First of all, HAPPY CANADA DAY!
Yesterday we told you about pigs and specifically how their poop was being turned into road asphalt, so today we're gonna tell ya about Mooses!
They're hard to ride ...., as a matter of fact, watch this drunk guy try!
Seems the LGBTQ crowd is making inroads to joining the army!
Defense Secretary Ashton B. Carter repealed the Pentagon’s long-held ban on transgender people serving in the military Thursday, ending a year-long process that was bogged down by internal conflict and concerns among senior service officials about how the change could be made.
Carter said at a news conference that the policy change will take place over the next 12 months, beginning with guidance issued to current transgender service members and their commanders, followed by training for the entire military. Beginning Thursday, however, service members can no longer be involuntarily separated from the services solely on the basis of being transgender, he said.Officials are quoted as saying the new units will be called the "Corporal Klinger Detail!"
Last week Donald Drumpf wanted to get rid of NATO.
This week he wants to use NATO to fight ISIS:
https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-raises-questions-bill-clinton-meeting-amid-probe-193553581.html?ref=gsRepublican Donald Trump said on Thursday that if elected president Nov. 8 he would be open to drawing NATO forces into the fight against Islamic State militants in a new mission for the alliance.Trump made the comments in an interview with ABC News.The presumptive Republican presidential nominee has for months raised questions about the money the United States pours into NATO, which he says needs to be reconfigured to take account of today's threats.“I like the idea of using NATO to take them out. You gotta take them out,” Trump said.
Since it's both an American, and a Canadian long weekend we thought this article was rather appropriate!
If history is any guide, thousands of Americans are going to be flooding the nation's emergency rooms this Fourth of July weekend suffering from self-inflicted fireworks injuries.
A little over 12,000 Americans hurt themselves with fireworks last year, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, which tracks this sort of thing. I've broken out those injuries by month in the chart below. If you look really hard, you may be able to discern a seasonal pattern.
The CPSC has incident-level detail on close to 300 of the cases. The injury reports, scribbled down by harried hospital staff, offer a rather dry exploration into human folly.
According to the CPSC, firework accidents rarely result in death, but it does happen. In 2014, a total of 11 people died from firework mishaps -- four victims died in house fires related to fireworks, and seven died from "direct impact" of fireworks.
- "46-year-old male was making homemade smoke bombs w/sugar & sodium nitrate & pan ignited."
- "9-year-old female with thermal burns to both legs after a firework was thrown and bounced off a power line."
- "35-year-old male presents firecracker exploding in his left eye about 2 hours ago, feels like something in eye."
- "54-year-old male attempting to relight a type H reloadable aerial shell mortar when first lighting didn't work, shell exploded in hands."
The CPSC's data shows that most firework injury victims are male (74 percent). Children younger than 15 account for well over a third of all fireworks injuries.
At the population level, the overall rate of fireworks injury hasn't changed much over the years. In 1977, for instance, there were about 3.8 fireworks injuries for every 100,000 people in the United States. In 2015, the rate was 3.7 per 100,000.
However, the American Pyrotechnics Association, a trade group for the fireworks industry, points out that the overall use of fireworks has become far more common since 1977. They point to Federal Trade Commission statistics showing that the annual number of fireworks imported from overseas rose from 29 million pounds in 1976 to 285 million pounds last year. Given that the amount of fireworks Americans consume has risen tenfold, the rate of injuries per fireworks consumed has plummeted since the 1970s.
2012 Politifact investigation notes that this isn't an accident: Starting in the 1970s, the Consumer Product Safety Commission began setting federal safety standards for fireworks, and in the ’80s it began inspecting and testing imported fireworks for safety.