RANT: Repeal REALID and reduce Gooferment powers; the politicians and bureaucrats abuse them!

https://jeffjacoby.com/26644/real-id-was-a-real-mistake-and-congress-should

Real ID was a real mistake and Congress should scrap it at last
by Jeff Jacoby
The Boston Globe
December 28, 2022

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“If fully implemented, the law would facilitate the tracking of data on individuals and bring government into the very center of every citizen’s life,” warns the American Civil Liberties Union. Real ID would make Americans’ personal information available to a vast network of federal, state, and local officials — an irresistible lure to overreaching government snoops, to say nothing of a mother lode for identity thieves. Even worse, the requirement that all driver’s licenses and ID cards have an unencrypted barcode puts that personal information within the grasp of anyone with an electronic scanner.

In authoritarian countries, it is taken for granted that citizens must always have their identification forms with them and that governments have a presumptive right to demand information about any individual at any time. That is not the American way. Here, the presumption is that the national government does not have an automatic claim to personal information and may not track individuals at will without probable cause to suspect wrongdoing.

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“Where are your papers!” 

Every Nazi-involved movie always had this trope in it.  And, it should be a warning of the slippery slope.

Americans don’t need Gooferment “papers” to exist.

And, after we have seen how respectful the Deep State is to the First Amendment, why would we give them anything that could be misused.

#repealrealid #endthefed #endthefbi #endthecia

And on … and on … and on!

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

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POLITICAL: “Constitiutional Issue” hide that the Constitution is a joke; the Taxpayers are the butt of the joke

https://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/3789863-free-and-fair-voting-or-rigging-elections-supreme-court-will-decide/

Free and fair voting — or ‘rigging’ elections? Supreme Court will decide
by Michael J. Dell, opinion contributor – 12/27/22 4:30 PM ET

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If there is one lesson all of us (including the Supreme Court) should have learned over the last few years, and particularly on Jan. 6, 2021, it is that we cannot be complacent about our democracy. The Supreme Court made an enormous mistake in Rucho when it said it would not prevent blatant partisan gerrymandering — a practice retired Justice Anthony Kennedy aptly noted has been described as “rigging elections.” The court should take this opportunity to reverse Rucho. The court has no task or responsibility that is more important than protecting our democracy and the fundamental right of all Americans to participate equally.

Michael J. Dell is a New York lawyer who litigates and writes about constitutional issues.

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I keep getting annoyed by the word “democracy”.  The USA is no a “democracy”.  In fact, “democracy” means mob rule.

Is “blatant partisan gerrymandering” any different than all the recent Election Day frauds which appeared in the last few elections?  And, how about the Deep State (i.e., CIA, FBI, DOJ, DHS) violating the First Amendment to swing the election?

So let’s stop kidding ourselves about what type of environment we suffer under.

It’s imho a tyrannical oligarchy in which different “gangs” have a kabuki dance to decide who gets to screw the Taxpayer.

Maybe I’ve become a real “get off my lawn” senior citizen, but I don’t see anything changing anytime soon.  When the “suckers” stop the “parasites” from feeding off them, then maybe we will have a “revolution”.  Til then, don’t make me laugh or annoy me with these pretend “Constitutional issue”.  

The Constitution died when Washington put down the whisky rebellion, or when Lincoln fought the War of Northern Aggression, or when the “peace candidate” Wilson put us in the WW1, or when FDR confiscated gold as money, or… or … or … … …

“Inasmuch as the Constitution was never signed, nor agreed to, by anybody, as a contract, and therefore never bound anybody, and is now binding upon nobody; and is, moreover, such an one as no people can ever hereafter be expected to consent to, except as they may be forced to do so at the point of the bayonet, it is perhaps of no importance what its true legal meaning, as a contract, is. Nevertheless, the writer thinks it proper to say that, in his opinion, the Constitution is no such instrument as it has generally been assumed to be; but that by false interpretations, and naked usurpations, the government has been made in practice a very widely, and almost wholly, different thing from what the Constitution itself purports to authorize. He has heretofore written much, and could write much more, to prove that such is the truth. But whether the Constitution really be one thing, or another, this much is certain – that it has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it. In either case, it is unfit to exist.” Lysander Spooner (1808-1887), No Treason (1870) http://praxeology.net/LS-NT-6.htm#no.6 

So let’s get real!

End the FED and downsize the Federal Gooferment.  And, let each State make its own heaven or hell for its population.

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SURVIVAL: People have to take responsibility for their own safety

https://nypost.com/2022/12/27/we-need-answers-to-why-so-many-died-in-the-buffalo-storm/

Opinion editorial
We need answers to why so many died in the Buffalo storm
By Post Editorial Board 
December 27, 2022 7:49pm

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The death toll from the blizzard in Buffalo keeps rising and is now at least 33 — begging the question of how a city known for its fierce winters couldn’t protect its residents.

Part of the issue is that exact fact: Buffalo natives are accustomed to the weather. Far too many took to the roads even after being warned, likely thinking it was just another winter storm.

As Erie County Sheriff John Garcia said Tuesday, “when we heard terms such as bomb cyclone, this is something that we’re used to in Western New York.”

“But,” he added, “I’ve never seen anything like this before.”

It’s obvious that officials, from Gov. Hochul down, should have been more forceful with their warnings. While businesses were urged to close, a travel ban wasn’t announced until shortly before 9 a.m. Friday, a mere 41 minutes before it took effect and as the storm was beginning to bear down on the region.

And though more equipment was called up, zero visibility meant it was difficult for responders to reach people trapped in their cars, leaving some to die.

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Anyone, who expects the Gooferment to save them from their own mistakes, will soon find out that they are often on their own.

The blizzard is a known hazard in Buffalo.  So when one is predicted, it would seem obvious that one prepares and takes shelter at home or where ever necessary.  

If you have to drive, and that list of reasons should be extremely short  — medical emergency is the only thing I can imagine, then you should have a “winter survival” kit in the car’s back seat.  Sleeping bag, candles, water, and food are essential. 

Seems like some people feel immune to the cold cruel world that we live in.

Requiescat In Pacem

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CORRUPTION: Are Universities Doomed? Yes, along witht he American Dream and civilization

https://www.dailysignal.com/2022/12/26/are-universities-doomed/?utm_source=TDS_Email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=MorningBell&mkt_tok=ODI0LU1IVC0zMDQAAAGI92Jkvz8ic-hh88D-TTp2iJNfWv_tBJW9595fsbms6uXueK257divxPJ31T-JtYw3zeXjpx1gh6L-oMMAxKkNSAO1HON–VaQU_HGWji7iJmMJBCi

Education
Commentary
Are Universities Doomed?
Victor Davis Hanson / @VDHanson / December 26, 2022 

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Since 2020, the old proportional-representation admissions quotas have expanded into weird “reparatory” admissions. Purported “marginalized populations” have often been admitted at levels greater than percentages in the general population.

Consequently, “problematic” standardized tests are damned as biased and antithetical to “diversity.”

To accommodate radical diversity reengineering, the only demographic deemed expendable are white males. Their plunging numbers on campus, especially from the working class, are now much less than their percentages in the general population—regardless of grades or test scores.

At Yale, the class of 2026 is listed as 50% white and 55% female. Fourteen percent were admitted as “legacies.” In sum, qualified but poor white males without privilege or connections seem mostly excluded.

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Unless you want to be a doctor, lawyer, or engineer, I don’t see ANY value in the oddball degrees being offered today.  History and English have been perverted and are hence useless.  At least in the old days, you’d learn how to write effective literate essays.

So to society, is also on a downward spiral into crass crude disguting cultural rot.

I won’t be around to see the crash at the bottom, but it’s going to be nasty brutish for all left behind,

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CRYPTO: How. pump and dump works

https://www.swanbitcoin.com/bitcoin-vs-altcoins/?_kx=IWOpEJ3MdJD5dZLIsudeBZ-NlMo_qMksrwV7e5nO7_M%3D.KzLKES

Coinbase and the Insider Exchange Dump
Bitcoin is very different from all other cryptocurrencies. In fact, it shouldn’t even be considered the same asset class.
Sam Callahan
May 18, 2022

Crypto

# – # – # – # – # 

ALTCOINS = <synonym for excrement> COINS!

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GUNS: Gun-free zones are just magical thinking

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2022/12/5_freedombased_solutions_to_mass_shootings.html

5 Freedom-Based Solutions to Mass Shootings
By D. Parker

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1. Get rid of gun-free zones.

Gun control and gun-free zones are based on the absurd idea from the left that if no one has a gun, no one needs a gun.  Except that when these inevitably fail because criminals don’t obey the law, the excuse is offered that this happened because guns came in from the surrounding areas.

Innocent people are thus being deprived of their commonsense civil rights under a false pretense: that you will be safe and won’t need a gun because no one else will have one.  

The problem is that the gun-grabbing ghouls contradict themselves with this “logic” because there will always be a surrounding area that can be a source for firearms.  (They can’t seem to explain this with island nations like Australia, New Zealand, or the U.K. — are dolphins smuggling AR-15s?)  Thus, the only solution is to simply stop depriving people of their rights and let them deter crime themselves.

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Any politicians and bureaucrats proposing such stupidity are guilty of “magical thinking”!

“We, The Sheeple” need to hold them accountable.

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INSPIRATIONAL: IS the Star of Bethlehem a sign?

https://bigthink.com/13-8/star-of-bethlehem/

13.8 — December 21, 2022
What was the Star of Bethlehem?
Never stop looking at the skies in wonder.
Marcelo Gleiser

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On the nature of the astronomical phenomenon that took place (or not), there were three disparate reactions: Complete agreement with Molnar, qualified agreement, and radical disagreement. On the chronology of the events, most agreed that Jesus’s birth took place between 7-5 BCE. On the relation between astronomy and astrology, there was mostly disagreement on the intentions and the interpretations of astrologers from different regions in the Middle East. One major difficulty was to justify the visit of only three men, given the alleged power of the celestial portent. Why not a multitude of the devout? As for the “why,” Matthew was the one evangelist who considered celestial portents seriously, using them plentifully in his narrative.

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It seems that the Biblical story is just that, a story.

The “stories” of all the various religions seem to be the “fake news” of ill-remembered past events.

When you try to recount relatively recent events without written records, it’s impossible to make sense or even sort “fact” from the fiction of “false memories”.

In short, everything is suspect the further back you go in time.

Nice “stories”, but not “historical certainty”.

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INTERESTING: Where does it all begin?

https://bigthink.com/starts-with-a-bang/4-meanings-nothing/

Starts With A Bang — December 22, 2022
The 4 fundamental meanings of “nothing” in science

  • All the things that surround and compose us didn’t always exist. But describing their origin depends on what ‘nothing’ means.
  • Most of us, when we talk about nothing, refer to a state where the thing we’re referring to doesn’t yet exist.
  • But absolute nothingness, where space, time, and/or the laws of physics don’t exist, is only a philosophical construct, without physical meaning. Does the Universe truly create something from nothing?
  • That depends on what your definition of nothing is, and which of the four definitions you’re using. 

Ethan Siegel

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In the context of physics, this creates a problem: we cannot make any sense of this sort of nothingness. We’d be compelled to assume that there is such a thing as a state that can exist outside of space and time, and that spacetime itself, as well as the rules that govern all of the physical entities we know of, can then emerge from this hypothesized, idealized state.

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Here’s a head scratcher.  If it doesn’t give you pause, then I guess I am just going down the rabbit hole.

Four different definitions of “nothingness” are puzzling.

At best, we’ll never know “the answer”.

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RANT: Festivus for the rest of us

https://www.tampabay.com/life-culture/2022/12/13/festivus-2022-when-date-meme-gif-airing-of-grievances/?utm_source=fark&utm_medium=website&utm_content=link&ICID=ref_fark

Festivus: Share your complaints and grievances for 2022
It’s your chance to gripe and get it published in the Tampa Bay Times.
By Christopher Spata Times staff
Published Earlier today | Updated 4 hours ago

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Festivus 2022 is coming. The “fictional” holiday that entered culture 25 years ago via a classic “Seinfeld” episode returns Dec. 23, meaning it’s time for the Seventh Annual Tampa Bay Times Airing of Grievances.

It’s your chance to gripe and complain from anywhere in the world about ways you’ve been annoyed this year. Your most petty peeves about loved ones, businesses, sports teams, your boss, your pets — whatever — will be published in the Tampa Bay Times. Examples of past year’s funniest reader complaints are here, here and here. Submit yours through this form by Dec. 19.

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If you’re not familiar with Festivus, Frank Costanza (the brilliant, late Jerry Stiller) hilariously explains the anti-consumerism holiday that people still celebrate in real life in Season 9, Episode 10, The Strike, available on on Netflix. It involves an unadorned metal pole instead of a tree (tinsel is “distracting”), feats of strength and the airing of grievances. Festivusweb.com has more info.

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My grievance is the FED (The Federal Reserve Bank is a misnomer. IT ain’t “federal”. It reserves nothing. And, it ain’t a “bank”. It is a private cartel of the elite banks run for their benefit and that of the entrenched politicians.) and its debasement of the US dollar.  Leaving the Gold Standard allowed the Gooferment to spend wildly.

Argh!

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BITCOIN: Try and wrap your head around this paradigm shift

https://bitcoinmagazine.com/print/stage-is-set-for-bitcoin-to-replace-fiat?utm_source=Bitcoin+Magazine&utm_campaign=31a110c8e6-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2022_12_16_08_04&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_f7d45fbb67-31a110c8e6-357073741&mc_cid=31a110c8e6&mc_eid=386b7b0895

The Stage Is Now Set: Bitcoin Will Replace Fiat

  • Bitcoin represents an unprecedented paradigm shift, and while the world may not be ready to replace fiat, that change is inevitable.

Beautyon
Dec 15, 2022

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Bitcoin, which will transform the way you transfer money, needs to be understood on its own terms, and not just as an online form of money. Thinking about bitcoin as money is as absurd as thinking about email as another form of sending letters by post; one not only replaces the other but it profoundly changes the way people send and consume messages. It is not a simple substitution or one-dimensional improvement of an existing idea or service.

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This is your last chance. After this, there is no turning back. You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes. — Morpheus in the Matrix (1999)

In this case, it’s the “orange pill”.

I wrote about how “job search” changed in the 80’s from the “gold watch” to “everyone is an entrepreneur”.  I used to say there was no K-Mart Blue Light announcing that there was a “special” in Aisle 7.  There was now announcement that the rules of employment had changed.  But they had and those that failed to adapt were left flopping on the beach like soon to be dead fish when the tide went out.

This “orange pill” tell a similar tale.  The Financial “rules of the game” are changing silently

GUNS: It seems when you go out into the “wild” that you can no longer assume that you are the predator; you might be the prey

https://www.cnet.com/science/biology/a-coyote-unexpectedly-killed-a-human-in-2009-scientists-now-know-why/#ftag=CAD590a51e

Science, Biology
A Coyote Unexpectedly Killed a Human in 2009. Scientists Now Know Why

  • It’s likely due to an unexpected dietary adaptation.

Monisha Ravisetti
Dec. 12, 2022 3:27 p.m. PT

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In 2009, 19-year-old folk singer Taylor Mitchell was attacked by a pack of coyotes while on a hike at the Cape Breton Highlands National Park in Canada. She was just about to start the popular Skyline Trail when climbers in the area saw the animals close-in, unprovoked. 

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“These coyotes are doing what coyotes do, which is, when their first or second choice of prey isn’t available, they’re going to explore and experiment and change their search range,” Gehrt said. “They’re adaptable, and that is the key to their success.” 

From those movement devices, the team tested to see whether coyotes in the park were just familiar with people. However, patterns showed that the animals largely avoided areas of the park frequented by people. Instead, they preferred walking around at night.

“The lines of evidence suggest that this was a resource-poor area with really extreme environments that forced these very adaptable animals to expand their behavior,” Gehrt said. Or as the paper puts it, “our results suggest extreme unprovoked predatory attacks by coyotes on people are likely to be quite rare and associated with unique ecological characteristics.”

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Hard to imagine that a pack of coyotes could take down a human, IF (BIG IF) that human was armed.

While I’d be most afraid of running into a bear, I’d like to be prepared.  I’d be most comfortable with my COLT 1911 45.  I think that would discourage most predators — permanently.  

With nine in a magazine, and at close range — say 10 feet — I’m pretty (overconfident) that I could his the target.  Especially if it was moving towards me.  I’d also assume that the predator would not like the loud noise, flash, and smoke.

I figure that I could deal with any “no hunting” objections as long as I was still alive to dispute them.

Seriously, why would you be so naïve as to think you don’t need protection.  Back in the 70’s, in Nevada, away form the cities, I saw most folks packing some sort of firearm,  At a gas station, I ask one attendant why he was pack in at the gas pump.  I expected “crime” as the answer; “rattlesnakes” was the reply.  “They ain’t afraid of humans; horses yes, humans no”.  I filed that away in my memory banks and correctly answered the question in USAF survival school: “What animal is most dangerous to a human alone in a survival situation?”  Not bad for a city boy and I shot expert too; guess I had watched too many westerns.

YMMV but preparation beats regrets.

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POLITICAL: Kari Lake submits evidence that the election was stolen

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2022/12/showdown_in_arizona_will_kari_lake_prevail_in_her_election_lawsuit.html

Showdown in Arizona: Will Kari Lake Prevail in Her Election Lawsuit?
5:48 

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When the win forecast in pre-election polling for Arizona Republican gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake did not materialize on Election Day, the tabulator and printer issues in Maricopa County were widely believed to be the culprit.  These widespread issues in Maricopa County were expected to form much of the basis of the Lake campaign’s anticipated challenge to the election, though what additional claims form the basis of the suit was anyone’s guess.  The suspense ended on December 9, 2022, when Lake filed her formal election contest in Maricopa County Superior Court.  The issues raised with the 2022 Arizona elections are far more extensive, and troublesome, than the tabulator/printer issues alone.

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Sorry, but I don’t believe any election has been “fair and honest” since LBJ.

What can a little L libertarian do? 

Campaign for a “national divorce” and smaller Gooferment.

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EVLYNN: About this time, some 52 years ago … …

… … a woman married me.  Once again, my life was changed.  I’d say for the better, but who knows.  At this point, I just feel sad and miss her so much. 

“I’ve lost her all over again. I’m so sad that I don’t have her. But I’m so grateful that she was with me on that island. And I know what I have to do now. I gotta keep breathing. Because tomorrow the sun will rise. Who knows what the tide could bring?” Chuck Noland (Tom Hanks) in “Cast Away” (2000)

“You can’t be afraid. It’s not right to be afraid. It’s as if you don’t trust the Lord with our lives. I’m not a big Bible Banger, but it seems rude to joggle God’s elbow. Like a little kid, who has no concept of what is happening.” — character “John” in CHURCH 10●19●62 Volume 2 Page 206

“My love, were it in my power, I would sadly grant thee this boon. But, we have to continue to follow His Plan for us. Let’s go forth and speak no more of this. Who ever is last will be last. It will be His choice; not ours. We’re but humble custodians of His temple on earth. It’s not our place to trump His plan. Whatever that plan be, know that I will be with you to my last breath.” — character “John” in CHURCH 10●19●62 Volume 2 Page 399

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RANT: Is anyone else tire of being made fools of?

https://www.americanthinker.com/articles/2022/12/maricopa_or_die.html

December 10, 2022
Maricopa or Die
By Jack Gleason

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These same top-of-ballot counts were also less than the total votes counted for all U.S. House races.  In the nine Arizona districts, 1,325,000 votes were counted for GOP House candidates, while 1,196,000; 1,271,000; and 1,254,00 were totaled for the Senate, governor, and secretary of state GOP candidates.  Again, the Democrat side showed the normal pattern: more top-of-ballot votes.

The idea that anyone is being fooled by Democrat assertions that our elections are “free and fair” is not believed by most of the American people.  Problems with the election in Arizona have Republicans furious, and a majority of nationwide voters agree that our “sacred right to vote” is at risk.

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Sad to say, but “elections” are just window dressing.It’s been exposed in numerous examples since LBJ in the 60’s thru to the recent election. 

Given that we are now ruled by “tyrants” what can be done  — shut up and ignore it; revolt; malicious compliance; or “national divorce”.I’m personally tired of being made a fool of. 

What about you?I’m open to suggestions.

Argh!

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TECHNOLOGY: Micropayments using bitcoin might solve the problem of revenue sharing

https://www.reddit.com/r/MaliciousCompliance/comments/zgytrl/left_murder_scene_because_my_manager_complained/

Left murder scene because my manager complained about overtime
r/MaliciousCompliance
•Posted by u/Longjumping_Bad9555
6 hours ago

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In a past work life I worked at a small newspaper where corporate insisted on paying me hourly, despite the job not being capable of being done in 40 hours.

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fishter_uk
4 hr. ago

This was several years ago, that newspaper no longer exists.

DreamOfTheEndlessSky
Avid Voter ·
4 hr. ago

Less funny when you consider how many newspapers have disappeared.

BigRiverHome
Monthly Top 5% Karma+2 ·
2 hr. ago

Funny what happens when you keep decreasing the value of your product.

I used to get the paper and I truly enjoyed reading it every morning. But, it kept getting smaller and smaller, and eventually it was bought out by Gannett, the people behind USA Today. That was pretty much it for me, it just became another version of the USA Today with a thin veneer of local news.

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# – # – # – # – #

I’m a retired IT guy. I personally have always been surprised that “newspapers” didn’t figure out and implement a micropayment system.

Imagine if you were asked for 0.0001 of something (i.e., a dollar; a bitcoin; a ruble; a yen) for an article. Not some number of dollars for a year, or month, or such.

When you get on internet scale, it’s not hard to imagine getting 50k readers each paying say a penny for an article. That translates to 500$ for that one article.

The current payment technology doesn’t pay to scale that price point.

But now, a paper could collect a fraction of a bitcoin from someone’s public key and encrypt the article so that only the person’s private key could decrypt it. At that level, it wouldn’t be worth pirating it or sharing you private key to deprive the sender of the revenue.

I think that would be the way to save the “local” paper with digital distribution of content.

FWIW YMMV

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VETERANS: The KIAs, MIAs, and POWs deserve a full and complete accounting

https://palexander.substack.com/p/never-leave-a-marine-behind-biden?utm_source=post-email-title&publication_id=579356&post_id=89632786&isFreemail=true&utm_medium=email

NEVER leave a marine behind; Biden administration JUST DID, left another, Whelan, behind for WNBA player Griner in a reckless prisoner swap for Viktor Bout, like 13 killed leaving Afghanistan; the left, Biden et al. show you just how they value US military who is scum to them, a WNBA player caught with cannabis oil is worth same as the Russian ‘merchant of death’ & more than a marine
Dr. Paul Alexander

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The left hates the military, uses it for convenience and simply to enrich themselves (and btw, so do republicans). Obama did same for that puke fraud BergDOG (Bergdahl), remember him, the one he traded for serious deadly middle eastern killers. Remember the deserter who was traded for the vicious five, I remind you with their high school picture day photos below. This is the left, do not forget. Remember these 5 innocent friendly neighborhood homies, flying kites and building sandcastles sending you butterfly kisses. They were not building bombs and not trying to kill as many Americans (and us) as they could. Obama thought they were priests, innocent priests. He equated one deserter who placed soldiers ta risk searching for his deserter arse to these five. Do you? Do you think the Bout-Griner trade was fair or equal or even should have happened? I say no, never and certainly if not inclusive of Whelan and maybe 10 others

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“Never leave a man behind.” Is a MYTH.

The USA Gooferment has left men and women behind whenever it was “necessary”.  WWII thru Afghanistan have copious examples.  Vietnam is still a festering sore thanks to John McCain covering up his prison record. 

I discourage anyone from enlisting because you can’t trust the US Gooferment and the Deep State that runs it to protect our troops.

And, BTW, I don’t know who is running the Biden White House, but it sure is not Biden.   Maybe “Doctor” Jill as the present day instantiation of Elinor Roosevelt.  Maybe BHO44 via Susan Rice.  But it sure is not Demented Joe.

We have to try and pressure the politicians and bureaucrats for a better full and complete accounting of the KIAs, MIAs, and POWs. 

Sorry I have no faith in the Gooferment; perhaps an enraged “We, The Sheeple” might be able to get their attention?

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INSPIRATIONAL: Amazing how the ecology adapts to change; it’s not all doom ‘n’ gloom

https://www.goodnewsnetwork.org/once-devastated-pacific-reefs-see-amazing-rebirth-recovering-with-shocking-speed/?utm_campaign=newsletters&utm_medium=weekly_mailout&utm_source=09-12-2022

Once Devastated Pacific Reefs See Amazing Rebirth, Recovering With ‘Shocking Speed’
By Andy Corbley – Dec 7, 2022

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“The corals that were resistant to the phenomenal 2015-16 El Niño provided the reefs’ resilience,” wrote Sala. “The Southern Line Islands lie in one of the hottest hot spots of warming in the Pacific Ocean, so the corals apparently have adapted to heat.”

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Remember when “everyone” was in “the sky is falling” mode about the reefs and oceans.

It’s like the Creator put in a a feedback loop called “adaption” into “his/her” “Creation”.

Guess that the Earth will survive for another bullion years regardless of what us puny humans do!

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: “REAL ID” is joke until they use it against “We, The Sheeple”

https://www.reddit.com/r/MaliciousCompliance/comments/zfe2qn/ok_ill_make_an_appointment_right_now/

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Mispelled-This
Monthly Top 5% Karma+2 ·
13 hr. ago

I got the series of threatening letters from my DMV about how I needed to renew early to get Real ID or I wouldn’t be able to fly, and that I’d need to make an appointment at the nearest office and bring a utility bill, social security card, and various other things to prove who I was.

Since I had a passport, I didn’t really need a Real ID, so I kept putting it off. And then my DL expired a few months after COVID hit. When I went online to make an appointment, it told me I could renew online instead—and the DL that arrived in the mail a week later was a Real ID one. No paperwork needed after all, which really inspires confidence in that system.

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I just shake my head.

Since I no longer need to fly, I can ignore all the nonsense.

I wish Gooferment would just go away.

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: End qualified immunity; end police abuse of citizens

https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2022/12/grandmother-sues-cop-who-wrongly-targeted-her-home-using-find-my-app/#p3

She’s still hurting —

  • Grandmother sues cop who wrongly targeted her home using “Find My” app
  • Denver Police Department vows to train officers on how “Find My” app works.

Ashley Belanger – 12/5/2022, 4:27 PM

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In January, Colorado police officers confined a 77-year-old grandmother named Ruby Johnson for hours in a squad car without even offering a glass of water during a time when she was due to take her daily medications—why?

Nobody told Johnson what was going on when she opened her front door to a SWAT team assembled on her lawn. Much later, she found out about a stolen truck—reportedly with six guns and an iPhone stashed inside—wrongly believed to be parked in her garage based on no evidence other than her home being located within a wide blue circle drawn by a “Find My” iPhone app. Now she’s suing a Denver cop for conducting what she believes was an illegal search of her home based on what her legal team describes as either an intentionally or recklessly defective application for a search warrant that was “wholly devoid of probable cause.” Because of the allegedly improper raid, the retired US Postal Service worker had to “endure an unreasonable search and seizure, unlawful police confinement, and severe physical and emotional distress.”

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End qualified immunity.

When the police are stupid, untrained, or just criminal, they need to be punished.

The Judge who signed the warrant should be impeached. Those involved in the warrant should be fired. All the police involved should be disciplined.

Until “we” “We, The Sheeple” get the police under control, there can be no freedom.

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GUNS: In Civil War 2.0, it appears that insurgents always win; war 5.0 will change the paradigm of war AGAIN

https://qr.ae/prp8Rx

Aditya Sharma
Moderator at the Munitions Annex2y

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If every US gun-owning civilians started rebelling against the government for some reason, how hard would it be for the US military to stop them?

With all due respect, good sir, I do suspect that you’ve framed this question incorrectly. Instead of saying:

“If every US gun-owning civilians started rebelling against the government for some reason, how hard would it be for the US military to stop them?

You should have asked this:

If every US gun-owning civilians started rebelling against the government for some reason, how long would the government last?

Why would I say this? After all, doesn’t just about every defense study from the post-war era rank the U.S. Military as one of the most powerful armed forces in the world? The answer to this question, you see, is really simple.

There are 100 million gun owners and at most 3 million members of the military and police[1][2][3].

Even if we round up the numbers of police and military to 5 million, it would still be quite a stretch to see them fighting a well-armed group that is nearly 20 times as large as they are. This is despite ignoring several facts that don’t look good for the military:

Supply chains largely dependent on civilians

If the reason for civil war is gun confiscation, it’s highly unlikely that the military, being mainly conservative, will support war against it’s own citizens[4]
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Continous failures throughout history to successfully defeat insurgencies. Let’s look at three examples to prove my point:

  • Vietnam: The US entered a poor, devastated, war-torn nation. Should have been an easy fight, right? Wrong. After all those years, they had to pack up and leave – and we all know the result
  • Iraq 2.0: They should have taken this one easily – flat terrain, overwhelming firepower, willing politicians, and poorly-trained and led opponents. Yet after 20 years, there has been no result.
  • Afghanistan: Same as the last two. A nation of illiterate goat-herders pushed back the world’s strongest fighting force. This was, of course, only a short while after they kicked out the Soviets.

None of these three examples looks good for the US. However, it gets worse. American gun owners are better equipped, educated, and funded than any of Afghanistan, Vietnam, or Iraq ever were. Not only are American gun owners well equipped, but they are well led too, with 18.2 million veterans – many of whom are likely experienced with asymmetric warfare from Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam[5]. They understand the doctrines and policies set in place to combat an insurgency – and how to work around said doctrines.

Ignoring all these drawbacks that the military faces, and negating any pragmatic and moral argument and simplifying this motion down to a question of numbers, the military still does not win. Under any circumstances. Sorry.

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All politicians and bureaucrats need to run out in front of the parade and pretend to be leading.  If the parade turns on them, then they are toast.

‘If a battle can’t be won, don’t fight it,’ cautioned Sun Tzu, the revered Chinese warrior from 544-496 BC ”The Art of War’

“Let us hope our weapons are never needed – but do not forget what the common people of this nation knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny.” – Edward Abbey

“…if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed; if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.”
— Churchill, The Second World War, vol. 1, The Gathering Storm (London: Cassell, 1948, 272, on the British guarantee to Poland in Spring 1939.)

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GOVEROTRAGEOUS: Do prostitution laws make vulnerable women easy targets?

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11513733/Iowa-cops-probing-claims-man-Americas-prolific-serial-killer-start-digging-well.html

Iowa cops probing woman’s claim her dead dad is America’s most prolific serial killer start digging under well and on mushroom trail at house she insists he dumped 70 women’s bodies

  • Officials from the FBI as well as state and local police swooped on the farmland
  • They are planning to bore a well and take dirt samples to test for human remains 
  • Lucy Studey McKiddy claims that her father Donald Dean Studey is a serial killer 
  • He is accused of killing 70 women over a three-decade period undetected 
  • Officials are now probing the allegations after he died in March 2013 
  • His daughter revealed that Studey liked to kill women by kicking in their heads

By Emma James For Dailymail.Com

Published: 16:42 EST, 7 December 2022 | Updated: 17:02 EST, 7 December 2022

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Police investigating allegations a farmer in Iowa murdered up to 70 women and dumped their bodies in a well are testing soil at the property in Iowa.

Lucy Studey McKiddy, 53, claims that her father, Donald Dean Studey, was a serial killer who forced her and her siblings to dump the bodies of women he killed into a 100ft well.

She said that Studey, who died in March 2013 aged 75, was ‘routinely drunk’ and liked to kill women by smashing or kicking in their heads inside a trailer.

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My first thought was didn’t someone in Iowa notice that 70 women disappeared.

My second thought was why didn’t Lucy Studey McKiddy come forward sooner — 2013 might have been a good time if she was afraid of the 75 year old man.  Sometime between now and the last 40! Years would have been better.

Of course, it’s the Gooferment’s fault for not discovering this sooner or allow women to defend themselves with a handgun.  If I had a daughter, then I’d be sure that she knew how to defend herself. Argh!

Of course, if prostitution was legal, then it would not be so easy for men to pickup and kill women. 

End victimless crimes like drugs and prostitution.  We’d all be safer.

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BIGOTRY: Time “Top Chef” was “Chopped” for Religious Bigortry

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11514361/Christian-group-reservation-cancelled-TV-chef-Brittanny-Andersons-restaurant-hits-back.html

Conservative Christian group whose reservation was cancelled by TV chef Brittanny Anderson’s restaurant hits back at ‘stunning’ display of ‘religious discrimination’

  • Family Foundation of Virginia booked a table at Metzger Bar & Butchery, a German-themed restaurant in Richmond, Virginia, for November 30
  • The restaurant is co-owned by TV chef Brittanny Anderson, known for her shows Top Chef and Chopped
  • An hour and a half before their reservation time, they received a call saying they were no longer welcome
  • They said that staff would be made ‘uncomfortable’ and ‘unsafe’ by the presence of the pro-life group, which rejects gay marriage
  • On Wednesday the CEO of Family Foundation of Virginia condemned the Metzger owners and management for ‘religious discrimination’ 

By Harriet Alexander For Dailymail.com

Published: 19:03 EST, 7 December 2022 | Updated: 00:36 EST, 8 December 2022

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The head of a conservative Christian group whose reservation was cancelled at the last minute by a Virginia restaurant, citing their views on abortion and LGBTQ issues, has accused the owners of ‘religious discrimination.’

Virginia Cobb’s group, Family Foundation of Virginia, intended to dine on November 30 at Metzger Bar and Butchery in Richmond, Virginia – a German-themed restaurant co-owned by TV chef Brittanny Anderson of Top Chef and Chopped.

Yet 90 minutes before their reservation, a staff member called someone on Cobb’s team to say they were no longer welcome – forcing them to scramble to find an alternative venue for the 15-20 people to gather.

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How come when a baker won’t make a gay cake or a web designer won’t make a gay website, they wind up in the “legal system”?

Now, as gun owning pro-life pro-choice little L libertarian, I have no problem with people discriminating.  Folks do it all the time.  It’s “heuristics” aka “rule of thumb”.  

I do have a problem when the Gooferment gets involved.  Hence some discrimination it politically incorrect and gets punished.  Other peolitically correct discrimination goes under the radar.

Perhaps, “We, The Sheeple” might want to use the “invisible hand” of the marketplace to weigh in on the decision.

Wasn’t this a “breach of contract”?

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HEALTH: Don’t trust doctors today to take a temperature, they are so stupid & corrupt

https://palexander.substack.com/p/baby-wills-parents-are-damn-right?utm_source=post-email-title&publication_id=579356&post_id=88668150&isFreemail=true&utm_medium=email

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Baby Will’s parents are damn right to refuse the regular blood supply! Why? Because the hospital & doctors said so? I would not trust doctors today to take my temperature, they are so stupid & corrupt

Baby Will’s parents must demand safe blood for him for they are the parents and know what is best, not doctors or hospitals that sedated, Remdesivir-ed, ventilated & killed our parents!

Dr. Paul Alexander
Dec 5

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I feel the concern.  

Argh!

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TECHNOLOGY: Wyze or Eufy Cameras should be disconnected NOW!

https://www.reviewgeek.com/138235/why-review-geek-cant-recommend-wyze-or-eufy-cameras-anymore/

Why Review Geek Can’t Recommend Wyze or eufy Cameras Anymore
Josh Hendrickson @canterrain
Dec 2, 2022, 1:24 pm EST | 8 min read

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But that’s not the same thing as recommending them to anyone else. No recommendation should start with, “this is a good option, but first, you should know some things.” And that would be a requirement. The only safe bet you can take is to not place security cameras in your home at all.

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Wyze or Eufy Cameras should be disconnected NOW!

After you review the article, you may decide it’s worth the risk.

But I wouldn’t advise it, UNLESS you’re very confident in your risk / reward decision.

IMHO neither company has earned any trust.

In full disclosure, I don’t have ANY cameras operational or otherwise.

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HEALTH: If children can spoof the Covid test, then how valuable can it be?

https://www.bbc.com/future/article/20210705-how-children-are-spoofing-covid-19-tests-with-soft-drinks

How children are spoofing Covid-19 tests with soft drinks
By Mark Lorch
5th July 2021
From The Conversation

  • Some children have found a devious method to get out of school – using cola to create false positive Covid tests. How does it work?

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Is there then a way to spot a fake positive test? The antibodies (like most proteins) are capable of refolding and regaining their function when they are returned to more favourable conditions. So I tried washing a test that had been dripped with cola with buffer solution, and sure enough the immobilised antibodies at the T-line regained normal function and released the gold particles, revealing the true negative result on the test.

Children, I applaud your ingenuity, but now that I’ve found a way to uncover your trickery I suggest you use your cunning to devise a set of experiments and test my hypothesis. Then we can publish your results in a peer-reviewed journal.

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I find that a test so easy fooled MUST be considered unreliable.

Argh!

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