Austrian Anarchy writes "The US government has been enforcing an RF "Quiet Zone" in West Virginia for over 50 years. From NPR: There are no physical signs you've entered the National Radio Quiet Zone, a 13,000-square-mile area that covers the eastern half of West Virginia. But the silence gives you a signal. Somewhere around the Virginia-West Virginia state line, the periodic buzzes and pings of our smartphones stopped." top
Maker of Physical Bitcoin Tokens Suspends Operation After Hearing from Federal G
Austrian Anarchy writes "Via Reason and Wired: Mike Caldwell ran a business called Casascius that printed physical tokens with a bitcoin digital key on it, key hidden behind a tamper proof strip. He's charge you $50 worth of bitcoin to print a key of a bitcoin you sent him via computer on this token. Cool stuff--a good friend of mine found one sitting unnoticed in her tip jar from an event at which she sold her artisan lamps from 2011 and was naturally delighted given the nearly 1000x increase in value of a bitcoin since then.
So, you're making something fun, useful, interesting, harmless---naturally the federal government is very concerned and wants to hobble you.
Just before Thanksgiving, [Caldwell] received a letter from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, or FINCEN, the arm of the Treasury Department that dictates how the nation’s anti-money-laundering and financial crime regulations are interpreted. According to FINCEN, Caldwell needs to rethink his business. “They considered my activity to be money transmitting,” Caldwell says. And if you want to transmit money, you must first jump through a lot of state and federal regulatory hoops Caldwell hasn’t jumped through." top
Austrian Anarchy writes "The October, 2013 edition of Reason Magazine reports:"The ZXX font is designed to be difficult for machines to read. Former National Security Agency contractor Sang Mun created the font as a response to increasing government incursions on privacy. “I have become dedicated to researching ways to ‘articulate our unfreedom’ and to continue the evolution of my own thinking about censorship, surveillance, and a free society,” he explained after releasing the font online in June." The article is missing a link to the project page." top
Was Michael Crichton's "Andromeda Strain" a documentary?
Austrian Anarchy writes "NBC Reports that "For 15 years, scientists have benefited from data gleaned by U.S. classified satellites of natural fireball events in Earth's atmosphere — but no longer.
A recent U.S. military policy decision now explicitly states that observations by hush-hush government spacecraft of incoming bolides and fireballs are classified secret and are not to be released, SPACE.com has learned.
The satellites' main objectives include detecting nuclear bomb tests, and their characterizations of asteroids and lesser meteoroids as they crash through the atmosphere has been a byproduct data bonanza for scientists.
The upshot: Space rocks that explode in the atmosphere are now classified." Not exactly "Scoop," at least not that they are admitting yet."
One of these days if I ever get to restore my Charger, I am making sure to paint the solar panel on the hood like this car. Guess I need to have one of those "Hybrid" badges made for it too Heck, if I ever get to the point where I can work on it again, I'll probably have my own CNC machine by then, lol.
In the State of the Union address last night, President Obama vowed to institute measures to raise the minimum pay of all employees on federal contracts to $10.10/hr. News outlets rushed to a particular report by an outfit called "Demos" as evidence that there are people who would benefit from this act. Problem is, the report does not show that at all. Maybe there are federal contractors out there that earn less than $10.10/hr., but they sure are difficult to find.
Today's guest is Todd Barry and I finally figured out where to go for the code to embed these shows, so you don't have to go any farther than the link above. Interesting item, the boys walked out of an Everyman Espresso location in the East Village after waiting longer than they preferred. The company logo is remarkably similar to the 2004 Fifth HOPE conference. The car for this episode is a 1966 MGB roadster.
Apparently Dr. Robert Lustig is one of the last people around who is unaware that caffeine is already regulated. He uses it in an odd example in his crusade to regulate sugars more to his liking. While I was waiting for a magazine to approve or decline this article (they declined) I discovered that Jay Leno thinks caffeine is addictive. Also discovered that Adam Carolla, Dr. Drew, and Dr. Spaz brought some science to the discussion. Not Regulated Enough Already?
Unemployment Insurance (UI) is a payroll tax, pure and simple. Just like everything in this category, the people who pay the tax in the end receive very little value for what they pay and it does not even resemble any product that could legally be marketed as insurance by anybody outside of government. The typical American worker labors between 40 and 45 years, paying into this system the whole time, while his chances of receiving even half of what he paid are slim.
In case you have not heard, the LA police paid a visit to Justin Bieber's place recently. An interesting bit from the story: ""The purpose of the search warrant is to seek video surveillance or other possible evidence in the vandalism that occurred on January 9, 2014," the sheriff's statement said. Deputies seized video from computer hard drives on the "extensive" security monitoring system on Bieber's estate, Thompson said. Cameras capture just about any movement on the property, he said. Detectives will spend the next days scouring through the video for clues about who hurled eggs toward the neighboring mansion last week, Thompson said." For one thing, there is already video of Bieber throwing eggs (not the best cinematography out there). For another, there was a drug related arrest and the home video might serve to incriminate in all sorts of directions unrelated to the incident.
In this week's Jerry Seinfeld adventure, Jerry and Patton Oswalt discuss how one might kill Superman while Jerry's borrowed 1981 DeLorean DMC 12 is attended to by the on-call mechanics who have to follow those cars around.
Patton's first acting role was in the Seinfeld episode "The Couch," Season 6, Episode 5 which originally aired on October 27, 1994.
Another informative segment was on how to be a downtown LA hipster doofus while chatting at The Handsome Coffee Roasters on Mateo.
Linda Taylor was featured in the 19 DEC 1974 issue of Jet in a piece titled Alleged "Welfare Queen" Is Accused of $154,000 Ripoff. The flow of history has somehow penned Reagan with coining the term in 1976, although there is no evidence that he ever used it. David Weigel clings bitterly to a world where the only people defrauding the government are figments of his political opposition.
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Not sure if you do, but I LOVE the Barney Miller show. Here are a couple of my favorite episodes: The Radical includes a scene that did not appear in reruns for a long time, where Yippie Jonathan Dodd makes his post-arrest phone calls and tries to contact Abbie Hoffman. Dodd has been "underground" living in Greenwich Village for nine years and is arrested for shoplifting at Cotterman's. He thinks his terroristic actions in the 1960s "stopped the war." Uniform Day Lieutenant Dietrich opens a cold case that is about to expire seven years after the act (armed robbery of Cotterman's). His suspect has been hiding in his apartment the whole time. I had elements of this episode confused with the one above. My 1970s bank bomber book project brought both episodes to mind, but after seeing them again they really do not have that much to do with my bomber.
Showden Oath Myth is my take on an emerging legend that Edward Snowden was upholding a higher oath to the Constitution. As a contractor, he never took one. That oath, from 5 U.S.C. Â3331, applies to "An individual, except the President, elected or appointed to an office of honor or profit in the civil service or uniformed services." In the civil service or uniformed services is key, as he was neither. Yes, he was probably presented with non-disclosure agreements and informed what could happen if he violated those, but no oath was involved. I know what an oath is, having been a 30 year service member both enlisted and commissioned. I was also a contractor from 1994 to 2010, and never once swore an oath of any kind as a contractor.