What a 150-Year-Old Gun Tells Us About the End of Colt’s AR-15

GA to Purge Over 300,00 Voter Registrations ; The Hopelessness of Wildfire Season ; and More Picks

AR-15, Colt, gun history
The author writes, “Guns outlive their designers, makers, and first users. When they retire ... they still have a lot of death in them. I held the evidence of this in my hands in April, in the Gun Room of the military collection at the National Museum of American History ... a breech-loading Peabody-Martini rifle produced almost 150 years ago. It was in perfect working order. I thought [of] that rifle when I heard in September that U.S. arms manufacturer Colt has suspended production of its AR-15 semi-automatic rifle. Some view Colt’s decision as a victory for gun-control activists, but it barely diminishes civilian consumer choice or access.” Photo credit: Mitch Barrie / Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)
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Purge of More Than 300,000 Voter Registrations Planned in Georgia (Reader Pat)

From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution: “About 330,000 voter registrations in Georgia could soon be canceled because registrants haven’t participated in elections for several years. The purge comes after Georgia canceled 534,119 registrations in July 2017, the largest single removal of voters in U.S. history.” 

Offshore Wind Power Could Become $1 Trillion Industry, Says IEA (Mili)

The author writes, “Offshore wind could become a cornerstone of the world’s power supply as steep cost reductions and improved technology unleash the potential of the green energy source, said the International Energy Agency (IEA) on Friday. … The expansion of offshore wind could avoid the generation of five to seven billion tonnes of CO2 emissions from the power sector globally.”

Missouri Health Director Kept Spreadsheet of Planned Parenthood Patients’ Periods (DonkeyHotey)

From the Kansas City Star: The Missouri state health director, Dr. Randall Williams, testified at a state hearing Tuesday that he kept a spreadsheet to track the menstrual periods of women who visited Planned Parenthood, an action that one lawmaker has called on the governor to investigate. The spreadsheet, which was made at Williams’ request by the state’s main inspector, helped to identify patients who had undergone failed abortions.”

The Hopelessness of Wildfire Season (Chris)

The author writes, “PG&E is now telling customers that blackouts will be a way of life in California — that they could continue for another 10 years while it crisscrosses the state clearing trees and improving its infrastructure. Everyone feels helpless over California’s energy situation, even regulators and politicians, because it’s not clear what actually should be done about the fires, the blackouts, and PG&E.”

‘Boba Pizza’ Now Available in Taiwan (Chris)

From Inkstone News: “The boba pizza is already being sold at Domino’s on the island. It costs NT$199 ($6.50) to have a ‘brown sugar boba pizza’ delivered. It’s topped with black boba, white mochi balls, honey and cheese.”

 

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