Time-lapse of All Nuclear Explosions (1945 thru 1998)

This is awful – in all meanings of that word. Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto has created something both beautiful and terrifying.

Starting with the Trinity Test of the Gadget, near Los Alamos, New Mexico, and ending with Pakistan’s tests in 1998. It leaves out the few tests by North Korea.

If you take a guess at the number of atomic and thermonuclear bombs that were exploded during that period, I can almost guarantee that you will be wrong, by guessing low. The video is 14 minutes and change, so grab a coffee. If you are really impatient, jump ahead to 1960, (4:20) or the late 50s. But watching it build is really the point. Watch the beginning even if you are impatient.

Worldwide total is in the bottom right corner.

Oh sure, there are shorter videos out there, but this one is mesmerizing.


Shipment of Guns Headed for Bass Pro Stolen

That’s right, an entire shipment of guns was stolen. (And it isn’t just 1 shipment.) Guns stolen from Springfield UPS facility were destined for Bass Pro, ATF says. (That is the Springfield, Missouri facility.)

The ATF is offering a reward. But I doubt there will be takers. Bass Pro is “Not commenting.”

UPS is also “not commenting.” But there is no video of the thieves in the UPS facility. So that says something.

The official reports are light on details, but Second City Cop is saying it is nearly 1000 guns. 600 pistols. A few hundred shotguns.

So how many laws will the Left want to pass to make my life difficult, and those 1000 guns (or whatever) have nothing to do with law-abiding gun owners? And do you think anything will happen to UPS, or the folks who wouldn’t cough up the money for better security?

As for the ongoing nature of this problem, consider this story from CBS Chicago. Gun Thefts Continue At Chicago Railyards « CBS Chicago (That is plural. “Thefts.”)

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Leftist Students Proclaim “dialogue is violence.”

We will not discuss things in a civil manner. You shall not think for yourself. You shall only think what we tell you to think. Students storm library, shut down College Republicans meeting.

Hardly surprising coming from the University of California, Santa Cruz. (The University at the Beach.)

They were bent out of shape over the fact that a meeting of College Republicans was underway in one of the Library’s meeting rooms.

A College Republicans meeting at the University of California, Santa Cruz was taken over by protesters screaming that the group’s existence is a threat to the safety of students.

Because nothing says violence like a peaceful meeting, and nothing says peace like a bunch of screaming, antifa-friendly radicals. (War is Peace, Freedom is Slavery. Everyday it feels more and more like 1984.) [Hat tip Insty]

The Most Chicago Story Ever – The 1992 Chicago Flood

WXRT (Chicago’s Finest Rock!) is doing a review of 1992 this morning. So of course this came up. Why The 1992 Loop Flood Is The Most Chicago Story Ever | WBEZ

The Great Chicago Flood is the Most Chicago Story Ever. It’s a nearly perfect convergence of neglect, corruption, incompetence, and scapegoating. And because nobody got hurt (except the scapegoats) we can laugh at it now, marveling at how many classically Chicago-y elements combined to bring about this one event.

For those of you who don’t know, a contractor driving pilings in the Chicago River drove one of those pilings through the roof of an old and abandoned railroad tunnel that went under the river. Water eventually flooded the basements of a lot of buildings in the Loop. It destroyed records in City Hall, it damaged buildings, and generally wrecked stuff.

The tunnels that brought about the 1992 Flood were never supposed to be there. In 1899, the company that built them, Illinois Telegraph & Telephone, had a franchise (or permission) to build a telephone system in the Loop, which included laying underground cables. Conduit is normally an inch or two wide, but the company sneakily built 7-foot-wide underground “conduit” for those cables.

Those 7 foot tunnels were to bring coal and other stuff into the Loop. After the railroad went bankrupt, The tunnels were just ignored. (Real neglect started in about 1959.)

The leak and the piling didn’t happen overnight. The city found out about the leak and got a bid to fix it for $10,000. But they considered that “too high.” Instead the cost was measured in the hundreds of millions of dollars. At least no one was hurt.

National Insecurity Agency

More NSA tools stolen in another hack. Can’t wait to see the new/improved version of WannaCry! Report: Hackers Stole NSA Cybertools In Another Breach Via Another Contractor : NPR

In the most pointless statement to come out of NPR, ever.

The NSA declined to comment.

N.S.A. Never. Say. Anything.

Any bets on whether or not the NSA could have warned the software vendors in question, and fixes could have been in place for months now? Like I said, WannaCry: The Next Generation.

Chicago Police Overtime On Track to Set New Record

Chicago is on track to spend $50 to $60 million more this year than last year on police overtime, with a negligible reduction in crime. 200 Million Dollars | Chicago Murder, Crime & Mayhem | HeyJackass!

The Chicago Police Department is on pace to spend nearly $200 million on overtime in 2017 — 40 percent more than last year’s record

And 10 months after Mayor Emanuel promised a 1000 more cops, the department is ahead by 37 new officers. So it is hard to see that number going down much in the near future.

Still, $200 million is ton of money. And for a 40% increase over 2016, you would expect some excellent result.

For a window into the strange world of Chicago crime – which is much higher per capita than New York City – you can’t go wrong with Hey Jackass!

Update – Just for reference: As of 8 AM Sunday, there were 8 murders and 23 wounded in Windy City.

NYPD Issues Obsolete Smart Phones – Has to replace them within months

Why does this not surprise me in anyway? Because .gov is stupid at every level. And incompetent. NYPD must replace 36,000 obsolete smartphones it gave cops

The Microsoft-based devices were purchased over the last two years as part of a $160 million NYPD Mobility Initiative Mayor Bill de Blasio touted as ‘a huge step into the 21st century.’

It bought smartphones that had no future. Everyone – expect the NYPD – understood that they had no future 2 years ago. The decision was the work of one person – who apparently throws a fit if she doesn’t get her way.

Blame is being cast on NYPD Deputy Commissioner for Information Technology Jessica Tisch, with one source saying, ‘She drove the whole process.’

‘Nobody purchases 36,000 phones based on the judgment of one person,’ a source said.

‘I don’t care if you’re Jesus f- -king Christ – you get a panel of experts.’

This isn’t something from years ago. They were issuing these phones just recently.

It’s only been months since the last phone was issued, and already the NYPD must replace all 36,000 of the devices, according to a source who spoke to The New York Post.

Your tax dollars being flushed down the drain.