Limited blogging for the next few days.


Make sure to check below because I should have some internet access but, with any luck at all, I have more ‘relax in the canyons’ access.

Update 6: Headed home to Galt’s Gulch today.


He’s made his point.

Now it is time to pay his taxes. He should try to negotiaate a deal.

Shooting in Gaza.

The prime minister of the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip on Tuesday praised a shooting that killed an Israeli and wounded his wife and son as they drove through the West Bank the previous evening en route to a Seder, the traditional Passover meal that starts the weeklong Jewish holiday.

Speaking in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh said the attack outside the city of Hebron “brought back life to the path of resistance” against Israel and warned of more attacks in the territory. No one claimed responsibility for the attack, the latest incident to threaten peace talks with the Palestinians.

That’s a little like not giving out the medicine to see if the patient still survives.

Obama leaves loophole open for NSA to exploit zero-day vulnerabilities


This one’s political.

When you boil it down …

… the answers show up in the numbers.

Statistical Frauds of the Left

Day by Day

If I was borrowing 40 cents on every dollar I spent I would be cautious too.

A debate over reauthorizing the Export-Import Bank is threatening to deepen tensions between House conservatives and the Republican leadership, prompting Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) to tread carefully after striking a deal with Democrats in 2012.

The authorization for the bank expires at the end of September, but the chairman of the Financial Services Committee, Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Tex.), is already trying to rally conservatives against the move after watching the leadership sidestep his committee on a flood insurance bill earlier this year.

Cantor, meanwhile, has privately told members he does not intend to get involved this time around, a message that some see as an indication that he is wary of battling conservatives angered by a number of his recent legislative moves.

Good idea.

Alzheimer’s disease, the primary cause of dementia in the elderly, imposes a tremendous social and economic burden on modern society. Unfortunately, it has proven very difficult to develop drugs capable of ameliorating the disease. After a tremendous burst of progress in the 1990s, the pace of discoveries has slowed. Part of the difficulty is the inadequacy of current mouse models to replicate the real conditions of Alzheimer’s disease and allow an understanding of the underlying mechanisms that lead to neurodegeneration. Scientists have now reported the creation of two new mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease that may potentially revolutionize research into this disease.

Another suggestion for paswords.

This Simple Trick Could Solve All Of Your Password Problems

For example, you might want to think of a movie that reminds you of one of your best friends to help you create a strong Facebook password. Grab the most memorable line from that movie.

Could work.

On this day in history.

On this day in 1945, the U.S. Fifth Army joins its British allies in the assault on the German occupiers of Italy.


Muslim Preacher Faces N.Y. Trial a Decade After Terror Charges

Starting to look a lot like most of my investments.

Early recipients of Social Security received more than six dollars in benefits for every dollar paid in Social Security taxes. Today and in the future, recipients will receive less than a dollar in benefits for every dollar paid in Social Security taxes.

Enforce the ‘Class Act’.

The important question is how many of the people who did not have insurance before Obamacare have paid?

Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) on Sunday said that the resignation of Kathleen Sebelius as Health and Human Services secretary will increase the controversy over ObamaCare. …

… The Tennessee Republican called White House budget director Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Obama’s pick to replace Sebelius at HHS, an “interesting choice.”

“I think there are many of us and probably a bit of a growing consensus that they know they’ve got a math problem with ObamaCare,” Blackburn said. “And the numbers are not going to work out so that the program is actuarially sound. And they’re going to have to have somebody to kind of spin the numbers.

“And this is something with Burwell coming from O.M.B., I think they’re expecting her to be able to do for them. How many of these seven million people have paid? How many actually signed up and paid and completed the process? How many got subsidies? How many are on Medicaid? How many are young? You know, if those numbers don’t work out exactly right, they’ve got a big funding issue on their hands,” Blackburn added.

Blackburn predicted tat Republicans will continue efforts to repeal and replace the president’s signature healthcare reform law.

Guilty plea in credit card fraud case.

Card fraud. Images courtesy of Shutterstock.A key member of a gang that trafficked stolen and fake credit cards faces a long spell in jail after pleading guilty to federal racketeering charges.

The defendant, Cameron Harrison of Georgia, US, was part of a large card fraud gang associated with the website, believed to be responsible for around $50 million (£30 million) in losses around the globe.

If it involves Harry Reid, there is much more to the story.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said little as federal agents seized and then released cattle last week from the Bundy ranch, but there is little doubt that the highly charged episode was threatening to become a political headache for the Nevada Democrat.

The Bureau of Land Management is headed by former longtime Reid aide Neil Kornze, who was confirmed by the Senate as BLM director on Tuesday, just as federal authorities descended on the cattle ranch outside Mesquite, Nev.

Wretched excess is not quite enough.

Political Washington is having a great deal of fun following the contentious divorce of “super-lobbyist couple” (as the Washington Post put it) Tony and Heather Podesta, which should be organized under the headline “Lifestyles of the Rich and Odious.” Matthew Continetti and others have chronicled the usual assortment of high-class problems — skirmishing over the multimillion-dollar Kalorama mansion, allegations of unauthorized lock-changing at the couple’s home in Venice, questions about the disposition of their 1,300-piece art collection (“I don’t know why it is, but I have artworks where the women have no heads,” he says), her new relationship with the cinematic auteur behind the fourth installment in the Griswold family’s “Vacation” franchise (Vegas Vacation, in case you’re wondering), and a great deal more.

Problems on the Temple Mount.

Holy site closed to visitors until further security assessments made; stun grenades used to disperse rioters.

Where’s the money?

The Florida Department of Transportation launched a formal inquiry on Thursday into the Pinellas County-area transit authority’s use of $800,000 in operating funds — supplied through property taxes — to advertise a $1.7-billion light rail plan that hinges on area taxpayers voting themselves the highest sales tax rate in the state.

This might be fun to watch.

The UN has commented on the refusal of visa issuance by US to Iran’s nomination for UN ambassador, APA reports quoting Mehr news agency. UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric noted that this issue bears not relations to the UN and should be resolved between the US and Iran: “Official Washington is faithful to bilateral contract known as Headquarters Agreement and provide necessary condition for issuance of visa to all representatives of the world countries”.

If you’ve spent most of your life giving away other peoples money …

Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets of Paris, protesting the new economic reforms put forward by Francois Hollande’s center-left government. The policy-change followed a local election drubbing.

The problem is not with the preparers.

The problem is with the tax code.

Top Republicans are showing no interest in agreeing to the IRS’s request to give the agency more power to regulate tax preparers.

John Koskinen, the IRS commissioner, told lawmakers this week that Congress needed to act to help taxpayers, after a federal court threw out the agency’s plan to license and educate preparers.

But that idea’s a tough sell to the GOP lawmakers who have the IRS in their sights after last year’s Tea Party controversy, even though some have sounded open to tougher rules against unscrupulous preparers.

What is going on in Quebec?

The head of the youth protection agency in Quebec that first gained access to the Jewish sect Lev Tahor is frustrated that children’s services in Ontario have not acted on Quebec court orders for more than 100 children in that community, CBC’s the fifth estate has learned.

While an Ontario judge has upheld a Quebec court order to place 13 Lev Tahor children in temporary foster care, Denis Baraby, the director of Quebec’s youth protection services Laurentian branch, told the fifth estate that his agency is concerned for more than just those children.

Gillian Findlay’s story on Lev Tahor is part of the fifth estate’s documentary After the Cameras Went Away. It airs Friday at 9:00 pm on CBC-TV, 9:30 in Newfoundland.

Britain’s first female genital mutilation trial provokes national controversy

When a young doctor delivered a baby in a north London public hospital in 2012, he couldn’t have known the procedure would sweep him into a national controversy.

His patient was bleeding after the birth and needed stitches. Like tens of thousands of women in the UK, she had also been subjected to female genital mutilation, or FGM, years earlier.

Now the doctor, 31-year-old Dhanoun Dharmasena, is set to appear before a London court next week on charges that he committed the same crime himself.

So who was the primary share holder during these years?

It never gets mentioned.

But an email contained among 700 pages of internal G.M. documents released on Friday by the same House committee raises questions of whether she knew more about safety problems with the Cobalt.

The correspondence shows that as a G.M. vice president in 2011, Ms. Barra was alerted to widening problems with power steering in the Cobalt and other models, an indication that she was made aware of safety problems in those cars earlier than she had suggested.

The documents, released by the House Energy and Commerce Committee, detail years of deliberations inside G.M. over a dangerous flaw in the ignition switch of small cars that the company did not disclose to the public until this year.

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