Saturday, March 7, 2020

Hossein Sheikholeslam, leader of the 444-day Iran hostage crisis, has died of coronavirus

The West Is One Real Crisis Away From a Skynet-Style Surrender of Privacy

In a 2015 video, Microsoft's Joseph Sirosh described the advantages of wiring up a herd of cows to the cloud application via a motion sensor. One of the farmer's problems is determining when a cow is in estrous so it can be artificially inseminated during the short period it is fertile. Motion sensors can pick up the abnormal restlessness of cows in heat with 95% accuracy, leading to immense benefits for the Japanese farmers who implemented the system of connected cows.

The Chinese Communist Party used the same system to inform and guide its quarantine during the recent Covid-19 outbreak: "China used locational and other data from hundreds of millions of smartphones to contain the spread of Covid-19, according to Chinese sources familiar with the program."

In addition to draconian quarantine procedures, which kept more than 150 million Chinese in place at the February peak of the coronavirus epidemic, China used sophisticated computational methods on a scale never attempted in the West....

As the outbreak spreads in the West, some will demand the creation of an equivalent system -- in the interests of public health, of course. It is here where the absence of public policy treating private data as property and speech will be most felt. Google is already able to provide exactly the same information the Chinese Communist Party uses pursuant to a request from law enforcement.
The new orders, sometimes called “geofence” warrants, specify an area and a time period, and Google gathers information from Sensorvault about the devices that were there. It labels them with anonymous ID numbers, and detectives look at locations and movement patterns to see if any appear relevant to the crime. Once they narrow the field to a few devices they think belong to suspects or witnesses, Google reveals the users’ names and other information. ...
Google 'Connected Cows'

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Ballots are still being counted but as of right now, a substantial majority of Californians are rejecting the "Prop. 13" school bond. Have taxpayers finally had enough?

California voters appear to have rejected the first statewide school bond measure since 1994.

“Voters will approve this bond because voters historically approve school bonds,” said Gov. Gavin Newsom last year upon signing legislation to place the measure on the ballot.

As of this writing Proposition 13 on the March 3 ballot received just 44.6 percent of votes in favor, with 55.4 percent opposed.

The $15 billion school bond, pitched to voters as necessary to ensure school facilities are up to standard for safety reasons, was loaded with various provisions of legitimate concern to taxpayers.

One is that the measure, like other bonds, entails massive waste of public resources. The total cost of the $15 billion isn’t $15 billion, but $27 billion when interest costs of the bond are factored in.

But the other problem is that the measure sought to raise bond debt limits for school districts, allowing them to propose bigger bond measures in the future.

These local measures would come at the cost to local property owners; the raised debt limits would incentivize local districts to propose bigger bond measures.


The NRA stands with Roosevelt Twyne

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One woman left, but the Democrats don't even acknowledge her, for all their cries of wanting a 'woman President'

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๐Ÿ”ถJoe Biden and Bernie Sanders’s Commitment to Diversity Tested๐Ÿ”ท Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) asked fellow presidential candidates Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Friday to help her get on the Arizona debate stage. Gabbard’s request comes after the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) updated qualifications barred her from participating in the upcoming event in Phoenix. “To keep me off the stage, the DNC again arbitrarily changed the debate qualifications,” Gabbard wrote in a subsequent tweet. “Previously they changed the qualifications in the OPPOSITE direction so Bloomberg could debate. I ask that you stand w/ me against the DNC’s transparent effort to exclude me from the debates,” she stated.

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They started their pot business in rugged Humboldt County when it was the thriving epicenter of marijuana cultivation....

...the couple bid goodbye to the weed-friendly West and moved somewhere that might seem like the last place they would end up — Oklahoma.

They’re part of a green rush into the Bible Belt that no one anticipated when Oklahoma voters approved medical marijuana less than two years ago. Since then, a combination of factors — including a remarkably open-ended law and a red state’s aversion to government regulation — have created such ideal conditions for the cannabis industry that entrepreneurs are pouring in from states where legal weed has been established for years.

Though 11 states have fully legalized marijuana for recreational use, Oklahoma’s medical law is the closest thing to it: Anyone with any ailment, real or imagined, who can get a doctor’s approval can get a license to buy. It’s not hard to do. Already, nearly 6% of the state’s 4 million residents have obtained their prescription cards. And people who want to sell pot can do it as easily as opening a taco stand.

“Oklahoma is really allowing for normal people to get into the cannabis industry, as opposed to other places where you need $20 million up front,” said Jessica Baker....

h/t: John Chiv

Now you know how liberals calculate the cost of Medicare for all, free college, etc...

U.S. hiring topped expectations in February

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๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ The great American jobs creation machine is firing on all cylinders, with February’s jobs figures showing far more strength than expected and both January and December being raised higher than previously reported. The U.S. economy added 273,000 jobs in February and the unemployment rate ticked down to 3.5 percent, the government said Friday. Economists had forecast 175,000 nonfarm payroll growth and the unemployment rate to tick down slightly to 3.5 percent from 3.6 percent the prior month. Average hourly earnings were up by 3 percent compared with a year ago. The average workweek climbed a bit to 34.4 hours. December’s estimate of payroll growth was revised upward by 37,000 to 184,000. January’s number was revised up by 48,000 to 273,000. That adds a total of 85,000 more jobs than had previously been reported putting the three-month moving average at 243,000 jobs The labor market has been a bright spot for the American economy in recent months, with unemployment at or near 50-year lows and the economy continuing to add hundreds of thousands of jobs month after month. The strength of the labor market has boosted consumer sentiment and consumer spending, keeping the pace of economic growth stronger than in many of the other major economies around the world. The coronavirus is widely expected to slow economic growth this year, although the impact may be short-lived if the outbreak is contained or fizzles out after a few months. The Labor Department said there was no sign that the outbreak had hurt employment in February. The strength of the labor market, however, may bolster the economy’s ability to withstand the pressure.

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Is it possible?

Suddenly the firm at the center of this fraud, Crowdstrike, is taking a step back

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The gauntlet has been thrown down

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