SERVICE: Stop crime one bike at a time

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

http://www.care2.com/greenliving/will-you-help-us-stop-online-bike-theft.html

Will You Help Us Stop Online Bike Theft?
Alex A. Kecskes
September 26, 2014
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We’re witnessing the power that a small, but targeted local petition can have over the war against bike theft. Please join our petition: Demand eBay and Craiglist Require Serial Numbers on Bike Listings.

$400 Million in Bicycles Stolen Annually

That’s a lot of bicycles from owners who, in some cases, invested heavily in their two wheels and depend on them to get around. In the U.S., only 18 percent of bicycle thieves are ever arrested. One reason is that victim and thief rarely know each other. Another reason is that bicycle theft is largely a crime of stealth, one that goes unnoticed or unchallenged. Then there’s the problem of proof of ownership — most owners simply can’t provide enough details to help investigators locate a missing bike. Even if the bike is recovered, detained suspects are often released due to the proof-of-ownership problem. This is why so few recovered bicycles are ever returned to their owners. When thieves steal bikes, they often sell them to get rid of the evidence and cash in on the crime.

How Thieves Sell Stolen Bikes

The Internet has been a huge tool for bicycle thieves. Criminals waste no time putting stolen bikes on online eBay and Craigslist to sell them and rarely get caught or punished. Once a bike’s serial numbers are removed, thieves can unload a stolen bike to an unwitting consumer with very low risk. It’s too difficult to identify a bicycle in an online listing (even with a photo) to prove ownership or to get law enforcement to act. Unlike motor vehicles (where standardized VIN numbers, mandatory licensing and required incident reporting can help locate and ID a stolen car, van or truck), bicycle registration is not widespread, making ownership difficult to establish. There is one crucial thing we can do to help stop bicycle theft: no serial number, no sale.

Demand eBay and Craiglist Require Serial Numbers on Bike Listings

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/takeaction/686/977/588/?TAP=1319

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SORTWARE: IOS8 HEALTH is lame

Monday, September 29, 2014

The IOS8 upgrade carries a “HEALTH” app to the first screen.

(Even if I didn’t want it. At least “TIPS” went on the last page.)

It’s OBVIOUSLY a placeholder.

The select an emergency contact feature doesn’t work. 

And it does NOT have a provenance, versioning, or linkage to other “health” data sources.

Not Apple’s best work.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Suspect confesses to crime and gets aaay

Sunday, September 28, 2014

http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/09/23/suspect-charged-with-abduction-in-case-of-missing-uva-student/

Suspect Charged With Abduction in Case of Missing UVa Student
Sep. 23, 2014 7:26pm Oliver Darcy

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Police are looking for Matthew, who was last seen Saturday when he stopped by the police station to ask for a lawyer. Police say he sped away afterward, losing officers who had him under surveillance.

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Of course, have you heard the ineptitude of the cops!

It’s reported that he admitted buying the girl drinks.

That’s a felony and they had him cold!

Book ‘em Dano.

And, people continue to believe that a truly free market couldn’t come up with a better “service”.

Argh!

Gooferment is immoral, ineffective, and inefficient. And here’s an example.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Lapdog media conceals Gooferment bad behavior

Saturday, September 27, 2014

http://www.mrc.org/media-reality-check/victims-families-speak-out-against-obama-networks-dont-care

Victims’ Families Speak Out Against Obama, Networks Don’t Care
Published: 9/18/2014 9:45 AM ET
By Geoffrey Dickens
Deputy Research Director

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The mother of ISIS beheading victim James Foley told CNN’s Anderson Cooper, on September 11, that she was “embarrassed and appalled” by the White House’s handling of her son’s kidnapping. On September 8 a spokesman for the family of ISIS victim Steven Sotloff claimed that both families were “bullied and hectored” by the administration.

So how many Big Three (ABC, CBS, NBC) network stories have been devoted to helping these families tell their shocking stories of a White House that let them down and even intimidated them? Just three (CBS 2, ABC 1, NBC 0).

However, in the summer of 2005 when anti-Iraq war mom Cindy Sheehan camped out in front of George W. Bush’s Crawford, Texas ranch the networks flooded their evening and morning shows with 100 stories (ABC 37, NBC 33, CBS 30) in the first month (August 9 through September 9) of coverage alone.

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The Gooferment gets away with bad behavior because the Media is “in bed with the D’s”.

Argh!

How much more obvious can it be?

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LIBERTY: Robin Hood’s spirit is alive in New Hampshire

Friday, September 26, 2014

http://freekeene.com/2014/09/19/robin-hooding-to-be-featured-in-upcoming-documentary/

Robin Hooding To Be Featured in Upcoming Documentary

by Ian Freeman | Sep 19, 2014

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If the purpose is to ration scarce parking spaces, and NOT merely “revenue generation” AKA THEFT, then why give parking tickets when there are spaces available?

If the “enforcement runs at a loss” is true, then why do it at all. 

(I have the same problem in Seaside Heights. It’s all about money!)

Argh!

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POLITICAL: Crony Capitalism meets Regulatory Capture

Thursday, September 25, 2014

http://www.cato.org/blog/california-gives-inspectors-new-power-menaces-more-unlicensed-contractors-jail

SEPTEMBER 19, 2014 11:36AM
State Inspectors Get Run Of California Worksites—At Business Groups’ Behest
By WALTER OLSON

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How could the California legislature have unanimously (as it did) passed a measure curtailing property rights by giving more state inspectors access to places of labor against owners’ will? Simple: it was framed as a pro-business measure. Among its backers were the sponsoring Contractors State License Board and such groups as the Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Contractors Association, the electrical contractors, the landscape contractors, the plumbing and heating contractors, and so forth. 

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Crony Capitalism meets Regulatory Capture!

It’s all about reducing competition.

That’s the first rule of Crony Capitalism: payoff the politicians and bureaucrats and keep competition out of the marketplace. 

Argh!

Maybe it’s just me.

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FUN: Proof of death

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Once again, I’m asked for Our Girl’s certificate.

I guess I am becoming immune to it.

It’s I guess my own fault because I didn’t insist on folks to ack their change of registration. 

Poor POA, she gets to clean up all this nonsense.

A fellow alum passed yesterday so I am feeling the “cold breath”!

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