‘Stand your ground’ law protects shooter in deadly fight over parking space: sheriff

An argument over a handicapped parking spot at a convenience store in Florida led to a fatal shooting and the man who pulled the trigger won’t be arrested under the state’s “stand your ground” self-defense law, authorities said. and ” the Tampa Bay Times reports.

Surveillance video obtained by The Post shows McGlockton walking up to Michael Drejka, 47, who was arguing with McGlockton’s girlfriend, Britany Jacobs, 24, over a handicapped parking spot at the Circle A Food store on Sunset Point Road in Clearwater on Thursday.

Detectives from the sheriff’s office said Jacobs had parked her 2016 Chrysler 2000 in a handicapped spot without a permit before the shooting.

Source: ‘Stand your ground’ law protects shooter in deadly fight over parking space: sheriff

More Americans Are Dying From a Liver Disease Caused By Rise in Excessive Drinking, Study Says

The study, published Thursday in the BMJ, analyzed more than 600,000 death certificates and census data over the 17-year span. Deaths from liver cancer, another result of excessive alcohol use, doubled across the U.S. Although the hepatitis C virus is another common driver of cirrhosis and other liver diseases, alcoholism was the primary cause of fatal cases of the illness, researchers said.

The researchers said the trend is likely caused by growing alcohol consumption, particularly in excessive amounts.

Source: More Americans Are Dying From a Liver Disease Caused By Rise in Excessive Drinking, Study Says

Why do people believe the moon landing hoax or other conspiracy theories? – The Washington Post

It’s hard to reason with people who embrace conspiracy theories, but some strategies are more effective than others.

The “moon landing hoax” was among the first conspiracy theories to gain traction with the American public. In the years since, the theories have multiplied like jack rabbits, swarming all corners of the cultural landscape. After the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, some fringe activists insisted the U.S. government, rather than al-Qaeda, had planned the attacks. Conspiracies about President Trump’s ties to Russia compete with all the real news on the topic. “Pizzagate” conspiracists claimed Hillary Clinton was operating a pedophile ring in a D.C. pizza parlor, leading one true believer to fire a gun in the restaurant.

It’s tempting to dismiss conspiracy theorists as wearers of tinfoil hats. But the theories should be taken seriously for their effects on political and social discourse — and research suggests that, under the right circumstances, many people are susceptible to their allure.

Source: Why do people believe the moon landing hoax or other conspiracy theories? – The Washington Post

Your Earliest Memories Might Never Have Actually Happened

BY MICHELLE STARR
In one of the largest studies of its kind, scientists have made a fascinating discovery. Nearly 40 percent of people have a first memory that is entirely fictional.

It’s not that their memories are muddled and out of sequence – but that they never happened at all.

And therein lies the problem.

Most people don’t have any verbally accessible memories before the age of about 3 or 3.5 years of age. Our brains seem to be simply incapable of retaining that information.

We all know that memory is unreliable – it’s why witness testimony of a crime can be such a dicey thing. But the researchers wanted to know why so many people were claiming to have long-term memories from a time before they could have formed.

Part of the survey was asking the respondents to describe the memory. The team analysed the language used by the participants, the content of the memory, the nature of the memory described – and the age of the person reporting it.

They found that the older a person was, the more likely they were to report an implausibly early first memory.

Source: Your Earliest Memories Might Never Have Actually Happened

What You Need to Know About 3D Printed Guns and Why You Don’t Need to Fear them | 3DPrint.com | The Voice of 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing

When Cody Wilson and his company Defense Distributed released 3D printable files for the Liberator gun online back in 2013, an entirely new side of the debate over gun regulation began. 3D printed guns are often portrayed as a looming, terrifying boogeyman by extreme gun control advocates, while at the same time they are often held up as proof by pro-gun and open carry advocates that regulation or legislation won’t solve the problems of gun violence in our country. One side is selling fear of easily created guns that can be printed off like photocopies overrunning our street, and the other side is pretending that because a gun can be made in someone’s home then there is no reason to restrict any kind of access to guns period.

It is important that we make very clear how 3D printed guns are made, what they are capable of and how much of  While 3D printing technology is certainly sophisticated, the full capabilities of 3D printing are often wildly misrepresented.

Anyway, you have to have access to a 3D printer anyway and the materials to do it. And you need the printer files to do it. Raw materials are needed also to do the job. Cost is a factor.

Maybe it doesn’t need to be regulated just yet. It’s a form of technology that has progressed just because we are a curious type of creature and violence is just part of our nature. But that doesn’t mean it will go anywhere toward increasing violence in this country.

Source: What You Need to Know About 3D Printed Guns and Why You Don’t Need to Fear them | 3DPrint.com | The Voice of 3D Printing / Additive Manufacturing

Measure to split California: Court rules to remove from November ballot – CNN

Proposition 9 would’ve asked voters whether California should separate into three states: California, Northern California and Southern California. It would’ve been subject to approval by US Congress. The initiative had gained enough signatures in June to qualify for the ballot on November 6.
“We conclude that the potential harm in permitting the measure to remain on the ballot outweighs the potential harm in delaying the proposition to a future election,” the justices wrote.

Source: Measure to split California: Court rules to remove from November ballot – CNN

America’s worst states to live in 2018

From lack of health care and attractions to high crime rates and disease, these are the worst states in the U.S. for quality of life.

Far be it for us to dent your home state pride, but the fact is that there are ways to objectively measure quality of life, and some states do not measure up as well as others. Our Quality of Life category in America’s Top States for Business, worth 300 out 2,500 total points, looks at factors such as violent crime rates, area attractions, health care, and environmental quality, based on our Top States methodology and sources. These are the 10 worst states to live in this year.

10. New Mexico

New Mexico State Police officers investigate a triple homicide in Dixon on May 31, 2018.

 

9. (tie) Mississippi

Mississippi has the second-highest obesity rate in the nation.

 

9. (tie) South Carolina

South Carolina has one of the highest incidences of diabetes in the nation.

 

7. Oklahoma

A rodeo clown avoids a charging bull while competing in the Bulls and Bands in Oklahoma.

 

6. Missouri

Kansas City police investigate a homicide after an attorney was gunned down outside his home in Kansas City.

 

5. Indiana

Demonstrators gather at Monument Circle to protest a controversial religious freedom bill during a rally in Indianapolis.

 

4. Tennessee

An employee stocks cans of tobacco beside a display of Marlboro brand cigarettes inside a tobacco store in Nashville, TN. 

 

3. Alabama

Birmingham police respond to a shooting at Huffman High School on March 7, 2018, in Birmingham, Alabama.

 

2. Louisiana

The Shell Norco refinery, in Norco, Louisianna. The refinery is considered one of the largest petrochemical facilities in the United States.

 

1. Arkansas

People attend a livestock auction at Pruitt's Mid-State stockyards in Damascus, Arkansas, on November 6, 2017. 

 

 

Source: America’s worst states to live in 2018

Judge Halts Family Deportations For Now : NPR

The federal judge who ordered the Trump administration to reunite the migrant families it separated now says the government cannot deport them after reunification until next week, at the earliest.

The order was issued Monday by Judge Dana Sabraw, the same judge who previously ordered the government to reunite the families.

It comes as the Trump administration is scrambling to reunite roughly 2,550 immigrant children with their parents by the court-imposed deadline of July 26. What will happen to those families after reunification isn’t clear.

Lawyers for the American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the lawsuit, say they’re concerned about rumors of “mass deportations” of families that have just been reunited — potentially leaving parents with just hours to make the “momentous decision” about whether to leave their children behind in the United States.

Source: Judge Halts Family Deportations For Now : NPR