I can now tell the difference between an AR-15 and a Glock. Time for me to start working as a journalist.
Bonus point: the gun manufacturers don’t want you to know this, but a magazine and a clip are the same thing. Also, when you shoot somebody, they disappear and clips (which are the same as magazines) appear. It doesn’t matter if that person was firing a totally different gun, didn’t have a gun at all, or wasn’t even a person; they’ll have clips.
“We’re not some banana republic,” according to President Obama. This is probably due to all of the farm subsidies keeping people from growing bananas.
In other totally-not-a-banana-republic news:
John Hinderaker notes that socialism always results in toilet paper shortages. People in Nicaragua during the Sandinista dictatorship found a way around that: they used the local currency. This is one of the few cases in which the use-value of fiat currency is greater than its medium of exchange value.
Another fun example is when people wallpapered their houses in German currency during the 1920s, as the currency was cheaper than actually buying wallpaper.
Scott Walker is a genius. Yet another Wisconsin teacher’s union has been decertified as its members show that the union does not, in fact, represent its supposed constituency (it does represent its true constituency: leftists). Given that unions are huge donors to Democratic candidates, this has long-term political consequences. If Republicans in other states follow Walker’s lead, those compulsory unions won’t have nearly as much money to funnel into Democratic candidates.
Another good idea would be to force Obamacare-supporting unions to engage in Obamacare rather than getting waivers. They pushed for this bill to pass, so they should suffer its consequences.
Derbycon has begun. I’ll be in Louisville for the next few days enjoying the conference. I have a few posts pre-scheduled, and hopefully will have some thoughts on the conference up here next week.
Bruce Schneier has a few essays on this topic. He tries to work out ways to secure yourself against the NSA, but the real fight is going to be among the Internet engineers.
The impressively bearded Jack Daniel brings up a very interesting question: can you trust NSA employees? How do you really know they’re former NSA employees and not just “former” employees? The problem is that so many eggs are in that one basket: for decades, the NSA has been on the top shelf when it comes to cryptography and other security-related issues, and there are only so many top-notch security people around without any NSA influence, so a big company is really limiting itself if it goes down this route.
I took my final MCSA exam today, this one on implementing a data warehouse in SQL Server 2012. I needed a 700 to pass and got exactly 700. The economist in me is pleased that I spent exactly the amount of time and effort necessary studying in order to pass this examination.
It’s a horrible shame that the government doesn’t prohibit which people can come together to eat a common meal.
Oh, by the way, be sure to donate $1500 to your local Democratic candidate so you too can go to a fundraising dinner party. Those are totally different because in those cases, you’re giving money to Democrats, whereas they aren’t getting the money in these unregulated, possibly-dangerous dinner parties.