Like I said, machinists do well

We’re getting a shooting range  http://stillwatergazette.com/2015/09/02/oak-park-heights-approves-massive-gun-range-approved-off-hwy-5-intended-as-a-statewide-destination-it-will-dwarf-range-proposed-nearby/  Stillwater is kinda affluent and populous, so there have been a few concepts put together last few years to go after a suburban demography here that would like others probably spend $ on guns.  Of those, Range 082 is greenlighted, I guess.  Sounds big.  Y’all have noticed over the years my interests and observations about commerce and entrepreneurship and big hitters and then the gun business.  So it would have been natural for me to wonder, as I did, whether say you got an investment partnership that’s spending $10M on this enterprise, or if it’s just some dude with a vision.  Because it’s $10M for crying out loud, big money.   If it’s a commercial partnership / fund, you figure these shooting ranges have been analyzed as prosperous by the financial smart set.   That’s noteworthy.  But if it’s just some dude…. you wonder who that guy is, because the obvious candidates who have built a $10M stash… lawyer, neurosurgeon…. dentist….whatever….you don’t figure they’d push it all to the center of the table for a shooting range.  We got some law and hospitality concerns in the valley that have accumulated big $.   Well, it wouldn’t be those guys.  I have noted this before, how much money machinists make with their greasy grimy unsexy little machine shops where they CNC stuff.  See the article, guy is / was a machinist. I wish I woulda been one.  It’s not too late, course…

Jots w/ dots 9/3

My finger on the pulse of…. A week ago I wrote about the original TNR article re the success Stalin would have had with computers.  I recognized it right away for absurdity.  Since then, McCardle writes  http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-09-02/yes-computers-have-improved-no-communism-hasn-t-  Also, heard Rush talking about it when I listened to his replay show Sunday.

I could see this being the case  http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/09/01/new_study_shows_how_gun_suicides_plummeted_in_connecticut_after_stricter.html  They are basically talking about the purchase permit, which we have in MN.  Having never bought handguns or ‘sporting rifles’ before, you can’t just walk into a MN store and just buy one and leave.  You need a purchase permit, which basically serves as proof of a thorough local background check.  You end up getting a card to present to whatever retail counter, and it’s good for a year.  You get your card in about a week after filling out the app at your local PD.  I do imagine this hurdle stymies some malevolent impulses.

I have my eye on this for philosophical / political contemplation, and also to draw whatever analogies you can to America:  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34136823   As a function of mass production and modernity, there aren’t enough low skill jobs for waves of migrant refugees to come and fill, they end up going on the dole in ethnic ghettos.  Happens here, to somewhat less degree, as we have more jobs and are less ghetto-ized.  Point being, are we really as a matter of empathy obligated to add these people to the roster of those we pay benes to in western society?  It’s tough but I don’t think so.

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