TODAY: Feds crack down on ‘shoot a drone’ gatherings

A new twist on skeet shooting –  using drones for target practice – has authorities turning up at some firing ranges to stop the practice. The Feds say the gatherings are illegal. NBC’s Kerry Sanders reports.

via TODAY: Feds crack down on ‘shoot a drone’ gatherings.

The FBI Is Dead Wrong: Apple’s Encryption Is Clearly in the Public Interest | WIRED

The Edward Snowden revelations of massive secret government surveillance and the string of data breaches at large U.S. companies have increased awareness among the American people about the need to protect the privacy of their electronic data. While public pressure has so far had no affect on U.S. law, it has prompted many technology companies to increase the security of their products, most notably Apple’s encryption systems on its new iPhone 6. This change significantly improves the protection of personal data that is stored on the device, but it also places a narrow set of information beyond the reach of anyone, including the government, and makes other communications information slightly more difficult to access.

Apple’s new encryption has prompted a breathtaking and erroneous scare campaign led by Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. In a speech at the Brookings Institute this week, Comey went so far as to claim that Apple’s new system risks creating an environment in which the United States is “no longer a country governed by the rule of law.”

This is absurd.

MORE  –  –  – The FBI Is Dead Wrong: Apple’s Encryption Is Clearly in the Public Interest | WIRED.

▶ War on Warming: U.S. Defense Secy Declares DEFCON 1 on Climate Change – YouTube

▶ War on Warming: U.S. Defense Secy Declares DEFCON 1 on Climate Change – YouTube.

▶ Andrew Klavan: Helping the Pro-Obama Media Learn From the Past – YouTube

▶ Andrew Klavan: Helping the Pro-Obama Media Learn From the Past – YouTube.

The absurd claim that only Republicans are to blame for cuts to Ebola research – The Washington Post

There’s no doubt that spending has been cut, or at least failed to keep pace with inflation, but the fingerprints of both parties are on the knives. This blame game earns Four Pinocchios.

READ MORE – – – The absurd claim that only Republicans are to blame for cuts to Ebola research – The Washington Post.

Sharyl Attkisson: Experts say Ebola may be transmittable by air

Originally posted on Twitchy:

Two Texas-based nurses contracted the Ebola virus from “patient zero” Thomas Eric Duncan, and more Ebola cases may be in the pipeline. As if that weren’t worrying enough, independent journalist Sharyl Attkisson is citing sources saying that CDC may be disseminating incorrect information about how Ebola is spread.

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Russian hackers target NATO, Ukraine and others: iSight | Reuters

Russian hackers target NATO, Ukraine and others: iSight | Reuters

(Reuters) – Russian hackers exploited a bug in Microsoft Windows and other software to spy on computers used by NATO, the European Union, Ukraine and companies in the energy and telecommunications sectors, according to cyber intelligence firm iSight Partners.

ISight said it did not know what data had been found by the hackers, though it suspected they were seeking information on the Ukraine crisis, as well as diplomatic, energy and telecom issues, based on the targets and the contents of phishing emails used to infect computers with tainted files.

The five-year cyber espionage campaign is still going on, according to iSight, which dubbed the operation “Sandworm Team” because it found references to the “Dune” science fiction series in the software code used by the hackers.

MORE:  Russian hackers target NATO, Ukraine and others: iSight | Reuters.

Wisconsin: County Board of Health Declares Shirley Wind Farm a Health Hazard!!!

Originally posted on Quixotes Last Stand:

Edgar County Watchdog — October 14, 2014


Tonight, October 14, 2014, the Brown County Board of Health voted to declare the Shirley Wind [Farm] a Human Health Hazard. The decision was based on a report of a year-long study conducted by the Enz family with some help from an Illinois resident to document infrasound in homes within a radius of 6 miles of the Shirley Wind turbines.

The vote to declare it a Human Health Hazard puts Duke Energy’s Shirley Wind utility on the defensive to prove to the Board they are not the cause of the health complaints documented in the study and could result in a shut down order.

It is time for Illinois county health departments to start receiving complaints lodged based on wind turbines since a Wisconsin health department declared wind turbines as a health hazard and caused so many problems…

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NY Times: Troops DID find chemical weapons in Iraq, Pentagon kept it secret – BizPac Review

For all the abuse President George W. Bush took for not finding weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, it turns out there were plenty of chemical weapons uncovered.

According to The New York Times, U.S. forces found “roughly 5,000 chemical warheads, shells or aviation bombs” in Iraq between 2004 and 2011, but the Pentagon withheld the information from the public.

Many of the munitions were from as far back as the 1980s when the Iran-Iraq war was in full swing, which did not support the rationale that Saddam Hussein had an active weapons of mass destruction program, The Times reported.

Even more disconcerting, The Times said that many of these weapons were “designed in the United States, manufactured in Europe and filled in chemical agent production lines built in Iraq by Western companies.”

In addition, 17 U.S. troops and seven Iraqi police officers were wounded by exposure to nerve or mustard agents while handling and/or destroying these weapons.

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Nine Ebola tweets that the CDC probably wishes it could take back

Originally posted on Twitchy:

“[W]e will stop it in its tracks.”

That tweet, from CDC director Thomas Frieden, way posted waaaay back on October 1st. Things look rather different now that Ebola has spread to two health care workers who treated “patient zero” Thomas Duncan.

Here are eight more Ebola tweets that Frieden and the CDC probably regret:

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Sick ad tells blacks to vote or be forced to wear bullet-proof vests – BizPac Review

In a far-reaching effort to turn out the vote, Dream Defenders released an ad that tells the African-American community they have a choice to either vote or be forced to wear bullet-proof vests.

Not to protect them from criminals, but from the police or “a vigilante.”

A charge that ignores the reality that young black males are at a far greater risk of being shot by other black males, according to statistics.

“Did you study?” an African-American mother asks her son in the somber ad. “You know, baby, I’m going to need you to wear that vest today.”

KEEP READING – – – Sick ad tells blacks to vote or be forced to wear bullet-proof vests – BizPac Review.

Embarrassing, guys! Media covers for Michelle Obama’s flub – she meant to do it – BizPac Review

Days after Michelle Obama embarrassed herself and her party by getting a Democratic Senate candidate’s name wrong while she was supposed to be campaigning for him in Iowa, the mainstream media’s efforts to cover for the first lady are getting embarrassing.

For those who missed it, Obama was in Iowa on Friday to stump for Democrat Bruce Braley in his tight fight with Republican Joni Ernst to represent Iowa in the U.S. Senate. Unfortunately for the Braley campaign, Obama got his name wrong. Over and over, she implored listeners to vote for someone named “Bailey” instead.

Cue the fix-it squad.

READ MORE – – – Embarrassing, guys! Media covers for Michelle Obama’s flub – she meant to do it – BizPac Review.

Ontario: Canadian Nuclear Association Comes Out Swinging at Industrial Wind Industry (Finally)

Originally posted on Quixotes Last Stand:

Wind Farms Face Nuclear Attack

John Miner — London Free Press — October 13, 2014

I’m green and you’re not.

​The battle to be embraced as the best environmental choice for Ontario’s electricity supply is getting down and dirty.

Fed up with the wind farm sector enjoying what it considers an undeserved reputation as a pristine energy supplier, Canada’s nuclear industry has launched a public relations assault against wind.

“Wind power isn’t as clean as its supporters have claimed. It performs unreliably and needs backup from gas, which emits far more greenhouse gas than either wind or nuclear power,” said Dr. John Barrett, president and CEO of the Canadian Nuclear Association, in an email to The Free Press.

The Canadian Nuclear Association hired Toronto-based Hatch Ltd., a global consulting an engineering firm, to compare wind farm and nuclear energy.

Hatch reviewed 246 studies, mostly from North America and Europe,.


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New paper finds West Antarctic glacier likely melting from geothermal heat below

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Via the Hockey Schtick – A paper published today in Earth and Planetary Science Letters finds evidence that one of the largest glaciers in West Antarctica, the Thwaites Glacier, is primarily melting from below due to geothermal heat flux from volcanoes located along the West Antarctic Volcanic Rift System, i.e. not due to man-made CO2.

antarctic-volcano[1]Image from Jo Nova

CAGW proponents have alleged that West Antarctic glaciers such as such as the Thwaites Glacier and the neighboring Pine Island Glacier are rapidly melting due to man-made greenhouse gases and/or ocean heating, despite observations showing the air temperature in the Antarctic hasn’t risen since 1979, Antarctic sea surface temperatures have fallen since 2006, and ARGO ocean heat content of the Southern Ocean shows no increase at any level of the top 2000 meters since the system was put in place in 2004. The authors find the neighboring Pine Island Glacier also overlies the same volcanic rift…

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Antarctica Ice Coverage Reaches Record High: Top Climate Scientist Says “We Have More To Learn”

Originally posted on Quixotes Last Stand:

Climate Scientists losing confidence as four-deviations-above-average figures bust climate models

Lewis Page — The A Register — October 9, 2014

Climate scientists have confessed they are baffled – yet again – by another all-time record area of sea covered by ice around the Antarctic coasts.

“What we’re learning is, we have more to learn,” said Ted Scambos, lead scientist at the US National Snow and Ice Data Center, announcing the latest annual sea ice maximum for the austral continent. According to the NSIDC:

Sea ice surrounding the Antarctic continent reached its maximum extent on September 22 at 20.11 million square kilometers (7.76 million square miles). This is 1.54 million square kilometers (595,000 square miles) above the 1981 to 2010 average extent, which is nearly four standard deviations above average. Antarctic sea ice averaged 20.0 million square kilometers (7.72 million square miles) for the month of September. This new record extent…

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Irrefutable Proof that Climate Change Alarmists Are Stuck on Misery

Originally posted on Quixotes Last Stand:

We’ve all seen the article this week about the haulout of 35,000 walruses that congregated at Point Lay, Alaska, but in case you missed it, click here.  This is normal behaviour for walruses.  In fact the first recorded sighting of this sort of behaviour was made by an English expedition in 1604. They happen all over the world.  Nothing unusual about this at all.

Walrus haulout in Russia

Walrus haulout in Russia

Walrus haulout -- Icy Cape, Alaska

Walrus haulout — Icy Cape, Alaska

Cape Pierce, Alaska -- 2010

Cape Pierce, Alaska — 2010

In usual climate alarmist fashion, though, we must regularly wail and gnash our teeth over everything these days.  There is no such thing as natural or normal in the Land of Global Warming.  It’s all become one giant cluster …. well you know … in the typical alarmist mind.

This normal behaviour was twisted around to be a terrible event, of course caused by evil man.  The story recycles every…

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Bob Hope, Zombies and Democrats

Merchants of Smear: Character Assassination is the Main Line of Defense for Global Warming Alarmists

Originally posted on Quixotes Last Stand:

Russell Cook — — September 2014

Click to read full report in pdf format

For about two decades we’ve been told the science behind human-caused global warming is settled, and to ignore skeptic scientists because they’ve been paid by industry to manufacture doubt about the issue.

The truth, however, has every appearance of being exactly the opposite: A clumsy effort to manufacture doubt about the credibility of skeptical climate scientists arose in 1991 with roots in Al Gore’s Senate office; it gained effectiveness and media traction after Ozone Action took over the effort and drew attention to the “reposition global warming as theory rather than fact” memo phrase (which they never showed in its full context); and the effort achieved its highest success after being heavily promoted by the “Pulitzer-winning investigative reporter” Ross Gelbspan, who never won a Pulitzer, never displayed any investigative prowess in this matter, and never proved…

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Death Knell for Australia’s Renewable Energy as Green Industry Collapses

Originally posted on Quixotes Last Stand:

Giles Parkinson — Renew Economy — October 6, 2014

The Australian government – and ministers Greg Hunt and Ian Macfarlane in particular, like to tell everyone how much they support renewable energy. But they seem to be doing their level best to trash the industry in Australia.

Key data released late last week underlines the disastrous state of the large-scale renewable sector: for all intents and purposes, it doesn’t exist.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance data shows that Australia is on track to record its lowest level of asset financing for large-scale renewables since 2002 – as just $193 million was committed in the third quarter of the year. From ranking No 11, in the world in 2013, Australia has fallen behind Algeria and even Myanmar.


Australia, which should be one of the world’s leaders in the industry, is seeing its industry collapse. The three biggest Australian investors in renewable energy…

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