Illegal Printer

Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political Podcast for August 1, 2018 it is number 186!!! and we call it the “Illegal Printer” edition of the show. We are your 3D printed hosts – totally within the law – radio guy Todd Feinburg and A.I. guy Mike Stopa here, as every week, to read between the lines, dive into the text and explain to you the fine print of the events (some political, some not) of the day.

This week we give a brief account of California burning to the ground which, if you live here like I do, is pretty unfunny. And then we launch into our two topics. This week, we consider the Harvard-Harris poll, recently released, showing that the primary issue of concern to 38% of the electorate heading toward the 2018 midterms is illegal immigration. 51% of conservatives place it at number 1. 36% of swing voters do.

Of those concerned swing voters, how many are sympathetic to the illegal aliens themselves and how many are sympathetic to the Americans who have watched their laws being ignored for a generation, their jobs taken and their emergency rooms overrun (…you know the deal)? We will discuss.

Then, it seems that you can now print plastic guns that actually work. A childhood dream. But they don’t look like actual guns, so most kids would rather an M-1 toy than a real 3D printed piece of heat. Is it a big deal? Is this technology striking a blow for liberty?

Nah.

But it is, for a variety of reasons, interesting. We ponder.

Our shower thoughts – well, you’ve come to expect them, right? to *rely* on them even, right? We do not disappoint. And last a hidden gem that, sometimes at least, captures it all: Love Hurts by Nazareth. Enjoy!

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  1. OccupantCDN Coolidge
    OccupantCDN
    @OccupantCDN

    My understanding of the 3d printed guns – is that the plastic part is the receiver – the part that holds the trigger assembly and magazine clip.  You still need some metal parts of the gun – but these parts are not required to have a serial numbers and have not been traceable in the past. As the serial number has been stamped on the receiver.

    The regulation cited to prevent 3d printing of guns is ITAR (International Traffic in Arms Regulation) – anything on the internet is global in nature, and could not be strictly contained inside the US.

    In reality, hand made handguns have been do-able for a number of years. You only need a machine shop, and be half-way competent machinist.

    A number of years ago some auto machinists build a working replica of the German A-4 engine. (Used in the V2 ballistic missile) What once was high technology becomes common place.

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  2. Rightfromthestart Coolidge
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      I suppose it’s possible that the Democrats may take the House but at this point the purpose of the polls is to knock the stuffing out of you and depress turnout on the right. It’s the opposite of a pep talk instead of ‘you can do it’ its a constant refrain of ‘forget it , it’s already lost , don’t waste your time ‘ with the ultimate hope that right leaning people will just give up and leave the field entirely to the left.

      Remember we went into 2016 feeling vaguely sick all year after being told for 25 years about the ‘inevitability’ of Hillary and dreading November. The boll weevils of the left have politicized the polls along with everything else in life. 

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  3. OccupantCDN Coolidge
    OccupantCDN
    @OccupantCDN

    I got burned in 2012, I lost so much money betting on Romney over Obama… The polls are wrong – they’re oversampling democrats! Sigh.

    The polls could be wrong – not for nefarious reasons, but because they’re done on the cheap. Meaning they’re national averages – not state by state or even on a district level.

    https://www.270towin.com/2018-house-election/

    270 to win, has a great interactive map, that lets you look at each district, with average polling (where available) of each race. There are only 29 competitive house races. It looks somewhat reassuring that the national polls are -again- not catching the direction of the country.

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  4. Michael Stopa Contributor
    Michael Stopa
    @MichaelStopa

    I wonder if the average citizen will have a 3D printer in their home even within our lifetimes. More of a concern, seems to me, is that someone will start making and selling kits with one.

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  5. Michael Stopa Contributor
    Michael Stopa
    @MichaelStopa

    Rightfromthestart (View Comment):

    I suppose it’s possible that the Democrats may take the House but at this point the purpose of the polls is to knock the stuffing out of you and depress turnout on the right. It’s the opposite of a pep talk instead of ‘you can do it’ its a constant refrain of ‘forget it , it’s already lost , don’t waste your time ‘ with the ultimate hope that right leaning people will just give up and leave the field entirely to the left.

    Remember we went into 2016 feeling vaguely sick all year after being told for 25 years about the ‘inevitability’ of Hillary and dreading November. The boll weevils of the left have politicized the polls along with everything else in life.

    This is a good point which we missed. I’m not sure how consciously it is done, though. It is natural to be optimistic about your chances…to think that right and virtue will win out in the end. So polls from the liberal media (do I repeat?) are probably all biased to some degree.

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  6. OccupantCDN Coolidge
    OccupantCDN
    @OccupantCDN

    Michael Stopa (View Comment):

    I wonder if the average citizen will have a 3D printer in their home even within our lifetimes. More of a concern, seems to me, is that someone will start making and selling kits with one.

    Disney, Marvel, DC Comics are terrified of 3d printers. So much of their revenue comes from the sale of merchandise, that 3d printers could really devastate the ‘action figure’ and memento market.

    For example, if you go on thingiverse. (  A sharing site for 3d printer projects ) and search for “Mouse” there are lots of files come up that look like Mickey and Mini, and “Bat” brings up a lot of stuff associated with that man. 

    I wonder if these media companies are using 3d printed guns as a smoke screen to control 3d printers, so that people will not be able to print off copy protected toys and merchandise items? Conspiracy theory to mull over.

    — I am not sure that 3d printers will be “that” big of a thing – Iam sure eventually a lot of people will have them, I just dont see “everyone” having one.

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  7. Michael Stopa Contributor
    Michael Stopa
    @MichaelStopa

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    I wonder if these media companies are using 3d printed guns as a smoke screen to control 3d printers, so that people will not be able to print off copy protected toys and merchandise items? Conspiracy theory to mull over.

    Love that particular conspiracy theory, Occupant! It’s even believable because the relevant powers could easily put their shoulder into this 3D printed gun fear without necessarily having started it…indeed, hard to imagine that they wouldn’t where possible.

     

     

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