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  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEw8c6TmzGg ( 29 minutes long )

    In Defense of Columbus: An Exaggerated Evil

    Knowing Better
    December 10, 2017

    Columbus is a controversial historical figure who is widely viewed as terrible. Every year we question whether we should continue to have a day to celebrate his discovery. But as with most stories, his bad deeds have been exaggerated to make him fit the role of a villain.

    #history #america #usa

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEHMzhtwgMI ( 16 minutes long )

    Acknowledging the Past | Columbus in Context

    Knowing Better
    January 26, 2020

    Some of my earlier history videos require additional context, most notably, In Defense of Columbus. Using the power of 2020 hindsight, let’s clear that up now.

    #history #columbus #columbusday

    1. “A mass of boaters come out for Trump with an armada of boats”

      I’m glad for Trump that he has support of the boat-owner demographic. But I don’t think they represent a majority.

      A rising tide lifts all boats. But those who have only life-jackets, or not even that much and have to tread water, may be less than enthusiastic.

  2. While the availability of 7.62×39 is has increase somewhat at my favorite source and bell weather, SGammo.com, the price increase remains, and magazine sales are brisk.

  3. While visiting an elderly shut-in near smoky Eugene Oregon yesterday, the nice person had a radio loudcasting in every room plus recorded televisionprogramming loudcasting The! Latest! Newsprogramming! on TheWorldWideWeb loudcasting on the sixty-inch in the ‘family’ room.

    (This single person — an avowed vegentarianist — somehow requires >1,800sf of living space while producing zero edible landscaping, and gets groceries delivered for a us$45 fee.
    But that is different rant for another time.)

    Yesterday, each speaker on each electronic device was loudcasting government propaganda from National Propaganda Radio (aka ‘NPR’) and Oregon Propaganda Radio (aka ‘OPR’).

    I was insulted by the low-intelligence filler-blathering.
    I was physically injured by the constant continual proclamations of Imminent! Danger! if anybody dares to lower the volume… because Emergency! Alerts!.

    “If you are required to evacuate…”
    “Stay tuned for The! Latest! Up! Dated! official announcements…”
    “Up-date your emergency contact list up-dated because up-dating…”

    I say ‘physically injured’, but I felt spiritually attacked as well.
    I am amazed more folks aren’t suffering from heart disease and other symptoms of a broken heart… caused by a constant continual bombardment of negative energy from newsprogramming!

    The sad part of yesterday’s visit:
    Second, I went around her place unplugging radioprogramming in each room — unplugging each device from the wall — and she didn’t notice the silence.
    First, I tuned the sixty-inch to soothing ‘soft jazz’, and she immediately responded to the energy change.
    “I like it so much every time you come to visit. I feel so peaceful around you.”

    Yeah, well, maybe that is because I do not ‘do drama’.

  4. Ape With AK-47

    That was a viral marketing video from 2011 – back when viral marketing videos was still a new thing – to promote the Rise of the Planet of the Apes movie.

    “To raise the film’s profile online, Mekanism both targeted a group of 50 social media influencers as well as released a series of short ‘real ape’ videos they hoped would go viral.”

    “Mekanism launched the first video, of a a chimp playing a video game, roughly six weeks ago, but it wasn’t until the fourth video, of an ape holding an AK-47, that the campaign took off. The AK-47 video has since been watched nearly 13 million times.” – Behind the Social Marketing of ‘Rise of the Planet of the Apes’. Wall Street Journal. August 12, 2011

    I remember when it first came out. As expected, the video appeared in various firearms forums. It fooled a lot of people – myself included – into thinking it was real.

    Of course, the AK-47 fanboys pointed to it as evidence that the AK was a better rifle, since even a chimp could use it. The AR-15 fanboys touted the superiority of the AR (and AR owners) for the same reason. And there were the ApeK-47 jokes.

    Even knowing the truth behind it, it’s still funny and enjoyable.

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