Dallas Ebola Case: Don’t Worry, The Government is In Charge

Ebola patients are contagious once they begin showing symptoms, such as fever, diarrhea and vomiting, Frieden said.

Someone with these symptoms could infect health care workers, such as people working in an emergency room. The virus is spread only through contact with bodily fluids, such as blood or vomit, says Brett Giroir, CEO at Texas A&M Health Science Center, an intensive care specialist.

Ebola does not spread through the air, like measles or the flu, said David Lakey, commissioner of the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Because the man was not sick on the plane or in the airport, Frieden said he’s not worried that others on his flight will become sick. Health officials are not contacting fellow passengers. “There is zero risk of transmission on the flight,” Frieden said. “He was checked for fever before getting on the flight.”

via Dallas hospital diagnoses first patient with Ebola.

Exercise Your Civil Rights, Go to Jail (Vermont Edition)

The American Civil Liberties Union has brought a lawsuit against Vermont State Police Trooper Lewis Hatch who they claim illegally detained a man, towed his car and then charged him a tow fee even after they found no crime was committed.
While he was never charged with a crime, he was billed $150 for tow fees. When Zullo questioned the charge, Hatch blamed the charge on Zullo for exercising his rights.


China / Hong Kong Protests (Greetings from Tiananmen Square)

Update: Q&A: On Hong Kong Demonstrations

Q: Why are thousands of people demonstrating in Hong Kong now?

Because when the former colonial master Britain handed Hong Kong over to China, the latter promised universal suffrage in the choice of their leader, or chief executive, and, under the formula of “One Country, Two Systems,” that their separate way of life would be respected.

China appears to have backtracked on both fronts, saying recently that Hong Kong people could only vote for their leader from among a handful of candidates picked by Beijing and beholden to the Communist Party. Hong Kong is a sophisticated financial center with a high GDP per capita, and its 6.8 million people know they can make their own political choices. Ultimately, of course, they are protesting because freedom is elemental to the human condition: we’re all born free and it’s only bad governments that check our liberties. Our instinct is to constantly break free.


But it will use force – as much as it deems necessary – to ensure stability, Zhang said.

“After all, it believes that political power grows out of the barrel of a gun, instead of elections,” he said. “It will return to this simplistic law of the jungle.”

An opinion piece that was briefly available on the news site of the nationalistic Chinese newspaper Global Times suggested Beijing send its military police, part of China’s armed forces, to help in “suppressing the riots.

Suppressing The Riots (China Style)


Terrified of Losing 72 Heavenly Virgins, Daesh Reportedly ‘Run Away’ from a Certain Type of Soldier

Update: Daeshi Denied their Dates

Major Mariam Al Mansouri, EAF

That is, if they are killed by a woman, the deal is off. Rep. Ed Royce (R-Calif.), chairman of the House International Relations Committee, told the New York Post, “These ISIL [Islamic State] soldiers apparently believed that if they were killed in battle, they went to paradise as long as they were killed by a man.”

Man I hope this is a true story.  Need to publicize any, all women artillery battalions. via Terrified of Losing 72 Heavenly Virgins, Islamic State Fighters Reportedly ‘Run Away’ from a Certain Type of Soldier | TheBlaze.com.

Free Range Kids: Oprah Show and 24hr News Cycle

As I pondered this, and thought about 24 hour news, and other logical explanations, one thing kept popping up in my head:   The Oprah Winfrey Show.
As I think about the litany of freak accidents and hidden dangers I need to be constantly worried about for my kids, almost everything has one common recurring element…I saw it on Oprah one time.  Baby drowning in an inch of water, healthy girl scrapes her knee and dies of MRSA, child decapitated by an airbag, carbon monoxide from the car in the garage kills the family, dry drowning, school shootings, home invasions, and countless other tragedies.  And then there are the abduction, molestation, and sexual predator stories.  These were typically featured on Oprah at least once a week.

via Did Oprah Make Us Terrified for Our Kids? : Free Range Kids.

Apple will no longer unlock iOS8 PCDs even with warrants

Update: Holder’s digital straw man.

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. said on Tuesday that new forms of encryption capable of locking law enforcement officials out of popular electronic devices imperil investigations of kidnappers and sexual predators, putting children at increased risk.

Trust us, we’re the government.  Righhhhhhht.

He called on companies “to work with us to ensure that law enforcement retains the ability, with court-authorization, to lawfully obtain information in the course of an investigation, such as catching kidnappers and sexual predators.”

Update: FBI blasts Apple, Google for locking police out of phones

Comey added that FBI officials already have made initial contact with the two companies, which announced their new smartphone encryption initiatives last week. He said he could not understand why companies would “market something expressly to allow people to place themselves beyond the law.”

Why, Comey?  Because we live in a free society and (for now) it is not against the law for companies to sell the devices or for consumer to buy the devices.

Update: New Level of Smartphone Encryption Alarms Law Enforcement

One Justice Department official said that if the new systems work as advertised, they will make it harder, if not impossible, to solve some cases. Another said the companies have promised customers “the equivalent of a house that can’t be searched, or a car trunk that could never be opened.”

Andrew Weissmann, a former Federal Bureau of Investigation general counsel, called Apple’s announcement outrageous, because even a judge’s decision that there is probable cause to suspect a crime has been committed won’t get Apple to help retrieve potential evidence. Apple is “announcing to criminals, ‘use this,’ ” he said. “You could have people who are defrauded, threatened, or even at the extreme, terrorists using it.”

The level of privacy described by Apple and Google is “wonderful until it’s your kid who is kidnapped and being abused, and because of the technology, we can’t get to them,” said Ronald Hosko, who left the FBI earlier this year as the head of its criminal-investigations division. “Who’s going to get lost because of this, and we’re not going to crack the case?”

Oh bullshit!  Straw-man, much?

In addition, a court could try to force a suspect to unlock his phone, said Orin Kerr, a law professor at George Washington University. And a suspect could make data vulnerable to investigators by backing up files, or linking the phone to a computer.

Christopher Soghoian, principal technologist with the American Civil Liberties Union, predicted federal investigators wouldn’t be too hampered by the change, but state and local detectives could be. “It’s not so much a problem for ‘Big Brother,’ but a problem for ‘Little Brother,’ ” he said.

Update: Google/Android calls on personal encryption for PCDs

*PCD (Personnel Communication Device)

“Unlike our competitors, Apple cannot bypass your passcode and therefore cannot access this data,” Apple said on its Web site. “So it’s not technically feasible for us to respond to government warrants for the extraction of this data from devices in their possession running iOS 8.”

Apple will still have the ability — and the legal responsibility — to turn over user data stored elsewhere, such as in its iCloud service, which typically includes backups of photos, videos, e-mail communications, music collections and more. Users who want to prevent all forms of police access to their information will have to adjust settings in a way that blocks data from flowing to iCloud.

Apple’s new privacy policy comes less than five months after the Supreme Court ruled that police in most circumstances need a search warrant to collect information stored on phones. Apple’s action makes that distinction largely moot by depriving itself of the power to comply with search warrants for the contents of many of the phones it sells.

Excellent!!  I might even consider changing out from years of Android use.

What say you Google?  You have been called and raised.

Update: Google/Android calls on personal encryption for PCDs

“For over three years Android has offered encryption, and keys are not stored off of the device, so they cannot be shared with law enforcement,” said company spokeswoman Niki Christoff. “As part of our next Android release, encryption will be enabled by default out of the box, so you won’t even have to think about turning it on.”

via Apple will no longer unlock most iPhones, iPads for police, even with search warrants – The Washington Post.

Hong Kong protesters turn to mesh networks to evade censorship

The rather cramped streets of Hong Kong are currently lined with tens of thousands of people — the Umbrella Revolution. They are mostly students and members of Occupy Central, who are protesting for a fully democratic election process during the Hong Kong 2017 leadership election. The Chinese government, as always, has blocked and censored a number of social media sites so that mainland China can’t see what’s going on in Hong Kong. If the protest continues, the authorities might turn to more drastic measures — such as cutting Hong Kong’s internet connection, or turning off the cellular networks. The Hong Kong protesters won’t be so easily thwarted, however: They are already using a mesh networking app called FireChat, which allows the protesters to communicate freely without any kind of centralized cellular or WiFi network. Clearly, the Umbrella Revolution is in it for the long haul.

via Hong Kong protesters turn to mesh networks to evade China’s censorship | ExtremeTech.

AQAP Twitter-warrior killed in US drone strike

On Sept. 27, the Arabic Twitter account “American Crimes in Yemen” confirmed that al Omari had been killed in the drone strike the previous day and described the strike as “a drop in the sea of American crimes against the Muslims.” The Twitter account claimed that al Omari had survived a previous drone strike and promised its followers that the account would continue to function normally. “The #American_Crimes_in_Yemen account will remain a thorn in America and its agents’ side[s],” its new author vowed.

via AQAP Twitter-warrior killed in latest US drone strike in Yemen – Threat Matrix.

Convicted Cop-Killer Selected As Commencement Speaker

A small Vermont college is poking a lot of people in the eye by having convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal as its commencement speaker next Sunday.


‘Oh look what kind of progressive school we are.’

Wonderful.  I wonder what kind of rape factory this college might be?

via Convicted Cop-Killer Mumia Abu-Jamal Selected As Commencement Speaker For College In Vermont « CBS Philly.

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