Sunday, October 26, 2014

NYTIMES - How a Law Lets I.R.S. Seize Accounts on Suspicion, No Crime Required

Yeah, this should be outlawed and illegal yesterday.

The Internal Revenue Service agents did not accuse Ms. Hinders of money laundering or cheating on her taxes — in fact, she has not been charged with any crime. Instead, the money was seized solely because she had deposited less than $10,000 at a time, which they viewed as an attempt to avoid triggering a required government report.

“How can this happen?” Ms. Hinders said in a recent interview. “Who takes your money before they prove that you’ve done anything wrong with it?”

The federal government does.

Using a law designed to catch drug traffickers, racketeers and terrorists by tracking their cash, the government has gone after run-of-the-mill business owners and wage earners without so much as an allegation that they have committed serious crimes. The government can take the money without ever filing a criminal complaint, and the owners are left to prove they are innocent. Many give up.

CNBC - Car makers cut EV cars to make sales amid low gas prices.

Gas is dropping which will hurt sales of EVs.

With battery-car sales lagging expectations, automakers have been slashing prices in a bid to spur demand. The latest to announce a big discount is Ford, which will trim the manufacturers suggested retail price (MSRP) on its Focus Electric model by $6,000.

That's on top of the $4,000 discount the Detroit maker took on the compact battery-electric vehicle just a year ago. Originally introduced in January 2011 at $39,995, buyers now can plug in a Ford Focus Electric for just $29,995 — plus delivery charges and the usual fees and taxes. And Ford is by no means alone in this price war.

With rare exception, automakers have been cutting prices of both plug-in and pure battery-electric vehicle (BEV) models in a bid to boost sluggish sales. And with gas prices now near or below $3 a gallon in much of the U.S., industry analysts suggest it will be even more difficult to persuade buyers to opt for vehicles that plug in rather than tank up.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Pope Francis tells synod gathering not to impose what he called "intolerable moral burdens" on believers.

If Pope Francis thinks relaxing moral "burdens" will somehow bring more believers back in then he needs to look at the almost dead Church of England and the walking dead of the American Presbyterian Church to see what lax moral codes can do to religious entities. What sense to belong to a group that preaches values and morals that is flexible to pop culture?


Pope Francis has opened a gathering of more than 200 senior Roman Catholic bishops by urging them not to impose what he called "intolerable moral burdens" on believers.

The gathering, known as a synod, is discussing the Church's position on controversial issues.

They will be joined by lay Catholics to debate abortion, contraception, homosexuality and divorce.

The synod will last two weeks and no immediate changes are expected.

At a Mass opening the gathering, the Pope said he hoped bishops would participate freely in the discussions.

"Synod gatherings are not meant to discuss beautiful and clever ideas, or to see who is more intelligent," Pope Francis said. Rather, it's an opportunity to "work generously with authentic freedom and humble creativity," he said.

Previous synods have had set agendas, with proceedings tightly controlled by the powerful cardinals of the Roman Curia, the central government of the Church, correspondents say.

NYPOST - ‘Active consent’ is a solution to an exaggerated problem

what is going to happen with this yes means yes is soon, someone will be accused of rape/sexual assault that will get them and the school sued into the next century to bring this nonsense under control. What needs to happen is schools and law enforcement work closer on any rape allegations under the law, not arbitrary school code kangaroo "courts."


The new SUNY rules, just like the ones passed last month for state schools in California, seem to imply that most of the sexual encounters that have taken place in human history were, well, rapes.

Our lawmakers seem to have decided that they can make sexual assault seem like a more urgent problem if they put as many people into the category of victims as possible. The “one in five” figure so often heard in referring to campus sexual assaults is absurd on its face. If our neighborhoods had those kind of rape statistics, we wouldn’t let our daughters leave the house. Why would we send them to college?

But Cuomo buys it: “There has been an epidemic of sexual violence in this country that is truly disturbing and is inarguable,” he said. Cuomo does not cite much evidence for his statement and far be it from me to argue with anything the governor says is “inarguable,” but in 2010, the Bureau of Justice Statistics reported 188,380 rapes and sexual assaults on females and males in the entire country.

That’s a rate of 0.05%.


Sunday, October 5, 2014

South Korea emulates North Korea in cracking down on social media "rumors"

For an advanced tech society, this is very backward thinking.


South Korea's president is cracking down on rumors in cyberspace in a campaign that threatens the popularity of Kakao Talk, the leading social media service in a country with ambitions to become a global technology leader.

Prosecutors announced the crackdown two weeks ago after President Park Geun-hye complained about insults directed at her and said false rumors "divided the society."

That rattled users of Kakao Talk, a smartphone-based messaging app used by 35 million of South Korea's 50 million people. It prompted a surge of interest in a previously little-known German competitor, Telegram.

Rankey.com, a research firm, said an estimated 610,000 South Korean smartphone users visited Telegram on Wednesday, a 40-fold increase over Sept. 14, before the crackdown was announced. The company said its estimate was based on a randomly selected group of 60,000 people it follows regularly.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

15 People Injured In Ghetto Miami Nightclub Mass Shooting

When a place has kids running around this area at 1 AM, something bad is bound to happen. I wouldn't even call it a club, its basically a building with some paint on it.

Paramedics treated patients on the sidewalk and street after police said 15 people were shot at a Miami nightclub. 
When Miami police and rescue crews arrived at a club called The Spot around 1 a.m., they said they found chaos among the large throng of adults and teenagers gathered there. Rescuers found wounded people inside and outside the club, some too hurt to flee, Miami Fire Rescue Capt. Ignatius Carroll said.

Some people were running, “people were screaming, people were saying they were shot,” Carroll said, adding others were yelling for help for friends who had been shot.

Here is a street view of the place. Yep..

#Generationwuss - Bret Easton Ellis talks about this wussy generation.

Pretty spot on from the standpoint of being the most coddled and protected generation from their parents who are doing them no favors.

My huge generalities touch on their over-sensitivity, their insistence that they are right despite the overwhelming proof that suggests they are not, their lack of placing things within context, the overreacting, the passive-aggressive positivity, and, of course, all of this exacerbated by the meds they’ve been fed since childhood by over-protective “helicopter” parents mapping their every move.

These are late-end Baby Boomers and Generation X parents who were now rebelling against their own rebelliousness because of the love they felt that they never got from their selfish narcissistic Boomer parents and who end up smothering their kids, inducing a kind of inadequate preparation in how to deal with the hardships of life and the real way the world works: people won’t like you, that person may not love you back, kids are really cruel, work sucks, it’s hard to be good at something, life is made up of failure and disappointment, you’re not talented, people suffer, people grow old, people die.

And Generation Wuss responds by collapsing into sentimentality and creating victim narratives rather than acknowledging the realities of the world and grappling with them and processing them and then moving on, better prepared to navigate an often hostile or indifferent world that doesn’t care if you exist.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

#doj Eric Holder bans all profiling, no exceptions by federal law enforcement

Well, that will surely help keep America safe.

Justice Department is expected to issue a broad new policy in the coming two to three weeks banning religious and other forms of profiling by federal law enforcement officers, department sources said Friday.

The long-awaited policy will not include an exemption for national security investigations, sources said. National security officials and others in the administration concerned about terrorism lobbied hard for such an exemption, according to congressional sources.

The new policy will cover ethnicity and sexual orientation as well as religion. Advocates of the new policy said they were surprised because the debate over the national security exemption had blocked movement for months.

The new policy, though still being finalized, is expected to prohibit federal agents from conducting undercover surveillance of a mosque, for example, without some information that criminal activity is underway. Under the current rules, approved in the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, law enforcement agencies were given broad latitude to monitor specific religious groups.