Sunday, September 25, 2016

America's Post-Racial Troubles

Welcome to Obama's transformed America:
Under Obama, the number of both white and black Americans who believe race relations are good has declined, and a July Rasmussen poll found 60 percent of Americans think race relations are worse; a growing number of violent riots across the country seem to back up that sentiment.
Much of this has been building for a long time, to say the least-but this was supposed to be the age of Hope and change, and instead we got anger and entitlement. It would most likely not get any better under Hillary Clinton, and would take more than a President Trump to fix, even though he is at least offering a real alternative. The Obama legacy will be felt-and remembered-long after he's gone, and that's not good.

The FBI Show

They didn't need any real investigation:
Just how much Comey and his Bureau punted on EmailGate has become painfully obvious since then. Redacted FBI documents from that investigation, dumped on the Friday afternoon before the long Labor Day weekend, revealed that Hillary Clinton either willfully lied to the Bureau, repeatedly, about her email habits as secretary of state, or she is far too dumb to be our commander-in-chief.

Worse, the FBI completely ignored the appearance of highly classified signals intelligence in Hillary’s email, including information lifted verbatim from above-Top Secret NSA reports back in 2011. This crime, representing the worst compromise of classified information in EmailGate – that the public knows of, at least – was somehow deemed so uninteresting that nobody at the FBI bothered to ask anybody on Team Clinton about it.

This stunning omission appears highly curious to anybody versed in counterintelligence matters, not least since during Obama’s presidency, the FBI has prosecuted Americans for compromising information far less classified than what Clinton and her staff exposed on Hillary “unclassified” email server of bathroom infamy.
Well, they weren't Clintons...

Saturday, September 24, 2016

New Friends For Hillary

Looking for new gigs?
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer and Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg were part of over 1,100 "elite bundlers" that also include actor Ben Affleck and the chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China.

The analysis done by the Center for Public Integrity also found several lawmakers on the Clinton bundler list.

CPI's Michael Beckel explained, "A 'bundler' is someone who collects checks from friends or associates and gives them to the campaign. They are often rewarded for their efforts with prize positions in the administration of the candidate they support. That is, if the candidate wins."
Also for when foreign dictators are unavailable for funds...

The Voting Dead

So dead people are apparently still voting in Colorado, but is it really a problem? I guess it depends on who you ask:
Donald Trump has repeatedly alluded to fraud as a reason to introduce controversial voter ID laws, but a News21 analysis and recent court rulings show little evidence that such fraud is widespread.
A study of 2,068 alleged election-fraud cases in 50 states between 2000 and 2012 found the level of fraud was infinitesimal compared with the 146 million voters registered over the 12-year period.

The analysis found only 10 cases of voter impersonation, the only kind of fraud that could be prevented by voter ID at the polls.
Never mind those zombies at the polling place...

Triggering The Insanity

So criticizing safe spaces is crazy, or something:
"The people who decry safe spaces do it from their segregated housing places, from their jobs without diversity — they do it from their country clubs," Schapiro said. "It just drives me nuts."

[…]Calling people who deny the existence of microaggressions "idiots," Schapiro said he clearly remembers every microaggression he has experienced.

Microaggressions "cut you to the core" and aren't easily forgotten, he said.

Schapiro also criticized those who "conflate" the use of trigger warnings with undermining the First Amendment, saying students should be warned about potentially traumatic content, such as the Holocaust or lynching of black people.

"If they say that … you shouldn't be warned to prepare yourself psychologically for that, that somehow that's coddling, those people are lunatics," Schapiro said.
Snowflakes must be protected-and their therapists need jobs...

Imperfect Match

Who wants Cleveland? Anyone?
In Cleveland, officials are eying development possibilities that exist in neighboring East Cleveland, a place so impoverished that some residents fill their own potholes.

In East Cleveland, City Council members had long balked at the idea of dissolving their city. But with no viable solution short of an economic miracle in sight, they agreed last month to pursue annexation without the list of demands — such as continuing to be paid after annexation — it originally submitted to the dismay of Cleveland officials.

"Without a revenue stream, I don't know how we would exist," said Thomas Wheeler, president of East Cleveland City Council. He and mayor Gary Norton agreed their city is out of options and needs money now.

East Cleveland has millions in unpaid bills and hasn't been able to borrow money on the municipal credit market for years. The city can barely make payroll even after deep cuts in its workforce. Wheeler said only five firefighters were available to respond to a recent house fire.
A marriage made in Hell that even Hell doesn't want?

Liars On Trial

Rolling Stone goes to court:
Nicole Eramo sued Rolling Stone for $7.85 million last year over her portrayal in its story “A Rape on Campus.” It tells the story of UVA student Jackie Coakley, who claimed she was gang-raped at a fraternity party and then spent years struggling to get justice. The article portrayed Eramo as callous toward Coakley’s plight and unwilling to take action to stop sexual assault because “nobody wants to send their daughter to the rape school.” The magazine even took a photo of Eramo giving a lecture and photoshopped it to make her look more sinister.

But Rolling Stone eventually had to retract its entire story, after follow-up investigations revealed Coakley had invented the story as part of a bizarre scheme to win the affections of a boy she had a crush on.

Eramo’s case was the first lawsuit filed against Rolling Stone over the article, and is the most likely to succeed. Eramo claims Rolling Stone and writer Sabrina Erdely had ample reason to distrust Coakley’s story, but published the story anyway due to a mixture of recklessness and desire to push a particular narrative.
Unfortunately Rolling Stone isn't alone in this regard...

No Joke, Mrs. Clinton

Who's laughing now?
The documents, released en masse Friday afternoon, include numerous notes the FBI made of interviews with members of Clinton’s staff and Platte River Networks, the private company that handled her private email server.

In one of them, an unnamed employee of Platte River Networks is shown an email from 2014 in which he refers to a “coverup operation” with Clinton’s emails.

“After reviewing an email dated December 11, 2014 with the subject line ‘RE: 2 items for IT support,’ and a December 12, 2014 work ticket referencing email retention changes and archive/email cleanup, [redacted] stated his reference in the email to ‘…the Hilary [sic] coverup [sic] operation…’ was probably due to the requested change to a 60 day email retention policy and the comment was a joke,” the FBI’s notes say.
It's always funny until somebody wants immunity...

Friday, September 23, 2016

Contracts For Sale, Not Cheap

Andrew Cuomo's pals share the wealth:
As we’ve noted before, handing a billion dollars in taxpayer money to the private sector in the name of “economic development” is an open invitation to corruption, especially in New York.

But when it involves the governor’s pet project, which allegedly was looted by the governor’s closest pals — well, even though he’s “saddened and profoundly disappointed,” there’s no way Cuomo can avoid getting stung.

The indictment alleges Percoco solicited and took more than $315,000 in bribes from companies (and Cuomo donors) to steer state contracts their way.

Another decades-long Cuomo friend and former top aide, Todd Howe, allegedly helped arrange the bribes.

Bottom line, per Bharara: “Companies got rich, and the public got bamboozled.”
It was strictly giving them the business...

Chalk Speech Outlines

You can talk, but not chalk?
“It is important to recognize that there will be times when chalking offends or even upsets us, individually or as a campus that stands for respect, inclusion, and a diversity of perspectives and people,” he wrote. “Over the next several weeks, there will inevitably be an increase in expression, in many forms, about the candidates (presidential and others) and the issues at play. We are an institution of learning and a marketplace of ideas, and a campus that doesn’t just permit but actively encourages our population to engage in dialogue about sensitive topics. The safety of those who wish to express their viewpoints is of utmost importance. In turn, the safety of those exposed to those expressions is also critical.
“I do believe it is important to note that not agreeing with an opinion shouldn’t be equated with feeling threatened by it,” the chancellor added.
“I take seriously my obligation as your chancellor to encourage free and open expression while treating each other with respect and dignity — not just in your political opinions but always,” Mr. Sartarelli wrote. “We are Seahawks, and we must not let differences divide us. This election season is a timely opportunity to illustrate our campus’s regard for higher learning and the honor with which we approach the exchange of ideas.”
Some chalkings are more equal than others...

Rocky Mountain Die

The voting dead come to Colorado:
Election sleuthing by Brian Maass of KCNC-TV in Denver exposed multiple instances in recent years where dead Coloradans were still voting. A dead World War II veteran named John Grosso voted in a 2006 primary election, and a woman named Sara Sosa who died in 2009 cast ballots in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Mrs. Sosa’s husband Miguel died in 2008, but a vote was cast in his name one year later.
“This is the kind of thing you hear rumored, joked about in Chicago, that kind of thing,” Mr. Maasssaid during a Thursday evening broadcast. “Tonight, that changes. We did find voter fraud in Colorado that essentially waters down your vote.”
At one point Mr. Maass‘ investigation led him to the Colorado Springs home of Sarilu Sosa-Sanchez, the daughter of Mrs. Sosa. The reporter received the cold shoulder when he asked the homeowner about her mother’s “voting” record.
“Go talk to someone else,” the woman said. “I don’t have to clear anything up. I don’t know what that has to do with me.”
The son of Mr. Grosso, John, was much more willing to talk.
“I think that’s a disgrace,” he told the station. “The man is dead. He can’t vote. Somebody is cheating.”
Or maybe he's just resting...

The Pseudonym Smoking Gun?

What's in a pseudonym?
The latest revelation from the FBI adds to a growing list of questions about Obama's claim in 2015 that he didn't learn of Clinton's private email server until it was on the news.

"My emails, the Blackberry I carry around, all those records are available and archived," the president said in an interview with CBS News' Bill Plante. "I'm glad that Hillary's instructed that those emails about official business need to be disclosed."

Asked when he learned of Clinton's private emails, Obama responded unequivocally, "the same time that everybody else learned it through news reports."
But what name was he learning it under?

Snakes In The Sand

Our allies, our enemies?
A CIA memorandum dated July 2, 2002, stated unequivocally that the connections found between the hijackers, the Saudi embassy in Washington and Saudi consulate in Los Angeles are “incontrovertible evidence that there is support for these terrorists within the Saudi government.”

“Numerous” FBI files also fingered two Saudi government employees who assisted the 9/11 hijackers as “Saudi intelligence officers,” the newly declassified documents reveal.

Though much is still redacted, they also show the Saudi government’s ties to the hijackers and other al Qaeda suspects were so extensive that the FBI’s Washington field office created a special squad to investigate the Saudi angle.
Don't mention the Saudis, though...

Cruz Surrender

Ted Cruz finally capitulates:
In Cleveland, I urged voters, “please, don’t stay home in November. Stand, and speak, and vote your conscience, vote for candidates up and down the ticket whom you trust to defend our freedom and to be faithful to the Constitution.”

After many months of careful consideration, of prayer and searching my own conscience, I have decided that on Election Day, I will vote for the Republican nominee, Donald Trump.

I’ve made this decision for two reasons. First, last year, I promised to support the Republican nominee. And I intend to keep my word.

Second, even though I have had areas of significant disagreement with our nominee, by any measure Hillary Clinton is wholly unacceptable — that’s why I have always been #NeverHillary.
Or maybe just #AlwaysAboutMe?

How Now, Clean Cow

The climate change cows come home?
Although these gases don't linger in the atmosphere, they still make people sick and hasten global warming due to their heat-trapping ability, per Reuters. "We're protecting people's lungs and their health," Brown said, per Courthouse News.

One of the main methane culprits: manure. Per the bill, dairy farmers have to cut methane emissions to 40 percent below 2013 levels by 2030. Under a cap-and-trade plan, farmers will receive aid from the $50 million or so raised via polluter fees, which they can then put toward machinery that uses methane to create energy they can in turn sell to electric companies.

The state's Air Resources Board can also now regulate bovine flatulence, as long as there are practical ways to reduce the cows' belching and breaking wind.

Under the bill, emissions from HFCs also must be reduced by 40 percent from 2013 levels by 2030, while black carbon emissions will have to get to 50 percent below those levels by the same year.
Don't have a dirty cow...

Super Hack

Who hacked you?
It’s reported Yahoo knew of the potential hack that affects 500m users in ‘at least August’, but only confirmed the huge breach on Thursday.

The hackers are believed to have grabbed names, email addresses, phone numbers, birthdays, encrypted passwords and the ‘unencrypted’ security questions and answers of its 500 million users.

They are now said to be selling the stolen data on the ‘dark web’ for just 3 bitcoin – around £1,400.

The ‘treasure trove of secrets’ could be used to defraud or blackmail money from Yahoo users or even steal their identities.

The company said that certain account information was stolen from the company’s network in late 2014 in what it believes was a ‘state-sponsored actor.’

Russia has been linked to several recent US hacks. North Korea are also understood to have a large state-sponsored hacking unit.
Those Russians seem to be everywhere...

No Pain, Just Gain

It has arrived:
The new drink, known as 'alcosynth', is designed to mimic the positive effects of alcohol but doesn’t cause a dry mouth, nausea and a throbbing head, according to its creator Professor David Nutt.

The Imperial College Professor and former government drugs advisor told The Independent he has patented around 90 different alcosynth compounds.

Two of them are now being rigorously tested for widespread use, he said – and by 2050, he hopes alcosynth could completely replace normal alcohol.
I don't know what it is, but it's green...

The Immunity Syndrome

Let's make a deal?
Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz, the chair of the House Oversight Committee, told the wire service that Mills, who served as Clinton’s chief of staff, granted federal investigators access to her laptop on the condition that nothing found on the computer could be used against her.

Two other former State Department officials also received immunity, Chaffetz said. Heather Samuelson, a former State Department official who now works as a lawyer for Clinton, received immunity. So did John Bentel, a former State Department official who managed the agency’s IT systems.

“No wonder they couldn’t prosecute a case,” Chaffetz said of the Justice Department. “They were handing out immunity deals like candy.”
It's deals all the way down...

Some Estates Are More Equal Than Others

Taxes for thee, not for me and mine:
Hillary Clinton and her husband Bill have created a number of tax shelters in recent years to dramatically limit their payment of the very same tax. As Bloomberg reported back in 2014: “To reduce the tax pinch, the Clintons are using financial planning strategies befitting the top 1 percent of U.S. households in wealth.”

In 2010 the Clinton created “residential trusts” and the following year moved their Chappaqua estate into the trust, according to their financial records. As David Scott Sloan, a partner at the firm Holland Knight explained the Clinton trust to CBS News, “You’re creating things that are going to be on the nontaxable side of the balance sheet when they die.”

The move will save the Clintons hundreds of thousands of dollars in estate taxes, according to accountants quoted by Bloomberg.
More money for the Foundation?

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Sands Of Twitter

Did Saudi Arabia get Twitter to censor a woman's rights group?
After reaching Twitter’s trending section, podcast host Lalo Dagach reported that the official account for the female empowerment non-profit, S.A.F.E Movement, had been suspended, allegedly in part due to “Saudi men spamming reports.”

Soon after, other accounts were reported to have been suspended for joining in with the hashtag, including S.A.F.E’s director Isaac Cohen.

The suspensions caused a huge backlash, with many people questioning whether Twitter’s links to Saudi Arabia had anything to do with the censorship.

Last year, Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud became Twitter’s second largest shareholder, owning a total of 34.9 million shares, or 5.2% of the company—2 per cent more than Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
The Princes of the Internet?

Stop And Seizure

A step towards reform:
The bill, authored by Republican Rep. Peter Roskam of Illinois, would require the agency to demonstrate probable cause before seizing businesses' bank accounts. It also would guarantee businesses a quick hearing for people to appeal seizures.

The bill found support on both sides of the aisle. Civil asset forfeiture reform has been a priority for free-market groups.

Earlier this year, after the House Ways and Means Committee's work, the IRS returned $150,000 that it had taken from North Carolina convenience store owner Khalid "Ken" Quran in 2014, according to the libertarian Institute for Justice. Quran's account was seized because of what the IRS thought were suspicious transactions, but he wasn't accused of anything.
Legalized theft is still theft...

Are You Genetically Lonesome Tonight?

Do you have lonely genes?
Physical pain alerts us to potential tissue damage and motivates us to take care of our bodies.

Equally, loneliness sets off a warning system that alerts us of damage to our 'social bodies', lead researcher Dr Abraham Palmer explained in the study published on September 15 by Neuropsychopharmacology.

Dr Palmer, professor of psychiatry and vice chair for basic research at UC San Diego School of Medicine, said each individual has a preferred social situation, that they compare to their actual life.


This is different for everyone.

'For two people with the same number of close friends and family, one might see their social structure as adequate while the other doesn't,' Dr Palmer said.

'And that's what we mean by "genetic predisposition to loneliness" - we want to know why, genetically speaking, one person is more likely than another to feel lonely, even in the same situation.'
Your genes just want company-but what if other genes don't want to associate with them?

No Test, No Worries

She's just fine:
“I’m very sorry I got pneumonia,” Clinton replied, letting out a hearty laugh. “I’m very glad that antibiotics took care of it. And that’s behind us now. I’ve met the standard that everybody running for president has met in terms of releasing information about my health.”

She added, “I have to say, my opponent has not met that standard. So I am very happy that we have put out all the information that there is — that reflects on my health. And I am physically, mentally healthy and fit to be president of the United States.”

Asked specifically whether she’d submit to testing, Clinton said no.

“There’s no need for that. The information is very clear. And the information, as I said, meets the standards that every other person running for president has ever had to meet, and I’m happy that we’ve met and even exceeded them in certain ways,” she told the local Florida reporter.
Testing, testing...no?

Red Coals Burning

China is picking up our coal slack:
The Balkan region’s first privately-funded power plant came online on Tuesday, increasing the region’s dependency on coal-fired power stations even as environmental concerns are driving them to the brink of the extinction elsewhere in Europe. It was built by China’s Dongfang Electric Corp and financed with the help of a 350 million euro ($391.13 million) loan from the China Development Bank. Even though the Western Balkans has a power deficit, European investors are reluctant to finance more polluting coal which forms the backbone of supply in the region, attracting Chinese financiers and contractors. Some 2,800 megawatts of extra coal-fired capacity is planned across the region in coming years at a total cost of 4.5 billion euros, most of it financed by China.
Since Hillary hates coal workers so much, I'm sure she'd have stern words for them as President...right?

Pie Eyed

When the rage hits your eye:
Sources in attendance have told the Express that, during the meal, a protester ran at the mayor and threw a store-bought pie in his face.

A different witness said that the pie had whipped cream as a topping.

After this, the protester reportedly said something to Johnson. This prompted the mayor to allegedly tackle the protester and punch him in the face "repeatedly," more than half a dozen times, landing "five to 10" blows.

One witness described it as a "bloody pulp." Other witnesses say that the pie-thrower was hit multiple times in the face and will definitely need stitches, and that there was visible blood.

Ambulances and fire department arrived at the scene.
It's the dangerous pie culture at work...

Why So Behind?

Hillary wants to know why she just can't surge ahead:

Drive And Survive

How to deal with rioters:
A video of the alarming moment was posted on social media by writer Heather Head in the midst of the chaos.

'White dude drives into crowd of peaceful protesters, draws gun, allowed to drive away alive. With my own eyes. #CharlotteProtest,' she wrote alongside the shocking clip.

The man was surrounded by protesters who were marching against the deadly shooting of black man Keith Lamont Scott by a cop on Tuesday afternoon.

'No justice, no peace,' the group are heard chanting before they spot the man's weapon.
He stood on the side of justice, and was allowed to leave in peace. Seems to have worked.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Clinton Papers

Hand 'em over:
Judge Richard Leon ruled Tuesday in favor of The Daily Caller News Foundation by rejecting the State Department’s motion to dismiss TheDCNF’s Freedom of Information Act lawsuit concerning production of the documents originally sought under the Freedom of Information Act. But he also denied TheDCNF’s request to depose State Department officials.

The State Department has been unable to produce any records confirming that Clinton and her top aides received mandatory annual security briefings about the proper handling of classified materials and the proper methods for conducting secure communications.

In addition to Clinton, TheDCNF seeks the same records for former Clinton Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills, Deputy Chief of Staff Huma Abedin and Advisor Jacob Sullivan.
No deletions this time...

Backward The Foundation

Good question:
“They would have been better off postponing it this year,” said one member of the Democratic National Committee and a Clinton ally. “The foundation has been a negative this year, with concerns about donors seeking influence and access — why shine light on it right before the debate?”
Because even cockroaches sometimes like attention?

Birther Of A Notion

The original birther 's past keeps coming back to haunt her:
On Sept. 16, 2016, Johnson posted another description of his work with Blumenthal, after an editor for the McClatchy news service reported that Blumenthal prompted the news service to ask an Africa-based reporter to check out rumors about Obama’s ties to Africa.

“I am shocked at the audacity of Hillary Clinton to decry Donald Trump as a birther because her campaign not only pushed that item in a bid to discredit Barack Obama, but mounted a sustained campaign attack Obama on a broad array of issues,” Johnson wrote on Sept. 16.

“How do I know? I was part of that effort and was in regular email and phone coordination with Sidney Blumenthal. Sidney was the conduit who fed damaging material to me that I subsequently posted on my blog,” he wrote.
Careful; you might share the fate of some of Hillary's other critics...

Parting Shots

Obama makes his last appearance to remind the world that he's somehow important:
Four months before leaving office, Obama called for a "course correction" to ensure that the unstoppable forces of globalization don't lead nations to entrench behind their borders and ignore the most vulnerable. He chided foreign leaders for stoking ethnic and religious divisions while faulting Russia for a brutish approach to its role on the world stage.

Still, Obama insisted it was critical not to gloss over "enormous progress" on economics and global cooperation that he said formed a template for tackling the problems of the future.

In a less-than-subtle jab at Donald Trump, the Republican running to replace him, Obama said, "A nation ringed by walls would only imprison itself."

Obama's parting words to the global body contained a grim assessment of the challenges he's leaving behind: a devastating refugee crisis, terrorism, financial inequality and a tendency to make immigrants and Muslims scapegoats. Across the Middle East, he said, "basic security, basic order has broken down."

"This is the paradox that defines our world today," Obama said. "A quarter-century after the end of the Cold War, the world is by many measures less violent and more prosperous than ever before. And yet our societies are filled with uncertainty and unease and strife."
Yeah, that last part hasn't worked out so well, has it?

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

The Real Health Scare

Hillary Clinton admits what liberal Democrats have wanted all along:
She says she will “defend and expand” Obamacare, according to Clinton’s campaign website. Her solution to the mass exodus of insurance companies from the failing exchanges across the nation is to institute a full-scale “public option.”

A public option would essentially “be a government-sponsored and government-run insurance plan, probably modeled on the traditional Medicare program, which would be offered to customers on the exchanges as an alternative to the private-insurance plans,” according to AEI.

Backed by taxpayer money, a public option would act in direct competition to private insurance plans on the exchange marketplace. A public option would not be in the business of competing for price equilibrium, as would be the case in any private marketplace where firms vie for competitive advantage in pricing to get the greatest share of the market possible.
It's the "affordable" option that really isn't...

Frogger

The outrage over a cartoon frog:
Under the title “Hillary Clinton Is Absolutely Right, ‘Pepe’ Meme Is Antisemitic – An Apology,” Mensch apologized for Cheong’s defence of the cartoon frog, claiming that the piece was “inaccurate.”

“We apologize for publishing it,” she wrote, adding an editor’s note on Cheong’s story: “This article was wrong and we should never have published it. Pepe the Frog is antisemitic.”

Heat Street, backed by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, boasts in its motto: “Free speech celebrated. No safe spaces.”

Quoting Cheong’s claims that “no single group or ideology has ownership of the meme,” Mensch argues: “That is untrue. While Pepe, once a harmless frog meme, may have started out as a widely used meme, the frog is now a symbol of the Nazi Jew-baiting of the alt-right.”
And sometimes a frog meme is just a frog meme...

Nothing More Than Feelings

No free speech for you:
Kohn, who frequently appears as a progressive commentator on CNN, claimed at the symposium that the right, by fighting for free speech, has merely been seeking new ways to stifle calls for diversity, particularly on college campuses.
Kohn argued that pro-free speech conservatives are really just afraid of “multiculturalism.”

Kohn’s CNN colleague Kirsten Powers challenged her, arguing that “speech is not in itself dangerous.” Kohn responded that their white, upper-middle class backgrounds disqualify them from deciding if free speech is harmful.

“Feelings are valid,” Kohn declared. “I’m never going to argue with people’s feelings.”

“If they feel like they can no longer speak against positive social change, good,” Kohn said of conservatives who are silenced on college campuses. “They think [diversity] is dumbing down humanity, or the greatness and exceptionalism of America. I’m happy that’s under assault.”
All her lies are feelings...

Sorry, Charlie

It's not easy being a Hillary supporter:

No More Nastiness?

Can the Internet really be a "nicer" place?
Conversation AI will use machine-learning techniques to pick up on “harassment” and “abuse” faster than any human moderator possibly can. According to Google, the filter has a 92% success rate at detecting so-called “abusive” messages in concurrence with a panel of humans, producing a false-positive only 10% of the time.

The major issue with such a tool is the possibly unintended consequences that automatic detection will create.

Writing in Wired, Andy Greenberg highlighted that “throwing out well-intentioned speech that resembles harassment could be a blow to exactly the open civil society Jigsaw has vowed to protect.” When discussing the potential for “collateral damage” with its inventors, co-creator Lucas Dixon argued that the team wanted to “let communities have the discussions they want to have… there are already plenty of nasty places on the Internet.”

“What we can do is create places where people can have better conversations,” Dixon claimed, which Greenberg noted was “[favoring] a sanitized Internet over a freewheeling one.”
Even the Web has feelings?

Midnight Man

The clock is ticking, so Obama crams while he can:
“Midnight regulations” are a feature of any lame-duck administration and represent a president's last opportunity to lock in rules on legacy issues. In many instances, GOP members acknowledge they are powerless to stop him.

Obama first served notice that he'd take such a tack in January 2014, when he vowed to use the legal authorities of the office of the president to act when Congress would not — or could not — do so. “We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need,” he said then. “I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone."
White House aides in recent weeks have made it clear that Obama will continue to use his legal authorities on whatever he deems important to wrap up before he leaves the Oval Office on Jan. 20. Major regulatory changes require a 60-day waiting period, meaning Obama theoretically has until late November to tend to his to-do list.
He has a bucket list-and he's using it to dump on the opposition...

Monday, September 19, 2016

Comfort Package

James O'Keefe offers aid for hurt snowflakes:
The emotional first aid kits are designed to address the trauma of any “microaggressions” a student or professor might encounter if they cannot reach a “safe space” in time, and include a “genderless” baby blanket, earplugs, and Hershey’s Kisses (though the Project Veritas team ran into a serious snag when the chosen candies came prepared in American flag wrappers).

O’Keefe and his team, representing the “99.99 percent,” pitched the emotional first aid kits to an academic adviser in the University of Houston’s philosophy department, who thought it was such a good idea that she offered to help assemble them.
No sanity required...

Please Use Correct Cutlery

No more plastic for you:
The law comes into force in 2020. It is part of a French environmental initiative called the Energy Transition for Green Growth, part of a package aimed at tackling climate change.

But, the Independent reported, the move faces a challenge from Pack2Go Europe, a Brussels-based organisation representing European packaging manufacturers.

"We are urging the European Commission to do the right thing and to take legal action against France for infringing European law," said Eamonn Bates, secretary general of Pack2go Europe.

He said there was no proof that biologically sourced material was any more environmentally beneficial.
Plastics, monsieur:

Trash Diet

Garbage-it's what's for dinner:
The study — conducted by More Consulting and published in the Spanish-language Diario de las Américas — reflects a reality that has become the signature of President Nicolás Maduro’s tenure: a food and medicine shortage that forces most in the nation to wait in supermarket lines that can last up to eight hours. On many occasions, after the wait, they find that there is nothing left to buy.

The More Consulting study found that three out of every four Venezuelans (72 percent) was unable to feed themselves an optimal diet of breakfast, lunch, and dinner. 24.2 percent say they rarely eat protein, living off of local tubers like yuca and malanga and some fruit. More than half of Venezuelans (52.3 percent) buy their foods through the black market, from private individuals who have stocked a surplus of an item they need.

53.9 percent of Venezuelan respondents said they had gone to bed hungry, 48 percent say they have been forced to take time off work to scrounge for food.
But hey, it'll make you hard, or something...

All Trans On Deck

Welcome to the new Navy:
“Service members are expected to maintain standards of conduct and treat each other with dignity and respect,” Anderson said. “Training for sailors will be conducted by command triads via mobile training teams or DVD with a facilitation guide if the unit is in a remote area and unable to receive face-to-face training. There will also be webinars for COs to ask questions prior to delivering training to their commands.”

The training deadline is set to coincide with the date that the Navy will start accepting transgender recruits, July 1, 2017.

The military is creating ground rules for servicemembers who want to change their gender while serving and is requiring that all transgendered people use the bathroom associated with their preferred gender.

Anderson said that leadership will crack down on any mistreatment or harassment of transgender individuals.
They're all sailors under the, whatever...

No Runs For You

Will they be back? Maybe not:
Priebus said, “People who agreed to support the nominee. They took part in our process. They used tools from the RNC. They agreed to support the nominee. They took part in our process. We are a private party. We’re in the a public entity. Those people need to get on board. And if they’re thinking they’re going to run again some day, you know I think that we’re going to evaluate the process of the nomination process and I don’t think it’s going to be that easy for them.”

He added, “People in our party are talking about what we’re going to do about this. There is a ballot access issue in South Carolina. In order to be on the ballot in South Carolina, you actually have to pledge your support to the nominee, no matter who that is? So what’s the penalty for that? It’s not a threat. It’s just a question. We have a process in place. And if a private entity puts forward a process and has agreement with the participants in that process, then those participants don’t follow through with the promises that they made in that process, what should a private party do about that if those same people come around in four or eight years?”
Nobody likes a sore loser, especially one from their own side...

Manhattan Madness

More details on the Manhattan bombings:
The police released a photograph of a 28-year-old man, described as a naturalized citizen of Afghan descent, , Ahmad Khan Rahami, who is wanted in connection with the attack.

“I want to be very clear that this individual could be armed and dangerous,” Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York said on Monday morning. “Anyone seeing him should call 911 immediately.”

In a separate appearance, Mr. de Blasio said New Yorkers should be prepared to see a large increase in police presence across the city.

“In the coming hours we are going to be able to say a lot more about what happened here,” Mr. de Blasio said during an interview on the show “Good Morning America.” “It is certainly leaning more in the direction that this was a specific act of terror.”
But what was his motivation?

Lifting Her Up

Because even an invalid can be inspiring, or something:

The Silent Partners

Why are so many women hitting men?
Tory MP Philip Davies, who uncovered the stats, said: “When people think of domestic violence, they automatically think of men abusing women.

“But the vast increase in the number of women convicted of domestic violence over the past decade must not be overlooked.

“We must not forget the male victims.

“Both male and female perpetrators of domestic violence should be dealt with equally harshly by the courts and more should be done to help victims of domestic violence whether they are men or women.”

More than 52,000 women have been prosecuted for assaulting their partners since 2006, the figures show.
Male bashing is a popular pastime among many feminists these days...

Laid To Rest

Was Jesus here?
The area is called Talpiot Tomb and it was first found in 1980. But now Aryeh has done some tests, which he says prove Jesus of Nazareth, his wife Mary Magdalene and SON Judah were laid to rest there.

There are nine burial boxes in the tomb, and they all have names with links to the New Testament of the Bible on them.

It all caused people to suggest it was where Jesus’s body was buried, and was proof he’d married and had a child. This was highly controversial, given Christians believe Jesus was resurrected.
Did they roll away the stone first?

Blue Rules

I'm sure everything will be above board:
The amount of money is small by the standards of a modern presidential campaign, but it is one-sided. A pair of Ph.D. candidates at Stanford University examined campaign finance reports and found that all of the $5,650 in contributions that commission members have made to presidential candidates during this election season have gone to Clinton.

Republican Donald Trump, who will meet Clinton in the first debate a week from Monday, received no donations from debate commission members. Green Party nominee Jill Stein and Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson, who both learned Friday that they will be shut out of the first debate, also received nothing.

Kevin Zeese, an adviser to the Stein campaign, told LifeZette the contributions are further evidence of a bipartisan conspiracy to rig the electoral system against third-party alternatives. And the fact that Clinton scooped up all of the contributions made by commission members this year fits with the fact that she has won support not only from her own party but many Establishment figures in the Republican Party, as well.

“Hillary Clinton has done a really good job of uniting the two parties,” he said. “It’s almost like one party.”
They're both equally against her?