The AETA makes it illegal to "interfere" with an animal enterprise, in an overly vague and extremely subjective way. As a result this law not only endangers these four defendants charged with violating the AETA themselves, but also has the potential to have a chilling effect on free speech and protest. In fact, the FBI news release announcing the arrests indicated the charges were designed to "send a message" by making an example of the defendants.
It is essential on grounds of principle because the law has defined this nation, a nation of laws not of men, since its founding. “Reverence for the laws,” as Abraham Lincoln observed, is the “political religion of the nation.” It would by a Pyrrhic victory if, in our struggle to preserve this country against the threat of international terrorism we sacrificed so central a part of what this country stands for and why it has been a model for the rest of the world.
Imagine robots that operate without electronic components. Well, this week scientists at a robotics lab in Japan revealed a creation that could bring the scenario a step closer to reality. The team has created what looks to be a Technicolor inchworm made of motile gel that not only crawls by itself, but changes color depending on the environment it's in. And its creators say that this creeping, self-propelled goop might one day find its way into robots.
Although almost no technical information has been released concerning the early American signals intelligence satellites, some information has been declassified concerning satellites proposed in the early years of WS-117L. In 1956 electronics company RCA produced an outline of a satellite development plan indicating that their proposed ferret satellites would monitor the radio spectrum from 40 megahertz to 40 gigahertz. The proposal also included a notional illustration of a ferret satellite that looked like something out of a later James Bond film. With its nose pointed toward the earth, the satellite payload fairing peeled back like the petals of a flower, each petal sprouting a dish antenna.
“For thousands of New Yorkers, the site of the airplane overhead brought back horrible memories of the 9/11 tragedy,” Gillibrand said in a statement. “We must be much more careful in the future to recognize the impact of aircraft in no fly zones around New York City and the FAA must be more diligent in coordinating with local officials.”
1) Security measures will be uniform across diverse systems so that no individual system will have security optimized to its own particular vulnerabilities.
2) Hacking any one system will reveal the vulnerabilities of all the rest.
3) Bureaucracies move slowly so solutions will become available just as the vulnerability-exploitation process has run it's course.
4) All systems that are covered by the NIS office will always be vulnerable to personal and political corruption in that office.
What a bargain!
Drivers trained in mileage-maximizing techniques such as smooth acceleration and coasting to red lights were able to get an extraordinary 1,445.7 miles out of a single tank of gas during a fund-raising effort in
Washington, D.C.that concluded today. They did it by averaging 81.5 miles per gallon in an off-the-showroom floor, non-modified 2010 Ford Fusion Hybrid, the most fuel-efficient midsize car in North America- nearly doubling its U.S. certified mileage.
A pitbull dog was shot, and later died, during a home invasion at an Allentown apartment Sunday morning, city police said.
In a news-release issued at about 6 p.m. today, Sunday, Boyne City Police Department officials said officers and ambulance crews were called to a home on Michigan Avenue at about 4:19 a.m. today when a woman called 9-1-1 reporting that she had just been awakened by her 9-year-old daughter saying that someone had hurt her. The mother told dispatchers she was afraid that the perpetrator was still inside the house.
Obviously, the idea of tapping into the near limitless power of the Sun to achieve greater energy security is tantalizing, even to the casual observer. All else being equal, the benefits of an effective SBSP system are potentially enormous, ranging from the revitalization of the beleaguered aerospace industry to a means of reducing global emissions of greenhouse gasses. As is the case with all public policies, though, all else is not equal and one must ask if it is truly the right time for the United States to embark on a project of such epic proportions such as SBSP.
The show began with an “impartial” experiment. Give three students with no gun experience, who do not own guns themselves, a gun and sit them in a classroom. Each of the students not only have no experience with a firearm, they are also all inexplicably wearing something that will ensure they cannot shoot quickly and accurately should the need arise - such as an oversized shirt which makes it difficult for them to draw their weapon; headgear which makes it difficult for them to see their target; or gloves, which makes it difficult for them to handle their weapon.
I have used weapons since I was big enough to carry one, and now own two handguns, four shotguns and three rifles, two with scopes. I use them carefully, for hunting game from our family woods and fields, and occasionally for hunting with my family and friends in other places. We cherish the right to own a gun and some of my hunting companions like to collect rare weapons. One of them is a superb craftsman who makes muzzle-loading rifles, one of which I displayed for four years in my private White House office.
When seven astronauts board the Atlantis shuttle on 11 May for an 11-day mission to repair the ailing Hubble telescope, they will be aware of the formidable task ahead. Five spacewalks to replace broken parts. No space station nearby as a refuge. Earth more than 350 miles below. But the significance of the Hubble repair mission goes much further than the technical challenges facing the crew. This mission amounts to the swansong of the shuttle, the culmination of a 30-year, $170bn (£115bn) programme to consolidate humankind's mastery over space.
The gamma-ray sky comes alive in a movie made from data acquired by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope during its first three months of operations. Gamma rays from sources near and far turn the sky into a hypnotic froth. The sun arcs serenely across the northern sky as active galaxies called blazars flare up and fade out.
If you singled out ANY OTHER group by race, religion, or color and persecuted them the way the left and the media goes after this group of law abiding citizens, the A.C.L.U. would be on your doorstep with an injunction in 20 Minutes! Imagine if you needed a permit to be Jewish, legally required to keep you Koranlocked up,restricted to certain “safe and approved” denominations of Christianity. Would you stand by and be limited to only one church service a month? What if it was a crime to practice your faithacross state lines? What would you do if all Gays were required to register themselves with the state? Would you support a ban on Catholicism if if could be proven it was the “religion of choice” for Mexican Drug cartels? Are these not the same “common sense” and “reasonable restrictions” that people want applied to Lawful American Gun Owners?
Rep. Frank Lautenberg, D-New Jersey, has introduced a bill to close the so-called "gun show loophole." The "loophole" is that federally licensed gun dealers are required to run instant background checks on people buying guns, but those who are selling guns privately and are not dealers do not have to run such checks.
Small as they are, the motors generate their share of power, using a two-stroke, one-cylinder engine. They push 35 miles per hour and sip gasoline at a snail’s pace, reaching up to 150 miles per gallon.It is odd that more isn't being done in this arena.
Let me be clear. It is my recollection that:
-- The chairs and the ranking minority members of the House and Senate intelligence committees, known as the Gang of Four, were briefed that the CIA was holding and interrogating high-value terrorists.
-- We understood what the CIA was doing.
-- We gave the CIA our bipartisan support.
-- We gave the CIA funding to carry out its activities.
-- On a bipartisan basis, we asked if the CIA needed more support from Congress to carry out its mission against al-Qaeda.
Meridian Police are investigating a home invasion and armed robbery in the 22 hundred block of Poplar Springs Drive Friday night. It happened around 8:40. Police were looking for three black male suspects who fled the scene on foot.
Southwest Mercer County Regional police Chief Riley Smoot said the two were wanted in connection with a home invasion at 1002 Walnut Ave. Smoot said a woman who lives there had just returned from taking her children to school when two armed men pulled guns on her, forced her out of her car and into the home, bound her with duct tape and marched her upstairs.
Sheldon Simon, a political science professor and security expert at Arizona State University, said the unemployment rate is key. “Times of economic crisis can lead to extreme political activity. Studies particularly on right-wing extremism in this country show a correlation between severe economic difficulties and the tendency to scapegoat,” he said.
On Saturday 11 April the Planck spacecraft was transferred from the S1B building, dedicated to spacecraft preparations, to the S5A building, dedicated to fueling operations.
And as long as we're on the subject ...
Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said he'll continue to tell officers they can't assume people are carrying guns legally in a city that has seen nearly 200 homicides in the past two years. "My message to my troops is if you see anybody carrying a gun on the streets of Milwaukee, we'll put them on the ground, take the gun away and then decide whether you have a right to carry it," Flynn said. "Maybe I'll end up with a protest of cowboys. In the meantime, I've got serious offenders with access to handguns. It's irresponsible to send a message to them that if they just carry it openly no one can bother them."
According to police, the victim was inside his home in the 2000 block of Oak Street in New Albany when the five men burst in. The victim ran out and the men started chasing, shooting at him in the street. The victim ran into a home where two young girls were inside. Police say the men fired a final shot at their target, narrowly missing the girls.
One event that required skills in design was the Cardboard Duct Tape Boat Race at the J.L. Sorenson P.E. Building swimming pool. The object of the contest was for participants to design and build a boat made from cardboard and duct tape that would carry two people across the pool the fastest without sinking.
"Few things are more frightening to the average citizen than violent criminals who will brutally attack you in your home," says Wright. "This legislation will increase the penalties for home invasion and hopefully deter some criminals while ensuring those who do commit the crime are removed from society for a long time."
This law should read "... of those who aren't immediately killed by the home owner/occupant."
Denver police are asking for the public's help in identifying a suspect in a home invasion robbery. According to police, the victim was followed into his home in the 4500 block of North Tulsa Street on Feb. 28. Police said victims in the home were bound and the suspect attempted to take items from the home.
Identifying them doesn't take nearly this long when they die at the scene.
State police are looking for suspects after two people are tied up during a home invasion. It happened last night on Highway 2036 in the Letcher community of Letcher County. The incident affected a nearby school. State police say three people in masks forced their way into this home armed with a rifle. After tying up a man and a woman, police say the trio left with prescription pills, cash and a cell phone. It's a crime that's on the rise.
The most recent attack marks the 10th home invasion in the counties. This time the intruder also beat the victim's 61-year-old husband, who reportedly walked into the house after the attacker had entered through its front door. The husband, bloodied, stumbled to a neighbor's house for help. The couple were treated at a local hospital and later released.
So, imagine her surprise when, over the past couple of days, a story broke revealing taped phone calls from 2006 in which Harman promised an Israeli spy that she would lobby the Justice Department to reduce espionage-related charges against two AIPAC officials. The quid pro quo was that this Israeli agent would lobby Nancy Pelosi on Harman’s behalf in order to try to secure for Harman the Chair of the House Intelligence committee, assuming Democrats took control of the House, as they were expected to do (Pelosi ultimately passed over Harman).
Put yourself in the shoes of the people who were asked to interrogate al-Qaeda prisoners in 2002. One former officer told me he declined the job, not because he thought the program was wrong but because he knew it would blow up. "We all knew the political wind would change eventually," he recalled. Other officers who didn't make that cynical but correct calculation are now "broken and bewildered," says the former operative.
But Max Abrahms, a fellow at Stanford University, disputes this conclusion, noting that they focus narrowly on the well-known but rare terrorist victories – while ignoring the much broader, if more obscure, pattern of terrorism's failures. To remedy this deficiency, Abrahms took a close look at each of the 28 terrorist groups so designated by the U.S. Department of State since 2001 and tallied how many of them achieved its objectives.
Reporters learned from a news conference at this meeting that 24 nuclear power units are currently under construction in China, and that they are mainly spread out over coastal provinces.
Fourteen years after the Oklahoma City bombing and almost eight years after the 9/11 attacks, nearly 38 percent of Oklahoma voters are "not really worried at all" about a major terrorist attack on the nation in the next few months.
SEO strategies that push Web sites to the front of the Google ranking algorithm line are regularly employed by online retailers and news media outlets. How well they will work to divert tech-savvy, disgruntled Muslim youth from adopting a terrorist mentality is questionable, according to at least one think tank.
Jason Brown rushed to his mother’s home Monday after she told him her badly beaten neighbor had hopped onto her front stoop bound, gagged and screaming for help.
All four are charged with armed robbery, second-degree aggravated battery, felony criminal conspiracy and entry of an inhabited dwelling.
According to the sheriff's office Web site, McDonald was booked on a first-degree felony charge of residential home invasion with a firearm or other deadly weapon, fleeing police at high speed and other charges. He was being held without bond Monday.
A year ago, however, he was able to step off his wheelchair and float about in a state of zero gravity aboard a special plane. He hopes to repeat the experience in space, above the atmosphere, aboard the maiden, suborbital flight of the Virgin Galactic of British billionaire Richard Branson's venture company Virgin Group, whose first flight is planned for next year.
Having just over-thrown the existing government (remember King George?), I suspect they envisioned whatever weapons those they might have to face would have. If the other guys, be it criminals or oppressors, had innocent-citizen-mow-down-in-seconds weapons, then the general populace should also have them.
You might think the persistence of the drug traffickers' main business, which consists of transporting and selling products that are entirely illegal on both sides of the border, would give pause to those who think they can block the flow of guns to the cartels. Instead, the violence fostered by drug control feeds demands for equally futile gun control.
Despite all the security measures the district has implemented in the last 10 years, Zehner stopped short of saying she’s confident they would prevent a Columbine-style attack. “I feel they are (safe), but of course, you can’t prevent everything,” he said. “If there’s a heavily armed threat intent on getting into our buildings, it could happen, but we’re doing the best we can.”
It probably still won't work (because they won't be willing to hire the 9 year-olds) but at least they're on the right track, now.
Now is a good time for a home invasion round-up:
One of the victims, a 32-year-old man, struggled with the suspect and was shot. Both victims then fled the house. The wounded man suffered non-life threatening injuries and was released from a hospital. (IDSLIWTFB)
“To picture individuals lying in a coffin is sufficiently prejudicial enough without the compounding issues related to the apparent removal of the unborn child and placing that child in clothing and in a casket to be viewed by the jury,” the defense attorneys wrote.This is one of those trials that, despite the sensational aspects, will probably be worth following. The defendant doesn't seem very sympathetic, but may nevertheless be innocent.
So when the USNS Impeccable, a U.S. surveillance ship, was snooping in the area last month, China set a trap. Five Chinese vessels crowded around the U.S. ship. Crew members hurled chunks of wood into the Impeccable's path and used poles to try to snare its acoustic equipment. When U.S. sailors turned a fire hose on their assailants, the sodden Chinese crew aboard one of the vessels stripped to their underwear and closed to within 25 feet, the Pentagon said.
According to an incident report filed by Martin County sheriff’s deputies, [Linda] Schultz said Reber shot out her glass back door, wounding her in the neck. When he came through the door, she fired at him with her .40 caliber handgun, hitting him at least three times. He dropped the shotgun and staggered back out the door.
Also, an aphorism from Mrs. Bulldog: the best way to a man's heart is through his chest ...
Torture, and its use, is one of those "canary in the mineshaft" issues for me; it shows a government has no respect for law. Any attempts to try and domesticate it and limit it under strict guidelines are likely to fail. As we are finding here at home in the UK, if you give governments powers, then they will use them, sooner or later, against innocent people.
Deterrence can be adopted by those in a strategically offensive posture or those on the strategic defensive. The former pursue deterrence for the purpose of compelling the opponent to submit to their demands without going to war, while the latter seek to make the “opponent feel his attack may fail or lead to the loss outweighing the gain” (p. 216-217). China officially adopts a strategic defensive posture in the international arena; concurrently, it is arguable that the Chinese government pursues a strategically offensive form of deterrence toward perceived threats to domestic stability or national unification.
Even if First Amendment concerns are put aside, vague intelligence reports like these are entirely unhelpful to the street cop or agent. What could a cop reading the Virginia fusion center report do but start watching student groups? What could an agent reading the Missouri fusion center report do but start monitoring the above-ground anti-tax, anti-abortion and pro-gun activists? These are places you are unlikely to find the bad guys.
The flip-side of over-zealous surveillance is that spying can achieve positive results for communities.
Hmmm ... it could ... but for some reason it never does. Perhaps they should do a stakeholder analysis.
“We’re also seeing counterfeit routers and chips, and some of those chips have made their way into US military fighter aircraft.. You don’t sneak counterfeit chips into another nation’s aircraft to steal data. When it’s done intentionally, it’s done to degrade systems, or to have the ability to do so at a time of one’s choosing.”
I certainly hope we're doing the same to them ... only better.
I can't imagine anything going wrong here.
Plus an explanation of why crews don't resist.
(both via Volokh)
Your report states that “Rightwing extremists were concerned during the 1990s with the perception that illegal immigrants were taking away American jobs through their willingness to work at significantly lower wages.” Secretary Napolitano, this is more than a perception to those who have lost their job. Would you categorize union members as “Right Wing extremists”?
East Timor's notorious martial arts gangs are growing in size and strength and pose an increasing threat to Australia's security, a new report says.
Good thing that Aus has plenty of victim disarmament laws in place.
Officers recovered a vast cache of weapons including an anti-aircraft gun capable of firing 800 shots per minute, a number of rifles and an array of ammunition.Hmmm ... mostly looks like a vast array of empty magazines to me ... but the girl looks like she could be my next ex-wife 8o)
(via Drudge Report)
What would I do? Well, first, I'd get a huge grant, since I'll need money for materials, equipment, and to hire subjects. Then I'd get a large facility, preferably a school type building with lots of different sized rooms. Then I would recruit hundreds of people, and specifically filter for CCW holders, veterans, police, serious martial artists, and security types. I want all of those types of people in the study, but I want to know who they are. I also want lots of people with no such training or experience.
It's a good thing he didn't have a gun.
A man who murdered a British couple with a hammer in the Canary Islands has been jailed for nearly 40 years by a Spanish court.
"We still do not know how our records were compromised," said Lamb, who mentioned that his own name was on the list. "We don't know if somebody was supposed to shred that information, but it ended up in a Dumpster."It really does behoove everyone to determine exactly which employees can possibly access identity data and them make sure that they, and there staff, understand how much damage they can do if they don't maintain proper data security measures.
For example, if a project involves PII, or personally identifiable information, that invariably leads us to one security procedure: encryption. But we constantly find ourselves having to justify the need for encryption. If we can standardize our encryption requirements for PII, we may be able to cut some arguments short.
“If you wanted to create jobs in every sector of this economy and every community … you could do it in less than a month without hiring any federal employees,” Wynn said. “You’d simply say if a company can prove that it has increased its regular work force, with health insurance … we will give you a tax credit to support the payroll of that new hire.”
“On the national level, the issue is considered toxic by Democrats,” said Ross Baker, an expert on Congress at Rutgers University. “I think part of it has to do with (the Democrats’) remarkable success in capturing seats previously held by Republicans. Many of these new Democrats ran on platforms of not tampering with Second Amendment rights, and they don’t want to pull the rug out from under them.”
This, at least, is a good thing.
President Obama has said that while he agrees with a citizen’s Second Amendment right to own a gun, gun ownership should be “subject to reasonable regulations enacted by local communities to keep their streets safe.” This is not an unreasonable statement.
All together now: Regulating the guns of people that abide by regulations doesn't make the 'streets' safe!
With some 280 million weapons available in the country, it's little wonder guns account for roughly 12,000 of the 17,000 people murdered each year. As the nation did following the April 20, 1999, Columbine murders, it is time to confront the many causes of gun violence.
We should start by making sure that the good citizens stop leaving all those guns at home.
I tremble with disgust ...
"He literally beat them to death with his hands and feet," Abdullin said. "The family were poor and drank a lot. He blamed them for infecting his wife and the entire corridor with lice."
I'm marginally ashamed at how funny I found this.
For some reason this nation’s leaders cannot stop teenaged drug dealers, certifiable nuts and criminals from easily getting a gun.Maybe they could criminalize such behavior or something.
What tied these shootings together is that both incidents occurred with guns that, until four years ago, were illegal under the Federal Assault Weapons Ban (FAWB).Gee, and all this time I thought it had only been illegal to import or make new ones.
I don't recall seeing anywhere that post-post-ban weapons were used in these incidents. If someone else did please correct me on this.
HARRISBURG — The killing of three Pittsburgh police officers will renew gun control efforts in the Pennsylvania Legislature, but the outlook for enacting laws remains doubtful because the National Rifle Association has "a stranglehold" over lawmakers, a key House member said Tuesday.
And then there's this:
Helmke blamed the NRA for "fear mongering" that leads people to believe the government is coming for their guns, as friends said Richard Poplawski feared. Police said Poplawski killed two of the officers with a shotgun and used an AK-47 to exchange gunfire with SWAT team members and other officers.I'm thinking that it might not be the NRA that has people thinking the gubmint might be coming for their guns.