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  #167 New August 15th, 2019 01:24 AM
While checking Project Gutenberg, I came across an interesting book on an extensive tour of the Russian Empire, circa 1885. Aside from giving me ideas for Traveller, it has a ton of stuff for Space: 1889, for obvious reasons. The author has a whole series of these books based on his actual world travels, and the urge to work on Space: 1889 is building. I keep thinking of putting out some new News Flashes and see how the forum reacts. I might just do that. I have spent a fair amount of time developing Thymiamata under the 1st edition rule set, which I definitely prefer to the more recent atrocity.

Then there is the Great Lakes levels. Looking at the National Weather Service site, the bottom line for the greatly increased levels is well about average moisture, like from 8 to 16 inches of rain above average. That is quite a bit, and the recent dry spell has been somewhat welcomed, although my back yard soil now is closer to concrete that porous. it has also been cool, at least here by Lake Michigan, with temperatures running well below last year, based on the reports of my electric and gas bills. Note, I am not saying anything about what happens at O'Hare. That is in the middle of a very large heat island.

I spotted something a bit disgusting on one of the conservative news sites. If after reading this you have not figured out that I am a bit conservative, you need to do some more reading. it seems that there is a radical feminist website promoting or at least discussing the idea of aborting a boy baby because he is a hideous male. No other reason given. Having spent 5 months with a son in a Newborn Intensive Care Unit, I have seen babies that were from 24 to 35 weeks gestation age under care. Then there was the full term boy that looked like a giant in the nursery, but had a flat EEG monitor. Full term, but nobody home. I was watching the tech running the test, as he was opposite our son, and I thought that she was going to be sick. I am very strongly anti-abortion, and if you are pro-choice, then as far as I am concerned, you are pro-murder. The real odd thing is those people who are pro-choice, and have no problem with murdering an infant because it might inconvenience the so-called "mother", but who are also against capital punishment. Society should not kill dangers to it. Bizarre thinking.

Then there is some weird ideas for gun control. The USA Today ran an article calling for banning of all semi-automatic rifles and only allowing bolt-action hunting rifles of a certain velocity. Somehow, I suspect that the idiot writing that has no concept of firearms at all. I think that he view hunting rifles as something firing at a low velocity compared to an AR-15. I wonder what he would do if told that one of the big Winchester or Weatherby Magnums have a higher muzzle velocity than an AR-15, and are useful sniper rifles are ranges of up to a mile. Then you have varmint rifles like the .220 Swift, at 4,000+ feet per second, dating from the 1930s, and based on the 6mm Lee-Navy case from the 1890s. Then there is the Ruger 10/22 carbine, that can take a 100 round drum magazine, chambered for the .22 Long Rifle round, which comes it at around 1300 feet per second with a 40 grain slug. There is also the original AK-47 round in 7.62mm, that chugs along at about 2300 feet per second or so. I wonder how that would fit into the muzzle velocity framework. The SKS is a nice carbine in that round, especially if loaded with hunting rounds, as it has a lot more punch than the 30-30.

Still waiting for my concealed carry permit, but it has only been 60 days, and the sovereign State of Illinois tells me that processing time is 90 to 120 days. Somehow I think that the gangbangers in Chicago take a lot less time to get their concealed guns. Another reason NOT to live in Chicago. Note, the Democrats have been running the town since 1928, so 90 years. Tell me again how good a job they do running things?
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