The Cost Of The UK’s Monarchy

…is apparently negative 160 million pounds or so. I thought these were interesting enough to post and I feel like I need to post occasionally! Via comment by The Tory on Takimag Here is the annual report for the Crown Estate for 2012. Net profits were 240.2 million which all go to Parliament and out […]

Soccer Mercenaries

The US Men’s Soccer team has 23 players, 7 of which are dual citizens. These players could chose which country to play for. What are the odds that they chose which country they would play for based on their chances for making the team and that team’s chances in the tournament? The answer below. Five […]

This Sounds Like Fun

Hemispheres Magazine In a flash, one of my captors whipped a sack over my head. I heard the sucking sound of duct tape. He looped a strand around my neck, and then another several times over and around my wrists. It happened so fast that I barely had time to panic. Then my unseen assailant […]


VIA Spec-Ops Medic His Navy Cross citation — reads: The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Navy Cross to Corporal Clifford M. Wooldridge, United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary heroism while serving as Vehicle Commander, Combined Anti-Armor Platoon White, Weapons Company, Third Battalion, Seventh Marines, Regimental Combat Team 2, […]

Bigger, Smaller, Bigger

A hypothetical fight between  UFC welterweight george St Pierre and UFC Middleweight Anderson Silva spawned an experiment by St Pierre’s trainers and what I can only assume is a masochist. Nate Green gained, cut and regained 20lbs in 34 days.  The first link has the full write up, here is a briefer link. Here’s the […]

Africa, Whatcha Gonna Do?

Telegraph A mystery South African man who acted as a sign-language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service was a “fraud” who simply made “childish hand gestures” for hours as he stood on stage. Deaf groups say the man, who has not yet been identified, made no sense in any language to those relying on him […]

Grand Theory Of Unification

Slush Factory For the purposes of our demonstration, we postulate that any TV show that shares characters with another series is in the same universe as that series. With the help of the guys at the Milestone E-group and their discovery of a wondrous TV crossover website that lists an astonishingly large list of spinoffs […]

State Capitols

State Capitol Buildings and museums are the only chance most of us have to see great architecture from before the modern (and, even worse, post-modern!) styles metastasized. So, to remind everybody that architecture wasn’t always a dirty word, here’s a pictorial post of State Capitol buildings beginning with ours.             […]

The Ultimate Prepper

I’m watching the Tremors marathon on AMC and it it occurs to me that Bert Gummer is the ultimate prepper. He’s moved to a doomstead in the desert, water filtration, his house is off grid with solar power, he’s got plenty of radios, 1000 gallons of gas, air filtration, food stock piled etc. One other […]

American Blackout TV Show

I just saw a commercial for American Blackout on Nat Geo. It caught my attention because of the drill scheduled for November. From the TV by the Numbers: “On Sunday, October 27, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, the lights will go out. American Blackout, National Geographic Channel’s two-hour, edge-of-your-seat movie event imagines the story of a […]

Grid Down Survival

This is just some thoughts triggered by these two posts. The first one talks about the need for multiple people to affect survival in a long term  grid down scenario.  Ishi, the last Yahi, was born and lived his life in the 19th Century California wilderness. He had the skills, but when his last two […]

So, Sinkholes Are Weird, Right?

This Louisiana sonkhole is 24 acres and growing. This 90 foot deep, 200-300- foot wide sinkhole opened up in a Kansas pasture There was the sinkhole that swallowed a man while he was sleeping. His body was not recovered. The perfect roundness of some holes is neat. A golfer fell into an 18 footer and […]

A New Necessity

Just got back from OBX and I have decided that I need a 4 wheel drive van. A van gives plenty of space for family and gear, and can pull a boat. A quick google search led me to U-Joint Off Road, an NC company near Asheville. They specialise in making 4X4 conversion kits for […]

Join The Revolution

Millions of rounds, thousands of rifles, armored vehicles, civilian “no hesitation” targets,patriot/constitutionalist groups and returning vets labelled as possible domestic terrorists, gov supporting al qaeda/muslim brotherhood in the Middle East and North Africa – all in the middle of a push to disarm citizens. I’m no genius, but I think the time for constitution abiding […]

How Come Nobody Ever thought Of This?

The Blaze Appearing on Fox News Tuesday night, Democratic Strategist Zerlina Maxwell argued that preventing rape should start by simply “telling men not to rape women.” She was arguing against women using guns as a means of self-defense when she made the questionable remarks. —–snip—– “I don’t think that we should be telling women anything,” […]

Homemade Army

Bob Owens linked this. Its a cool photo essay of Syrian rebels’ homemade artillery and other weapons including an armored vehicle and a catapult. This is neat, but I doubt the effectiveness of these weapons long term versus a modern military.The skeptic in me can’t help but wonder if these shots are staged for the […]

Story Of A Good Cop

Via Free NC SHTF School Just quick reminder in this series of posts I write about typical types of survivalists I came across during my time in war. I speak in detail about complete time in my online course. Today is about typical leader who knew how to handle our survival situation during war. He […]

NC Owes Fed $3 Billion For Unemployment Benefits

From the Charlotte Observer: “Lew Ebert, CEO of the North Carolina Chamber, stopped by the Observer editorial board Wednesday to talk about it. Ebert said the unemployment debt — not taxes, not regulations — was the single biggest cloud hovering over the state’s economy. Those other issues can’t really be tackled until state leaders deal with the debt, […]

Bill Would Allow Government To Seize Private land For “Environmental” Purposes

From Free North Carolina: Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) — who is “F” rated by Gun Owners of America — is pushing a “hunting” bill that authorizes the Obama administration almost unlimited power to seize private lands for “environmental” purposes. Anti-gun Majority Leader Harry Reid has scheduled Tester’s bill for a vote, and it will probably […]