May this be a peaceful and joyous time!
Hopefully good golf weather in the islands…
Marshals looking for Columbus man
Apr 12, 2013
HILLSBORO, Ohio —U.S. Marshals stormed a home and arrested a man believing he had drugs and guns Thursday morning in Hillsboro.
The only problem was that marshals had the wrong man and even the wrong house.
Nicholas Brown was making breakfast for his three children and getting ready for work when a dozen armed marshals barged into his home and arrested him for offenses he said he never committed.
It turned out that marshals had the wrong man the entire time.
Brown showed WLWT News 5 a copy of an arrest warrant that listed drug and gun charges. It had his name, date or birth and Social Security number on it but listed his address in Columbus. It also identified him as a black male when he is white.
Read more: here
Warrant: Black Guy
Suspect at residence: White Guy
And these cops have guns?
OK..to stop this let’s not allow law enforcement to show up to serve a warrant as a paramilitary assault force….
SWAT and such are only to be used as responsive tools…not offensive. and not as a primary instrument of law enforcement…
This is crazy…where are our rights… or was all that lies too?
I rarely go after private citizens in my column. Today I’m going to make an exception and the reason is that this person inserted themselves, on their own volition, into an attempt to violate every man, woman and child’s fundamental right to life. By doing so they have turned themselves into public figures and as such lose any such pretense of “privacy” in their opinion nor do they have a legitimate shield from the equally-public response by those who they offend.
I speak of Francine Wheeler, specifically, who Obama trotted out this morning like a puppet to try to press for more “gun control.”
“I feel Ben’s presence filling me with courage for what I have to do – for him and all the others taken from us so violently and too soon,” Wheeler said in the address, which was broadcast on radio stations and streamed on the Internet.
“But that’s only the start,” Wheeler said. “They haven’t yet passed any bills that will help keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people. And a lot of people are fighting to make sure they never do.”
Read more: here
Via: The Sacramento Bee
March 28, 2013
Were California’s state government a business, it would be a candidate for insolvency with a negative net worth of $127.2 billion, according to an annual financial report issued by State Auditor Elaine Howle and the Bureau of State Audits.
The report, which covers the fiscal year ending June 30, 2012, says that the state’s negative status — all of its assets minus all of its liabilities — increased that year, largely because it spent more than it received in revenue.
During the 2011-12 fiscal year, the state’s general fund spent $1.7 billion more than it received in revenues and wound up with an accumulated deficit of just under $23 billion from several years of red ink. Gov. Jerry Brown has referred to that and other budget gaps, mostly money owed to schools, as a “wall of debt” totaling more than $30 billion.
Last November, voters passed an increase in sales and income taxes that Brown says will balance the state’s operating budget and allow the debt wall to be gradually dismantled.
About half of the $127.2 billion in accumulated red ink came from the state’s issuing general obligation bonds and then giving the money to local governments and school districts for public works projects, the auditor pointed out. The assets built with the bonds remain on local balance sheets while the bonded debt accrues to the state.
Read more: here
WTF? Negative 127 billion! Bunch of scum sucking, lying politicians!
Via: National Review
America’s tax code is a 74,000-page unintentional comedy.
By Deroy Murdock
April 12, 2013
As the Monday, April 15, tax-filing deadline mercilessly approaches, millions of Americans will cry as they calculate what they owe Washington and then fork it over. But, amid those tears, there will be plenty of laughs. The U.S. Tax Code is so tangled and twisted that University of Florida law professor Steven J. Willis speaks amusingly about “tax humor.” While not exactly the stuff of stand-up routines, America’s surreal tax code is a masterpiece of dark comedy.
When UF started its Graduate Tax Program in the College of Law, Willis recalls, “one requirement of the graduate school was knowledge of a foreign language. Well, that just wasn’t going to work. Then, the faculty showed the Graduate School the Internal Revenue Code, and they said that would do.”
Willis points to section 467(e)(1), which concerns pre-paid rent. It reads: “The term ‘constant rental amount’ means, with respect to any section 467 rental agreement, the amount which, if paid as of the close of each lease period under the agreement, would result in an aggregate present value equal to the present value of the aggregate payments required under the agreement.”
“I love the sentence because of the poetry,” Willis says. “I always have a student read it aloud and watch the faces.”
Read more: here
It’s not funny!
Via: Times Live
Sapa-AFP | 04 April, 2013 10:56
Canadian federal police on Wednesday charged two former government scientists with allegedly trafficking in dangerous and highly contagious germs.
Klaus Nielsen and Wei Ling Yu, former researchers at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), are accused of attempting to export harmful pathogens that could infect humans and livestock to China.
Nielsen was apprehended as he was heading to the Ottawa airport last October with 17 vials of live brucella bacteria, which can cause infections of bovine reproductive organs, joints and mammary glands, as well as infertility.
It mostly affects cattle, deer and horses, but can also be passed on to humans and cause flu-like symptoms. There is no vaccine and the only way to control its spread is to cull animals suspected of being infected.
Nielsen was reportedly praised in 2006 for helping to develop a quick test for detecting brucellosis in cattle.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said he and Yu were allegedly making “unlawful efforts to commercialize (the) intellectual property belonging to the CFIA and a private commercial partner.” US company Diachemix currently manufactures and licenses the test
Read more: here
By Robert Beckhusen
The Air Force is preparing to spend millions researching the biological effects of non-lethal directed-energy weapons, like these two versions of the Active Denial System.
Photo: Marine Corps
The Air Force is preparing to spend millions researching how unknown “bioeffects” happen when the human body is blasted by radiowaves and high-powered microwaves — which the Air Force hopes could lead to exotic new energy weapons.
Recently, the Air Force Bioeffects Division announced it’s exploring how radiation from non-lethal energy weapons can causes changes to the body at the molecular level. The Air Force is pretty broad about what kind of weapons it wants to test: “directed energy, riot control agents, broadband light, acoustic sounds, and blunt impact materials.” An award for a $49 million contract to conduct studies, laboratory tests and field experiments is expected in September, and tests in San Antonio are expected to last for seven years.
If those weapons are developed by another nation and used on Americans, the Air Force wants to know what kind of unusual health effects its troops might encounter. But there’s a flipside. The announcement notes that discovering new bioeffects on the human body could have “defensive or offensive” uses, and lead to the “development and deployment of future DE [directed energy] weapons.” Hmm.
Read more: here
Where do they get these people?….
By Meir Stieglitz
April 12, 2013 “Information Clearing House” – There is no proper understanding of Israel today without appreciating the meaning of “Shiflut” (שפלות). In my interpretation, this unique Hebrew word represents a moral abysmal point – the anti-thesis of Integrity. Shiflut is the essence of the Israeli Spirit and its historical driving force.
Throughout history there appear synergy events between People and Ideas which sporadically constitute the nexus and provide the inertia — usually activated by prophets, leaders and scientists — for progress (or regress) in humanity’s evolution. In historical praxis, a specified group of people are endowed with energy and spirit which enable them to function as an evolutionary engine.
Some examples: Sumer-Babylon fertilized Urbanization; Assyria organized armies initiated the Military; Ancient Egypt worshiped Deified Rulers. Prophetic Judaism endowed humanity with the spirit of Transcendentalism; Hellenic Greece taught humanity the Love of Wisdom ; Rome greatness was in Empire Governance; Apostolic Christianity spreads the seeds of Humanism; The Mongols excelled in the Destruction of Civilizations ; Core Buddhism explored the ways of Harmony seeking; Post-Medieval Europe enlighten Science and Technology; Great Britain perfected Global Projection of Power; Modern Russia and France were the breeders of World Revolutions; German Nazism the executioner of Ultimate Global Evil; Modern China still is the largest manager of (controlled) Collectivism; The United States still is the dominant manifestation of (managed) Individualism, and so on.
On that Moral-Historical catalog, Israel place is as the epitome and breeder of Shiflut – namely, national life saturated with phenomenally flexible and, at the same time, utterly replaceable ethical spine. At its less threatening mode the Israeli public field (from Left to Right through the Center) is a sizzling incubator of nation-wide varied modes of opportunism; at its worst, the Israeli spirit is national victimhood gone berserk — on the global arena.
In parallel, The Israeli relations with the truth are like those of a businesslike pimp to his prize prostitute: he sings her praise, makes the most of her as long as it is profitable and guards her so that no one else will have his way with her without pay. But whenever the cost of truth weighs more than pimping it, then, without hesitation, the designated Israeli leader throws truth to the gutter while wailing how much it did cost him to keep with it at all.
Read more: here
April 12th, 2013
Earlier this year when a sixth grade lesson plan asked elementary school students to create a communist flag of America, many parents were outraged.
But don’t think for a second that it stopped there. In fact, the indoctrination of young minds supported by officials like Attorney General Eric Holder, who once suggested we must brainwash the second amendment out of American schoolchildren, continues without respite.
In Jacksonville, Florida, a fourth grade student proves, once again, that progressive leaning educators are actively working to redefine what it means to be an American.
A Florida father is furious today after finding a note written in crayon in his son’s school book bag about his constitutional rights.
Aaron Harvey stated that when he went through his son’s backpack that he found a note written by his son in crayon reading,“I am willing to give up some of my constitutional rights in order to be safer or more secure.”
Harvey reveals that this note was written after his son’s class had recently had a lesson about the U.S. Constitution.
Harvey reveals that he talked to his son about the note, who said his teacher had spoken the sentence out loud and told them to write it down. Harvey said he asked some of his son’s classmates and got a similar answer.
“I am strongly for proper education, for the freedom of thought so you can form your own opinion and have your own free speech in the future… [but] the education is, ‘when was the Constitution drafted, when was it ratified, why did this happen, why did we choose to do this… all these things, why did they particular choose those specific rights to be in our Bill of Rights.’”
Read more: here
Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety. Benjamin Franklin
Robert T. Gonzalez 4/02/13
President Obama announced plans this morning for a long-term research project to improve our understanding of the brain. Comparing it to the Human Genome Project, Obama said the brain-mapping initiative could lead to cures for diseases like Alzheimer’s and autism, while fueling economic growth and job creation. Here’s what you need to know.
The announcement has been hotly anticipated since mid-February, when The New York Times reported the President would soon seek funds from Congress to “examine the workings of the human brain and build a comprehensive map of its activity, seeking to do for the brain what the Human Genome Project did for genetics.” At the time, we and others speculated that Obama’s plan would resemble a so-called Brain Activity Map (a.k.a. “BAM”) project outlined last year in the journal Neuron, and that the Administration might seek billions of dollars from Congress to set things in motion.
In fact, Obama announced this morning that the project will be called the BRAIN Initiative. The initial price tag: a paltry (relatively speaking) $100 million.
BRAIN stands for “Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies,” and the last word in that acronym is a telling one. When we spoke with Rafael Yuste (one of the neuroscientists whose advice the Obama Administration has sought in planning the initiative) back in February, he told us that the endeavor would be first and foremost “a technical development project.” The ultimate goal of the BRAIN may be to create a functional map of neuron activity throughout the human brain, but charting such a map is – as of today – impossible.
Read more: here
Need to see map of a politicians brain…
Via: NY Times
By ALAN SCHWARZ and SARAH COHEN
Published: March 31, 2013
Nearly one in five high school age boys in the United States and 11 percent of school-age children over all have received a medical diagnosis of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, according to new data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Dr. Ned Hallowell, a psychiatrist, once told parents some stimulants were “safer than aspirin.”
These rates reflect a marked rise over the last decade and could fuel growing concern among many doctors that the A.D.H.D. diagnosis and its medication are overused in American children.
The figures showed that an estimated 6.4 million children ages 4 through 17 had received an A.D.H.D. diagnosis at some point in their lives, a 16 percent increase since 2007 and a 41 percent rise in the past decade. About two-thirds of those with a current diagnosis receive prescriptions for stimulants like Ritalin or Adderall, which can drastically improve the lives of those with A.D.H.D. but can also lead to addiction, anxiety and occasionally psychosis.
“Those are astronomical numbers. I’m floored,” said Dr. William Graf, a pediatric neurologist in New Haven and a professor at the Yale School of Medicine. He added, “Mild symptoms are being diagnosed so readily, which goes well beyond the disorder and beyond the zone of ambiguity to pure enhancement of children who are otherwise healthy.”
And even more teenagers are likely to be prescribed medication in the near future because the American Psychiatric Association plans to change the definition of A.D.H.D. to allow more people to receive the diagnosis and treatment. A.D.H.D. is described by most experts as resulting from abnormal chemical levels in the brain that impair a person’s impulse control and attention skills.
Read more: here
Just say NO to Prescription Drugs…
Via: NY Times
March 31, 2013
I recently watched my sister perform an act of magic.
We were sitting in a restaurant, trying to have a conversation, but her children, 4-year-old Willow and 7-year-old Luca, would not stop fighting. The arguments — over a fork, or who had more water in a glass — were unrelenting.
Like a magician quieting a group of children by pulling a rabbit out of a hat, my sister reached into her purse and produced two shiny Apple iPads, handing one to each child. Suddenly, the two were quiet. Eerily so. They sat playing games and watching videos, and we continued with our conversation.
After our meal, as we stuffed the iPads back into their magic storage bag, my sister felt slightly guilty.
“I don’t want to give them the iPads at the dinner table, but if it keeps them occupied for an hour so we can eat in peace, and more importantly not disturb other people in the restaurant, I often just hand it over,” she told me. Then she asked: “Do you think it’s bad for them? I do worry that it is setting them up to think it’s O.K. to use electronics at the dinner table in the future.”
I did not have an answer, and although some people might have opinions, no one has a true scientific understanding of what the future might hold for a generation raised on portable screens.
“We really don’t know the full neurological effects of these technologies yet,” said Dr. Gary Small, director of the Longevity Center at the University of California, Los Angeles, and author of “iBrain: Surviving the Technological Alteration of the Modern Mind.” “Children, like adults, vary quite a lot, and some are more sensitive than others to an abundance of screen time.”
Read more: here
It is not good for kids!
By Spencer Ackerman
Defense giant Lockheed Martin had a totally sweet quarter, raking in $700 million and looking forward to the same this time next year. So it raises eyebrows when Lockheed’s anointed mouthpieces predict mass economic disaster if Congress touches the defense budget.
On Tuesday, the aerospace industry put out a report saying that chopping the defense budget would put over a million Americans out of work. Cuts that could total up to a trillion dollars over 10 years would “devastate the economy and the defense industrial base and undermine the national security of our country,” said Marion Blakeley, president of the Aerospace Industries Association, which sponsored the report.
But while Blakeley’s group paid for research to draw that dire conclusion, some of her members reported a sunnier economic outlook to their shareholders. In its third-quarter earnings report, also released Tuesday, Lockheed – manufacturers of the F-22 and F-35 jets — told investors to expect that as long as Congress passes President Obama’s next defense budget, ”the Corporation expects 2012 net sales to be flattish as compared to 2011 levels, and that consolidated 2012 segment operating profit margin will remain at approximately 11 percent.” Boom: another $700 million in earnings, on its way.
While there’s no doubt that defense cuts will mean job losses, there’s also no doubt that a report prepared for an industry so reliant on defense cash will paint a stark picture of what happens if that cash is threatened. Congressmembers looking to get reelected pay attention, since fighting for defense money as a jobs program is easier than making a case for what a sensible, appropriately funded defense strategy ought to be. That’s the problem with reports like these: They make it easy to ignore structural economic and defense problems and imply that all will be well if the cash keeps flowing.
Read more: here
By Sandra I. Erwin
The next frontier for the robotics industry is to build machines that think like humans. Scientists have pursued that elusive goal for decades, and they believe they are now just inches away from the finish line.
A Pentagon-funded team of researchers has constructed a tiny machine that would allow robots to act independently. Unlike traditional artificial intelligence systems that rely on conventional computer programming, this one “looks and ‘thinks’ like a human brain,” said James K. Gimzewski, professor of chemistry at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Gimsewski is a member of the team that has been working under sponsorship of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency on a program called “physical intelligence.” This technology could be the secret to making robots that are truly autonomous, Gimzewski said during a conference call hosted by Technolink, a Los Angeles-based industry group.
This project does not use standard robot hardware with integrated circuitry, he said. The device that his team constructed is capable, without being programmed like a traditional robot, of performing actions similar to humans, Gimzewski said.
Participants in this project include Malibu-based HRL (formerly Hughes Research Laborary) and the University of California at Berkeley’s Freeman Laboratory for Nonlinear Neurodynamics. The latter is named after Walter J. Freeman, who has been working for 50 years on a mathematical model of the brain that is based on electroencephalography data. EEG is the recording of electrical activity in the brain.
What sets this new device apart from any others is that it has nano-scale interconnected wires that perform billions of connections like a human brain, and is capable of remembering information, Gimzewski said. Each connection is a synthetic synapse. A synapse is what allows a neuron to pass an electric or chemical signal to another cell. Because its structure is so complex, most artificial intelligence projects so far have been unable to replicate it.
Read more: here
Oh this will be good….
By Ralph Nader
The lifeless bodies of Afghan children lay on the ground before their funeral
ceremony, after a NATO airstrike killed several Afghan civilians, including ten children
– Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Naimatullah Karyab)
An Associated Press photograph brought the horror of little children lying dead outside of their home to an American Audience. At least 10 Afghan children and some of their mothers were struck down by an airstrike on their extended family household by order of President Barack Obama. He probably decided on what his aides describe as the routine weekly “Terror Tuesday” at the White House. On that day, Mr. Obama typically receives the advice about which “militants” should live or die thousands of miles away from drones or aircraft. Even if households far from war zones are often destroyed in clear violation of the laws of war, the president is not deterred.
These Obama airstrikes are launched knowing that very often there is “collateral damage,” that is a form of “so sorry terrorism.” How can the president explain the vaporization of a dozen pre-teen Afghan boys collecting firewood for their families on a hillside? The local spotter-informants must have been disoriented by all those $100 bills in rewards. Imagine a direct strike killing and injuring scores of people in a funeral procession following a previous fatal strike that was the occasion of this processional mourning. Remember the December 2009 Obama strike on an alleged al-Qaida training camp in Yemen, using tomahawk missiles and – get this – cluster bombs, that killed 14 women and 21 children. Again and again “so sorry terrorism” ravages family households far from the battlefields.
If this is a war, why hasn’t Congress declared war under Article 1, Sec. 8 of the U.S. Constitution? The 2001 Congressional Authorization to Use Military Force is not an open-ended authorization for the president. It was restricted to targeting only nations, organizations or persons that are determined to have been implicated in the 9/11 massacres, or harbored complicit organizations or persons.
Read more: here
Doesn’t this bother anyone else?
People… If you don’t speak out and try to change the actions of our leaders you are complicit to the murder of women and children…
Through our actions as a country, we are creating the hate and ultimately the results…
It is just a matter of time until children here get murdered the same way. Who will you blame then?
The image of the military as being good and necessary is a farce.
The people have been culturally programmed to believe that we need this giant, out of control, military force. And that we all owe those that serve and have served in the armed forces…For taking part in legitimatized murder, for money, at the orders and whims of political leaders? For creating and fomenting turmoil and killing all over the planet? For protecting our freedom and democracy?
And I am not saying the people that proudly serve in the armed forces are bad, I’m saying the reasons for their actions are wrong…(based on lies)!
And we are so hooked on the business of killing..Lockheed, Boeing,Raytheon, Dell, Dupont, etc.. The people that work at the companies and industries that support the military/industrial complex are especially complicit!
I know they work at what are some, if not most, of the decent paying jobs, but C’mon…And the money that goes to pay for all this could be used for something positive for all of us, instead of lining the pockets of a few..
Wake up! Every moment of your life you are being lied to as to what is really going on in our government, economy, world, etc…
Via: TSA Watch
April 8th, 2013 by Lady Liberty
We all hear the news reports – laptops, tablets, jewelry, cash, and more… stolen from passengers by sticky-fingered TSA agents. Thefts became such a problem that even the TSA had to step up to the plate and take action.
In recent years, the TSA has fired over 400 agents for allegedly stealing from passengers in our nation’s airports.
Thanks to ABC News and a Freedom of Information Act request, the TSA is releasing the names of the airports where those employees worked. Predictably, many of our nation’s busiest airports also rank at the top of the list for the number of TSA agents fired for theft.
Interestingly, however, the number one airport for TSA theft firings only ranks twelfth in number of passengers. Miami International Airport (MIA) tops our list with 29 TSA agents fired for theft between 2002 and 2011.
Read more: here
Terrorizing and Stealing from Americans