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December 31st, 2025
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HIC LOCUS EST UBI MORS GAUDET SUCCURRERE VITAE
Welcome to the online journal of larvatus. Stable texts are open to the general public. Squibs and sallies, schemes and stratagems, jaunts and taunts, are restricted to friends. Please note that locked texts subject to third party copyright are provided to my friends under the doctrine of fair use, subject to implied consent by all their readers to abstain from redistribution. Reciprocal friendship shall be extended to all sane, sound, and disinterested personae. Comments and critique are always welcome. Marriage proposals and death threats shall be entertained in the order received.
    The House Rules are few and lax. All anonymous comments are initially screened. They shall be revealed or answered at your host’s discretion. All signed comments are initially presumed welcome, until and unless they cause an affront to your host. Thereupon their author shall become banned from further contributions to this journal. Otherwise, anything goes.
                        SAY WHAT?

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                                                                      Tristan Corbière


A treatise? You don’t say! I haven’t treated squat!
A study? Slothful wretch, my culture fetid rot.
A volume? Random heap, sheets stacked in disarray.
Good copy? Not with me enmired in the fray.

A poem? Not today, my lyre is being cleaned.
A book? Of fusty tomes far better to be weaned.
A song? Would that it were, my ear is made of tin.
Fun pastime? Sordid den, dire boredom dwells within.

A cadence? Rhythmic flow is broken by dull grind.
A product? I divide what others multiplied.
A story? Handicapped, my lame and laggard Muse.
Clear proof? My mind is fraught by grief and lit by booze.

High fashion? Wealth and style inform nowhere my dress.
Grandstanding or grand mal? My spasms fail to impress.
Evicted from the hall, I lurk behind the stage,
In transit, poised to choose: a joy house or a cage.

Too old? But to retire, my tenure won’t suffice.
Too young? My hectic life will rid me of this vice.
A sage, a slob, an ace, a master, and a clown,
A stud without a flock, a king without a crown.

THIS is without pretense, and yet a blatant pose.
It’s life and nothing but, confessed in deathless prose.
A masterpiece? Could be, I never made one yet!
A farce? A waste? A bomb? Decide and place your bet!

I bet… and I shall sign herewith my humble name;
My child shall overcome each tainted libel claim.
Through chance it will prevail, its fate a stroke of luck
Art knows me not at all — and I don’t give a fuck.

                      — traduced by MZ, 6 September 2005


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for the anonymous troll
Over sixteen twenty years online, I have received a broad spectrum of threats and pitches, and entertained a commensurate range of slurs and plaudits. This experience has crystallized two iron laws of online communications.

The first law is a corollary of Occam’s razor. No matter what you are promised or threatened on the Internet, the most you will get out of it is oral ministrations. In other words, there is no downside in moving virtual bluster to realspace. Yonder puffed-out sock puppet is as unlikely to escalate its verbiage to physical damage, as the heiress of an African potentate, to bestow her commission upon Americans paying their facilitation fees. By contrast, that virtual fellatrix yearning to reward your eloquence with expert suction may well come through as promised, especially if you overlook minor discrepancies ranging from mien to gender.

The second law of Internet intercourse is a corollary of the first. Only a clueless newbie responds personally to an anonymous troll. To illustrate its application, whenever one of the latter kind feels the urge to share its thoughts about anything but one of the former, it should take them instead to someone who can relate to its bogus persona. It makes no difference whether a figment of this sort touts itself as a public intellectual in mufti, or poses as a skank that services barnyard livestock for spare change. In the immortal words of Jack Nicholson, sell crazy someplace else, we’re all stocked up here.

A final notice to the insistent incognito. When you surpass words in punishing my excesses, make sure that your hostile deeds leave me unfit to retaliate. My reckoning will define the remainder of your life. It’s happened to your betters before. Don’t let it happen to you.

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July 26th, 2017
06:36 pm

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Isaak’s last day as a newborn.
Isaak’s last day as a newborn.

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08:30 am

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Former Fox Newser Andy Levy to Join S.E. Cupp’s New HLN Show
Former Fox Newser Andy Levy to Join S.E. Cupp’s New HLN Show

The live, panel-driven program will include a rotating cast of guests and regular panelists.

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“there is some shit I will not eat”
“there is some shit I will not eat”

Posted by Michael Zeleny on 26 Jul 2017, 13:58

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July 25th, 2017
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www.cadc.uscourts.gov
www.cadc.uscourts.gov

Posted by Michael Zeleny on 25 Jul 2017, 16:13

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Turn them upside down, they all smell the same.
Turn them upside down, they all smell the same.

Posted by Michael Zeleny on 25 Jul 2017, 13:44

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July 24th, 2017
08:21 pm

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Age Of Shitlords
Age Of Shitlords

Dammit, /pol/.

Posted by Michael Zeleny on 25 Jul 2017, 03:21

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July 23rd, 2017
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Dangerous Minds
Dangerous Minds

Very upsetting when people make decisions about their lives that don't affect other people...

Posted by Michael Zeleny on 23 Jul 2017, 21:50

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  • Sat, 19:04: https://t.co/IjJtbl7PYA
  • Sat, 19:10: Бывших советских евреев не бывает. И то и другое — от рождения и навсегда.
  • Sat, 19:25: “Islam has an exotic community vibe that underlines the weakness of our own traditional religion; it feels more... https://t.co/SlKES6XDGN
  • Sat, 20:10: U.S. martial shotguns. Because some guests must be welcomed plurally, all at once.

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July 22nd, 2017
08:10 pm

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Photos from Michael Zeleny's post
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Posted by Michael Zeleny on 23 Jul 2017, 03:10

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The Spectator
The Spectator

An extremist is a conservative who wants to put his ideas into practice, says Theo Hobson.

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Бывших советских евреев не бывает. И то и другое — от рождения и навсегда.
Бывших советских евреев не бывает. И то и другое — от рождения и навсегда.

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Turnbull & JP Rifles AR Builds
Turnbull & JP Rifles AR Builds

Posted by Michael Zeleny on 23 Jul 2017, 02:08

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July 20th, 2017
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July 19th, 2017
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July 17th, 2017
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July 15th, 2017
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July 14th, 2017
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kiss my aura
Once upon a time a young man proudly announced to his father that any woman he married would have to be an aristocrat in the living room, an economist in the kitchen, and a whore in bed. A couple months after he got married, his father asked if his wife had met his expectations. No, he replied sadly, she’s a whore in the living room, an aristocrat in the kitchen, and an economist in bed.

One helpful takeaway from this parable is that there are matters and venues that fail to support economic reasoning. In fact, social media promotes and maintains a systematic bias towards noneconomic reasons, motivation by sentiment or principle, independent of, and often contrary to, a dispassionate analysis of costs and benefits. Such are the motives that compel spendthrifts to waste hard-earned money on Veblen goods, tokens of conspicuous consumption that surpass any rationally defensible standard of quality and value for the money, acquired to proclaim the status of their owners. As witness Korth revolvers.


Made between 1964 and 2008, Ratzeburg Korth revolver actions were built like S&W turned inside out. The cylinder rotates righteously clockwise, Colt-like. The ejector rod locks on by sliding its cylindrical head into a cylindrical penal, rather than by being latched on its concave head. The telescoping mainspring assembly operates via a piston sliding inside another cylinder, Schmeisser SMG-like. The crane, its English nomenclature and function another nod to Colt, likewise limits the forward cylinder travel by its collar supporting the neck of the cylinder. Korth’s barrel has been tensioned against its shroud since long before S&W took that cue from Dan Wesson. One place where the design quite literally falls short is its less than full ejector stroke; the ensuing tendency to retain the empty shells at the mouth is somewhat mitigated by the exceptionally smooth, roller burnished inner surfaces of the cylinder chambers.

Willi Korth’s revolvers were benchmade by five gunsmiths at the rate averaging about 120 pieces a year. In contrast to the mass production standards, Korth revolver parts were neither cast nor milled out of billet. They were ground in the course of hard fitting from steel forgings that boasted a tensile strength of 1,700 psi. Each revolver required 70 man-hours that comprised 600 distinct operations. Their major components were surface hardened up to 60 HRC on the Rockwell hardness scale. The original production of Korth revolvers ended in 1981 with the serial number series 33xxx, adding up to a total of 7141 revolvers in calibers .38 Special, .357 Magnum, 9mm Para, .22LR, and .22 Magnum, with barrel lengths ranging from 3" to 6", fitted with 6-shot rimfire and both 5- and 6-shot centerfire cylinders. The three main variants were the Combat, the Sport, and the Target models, some of which were finished as engraved luxury pieces. Willi’s Ratzeburg successors outsourced the manufacture of some components, made some improvements to the rimless ejection system, and added some calibers such as various .32 chamberings and a 5-shot 10x25mm prototype. They also experimented with barrels detachable with hand tools and adding a third lock. I don’t know how many revolvers they ended up producing.

Starting with the 41xxx revolver series and autopistol prototypes first shown in 2012 and 2013, Korth Lollar continued making revolvers of the original Ratzeburg design. They changed minor features by mounting the rear sight with a transverse pin in the top strap of the frame rather than longitudinal wedging into a cutout in the top rear of the barrel shroud, and adding an external adjustment to the mainspring preload. (A tendency for weak ignition remains the Achilles heel of all Korth revolver designs.) Their National Standard design, as currently imported by Nighthawk, has moved closer to S&W. The cylinder now rotates “the wrong way”, counter-clockwise to bear outward against its latches, rather than clockwise, into the frame window. Its latch has been moved from the back to the left side, S&W-style. In a practical improvement, its yoke pivot has been moved outboards to allow more clearance for loading, and its bolt notches have been shifted away from the chambers, thickening and presumably strengthening their walls. The new revolvers are made from different materials, CNC machined cold-rolled billet rather than hand-ground hammer forgings. lastly, they differ in construction, having been designed to minimize hand-fitting and optimize drop-in assembly. The ejector rod still falls short of a full stroke. The grip frame has been standardized to the dimension of the S&W L-frame, though the piston mainspring gets in the way of the grip screw on most S&W grip designs.

There are many objectively measurable performance factors according to which Ratzeburg Korth revolvers are far superior to their S&W counterparts. Thus the TriggerScan charts reproduced in the book by Veit Morgenroth, as well as a test published online, demonstrating that a mere 200 rounds of heavy loads readily digested by the Korth Sport stretch the frame of a S&W M28. I have no way of knowing how Korth Lollar revolvers compare to their predecessors in this regard.

Revolvers are akin to mechanical watches, rotating under power produced by the human hand. Especially in the case of the Ratzeburg Korth revolver, individual parts must be hand-fitted in order to ensure their correct sequences of interaction. Minute differences in production tolerances ensue in palpable effects in operation. Thus the trigger rollers that determine the feel of the double action trigger pull are meant to range in diameter from 7.2 mm to 7.45 mm, in increments of 0.05 mm, at a tolerance of plus or minus 0.01 mm. All individual action parts, down to the pins, are hand-fitted to each revolver. The net result is a consistently repeatable ergonomic feel broadly similar across each contemporaneous product line, yet specific to each particular specimen.

In his 1936 essay, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”, Walter Benjamin discusses the authenticity of a thing, construed as the essence of all that is transmissible from its beginning, ranging from its substantive duration to its testimony to the history that it has experienced. The nature of handgun production instituted and overseen by Willi Korth embodies and exemplifies the summit of authenticity built into a hand-operated mechanism. Judged by these standards, Korth Ratzeburg is as close as handguns gets to the Patek Philippe Ref. 2552, and Mulhouse Manurhin MR73 and Korth Lollar, to the Rolex 1016. The S&W Triple Lock is comparable to the Hamilton 940; the modern S&W, to a generic Timex. In each case, the mechanism derives its authenticity from the degree of hand-fitting involved in its creation. To the extent that mechanical reproduction supplants hand-fitting, the ensuing mechanism becomes less authentic. In a nostalgic development, Benjamin proposes to define the quality that withers in the age of mechanical reproduction, as the aura of the work of art. The same aura can be found to a greater or lesser extent in an artefact that owes the circumstances of its creation and the qualities of its operation to individual and particularized observation and direct application of manual effort.

My two best watches are a Rolex 1016 Explorer I with a Tiffany-signed dial and a yellow gold Patek Philippe 2552 “Disco Volante”. But in all candor, my social standing and habits do not warrant a Patek Philippe Calatrava. For my public ventures and appearances, a Rolex Explorer I is a much better fit. Likewise my Mulhouse 5¼" Manurhin MR73 Sport, as opposed to my various Ratzeburg Korth Sport and Combat variants. That said, I prefer my forged heavy frame SIG P210-6 for social work. Long story short, if you are looking for a handmade gun with aura extolled by Walter Benjamin, arm yourself with an older Ratzeburg Korth or a forged SIG P210, or a current Manurhin MR73, still made the old-fashioned way, out of hammer forgings.

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July 11th, 2017
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July 9th, 2017
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Algemeiner
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Muslims Continue to Accuse Their Muslim Enemies of Being Jews, by Elder of Ziyon

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July 8th, 2017
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Donald Trump verkündet: Ich bin ein Hamburger
Donald Trump verkndet: Ich bin ein Hamburger

Fabian Untereggers Freitagsrunde kennt heute vor allem ein Thema: Der G20-Gipfel in Hamburg.

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July 7th, 2017
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