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  • Why would PMCs be in politically-unstable places, as opposed to waiting in comfort to be called?

    10/04/2016 7:28:38 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 4 replies
    Where individuals trying to find contract work hang around to be known and put themselves in the right places at the right times, companies hoping to score prime contracts have to have an early logistical presence and maintain it in order to be confident they can service any contracts at all.
  • [vanity]Proposal: the Affordable Gun Act

    09/20/2016 7:34:12 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 33 replies
    May I propose: Title: The Affordable Gun Act Summary: - Whereas every Selective Service registrant will, if called up, be required to at minimum know the operation of the M4 rifle with urgency, - Whereas every citizen of the United States may likewise find themselves in need of such familiarity under duress of unpredictable circumstances, - Whereas during such situations the availability of such & related equipment may not be guaranteed in a timely & quality manner by the United States military nor subordinate forces, - Whereas the citizenry of the United States is, on the whole, of upstanding law-abiding...
  • [vanity] Vote early - for standing

    09/13/2016 12:57:27 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 7 replies
    With the Democrats considering replacing Hillary on the ballot while she's still alive, may I suggest: Vote EARLY! As soon as your precinct allows early voting, do so. If you can get your vote in before they switch out Hillary for another candidate, you may have standing to sue the Democratic Party for violating [insert relevant local election law here].
  • 9/11 tribute: Blue Man Group - Exhibit 13

    09/11/2016 11:10:15 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | Blue Man Group
    A moving & creative tribute.
  • Obama deletes 4 year old tweet [HOAX]

    09/10/2016 7:30:04 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 25 replies
    Twitter ^ | 4 years ago | Obama
    RT if you agree: We need a President who is fighting for all Americans, not one who writes of nearly half the country.
  • Tweet: Comey says no evidence server was breached; holding Guccifer for breaching

    07/06/2016 7:34:08 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 44 replies
    Twitter ^ | 7/6/16 | Steve Goddard
    - @FBI director Comey says there is no evidence Hillary's server was breached, as he holds Guccifer in jail for breaching her server.
  • Odierno also asked for him [Hillary email]

    07/05/2016 5:58:57 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 10 replies
    WikiLeaks ^ | Hillary Clinton
    UNCLASSIFIED U.S. Department of State Case No. F-2014-20439 Doc No. C05774970 Date: 09/30/2015 RELEASE IN PART B5,B6 From: H Sent: Sunday, March 14, 2010 10:34 AM To: '' Subject: Re: iraq Odierno also asked for him and based on that we've already told him and our civ-mil B5 Baghdad team is expecting him. B6
  • Heckler & Koch introduces the SP5K pistol

    05/24/2016 8:41:56 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 34 replies
    Heckler & Koch will launch the new SP5K semi-automatic pistol (civilian sporting pistol)—which matches the look and feel of the iconic MP5K submachine gun—at the 2016 NRA Annual Meetings and Exhibits in Louisville, Ky.
  • Great Big Story app & website

    04/26/2016 5:44:13 PM PDT · by ctdonath2
    Great Big Story | 4/26/16 | Self with Great Big Story
    CNN's Great Big Story iPhone app and website relaunched today - check it out for fun & uplifting video stories 2-3 minutes long, about 3 released daily.
  • Islam protest at GA capitol today 4-18-16 [live thread]

    04/18/2016 5:14:20 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 29 replies
    As noted here there is an unpermitted armed anti-islam protest planned for the Georgia capitol today. Please post updates & info here.
  • How the Rest of the Delegate Race Could Unfold

    04/06/2016 4:23:34 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 47 replies
    NY Times ^ | April 6, 2016 | By GREGOR AISCH, JOSH KATZ and K.K. REBECCA LAI UPDATED
    Here are some ways the Republican and Democratic nominating contests could unfold. Adjust the sliders to see how the outcomes can change. Each line in the charts represents one possible outcome.
  • FR Book Club: April - "Run to the Phantom"

    03/26/2016 12:51:40 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 8 replies
    1pitech's father ^ | March 26, 2014 | R. Ibbetson
    During a national emergency, a liberal Marxist-leaning political leadership takes absolute control of the United States. Martial law is declared and elections are suspended. This leadership morphs into a complete Communist-style government. All dissent is brutally repulsed. Two young university students, Peter Blake and Natalie Biriukova, become active leaders in the resistance movement. They soon fall in love. In time they are targeted by the government and forced to go on the run. A feared and notorious Compliance Officer, Nicholas Snoopczech, is hot on their trail. He is hated and feared by Americans, especially those who are brave enough to...
  • ECDSA Key Extraction from Mobile Devices via Nonintrusive Physical Side Channels

    03/25/2016 11:10:33 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 4 replies
    Tel Aviv university ^ | Tel Aviv university
    iOS 7.1.2-8.3 appears vulnerable: its ECDSA implementation, in CommonCrypto, exhibits scalar-dependent leakage and thus appears vulnerable. iOS 9.x does not appear vulnerable: its implementation uses side-channel mitigation techniques and we have no evidence that it is vulnerable.
  • If Apple is Ordered to Unlock iPhone for FBI, Some Engineers Might Refuse to Help

    03/17/2016 6:58:26 PM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 57 replies
    MacRumors ^ | Mar 17, 2016 2:05 pm PDT | Juli Clover
    Should the FBI win its ongoing legal battle with Apple, resulting in the Cupertino company being ordered to unlock the iPhone 5c used by San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook, some Apple engineers may decide not to cooperate with law enforcement.
  • Scheme to end delegate voting system? [vanity]

    02/24/2016 4:21:36 AM PST · by ctdonath2 · 18 replies
    Sitting here, eating a bagel and watching the Nevada results on a giant screen in the CNN center lobby, I note the reporters' focus on percentage votes while awkwardly trying to ignore the real scoring: delegate counts. I'm wondering if the odd treatment of the rules is actually preparation to replace them. Delegate based "republican" (small 'r') voting is anathema to majority-rules "democratic" (small 'd') voting. Might we be seeing the start of an attempt at eviscerating representative voting with plurality/majority voting, ultimately ending the Constitution's electoral system?
  • A thought: Don't replace Scalia [vanity]

    02/17/2016 7:09:43 PM PST · by ctdonath2 · 27 replies
    Ya know... There's nothing in the Constitution that says there must be 9 Supreme Court justices. There's nothing in the Constitution that says a deceased/retired justice must be replaced. We _have_ 9, yes, but...why? The Constitution does not specify how many SCOTUS justices there must be. The Judiciary Act of 1789 set the number at 6. Over time, the number was changed to 7, 9, 10, 8 (supposed to reduce to 7 thru attrition but then...), back to 9. So there's precedent for an alternative solution to the problem of Obama replacing Scalia: reduce the official number to, say, 7...
  • "turn it into nonpaper w no identifying heading and send nonsecure" [the smoking gun]

    01/08/2016 10:28:47 AM PST · by ctdonath2 · 61 replies
    U.S. Department of State ^ | June 17, 2011 | Hillary Clinton
    "turn it into nonpaper w no identifying heading and send nonsecure"
  • This is Faraday Future’s ridiculous 1,000-horsepower electric concept car

    01/05/2016 6:58:21 AM PST · by ctdonath2 · 51 replies
    The Verge ^ | January 4, 2016 11:30 pm | Tamara Warren
    Faraday Future - the California-based electric car company that's been operating in stealth mode for the past year and a half - made its first big splash on the eve of CES this week with the unveiling of the FFZERO1, a high-performance concept car. The sinewy machine looks more appropriate for a race track than a city street thanks to a claimed 1,000 horsepower, a 0-60 time under three seconds, and a top speed over 200 miles per hour. Of course, those are all purely theoretical numbers since this is just a concept, though the company teases that it could...
  • Star Wars VII discussion [vanity][spoilers]

    12/18/2015 8:18:12 PM PST · by ctdonath2 · 91 replies
    Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens is now playing. Those who have seen it, let's discuss! Those who haven't seen it, hit your back button now.
  • New FAA rule requires drone owners to register by February 19

    12/14/2015 8:49:15 AM PST · by ctdonath2 · 61 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Dec 14, 2015 | David Morgan
    The Federal Aviation Administration, responding to heightened concerns about rogue drone flights near airports, unveiled a pre-Christmas rule on Monday requiring drone hobbyists as young as 13 to register their unmanned aircraft. The new online registry will require current drone owners to register by Feb. 19 while anyone who acquires aircraft after Dec. 21 would need to register before their first outdoor flight. After registering, drone owners will receive an FAA identification number that they must display on aircraft weighing between 0.55 pounds (250 grams) and 55 pounds (25 kgs). The FAA's online registration site, which will be launched next...
  • Obama Speech on San Bernardino & ISIS Full Text Transcript

    12/06/2015 6:55:04 PM PST · by ctdonath2 · 44 replies
    Heavy ^ | 12-6-2015 | Tom Cleary & The Obama
    First, our military will continue to hunt down terrorist plotters in any country where it is necessary. ... Second, we will continue to provide training and equipment to tens of thousands of Iraqi and Syrian forces fighting ISIL on the ground so that we take away their safe havens. ... Third, we’re working with friends and allies to stop ISIL’s operations — ... Fourth, with American leadership, the international community has begun to establish a process — and timeline — to pursue ceasefires and a political resolution to the Syrian war. ... To begin with, Congress should act to make...
  • On This Day: August 1, 1863 [NY Times defended by machine guns]

    12/05/2015 11:05:23 AM PST · by ctdonath2 · 13 replies
    New York Times ^ | August 1, 2001 | Robert C. Kennedy
    ... At Newspaper Row, across from City Hall, Henry Raymond, owner and editor of The New York Times, averted the rioters with Gatling guns, one of which he manned. The mob, instead, attacked the headquarters of abolitionist Horace Greeley's New York Tribune until forced to flee by the Brooklyn Police. ...
  • Cruz's greatest insight overlooked [vanity]

    10/29/2015 11:53:33 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 52 replies
    Amid all the uproar about Cruz's out-of-the-park "this is not a cage match" comments, everyone is overlooking the elephant-in-the-living-room. "The Democratic debate ... reflected a debate between the Bolsheviks and the Mensheviks." - Ted Cruz So, being on a define-that-word spree this week for no apparent reason, I looked up the terms on Wikipedia. Oh, sure, I know what they are...well, a bit weak on "Mensheviks"...ok, let's review the definitions. O. M. G. Mensheviks - The Mensheviks subscribed to an Orthodox Marxist view of social and economic development, believing that socialism could not be achieved in Russia due to its...
  • [Vanity] FReepers: define "poor"

    10/08/2015 8:25:57 AM PDT · by ctdonath2 · 63 replies
    Having run into the problem of sociopolitical discussion & policy-making based on an undefined term, I'd like FReepers' input. There is much discussion & arguing about "poverty", from a UN definition of $1.25/day to American Leftist demands for "living wages" and a $15/hr minimum wage plus free healthcare and other luxurious demands as minimum requirements delineating "poor". The US "poverty line" is some 20x that of world median income, placing "barely not poor" in the world's 80th percentile of wealth. There's a lot of people whose careers depend on a very fluid definition of "poor", ensuring that whatever it is...
  • 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..."