02 December 2016

How Do I Know She's Wrong?

From Ace.

Because the attacks stopped when the stabber was himself killed.

If America was really motivated by the hate that's often attributed to it, the killing would reaching a crescendo about now... no that's not right at all.

If America was really motivated by the hate that's often attributed to it, the killing would be long done by now.  It would have started on 12Sep01 and 15 years is enough to wipe out a people.

I know that it's enough time because Western Civilization is nothing if not efficient when it sets its mind to a task.

The reason we don't do it is we don't possess the will associated with the hate.

And it's purely will that keeps us in check.

Think about a war with the whole middle east.  They don't build anything they use to fight.  Not planes, not ships, not tanks not even rifles in most cases.  This falls squarely in the "experts study logistics" camp.

In addition to not manufacturing the weapons they're fighting with, they don't possess the weapons to prevent Western Civilization from manufacturing more of its own.  "But Iran will have nukes!" you might say.  That will be a short war.  Iran doesn't have a reliable delivery system for theirs that can reach us, and they've got very few warheads (if any).  Even with force reductions we've more than enough to still play MAD with Russia.  Iran doesn't, they just have AD.  We might lose a city or two, they lose the war.

Quotes Of Quotes

I'm reading a compilation of Gen Mattis quotes.

If he actually said all those things, he's cribbing from other folks; notably Winston Churchill.

Not entirely a bad thing, because once someone's found the perfect phrase for something, you're not going to improve on it.

Of All The Petty Bullshit

Dakota Meyer denied attendance at Marine Ball because he's critical of the Obama Administration.

01 December 2016

Who Is John Galt?

John Galt is sumdood who lives in a gultch who likes to talk during inappropriate touching time.

Waiting For It

I am wondering if the fires in Tennessee are as bad as they are for similar reasons they get so bad in California.

Are they mostly forbidden to remove brush and deadfall in TN like they are in CA?

I don't have a clear answer, but I do remember the stink about ten years ago when FL started doing that clearing to keep the fire season from getting that bad again.


If a small town cannot put a cross on top of a water tower or a nativity creche in the square because of the 1st Amendment's restrictions on government with regards to creating a state religion; this holds true even if a non governmental entity is funding the display of religion.

How then can a state university, a government entity receiving government money, restrict speech in any manner?

It's not even a different amendment!

30 November 2016

Pilot Shortage

The Air Force is short pilots.

I'm going to suggest some heresy to help them.

A huge hunk of the prerequisites you have to have before applying to be a pilot are purely administrative and are intended to make the pool of applicants smaller.

Like being college educated.

Chuck Yeager wasn't.

If you're not getting enough inflow because of your administrative requirements, it's time to change them, because they've got fuck-all to do with the actual work of flying the plane.

The next piece of heresy is to suggest that we divide the AF into administrative, command and flying tracks.

There's guys who just wanna fly.  Let 'em!  The AF says they have a retention problem, how much you want to bet that a huge hunk of the issue is guys who want to fly aren't getting hours because they're spending most of their time doing administrative things or have to pay lip service to wanting promotions and command to keep flying (knowing that promotions and command will ALSO end their flying days).

There's scads of people who'd make poor pilots but great administrators, and there's no real reason for them to be officers or have command authority.  But it would take a massive paradigm shift to recreate technical positions for enlisted and making warrant officers where education is needed.

The US mil hates warrants.

Not Interchangeable

Wurds meen sumthing.

Interchangeable is compatible in both directions.

In the case of NYPD,
The gun, as designed, can hold 17-round magazines — two more than the Glock 19. But the NYPD had the manufacturer customize the Glock 17s to carry only 15 rounds so it would be consistent with the interchangeable Glock 19 magazine.

This phrasing got Tam all excited to see a Glock 17 slide on a Glock 19 frame, the Mythical Glock 19L.  She understands what interchangeable means because she's not a journalist!  Wait.  She is... because she gets paid to write... um...  Maybe it's the degree process that makes them forget there's this thing called a dictionary.

She discovered that they are not getting customized Glock 17's, they are getting customized Glock 17 magazines!  Customized to only hold 15 rounds.

Because a full capacity Glock 19 holds 15.

Just in case one of my French readers doesn't know...

The Glock 19 is a slightly shorter in length and height version of the Glock 17.  Making it less tall meant it lost two rounds of capacity against the parent gun.  But since all of the other dimensions remain the same, the Glock 17 magazines still work in a Glock 19; however the reverse is not true because the base-plate on the shorter Glock 19 magazine hits the mouth of the magazine well before it's seated and latched.

Thus not interchangeable.  The word they're looking for is compatible.  Glock 17 magazines are compatible with the Glock 19; but not vice versa.

Apparently the NYPD cannot... nope I don't have a clue.  I don't think I want to contract the madness required to begin to understand this.

Their officers seem to get it by the way they're ridiculing the idea.

A suggestion for the NYPD.  If you'd reverse your policy on selling guns to the unwashed citizenry you could offer to exchange one issue gun for another at nearly no department cost.

By the way, flatfoot, they're fucking you on that price too.  $525 for a new Glock 17 when the department gets them from Glock at less than $400 each wholesale under the blue label program?  Whose pocket is that lining?


In a Facebook conversation that Erin asked me to attend...

I'm flailing around trying to explain to a friend of hers about rifling twist and the AR.

Because there's lots of variables I'm hopping around trying to cover each in turn when someone else chimes in with, "A given bullet stabilizes at a particular RPM. The RPM is a function of the twist rate and the muzzle velocity. More velocity equals more RPM. The practical gain from more velocity is pretty minor compared to the gain from a faster twist though."



It's all about the revolutions.

Still need more maths than I have to calculate how many you need.

29 November 2016

Actual Measure

5.11 Tactial Purse loaded with 9x 30-round loaded M16 magazines (180x M855 ball, 90x 68gr SMK), S&W M&P 9, 2x 17-round M&P 9 magazines (115gr Hornady FMJ), 1 liter of water.

9.10 kg or 20.06 lb.

Loaded with 6x 30-round loaded M16 magazines (180x M855 ball), S&W M&P 9, 2x 17-round M&P 9 magazines (115gr Hornady FMJ), 1 liter of water.

7.65 kg or 16.87 lb.

The lighter load is much easier to bear on one shoulder.

28 November 2016

Retro OCD

Got the aftermarket entrenching tool today.

The handle is WAY too short to play the role.

I briefly resumed my hunt for an M1951 combination entrenching tool when I stumbled across a tidbit I'd missed.

The reason that the M1951 is so darn scarce today is it was only ordered and manufactured on a limited as-needed basis between 1951 and 1953 as the supplies of the M1943 were expended.

If you hit ebay looking for M1943 entrenching tools you're going to find many many MANY with a 1945 date stamp made by the Ames Company, and they made 11 million of the darn things!

So, for Vietnam, you would most likely be issued an M1943 because most of them were still around, and still are today it would appear.

The M1943 entrenching tool soldiered on until 1969!  At that point ALL wooden handled entrenching tools were replaced by the now-familiar (1968 developed) tri-fold that is still issued today.

Speaking Of Body Cameras

One of the local deputies got attacked (for reals) by a dog.

In the close quarters confusion, she shot herself while shooting the dog.

Here's wishing her a safe recovery, even if she's a digit short.

I'm willing to bet they didn't cover this in the academy.

Mutual Of Omaha's Child Kingdom

h/t Feral Irishman

If We're Racists One And All

You'd think the tone of our reporting of a spike in minority gun purchases would be negative.


We're thrilled that "they" have decided to join "us" in owning a firearm!

The more the merrier and unlike what the media says, we're not racist as a whole.

I think they make a causation/correlation error with (white) racists and guns.

Every white supremacist I've ever met was a gun owner.

Hardly a single (white) gun owner I've met is a racist.

Being a racist might cause gun ownership, but gun ownership doesn't cause racism.

Part of the reason that we gun owners are thrilled to have minorities buying guns for their defense, even though many of them are citing a fear of hate-crimes, is we know we're safe from their owning them for this reason.

We're not out there doing hate-crimes.

Gun Free Zone? Check.

Another mass shooting A mass stabbing in a gun free zone.  But it was, by law, a knife free zone too.

How many will it take to get some common sense carry laws passed?

27 November 2016

Define Entrapment

The talk on arfcom about Dale Monroe dredged up something else for me.

I've repeatedly read stories about how the feds have approached people and, in effect, convinced them to break the law.

Apparently this includes running child porn sites!


Randy Weaver's path to Ruby Ridge begins with a fed encouraging him to saw off a shotgun.

How many fake bombs has the FBI provided to terrorists now?

I've always wondered if the criminal they're catching could have managed to do the crime they were being arrested for without the assistance of the feds who go on to bust them.

In the fake bomb cases:  Did the suspect know how to make a bomb prior to being approached by the feds?  If yes, did they know how to accumulate the materials to make that bomb without the feds providing them?  If the answer to either of those questions is no, then would they have been placing a "bomb" at a target?

I recall that Mr Weaver was not selling a sawed-off shotgun, he was approached by someone who wanted their shotgun sawed off.  Even more fun is it appears that what transaction in that weapon or weapons was intended to help the FBI re-infiltrate the Aryan Nations, that'd be blackmail if it wasn't the feds doing it.

I wonder how many fewer crimes there'd be if the FBI, DEA and ATF stopped running stings.

Mr Monroe

Does Dale Monroe, spotter to Lon Horiushi at Ruby Ridge, work for Troy Industries?  Troy Defense?  Troy Asymmetric?

Googling "troy industries dale monroe" gets many hits for the hiring of Mr Monroe at Troy Asymmetric, but only the one that says, "Good afternoon. Dale Monroe has not been affiliated with any division of TROY in any capacity since August 2013. Thank you for asking, TROY" (from Arfcom and dated 23DEC14)

Mr Monroe was either hired or put on retainer by Troy Asymmetric in August of 2013.  Troy was defending their decision to hire Monroe as late as 26AUG13 on their industry forum on Arfcom...

Here's the problem.

With as large a backlash as they got from customers over this, why aren't they bragging they terminated their relationship in every forum they can reach?

Weaponsman mentions other problems in the past with Steve Troy.  Troy dissembled about the hiring of Jody Weis, for example.  They also tried to claim that Troy Asymmetric was not part of TROY.

Which inserts doubt in my mind if they really fired Monroe.

If Troy Ind./Def./Asymmetric has terminated their relationship with Monroe I'd be happy to spread the word.  But I'm going to want some proof.  Like a contract termination statement or something of that nature.

PS: I don't get the stylistic need to put your name in all caps.  TROY and GLOCK both do this and it makes me wonder what the acronym is...

Book End

Abe Vigoda and Ron Glass in the same year.

The rest of the Barney Miller cast had best watch it.

What Does Baffled Mean?

Marv is baffling!

Marv has begun work on his 5.56 suppressor for his 10.5" AR.

He's making a Maglite body style suppressor from a much reviled solvent trap kit.  The baffles start out life as automotive freeze plugs that are dented and expanded with an hydraulic press, then the holes are drilled using a drill press and the guide that comes with the kit.

All up it will weigh about 14.8 ounces.

I've bet him a coke that he has a baffle strike on the first day, but I hope to pay rather than collect.

26 November 2016

¡Arder en el infierno!

Fidel Castro has finally joined his bestie Che in the warm embrace of Satan's abode.

Let us give thanks!

And 2016 started off so bad...  It's ending quite well.

Tactical Purse

The 5.11 Tactical Purse.

The bare essentials are 3.7 lb.

1x Glock 17 Gen 2: 2 lb.
2x 17-round Glock 17 magazines (loaded): 1.2 lb.
6x 30-round M16 magazines (loaded): 6 lb.
1x M9 Bayonet: 0.9 lb.
1x Compression bandage: 0.1 lb.
1x Canteen with 1 liter water: 2.7 lb.
1x First Aid Kit: 1 lb.

Out the door agains the zombies with: 17.6 lb.!

Alternatively, and more likely given that The Lovely Harvey and Marv will be toting them as well:

Replace the Glock with a High-Power.

1x FN-Browning HP: 2.4 lb.
2x 15-round HP magazines (loaded): 1 lb.

That changes the weight of the grab-bag to 17.8 lb.

Replace the Glock with a S&W M&P 9.

1x M&P 9: 2.2 lb.
2x 17-round M&P 9 magazines (loaded): 1.4 lb.

That changes the weight of the grab-bag to 18 even.


I discovered the magazine pouches hold 3x 30-round USGI magazines each.  That adds 3 lb. to the package.  But ups the ammo carried from 180 to 270 rounds.

20.6 lb. with Glock.
20.8 lb. with Browning.
21 lb. with S&W.

If I decided to carry Dottie instead of Kaylee:

The 27-round 6.8 magazines weigh 1.4 lb. so that would add 3.6 lb. to the package with 9 magazines or 2.4 lb. heavier with the 6 magazine load.  Because of the reduced capacity, ammo carried is lowered to 162 or 243 rounds.

6x magazine:

20 lb. with Glock.
20.2 lb. with Browning.
20.4 lb. with S&W.

9x magazine:

24.2 lb. with Glock.
24.4 lb. with Browning.
24.6 lb. with S&W.

25 November 2016


ALICE or All-Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment gear is a lot lighter than the M1956/1967 hybrid...

The bare LBE is 4.2 lb.


6x 30-round M16 magazines (loaded): 6 lb.
1x M9 Bayonet: 0.9 lb.
1x Compression bandage: 0.1 lb.
1x Canteen with 1 quart water: 2.3 lb.
1x Tri-Fold Entrenching Tool 2.1 lb.

For a total of: 15.6 lb. chaffing the back of your neck because of poor yoke design!

PLUS: to be equivalent to the M1956 kit I showed before:

1x M12 Holster and twin magazine carrier 0.6 lb.
1x M9 Pistol 2.8 lb.
2x 15-round M9 magazines (loaded): 1 lb.

Grand total of 20 lb.

Almost There

Got my extra-long set of suspenders today!

Except for the pattern '51 entrenching tool I have a complete set of period web gear for 1968+!

I firmly agree with many vets that the H style of suspenders from the M1956 Load Carrying Equipment and M1967 Modernized Load Carrying Equipment far superior to the Y style suspenders introduced with the All-Purpose Lightweight Individual Carrying Equipment (ALICE).

I would prefer to replace the M1967 first aid pouch and butt-pack with the M1956 items, but there's no great hurry.

Update: This kit without ammo, bandage, bayonet, bipod, canteen, cleaning kit, magazines, or weapons tares in at... 6.3 lb.

1x M1911A1 (loaded): 2.8 lb.
2x M1911A1 magazines (loaded): 1.0 lb.
8x 20-round M16 magazines (loaded): 4.8 lb.
1x M7 Bayonet: 0.7 lb.
1x Compression bandage: 0.1 lb.
1x M3 bipod: 0.6 lb.
1x Canteen with 1 quart water: 2.3 lb.
1x M1951 Entrenching Tool 2.3 lb.

For an all-up weight of: 20.9 lb. hanging off your shoulders and waist.

Go West Anachronism Man

The modern music on a player piano is a real treat in Westworld.

But something is getting me.

The automatic ejection on a Winchester 73...

... that still needs the action worked!

Yaaaaaaay Hollywood!

The Huge Divide

While I am enjoying my "agreeing to disagree" victory lap (thanks for the perspective on that guys!) I noticed that the argument often boils down to a simple situation.

If I get everything I want, the other person will not be forced to change anything.

If they get everything they want, I would be forced to change everything.

I will even concede that isn't entirely true, because for me to get everything I want, they'd have to stop trying to force me to change everything.

There are things in this divide that are sometimes fascinating.

They cannot drive and advocate public transportation.  That's fine, but they seem to feel that I am obligated to pay for it.

Why?  I have a car, I don't require it.

But, shall we talk about those costs?  The local bus service wants $40 a month for an unlimited ride pass.  Seattle wants $62 for the same.

My car insurance is $340 a month.  When do they start subsidizing MY transportation costs?  I also spend about another $100 on fuel.

Why isn't that monthly pass more like $400 then?  Then I wouldn't have to subsidize a product I'm not using.


If the entertainment media wasn't in the tank with the rest of them...

Every interview with a dancing monkey who said they'd move out of the country if Trump were elected would start with, "Why the fuck are you still here?" and not move on to any other question until it was answered.

Since these interviews tend to be done in rapid succession for the dancing monkey, they'd be hearing that question a lot.

It would drive them to... well, something worth filming.

24 November 2016

Some Fascinating Reading

Seems that NFATCA has been just as cozy with ATF as everyone expected they were.

An excerpt (Ms Carlson's reply is above the original message):

Carlson, Krissy V. 
From: Carlson, Krissy Y. 
Sent: Thurs July 07, 20110:4AM 
Subject: RE: Prosecutorial actio
Hi REDACTED,I am not aware of these 16 active cases. Let me see what I can find out and I will share with you whaI can.
Krissy Y. Carlson Division Chief Firearms and Explosives Industry Division
-- -Original Message- --- 
Sent: Thursday, July 07, 2016 10:37 AM 
To: Carlson, Krissy Y. REDACTED 
Subject: Prosecutorial action
Krissy, Hope you're doing well. I know that REDACTED is already pursuing this action so I apologize for the duplication of effort. While I was attending the Orchid Advisors conference iAtlanta someone from ATF, can't remember who, mentioned that ATF had about 16 active caseinvolving prohibited persons acquiring NFA weapons through a trust. As you probably know have personally know that this was one of the primary reasons that ATF had been in a panic aboutrusts. Everyone, including ATF, needed to find a way to clean this up. I knew three years agATF had at least one case but was looking for more information on this type of problem. ThNFATCA has been hammered for saying that we needed to prove that trusts and prohibited persons were a problem resulting in 41F. I need a little help either directly or indirectly tprove to everyone that trusts, were in fact, being abused. I don't care about names as much anumbers that are worth mentioning to all of the naysayers who say wscrewed this whole thing up.
Thanks for your helpREDACTED
REDACTED is apparently someone at NFATCA, and they requested that their names be redacted from the ATF's response to Stamboulieh.

I repeat from my post here from January 4, 2016; seven months before they queried ATF:

People who are forbidden to buy an NFA item used a trust to obtain one?  NAME ONE  just ONE and not just "I saw someone".  Name their name.  Link us to the arrest.  Link us to the news story.  You can't, can you?  Because it didn't actually fucking happen, you lying piece of shit.
Busted is the phrase we use here.


NFATCA assured us they'd seen trusts buying stuff, in person.  Yet cannot produce a single name and the ATF they're cozy with doesn't know about any either.  We need to not do business with people opposed to our interests.

23 November 2016

The Path

The twisted path that leads to no longer bothering with a friend comes from Facebook.

Thanks Facebook!

Facebook has an alert system that lets you know your friends are writing replies.  Often replying to a conversation you're not involved with.

In hindsight, I foolishly clicked on that [Your Friend] has replied to...

It led to her reply to a conversation that started off talking about the election and what idiots people were who weren't liberal Democrats.  But the thread led to subthreads where the participants were getting ever more specific about whom was an idiot.

The portion that set me off was how stupid, bigoted, racist, homophobic and misogynist that ALL straight white male gun owners in the south are and how much better things would be if we were all to die.

I clicked the unfriend button and stopped talking to her at that point.  In April.

The wonder of it all is she didn't seem to notice that I'd stopped talking until just the other day.  She sent a "hey what's up?" message in hangouts.

I tried to explain to her that she was being offensive, that I was offended and that (just maybe) she should say she was sorry.

But she doesn't understand.

She's got a right to her opinion.  I should have known she didn't mean me.  The people she was hating along with are actually nice people.  She'd feel bad if I shit-canned a 30+ year friendship over this.

We should agree to disagree.

You will note that she doesn't refute her participation in the five minutes of hate.  I chased her in circles for a long while to discover that she does really think that all white males in the south are uneducated, stupid, bigoted, racist, homophobic and misogynist breeders (except, apparently, me).

Agree to disagree?

Well, I disagree.  Vehemently.  If for no other reason because the crowd she's treating with wishes me dead.  There's just no space to agree to disagree in here.

And this "agree to disagree" thing really pisses me off, because I can remember who I was before whom I am today.

I was sexist.  I was racist.  I was homophobic.  What happened?  I met a woman who wasn't all the things my bigoted mind said she should be.  I met a black man who wasn't all the things my bigoted mind said he should be.  I found out one of my best friends was gay and he wasn't all the things my bigoted mind said he should be.

I made the connection that if there is one example that breaks the stereotype, there must be others.  Once that exception had been found, it broke the monolithic grouping and made them individual people.

I am disappointed in her behavior because she was one of the people who helped me see the people I was bigoted against as people.

Now I see that, like all Liberal shibboleths, that it's just fine to hate, as long as you hate correctly.

Education Bigotry

Since I've shitcanned yet another liberal friend...

One of the things she said, "When I think Southern, I think Alabama, Missippi and Lousiana, who trade the lowest education rate and highest preganancy rate back and forth."

Spelling mistakes in the original, by the way.

I see she's got her money's worth from her bachelor's degree from Iowa State...

Despite the lack of education, all three states have vibrant industries ranging from textiles, steel mills, automotive assembly and ship yards.

So what if they're reproducing?  Lots of that work is union work, and well paid.  They can afford to have families!

But they don't have college degrees so none of that matters.

It's really ironic that she also sneered, "[S]ome Democrats are ivory-tower whiney babies too."

Maybe because I was a drafter (a non degreed profession) and worked between the degreed engineers and the non-degreed shop that I know that formal education isn't the entirety of learning.

I know three people working in computer programming who don't have bachelor's degrees, by her definition they're uneducated.  Two of them live in the south too.

My dad worked for Motorola setting up chip-fabs with just an associate's in mechanical engineering, but lots and LOTS of on the job experience.  But he's uneducated (and porked out five kids with two wives), so worthy of scorn.

Something I've definitely noticed from her and her friends is a total lack of understanding of people who're outside their little bubbleworld.  I've definitely had to censor what I say around them, but they don't around me.  They love the phrase, "agree to disagree," which near as I can tell, in practice means I have to be silent while they insult me.

I'm fed up with it.


From a judge Obama appointed, no less!

Yet another thing that was done with a phone and a pen that's undone for lack of power to actually do it.

This is excellent news as it might remove the people under The Lovely Harvey from the clock-punching limbo they've been under for a few weeks.

You Had One Job

My little ammo carrier for my J-Frame speed loaders has died.


It's given years of faithful service.

It's also interesting that I can openly carry this ammo pouch and not the gun, but it'd be pretty obvious that I have a gun if someone recognized it.

Ever.  At least nobody has mentioned recognizing it.

A shapeless blob hanging on a belt could be anything in this day of magic elf boxes.

22 November 2016

S * C * H * A * D * E * N * F * R * E * U * D * E

What's that spell?

Way back in February I noted that Cockbite Rat-Fuck Son-Of-A-Bitch The Honorable RINO Miguel Diaz de la Portilla's district got rezoned and District 37 would go Democrat.

Well, it did.

To yet another latino named man, Jose Javier Rodriguez (D) formerly of the Florida House of Representatives.

That means that his cockbite rat-fuck son-of-a-bitch ass is no longer chairman of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee and there's at least a chance that we're going to get some advancement on open and campus carry now.

At least the bills have more than a snowballs' chance in Miami of seeing a real vote.

Now I just need a really crappy holster with zero retention where the gun will often just fall out!

Just for pictures at local eateries!

^^ I kid.  I will need me a couple new holsters if we get open carry.

The Lovely Harvey will no longer be barred by law from carrying at work if we get campus carry.

21 November 2016

2016 ATF Pic

I give thanks for alcohol, tobacco and firearms.

Good News Everyone

The Canadian Immigration and Citizenship web page is back up!

So there's no excuse for your acceptable, satisfactory, bearable, tolerable, pleasant, wonderful, fortunate, lucky, successful, cheerful, delightful, excellent, shameless, good, nice, blessed, happy, respectable or other antonym of deplorable ass to delay your emigration any longer.

I do wonder why none of you said you were moving to Cuba, a nation you've often said you admired.

General Practitioner

In the hoary days of my youth in a modestly sized town (about 6,000 people) in Iowa, before I moved to Ames...

When we needed to go to the doctor, it was a small office with a single doctor.

This doctor was not the only such practice in this smallish town.

The staff was his secretary/receptionist and a physician's assistant.

That's it.  Three people and a clientele of about 1,000 patients of all ages.

My mom's income was just slightly above the point where a (newly) single mom with two kids would get government assistance, and we didn't have health insurance.

Yet we were able to afford to go to the doctor.

I've looked around and this sort of practice is gone.

The smallest I've been able to find still has 15 people working there.

This leads to some sickening comparisons.

The 15 person staff is servicing the same number of patients as the 3 person.

The secretary/receptionist at the GP way back had no medical training or certifications.

All 12 of the non-doctor positions at the 15 person practice have at least a medical assistant degree and certification, and you cannot work at an office without it.  Most of them also have a specialized certificate/degree in medical billing and encoding.

What changed?

Laws and regulations mostly.  Thanks to all that increased regulatory overhead, you need five times the personnel and three times the doctors to treat the same number of people.  On top of that, the front office people need to be trained in skills they will never use.

This is akin to requiring the receptionist at a law firm to pass the bar so they can be hired to answer the phone.

No Good At It

I am often amused at my friends who thank me on Veteran's Day and say that they'd have made awful soldiers themselves.

Like I was a good soldier or something!

I was not a good soldier.  I will admit it.

I was the kind of troop who shined in the field and tarnished in the barracks.

It drove my tank commander and platoon sergeant nuts trying to motivate me.

The thing is, I have too much negative motivation about cleaning my room, mowing the lawn and picking up after other people.

Left to my own devices I trend towards nocturnalism.  The Army is a decidedly morning person on post, but loves to play in the dark in the field.  Which military environment aligns with my interests again?

A problem with a peacetime army is hardly any time is spent in the field.  Even some of our "field" time was under normal post schedules; like almost all of gunnery.

A really hilarious thing to me, now, is the person I've become would be a far better soldier than the person I was when I enlisted.  The irony that it's likely because I enlisted that I am this person is not lost on me.

20 November 2016

Dying To Know

Before the Trinity test, they set off 100 tons of "TNT" to calibrate the instruments to be used in the actual test of Gadget.

But it wasn't actually TNT.

There's footage filmed of them setting up the test, and it's COMP-B.

COMP-B has an REF of 1.4 compared to TNT's 1.0.

That's important, because the blast did 6dx1058 cr ex.  If we assume it's TNT that would only be 6dx894 cr ex.

For reference, Gadget (20 kton) did 6dx12,649 cr ex with linked 6dx8,222 burn ex rad sur.  You'll have to look up how "burn ex rad sur" or burning explosive radiation surge works in your own GURPS books because to explain it here would surely violate copyright.  The linked damage is the EMP and heat blast.

19 November 2016

Death By Character Generation

OG Little Black Book Traveller had an odd rule during character creation.

You gambled for your stats, like every other game, then proceeded to the Prior Service Table

Where you gambled to enter your chosen service by rolling a target number or higher on 2d6.  If you failed, you rolled 1d6 to randomly select a service.

THEN you rolled to survive your term of enlistment!

If you lived, you check to see if you've earned a commission.  If you have, you then check to see if you've been promoted.

Then regardless of rank and promotion you roll 2d6 to reenlist.  Reenlistment is optional, but if you roll a 12, you're involuntarily reenlisted.

Then you're back to the survival roll... rinse... repeat.

Since the only way to acquire skills is to successfully serve enlistments, you're encouraged to keep going as long as you can.  Successful terms also give rolls on the mustering out benefits table, another inducement to keep rolling.

Most services have a 5+ on 2d6 to survive.  Marines have a 6+ and Scouts have a 7+.  All of them have a high-stat bonus of +2 with the stat varying depending on service.  So if your Intel score is 7+ you get a +2 to survive in the Navy, meaning you need to roll 3 or higher to survive.  Scouts want an Endur of 9+ to get a 5+ roll to live through it.

I mention scouts because they get two skills per term instead of one.  This made them popular.  Scouts also had a chance to get a Type-S scout ship as a mustering benefit.  More terms is more chances to win!

I've lost several promising characters during this process, before I ever got to roll for that elusive scout ship!  Plus, more than once I rolled the 12 on reenlistment to then roll a 2 for survival.  Did I mention my dice are very, very average?

GURPS, on the other hand, is a points based character generation system.  You pick and choose your stats and skills.  Everyone starts with the same number of points, so you can take disadvantages to gain more points to spend.  Having one arm, for example, is worth [-20].

It just gets me to wondering:  What's the point value of Died During Character Generation?

And GURPS has enough values that you can stat-out a corpse.  Sessile, mute... I leave it as a challenge to the reader to make the corpse template.