Policing for Profits

Across the country, citizens are increasingly finding themselves stopped on routine traffic stops or sobriety checkpoints only to be subjected to extensive questioning and searches. At a time of decreasing budgets, police seem to be hitting the streets in search of their own sources of funding.
Federal and state officers are tapping into an increasingly lucrative tactic called “churning” or “policing for profits.”

via Police addicted to drug money: Column.

NTT researchers entangle photons 300 kilometers apart

Entanglement has been of huge interest to physicists over the years for its ability to seemingly transfer information simultaneously from one location to the other without actually crossing the space in between. Two particles that are entangled share the same quantum state, describing properties like spin, momentum, and polarization. Thus, observing one of the particles tells you about the other.

“…seemingly…”   The communications are instant:

Tzero alpha = Tzero beta

The really interesting questions lie with, what is the communications medium (infinite times faster than the speed of light), or dimension we are unaware of, that this happens?

via NTT researchers entangle photons 300 kilometers apart using fiber optics | ExtremeTech.

Iraqi PM: US aid needed to battle al-Qaida

‘Ummm … we’re sorry about that whole “Get the Hell out of here.” thing in 2011.

A bloody resurgence of al-Qaida in Iraq is prompting Baghdad to ask the U.S. for more weapons, training and manpower, two years after pushing American troops out of the country.

Al-Maliki’s plea for aid is somewhat ironic, given that he refused to budge in 2011 on letting U.S. troops stay in Iraq with legal immunity Washington said they must have to defend themselves in the volatile country.

Now it looks like they want our blood and coin again.

via News from The Associated Press.

NYTimes tire of being punked by Obama, still blames Bush

100 years from now the Left will still be blaming their mistakes on Bush and Cheney.

That Chancellor Merkel’s cellphone conversations could fall under that umbrella is an outgrowth of the post-9/11 decision by President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney that everyone is the enemy, and that anyone’s rights may be degraded in the name of national security. That led to Abu Ghraib, torture at the secret C.I.A. prisons, warrantless wiretapping of American citizens, grave harm to international relations, and the dragnet approach to surveillance revealed by the Snowden leaks.

via The White House on Spying – NYTimes.com.

A Vertical Forest In Milan

Most of these I have seen are artists/designers conceptions.

Perhaps the coolest thing about Bosco Verticale is it isn’t just an intriguing concept on paper. The €65 million project (about a 5% premium on traditional costs) is slated to be finished this year. Already, construction on the buildings is complete, and workers have began lifting the first trees into place with cranes.

A Vertical Forest Is Growing in the Middle of One of Europe’s Dirtiest Cities | Singularity Hub.

Atlantic Hurricane Season Quietest in 45 Years

“Phil Klotzbach, a Colorado State University climatologist, readily admits that the forecasts are based on statistical models that will “occasionally fail,” since the atmosphere is chaotic and subject to fluctuations that cannot be predicted more than a week or two in advance.”

What!? What!?  You mean you can’t predict the future?  I am shocked.

via Atlantic Hurricane Season Quietest in 45 Years | Watts Up With That?.

Computers–No Teachers, Children Teach Themselves

Earlier this year, OLPC workers dropped off closed boxes containing the tablets, taped shut, with no instruction. “I thought the kids would play with the boxes. Within four minutes, one kid not only opened the box, found the on-off switch … powered it up. Within five days, they were using 47 apps per child, per day. Within two weeks, they were singing ABC songs in the village, and within five months, they had hacked Android,” Negroponte said. “Some idiot in our organization or in the Media Lab had disabled the camera, and they figured out the camera, and had hacked Android.”

via Given Tablets but No Teachers, Ethiopian Children Teach Themselves | MIT Technology Review.

Perfect Example of the Free Market at Work – Government Flumoxed

Profit derived dollars vs. Taxpayer dollars:

“We are going to have to regroup and figure out what didn’t work,” said Maryanne Kurtinaitis, renewable-energy program manager for the BLM in Colorado.

The tepid response probably was the result of market uncertainties, said Ken Borngrebe, environmental-permitting manager for Tempe, Ariz.-based solar developer First Solar.
The question for any developer looking at a site hinges on access to transmission, the cost of land and the market price for the solar power, Borngrebe said.

“It may come down to the lack of confidence in the market for solar today,” Borngrebe said.

Ya’ think?

via 1st auction of solar rights on public lands in Colorado draws no bids – The Denver Post.

Virginia Dems: Women Are Only Vaginas That Vote

Note: this is NOT an editorial to push the interests of the ‘R’ candidate. As far as who to vote for, a friend of ours once said, “It’s a decision to choose between The Evil of Two Lessers.”  Several discussions with Mrs. RF, after being insulted over-and-over by Dem-generated Governor race ads, made her want this said:

Dear Democrat Party of Virginia,

Thank you so much for your covert misogyny.  I cannot tell you how much I detest being thought of, as a Vagina That Votes (VTV?).  The continuous ads running here (thanks cable company for having the “LAST” button on the remote.) warning Virginia women that if the R should become Governor (gasp!): state law on abortion will be overturned, access to contraception will be outlawed, and each female will be fitted with a government controlled chastity belt!!!

Really?              Really?

This is your grand-political-plan (and, it seems, of the national D party).  ‘If you elect the “R’s” they will come and take away your pussy.  So women, ‘Vote D to keep your Vagina free.’  As men are prone to say, with a particular color of disdain– Suck My Dick!!          (I would use a much more fitting, “Just lick me.” but it doesn’t have the same rhetorical punch.)

You think trying to frighten women to vote for you is a good idea?

Your campaign (mis)manager has the brilliant idea, ‘Let’s round up all the VTVs–message them that the R’s will take Virginia (national) law back to the 1890s.  That’s the sure path to victory.  Our polling says all Virginia women worry about, is how the government will treat their vaginas.  We don’t need to mention the economy, unemployment, transportation, or any those really hard governing issues.  Vote Vagina–that’s it.’

Just brilliant.

A reminder of the limited power in the position of Governor; One of the most hated taxes in Virginia was the ‘Car Tax‘ (personal property).  A candidate for Governor (Jim Gilmore, R) decided that would be good idea, as part of his platform, to repeal this tax.  He was elected in a landslide.   Gilmore followed up on his campaign issue and his administration moved to have the levy repealed.  The ideal was to be instant — 1 year.  The legislature gave Gilmore and Virginia voters 4 years for phase out.  Somehow, along the way of the 4 years, the Virginia legislature decided that they know how to better spend our money, could not live without the (now smaller) revenue from the car tax and stopped the phase out.  The synthetic-scary idea that the Governor, could by executive fiat, outlaw birth control and abortion is ludicrous.

The only person acting by executive fiat is currently working at the national level.  As I recall, quite a few of the 2012 national D election ads also claimed that the R party candidate, if elected, was going to make all Vagina’s submit to government control–a continuing theme from Dems.

I don’t think the Taliban obsess this much over women’s reproductive organs.

So, again, thanks so much Virginia (and national) Dems for your misogyny.  Nothing better than being reduced to a VTV, by your thinking and advertising.

To both parties: I will be voting for Sarvis (easy enough because I am libertarian).  I am tired of your poor acting, feigned outrage,  crappy leadership, and unquenchable thirst for our tax dollars (because you are so much smarter and know exactly where to spend the money.)  Sarvis is not a ‘wasted vote’ this year in Virginia.  When Sarvis gathers over 10% of the electorate votes (from all the other fed up VTVs) on November 5th, that means for the next 4 years, in all Virginia elections, libertarian candidates can get on the ballot without requiring a petition/signature drive.  And that is a good thing.

Time for some new ideas– because D’s and R’s–yours are not working.

Texas football program axes participation trophies

Good for them.  “Life is hard.  Wear a (football) helmet.”

“Going forward participation medals or trophies will be going away,” the group wrote. “KYA Football board feels that giving participation medals or trophies isn’t sending our children the right message. Trophies are something you should strive for and earn. Life does not give you a participation job or medal, life makes you earn everything you get. We know not everyone will agree but we feel this is the right direction for KYA Football to go in.”

via Give this group an award: Football program axes participation trophies | The Daily Caller.

McInnes: Feminism makes women miserable

On the flip side, McInnes said that men have become less masculine, ironically as a means to get more women.

“I think men are becoming beta males because feminists have told them to, but you’ll notice feminists don’t fuck those guys,” he said. “I think they are doing this and being submissive…because they are trying to get laid.

“If women said men who dress in clown costumes are hot and cool, then they would fuckin’ stick a red nose on.”

McInnes continued that he sees the anti-masculinity push as intrinsically anti-capitalist.

“There is a real latent anti-entrepreneurial ethos going on in America right now with the left and I don’t see it as annoying or unfashionable. I see it as a virus because it is ultimately anti-American.

Some interesting thoughts:

via ‘The Godfather of Hipsterdom’ doubles down: Feminism is making women miserable | The Daily Caller.

NSA: All Your Call Belong To Us

“Today, no telephone in America makes a call without leaving a record with the NSA. Today, no internet transaction enters or leaves America without passing through the NSA’s hands,” Snowden said in a statement Thursday. “Our representatives in Congress tell us this is not surveillance. They’re wrong.”

via Snowden fires back at Feinstein over ‘surveillance’ claim – The Hill’s Hillicon Valley.

Taliban Attacks on Girls and Women

EVEN WITH THE Americans still in Afghanistan, the things happening every day to girls and young women under the Taliban defy belief. A few weeks ago, Ms. Jan narrowly missed a bomb detonated at a major shopping center in Kabul. She said she never watches television to avoid bad news, but, when she got home, she turned it on to confirm that a friend and her children had died in the blast. Immediately after that report, the broadcast turned to a stoning in a town under Taliban control.

A girl, of age, had refused to marry an older man and married her younger lover instead. As Ms. Jan and the rest of Afghanistan watched, men in white robes stood outside a mosque, a figure draped in white was dragged to the middle of the square, and the men threw stones.

“These were not pebbles,” Ms. Jan said, wiping tears. “They were bricks. And the men were laughing.”

Barbarians

<sigh>

via Taliban’s Attacks on Girls Can Only Be Stopped by Moderate Muslims | The New York Observer.

Napolitano: A Government of Secrecy and Fear

Since the revelations about Verizon, we have learned that the NSA has captured and stored in its Utah computers the emails, texts, telephone conversations, utility bills, bank statements, credit card statements and digital phone books of everyone in America for the past two and a half years. It also has captured hundreds of millions of phone records in Brazil, France, Germany and Mexico — all U.S. allies — and it has shared much of the seized raw American data with intelligence agencies in Great Britain and Israel. Its agents have spied on their girlfriends and boyfriends literally thousands of times, and they have combed the collected raw data and selectively revealed some of it to law enforcement. All of this directly contradicts the Constitution.

The government breaks the law it has been hired to enforce and violates the Constitution its agents have sworn to uphold; it gets caught and lies about it; and no one in government is punished or changes his behavior.

via A Government of Secrecy and Fear – Reason.com.

Seattle: We’re buying your parking lot to build a (wait for it) Parking Lot

The city is forcing a 103-year-old Spokane woman to sell her parking lot in Seattle to make way for, well, a parking lot.

The Seattle City Council voted Monday to take the lot near the waterfront by eminent domain, using a portion of the $30 million provided by the state to take care of parking issues around the waterfront. Hundreds of public parking spaces will be lost when the state begins dismantling the Alaskan Way Viaduct for the digging of the tunnel. The construction will last until 2020.

The lot is owned by Spokane resident Myrtle Woldson. She doesn’t want to sell, so the City Council voted unanimously to use it’s power of eminent domain to take it after paying Woldson “fair market value.”

via City tells 103-year-old: We’re buying your parking lot, like it or not | Q13 FOX News.

9 Unbelievable Facts About Federal Courts

I do not much care for buzz feed’s ‘shtick’ but this is disturbing.

Federal judges are supposed to be fair and neutral when it comes to interpreting the Constitution. But under what’s known as “rational basis review,” if judges think your rights aren’t important (or “fundamental”), then laws are almost always presumed to be constitutional.

That means judges don’t need facts to uphold laws that violate many of your rights. So under the rational basis test, terrible laws can only be struck down if the person challenging it beats back every single justification for that law—including ones that are completely made-up!

Click forth and read all:

via 9 Unbelievable Facts You Didn’t Know About Federal Courts.

“Congress shall make no law applicable to a citizen of the United States that is not equally applicable to Congress.”

This really works for me.

This is the kind of behavior common to officials of totalitarian states and we should all get behind Paul for his attempt, even though such an amendment should already be implied by the Constitution itself. Indeed, one assumes that the Founders would have been horrified, or at least hugely dismayed, to find our modern Congress exempting themselves in such a disgustingly greedy manner. It goes against the very essence of what the Founders regarded as the equal rights of citizenship in our republic.

via Roger L. Simon » Rand Paul’s New Constitutional Amendment Should Be a Litmus Test for Who Stays in Congress.