Saturday, July 28, 2012

Rainwater collection case leads to jail sentence, fine

This poor guy will be spending 30 days in prison for collecting rainwater that fell on his property! This is a subtle reminder to check your state and local laws before collecting rainwater, because it's illegal in a few states, many counties, and many other jurisdictions.

Source: Mail Tribune

Friday, July 27, 2012

A Working Assault Rifle Made With a 3-D Printer

Source: Popular Science

A working replica of an AK-47 has been produced with a 3-D Makerbot printer and the design is available for download. You too can produce your own assault rifles at home for about $30.

Harvard Study Finds Fluoride Lowers IQ - Published in Federal Gov't Journal - PR Newswire - The Sacramento Bee

Harvard University researchers' review of fluoride/brain studies concludes "our results support the possibility of adverse effects of fluoride exposures on children's neurodevelopment."

Dark money political groups target voters based on their Internet habits

It drives me crazy that this article was posted with "2014" randomly inserted throughout, but it's fascinating!  Take the Citizens United ruling, add millions of dollars of anonymous donations. Now, give a bunch of that money to the nerds and ask them to specifically target specific ads to Internet browsers based on which sites have been visited. What a powerful tool!

Source: The Raw Story

Online advertising companies have amassed vast quantities of information on what individual people read, watch, and do on the Internet. They collect this data using small files called cookies, which allows them to track Internet users as they move from site to site.

These anonymous profiles of information are used to customize advertisements2014like sending casino ads to someone who just bought a plane ticket to Vegas.

But these profiles are also increasingly used by political groups, which can decide which people to target with a message2014and which people to avoid2014based on the kinds of articles they read and the kinds of sites they visit.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Obama Calls For Government Action On Guns In The Wake Of Colorado Shooting

Source Talking Points Memo

“I, like most Americans, believe that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to bear arms,” Obama said. “But I also believe that a lot of gun owners would agree that AK-47s belong in the hands of soldiers, not in the hands of criminals —that they belong on the battlefields of war and not on the streets of our cities.”

Obama said it should be harder for some buyers to find guns legally.

“I believe the majority of gun owners would agree that we should do everything possible to prevent criminals and fugitives from purchasing weapons. We should check someone’s criminal record before they can check out a gun seller. Many mentally unbalanced individuals should not be able to get his hands on a gun so easily,” he said. “These steps shouldn’t be controversial they should be common sense.”

“What I said in the wake of Tucson was that we were going to stay on this persistently. So we’ve been able to take some actions on our own, recognizing that it’s not always easy to get things through Congress these days,” Obama said.

He said his administration has been able to make background checks that precede a gun purchase “more through and more complete,” and said his administration has been in “the trenches” with local law enforcement and other groups to reduce gun violence in cities.

Drone operations over Somalia pose danger to air traffic, U.N. report says

Source: The Washington Post

The U.N. Monitoring Group on Somalia,which prepared the new report,said that it considered the use of drones in that country “a potential violation of the arms embargo” because the aircraft are “exclusively military” in nature.

In addition, the U.N. report presented evidence of two incidents in which aircraft believed to be drones nearly caused catastrophes.

The first occurred Nov. 13, when a small surveillance drone fitting the description of a Raven flew dangerously close to large fuel depots in Mogadishu kept by the United Nations and African Union. U.N. officials said it was unclear who was operating the drone.

The second incident happened Jan. 9, when a drone flying above Mogadishu nearly collided with a Boeing 737 transport plane carrying more than 100 African Union soldiers.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

VA Must Disclose Documents to MK-ULTRA Victims

Source: Courthouse News Service

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jacqueline Scott Corley in Oakland, Calif., said the documents requested were "squarely relevant" to the claim that the government failed to adequately notify veterans of the chemicals they were exposed to and what that exposure might do to their health.

The Army and the CIA, with the help of Nazi scientists, used at least 7,800 veterans as human guinea pigs for testing the effects of up to 400 types of drugs and chemicals, including mescaline, LSD, amphetamines, barbituates, mustard gas and nerve agents, the Vietnam Veterans of America and individual soldiers claim in a 2009 class action.

The government covered up the true nature of its experiments, which began in the 1950s under code names such as "Bluebird," "Artichoke" and "MKUltra."

Romney 'misinterprets' Carr on US decline

Source: Sydney Morning Harold

Australian Foreign Minister met Mitt Romney in San Francisco yesterday after attending what is known as the Bohemian Grove meeting - an event often linked in conspiracy theories with smoky rooms and secret societies. Former US secretary of state Henry Kissinger was also at the Bohemian Grove meeting offering a chance to reflect on past US foreign policy. But Mr Romney was more interested in Senator Carr's remarks on contemporary American government.

''I met today with the Foreign Minister of Australia. He said something, and I said 'Can I quote you?' and he said yes. He said, 'America is just one budget deal away from ending all talk of America being in decline'''

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mitt Romney would restore 'Anglo-Saxon' relations between Britian and America

Two of Romney's advisors made complete asses of themselves and are now the butt of many journalist's jokes.

Source: Telegraph

In remarks that may prompt accusations of racial insensitivity, one suggested that Mr Romney was better placed to understand the depth of ties between the two countries than Mr Obama, whose father was from Africa.

“We are part of an Anglo-Saxon heritage, and he feels that the special relationship is special,” the adviser said of Mr Romney, adding: “The White House didn’t fully appreciate the shared history we have”.

The two advisers said Mr Romney would seek to reinstate the Churchill bust displayed in the Oval Office by George W. Bush but returned to British diplomats by Mr Obama when he took office in 2009. One said Mr Romney viewed the move as “symbolically important” while the other said it was “just for starters”, adding: “He is naturally more Atlanticist”.

House Panel Seeks To Silence Journalists

Source: Diatribe Media

Recently, House of Representatives panel discussed potentially amending the Espionage Act to prosecute journalists who report leaked information.  Rep. Trey Gowdy (R – SC) said “Put [journalists who refuse to provide sources] in front of the grand jury. You either answer the question or you’re going to be held in contempt and go to jail, which is what I thought all reporters aspire to do anyway.”

Latest Word on the Campaign Trail? I Take It Back

According to this article, the Obama and Romney campaigns are insisting on final review of all quotes before they they will agree to allow interviews or briefings.

Source: New York Times

The push and pull over what is on the record is one of journalism’s perennial battles. But those negotiations typically took place case by case, free from the red pens of press minders. Now, with a millisecond Twitter news cycle and an unforgiving, gaffe-obsessed media culture, politicians and their advisers are routinely demanding that reporters allow them final editing power over any published quotations.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Huma Abedin Under Police Protection After Threats

Source: Newser

The latest fallout from Michele Bachmann's Muslim infiltration conspiracy theory: Now Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin—whose family,Bachmann claims,is vaguely connected to the Muslim Brotherhood—has been threatened by a New Jersey man. Abedin is under police protection following the threat...

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Verizon Wireless want to 'edit' your Internet access

Source: CNET

Verizon believes in free speech! Verizon is arguing that its freedom of speech requires that it have the power -- a power that, by its own admission, it has never used -- to deny internet customers access to content producers and vice-versa.

Shock claim - LA 'authorities' in Rawesome raw milk raids were impersonaring public officials

Source: NaturalNews

Rather than upholding the law and protecting peace, the Los Angeles county District Attorney has become a threat to the safety and liberty of the People of California. DA prosecutors have become, in essence, a lawless band of impersonators who engage in "Shock and Awe" tactics to force their will upon private citizens. While the DA's office has no doubt done tremendous good putting many violent criminals behind bars, their record is forever tarnished by their selective, punitive and highly suspicious targeting of James Stewart of Rawesome Foods. They have become precisely what they once swore to defeat: a gang of lawless, terror-slinging rogues who demand obedience and are willing to shove a gun in your face to force you to comply.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Iceland's Economy Is Mending Amid Europe's Malaise

Source: New York Times

Analysts attribute Iceland's rapid economic recovery to a combination of fortuitous decisions and good luck, and caution that the lessons of Iceland’s turnaround are not readily applicable to the larger and more complex economies of Europe.

During the economic crisis, Iceland did many things different from its European counterparts. It let its three largest banks fail, instead of bailing them out. It ensured that domestic depositors got their money back and gave debt relief to struggling homeowners and to businesses facing bankruptcy.

No-fly listed? How about a pilot's license instead?

WTF? While the TSA is groping grandmas, forcing people with insulin pumps to walk through metal detectors, referring to the naked body scanners as "dick measuring devices", "randomly selecting" attractive women for extra screening, hiring priests who where defrocked for child molestation and making our travels significantly less enjoyable, illegals and people on the no-fly list are teaching and attending flight school and even becoming pilots.

Source: Russia Today

After 9/11, TSA founded the Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP) to screen non-US citizens in order to provide a threat assessment before an individual’s flight school clearance.

Yet somehow 26,000 foreign nationals who finished their flight lessons between January 2006 and September 2011, “ had not applied to the AFSP or been vetted by TSA before taking flight training and receiving an FAA airman certificate."

Furthermore, US Customs and Immigration found that illegal immigrants were being trained to fly.

In 2010, a Boston-area flight school trained 25 students who "consisted primarily of visa overstays and illegal aliens," according to investigator John Woods. The operator of the flight school was also undocumented.

Families of U.S. citizens killed in drone strike file wrongful death lawsuit

Source: The Raw Story

The complaint alleges that the deaths are part of a broader programme of deliberate and premeditated killings by the United States, which rely on “vague legal standards, a closed executive process and evidence never presented to the courts”.

The lawsuit has been filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) on behalf of Nasser al-Awlaki, the father of Anwar and grandfather of Abdulrahman, and Sarah Khan, the mother of Khan. It aims to force the Obama administration to disclose information about secret decisions behind the killing.

WikiLeaks disclosures caused no damage to U.S.

Private Manning's Lawyer came up with an interesting strategy.

Source: The Raw Story

“The reasonableness of his belief that the information could not cause damage is buttressed by the damage assessments which say that the leaks did not cause damage to the United States,” Coombs wrote.

He said it was not enough for the government to assert that harm “could” result from the leaks.

“Anything ‘could’ happen —the world ‘could’ end tomorrow, Kim Kardashian ‘could’ be elected president of the United States of America; I ‘could’ win the lottery,” he wrote.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Scalia on Ruling in Bush v. Gore: "Get over it"

Source: The Raw Story

When asked about the Bush v Gore decision by the Supreme Court Justice Scalia said, "Get Over it!"

“Look, my court didn’t bring the case into court, It was brought into the courts by Al Gore. He is the one that wanted courts to decide the question. When Richard Nixon thought he had lost the election because of chicanery in Chicago, he chose not the bring it into the courts, but Al Gore wanted the courts to decide."

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Flying Killer Robots That Can Fly Forever?

Source: Wired

How do you like the idea of flying killer robots that can fly forever and recharge in flight by energy transmitted via laser?

Tiny 2-Foot Bomb Could Be 'Months" Away From Drone War

Flying killer robots are about to get much smaller!

Source: Wired Danger Room

Since 2009, Raytheon has been experimenting with what it understatedly calls a Small Tactical Munition. It’s a laser-guided bomb less than two feet long and barely a 10th the weight of the Hellfire missiles that the iconic Predators and Reapers pack.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Hidden Scanners Will Know Everything About You From 50 Meters Away

I predict a new fashion trend involving covering one's body from head-to-toe with materials that cannot be penetrated by this laser-based molecular scanner.

Source: Gizmodo

Within the next year or two, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will instantly know everything about your body, clothes, and luggage with a new laser-based molecular scanner fired from 164 feet (50 meters) away. From traces of drugs or gun powder on your clothes to what you had for breakfast to the adrenaline level in your body—agents will be able to get any information they want without even touching you.

And without you knowing it.

Their plan is to install this molecular-level scanning in airports and border crossings all across the United States. The official, stated goal of this arrangement is to be able to quickly identify explosives, dangerous chemicals, or bioweapons at a distance.

The company that invented it, Genia Photonics, says that its laser scanner technology is able to "penetrate clothing and many other organic materials and offers spectroscopic information, especially for materials that impact safety such as explosives and pharmacological substances."

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Has 'Organic' Been Oversized?

Source: New York Times

Michael J. Potter of Eden Foods was initially supportive of the government's efforts to certify organic products. But he quickly became disenchanted. He has never sought a board appointment,for himself or anyone at Eden. "I bought into the swaddling clothes wrapped around it," he said. "I had high hopes the law and the board would be good things because we needed standards."

By 1996,he realized that the National Organic Program was heading in a direction he did not like. "They think I'm liberal,immature,a radical," Mr. Potter says. "But I'm not the one debating whether organics should use genetically modified additives or nanotechnology,which is what I'd call radical."

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Former Merck Virologists Claim Falsification Of Test Results For Mumps Vaccine

Source: Courthouse News Service

Merck is the only manufacturer licensed by the FDA to sell the mumps vaccine in United States, and if it could not show that the vaccine was 95 percent effective, it risked losing its lucrative monopoly, according to the complaint. That's why Merck found it critically important to keep claiming such a high efficacy rate according to a recently unsealed complaint.

Alabama-based Chatom Primary Care sued Merck on Monday, the week after the unsealing of a False Claims Act complaint two relators filed in 2010. Those relators, Stephen Krahling and Joan Wlochowski, were Merck virologists who claim in their unsealed complaint that they "witnessed firsthand the improper testing and data falsification in which Merck engaged to artificially inflate the vaccine's efficacy findings."

Krahling and Wlochowski claimed Merck's scheme caused the United States to pay "hundreds of millions of dollars for a vaccine that does not provide adequate immunization."

Facebook e-mail switch changed address books.

Source: The Raw Story

BEWARE: Your address book has probably been updated by Facebook if you accepted the default settings when you installed the Facebook App on your Android or iOS devices. I am pretty sure that my Android phone retained all of the e-mail addresses I have entered myself, but Facebook has added new addresses to my address book and REPLACED all of the e-mail addresses that were previously added by the Facebook App. IMO, this poses a significant security risk and an even bigger inconvenience, because you could easily address your e-mail messages could easily get delivered through Facebook instead of directly to the recipient's preferred e-mail INBOX. This will be particularly problematic for people who "friend" co-workers and colleagues, because work related e-mails could be delivered to Facebook instead of the recipient's corporate mailbox.

JPMorgan Trading Loss Drove Three-Level Standalone Cut

The US taxpayers are the only reason that Moody's didn't drop their JPMorgan rating three levels lower. I'm so glad we solved the "too big to fail" problem!

Source: Bloomberg

JPMorgan benefited from the assumption that there’s a “very high likelihood” the U.S. government would back the bank’s bondholders and creditors if it defaulted on its debt, according to the statement. Without the implied federal backing, JPMorgan’s long-term deposit rating would have been three levels lower and its senior debt would have dropped two more steps, Moody’s said.