Saturday, April 01, 2017

Bit rushed this evening, the current data,

however, is available for study

This needs to pass and be signed by Trump

“(d)(1) A person who is deprived of any right, privilege, or immunity secured by this section, section 926B or 926C, under color of any statute, ordinance, regulation, custom, or usage of any State or any political subdivision thereof, may bring an action in any appropriate court against any other person, including a State or political subdivision thereof, who causes the person to be subject to the deprivation, for damages and other appropriate relief.

Basically, if you are arrested because they just felt like it, you can sue from the cop, trooper or deputy that arrested you all the way to the Governor in Federal court. Best part, your lawyer will also have his fees and expenses paid by the State.

And also, since it appeared that the Northeastern states were in need of a Crayola Explanation, one was given:
“(b) In subsection (a), the term ‘transport’ includes staying in temporary lodging overnight, stopping for food, fuel, vehicle maintenance, an emergency, medical treatment, and any other activity incidental to the transport,
New York and New Jersey cops, and prosecutors, who violate the FOPA need to be sued for everything they've got.  Might give them the idea that they don't get to violate the law just because they want to.

Looks like engineers from Purdue will be in less demand in the future

My scholarship currently focuses on applying liberative pedagogies in engineering education, leveraging best practices from women’s studies and ethnic studies to engage students in creating a democratic classroom that encourages all voices. In 2005 I received a CAREER award from the National Science Foundation to support this work, which includes developing, implementing, and assessing curricular and pedagogical innovations based on liberative pedagogies and student input at Smith, and understanding how students at Smith conceptualize their identities as engineers.
Go read the rest if you need your blood pressure damaged. I'll give you one more bit just to kick-start your day:
In EGR 330 (Engineering and Global Development), we critically evaluate past and current trends in appropriate and sustainable technology. We examine how technology influences and is influenced by globalization, capitalism and colonialism, and the role technology plays in movements that counter these forces. Gender is a key thread running through the course in examining issues of water supply and quality, food production and energy.
'Appropriate and sustainable'.  Jeez.

More homemade machine-pistol from Brazil.

The GFWs in Seattle.  Their plan is a failure, and illegal, but their excuse for illegal actions is "But it will bring in lots of money(not as much as we claimed, but we still want it)!"

Short version: some people working in intelligence need to go to jail.  and Farkas needs to be put under oath to testify.

What they actually think of you:
“The electoral college is bullsh**. Los Angeles and New York should decide who the f***ing president is … I’m a proud liberal coastal elitist, and we should decide who is the president. We do know better.”
Part of this guys' response:
“Liberalism used to be about freedom but now is about a kind of warped moral authority that is actually part of the moral superiority movement. This faction of the left is touchingly now known as ‘The Resistance.’ Oh yes, the resistance. What is this resistance? There are posters all over my neighborhood in West Hollywood urging me to resist, resist, resist…
“Some of us have been wondering, resist what exactly? And who is telling us to resist whatever? The people who voted for the candidate who lost? I’m supposed to listen to them? Is this a joke?”

Friday, March 31, 2017

Yes, it's Friday night,

and there is fresh material for study

Tell me again how effing wonderful the Brit NHS is

The BBC has seen internal figures to show that on 18 January this year, the number of children waiting for a procedure had reached 6,185, with 1,102 children having waited for over a year.

Mr Khalil said: "The waiting list in the children's hospital has basically ballooned over the last few years.

"We now have hundreds of children who have waited over a year to have their surgery done.

"They were giving elective cases priority, but it almost became like a culture, that it is difficult to cancel elective cases to do emergency cases."
That is one of the most damning and stupid things I've ever read.  And as nasty a condemnation of the NHS as I've read(and over the last few years I've read some seriously disgusting stuff).

So "Aloha Snackbar!' translates once again to

"You'll never know why I did this!"

Seriously, are they trying to play 'hide the motivation', or are the London police actually this stupid?

Since there were originally votes involved, does that make this Sander's precious Democratic Socialism?
Venezuela took its strongest step yet toward one-man rule under the leftist President Nicolás Maduro as his loyalists on the Supreme Court seized power from the National Assembly in a ruling late Wednesday night. 

The ruling effectively dissolved the elected legislature, which is led by Mr. Maduro’s opponents, and allows the court to write laws itself, experts said. 

The move caps a year in which the last vestiges of Venezuela’s democracy have been torn down, critics and regional leaders say, leaving what many now describe as not just an authoritarian regime, but an outright dictatorship.
Meanwhile, political prisoners continued to be arrested. In January, Mr. Maduro established a new “anti-coup commando” to round up political dissidents accused of treason. The group has taken aim at members of the opposition, arresting many, including a city councilman from central Venezuela and a deputy lawmaker in the National Assembly.

In February, after CNN en Español, the network’s Spanish language channel, broadcast an investigation that linked Venezuela’s vice president to a passport fraud scheme in the Middle East, Mr. Maduro ordered the channel off the air. The government has blocked the Caracas bureau chief of The New York Times from entering the country since October.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

More reason why I refer to it as 'Theft under color of law'

The Drug Enforcement Administration seized more than $4 billion in cash from people suspected of drug activity over the last decade, but $3.2 billion of those seizures were never connected to any criminal charges.
In total, the Inspector General reports the DEA seized $4.15 billion in cash since 2007, accounting for 80 percent of all Justice Department cash seizures. Those figures do not include other property, such as cars and electronics, which are favorite targets for seizure by law enforcement.

Why Is It So Impossible for the Media to Be Honest About Guns?

A: most of them are proudly ignorant of the subject.
B: Most of them think guns are icky and don't want to learn anything about them.
C: Most of them are Democrat operatives with bylines, and since the Democrat Party hates armed peasants, so do they.

These whiners don't even rise to the level of 'snowflake'

In a faculty listserv message obtained by the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education, the two-year-old Presidential Commission on Race, Ethnicity, and Equity said the  recently invited Laura Kipnis and previous controversial speakers were exhausting students with their offensiveness.
The six faculty on the women’s college commission cited the left-wing historian Jelani Cobb’s theory that certain ideas “impose on the liberty of another” if the person hearing those ideas is “relatively disempowered”:
There is no doubt that the speakers in question impose on the liberty of students, staff, and faculty at Wellesley. We are especially concerned with the impact of speakers’ presentations on Wellesley students, who often feel the injury most acutely and invest time and energy in rebutting the speakers’ arguments. Students object in order to affirm their humanity. This work is not optional; students feel they would be unable to carry out their responsibilities as students without standing up for themselves.
I think around $60k per year to attend this child care facility.

Rare; I'm guessing big snake and small guy

Villagers in Indonesia were left horrified when they discovered the body of a missing man inside the belly of a giant snake. 

A six-minute video on the website of the Tribun Timur publication shows villagers slicing open the 7m-long python’s carcass to reveal the legs and torso of the 25-year-old victim, named Akbar Salubiro.

I realize it's modern London, but since when has a chef's knife become a 'cleaver'?

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Just the kind of crap Schumer and Bloomberg and Feinstein and Pelosi would love to see here

So we see routine examples of gun owners in serious legal jeopardy because ]they failed to renew licenses in time. And we see the predictable antis, such as the aptly-named Gun-Free South Africa, endorse prosecuting a woman for defending herself against an armed repeat offender – because she used her partner’s gun:
“Allowing somebody who does not have a license to use your firearm and use it for their own self-defence will definitely fall under Section 103, where you will be declared unfit to own a gun.”

Some of the bastards are honest about this garbage:
That’s consistent with a report I wrote back in 2001 quoting a South African Safety and Security official admitting “the laws have nothing to do with criminals. It is a waste of time to make laws to stop criminals. The purpose of this bill is to make it as difficult as possible for people to own licensed firearms and to reduce the number of firearms already licensed.”
Next time someone starts whining about 'licensing guns just like cars', slap them with this.  And watch them screech about you being against 'common-sense gun safety laws'.

And this shit:
And as the (now dissolved) New National Party observed, the laws being enacted would ensure:
“No firearm may be used for self-defence unless licenced for that purpose (s16, s17, s18, and s19). If under personal attack whilst only in possession of a firearm licenced for a non-defensive purpose, the individual would, in fact, be committing an offence by using it to defend him/herself;
I repeat: the hoplophobes and gun bigots would love to be able to do this here.  They're still working at it.

Never forget that.

I am truly surprised that some TSA molesters haven't been beaten into the floor

Or disappeared.  Because they deserve it.
Let's be clear: As I've noted many times before, the TSA is not about security. Beyond the lobbyist and all the others cleaning up from the equipment sales to the TSA, the TSA is about showing the public who's got the power -- and yes, it's the man touching your 12-year-old's genitals.
"Be silent in the face of your oppre- ah, public servants, citizen.  Or else."

Oh, and if you don't quite buy into the notion that the TSA is really about security theater and showing you who has the power, check out something Jonathan Corbett (who showed how easy it is to defeat the scanners) notes about the new more invasive gropedowns:
First, if you're getting a pat-down because you alarmed the body scanner, it's going to be a full-body pat-down despite the fact that the scanners were specifically designed to point out the specific area of the body upon which an item was detected.
Yes, that's right: "despite the fact that the scanners were specifically designed to point out the specific area of the body upon which an item was detected."
Hey, how much fun could they have if they were only allowed to search that area?  The genital(and boob, and butt)-fondling is one of their perks.

Toon clearing