Tuesday, June 30, 2015

My CNC Mill Arrived

I still need the stepper motors and the interface box, but those are in transit.  It is very nice to have a brand new mill, instead of upgrading my 23 year old antique.

An Interesting Conflict Within The Coalition

Breitbart reports:
Chicago’s 47th annual gay pride parade was disrupted several times by the usual city disruptions — gang activity, gunshots, and drunks — but the event was also disrupted by a car driving into a group of bystanders. Then there was an even larger interruption by “black lives matter” protesters....

But by far the biggest disruption was from a large group of “black lives matter” protesters. The group was joined by members of the black queer community of Chicago who announced the disruption on their website.

After noting that they had “purposefully disrupted the Chicago Pride Parade,” the queer group explained their reasoning.

“We do so,” the group said, “because our people are dying at the hands of police, military and state-funded militias around the globe. We do so because we refuse to be tokenized by the same corporations that sponsor state violence, refuse a living wage and profit off our poverty. We do so because young queer people need a better outlet to celebrate themselves than a mire of consumption and sexual violence.”

The queer group was also attacked by the “black lives matter” protesters who held signs and walked as a group to push their own message.
 Corporations have indeed backed gay pride as a way to sell beer and tobacco (because substance abuse is a big problem in the gay community) so it's nice to see the different factions of the progressive community coming to argue.

Monday, June 29, 2015

There Goes the Brady Center

A while back, the Brady Center filed suit against Lucky Gunner and everyone else who had sold anything to the theater shooter in Aurora, but because the suit violated both federal and state Colorado law (you can't sue if the gun or ammo works as advertised, short of negligence) the judge ordered the plaintiffs, the parents of a murder victim, to pay defendant's legal fees.  The question is who would get stuck with the huge bill?  The parents or the Brady Center?  
A federal judge has ordered that the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence pay the legal fees of an online ammunition dealer it sued for the Aurora movie theater shooting.

The order, which was issued last week, comes after Judge Richard P. Matsch dismissed the gun control group's suit that sought to hold Lucky Gunner legally responsible for the 2012 shooting. The Brady Center had argued in their suit that the way Lucky Gunner sells ammunition is "unreasonably dangerous and create a public nuisance."

"A crazed, homicidal killer should not be able to amass a military arsenal, without showing his face or answering a single question, with the simple click of a mouse," Brady Center's Legal Action Project Director Jonathan Lowy said at the time. "If businesses choose to sell military-grade equipment online, they must screen purchasers to prevent arming people like James Holmes."

Judge Matsch disagreed with the Brady Center's argument. He said the suit was filed for propaganda purposes. "It is apparent that this case was filed to pursue the political purposes of the Brady Center and, given the failure to present any cognizable legal claim, bringing these defendants into the Colorado court where the prosecution of James Holmes was proceeding appears to be more of an opportunity to propagandize the public and stigmatize the defendants than to obtain a court order," he said in his order.
 

Fusion 360 CAM

Thinking of learning to program a CNC mill?  Nice intro by AutCad:

Does Anyone At Carl's Jr. Think About What They Are Doing?

You may have seen the ads for The Most Americaqn Thickburger:
Carl’s Jr. began selling a 1,080-calorie burger Wednesday that it hopes appeals to Americans’ patriotic spirit, along with their appetites.

The Most American Thickburger features a beef patty topped with hot dogs and a layer of potato chips, combining three Fourth of July barbecue staples in a creation aimed squarely at the fast-food chain’s core customers: “young, hungry guys.”

“People love these big, juicy, indulgent burgers,” said Andy Puzder, the chief executive officer of closely held CKE Restaurants, the parent company of Carl’s Jr. and its companion chain Hardee’s. “We know who we are and we know how to appeal to our customers.”
 There are people that can pile these down without any real long-term health risk.  Guys who spend 12 hours a day digging ditches by hand seven days a week.  But there are not that many people who do this, and even they don't do it year after year.   My wife's reaction was: "No avocado and Cool Whip?  Then it could be the breakfastlunchdinnerdessert meal!"

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Not Fiction: Fiction Has To Make Sense

From Legal Insurrection:
Last week, the acting head of the TSA stepped down after a, “news reports that undercover security agents had penetrated airport security on 67 occasions,” according to the Washington Post. That amounts to a 96% failure rate.

As if a 4% screening success rate wasn’t bad enough, a new audit found the TSA accidentally hired 73 workers who were listed on their own terror watch list.

“This is totally unacceptable… we need to revamp the TSA process,” said Texas Representative Michael McCaul in an interview with Fox News. “Most importantly, it puts Americans at risk.”

Any AutoCad Fusion 360 users out there?

It is a cool program, but after my first use of the trial version, it will neither start nor reinstall.  There is an AutoCad forum for it, but response time isn't great on the weekends.  This is what I need to produce the gCode files to run the mill.

Someone on the AutoCad forums helped me!