INTERESTING: Wally Pipp and an urban legend

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Wally Pipp … 

… and the Lou Gehrig story.


Urban Legends!

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INTERESTING: Monolithic Domes

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Monolithic is dedicated to improving people’s lives worldwide by introducing and constructing Monolithic Domes, for personal and public use, that are disaster-resistant, energy-efficient and cost-effective.

Monolithic Domes are the most energy efficient and safest buildings that can be built and that can be designed for many uses. Many schools now conduct their classes in Monolithic Domes. Some are designated as tornado shelters. Others have Monolithic Dome gymnasiums, auditoriums, multipurpose centers, libraries, cafeterias, etc. Because Monolithic’s technology meets FEMA criteria for a structure that can provide near-absolute disaster protection, some schools have received FEMA grants of 75% of their construction costs. These schools will save 60% to 75% of the energy costs as compared to conventional buildings. The energy savings will pay for the building in total in less than 20 years. And in most cases, they save money on first cost for the construction.

In addition to schools, Monolithic designs homes, churches, office complexes, bulk storages, etc. Located in Italy, Texas, Monolithic has been constructing these quality buildings for more than 35 years. The buildings are built to last for centuries.

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Sounds interesting?

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INTERESTING: Thinking about “Asks and answers”

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Look for the Best Answers for You, Not the ‘Right’ Ones
22 Mar 2014/by Karen R. Koenig/1 Comment/in Brilliance
Topics: Authentic Self, Being Present, Choices, Taking Action

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Best-for-you decisions concede that you can’t have all the information in the world at your finger tips, but that you can whittle down what’s relevant and essential. Your conclusions may or may not withstand the test of time, but they will always give you peace of mind through knowing that you whole-heartedly did what appeared best for you in the given moment, and none of us can do any better than that.

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I’m not sure that I agree.

Of course, every decision ever made was done with imperfect dikw (i.e., data, information, knowledge, wisdom). And, you can not go back and remake a decision. And “decisions” sometime get good results and bad results. Good results don’t imply a “good” decision; bad results don’t imply a “bad” decision.

“Gambling your last dollar you need on a roulette number” would be a “bad” decision even if you won the bet. 

When I think of the “right” decision choice, I think moral, ethical, effective, and efficient. My rewards shouldn’t come into it. (They do sneak in.) 

Maybe the author is thinking peer pressure. Or choosing the expected result. 

Any way, a short read and maybe I have it wrong.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

On the Institution of Marriage
Column by PSYCHOTICNUT, posted on March 19, 2014
in Marriage
Column by new Root Striker Steven Holman.
Exclusive to STR

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Marriage began as an institution of force and control, has historically been an institution of force and control, and remains to this day an institution of force and control. Marriage as an institution, therefore, ought to be opposed if you follow the Non-Aggression Principle. Some may still cling to it as a security blanket, and I understand that. I was once a minarchist for the same reason. I believe the consistent, principled approach, however, is to oppose the institution of marriage.

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While I still maintain that the Gooferment could use “partnership” law to cover it … …

… … that would not satisfy “the politics”. Nor the ability of the Gooferment to stick its nose in everyone’s biz.


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INTERESTING: The Five Second Rule Will Make You Sick

Wednesday, March 19, 2014


{Quoting the character Ramona Nowitzki to Howard in The Big Bang Theory (TV Series) Episode The Cooper-Nowitzki Theorem (2008)}

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INTERESTING: Oath? What Oath?

Saturday, February 22, 2014 ATTN: Active Duty Military, Veterans & Law Enforcement Officers. Will YOU Keep Your Oath?

Very interesting question.

From my cold dead hands ….

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INTERESTING: “Should all bars have breathalyzer machines?

Friday, February 21, 2014

Dear CNET members, 

I just came across this interesting blog from Chris Matyszczyk titled, “Should all bars have breathalyzer machines?” In his blog, it explains a U.S. congressman from Utah is proposing that more of his state’s bars should have breathalyzer machines, so people can check whether they’re safe to drive home. The thinking being that it will help keep the streets safer by keeping some drunk drivers off the road.

It’s a simple concept. There’s a breathalyzer machine installed in the bar. After you’ve called it a night drinking with your friends, before you leave the bar, you go to the breathalyzer, blow into the machine and within a few seconds, the screen in front of you displays the results of your blood alcohol level and tells you whether you failed the test (recommending that you shouldn’t drive) or you’ve passed. Now what happens after that, is up to you; whether you take the recommendation that it is unsafe for you to drive, or blow it off (pun intended). 

Currently there are already breathalyzers installed in some bars, but they are for entertainment/novelty only. However, do you think the breathalyzer should be installed in all bars and taken more seriously than just a novelty machine? 

I ultimately think everyone is responsible for their own actions and installing these breathalyzers in bars may help some folks who lack better judgment, but ultimately I think it will remain a novelty. I know some people, especially when intoxicated, won’t let someone tell them what to do, let alone allow some machine tell them what is best for them. However, I do believe it’s better to have breathalyzers around, and if it can help one drunk person to not drive, it is one less drunk driver on the road.

Read up on Chris’ blog, and tell all of us how you feel about these breathalyzers. Would you like to see these in your local bars? Do you think it will help prevent drinkers from hopping into their cars if they’ve had one too many? Or do you think people will just blow it off and it will just remain another entertainment device, like dartboards on the walls?

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With protection for the owners who have them and the drivers that use them.

They should be immune to the perdition of the ruling class.

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INTERESTING: Loss of a “friend”

Saturday, February 15, 2014

On the Loss of a Friend
by L. Neil Smith
Attribute to L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise

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My old friend Ambrose has died.

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We have two younger cats now—I think that they kept the Old Guy alive longer by annoying him and stirring up his circulation—but I will miss my Ambrose as I have missed no other, possibly excepting Eris. I am no “animal lover” per se. I am a hunter (like Ambrose), an enthusiastic meat-eater (also like Ambrose), and PETA’s worst nightmare in the flesh, an articulate, widely-published, and outspoken opponent of the idiotic concept of animal rights. But Ambrose was my friend.

And now he’s gone.

And I’m not sure I feel any better.

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I have “lost” many people and one pet. I don’t think I could express it as well.

Guess that’s why he’s a “writer” and I’m a “wanna be”?

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INTERESTING: Goal-Setting Limits

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Stop Making Plans: How Goal-Setting Limits Rather Than Begets Our Happiness and Success
by Maria Popova

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The effectualists include the cook who scours the fridge for leftover ingredients; the chemist who figured out that the insufficiently sticky glue he had developed could be used to create the Post-it note; or the unhappy lawyer who realises that her spare-time photography hobby, for which she already possesses the skills and the equipment, could be turned into a job. One foundation of effectuation is the “bird in hand” principle: “Start with your means. Don’t wait for the perfect opportunity. Start taking action, based on what you have readily available: what you are, what you know and who you know.” A second is the “principle of affordable loss”: Don’t be guided by thoughts of how wonderful the rewards might be if you were spectacularly successful at any given next step. Instead — and there are distinct echoes, here, of the Stoic focus on the worst-case scenario — ask how big the loss would be if you failed. So long as it would be tolerable, that’s all you need to know. Take that next step, and see what happens.

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I find this fascinating. Perhaps one can succeed without a plan?

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INTERESTING: “chastity” versus “continence”

Thursday, January 30, 2014


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When I went through Kothlic Skrule, it was “chastity”; nothing about “continence”.

As I get older and take diuretics, maybe I was misinformed?

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INTERESTING: “Her” (2013)

Monday, January 20, 2014

Her (2013) 126 min

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A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need.

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Samantha: “The past is just a story we tell ourselves.”

There were a few good lines in this movie that really make you think.

Too long, too somber, and too depressing.

As a nerd, it’s a bucket of cold water about spending too much time with the one eyed glass monster.

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INTERESTING: Plants ain’t as “dumb as a rock”

Saturday, January 11, 2014

The Intelligence of Plants – The Volokh Conspiracy 
The New Yorker has a remarkably thought-provoking article on what some call the “neurobiology†of plants.  That’s a deliberately edgy way of pointing out just how much communicating and sensing and adapting plants do, all without anything resemblin…



INTERESTING: Blown Call; not reviewable?

Saturday, January 4, 2014

NFL Admits Refs Erred In Chiefs-Chargers Game As Blown Call Potentially Cost Steelers Playoff Spot
December 30, 2013 1:28 PM

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SAN DIEGO (CBS St. Louis/AP) — The NFL acknowledged that referees erred in not penalizing the San Diego Chargers for an illegal formation on a missed 41-yard field goal attempt by Ryan Succop of the Kansas City Chiefs with four seconds left in regulation on Sunday.

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San Diego lined up with seven men on one side of the snapper, and NFL rules state no more than six players can be on the line of scrimmage on either side of the snapper.

The NFL said in a statement Monday that the penalty should have been called by referee Bill Leavy’s crew, moving the ball 5 yards closer to the end zone and giving Succop another attempt at the game-winning field goal. Succop was 15 of 16 this season from within 40 yards.

“The penalty for illegal formation by the defense is a loss of five yards. This rule is not subject to instant replay review. Had the penalty been assessed, it would have resulted in a fourth-and-7 from the San Diego 18 with 0:04 remaining, enabling the Chiefs to attempt a 36-yard field goal,” the NFL said in a statement to

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My question is: “Why is it NOT reviewable?”

Seems like everything is reviewed!

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INTERESTING: Wolf — an alternative view

Monday, December 30, 2013

Based on the true story of Jordan Belfort, from his rise to a wealthy stockbroker living the high life to his fall involving crime, corruption and the federal government.

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Another “boiler room” movie.

A lot of nudity, sex, and drugs.

Did NOT make me feel sympathetic towards anybody!


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His daughter says it’s not accurate and glamorizes him.

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INTERESTING: A corporation is an extension of the Gooferment!

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Another Message From The Publisher
by L. Neil Smith
Attribute to L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise

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I’ve heard it argued that A&E is a private company and fully entitled to hire and fire as they wish. But this is not the case. A&E is not private property at all, but a corporation, a mere appendage of the government, and obliged thereby to respect the Constitutional niceties.

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Now there is a take on it that I have not heard.

A corporation is an extension of the Gooferment!

Hence bound by the Constitution.

Interesting to think of the ramifications of that?

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INTERESTING: Aging beaten?

Friday, December 27, 2013

A new — and reversible — cause of aging

Published: Friday, December 20, 2013 – 08:35 in Biology & Nature

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Researchers have discovered a cause of aging in mammals that may be reversible. The essence of this finding is a series of molecular events that enable communication inside cells between the nucleus and mitochondria. As communication breaks down, aging accelerates. By administering a molecule naturally produced by the human body, scientists restored the communication network in older mice. Subsequent tissue samples showed key biological hallmarks that were comparable to those of much younger animals.

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Maybe I can beat the death tax by never dying?


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INTERESTING: Clothes Can Be Bad for Your Health

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

7 Ways Your Clothes Can Be Bad for Your Health
Katie Waldeck
December 3, 2013
6:02 pm

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7. Collars & Neckties.

Over 2/3 of men buy shirts that are too small for their necks, and that can surprisingly have serious repercussions for their health. Too-tight collars and ties have actually been linked to cancer. Tight collars can cut off circulation to the brain, and increase pressure in the eyes, one of the most important risk factors for glaucoma.

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Not many collars or ties in my future.

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INTERESTING: Coke to clean your toilet

Saturday, December 7, 2013

32 Real Life Cheat Codes That Will Change Your Life
Cheat codes aren’t only meant for video games. Here are 32 that can change your real life and make it easier.
posted on September 13, 2013 at 4:39pm EDT
Andrew P.

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Fast toilet cleaning, pour 20oz of coke (or sprite) into your toilet, let sit for 10 minutes, flush. The acid will clean your bowl.

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Yeew, and we drink that stuff?

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INTERESTING: A “Flying Dutchman” or a Libertarian Paradise?

Thursday, December 5, 2013–complete-schools-hospital-parks-airport-50-000-residents.html

The incredible mile-long floating CITY – complete with schools, a hospital, parks and an airport for its 50,000 residents

The Freedom Ship is 25 storeys high and would feature a casino, an art gallery, a park and a shopping centre

The concept, designed by a Florida-based company would cost $10billion if was commissioned to be built

The vessel could house 50,000 people but it would contain additional space to hold an extra 30,000 visitors

The ship would constantly sail around the world – doing a full circuit every two years – but would be too large to enter any ports

PUBLISHED: 07:21 EST, 28 November 2013 | UPDATED: 12:43 EST, 28 November 2013

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Capacity: 50,000 permanent residents with room for an extra 30,000 daily visitors, 20,000 crew and 10,000 overnight guests.

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If it can never dock (due to its size)?

… … then how do you keep it supplied? (The average cruise ship spends a lot of time being resupplied?)

… … then how do you do annual maintenance? (Seems like a big chore?)

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INTERESTING: Thanksgiving — an alternative view

Friday, November 29, 2013

No Thanks to Thanksgiving
AlterNet / By Robert Jensen

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Instead, we should atone for the genocide that was incited — and condoned — by the very men we idolize as our ‘heroic’ founding fathers.

November 27, 2013

One indication of moral progress in the United States would be the replacement of Thanksgiving Day and its self-indulgent family feasting with a National Day of Atonement accompanied by a self-reflective collective fasting.

In fact, indigenous people have offered such a model; since 1970 they have marked the fourth Thursday of November as a Day of Mourning in a spiritual/political ceremony on Coles Hill overlooking Plymouth Rock, Massachusetts, one of the early sites of the European invasion of the Americas.

Not only is the thought of such a change in this white-supremacist holiday impossible to imagine, but the very mention of the idea sends most Americans into apoplectic fits — which speaks volumes about our historical hypocrisy and its relation to the contemporary politics of empire in the United States.

That the world’s great powers achieved “greatness” through criminal brutality on a grand scale is not news, of course. That those same societies are reluctant to highlight this history of barbarism also is predictable.

But in the United States, this reluctance to acknowledge our original sin — the genocide of indigenous people — is of special importance today. It’s now routine — even among conservative commentators — to describe the United States as an empire, so long as everyone understands we are an inherently benevolent one. Because all our history contradicts that claim, history must be twisted and tortured to serve the purposes of the powerful.

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How does a country deal with the fact that some of its most revered historical figures had certain moral values and political views virtually identical to Nazis? Here’s how “respectable” politicians, pundits, and professors play the game: When invoking a grand and glorious aspect of our past, then history is all-important. We are told how crucial it is for people to know history, and there is much hand wringing about the younger generations’ lack of knowledge about, and respect for, that history.

In the United States, we hear constantly about the deep wisdom of the founding fathers, the adventurous spirit of the early explorers, the gritty determination of those who “settled” the country — and about how crucial it is for children to learn these things.

But when one brings into historical discussions any facts and interpretations that contest the celebratory story and make people uncomfortable — such as the genocide of indigenous people as the foundational act in the creation of the United States — suddenly the value of history drops precipitously and one is asked, “Why do you insist on dwelling on the past?”

This is the mark of a well-disciplined intellectual class — one that can extol the importance of knowing history for contemporary citizenship and, at the same time, argue that we shouldn’t spend too much time thinking about history.

This off-and-on engagement with history isn’t of mere academic interest; as the dominant imperial power of the moment, U.S. elites have a clear stake in the contemporary propaganda value of that history. Obscuring bitter truths about historical crimes helps perpetuate the fantasy of American benevolence, which makes it easier to sell contemporary imperial adventures — such as the invasion and occupation of Iraq — as another benevolent action.

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Well, clearly, the “winners” write the history.

It’s hard, and probably not fair, to judge the conduct of those from another time and different memes and paradigms.

Comparisons to the Nazis probably is also not fair. But, might be!

So what lessons do we draw from this alternate view?

For me, it’s reenforcement of the evil of Gooferment and the need to recognize that the Zero Aggression Principle is a good meme to govern our actions.

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INTERESTING: ‘Captain Phillips’ is a big lie

Monday, October 14, 2013

Crew members: ‘Captain Phillips’ is one big lie

By Maureen Callahan

October 13, 2013 | 3:34am

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INTERESTING: #Oldmedia is passé

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

The New Media versus #Oldmedia battle on Obamacare
By Nick Sorrentino on September 28, 2013

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An interesting article from the New York Times on how alternative media, which is becoming increasingly less alternative, is changing the game in Washington DC. The narrative, long crafted by an #oldmedia with a generally statist agenda is being outflanked in many ways. 

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Who pays any attention to the #oldmedia?

Sad to say, but only the “low information voters”. Watch Jaywalking, Waters World, or any “man on the street” format. It’s funny, but so pathetic.

Talk to anyone in the Gooferment Skrules and it’s no joke!


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INTERESTING: Entropy, old age, and effort

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

This Universal Law is Causing You to Struggle!

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The purpose of this article is to help you understand these laws and how they play a role in your life. It is to help you understand that there is a very large force at work in the Universe that has assisted you in falling into the rut you are/were in and hopefully as a result of this understanding you can stop beating yourself up, accept things as they are and choose to change it!

You are the master of your own destiny, the pilot of your life and the artist behind the creation of each day. This means that you and you alone have the power to change/effect/enhance your life through your thoughts and actions!

Do not forget that the fundamental essence of our manifest Universe is energy and that you get to exchange as much or as little energy with the Universe as YOU choose! Please do not think that this means just taking action all the time for if you have studied any physiology or psychology at all you know that “thoughts are things” and that you can exchange at least as much, if not arguably more energy with the Universe through your thoughts then you ever could with your actions!

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Sigh, but it’s so much effort to just do anything.

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Become a Connoisseur of Your Own Mistakes

“The chief trick to making good mistakes is not to hide them – especially not from yourself. Instead of turning away in denial when you make a mistake, you should become a connoisseur of your own mistakes, turning them over in your mind as if they were works of art, which in a way they are.” — Daniel Dennet via Dan Shipper

by Sean Blanda on Sep 17, 2013 – 7:00am

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I found this interesting because I just finished telling a bunch of smart college kids that there was really no such thing as a “mistake”.

In life, we make “choices” that either work out well or badly. 

That doesn’t make a choice — right or wrong.

And, life doesn’t have a rewind button so you can’t do it over again and see how it works out the next time.

Watch the poker shows on the boob tube. The players figure the odds and make decisions. Some work out; some don’t. Just like “life”.

Humans have to make decisions based on limited information without a real understanding of the probabilities of the outcomes.

Am I crazy?

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INTERESTING: High Country Bandits; more dumb criminals

Thursday, September 5, 2013

How “cell tower dumps” caught the High Country Bandits—and why it matters
Fishing expeditions can pay dividends—but do they need a warrant?
by Nate Anderson – Aug 29 2013, 8:00am EDT

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Cell tower dumps don’t provide the precision of GPS tracking, of course, but they can in some cases provide directional and range information from a specific tower at a specific time—close enough to pin people within a few hundred yards. Because warrant applications often remain sealed, however, even judges rarely know how other judges have ruled on them; Owsley was reduced to asking judges he met at conferences whether they had encountered the issue, which is becoming increasingly common.

In the end, Owsley supports the use of tower dumps, so long as agents seek a warrant first and so long as they explain their plan to purge all numbers not germane to the current case. In addition, he argues that those whose records are swept up should be notified after the fact—especially because the records have a bad habit of ending up as evidence in court cases.

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A civil libertarian, like this little L libertarian, is always concerned when the Gooferment starts “fishing”.

In this particular case, I find no fault with what was done or the process.

Maybe they could work on doing it “faster”.

I have little sympathy for criminals. In this case with the facts given, the police seem to have done it “right”.

I’m not sure I understand the need to notify all the “discarded” numbers. Maybe some one can explain?

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INTERESTING: Cold call victim’s revenge

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Cold call victim forces telemarketers to pay him by using premium number
“I want cold calls,” says man previously annoyed by telemarketers.
by Jon Brodkin – Aug 29 2013, 11:29am EDT

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A British man fed up with cold calls from telemarketers set up a premium phone number in November 2011 and has made £300 by accepting calls and keeping the annoying marketers on the line as long as possible.
Lee Beaumont, who works at home in Leeds, UK, was getting calls at all times of the day. “I thought there must be a way to make money off these phone calls,” he told the BBC. He searched on Google and found a small company that charged him £10 (about $15.50) to set up an 0871 line (equivalent to a 900 line in the US), which forces people who call him to pay 10p per minute. Of that, he receives 7p (about 10.9¢).

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Now there is one sharp cookie!

How do we set that up in the USA?

If the FCC really cared, they’d make this possible.

Yeah, right!

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