California’s newly proposed gun laws would:
- Ban the possession of ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds
- Prevent the future sale, purchase, manufacture, importation, or transfer of any firearms that can accept detachable magazines
- Close the "bullet button" loophole by banning tools that allow the quick changing of gun magazines
- Regulate ammunition sales like the state regulates gun sales. Ammunition dealers would need to be licensed and anyone buying from them would need to obtain a permit and complete a background check.
- Create a 5-cent tax on each bullet purchased, for the purpose of funding crime prevention
- Prevent felons and other adults barred from gun ownership from living in a house that contains any guns
- Prohibit the loaning or sale of a firearm between people who know each other personally
- Take steps to phase out legal possession of assault weapons that were purchased before California outlawed their sale
- Require all firearms owners to take an hours-long gun safety course every year, similar to what the state now requires for obtaining a concealed weapon permit
- Require gun owners to purchase insurance to cover damage they may inflict
- Require CalPERS and CalSTRS, two of the nation's largest pension funds, to divest from companies that make, sell, or market firearms or ammunition
California has already enacted some of the nation’s strictest gun control laws, partly due to its experience with a Sandy-Hook-style massacre: In 1989, a mentally unstable ex-con opened fire with an AK-47-style assault rifle on an elementary school playground in Stockton, killing five schoolchildren and wounding 28 others. The shooting contributed to the passage that year of California’s assault weapons ban.
Bangladesh’s government has ordered an investigation into allegations that the sole emergency exit was locked at a garment factory where a fire killed seven female workers, an official said Sunday.
The fire Saturday at the Smart Export Garment Ltd. factory occurred just two months after a blaze killed 112 workers in another factory near the capital, raising questions about safety in Bangladesh’s garment industry, which exports clothes to leading Western retailers. The gates of that factory were locked.
Government official Jahangir Kabir Nanak said an investigation has been ordered into the cause of Saturday’s fire and allegations that the emergency exit was locked.
I didn’t like this at first, but the more I watch it, the better it gets.
It was released on January 2nd as an “Onion Talk”
U.S. regulators grounded all Boeing787 Dreamliner jetliners Wednesday after a series of recent incidents raised concerns about the aircrafts’ safety.
The Federal Aviation Administration issued an ‘emergency airworthiness directive’ that required all Dreamliners to ‘temporarily cease operations.’ Regulators cited an an issue with a lithium ion battery that forced one of the planes to make an emergency landing in Japan on Wednesday.
‘Before further flight, operators of U.S.-registered Boeing 787 aircraft must demonstrate to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that the batteries are safe,’ the agency said in a statement.
Ryan Knutson, PBS Frontline, and Liz Day, ProPublica May 24, 2012, 12:13 p.m.
This story was co-published with PBS Frontline.
Update: After a Tower Climber Falls, Stand Down Called for on AT&T Projects
When federal lawmakers passed landmark legislation creating the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, they intended to protect workers by imposing clear, uniform rules on their employers.
The 1970 law assumed that the relationship between companies and the people they hired for dangerous jobs would be straightforward, employer to employee.
No one planned for industries like tower climbing…
Canada’s plan to buy 65 F-35 fighter jets from Lockheed Martin grew less certain on Tuesday after a scathing report by the country’s auditor general.
While large military contracts are often politically contentious in Canada, the Conservative government’s decision in 2010 to join the United States in selecting the F-35 as the country’s next fighter aircraft has been particularly controversial.
Cost increases and delays in the F-35 program have caused headaches for both governments, and Canadian critics argue that the aircraft costs too much and is too sophisticated for the needs of the country’s air force.
Michael Ferguson, the auditor general, said on Tuesday that his staff had concluded that the F-35 was selected without a “fair competition” and that the Canadian military had underestimated the cost of the aircraft and overstated industrial spinoffs for Canadian manufacturers. He added that the government had not made sufficient provisions to handle increased costs.
“There were significant problems in the decision making process,” Mr. Ferguson told a news conference here. “For this kind of a purchase, a $25 billion purchase, they should have done a better job.”
The report does not deal with the role of politicians in the process. By law, the auditor general’s department may review only the work of public servants.
Initially, the Conservative government led by Prime Minister Stephen Harper vigorously defended the purchase of F-35s, at times suggesting that its critics did not have the safety and well-being of members of the military in mind.
But over the last several weeks, Mr. Harper and the cabinet minister responsible for military procurement have been distancing the government from the program.
“At some point we will have to make a final decision,” Mr. Harper said last month. “But obviously we have not signed a contract so that we can retain our flexibility in terms of ensuring the best deal for taxpayers.”
Flagged under Military, but good reading about being ready for an emergency, for anyone, anywhere, any time….I took this training in 1985, so I could ride in jets off carriers. It is something to make you appreciate someone who keeps a cool head in a bad set of circumstances.
NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. — The pilot sat strapped to a chair, held in place as if he were in the backseat of a helicopter. Beside him, on a mock wall, was a window. The window was closed.
The pilot wore opaque goggles. He could not see the window or anything else. The chair was attached to a rotating stand in the chest-deep water of a swimming pool. A petty officer spun a large wheel, flipping the chair backward with a gentle whoosh. The pilot was now underwater, upside down.
Another exercise in the test had begun.
The pilot — feet near the surface, head near the bottom, sightless — was to disconnect himself from the buckled straps, wiggle free, open the window and pull himself through and out, a series of movements intended to simulate what he might need to do in an aircraft that had struck the sea at night.
Qantas Airways Ltd. (QAN.AU) said Wednesday it has taken one of its Airbus A380 superjumbos out of service after cracks were discovered in its wings.
Australia’s flag carrier said the cracks don’t pose a threat to safety and are different from the type of cracks discovered in the wings of some A380s last month that prompted a European Aviation Safety Agency directive.
“After routine checks on a Qantas A380 involved in severe turbulence in early January, Airbus requested additional precautionary inspections of the aircraft’s wings,” a Qantas spokeswoman said in an emailed statement.
“During these inspections minor cracking has been found on some wing rib feet. This cracking is not related to the turbulence, or specific to Qantas, but is traced back to a manufacturing issue. Airbus has confirmed that it has no effect on flight safety.”
Qantas said it expects to have the aircraft back in service within a week.
The airline last month found “minor” cracks on another one of its A380s, but the spokeswoman said that the “type two” cracking that prompted the airworthiness directive hasn’t been found on Qantas aircraft.
Airbus, the unit of European Aeronautic Defence & Space Co. (EADSY) that manufactures the planes, has said consistently that the A380 remains safe.
Drinking water fluoridation is one of the top 10 public health achievements of the modern era. I’d take a look at the evidence for its safety and efficacy, consider the views of opponents of fluoridation, and discuss why I support optimal water fluoridation.
*I regret that I ran out of time to add in a discussion of dental fluorosis, and I might cover that in a separate video at a later date.
I’ve gathered some useful publications that were used in the course of this video. You can download the short list here:
Publications with two stars were used in the content of the video. All cited sources are available as free full-text articles.
Last week, the New York City Police Department’s First Precinct issued the latest crime statistics. Typical offenses in the financial district and Tribeca usually are limited to minor matters such as hawking fake Rolexes and operating unlicensed food carts. This time there was a big increase in violent crimes. “Almost all of these crimes were in and around Zuccotti Park,” commanding officer Edward Winski reported, adding wryly: “Many of these were assaults against police officers.”
From Oakland, Calif., to Portland, Ore., to New York, the Occupy Wall Street movement has worn out the patience of even the most liberal cities. The protesters were shocked when politicians stopped excusing their unlawful behavior by referring to their First Amendment rights and instead forcibly removed their tent cities as threats to health and safety.
The protesters never-ending endgame is a reminder that under the First Amendment, speech may be subject to time, place and manner restrictions that do not include the concept of “occupation.”
The global movement began in New York’s Zuccotti Park, which Mayor Mike Bloomberg finally cleared out last week after nearly two months of a tent city even the police feared to enter. By the end, it featured rapes, drug use and public health dangers. It took 150 Sanitation Department workers hours to clear the mess, finding everything from used hypodermic needles to buckets of human waste. “These were some of the worst smells I’ve ever experienced,” a veteran garbageman told the New York Post.
Local residents and businessmen had grown weary of the health and safety violations, drum circles late into the night, and trashing of shops and restaurants. A group called Downtown Community Coalition was formed by unlikely community organizers, including local parents, health professionals, small-business owners and this columnist.
One lesson of Occupy Wall Street is that if local authorities permit campouts, people will camp out. This permissive approach created a false impression of the strength of the movement. The crowds dispersed once the authorities applied typical time, place and manner rules.