A recent study published in the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy concluded that there is a negative correlation between gun ownership and violent crime in countries internationally (more guns = less crime).
Nations with strict gun control laws have substantially higher murder rates than those who do not in general. In fact, the 9 European nations with the lowest gun ownership rate have a combined murder rate 3x that of the 9 European nations with the highest gun ownership rate!
*Based upon Kleck & Gertz estimates of 2.5 million defensive gun uses per year (see source #2). A similar study in 1994 under President Clinton (Source) found this number to be 1.5 million, which would result in guns being used over 47x more often to defend a life than to take one.
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, about 436,000 crimes were committed with a firearm in 2008 (Source). This would mean guns are used 5.7 or 3.4 times (using Kleck or Clinton respectively) more often to defend against a crime than to commit one.
**Comparing violent crime between two countries can sometimes be difficult as each nation defines it differently.
So there I was just a moseying my way through Poole town centre on my lunch break when I bumped into this delightful little feller. It’s not the first time I have seen this creepy street performer in Poole town centre and a couple of friends have informed me that they have also spotted him at Boomtown Fair and my hometown Weymouth Town.
I think this guy is great although I have no idea on what he calls himself and internet searches for some information have borne no fruit, if you know drop a comment as I would love to find out.
His performance involves playing his flute, making gestures to passers-by (as you can see in the photo I took) and running after scared kids he he.
If you hadn’t guest already the man or women! is sat inside the backpack with the manikin’s legs being his or her own. He is such a great and creepy street performer and I wish we had more creativity like this on our streets. Below is a video clip which my friend Sam Allen shot in November 2011.
Have you ever been in a situation or place where you wanted to take an image of someone or something but didn’t want to be seen doing it? Well thanks to digital agency Zeta you now can with a new app which they have developed for the iPhone called Stalker.
Stalker is a hidden spy camera app which lets you hide the camera activity on your phone so nobody will be able to tell when you are snapping sneaky pictures in a private place for example or just spying on a friend, partner or stranger!
The app itself is very intuitive and easy to use you simply pick an image to display on the screen to hide the camera activity whilst the photos are being taken and turn the shutter sound off so you don’t give yourself away then tap the screen to start stalking. The camera will continue to take snaps until you tap the screen again and it really is as simple as that.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (4th generation), iPad 2 Wi-Fi, iPad 2 Wi-Fi + 3G, iPad (3rd generation) and iPad Wi-Fi + 4G.Requires iOS 4.0 or later.
Check it out in the Itunes store →
I have been getting super excited over the announcement of Brendon Small’s Galaktikon and season 4 of Metalocalypse coming on the 29th April. I have been a a big Dethklok fan from the start and from what I have heard of Galaktikon so far this project is going to live up to it. As of today three samplers tracks have been released and they are Dangertits, On My Way and Prophecy Of The Lazer Witch. My personal favourite is On My Way.
If you are fan like me you may be interested in the merchandise packages that are available on the Brendon Small’s website I went for the t shirt/hoodie combo.
Galaktikon has been described by Brendon Small as a “high stakes intergalactic extreme rock” album about a “very messy, public, intergalactic divorce” between two superman man lois lane esque characters. The album will have Dethklok members Gene Hoglan on drums, and Bryan Beller on bass.
Below is an interview with Brendon Small talking about his use of the Carvin Legacy amps and the idea and production behind Galaktikon.
In the early 90’s one of the hottest bands on the groove heavy metal scene was White Zombie a four piece with a signature style fronted and founded by writer, vocalist, and graphic artist Rob Zombie with Sean Yseult on bass, Jay Yuenger on guitar and during the 93 period in the video below Phil Buerstatte on drums.
Back in 1993 the band were on tour after the success of their critically acclaimed album La Sexorcisto: Devil Music, Vol. 1 which spawned the all time classic singles Thunder Kiss ’65 and Black Sunshine. The band split in 1998 with Rob Zombie launcing a successful solo career winning a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance and later going on to establish a career as a film director, creating two of my favourite horror movies House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects.
I have been a White Zombie fan for many years with the 90’s era being my personal favourite so when I found the video below I was super stoked that it was a full concert and that someone had taken the time to upload it.