Second Amendment Sanctuaries Nearly Doubled In 50 Days

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“I’d like to know that I have a chance to protect myself and protect my kids.”

The number of Second Amendment sanctuaries across the U.S. has nearly doubled within the last two months, according to gun rights group Gun Owners of America.

In a Jan. 7 release, the group said, “Over 418 counties, cities, and towns have passed SASOs or sanctuary resolutions in 21 separate states.” That’s up from 240 sanctuaries in 19 states on Nov. 18.

That increase is pronounced in a state like Virginia, where counties and cities have recently declared themselves Second Amendment sanctuaries.

“By a vote of 6-4, you have adopted the resolution.”

On Monday night, the Virginia Beach City Council passed a Second Amendment sanctuary resolution, joining more than 100 other localities in the state. That vote comes about seven months after a gunman killed 12 people at a Virginia Beach municipal building.

But the Virginians who support these sanctuaries stand in contrast to how most Virginians actually feel about gun laws. According to a new poll from Virginia Commonwealth University, large majorities of Virginians support “red flag” laws, expanded background checks and limits on gun ownership for people who are mentally ill.

The state’s attorney general has said that Second Amendment sanctuary declarations won’t have any “legal effect,” but at least one Virginia sheriff has said he won’t enforce existing gun laws in his county.

Democrats in Virginia say gun legislation will be a top priority during the upcoming General Assembly session, which begins Wednesday, Jan. 8.

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3 graphics reveal the unimaginable scale of Australia’s fires

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Since September, bushfires have razed an estimated 25 million acres in Australia. That’s an area larger than South Korea, and it’s 7 million more acres than burned in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest last year.
Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to evacuate and more than one billion animals have perished.
Drought conditions and record-breaking temperatures contributed to the fires’ unprecedented size and intensity.
Three graphics show the devastating scale of Australia’s bushfire crisis.
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More than half of Australia is choking on smoke, and skies across the country glow orange as bushfires continue to ravage the continent.

Since the start of the bushfire season in September, an estimated 25.5 million acres have burned, according to Reuters, and at least 25 people have died. More than 1 billion animals have perished, and an estimated 2,000 homes have been destroyed. Hundreds of thousands of people have been forced to evacuate.

Australia experiences fires every fall, but this year’s crisis — which comes on the heels of a heat wave and prolonged drought — is unprecedented. The fires that plagued the Brazilian Amazon this year, by comparison, burned through 17.5 million acres of rainforest.

The smoke plume from Australia’s blazes is nearly unfathomable in size: 1.3 billion acres of sky are engulfed in ash and smoke that can be seen from space. That’s an area three times the size of Mexico, half the size of Canada, and bigger than the 11 biggest US states combined.

In December, an official in New South Wales said the state was experiencing the “longest” and “most widespread” period of poor air quality in the state’s history.

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Filmmaker Mode is coming to Samsung and Philips TVs to cure motion smoothing

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At CES 2020, the UHD Alliance, a coalition that helps define display standards, announced that Filmmaker Mode, which is designed to show films with as little motion smoothing or post-processing as possible, will be coming to TVs released in 2020 from Samsung, TP Vision (which makes Philips-branded TVs internationally), and Kaleidescape (via Hollywood Reporter). LG, Panasonic, and Vizio, which previously expressed interest in bringing Filmmaker Mode to TVs, also shared details about their implementations of the setting.

According to Variety, LG said it will have Filmmaker Mode in “every new 4K and 8K TV that we introduce in 2020.” Panasonic said its 2020 OLED HD 2000 series will include the Filmmaker Mode, with more on the way. And LG,…

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