SF New Mexican: Albuquerque police man arrested on suspicion of stealing mom’s posole.
Local color. Hey, at least it beats the semi-weekly mass shooting.
Pro Video Coalition: From the National Drone Show: What I Learned On The Floor.
“The last person you want flying your RPV is a real-plane pilot.” Not true. I sincerely doubt a pilot would be any worse than another untrained drone operator. Knowledge of airspace, weather, weight and balance, responsibility - ‘pilot in command’ - and other intangibles is important. It brings a seriousness to the endeavor, rather than a videogame/toy mentality. Treat it as a toy, people/animals/property get hurt - as we’ve already seen, and frequently. No doubt a subset of a PP license is the better solution.
NY Times: ‘You Ain’t No Muslim, Bruv’: Response to London Attack Inspires Hashtag.
Exactly what’s needed right now.
Express Tribune: Saudi must stop financing fundamentalist mosques abroad: Merkel’s deputy.
“Wahhabism provided the ‘complete ideology of the Islamic State and contributes in other countries to a radicalisation of moderate Muslims,’ he said, adding that ‘this is something we don’t need and don’t want in Germany’.” I suppose one can outlaw dangerous fundamentalist interpretations as ‘cults.’ That way, Western mores won’t get bent - the guarantee of freedom shouldn’t be a suicide note.
NY Times: End the Gun Epidemic in America.
“It is not necessary to debate the peculiar wording of the Second Amendment. No right is unlimited and immune from reasonable regulation.” Important choice of wording, I deem. We propose not to yank your rights, but spank them. Some will still interpret it as ‘yank’, of course, and have temper-tantrums.
Guardian.UK: San Bernardino shooter pledged allegiance to Isis, reports say.
Makes you wonder what the NSA is good for.
TechDirt: Can You Defame Someone By Directly Quoting Them? New York Court Says You Can.
Fellow bloggers, read.
Washington Post: The five extra words that can fix the Second Amendment.
“Public policies concerning gun control should be decided by the voters’ elected representatives, not by federal judges.” More dangerous, don’t you think?
The Supreme Court doesn’t just use the Constitution, but the earlier drafts as well. The Second Amendment has a curious comma, left out in some versions, which makes the Militia aspect specific. Perhaps just agreeing on the comma.
As I love to say, “Are you a Strict Constructionist? Good. You get a flintlock. Next?”
Shooters. What do to?
Here’s an idea. We should all carry bear spray (pepper spray). Better than a gun. If someone near the door had whipped out a pepper spray and nailed the shooters - even better, more than one ‘victim’ spraying - we wouldn’t have a casualty list. We’d have two idiots tied with electrical cords and writhing on the floor. They make mace in purse sizes, too. Innocuous, effective. Call it being ‘pro-active.’ The reason I like the bear spray idea is, it’s designed to shoot a good distance with a gout of evil stuff.
[I want all my readers safe.]
Guardian.UK: The County - the story of America’s deadliest police.
Guardian, you’re missing an important piece, though you briefly mention it. Oil drilling. Big in Kern County. Where there are oil workers, there is meth. And crime soars, requiring exponential police response. Breeds this kind of behavior, I hate to say. So the blame goes ... ?
SF New Mexican: Santa Fe police seek suspects in million-dollar heist.
ArtDaily: Forger claims Da Vinci masterpiece “La Bella Principessa” is supermarket checkout girl.
As longtime readers know, I’ve been theorizing that this is a ‘golden age’ of forgery. We keep having ‘miraculous’ discoveries on a regular basis.
PS Blog: Is TIME Screwing Photographers?
SF New Mexican: Federal official says N.M. licenses are fine for U.S. travel.
“The fact the federal government didn’t give New Mexico an extension on Real ID compliance means that secure federal facilities in New Mexico will have to have stricter policies in the type of identification they accept. Starting Jan. 10, people won’t be able to use a New Mexico driver’s license to enter a military base or a federal installation such as the Los Alamos National Laboratory.” We’ll get four months’ notice if we need a passport for domestic travel.
NY Times: Syrian Passport by Stadium Stolen or Fake, A.F.P. Reports.
“Agence France-Presse is reporting, citing a source close to the investigation, that the passport bore the name of Ahmad al-Mohammad, a soldier in the Syrian Army who was born in 1990 and died months ago.” Which means, all the crazy anti-refugee rhetoric can stop now. But it won’t.
Dazed: Marina Abramović sued by former lover and co-creator Ulay.
“She is not just a former business partner. [snip] The whole oeuvre has made history. It’s now in school books. But she has deliberately misinterpreted things, or left my name out.” I saw this on another major media outlet, but the link disappeared between RSS receipt and my desiring to post ... and unfindable in search. I assume being rewritten?
Salt Supply - A Safe Gun For A Safe Home.
Economist: Personal information on the internet - Can you sue a website that misrepresents you?
Keeping an ear out over this one. Could have a big impact, if decided badly.
naked cap: The TPP and State Sovereignty.
“Notice also that the Lester says it’s going to take a year to figure out what the language of the tobacco carve-out really means. However, TPP, if it is to be passed, can be passed in less than a year. So, once again, we might have to pass a bill to find out what’s in it (and in this case, we’ll be informed by the decisions of unaccountable international tribunals with no ethical canons. What could go wrong?).” You can bet your boots interested parties know exactly what the agreement says - and more importantly, how to leverage it for profit.
NPR: Volkswagen Makes ‘Goodwill’ Gesture To Defrauded Diesel Owners.
“Customers who accept the money will not give up their right to sue, the company said.” I’d be real careful of accepting early offers.
NY Mag: Ambling Through America’s Most Stoned Suburbs.
Autoweek: VW gasoline and diesel engine CO2 emission problem.
“A recall based on this issue is not foreseen by the automaker in the U.S., as it is not considered to be a technical problem caused by faulty manufacturing or failed components, but rather a labeling issue.” Oh, that’s rich.
The Atlantic: Regulating Payday Loans Is a Start But It Won’t Fix the Underlying Problem.
“Short on cash and without a strong enough credit history to get a bank loan to tide them over, Melissa went to a payday lender, taking out a meager $450. When they weren’t able to pay the debt back in a matter of weeks, the amount ballooned to $1,700 thanks to the high interest rates, fees, and rollover loans (loans that get folded into new, larger loans when a borrower is unable to repay their initial loan).” On usury.
Techdirt: Connecticut Police Announce Plan To Open Unlocked Vehicles And Seize Valuables.
“My guess is this program will be shut down sometime in the next few days. The city has hugely miscalculated the public’s receptiveness to its warrantless search and seizure ‘public service.’” Good lord. Unlawful search and seizure, right here.