Saturday, January 21, 2017

Doing something about heart failure

No, I'm not branching out into medical blogging, but when you've reached my age, you've seen a lot of people in your life who have had issues with various sorts of heart failure, so the subject becomes of interest.

A new device may save a lot of people who run afoul of this particular menace of aging. We do live in an age of ever-increasing miracles.

Friday, January 20, 2017

I hate traffic cameras

Despite all the smoke blown up our whatevers about how traffic cameras "save lives" (show me the double blind studies, please), actual evidence (such as contracts with traffic camera companies) show that traffic cameras are simply a way for municipalities to increase their cash flow without resorting to tax increases. They are also a nice niche for companies with no morals to extort people out of money under the color of law.  In this way, they are much like the old speed traps (or the new license checkpoints, which I don't approve of either).

In Montgomery, Alabama, a law professor received a traffic camera ticket and decided to make a fight of it.  So far, he's winning.

In North Carolina, we killed the damned things by using a state law that requires the proceeds from traffic tickets to go into the local school system coffers.  When the traffic camera companies realized there would be no money in it for them and the municipalities discovered their cut had just disappeared as well, the traffic cameras were gone in no time.

Odd.  If so many lives were saved, you'd think the cities would have funded them themselves, wouldn't you?

Thursday, January 19, 2017

The winning keeps on coming

A three judge panel of the US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled Chicago's ban on gun ranges unconstitutional.

There has been no word yet on how this will effect the daily business of the city, which in the past several years has become one large open live fire range.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

An unexpected lesson from Mike Rowe

Mike Rowe is at this year's SHOT Show, doing his normal thing. A "fan" found out and went Full Butthurt on social media, attempting to shame him for it. In his usual way, Mike didn't attempt to argue with her, he simply told her a story.

Brilliant. We, as the Gun Culture, might learn something from this episode.