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Do you know that statistic I cite so often, about how 5% of the population commits 95% of the crime?
Honestly, I don't remember where I saw it, but it sure stuck with me. And every once in a while I read something with confirms it all over again. "Chicago has 117,000 gang members," it says.
Chicago's current population is about 2.7 million. 117,000 is 4.32% of the population of Chicago. I think it's reasonable, considering that gangs don't account for all the violent crime in Chicago; just the majority of it.
Every time I hear about someone being shot on the news, it's a drive-by shooting, it's a social gathering where a fight broke out, it's this, it's that--always something like that, circumstances which scream "GANG VIOLENCE" at the top of their lungs.
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Pixy Misa explains: "Whenever you see a publication insist that it is not partisan, you know you have at most three paragraphs before they accuse Trump of putting children in cages."
He's right, you know.
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What a tough guy. I mean, really, how brave he is to kneel on the neck of a toddler that's being restrained by someone else.
The toddler is, of course, the son of the man's girlfriend. I wonder if they're still together? Is having a black boyfriend and pissing off her parents more important to her than her kid's safety?
Everyone involved needs to be taken to the gibbet and left there to rot.
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Rode the bike back to work today, after lunch, with a stop at my near off-site to get a little information that was requested. Nice ride, and after work I went to the Chinese place and picked up dinner.
Thinking about maybe diving back into the catalogs and ordering the bigger version of that trunk, assuming they still sell it. WTF I bought it eight, nine years ago.
Gorgeous weather today, though, and the possibility we may be able to air out the bunker a bit tonight.
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Bill and Ted Face the Music is due out in early September. I'm looking forward to it.
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So, Ford came out with a new Bronco, and I have to admit to being tempted. They're body-on-frame, and regardless of which one you buy they're rated to tow 3,500 pounds. Turbocharged four-cylinder engine, rated at 300 lb-ft of torque (though they do not say where in the powerband) and 270 horsepower (same) and the damned thing can weigh up to five thousand pounds. 2.3 liter four-cylinder, turbocharged, I bet you need to be up over 3,500 RPM to get that kind of oomph out of the thing.
My '75 Impala had a curb weight of 4,300 lbs, and it had a 350 V8 to haul its ass around. 1975 pollution controls meant it made about 145 HP, but it made 250 lb-ft of torque at 2,200 RPM.
I wouldn't mind taking one for a drive, though, to see how it is. 4-wheel-drive is standard. Removable doors and hard top, which is neat. Clearly meant to be serious competition for the Jeep Wrangler.
...but I don't want to pay $2k for an automatic transmission and I can't figure out if the Bronco comes with air conditioning. Ford's site says "Manual Climate Control - Single Zone" but that isn't defined anywhere. The comparable Jeep model does not, and it's not an option on their base model.
Jeep has V6, Ford has turbo 4. Base--Ford has a turbo 6 available.
Oh well. Don't intend to buy a new car this year, anyway.
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Found this while trying to get a horsepower number for the Blue Bomb and it's got a lot of interesting information.
On my way to the far off-site, there's a car repair place that looks like it also sells used cars, and they have a white Caprice 2-door (looks like a 76?) sitting there. And every time I go past, I think, "Wouldn't it be great...?"
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Speaking of things that just sit there--on my way to work I take a road that goes behind the campus of a local university. The university has a windmill.
And you know, I've worked there for ten months now, and not once have I ever seen that windmill turning in the wind. Never. It's always standing there, blades immobile, doing nothing. The head pivots into the wind, but the blades don't turn and it generates no power.
I have to wonder how much they paid for it, you know? To stand there and do nothing. Got a fiver that says the university faculty is always complaining that there isn't enough money in their budget, too.
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When I was at Walmart the other day I almost bought a battery-powered chain saw. It was $72. But when I thought about it, I realized that for a few bucks more I could go to Harbor Freight and buy something highly similar, but which would use the same batteries as my drill/driver and my impact driver.
What I'd like to get is a small, gasoline-powered 10" chain saw. It does not need to be the most fantastic ever, but just enough to cut small trees and branches without me needing to sling an extension cord all over the damned place. But battery would do. And probably be better in the long run anyway.
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So, happened to see that you can now get a 4 TB SSD the size of a stick of gum. It's $750, but it's fast (if you have the right motherboard) and stores a crapton.