The Gun Report: December 17, 2013 – NYTimes.com

A 30-year-old woman was shot in both legs in the Bayview area of San Francisco, Calif., early Saturday. The victim was coming out of a store when she heard gunshots and ran. She made it a block before she realized she had been shot. Her boyfriend drove her to the hospital. The shooter’s identity is unknown and no arrest has been made.

via The Gun Report: December 17, 2013 – NYTimes.com.

The Gun Report: December 17, 2013 – NYTimes.com

A 22-year-old woman was shot in the leg while taking a gun from her toddler in a home in Rapid City, S.D., Thursday night. Police said the victim discovered her 23-month-old son playing with an unsecured revolver, and when she attempted to take the weapon, it discharged, firing twice. Police reminded gun owners to safely secure their firearms.

via The Gun Report: December 17, 2013 – NYTimes.com.

The Gun Report: December 17, 2013 – NYTimes.com

James Tyler Wisdom, 19, was fatally shot when a friend’s gun discharged from an upstairs bedroom and traveled through the floorboards downstairs in a home in Colombia, Tenn., early Sunday. Ryan Frederick, 24, who served in the Army Reserve for 7 years and holds a gun permit, was showing off his new handgun to a friend when it accidentally went off. “It was an accident, but it shouldn’t have happened and I’m going to miss him,” Frederick said.

via The Gun Report: December 17, 2013 – NYTimes.com.

The Gun Report: December 17, 2013 – NYTimes.com

A 10-year-old boy was shot and wounded in Harrisburg, Pa., Monday night. The victim was sitting on the couch in his living room watching TV when he was struck in the face by a bullet. There were four other children in the room, but no one else was injured. Police determined that seven shots were fired at the house. No word on suspects.

via The Gun Report: December 17, 2013 – NYTimes.com.

The Gun Report: December 17, 2013 – NYTimes.com

A 6-year-old girl was shot in the leg and wounded as she and her mother walked to their apartment in north DeKalb County Monday afternoon. The child and her mother heard gunshots, and when they got home, the woman realized her daughter had been shot in the leg. No word on suspects.

via The Gun Report: December 17, 2013 – NYTimes.com.

IAVA – Letter from a Master Sergeant to Congress: “My family and I should not be penalized to subsidize the budget” | Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America

As I finish out my 20 year career, the last thing I expected was to find out the government is now going to penalize my cost of living adjustment on my retirement pay for the next 22 years. Over the past few years, the government has threatened to not pay me numerous times and I find it absolutely despicable the United States Government has to put the burden of a budget on the back of it’s military. The fact we require a law to protect the pay of our military demonstrates a fundamental disconnect the government has from the citizens.

Be that what it is, I will press on with pride and explain to my wife and son, this is yet another sacrifice we will make for our great nation. It seems to me the cost of freedom keeps going up every year, but now I am being told my retirement pay won’t keep up with that cost. I guess the old adage is true, freedom isn’t free.

Please seek a resolution to this problem as my family and I should not be penalized to subsidize the budget.

Thank you for your time.

Brandon Bennett, MSgt, USAF

via IAVA – Letter from a Master Sergeant to Congress: “My family and I should not be penalized to subsidize the budget” | Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

VDU’s blog: Influenza A (H10N8) virus, the new kid one the block…

Step by step we seem to be getting familiar with the entire influenza spectrum of naming combinations and permutations. When you consider that even 2 influenza viruses with the same common naming scheme (like H7N9) may have completely different evolutionary histories and clicnial impact, well, influenza is a tough act to follow epidemiologically.

The latest, called H10N8 was detected in a human (73-year old female) for the first time Dec-6th. H10N8 has been found in the environment in the past.

via VDU’s blog: Influenza A (H10N8) virus, the new kid one the block….

Sebastian Errazuriz’s ’12 Shoes for 12 Lovers’ is Simply Fantastic – The Fox Is Black

One of my favourite showcases of this year’s Art Basel Miami Beach was that of NYC based artist, Sebastian Errazuriz, titled 12 Shoes for 12 Lovers. Utilizing 3D printing, Errazuriz went about fashioning a series of wildly imaginative shoes, inspired by the failed romantic relationships of his past. The passions of the heart have given way to timeless creativity, and Errazuriz has managed to hone his heartbreak to follow suit. There’s something for everyone in this offering—whether it be the fashion, the design, the tech, the writing, or the photography. If none of that, Errazuriz manages to at least captivate with something we can all relate to: love and heartbreak.

via Sebastian Errazuriz’s ’12 Shoes for 12 Lovers’ is Simply Fantastic – The Fox Is Black.

71 journalists were killed in 2013 – Reporters Without Borders

71 journalists were killed in 2013

2013 in numbers

Journalists killed: 71 (-20%)

Journalists arrested: 826 (-6%)

Journalists threatened or physically attacked: 2160 (+9%)

Journalists kidnapped: 87 (+129%)

Journalists who fled their country: 77 (+5%)

Media assistants killed: 6

Netizens and citizen-journalists killed: 39 (-17%)

Bloggers and netizens arrested: 127 (-12%)

Journalists killed:

39% in a war zone

8% freelance

4% women journalists

Media types

Print: 37%

Radio: 30%

TV: 30%

Website: 3%

via 71 journalists were killed in 2013 – Reporters Without Borders.