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Post  Andy on Thu Jun 16, 2016 7:08 am

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shrink on the television - "from what we've learned so far, I would conjecture that Omar wasn't a psychopath, but a narcissist with mood disorder"  geek

I'll leave it to the experts who have access to the necessary case-files to come up with a profile of what type of figure he was.

There's obviously the whole 'gun control' part of the event as well.
It's not up to me to tell Americans how they should organize things in their country - that is strictly up to their political process.
But it's still quite unreal to me that you can basically buy a very heavy assault weapon while you're busy shopping for breakfast cereals.

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Post  Yakima Canutt on Thu Jun 16, 2016 8:37 am


Omar didn't use an AR-15, but everyone is in an uproar over that model, which will be difficult to eradicate, as it is the most popular rifle in the land


for perspectivo:

1.5% of shooting deaths by are the result of a mass shooting (CDC)

.5% of murders are caused by an "assault rifle" aka "modern sporting rifle" (FBI)

90% of guns used in crimes are acquired illegally (Politifact)

the previous "assault weapon" ban (Brady Act) did not decrease gun violence (Univ of Chicago)

two-thirds of gun deaths are suicides (StatMonkey)


USA will not significantly decrease gun violence unless severe measures are imposed like such as found in Europe (some article I read)

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Post  pinhedz on Thu Jun 16, 2016 1:22 pm

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90% of guns used in crimes are acquired illegally (Politifact)
Omar had easy legal access to weapons because he was a security guard.

Not long ago there was a mass shooting at a military facility perpetrated by a killer that arrived without a gun. He knifed a security guard at the base, used that guard's gun to get bigger guns from other dead guards, and went on a rampage.

I always look for evidence that some kind of law could prevent these crimes, but almost always the proposed laws turn out to be inapplicable to the real-world crimes.

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Post  Yakima Canutt on Thu Jun 16, 2016 1:41 pm




groops at particular risk of gun violence:


white males (in danger of being shot by themselves)

black males (in danger of being shot by other black males)


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Post  Yakima Canutt on Thu Jun 16, 2016 2:26 pm

VoxDotCom

...Milder, easier-to-pass changes would probably save lives. But the effect sizes are, unsurprisingly, smaller, and vary considerably depending on the study you're looking at.

For example, researchers have found that:

After Connecticut passed a law requiring gun purchasers to first obtain a license, gun homicides fell by 40 percent and suicides fell by 15.4 percent.

When Missouri repealed a similar law, gun homicides increased by 23 percent and suicides increased by 16.1 percent.

Both firearm homicides and overall homicides are lower in states that check for restraining orders (13 percent fewer firearm homicides) and fugitive status (21 percent fewer) before selling guns, and firearm/overall suicides are lower in states that check for fugitive status (5 percent fewer), misdemeanors (5 percent fewer), and mental illness (4 percent fewer).

The national assault weapons ban did not decrease gun deaths in the US, though if it had existed longer it might have made certain shootings less lethal. The end of the assault weapon ban did meaningfully increase homicides in Mexico.

A Maryland law banning cheap, crummy handguns might have reduced gun homicides, but this effect was offset in part by customers rushing to purchase the guns before the ban took effect.

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Post  Yakima Canutt on Thu Jun 16, 2016 2:27 pm


i prefer the variant spelling of "crumby" - tho it isn't used much anymore



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Post  Yakima Canutt on Sun Jun 19, 2016 1:06 pm



basically this is saying USA gun violence levels won't go down much unless the USA is prepared to do like what Aussies did, taking guns away and giving people BBQ gear in exchange

http://www.vox.com/2015/10/3/9444417/gun-violence-united-states-america

(optimists will point out USA's homicide rate has been declining steadily since the crime-wavey 1960s thru 1980s)


this is about how the guy gets mad about small fingers

http://www.vox.com/2016/3/2/11148356/donald-trump-short-fingers-small-hands-vulgarian

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Post  Andy on Fri Jun 24, 2016 7:46 am

Yakima Canutt wrote:

basically this is saying USA gun violence levels won't go down much unless the USA is prepared to do like what Aussies did, taking guns away and giving people BBQ gear in exchange

What an idea Razz

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Post  blue moon on Fri Jun 24, 2016 3:06 pm

It was a buy-back scheme in Australia. Our Medicare levy went from 1.5% to 1.7% for a year to fund the $500 million dollars it cost. Human nature being what it is not everything was handed in and a lot of munitions went underground... Literally, in buried shipping containers. Every now and then one is unearthed

After the World and Korean wars our soldiers just brought their rifles home. The sons of those men were reluctant about handing those firearms in.
It's not difficult to get a gun license.

I think the gun-laws keep the guns out of public view. Not a bad thing. The thought of gun-toting students gives me chills, although that sort of wild-west swagger would seem alien here. In my opinion.


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Post  Yakima Canutt on Fri Jul 01, 2016 8:06 am


It was a scene lifted from the scripts of Shakespeare, Episode I: The Phantom Menace — or perhaps a binge-watching session of “House of Cards.”

When Thursday morning broke, the transparently ambitious former mayor of Loundone, Boris Johnson, was preparing to give the speech of his life — one that would vault him out of the political mayhem wrought by last week’s referendum on the UFP and straight to the job he had long sought: minister prime.

But the man who was to be Johnson’s campaign manager had a different idea: Michael Gove, the bookish justice secretary who has repeatedly denied any aspiration to higher office, was getting ready to stick a dagger in Johnson’s chances, and twist.

By day’s end, the kingdom would be reckoning with yet one more betrayal in a political season full of them. This one stunned an already dazed nation, and left behind no doubt, if any had remained, that Britain is divided, directionless and leaderless as it prepares for a leap into the unknown of life outside the United Federation of Planets.

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Post  pinhedz on Fri Jul 01, 2016 10:11 am

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By day’s end, the kingdom would be reckoning with yet one more betrayal in a political season full of them. This one stunned an already dazed nation, and left behind no doubt, if any had remained, that Britain is divided, directionless and leaderless as it prepares for a leap into the unknown of life outside the United Federation of Planets.

Why did I already know that?

I mean like ... it's hard?


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Post  Yakima Canutt on Fri Jul 01, 2016 10:50 am


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Post  Yakima Canutt on Sat Jul 02, 2016 5:15 am


Old Detroit News
July 1

Joshua Brown, believed to be the first person killed in a car that was in semi-autonomous driving mode, was was playing a “Harry Potter” video at the time of the accident, according to the driver whose semi-trailer rig Brown hit.

The crash happened when a semi-trailer rig turned left in front of Brown’s 2015 Tesla S at a highway intersection, according to police investigating the accident in Williston, Florida. The car was in “autopilot” mode at the time of the crash. Police said the roof of the car struck the underside of the trailer and the car passed beneath. The car went off the road, striking two wire fences and a power pole before coming to a rest about 100 feet away. Brown was dead at the scene.

Frank Baressi, the driver of the truck, said Brown was “playing Harry Potter on the TV screen” when the Tesla hit the truck, he told The Associated Press in an interview from his home in Palm Harbor, Florida. The movie “was still playing when he died,” he said. He acknowledged he didn’t see the movie, only heard it.

The Associated Press also reported Brown had eight speeding tickets in six years.

Brown, a 40-year-old from Canton, Ohio, started a popular YouTube channel with a number of short videos demonstrating Tesla’s Autopilot in various situations. It included videos showing the feature having trouble navigating certain corners and performing well on others.

In an October 2015 video, Brown was recorded in the Tesla, which he called “Tessy,” driving in autopilot in stop-and-go traffic on the highway. His hands were off the wheel.

“It takes all the stress (out),” Brown said in the video. “(You) get to your destination slightly slower, but, hey, at least now you don’t have to worry about anything. Just let it go.”



In an April 5, 2016 video, Brown recorded the autopilot function swerving to avoid a white boomlift truck that cut him off.

“I actually wasn’t watching that direction and Tessy (the name of my car) was on duty with autopilot engaged,” Brown wrote in the YouTube description. “Tessy did great. I have done a lot of testing with the sensors in the car and the software capabilities. I have always been impressed with the car, but I had not tested the car’s side collision avoidance. I am VERY impressed. Excellent job Elon!”

In a statement released through attorneys Friday, Brown’s family said they are “committed to cooperating in these efforts and (hope) that information learned from this tragedy will trigger further innovation which enhances the safety of everyone on the roadways.”

Paul Grieco, one of the attorneys representing the family, told The Detroit News he could not say whether the family will take legal action against the car company until officials determine the cause of the crash.

According to Brown’s obituary and a biography on his company website, he studied physics and computer science at the University of New Mexico. In his junior year, Brown enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1997 and served 11½ years on active duty as a master explosive ordnance disposal technician. His obituary said he was Navy SEAL and was deployed numerous times overseas with Special Operations Forces.

He created the technology company Nexu Innovations Inc., which provides Wi-Fi, camera systems and home automation services that allow consumers to control things like lights and temperature remotely. The company website said it provides its services to the public consumer market, Department of Defense and other government organizations.


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Post  Yakima Canutt on Sat Jul 09, 2016 2:50 am


breaking now - Dallas gunman had Doctor Who wallpaper on his Facebook page


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Post  Yakima Canutt on Sat Jul 09, 2016 2:56 am


2) Germans dismantled by double defensive disaster
Germany coped reasonably well with the absence of the suspended Mats Hummels, and in his absence Höwedes produced one of the tackles of the tournament to end Giroud’s slow-motion sprint, but the loss of Boateng to an apparent muscle strain with half an hour to play proved a blow too many. The second goal was a defensive calamity: Höwedes passed to Joshua Kimmich inside the penalty area when he might have cleared, Paul Pogba stole the ball and bemused Shkodran Mustafi, Boateng’s replacement, with a moment of skill to create some space, Manuel Neuer came for a cross he should have left, and Griezmann scored. Still, Germany had chances to get back into the game, and though Höwedes might have scored when he headed over in the 82nd minute and Kimmich was denied by a brilliant save in stoppage time, the best of those fell to Mustafi, three minutes earlier. On that occasion a left-wing cross fell at his feet, bounced off them again and then he span and thrashed a left-foot volley high from 15 yards. His presence on the pitch was evidence of, and contributed to, Germany’s misfortune.

4) Schweinsteiger not superhuman after all
The atmosphere at the Stade Vélodrome may have been remarkable but the key moment was one that brought the fans to near-silence. As the referee blew his whistle and marched into the penalty area moments before half-time a hush descended, the sound of total bewilderment. For a few moments no one, player or supporter, was sure what exactly was going on and whether it was good for them or bad. For all the concerns over his fitness, Bastian Schweinsteiger had been excellent in the first half, patrolling the space around his defence – he was often level with the two centre-backs – covering when the French forwards ran from deep and circulating possession. He had also got far enough forward to test Hugo Lloris with a 25-yard shot that would have dipped under the bar had the goalkeeper not intervened. But his concentration slipped for one crucial moment, Patrice Evra moved ahead of him and the ball curled his way. Schweinsteiger flung himself at the player with both arms outstretched, as if auditioning for a superhero movie. It was Schweinsteiger’s 38th game at major international finals but he is only statistically superhuman. Nicola Rizzoli – or whichever member of his team spotted the offence – made a brave, eagle-eyed but undoubtedly correct decision.

5) Germany’s excellence goes unrewarded
This was an excellent, compelling contest from first minute to last, the game of the tournament so far. Though flourishing underdogs bring a drama of their own, there is nothing to compare with the meeting of two giants, each intent on attacking, in the most heated atmosphere possible. France rampaged forward from the start but from about the 12th minute until seconds before the half-time, and for briefer periods in the second half, Germany’s dominance was near-absolute. Against a host nation high on confidence after an emphatic quarter-final victory, with their own side stripped of key players in every area of the pitch because of injury or suspension, and after a dizzying opening in which they had little possession and repeatedly surrendered what they had with misplaced long passes to the flanks, the way Germany calmed themselves and took a grip on the semi-final was extremely impressive – if not, in the end, rewarded.


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Post  Yakima Canutt on Sat Jul 09, 2016 3:43 am



Don Trump has surprised some in his Dallas Statement by expressing concern with the number of blacks being killed by police, and calling for "love and compassion"

tho if one reads Don Trump's THE ART OF THE DEAL - one learns that Don believes Being Unpredictable is a key component of Success


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Post  Yakima Canutt on Tue Jul 12, 2016 6:17 am

in USA, year 2015, 990 people were shot dead by police

the numbers

GENDER
Male-948
Female-42
Unknown-0

WEAPON
Deadly weapon-782
Vehicle-54
Toy weapon-34
Unarmed-93
Unknown-27

RACE
White-494
Black-258
Hispanic-172
Other-38
Unknown-28

SIGNS OF MENTAL ILLNESS
Yes-250
No or unknown-740

AGE
Under 18-18
18 to 29-330
30 to 44-353
45 and up-277
Unknown-12

THREAT LEVEL
Attack in progress-730
Other-216
Undetermined-44

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Post  Yakima Canutt on Tue Jul 12, 2016 6:57 am


25% of the African Americans killed by police in 2015 were unarmed, compared with 17% of white people.





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