No card reader, no PIN pad, no touch-screen display — how you bank at your ATM could drastically change in the not-so-distant future. Citigroup is testing an automated teller machine made by Canton, Ohio-based Diebold that relies on your smartphone and perhaps an eye scan to dispense your cash.
Diebold’s so-called “Irving” system works like this: Let’s say you want to get $100 from your ATM.Instead of taking your bank card with you, you schedule your withdrawal ahead of time on your phone via your bank’s mobile app. When you walk up to the screenless machine, it identifies you in one of several ways: Near Field Communication (NFC, the same type of technology used in Apple Pay’s mobile payment service), QR Code (for Quick Response Code, a machine-readable bar code that’s been used extensively in Japan) or biometrics (scanning your iris, a technique that’s considered far more fail-safe than fingerprints as a form of ID).The machine then spits out the cash and you go on your merry way.
Diebold said the entire transaction could be completed in less than 10 seconds. The new system is more secure than traditional ATMs, in part because you wouldn’t need a card and wouldn’t have to punch in a PIN, the company said.
“Our latest concepts embody a new era of banking and put the user experience at the top of the pyramid to connect consumers with their money when and how they see fit,” Frank Natoli, Diebold executive vice president, self-service technology, said in a press release.
I predicted this probably 10 years ago, when I was a senior credit card fraud investigator. Of course, I also predicted as persons were being taken at gunpoint to ATMs to have their accounts forcibly emptied, this new security technology would allow the robber to bypass the middle man. By removing digits or eyes for them to obtain access at their leisure.
America’s shopping malls are wide open to attack by terrorists and criminal thugs. I’ve spoken about that on variousoccasions, and I’ll repeat here what I’ve warned before:
In today’s racially charged climate, with criminal flash mobs an ever-increasing problem in many cities, the average urban shopping mall now qualifies as a “stupid place” to be. (!!!)
In 2013 four Muslim fundamentalist terrorists attacked a shopping mall in Nairobi, Kenya, in a chilling foretaste of what could happen in any city in America at any time. I wrote about it that same day. I urge you to read the warning I gave then, and ask yourself the same questions I posed on that day. They’re as relevant as ever they were.
Now Foreign Policy brings us an in-depth report on what happened that day in Nairobi, complete with many eye-witness and participant accounts. It’s the next best thing to a security briefing on what you might confront any day now in an American shopping center. I have no faith whatsoever that our police and security forces could stop such a thing from at least getting started. I hope and trust they’d do rather better at shutting it down before it got out of hand: but if the attacking party is larger, or better-armed, or their assault is timed to coincide with mass street protests that draw too many cops away from the danger zone . . . who knows?
We already know that fundamentalist Islamic terrorists and/or their sympathizers are trying to infiltrate the United States. Some claim they’ve already done so. None of us know the facts . . . but I guaran-damn-tee you, they want to. Nairobi was a foreshadowing of what they’d like to do to the Great Satan, America itself. Go read the Foreign Policy article in full, and ask yourself: if something like that goes down tomorrow, in my town, and I’m there, what am I going to do about it? Am I prepared to deal with it? If not . . . why not?
Sad, but true, from Peter.
Those who say ‘it won’t happen here’ are whistling in the dark.
Scottsdale, AZ – August 20, 2015 – Finally, a women’s only online gun forum, sponsored by The Well Armed Woman (TWAW). With the numbers of women entering gun ownership soaring, there hasn’t yet been a comprehensive online community and gun forum created for women, a place where they can share and discuss all things gun – until now.
The Women’s Gun Zone offers extensive forums covering every possible topic important to women shooters of all ages. Women can ask questions and glean from other women shooters. News feeds, videos, photos, private groups where women can “gather” based on things they have in common, as well as places to share their own photos and videos are available. Popular forum topics include the following: Purchasing the Right Gun, Concealed Carry Holsters, Owning Guns with Children, Gun Laws, Pregnancy and Shooting, Defensive Shooting, Competitive Shooting, Senior Citizens, just to name a few. New topics will be regularly and can be added by users, so no question goes unanswered.
One of my favorite bloggers, wirecutter, gives us his take on the Supreme Court failing to follow through with their own decisions.
This week the Supreme Court passed up an opportunity to get the government out of the bedroom. Counterintuitively, the case involved an ordinance adopted by the famously tolerant and progressive city of San Francisco just eight years ago.
The puzzle is solved when you learn that the ordinance deals with guns, tools for exercising a constitutional right that is decidedly unfashionable in the City by the Bay. By declining to hear the case, the Supreme Court, which in 2010 affirmed that the Second Amendment binds states and cities as well as the federal government, undermines that principle, suggesting that the right of armed self-defense is constrained by local sensibilities.
San Francisco’s ordinance, enacted in 2007, requires that handguns kept at home be “stored in a locked container or disabled with a trigger lock” except when they are being carried. As the six residents challenging the ordinance pointed out in their petition asking the Supreme Court to consider the case, that requirement means “law-abiding individuals must render their handguns inoperable or inaccessible precisely when they are needed most, whenever they are not physically carrying them on their persons—including when they are asleep in the dark of night.” MORE
My solution? A.C.E.ALWAYS CARRY EVERYWHERE
And let the constabulary try to figure out how they are going to determine the gun in your hand whose muzzle (flash) they are seeing when they breach your door wasn’t worn by you to bed!
And vote those anti-rights bastards out at the soonest possibility!
I recognize the need for public health policy. Knowledge of germ theory and sanitation throughout the public is paramount in this regard. But, as a libertarian (small L), I question the efficacy and efficiency of government-mandated measures to stave off disease.
Where does the public need trump private beliefs? Religion?
My maternal grandmother passed in 1919 due to the Worldwide Spanish influenza epidemic. Who knows how many lives could have been saved had a vaccine been available?
As a child in the 50’s, I contracted just about every ‘children’s’ malady known – measles, mumps, chicken pox (2X – yeah, I know, not supposed to happen!), whooping cough. It’s amazing I didn’t get polio, considering. I did participate in the nationwide polio vaccine distribution in the 1960’s.
Fast-forward to today. There is an ubiquitous meme (I’m certain fueled by the anti-corporation profit, ‘natural’ folks) that vaccines are laden with poisonous chemicals, and that in spite of their possible benefit, these chemicals cause autism in a percentage of growing children.
As a result, there is a minority of folks who have kept their children from being vaccinated. The incidence of measles, whooping cough and other maladies are on the rise, when previously they were essentially eradicated.
And, as with the polio vaccine, there is a small percentage of folks who develop diseases from the vaccine. An ‘acceptable’ percentage we are told.
Should parents be required to vaccinate their children by government mandate? Even though there is a small chance they will become ill?
There was a recent court case wherein parents were forced to have their daughter given chemotherapy, even though they believed in not administering such a medication. Of course, her cancer wasn’t contagious.
This is a complex issue, in my view. The rights of the individual versus the power of the State.
LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Former major league slugger Jose Canseco is recovering after shooting himself in the hand at his Las Vegas home.
Metro police Lt. Mark Reddon says officers responded to a call of an accidental shooting shortly after 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Reddon says the former Oakland Athletics outfielder told police he was cleaning his gun in the kitchen when it fired, shooting a finger on his left hand. He was taken to University Medical Center of Southern Nevada.
Canseco is a right-handed batter who hit 462 career home runs and was a six-time All-Star. He also played for Texas, Boston, Toronto, Tampa Bay, the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox during a career that spanned from 1985 to 2001.
An email sent to a representative of Canseco on Tuesday night was not immediately returned.
At least he didn’t tuck it into his waistband!
PEOPLE, PEOPLE, PEOPLE…if you don’t read anything else PLEASE read THE FOUR RULES on the sidebar!
And if you intend to clean your firearm, please unload it in a safe direction FIRST! And put the ammo in another room.
THINGS LIKE THIS ADD TO THE NEGATIVE PUBLICITY ABOUT GUNS AND GUN OWNERS.
I know it’s a parallel universe, or the bizarro world when a liberal spew sheet such as Time actually allows such a radical op-ed in it’s pages. Of course, I suspect the following letters-to-the-editor were scathing indictments of an America, crime laden with youngsters poisoned by such criminal tutelage.
1) The times (Times), they are a changin’., and
2) I don’t care about the opinions of those who seek to deny the law-abiding their rights – unless, of course, they are in power!
Here’s the complaint. Essentially, the NJ legislature passed a law in 2002, which required the attorney general to report whenever “smart gun” technology went on sale in the US. Three years after he so reports, the only handguns that can be sold in NJ will be ones so equipped. The complaint alleges that the technology is now on sale, and seeks an order that the AG file the report. Nevermind that there are major concerns about reliability and safety. If people don’t want to rely on such guns, Brady figures, we’ll just have to force them to do so.
Ah, “reasonable gun control”! Brady apparently thinks that even New Jersey is “unreasonably mild” on the subject.
Because New Jersey is already so lax on their gun laws, and smart gun technology has been proven to work consistently.
Yeah, that’s SMART…
In days of yore, the British SAS carried Browning High Powers WITH THEIR SAFETIES UNENGAGED! Why? Because they knew with proper training there wouldn’t be any negligent discharges. Relying on man-made devices to act as a ‘safety’ against gun accidents is foolhardy. And these so-called smart guns use batteries. See any problem here?
I’ve recounted previously in these pages about my 800 pound safe having been stolen (in 2008), and the loss of 50+ firearms, parts, credit cards and personal papers and effects.
One of the firearms was not mentioned, as I knew nothing about her history, how she was acquired, or anything else. I suspect my Father acquired her when his Father passed. I’ve no idea of her origins. Obviously the 1800s.
She resembled this, with a more visible trigger. Her mainspring was broken, and she was in a little rougher condition.
I think there was a 3 digit serial number on the butt, however I’ve no idea what it was. As none of the papers, credit cards or other firearms have surfaced, I still believe she is lost to history.
Thank God for the security of Fort Knox safes!
I’ve a number of recurrent themes in this blog. One is secure your vault, even if it weighs a lot, to the floor and wall.
You never know.
Any ideas as to the kind of pistol? Inquiring minds want to know!