Army of Dolls

Delain is a Symphonic Metal Band from The Netherlands. (Don’t worry – English Lyrics!). Delain was formed when the keyboard player for Within Temptation, Martijn Westerholt, contracted a disease and was forced to leave that group in 2002. In 2005 He joined with Charlotte Wessels to reform the group – originally envisioned as studio only – not live. (That was in 2002.) They have had a lot of guests over the years

This song is “Army of Dolls” by Delain from their 2014 album The Human Contradiction. Use the link above if YT tells you the video is “unavailable.” They hate the privacy controls in your browser.

The name of the band comes from the Kingdom of Delain in Stephen King’s novel, The Eyes of the Dragon.


It Isn’t Just Amazon and Google Spying on You

As if that wasn’t enough. Alexa and Google Home abused to eavesdrop and phish passwords.

By now, the privacy threats posed by Amazon Alexa and Google Home are common knowledge. Workers for both companies routinely listen to audio of users—recordings of which can be kept forever—and the sounds the devices capture can be used in criminal trials.

Now, there’s a new concern: malicious apps developed by third parties and hosted by Amazon or Google.

Privacy is such a 20th Century concept.

South Dakota: Also Not New Jersey

Another failure of the victim-selection process. One man dead in Sturgis shooting.

Sturgis police are releasing few details, but one man is dead after a homeowner shot him for allegedly entering his residence in the early morning hours on Sunday.

Police are still investigating, but self-defense is a human-right.

Ransomware vs 911 Call Center – Nobody Wins

Hard to quantify the cost of an outage when it can cost lives. Ransomware attack may be affecting 911, emergency dispatch in Jasper Co.

Earlier this week it was confirmed Jasper County had a cyber attack on their countywide systems, including email and emergency response systems.

At that time, county officials said 911 and emergency dispatch services were not having any issues as a result of the cyberware attack. Now, that may not be the case.

Color me shocked. A politician isn’t telling the truth. OR, a politician who doesn’t actually know what is going on.

A system that was formerly automatic (in terms of locating addresses) is now reverted to manual. Causing delays.

First responders say every second the county or city response teams are not responding to a call, someone’s life could be put at risk.

“To do that by hand, to take that extra time it could cost someone their life.”

At least the system wasn’t knocked out completely, as it was in other areas. Still, it might be good to have a plan B. Like know some first aid, or have the local police and fire numbers in your phone.

Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy and Youth Football

I haven’t talked about football or CTE in a while, because frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn. But it’s for the kids. New PSA warns against youth tackle football, compares it to smoking.

A young football player stares down his opponents. He hikes the ball. Then the coach passes him a cigarette, which his mother happily lights.

That’s the premise for a new PSA from the Concussion Legacy Foundation, which wants parents to consider the long-term damage youth tackle football could inflict on their kids.

As I’ve said before, While I am not in favor of outlawing it, or anything, I don’t know why any parent would let their child play football.

Big Muskie and The Captain

The largest walking dragline and largest mining shovel, respectively, ever built.

Continuing my fascination with the extreme tech that we built in the 1960s… The 1950s and 1960s were the era of “bigger is better,” so we built some big machines.

First up, The Captain: The Captain was the Largest Single Mining Shovel Ever Made, and also some data below is from the Wiki. Officially it was known as the Marion 6360, though I’m not sure anyone called it that.

Built by the Marion Steam Shovel Company in 1965, the Captain was purchased by the Southwestern Illinois Coal Corporation for the purpose of removing over burden at it’s Captain Mine located near Percy, Illinois.

Illinois has a lot of coal in its history. Carbondale is the name of the town that hosts Southern Illinois University. Other towns include Coal City, Coal Valley, Glen Carbon, Carbon Cliff, and probably others I don’t know about.

Some facts… Again, since coal was used to generate electricity, it shouldn’t be a surprise that The Captain was electric, not diesel.

  • bucket held 180 cubic yards
  • had 36 electric motors onboard each of which generated between 200 and 400 horsepower.
  • boom was 215 feet long
  • the dipper handle was 133 feet long

The video below covers the Captain, as well as Big Muskie, and it isn’t long.

Second in our list for today is The Story of “Big Muskie”, and also some stats from the Wiki. Big Muskie was the largest walking dragline excavator ever built.

You should watch the video just to learn about walking draglines. That is a strange bit of tech, that is pretty cool.

In 1976, “Big Muskie” removed 8,000 yards of overburden for the coal company per operating hour.

I love the statistics.

  • Started operations in Ohio in 1969
  • Bucket Capacity: 220 cubic yards (170 m3), 325 short tons (295 t)
  • Height: 222 feet 6 inches (67.82 m)
  • Boom length: 310 feet (94 m)
  • Electrical power: 13,800 volts

A link to the video is provided, in case YT decides to complain about privacy settings in your browser. (While things have been working under Windows, YT hasn’t been cooperating with Android very well.)

The bucket from Big Muskie is the centerpiece of park in McConnelsville, Ohio. It is roughly 3 hours from where I am, so I’m not sure I will ever drive over there just to see it. But it doesn’t look hard to find.

Sunday Roundup of Link Roundups

EBL – EPIX: Punk.

AoSHQ: Morning Report 10.07.19
The Feral Irishman: Facebook Censorship
The Right Way: Rule 5 Saturday Link-O-Rama

It’s Sunday so that means Pirate’s Cove has Sorta Blogless Sunday Pinup.

  1. Weasel Zippers has bad lip reading with Joe Biden
  2. Vox Popoli discusses science fiction ethics
  3. The Right Scoop highlights Kamala melting down when pressed on Guiliani’s “crimes”

MaddMedic at Freedom Is Just Another Word… News/Gun Bits …

Why Gun Confiscation Really Wouldn’t Work In The U.S.

Will not comply…

Wombat-socho at The Other McCain – In The Mailbox: 10.16.19.

Twitchy: President Trump’s Pic Of Nancy Pelosi’s Meltdown Is Now Her Twitter Header Photo – Trump Escalates
Louder With Crowder: Watch Beta O’Rourke Admit He’ll Send The Police to Confiscate Your AR-15

Bacon Time – Sunday Linkage.

The Other McCain: Why Are the Feds Monitoring Me?
Bustednuckles: So How’s That Diversity Bullshit Workin’ Out For Ya Now?
Woodsterman: My Folder Has Many Funday Memes Too

Again from Wombat-socho at The Other McCain – In The Mailbox: 10.18.19.

According To Hoyt: The Crystal Ball of Hong Kong
Monster Hunter Nation: October Update Post
Vox Popoli: The Democrats Back Down, also, Spying On U.S. Conservatives In Ukraine

Maggie’s Farm – Friday morning links.

Harvard says masculinity and testosterone are not ‘connected’
Dr. Susan Crockford: UVic bows to outside pressure and rescinds my adjunct professor status

Flopping Aces – The Week in Radical Leftism, 10/18/2019.

10/12 – Armed Robber Shot by Clerk – Robber’s Family Furious
This is one of the more disturbing things you’ll read.
10/13 – CNN equality forum: Misgendering Is “violence”
“Your speech is violence and my violence is speech.” – today’s Radical Left

The Right Way – Top of the News.

CNN NYT Democrat Primary Debate – Evi. L Bloggerlady
ABC Fails to Fact-Check Hunter Biden’s Claim of ‘Not One Cent’ from Chinese Govt. Deal – 90 Miles From Tyranny

I leave you with Sunday Funnies, 10-20-19 From Stately McDaniel Manor, Saturday Memes … From MaddMedic at Freedom Is Just Another Word and Cartoon Round Up…. from Theo Spark.