Monthly Archives: April 2014

This cool little travel companion has a host of tools to handle your cooking and eating chores on the trail or the road. Here’s a description of the tools included:

  • 4.87 inch blade, 410HC stainless steel, serrated for spreading, slicing and chopping, 9.87 inches overall length 3.4 oz.
  • Fork includes integrated bottle opener, can opener, flathead screwdriver and barbecue grill scraper abilities
  • Chocolate Brown post-consumer recycled Paperstone handle is dishwasher safe.
  • Includes antimirobial injection molded sheath that safely and securely stores the Spreader between uses.

You can buy the Buck 941 Travelmate Kit at Amazon.


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While you celebrate Earth Day being green, or whatever it is that people to on Earth Day, read a little about the interesting history of the great day. I especially like the part of how, despite no proof of any ill effects on humans or animals, DDT was banned. Millions of third-worlders have died as a result. But, have no fear, you can still assuage your guilt by raising money for mosquito nets.(Graphic by SooperMexican, click to view full size)


Cool visualization of all the places in the U.S. where nobody lives. Granted, a lot of places where people don’t live are ones where they can’t live, but it’s still cool.

A Block is the smallest area unit used by the U.S. Census Bureau for tabulating statistics. As of the 2010 census, the United States consists of 11,078,300 Census Blocks. Of them, 4,871,270 blocks totaling 4.61 million square kilometers were reported to have no population living inside them. Despite having a population of more than 310 million people, 47 percent of the USA remains unoccupied.

Green shading indicates unoccupied Census Blocks. A single inhabitant is enough to omit a block from shading (click for a larger image)

nobody lives here

via mapsbynik: Nobody lives here: The nearly 5 million Census….

This kind of thinking is insane, but it fits neatly into the worldview held

by some that the government should be the source of all things to all people. With that view, it’s easy to see why local government functionaries wouldn’t want “unauthorized” personnel giving out food.

With all the restrictions on selling and marketing food, it’s easy to forget that even sharing food is sometimes still a crime. Despite my own stated optimism last year, it appears that bans on sharing food with the homeless and less fortunate won’t be going away any time soon.

Last week, Scott Keyes, a senior reporter with the progressive news site ThinkProgress, reported on the idiotic outcome of one of the latest of such bans.

In that case, the city of Birmingham, Ala. has barred a local pastor from sharing food with the homeless from a church-owned vehicle because he doesn’t have… a food truck permit.

“Wood was stopped from handing out food by local police because he was in violation of a new city ordinance, passed in December, that regulates food trucks,” writes Keyes. “The new regulation requires food trucks to get a permit, which can cost as much as $500.”

Just like those on the left, conservative critics were aghast.

This issue certainly cuts across the normal left-right divide.

“Serving the needy[] is something we should reward, not criminalize,” Keyes told me by email this week. “And serving the poor in a manner and location that is convenient for many homeless people is especially laudable. Making it more difficult to feed the hungry ignores the fact that poor people exist, and they get hungry like everyone else.”

via Bans on Sharing Food With Homeless Persist –

I can’t say I blame them – I wouldn’t want her there either. The Imperial Mrs. would probably

Her Highness

highjack the occasion to promote some political cause, in addition to effing up the seat allocations.

If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend.A furor over what the Topeka school district considers an honor has erupted after plans were announced for Obama to address a combined graduation ceremony for five area high schools next month an 8,000-seat arena. For some, it was the prospect of a tight limit on the number of seats allotted to each graduate. For others, it was the notion that Obama’s speech, tied to the 60th anniversary of the US Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education outlawing segregation in schools, would overshadow the student’s big day.“I’m a single mother who has raised him for 18 years by myself,” said Tina Hernandez, parent of Topeka High School senior Dauby Knight. “I’ve told him education is the only way out. This is one of the biggest days of their lives. They’ve taken the glory and shine from the children and put on Mrs. Obama. She doesn’t know our kids.”

via Parents, kids don’t want first lady at HS graduation | New York Post.