NEWJERSEY: DIck’s can’t discriminate by age

https://nypost.com/2018/02/28/dicks-sporting-goods-will-stop-selling-assault-style-weapons/

BUSINESS

Dick’s Sporting Goods will stop selling assault-style weapons
By Yaron Steinbuch
February 28, 2018 | 7:38am | Updated

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On Varney, Judge Nepalitano said that Dick’s can’t do that in the Pepuls Republik of Nu Jerzee because the age discrimination law prevents it.

Once again, Unintended Consequences!

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GUNS: Gooferment wants “We, The Sheeple” unarmed

https://patch.com/new-jersey/southbrunswick/s/gd1h7/nj-gov-phil-murphy-announces-multi-state-crackdown-on-guns

NJ Gov. Phil Murphy Announces Multi-State Crackdown On Guns
“Until Congress and the president produce action on gun violence, we must do our best to keep our states safe,” Murphy announced on Thursday
By Tom Davis, Patch Staff | Feb 22, 2018 10:11 am ET | Updated Feb 22, 2018 11:07 am ET

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Additionally, participating states will share information about individuals who are prohibited from purchasing or possessing a firearm within each state. The current lack of information-sharing between the four states has prevented state law enforcement agencies from knowing if an individual has attempted to purchase or permit a weapon in a neighboring state, according to Murphy.

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Correct me if I am wrong, but if a disqualified person even attempts to buy a weapon, they are subject to arrest.

If the state Gooferments would just do their job, then there would be no need for “information sharing”.

I know Virginia had a very aggressive cooperative effort between gun dealers and the State Police having personally witnessed two arrests for attempted purchases by DQed individuals while I was at the gun range. The dealer’s employee said that they had cooperated with the State Police on numerous occasions. All that was required was that the Federal Instacheck system be operational; he didn’t have a high opinion on it’s reliability. That dealer had a policy of not making delivery of a gun if the system was down. If fact, when it was up, he called folks to come in and pick up their orders. I also say them refuse to sell a gun to individuals on numerous times for various reasons but mostly on “qualification” — one that I overheard was the individual tell the sales guy that the buyer had never held a gun before, the sales guy called the owner over,  and the dealership owner insisted he take a free NRA class before he would sell him a gun. I was very impressed with their policy and diligence. The disappointed owner left. Owner said to the clerk: “Accident waiting to happen but not on my conscience.”

FWIW.

I’ve stopped advocating for gun rights with folks who don’t know the issues. All I do now is share the meme:

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INNOVATION: innovations helping homeless people around the world

http://www.impactlab.net/2018/02/18/8-incredible-innovations-helping-homeless-people-around-the-world/

February 18th, 2018 at 8:22 am
8 incredible innovations helping homeless people around the world

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Homelessness is widespread and hard to solve, affecting more than 560,000 people in the U.S. and hundreds of millions around the world.

It’s a complex and intractable problem, with countless agencies and nonprofits working to tackle root causes and provide systemic solutions. But while there may not be a one-size-fits-all formula for homeless people in every community, technology and innovation can help fill in the gaps.

Gadgets, apps and prototypes are temporary fixes, of course — we need to tackle poverty, lack of affordable housing, unemployment and more to truly arrive at solutions. But in the meantime, innovations can offer much-needed support to some of the world’s most vulnerable populations.

From a winter coat that takes contactless donations in Amsterdam to commercial shower trailers that offer hygiene and dignity in San Francisco, these eight inventions think outside the box when it comes to the issue of homelessness.

1. The EMPWR coat

The Empowerment Plan, a Detroit-based nonprofit that aims to lift people out of poverty and homelessness through employment, created an innovative coat that doubles as a sleeping bag and an over-the-shoulder bag for homeless populations.

The EMPWR coat is a durable, water-resistant jacket made of Cordura fabric from workwear company Carhartt, upcycled automotive insulation from General Motors, and materials from other donors. It costs $100 to “sponsor” a coat, distributed to those in need.

EMPWR coats have been donated across 40 states in the U.S., seven Canadian provinces and a few other countries around the world, according to the Empowerment Plan website.

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While personally I doubt that Gooferment “agencies” will ever “solve” homelessness”, I admire when the “private sector” gets into the solutions.

This is another Gooferment-created problem — zoning, licensing, inflation, closing the psychiatric hospitals “streeting” the mentally ill, and other Gooferment “programs” / “services” — that the Gooferment doesn’t want to solve. (What will the politicians and bureaucrats do if there are no “homeless” to need their “help”?)

Like Habitat For Humanity, I’d hope that the “tiny homes” revolution could become the answer to the homelessness “epidemic”. I can envision that a 50’s style development of cheap track housing developed for the returning ww2 and Korean veterans but rows of tiny houses with shared access roads. Put them around hospitals and clinics.

Tiny homes seem to be in the 20K$ range quantity one; I can’t imagine what they would cost in quantity “lots”.

Hope that idea gets a try. It’d be better then the homeless “encampments” that spring up.

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GOVERNACIDE: The opioid “epidemic” has the Gooferment’s “fingerprints” all over it

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-02-18/how-kill-300000-americans-and-get-away-it

How To Kill 300,000 Americans (And Get Away With It)
by Tyler Durden
Sun, 02/18/2018 – 11:26
Authored by Trey Goff via The Mises Institute

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If someone wanted to kill 300,000 Americans and get away with it, they could not have accomplished it more effectively than our government has accomplished it with the opioid epidemic.

If someone— let’s say good old Uncle Sam—wanted to kill 300,000 Americans, they would go about it as detailed in this step-by-step guide. This also just so happens to be precisely how our government did go about it.

Step 1 – In 1996, Uncle Sam would award a 17-year government patent monopoly to Purdue Pharma to be the exclusive supplier of OxyContin, an addictive and potentially deadly opioid painkiller. This would ensure that they had a massive multi-billion-dollar profit incentive to get as many people addicted as possible without any generic competition to keep this profit motive in check.

Step 2 – To further fuel the use of OxyContin, Uncle Sam would cover the cost of it through Medicaid and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). This would ensure that there were billions of dollars available to fund the purchase of massive quantities of the addictive and potentially deadly substance.

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Step 16 – After vast numbers of Americans had switched to injection drug use and street heroin, and were using drugs alone and unsupervised, Uncle Sam would then make the street drugs as deadly as possible.Uncle Sam would do this by “cracking down” on the supply side of heroin, knowing full well that illegal drug manufacturers would respond by making their drugs ever more potent, or finding ultra-potent additives to substitute into their street drugs to decrease the size and weight of the trafficked substance (this is known as the Iron Law of Prohibition). That would ensure that heroin was laced with fentanyl (a substance 100 times more potent than morphine) and that eventually fentanyl was replaced by the even more potent carfentanil (a substance 10,000 times more powerful than morphine). Uncle Sam would then ban drug checking under drug paraphernalia laws, ensuring users had no idea if the substance they were about to use was laced with fentanyl. With each increase in potency and adulteration, the death rate would continue to climb higher, and higher, and higher.

There you have it: the perfect guide to killing at least 300,000 people and getting away with it. It is an absolute tragedy that this also happens to be the precise course of action the US government has taken over the past few decades to create this perfect storm of addiction and death.

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This is just Yet Another Example of “Gooferment creates a problem, “fixes it”, and creates new / worse problems; that in turn makes new problems that “only” the Gooferment can fix”!

When will “We, The Sheeple” learn that the Gooferment — at any level — doesn’t care about problems or “Unintended Consequences”.

Easy answer, end the “(pseudo) War on (some) Drugs” and treat drug addiction as a MEDICAL problem; not a legal one.

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LIBERTY: Political veganism is just an another attempt at centralize oppression by Gooferment

http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2018/02/get-ready-for-war-on-meat.html

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2018
Get Ready for the War on Meat
By José Niño

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Plant-based diets, especially vegan diets, seem to be all the rage these days.

Based on the practice of eschewing animal products, veganism has attracted a broad coalition of interest groups — ranging from animal rights to environmental activists — who believe that veganism is the most ethical and sustainable way of promoting human health and animal welfare.

At first, these appear to be reasonable premises for an alternative lifestyle that challenges the dietary status quo.

But when placed under the microscope, the modern vegan movement has shown signs of increased politicization and a tendency to mesh with socialist causes. 

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Health arguments aside, the real issue at hand in these discussions is control. Taking a page from their environmentalist ilk, vegans constantly rely on alarmist tactics to advance their cause. And this agenda consists of more than just educational campaigns — it involves using a strong centralized state to carry out their dietary vision.

To achieve this zealous plant-based vision, these actors will ultimately have to control and regulate the means of production of meat. The US government already wields tremendous power over food through the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Department of Agriculture (USDA). These agencies, with pressure from anti-meat activists, can be used as vehicles to implement one-size-fits-all policies.

Central planning of this sort forms the bedrock of socialism and the latest anti-meat crusades represent another ambit that socialists will exploit in order to gain more traction. At its core, political veganism is the same fundamental philosophy but with different cosmetic features.

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While I agree with the “plant-based diet” recommendation, it’s should be just that — a RECOMMENDATION.

The second that anyone urges that the coercive force of the Gooferment — at any level or to any degree — then I oppose it completely.

If anything is “the next great idea”, then why do we need to force people to do it?

Leave people along. If a meme is so good or a paradigm is so obvious, then force is NEVER required.

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GUNS: Gun-violence restraining orders (GVROs) seem like a good idea

https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/02/gun-control-republicans-consider-grvo/

POLITICS & POLICY
A Gun-Control Measure Conservatives Should Consider
By DAVID FRENCH
February 16, 2018 4:02 PM

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Gun-violence restraining orders (GVROs) make us all safer while empowering the individual and protecting liberty.To understand the American gun-control debate, you have to understand the fundamentally different starting positions of the two sides. Among conservatives, there is the broad belief that the right to own a weapon for self-defense is every bit as inherent and unalienable as the right to speak freely or practice your religion. It’s a co-equal liberty in the Bill of Rights, grounded not just in the minds of the Founders but in natural law.

Against this backdrop, most forms of gun control proposed after each mass killing represent a collective punishment. The rights of the law-abiding are restricted with no real evidence that these alleged “common sense” reforms will prevent future tragedies in any meaningful way.

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While there are various versions of these laws working their way through the states (California passed a GVRO statute in 2014, and it went into effect in 2016), broadly speaking they permit a spouse, parent, sibling, or person living with a troubled individual to petition a court for an order enabling law enforcement to temporarily take that individual’s guns right away. A well-crafted GVRO should contain the following elements (“petitioners” are those who seek the order, “the respondent” is its subject):

  • It should limit those who have standing to seek the order to a narrowly defined class of people (close relatives, those living with the respondent);
  • It should require petitioners to come forward with clear, convincing, admissible evidence that the respondent is a significant danger to himself or others;
  • It should grant the respondent an opportunity to contest the claims against him;
  • In the event of an emergency, ex parte order (an order granted before the respondent can contest the claims), a full hearing should be scheduled quickly — preferably within 72 hours; and
  • The order should lapse after a defined period of time unless petitioners can come forward with clear and convincing evidence that it should remain in place.

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While I would open up the “narrowly defined class of people” to include neighbors and others with direct knowledge and / or concern.

A road rage victim, someone threatened on social media, someone who sees “something” on social media should all be permitted.

If they are willing to use their own time, money, and resources to make a case before a Judge, then they should be heard. 

Frivolous actions should be sanctioned for those who misuse the process; like the SLAP stuff for those who file frivolous lawsuits.

The judge should be able to be able to set the time period for the sanction to apply.

The  judgment should be quickly registered to prevent acquisition, a warrant issue, to search for the defendant’s weapons in “all the usual places”, and seize any found. To be returned when the order lapses.

Seems like a good idea to me.

It’s an adversarial process where defendant has rights.

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INTERESTING: Big Pharma’s role in school shootings and other killings?

https://www.lewrockwell.com/2018/02/brian-wilson/the-missing-link/

The Missing Link
By Brian Wilson
February 17, 2018

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And so it begins…another shooting, another school, another student with a grudge and a gun, another body count and another 72 hours of MSM 24/7 Redundant Coverage featuring the same cast of media, political, social media and law enforcement “experts” showcased on the Evening News with the tears of relatives and near-victims, sotto –voice anchor interviews of “how do you feel…?” and “what was it like…?”, surrounded by non-stop re-runs of every cell phone vid available providing it shows at least a whif of the Horror From Within.

Once the essential Who, What, Where and When facts are announced (49 seconds, tops), more bloviating follows in the form of conjecture, idealistic rhetoric and hypotheticals mixed with predictable mis- and disinformation intended to fortify a political agenda. Out come the Same Old Same Old “solutions” that either violate the Constitution or other (HIPPA) laws or cost incalculable amounts of unavailable revenue and “political will”.

Eventually, the tragedy tails out in a cloud of “Why’s” and “If Only’s” – until the next time.

Rinse. Repeat. The script writes itself.

The Missing Link – Pragmatic Answers – remain hidden. The only tangible results are in the heart-breaking frustration of the survivors and snarky political points scored by the Usual Suspects who come out their holes to claim a few minutes of Fame.

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Consider the following history:

Eric Harris age 17 (first on Zoloft then Luvox) and Dylan Klebold aged 18 (Columbine school shooting in Littleton, Colorado), killed 12 students and 1 teacher and wounded 23 others, before killing themselves. Klebold’s medical records have never been made available to the public.

<<< FOLLOWED BY A LIST OF ANOTHER 36 EXAMPLES >>>

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“Three-fourths of the population of the United State is taking psychotropic drugs. But all we focus on are guns. Violence is built into the very nature of popular culture. Entertainment? Violent. Rap music? Violent. It’s all around us. We in the US tend to ignore these matters and look at one issue: guns. But it’s not just guns, it is an environment where violence is promoted.”

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When you ingest your next full helping of ABCCBSNBCCNNFOX News, observe the number of commercials for Viagra, SeeAlice, Lipizzaner, FaithandBegorium and a medicine chest full of other strangely named pills and liquids with Warning Disclaimers speed-read by the off-stage announcer. Do you think Pfizer (Prozac, Zoloft, Xanax), Paxil, Wellbutrin (GlaxoSmithKline), Ritalin (Novartis), Lexapro (Forest), Luvox (Abbott Labs) , Ambien (Sanofi) would appreciate having their advertising dollars spent on reporting they may be the manufactures of certain medications occasionally having serious anti-social side-effects on young patients? Similarly, would health care providers and their doctors want similar exposure?

While there is an understandably strong public resistance to having personal medical records revealed to an over-reaching government in order to exercise the basic human right to bear arms, there may be a more acceptable way for the prospective firearms purchaser and his/her doctor to acknowledge any prescribed psychotropic medications. Ignoring the information will go a long way in failing to find a workable solution that everyone wants: protection of freedom and the innocent without sacrificing either. Right now, none of the old worn-out “solutions” are workable or acceptable in what is purported to be a “Free Society”.

Let the discussion begin. This time let’s include the previously Missing Link.

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I want to know if there is another more proximate cause than “guns” in all these disasters.

Why can’t we know the pharmacological and psychiatric records of these criminals. Could it be that Big Pharma has “bloody hands”?

Who knew what and when?

Perhaps being on these drugs should disqualify that person from not only guns, but their freedom? 

Remember the criteria, “a danger to themselves or others”?

Maybe the bumper sticker should read: “Guns don’t kill people; antidepressants do!”?

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POLITICAL: Pocahontas or Fauxahontas?

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/02/14/elizabeth-warren-lies-about-her-heritage-again-at-tribal-nations-summit-my-mothers-family-was-part-native-american/

Elizabeth Warren Lies About Her Heritage Again at Tribal Nations Summit: ‘My Mother’s Family Was Part Native American’
by MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY 14 Feb 20187,325

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has once again made the false claim that she has Native American ancestry.
“My mother’s family was part Native American,” she said in a speech to the National Congress of American Indians Tribal Nations Policy Summit in Washington, D.C, on Wednesday, according to prepared text provided to the Boston Globe.

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“The New England Historical Genealogical Society, which originally announced they found evidence of Elizabeth Warren’s Native American heritage, said today they have discovered no documentation to back up claims that she is 1/32 Cherokee,” the Boston Herald reported in May 2012.

The Herald reported:

‘NEHGS has not expressed a position on whether Mrs. Warren has Native American ancestry, nor do we possess any primary sources to prove that she is,” said Tom Champoux, spokesman for the NEHGS. “We have no proof that Elizabeth Warren’s great great great grandmother O.C. Sarah Smith [Crawford] either is or is not of Cherokee descent.’”
As Breitbart News reported, Warren does descend from O.C. Sarah Smith Crawford’s husband, Jonathan Crawford, who was a member of the Tennessee Militia that rounded up Cherokee tribe members in the 1830s for the Trail of Tears to Oklahoma.

“You won’t find my family members on any rolls, and I’m not enrolled in a tribe,” Warren conceded, but added, ” I never used my family tree to get a break or get ahead. I never used it to advance my career.”

As Breitbart News reported previously, however, beginning in 1986 and continuing into 1995, Warren claimed that she had minority status in the Association of American Law Schools directory.

Those claims began while she was a faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and were part of her job application submitted that ended in her hiring on the faculty of Harvard Law School.

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How do you know when a politician is lying?

Aside from her wacky lunatic left ideas and proposals, this claim needs to “have a stake put in its heart”.

She clearly used “minority status” to advance her career.

We can, and should, eliminate all the “minority preferences” in the Gooferment as unConstitional.

End Gooferment Skrules and we’ll have solved the probem once and for all.

Who cares what “minority” anyone is? We’re all minorities in some way or another.

Just give each other the respect, freedom, and liberty to each other that we want for ourselves.

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HEROIC: An ER doc is a hero imho

http://epmonthly.com/article/not-heroes-wear-capes-one-las-vegas-ed-saved-hundreds-lives-worst-mass-shooting-u-s-history/

How One Las Vegas ED Saved Hundreds of Lives After the Worst Mass Shooting in U.S. History
By KEVIN MENES, MD, JUDITH TINTINALLI, MD, MS and LOGAN PLASTER ON NOVEMBER 3, 2017

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The night that Stephen Paddock opened fire on thousands of people at a Las Vegas country music concert, nearby Sunrise Hospital received more than 200 penetrating gunshot wound victims. Dr. Kevin Menes was the attending in charge of the ED that night, and thanks to his experience supporting a local SWAT team, he’d thought ahead about how he might mobilize his department in the event of a mass casualty incident.

This is his story, as told to Judith Tintinalli, MD, MS
Edited by Logan Plaster

I’m a night shift doc. My work week is Friday to Monday, 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. Most people don’t want to work those shifts. But that’s when most of the action comes in, so that’s when I work. It was a Sunday night when the EMS telemetry call came in to alert Sunrise Hospital of a mass casualty incident. All hospitals in Las Vegas are notified in a MCI to prepare for incoming patients.

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Here’s something to read and put you in awe of an American Hero. 

His preparatory thinking saved a lot of lives.

I hope all the “health industry” politicians and bureaucrats take note of his “lessons learned”.

Makes me wish I’d have become a doc.

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GUNS: Solutions for school and other shootings

FROM THE WALL STREET JOURNAL “The 10-Point”

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Classroom Massacre 

A South Florida high school became the latest scene of a deadly mass shooting in the U.S. after a gunman opened fire at the end of the school day, leaving 17 people dead and more than a dozen injured. The suspect, who is in custody, is 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student who had been expelled for disciplinary reasons, police said. Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel said the suspect had “countless” gun magazines and one “AR-type rifle.” The victims include both students and teachers, the sheriff said. Twelve people were killed inside Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., and three outside the school. Two others died at the hospital. The Florida school shooting is the deadliest since the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., where 20 children and six adults were killed. It is the third-deadliest school shooting in modern U.S. history, after Sandy Hook and Virginia Tech. One parent, who reached his daughter on the phone as the shooting unfolded, said: “She’s 14 years old and she had to see multiple dead bodies….It’s something that you hear about all the time, and you never think it will happen to you.”

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Now that a little time has past, here’s my “solutions”.

  • “Gun-free zones” are nothing more than “Target rich environments”. End them!
  • Arm any teacher, bureaucrat, or custodial person interested.
  • Screen the students for “wackos”.
  • Study the relationship between these events and the drugs given to young men.
  • Surveil “social media” sites for young men with weapons fetishes.
  • “Harden” the Gooferment Skrules.
  • Implement “Constitutional Carry” like in Vermont.
  • Pass “National Reciprocity”; just like “drivers’ licenses”.
  • Enforce the existing laws & enforce prison terms like “felon in possession”, “straw purchases”, and “attempted purchases by disqualified persons” with NO plea deals! (DJT45 should be leaning on the various Deputy Attorneys around the country for regular reports on their results.) 

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FROM LUDDITE:

You can screen for wackos like your blog says, but then what do you do?  You can’t arrest or detain them….and that certainly would go against your libertarian civil liberties.  I’m not sure there is a defense for this stuff…at least on that vein.

[JR: You most certainly can “detain” them as “threat to themselves and others”. All States have a 72 hour hold. And, an adversarial court finding would bar them from purchasing firearms under the current laws.]

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: The Gooferment needs to be the referee of a level playing field

https://www.wsj.com/articles/big-batteries-are-taking-a-bite-out-of-the-power-market-1518431400?mod=djem10point

Big Batteries Are Taking a Bite Out of the Power Market
Batteries charged by renewable energy are nibbling at power plants that generate extra surges of electricity during peak hours
By Russell Gold
Feb. 12, 2018 5:30 a.m. ET

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Overall, it still generally costs 35% more today to provide extra power via a battery compared with a conventional peaker plant, according to energy analysts at SSR LLC. But they estimate that batteries will be less expensive by 2024. Batteries, they add, are better suited to replace peaker plants in warmer areas than in colder climates, where winter peaks can last for longer than four hours.

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The American Petroleum Institute, a lobbying group that represents natural-gas producers, applauds batteries but believes they should compete on a level playing field. Storage projects, when paired with renewable energy, currently qualify for a 30% federal investment tax credit, which was left intact in the recent tax overhaul.

“It appears that battery technology is now ready to compete in the market. This means the financial support provided by governments intended to encourage the development and deployment of the technology can be eliminated,” an Institute spokesman said.

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The Gooferment should not have special tax breaks for their “favorite” Crony Capitalists.

In this case, let solar power stand or fall on its own merits.

Look at the computer marketplace, the “invisible hand” of the truly free market will deliver benefits to everyone without help from the politicians and bureaucrats taking a cut.

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GUNS: An “interesting definition” of “school shootings”

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/02/14/fact-check-pro-gun-control-liberals-spread-misleading-claim-18-school-shootings-far-2018/

Fact Check: Pro-Gun Control Liberals Spread Misleading Claim of 18 School Shootings so Far in 2018
by AWR HAWKINS 14 Feb 2018

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In the wake of the heinous attack on Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, pro-gun control liberals spread the misleading claim that there have already been 18 school shootings in 2018.

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For example, in Everytown for Gun Safety’s breakdown of the alleged shootings, it is evident that eight of the 18 incidents did not result in any injuries or fatalities. Of the remaining 10 alleged shootings, Everytown lists two as an “attempted or completed suicide, with no intent to injure other person.” One of the suicides occurred in the bathroom of an Arizona school and the second in the parking lot of a Michigan school. No one else was injured in either incident.

Of the remaining eight incidents, Everytown lists one as a “gun fired unintentionally.” Of the remaining seven, where a gun was fired to harm others, at least one of the incidents was a single shot fired following an early morning fight at Wake Forest University. One shooting happened outside a Louisiana high school resulting in a 14-year-old receiving an “superficial” wound, and another resulted in a 15-year-old girl being wounded by a 16-year-old boy.

When suicides, accidental discharges, purposeful shootings without injuries, and purposeful shootings with only “superficial” wounds are counted as school shootings on par with the attack on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School or Columbine, then we have reached a point when the phrase “school shootings” can connote anything.

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How can we have an honest discussion when “interesting definitions” are used?

It’s really counter-productive and does nothing to advance our understanding.

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POLITICAL: Can we even enumerate and list all the possible things of note?

https://nypost.com/2018/02/10/peeling-back-the-layers-of-hillary-clintons-deceit/

OPINION
Peeling back the layers of Hillary Clinton’s deceit
By Michael Goodwin
February 10, 2018 | 10:20pm

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For law enforcement, Congress and even journalists, exposing misdeeds is like peeling an onion. Each layer you remove gets you closer to the truth.

So it is with the scandalous behavior of the FBI during its probe into whether President Trump’s campaign conspired with Russia in 2016. One layer at a time, we’re learning how flawed and dirty that probe was.

A top layer involves the texts between FBI lawyer Lisa Page and her married lover, Peter Strzok, the lead agent on the Hillary Clinton e-mail probe. They casually mention an “insurance policy” in the event Trump won the election and a plan for Strzok to go easy on Clinton because she probably would be their next boss.

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Thus, the Democratic nominee paid for and created allegations against her Republican opponent, gave them to law enforcement, then tipped friendly media to the investigation. And it is almost certain FBI agents supporting Clinton were among the anonymous sources.

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Sad to say, the “truth” will come out in dribs and drabs.

Far beyond the average voter to track.

It would be useful if the “Big Media” was honest enough to even pretend to care.

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TECHNOLOGY: Web 3.0 — the dWeb — will transform the inet again?

https://medium.com/@matteozago/why-the-web-3-0-matters-and-you-should-know-about-it-a5851d63c949

Matteo Gianpietro Zago
Guinness World Record by creating the Most commented Item in the Web 2.0 history. Founder @ Essentia.one.
Jan 30
Why the Web 3.0 Matters and you should know about it

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How will it work?

Like any emerging technology is still being refined. For access to the decentralized web, people will only need a seed. This will be a single asset which enables the interaction with dApps and other services. Individuals will still use a web browser to access the internet, and visually it will be Web 2.0 user-friendly.

On the surface, the learning curve from 2.0 to 3.0 will be gentle. But behind the scenes, the framework connecting users with digital services are markedly different. Transactions are signed and verified manually, to prevent platforms from siphoning away personal information without due cause. Web users will opt in rather than trying — and often failing — to opt out.

  • Instead of Google Drive or Dropbox, we have services like Storj, Siacoin, Filecoin or IPFS technology to distribute and store files.
  • Instead of Skype we have platforms like Experty.io.
  • Instead of WhatsApp and Wechat we have Status
  • Instead of operating systems such as iOS and Android, frameworks such as Essentia.one and EOS provide a gateway to the new web.
  • Akasha or Steemit will play the role of Facebook, the Brave browser will serve as Chrome and Ethlance can take over from Upwork.

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SECURITY: A password manager is essential today

https://www.lifewire.com/password-managers-4151868

Password Managers You Need
Online security can be stress-free with a password manager in your corner
by Tom Nelson
Updated October 02, 2017

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A password manager is an application that can generate, store securely, retrieve, and manage passwords and other login credentials. And it may well end up being the best friend you have when it comes to keeping your privacy safe while browsing the web and accessing your favorite online services.

Password managers let you collect and store all of your passwords and login information for various accounts in one easy-to-access app that can log you in to any service you have subscribed to with just a couple of clicks or taps.

The ease of access to your passwords usually puts an end to two of the most common security problems involving online services: using the same password for multiple sites, and using easy to remember, and thus easy to guess, login credentials.

It’s important to use different passwords for each and every site/service you use because if one of the sites or services you use is hacked and the hackers gain access to your name and password, they will start trying your name and password combination on lots of sites (think banks and social media sites). By having completely different passwords for each site/service leaves you far less vulnerable.

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I am a lastpass fanboy.

https://lastpass.com/f?408336

Just this week, I had to help two people with “password problems”.

Both were with IOS, which makes me suspect that IOS screwed something up?

In any event, one was with Yahoo mail. Of course, the noob had never set anything up with “disaster recovery” in mind.

(And, the Sprint tech, who swap her phone out on an upgrade, never backed up any of her “stuff”. She was in tears until I suggested that she request photos from her friends with whom she probably shared them with. That got her back a lot but no one knows if it was all. I set up Google Photos to archive all of them and turned on her iCloud back up. Argh!)

Any way, I was able to get her phone to register with Yahoo as a recovery alternative. And, then recover her original password. Eventually, Yahoo “timed out” and “excessive recoveried” her. But it was good enough to get her mail flowing again.

I set up her LastPass and it began automatically capturing passwords for her.

But why does everything have to be done AFTER a disaster?

Argh!

Do these technology companies not realize that it has to be brain dead simple and that the average User has no concept of what is going on?

Argh!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Penalized for demanding a “speedy trial”?

https://www.cato.org/blog/trial-penalty

FEBRUARY 9, 2018 9:51AM
The Trial Penalty
By CLARK NEILY

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Have you ever heard of the “Trial Penalty”? It is among the most important features of America’s criminal justice system, and yet there is no reference to it in the Constitution, it is not taught in high school civics classes or even law schools, and most lawyers have never heard of it. Nevertheless, the Trial Penalty is the grease that keeps the massive engine of American criminal justice humming along at peak efficiency.

So what is it? Simply put, the Trial Penalty is the array of penalties, paybacks, and repercussions that are inflicted upon criminal defendants who presume to insist upon exercising their Sixth Amendment right to a jury trial—or what Cato Research Fellow Trevor Burrus calls “bespoke justice.”

With more than 10 million arrests last year and the world’s highest incarceration rate, America’s criminal justice system simply cannot afford to provide each and every defendant with an expensive and time-consuming jury trial. Nor do we: These days, about 95 percent of criminal convictions are obtained through plea bargains rather than jury trials. In the federal system, the numbers are even higher—more than 97 percent of convictions come from plea bargains.

Think about that for a moment. The citizen jury is the cornerstone of American criminal justice. It is a historic and hallowed institution. Why would so few people choose to invoke such a precious and fundamental right as the opportunity to challenge the government’s case in court and force the prosecutors to convince a unanimous jury (in most jurisdictions) of guilt beyond a reasonable doubt?

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Up in NH, I took part in a jury outreach that had two aims:

  • get every  defendant to demand a jury trial — when the system was maxed out, the judge was forced to dismiss. The “serious crimes” would push the Marijuana “crimes” down the list and some, if not all, were pushed off and dismissed.
  • get every juror to be aware that they could judge the law and the circumstances and vote “not guilty”. Regardless of what the judge said. “Keep quiet and vote to acquit.” Ever heard of Zenger and the reason we have “freedom of the press”? 

Made me feel like I made a contribution to justice.

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GOLD: How can we ever get the debt and continual deficits under control?

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-02-08/strong-dollarweak-dollarwhat-about-gold-backed-dollar

“Strong Dollar”…”Weak Dollar”…What About A Gold-Backed Dollar?
by Tyler Durden
Fri, 02/09/2018 – 05:00

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Contradictory Palaver

The recent hullabaloo among President Trump’s top monetary officials about the Administration’s “dollar policy” is just the start of what will likely be the first of many contradictory pronouncements and reversals which will take place in the coming months and years as the world’s reserve currency continues to be compromised.  So far, the Greenback has had its worst start since 1987, the year of a major stock market reset.

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How can we ever get the debt and continual deficits under control as long as the Gooferment has an unlimited checkbook?

Argh!

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SECESSION: ​Time to spinoff “states”?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/think-california-politics-is-on-the-far-left-fringe-just-wait-for-the-next-elections/2018/02/04/80e679c2-05e5-11e8-8777-2a059f168dd2_story.html?utm_term=.3fdd8b834ee2

Think California politics is on the far-left fringe? Just wait for the next elections. – The Washington Post

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​Time to spinoff “states”? My personal “bye bye” list (in alpha order): AK, CA, HI, MA, MD, ND, NH, NY/NJ, SC, TX, and VT. Goes without saying that​ PR and all the other “possessions” should be set free.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Nazi-like tattoos and the mark of the Devil!

https://www.howtogeek.com/trivia/in-the-1930s-there-was-a-craze-to-get-which-of-these-things-tattooed-on-your-body/

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In The 1930s, There Was A Craze To Get Which Of These Things Tattooed On Your Body?

  • Franklin Roosevelt’s Face
  • Social Security Number
  • Tube TVs
  • Airships

Answer: Social Security Number

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Because the program was so new (and favored so strongly by the public), there was a certain excitement surrounding the launch of Social Security. People were instructed to keep their cards safe, but they also needed to keep the number handy at the same time. While some people simply memorized the number, there was a fad of sorts where individuals rushed out to get the number tattooed on their bodies. Some simply had the number itself—as seen here on the arm of Memphis-area engineer Jeon Reese Roofener—while others had the number embedded in a flag, Social Security Administration logo, or other embellishment. Even for those that wished to avoid getting a tattoo, there was a market for Social Security number related products. To this day, you’ll occasionally find signet rings and other jewelry in antique stores with Social Security numbers openly displayed on them.

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In all the horrors of the Nazi extermination camps, one that stands out was the tattooing of tracking numbers on the poor victims.

Here we have an example of the same thing, except people are doing it voluntarily!

Craziness.

When you realize that current day “identity theft” would not be possible without the “social security number”, you’ll understand how “We, The Sheeple” was fooled.

Hard to believe that it was “(and favored so strongly by the public)”. Guess they didn’t see the Ponzi-like scheme behind the curtain. Like the bull fighter’s sword behind the cape, the politicians and bureaucrats really stuck it to us. Intergenerational theft!

So how do we unwind it?

Demand the politicians and bureaucrats give us back our identites. Maybe the new blockchain technology can do that for us?

Argh!

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INOVATION: “Cat music”?

https://www.futilitycloset.com/2018/02/04/cat-music/

CAT MUSIC

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Accordingly they got musician David Teie to compose three songs that ought to appeal to felines and tried them out on 47 domestic cats, comparing their reactions to Bach’s “Air on a G String” and Fauré’s “Elegie.” The cat music was pitched about an octave higher than human voices, and its tempos replicated purring and suckling rather than a human heartbeat.

The cats showed no interest in the music intended for humans, but they showed a “significant preference for and interest in” Teie’s cat-targeted songs, approaching the speakers and often rubbing their scent glands on them. Also, for some reason young and old cats seemed to like the cat music better than middle-aged ones.

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Wonder if there is a “bird music”?

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POLITICAL: Time to shutdown the IRS and the FBI

FROM FACEBOOK

Jerry Breen
5 hrs · 

Here’s another cartoon on the “explosive” Nunes memo. It was supposed to “blow up” the Russia investigation. Instead, it exposed the fact that Trump’s campaign recruited someone identified as a Russian spy 3 years earlier to be a foreign policy advisor! Good move, Republicans! Keep it up!

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I think you are misreading the impact of the memo. Senior FBI officials were not the impartial agents of goodness that Elliot Ness and Effram Zimbilist Jr portrayed them to be. In fact, even by the “loose” standards of FISA, senior FBI officials misled the Court to issue warrants on an incomplete basis. Possible perjurious. Like when the BHO44 used the IRS against his political opponents, here’s EVIDENCE that the same thing happened at the FBI. Both imho are equally unacceptable. Hence the IRS and FBI must be shutdown to prevent it from happening again.

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RANT: Wikipedia goes the way of Snopes

http://www.breitbart.com/tech/2018/02/01/five-of-the-best-examples-of-left-wing-bias-on-wikipedia-in-2017/

Five of the Best Examples of Left-wing Bias on Wikipedia in 2017
by T.D. ADLER 1 Feb 2018

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Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales believes the Wikipedia model can help salvage journalistic integrity, but in the year since Donald Trump took office as President of the United States, the online encyclopedia has instead proven unable to even restrain its own biased editing community.

A look back on five of the biggest cases of political bias that gripped the site in 2017 should discourage anyone from looking to Wikipedia as a source for reliable and neutral information on the political topics of the day.

1. Instructor at Berkeley sending students on anti-Trump editing spree

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​Sadly, I like the concept of Wikipedia. But like Snopes, the hard left tilt has destroyed it’s value for me.

I made some donations to Wikipedia in the past but no more. 

So sad, to see a great idea, aka like the internet version of Library of Alexandria, go astray.

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INTERESTING: Perhaps the “free market” genie is out of the bottle

2018-Feb-06

https://www.wikitribune.com/story/2018/02/01/current_affairs/mass-graves-uncovered-in-myanmar-russia-says-no-cause-for-action-against-iran/45751/

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In 2008, after succeeding his brother Fidel as Cuba’s president, Raul Castro allowed more small scale capitalist ventures to flow into the communist nation. Hotels sprang up, along with nightclubs and restaurants. However, as Castro looks to leave office, he has started to reign in the trend. In August the government announced it was putting a halt on some new businesses.

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Maybe DJT45 will allow free and unrestricted trade with Cuba.

Or even just turn a blind eye to it. Wasn’t it Western music aka the Beetles and blue jeans that brought down the USSR?

If that works on Cuba, then why can’t “we” try it with North Korea?

Dona Nobis Pacem

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RANT: Perhaps “the hoodie” took a dive?

https://www.bostonglobe.com/sports/patriots/2018/02/05/bill-belichick-owes-patriot-nation-explanation/6AWmsaZ4MWVpXbIhToaNMM/story.html

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​Trouble in PAT’s land?

I wonder if Bill threw the game in a fit of pique about having to trade Garofalo?​

The PAT’s O and D coords may be moving on. Perhaps “the hoodie” is too?

I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in San Fran!

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SURVIVAL: How are you set for earthquake preparedness?

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-31/californias-other-drought-major-earthquake-overdue

California’s ‘Other’ Drought: A Major Earthquake Is Overdue
by Tyler Durden
Wed, 01/31/2018 – 21:55
Authored by Richard Aster via TheConversation.com

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California earthquakes are a geologic inevitability. The state straddles the North American and Pacific tectonic plates and is crisscrossed by the San Andreas and other active fault systems. The magnitude 7.9 earthquake that struck off Alaska’s Kodiak Island on Jan. 23, 2018 was just the latest reminder of major seismic activity along the Pacific Rim.

Tragic quakes that occurred in 2017 near the Iran-Iraq border and in central Mexico, with magnitudes of 7.3 and 7.1, respectively, are well within the range of earthquake sizes that have a high likelihood of occurring in highly populated parts of California during the next few decades.

The earthquake situation in California is actually more dire than people who aren’t seismologists like myself may realize.Although many Californians can recount experiencing an earthquake, most have never personally experienced a strong one. For major events, with magnitudes of 7 or greater, California is actually in an earthquake drought. Multiple segments of the expansive San Andreas Fault system are now sufficiently stressed to produce large and damaging events.

The good news is that earthquake readiness is part of the state’s culture, and earthquake science is advancing – including much improved simulations of large quake effects and development of an early warning system for the Pacific coast.

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Clearly, if you’re in Pepuls Republik of Kaliforkneeah, then you better have you’re act together — BIG TIME!

But, what is to say that it’s just California? When the stuff hits the fan, what makes us think that it would have widespread physical, economic, and financial effects.

Think about the impact physically. Trivially, I guess there will be a huge increase in the price of avocados. Seriously, the death toll will be enormous; the injuries will be numerous. 

The US, and the world, economy will be disrupted. It’s unimaginable.

Financially, it’s going to be disastrous. The stock market will crash. And, the supply lines will be stretched and drained. Think about the hurricanes and their impact.

Best, that EVERYONE start preparing.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Gooferment Skrules not only poison the mind; the food is tainted

https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/NYC-School-Cafeterias-Cited-Violations-Health-Department-Pests-Mice-Roaches-Flies-471957173.html

Roaches, Flies and Mice: Nearly Half of NYC Public School Cafeterias Cited for Critical Violations, Report Finds
Of the 1,150 critical violations found at nearly 700 cafeterias, about half of those inspected by health officials in 2017, most indicated evidence of mice, rats, roaches, flies and other insects in areas where food is prepared and eaten
Published at 2:06 PM EST on Jan 31, 2018 | Updated 6 hours ago

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Nearly half of all New York City school cafeterias inspected last year were cited for at least one critical violation for issues that could lead to foodborne illnesses, according to a recently released report.

Of the 1,150 critical violations found at nearly 700 cafeterias, about half of those inspected by health officials in 2017, most indicated evidence of mice, rats, roaches, flies and other insects in areas where food is prepared and eaten, according to the investigation by NYCity News Service, a CUNY University student-powered news service that provides special reports and feeds stories to news organizations.

NYCity News Service based its reporting on data obtained by the Department of Health under the Freedom of Information Act. 

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It’s a disgusting report. I feel for the children imprisioned there. How would you describe it? There’s no excuse for this but there is an explanation. Politicians and bureaucrats don’t care. Have them eat there and let’s see what happens?

Argh!

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