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    GMerlon reacted to Walter_Sobchak in The Saudi Arabia is a Backwards, Laughable Shithole Thread   
    https://politics.theonion.com/trump-administration-urges-saudis-to-stick-to-killing-r-1829713565
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    GMerlon reacted to Toxn in General news thread   
    I think you two are seeing this thing from opposite ends.
     
    For the individual it is of course better (in terms of being more self-sufficient, having more options etc) to live on a large plot of land out in the country. But from a top-down "we need to use the minimum amount of resources to sustain the maximum amount of people" point of view sticking all your people close together is just inherently more efficient.
     
    I'd bring in a third issue, though: I think places like the UK, EU and Japan are already unsustainably overpopulated as it is, and rely on less overstretched ecologies (initially their colonies, then third-world agricultural zones and the US) to support them. I think importing the mojority of your calories and your population refusing to grow are clear signs of this. Worse yet, it is already known by agronomists that nearly all our agriculturally useful land is already under cultivation and that modern industrial farming eats up land over time through soil erosion, compaction, salt accumulation etc. We've reached the end of what fertilizer and bug spray can do, and GMOs are very limited both ITO what they're allowed to do and what they can accomplish on the more food for less input front (thermodynamics is a harsh mistress and all).
     
    My prediction for the next 100 years of food is a slow decline in the amount of meat consumed per capita (as meat gets more expensive) and a slow relative increase in the consumption of carbohydrates and alternate/recycled protein sources. All our diets will basically become more peasant-ish thanks to brute economics. On the plus side, though, obesity will become a self-solving problem.
     
    At the same time, I think that the levelling-off of population growth and concurrent development of compensatory technologies gives us a chance to enter a stable k-strategy eecological equilibrium over the next few centuries. This will be very difficult, but is infinitely preferable to a hard collapse scenario.
     
    I don't see the development of other technologies affecting this too much, with the sole exception of some sort of cheap energy source (fusion on a flatbed, basically) allowing us to effectively make more farmland underground or in the ocean.
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    GMerlon got a reaction from Collimatrix in The Small Arms Thread, Part 8: 2018; ICSR to be replaced by US Army with interim 15mm Revolver Cannon.   
    I ran across an interesting pistol today while browsing the web. One of those pretty guns that I wouldn't actually want to shoot.
     


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    GMerlon reacted to Hisname in The Small Arms Thread, Part 8: 2018; ICSR to be replaced by US Army with interim 15mm Revolver Cannon.   
    PSN-V pistol

    PV-17 pistol

    And the Belarusian modification of the "Strike" pistol.
     

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    GMerlon reacted to LoooSeR in The Small Arms Thread, Part 8: 2018; ICSR to be replaced by US Army with interim 15mm Revolver Cannon.   
    Hey, look at the handgun that was shown to Lukashenko during Belarusian-produced weapons expo:

     
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    GMerlon reacted to Alzoc in General news thread   
    Maybe at some point people will understand that intermittent and unpredictable renewable is both an economical and ecological non-sense :/
    (Especially when they have a life cycle of a mere 20 years)
     
    Want to produce electricity?
    Use nuclear if you can afford to and hydro where you can (the potential in sub-Saharian Africa is particularly huge).
     
    Want to reduce energy consumption on heating?
    Renovate old building and improve thermal insulation.
    Also cut the subsidy on electrical-solar and redirect them to thermal-solar: If we don't know how to store electricity we know damn well how to store heat in water.
     
    Want to reduce pollution due to traffic?
    Densify urban area and empty rural area.
    People can get around inside a city using public transportation and between city by using large scale public transport (trains for mid distance and plane for long trips).
     
    The last part however depend largely on peoples changing their habits and accepting to reduce their use of their personal car which is something you can only encourage and hope that people will follow.
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    GMerlon reacted to Ulric in Post Election Thread: Democracy Dies In Darkness And You Can Help   
    So at your next job interview can I make false accusations against you to make sure that you don't get the job? Also, are you familiar with the concepts of slander and liable? How about the concept of common law? Critical thinking?
     
    Presumption of innocence is a legal standard because it comes from a cultural standard. I love all these people mindlessly crowing about how presumption of innocence only applies in courts, without thinking about the ramifications of what they are saying. Presumption of innocence in the courts means nothing if it does not exist in society at large. We have gotten a taste of what it looks like over the years, and it's been a very bitter taste every time. The presumption of guilt is a direct product of prejudice, when the judgment is handed down before the case is even heard.
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    GMerlon reacted to Oedipus Wreckx-n-Effect in Post Election Thread: Democracy Dies In Darkness And You Can Help   
    Hmm, I wonder how the thread is doing-
     

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    GMerlon reacted to Sturgeon in Designing A Rifle From Scratch(ish)   
    There were a few things I wanted to do with this rifle. First and foremost, I wanted a roughly "AR-like" rifle that incorporated all or most of the reliability elements I had identified in the AK series: Friction reducing anti-rotation devices, long bolt overtravel, a large degree of underslide, and a clear ammunition feedway, to name some of them. At the same time, I wanted my execution of those features to be different than the AK, as "stuff an AK up the ass of an AR" has been done about thirty fucking times by this point. I also deliberately eschewed some of the design characteristics of the AR-15, such as the tube-shaped receiver and cylindrical bolt carrier, because I did not want the end product to be basically just a "redux" of the AR, either.
     
    Another feature I wanted to include was an extruded upper receiver because I had some ideas about how to do it while making it lighter, cheaper, and more adaptable. Also, three years ago I designed an optimized bolt lug contour, which I modified slightly and used as the basis for my bolt configuration. This contour was designed to maximize lug contact area, minimize lug rotation angle, and clear the rifle's feedway. You can see images of the study I did in 2015 below:
     

     

     

     
    The lug configuration I ended up using was the one in the second row of the last image, far right.
     
    I knew at the beginning that I wanted the rifle to be in 5.56mm by default. I also wanted it to be expandable to other calibers, so the diameters and lengths of the bolt, barrel extension, and other elements are hybridized between the AR-15, AR-10, and SCAR. It should be able to take conversion kits for rounds as big as .308 without any issues.
     
    I deliberately chose not to use USGI magazines for the rifle, for several reasons. Chiefly, the magazine is one of the most significant elements of the rifle and I wanted to design it myself. Second, AR mags are crap and designing your rifle around them is like designing a Formula-1 car to run on 87 octane. Third, the AR magazine well interior (which is necessary to make AR mags work) would not have allowed me to design a highly reliable and efficient drum magazine, which is something I am interested in.
     
    For the gas system, I chose to use a gas-tube-to-tappet arrangement because of the chosen bolt carrier configuration and to prevent gas from being blown into the receiver. Not that this is a major limitation of the AR series, but... Why not?

    Beyond all that, I designed everything to be both lightweight and durable, which means being very conscious of volume economy. Bigger guns are heavier and more fragile. Smaller guns are lighter and more robust. Because that's how mass works. So being small (within the parameters I set for myself) was important to me.
     
     
     
     
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    GMerlon got a reaction from Collimatrix in The Small Arms Thread, Part 8: 2018; ICSR to be replaced by US Army with interim 15mm Revolver Cannon.   
    I ran across an interesting pistol today while browsing the web. One of those pretty guns that I wouldn't actually want to shoot.
     


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    GMerlon got a reaction from Donward in The Meteorology Thread: Hector Lives   
    I'm currently in the middle of North Carolina. Most of the immediate concern here is the flooding. Aside from simply swamping things with water, the other big issue is that our sandy soil doesn't absorb water well, meaning that things like trees and telephone poles have tendency to become loose and then fall.
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    GMerlon reacted to Ulric in General news thread   
    In what world is calling the Israeli Military the Waffen SS even handed? Am I missing the firing squads, gas trucks, forced labour camps, confiscation of all valuables (including gold teeth), and extermination camps? How about the fucked up medical experiments? The only people who do not want a two state solution are the Palestinians. Like the Nazis, the Palestinians want to exterminate the Jews, they do not want to coexist with them. After everything that happened in world war two, I don't blame Israel for being extremely hostile to anyone who wants to remove them from existence. "Never again" is a very powerful motivator.
     
    That doesn't even get into how insulting it is to compare Jews to Nazis, but that's such a minor point here that it hardly matters. I would say that it would trigger some SJWs, but they hate Israel, too.
     
    How many times did your drunken mother drop you on your head as a child? Is that why your name is Sgt Sqaurehead?
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    GMerlon reacted to Toxn in Post Election Thread: Democracy Dies In Darkness And You Can Help   
    It's a definition, at least ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
     
    I hate having conversations with people where it turns out that you're talking about completely different topics but using the same term.
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    GMerlon reacted to LoooSeR in The Small Arms Thread, Part 8: 2018; ICSR to be replaced by US Army with interim 15mm Revolver Cannon.   
    From Syrian war exposition, photos by Denis Mokrushin
    https://zen.yandex.ru/media/twower/pistolety-siriiskih-boevikov-5b8505a12adcea00a9ededb2

     

     
     
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    GMerlon reacted to Toxn in Post Election Thread: Democracy Dies In Darkness And You Can Help   
    So, firstly, there has been no uncompensated siezure of land. And the compensated seizure of land fell over because it was at market rate. In fact, it was such a non-issue that Jacob Zuma (our previous president recently deposed in an internal party battle by Cyril Rhamaphosa) actually let the funding for the paid expropriation scheme drop to around 20% of the Thabo Mbeki era. The result is that whites currently own well over 70% of farm land in South Africa.
     
    Was this process perfectly squeeky clean? Heck no. Even under the paid compensation scheme dubious land claims were put through (the one which included my folk's shared farm went in literally on midnight on the last day for claims to be submitted) and the resulting handovers had a disturbing tendency to go to politically well-connected businessmen operating "on behalf of" the communities that had a usable claim wherever there were, say, potential mining rights involved.
     
    This new idea of making expropriation without compensation only came up about 10 minutes before Rhamaphosa captured the internal ANC vote and became the next leader of the party (and thus the president) by a whisker over his opposition, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma (who is a story all by herself). It seems that, in the horse trading which got him the vote, Rhamaphosa had to agree to back the expropriation-without-compensation scheme once he became president. This must have been a bitter pill, because he is basically a Davos drone come to power and one of his early crowning political achievements was to help draft our Constitution (which the expropriation-without-compensationists maintain needs to be amended to make this work). So the whole thing has been a bit of a slow-roll so far, with lots of committees and hearings before anything too drastic happens.
     
    The current news is that government has gone forwards with a 'test case' to see if expropriation-without-compensation can be done within the confines of our existing Constitutional provisions. Which it can't. This will inevitably turn into a giant, years-long fiasco in which our courts look at the issue before deciding that its bullshit and axing the whole thing. By which point the ANC will be safely past the 2019 elections and can go about pretending that this all never happened. That is, unless the EFF manages to out-maneuver them and so on.
     
    Make no mistake: this is all very worrying. There is a good chance that the ANC, if it wants to retain power and not slide into an era of coalition government, will play on this obvious sore spot in our national dialogue to keep the EFF from gaining more traction and help differentiate themselves from the DA. And, since a bunch of our minority parties do actually want honest-to-goodness expropriation, communism, rains of blood etc, a constitutional vote may actually take place and an amendment may pass. Which will promptly make king Goodwill Zwelethini explode and will also end up getting declared un-constitutional (improbable as that sounds), but that's a story for another day. 
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    GMerlon reacted to LoooSeR in Get Away, Damnit. (The Camping Thread)   
    This time i go run deeper into that forest:

     
     
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    GMerlon reacted to Hisname in The Small Arms Thread, Part 8: 2018; ICSR to be replaced by US Army with interim 15mm Revolver Cannon.   
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    Chimera Gun: This gun was home built from scavenged parts by one of the Iraqi SWAT team members I trained. It consists of an AK-47 receiver, a Browning Hi-Power pistol grip, PKM barrel, BB gun scope, and a custom made butt stock, magazine, and M16 style charging handle! I watched him shoot it on a number of occasions so I know it worked, but I always stood at a safe distance just in case.
    https://thenewsrep.com/77164/us-army-special-forces-weapons-report-card/
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    They say necessity is the mother of all invention and the extreme poverty often found in Iraq certainly creates a need. Readers of this website are surely familiar with the inventiveness of their adversary, many of you have seen the improvised remote detonators and home brewed microchips that have been jerry-rigged to a set of batteries to trigger an IED.
    Thankfully, some of these masters of improvisation work for the good guys. I worked with an Iraqi SWAT team member named Shahab who had a habit of creating bizarre chimera type weapons in his home workshop. Despite Shahab being a great soldier and a strong leader, I always made sure to stand off at a safe distance when he fired this thing out on our range.
    Look carefully and you can see that he cannibalized parts of various weapons and fabricated a few of his own. He took a AK-47 receiver, a Browning Hi-Power pistol grip, and a PKM barrel, cobbling them together with what I think was a bb-gun scope. He cut the stock himself and created a M16 style charging handle that actually worked!
     
    As a 18B, this Franken gun made me a little nervous but I never saw him have a malfunction with it much less the kind of catastrophic failure you might expect from the picture.
    A co-worker rotated back into Iraq the next year to work with Shahab again, who had by now built himself a home made 40mm grenade launcher. He kept bugging my friend for a M203 grenade to “test fire” but needless to say he had to decline...
     
    https://www.military.com/kitup/2011/08/frankengun-gooood.html
     
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    GMerlon reacted to LoooSeR in The Small Arms Thread, Part 8: 2018; ICSR to be replaced by US Army with interim 15mm Revolver Cannon.   
    Stechkin's Abakan (TKB-0146).
    https://www.kalashnikov.ru/abakan-stechkina-avtomat-stechkina-tkb-0146/

     

     
       Bullpup, system of "recoil impulse shifted in time", 2-stage feed system (a year before it was implemented by Nikonov on his ASM), ejection to the front above a trigger grip, non-reciprocating charging handle. 3 firemodes - "2" - 2 round burst (at around 2000 RPM), and "O-A" - combined semi-auto and full auto (pressing trigger intil first "step" will fire weapons in semi-auto, pressing it futher will swtich to full auto fire in 600 RPM).
     
     
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    GMerlon reacted to Toxn in Post Election Thread: Democracy Dies In Darkness And You Can Help   
    Forwarding "We will fight until the last American" as the new NATO motto.
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    GMerlon reacted to Walter_Sobchak in Tanks of the Commonwealth in WWII thread   
    Since we don't have a thread for British and Commonwealth tanks of WWII, I thought I would start one.  
     
    Check out this manufacturers instructional video on the Crusader.
     
     
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    GMerlon reacted to LoooSeR in The Small Arms Thread, Part 8: 2018; ICSR to be replaced by US Army with interim 15mm Revolver Cannon.   
    https://vk.com/kalashism?w=wall-160278262_1072
    Weapon made in some Pakistan village, based on Sten

     
     
     
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    GMerlon reacted to Alzoc in The UK Brave Space For Shitposting and Other Opinions Thread   
    I wonder why I even bothered replying^^
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