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Why didn't you just say: "We have *always* been at war with Eastasia"...

...and be done with it? It would be just as credible, and saved billions of wasted electrons.
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed May 7, 2014, 02:53 PM (0 replies)

Remember, *they* need guns- YOU don't...

Working for a billionaire has its perks- apparently, it means you have more rights
than the people you are purportedly trying to make safer. (Before one of the
DwellsUnderBridges tribe chimes in with the associational fallacy, I heartily dislike
Dana Loesch):


Dana Loesch ‏@DLoesch Apr 26

Hi @erikasotolamb , I wish your other Bloomberg colleagues were as polite as you: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/ … . Why do you have armed security?

Erika Soto Lamb ‏@erikasotolamb

.@DLoesch we have armed security because other people on your side of the debate threaten our lives. I wish it weren't the case, but it is.


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Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed Apr 30, 2014, 04:14 PM (4 replies)

"The real reason Michael Bloomberg cares about guns"

A cogent explanation of how and why Left and center-Left Bloomberg supporters are


The real reason Michael Bloomberg cares about guns
It's not the ‘gun’ part of ‘gun control’ that the ex-mayor is interested in

April 25, 2014 6:15AM ET
by Malcolm Harris @BigMeanInternet

During Michael Bloomberg’s three terms as mayor of New York, he loved nothing more than to lord over the nation’s largest city. Now he’s just a normal civilian multibillionaire, sitting right below the prime minister of India on the Forbes list of the world’s most powerful people — a lowly position that is no doubt a source of immense personal disappointment. Short of patrolling New York’s parks in a spandex bodysuit to inflict vigilante justice on cigarette smokers and super-sized Slurpee drinkers, what’s a rich ex-mayor to do?

Luckily for Bloomberg, in American politics, controlling sublime amounts of capital is its own qualification, and lavishing it on pet issues counts as philanthropy. And this time, without an elected office to use for a pulpit, he’s going to need that money: After attacking tobacco and soda, Bloomberg is coming for guns...

...Bloomberg’s fortune and political strategies figure prominently in the description of his new hobby. But he evinces no passion for the issue unless he’s defending the racist, ineffectual and unpopular police practice of “stop and frisk.” After all, this is the mayor who, after the NYPD accidentally shot nine innocent bystanders while attempting to subdue a single armed man near the Empire State Building, angrily told a reporter, “If somebody pointed a gun at you and you had a gun in your pocket, what would you do? I think that answers the question.” He sounds more like Charles Bronson than James Brady, so why is Michael Bloomberg America’s most prominent gun control advocate?

If Bloomberg wanted to spend some pocket change to undermine any other constitutional right, liberals would quickly complain about how the nation’s elites use their money to overinfluence policy and consolidate power away from the broader citizenry. The billionaire Koch brothers, who fund numerous conservative and libertarian causes, have become archetypes of this phenomenon, to the benefit of Obama-aligned outrage sites such as Salon and ThinkProgress. But when it comes to the Second Amendment, liberals don’t see a question of freedom or liberty, even when a billionaire tries to buy it away.

Much more at the link...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed Apr 30, 2014, 03:33 AM (2 replies)

Stanford scholar says insider threats pose security risks at nuclear facilities


Stanford Report, April 24, 2014
When it comes to security at nuclear facilities, danger likely lurks from within, Stanford scholar says

The greatest dangers to nuclear facilities are sabotage and theft from insiders, according to political scientist Scott Sagan. Analysis of past incidents can help boost safeguards at these sites.

By Clifton B. Parker

Insider threats are the most serious challenge confronting nuclear facilities in today's world, a Stanford political scientist says.

In every case of theft of nuclear materials where the circumstances of the theft are known, the perpetrators were either insiders or had help from insiders, according to Scott Sagan and his co-author, Matthew Bunn of Harvard University, in a research paper published this month by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

"Given that the other cases involve bulk material stolen covertly without anyone being aware the material was missing, there is every reason to believe that they were perpetrated by insiders as well," they wrote...

The paper can be found here (*.pdf file):


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sat Apr 26, 2014, 11:06 PM (1 replies)

The question is, will their security be armed?


BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
Posted: April 23, 2014

FIREARM FOES from the Philly-based CeaseFire PA have a simple answer for the gun-rights activists who have increasingly targeted them for protest: Bring it!

Gun owners have shown up to CeaseFire PA rallies and events in bigger and louder groups, videotaping the goings-on and counterprotesting, said Shira Goodman, the group's executive director. Last month, Pittsburgh-area gun-rights activists visited CeaseFire PA's Center City office, prompting flustered staffers to call police...

...Stolfer said he plans to investigate CeaseFire PA's financials. His group and other gun supporters will gather in Harrisburg next Tuesday for their annual Second Amendment rally.

Goodman said she'll consider hiring security for future events if critics' protests escalate. CeaseFire PA's next gun violence prevention rally will be May 10 in LOVE Park.

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Apr 24, 2014, 02:56 PM (1 replies)

For my 10,000th post: Ginger beer vs. ginger ale

Why is ginger beer spicy while ginger ale not so much so? And who makes the best
ginger beer? I've had some rather highly touted brands that are too sweet and
don't have enough ginger...

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Tue Apr 1, 2014, 02:17 AM (4 replies)

Gun control advocates falsely claim an increase in Missouri murder rate


Missouri murder rate increases 16% after Permit to Buy


Study ties law’s repeal to more gun homicides in Missouri

By Alan Burdziak

Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 2:00 am

A study that will be published in the April issue of the Journal of Urban Health links the 2007 repeal of Missouri's permit-to-purchase handgun law to an increase in firearm homicides in the state.

The study, conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, finds that the law's repeal is associated with an additional 55 to 63 murders per year between 2008 and 2012...

2008 rates:



Murder and nonnegligent homicide 7.7/100,000

Aggravated assault 344.4/100,000

2012 rates:



Murder and nonnegligent homicide 6.5/100,000

Aggravated assault 323.4/100,000

Anyone care to discuss the terms "pious fraud" and/or "faith-promoting rumor" ?

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Sun Mar 30, 2014, 04:10 PM (48 replies)

Trade deal would ease U.S. gas exports to Europe: Obama


Trade deal would ease U.S. gas exports to Europe: Obama
10:13am EDT

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A new transatlantic trade deal currently under negotiation would make it easier for the United States to export gas to Europe and help it reduce its dependency on Russian energy, U.S. President Barack Obama said on Wednesday.

"Once we have a trade agreement in place, export licences for projects for liquefied natural gas destined to Europe would be much easier, something that is obviously relevant in today's geopolitical environment," Obama told a news conference after meeting EU leaders, adding that it could not happen overnight.

EU negotiators are pressing U.S. counterparts to agree to allow exports of LNG to the European Union in part to lessen its reliance on Russia, which provides about one-third of Europe's oil and gas supplies, 40 percent of it through Ukraine.

(Reporting By Philip Blenkinsop; Editing by Paul Taylor)

The EU and the Obama administration are both looking forward to US gas exports to


EU-US Summit: Joint Statement

...9. Energy is a key component in the transition to a competitive low-carbon economy and achieving long-term sustainable economic development. The EU-US Energy Council fosters cooperation on energy security, regulatory frameworks that encourage the efficient and sustainable use of energy, and joint research priorities that promote safe and sustainable energy technologies. The situation in Ukraine proves the need to reinforce energy security in Europe and we are considering new collaborative efforts to achieve this goal. We welcome the prospect of U.S. LNG exports in the future since additional global supplies will benefit Europe and other strategic partners. We agree on the importance of redoubling transatlantic efforts to support European energy security to further diversify energy sources and suppliers and to allow for reverse natural gas flows to Ukraine from its EU neighbours.

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed Mar 26, 2014, 09:19 PM (1 replies)

ACLU: Local Police in Florida Acting Like They’re the CIA (But They’re Not)


Local Police in Florida Acting Like They’re the CIA (But They’re Not)

By Nathan Freed Wessler, Staff Attorney, ACLU Speech, Privacy & Technology Project at 10:00am

The City of Sunrise, Florida, tried to take a page from the CIA’s anti-transparency playbook last week when it responded to an ACLU public records request about its use of powerful cell phone location tracking gear by refusing to confirm or deny the existence of any relevant documents. And the state police are trying to get in on the act as well. We have written about the federal government’s abuse of this tactic—called a “Glomar” response—before, but local law enforcement’s adoption of the ploy reaches a new level of absurdity. In this case, the response is not only a violation of Florida law, but is also fatally undermined by records the Sunrise Police Department has already posted online.

A few weeks ago, the ACLU sent public records requests to 36 state and local Florida law enforcement agencies seeking information about their use of “cell site simulator” surveillance devices known as “Stingrays.” We were partly motivated by the discovery that the Tallahassee Police Department had argued in court to permanently seal court records discussing its Stingray use, apparently in deference to a nondisclosure agreement with the device’s manufacturer. That’s pretty offensive, but at least the new Tallahassee police chief has promised to investigate his department’s practices. The City of Sunrise’s position might be even more galling.

Today we sent a reply letter to Sunrise, explaining that it’s bad enough that the Glomar response has no basis under Florida law. Government agencies are required to respond to a public records request by searching for and releasing relevant documents, or explaining why individual documents fall within one of the narrow statutory exemptions to disclosure. Refusing to even confirm whether records exist violates the letter and spirit of the Florida Public Records Act.

But even more embarrassing for the city is that the Sunrise Police Department has already publicly acknowledged that it owns at least one Stingray. A document posted on the city’s public website reveals that in March 2013 the Police Department investigated purchasing a $65,000 upgrade to its existing Stingray device, as well as other related technology and services. (See here for an explanation of the abbreviations found on this form). An agency cannot acknowledge a fact in one context, but then refuse to confirm or deny the same information in response to a public records request. Sunrise’s response might be laughable if it weren’t such a bald violation of government transparency laws.

The receipt can be found here (PDF file):

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed Mar 26, 2014, 02:51 PM (0 replies)

Better inform the Inquisition. They'll know just what to do with those heretics!

Really, though- thanks for posting that. You learn something new every day-
I was unaware that the principle of 'ex cathedra' applied to Presidential nominations:


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Mar 24, 2014, 05:59 PM (1 replies)
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