28 February 2010
Moore's Law for processing bits, as well as analogous (and even faster!)
observations for storage (welcome to the terabyte age) and comms (got
broadband?) results in this. This is what DARPA was aiming for.
Kayvan Setareh, 49, of Pacific Palisades was arrested at his home Friday night and ordered held on $1-million bail. An arrest warrant obtained by Los Angeles City Atty. Carmen Trutanich accuses Setareh of three misdemeanor city code violations, two of them related to the city sign law, according to William Carter, Trutanich's chief deputy.
Carmen Trutanich needs hanging, he is an out of control psycho abusing his power.
26 February 2010
Toyota Extends Brake Override System to Provide an Additional Measure of Customer Confidence
25 February 2010
24 February 2010
Virginia is also considering a measure adopted in Montana and Tennessee that declares that firearms made and retained in-state are beyond the authority of Congress. The measure is primarily a challenge to Congress’s power to regulate commerce among the states.
The Montana law is being challenged in federal court, and the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has sent a letter to Tennessee and Montana gun dealers stating that federal law supersedes the state measure.
Consider cannabis in calif. Or firearms in calif. In the first case federal law isn't being enforced, in the second, federal law isn't being enforced, as the 14th would nullify californians restrictions on arms. Pick and choose. The law is an ass, a whore, null, if enforced whimsically. And gangs and vendettas result.
Joe Stack for President!
UC San Diego’s student government has temporarily shut down a campus television channel and suspended funding for 16 or so media outlets because of a student show that used a racial epithet for African Americans.
The actions, criticized by free speech advocates, came as UC San Diego was reeling from news that some students had organized an off-campus party Feb. 15 that mocked Black History Month and invited participants to dress as ghetto stereotypes.
Then, on a television segment last week, members of a controversial student satire group used the racial slur and described blacks as "ungrateful" in a discussion of the party and the campus response to it.
Associated Students President Utsav Gupta suspended the campus station and said he needed to temporarily stop funding the other media outlets while new rules are written to ensure that student fees do not support hate speech. He said he expects the matter to be resolved in a week or two and insisted that he was not advocating censorship.
The main UCSD student newspaper, The Guardian, which is not affected by the funding suspension, blasted Gupta’s actions, describing it as dictatorial and against free speech on the campus.
23 February 2010
Space for 8000 dead in the Iraq Afghani Paki Yemen wars! Come and get it! Plenty of space for the Empire's cannon fodder!
This is how the first amendment is being shredded.
Get a clue: not only can you express yourself in support of a government-blacklisted group or cause, you can express yourself regardless of "peace". You have the right (by virtue of being in America, you needn't be a citizen) to encourage violence by designated terrorist(tm) groups.
Only the cowards in washington DC fear this. (And other repressive regimes around the world) Because they fear freedom, worship war, are pwned.
Justices seek to weigh anti-terrorism law, free-speech rights
The Supreme Court justices sound closely split over whether a USC professor illegally advised the Kurdistan Workers Party, listed as a foreign terrorist group.
By David G. Savage
10:58 AM PST, February 23, 2010
Reporting from Washington
The Supreme Court struggled Tuesday to resolve a conflict between the free-speech rights of a Los Angeles-based advocate for international peace and a broad anti-terrorism law that makes it a crime to advise a foreign terrorist group, even if it means advising its members to seek peace.
The justices sounded closely split between those who saw this as a terrorism case and those who saw it as a free-speech case.
U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan urged the court to uphold the broad sweep of the terrorism law and to permit prosecutions of anyone who gives any support to a terrorist group. She discounted the "supposed 1st Amendment claims" raised by human rights advocates.
"When you help Hezbollah build homes, you're helping them build bombs," she said.
But Georgetown Law Professor David Cole said the human-rights advocates he represents are not interested in supplying bombs, but rather in urging foreign groups to avoid violence and to take their disputes to the United Nations.
"They seek peaceful solutions to conflict. And they support only lawful activities," he said, not terrorism. Cole is representing the Humanitarian Law Project in Los Angeles and its president Ralph Fertig, a USC professor of social work who has advised the Kurds in Turkey.
In 1997, the State Department listed the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, as a foreign terrorist group, which meant that Fertig could go to prison for giving "expert advice or assistance" to Kurdish leaders.
"The government has been arguing for more than a decade that our clients cannot advocate for peace," Cole said.
When asked whether Fertig would be prosecuted for advising the Kurds, Kagan agreed he could be. If he is working for and on behalf of the PKK, he would be subject to prosecution, she replied.
In response to other questions from the justices, she agreed an American citizen could be prosecuted for drafting a legal brief or writing a newspaper article in coordination with a banned group, such as Hamas.
For his part, Cole urged the justices to rule that the 1st Amendment protects those who speak out or advise foreign terrorist organizations, so long as they advocate only peace and nonviolence.
Justice Antonin Scalia agreed with the government's lawyer and said he saw no constitutional problems with the anti-terrorism law. "If you provide any aid" to them, it "furthers their terrorist activity," he said.
When Cole cited earlier cases which protected American Communists from being prosecuted simply for joining the group or attending meetings, Scalia discounted the threat posed by such people.
"That was about philosophy. People joined [the Communist Party] for philosophical reasons. I think it's very unrelated to compare these terrorist cases to communism," he said.
But Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen G. Breyer and Sonia Sotomayor said Fertig and his allies are not seeking to aid terrorists or terrorism.
"All they want to do is speak about lawful activities," Ginsburg said.
"What's the government's interest . . . in forbidding training in international law?" Breyer asked.
Justice Anthony M. Kennedy, often the swing vote in close cases, quizzed both lawyers but said he was troubled the case itself was vague and abstract. Fertig had not been prosecuted or convicted, so it was hard to decide whether the government had gone too far, he said.
At one point, Kennedy pressed Cole to cite a case in which the court had ruled on a free-speech challenge to a federal law before anyone in the case had been prosecuted.
Cole quickly cited a recent campaign finance case, FEC vs. Wisconsin Right to Life, in which the court's conservative bloc struck down part of the McCain-Feingold Act before anyone in this group had been charged with violating the law.
The justices will meet behind closed doors later this week to vote on whether to uphold the terrorism law as it stands or carve out an exception for free-speech claims involving peaceful advocacy.
A ruling in Holder vs. Humanitarian Law Project will be handed down by late June.
Sayreville man puts pot arrest to the test and wins
By KEN SERRANO
Two years ago, Daniel A. Novak called Sayreville police and reported that someone was smoking marijuana in a car parked outside a garden apartment complex in the borough.
When Officer Matthew Kurtz arrived, Novak in effect turned himself in. Although he had not been smoking the drug, he showed Kurtz a marijuana cigarette in his pocket, according to a court ruling yesterday.
Novak, now 20, eventually pleaded guilty to an ordinance violation as part of a plea deal.
But Novak challenged the legality of the search.
And yesterday he won his case.
A state appeals court threw out his conviction and overturned a lower court ruling that denied his motion to suppress the evidence that Kurtz turned up when he shone his flashlight into Novak's pocket.
The seizure violated Novak's right against self-incrimination, the three-judge panel ruled. When Kurtz arrived at the complex on Jan. 15, 2008, Novak "made some comments about how he felt that searches are unconstitutional and that he feels marijuana should not be prohibited through the United States Constitution," according to the ruling.
Getting arrested, Novak told Kurtz, might spur "change to get marijuana legalized."
On Monday, Novak said he did not make the call to police on a whim.
"It wasn't an all-out-crazy-I'm-going-to-jail-today type of thing,'' he said. "It was a civil disobedience thing, a protest against our ridiculous marijuana laws. The government shouldn't be able to tell you what not to put in your body.''
After his arrest in Sayreville, he spent a few hours in a borough holding cell.
Of Kurtz, Novak said, "I think he thought I was a little nuts.''
His protest is purely political, he said.
"I don't smoke weed, I don't do any drugs,'' he said.
Novak was preparing Monday to defend himself against a string of traffic tickets in Perth Amboy, moving for a dismissal because of an alleged violation of a court rule.
The Sayreville man, who has a high school equivalency diploma, does not aspire to be an attorney. He is a self-employed Internet marketer, he said.
A 17-year-old court case afforded Novak the escape hatch. Under a ruling in State v. Patton, (133 N.J. 389, 395-402 (1993)), anyone who voluntarily delivers drugs to police under the specific requirements of the law is granted immunity against prosecution.
Novak's attorney, Allan Marain of New Brunswick, said the case is obscure, but he underscored it in his papers to the municipal court and Superior Court, which both ignored the ruling.
"It took two years, but I'm glad the court finally came around,'' he said.
Novak's defense was based on the Fifth Amendment, not the Fourth Amendment, he said. The Fourth Amendment prohibits illegal searches and seizures, while the Fifth secures due process and protects against self-incrimination.
Robert Blanda Sr., the Sayreville attorney arguing for the state, said he has not yet seen the opinion.
"It wasn't something the state pursued wrongly,'' Blanda said. "We had two (lower court) judges agree with us.''
Last week, lawyers representing the black applicants estimated the city could owe $100 million for lost wages and benefits. A lawyer for the city put the figure at closer to $30 million.
The Obama administration intervened in the case on behalf of the black applicants. The goal of the Civil Rights Act is "to eradicate discrimination" in the workplace, said Neal Katyal, the deputy U.S. solicitor general. In this case, "the city knew very well the test [was] discriminatory," he said.
When the test results were announced in 1996, Mayor Richard M. Daley said they were "disappointing" because only 11% of the top scorers were black.
22 February 2010
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17 February 2010
TAMPA, FL -- It's the sort of security we've seen a lot of since 9-11 at places like airports and seaports and major sporting events. Bomb sniffing dogs, pat-downs and metal detector wanding, gloved inspections of hand-held bags were all performed in the shadow of...Greyhound buses.
"We do this for a couple of reasons," stated Transportation Security Administration Federal Security Director Gary Milano. "To sort of invent the wheel in advance -- in case we have to if there is any specific intelligence requiring us to be here. This was to show that we and our partners are ready to move in at a moments notice."
Milano was joined at the bus station by Border Patrol agent Steve McDonald. "What we're looking for is threats to national security as well as immigration law violators," he said.
"We're also looking at one of our main initiatives," according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Michael Masto. "One of which is cash smuggling."
And so passengers ready to head toward Orlando, Jacksonville and points north had to go through a series of checks...a K-9 officer from the Tampa Airport Police department gave the bus his special "sniff test" in the baggage compartment. This is all a part of VIPR, which stands for Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response.
"This is ongoing for us," said Tampa Police Department Assistant Chief Marc Hamlin. "We do this every day."
And for the folks who travel like this -- day in and day out -- it's a comfort in these troubled times.
"I feel safe knowing that I can get on the bus and I'm not going to blow up," said frequent rider Chuck Lawrence.
"That's why we'll be back," said the TSA's Milano. "We won't say when, but this way, the bad guys are on notice that we will be back."
16 February 2010
15 February 2010
US Marines said their ability to fight back has been tightly constrained by strict new rules of engagement that make their task more difficult and dangerous. Under the rules, troops cannot fire at people unless they commit a hostile act or show intent.
What a concept!
“It’s hard to fight a war like this,” he said. “They’re using our rules of engagement against us.”
Complain to the UN. Oh, that's right, you just invaded a country on your own. Not just any country, but the graveyard of Empires. They're using your planes against you. So you worry about your rules?
Folly not even seen by the author http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/afghanistan/article7028205.ece
US State Secretary Hillary Clinton said on Sunday that her country has no interest in "occupying" Afghanistan or abandoning the war-torn country.
You either occupy or you abandon. Its that simple.
UC Irvine is proposing an “unmatched” plan to help students of different religious, racial, cultural and political backgrounds to interact more peacefully — construction of an $8 million Center for Awareness, Reflection and Meditation.
The university says it will “seek funding from private and public sources to design and construction” of the center, which is “among the highest priorities” of (UCI) Chancellor Michael V. Drake, .M.D.
“The mission of the center will be to foster contemplation, self-reflection, and quiet thought and, in the process, promote awareness of and conscientious action by discovering common ground and communicating in an open and respectful manner while practicing good citizenship on campus.”
Never mind that 30% tuition increase kiddies...
14 February 2010
It only affects female middle aged biology PhDs. First Aalia then
12 February 2010
Quote: “The right to a jury trial is probably one of our most fundamental constitutional rights. We believe that everybody needs to show up for jury duty to protect that right,” he said.
So how does that make others slaves?
“We have troops serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, and these people are putting their lives on the line every day to serve this country. Do you think you should be excused?”
Yes, I do, if I so chose. And war crimes by retarded mercenaries don't bear on this. Jackass.
11 February 2010
Dems Want CEOs on Camera in Post-Citizens United Ads
In response to the Supreme Court's Citizens United decision, some Democrats are supporting legislation that would force CEOs to appear on-camera to endorse the political ads their corporations sponsor.
The proposal, unveiled today by Sen. Chuck Schumer (D., N.Y.) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D., Md.), would have CEOs appear as political candidates now do in ads run on their behalf, telling viewers “I’m X and I approved this message.”
The bill would also require that ads with opposing viewpoints get the cheapest possible ad rate to respond to corporate and union-financed ads.
What part of the first amendment do these morons not understand?
No compelled speech. No taking of bandwidth by the the government.
Rope for Schumer's neck, yes.
Omar doesn't get asymmetrical warfare. He expects warriors to line up in a meadow in red jackets.
He doesn't get democracy. He doesn't get total war. Way too oldschool.
10 February 2010
In the morning, the president is scheduled to meet with black leaders in the Oval Office to talk about the economy and jobs. Among those expected to attend are Benjamin Jealous of the NAACP, Marc Morial of the National Urban League, the Rev. Al Sharpton of the National Action Network and Dr. Dorothy Height of the National Council of Negro Women.
Qualifications: they're negroes. That's it. So much for beyond race.
-The first bitch
How offensive is that? The animals the government farms are too marbled to be
slaughtered in war?
08 February 2010
Emphesis mine. I pointed this out some time ago.
Then Obama agrees:
The White House, which initially struggled to fend off the criticism, over the weekend argued that the Obama terrorism policy is essentially a continuation of policies pursued in the latter part of the Bush presidency.
And a congresscritter points out the fascism:
Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R., Mich.), in a statement Sunday, called attention to .. “President Obama’s decision to target Americans for killing without due process"
the American people live [in] a democratic system and that is why they are held responsible for their policies.
07 February 2010
WASHINGTON--The FBI is pressing Internet service providers to record which Web sites customers visit and retain those logs for two years, a requirement that law enforcement believes could help it in investigations of child pornography and other serious crimes.
FBI Director Robert Mueller supports storing Internet users' "origin and destination information," a bureau attorney said at a federal task force meeting on Thursday.
05 February 2010
04 February 2010
Howard university of course.
Lawsuit tossed for: "hyperbolic allegations riddled with buzz words"
What else do they know?
"And the colored girls go..." Lou Reed
03 February 2010
But NYC doesn't like terror trials.
If she's convicted, and she will be, the Pakis will go frickin nuclear on the US.
As well they should.
02 February 2010
are annoyed that she wasn't asked for permission. But, she benefitted from the scientific
medicine that she didn't contribute to. There are no serious ethical problems.
01 February 2010
Haitians want U.S to 'take over'"I want the Americans to take over the country. The Haitian government can't do anything for us," said Jean-Louis Geffrard, a laborer who lives under a tarp in the crowded square. "When we tell the government we're hungry, the government says, 'We're hungry, too.' "
Added Canga Matthieu, a medical student whose school was destroyed: "The American government should take care of us."
A female suicide bomber killed at least 38 people and wounded scores more Monday in northern Baghdad, Iraqi authorities said.