“Look at the NDAA [National Defense Authorization Act] Section 1021, that gave President Obama the ability to define someone as a terrorist threat and have the military incarcerate them indefinitely without due process,” Binney said in a recent interview with DW while expanding on his testimony about NSA in Germany earlier this year.
“That’s the same as the special order 48 issued in 1933 by the Nazis [the so-called Reichstag Fire Decree]. Read that — it says exactly the same thing.”
Binney said such totalitarianism begins with governments expanding population surveillance and gathering intelligence on people and their various activities, before eventually transitioning to using that power and knowledge against them.
via NSA Whistle-Blower: Nazis Used Same ‘Terrorist’ Rule As Obama | The Daily Caller.
Point-of-Sale malware hits ‘more than 1,000 big businesses’, warns US government
Secret Service: Time to front up to Backoff
By Kelly Fiveash, 23 Aug 2014
A Point-of-Sale malware attack that hit shipping outfit UPS has compromised the networks of a “significant” number of major businesses in the US, according to officials at the country’s Homeland Security office.
via Point-of-Sale malware hits ‘more than 1,000 big businesses’, warns US government • The Register.
A word of caution to state troopers: don’t anger the powers that be if you don’t want legal problems like case from 2010
August 21, 2014 by tomaswell
To fully understand the lengths to which those in the upper echelons of the Jindal administration will go to punish those—especially subordinates—who dare to cross them, you need look no further than the case the Louisiana State Police hierarchy attempted to build against one of its own.
via A word of caution to state troopers: don’t anger the powers that be if you don’t want legal problems like case from 2010 | Louisiana Voice.
Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech
Sadly Navdy kit doesn’t include Sidewinder missile to blast traffic
By Simon Rockman, 16 Aug 2014
Car-display manufacturer Navdy has refuted claims that its new device is dangerous, saying there are plenty of precedents for the technology.
Navdy connects a mobile phone to a small projector and provides a “pilot’s eye” heads-up display, using a transparent screen. This avoids the issues of multiple images which you get if you try to project onto a laminated windscreen.
via Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech • The Register.
Does your county have an MRAP?
Published by LizGoodwin
A full list of the 600 MRAPs that have been given by the Pentagon to counties in almost every state so far. Counties that are listed more than once received multiple armored vehicles. This list is accurate as of June 13, 2014.
via Does your county have an MRAP?.
So, an MRAP is just a suicide prevention vehicle. To bad they didn’t have one to use for Robin Williams.
“There aren’t a lot of critical incidents that happen in Rankin County, but when they do, you need specialized equipment. Being Mississippi is the way it is and we’re real pro-gun here, there’s a lot of houses with high-powered rifles. There’s been numerous incidents where people were threatening suicide and a vehicle like this could help us get an officer close enough to talk them out of it. I could pull right up to the house with this and not worry about my officers’ safety.”
via Mississippi law enforcement agencies armoring up « Watchdog.org.
The Great Depression of the late 1920s and 1930s was a reflection of high unemployment, staggering debt, and a collapsed stock market. The hardship that resulted has not been experienced by Americans since. Those at the time somehow lived through it, and will tell you lessons learned, including the following…
via 8 Lessons Learned From The Great Depression.
Click on a Facebook ad on your mobe, then buy a thing on your PC … Facebook remembers
And you thought Messenger was a little bit creepy
By Iain Thomson, 13 Aug 2014
via Click on a Facebook ad on your mobe, then buy a thing on your PC … Facebook remembers • The Register.
Amazon takes swipe at PayPal, Square with card reader for mobes
Etailer plans to undercut rivals with low transaction fee offer
By Brid-Aine Parnell, 13 Aug 2014
via Amazon takes swipe at PayPal, Square with card reader for mobes • The Register.
Wilkerson discovered the paradox when she set out to harness sunlight into electricity for the vintage cottages she rents out at Indian Rocks Beach. She would have had an easier time installing solar panels, she found, if she had put the homes on a flatbed and transported them to chilly Massachusetts.
“My husband and I are looking at each other and saying, ‘This is absurd,’” said Wilkerson, whose property is so sunny that a European guest under doctor’s orders to treat sunlight deprivation returns every year. The guest, who has solar panels on his home in Germany, is bewildered by their scarcity in a place with such abundant light.
via Rules prevent solar panels in many states with abundant sunlight – LA Times.
Seems to be a bit of an over reaction to a “suspicious person” call. The SWAT team? Really? Or there is a lot more to this story than we are being told. I wonder if the SWAT team showed up in an MRAP?
CPSO: All clear given at mobile home park
Posted: Aug 09, 2014 5:35 PM CDT
Updated: Aug 09, 2014 5:35 PM CDT
By Lee Peck
The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office has given the “all clear” at a mobile home park near LeBleu Settlement.
Nearly a dozen deputies responded to the I-10 Mobile Home Village Park around 2:30 p.m. after a report of a “suspicious person” entering a mobile home.
Deputies set up a perimeter around the park and evacuated some residents out of an abundance of caution. The Calcasieu SWAT team was also brought in to assist.
After more than three hours deputies cleared the scene after it was determined there was no threat and no one was found inside the mobile home.
Calcasieu Spokesperson Kim Myers said, “We have to respond to these situations as if they are the real thing. We received a report and sent the manpower to check it out. It turned out no one was there and the ‘all clear’ was given.”
via CPSO: All clear given at mobile home park – KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana.
Louisiana among slowest Internet speeds in the world, report says
Louisiana is among the slowest Internet speeds in the world. A report from cloud services provider Akamai shows Louisiana internet uses about 7.7 megabits per second. (Broadview Networks)
Print By Renita D. Young, NOLA.com | The Times Picayune
on August 07, 2014 at 10:29 AM, updated August 07, 2014 at 1:03 PM
When it comes to downloading photos, streaming video online or answering the occasional email, Louisianans have a more difficult time performing those tasks than their counterparts in countries around the world.
The Washington Post reports a study performed by cloud services provider Akamai shows Louisiana’s average Internet speed is 7.7 megabits per second, the same as Idaho and Missouri.
States with slower Internet speeds include New Mexico, Mississippi, West Virginia, Kentucky, Montana, Arkansas and Alaska, the slowest Internet speed in any U.S. state, at 7 mbps.
via Louisiana among slowest Internet speeds in the world, report says | NOLA.com.
A new method of disarmament
The mechanics of the bill are fairly simple, although they also raise significant questions about the burden they place on the legal system.
Under the scenario imagined by the bill, an immediate family member of someone with a gun accuses them of posing “an immediate and present danger of causing personal injury to himself, herself, or another” with the gun. Moreover, the family member believes that taking away the gun is “necessary” to prevent that likely injury. The family member would then petition a judge for an “emergency gun violence restraining order,” which would be served by a law enforcement officer.
AB1014 is, however, more complicated than that. Although proposed language has been discarded that would enable licensed health care providers and therapists to petition a judge for a gun violence restraining order, law enforcement officers would be allowed to initiate a petition on their own. That scenario would arise, for instance, if an individual were detained or held by law enforcement on a charge or suspicion unrelated to gun possession.
If an officer discovered that the individual owned or possessed a gun, and determined on their own to petition to disarm the individual, the officer could ask a judge to do exactly that, and then serve the judge’s order on the individual.
The legal standard AB1014 would apply to this process is “reasonable cause” — a relatively loose and generous standard of evidence. Rather than having to show “beyond a reasonable doubt” that the gun-owning individual posed an immediate and present danger of gun-related personal injury, officers would simply have to persuade a judge that gun confiscation and restraint was not unreasonable under the circumstances.
via CA bill aims at home guns | CalWatchDog.
By Adam Tobias | Wisconsin Reporter
AP file photo
DON’T COME IN: A couple is suing the town of Dover because they claim their house was assessed higher than it should have been because they refused to let an appraiser inside their home.
DOVER, Wis. — A Dover couple says their property taxes rose after they refused to let a government-contracted appraiser inside their house during a 2013 reassessment of local property values, according to a lawsuit filed late last month in Racine County Circuit Court.
The suit, submitted by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL), alleges the town and Gardiner Appraisal Service assessed the property of Vincent Milewski and Morganne MacDonald at an “excessive, arbitrary and discriminatory level” to bully the married couple into accepting “future intrusive searches.”
via Homeowners: Our town raised our taxes because we closed the door on inspectors « Watchdog.org
What African medical experts are calling “a worse case scenario” for the disease has contagion experts from around the world scrambling to understand the fundamental genetic shifts that have occurred in the virus. Early data suggests that while the transmission vector has gone airborne, infection rates remain relatively low. Though this is expected to rapidly change as the virus quickly adapts to spreading through this new method.
via Ebola Mutation Confirmed To Be Airborne | National Report.