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US government orders removal of Defcad 3D-gun designs
The US government has demanded designs for a 3D-printed gun be taken offline.
The order to remove the blueprints for the plastic gun comes after they were downloaded more than 100,000 times.
That’s my guess, it’s too late.
100,000 accesses/downloads, it’d be like using a bath plug to stop Niagara Falls.
For me personally, I don’t care. I’m not interested. In all probability criminals and terrorists aren’t interested either; they want the real McCoy. Not some mock-up they may or may not blow up in their hands.
School kids may be. They’ll want to experiment as I did with chemistry.
The horse has gone, don’t bother shutting the barn door.
I am probably going to be castigated over this post, but I am telling it as I see it.
I am normally a fairly tolerant person, in that I respect a person’s religious beliefs; given that I don’t subscribe to any (that is another story).
But I have always been dead set against the kidnappings, stonings, hangings and frequency of executions in the name of Islam.
Christianity had these too, if you consider the book of Leviticus, but at least even the fundamentalists have thrown those out for what they are, barbaric.
But the adherents of Islam have not.
Why, does Islam want to remain in the stone age?
I admit to knowing but few Muslims, and the ones I have know have been decent people.
However, from what one reads in the news, one can’t help but think that Islam is nothing more than an excuse for blood-letting. That is not religion.
It appears that the world, in general, is tiring of all this. I read a report just yesterday that in England 59% of the voters would vote for candidates who promised to limit or deny Muslim immigration, against 33% who said the opposite. Now they are pretty weighted figures, and it doesn’t surprise me in the least.
I would imagine that the USA figures in such a poll would be even more weighted given that Muslims were blamed for 9/11, a view I do not share.
Now we have this controversy over some damned film that offends Mohammad. And all the stink in the Middle East has broken loose, especially with the deaths of the Americans in Libya. Not only that but some Lebanese religious leader, Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah, has exacerbated the situation by calling for more violence.
This is not the action of a religious leader, be he Muslim, Christian or some little green man from Mars.
Inciting hostility like this can only serve to spread the violence and in doing so put the rest of the world even further off side than it is already.
I am not expecting to world of Islam to embrace America over this issue, but at least to take reprisals responsibly through the correct channels. I fully suspect that had the Islamic world taken appropriate action, then the western world would have been far more sympathetic as we have laws that prohibit religious wrongs; instead they have raised the hackles of the west.
Islam is only distancing itself further from the rest of the world through its fundamentalist violent nature.
Yet another story of a government repressing bloggers with tragic consequences.
Mother of Vietnamese blogger ‘burns herself to death’
The mother of a prominent Vietnamese blogger has died from her injuries after setting herself on fire in front of government offices, her family says.
She was protesting against the detention of her daughter, Ta Phong Tan, who is facing charges of anti-state propaganda, another daughter told the BBC’s Vietnamese service.
Dang Thi Kim Lieng set herself alight in southern Bac Lieu province.
Her daughter faces trial in August and could be jailed for 20 years.
Dang Thi Kim Lieng went alone, without telling anyone, to the local government building in Bac Lieu, the second daughter told the BBC.
The police have made no comment, but activists and lawyers said that Mrs Dang died while being taken by police to a hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.
She was said to be extremely worried about the fate of her daughter, who she had not seen since her arrest last September.
Ta Phong Tan was arrested by the authorities with other bloggers, who are also accused of subversive activities in a state that controls the media and has little tolerance for criticism.
She is a former policewoman who built up a following with her reports on police abuses and injustices in the legal system.
Governments are stupid. It doesn’t matter if it is Vietnam, Ethiopia or the USA. The world of communication has changed, through blogs the people have more voice than before. Controllable media like TV and newspapers are going the way of the dinosaurs for those who want the truth.
If the government fears the blogger, then the government is doing something wrong. Not the bloggers.
The governments need to change their attitudes; not the other way round.
Blogging has brought about levels of transparency that governments have never deal with before. The people are demanding the truth. Governments can no longer hide their criminal activities.
Spain’s Bankia seeks 19bn-euro bailout from government
Spain’s fourth-largest bank, Bankia, has asked the government for a bailout worth 19bns euros ($24bn; £15bn).
Bankia also restated its results – now saying it made a 2.98bn-euro loss for 2011 rather than the 309m euros in profit it announced in February.
Earlier on Friday, trading in Bankia shares was suspended on the Madrid stock exchange while its management put together a restructuring plan.
Bankia has already been bailed out because of its bad property loans.
Source: BBC News Read more
No more Bailouts!
It’s only prolonging the agony and costing the people.
That side of the Atlantic, the other side of the Atlantic, it doesn’t matter, banks or countries, no more bailouts for the lying cheating bastards.
Let them wallow in their own shit. They made it.
What the Hell Could Go Wrong?
I have been following the Occupy Wall Street progress over the last few weeks like many.
It has been pointed out by people more in the know than I that this protest is different from all the others whereby people protested and went home, however this time they’re not.
I have read many reports, newspapers, seen YouTube clips, heard speeches, etc and have come to the conclusion that the people who criticise the OWS are the ones that myopically are in the wrong. They are, or they support the 1%.
One of the main criticisms is that the leaderless OWS doesn’t have an agenda, a list of demands. I find this quite correct; they don’t need a list of demands, a specified agenda to say that something (in this case many things) are seriously wrong.
The 1%, inc government, inc president, inc etc… know what is wrong. They don’t need a bloody agenda to tell them, they know already, and have known for decades.
OWS is the people simply saying “Fix it!”
The unwritten, unsaid rider is, “Because, if you don’t we will!”
And I do believe the time has come that OWS will; and it won’t be pretty.
The 1% at fault, inc et al, should be quaking in their boots. They should be frothing at bung, their sphincters should be quivering 90 to the minute and they should be sweating as the noose tightens.
Because this is not going to ‘go away.’ The 1% think they are bullet proof because they own the government and the government will be the cavalry that wade in to save the day. But when push comes to shove, the 99% are greater than all the forces the government can muster. Oh, they will try, it will be bloody, but necks will be stretched until the last of the 1% piss their pants on the scaffold of justice.
This is not just America, this is becoming global. In fact this didn’t even start in America, this OWS started in Tunisia and Egypt as the Arab Spring and spread. Even here in Brazil 16 capital cities saw mass protests over corruption this weekend, are we also seeing the beginning of a Latin Spring?
The people do not need to announce an agenda nor a list of demands. The people who are in the wrong already know what’s wrong. The people who can fix it, already know how to fix it. But the big question is, will they?
From what I have seen and read, the OWS is the government, they are the politicians, they are trying to rescue their lot as best they can, because the elected morons are too busy squabbling over their seats to worry about the people.
My view of the global political arena is that it can be compared to a circus… why? Because it’s full of freakin’ clowns!