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"Violent extremists have, in fact, obtained insider positions" in nuclear industry
Michelle Malkin
by Michelle Malkin
July 21, 2011

Our latest Homeland Insecurity item of the day comes from a new DHS report warning of the threat of jihadi infiltration of nuclear, utility, and other infrastructure facilities.

It's one of those routine "Hey, there's no specific threat we can speak of publicly, but we want you to know we're worrying about it" releases. Last March, I noted the South Jersey Jihadist and al Qaeda-linked radical Sharif Mobley - who held positions at several nuclear power plants in Salem County, NJ.

"What Is That Box?" - When The NSA Shows Up At Your Internet Company
buzzfeed.com
by Justine Sharrock
July 21, 2013

For nine months, this Utah ISP had a little black box in the corner, courtesy of the NSA. Its owner tells his story.

When people say the feds are monitoring what people are doing online, what does that mean? How does that work? When, and where, does it start? Pete Ashdown, CEO of XMission, an internet service provider in Utah, knows. He received a Foreign Intelligence Service Act (FISA) warrant in 2010 mandating he let the feds monitor one of his customers, through his facility. He also received a broad gag order. In his own words: The first thing I do when I get a law enforcement request is look for a court signature on it. Then I pass it to my attorneys and say, "Is this legitimate? Does this qualify as a warrant?" If it does, then we will respond to it. We are very up front that we respond to warrants. If it isn't, then the attorneys write back: "We don't believe it is in jurisdiction or is constitutional. We are happy to respond if you do get an FBI request in jurisdiction or you get a court order to do so."

"Who here wanted Romney" asks the Tea Party
examiner.com
November 6, 2012

Many Republicans are expressing disdain at the thought of another four years of President Obama. Some have started blaming Ron Paul and the Libertarians. Others blame the establishment Republican Party for nominating Mitt Romney.

The fact remains, the Tea Party became angry on Tuesday. Ron Paul lost the nomination at the Republican convention although many of his supporters say that the establishment Republican Party cheated. Many Ron Paul supporters refused to compromise and were vocal about the fact that they would not vote for Mitt Romney. After the close popular vote count, some Republicans have said that Ron Paul supporters cost the Republicans the election. "But as the old saying Goes. United we Stand. Divided we fall. All Paul did by continuing to run is divide the vote and in an election this close the few votes that went Paul's way kept Obama in office," said Don Wiggins on The Angel Clark Show fan page on Facebook. Little does Don know, many Ron Paul supporters would have loved to have cost the Republicans the election considering they feel the party betrayed them at the Republican National Convention. Regardless, it may never be able to be proved that Ron Paul supporters actually cost the Republican Party the election as many wrote Ron Paul in, and many states do not count write-ins.

"Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book": The new warrior cop is out of control
salon.com
by Radley Balko
July 7, 2013

SWAT teams raiding poker games and trying to stop underage drinking? Overwhelming paramilitary force is on the rise

Sal Culosi is dead because he bet on a football game - but it wasn't a bookie or a loan shark who killed him. His local government killed him, ostensibly to protect him from his gambling habit. Several months earlier at a local bar, Fairfax County, Virginia, detective David Baucum overheard the thirty-eight-year-old optometrist and some friends wagering on a college football game. "To Sal, betting a few bills on the Redskins was a stress reliever, done among friends," a friend of Culosi's told me shortly after his death. "None of us single, successful professionals ever thought that betting fifty bucks or so on the Virginia-Virginia Tech football game was a crime worthy of investigation." Baucum apparently did. After overhearing the men wagering, Baucum befriended Culosi as a cover to begin investigating him. During the next several months, he talked Culosi into raising the stakes of what Culosi thought were just more fun wagers between friends to make watching sports more interesting. Eventually Culosi and Baucum bet more than $2,000 in a single day. Under Virginia law, that was enough for police to charge Culosi with running a gambling operation. And that's when they brought in the SWAT team.

"Why do you have a right to your money?"
The Real Revo
by notamobster
March 6, 2011

Some thoughts from those wiser than myself...

"Why Should the Working-Class Subsidize the News and Entertainment of the Rich?"
The American Spectator
by Shawn Macomber
June 2, 2011

David Boaz makes a fantastic cultural case against federal funding of PBS, an organization that consistently confuses its ability to cater to a niche bourgeoisie audience with an unquestionable moral crusade on behalf of all.

"World IPv6 Launch Day" and What it Means for You
blog.softlayer.com
by Dani Roisman
June 11, 2012

June 6, 2012, marked a milestone in the further advancement of the Internet: World IPv6 Launch Day. It was by no means an Earth-shattering event or a "flag day" where everyone switched over to IPv6 completely.

What actually happened was that content providers enabled AAAA DNS records for their websites and other applications, and ISPs committed to providing IPv6 connectivity to at least 1% of their customers by this date. What's all of this fuss about the IPv6 transition about? The simplest way to explain the situation is that the current Internet can stay working as it does, using IPv4 addresses, forever ... if we're okay with it not growing any more.

#OccupyMadison Has Their Permit Jerked Because Occupiers Were "Publicly Masturbating" at Pat Dollard
patdollard.com
by Chad Von Lind
October 28, 2011

Occupy Madison has temporarily been denied an extension in their protesting permit because members of the movement violated "public health and safety conditions." The group also did not properly fill out the form.

$1.5 Million Fine For Pirating Movies
Personal Liberty Alerts
by Upi - United Press International, Inc.
November 2, 2012

A Virginia man must pay $1.5 million in damages to an adult entertainment company for illegally sharing 10 of its movies on the Internet, a court has ruled.

Kywan Fisher, of Hampton, has been ordered to pay the damages to Flava Works for sharing 10 of its movies on the BitTorrent site, TorrentFreak reported Friday. Flava Works sued Fisher and several others in 2011 in a case that differed from so-called John Doe lawsuits because Flava Works had detailed information on the defendants who had paid accounts on the company's movie portal.

$11 Billion in Green Grants Produces Few Jobs, House Report Says
CNS News
by Fred Lucas
June 20, 2012

An Obama administration green jobs grant program that spent $11 billion lacks a verifiable job-counting system and likely created only a fraction of the jobs it claims, according to a staff report by the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

While Energy Secretary Steven Chu said the grants "created tens of thousands of jobs," the government's own National Renewal Energy Laboratory estimates it created 910 direct jobs. The House report criticized even those numbers, saying: "The job creation numbers that exist for Section 1603 are based on models, not actual data from completed projects. Neither Treasury nor DOE have turned over actual jobs data on the Section 1603 grants program to the committee."

     

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