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Robots Used To Foil Homeless Peopleby Pat_S on December 12, 2017
With people increasingly losing their jobs to robots, you could say this is adding insult to injury. The little crime-fighters scoot around sidewalks using lasers and sensors looking for criminal activity. The effect is to deter homeless people from camping along sidewalks. These robots have not been deployed by police however. They have been put to work by the San Francisco SPCA which ironically facilitates adoptions of homeless animals. Robots are being used to deter homeless people from setting up camp in San Francisco Krista Maloney, media relations manager for the SF SPCA, told Business Insider that staff wasn’t able to safely use the sidewalks at times because of the encampments. Maloney added that since the SPCA started guarding its facilities...
Pentagon To Be Audited For The First Time Everby Pat_S on December 10, 2017
After forever and trillions of dollars unaccounted for, the Pentagon will finally be audited. On December 7 Defense Department Comptroller David Norquist announced he received notification from the DoD Inspector General that an audit involving 2,400 auditors will begin this month. Pentagon To Undergo First Ever Audit After Decades Of Sloppy Accounting And Missing Trillions The Pentagon is no stranger to criticism over serious waste and purposefully sloppy accounting. A DoD Inspector General’s report from 2016 – which appears to be unavailable on the DoD website (but fortunately WAS archived)- found that in 2015 alone a staggering $6.5 trillion in funds was unaccounted for out of the Army’s budget, with $2.8 trillion in “wrongful adjustments” occurring in just one quarter. In...
Saudi Donations Now Tainted Money In Media Eyesby Pat_S on May 22, 2017
Ah, the give and take of international relations. Saudi Arabia and the UAE pledged to donate a combined $100 million to a World Bank fund for women which was set up at the urging of Ivanka Trump. In reporting this story the media hadddd to bring up that Donald Trump criticized Hillary for the Clinton Foundation accepting money from the same sources. Trump called on Hillary to return the money. Trump is a hypocrite and/or Hillary was unfairly criticized is what we are supposed to think. Saudis And The UAE Will Donate $100 Million To A Fund Inspired By Ivanka Trump The donation raised some eyebrows, since candidate Trump regularly excoriated the Clinton Foundation for accepting donations from repressive Middle...
Open the BARN Door–Legal Migrant Workersby Pat_S on March 1, 2017
AN OPINION PIECE BY PAT_S Liberals have a remarkable idiosyncrasy when it comes to undocumented workers,particularly those working in agriculture. In debating immigration policy they are rhapsodic about these workers as being essential, the backbone of our economy. “Undocumented” is the preferred term, “illegal” being derogatory. Let’s admit it, the truly accurate term is “exploited”. Therein lies the peculiarity. Liberals traditionally side with labor seeing oppressor and oppressed, but when it comes to immigrant labor, they see only angels. The self-righteous champions of labor praise the desperate who come to this country to work long days in the hot sun for meager wages as though living the wretched poverty of their lives is a generous act of love for the...
USDA Revokes Public Access To Animal Abuse Informationby Pat_S on February 4, 2017
The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), an agency of the USDA, will no longer post public information on animal abuse. Previously, under the Horse Protection Act and Animal Welfare Act, APHIS posted reports of abuse including abuse by dog breeders, research facilities, circuses and zoos. The reports were helpful to animal welfare groups. The reason given is to protect the privacy of individuals. Information about animal abuse will now be available only through FOIA requests which are costly. APHIS says it had been considering this policy change during the past year. Critics of the decision point out that the reports almost never included personal information. Of the 7,813 facilities reported on by law, 1,200 are academic or government...
Parade Float Of ‘Prisoner Hillary’ Locked In Cage ‘Not Good For Children’by Pat_S on August 6, 2016
Yeah, and about all those G.W. Bush floats where he was hanged in effigy ---yawn.
Gadsden Flag May Be Officially Deemed Racistby Pat_S on August 5, 2016
An African-American employee of a federal agency complained about being harassed by a co-worker wearing a cap with a Gadsden flag depicted on it. The complainant found the cap racially offensive citing that Christopher Gadsden was a slave owner. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is investigating the matter. The flag is connected with the American Revolution. Benjamin Franklin suggested the coiled rattlesnake to be the symbol for the new country. Benjamin Franklin on the Rattlesnake as a Symbol of America I recollected that her eye excelled in brightness, that of any other animal, and that she has no eye-lids. She may therefore be esteemed an emblem of vigilance. She never begins an attack, nor, when once engaged, ever surrenders: She...
France: Men Shouting “Daesh” Slit Priest’s Throat, Take Nuns Hostageby Pat_S on July 26, 2016
Two men shouting “Daesh” (a.k.a ISIS) were shot dead by police in Normandy, France after slitting an 86-year old priest’s throat and taking hostages in a church. Motives, it is reported, are unknown. (eye roll) Normandy siege: Knifemen ‘shouted Daesh and slit 86-year-old priest’s throat’ after taking nuns hostage in church before being shot dead Police have shot dead two men who took a priest and several others hostage at knifepoint at a church in north-western France. The men shouted “Daesh” and cut the priest’s throat before being “neutralised,” police said. The men’s motives are still unknown. Elite police units rushed to the church in the Normandy town of Saint-Etienne-du Rouvray after the men seized a number of people including...
Hillary On DNC Emails: “Again, I don’t know anything.”by Pat_S on July 25, 2016
Again and again and again… Hillary is asked on 60 Minutes Overtime about DNC emails. She sits there comfortably in her aloof arrogance knowing ignorance is always her safe place. Ignorance is bliss and a free pass if your name is Clinton.
Clinton Campaign: DNC Leaks Are A Conspiracy Between Trump And Russiaby Pat_S on July 24, 2016
Who’s scaring you now? Hillary’s campaign manager Robbie Mook says (according to unidentified experts) Trump is in cahoots with the Russians. Clinton campaign manager: Russians leaked Democrats’ emails to help Donald Trump “There’s evidence Russian state actors broke into the DNC, stole those emails, and there are experts saying they are releasing these emails for the purpose of helping Donald Trump,” Mook told CNN’s Jake Tapper in an interview that aired Sunday on “State of the Union.” “It’s no coincidence these emails were released on the eve of the convention.” Mook said the idea that Russia leaked Democrats’ emails to possibly help Trump was “disturbing.” “We need to be concerned Trump and his allies made changes to the platform to...
John Kerry Walks Into 10 Downing Street—The Doorby Pat_S on July 19, 2016
Visiting the new occupant of 10 Downing Street, John Kerry pauses to vainly acknowledge perceived accolades from the onlookers during which time someone appears to close the door on him. Sweet.
Airports Using Therapy Horses To Soothe Travelers In Security Linesby Pat_S on May 17, 2016
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport is using miniature therapy horses to help reduce stress and anxiety levels while travelers are stuck in security lines. Other airports are employing clowns or giving away lollipops to make for a happier experience sweating in lines clogged with other travelers and their crammed carry-on baggage. American airports see new strategy for soothing passengers stuck at security: clowns, lollipops and tiny horses Facing a widening flyers’ rebellion over increasingly lengthy queues at their security check points, some airports in America are trying a novel distract-and-delight approach by bringing in sweets, lollipops, live musical performances and even circus acts. Passengers stuck in line at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport should not be surprised if before finally making it...
Egyptian Official: Tom And Jerry Cartoons To Blame For Middle East Violenceby Pat_S on May 5, 2016
If you’ve been wondering why barbaric violence is rampant in the Middle East, the head of Egypt’s Information Service can explain it. Tom and Jerry cartoons. The 1940’s American cartoon characters leave the impression violence is funny and it’s OK to blow up others. So there you have it. Egypt official blames ‘Tom and Jerry’ cartoons for violence in the Middle East “Tom and Jerry” portrays “the violence in a funny manner and sends the message that, yes, I can hit him … and I can blow him up with explosives. It becomes set in [the viewer’s] mind that this is natural,” SIS head Salah Abdel Sadek told the audience, according to a translation by the website EgyptianStreets.com And the...
Washington Post: ‘Bin Laden family’s huge company faces its worst crisis since 9/11’by Pat_S on May 3, 2016
Not a very tasteful way to describe the fact that the Bin Laden family business is going through a difficult business time. The Saudi Binladin Group (SBG), a construction conglomerate, is facing street protests for not paying employees for months. It’s a trickle down problem in that the Saudi government has taken a hit because of falling oil prices and therefore hasn’t paid its contractors. SBG has also taken a hit in new contracts. The Washington Post notes the ‘crisis’ for SBG is ‘somewhat self-inflicted’ because in 2015 an improperly secured crane at an SBG worksite toppled over and killed 107 people in Mecca. After that the Saudi government backed off considering SBG bids. Bin Laden family’s huge company faces...
Over Half Of Prince’s Estate Will Go To Governmentby Pat_S on April 30, 2016
If he had been married or did some better tax planning it would have been less but still a windfall for the federal and Minnesota governments. Why Over Half of Prince’s Estate Will Go to the Government It appears that the pop star Prince may have died without a will, leaving behind a multi-million dollar and growing estate. Although Prince has one full sister and five half-siblings, Prince’s family members will not be his biggest heirs. Both the federal government and Minnesota’s state government will assess so-called “death taxes” or estate taxes on Prince’s assets, taking away more than half his estate. Between his physical assets—cash, investments, home, etc.—and his future royalties, Prince’s estate has been estimated to be between...