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Saturday, November 22, 2014

CDNN Sports Weekend Sale - Sig 2022 Tutone $399.99 - Sig Mosquito $249.99 - Glock 22 Like New $349.99 - AR Stripped A1 & A2 Uppers $49.99

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Chocolate Shortage?

At first I was going to write up a quirky post about since there was a possibility of a shortage due to not enough farmers planting, so less would be harvested, maybe the drug cartels in South America would switch to chocolate production instead of cocaine production.  I had a punchline of how when the cost of chocolate was more per ounce than cocaine, we would start to have chocolate smugglers, and people would be helping them hide from the government.

However, it's not really that simple of a deal.

First I will direct you to the story that started the panic per se'.

"There's no easy way to say this: You're eating too much chocolate, all of you. And it's getting so out of hand that the world could be headed towards a potentially disastrous (if you love chocolate) scenario if it doesn't stop.

Those are, roughly speaking, the words of two huge chocolate makers, Mars, Inc. and Barry Callebaut. And there's some data to back them up."

I would like to point out that the write of that piece, Roberto A. Ferdman, one of the writers for the WonkBlog, the Ezra Klein vehicle which propelled him to Bloomberg, MSNBC, and now Vox Media.

So knowing that, you should take ANYTHING that Mr. Ferdman write with several dozen grains of salt, okay, maybe a dumptruck from the Minnesota Highway Department in Wintertime load of salt.

With a little more looking I find a rather well written and researched piece by Forbes writer Tim Worstall.

"The last few days have seen us regaled with a serious of stories about how the world is going to run out of chocolate. That would be, I think we can all agree, almost as bad as running out of bacon."

Great opening line, if you ask me.

He goes on to discuss the production, and how the market influences the production. Or rather how it SHOULD influence production.

"However, we’ve a bit of a puzzle here. Markets are usually pretty good at sorting these sorts of things out. OK, so demand rises, prices rise, farmers plant more (or in more general terms, producers producer more) and thus supply grows to meet that rising demand.

And in a proper market we can never actually have a “shortage”. We can only have a shortage of something at the price that people want to pay for it."

And then he goes on how the farmers are the ones getting screwed over by their own government.

"the government is paying the farmers £1 a kg or so and the market is indicating that supply and demand will balance at £1.88 a kg. So, what we’ve actually got here is some price fixing. And the price to the producers is fixed well below the market clearing price"

Seriously, just click on any of the links to the Forces story and RTWT.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Andrew Yamamanama and the Army

Andrew M****** is googling himself again.  Boy he really must have a high opinion of himself.  Either that or he's still trying to find the correct search terms still to find out what I've found about him.

Hmm someone from the Army looking for ammo maybe?

Whoever this is, they check out my blog pretty regularly.  They along with the guys at Fort Gesundheit.

Bill Whittle - Firewall - A Crash in Mojave

Hickok45 - Chiappa Little Badger

I actually am considering getting some of these for the kids.  Plus I want one for myself also.

I wonder if I can work a deal for 11 of these in .22LR.

One for each of my kids, my 2 nephews and my niece, then of course one for me.

I do wonder however how hard customizing one of these is.

I personally would like to be able to take it down completely easily without tools, and to make the butt stock and buttplate a little thinner.  It look like it is about 4.5 inches tall, maybe work it to make it similar to a wire folder without the side foldiing.

Modify the 2 wires coming out like the pic above and make the butplate a little smaller.

Now someone is going to ask me "Why?"

I want something that will take up as little room as possible, so I can fit more gear into the same space.

If it can be taken down into 2 parts, that buttstock is still rather large/wide.  If I am using this as a backpack gun or a truck gun, I want it as small as possible and as light as possible.

Chiappa has gone very far in those 2 regards, however there is always room for some improvement.

Remember, Better is the enemy of the Good.

Alfonzo Rachel - Libertarian Follow-Up: Responding to All the Commenters

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The Last Starfighter 1984 (Modern Trailer

The Last Starfighter  IMDB

I remember when this came out.  The graphics were amazing and it starred one of my favorite actors, Robert Preston. I loved Mr. Preston in the Music Man which to this day is one of my favorite movies next to My Fair Lady and Serenity.  The acting of some of the actors seemed a little forced, but I enjoyed the movie as a whole.

The CGI scenes which were ground breaking at the time look overly video gamish compared to todays graphics, but if there is ever a remake and they can find an actor of Mr. Preston's caliber to play Centauri, I"d be willing to stand in line for a ticket.

Below is a Making of Special on the movie which I think you will enjoy as well.

The full movie is also available through "The Internet Archive"

If the Embed does work click on the link above to go to the Archive page to watch the film yourself.

Feminism vs Patriarchy

Patriarchy has been extremely successful, despite its recent vilification. Most cultures worldwide are patriarchal – to find examples of successful matriarchal societies you either have to turn to ancient history, remote outskirts of the world or feminist fiction. However, this hasn’t stopped the feminist collective from queefing out books and even a hashtag hailing the end of patriarchy in a textbook example of incestuous amplification.

What patriarchy, after its apparent downfall, will be replaced with remains to be seen. Hamsterizations aside, there is surprisingly little data available about what life would be like in a society made up of only men or only women. An enterprising social scientist might want to perform an experiment where groups of men and groups of women are left to their own devices, having to work together to survive against the elements and build a civilization from scratch. However, this scientist would have a very hard time convincing ethical review boards that the inevitable suffering of his participants would weight up against the value of the data.

Luckily, reality television is not bound by ethical constraints and once in a while, in its never ending quest for viewer ratings, reality TV accidentally performs a very interesting experiment that social scientists would never be allowed to do.

Quite a few years ago, I had the pleasure of watching the Dutch version of Survivor (Expeditie Robinson) with my feminist roommate. That particular season would have two islands, one populated by men and one populated by women. My roommate had been promoting that particular series to me and the other students in the house for weeks because it would show us, according to her, what a society run by women – free from the evils of patriarchy – would be like."

Bill Whittle - The Open Road: How Cars Embody Freedom