January 30, 2016

Democrats – it’s not just control of your wallet & career choices they want [Darleen Click]

… but control of your cell-phone

A New York lawmaker has proposed a bill that would ban iPhones from being sold in the state, unless Apple provides special “back doors” that would allow law enforcement to spy on users.

That’s a double dose of the Nanny State: setting rules for what can be bought and sold, while giving the government an easier way to spy on residents’ everyday activities.

The bill is sponsored by State Assemblyman Matthew Titone, D-Staten Island, and it would mandate that iPhones and other cell phones sold in New York be “capable of being decrypted and unlocked.” The bill has support, perhaps unsurprisingly, from Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance and other law enforcement groups in the state. […]

Apple’s newest iPhones come with default encryption settings and would be banned from the state by the legislation unless Apple created new software for phones sold in New York. Google has followed suit and offers data encryption as an option on some newer devices.

Those default settings help protect iPhone users from unwanted hacks — from malicious hackers, government spies or law enforcement agents.

If the bill passes, Apple would face fines of $2,500 for every device sold in New York.

The Stasi would be proud.


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January 29, 2016

Socialism ruins Venezuela – WaPo blames “bad luck” [Darleen Click]

Robert Heinlein, courtesy phone please

The only question now is whether Venezuela’s government or economy will completely collapse first.

The key word there is “completely.” Both are well into their death throes. Indeed, Venezuela’s ruling party just lost congressional elections that gave the opposition a veto-proof majority, and it’s hard to see that getting any better for them any time soon — or ever. Incumbents, after all, don’t tend to do too well when, according to the International Monetary Fund, their economy shrinks 10 percent one year, an additional 6 percent the next, and inflation explodes to 720 percent. It’s no wonder, then, that markets expect Venezuela to default on its debt in the very near future. The country is basically bankrupt.

That’s not an easy thing to do when you have the largest oil reserves in the world, but Venezuela has managed it. How? Well, a combination of bad luck and worse policies.

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January 29, 2016

Friday Fiction: 100 Word Challenge [Darleen Click]

The inspiration:


A story:

Ferreting out and seeking the forbidden was something she had done, often recklessly, since her first memory. Part of her nature, her tutors, even her Key-yu, sought to strengthen it while teaching her to control and become wise in its use.

So there was no excuse of ignorance to why she came to this place, to giving in to the implacable call.

They knew too and they were rewarded by their patience.

She fled so fast she hadn’t time for self-recrimination, but she did mourn for the town the M’lak was destroying to punish her.

Mourned bitterly and plotted revenge.


Now, your turn.

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January 28, 2016

“Bloom where you are planted …” [Darleen Click]

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January 28, 2016

Trump “I will be tough …” [Darleen Click]


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January 28, 2016

Trump solicitation for vets goes to his own foundation [Darleen Click]


After ducking the final Republican presidential debate heading into next week’s Iowa caucuses, GOP front-runner Donald Trump announced that he would hold his own pro-veterans event during the debate to raise money for veterans. Trump even set up a special website to solicit donations to help veterans. […]

The website, which is nothing more than a single page with stock photos and a credit card donation form, claims that “100% of your donations will go directly to Veterans needs.”

There’s only one problem: 100% of the money raised on the site goes directly to Donald Trump’s personal non-profit foundation, according to a disclosure listed at the bottom of the page.

“The Donald J Trump Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization,” the disclosure reads. “An email confirmation with a summary of your donation will be sent to the email address provided above.”

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January 26, 2016

Rubio — we really need more stuff like this … [Darleen Click]

This is really nicely done —

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January 26, 2016

SCIENCE!!! “Personality is a capitalist construct” [Darleen Click]

I guess all those thousands of years prior to “capitalism” people just bumped around without personalities

Dr Adam Perkins, a lecturer in the neurobiology of personality at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London. Like Chagnon, Perkins is a social scientist whose research findings pose a direct challenge to one of the central planks of left-wing ideology.

Over the past five years, he has accumulated a mass of evidence about the personalities of welfare claimants and concluded that individuals with aggressive, rule-breaking and anti-social tendencies — what he calls the ‘employment–resistant personality profile’ — are over-represented among benefit recipients. He also found that their children are likely to share those traits, which helps explain why poverty has a tendency to be passed down from one generation to the next. […]

[T]o the progressive left, Perkins’s research is sacrilege. It runs counter to the anti-capitalist narrative that portrays the ever-expanding underclass as ‘victims’ whose only sin is to be born on the wrong side of the tracks. We’re back to the myth of the noble savage.

Perkins published his findings last November in a book called The Welfare Trait (Palgrave Macmillan, £19.99), but you won’t have heard about it or seen it reviewed in any UK newspaper anywhere because his research has been judged to be off limits by the self-appointed guardians of the academic establishment and their outriders in the media. A senior editor of Nature, one of the leading academic journals, refused to consider it for review because she regards scientific research into the personalities of the long-term unemployed as ‘unethical’, and a sociology professor whom the publishers had asked to peer-review the book refused to do so on the grounds that any book linking benefit dependency to personality must be nonsense because personality is a ‘capitalist construct’.

Colleagues with whom Perkins had collaborated in the past warned him off publication, worried about being associated with such a heretic; and a powerful American professor was so enraged by his conclusions that he lobbied for him to be banned from the conference circuit.

Actual scientists who disagree would challenge Dr Perkins, review his work, produce their own and engage in public debate.

But no. He is to be shunned, shut up and shut down.

Leftism is a jealous religion and even science takes a secondary role. The results are known and only research to confirm those results is to be allowed.

Freedom of scientific pursuit is as valuable to members of the Left as is freedom of speech and due process.

h/t David Thompson

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January 25, 2016

Monday Music Video [Darleen Click]

Best cover of Simon & Garfunkel’s The Sound of Silence I’ve heard yet …

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January 23, 2016

Is America racist? [Darleen Click]

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