"But if there’s an adversary the good guy with a gun isn’t on the lookout for, it’s Mark Bryant. A native of Harlan County, Kentucky, Bryant stands 6ft 1in with long hair and a bushy white beard. He’s an avid shooter, a former NRA member who likes to destress at the local gun range by “killing paper”, as he puts it.
Bryant collects handguns. Revolvers, mostly, but the occasional pistol as well, such as the one he used to pass his test to get a concealed-carry permit. He also collects gun violence data. From his home office in Lexington, Kentucky, Bryant has developed what is by some measures the most comprehensive database of recent gun deaths and injuries in America.
More than 13,000 people were shot and killed last year alone, with twice as many injured, according to the Gun Violence Archive, the not-for-profit group Bryant founded. Since 2014, Bryant’s team has recorded more than 100,000 incidents, including those where a gun is used in public and no one is hurt. Instances of “defensive gun use” – ie a good guy with a gun who made a difference – accounted for less than 3%."
Time to re-tune the algorithms behind those global warming models.
Notice that even Lyin’ Ted no longer offers his howler about “no warming” and has moved on to other outright fibs. Note also that while many previous GOP presidential candidates made 2015 the year they grudgingly said that we must do something about human generated greenhouse warming (Bush, Fiorina, Jindal and five others) the only ones left standing are utter denialist cultists.
This is about our grandchildren. The confederacy must not win.
"Humanity has two possible destinations: stars or strata." -- Mike DeSimone
TLDR version: Exercise is very good for you, but don't look for it to be the main part of a weight loss program. Basically it's hard to create a significant calorie deficit through exercise. For weight loss, calorie restriction seems to work better than exercise, and calorie restriction plus exercise can work a little better than calorie restriction alone.
"And now a new study suggests that the secret to the survival of avian dinosaurs and the birds they evolved into was their appetite for seeds.
Adding weight to this hypothesis is the fact that toothed birds died out at the end of the Cretaceous period, while their toothless and seed-eating companions stuck it out. With so little food left to scavenge on, it seems that being able to rely on seeds alone was quite literally a lifesaver.
As Jake Port reports for COSMOS magazine, a team of palaeontologists from Canada traced 188 of today's bird species back to their original common ancestor - a bird-like dinosaur with a toothless beak. Even with acid rain and scorched earth to contend with, seeds would still have been available and might have been crucial in keeping these birds alive."
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- University of Hawaii at ManoaMS in Geology and Geophysics, 1970 - 1975
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