Why Does the Obama Regime Think Autonomous Cars Are Worth $4 Billion?

Given the rhetoric about the non-existent “epidemic of gun violence,” perhaps the Obama Administration feels compelled to show concern for highway deaths since they far exceed gun deaths. But they want to spend a lot of money! USA Today reports, The Obama administration on Thursday proposed a 10-year, $4 billion push to spark the development of self-driving cars, hoping to one day eliminate roadway deaths. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Read more […]

Law School Professor Wants to End Free Speech because ISIS

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo attacks, the whole world made a big deal about free speech. It was mostly hypocritical posturing in France, and Liberals who contribute to Slate.com are just as bad. Eric Posner, a professor at the University of Chicago Law School, is also the author of a book called The Twilight of International Human Rights Law. I wonder if he noticed the irony, as he wrote, Never before in our history have enemies outside the United States been able to propagate genuinely Read more […]

Homeland Security Refuses to Review Social Media of People Trying to Immigrate

The other day I warned people about sharing things like “chicken pox parties” on social media where someone who disapproves of their parenting could report them for child abuse. Ironically, Homeland Security doesn’t bother when they are allegedly vetting potential immigrants. From The Hill: “Immigration officials prohibited from looking at visa applicants’ social media.” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson decided against ending a secret U.S. policy that prohibits immigration officials from Read more […]

The Quest for Control: Face-Scanning Political Ads

Big Brother’s eyes followed you across the room. But that was just an illusion to intimidate you. Real life is worse. From Raw Story: “Political billboards are now scanning your face for your reactions.” 2016 presidential candidates have a new option in their quest to sway voters. “Neuropolitics” is the attempt to read your mind by scanning facial expressions and feeding them into an algorithm. Biofeedback—including heart rate, eye movements, and skin conditions—can  also be captured and Read more […]

Researchers Demagnetize God Right Out of Your Head

A group of researchers have made the headline-grabbing claim that they can reduce belief in God with the application of magnetic coils to a patient’s skull. Researchers at the University of York in York, England, say they used a technique used to treat depression, called transcranial magnetic stimulation, to alter Christians’ beliefs in God and, oddly, opinions about immigration. The media being the way they are — mostly anti-Christian — it’s the claim about God beliefs that are getting Read more […]

Tinder Hates Billboards about STDs. Tough!

Tinder is actually trying to censor a service providing free STD testing because they warn about hazards of using the Tinder App. I thought we lived in a country that had a First Amendment. But some people don’t think so, according to the L.A. Times: “Tinder demands removal of L.A. billboard that tells dating app users to get STD test.” Tinder has sent a cease and desist letter to the AIDS Healthcare Foundation after a billboard went up in Los Angeles last week that draws a link between Read more […]

A Court Declares an Amazing Ruling on Uber

Uber cannot be punished because the taxi industry is incapable of successfully competing with it. We expect everyone to hate Uber. Bernie Sanders hates Uber. Hillary Clinton hates Uber. A judge in California rules against Uber.  So when you hear that a judge in New York City has ruled on Uber, there is not much reason to be optimistic. But the court’s ruling was shockingly good! Crain’s New York Business reports, “Judge rules on taxi industry lawsuit: Compete with Uber or die.” A Read more […]

Poor Countries Want You to Pay for Their Weather

In what has to be one of the most ridiculous claims on charity ever from self-proclaimed victims, USA Today reports that poor countries that have suffered from “extreme” weather events want reparations from the United States and Europe. And they want them to the tune of $100 billion. Annually. Third World countries have written up their invoice in preparation for the United Nations’ Conference on Climate Change planned for December in Paris. Because obviously, there never would have been Read more […]

Parody Twitter Account User Gets Settlement for SWAT Raid

Peoria must pay out $125,000 because the mayor felt he had the right to use the police force against a parody Twitter account. Back in April of 2014, Mark Horne posted about how the police raided the home of a parody Twitter account that mocked the mayor. The mayor was the driving force behind the raid. He basically used the police as his personal palace guard. Now it seems that the taxpayers of Peoria are going to have to pay out. At Reason.com, we read: Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis’ illegal retaliation Read more […]

“Adult” Charged with Possessing Images of Naked Minor — Himself

The crime involves pictures of a naked minor, but he is being charged as an adult for possessing images of himself on his phone. Mark Horne has written about the “porn police state” before (also here). He has also written about how severe penalties are used due to moral outrage that, while justified, involves prosecuting a person for a crime he did not commit. It seems we have all of that as well as a bizarre mental self-contradiction in this post by Robbie Soave at Reason.com: “Teen Boy Read more […]

The First Legal, Armed Police Drones Are Here!

Thanks to drone industry lobbyists, we now have armed police drones in one of our states. How long before other legislatures are purchased and pressured? It is a small start. The first armed police drones only have taser weapons. But it is still a start. Where will it end? The most disturbing element in this is the role of technology businesses in taking sides in the legislative process. Much of the Daily Beast article is taken up with the debate in the legislature about whether to require Read more […]

Why Is the FBI Having Trouble Recruiting Cybersecurity Experts?

Is it possible that cybersecurity experts don’t want to work for the FBI? Here is an interesting story from Reuter’s about FBI hiring problems: “FBI understaffed to tackle cyber threats, says watchdog.” As of January 2015, The Federal Bureau of Investigation had only hired 52 of the 134 computer scientists it was authorized to employ under the Justice Department’s Next Generation Cyber Initiative launched in 2012, the report showed. Although cyber task forces have been set up at all Read more […]