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Shell shock: Ammo shortage bites industry


While last year’s toilet paper panic during the grip of the pandemic was disturbing, at least it was brief. Meanwhile, a nationwide ammunition shortage continues to impact shooting facilities, hunting trips and even law enforcement agencies – with no end in sight.

Shooting industry insiders say a combination of fear stemming from social unrest, COVID-related manufacturing restrictions and political shifts had contributed to the ammunition shelves in sporting goods stores being mostly bare.

Dedicated shooters appear to be perpetuating the problem as they snap up and hoard nearly any handgun, rifle and shotgun ammo that becomes available.

Sharp Shooting Indoor Range & Gun Shop in Spokane started feeling the impacts about 16 months ago, said Jeremy Ball, co-owner.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Tue Jul 13, 2021, 10:50 PM (9 replies)

Pristine 'Super Mario 64' Breaks Video Game Auction Record With $1.56 Million


Less than two days after a rare sealed copy of The Legend of Zelda broke the record for most expensive video game sold at auction, a pristine unopened copy of Super Mario 64 toppled that record Sunday with a $1,560,000 high bid.

The sealed copy of the 1996 video game was notable for receiving a 9.8 A++ Wata grading, the highest possible rating. “Well — we’re a bit speechless on this one,” Heritage Auctions wrote of the item. “What can we even say that would do this copy the justice it deserves? The cultural significance of this title and its importance to the history of video games is paramount, and the condition of this copy is just so breathtaking that we’re really at a loss here. If you have had your heart set on obtaining the highest graded copy of the single best-selling video game on the Nintendo 64 — the first 3D adventure of Nintendo’s mascot, Mario — we only have one piece of advice: this is not an opportunity to waste.”

On Friday, a sealed copy of The Legend of Zelda — one of the earliest-known produced variants of the beloved Nintendo game — first shattered the record for most expensive video game when it sold at auction for $870,000.

The previous record was set just three months earlier when an unopened copy of Super Mario Bros. sold at auction for $660,000 in April. All three records were established during sales by Heritage Auctions.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Sun Jul 11, 2021, 11:29 PM (7 replies)


Just bought it a couple of hours ago!
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Fri Jul 9, 2021, 10:13 PM (5 replies)

A mom missed her flight at the Orlando airport. Then came the meltdown, video shows


A mother traveling with her kids was caught on video having a meltdown at Orlando International Airport.

On video widely shared on social media, the video starts with the woman screaming at staffers at the Frontier ticket counter. She begins throwing objects, including a separation pole, while her small daughter cries and her son looks on calmly.

“Mommy!” the hysterical girl yells. “I don’t want you to go to jail!”



(not sure how to embed instagram videos, but the above link should work)

The Instagram post says (in Spanish) that the mother was on the no-fly list. Can't imagine why....

I'm flying to Detroit tomorrow morning. Let's hope there's no drama such as this!
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Thu Jul 8, 2021, 08:21 PM (22 replies)

UK weighs ban on boiling live lobsters


The United Kingdom is weighing a ban on boiling live lobsters, crabs and other crustaceans amid a push from animal welfare activists to include the invertebrates in legislation that would recognize them as sentient beings.

Legislation currently being weighed in the House of Lords would not only seriously boost animal welfare protections but also require the government to consider animals' feelings when writing regulations.

Though the legislation currently only includes vertebrates, lawmakers are weighing expanding it to include invertebrates such as lobsters, as well as octopuses and mussels, according to The Times.

The legislation comes as the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs said it has commissioned a study to examine the creature’s sentience.


Describing a lobster (let alone a mussel) as sentient and having feelings seems a bit of a stretch.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Thu Jul 8, 2021, 10:01 AM (22 replies)

Ferrari unveils $320,000 hybrid sports car in its race to electric


MILAN, June 24 (Reuters) - Ferrari (RACE.MI) unveiled a new first plug-in hybrid car on Thursday as the luxury sports car maker famed for its roaring combustion engines retools its range for an electric era.

The 296 GTB is Ferrari's third hybrid to go into series production, which excludes limited-edition vehicles. It follows the SF 90 Stradale in 2019 and a convertible version, the SF90 Spider, last year.

Ferrari Chief Marketing and Commercial officer Enrico Galliera said the 296 GTB created a new segment.

"If the SF 90 was designed to reach the peak of performance, this has been designed for the peak of pleasure of driving," he said in a web presentation. "We expect this will also help us attract clients who are not driving a Ferrari now."
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Tue Jul 6, 2021, 11:44 AM (6 replies)

The other poster proposed a scenario in which towns are being taken over and the residents

are being executed. The Bundy standoff isn’t remotely in the the same league. This hypothetical situation would result in a massive, overwhelming response.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Tue Jul 6, 2021, 08:51 AM (0 replies)

The US Marine Corps' first F-35C squadron is now fully ready to fight from the Navy's aircraft carri


he first US Marine Corps F-35C Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter squadron has achieved full operational capability, meaning it is now fully prepared to wage war from Navy aircraft carriers, the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing said in a statement last week.

Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 314, nicknamed the "Black Knights," is the first Marine Corps F-35C squadron to reach this status.

The Marines have traditionally flown the F-35B, a short takeoff/vertical landing (STOVL) variant that can fight from airstrips or amphibious assault ships. Although the F-35B has not yet achieved full operational capability, this jet has been active.

The F-35B deployed for the very first time in March 2018 aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Wasp, and later that year, a Marine Corps F-35B became the first to fly into combat when it took off from the USS Essex to carry out strikes against the Taliban.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Mon Jul 5, 2021, 11:20 AM (4 replies)

Ukraine's plan for female cadets to march in high heels sparks outrage


Ukraine's defense ministry has been heavily criticized over plans for female cadets to march in high heels at a parade celebrating the country's independence next month.

Photos published by the ministry on Facebook Thursday showed the women from the Military Institute at the Taras Shevchenko National University in the country's capital, Kyiv, marching in the shoes, along with camouflage pants, shirts and hats.

The cadets have been practicing twice daily, for an average of four hours a day, the ministry said in a post alongside the pictures. The Aug. 24 parade in Kyiv will mark the 30th anniversary of the country’s independence.

The images were met with outrage online, with some commenters questioning the choice of footwear and calling it "torture."
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Mon Jul 5, 2021, 11:15 AM (13 replies)

Up in arms over San Jose gun rules, activists promise lawsuit


Gun rights groups, instructors and activists say they’re outraged over San Jose’s proposed gun control ordinances—and they’ve promised to take the city to court if the measures become law.

“The whole proposal is completely disingenuous. It fails to provide any proven solutions. It is blatantly unconstitutional,” said San Jose resident Dave Truslow, a National Rifle Association firearm instructor. “In the meantime, (Mayor Sam Liccardo) is hoping to bask in the sunlight.”

On Tuesday, the San Jose City Council unanimously passed measures that will require all gun owners in the city to carry insurance and pay an annual fee to cover taxpayer costs related to gun violence or risk having their weapons confiscated. The city attorney’s office will return to the council in the fall with an ordinance for final approval.

Gun activists argue that mandating insurance violates the constitutional right to bear arms. They believe insurance and public fees will undermine the ability of low-income individuals to own a gun.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Mon Jul 5, 2021, 10:15 AM (6 replies)
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