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IF the linked article is indeed factual, this bothers me.  Tire manufacturers supposedly have started putting "chips" in tires..  They say that this is a GREAT way for the manufacturers and dealers to "keep track" of them; to know where they are in a warehouse, or in storage facility, etc.  Isn't that a GREAT idea........  I also have some ocean front property in Arizona that I am selling really cheap.  With a chip in your tires, guess who can track ANYWHERE you go, and how long you stay there.  They can track how many miles you drive, and how fast you drive.  Remember a couple of months ago, when Nancy Pelosi and some of her swine ilk, suggested taxing people by how many miles they drive.  This would make it really easy for the Government to determine that.  I concur with the author of the linked article below.  This is specifically and ONLY, to allow the Government or some other group, to track you.  Your car insurance company can track how fast you drive, or if you stop at liquor stores often.  Stores can track where you go shopping.  A private eye hired by your spouse can track if you have been at some stray woman's house for an hour or two every afternoon instead of playing golf, like you told your wife.  Local LEO can determine if you speed a lot when on the road.  And then they can be alerted when you are headed somewhere, and be waiting for you.  I am sure the LEO will at some point say, "Oh, if your car is stolen, this will allow us to find it for you quickly."  And as the Government ALWAYS claims, "it is for your SAFETY."  Yeah, right.  But putting them in the tires is very clever.  If you put a chip just about anywhere else on a car, a person with the right sensing tools might be able to find it, and remove it.  But in a tire; if you dig around for it, you are potentially damaging it enough to have a flat at some point.  I know millions of people chip their pets, which I think is good.  I was under the impression that you can chip your kid, as a measure if they are ever missing for some reason.  I guess you can put a chip in anything.  But I think that chipping a private citizen's vehicle tires, is something that somebody is going to take advantage of.  And you may think I am paranoid, but I BET, that many electronic devices made overseas, have a similar chip in them, that would allow somebody to access your computer, phone, or whatever.... just in case they needed to.  MM

https://www.ericpetersautos.com/2018/07/13/chipped-tires/

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The "Gyrojet" pistols and carbines.  They were a flop, but they are sure bringing big money now from collectors.  They were pricey back then.  They were for the most part, useless, but a fun novelty toy none the less.  Did any of y'all ever have one, or shoot one.  It was said that someone in my area had one, but I was just a little kid, and didn't know him.  I have never seen one except at a gunshow.  On the sidebar of the video, there is another video on making rocket motors for Estes type rockets, out of..... sugar and that powdered stump remover stuff you can buy at Walmarcado.  THAT looks like fun.  MM

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A rare species of rattlesnakes, that are white and blend in with concrete.  I guarantee NOBODY would be squatting if these little fellows were roaming around.  But then, the city would have to spend millions on free underwear for the street people.  Maxime Waters would demand that they be exterminated since obviously, they were "racist" snakes, being white.  MM
https://www.star-telegram.com/news/local/article214825735.html

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It is a new composite material just invented/patented about three years ago.  Instead of using fiber glass or carbon graphite strands as it's main component, it uses.... flax.  Flax is a plant that can be grown just about anywhere, thereby, it is really cheap.  I guess it is like micarta, but in a very thin
 product.  So, flax fibers/strands are put into a mold of whatever shape, with the proper resin.  I assume pressure is applied, and viola, you have a composite material that is almost as sturdy as the other modern composites, and it looks like wood when it is finished, if a clear resin is used.  The process is a bit more complicated than that, but that is it in a nutshell.  It was developed by a Mom and Pop custom guitar company, wanting something as strong as modern composites, but more "organic" so to speak.  I am surprised George Washington Carver did not invent this a hundred and fifty years ago.  If they further develop this, and use some type of organic based resin, perhaps made out of soybeans or some other plant, it would be totally organic.  And extremely strong.  Do any of y'all remember "tweed" stuff back in the fifties.  Suitcases, guitar amp coverings, and such were covered in tweed, and some companies would "lacquer" it, and it made it one heck of a durable covering.  Ekoa reminds me of that, but it is MUCH stronger and shape-able.  The first thing that comes to my mind, would be a canoe made out of it.  But a lot of outdoors type products could also be made out of it.  Axe handles, gunstocks, various containers.  I am sure it is expensive now, but so was aluminum when it first came out.  (The little pyramid cap on the tip top of the Washington Monument was made of the most expensive metal at the time, aluminum.  Now it is worth a dollar or two).  I will keep my eyes open for other stuff coming out made of this stuff in the next few years.  MM

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It seems that a teenager got chased up a tree in Florida, by an alligator.  A 911 call brought a Sheriff's Deputy to the scene, and he dispatched it with the dreaded "black rifle," his AR-15.  I wonder if the Libmonkeys are going to find some problem with this event.  Anyway, I'd say the deputy had a lot of balls walking into this scenario, because he did not know how many gators might have been present, or just off in the bushes, or how hungry they were.  And at least he was sufficiently armed for the occasion.  One of the beasts I wanted to collect on my dashed dreamed trip to Africa, was a croc.  And many of the PH's that I had read up on, recommended "as large a caliber rifle as you can shoot accurately."  Many recommended a .375 H&H, perhaps if the shot was not well placed.  I wonder if they let the deputy skin the gator; he deserved at least that.  And some restaurants around here serve alligator.  MM
https://www.clickorlando.com/news/florida-teen-chased-up-tree-by-monster-alligator-saved-by-hero-deputy

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It is only a little over a minute long.  I had seen this a couple of years ago, maybe many of you have also.  But I ran across it just now.  Supposedly, it is from a movie, so it is fake, but I think that it tells a good story; about life.   It is a fight between a "kickboxer," and a U.S. Marine.  In my mind, the kickboxer represents a lot of people.  He represents the News Media.  He represents Maxine Waters, and many of her ilk, who want to "fight" and disrupt everything that is good in this Country, just for their own glory.  He represents the babies, cryers, whiners, leeches, the gun-grabbers, Hollywood, the do-nothings, and the complainers throughout our land.  They all have a song and a dance.  They are all about themselves and showmanship.  The U.S. Marine, represents Donald Trump, but if you do not care for Donald Trump, you could instead say, that perhaps he represents all of us in the "silent majority," that are really starting to get tired of putting up with all this monkey bunkie crap that is going on everywhere.  Keep that in mind, as you watch it.  It is short.. and sweet.  MM

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A older gentleman friend of mine's college room mate passed away a couple of months ago, and his widow asked him to disperse his fifty year collection of firearms, maybe fifty items.  They had no children, and she isn't into guns.  That is so sad.  But anyway, he had some really good pieces.  If I wouldn't be almost broke, I would have taken a number of them.  She had suggested taking 70% of what they Blue Booked at.  She wanted them gone.  One buyer bought ALL the handguns, maybe twenty.  One rifle that caught my eye, and was affordable, was a 1968 or so, Ruger 10-22 with a period correct Weaver 3/4 inch variable scope on it.  It had been shot a lot, as all 10-22's should be, but it was in great condition for a fifty year old gun.  The scope is not much, but adequate.  Too bad it didn't have one of those skinny Redfields from that era on it.  NO PLASTIC parts like the new ones have.  The wood is really nice.  And the wood to metal fit is exceptional.  At that time, Ruger was trying to make a name for itself, and I think, put some real craftsmanship into their products.  My .44 Deerslayer from that era is really nice as well.  Anyway, I cannot see to shoot anymore, but I bet it will shoot well.  I'll let my Grandsons have at in in a couple of years, unless I get flooded again.  He still has a Winchester 1886 in .45-75, unless he mistyped that, and an 1892 in .38-40, but those are pricey.  MM

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When I was more active, I used my plain jane folding Army entrenching tool ALL THE TIME for various jobs.  This more modern version from Cold Steel, with Soviet lineage, takes it a little further.  And they are somewhat cheap at under $25.  What a GREAT "camping tool" to have in your vehicle.  MM
   

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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / Just a wolf
« on: June 19, 2018, 05:25:25 PM »
As texweatherby posted on my original post about the "wolf/dog" hybrid recently shot by a rancher in Montana, the DNA results came back, and they say that it is just a grey wolf.  That is, I guess, all fine and good, but EVERYONE that saw the beast, was baffled as to it's lineage.  And these were people with outdoors experience.  And we have all been "officially" lied to by the Government.  But I guess the story is laid to rest.  I think that it is a shame, because of being lied to so many times in the past, and later found out, that we cannot trust many things that the government tells us.  Remember the Government films about how safe DDT was.  And one other story that comes to mind, from many years ago:  I commercial airline pilot called in, that a "silver colored object" had been shadowing his plane, several hundred yards off of his left wing tip for about a half hour.  Ground control came back a few minutes later, that they had contacted a local Air Force Base, and was told that it was merely a weather balloon.  The pilot radioed back that he was unaware that we had weather balloons that could fly at 450 knots.  MM
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/dna-test-reveals-identity-of-mysterious-wolf-creature-shot-in-montana/

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A friend sent me this, I thought I should share it.  MM

“Eleven teens die each day because of texting while driving. Maybe it’s time to raise the age of Smartphone ownership to 21.”

“If gun control laws actually worked, Chicago would be Mayberry.”

“The Second Amendment makes more women equal, than the entire feminist movement ever has.”



“Legal gun owners have 300 million guns and probably a trillion rounds of ammo. Seriously, folks, if we were the problem, you’d know it.”

“When JFK was killed, nobody blamed the rifle.”

“The NRA murders 0 people and receives $0 in government funds. Planned Parenthood kills 350,000 babies every year and receives $500,000,000 in tax dollars annually.”

“I have no problem with vigorous background checks when it comes to firearms.  While we’re at it, let’s do the same when it comes to immigration and voter I.D.”

“You don’t need a smoke detector; that’s what the fire department is for. If you think that sounds stupid, now you know how I feel when you say I don’t need a gun.”

“Folks keep talking about another Civil War. This would be interesting.  One side knows how to shoot and has a trillion rounds of ammunition. The other side has crying closets and is confused about which bathroom to use.”

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I am not sure of what all of these acronyms stand for, but someone chose the 6.5 Creedmoor over the .260 Rem.  I would have thought switching .308 weapon systems to a different caliber would have been easier, if going to a new caliber based on the same case as the .308.  And I also thought  that the big discussion was changing out the 5.56 systems to a larger caliber, and that the .308 systems were just fine for what they are asked to do.  But what do I know.  They said that the two cartridges were essentially as good as the other, but they thought that there was "more room for better loads" with the Creedmoor.  I could care less.  Everything I have read about both calibers is good.  Check the link below if interested.  MM

http://soldiersystems.net/2018/03/23/ussocom-adopts-6-5-cm/

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I thought this was interesting.  When I lived in Austin, there was a fellow in the subdivision that had a wolf hybrid, and it was fabulously gorgeous.  I asked him about it.  He said that it was the runt of the litter, and he chose it for that reason, hoping that it might have a milder temperament; and SO FAR, he said that it acted like any other big dog that he had owned.  But I have heard lots of horror stories about the wolf hybrids.  I would consider owning one, but there are so many stupid people around where I live, I would fear that I could never let it out of the house because someone would shoot it.  I had a pet coyote many years ago, and heard through the grapevine in town that one fellow had taken a shot at it right by my house, not knowing that it was tame.  The coyote was not a bad pet, but he did not know
 his strengths.  I would have never let anyone less than a grown adult be around him.  He disappeared one day, so perhaps someone got him.  If you read the article, it seems that Montana has some workable laws about defending your property against "predators."  It is too bad that that list of "predators" cannot be expanded a bit to include a "few other species."  MM

https://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/news/2018/05/24/wolf-dog-dogman-some-mysterious-creature-montanans-look-answers/634379002/

 Mysterious wolf-like creature shot in northcentral Montana near Denton

Mysterious wolf-like creature shot in northcentral Montana near Denton
"We have no idea what this was," said Bruce Auchly, from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. "Our game wardens wen...





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I have almost killed myself while on a tractor a couple of times.  All situations, totally brain farts on my end; just stupidity.  Well a fellow that I knew in a neighboring town, we were not friends, but we knew each other, met his demise the other day on his tractor.  He had just turned fifty-eight in April.  He has been operating tractors and such, probably since his legs were long enough to reach the pedals.  I spoke with a work colleague of his in line behind me at the viewing, and he said that this fellow was a Teamster, and "certified and licensed to drive anything with wheels.  His safety record was perfect."  Of course no one knows what exactly happened, but it was surmised, that as he was shredding weeds around his house, his shredder "hooked" a post, or a small tree, causing an instant "jolt" which threw him forward and off of the tractor, and then the shredder slipped around the stoppage, and the tractor proceeded to run over him.   Left a wife of thirty-five years, but I do not think that they had kids.  He was real active in hunting and outdoors stuff, and I think I heard someone say that he built really nice deer feeders on the side.  I think tractors kill you because they are so slow, and a person thinks that "nothing can happen at that slow of a speed, that I can't get out of."  Not so.  As Spring is here and most of us are getting on the tractors and and other equipment to do the outdoor chores, please try to minimize the "brain farts," they can get you hurt bad.  You can never be TOO safe.  MM

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It was put out by Starline, so there is some sales pitch stuff in it and towards the end.  Many of you will know quite a bit of this info, but for those that do not, you might enjoy it.  It mentions Mr. Roy some, since his "wildcats" turned out to be some great cartridges.  MM

https://www.starlinebrass.com/articles/How-to-Make-Wildcat-Cartridges--Wildcat-Ammo-Loading-Guide/?

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Around the Campfire (General Discussion) / "Therapy" Dogs
« on: May 02, 2018, 11:57:34 PM »
I read a little bit of an article yesterday talking about "therapy" dogs, and that more and more Americans are acquiring them, to help them with "healing" from physical and mental ailments.  My question is:   Are not most ALL dogs, "therapy" dogs.  After reading many posts on The Nation from y'all over the years, about your special dogs and what they mean to you, I take it that most all of y'all, love, respect, and treasure your dogs as much as I do, and we get "therapy" from their companionship daily.  I know my dog, administers mental therapy to me many times a day, every time he comes to me and nuzzles my leg and I scratch his ears, or that "sweet spot" on his back just in front of his tail.  My dog has helped me get through this entire flood situation by standing by my side through it all.  He "heals" me, and makes my days better.  Perhaps he is not a "certified" therapy dog, but he damn sure is "bonafide."  I love dogs.  MM

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