Saturday, March 04, 2017

Busy, busy, busy,

but not so much so I couldn't get the data posted

Yeah, they really care about Mother Gaia and sacred spaces and stuff...

Cleanup crews have removed 48 million pounds of trash so far from the largest Dakota Access oil pipeline protest camp — and they’re not finished yet.

The North Dakota Department of Emergency Services said Tuesday that a Florida-based contractor hired at a cost of $1 million to clear trash, waste and other debris from the Oceti Sakowin camp has hauled 24,000 tons of garbage since protesters were evacuated Thursday from the area.
Just how much do they care?
The department’s NDResponse page also posted a video showing bulldozers hauling away abandoned vehicles and trailers, as well as workers rounding up dozens of discarded propane tanks.
When you care enough to leave all your shit behind, I guess.

And remember, that's after The Standing Rock Sioux had been leading a cleanup effort for several weeks before Trinity arrived at the site near Cannon Ball, North Dakota.

Friday, March 03, 2017

More progressive tolerance for the speech of others

As Stanger, Murray and a college administrator left McCullough Student Center last evening following the event, they were “physically and violently confronted by a group of protestors,” according to Bill Burger, the college’s vice president for communications and marketing.

Burger said college public safety officers managed to get Stanger and Murray into the administrator’s car.

“The protestors then violently set upon the car, rocking it, pounding on it, jumping on and try to prevent it from leaving campus,” he said. “At one point a large traffic sign was thrown in front of the car. Public Safety officers were able, finally, to clear the way to allow the vehicle to leave campus.

“During this confrontation outside McCullough, one of the demonstrators pulled Prof. Stanger’s hair and twisted her neck,” Burger continued. “She was attended to at Porter Hospital later and (on Friday) is wearing a neck brace.”
You'll notice that there's no mention of the campus cops arresting anyone.  Or of people being suspended for violent conduct.  BIG mistake.  Idiots just showed the assholes that they can actually attack and injure people and get away with it, and that's going to cost them.

Costs about $66,000 per year to attend this house of rabid monkeys.

I realized something about my range time the other day:

Last few times I've made it to the outdoor range, I was so focused on testing loads for different firearms that I didn't do any actual fun shooting.  And that's bad.

I need to remedy that.

Some old-time revolver advice

over here

If I ever meet whoever designed how to change the headlight lamps

on my bike, I may do them physical harm.

Now that that's done, it's time to relax and do some studying.

'Higher' Education:

"How dare you let someone we don't approve of speak!"

Followed by "How dare you let someone say something we don't approve of!"
She told Campus Reform that her experience has demonstrated a dangerous double-standard towards religion on college campuses, where students are afraid to be critical of Islam but heap abuse on Christianity.

“This is scary to me,” said Darwish. “I want to kiss [the floor of America] because it gave me dignity as a woman, and I am speaking because I want to save you from making any ideology, not just Islam, above criticism. I beg you consider that.”

Don't just threaten: subpoena the bastards, and if they don't respond have them arrested.  This is bullshit.
The Utah Republican was taken aback when Acting TSA Administrator Huban Gowadia said unwritten guidance from the Department of Homeland Security permits her agency to withhold the documents under the attorney-client privilege.

“Wait a second,” Chaffetz said. “You just make this up, it’s not in writing?”
TSA in multiple instances claimed attorney-client privilege without knowing who the client was, according to OSC Special Counsel Carolyn Lerner. Lerner said OSC has received more than 350 whistleblower complaints from TSA employees since 2012.

What?  There were problems and Obama & Co. wouldn't talk about- or deal with- them?  Amazing!
The Obama administration understated the pregnancy problem throughout its eight years and even suppressed some data about the impact of its “gender-neutral” policies on the Navy.

For decades, for instance, the Navy published results from exhaustive surveys of 25,000 men and women in a document called the “Navy Pregnancy and Parenthood Survey.”

The reports once were 75 to 100 pages long and disclosed attitudes among men and women and their behavior.  However, the Obama administration published only brief two to three-page summaries from 2012 onward.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Submarine. From 1869.

Used to harvest pearls.

God, that long at that depth with no decompression... no wonder the crews all wound up in trouble.

Associated Press Attacks Trump's Tribute to Ryan Owens
Of course they did.  Does anyone actually expect better of AP anymore?

Yeah, these things don't happen in other places.  Unless you actually count.
Yet, despite the impression that President Obama has been creating, France suffered more casualties (murders and injuries) from mass public shootings in 2015 than the US has suffered during Obama’s entire presidency (Updated 532 to 527 in Tables below). Note that these numbers don’t adjust for the fact that the US has 5 times the population of France. The per capita rate of casualties in France is thus 8.19 per million and for the US it is 1.65 — France’s per capita rate of casualties is thus 4.97 times higher than the rate in the US. 

A systematic look at the frequency and deaths from mass public shootings from the US and Europe is available here. The very high rate of attacks in the rest of the world is discussed here. We use the traditional FBI definition of mass public shootings.

Barrett with a suppressor,

and then with the can and subsonic ammo.

I repeat: Asset Forfeiture is theft under color of law

Under federal rules, transferred funds from the equitable sharing program cannot be used to pay the salaries and benefits of any law enforcement personnel. The guidelines state that the rule was made to ensure that the funds do not “influence, or appear to influence, law enforcement decisions.

The transferred funds can be used in limited cases to pay for overtime, or an officer replacing current law enforcement personnel. The funds cannot be used to pay an officer’s full-time salary.

The auditors found $313,052 of the $378,720 transferred to other law enforcement agencies in the Pro-Active Criminal Enforcement (PACE) team was questionable.
The auditors found that the Henry County Sheriff’s Office used $178,328 of the transferred funds to pay for the salary and fringe benefit costs of a deputy assigned to the PACE team, with at least $40,875 considered to be unallowable.

They found the Greenfield Police Department did not have a separate accounting code for the transferred funds, so auditors were unable to see if the funds were being properly used.

They also found the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office used $91,562 of the transferred funds to pay for personnel costs and equipment, with at least $5,200 considered to be unallowable.

And, the audit found the Richmond Police Department used $125,819 in transferred funds to pay for the salary of an officer assigned to the PACE team, including $4,387 in overtime costs, but the auditors could not verify if the officer was ever hired by the department. They are questioning the remaining $121,432 as unallowable because the department did not comply with the laws on using equitable sharing funds for salary costs.
Thieves, hiding behind badges.

"Don't damage the Preferred Narrative!"

She doesn't want her picture to be seen now. Not in case the migrants attack again, but because the feminists will come after her and hound her as a racist for speaking out.  The migrant men scare her. But it is Swedish women who have silenced her.
I saw it in action when I ran to the scene of an unexploded hand grenade in a bin outside the police station of a no-go area of town, near a mosque. I asked the police who the target was.

They said they didn't know. I asked the Muslim leader at the mosque. He said he thought it was the police.
Then two women grabbed me and told me not to make this about the mosque, not to make this a Muslim issue. This was about the police — nothing to do with migrants. I wondered if they weren't missing the point. A bomb in a bin.

They know the point.  They don't want to acknowledge, or deal with, the point.

A cameraman for the Swedish equivalent of the BBC asked me why this had to be politicised at all; why couldn't it just be that someone put an explosive device in a bin?
I looked at him and wondered which one of us was mad.

Later I went back to walk the no-go suburbs, ending up back in the centre of the town. A week earlier this place was torched and looted as the world looked on.

I wondered what was strange, besides the weird calm. And realised it was that I was the only woman in the place. Everyone else was young, African and male. Speaking Arabic. Hanging about, utterly without purpose.
They have a purpose; a lot of people just don't want to deal with what it is.  Those that acknowledge it are afraid to speak of it because they'll be punished by their own people.

One lady explained: there is a strange moral code here in Rinkeby. You are much more exposed to crime if you are not a Muslim. These boys think they can take everything from a woman who is not wearing a hijab or at least covers her hair. 

Another, Besse, told me: we don’t go out on the streets here after dark. It is too dangerous. I have lived here for 25 years and it has gotten worse and worse. The situation now is so tense that it is impossible for me to go to, say, the supermarket to get some milk.

Parwin, a Christian lady, blamed the mosques: it is because of all the things they are teaching in the mosque. They are Salafists there, just like Isis. They should close the mosque because that is where these kids have learned these bad things.

But one thing they all agree on is that they do not go out. They do not go out because they are scared — Muslim, Christian, young and old alike.

So, you've got a country that's more afraid of being honest about the problem than they are of the problem.  Or, I think more accurately, the people in positions of power are; the people being damaged by this crap know what the problem is, but they're afraid of being attacked by their own if they speak openly about it.

To borrow an old phrase, "No way to run a railroad, boys."  And the derailment is going to be a bitch.

Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Been a long time since I read Farenheit 451,

and I hadn't remembered this bit about how the burning started:
“You must understand that our civilization is so vast that we can’t have our minorities upset and stirred. Ask yourself, What do we want in this country above all? People want to be happy, isn’t that right?…Colored people don’t like Little Black Sambo. Burn it. White people don’t feel good about Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Burn it. Someone’s written a book on tobacco and cancer of the lungs? The cigarette people are weeping? Burn the book. Serenity, Montag. Peace, Montag. Take your fight outside. Better yet, to the incinerator.”
And before you get offended, let’s clarify what Bradbury means by minorities. He’s not talking about race. He’s talking about it in the same way that Madison and Hamilton did in the Federalist Papers. He’s speaking about small, interested groups who try to force the rest of the majority to adhere to the minority’s set of beliefs.

I don't want to hear another damned word from these bloody hypocrites about someone else's carbon footprint.

Short version: "If you let people fix this themselves, or pay someone else, WE won't be able to charge an arm and leg for it!"

So UC Berkeley said "We had no idea this might happen!"  And they lied:
...They asserted that the violent protests—sparked by an appearance by conservative provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos—weren’t something that they ever could have anticipated.

But emails between the college and officials with the city of Berkeley’s Mayoral Office seem to contradict that notion. The emails, acquired by Heat Street through the California Public Records Act, show that UC Berkeley had actually written to city officials in the days leading up to the event warning about the possibility of large numbers of “off campus protesters” and the potential for the protests to “spill over into adjacent streets and neighborhood.”

In addition, the emails also reveal that an anarchist group that has claimed responsibility for sparking the chaos emailed city officials more than a week before the event to inform them that they were planning to “defend” the college from hate speech.

The head of the Swedish ambulance drivers' union confirmed in a recent interview with journalist Paulina Neuding the existence of "no-go zones" where it is too dangerous to enter without police protection.
Grattidge explained to Neuding that the problem with these areas is linked directly to immigration policy in the country. "In these areas, the no-go zones, the majority of the people are immigrants."

Gattridge went on to tell Neuding that ambulance drivers are blocked from leaving these areas and have had rocks thrown at them. He also said "hand grendes have been thrown at police" in majority-immigrant areas.

That's the nicest way of saying "The idiot pulled the trigger when he shouldn't have" I've ever read.
“made an error of manipulation whilst changing position”

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Once again, if you're a male on a campus, "Accusation means you're guilty!"

And your life is screwed.  So get a lawyer and sue their asses off.
A California judge has ruled that a university’s process for adjudicating a sexual assault accusation was so stacked against the accused that it was “enough to shock the Court’s conscience.”

Judge Joel Wohlfeil of the Superior Court of California, County of San Diego, ordered San Diego State University to “dissolve the finding” that an accused student refused to stop having sex with a woman after repeated requests to stop. Further, the school must vacate its findings that the accuser “became incapacitated” during sex and the accused continued to have sex with her.

Certain lack of bloggage lately, between trying to get some stuff done around here and a certain amount of burnout.  Hopefully can get it going again soon.  In the meantime,