Monday, November 30, 2015

Fox News Is Here to Help You Understand

Really, Fox?

 I'm having a hard time believing that. Think I'll check the story.
The National Fraternal Order of Police has asked the NFL to lift its ban on fans carrying guns at games, at least for retired and off-duty law enforcement officers who hold permits to carry concealed weapons.

  Fox News
Nice headline for your barely literate viewers, though.

And from a non-Fox news source:
The National Fraternal Order of Police is asking the NFL to lift its ban on allowing people who are trained to carry their guns inside sports stadiums.


There is a heightened sense of security at stadiums around the NFL, but as of now, all off-duty officers and people with concealed carry permits must check their guns at the door.

"The Ohio FOP has reached out to the owners of the Bengals and the Browns to try and get them to rescind this policy that acts contrary to common sense," said president of the FOP of Ohio Jay McDonald. "Law enforcement officers should be able to help defend themselves and the lives of their fellow citizens in large scale events like an NFL game."


It's Still a Mystery

How to Keep Score

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

And So It Begins

I missed this from June last year...
A "super computer" has duped humans into thinking it was a 13-year-old boy to become the first machine to pass the Turing test, experts have said. Five machines were tested at the Royal Society in central London to see if they could fool people into thinking they were humans during text-based conversations.

The test was devised in 1950 by computer science pioneer and second world war codebreaker Alan Turing, who said that if a machine was indistinguishable from a human, then it was "thinking".

No computer had ever previously passed the Turing test, which requires 30% of human interrogators to be duped during a series of five-minute keyboard conversations, organisers from the University of Reading said.


Saturday, November 28, 2015

In the Wake of the Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood Attack


I'll Believe It When I See It

Which I won't, because they do things in secret.

In the alternative, they'll turn the practice over to another agency where it will be done under deeper cover.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

Now You've Really Gone Too Far

The Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister, Member of Knesset Tzipi Hotovely, held meetings this week with representatives of YouTube and Google, to find ways of cooperating to censor Palestinian videos from occupied Palestine, videos she dubbed as “inciting violence and terrorism.”

Israeli daily Maariv said Hotovely will be working with Google and YouTube officials in a joint mechanism that will be in charge of “monitoring and preventing” any publication of materials deemed by Tel Aviv to be “inflammatory.”

  Saed Bannoura

And a big F U to Google and YouTube.  Every time I turn around I learn another objectionable thing about Google.  I'm going to have to bite the bullet and at least extricate myself from GMail.  And stop using Google search engines.  Unfortunately, the app store on my Android phone is a Google product.  And Blogger is a Google product!  Google is everywhere.  UPDATE:  Okay, I've realized my attempts to extricate myself from Google are, in practice, limited to email and search engine.  I have way too many things that rely on Google...just as they planned, right?  I'll have to look for a way to protest what they're doing here; even if it's just an email to the company that will get tossed.
Hotovely announced in a Hebrew-only press release that she met with YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki, and Google’s Director of Public Policy, Jennifer Oztzistzki, at Google’s Silicon Valley Offices.
Hebrew-only press release.
All foreign journalists who report in the Occupied Territories are required to register with the Israeli military, and any footage that they film is required to go through the Israeli Military Censor’s office before it can be released.
Freedom of the press in Israel.

It's well beyond time for the US to withdraw all military and financial support from that government.

Since that will not happen...
Individual consumers can show their opposition to Israel’s violations by participating in a consumer boycott of Israeli companies, goods and services or of international companies involved in Israeli policies violating Palestinian human rights and international law. A consumer boycott works in two ways: firstly by generating public awareness about Israeli apartheid and occupation as well as international support for it and secondly by applying economic pressure for change.


Trying to boycott the products of every single company that participates in Israeli apartheid is a daunting task that has a slim change of having a concrete impact.

It makes more sense to focus on optimal targets that are being targeted as part of national or international campaigns. Consumer boycotts are most effective when part of a broader campaign against a particular product or aiming to pressure a retailer to stop selling a particular Israeli product.

Get in contact with a BDS organisation in your area to find out what companies and products are being targeted and how to support local campaigns.

  BDS Movement
Or check the BDS Movement website for a partial listing.  (Three companies you know well and probably purchase from:  Ben & Jerry's; Ahava cosmetics; Hewlitt Packard.)

We Don't Want to "Fight Them Here"

Since Sept. 11, 2001, nearly twice as many people have been killed by white supremacists, antigovernment fanatics and other non-Muslim extremists than by radical Muslims: 48 have been killed by extremists who are not Muslim, including the recent mass killing in Charleston, S.C., compared with 26 by self-proclaimed jihadists, according to a count by New America, a Washington research center.


Non-Muslim extremists have carried out 19 such attacks since Sept. 11, according to the latest count, compiled by David Sterman, a New America program associate, and overseen by Peter Bergen, a terrorism expert. By comparison, seven lethal attacks by Islamic militants have taken place in the same period.

If such numbers are new to the public, they are familiar to police officers. A survey to be published this week asked 382 police and sheriff’s departments nationwide to rank the three biggest threats from violent extremism in their jurisdiction. About 74 percent listed antigovernment violence, while 39 percent listed “Al Qaeda-inspired” violence, according to the researchers, Charles Kurzman of the University of North Carolina and David Schanzer of Duke University.

“Law enforcement agencies around the country have told us the threat from Muslim extremists is not as great as the threat from right-wing extremists."


...but hey, do what you will anyway.

Friday, November 27, 2015

What Algorithm Do These Sites Use?

You Tube is apparently no better than Netflix in categorizing their offerings.

I'm pretty sure Stevie McCrorie, while a good singer, has nothing to do with politics (the category into which You Tube has placed his videos) while singing.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

Sharia Law

“In essence, if we are ever ordered by a government authority to personally violate and sin — violate God’s law and sin — if we’re ordered to stop preaching the Gospel, if we’re ordered to perform a same-sex marriage as someone presiding over it, we are called to ignore that,” Rubio said in an interview with CBN on Tuesday.

“So when those two come into conflict, God’s rules always win,” he added.

  The Hill
Sounds a bit treasonous to me.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.