SECURITY: Target is a joke; it’s the card companies

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2529035/Target-warns-customers-aware-phishing-scams-hackers-steal-details-45-million-credit-cards.html

Target denies PIN data was compromised after insider claims encrypted personal info was stolen along with 40 million credit and debit card numbers
Target hackers allegedly stole encrypted PINS in ‘sophisticated’ operation
The retailer says it has learned of some scam emails related to breach but doesn’t have specific information as to how it happened
Details of 40 million credit and debit card accounts stolen between November 27 and December 15
Target claimed Wednesday that encrypted personal ID numbers were not accessed by hackers
Target faces at least 15 lawsuits seeking class action status
By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 15:56 EST, 24 December 2013 | UPDATED: 15:29 EST, 25 December 2013

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Target Corp is crying foul on insiders who recently told the media that encrypted PINs were stolen along with more than 40 million credit and debit card numbers in the retail behemoth’s catastrophic data breach.

The hackers who attacked Target Corp and compromised more than 40 million credit cards and debit cards also managed to steal encrypted personal identification numbers, according to a senior payments executive familiar with the situation told Reuters.

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The “card” companies are too cheap to put in a better level of security on the cards.

They could “chip” them or at least put photos on them.

The industry has many ways to tighten up the controls, but that translates into money.

As long as fraud stays low, they are happy to eat it.

Unless the cost equation changes, not much will happen.

You have to laff at the politicians and bureaucrats who are on TV pontificating. 

They are the ones who created this mess. 

Without Social Security Number, no of this nonsense would be possible.

So like Harry Browne said: “Government is good at one thing: It knows how to break your legs, hand you a crutch, and say, ‘See, if it weren’t for the government, you wouldn’t be able to walk.'”

Argh!

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INTERESTING: Wolf — an alternative view

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0993846/

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!

NOT RECOMMENDED

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http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2013/12/wolf_of_wall_street_prousalis.php?page=2

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

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INTERESTING: A corporation is an extension of the Gooferment!

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2013/tle750-20131222-02.html

Another Message From The Publisher
by L. Neil Smith
lneil@netzero.com
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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GUNS: Armed Response Halted School Rampage

http://www.nraila.org/news-issues/articles/2013/12/stopped-in-80-seconds-armed-response,-not-gun-control,-halted-school-rampage.aspx

Stopped in 80 Seconds: Armed Response, Not Gun Control, Halted School Rampage
Posted on December 20, 2013

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Last week’s tragic shooting at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colorado, left one student in critical condition.  The perpetrator, a senior at the school, was reported to have randomly shot 17-year-old Claire Davis as she sat innocently in the hallway.  As bad as that was, things could have been much worse.  

Information released this week indicates that the perpetrator was planning a much larger attack and was armed with a shotgun, about 125 rounds of ammunition, three Molotov cocktails and a machete. 

According to a CNN story, Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said of the shooter, “His intent was evil, and his evil intent was to harm multiple individuals.”

On his arm, the perpetrator had written in indelible ink five classroom numbers and a phrase in Latin that translates to “the die has been cast,” according to the sheriff’s office.

But as reported in the Washington Times, the attacker’s mission was stopped short by the quick response of an armed deputy sheriff who was working as a resource officer at the school.  Upon learning of the threat, the deputy ran from the cafeteria to the library, yelling for people to get down and identifying himself as a deputy sheriff.  The horrific incident lasted only a total of 80 seconds and ended with the shooter turning his gun on himself in the library as the deputy was closing in on him.  

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Seems OBVIOUS to me.
 
“Gun Free” zones ain’t.
 
“An armed society is a polite society. Manners are good when one may have to back up his acts with his life.” — Robert A. Heinlein
 
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Stopped in 80 Seconds: Armed Response, Not Gun Control, Halted School Rampage

Posted on December 20, 2013

POLITICAL: Rush Holt touts Endangered Species Act

Dear Mr. Reinke,

Tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of one of our nation’s strongest and most successful environmental laws: the Endangered Species Act. Passed with overwhelming bipartisan support and signed by President Richard Nixon, the Act was the first comprehensive law to address the global extinction crisis.

The Endangered Species Act took a zero-tolerance approach to achieving its goals: no new extinctions, no exceptions. As a result, 99 percent of listed species have been saved from extinction and are on the path to recovery. Some iconic American species, such as the bald eagle, the American alligator, and the Pacific gray whale, have recovered from the brink of extinction and are now thriving in their natural habitats. Beyond the preservation of individual species, the Endangered Species Act helps to keep the interdependent web of live strong.

Today, conservation efforts under the Endangered Species Act are a model for preserving biodiversity around the world. Unfortunately, some in Congress have suggested that weakening provisions of the Act would somehow yield greater benefits for the species it was designed to protect. As a member of the House Natural Resources Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Endangered Species Act, I am committed to protecting our nation’s strongest and most successful environmental law.

Keeping America Safe, On and Off the Battlefield

Congress has taken another step in the ongoing and urgent effort to prevent suicide among members of our armed forces. A new defense bill that passed earlier this month included a provision I wrote to increase suicide prevention and outreach services for key segments of our Guard and Reserve.

These are specific pools of reservists who, when not assigned to active duty units, live and work among us in our communities in their civilian occupations. As such, they lack the ready access to mental health resources available to their active duty counterparts. My provision enables the Adjutant General of any state to request from the Pentagon address data for reservists in his or her state for the purpose of conducting suicide prevention and outreach activities.

The provision is an outgrowth of the Sergeant Coleman S. Bean Individual Ready Reserve Suicide Prevention Act, which I introduced in 2010 following the death by suicide of Sgt. Bean, an East Brunswick reservist about whom I have written previously.

The defense bill also included a provision I wrote to authorize a top-to-bottom review of programs in the Department of Defense to recruit and retain scientists, technology experts, mathematicians, and engineers. This amendment is a direct outgrowth of my work on the National Commission on Research and Development in the U.S. Intelligence Community, which published our final report this summer. It is imperative that American find, train, and retain world-class talent in these fields. The security of our nation quite literally depends on it.

Working For You

Recently, I was contacted by a Plainsboro veteran who is working hard to put himself through graduate school. Due to his past military service, he is eligible to receive federal tuition support – but although he had submitted a claim to the VA months earlier, his school still hadn’t received any payment. I reached out to the VA to resolve the problem, and the tuition payment was quickly made.

Have you encountered a similar problem with the VA, Social Security, Medicare, a passport center, or any other federal agency? If so, please call me at 1-87-RUSH-HOLT or by sending an e-mail. I’ll do all I can to address your problem.

Sincerely,

Rush Holt
Member of Congress

P.S. Just a reminder: I always want to hear from you, but to ensure a prompt response, please don’t reply to this e-mail. Instead, please visit holt.house.gov/contact or call 1-87-RUSH-HOLT (1-877-874-4658).

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Sorry but how about the dead eagles at the California wind turbines?

Guess that “The Dear Leader” can do whatever he wants.

And I wonder if the Northwest Loggers who lost their jobs to save the spotted tree owl, which is being wiped out by other owls, would agree.

Snail darter, etc. etc.

Sorry, but the Gooferment doesn’t do anything — morally, effectively, or efficiently!

And, just because it was “bipartisan” doesn’t mean anything other than everyone got paid off!

And, no mention of Obamacare?

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INTERESTING: Aging beaten?

http://esciencenews.com/articles/2013/12/20/a.new.and.reversible.cause.aging

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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Interesting. 

Maybe I can beat the death tax by never dying?

Laff!

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MONEY: Target and a dead account

Dear REDcard holder,
Thank you for your patience with Target as we work through the breach of certain credit and debit card information at U.S. Target stores between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15, 2013. Due to high volumes to our call centers, we want to make sure that you have some key information.
We want you to know a few important things:
You do not need to call us unless you found charges on your account that you didn’t make.
You will not be held liable for any fraudulent charges.
We have made changes to our REDcard fraud detection and authorization procedures to further protect you.
We are offering free credit monitoring for one year to every single person who was impacted by this crime. We will give you more information about that soon.
If you have concerns and would like to check your account online, visit Target.com/REDcard.
For additional questions, check Frequently Answered Questions on Target’s corporate website.
We hope these resources help with your immediate needs. If you still feel you need to speak with someone by phone, you may call 866-852-8680.
Thank you for your continued support of Target.

Scott Kennedy, President, Financial Retail Services, Target

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Forgot I had that. But it’s on a dead account. Good luck hackers.

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SERVICE: Fandango has tickets on iPhone

http://www.fandango.com/

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FANDANGO, the movie site, sell tickets. (No news there!)

Pick them up at the box office (wait on a long line) or at the kiosk (wait on a shorter line).

(The AMC in 22102 makes you used the automated ticket seller. And for certain shows sells specific seating. Dumb idea. Guarantees long lines for everyone! Argh! I won’t be doing that again.)

BUT, now Fandango will text you a link to a QRcode that you display on your iPhone. 

The ticket taker scans it and you’re in. No line. Love it. 

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INSPIRATIONAL: Then, at the very bottom in the toe, was a …

http://ncc-1776.org/tle2013/tle750-20131222-03.html

My Perfect Christmas
by Susan Callaway (AKA MamaLiberty)
mamaliberty@rtconnect.net
Special to L. Neil Smith’s The Libertarian Enterprise

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In later years my mother often told us how she and Virginia mixed together the last remaining bread, milk, eggs and sugar with a few raisins and some cinnamon. They put it into the oven with a prayer, and we said our usual prayer of thanks before we ate it. Only the adults knew that those were the last morsels of food left in the house and that none of them had any idea when or how they would be able to get anything else until the next pension check came in on the first. I can only imagine their agony—and their faith.

Christmas morning broke clear and very cold. The snow wasn’t deep, but it stretched unbroken for many miles in every direction. We certainly didn’t anticipate company, but up the road came the county snowplow with a lone blue car behind it. The county never plowed the road by our house, so it was a mystery until the car pulled into our driveway.

Out popped Virginia’s mother! She had shamed the plowman into making a path for her, and he helped her unload boxes of groceries and other things. The children were too busy to notice, however, because we each had a wonderful felt stocking full of nuts, candy and a few small toys. Then, at the very bottom in the toe, was a huge shining orange! Those were worth their weight in gold then and had been very rare in our lives to that point. I can’t begin to tell you what it meant to us as we jealously watched our orange peeled and then savored each drop of the golden fruit.

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Indeed, a Merry to everyone.

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MEME: Raskin’s Design Principle: “Computers should never lose work or waste time.”

http://www.svenread.com/dont-harm-a-human/

Don’t harm a human

During reading Jef Raskins “Humane Interface” for the first time I came across him quoting Isaac Asimov’s famous first rule for robots: “A robot shall not harm a human, or, through inaction, allow a human to come to harm.” He rightly pointed to the deep meaning this quote should have to every interface designer and it got me thinking about how right he actually is.

Raskin exchanges “robot” for “computer” and “harm a human” with “lose work” or “waste time”. But I actually would prefer to leave the “harm a human” as is, because it encapsulates both lost work and wasting time, as well as other disastrous events that can occur while using a computer / applications / websites.

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Raskin’s Design Principle: “Computers should never lose work or waste time.”

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RANT: Cracker Barrel twice wrong

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store
Restaurant · 1,530,109 Likes

Dear Cracker Barrel Customer:

When we made the decision to remove and evaluate certain Duck Dynasty items, we offended many of our loyal customers. Our intent was to avoid offending, but that’s just what we’ve done.

You told us we made a mistake. And, you weren’t shy about it. You wrote, you called and you took to social media to express your thoughts and feelings. You flat out told us we were wrong.

We listened.

Today, we are putting all our Duck Dynasty products back in our stores.

And, we apologize for offending you.

We respect all individuals right to express their beliefs. We certainly did not mean to have anyone think different.

We sincerely hope you will continue to be part of our Cracker Barrel family.

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Yeah, I guess there are more “Duck Dynasty” Customers than not!

What a bunch of weasels.

Can’t stand on what they believe. They just shift with the wind.

Argh!

Think Henry Ford, Sam Walton, or Frank Mars would be like that?

(I don’t think so. They might be wrong, but they were business leaders.)

Argh!

Phil from “Duck Dynasty” might be a lot of things, but those are his beliefs.

A&E, Cracker Barrel, and how many others have none!

Personally, WWJD? I think he might say: “Awful lot of judging going on. Isn’t that the Big Boss’ job? Get back to the Golden Rule.” 

Merry, or whatever seasonal greeting, if any, is appropriate for you.

(Remember I’m a “bah humbug” guy who cheers for the OLD Ebenezer.) 

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SERVICE: Yahoo Mail is “Not Recommended”!

 

Yahoo Customer Care Satisfaction Survey

Dear Ferdinand

Your opinion matters. Hearing about what you think will help us improve our products and services. Please take a couple minutes to complete our short online survey about your recent experience with Yahoo Customer Care.

Please select the link below to complete the survey: Take the survey now

Thank you for sharing your experience.

Yahoo Customer Care Team


Case number: 131210-081188
Property: Mail
Contact date: 12/10/2013 07:01 PM

   

take the survey

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New from Yahoo
Don’t just check the weather, see it. Introducing the Yahoo Weather app. The forecast is beautiful.
Download for iPhoneDownload for Android.

Copyright © 2013 Yahoo Inc. All rights reserved.

My feedback: “I’m exiting Yahoo Mail as soon as possible and urging others to do the same.”

Partial outages, nonexistent support, and “doesn’t play well with others”.

Steer clear!

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FUN: Movie AMERICAN HUSTLE — recommended

AMERICAN HUSTLE — recommended

Interesting plot, but the two girls steal the show. AA for the sex that just exudes thru the screen JL for a yeoman’s job at taking a small part and stealing the show. This movie actually made me feel sorry for the politicians. That’s a powerful statement since they are like used car salesmen. Worth the price.

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Categories FUN

LIBERTARIAN: Murder and restitution

Newark, Irvington Men Accused of Deadly Short Hills Mall Carjacking

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This is a difficult one for me being a little L libertarian.

One presumes that the Zero Aggression Principle is the operative “Golden Rule”.

So hence, I derive the corollary “No victim; no crime”.

And shortly after that: “Justice is restitution”.

If I accidentally injure you, I have to make things right. 

If I intentionally injure you, not only do I have to make it right, but there should be a penalty to ensure I don’t do it again. That’s why I like the concept of “punitive damages”. No better way to get people’s attention than to pile on. (“Now listen McDonalds, juries have been telling you that too many people are being injured by super hot coffee. Will a 16m$ judgment get your attention?” And, it did.)

After a while I came to the realization that the “death penalty” administered by a Gooferment court is too capricious and arbitrary. And, there’s nothing in the Constitution that permits this. So, the Gooferment shouldn’t be killing anyone unless they are preventing force or fraud on a citizen. Beside once they kill you, they can’t fix that mistake.

I can see a possible exception where someone is a convicted felon and they are too dangerous to keep around. Although there’s a lot of land in Alaska for the bad guys to try farming. 

Where my thinking (i.e., memes and paradigms) break down is in cases like this. Intentional, or even unintentionally, killing a fellow human being who has done nothing to you.

How do you make restitution in this case?

And, more importantly, how is the bad guy prevented from doing it again?

“Alaska farming” and if you go outside our “security zone”, then your “restraining collar” blows your head off.

So cases like this really stretch my little L libertarian meme.

Help me?

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POLITICAL: Obamacare makes fraud legal

http://www.strike-the-root.com/has-government-legalized-fraud

Has Government Legalized Fraud?
Column by Lawrence Samuels, posted on December 12, 2013
in Statism Health Care Fraud/Waste/Abuse
Column by L.K. Samuels.

Exclusive to STR

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The federal government must have made fraud a legal practice. What else could one conclude in light of Obamacare?

When President Obama, his administration and his Democratic cohorts promoted the Affordable Health Care Act, they advertised it with a slew of silver-tongued falsehoods, eloquent misstatements and outright lies. In other words, Obamacare was passed by Congress under clearly fraudulent statements of epic proportions. Almost every promise devised to sell Obamacare to the public and Congress was untrue. Millions of people have lost their coverage, although President Obama stated in 30 to 40 versions that, “If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan, period. No one will take it away, no matter what.” There were no caveats, no exceptions, period.

And yet Obama and his staff knew for years that millions of health care plans had to be cancelled because they would be considered substandard by the new law. Lisa Myers at NBC News revealed this shame. She said that the Obama administration had known since the summer of 2010 that millions of Americans could lose their insurance under the law, where “50 to 75 percent of the 14 million consumers who buy their insurance individually can expect to receive a ‘cancellation’ letter . . . . ” As more information keeps coming out, it turns out that Obama’s polished statements had been carefully vetted by his staff, but coldly calculated to deceive the buying public.

Any salesman employing such deceitful business practices would be prosecuted in a New York second. But nobody has brought a class action suit against Obama or his administration for massive and unmitigated fraud. No attorney general from any one of the 50 states has filed charges. The conclusion one would have to reach is that the government has the right to commit fraud.

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It would certain appear that “political lies” have reached a new level of audacity.

“I wouldn’t believe you, if your tongue came notarized.” … attributed to Judge Marilyn Milian, but may have an earlier history.

Clearly, anything that the Gooferment, politicians, or bureaucrats say or publish can not be trusted.

Wonder when the revolution will start?

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GUNS: Why Good People Should Be Armed

http://youtu.be/20RoAfflGCM

Why Good People Should Be Armed

Josie Outlaw Josie Outlaw·4 videos

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This young lady says it all in 15 minute video. 

Simple.

Clear.

and concise!

It’s the Gooferment, stupid.

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Why Good People Should Be Armed

MEMORIES: An anniversary passes

Today is “one of THOSE days”.

Just another sad day in the “sad season”.

It would have been 43 years today.

Saint Henry’s in Bayonne. High Hat reception. Pocono’s for a quickie honeymoon.

So much promise; so much life. And it was cut short. Longer than expected; shorter than needed.

Life’s just not fair. It’s just life.

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RANT: Why subsidize ANYTHING?

http://washingtonexaminer.com/bill-de-blasios-first-decision-corporate-welfare-for-the-yankees-and-an-arab-sheik/article/2540574

Bill de Blasio’s first decision: Corporate welfare for the Yankees and an Arab sheik?
BY TIMOTHY P. CARNEY | DECEMBER 11, 2013 AT 3:50 PM
TOPICS: BELTWAY CONFIDENTIAL NEW YORK CITY BILL DE BLASIO SUBSIDIES

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Progressives like NYC Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio want Big Government to work for the deserving. So, the question is: How deserving are the New York Yankees and Sheik Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan?

The New York Daily News reports:

Under the complex proposal, the new soccer team — a joint venture of the Yankees and Manchester City Football Club, a British team owned by Sheik Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan — would pay virtually no rent for 38 years for the largely city-owned land on which the proposed 28,000-seat soccer venue would sit.

The new franchise would also be permitted to divert the property taxes it would normally owe the city to pay off its bonds, the sources said — a deal similar to the one the Yankees and the Mets got for their new stadiums in 2005. The soccer club would be exempt from sales taxes or mortgage taxes.

Sports owners may be the most subsidized class in America. Every year, we hear of a few new stadiums getting taxpayer subsidies.

Today, the Atlanta Tea Party filed a lawsuit to block subsidies for a new Atlanta Braves baseball stadium in Georgia’s Cobb County. Washington, D.C., is going to spend nine figures on a soccer stadium and charge the team $1 in rent. There are hundreds of examples of this.

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There is no justification for this type of favoritism.

It should be de facto not even eligible to be considered by any politician or bureaucrat.

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INSPIRATIONAL: I like ‘redneck engineering’

http://www.technologyreview.com/news/522371/how-remote-places-can-get-cellular-coverage-by-doing-it-themselves/

COMMUNICATIONS NEWS 4 COMMENTS
How Remote Places Can Get Cellular Coverage by Doing It Themselves
With Swedish telephone numbers and a tree-bound base station, a remote Indonesian village runs its own telecommunications company.

By David Talbot on December 11, 2013

WHY IT MATTERS

Much of the world still lacks even basic cellular access.

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A four-hour drive from the nearest cellular coverage in the remote highlands of Papua, Indonesia, a new kind of guerilla telecom network is operating, albeit outside the law, using a cheap base station roped into a treetop.

The technology could provide a new model for self-managed “last mile” mobile coverage in the world’s hardest-to-reach areas, where traditional top-down telecommunications business models don’t work.

The project was set up by a team from the University of California, Berkeley. The resulting network is now operated by a tiny stand-alone telecommunications company run by a local NGO, with a laptop for local billing and a satellite connection to the rest of the world. The network relies on Swedish phone numbers because no local telecommunications company would provide them.

“It’s a telco-in-a-box that we put in a tree,” says Kurtis Heimerl, a developer at Range Networks and grad student at UC Berkeley who led the project. “It’s a demonstration that these populations can profitably and sustainably manage their own networks. We don’t need telcos to do this; these communities can do this by themselves.”

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The system includes some elements of “redneck engineering,” Cutrell says. “They just hauled a base station up into the tree and roped it in, and they’ve got a signal.”

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POLITICAL: GM $14 billion in taxpayer dollars

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2013/12/eric-peters/14-billion-up-in-smoke/

The Bailout
By Eric Peters
Eric Peters Autos
December 13, 2013

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In Washington, they always try to announce unpleasantness during the off-hours (weekends, holidays and such) so that – hopefully – the stink will be less noticed.

In Detroit, too.

The recent announcement of the accession of Mary Barra as the new CEO of General Motors just happened to be exactly coincident with the announcement that the federal government has divested itself of its remaining partial ownership of GM.

This is good news.

The bad news – according to the Center for Automotive Research – is that $14 billion in taxpayer dollars went up in smoke as a result of the government’s “investment” in GM.

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Sorry, but that is just the bailout cost.

What about all the lawyers, productivity, and personal losses?

Frau Reinke lost 5k$+. Where does that get tallied?

And, the loss of market discipline.

Bailouts are addictive. And, immoral, ineffective, and inefficient!

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RANT: The BHO44 selfie — narcissist!

http://nypost.com/2013/12/12/obamas-flirt-with-danish-prime-minister-is-a-disgrace/

Flirty Obama owes us an apology
By Andrea PeyserDecember 12, 2013 | 4:25am

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President Obama shares a laugh with Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt as his wife, first lady Michelle Obama looks on during a memorial service for late South African President Nelson Mandela.

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I don’t like to jump on things.

BUT … …

in this case FLOTUS’ expression says it all.

He’s a self-centered pig. Incapable of being taken seriously.

If I was at Old Abe’s funeral, I certainly wouldn’t hit on a hottie.

And, I have a low opinion of “Honest” Abe.

But he was “in the arena” and I wasn’t.

From that perspective, us Monday morning quarterbacks have to restrain our criticism.

It didn’t present the USA, whom he was representing, in a very good life.

I wonder who had him and FLOTUS change seats?

Laff.

Glad it wasn’t me being an A double Q.

Frau Reinke would have been a lot less forgiving.

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POLITICAL: Replace Congress entirely!

FROM MY OLDER FRIEND

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Psychology 101 – (Simple truth)

If you start with a cage containing five monkeys and inside the cage, hang a banana on a string from the top and then you place a set of stairs under the banana, before long a monkey will go to the stairs and climb toward the banana.

As soon as he touches the stairs, you spray all the other monkeys with cold water.

After a while another monkey makes an attempt with same result … all the other monkeys are sprayed with cold water.

Pretty soon when another monkey tries to climb the stairs, the other monkeys will try to prevent it.

Now, put the cold water away.
Remove one monkey from the cage and replace it with a new one.

The new monkey sees the banana and attempts to climb the stairs.

To his shock, all of the other monkeys beat the crap out of him.

After another attempt and attack, he knows that if he tries to climb the stairs he will be assaulted.

Next, remove another of the original five monkeys, replacing it with a new one.

The newcomer goes to the stairs and is attacked. The previous newcomer takes part in the punishment…… with enthusiasm, because he is now part of the “team”.

Then, replace a third original monkey with a new one, followed by the fourth, then the fifth. Every time the newest monkey takes to the stairs, he is attacked.

Now, the monkeys that are beating him up have no idea why they were not permitted to climb the stairs. Neither do they know why they are participating in the beating of the newest monkey.

Finally, having replaced all of the original monkeys, none of the remaining monkeys will have ever been sprayed with cold water.

Nevertheless, not one of the monkeys will try to climb the stairway for the banana.

Why, you ask? Because in their minds…that is the way it has always been!

This, my friends, is how Congress operates… and this is why, from time to time:

ALL of the monkeys need to be REPLACED AT THE SAME TIME.

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I think he’s on to something. 

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MEMORIES: Watching Army Navy game

It’s a cold snowy day.

I remember a similar day.

Our Girl, her Dad Jack, with the “boys” Craig and Scott went to the game.

Jack always wanted to see one.

That wish Our Girl was able to grant.

Took the minnie winnie to Philly.

It was bleak and cold.

She made “Chicken Soup in the Crock Pot”. (I found an outlet on a light pole in the lot.) And we went to the game.

Despite everyone wearing cold weather gear, we left at the end of the third quarter.

Boy, was that the best chicken soup we ever had. 

Laff.

I should know never schedule anything in Philly on the same week end as the Army Navy game.

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TINFOILHAT: The NFL Is An Extension of the TSA

http://www.lewrockwell.com/2013/12/dave-hodges/the-nfls-role-in-martial-law/

LewRockwell.comanti-state•anti-war•pro-market

The NFL’s Role In the Coming Martial Law
By Dave Hodges
The Common Sense Show
December 10, 2013

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Whatever happened to just playing football? When I used to watch an NFL game on television, I only wanted to watch the game. I never appreciated listening to their liberal political agenda often being spewed out by their talking heads such as Bob Costas.

The NFL and Its Globalist Agenda

The NFL now represents the antithesis of everything that comprises the backbone of traditional American values. I love the game of football. Football was one of the sports that I grew up playing and I later coached the sport as a former head coach in the high school ranks prior to moving to coach college basketball. I thoroughly enjoyed the competition at every level both as a player and a coach. However, the NFL has taken all the fun out of the game, because the league spouts the mantra of the globalist forces which seeks to enslave us.

The NFL Is An Extension of the TSA

The NFL has decided it is not enough for Americans to be abused by the TSA at the airport, the NFL has become the newest version of the TSA.

This past November, as I have done so many times before, I was planning to drive my family from Arizona to San Diego to watch my favorite sports team, the Denver Broncos, play the San Diego Chargers. We were also going to turn the event into a mini-vacation.

However, I discovered the NFL has become an extension of the TSA. Subsequently, the NFL has rolled out the new DHS ”anti-terrorism” security measures at all stadiums.

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The NFL Promises to Participate in America’s Coming Dark Days

Seemingly, in the past few months, nearly every American community has been besieged with being the recipient of some form of martial law training in their community. Even our children are not immune to these practices. Every school requires bus evacuation drills from every campus in America. In Operation Mountain Guardian, the children are removed from their campus to a nearby stadium for martial law processing.

Every NFL Stadium Is a FEMA Camp Hiding In Plain Sight

At Giants Stadium, on March 24, 2011, DHS and local law enforcement conducted a “relocation” drill in which civilians were transported to the stadium.

On September 23, 2011, children, without warning, were abducted from their Denver schools by FEMA and taken to the Colorado Sports Authority football stadium. At my son’s middle school, we cannot even have my son’s aunt pick him unless she is registered with the school and shows identification. Yet, FEMA can literally abduct children from their schools without parental permission or notification? This is outrageous!

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Reprinted with permission from The Common Sense Show.

Clearly, the Gooferment with Big Sports is about money. But it can also have a nefarious effect and impact!

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ECONOMICS: Does anyone look at advertising?

FIOS, like all the others, have music channels.

(It’s better than coming into a dark quiet house alone.)

So for the most part, the music is white letters on a black background. 

In the “right half lower / upper window panel:, they put trivia and ads.

The ads are recycled from somewhere.

But they are colorful and garish.

And, they don’t sell (i.e., no UVP; no tie to the music; don’t ask for the sale).

So why bother.

Unless they are thrown in for free?

I think they are just a big negative!

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