Thank You Jacob at Wideners

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 06 Jun 2018 19:57:12 GMT  <== Webmaster stuff ==> 

I received an email reporting on a broken link on this site. I get these fairly often. They're mostly nonsense about some ancient blog post, which I keep broken for historical accuracy. But this one was about a link in the sidebar of every page, with the John Lott quote. So I fixed it.

Thanks to Jacob from Widener's Reloading & Shooting Supply.

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thementalmilitia.com server upgrade

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 29 Apr 2018 14:54:17 GMT  <== Webmaster stuff ==> 

I upgraded the Ubuntu on https://secure.thementalmilitia.com to 16.04, and it all went off without a hitch, but the forums showed a blank page.

This was due to SMF using a deprecated and as of PHP 7.0 defunct PHP API for MySql databases. I found a compatibility patch, and that fixed the problem.

The forums are now working under Ubuntu 16.04.

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Server Updated to Ubuntu 16.04LTS

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Fri, 27 Apr 2018 12:52:26 GMT  <== Webmaster stuff ==> 

With the release of Ubuntu 18.04LTS, I have upgraded the server for this web site to Ubuntu 16.04LTS. I feel no need to follow the bleeding edge for a stable operating system, but 14.04 will only be supported for another year, so it was time to go to 16.04.

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Joke

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Mon, 02 Apr 2018 18:58:14 GMT  <== Humor ==> 

"I'm a decimated comic. With a real comic, every pun hits the mark. With me, only one pun in ten did." -- Bill St. Clair

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Quote

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 01 Apr 2018 04:00:51 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

"The one and only reason politicians, bureaucrats, and policemen want to take your weapons away from you is so that they can do things to you that they couldn't do if you still had your weapons." -- L. Neil Smith

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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 28 Mar 2018 11:30:11 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

"Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest." -- Denis Diderot

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Stopping School Shootings

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Wed, 28 Mar 2018 10:59:11 GMT  <== Politics ==>   <== RKBA ==> 

Want to stop school shootings? Cold? A gun locker at every high school, secured by the local national guard. Daily classes for every student with parent permission, and guard approval, preparing them for armed response.

Twenty trained, rifle-wielding 17-year-olds could stop even a team of invaders.

Bill St. Clair

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Gun Control Is Treason!

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sat, 24 Mar 2018 15:55:04 GMT  <== RKBA ==>   <== Politics ==> 

The Nature of Science

Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Sun, 11 Mar 2018 06:54:22 GMT  <== Politics ==>   <== Science/Technology ==> 

Most people have no idea what science is. NOTHING is ever certain to a scientist. Scientific models are ALL theories. They claim causality in certain domains to specific tolerances, until somebody proves otherwise.

Science is NEVER settled, and consensus matters not, only repeatability of experiments.

If you're attempting to force somebody to go along with you by saying, "science says", you do not understand science. That's politics, not science.

Scientists are always uncertain, always looking for holes in their theories, always looking to make their theories better. They always know that no matter how good a scientific theory, it is still only a meager approximation of reality.

-Bill St. Clair

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Submitted by Bill St. Clair on Thu, 08 Mar 2018 00:35:48 GMT  <== Quote ==> 

"Bipartisanship: Considering the opinions of both Beelzebub and Cthulhu." -- Bill St. Clair

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