Sovereign ManSovereign Man wrote the following post Mon, 24 Sep 2018 11:42:20 -0400
IRS agent indulges in bizarre fetish in taxpayer’s home
On June 8, 2006, more than a decade ago, armed agents from the Internal Revenue Service arrived at the home of Michael and Shelly Ioane of Atwater, California. Michael Ioane was suspected of tax fraud, and the IRS agents were there to conduct a search of the premises and look for evidence. About thirty minutes into the search, Shelly Ioane (the wife, who was not suspected of any crime whatsoever) told the agents who were ransacking her bedroom that she needed to use the bathroom. According to court documents, one of the IRS agents escorted Shelly to the bathroom… then came inside with her. Shelly protested and asked the agent […]
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Oroville Spillway Rebuild Boots on the Ground Report- Part I
by blancolirio on YouTube

Part I of II
Special thanks to Jeff Petersen (Kiewit Engineering) Teresa Shada (Kiewit Engineering) and Erin Mellon (DWR) for providing an exclusive boots on the ground Tour of all the construction details to date at the Oroville Main Spillway and Emergency Spillway.
Institute for Justice Dismantles Philadelphia Forfeiture Machine - Institute for Justice

PHILADELPHIA—The Institute for Justice (IJ) today announced a major settlement with the city of Philadelphia, ending the city’s draconian civil forfeiture machine. In documents filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania today, city officials agreed to a set of reforms that will end the perverse financial incentives under which law enforcement keeps and uses forfeiture revenue, fundamentally reform procedures for seizing and forfeiting property, and establish a $3 million fund to compensate innocent people whose property was wrongly confiscated. These sweeping reforms, if approved by the Court, are the result of the Institute for Justice’s class-action lawsuit that it has litigated over the past four years.

Civil forfeiture—where the government can seize and sell your property without convicting or even charging you with a crime—is one of the greatest threats to property rights today. With civil forfeiture, the government sues the property itself under the fiction that cash, cars or even homes can be guilty, resulting in bizarre case names like Commonwealth v. 2000 Buick. And because these cases are civil, innocent property owners are denied rights guaranteed to criminal defendants, like the right to an attorney.
Another Victim of the Magecart Assault Emerges: Newegg

While the dust is settling on the British Airways compromise, the Magecart actor behind it has hit yet another large merchant: Newegg.
What Does It Mean To Live Our Entire Lives Under Digital Surveillance?


We live in a world in which our every word and action is recorded and preserved for perpetuity by myriad companies across the globe, our children chase approval from total strangers and algorithms profile and guide us towards products, services and beliefs they think will best suit us.

A future Supreme Court nominee may find themselves being questioned about some tweet they made as a 13 year old.
Sovereign ManSovereign Man wrote the following post Tue, 18 Sep 2018 13:00:06 -0400
This time is different because there’s free tequila…
We poke a lot of fun at the MANY absurdities we see in this current bubble. As we’ve discussed countless times over the past few years, there are consequences from the fact that central bankers have conjured trillions of dollars out of thin air and pushed down interest rates to zero. Stock, bonds and real estate are at or near record highs. Bankrupt countries are issuing trillions of dollars of debt with negative yields (not to mention, serial defaulter Argentina was able to issue 100-year bonds…). Netflix is one of the most expensive and popular companies in the world even though it burns through billions and billions of dollars with […]
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Sovereign ManSovereign Man wrote the following post Mon, 17 Sep 2018 11:46:31 -0400
Netherlands prosecutes its own citizen for calling Turkish dictator a “Goat F*cker”
It was mid-September in 1683, almost 335 years ago to the day. Turkish forces of the Ottoman Empire surrounded Vienna, one of the most strategic cities in Europe at the time. Controlling Vienna meant controlling the Danube River, which flows from Western Germany to the Black Sea, providing critical access for the Ottomans to invade the rest of Europe. So if Vienna fell, Europe would soon follow. The Holy Roman Emperor, Leopold I seemed to abandon Vienna with the bulk of his forces as the Ottoman Turks advanced. He left only a vastly outnumbered garrison to protect the walled city. The Ottoman’s laid siege to Vienna. Though the inhabitants were […]
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The Evolutionary Psychology Of Revenge, with Dr. David Barash

Welcome to Amy Alkon's HumanLab: The Science Between Us, a weekly show with the luminaries of behavioral science. Evolutionary psychologist Dr. David P. Barash has taken on the fascinating subject of revenge: why we seem to need it, the different kinds, and how we might avoid leaping to clobber those who do bad things to us. His book, Payback: Why We Retaliate, Redirect Aggression, And Take Revenge, is co-authored with psychiatrist Dr. Judith Eve Lipton.
You should support Citizens United

Citizens United is the subject of routine lies.

The Citizens United decision is good news for the grassroots but bad news for entrenched incumbents and the media. It helps level the playing field. Citizens United made competition easier for challengers, and also freed them from having to rely on the good graces of the mainstream media.

The entrenched interests, who would benefit by overturning it, don’t want you to know the following fact…

Citizens United did NOT give political campaigns access to unlimited corporate contributions.

Indeed, one upcoming Presidential candidate is promising “not to take these huge corporate donations.” That’s a hollow promise, and he’s trying to mislead you. Campaigns don’t have legal access to this money. No Presidential candidate has access to these funds.

What Citizens United actually did was permit a non-profit, grassroots corporation to broadcast a movie about a presidential candidate. Before Citizens United, spending money to either broadcast or promote information about a candidate was illegal, unless you were a member of the privileged mainstream media. In this case, you couldn’t see the movie.
Sovereign ManSovereign Man wrote the following post Fri, 14 Sep 2018 12:00:56 -0400
Ten years after the crisis… they’re doing the same thing and expecting different results
“Holy Crap– turn on your TV! This is crazy!” It was Sunday, September 14, 2008. Exactly 10 years ago to the day. My friend Jeff called me and told me to turn on the television—where I saw dozens of people on the streets of Manhattan filing out of a skyscraper carrying boxes full of their office junk. They were all employees of Lehman Brothers, one of the largest investment banks in the world. Lehman was hours away from filing bankruptcy in what would go down as THE biggest bankruptcy in US history. The next day the US stock market tanked. And for most of the next several weeks, all global […]
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I've never heard of the Bread and Roses party before. Someone should form a Bread and Circuses party! Oh, wait, we could just rename either of our major parties to that.

Richard WingerRichard Winger wrote the following post Thu, 13 Sep 2018 23:36:47 -0400
Bread and Roses Party Petitions for Qualified Status in Maryland, but is Told Petition Lacks Enough Signatures
Last month, the Bread and Roses Party filed a petition to be a qualified party in Maryland. It submitted approximately 15,000 signatures, but was told that it only has 9,773 valid signatures. The requirement is 10,000 signatures. On September 5, … Continue reading →
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Security MadLibs: Your IoT electrical outlet can now pwn your smart TV


McAfee finds new way to break thing that shouldn't be on your home network in the first place
Sounds like the story of how I ended up here...

xkcd: Social Media Announcement


Why I'm Moving Most of My Social Activity to Slack, Then Creating a Second Slack to Avoid the People in the First One, Then Giving Up on Social Interaction Completely, Then Going Back to Texting
Fit For Real LifeFit For Real Life wrote the following post Thu, 09 Aug 2018 19:32:39 -0400
Prune Your Tree
What began as an experiment to better manage my focus and attention with my work online, has become a theme for every other aspect of my life. From my fitness to my relationships, and even my day-to-day, this particular concept has made a radical impact. I make better, more thoughtful, decisions now. I can more[..]


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What Should Have Happened at the Brett Kavanaugh Hearings
by ReasonTV on YouTube

Democrats and Republicans are once again in the midst of a deep partisan battle, this time about whether Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is the most qualified Supreme Court nominee in history or a crypto-racist hiding his shadowy résumé. Days of speeches, protests, and calculated outrage have not changed the expected outcome, and Judge Kavanaugh will almost certainly become the next Supreme Court justice.
Sovereign ManSovereign Man wrote the following post Fri, 07 Sep 2018 09:31:17 -0400
The pension crisis is bigger than the world’s 20 largest economies
If your retirement plans consist entirely of that pension you’ve been promised, it’s time to start looking elsewhere. It seems like every week we have some new pension catastrophe to report. Seems like there’s a trend, no? As you probably know, pensions are giant pools of capital responsible for paying out retirement benefits to workers. And right now many pension funds around the world simply don’t have enough assets to cover the retirement obligations they owe to millions of workers. In the US alone, federal, state, and local governments, pensions are about $7 TRILLION short of the funding they need to pay out all the benefits they’ve promised. (** And […]
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Last night, I was updating MacOS on an old iMac. I went to the app store to download the latest version that it could handle and was told that I needed to update some payment info on my AppleID account, but for security reasons I couldn't do it with the version of MacOS I was using. So, please update MacOS.


I finally got logged into the appropriate web site from another computer (not the apple store site, but the apple id site) where I was able to delete the outdated payment information so that I could successfully download the FREE update.
Well sure, it's free now, but they might change their mind after you enable "FileVault" full disk encryption and another update causes your data to be inaccessible without paying a small "fee". You'll be glad that your credit card was on file for your convenience.
I'm doing the same to an even older MacBook tonight. Whereas the iMac could be updated up to 10.11, which I can update to for free, the MacBook can only go up to 10.7 which is not a free update even today. So, it can stay at 10.6.
I had the same problem
Oh for fuck's sake, not this fucking bullshit again (cryptography edition)


America, Canada, New Zealand, the UK and Australia are in a surveillance alliance called The Five Eyes, through which they share much of their illegally harvested surveillance data.

In a recently released Statement of Principles on Access to Evidence and Encryption, the Five Eyes powers have demanded, again, that strong cryptography be abolished and replaced with defective cryptography so that they can spy on bad guys.

They defend this by saying "Privacy is not absolute."

But of course, working crypto isn't just how we stay private from governments (though god knows all five of the Five Eyes have, in very recent times, proven themselves to be catastrophically unsuited to collect, analyze and act on all of our private and most intimate conversations). It's how we make sure that no one can break into the data from our voting machines, or push lethal fake firmware updates to our pacemakers, or steal all the money from all of the banks, or steal all of the kompromat on all 22,000,000 US military and government employees and contractors who've sought security clearance.

Also, this is bullshit.

Because it won't work.

Here's the text of my go-to post about why this is so fucking stupid. I just can't be bothered anymore. Jesus fucking christ. Seriously? Are we still fucking talking about this? Seriously? Come on, SERIOUSLY?
A very frank discussion about the current "standard of care" for type 2 diabetics and how you don't want to sucked into it.

The Primal Blueprint PodcastThe Primal Blueprint Podcast wrote the following post Mon, 03 Sep 2018 14:45:52 -0400
Ken Berry MD
Elle Russ chats with Ken Berry MD about the epidemic of Diabetes and how a patient can navigate test results, treatment, prevention, and reversing the disease. Dr. Berry is also the author Lies My Doctor Told Me which reveals the truth behind the lies told by well-meaning doctors. Whether it’s recommending a low-fat diet, or warning you to avoid the sun, these medical lies can cause really harm to your health. This book will help you sort through the medical myths and the outright lies, and begin to develop a health partnership with your doctor.

Dr. Berry has been practicing Family Medicine in rural Tennessee for over a decade.  He is board certified in Family Medicine, and was recently awarded the degree of Fellow by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Having seen over 20,000 patients of all ages over his career, he is uniquely qualified to advise on both acute and chronic diseases. Dr. Berry has focused of chronic disease caused by the Standard American Diet and Lifestyle, and has made it his mission to turn the tide on the epidemic of Type 2 Diabetes, chronic inflammation and dementia.

Selected Links:

Lies My Doctor Told Me

Dr. Ken Berry – Facebook

Dr. Ken Berry – Twitter
Dr. Ken Berry – Instagram
Dr. Ken Berry – YouTube
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The School Shootings That Weren't

How many times per year does a gun go off in an American school?

We should know. But we don't.

This spring the U.S. Education Department reported that in the 2015-2016 school year, "nearly 240 schools ... reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting." The number is far higher than most other estimates.

But NPR reached out to every one of those schools repeatedly over the course of three months and found that more than two-thirds of these reported incidents never happened. Child Trends, a nonpartisan nonprofit research organization, assisted NPR in analyzing data from the government's Civil Rights Data Collection.

We were able to confirm just 11 reported incidents, either directly with schools or through media reports.

In 161 cases, schools or districts attested that no incident took place or couldn't confirm one. In at least four cases, we found, something did happen, but it didn't meet the government's parameters for a shooting. About a quarter of schools didn't respond to our inquiries.

"When we're talking about such an important and rare event, [this] amount of data error could be very meaningful," says Deborah Temkin, a researcher and program director at Child Trends.

The Education Department, asked for comment on our reporting, noted that it relies on school districts to provide accurate information in the survey responses and says it will update some of these data later this fall. But, officials added, the department has no plans to republish the existing publication.
There needs to be a “Spock with raised eyebrow” emoji for articles like this