RANT: The “rules” are “heavily redacted in publicly available documents”

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2015/06/02/fbi-flying-surveillance-aircraft-over-us-cities-planes-traced-to-fake-companies/

HOMELAND SECURITY
FBI flying surveillance aircraft over US cities; planes traced to fake companies
Published June 02, 2015
Associated Press

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The surveillance flights comply with agency rules, an FBI spokesman said. Those rules, which are heavily redacted in publicly available documents, limit the types of equipment the agency can use, as well as the justifications and duration of the surveillance. 

Details about the flights come as the Justice Department seeks to navigate privacy concerns arising from aerial surveillance by unmanned aircrafts, or drones. President Obama has said he welcomes a debate on government surveillance, and has called for more transparency about spying in the wake of disclosures about classified programs. 

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Sorry, but every American should be hoping mad about this.

No one knew about it or admitted it until Drudge broke the story about “mysterious planes”.

And why hide the FBI affiliation?

Everything else has logos on it, except for unmarked police cars which is another topic.

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

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RANT: FTD takes over ProFlowers?

Thursday, May 28, 2015

What happened to ‘anti-trust’?

FTD acquires: ProFlowers, Shari’s Berries, ProPlants, Cherry Moon Farms, Personal Creations, Gifts.com and Sincerely.

Argh!

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Thank you for being an FTD customer. We truly value your business, and we’re reaching out today with exciting news.

Our goal at FTD is to provide our customers with a wide range of high quality, unique products that meet all your gift-giving needs. With that goal in mind, we are thrilled to announce that the FTD Family of Brands has expanded and now includes ProFlowers, Shari’s Berries, ProPlants, Cherry Moon Farms, Personal Creations, Gifts.com and Sincerely . In addition to the full assortment from FTD, you now have access to hundreds of additional gift options from these premier online gifting brands.

With so many more gifts to choose from, we look forward to sending you our very best offers from these new brands. If you prefer to not receive email communications from our new brands, please click here before June 22, 2015 to visit the Customer Contact Preference Center.

As always, we remain deeply committed to protecting your privacy and have combined and updated our Privacy Policy to reflect our new brands. If you would like to review the policy, please click here.

From our new family to yours, we look forward to continuing to serve you for all your gifting needs.

Sincerely,

FTD Customer Service

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Dear Ferdinand,

Thank you for being a ProFlowers customer. We truly value your business, and we’re reaching out today with exciting news.

Our goal at ProFlowers is to provide our customers with a wide range of high quality, unique products that meet all your gift-giving needs. With that goal in mind, we are thrilled to announce that ProFlowers has joined the FTD family of brands! As a ProFlowers customer, you will now have access to hundreds of additional florist-designed bouquets and gifts from FTD, in addition to the full assortment from ProFlowers.

With so many more gifts to choose from, we look forward to sending you our very best offers from FTD. If you prefer to not receive email communications from FTD, please click here before June 22, 2015 to visit the FTD Customer Contact Preference Center.

As part of FTD, ProFlowers remains deeply committed to protecting your privacy and has combined and updated our Privacy Policy. If you would like to review the policy, please click here.

From our new family to yours, we look forward to continuing to serve you for all your gifting needs.

Sincerely,

ProFlowers Customer Service

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RANT: Saudi Arabia executioners and we their ally?

Monday, May 25, 2015

Saudi Arabia advertises for eight new executioners as beheading rate soars | World news | The Guardian: “Saudi Arabia is advertising for eight new executioners, recruiting extra staff to carry out an increasing number of death sentences, usually done by public beheading.”

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Makes you wonder?

What are “we” thinking, were the politicians and bureaucrats thinking at all?

And we still haven’t gotten down to the bottom of their involvement in 9/11!

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RANT: Hillary Clinton’s payola

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

http://www.againstcronycapitalism.org/2015/05/washington-post-hillary-clinton-was-paid-millions-by-tech-industry-for-speeches/

Washington Post: Hillary Clinton was paid millions by tech industry for speeches
By Editor on May 19, 2015

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While it is common for former presidents to receive top dollar as paid speakers, Hillary Clinton is unique as a prospective candidate who received large personal payouts from corporations, trade groups and other major interests mere months before launching a White House bid. In some cases, those speeches gave Clinton a chance to begin sounding out themes of her coming campaign and even discuss policy issues that a future Clinton administration might face.

Companies that paid her to speak include industry giants such as Xerox, Cisco Systems and Qualcomm, as well as start-ups and trade groups focused on biotechnology and medical technology.

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No, no corruption here. Any more than the contributions to the “Clinton Foundation” by foreigners when she was Secretary of State.

Argh!

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RANT: Fedex screw up

Sunday, May 17, 2015

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Wasting my time. They say I wasn’t here. If not, where was I then. I’d like to know. Argh!

And it’s not like they didn’t have my phone number!

Argh!

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RANT: ‘Deflategate’ is hot air. Fuhgeddaboudit!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/05/07/holes-in-nfls-deflategate-report/

Holes in NFL’s ‘Deflategate’ Report
May 7, 2015

Exclusive: A high-profile NFL probe into the champion New England Patriots concluded that “it is more probable than not” that quarterback Tom Brady’s footballs were intentionally deflated prior to a January playoff game, but the report sloughs off scientific evidence that undercuts the finding, writes Robert Parry.

By Robert Parry

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A key assertion by people accusing Brady was that it made no sense that the footballs used by the Patriots in the AFC championship game last January – when tested at halftime – would have lost significantly more air pressure than those used by their opponents, the Indianapolis Colts. But scientists hired by the NFL discovered that measurements varied sharply depending on when at halftime the balls were tested.

According to a study by Exponent, a California-based testing firm, footballs lose air pressure during games in chilly, rainy weather, the conditions that existed on Jan. 18, 2015, in Foxborough, Massachusetts, but when returned to the warmth of a climate-controlled room, their air pressure rapidly rises close to the original internal pressure.

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At the end of the game, four balls from the Colts and four from the Patriots were tested again. Three of the four Colts’ balls were underinflated while none of the Pats’ balls were. In other words, while the Patriots’ footballs were deflated in the first half, the Colts’ balls were deflated in both the first half and second half.

Another possible factor why the Pats’ balls tested relatively lower in psi could have been the way the balls were prepared before the game. The Pats’ balls were rubbed down to remove any slickness while the Colts’ balls were left slicker or more water resistant. One of the findings by the Exponent scientists was that wetter balls recovered their psi more slowly than drier balls when brought into a climate-controlled environment.

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I “have no dog in this fight”, BUT, (and there is always a BIG butt), this seems like a lot of “hot air” with out “evidence”. (You know that stuff that fair minded people demand before anyone goes running their mouths off about stuff they have no knowledge of!)

As a baby fat old white guy injineering student in Brother Barry Austin’s “Measurements” class, we was taught that there are “errors and blunders”. But at no time do you get to just throw stuff away or throw stuff around. 

It appears that in this case, there were plenty of blunders to muck up any findings.

Two gauges — one is “not accurate”. So how does one certify that the gauge your using is correct and in proper working order?

And wet balls regain pressure due to temperature faster than dry ones.

And, the whole controversy over pressure in the locker room versus pressure in the game conditions.

It all sounds like there is a lot of opinionating going on and not much evidence or factual understanding.

Hence, imho, fuhgeddaboudit! (translation from the Brooklyn dialect: “forget about it” with a sneer.) 

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RANT: I say “eliminate” the FDA and he talks about “reform”. Regulatory capture!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Dear Mr. Reinke,

Thank you for contacting me about U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) reform. In order to best represent you as your United States Senator, it is vital that I hear your views on this and other important matters.

I share your concerns about the need to reform the FDA. The Government Accountability Office (GAO), Congress’ investigative arm, reported that the FDA’s inability to oversee medical product and food safety would be added to its list of “high risk” government programs and practices. Reports like these are troubling and require us to take action. As we discuss FDA reform, we need to be honest about what works and what does not. This means establishing better, more robust results-oriented performance measures, aligning activities and resources to meet strategic goals, and enhancing the use of performance information. We must implement policies that adequately prepare the FDA to keep pace with changing demands.

Thank you again for contacting me. I will keep you thoughts in mind. Please continue to be in touch with your opinions and concerns as we move forward in the 113th Congress. For further information or to sign up for my newsletter please visit my website at http://warner.senate.gov.

Sincerely,
MARK R. WARNER
United States Senator

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