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101  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / GOP Split Laid Bare on Debt Limit Vote on: February 13, 2014, 09:37:15 AM
http://blogs.rollcall.com/wgdb/gop-split-laid-bare-on-debt-limit-vote/

From the article:

The split between establishment Republicans and their tea party brethren over debt limit strategy boiled over on the Senate floor Wednesday, when GOP leaders scrambled to put down a filibuster threat by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

The behind-the-scenes battle over the party’s debt limit strategy between Cruz and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky ended with McConnell and Minority Whip John Cornyn of Texas walking to the well of the Senate to vote to end Cruz’s filibuster attempt — a vote no Republican was eager to cast.
102  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Drones/UAV/UAS on: February 13, 2014, 09:34:02 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/curbs-shut-us-drone-makers-out-of-export-markets/2014/02/13/bda46332-9484-11e3-9e13-770265cf4962_story.html

From the article:

   
“China is positioning itself so that any country on the planet that, for political or financial reasons, is restricted from purchasing American or allied drones will be able to go to Beijing and get a comparable platform,” said Ian Easton, a research fellow at the 2049 Project Institute security think tank. He co-authored a recent report on China’s drones.

China’s $139 billion defense budget last year was the world’s second biggest, accounting for about 9 percent of global military spending, according to a report last week by IHS Jane’s. It’s leading a broader rise in regional military spending, with Australia, India and South Korea also hiking budgets that’s widens opportunities for defense contractors.
103  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Did the Age of Genocide Begin in Sochi? on: February 12, 2014, 11:41:19 AM
http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_world_/2014/02/05/the_circassians_and_the_olympics_did_the_age_of_genocide_begin_in_sochi.html

From the article:

As Richmond writes, the Treaty of Paris, which ended the war, had “declared Circassia a part of Russia but did not accord the Circassians the same rights as Russian Subjects. The Russians could deal with them as they wished, and St. Peterburg chose to treat them as an enemy population occupying Russian land.” The Circassians were, in effect, stateless people.

After the war ended, Alexander decided that rather than attempting to pacify the Circassians, they should be forcibly relocated to Turkey. And in 1859 the military began a campaign of destroying Circassian villages and massacring their inhabitants to drive them to the coast. 
104  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Old Jerusalem earthquake helps determine age of Shroud of Turin on: February 12, 2014, 11:39:47 AM
http://www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com/dr20140212-33-a-d-old-jerusalem-earthquake-helps-determine-age-of-shroud-of-turin

From the article:

An earthquake in Old Jerusalem might be behind the famous image of the Shroud of Turin, says a group of researchers led by Alberto Carpinteri of the Politecnico di Torino in Italy in an article published in Springer’s journal Meccanica. They believe that neutron radiation caused by an earthquake could have induced the image of a crucified man — which many people believe to be that of Jesus — onto the length of linen cloth, and caused carbon-14 dating done on it in 1988 to be wrong.
105  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Government programs & regulations, spending, deficit, and budget process on: February 11, 2014, 12:26:52 PM
http://thehill.com/blogs/on-the-money/budget/198044-house-gop-pulls-debt-plan-move-to-clean-bill

From the article:

The lack of consensus within the majority has sapped its leverage, leading to Boehner’s decision on Tuesday to hand control of the floor over to Democrats.

“We don’t have 218 votes, and when you don’t have 218 votes, you have nothing.”


106  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / US suspect possibly targeted for drone attack on: February 10, 2014, 05:29:39 PM
http://news.yahoo.com/us-suspect-possibly-targeted-drone-attack-091333349--politics.html

From the article:

An American citizen who is a member of al-Qaida is actively planning attacks against Americans overseas, U.S. officials say, and the Obama administration is wrestling with whether to kill him with a drone strike and how to do so legally under its new stricter targeting policy issued last year.

The CIA drones watching him cannot strike because he's a U.S. citizen and the Justice Department must build a case against him, a task it hasn't completed.

107  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Your Oven May be Watching You on: February 08, 2014, 03:08:21 PM
So says Michael Chertoff:

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/02/06/your-oven-may-be-watching-you-column/5268129/
108  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: RNC Launches Para Bellum Labs on: February 07, 2014, 08:34:16 AM
 grin grin

http://www.gop.com/general/rnc-launches-para-bellum-labs/

From the article:

Para Bellum will allow the RNC to continue building a new tech-centered mindset, while increasing visibility and credibility in the tech community to attract top talent who want to solve big tech problems. Para Bellum will participate in the technical and open source community, starting with a 5-campus tour at top engineering schools and hosting a political hackathon in the future.
 

Given that this is a RNC operation, I expect that the computers will be windows 3.1 with floppy disks.
109  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Nine Years after Kelo, the Seized Land Is Empty on: February 07, 2014, 06:12:11 AM
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/370441/nine-years-after-kelo-seized-land-empty-alec-torres

From the article:

Nine years after the Supreme Court’s Kelo decision gutted the right of American property owners to resist eminent-domain seizures, the neighborhood at the center of the case remains a wasteland.

Fort Trumbull in New London, Conn., was bulldozed to fulfill the vision of politicians and developers eager to create a New Urbanist mixed-use “hub” for upscale living in the depressed town near the mouth of Long Island Sound.

But after nearly a decade, the land is nothing but vacant urban prairie. After homeowners were forced off their property for the sake of “economic development,” the city’s original development deal fell apart, and the urban-renewal corporation that ordered the destruction has not found a developer to use the land.



110  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / RNC Launches Para Bellum Labs on: February 06, 2014, 12:21:37 PM
http://www.gop.com/general/rnc-launches-para-bellum-labs/

From the article:

Para Bellum will allow the RNC to continue building a new tech-centered mindset, while increasing visibility and credibility in the tech community to attract top talent who want to solve big tech problems. Para Bellum will participate in the technical and open source community, starting with a 5-campus tour at top engineering schools and hosting a political hackathon in the future.
 
111  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Scalia on wartime internment camps on: February 06, 2014, 10:50:48 AM
http://www.bizpacreview.com/2014/02/05/justice-scalia-on-wartime-internment-camps-youre-kidding-yourself-if-you-think-it-wont-happen-again-98893

From the article:

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia warned law students Monday evening that the high court could again authorize wartime internment camps like those seen in the U.S. during World War II.

While answering a question at the law school at the University of Hawaii about the 1944 Supreme Court case Korematsu v. United States  – which upheld the use of Japanese-American internment camps – Scalia said that though the court’s decision was wrong, “[Y]ou are kidding yourself if you think the same thing will not happen again.”
112  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Are Armed Drones Anything Strategically New? on: February 05, 2014, 11:18:57 AM
http://www.lawfareblog.com/2014/02/are-armed-drones-anything-strategically-new/#.UvJLDrCYbIU

From the article:

Our conclusion is that, in conventional war on conventional battlefields, drones are largely just another remote weapon platform.  In counterterrorism-on-offense, however, against transnational non-state actor terrorist groups, they do represent something new:  first, an offensive, “raiding” capability—the lightest of the light cavalry, deployed against terrorist fighters who, as raiders on offense, have rarely had to confront a counter-raiding capability.  But drones offer a very special kind of raiding capability—that is, a “persisting” raiding strategy, to use military historian Archer Jones’ terminology.
113  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Warriors in action on: January 22, 2014, 08:10:53 PM
No lie: this hit me really hard this morning.

cry cry cry cry cry cry cry cry cry
114  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / 8-year-old boy rescues 6 relatives from fire, dies trying to save more on: January 22, 2014, 11:11:24 AM
This kid had serious mind, heart and balls. Sadly, he didn't make it.

http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/21/us/new-york-boy-saves-family-fire/index.html?hpt=hp_t1

From the article:

The boy broke away from his aunt outside the burning trailer and ran back inside to try to save his grandfather, she said.

"All I could think about is how he couldn't breathe," she told WHAM.

The pair were found together on a bed in the back room. It appeared that the boy was trying to lift his grandfather from the bed when he was overcome by the smoke and fire, the fire chief said.

Tyler and his grandfather were like best friends, Vrooman said.

"I'm just so grateful that he went with people that he loved," she said. "He didn't go alone."
115  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Mitt documentary on: January 21, 2014, 04:11:02 PM
I am pretty excited to watch this. If others watch it, I'd be interested in your takes. Thanks!

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/116250/mitt-netflix-documentary-best-thing-romney-campaign
116  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Junk mail reminds parents by name of daughter's death on: January 21, 2014, 09:48:07 AM
Damn, both for the father and for the info collected:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/20/mike-seay-officemax-lette_n_4632822.html

From the article:

Mike Seay of Lindenhurst, Ill. received the piece of mail Thursday that listed in the address line below his name: "Daughter Killed in Car Crash."

"Why would they have that type of information? Why would they need that?" Seay told NBC.
117  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / domestic terror timeline on: January 19, 2014, 04:38:42 PM
http://hosted.ap.org/specials/interactives/_national/government_attacks/index.html?SITE=MOSTP
118  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Limits on the Treaty Power on: January 16, 2014, 09:45:45 AM
http://www.harvardlawreview.org/issues/127/january14/forum_1023.php

From the article:

With treaties potentially supplanting federal and state governmental authority, the President and Senate should carefully scrutinize all treaties, as a policy matter. We must jealously guard the separation of powers and state sovereignty if we are to preserve the constitutional structure our Framers gave us.

At the same time, our courts must scrutinize the federal government's powers to make and implement treaties. Our federal government is one of enumerated, limited powers, and the courts should not let the treaty power become a loophole that jettisons the very real limits on the federal government's authority.
119  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Guro Dan Inosanto on: January 15, 2014, 05:49:16 AM
I'm glad you were able to be "tuned."

"PS:  Simo Paula called and told him about how Chris Weidman said in an article what he did to AS's leg was an destruction of Inosanto descent.  He was very jazzed to hear this and thought it very nice of CW to give credit."

That is very cool. I read an article that was crap about MMA being too violent, and that this fight was the beginning of the end of the mainstreaming of MMA. A piece of "evidence" was that move that broke AS's leg was called a "leg destruction."

Having learned a similar move at an Inosanto seminar, and then elsewhere from Inosanto students, I couldn't think what else it would be called.
120  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Cyberwar and American Freedom on: January 14, 2014, 01:02:33 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/01/14/cybersecurity-and-cyberwar-a-qa-with-peter-singer/

From the article:

 In “Cybersecurity and Cyberwar: What Everyone Needs to Know,” we try to provide the kind of easy-to-read yet deeply informative resource book that has been missing on this crucial issue. The book is structured around the key questions of cybersecurity: how it all works, why it all matters, and what we can do? Along the way, we take readers on a tour of the important (and entertaining) issues and characters of cybersecurity, from the “Anonymous” hacker group and the Stuxnet computer virus to the new cyberunits of the Chinese and US militaries.
121  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Homeland Security, Border Protection, and American Freedom on: January 14, 2014, 12:47:08 PM
And is in DHS.
122  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: 2016 Presidential on: January 14, 2014, 11:36:04 AM
I am pretty excited about the run to Iowa and NH, for both parties. For real.
123  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Ted Cruz' will gain a new friend: Meet US Senate candidate Ben Sasse, R-Nebraska on: January 14, 2014, 11:34:35 AM
He looks interesting, but he is running as a Washington outsider. Is this true, given these:

Chief of staff at the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy
Assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services
During the final two years of the Bush administration, Sasse dealt with health policy every day

Good, long article on one of the US Senate seats that Dems will most certainly lose this year. 

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/368081/obamacares-cornhusker-nemesis-john-j-miller

41-year-old Benjamin Eric Sasse is a fifth-generation Nebraskan
high-school valedictorian
Harvard, “Not because of superior academics, but because of inferior athletics,”
Master’s degree from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Md
Ph.D. in history from Yale,  (For the record, I selectively admire good academic credentials!)
Spent his summers “walking beans and detasseling corn” (weeding soybean fields and controlling corn pollination)
Chief of staff at the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy
Assistant secretary at the Department of Health and Human Services
During the final two years of the Bush administration, Sasse dealt with health policy every day
Held debates with former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean
President of Midland University, in his home town of Fremont, one of the fastest-growing colleges in the Midwest
String of high-profile endorsements: Senate Conservatives Fund, Club for Growth in November, and congressman Paul Ryan

"One of the reasons we wound up with Obamacare is because conservatives didn’t communicate an alternative.”
Sasse recommends a three-point approach: End the tax bias that has turned health insurance into a perk of employment, allow consumers to buy policies across state lines, and give states more responsibility for their social safety nets. “Democrats may be the party of bad ideas, but Republicans too often are the party of no ideas — and bad ideas will beat no ideas every time,”
124  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Homeland Security, Border Protection, and American Freedom on: January 14, 2014, 11:32:36 AM
FEMA responded.
125  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Homeland Security, Border Protection, and American Freedom on: January 13, 2014, 08:00:02 PM
Because I consider 300,000 people without water due to chemicals leaking into the water supply a homeland security issue.
126  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / some thoughts on recess appointments on: January 13, 2014, 01:06:46 PM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/01/13/is-recess-over/

From the article:

There is much for the Supreme Court to ponder here, as Carl Cecere points out in a useful essay at Scotusblog. His post suggests that “original intent” is not so self-evident and that the history provides fodder for both sides. More recent opinion is split too: In 2004 the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals (responding to a Democratic challenge to a recess appointment made by Bush) upheld the appointment. The circumstances were different, since the Senate was indubitably in recess, but nor was it between sessions; that decision held explicitly that “the text of the Constitution does not differentiate expressly between inter- and intrasession recesses for the Recess Appointments Clause” (p. Cool.  On the other hand, in May 2013, the 3rd Circuit upheld the distinction, following the DC Circuit’s reasoning. So the question is certainly ripe for the Supreme Grammarians.
127  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / USA Today on AQ in Iraq, elsewhere on: January 13, 2014, 11:09:54 AM
Sadly, you guys called this right. The scope of the problem is astounding.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2014/01/12/many-iraq-war-gains-now-lost-or-threatened/4393439/
128  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / WV water supply issues on: January 13, 2014, 11:05:22 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/west-virginia-water-emergency-nears-fifth-day-with-no-end-in-sight/2014/01/12/9d0959bc-7b88-11e3-9556-4a4bf7bcbd84_story.html


From the article:

A chemical used in coal processing has leaked from an old tank along the Elk and invaded the water supply, a crisis that has affected nearly 300,000 people in nine counties and effectively closed the largest city in the state. You can’t drink the water, bathe in it or do laundry with it. It’s good only for flushing.

Monday will mark the fifth day of the water emergency, which began early Thursday when people all over town registered a powerful odor like black licorice.
129  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The New Race for the Arctic: on: January 13, 2014, 10:50:58 AM
http://www.skepticalscience.com/antarctica-gaining-ice.htm

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2014/01/03/antarctic_ice_shelf_melt_lowest_ever_recorded_just_not_much_affected_by_global_warming/

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/capital-weather-gang/wp/2013/09/23/antarctic-sea-ice-hit-35-year-record-high-saturday/ (This one is the most interesting to me. Here's why: "The increasing ice is especially perplexing since the water beneath the ice has warmed, not cooled."

An interesting and witty zinger BD, but IIRC there is a claim that Antarctic ice is increasing?  Let me see if I can get Body By Guiness to chime in here , , ,
130  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: WSJ: New Arctic Passage opens challenges for US military on: January 13, 2014, 08:31:35 AM
Surely the Navy, and this left wing Pravada are incorrect since global warming is false.

131  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / What Happens When A Kid Leaves Traditional Education on: January 12, 2014, 07:33:28 AM
http://www.collective-evolution.com/2014/01/07/this-is-what-happens-when-a-kid-leaves-traditional-education/
132  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Sharon on: January 11, 2014, 12:09:01 PM
Indeed.
133  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: This is real scary , , , Gold, the German Bank, Fort Knox, and the Fed on: January 09, 2014, 04:48:55 PM
I'll fax that right on over to ya.   cheesy


134  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: The Cognitive Dissonance of the left on: January 09, 2014, 02:14:13 PM
From which side of the media?

http://www.nationaljournal.com/politics/conservatives-on-chris-christie-diva-getting-what-he-deserves-20140109:

Republican media strategist Rick Wilson, who worked on Rudy Giuliani's 2008 presidential campaign, argued that Christie "goes out of his way to be a dick to other Republicans" -- and will reap the payback if his fortunes start to head south.

 "You're going to see conservatives returning the favor he gave them over the last year. There's no love lost between Chris Christie and conservatives. I don't expect them to be in love with him, and he doesn't want their love," said Wilson.  "But if you want to win a GOP primary, you better find a way to get there."





Boy, if I didn't know better, I'd think this was a perfect example of media bias...
135  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Epidemics: Bird Flu, TB, AIDs, Superbugs etc on: January 09, 2014, 01:22:38 PM
Thanks for the follow up, ccp. If you see anything that adds or contradicts, I'd be interested.
136  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Drones/UAV/UAS on: January 09, 2014, 06:40:40 AM
http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2014/01/triton/
137  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / IL outbreak on: January 08, 2014, 04:02:35 PM
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/health-science-technology/hunting-the-nightmare-bacteria/illinois-nightmare-bacteria-outbreak-raises-alarms/

The largest U.S. outbreak on record of one particular strain of a so-called “nightmare bacteria” is fueling alarm among public health officials about the spread of potentially lethal drug-resistant infections.

The outbreak, which has been traced to Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in suburban Chicago, has so far infected 44 people, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Since 2009, just 97 cases of the infection have been reported to the agency.
138  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / forthcoming books from influential policy makers on: January 08, 2014, 06:27:24 AM
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2014/01/07/white-house-allies-refute-gates-criticism/?hpt=hp_t3&nbd=5_things

http://www.npr.org/2014/01/07/260155065/cia-lawyer-waterboarding-wasnt-torture-then-and-isnt-torture-now
139  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Homeland Security 4.0: Overcoming Centralization, Complacency, and Politics on: January 07, 2014, 01:58:11 PM
http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2011/08/homeland-security-4-0-overcoming-centralization-complacency-and-politics

Executive Summary

Getting the national homeland security enterprise right is among the most difficult challenges in Washington because the problems in protecting the homeland are rooted in overcentralization, pervasive complacency, and entrenched politics—problems that often cause Washington to not work properly. This report marks a path through this obstacle course.

The recommendations in this report are essential steps in establishing the right type of homeland security for the United States—one that is enduring and efficacious. The experience of the past decade is a better guide to the future than what was thought in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. These recommendations are drawn from research by Heritage Foundation analysts over the past decade and from extensive outreach to and engagement with many of the stakeholders in the homeland security enterprise.
140  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Homeland Security, Border Protection, and American Freedom on: January 07, 2014, 07:40:16 AM
Given all your front line experience I was sure they were from your personnel file.
141  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Homeland Security, Border Protection, and American Freedom on: January 06, 2014, 11:46:20 PM
Given the number of posts you dedicated to the discussion, including all those pictures you rustled up, you seem to have been quite engaged.

And you failed to see the thing you called for... three times.  rolleyes

And yet you again focus on credentialed over educated, again and again...

I guess I didn't treat an exchange that started with a reference to a volcano being brought in for questioning with the seriousness it deserved.My bad.
142  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / 50 Things We Know Now (We Didn’t Know This Time Last Year) on: January 06, 2014, 11:44:07 PM
http://tbo.com/ap/technology/50-things-we-know-now-we-didnt-know-this-time-last-year-20131229/
143  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Homeland Security, Border Protection, and American Freedom on: January 06, 2014, 11:08:17 PM
And you failed to see the thing you called for... three times.  rolleyes

And yet you again focus on credentialed over educated, again and again...
144  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Homeland Security, Border Protection, and American Freedom on: January 06, 2014, 10:45:54 PM
There were at least three such quotes in the article.


That's was I was thinking, too. FP, upon not getting an answer on your cell, being up shi+ creek, had to reach out for their second choice, the editor/author of a mere 20 books.

Because academics read an article or attend a seminar and thusly deem themselves experts and quotable when the media needs a soundbite.

Here is a crazy idea, they could actually ask the  FBI for an explanation or talk to a retired FBI agent who might have an insight. The FBI isn't known for being media shy.


145  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Homeland Security, Border Protection, and American Freedom on: January 06, 2014, 03:14:37 PM
That's was I was thinking, too. FP, upon not getting an answer on your cell, being up shi+ creek, had to reach out for their second choice, the editor/author of a mere 20 books.

Because academics read an article or attend a seminar and thusly deem themselves experts and quotable when the media needs a soundbite.
146  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: FBI announces change in mission on: January 06, 2014, 01:50:25 PM
It's odd that FP would quote a mere academic on the subject:

"...Marquette University professor Athan Theoharis agreed that the changes reflect what's really happening at the agency, but said the timing isn't clear. "I can't explain why FBI officials decided to change the fact sheet... unless in the current political climate that change benefits the FBI politically and undercuts criticisms," he said. He mentioned the negative attention surrounding the FBI's failure in April to foil the bomb plot at the Boston Marathon by Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev."

We interrupt GM's death-by-blizzard-of-citations rant to bring you this:

http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2014/01/05/fbi_drops_law_enforcement_as_primary_mission#sthash.0UGnYquX.D4o2YMjL.dpbs

Guess we won't be seeing the FBI at any tornadoes, fires, quakes, etc any time soon , , ,

Good luck BD!
147  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Homeland Security, Border Protection, and American Freedom on: January 06, 2014, 01:35:12 PM
In an underreported story, all of those non-uniformed people in the OK tornado picture were arrested immediately afterword for impersonating a law enforcement officer.
148  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Homeland Security, Border Protection, and American Freedom on: January 06, 2014, 01:31:53 PM
I thanked my local enforcement officer for coaching little league and he explained it was for homeland security. I learned that anything a LEO does, anything at all, is homeland security. Never mind the titular fact of "law enforcement" in the law enforcement officer.
149  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Yellowstone's supervolcano on: January 06, 2014, 07:23:57 AM
The good news that since homeland security is basically only law enforcement, if the volcano threatens to blow then it can be taken in for questioning.

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/volcanoes-60-minutes/

http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2013/12/the-yellowstone-supervolcano-2-12-times-larger-than-earlier-estimates-potential-to-erupt-2000-times-.html

http://www.livescience.com/20714-yellowstone-supervolcano-eruption.html
150  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: damn hippies on: January 04, 2014, 12:07:27 PM
I asked no questions, I was merely pointing to fact.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Health_care_in_Israel
From the entry:
Israel has maintained a system of socialized health care since its establishment in 1948, although the National Health Insurance law was passed only on January 1, 1995. The state is responsible for providing health services to all residents of the country, who can register with one of the four health service funds....
Participation in a medical insurance plan with one of the four national HMOs is compulsory for all citizens, who can select and participate in any one of them regardless of factors such as age, gender, or pre-existing conditions.

I think the importance of this post was missed and deserves addressing.  I was confused by the title and others went off on other tangents.  If I am not mistaken, Bigdog is asking, if this works in Israel, why not here?
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