IDEA: Cemetery mapping drone

Saturday, May 31, 2014

I’m not a big fan of cemeteries. 

In the last year, I have been to two.

Both times, fining a specific grave was hard and frustrating.

Even the “find a grave” website will only tell you that a grave exists, not exactly where it is.

If I was younger, then I’d develop a drone that would survey a grave year and establish a directory of locations.

Sounds like a fascinating use of technology to solve a problem. 

Now I am sure that most people visiting a cemetery know where they are going.

BUT, not everyone. 

In my last visit, I went at the behest of a far away son who wanted a flag on his Dad’s grave. But he could only describe the location as “the back left corner on the right side of the road”. I looked but couldn’t find it.

So I placed it on a Private’s grave who didn’t have a flag.

Hope that was “good enough”.

I’ll go back when the office is open and get the location. 

Argh!

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INSPIRATIONAL: Hippo poo?

Friday, May 30, 2014

http://www.popsci.com/article/science/robo-boats-disguised-crocodiles-sneakily-study-hippo-poo

Robo-Boats Disguised As Crocodiles Sneakily Study Hippo Poo
Nothing to see here, hippo…
By Douglas Main Posted 05.22.2014 at 4:46 pm

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Pretty interesting video.

Note the “scientists” have to get advice from a local guide.

And, who can say with a straight face: “I studied hippo poo last season.”

Also, who pays them?

Neat use of technology.

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INSPIRATIONAL: “health”, “health care”, “health care insurance”, or something else

Thursday, May 29, 2014

http://www.impactlab.net/2014/05/24/3-predictions-by-vinod-khosla-for-the-future-of-health/

May 24th, 2014 at 8:25 am
3 predictions by Vinod Khosla for the future of health

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According to a newly released report, he predicts:

1. 80 percent of what doctors do, diagnostics, will be replaced by machines

2. Medicine will become tailor-made for each patient

3. Consumer-driven tech will create better incentives to keep people healthy

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Amazing predictions.

But the economic engineer will have to drastically change.

Will people be “smart” enough to manage their own health?

Not coming out of Gooferment Skrules!

They can’t balance a checkbook or other simple tasks.

But they are good test takers.

Argh!

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POLITICAL: Gold, Iran, and the US defeat

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

http://dailyreckoning.com/how-gold-helped-iran-avoid-defeat-by-the-u-s/

How Gold Helped Iran Avoid Defeat by the U.S.
by Addison Wiggin.
Posted May 22, 2014. 

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By July 2013, the U.S. Treasury had figured that out… and so began stepping up enforcement of a ban on gold sales to Iran — “a tacit recognition by the United States that gold is money,” Rickards adds dryly.

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By late last year, Iran and the United States agreed to resume negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. As part of that tentative agreement, President Obama removed the sanctions on gold purchases by Iran — one of the few ways he could ease Iranian sanctions without the say-so of Congress.

“For the time being,” Rickards concludes, “Iran had fought the United States to a standstill in its financial war, despite enormous disruption to the Iranian economy. The U.S.-Iranian financial war of 2012–13 illustrates how nations that could not stand up to the United States militarily could prove a tough match when the battlefield is financial or electronic.”

“Iran,” Rickards writes, “also demonstrated how financial warfare and cyberwarfare could be combined in a hybrid asymmetric attack.”

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Not so, says former Ambassador William Miller, who was stationed in Iran during the 1960s and is in contact with the current regime. “Sanctions only made them more defiant,” he tells the Los Angeles Times.

Want proof? Iran put the same offer on the table in 2003 — only to be spurned by the United States. Actually, it was a better offer from Washington’s perspective. Back then, Iran had only 164 nuclear centrifuges; by 2013, it had 19,000. That’s a heck of a lot more bargaining chips to hold once negotiations begin in earnest.

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It’s well know that Sadam wanted to paid for “his” oil in gold just before the USA took over.

Now, Iran exposes that the dollar monopoly could be broken. 

I’m sure this lesson will not go unnoticed around the world.

And China is buying gold by the “dump truck”.

No secret — “stuff” is better than Washington’s paper IOUs.

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RANT: Good for NewEgg.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

http://blog.newegg.com/patent-trolls-learn-mess-newegg/

When Will Patent Trolls Learn Not to Mess with Newegg?
By Ivan B. on May 22, 2014 in Newegg News
Lee Cheng wins again.

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Lee Cheng wins again.

It’s no secret that Newegg is adamantly against patent trolls and everything they stand for. Not only are we not shy in proclaiming this to the world, we even sell t-shirts that show our disgust for these “companies” that think it’s OK to extort legitimate businesses. You would think that patent trolls would take the hint, yet there are still those that want to mess with Newegg.

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“At Newegg, we’ve always believed paying off extortionists only encourages more extortion, and there had to be a negative consequence of suing Newegg without just cause. We insisted on seeking a return of our legal fees from Site Update Solutions.

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We care too much about our loyal customers to subject them to paying these trolls.

Don’t settle.

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Good for NewEgg.

Everyone should stop “settling”.

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VETERANS: Memorial Day sullied by the VA

Monday, May 26, 2014

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2014/05/waiting-to-die-on-governments-watch.html

FRIDAY, MAY 23, 2014
Waiting to Die on the Government’s WatchBy Ilana Mercer

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Why would a talented, dedicated cardiologist choose to be coffined in a medical gulag, weighed down by incompetents, his wages capped; his rewards incommensurate with his drive and dedication? He wouldn’t. Surprising as this seems to some, the best and brightest do not work for the state. Increasingly, government workers are carefully selected forthe color of their complexion, for their sex and sexual or political orientation, not for their competence. 

In a policy statement, the VA commissioner for Connecticut, a woman of course, crowed that applicants to her department are screened to ascertain “minimum qualifications.” “Maximum qualifications” are not required in this killer of a system. “Applicants who meet the essential level of preparation,” writes the woman, “are not excluded. The Human Resources Administrator must work to bring as many protected members into the system.” Her words. Once recruited, the needs of these precious, “protected-group members” are jealously guarded. 

If “diversity” trumps talent in government hiring; so too is job security a legislated article of faith. In order to set in motion a termination or two—pursuant to public outrage over the scandal in the Phoenix Veterans Affairs facility, where as many as 40 gravely ill veterans died while waiting to be treated—Congress has had to convene to pass “The VA Accountability Bill.” In the unlikely event of a layoff, seniority is given priority over the quality of the worker. A good healthcare provider will be terminated before a tenured provider.

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Close the VA!

Send the patients to for-profit facilities.

Bring the girls and boys home.

And start to downsize the Gooferment!

Argh!

On Memorial Day, it’s a national disgrace.

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RANT: War in the Middle East

Monday, May 26, 2014

http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2014/05/war-is-peace-freedom-is-slavery-and-ignorance-is-strength/

War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, and Ignorance Is Strength
by Washingtons Blog – May 14th, 2014, 1:30am

American Public Turns Anti-War … Warmongers Desperately Reply, “But War Is GOOD for Us!”

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In reality, security experts – conservative hawks and liberal doves alike – agree that waging war in the Middle East weakens national security and increases terrorism. See this, this, this, this, this, this and this. So it doesn’t make us safer.

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So when do the Sheeple wake up?

Never!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: The Gooferment can’t commit a crime?

Sunday, May 25, 2014

http://idle.slashdot.org/story/14/05/19/1623215/ohio-prison-shows-pirated-movies-to-inmates?utm_source=rss1.0mainlinkanon&utm_medium=feed

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An anonymous reader writes”Richard Humphrey was sentenced to 29 months in prison for selling pirated copies of movies through the subscription-based USAWAREZ.com. He was later sent to the Lorain County prison in February for a parole violation and while he was a prisoner, he says guards showed inmates Ride Along and The Wolf of Wall Street before they were released on DVD. A spokesperson for Lorain County Correctional Institution Warden Kimberly Clipper said prison officials are aware that pirated movies are being shown to prisoners and the issue is being investigated. But she said she couldn’t comment further because the investigation is ongoing.”

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What a laugh!

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TINFOILHAT: The already controversial shooting of Boston Bombing figure

Saturday, May 24, 2014

http://whowhatwhy.com/2014/05/17/todashevs-killer-no-wonder-his-identify-was-secret/

Todashev’s Killer: No Wonder His Identity Was Secret
By Christian Stork on May 17, 2014

Doubts about the already controversial shooting of Boston Bombing figure Ibragim Todashev in Florida last year are sure to grow with new revelations about the FBI agent who shot him.

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As WhoWhatWhy previously reported, the case is full of anomalies and part of a larger pattern of harassment against Chechen-Americans who knew accused bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Like everything related to the bombing, Todashev’s killing is swaddled in official secrecy and the U.S. government’s latest report about the Boston tragedy shows there was plenty to be secretive about.

Officials refused to identify anyone present during the May 22, 2013, shooting of Todashev, a 27-year-old mixed martial arts fighter, in his Orlando apartment. But Florida State Attorney Jeffrey L. Ashton’s report on the shooting did so—inadvertently—despite the FBI’s request to remove any identifying information.

On May 14, 2014, the Boston Globe identified Aaron McFarlane, 41, as the agent who emptied half his ammunition clip into Todashev. It uncovered his name by “removing improperly created redactions” in PDF files from the Florida report.

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Why is it that everything the Gooferment does have spin, lies, and cover ups?

Yet, the Sheeple still believe in the Gooferment as the “Tooth Fairy”!

I just don’t understand.

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POLITICAL: Term Limits

Friday, May 23, 2014

http://termlimits.org/

About Term Limits

Term Limits is still known as the largest grassroots movement in American history, and US Term Limits (USTL) was, and still is, the leader of that …

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Overdue! 

One thing the Dead Old White Guys got wrong.

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CLOUD: eBay demo’s your risks

Thursday, May 22, 2014

http://www.cnet.com/news/ebay-hacked-requests-all-users-change-passwords/?tag=nl.e404&s_cid=e404&ttag=e404&ftag=CAD1acfa04

eBay hacked, requests all users change passwords
eBay confirms users’ passwords were compromised but says there’s no evidence any financial information was accessed.

by Don Reisinger  @donreisinger May 21, 2014 5:30 AM PDT

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eBay’s morning just went from bad to worse. The e-commerce site confirmed Wednesday that its corporate network was hacked and a database with users’ passwords was compromised. While eBay says there is no evidence that users’ financial information was accessed in the hack, the company is telling all users to change their passwords.

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Sigh!

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RANT: Gooferment is a walking disaster

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2014/05/20/are-all-veterans-now/

We are all veterans now
By Wayne Allyn RootPublished May 20, 2014FoxNews.com

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We didn’t know government employees kept secret waiting lists to cover up the long delays — even though they knew patients had life-threatening illnesses. That sounds like murder to me.

What a surprise! Conservatives like Sarah Palin and I screamed about “death panels” and “death by rationing” under ObamaCare years ago.

Government is a walking disaster. Government screws up everything it touches, while losing billions of dollars in other people’s money.

How could putting government in charge of health care for 330 million Americans possibly work out?

All the wars in America’s history have cost about $7 trillion. Yet the war on poverty has cost $20 trillion and counting (adjusted for inflation)…and poverty is still at a record high. What a massive failure and waste of taxpayer money.

The Federal Reserve has one main job — to protect the value of our dollar. Yet the dollar has lost 98% of its value since the Fed was founded.

The same government that brought you failing post offices, failing trains, and pretty much failing everything else is now in charge of your health care (as well as 17% of the U.S. economy).

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What can I possibly say or do to wake people up?

Argh!

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MONEY: It already IS bankrupt

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2014-05-14/what-happens-when-america-goes-bankrupt

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‘Buddy,’ I remember thinking, ‘America isn’t going bankrupt. It already IS bankrupt.’

Just so that we don’t mince words, my dictionary defines ‘bankrupt’ as “any insolvent debtor,” i.e. a debtor whose liabilities exceeds assets.

That’s the US government, by its own admission.

As we’ve discussed before, the US Government Accountability Office (GAO) publishes financial statements each year in which they list all official government assets and liabilities.

The liabilities far exceed the assets. Big time. And the hole is getting deeper each year.

At this point the government’s net worth is roughly NEGATIVE $17 trillion, about 110% of GDP. That’s textbook insolvency.

The only reason the US government is still able to service its debts is because they are borrowing money just to pay interest… and because the Federal Reserve keeps printing money to buy up US debt.

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Some very ugly chickens are coming home to roost.

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CLOUD: LifeLock Wallet pulled

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Another app bites the dust.

 

Dear LifeLock Wallet User,

You have received this email because you have previously downloaded the LifeLock Wallet app or its predecessor, Lemon Wallet.

We are writing to let you know that we have determined the app is not fully compliant with payment card industry (PCI) security standards, and we are taking immediate steps to correct this and ensure the ongoing safety of your personal information.

It’s important for you to know that we have no reason to believe your personal information, including credit card numbers and other data, has been compromised as a result of the PCI compliance issue.

As we move forward to bring the app into the highest levels of PCI compliance, we are deleting your stored personal data from our LifeLock servers. This does not affect your ability to use your credit cards or other information you have uploaded to LifeLock Wallet.

We’re working to return a fully PCI compliant LifeLock Wallet to you soon. Until then, we are removing the app from all app stores, including the Apple App Store, Google Play and the Amazon App Store.

We know that being without this application for a while is asking a lot of you. We apologize for the inconvenience. At the same time, we want you to know that we are taking all of these steps because we take your security and privacy very seriously.

When LifeLock Wallet is available again, rest assured that you can download it, provide your personal information and use it again with confidence—knowing that it’s backed by an industry leader that is committed to doing the right thing.

For more information, please visit http://www.LifeLock.com/mobile.

Sincerely,
The LifeLock Wallet team

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RANT: Dookhan’s fake evidence

Monday, May 19, 2014

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/05/paul-craig-roberts/call-the-cops/

Call the Cops at Your Peril
By Paul Craig Roberts
PaulCraigRoberts.org
May 10, 2014

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Americans who trust the criminal justice (sic) system are completely stupid. A case ofmass wrongful conviction that I wrote about years ago finally came to trial last November. Annie Dookham, a Massachusetts state chemist who falsified drug tests, thus sentencing thousands of innocent people to years in prison, destroying their lives and the lives of their families, was sentenced to 3 to 5 years in prison. Dookhan sent thousands of innocents to prison in order to aid prosecutors in attaining high conviction rates and in order to achieve her own rise as a highly productive state employee. The judge noted that Dookham had cost the state millions of dollars in settling wrongful convictions and had shaken to the core the integrity of the criminal justice (sic) system.

http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2013/11/22/annie-dookhan-former-state-chemist-who-mishandled-drug-evidence-agrees-plead-guilty/lhg1mwd9U3J8eh4tNBS63N/story.html

State officials say that Dookhan’s fake evidence could have tainted 40,000 cases. Askyourself, what kind of person would destroy so many people in order to advance herself? And progressives think that the public sector is the answer.

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Argh!

How can you not get upset after reading this?

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CLOUD: SKYPE did away with the invite link

Sunday, May 18, 2014

How dumb is Microsoft?

It’s a cheap and easy way to get people to join.

Argh!

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GUNS: Gun Control in Nazi Germany; it CAN happen here and has

Saturday, May 17, 2014

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2014/05/audrey-d-kline/nazi-gun-control/

Gun Control in Nazi Germany
By Audrey D. Kline
Mises.org
May 10, 2014

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As has been well documented, Jews were methodically attacked, their homes, businesses, and synagogues ransacked and burned. Upward of 30,000 Jews were arrested. Any Jews resisting arrest were ordered shot on the spot. Attacks on the Jews were to be carried out by the SA, with no interference by police. Jews arrested were to be sent to concentration camps for up to 20 years. The pogrom was so thorough that nearly all age appropriate, Jewish adult males in Stuttgart had been arrested. With the population afraid and disarmed, Hitler could proceed with little worry about resistance. The Court reinforced that there was no judicial review needed for activities of the Gestapo.

Halbrook concludes by noting that less government regulation and a tradition of rejecting tyranny could have led to a different outcome in Germany. Instead, systematic creation and manipulation of firearms registration and regulations, coupled with the decimation of individual citizen’s rights, enabled Hitler’s dictatorship and the slaughter of millions of innocent Jews and citizens of Nazi-occupied countries, as well as tens of thousands of Germans. It remains for all of us to wonder what might have been had people refused to register their firearms. Indeed, we should all take note and never forget.

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“Gun Control” aka “Victim disarmament is the view that it is somehow better to see a woman raped in an alley and strangled with her own pantyhose, than see her with a gun in her hand.” — T.D. Melrose

Remember that it started in South to protect the KKK. Can’t have victims shooting back.

And never forget the Japanese internment.

“And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if every Security operative, when he went out at night to make an arrest, had been uncertain whether he would return alive and had to say good-bye to his family? Or if, during periods of mass arrests, as for example in Leningrad, when they arrested a quarter of the entire city, people had not simply sat there in their lairs, paling with terror at every bang of the downstairs door and at every step on the staircase, but had understood they had nothing left to lose and had boldly set up in the downstairs hall an ambush of half a dozen people with axes, hammers, pokers, or whatever else was at hand? . . .” — Alexander Solzhenitsyn

Die in the camps like cattle or die fighting.

You’re dead either way.

The character “Ronald Spiers” in Band of Brothers (a 2001 TV Mini-Series): “The only hope you have is to accept the fact that you’re already dead. The sooner you accept that, the sooner you’ll be able to function as a soldier is supposed to function: without mercy, without compassion, without remorse. All war depends upon it.”

“From my cold dead hands”

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MONEY: California dreaming of the Bank of North Dakota

Friday, May 16, 2014

http://www.opednews.com/articles/Robbing-Main-Street-to-Pro-by-Ellen-Brown-Banking_Jerry-Brown_Public-Banks-140507-488.html

OpEdNews Op Eds 5/7/2014 at 14:28:58
Robbing Main Street to Prop Up Wall Street: Why Jerry Brown’s Rainy Day Fund Is a Bad Idea
By Ellen Brown (about the author)

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There is another alternative — one that California got very close to implementing in 2011, before Jerry Brown vetoed the bill. AB750, a bill for a feasibility study for a state-owned bank, passed both houses of the state legislature but the governor refused to sign it. He said the study could be done by the Assembly and Senate Banking Committees in-house; but 2-1/2 years later, no further action has been taken on it.

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That is not just California dreaming. There is already a highly successful precedent for the approach. North Dakota is the only state with its own state-owned depository bank, and the only state to fully escape the credit crisis. It has boasted a budget surplus every year since 2008, and its 2.6% unemployment rate is the lowest in the country. Contrast that to California’s, one of the highest.

In a 2009 interview, Bank of North Dakota President Eric Hardmeyer stated that when the dot-com bust caused North Dakota to go over-budget in 2001-02, the bank did act as a rainy day fund for the state. To make up the budget shortfall, the bank declared an extra dividend for the state (its owner), and the next year the budget was back on track. No massive debt accumulation, no Wall Street bid-rigging, no fraudulent interest-rate swaps, no bond vigilantes, no capital appreciation bonds at 300% interest.

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I think there is a HUGE barrier to establishing any “State Bank”.

The crony capitalists give campaign contributions. That’s the People’s tax money stolen by the Gooferment and transferred to Wall Street and Big Banks. And, portion is kicked back to the politicians and bureaucrats.

All very “legal”.

That’s what’s going to stop the “State Bank” movement cold!

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RANT: Three excellent questions?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

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From a SurvivalBlog Reader:

We are told to not judge all Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge all gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics.

We constantly hear about how Social Security is going to run out of money. Why do we never hear about welfare or food stamps running out of money?

We are cutting benefits to veterans, giving no pay raises in the military, and reducing the armed forces to a level lower than before WWII. Why are we not stopping payments or benefits to illegal aliens?

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Three excellent questions?

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INTERESTING: China train to America

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/worldviews/wp/2014/05/09/china-may-build-an-undersea-train-to-america/

China may build an undersea train to America
BY ISHAAN THAROOR
May 9 at 8:01 pm
Screengrab from Sina.com
Screengrab of China’s proposed global train routes from Sina.com

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China is planning to build a train line that would, in theory, connect Beijing to the United States. According to a report in the Beijing Times, citing an expert at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, Chinese officials are considering a route that would start in the country’s northeast, thread through eastern Siberia and cross the Bering Strait via a 125-mile long underwater tunnel into Alaska.

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To that end, Beijing has assiduously resurrected the narrative of the ancient Silk Road as well as given prime billing to the tales of China’s famed Ming dynasty treasure fleets, which sailed all across the Indian Ocean. Seen in such grand historic perspective, a tunnel to Alaska doesn’t seem too far-fetched.

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Sadly, the USA because of it’s debt, deficit, huge amount of diktats, and a crapy economy, there’s no “building” here.

No one does big project with big benefits.

Argh!

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GUNS: “Victim disarmament” costs this poor woman her life

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

http://www.irishcentral.com/news/Dubliner-woman-killed-in-hour-long-bear-mauling-in-Canada.html

Bear kills Irish woman in savage attack in Canada
Kate Hickey @irishcentral May 10,2014 04:00 AM

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A Dublin woman had been killed by a male black bear on an oilfield in Alberta, Canada.

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Lorna Weafer (36), who emigrated to Canada with her parents, Margaret and Frank, 30 years ago, was working as an instrument technician carrying out electrical work at the Suncor oilfield. The oilfield is located 25 miles north of her home in Fort McMurray.

The incident took place at 2:15pm on Wednesday, May 7. Weafer was exiting a portable washroom when she was attacked.

Six of her co-workers tried to scare off the bear but they could not save her. She died at scene.

Her colleagues blasted air horns, sprayed fire extinguishers and shot a water cannon at the bear who continued to maul Weafer for an hour. The bear would back away for short periods and then come back.

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Are you kidding me. No one had a handgun or a rifle.

Argh!

As a species, we are delusional.

“Victim disarmament is the view that it is somehow better to see a woman raped in an alley and strangled with her own pantyhose, than see her with a gun in her hand.” — T.D. Melrose

In this case, mauled by a bear.

Maybe she couldn’t have defended herself, but that’s up for debate.

BUT, (and there is always a BIG butt), six co-workers armed with air horns?

One person with a 1911 .45 on their hip could have ended it a minute.

Transfer from magazine to bear would take conservatively a minute or two.

Argh!

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CLOUD: EDITORIALLY Goodbye

Monday, May 12, 2014

http://stet.editorially.com/articles/goodbye/

FEBRUARY 12, 2014 EDITORIALLY
Goodbye

Editorially
Editorially makes collaborative writing easy.

Today brings some sad news: Editorially is closing its doors. The application will remain available until May 30, at which point the site will go offline. We encourage all users to export their data.
We’re proud of the team and tool that we built together and incredibly thankful that so many of you were willing to give it a try. And we continue to believe that evolving the way we collaborate as writers and editors is important work. But Editorially has failed to attract enough users to be sustainable, and we cannot honestly say we have reason to expect that to change.
We wish that were not the case — we’ve spent much of the past two years working on the hypothesis that the reverse was true — but today we must be honest with ourselves, and with you: this isn’t going to work.
We know many of you have spent time and energy making Editorially a tool you use every day, even going so far as to evangelize it to your friends and colleagues. For that: thank you. We’re sincerely sorry to have let you down.

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[JR: Bottom line — you can NOT depend on the cloud.]

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INTERESTING: “tiny villages”?

Monday, May 12, 2014

I’ve Seen People Turn Garbage Into Some Cool Stuff. But THIS…. This Is Absolute Brilliance.
http://feedly.com/e/j8yQMvWh

I’m sure the “City Fathers” won’t like this.

If they have ordinances about “feeding the homeless”, imagine a city with “homeless housing”?

I am fascinated by “tiny houses” as “interesting” for those that can do it. This is the next step down (i.e., no toilet, kitchen, or power). But I’m sure it’s better than a doorway or a dumpster.

Wonder how long before there are “tiny villages”?

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INSPIRATIONAL: Real people are driving medicine

Sunday, May 11, 2014

http://mosaicscience.com/story/medicine%E2%80%99s-dirty-secret

Medicine’s dirty secret
Bryn Nelson gets to the bottom of an emerging – and often shocking – therapy.

29 April 2014

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Some doctors have likened the recoveries of desperately ill patients to those seen with anti-HIV protease inhibitors in the mid-1990s. After the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona, performed its first faecal microbiota transplant in 2011, a patient who had been bed-ridden for weeks left the hospital 24 hours later. And in 2013, researchers in the Netherlands halted a landmark C. diff. clinical trial early for ethical reasons when they saw that the overall cure rate of 94 per cent with donor faeces had far outpaced the 31 per cent cured with the antibiotic vancomycin.

Yet few other interventions elicit such disgust, revulsion and ridicule. Chronicling a potential advance by a team of Canadian scientists, one newspaper account warned readers: “Hold your nose and don’t spit out your coffee”. In 2013, the founder of a patient advocacy blog called The Power of Poop wrote an open letter to 13 gastroenterology associations detailing the story of a Kentucky man who contracted an acute case of C. diff. Despite his family’s pleas, his doctor dismissed the idea of a faecal transplant as “quackery”. The man died the next day.

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Perhaps Catherine’s testimony helped sway the FDA. Perhaps it was the deluge of bad press that caught the agency off-guard as it struggled to balance the growing evidence of benefits with a highly variable and virtually unregulated practice that had flown beneath the radar. On 18 June 2013, the FDA bowed to pressure and partially reversed course, agreeing to exercise “enforcement discretion” for faecal microbiota transplants used to treat C. diff infections that weren’t responding to standard therapy. They wouldn’t be FDA-approved, in other words, but neither would they be prohibited.

Since the small victory, Catherine and her foundation have continued to push for more faecal microbiota transplant (FMT) clinical trials aimed at other digestive disorders, more research funding and more public awareness and education. She and a few board members who share her sense of humour have also begun crafting slogans that might eventually adorn T-shirts or sweatshirts. Her favourites? “Poop is the Sh*t!” and “Give a sh*t. Donate to the Fecal Transplant Foundation.” Her site also features an FMT awareness ribbon. It’s brown.

“It is what it is,” she says with a laugh. “There’s no way around what we’re talking about or what we’re dealing with.”

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So the FDA backs off.

Guess the drug companies aren’t happy with a competition to their high priced drugs.

The Sheeple need to take back their power.

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RANT: Gasoline fairy!

Saturday, May 10, 2014

http://youtu.be/n3wK1z569HM

Laff!

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VETERANS: Betrayed military spouses

Friday, May 9, 2014

AND FINALLY

Betrayed military spouses often keep quiet for fear of losing Benefits – source Los Angeles Times

Within the tight circle of Army spouses, Kris Johnson and Rebecca Sinclair became close friends as their ambitious husbands advanced rapidly in the officer corps. Both women were ultimately betrayed by their philandering spouses. Both endured public humiliation as their high-ranking husbands were hauled before courts-martial amid salacious testimony about adultery and other sex-related military crimes. And both women, along with their children, risked losing a lifetime of military benefits if their husbands were dismissed from the Army.

“You’re advised to keep your mouth shut and let him retire because you could lose everything,” said Johnson, whose now ex-husband, an Army colonel, pleaded guilty in 2012 to adultery, bigamy and other charges. Rebecca Sinclair begged a military judge not to strip her and her two young sons of military benefits after her husband, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, pleaded guilty to a long-running, coercive affair with a junior officer. The general was allowed to retire at a reduced rank, preserving up to $830,000 in benefits he and his family had earned for his 27 years of service.

Fear of losing benefits keeps many military wives from exposing sexual misconduct or other offenses committed by their husbands, say many of those familiar with the military criminal justice system. Johnson kept quiet about her husband, Col. James H. Johnson III, while he carried on an affair with an Iraqi woman while deployed to that country.

But when Col. Johnson moved his mistress into his military quarters in Italy, his wife turned him in – painfully aware that she and her two children might be cut off from benefits as a result. A military jury in 2012 allowed the colonel to retire at reduced rank, keeping the benefits intact. In both the Johnson and Sinclair cases, court concerns that dismissing the officers would also punish their families

helps explain the relatively light sentences. Kris Johnson and others have campaigned for changes that would provide benefits to spouses of service members kicked out of the military for crimes even if the offender is sentenced harshly. Congress responded in January with a provision that requires the Pentagon to study the feasibility of providing “transitional benefits” to families in these cases. The study, to be completed in May, will consider such questions as how long benefits might last and who would be eligible for them.

The changes would strengthen the military justice system, advocates contend. They would encourage spouses to report criminal behavior and clear the way for military judges or jury panels to impose heavier sentences. At the same time, they say, the proposed protections would support spouses who are otherwise cut loose after sacrificing for years to support a philandering spouse’s career.

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This is non-sense. 

And these men are security risks.

If an enlisted person did this, any one care to guess what would happen?

This is “unacceptable”!

Argh!

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