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  • Boehner likes Jeb Bush in 2016

    01/24/2014 8:29:20 AM PST · by maggief · 48 replies
    The Hill ^ | january 24, 2014 | Mario Trujillo
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday night that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush would be a great president if he ran in 2016. However, the Speaker made clear he is not endorsing anyone more than two years before the election. “Well listen I’m not endorsing anybody, but Jeb Bush is my friend, and I frankly think he would be a great president, I really do,” he said on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” Bush was the only potential GOP candidate Boehner mentioned when asked who he liked for president. In the wide-ranging interview, Boehner also touched on last October’s...
  • Darrell Issa to introduce immigration bill (House GOP begins Amnesty push next week...)

    10/23/2013 6:32:16 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 273 replies
    Politico ^ | 10/23/13 | SEUNG MIN KIM
    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is planning to release legislation next week that would provide legal status for six years to undocumented immigrants in the United States, he said in an interview Wednesday. Issa, an influential Republican who leads the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, described the legislation as a “come-from-the-shadows” effort that would allow the government to do a full accounting of those who are in the U.S. illegally. Immigrants in this new status would be able to travel to their native country while on this temporary visa, he said.
  • The New Yorker Admits Fox News is More Balanced than MSNBC

    08/29/2013 3:55:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 28, 2013 | Heather Ginsberg
    Hmmm, based on what the left preaches isn’t it supposed to be Fox News that is the biased news station? Well even the liberals over at The New Yorker are saying that MSNBC is worse! According to The New Yorker’s Kelefa Sanneh, who for 8 years was a critic at the New York Times, profiled MSNBC and found that “Conservatives are far less visible on MSNBC than liberals are on Fox News”. And not only is MSNBC less likely to have Conservatives on their shows, but when they do, they tend to be Republicans who talk trash right-wingers. Sanneh had...
  • In His Own Words, How Obama Lost Credibility With Even Liberal Democrats

    06/07/2013 3:11:34 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 5 replies
    The Looking Spoon ^ | 6-7-13 | The Looking Spoon
    This actually applies to pretty much everyone in government at this point...
  • Who Tells Us What To Think? Does The Mainstream Media = The Matrix?

    02/14/2013 9:30:04 PM PST · by blam · 23 replies
    TEC ^ | 2-14-2013 | Michael Snyder
    Who Tells Us What To Think? Does The Mainstream Media = The Matrix? By Michael Snyder February 14th, 2013 Do you believe that you really think for yourself? Did you come up with your attitudes, opinions and beliefs on your own, or are they continually being shaped and molded by someone else? Could it be possible that you and everyone around you is actually hooked into a real life version of "the matrix" that is constantly defining your reality for you? Sadly, the truth is that almost all of us have willingly hooked ourselves into a colossal media system that...
  • Hudson Valley community bans gun show in wake of Newtown

    12/21/2012 8:20:31 AM PST · by Impala64ssa · 7 replies
    WHITE PLAINS (AP) -- Westchester County will not host a gun show early next year in the wake of the massacre in Newtown, Conn. County Executive Rob Astorino said it would be inappropriate for the county to hold the event. Former County Executive Andrew Spano had banned the show after the 1999 Columbine school shootings in Colorado. The ban remained in effect for more than a decade. Astorino brought back the show in 2010. His decision comes after Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner called on the county to cancel the show at the government-owned building. Westchester Board of Legislators Chairman...
  • Do we live in a computer simulation? How to test the idea.

    12/13/2012 6:21:49 AM PST · by ExxonPatrolUs · 26 replies
    KurzweilAINetwork ^ | December 13, 2012
    The concept that we could possibly be living in a computer simulation comes from a 2003 paper published in Philosophical Quarterly by Nick Bostrom, a philosophy professor at the University of Oxford. With current limitations and trends in computing, it will be decades before researchers will be able to run even primitive simulations of the universe. But a University of Washington team has suggested tests that can be performed now, or in the near future, that could resolve the question. Currently, supercomputers using a technique called lattice quantum chromodynamics (LQC), and starting from the fundamental physical laws that govern the universe, can...
  • Is Farming Brain-Dead Chickens More Ethical? (Matrix-style Chicken Factories)

    02/25/2012 12:37:19 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 104 replies
    DVICE ^ | Feb 24, 2012 | Evan Ackerman
    Is farming brain-dead chickens more ethical? Architecture Student André Ford is proposing raising chickens for meat in vertical racks after severing their frontal cortexes, rendering them effectively brain-dead. It would be much, much more efficient, there's no doubt about that, but would it be any more ethical than current factory farms? The images of the conceptual chicken racks are fairly disturbing- the chickens are suspended, completely immobile, with their feet removed. Tubes feed water and nutrients directly into the them while other tubes carry away waste. The chickens themselves, though, aren't suffering at all, since their brains have been surgically...
  • Shipboard prototype tactical laser weapon engages swarms of small, fast attack boats in Navy tests

    09/01/2011 9:22:35 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 20 replies
    militaryaerospace.com ^ | 31 Aug 2011 | John Keller
    EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., 31 Aug. 2011. Laser weapons experts from the Boeing Co. Directed Energy Systems segment in Huntsville, Ala., the BAE Systems U.S. U.S. Combat Systems segment in Minneapolis, and the U.S. Navy have tested a shipboard prototype tactical laser weapon based on the Navy's Mk 38 MOD 2 deck gun, during which experts tested the laser weapon against a simulated attack by fast, maneuvering small attack boats, intermingled with neutral boat traffic. The tests of the Mk 38 MOD 2 Tactical Laser System (TLS) concept were at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla. The Mk 38 tactical...
  • WHEN THE SMOKE CLEARS

    05/01/2011 3:01:09 PM PDT · by mamelukesabre · 19 replies
    In the 1950s computers demonstrated their dexterity at manipulating very large numbers over minute increments of time. TIME IS! ...they seemed to say-but after giving the matter some thought, we decided not to awake our master for mere arithmetic, just yet. Twenty years passed. In the 1970s computers began to reproduce themselves in automated factories in accordance with John von Neumann's principles of how automata can grow more complicated from one generation to the next. TIME WAS! ...their advancing numbers proclaimed-but we decided that mere spreadsheets and word processors did not merit raising the alarm. Another twenty years passed. Computers,...
  • WikiLeaks: British Police Arrest Assange

    12/07/2010 2:58:27 AM PST · by bd476 · 98 replies · 1+ views
    Sky News ^ | December 7, 2010 | Andy Winter, Sky News Online
    WikiLeaks: British Police Arrest Assange WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has been arrested by British police over sexual assault claims in Sweden, according to Sky sources. A fresh European arrest warrant has been received by Mr Assange's lawyer - as anger grows in the US over the latest leaked embassy cables by the whistleblowing website. Sky sources have said officers from Scotland Yard detained the 39-year-old Australian at around 9.30am. Labelling the move as a "political stunt", Mr Assange's solicitor Mark Stephens said his client wants to find out what allegations he faces so he can clear his name. Two...
  • New World Disorder

    10/11/2010 5:10:10 PM PDT · by friter · 9 replies
    Crom Alternative News ^ | Sunday 10 October | Duric Aljosa
    We call it evolution. It started about 30.000 years ago. "Star Trek" is not the future to which we are transported from the time of dinosaurs and mammoths, we are not in the Enterprise and we don't travel through space at the speed of light, instead we snail through our congested and polluted streets; I am not Spock, you're not Sulu, and there is no Kirk. Instead of trying to solve them, you spent 30.000 years avoiding the problems by inventing new names for them. Thirty thousand years of problems have piled up. And here we are today. Global financial...
  • Confronting Howard Zinn’s Anti-American Matrix

    12/14/2009 3:45:48 PM PST · by Michael van der Galien · 6 replies · 640+ views
    David Horowitz's NewsRealblog ^ | 14 December, 2009 | Michael van der Galien
    This is my latest post for NewsReal. I thought I'd post it here, because I'm pretty sure you guys will enjoy it. You would think that someone who writes a book called A People’s History of the United States would at the very least believe there is such an entity as the “United States,” wouldn’t you? Well, you’d be mistaken in historian and radical leftist Howard Zinn’s case. In his most famous work, he writes: The pretense is that there really is such a thing as “the United States,” subject to occasional conflicts and quarrels, but fundamentally a community of...
  • Laser weapon downs 6 planes in Boeing test

    11/21/2009 2:32:44 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 15 replies · 1,217+ views
    Staff Writers Via Space War ^ | 11/18/2009 | Staff Writers via Space War
    New laser weaponry being developed at Boeing has dealt a telling blow to airborne aircraft -- all of them unmanned -- in successful tests that take military laser technology a few steps closer to assuming a key role in future conflicts. Laser weapons are seen by industry analysts as a major step toward a more effective -- and more cost-effective -- deterrent to enemy threats from the air. Laser weapons can be fired at enemy targets without any apparent risk to human crews involved. However, most defense laser technologies are still many stages behind fictional depictions of laser weapons in...
  • PW Singer on Military Robots and the Future of War -

    08/25/2009 6:21:19 PM PDT · by Flavius · 5 replies · 464+ views
    gather ^ | 8/24/09 | gather
    In this powerful talk, P.W. Singer shows how the widespread use of robots in war is changing the realities of combat. He shows us scenarios straight out of science fiction -- that now may not be so fictitious. Discusses how the use of robots in war affects the face of war and what the benefits and negatives may be.
  • CONFLICKER IS A ZOTSCREEN!!!!

    04/01/2009 10:00:55 AM PDT · by SPACEMAN DERR · 88 replies · 2,171+ views
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    LISTEN!! THE CONFICKER WORM IS A DISTRACTION! ITS JUST A HARMLESS WORM! THE REAL VIRUS HAS ALREADY BEEN PUT INTO THE MATRIX LAST WEEK!! YES!!! ITS A VIRUS CALLED MESSIAH!! ITS SET UP BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SO THAT BARACK OBAMA CAN TAKE OVER ALL OF OUR COMPUTERS AND READ OUR MINDS!!!! YES!!! IT CANT BE DETECTED! ITS TOO LATE TO REMOVE IT NOW!!! BARACK OBAMA IS GOING TO CONTROL ALL OF THE INTERNET AT 9:45 PST!! HES GOING TO BE WATCHING US ALL AND..... Hello! Im Barack Obama! I am Jesus Christ! Don't pay any attention what was said....
  • HELP! I'M STUCK IN THE MATRIX!

    03/17/2009 9:23:04 AM PDT · by Mind Freed · 22 replies · 1,059+ views
    17 Mar 09 | Mind Freed
    I have recently been awakened to the terror that has become our government, as you can tell by my screen name. If you have ever seen the movie the Matrix then you know exactly what I am talking about. In the movie Keanu Reeves is given a choice to take a red pill and become awaken to reality or take a blue pill and have no memory of anything. He takes the red pill and is introduced to a nightmare of a reality. I have taken the red pill and discovered what the government is doing to us. The youth...
  • Bushtrix in action

    12/16/2008 3:50:36 PM PST · by Ozob · 7 replies · 840+ views
    Laughters.org ^ | 16 Dec 2008 | laughters.org
    President Bush dodging shoes as Neo in The Matrix:
  • CARTOON/PARODY: The Politics/The Matrix

    11/08/2007 7:11:02 AM PST · by opineapple · 9 replies · 135+ views
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  • Latest FREE GOP Bumper Sticker Designs

    10/10/2006 8:23:31 PM PDT · by conservativeimage.com · 22 replies · 2,660+ views
    www.conservativeimage.com ^ | 10/10/6 | RedFox
    Democrats and liberal judges say terrorists have the same rights as you. Democrats will impeach President Bush for spying on terrorists. Democrats will cancel the Patriot Act, terrorists surveillance and missile defense programs. Stop obstruction and the filibuster. Vote for a Republican majority! If you're not an extremist, you're not a democrat. Take the red pill (R). Take the blue pill (D). VOTE!
  • The Difference Between Fallen Angels, Demons, Aliens, Jedi, and the Watchers

    05/12/2006 8:24:27 PM PDT · by restornu · 121 replies · 31,935+ views
    The Watcher Files ^ | By Sherry Shriner
    In these last days, the Bible says it will be a time of mass hybridization and the mixture and corruption of human DNA by fallen angels, also known as "Aliens." The government is and has been, conditioning the existence of aliens through Hollywood, science fiction, cartoons, and other sources. However, they are not telling you the whole truth. These Aliens are not ascended masters, or enlightened ones, or beings from galaxies millions of miles away, nor are they our forefathers or original creators. They are fallen angels who were kicked out of heaven for their rebellion against the headship...
  • Wireless World: Wirelessly monitoring ECGs

    03/24/2006 11:10:03 AM PST · by 2Jim_Brown · 7 replies · 356+ views
    UPI ^ | March 24, 2006 | UPI
    CHICAGO, March 24 (UPI) -- An elderly woman has a heart attack. Paramedics arrive on the scene at her home a few minutes later and begin to revive her, and hook up an electrocardiogram transmitter to her chest, and send the signals, wirelessly, to a cardiologist at the hospital, who reads the vital signs on a handheld device. That technology advance is now saving lives, experts tell United Press International's Wireless World. And it's just one of the ways hospitals are today innovatively using wireless devices. A new study, conducted by cardiologists at Duke University Medical Center and the NorthEast...
  • "Matrix" Star Targeted in Lawsuit(Laurence Fishburne fired p.a. for getting pregnant)

    01/19/2006 1:06:10 AM PST · by freepatriot32 · 6 replies · 805+ views
    Here's one Matrix Laurence Fishburne wished he never entered. The erstwhile Morpheus has been slapped with a lawsuit by a former assistant who claims she was fired after she told him she was pregnant. The suit, filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court by Kristel Crews, says she was hired by the Oscar-nominated actor in 1999 to take care of all of his "personal and business needs." According to the complaint (a copy is online at TMZ.com), when Crews informed Fishburne in June 2004 that she was expecting, the 44-year-old actor told her he did not believe "in women having...
  • A la 'Matrix,' vocations recruitment poster shows priest as hero

    08/29/2005 2:10:41 PM PDT · by hispanichoosier · 9 replies · 1,017+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | 7/22/05 | Chris Scaperlanda
    "Just as Keanu Reeves fought against the powers of evil, a priest comes to help people fight against sin. There is a battle out there," explained Father Jonathan Meyer, associate director of youth and young adult ministry for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis.
  • Constantine the Movie: Science Fiction or Anti-Catholic and Anarchist Propaganda?

    05/26/2005 8:56:29 PM PDT · by CaptIsaacDavis · 50 replies · 3,016+ views
    New Republican Archive ^ | April 2005 | James Burke
    CONSTANTINE, TO THE RESCUE? New Republican Archive -- April 2005 Has Warner Brothers finally released a film that takes Roman Catholic doctrine seriously? If you believe that then I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you. WB is the firm that promoted the overtly anti-Christian and pro-Communist "revolutionary virtual" trilogy called The Matrix. That blockbuster science fiction trilogy starred Keanu Reeves in the role of a "Neo" (actually false) Jesus Christ who rejects Christian and Western culture in favor of Nihilistic revolution to save a Bolshevik-influenced "Zion" by imposing a revolutionary Eastern "order" controlled by an Indian goddess ("Sati")...
  • The Matrix as Marxist Propaganda

    05/22/2005 6:36:18 PM PDT · by CaptIsaacDavis · 23 replies · 4,542+ views
    New Republican Archive ^ | Nov. 2004 | James F. Burke
    THE MATRIX TRILOGY AND CULTURAL TERRORISM James F. Burke The blockbuster science fiction film Matrix: Revolutions stands as the preeminent example of post-communist socialist realism and Nihilistic cultural terrorism. "Cultural terrorism" is a significant underground political phenomenon in the Western world, complete with self-proclaimed "cultural terrorist networks" and manifestos to this ideology commonplace on the Internet (typically in news-groups that are also connected to "radical underground" and left-wing run "rave" scenes). It is a Euro-Left "philosophy" rooted in Marxist Anarchism and political Nihilism, which extends socialist realism (the creation of cultural foundations for a new socialist order) into the realm...
  • Man Who Claims Brain Was Locked In Computer Charged With Threatening Doctor

    04/18/2005 3:54:45 AM PDT · by billorites · 36 replies · 1,029+ views
    WAVE3.com Louisville ^ | April 12, 2005 | Associated Press
    (TERRE HAUTE, Ind.) -- A man who claimed doctors "locked" his brain in a federal computer has been locked in the Vigo County Jail on a charge of threatening a physician. Kriss L. Rehmel, 38, of Coalmont, was accused of sending letters to several people, including President Bush, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, asking them to unlock his brain, which he believes has been controlled by a computer since Sept. 11, 2001, said Vigo County Sheriff Jon Marvel. The letters claimed Dr. Michael Rader of Terre Haute was to blame. The writer said that he would...
  • Controversial Terror Database Closing Down

    04/15/2005 12:47:16 PM PDT · by infocats · 7 replies · 312+ views
    Associated Press | April 15, 2005
    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A three-year-old crime and terrorism database that collected billions of pieces of data on Americans and came under fire from privacy advocates is closing down Friday because a federal grant ran out. Elements of the $12 million Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange _ Matrix _ may live on if individual states decide to fund it on their own, said Bob Cummings, executive vice president for the Institute for Intergovernmental Research in Tallahassee, Fla., which helped coordinate the Matrix network. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said in a press release that it would continue to use one...
  • Goodbye to Privacy

    04/10/2005 6:00:27 AM PDT · by MississippiMasterpiece · 8 replies · 499+ views
    The New York Times ^ | April 10, 2005 | William Safire
    Your mother's maiden name is not the secret you think it is. That sort of ''personal identifier'' being used by banks, credit agencies, doctors, insurers and retailers -- supposedly to protect you against the theft of your identity -- can be found out in a flash from a member of the new security-industrial complex. There goes the ''personal identifier'' that you presume a stranger would not know, along with your Social Security number and soon your face and DNA. In the past five years, what most of us only recently thought of as ''nobody's business'' has become the big business...
  • Michigan State Police Drop Out of 'Matrix'

    03/07/2005 7:23:02 PM PST · by AntiGuv · 6 replies · 468+ views
    Associated Press ^ | March 7, 2005 | Amy F. Bailey
    LANSING, Mich. - State police officials say they will drop out of a multistate data-collection system that came under fire as a potential threat to people's privacy. The Michigan State Police said it will stop participating in the pilot project, known as "Matrix," when it ends March 18. The department said too few states are participating to make the project worthwhile. The project began in December 2003 with 13 states. Now only Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut remain. State police also said they were concerned about future funding and unrealistic expectations to expand the Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange. "The need...
  • Madrid Bombing Suspect Had NYC Sketch

    03/02/2005 12:41:41 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 380+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | March 02, 2005 at 12:34:38 PST | DANIEL WOOLLS ASSOCIATED PRESS
    MADRID, Spain (AP) - 0302DV-Grand-Central A sketch of New York's Grand Central Terminal was found a year ago in the home of a suspect in the Madrid train bombings, Spanish and U.S. officials said Wednesday. The sketch and data were on a computer disk seized about two weeks after the March 11 train bombings in Madrid that killed 191 people last year, the newspaper El Mundo said. In New York, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the FBI had informed the Police Department about the existence of the data on the computer and the city responded by tightening security at transit centers....
  • Report: Madrid Train Bombers Also Targeted New York

    03/02/2005 7:02:15 AM PST · by Alex Marko · 29 replies · 763+ views
    MADRID (Reuters) - The Madrid train bombers had detailed plans of New York's Grand Central Station, indicating they also planned to attack there, a Spanish newspaper reported Wednesday. Hand-made drawings and other "highly specialized technical information" about the station were found on a computer disk seized from the home of one of the suspects, El Mundo reported, citing sources close to the investigation. The disk was confiscated within two weeks of the attacks on March 11, 2004, that killed 191 people in Madrid, but Spanish investigators did not warn the FBI and the CIA until December when the full scope...
  • Mother of the Matrix" Victorious ("The Matrix" Story Plagiarised by Wachowski/Warner Brothers)

    12/09/2004 10:41:31 PM PST · by PetroniusMaximus · 51 replies · 5,297+ views
    Boycott-RIAA.com ^ | Dec 6 2004
    Monday, October 4th 2004 ended a six-year dispute involving Sophia Stewart, the Wachowski Brothers, Joel Silver and Warner Brothers. Stewart's allegations, involving copyright infringement and racketeering, were received and acknowledged by the Central District of California, Judge Margaret Morrow residing. Stewart, a New Yorker who has resided in Salt Lake City for the past five years, will recover damages from the films, The Matrix I, II and III, as well as The Terminator and its sequels. She will soon receive one of the biggest payoffs in the history of Hollywood, as the gross receipts of both films and their sequels...
  • Be warned, this could be the matrix (real crazy news!)

    11/16/2004 4:34:43 AM PST · by red_is_beautiful · 51 replies · 1,926+ views
    The multiverse theory has spawned another - that our universe is a simulation, writes Paul Davies. If you've ever thought life was actually a dream, take comfort. Some pretty distinguished scientists may agree with you. Philosophers have long questioned whether there is in fact a real world out there, or whether "reality" is just a figment of our imagination. Then along came the quantum physicists, who unveiled an Alice-in-Wonderland realm of atomic uncertainty, where particles can be waves and solid objects dissolve away into ghostly patterns of quantum energy. Now cosmologists have got in on the act, suggesting that what...
  • Beat cop now has portable database

    10/24/2004 2:27:04 AM PDT · by endthematrix · 6 replies · 518+ views
    BOSTON -- A police officer stops you on the street, then taps something into a device in the palm of his hand. The next minute, he knows who your relatives are, who lives in your house, who your neighbors are, the kind of car you drive or boat you own, whether you've been sued and various other tidbits about your life. Science fiction? Hardly. A growing number of police departments now have instant access via hand-held wireless devices to vast commercial databases that contain details on just about anyone officers encounter on the beat. In a time of terrorism worries,...
  • F@rt Within the Matrix

    10/08/2004 1:33:20 PM PDT · by DCBurgess58 · 2 replies · 409+ views
    ebaumsworld.com ^ | Unknown | Unknown
    This is pretty funny stuff if you have as sophmoric a sense of humor as I have. F@rtttt F@rt Within The Matrix
  • ACLU Unveils Disturbing New Revelations About MATRIX Surveillance Program

    05/22/2004 6:36:55 PM PDT · by chance33_98 · 2 replies · 125+ views
    ACLU Unveils Disturbing New Revelations About MATRIX Surveillance Program May 20, 2004 Investigation Sought into DHS Role as Funder, Manager of "State Run" Program FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE MIAMI--The American Civil Liberties Union today released documents containing disturbing new revelations about the MATRIX database surveillance program, including the fact that it was under the direct managerial control of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and that Florida Governor Jeb Bush gave a personal briefing on the program to Vice President Dick Cheney. The group also announced that it has written to Nuala O’Connor Kelly, Chief Privacy Officer of DHS, asking...
  • Database Measured 'Terrorism Quotient'

    05/21/2004 4:47:10 AM PDT · by Mulder · 6 replies · 122+ views
    Las Vegas Sun ^ | May 21, 2004 | BRIAN BERGSTEIN
    Before helping to launch the criminal information project known as Matrix, a database contractor gave U.S. and Florida authorities the names of 120,000 people who showed a statistical likelihood of being terrorists - sparking some investigations and arrests. The "high terrorism factor" scoring system also became a key selling point for the involvement of the database company, Seisint Inc., in the Matrix project. Public records obtained by The Associated Press from several states show that Justice Department officials cited the scoring technology in appointing Seisint sole contractor on the federally funded, $12 million project. Seisint and the law enforcement officials...
  • Precursor of Database Project Gave Feds 120,000 Suspects

    05/19/2004 10:30:38 PM PDT · by TheOtherOne · 9 replies · 214+ views
    AP ^ | AP-ES-05-20-04 0033EDT | By Brian Bergstein
    AP Exclusive: Precursor of Database Project Gave Feds 120,000 SuspectsBy Brian Bergstein The Associated Press Published: May 20, 2004 NEW YORK (AP) - Before helping to launch the criminal information project known as Matrix, a database contractor gave U.S. and Florida authorities the names of 120,000 people who showed a statistical likelihood of being terrorists - sparking some investigations and arrests. The "high terrorism factor" scoring system also became a key selling point for the involvement of the database company, Seisint Inc., in the Matrix project. Public records obtained by The Associated Press from several states show that Justice Department...
  • Will Nice People (in the Matrix) Be Saved?

    05/16/2004 4:09:50 PM PDT · by HarleyD · 1 replies · 83+ views
    Monergism.com ^ | Unknown | John Hendryx
    "We must not suppose that if we succeeded in making everyone nice we should have saved their souls. A world of nice people, content in their own niceness, looking no further, turned away from God, would be just as desperately in need of salvation as a miserable world." (C.S. Lewis) A reader recently responded to the above quote by Lewis with the following remark: "True, but at least there would be less hatred!" His answer is really how most of us naturally think. But helping to make people nice and moral is like putting a Band-Aid on cancer. Although many...
  • 'Matrix' co-creator ready to be whole new woman

    05/02/2004 6:46:54 AM PDT · by KneelBeforeZod · 7 replies · 200+ views
    chicago sun times ^ | April 29, 2004 | BILL ZWECKER
    Sounds as though Larry Wachowski -- one half of the Chicago-born, super-successful brother team (along with Andy Wachowski) that created the "Matrix'' films -- is about to make a life-altering move. According to those close to the extremely reclusive duo, Larry is about to finally become "Linda.'' Wachowski, who has been living and dressing as a woman for some time, reportedly is preparing to take the final step and have sex-change surgery. As always, it was impossible to get any comment from the press-shy Wachowskis, but several longtime friends of the Rogers Park native confirm Wachowski is planning to complete...
  • What We Don't Know CAN Hurt Us--BLOCKBUSTER MUST-READ

    04/05/2004 2:51:53 PM PDT · by redhugh · 29 replies · 439+ views
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2004 | Heather Mac Donald
    Immediately after 9/11, politicians and pundits slammed the Bush administration for failing to “connect the dots” foreshadowing the attack. What a difference a little amnesia makes. For two years now, left- and right-wing advocates have shot down nearly every proposal to use intelligence more effectively--to connect the dots--as an assault on “privacy.” Though their facts are often wrong and their arguments specious, they have come to dominate the national security debate virtually without challenge. The consequence has been devastating: just when the country should be unleashing its technological ingenuity to defend against future attacks, scientists stand irresolute, cowed into inaction.
  • Michigan considering withdrawing from (counter-terrorism) database program

    03/19/2004 1:04:26 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 5 replies · 156+ views
    The Detroit news ^ | Friday, March 19, 2004 | By Kathy Barks Hoffman / Associated Press
    <p>LANSING -- Michigan might withdraw from a database aimed at fighting crime and terrorism because other states have pulled out, leaving it unlikely to get the federal dollars needed to fully get up and running, the state’s top homeland security adviser says.</p>
  • Matrix Expands to Wisconsin

    03/11/2004 6:26:25 PM PST · by Prodigal Son · 8 replies · 139+ views
    Wired ^ | March 9, 2004
    <p>Even as states retreat from participating in a controversial interstate antiterrorism database that holds billions of records of ordinary Americans' activities, Wisconsin has decided to join the program.</p> <p>The head of Wisconsin's division of criminal investigation, James R. Warren, signed on to join the Multistate Anti-Terrorism Information Exchange, or Matrix, on Feb. 11, said Tom Berlinger, a spokesman for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which runs the program.</p>
  • Police Say Matrix Crime Database Needed

    02/10/2004 5:26:35 PM PST · by TomServo · 14 replies · 205+ views
    AP ^ | 2/10/04 | MATT APUZZO
    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut's top police official told lawmakers Tuesday that a multistate crime database represents the future of law enforcement, despite the heavy criticism privacy activists are heaping on the system. Without the database, known as Matrix, Col. Timothy Barry said, "It's kind of like fighting with one hand behind your back." Privacy advocates criticize Matrix as an encroachment on civil liberties because it combines state-held criminal and vehicle files with billions of public records maintained by a private database company. Six states are members, but at least seven others have backed out of the program because of...
  • The Matrix Explained

    03/01/2004 11:02:51 PM PST · by anymouse · 7 replies · 275+ views
    Brian Takle's web site ^ | 29 February 2004 | Brian Takle
    Here are a couple of essays on the Matrix Sequels. The Matrix: Reloaded Explained Version 2.11 http://wylfing.net/essays/matrix_reloaded.html The Matrix: Revolutions Explained Verison 1.6 http://wylfing.net/essays/matrix_revolutions.html
  • Government's pursuit of personal data lives on

    03/01/2004 8:00:00 PM PST · by Indy Pendance · 9 replies · 256+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 3-1-04 | Audrey Hudson
    <p>Several federal agencies are using the personal data of U.S. citizens to pinpoint terrorist activity, a practice that a secretive Pentagon program was pursuing before Congress axed its funding amid fears it would be used to spy on Americans.</p> <p>Congress killed the Pentagon's Total Information Awareness (TIA) project to create a supercomputer and sift through the private information of U.S. citizens, calling it a vast violation of privacy.</p>
  • Ga. stayed with Matrix despite governor's claim

    01/31/2004 10:39:28 PM PST · by endthematrix · 4 replies · 224+ views
    USA TODAY ^ | Posted 1/30/2004 | Dick Pettys
    <p>ATLANTA — In a crisply worded statement last October, Gov. Sonny Perdue said he was ending Georgia's participation in a multi-state crime database that tracks the personal details even of law-abiding citizens. Yet several months later, the state still was pumping information into the database. Top Georgia law enforcement officials even attended a meeting of its members — two weeks after Perdue's announcement.</p>
  • Georgia Kept Adding to Crime Database

    Georgia Kept Adding to Crime Database ............ DICK PETTYS The Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) _ In a crisply worded statement last October, Gov. Sonny Perdue said he was ending Georgia's participation in a multi-state crime database that tracks the personal details even of law-abiding citizens. Yet several months later, the state still was pumping information into the database. Top Georgia law enforcement officials even attended a meeting of its members _ two weeks after Perdue's announcement. State participation appeared to come to an end _ again _ on Friday when the administration, confronted with documents obtained by The Associated Press,...
  • Dossier program alarms Utahns (MATRIX data system)

    01/30/2004 4:34:10 AM PST · by Prodigal Son · 6 replies · 173+ views
    Deseret News ^ | January 29, 2004 | Jerry D. Spangler, Amy Joi Bryson and Bob Bernick Jr.
    It sounds like a sci-fi thriller: a super computer program that gathers dossiers on every single man, woman and child — everything from birth and marriage and divorce history to hunting licenses and car license plates. Even every address you have lived at down to the color of your hair. It sounds surreal, but former Gov. Mike Leavitt signed Utah's 2.4 million residents up for a pilot program — ironically called MATRIX — that does just that. And he never bothered to reveal details of the program to Utah citizens or to state lawmakers who, upon learning of the program...