Author Archives: Dennis SILVERMAN

About Dennis SILVERMAN

I am a retired Professor of Physics and Astronomy at U C Irvine. For a decade I have been active in learning about energy and the environment, and in lecturing and attending classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UC Irvine.

Trump, the NRA, and 700,000 Armed Teachers

Trump, the NRA, and 700,000 Armed Teachers Fox News, instead of mourning and praying, immediately came out with arming teachers, after the Parkland shooting. We suspect that Trump immediately picked that up as his solution. Trump has picked a definite … Continue reading

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US and State Gun Deaths and Polls

US and State Gun Deaths and Polls Vox.com has a collection of graphs showing essential facts of US and State gun ownership risks, and polls on how to solve them. The US owns 42% of the world’s civilian guns, or … Continue reading

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Florida’s Gerrymandering Defeats an Assault Weapons Ban

Florida’s Gerrymandering Defeats an Assault Weapons Ban Since there are a lot of numbers in this article, I will summarize the result at the start. The Florida House refused to take up an Assault Weapons Ban by almost two to … Continue reading

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States That Ban Assault Weapons

States That Ban Assault Weapons Gun ownership across the country is more concentrated in rural districts, as opposed to urban districts. That is partly why Republican voters and Representatives, as well as Senators, are from rural districts and states. Certainly, … Continue reading

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It’s Not the NRA Money, It’s the Gun Voting Block

It’s not the NRA money, it’s the Gun Voting Block Congressmen cannot be impressed by tiny NRA donations, but by fears of the gun voting block. The total Congressional contributions of the NRA only amounted to $1.1 million. It might … Continue reading

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Trump: Let’s Not Politicize This Tragedy, Except to Help Me

Trump: Let’s not politicize this tragedy, except to help me. Trump, Republicans, and Murdoch puppets, always immediately respond to American gun carnage events with statements not to consider gun control, or assess blame, or “politicize” the event, but to mourn … Continue reading

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It’s the Gun Industry, and its NRA

It’s the Gun Industry, and its NRA Its not mental health, since we are going to always have mentally challenged individuals, even in the White House. It is not people not stepping forward, since the police were called several times … Continue reading

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Cyber Security Threats to Our Elections, and State and Local Prevention

Cyber Security Threats to Our Elections, and State and Local Prevention Much of cyber security is not only done at the NSA, Homeland Security, and McAfee level, but has to be done at the level of individuals and the computers … Continue reading

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Some Physics of the Half-Pipe

Some Physics of the Half-Pipe What goes down can come back up. Obviously, the opposite of “What goes up must come down.” Do I really need to disqualify myself as an expert in half-piping at my age? This is just … Continue reading

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Yet Another LA Awards Show: Traffic Congestion in the US and California

Los Angeles has won the INRIX Traffic Scorecard award as the most gridlocked city on the entire planet!  This is given out by the transportation analytics company INRIX, which tracks many drivers.  This is reported on by Katie Pyzyk on … Continue reading

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