Imbalance

Interesting article: # homeless vs # vacant homes

Simply put: this is a result of the banking system. Humans would be better off without them. The article suggests that the US government should "do something". That is not the case. The US government caused this problem by legalizing counterfeiting (ie chartering banks to practice fractional reserve banking). Quit "doing" things.

All your bases are belong to us
Take a look at these two articles.

You could probably hit a US base with a thrown rock.


How big is Iran anyay?


I did some reading and found out that Iran is about triple the size of Texas. They have a fourth the population of the US.

How far away is Israel from Iran? I find that I need more information. A lot more information.



Details on Wholesale Account for BTP

You get half off listed price (ie the spreadsheets) for assembly and painting services.

Minimum order is $3000 per month (actual wholesale payment).
You can still order your models through BTP if you want.
This is for a one month trial. We will revisit terms at the end.
The specifications for your projects need to be relatively generous, they need to be simple.
Level 2-4 work only. Some L5 OK, but has to be a relatively small proportion.
Needs to be someone who is not a current client.

I am using this program to pick up slack in the labor pool.

Awesome Article by Ron Paul

Ron Paul’s full comments on the Occupy Movement:

That in a way is a challenging question, because along with that question, I get a lot of times asked about the Tea Party movement. The Tea Party movement started here, gets big, a lot of different people come in. I think the same thing has happened with Occupy. I put them together—I put both groups together. Because I think both groups are unhappy about what’s happening in Washington, and around the country, and the economic conditions. But their complaints are somewhat different.

The Tea Party people basically say the debt is too big and we should shrink the size of government. Occupation seems to be more addressing the subject of the very rich, and I think that can be a mixed blessing in the sense that in my talk already I’ve criticized many people on Wall Street and the people who get rich because they get special benefits from the government, whether they get contracts or whether they benefit from the devaluation of the currencies, or whether they get their bailouts, yes, we should address that. I think the Occupy people are.

But people who are wealthy in a free market who give an honest service or an honest product and they are rewarded by the consumer, they’re quite different. They have to be protected. We shouldn’t be jealous or envious of those people. So you can’t put them all together. So in many ways, I identify with both groups. There are some things the groups have changed a little bit. The first time the tea party movement was noted was December 16th four years ago when there was a spontaneous fundraising rally for our campaign. But it’s changed a lot. A lot of people come in. But I think it’s healthy.

I think if some people like to paint Occupy left and the Tea Party people right, but I think it makes my point. There’s a lot of people unhappy, and they’re not so happy with the two party system because we have had people go in and out of office, congress changes, the presidency changes, they run on one thing, they do something else. Nothing ever changes. And I sort of like it because I make the point that if you’re a Republican or Democrat the foreign policy doesn’t really change, even though there’s a strong Republican tradition of the foreign policy I’ve been talking about where we don’t get involved in policing the world. Does the monetary policy change? Do they really care about reining in the Fed? Would the Fed bail out all these countries around the world? More and more people know that now. But monetary policy doesn’t change

Do we ever cut back? No. There’s no pretense to cutting back. They’re not even talking about cutting back. They’re talking about a token cut to proposed increases. All that talk about cutting a trillion dollars over the next 10 years, they don’t even want to start until 2013, and then they want to string it out. And it’s just cutting what’s automatically built into the budget.

But the Tea Party and Occupy people are just tired of it all. And they would like to see changes. And if the conditions get much worse, the demonstrations on the streets could get much worse, too. And that’s what we have to be aware of. But fortunately we still live in a free enough society where they can speak out. If they violate property rights, if anybody violates property rights, they do it at risk. Because that means they’re practicing civil disobedience and they might have to suffer the consequences. But there are sometimes people believe civil disobedience in order to make a point on what’s wrong with our laws that’s, they have to understand, that’s the risk they take. But basically I think it’s healthy on both sides, both the Tea Party movement and the Occupy movement.

Batreps

We need to do more Batreps. I'm working on the following:

Orboros vs Khador
High Elves vs Ogres (Maybe Dwarfs instead of High Elves)
Necrons vs ???

Gatelynomics 101

New vid up:


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Hi Shawn,

I’ve always enjoyed your blogs, in the past I’ve occasionally been put off by the economics stuff but I have to say the Gatelynomics series is really interesting.

In the past I’ve had the same issue as your Wife, Kidney Stones. About 8 years ago I had my first that was around 1.5cm across as well, interestingly enough in the uk they seem to favour Lithotripsy to deal with all but emergency cases. Basically a large machine pressed against your side with ultrasound gel between you and it, “pounds” you with ultra sonic waves that cause the stone to break up. You actually get to see it happening on the little monitor which is basically like a video game of asteroids with the operator targeting the stones.

It works well for some stones, not for others, luckily for me it was very successfully, although it took 7 treatments that time to fully remove the stone.

More recently I’ve had a few cases but the newer machines tend to deal with it in a few visits.

To parallel the Private/Public medical costs debate, in the uk as you are probably aware we have a totally free and good quality health service, however via Work I have a medical insurance (free as part of my work package but I do get taxed on it (which is interesting because effectively I’m being taxed on a benefit that actually removes cost from the public health service)).

So, in effect I can go “private” for a max fee of £100 per year regardless of number of “issues” (a sort of insurance excess) or I can go public.

Ironically the Lithotripsy machines are so specialist the private hospitals don’t have them, so you actually get treated at the NHS hospital, by the same staff, on the same machine, the difference, 0 wait time, although the wait times on the NHS are low (<3 months for non-urgent stones, and instant for emergencies)

In general I tend to go Private as it costs me very little, and I think the money the NHS are able to charge the insurance company helps them fund the machines for other users.

Anyway thanks for the Gatelynomics series and other videos, finding them very interesting, I’ve just started my own company (part-time) providing wargaming basing materials (basecrafts.com , on Youtube as well ) and any tips you have would be appreciated.

Thanks

Dave

Inspiring Ron Paul Fix

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So Far, So Good

So, what's going on in the world of Gately?


It was quite a busy week on account of the Treasure Trove sale thing and that was nice. It's normally slow over Christmas week which makes me a bit of a scrooge as clients and employees scatter to the four winds. However, this week was strong and I was pleasantly astounded to come in and find that staff were showing up early (like 7:30am) to put the heat on our various projects. Everything was sewed up by Saturday afternoon. A few people even showed up on Christmas Eve (Renn, Zanna and Ben). I am ever so impressed. BTP staff "get it" and they don't need to be prodded into action.

I only sold one studio army, leaving the Tyranids and Orks to use for Batreps. And the High Elves. We have Ogres just done and Skaven en route. I had hoped to get the Ogres up by the weekend, but alas not so. But they are done. Price tag: $2400.

While out and about I caved to the years-long temptation to get Starcraft II. I got to the counter but came to my senses. No Starcraft for me yet.

As we approach eight years of BTP I have a sense of satisfaction. So far so good. All that work has paid off and I am optimistic. There were dark times around the four year mark, five year mark. It was hard. Recently I have concluded that the best thing you can do for another human is to give them a job. Or can you really "give" that? A job brings self-reliance, self-respect and all the necessities (and sometimes niceties) of life. It is the cure for poverty. Every poor person, if they only had a job they could do, and maybe even enjoyed, would not want for the necessities. I'm thinking of how I can make that happen for low-skill workers. Hmmm... I'm more concerned with my own workers for now. How can I turn this into a true middle-class profession where BTP workers/artists can own their own home, pay their own medical bills, and afford the niceties of life. The middle class is getting ripped in two in the US. I am filled with a mix of compassion and (non-violent) rage.

So far so good though. Last year when we had about ten workers I did a round of interviews and I could see the agony and desperation in people's eyes. It filled me with a grim determination: how many could I save from this misery? I had to find the right people for the job, with the right skill, but also an appreciation and understanding for how great it is to work for BTP. Since then I've pulled about ten more people into the life boat.

What is at the heart of Christian life? To go about doing good. To bind up the wounds of the afflicted. God's own work: to life up the Fallen. And to do it quietly and anonymously.

I am feeling good. I found a great local chiro who is non-invasive and homeopathic-style. So my back feels a ton better. And inside my soul I feel a remarkable sense of calm. God (that guy I met) has been good to me; merciful and kind. His goodness is unmerited, apparently a free gift.

Next week: Fantasy Batrep with Ogres and getting in the maximum number of games of War Machine. And 40K of course. In 2012 we are really going to ramp up our game.

Christmas Day
I'm at home with the family. Last night and this morning we just had the typical, even stereo-typical, Christmas. Reading the Christmas story, tree, presents, pajamas. Well, maybe it's not typical. Anyway, I'm enjoying my family all this morning, just hanging out. My four kids (ages 3, 6, 10, 12) are a delight; they are so thankful, obedient, kind and individual. I can't get enough of them. Half me and half their mom, the woman I love.

My desire to get to work is temporarily suppressed.

PS- my big splurge for the kids was an Xbox 360. Now to hunt down more good games for it.

Forge World Order

I need to make a proxy Forge World order. Current rate is +30%. That means if the cost to make the order (ie you order it from FW and send to BTP) is $100 USD then you would get a $130 credit.

The order is substantial, around $2200 USD.

Five Armies- on the block

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Shipping
$9 flat in US (for any number of lots)
$15 to Canada
$35 to Australia/NZ/Japan
$25 most other places (eg Europe)

Black Templars Apocalypse army = $1815 SOLD!
Black Skulls force (terminators, dread, LR) = $310 SOLD!
Dark Angels army = $1215 on HOLD again
Warriors of Chaos army = $1525
Khorne Daemons army = $1315 SOLD!
Flesh Hounds + Karanak (11 models) = $75 SOLD!
Greater Daemon of Tzeentch A = $85
Greater Daemon of Tzeentch B = $85
Ultraforge Vulture Daemon = $175
Khorne Daemons x25 = $155 SOLD!
Dwarfs army = $1150

Bin of Death Korps heavy weapons x24 (sight unseen, as-is) $420 SOLD!
(I have done a cursory examination of these, they appear to be complete and in good order)

Bin of Skorne titans (including Molik Karn, sight unseen, as-is) $180
The rest should have more details forthcoming and/or be put up on our website

Contact me at bluetablepainting@gmail.com for availability. Generally, I will not hold armies except for a very short period of time while payment is conducted. I will be completely incommunicado this Sunday (Christmas). The Post is likely closed Monday so armies purchased over the weekend will likely be shipped Tuesday.

Armies are sold as-is. There might be some defects even after we go over them for touchups.

New Website for BTP (in progress)


Note that the web designer apparently just put up a random pic-- we didn't paint that hammerhead.

Treasure Trove 2011


Thank you for visiting the Treasure Trove sale page for 2011.

UPDATE: More lots going up Thursday afternoon.

Contact Shawn at bluetablepainting@gmail.com if you are interested in anything. Or call 801 372 8545. We need money via CC (by phone or email) or Paypal. Paypal address is bluetablepainting@gmail.com Check availability before buying.

Shipping
$9 flat in US (for any number of lots)
$15 to Canada
$35 to Australia/NZ/Japan
$25 most other places (eg Europe)

Holiday hours: regular business hours throughout the week and 10am to 3pm on Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas Day. Open Monday December 26th.

We are considering offers on these lots so don't be shy. No offense taken. Bulk deals also welcome (and given!). All lots are limited time, limited quantity.

Be sure to refer to full lot title and #. This is first come, first served. Whoever gives get the go ahead and gives me money gets the lot.

LOTS
#1 Fungus Nids $6400
#2 Valkyrie/Vendetta with loads of Forge World extras $235
#3 Baneblade (new) $40 SOLD
#4 Bin o Necrons as-is $45 SOLD!
#5 Imperial Guard in blue and grey $240 SOLD
#6 Imperial Fists Vehicles $320 PULLED
#7 Reaper Dwarfs and Fantasy Figures $290 SOLD!
#8 Catachans $180
#9 Daemons boxes $90 SOLD
#10 Wood Elves boxes $90 SOLD

#11 Dark Elves boxes $90 SOLD
#12 Wood Elves painted $150 SOLD
#13 Dark Eldar boxes $270 ($260 if you drop the blisters) SOLD
#14 Grey Knights $75 SOLD!
#15 Starship Troopers $20 SOLD aj
#16 Vintage Warhammer/40K boxes $90 for the lot or $10 each SOLD
#17 Rainforest Elves $550 SOLD
#18 Ultramarines Tank $75
#19 Bad Moonz Ork army $2450
#20 Ice-themed Jetbikes $325 SOLD

#21 Hordes starter forces $120 SOLD
#22 Vampire Counts boxes $95 SOLD!
#23A Dwarfs boxes $140
#23B Lizardmen boxes $65 SOLD
#24 Tau/Kroot boxes $80 SOLD
#25 Ork Boxes $165 SOLD!
#26 Space Wolves second wave army $1575 SOLD
#27A High Elf coastal watch army $1550
#27B (apparently I can't count) Creeping Death Dark Eldar army $650 SOLD
#28 Space Hulk $425 SOLD
#29 Deathwing Army $330 SOLD
#30 Ultramarines Terminators and heroes $250

#31 Eldar boxes $35 SOLD
#32 Tyranids boxes $35 SOLD
#33 Shrine of the Aquila $17 SOLD
#34 Fantasy Buildings $30 SOLD
#35 Grey Knights terminator army $775 (current high offer $600) SOLD!
#36 pair of Valkyries $50 SOLD

#40 Grey Knights mixed army $270 SOLD
#41 Bretonnian Sprues $15 SOLD
#42 Blood Bowl Teams $40
#43 Space Ork Sprues $10 SOLD
#44 High Elf Vintage Infantry $15 SOLD
#45 Dark Eldar Warriors $5 SOLD
#46 Orcs and Goblins Vintage blisters $15 SOLD
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#48 Vampire Counts Metals $5 SOLD
#49 Empire Metals $90 SOLD
#50 Oddball Storm Raven $20 temp hold 10 hrs for JP = SOLD

#51 High Elf Vintage Models $40 SOLD
#52 Realm of Chaos Champions $140 SOLD
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#54 Imperial Guard bin of blisters and bags $220 SOLD
#55 Hero on Pegasus and Handgunners $25
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#57 Empire Boxes $220 SOLD!
#58 Tyranid Genestealers etc $70 SOLD!
#59 Tomb Kings bin $90 SOLD!
#60 Tau bin $55 SOLD



Lastly, I am likely to do another round of this on Friday, so keep your eyes peeled if you miss out. Not for sure, but likely.

Expedited Necrons Testimonial


Got my Necrons today and was 100% satisfied with them and how impressed I am with the expedited service you offer. This has been my third full army I have had done through BTP, it was also the largest of the three. Even though the army was done in just two weeks there was no drop in quality, in fact I think this is the best looking army I have received through BTP.


Once again I would like to thank everyone who was involved with my project.

Thanks,
KR

Nurgle Special

Painting L3 for Nurgle (40K or Fantasy).

Infantry $4.50
Large Infantry $6.00
Daemon Prince $12.00
Vehicles $20.00

Prices may vary according to circumstance and details. We need broad (but not complete) artistic license.

Minimum Order = $400

Limited quantity = 3 orders

Ron Paul Money BOMB today December 16th




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I'll be donating until it hurts. If I want freedom I'm going to have to do something about it. It must be earned and maintained. I would consider money to be a small price.
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Here's the link to info.

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Gatelynomics 101- Payroll Effects

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Technical info on Payroll.
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At least try

“Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could do only a little.” — Edmund Burke

Also, getting in a Menoth trade soon:

High Allegient Amon Ad-Raza

2x Crusader Heavy Warjacks (one fully painted and professionally painted and one plastic)

A Vanquisher Heavy Warjack (unpainted)

A Revenger Light Warjack (partially painted)

A Devout Light Warjack (partially painted)

A Repenter Light Warjack (partially painted)

A full 6 model unit of the new Choir of Menoth (unpainted and rand new product)

A full 6 model unit of Daughters of the Flame (unpainted)

A Vassel Mechanik (unpainted and new)

A FULL Protectorate of Menoth Faction Deck including multiple cards for every model above

A full set of Amon Ad-Raza counter tokens

A Kreoss model (missing weapon, will include if found and partially painted)

Retch


Wasn't feeling well over the weekend so I took a Nyquil and it got lodged halfway down the pipe. I mean really lodged. I ran to the bathroom sink and retched, in the end, so hard that it pulled nearly every muscle in my torso. I could feel them popping in rapid succession. Monday I could barely move. But that didn't stop me! I can't let a perfectly good Monday morning go to waste.

I am currently caught up. Just waiting around to set up new projects. Studio Necrons are out of assembly. Color? Why teal of course. And due to be painted, mostly completed, this week.

We are looking at picking up a couch for the studio. Second hand it was like a tenth of the normal cost. Yay! Going to look at it this morning (Tuesday). I'm pretty stoked. This is the Christmas present for studio and staff. A nicety.

Here's what's making me smile today: Cats of War.

As many know I have reactivated a secondary Youtube channel: gatelymusings I plan on continuing the Gatelynomics series there as well as personal stuff.

Week in Review


So, what is going on?

At BTP we're doing a notable round of hiring. It's different this time because I am not only trying to fill a position right now, but set up for the coming year. We've got about twenty on the roster and I think it will be more like thirty by the end of 2012. And fifty by the end of 2013. That will put us at the max capacity for the current building.

It's a pretty good round. I have to narrow forty applicants down to one hire and a few potentials. It's like American Idol. During the first rounds it's all about weeding out the train wrecks (who invariably cannot self examine). But then it's the good stuff. While it is time consuming, it's well worth it. I really like humans.

I figure it takes $500-1000 worth of man-hours-labor to get a good hire. We are very, very picky about who we let paint your miniatures. Layers upon layers of tests and trials. But it is draining.

At this moment I'm eating fruits, vegetables and water. I am thick with the heavy food I've been eating the last week: pumpkin pie and steak. Just wolfing it all down. Thank you God for this great life. I don't deserve it.

We wanted to do more Batreps this week and indeed I had Jon (tall skinny guy who used to do assembly for us) come in for a Fantasy rep with his Goblins. Classic matchup: gobbos v high elves. BUT guess what? I had an interview go overly long and there was no way to do it.

More to come.

Christmas Deadline

If you have a project needed by Christmas you should check in with me TODAY!

Yup. Just sitting here watching my Inbox. Just waiting for you to email with an inquiry. Ready to set up new projects. Ayup.

Just hanging out.

Why Mormons Should Vote for Ron Paul (?!)

Interesting article on the topic.

Salamanders Incoming


I got a sweet, sweet Salamanders army coming in.

Pics here
And here

You can nail it for $850 (money) (normally right around $1900) if you just want to pick it up in the next day or so.

This Makes me Drool

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Infinity Update


I've been corresponding with Corvus Belli recently. It's a company from Spain that makes Infinity. There are remarkable parallels between our two companies. Anyway, they are sending me some models with which to do demo games. Here's a letter I got from Carlos which I thought might be of general interest.

Hello, Shawn.

I’m Carlos, from CB. Nice to receive a message from you.

Fernando told me to help you with Demo army lists and rules.

I’m sending here two army lists for demo games, as you requested.

Let me put here a few photos of the miniatures that will feature in that demo game.

ALEPH

This will be a 7 miniature army, made by just 2 products.

ALEPH starter Pack (Six miniatures)

MARUT (Big powerful robot)

Japanese Sectorial Army

This will be a 10 miniature army, made with this products:

JSA Starter Pack (6 miniatures)

Aragoto Senkenbutai (2 bike riders)

O-Yoroi Kidobutai (Big tripulated armor)

Ninja (Yes, a ninja)

We will send you these miniatures ASAP.

By the way, using our website, you would be able to download everything necessary for playing. Let me put here some links and introduce you to everything:

Quickstart Rules by Beasts of War. These could be also useful for understanding the basic game mechanics:

http://www.beastsofwar.com/wp-content/uploads/Infinity-QuickStartRules-V1.pdf

Basic full Rules from the first book: http://www.infinitythegame.com/infinity/downloads/rules/%5Ben%5DRules.pdf

Weapon and Army lists form the first Book: http://www.infinitythegame.com/infinity/downloads/army-lists/%5Ben%5DArmyAndWeapon.pdf

Rules from the expansion Book (Infinity: Human Sphere): http://www.infinitythegame.com/infinity/downloads/rules/%5Ben%5DRulesHS.pdf

Weapon and Army lists from the Expansion Book (Infinity: Human Sphere): http://www.infinitythegame.com/infinity/downloads/army-lists/%5Ben%5DArmiesHS.pdf

Ok, looks a bit dense. I know. That is why I did these Youtube videos. Making everything more visually understandable. I recommend you to watch these videos before trying to get into the game.




Ok, those were the BASIC ones. Enough to get into the rules. BUT, people find them very useful as a support tool. So we decided to make more with the most complicated rules:

Cammo Rules Video 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRTNokHK7vQ

Cammo Rules Video 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=15VZpwRoJ0g

Cammo Rules Video 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ru3kO2_FKc

We are actually remaking this last videos with new versions with new voice over by Warren from Beasts of War. They be probably published by the end of the week.

I’m sending to you with this message two Army lists made with this program: Devil team´s Infinity Army 3.0: http://infinitythegame.com/dt_army/

In this program you will also find link to the: Infinity Wiki: http://infinitythegame.wikispot.org/Home?action=show&redirect=Front+Page This site is a free online Wikipedia of the rules, very useful for rules clarification or just to finish any forum flame.

And I guess that is all.

Have a nice day.

Industrial Terrain Review

Shawn,

I received the industrial terrain on Saturday, and it looks great! We spent some time setting it up and we played a short game with it, which was a lot of fun. My son really was into setting up the different pieces and seeing how it all fits together. I really like the 3D feel it gives the game as the troops move up and around the different levels. The terrain gets a big thumbs up from me!

Thanks,

Bret

A Mind of Sufficient Power

When I sleep I have dreams. The dreams are not what I would choose. It's a surprise. I know that I have dreams, just as much as I know that I have waking experience.

Who is making my dreams?

If it's someone inside of me then it's a part of me I don't control. In my dreams I sometimes see writing. It's unclear, like an image being held in my mind, but the letters are there, and in deep dreams I get names of people and places.

If a more powerful mind were to sleep, could it create a photorealistic world? Could it create an entire lifetime? Could it create dreams within dreams?

Weaponize a Pumpkin



At this moment I am at the studio, enjoying the peace of an empty upstairs. I can hear the clock ticking.

I'm eager to set up new projects. Yup, ready whenever you are.

The plan: finish up my inbox and hopefully get in a game. I got in my cards from Privateer Press (only $0.50 per card yay, but $8 for ship, groan) for Warpwolf Stalkers and Warpborn Skinwalkers. Nice. Naturally I didn't have the cards because I used Confrontation models. In fact, I'm on the hunt for some Fiannas to be my Druids. Anyone?

My wife is now up and about, feeling good and back to her super-cheerful self. She's still a little sore. The last few days have been a carousel of Sisters from the neighborhood bringing food and helping out with the kids and home. What a delight. I am a firm believer in the ability of local community.

I'm re-watching the two only seasons of Better Off Ted. Well, it's going in the background while I do my work!

Last night I got an almighty muscle cramp just below my right clavicle. I couldn't figure out why. Flashback! On Thursday my fellow scoutmaster and I took the boys bowling. Josh and I got our own lane and got in a contest to see how fast we could throw the ball. I want to take the staff bowling. What a blast.

Yellow Marble

My wife was not doing well last night. Severe cramps and nausea. This morning a cat-scan revealed a kidney stone 10mm in diameter. Like a small marble. Too big to just use the poor person method of painkillers and toughing it out. She's gone into surgery tonight. I am home with the kids.

Super high deductible insurance. Hospital wants a major chunk up front.

Prayers and positive thoughts are appreciated.

Don't slow down on your inquiries. We need the orders/work more than ever. I am on deck to serve your needs, not to mention BTP's amazing staff.

Oh, and a giant mechanic's bill to keep her car registered. Amazing. It makes me happy that I get to have challenges to make my character stronger. Just kidding. This really sucks.

UPDATE: Tamie is home and doing well. What a wonder, a great thing to be thankful for. Neat!

Belligerent

Here's something from a newsletter I received.

This is about Sections 1031 and 1032 in a defense spending bill. We have posted these sections on our blog so you can read them for yourself.

The two sections seem to contradict each other. Some people, including some Senators, think that Section 1032 exempts Americans. But a more accurate rendering goes like this . . .

According to Section 1032, the military cannot indefinitely imprison citizens and legal resident aliens. But that doesn't mean some other law enforcement agency couldn't eternally jail citizens and resident aliens, because of the vague wording of Section 1031. How vague?

Section 1031(b)(2) "includ(es) ANY PERSON who has committed a belligerent act or has directly supported such hostilities in aid of such enemy forces."

What is a belligerent act? There have been more than 40 cases of alleged terrorist plots that were little more than entrapment, and not actual threats to the American people. The way we read it ANY of these entrapped people, AS WELL AS completely innocent people associated with them, could potentially be imprisoned without due process because of the vagueness of Section 1031. And Section 1032 has NOTHING to do with this, because it only deals with military custody.

Here's the thought to take away from this -- 1032 says the military can't kidnap citizens, but Section 1031 opens the door for other federal agencies to do so.

But even the supposed exemption from military detention isn't so clear cut. If a citizen or resident alien is arrested by the military, he or she may have great difficulty proving that they are a citizen or legal resident alien, because the habeas corpus burden on the military is weak, or perhaps non-existent.

It’s even more problematic that this bill was explicitly designed to permit the military to play a police function on American soil, even if it is only to arrest and hold alleged foreign "belligerents."

This is how we analyze the proposed legislation. But Senator McCain, one of the authors of this mess, goes even further. Consider the following exchange between him and Senator Rand Paul from the Senate floor . . .

MR. PAUL: My question would be, under the provisions, would it be possible that an American citizen could be declared an 'enemy combatant' and sent to Guantanamo Bay, and detained indefinitely?

MR. McCAIN: I think that as long as that individual, NO MATTER WHO THEY ARE, if they POSE A THREAT to the security of the United States of America, should not be allowed to continue the threat.

Our assessment is conservative compared to Mr. McCain's interpretation. Even so . . .

NONE OF THIS REALLY MATTERS.

What really matters is what people in the future will do with this law once it has passed. This consideration should make you very afraid. After all, just look at how closely your so-called government follows the Constitution, the supposed Supreme Law of the Land. They have taken every loophole or loose interpretation they could find and driven a freight train through it. And most of the rest they have simply ignored.

Dark Eldar on the block


I got in a Dark Eldar trade. If you want the lot as-is (not painted) = $560.

If you want them painted L3/5 split = plus $968. You pick the color scheme. Or save $100 by giving us artistic license. Best thing? We can have them done in two weeks.

Here the client describes the contents.

All models are current edition and Plastic/Finecast. The full lot weighs in at 2000 points though the army was designed to be easily scaled down to 1000 points by removing entire pieces like Reaver units, Venoms, and Razorwing Jetfighters. Here is the rundown:

Current Dark Eldar Codex

1x Finecast Archon w/ Blaster and Venom Blade (cut down Huskblade)

24x Kabalite Warriors w/ Splinter Rifles

6x Kabalite Warriors w/ Blasters

4x Kabalite Trueborn w/ Blasters

2x (Unfinished) Kabalite Trueborn w/ Splinter Cannons

1x (Unfinished) Kabalite Trueborn w/ Splinter Rifle

7x Venom w/ Dual Splinter Cannons and Chain Snares, no gunner modeled (1 primed Chaos Black)

10x Reaver Jetbikes w/ Splinter Rifles

5x Reaver Jetbikes w/ Heat Lances

3x Razorwing Jetfighters w/ Splinter Cannon, Dark Lances, Monoscythe Missiles

Now, what makes this lot stand out is that every single Dark Eldar was built with the neat and elusive "visor" heads. The lesser Dark Eldar in the army like the regular splinter rifle warriors and reavers were built with the Reaver heads that have the spiked neck guard. The Archon, Blaster Warriors, Blaster Trueborn, and Heat Lance Reavers were all built with the completely smooth "pilot" type visor heads. Also, every model with a blaster has an authentic blaster; none are conversions from other Dark Eldar weapons.








Vayl- Full Pounder List


I'm in the process of making a Legion army. I'm going to use Rackham Alchemists for it. Anyway here's the list

Vayl -6
Shepherd +1
Shepherd +1
Forsaken +2
Forsaken +2
Carnivean +11
Ravagore +10
Scythean +9
Raek +4
Raek +4
Hexhunters +5
Hexhunters +5
Spell Martyr +1
Spell Martyr +1

= 50 pts

Thanksgiving 2011

I am trying to break my conditioning.

I don't want to be indoctrinated. I want to know everything. I'm open to new things.

I wonder how much of my life has been lies and hormones. Misdirection, mentalism and good digestion. I'm sitting in my recliner thinking there's more of gravy than of grave about you.

If a heart stops beating for three minutes, the host is probably dead. Same with a business. If there are no sales for a week, it's like a massive stroke. So it is with that tireless beating that I work the keyboard and videocamera day after day. Holidays included.

Thursday morning I headed down to the studio to get some work done. I took my daughter with me. She is now twelve and a bundle of nerves as is normal for that age. She's an orderly girl. She loves lists and neat clothing. I take great joy to see my children discovering who they are.

Around mid-day we headed up north to my sister-in-laws. The two sisters and their mother. All prodigious cooks. It was a delectable spread; stuffed mushroom caps, chicken-apple meatballs, pecan pie, etc. So, I stuffed my face, overtalked everyone at the table and curled up like a python on the sofa. A perfect Thanksgiving.

But seriously, I actually did just sit and listen for most of the meal. I jumped on the trampoline with the kids and generally enjoyed my wonderful immediate and extended family.

Saturday

Update: staying later on Saturday. Tonight only: pick up the Hellish Knights for $850.

I'll be in the studio from 10am to 4pm on Saturday. I am eager to set up new projects and to turn studio armies and resources into money. I am on standby, pretty much caught up and ready to take calls and emails.

For you locals: come down for a game. Bring a friend. Buy stuff from our trade stock. It's mostly 50% off.

Kelt Fiannas

I'm on the hunt for Kelt Fianas. I want to use them as druids for my alternate Orboros army. They're going to be Druids. Any takers? Want to trade/sell me some?

Compare and Contrast

This is from the issues page of Mitt Romney's website:

The foundations of our nation’s strength are a love of liberty and a pioneering spirit of innovation and creativity....

Mitt Romney believes in America. He believes that liberty, opportunity, and free enterprise have led to prosperity and strength before and will do so again. America, however, must take decisive action to roll back the misguided policies of the last three years, empower our citizens, and restore the foundations of our nation’s strength.

First off, the whole thing is quite vague. But the real problem lay in the line "of the last three years". This guy doesn't get it. It's the misguided policies of the last thirty years, or last sixty years, or (in my view) the last one hundred years. A hundred years of wars, interventionism, and paper money. So long that we don't even know anything else.

He blames current administration. No mention of foundational problems stretching back much further.

Compare Mitt Romney's economy section of issues page to Ron Paul's:

Mitt Romney

The mission to restore America begins with getting our fiscal house in order. President Obama has put our nation on an unsustainable course. Spending is out of control. Yearly deficits are massive. And unless we curb Washington’s appetite for spending, the national debt will grow to the size of our entire economy this year.

As President, Mitt Romney will cut federal spending and bring much-needed reforms to entitlement programs. Mitt will work toward balancing the budget, reducing the size and reach of the federal government, and returning power to states and the people.

1) blames current administration
2) doesn't give specifics

Ron Paul


As President, Ron Paul will lead the way out of this crisis by:

* Vetoing any unbalanced budget Congress sends to his desk.

* Refusing to further raise the debt ceiling so politicians can no longer spend recklessly.

* Fighting to fully audit (and then end) the Federal Reserve System, which has enabled the over 95% reduction of what our dollar can buy and continues to create money out of thin air to finance future debt.

* Legalizing sound money, so the government is forced to get serious about the dollar’s value.

* Ending the corporate stranglehold on the White House.

* Driving down gas prices by allowing offshore drilling, abolishing highway motor fuel taxes, increasing the mileage reimbursement rates, and offering tax credits to individuals and businesses for the use and production of natural gas vehicles.

* Eliminating the income, capital gains, and death taxes to ensure you keep more of your hard-earned money and are able to pass on your legacy to your family without government interference.

* Opposing all unfunded mandates and unnecessary regulations on small businesses and entrepreneurs.

These are just a few of the steps we can take to put America back in place as the world’s leading economy. Taking a stand for these principles has often been a lonely fight in Congress for Ron Paul, but, now more than ever, our nation needs a President who will champion sound money, responsible spending, lower taxes, and free market enterprise.


And now a little bite from the Left:

. Police with military grade equipment.


As a final note I would like to repeat that I am merely a questioner. I am trying to figure out what is going on in my world. Am I wrong? I couldn't possibly be right all the time. Email me with comments. I often post them.

Gatelynomics Feedback

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Got some nice feedback on Gatelynomics. I got TWO whole episodes up!

Hey Shawn,

Just want to let you know I think the Gatelynomics series is excellent.
I'd say it really is making the workings of the world accessible,
building out from the everyday elements of people's lives and pointing
out the less pondered truths like time being an asset. It lets an
audience that is probably still quite young see they're in control of
their own lives, despite the constant suggestion the economy is a
distant and incomprehensible thing run by a specialist elite, which is
patently a distortion - we are all the economy.

I hope very much that you keep it up. If you feel you're running out of
material at any point, or you think attention spans or viewing figures
are too low, maybe change it up and repackage each core idea as a one-
or two-minute anecdote, something like 'Shawn's Words of Wisdom'. You
could even use minis to act it out - that would get minds focused.

At any rate, thanks very much, and not for the first time. I'm sure a
lot of people around the world identify with the community you've built
and are building, and that you're setting an excellent example. You're
showing us one solid way things can get better.

Porky
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This was a really good video. I am 31, but was really sick at the age of 17 and off and on in my twenties. Eventually I found a good doctor and medication at the Cleveland Clinic when I was 28, and was diagnosed with something similar to afib. Now like your self, I try to do exactly what I want to because life is short. I just finished the rough draft for my novel Sunday at 3:00PM. It took me about a year to get this far. Lucky for me I have a lot of people helping me edit the book from English majors to teachers.


The point is I have been watching your videos for inspiration to finish the last two chapter of my book. Every day I check for the new video. At this moment I do not have spare money to invest in another art form, however if I am modestly successful with my book in anyway, I will celebrate by purchasing miniatures from TheBluePaintingTable. I can't think of a better way to reward myself. Your videos really make miniatures exciting.

Usually ever night after I get home from work, I work on my book a little and check out your latest video. Miniatures did not interest me before your videos, nor did I know what they even where. Much more success will coming your way in the future and I am excited to be able to watch it on youtube. There is no need to wish you success because it will happen. Thank you for making the videos.
--BK

A Bus... Expertly Steered

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I very much enjoyed this video

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My company is a work of art. A creation.

Sunday November 20, 2011

What can I say about Sunday? I had peace in my soul. No real news, just hanging out at home with my beloved family. Tamie has been cleaning the house, top to bottom every room, like a mad-woman. She's in high spirits for Thanksgiving. The home teachers came by.

I spent most of the day reading up on Battle College. I think I read every single entry for Circle of Orboros. Not the faction I would have normally picked, but that's what I have. I really started them up because I wanted to use some of the cooler Rackham Wolfen figures. They've been sitting around for many months. I plan on adding a unit of Druids and some wolfen for Warpborn Skinwalkers. That should round up the Kaya Moonhunter list.

I'm also looking at Vayl for Legion of Everblight. I got a few heavy warbeasts laying about.

Need Solomon Lok

I am looking to trade for or purchase a Solomon Lok kit from Forge World. Does anyone have one?

Just made a Forge World Order

Here's what's coming:

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In the Beginning

In the Beginning God separated the matter from the anti-matter.

The vastness of the Universe was a great void.

And God said "BANG!".

Cost for Bad Moonz now reduced

Pics and info here.

One day only.

Studio Space Wolves for sale: Return of the Wolf







Yet another army on the block. Awesome. Striking accent colors and notable conversions make this army a treasure. Nevermind that it is a rock solid list.

Well over 2500 pts.

See more pics.

Purchasing Information.

Here's what's in it:

1x Njal conversion
2x Rune Priest
1x Wolf Lord on Thunderwolf
8x Thunderwolf Cavalry
34x Grey Hunters
18x Long Fangs
4x Razorback/Rhino
1x Venerable Dreadnought

 

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