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  • Girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter told authorities she helped load ammo (tr)

    01/16/2018 2:12:02 AM PST · 13 of 16
    Pontiac to Cvengr
    My 0.223 ball ammo does not fragment on impact.. It bends, flattens and tumbles in to a C shape.

    Here is a 0.233 ball penetrating 8 walls and not fragmenting.

    While I am sure that most would opt to select .223/5.56 NATO over .22LR for home defense, but I have heard the argument that .22 would be “better” for home defense since its reduced energy would mean that it would penetrate through fewer walls. On the flip side, others argue that the 5.56 would be better as the round would tumble dissipating its energy and thus penetrate less.

    Fortunately, both have now been put to the test in relatively similar conditions. A few tests come to mind on 5.56 through drywall (my favorite being the slow-motion from RichardBeck). I like the slow motion as it shows that the round does indeed start to loose stability. Still, the round is able to penetrate through nearly 8 walls, coming to rest on the inside of the last piece of drywall. (Interestingly, the 9mm Critical Defense load actually penetrates one drywall section less).

  • Frank Luntz asks how you’d feel if someone called your hometown a s**thole, gets his answer

    01/15/2018 9:48:37 PM PST · 37 of 98
    Pontiac to DennisR
    My home town (Seattle) is a literal *hole, because you can pee and defecate wherever / whenever / however you want. There are homeless all over the place.

    Great!

    I am going to spend a day in Seattle in May!

  • Girlfriend of Las Vegas shooter told authorities she helped load ammo (tr)

    01/15/2018 8:31:21 PM PST · 11 of 16
    Pontiac to Cvengr
    There were over 600 casualties, about 50% of the rounds shot, and the rounds shot tended to fragment upon impact with most kinetic energy absorbed when they impacted and fragmented.

    I have fired a lot of .223 ammo over the years. Most of it ball ammo.

    I can not recall ever finding a fragmented bullet.

    Unless this guy was firing hollow points, I don’t see your scenario being reality.

    If the concert area was on a concrete surface and the shooter was using ball ammo I would think that ricochets would be the norm.

  • Maybe Rats Aren't to Blame for the Black Death

    01/15/2018 7:37:55 PM PST · 35 of 60
    Pontiac to nickcarraway
    “In plague, there’s a lot of hot debate,” says Dean, who sees herself and Schmid as more objective observers in this case. “We have no dogs in this fight.”

    I recall that in London at the time they thought that dogs were the cause of the plague and set out to exterminate dogs.

    Of course, with no dogs to kill rats the rat population exploded.

  • Florida Boy Who Was Battling Rabies After Bat Scratch Dies

    01/15/2018 7:06:16 PM PST · 108 of 119
    Pontiac to keat

    The project was cancelled because it was not progressing fast enough.

    But it seems that the different armed services really didn’t want the project because it got passed from service to service.

    Had the Navy (the first service to have the project) seen the project through to completion it may have ended the war. Unlikely but possible.

  • Florida Boy Who Was Battling Rabies After Bat Scratch Dies

    01/15/2018 6:50:56 PM PST · 107 of 119
    Pontiac to HangnJudge; RoosterRedux; nickcarraway
    First survivor of Rabies. The girl behind the Willoughby Protocol.

    Medical Mystery: Only One Person Has Survived Rabies without Vaccine--But How? .

  • Florida Boy Who Was Battling Rabies After Bat Scratch Dies

    01/15/2018 4:41:50 PM PST · 77 of 119
    Pontiac to DariusBane
    How about not putting a sick bat in a bucket! Control your AO! Being stupid can really hurt.

    A jar would be better, but either way call your animal control officer afterward.

    And certainly, do not leave the animal where your child can reach it.

    What I find surprising is that the father did not do more than look up what to do about it on-line. And I find it hard to believe that what he found on-line did not say ‘seek immediate medical attention.

    However, I do find that the current generation of parents exceedingly ignorant and arrogant. Rarely seeking advice from their parents when it comes to raising children. Today apparently giving birth supplies a mother with all the knowledge necessary to raise a child properly.

    Just my personal experience mind you.

  • In Raiders stadium deal, Nevada unable to tax team, fans for 30 years

    01/15/2018 3:17:28 PM PST · 54 of 58
    Pontiac to sheana

    Cleveland had the same idea when they built the Browns and Indian stadiums.

    They instituted a huge bed tax on the city to recoup the cost of the stadium. What about the people that stay in the sub-burbs? Go outside the city and you pay at least $50 less per night.

    But how does the state recover their part of the cost? Most of the money spent game nights would have been spent in the state anyway. How many people follow their team from state to state other than the team’s staff?

  • Nearly 1,000 families evacuated as Philippine volcano spews ash

    01/15/2018 2:19:23 AM PST · 6 of 8
    Pontiac to PIF

    Thanks for the link.

    That is about as perfect a volcano cone as I have seen.

    A terrible beauty.

  • Jeff Flake Compares Trump to Joseph Stalin

    01/14/2018 7:54:55 PM PST · 89 of 125
    Pontiac to Kaslin
    anger and resentment are not a governing philosophy," he continued.

    Seems to work for the Democrats when you add in greed and envy.

  • In Raiders stadium deal, Nevada unable to tax team, fans for 30 years

    01/14/2018 6:05:46 PM PST · 15 of 58
    Pontiac to jazusamo
    Michael Leeds, a Temple University economist who has argued against the use of taxpayer funds to build sports stadiums, said the targeted tax provision goes beyond anything he has ever seen.

    I have to agree.

    Why should the tax payer build a facility that has little use beyond making millionaires and billionaires richer.

    Most of the contracts cities and states make today for these stadiums funnels all of the money generated within the stadium (including parking) to the team organization. That is all money whether generated during games or other non-game activities (concerts) to the team.

    This to me is totally ridiculous. The team puts out no money for building the stadium and yet reaps all of the profits.

    The fact that politicians agree to this is totally unacceptable. These people should be put out of office at the earliest opportunity. This is either corruption or incompetence.

    Now this latest outrage. Preventing the state from making any effort to recoup some money from the state built facility. Totally beyond the pale.

    And to top it all off. The NFL may not even exist in a few years. Wouldn’t that be the Bomb.

  • The Most Reliable Cars in the US: the 15 Cars Americans Keep the Longest Before Trading in...

    01/14/2018 5:21:02 PM PST · 145 of 254
    Pontiac to mylife
    The list reads like America sucks

    Reads like; UAW sucks.

  • Racism charges swarm Trump as 'shithole' debate rattles immigration talks

    01/14/2018 4:53:39 PM PST · 17 of 38
    Pontiac to E. Pluribus Unum
    And after courts last year used the president’s negative comments about Muslims to reject his attempts to implement travel restrictions, a federal judge who temporarily reinstated the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program said Friday it was “plausible” that Trump acted for racial reasons when he ended the Obama-era initiative.

    I am old enough to remember when judges ruled on what the law says and not on the reasons the President had for his use of said law.

  • Russia Has Underwater Nuclear Drones, Leaked Pentagon Documents Reveal

    01/14/2018 4:40:45 PM PST · 34 of 75
    Pontiac to EQAndyBuzz
    B41 nuclear bomb – 25Mt

    The B41 or Mk-41 with a yield of 25Mt is the most powerful thermonuclear weapon ever fielded by the United States. About 500 bombs were produced between 1960 and 1962, remaining in service, until July 1976.

    The development of Mk-41 commenced in 1955 to fulfil the US Air Force’s requirements for a Class B (10,000lb), high yield thermonuclear weapon. The prototypes were test fired during Operation Hardtack Phase I in 1958.

    The three-stage thermonuclear weapon was primarily boosted by deuterium-tritium and believed to have used Lithium-6 (95% enrichment) deuteride fuel for fusion stages. Two versions were produced, a "clean" version (lead encased third stage) and "dirty" (uranium encased) version, both were air dropped by attaching with two parachutes for delayed detonation.

  • Russia Has Underwater Nuclear Drones, Leaked Pentagon Documents Reveal

    01/14/2018 4:35:18 PM PST · 31 of 75
    Pontiac to gaijin
    It was a Russian attempt to enhance deterrance through a lie.

    Which the Russians used to good effect during the Cold War.

    The Russians had the CIA convinced that they were producing Nuclear Bombers and Missiles to beat the band.

    “Mr. President, We must not allow a mine shaft gap.”

  • Russia Has Underwater Nuclear Drones, Leaked Pentagon Documents Reveal

    01/14/2018 4:26:35 PM PST · 24 of 75
    Pontiac to McGruff
    Russia is in possession of an underwater nuclear drone capable of carrying a 100-megaton nuclear warhead,

    In the age of Multiple Independently Targeted Reentry Vehicles that can hit within a few feet of its intended target I can think of only two purposes of a warhead so large.

    First is destroy an entire Carrier Battle Group with a single weapon.

    Second is to take out a coastal city by detonating the weapon in the harbor, Boston for instance.

    The standard warhead today is 1 Megaton because that is all the larger they need to be because targeting systems are very accurate. In the 50s and 60s deployed warheads around 10 Megatons because the targeting systems could only be assured of getting the warhead within a hundred yards of a hardened target

    The largest nuclear weapon tested to date is the Tsar Bomba . .

    The bomb had a yield of 50 megatons of TNT (210 PJ). In theory, it had a maximum yield of 100 megatons if it were to have included a U-238 tamper, but because only one bomb was built, this was never demonstrated. The single bomb was detonated at the Sukhoy Nos cape of Severny Island, part of Novaya Zemlya.[7][8][9]

    The Tsar Bomba was a three-stage bomb with Trutnev-Babaev[12] second and third stage design,[13] with a yield of 50 megatons.[14] This is equivalent to about 1,570 times the combined energy of the bombs that destroyed Hiroshima and Nagasaki,[15] 10 times the combined energy of all the conventional explosives used in World War II,[16] one-quarter of the estimated yield of the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa, and 10% of the combined yield of all nuclear tests to date.

    A three-stage H-bomb uses a fission bomb primary to compress a thermonuclear secondary, as in most H-bombs, and then uses energy from the resulting explosion to compress a much larger additional thermonuclear stage. There is evidence that the Tsar Bomba had several third stages rather than a single very large one.[17]

    The initial three-stage design was capable of yielding approximately 100 Mt, 3,000 times the size of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs,[18] but it would have caused too much nuclear fallout and the plane delivering the bomb would not have had enough time to escape the explosion. To limit the amount of fallout, the third stage and possibly the second stage had a lead tamper instead of a uranium-238 fusion tamper (which greatly amplifies the reaction by fissioning uranium atoms with fast neutrons from the fusion reaction).

    With modern nuclear weapons targeting systems there is no need for warhead with such a large yield. Other than as a terror weapon.

    That being said I doubt that the Russians actually have a 100 Megaton warhead ready to deploy simply because there is no use for one.

  • Arizona woman killed husband then ran errands, prayed at church, police say

    01/11/2018 7:42:53 PM PST · 18 of 31
    Pontiac to the OlLine Rebel
    And also the fact she left the scene and did not report immediately. And then did not report for 2-3 days.

    Yes, they look bad.

    But a forensic psychologist would not have a hard time putting them in the framework of the actions of a person in shock.

    Particularly given her stop at church for prayer.

    There may have even been some temporary hysterical amnesia .

  • Pope Francis, J.R.R. Tolkien and the Lord’s Prayer

    01/11/2018 7:13:23 PM PST · 2 of 5
    Pontiac to Salvation; nickcarraway

    Catholic ping

    Being a Tolkien fan I found it interesting.

  • Pope Francis, J.R.R. Tolkien and the Lord’s Prayer

    01/11/2018 7:10:54 PM PST · 1 of 5
    Pontiac
    From an early age when I thought abuot those words in the Lord’s Prayer I thought it odd that God would ever tempt me. God wanted me to be good, so why would he put temptation in my way?

    A trial makes more sense. Good does put us through trials from time to time. Disease, financial hardships, death of a loved one and many others.

    Praying that we not be put through painful trials makes sense.

  • California to Hand Blacks with Criminal Records Money to Sell Marijuana

    01/11/2018 6:35:27 PM PST · 8 of 76
    Pontiac to MarvinStinson
    If you’re a white applicant, you can improve your own chances of receiving a permit by “incubating” an equity [i.e., black] applicant, which means making him a 50% partner in the business or giving him floor space in your establishment, rent-free.

    That’s your square inch over there in the corner behind the magazine rack.

    Good luck ‘partner’