Friday, April 18, 2014

Reid calls armed backers of Nevada rancher 'domestic terrorists,' refers to federal task force | Fox News

Reid calls armed backers of Nevada rancher 'domestic terrorists,' refers to federal task force | Fox News: "Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is calling armed backers of a Nevada rancher "domestic terrorists" for using guns in a grazing rights battle with the federal Bureau of Land Management."


US legal system shifts away from treating eyewitness testimony as 'gold standard' of evidence | Fox News

US legal system shifts away from treating eyewitness testimony as 'gold standard' of evidence | Fox News: "Courts and legislatures are slowly shifting away from using eyewitness testimony as the gold standard of evidence. The reason: Studies show it's only right about half the time.

That has led a small group of police chiefs, courts and lawmakers to toughen laws governing the handling of eyewitnesses and their accounts of crimes. Reform advocates say procedures long regarded as solid police work can fundamentally alter what someone believes they saw."

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ron Paul Classic: The IRS's job is to violate our liberties - Campaign for Liberty

Ron Paul Classic: The IRS's job is to violate our liberties - Campaign for Liberty: " IRS agents in the 1930s where essentially “hit squads” against opponents of the New Deal. It is well-known that the administrations of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson used the IRS to silence their critics. One of the articles of impeachment drawn up against Richard Nixon dealt with his use of the IRS to harass his political enemies. Allegations of IRS abuses were common during the Clinton administration, and just this week some of the current administration’s defenders recalled that antiwar and progressive groups alleged harassment by the IRS during the Bush presidency.

The bipartisan tradition of using the IRS as a tool to harass political opponents suggests that the problem is deeper than just a few “rogue” IRS agents—or even corruption within one, two, three or many administrations. Instead, the problem lays in the extraordinary power the tax system grants the IRS."


Tax Day | Cato Institute

Tax Day | Cato Institute: "The OECD measured the ratio of percentage of taxes paid to percentage of market income for the top 10 percent of earners in 24 countries. Total market income is far larger than total taxes paid, so even if the ratio is above 1, this is not saying this population pays more in taxes than they earn; it is saying that the share of taxes they pay is greater than the share of income they earn. In this report the U.S. came out on top, with the share of taxes paid equaling 135 percent of the share of income earned, far ahead of such “progressive” countries as France (110 percent), Denmark (102 percent), and Sweden (100 percent)."


The Shocking Secret Behind Obamacare Enrollment Numbers | Cato Institute

The Shocking Secret Behind Obamacare Enrollment Numbers | Cato Institute: "In January of this year, the Obama administration began spending billions of dollars of unauthorized subsidies to induce Americans to enroll in the 34 Exchanges established by the federal government. The president is literally forcing taxpayers, without any legal authorization, to subsidize two out of every three Exchange enrollments. "


Virginia Tech pays $32,500 in US fines stemming from April 2007 campus massacre | Fox News

Virginia Tech pays $32,500 in US fines stemming from April 2007 campus massacre | Fox News: "The U.S. Department of Education said Wednesday the university has paid two fines totaling $32,500 for violations of the Clery Act, which requires universities to issue timely warnings of campus threats.

Student gunman Seung-Hui Cho (sung-wee joh) shot two at a dorm on the Blacksburg campus hours before his rampage at a classroom building. University officials have defended their decision to not alert the campus of the first shootings because police said that they were domestic in nature and that the broader campus was not at risk."



So are they supposed to listen to the experts or just follow the letter of the law no matter what?

ACLU backs Nebraska man arrested for handing out religious fliers | Fox News

ACLU backs Nebraska man arrested for handing out religious fliers | Fox News: "The American Civil Liberties Union of Nebraska said Wednesday that Larry Ball was on a public sidewalk and exercising his First Amendment rights when he handed out the fliers."


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Russian aircraft buzz US Navy destroyer: How big a deal? - CSMonitor.com

Russian aircraft buzz US Navy destroyer: How big a deal? - CSMonitor.com: "During the cold war, these sorts of flybys “happened all the time,” says Christopher Harmer, a retired Navy officer who served as deputy director of future operations for the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet."

Monday, April 14, 2014

The NSA's Heartbleed Problem Is the Problem with the NSA | Cato Institute

The NSA's Heartbleed Problem Is the Problem with the NSA | Cato Institute: "The agency’s recently-disclosed minimization procedures permit “retention of all communications that are enciphered.” In other words, when NSA encounters encryption it can’t crack, it’s allowed to — and apparently does — vacuum up all that scrambled traffic and store it indefinitely, in hopes of finding a way to break into it months or years in the future. As security experts recently confirmed, Heartbleed can be used to steal a site’s master encryption keys — keys that would suddenly enable anyone with a huge database of encrypted traffic to unlock it, at least for the vast majority of sites that don’t practice what’s known as “forward security”, regularly generating new keys as a safeguard against retroactive exposure."



"That creates a huge dilemma for private sector security experts. Normally, when they discover a vulnerability of this magnitude, they want to give their colleagues a discreet heads-up before going public, ensuring that the techies at major sites have a few days to patch the hole before the whole world learns about it.



The geeks at NSA’s massive Information Assurance Directorate — the part of the agency tasked with protecting secrets and improving security — very much want to be in that loop. But they’re part of an organization that’s also dedicated to stealing secrets and breaking security. And security companies have been burned by cooperation with NSA before: the influential firm RSA trusted the agency to help them improve one of their popular security tools, only to discover via another set of Snowden documents that the spies had schemed to weaken the software instead.



Giving NSA advance warning of Heartbleed could help the agency protect all those government systems that were relying on OpenSSL to protect user data — but it also would aid them in exploiting the bug to compromise privacy and security on a massive scale in the window before the fix was widely deployed."

Another Phony Budget Debate :: The Mises Economics Blog: The Circle Bastiat

Another Phony Budget Debate :: The Mises Economics Blog: The Circle Bastiat: " Only in DC could a budget that increases spending by 3.5 percent per year instead of by 5.2 percent per year be attacked as a “slash-and-burn” plan."