Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Local

1,900 without power.

Immigration

Feds raid three Chinese birth tourism operation in California.
"Federal agents searched several Southern California locations on Tuesday in a crackdown on so-called maternity tourism operators who arrange for pregnant Chinese women to give birth in the U.S., where their babies automatically become American citizens."
How is this illegal?
"The crackdown on three alleged maternity tourism rings may be the biggest yet by federal homeland security agents who say that, while pregnant women may travel to the United States, they cannot lie about the purpose of their trip when applying for a visa."
How do you know they lied?
"The investigators did not make any arrests. They were gathering evidence to build their case of possible tax evasion, fraud and other violations allegedly perpetrated by companies operating maternity tourism businesses in 20 locations in three Southern California counties."
So they can't prosecute them for what they want, so they're doing the Al Capone thing. Just change the law to disallow birthright citizenship.

Misc

High resolution pictures of comet 67P show no hint of water.

Politics

Israelis recognize Netanyahu's speech before Congress was for political gain.
"Recent polls place Herzog's party either neck-in-neck or 1 or 2 points ahead of Netanyahu's Likud Party."
The election is March 17.
"Reuven Hazan, a political scientist at Hebrew University, said, "The speech was predominantly inspired by domestic political concerns and not necessarily Israel's security. It could have been delivered three weeks ago or two weeks from now.""
Smart.

Obama and Clinton pay women less than men.
"Does this mean that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama both discriminate against women, that they are themselves part of the nefarious “war on women” that so many on the left loudly denounce? The poetic justice in the recent “pay gap” revelations is that the fundamental fraud in the statistics that are thrown around comes back to bite those who are promoting that fraud for political purposes.
What makes such statistics fraudulent is that they are comparing apples and oranges.
Innumerable studies, going back for decades, have shown that women do not average as many hours of work per year as men, do not have as many consecutive years of full-time employment as men, do not work in the same mix of occupations as men and do not specialize in the same mix of subjects in college as men."
Supply and demand. Same in Hollywood.

Putin's critics don't blame him for killing another critic, which is what the US hoped for. This looks more and more like a western political assassination.

Tax and Spend

$205 million in tax dollars spent looking for non-existent gravity waves.

More European countries sell bonds at negative yields.
"Last week, for the first time in its history, Germany sold five-year bonds that guaranteed a negative yield. And Germany is not alone. Eurozone nations, including France, Belgium, Finland, Denmark, Switzerland, Netherlands, Sweden and Austria, have issued bonds with negative yields."
Crazy.

Immigration

Republicans who support Obama's illegal amnesty attack Republicans who don't.

Boehner, Obama's best ally, allows vote on Homeland Security bill that funds Obama's illegal amnesty.

Economy

Except for gas prices falling, which has been wonderful, not a problem like the government wants us to believe, price inflation is running rampant.

Car loans are in a $1 trillion bubble that's showing signs of a bust.

Target to cut thousands of jobs.

I think somebody has grossly overestimated Apple's demand for gold.
"Josh Centers, from TidBits, estimates that each gold watch will contain 2 troy ounces (62.2 grams) of gold. So, based on the estimated sales figure, he concludes that Apple will need 746 tons of gold a year, or about 30% of the world’s annual production.
His estimations — admittedly based on the Wall Street Journal predictions, not official figures — would mean that Apple may soon become a major player in the world’s luxury watch market, grabbing about half of it."
Two ounces of gold per watch? That's nuts.

Oprah closes Chicago studio, lays off 200 workers.

US collecting crude oil faster than it can refine it, so prices will probably collapse again. How about somebody build a refinery. Oh, government won't allow it.

The world's first trillionaire will appear soon.

Global Warming and Energy

Great Lakes ice coverage at 88 percent, higher than at this time last year.

Global warming models predicted Antarctic sea ice would shrink, but it grew. Another prediction they got wrong.

Picture of snow on Huntington Beach, south of Los Angeles.

Like the Energizer Bunny, eating up our energy and money, IPCC plans a 6th report.

Another response to the witch-hunt against climate skeptics.

Foreign Policy

Clinton aide says her Secretary of State emails have been preserved in accordance with the law. I doubt all of them have.

Clinton used multiple personal accounts to hide emails. That didn't take long.

Accused of breaking law.
""This is a very big deal," Brianna Keilar said to host Chris Cuomo. "And you said she may have broken laws or rules here, Chris, well a lot of experts say that she did by using only a personal account while she was secretary of state. This is a huge development, especially as Hillary Clinton is just perhaps weeks from declaring her candidacy for president.""
She's been breaking the law and getting away with it her whole life. Why should Democrats suddenly care now? Apparently they're looking for something to derail her.

Clinton withheld her emails from the congressional investigation on the Benghazi attack.

War

Australia sends 300 troops to Iraq, ostensibly to train Iraqis.

Jihadi John's family in UK goes into hiding.

ISIS is much less dangerous to Americans than most things, like lightning.

The US is making Islamic extremism worse.

US intervention in Ukraine is similar to a reverse Cuban missile crisis.

Police State

After proclaiming it would enable default full disk encryption in Android, Google changes mind.
"Last year, Google made headlines when it revealed that its next version of Android would require full-disk encryption on all new phones. Older versions of Android had supported optional disk encryption, but Android 5.0 Lollipop would make it a standard feature.
But we're starting to see new Lollipop phones from Google's partners, and they aren't encrypted by default, contradicting Google's previous statements. At some point between the original announcement in September of 2014 and the publication of the Android 5.0 hardware requirements in January of 2015, Google apparently decided to relax the requirement, pushing it off to some future version of Android."
You knew NSA wouldn't allow it.

Petraeus to plead guilty to misdemeanor mishandling of classified information. Everybody does what he did with no consequences. They hate this guy.

Body camera maker has ties to police chiefs.

Parents convicted of child neglect for allowing their ten and six year old children to walk together without supervision.

Supreme Court tacitly OKs warrantless collection of DNA.
"The Supreme Court on Monday let stand the conviction of a rapist whose prosecution rested on DNA swiped from the armrests of an interrogation-room chair."
That's pretty extreme.

I have no confidence in DOJ's rules forcing prosecutors to share information with defense lawyers.

Security bug government put into cell phones 25 years ago just discovered and it affects Apple and Google phones today.

Jihadi John condemned 9/11 and London attacks.

Regulation

Protectionist shipping law.

Fearing the competition, German telecom CEO calls for Google and Facebook to be regulated as telecoms. In the wake of FCC's internet takeover, this may happen. Google's supposed fact-based search results seem to be in preparation for this.

Health Care

GM mosquitoes to be unleashed on Florida.

Propagandist for the establishment.
"Trusted health organizations such as the American Heart Association, Food and Drug Administration and National Institutes of Health develop nutrition recommendations based on overwhelming peer-reviewed evidence and can, in fact, be trusted. While it’s true that as the science evolves, recommendations may be updated, reputable health organizations make evidence-based recommendations." 
Baloney.

Monday, March 02, 2015

Federal Reserve

Dollar hits 11 year high despite Fed's money-printing. That's because the world's fiat money system is going to hell in a hand basket.

Economy

Nasdaq hits 5,000, highest level since 2000, the dot.com bubble.

I noted a while back that large urban centers are still seemingly doing OK while outer areas of cities are in decline. USA Today calls that an urban donut effect. It's a looting effect, and it only works for cities that are big enough.

If you strip out inflation, economic indicators say we're in a recession because we are.
"What data? How about the fact that forward earnings are rolling over at a pace that's only been seen during recessions? Or that factory activity in the Chicago area slumped to a low not seen since July 2009? Or that overall U.S. economic data is disappointing in a way that it hasn't quite since 2012? Or the wipeout in commodity prices over the last few months, the kind typically seen during recessions? Or that consumer prices, on the headline measure, declined outright for the first time since Lehman Brothers imploded?
Related: America Is In Deflation. So What?​
Moreover, the problem is global. So far this year, 20 central banks around the world have cut interest rates. And most other countries — except Singapore, Ireland and Japan — are also seeing earnings downgrades."
It's bad.

According to the government's corrupt metric, prices are falling.
"Instead, the U.S. has now technically slipped into deflation for the first time since shortly after the Great Recession. Consumer prices as measured by the Labor Department fell 0.7 percent from December to January — the largest monthly drop since December 2008 — as the result of plunging gas prices. That left the Consumer Price Index down 0.1 percent from the previous year, the first such drop since October 2009."
Shadowstats.com shows real inflation about about 8 percent.

290 new billionaires appeared this year including Michael Jordan.

Misc

Scientists believe they've photographed light behaving as a particle and a wave at the same time.

Scientists invoke dark matter inside sun in admission their theory of the sun is wrong.

It's funny that astronomers always say something like this galaxy shouldn't exist instead of saying their theory is wrong.

Average IQ tests have risen 20 points in 64 years.

Local

Huber Heights's music boondoggle generates sponsorship bubble money.

Foreign Policy

Netanyahu's predictions for Iran nukes fails again.

Timeline of failed predictions of Iran obtaining nuclear weapons including Netanyahu's in 1992.

Timeline of warnings since 1979.

Explanation of the nuclear enrichment process.

Hillary Clinton illegally used a private email address for all official correspondence while Secretary of State.
"Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act."
Typical. Corruption is her first name.

Whistleblower releases email from Sindey Blumenthal to Hillary about Benghazi attacks.

Global Warming and Energy

UK company plans to build six tidal lagoon power stations, the world's first.

Response to global warming skeptic witch-hunt.

More on solar plant setting birds on fire.

Electricity hits record price.

Skeptic, target of witch-hunt, responds.

Politics

The last thing we need is presidential libraries teaming up to train a new generation of arch-criminals.

Russian opposition leader murdered before protests. Putin does not benefit.
"Putin is no angel, but if you want to see devils just look at his probable successors – no, not the Putinists, none of whom have the stature to measure up to the original, but the outright fascists and ultra-nationalists who will take full advantage of Washington’s open hostility. Add to this the fact that Russia, while nowhere near the power it once was, yet retains its nuclear arsenal, and you have all the makings of a global calamity in progress."
That's not good.

Congress is the most dangerous drug, destroying minds.

Great Mencken quote.
"All government, in its essence, is a conspiracy against the superior man: its one permanent object is to oppress him and cripple him. If it be aristocratic in organization, then it seeks to protect the man who is superior only in law against the man who is superior in fact; if it be democratic, then it seeks to protect the man who is inferior in every way against both. One of its primary functions is to regiment men by force, to make them as much alike as possible and as dependent upon one another as possible, to search out and combat originality among them. All it can see in an original idea is potential change, and hence an invasion of its prerogatives. The most dangerous man to any government is the man who is able to think things out for himself, without regard to the prevailing superstitions and taboos. Almost inevitably he comes to the conclusion that the government he lives under is dishonest, insane and intolerable, and so, if he is romantic, he tries to change it. And even if he is not romantic personally he is very apt to spread discontent among those who are."
True on all accounts.

Bush and Clinton compete to win over Goldman-Sachs.

Tax and Spend

Because taxes are so high, states have to offer tax incentives to lure businesses to them, but the businesses already there suffer, and eventually all tax incentives run out.

There are no consequences for not paying the Obamacare tax. I'm skeptical this is really a voluntary tax.

Leftist confuses cause and effect, arguing big government makes countries rich when in reality, countries get rich, then are looted by ever-growing governments.

David Stockman on negative interest rates for European bonds and Greek fiscal problems.

Now Obama wants to illegally raise taxes through executive action. He must laugh at how stupid we are every night.

Socialism

You can't reform socialism.

War

20 year old military weather satellite suddenly explodes in space. It sounds like either it was attacked or caught by a cosmic lightning bolt.
Pentagon fears defense cuts in Britain may hinder warmongering ally.

After having accounts banned, ISIS threatens to kill Twitter founder.

US doesn't provide air support for Iraqi offensive against ISIS, claiming the Iraqis didn't ask for it. The US also claims ignorance of the status of the battle as if it has no surveillance planes or satellites in the region.  That last lie suggests the rest is a lie too. Iran is supporting the attack, not the US.

4,134 killed in Iraq in February.

Jihadi John was probably able to travel to Syria with help from UK spies. That was pure speculation. Here's some evidence.
"MI5 repeatedly tried to recruit Mohammed Emwazi as an informant and put him on a terror watchlist to stop him leaving Britain but he still managed to flee the country for Syria, it was claimed today. "
"MI5 knew ‘everything about me; where I lived, what I did, and the people I hanged around with’ and claimed the organization attempted to ‘turn’ him to work for them."
He says MI5 controlled his life.

This guy gets it wrong.
"If it wasn’t “the desperation and disorder of the powerless” that made Emwazi a monster, what was it?"
It was the powerlessness of a guy whose life was being controlled by MI5. This is what the police state does to people.

US to send six National Guard companies to Ukraine this week in violation of the ceasefire. This is insanity. Our rulers must be hoping one will get killed.

Wars are less deadly this century than last,but that's no consolation for the dead, wounded and survivors.

Police State

AVG prototypes privacy glasses designed to defeat facial recognition software.

Of course Cleveland police blame the 12 year old boy they killed for his death, not the officer who shot him.

Canadian police caught in massive cover-up of their spying.

FBI admits Stingrays disrupt cellphone communications.
"Authorities in several states have been caught deceiving judges and defense attorneys about how they use the controversial technology or have simply used the devices without obtaining a warrant in order to avoid disclosing their use to a court. In other cases they have withheld information from courts and defense attorneys about how the stingrays work, refraining from disclosing that the devices pick up location data on all systems in their vicinity, not just targeted phones. Law enforcement agencies have even gone so far as to intervene in public records requests to prevent the public from learning about the technology."
Lies and corruption.

Private police force which replaced government's force reduces crime by 61 percent.
"Not only has SEAL been more successful at preventing crime in Sharpstown than traditional law enforcement, they are cheaper. Sharpstown is saving $200,000 per year over their previous contract with the constable, and they get more patrol officers for less money, guns.com reported."
As always.

Health Care

Hooray for cholesterol, like eggs.

This article says doctors acquiesce when parents ask for delays in vaccinations as if the doctor in charge, not the parent.

Vaccination advocates argue parents must risk their children's health for the sake of other children, and they exploit children to make it.

We already have a cure for cancer.  Don't forget the vitamin D.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Police State

FBI raids secessionist political meeting in Texas.
"In a deliberate “show of force,” federal and local police forces raided a political meeting in Texas, fingerprinting and photographing all attendees as well as confiscating all cell phones and personal recording devices." 
Dissent is not tolerated.

Are we supposed to be surprised that air marshals rearrange their flights for sexual encounters and other personal advantages?

Politics

Netanyahu's speech before Congress is a big election gamesmanship for the upcoming Israeli election, so Israeli censors plan to edit out electioneering by Netanyahu.

Local

1,300 still without power.

Immigration

Nobody believes they'll let DHS funding run out.

California imports foreign workers to develop system to process unemployment claims while American workers file those claims.

Economy

NSA is wiping out the US tech economy.
"This has impacted U.S. network equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc, which in 2012 counted 60 products on the Central Government Procurement Center’s (CGPC) list, but by late 2014 had ZERO according to Reuters. Apple, Intel, McAfee and Citrx have all been dropped. China is shifting to internal alternatives."
The FCC is in on the action now.

Federal Reserve

Austria central bank wants to repatriate gold from England.

Global Warming and Energy

While eastern US set record for cold, the west set records for warmth this winter.

Foreign Policy

Venezuela claims to have captured US spies. It's probably flooded with NGOs and CIA. The US has been trying to stage a coup there since Chavez took over.

I'm skeptical that Netanyahu called off an attack on Iran because Obama threatened to shoot down Israeli planes. The Saudis offered the Israelis passage to Iran for an attack on 2013, and that offer is still open.

Health Care

Antibiotics kill human cells too.

Gluten sensitivity without celiac disease exists.

Government puts cholesterol back on the menu.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Right to Keep and Bear Arms

AR-15 bullet sales increase 20x after Obama ban.

Immigration

Congress passes one week extension for DHS funding after Boehner and McConnell tried to Obama everything he wanted.

Boehner and McConnell exposed.
"House conservatives were told a shutdown-averting vote last night bought them a week reprieve to strategize a new fight against President Obama's immigration orders. Democrats believe they've been promised a vote on a full-year funding bill by next Friday.
A week from now, one of those groups is going to be very disappointed—and likely irate at the deception of its own leadership."
I don't know how many times I've read about a potential coup against Boehner, and I don't believe this report any more than the others.

Health Care

American nurse Ebola survivor heads back to Liberia to help victims.

Sugar is toxic.

War

Kosovo is falling apart in another US failure.

The Iranians know why the US created ISIS.
"We believe that the West has been influential in the creation of ISIS for a number of reasons. First to engage Muslims against each other, to waste their energy and in this way Israel’s security would be guaranteed or at least enhanced. Secondly, an ugly, violent and homicidal face of Islam is presented to the world. And third, to create an inconvenience for Iran."
Yep. US allies are funding ISIS. CIA/NSA whistleblower admits US created ISIS. ISIS reeks of CIA/NATO operation. List of ISIS ties to the west. Jihadi John an MI6 operative.

Media

CNN propagandists claim Putin hijacked MH370.

Governments routinely pay news organizations to produce favorable stories and bury unfavorable ones.

Education

Quit trying to socially engineer girls into STEM.

Politics

It's pretty obvious Republicans recruited Carly Fiorina to be their bullet-proof Hillary Clinton killer.

The US is following a similar path as Germany through the Weimar Republic, and we all know where that led.

War on Drugs

The keep capturing supposed drug kingpins, but there's always more. Nothing changes. It's a money-stealing game.

Economy

As usual, BLS revised down economic growth numbers for Q4.

Record penthouse price in San Fransisco.

Global Warming and Energy

This non-story of not-so-mysterious Siberian craters won't go away because it's great for propaganda. Here's the reality.
"Pingo is an Inuit term for an isolated, dome shaped hill, used to describe large ice-cored mounds found in the permafrost regions of Siberia and various other places in the Arctic. Pingos range in height from a few meters to more than 40 m (130 ft) and from a few meters to 1,000 m (3,300 ft) in diameter. Small pingos typically have rounded tops, but larger ones are commonly broken open at the top where melting of the ice core forms a crater resembling a volcanic cone Where they occur in stratified silt or sand, the beds commonly dip outward from the center, much like those adjacent to an intrusive body. The ice in the core of a pingo is typically massive and of segregation/injection origin. Tension fractures are common at the summit of the mound, but expansion of pingo ice is rare and short-lived. Ice up to 7 m (23 ft) thick has been found in pingos of Sweden. As the ice core melts, a small freshwater lake may occupy the summit crater that forms."
Not so scary.

Antarctica's melting ice is another lie that won't go away because of its propaganda value.

Hollywood has begun mocking the global warming frauds. This is great news.

Fraud fails to disclose his financial and political ties.

NOAA reports 2185 cold record set in last seven days.

Police State

Big investment for Silent Circle in Blackphone.
"The BlackPhone, a $600-plus encrypted Android handset designed to keep the prying eyes of criminals and the government out of mobile communications, is now fully owned by Silent Circle thanks to the company raking in investment cash. Terms of the buyout deal with Spanish smartphone maker Geeksphone, the phone's hardware manufacturer, were not disclosed. Silent Circle said Thursday that it has raised $50 million and plans on showing off an encrypted 'enterprise privacy ecosystem' at World Mobile Congress next week. A BlackPhone tablet is on the way, too."
This is great news, and it will make them NSA's enemy number one.

US pressures PayPal to stop serving Mega.

Florida police chief busted in three-way for hire sex sting. They're all doing it. This is kind of people government attracts and who rise to the top.

At CPAC, former NSA director Hayden claims to be a libertarian, is promptly jeered.

Spy boxes in cars are coming to motorcycles.

Misc

NASA leaps to the idea that methane on Mars and Titan are a product of life not because of scientific evidence but because it has tremendous propaganda value. The inconvenient truth is comets also have methane.

Book claims Edward VIII was willing to help Hitler to regain the British throne.

Wonderful picture of braided filaments in comet Lovejoy's tail.

Astronomers surprised to find stars forming 16,000 light years below the center of the Milky Way.

Regulation

FCC chairman after taking control of the previously free and open internet:
"Chairman Tom Wheeler called the vote the “irrefutable reflection of the principle that no one — whether government or corporate — should control free, open access to the Internet.”"
Too funny.

Verizon posts message in Morse Code to mock FCC ruling, but neither it or any other ISP went dark before the vote.

FCC critics hope for the courts.
"Scott Cleland, the chairman of Net Competition, said in a statement that, “this is very likely strike three for the FCC,” pointing out that courts have already overturned two previous attempts by the Commission to impose a similar regulatory framework.
“Their arbitrarily partisan, Rube Goldberg legal theory, teeters on top of a foundation of falsehoods and a wholesale rejection of many years of FCC findings of facts and bipartisan precedents,” Cleland added."
Don't count on it happening a third time. Obama has changed judges and brought more pressure on them.
"Moreover, many believe that net neutrality could be more effectively promoted through legislation. (RELATED: Republicans Solicit Feedback on Net Neutrality)"
No. A free market is best.

FCC overruled internet monopolies in Tennessee and North Carolina.

I have no doubt this Google plan to rank websites based on facts, in other words based on what the establishment claims are facts, is about appeasing the government.

Don't fear the bureaucratic dinosaur FCC.
"The FCC is trying to control pricing. It is setting up a system of price controls. When you hear the words “internet neutrality,” think “price controls.” But prices keep falling. Here is a technological law that has yet to be broken: “Bandwidth gets cheaper.”"
But they can still slow it down and make it more expensive.

Tax and Spend

$75 million spent to destroy 14,600 properties. Destroying is the only thing government is good at.

Germany backs four month extension of Greek bailout.

Local

Huber Heights councilman forced to apologize for accusation regarding contractor Ken Conaway building the Goodsports building pad. This Ken Conaway, who goes on Disney vacations with councilman Mark Campbell, must own Huber Heights.

We endured the coldest consecutive February stretch in 116 years.
"The days between Feb. 14-20 were the coldest 7-day period on record since February 1899."
Just like the almanacs predicted and NOAA didn't.

Eleven shows scheduled at Huber's music boondoggle.

Federal Reserve

How increasing the money supply increases wealth disparity.

Politics

Holder says Republicans criticized him because of race. Good riddance.

War

UK spies face criticism for allowing Jihadi John to join ISIS and behead a bunch of people on video. They'll just demand more power.

Global Warming and Energy

February New York City's coldest month in 80 years.

Snow projected for all 50 states.

Economy

The price of ground beef hits another record high.

Apply watch hype.

Socialism

Vandals cut one fascist cable and knock out internet and cell phone to half of Arizona.

Police State

FISA court once again rubber stamps NSA's bulk collection warrant.

Tax and Spend

Chicago on path to bankruptcy as bond rating downgraded.

The IRS is investigating itself for criminal behavior because its inspector general found backup tapes of Lois Lerner's emails.
"The IRS’s inspector general confirmed Thursday it is conducting a criminal investigation into how Lois G. Lerner’s emails disappeared, saying it took only two weeks for investigators to find hundreds of tapes the agency’s chief had told Congress were irretrievably destroyed.
Investigators have already scoured 744 backup tapes and gleaned 32,774 unique emails, but just two weeks ago they found an additional 424 tapes that could contain even more Lerner emails, Deputy Inspector General Timothy P. Camus told the House Oversight Committee in a rare late-night hearing meant to look into the status of the investigation.
“There is potential criminal activity,” Mr. Camus said."
IRS bigwigs flaunted their lies and criminality and the government did nothing. If it does anything now, it will find some poor IT guy and make him a scapegoat.
"Democrats questioned the independence of Inspector General J. Russell George, who is overseeing the investigation, saying he’s injected politics into his work.

Rep. Gerald Connolly, Virginia Democrat, said Mr. George is refusing to turn documents over to him, prompting a heated reply.
“You’re not entitled to certain documents,” Mr. George said.
“Oh really? We’ll see about that, won’t we,” Mr. Connolly replied, saying that he questioned whether Mr. George could be trusted if he’s refusing to provide documents, yet is in charge of an investigation into whether the IRS stonewalled document requests."
That's hilarious.

Local

I didn't know Leonard Nimoy had an honorary doctorate from Antioch University.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Tax and Spend

Obama's Treasury illegally spent $3 billion subsidizing insurance companies for Obamacare, and the Treasurer refuses to answer Congress's questions about it.

Politics

Obama's AG nominee Lynch performed lots of secret prosecutions, but Republicans passed her out of committee anyway.

HHS secretary denies knowledge of secret Obamacare fallback plan if the Supreme Court rules against it.

Pharaoh Obama at his most disgusting:
"Obama argued that he has merely “expanded my authorities” – not broken any laws:
“What we’ve done is we’ve expanded my authorities under executive action and prosecutorial discretion as far as we can legally under the existing statute, the existing law.  And so now the question is, how can we get a law passed.”"
"“So in the short term, if Mr. McConnell, the leader of the Senate, and the Speaker of the House, John Boehner, want to have a vote on whether what I’m doing is legal or not, they can have that vote.  I will veto that vote, because I’m absolutely confident that what we’re doing is the right thing to do.”"
He's a power-hungry, lawless monster.

Media

NBC news gains ratings with Brian Williams gone, at least for now.

Guiliana Rancic forced to apologize over great, accurate joke about Zendaya's goofy-looking, Rastafarianesque dreadlocks because of bogus racism charge. This stuff is getting ridiculous.

Right to Keep and Bear Arms

Pharaoh Obama orders ATF to ban popular bullet for AR-15. There's a run on the ammo.
"Surplus armor piercing ammunition — the same kind used by U.S. troops — might soon be much harder for the public to buy under a proposal being floated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives."
We can't have people using ammo as effective as US troops who will soon be them, can we? This supports the fears of people who thought DHS purchases of ammo were meant to cause shortages.

Health Care

Government hates science because it usually undermines political agendas.
"You would think that the Powers-That-Be would base their recommendations on evidence-based medicine. Well, you would think wrong. There was never any good evidence that we needed to lower our fat and cholesterol intake and substitute it for more refined carbohydrates in the form of grains. In fact, there was strong evidence that adjusting our diet the way the Powers-That-Be wanted us to would result in exactly what happened—more obesity, diabetes, and heart disease than we know what to do with."
Children are brainwashed with governmental guidelines, and they affect subsidies.

Foreign Policy

Root causes of terrorism.
"Truly, US President Barack Obama’s recent call to address the root causes of violence, including that of the so-called "Islamic State" (IS) and al-Qaeda was a step in the right direction, but still miles away from taking the least responsibility for the mayhem that has afflicted the Middle East since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.
"The link is undeniable," Obama said in a speech at the State Department on 19 February "When people are oppressed and human rights are denied – particularly along sectarian lines or ethnic lines – when dissent is silenced, it feeds violent extremism. It creates an environment that is ripe for terrorists to exploit."
Of course, he is right. Every word. However, the underlying message is also clear: it’s everyone else’s fault but ours. Now, that’s hardly true, and Obama, once a strong critic of his predecessor’s war, knows it well."
The solution is easy, but our rulers will never go for it. The threat of terrorism makes them rich.

Despite all that's spent, nobody pays attention to US foreign propaganda.

Politics

Amazon hires former Obama spokes-liar Jay Carney.

Teachers unions try to oust Rahm Emanuel.

Republicans pushing for ground war on ISIS, just like Obama.

Immigration

Drones cost $28,000 per arrest of illegal immigrants.

Obama threatens ICE agents who obey the law instead of breaking it like he ordered.

Misc

Scientists can't explain super-massive black holes they believe formed less than a billion years after the Big Bang.

Removing road signs from roads makes them safer.

Global Warming and Energy

Congressmen demanding information of funding for skeptics to intimidate them.

Text of one letter.

Roots of the smear campaign.

Police State

Despite criticism of the NSA, it has changed nothing.

Everyone wants you to have security, but not from them.

Judge throws out case accusing Argentine president of covering up Iranian attack on Jewish center in 1994. It's good to be the king.

Chicago is arresting people and keeping them from lawyers.
"This week, investigative reporter Spencer Ackerman wrote a Guardian piece about what sounds a lot like a black site for political dissenters and other unsavory folks. This place is in Chicago, and no, it’s not quite Abu Ghraib, but the eerie parallels with war on terror excesses are clear and deeply distressing.
The place is called Homan Square. Reportedly, lawyers are not allowed, and arrests are basically off books, meaning suspects disappear into a blackhole of bureaucracy for however long they’re held. If you can’t find your client, but they were taken away by police, that’s where they are likely to be. Suspects are denied lawyers for 12-24 hours. Kids as young as 15 have been taken there. One death has been reported, and numerous beatings. Ackerman relates the story of a NATO protester who was shackled for 17 hours, and not permitted to call a lawyer. Other attorneys claim similar stories of lost clients, and being barred from seeing them at Homan Square. MRAPs are reportedly parked outside the building."
More militarization of police.

LA advertising company using drones to track people.

Regulation

The net neutrality scam. There are two ways to allocate resources. One is according to consumer demand, maximizing benefit to consumers in order to maximize profits. The other is according to rulers' decree to maximize benefit to rulers. The FCC works for corporations it creates and cartelizes, not the people.

Internet taxes coming.

Mark Cuban predicts the FCC will use internet regulation to regulate TV, cable, satellite, etc.

If this is the worst intervention ever, why didn't the big internet companies go black like they did a couple years ago? They were threatened.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Tax and Spend

Lois Lerner received $129,000 in bonuses for harassing conservative groups.

Investors buy German bonds at negative yields. They're paying more than face value for the bonds. Talk about upside-down world.

Immigration

Illegal immigrants who claim Obama's amnesty could receive up to $35K in tax benefits.

Economy

Sales of hyper-luxury cars grow faster than normal ones.

Politics

Female wrestlers join actresses in complaining about inequality of wages with men. If you don't like the pay, don't take the job. I doubt this gets publicized because it would probably undermine the illegitimate cause.

Showing is Marxist colors, Biden calls for stealing people's wealth.

War on Drugs

Drug raid causes small business owner to commit suicide.
"The factory was suspected of being used to grow marijuana, sources told the Post. Authorities allegedly removed a false door in the facility and smelled weed, at which point Mondella excused himself to use the bathroom and shot himself. Dell’s sells the sugary cherries, used in drinks both hard and soft, to restaurants including Red Lobster and TGI Fridays. Technically, the raid was not to search for drugs, as authorities couldn’t get a warrant to do that. Instead, the official reason for the visit was to investigate illegal dumping of waste."
Technically.

Pot is safer than alcohol.

Global Warming and Energy

Scientist intimidated by congressman for presenting evidence contrary to global warming agenda.

Ocean circulation change, not global warming, responsible for New England sea level increase.

Even a liberal global warming supporter recognizes the political and financial corruption of global warming movement.

Boston tops 100 inches of snow for winter.
"Boston eclipsed 100 inches of snow in a season for just the second time in recorded history Wednesday morning.
Overnight snow showers brought the season total to 101.8 inches. That’s less than 6 inches shy of the all-time record of 107.6 inches set in the winter of 1995-96."
That record is in danger.

War

The US exports drone destruction.

Socialism

State Department bureaucrat busted for soliciting minor.

Washington D.C. overrun with water main breaks.

Foreign Policy

SIM manufacturer Gemalto claims NSA and GCHQ tried but failed to steal SIM encryption codes.

China is dropping US tech brands because of NSA spying.

Intelligence whistleblower leaks documents showing even Mossad doesn't believe Iran is pursuing nuclear weapons.

The EU is facing three major problems, Ukraine, Greece and Muslim refugees, created by itself and the US.

Foreign governments gave millions to Clinton Foundation while Hillary was Secretary of State.

Regulation

Jury forces Apple to pay $500 million to patent troll.

The Republican resistance to FCC's internet takeover in the name of net neutrality was all for show. Bye-bye internet. Calling it Obamanet was just political theater.

Republicans and Democrats both overwhelmingly support net neutrality.
"Most surprising of all, given comments by Republican lawmakers over the past couple of days, is that support for net neutrality is bipartisan. Indeed, Republicans were slightly more likely to support net neutrality than Democrats. Eighty-one percent of Democrats and 85 percent of Republicans in the survey said they opposed fast lanes. The poll's margin of error was 3.2 percentage points."
So much for the phony opposition.

FCC chair refuses to show up for political theater questioning before Congress.

FCC commissioner gets it right:
"Net Neutrality is "a solution that won't work to a problem that doesn't exist," says Ajit Pai, a commissioner at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC)."
Exactly.

All administration law is unconstitutional.

Amazon wants to put 3D printers in delivery trucks, which is great, but it's trying to patent that idea, which is terrible.

Local

Bomb threat at Alter. It seems like these increase during standardized tests.

Misc

Saturn’s moon Enceladus behaves somewhat like a comet.

Bright spot in crater on Ceres has dimmer, bright spot companion.

Federal Reserve

Don't reform the Fed. End it.

Morgan Stanley pays $2.6 billion fine for selling mortgages as required by the government.

Health Care

The government got it all wrong about fat and cholesterol.
"Steve Nissen, chairman of cardiovascular medicine at the Cleveland Clinic, told USA Today:5 “It’s the right decision. We got the dietary guidelines wrong. They’ve been wrong for decades.”"
That's refreshing.

Dr. Mercola points out the fascist, corrupt nature of the FDA.
"They found 60 clinical trials that had been classified as OAI, and these trials had been used for data in 78 published articles. Out of those 78 studies, only three included mentions of the violations found by the FDA! And we’re not talking about small, innocent mistakes. The violations included fraud, incompetence, and misconduct. This means that anyone browsing a medical journal might be making decisions based on fraudulent published studies."

This is true for all government-funded pseudo-science.

Sugar worse for blood pressure than salt.  Salt is safe.

CDC forced to admit opiod pain-killers are killing lots of people.

The vet who killed Chris Kyle was on psychotropic drugs from the VA.

CDC admits overuse of antibiotics caused deadly infections. More.

Since antibiotics are cheap, little R&D is spent on them. That's because cheap antibiotics including penicillin are good for most infections. I would imagine, like new TVs, the small, expensive market would be enough for R&D funding. And as superbugs proliferate, the antibiotics to combat them will command a high price. A free market economy works.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Regulation

Democrat FCC panelist wants to scale back Democrats' proposed takeover of the internet right before vote.

Immigration

McConnell plans surrender on Obama's illegal amnesty, just as predicted.

Tax and Spend

Greece prepares reforms to continue bailout.

Poor people hit with Obamacare tax.
"The majority (52 percent) of Obamacare enrollees receiving an advance premium tax credit to purchase Obamacare insurance is facing the prospect of paying back $530 of that tax credit to the IRS, according to a new study from H&R Block.  This clawback is reducing the refunds for these taxpayers by 17 percent this filing season."
What did they expect?

Politics

I've heard Obama and Hillary Clinton flub a lot of speeches, but headlines never said so like this headline about Jeb Bush.

Clinton didn't play the gender card much in 2008, and she lost to a guy who played the race card every day. Expect her to play the gender card early and often for 2016.

War on Drugs

Marijuana becomes legal in Alaska.

Federal Reserve

Yellen talks about raising interest rates later this year, but that means nothing.

JPMorgan to charge fees on deposits.
"J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. is preparing to charge large institutional customers for some deposits, citing new rules that make holding money for the clients too costly, according to a memo reviewed by The Wall Street Journal and people familiar with the plan.
The largest U.S. bank by assets is aiming to reduce the affected deposits by billions of dollars, with a focus on bringing the number down this year, these people said. The move is the latest in a series of steps large global banks have been discussing in recent months to discourage certain deposits due to new regulations and low interest rates."
Is it really about regulations, or are they trying to raise their reserve ratio?
"J.P. Morgan is making the moves because certain deposits are less profitable to handle than they used to be. New federal rules essentially penalize banks for holding deposits viewed as prone to fleeing during a crisis or a stressed environment. "
That's going to make them flee. I don't understand who gains.

Local

Bomb threat at Vandalia Butler High School.

Global Warming and Energy

UN IPCC chief resigns over sexual harassment allegations, but he should have been fired for being a fraud.

IPCC pretends there's nothing to see, but even the sycophantic media aren't buying it.

IPCC chief even weirder than suspected.
"Outgoing UN IPCC Chief reveals global warming ‘is my religion and my dharma’"
Good riddance.

Climate modelers are not scientists.

Solar farm sets birds on fire.

Obama vetoes Keystone Pipeline bill.

War

Banning killer robots is a good idea, but I don't know if it will hold.

The suicide rate for active duty troops is 48 percent higher than civilians.

Lying is common in the military, and the military is causing it.

Those people who idolize the troops are wrong.
"“The majority of potential Army reservists are either hooked on prescription drugs, have too many tattoos, are overweight or have mental conditions that prohibit them from joining the military.” This is not my opinion. This is what recruiters say."
I'm not surprised.

Obama will get his ground troops in Iraq and Syria.

Turkish troops enter Syria to reinforce force guarding Turk tomb.

New Zealand sends non-combat trainers to Iraq.

While accusing the separatists of breaking the Ukrainian ceasefire, Ukraine, the US and UK are flagrantly violating it.
"Point 10 of the Minsk II Agreement clearly mandates:
10. Withdrawal of all foreign armed formations, military equipment, as well as mercenaries from the territory of Ukraine under monitoring of the OSCE. Disarmament of all illegal groups.
Yet today we read the announcement that the Washington is sending US troops to Ukraine ostensibly to provide combat medical training to the Kiev forces."
Laws aren't for rulers.

Police State

Police use DNA to create facial drawing of suspects even though they're inaccurate.

Pakistanis forced to provide fingerprints or give up cell phones.

NSA director wants coerced backdoor into encrypted data.

Judge released cop charged with manslaughter without bail.
""The reason why this defendant was released without bail is because he's a police officer," Fordham University law professor James Cohen said. "That's just the long and short of it.""
We have a two-tiered injustice system.

Brazilian judge seen driving Porsche seized from billionaire. The US is just as corrupt, but a little more discreet.

Misc

Scientists surprised by dunes discovered by Rosetta on comet 67P. Quote at 0:44. Quote at 1:40 shows how pseudo-science is done. Information about electrons at 5:20. Quote at 6:05.

Education

Universities no longer offer a real, liberal education, but you can obtain one from the internet by homeschooling.

Elite coding schools get grads jobs at over $100K without them having to go to college.

Economy

The skyscraper curse highlights unprecedented bubbles all over the world right now.

Health Care

Monsanto kills butterflies and bees.

Daily pill claims to cut HIV risk to gay men by 86 percent.