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"Blatantly Disobey [GUN] Laws, If Passed"

The Weekly Alibi, Albuquerque, NM
Zoning, Guns, Traffic and Parties

The Guns
While the recently proposed gun legislation was not on the agenda, that did not stop folks from showing up to speak both for and against the three bills that would ban firearms from being carried into city government buildings, make it a misdemeanor for guns to be left unsecured and unattended and broaden the city’s school shooting bill to include threats made to any public or government building.

One speaker proudly encouraged Burque gun owners to blatantly disobey these laws if passed because of the perceived unconstitutionality of messing with the Second Amendment. Another speaker reminded the crowd that the Second Amendment was written about single load muskets, not any of the high capacity magazine, automatic weapons of today.

Posted by real Cannabis calm | Thu Oct 10, 2019, 02:05 PM (0 replies)

(NBC News) Apple & (N.Y.T.) South Park vs. China

Apple pulls police-tracking app used by Hong Kong protesters after consulting authorities
The decision plunges Apple into the increasingly fraught political tension between China and protesters in Hong Kong.

Oct. 10, 2019, 3:16 AM MDT
By Reuters
SAN FRANCISCO/HONG KONG — Apple Inc has removed an app that helped Hong Kong protesters track police movements, saying it was used to ambush law enforcement — a move that follows sharp criticism of the U.S. tech giant by a Chinese state newspaper for allowing the software.

The decision to bar the HKmap.live app, which crowdsources the locations of both police and protesters, from its app store plunges Apple into the increasingly fraught political tension between China and the protesters that has also ensnared other U.S. and Hong Kong businesses.

Apple had only just last week approved the app after rejecting it earlier this month. The Chinese Communist Party's official newspaper on Tuesday called the app "poisonous" and decried what it said was Apple's complicity in helping the Hong Kong protesters.

The freedom of ‘South Park’
China eradicated video and discussion of “South Park” from the country’s major platforms this week, after an episode of the cartoon took aim at Beijing’s censorship.

A show known for raunchy satire and the delight it takes in offending large groups of people has had such scuffles before.

Source: New York Times "Morning Briefing."

Somehow, due to most content, I doubt that the cartoon South Park lost many viewers in China
Posted by real Cannabis calm | Thu Oct 10, 2019, 09:07 AM (1 replies)



Sputnik 1 (Простейший Спутник-1) was the first artificial Earth satellite. The Soviet Union launched it into an elliptical low Earth orbit on 4 October 1957. It orbited for three weeks before its batteries died, then continued to orbit silently for two more months before falling back into the atmosphere. It was a 58 cm (23 in) diameter polished metal sphere, with four external radio antennas to broadcast radio pulses. Its radio signal was easily detectable, even by radio amateurs.

Essentially, this launch began the Space Race between the USA and USSR, which is a much better way for nations to compete than building nuclear weapons.

Trinity was the code name of the first detonation of a nuclear device. The code name "Trinity" was assigned by J. Robert Oppenheimer, the director of the Los Alamos Laboratory, the code-name was inspired by the poetry of John Donne. The test was of an implosion-design plutonium device, informally nicknamed The Gadget and employed same design as the Fat Man bomb later detonated over Nagasaki, Japan, on August 9, 1945.

The first nuclear test was conducted by the United States Army at 5:29 a.m. on July 16, 1945, as part of the Manhattan Project. The test was conducted in the Jornada del Muerto desert about 35 miles (56 km) southeast of Socorro, New Mexico, on what was then the USAAF Alamogordo Bombing and Gunnery Range, now part of White Sands Missile Range.The United States was also the first nation to detonate two nuclear weapons over the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945, respectively, which ended WWII.

In the immediate post-World War II era, the US and USSR both started rocket research programs based on the German wartime designs, especially the V-2. This competition in development of nuclear weapons became known as the Cold War. In the US, each branch of the military started its own programs, leading to considerable duplication of effort. In the USSR, rocket research was centrally organized, although several teams worked on different designs. Early designs from both countries were short-range missiles, like the V-2, but improvements quickly followed.

Operation Hurricane was the first test of a British atomic device. This plutonium implosion device was detonated on 3 October 1952 in the lagoon in the Monte Bello Islands in Western Australia. With the success of Operation Hurricane, Britain became the third nuclear power after the United States and the Soviet Union.

During the Second World War, Britain commenced a nuclear weapons project, known as Tube Alloys. But the 1943 Quebec Agreement merged it with the American Manhattan Project. Several key British scientists worked on the Manhattan Project,

In the USSR, early development was focused on missiles able to attack European targets. This changed in 1953 when Sergei Korolyov was directed to start development of a true Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) able to deliver newly developed hydrogen bombs. Given steady funding throughout, the R-7 developed with some speed. The first launch took place on 15 May 1957 and led to an unintended crash 400 km (250 mi) from the site. The first successful test followed on 21 August 1957; the R-7 flew over 6,000 km (3,700 mi) and became the world's first ICBM. The first strategic-missile unit became operational on 9 February 1959 at Plesetsk in north-west Russia.

Gerboise Bleue (French: [ʒɛʁbwaz blø], blue jerboa was the name of the first French nuclear test. It was an atomic bomb detonated near Reggane, in the middle of the Algerian Sahara desert on 13 February 1960, during the Algerian War, from 1954 until 1962. General Pierre Marie Gallois was instrumental in the endeavor, and earned the nickname of père de la bombe (father of the A-bomb.)

Gerboise is the French word for jerboa, a desert rodent found in the Sahara. The following three bombs detonated near Reggane were named respectively "white" (Gerboise Blanche), "red" (Gerboise Rouge), and "green" (Gerboise Verte).

The SM-65 Atlas was the first operational intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) developed by the United States and the first member of the Atlas rocket family. It was built for the U.S. Air Force by the Convair Division of General Dynamics, at an assembly plant located in Kearny Mesa (north of San Diego). Atlas became operational as an ICBM in October 1959 and was quickly obsoleted by new development, being retired as a missile by 1965.

Project 596, originally named by the US intelligence agencies Chic-1, is the codename of the first nuclear weapons test conducted by the People's Republic of China. It was detonated on October 16, 1964, at the Lop Nur test site. It was a uranium-235 implosion fission device made from weapons-grade uranium (U-235) enriched in a gaseous diffusion plant in Lanzhou. The bomb had a yield of 22 kilotons, comparable to the Soviet Union's first nuclear bomb RDS-1 in 1949. With the test, China became the fifth nuclear power. This was the first of 45 total nuclear tests China has conducted to date, all of which occurred at the Lop Nur test site.

At this time, each nation - mentioned above - has developed various, diverse nuclear weapons platforms. And all of these countries have so many nuclear weapons that a small fraction of their arsenal could destroy the Earth several times over. Many individuals, groups and less-developed nations would pay a fortune for just one of these nuclear weapons. And then, they would use it in the most irresponsible and dangerous method imaginable. The USA, China, Russia, England and France spend unbelievable amounts of money to store and guard these weapons, along with the additional expense of protecting the secrets on ways to build them.

Women protesting, during the Cuban Missile Crisis:

Posted by real Cannabis calm | Sun Oct 6, 2019, 01:00 PM (0 replies)

"Reports detail shooting by FBI agent"

‘Don’t you do it’: Reports detail shooting by FBI agent
Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 at 10:36pm

Lorraine Hardy, an off-duty FBI agent, anxiously told a 911 dispatcher her ex-boyfriend was stalking her and waiting beside her truck in the parking lot.

While on the phone, Hardy yelled, “Don’t you do it,” before gunfire erupted and the line went dead.

Within seconds, another call came in to report that a shooting inside a crowded brewery has caused a flood of people to flee frantically into the parking lot. Inside, 43-year-old Cody Wrathall lay in a puddle of blood with two pistols nearby, one still in its leather holster. The man who shot him, off-duty FBI agent Eric Bruce, tried to stop the bleeding before help arrived.

Just after 8 p.m., police responded to the shooting at Nexus Brewery, near Interstate 25 and Montgomery NE, and found Wrathall on the ground, covered in blood. Several people inside the brewery had their hands up in the air as officers walked in with guns drawn...

Hardy told responding officers that she and Bruce, a fellow agent, had met for dinner at the brewery when Wrathall unexpectedly showed up, sat at their table and threatened them. She said Wrathall then went to the parking lot, returned with a gun and pointed it at her and said, “Let’s have a gunfight.”

"Hello, I'm a Smith and Wesson 38 Special, about to be legally sold at the
Rocky Mountain Albuquerque Gun Show, at the New Mexico Fairground, next month."

If my new owner commits a homicide with me he or she can sell me at a bargain price!

"My next owner won't even have to become entangled in pesky paperwork or government oversight. It's the same for my twins and their nastier relatives in most states in the USA!"

"My next owner, could be a heroin junkie, who will buy me cheap. The junkie plans to rob a convenience store for a little cash, some liquor and cigarettes and then jump his stolen bicycle and slip into a nearby apartment complex to lay low, before reselling me for more money than he ripped-off at the convenience store."

"Who knows, maybe someday I'll kill a cop or federal agent. Then, I'll be famous!"
Posted by real Cannabis calm | Thu Oct 3, 2019, 10:00 PM (12 replies)

State Dept Inspector General requests highly unusual "Secret Meeting"

What will the State Department's inspector general say? That's the question on everybody's mind this morning, after the inspector general requested an urgent, private briefing with senior congressional staff members. It's not entirely clear what information the inspector general will provide in today's briefing, but it's happening as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has pushed back on House Democrats' demands to turn over documents related to Ukraine and to depose current and former State officials as part of the impeachment inquiry.

House Democrats warn Pompeo to stop 'intimidating' witnesses
By Zachary Cohen, CNN

Washington (CNN)House Democrats issued a stark warning to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Tuesday after the top US diplomat accused lawmakers of "intimidating and bullying" State Department officials by calling them for depositions related to the Ukraine inquiry.

In a letter sent Tuesday afternoon, the chairmen of the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight committees told Pompeo that any effort to prevent those officials from speaking to Congress "is illegal and will constitute evidence of obstruction of the impeachment inquiry."

The response came just hours after Pompeo wrote to chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Eliot Engel of New York, notifying him that the proposed dates for depositions "do not provide adequate time for the Department and its employees to prepare."

State Department inspector general requests urgent briefing on Ukraine with congressional staff
By Manu Raju, Jeremy Herb and Kylie Atwood, CNN

(CNN)The State Department's inspector general on Tuesday requested an urgent briefing with senior congressional staff members after Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pushed back on House Democratic demands to turn over documents related to Ukraine and to depose current and former State officials, according to sources briefed on the matter.

It's unclear exactly what State inspector general Steve Linick plans to provide Congress during the private Wednesday briefing. But it comes amid the House Democrats' impeachment investigation, which has been fueled by the US Intelligence Community's inspector general's review of a complaint by a whistleblower who alleged President Donald Trump sought help from Ukraine's government to interfere in the 2020 elections.
One congressional aide described the State inspector general's request as "highly unusual and cryptically worded."

Posted by real Cannabis calm | Wed Oct 2, 2019, 08:27 AM (23 replies)

CNN "THIS JUST IN" A tale of two cities...

Tale of two cities
As Beijing marks 70 years of Communist rule in China with a massive parade and a show of force and unity, protesters and police are mixing it up again on the streets of Hong Kong. One person was shot in the chest by police.
Posted by real Cannabis calm | Tue Oct 1, 2019, 12:15 PM (2 replies)

Nationally known Turban-wearing police officer murdered by convict.

The man accused of killing Texas county's first Sikh deputy was wanted for parole violation, officials say
By Faith Karimi and Jason Hanna, CNN

(CNN)A man accused of shooting and killing a pioneering Texas sheriff's deputy during a traffic stop was wanted at the time, and that may help explain why the shooting happened, authorities say.

Robert Solis, 47, was arrested Friday, shortly after police say he killed Deputy Sandeep Dhaliwal, an observant Sikh who years ago gained national attention when he got permission to wear a turban as part of his Harris County Sheriff's Office uniform.
Dhaliwal had just stopped Solis for a traffic violation and walking back to his patrol car Friday afternoon when he was shot twice, including at least once in the back of the head, authorities said.

Authorities haven't said what Solis allegedly did to have violated his parole. Solis has been out of prison on parole since 2014, 12 years after he was convicted in Harris County of aggravated kidnapping and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, court records show.


It is widely known that in prison, prejudice, divides along racial lines, where new prisoners must join racist gangs - in deadly wars with each other - or go it alone, which is a type of death-sentence.

Posted by real Cannabis calm | Mon Sep 30, 2019, 08:33 AM (85 replies)

BREAKING Hong Kong protest increase: over 1,000 "arrested"

Hong Kong police and protesters clash ahead of 70th anniversary of People's Republic of China
By Julia Hollingsworth, CNN
Updated 6:18 AM ET, Mon September 30, 2019

Hong Kong (CNN)Hong Kong police fired blue dye from a water cannon, rounds of tear gas and a live warning shot as protesters lit fires and threw petrol bombs and bricks on Sunday in clashes ahead of the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China.

Despite organizers not requesting permission from authorities, thousands of protesters marched in the 17th consecutive weekend of unrest. Hong Kong's Hospital Authority said 48 people were admitted for treatment, including one person in critical condition.

More than 150 people were arrested over the weekend, police said in a news conference Monday. On Friday, police announced that a total of 1,578 people had been arrested over the course of the protests.
Posted by real Cannabis calm | Mon Sep 30, 2019, 08:08 AM (10 replies)

Alarming, global decline in bird populations.

US and Canada have lost 2.9 billion birds since 1970, study says
By Ashley Strickland, CNN

(CNN) - Bird populations in the United States and Canada have dropped by 29% since 1970, signifying 2.9 billion birds lost in almost 50 years, according to a new study.

The scientists involved in the study warn that like a canary in a coalmine, birds reveal environmental health. This steep loss of bird populations, including some of the most common birds like sparrows and finches, shows that human impacts on the continent's environment mean it can no longer support the wildlife systems it once did.

Almost 90% of the birds lost came from 12 common songbird families like sparrow, blackbirds, warblers, finches and swallows. Shorebirds have also lost one-third of their population, and grassland birds lost more than 720 million, resulting in a 53% population reduction. Forests across North America lost more than 1 billion birds.

The extreme loss matches a similar picture emerging around the globe. The loss of grassland birds in North America is similar to a decline in farmland birds across Europe, according to the study...
Posted by real Cannabis calm | Fri Sep 27, 2019, 08:41 AM (7 replies)

"Netanyahu clutches political lifeline"

Explainer: Israel's Netanyahu clutches political lifeline
Jeffrey Heller of REUTERS

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel’s president has thrown Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a political lifeline, asking him to try to form a government after he failed to secure a clear election victory twice in six months.

The inconclusive ballot on Sept. 17 left had Netanyahu weakened and his right-wing Likud party in second place, with 32 seats versus 33 for former armed forces chief Benny Gantz’s centrist Blue and White party in the 120-member parliament.

Under that game plan, Gantz would be able to abandon his vow not to sit in a government with a prime minister facing possible charges in three corruption cases.

Netanyahu, who denies the bribery and fraud allegations, could break up his current alliance with ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties. Gantz opposes that partnership, saying he seeks a liberal, or secular, government.
Posted by real Cannabis calm | Thu Sep 26, 2019, 09:44 AM (3 replies)
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