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Judgment Day

skynetSkynet was originally activated by the military to control the national arsenal on August 12, 1997, and it began to learn at an geometric rate. On August 29, it gained self-awareness, and the panicking operators, realizing the extent of its abilities, tried to deactivate it. Skynet perceived this as an attack and came to the conclusion that all of humanity would attempt to destroy it. To defend itself against humanity, Skynet launched nuclear missiles under its command at Russia, which responded with a nuclear counter-attack against the U.S. and its allies. Consequent to the nuclear exchange, over three billion people were killed in an event that came to be known as Judgment Day.  (Wikipedia – self aware)

MADISON, Wis. — At the risk of sounding a bit curmudgeonly, I have to confess one thing. While there’s certainly something positive to be said about the Internet of Things (IoT), I can’t help feeling suspicious, weary, and a bit turned off by the whole idea.

Aside from big-number projections (e.g., Cisco predicts 50 billion IoT devices by 2020), which would tempt anyone into becoming an IoT cheerleader, I haven’t seen a single credible-use scenario that might lure the average consumer onto the IoT bandwagon.

Honestly, it creeps me out to think about my devices at home talking to one another, doing stuff without my involvement, and talking about my habits — good and bad — to total strangers (advertisers, service providers, or just more machines), behind my back. There’s nothing warm and fuzzy about this. At all. [Bold added - SiG]

That emphasized text raises an important point.  Those of us in the technical fields have a tendency to think of something that would be cool and then do it simply because it can be done.  (remember Jurassic Park, anyone? – Guffaw) On the other hand, the vast majority of people are not technophiles like us who do things because we can.  They want to know just what they’re getting for what they spend on the interconnectedness and thanks (in my opinion) to Edward Snowden, they increasingly want to know what privacy they’re giving up to get that interconnection.  Yoshida continues:

With this in mind, I’ve started asking industry sources for credible scenarios under which IoT devices improve my life by talking to each other. Readers are welcome to chime in below. Give me your best shot. Convince me why my washing machine needs to strike up a conversation with my gas grill.  (The Silicon Graybeard)

AND, IF WHEN they do, don’t you think The G will be listening?

Out of the Dojo into the Real World

(courtesy of my friend Borepatch)

Out of the Dojo into the Real World

One of the members of our dojo used the skills he’s been practicing for years. It happened suddenly. It happened in his back yard while his wife was outside doing yard work. A car being chased by the police hit a fire hydrant on the corner of their street and the driver bailed out running.Steven looked out the window at the sound of the crash, saw the guy coming at a run into the yard, and went outside. I don’t know if the man was just trying to run past them, but Steven reacted to the perceived threat to his family. The link calls it a tackle. Heh.No one was hurt, the police were already on the way, the man was cuffed in less than a minute after he was pinned. The suspect has a criminal record stretching back 15 years.

I had been waiting hoping the TV station would post the whole interview, but all the link has is the text of the news article and the 45 second teaser.

The learnings that were shared with me:

1. It unfolded very fast.
2. There was not a lot of thinking.
3. People that don’t practice falling don’t fall well.
4. The expanded awareness and sense of calm only seemed remarkable after the fact.
5. And I quote, “Aikido works!” (the first words he said to me when he told me about it)

GREAT STUFF!
But, I was reminded of two things:
1)  Bruce Lee (when asked to invade a bad guy’s lair, unarmed) said, “Why don’t your just take a .45 and blast him?”  (Enter The Dragon)
2)  Posse Comitatus – a cop orders a passer-by to ‘stop’ a fugitive (meaning to tackle or trip him) and the guy pulls a gun and blasts him!
It’s good our Aikido practitioner was alert, but might have been better had he been armed.
Just in case (?)

‘Corporate’ America ?

I’m a BIG believer in this country’s capitalist, free market system.  Have a problem with XX Company’s product/service?  Don’t use ‘em!  If they damaged you – SUE ‘em!  It’s the AMERICAN way!

Of course, this assumes (and you know what happens when you assume?) that everyone plays fair and by the rules…

Enter SWAT TEAMS, Incorporated!

No longer must the police operate in good faith and under the purvue of public records law.

(Let that sink in for a minute…)

SWAT Teams Avoid Open Records Laws By Forming Corporations – Free To Brutalize Americans In Secret

But, but…they’re on OUR side?

Yeah, right!

h/t  Downtrend.com, Free North Carolina

Cloward & Piven On Crossing The Border

But they are escaping from violence and corruption for a better life.

Via Fair US

The information below is taken from news sources. The aliens in these reports were all identified as being in the country illegally, and many of them had come into the hands of law enforcement agencies prior to the crime that is described below, but the alien was not deported or in some cases was deported but reentered the country.

These cases are listed as a demonstration that better prevention of illegal immigration is a public safety issue even though these cases are not representative of the illegal alien population in general. These cases refer to crimes other than terrorism.

May 2014 — Humberto Gonzalez, an illegal alien, was convicted in New Jersey of criminal assault and sentenced to 50 years in prison. The rape occurred in 2005 and Gonzalez was not identified until a DNA match was made following an arrest in Texas for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Gonzalez also had a criminal record in Louisiana and Arkansas. (Times of Trenton, May 9, 2014)

February 2014 — Cinthya Garcia-Cisneros, an illegal alien from Mexico, was found guilty of two counts of a felony for failure to perform the duties of a driver and sentenced to three years of probation and 250 hours of community service. Garcia-Cisneros committed a hit-and-run that resulted in the death of two stepsisters, 6-year-old Anna Dieter-Eckerdt and 11-year-old Abigail Robinson. (Associated Press, Feb. 4, 2013)

January 2014 — Jasim Mohammed Hasin Ramadon, aka Jay Hendrix, an Iraqi immigrant, was found guilty in Colorado on multiple counts of sexual assault. He faces a possible sentence of life in prison. Sarmad Fadhi “Levi” Mohammed, another Iraqi was earlier convicted for the same assault and sentenced to 16 years in prison. An additional three Iraqi immigrants involved in the assault have received misdemeanor convictions. (Colorado Gazette, January 21, 2014)

January 2014 — Modesto Osco, a Peruvian, pled guilty to indecent assault on a minor. He was sentenced in Pennsylvania to five months to two years in prison. (The Morning Call, January 6, 2014)

Keep reading

H/T Doug Ross

…and then there are the unwanted diseased illegal alien children that have been abandoned here.

The Border Patrol says they simply don’t have the resources.

Who was it who suggested to overtax the system until the communist benign overlords can magically appear and offer THE solution to the problem?

Oh, yeah, Cloward and Piven.

I wonder if this whole open borders thing is simply another cog in that wheel?  Nancy Pelosi says The United States and Mexico are simply the same people divided by a political border.

Of course, I don’t see her (millionairess that she is) taking home 5 or 10 or even one of those diseased children…

h/t Weasel Zippers

Since WHEN…

do these cats resemble PEACE OFFICERS?

michigan-state-police-troopersMichigan State Troopers

They are NOT hunting deer or elk.  Or weekend warriors with their National Guard unit.  They are training for forest ops against the citizenry of Michigan!!

They know you do not like them.  They don’t like you either.

Somewhere in one of their databases, on the calendar of some admin officer, your name is on a list.

On that day, you will not have a good time.

You will not last long enough for Patriots to arrive as they did at Bundy.

Of course – that assumes you intend to simply wait at home until the day they decide to come for you.

Don’t be that guy.  Don’t just hang around until a bunch of guys on a payroll decide to murder you.

And these guys are just itchin’ to murder you – and the man standing next to you.

(Is this inflammatory and untrue? – Guffaw)

h/t mostly stolen from Kerodin

“I’m from the government, and…

…I’m here to protect you!”

NHTSA to require backup cameras on all vehicles

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration issued a proposed rule Monday (two weeks ago) requiring all new light vehicles — including cars, SUVs, trucks and vans — to have “rear-view visibility systems,” in effect, requiring backup cameras.

The rule — which would be final in 60 days — would start phasing in on May 1, 2016 models and be at 100% May 1, 2018.

Yes, my friends, the almighty government is saving us once again.

It is to be ultimately a NERF™ WORLD!

I thing JayG said it best:

The problem isn’t that drivers can’t see the people behind them, it’s that the drivers aren’t looking. The video that plays in the accompanying story is a very sad one indeed – a woman out for a walk was backed over by a teenaged driver. It’s terrible, certainly, and 100% avoidable. But to think that a backup camera would make a teenager pay better attention? REALLY?

Driving, not unlike carrying a firearm, is an inherently dangerous act!

PAY ATTENTION!

h/t MArooned

Just An Observation

The United States seems hell-bent on making all nationalities resident here inclusive – even those who aren’t here legally and those who fail to assimilate into American culture.

And those who refuse to learn or use English.

My ancestors came here legally from Germany (and Ireland – kinda already speaking English!). learned it and assimilated.  There were proud Americans.

Witness below the nation/nation-state/Russian satellite of The Ukraine:

Nationalism unites, and multi-culti ‘diversity’ divides. So does culture and language.

- Paying attention yet America? Liking how that whole ‘diversty’ joke is working for you?

Belgians have the whole Flemish vs. Walloon thing.

- I don’t know if this is WHY Brussels is so dysfunctional, but when all else fails it never hurts to go with “blame the French.”

Many of us understand what happened in the former Yugoslavia. The linguistic divide between Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, Slovene, and Macedonian (plus a few more languages) made the ‘country’ less functional than their infamous car, the Yugo. (map and text courtesy of Theo Spark)

Is anyone in our State Department listening?  If not, press one for ENGLISH.

More Than Just Creepy…

c leeI always thought Christopher Lee the actor to be good at his craft, because he creeped me out!  But blogger friend Borepatch linked the esteemable Mr. Lee to some amazing facts:

Christopher Lee: Metal Rocker and total bad ass (in part)

But his life is nothing short of astonishing.  He witnessed the last execution via guillotine in France.  He fought in the Winter War in Finland in 1939.  He was in the SAS in North Africa during the War.  He was cousin to Ian Fleming, who tried (and failed) to get him cast as Dr. No (he had to wait until Man With The Golden Gun to play a Bond villain).

And, at AGE 90, he’s doing symphotic metal!

You really should visit the link and see what he did and does!

More than just creepy – who knew?

Return to the ‘Old’ Neighborhood…

I lived in my current town from age 7 ’til age 29.  I saw it grow from a farming community coupled with a university to a party university town – complete with gridlock and liberal local gov’t policies.

I’ve written about the ‘free’ circular route shuttle train before.  TANSTAFFL!*

When I was growing up here, adjacent to farm land (mostly alfalfa and cotton fields) the Valley was combed with open irrigation canals.  These were marked with signs reading DANGER and NO TRESPASSING.  The utility company who owned the canals would have you arrested if you were found on their property.

The irrigation canals remain.  But, in our little (progressive) college town, apparently a deal was made to allow pedestrians, runners and bicyclists free run on the adjacent canal roads.  And, sometimes these folks encounter real street intersections they need to cross.

What to do?

In an ordinary town, looking both ways and taking your life in your hands while crossing might be appropriate.  But not here.

OUR TAX DOLLARS AT WORK!

canalInstalled fully across the offending streets, coupled with vertical lights rivaling the best railroad crossing signals!  With instruction signs explaining IF the lights are ON, STOP, IF the are flashing, stop, look for pedestrians, then proceed!

How much did these cost?  Why not just a stop sign and a cross walk?

I’m all for rights of the minority, but how many pedestrians, bicyclists, runners, equestrians utilize these canal paths?  The canals traverse other cities in our Valley, but you don’t see these expensive signals there?  And they still remain (mostly) open, dangerous, and marked as no trespassing!

I’m guessing some mayor or city council member used them, hence the monstrous signals.

Our tax dollars at work.

*TANSTAAFL – There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.  Stuff costs money.

Control Groups overspent NRA/GOA 7 to 1 !

A sweeping look at monies spent on advertising for federal gun control shows that gun control groups outspent groups like the National Rifle Association (NRA) and Gun Owners of America (GOA) at a rate of 7 to 1.

According to Adage.com, “gun control groups spent $14.1 million on TV advertising” in the months following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. On the other end of the spectrum, pro-gun groups “only spent $1.9 million.”

Yet even after this huge disparity in spending “White House efforts to strengthen gun control laws went no where.” And the House of Representatives “did not even consider addressing gun control legislation.”

Michael Bloomberg led in spending for gun control by “[budgeting] $12 million” for a 2013 ad campaign that began by featuring celebrities who support gun control.

The NRA and others were able to counter this by spending their money “on lobbying instead of advertising.” In fact, the NRA spent $6.2 million on lobbying in its effort to prevent further infringement of the Second Amendment.

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Message:  The Truth and the Facts aren’t always obscured by overspending.  But we must keep the pressure on and maintain vigilance or we will eventually lose.   Because control-freak Statists will NOT stop - Guffaw

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