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  • 5 Indicators That Show We Turned a Depression-Like Shock into a Six-Year Expansion

    09/17/2015 1:12:29 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 40 replies
    White House ^ | SEPTEMBER 15, 2015 | JASON FURMAN
    Summary: Seven years after the financial crisis, check out these five charts to see how President Obama's policy decisions helped America narrowly avoid another Great Depression.
  • Kentucky marriage law

    09/04/2015 7:33:37 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 53 replies
    Kentucky state government ^ | Kentucky legislature
    As usual, there is a great deal of chatter about the law without anyone actually knowing what it actually _says_. Follow the link and read the Kentucky statutes on marriage. Note that these have not yet been repealed/vacated, certain prohibitions remain in place, and insofar as SCOTUS issued a ruling declaring such law unconstitutional it is by default null and void - therefore there is nothing for the federal judge to coerce Kim Davis into acting on.
  • Accidental shooting at [Georgia] Navy recruiting center

    07/17/2015 9:13:24 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 38 replies
    WSB ^ | July 17, 2015
    GAINESVILLE, Ga. — A Navy recruiter is recovering after he accidentally shot himself in the leg at the Armed Forces Recruiting Center in Gainesville. ... "We're not certain why this member of armed forces brought this gun to the office. We are currently looking into that with the armed forces," Holbrook said. "That's part of the investigation."
  • DoJ's Gag Order On Reason Has Been Lifted — But The Real Story Is More Outrageous Than We Thought

    06/22/2015 2:15:06 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 11 replies
    PopeHat ^ | June 22, 2015 | Ken White
    Last Friday the folks at Reason confirmed what I suggested on Thursday — that the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York, after hitting Reason with a federal grand jury subpoena to unmask anonymous hyperbolic commenters, secured a gag order that prevented them from writing about it. Nick Gillespie and Matt Welch describe how it all went down. Read it. So, the truth is out — and it's more outrageous than you thought, even more outrageous than it appears at first glance. What, you might ask, could be more outrageous than the United States Department of Justice...
  • The Mystery of Disappearing Threads [vanity]

    06/08/2015 10:10:27 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 58 replies
    An observation about legitimately deleted threads, and the propensity for such thread starters to complain about deleted threads: When a thread is deleted, the only information about the deletion is by following a link to it - usually available only because the link was up just long enough to appear somewhere. Thing is: the thread creator is not notified, s/he just notices it's not there anymore - and if hadn't kept a link, it just disappears. So... can I suggest that when a moderator deletes a thread, the thread creator be notified (PM or Ping) of the fact and a...
  • Legend has it: the shot heard round the world

    06/07/2015 8:36:52 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 5 replies ^ | 9 March 2014 |
    An amusing telling of the events at Lexington and Concord.
  • Tea party litmus test? (vanity)

    05/06/2015 7:57:57 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 25 replies
    Let's try some "are you a tea-party type?" litmus-test questions. Do you agree: - the government may not operate beyond what the Constitution clearly grants & empowers? - short of actual declared war, government should spend no more than tax revenue? - currency should be commodity-backed (gold preferably)? - direct federal taxation of citizens should be repealed? - human life, including right of continued existence, begins at conception; the "choice" is to create human life, not end it? - short of adjudicated felons & mental defect, ownership of weapons in defense of self/family/state shall not be restricted? - short of...
  • #RaceTogether @Starbucks

    03/17/2015 10:37:04 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 12 replies
  • TSA Issues Secret Warning on 'Catastrophic' Threat to Aviation

    02/26/2015 12:53:00 PM PST · by ctdonath2 · 39 replies
    First Look / The Intercept ^ | 02/25/2015 1:34 PM | Jana Winter
    The Transportation Security Administration said it is unlikely to detect and unable to extinguish what an FBI report called “the greatest potential incendiary threat to aviation,” according to a classified document obtained by The Intercept. Yet despite that warning, sources said TSA is not adequately preparing to respond to the threat. Thermite — a mixture of rust and aluminum powder — could be used against a commercial aircraft, TSA warned in a Dec. 2014 document, marked secret. “The ignition of a thermite-based incendiary device on an aircraft at altitude could result in catastrophic damage and the death of every person...
  • President Grover Cleveland on federal welfare/entitlements

    02/24/2015 2:44:05 PM PST · by ctdonath2 · 8 replies
    Wait But Why ^ | Around 1886, retold February 2015 | Grover Cleveland
    ...when there was a Texas drought that hurt the crops of farmers there, Congress allotted $10,000 to buy seed grain to help them recover. But [President Grover] Cleveland vetoed the expenditure and explained why like this:I can find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and duty of the general government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit. A prevalent tendency to disregard the limited mission of this power and duty should, I think,...
  • Texas vs USA [illegal amnesty blocked] [PDF]

    02/17/2015 8:56:04 AM PST · by ctdonath2 · 9 replies
    AMLaw ^ | Feb 16, 2015 | Andrew S. Hanen, US District Judge
    Link goes to the actual ruling (rather weighty PDF download).
  • One-Bit To Rule Them All: Bypassing Windows’ 10 Protections using a Single Bit

    02/11/2015 4:13:08 AM PST · by ctdonath2 · 12 replies
    Breaking Malware ^ | February 10, 2015 | Udi Yavo
    Microsoft released their latest Patch Tuesday. This Patch includes a fix for vulnerability CVE-2015-0057, an IMPORTANT-rated exploitable vulnerability which we responsibly disclosed to Microsoft a few months ago. As part of our research, we revealed this privilege escalation vulnerability which, if exploited, enables a threat actor to complete control of a Windows machine. In other words, a threat actor that gains access to a Windows machine (say, through a phishing campaign) can exploit this vulnerability to bypass all Windows security measures, defeating mitigation measures such as sandboxing, kernel segregation and memory randomization. Interestingly, the exploit requires modifying only a single...
  • Apple Has 93% of Mobile Profits

    02/09/2015 9:57:34 AM PST · by ctdonath2 · 328 replies
    Barron's ^ | February 9, 2015, 9:48 A.M. ET | Tiernan Ray
    Canaccord Genuity’s Mike Walkley this morning ... writes that his assessment of vendor data in smartphones suggests, whose shares he rates a Buy, captured 93% of industry profits in Q4 ... while Samsung Electronics has a minority of profit and all others operate at no profit or at a negative margin
  • Glock new products announced today [G43 single-stack 9mm?]

    01/20/2015 10:17:44 AM PST · by ctdonath2 · 24 replies
    Glock ^ | 1/20/15 | Glock
    Glock will introduce new products today at 6:30EST, streaming video at Here's a thread for discussion.
  • iPhone 6 Gets Sent Into Space [survives unscathed]

    01/15/2015 5:39:04 PM PST · by ctdonath2 · 16 replies
    MacRumors ^ | Thursday January 15, 2015 | Juli Clover
    Back in late November, iPhone case maker Urban Armor Gear sent an iPhone into space using a weather balloon, and in early January, the site shared a video depicting the iPhone's journey to the stratosphere in an Urban Armor Gear case. The iPhone soared 101,000 feet into the atmosphere, and was subjected to 70 mile per hour winds and temperatures that dropped to -79 degrees Fahrenheit. Though turned on at launch, the iPhone later shut off and froze due to the cold weather Urban Armor Gear hooked the iPhone up to a weather balloon rig that also included a GPS...
  • Woodall (R-GA) Statement on House-Passed Government Funding Bill

    12/11/2014 8:52:13 PM PST · by ctdonath2 · 55 replies ^ | Dec 11, 2014 | U.S. Rep Rob Woodall (R-GA)
    “Congress and the American people have debated a number of different paths to try to hold President Obama accountable for his executive overreach. While there is still disagreement on which path is best, the path that we took in the House tonight is the first step to get us there. First and foremost, this bill holds the line on spending, implementing a spending level that is even lower than the one proposed in the original ‘too conservative to pass’ Paul Ryan budget. Additionally, the bill implements conservative priorities such as an increase in pay and funding for our troops, as...
  • Nullify NFA via "Executive Memo"? [vanity]

    So I'm sitting here reading the Obama's "it's not an Executive Order, it's just a Memo" negating established immigration law. The core premise is "fulfilling the law is just not viable, so here's how we're going to change it by refusing to execute & enforce it". Occurs to me that NFA law (federal gun laws requiring a $200/$5 tax, intense background check, and other paperwork) is in a comparable state: NFA processing times are (AFAIK) approaching a year now, which is of course in gross violation of "right to keep and bear" insofar as you've paid for an otherwise lawful...
  • Ferguson Nov.10 [live thread]

    11/10/2014 8:18:03 AM PST · by ctdonath2 · 48 replies
    As there was a thread indicating the Ferguson/Brown/Wilson Grand Jury verdict will be released at 2:00PM CST Monday, seems suitable to have a thread gathering initial rumblings & expectations not quite worthy/linkable toward their own threads.
  • Emergent (trending rumors evaluation site)

    10/14/2014 6:54:13 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 8 replies
    Emergent is a website which tracks emerging rumors, aggregates them, and evaluates their accuracy. Looks interesting.
  • 10 Lessons From Real-Life Revolutions That Fictional Dystopias Ignore

    09/16/2014 8:05:57 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 14 replies
    io9 ^ | 9/16/14 | Esther Inglis-Arkell
    Today's genre books are full of future dystopias, which only have one weakness: teenagers. And everybody knows that most dystopias are kind of contrived. But here are 10 lessons from real-life rebellions against repressive regimes, that we wish the creators of fictional dystopias would pay attention to. 10. The Enemy of Your Enemy Is Not Your Friend [snip] 9. The Top Guy Isn't Always the Problem [snip] 8. Sometimes Making Concessions Leads To Rebellion [snip] 7. Two Downtrodden Groups Will Usually Be Fighting Each Other [snip] 6. Never Neglect the Practicalities [snip] 5. New Regimes Come With Crazy Ideology [snip]...
  • Here's Apple Pay in Action (video) [and replacing min-wage clerk jobs]

    09/12/2014 8:03:39 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 36 replies
    TechCrunch ^ | 9/9/14 | TechCrunch
    At 1:40, demonstrates using an iPhone to bypass a fast-food cashier entirely: open app, recognizes you're at a restaurant, shows the menu, you pick what you want, tap "Pay", authorize with fingerprint on phone, go to food pickup window.
  • "Purge" tonight?

    08/15/2014 1:34:18 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 51 replies
    Media stirring about a "purge" tonight, based on last year's movie "The Purge" which depicted a scheduled period where all crime was legal for 12 hours. With the Ferguson events deflating as the "good boy" starts appearing not so much after all, those looking for an excuse to continue recent rioting (for rioting's sake) may be leveraging the confluence of news & entertainment into real life. #purge on Twitter"Purge" news on Google
  • Current popular gun boards? (vanity)

    07/25/2014 10:01:57 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 25 replies
    What are the current "hot" gun discussion boards? I've been distracted by politics for a few years, and some of my favored places (, have faded as the natural lifecycle of such places tends to. Surely others have popped up. Where to go?
  • Forsyth County GA Courthouse Shooting

    06/06/2014 1:42:37 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 43 replies
    A well armed & armored defendant drove to the Forsyth County GA Courthouse, ignited a smoke grenade, and started shooting (injuring one deputy). He didn't last long. SWAT showed up within 40 seconds.
  • A FReeper got a Leaf

    05/07/2014 9:16:24 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 181 replies
    self | ctdonath2
    I did it. I got an electric car. A Nissan Leaf. Whatever the origins, the confluence of factors made it absurd not to. Buyers get a $7500 credit off federal taxes. Georgia offers $5000 off purchase or lease. Power usage costs about $25/mo (vs gas at $150-300). That, plus negotiating, makes a 2 year lease net cost $0, if not negative. That I was driving a '98 POS facing major repairs, plus legislative movements reconsidering the incentives, made it a must-do. If you're in a state with similar incentives, and have any reason at all to get another car, do...
  • "Someone will do something stupid...”

    11/05/2013 9:17:23 PM PST · by ctdonath2 · 11 replies
    V for Vendetta | Alan Moore (?)
    "We're under siege here. The whole city's gone mad." "This is exactly what he wants." "What?" "Anarchy ... Chaos. The problem is that he knows us better than we know ourselves. ... With so much chaos, someone will do something stupid. And when they do, things will turn nasty. And then Sutler will be forced to do the only thing he knows how to do. At which point, all V needs to do is keep his word. And then..."
  • Killing Season

    10/13/2013 5:36:15 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 6 replies
  • Treasury Ran $98 Billion Deficit in July--But Debt Stayed Exactly $16,699,396,000,000

    08/14/2013 10:19:37 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 17 replies
    CNSnews ^ | 8/14/2013 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Since Lew sent [a] letter--announcing that he would use "extraordinary measures"--the debt has remained stuck at exactly $16,699,396,000,000 for 87 straight days. That includes all 31 days in July when Lew's Treasury says it was running a $98 billion deficit.
  • FReeper comments on Girl Scouts and alternatives?

    06/17/2013 6:43:32 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 59 replies
    My little girl is 5. Perfect time to start Girl Scouts except ... well I suppose y'all will fill me in on that. Thoughts?
  • Why Anti-Authoritarians are Diagnosed as Mentally Ill

    05/08/2013 10:47:20 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 28 replies
    Mad in America ^ | February 26, 2012 | Bruce Levine
    In my career as a psychologist, I have talked with hundreds of people previously diagnosed by other professionals with oppositional defiant disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, anxiety disorder and other psychiatric illnesses, and I am struck by (1) how many of those diagnosed are essentially anti-authoritarians, and (2) how those professionals who have diagnosed them are not. Anti-authoritarians question whether an authority is a legitimate one before taking that authority seriously. Evaluating the legitimacy of authorities includes assessing whether or not authorities actually know what they are talking about, are honest, and care about those people who are respecting their...
  • Obama's Corporate Cronies?

    09/07/2012 10:53:41 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 15 replies
    Does anyone have a concise list of the Obama's "crony capitalism" conspirators? Like Solyndra, companies which barely existed being given huge sums for questionable goals, putting on a good but brief show, then evaporating.
  • ObamaCare: government demands private records? or not?

    08/01/2012 12:14:23 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 5 replies
    To clear up a misconception either way: does ObamaCare legislate governmental access to otherwise private medical records? Citations needed.
  • Anyone up for a march on DC? (a la 9/12/2009)

    06/28/2012 8:13:10 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 99 replies
    The "tea party" got a million people to protest at the Capitol on 9/12/2009. Time for a "we mean it" sequel.
  • Olympics 2012 - viewing options? (v)

    06/04/2012 11:48:32 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 18 replies
    The Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games is on Friday, July 27, 2012.
  • Stocks Post Loss on Greece, S&P at 3-Month Low

    05/15/2012 12:41:36 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 120 replies
    Drudge Report ^ | May 15 2012 | Drudge
    Headline only.
  • Sarcastic May Day poster?

    05/01/2012 4:38:27 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 24 replies
    May 1 | ctdonath2
    Looking for office-suitable poster/picture retorts to May Day. If anyplace has 'em it'll be FR!
  • Spain Is Doomed: Why Austerity Is Destroying Europe

    04/18/2012 7:43:02 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 63 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Apr 18 2012, 10:00 AM ET | Matthew O'Brien - Matthew O'Brien
    Let's try a thought experiment. Imagine you walked into the bank, told them you were going to be taking pay cuts for the next few years, and then asked for a loan. You'd be laughed out of the office or else pay an interest rate so high that "usurious" wouldn't do it justice. The logic is simple: If you're in debt and your income is shrinking, it's mighty hard to pay back what you already owe. ... Nearly a quarter of Spain's population is unemployed. Half of its youth are out of work. And it's only going to get worse....
  • Google Maps Quest 8-bit

    04/02/2012 8:25:54 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 4 replies
    Google Maps ^ | April 1 2012 | Google
    For those who missed Google Maps Quest yesterday, you can still activate it:
  • Obama Faces More Lawsuits Over Pro-Abortion HHS Mandate

    02/26/2012 12:48:09 PM PST · by ctdonath2 · 6 replies · 1+ views ^ | 2/20/12 | Steven Ertelt
    Alliance Defense Fund Senior Counsel Gregory Baylor will join Geneva College President Ken Smith [last] Tuesday at a press conference to announce a new federal lawsuit against the Obama administration over what ADF and the college call its “unconstitutional mandate that religious employers provide abortifacients, sterilization, and contraception to employees regardless of religious or moral objections.” “People of faith shouldn’t be punished by the state for following that faith in making decisions for themselves or their organizations,” said Baylor. “Every American should know that a government with the power to do this to anyone can do this–and worse–to everyone.” Smith,...
  • Money. All of it.

    11/21/2011 8:11:53 AM PST · by ctdonath2 · 9 replies
    xkcd ^ | 11/21/11 | xkcd
  • Occupy This

    11/16/2011 2:22:58 PM PST · by ctdonath2 · 4 replies
    We Are The 53% ^ | 11/15/11
  • Day of Rage: September 17

    09/15/2011 2:28:44 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Our Mission On the 17th of September, we want to see 20,000 people to flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months. Once there, we shall incessantly repeat one simple demand in a plurality of voices and we will not leave until that demand has been met. ... What Is This "One Demand"? ... A Facebook poll started by Adbusters suggests the demand might be an end to corporate personhood.
  • ctdonath2's take on the Obama's Jobs Act

    09/09/2011 10:47:28 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 5 replies
    "THE AMERICAN JOBS ACT" Ok, let’s do some objective analysis of this. Rough, off-the-cuff stuff but at least figure what ballpark numbers and effects are.  "1. Tax Cuts to Help America’s Small Businesses Hire and Grow Cutting the payroll tax in half for 98 percent of businesses: The President’s plan will cut in half the taxes paid by businesses on their first $5 million in payroll, targeting the benefit to the 98 percent of firms that have payroll below this threshold." Noted elsewhere, that’s reducing the tax to 3.1%. Being able now to retain 3.1% of up to $5M means...
  • Infomous [a different kind of news aggregator]

    08/31/2011 9:33:20 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 7 replies
  • Mark Duggan did not shoot at police, says IPCC

    08/09/2011 11:18:19 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 13 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | Tuesday 9 August 2011 18.34 BST | Jeevan Vasagar
    Mark Duggan, whose shooting by police sparked London's riots, did not fire a shot at police officers before they killed him, the Independent Police Complaints Commission said on Tuesday. Releasing the initial findings of ballistics tests, the police watchdog said a CO19 firearms officer fired two bullets, and that a bullet that lodged in a police radio was "consistent with being fired from a police gun". One theory, not confirmed by the IPCC, is that the bullet became lodged in the radio from a ricochet or after passing through Duggan. ... The IPCC said Duggan was carrying a loaded gun,...
  • The "Debt Limit" Bill S 365

    08/02/2011 8:19:11 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 31 replies
    Library of Congress. ^ | 8/1/11 | Congress
    AN ACT To make a technical amendment to the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. TECHNICAL AMENDMENT TO EDUCATION SCIENCES REFORM ACT OF 2002. Section 174(e)(1)(A) of the Education Sciences Reform Act of 2002 (20 U.S.C. 9564(e)(1)(A)) is amended by inserting `, subject to 1 extension of not more than 12 months, at the Secretary's discretion, for any contract in effect on, or entered into after, January 1, 2011' after `period'.
  • Apple announces OS X Lion, iOS 5, iCloud

    06/06/2011 12:35:21 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 198 replies
    Engadget ^ | 6/6/11 | Engadget
    Apple introduced OS X Lion, iOS 5, and iCloud today. Lots of articles at the link and elsewhere.
  • National Emergency Alert System Set To Launch In NYC

    05/10/2011 7:00:22 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 34 replies
    CBS ^ | May 10, 2011 8:35 AM
    A new national alert system is set to begin in New York City that will alert the public to emergencies via cell phones. Presidential and local emergency messages as well as Amber Alerts would appear on cell phones equipped with special chips and software.
  • TSA encounter at SAN (TSA gets their Rosa Parks)

    ... This agent looked over my boarding pass, looked over my ID, looked at me and then back at my ID. After that, he waved me through. SAN is still operating metal detectors, so I walked over to one of the lines for them. After removing my shoes and making my way toward the metal detector, the person in front of me in line was pulled out to go through the backscatter machine. After asking what it was and being told, he opted out. This left the machine free, and before I could go through the metal detector, I was...
  • The Flying iPad

    09/27/2010 5:04:11 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 14 replies
    Comic Sans Relief ^ | September 2010 | Chris Ainsworth
    The iPad that just flew off the top of my minivan going 70 MPH then landing on Interstate 75's asphalt was as good as new.