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  1. MamaLiberty
    MamaLiberty November 10, 2017 8:39 am

    The extended family used to be the answer to any “day care” needs. I’m not sure my sons would have done as well without their grandmother in any case. But today the core family is endangered, much more the network of relatives that used to fill all sorts of functions in society. Add to that the burden of taxes to the single paycheck, and the sad fact of the one parent home… Our children have major problems on every front. The only answer I have to suggest is the free market and individual liberty.

  2. Jim Brook
    Jim Brook November 10, 2017 12:37 pm

    Regarding electric cars, and the subsidizing of them out of all of our pockets, this is something I recently posted at “All of this nonsense is justified by the excuse of preventing ‘climate change.’ Why should the climate stop changing now, after it has been changing so dramatically for so many thousands of years? Who do those pecksniffs (I picked up this word from you, Claire) think they are, to decide what the climate should be anyway? At which point in the history of ever-changing climate should it be locked in, and prevented from further change? After all, the Sahara actually used to be a harsh desert! It was dry, arid, and barren. That is, before it became a lush, fertile, forested region, and then became a desert again. Scientists also believe that “sea levels during several previous interglacials were about 3 to as much as 20 meters higher than current sea level.” – Should climate have been stopped from changing when glaciers were extending as far south as the Ohio River? Or should it be like it was when crops were grown in Greenland? Sure, climate change is happening. It always has, and always will. Adapt. If anything, I feel a little guilty that I am not driving my 4,000 lb Cadillac more, and putting more beneficial CO2 into the atmosphere. Crops grow better in an atmosphere with higher CO2 levels. Perhaps I should change to driving a cement mixer, so I can burn more gas. I could paint the tank with some cool scene, like one of those conversion vans, and fix up the inside of the tank all nice and plush. Then I could contribute more CO2 to the atmosphere when I drive. I would also like to recommend the book, The Moral Case for Fossil Fuels, by Alex Epstein. Read it, burn more gas, and feel good about it.”
    About that article on the church shooting, if somebody tried it at my church, it would be a contest of who drills him first. At least 4 people I know are prepared, and probably a lot of whom I am not aware. I personally would be drilling him with a 41 mag round or two. The guy would go down in a hail of gunfire.

  3. larryarnold
    larryarnold November 10, 2017 2:44 pm

    There is absolutely no reason the police, FBI or any law enforcement agency should not be allowed to accesses someone’s phone that has just killed 25 or more people. I say when the shooter (or truck driver etc.) has violated the rights of that many people he/she loses theirs.
    The trick, of course, is to design a phone that can be unlocked only if it belongs to someone who has just killed a bunch of people, without making everybody else’s phone just as vulnerable.

    There was a demonstration Wednesday evening at our courthouse “supporting the victims at Sutherland Springs church and calling for common-sense gun control.”
    “CSGC” turned out to be:
    1. Require background checks;
    2. Make it a crime to lie on the background check form;
    3. Ban people convicted of domestic violence from buying guns.

    All of which are, of course, against existing laws which the killer violated. Locals also noted that the rally was held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, which if you want church folks to come you don’t schedule things on because it’s church night.

  4. Arthur Murray
    Arthur Murray November 11, 2017 6:29 am

    RE: fingerprints and faces, etc. – biometric identification has undergone some “advances” in recent years. When it was figured out that amputating a finger could be used successfully to activate a biometric lock, skin temperature sensing was added. At which point the bad guys bought cheap microwaves.

    So, skin conductivity was the next escalation. Which it was found, could be defeated with a precison-molded synthetic finger sprayed with sallne solution, or that amputated digit, a microwave and the saline.

    The next step is adding oxygenation sensing – like that finger clamp thing you get in the hospital or ER which senses blood oxygenation and reports it as a percentage. The assumption is that the bad guys may be able to defeat temperature sensing and skin conductivity, but not the pumping of oxygenated blood through a finger.

    Give it time; the bad guys are nothing if not inventive and determined, and fingerprint readers are a stationary target.

    I’m at a loss as to why anyone would think biometric unlocking – of any type – on a phone is a good idea, much less using a face as the biometric ID. A little thought will make it obvious why that’s such a bad idea.

    Security is hard to do, good security is very hard, and it eventually requires some degree of human oversight, and multiple layers at that, unless AI can be made absolutely bulletproof, which it can’t. I’m reminded of that XKCD cartoon about solving an encryption problem with a $5 wrench.

  5. Ron Johnson
    Ron Johnson November 11, 2017 6:39 am

    Give that cop an award for heroism.

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