HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » friendly_iconoclast » Journal
Page: « Prev 1 ... 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 ... 24 Next »

friendly_iconoclast

Profile Information

Member since: Fri Sep 8, 2006, 12:47 PM
Number of posts: 10,034

Journal Archives

“What Is That Box?” — When The NSA Shows Up At Your Internet Company

http://www.buzzfeed.com/justinesharrock/what-is-that-box-when-the-nsa-shows-up-at-your-internet-comp

When people say the feds are monitoring what people are doing online, what does that mean? How does that work? When, and where, does it start?

Pete Ashdown, CEO of XMission, an internet service provider in Utah, knows. He received a Foreign Intelligence Service Act (FISA) warrant in 2010 mandating he let the feds monitor one of his customers, through his facility. He also received a broad gag order. In his own words:


The first thing I do when I get a law enforcement request is look for a court signature on it. Then I pass it to my attorneys and say, “Is this legitimate? Does this qualify as a warrant?” If it does, then we will respond to it. We are very up front that we respond to warrants.

If it isn’t, then the attorneys write back: “We don’t believe it is in jurisdiction or is constitutional. We are happy to respond if you do get an FBI request in jurisdiction or you get a court order to do so.”
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Tue Jul 23, 2013, 05:36 AM (4 replies)

An Ominous Alliance: Militiamen Showing Up in Wisconsin as Mining Co. 'Security'

http://crooksandliars.com/david-neiwert/ominous-alliance-militiamen-showing-


Imagine taking a hike in your local woods and coming upon characters toting semi-automatic weapons, dressed in camo and wearing masks. Then imagine finding out they are militia-movement followers hired by a mining operation to protect against "eco-terrorists."

That's what's been happening to people living in northern Wisconsin lately. And these are the kinds of guys people are encountering in the woods...

...In short order, a new set of goons appeared as security for GTAC's President, Bill Williams, in his recent appearances in Wisconsin. And these men were wearing the logos of a Patriot/militia organization called the Watchmen of America -- though true to the "leaderless resistance" model of action these "Patriots" espouse, the Watchmen's organizational leaders are denying any involvement, while in effect conceding that members may be operating in Wisconsin without their approval...

...These denials are not particularly meaningful. After all, the Patriot/militia movement has been characterized by a "leaderless resistance" strategy that encourages individual "lone wolf" and small-cell action in which organizational leaders can plausibly deny responsibility and thus avoid any consequences for the actions of followers and colleagues.


Let this be a useful reminder as to why the Left elements of the working class have always included
people that bear arms.

I'm not advocating a guerilla war against these mooks, I'm simply reminding people that these types
just don't care how deeply felt your principles are, and that your strength is not 'as the
strength of ten because your heart is pure'.

While non-violence will always have a place in the political continuum, it will not work against those
depraved persons, states or corporations like GTAC who simply don't give a shit about your principles.

Harry Turtledove illustrated this nicely in a story:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Last_Article

You might also wish to research:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Hayes_Pond

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deacons_for_Defense_and_Justice

http://www.amazon.com/Radio-Free-Dixie-Robert-Williams/dp/0807849235/ref=pd_sim_b_7

"Radio Free Dixie: Robert F. Williams and the Roots of Black Power"

http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/negroeswithguns/

http://newsreel.org/video/NEGROES-WITH-GUNS
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Jul 22, 2013, 02:58 PM (23 replies)

Detroit Free Press: Police launch investigations after arrest of photographer

Warning: Autoplay video at link (grrrr...)

http://www.freep.com/article/20130716/NEWS01/307160018/photographer-free-press-mandi-wright-video-arrested

Police launch investigations after arrest of photographer

5:03 PM, July 16, 2013

By Jim Schaefer and Gina Damron

Detroit Free Press Staff Writers
Detroit police and the department’s internal affairs officers have launched investigations following the arrest of a Free Press photographer who was filming a police action on a public street last week.

Police said they are looking into the conduct of photographer Mandi Wright and the actions of an officer who ordered her to stop filming and wrestled her phone away from her. They also are looking into the disappearance of a memory card from her newspaper-issued iPhone and whether she was briefly left alone with the crime suspect whom she had been filming.

Wright, 47, was arrested Thursday after she and a reporter came upon an arrest scene near Woodbridge and Riopelle, east of downtown. Police at the scene said Wright tussled with an officer after he had confiscated her iPhone; Wright said that she was concentrating on taking her video and did not realize the man who grabbed her phone was a police officer. Wright was handcuffed and later, she said, put in an interrogation room with the suspect.

Detroit Police Chief James Craig confirmed Monday that an internal affairs investigation is being conducted. Deputy Chief James Tolbert said no conclusions have been drawn, but if that investigation verifies that she was put into a room with the suspect and then left alone, “that could be a serious breach of department policy.”...


Man, TPTB sure don't like it when Little Brother and Little Sister start looking back, do they?
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Jul 18, 2013, 07:20 PM (4 replies)

AP Exclusive: Daniels looked to censor opponents

http://news.yahoo.com/ap-exclusive-daniels-looked-censor-opponents-213306613.html


AP Exclusive: Daniels looked to censor opponents

Associated Press
TOM LoBIANCO July 16, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels pledged to promote academic freedom when he became president of Purdue University in January, but newly released emails show he attempted to eliminate what he considered liberal "propaganda" at Indiana's public universities while governor.

Emails obtained by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request show Daniels requested that historian and anti-war activist Howard Zinn's writings be banned from classrooms and asked for a "cleanup" of college courses. In another exchange, the Republican talks about cutting funding for a program run by a local university professor who was one of his sharpest critics...

In a rapid exchange of emails between top state education officials on Feb. 9, 2010, including then-Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett, Daniels sought assurance that a Zinn book exploring historical events that Zinn said got little attention was removed from Indiana classrooms.

"This terrible anti-American academic has finally passed away," Daniels wrote. "The obits and commentaries mentioned his book, 'A People's History of the United States,' is the 'textbook of choice in high schools and colleges around the country.' It is a truly execrable, anti-factual piece of disinformation that misstates American history on every page.

"Can someone assure me that it is not in use anywhere in Indiana? If it is, how do we get rid of it before more young people are force-fed a totally false version of our history?"
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Jul 18, 2013, 05:25 PM (0 replies)

Attention *needs* to be paid to coronaviruses- they mutate easily:

cdc.gov/eid/article/19/7/12-1094.htm

As with other RNA viruses, coronavirus replication is error-prone; the estimated mutation rate is ≈4 × 10−4 nucleotide substitutions/site/year (13,14)



http://pathmicro.med.sc.edu/virol/coronaviruses.htm

Mutation and recombination

Coronaviruses have large RNA genomes replicated by a virus-encoded replicase/polymerase. RNA polymerases have no proof-reading capability and typically have an error rate of about 1 in 10,000 nucleotides. Since the genome of an average coronavirus is about 30kB, this means that there will be several mutations in each progeny virus. There are also many deletion mutations formed in coronaviruses. There is a very high frequency of recombination in coronaviruses which is not typical of non-segmented RNA viruses. This may be due to the discontinuous mode of RNA replication in which the leader sequence is made and then the leader/polymerase may jump to another strand. This high rate of recombination results in rapid evolution of the virus and the formation of new strains.


And with several million people as possible vectors/carriers present during the hajj season in SA,
this needs to be taken most seriously....
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Jul 8, 2013, 09:30 PM (0 replies)

Hell must be freezing over- there really *is* common ground at DU on guns:

(A self-repost from GC&RKBA, also known as the Gungeon)

I find myself in agreement with BainsBane about a proposed law. Yes, you read that correctly...

DUers should support King-Thompson (a restart of Manchin-Toomey), AKA H.R. 1565:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/12623636

Support King-Thompson on background checks


Check it out for yourselves:

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr1565/text

I still think the "family exemptions" on background checks might be problematic, but there are other
parts I like very much indeed:

1) Puts teeth into the requirement for states to enter disqualifying information into the NICS
database (I'm looking at you, Virginia) and

2) Puts a kibosh on New York's habit of busting travelers that have secured, unloaded guns in
their baggage.

Seeing as Dianne Feinstein's assault weapons ban is nowhere to be seen this time around,
this might actually get passed and do some good!

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed Jul 3, 2013, 03:44 PM (21 replies)

Hell must be freezing over- there really *is* common ground at DU on guns:

I find myself in agreement with BainsBane about a proposed law. Yes, you read that correctly...

DUers should support King-Thompson (a restart of Manchin-Toomey), AKA H.R. 1565:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/12623636

Support King-Thompson on background checks


Check it out for yourselves:

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/113/hr1565/text

I still think the "family exemptions" on background checks might be problematic, but there are other
parts I like very much indeed:

1) Puts teeth into the requirement for states to enter disqualifying information into the NICS
database, and

2) Puts a kibosh on New York's habit of busting travelers that have secured, unloaded guns in
their baggage.

Seeing as Dianne Feinstein's assault weapons ban is nowhere to be seen this time around,
this might actually get passed and do some good!


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed Jul 3, 2013, 03:29 PM (27 replies)

They're the same sort of people that opposed Loving v Virginia. Point it out to them.

Hell, sometimes they are the same people....
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed Jun 26, 2013, 01:50 PM (1 replies)

Republi-bigots have a sad over DOMA decision, go full Lovejoy.

I was flipping through TV channels while eating lunch, and came upon C-SPAN with a group of House
Republicans (all looking in need of of some serious laxatives) bemoaning the DOMA and Prop. 8
decisions.

I says to myself: "Wait for it, you know one or more of them will Lovejoy this sooner or later"

Sure enough, some git from Texas named Weber starts banging on about how 'traditional marriage'
is best for children, et cetera, et cetera...


Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed Jun 26, 2013, 01:37 PM (2 replies)

An attempt to revive the "CCW increases homicides" myth...

...over at that other group:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/12623372

Note that this is less than a week after I debunked this claptrap the first time:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=3050787


I suppose persistence is supposed to make up for the demonstrable inaccuracy.

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Jun 24, 2013, 03:27 AM (15 replies)
Go to Page: « Prev 1 ... 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 ... 24 Next »