Detroit street thugs and hood rats better beware, because unlike other cities like New York where you may get arrested for defending your family in your home, the Motor City is not one of those cities. That’s because the city’s top cop has given homeowners the green light to light up those street punks with hot lead and a possible coroner’s ride to the morgue if they entertain the thought of breaking into your home and castle, according to the Blaze.
The city has become a literal shooting gallery in several homes this week in Detroit where there have been at least four break-ins which resulted in four homeowners shot back and killed two assailants. Well it appears that Detroit Police Chief James Craig is not like those other gun control officials in Connecticut or New York, where stand your ground means run and hide.
Instead the Motor City police chief, do not call the cops when your weapon is a more viable option. This week he warned thugs, “A lot of good Detroiters are fed up,” Craig said. “The message should be that, you know, people are going to protect themselves,” reported the Blaze.
Criminals that prey on the innocent in the city were given some advise that could well keep them from sprouting daisies on their graves while they are six-feet under. Craig advised, “criminals in Detroit should know they shouldn’t just be afraid of the police — they should also be afraid of responsible gun owners who are prepared to defend themselves and their homes,” according to the Blaze.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) on Wednesday suggested that men in “inner cities” who refused to work were one of the main causes of poverty in the United States.
In an interview with conservative radio host Bill Bennett that was first noticed by Igor Volsky at Think Progress, Ryan reflected on his controversial poverty discussion at last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference.
“We call it a poverty trap,” he explained. “There are incentives not to work, and to stay where you are.”
Ryan also pointed to the work of Charles Murray, a white nationalist, who has used “racist pseudoscience and misleading statistics to argue that social inequality is caused by the genetic inferiority,” according to the Southern Poverty Law Center.
“That’s this tailspin or spiral that we’re looking at in our communities,” he told Bennett. “Your buddy Charles Murray or Bob Putnam over at Harvard, those guys have written books on this.”
“Which is, we have got this tailspin of culture in our inner cities in particular of men not working, and just generations of men not even thinking about working and learning the value and culture of work,” Ryan opined. “So, there’s a real culture problem here that has to be dealt with.”
The Wisconsin Republican added that he had been criticized for opposing the War on Poverty.
“We got to have the courage to face that down, just like we did with welfare reform in the late 1990s,” he said. “And if we succeed, we can help recitate this culture. And get people back to work, and get people back to meeting their potential.”
“Haboob!” Oh noes, the caliphate is here! Shahara-zod law! Sound kind of sciencey, too. Like climate change or evolution!
Fortunately, these dim-boobs are too dumb to know where the stars got their names, or they would be caterwauling about those too.
Haboob-Hating Texans Have Racist Facebook MELTDOWN Over Routine Weather Update (Screenshots)
Posted by: John Prager in Environmental Education, Humor, Image Gallery, Racism in America March 12, 2014
Tuesday night, Texas news station KCBD News Channel 11 shared a weather alert from the US National Weather Service (Lubbock, TX) that warned of a haboob, or a violent dust/sandstorm, that was approaching the area.
The message was fairly standard, simply warning of high winds and near-zero visibility:
Haboob northwest of Lubbock as seen from the Science Spectrum. If you must drive west of Lubbock, plan for near-zero visibility in blowing dust and strong winds of 50+ mph.
Fairly standard, right?
Residents, of course became concerned with this news: the station used one of them Muslim words! Apparently, the station’s use of the correct term to describe what was happening was too much for some area residents, who preferred more scientific terms like “wall of dust,” or “dirt storm,” or “dust storm” because “this is not the Middle East” Goddamnit!
Much more at link.
Last month, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) shed the comforts of her own home, spending a night at a homeless shelter in her Bay Area congressional district. Her goal was simple: to better understand the cruelty of poverty and homelessness by hearing directly from people affected by it.
Her night in a shelter had such a profound impact on the congresswoman that she’s now setting a larger goal: get fellow members of Congress to spend a night among the homeless as well.
On Thursday, Speier began circulating a letter among her colleagues, encouraging them to take the Homeless Shelter Challenge. “Spend the night, break bread, listen, learn, and move toward providing some hope to those who need it the most,” she urged her fellow lawmakers.
In the letter, Speier recounted some of the interactions she had during her night in the shelter. “One couple I spoke with both work full-time, one at Safeway and the other at Office Max,” she wrote. “Two people with two full-time jobs and they’re homeless? It’s not right.” Another woman she met had wound up homeless after being raped in the military and subsequently getting discharged under the now-repealed “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy for being gay.
As state legislatures practically trip over each other to see which one can pass the most stringent abortion restrictions in first few months of 2014, Missouri is pulling into the lead. The state is currently considering 32 different anti-choice bills. And, since there’s only one abortion clinic left in Missouri, all of that legislation will end up targeting a single reproductive health facility.
Missouri lawmakers are currently advancing several stringent measures that are capturing most of the media attention. One bill would triple the mandatory waiting period for abortion, forcing women to wait 72 hours before proceeding with the legal medical procedure. Another would require the state’s lone abortion clinic to undergo four inspections every year.
But those are hardly the only abortion restrictions up before the legislature. According to the Guttmacher Institute, Missouri has introduced more anti-abortion bills than nearly every other state in the country so far this year. The majority of the proposed laws are specifically focused on restricting and regulating the abortion clinic remaining in St. Louis.
Two financial regulatory bodies have issued new Bitcoin-related warnings and sanctions this week.
The first came from FINRA, the financial industry’s self-regulatory organization. It published an investor’s note on Tuesday saying that “selling and using bitcoins carry numerous risks.” The second warning came Monday from a Texas state financial regulator. That document is an emergency cease-and-desist order against Balanced Energy, an energy firm taking investment in bitcoins.
FINRA’s warning declared:
Digital currency such as Bitcoin is not legal tender. No law requires companies or individuals to accept bitcoins as a form of payment. Instead, Bitcoin use is limited to businesses and individuals that are willing to accept bitcoins. If no one accepts bitcoins, bitcoins will become worthless.
Platforms that buy and sell bitcoins can be hacked, and some have failed. In addition, like the platforms themselves, digital wallets can be hacked. As a result, consumers can—and have—lost money.
There is another side to how we process light for sight. When TV came out it was a really low resolution compared to the next most common thing-motion pictures. But we loved it anyway. 4k TV may compare well to motion pictures and a master print to run. Maybe. But we are seeing hints that resolutions above what even IMAX or 70mm film can provide will still look better. The future will bring far higher resolution until it is so high our eyes can’t see the difference. Hollywood shoots in 8k and the projectors are coming.
What is the resolution of the human eye? You might think it’s a straight forward question with a straight forward answer. We have a certain number of photon collecting cells in our retina much like an image sensor right? So we should be able to pull a ‘megapixel’ count of sorts out of there.
Well, actually, it’s not nearly that simple. And in the video above, video blogger Michael Stevens (aka. Vsauce) explains why, before ultimately answering the question anyway.
The reason this question doesn’t have a straight forward answer is that our eyes don’t see the same way a video camera does. We don’t see in fully formed snapshots with even resolution throughout. In fact, each ‘frame’ or glance our eyes pick up is rather crappy; an image that “would hardly even acceptable on a broken TV screen,” as Stevens puts it.
It’s quite a change to hear Dianne Feinstein, the powerful chair of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, express outrage over warrantless and potentially illegal government spying.
In an impassioned Senate floor speech yesterday, the California Democrat accused the CIA of criminal activity for allegedly searching computers used by Senate staffers. The CIA set up the computers at a secure location in northern Virginia so Senate Intelligence Committee staff could access classified documents pertaining to the CIA’s detainee program. When some of them found an incriminating document the CIA hadn’t intended to release, the CIA started poking around.
“The CIA’s search may also have violated the Fourth Amendment, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, as well as Executive Order 12333, which prohibits the CIA from conducting domestic searches or surveillance,” Feinstein said during her speech. Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont), head of the Judiciary Committee, immediately followed up with, “I cannot think of any speech by any member by either party as important as the one the senator from California just gave.”
He called it “likely criminal conduct” on the intelligence agency’s part. And, like Feinstein, he suggested it was a breach of the separation of powers doctrine.
Next month, on April 8th, Windows XP users will experience their very last Patch Tuesday. After that date, Microsoft will no longer provide updates of any kind. If you’ve been meaning to upgrade to a newer version of Windows, it’s time to stop procrastinating and take action.
As long as you have Windows Update currently enabled, the end of support for Windows XP shouldn’t come as a surprise. Last week Microsoft pushed out an out-of-band update titled “A notification about the end of Windows XP support.” Once this update has installed, you’ll get periodic popup reminders that support is ending. Don’t check the box to turn off this reminder; leave it in place until you’ve taken action.
Here you can see those poor Christians being persecuted again. ////
A federal judge has upheld a Missouri law requiring protesters to stay at least a football-field length away from funeral sites, beginning an hour before they start until an hour after the services end.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Fernando Gaitan Jr. caps a nearly eight-year legal fight over Missouri’s funeral protest restrictions that were prompted after members of a Kansas church opposed to homosexuality protested at the funeral of a Missouri solider who had been killed in Iraq.
Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster said the law is now in effect.