The humor of a police state.

Good idea … and desperately needed.

Mechanism that repairs brain after stroke discovered

Is Pressler headed back to D.C.? And which side of the street will he walk on?

But while former Sen. Larry Pressler, who served nearly a quarter century in Congress as a Republican, won’t say who he’d caucus with, he told The Hill Wednesday that, if elected, he’d be a “friend of Obama” in the Senate.
“I don’t regret those votes, ’cause on that day, that’s how I felt,” he said of voting for Obama twice, a detail used by Republicans as evidence Pressler is now a closet Democrat.

He said the first time around, he supported Obama’s budget plan, which was similar to the “Clinton-Gingrich balanced-budget plan,” which Pressler says he sees as a model for the nation. And the second time, Pressler said he supported the president because he spoke out on the issue of post-traumatic stress disorder, something Pressler himself is afflicted with from his combat experience in the Vietnam War.

They’re referring of this as an ‘occupy’ protest. Only from Francee.

I think that most of us knew that Hong Kong would play more of a difference in China than China would play in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong’s pro-democracy protests have claimed a first sporting victim with next month’s match between two top French clubs, Toulouse and Racing Metro, cancelled because of the overseas organisers’ safety and stadium concerns.

The two top European clubs played here last year and were due to return next month, but the protests and problems finding a suitable venue led to the cancellation.

“The French organisers were worried about playing in Hong Kong. They were due to book the flights this week, but they didn’t want to take the risk of coming to Hong Kong,” said Jean-Baptiste Aldige, who organised last year’s match but has since sold his firm to French interests.

“I live in Hong Kong and for me these protests are not a big issue. I know it is safe here. But I am now just a logistics partner and all the organisational aspects are run by Team One France, which decided that coming to Hong Kong might put the players in some risk,” he added.

Cluster bombs?

UNIFIL (United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon) claims that Israel had used cluster bombs in response to the attack near the border fence perpetrated by Hezbollah, thus was reported today (Thursday) in the Lebanese newspaper “Daily Star”.

According to the report, the charges made by UNIFIL – according which Israel had used a weapon which is banned under international conventions – was the result of a joint investigation by UNIFIL and the Lebanese army.

This could be fun.

Last November, Kano’s DIY computer kit raised over $1.5 million on Kickstarter because it made two seemingly tricky things — building a computer and learning to code — both accessible and fun.

Today, Kano is now available to the public, allowing anyone looking to learn how to code and construct their own computer. The $149 kit includes all the parts you need to get started, minus the display screen, which you’ll need to provide.

While anyone can learn a lot from Kano’s step-by-step instructions, the included booklets and overall design aesthetic of Kano and its Linux-based operating system are geared more towards kids.

It’s a move that makes a lot sense due to the inherently intimidating nature of computers and coding, and the best part about Kano is that you can be a computer novice and still construct, code, and tinker on a computer you’ve made surprisingly quickly.

Marissa makes a move.

Yahoo is effectively shutting down its Indian engineering office in a series of layoffs that will involve up to 500 people losing their jobs.

Anti-ISIS protests.

I’m having trouble understanding this.

Over the years I’ve spent more than a little time in the UK … but …

UK-based Child Soldiers International (CSI) is currently seeking a judicial review of a system it believes to be flawed, which requires British minors under the age of 18 to carry out six consecutive years of military service prior to leaving the armed forces.

While minors retain the right to be discharged from military service at any point leading up to their 18th birthday, from this point onwards a restrictive “catch-22” clause commits them to mandatory service for a further four years, irrespective of what age they were when they joined the military.

As a result, Britain’s youngest military recruits are forced to serve for the longest periods. 16 year-olds are required to serve for a minimum of six years, while 17-year olds are required to serve for five years. Adults, by contrast, may be discharged after four years.

It’s safe to go back in the water …

Apple And Reddit Have Shut Down The iWorm Virus That Took Control Of People’s Macs

Try and dodge this summons.

‘Notice! You Have Been Sued’: Judge Allows Summons to Be Served Via Facebook

Probably the best use …

Dubai police are rigging $1,500 Google Glass gadgets up with facial recognition for use by their detectives, Reuters reports.

A spokesman confirmed a report in Dubai’s 7 Days newspaper that police have developed software that will connect a Glass wearer to a database of wanted people.

Once the device matches a suspect with a face print in the database, it alerts the officer wearing the gadget.

Another charge against ‘the Jackal’.

And you thought he was dead …

Carlos the Jackal, the Venezuelan who became a symbol of Cold War terrorism, is facing a new trial.

A French court has ordered Carlos, whose real name is Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, to stand trial over a 1974 grenade attack on Paris’ Left Bank that killed two people and injured more than 30. He is serving two life sentences for other deadly attacks in the 1970s and 1980s.

An association of victims’ families released the indictment Tuesday. The families have fought for years to see Ramirez tried for the 1974 attack.

Authorities have linked Ramirez to bombings, hijackings and other attacks. He joined the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and was affiliated with extreme-left European terror groups. He was seized by French agents in 1994.

Arrests in Helsinki.

Three Finnish men were arrested in Helsinki on Friday on suspicion of carrying out “terrorist” crimes and joining foreign fighters abroad, police said.

The case was linked to Syria and the hardline Sunni Muslim group Islamic State, local broadcaster MTV said, citing unnamed sources. Police declined to comment on that report.

“They are suspected of participating in an armed group’s activity abroad, and of crimes with a terrorist purpose,” Finland’s National Bureau of Investigation said in a statement.

Protest in Copenhagen.

Dozens of Kurds occupied the Danish Parliament in order to raise awareness about the plight of their people in Kobane.

According to a report in Al Jazeera, about 100 Kurdish protesters sat on the floor of the Danish Parliament building, chanting, “Stop the Silence! Support Kobane!” Kobane is a Kurdish city in Syria that ISIS is on the verge of taking over.

“The situation in Kobane is getting out of control. ISIS has stormed the town and a lot of civilians are being killed. We want the West to do more to stop the situation in Syria,” one of the protesters told Hurriyet Daily News. Kurdish protesters have also taken to the streets in several other European cities, such as Rome, London, Vienna, Cologne, and Stockholm.

I was told that they would have wi-fi.

They had it. It wasn’t working.

Back on the road so there won’t be much for about 8 hours.

Don’t let anything happen while I’m gone.

Even more of a fine line.

Those seeking to outlaw revenge porn in the US are now battling a coalition of free-speech advocates who claim the existing laws were thrown together so shabbily, they could arguably be used to criminalize a host of non-vengeful innocents who handle nude images: libraries, booksellers, college professors or breastfeeding educators, for example.

The plaintiffs include several bookstores, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the Freedom to Read Foundation, the American Association of Publishers and the National Press Photographers Association.

According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, anti-revenge porn bills were introduced or are pending in at least 28 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico in 2014, and laws have been enacted in Arizona, Colorado, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia and Wisconsin.

Arizona is ground zero for challenging the constitutionality of those laws.

Hacked …

Hackers from Australia, Canada and the US have been charged with breaking into the networks of games developers and the US Army to steal software worth at least $100m, according to prosecutors.

The Department of Justice says the alleged cyber theft included ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3′ as well as ‘Gears of War 3′, both of which were snatched prior to release.

The group also allegedly stole Apache helicopter training software from the US military, possibly to sell on to Call of Duty players to help them get that attack helicopter 7-killstreak reward.

Are we fine tuning the right to privacy?

Robert Bork did not return my call,

US Attorney General urges tech companies to leave back doors open on gadgets for police

It is fully possible to permit law enforcement to do its job while still adequately protecting personal privacy.

When a child is in danger, law enforcement needs to be able to take every legally available step to quickly find and protect the child and to stop those that abuse children.

proving once again that honesty and character are meaningless.

Obama: Midterm elections should be referendum on the economy

Sentencing in Seattle.

A Somali-American man will serve 30 years in prison for plotting to detonate a massive car bomb at a crowded 2010 Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Ore.

Mohamed Mohamud, 23, was arrested in November 2010 after repeatedly trying to detonate the bomb, which was parked amid thousands of people, including children.

Prosecutors asked that Mohamud be sentenced to 40 years, describing in detail his plot and his motivations. FBI agent in undercover operatives to monitor him after his father contacted law enforcement to express concern about Mohamud’s radicalization, a prosecution sentencing memo said.

In writings and recordings, “Mohamud had made it clear he thought terrorism targeting Americans was ‘a justified response to what he perceived as the killing of innocent Muslims in Afghanistan by the United States and its allies.’”

Ebola enters the U.S.

Fears are rising about the spread of Ebola in Texas after health officials revealed an infected patient had come into contact with nearly 20 people over the weekend.

Health officials said they are working to track down every person who came in contact with the patient, who has been identified in multiple media reports as Thomas Eric Duncan of Liberia. He remains in serious condition at a Dallas hospital.

You start getting strange protests when you run out of money.

3,000 French Scientists Are Marching to Demand More Research Funding

It also is one of the ZIP codes that registers the fewest active concealed carry firearms permits per capita in the county, according to concealed carry numbers obtained under the Freedom of Information Act by The Washington Times.

Ditto for the crime-ridden neighborhoods of Englewood and West Englewood. Combined with West Garfield Park, out of their 114,933 total residents, only 193 concealed carry licenses have been issued — less than 0.17 percent of the population.

A big mistake.

Obama Betrays the Kurds

The Kurds are fighting bravely, but they need arms, and they need air support.