Mass shooting in Athens Ohio prevented by law abiding gun store owner

 Here’s another one of those events that likely will never even make a footnote of local news, let alone national news. Maybe the NRA or a similar group will run a blurb on it, however what SHOULD happen is every law abiding gun owner should be shouting this from the rooftops.

The summary is this : A mentally disturbed man entered a gun store in Logan Ohio to purchase a handgun which he had planned to use to commit a mass shooting at Ohio University (Athens).



The gun store owner picked up on something being ‘off’ with the man, and informed law enforcement. At one point he even barricaded himself in the gun store. Police eventually showed up and arrested the man and found evidence he was planning the mass shooting.

While you’re at it , why not check out another story where an armed citizen prevents ANOTHER mass shooting. Since you won’t see it likely on the news either.

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On Monday, March 21st, the Hocking County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call from a local gun store. The owner advised that a male came in to purchase a firearm and was making statements that made the owner question his mental stability and the reason for purchasing the firearm.

The owner told the male that he was not going to sell him a firearm at which point the male became agitated and began screaming threats at the owner as he was laving the store.

Deputies responded to the store to take a report on the incident. Through their investigation it was discovered that the male, James D. Howard, 25 of Canfield, Ohio, had assaulted and threatened a faculty member of the Ohio University in Athens earlier that day. The Ohio University Police Department had obtained an arrest warrant for Howard for Assault and Aggravated Trespassing.

A short time later, the gun store owner advised that Howard had returned to his store but he had locked the doors so he could not come in. Deputies responded to the area in an attempt to locate Howard.

Sheriff’s Office personnel with the assistance of the Logan Police Department located Howard’s vehicle in the parking lot of Wal-Mart. Deputies located Howard inside the store at the firearms counter attempting to purchase a large quantity of ammunition, gloves and camouflage clothing.

Deputies executed a search warrant on Howard’s vehicle and located a newly purchased firearm in the back seat along with various other survival gear. Deputies took Howard into custody and transported him to the Regional Jail.



The ultimate cake for a man

It’s rather hard to beat a cake designed to look like the gun that liberated most of Europe and the Pacific, just saying. This totally awesome cake was made by Kentucky Wildflour Cakes in Beaver Dam, Kentucky.

The only thing that’d be better would be a tripod mounted 1919 and maybe a 1911 beside it.

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Woman driving smart car is ejected during crash (NSFW)

According to the news we’ve been able to source, the woman claims she was “Avoiding potholes” in the car when she drifted into oncomming traffic.

The driver behind this car obviously was shooting video, and from what we can tell there were no potholes in the road. Additionally the GPS coordinates of the events were recorded and handed over to the police.

The video was originally posted to Vkontakte then posted to Liveleak and updated by the video’s author.

Freeze frame of the crash

Freeze frame of the crash

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Taking a selfie while driving 110mph turns near-fatal for Brazilian girl

Let’s face it, people do stupid things, however not everyone makes it a goal to take “Selfies” while driving down the road at 110 miles per hour.

Here's the selfie collage taken from snapchat and translated to English.

Here’s the selfie collage taken from snapchat and translated to English.

Some people however seemingly lack the mental processing power to determine that it may just be a bad idea. Enter the story of a young Brazilian girl with her “Bae”

Brazilian girl thought it was a good idea to take photos of herself and friend while they were driving 180kph (That’s 110mph in freedom units mind you). That’s when the unfortunate (And not very surprising thing happened).

She crashed her car, rolling it several times.

If that wasn’t enough, she ended up sending more selfies, this time bloody, to friends and family in an attempt to have them contact EMS and police.

Here’s a photo of her in the hospital, it’s OBVIOUS she’s learned her lesson.

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As per her statement to the media, the worst part of this all is the fact that people are ridiculing her decision to put the lives of so many people at risk all in the name of social media.

She does not know who released the photos and says he has no interest in discovering the authorship of the problem. “I do not dare leave the house for fear of the eyes of the people. The town is small and since the publication of these images on the Internet have no more peace, all judge me.But I just took the pictures because he needed help, nothing more than that,.”

 

You can read the original article in Portugese here. Or view our translation of the full article below.

A teenager Palotina in western Paraná, says he is sorry to have done and shared selfies soon after suffering an accident. According to the 17 year old girl, the photos viralizaram the Internet were a cry for help. On Friday (30), she decided to break the silence and talk about it.

“People are judging me without knowing what really happened. Would never take pictures without first help the person who was next to me, “he argues. The accident happened on Sunday (25) in Palotina.

The girl told the G1 who spent Sunday morning at a party at a friend’s house. In the morning, around 8am, she got a ride from a friend of 24 years, car driver. “He said he would take me home, but first needed to go to Earth Purple [34 km from Palotina] to get a cell phone. On his return, he was lost in a curve and overturned. The car stopped in the middle of a farm, “says the teenager.

According to the lower right after to make sure that his friend was right, he called his father and a few friends. “I called several times to my father for help, but not completed. So I decided to send messages through whatsapp for my friends and, in despair, took pictures by ‘snapchat’ “points.” Having no network, all messages were sent together by the time we got on the highway, “he says.” took the picture to try to warn someone about the accident, “he adds.

Just before the rollover, the young also shared by the same application, friend photos and car speedometer. In the captions of the photos, she wrote “cuzido” and “180”. The teenager says that his friend was not drunk and did not drive at that speed. “My friend was not driving at a safe speed for the road, however, he was not at 180 km / h at the time of the accident and was not drunk,” according to teenager.

According to the State Highway Patrol (PRE), the accident occurred at around 9:30 am Sunday (25). Soon after the accident, the girl and his friend were taken to the Municipal Hospital of Palotina. The teenager suffered a few cuts on the head, arms and legs and feel pain in the neck because the seat belt held it tipping over. But the driver, who was also seat belt, broke one of his legs.

She does not know who released the photos and says he has no interest in discovering the authorship of the problem. “I do not dare leave the house for fear of the eyes of the people. The town is small and since the publication of these images on the Internet have no more peace, all judge me.But I just took the pictures because he needed help, nothing more than that, “he laments.

14 Amazing, totally forgotten firearms

 

The 1892 Blake rifle

 

John H. Blake of New York constructed his rifle in response to the fact that very few domestic designs were submitted to US Army rifle trials (1890–93). The rifle used a unique, 7-round rotary magazine. It was unique because it was detachable, whereas other rifles at the time using similar type of feed used non-detachable rotary magazines (Savage M1892). As such the detachable magazine was often described as a packet, or en-bloc clip, due to the lack of a more proper term at the time.

 

Stg 45M

 

 

The Stg45m is the simpler, easier to build cousin of the revolutionary Stg44. Faced with losing the war between the Russians on one side and the US & UK on the other, Germany sought to develop a cheaper gun to replace both the K98 Mauser and the new STG44. The Stg45m cost an amazing $12 to build in the later stages of the war. It fired the somewhat-powerful 7.92×33 kurtz, which has a similar power to that of the 7.62×39 round of the AK 47. Thankfully Germany was only able to build a few prototypes before the end of the war.

 

The Pedersen Rifle

 




 

The Pedersen rifle was one of the only other viable contenders in the program that brought us the M1 Garand and M1941 Johnson rifle. While the Pedersen rifle never achieved the status of a standard-issue weapon of the U.S. Army, the rifle did have a visible impact on the process by which the ultimate winner—the M1 Garand rifle—was selected. John Pedersen’s work in creating and improving his rifle was a coherent research and development process which significantly raised the bar for those trying to get a hearing from Army Ordnance regarding their designs. Significantly, the only serious competition that the Pedersen rifle had in the end was the rifle created by John C. Garand—like Pedersen, a talented designer and engineer with a solid grounding in the particulars of production tooling.

 

2.7mm Kolibri

 

 

There’s not a whole lot to say about this – It’s the smallest centerfire known to man. Patented in 1910 and introduced in 1914 by Franz Pfannl, an Austrian watchmaker, with financial support from Georg Grabner. It was designed to accompany the Kolibri semi-auto pistol or single shot pistol, both marketed as self-defense weapons.

 

1897 Mondragon

 

 

The Mondragon represents the first in a line of somewhat revolutionary but completely overlooked rifles. Due to the lack of infrastructure in Mexico, SIG industries in Switzerland was entrusted to manufacture the rifle. Later on the features were incorporated in the venerable K11 and K31 bolt action rifles. In 1908 Mondragon yet again developed another revolutionary concept – A magazine fed, select fire rifle. The concept wouldn’t be fully utilized for many years.

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140 Amazing un-seen photos from the Chernobyl disaster

Ever wanted to know the truth from the Chernobyl disaster? Here’s a great photo-guide to the events surrounding it from https://leatherbarrowa.exposure.co/chernobyl It is an amazing writeup full of information and even more photos. The following is a much more concise story of the events surrounding the disaster.

Please note, this is a very large, multi-page photo gallery. You can click on many of the photos to make them larger.

 

The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, officially known as the V. I. Lenin Nuclear Power Station during the Soviet era, began construction in 1970 at a remote region near Ukraine’s swamp-filled northern border, 15 kilometres north-west of the small town of Chernobyl. The plant’s location was chosen because of its relative proximity to Ukraine’s capital while still being a safe distance away, a ready water supply - the River Pripyat - and the existing railway line that ran from Ovruc in the West to Chernigov in the East.

The Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, officially known as the V. I. Lenin Nuclear Power Station during the Soviet era, began construction in 1970 at a remote region near Ukraine’s swamp-filled northern border, 15 kilometres north-west of the small town of Chernobyl. The plant’s location was chosen because of its relative proximity to Ukraine’s capital while still being a safe distance away, a ready water supply – the River Pripyat – and the existing railway line that ran from Ovruc in the West to Chernigov in the East.

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It was the first nuclear power station ever to be built in the country, and was considered to be the best and most reliable of the Soviet Union’s nuclear facilities.

It was the first nuclear power station ever to be built in the country, and was considered to be the best and most reliable of the Soviet Union’s nuclear facilities.

 

It was one of the ‘youngest’ cities in the Soviet Union, with an average age of only 26. Convincing experienced workers from more populous parts of the Soviet Union to move to such a remote location proved challenging, so many of Chernobyl's workers came straight from college/university.

It was one of the ‘youngest’ cities in the Soviet Union, with an average age of only 26. Convincing experienced workers from more populous parts of the Soviet Union to move to such a remote location proved challenging, so many of Chernobyl’s workers came straight from college/university.

Concurrent to the construction of the power station, the Soviet Union’s ninth Atomograd - Russian for ‘atomic city’ - named Pripyat was being erected 3 kilometres away, for the specific purpose of housing the ambitious station’s 50,000 operators, builders, support staff and their families.

Concurrent to the construction of the power station, the Soviet Union’s ninth Atomograd – Russian for ‘atomic city’ – named Pripyat was being erected 3 kilometres away, for the specific purpose of housing the ambitious station’s 50,000 operators, builders, support staff and their families.

To oversee the titanic operation, 35-year-old turbine expert and loyal communist Viktor Bryukhanov was plucked from his position as Deputy Chief Engineer at the Slavyanskaya thermal power station in Eastern Ukraine, and appointed as Chernobyl’s Director. He is the man second from left.

To oversee the titanic operation, 35-year-old turbine expert and loyal communist Viktor Bryukhanov was plucked from his position as Deputy Chief Engineer at the Slavyanskaya thermal power station in Eastern Ukraine, and appointed as Chernobyl’s Director. He is the man second from left.

Because Pripyat was new and carried with it the prestige of a nuclear power station, it was afforded many modern luxuries other Soviet cities sometimes did without.

Because Pripyat was new and carried with it the prestige of a nuclear power station, it was afforded many modern luxuries other Soviet cities sometimes did without.





It had all the facilities you would expect of a modest-sized city. In addition to a hospital and its nearby clinics, there were 15 kindergartens, 5 schools, a vocational school/college and a school of music and the arts for the children, with 1 expansive park and 35 smaller playgrounds for them to play in.

It had all the facilities you would expect of a modest-sized city. In addition to a hospital and its nearby clinics, there were 15 kindergartens, 5 schools, a vocational school/college and a school of music and the arts for the children, with 1 expansive park and 35 smaller playgrounds for them to play in.

 

Further entertainment was found at any of the city’s 10 gyms, 3 swimming pools, 10 shooting ranges, 2 stadiums, 4 libraries and a cinema, or by reading Pripyat’s own newspaper.

Further entertainment was found at any of the city’s 10 gyms, 3 swimming pools, 10 shooting ranges, 2 stadiums, 4 libraries and a cinema, or by reading Pripyat’s own newspaper.

Children playing in main square.

Children playing in main square.

A couple recently married pose in front of the city's welcome sign.

A couple recently married pose in front of the city’s welcome sign.

For down-time there were 27 canteens, cafés and restaurants distributed throughout the city. All in all, it was a very nice place to live compared to many other locations in the Soviet Union.

For down-time there were 27 canteens, cafés and restaurants distributed throughout the city. All in all, it was a very nice place to live compared to many other locations in the Soviet Union.

Retail came in the form of 25 shops including a bookshop, a supermarket and various smaller food stores, a sports shop, a shop selling TVs, radios and other electronics, and a large shopping centre on the city’s central square.

Retail came in the form of 25 shops including a bookshop, a supermarket and various smaller food stores, a sports shop, a shop selling TVs, radios and other electronics, and a large shopping centre on the city’s central square.





This photo is one of the last photos taken before the explosion of the reactor as the Ferris wheel in the background was set to officially open 2 days after the fateful explosion.

This photo is one of the last photos taken before the explosion of the reactor as the Ferris wheel in the background was set to officially open 2 days after the fateful explosion.

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The town held parades praising the nuclear power station. This truck has a representation of the reactor control room on its front.

The town held parades praising the nuclear power station. This truck has a representation of the reactor control room on its front.

 

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44 AMAZING facts about WW2 you didn’t know



heMV0x3WW2 is often seen as one of the most world-changing, brutal wars in all of history. The lives of nearly every person around the world was changed in some substantive way during the 6 year period that the war was fought.
    Over the next 4 pages, we’ll list what historians we asked were the most amazing facts regarding ww2.

As time has gone on, many stunning facts are being uncovered and brought to like about the war. While some pieces of information were lost on accident, many were intentional. Coverups regarding the war are actually quite common and taken by nearly every side during the war (Yes, Virginia, the American government did plenty of lying).

So, after asking a group of historians what their favorite, unknown fact was about WW2, we put together a pretty awesome list. Warning though, some of the pictures are pretty graphic.

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The AMAZING costs of WW2 weapons



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WW2 was fought on many fronts : The air, land , sea and in factories. Many times people can not grasp the actual cost of weapons during war, so we have researched and found the cost of many common (and not so common) weapons from WW2.

Did you know, for the cost of ONE M1 Garand, you could have approximately 5 M3 grease guns, and for one MG42 you could have a similar number of K98s.

Let’s begin with infantry weapons



7 Mind-blowing technologies the US government has made illegal




As a child, I was always told by my parents that somewhere, somehow there were evil companies that were secretly suppressing technology that would make life better. Hidden in a vault in some corporate HQ were pieces of paper containing things like the cure to cancer, cars that ran on water and Little Debbies that instantly made people skinny with just a few bites.

As a much more cynical teenager, I decided that it would be impossible in a free society for companies, no matter how large, to suppress powerful technology – especially when you have many companies in the same field dealing with the same technology. Heck, millions of dollars were spent by companies to keep pizzas hot while they delivered them to you.

Then, as an adult, I discovered the real truth – there are plenty of amazing things that are out there that can’t be brought to the market due to simple government over-regulation. Just like MTV killed rock ‘n roll, federal regulations are doing a good job of killing ingenuity.

Give up, just quit, because in this life, you can’t win. Yeah, you can try, but in the end you’re just gonna lose, big time, because the world is run by the Man. The Man, oh, you don’t know the Man. He’s everywhere. In the White House… down the hall… Ms. Mullins, she’s the Man. And the Man ruined the ozone, he’s burning down the Amazon, and he kidnapped Shamu and put her in a chlorine tank! And there used to be a way to stick it to the Man. It was called rock ‘n roll, but guess what, oh no, the Man ruined that, too, with a little thing called MTV! So don’t waste your time trying to make anything cool or pure or awesome ’cause the Man is just gonna call you a fat washed up loser and crush your soul.
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So, here is our list of 7 amazing technologies that are illegal right here in the U.S.

#7 – Fuel-Efficient Cars

“Oh, come on now, we have fuel efficient cars! My Focus gets 38 miles per gallon!”

That will be the first angry email or comment I get from this entire article. I’ve been told this line by many people about their Focus, Prius or Insight.

FORD-FIESTA-ECONETIC-02 (Small)Yet somehow, for the most part the United States has seemingly gone backwards in terms of fuel economy for vehicles. Back in the 80s and early 90s, it was possible to find a vehicle that would produce nearly 50mpg in real-world performance. Vehicles like the Metro, Sprinter and CRX. Up until recently, VW still put out a few vehicles that would get over 50mpg, but since the EPA has changed laws against diesel, VW no longer has much interest in producing fuel-efficient diesels here in the US.

The proof of fuel efficient cars built in other countries isn’t too hard to find. VW Makes the Passat 1.6 TDI which blows any US made car out of the water with an average of 76 miles per gallon utilizing the UK’s version of fuel efficiency testing. If this vehicle would be brought to the US and driven, MPG ratings would likely be much higher. The method used in England uses primarily urban driving without any miles given to long distance highways, the kind that 60% of Americans utilize every day. Using some simple fuel saving methods and longer roadway usage, the TDI could get up to 80 or even 90 miles per imperial gallon when in use on this side of the pond.

It isn’t just European automakers. America’s own Ford produces the ECOnetic ,which is a variation of the Fiesta for the European market. It boasts a combined MPG rating of 74 to 76 miles per gallon. It, however can not be produced – or even imported to the United States due to strict “environmental laws” (For some reason, using one petroleum distillate like diesel is barbaric, while gasoline somehow is much better).

So, as it stands now, we’re stuck with underwhelming performers like the Prius and other hybrid abominations until someone does something to overturn EPA rules on diesel, or NHTSA rules regarding smaller, light weight cars. Maybe while we’re at it, we could finally let companies use advanced composites to build cars and replace mandated steel.

#6 – Outer Space

We LOVE space (hence the website name). However, as it stands right now, there are absolutely monumental restrictions for private individuals as well as companies to go to space.

Recently, many videos have been appearing on Youtube where people send different things “To Space” by way of hydrogen balloon lifting a cooler. Some examples are here, here and here. They are great examples of the ingenuity of Americans who want to send things to the upper atmosphere and claim some fame.maxresdefault

The sad thing is…Every one of these cases that we can find is illegal. In order to send a cooler to space, you need clearance from the FAA to go above a certain altitude. There are also MANY restrictions on things such as radio wave emission, altitude and many other things. In reality, the vast majority of these civilian balloon ‘space shots’ are illegal. Thankfully the FAA hasn’t fined anyone…Yet, but eventually it will happen, ending everyone’s fun. One great example of someone getting fined by the FAA for this very thing was the man who attached balloons to a chair and flew up to 15,000 feet – Larry Walters. Poor Larry was fined $4,000 for not having the proper permits. Far more than his 15 minutes of fame gained him.

It gets worse though. Not only are civilians not allowed to send things like an Iphone or beer to space, but private space companies are becoming the target of overwhelmingly tough legislation.

The worst example is SpaceX. The company that is in the forefront of commercial space development is coming under more scrutiny by the US government. In the forefront is the odd requirements to “Human Rate” equipment. Based on some recent statements by NASA, they want SpaceX capsules (like the Dragon)  to be 100 to 200 times more reliable than the absolute best space vehicles that NASA can produce. This is quite absurd, and if things don’t change will make it much harder for space to be commercialized. Can you imagine the federal government mandating that all new cars be 100 times safer? It’s practically impossible, and therefore essentially makes such a thing illegal.



 

#5 – Cheap, Reliable Meltdown Proof Nuclear Reactors

Imagine that some day, the world no longer has a need for additional electricity generation. No more brownouts or blackouts, electricity has become immensely cheap to produce. This energy is produced by something extremely clean and abundant, in fact the United States has the capacity to power the world for the next thousand years.

Now , imagine that this technology was almost perfected in the late 1960s and 1970s but put on the shelf due to government regulations.

Unlike a typical nuclear power plant that Utilizes enriched Uranium as its primary fuel source. LFTRs produce almost no hazardous waste and are meltdown proof. Not only do they not produce significant amounts of radioactive waste, they can actually burn the waste generated from current nuclear power plants as the source.  The little amount of waste that is produced has a phenomenally short half life – 30.7 years. This compared to the half life of U-238 which is 24,000 years is an amazing thing. As an added bonus, there is some economic value to the byproducts of LFTRs (Cesium 137 and Strontium 90) that virtually no waste would need to be buried or otherwise disposed of, it could be used for beneficial purposes.420px-PressurizedWaterReactor

Finally, the most important thing is that thorium is cheap and readily available in the United States. In fact, we’ve got enough to power the world for a very long time. Thorium is so cheap that you can find it at your local WalMart or Harbor Freight. They currently use it as wicking for camp stoves and for welding. The alpha particles it emits are almost harmless (That is unless you readily eat the stuff) so you don’t have to worry about some sort of cancer from exposure.

While LFTRs aren’t completely illegal to build (yet) the government has made them for all purposes impossible to build. Right now, anyone wanting to develop one is likely to spend $10 billion dollars in planning, permits and pre-construction costs before even being approved by the government. Let’s be serious, who would spend that kind of money for a ‘Maybe’ from the federal government?

One article reader provided some great thoughts on the PRISM reactor which is a bit different than the LFTR. Instead of being a thorium-based reactor, it is something called a Integral Fast Reactor. The Clinton administration canceled the IFR project that was underway and left it for “Private companies to accomplish”. Sadly, even though Hitachi has developed a IFR for use in the United States. The NRC is overly dragging their feat on it. Requiring massive, and almost unattainable expenses to build it.

It seems the UK will be deploying one in the near future, but there is no plan to deploy one at any time in the future. From current estimates, the UK reactor will be able to provide 600mw of continual output for OVER 500 years. Running on nothing but nuclear waste.


#4 – Long Range WiFi

Ever get tired of dropped wifi coverage? How about the fact that your wifi router can barely make it through a few walls before the signal is almost useless.

Interestingly enough, with a quick firmware upgrade of most wireless routers, this can be fixed. By increasing power by a reasonable amount, you can get quite a bit more range from your personal wifi router.

Unfortunately, this is quite illegal.

Sadly, WiFi routers in the USA are limited to a total of 1 watt of effective radiated power (ERP).

Sure, it’s important to be safe with microwave energy (which is what all wifi routers emit) however 1 watt ERP is almost nothing. With a $25 amateur radio license, magically the government seems to think that a person is capable of handling 200 times this output.

In some cases, off the shelf, highly effective antennas make a run of the mill router highly illegal. I don’t know about you, but I figure it would be nice if it was legal to have a router that could make it through two or three walls before becoming completely impotent.

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