Wednesday, February 28, 2018

"Death Wish" with Bruce Willis finally here

I like the previous trailer of "Death Wish" better, because it used AC/DC's "Back In Black" .

But - "Death Wish", with Bruce Willis, hits the screen Friday.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Parkland School Security Footage on 20 Minute Delay

[Average reading time less links: 3min 30sec]

Why on earth would there be a 20 minute delay...20 minutes!...as police watched surveillance camera footage at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School?

From WTBK, LaCrosse News 8000:
When officers arrived on the scene of the shooting, he said, they wanted to gain access to the security footage to learn what happened and where the perpetrator could be.

But last Wednesday the footage was rewound, [Coral Springs Police Chief Tony] Pustizzi told reporters. At some point, there was a miscommunication and officers believed they were watching real-time footage.

"The issue was more of a communications failure on who was reviewing the tape, letting our guys know that it was a 20-minute delay in what they were reviewing," Pustizzi said.
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The Broward County School district said in a statement that its security system footage could be reviewed in both real-time or be rewound to see events that were previously recorded.

"During the immediate response to the event, the system was being viewed in real-time and the recorded footage was being viewed to retrace the actions of the shooter," the statement said, adding that the district no longer had access to the footage or the server it was stored on because investigating authorities have it.
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[Coral Springs Police Capt. Brad McKeone said,] " I expected to be in a gunbattle. "
While watching the footage, Captain McKeone concludes he expected to be in "a gunbattle" ... and then, at some point, realized the footage they are viewing is delayed by 20 minutes? Am I (we) understanding this correctly? If so, something is very strange here.

"... the district no longer had access to the footage or the server it was stored on because investigating authorities have it." - Well, we'll never know the truth now.

People at Reddit are saying  Broward Sheriff Scott Israel ignored 3 dozen calls to Nikolas Cruz’s home.

Yeah, I know..."Dave, you don't believe stuff on Reddit, do you?" No more or less than I believe anyone knew, or didn't know, that the surveillance footage was delayed by 20 minutes. Or that I know, or don't know - for certain - if there was a second shooter at Mandalay Convention Center.

Besides, it's not only Reddit.

It's unclear if, prior to the shootings, the surveillance footage was on a 20 minute delay, but if so, the is no reasonable explanation for this.

Further, if police viewing the surveillance camera footage thought that they were watching footage in "real time", but the footage they were viewing had been rewound, who rewound it, when and why?

Via: picclick.com

In related news, school resource officer Scot Peterson has resigned and retired. From WPTV - West Palm Beach:
Peterson took a position but "never went in" as the onslaught occurred, citing security footage.
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Peterson was "absolutely on campus" he was armed he was in uniform during the shooting.
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"But what I saw was a deputy arrive at the west side of Building 12, take up a position, and he never went in," the sheriff said.

Asked what Peterson should have done the sheriff said: "Went in, addressed the killer. Killed the killer."
Are we to understand, then, that Officer Peterson was unsure of what action to take because of either or both real-time and/or delayed security footage? Delayed or not, isn't that the task of law enforcement in a situation like this - to confront the active shooter(s)?

Numerous reports abound  about awkward encounters with Mr. Cruz long before February. The FBI admits they failed to investigate Cruz. 

The 1990 Crime Control Act, (introduced by Democrat Joe Biden) and yes, I know, signed by President George H.W. Bush (I've made no secret of my dislike of his politics), which designates schools as "Gun Free Zones" has simply identified easy targets for those who want to inflict carnage on defenseless people.

And the First National Bank of Omaha decided to end its relationship of their NRA-affiliated bank cards.

Well, I can think of at least two things that will happen with that last item.

1) Customers of the First National Bank of Omaha who are NRA members will be closing their accounts there and moving to a NRA-friendly bank, and;

2) Legal Gun sales by law-abiding citizens will again be on the upswing. And I fully support that.

The Blame Game here is wide open and I'm not pointing fingers at any specific person(s) or incidents, although I think reasonable people can conclude and agree there was at least one shooter and we know his name. But blaming the NRA is psychological displacement.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Joyless Behar Remains Clueless

Joyless Behar

( Average reading time 5 minutes; less links and video. )

A few words regarding the below clip from "The View".

The "View" excerpts and clip are from the Friday, February 16, 2018 program. In the segment, the subject is the Parkland Florida tragedy and the inevitable conversation on gun-control, mostly from Joyless Behar and Sunny Hostin, who display a fundamental lack of knowledge on what they speak. (You're not surprised by this, though).

They'll never read or be made aware of this post on my limitedly viewed blog, but if Joyless and Sunny think it's easy to legally acquire a handgun or longarm (aka long-gun), then I challenge them to experience the process of legally obtaining one, especially any type of handgun, revolver, semi, or other.  Please Mss's Behar and Hostin - undertake the process of legally purchasing a gun, especially a handgun. Afterwards, let us know if it was EASY.

Neither Joyless or Sunny will do this - I fear they would find truths that drastically conflict with their anti-gun rhetoric and incorrect and pre-formulated, sacredly-held beliefs.  Oh, and one big deterrent for Joyless to actually experience the gun-purchasing process is that she'll have to provide her age and date of birth; something she probably avoids at all cost.

And pretending for a moment that the Second Amendment and hunting have anything to do with each other, which they don't, do note (I duplicated it a few times) when Sunny Hostin physically displays a "rat-a-tat-tat" semi-circle firing "spray" approach - implying this firing pattern is adapted or used in hunting. No true, respectable hunter (of which 99.99999% are) hunts in this manner. On a battlefield, armed and fighting for your life, yes, you may indeed fire off a sequence of shots in a pattern she demonstrates. Applying her method to hunting is abhorred by legitimate, respectful hunters.

Yes, I'm sure somewhere, some time, some rogue or inexperienced hunter, or a poacher, fired off a few rounds attempting to kill prey like that, but there is always a tiny fraction in anything that abuse, misuse and/or deliberately ignore the sportsmanship of  [ fill in the blank ]. To be redundant, no respectable hunter would ever hunt, or fire off a series of shots, as "demonstrated" by Ms. Hostin.  It's extremely dangerous to others in your hunting party and to anyone else in the area, hunting or not. Experienced hunters know that, at most - you have two shots to fell your prey. Not "Tommy-Gun-rat-a-tat-tat" style. Ms. Hostin has seen too many gangsta movies.

Regarding Ms. Hostin's comment of why don't hunters use a shotgun; many hunters do use a shotgun. The selection of shotgun or rifle and gauge or caliber depends on what it is one is hunting and its size.  I know deer hunters who use a .12 gauge (with a slug) for deer. Other, more powerful rifles are often preferred because the IDEA IS to fell and kill the prey as quickly and painlessly as possible. No respectable hunter wants to see their prey suffer. A clean "kill" shot is always preferred - always.  Why? If the bullet strikes a larger animal, a deer, or an elk, hitting it in its hind-quarters, it often continues running or limping  along, bleeding out and suffering. A quick kill helps in preserving the flesh from trauma that comes from suffering. The more prolonged the dying process, the more the tissue damage. The more tissue damage, the higher degree of trauma of edible meat, rendering it "tough" as opposed to smooth and "steak"-y.  I don't believe in hunting any animal that you do not plan to eat, or at least have processed and give to others to eat. I don't believe in trophy hunting. Seriously...you need the head of a tiger, elephant or boar hanging on the wall?  Now, if you mount a deer head with a 26-point antler-rack that you killed and consumed, I have no issue with that. Or, the taxidermy of animal or fish, again, as long as it is used as food.

I needed to move on with publishing a couple (rather easy) updates on Tech and one on News after publishing the post about my late brother. I didn't plan on updating anything for a while after the two updates following that one. But I realized that it is exactly one year today that I spent the day with my late brother who had ordered a S&W 9mm which had arrived.  I rode along and we spent that afternoon at a gun shop. His transaction took about twenty minutes, all paperwork previously approved. We spent about three hours looking at other merchandise and my brother spoke with every customer and employee there. Slightly unusual because he was rather reserved. I kept thinking, he doesn't know these people, and he's carrying on lengthy conversations with all of them - when are we going to get out of here? Those moments meant a lot to me at the time, but I wanted to get the heck out, but he kept striking up one new conversation with one person and then another. And then it became fun to watch and see who he would next talk to and about what. So today I hold those moments even more significant and, in a way, appropriate for an update today, on this subject.

Joyless also, knowingly or unknowingly (my money is on "unknowingly") attempts to use the annual amount of U.S. gun sales as the dollar amount of political contributions from the NRA as representing the dollar amount  used as lobbying by the National Rifle Associate (NRA.org). She is, of course, wrong and grossly off-point.  What else have we come to expect from Joyless? Joyless also states, "some of these guys..." [ I'm interpreting her words as "politicians receiving NRA money" ],  "...get $3,000.00."  Somehow, a $3 Grand campaign donation is not that much of an amount considering the large dollars of campaign contributions from other organizations.



Your thoughts / comments?
[Spelling error fixed 2/20/2018]

Thursday, February 15, 2018

World News - February 15, 2018



I just recently saw the below story on BBC News:

Merco Press: Scientists on trip to examine chunk of ice cube that broke loose:
[the] British Antarctic Survey (BAS), heads to Antarctica this week (14 February) to investigate a mysterious marine ecosystem that’s been hidden beneath an Antarctic ice shelf for up to 120,000 years. The iceberg known as A-68, which is four times of London, calved off from the Larsen Ice Shelf in July 2017.
(Think they'll find the Antarctic Underground Nazi Bunker?)
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Britian's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson on Brexit.   Sri Lanka Guardian:
In his half hour address, Foreign Secretary, Johnson aimed at those who felt “alienated and angry” about the Referendum result and find ways of explaining the Government action.
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“Leaving the European Union is a cause for hope, not fear, selling our aim for uniting the country as exit day grows closer”.
“Brexit is not some great “V” sign from the cliffs of Dover”.
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This is a great story at CBCTrucker saves moose calf.
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NY1News: NY Councilpersonman favors bill capping credit card minimums at $10.00.
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Global News: Jeep ad upsets Trout Unlimited.

And, fyi: Trout Unlimited.
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OnePageNews: If you use Snapchat, you'll want to read this.
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The Korea Times: General Motors threatens Korea government.
GM abruptly announced Tuesday it will close its Gunsan factory in North Jeolla Province in May, saying it will decide soon on the remaining three factories. The step came just a day after the country's industry minister required the U.S. car giant to present a self-rescue plan before requesting support from taxpayers' money.
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Another factor is the militant union of GM Korea, which has demanded bonuses despite big operating losses amounting to billions of dollars over the past few years.
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This is terrible..Woman dies after being scalped, hair got caught in a go-cart. The Hindustan Times:
[Her] hair got struck in a wheel and because of the high speed, her scalp got separated from her head, said police.
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[She] was rushed to a private hospital in a critical condition, from where she was referred to General Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula. However, she was declared brought dead.
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Courthouse NewsFracking...said to Interfere with the Songbirds' love lives. Well...Ain't that a Shame.
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Canberra TimesUnderworld boss executed mob-style:
...ambushed as he sat in a four-wheel-drive[.]
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Canberra Times: Injuries from trampolines increase.
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The Copenhagen Post - (...I'd never heard of this until now): Fastelavn.
Before the Reformation in Denmark in 1536, the country was a Catholic nation and celebrated Lent. Fastelavn was the last celebration before the 40 days of fasting. In old Danish this festival week was called fastelag, which meant ‘et muntert lag før fasten’ or ‘in good company before fasting’.
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Many towns liked to change the games from year to year, sometimes challenging riders to collect rings or grab the neck of a goose, while it was hanging upside-down. The neck of the goose was coated in soap, and the rider had to rip the animal’s head off the body, so the event was both challenging and gruesome.
So, Fastelavn wasn't only entertaining, it was educational.
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This is why you choose paint over ceramic tile. From The Glasgow HeraldSubway Authority requests removal of convicted pervert from mural.
...[convicted sex offender, former Labour councillor {sic} David Fagan], is pictured in a 40-foot ceramic mural that appears in a Glasgow subway station.
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He was included in the work - five years before his offence [sic] - because he was instrumental in commissioning it while vice chair of SPT. 
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Evening Telegraph: Man brandishing Hans Solo 3-D toy gun at Dundee Campus gets police reception.
“The person, a member of university staff, was quickly traced and it transpired this was a toy gun.

“The individual apologised [sic] for any alarm caused and no further action was taken.”
Hans Solo Toy Gun
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Pravada: Russian Court rules that a woman with no breasts is a man:
A local court found that the woman, Yulia Savinovskikh, was in the process of a sex-change surgery. In a nutshell, the court ruled that the woman became a man. As long as same-sex marriage in Russia is prohibited, the court ruled that she no longer had parental rights for her children, because marriage in Russia is a union between a man and a woman.
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News International: Public hangings used to deter crime.
ISLAMABAD: The Council of Islamic Ideology on Wednesday officially conveyed to the Senate that the government and the courts can go ahead with public hanging of a convict without amending any law.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Tech News


Well ... let's see what's up in Tech.

Ars Technia: Some states are diverting stealing telephone 911 fees in order to pay for other services:
The FCC's latest annual report on 911 fees, covering calendar year 2016, said that New Mexico, Rhode Island, Illinois, New Jersey, and West Virginia "diverted" 911 funds totaling $128.9 million.

Besides those five states, "another seven didn't even bother to respond to our inquiry to examine their diversion practices," O'Rielly and Rosenworcel wrote. "None of this is acceptable."
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Geek: Smile...Facial Recognition Cameras At Texas-Mexico Border:
It’s a very busy stretch of road, which isn’t a surprise given that it’s “the most direct, safe, and efficient route” linking the Rio Grande Valley to Mexico.
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Beta NewsGoogle fined $21 Million by India for search bias.
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Extreme Tech: Who manufactures the most reliable Hard Drives?
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Are you using a popular Netgear router? READ THIS if you are. Security Week:
One of the high severity vulnerabilities has been described as a password recovery and file access issue affecting 17 Netgear routers and modem routers[.]
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Ubergizmo:  Twitter says they are "NOT the arbiters of truth." 
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WIRED: Google Autocomplete continues "vile suggestions":

Image excerpt from WIRED
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Computer World: Take this test and determine your knowledge and savvy on web browsers. (To move forward through the test see the " > " symbol on the upper-right side of the story):
On the 25th anniversary of Mosaic – remember that? – take our quiz on the history and technology of browsers and see how much you really know.
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It's..."Monty Python's Flying Circus..."  ... the Amazon Treasure Truck:

Image: via TechCrunch
TechCrunch:
Amazon is gearing up to compete directly with UPS and FedEx [and] to offer shipping services to basically any other business, too – with the goal of undercutting both UPS and FedEx on rates.
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Neither UPS nor FedEx seem to be especially taken aback by this[.]
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Engadget: Florida man claims Apple Airpod started smoking while in his ear - and later exploded.