Man shoots himself, doesn’t notice for two days…

forrest_gumpFriends, as staunch supporters of the Second Amendment to the US Constitution, we must also (and do) fully emphasize safety above all else when handling firearms.  With that said, we have a new candidate for the “don’t let this happen to you…” club.

Authorities in Florida said a man accidentally shot himself while cleaning his gun and didn’t notice the wound until he changed his shirt two days later.  Really?  The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to a report of a shooting victim Saturday at Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City and they spoke with Deltona resident Michael Blevins, 37, who had checked himself in to the hospital with a bullet wound.

Blevins told deputies he was cleaning his .22 caliber pistol in the living room of his home and he was holding the gun close to his chest to prevent his dog from jumping near it.  Blevens said he felt a sharp pain in his back from a previous injury when he tried to stand up and ended up falling face down.  Blevins said the gun fired and he struck his head on the edge of a glass coffee table.

He said he did not believe the bullet had struck him until Saturday, when he removed his long-sleeved black shirt and discovered the bullet’s entry and exit wounds on his arm.  Blevins said the medication he takes for his back injury may have prevented him from feeling any pain from the gunshot.

We want to know just what medication this dude is taking that would block the pain of being shot a close range.  Whatever it is, he must have washed it down with a tall glass of stupid.  Michael… Here’s your sign…

SOURCE – news-journalonline.com

What’s Your Vulnerability Index With A Smart Gun?

SmartGunError-298522_200x200Smart gun entrepreneurs have found that applying delicate smartphone tech onto rugged steel and polymer weapons, and making it work in harsh environments, is harder than writing an Angry Birds app. Despite threats from the federal government under Bill Clinton, state legislative mandates and even Silicon Valley investments, there is currently no reliable, affordable smart gun—after 30 years of trying.

Failing to persuade consumers into desiring smart guns, the Obama administration is now trying a new tactic; they want to force the Department of Defense to buy smart guns. They have asked the DOD to set standards and come up with a timetable for adoption. They hope that using the massive purchasing power of the federal government will “change the gun culture,” and that the military’s adoption will spur consumer interest.

In other words, to achieve its political ends, the administration wants to impose a new, unreliable, unproven, expensive technology onto those whose lives depend upon functioning firearms.

This is like testing a brand-new laptop computer by bolting it into the space shuttle. Check that; it’s more like bolting it onto the space shuttle.

Firearms were the first high-tech industry. (Beretta, the oldest continually operating company in the world, has an invoice to the city of Venice for cannon barrels from the 16th century.) Today’s guns are the product of centuries of development in design, materials science, engineering, tooling, propellants and metallurgy. They operate reliably in extreme heat or cold, in sand, mud, even after being submerged. They can be dropped, sat on, stepped on and bled on, and they still function. They can sit for years and, with a touch of maintenance, will operate perfectly. They have a useful lifespan measured in decades, if not centuries.

Now, let’s consider smart phones, the technology that inspires favorable comparisons from smart gun promoters. My iPhone is such a wonder of technology, its battery exhausts itself just trying to make it to lunch. If I drop it in water, I have to take it apart and let it dry; In fact, if a drop of water even falls on the screen, it goes into a coma. Its touch-ID technology is ideal under ideal conditions, but it doesn’t work if my thumb has even a smidge of grime on it. If I wash my hands, it won’t work because my thumb is now moist. It won’t even work if my thumb is wrinkled from the shower.

Lets brainstorm a sequel to “Lone Survivor.” Set in the year 2024, we have chosen to give the SEALs smart guns. As usual, we’ll give the SEALs 100 basis points for their VX, and add or subtract points as they become more, or less, vulnerable. Please, be considerate and silence your cell phones:

  • The SEALS spend days hiking from the LZ to their objective. Along the way, their smart gun batteries die. So do they. (+1,000 pts.)
  • The SEALS wear gloves, defeating fingerprint or palmprint ID. Their guns don’t work. They die. (+1,000 pts.)
  • A SEAL stumbles while scrambling over a goat path at 7,000 feet. His smart gun bumps a rock and knocks a circuit loose. It dies. He dies. (+1,000 pts.)
  • A SEAL is wounded in a gun fight. He has blood on his shooting hand, impairing his smart gun connection. It fails. He dies. (+1,000 pts.)
  • Wounded in his strong hand, a SEAL has to shoot with with his weak hand. Unfortunately, the smart watch on his strong wrist, which enables his smart gun, is also weak. He dies. (+1,000 pts.)
  • One SEAL picks up the smart gun of another SEAL when he goes down, but the smart gun doesn’t know him. He goes down, too. (+1,000 pts.)
  • We set “Lone Survivor II” in sub-Saharan Africa, but the smart guns got too hot. The SEALS all died. (+1,000 pts.)
  • We returned to Afghanistan, but it snowed. The smart guns got some condensation in them. The SEALS all died. (+1,000 pts.)
  • We set it anywhere, but it turns out it rains most places. The smart guns took a nap. The SEALS died again. (+1,000 pts.)
  • We fed the above scenarios into the VX supercomputer, and substituted “hesitated” for “died” when referring to smart gun fails. The SEALs still died.
  • On the upside, we could think of no scenario where an ISIS, Taliban, Al Qaeda, Al Shabaab or other bad guy picked up a SEAL’s smart gun and shot him with it. (-1 pt.) So, you can’t say we haven’t been fair.

But we also couldn’t think of a scenario where the SEALs’ situation was made better by making their already smart gun more like their smart phones. So, tell us, Mr. Obama, are you really willing to risk our servicemen’s lives by dumbing down their guns?  Yes? Fuck You!

SOURCE – americas1stfreedom.org

DARPA Wants the Perfect Encryption Application…

DARPAFor a long time, some people have worried about the government eavesdropping on their communications. But, it wasn’t until Edward Snowden showed us how widespread and routinely this was being done that most people began to worry about eavesdropping. The latest global story about the San Bernardino iPhone was interesting because it showed how angry and agitated a government agency became because it could not easily read all of the messaging on one specific device used by one individual. All of the governmental surveillance agencies have expressed great concern over the idea that people can “go dark”.

Now it turns out that DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) wants you to develop a completely secure messaging app. The exact language they use to describe what they want is a “secure messaging and transaction platform”…”that can provide repudiation or deniability, perfect forward and backward secrecy, time to live/self-delete for messages, one time eyes only messages, a decentralized infrastructure to be resilient to cyber-attacks, and ease of use for individuals in less than ideal situations.” This all sounds very “dark” to me. And, not only do they wanted to use the current encryption and security in existing communications apps, they also wanted to incorporate a decentralized backbone (rather than point-to-point) that would make eavesdropping even more difficult. The official technology request from DARPA is here.  BTW, if you’re looking for perfect encryption, look no further than here.  Perhaps the crypto-system used in the VooDoo network will meet DARPA’s needs…

SOURCE – dzone.com

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