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January 5, 2016

To hear the media tell it, America is in the grip of an unprecedented crime wave, an orgy of wanton murder in which heavily armed thugs randomly gun down innocent unarmed people, some of them teens, just for sport.

Except that these homicidal goons are wearing the blues and badges of American police departments.

by New York Post
killer-cop myth
To hear the media tell it, America is in the grip of an unprecedented crime wave, an orgy of wanton murder in which heavily armed thugs randomly gun down innocent unarmed people, some of them teens, just for sport. Except that these homicidal goons are wearing the blues and badges of American police departments. It’s the narrative that’s given rise to the protest movement Black Lives Matter...

January 4, 2016

An unconfirmed report from Syria suggests that ISIS has started using small drones packed with explosives as weapons. The first attack was a failure, but if the report is accurate, then it signals a dangerous new terror threat.

by Popular Mechanics
An unconfirmed report from Syria suggests that ISIS has started using small drones packed with explosives as weapons. The first attack was a failure, but if the report is accurate, then it signals a dangerous new terror threat. The report showed pictures of the remains of a homemade attack drone. It was apparently shot down, along with a second drone that exploded, by Kurdish YPF ("People's Def...

December 18, 2015

We are in a new phase in the global threat environment, which has implications on the homeland. Particularly with the rise in use by terrorist groups of the Internet to inspire and recruit, we are concerned about the “self-radicalized” actor(s) who could strike with little or no notice. Recent attacks and attempted attacks internationally and in the homeland warrant increased security, as well as increased public vigilance and awareness.

by Department of Homeland Security
We are in a new phase in the global threat environment, which has implications on the homeland. Particularly with the rise in use by terrorist groups of the Internet to inspire and recruit, we are concerned about the “self-radicalized” actor(s) who could strike with little or no notice. Recent attacks and attempted attacks internationally and in the homeland warrant increased security, as well as...

December 17, 2015

Backlash over the images of protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, clashing with officers in combat gear drove an ongoing national push to scale back the militarization of police — an effort that has mostly steamrolled over concerns among law enforcement that they're losing equipment they need.

by Police One
Backlash over the images of protesters in Ferguson, Missouri, clashing with officers in combat gear drove an ongoing national push to scale back the militarization of police — an effort that has mostly steamrolled over concerns among law enforcement that they're losing equipment they need. In the span of six days, police suddenly have a pair of poster cases for the use of military-style equipme...

December 17, 2015

The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends that all fire departments immediately take the following actions to reduce the risk of fire fighters being injured or killed while operating on roofs that contain translucent corrugated roof panels:

by NIOSH
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommends that all fire departments immediately take the following actions to reduce the risk of fire fighters being injured or killed while operating on roofs that contain translucent corrugated roof panels: •Ensure that all fire fighters, company officers and chief officers are aware of and are trained to recognize translucent...

December 16, 2015

Researchers at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) have developed a novel two-dimensional feature space which uses the spectral absorption characteristics of melanin, hemoglobin and water to better characterize human skin.

Read full article here: http://phys.org/news/2015-12-human-skin-technology.html

by Phys Org
Researchers at the Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT) have developed a novel two-dimensional feature space which uses the spectral absorption characteristics of melanin, hemoglobin and water to better characterize human skin. Read full article here: http://phys.org/news/2015-12-human-skin-technology.html

December 16, 2015

The police recruits arrived in pairs in the woods outside Seattle. For days, they had been calming their minds through meditation and documenting life’s beauty in daily journals. Mindful and centered, they now faced a test: a mentally ill man covered in feces and mumbling to a rubber chicken.

by The Washington Post
The police recruits arrived in pairs in the woods outside Seattle. For days, they had been calming their minds through meditation and documenting life’s beauty in daily journals. Mindful and centered, they now faced a test: a mentally ill man covered in feces and mumbling to a rubber chicken. The feces was actually oatmeal and chocolate pudding, the man was another recruit, and the goal of this...

December 11, 2015

We know firefighters risk their lives to save others during fires.

But did you know there's something that happens after the flames are out that could be putting them in danger?

It's their uniforms, which carry all of the toxins they encounter on the job -- toxins that can ultimately lead to serious health problems, like cancer.

What researchers have discovered

by ABC 10 News
firefighters
We know firefighters risk their lives to save others during fires. But did you know there's something that happens after the flames are out that could be putting them in danger? It's their uniforms, which carry all of the toxins they encounter on the job -- toxins that can ultimately lead to serious health problems, like cancer. What researchers have discovered In a multi-year study...

December 11, 2015

There has been no shortage of surprising and disturbing revelations since the nation’s focus landed on police violence, following the August 2014 shooting Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. One of the most stunning discoveries was how little was truly known about police shootings of civilians: There was simply no reliable record.

by The Atlantic
police shootings
There has been no shortage of surprising and disturbing revelations since the nation’s focus landed on police violence, following the August 2014 shooting Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. One of the most stunning discoveries was how little was truly known about police shootings of civilians: There was simply no reliable record. Although an old law theoretically mandated reporting, it relied on...

December 10, 2015

In an effort to establish a memorial for EMS workers who die in the line of duty, the National EMS Memorial Foundation is collaborating with the White House on an online petition to show support for H.R. 2274.

The bill will ensure that a commemorative work is created in the nation’s capital that will recognize the EMS providers who died in the line of duty, and will honor the dedication of EMS members nationwide.

by EMS1
In an effort to establish a memorial for EMS workers who die in the line of duty, the National EMS Memorial Foundation is collaborating with the White House on an online petition to show support for H.R. 2274. The bill will ensure that a commemorative work is created in the nation’s capital that will recognize the EMS providers who died in the line of duty, and will honor the dedication of EMS...

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