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  1. 'Visa, Mastercard, AmEx to start categorizing gun shop sales' Payment processor Visa Inc. said Saturday that it plans to start separately categorizing sales at gun shops, a major win for gun control advocates who say it will help better track suspicious surges of gun sales that could be a prelude to a mass shooting. Visa said it would adopt the International Organization for Standardization’s new merchant code for gun sales, which was announced on Friday. Until Friday, gun store sales were considered “general merchandise." Visa’s adoption is significant as the largest payment network, and with Mastercard and AmeEx, will likely put pressure on the banks as the card issuers to adopt the standard as well. Visa acts as a middleman between merchants and banks, and it will be up to banks to decide whether they will allow sales at gun stores to happen on their issued cards. Etc, etc. Visa, Mastercard, AmEx to start categorizing gun shop sales - Washington Times
  2. Something else SBP related is Taxes/it's complicated but there are some loopholes, etc: Volume 7B: Chapter 53: Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) - Taxability of ... comptroller.defense.gov/portals/45/documents/fmr/archive/07barch/07b_53_20…
  3. And pass the updated version of this age-old test:
  4. Something to think about, both Russia and the Ukraine can take some serious casualties. The top three countries with the most casualties during WW2 = China, Russia, and Ukraine. Note - broken down by country not USSR, etc/keep in mind all these countries had a much smaller population during WW2. List of casualties from top 8 countries during WW2: Country Tot. Deaths Military Deaths Civ. Deaths via Military Civ. Deaths via Famine/Disease China 20,000,000 3,750,000 8,191,000 10,000,000 Russia 13,950,000 6,750,000 4,100,000 3,100,000 Ukraine 6,850,000 1,650,000 3,700,000 1,500,000 Poland 6,000,000 240,000 5,820,000 Germany 5,700,000 4,456,000 2,135,000 Japan 3,100,000 2,300,000 800,000 India 3,087,000 87,000 3,000,000 Belarus 2,290,000 620,000 1,360,000 310,000 Complete list: World War II Casualties by Country 2022 (worldpopulationreview.com)
  5. Here's one of many ways to handle a typical USA Hag: At McDonalds This Morning. 'I know I shouldn’t have done this, but I was in the McDonald’s drive-through this morning and the lady behind me leaned on her horn and started mouthing something because I was taking too long to place my order. So when I got to the first window I paid for her order along with my own. The cashier must have told her what I'd done, because as we moved up she leaned out her window and waved to me and mouthed "Thank you.", obviously embarrassed that I had repaid her rudeness with kindness. When I got to the second window I showed them both receipts and took her food too. Now she has to go back to the end of the queue and start all over again.'
  6. Something else to watch in another part of the Indo-Pacific AO in October. I wouldn't be surprised if the PRC escalates the situation along this contentious border region - before/during/after this joint US/India exercise? US to take part in military exercise near India's disputed border with China - CNN Exercise "Yudh Abhyas" -- or "War Practice". The United States is to take part in a joint military exercise with India less than 100 kilometers (62 miles) from the South Asian country's disputed border with China. The military drills will be held in mid-October at an altitude of 10,000 feet in Auli in the Indian state of Uttarakhand and will focus on high-altitude warfare training, according to a senior Indian Army officer with knowledge of the matter. Auli is about 95 kilometers from the Line of Actual Control (LAC), an inhospitable piece of land where the disputed border between India and China is roughly demarcated. Relations between India and China have been strained since a bloody clash between their soldiers in the Himalayas in June 2020 left at least 20 Indian troops and four Chinese soldiers dead. Also, this event occurred last year in the same location of the upcoming joint exercise = Indian State of Uttarakhand.
  7. It seems to me that HAL's back and he's upped his game. Caution - back in the day HAL was good at reading lips/today HAL can probably secretly monitor/observe every move you make, etc, etc. It sure seems like one of HALs many new mission sets is showcased in this money/finance discussion.
  8. Father of the year award potential for this crew.
  9. The totally failed police response to this active shooter situation reminds me of something really simple = 'Lead, Follow, or Get the Hell Out of The Way - NOW'. Most of the Law Enforcement officers actions during this active shooter incident were equivalent to a modern-day (Real World) version of F-Troop, particularly the scenes from the new video that was just released.
  10. IMHO, the USSS needs to update their training. They could've used this technique numerous times on the Presidents dog. Rumor - this is also the fastest method to stop uncontrollable cackling - Example VP Harris/good luck finding any USSS agents willing to accomplish this task. 'Biden's dog, Major, bit Secret Service members for 8 days in a row, email says' Biden's dog, Major, bit Secret Service members for 8 days in a row, email says | Fox News
  11. Pretty much a universal quick release/jettison button. I wonder if anyone ever tried this maneuver during a bear attack - and survived.
  12. With lots of boats in Florida and gas prices so high this maneuver is becoming SOP:
  13. A little more Gyro-Tumbling: This is way too complicated for my feeble-mind. I'm with this crew on how to handle money, debt, deficits, foreign aid support, etc, etc. Let these guys run this shit-show for a few decades and see how things turnout. "Money for nothin' and your chicks for free (Dire Straits)" https://vk.com/video-88133688_456239532
  14. The Guinness World Record's office needs to add this "Turret Tossing" as a new category. "Russia’s T-72B3 Turret Toss World Record: 100m Up In the Sky (Video)" "As can be seen from the video there are no equals for russia’s army tanks in the “turret toss competition” Russia’s T-72B3 Turret Toss World Record: 100m Up In the Sky (Video) | Defense Express (defence-ua.com)
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