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  1. Laker

    How Did You Pick Your Profession?

    Remember that Ford made his money by overturning the Selden patent that had stopped the US automobile market in its tracks.
  2. Laker

    Justin "I'm a pantywaist" Trudeau wants to take your gun.

    I was listening on NPR the other day to a Canadian call-in show about the proposed gun legislation in Canada. It was a half-hour show that may have been selective, but the only people not supporting the gun control initiatives seemed to be old white guys. This bothers me that the loudest voice both in Canada and the US seem to be old white guys. There are other voices, but other than the exceptions that prove the rule, the 2nd Amendment seems to be an old white guys prerogative and becomes a prime indicative of the cultural power landscape of the US. Thank goodness the old white guys, even through the election of Trudeau, seem to be less of a cultural blanket in Canada.
  3. Laker

    Justin "I'm a pantywaist" Trudeau wants to take your gun.

    I fail to see your jump in logic. We are talking cultures here not demographics. Whatever got you to demographics. Demographics do not determine culture. If you go country by country in the developed world and remove the gun crimes, the rate of murders per person, country by country, culture by culture, is about the same. This is apparently, I checked again with someone who studies such things, an accepted statistic. Correlation is not Causation, yes, but there are some good indications for Causation.
  4. Laker

    Justin "I'm a pantywaist" Trudeau wants to take your gun.

    I have a criminology prof as a neighbour. His point is that if you take away the gun related murders, the rate of murder is about the same across the developed world. The high rate of murder in the US is attached to the prevalence of guns in American society. Look at New Zealand for instance, where the rate of gun murder is very low and usually attached to gang violence. The majority of gun violence in Canada is attached to gang culture. Yes, there are outliers such as the Davenport killings. One of the factors, it even seems to be entering NAFTA as a point for protecting Canadian media, is the amount of gun violence in American media. Think of a crime show where people are not shooting guns. In the same way that for every Cowboy there must be an Indian, there seems to be a glamour to being the Bad Guy to the Good Guys. It used to be that in French cinema that the actual murder, rape, etc. could not be shown. I know it would not work in America, but wonder if there is any way to de-glamourize the "baddest asses in the city".
  5. Laker

    Justin "I'm a pantywaist" Trudeau wants to take your gun.

    Powerful governments NEVER "just sort of goes away". Internal processes are usually to blame from Rome onwards. The right to bear arms is a cultural artifact in America. The difference in gun crime between Detroit, Michigan and Windsor, Ontario continues to be a good indicator of people's approach to firearms. I can pry the handgun from someones dead hand because he probably died from someone like him with a gun, or by his own actions.
  6. Laker

    Justin "I'm a pantywaist" Trudeau wants to take your gun.

    So a gun solves hurricanes?
  7. Laker

    Justin "I'm a pantywaist" Trudeau wants to take your gun.

    Yes, but civil war is among the reasons, not the sole reason. Emergencies are another. What emergencies precisely?
  8. Laker

    Justin "I'm a pantywaist" Trudeau wants to take your gun.

    So they are repeating for more than a few rounds?
  9. Laker

    Justin "I'm a pantywaist" Trudeau wants to take your gun.

    The questions around civil war are because that is the basis of the Second Amendment which is being used as the foil to gun control. The existence of an armed militia is what the Second is all about. The problems around the use of guns are social: suicide at whatever age and murder. As with everything, their use defines their utility. A 767 can be used to murder. A cube van can be used to murder. A hunting rifle can be used to murder. But these are not their main reasons for being. The main utility (shooting varmints is an excuse) for handguns and repeating rifles of more than a few rounds is to harm human beings. You can then see why there is such an aversion to handguns and repeating rifles. I keep on thinking back to the poor exchange student dressed in a Halloween costume being shot and killed by the home owner when he came to the wrong door. I also had an incident where a friends wife almost killed me with a hand gun because she returned home unexpectedly and I was picking up a tool for her husband from their garage. I agree that looters are among the worst in society. I place them lower than drug dealers. However, since looting is usually done with others, it is best to leave it to the police. One of the others may have a gun too.
  10. Laker

    Justin "I'm a pantywaist" Trudeau wants to take your gun.

    It is then the job of the "fake news" generators to let us know that the disarming is asymmetric and that the electorate do something about it. Again, you are talking with an American cultural perspective, not a Canadian one, or even Swedish one. There is an inherent problem with Republics. They at times do not work well. This is one of those times. Too many "national security" excuses can give too much power to one of the legs of the triangle. Canada is finding that a "not withstanding" clause is creating the same sort of problems. It is the asymmetric application of power that is the issue, not whether some pea-shooter is taken from a private citizen. A citizen's militia probably would not last long in a civil war where the armed forces did not align with the citizen's militia. Owning the pea-shooter is then just becomes an invitation to a gallant demise. Deming, I think, said it best in that if there is a problem, look at the system in which it works before you look at the people within the system.
  11. Laker

    Justin "I'm a pantywaist" Trudeau wants to take your gun.

    That's just it. Guns were removed from only select portions of society.
  12. Laker

    Justin "I'm a pantywaist" Trudeau wants to take your gun.

    That's the problem, he didn't. You may wish to read history. Guns were not taken across the board.
  13. Laker

    Justin "I'm a pantywaist" Trudeau wants to take your gun.

    We are still talking about this issue from a US cultural perspective. The average middle class Canadian has little involvement with guns outside the moose tag. There are few gun stores outside Canada Tire. That has to say something.
  14. Laker

    F-22 Will Rise from the ashes ... or so it seems

    The tooling for the F22 is apparently AWOL. I assume the Japanese will be building from design prints. Does this mean that the US builders will be making new tooling? Why?
  15. Laker

    True Laptop durability, which MFG

    look at the serial number and find which design/build firm it came from. It should be on there somewhere in an abbreviated form.