I Love Guns

What a horribly inappropriate title for a blog post.  On a day such as it is…  Please bear with me. It’s true – I love guns.  I also fear them immensely. I’ve had the opportunity to ‘play’ with some guns at various junctures – L1A1, M-9, M-16, M-60, Steyr AUG (F88), blah, blah, blah. They are all marvellous devices.  Machining and engineering marvels.  Devastatingly efficient at what they were built to do.  An adrenaline buzz to hold and strip and clean and re-assemble.  And an unrivalled adrenaline super-rush to shoot. But they shouldn’t really even have to exist, for the … Continue reading I Love Guns

Answer The Damn Question!

Almost every time I see or hear a politician in an interview, I can be heard screaming “Answer the damn question!”  Same goes for business leaders, bureaucrats, CEO’s, media ‘personalities’, company spokespersons, and all the other time-wasters and obfuscators who refuse to participate in any variety of ‘plain talking’. Seems everyone is too scared to just simply speak the truth.  Covering the backside has taken priority over facts and real information.  And I blame most, if not all, of the world’s ills on this apparent inability to just. answer. a. question. I could rattle off pages of the ills I speak … Continue reading Answer The Damn Question!

Going Dark – A VPN Tale

*Image Attribution: Image sourced from and property of ForestWander Nature Photography, acquired under Creative Commons license, with thanks.  All he wanted was freedom without fear of unjust retribution from authority and corporation So he went dark Leaving a complex web of false leads and breadcrumb trails he doubled back and slid through Into the dark ocean Navigating the deep dark web A game of espionage played out by electrons in a digital mirror of the world of flesh and air Cat and mouse Bits and packets Predator and prey Keys and credentials He emerged first in Geneva and transited through … Continue reading Going Dark – A VPN Tale

Climate Change Conspiracy? Aah, Nope, Nope, Nope

RANT WARNING Some readers might know that I don’t mind the odd conspiracy theory. A few of these theories are “pretty wacky”.  Some of them I adhere to because they are possible or plausible – not because I believe them to be absolute truths – mostly because they are in some way or on some level more believable than the ‘official line’.  At least, to me they are…  They also may play a supporting role in the veracity of other semi-connected conspiracy theories that I find at least somewhat believable. This is the thing with conspiracy theories.  Once you place … Continue reading Climate Change Conspiracy? Aah, Nope, Nope, Nope