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March 28, 2005

Doctors Without Borders, they ain't

If Amanda's down with these things, I guess I'd better do some research...

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The docs at the Firearms Tactical Institute bring you this public service message about wounding "facts" you may have read in newstand gun magazines:

Instead of sticking to simple facts these particular authors would rather delude you with paragraph after paragraph of mystical concepts such as "energy transfer," "neural shock," "Fuller Index," "one-shot stopping power," "Strasbourg Tests," and "street results." Although this stuff makes for interesting and entertaining reading, it's really nothing more than a bunch of sophisticated junk-science they've invented to ensure they have plenty to write about.

These pseudo-expert 'master psychics' of wound ballistics want you to believe only they (and they alone) possess the clairvoyance to properly interpret and evaluate the factors that make a particular bullet more effective than others. They tell an alluring tale, but these discredited few are actually snake-oil salesmen who've been quite successful in creating a market to peddle their brand of proprietary nonsense.

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Lo! For the compassionate Majikthise cares even for the gun nuts, and leads them out of the darkness that is their ignorant faith in fake gun science. A fount of reality-basedness are you unto the great and the small.

Isn't this redundant and, well, really stupid sounding?

"...want you to believe only they (and they alone) possess the clairvoyance..."

They tell an alluring tale, but these discredited few are actually snake-oil salesmen who've been quite successful in creating a market to peddle their brand of proprietary nonsense.

The Heretik asked me to say one thing for him: Oy. Oyus in excelseis. What profane things these guns be, but not half so profane as the sub dudes that wrote that snakeoil.

And Oy, Werewolf Ethical One, usually that overting sucking up is left to chumps like that dork The Heretik. Man, that guy can lay down some cheese like it don't stink.

The Heretik would be leaving this message here himself,but he is too busy writing poems to Uppity women like Rox Populi.

"only they (and they alone)"

Stupid sounding? Yes. But really, it's an idiom. I especially like it as a third-person-plural version of the song, parentheses and all.

You can have "only they" or "they (and they alone)"--but "only they (and they alone)" is redundant.

Ah, gun nuts. Is it wrong that I have a soft spot in my heart for them?

Lindsay: no argument on redundant. I'm only saying it's a construction that's part of pop culture.

"Only You (and You Alone)" by Buck Ram

Only you can make this world seem right,
Only you can make the darkness bright.
Only you and you alone
Can thrill me like you do,
And fill my heart with love for only you.

Maybe the fact that the author's name is also redundant desensitized him to further redundancies. Although I also appreciate names like that. Peter O'Toole and Rod Brind'amour (hockey player) both come to mind.

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