|Source: "Embalming fluids and body bags lie strewn amongst the rubble: Haunting pictures inside an abandoned funeral home after once-majestic building is left to decay"--Daily Mail.|
- TGIF: Time for another "Weekend Knowledge Dump" from Active Response Training. Given my interest in terminal ballistics, I found one of the articles to be of particular note: "The Grisly Effects of a High-Velocity Gunshot Wound to the Leg," which discusses a case study of a leg wound made by a single 5.56 projectile at a range of 150 meters, including x-ray of the wound and shattered (!) bone, photographs of the wound, and a description of what the surgeons did to save the leg.
While you are there, check out a couple other posts:
- "When the Criminal is Armed with Pepper Spray."--Greg Ellifritz relates a personal account of a confrontation with a suspect armed with pepper spray, as well as good thoughts on the use of deadly force.
- "Think Before You Act- The Traffic Stop Edition"--Greg Ellifritz discusses a traffic stop where the driver grabbed hold of a tomahawk (to hide it from the officer, but, of course, the officer couldn't read the guy's mind as to his intent). Fortunately, the incident ended with the driver free to go with just a warning, but serves as a reminder to not act like a criminal if you are pulled over.
- "1911 Gets Down & Dirty in InRange TV’s MUD TEST!"--The Firearms Blog. It actually did pretty well.
- "The shocking moment a cop bodyslams a drunk tourist to the ground inside a restaurant on New Orleans' Bourbon Street"--Daily Mail. A couple lessons here: (1) if a police officer is willing to let you go, don't argue with him; and (2) a sudden take down can be severely disorienting, while allowing you (if you are the person initiating the take down) to use your body weight in addition to your strength to manage the opponent.
- Palestinian peace talks: "Palestinian teen stabs 13-year-old Israeli-American girl to death in her bedroom in West Bank settlement"--Independent.
- More Muslim outreach: "Bangladeshi police prepare to storm restaurant where Islamist terrorists are holding 20 hostages - including foreigners - after shooting two officers dead in Dhaka"--Daily Mail.
- More on the topic: "Gunmen Kill 4 Officers, Take Dozens Hostage in Bangladesh"--NBC News.
- Jihad is just an inner struggle: "Islamist extremists hide huge stockpile of weapons near German mosque"--Express. It looks from the photograph to be at least 100 rifles (it is hard to tell, but the majority appear to be AKs) and at least four (4) rocket launchers.
- Dreamers: "Obama’s Unaccompanied Minors Are Committing Horrific Crimes – Including Decapitation and Stoning"--Gateway Pundit.
- Hoplophobes disappointed: "What's the No. 1 killer of Americans?"--CNN. "The leading causes of death remained the same from the year before: Heart disease is the No. 1 killer, followed by cancer, ...." And:
Next, in order of deadliness, are chronic lower respiratory diseases such as emphysema, accidents such as car accidents and drug overdoses, stroke, Alzheimer's, diabetes, the flu and pneumonia, kidney disease, suicide, septicemia, chronic liver disease and cirrhosis, hypertension, Parkinson's and lung diseases caused by external agents.
The rankings have changed little over the years. In 2013, Alzheimer's deaths surpassed diabetes, swapping places on the list. In 2009, the 15th leading killer was homicide, but from 2010 on, it became lung diseases caused by external agents.
- Tribal politics: "At 150, KKK sees opportunities in US political trends"--Associated Press.
- "Why the sun going blank means a ‘Game of Thrones’-like winter is coming"--New York Post.
Given that the sun is the main driver of all weather and climate, the sinister-sounding “blankness” to which Dorian refers has some experts predicting a “Maunder Minimum” phase similar to one which began in 1645 and which is referred to as the “Little Ice Age.”
The Maunder Minimum, named after solar astronomer Edward Maunder, lasted for a brutal 70 years and conditions were so cold, the Thames froze over.
A slightly less intense ice age-like period called the Dalton Minimum — after British meteorologist John Dalton — arrived decades later and lasted from about 1790 to 1830.
“If history is any guide, it is safe to say that weak solar activity for a prolonged period of time can have a cooling impact on global temperatures in the troposphere which is the bottommost layer of Earth’s atmosphere — and where we all live,” Dorian says.
Dorian’s findings back research by professor Valentina Zharkova of Northumbria University, who warned that a predicted sharp decline in solar activity between 2020 and 2050 was a sign that another ice age was coming.
“I am absolutely confident in our research,” Zharkova said.
- "Remember the Ozone Hole? Now There's Proof It's Healing."--National Geographic. The ozone hole is shrinking ... at least, until the next major volcanic eruption. The "science" that the ozone hole was caused by man-made CFCs is suspect because of the lack of a mechanism to carry the CFCs into the upper atmosphere.
- "Yes, You Can Farm Potatoes On Mars"--Forbes.