Author: Paul Gordon

Why the State Wants Charlie Gard to Die, and Why You Should Care

The story of Charlie Gard is producing a lot of stories that go something along the line of, ‘this is what socialized medicine looks like,’ or ‘this is what government control looks like.’ But the story of Charlie Gard, a story where the state has deemed that a child should be left to die even if that child’s parents can pay for experimental treatment to attempt to save that child’s life, goes well beyond those two valid points. The story of Charlie Gard is about a control of our lives that goes FAR beyond the living. It touches on...

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California Politicians Prioritize Anti-Gun Research Over Road Funding

from https://townhall.com/tipsheet/jennifervanlaar/2017/07/15/california-doesnt-have-money-to-fix-roads-but-drops-millions-on-gun-violence-research-n2355400 This year California legislators passed the largest gas tax increase in decades, a move which will hit the middle class the hardest. When middle class taxpayers got upset, Gov. Brown hit back, calling them “freeloaders” and invoking the “everyone has to pitch in for society!” talking points. Maybe they’d have more money if they weren’t spending it on things people don’t rely on the government to provide. One thing legislators have found the money for is anti-gun research. They call it “gun violence research,” but make no mistake, there is only one acceptable outcome for the research. During the 2016 legislative session lawmakers approved a bill creating the “University of California Firearms Violence Research Center,” allotting $5 million over five years to establish the center and fund operations. Five million dollars is a drop in the bucket compared to the billions California needs to improve roads, crumbling bridges, and deteriorating dams, but, as they keep reminding residents of the drought-stricken state, drops add up. The Center opened July 1 at UC Davis, with Dr. Garen Wintemute, a well-known name in both gun control and gun rights circles. He told the Sacramento Bee he “hopes to assess the effectiveness of current laws, including the newly adopted requirement that people who buy ammunition have the legal right to own guns, and of California’s new gun violence restraining orders.” Wintemute...

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AlphaBay Admin Commits Suicide in Jail

After shutting down AlphaBay, the dark web’s home for anonymous transactions, an Admin for Alphabay has shown up dead in a Thai prison, allegedly from suicide. from https://darkwebnews.com/alphabay/alphabay-gone/ But breaking news just surfaced that can satisfy some unanswered questions raised by users of the market and those closely following the story. New reports say AlphaBay’s disappearance was the result of law enforcement raids in three countries on July 5. The crackdown seized equipment from alleged AlphaBay administrators in these raids, which happened in the United States, Canada and Thailand. All of this has been confirmed by a source quoted by The Wall Street Journal. Background: AlphaBay Before the Fall AlphaBay first launched in 2014, quickly rising the ranks of dark web popularity for its reliability and reputable standards of operation. The site elevated to widespread use and respect after administrators of other darknet markets conducted elaborate exit scams over the last few years, getting away with stealing millions of dollars in Bitcoin from vendors. In 2015, darknet market “Evolution” went down after administrators took $12 million worth of vendors’ Bitcoins. And in May, another popular market, “Outlaw,” saw another exit scam. After Outlaw first went offline, administrators claimed the site had been subject to a hack. It was later revealed that they’d run off with users’ cash instead.   AlphaBay Seized By Feds, Admin Commits Suicide in Thai Jail...

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Police Body Cameras Will Soon Be Able to Know Who You Are

Thanks to Bioemtric ID Technology, the police might no longer even need to ask your name or to see your ID.  Just by looking at you, they will kno exactly who you are. from http://www.activistpost.com/2017/07/police-body-cameras-equipped-biometric-id.html VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO4wMs5OvD8 Given the steady roll-out of biometrics in banking, personal computing, and travel as of late, it seemed to be just a matter of time before police were equipped the latest biometric ID technology. Defense One reports that, Device-maker Motorola will work with artificial intelligence software startup Neurala to build “real-time learning for a person of interest search” on products such as the...

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Property Manager Helps Family Keep Vacation Home, PA Gov Shuts Her Down

A property manager does everything she can to help a family keep their vacation home, but government intervenes to shut down the property manager because she didn’t have a real estate licence, even though she doesn’t sell real estate. from http://reason.com/archives/2017/07/18/sally-helped-my-family-keep-our-vacation Arrowhead Lake is an idyllic little community in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains. For my family, it’s the perfect vacation spot. We swim and canoe at the lake, hike and pick berries, roast marshmallows, and dance at the summer bonfires held at the community’s main pavilion. It feels like a much-needed break from the fast pace of modern life, and we always come home feeling renewed and refreshed. We love it so much that after a few years vacationing there as renters, we decided to buy a home in the community. In order to swing this financially, we have to rent the place out when we are not there, like many vacation homeowners do. Initially, we were having trouble making that work. We even thought—to our great disappointment—that we might have to sell the house because the numbers were not adding up. That’s when we found property manager Sally Ladd, who already managed a few other vacation rentals in Arrowhead Lake and came highly recommended by other owners. We met with and interviewed Sally and were tremendously impressed with her, so we hired her to manage our property. Almost immediately,...

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