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  • Trinity and Beyond: The Atomic Bomb Movie (full video 1:33:40)

    10/22/2014 2:32:15 PM PDT · 25 of 28
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Dallas59

    The movie is great as a double feature with The Atomic Cafe (1982), which is a collection of the movies and other information put out by the government at the time, without commentary.

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0083590/

  • Oil Rigs Support Biodiversity: Ironically, “green” technology wipes out endangered species.

    10/22/2014 11:43:11 AM PDT · 6 of 7
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to SeekAndFind

    Oil rigs are so valuable is supporting sea life that in past, someone proposed giving abandoned rigs “skirts”, intended to catch ocean sediments and plankton, which would precipitate underneath the rig, building a mound large enough for corals to start forming on hard points added later.

    Long ago it was learned that artificial ports tend to collect sediments so quickly that they turn into large sand bars. So this uses a similar principle.

  • The Rich Can Stop Worrying About A Middle-Class Revolution

    10/22/2014 10:13:14 AM PDT · 14 of 14
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to blam

    This biggest problem with the very rich is that US taxes are foolishly designed to force them into gambling, in a manner of speaking. Specifically it is “heads I win, tails you lose” gambling.

    Other than that, they are “sterile” investments, in that they do not help the economy, create no jobs, do not innovate, etc.

    The way around this is a two-fold revision to our tax laws, first, to discourage gambling in markets like derivatives and hedge funds. But to do this by offering a *better* deal for “fertile” investments.

    Derivatives, especially, are both dangerous, dealing in trillions of imaginary dollars that are backed by nothing and are unregulated. Governments need to clamp down on such things.

    Secondly, they need to restore a balance between risk and reward in investment. Hedge funds defeat much of this by creating close to pyramid schemes in which the wealthiest are guaranteed to never have losses.

    But it all has to be in the context of the US withdrawing its open economy from much of the world. We have lost a huge amount of production in exchange for building China and getting cheap consumer goods. This has deeply wounded our economy.

    We must recover most of our production, even if it impoverishes China.

  • Revealed: U.S. Cut Off Arms Supply to Israel During Gaza War

    10/22/2014 9:59:19 AM PDT · 11 of 12
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to SeekAndFind

    Importantly, Israel now says it intends to no longer produce weapons jointly with US manufacturers in the US. However, they should invite US manufacturers to produce joint weapons systems in Israel.

  • Autopsy of slain Missouri teen shows close-range gunshot: report

    10/22/2014 9:56:43 AM PDT · 29 of 38
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to mandaladon

    “On Tuesday, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said he was setting up a special commission to examine the social and economic conditions in Ferguson, and offer recommendations to help improve the area.”

    How about “Stop burning and looting the social and economic conditions?” It would likely improve the area a lot.

  • One-Percenters Push Gun Control War Chest to 'Nearly $9.5 Million' in Washington State

    10/22/2014 9:53:32 AM PDT · 12 of 12
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to rktman

    Hopefully this will be $9.5 million “shot to Hell”.

    An easy response to this would be the slogan, “Why do billionaires want to take away our guns?”

  • 500-Year-Old Traces of Monster Hawaii Tsunami Discovered

    10/22/2014 9:40:43 AM PDT · 14 of 22
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to smokingfrog
    As usual, they got a whole bunch of details wrong. To start with, the *south* side of Kauai faces south, not towards Alaska. It does, however, point towards New Zealand. About 155,000 years ago, the northeast corner of New Zealand had what is called the Ruatōria Giant Avalanche, a submarine (underwater) collapse of part of its ocean shelf into a trench. Some of the blocks of rock involved were more than 18 kilometers across and traveled 50km underwater. Definitely able to create a tsunami. While such gigantic collapses are rare, smaller ones happen far more often. Even though its tsunami likely hit some or all of Hawaii, its direction of force would be mostly towards South America.
  • Ben Bradlee Dies, 93

    10/21/2014 7:01:33 PM PDT · 18 of 45
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to vis a vis

    Now he’s “punchin’ chunks”, as the expression goes.

    Hopefully his demonic supervisors will resemble Dick Nixon and Spiro Agnew.

  • Sheriff Arpaio: Border Tensions So High Top US Law Enforcement Officials Afraid to Enter Mexico

    10/21/2014 3:38:20 PM PDT · 6 of 10
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Enlightened1

    Official State Department travel warning for Mexico, as of October 10, 2014:

    http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/mexico-travel-warning.html

  • Paying Taxes and Going to Jail Like Adults; Teens Deserve the Right to Vote, Too (Daily Beast)

    10/21/2014 3:35:24 PM PDT · 41 of 62
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Faith Presses On

    Now *that’s* an idea! If you’re a citizen who pays taxes, you have the right to vote!

    So if you pay the federal income tax, you can vote in federal elections; and if you pay state income taxes, you can vote in state elections.

    Let’s call the idea “Peak Government”. That there is only so much government to go around, so it has to be rationed this way, to the most productive members of society.

  • Citizen Pulls Over Police Officer

    10/21/2014 1:48:38 PM PDT · 7 of 25
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to dware

    It’s important to note that “police”, as such, did not exist at the founding of the United States. Sheriffs had existed since the mid-17th Century, and the laws were carried out by them and the local militia.

    In 1789 the U.S. Marshals Service was established, followed by other federal services such as the U.S. Parks Police (1791), and U.S. Mint Police (1792). The first city police services were established in Philadelphia in 1751.

    The U.S. Secret Service was founded in 1865 and was for some time the main investigative body for the federal government.

    But this means that many of the rules that still exist for the police have evolved from Common Law origins, as well as the hierarchy under which they operate. For example, Sheriffs being superior to local police.

    Thus, local police can still be seen in some lights as a “uniformed” militia. However, that does not mean that they are the exclusive militia.

    Importantly, it is a big jump in authority from a local police department to a Sheriff’s office. In a manner of speaking, as the POTUS is chief executive for the nation, and state governors are chief executives for their states, Sheriffs are the chief executive of their counties.

    It is vital to be aware of this relationship as well, as a Sheriff can deputize the adult citizens of his county, and as such, they would be on a legal par with local police.

    In effect, the citizenry are the enforcers of the law, and police are just a convenience. They act as a day and night watch, they collect evidence of crimes, and they doggedly pursue criminals. But to stop crime and uphold the law, they are very dependent on the citizenry.

  • Ted Cruz outlines 10 priorities for a GOP-led Congress: ‘We should lead boldly’

    10/21/2014 11:37:43 AM PDT · 26 of 28
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to A Navy Vet

    The SCOTUS is described in the constitution, but all other federal judges, and the law, and how they apply the law, are left up to congress.

    It was only in 1810, with the Marbury v. Madison decision, that the SCOTUS decided it could rule laws as unconstitutional.

    But the one way in which congress could impact the SCOTUS relatively quickly, is by enlarging it. FDR threatened to do so when the SCOTUS rejected much of his early New Deal. Importantly, such an enlargement is properly done by saying that the *next* president can appoint two more justices, for example.

    There is one structural adjustment that is obvious. There are currently 13 courts of appeal, 11 for the states, one for D.C., and one for the Federal Circuit, created in 1984.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_courts_of_appeals

    However, the 9th circuit needs to be split in half, and the other need some demographic rearrangement.

    Behind the scenes, it would be a great opportunity to retire a bunch of the worst of the federal judges.

  • National Service is Anti-Liberty and Un-American

    10/21/2014 8:15:48 AM PDT · 32 of 40
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Kaslin

    Mandatory national service was really big with both Hitler and Stalin. Socialists dream of a big field where everybody has to go every morning to exercise the same way to a cadence.

    For his part, Stalin’s national service was to send students out into the malaria-wilderness to do forced labor building dams. Tens of thousands of them died doing this, and the dams they built were impressively shoddy. Gigantic, but destined to fail.

  • Ted Cruz outlines 10 priorities for a GOP-led Congress: ‘We should lead boldly’

    10/21/2014 8:05:20 AM PDT · 13 of 28
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to bestintxas

    An important key there is judicial reform. “Reigning in” federal judges is less important that firing many of them. While typically this could be done through impeachment, that is very rare. So an alternative means is the restructuring of the federal judiciary.

    This primarily takes two persons, the chairmen of the house and senate judiciary committees. They should consider everything from enlarging the Supreme Court from 9 to 13, and many other structural changes.

    And importantly, the zinger is to retire a LOT of radical federal judges by reordering their courts so they no longer have jobs.

    They can also kill off much of the “high profit” legal gambits, like class action suits, malpractice, and liability, by limiting the amount lawyers can get in fees. By doing this they could crush a huge number of Barratry oriented leftist legal schemes.

    They can repeal the ACLU subsidy of allowing legal costs in lawsuits involving religion. This has been a bounty to scoundrels, mostly suing schools over petty religious expressions.

    They can also streamline the death penalty both at the federal level and in federal appeals from the states. These would in no way make the system unfair, just make it so that federal judges opposed to the death penalty cannot drag out such cases for decades.

  • ‘Pudding Man’ who left Israel for Germany reveals his identity

    10/21/2014 7:51:14 AM PDT · 17 of 28
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to SJackson

    A good question that doesn’t really answer anything is: are the Jews going to Berlin more Ashkenazi (eastern Jews), or Sephardi (western Jews). Before WWII, the Jews in Germany were almost mostly Ashkenazi.

    I mention this because Ashkenazi Jews would have many cultural remnants with Germany, eastern Europe and Russia, that the Sephardi would not.

  • Obama's Strange Dependence on Valerie Jarrett

    10/21/2014 7:35:45 AM PDT · 54 of 70
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Cincinatus' Wife

    Witch and familiar?

  • Two charged after fatal shooting of Coral Springs man, 22

    10/21/2014 7:33:42 AM PDT · 12 of 13
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to ConservativeStatement

    This is just screaming “drug deal”.

  • Vote all you want. The secret government won’t change.

    10/21/2014 7:27:07 AM PDT · 32 of 48
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Whenifhow

    The only reason such a secret and not so secret government exists behind the scenes is because the government has assumed far too much unconstitutional authority.

    When the federal government is cut back in an orderly fashion, the shadow government will proportionately cease to exist.

    For example, the US Intelligence Community. It is composed of 17 different major agencies. in 2010 there were 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies in 10,000 locations in the United States that are working on counterterrorism, homeland security, and intelligence, and that the intelligence community as a whole includes 854,000 people holding top-secret clearances.

    Private contractors make up 29% of their workforce in the U.S. intelligence community and cost half of their personnel budgets.

    Importantly, when looking at size and budget reductions, the vast majority should involve *domestic* intelligence gathering in the US, basically the US spying on each and every one of its citizens, from a hundred different directions.

    The rationale for massive cutbacks is that 99.999999999% of everything they do is waste. Insanely expensive waste. Insanely expensive that violates the constitution, common sense, and any conceivable real purpose waste.

    The issue may be forced by an economic collapse, but cuts during one of those fall on the just and unjust alike. So it is far better to approach things rationally, when as a nation we aren’t yet falling apart.

    The idea is that we should cut back not because we have to, but because waste, mismanagement, and uselessness should not be a part of an efficient government doing its job.

  • OOPSIE? What if GOP wins 5 Senate seats on Election Day, and Georgia and Louisiana go to a run-off?

    10/21/2014 6:39:11 AM PDT · 37 of 37
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to txhurl

    Hear Hear! A McConnell win in this election would be a disaster for conservatives. He’s made it clear that he will not stand in the way of the Democrat agenda, but will spend huge amounts of money to defeat conservatives. He will also be a big force in the GOP-e keeping conservatives out of the next RNC, and forcing either Jeb Bush or Mitt Romney on us again.

    And if he wins and through some miracle conservatives get a conservative POTUS candidate, and he wins, McConnell will still be able to block conservative legislation for his entire first term.

    The man is a menace. And he hurts conservatism and the United States almost as badly as Obama does.

  • Israel to reduce arms production in U.S. after Obama’s weapons suspension during Gaza War

    10/20/2014 7:26:55 PM PDT · 15 of 16
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to SJackson

    Israel is missing a bet, here. While it should discontinue working with US defense corporations here, it should instead invite them to set up branch offices in Israel, freed from the constraints imposed on them in the US.

  • Scott Bonn on 'Why We Love Serial Killers'

    10/20/2014 7:23:41 PM PDT · 9 of 12
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Citizen Zed

    The most prolific of serial killers never get caught, and often as not, nobody knows there is a serial killer because they don’t know that anyone, much less dozens or hundreds of people, have been murdered.

    For example, Dr. Harold Shipman, who it is known murdered 250 people and likely many more beyond that. Ironically, had he been murdering people today, many of his murdering colleagues in the NHS would make him look like a piker, racking up death tolls in the thousands. Shipman would still be commended for his high quota of euthanasia victims.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_Shipman

    Other murderers can be more subtle, such as touting a quack cure for a dangerous medical condition, steering their victims away from conventional medicine until it is too late.

    Then there are those that are more direct, like abortionists.

  • Trio robs woman in vicious Crown Heights mugging (with video)

    10/20/2014 5:39:55 PM PDT · 21 of 29
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Kid Shelleen

    It is important to pay attention to their technique as well. The third one in their “direction of march” body checks her and punches her in the face. Then he abandons her and continues in the “direction of march” as the other two take her stuff.

    This was carefully planned. They know no one is behind them, so the two in front are “security” in case somebody suddenly appears in front to help the woman. Then they fall back, and the puncher walks away, still in the same direction.

    The downside for this is that they have almost certainly used this technique before, so would cross check in the police M.O. files, and could link them to other crimes.

    Professional violent robbers.

  • EPA takes step in regulating drinking water

    10/20/2014 5:07:07 PM PDT · 17 of 48
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Oldeconomybuyer

    Strontium is used in the some of the toothpaste sold under the Sensodyne brand as a desensitizer for people with tooth and gum pain.

    Strontium is also used in an off-label supplement use for those with bone decay, as Strontium is much harder than Calcium, and will replace some of it, strengthening the bone.

    Bone density is usually determined by a Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA, previously DEXA) test, and those who use Strontium for their bones are supposed to tell the technician about it, because their density readings will be very different from ordinary bone.

    In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, both the US and the Soviet Union conducted atmospheric nuclear tests. After some tests by the Soviet Union, the US suddenly detected much larger than normal levels of radioactive Strontium-90 in cow’s milk produced in the Midwest.

    It was then discovered that for some reason, the Jet Stream had a major “downdraft” right over the Kansas-Nebraska region. So Strontium-90 isotopes created by the atmospheric tests in the Soviet Union, were carried around the world and dumped right over the American breadbasket.

    Readily absorbed by grasses, that were then eaten by cows.

    Very shortly thereafter, the US and USSR signed the Limited (or atmospheric) Nuclear Test Ban treaty.

  • Sharpton returning to Ferguson for 4 days to draw nat'l attention to death of unarmed teenager Brown

    10/20/2014 4:01:20 PM PDT · 52 of 61
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to 2ndDivisionVet
  • Federal Housing Finance Agency Unveils Plan to Loosen Mortgage Rules

    10/20/2014 3:28:28 PM PDT · 8 of 20
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to John W

    The actual value of a house is $50,000, but it is sold for $555,000. Pretending that after a housing slump it will again be sold for $555,000 is an (opium) pipe dream, because it is not *worth* that amount.

  • Govt Stops New Funding and Calls for Voluntary Pause on Research of Pandemic Potential of Pathogens

    10/20/2014 2:59:48 PM PDT · 21 of 21
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Tilted Irish Kilt

    Occam’s razor suggests that this is natural. Despite Eric Pianka craving the destruction of 90% of humanity, Ebola just isn’t a “world class” disease, like influenza or malaria.

    If you want a real plague, it almost has to be spread by coughing and sneezing, as well as by direct and indirect contamination.

    Were Ebola like that, by now I would expect between 1 million and 100 million infections. Likely spread internationally with thousands or tens of thousands of deaths in countries around the world.

  • City Threatens to Arrest Ministers Who Refuse to Perform Same-Sex Weddings

    10/20/2014 2:02:34 PM PDT · 31 of 56
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to rusty schucklefurd

    The trouble is that this is a semi-legal problem, not just a religious one. US law is heavily weighted against “exclusivity”, for example, it is not even legal to sell or rent an apartment or home in an “exclusive” community, because this is seen as racist.

    However, an exception to this weight is “membership”, which provides considerable protections in the law. But any organization that uses membership as a defense, must be very clear about who their members are, and what rules they must follow.

    Churches, however, have allowed government to take over many of their formerly exclusive activities, like registering births and deaths. And, of course, marriage.

    The trouble is that government continually tries to enlarge its power at the expense of religion. So they need to either take a stand, or forfeit their sacraments.

  • Federalism: Yesterday and Today

    10/20/2014 1:10:27 PM PDT · 20 of 70
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Publius
  • City Threatens to Arrest Ministers Who Refuse to Perform Same-Sex Weddings

    10/20/2014 1:04:54 PM PDT · 21 of 56
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Hetty_Fauxvert

    This is something I’ve been proposing for a while, that churches need to “take back” marriage from the state. The way to do this is for Orthodox and conservative churches to reach a written agreement that they will only perform *and* recognize “sacramental” marriages. This agreement would have two parts.

    1) Agreement on what is a Christian religious marriage, to include who can get married. And to keep and share records of married people amongst them.

    and just as important,

    2) Agreement to recognize in any way non-sacramental marriages, to “the great degree”. This means that when somebody goes to any of those churches claiming to be married, their marriage will be recognized only when certified. Even to the point of addressing them by their first names instead of Mr. and Mrs.

    For their part, the churches must be indifferent to secular marriage, that it does not apply to their congregants, as long as they are sacramentally married.

  • Govt Stops New Funding and Calls for Voluntary Pause on Research of Pandemic Potential of Pathogens

    10/20/2014 12:32:39 PM PDT · 11 of 21
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Whenifhow

    Truthfully “gain of function” research is problematic from the start. While it is possible to make a pathogen more lethal by guiding its development that way, that isn’t how nature works. It is useful primarily to create biological weapons.

    Nature uses a far longer path, in which pathogens compete against their own kind, then compete with other microorganisms, then have to contend with the immune systems of its hosts.

    Importantly, the end goal is not harm, but reproduction. If the pathogen is too harmful, it creates a situation where it has to become less harmful, or die out. This is when a disease is new, it is most lethal. Over time it gets less harmful until it is just “background” in the bodies of its host.

    Some viruses have been around so long that human DNA has integrated most of the viral genetic pattern as part of our own.

  • How does Banning Citizen Carry of Guns in Kroeger's Stop Armed Robbery?

    10/20/2014 6:27:44 AM PDT · 31 of 31
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to marktwain

    The trouble is that in this trench warfare, head on attacks are far less effective. While a defensive line must continue, of course, a flank attack against the gun controllers would likely have far greater effect against them.

    In past, I’ve suggested associating gun rights with capital punishment, which the left has been trying to end almost parallel to their efforts with gun control. Right now it is only legal in 32 states.

    But importantly, unlike gun control, where they are losing, the erosion to the death penalty, in their minds, is where they are winning, so they are far more willing to expend resources in that direction.

    In practical terms, when for example the next mass shooting takes place, and the gun controllers launch their next push, pro-gun liberty people can likely “hold the line” against them. But if, right then, there is a major push to restore the prompt death penalty, especially for mass shooters, it will hit them on their flank.

    Whenever they open their yaps to call for gun control, the gun rights advocates can just dismiss their argument as meaningless, then change the subject to the execution of the shooter. This will have extra impact at first, because they will not be expecting it.

    It may be enough to break their well-funded and organized attack.

  • New York toddler is 'beaten to death by her mother's boyfriend after...

    10/19/2014 5:49:19 PM PDT · 28 of 35
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Morgana
    The killer.

  • How does Banning Citizen Carry of Guns in Kroeger's Stop Armed Robbery?

    10/19/2014 5:44:28 PM PDT · 25 of 31
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to marktwain

    The only thing I find troubling here is that there is no effort at counterattack. Instead of always being on the defensive against gun controllers, there should be some means of punishing them, figuratively speaking, for their efforts.

    We do not ever want to get caught up in what is called a “static defense”, which means only fighting defensively, never offensively, because no lesser light than Napoleon Bonaparte noted that a static defense is slow suicide.

    We need to fight back.

  • Bozell: If GOP Blows November Election, Its Anti-Conservative Strategy Will Be To Blame

    10/19/2014 5:31:59 PM PDT · 18 of 29
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to 2ndDivisionVet

    Republicans will almost certainly take the senate, but I would say the big three possible Republican liberal failures are Mitch McConnell, Lindsey Graham, and Thad Cochran.

    There could be others, but for the most part, conservatives will still back freshmen RINOs, with fair warning, in that they are still considered better than Democrats, if not by much. But the big three, in that order, are too dangerous to America to allow to remain in office.

    Really, a Republican sweep losing only Mitch McConnell would be the ideal outcome.

  • Church should not fear change, pope says at synod close

    10/19/2014 5:16:51 PM PDT · 22 of 70
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Gamecock

    Let me suggest the unexpected alternative. Francis, as a bishop, was always hard to pin down, and when people tried to he usually proved them very far from the mark.

    I use that in a lead up to this: sometimes the best way to kill ideas, or to knock down a contentious group that work to undermine “the system”, is to send up a “trial balloon” of their ideas. This not only shoots down those bad ideas, but exposes those who advocated them.

    Of course the Vatican is seldom though of a palace of intrigues, conspiracies, cabals and Byzantine plots — heh, heh.

    Yet if this were the case, Francis and others now know who are pushing for “modernity”, yet he can remain above the fray and dagger fights. Triangulation.

  • FBI Director Warns Google and Apple "If You Don't Decrypt Phones, We'll Do It For You"

    10/19/2014 2:12:09 PM PDT · 41 of 112
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Kaslin

    As usual, I bet Apple is one step ahead of them, and if the FBI keeps threatening, Apple will just make an easy encryption/decryption system for its users, with its elements created by them. It’s not particularly hard, other than creating an interface.

    For example, give them a blank screen, then ask them to draw on it with their finger, scribbles if they like, for a minimum of say, one minute. Throw away the first five and last five seconds, then use it as the seed to a randomizer.

    There’s a vast number of things Apple could do, that it could not undo or break into.

  • martin luther king, jr. niece: 'moral bankruptcy' ruling washington d.c. under obama

    10/19/2014 2:03:58 PM PDT · 11 of 13
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to tinyowl

    Conservatives need to work hard to encourage the “moral black community”, that their voices are desperately needed to lead black America, instead of the con-artist scoundrels and “victimization mongers” who abuse the black community today.

    The path of immorality and dependency is leading most of black America off the cliff of destruction. Not some abstract, day of judgment sort of thing, but right here and now, destructive and murderous.

    30,000 black infants are aborted in NYC alone, each and every year. That is nothing short of genocide, and it is caused by immorality, the lack of family values, and the loss of religious faith.

    Likewise, the murder rate of Chicago can be easily expressed, the year to date:

    Shot & Killed: 299
    Shot & Wounded: 1820
    Total Shot: 2119
    Total Homicides: 357

    67% of the shooters are black, and 79% of the victims are black. There is less morality there than in old Sodom.

  • Department of Homeland Security: Who Needs It?

    10/19/2014 1:52:50 PM PDT · 24 of 34
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Kaslin

    W. Bush combined a bunch of agencies that tended to act like the Keystone Cops, figuring they needed centralization to be more efficient. He was partially correct, but the execution of that idea was awful.

    The TSA, for example, is founded on the idea of building a security system based on irrational rules, so of course it is a horrible mess.

    The US government needs to accept a basic axiom that yes, sometimes, “profiling” is essential. They need to get over the idea that profiling potential enemies in a war has *absolutely* nothing to do with the abusive behavior of some law enforcement agencies during the civil rights movement of the 1960s.

    It really is that simple. In World War II, the US had NO, ZERO problem in profiling ethnic Germans, Japanese and Italians. Doing so was an essential part of wartime security.

    Today, almost exclusively, the terrorist threat is created by Muslims. It does not matter that they are a minority of Muslims. But because that is who the enemy is, ALL Muslims entering or leaving the US must be inconvenienced.

    That a tiny handful of Muslims are inconvenienced is a ridiculously small price to pay to avoid a substantial and vicious threat from terrorists, who want to kill thousands of Americans. Inconvenience is *much* less important than homicide of our citizens.

    Their arguments about this are nonsensical, such as “Islam isn’t a race”, or “you can’t tell a Muslim by looking at them”, or “just because they come from a Muslim nation, you don’t know they are a terrorist.”

    This is why it is called “profiling”, because it means you profile a majority to find a criminal minority within it.

    To pretend otherwise is suicidal.

    The government MUST get this through their heads.

  • Ferguson Protesters Target Walmart

    10/19/2014 12:21:31 PM PDT · 19 of 71
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Morgana

    Wal-Mart really hates to be pushed, but unlike many, they fight back. For instance, Wal-Mart has a corporate policy that they will not settle lawsuits, but will fight. This matters because they are sued on average once each hour. The vast majority are fake slip-and-falls, which Wal-Mart video records, getting the lawsuit thrown out quickly.

    Since they have cameras taking pictures of their customers, I would not be surprised if they invest in facial recognition software. Then, if they get a positive match of say a protester or shoplifter, their loss prevention guy approaches them, notifies them that they have been banned from Wal-Mart stores, and if they enter any Wal-Mart, the police will be summoned and they will be arrested for trespassing.

    Because most of them are not very mobile, being blocked from four or five Wal-Marts in their area is enough.

  • Database of New Yorkers deemed too 'mentally unstable' to carry guns grows to 40,000+ names...

    10/18/2014 8:42:39 PM PDT · 23 of 31
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Jet Jaguar

    The estimated population of New York state is 20,000,000.

    So this effectively states that 1 in 500 New Yorkers is mentally unstable. Based on National Institute of Mental Health statistics, that is a serious under-count.

    According to the NIMH, “In 2012, there were an estimated 9.6 million adults aged 18 or older in the U.S. with SMI (Serious Mental Illness) in the past year. This represented 4.1 percent of all U.S. adults.”

    “In 2012, there were an estimated 43.7 million adults aged 18 or older in the U.S. with AMI (Any Mental Illness) in the past year. This represented 18.6 percent of all U.S. adults.”

    While it shouldn’t be of any great surprise, this fits almost *exactly* to the Standard Distribution (or bell shaped) Curve.

    Based on this, there are likely 820,000 New Yorkers with SMI, and 3,720,000 with AMI.

  • Bus Driver Organizes Black Mob Violence Against White Family

    10/18/2014 7:27:52 PM PDT · 6 of 7
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to zipper

    Have they released any bus video?

  • What if Lots of People Have Ebola-Proof Blood?

    10/18/2014 3:59:46 PM PDT · 34 of 43
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to 2ndDivisionVet

    I’ve no idea. But the vast majority of people have no immunity.

  • Bus Driver Organizes Black Mob Violence Against White Family

    10/18/2014 3:53:58 PM PDT · 4 of 7
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to right-wing agnostic

    This story sounds somewhat flaky. To start with, the white family aren’t quoted as saying much.

    Instead, imagine what your opinion would be if the parents were screaming obscenities and complaints that were tinged with or even overtly racist?

    The weirdness of the story is *dependent* on the very good behavior of the white family. If they weren’t well behaved, it changes the complexion of the entire story.

    Example: “She got out of her seat belt, stood up screaming in both of our faces, ‘Don’t tell me how to do my job’.”

    This implies they said something really aggressive to her.

    There really needs to be a follow up to this story, if nothing else, what does the bus driver have to say?

  • Bush Didn’t Lie.So Why Did His Admin Sit on the Evidence of Saddam Hussein’s WMDs?

    10/18/2014 3:35:08 PM PDT · 16 of 45
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to lbryce

    It was a lose-lose proposition.

    The left cursed at him and said that he had found none, so there was no legitimacy to the invasion and occupation.

    Had he announced that WMD were found, they would say that the mission is now over, so you must remove the military from Iraq.

    Remember, the Democrats used all these nasty rants against Richard Nixon about Vietnam. Then when Nixon pulled out, the Democrats did everything in their power to cause South Vietnam to collapse and be taken over by the communist North. A total betrayal of the ARVN and the South Vietnamese people, all because the left was filled with bile and hate.

    And the Democrats have not changed one whit. They truly don’t care, or they are even in favor of people suffering and dying, if it will get Democrats more power.

    Remember this.

  • What if Lots of People Have Ebola-Proof Blood?

    10/18/2014 3:27:39 PM PDT · 30 of 43
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to 2ndDivisionVet

    It is likely that the about 5-10% of Americans that are effectively immune to both black plague and HIV are also immune to Ebola. If one of their parents had the immunity factor, called CCR5 delta 32, they will get sick but recover; and if both parents have it, they won’t get sick.

    It works by preventing cell adhesion by the virus. If a virus cannot stick to a cell and penetrate it to reproduce, then it and millions of its clones break out of the dead cell to spread, it dies.

    The percentage of CCR5 delta 32 in different ethnic populations:

    European Descent: 16%
    African Americans: 2%
    Ashkenazi Jew: 13%
    Middle Eastern: 2-6%

    Other peoples have little or no trace of the mutation.

  • Caribbean, South American Countries Close Borders to Combat Ebola

    10/18/2014 2:49:53 PM PDT · 16 of 29
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to EBH

    Questionnaires accomplish little or nothing. When you play hardball with a serious epidemic, people who enter the country are quarantined for a month.

    It’s done with a buffer system, broken down by weeks. People who have just arrived are put in the first week camp and watched very carefully. They are kept far apart from each other so the first camp is the largest.

    Second week camp is a lot more relaxed, with families reunited. They are provided with many normal amenities, and get brief medical checks before proceeding.

    Third and fourth camp is where they are allowed to communicate with locals they know, and to handle administrative matters like processing paperwork.

  • Unable to Meet the Deductible or the Doctor

    10/18/2014 1:38:33 PM PDT · 36 of 66
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to Hoodat

    Doctors are under a lot of pressure right now. They have become hesitant to prescribe medicines they think their patients cannot afford.

    And several times at pharmacies I have seen elderly people who looked miserable because a drug they really need has gone up by $20 a month. “But I really need my insulin...”

  • Russian Submarine sends SOS in swedish territorial waters. Sunk by the Swedish navy?

    10/18/2014 1:32:32 PM PDT · 42 of 110
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to ConfusedSwede

    Golly, I wonder if one of their crewmen had sympathies to Ukraine, Chechnya, Georgia, etc., where Pooty-Poot has been acting up?

    That’s the neat part about submarines. They are fragile little things, especially at depth. Unless everybody does their job just right, well...

  • AZ:Armed Citizen Thwarts Bank Robbers, Kills One

    10/18/2014 12:46:05 PM PDT · 15 of 31
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to marktwain

    Phoenix New Times clarified the charges:

    Six counts of kidnapping, three counts of armed robbery, one count of aggravated assault, and one count of felony murder for the death of his accomplice.

  • AZ:Armed Citizen Thwarts Bank Robbers, Kills One

    10/18/2014 12:43:11 PM PDT · 14 of 31
    yefragetuwrabrumuy to marktwain
    The decedent, Lyndell Cherry, modeling shoot photo from some years ago; and his accomplice, Vincent Robert Jones. Jones has been charged with MURDER 1ST DEG-DURING CRIME, KIDNAP-APPREHENSION OF INJURY, ARMED ROBBERY-WITH DEADLY WPN, AGG ASLT-DEADLY WPN/DANG INST.