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NPR: The School Shootings That Weren't

How many times per year does a gun go off in an American school? We should know. But we don't.

This spring the U.S. Education Department reported that in the 2015-2016 school year, "nearly 240 schools ... reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting." The number is far higher than most other estimates.

But NPR reached out to every one of those schools repeatedly over the course of three months and found that more than two-thirds of these reported incidents never happened. Child Trends, a nonpartisan nonprofit research organization, assisted NPR in analyzing data from the government's Civil Rights Data Collection.

We were able to confirm just 11 reported incidents, either directly with schools or through media reports.


This discrepancy is large and very strange.

Local "your time is up" for sexual assaulter/harasser of waitstaff

Emelia Holden, you rock!

Just desserts! Waitress turns tables on customer who grabbed her backside by slamming him to the floor and calling the cops
Emelia Holden, 21, was taking orders at Vinnie Van Go-Go's in Savannah, Georgia

A young waitress got her own back on a man who grabbed her backside - by throwing him to the floor and giving him a very public shaming.

Emelia Holden, 21, was taking orders at Vinnie Van Go-Go's in Savannah, Georgia, when the man walked past and touched her bottom.

In CCTV footage, Holden turns and grabs the man before throwing him against the wall.

Police were called to the scene and arrested the pervert immediately after being shown the damning CCTV footage.


At Guardian Con now...chaperoning my 13 year old son.

VIP tix were worth it just to not stand on the entrance line. lol.

Prof Broman and crew talking about developing content

The boy getting some SCUFF gear.

Heading back to AZ to visit family.

Cornville, Cottonwood, and Page Springs areas.

I'm bringing my 13 yr old son to see his Grandpa and Grandma on my side. They are getting up there in years and things are breaking down fast with them.

I'll take him on a rail ride from Williams to GC and spend some time in Flag. Show him my alma mater.

I do miss the hire desert and life above the Mogollon Rim.

Mike Pence, St. Paddy's Day Parade, Art, and Protest

I posted some of these images in another thread but thought they might make a nice OP.

Pence clan (Mike Pence, his wife (aka mother), and his mother (original) in minimum green for the parade. Poor showing to wear so little green.

We showed him some SAV love. In fact, it appears that in every image of Pence walking in the parade, there is a protest sign or a gay pride flag.

Photos from Savannah Connect FB.

One of the great things about Savannah is its artists. One of them, who goes by Panhandle Slim, makes great folk-art style signs for general consumption and special events like protesting Pence. He does a wonderful job of reminding us that to be Southern is not synonymous with bigotry.





So what do we know about who likely voted for Drew Miller in the PA-18 election?

It looks like Lamb will win with a less than 1000 vote margin over Saccone.

The third-party candidate, Drew Miller (Libertarian) earned 1,351 votes.

I think its typical for Libertarians to take more from the right than the left.

Does anyone know of local polling results that could help us understand if Miller helped or hurt Lamb?


INTERNET FIREARM SALES: ATF Enforcement Efforts and Outcomes of GAO Covert Testing

As it turns out, it is not as easy to buy firearms illegally on the internet as the gun control advocates would have one believe.

eta: Or at least, private sellers are much more conscientious than gun control advocates claim about "internet sales".

What GAO Found
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is responsible for investigating criminal and regulatory violations of firearms statutes and regulations that govern firearms transactions, including sales that are facilitated by the Internet. Two components of the Internet may be used to facilitate Internet firearm sales: the Surface Web and the Dark Web. The Surface Web is searchable with standard web search engines. The Dark Web contains content that has been intentionally concealed and requires specific computer software to gain access. ATF created the Internet Investigations Center (Center) to investigate buyers and sellers who use the Internet to facilitate illegal firearms transactions. The Center uses several tools to provide investigative support to ATF, which has resulted in the arrests of individuals using the Internet to facilitate illegal firearm purchases. ATF officials with the Center also noted that investigations might involve both the Surface Web and the Dark Web. For example, to identify an anonymous user on the Dark Web, the Center works to establish a user's “digital footprint” on the Surface Web.

In 2016, the Center also issued a report about Internet firearm transactions. This and other ATF reports highlighted the following about Internet-facilitated firearm transactions:
* The relative anonymity of the Internet makes it an ideal means for prohibited individuals to obtain illegal firearms.
* The more anonymity employed by a firearms purchaser, the greater the likelihood that the transaction violates federal law.
* Firearm transactions that occur on the Dark Web are more likely to be completed in person or via the mail or common carrier, versus through a Federal Firearm Licensee.

GAO agents attempted to purchase firearms from Dark Web and Surface Web marketplaces. Agents made seven attempts to purchase firearms on the Dark Web. In these attempts, agents did not disclose any information about whether they were prohibited from possessing a firearm. Of these seven attempts, two on a Dark Web marketplace were successful. Specifically, GAO agents purchased and received an AR-15 rifle and an Uzi that the seller said was modified so that it would fire automatically. GAO provided referral letters to applicable law-enforcement agencies for these purchases to inform any ongoing investigations.

Tests performed on the Surface Web demonstrated that private sellers GAO contacted on gun forums and other classified ads were unwilling to sell a firearm to an individual who appeared to be prohibited from possessing a firearm. Of the 72 attempts agents made to purchase firearms on the Surface Web, 56 sellers refused to complete a transaction: 29 sellers stated they would not ship a firearm and 27 refused after the disclosure of the undercover identities' stated prohibited status. Furthermore, in 5 of these 72 attempts, the accounts GAO set up were frozen by the websites, which prevented the agents from using the forums and attempting to make a purchase.

Link to full report: https://www.gao.gov/assets/690/688535.pdf

Tonight was a good night for those who want better health care coverage for all Americans

Senators Klobuchar and Sanders were great. They articulated why the ACA is the best current solution and needs to be supported. And Medicare for All was framed as a long term solution.

Christopher Cantwell, leader of Radical Agenda, and prominent in Vice's documentary...

...about the Charlottesville white supremacy riot is vile.

Stephen Colbert found him three years earlier -- pathetic and still interested in harassing people.

It's only 8 min long but it's enough.

eta: Someone else should post this as an OP because I think too many people have me on ignore.

Watching the eclipse with your smart phone.

So I live close to the zone of totality and eclipse glasses are sold out nearly everywhere.

Somone said to me that they plan on viewing the eclipsed sun via their smart phone.

I assume this would protect the eyes, but is that assumption, correct?

Also, would it damage the camera, screen, or other parts of the phone?

I feel like an idiot for asking, but I thought I should.
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