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  This is a case to watch
Posted by: bmyers - 10-18-2018, 01:22 PM - Forum: Survival on TV and other media - No Replies

This just got very interesting:


The Supreme Court will hear a case that could decide whether Facebook, Twitter can censor users

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could determine whether users can challenge social media companies on free speech grounds.

The case, Manhattan Community Access Corp. v. Halleck, No. 17-702, centers on whether a private operator of a public access television network is considered a state actor, which can be sued for First Amendment violations.

The case could have broader implications for social media and other media outlets. In particular, a broad ruling from the high court could open the country’s largest technology companies up to First Amendment lawsuits.

That could shape the ability of companies like Facebook,Twitter and Alphabet’s Google to control the content on their platforms as lawmakers clamor for more regulation and activists on the left and right spar over issues related to censorship and harassment.

The Supreme Court accepted the case on Friday. It is the first case taken by a reconstituted high court after Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation earlier this month.

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  R20, R50, M2T, and M1T
Posted by: bmyers - 10-18-2018, 10:46 AM - Forum: Lighting - Replies (2)

Okay, talked Rhonda in to helping me with a very subjective review of the following flashlights: R20, R50, M2T, and M1T.

We went out last night to compare how these four lights worked. We had a building 30 yards away, another building 45 yards away, and third building about 85 yards away.

Started out with the R50 Pro Seeker. (We set all four lights to their highest settings.) Shined the light on the building at 30 yards away, lit up the area very nicely. Shined it at 45 yards away and that building was lit up very nicely. We both commented about how much of the overall area was lit up. There wasn't a particular hot spot, just everything was lit up. We shined it at the building 85 yards away. It made the building lighter and you could see stuff around it, but it wasn't nearly as bright and well defined as the 45 yard building which you could make out details.

We then switched to the M2T. The 30 yard building lit up well. Yet, we both noticed there was a lot less flood compared to the R50. Went to 45 yard building and the building was lit up, but a smaller area, with a hot spot. Rhonda liked having the hot spot that lit up an area a little brighter, but I preferred the R50 flooding light that lit up the whole side of the building. the M2T you could move it from one side of the building to the other and really light up spots, but it didn't have the same flood effect as the R50. We then moved to the 85 yard building and neither one of us was impressed with performance there. I actually thought it would of done better than it did, but we weren't impressed with it at that distance.

We then went to the R20. Shined it on the 30 yard building and Rhonda really liked it. Very bright hot spot, very little flood. Moved to the 45 yard building and it lit it up great also. Yet with being much more focused you had to move it from side to side, but you could easily blind a person at that distance with this light. We then moved to the 85 yard building and it lit it very well, could make out details and had no problem identifying items around the building. I think this the light that Rhonda liked the most.

Then we switched tot he M1T just to see how it did since it is the light I have been EDC. Shined it on the 30 yard building, it was a stretch for this light. It lit it up where you could see objects, but not details. Moved within about 20 yards and the light performed much better. It had a large flooded area that you could easily see what was going on in that area.

So, this is our very subjective review. Rhonda not really being a light person, didn't care much about it, she just wanted a light that through the most light the farthest, which that was the R20. I was a little disappointed, I thought the M2T would of done a better job of keeping up with the R20, but it is more of an in between light of the R50 and R20. It isn't the best flood, nor is it the best thrower, but it does a little of each. The M1T is an EDC light. If you plan on using it further than 20 yards, you will most likely be disappointed in its performance. Under 20 yards, it will hold its own and meet your needs.

Maybe someday I will get fancy like Frank and actually do videos of my reviews, but for now, this is all you get.

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  Almost got into a fight at the gym
Posted by: bmyers - 10-17-2018, 10:30 AM - Forum: The Pub - Replies (5)

Rhonda and i had finished working out and I was getting ready to leave. So, like I normally do, I give her quick kiss goodbye and tell her I will see when she stops by the office (our office is on Rhonda's mail route). 

I hear, "Isn't that cute, look at that old couple kissing". 

Old couple? I was ready to show them old couple and it didn't matter it was two young girls (early 20s), I was going to teach them a thing or two about 'old'. Rhonda started laughing, as she was watching my expression. The girls came over and started talking to us (they knew Rhonda).

Rhonda pointed out that we were old enough to be their parents. They all got a good laugh at my expense.

I would of showed them a thing or two if it wasn't time for me to leave the gym to head to work. 

I'm not old........................

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  Hunting 2018
Posted by: mac66 - 10-15-2018, 10:37 PM - Forum: Camping, hiking, fishing, hunting & trapping - Replies (4)

Been out once bow hunting this year. Saw 4 deer, 2 does & 2 fawns. I am going back up Wednesday night and staying until Sunday.  It was snowing there today but supposed to be in the 50's the rest of the week.

And it's a month away from the firearm deer season. I've used my Ruger 44 carbine the last two years and got two bucks with it.  Picked it up about three years ago. After taking my Redhawk to Alaska it kinda got me interested in the 44 mag again.  I knew a friend who had the Ruger 44 carbine and didn't hunt so I made a swap for it. He also had a Marlin 94 in 44 mag which he had cut the barrel to 16". I traded for that one last year but didn't get it ready to hunt in time.

This year however I've been setting it up. I made a leather sling and butt stock cuff/ammo carrier for it. I also bought a new scope (Weaver V3 1-3x20) and mounted it on Leupold low rings. The scope is pretty small and fits the smaller profile. 1-3x is about all I need as most of my shots have been inside 100 yards.  Having a 16" bbl (instead of the normal 20") makes it compact to carry.

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I've found myself leaning to smaller, lighter guns as I've gotten older. This one should work out fine. The 44 mag has produced once shot kills the last two years at 87 and 65 yards respectively. 

Looking forward to seeing what this one can do. I just got everything together today. Will be sighting it in with the scope this weekend.  I shot it with the iron sights at 50 yards last year. The three sight in holes were touching so I know it's accurate.   I've used factory Hornady FTX ammo the last two years but I've put together some hand loads this year to try out. Still have some factory stuff so I can pick the best. 

So it's back to a lever gun for me. I started hunting with a 30-30 Winchester back in the 1960s.  Moved up to a Marlin 336 in 35 Rem in the 70s, then to a Marlin in 375 Win (Big Bore) in the 80s.  I still have all three but haven't hunted with a lever gun for 20 years or so using a Winchester 70 in 308 instead.

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  Ruger recall/retrofit
Posted by: bmyers - 10-15-2018, 07:27 PM - Forum: Defense - No Replies


Ruger has discovered that some Ruger American® Pistols chambered in 9mm may exhibit premature wear of the locking surfaces between the slide and barrel which, if ignored, can result in a crack developing near the ejection port of the slide. This typically does not occur at round counts below 10,000 rounds. The condition is easily identified during routine maintenance and cleaning, and the crack should be visible long before the pistol becomes unsafe to shoot. Ruger is committed to safety and is asking owners of Ruger American® Pistols chambered in 9mm to inspect their pistols for excessive wear or cracks and, if necessary, sign up for this retrofit

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  New Portland Travel Commercial
Posted by: bmyers - 10-15-2018, 01:13 PM - Forum: Good for a Laugh - Replies (1)


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  Glock Tactical Light TL-10
Posted by: David - 10-15-2018, 12:47 PM - Forum: Lighting - Replies (4)

Can this be converted to LED?  One in my area for $60 but don't really want a bulb light.

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Posted by: bmyers - 10-15-2018, 11:00 AM - Forum: Good for a Laugh - Replies (3)

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  My 'Go-To' Food Stocks
Posted by: Bob - 10-15-2018, 01:53 AM - Forum: Food - Replies (2)

These are, in my opinion, and as my personal choice, some really great basic and completely easy to stock SHTF survival foods.  

I'm talking about the zone between MRE's and the rice/beans bucket situations.

#1 Chef Boy pasta in a can:  Once can is around 400 Calories.  They cost between .75 to a dollar per can.  That's 1600 calories a day for $3.  They last indefinitely.  They require no cooking/water.  This is really hard to beat in my opinion.  Plus - the boys eat them.  Not the healthiest choice, but the utter convenience plus what I mentioned makes them a super-survival stock IMO.

#2 Spaghetti w/ Tomato Sauce:  I'm talking about 1 1lb package of whole wheat past, 1 16oz can of tomato sauce, and a small can of paste.  Again - super cheap.  Also, makes a lot for the cost.  Requires water, sure, but the water is re-usable.  So for a little heat and some water, you get a lot of food.  1 set of ingredients easily feeds four.  Anything else you have like a pepper, onion, etc can be added to enhance.  Plus - we have that once a week or month anyway.  Easy to store over a dozen 4 person meals you will eat anyway.

#3  The classic Dinty Moore Beef Stew.  Meat, veggies, broth, etc..  As with the rest, lasts forever, and can be eaten completely uncooked.  To really extend the distance of this, add rice.  High likelihood of eating when you just don't feel like cooking / just need to eat.

#4 The classic canned Veggie:  Corn, Green Beens, Peas, Carrots.  Yeah, they really lack the nutritional value and calorie count of the others, but they do make an easy side, and add a little variety.  As stated, a key here for me is 1 - lasts forever, 2 -no cooking required, and 3 - cheap

#5. Basic rice:  Why?  Because mixing any of the above with rice, which also requires water, but can last indefinitely makes it super easy to have a 3 months or more of food on hand.

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  R20 Javelot
Posted by: bmyers - 10-14-2018, 08:22 PM - Forum: Lighting - Replies (4)

I was talking with Rhonda and after she told me I couldn't buy any lights, she seen the R20 and told me to order one.

So, I will let you know what it is like in a few days.

Here is some online reviews I found:



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