Tuesday, April 15, 2014

This is not alarming either. Fingerprinting Medicare -providers-.

US federal government having a real week here. Now HHS is fingerprinting health care providers as part of some kind of Obamacare thing.

Four years after Obamacare became law, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is notifying Medicare providers and suppliers of new fingerprint-based background checks.  Eventually, all individuals who hold a five percent or greater stake in a Medicare supplier or provider that is categorized as "high risk" will be subject to the requirement.  The provision is part of the Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP Program Integrity Provisions (Title E) of the Affordable Care Act, and gives the HHS secretary broad discretion in applying the background check requirements depending on the potential for abuse, fraud, and/or waste.

The new requirements are spelled out in a document posted online on the website of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) last Friday.  The new rules will apply to both current and future enrollees who are classified as "high risk," the stated purpose being to weed out "bad actors" in the Medicare program and prevent any more from enrolling.

That's what happens when you have to pass something that runs to 10,000 pages so you'll know what's in it. HHS writes the rules, so providers should be grateful they didn't require a blood sample and a skin biopsy too.

The Phantom

License plate readers are watching you.

Apropos of the recent falderall in Nevada, with the "militia" showing up and etc., I thought this little eye opener I found on Drudge was rather appropriate.

As a part of my series on the use of automatic license plate readers in Virginia, I wanted to find out what kind of information local police might have. By law, the only information I’m privileged to is my own.

Last week I filed a public records request with the Alexandria Police Department. I’ve lived in the lovely city of Alexandria for just two years, and my driving record — aside from the occasional parking ticket — is virtually spotless.

What I found, however, left me riveted.

In all, police captured 16 photos of my car — mostly at night — and recorded my license plate eight times on five dates — from October 2013 to as recently as April 1.

Alexandria PD has 13 plate readers systems mounted in cop cars. Every time this lady passed a cop car on the road, or one drove past her house, the plate reader tagged her car's location. She notes particularly the following incidents regarding these readers:

In 2008 and 2009, the Virginia State Police, which now regularly expunges records but still collects them, captured license plate data of people at political rallies for Sarah Palin and Barack Obama.

Now consider the Nevada situation. Potentially, everybody who showed up to the Bundy Ranch in a car had their license plate photographed and tagged multiple times during the event and previously. It takes no effort at all to pull up a full itinerary of locations for a plate, given the database. Now add cellphone data. Everybody who showed up with a cellphone has left a full record of their comings and goings on cell towers. For that matter Apple and Google potentially have a full record of their locations for months in the past, possibly years.

How much use is this data to police? Laying it out for you, two guys were able to commit four or five murders while on parole and wearing GPS ankle bracelets. They were caught after SEVERAL MONTHS because some bright spark matched cell phone data from the victims to GPS tracker data from a database and found these two mooks. So really, its essentially useless for preventing crime and not amazingly useful for keeping track of criminals. These two retards were convicted sex offenders hanging out at the local prostitution circuit, and zero alarm bells were rung even though they were in major violation of parole.

How much use is this data to somebody who wants a list of people to swoop down on and arrest? Mega. They know where your habitual hangouts are, they know your movement patterns, they know where you park, they know where you live, work, eat, shop, party, they know where and when you go for a dump, potentially. So if the BLM decides they want to play rough, within the next six months or so a whole bunch of people could vanish off the streets and no one will hear about it. For a little while anyway.

Something to consider if you want to support things like the Tea Party, make sure somebody friendly knows where you are all the time. It could matter, some day soon.

The Phantom

US Postal service needs ammunition now?

In a genius move worthy of Einstein, the US Postal Service has let it be known that they are seeking to purchase large lots of ammunition.

Add the U.S. Postal Service to the list of federal agencies seeking to purchase what some Second Amendment activists say are alarmingly large quantities of ammunition.

Earlier this year, the USPS posted a notice on its website, under the heading "Assorted Small Arms Ammunition," that says: "The United States Postal Service intends to solicit proposals for assorted small arms ammunition. If your organization wishes to participate, you must pre-register. This message is only a notification of our intent to solicit proposals."

Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Washington-based Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, said: "We're seeing a highly unusual amount of ammunition being bought by the federal agencies over a fairly short period of time. To be honest, I don't understand why the federal government is buying so much at this time."

Presumably this was written a while ago, even though it was posted at Newsmax today, April 15th 2014. Because now we know why. The government of the USA is very, very afraid of the -people- of the USA. The Powers That Be have decided that the policies they wish to pursue will most likely be violently resisted by the general populace, and they are taking steps to see that they can manage that resistance.

Example, obviously, the Bundy Ranch in Nevada. The BLM and the EPA have been squeezing out ranchers all across the South West states these last 20 years without incident, so now all that's left are the serious ones, the stubborn ones, the die hard sons of bitches who just won't quit.

In the pre-Internet age, all these ammunition purchases and ranch closures would have gone unremarked. 200 cops could roll up to the Bundy place, arrest the lot of them and kill all their cattle, the most that would be seen in the media would be the notice of lawsuit published in the local paper when Bundy tried to recover his losses. Or his estate did, more likely.

Now, 200 cops roll up and a thousand armed yahoos spring from the ground, as if Bundy had sown the dragon's teeth. Obviously the next thing that's going to happen is the cops will black-out phone and internet service to locations they are going to raid. We will have to see how that plays out. Not well, I expect.

Here's another blast from the past from Newsmax, just to illustrate what's going on with the whole firearm supply chain in the USA. EPA closes the last lead smelting plant in America.

The closure of the last lead smelter plant in America due to tightened Environmental Protection Agency rules will have an impact on ammunition supplies and costs, according to Gun Owners of America.

And it will leave nearly 220 people who worked directly or indirectly for the plant seeking new jobs.

In an interview with Newsmax, GOA legislative counsel Mike Hammond said the shuttering of Doe Run Company's Herculaneum lead smelter plant "won't shut off the production of bullets in America because [manufacturers] can get recycled lead from a lot of other plants.

"But combined with the government's large purchases of ammunition, it will make it harder and more expensive to purchase ammunition," Hammond said.

Some Second Amendment supporters see sinister motives on the part of the federal government in tightening the smelting regulations.

Former Rep. Allen West, a Florida Republican, put a statement on his website about the Doe Run plant closure, calling it a "back-door gun control" move on the part of the Obama administration and the EPA to tighten ammunition supplies.

Of interest here is less the effect on lead supplies in the USA than the effect of EPA regulations on an entire industry. EPA has made it impossible to economically derive lead metal from ore in the United States. I point out that lead smelters operate in Canada quite happily, with no massive ecological disasters resulting from their activities. People requiring certain types of lead are now obliged to buy it from Canada or China, or some other country.

EPA is doing the same thing to coal mines and coal fired electric generating stations. EPA is doing the same thing to farmers in California. EPA is about to begin doing the same thing to oil drillers in the Dakotas. Other federal agencies are doing it to other industries all over the USA.

By contrast, the US Border Patrol has effectively ceased patrolling the southern border and thousands of Mexicans, Guatemalans and people from all over South America are pretty much crossing into the USA at will. The Border Patrol seems to prefer the northern border with Canada, where they intimidate and harass Canadians trying to spend money in American border cities like Buffalo.

In other news, guns and ammunition are flying off the shelves all over the USA. New record for sales every other month it seems. Biggest problem retailers have is having to wait for more stock.

Taken all together, this is somewhat troubling.

The Phantom

Saturday, April 12, 2014

BLM in trouble in Utah too.

BLM is just popping up all over the place. And not in a good way.

ENTERPRISE, Utah (Reuters) - A Utah county, angry over the destruction of federal rangeland that ranchers use to graze cattle, has started a bid to round up federally protected wild horses it blames for the problem in the latest dustup over land management in the U.S. West.

Close to 2,000 wild horses are roaming southern Utah's Iron County, well over the 300 the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has dubbed as appropriate for the rural area's nine designated herd management zones, County Commissioner David Miller said.

County officials complain the burgeoning herd is destroying vegetation crucial to ranchers who pay to graze their cattle on the land, and who have already been asked to reduce their herds to cope with an anticipated drought.

Wild horse preservation groups say any attempt to remove the horses would be a federal crime.

Be it noted, horses are not native to the Southwest USA. They are European imports. They are supposed to be getting managed, as in culled, by the BLM. That's the BLM's job and reason for existence. Theoretically. So why isn't the job getting done in Iron County Utah? This is where it gets funny.

Wild horses have not been culled due to budget constraints, according to Utah BLM officials, who say their herds grow by roughly 20 percent per year.

Yes, budget constraints. No money, so sad. Meanwhile in Nevada the BLM is burning a million bucks a day to collect a few cattle and play army in the bush. I think a million bucks a day is probably a fair estimate of what it takes to pay for 200+ heavily armed and armored cops, cop vehicles, multiple helicopters, plus contractors and their heavy equipment to manage the cattle that were collected. Oh, plus a fortified, fenced "command post" and a bunch of other crap that we probably will never know about.

Here's a thought. If you deliberately let the wild horse population grow too large, and they start eating everything in sight, plus there's a drought, you can shut down ranching on public land completely.

Just sayin'.

The Phantom

Obama TSA riddled with corruption? Mmmmmaybe!

They say fish rot from the head down.

The director of the Federal Air Marshal Service is retiring after being investigated for his role in an alleged operation to acquire guns for officials' personal use, FoxNews.com has learned. 

Director Robert Bray's home was raided in December in connection with the ongoing probe, according to sources and documents. Law enforcement and congressional sources told FoxNews.com that Bray's recently announced retirement, which is effective in June, is directly related to the investigation. 

Transportation Security Administration officials say no such raid ever happened. 

But Bray allegedly is among several officials who were obtaining weapons through this operation. 

Free guns that "fell off a truck", allegedly given away/sold cheap between high ranking TSA officials, as "gimmes". FOX News is going to have this story all to themselves forever.

The Phantom

BLM/FAA no fly zone in Nevada.

According to InfoWars the FAA has decreed a no-fly zone to keep news choppers out of the area surrounding the Bundy Ranch.

The "temporary flight restrictions," revealed by a contributor to the Free Republic, bans all air traffic under an altitude of 3,000 feet in the vicinity of the ranch except for aircraft operating under the direction of the Bureau of Land Management.

Seems the BLM really doesn't want people seeing what they're doing out there. Such as driving herds of cattle with helicopters. That's an ugly business.

There are also conflicting reports about cell phone coverage. Some people are saying the service was cut off to the ranch, others are saying it was not. Currently it appears the cell towers are up and functioning (as of last night anyway) so I guess we shall see.

I speculate that if some people were getting no service but others were, or that people could call in from outside the ranch but those at the ranch could not call out,  those kind of flaky conditions could be caused by BLM if they had the will to do so. Cell service is 100% under the control of the federal government in the USA (and Canada!) so the cell provider could be doing things to interfere with some phones and not others, or some locations and not others. Furthermore there is lots of equipment that will fit inside a suitcase which can hijack, intercept, jam or otherwise frig with cell service over a limited area and you may be sure the BLM cops have access to such things. If not in their own armory, they can borrow from other services like DHS.

And please, this is speculation. I'm sitting in Southern Ontario, I don't know jack about what they're actually doing. But that's what I'd be doing if I were a power tripping moron with an really big budget.

Tinfoil hatters and doomsday hackers take note, and maybe start working on your own digital shortwave solution to this issue. With enough power a determined individual can bounce a readable signal off the moon, if nothing else. I'm not a radio guy, but I suspect "enough power" would be the output of a couple of diesel electric generators and a decent directional antenna.

Court of last resort, there's always the Apollo laser range finding mirrors, you can bounce a signal off them too. That would be pretty difficult. Very tinfoil hat.

The Phantom

Friday, April 11, 2014

Why "cower and hope" is the policy on US miltary bases.

Demonstration of "Shelter in Place" strategy.
Cross posted from this Small Dead Animals post, my commentary on the second Fort Hood shooting and why this will continue.

In case anyone was wondering why the US military is not allowed open or concealed carry on base, please take a look at what's going on in Nevada today with the BLM.

Infowars has this up on Drudge, you can believe or disbelieve as much of it as you want but still get the general idea.


Are American soldiers going to go raid some guy's farm so that Harry Reid D-Nevada can get even richer? Not voluntarily. They might even get cranky about it. Then you've got a base full of highly trained ass kickers who are all cranky at you.

The thing is, if soldiers on base are armed, they can successfully mutiny. If they are not armed, then a comparatively small number of MPs and officers can keep them under control.

So what it really boils down to is the DemocRat party leadership has some things in mind that they want to do, and they think the US military might not let them do it.

And -that- is why nobody but MPs and senior officers gets to carry on base.

Are we learning yet?

CNN finally discovers BLM has snipers.

Wow, somebody at CNN woke up and smelled the coffee this morning. I guess the crashed airplane didn't have good video anymore. Just lots of empty ocean.

A 20-year dispute between a Nevada rancher and federal rangers over illegal cattle grazing erupted into an Old West-style showdown on the open range this week, even prompting self-proclaimed members of militia groups from across the country to join the rancher in fighting what they say is U.S. "tyranny."

What began as a legal fight between longtime rancher Cliven Bundy and the U.S. Bureau of Land Management has escalated as Bundy kept his cattle on the federal land, and the government has responded by beginning roundups of the livestock.

A confrontation teetered on violence Wednesday when Bundy family members and dozens of supporters angrily confronted a group of rangers holding Tasers and barking dogs on leashes near Bunkerville, about 80 miles northeast of Las Vegas.

The usual crap, heavy on the pearl-clutching about MILITIAS!!!! and scare quotes around "tyranny". Taking a breaking situation with a lot of different things going on and dry-cleaning so it fits into the right pigeon hole.

You know, being a Leftist retard must make life much easier. No more wondering what to think about things, no more worrying that things may not be as they seem, no more burning up liver cells because you're SO mad people are lying to you all the time. Just lie back in the big mainstream media hammock and sip on your Michelle Obama-approved diet pop.

Oh well, the Big Networks have finally clued in to the fightin' cowboys down in Nevada. Here's hoping some network trucks get burnt by the BLM. That would be sweet.

The Phantom

Thursday, April 10, 2014

BLM snipers update.

Well well. It appears that "militia" are involved now. I put that in quotes because to the Main Stream Media, anybody who shows up to object to a US federal government smackdown must be some kind of extra-chromosome right wing militia nutcase.

What this actually means, as far as the available video shows, is that more people are showing up on random roadsides in Nevada and getting tasered, punched out and bit by BLM attack dogs. All over, let us not forget, a tortoise.

Interesting datum number one, according to Bundy there used to be 52 ranches in the immediate area where the Bundys live. Now there's one (1), Mr. Bundy. Used to be wasn't very long ago either, we're talking the 1990's all this went down. They were all bought out by the state or the local county. If true, that's pretty interesting.
Interesting datum number two, the BLM is not enforcing this cattle seizure on federal land. They're not on federal land at all, and Bundy wasn't running his cattle on federal land. Its STATE land and county land.  State and county are not under the control of the BLM, supposedly.

My opinion so far, based on not a hell of a lot to be honest, is that this Cliven Bundy dude is a crank who won't cooperate by selling out like everybody else. So they're forcing him out. With 200 cops, at least one helicopter and I'm going to assume some of those nice MRAP armored vehicles that are so popular with cops these days. (No evidence of that yet, I'm just guessing they'd bring one along because they look all badass.)

Because he just won't do what he's told.

The Phantom

Dutch traditions no longer allowed in... Holland.

Another racism tempest in a teapot, brought to you by the usual useful idiots.

Last year a simmering debate over the appearance and tradition of St Nicholas's helpers, played by white actors in blackface make-up, spilled over into a series of angry demonstrations and exchanges on social media.
Ineke Strouken, of the Dutch Centre for Indigenous Culture and Heritage (VIE), told De Volkskrant that groups on both sides of the argument had been in discussion since October.
They include Quinsy Gario, an Amsterdam-based artist who was arrested two years at the Sinterklaas welcome parade for wearing a T-shirt with the slogan: "Zwarte Piet is Racisme".

My dear Lefties. Please look up the fable of the little boy who cried "Wolf!" Learn from it, and govern yourselves accordingly.

Yep, that's going to hurt. Too bad there's nobody to help you.

There really are wolves in the world, you should go find one before you start yelling.

The Phantom

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Kathy Shaidle, burning the Lefties a new one.

I hear this one all the time, and I'm tired of it:

Just imagine if George Bush had done that.
Just imagine if a Republican said that.
Just imagine if a Christian went there.

The Furious One pronounces the Last Word on this tired and busted rhetorical turn.

The “Just Imagine” Game presumes that leftists are logical and principled.
They are not.
They are too often neurotic, brainwashed, conformist mediocrities — who also too often happen to be in positions of significant authority and influence.

Just imagine if George Bush's BLM set the dogs on a guy who was standing on the side of the road doing nothing. Over a tortoise. Just imagine if the George Bush IRS would have targeted Lefty organizations.

Its not like this anymore.

Well, you can't imagine it. Because George Bush didn't let the BLM do that kinda shit when he was President. BLM didn't even -have- attack dogs, snipers and SWAT teams when George Bush was president. If the IRS had done anything like what Obama has had them doing, they'd have gone to jail.  Its not that the Lefties are a different kind of animal than the Republicans.

More like this...

vs. this.
Its more like Skynet vs. a seahorse. A really fucking stupid seahorse that's not even paying attention.

Why drones are stupid.

Because they crash on stuff.

An unmanned Pennsylvania Army National Guard drone crashed near Lickdale Elementary School Thursday afternoon.
The aerial vehicle, controlled by a remote operator, was part of a training exercise at Fort Indiantown Gap, said Maj. Ed Shenk, public affairs officer for the Pennsylvania National Guard.
The craft experienced "a hard landing" and was run over by a civilian vehicle on Fisher Avenue in front of the school and the Comfort Inn, according to the Pennsylvania National Guard. No one was injured. The craft was destroyed.
National Guardsmen picked up pieces of the craft from the embankment and front lawn of the school at 40 Fisher Ave.
The accident happened about 3:15 p.m., he said.
The vehicle, known as the RQ-7 Shadow, weighs 375 pounds, is approximately 11 feet long and has a wing span of 14 feet, Shenk said.

RQ-7 Shadow with random army dude.
That's bigger than a deer, and its not made of meat. So you can imagine the mess its going to make if it bullseyes a car at highway speed. Or if it crashed in front of the school at 3:15pm on a school day. That could have been international news right there.

Or even if it just augered in to your roof some morning. KaBANG, you've got $20,000 worth of repairs, and that assumes the friggin' thing didn't go on fire. Its an -airplane-, it has gasoline on board.

Drones are for war zones, not civilian use. If the cops get these things, quite apart from the privacy and police state issues, you're going to be seeing 'em crashing all over the place every week.

Why? Because cops are unionized public employees and therefore inherently lazy, aircraft maintenance is shockingly expensive, and even assuming a superhuman dedication to duty, pilots are not infallible.

They're doughnut-wranglers sitting in an armchair looking at a TV screen playing Flight Simulator. How's that going to work out?

The Phantom

Wait. BLM has -snipers-?

Drop the camera, prole!
 Well, it appears the US Bureau of Land Management not only has snipers, they are busy using them on some farmer guy. Because they can, not because he's a menace to society.

Federal snipers with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) trained guns on members of a family yesterday after they dared to stop and take video footage of cattle outside the bounds of a designated “First Amendment Area,” before arresting one of the men for non-compliance.

Yeah, "designated “First Amendment Area,” ". That's the thing that caught my eye too. Bureau of Land Management seems to think they are empowered to outline a designated “First Amendment Area,” in the desert with yellow tape, and then you're not allowed to do anything Free Speechy outside the tape. Like take pictures of the empty landscape on the side of the road. And if you do, they get to kick your ass. Over a tortoise.

“He was doing nothing but standing there and filming the landscape,” Bundy said of his brother Dave. “We were on the state highway, not even off of the right-of-way. Even if they want to call [the area that we were filming] federal land; which it’s not; we weren’t even on it. We were on the road.”
None of the family members were armed, but as soon as Dave Bundy began filming the cattle in the distance, 11 BLM vehicles each with two agents arrived and surrounded him.
“They also had four snipers on the hill above us all trained on us. We were doing nothing besides filming the area,” said Ryan Bundy.
The family were told to leave the area via loudspeaker because they had violated the crudely established “First Amendment Area”.
“They said that we had no first amendment rights except for up by the bridge where they had established an area for that,” Bundy said.
When Dave Bundy didn’t immediately heed the warning and return to his vehicle, a dog was set on him and he was subsequently arrested.

When they set the attack dog on you, that's called an Ass Kicking. Capital A, capital K.

Dog bites. This isn't the ugliest picture I found.
Dave Bundy might be the biggest, mouthiest prick in the world, but if he's standing by the side of a public highway with a camera in his hands and he's surrounded by 22 armed coppers, setting the dog on him is what we call "roughing" in hockey.

Notice please the complete lack of any news coverage on this deal. Armed BLM agents, snipers, taped-off free-speech areas, no-go zones, this shit was MADE for TV right? But its not on TV. Its under the Cone of Silence.

Please note again, this is about... a tortoise.

Please compare to the dog bite picture for full effect.
Plan accordingly.

Those of you dozy bastards reading this and pronouncing me crazy, or paranoid, or just saying "huh, what?", just remember when they finally, finally come for you: we warned you, and you fucking slept through it.

The Phantom

Update: Another story on Drudge. The farmers estimate 200 armed cops surrounding the farm while "contractors" collect their cattle and take them away to impound.
“They’re carrying the same things a soldier would,” he said. “Automatic weapons, sniper rifles, top communication, top surveillance equipment, lots of vehicles. It’s heavy soldier type equipment.”
His wife, Carol Bundy, said that roughly 200 armed agents from the BLM and FBI are stationed around their land, located about 75 miles outside of Las Vegas. Helicopters circle the premises, and the airspace and nearby roads remain blocked.
“We’re surrounded,” Carol Bundy said. “We’re estimating that there are over 200 armed BLM, FBI. We’ve got surveillance cameras at our house, they’re probably listening to me talk to you right now.”
Update II, April 10th 8:26AM: Today's Thursday. Seems David Bundy was released on Monday afternoon, April 7th. He was "arrested", euphemism for "beaten and tossed into a cruiser" on Saturday. No word on injuries, so he may have gotten off without permanent scars. They held him for the maximum 48 hours though, didn't they?

Also, comments from other cattlemen in Utah, the Bundys are not considered Grade A specimens of The Rancher. However even those who don't like the Bundys agree that this SWATing bullshit is the wrong way to go. I think that's political speak for "AAAAAAAGH! WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!!!!"

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Religion killed by technology, religion spread by technology.

Exhibit A:

New research has shown a correlation between the rise of the Internet and the decline of Americans claiming religious affiliation.

Other factors, such as an increase in higher education, are also implicated, but according to Allen Downey, a computer scientist at the Olin College of Engineering in Massachusetts, the increase in Internet usage has a significant correlation.
The MIT Technology Review reports that in 1990, eight per cent of Americans had no religious affiliation. In 2010, that figure stands at 18 per cent, or 25 million people.

Exhibit B:

Why is mindfulness so popular?
It appeals to people seeking an antidote to life in work-obsessed, tech-saturated, frantically busy Western culture. There is growing scientific evidence that mindfulness meditation has genuine health benefits — and can even alter the structure of the brain, so the technique is drawing some unlikely devotees. Pentagon leaders are experimenting with mindfulness to make soldiers more resilient, while General Mills has installed a meditation room in every building of its Minneapolis campus. Even tech-obsessed Silicon Valley entrepreneurs are using it as a way to unplug from their hyperconnected lives. "Meditation always had bad branding for this culture," says Evan Williams, co-founder of Twitter. "But to me, it's a way to think more clearly and to not feel so swept up."

Discuss amongst yourselves.

The Phantom

Friday, April 04, 2014

Mechanized identification of political orientation.

Otherwise know as, machine for sorting which work camp you get stuck in.

This Machine Can Tell Whether You're Liberal or Conservative

At the center of the research are many scholars working at the intersection of psychology, biology, and politics, but one leader in the field is John Hibbing, a political scientist at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln whose "Political Physiology Laboratory" has been producing some pretty stunning results.
"We know that liberals and conservatives are really deeply different on a variety of things," Hibbing explains on the latest episode of the Inquiring Minds podcast (stream above). "It runs from their tastes, to their cognitive patterns—how they think about things, what they pay attention to—to their physical reactions. We can measure their sympathetic nervous systems, which is the fight-or-flight system. And liberals and conservatives tend to respond very differently." 
It all adds up, according to Hibbing, to what he calls a "negativity bias" on the right. Conservatives, Hibbing's research suggests, go through the world more attentive to negative, threatening, and disgusting stimuli—and then they adopt tough, defensive and aversive ideologies to match that perceived reality.

Yeah, I know. Very scientific and all that. We measure galvanic skin response, do a little fancy footwork with some eye tracking and pupil dilation, and SHAZAM!, Conservatives have a built-in biological "negativity bias". And negativity is bad my friends, because its, like, negative.

Oh, and its hereditary. Where have I heard that before?

Oh right, now I remember.

Here's another outfit that puts a lot of stock in galvanic skin response: Scientology. Again, real scientific.

Closing bit is the best part, really.

So how do we then live with the other side—with those who disagree with us, for reasons over which they may not have full control? Hibbing believes that understanding that you don't fully control your political orientation, any more than you do your sexual orientation or your left-hand/right-hand orientation, promotes political tolerance. "My dad was left-handed," says Hibbing, "and he got beat on the hand with a ruler when he was a kid." Nowadays, Hibbing continues, that would never happen—we've grown much more tolerant because we recognize that left-handed is just the way some people are.
So maybe the same can happen for politics. "We have this silly and naive hope, maybe it's more than that," says Hibbing, "that if we could get people to see politics in the same light [as left-handedness], then maybe we would be a little bit more tolerant, and there will be a greater opportunity for compromise."

Yeah, its the hope that Conservatives will just roll over and do what they're told like good little Untermenschen. Or more likely the Left will "regretfully" default to doing what they always do, just assert their own superiority and kill anybody who disagrees.

More in sorrow than in anger you know, but it just has to be done. Its for their own good really, poor things. They just can't help that they have a natural negativity bias.

Update: Welcome SDA readers and other flying monkeys!

Collect stuff, get busted by FBI.

The USA is officially a police state. Its over boys, you're done. No more free country for you. Nice dream, but its gone.

Check it:

FBI agents Wednesday removed "thousands" of cultural artifacts, including American Indian items, from the private collection of a 91-year-old Rush County man who had acquired them over the past eight decades.

An FBI command vehicle and several tents were spotted at the property in rural Waldron, about 35 miles southeast of Indianapolis.

However, the FBI was careful not to say whether they believed the man, Don Miller, had knowingly broken any laws. The FBI's aim is to catalog the artifacts and return them to their countries of origin.

Get that? Mr. Don Miller has not been charged with any crimes. They just confiscated all his stuff on general principle, because he -might- have broken a regulation someplace.

The aim of the FBI's efforts is to determine what each artifact is, where it came from and how Miller obtained it, Jones said, to determine whether some of the items might be illegal to possess privately.

Jones acknowledged that Miller might have acquired some of the items before the passage of U.S. laws or treaties prohibited their sale or purchase.

Following the law is no protection any more. Retroactive crime is now "a thing", as the kids say. They raided this guy like a friggin' crack-house in Detroit, and they have nothing to charge him with.

My guess is, some professional grievance-monger or petty official somewhere got wind of this collection, decided they wanted a piece and threw the big FBI machine into gear. Grandad might have something somebody important wants for -their- collection.

One small detail though, given the complete absence of a chargeable offense this whole thing is utterly illegal. They don't have the power to do it. They don't even have sufficient grounds for a search warrant. According to the US constitution, they should ALL be in jail.

And yet, they are not. So my conclusion is the Constitution is now dead, Americans have no rights, and you're all one minor apparatchik having a bad day away from getting SWATed and tossed in jail.

My American friends, I want to officially welcome you to life in Soviet Canuckistan. Your property is not your own, and you better not defend yourself against an attack. Just shut up, keep your head down and hope nobody important notices your daughter.

Oh, and very important safety tip, don't look the cops in the eye. They'll hit you.

The Phantom