Monday, October 20, 2014

Police State

China redirecting all traffic to Apple's iCloud and Microsoft's cloud.

UK man convicted for manga, hentai and ecchi images of young girls.
"Local media said that Robul Hoque was sentenced last week to nine months' imprisonment, though the sentence is suspended so long as the defendant does not break the law again." 
Nuts.

Local

Goofy special tax district set up just for Water Street development with tax to go to the developer. This is a super-scam.

Tax and Spend

Germans are trading used goods to avoid VAT tax.

Global Warming and Energy

FEMA coerces states into including global warming threat plans by threatening to cut off funding.

UK power grid unprepared for cold winter.

Health Care

30 ways to avoid paying Obamacare penalty for not being insured.

Another Obamacare horror story.

Kasich admits what Republicans have planned all along: Obamacare is here to stay. He can admit this while the rest lie because he's cruising to victory.
"Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is expected to cruise to reelection this year and then seek the Republican nomination in 2016, recently told the Associated Press that repealing the Affordable Care is “not gonna happen.” “The opposition to it was really either political or ideological,” he said. “I don’t think that holds water against real flesh and blood, and real improvements in people’s lives.”"
Improvements?

Government is buying all the Ebola protective gear, keeping it away from the people.

Ebola strain claimed to have been created in US bioweapons lab. This could explain the military involvement.
"University of Illinois law professor Francis Boyle, an expert of the perfidies of the US government, reminds us that Sierra Leone and Liberia, the countries most affected by the ebola outbreak, are two West African countries that host US biological warfare laboratories. Professor Boyle asks how the disease, which is mainly associated with equatorial Congo reached West Africa thousands of kilometers away.
Washington’s response is itself peculiar. The Obama regime sent 4,000 US soldiers to West Africa to fight ebola. Soldiers don’t have training or equipment with which to combat ebola. Why expose 4,000 Americans to an epidemic? This seemingly pointless decision has raised suspicions that Washington is exposing troops to ebola so that vaccines or treatments can be tested on the troops."
It is bizarre.
"As one commentator observed, the CDC’s response to ebola is too stupid for stupid.
The CDC’s protocol is based on assumptions about ebola that do not seem to be true for the current strain. A nurse, who treated the ebola patient in Dallas who died, was given the green light to fly commercially even though she reported to CDC that she had symptoms. She exposed 132 passengers on the flight, and these passengers have since been in contact with thousands of other people. The Daily Mail has published photographs of an American with a clipboard and without protective suiting boarding the nurse on a private airplane on way to hospital quarantine."
Stupider than stupid. This could explain why this strain of Ebola is the worst ever.

More on claim Ebola outbreak was caused by US tests on Africans. Parallels US tests on Guatamalans.

Theory Ebola crisis was manufactured to advance one-world-government agenda by globalizing the health care system. This makes sense.
"Over the past hundred years, no force has been more powerful in shaping modern medicine than the Rockefeller empire.
In his 2003 Memoirs, David Rockefeller wrote: “Some even believe we are part of a secret cabal working against the best interests of the United States, characterizing my family and me as ‘internationalists’ and of conspiring with others around the world to build a more integrated global political and economic structure—one world, if you will. If that is the charge, I stand guilty, and I am proud of it.”
Rockefeller is acutely aware that one of the prime strategies for bringing his dream (nightmare) to fruition is: a one-world, all-embracing medical apparatus."
Great quote.

Another patient brought to US with Ebola cured and released.

Education

The failures of government schools today are pretty much the same as they were decades ago.

Sports

NFL, NCAA other leagues file suit to block sports gambling in New Jersey.
""It's the leagues' last hurrah to perpetuate their stranglehold over sports betting which they condone and exploit for their own benefit," Lesniak said of the leagues' latest legal challenge."
How do they do that?

War on Drugs

The war on drugs has turned Mexico into a failed state.

Police State

Apple collecting data from all Yosemite users.

Interview with reporter who made Edward Snowden documentary.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Tax and Spend

US used Social Security payments to bribe suspected Nazi war criminals to leave the country, paying out millions to suspects.

Ohio suspends hundreds of businesses a year for not paying sales taxes. Abolish them and this problem will go away, and our economy will improve.

Immigration

Obama preparing to request millions of work permits for immigrants. If he knows where they are to give them work permits, he knows where they are to send them home.
"Unnoticed until now, a draft solicitation for bids issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) Oct. 6 says potential vendors must be capable of handling a “surge” scenario of 9 million id cards in one year “to support possible future immigration reform initiative requirements.”"
This is only a proposal. I think this is phony, leaked to get support for the election.

Politics

People leave campaign event while Obama speaks.

Socialism

National service is slavery.

Local

Dayton says expect slushy roads because of salt shortage.

60 police dispatched to break up huge brawl at Central State but only three students were arrested and only for misdemeanors.

Global Warming and Energy

Poland vows to veto a suicidal EU mandate to cut CO2 emissions by 40 percent. Smart.

Communists pretending to be environmentalists don't want clean-burning natural gas because it will boost the economy. These real goal of these people is to destroy capitalism. The global warming fraud and the attack on CO2 is merely a means to that end.

War

South Korean troops fire on North Korean troops at border, starting an exchange of gunfire.

US, EU and UN aid being sent to ISIS.

Russia targets McDonald's for harassment in response to western sanctions.

Health Care

Pentagon announces domestic Ebola SWAT team. In what world does this make sense?

US troops won't receive full hazmat suits for dealing with Ebola patients in Africa. Considering the protocols just changed, this sounds intended to infect some.

Now that Obama has brought Ebola into the US and caused a crisis, he's being heralded for taking action against it. What a travesty.

Obama to ask for and obtain more funds to fight Ebola.

US has long had an Ebola czar.

After loudly accusing Dallas nurses for not following protocol, CDC quietly changes protocol nurses followed. This is evil, not stupid.

Ebola response still needs improvement. It wouldn't if Obama hadn't brought it here.

Ebola susceptibility linked to malnutrition, selenium and vitamin C deficiency.

Plenty of vitamins C, A and D along with iodine and salt are necessary to fight infections.

Drinking soda linked to premature aging, disease and early death. I wonder why it took so long to produce a study like this.

Regulation

BBC to post links removed by Google because of stupid right to be forgotten regulation. Everybody should do that to erase that stupid regulation.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Immigration

There's nothing libertarian about open borders.

Tax and Spend

Scientists believes he discovered signature of dark matter created by sun. What a corruption of science.

Media

Great article on the parallels between Walking Dead and current society.

More evidence Alexa is skewing data to favor leftist websites.

Economy

The growth in capital goods is a product of printing money, not market forces, and is therefore destroying wealth.

Apple plans to steal Microsoft's Surface idea and make it more expensive.

The New York Times tells the truth.
"The global market turmoil is a vivid reminder that the European crisis didn’t go away — it has just been lying dormant."
Europe's banks are still in trouble.

Texas set record for job creation over 12 month period.

Global Warming and Energy

Global warming frauds admit fraud while defending it.

Another fraudulent claim proved wrong.
"The “World Disasters Report 2014″ of IFRC notices the lowest number of catastrophies in 10 years and 22,500 dead (average 100,000)."
It's like even God is sick of global warming frauds.

LED lights attract more bugs.

Low oil prices blamed on dumping by OPEC to make shale oil in the US and other places unprofitable. It can't last.

War

Even though the American people don't support it, expect the defense budge to increase.

The war on ISIS will cost much more than claimed.
"Direct costs of the president's plan will likely be on the order of $22 billion per year, but that is only the start. "
"The combined cost of abandoning planned cutbacks at the Defense Department, new spending to combat the Islamic State, and extra foreign military assistance means that America will wind up spending up to $100 billion more on military activities than we had expected this year alone."
It'll skyrocket when he sends in the troops.\

Airstrikes target more oil facilities in Syria, ostensibly to cut off funds to ISIS, but I doubt it.

The US covered up WMD in Iraq because they were supplied by the US.
"Iraq had no nuclear weapons, as the US falsely claimed."
That's not true. The US claimed Iraq had a nuclear weapons program, and that was true.
"Few Americans know anything about their nation’s support for the demonized Saddam Hussein or the secret biological weapons story.  Or that the deadliest biowarfare weapon used in the region was the destruction by the US airpower of Iraq’s water and sewage systems, a crime that led to the deaths, according to UN officials, of over 500,000 Iraqis, mostly children, from contaminated water. Iraq is still poisoned by depleted uranium munitions fired by US forces."
I thought this was pretty well known by now.

Foreign Policy

Iran claims Israel forged document accusing it of developing nuclear weapons.

Police State

Former director of NSA recruited NSA CTO to moonlight for his company. No conflict of interest there.

Florida Supreme Court requires police to obtain warrant before capturing cell phone tower data.

Health Care

40 year old cancer treatment cover up.

A thousand people in the US are being watched for Ebola.

Bureaucrats suggest they might withhold treatment of Ebola patients.

As with everything else, government's failure to deal with Ebola is being used to increase the size and power of government.

Forced vaccinations for Ebola may be coming.

Great expose of the futility of the CDC.

Don't trust the government. Trust Firestone. More on Firestone's success. I love NPR's headline:
"Firestone Did What Governments Have Not: Stopped Ebola In Its Tracks"
Firestone could make rational economic decisions. Government can't. Firestone is comprised of people who cooperate with others for a living, which attracts and brings out compassion. Government is comprised of people who steal from others for a living and who dictate them, which attracts psychopaths and sociopaths and brings out enmity.

Suspicion CDC is covering up link between enterovirus D-68 (EV-D68) and illegal immigrant children.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Foreign Policy

Moody's joins S&P in downgrading Russian government debt.

Media

Google earns more add revenue than all newspapers combined times two.

Federal Reserve

While Fed Chief Janet Yellen makes a cool $200 grand, 113 people at the Fed make more.

War on Drugs

Despite failing a drug test for cocaine, Joe Biden's son doesn't face prosecution in our two-tiered justice system.

Economy

I'm not surprised that plutocrat Telsa hooked up with plutocrat Apple for its highly subsidized car.

After falling all week, Dow suddenly soars. Nothing fishy here.

Local

Huber Heights's mayor withdraws idea to resign and run again. The comedy continues.

Health Care

Obama appoints an Ebola czar. I thought he said Ebola wasn't a problem. Czar has no medical or health background.

Obama frustrated socialism doesn't work.

War

Former Iraqi pilots training ISIS to fly captured Syrian fighter jets. This sounds like propaganda to provide an excuse for the US to implement a no-fly zone over Syria, something Turkey has been asking for for a while.

After two years in space, the Pentagon's secret space plane, modeled on the space shuttle but much smaller, returns to Earth.

CIA admits its history of funding rebels doesn't work.

Seven bad endings to Obama's latest war in the Middle East include a bad ending for the US.

Police State

Declining prison populations is leaving prisons unused or underused. Finally some good news.

Misc

NASA acknowledges the coma of comet Siding Spring may interact with the Martian atmosphere. I bet scientists will be surprised.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Education

Students takes picture of terrible school lunch. Good for her.

Government schools can only fail.
"The problems of American public education are the problems associated with any system of government-enforced, tax-supported coercive wealth redistribution: the system of financing conflicts with the expressly stated goals of the planning agencies. This conflict between the method of financing and the stated goals of education has been with us since the days of the Puritans of New England who set up compulsory education which was to be financed, in part, by money collected by the local property tax assessor."
Nothing good comes from stealing.
"Yet it overlooks the fundamental problem of voucher-financed education. The question must still be asked: Where is the locus of authority? And the answer must still be the same: the civil government. The voucher program violates the most important principle of education: parents are responsible for the financing of their children's education. He who is responsible is also legally sovereign, and vice versa. Operationally, the source of the funding determines the locus of authority. The goal of all those who would defend market arrangements must be to determine the moral locus of authority in any particular circumstance, and then see to it that the sovereign agent be made legally and economically responsible for the exercise of his power. By failing to demand that parents be the source of funding for their own children's education, the promoters of the voucher scheme have abdicated their responsibility in extending the principle of voluntarism and its concomitant, personal responsibility. " 
Exactly.

Politics

Google outspends Goldman-Sachs.
"Google’s political action committee, NetPAC, has spent more money on political campaigns this year than Goldman, at $1.43m, just edging out the $1.4m by the bank that is famous for its political connections. That is a marked change from the last midterm election in 2010, when Google spent only a third as much as Goldman."
There's a lot to be gained.

Democrats are the party of the rich, representing the wealthiest districts.

Thomas Sowell on the real history of slavery.
"But our “educators” today, along with the media, present a highly edited segment of the history of slavery. Those who have been through our schools and colleges, or who have seen our movies or television miniseries, may well come away thinking that slavery means white people enslaving black people. But slavery was a worldwide curse for thousands of years, as far back as recorded history goes.
Over all that expanse of time and space, it is very unlikely that most slaves, or most slave owners, were either black or white. Slavery was common among the vast populations in Asia. Slavery was also common among the Polynesians, and the indigenous peoples of the Western Hemisphere enslaved other indigenous peoples before anyone on this side of the Atlantic had ever seen a European.
More whites were brought as slaves to North Africa than blacks brought as slaves to the United States or to the 13 colonies from which it was formed. White slaves were still being bought and sold in the Ottoman Empire, decades after blacks were freed in the United States."
There's no money to be made publicizing that.

Economy

Greece's economic problems have never been fixed.
"A fresh crisis in Greece is coming at a bad time for the eurozone, already worried about deflation and a slowing economy.
The Greek stock index has lost 12 per cent over the past two days and was down another 2.5 per cent today.
Investors been spooked by the prospect of new elections that could result in more power for the left-wing Syriza party, which wants to renege on Greece’s massive debt.
After five years of austerity, Greece has a jobless rate of 27 per cent and a moribund economy beset by inflation.
Just as the government was making plans to exit its bailout program, underwritten by the rest of Europe, its bond market has taken a hit.
The rate on the benchmark 10-years bonds jumped to 8.71 per cent from just 5.6 per cent just last month -- a sign investors are more worried the country might default.
Bond yields on the eurozone’s other troubled members  -- Spain, Portugal and Italy – also rose."
Uh-oh.
"Loans from the EU to Greece will stop at the end of this year and it must renegotiate. Greece needed 240 billion euros ($307 billion) in bailout loans in 2010 and 2012 from other countries that use the euro and from the International Monetary Fund.
In Athens, Finance Minister Gikas Hardouvelis insisted Greece was not sliding back into financial turmoil and remained committed to meeting bailout targets.
"The market atmosphere seen in the last couple of days does not reflect the state of the Greek economy ... Our path to growth is now a reality," he told parliament."
He sounds like an accomplished liar.

48 million Americans live in poverty.

War

In response to sanctions, Putin threatens to cut off gas supplies to Europe this winter.

Socialist nation-building in Iraq.
"Van Buren led two Department of State teams assigned with the abstract mission of the "reconstruction" of Iraq, which was destroyed in the US-led wars and sanctions. He describes the reconstruction of Iraq as such:
"In practice, that meant paying for schools that would never be completed, setting up pastry shops on streets without water or electricity, and conducting endless propaganda events on Washington-generated themes of the week (‘small business,’ ‘women’s empowerment,’ ‘democracy building.’)"
As for the comical scene: "We even organized awkward soccer matches, where American taxpayer money was used to coerce reluctant Sunni teams into facing off against hesitant Shiite ones in hopes that, somehow, the chaos created by the American invasion could be ameliorated on the playing field.""
It's been a great success.

Turkey allows US to fly drones from bases.

Global Warming and Energy

The were wrong when they predicted an average winter last year, and they're wrong for predicting an average winter again this year. NOAA says no polar vortex this year. Being a socialist means never having to learn. More.

Metorologists predict another polar vortex for the US this winter.

Farmer's Almanac predicts another bitterly cold winter.

Early snow on the big island of Hawaii.

Category 4 hurricane Gonzalo targets Bermuda. First major hurricane to target Bermuda in 11 years.

Great Lakes ice-breaking fleet may be inadequate.

Blizzard in Nepal kills 27. 70 missing.

Climate models are themselves a fraud.
"It parallels the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) objective of trying to predict the climate by measuring one variable, CO2. Conversely, people trying to determine what is wrong with the IPCC climate models consider a multitude of factors, when the failure is completely explained by one thing, insufficient data to construct a model.
IPCC computer climate models are the vehicles of deception for the anthropogenic global warming (AGW) claim that human CO2 is causing global warming. They create the results they are designed to produce."
Exactly.

Police State

FBI demands access to cell phone data, calls on Congress to block default, strong encryption proposed by Apple and Google.

After TSA chief retires, I bet he gets a job selling ridiculously expensive but useless equipment to TSA.

Court holds parents libel for child's Facebook post.

Whisper app, which is supposed to hide people, actually tracks them and sends info to Pentagon.

Health Care

Evidence of airborne transmission of Ebola.
"The well-known and respected Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP) at the University of Minnesota recently notified the CDC and the World Health Organization that “there is scientific and epidemiologic evidence that Ebola virus has the potential to be transmitted via infectious aerosol particles.” For the first time, they include exhaled breath in their report."
Another lie exposed.

Nigeria stopped Ebola, but our government is much bigger, therefore much more incompetent and corrupt.

Obama calls up military reserves to fight Ebola in Africa.

Famine in Ebola countries in Africa.

Border closings in Africa limit spread of Ebola.

The travesty of checking travelers at a few airports.

First Dallas nurse with Ebola transfered to NIH hospital in Maryland.

Second Dallas nurse with Ebola showed symptoms before she flew to Cleveland and back. She was flown to Atlanta.

Obama blames CDC director for Ebola screw-ups, not himself, naturally. They're making this guy the scapegoat though he didn't want to bring Ebola into the US in the first place.

Obama wants the CDC to create an Ebola SWAT team to kill people with Ebola. Now that he's created this problem by inviting Ebola into the country, he's pretending to want to solve it.

Blaming Obama's political correctness for Ebola coming to US.
"Two days after Duncan’s death, Vinson was allowed to fly to Cleveland to visit relatives. She then prepared to fly back to Dallas.
Before boarding, she called the Centerd for Disease Control and said she was running a fever of 99.5. Yet she was given clearance to fly commercial back to Dallas, where she was admitted to the hospital with symptoms of the disease. She is the second nurse at that hospital to come down with Ebola.
According to CBS Medical Correspondent Dr. John LaPook, “Nurse Vinson did in fact call the CDC several times before taking that flight and said she had a temperature, a fever of 99.5, and the person at the CDC looked at a chart, and because her temperature wasn’t 100.4 or higher she didn’t officially fall into the category of high risk.”"
The bureaucrat mind. Another.

Cleveland quarantined eight, close three schools and scrubbed the airport after discovering Ebola nurse from Dallas was there.

Litany of CDC failures.

Media

Because Obama was forcing changes to pool reports, reporters are bypassing the White House. Why were they every submitting pool reports through the White House?

HBO and CBS offer internet TV packages unbundled from cable.

Alexa skewing results to make left-wing sites appear more popular.

Socialism

Socialist Bill Gates, who made all his money off government interventions in the market, supports Piketty's attack on capitalism. Ironic.

Foreign Policy

FBI warns of Chinese government hackers.

FBI informant led hack on NewsCorp interests.

Israeli's fleeing to Berlin to escape high cost of living.

Local

Wright-Patt air crew delivering Ebola-fighting supplies to Africa.

Semi knocks over power pole, causing outage.

Misc

Surprises from Rosetta mission to comet.

Comet Siding Spring approaches Mars Sunday. If its coma reaches Mars's atmosphere, there might be fireworks.

NASA's answer to every moon question is a subsurface ocean.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Media

In 1878, The New York Times editorial called for lynching Thomas Edison for inventing too much.

List of evil supported by The New York Times.

Economy

Consumer spending fell in September.

In contrast to US pensions, Dutch pensions work because employees pay the bulk of payments for themselves, not their employers, and when they get into trouble, they cut benefits and increase contributions to fix it. Still, the best solution for retirement is for the individual to save his own money.

Entrepreneurs turn scientific discoveries into valuable economic advancements.

I remember the IMF saying China's purchasing power had surpassed the US, not its GDP.

Dow drops 460 points.

Global Warming and Energy

Propagandists spin falling oil prices as bad news requiring central banks to inflate to stop.
"Ever since the oil shock of the early 1970s, central bankers have fretted that rising energy prices spelled recession.
Now they’re discovering cheaper energy can be a headache too, especially when warding off deflation is the economic challenge du jour."
Too ridiculous. Lower energy prices increase the standard of living for everybody. The key to this is falling oil prices means fewer petro-dollars, and that's not good for dollar supremacy.

Frauds claim concrete's life is shortened by climate change.

Scientists ridiculously miss that carbonate rocks, note the name, absorb carbon.

NASA accidentally shows 1934 was the worst drought of the last thousand years.

War

Reports shows US troops found lots of chemical weapons in Iraq, and many were injured by them, contrary to what the leftist media told us for years, but Bush was wrong too. There were no stockpiles. There were no chemical weapons programs at the time of the invasion. Both sides lied. Incidents were covered up.

US air war in Syria and Iraq named Operation Inherent Resolve.

US paying for 54,000 ghost policemen in Afghanistan.
"And by the way, those Afghan ghosts have a history nearly as long as America’s second Afghan War. In 2007, for instance, the U.S. Government Accountability Office was already reporting that the “actual number of present-for-duty soldiers” in Afghan military units was “about one-half to two-thirds of the total” at any given time. While some of those were soldiers on leave, significant numbers were clearly ghost troops." 
Amazing.

Panetta exposes that US policy in Korea is to use nukes in response to an invasion. As for not scaring the North Koreans, they haven't invaded.

More on the phony threat from the Khorasan group Obama invented used as justification to attack Syria.

Tax and Spend

Budget deficit reaches lowest level since the bubble in 2007. We know how that ended.

Police State

Governments and businesses building database of voice-prints.

Misc

In story about Martian atmosphere, NASA propagates myth that CFCs destroy ozone on Earth, but solar currents do it on Mars.

Comet approaches Mars Sunday. I hope spaceships get good pictures of it.

Local

Crash on I-75 at US35. It's been a long time since the DDN reported a crash in the construction zone.

In another government-created conflict, protesters conflict with businesses over water rules. This couldn't happen with a free market for water.

Huber Heights's mayor won't attack the vice-mayor. What a joke.

Health Care

Losing sense of smell correlated with death.

Second nurse in Texas tests positive for Ebola.
"A second nurse who cared for Duncan has been diagnosed with the disease on Wednesday  
Nurses are furious by angered by CDC Director Tom Frieden's attempts to 'pass the blame' to infected nurse Nina Pham  
Nurses say their necks and wrists were exposed when treating Duncan   
Hazardous waste from Duncan 'left to pile up to the ceiling in one room' "
Thanks, Obama.
"Nurses at the Dallas hospital where the first patient died of Ebola in the US insisted there were no protocols in place for dealing with the virus - and claimed that no hospital in the country was prepared to deal with the deadly virus.
The director of the National Nurses Union RoseAnn DeMoro directly contradicted the CDC's initial claim that a breach in protocol lead to the infection of Nina Pham as she treated Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas.
She said: 'Our nurses are not protected, they're not prepared to handle Ebola or any other pandemics.'
'The protocols that should have been in place in Dallas were not in place and are not in place anywhere in the United States, as far as we can tell.'"
Blaming failed protocol was transparent.
"The union, which does not represent any of the nurses at Texas Presbyterian, said the healthcare workers came to them because they believed they had no other way to report the dangerous security lapses."
Good for the union for standing up for workers. That doesn't happen often. So many lies exposed in one article. So much for the experts in the US who can handle Ebola. I knew this. Obama knew this.
"Ultimately, according to DeMoro and Burger, the nurses feel 'unsupported, unprepared, lied to and deserted', especially in light of CDC Director Thomas Frieden's assertion that a 'breach in protocol' led 26-year-old nurse Nina Pham to become infected.
'This nurse was being blamed for not following protocols that did not exist. ... The nurses in that hospital were very angry, and they decided to contact us,' DeMoro said."
They did us all a service.

Second nurse just flew from Cleveland to Dallas before showing symptoms. She called CDC before boarding flight with fever.

Obama claims he shook hands, hugged and kissed nurses at Atlanta hospital that treated Ebola patient. If this is true, he's not only evil, he's an idiot.

CDC lies out both sides of its mouth.
"Dr. Tom Frieden, director for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), said during a telephone press briefing Wednesday that you cannot get Ebola by sitting next to someone on a bus, but that infected or exposed persons should not ride public transportation because they could transmit the disease to someone else."
It can be passed with a wand from somebody else, but you can't pass it with a wand. What a bunch of frauds.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

War

US and EU sanctions on Russia over Ukraine push it closer to China.
"During a three day visit to Moscow that ended Tuesday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang signed 38 new deals with Russia, including a big expansion in Russian gas sales to China. Russian President Vladimir Putin sealed a huge $400 billion gas contract with China in May, but the fresh deal would reportedly double that. Moscow also reportedly agreed to sell some of its most advanced weaponry to Beijing.
Recommended: Sochi, Soviets, and tsars: How much do you know about Russia?
China-Russia trade has grown from around $40 billion to $90 billion in the past six years, but Mr. Putin said Tuesday that it's set to jump to $100 billion next year and $200 billion by 2020. By comparison, Russia's trade with the European Union in 2012 totaled around $340 billion. "
That hurts western economies too.
"In the most politically charged deal, the two countries have agreed to a $24 billion yuan-ruble currency swap between their central banks, which will be used to finance bilateral trade using local currencies rather than US dollars."
They're hastening the dollar decline.

Turkish warplanes attack Kurds fighting ISIS.

Media

Article about conflict between Guardian and New York Times over Snowden NSA stories offers tidbit I missed the first time.
"The cooperative arrangement initially resulted in several eye-popping stories for both newspapers, including the Times’s Snowden-based exposé of how American and British intelligence operatives were data-mining the popular Angry Birds smartphone app to reveal all sorts of personal information about users."
How did I miss that?

Socialism

LA mayor orders city to cut water use 20 percent by 2017. Why not today? Why not just raise prices?

Education

While charging students a $225,000 speaking fee, Hillary complains about the student debt she helped Obama foist on students. You can't make this stuff up.

Politics

After spending $2 million to defeat Mitch McConnell in Kentucky, Democrats pull ads.

Because key states in Senate race are facing double-digit rate hikes for Obamacare, Obama won't release the figures until after the election.

Obama won't name AG replacement until after the election.

Misc

Questioning if open source software is really more secure than proprietary.

US marriage rate hits all-time low.

Health Care

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg foolishly donates $25 million to CDC to fight Ebola.

Ebola death rate reaches 70 percent.

UN says there's only 60 days to stop Ebola before it overruns the world. I'm skeptical.

The CDC wants us to believe that the nurse in Dallas contracted Ebola because the CDC didn't send a team of experts when the first case appeared. What an impressive way to twist this failure into pro-government propaganda.

I hope this blood transfusion from an Ebola survivor works.

Global Warming and Energy

Falling energy prices make pipeline projects less profitable.

Water temperature in the Great Lakes is six degrees colder than usual. That's going to be a problem.

Michael Mann claimed to be a Nobel Prize winner again and was slapped down again.

Another study finds climate has low sensitivity to CO2, just as you would expect. If it didn't, we wouldn't exist.

Climate models underestimate CO2 absorption by plants.

Economy

Australians most wealthy per capita by far.

The unprecedented economic bubble for plutocrats has boosted the paper value of wealth 20 percent higher than right before the previous bust.

Plutocrat Zuckerberg buys 700 acres of Hawaii for $100 million.
"Zuckerberg, 30, who is worth around $33 billion, is the second Silicon Valley billionaire to buy up part of Hawaii.
Last year Oracle chairman Larry Ellison purchased the whole of Lanai, Hawaii's sixth largest island, for up to $600 million."
You got to be kidding me.

Regulation

In a perfect example of how the market for internet bandwidth works too, Netflix speeds double on networks where Netflix pays. Everybody wins.

Federal Reserve

Finnish rulers want to ban high denomination bank notes to make life easier for enforcers.

Local

Greene County elections board can't afford to pay for high pay raises.

A little rain knocks out power all over the place.

Bomb squad called to Miami Valley Hospital.

Carillon still isn't selling beer. If this was a private company, it would already be bankrupt.

Huber Heights's mayor makes some goofy proposal to resign at the end of 2015 so he can run again earlier in the year. Huber Heights is a clown show.

Government has been waging war on ash borers for years. Needless to say, it has failed.

Beavercreek Walmart shooting officers recorded statements released.
"In recordings released by BCI, officers say they shot John Crawford III because he ignored their commands"
That's not self defense. That contradicts what the killer said in his written report.
"Once they arrive at a scene, officers have an obligation to reassess what they’ve been told by a dispatcher, a security consultant said"
They didn't do that. They literally went in guns blazing.
"When Beavercreek police confronted John Crawford III in Walmart on the night of Aug. 5, he ignored their commands to drop his weapon and get on the ground, the officers told investigators who interviewed them after the shooting.
“I raised my sights up — he still had the rifle — and I fired two shots center-mass at him,” Officer Sean Williams told investigators less than three hours after he shot the 22-year-old Fairfield man as the victim what turned out to be a BB gun."
He obviously didn't know what was going on. He had no reason to expect police were going to kill him. He did nothing wrong.
"Crawford was declared dead that night at Miami Valley Hospital. A specially convened Greene County grand jury last month chose not to indict Williams or anyone else involved in the shooting."
I still want an explanation of why they drove him all the way to Miami Valley instead of someplace closer.
"Darkow said he did not fire his weapon. But he added that he “probably would have” had Crawford moved into the aisle or in Darkow’s line of sight. Darkow took pains to support Williams."
Of course he did. That's what the thin blue line is all about. He'd been in trouble if he hadn't.
"Darkow recounted what a 911 caller had told dispatchers: That a man had “what we believed could be a deadly firearm” and was loading it."
Had that been true, it would have been perfectly legal as well and shooting him would still have been unjustified. But it wasn't true.
"“I knew one thing, and that was there was no way we could allow him to get out,” Darkow said."
That's an admission of premeditation.
"Brad Spicer, a New Jersey-based security consultant with law enforcement and military experience, said officers have an obligation to reassess what they’ve been told, by a dispatcher or a citizen, once they’re on the scene of what they have been told is a crime.
In this situation, Spicer said, it might have been good for officers to realize, “I didn’t hear a gunshot. I didn’t see anyone screaming.”"
Ya think?
"But he asked observers to understand the stress police experience. They go into a rapidly developing unknown situation bearing responsibility for the lives of those around them, Spicer said."
Here comes the apology.
"Darkow said that at the first verbal command, Crawford “startled — I mean he noticeably startled back. He looked up, saw us and startled. We shocked him; it was very evident that our presence had shocked him."
No kidding.
"“He did not drop the gun, he did not get on the ground, despite both of us giving him verbal commands to do so,” he added. “In fact, he began making motions as though he was either going to duck behind the endcap (of the aisle) or dart, it would have been east, through the store, as best as I can describe it.”
Said Williams, “If he got around us, or escaped to the left, to where he was headed, he was going to be an immediate threat to everyone inside the store.”"
Or maybe they'd just scared the crap of him and he was trying to save his life.

Police State

More no the phony fears rulers have about encryption.