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96365 No. 96365 ID: cd4a7e hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
>“Eight years of one demographically symbolic president is enough.” – NRA Vice President Wayne LaPierre


Well, so thats a thing.
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>> No. 96468 ID: f9fcc1
>only reaching out to minorities and wimmenfolk because they are losing membership but thats pretty much the ultimate truth about the NRA, its all about the Benjamins baby.

This is wrong how? I've said myself in previous discussions regarding the pro-2A movement in general that if you can't leverage the minority vote, that's a missed opportunity at best and a fatal mistake at worst. It's no secret that you need big money in order to play big politics. Yet at the same time, you can't say the NRA doesn't have a genuine grassroots element, especially compared to its opposition. A few months ago someone asked Chris Cheng in an online Q&A a very pointed question asking him how could he possibly support a group that allegedly dropped their endorsement of two politicians due to opposing DOMA legislation, and his answer was along the lines of despite the appearance of a conflict of interest, he was of the opinion that change can come from within an organization, albiet very slowly. On a bad day I might roll my eyes and claim a front, but considering that the NRA's been a very risk-averse organization to a fault--which I believe partially explains why they backed a few anti-gun bills in the past--I'd say that progress on their end, not to mention the appeal to the LGBT concern. Being used for an agenda that's primarily focused on guns rights for all Americans, regardless of sexual orientation? I'd say that's more progressive and earnest than, say, Everytown pretending to give a shit about gays being safe.

Not that you can really blame them for it if it were true, but I'm piqued at where your information that their numbers are falling. I was under the impression that membership increased during the SAFE Act and other post-Sandy hoopla.

>Joe Average gun owner and all around decent dude giving his monies to the NRA isn't the person who is deciding what direction the NRA goes in. Its idiots like Pierre and Carlos and the rich backers.

Again, you need to remember the PAC is only one aspect of the organization. Direction-wise, they've been doing their safety awareness and instructor schtick, youth and women's markmanship, legal representation similar to the SAF and Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network, and 4H-Rotary-Club-type stuff for quite some time now.

Suit yourself. I don't see why you have to choose one or the other. Larry Pratt's done okay speaking up for gun rights on the news before, at least better than LaPierre.
but for Doomguy:
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>> No. 96596 ID: 3da9d9
Do you know how much GoA gets mentioned in Congress when firearm legislation comes through?

It doesn't.

I'm not saying don't support them, but this "fuck the NRA, don't support them but these guys instead" is asinine. Yes, the NRA send more junk mail than credit card companies. Yes, the NRA fucks up. No, they aren't as "from my cold dead hands" as they pretend to be. But, yes, they're huge and they have political clout in Washington. And political clout in Washington goes a hell of a lot further than firebrand proclamations and lines in the sand.
>> No. 96599 ID: 69eef6
It absolutely, 100% does count, don't get me wrong. But they don't support the kind of people who come here. They support industry. Period.

So if the industry decides that your gun rights are worth compromising to preserve their bottom line, so will the NRA. The hunting/target shooting/police and military markets are going to be bigger than the self defense market. You will be tossed under the bus long before they will.

It's worth supporting the NRA to a certain extent because of all the work they do, but that's not the same as trusting them.
>> No. 96600 ID: 1c7f76
Any way we could get Mr. Noir to head up the NRA? He's a lot fucking better at it than old white dude #39823.
>> No. 96604 ID: 3f8c1c
Don't know if anyone was saying to trust them, but.

I've heard this same narrative over and over enough, especially from antis and neutrals, and given that manufacturers are moving and Colt is starting to slide further and further due to losing some of their military contracts, I'm wondering to what degree it's still valid.

Even during severe fudd moments of the NRA's history, i.e. the GCAs, reaction to the Black Panthers and JFK assassination, and some other bill sponsoring shenanigans around the (Hanlon) Carter-ILA split, how much of that was due to being in cahoots with the industry and whether it was actually in their interests during those particular times in US history. The madness with Ruger and SAAMI didn't happen until the Bush Sr. administration /right before the 90's, and while it's still pretty egregious, I think of it as much of an indictment upon the entire industry pushing for waiting periods, mag limits, and other California-style silliness (Magpul, STI, Barrett, anyone?) about as much as McVeigh's blowout the OK City can be considered an indictment against being a conservative-leaning gun owner who may or may not have a military background.

However, since William B. Ruger cut a check for a million to the NRA, the last person in industry to do so to my knowledge is Larry Potterfield (Midway) a couple years back. I suppose we should be keeping an eye on him, then. I'm under the impression that most of what he sells is AR stuff, but that doesn't necessarily mean anything.

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96021 No. 96021 ID: ccc681 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply] [Last 50 posts]
Why do these people exist? Why are there so many men who feel like they are literally incapable of being in relationships with women or attracting women? Have these people always existed in these numbers but they've been ignored this entire time?

What could our parents and society have done/should do in the future to make sure our men don't grow up to be pathetic beta loser? I feel like this problem is only going to get worse.
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>> No. 96558 ID: f2dc1f
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Lot of assumptions in this thread (before it turned into Star Wars, wtf?).

Personally, I don't fuck 'cause I have zero aptitude and no enthusiasm for approaching people I don't know, seeing as I've spent none of my life doing it. It's not a social anxiety or shyness. Even here, on OpChan, I spend 98% of the time reading, not posting. I doesn't occur to me what to say to people I don't know. The other day I'm pretty sure the girl at the burger joint was into me and I could have scooped her up no problem. "Oh, you're from Texas? That's cool!" "Oh that's a cool last name Tex!" MRW: Yup, that's my name.

I talk to people at work and am held in high reguard (dare I say, popular?). But the notion of hanging out is so foreign to me. I've done everything in my life alone. I work out alone, I shoot alone, I game (99%) alone, I've gone hiking alone. I only really felt lonely for a couple months a year or so ago. (in the middle of my deployment)

It's not that I don't want to get my dick wet. If I could just pay to get my dick sucked without fear of getting arrested (and violating my annual human trafficking training, lol) I would. (actually I'm a cheapass and I have no idea how much a woman would cost) At the end of the day it's not that big a deal and I just beat my dick every couple of days.
>> No. 96559 ID: ecd7fb
Already part of a pistol shooting club where I'm going to start becoming more active once time allows it, I'm there every other week now (working shifts) and I'm going to start participating more in competetions as well. If I recall correctly, I should be eligible for getting my own key to the range soon as well.
>> No. 96561 ID: 7744ef
I'm you but two years older. Too bad we are most likely half the world away. ;_;
>> No. 96562 ID: fc78b9
I'm in Scandinavia, where you at?
Also, get started. I don't know with what, just do something, buy a pony, go on vacation, plan a bank heist, just start doing something. That's the one thing I've learned so far, is that you have to do something. Just wasting away at /pol/ or similar sites turns you into the degenerate that /pol/ claims to hate, and /r9k/ claims they are.
>> No. 96578 ID: 7744ef
Southern Europe. I'm currently hanging out at 8ch.net/improve when I'm not busting my ass with fitness or reading.

>That's the one thing I've learned so far, is that you have to do something.
I know, it's the one thing that's keeping my sanity together at this point. I'm done with being passive to everything, during these years of swinging between depression and self-pity at east I've gathered a nice amount of knowledge. Perhaps it's time to apply it in the real world.

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96458 No. 96458 ID: 1701f6 hide watch quickreply [Reply]
For most of the 1990s and the subsequent decade, a substantial majority of Americans believed it was more important to control gun ownership than to protect gun owners’ rights. But in December 2014, the balance of opinion flipped: For the first time, more Americans said that protecting gun rights is more important than controlling gun ownership, 52% to 46%.

Why has public opinion shifted about gun control? As my colleagues at Pew Research Center have documented elsewhere, some of this is related to politics. Republicans have become far more supportive of gun rights during the Obama years. The rise in support for gun rights has also spanned many other regional and demographic groups.

But there may be another factor behind this shift. Over the past 25 years or so, there has been a divergence between American perceptions about crime and actual crime rates. Those who worried about crime had favored stricter gun control; now, they tend to desire keeping the laws as they are or loosening gun control. In short, we are at a moment when most Americans believe crime rates are rising and when most believe gun ownership–not gun control–makes people safer.

>> No. 96461 ID: 667a5a
>most Americans believe crime rates are rising and when most believe gun ownership–not gun control–makes people safer.
Who is this guy speaking for??? Everyone I know believes gun ownership rising since AWB caused people to panic buy is what caused the decrease in crime rates
>> No. 96498 ID: 0a2b37

Decreasing crime rate has more to do with abortion than guns. All the kids that would have grown up to be shitheads for lack of parenting weren't born in the first place, consequently they aren't around to rob, rape and murder. More guns in regular people's hands certainly doesn't hurt either though.
>> No. 96499 ID: e70e36
Dont forget the rise of home video game consoles.
>> No. 96525 ID: 360825
Or removing lead from petrol.

You could make a million and half correlations to decreasing crime.
>> No. 96577 ID: 86ede1


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  The newest cookbook on the market was compiled by a chef who “has never tasted a single morsel of food”, the book’s introduction points out. “This culinary prodigy, in fact, has no taste buds, no nose, not any sensual experience of food or drink.”

This could be the world’s first collection of recipes created by artificial intelligence.


Watson, IBM’s cognitive system that famously defeated two human grand champions to win the US quiz show Jeopardy, has turned its attention to the kitchen.


For several years, the virtual chef has been poring over troves of recipes and food-related data, from classic meal combinations to research on flavour preferences and the chemical composition of foods.

The computer was programmed to produce ideas for food combinations that would taste pleasant at a molecular level and that, crucially, had not yet been tried.

The surprising results include the Spanish Almond Crescent, a butterless and sugar-free pastry flavoured with pepper, saffron and coconut milk; asparagus grilled with pig’s feet croquettes and mustard foam; an apple and pork kebab cooked with mushrooms, strawberries and curry powder; ale brewed with veal stock; plum pancetta cider; and a bacon dessert made from porcini mushrooms, walnut meal and dried figs.
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>> No. 96437 ID: 1e7cc7
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Give 'em a few years to work out the bugs and another ten years where household robot servants are as affordable as a luxury car.
>> No. 96438 ID: 1e7cc7
  I am mainly waiting for The Orb.

Sleeper 1973 The Orb Woody Allen https://youtu.be/KAKWKfVcd04
>> No. 96439 ID: 1e7cc7
  And the Orgasmatron
>> No. 96440 ID: 1e7cc7
  Best done when this is played on a loop.
Motorhead - Orgasmatron from the album Orgasmatron (1986).
>> No. 96462 ID: 70d38f
What I can't unsee is robot arms smoothly turning to the owner of the kitchen standing right next to them, grabbing him by the collar and stabbing the knife into his stomach, not very fast, but very purposefully, several times. Stab, stab, stab, stab.

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96406 No. 96406 ID: 06f96c hide watch quickreply [Reply]

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96125 No. 96125 ID: c044b5 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
Hey so I have to write a 18-25 page senior thesis for my History BA on a topic of my choice. Was thinking about doing something on NATO.

My only problem is I can't seem to think of any specific topics to narrow it down. Was thinking discussing defense in the Mediterranean, or the idea of "Quality of Quantity" but not sure if In have enough sources for that as they all have to be within the Universities databases, or the county.

Any suggestions?
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>> No. 96331 ID: 626b5e

How are you going to be a history professor if you don't think history is a hard science, just like any other, where research and discovery are done through the lens of scientific method?


This, he could really do some research. On top of what all has been recently declassified and made OSINT, I bet if he's doing some really useful research... there's even grants available with dust on them in some closet somewhere that would allow for him to get money to cover expenses for travel and other such things, should he really go all out with the research and seek to interview sources and conduct in situ investigations where necessary.

In fact, I bet the government probably... puts aside money for universities to do exactly that! *shock* That... likely never gets used anymore...
>> No. 96344 ID: 38c3cd

I know fuck all about how history works in academia but my mathematics thesis isn't likely to top out at more than 30-35 pages. Though granted we were told to do it on something not covered in the undergraduate curriculum.

Point being that number of pages, at least in some disciplines, is a really shitty indicator of quality.
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The length of a document has no correlation to the importance of its content.
>> No. 96356 ID: c74304
Pretty sure that doesn't count in the context of the discussion.
>> No. 96360 ID: 38c3cd
Like I said I have no idea how history works but I doubt that it's impossible to say something worth saying in 25 pages.

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96341 No. 96341 ID: 78430e hide watch quickreply [Reply]
Finally started clearing installation and 75% has already been pre-cleared.

I can see the light at the end of the tunnel despite it looking kinda bleak.

Either way, it feels satisfying that within the month, I'll be leaving this god forsaken post.

Pic kinda related, only one or two images of soldiers actually smiling in my pic folder.
>> No. 96351 ID: df12a0

For a second there, I thought his nametape read "DOHOHOHO."
>> No. 96352 ID: 6d6cb1
Someone shoop that "N" to an "H".
>> No. 96353 ID: 894961
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>> No. 96357 ID: c74304
>> No. 96358 ID: 78430e
Damn it you guys, this is a time of celebration for me.

Oh what the hell, I saved it.

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96277 No. 96277 ID: 6d5095 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
None of the candidates are remotely pro gun, not even fudd-levels. Where will you hide your assault guns?
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Is this a geologists "clip"
>> No. 96348 ID: 626b5e
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Dolomite is actually white.

>> No. 96349 ID: 649f2c
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>mfw neocons trying to redefine basalt weapons so they can ban them and placate the soccer moms

inb4 basalt weapon false flag attack
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You no-business, born-insecure, junkyard motherfucker!
>> No. 96354 ID: 626b5e
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I can't help that, I'm the devil's son in law!

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96334 No. 96334 ID: 509634 hide watch quickreply [Reply]
Anyone going to the NRA convention this weekend??
>> No. 96335 ID: 45f540
i went to the national restaurant association convention last year
>> No. 96337 ID: df12a0

Northern Rapscallions Assembly convention?
>> No. 96338 ID: 360825
The National Resistance Army is shit.

You mad?

What Uganda do about it?
>> No. 96339 ID: 963c4b
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But the National Recovery Administration was ruled unconstitutional. It apparently infringed on the separation of powers.
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The National Recovery Administration, one of Franklin D. Roosevelt's major New Deal programs.

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96310 No. 96310 ID: 4f2ca2 hide watch expand quickreply [Reply]
The number of people working for the federal government is at its lowest point since the Johnson administration
Given the grinding budget battles of recent years, it’s almost hard to believe the federal government now employs the fewest people since the mid-1960s. Yet according to Friday’s jobs report, the federal government now employs 2,711,000 people (excluding non-civilian military). Among the economy’s largest job sectors, it was the only one to shrink over the past year.
Not since July 1966 has the federal government’s workforce been so small. (The spikes every decade are the hiring of several hundred thousand temporary workers to conduct the census.) Federal government hiring climbed in the 1960s, moved sideways in the 1970s, climbed to the highest level ever outside of a census in the 1980s, declined in the 1990s and then again held steady for most of the 2000s.

Federal employment initially rose during the recession and climbed further in 2009 and 2010 with the stimulus package (and, again, the especially sharp spike for the census). The federal government has since shed about 200,000 jobs.

But that’s only the raw numbers! As a share of the total workforce, the federal government’s share of civilian employment is the lowest since World War II.
This chart only goes back to 1948, but data going back to 1939 would show no point where the federal government’s share of employment was so low. But what about all those employees at the Department of Motor Vehicles, right? True. When you include state and local governments, it’s clear where the public civilian workforce has been growing in recent decades.
Local governments, in particular, have boomed from 4 million employees in the 1950s to over 14 million today. In the mid-1950s, state governments employed half as many people as the federal government. Today, state governments employ nearly twice as many.

But these, too, are just the raw numbers. As a share of the total workforce, overall government employment has been dropping since 2010.
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>> No. 96316 ID: 667a5a
>excluding non-civilian military
>probably excluding growths in state police
>hired thousands of new tax men, doesnt count them either
Willing to bet its just stat tricks
>> No. 96317 ID: 68aa6b
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Remember back then we had vast amount of women employed in secretarial pools and other now obsolete jobs.
>> No. 96318 ID: e7f332
Doesn't count contractors.

Fewer feds doesn't mean fewer people doing fed work.
>> No. 96324 ID: 360825
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And the award for the most misleading title goes to...
>> No. 96325 ID: 1e7cc7
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Government jobs at lowest in 47 years... or 4 years
By Annalyn Kurtz October 22, 2013 http://economy.money.cnn.com/2013/10/22/government-jobs-at-lowest-in-47-years-or-4-years/
Federal jobs are at their lowest level level in 47 years... or 4 years. It depends on how you look at it.
About 2.7 million people worked for Uncle Sam in September, not including military. According to the Department of Labor, that's the lowest number since 1966! Could it be that the government workforce is at its smallest size since the Lyndon Johnson administration?
Not exactly.
Digging deeper into the data shows a massive decline in postal workers is the biggest driver. Since 1999, USPS has slashed more than 300,000 jobs, or roughly a third of its workforce.
Why is this distinction important? Since 1971, postal service jobs have not been funded by taxpayer dollars.
Instead, the USPS operates as a semi-independent government agency, relying on postage for revenue. Wages and benefits are funded by postage too. To be sure, it's been a faulty business model: The postal service has been losing money for years and that's why it's cutting jobs.
These jobs offered decent wages and good benefits, so it's an unfortunate story for middle-class workers who depended on them.
But stripping out postal service employees shows that the drop in overall government workers isn't nearly as dramatic. In September, there were 2.1 million federal government jobs excluding postal workers. That's the lowest level since August 2009.
So what's the real story? The rise and subsequent decline in federal jobs over the last four years is due to the government deploying stimulus dollars amid the recession and then enacting budget cuts shortly afterward.
Still, if the aim is smaller government, then the trend is headed in that direction. Not including postal workers, federal government jobs accounted for 1.6% of all jobs in the American economy in September.
Back in the 1960s, it was around 3%.
- Federal jobs, not including postal jobs, are at a four-year low. (Spikes represent temporary Census jobs every 10 years)

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