Police Union Calls for Hate Crimes Protections, Boehner Faces GOP Dissatisfaction, France Scraps Crazy High Tax: P.M. Links

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    The National Fraternal Order of Police wants the federal hate crime law expanded to include crimes against police officers.

  • John Boehner (R-Ohio) is expected to keep his position as House Speaker, but it won't be without some dissatisfaction by some Republicans who have said publicly they will not be supporting him.
  • But what about income inequality! France has quietly scrapped its crazy bonkers 75 percent income tax on the rich. It failed to raise as much revenue as they thought it would and drove rich people out of the country, because one of the great things about being rich is that you can go elsewhere.
  • Same-sex marriages in Florida have begun today in Miami-Dade County.
  • Police in San Francisco shot and killed a man who they say pulled a BB or pellet gun on them outside a police station. They did not know it was a replica gun.
  • Two top United States skiers were killed in an avalanche in Austria.
  • Two Americans have been charged with apparently attempting to launch a coup in Gambia.

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  1. The National Fraternal Order of Police wants the federal hate crime law expanded to include crimes against police officers.

    That’s not ridiculous at all.

    1. Hello.

      “The National Fraternal Order of Police wants the federal hate crime law expanded to include crimes against police officers.”

      Ha, ha.

    2. Is “resisting arrest” a crime against police officers? Must be tough to be a cop. Lots of hate out there.

      1. Is contempt of cop a crime against police officers?

        1. Everything is a crime against police officers.

    3. I believe they already get special treatment. I recall some state (probably Illinois) including cops in the list of people that got you an aggravated battery charge (versus mere battery). Old ladies, infants, handicapped, and cops. Something like that.

      1. In NH, killing a police officer is one of very few things that can get you the death penalty.

        1. Because nothing is more sacred than our blessed law enforcement personnel. As Jesus said, “Blessed are the streetwalkers.”

          1. All this time I was thinking that it was “cheesemakers”.

            1. Well, obviously it’s not meant to be taken literally; it refers to any enforcers of legal edicts.

      2. They are already a privileged class in many, many ways.

        Immunity when they do Bad Things. Enhanced penalties when Bad Things are done to them. Etc.

        1. They want to be even more equal, though.

          1. Your entirely warranted criticisms are hate crimes.

    4. Here’s an idea. Let’s expand the definition of “hate crime” to encompass pretty much every crime. It will work just like it did with the sex offender registry.

      1. TOK for US Attorney General!

      2. What about all the violent crimes committed for love?

        1. That’s just the lack of funding for government programs due to Republican hate.

    5. Let’s include firemen to protect them from hate crimes by arsonists, and government school teachers from hate crimes by whiny parents.

      1. I say make it a hate crime to kill someone for no reason.

        1. I say make it a hate crime to kill someone and not show remorse at the indictment.

          1. I say make it a hate crime to kill someone without rational justification. Like, you know, self-defense or something like that.

            1. I say make it a hate crime if a woman dies and they put the mystery on Dateline NBC skewing the story and editing so everyone is sure her husband did it.

              1. But I am sure he did it.

    6. I fuckin’ hate those guys.

    7. They keep doubling down. Essentially PROVING themselves to be everything we’ve been claiming they are. Arrogant fucks that honestly believe they are above the citizenry and the law.

      FUCK every last one of these shitbags!

      1. Fuck it. I’m going to move to some country where, like mariachis, you just pay the cops to go away and annoy someone else.

        1. That system does hold a certain appeal.

      2. You feed them with consent for their method of fundraising.

    8. Goddamn crybullies.

  2. Two Americans have been charged with apparently attempting to launch a coup in Gambia.

    Aaron Burr rides again?

    1. “These defendants stand accused of conspiring to carry out the violent overthrow of a foreign government, in violation of U.S. law,” Attorney General Eric Holder said in a statement.

      Who knew it was against US law to foment a coup in another country? There go my summer vacation plans.

      1. I sure didn’t. I’ve always thought it was something they actively encouraged. When did this law come into effect? There were a lot of people involved in that sort of thing in the earlier 20th century.

        1. Yes, like everyone who was pals with Ernest Hemingway

        2. And the 21st!

        3. I think this is the controlling law– if so, it’s from 1948.

      2. Who knew it was against US law to foment a coup in another country?

        Does that law apply to Obama?

        1. Now that’s a silly question. It seems to rather be a job requirement for the president.

        2. I believe it was called “filibustering”–that dude who staged a coup in Nicaragua would’ve been convicted of it, but they executed him.

      3. Bay of Pigs? Anyone? Bueller?

        1. Maybe that is why they weren’t trained in or launched from the US.

    2. Dang my mouth was full of peanut butter.

      1. WAS full?

        Thanks buddy!

        -Your Monitor

        1. Got milk?

          -Your nanny.

          1. Or, to be more precise … the Aaron Burr “Got Milk?” commercial.

    3. You know I contemplated starting a coup in Haiti and now I know it is frowned upon if you aren’t the CIA.

  3. John Boehner (R-Ohio) is expected to keep his position as House Speaker…

    At least there’s still equal opportunity for Orange Americans.

    1. I heard this this morning. Why? What has he done right?

      1. He must have all kinds of dirt on everyone in the party. That’s the only explanation at this point.

        1. There’s a reason the Republicans are called the Stupid Party.

          1. A reason?

            I think this is reason 3,489,202.

    1. Alan Dershowitz and Prince Andres fire back over the allegations.

      1. The woman seems to be lying about Dershowitz. He has proof he wasn’t there when she claims and was with his family the one other time. I doubt he was going to orgies with his wife there.

        That said, Epstein is a first class deviant. I absolutely believe he was running orgies with under age girls. Given that fact and given Bubba’s history of fucking anything that moved, do you really think Bubba turned down that chance?

        1. The woman seems to be lying about Dershowitz

          Dershowitz was never named during the first trial, of which he was part of Epstein’s team of defense lawyers.

          Would he have been accused had he not defended Epstein? I doubt it.

          1. Yeah. I highly doubt he is guilty.

        2. I doubt he was going to orgies with his wife there.

          Some married couples are kinky.

      2. People aren’t confirming they raped child sex slaves? Shocking.

        1. They were accused? Why, they must be guilty!

          1. This whole story doesn’t smell right to me. I may be wrong.

            1. You’re just perpetuating rape culture. Rape apologist. Rape. Rape. Rape.

      3. Well, if you ask Anna Merlan of Jezebel, we should believe the accuser, and anyone firing back or questioning anything is an “idiot”.

        With the exception of a Democrat Presidential Candidate’s husband, however.

        1. Oh, I’d love for a reporter to ask her that.

        2. “We understand that your husband has repeatedly visited the private island of a convicted pedophile, where underage sex slaves were allegedly made available to guests. Would you care to comment?”

          Leave it nice and open-ended. More opportunity for gaffes and generally embarrassing flopping around.

    2. I like how they throw in the picture of Clinton with two of age, legal and fully consenting prostitutes in Nevada for good measure. Stay classy, Daily Mail.

      1. Do you know how hard it is to find a picture of Clinton without prostitutes? Cut them some slack.

  4. France has quietly scrapped its crazy bonkers 75 percent income tax on the rich.

    Sacrebleu! How are they going to pay for that tax cut?

    1. That headline is DEAD WRONG. It should say:

      France has quietly scrapped its crazy bonkers 75 percent income tax on increased subsidies for the rich.

      1. Are the leftists predicting economic collapse yet?

        1. Are the leftists predicting economic collapse yet?

          The 2% drop in the Dow today explained.

      2. Cost! Giveaways for the rich!

    2. They didn’t really “scrap” it.

      They let it sunset on schedule without renewing it.

      So, they did nothing. Which got them the right result, but not due to anyone on France actually taking a stand that the tax was stupid.

  5. France has quietly scrapped its crazy bonkers 75 percent income tax on the rich.

    Tax cuts for the rich in France of all places? Krugnuts might go into a depressive funk for months.

    1. Calling it a cut assumes that anyone ever actually paid that rate.

      1. The linked article does say the tax raised nowhere near as much money as predicted and only made up 0.5% of taxes paid? which implies that at least one person paid it.

        1. Correction: 0.5% of the deficit? which would be much, much less than 0.5% of the taxes paid:

          The tax raised only ?420 million ($505.8 million) in 2013 and 2014 combined, less than 0.5% of France’s budget deficit.

        2. OK, someone paid some at that rate, but probably on nowhere close to their full income. It is always funny when people believe that having a 70% or 90% tax rate actually means that any significant portion of top earners are paying that much.

  6. Same-sex marriages in Florida have begun today in Miami-Dade County.

    I knew that Miami and Dade were both male.

    1. Will SoCons now call for renaming Miami-Dade to Sodom-Gomorrah?

      1. How do you pronounce Sodom with a Cuban accent?

        1. Damn it. Now I want picadillo. There were two Cuban places near me. One is closed and I only go to the other one when I’m dumping someone.

          1. other one when I’m dumping someone.

            Do you meaning breaking up or selling as meat substitute for the chorizo?

            1. You say that like they’re separate things…

              1. Great Jesse, now I’m turned on AND want chorizo. Thanks a lot!

                1. now I’m turned on AND want chorizo.

                  You say that like they’re separate things…

                  1. You say that like they’re separate things…

                    What you did there. I see it.

                  2. WE DON’T WANT YOUR PECCADILLOS!

          2. You want an awkward social situation?

            1. The guy I was dating moved away a few weeks ago. I don’t have anyone to dump and I refuse to go there without breaking someone’s heart.

          3. Lechon Asado or GTFO.

    2. Anita Bryant must be crying a river.

      1. That’ll make the pie too salty!

  7. The National Fraternal Order of Police wants the federal hate crime law expanded to include crimes against police officers.

    Aren’t there already stiffer penalties for crimes against cops?

    1. Those penalties aren’t stiff enough.

    2. That’s what I was talking about upthread. I believe the answer is generally yes, at least for violence committed against cops.

    3. There’s a rigor mortis joke in there somewhere.

      1. probably a boner joke too. I just can’t quite get a hold of it.

    4. The bill needs a snappy acronym.

      Criminal
      Inconvenience or
      Assault of an
      LEO
      Improved
      Sentencing

      Something like that.

  8. But what about income inequality! France has quietly scrapped its crazy bonkers 75 percent income tax on the rich. It failed to raise as much revenue as they thought it would and drove rich people out of the country, because one of the great things about being rich is that you can go elsewhere.

    I had it on good authority that the Laffer Curve was nonsense. A Nobel Prize winner told me so.

    1. “I had it on good authority that the Laffer Curve was nonsense. A Nobel Prize winner told me so.”

      LOL. You’re probably referring to Krugman. And he was clearly wrong. There are more than a few studies that indicate the Laffer curve is real, though most indicate it only reaches 0 net taxes in the 60-70% tax rate range. The French tax rate was obviously on the negative side of the curve.

      1. One of your detectors seems to be broken.

  9. Let’s say you tried to put on a belt – a belt that you purchased when you were already fat – and it was too small. And you were scheduled to go skiing in a month.

    What kind of crash course diet/exercise plan would you engage in that would get you to a so-so level of fitness in a month? Something that could be modified for more gradual weight loss and fitness once the ski trip was over?

    1. I should add that I ski groomers and cruisers in a jaunty, yet sedate manner. No bumps or powder bowl runs for me. Hence, the need for only a so-so fitness level.

    2. Buy a new belt. Or if the real issue is your ski gear won’t fit buy new.

      Crash diet courses generally don’t stick and are often unhealthy. Cut out or way down on the carbs. Eat more fruits and veggies. Smaller portions. And exercise. Take the steps at work for 1-2 floor trips. Walk at lunch. Walk.

      1. And good luck, hon. It’s not easy.

      2. I plan on using “veggies and protein” as my mantra, but I need to crash on this for a month. Then I can ease up and settle into something sustainable. I have been terribly lax with my fitness and diet since my mom died, and now I’m reaping what I have sown – back pain, breathlessness after short periods of movement, etc. No bueno for a gal in her 40’s with a family history of heart problems.

        1. Don’t be afraid to eat fat while you’re doing this. You need something to signal your body that you’re not starving. Heavy cream and olive oil are your friends, to a point.

          1. Keep tree nuts around for snacks.

            1. And pork rinds!

        2. Yeah, don’t overdo the exercise given that. Many micro workouts. Consult your doctor.

          1. I wouldn’t work-out at all. I’d diet and lose a few then attempt some moderate exercise.

        3. WTF is a ski belt for?

          How about suspenders?

        4. Do Akins or similar low-carb. You can drop 15 lbs in a month on a keto diet.

          Get your carbs to less than 20 grams per day and don’t count calories – remember to eat plenty of saturated fat.

          Here’s a good link:

          https://www.dietdoctor.com/lchf

        5. I lost 15 pounds in 3 weeks doing Weight Watchers. Quit drinking. Ran 3x a week and lifted 2 (low weight/high reps).

        6. Here’s my theory (which worked for me):

          Most people eat too often and too fast.

          Not that many people really need/want 3 meals a day. They eat 3 meals a day out of habit. Mrs. Dean does 2 meals a day, I do 3.

          More important:

          Slow the hell down. It takes your brain around 20 minutes to get the message that you’re eating. Take at least 20 minutes to eat a meal, or you will feel snacky soon after. Eat slow, savor it, and you won’t eat as much because you’ll actually feel full on less volume, and you won’t snack.

          Do that, keep the sugar and carbs down (some), and you should get to a sustainable, “natural” weight for you, without giving up too many foods that you like.

      3. Exercise to get ready for skiing and you will cut down on your injury risk as well. Yoga and running and swimming.

        1. Doesn’t sound like running is an option for her, but swimming and yoga for sure!

          1. ah, oops. Yeah, yoga is great for back pain.

            1. And also makes other workouts easier by improving mobility.

          2. Cycling could be another good option. Low impact, good for the knees. Swimming is more total body though. Pilates is surprisingly good for core strength and stamina, but you don’t really notice weight loss right away.

        2. Yeah, I’m terrified of fucking up my knees. There are two absolute, unadultered joys I have in my life – fishing and skiing. If I had to give up skiing, I’d freak right the fuck out.

      4. Agreed with Tonio. This food guide is useful — very similar to Atkins and other carb-restriction diets which would certainly help you shed at least a few pounds in a month. And walk a lot to get some cardio fitness.

    3. Meth?

        1. Coca-meth. It’s my own formula K and it’s barely addictive. Barely.

          1. They cancel each other out?

            1. Ssh! She’s about to try it and then I’ve got her forever. Ah ha ha ha ha!

    4. Do not eat any carbs for one month. None whatsoever at all. Eat normally on your trip and then do some more sane diet plan when you get back.

      1. Thanks Warty. It sucks that I just one a bunch of chocolate raspberry cookies in a drawing today! I guess my colleagues will enjoy them.

        1. Eat the cookies, go carbless tomorrow.

        2. You’ll feel horrible for a week or two. It’ll pass. Enjoy.

          Avoid the temptation to do the normal chick thing and spend hours on an elliptical. Do some bike sprints or something equivalent if you must.

        3. Invest in a side of pork. Eat it.

          1. I hear pure, Florida python is an excellent lean source of protein. Might you know a vendor?

            1. Indeed I would. The other other white meat.

        4. Your freezer might enjoy them…

        5. U coming to Colorado?
          I am going to be going to Copper all month.

          1. Utah this year (PCMR). I’m pushing for Beaver Creek or Breckenridge next year. Someone commenting on SKI Magazine’s annual resort reviews said Breck was a “sausage fest”. Me likey.

    5. You could start exercise racing at your local fitness container.

    6. Try the 17-day Diet. It has different phases, including a maintenance phase. Mostly it just cuts out all sugar and carbs.

    7. start walking.

      stop drinking beer.

      1. The first is good, the second silly.

    8. I’ve heard about this level 4 Vegan diet where you don’t eat anything that contains or contained DNA. So, basically sand and distilled water.

      1. Plus salt and bentonite…

    9. Go to Planet Fitness and you won’t have to worry about working out.

      1. Ouch. Planet F. is the only 24-hour gym near me that’s not, like, $800 a year. I know the machines kinda suck, but, I swear I go more ‘cuz I feel like I’m stealing.

        Also, if it’s such a crappy gym, how come in the noon hours there are so many bodybuilding types?

    10. Move more, eat less.

      Cook at home. Corporations cook very differently than people do at home. Just changing the quality ingredients and how they are prepared goes a long way. If you eat out for lunch or something on a regular basis, cut it out and try eating something from home.

    11. Squats.

  10. Grand Juror sues prosecutor over handling of the Darren Wilson prosecution in the murder of Michael Brown.

    This should be interesting.

    1. Wait, that’s a thing? They can do that?

      1. That was my reaction too.

      2. Apparently so. But I didn’t read the details fully yet. Possibly the court could toss the suit for lack of standing.

        1. I’d have thought the prosecutor would be immune to such suits.

      3. Yeah, apparently the US has “secret” courts now.

        Won’t be long now, before they start rounding up Jews.

        1. They have for some time, Cisco. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Court.

          But, Grand Jury proceedings have always been secret. Remember the grand jury doesn’t hand down a verdict, it only returns an indictment (or not, lol). The important thing is that the actual trial where guilt and innocence is decided is heard in open* court.

          (*)Some restrictions apply, ie national security cases but they try to keep those open by only clearing the courtroom for the classified parts.

          1. I’m aware of FISA. But that’s for actual classified data.

            I had no idea that GJ proceedings were secret, until today. Am I the only one who finds this appalling?

            The important thing is that the actual trial where guilt and innocence is decided is heard in open* court.

            Unless, of course, it doesn’t make it to trial because the GJ and the Cops are sucking each other’s dicks.

            What on earth is the “reason” for this secrecy?

            1. You know, I want to say that they’ve been secret all along. It might be related to protecting the jurors or something along those lines, though I can’t recall and don’t have time to look it up.

    2. I hope that juror moved their dog out of the house. I would totally see a “confidential informant” suddenly claiming they bought 50 tons of oxyCrackWeed from a heavily armed government hating wacko.

  11. Police in San Francisco shot and killed a man who they say pulled a BB or pellet gun on them outside a police station.

    He almost put their eye out.

  12. Police later learned that the man had an air gun, or a replica gun

    “That does it. Why does anyone *need* an air gun, or a replica gun?”

    1. The police were exercising responsible gun ownership.

      1. My 12-year-old son has some airsoft guns, and they are startlingly realistic from a few paces away — especially if you cut off the orange tip, as many people do.

        They’re fine if you want to play in the woods or backyards with your friends.

        Why in the world would you pull one on cops in a police-only parking lot? It sounds like suicide-by-cop to me.

        I can’t fault cops in a situation where someone pulls out what looks like a real weapon at a distance and points it at them.

        1. That was my thought too. It’s not completely unreasonable on the cops’ part.

          However, it is pretty depressing how reliable suicide by cop is.

  13. Same-sex marriages in Florida have begun today in Miami-Dade County.

    Anita Bryant haz a sad.

    I, for one, will have a screwdriver when I get home…in her honor of course.

    1. Made with Florida or foreign juice?

      1. I don’t know. Whatever is in my fridge.

        The Simply Orange Juice Company is an Apopka, Florida-based company that was founded in 2001 and is a brand of The Coca-Cola Company.[1] It makes a number of not-from-concentrate orange and other fruit juices that are sold chilled in a distinctly shaped plastic bottle.

        The company is a major purchaser of Florida oranges for its orange juice, and also imports orange juice from Brazil. The Simply Orange product uses computer-modeled blending of orange juice sources to present a taste to the consumer intended to be uniform year-round.[2]

        So yes…to both.

        1. They make the best fucking lemonade and limeade.

          1. Ah, at last Limon is explained.

              1. Q: What does 7-Up have in common with a nun?

                A: Never had it, never will.

              2. I remember that commercial from when I was a kid; until I saw this right now I never realized the “uncola nuts” in the commerical were a lemon and a lime. We must not have had color tv at that point.

                The guy doing this commercial was also the voodoo priest in an old James Bond movie, IIRC “Live and Let Die.”

                1. The Baron whats-his-name?

                  That might be my favorite Bond film. It has Guns and Roses, Sargent JW Pepper, Roger Moore in Harlem, Jane Seymour as the Bond girl, and a guy with hook for a hand.

                  It’s hard to top that.

                  1. Baron Samedi. Crisp and clean, no caffeine. Never had it, never will.

                  2. No way – “From Russia, With Love”; the major plot point is (SPOILERS) – they have a sex tape of Bond they need to recover or he’ll be ruined. The fake British agent is exposed because he orders red wine with fish. Hilariously quaint.

                    1. My favorite is Goldfinger. Then Live and Let Die. And, of course, the best Bond was in the first of the foregoing.

                    2. Yeah, the historically quaint plot of “FR,WL” aside, “Goldfinger” is my favorite of the “pre-modern” era.

                      – Do you expect me to talk?
                      – No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!

          2. My go-to for Margaritas.

        2. I heard They import about 90% of the juice from South America into Tampa by ship. Then mix it with the legal bare minimum of Florida orange juice in order to label it such.

          1. I’ll be in one of the few areas of CA that still grows oranges (read: hasn’t been paved for Disneyland) in a few weeks. Maybe I’ll drink local.

            1. What? California oranges are for heretics.

              1. You know who else wanted to juice heretics?

              2. California oranges are for heretics.

                The transgression makes them more a-peel-ing.

                1. I always figured you for a tart response

      2. A day without vodka is like a day without sunshine.

  14. In 10 years, your job probably won’t exist. Here’s how to make sure you’re still employable.

    To position yourself favorably for the jobs of the future, become someone who can look at problems in unorthodox ways, seeing different angles and finding workable solutions.

    Alrighty then.

    1. OK, assuming that in 10 years there will be massive amounts of unemployed, obviously the time to start being a community organizer is now, so you can lead the hordes, or get into security so you can defend the employed from the hordes and their evil organizers.

      1. the time to start being a community organizer is now

        Set yourself up to be President?

        1. Aside from the law degree and the photogenic family, I believe I am just as qualified to be President as the current Community Organizer in Chief.

          1. Aside from the law degree and the photogenic family

            I see no evidence of either of those things.

            1. Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.

    2. Bullshit. For the past 1000 years, people have rode horses or ridden in horse drawn carriages and therefore needed bridles and buggy whips. This job has lasted 1000 years? what’s to stop it from lasting 1000 more?

    3. “Here’s how to make sure you’re still employable.”
      Become a freelance writer who specializes in goofy, useless career articles.
      Or maybe that market is already saturated.

      1. You need credentials, though.

    4. I recall seeing this exact article 10 years ago, and I anticipate seeing this exact article 10 years hence.

  15. Anti Police protesters attack hipsters at brunch.

    http://dailycaller.com/2015/01…..something/

    1. #HipsterLivesMatter

    2. Take a gander at kat yang-stevens twitter feed…

      kat yang-stevens @greencircleas ? 5h 5 hours ago
      Pathetic how invested white supremacists are in creating an entire false reality around themselves to protect them from their own GUILT.

      1. That thing is vile

    3. Anti Police capitalist protesters attack hipsters at brunch.

      FTFY

  16. Fairburn GA woman files federal lawsuit for 2013 arrest.

    A 76-year-old woman is suing Fairburn after she says she was wrongly arrested on charges of making terroristic threats. In July 2013, Nell Smith says she called the Fairburn Police Department to report loud music. According to a police report, a neighbor was issued a citation regarding the loud music. Later that night, Smith called police again, after someone threw a rock near her bedroom window. According to the report, the officer wrote that Smith told him, “I am going to kill him (her neighbor) and you can put that in your report.”
    Smith says she never said that. “I have never been so mad that I would say I would kill somebody– never,” Smith said.
    The following day, Smith was arrested on charges of making terroristic threats. “They took me down to Fulton County jail which was the most horrible place, I’ve ever been to in my life,” Smith said.
    The charges were dismissed and now Smith is filing a federal lawsuit.
    In the lawsuit, she claims police made a false and retaliatory arrest. Smith said she attends nearly every city council meeting and says she has recently been critical of the way the police chief spends taxpayer money.

  17. This is the best thing you’ll read today. I haven’t read them, but I imagine the comments are spectacular as well.

    1. “It’s equivalent to taxing the sick,” Professor Green said. “I don’t think there’s any government in the world that would tax the sick.”

      I’m pretty sure every government does. Try including a doctor’s note with your 1040 (“Please excuse Mr. Riley from paying taxes, he just isn’t feeling up to it today.”) – I don’t think it will affect your return.

  18. BREAKING NEWS! NEW ACADEMIC FIELD OPENS UP FOR LIBERTARIAN PHILOSOPHERS.

    As part of the show “The Darknet: From Memes to Onionland,” these groups programmed the Random Darknet Shopper to spend $100 worth of Bitcoins per week on whatever it could find on the deep web, home of purported hit men to be hired or very real drug transactions on Silk Road. In this case, the bots found drugs and passports and bought them, meaning that a computer program has now officially broken the law.

    According to Fusion, if this were to happen in the United States, then the wordings of various laws could make the program culpable.

    http://www.popularmechanics.co…..=pm_latest

      1. If you can charge money and cars with a crime why not?

        1. If the program self-evolves can you charge a new evolution of the program with the crimes of a previous evolution?

          1. “If the MD5 hash does not match, you must acquit!”

            1. Slow clap.

      2. Subject to immediate deresolution.

        1. End of line.

  19. Some children are not taught by experts. The NYT is appalled.

    PJTramdack New Castle, PA 7 hours ago
    I am sure there are substantive reasons why some kids will benefit from a home school environment. Unfortunately for most, however, I suspect these will be children from affluent families with resources to provide extraordinary experiences and the educational attainment to understand what constitutes a serious educational program. The ones hurt will be those kept home so their minds will not be polluted by history lessons that reveal the dark sides of the American experience; that discuss uncomfortable scientific truths; that challenge students with ethical training that requires actual reasoning rather than mere faith.

    1. If I need to have a new circuit installed in the kitchen, what do I do? I call the electrician. If I need to replace the brakes on my car, I take the car to the shop. If I have a fever, I go see the doc. If I want to rebalance my investment portfolio, I talk to the adviser. Why on earth would I think that I, somehow, have the subject knowledge to conduct competently my children’s education? I didn’t; they attended a first class school district in Central Jersey and went on to elite universities and careers in their major fields of study. Would they be more successful had I taken their education in hand personally? I think not. Might there have been mitigating circumstances where they could have benefitted from home schooling? Possibly, but I am glad my children attended public school and received the excellent education they did.

      New Castle is a fucking dead milltown shithole. If he thinks his spawn got a decent education at a public school there, it’s because he has no idea what an education is.

      1. Or they got an education in spite of the schools. I think that is probably what happens for most people.

        How much projection in there? “I can’t do anything useful, so I assume that no one else can either”.

        1. Fuck, I missed the part where he says they lived in Jersey. Well, I have no experience with Jersey public schools, but I highly doubt they’re much better than shitty small town PA schools.

      2. Umm…all the things they hired an expert for I’ve done myself, so….

        1. Yeah, I was thinking the same. She’s too stupid to do anything without an “expert” so everyone else must be too.

      3. I spend a fair amount of time in New Castle (there are a surprising number of good restaurants there) but it is an absolute depressing shithole. I have a few friends who are social workers there and the sheer dysfunction of the school system and a significant number of families there have me convinced that the average denizen of the place would have no idea of what a normal life or education would be.

        1. New Castle is a poor man’s Butler.

            1. I checked wikipedia to see if New Castle still has any real economy. It seems not to, but I did learn that the Zambelli fireworks family is from there. I planted a bunch of trees at their mansion one summer I worked at the landscaping place. It was not anywhere near New Castle.

      4. I’ll always remember the wise words my father spoke to me, “Son, never waste your money on a plumber.” He felt the same way about mechanics, electricians, investment advisors, doctors and public school teachers. He was a big fan of craftsman tools, though.

        1. They’re guaranteed for life. What more could you want man!?

        2. I hire all of those people. Right after I try it myself, fuck it up, and need them to clean up my mess.

          Except for investment advisors. They can suck my balls.

        3. Ricardo’s Law of Comparative Advantage.

          1. Which somehow fails for el-ed.

    2. Oh my God poor people might be educating their kids. Children might grow up thinking America isn’t racist and without any white self loathing.

      Why do you hate children Warty?

      1. Check out the people they use as examples. One is a lower middle class redneck and one is a grad student who had to take some remedial math because her parents were religious fanatics and didn’t believe in calculus or something.

        1. Well, infinitesimals are an abomination, but there are ways around that problem.

        2. How many snowflakes on the upper east side can’t do long division and think FDR freed the slaves?

          1. But the important thing is they know how great Democrats are.

        3. If only her parents were simply negligent unemployed deadbeats, like most students who must take remedial math.

    3. The ones hurt will be those kept home so their minds will not be polluted by history lessons that reveal the dark sides of the American experience; that discuss uncomfortable scientific truths; that challenge students with ethical training that requires actual reasoning rather than mere faith.

      Indeed, the ones that are not taught to QUESTION AUTHORITY.

    4. “Uncomfortable scientific truths”, eh? You mean like the ‘scientific truths’ represented in this chart from 2000 on?

    5. PJTramdack must not have read Lies My Teacher Told Me which pointed out that many of these “dark sides of the American experience” are whitewashed, ignored, and rewritten in approved American history textbooks.

    6. that challenge students with ethical training that requires actual reasoning rather than mere faith.

      Fascinating: I send my kids to one of the better public school systems in MA, one that was attended by Japanese Royalty even, and I haven’t come across any training like this. In fact, they are very heavily indoctrinated to the green religion, to the point where my daughter is convinced that several superstitions are fact eg the ocean being choked with garbage.

      1. I went to an IB program in Alabama. IB requires graduates to take two years of Theory of Knowledge – basically epistemology. I did standard level philosophy my junior year as well.

        If a student actually understands the material, I can think of only a few things that you could do better to prepare someone not to be fooled by “educated” people.

        Although, now that I think about it, there were several people who doubled done and became some pretty hard core liberals.

        And it helps that I did electrical engineering in college and focused on signal processing and started diving into information theory, which I would say is the quantitative side of epistemology.

        1. information theory, which I would say is the quantitative side of epistemology.

          huh. never thought of it that way. I like that classification.

  20. I find myself listening to Blind Guardian for some reason. Enjoy some cheese.

  21. http://www.livescience.com/489…..gerie.html

    Rats love their victoria secret too.

    1. Zunino and his colleagues also wanted to know how the jacket experience affected activity in the rats’ brains. Right after the male rats mated with the jacketed females, the researchers sacrificed the animals and injected a dye into their brains that shows the activity of a gene called c-fos, which is a measure of neural activation. Specifically, they looked at c-fos activity in the pleasure centers of the rats’ brains, including regions called the ventral tegmental area and the nucleus accumbens.

      If you gotta die, die happy, I guess.

    2. “In addition, the males made more mounting attempts and ejaculated more quickly with the jacketed females.”

      So the female rates hated the jackets.

      1. Rat Rape Culture.

    3. The jackets may give them a better grip. Lets ask Nick.

  22. Thomas Friedman is so hard right now.

    Venus De Milo, Scarlett Johannson Get Cropped After Chinese Cleavage Ban

    China’s online community has a new meme: The chaste, and unexplainable, close-up.

    “The Empress of China,” a popular Chinese costume drama, returned to television late last week just days after its abrupt disappearance. Rumors had swirled about why it was yanked from the air, and the edited shows that reappeared appeared to confirm them: Images of the actresses had been tightened to eliminate their low-cut necklines.

    The anti-cleavage campaign marks the latest step in China’s tightening hold on the media. It has put limits on dating and talent shows and will more closely scrutinize foreign shows streamed online. The push… comes as Beijing calls for more positive and moral content.

    Maoists in China, Given New Life, Attack Dissent

    China’s Maoist ideologues are resurgent after languishing in the political desert, buoyed by President Xi Jinping’s traditionalist tilt and emboldened by internal party decrees that have declared open season on Chinese academics, artists and party cadres seen as insufficiently red.

        1. I’m aware, although AFAIK it has wiggle room, and it’s not as though the CCP actually cares about the rule of law anyway (especially considering the nontrivial chance of war with the US).

          1. It’s all just about the ol’ mianzi.

            1. I’ve decided not to try to understand face. Maybe some other time.

    1. This just goes to show you that China is not Communist ? no true Communist would enforce these patriarchal bourgeois ideas of morality on independent womyn.

      /true Leftist

    2. There is just something about Scarlett Johannson.

  23. OT, but delicious (and as yet unsubstantiated):

    Bill Clinton was buds with convicted pedophile, visited his private island several times (where orgies with underage chicks were organized). Still pals with other people implicated in the pedophile ring.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/new…..times.html

    Who believes for one instant that Bill Clinton went to a private island where kinky sex was on the menu, and didn’t order some room service.

    Allegedly!

    1. Even more hilarious is the Daily Mail’s pant-shitting over CopBlock.

    2. I have seen that story before. Interesting that earlier today a CNN article mentioned rumors about Prince Andrew in relationship to this but failed to mention their boy Willie.

    3. The oddest thing about that article and the Daily Mail is the 2000 people ‘upvoted’ a retort comment that simply said, “Oh really?”

  24. The National Fraternal Order of Police wants the federal hate crime law expanded to include crimes against police officers.

    Just as soon as a cop gets the electric chair for the unjustified killing of a civilian.

    1. Never connect to a network.

      1. AlmightyJB is commenting from a keyboard, mouse, and monitor hooked up to Reason’s server.

        1. I actually call Nick from a payphone and have him post comments for me. Never stay on more than 29 seconds.

          1. Who reads the comments to you? Do different writers read different commenters? Or is it the same writer, using different voices?

            1. Ticker tape

  25. Where is Austira?

    1. It’s next to Neu Zeilund

      1. Ah. Those are bars right? Cause that’s how I like my directions given.

    2. In Paul Krugman’s worst nightmares

  26. I have been terribly lax with my fitness and diet since my mom died, and now I’m reaping what I have sown – back pain, breathlessness after short periods of movement, etc.

    My advice- climb stairs. Lots of them, at a pace which doesn’t make you too winded to talk. As you get better, and you will, double up (two at a time). My uncle, a billion years ago when he worked in D C, would run the stairs in the Washington Monument as one of his conditioning workouts. He said a lot of people did it back then.

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