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Its nearest neighbour is St. Helena 2,334 kms to the North while
Cape Town is 2,778 kms to the East.
It officially under the authority of the Governor of St. Helena, one of Great Brittain's thirteen remaining colonies, but has its own resident administrator. The roughly 300 mostly-related residents (in 100 households), which have their own volunteer defense force, insist they are not dependent on remote St. Helena in any way.
But to show no place is an island, technology wise, it's now (or will soon be) networked to the world via commercial satellite service. Islanders can have long distance phone service and internet connections in their homes in the foreseeable future.
These poor island kids are now subject to catching the debilitating internet addiction which afflicts so many of us.
Channel 2 Action News has learned major new details today in the controversial police shooting that left an elderly woman dead. The alleged informant (who appeared on Atlanta TV this AM) says he was told to lie about buying drugs from the house.
The FBI has now taken over the lead in the case from the GBI. The entire drug unit is on administrative leave (with pay). The APD is reviewing its policy on using "no-knock" search warrants. It's going to be a while yet before the true story is sorted out. It promises to be a landmark case in the "War on Drugs."
Apparently, judging from this article, ball bearings have a longer effective range from the center of the blast of an IED or missile warhead than nails or irregularly-shaped metal shrapnel.
Witnesses in Israel reported a deadly radius of 450-600m from the missile warheads lobbed in by the Hezbollah this summer.
The relatively small Claymore mine (with just 1.5 lbs. of C-4) introduced in the Vietnam era could propel 700 spheres causing injury out to 250m, and death out to 50m.
Shaped projectiles which would naturally assume a nose-forward orientation might have even more range. Surely somebody has or is studying this. Or, it's already been ruled out as impractical.
NOTE: A-C-E does not make any bombs or IEDs. Nor does it encourage or condone such activities. This is merely to satisfy a matter of curiosity, based on the earlier post showing Humvee damage. And, the bad guys already know this.
It seems the more free time people have, the more likely they'll find time to do something stupid. When firearms (and often alcohol) are involved, the results can be tragic. Here are some incidents across the Thanskgiving period:
In Kingstree, FL; a hunter tripped on re-entering the house and accidentally fired his shotgun, killing his wife. (Hmmm....)
A person was injured at a Gun Store in Indy. No details given.
In Loureauville, LA; an accidental shooting with a BB-gun has left a 3-month-old
infant in questionable condition at a local hospital and an 11-year-old
relative facing a possible aggravated second-degree battery charge.
In Port St. Lucie, FL; a 16-yr-old boy has died a day after being shot in the forehead by a friend, who had taken the magazine out of a gun and believed it was unloaded
when he pointed the gun at Robert Scott Thomas Jr. and pulled the
In Midland, Texas; a 19-year old commented to his girlfriend about his gun having two safeties before putting the barrel in his mouth and pulling the trigger, causing the gun to fire and kill him.
In Hamilton Township, PA; Joseph Buckley died shortly after being shot by a
12-gauge shotgun fired by his [close] brother Drew Buckley, Police
Capt. Kevin Pollard said. Police declined to give details, but believe it was accidental.
And, in related news:
In Fairfax, VA; an officer who accidentally killed an optometrist last January is expected to be suspended for three weeks without pay.
Gotta come down hard on these things!
Don't go near firearms while drinking. Save the drinking for afterwards. In this case (already covered in an earlier A-C-E post), the woman was charged with manslaughter because alcohol was involved in an accidental shooting.
Note the shells are ejected near the end of the barrel, eliminating a problem associated with most bullpups, especially for lefties. Combined with ambidextrous controls (a la the FN P90 PDW), this makes the rifle fully ambidextrous. This site shows graphically how this is done.
It is known in police parlance as "contagious shooting" - gunfire that
spreads among officers who believe that they, or their colleagues, are
facing a threat. It spreads like germs, like laughter, or fear. An
officer fires, so his colleagues do, too.
The phenomenon of officers' firing dozens of shots at a time dates back
in part to 1993 and the department's switch from six-shot .38-caliber
revolvers, cumbersome to reload, to semiautomatic pistols that hold 15
rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber. The change, like any of
its magnitude, followed years of studies and differences of opinion,
and finally came into effect after the 1986 murder of a police officer,
Scott Gadell, who was reloading his six-shooter when he was fatally
Commissioner Kelly, during his first term in the office, in 1992 and
1993, ordered a switch to semiautomatics, but ordered the clips
modified to hold only 10 rounds. That modification was later undone,
prompting him, after Mr. Diallo's shooting six years later, to
speculate in a New York Times op-ed article, "Now may be the time to
re-impose it and to intensify training that teaches police officers to
hold their fire until they know why they are shooting."