What do Veterinarians use to put animals "to sleep"? Surely the Europeans haven't cut off that supply.
Nitrogen is slow asphyxiation and that could be a problem. Carbon dioxide has a rapid onset at concentrations over 10% with the first symptom being a "blackout" because the retina is the first thing to shut down (personal experience from reaching into an ice chest for an ice cream cone ) followed by other things shutting down (the brain and CNS, then the rest of the body). CO2 stimulates respiration which makes it work even faster. The drawback, if it matters, is the decedent looking like a smurf.
But, it does guarantee that he won't do it again. Three Strikes, Mandatory Minimums, Megan's Law, and the proliferation of Concealed Carry laws resulted from some truly egregious crimes by repeat offenders back in the Seventies and Eighties. Those crimes also caused a lot of states to keep their housekeeping laws in effect. Housekeeping as in "take out the trash".
Most of the large trucking companies track their rigs 24/7 using a system similar to On-Star. There is at least one world-wide cellular phone system (Iridium) operating and there may be more. In any case, an aircraft as expensive as a Boeing 777 rates a tracking system. I would suggest a simple periodic reporter that would activate anytime an engine was in operation. They would all use the same channel was a common format [Aircraft ID, GPS Location, Altitude in Flight Level format]. The transmission length would be about one second and sent once every fifteen minutes. The system could be common access meaning anyone could see the moving spread sheet and, because a lot of people could use it, losing the data would not be a problem. Obviously, it would show up on the Internet. So, for example, you are in San Francisco and wondering where Flight 11 is? Visit the site and enter AA-11. You would see a list of the locations and altitudes starting with the latest and going back at fifteen minute intervals all the back to Boston Logan Airport. Where is the plane now? Draw a 125 mile circle around the last position and start looking.
Phlogiston was proposed as an explanation of why a fire would stop even though fuel was still present. Then, Priestly and Lavoisier explained the properties and function of oxygen. So, did this kill phlogiston? Not quite; see thermodynamics (2nd Law) and physical chemistry (free energy) which brings back part of the phlogiston explanation. So, the Global Warming / Climate Change people have two interesting things to deal with: Yes, carbon dioxide can act as a "greenhouse" gas. But, why is it that carbon dioxide increases are leading events prior to ice ages as revealed by the ice and sea bottom mud cores? This is why that science is still about as settled as the San Andreas fault.
Fire Fox has an OS that runs on portable devices. So far, they haven't brought up the idea of using it to run a PC. I'd like to see them do it since my XP system will be a "Death Panel" candidate in about four months. Meanwhile, we will continue to be held hostage to the MS "Alternation": OK-crap-OK-crap as in WIN 95, WIN 98 (better), Me (crap), XP (better), Vista (whale poop), WIN 7 (pretty good), now the Eight Ball. Hopefully, my employer will skip 8 and wait for 9. Yes, I'm dreaming; it's a government agency.
Opened the story. Where's the meat? No tables or graphs. How did they get solar data from before 1600 when celestial observations became serious? They don't explain the Medieval Warming Period. Toward the end of that era, the French were considering a duty on English wine. After roughly 1250 CE, they had other concerns, like getting warm. What volcano caused the Little Ice Age that lasted about 600 years and changed diet and drinking patterns? What happened around 1850 to cause things to abruptly get warmer? Yes, volcanoes do matter. Blame Indonesia for all three of them. One of them almost wiped out the human species (genetic bottleneck). Another one caused the Year without a Summer (1816). Krakatoa lead to the Great Blizzard of 1888.
If you are my age then there are memories of an age where people could smoke on airliners. The booking agent would ask "Smoking or Non-Smoking?" So, the modern version could be "Cell Phone or No Cell Phone?" Maybe they could put seats in the baggage hold for the Jabberwockies.
Agreed. Not all technology is equal. Nuclear weapons are "special" for a multiplicity of reasons as the Iranian experience is showing us. They've been working at it for years, but they're not "there" yet and there is a lot of visible trappings that are eating away at their GNP. On the other hand, drones can be cheap and simple or huge and complex or anything in between. Other people have compared them to the flint lock which lead to the individual weapons which also have that huge variation of models ranging from the rail car guns to tiny pocket pistols. Expect these things to multiply like rabbits.
80 hour shifts? How about 8 hour shifts and swap out the operators. By the way, there is a broad spectrum of these devices ranging from back pack models with a short range and endurance to huge beasts that stay up for days.
Great summary. The 1968 Gun Control law (Senator Dodd, D-NJ) used the 1938 3rd Reich law as a pattern. One of its provisions extends to the entire residence occupied by the "Prohibited Person" making the firearms (and ammunition) search legal. However, if the original offense happened in 1986 (27 years ago), why were they searching for firearms in 2013? File this under "any excuse will do." This is also a lesson anyone running for office to remember: The other side will use Opposition Research and follow you and your associates all the way back to the womb. For "government", this is easy and almost free while we have to pay for the same stuff and have access to a lot less. Let's suppose you are running for a Senate seat in Delaware and win the nomination. Then, your past as a "witch" during your college days turns up. How did that happen?
In this case, I don't think they care about "admissible"; it was an intelligence gathering mission and they will go out of their way to avoid a trial because they would be exposed to "Discovery" and witnesses being put under oath. What? Somebody violated your rights? Such a quaint concept.
Amen! For a similar case, see Arkansas Blood Trail. In this case, the investigators' files were located in Berkeley, CA and Toronto, Canada and both were destroyed in the same evening.
Yeah, we've heard this before. It ends with "and then they came for me..." So, an equally large issue is another violation of the Second Amendment; which is fine with the current regime.
So far, your post is the first one I found that wondered why they would be searching a reporter's home for weapons. Normally, such a search would be conducted concerning weapons related violations of the law. Has anyone seen a copy of that warrant?