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November 25, 2021

Support for gun control just hit its lowest point in almost a decade


(CNN)In the wake of the 2018 mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, a new generation of teen activists emerged who insisted that the old boom/bust cycle of gun control politics in this country was no more.

Gone would be the public's short attention span on the need for more restrictions on gun sales and gun ownership. And in its place would be a sustained campaign to keep the issues of guns -- and the mass shootings committed with them -- front and center in the public's mind.

Almost four years on from Parkland, however, a familiar cycle has asserted itself.

Just 52% of Americans polled now say that the "laws covering the sales of firearms" should be stricter than they currently are, the lowest number that Gallup has measured on the question since 2014.

November 24, 2021

Meat Is Hard for Hungry Families to Come By. Enter These Deer Hunters.


Mike Aversa, a semiretired accountant, goes hunting as often as possible.

He uses the first six or seven deer he shoots each season to stock his family’s freezer and table. Venison chili, venison meatballs and venison sausage are staples in his house in Annandale, a community in western New Jersey.

In 1997, a desire to do what he could to share the much-needed source of protein with food-insecure families — while indulging a hobby and addressing the state’s severe overpopulation of deer — motivated Mr. Aversa to join with two friends and found Hunters Helping the Hungry.

A quarter century later, the program is considered one of the top three game-meat donation programs in the country, according to a study by a firearms trade association. Since its start, the all-volunteer nonprofit has arranged for the donation of 14,731 deer — about 2.2 million quarter-pound servings of fresh, lean protein — to New Jersey residents in need.
November 23, 2021

Pipelines will be blown up,' says David Suzuki, if leaders don't act on climate change


David Suzuki, the godfather of the Canadian environmental movement, warned over the weekend that if politicians don’t act to reverse climate change, there could be attacks against oil and gas infrastructure.

“We’re in deep, deep doo-doo,” said Suzuki Saturday, speaking at an Extinction Rebellion protest on Vancouver Island. “This is what we’re come to. The next stage after this, there are going to be pipelines blown up if our leaders don’t pay attention to what’s going on.”

Suzuki, reached by the National Post on Monday, said violence within the environmental movement is already happening, although he identified police actions against anti-logging protesters and anti-gas pipeline protesters as the culprits.

Asked whether or not he would support the bombing of pipelines, Suzuki said, “Of course not.”

November 21, 2021

Ferrari Pays Homage to 1960s Race Cars With Slickest Model Yet


Bloomberg) -- Ferrari NV unveiled a new limited-run retro model that the storied Italian manufacturer is billing as its most aerodynamically efficient car ever.

The Daytona SP3 that debuted Saturday at Mugello Circuit, a Formula One track near Florence, honors the brand’s 1960s race cars. It represents the second leg of Ferrari’s special-edition Icona series, the first being the Monza SP1 and SP2 cars introduced three years ago.

Like those Monza models, the Daytona SP3 is likely to carry a seven-figure price tag. Its mid-rear mounted, 829-horsepower V12 is Ferrari’s most powerful engine, helping deliver a zero to 100-kilometers-per-hour time of 2.85 seconds.

New Chief Executive Officer Benedetto Vigna announced another Icona was coming during his debut earnings call early this month. The auto industry outsider joined from chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV in September and is under pressure to put Ferrari on course for the electric era.
November 18, 2021

Mississippi executes convicted killer, its first since 2012

Source: Reuters

Nov 17 (Reuters) - A Mississippi man who shot his estranged wife to death and sexually assaulted his stepdaughter during an eight-hour 2010 standoff with police was put to death on Wednesday, local media reported.

David Cox, who in 2018 dismissed his attorneys and dropped his appeals in the case, saying he deserved the death penalty, was the first prisoner executed in Mississippi in nine years.

He was pronounced dead at 6:12 p.m. central time (0012 GMT Thursday) at the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, the Clarion-Ledger newspaper reported.

The condemned man, in his final words said: "I want to tell my children that I love them very, very much and that I was a good man at one time," Mississippi Department of Corrections Commissioner Burl Cain told the paper.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/world/us/mississippi-set-carry-out-states-first-execution-since-2012-2021-11-17/

November 16, 2021

Assistant DA in the Rittenhouse trial shows how not handle a gun.

During closing arguments, assistant DA Thomas Binger has his finger on the trigger as he sweeps the spectator section of the court with Rittenhouse’s AR-15.
November 15, 2021

California sets gas price record for second day running


New York (CNN Business)California gas prices hit $4.682 per gallon on Monday, setting a new record for the state for a second day in a row, according to the American Automobile Association.

Monday's price for regular unleaded was six-tenths of a cent higher than the Sunday average reported by AAA, which broke the all-time record of $4.671 previously set in October 2012.

America's largest state by population has the highest gas prices in the country. The national average ticked up slightly to $3.415 Monday.

AAA said heavy rainstorms in Northern California have pinched production capacity, which then trickled down to Southern California — just what happened in Louisiana with Hurricane Ida.


$3.14 a gallon near me (Denver area).
November 10, 2021

Prosecutors in Rittenhouse trial rest their case, but face questions about strategy


The prosecution has rested its case in the murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, who's accused of two homicides and another attempted homicide during protests in Kenosha, Wis. last year.

Rittenhouse, now 18, shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and injured Gaige Grosskreutz during a racial justice protest on the night of Aug. 25, 2020. Rittenhouse has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Legal experts say the outcome in the case could ultimately come down to how well the prosecution made its central argument — that Rittenhouse was the aggressor of the violence and not just acting in self-defense, as he claims.

Jessa Nicholson Goetz, a private defense attorney in Madison who represented Rittenhouse for nine days before leaving the case in September 2020, said prosecutors didn't make that case very strongly.

November 9, 2021

First orbital SpaceX Starship to splash down, sink off Kauai


Nov. 7—At the end of the first orbital test flight for its 164-foot Starship, SpaceX envisions a reentry into the atmosphere at speeds approaching Mach 25, or 19, 000 miles per hour, followed by 15 minutes of hypersonic flight.

During this time, the spacecraft will hurtle sideways, generating tremendous heat before adjusting to an upright position for a "soft " rocket-powered ocean landing 62 miles north of Kauai.

It will sink in the Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility, according to plans for the historic flight, and join dozens of warships that have gone down over past decades during Navy "sink exercises " in waters 15, 000 feet deep.

Most recently that included the retired frigate USS Ingraham, which was targeted in mid-August by Marines firing Naval Strike Missiles from Kauai and pummeled by munitions from aircraft and a submarine.

November 6, 2021

Why the Pentagon Is Equipping the F-35 With a Thermonuclear Bomb


The F-35A Joint Strike Fighter is nearly ready to take on a new mission, that of a nuclear-capable bomber.

The Air Force has completed the flight testing to ensure the F-35A can safely—and reliably—drop the B61-12 thermonuclear bomb. The combination of crewed aircraft and nuclear bomb will ensure the U.S. government would have options in the event of a crisis, including one where a nuclear bomb could be literally recalled at the last second.

Nuclear weapons are divided into two categories: strategic and tactical. The two main differences between the two types are explosive yield and range. Tactical nuclear weapons typically range from about .3 kilotons (300 tons of TNT) to about 50 kilotons (50,000 tons of TNT).

Strategic nuclear weapons are in an entirely different class altogether. The yield of strategic nukes can range from 100 kilotons to well into the megaton range, with the U.S. military’s largest weapon having a yield of 1.3 megatons (the equivalent of 1,200,000 tons of TNT). Tactical nuclear weapons are generally shorter range weapons with ranges of 500 miles or less, while strategic nuclear weapons are designed to cross entire oceans to strike targets on the other side of the planet.


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