A friend of mine had this posted on Facebook wall today and all I could think of is “What the fuck? Prepared for what?

Maybe it’s just me. Maybe I just don’t get it. Maybe there really some Red Threat communist land army out there marching towards ‘merica, stomping to take our freedom away. Or maybe the dead really are rising to consume us, or aliens are about to invade and enslave humanity, or…pick your favorite fictional plot line trope, but I doubt it. This faux-DEFEND LIBERTY, paranoia-state, bullshit that some overwhelming threat is going to suddenly descend upon the nation/world and the government and it’s obscenely overfunded military will, for some reason, be powerless to stop it, that only the incredibly well armed private citizen and his stash of automatic weapons will save the day, is the worst kind of inability to separate fantasy from reality. It’s eclipsed only, maybe, the fact that these people seem to think land wars even happen any more. Barring drone warfare, nuclear weapons, and ICBMs, I’ll just quote Q here.

Well, I’ll hazard I can do more damage on my laptop sitting in my pajamas before my first cup of Earl Grey than you can do in a year in the field.

You don’t live in a Hollywood movie and even if you did, your insane need to go out guns blazing is still going out and unlike Hollywood magic, you won’t be coming back. Maybe that’s a good thing.

Wake up. You’re not solving any problems. You’re not helping anyone. You’re not making the world a better place, just a more dangerous one. That’s the reality and, hilariously, that’s exactly what you’re not prepared for.

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American History D- : Part 2

I can’t even keep up with these guys. They are talking about Massachusetts being run by the mafia and extortion rackets with auction laws, everyone in America being a criminal, the space program being a government conspiracy, tax law coming from the Bible…

I managed to record a snippit on my phone. I’m sorry that the audio quality is terrible, I was sitting one table away.

Do you know the oldest country with government, the oldest existing government in the world? Us. Us. And with that comes a lot of top heavy stuff that we need to…

We need to vote, vote like a war.

Heed No Warning

Now for something completely different.

Chrome's Niko Camera Bag
Chrome's Niko Camera Bag

So, I’ve been meaning to do an “Everyday Carry” style post, as well as a “What’s In My Bag?” post. I decided to mash them together a bit and work in a quasi-review of my new Chrome Niko. If you know me, you know that bags, specifically laptop and camera bags, are my one real retail weakness. I have a massive collection of bags, including a veritable who’s who of Timbuk2 messengers. When it comes to camera bags, I’ve tried multiple solutions from Lowepro, Domke, Naneu, and looked at hundreds of others. For larger jobs I usually just use a photo insert with a Timbuk2 M messenger, but I’ve been dying for a perfect day bag. Even for just basic day shooting I actually carry quite a clip of gear, so first we should look at what it is I am trying to cram into this mythical perfect bag.

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