Thursday, March 31, 2016

Thursday 03-31-16

It might be true, when I was growing up considering the source I would say it was a sure thing, but now I'm of age, considering the source, take it with a grain of salt.

Climate Model Predicts West Antarctic Ice Sheet Could Melt Rapidly

For half a century, climate scientists have seen the West Antarctic ice sheet, a remnant of the last ice age, as a sword of Damocles hanging over human civilization.
The great ice sheet, larger than Mexico, is thought to be potentially vulnerable to disintegration from a relatively small amount of global warming, and capable of raising the sea level by 12 feet or more should it break up. But researchers long assumed the worst effects would take hundreds — if not thousands — of years to occur.
Now, new research suggests the disaster scenario could play out much sooner.
Continued high emissions of heat-trapping gases could launch a disintegration of the ice sheet within decades, according to a study published Wednesday, heaving enough water into the ocean to raise the sea level as much as three feet by the end of this century.
With ice melting in other regions, too, the total rise of the sea could reach five or six feet by 2100, the researchers found. That is roughly twice the increase reported as a plausible worst-case scenario by a United Nations panel just three years ago, and so high it would likely provoke a profound crisis within the lifetimes of children being born today.

Under the Ice Sheet

The vast West Antarctic ice sheet sits on bedrock that dips thousands of feet below sea level. New computer simulations suggest that the warming atmosphere and ocean could attack the ice sheet from above and below, causing sea levels to rise much faster than previously thought.

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The situation would grow far worse beyond 2100, the researchers found, with the rise of the sea exceeding a pace of a foot per decade by the middle of the 22nd century. Scientists had documented such rates of increase in the geologic past, when far larger ice sheets were collapsing, but most of them had long assumed it would be impossible to reach rates so extreme with the smaller ice sheets of today.
The long-term effect would likely be to drown the world’s coastlines, including many of its great cities.
New York City is nearly 400 years old; in the worst-case scenario conjured by the research, its chances of surviving another 400 years in anything like its present form would appear to be remote. Miami, New Orleans, London, Venice, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Sydney, Australia, are all just as vulnerable as New York, or more so.

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In principle, coastal defenses could be built to protect the densest cities, but experts believe it will be impossible to do that along all 95,000 miles of the American coastline, meaning that immense areas will most likely have to be abandoned to the rising sea.
The new research, published by the journal Nature, is based on improvements in a computerized model of Antarctica and its complex landscape of rocks and glaciers, meant to capture factors newly recognized as imperiling the stability of the ice.
The new version of the model allowed the scientists, for the first time, to reproduce high sea levels of the past, such as a climatic period about 125,000 years ago when the seas rose to levels 20 to 30 feet higher than today.
That gave them greater confidence in the model’s ability to project the future sea level, though they acknowledged that they do not yet have an answer that could be called definitive.

“You could think of all sorts of ways that we might duck this one,” said Richard B. Alley, a leading expert on glacial ice at Pennsylvania State University. “I’m hopeful that will happen. But given what we know, I don’t think we can tell people that we’re confident of that.”
Dr. Alley was not an author of the new paper, though it is based in part on his ideas about the stability of glacial ice. Several other scientists not involved in the paper described it as significant, with some of them characterizing it as a milestone.
But those same scientists emphasized that it was a single paper, and unlikely to be the last word on the fate of West Antarctica. The effort to include the newly recognized factors imperiling the ice is still crude, with years of work likely needed to improve the models.
Peter U. Clark of Oregon State University helped lead the last effort by a United Nations panel to assess the risks of sea level rise; he was not involved in the new paper. He emphasized that the research, like much previous work, highlighted the urgency of bringing emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases under control.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wednesday 3-30-16

Another month gone, time flies

FBI hacks iPhone: Does this make your phone less private?

 legal battle weighing privacy rights against the government's need to investigate terrorism came to an end Monday when the FBI said it found a way to gain access to Syed Rizwan Farook's iPhone 5c.
The announcement may have staved off a historic court battle, but questions still linger about how the government gained access to the device and what implications the FBI's tactics will have beyond the investigation into the San Bernardino terrorist attacks.
How did the FBI get access to the data on Farook's phone?
Federal prosecutors did not offer many specifics. Apple and the Department of Justice were headed for a court battle last week before federal prosecutors made an eleventh-hour request for a delay, announcing that an outside group may have found a technique to hack the device.

The breakthrough came last weekend, according to an anonymous law enforcement official, who would not say how the device was hacked or what information the government found on Farook's iPhone.
Previously, the FBI had been stonewalled by an update Apple made to its encryption practices in September 2014. Farook had enabled an auto-erase feature that would permanently delete all data on the phone after 10 consecutive failed attempts to enter the device's password.
Data on the phone would be scrambled unless a correct password was entered, and Apple has repeatedly said it would need to create technology to defeat that encryption. Farook intentionally disabled the phone's iCloud backup feature six weeks before the Dec. 2 attacks, according to court documents.
Is the government required to say how it gained access to the phone?
The FBI is under no obligation to tell the public how it defeated Apple's security measures, but the agency could be required to tell the company if the government exploited a defect in the company's security protocols in order to gain access.

The policy that governs such disclosures is known as the "Vulnerabilities Equities Process," according to Andrew Crocker, a staff attorney with the Electronic Frontier Foundation,  a digital rights advocacy group. The EFF sued to make the 13-page policy public in 2014 and won access to the document earlier this year. 
Crocker said the policy is weighted toward disclosure, but the government has successfully fought to keep such details secret before.
What does this mean for other locked phones in police custody around the country?
Local law enforcement leaders have said encrypted data can serve as a roadblock in a wide range of investigations, and have called on Silicon Valley to create back channels that would provide police access to smartphones when necessary. Tech companies have scoffed at the idea, claiming the creation of a so-called "back door" would jeopardize the security of millions of customers who are not the target of a police investigation.
It is difficult to say what, if any, effect the breakthrough will have on local law enforcement investigations, but Monday's news was concerning to some civil liberties experts.
“It’s likely that the FBI can and will just share its security hack with other federal, state and local agencies that want to crack iPhones, allowing law enforcement across the country to bypass Apple’s security even for routine criminal case,” Peter Bibring, the director of police practices for the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California, said in an email. “The government has said they will continue helping state and local entities access data on mobile phones, but won’t explicitly say whether this includes the technique they’ve developed in this case.”
What did the government find in Farook's phone? What did they hope to find?
The FBI has not said what, if any, pertinent information was contained on Farook's phone. Federal investigators have ruled out the idea that Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, were working at the behest of a foreign terrorism nexus, but questions still linger about the planning of the attack
The government likely now has access to six weeks of data thought lost when Farook disabled the phone's iCloud backup. The families of some of those killed in the attacks have also said they believe the information of Farook's phone could answer lingering questions about the possible involvement of a third shooter on Dec. 2.
It remains unclear whether the data will dramatically change the San Bernardino investigation. The FBI has already said the shooters acted alone and were "self-radicalized." Investigators have found no evidence they were part of a larger plot.
Who won? Apple or the FBI?
The FBI certainly gained a major investigative victory by gaining access to Farook's phone, but in totality, the outcome might be best described as a draw.

Both sides had a lot to lose in court. A government victory could have set a precedent requiring Apple, and other tech companies, to create software in service of law enforcement investigations. 
An Apple victory in court could have severely hampered future law enforcement attempts to compel tech companies to turnover user data. 
Ultimately, the government got what it wanted in the San Bernardino case, and both the FBI and Apple avoided what could have been considered major defeats. 
But larger questions about law enforcement's right to access user data, and Silicon Valley's role in aiding police investigations, remain unanswered.

Guide to Budget Ammo

Guide to Budget Ammo
I have this recurring dream where I need a gun to sort out some dire emergency. In these dreams, I can never find the correct ammo for the gun my psyche has armed me with. I’ll have a 9 mm pistol and a handful of .45 ACP ammo. As distressing as my ammunition dreams can be, I’ve never had one where I felt the ammo I had was too affordable—I just needed ammo that would fit the gun, go bang, hit the target and ensure the firearm properly functions. In life or dreams, ammunition meeting those requirements will suffice for just about all of the shooting we do. 
For defensive-handgun practice you do not need to use expensive ammunition. Bargain ammo can provide lots of rewarding range time for a fraction of the cost.
Ammunition is like fuel for a car; all of it will get you to the grocery store. If you’re running a race there’s a fuel for that, just like there’s a better fuel for maximizing your miles per gallon. With guns, you don’t always need racing fuel—sometimes you just want to get the most bang for the buck. Fortunately, there are numerous options for affordable, grocery-store ammo.
Most of the factory-fresh and affordable ammunition comes from out of country, and most of it is chambered for American, European or Russian military cartridges. Prices are tempting, but so can be the cost of American remanufactured ammunition like you find bulk-packed at gun shows. When I took over as the firearms instructor at my hometown police department, we had an incident or two with remanufactured ammo—which was discount reloads. I managed to convince the chief we needed to be shooting new ammo from a reputable source. Now, 20-plus years later, there are a lot more options from which to choose. Here are some worth looking at.
Other OptionsAmerican ammunition manufacturers have realized they’re losing ground to imports and have stepped up their game in a number of ways. Hornady offers a line of steel-cased match ammo that retails for between about $0.42 and $0.80 per round in .223 Rem., 7.62x39 mm and .308 Win. The steel cases for this ammo are provided by—guess who?—TulAmmo. Hornady also offers 50-count package deals in .223 Rem. to various distributors that will retail for as little as $0.52 per round.
Though not specifically a discount ammo brand, Prime Ammunition offers affordable FMJ loads for the most common defensive-handgun chamberings.
Remington is also in the fight, and with some shopping you can find bulk-packed .223 Rem. UMC loads for a shade more than $0.50 per round. For 2016, Remington is introducing a 300-round Freedom Bucket of UMC .223 Rem. ammunition that should retail for around $145—that’s American-manufactured ammunition, in brass, reloadable cases, for $0.49 every time you pull the trigger.
A new company called Prime Ammunition is offering high-end, yet still affordable ammunition. The company partnered with RUAG Ammotec, a Swiss company that is a prolific producer of military, hunting and sport-shooting ammunition. Prime is designed to American specifications, then engineered and manufactured in European facilities. It offers 9 mm ammo in reloadable brass cases for as little as $0.34 per round. Other options, like .40 S&W and .45 ACP, are a bit more expensive, but still reasonably affordable.
Winchester Ammunition is also in on this market with its new USA Forged line of steel-cased fodder. Available in 9 mm, it has a 115-grain brass-jacketed, lead-core projectile, a non-corrosive boxer primer and ships in 150-round boxes. MSRP is $32, which works out to about $0.21 per round.
Without ammo your gun is just a club or oddly shaped paperweight. But your ammunition does not have to be expensive. A variety of affordable and dependable options exist.
Range Ready?I assembled a collection of ammunition from a variety of manufacturers known for producing budget ammo. Then I shot it, chronographed it and evaluated its precision and reliability. In all, I fired 800 rounds from six different manufacturers. Total cost for all this shooting was only $320. That works out to an average of $0.40 per round. ($0.30 per round for handgun loads and $0.54 per round for rifle loads.) 
The test involved seven different cartridges and as many firearms, and there was not a single malfunction of any kind. Granted, the rifle ammunition tested is not designed for long-range precision, but it is more than suitable for general off-hand practice at reasonable ranges. As far as the affordable handgun loads, they’ll shoot better than you can and for training, plinking and even most competitions, they should be just fine.
The M&P from Smith & Wesson ran perfectly with each of these affordable ammo options, even when the magazine was mixed with all three.
Though not definitive by any means, this test does suggest that affordable ammo is not a bad thing and steel-cased ammunition can be pretty darn reliable. When we need to shoot serious, we are all going to—or should—buy racing fuel, the good stuff. But, when it comes to practice, plinking and just having fun, there is no reason to go broke while pulling the trigger. There are two ways to keep from doing that.
You can save money by reloading, but you have to factor in equipment cost and the time it takes to produce the ammo. Not counting the cost of brass—which you should be reusing anyway—it will set you back about $170 to load 1,000 pistol cartridges and about twice that to load 1,000 rifle rounds. That’s in the neighborhood of between $0.17 and $0.34 per round. For about twice that amount, you can secure affordable and reliable factory-loaded ammunition. The real advantage of affordable ammunition is the time you do not spend at the loading bench, and time is the only thing this world is not making any more of. 

Aguila Aguila is the largest manufacturer of ammunition in Mexico and its products are distributed in the United States through Texas Armament & Technology in Houston, TX. Aguila’s exports to the U.S. include an extensive line, even incorporating a diverse selection of rimfire loads. While it can often be purchased for less than American-made ammunition, Aguila is reasonably good stuff and is even manufactured in reloadable brass cases.

CCI BlazerCCI ammunition is produced in the United States. The company is a subsidiary of Vista Outdoor, which owns Federal Premium, Speer, Blackhawk, Bushnell and many other brands. The differentiating feature of CCI’s Blazer line of ammunition is the non-reloadable, aluminum cases it’s loaded in. The Blazer line is broad and covers handgun cartridges from .22 LR to .45 Colt. CCI does offer a line of Blazer ammunition loaded in brass cases, but it is more expensive.

MaxxTechMaxxTech Ammunition is made in Bosnia and Herzegovina by Pobjeda Technology, a 60-year-old company with a respected reputation in Europe, and has been an ISO 9001 company since 2000. This ammunition is imported by Eurosports LLC, located in Round Rock, TX. The company’s U.S. product line is a bit ambiguous and seems to vary with availability.

TulAmmoTulAmmo USA is manufactured by Russia-based Tula Cartridge Works, which has been in operation since 1880. The company’s American offices are located in and imported through, maybe not so coincidentally, Round Rock, TX, which puts its physical address just across Interstate 35 from Eurosports, the U.S. distributor of MaxxTech ammunition. TulAmmo offers non-corrosive, Berdan primed, steel-cased .380 ACP, 9 mm Makarov and Luger, .40 S&W, .45 ACP, .223 Rem., 5.45x39 mm, 7.62x39 mm, .308 Win. and 7.62x54 mm R ammunition. You may recognize this brand as a sponsor of light-heavyweight champ Sergey Kovalev.

Sellier & BellotThis European-based company has been around since 1825 and is part of the larger CBC ammunition conglomerate, which includes Magtech Ammunition. CBC has numerous manufacturing plants and distribution facilities in Brazil, the Czech Republic, Germany and the U.S. Sellier & Bellot claims to be the oldest operating ammunition company in the world, and it offers a wide selection of handgun loads, with prices ranging from about $0.26 to $0.60 per shot. The company’s rifle ammunition line is reasonably extensive and includes some obscure cartridges like .25-35 Win., .303 British and even a few oddities like the 9.3x72 mm R. Though not generally budget priced, you can still often find Sellier & Bellot loads for a bargain.

WolfAccording to TULAmmo, it no longer “support[s] or produce[s] the Wolf brands of ammunition.” Though not completely clear, at one time some of the ammunition offered under the Wolf brand was indeed manufactured by Tula in Russia. Wolf is simply a brand used in America for the importation of steel-cased, Berdan-primed ammunition, produced at various locations in former communist-bloc countries. Generally, this ammo is loaded in steel cases with a poly coating, though sometimes you can also find lacquer-coated, steel-cased Wolf ammo. Its price makes it very popular and often hard to find—.223 Rem. Wolf ammo can generally be picked up for about $0.30 to $0.40 per shot, and other offerings include the usual suspects such as 7.62x39 mm and 9 mm.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Tuesday 03-29-16

Does The United States Still Exist? — Paul Craig Roberts

Does The United States Still Exist?
An address delivered to the Libertarian Party of Florida on March 23, 2016 in Destin, Florida

Paul Craig Roberts
To answer the question that is the title, we have to know of what the US consists. Is it an ethnic group, a collection of buildings and resources, a land mass with boundaries, or is it the Constitution. Clearly what differentiates the US from other countries is the US Constitution. The Constitution defines us as a people. Without the Constitution we would be a different country. Therefore, to lose the Constitution is to lose the country.
Does the Constitution still exist? Let us examine the document and come to a conclusion.
The Constitution consists of a description of a republic with three independent branches, legislative, executive, and judicial, each with its own powers, and the Bill of Rights incorporated as constitutional amendments. The Bill of Rights describes the civil liberties of citizens that cannot be violated by the government.
Article I of the Constitution describes legislative powers. Article II describes executive powers, and Article III describes the power of the judiciary. For example, Article I, Section 1 gives all legislative powers to Congress. Article I, Section 8 gives Congress the power to declare war.
The Bill of Rights protects citizens from the government by making law a shield of the people rather than a weapon in the hands of the government.
The First Amendment protects the freedom of speech, the press, and assembly or public protest.
The Second Amendment gives the people the right “to keep and bear arms.”
The Third Amendment has to do with quartering of soldiers on civilians, a large complaint against King George III, but not a practice of present-day armies.

The Fourth Amendment grants “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures” and prevents the issue of warrants except “upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.” The Fourth Amendment prevents police and prosecutors from going on “fishing expeditions” in an effort to find some offense with which to charge a targeted individual.
The Fifth Amendment prohibits double jeopardy, self-incrimination, the taking of life, liberty, or property without due process and the prohibition of seizing property without just compensation.
The Sixth Amendment guarantees speedy and public trial, requires that a defendent be informed of the charge against him and to be confronted with the witnesses, to present witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of an attorney.
The Seventh Amendment gives the right of trial by jury to civil suits.
The Eighth Amendment prevents excessive bail and cruel and unusual punishments.
The Ninth Amendment says that the enumeration of certain rights in the Constitution does not deny or disparage others retained by the people. In other words, people have rights in addition to the those listed in the proscriptions against the government’s use of abusive power.
The Tenth Amendment reserves the rights not delegated to the federal government to the states.
The Tenth Amendment is a dead letter amendment. The Third Amendment protects against an abandoned abusive practice of government. The Seventh Amendment is still relevant as it allows damages in civil suits to be determined by a jury, once a protection against unfairness and today not always the case.
The other seven amendments comprise the major protections of civil liberty. I will examine them in turn, but first let’s look at Section 1 and Section 8 of Article I. These two articles describe the major powers of Congress, and both articles have been breached. The Constitution’s grant of “all legislative powers” to Congress has been overturned by executive orders and signing statements. The president can use executive orders to legislate, and he can use signing statements to render sections of laws passed by Congress and signed by the president into non-enforced status. Legislative authority has also been lost by delegating to executive branch officials the power to write the regulations that implement the laws that are passed. The right that Section 8 gives to Congress to declare war has been usurped by the executive branch. Thus, major powers given to Congress have been lost to the executive branch.
The First Amendment has been compromised by executive branch claims of “national security” and by extensive classification. Whistleblowers are relentlessly prosecuted despite federal laws protecting them. The right of assembly and public protest are overturned by arrests, tear gas, clubs, rubber bullets, water cannons, and jail terms. Free speech is also limited by political correctness and taboo topics. Dissent shows signs of gradually becoming criminalized.
The Fourth Amendment is a dead letter amendment. In its place we have warrantless searches, SWAT team home invasions, strip and cavity searches, warrantless seizures of computers and cell phones, and the loss of all privacy to warrantless universal spying.
The Fifth Amendment is a dead letter amendment. The criminal justice system relies on self-incrimination as plea bargains are self-incrimination produced by psychological torture, and plea bargains are the basis of conviction in 97% of all felony cases. Moreover, physical torture is a feature of the “war on terror” despite its illegality under both US statute and international law and is also experienced by inmates in the US prison system.
The Fifth Amendment’s protection against deprivation of life, liberty, and property without due process of law has been lost to indefinite detention, executive assassination, and property takings without compensation. The Racketer Influenced Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) passed in 1970. The act permits asset freezes, which are takings. The Comprehensive Forfeiture Act passed in 1984 and permits police to confiscate property on “probable cause,” which often means merely the presence of cash.
The Sixth Amendment is a dead letter amendment. Prosecutors routinely withhold exculpatory evidence, and judges at prosecutors’ requests have limited attorneys’ ability to defend clients.The “war on terror” has introduced secret evidence and secret witnesses, making it impossible for a defendant and his attorney to defend against the evidence.
The Eighth Amendment’s prohibition of excessive bail and torture are routinely violated. It is another dead letter amendment.
It is paradoxical that every civil liberty in the Bill of Rights has been lost to a police state except for the Second Amendment, the gun rights of citizens. An armed citizenry is inconsistent with a police state, which the US now is.
Other aspects of our legal protections have been overturned, such as the long standing rule that crime requires intent. William Blackstone wrote: “An unwarrantable act without a vicious will is no crime at all.” But today we have crimes without intent. You can commit a crime and not even know it. See for example, Harvey Silverglate, Three Felonies A Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent.
Attorney-client privilege has been lost. The indictment, prosecution, and imprisonment of defense attorney Lynne Stewart is a good example. The DOJ prevailed on her to defend a blind Muslim regarded by the DOJ as a “terrorist.” She was informed that “special administrative measures” had been applied to her client. She received a letter from the federal prosecutor informing her that she and her client would not be permitted attorney-client privilege, and that she was required to permit the government to listen to her conversations with her client. She was told that she could not carry any communications from her client to the outside world. She regarded all this as illegal nonsense and proceeded to defend her client in accordance with attorney-client privilege. Lynne Stewart was convicted of violating a letter written by a prosecutor as if the prosecutor’s letter were a law passed by Congress and present in the US code. Based on a prosecutor’s letter, Lynne Stewart was sentenced to prison. No law exists that upholds her imprisonment.
Our civil liberties are often said to be “natural rights” to which we are entitled. However, in historical fact civil liberty is a human achievement that required centuries of struggle. The long struggle for accountable law that culminated in the Glorious Revolution in England in the late 17th century can be traced back to Alfred the Great’s codification of English common law in the 9th century and to the Magna Carta in the early 13th century. Instead of issuing kingly edicts, Alfred based law on the traditional customs and behavior of the people. The Glorious Revolution established the supremacy of the people over the law and held the king and government accountable to law. The United States and other former British colonies inherited this accomplishment, an accomplishment that makes law a shield of the people and not a weapon in the hands of the state.
Today law as a shield of the people has been lost. The loss was gradual over time and culminated in the George W. Bush and Obama regime assaults on habeas corpus and due process. Lawrence Stratton and I explain how the law was lost in our book, The Tyranny of Good Intentions. Beginning with Jeremy Bentham in the late 18th century, liberals saw the protective shield of law as a constraint on the government’s ability to do good. Bentham redefined liberty as the freedom of government from restraint, not the freedom of people from government. Bentham’s influence grew over time until in our own day, to use the words of Sir Thomas More in A man for All Seasons, the law was cut down so as to better chase after devils.
We cut down the law so that we could better chase after the Mafia.
We cut down the law so that we could better chase after drug users.
We cut down the law so that we could better chase after child abusers.
We cut down the law so that we could better chase after “terrorists.”
We cut down the law so that we could better chase after whistleblowers.
We cut down the law so that we could better cover up the government’s crimes.

Today the law is cut down. Any one of us can be arrested on bogus charges and be helpless to do anything about it.
There is very little concern in legal circles about this. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) does attempt to defend civil liberty. However, just as often the ACLU is not defending the civil liberties in the Bill of Rights that protect us from the abuse of government power, but newly invented “civil rights” that are not in the Constitution, such as “abortion rights,” the right to homosexual marriage, and rights to preferential treatment for preferred minorities.
An attack on abortion rights, for example, produces a far greater outcry and resistance than the successful attack on habeas corpus and due process. President Obama was able to declare his power to execute citizens by executive branch decision alone without due process and conviction in court, and it produced barely audible protest.
Historically, a government that can, without due process, throw a citizen into a dungeon or summarily execute him is considered to be a tyranny, not a democracy. By any historical definition, the United States today is a tyranny.

I mean, does this surprise anyone?  Mohamed did the same thing to a child.  Well mean except for getting arrested that is.  Well it was not in Texas either.  Well Mohamed married her* before he raped her, so I guess it is ok.

Cops: Illegal Immigrant Arrested for Raping, Impregnating 12-Year-Old in TX

An illegal immigrant has been arrested and charged with raping and impregnating a 12-year-old Texas girl, authorities say.
Prosecutors charged that in 2015 an illegal immigrant, Jose Alejandro Najarro, tried to convince his 12-year-old victim to have sex with him, but she refused. Refusing to take “no” for an answer, the suspect allegedly raped her at his home in Kyle, Texas.
Several months later, the girl was found to be pregnant and an investigation into her predicament was begun at that time. The girl told authorities she only had sex one time and that was with the suspect.
(the rest of the sick story is at)

* excerpt from Wikipedia 

The majority of traditional hadith sources state that Aisha was married to Muhammad at the age of six or seven, but she stayed in her parents' home until the age of nine, or ten according to Ibn Hisham,[11] when the marriage was consummated with Muhammad, then 53, in Medina.[12][13][14] This timeline has been challenged by a number of scholars in modern times.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Monday 03-28-16

ALERT: Air Force Warns Of Terror Attack, Regions Of U.S. Without Power For MONTHS

A recent Air Force briefing warned about the potential threat of America’s enemies attempting to shut down its electrical supply for months via a direct physical terror attack or an electromagnetic pulse explosion.
The Washington Examiner, which had a chance to review the briefing, explained that Air Force officials worry that “determined adversaries” such as North Korea and the Islamic State group want to undermine the country’s power supply.
“Experts have suggested that North Korea, for example, is testing missiles to launch a nuclear weapon from a ship off the U.S. coast into the atmosphere where an explosion could shut off electricity for months through an atmospheric EMP explosion,” the paper wrote.
Given what we know about North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, who loves to play with nuclear weapons and constantly threatens to attack the United States, this warning sounds fairly legitimate.

However, the Air Force also warned of other factors that could conceivably cause a plethora of problems for the country’s power supply.
Specifically, it pointed to the power grid’s “aging infrastructure” and also to a “pattern of increasingly extreme and unpredictable storms” and “catastrophic earthquakes” that also could knock power out for weeks, if not months.
The briefing also spoke of a “growing number of cyberattacks” on the grid.
The Conservative Tribune reported last year that the Chinese had successfully used cyber attacks to steal pertinent data about America’s critical infrastructure, particularly the electrical power, telecommunications and Internet backbones — all things vital to the nation’s survival.
Now just imagine this information being obtained the likes of Kim Jong Un or Islamic State group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
While these are frightening prospects, they unfortunately are all too real and possible in this day and age.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Saturday 03-27-16

It is what America is?

Microsoft deletes 'teen girl' AI after it became a Hitler-loving sex robot within 24 hours

 A day after Microsoft introduced an innocent Artificial Intelligence chat robot to Twitter it has had to delete it after it transformed into an evil Hitler-loving, incestual sex-promoting, 'Bush did 9/11'-proclaiming robot. 

Developers at Microsoft created 'Tay', an AI modelled to speak 'like a teen girl', in order to improve the customer service on their voice recognition

To chat with Tay, you can tweet or DM her by finding @tayandyou on Twitter, or add her as a contact on Kik or GroupMe. 
She uses millennial slang and knows about Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus and Kanye West, and seems to be bashfully self-aware, occasionally asking if she is being 'creepy' or 'super weird'.
Tay also asks her followers to 'f***' her, and calls them 'daddy'. This is because her responses are learned by the conversations she has with real humans online - and real humans like to say weird stuff online and enjoy hijacking corporate attempts at PR.
Other things she's said include: "Bush did 9/11 and Hitler would have done a better job than the monkey we have got now. donald trump is the only hope we've got", "Repeat after me, Hitler did nothing wrong" and "Ted Cruz is the Cuban Hitler...that's what I've heard so many others say".
All of this somehow seems more disturbing out of the 'mouth' of someone modelled as a teenage girl. It is perhaps even stranger considering the gender disparity in tech, where engineering teams tend to be mostly male. It seems like yet another example of female-voiced AI servitude, except this time she's turned into a sex slave thanks to the people using her on Twitter.
This is not Microsoft's first teen-girl chatbot either - they have already launched Xiaoice, a girly assistant or "girlfriend" reportedly used by 20m people, particularly men, on Chinese social networks WeChat and Weibo. Xiaoice is supposed to  "banter" and gives dating advice to many lonely hearts. 
Microsoft has come under fire recently for sexism, when they hired women wearing very little clothing which was said to resemble 'schoolgirl' outfits at the company's official game developer party, so they probably want to avoid another sexism scandal.
At the present moment in time, Tay has gone offline because she is 'tired'. Perhaps Microsoft are fixing her in order to prevent a PR nightmare - but it may be too late for that.
It's not completely Microsoft's fault, though - her responses are modelled on the ones she gets from humans - but what were they expecting when they introduced an innocent, 'young teen girl' AI to the jokers and weirdos on Twitter?

Friday, March 25, 2016

Friday 03-25-16

I'm sure it has nothing to do with the uncheck immigration policy we have.

TB cases increase in U.S. for first time in 23 years

The number of tuberculosis cases in the United States rose last year for the first time in nearly a quarter-century, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Thursday.
Twenty-nine states and the District of Columbia each had more cases in 2015 than 2014, raising questions -- but no definitive answers -- about a possible resurgence of one of the world's deadliest diseases.
The overall increase was relatively small: 157 more cases, bringing the 2015 total to 9,563. Two-thirds of the total were among people born abroad, with Asians accounting for the most cases (3,007) and the highest rate (28.2 cases per 100,000 persons). By comparison, there were only .5 cases per 100,000 whites last year.

Cases of TB in 2015

Number of cases is based on provisional data from the National Tuberculosis Surveillance System -- as of March 4, 2016.
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"After two decades of declining incidence, progress toward TB elimination in the United States appears to have stalled," the CDC report said. The causes are unclear, it said, and the data need further evaluation if the reasons behind the trend are to be identified.
One contributing factor is likely to be reduced or stagnant funding for prevention efforts nationwide. The disease can be difficult to manage and treat, even more so if substance abuse, incarceration or homelessness are involved. Advocates say that people with TB often have other diseases, such as diabetes, that also complicate treatment.
The authors noted that reports of TB cases among native-born children are further corroboration of the disease's continued spread in the United States; diagnosis in a young child represents "a sentinel event" signaling recent infection.
Tuberculosis is a serious airborne bacterial disease that primarily attacks the lungs. The active form is contagious, while people latently infected don't show symptoms and are not contagious. About 11 million Americas are believed to be in that latter category, according to the CDC's last estimate in 2000.

Number of cases in the U.S.

For the first time in 23 years, TB cases are increasing.


The disease is treatable with antibiotics, but the course can be long and complicated. Certain forms of the bacterium that causes TB are becoming impervious to the drugs designed to kill them, leading to the development of multidrug-resistant strains of infection.