Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Common Misconceptions About 3D Printed Plastic Guns

The Liberator - a 3D printed plastic gun

The media and gun control advocates have worked themselves up into a frenzy over 3D printed plastic guns and most of the arguments they make are deeply flawed.

1. This allows people to make their own guns
Making guns for personal use is already legal. A license is not required.

This is nothing new. Zip guns -- improvised 'homemade' firearms have a very long history with hobbyists as well as gangs and other criminals, and are constructed with readily available, very inexpensive materials.
2. This will make it easier and cheaper to acquire guns
Nope. It’s much cheaper to simply buy a gun. You can't reliably print guns that won't blow up in your hand with an $800 printer.  And 3D printing isn't easy or fast. You can't print an entire gun in one pass and even if you could it would take a very long time.

3D printed gun parts
Instead, each part has to be printed separately and then assembled. Then, since it's all plastic, it won't last very long -- especially if quickly and cheaply made. Do you really think criminals are going to go to that much trouble for something that may well blow up in their face the first time they use it, when they can buy a gun on the street for less than $500 right now?
3. This will allow criminals and others who shouldn't have guns to acquire them
10% to 15% of guns used in crimes are simply stolen. Over half are black market cash purchases, either from shady FFL dealers or from others on the street. Most criminals, when polled, indicate that getting guns is easy.

4. This will result in many more untraceable guns
There are already an estimated 350 million guns in America and about 300,000 3D printers. Any increase would be a drop in a very large bucket.

5. This will make the world more dangerous
Only for those folks who test fire their plastic guns manually. They have a habit of blowing up in the user's hands.

6. This will allow people to get plastic guns past metal detectors
“TSA officers are trained and on the lookout for 3-D guns. “We have proven detection capabilities and screening protocols in place.” -- TSA spokesman Michael Bilello

Any plastic gun that is capable of firing more than one round without malfunctioning has to have metal parts. Also, you can’t get your keys past a metal detector and you won’t get bullets past a metal detector either.

7. This will usher in “the age of the downloadable gun.”
Too late. It's already here and you can't put the toothpaste back in the tube. 

When the code for the first 3D printed gun, "The Liberator" was first posted on the internet it was downloaded over 100,000 times before it was ordered removed. Since then it's been available for download from numerous other web sites that post links to torrents.

Files for 3D Printed guns

No laws or government can stop illegal downloading of movies, music and software, and they won't stop the distribution of these files either, no matter what laws they pass.

A coalition of five U.S. groups, said the ban on publishing blueprints for 3D guns violates the First Amendment and put up their own web site with the downloads. Others has also appeared as the government now has to play "Wack a mole"

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Funny Vintage Ads (16)

Advertising has always been an interesting way to look at history. But when you see these vintage advertisements, the past seems a lot weirder than you thought.


Lane Cedar Hope Chest

After World War I ended in 1918, the Virginia-based Lane Company applied the same techniques of mass production it had used to build pine ammunition boxes during the war to its peacetime output of cedar hope chests. In 1996, following reports of at least six child suffocation deaths, Lane Furniture recalled all cedar chests with automatic latching lids manufactured between 1912 and 1987.


Poor Aunt Jemima Had to Mix Everything Herself

The inspiration for Aunt Jemima was Billy Kersands' American-style minstrel/vaudeville song "Old Aunt Jemima", written in 1875. The Aunt Jemima/mammy character was prominent in minstrel shows in the late 19th century and was later adopted by commercial interests to represent the Aunt Jemima Pancake brand.


Cook and wash on your refrigerator

Does it come with triplets in evening gowns as well?



One of Black & Decker’s first products was an electric air pump called the Lectroflater, introduced in 1917.
It was an electrically driven air compressor
with a universal motor (meaning it could use either alternating or direct current) that was developed especially for the purpose of inflating auto tires.


Plaza Cube Cut Pipe Tobacco
This racist advertisement is number 5 out of a series of six cards that were mailed to customers for 25 cents. Collectable cards became a popular way to advertise tobacco products in the mid to late 19th Century.



"Half the trouble of shaving and all the mussiness comes from soapy lather rubbed in the beard to be washed off the face." 
Eux-E-Sis was the first of the so-called "brushless" shaving creams. Putting cream on your face instead of mixing up a little soap may not sound like a great innovation in shaving technology, but it was for travelers and soldiers who would have to dry shave whenever they didn't have access to water. 


Darling Pet Monkey

"Live Delivery Guaranteed!"
So he can bite you as soon as you open the box.


You can judge a man by his boots

For instance: Kinky boots = Kinky guy


French Tampax Ad

An American might look at this French tampon ad and be disgusted by a reference to fish odor. However the copy translates as "I am like a fish in water" which in French is actually a good situation -- as opposed to a "fish out of water."

Syphilis - All of these men have it

A little too much camaraderie in boot camp?  Check out that one guy on the left...he knows what he did and he's proud of himself!


Win the weight of your baby in tripe!

"Are you feeding your little angel on tripe? It's the perfect food for growing babies!"
Tripe is a high protein, low-fat meat, that is is a highly nutritious and low in calories, made from the stomach lining of cattle and sheep. But today its use is mostly limited to dog food and a few ethnic dishes.


"The Front Row Club" Hollywood

 "Mister, you my not believe this -- but a Burlesque dancer's life can be lonely."


Civil War Veterans Pensions

The last surviving soldier from the Civil War died in 1956, but the U.S. government is still paying out a veteran's pension benefits. As of January 2013, the child of one Civil War veteran was still receiving benefits from her father's service, according to records from the Department of Veteran's Affairs.


The importance of pessimism

Young & Rubicam was founded in May 1923 by John Orr Young and Raymond Rubicam in Philadelphia. The company moved to New York in 1926 as a condition of securing a contract with the newly formed Jell-O company. They became the most successful advertising agency in the United States in 1975.


Lew Magram - Get into something new

It takes a real man to wear a 'bodysuit'
Especially one in gingham!
Lew Magram began by selling men's fashion accessories in a corner of a Time's Square barbershop in1948.


Spencer Supports

"I bulged all over -- looked absolutely dumpy in the foundation and brassiere I wore before I got my Spencer Supports"
Maybe you should try standing up straight instead.


Includes "How Often SEX UNION Should Be Indulged In" and "What to Allow a Lover to Do", as well as "DANGERS OF PETTING." This book covers a whole lot more than just sex. It  also describes how husband and wife should never share the same bed, since the man will ultimately be repulsed by the woman's odors and will lose the overpowering sexual urges required for a stable and happy marriage.


BOAC to Bermuda - two girls for every guy

"Whatever your fancy...A Man's in Demand in Bermuda!"
And apparently, each guy gets TWO girls.


The Ideal Felt Tooth Polisher

While polishing certainly smooths out your teeth, it hasn’t been shown to make a huge difference in preventing gum disease or tooth decay. In fact, some studies indicate that polishing can temporarily weaken your tooth enamel, making your teeth slightly more vulnerable until the outer layer of enamel grows back. 



Between 1969 and 1982, Valium was the most prescribed drug in the US. Sales peaked in 1978 with more than 2.3 billion pills sold that year. Because of its status as the most famous benzodiazepine – “Mother’s Little Helper,” as the Rolling Stones called it in their 1966 hit song – many people had heard of Valium and viewed it as a dangerous, overprescribed, habit-forming drug. However, diazepam and related drugs remain among the most widely prescribed psychoactive drugs in the US.


Dick Tracy Rapid-Fire Tommy Gun

Dick Tracy was the first strip to introduce brute violence to the funnies page, so it’s no surprise to see this 1947 advertisement for a toy tommy gun. For just $3.79, a kid could own a 20-inch replica firearm “that looks and sounds like the real McCoy.”


New Quadruplex TV Tape Recorder

 This was interactive television before "Netflix and Chill." Good thing this TV Tape Recorder was compact!


 World’s Largest Lemons ~ Quick Way Bar Mix

In 1934, Fullerton residents A.W. Leo, Tom Yates and Ralph Harrison wanted to add a fruity ice cream topping to their existing inventory of toppings – which they sold under the trade name Pacific Citrus Products Company. The trio concocted a bright red syrup made up of five fruit juices they called “Leo’s Hawaiian Punch.”  The name was later shortened to Hawaiian Punch.


Supporter Wilt is Dangerous

"Every Bike pouch is full size for maximum wear and comfort. No skimping of materials to cause binding"
Great, but what about the poor lads who don't NEED a full-size pouch? All that extra material will make them feel inadequate.



Beyond the obvious racism, it's interesting that this is pitched toward households with servants rather than as an aid to overworked homemakers. It must have been really expensive. But if you already have a maid, why buy a dishwasher? 


Thurston's Perfect Breather

Thurston's Perfect Breather was a nose clip marketed as a stop snoring device by The Great Thurston, a magician from Columbus, Ohio. There were two models, 18K gold filled silver for $3 and 18K gold for $5.


Sanitized Tape Worms

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, advertisements touted “easy to swallow,” “sanitized tape worms” as a weight-loss method. The tapeworm interferes with digestion and absorption of nutrients, which means that one can consume more calories and still lose weight. However, the parasite also competes for vitamins and other important nutrients, while growing to nearly 30 feet long.


Sun-kissed Grapefruit

 "Picked at the moment of most tender ripeness by musclebound ranchers..."


Primley Bicycle

In the late 1800s, J. P. Primly Company was selling chewing gum, patent medicines, water color paintings, silverware, furniture, tea sets, and bicycles. Primley's Yellow Certificates were given with each purchase and could be redeemed for credits on other purchases.



"When little patients balk at scary, disquieting examinations. When they need prompt sedation (and the oral route isn't feasible) try Nembutal sodium suppositories."
Sure, hold the kid down and shove a pellet up their butt. That'll calm 'em down!
Pentobarbital (trade name: Nembutal) is a barbiturate. It was widely used during the 1940s and 1950s as a sleeping pill or anti-anxiety drug.


Thursday, July 5, 2018

Ingrid -- The Best Christmas Present


While I was in the Army in the early 70s, I was stationed in a little picturesque town Southeast of Frankfurt, Germany called BΓΌdingen that grew up in and around a castle built in the 1200s. 
It was a great place to be stationed, but there wasn't a lot of action there, so we usually went to Frankfurt for that. But most evenings we hung out in the local gasthaus (bar), drinking beer, shooting pool and playing fooseball. One quiet night, I was hanging out with some friends in the gasthaus, when the door opened and much to my surprise a stream of girls started coming in.

It turned out to be a group of 17 year old high school girls on a field trip. I couldn't believe my good luck! It wasn't long before I hooked up with a beautiful girl named Ingrid. She had strawberry blond hair, blue eyes, a wonderful body and a very sweet personality. She was from a small town named Diel, in Northern Germany near the Holland border.

I was in love...er, lust! But alas, the girls were being chaperoned and there wasn't going to be any hanky-panky. I spent a lot of time with her over the two days she was in BΓΌdingen and we promised to write each other. I kept up correspondence with her over a few months and she invited me to come up to her place for the Christmas holidays. You can imagine what was on my mind at that point.
I borrowed a friend's car and drove up to see her. When I got to her house, I met her mother who welcomed me into their home. She told me Ingrid was out riding, so I walked out to the forest trail to look for her. After a while, Ingrid came riding up on a horse and I gasped when I saw her. She was the personification of Nordic beauty! Oh man, I thought. This is just too good to be true. 

Over the next couple of days, Ingrid and her parents treated me like a king and I was having a wonderful time, but I was dying to get her alone somewhere, somehow. Finally my chance came when we went for an extended walk in the forest. It was really cold and there was snow on the ground, but I was determined!

One thing led to another and I tossed my coat on the ground so we could lay on it. I was really going to town when there was an equipment malfunction. It was too damn cold! You'd think an 18 year old guy could get a decent stiffy over someone like Ingrid no matter how cold it was, but I just couldn't manage it. I was depressed and annoyed, but Ingrid said not to worry, that I'd get another chance soon.

That night was Christmas Eve. Ingrid and I -- chaperoned by her parents--stayed up late drinking champagne, decorating the tree and having fun. Eventually they all went upstairs to bed and I took my spot on the couch and went to sleep. Some time later, I was awakened by Ingrid, who was bent over me and kissing my cheek. When I opened my eyes and saw her pretty face, she smiled at me and then she stood up and opened her robe to show me her naked body. That was a sight as beautiful as any I have ever seen. She lingered awhile so I could take it all in and then she dropped the robe and climbed on top of me.
There are no words to describe just how wonderful those next few minutes were. I was in heaven! But she made a little noise as we finished and shortly after that we heard a sound coming from upstairs. Ingrid jumped up, grabbed her robe and ran upstairs. I didn't hear anything else after that, so I figured we'd gotten away with it. 

I turned on the light and was sitting in my underwear smoking a cigarette when her mother came down the stairs. <oops> 
Ingrid's mother snarled at me, "You leave in the morning, Ja?" My heart sank as I nodded and said "Ja."

Well, that certainly put a damper on my afterglow. On Christmas morning I was packing up my belongings and about to leave when Ingrid's mother took me aside and said that I didn't have to go, because if I did, the old man would want to know why and she didn't want to tell him what happened. Then she told me to keep my hands off of her daughter.

Naturally I ignored that warning every chance I got. After that visit, I wrote to Ingrid very often and we saw each other quite a bit the rest of the time I was stationed in Germany. She would take the train to visit me for a couple of days or I would take the train up to see her. I guess her mother decided Ingrid was old enough to make her own decisions, because she continued to welcome me into their home and was always very nice to me.

When my tour was almost up, I thought a lot about staying in Germany just so I could be with Ingrid, but I really wanted to go home and I couldn't take her with me. Ingrid and I stayed in touch for a while, but like all long-distance romances, our correspondence eventually tapered off.
I'll remember Ingrid and that special night for the rest of my life.

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