We are familiar with the pattern. Leak details about fake documents like the Steele dossier to the media, then use the media reports as a second source “corroborating” the unverified report when using it to justify your illegal actions.
More evidence of the deceitful and arguably illegal actions by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller has popped up, this time regarding Paul Manafort’s “black cash ledger” allegedly documenting criminal financial moves on his part and it parallels the criminality of the use of the Steele Dossier by the FBI to lie to the FISA court to authorize the surveillance of Team Trump and help launch Mueller’s failed Russia collusion probe.
Robert Mueller has not been honest with the American people either about the alleged Manafort ledger, mentioned in his final report, and used to justify military-style pre-dawn raid on Manafort’s home and offices with more force than was used at Benghazi. The Hill’s John Solomon reports that Mueller knew the ledger was a fake yet after its existence was leaked to the media used those media reports to justify his actions;
The ledger, which was reported in 2016 and resulted in Manafort’s resignation from the Trump campaign, purported to show $12.7 million in undisclosed cash payments designated for Manafort from former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych’s political party between 2007 and 2012.
The FBI relied on this ledger to obtain search warrant affidavits “months after the feds were warned repeatedly that the document couldn’t be trusted and was likely a fake,” according to Solomon, who cites documents and over a dozen interviews.
Once again we have a phony document laundered though media reports to justify persecution and prosecution of the incoming Trump administration by deep state operatives who had been determined to keep Hillary Clinton out of jail and Donald Trump out of the White House. As Solomon reports:
In search warrant affidavits, the FBI portrayed the ledger as one reason it resurrected a criminal case against Manafort that was dropped in 2014 and needed search warrants in 2017 for bank records to prove he worked for the Russian-backed Party of Regions in Ukraine.
There’s just one problem: The FBI’s public reliance on the ledger came months after the feds were warned repeatedly that the document couldn’t be trusted and likely was a fake, according to documents and more than a dozen interviews with knowledgeable sources.
For example, Ukraine’s top anticorruption prosecutor, Nazar Kholodnytsky, told me he warned the U.S. State Department’s law enforcement liaison and multiple FBI agents in late summer 2016 that Ukrainian authorities who recovered the ledger believed it likely was a fraud…
Likewise, Manafort’s Ukrainian business partner Konstantin Kilimnik, a regular informer for the State Department, told the U.S. government almost immediately after The New York Times wrote about the ledger in August 2016 that the document probably was fake…
Special counsel Robert Mueller ’s team and the FBI were given copies of Kilimnik’s warning, according to three sources familiar with the documents.
As with the Steele dossier, the deep state conspirators knew early on there was no collusion with Russia, except on the Democratic side, but as was shown earlier in his career, the truth does not matter to Mueller and his associates such as “pit bull” Andrew Weismann. To derail Trump, fraud and fake evidence were a more than justified means to the end of framing and derailing Donald J. Trump.
Robert Mueller knew there was no collusion between Trump and Russia and knew that the reopened case against Manafort was itself a crime. As Solomon observes:
Submitting knowingly false or suspect evidence — whether historical or to support probable cause — in a federal court proceeding violates FBI rules and can be a crime under certain circumstances. “To establish probable cause, the affiant must demonstrate a basis for knowledge and belief that the facts are true,” the FBI operating manual states.
But with Manafort, the FBI and Mueller’s office did not cite the actual ledger — which would require agents to discuss their assessment of the evidence — and instead cited media reports about it. The feds assisted on one of those stories as sources.
For example, agents mentioned the ledger in an affidavit supporting a July 2017 search warrant for Manafort’s house, citing it as one of the reasons the FBI resurrected the criminal case against Manafort.
Mueller lied about the aforementioned Konstantin Kiliminik, citing him as being a Russian operative in his report while he was actually a State Department informant. Again, John Solomon reports in the Hill:
In a key finding of the Mueller report, Ukrainian businessman Konstantin Kilimnik, who worked for Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort , is tied to Russian intelligence
But hundreds of pages of government documents — which special counsel Robert Mueller possessed since 2018 — describe Kilimnik as a “sensitive” intelligence source for the U.S. State Department who informed on Ukrainian and Russian matters.
Why Mueller’s team omitted that part of the Kilimnik narrative from its report and related court filings is not known. But the revelation of it comes as the accuracy of Mueller’s Russia conclusions face increased scrutiny.
The incomplete portrayal of Kilimnik is so important to Mueller’s overall narrative that it is raised in the opening of his report. “The FBI assesses” Kilimnik “to have ties to Russian intelligence,” Mueller’s team wrote on Page 6, putting a sinister light on every contact Kilimnik had with Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman.
What it doesn’t state is that Kilimnik was a “sensitive” intelligence source for State going back to at least 2013 while he was still working for Manafort, according to FBI and State Department memos I reviewed.
Robert Mueller appears to have edited a voicemail transcript of a conversation between Trump attorney John Dowd and Michael Flynn attorney Robert Kelner to make it look as if Trump was trying to interfere with the Mueller witch hunt. As Professor Alan Dershowitz comments:
The report says attorney John Dowd reached out to Robert Kelner, a lawyer for Michael Flynn, after Flynn withdrew from a joint defense agreement with the Trump legal team and asked Kelner to give him a heads up. The report characterized the voicemail as an attempt by an attorney of the president to obstruct the cooperation of Flynn with the Mueller investigation, and that is also how much of the press covered it…
The edited version released by the special counsel omits the following important words: “I’m sympathetic… I understand that you can’t join the joint defense, so that’s one thing. If, on the other hand… we’ve got a national security issue… some issue we’ve got to deal with, not only for the president, but for the country… without you having to give up any… confidential information.” The Justice Department claims that the full transcript of the voicemail is consistent with the overall incident. Dowd disagrees, pointing out that by “taking out half my words, they changed the tenor and the contents” of his conversation with Kelner. He notes the irony of Mueller “who kept indicting and prosecuting people for process crimes” but then later “committed a false statement in his own report.”…
The request by Dowd was not only entirely proper for an attorney of the president but certainly obligatory for any defense attorney seeking critical information necessary to build his defense. By editing the transcript to fit their narrative, the special counsel team distorted the facts. If a lawyer were to provide a quotation in a court submission that omitted key words that undercut his argument, he would be subject to discipline.
Perhaps we need a special counsel to investigate the special counsel. As for Robert Mueller, follow the black cash and lock him up.
She’s promoting her new book – “What Do We Need Men For?” using the media as a shill because they despise Trump.
CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Monday interviewed E. Jean Carroll, a woman who alleged Donald Trump raped her in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room in the 1990’s.
Bergdorf Goodman is a very high-end department store packed with attentive salespeople and security which makes Carroll’s claims even more preposterous.Anderson Cooper was left speechless and stuttering and decided to cut to commercial break after E. Jean Carroll called rape “sexy.”
“I think most people think of rape as being sexy,” Carroll said. “They think of the fantasies.”
The woman is not well.
And it appears she is also a plagiarist.
Carroll’s story is eerily similar to an episode of Law and Order from season 13 [episode 11 ed.]— right down to the rape fantasy in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room.
“Perhaps the problem with the Trump Doctrine — that it leaves the future of other countries in their own peoples’ hands — is also one of its strengths.”
When the U.S. launched cyberstrikes at Iran’s missile control systems in response to an Iranian shoot down of a U.S. drone near the Gulf of Oman, it surprised pundits. Donald Trump was widely expected by the press to bomb something in return.
The political left was unprepared for the possibility that Trump would not run true to their stereotype. The Gulf of Oman was already being compared to the Gulf of Tonkin. “From the U.S.S. Maine in Havana Harbor in 1898 to the U.S.S. Maddox in the Gulf of Tonkin in 1964, maritime incidents, shrouded in the fog of uncertainty, have lured the United States into wars on foreign shoals.” Members of Congress had already geared up in anticipation to block the war that was sure to come. “As the prospect of a confrontation with Iran continues to rise, an increasing number of members of Congress have a new objective: ensuring President Trump does not launch a war without their approval.”
The problem is that in contrast to the straightforward brutalities of old-school war this approach may result in a stalemate. Indeed the real weakness of the new Trump Strategy is not that it lacks an Exit but that it lacks an Entry. As Tanya Goudsouzian pointed out in Le Monde it has proved extremely difficult to effect regime change using “war by other means” alone. “Over the years, the preferred US weapon has been economic and financial sanctions. When used against North Korea, Cuba, Venezuela, and others, they succeeded only in punishing economies and people.”
So far hybrid warfare has proved capable of devastating their countries but not toppling its leaders. Despite ration lines in Cuba, a Venezuelan economy so bad even Russian arms dealers are wary of selling to them, a North Korea heading for another starvation winter the brutal regimes in these countries rule in perfect safety, willing if necessary to stay in power to the death of their last wretched citizen. Reuters paints the haunting picture of towns in a socialist Venezuela reduced to a “primitive isolation” that may well be eventual fate of Iran.
LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) – A 79-year-old man is in critical condition after he was shot when three men entered his house Tuesday morning in the 6500 block of Avenue Q.
Police were called to the area at 12:20 a.m. after multiple “shots fired” reports were called in, according to the Lubbock Police Department.
When police arrived, they found the man sitting in a chair across from his house. He was “injured via gunshot wounds,” according to the police report.
After an investigation, police found three men forced their way into his home and started shooting. Though the man was shot, he was able to get his own gun and start firing at the suspects.
There is no indication if any of the suspects were injured, but they were able to flee the scene. No other injuries were reported from this incident.
Neighbors in the area say the elderly man was well liked by everyone and the children called him Pops.
A stray bullet went through one of the neighbors’ windows into his living room.
LUCERNE VALLEY, Calif. (FOX 11) – A woman shot and killed an intruder inside her Lucerne Valley home overnight Tuesday, deputies said.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, around 12:28 a.m., deputies from the Victor Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to a residence in the 35000 block of Harvest Moon Street in Lucerne Valley following the report of a shooting.
Inside the home, deputies located the suspect, later identified as 32-year-old Shea Manigult, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound. Deputies and emergency medical personnel attempted life-saving measures; however, the suspect was pronounced dead at the scene.
The female homeowner told deputies that she was asleep in her home when she her dog started barking, waking her up. The victim entered a bedroom where she saw Manigult hiding, deputies said. The victim told deputies that she became frightened and yelled at the man, telling him he didn’t belong inside her home. The homeowner then returned to the living room and armed herself with a gun, deputies said.
Authorities said Manigult approached the victim, and, fearing for her safety, she fired once at the suspect, striking him.
HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — Harris County Sheriff’s deputies are investigating after a homeowner allegedly shot and killed a burglar in north Harris County.
Deputies responded to the scene just before 3 p.m. Tuesday at a home in the 9200 block of Rockcliff. Deputies said a woman was cleaning her home when she heard a loud noise coming from a back window.
The woman saw broken glass and grabbed a gun before hiding in a closet in a back bedroom. The alleged intruder opened the closet, and the woman shot him once. Officials said the man died at the scene. (armed woman hiding in bedroom closet- scientific sub species Homo Surprisibus! Surprisibus!)
Deputies said the suspect was armed with a pistol.
(didn’t do him any good, now did it?)
CRESCENT TOWNSHIP, Pa. – Allegheny County homicide detectives said a man was killed overnight after trying to force his way into a Crescent Township home.
Officers were called to a home along Starr Road just after midnight.
When officers arrived, they found Corey Laguardia, 22, shot in the doorway of the home.
The homeowner told police he answered the door and told Laguardia he was at the wrong home and asked him to leave.
The homeowner called 911 and while he was on the phone with dispatchers, Lauardia began kicking and screaming at the homeowner to open the door, police said.
Police said Laguardia then started becoming more aggressive by kicking down the door and trying to get in. That’s when the homeowner pulled out a gun and shot him multiple times. Laguardia died at the scene.
Gallup released a story last week noting that 23% of Americans viewed illegal immigration as the nation’s biggest problem. Meanwhile, barely 1% of Americans mentioned “gun violence” or gun control as among our biggest national problems.
Here’s Gallup’s news release going into the weekend, released on Friday where it got minimal publicity.
New High in U.S. Say Immigration Most Important Problem
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Americans’ concern with immigration continues to be heightened, as 23% name it the most important problem facing the country. This is by one percentage point the highest Gallup has ever measured for the issue since it first began recording mentions of immigration in 1993.
Buried in the story under the breakdown of Gallup’s polling results: Gun control registered among barely 1% of respondents in June, just as it has each and every month thus far in 2019. One percent – and they round up .5% as 1%!
Clearly, these people who think gun control is the most important problem facing our country today must be somewhere out on the fringes of our society. In fact, six times as many folks pointed to crime and the criminal justice system failures – not guns – as our biggest problem.
Just how fringe is that 1% who are demanding gun control? Well, 6% of Americans think the Pentagon was damaged by a military cruise missile on September 11, 2001, not a jumbo jet. And 5-6% of Americans believe the moon landing was faked.
Sometimes our political debates are furious and deeply divided because of demagogues, clickbait media, and hype. But sometimes our political debates are furious because they reflect a conflict of fundamentally opposed worldviews, where no compromise is feasible.
Many of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates want to fundamentally redefine who is American — that is, if you show up from another country and want to be here, you ought to enjoy the full rights of citizenship and all of the benefits provided to American citizens.
Bernie Sanders put it clearly: “We’re going to make public colleges and universities tuition-free and open that to the undocumented.” In other words, if are a citizen of another country and you want a free college education, all you have to do is show up in the United States and get accepted at any one of the 1,626 public colleges in the United States.
Listen carefully to Elizabeth Warren’s statement today backing a proposed law by Democratic candidate Julian Castro that would destroy any semblance of a border.
“I agree with Secretary Castro,” Warren said in a statement to HuffPost. “We should not be criminalizing mamas and babies trying to flee violence at home or trying to build a better future. We must pass comprehensive immigration reform that is in line with our values, creates a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants including our DREAMers, and protects our borders.”
Protect what border? If, as Geraghty suggests, “you show up from another country and want to be here, you ought to enjoy the full rights of citizenship and all of the benefits provided to American citizens,” and if you decriminalize crossing the border, what border is there to protect?
Once upon a time, some of the most beautiful cities in the entire world were on the west coast, but now those same cities are degenerating into drug-infested cesspools of filth and garbage right in front of our eyes. San Francisco is known as the epicenter for our tech industry, and Los Angeles produces more entertainment than anyone else in the world, and yet both cities are making headlines all over the world for other reasons these days. Right now, nearly a quarter of the nation’s homeless population lives in the state of California, and more are arriving with each passing day. When you walk the streets of San Francisco or Los Angeles, you can’t help but notice the open air drug markets, the giant mountains of trash, and the discarded needles and piles of human feces that are seemingly everywhere. If this is what things look like when the U.S. economy is still relatively stable, how bad are things going to get when the economy tanks?
When Leilani Farha paid a visit to San Francisco in January, she knew the grim reputation of the city’s homeless encampments. In her four years as the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Adequate Housing, Farha has visited the slums of Mumbai, Delhi, Mexico City, Jarkarta, and Manila. The crisis in San Francisco, she said, is comparable to these conditions.
I have never been to Mumbai, Delhi, Mexico City, Jarkarta or Manila, and so I will just have to take her word for what the conditions are like there.
But how can this be happening in one of the wealthiest cities in the entire country?
Sadly, to a large degree San Francisco has done this to itself. Every single day drugs are openly bought and sold at “an outdoor market of sorts” right in the heart of the city, and authorities know exactly where it is happening…
David French and his fellow peacetime conservatives are at it again, wringing their hands and gnashing their teeth as U.S. Senator Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) takes a run at curtailing the immense power of Big Tech.
As French channels Neville Chamberlain, the fact is that unless the tech companies are forcefully confronted, now, in the immediate, our self-governing republic will be over in less than a generation and we will be ruled by a tech oligarchy.
French and his types sputter that this is outrageous, that government shouldn’t be involved in curtailing the harmful behavior of private companies. First, we would do well to remember that roughly 20 years ago, Washington, D.C. created this problem by carving out the Section 230 exemption for neutral platforms online. Only a fool would think that the tech companies are neutral platforms today. They have, by their own distinct decisions, become publishers and telecommunications companies: if you are making publishing decisions, if you are deploying broadband, if you are creating and streaming live content, you are a publisher or a telecommunications company, and sometimes both.
As these companies have changed of their own volition, Washington, D.C. has continued to live under the happy fiction that they are still nothing more than neutral platforms. What do policymakers not understand? Why are they so blind? Perhaps re-election campaign money, perhaps organizations like National Review being bought off by tech company donations—who can really say? There are all sorts of reasons why we’re in defiance of common sense, but it doesn’t remove the fact that we are.
Ask yourselves why these companies get to play by one set of rules while publishers and telecommunications companies are forced to play by others? They are in fact the same, though now the tech companies dwarf many of their fellow publishers and telecommunications companies yet still get to play by rules that favor them. This is in defiance of free-market principles: government isn’t supposed to pick winners and losers. It is supposed to create a fair playing field for everyone to compete according to the same rules and regulations so that the consumer benefits. Instead, we see it creating rigged games that allow monopolies to develop.
But this is also about what the internet actually is and who gets to decide what speech or content resides on the internet. Would Google, Facebook, and Amazon exist if there were no internet? Of course not—and I hesitate even to broach the question because it’s an absurd one. They didn’t create the internet; they are in effect, squatters having built on a foundation they did not build and do not own.
In many ways, you could argue no one really owns the internet. It is a public square, a public arena, much like the Agora and Forum of ancient times, only in digital form. So why do squatters on property not their own get to dictate anything on any level on that property? These companies were given a great deal of freedom to grow, to innovate products, and—while the Justice Department’s antitrust division pulled a Rip Van Winkle—become monopolies. To put it mildly, mistakes were made. Those mistakes need to be corrected.
If we do not correct our mistakes, our great rights of speech and assembly, offline and online, are in danger. Someone is going to be the final defender of our natural rights as codified in the Constitution. Do we want un-elected global monopolistic corporations—entities that may or may not consider themselves American companies, ruling you by algorithms? Do we want them limiting the flow of information in the online public arena, manipulating it to benefit themselves and their view of the world? Or do we want duly elected leaders of a constitutional republic defending our rights?
(NBC/WSMV) — People in Tennessee can now get a concealed carry permit online instead of taking a course in-person.
In order to get a permit, people have to take a 90-minute online course.
Previously, the state required people to take an eight-hour, hands-on course to receive a concealed carry permit.
Many pro-gun people in Tennessee say they are not a fan of the law.
“I think that, probably, our biggest concern is that people will just take the online class and then not seek out any additional training,” said Shane Kerwin, a fire arms instructor.
State Representative Andy Holt, who sponsored the bill, said the law change is about saving people money and time.
A proposal to swap out New Jersey’s long-dormant smart gun law and replace it with one requiring dealers to carry at least one such gun in stock passed the legislature last week.
Introduced in January by state Senate Majority Leader Loretta Weinberg – who designed the state’s current divisive smart gun mandate – the proposal requires dealers to carry at least one model of smart gun when they become available rather than sell them exclusively. Filed as S101, the measure passed the Assembly 49-23 and the Senate 24-12 with Democrats, who control both chambers, leading the charge. It now heads to Gov. Phil Murphy.
The bill scraps most of the state’s 2002 smart gun law which has has been on the books for nearly two decades and replaces it with a requirement that the state Attorney General continue to report to the governor and legislature every six months on the commercial availability of the devices in the country. Once the AG approves a production model, every firearms wholesaler and retailer in the state would be obligated to carry at least one example for sale in their inventory within 60 days and have it on display in their salesroom, with visible signage referencing its features.
Similar legislation, developed in collaboration with national gun control groups like Giffords, was vetoed in 2016 by Republican Gov. Chris Christie who said it, “would have also replaced one unnecessary mandate with another unjustified restriction on firearms sales, this time targeting firearms retailers.”
Murphy, a Democrat who ran for office with the endorsement of anti-gun groups and went on to appoint a former Giffords lawyer as his “gun control czar,” is likely to sign the bill into law. He approved six gun control bills last session alone.
“This is the third tech insider who has bravely stepped forward to expose the secrets of Silicon Valley. These new documents, supported by undercover video, raise questions of Google’s neutrality and the role they see themselves fulfilling in the 2020 elections.”
I missed downloading this from Veritas’ account on YouTube (owned by Google) before they deleted it. I’ve downloaded the vid from Vimeo and I’m going to upload it on my YouTube account and see how long it lasts there.
Elected Democrats will soon attempt to expand voting rights in deep blue states for illegal aliens, an election fraud expert says.
Last week, Democrats in New York state approved and signed into law a plan to give driver’s licenses to illegal aliens with the backing of the business lobby. The law allows for the state’s 725,000-strong illegal alien population to be eligible for the same driver’s license that American citizens are afforded.
Already, state officials have said the law will effectively give illegal aliens the ability to vote as New York registers citizens to vote at state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices.
“This is the first step towards the expansion of a number of things that normalize the rights of illegal aliens,” Eggers said.
“It’s only a matter of time before we see the expansion of illegal alien voting in state elections and eventually the Left pushing for illegal alien voting in federal elections,” Eggers continued.
An academic group that helped expose the reach of Chinese-funded propaganda in American universities has a message for academia: We told you so.
The Department of Education’s new investigation into universities for allegedly hiding foreign funding “is sending a powerful signal to colleges and universities: They can no longer expect to ignore the law with impunity,” Rachelle Peterson, policy director of the National Association of Scholars, told The College Fix.
The probes into Georgetown University and Texas A&M concern university assets from governments and companies in China, Russia, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, according to June 13 department letters to the universities obtained by the Associated Press.
The nonprofit Qatar Foundation comprised nearly all the foreign funding reported by Georgetown ($33 million) and all reported by Texas A&M ($6.1 million) last year, according to the AP.
Mostly a vid.
The homeowner was sleeping in their bedroom when they heard something in another room. The suspect fled the home after the resident shot at him.
VICTIM SHOOTS SUSPECT IN ROBBERY ATTEMPT, SHERIFF’S OFFICE SAYS
A suspect was shot in an attempted robbery in downtown Macon early Sunday, according to a Bibb County Sheriff’s Office report.
The incident happened at about 3:49 a.m. on Cherry Street, according to a release. Brett Bledsoe, 30, was walking home from work when he stopped in front of The Rookery restaurant, which was closed, while texting on his cellphone.
Two weeks? Either the DA is busy with lots of criminal activity, or he’s a slouch.
Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe this afternoon announced that his office had completed a review of the June 10 shooting death inside the Boost Mobile store near 76th and Metcalf and determined the employee had acted in self defense.
Police identified the man killed in the incident as Deshawn Brim of Raytown. Brim was out of prison on parole for drug charges at the time of the shooting.
In a release to the media this afternoon, Howe said Brim “entered the store armed with a handgun and proceeded to rob the store at gunpoint. At some point, the store clerk, fearing for his life and the life of his co-worker, produced a handgun. The robber was killed in the ensuing gun battle as he attempted to jump over the counter presumably to get at the clerk.”
because the Boost employee acted to preserve his life and that of his co-worker, Howe’s office determined he would not be subject to criminal charges.
“We have determined that this was a valid exercise of self-defense under Kansas
law,” Howe said. “No charges will be filed in connection with this shooting.
BOSTON MASS. (?!) Rabbi Dan Rodkin says thoughts and prayers will not save his congregation from an attack on their house of worship.
Amid a rise in hate crimes against Jewish people across the United States, Shaloh House — the Brighton synagogue the rabbi leads — has been improving safety measures with security cameras, reinforced glass windows, even panic buttons.
“We can’t think, ‘I’m just praying, and God will save me,’ ” Rodkin says. “No, we need to take care of situations ourselves.”
Now, the rabbi is asking his own congregation to bring guns to Shabbat.
And several of Rodkin’s synagogue members — most of them former soldiers and retired cops — are answering his plea, coming armed to daily and holiday services. Others are applying for gun licenses with letters of recommendation from their rabbi.
Rodkin says he will get a gun, too, and wants to organize training for the new gun owners.
Maurizio Porfiri is a mechanical, not social engineer.
Those are the type of engineers who have to get facts right, or the airplane won’t fly, or the bridge will collapse under its own weight.
Researchers have shown a causal link between print news media coverage of U.S. gun control policy in the wake of mass shooting events and increases in firearm acquisition(c)Tandon School of Engineering
For the first time, researchers have shown a causal link between print news media coverage of U.S. gun control policy in the wake of mass shooting events and increases in firearm acquisition, particularly in states with the least restrictive gun laws.
The results of a study led by researchers at NYU Tandon School of Engineering, in collaboration with faculty at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and Northeastern University, are rooted in a data-driven approach that reveals causal relationships, rather than mere correlations. It is the first study to quantify the influence of news media stories on firearm prevalence.
“Media Coverage and Firearm Acquisition in the Aftermath of a Mass Shooting” was published today in Nature Human Behaviour.
Increases in firearm purchases following mass shootings are well-observed phenomena, likely driven by concerns that these events could lead to more restrictive gun controls. Lead author Maurizio Porfiri, NYU Tandon professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering, noted that this is the first study to empirically examine — and confirm — the link between news stories specifically about gun policy and increased acquisition of firearms. However, in one surprising finding, the analysis revealed no causal link between an actual mass shooting and gun purchases. Previous studies had noted a correlation between the two.
The latest study quantified influences among the three variables: mass shooting events, media coverage of gun control policy and regulations, and firearm acquisition. Researchers analyzed 69 mass shootings in the United States between January 1999 and December 2017, gathering data on the number of firearm background checks per month (a proxy measure for gun purchases), along with all print news coverage of firearm control policies that appeared in the New York Times and the Washington Post during that same period — more than 9,700 documents.
The increases in firearm background checks were most pronounced in states with the least restrictive gun control policies – including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Ohio, and Oregon – and less dramatic in states with stronger restrictions on gun ownership. The team found no significant links between other variables.
“This study provides the critical insight that media coverage appears to mediate the increase in firearm acquisition following mass shootings,” Porfiri said.
Maybe because they don’t consider them the opposite sex and most people aren’t homosexual? And also that trans are mentally deranged people who normal people would rather interact with as little as possible?
I’ve found that most psychologists are not all that smart. Educated, yes, but that’s the problem.
A recent Journal of Social and Personal Relationships study found that nearly 90 percent of survey respondents are not interested in dating transgender people. In a Psychology Today article on the study, coauthor Karen Blair implies these findings demonstrate significant discrimination—or at least an unwillingness to be inclusive—in dating.
However, instead of pointing out the obvious truth that biological cues are foundational for sexual and romantic attraction, the author goes to great lengths to convey sympathy for the exclusion of transgenders in the dating field as if it’s merely a social justice issue. This is yet another avenue progressives are using to encourage others to deny biological reality and normalize abnormal behaviors.
Blair explains that she and a colleague asked 1,000 survey participants, “Would you consider as a potential dating partner (check all that apply):
- a cisgender woman [someone who lives as her sex]
- a cisgender man [someone who lives as his sex]
- a transgender woman [a man who tries to look like a woman]
- a transgender man [a woman who tries to look like a man]
- a person with a non-binary gender identification” [someone who tries to look neither male nor female]
The results showed “87.5% of the participants who were asked this very question only checked off the cisgender options and excluded transgender and non-binary individuals from their hypothetical dating pool.”
Blair explains how important finding love is to happiness. Hardly anyone would disagree with her there. Then she goes on to say, “If very few people are willing to date trans people, what does this mean for their health and well-being? If trans and non-binary people lack access to one of the most stable sources of social support, this could explain some of the existing health disparities within trans communities.”
Instead of analyzing why this might be the case, or what it might say about the transgender movement, Blair immediately assumes trans people are being actively excluded, even discriminated against. Obviously, her logic goes, nearly 900 people are wrong.
Blair didn’t ask why respondents felt disinclined to date transgenders, Perhaps it was never her intention to extrapolate on the data, but I think it’s important to attempt to do so. This data on dating could hold many clues for why so many people struggle with defending the transgender movement.
Duh: Attraction Is About Sex
Does this mean there can’t be a difference in punishment between e.g. “Robbery” and “Armed Robbery”?
Okay. Make it one size fits all and keep the stiffer sentencing.
Here’s what’s interesting though. I think this is another indication that Gorsuch is a very much pro individual civil rights kind of Justice. And that could bode well for how he views liberalized RKBA. It is an individual civil right you know.
Justice Neil Gorsuch joined with the Supreme Court’s liberal bloc to deal victory for criminal defendants Monday, striking down a federal law that punishes gun crimes as unconstitutionally vague.
The law at issue authorizes heightened penalties for individuals who use firearms to a commit a “crime of violence.” In dissent, Justice Brett Kavanaugh warned the decision would undermine public safety.
“Only the people’s elected representatives in Congress have the power to write new federal criminal laws,” Gorsuch wrote in the majority opinion. “And when Congress exercises that power, it has to write statutes that give ordinary people fair warning about what the law demands of them.”
“Vague laws transgress both of those constitutional requirements,” Gorsuch added. “They hand off the legislature’s responsibility for defining criminal behavior to unelected prosecutors and judges, and they leave people with no sure way to know what consequences will attach to their conduct.”
What? You didn’t know that your every move at a Wal-Mart store, including the parking lot, is on live video and scrutinized in exacting detail?
Walmart is working to reduce checkout theft in more than 1,000 U.S. stores with the help of cameras powered by artificial intelligence
The retailer began investing in the surveillance program, dubbed Missed Scan Detection, several years ago in an effort to combat shrinkage — loss due to several causes including theft, scanning errors, waste and fraud, a Walmart spokeswoman told Business Insider
“Walmart is making a true investment to ensure the safety of our customers and associates,” Walmart spokeswoman LeMia Jenkins told the business site. “Over the last three years, the company has invested over half a billion dollars in an effort to prevent, reduce and deter crime in our stores and parking lots.”
“We are continuously investing in people, programs and technology to keep our stores and communities safe,” she added.
The AI-powered cameras were rolled out to more than 1,000 stores about two years ago and the retail giant has seen positive results since then, according to Jenkins, who said shrinkage has reduced in stores where the cameras have been added.
They’re doing this in the hope to cut their losses. SCOTUS just might -we hope- use the case to make a broader ruling on RKBA
WASHINGTON – New York City announced Friday it has amended rules restricting where licensed guns can be taken outside the home, a move intended to prompt the Supreme Court to dismiss a challenge from gun rights groups.
The change, posted on a city website without fanfare, allows gun owners to take their firearms to a home, business or shooting range outside city limits. Until now, the city had limited those with possession licenses to seven shooting ranges inside city limits.
Gun owners who sought to take their firearms to second homes or shooting ranges outside the city challenged the rules in federal court, but the rules were upheld last year by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. The Supreme Court agreed in January to hear the case next fall.
Gun control groups had urged the city to change its rules in hopes a quick surrender would prompt the justices to drop the case. The city’s police department held a public hearing last month on the proposed changes and announced a final rule Friday that will take effect in 30 days.
We need to endevor to keep what happened from fading away into the mists of memory
Archivists who bought a stash of CDs at a house clearance sale found 2,400 photos of Ground Zero in New York taken following the 9/11 attacks in 2001.
They appear to have been taken by an as yet unidentified construction worker who helped to clear up the wreckage of the World Trade Center towers and surrounding area.
The CDs were in poor condition but the data was ultimately retrievable.
The archivists have uploaded the photos to Flickr.
The digital albums include images of Ground Zero itself taken both at ground level and from above, construction staff at work and the damaged interiors of the blocks surrounding the towers.
Nearly 3,000 people died when four hijacked airliners were crashed into the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania.
CINCINNATI — A woman said a man was trying to rob her Saturday morning so she shot him in the stomach, according to the Cincinnati Police Department.
This happened around 5 a.m. Saturday morning near 3635 Reading Rd. in Avondale. The investigation into the incident shut down Reading Road between Chalfonte Place and Gholson Avenue.
The alleged, would-be robber was taken to the hospital.
EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) – Police have identified the man killed in a Northeast El Paso shooting on Wednesday as Jason Lindsay, 22.
As KTSM previously reported, the call came in at about 11:30 p.m. at the Sand Stone Ranch Apartments located near the intersection of Sean Haggerty and Gateway South.
Police say Lindsay entered an apartment without consent to assault Jonathan Lauture, 21.
According to a news release, Lauture then shot and killed Lindsay in self-defense.
The Cass County Sheriff’s Department says a Friday night shooting in Vandalia was in self-defense.
Police responded to a home in the 62,000 block of Cass Avenue in Vandalia around 10 p.m. after getting a call that a man had been shot.
Officers gave first aid to 37-year-old James E. Hodges, Jr. and he was taken to South Bend Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. He’s listed in critical but stable condition.
Police say their investigation found a 15-year-old boy had shot Hodges in self-defense and in defense of another. No charges are being sought against the 15-year-old at this time.
Reports on the incident will be sent to the Cass County Prosecutor’s office and the case remains under investigation.
and on that previous note:
Sen. Menendez introduces legislation to ban silencers in the US
Gun silencers like the one used in a recent lethal shooting in Virginia Beach would be banned under new legislation that New Jersey U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez is introducing.
Menendez unveiled the legislation Friday alongside Trenton Mayor Reed Gusciora.
New Jersey already bans silencers. But they are lawful in many other states, including neighboring Pennsylvania. The new measure would open a 90-day buyback window for the estimated 1.5 million registered silencers.