It’s… sorta like a gun. Apparently some supertankers off the east coast of Africa are using Britney Spears to deter potential hijackers. The music is directed at them through LRAD speakers so the pirates receive the maximum effect without disturbing the crew. Steven Jones, of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry, said, “Pirates will go to any lengths to avoid or try to overcome the music.” He added, “I’d imagine using Justin Bieber would be against the Geneva Convention.” Roger that. [h/t Steve S.]
Sharing your love of guns with newbies can be a lot of fun, but please remember to keep an eye on them. A Colombian woman visiting family in northeast Missouri died Sunday morning when she accidentally shot herself in the head. The 25-year-old was at a gun range shooting a .500 Smith & Wesson, and the recoil caused her to lose control of the weapon. It spun around in her hand and in the process a second shot was fired, striking and killing her. The article doesn’t say if she was alone at the range, but my money’s on “No,” and someone failed to properly supervise her. [h/t CH]
An east San Antonio gun range is showing once again that education can be the cure for anti-gun behavior borne of ignorance. The Nardis Gun Club, facing local opposition to a zoning change to allow the manufacture of ammunition to be sold on site has offered tours of their facility to anyone who had concerns about the zoning change, with the result that “We are not aware of any of those that have taken the tours that have expressed any further opposition to the project. In fact, a representative from the Eastern Triangle group, which had initially led opposition to the application, actually spoke for approval of the permit at the Zoning Hearing and has since affirmed that support.” Engage and educate, and maybe change some minds.
An article was brought to our attention with the headline Obama Administration: We Still Might Prosecute George Zimmerman, and while the headline and article strongly imply that it’s only a matter of time before charges are brought, that’s not what I’m hearing. If you click the link above and watch Holder’s remarks starting at 0:41, you’ll hear this: (emphasis is mine)
With the case of George Zimmerman and what happens there, I think in substantial part was resolved in the case that was tried. We tried to construct the case in such a way that we’ll be able to share as much information — not just make an announcement — but to share as much information as we can with regard to that determination.
I’ve thought all along that they were slow-rolling this to let the noise die down before they dropped it and that sure sounds to me like they’re gearing up to say “We’re not going to charge him, and here’s why,” laying it out, in detail, to prevent a possible huge outcry. What say you? Agree? Disagree? Tired of talking about it? (Yes, me too.)
Joerg Sprave builds a massive rotary slingshot. Five shots, 30″ bolts, ~6 minutes to load, ~2 seconds to unload. Slow-mo is pretty cool. Not Richard Ryan cool, but still good.