yTools is an integrated suite of functions in one plugin providing: targeted page caching; content SEF; smooth scross and animated back-to-top button; extended TOCs with headings, pagination, and repagination; CSS styles in Geshi code syntax highlighting; client page preload for accelerated display; image lightboxes with thumbnails; in-content video players for Youtube; enhanced microdata and metadata for Google, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, etc.; and minification/prettification of the HTML output. It is designed so all the parts work together seamlessly, and you can use only those features you want in any particular site.
In STRIP mode, this tiny little plugin strips all whitespace it can from the HTML output, leaving scripts and content inside PRE tags unperturbed. In beautify mode, it pretty-prints the HTML with uniform indenting.
yView 2.0 is a lightbox and youTube video plugin with enhanced metadata and performance features, including thumbnail generation, automated image deferred load, and metadata for Google, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, etc.
A number of Youtube viewers are available for Joomla, but all the ones I checked have the same problem. They install the entire Youtube video player and start downloading the video before the page is fully loading, causing a long hang for end users. This small script instead displays a picture of the video and puts a play button over its top. The Youtube player and video itself are not loaded until the user clicks on the link. Here is a demo.
In 1995, firearm homicides were falling dramatically. But in 1999, the direction reversed, and killings started increasing...until about 2005, when they started falling again. Best-fit curve algorithms show the direction could go either way. Is the overall trend down or up? Are there trends in components of overall firearm fatalities that illuminate the answer? What lessons can we learn from the trends for ourselves?
New findings are presented showing that a gun in the home increases risks of residents being shot to death by 3~4 orders of magnitude more than it is likely to stop a crime. Also, during attempts of self defense, 2 out of 3 firearm fatalities are accidental killings of family or friends, rather than of criminal aggressors. Additional data on domestic violence is presented.
Pro-gun advocates claim that guns do not cause suicide and that therefore gun-control legislation cannot reduce suicide rates, producing suicide statistics from other nations which have reduced or banned guns to prove the claim. Here the scientific data and claims are examined. It finds that an effective way to save American lives is to enable secure delivery of confidential data from health organizations to the firearms-purchase background-check system, although this may not be enough considering the number of guns already in the country.
Larry Klayman of Freedom Watch (formerly Judicial Watch) is suing the President Obama and Attorney General Lynch for infringing the 2nd Amendment. Here is our discussion of exactly what the President did, what his opponents are doing, and the appropriate response.
NRA's Wayne LaPierre blames violent crime for most gun deaths, and demands incarceration of all felons for 5 years as the solution. In fact, with current CDC and FBI data, less than 1 in 15 deaths are caused by crime. Even ignoring that fact, this study finds the NRA solution would at most save 1 in 9 lives, and at worst, would actually increase total fatality, due to a nine-fold increase in suicide likelihood by those with an incarceration history. This study also finds that NRA propaganda to blame firearm fatalities on acts of crime alone has been very effective in distorting the ability of gun supporters to accept the truth.
Natural law provides very clear answers on the gun rights versus gun control debate. But natural law, as it is invoked in USA's declaration of independence, requires accepting the existence of God, so natural law cannot be taught in American public schools. As a result, 99.9% of Americans on both 'sides' of the gun debate have opinions of the derived constitution that are very flawed. Here is a primer on natural law, and how it applies to gun liberties.
This article describes an ideal methodology to end conflict on gun control, reduce taxes, and save lives. It includes a full description of the methodology, cost data, responses to 1300 objections gathered over the span of a year, and analysis of the results.