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RIP

No, it doesn’t stand for rest in peace. Its the newest trend in ammunition. The RIP or  Radically Invasive Projectile is designed to cut like a saw through steel, fabric, glass, bullet proof glass, etc. Upon entry it throws off 8 spikes that travel away from the core of the bullet. In addition the projectile is designed to be used in automatic and semi-automatic weapons. Specifically the kind of weapons that can have 250 round clips and fling 80 rounds a minute.RIP Ammo

The problem isn’t so much that ammunition like this actually exists as much as anyone can get it. The round is able to penetrate most materials, narrowing down the number of places that are safe is someone is coming after you to almost no where. Even banks and other institutions that have bullet proof glass and other precautions, won’t be safe any more.

The bigger problem even still is the people that look at this and drool. I have personally seen people who upon looking at it and reading its specs drool and express that they plan to “replace all of their ammo with this”.
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In the US where the top 2% are getting richer and richer with help of Republicans and the Tea Party, and the other 98% are only getting poorer, Republican law makers in 2 states are upping the ante.

Katniss, Hunger Games

In Georgia and Tennessee, Republican law makers are in the process of passing legislation that would cut food stamps and other forms of government assistance for poor families if their children’s grades fall below all A’s. This would apply to all families on assistance, even those who have students with learning disabilities and other handicaps. Under the law, assistance could be cut up to 30% depending on the grades of the child. In families with multiple children, up to 40% based on the average of all of the children in the home. Students who get lunch assistance from the state would also see a decrease in the amount of assistance for their lunches.
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Internet Blackholes

Internet Blackholes

…What does it mean, and more importantly how can and does it affect you?

This last year has seen the defeat of  PIPA and SOPA in the US, but what seem like huge victories are actually only minor wins.

Across the world censorship on the Internet is rapidly turning the information super highway into a desolate place. People tend to think of China when they think of Internet Censorship, but it’s not the only place. It’s happening here and now in almost every place on the globe, even the United States.

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Here’s another best-of, from Halloween 2007…

 

Public Private Partnership Legislation Testimony

Public Private Partnership Legislation Testimony (Photo credit: MDGovpics)

 

In just about every state, taxes on fuels pay for highway and road maintenance. In some states, there are also toll roads, created by law, and funded by the tolls collected on them. These toll roads are supposed to be maintained by the tolls, as well. In many cases, those funds are being used in the manner intended, but in some cases, we have to wonder.

 

There’s a new creative solution from the Federal Highway administration and the Department of Transportation called “Public-Private Partnerships“, where states are leasing out, or selling off infrastructure, like freeways, highways, toll roads, bridges, and if they have their way, even public utilities to the highest bidder. (more…)

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