Wednesday, February 22, 2017

This is what happens when a LE agency- especially a federal one- figures it can get away

with doing whatever the hell it wants.
Working from an office suite behind a Burger King in southern Virginia, operatives used a web of shadowy cigarette sales to funnel tens of millions of dollars into a secret bank account. They weren’t known smugglers, but rather agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

The operation, not authorized under Justice Department rules, gave agents an off-the-books way to finance undercover investigations and pay informants without the usual cumbersome paperwork and close oversight, according to court records and people close to the operation. 
Gee, how many problems can you see with that?
The secret account is at the heart of a federal racketeering lawsuit brought by a collective of tobacco farmers who say they were swindled out of $24 million. A pair of A.T.F. informants received at least $1 million each from that sum, records show.
So they're not just crooked and unethical in dealing with people owning/manufacturing/buying firearms, they're crooked on tobacco, too.

Hey, Denver Sheriff's Office:

I hope the family of the murder victim goes after you in every way possible.  You suck, and you have blood on your hands.

Y'know, someday we may find out just how many people have been robbed/beaten/raped/murdered by dirtbags like this because some asshats turned them loose.  And the reaction won't be pretty.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

On the subject of Japanese-American internment in WWII,

from a thread on Facebook, a bit from Mr. Correia on the subject:
The internment was absolute bullshit. If there were 6k collaborators yelling banzai, then you've got probable cause to believe those individuals are a threat to national security.

For the rest? Yeah, apparently fuck those guys. As an added bonus as y
ou are ignoring their civil liberties you also get to confiscate all of their valuable property in one of the now most lucrative real estate markets in the US (which conveniently went to democrat developers).

What about the Japanese in the rest of the US? Do they own orchards we can build suburbs on? No? Meh. Leave them.

During this all the republicans and half the democrats were saying WTF but they couldn't do shit during a war against a popular populist authoritarian administration, without getting labeled as weak on the war. It took a while for it to make it through the courts.

Somebody said at least Manzanar was safe? And otherwise there would have been lynchings? Extra bullshit. Because there were SO MANY other lynchings across America of Japanese and Germans. That's America, always with the lynchings.

I would invite anybody who thinks the internment was so great to go visit Topaz during the winter and imagine living in a shack there. Here's a hint. It really sucks. However bad you think it is, it is actually worse.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Looking at video of the Oroville dam,

assuming the dam doesn't fail, when things dry up they're going to have to completely rebuild the main spillway, and the emergency- assuming they don't cover it with words- will have to be redone as well.

On the main, that hole enlarged, more of the face collapsed, and the side collapsed, so the water's shooting over that side; the damage on the hill is bad.  Bloody awful mess.

History.  Messy, it is.  Especially when asshats have spent decades teaching crap instead of the facts, warts and all.
Throughout 1941, the U.S. frequently intercepted reports of resident aliens and Japanese Americans providing information to Japanese agents. In a decrypted message on May 9, for example, a Japanese agent in Los Angeles reports, “We have already established contact with absolutely reliable Japanese in the San Pedro and San Diego area, who will keep a close watch on all shipments of airplanes and other war materials …. We shall maintain connection with our second generations who are at present in the [U.S.] Army, to keep us informed of various developments in the Army. We also have connections with our second generations working in airplane plants for intelligence purposes.” 
Honda’s resolution follows the Carter commission in ignoring the critical revelations of MAGIC and mistakenly conflates “internment” and “relocation.” The great majority of Japanese were not interned but required only to relocate outside of the Western Defense Zone, an area that included California, the western halves of Oregon and Washington, and a small portion of Arizona. Those who were not able to move were eventually taken to relocation centers, built with the same materials and on similar patterns as Army bases.

Japanese could leave a relocation center if they could reestablish themselves outside of the Defense Zone, and some 35,000 did so. Those who relocated on their own by the end of March 1942 did not go to the centers. More than 4,300 Japanese left to go to college at government expense and thousands left to work on farms. Meanwhile, in the relocation centers the death rate was lower and the birth rate higher than that of the general American population.

The Congolese refugee had applied for asylum in Berlin, Germany, where he is alleged to have carried out the brutal killing. 

The man – identified by authorities as Yve M – is accused of stabbing his girlfriend 30 times in the stomach and chest before beheading the corpse. 

Prosecutors claim he then cut off her little finger from her right hand and her left arm before decorating her body.

A 3-D printed suppressor.  That seems to work quite well.  Really reinforces 'Can't stop the signal, Mal', doesn't it?

Ah, if only the law on importing such weren't so stupid.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

No idea what the lyrics say,

but I like it

The short version is 'Nothing but total surrender

will shut the SJBs up.  For a while.  Until they start telling you who to hire and fire.'
Not everyone is happy about Yale’s decision to rename Calhoun College from a slaveowner and white supremacist to a feminist icon, Rear Adm. Grace Murray Hopper. The loudest outcry comes not from anyone wishing to preserve history, but from the Yale Women’s Center, which claims that choosing a white woman ignores Yale’s history of slavery and perpetuates white supremacy.
Yeah.  That's the problem.  Bullshit.  Because when a Woman of Colour was invited,
Last year, the women’s center objected to a visit by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, who was set to lecture on “Islam and the West.” Ali, a Somali-born women’s rights activist and fierce critic of religious extremism, has faced blowback from social justice activists for being critical of political Islam. 

The women’s center, along with several other student organizations, urged the university to disinvite Ali. They argued that she “does not hold the credentials” to speak as an authority on the religion despite being a scholar and researcher on political Islam.
She wasn't a proper Womyn of Colour, because she doesn't have the PC-approved beliefs.  Etc.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

I was tired to start with,

so after a reasonably busy day and then dinner with daughter, I'm ready to relax and have some study time.  How 'bout you?

Real science is never really settled,

is it?
By analyzing the orientations of the metals in a set of these jar handles with dates from 750 to 150 BCE, the scientists were able to see traces of the geomagnetic field's behavior. What they found was startling. Sometime late in the 8th century BCE, there was a rapid fluctuation in the field's intensity over a period of about 30 years—first the intensity increased to over 20 percent of baseline, then plunged to 27 percent under baseline. Though the overall trend at that time was a gradual decline in the fields' intensity similar to what we see today, this spike was basically off the charts.

Writing in The New Yorker, Lawrence University geologist Marcia Bjornerud points out that this geomagnetic spike is far bigger than anything geoscientists had believed possible. "Both the height and the sharpness of the spike they recount push up against the limits of what some geophysicists think Earth’s outer core is capable of doing," she explains. "If the eighth-century-BC geomagnetic jeté is real, models for the generation of the magnetic field need significant revision."
And, to make it even more interesting,
The researchers note that this geomagnetic spike is similar to another that occurred in the 10th century BCE. Data from the 10th century spike and this 8th century one indicate that such events were probably localized, not global. That said, they write that "the exact geographic expanse of this phenomenon has yet to be investigated, and the fact that these are very short-lived features that can be easily missed suggests that there is much more to discover."
And they note that such a spike today could mean disaster for the area where it happens.

Speaking of countries doing stupid things, Sweden has another to add to their list

Just a few weeks ago, a bulletproof vest saved the life of a 18-year-old in Malmo, and more people buy and wear bulletproof vests…

[But] Allan Widman, chairman of the Swedish parliamentary defense committee, demands that individuals are prohibited from wearing bulletproof vests to protect themselves from increasing violence, which he believes will increase further without a ban.

Widman has written a bill to the parliament in which he demands that it should be illegal and punishable for individuals to wear body armor in a public place.
Yeah.  Bad guys might use it, so the honest people should be banned from having it.  That's a GREAT idea, isn't it!

Also from Sweden,
Swedish police warns that Stockholm's main train station has become unsafe after being ‘taken over’ by dozens of Moroccan street children

The all-male migrant teen gangs are spreading terror in the centre of the Swedish capital, stealing, groping girls and assaulting security guards, according to Stockholm police. 

Members of the gangs, some as young as nine, roam central Stockholm day and night, refusing help provided by the Swedish authorities.
Apparently the idea of rounding the little bastards up just isn't tolerable, but their taking over the MAIN TRAIN STATION IN THE CAPITAL is...

You spend all these years working to destroy the legitimate gun culture in your country,

and you're surprised by this?  Then you're fools.
Britain's most senior policeman will today call for more trust in armed police as he admits that not enough officers are willing to carry guns. 

Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe will use his final major speech as Scotland Yard Commissioner to call for greater public support for firearms officers. 

His comments come after a survey of his force yesterday found that one in eight officers would not be prepared to carry a gun under any circumstances, despite the threat of a Paris-style attack in Britain.
You've demonized people who legally own arms as criminals-in-waiting. 

You've arrested, prosecuted, and convicted people who brought guns they found to a police HQ to turn them in

You've treated someone finding a cartridge in the street as reason for a bomb squad and closing down the block.

You've made it a worse crime to defend yourself with 'too much force' or 'bad intent' than it was for the criminal to attack you.

You've done all that and more.  And this is one of the consequences.  And you're not happy about it.

You created this mess, now you're going to have to deal with it.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Oh, why not?

A bit more information to contemplate on

It is that day that comes once a year,

so I'm throwing in some extra data samples.  In celebration, you might say