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Gun control: Remington plant lays off 120 as gun makers report declining sales

Case in point is top American arms maker Remington Outdoor Co., which earlier this month laid off 120 workers at one of its plants in upstate New York. Trump’s victory, which has likely eased anxiety over stronger gun laws, has impacted the company’s handgun sales, the WSJ reported. Industry sales declines at the moment is “a dynamic from which Remington is not immune,” a company spokeswoman said.

Source: RT America

Cobalt Advantage Reloading System (CARS) “Beta” Program

If you have never seen the Cobalt Kinetics rifles (https://cobaltkinetics.com), you are in for a visual treat.

While not into the flashy, I am very appreciative of the technology that is going into producing these functional works of art, and the sport that drives it.

Cobalt Kinetics seems to be transforming and combining the best features of the old with the contemporary technology, materials, and manufacturing processes of today, which places their rifle in the price range of the average enthusiast.

Will they hold up in a fight? I don’t know, so some stress testing to find out how much punishment they can take in comparison to a regular AR would be in order.

However, they look solid so the results may surprise the skeptical.

And there is more to be pleased with.

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Following Watson and blockchain, quantum computing to deliver next powerful set of services on IBM Cloud platform

Yorktown Heights, N.Y. – 06 Mar 2017: IBM (NYSE: IBM) announced today an industry-first initiative to build commercially available universal quantum computing systems. “IBM Q” quantum systems and services will be delivered via the IBM Cloud platform. While technologies that currently run on classical computers, such as Watson, can help find patterns and insights buried in vast amounts of existing data, quantum computers will deliver solutions to important problems where patterns cannot be seen because the data doesn’t exist and the possibilities that you need to explore to get to the answer are too enormous to ever be processed by classical computers.

IBM also announced today:

  • The release of a new API (Application Program Interface) for the IBM Quantum Experience that enables developers and programmers to begin building interfaces between its existing five quantum bit (qubit) cloud-based quantum computer and classical computers, without needing a deep background in quantum physics.

Source: IBM

BREAKING: WikiLeaks’ Vault 7 Shows How CIA Spies on Your TV, Phone, PC, Mac, and More

A similar unit targets Google’s Android which is used to run the majority of the world’s smart phones (~85%) including Samsung, HTC and Sony. 1.15 billion Android powered phones were sold last year. “Year Zero” shows that as of 2016 the CIA had 24 “weaponized” Android “zero days” which it has developed itself and obtained from GCHQ, NSA and cyber arms contractors. These techniques permit the CIA to bypass the encryption of WhatsApp, Signal, Telegram, Wiebo, Confide and Cloackman by hacking the “smart” phones that they run on and collecting audio and message traffic before encryption is applied.

Source: thefreethoughtproject.com

Uber Uses Maneuver Theory (finding the gaps and exploiting them) to Subvert Trolls

Greyball: Uber’s Super Cool App to Subvert Trolls

What can a company do about trolls who use their technology to hurt the company and other consumers? It’s a tough problem for a technology company like Uber because anyone can download the app and summon a car and get picked up. Some of these accounts, inevitably, will belong to bad actors who are up to no good.

Reputation data for individual users are fantastic, but there’s still the problem that users can make new accounts. What can you do?

Several years ago, reveals the New York Times, Uber had a fantastic idea. For a suspected malevolent troll who used the service, the company dropped an extra layer on their smartphone application. The passenger would call a car, someone would answer the query, but then the ride would be canceled. This happened repeatedly. The beauty of this strategy is that the person doesn’t know it is happening and the process discourages the creation of new user accounts.

It’s not blackballing. It’s about being “greyballed,” which is the name of the application.

Peacefully Blocking Bureaucrats

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Bitcoin competing with Gold?

One Bitcoin Is Now Worth More Than an Ounce of Gold

Editorial note: the relationship between the Bitcoin price and gold is interesting as a symbol of Bitcoin’s market success, and the broader success of cryptocurrency general, but has no greater structural significance. Moreover, the market capitalization of the gold market is vastly higher. Even so, given the widespread perception of gold as a safe haven, this event could have implications for the future of Bitcoin and similar digital assets.

One bitcoin has now, at least briefly, been worth more than one ounce of gold, hitting $1239.9 at the bitcoin exchange Bitstamp, while an ounce of gold was priced at $1238.67. The last time a single bitcoin might have been worth more than an ounce of gold happened in November 2013, more than three years ago. Having taken place based on Mt. Gox pricing models, possibly manipulated due to internal Mt. Gox trading bot(s), the legitimacy of bitcoin’s first dance with gold parity faces continued scrutiny. Regardless, the price of gold in bitcoin terms is now trading at an all-time low.Bitcoin increased more than 125% over the course of 2016.

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UPDATED: France had more casualties from mass public shootings in 2015 than the US suffered during Obama’s entire presidency (532 to 527)

Not shocked…

Yet, despite the impression that President Obama has been creating, France suffered more casualties (murders and injuries) from mass public shootings in 2015 than the US has suffered during Obama’s entire presidency (Updated 532 to 527 in Tables below).  Note that these numbers don’t adjust for the fact that the US has 5 times the population of France.  The per capita rate of casualties in France is thus 8.19 per million and for the US it is 1.65 — France’s per capita rate of casualties is thus 4.97 times higher than the rate in the US.

Source: UPDATED: Crime Prevention Research Center

Lookout, scarry: “‘Ghost guns’ may haunt us all for a long time”

I’d like to propose a gun control idea. This one aimed at curbing the number of new guns hitting American streets: Let’s make so-called do-it-yourself gun kits illegal.

How about “let’s not.”

What part of “…shall not be infringed.” is so difficult to understand?

How exactly do you think you will enforce manufacturing of frames when all one needs is a 3-D printer? How will you stop the same manufacturing of 3-D printed metal parts?

Why attempt to centralize and hamstring a manufacturing revolution in distributed manufacturing of inanimate objects, and destroy an entire industry?

Smells like a solution looking for a problem or crony capitalism to me.

Source: Albuquerque Journal

The FDA, Crony Capitalism, and Wealth and Health Destruction.

This Could Be the Last Stand for Vaping

The vape industry currently stands on the edge of complete demise thanks to regulatory overreach. However, two Congressmen, Reps. Tom Cole (R-OK) and Sanford Bishop (D-GA), recently introduced legislation, which, if passed, may grant the e-cigarette industry a much-needed reprieve.

Over the past year, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has targeted the e-cigarette industry, using false claims and fear-mongering to pass regulations that will likely put the majority of the industry out of business.

The new regulations were, of course, created in the name of protecting the American people from a potentially dangerous product. In reality, however, the only entity actually protected by these new laws is big tobacco.

In the Name of Cronyism

The FDA is, without a doubt, one of the worst offenders of cronyism within the United States government. And considering the size and scope of our federal bureaucratic system, this title is not easily earned.

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Authorities investigating whether Kansas triple shooting that killed one was a hate crime

Sometimes you are left scratching your head at what passes for reporting and press conferences.

Reporter lead in: “The FBI now investigating whether this is a hate crime.” FBI Talking Head: “Our role in this is investigation is to work jointly with local law enforcement to determine if an individual’s civil rights were violated.

Well, I for one am glad the FBI apparently has the special training to help out the rubes in that backward part of the United States.

It must take a lot of special schooling to figure out if someone’s individual civil rights were violated… or perhaps such wisdom and insight rubs off on you by working around such high functioning individuals one often finds in the federal bureaucracies.

Then there is this:

“I strongly condemn violence of any kind, especially if it is motivated by prejudice and xenophobia.” – Kansas Senator Jerry Moran

You know, because that violence that is motivated by prejudice and xenophobia is so much worse that the violence that isn’t.

Source: Yahoo

CCW Holder Wrongly Convicted in 5 Minutes, for Defending His Life from BLM Thugs

Those actions right there… yeah, potentially just saved lives.

Wait… where were the police to protect him?

If the same menacing crowd/individual were advancing on a police officer, what would the officer be allowed to do to protect himself?

What should any person be allowed to do in such a situation? Should they be allowed to fight or should they become a victim?

Laws that disarm people make victims out of people they disarm.

As the mob continued to surround and outflank him, they chanted “get him” and other nasty garbage. Mike did what any expert would teach any student to do; he retreated as best he could before being surrounded and overwhelmed by the ever growing mob. Realizing he was now nearly surrounded and in fear for his life, Mike drew his lawfully concealed firearm and used it to keep the crowd at bay. He never fired a shot, and in fact, his finger never touched the trigger.

Also, chose your words well, it matters…

Mike is an independent journalist/videographer who was covering a progressive anarchist “demonstration” in Portland, Oregon when he became surrounded by a mob of radical, anarchists.

Mike wasn’t being attacked by anarchists, radical or otherwise. How do I know?

Because attacking another person/property is very anti-anarchist, it’s downright collectivist, way on the other side of the spectrum of anarchy).

Apparently, Mike was being attacked by another front group of collectivists poorly disguising themselves as anarchists.

Source: ammoland.com

Russia Calls For New World Order

Talk about being out of touch with reality… trying to centralize in a decentralizing world.

Lolz…

Russia wants global leaders to embrace a new world order where the U.S. and other western nations are not calling the shots, but rather sovereign nations will follow international law based on its national interests. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow was seeking closer with Washington while also refusing to cower to the NATO militant alliance led by the U.S.

Source: yahoo.com/news

Obamacare Repeal Stalls as Americans Suffer

Obamacare Repeal Stalls as Americans Suffer

When President Donald Trump took office, repeal of Obamacare seemed like a guarantee—and then the timeline started slipping.

The slipping of the Obamacare repeal timeline is creating cascading problems for the American people.

All the elements are in place: A Republican-controlled Congress and a Republican president, all elected after promising to repeal Obamacare. But once the celebration and ceremonies died away, Congress started to do what it does best. Nothing.

“Nothing” may be a bit strong given the historic levels of obstruction from Democrats in the Senate, but House Republicans have no such excuse. In fact, they even have a blueprint.

Last year, the House and Senate passed an Obamacare repeal using the budget reconciliation process. That measure was ultimately vetoed by then-President Barack Obama, but that same legislation can be reintroduced and sent to Trump desk to be signed into law.

There is no reason to delay. The slipping of the Obamacare repeal timeline is creating cascading problems for the American people.

Delaying Repeal Prolongs the Current Health Care Crisis

No one needs reminding that Obamacare takes away choice, erodes the value of health care and puts additional burden on the pockets of the American taxpayer. The unsustainable nature of Obamacare is creating massive uncertainty and causing insurers to leave the marketplace, causing individual premiums to increase.

Obamacare is bad, and only getting worse.

Additionally, once repeal is signed into law and real health care reforms begin moving forward, private insurers will need time to adjust to the new market. Continuing to delay repeal shortens the time insurers will be able to adjust and provide the best solution for the insured.

Most importantly, we don’t want Americans living under the current failing health care system any longer.

Obamacare is bad, and only getting worse. Average premiums are going up by 25 percent this year, deductibles are blowing past $10,000 for a family, and 70 percent of U.S. counties have no insurer choice, or a choice between only two insurers.

What good is a health care plan that you can’t choose and can’t afford to use? Congress must repeal it as soon as possible to put better health care choices back in the hands of the American people.

Delaying Repeal Hurts Public Support for Congress

Nearly every single congressional Republican campaigned on the promise to repeal Obamacare. The unfortunate consequence of the delay is that the American people are losing faith in the people whose job it is to represent them.

Recent Heritage Foundation research shows 72 percent of Americans will take the promises of Congress less seriously if they wait to fulfill their promise to repeal Obamacare. And 70 percent of Americans believe the longer Congress waits to fulfill their promises to repeal Obamacare, the less likely they will be successful.

There is no doubt that lawmakers will be held accountable to their promises.

Reprinted from The Daily Signal.

Sondra Clark


Sondra Clark

Sondra Clark is the digital director of Heritage Action for America.

This article was originally published on FEE.org. Read the original article.

Daniel J. Mitchell Explains Why Greece is Financially Imploding

The Greeks Drown in Taxes While Their Government Spends

I’ve put forth lots of arguments against tax increases, mostly focusing on why higher tax rates will depress growth and encourage more government spending.

Today, let’s look at a practical, real-world example.

I wrote a column for The Hill looking at why Greece is a fiscal and economic train wreck. I have lots of interesting background and history in the article, including the fact that Greece got into the mess by overspending and also explaining that politicians like Merkel only got involved because they wanted to bail out their domestic banks that foolishly lent lots of money to the Greek government.

But the most newsworthy part of my column was to expose the fact that “austerity” hasn’t worked in Greece because the private sector has been suffocated by giant tax hikes.

…the troika…imposed the wrong kind of fiscal reforms. …what mostly happened is that Greek politicians dramatically increased the nation’s already punitive tax burden. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s fiscal database tells a very ugly story. …on the eve of the crisis, the tax burden in Greece totaled 38.9 percent of GDP. This year, taxes are projected to reach 52.0 percent of economic output. Every major tax in Greece has been dramatically increased, including personal income taxes, corporate income taxes, value-added taxes, and property taxes. It’s been a taxpalooza… What’s happened on the spending side of the fiscal ledger? Have there been “savage” and “draconian” budget cuts? …there have been some cuts, but the burden of government spending is still a heavy weight on the Greek economy. Outlays totaled 54.1 percent of GDP in 2009 and now government is consuming 52.2 percent of economic output.

For what it’s worth, the spending numbers would look better if the economy was stronger. In other words, Greece’s performance wouldn’t be so dismal if GDP was growing rather than shrinking.

And that’s why tax increases are so misguided. They give politicians an excuse to avoid much-needed spending cuts while also hindering growth, investment and job creation.

Let’s close by reviewing Greece’s performance according to Economic Freedom of the World. The overall score for Greece has dropped slightly since 2009, but the real story is that the nation’s fiscal score has dramatically worsened, falling from 5.61 to 4.66 on a 0-10 scale. In other words, during a period of time in which Greece was supposed to sober up and become more fiscally responsible, the politicians engaged in an orgy of tax hikes and Greece went from a failing grade for fiscal policy to a miserably failing grade.

Here’s a the relevant graph from the EFW website. As you can see, the score has been dropping for a decade, not just since 2009.

This is a remarkable result. Greek politicians should have been pushing the nation’s fiscal score to at least 7 out of 10, if not 8 out of 10. Instead, the score has gone in the wrong direction because of tax increases.

Though I don’t expect Hillary and Bernie to learn the right lesson.

For more information, here’s my five-picture explanation of the Greek mess. Also, how can you expect good policy from a nation that subsidizes pedophiles and requires stool samples to set up online companies?

Some Greece-Related Humor

Let’s close by recycling my collection of Greek-related humor.

This cartoon is quite good, but this one is my favorite. And the final cartoon in this post also has a Greek theme.

We also have a couple of videos. The first one features a video about…well, I’m not sure, but we’ll call it a European romantic comedy and the second one features a Greek comic pontificating about Germany.

Last but not least, here are some very un-PC maps of how various peoples – including the Greeks – view different European nations.

Republished from International Liberty.

Daniel J. Mitchell


Daniel J. Mitchell

Daniel J. Mitchell is a senior fellow at the Cato Institute who specializes in fiscal policy, particularly tax reform, international tax competition, and the economic burden of government spending. He also serves on the editorial board of the Cayman Financial Review.

This article was originally published on FEE.org. Read the original article.

Looking forward to this…

Keepers, We have been spending many months planning, designing and developing the new Peacekeeper App.  We have engaged experts in many areas of emergency response for feedback and consultation. After many demos, revisions and re-designs we have created a solid foundation and begun the early stages of development. We are reaching out to all Backend, Android, and IOS developers with an invitation.  We are inviting you to come in and see what we are building.

Theodore Decker: First step toward concealed-handgun license is cautious one

Hu, look at that, a real reporter… good on him.

I’d been thinking of joining their ranks primarily to educate myself. Journalists are criticized, and rightly so, for a host of gun-related reporting blunders. A magazine is not a clip. Automatic and semiautomatic are not the same thing. We lose credibility with each mistake, and with concealed-carry remaining a subject of lively debate, it seemed a good time to get schooled on the process. I figured I’ll write about the experience as I go.

Source: Theodore Decker: First step toward concealed-handgun license is cautious one

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