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Man shoots grizzly bear sow that charged him near trail off Chena Hot Springs Road (Alaska)


Jul. 21—A man shot a grizzly bear sow Monday morning after it charged him and his son in a remote area off a trail near Chena Hot Springs Road northeast of Fairbanks, Alaska State Troopers said.

The injured bear had not been located by Tuesday afternoon.

The man and son happened upon the sow and cub around 11:12 a.m. while walking in a remote area near Smallwood Trail off Chena Hot Springs Road, troopers wrote in an online statement.

"Once the adult male and the sow made eye contact the bear charged," troopers spokesman Austin McDaniel said.

Posted by Dial H For Hero | Wed Jul 21, 2021, 10:04 AM (141 replies)

Biden's Pistol Brace Rule Would Put Pressure on an Already Strained ATF Division


President Joe Biden’s Department of Justice is moving forward with a pledge to clamp down on pistol-stabilizing braces after the popular gun accessory was used in the March mass shooting in Boulder, Colorado.

But the plan put forward by the administration this summer will hinge on the efficiency of an obscure division at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives that routinely misses its own performance benchmarks. And now, with millions of stabilizing braces estimated to be in circulation, some outside observers are warning the efforts to restrict them could flounder if federal regulators are unable to handle the workload.

The rules, which were proposed in June, would bring stabilizing braces under the purview of the National Firearms Act, an 87-year-old law that imposes tight restrictions on machine guns, silencers, rifles with short barrels, and other weapons deemed by Congress to pose an acute threat to public safety. If the rules come into force, gun owners seeking to attach a stabilizing brace to their pistol would have to obtain approval from the ATF’s NFA Division. That process can stretch more than a year and entails filing an application, undergoing extensive vetting, paying a $200 tax, and registering the weapon with the federal government. Violations can result in a 10-year prison term.

Mark Jones, a former ATF special agent who held various supervisory positions before retiring in 2011, said the rule change could trigger an avalanche of NFA applications for a division that is underprepared. “ATF’s been so poorly funded and resourced over the decades that it doesn’t have the people it needs,” Jones said. “If they just snapped their fingers and said, ‘Tomorrow all of you have to register these weapons or you’re felons,’ it would fail in a huge way.”


As pointed out further in the article, there may be as many as 40 million pistol braces in the United States. An agency that already struggles to deal with registering a mere half million NFA items would be completely overwhelmed trying to deal with such numbers.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Wed Jul 21, 2021, 09:05 AM (7 replies)

'I've Never Seen This Level of Fear.' Why Asian Americans Are Joining the Rush to Buy Guns


(Svetlana Kim practices shooting her new handgun while standing next to Tom Nguyen, instructor and founder of L.A. Progressive Shooters, at the Burro Canyon Shooting Park in Azusa, CA on July 18, 2020. Nguyen founded L.A. Progressive Shooters in the hopes of diversifying the population of gun owners.)

Six months ago, Svetlana Kim was so scared of guns, she couldn’t even look at an image of one without feeling anxious.

If she was home watching a movie that suddenly depicted gun violence, the 47-year-old accountant would scramble to hit the fast-forward button on the remote. If she couldn’t skip the scene, she would shut her eyes, and her husband would gently put his hand over hers until the scene was over. Kim knew it was just a movie, but in those moments, she couldn’t help but feel like she was in the victim’s shoes, staring the shooter in the eye.

“My brain was always signaling danger. I just felt like, it’s here, it’s present,” says Kim, who blames empathy and imagination for her visceral reaction, since she has never personally experienced gun violence. “It was bad like that, and I couldn’t control it.”

That all changed when something scarier came along. Months into the pandemic, people who looked like Kim were being shoved and kicked to the ground, punched, stabbed and slashed, while doing everyday activities like walking around the neighborhood, shopping and riding buses and trains. One after another, unprovoked, racist attacks against Asian Americans being unfairly blamed for the COVID-19 virus started to increase in major U.S. cities. Kim wondered if she could be the next victim.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Tue Jul 20, 2021, 07:28 PM (34 replies)


So cool.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Tue Jul 20, 2021, 08:13 AM (3 replies)

Florida pizza-eating racists hurl anti-Asian slurs at ramen restaurant after being asked to leave


How it started: Ramen Lab Eatery, which sits at 25 Northeast 2nd Ave., was trying to close at 11:45 p.m. on Thursday when three white men allegedly showed up and began unstacking chairs.

The group reportedly started spewing profanities after a female employee "politely" asked them to leave. Restaurant owner Louis Grayson said he stepped in and filmed the scene.

"They started calling her a lil b*tch, saying f*ck you to her," Grayson told NextShark. "I came out and asked them to leave, but they continued to yell, got [more] aggressive and kept saying this is public property."


These guys should be very easy to identify. With any luck, we’ll soon hear of them being fired from their jobs.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Tue Jul 20, 2021, 12:40 AM (21 replies)

You can travel to Thailand quarantee-free via Phuket - this is how to do it


Until recently, if you wanted to visit Thailand, the only way to do so was via a 15-day stay in Alternative State Quarantine (also known as ASQ). That meant staying put in a hotel room, with only occasional and brief escapes outside for sunlight and exercise. I have friends who have done this, and frankly, the experience sounds unpleasant.

But since July 1, Thailand has gone ahead with its much-hyped Phuket Sandbox initiative. The plan is this: Officials have been inoculating residents of Phuket, with the goal of reaching so-called “herd immunity,” and are now allowing fully-vaccinated visitors to visit the island. Visitors must book accommodation in pre-approved hotels (and jump through a number of hoops that I’ll explain below), and cannot leave the island of Phuket for 15 days—but otherwise they are free to visit beaches and restaurants and explore the island just as one would have done pre-pandemic.

I arrived on Phuket on July 9, one of the earlier groups of visitors to take part in the initiative. I had planned to arrive a week earlier, but as I’d applied too early, some of the kinks in the process hadn’t been ironed out, and I was forced to postpone my trip and re-apply.

The first step in taking part in the Phuket Sandbox program is to visit the portal via which you can apply for a Certificate of Entry (CoE). This is the document – in addition to a visa or visa exemption – that will grant you permission to take part in the Sandbox program and ultimately enter Thailand.


I'll be flying to Phuket in just two weeks!
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Sun Jul 18, 2021, 09:56 AM (2 replies)

'Let them die': Virginia PTA official resigns over comments at critical race theory rally


An official with the Virginia Parent-Teacher Association resigned after she was heard in a video saying "Let them die," a comment some felt was aimed at parents at a rally to oppose critical race theory.

Michelle Leete, who worked as the Virginia PTA's vice president of training, said she did not mean to wish death on parents who are opposed to teaching race history in schools. Instead, she told the Washington Post, she hoped the parents' right-wing "ideals" would die. However, the damage was already done.

The Virginia PTA announced on Saturday that it had requested and received Leete's resignation.

"While not speaking in her role within Virginia PTA, we do not condone the choice of words used during a public event on Thursday, July 15, 2021,” the statement read.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Sat Jul 17, 2021, 07:39 PM (3 replies)

Louisiana lawmakers to hold historic veto override session


BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana lawmakers will hold a tradition-busting veto session as Republicans push to overturn Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards’ rejection of bills that would ban transgender girls from school sports and remove restrictions on concealed handguns.

The session — to open Tuesday and last up to five days — will make history as the first veto session ever held under the Louisiana Constitution enacted in 1974.

The constitution calls for a veto session to be scheduled automatically when a governor jettisons legislation. However, a majority vote of either the House or Senate can scrap the gathering, and lawmakers had canceled every veto session over nearly five decades.

But the Republican-led House and Senate are spurning that tradition this year. Neither chamber’s membership turned in enough ballots by the Thursday midnight deadline to stop this year’s session.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Fri Jul 16, 2021, 02:00 PM (0 replies)

83-Year-Old Man Brutally Attacked On Bus

Cowardice personified. I read elsewhere that the victim was in the hospital for a week.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Thu Jul 15, 2021, 12:02 PM (24 replies)

Blue Origin's final passenger for its first human spaceflight will be 18-year-old Oliver Daemen


The mystery of who will occupy the final seat on Blue Origin's debut human spaceflight next week is a mystery no longer: The company revealed today that the winning bidder who forked over $28 million for the privilege is actually going to fly on a later mission, and instead the final seat on the debut flight will go to Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old high school graduate bound for the University of Utrecht. He'll be the youngest person to travel to space, which means this launch will include both the youngest and the oldest people ever to make the trip.

Blue Origin is planning to fly its founder Jeff Bezos to space in just a few days, on July 20, on its debut human spaceflight. That spacecraft will also be carrying Bezos' brother, along with 82-year-old aerospace pioneer Wally Funk, on the trip to suborbital space for a few minutes of weightlessness and unparalleled views before coming back down for a controlled landing in West Texas.

The final seat was auctioned off via a multistage process that culminated in a live online bidding rally, which brought the final total paid for the ticket to that whopping $28 million, which is much more than the regular price of the average seat will be during regular commercial flight of the New Shepard spacecraft. That winner, who remains anonymous for now, has declined to go on this one due to "scheduling conflicts." The funds from the ticket auction are actually being donated to charity, however, rather than acting as revenue for Blue Origin in a commercial sense, going instead to its registered nonprofit Club for the Future, which is dedicated to furthering STEM education.

Blue Origin's New Shepard launch vehicle is designed for suborbital commercial human spaceflight, including both tourism and research uses. The fully reusable system consists of a booster and an upper-stage that includes a crew capsule, and after a series of test flights that began in 2015, Blue Origin is now ready to fly it with people on board for the first time, as a final set of demonstrations before commercial operations start up.
Posted by Dial H For Hero | Thu Jul 15, 2021, 11:25 AM (4 replies)
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