the table for mother and babe.

      And, herding any group of people is like herding cats, more so with IC (independent contractors).
      Remember 2 things, an empty truck means an empty wallet, and dispatchers try to make sure trucks are full both ways. Walmart has 50k trucks.

      • Casey Klahn February 23, 2024, 5:29 AM

        Loyalty. Well, a number of these working man’s heroes are loyal to Trump, America, and to MAGA. The rub is that if New York can prosecute one guy for spite, then the whole security of your property (real estate, money, person, whatever) is go-to-hell. Nice body you got there, citizen. If you’d like to survive around here, you’ll take this vax and a card to prove your fealty to The State.

        Loyalty will be one type of friction working against a boycott, but my point is that just not taking loads is way easier than going to a rally or blocking Ottawa or something. It’s a winning hand, if you just come to the table. Remember there are loads un-serviced all the time and like they say, there’s no lack of work available – very little if any paycheck impact.

        WalMart has their trucks and they hire more besides. On numbers, I’ve heard lots of numbers going around and much contradiction. It’s very hard to pin down a real number of truckers, and of trips. One place said that NYC has North fo 120,000 truck loads a day happening, and it doesn’t meet the demand. IOW, the demand is for 140,000/day, or something like that. It’s staggering. Elsewhere I heard 85k truckers in America (did they mean indie?) but another guy said over 120k truckers. The numbers don’t work. Let’s agree that there is a metric fuckton of demand, and not enough trucks and drivers for the job. Everywhere.

        Big events need to happen or we’re fukt. Abbott tells off the president, and arms the border himself (now building an FOB near Eagle Pass). In the early stages of this border “war,” we win. Now, possibly NYC gets a dose of her own medicine. It’s fair, it’s just, and it’s due us. As we speak, the machinery of the election steal is oiled up and humming. In my evil war-maker mind, I envision a flanx of trucks on I-5 in Seattle, blocking everything, on election day. Every van full of extra votes and “mail in ballots” is seized and inspected. Olympia is sweating heavily like a whore in church. Inslee makes Olympia a “vehicle free zone” during election week, and rims it with barbed wire.

    • ghostsniper February 22, 2024, 12:27 PM

      If it HAS to be 5″ then why not cold steel?
      Decent price, $41.79, and comes with the kydex sheath.
      You prolly already have some ballistic nylon laying around to fashion a strap to boot connection.
      Notice the heavy stippling on the handle for when it gets wet.
      Might get one for myself while I’m at it.
      Can’t have too many blades.
      Would like to have a pointy pommel.


      • Casey Klahn February 23, 2024, 5:00 AM

        A knife that only has one job, and in the hands of an experienced dude (I recall dispatching one deer this way, and my buddy another; if a third I don’t recall but anyway once you’ve done this you know the requirements) doesn’t need to be a melee knife. 5″ is way better for this Old Man – I’m not having it for show. I want the pommel to be blunt and have some mass, although the whole thing will be as light as feasible. Kydex if it’s low profile, but I’ve seen some leather ones that cut a very low profile and look utilitarian.

        This is my universal precaution when armed. It’ll never get used but it will get carried. Yeah, I like the one you linked.

        For the squeamish reader, this is a very humane dispatch for the hunter to make, and is quick and sure. The effect is to stop an animal suffering from a gunshot wound.

        • ghostsniper February 23, 2024, 6:53 AM

          Don’t know how familiar you are with Kydex holsters and sheaths. I’m a recent convert, having purchased 3 Vedder holsters last year and 2 Valhalla sheaths year before last. The previous guns and knives lived in ballistic nylon for years.

          The nylon requires snaps or velcro to keep the occupants secure, which means it takes a little longer to dispatch them. Kydex relies on close tolerances and friction to secure the occupants and dispatching requires a decent yank.

          Having said that, there is the possibility that an inverted position could cause the weight of the occupant to come loose from the Kydex. At my age I don’t see being inverted in my future. lol

          One last thing, and it’s important.
          I have (2) razor sharp KA-BAR Becker BK2 knives


          installed in Valhalla Kydex sheaths


          and Micarta scales (better grippage)


          and I found out it takes a stout tug to get them out of the sheath. If you half step, don’t yank hard enough, it’s possible to unintentionally back pressure the knife and stab it into your leg and that would be very bad.

          The Beckers are very serious tools and if you play with them you may get injured.
          IMO the BK2 is the most serious sheath knife out there and capable of all things expected of a knife. Glad they’re in my stable. Gave 1 to a friend and another to my son last year.

  • Joe Krill February 22, 2024, 12:16 PM

    From KTLA. This takes the ribbon for greed.
    A new report in the Los Angeles Times indicates that pollution in the Pacific Ocean off the California coast could be even more dangerous than originally thought.

    What was once thought to be thousands of barrels of DDT may actually be low-level radioactive waste, and the DDT that was detected was not contained in barrels at all, but rather poured directly into the ocean, according to researchers.

    Instead, scientists believe that between the 1940s and 1960s, “local hospitals, labs and other industrial operations [disposed of] barrels of tritium, carbon-14 and other similar waste at sea,” the Times reported on Wednesday.

    The numbers of such disposals are staggering.

    One map from the International Atomic Energy Agency said that over a 25-year period ending in 1970, “more than 56,000 barrels of radioactive waste had been dumped into the Pacific Ocean on the U.S. side” alone.

    Scientists have spotted some of those barrels under more than 3,000 feet of water near Catalina Island, a place they’re likely to stay.

    “The problem with the oceans as a dumping solution is once it’s there, you can’t go back and get it,” said Ken Buesseler, a marine radiochemist, senior scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and director of the Center for Marine and Environmental Radioactivity. “These 56,000 barrels, for example, we’re never going to get them back.”

    • ghostsniper February 22, 2024, 12:31 PM

      Catalina’s about 26 miles from the mainland and I find it had to believe the water is 3000 deep around there.

      • John A. Fleming February 22, 2024, 5:29 PM

        Yes, there’s a canyon between the mainland and Catalina Island. My nautical charts says it’s 3000 feet deep. The Southern California islands are sometimes call “tectonic wrinkles”, where the crust is being sheared and compressed. For example, put your hands on your pants leg, several inches apart. Push one hand towards your foot, pull your other hand towards your torso. The wrinkles that form have ridges and troughs, that’s like the submarine topography off the SoCal coast.

        Some of those dump sites are well known and have been marked on the charts for many years. If you use Google maps and put it in satellite view, it shows you the SoCal submarine topography in some detail. There are a couple of troughs that are more like basins, raised on all sides. Dump something there and it’s going to stay there for a very long time.

        There are several troughs off the SoCal coast. Eventually though, the continental shelf ends and slopes down to 13,000 feed deep and the North Pacific abyssal plain.

      • Casey Klahn February 23, 2024, 5:07 AM

        I’ve watched Catalina appear and disappear in intense light at early dusk, from one of those high California hillsides that the rich houses sit atop. It is a fantastic sight. Yes, the high bluffs plunge down to the ocean there, so I do believe the depth given.

        As far as pollution goes, I don’t buy none of it. Sorry. Wasn’t there a bottle island floating out there the size of a continent??

        The Xhinese have so much spare plutonium they can black market it to the Yakuza for spare cash (funny/not funny news item from yesterday).

  • Joe Krill February 22, 2024, 3:16 PM

    Sea depth charts indicate that the ocean is deeper than 3,000 feet just to the west of the island. The story came from the local TV station.

  • Anne February 23, 2024, 6:40 AM

    Because of my past experiences with the US Post office, I have been renting a mailbox at one of those mailbox rental places for years. DH bought us a nice 5″ knife that folds out. It is very heavy and sturdy. He intended for us to keep it in the car in case we need something like that if we get into a road situation (deep snow, etc.).
    My mail box company was bought over by new out of state owners. Some of the original staff stayed on and one of them is from an old MT family! A smart gentle giant kind of guy.
    One day I picked up my mail and a package and went out to the car. I sat there sorting through my mail and pulled out that knife to open the package. I got the package open but then I couldn’t close the dang knife! When I went back into the shop carrying my open knife there were four people working behind the counter. The three newcomers dove down behind the counter. The MT kid stepped back looked at me and quietly asked “what’s up A?”. I put the knife on the counter and told him I couldn’t close it. He just picked it up, closed it, and handed it back to me–just part of a day’s work to him. For the other three hiding behind the counter, I don’t know!
    Good Morning All !

    • ghostsniper February 23, 2024, 6:59 AM

      Was it a lock blade?
      If so, there is a trigger on it somewhere.
      The most common location is at the base of the spine.

      My daily carry is a Gerber Fast Draw and it’s trigger is on the side close to the blade and it locks both ways – open and closed.

  • Anne February 23, 2024, 9:59 AM

    Yes, like that–I was able to push the button to get it open, but couldn’t push it hard enough to get it closed!

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