Martin

Martin

  • Commented on On hold
    Indeed. Cthulhu and tech support, what could go wrong?...
  • Commented on Test Case
    A friend of mine once spent all day driving across Los Angeles. By the time she had to stop for sleep she was still in Los Angeles We had a car like that, once. *Badoom, Tish*, thankyou, I'll be here...
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    German is famous - or notorious - for making compound words Which is what makes it fun :) and is why I occasionally refer to my beloved's car as the SchwerGrossenGanzSchnellKinderTransportPanzer. Other acts of mock-German from my mother include Bugelnberg...
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    The 0.45cal M1911 Colt used to be the standard service side-arm for the US Army. They changed over to the 9mm Beretta for logistical reasons - commonality of ammunition with NATO allies. It's the same reason the current standard rifle...
  • Commented on Server upgrade coming
    Well, Chrome works for comments... ;)...
  • Commented on Test Case
    ...You want *real* mastery in industrial design... Try the Franchi SPAS-12 (as appeared in Terry Gilliam's "Brazil"); as Douglas Adams put it, "Make it totally clear that this gun has a right end and a wrong end. Make it totally...
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    Really? So, you don't have, as a target on the range, an outline, at least, of a person? Absolutely not. ISSF targetry only at our club, i.e. a black circle on a white background. Anyone trying to put figure targets...
  • Commented on Test Case
    ...well-known gun nut, ESR, told me, when I asked, that the best handgun ever was the Colt 1911M. A very west-side-of-the-pond opinion; ask him about the relative merits of 0.45 and 9mm, and stand well back :) Of course, if...
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    I thought you were going to mention my use of the "singular they" as political correctness run riot ;-) I’d suggest that any chair who wasn’t very aware that their words carried an implied extra weight, and that any statement...
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    I’d suggest that any chair who wasn’t very aware that their words carried an implied extra weight, and that any statement that they made would be interpreted as “the committee’s opinion”, wasn’t a fit or proper chairperson ;) Relying on...
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    I am curious as to how polite language can be used to discriminate... I suppose it depends what you mean by “political correctness” - is it being polite and considerate in your speech, or is it what the Daily Heil...
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    If you have long skinny fingers, fine - but if you didn’t, it was rather difficult. The official drill involved the use of a magazine; preferably empty, but not mandated IIRC....
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    There, I agree absolutely. Saying the shot was “accidental” is perhaps inaccurate. Saying that it “wasn’t the result of a active, deliberate, conscious decision to fire” might be a better description, but as you say, it would play badly in...
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    Interestingly, the British Army recently chose the Glock as its new service pistol; while the US Army chose the SIG. I wonder how that’s going to turn out... My era regarded pistols as dangerous at best, but at least they...
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    Martin your wrong about the finger on the trigger thing, every training I’ve ever heard, seen or taken part in has always trained against that Well, I'd be a hypocrite if I didn't admit when you and Elderly Cynic were...
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    You are talking bollocks AGAIN... makes all of your statements as dubious as those of our less reputable politicians. When I disagree with you, I generally try to acknowledge differing perspectives, experience, and interpretation; to address the points that you...
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    Even by the idiot standard of American gun discourse, this post is exceptionally ill informed Firstly, I'm UK based... but please be aware that I was describing armed police on patrol, not good firearm safety on the range. I wholeheartedly...
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    The thing that put the fear of Cthluhu into me was seeing armed police patrolling the Heathrow concourse with magazines in and their fingers on the triggers. ...so what? I'm not sure, but I suspect that this is a vase...
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    ... It's a legacy of the Kent State. Indeed - the British Army drastically upgraded its training in response to "Bloody Sunday" (and a host of other, individual shootings of innocents by soldiers). Certainly by late 1970s onwards, all units...
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    The British police record of identifying whether subjects genuinely are dangerous before shooting is pretty awful Ignorant rubbish. If you want to argue this point, feel free to list the incidents in the past five years where innocents have been...
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    No-one AIUI has ever been shot by police inside a UK airport; the one terrorist attack in recent years was solved by sturdy architecture, fists and feet... As for US soldiers, you're very much mistaken. Any mainland UK armed police...
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    WTF would you want to encourage fascism? Nothing personal, but, as you've probably gathered I'm highly allergic to spurts & team games & Coe gives me the creeps. ...and I'm aware that you suffered, and reacted strongly against, that particularly...
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    We took the kids to London to see the Games - it was impressively well run (the volunteers were helpful and enthusiastic - how unBritish!), and we really enjoyed it. Sorry to lower the tone... I was more skeptical about...
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    I was far too much at risk of being shot by the security forces. :) This sounds a fun explanation :) If you saw the amount and quality of training that they do before being let out on the streets...
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    I don't fly via Gatwick or Heathrow -- ever. They're utterly shit if... Simple answer - become a class traitor, fly business class, it might change your opinion of Heathrow ;) Spend your transit time in a comfortable lounge with...
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    Human drivers cause ~1.25 fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles, in the US; afaik Uber didn't clock even 3 million; regardless of % of highway miles, Uber's self driving cars - with humans in them to intervene - are simply...
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    You got taken to the cleaners over the claims that 40+ people were hurt, with that Doctor stating only 3 people had symptoms and all in the Times. That... was..... Amateur. I appreciate that you like to see conspiracies everywhere,...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    Would you care to explain exactly how the post-Maidan Ukrainian Government “removed the civil rights of ethnic Russians as its first act”? This should be fun. Because AIUI, the 2014 proposal to remove Russian as a second language of the...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    What, like the Budapest Memorandum? Where Ukraine, in return for handing over the Soviet strategic nuclear weaponry on its soil to the Russians, was promised absolutely by Russia that its territorial integrity was guaranteed? https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Budapest_Memorandum_on_Security_Assurances This lasted right up until...
  • Commented on The Nakamoto Variations
    The Russian armed forces are large, but reliant on a lot of elderly equipment; their newer stuff is appearing slowly, but at nothing like the rate of the Cold War. Another point is that the bulk of defence spending in...
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