The Perseids meteor shower is one of the most vibrant of all meteor showers, often dropping about 80 flaming rocks per hour. It seems, though, that things have ramped up.
"This year, instead of seeing about 80 Perseids per hour, the rate could top 150 and even approach 200 meteors per hour," NASA meteor expert Bill Cooke told Space.com.
August 12 is the day when the shower will be at its most intense. It will continue on until August 24. If you want to get a good view, check it out before the full moon on August 18.
Keep watch in a north-eastern direction from the Northern Hemisphere after 10pm to see the action.
Perseids are actually space debris hitting the atmosphere and vaporizing. They are fragments, breaking off of the 26-kilometer (16 miles) wide Comet Swift-Tuttle, which regularly passes Earth.
Bust out your space-viewing gear and get ready to enjoy the action.
The government’s new statistical data will now be calculated similarly to the sites above; only they have the power to compel police departments to report the data. According to the Federal Register’s Form CJ-11: Arrest-Related Deaths Quarterly Summary:
This form is distributed to all law enforcement agencies (LEAs). This summary form requests that LEA respondents confirm deaths identified through open-source review, correct decedent name and date of death as appropriate, and identify any other arrest-related deaths that were not found through open-source review. It requests any LEAs without any deaths to provide an affirmative zero.
According to the new reporting system, the information about the location and time of the incident, manner of death, the victim’s behavior during the incident, the reason for initial contact, and the victim’s race, age, and gender will all be submitted to the database.
The local coroner’s office will also be required to verify their information to the DOJ.
While this news is certainly promising, it should be taken with the grain of salt. Counting the number of deaths inflicted by one’s government is certainly eye-opening. However, it does nothing to stop those deaths.
All the federal oversight promised in the last two years has had absolutely no effect on decreasing the number of people killed by police in America.
Until Americans and their government wake up to the vicious cycle created by the war on drugs and policing for profit, the number of bodies, counted or not, will continue to pile up.
Matt Agorist is an honorably discharged veteran of the USMC and former intelligence operator directly tasked by the NSA. This prior experience gives him unique insight into the world of government corruption and the American police state. Agorist has been an independent journalist for over a decade and has been featured on mainstream networks around the world. Follow @MattAgorist on Twitter and now on Steemit
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