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Hand dyer mainly to the quilters market, doll maker, oil painter and teacher, anti-fas, cat owner, anti nuke, ex navy, reasonably good cook, father of three happy successful kids and three happy grand kids. Life is good.

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cheetolini's legal problems deepen .....

The Inventor of the Bump Stock Is Ending His Business

The Inventor of the Bump Stock Is Ending His Business
Polly Mosendz

Bump stock manufacturer Slide Fire Solutions LP will stop taking orders and shut down its website next month. The closure comes after months of scrutiny caused by the use of a bump stock—an accessory that allows semi-automatic weapons to fire at the rate of an automatic—in the October 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas, the deadliest in modern American history.

A lawyer for Slide Fire did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Bump stocks have never been more than niche firearms accessory, although Slide Fire’s sales exceeded $10 million its first year of business. The founder of the company, Jeremiah Cottle, patented the design and defended it in court numerous times, alleging competitors infringed on Slide Fire’s patents. “I built something, and a madman is taking it all away,” Cottle told Bloomberg Businessweek following the Las Vegas shooting.

President Donald Trump backed a bump stock ban following the attack; Attorney General Jeff Sessions formally proposed such a ban in late March. At the moment, however, shoppers can still purchase bump stocks from Slide Fire and on firearms resale websites such as Gun Broker.

A 'bump stock' device on a gun© George Frey/Getty Images The end of its business on May 20, which Slide Fire announced in a statement on its website, comes as the company faces litigation related to the Las Vegas attack. A lawsuit filed in Clark County District Court alleges that Slide Fire, along with unidentified bump stock makers and retailers, behaved negligently by producing and selling the devices. The plaintiffs in the case, Devon Prescott, Brooke Freeman and Tasaneeporn Upright, are survivors of the shooting and are seeking class-action status.

“Whether it was our lawsuit, business realities, or the impending federal regulation against bump stocks that led to this decision, we don’t know yet,” said Avery Gardiner, co-president of the Brady Center, which is representing the plaintiffs alongside the Las Vegas law firm Eglet Prince. “I’m sure in the lawsuit, we’ll learn more about their announcement about closing their website and what they plan to do with their assets.”

To contact the author of this story: Polly Mosendz in New York at pmosendz@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Aaron Rutkoff at arutkoff@bloomberg.net.

©2018 Bloomberg L.P.

It was time to quit. He already made a killing.
Posted by marble falls | Wed Jul 4, 2018, 09:08 AM (2 replies)

George Orwell's "Story of the Trump Administration in Twenty or So Flash Cards" ....


Republican Politician Ejected From Texas Dem Convention After Apparently Brandishing Gun

Republican Politician Ejected From Texas Dem Convention After Apparently Brandishing Gun
by Colin Kalmbacher | 1:52 pm, June 23rd, 2018


A GOP state representative was escorted out of the Texas Democratic Party’s state convention on Friday after apparently brandishing his gun when confronted about an anti-liberal prank he had just pulled.

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Representative Briscoe Cain and three other men were removed by the Fort Worth Police Department following the incident.

Cain and political consultant Aaron Harris were initially asked to leave after distributing dozens of fake yard signs with satirical messages reading, “This home is a gun-free safe space.” In an image Harris later posted to Twitter, some Texas Democrats can be seen posing and smiling with the signs, apparently unaware of the fun being had.

Cain defended the stunt as an exercise in “irony.” He said, “It’s amazing how many people took one and thanked us. They said they would put it in front of their house. I think it’s funny. Nobody should put this in front of their house.”

Video captured the moment when Cain appeared to brandish his handgun. After being asked to leave the exhibit hall, Cain and the other right-wing activists returned to a foyer on the north side of the building, believing it to be a public place.

At that point, a delegate asks Cain, “When’d you go gun-free?” To which Cain physically replies by lifting his shirt and showing what looks like a holstered weapon. That interaction was around 4:30 p.m. and the police quickly took over. Cain and his group left the building at around 5:20 p.m.

Texas Democratic Party Convention Director Adam Goodrum said Cain’s group had caused “a bit of a disturbance” after delegate Mirian Spencer witnessed Cain allegedly drawing attention to his weapon after the prank had run its course.

In an emailed statement to the Star-Telegram, Fort Worth Police spokesperson Bradley Perez said, “Some protesters were asked to move on and they complied.”

Cain is currently serving his first term in the Texas House of Representatives and has been ranked by Rice University political science Professor Mark Jones as the most conservative lawmaker in the Texas House.

A.I. Has a Race Problem

A.I. Has a Race Problem
Facial recognition software still gets confused by darker skin tones.
By Lizette Chapman
and Joshua Brustein
June 26, 2018, 4:00 AM CDT Corrected June 26, 2018, 10:20 AM CDT


A couple of years ago, as Brian Brackeen was preparing to pitch his facial recognition software to a potential customer as a convenient, secure alternative to passwords, the software stopped working. Panicked, he tried adjusting the room’s lighting, then the Wi-Fi connection, before he realized the problem was his face. Brackeen is black, but like most facial recognition developers, he’d trained his algorithms with a set of mostly white faces. He got a white, blond colleague to pose for the demo, and they closed the deal. It was a Pyrrhic victory, he says: “It was like having your own child not recognize you.”

At Kairos AR Inc., his 40-person facial recognition company in Miami, Brackeen says he’s improved the software by adding more black and brown faces to his image sets, but the results are still imperfect. The same problem bedevils companies including Microsoft, IBM, and Amazon and their growing range of customers for similar services. Facial recognition is being used to help India’s government find missing children, and British news outlets spot celebrities at royal weddings. More controversially, it’s being used in a growing number of contexts by law enforcement agencies, which are often less than forthcoming about what they’re using it for and whether they’re doing enough about potential pitfalls. Brackeen believes the problem of racial bias is serious enough that law enforcement shouldn’t use facial recognition at all.

Microsoft, IBM, and China’s Face++ misidentified darker-skinned women as often as 35 percent of the time and darker-skinned men 12 percent of the time, according to a report published by MIT researchers earlier this year. The gender difference owes to a smaller set of women’s faces. Such software can see only what it’s been taught to see.

“An inaccurate system will implicate people for crimes they didn’t commit”


Engineers are improving how they train algorithms as more agencies purchase the software, but they may not be able to head off growing calls for regulation. The authors of the Georgetown report call for state and federal laws governing how police departments use facial recognition and call on the police to test regularly for algorithmic bias. In April a group of civil rights organizations said it was “categorically unethical” to deploy real-time facial recognition analysis of footage captured by police body cameras.

Some, including the EFF’s Lynch, argue that their concerns will only increase as the technology improves. An accurate image merged with personal information about an individual such as location, family ties, voting records, and the like can be pulled together by authorities using products such as those from Palantir Technologies Inc. to create a digital dossier on people without their consent or knowledge. “Even if we have a 100 percent accurate system, I don’t want that system,” Lynch says. “That means we can no longer walk around and interact with people without the government knowing who we are, where we are, and who we’re talking to.”
(Corrects Microsoft error rate in fourth paragraph)

BOTTOM LINE - Microsoft says it’s cut its facial recognition error rate to zero percent for everyone except darker-skinned women, but as with rivals, those numbers are likely to rise in the real world.

Intern Who Yelled 'F**k You' As Trump Walked Through Capitol Suspended

Intern Who Yelled ‘F**k You’ As Trump Walked Through Capitol Suspended
The woman will keep her job in Sen. Maggie Hassan’s office, however.

By Nick Visser


LISTEN: As Pres Trump’s entourage entered Speaker Ryan’s office in the Capitol, someone on the other side of the Capitol rotunda yelled: “Mr. President, F—k you!!” (He entered about 15 seconds later): pic.twitter.com/KHp16LYMoF
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) June 19, 2018

A Congressional intern who yelled a profane greeting at President Donald Trump in the Capitol last week has been identified as an intern for Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), the lawmaker’s spokesman told The Hill on Monday.

“We are aware of the situation and have taken disciplinary action, including a one-week suspension and revoking her Congressional intern ID badge (thereby restricting her access to the Capitol), in response to her breach of office policies regarding respectful and appropriate conduct,” Aaron Jacobs, Hassan’s director of communications, told the outlet. “We also facilitated contact with Capitol Police.”

A widely circulated video showed Trump walking near the Capitol Rotunda to meet with GOP lawmakers about proposed immigration legislation last week. Right before the president walks into the frame, however, a woman can be heard screaming: “Mr. President, fuck you!”

Intern who yelled “F—k you!” to Pres Trump ID’ed as Caitlin Marriott, works for @SenatorHassan.

Per spox, “in response to her breach of office policies regarding respectful & appropriate conduct” she’s:
-Suspended 1 week
-Congressional badge revoked
-Still working in Hart office https://t.co/NAtn4Yr7u1
— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) June 26, 2018

The woman was identified in several media accounts as 21-year-old Caitlin Marriott. Fox News reports that she’ll continue to work in Hassan’s office through August.

San Francisco Woman Who Called Cops on Black Girl for Selling Water Says She's Not Racist

San Francisco Woman Who Called Cops on Black Girl for Selling Water Says She's Not Racist

And adds that she was only 'pretending' to call the cops.

By Martin Cizmar / Raw Story
June 24, 2018, 1:00 AM GMT


The white woman who called the police on an 8-year-old black girl who was selling water outside her San Francisco apartment says she's not racist and that she was only pretending to call.

The woman, Alison Ettel, was contacted by the Huffington Post.

“This has no racial component to it,” she said.
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She also told HuffPo that she only “pretended” to call the police on the girl.

In the video, shot by the girl's mother and posted to Instagram, Ettel tried to hide behind a wall as she was filmed.

“This woman don’t want a little girl to sell some water, she’s calling the police on an 8-year-old girl,” the girl's mother said.

Make this bitch go viral like #bbqbecky she’s #permitpatty would you rather my daughter be out here getting into shit Fr cuz an 8 year old selling water in front of her apartment building where she’s lived her whole life is NOT a reason to call the Police

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Jun 23, 2018 at 4:05am PDT

After being busted, Ettel said she was “horrible and heart-wrenched."

She said the issue was noise.

“They were screaming about what they were selling,” she said. “It was literally nonstop. It was every two seconds, ‘Come and buy my water.’ It was continuous and it wasn’t a soft voice, it was screaming... I had been putting up with this for hours, and I just snapped."

Another thing a wypipo did ....

Jeff Sessions Says It's 'Painful' Hearing Christians Condemn His Family Separation Policy "I have c

Jeff Sessions Says It’s ‘Painful’ Hearing Christians Condemn His Family Separation Policy

“I have critics from a lot of different areas,” says the attorney general. You don’t say!


By Jennifer Bendery

Apparently it bothers Attorney General Jeff Sessions when faith leaders criticize his policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the border. Maybe they do that because it’s a horrific policy, sir!

WASHINGTON ― Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a longtime member of the Methodist Church, said Thursday that it hurts him to hear Christian leaders condemning his policy of taking children away from their parents at the border and putting them in cages in detention facilities.

“It is painful,” Sessions said in an interview with Christian Broadcasting Network.

“I have critics from a lot of different areas. I think our church people are really concerned about children, that’s what I’m hearing,” he said. “I feel it. I think there’s a legitimate concern there, and I’m pleased to work with the president to address those concerns.””

Sessions is leading the charge on the Trump administration’s zero tolerance policy on immigration, which separates kids from their parents so the adults can be criminally prosecuted for crossing the border without documentation. The administration has separated more than 2,300 children from their parents, so far, and has no plan for reuniting them. Previously, authorities typically kept migrant families together and routed them to immigration courts.

Photos from detention facilities show kids being kept in large cages and given foil blankets. Audio from one facility, obtained by ProPublica, features small children crying out for their parents as a U.S. Border Patrol agent jokes about an “orchestra” of wailing children.

Faith leaders of all persuasions, including the leader of Sessions’ own church, have denounced the policy. When Sessions invoked the Bible to defend it last week, he drew widespread criticism from Christian leaders who described family separations as “immoral,” “disgraceful” and “deeply un-Christian.”


All that fuss just puts him off his milk and cookies.

Lili Allen ....

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