Bayer, a German pharmaceutical and chemical company, has won approval from the US Justice Department to buy agricultural giant Monsanto

 

Part of a market is informing the public about what is going on. Here we see two big time crony companies coming together to make genetically modified crony babies. (Not human babies. At least not yet. Muhahahaha!) Monsanto, after perhaps Goldman Sachs is the cronyist non-defense company out there. (There are a bunch that challenge for this position though.)

Saying this, the gist of the attached article is that farmers (who are big time crony players themselves, just look at what gets through the Farm Bill every 2 years) are going to see higher prices. On this point we have little sympathy. This happens from time to time. Also farming is a giant ball of crony capitalism where the market is so warped it’s very difficult to see who is right and who is wrong.

We just know that taxpayer funded subsidies, cushy government defined deals, and predatory regulation are wrong and everyone’s to blame here.

(From The Business Insider)

A blockbuster deal between Bayer and Monsanto is moving ahead.

Under a proposed settlement filed on Tuesday, Bayer agreed to sell its seed and herbicide businesses to German chemical company BASF — a move the US Department of Justice required for the deal’s approval.

Bayer and Monsanto first announced the $60 billion deal in September 2016, saying the move would boost agriculture research and innovation.

“By the time 2050 rolls around, the world will have 10 billion people, and the demand for food will double,” Robb Fraley, Monsanto’s outgoing chief technology officer, told Business Insider last year. “The whole point here is that the business combination between Monsanto and Bayer will allow the companies to invest in and create more innovation, and it’s going to take a huge amount of innovation in order to double the world’s food supply.”

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Debating inequality, innovation, and high-skilled immigration – AEI – American Enterprise Institute: Freedom, Opportunity, Enterprise

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The Government’s Dumb War on Vaping

Tobacco kills 480,000 people a year in the United States. Yet when an innovative alternative that delivers nicotine and eliminates 95 percent of the harm of smoking is available, the wary Food and Drug Administration fails to embrace this revolutionary lifesaving technology. All in the name of the children, of course.

Using e-cigarettes, known as vaping, has been around long enough for respected health authorities to conclude after many studies that it is eminently safer than smoking cigarettes. Britain’s Royal College of Physicians called any attempts by public officials to discourage smokers from switching to vaping “unjust, irrational and immoral.”

By contrast, in America, the sudden popularity of a new e-cigarette called Juul has people who think they have a right to dictate what we can and cannot do with our own bodies freaking out. They want to decide how much risk we can take with our own lives. Apparently, the promise of safer nicotine delivery to the 38 million cigarette users in this country—that’s after 2 million already quit thanks to vaping—isn’t enough.

In a ridiculous twist, as detailed in a recent City Journal article by John Tierney titled “The Corruption of Public Health,” public health officials are mounting a disinformation campaign against vaping that threatens to obscure the tremendous health benefits of consuming nicotine without the hundreds of toxins and dozens of carcinogens in cigarettes. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) recently joined the fight and demanded that the FDA start regulating the industry now—rather than in 2022 as planned—to put a full stop to the “e-cig addiction among New York adolescents.” Unfortunately, these demands have sprung the agency into action—for the children.

As it turns out, reducing health risk isn’t really the goal of these agencies. The true goal seems to be stopping nicotine consumption, period. This would be funny if it weren’t so tragic. First let me state the obvious: It’s a preposterous notion that a government that can’t efficiently deliver the mail or run trains on time—and is a direct cause of cancer drug shortages—can deliver a risk- and nicotine-free world.

Second, we have learned the hard way that no matter what the government does and no matter how much money it spends, people will still find ways to do and buy the things they want, even if it is detrimental to their health. The failures of the war on drugs and alcohol prohibition are prime examples. Moreover, this type of paternalistic mindset can have dramatic unintended consequences.

Third, Juul has already committed $30 million to fight the underage consumption of its products, which indicates that it takes this issue seriously. Besides, the government has a lot of practice regulating alcohol and tobacco consumption for underage buyers. If it works well enough for those two types of products, why not e-cigarettes? What’s so different? Why kill the product altogether as some are pressuring the FDA to do?

Fourth, no one wants teens to vape, but we certainly don’t want them to smoke cigarettes and die an agonizing death later in life. As a parent, I tell my children that they shouldn’t do either. But the truth is that I know, as do they, that if they are going to do something as stupid as committing so much of their money to that sort of activity, vaping is the way to go.

The bottom line is that government alarmists should back off. The first step is for the FDA to stick to its plan to postpone regulation until 2022 and create a clear pathway for the permanent approval of these products. It would allow the vaping companies time to establish their products as a safer alternative to cigarettes. This kind of permissionless innovation approach gave us the internet and many other lifesaving and growth-producing inventions. This time, it might very well deliver the biggest lifesaving opportunity we have had in some time, as long as the FDA doesn’t get in the way.

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Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission Approves Air Powered Weapons

Tennessee Approves The Benjamin Pioneer Airbow For Hunting
Tennessee Approves The Benjamin Pioneer Airbow For Hunting

Bloomfield, NY-(Ammoland.com)- The Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission has announced that starting with the 2018 hunting season, big bore PCP air guns .35 caliber or larger such as the .357 Caliber Benjamin Bulldog will be legal to hunt Deer, Elk, and Bear during the Tennessee Modern Gun Season. The Benjamin Pioneer Airbow will be legal means to harvest Deer, Elk, Bear and Turkey during the Modern Gun Season for all hunters and during the archery season for disabled hunters.

“The action of the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission to allow the use of big bore airguns for the take of big game is an incredible testament the maturation that is happening across the county,” said Jay Duncan Director of Marketing for Crosman Corporation. “Not only is airgun technology maturing to the point that it provides hunters a new, exciting and ethical means of take, but regulatory officials are open to broadening opportunities to put new hunters in the field.”

Tennessee joins a growing list of states allowing for the use of big bore airguns and/or the Airbow during their hunting seasons. Florida, Texas, Arizona, Virginia, Missouri, Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland, and Washington State allow big game animals to be legally taken with the Airbow. Feral hogs can be taken in Georgia, Florida and Texas while coyotes and other predators may be hunted with the Airbow in over 30 states. Georgia and South Carolina allow the Airbow to be used for alligator hunting.

The Pioneer Airbow is an all-new category of big game weapon featuring full length arrows and full weight broadheads, all driven by air. Based on Benjamin’s proven American-made PCP platform, the Pioneer can be cocked with two fingers (and decocked just as easily), and fires 8 shots in the same amount of time it takes to fire three from a crossbow, all at a blazing 450 FPS. You can view this game-changer by viewing this video of Jim Shockey taking down a American Bison.

The Benjamin Bulldog is a .357 caliber 3000 psi PCP airgun that delivers 10 shots at 200 foot pounds of energy. The lightweight, well-balanced bullpup design features a rifled and shrouded barrel for a quiet shot, and 26 inches of picatinny rail, more than enough to accommodate a scope and any other accessories the hunter requires. See the power of hunting with the Bulldog in the Management Advantage’s latest video.

Crosman, the largest American manufacturer of airguns, continues to work with the Airgun Sporting Association to lead efforts to educate legislators and regulators about the efficacy of airguns and the airbow for the ethical take of big game.

“The Airgun Sporting Association is committed to working with our state wildlife agency partners across the country to expand the use of airguns for hunting,” said J. Mitch King President and CEO of Airgun Sporting Association. “This action by the Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission to legalize the use of big bore airguns (35 caliber and larger) for big game hunting in Tennessee will provide Tennessee hunters with a new and exciting opportunity for hunting in their state. The Association and the airgun industry applauds the Commission for their action and we look forward to supporting our state wildlife agency partners in their efforts toward wildlife management and the growth of hunting and recreational shooting.”


About CrosmanCrosman Corporation

Since its founding in 1923, Crosman has been driven by the steadfast pursuit of quality and innovation. Crosman’s history is rooted in the airgun industry, where today Crosman remains the market leader in airguns, airgun ammunition, and consumables. In addition to airguns, Crosman has a diversified product lineup in the outdoor sporting goods industry that includes airsoft, firearms optics and laser aiming devices under the Lasermax brand, and archery products under the CenterPoint brand. Crosman is a subsidiary of Compass Diversified Holdings Inc. (NYSE: CODI). For more information visit www.crosman.com

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New High Tech Railgun Promises To Erase ISIS From Planet Earth, Watch It In Action (video)

When Star Wars first came out, the audience was blown away by the lightsabers and the laser blasters. These super-science weapons just seemed too farfetched they were amazing. Flash forward four decades, and we realize that these weapons are not as farfetched as we might have once believed. An electromagnetic gun is no longer a thing of the imagination. And the United States Navy is debuting it at their iconic Science and Technology Expo.

Watch the video below to see it in action!

As you will see during this grand reveal, this weapon is astounding. Nothing is as American as a big gun with extreme power behind. Be prepared to be proud to be American.

If you’ve had your ear to the ground in the weapons in the weapons industry, you’ve heard tremors about this high-tech gun. But now the electromagnetic railgun is a thing of real life – not fantasy. This gun has not been revealed to the public yet (you cannot yet buy your own electromagnetic railgun, although lots of people must be itching to get their hands on this bad-boy), the Department of Defense has to whet our appetite for the weapon by releasing several demonstration videos of the gun.

It has been in testing for a decade. A half-billion dollars of your tax money has gone into its development. And judging by the video we’ve included for you below, it looks like all the hard work is paying off.

The video below comes from The Wall Street Journal. And when it comes to official sources, no news agency has as much credit as the Wall Street Journal.

Naval engineers have been working their tails off to create this mega-weapon. And they’ve been testing it inside concrete bunkers at confidential facilities.

But now Americans are demanding a demonstration. We want to see what our tax dollars are going toward. Don’t we?

The Navy railgun can send projectiles speeding as fast as 4,500 miles per hour. It launches these bullets using electromagnetic rails.

While it is still a prototype, the display we’ve seen is awe-inspiring.

How powerful is this Navy weapon?

A gun that is only 6-inches long has a firing range of 15 miles.

The Navy’s gun that is 16-inches long can fire a projectile up to 24 miles. And even at that distance, the projectile is strong enough to pierce up to 30 feet of concrete.

But the Navy’s pride and joy, it’s 38-foot electromagnetic railgun fires its ammunition as far as 125 miles. And it is powerful enough to blast through seven steel plates.

While the 6-inch weapon and the other smaller ones might sound puny, they’re extremely powerful. And they can fire ammunition extremely far. This has increased the range from which the Navy can pummel its targets.

The Director of the Pentagon’s Strategic Capabilities Office, William Roper, said: “The Navy is on the cusp of having a tactical weapon, a next-generation offensive weapon. It could be a game changer.”

In the Wall Street Journal report below, you’ll see exactly what this Navy innovation can do. Are you impressed with your tax dollars at work?

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Do Gun Buyers Really Want Innovation?

The Grand Power K100 MK12 has an outstanding design, why aren’t there more out there?

U.S.A.-(Ammoland.com)- In recent years there has been this massive cry for innovation from the shooting community but when something that might qualify as innovative hits the market it often seems to be ignored.

Author’s note: Since I am a heavy handgun shooter, this article is centered on handguns, not rifles. 

When I was writing the review on the Grand Power K100 MK12 I got to thinking about how pistols like the Grand Power are ignored by most gun buyers and Glock remains one of the best selling pistols on the market. There seems to be no real rhyme or reason for the abandonment of firearms that are outside the norm other than people being reasonably ingrained in their ways.

You see the same when it comes to accessories that enhance a pistol’s capabilities. All too often things like high output weapon lights and red dot sights are ignored for whatever reason. You will hear objections to these performance enhancing accessories like “Anymore than 200 lumens will blind you if you shine it on a wall” or “The batteries will die and I might get kilt in the streets.”

Funny enough the same objections were made when red dots on rifles started becoming commonplace, I don’t hear any of the same objections when it comes to long gun red dots or high output lights on a rifle. I guess the shooting community just needs to warm up to the idea of innovative accessories that enhance the performance of your gun.

Tell me what your thoughts are on the aforementioned pistol mounted red dots and 600 to 1,000-lumen pistol lights? What are your concerns?

So back to innovation in pistols. I have compiled a short list of firearms that could be considered as innovative that were launched in the last several decades. I tried to limit the time frame to the last several decades and not dive into anything that might be considered historical. Some of the guns on the list are still in production but seem to have rather low sales numbers.

I do want to note that not all of the pistols mentioned below are good firearms, they just had some innovative features.

Steyr M Series:

The Steyr M9-A1

The Styer M series of pistols arguably laid the groundwork for the Sig P320, Beretta APX, Remington RP, and other pistols that have a removable chassis system. While the M series doesn’t reap the benefits of serializing the chassis, it is removable and can be transferred to another firearm.

So why does the M series not get any love? It is a wonderful pistol by all accounts and is just as reliable as you would expect a modern pistol to be. My guess? Steyr failed to market the pistol properly in America when it was launched in the early 2000’s and never was able to recover. The gun is popular with shooters that I might describe as gun hipsters and saw very limited adoption as a service weapon. Unfortunately, the popularity seems to end there as best as I can tell.

Medusa M47:

The Medusa M47 was able to shoot over a hundred different cartridges according to Ian and by that respect was rather innovative. How were they able to get such a wide range of calibers? Phillips & Rogers developed a cylinder with small spring loaded fingers that held the cartridges in place.

Ian even gets into the issue as to why innovative guns fail at the 5:11 mark in the above video. Only about 500 of these innovative guns made it into circulation before Phillips & Rogers closed their doors forever. Sadly no one has revived the design and the innovative cylinder died.

 

Arsenal Firearms Strike One:

The Arsenal Firearms Strike One

While the locking system in the Arsenal Firearms Strike One wasn’t new, it was innovative when applied to a polymer pistol. The unique locking block that was reminiscent of the Bergman action keeps the bore of the pistol extremely low and makes the pistol very flat shooting.

I am not going to harp too much on why the pistol failed on its first go here in the US but will simply say that the importer that had exclusive rights to the Strike One in the USA did an awful job promoting the gun and getting it into gun shops. I have only seen one Strike on in person and that happens to be the gun that I own, that should tell you something.

Now the Strike One design is being revived as the compact Archon Firearms Type B to be released later this year. Archon also plans to offer a full-size gun that is more reminiscent of the original Strike One pistol as a Type A at some point, but no word as to when that might happen.

Heckler Koch VP70:

Photo Credit: Eric Eggly

The Heckler Koch VP70 was the first pistol to use polymer as a frame material, beating the Glock 17 to market by over a decade. For whatever reason, the VP70 just wasn’t appreciated by the shooting public. It was introduced in 1970 so you could argue that the pistol was facing some pretty stiff skepticism as a result of the M16’s abysmal initial performance in Vietnam.

Other than the material used for the frame, there wasn’t much else that was revolutionary about the VP70. Sure, there was a spring-loaded striker, but let’s face it, that has been done before. The stock that turns it into a machine pistol? The Mauser Schnellfeuer 712 already kinda did something similar.

The pistol wasn’t really adopted by anyone and as best as I can tell was largely overlooked in the gun shops during its production run.

Taurus 180 Curve:

The 180 Curve hugs you in ways you have never been before.

The 180 Curve is sort of innovative and sort of not. While the outside shape is different than just about any other gun on the market, it is basically a Taurus TCP shoved in a curved frame. The gun might have been rightfully ignored, but it did take a novel approach to the struggles of trying to hide a gun with tight clothing like yoga pants or something of the like.

CONCLUSION:

While there have been some guns that have changed the market as we know it like the Glock, HK USP, AR-15, the Henry Repeating Rifle, the Gatling Gun, Maxim Gun, etc. The success of the Hudson H9 tells me that there is some hope for innovative design in today’s marketplace, but how much?

Why is it that so many interesting and serviceable firearms are left to rot in the dark corners of the gun case?

Are gun buyers serious about wanting to add guns to their safe that are truly innovative or are they just looking for something to talk about?

Tell me what you think.


About Patrick R.Patrick Roberts

Patrick is a firearms enthusiast that values the quest for not only the best possible gear setup, but also pragmatic ways to improve his shooting skills across a wide range of disciplines. He values truthful, honest information above all else and had committed to cutting through marketing fluff to deliver the truth. You can find the rest of his work on FirearmRack.com as well as on the YouTube channel Firearm Rack or Instagram at @thepatrickroberts.

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