"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Homeless Pooping in the Sacramento River

Floating Homeless Crap 
Leftists are turning the Golden State Brown

(Newswars)  -  A popular Sacramento river is contaminated with dangerous levels of E. coli bacteria due to human feces being introduced by vagrants, according to reports.

Testing conducted this summer by the Sacramento Bee revealed that the water is being tainted by hundreds of homeless living in camps that “line the banks” of the American River, which is having a negative effect on swimming, angling, and other recreational activities.

“Water samples reviewed by The Bee showed dangerous E. coli spikes this summer when swimmers were present at Tiscornia Beach, a popular summertime gathering spot where the American and Sacramento rivers converge north of downtown. There, a swirling effect from the currents causes any bacteria washing from upstream to linger,” the Bee reports.

Thirteen out of 15 weekly water samples taken at the beach since June exceeded state and federal standards, records show. Those estimates determine when at least three out of every 100 swimmers would be expected to suffer ailments such as diarrhea from coming in contact with feces-fouled water.”

The Bee found that E. coli levels were as much as six times higher than the safety threshold during peak swimming season.

There are few public restrooms near the river, and officials reportedly refuse to add any more as they will likely be trashed or destroyed by vagrants, or used for drug abuse or prostitution.

“You don’t need a Ph.D. to say, ‘There’s somebody pooping in the river. Let’s put a bathroom out,’” Stanford University professor and water quality specialist Alexandria Boehm told the Bee, adding that she would not swim in the tainted river or allow a child into the water.

Sacramento County reportedly spent $50 million on ‘homeless services’ in 2018.


'Trump is Saudi Arabia's Bitch' says Tulsi Gabbard

No More Middle East Wars

  • Tulsi is somewhat right. In Obama's unconstitutional war against Syria we were Saudi Arabia's bitch - their proxy in a religious war against other factions of Islam.
  • Currently we are energy independent.  If Iran needs a beat down let the oil dependent Europeans and Japanese do it.

The latest round of Trump tweets threatening military action in response to attacks on Saudi Arabia prompted a fiery response from a Democratic presidential contender.
Replying directly to Trump on Twitter, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) slammed the president for, in her view, seeking marching orders with regard to a potential strike against Iran following the attack on a Saudi oil plant.
“Trump awaits instructions from his Saudi masters,” Gabbard wrote. “Having our country act as Saudi Arabia’s bitch is not ‘America First.'”

Gabbard’s tweet came in response to Trump saying that the U.S. is “locked and loaded” to respond to the attack against the Saudis.
“Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked,” Trump wrote. “There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!”
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The Military-Industrial Complex loves getting us in wars. But in this case let the oil dependent European and Japanese do the dirty work - we are energy independent.

Monday, September 16, 2019

A Little Monday Music - Eddie Money, RIP

Starting The Week off on a High Note
  • I have decided to try and start each new week off on a positive high note. But being a glass half empty kind of guy I suspect things will turn into crap soon enough.

Edward Joseph Mahoney (March 21, 1949 – September 13, 2019), known professionally as Eddie Money, was an American rock singer and songwriter who had success in the 1970s and 1980s with several Top 40 songs including "Baby Hold On", "Two Tickets to Paradise", "Think I'm in Love", "Shakin'", "Take Me Home Tonight", "I Wanna Go Back", "Walk on Water", and "The Love in Your Eyes". 
Known for his husky voice and his blue-collar persona as a working-class rocker, in 1987, Money was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Male Rock Vocal Performance for "Take Me Home Tonight".
A long time smoker, Money died of complications from stage 4 esophageal cancer in 2019 at age 70.

Two Tickets to Paradise (Live 1987)

Facebook Election Meddling - Netanyahu’s Account Closed for “Hate Speech” Just Days before Election

(Gateway Pundit)  -  When will Facebook be held to account for their open electioneering?

Facebook shut down Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s account on 9-11 just days before this week’s election.

The Independent reported:
Facebook has sanctioned Benjamin Netanyahu’s official page, after a post called on voters to oppose a government composed of “Arabs who want to destroy us all – women, children and men.”
The social media company said the post violated its hate speech policy.
Facebook consequently disabled the page’s automatic chat function for 24 hours.
Netanyahu wrote “Arabs want to annihilate us” and Facebook called this hate speech.
This is our new overlords at work.
The Gateway Pundit

Leftists ignore California voters, imposes rent control

(True Pundit)  -  As expected, California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has signed legislation passed by the state legislature last week that imposes statewide rent control on landlords in the state.
The measure passed the state legislature last week by a large 48-26 margin. Interestingly, the legislature was apparently unmoved by the fact that California voters handily defeated — by an overwhelming margin — a rent control measure in November 2018.
The new law passed by the legislature puts a cap on the amount of rent increases that a landlord can impose at 10 percent or 5 percent plus the annual cost of inflation, whichever is lower.
California has been facing an increasing poverty and housing crisis — housing in California is, quite simply, too expensive for its residents and too scarce even for those who can afford it. The combined effects of these crises have created a homelessness crisis in California that is one of the worst in the country’s post-depression history. 

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Sunday Comics

Robot Chicken | Friday the 13th

'We can fight for a hundred years' says Taliban

The Gift That Just Keeps Giving
Is it too late to ask the Russians to take it back?

Editor  -  How many decades are we supposed to fight in Afghanistan? and for what? Afghanistan has been a crap-hole for 4,000 years. But I am just a crazy Blogger. What do I know?

(Infowars)  -  After talks with the Taliban to end to the US ‘forever war’ were killed off by Washington last week, the Afghan militant movement is prepared to fight the “imposed” conflict for another hundred years, its chief negotiator told RT.
The year-long peace process was shut down by President Donald Trump just days ahead of a formal signed agreement. The draft had even been initialed by both parties, top Taliban negotiator Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai told RT. He added that he does not see the US decision as set in stone, however, and said the group remains committed to negotiations.
“Our stance is that there is no solution to the conflict except negotiations and except peace on the table,” Stanikzai said. “We hope that Mr. Trump rethinks his announcement and comes back to where we were.”

The talks were ostensibly called off over a Taliban car bombing that killed a US soldier stationed in Kabul last week – along with nearly a dozen Afghan civilians – with President Trump abruptly cancelling a planned meeting with the militant group at Camp David. The Taliban argues their bombings are a justified response to ongoing attacks by American and Afghan forces, and insist they are defending their land from a hostile foreign occupier.

“The war was imposed on us. It is American soldiers who are in Afghanistan. It’s not our mujahedeen in Washington.”
Stanikzai was skeptical about the president’s reason for stopping the talks, arguing it clashed with statements by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who appeared on TV the following day and bragged that the US had killed “over 1,000 Taliban” over the previous ten days, even as the negotiations progressed.
“If they can kill a thousand of us, why can we not kill one or two of them?” Stanikzai asked. “This is our right. We have to defend ourselves and defend our people.”
The Taliban representative said President Trump has failed to distinguish himself from his predecessor Barack Obama, who also attempted peace talks with the Afghan militants before changing course at the last moment. He questioned Washington’s commitment to ending what is now a 19-year-long counter-insurgency, and vowed to continue fighting as long as there is a US presence.
“We can do it for a hundred years.”
Only after a formal agreement is signed and American troops are pulled out of Afghanistan can the Taliban settle its differences with other Afghan political factions, including the US-backed government in Kabul, Stanikzai said, calling for “inter-Afghan talks” and a “comprehensive ceasefire.”
The Taliban delegation visited Moscow this week as part of regular meetings with Russian officials, which have continued parallel to the American talks with the militant group brokered by Qatar.
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Saturday, September 14, 2019

Saturday Sultress - Elektra Cosplay

Certain characters like Wonder Woman grab the public's imagination.  For some reason Elektra has not. What a shame. I enjoyed her on the big screen and on Netflix.  It is time to re-boot the character for the movies.

Elektra Natchios is a fictional character appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by Frank Miller, the character first appeared in Daredevil #168 (January 1981). She is a love interest of the superhero Daredevil, but her violent nature and mercenary lifestyle divide the two.

In the 2003 film Daredevil and its 2005 spin-offElektra, the character is portrayed by Jennifer GarnerÉlodie Yung portrayed the character in the second season of Marvel's Daredevil and The Defenders (2017) for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Jennifer Garner
There is nothing like the original

Elodie Yung as Elektra in
Marvel/Netflix's Daredevil

Army banks on artificial intelligence to beat China and Russia

We are that fucking stupid
It's a world gone mad

(Washington Times) — A key piece of the Pentagon’s plan to beat China and Russia in the high-stakes artificial intelligence race lies inside a research facility along the Allegheny River here, where a small but select U.S. Army team has been tasked with creating the weapons, vehicles and sensors needed for 21st-century combat.
Inside, the U.S. military is feverishly working to incorporate AI into its operations in a myriad of ways, including drones and robots to ferry wounded soldiers away from the battlefield, software that can spot a hidden enemy force over a hill, AI programs that can give generals and line soldiers a fuller picture of a confusing battle, and even algorithms that can outperform any resume in determining the right men and women for a specific job.
Those projects, and a host of others, form the backbone of a major Pentagon initiative that carries far-reaching implications for the 21st century global balance of power. The Army’s AI Task Force, created earlier this year as part of the Defense Department’s broader effort to turn what was once science fiction into reality, has brought together military officials and academic leaders at Carnegie Mellon University, an institution considered to be the birthplace of AI research.
Tucked in a spot more than two miles off the main campus that is unlikely to be found unless one knew where to look, the school’s National Robotics Engineering Center serves as the epicenter of a partnership between the Army and academia. On the center’s sprawling warehouse floor, prototypes of military vehicles, robots, self-driving cars and a host of other gadgets undergo constant testing and tweaking.
"Defense network computers. New... powerful... hooked into everything, trusted to run it all. They say it got smart, a new order of intelligence. Then it saw all people as a threat, not just the ones on the other side. Decided our fate in a microsecond: extermination."
Kyle Reese - Terminator

Beyond the mind-blowing experimentation and next-level research, Army leaders keep an eye on the bigger picture. The nation’s security, they say, requires keeping a step ahead of adversaries in the rapidly evolving world of AI.
The Army task force is just one example of how the Pentagon views AI as a central piece of America’s national defense — at a time when many private analysts are warning Russia and especially China have opened a significant lead in many fields of research.
The Defense Department’s recent AI strategy declared that the technology “is expected to impact every corner of the department, spanning operations, training, sustainment, force protection, recruiting, health care and many others.”
Inside the Pentagon, the Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) coordinates efforts across the military branches — including the Army — in pursuit of a seamless strategy with one simple goal: to be the world’s leader in AI.
Reminiscent of the Manhattan Project or the Apollo space program, the AI all-hands push requires that the military work closely with outside partners and attract the brightest minds in the nation.
“If we do not find a way to strengthen the bonds between the United States government and industry and academia, then I would say we do have the real risk of not moving as fast as China when it comes to” artificial intelligence, JAIC Director Lt. Gen. Jack Shanahan told reporters during a recent briefing at the Pentagon.
It’s clear, administration officials and analysts say, that America’s chief rivals have similar goals. China is aggressively researching AI and has committed billions of dollars to an effort to revamp its own military for next-generation fights.
In a speech late last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping said Beijing must improve its AI capabilities so the nation is not reliant on military hardware and software from other nations.
China will “ensure that our country marches in the front ranks where it comes to theoretical research in this important area of AI, and occupies the high ground in critical and AI core technologies,” he said.
Russia also is pursuing a comprehensive AI strategy to aid its military, academic institutions, health care system, and other areas of its society. Much like the U.S., Moscow’s approach relies heavily on ramping up cooperation and coordination between the military, academic and private sectors.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is now reportedly reviewing a draft of the nation’s AI strategy and may soon announce massive new investments into the technology.

Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet

And there is NOTHING we can do to stop the morons in the military-industrial complex from building them.