Reading people on Hacker News talk about economics.
It’s like reading toddlers debate the validity of quantum mechanics. So much that’s not even wrong as it’s too stupid to be anything. Yeah, tell me how Le Chatelier’s principle fucking relates to land prices, O Omniscient Economic Genius.
Never mind that two percent of the people in the US own 75 percent of the land.
I don’t know that I hate all engineers, but I certainly do hate the engineering mindset.
One of the main reasons that I refused to vote for Obama is that I knew he’d bargain away Medicare, Social Security and other vital programs – and Congressional Democrats would go along, as he’s a Democrat.
Turns out, he’s doing just what I thought he would.
Way to meet the future, Mozilla. They’ve made the interface shitty, dumped many necessary features and now are retreating from necessary development. What next, a “new, innovative” 16-bit version that runs on fucking phones?
I’ve handled guns all my life, but I’m by no means the fastest I’ve seen even in person.
That said, I can drop the magazine on a pistol and have a new one locked and ready to fire in about half a second. (And by dropping the magazine, I mean literally dropping it and letting it fall on the floor; this saves time. If you’re right-handed, have the fresh one in your left hand and as the spent one falls clear, slap in the new one. Done.)
Nope, not exaggerating. I just did it, and I was that quick even after years of not practicing. With practice I could do it much, much faster, so fast you could barely see my hands move.
In the army, I could reload my M4 just as fast (similar to the rifle that Adam Lanza used).
Smaller capacity magazines would help, but they aren’t the panacea they are made out to be. I’m just saying that anyone skilled with guns can reload way, way faster than a liberal who has only ever seen a gun on TV can imagine.
Of the two times in life where I’ve had a gun pointed at me in anger, both times if I’d had a gun too I would’ve shot the person who was threatening me.
I probably would’ve killed them. They might’ve killed me too.
Looking back, I’m glad I didn’t have a gun. It only would’ve escalated the situation. I would either be dead or in jail now.
In situations like what occurred in Connecticut, having a gun doesn’t really help you that much, either. The school at Columbine had an armed security guard. It didn’t help. Arming teachers with guns is a fantastically bad idea as well – it only takes one gun accidentally put down on a desk for some seven-year-old to find the “toy” and kill himself and a few classmates.
Guns are not a panacea. Trust me, I know – I’ve been handling guns and carrying them professionally for many years (US Army, ‘94-‘99).
These are just random thoughts. There is no point, just the horror of what the US has become, how little we value community and how collectively evil and sick our entire society is at the moment.