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Security Theater

Several years ago there  was a book called “Politically Correct Fairy Tales”.  I don’t remember the author, but I do remember it was funny because it was so outrageous.  I suspect it wouldn’t be funny anymore; more of an HR department policy manual.  One of the things I remember from the book was the phrase […]

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Video of the Week

It’s called Birth of a Tool.  Latvian crafters.  Blacksmithing.  Woodworking.  What more could you want. (via IMAO)


I just picked up a rather cool concealed carry holster.  Remora makes IWB (Inside the Waist Band) holsters that are not held in place by a clip.  The outside surface is “grippy” (sorry, I can’t think of a real word to describe it) but not sticky or tacky.  It’s held in place by the pressure […]

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When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro, v4 (I think)

Long time readers of Ratlands may have noticed that as I’ve gotten further away from my last job and my health has improved, I have begun defining myself as a “former corrections professional.”  Maybe not in so many words, but the intent was there.  I realized that I didn’t miss it and eventually decided I […]

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Rational Choices in Healthcare

A week and a half ago, Dr. J at The Gormogons posted something entitled The Problem with Third Party Payors.  I had been meaning to write about the topic for the past couple of months, but never quite got around to it, probably because it is personally embarrassing. Dr. J’s point is pretty succinct: …if […]

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Too Cool

As a fan of NCIS and Dragon Leatherworks, this is just too cool.

When I get paid

I’m pretty sure I will need to buy a Tactical Duty Kilt from 5.11. (via LawDog)


Car Radio

The Silicon Graybeard has a fascinating post on the invention of the car radio.  Not only is the story interesting, the follow-up on the men involved, and what they went on to do is pretty cool. As an aside, he talks about Galvin’s “battery eliminator” which allowed home radios to run on AC current.  My […]

Quote of the day

Today’s QOTD comes from TokenLibertarianGirl via Samizdata.  (The quote is from the end of the video.) It’s compassionate when you reach into your own pocket to help the needy. It’s theft when you reach into somebody else’s pocket no matter how well intentioned the cause may be.

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A quote for Rat Jr.

Rat Jr. has been involved in some online discussions about the Occupy Wall Street folks.  She has found the OWS supporters to be less than open to alternative opinions.  One of her acquaintances actually told her not to post anything on her facebook wall if Jr. didn’t agree with her. I have a fair amount […]

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