Over Four Times More People Stabbed to Death Than Killed with Rifles of Any Kind – Breitbart

The FBI Uniform Crime Report (UCR) for 2016 shows more than four times as many people were stabbed to death than were killed with rifles of any kind.

And because the category of rifles covers every type of rifle, this means there would be an even greater divide between the number of people stabbed to death versus those shot to death with an AR-15 or similar rifle.

According to FBI: UCR Table 12, there were approximately 374 people shot and killed with rifles of any kind. There were 1,604 people killed with “knives or cutting instruments.”

Full Article: http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/10/16/fbi-over-four-times-more-people-stabbed-to-death/

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McCain Honest Ads Act looks to regulate online political ads

Republican Sen. John McCain (Ariz.) is teaming with Democratic Sens. Mark Warner (Va.) and Amy Klobuchar (Minn.) to introduce the Honest Ads Act that would increase disclosure requirements for online political ads in response to last year's election interference.

According to a preview of the act seen by Axios, it would amend the current Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 to include paid internet and digital advertisements as electioneering communication.

It would also require online platforms, such as Facebook, "to make reasonable efforts to ensure that foreign individuals and entities are not purchasing political advertisements in order to influence the American electorate."

Full Article: https://www.cnet.com/news/mccain-honest-ads-act-looks-to-regulate-online-political-ads

If it's from John MaCain so it's got be bad.  This wrong on so many levels:

  • The internet is too diverse to put out a blanket regulation.  This will not unenforceable
  • How are you going to really stop foreign governments from setting up shell PAC's to put these out?  YouTube's contents system is failing left and right.  Fair Use content is constantly getting demonetized while content that clearly violate their guidelines are pushed to the top of play lists.
  • 'require online platforms, such as Facebook, "to make reasonable efforts' – Aren't internet content providers already doing that and 'fake newers' are still getting through?  What is going to change in the next year or two when the next major election cycle begins?
  • Who decides what is fake?  I thought in this post-modern Common Core world everything is relevant. Does that mean there is a hard and fast truth out there? Who watches the watchers?

Here is my fixes:

  • Make ANYONE displaying a fake news video liable for $100 / view.
  • If a video or written is removed as 'fake news' and is proved as not being fake new with specific dates and other facts then the plaintiff must be rewarded no less than $100,000 per take down all rights on that site are fully reinstated back to the point of the offence
  • If your service does not offer a default-able 'unfiltered' feed with only your subscribed to channels and friends showing up within 2 years then you will get fined $1 / person / day until that option is viable.

If the content providers want to act like a utility they're getting regulated like a utility, Otherwise the government need to get out of my browser and let the ecosystem filter itself out.

South Korea developing missiles to destroy North Korea nuclear facilities

South Korea is preparing for full-scale war with North Koreaby developing missiles that could destroy North Korea nuclear and missile facilities in the event of a conflict.

Gen. Kim Yong-woo, chief of staff of the South Korean army, said a plan to "reduce to ashes" North Korea's weapons facilities, has been created, local newspaper Segye Ilbo reported Thursday.

Kim, who submitted his report for an annual parliamentary audit by the National Assembly's defense committee, said the objective of the plan is to decimate Pyongyang's weapons of mass destruction while minimizing casualties.

Full Article: https://www.upi.com/Top_News/World-News/2017/10/19/South-Korea-developing-missiles-to-destroy-North-Korea-nuclear-facilities/3121508418413/

US tech giants may find their future shaped by Europe

Silicon Valley is a uniquely American creation, the product of an entrepreneurial spirit and no-holds-barred capitalism that now drives many aspects of modern life.

But the likes of Facebook, Google and Apple are increasingly facing an uncomfortable truth: it is Europe’s culture of tougher oversight of companies, not America’s laissez-faire attitude, which could soon rule their industry as governments seek to combat fake news and prevent extremists from using the internet to fan the flames of hatred.

While the U.S. has largely relied on market forces to regulate content in a country where free speech is revered, European officials have shown they are willing to act. Germany recently passed a law imposing fines of up to 50 million euros ($59 million) on websites that don’t remove hate speech within 24 hours. British Prime Minister Theresa May wants companies to take down extremist material within two hours. And across the EU, Google has for years been obliged to remove search results if there is a legitimate complaint about the content’s veracity or relevance.

Full Story: http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/wireStory/us-tech-giants-find-future-shaped-europe-50526455

Former Xbox leader Ed Fries quizzes Feargal Mac (Gameband Guy) on Atari’s new console

Atari is charging forward with its plans to make a new video game console, the Ataribox, the first such hardware from the iconic American game company in more than two decades. We first confirmed it in June, and the company hopes to launch the box in the spring.

Feargal Mac (Mac Conuladh) is the general manager overseeing the box, and he said the company plans to crowdfund the Ataribox on Indiegogo for the Linux-based machine with an Advanced Micro Devices processor. Mac told us in a recent exclusive interview that the Ataribox will sell for $250 to $300. While that is close to the price of rival consoles from Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo, Mac said the advantage of the Ataribox is that it will be open, allowing owners to run a wide variety of their own games on it. He sees the box as an indie machine, able to run classic Atari games as well as new indie titles such as Minecraft and Terraria.

Full Story: https://venturebeat.com/2017/10/18/former-xbox-leader-ed-fries-quizzes-feargal-mac-on-ataris-new-console/

The AtariBox is doomed. Feargal Mac Conuladh has NEVER had a sucessful product via crowd sourcing.  He’s the Peter Molyneux to games as Feargal is to hardware.  You either never get it or it never meets expectations.  Just look up his old company StormFly. Even in the interview they briefly address this:

Fries: You have a history of doing crowdfunding. In fact, you have one project out there, Gameband, and people haven’t gotten their Gamebands yet.
Mac: No, they haven’t, but they will.

Gameband is an Android wristwatch will let you place basic Atari games on small screen. The issue the ‘prootypes’ were pre-existing Android watches you could buy off AliExpress for about $50. But he was charging $150 on his Kickstarter. I believe he got kicked off of Kickstarter and had to switch Indiegogo. Someone can correct me in the comments.

I had real hope for this too. I loved Atari as a kid and I hoped it would return to the home console market.

Cutting SALT From the Federal Tax Diet

In the quest for a better tax code, it shouldn't be difficult to agree that a tax deduction that mostly benefits rich people and subsidizes high-tax state and local governments must go. That's what the state and local tax, or SALT, deduction does, and it was rightly slated for termination in the tax reform framework by the "Big Six," to the displeasure of some in Congress. Resistance from these lawmakers, however, is misplaced, because a repeal of SALT — alongside other reforms in the plan — would most likely leave the vast majority of taxpayers better off and our tax code much fairer and simpler.

The ability to deduct state and local taxes from one's federal tax bill goes as far back as the income tax itself. According to the most recent Trump administration budget, it is the sixth-largest individual income tax expenditure and represents a loss of revenue of $100 billion annually.

Full Story: https://www.thenewamerican.com/reviews/opinion/item/27170-cutting-salt-from-the-federal-tax-diet

Catalonia set to declare INDEPENDENCE – Spain to take ‘nuclear option’ – huge blow to EU

CATALONIA is set to declare immediate independence from Spain if Madrid fails to hold talks with separatist leaders. 

After a huge Yes victory during a polling day marred by police brutality, Catalonia initially signed a letter declaring independence before immediately suspending it.  

Spain has since refused to entertain independence talks despite huge protests calling for peaceful discussion.  

And today Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont said the regional parliament could vote on a formal declaration of independence from Spain if the central government failed to hold talks. 

Full Story: https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/868348/catalonia-independence-referendum-spain-Carles-Puigdemont-catalan 

Welcome to the trigger for World War III.  If Spain starts talks it agrees that nation is in the wrong and Catalonia will declare independence in a couple of years.  If Spain ignores talks Catalonia will declare independence in a couple of weeks.  If Spain does any kind of military action it will prove it's in the wrong and will trigger the US, European Union and possibly the UN to intercede. 

There is only one safe option: Spain agree to let Catalonia succeed but with agreement of providing military protection and infrastructure maintence.  That way Spain keeps some of their tax revenue and it claws into Catalonia.  Catalonia gets to keep its money and gains back most of autonomy. 

 

England’s fly-tipping shame: Illegal dumpings tip over a million for first time but enforcement action drops

England's fly-tipping shame has hit record levels with more than a million illegal dumpings in the last year.

Household rubbish accounted for around two thirds of the 1,002,154 cases recorded by local councils in 2016/2017.

The clean-up operation cost £57.7 million, new figures show – while £16 million was spent on 474,000 enforcement actions.

The 7% increase in fly-tipping is the fourth annual rise in a row but the first time the cases have surpassed a million.

Full Article: http://www.itv.com/news/2017-10-19/englands-fly-tipping-shame-illegal-dumpings-tip-over-a-million-for-first-time/

So why are people dumping illegally? The answer is England is island with oppressively high taxes on everything, including trash pick-up.  So, what is cheaper:

  1. Paying to throw you old credenza
  2. Abandoning it at the side of the ride and possibly pay a fine

Yeap, option is almost always the cheaper option.

Idaho wildlife agent shoots neighborhood’s beloved deer, highlighting dangers of feeding wild animals

Chris Allen's phone started buzzing as word broke that invisible attacks in Cuba had hit a U.S. government worker at Havana's Hotel Capri. Allen's friends and family had heard an eerily similar story from him before.

The tourist from South Carolina had cut short his trip to Cuba two years earlier after numbness spread through all four of his limbs within minutes of climbing into bed at the same hotel where the American government workers were housed. Those weren't the only parallels. Convinced the incidents must be related, Allen joined a growing list of private U.S. citizens asking the same alarming but unanswerable question: Were we victims, too?

It may be that Allen's unexplained illness, which lingered for months and bewildered a half-dozen neurologists in the United States, bears no connection to whatever has harmed at least 22 American diplomats, intelligence agents and their spouses over the last year. But for Cuba and the U.S., it matters all the same.

Three shots is what it took to kill a “once in a lifetime miracle,” said Mia Suchoski.

“This was an orphan deer that the whole community helped raise,” said Suchoski, a St. Maries resident.

That deer, which neighbors named “Baby,” was shot and killed by an Idaho Fish and Game officer on Sunday, Oct. 8, after the agency received several complaints about the animal. The deer had become a beloved member of a St. Maries neighborhood during the past year, Suchoski said. The deer’s death has left bitter feelings between neighbors who loved the deer and those who considered it dangerous or a nuisance.

Idaho Fish and Game officials call the shooting a painful reminder why humans shouldn’t feed or take care of wild animals.

Full Story: http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2017/oct/17/idaho-fish-and-game-officer-shoots-neighborhoods-b

Because letting things be is just too hard for the government.  It was one dear and the community was taking care of it.  BTW: do you know where reindeers came from?  No, not Santa's workshop. They're domesticated caribou.  Somehow people were able deal with creatures that get 3 – 4x times bigger.

Recommended Link on this Story: People in one neighborhood come together to raise an orphaned deer. Up until the day wildlife agents shoot it because it lost its fear of humans

Tourists wonder if they were also victims of Cuba sound attack

Chris Allen's phone started buzzing as word broke that invisible attacks in Cuba had hit a U.S. government worker at Havana's Hotel Capri. Allen's friends and family had heard an eerily similar story from him before.

The tourist from South Carolina had cut short his trip to Cuba two years earlier after numbness spread through all four of his limbs within minutes of climbing into bed at the same hotel where the American government workers were housed. Those weren't the only parallels. Convinced the incidents must be related, Allen joined a growing list of private U.S. citizens asking the same alarming but unanswerable question: Were we victims, too?

It may be that Allen's unexplained illness, which lingered for months and bewildered a half-dozen neurologists in the United States, bears no connection to whatever has harmed at least 22 American diplomats, intelligence agents and their spouses over the last year. But for Cuba and the U.S., it matters all the same.

Full Story: http://www.ctvnews.ca/world/tourists-wonder-if-they-were-also-victims-of-cuba-sound-attack-1.3639017