Today’s Date- September 21st, 2017. We feature two stories of gov getting in the way in Florida after Irma, plus news about Tupac that will shock you.
Florida Regs Delay Power Restoration for Thousands After Irma
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Hurricane Irma hit Florida September 10th, 2017. As of the writing of this article, September 21st, 11 days after Irma struck, more than 100,000 people are still without power. If you’re a State Senator, however, you can be sure that you are not one of those 100,000 people (read our article here).
If you’re not one of the politicians that work hand in hand with Florida Power & Light to give it the protected status it needs to NOT place customers as a top priority, well, you just might be one of those 100,000 or so folks still sitting in the dark at night and the 90 plus degree heat of the day.
Those very politicians that can benefit from having a direct connection to the top leadership of Florida Power & Light are the same people that you can thank for slowing down the recovery time from Hurricane Irma.
EU Prepares to Show US How Taxation is Done with Plan to Target Google, Facebook
It looks like the EU is desperat for that digital tax booty, so desperate, in fact, that their willing to run afowl of the United States. The talk around Brussels is that the owners and managers of the EU coercive enterprise are looking into new tax schemes that will target online giants like Google and Facebook. Super fantastic news if you enjoy being pilfered by bureaucratic bundlers in distant lands. It’s good to be the bureaucrat, but it’s not so good to be the one that has to pay for the latest govpreneur scheme.
The European Commission said on Thursday it may seek to implement tax reform to raise more revenue from online giants without the backing of the United States and other rich nations, in a move that could spark a new transatlantic dispute.
The EU is frustrated at how long it is taking the world’s rich nations to reach a deal on how to tax online firms like Google (GOOGL.O) fairly. These companies on average pay bills in Europe that are less than half of those of other firms.
To prevent some smaller EU economies such as Ireland or Luxembourg, which host many foreign online businesses, from blocking the move, the commission is also raising the prospect of using little-known EU rules that would prevent states from vetoing decisions on tax matters. Usually the EU decides on tax issues only with the unanimous support of its 28 members.
The commission on Thursday outlined three options for taxes aimed at internet companies that could be agreed upon relatively quickly at the EU level or by a smaller group of EU nations.
One was for a tax on the turnover rather than the profits of digital firms, another would put a levy on online ads, and a third would impose a withholding tax on payments to internet firms.
Gab Gets Targeted by Neo-Liberal Domain Registrar Asia Regsitry for “Hate Speech” Violations
As some predicted would happen as far back as a year ago, domain registrars are getting in on the act of attempting to regulate speech. Folks, if you’ve never heard of neo-liberalism, you should look it up. Neo-liberalism is a relatively new tactic from the progressive thought police that aims to use corporate power to enforce the speech and morality codes the progressives deem worthy of enforcement. In the crosshairs this time is the free speech champion, gab. But, progressives, the news is not for you in the long run, because the tactics you use today will push free-thinking people to more rapidly develop free-speech alternatives to the progressive corporations, including free-speech-friendly domain registrars.
Alternative media social network Gab.ai, whose logo is a frog often used by the “alt right,” faces domain seizure for failing to remove content that vilifies “race, religion or ethnic origin.” Their registrar further implied that the site promotes hate and discrimination.
Gab’s domain registrar, Asia Registry, has given the network 5 days to transfer its domain or it will be seized according to a notice sent to the company, Andrew Torbha Gab’s CEO tweeted out.
Bitcoin Buys Home For First Time Ever
People keep saying Bitcoin is a fad. People keep talking about the Bitcoin bubble, and yet, the digital currency keeps plugging along. Now, right after another round of doom and gloom from the establishment financial experts, a home has been purchased by bitcoin for the first time ever.
A day after Bridgewater Associates Founder Ray Dalio claimed that bitcoin was “definitely in a bubble” partly because he said the digital currency was too difficult to spend, CoinTelegraph is reporting that the first-ever bitcoin-only real-estate transaction has been completed in Texas.
The transaction “illustrates crypto’s potential to transform how financial transactions are conducted,” according to Futurism.com.
The Texas-based real estate brokerage firm Kuper Sotheby’s International Realty, the firm that reperesented the buyer, declined to disclose the number of bitcoins that were exchanged for the home. Futurism.com noted the ease with which the transaction was conducted. “The buyer simply transferred the bitcoin to the seller, who then converted it into US dollars.”
Cops Choose Trial By Judge To Avoid Jury By Non-Cops
You have a “right” to a jury by your peers or a jury by Judge. If you don’t possess a shiny badge, you’re going to be at a disadvantage if you choose a trial by judge. But if you have a shiny badge, avoiding your ‘peers,’ your non-shiny-badge peers, might be a better route for you.
The recent acquittal of a St Louis Cop accused of killing Jason Stockley drives this point home. He chose a trial by Judge, and he’s not alone. The shiny badges have essentially found a loophole in the magic parchment that allows them to avoid the direct accountability they need to face when they are ’empowered’ to walk our streets with lethal force, able to mete out their interpretation of a justifiable use of deadly force without having to face the community they patrol.
The thin blue line is getting wider and wider all the time, and for those of us on the outside looking in, that line is pushing up against us more and more.
The fact-finder in Stockley’s trial was not a jury of 12 St. Louisans but instead one man employed by the state: Judge Timothy J. Wilson of Missouri’s 22nd Judicial Circuit. That’s because Stockley, over the prosecution’s objection, requested what’s known as a “bench trial.”
Missouri law and the U.S. Constitution permit that result. States vary in how permissive they are in allowing bench trials. Missouri is stricter than some in requiring the trial court’s consent (which Wilson granted in this case). But states are free to be generous. The Sixth Amendment guarantees an “impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed.” For nearly a century, courts have treated these words as a protection for defendants alone — one they can freely waive.
But there’s reason to think this conception of the jury guarantee — merely an entitlement that defendants can spend as they please — is wrong or at least incomplete. Juries don’t just protect defendants; they give the community a voice in criminal justice. It’s a guarantee of not only an impartial jury but also a jury drawn from the community where the crime took place. Sometimes, to be sure, the community can protect defendants from an overzealous prosecution. But in other cases, a jury drawn from the community might actually protect the community by convicting.
That’s especially true when the defendant is part of the government. Indeed, one of the complaints in the Declaration of Independence was that the crown had sought to immunize British soldiers from murder prosecutions by holding “mock trials” far from the communities where the crimes occurred — that is, in places where juries were less willing to convict.
Yet today, it’s not uncommon for police-officer defendants to bypass juries and opt for bench trials. Three officers charged in connection with Freddie Gray’s 2015 death in Baltimore were acquitted by a judge, leading the state to drop charges against the remaining defendants and spurring calls for restrictions on jury-trial waivers. Under Maryland law, prosecutors have no power to object to bench trials.
Californa’s Latest Anti-Gun Bill Uses Signage To Bury Gun Shops
California has another anti-human, anti-gun bill sitting on the desk of Governor Moonbeam Brown. This one attempts to raise the cost of business for gun shops by creating a whole host of regulations requiring all kinds of signage and ‘warnings’ to ‘protect’ people from freedom. If they thought they could just outright ban all guns and send out armed goons to confiscate the guns, they would.
This is a much softer approach to clamping down on freedom in California. The plus side of this is all of these laws and regulations are good for the black market. What politicians meant for ill, agorists can use for gain. Go black market!
AB 1525 (otherwise known as The Brady/Baker Act) is authored by Asm. Catharine Baker (R – Dublin) and sponsored by the Brady Campaign. It requires new signage in California gun stores; one more expense borne by firearms retailers, with risk of losing their license—and livelihood—for non-compliance.
These are the very same retailers who just recently had to re-sign their shops due to other bills and would be required to do it all over again.
In addition, it places a strange mandate on firearms manufacturers, requiring California only “descriptive materials” on their lawfully distributed and Constitutionally protected products.
It requires they include a warning that sends people to the California Department of Justice (CA DOJ) website, an agency which provides absolutely no technical support to the consumer and simply doesn’t have the expertise to do so.
And finally, AB 1525 requires gun purchasers to sign one more form acknowledging that they have been duly warned via the plethora of new signs and packaging.
DeLuz shared, “This non-stop drumbeat of anti-gun-owner and anti-business regulations has done nothing to improve our state, but it has cost the Legislature and the author any credibility they had left, along with the very validation and compliance they seek. This measure is simply a problem is search of more problems.”
AB 1525 is now on the desk of Governor Jerry Brown, awaiting his signature or veto.
Coming Soon to A Doctor’s Office Near You, Molecular Bots that Can Build Healing Molecules
From the world of nanotech comes news of a molecular-sized bot that can build other molecules. The news comes out of the University of Manchester in England. If this comes to fruition, these molecular bots could revolutionize medicine in the not-so-distant-future.
The tiny robots, which are a millionth of a millimetre in size, can be programmed to move and build molecular cargo, using a tiny robotic arm.
Each individual robot is capable of manipulating a single molecule and is made up of just 150 carbon, hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen atoms. To put that size into context, a billion billion of these robots piled on top of each other would still only be the same size as a single grain of salt.
The robots operate by carrying out chemical reactions in special solutions which can then be controlled and programmed by scientists to perform the basic tasks.
In the future such robots could be used for medical purposes, advanced manufacturing processes and even building molecular factories and assembly lines.
‘It is similar to the way robots are used on a car assembly line. Those robots pick up a panel and position it so that it can be riveted in the correct way to build the bodywork of a car. So, just like the robot in the factory, our molecular version can be programmed to position and rivet components in different ways to build different products, just on a much smaller scale at a molecular level.’
The Latest Shock News From Fox News Exposes Samantha Power as an Unmasking Troll
Fox News is claiming, through unnamed sources, that Samantha Power, the former U.S Ambassador to the UN, is a serial unmasker. Apparently, the Ambassador somehow needed to have the names of Americans who were being spied on by the NSA. I am not sure what an Ambassador needs with information like that, but there you have it. Of course, this is my surprised face at this news…. 😐 Yep, that’s about as surprised as I get at news that the government spied on you and shared that information inappropriately with other government agents. But enjoy the latest shock news from Fox News anyway.
Samantha Power, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was ‘unmasking’ at such a rapid pace in the final months of the Obama administration that she averaged more than one request for every working day in 2016 – and even sought information in the days leading up to President Trump’s inauguration, multiple sources close to the matter told Fox News.
Two sources, who were not authorized to speak on the record, said the requests to identify Americans whose names surfaced in foreign intelligence reporting, known as unmasking, exceeded 260 last year. One source indicated this occurred in the final days of the Obama White House.
The details emerged ahead of an expected appearance by Power next month on Capitol Hill. She is one of several Obama administration officials facing congressional scrutiny for their role in seeking the identities of Trump associates in intelligence reports – but the interest in her actions is particularly high.
In a July 27 letter to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said the committee had learned “that one official, whose position had no apparent intelligence-related function, made hundreds of unmasking requests during the final year of the Obama Administration.”
The “official” is widely reported to be Power.
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Tupac Lives! Or So Says Suge Knight
Suge Knight just made a stunning claim during a radio interview with Ice-T and Soledad O’Brien. He is now claiming that Tupac Shakur isn’t really dead. He said Tupac was fine when he left him at the hospital, where he was recovering from being shot. Suddenly, Suge learns that Tupac is dead. Is it true? Is Tupac still alive? Does Tupac live?!
The notorious Death Row Records CEO spoke to Ice-T and Soledad O’Brien — on the phone from the L.A. County jail — when he dropped the bombshell. Suge told them something about Pac’s hospital stay after the 1996 shooting just doesn’t add up for him.
TMZ got this exclusive clip from the special, “Who Shot Biggie & Tupac?” … where Ice and Soledad lead an investigation into the unsolved murders and uncover new accounts of the shootings from people who were there. It airs Sunday, September 24 on Fox.
Stories that didn’t make the show: