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The Coming Backlash

Originally published by Kurt Schlichter at Townhall

The Coming Backlash
Source: AP Photo/John Raoux

So, a criminal with a warrant who resists arrest meets up with an incompetent government employee who can’t tell a Glock from a taser, then there are Democrat riots, and what’s the result? You must be disarmed.  

If you’re looking for logical logic, keep on looking. If you understand the logic of power, you came to the right place.

Facts don’t matter.

Evidence is racist.

2+2=4 means you’re a transphobe.

This is about power, people. Their power over you.

Understand that you can’t reason your way out of this. We’re not going to explain to our enemies why it’s inefficient, ineffective, or unAmerican to do the things they are trying to do. You might as well try to teach your terrier particle physics with a thick, juicy ribeye in sitting his bowl in front of him.

Tangent: Pardon me for potentially misgendering your pooch.

Back to my point. There is no point, except power. They want to control you. If they can’t they want to destroy you. Everything – and I mean everything – is bent to that objective.

That’s why the media lies to you.

That’s why they selectively prosecute.

That’s why movie stars lecture you.

That’s why they want to take your guns.

That’s why they want to cheat in elections.

That’s why critical race theory is a thing.

You, disenfranchised.

You, despised.

You, a serf.

That’s it. That’s the goal. So, trying to reason your way out of it is useless.

It’s actually worse. It’s embarrassing. You look like a fool. Take Asa! Hutchinson, with his mush-mouthed palaver about “limited government” and citing Reagan to justify his spineless submission to the establishment. This guy literally would rather young children have their genitals mutilated than have to explain to his Walmart masters why he refused to go along with the scalpel zeitgeist.

He’s not just a weak person. He’s not just a stupid person. He’s an evil person.

 And we know it. We see it. And we must speak it.

They want to blind us. They want to gag us. They want us tip-toeing through the PC minefield, afraid to take a step less we trigger a detonation of cancellation. 

But have you noticed the rumblings of resistance?

Have you noticed the stirrings of pushback?

For a while we had Trump to do the pushing, but with him in Florida we can now see others stepping up. Ron DeSantis is banning critical racism. Brian Kemp found some vertebrae and he’s defying Delta, Coke, and “Major League Chinaball” to demand election integrity. The other night, Tucker Carlson charged into the “replacement theory” ambush where we are not supposed to say what the Democrats explicitly say, which is that they intend to import pliable foreign peasants to replace American citizens at the ballot box (of course, sensible Latinos had other ideas, coming around to Trump significantly in 2020). The garbage media and establishment announced that this fact must not be spoken and Tucker spoke the hell out of it.

The backlash begins.

Right now, it is mere stirrings. Americans are slow to anger, but they are mighty in their wrath. When woke bull-Schiff was confined to college campuses, we could live with it. We didn’t see it. It was not in our faces. But now it is. It’s everywhere in the institutions, and it’s filtering down to people in their jobs, on their televisions and even in their homed when young Kaden returns from Cornell as “Kasey” and informs xir parents they are committing literal violence on xim by not paying xir tuition anymore.

Do they imagine that people will just give up and give in?

Some will. The Fredocons did, of course, but they are weak.

But with Normal Americans, the risk is mistaking patience and restraint for weakness.

Think I’m wrong?

Go try to buy some 5.56mm rounds.

The backlash is building. The anger is real and rising. Yeah, everyone’s getting their .45s and AR15s, which is proper – an armed people is a free people – but the reality is we are unlikely to get to the kind of crisis where they come into active play. As much as some leftists salivate at the idea of declaring war on normal people (read their social media and tell me I’m wrong), there’s almost certainly not going to be civil conflict, though with cops as competent as Taser Girl and our broken military focused on pretending boys can turn into girls, I kind of like patriots’ odds against those few traitors who would not quit rather than suppress the American people for the benefit of their leftist masters. No, the violence will be limited to Democrat areas as Democrat voters burn Democrat cities ruled by Democrat politicians. Which would seem make it a Democrat problem.

But the backlash is coming, peaceful but unstoppable. First, you’ll see the social pushback. We will see brave pols like DeSantis and the newly-concervawoke Kemp. We’ll see conservative media figures refusing to honor the narrative guardrails of the lib-fascists, just like Tucker does. 

Soon we’ll see comics attacking this garbage, then other artists joining in. Then more politicians, who will start passing laws banning these practices and gutting these woke corporations. Trust Busting. Banning Chinese collaboration. Regulating big tech.

And we’ll see normal people pushing back in their personal lives.

Of course, we’ll see latecomers like Nikki! and Kristi! who will try to pretend they always knew what time it is. But we’ll remember that when the fight, started these REMFs were cowering in the rear, afraid to offend the Chamber or the NCAA. And they will be ignored.

The 2022 election will be the key. We’re going to crush the left. Why? Because things will get worse, much worse. Crime. A wrecked economy. China will kick our woke military’s behind. Think Jimmy Carter in 1980, but without the competence and a lot more anti-Americanism.

This will be a tough fight, and it is only the beginning. Just do not fall into despair. Do not withdraw – they prefer you submit but they will settle for you giving up (for now – they’ll come for you eventually). Do not fear them.

Be part of the backlash. Get in now, at the beginning.

No Amendment is Absolute… Huh. Is that a fact?

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JoeBama has gone on the record saying that, “no amendment is absolute.” In as much as it matters, as he’s no more legitimate an arbiter of what’s Constitutional than any other American… I say this: Bullshit, and fuck right off.

What he’s really saying is: “My administration will only observe the amendments we like and can use to forward our agenda.” Hell, Joe… even your boy, Barry, understood the Bill of Rights as a “charter of negative liberties”. i.e. a limit on Federal power

Well… we can all play that game, Joe. If we are going to look at all this Constitution stuff as mutable, let’s take a look at my (I’m as much an American and arbiter of Constitutionality as you are, after all) Bill of Rights (and other amendments) preferred observances, shall we?

  1. I’m generally ok with this one… except where it pertains to people stomping on and burning my flag. As the man said, “the first amendment is to protect you from the government… not from me.”
  2. I’m all for this one and will be exercising the hell out of it. In a wholly, uninfringed fashion.
  3. I’m down with this one, too. Unless I know the soldier personally. In which case, he can stay for a bit. As long as he keeps his poop in a group and throws in for beer occasionally.
  4. Yup. Good with #4. No unreasonable searches or seizures. I’ll be the arbiter of “reasonable/unreasonable.” Thanks for understanding.
  5. Good here too. I reserve the right to keep my damned mouth shut. Or, not. YMMV.
  6. Yup. Speedy trial when necessary is good. But, .gov has been dropping the ball on this anyway. So… Figure it out. Let’s cap it at a month. If you can’t get me on to the docket by then… I’ve been acquitted.
  7. Ok. Jury of my peers. Only if you can find them.
  8. Yes. No one likes cruel and unusual anything. Again, I’ll be happy to let you know exactly what those parameters are if it comes to that.
  9. Yes. I retain the right to do what I want outside the specific confines that the Constitution has outlined as responsibilities of the government, Federal or State.
  10. Yes. The States have rights and can choose not to participate in the Federal shit show.
  11. Ok. State sovereign immunity… I’m generally down. It’s certainly better than the “Federal”, top-down option.
  12. Presidents and Vice Presidents elected together… not sure on this one. I think I may prefer the Adams/Jefferson plan…
  13. Abolition. Well… Slaves seem like a lot of work, but I’m not sure. Maybe we should give that a trial revival. The Third World seems to like it… On the fence.
  14. Privileges or Immunities… Equal Protection… meh. The Feds haven’t observed this one for a while. What’s in it for me?
  15. Prohibits voting restrictions based on race. There are still rules. You still have to prove you’re qualified. Venezuelan isn’t a race. Try to keep up.
  16. Income Tax. Really? This one’s stupid. Tax is theft. Abolish the IRS. Audit the Fed. Not having it. I’ll pay for the stuff I want and will use as it comes up. Pound sand. I’ll keep my dough. Starve the Fed and a lot of other problems sort themselves…
  17. Senators chosen by popular vote. Nope. They were appointed by State legislatures for a reason. That worked better and was much more Republic-an and less Democrat-ic. Let’s go back to the original.
  18. Prohibition (repealed). Well good. Because, I wasn’t going to be observing that nonsense one way or the other.
  19. Women can vote… maybe. Depends on the woman.
  20. Presidential terms… does this really matter? I mean… we don’t have anybody at the wheel now…
  21. Repealing 18. Ok. But, I’ll BMOB when and where I choose. Get stuffed and stay out of my business. My body, my choice.
  22. Number of times Presidents can sit in the chair. Whatever. Again…
  23. DC gets electors… Why? They aren’t a State. The intent was for DC denizens to be short term residents and from somewhere else… where, presumably, they’d be getting some representation. Figure it out.
  24. Prohibits revoking voting rights on the basis of non-payment of taxes. Fine. See 16.
  25. Presidential succession. You see how that’s working out… right? Time to go back to the drawing board…
  26. Fine. 18 year-olds can vote. And, fight. And, drink. And, smoke. What?
  27. Congressional Salary. Take care of 16 as I’ve outlined, and this takes care of itself. Why are we paying those clowns anyway? Shouldn’t they have real jobs? Producing a good or service? Maybe something shovel-ready…
  28. Damn. I guess I’m out of amendments…. and I was just getting loose…

So, Joe… here’s the take away: Your terms are acceptable. You do your thing. I’ll do mine. From the sounds of it, you’ve a bit of a mess you need to deal with at home (like your crack-head kid and his laptop) before you get to start telling me how to live my life. I’ll leave you with a bit of appropriate entertainment as a parting gift…

Joe Biden Said The Bill of Rights is NOT “Absolute”

Originally published by Sundance at the Last Refuge

Earlier today Joe Biden raised some eyebrows when he said “no amendment to the constitution is absolute.”   The first ten amendments to the constitution are commonly known as “The Bill of Rights.”

The occupant of the oval office, and head of the executive branch, saying the Bill of Rights is not absolute, should be challenged immediately to qualify that statement.


As a reminder:

♦ Amendment 1
– Freedom of Religion, Speech, and the Press

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

♦ Amendment 2
– The Right to Bear Arms

A well-regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed.

♦ Amendment 3
– The Housing of Soldiers

No soldier shall, in time of peace, be quartered in any house without the consent of the owner, nor in time of war but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

♦ Amendment 4
– Protection from Unreasonable Searches and Seizures

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects against unreasonable searches and seizures shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched and the persons or things to be seized.

♦ Amendment 5
– Protection of Rights to Life, Liberty, and Property

No person shall be held to answer for a capital or otherwise infamous crime unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.

♦ Amendment 6
– Rights of Accused Persons in Criminal Cases

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor; and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

♦ Amendment 7
– Rights in Civil Cases

In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury shall be otherwise reexamined in any court of the United States than according to the rules of the common law.

♦ Amendment 8
– Excessive Bail, Fines, and Punishments Forbidden

Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.

♦ Amendment 9
– Other Rights Kept by the People

The enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

♦ Amendment 10
– Undelegated Powers Kept by the States and the People

The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people.

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CrossFit.com Stops Using Facebook And Associated Properties…

Good for CrossFit. Delighted to see them pull out of the Facebook matrix. We stopped using Facebook and Twitter for any active campaigning a few years ago primarily because of the arbitrary nature of their bans and their gun control bias. There is a huge opportunity for an integrated social media platform designed for conservative America. Time to get busy.

 

Source: CrossFit.com

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not an overnight sensation. She is the culmination of 100 years of battlefield preparation aimed at destroying America.

We knew about the Frankfurt School in the 1920’s. We knew about the communist infiltration of the FDR administration in the 1930’s and their role in creating the New Deal. We knew about Hollywood communist sympathizers in 1950’s and their anti-American agenda. We knew the social upheaval experienced in the 1960’s resulted from a direct attack on traditional American values. And we have sat by and watched the accelerating slide towards socialism since the 1970’s.

In 2019, we see socialists outnumbering Republicans on the Chicago city council. The Democratic party, once the noble opposition, has been hijacked by socialists and special interest groups shredding the constitution. The public education system has been infiltrated from top to bottom with socialist/communist sympathizers indoctrinating our children with their collectivist propaganda. Polls are indicating that small majorities of millennials now favor socialism over capitalism.

Easily the most egregious example of just how entrenched socialism has become is a new media group dedicated to promoting socialism to millenials. The group, called Means TV, was a key driver of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s campaign win. Promoting themselves as “anti-capitalists”, the group just launched a new video attacking capitalism:

While a video attacking capitalism is not new news, what is new, is the ignorance demonstrated by the writers, producers and actors in their description of capitalism. I intentionally did not use the word “lies” because a lie indicates that the speaker at least knows the truth. Like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, this is group is so blindingly ignorant that your first reaction would be to ignore them. Nobody will listen to them.

But that’s the problem. A majority of our millinials will listen to them and do their bidding. We’ve created several lost generations of programmed idiots just waiting to be filled with this type of propaganda. Too harsh, you say? Just listen to the current ring leader as she makes the rounds of late night TV soaking up the attention of the adoring hosts and audiences while speaking total gibberish.

Remember, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is not an overnight sensation. She is the culmination of 100 years of battlefield preparation aimed at destroying America.

And we have let it happen on our watch.

Folks, it’s time to choose a side. Or one will be chosen for you.

Texas anti-gun students seeking safe space after parody film mocks their position

Not believing that all is fair in love and war, the gun-control crowd at the University of Texas (UT) is upset about a parody film created by other students that seems to imply “a dildo can’t save your life.”

“At first I thought that it was just a poorly made rebuttal to our protest,” Lopez said. “And then I skipped forward and I saw the subject shot in the head with the sex toy fall to the ground next to her. Of course I was disgusted.”

While a logical argument could be made that the film is stating an obvious point, the offended group is overlooking the more subtle and twisted sub-plot. . . by disarming people or keeping them disarmed, they are condoning sending men with guns to enforce their desires using the credible threat of lethal force.

In other words, it’s our own fears that enslave them (and their law abiding neighbors). . . And in this case – firearms owners have proven they are the least of societies worries.

Rather ironic.

Who in their right mind would want to disarm the very group of people that have been proven to break the fewest laws?

Who in their right mind would want to disarm a group whose use of lethal force is demonstrated to be extremely long suffering – even to a fault.

This same demographic invests millions of their own dollars seeking out self improvement through training, then purchasing their own training, firearms, training and defensive ammo, and even investing in the best life-saving equipment (including first aid) their money can buy.

Firearms owners do this in order to increase their ability to win the fight of their lives in the hopes of saving innocent life, they do this without any government mandates, handouts, or tax breaks… and they do this knowing full well knowing they will be highly scrutinized and likely be targeted for their efforts to defend innocent life.

Firearms owners and carriers voluntarily deal with red tape, pay the added expenses (in both time and money), and places themselves under government scrutiny — all to be permitted to exercise the right to defend themselves (both before and after, if — God help them — they actually need to shoot another human being in the defense of innocent life).

This heroic behavior and judicious use of lethal force doesn’t just seem to be the product of regulation either, because in those states that allow constitutional carry (no licensing to exercise a right), these unregulated and armed citizens have also proven to be among the least of societies’ problems.

It’s also noteworthy to remember that this demographic includes a grassroots movement whose activists have single-handily kept well funded, astro-turf, special interests like George Soros, Michael Bloomberg, and their ilk – fighting defensive battles as the anti-gunners continues to lose support of their illogical stand.

Well done gun owners, well done.

Source: Houston Chronicle

The Inevitability of Decentralization/Distributed Networks and How To Break Open The Webopoly

Leading to the only logical conclusion: Distributed networks.

All of us, technically minded or not, need to understand the tradeoffs we’ve been making. Then we need to make decisions. We can accept choke points and lock-in. Or we can look for ways to reclaim control—declining to rely so much on centralized services, and using encryption and the new decentralized tools, such as the already-working IndieWeb, as they become available.

Source: Fast Company

Shut Up—Or We’ll Shut You Down

“‘The demand by Senator Whitehouse and the 20 climate scientists for legal persecution of people whose research on science and policy they disagree with represents a new low in the politicization of science,’ says Georgia Tech’s Judith Curry on the Fox News website. She should know, as one of seven academics investigated last winter by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D., Ariz.) for their climate research.

By the way, Mr. Shukla appears to have no problem taking money from the government to support his climate theories. Though it has since been taken down, the letter from the Shukla gang demanding a RICO assault was published on the website of the Institute of Global Environment and Society (IGES), a tax-exempt entity run by Mr. Shukla that the website says has also employed his wife and daughter. The House Science Committee says the outfit has received more than $25 million in federal grants since 2008. House Science Chairman Lamar Smith says the family’s earnings from IGES are ‘in addition to an annual salary of approximately $314,000 paid to Dr. Shukla by George Mason University.’

When we contacted George Mason to sort out these financial arrangements, the school suggested we contact Mr. Shukla directly. He hasn’t responded to our inquiries.”

(Via.) WSJ

Ignorance, Polarization, and Xenophobia on the Street and in the Press: “White Americans are the biggest terror threat in the United States”

Remember, when you are pointing a finger, you have three pointing back…

“Almost twice as many people have died in attacks by right-wing groups in America than have died in attacks by Muslim extremists. Of the 26 attacks since 9/11 that the group defined as terror, 19 were carried out by non-Muslims. Yet there are no white Americans languishing inside the prison camp at Guantanamo Bay. And there are no drones dropping bombs on gatherings of military-age males in the country’s lawless border regions.”

(Via.) GlobalPost

You’re a Criminal in a Mass Surveillance World – How to Not Get Caught

A long, but excellent article that clearly explains the problem and more importantly – provides a solution.

The bravest heroes in this world are law-breakers.

“All the nightmare regimes of the past that kids study in school predate the era of computerized mass surveillance. The ability to lock down people’s lives instantly… to track them, analyze them, trap them, financially paralyze them, impersonate them, frame them, and apprehend them is unprecedented. Governments always seek to control the governed, but mass surveillance is the most powerful weapon of control ever devised. Because of its novelty, invisibility, and deep complexity, many people can’t comprehend its implications and therefore don’t defend against it. Why You’re a Criminal

We unknowingly commit crimes, including felonies, in our day to day lives. The fact that we haven’t been caught is a matter of detection – namely, surveillance. As mass surveillance expands, the government’s crime detection capabilities increase exponentially.

‘There is no one in the United States over the age of 18 who cannot be indicted for some federal crime. That is not an exaggeration.’ This warning is from John Baker, a retired law professor who tried in vain to count new federal crimes created in just the past few years. The same message comes from attorney Harvey Silverglate in his book Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent.

Because politicians have made us criminals, what the government knows about you can cost you your freedom. Understanding that is so important that you shouldn’t take anybody’s word for it. See for yourself.”

(Via.) Liberty.me <—Read more here

Why Politicized Science is Dangerous

Today, we know that this famous theory that gained so much support was actually pseudoscience. The crisis it claimed was nonexistent. And the actions taken in the name of theory were morally and criminally wrong. Ultimately, they led to the deaths of millions of people…

“Imagine that there is a new scientific theory that warns of an impending crisis, and points to a way out.

This theory quickly draws support from leading scientists, politicians and celebrities around the world. Research is funded by distinguished philanthropies, and carried out at prestigious universities. The crisis is reported frequently in the media. The science is taught in college and high school classrooms.

I don’t mean global warming. I’m talking about another theory, which rose to prominence a century ago.

Its supporters included Theodore Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and Winston Churchill. It was approved by Supreme Court justices Oliver Wendell Holmes and Louis Brandeis, who ruled in its favor. The famous names who supported it included Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of the telephone; activist Margaret Sanger; botanist Luther Burbank; Leland Stanford, founder of Stanford University; the novelist H. G. Wells; the playwright George Bernard Shaw; and hundreds of others. Nobel Prize winners gave support. Research was backed by the Carnegie and Rockefeller Foundations. The Cold Springs Harbor Institute was built to carry out this research, but important work was also done at Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford and Johns Hopkins. Legislation to address the crisis was passed in states from New York to California.These efforts had the support of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Medical Association, and the National Research Council. It was said that if Jesus were alive, he would have supported this effort.

All in all, the research, legislation and molding of public opinion surrounding the theory went on for almost half a century. Those who opposed the theory were shouted down and called reactionary, blind to reality, or just plain ignorant. But in hindsight, what is surprising is that so few people objected.

The theory was eugenics, and its history is so dreadful — and, to those who were caught up in it, so embarrassing — that it is now rarely discussed. But it is a story that should be well know to every citizen, so that its horrors are not repeated.

The theory of eugenics postulated a crisis of the gene pool leading to the deterioration of the human race. The best human beings were not breeding as rapidly as the inferior ones — the foreigners, immigrants, Jews, degenerates, the unfit, and the “feeble minded.” Francis Galton, a respected British scientist, first speculated about this area, but his ideas were taken far beyond anything he intended. They were adopted by science-minded Americans, as well as those who had no interest in science but who were worried about the immigration of inferior races early in the twentieth century — “dangerous human pests” who represented “the rising tide of imbeciles” and who were polluting the best of the human race.

The eugenicists and the immigrationists joined forces to put a stop to this. The plan was to identify individuals who were feeble-minded — Jews were agreed to be largely feeble-minded, but so were many foreigners, as well as blacks — and stop them from breeding by isolation in institutions or by sterilization.

As Margaret Sanger said, “Fostering the good-for-nothing at the expense of the good is an extreme cruelty … there is not greater curse to posterity than that of bequeathing them an increasing population of imbeciles.” She spoke of the burden of caring for “this dead weight of human waste.”

Such views were widely shared. H.G. Wells spoke against “ill-trained swarms of inferior citizens.” Theodore Roosevelt said that “Society has no business to permit degenerates to reproduce their kind.” Luther Burbank” “Stop permitting criminals and weaklings to reproduce.” George Bernard Shaw said that only eugenics could save mankind.”

(Via.) MichaelCrichton.com <—Read more here

Greatest Threat to Free Speech Comes Not From Terrorism, But From Those Claiming to Fight it

“Anticipating Prime Minister Cameron’s new ‘anti-extremist’ bill (to be unveiled in the ‘Queen’s Speech’), University of Bath Professor Bill Durodié said that ‘the window for free speech has now been firmly shut just a few months after so many political leaders walked in supposed solidarity for murdered cartoonists in France.’ Actually, there has long been a broad, sustained assault in the west on core political liberties – specifically due process, free speech and free assembly – perpetrated not by ‘radical Muslims’ but by those who endlessly claim to fight them. Sadly, and tellingly, none of that has triggered parades or marches or widespread condemnation by western journalists and pundits. But for those who truly believe in principles of free expression – as opposed to pretending to when it allows one to bash the Other Tribe – these are the assaults that need marches and protests.”

(Via.) The Intercept <—Click here to read more

iSpy: The CIA Campaign to Steal Apple’s Secrets

“The revelations that the CIA has waged a secret campaign to defeat the security mechanisms built into Apple’s devices come as Apple and other tech giants are loudly resisting pressure from senior U.S. and U.K. government officials to weaken the security of their products. Law enforcement agencies want the companies to maintain the government’s ability to bypass security tools built into wireless devices. Perhaps more than any other corporate leader, Apple’s CEO, Tim Cook, has taken a stand for privacy as a core value, while sharply criticizing the actions of U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies.”

(Via.) Firstollok.org: The Intersept

Underdogs and Overlords

A little less than a year ago, Michael Vickers shot and seriously wounded a 10-year-old boy in Broxton, Georgia under circumstances that remain unclear. The victim, Dakota Corbitt, suffered serious and potentially permanent injury to his leg.

Despite the fact that this was an act of firearms-related violence involving a child, no charges were filed against Vickers. Although the public record is barren of a comment from Coffee County Sheriff Doyle Wooten expressing sympathy for Dakota and his mother, Amy, the sheriff pointedly commiserated with the shooter, telling a local NBC affiliate that Vickers is the father of three young children and that the shooting ‘is really preying on his mind.

Many people bearing such burdens would make a point of meeting with the injured child and expressing contrition in person. Vickers didn’t have time for such a gesture, however, because immediately after the shooting he went on what was described as a “pre-approved vacation” from his job…’”

(Via.) Pro Libertate

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