Friday, July 1, 2016

July 1, 2016 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

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:
  • "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.
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.
      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.

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