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  1. 3 points
    Virdea

    Your Gun Porn Thread

    It was on the end of a line of AK47s. The pawn shop dealt in guns that it sold to the local gangs - mostly to the girlfriends of gang members since the actual gangers could not buy guns. The Model 8 was from an estate sale - the dealer picked it up as part of the sale and could not unload it. He tried to even get the gangers to take it as part of his 3-1 sales deal - buy three AKs and get the Model 8 at 100 bucks. I saw it with a 325 price tag. I had to get some power tools and offered him 25 bucks for the rifle. Sold. I ran the serial on NCIC and confirmed I was its second owner, and that it was not stolen. To this day I chuckle over those chrome plated and pink AK47s with 50 rd mags and 100 rd drums with price tags at 2 grand each, and I walked out with a piece of history for the cost of a Mcdonalds meal. Yakima WA, you have to love it.
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    Collimatrix

    Christopher Lee has died.

    Here is the anecdote in question. The director and cast interviews on the LOTR DVDs mention it as well. I recall another film cast interview that mentions Lee telling vague campfire stories about derring-do in the desert, and the actor being interviewed figured it was just an old man telling tales. Up until it came to a part in the film where they had to throw some knives for a scene, that is, and it turned out that Christopher Lee was really, really good at throwing knives.
  3. 2 points
    Brick Fight

    Food and Putting it in Our Faces

    I cook for a living which is why I don't have the impressive militaria/machine knowledge you folks have. I've worked as chef and cook for several different types of kitchens, and although it can be pretty hot, long, and thankless work, I get off a little on being able to create something the way I do. I currently run a food truck with my friend, and we make Mexican food in as an authentic way as we can. After years of the faux-French cooking prevalent in American kitchens, it's been fun, yet difficult to start doing things like soaking & grinding corn for tortillas/tamales, or making our own cheese and sour cream from scratch. Current project is to make our own goat chevre from goat milk. I've also found myself tearing down preconceptions in my mind of what seems to be commonly-held "knowledge" in the culinary world. The big one lately has been produce prices. While it's convenient and supposedly cheaper to have a food proprieter deliver produce for you on a reliable schedule, we've been having an easy time of getting produce from the market where we work. Most people look at the retail prices of farmers' market prices here and wonder how we can buy the stuff and get away with it. After dealing the farmers long enough, we found that whatever they can't sell at a market has to go for wholesale at auctions later. Their product goes away for some pretty medeival prices (especially for the Amish, who can't easily travel to and from the auctions). So, we just started seeing what they'd like to get rid of, and offering more than what they'd get (and less than retail) for some cases. As a result, farmers have become friendly and open to selling us large amounts of fantastic seasonal produce for very agreeable prices. So is anyone curious about cooking/the food industry or have anything they want to discuss? If anyone's interested, I'll keep up on our little science experiments and trips. I've also had plans for a food blog where I want to teach people how to cook. Not like "here's some recipes." I want to teach someone how to efficiently feed themselves and others the way some cook making 200 perfect meals a night would.
  4. 2 points
    Sturgeon

    T92 Light Tank Video

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    Sturgeon

    Your Gun Porn Thread

    reassign member group drop down ↓ Validating Members Banned >Banned member "Virdea" has been assigned to group "banned"
  6. 2 points
    Belesarius

    Christopher Lee has died.

    Saruman is dead. http://www.thestar.com/entertainment/movies/2015/06/11/christopher-lee-known-for-roles-from-count-dracula-to-saruman-dies.html He worked with SOE in WWII, and my favorite Christopher Lee moment was when Peter Jackson was taking to him m and trying to describe how he should react to someone dying from a sword,he was like. "I know what someone having their throat cut sounds like." On his Service in WWII : "I was attached to the SAS from time to time but we are forbidden – former, present, or future – to discuss any specific operations. Let's just say I was in Special Forces and leave it at that. People can read in to that what they like." Truly a great character actor, and a great character in his own right.
  7. 2 points
    Collimatrix

    The Merkava, Israel's Chieftain?

    Originally posted on Tanknet: Sven Berge, designer of S-tank and Israel Tal, father of Merkava, conspire to make a bizarre, but unstoppable super-tank.
  8. 2 points
    EnsignExpendable

    Scale Models Megathread

    This guy's diorama is simply amazing, it even looks like a painting. http://imgur.com/a/u33o3
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    Collimatrix

    NB-36 Video

    From the Unwanted Blog:
  10. 1 point
    Brick Fight

    Your Gun Porn Thread

    Don't ruin this for me.
  11. 1 point
    Donward

    Your Gun Porn Thread

    I seem to recall you mentioning earlier that you got it at a disreputable pawn shop in the Yak. "We Fence Everything And Pass the Savings On to YOU!"
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    D.E. Watters

    T92 Light Tank Video

    That would be Irwin Barr.
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    Tied

    T92 Light Tank Video

    i got something to
  17. 1 point
    Meplat

    Scale Models Megathread

    Part of scale modelling is hiding or dealing with defects/flaws in the kits. When you get into building them for others, you can leave a lot of detail off, as long as the customer is happy. You're creating the artistic impression of the vehicle, rather than a perfect scale model. (I've tried doing that. It's never-ending.1/35 track pins suck.)
  18. 1 point
    Xlucine

    Frozen In Time

    'Blood cells' found in dino fossils
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    D.E. Watters

    Your Gun Porn Thread

    That looks more like the Peace Officer Equipment Company extended magazine, and not the Krieger. http://thegreatmodel8.remingtonsociety.com/?page_id=659
  20. 1 point
    Virdea

    Your Gun Porn Thread

    Her name is George, and she was my first rifle that was not military or a 22. My grandfather carried and used a model 8.
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    Brick Fight, In my study of different cultures I start with food and only study how they kill each other at the end. This subject is fascinating to me. My family is farmers and the how and why is always fascinating. Many (I say many, but I mean more than before) restaurants have started to make deals with farms. The farms grow what the restaurants want. The restaurants pay for the product. With the volatility of restaurants I am interested in how local regulation can support farmers in regional areas. I used to hitch hike from the Texas border to Chiapas every year during my vacation, when I had money and was young and stupid, and many farmers in Mexico set up roadside stands from which they sold produce from the farmers and cooked it up for truckers and the occasional gringo idiot like me. By the way, if your truck were within 50 miles of any state I work in now I would visit it and eat one of each thing on your menu.
  22. 1 point
    Virdea

    Your Gun Porn Thread

    This is my Mod8 - serial number for 1907, pistol grips. Strippers are not original but work in this gun.
  23. 1 point
    Khand-e

    Your Gun Porn Thread

    As tempting as joining the MAS cult on the forum sounds. Something along the lines of this little number is still really high priority as far as older guns go. potential heresy note, did they ever make a wooden pistol grip for the actual grip and not just the front foregrip? adding that to the above would make it perfect for me.
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    The funny part is we actually did joke a few times about how Alex C. would dominate at playing that game when we played a while ago, unfortunately, he didn't pull out a KPV or the Breech loading of an Abrams as we hoped for. But Olifant did meet his match!
  25. 1 point
    xthetenth

    I Learned Something Today

    Grilled cheese belongs with worcestershire sauce or balsamic vinegar if it's using mozzarella.
  26. 1 point
    Sturgeon

    Your Gun Porn Thread

    Just put down for this baguette rifle:
  27. 1 point
    What is ITAR? International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) is a set of U.S. government regulations that control the export and import of defense-related articles and services on the U.S. Munition List (USML).[1] These regulations implement the provisions of the Arms Export Control Act, and are described in Title 22 (Foreign Relations), Chapter I (Department of State), Subchapter M of the Code of Federal Regulations. The Department of State interprets and enforces ITAR. Its goal is to safeguard U.S. national security and further U.S. foreign policy objectives. Is this a Democrat thing? No. It was passed in 1976 and supported by congress since then. This recent furor is because Obama is trying to get rid of guns? No, the ITAR changes listed in the Federal register are mostly being done by technocrats who hold positions on civil service contracts that prevent politicization of their jobs. That is why they are put into the Federal Register. Technocrats have to tell everyone when they monkey with a reg so people have time to react. Could This Affect Bloggers? Absolutely, if they are exporters. An exporter is someone who sells a product to a foreign entity for money. A blogger who knowingly sells information, even openly available information, to a nation or NGO on a watch list can be fined or charged for violating ITAR. This does not mean that they have to stop foreign nationals from visiting their blogs and earning them advertising dollars. It means that if they get a paycheck for their writing for a foreign source they need to do due diligence to find out what the money is for and who is giving them the money. So, for example, if a blogger is hired by China to write an article on the capabilities of US ships, they can be fined or jailed for this. The big ones that are of concerns is ISIS, Boko Harum, the Taliban, and the like. Do You Have an Example? Yes. ISIS contacts a blogger and asks for an article on how to execute soldiers wearing standard US helmet without removing them from their heads. They offer the blogger $10,000 for the service. The blogger complies and gives them the article and gets the money. They have now violated ITAR. What About the First Amendment? Justices for 200 years have provided less freedom to commercial speech than political, so this speech, as it is commercial, faces stiffer regulations. If the blogger writes an article on how to execute US soldiers and posts on their own website? They need to talk to a lawyer, but they have not exported the product, as they received no money, and they were not contracted by a foreign power for the information. Distasteful information is covered by the First Amendment. What changes actually happened? The changes to ITAR are mostly on the subject of collation of open information. It is possible under the old regulations that a person who merely collated public information as a service for ISIS could be innocent as they were not providing new information. Why then is the NRA concerned? We are coming into a presidential season and the NRA's top candidates are already in trouble in the polls. The NRA is a massively expensive organization to run with hundreds of people paid six figures or more, and a larger member base of lifetime members. The only way to raise the HUGE money needed to keep the current political influence is to rouse the party base on trivial or non-existence issues. This also confirms to Washington NRA power. If the NRA can create buzz around a lie, then it is more powerful because it could bring down politicians who do not follow their fiat for any reason, even one without a factual basis.
  28. 1 point
    Tied

    Historical Pictures Thread

    WWII --- Japanese aircraft in flames, struck by anti-aircraft fire from USS Hornet (Okinawa 3-18-45). The last respites of the war did not hesitate to claim as many young men's lives as possible Elm Street in Dallas, 1945 Man looks over the construction of the Glomfjord power plant, Norway, cirka 1920 Grigori Rasputin with Alexandra Feodorovna and her children, the Russian royal family, 1908. They look like brats Navy pilots on leave dancing with their dates in Hawaii (1944). Bumper V-2, the first missile launched from Cape Canaveral, lifts off. July 24, 1950. Four MPs read about German surrender in Stars and Stripes newspaper, May 1945 Concorde flying over Djibouti (circa 1988-1989), escorted by French fighter jets since President François Mitterrand was on board. Partisans operating in the forests of Belarus - WW2 (September 1943) WWII --- British "Hawker Hurricane" fighter is loaded with ammunition (France c. Sep 1939 - May 1940) December 4th 1943 possible scout plane from the USS Yorktown photographs Japanese air base on Kwajalein Atoll Ibo separatist guerrilla near Biafra, Nigeria (Colorized) Flight in its infancy: Wilbur Wright (of the Wright Brothers) clinging to his flying machine after an unsuccessful trial, December 14, 1903 Apollo 16 Astronaut Charles Duke (the 10th man out of 12 to walk on the moon) placed a photograph of his family on the surface of the moon a short distance from the landing module on their last day on the moon, April 24, 1972, this toke place less than 80 years after the previous photo
  29. 1 point
    Hehe yeah, been busy, very very busy. But, I figured it was about time that I actually post instead of being some creepy lurker.
  30. 1 point
    This is not Sturgeon demanding this of us, but a request. Out of respect for Sturgeon we should remember it is his income and this is his forum.
  31. 1 point
    Donward

    Your Gun Porn Thread

    Since we are packing for Alaska. Here is Cricket and Charlie. His and her matching revolvers... The Model 629 .44 Magnum is "Charlie" my wife's Alaska gun which she got when the four-legged (and two-legged) vermin up on the Last Frontier got too much. The Ruger SP101 .357 Magnum is "Cricket" and my EDC gun. Up in Alaska, the philosophy is that it is pretty much a noise-maker to get bears to move along. As such I usually load two or three rounds of .38 Special as a more affordable option. My wife anthropomorphizes everything.
  32. 1 point
    LoooSeR

    Go Home Robots, You're Drunk!

    First comment: "DERPA".
  33. 1 point
    Doctor Who taught me that the best defense against killer robots is stairs. I am glad to see that this advice works.
  34. 1 point
    Donward

    Historical Pictures Thread

    Tied. I know sometimes it must be frustrating putting together these awesome photo montages here and at the WoT forums and they don't create a lot of conversation. I think it is in part because they are so God damn awesome that all that I know I can do is say, "Wow. Where the hell did that broad 1970s Soviet stereotype find these?" Like a massive Fourth of July fireworks display or a sunset over the Olympic Mountains in the summer, sometimes all the viewer can do is look and silently applaud.
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    Yeah. I kept scrolling down, expecting it to pick up elsewhere or wondering where the Jump to next page link was. I'm assuming the author's lower intestine leaped out of his sphincter and strangled him and the War is Boring guys decided to run the piece anyway.
  36. 1 point
    Donward

    Historical Pictures Thread

    That is some spectacularly good color retouching!
  37. 1 point
    Japan is and was weird.
  38. 1 point
    Donward

    Historical Pictures Thread

    I saw someone in Off Topic posted a link to National Review that had a photo montage of the Battle of Okinawa. Sure enough, they included the photo of my great uncle "Bud" Hocking who is the tall and gangly BAR man on the left. http://www.nationalreview.com/slideshows/battle-okinawa#3 And of course the Hocking cheekbones which all of the men in my family have. Sadly, Uncle Bud didn't survive the battle and - according to family lore - was shot by a "sniper" at Shuri Castle. A few months earlier, Bud was detailed as one of the Marines in President Roosevelt's funeral train honor guard since he was so tall and looked handsome in his uniform. And it was all unfair considering the war was already lost to everyone except the madmen running Japan. His mother saw this photo in one of news magazines of the day (I can't remember which one) and it became a family heirloom since it was the last photo of her favorite son which she never really quite got over. He's buried at Washelli Cemetary here in Seattle. We try to visit him on Memorial Day when he have the chance.
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    When you consider that Hitler was simply a motivational speaker, one of those envision-what-you-dream-and-make-it-true types, it all begins to make a little more sense. That and Adolf was damn lucky at avoiding death throughout most of his life. But then motivational speakers have always creeped me out. And this goes back to my school days when they'd march the entire student body into the gym or auditorium to listen to some stranger talk to us about whatever idiotic fad that was the hot button social topic at the time.
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