Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Baclofen: Muscle Relaxant; Body Relaxant; Brain Rexalant

My doctor prescribed a muscle relaxant for my back problem, which started back in the 1980s, but hasn't been real bad until recently.  The stress of 12 hours each way in the car, plus the stress of my brother's funeral, has greatly aggravated it.

A co-worker said that I looked like I had too much to drink.  I have no idea what that feels like because it has been too long to remember what "too much to drink" is like.  But I am definitely not driving home in my current state.  I think it's safe to write JSPs in this state, but nothing more sophisticated than that.

TANF Funds At Pot Shops

National Review Online reports that:
At least 259 times in the first six months of legalized recreational marijuana in Colorado, beneficiaries used their electronic-benefit transfer (EBT) cards to access public assistance at weed retailers and dispensaries, withdrawing a total of $23,608.53 in Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) cash, NRO’s examination found.
The article does explain that some pot sellers also sell groceries, so it is possible that  this is not as bad as it sounds.  I can see why some taxpayers might get a bit upset about their tax dollars being used to keep dopers happy.  Note that this seems to include both those selling recreational marijuana and "medical marijuana."  (I put that in quotes because while there are some legitimate medical uses of marijuana, I think it is a good bet that much of it is not at all legitimate medical use.)

A Dangerous Malfunction for AR-15s

Shall Not Be Questioned points to this rather serious problem described on The View From North Central Idaho.
The last few times I used my AR it would occasionally “double”. I thought maybe it was just dirty and cleaned it. It didn’t do it for a while then it did it again. I cleaned it then when I hadthe private party last month it did it when it only had a few rounds after being cleaned. I set the gun aside and used a different one.
About three weeks ago I removed the trigger group and was going to replace the springs. That surely was the problem, right?
I was dismayed at the state of the important surfaces.
If you are not a shooter, you may not recognize the term "double."  This means that you pull the trigger, and you get two shots fired, not one.  This might sound really cool--sort of a burst action rifle--but it is a serious problem, both because you are likely not expecting it, and because the BATFE has, on some occasions, prosecuted people with a rifle that would occasionally double for possessing a full auto weapon.  This is a very serious crime.  You do not want this to happen.

In this case, the problem was a worn surface on the hammer and trigger, probably caused by bad heat treating of the steel.

One of the comments on The View From North Central Idaho describes a test that people who spend a lot of time shooting AR-15s should perform every 90 days:
every few hundred rounds perform this function check.
Place selector on SEMI
With Trigger pulled to rear, pull Charging Handle and release.
SLOWLY (as in 1/4 the speed of normal) release Trigger.
Hammer should not fall, should release from disconnector and should ‘catch’ on trigger.
You should hear a ‘click’ but this is the sound of the Hammer being caught by the trigger.
Pull Charging Handle to rear and keep it pulled to rear
Pull Trigger to rear and while keeping trigger pulled to rear, release Charging Handle.
Repeat the SLOW Trigger release.
Repeat this three more times.
The Hammer must hold without falling for five times in a row while the Trigger is being slowly released. 
 This is essentially the M16 function test the government performs.

They Just Do This To Torture Us

I received an email with the subject line "GLOCK Blue Label Discount".  It is the law enforcement discount for Glocks.  Alas, while I work for a law enforcement agency, the discount is only for:
Sworn Law Enforcement Officers or Federal Agents, Retired Law Enforcement Officers or Retired Federal Agents with "retired" credentials, Corrections Officers, including Parole & Probation Officers, State licensed Security Companies, State licensed Armed Security Officers, Active Military, National Guard, or Military Reserve personnel (all branches), including Retired Military with "retired" credentials only, Licensed Para-Medics or EMTs, Fire Fighters (including volunteers) with appropriate I.D., Court Judges, District Attorneys and Deputy District Attorneys, LE Academy Cadets with enrollment documentation from the academy.
How unfair: IT is not included!

Okay, I really don't need another pistol.   But I do like Glocks!

Cattle Damage

We came back from the funeral, and found dozens of cattle hoof indentations in our new asphalt driveway, apparently because of how hot it was while we were gone.  And a dent in the telescope garage door with the distinctive color of beef cattle hair.  The insurance company said that they get more meteor strike claims than cattle damage claims.

Monday, July 21, 2014

What A Surprise: Socialism Seems To Impair Honesty

The July 19, 2014 Economist reports on a study where Germans were asked to take a test which was intended to determine how honest people are, when the stakes are really low:
Lars Hornuf of the University of Munich and Dan Ariely, Ximena García-Rada and Heather Mann of Duke University ran an experiment last year to test Germans’ willingness to lie for personal gain. Some 250 Berliners were randomly selected to take part in a game where they could win up to €6 ($8).
What they found was that those who had grown up in East Germany were more likely to lie (to get the  €6) than those who had grown up in West Germany.  This really does not surprise me.  For all the rhetoric about how concern for others and the elimination of personal gain was going to create "true socialist man," my limited experience with people from behind the Iron Curtain suggests that instead of creating people of higher morals, it tends to do just the opposite.  

Many years ago, I worked with a gal who met a Soviet emigre on an Israeli kibbutz.  Of course, they fell in love (well, at least she fell in love).  They married, returned to the U.S., and he became a U.S. citizen.  She worked full time and paid for him to go to college and get an engineering degree.  She mentioned that it was really hard to get her husband to stop looking for ways to game the system, lie, cheat, and mislead to get what he wanted; it was just such a part of his personality after so many years in the Soviet Union.  And what a surprise!  Shortly after completing his degree that his wife had paid for...he divorced her.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

When Jesus Meets Unix

I saw this bumper sticker on a car as we were passing through Bend.  It's a bit out of focus, but all the cars were moving...  It took a minute to figure out its meaning.  For those who don't write Unix shell scripts, HE>i orders Unix to execute a program named HE, and to write standard output into a file name i.  Because it is > not >>, it does not append the output to file i, but completely replaces its existing contents.

I'm pretty sure that this is a Christian Unix user explaining that the Holy Spirit has (or at least, is) replacing his human nature with something less sinful.  The alternative is that some Unix user is really, really confused about where to enter commands.