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Andy Stepanian with Fitzgibbon Media Films Bree Of “BlackLivesMatters” Taking Down The Confederate Flag Flying Over South Carolina’s Capitol.
In the Black Lives Matter statement, Bree explained her actions, saying, “we can’t wait any longer.”
“We can’t continue like this another day,” Bree said. “It’s time for a new chapter where we are sincere about dismantling white supremacy and building toward true racial justice and equality.”
Partisan warfare has broken out at the once-sleepy Federal Communications Commission, where disputes over Internet subsidies for the poor, robocalls and net neutrality regulations have taken on an increasingly bitter tone.
At an open meeting on Thursday, Republican FCC commissioner Michael O’Rielly accused the body’s Democratic majority of trying to force through an expansion of broadband subsidies for low-income Americans before President Obama leaves office.
“It is clear that the majority wants to spend as much as they possibly can without any hint of restraint before a possible change in Administration,” he said.
Though the agency is adversarial by nature — by law, only three out of the five commissioners can come from the same political party — a recent series of controversial items have laid bare the fault lines between some of the commissioners.
O’Rielly also accused unnamed commission leaders of lying to him during a later discussion on a measure to crack down on robocalls and spam texts.
Source: Rancor rises at the FCC
“It is not a gated community walled off from the public for only the elite. There is no charge to get in. Everything is public access, and subject to all the laws governing commercial property. The difference between the public and private city, however, is huge.
You can tell when you have entered the space. Whereas many areas of Atlanta struggle, this area in the heart of the city is clean, bright, ebullient, bustling with enterprise and life.
On an evening recently, on the way to the movies in the spectacular theater there, I sat outside on the patio of a Mexican food restaurant and watched adults and children playing games and having fun on the green space that serves as a mini-park in the middle of this urban experiment in capitalism. There were people from all races, classes, and ages. They listened to the live band and sang along.
As I sat there, I was suddenly overwhelmed with the sense of a mini-utopia. It’s like an idealized scene you see in a commercial for soda or some happy vacation getaway. It was one of the most blissful city scenes I’ve ever witnessed.”
Then it struck me: the police in the community are privately employed by main stakeholders in the community, which are the merchants, apartment owners, and other service providers. (The streets are also private but public access.) For this reason, the police themselves have a deep investment in the well-being of the community and the general happiness of the consumers who shop there. They are employees of the free enterprise system.
(Via.) Foundation for Economic Education <—Read more here
The Justice Department’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) awarded Michigan State University $585,719 for the study, which was praised by Eric Holder, the former attorney general, earlier this year.
“They are very influential,” former statewide prosecutor Anne Wedge-McMillen tells VICE. “One of the Latin Kings’ legitimate goals has been the promotion of brown pride among Latino groups. A lot of members join for the purpose of having a family, support and a guiding influence. Along the way, the organization became corrupted.”
“Researchers delivered a modified RNA that encodes a telomere-extending protein to cultured human cells. Cell proliferation capacity was dramatically increased, yielding large numbers of cells for study.
A new procedure can quickly and efficiently increase the length of human telomeres, the protective caps on the ends of chromosomes that are linked to aging and disease, according to scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine.
Treated cells behave as if they are much younger than untreated cells, multiplying with abandon in the laboratory dish rather than stagnating or dying.
The procedure, which involves the use of a modified type of RNA, will improve the ability of researchers to generate large numbers of cells for study or drug development, the scientists say. Skin cells with telomeres lengthened by the procedure were able to divide up to 40 more times than untreated cells. The research may point to new ways to treat diseases caused by shortened telomeres.”
(Via.) Stanford Medicine <—Read more here
“Researchers say graphene could be used to make a light-powered propulsion system for a spacecraft following the discovery that the material, which is just one atom thick, can turn light into movement.
This, they say, would be better than solar sails, New Scientist reports.
Earlier this year, the scientists from the University in Tianjin in China created a ‘graphene sponge’ that was made by fusing crumpled sheets of graphene oxide. When they cut the graphene sponge with a laser, the light pushed the material forward.
Although lasers have been found to move single molecules, the sponge should have been far too large to move.
Scientists discovered graphene by accident. It is made of carbon atoms arranged in a honeycomb lattice and is 200 times stronger than steel, more conductive than copper and as flexible as rubber. For these reasons, it has been dubbed a ‘wonder material’.”
(Via.) International Business Times <—Read the rest of the story here
“The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is finalizing regulations that could ban the sale of most of the cigars currently available in the United States. The FDA last year uncorked a 241-page, 70,000 word barrage of proposed restrictions on the sales and marketing of tobacco products. Some congressmen are pushing back against the agency, but it is unclear whether cigar smokers can escape the nanny-state’s sacrificial altar.
The FDA proposes requiring companies to file Premarket Tobacco Applications for any tobacco product that was not being sold in the United States as of Feb. 15, 2007. Almost four-fifths of currently sold cigars could effectively be banished from the market under that provision. Manufacturers and importers would be obliged to either cease selling such items or spend years and hundreds of thousands of dollars seeking FDA approval for each product.
The FDA suggests that it might exempt from regulation ‘premium cigars’ that cost at least $10 apiece. There is little or no difference in ingredients between most handmade cigars that cost more than $10 and those that cost less. Does the FDA believe that only people with money to burn deserve free choice? George Washington University professor John Banzhaf groused that the FDA’s purpose ‘is to protect public health, not make it easier for politicians to raise fortunes at ‘smokers’ where only premium cigars are likely to be produced or distributed.’ Competitive Enterprise Institute counsel Sam Kazman observes, ‘The controversy over FDA’s distinctions between cigar categories is a sign that the agency should keep its hands off cigars altogether.’”
(Via.) JAMES BOVARD – Washington Times <— Read more here
“Bernie Sanders, that sweet old socialist who we would have to invent if he didn’t exist in real life, elicited guffaws all over the Internet with his now famous comment about deodorant choice.
‘You don’t necessarily need a choice of 23 underarm spray deodorants or of 18 different pairs of sneakers,’ he said, ‘when children are hungry in this country.’
Actually, his comment taps into an intuition that massive numbers of people feel every day. The hysteria about SUVs a few years back was based on this same question and intuition. Why such riches amidst such poverty? Is there not something we can do to reallocate obvious decadence toward more pressing human needs?
You don’t have to be a socialist to have such thoughts. There’s someone at every cocktail party in the world, and every faculty lounge, who grumbles in exactly this sort of way.
The errors here are three:”
(Via.) Foundation for Economic Education <—Read more here.
Free Webinar Scheduled June 11, 2015: How To Defend Your Private Business During a Riot or Civil Disturbance.
Pulse O2DA Firearms Training, Inc. (Pulse O2DA), announced today a free webinar for business owners, managers and employees discussing how to defend a private business during a riot or civil disturbance.
Details for the webinar are:
- DATE: Thursday, June 11, 2015
- TIME: 12:00 – 2:00PM CDT
- COST: This is a FREE webinar for qualified businesses.
- ACCESS: Includes complimentary 14-day access to the O2DA Battle Academy.
- HANDOUT: Strategy for the Defense of Home, Business and Community
- REGISTER: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2384408979358690050
The recent events in Detroit, Cleveland, Baltimore and Ferguson demonstrate the need for business owners to be proactive in defending their property during times of riot or civil disturbance.
What do you do if you own a business in a rioting city and the Mayor orders law enforcement to stand-down and retreat from rioting criminals?
What do you do if your business is engulfed in a civil disturbance and there simply isn’t enough police to secure your business?
Do you have an obligation to stand aside and let your business be destroyed? Or do you stand and fight for your property?”
This 2-hour webinar provides an overview of the strategy and tactics small and medium-sized enterprises can use in order to defend their private property during a riot or civil disturbance.
During the webinar we will discuss:
- How to do a site survey.
- How to do a vulnerability analysis.
- Options for setting up your own private security force.
- Basic firearms fundamentals for an effective defense.
- What weapons and accessories to buy. Interfacing with local authorities.
This is a free webinar for business owners and their employees. Qualified attendees receive complimentary 14-day access to the O2DA Battle Academy and a free PDF copy of “Strategy for the Defense Of Home, Business and Community”.
Click this link to register for the webinar: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2384408979358690050
“These were not the only relationships bridging leaders of the two nations. In the years before Hillary Clinton became secretary of state, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia contributed at least $10 million to the Clinton Foundation, the philanthropic enterprise she has overseen with her husband, former president Bill Clinton. Just two months before the deal was finalized, Boeing — the defense contractor that manufactures one of the fighter jets the Saudis were especially keen to acquire, the F-15 — contributed $900,000 to the Clinton Foundation, according to a company press release.”
(Via.) International Business Times <—Read more here
The industry and its supporters use “war on coal” as shorthand for a ferocious assault by a hostile White House, but the real war on coal is not primarily an Obama war, or even a Washington war. It’s a guerrilla war. The front lines are not at the Environmental Protection Agency or the Supreme Court. If you want to see how the fossil fuel that once powered most of the country is being battered by enemy forces, you have to watch state and local hearings where utility commissions and other obscure governing bodies debate individual coal plants. You probably won’t find much drama. You’ll definitely find lawyers from the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign, the boots on the ground in the war on coal.
Source: Inside the war on coal
“I didn’t want to traumatize her and it wasn’t a good environment to be talking about [my disabilities] with that specific person,” Rawls told Campus Reform. Rawls told The Daily Caller News Foundation in a separate interview he doesn’t have any problem interacting with Muslims in general, but that he was more sensitive about having to share the intimate details of his war-related disabilities with one. If possible, he said he preferred to meet with other Christians, and said that was one of the reasons he attended a Christian college in the first place.
“Stepping out of the chronology that the past few Weekly DTIC entries have taken, today we’ll be examining two much more modern pieces of research, which help explain some of the phenomena observed by end-users when firing their weapons in anger. The first document is Small Caliber Lethality: 5.56mm Performance in Close Quarters Battle, by Majors Glenn Dean and David LaFontaine. This magazine article, originally published in September 2006 in Infantry Magazine, covers the results of Army Research Laboratory studies carried out to help determine the underlying cause of erratic terminal performance from 5.56mm weapons in the field. The second, Small-Caliber Projectile Target Impact Angle Determined from Close Proximity Radiographs, is a technical mate to the first, describing the process eventually used to generate the scientific data necessary for the fleet yaw theory…
The first article explores this background, and the challenges the investigators had to face in very satisfying detail. What resulted from their investigation was a landmark discovery in terminal effectiveness science: Bullets – all bullets, not just .22 caliber ones – experience a period of very violent yaw and turbulence when they exit the muzzle, causing their angle of attack relative to their flight path – that is how ‘straight’ the bullet is in flight – to vary wildly. Within 50m, they found, two bullets fired from the same gun, at essentially the same time, might impact a target at two completely different angles. A bullet impacting head on into gelatin would stay stable for much longer than one impacting at a high angle, and would deposit its energy much later. This explained the problems some users – but not others – were having with their weapons. In some instances, the FMJ projectiles would hit the target at a desirable high angle of attack, tumble and fragment within a short distance, and reliably stop the target, while in others, the same type of projectile would hit at a flat angle, and might not yaw for many inches.”
(Via.) The Firearm Blog <—Read more here