Saturday, July 8, 2017

More .303 British. Live streaming web cams.

There must have been a large shipment of this ammunition into the country lately. For the last ten years, British .303 ammo has been very rare, and most of what has come in has been Pakistani. On the other hand, it isn't cheap. You can reload your own for less than this, especially after you pay for ORMD classed shipping.

In the late 1980's, just for contrast, a wooden case of Berdan primed (not reloadable with Boxer primed tools) .303 British , British production, was about $100 for a wooden case of 840 rounds, in a spam can, in 20 round boxes, on strippers. This above is just loose packed, never a really good thing for long term storage.

As I've mentioned before, it's a historical oddity that Americans use a primer invented by a British officer, and Europeans use a primer invented by an American officer.

I bought some rudimentary tools to try to reload Berdan primed European brass. It was killing me to throw good cartridge cases on the ground because I couldn't reload them. But my efforts to reload 8X56R, 7.62X54R, and 8MM Mauser all failed. It was just in the too hard category, for reasons this video below explains.  Some people do it, but in the late 1990's, Graf and Hornaday started selling boxer primed brass for the old military rifles, so I just abandoned the effort to reload Berdan primed stuff. I bought two 1000 round cases of 1938 Austrian production 8X56R, and within a month Graf imported 8X56R brass, Boxer primed, so I could have spared myself the expense. That's the way it works with ammunition for old military rifles, though.

Live Streaming Web Cams

I have an older computer set up in the upstairs study.  Lately, I've been enjoying watching live streaming video web cams. I've always watched the two on the top of Brass Town Bald Mountain, Ga because they show the whole area I live in.

But lately I've been watching some desert landscapes, and beaches, and fishing shops on Florida Rivers. I especially like to watch the sunrise and sunset in these places.  Since I'm pretty well anchored to this mountain top, and really don't want to do a lot of traveling, this is the next best thing to being there.

Sanduval Island, Florida

Sedona, Arizona

Crystal River, Florida

I have about twenty web cams in the "web cam"folder on this old computer, and it's nice to be able to watch events and see the views from the comfort of home.

You can tell it was a big tourist weekend by all the trash in the lake, the river, and along the roads.

I noticed that the tourists are gone from the fourth of July, but the trash isn't.  This county keeps it's roads and parks pretty clean, but it will take the prisoners from the jail more than a week to get this mess cleaned up.  At the little state park, there are cans, bottles, and paper along the trail, and floating in the lake.

At the park by the river, people threw their trash on the ground next to the picnic tables, even though the trash cans were empty and right by the tables.

Not all of this is Hispanics, but most of it is. They come roaring over here from Hall county, Ga and you have never seen nastier people in your life (unless you've been to the Middle East or Africa, anyway).  The summer I worked at the state park ,  I saw a party of about 30 adults and god knows how many children at our picnic area. They threw their trash right on the ground or in the lake. The women would change babies and just chuck the soiled diapers in the lake or on the ground. I wanted to go make them clean it up, but the Park Ranger said no, we didn't want any trouble with them. After they left it looked like an old style landfill. It was sickening. And to make matters worse, he made the maintenance men go clean it up. That wasn't their job.

I wonder why people do this?  You come to a place because of it's beauty, then you throw trash all over it?


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  1. I recently boarded a ship in Alexandria, Egypt. The Middle East can be described by a good word I recently learned : Shambolic.

    The Middle East (and Africa, too) are just as the people there want it to be. To our Western eyes, it looks chaotic, shabby, dirty, etc. but to the people there, it is home. That's fine with me, and I'm more than happy to let them have their place however they want it.

    But, people don't seem to want to understand (because that would be racist, you see) that the more we let in here, the more our countries will start looking like that. No culture is especially bad, but they're all different, and so they should keep some distance between them.

    I guarantee that if you swapped the population of Seattle and Nairobi, in a generation Seattle would look like Nairobi does now, while Nairobi would be looking pretty spruced up. For so long, the different cultures had their different spaces, and if you wanted a taste of Africa or India, you had to go there. When you had enough, you could return home to Main Street, USA.

    I read a good book lately, called "Dies The Fire", by S.M. Stirling. Somehow, electricity, gunpowder, explosives, and other high-energy processes have stopped working, and people are back to pre-steam days. They have to scramble to re-invent the old ways. Pretty cool book.

    - Charlie

    1. Charlie, that's a good way to sum things up. One of the concepts I've never been good at vocalizing is that people in other countries want the things associated with the United States; i.e. big cars, big houses, safety, and the other positive aspects. But they DON'T want democracy.They want a strong government that can give them stability and if that's Saddam, then huzzah for Saddam. You said it very well.

      The other issue is that these people DO NOT want to become "Americans." They want to be Cambodians,Iraqis, or whatever. They just want to do it here.

      I appreciate the comment.

      I've never heard of that book but it sounds like one I should see about getting on Kindle.

    2. You would like the book- it is the start of a series, as it moves on the story focus is more on an evolving various types of society, the first one "Dies the Fire " is a great read.
      S.M.Stirling is a highly respected sci-fi author- he has written a lot good books and co written with some of the greats.

    3. Raven, until Charlie mentioned it, I'd never heard of the book and I don't think I have read anything by that author. With both of you giving it a good read recommendation, I'll sure try it out. I'll see if I can get the Kindle version, that's fastest and cheapest too.

  2. People are disgusting pigs. That's one of the reasons I live out where I do. I will say, though, that around where I live we don't see much of what you describe.

    1. They sure can be. Usually it's nice and clean here. It's just when hordes of vacationers show up that things get out of hand. Most of the people who come up here aren't bad and don't defile everything they touch. But those that do, can really do a lot of damage. I've seen people throw big bags of McDonald's trash right out on the road in front of me. But when I called the Sheriff's Department on the cell, they couldn't be bothered. There's a one thousand dollar fine here for littering, which they don't enforce. They'd rather give out $100 tickets for going 5 miles over the speed limit.

      I doubt you get many tourists there, way out where you are. And the ones that do come through probably aren't the trashy sort (literally and figuratively.)

    2. Victor Davis Hanson Has written a lot on this- in his neck of rural California, illegal dump sites are everywhere, and all sorts of other activities that would get the normal taxpayer fined are just ignored- the point being, the culprits have no ID, no money, and scatter like rabbits when any enforcement shows up- it is just not worth it to the state, because their main interest has shifted from public service to revenue collection for the state. Meanwhile every chickenshit offense imaginable will be pursued against those who can pay. I believe this state of affairs has been called "anarchotyranny".

    3. It's interesting about the authorities not pursuing the culprits because they have no id.

      I had a run in with some Mexican gang bangers on the road up here once, many years ago. I went to the sheriff's office to report it. The Deputy who took the report told me that there wasn't a chance in hell of finding the individuals in question, as they wouldn't exist as far as the police data base was concerned. They all use false id, and change it. The Deputy also advised me to drop it, as he said I could be charged with "brandishing a weapon on a pubic highway." We didn't have stand your ground laws here back then. I went away mad, and with a really bad feeling about what I had just been told. It sounded like the state was giving bandits carte blanche to do whatever they wanted. But me, they threatened to charge with some trumped up B.S.

      Sounds like California is becoming third world even faster than I thought, because that's how it works in those countries.

  3. I am pretty lucky here. Even though there is a huge amusement park and a horse racing track close by that bring in the tourists, my little burb is clean and neat. There are baskets of flowers hanging from the old fashioned street light poles and a large planters full of flowers on the streets. Some years back the city planted small trees on every block downtown where I live and added benches here and there. Every so often I will hear the big street sweeping machine go by in the middle of the night. If a person has to live in a downtown area, this one is pleasant enough.

    But certain areas of downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul are like crossing into another country. And I guess that isn't too far from the truth.

    1. It sounds nice where you live. Quiet and clean, with some nice amenities. My daughter told me about Vancouver when she lived there, and her area sounded a lot like yours.

      As for the inner cities, I think they are all going that way. Chattanooga used to be so nice and clean downtown, and very safe. Now, it just has that run down, unkept feel to it.

  4. I doubt very much they come here for the beauty. Charlie is right. The trash they leave in our parks is no different from how they did things back home. They don't care, it's a problem for someone else.

    Step off a cruise ship in Ensenada Mexico and your nose will tell you all you need to know. It's a wonder we don't have more dead fish showing up on our beaches.

    On the other hand, I notice all the time our mostly white millenials throwing stuff out of car windows. They don't seem to give a damn either. --Troy

    1. It's the fact that bringing people here doesn't miraculously overnight change them to someone with our values and ideals. But you can never convince a limousine liberal of that. None of the negative effects of having this influx of Third World types impacts on their upscale residential areas.

      We have a few locals who will throw litter around, but most people here don't do that. It's usually people from out of the area , I guess they feel like if they don't live here it's not their problem.

  5. Here's one of the L.A. harbor, with the Iowa in the background.

    The camera is located at the Los Angeles Maritime Museum.

    1. I appreciate that, Dr. Jim. I just came up here to turn on the computer and watch the sunset over the beach in Florida. Now I can go take a look at the battleship.

  6. It's so crazy that we can watch live feeds from other places. When I was a kid that wasn't anything I would have ever thought about.

    I've been to Sedona, Arizona when my almost 12 year old was just about 2. He was free on the flight. Now it would cost a lot to go there. The boys would love it though. My husband's aunt and uncle live out that way and the in-laws live in Southern CA.

    1. Alissa, I have really been enjoying the live fed web cameras. At this time of year, the forest is so thick around my land, that I can't see far at all. I can go up slope, to a group of granite boulders, and see forever. Unfortunately, I have to walk through the woods to do it, something I am increasingly leery of. Once I'm there, I have to watch out for Copper Heads and Rattlers, who like to sun on the rocks. But with the live feed, I can sit in the study with a cup of coffee, where the air conditioning keeps it nice and cool, and enjoy listening to smooth jazz on Pandora or Sirius while I watch the waves roll in to the beach. Or the desert, or lake Havasu, or whatever catches my interest at the moment. I do enjoy it.

      I went to the University of New Mexico from June of 1971 through June of 1975 (the Navy paid for it), and I really loved the SouthWest. Sedona is a truly beautiful place, like Taos. It has it's share of eccentrics, but they just add color to the place.

      I'm sure your boys would love seeing Chaco canyon and the Anasazi ruins there. My son and I went out to New Mexico , back in 2005 I think it was, because I was hoping he would go to the University of New Mexico and I wanted him to see it. While we were there we made the grand tour. He decided to go to a technical school in Vancouver, Canada in the end, but it was still a fun trip. Now air travel is so stressful and unpleasant, I'd only go out that way again by car. Having relatives out there, you might want to drive out and visit sometime, and the boys could see the Southwest.

      When I was a child, my parents moved from Georgia to California because teachers got paid more there. But every single summer, we drove back to Georgia and Florida to visit relatives. We kids got an allowance of a dime a day on the trip. My favorite part of the trip was stopping at a "Dime Store" or "Five and Ten Cents Store." We stopped at one every day about mid day. With a nickle you could buy a bag of plastic soldiers, or a toy car, or something fun.

  7. Hey Harry,


    I read the previous post on the aircraft. It was interesting. I'm a sucker for a radial engine aircraft. Big, loud and foul. Oil burning beasts that give Al Gore nightmares of global warming.

    'Harry, I gotta say that there is a big difference between Mexicans and Central American.. Mexicans are not as dirty as people from Guatamala, El Salvador etc. Its a cultural thing. Now we do get some trash Mexicans, trashing some of the beaches down here but its not as bad as the inner city dirtbags from San Antonio, Houston etc. I think a great many of them are from Central America too.

    1. When I was in training, I got a chance to fly the SB-2 Tracker. It was a navy anti-sub plane. I was just a "guest" getting some stick time with some pilots who were flying the aircraft to get their "flight pay" hours in, but I did get a couple of hours flying it. That aircraft had two big radials. It was a fun plane. I think one reason I am so enamored of the T-28 is that other than not being a tail dragger, that was was as close as you can come to a World War II Hellcat, or Wildcat. It had a stick, bubble canopy, air brake, and although the T-28 B and C aircraft I flew had no weapons systems, the C still retained the tail hook. I never got to land on a carrier, but I got to do formation flying in the T-28.

      Our problem children here are Mexicans. Mostly from Guadalajara. I know I've told this tail before, but here's how it happened. In the late 1980's, all the big chicken plants up here had workers who were black or white. Fieldale, ConAgra, Perdue, they were all here. But the conditions in the chicken processing plants were horrific. It was ugly work and dangerous. The South is strongly anti-union, so collective efforts on the part of the workers to better conditions and get a decent rate of pay were hamstrung from the get go. But, they did strike and all across the board, in all the plants.

      The Chicken companies responded by paying off politicians, especially the governor, to work with the feds, to bring in Mexicans to break the strike. No one has ever proven that but it's widely believed and sure fits the state government of the time. The companies got the permits, advertised in Guadalajara, and helped the Mexicans move up here.

      They broke the strike with no trouble, but the big companies liked the Mexicans so much, because they were good workers and didn't make trouble, that they just kept them on. The population of Hispanics was zero in North Georgia in 1986, but today it's in excess of 140,000 and growing.

      The question people here have long had, is how the original workers got skipped to the head of the line for Green Cards. Nobody has ever answered that. My guess would be a lot of money changed hands between the chicken companies and the federal and state government.

      The original workers were the people who wear those white straw cowboy hats, jeans, and cowboy boots. They worked hard, took care of their families, and they weren't criminals. BUT, the kids they brought watched the black gangs (long since eradicated by Hispanic gangs now) and they saw a better way to make money than cutting out chicken rectums with a carpet knife on the processing line. All the kids who were born here became American Citizens, and their kids, and their kids....

      Now we have the drug cartels using North Georgia as part of the pipeline for shipping drugs up to New York and the rest of New England. We have "La Raza"agitating for "better benefits"and "no deportation" down in the capitol. We have Hispanic politicians in elected office in ATL who don't give a tinkers damn about anybody but Hispanics.

      The National Forest is dangerous to drive around in off the paved roads now, we have break in's and burglaries,and on down the line. Most of these ills come from the Mexicans.

      I know you are right about the Central Americans, particularly where MS13 is concerned,but in my little corner of the mountains it's the one's who either grew up here of Mexican descent, or fresh arrivals who are the problems.

  8. I saw a guy dumping a big pile of trash near a campground in S. Carolina. I asked him why he was doing that. He said he litters because the government doesn't want us to.

    I told him he was a regular freedom fighter. Don't think he caught the sarcasm.

    1. I pretty much mind my own business up here. Nothing good ever came of making enemies. But, two kinds of people I will report are poaches and people "dumping."

      It infuriates me when some jackass is out hunting bears with dogs at night so he can sell the bears body parts to the Chinese. If I have any indication that is going on, I call DNR. If I see people dumping, I report that , license plate and all. Because you have to pay a fee to dump off old appliances at the county dump, some idiots will drive out in the national forest and push old refrigerators, washing machines, etc off the back of their trucks in the forest along the old forest service roads.

      I'll call in people throwing trash on the roads, or if a truck is headed to the dump and leaving a trail of garbage on the highway behind them.

      That's risky, because depending on who the dispathcher is, if it's one of senile or stupid ones, they'll say "we have a call from a Harry Flashman subject reporting a green Chevy pickup with bags of trash falling off it in the road on Hwy 123, near Possum Trot Lane, heading into town."

      Then you get a reputation as a rat. But I don't owe anybody here any money and I don't need a job, so that's the way the cookie crumbles.

    2. dispatcher may be a dumper himself, and releasing your name to everyone so they can avoid you or think about getting even with you.
      talk to the sheriff about keeping names confidential.

    3. My interactions with the Sheriff's Department have never been particularly pleasant or beneficial. I can't think of a single time I've gone to the Sheriff's Office that didn't end with me leaving mad. It's better , I think, in my case to just steer clear of that bunch. Calling in to the dispatchers non emergency line is one thing. Going into the office in town is a whole different kettle of fish.

  9. once our house is built I'll do some live streams from our land for you. I'd dearly like to sit and watch the sunset and talk the hours away over a drink with you, but I think it's unlikely so this blogland friendship we have is the next best thing

    1. Tricky, I'd sure like that. I know from your blog pictures you live in a very scenic part of Spain, and I'd enjoy seeing a live stream from your place.

      I wish we could have that drink, and who knows. Stranger things have happened. Until then, I'm glad we got to know each other via blogging. I've made a lot of good friends that way.