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I'm working in my "Man Cave" with Power Tools

just thought you all should know

Not sure if having the internet connection out here was such a good idea now that I read all these post concerning misogynist comments. Being old, it seems to me, everyone (including women/misandry) has a little bit - or A LOT of this in them and at different points in their life struggle with it in a lesser and at times greater degree.

Of course institutionalized misogyny or misandry is just plain wrong - and we all should work to see its end in our life time.

But there is always going to be the little giggle/rude joke told between like gender friends that will be the most pervasive and perhaps the last bastion of misogyny / misandry. It most likely will wither away of its own accord as a newer generation of well informed youth replaces us "Old Farts" in the coming decades and years.

What would be most fascinating would be watching graduate anthropologist stumble across these threads stored in some form of digital archive a couple of 100 years from now, scratching their head in disbelief thing - "Gee were people really like that?

But anyway less I digress - my "Power Tools Await" me

Congress is not going to "Undo" the Lucerative Corp Tax Loop Holes for the Wealthy Elite


The only way the Equation Works is through USA's Corporate Tax Loop holes which allow Dummy Corporate Offices in 3rd party countries to claim the bulk of the mark up in value without ever receiving, processing, or touching the goods.

My friend I went to school with years ago is an R&D engineer for 1 of the Biggest names in the business. (in fact he asked me for my resume and I said No) He tells me the cost of doing business overseas is 10x the cost of doing business here in the USA.

A Chip Manufacturing Facility MUST include the following infrastructure not provided by the host country

1. Power Plant - 25 - 50 Megawatts
2. Water Treatment Plant
3. Housing for Key workers (Management)
4. Facility Transportation (Goods and Workers to and from airports and port of entry)
5.Security - operating Private Security for the facility, American Workers (at work and home) and even the schools the dependents enroll in
6. The physical facility itself (since ready made industrial/commercial space is non-existent)

Additional cost will include

1. Educating Workers - look at the campus Cisco Systems paid for in China
2. Health Clinic for workers
3. Government Kick-Backs
4. Guarding against Intellectual Property Theft
5. Numerous USA litigation cost to prevent "Knock-Off" products from hitting the shelves

Inside the final minutes before Andy Lopez's toy-gun death

Moments before 13-year-old Andy Lopez was fatally shot by a Sonoma County sheriff's deputy who mistook his replica AK-47 pellet gun for a real rifle, a man in a truck drove by the boy and felt a surge of worry.

"Hey. Throw that thing away," the truck driver recalled yelling out his window. "Police behind!"

Andy didn't listen as he walked toward a field near his home on the edge of Santa Rosa. And the driver kept going.

The witness later told authorities he thought the gun was a plastic toy - but he wasn't certain. He also recalled the sound of shots


So the "Eye Witness" knew it was a TOY GUN - but the Weapons Expert couldn't tell and shot a 13 yr old boy dead

BTW: the police STILL have not released the cell phone video confiscated from eye witnesses

Woman shot during protest called 911 multiple times, says police response lacking

FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- A Ferguson woman who was shot in the head last Tuesday during early moments of a peaceful Michael Brown protest said she is still waiting for police to take action.

“No officer ever showed up to speak with me... neither from Ferguson police or St. Louis County," Mya Aaten-White told News 4.

Last Tuesday evening Mya Aaten-White says she was walking down West Florissant to get back to her car. Before she made it to her car, violence erupted.

“I made it a block and a half then I heard gunshots, I put my hands to my head and realized I had been shot in the forehead,” she said.


Protesters in Oakland join solidarity march tied to Ferguson shooting

Source: Ken Pritchett KTVU.com

More than 200 protesters took to the streets of Oakland Wednesday evening in another solidarity march tied to the shooting of an 18-year-old man in Ferguson, Missouri.

“Hands up! Don’t shoot,” the protesters chanted as they marched from 14th and Broadway in the direction of Oakland Police Headquarters on 7th street.

They were stopped short of the building by a line of officers blocking off Broadway.

The protesters pledged the march would be non-violent and it was.

Read more: http://www.ktvu.com/news/news/local/oakland-offramps-closed-streets-blocked-ferguson-p/ng6RQ/

Bigotry and the killing of children

He was a kid by any standard and especially if you have raised teenagers.

And now the bigots are spreading all across the internet to insert disinformation and doubt about what truly happened. A kid was shot and killed in the street like a dog and the officers so intent and making sure he died refused to allow anyone to attempt to resuscitate or even call for an ambulance for him

Maybe your version of nirvana is all white or all black or what ever color you please or a mixture like we have now. But just how does the killing of children fit in that vision of nirvana.

We should all be deeply disturbed by the treatment of any child (barely legal adult) in this manner

I've been in some war torn ass backwards 3rd world countries during my time in Uncle Sam's Army many many years ago. And the one thing I found so universal and so human (even in a place where bodies could lay in the streets for days if not weeks) was the absolute care, and protection given to children in need from complete strangers. No hesitation, no fore thought - just an immediate response to help a child in need

Where in the F___ have we gone so very very wrong

The U.S. Supreme Court Is Marching in Lockstep with the Police State

The U.S. Supreme Court Is Marching in Lockstep with the Police State

The U.S. Supreme Court was intended to be an institution established to intervene and protect the people against the government and its agents when they overstep their bounds. Yet as I point out in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, Americans can no longer rely on the courts to mete out justice. In the police state being erected around us, the police and other government agents can probe, poke, pinch, taser, search, seize, strip and generally manhandle anyone they see fit in almost any circumstance, all with the general blessing of the courts.

Police officers can stop cars based only on “anonymous” tips. In a 5-4 ruling in Navarette v. California (2014), the Court declared that police officers can, under the guise of “reasonable suspicion,” stop cars and question drivers based solely on anonymous tips, no matter how dubious, and whether or not they themselves witnessed any troubling behavior. This ruling came on the heels of a ruling by the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in U.S. v. Westhoven that driving too carefully, with a rigid posture, taking a scenic route, and having acne are sufficient reasons for a police officer to suspect you of doing something illegal, detain you, search your car, and arrest you—even if you’ve done nothing illegal to warrant the stop in the first place.

You want me to believe with all the eaves dropping surveillance equipment they have today there is such a thing as "anonymous"

Police have free reign to use drug-sniffing dogs as “search warrants on leashes,” justifying any and all police searches of vehicles stopped on the roadside. In Florida v. Harris (2013), a unanimous Court determined that police officers may use highly unreliable drug-sniffing dogs to conduct warrantless searches of cars during routine traffic stops. In doing so, the justices sided with police by claiming that all that the police need to do to prove probable cause for a search is simply assert that a drug detection dog has received proper training. The ruling turns man’s best friend into an extension of the police state.

Police can break into homes without a warrant, even if it’s the wrong home. In an 8-1 ruling in Kentucky v. King (2011), the Supreme Court placed their trust in the discretion of police officers, rather than in the dictates of the Constitution, when they gave police greater leeway to break into homes or apartments without a warrant. Despite the fact that the police in question ended up pursuing the wrong suspect, invaded the wrong apartment and violated just about every tenet that stands between us and a police state, the Court sanctioned the warrantless raid, leaving Americans with little real protection in the face of all manner of abuses by police.


Shredding the Constitution in the name of Security - the founders of this country must be ashamed of what we've done

Was it legal for Darren Wilson to shoot Michael Brown?

Was it legal for Darren Wilson to shoot Michael Brown?

The department also released documents about the circumstances of the shooting — suggesting that Brown was the primary suspect in a "strong-arm robbery" of a convenience store shortly before Wilson encountered him. However, in a later press conference that same day, the Ferguson Police Chief clarified that officer Wilson did not know about the robbery at the time of his initial contact with Brown. Rather, Wilson stopped the teenager for walking in the middle of the street

So what are the standards by which Wilson will be judged for killing Michael Brown? There are plenty of guidelines for use of force by police, but it often boils down to what the officer believed when the force was used — something that is notoriously difficult to quantify — regardless of how much of a threat actually existed. We talked to two experts to break down the fraught issue.

Constitutionally, "police officers are allowed to shoot under two circumstances," says Klinger. The first circumstance is "to protect their life or the life of another innocent party" — what departments call the "defense-of-life" standard. The second circumstance is to prevent a suspect from escaping, but only if the officer has probable cause to think the suspect's committed a serious violent felony.

It's most likely, however, that the whole question is moot. From the Ferguson Police Department's statements on the afternoon of August 15th, it doesn't sound like Wilson even knew about the robbery at all. In that case, there's no way for him to claim that he was justified in keeping a violent felon from fleeing, because he didn't even know Brown was a suspect in a crime at all.


Be prepared to see a lot of lying going on in the coming days / weeks

Police need to stop shooting down our children like dogs in the street

If they can't get they're act together some one is going to do it for them.

Personally - I will vote against any politician that raises the police budget ever again - Dem or Republican

Waistband Shootings

Last Thursday, a San Diego Police Department detective fired into a home before serving a drug warrant, wounding two men. The detective apparently attempted to knock on a window, causing the window to shatter. She then says she saw one of the men reaching for a gun. There were six people inside the house. None of them had a gun.

•Last month, deputies from the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department shot and killed 33-year-old Michael Napier while serving a drug warrant. Napier was in the garage working on a bicycle when the police confronted him. They say they opened fire when he appeared to reach for his waistband. Police later reported that Napier was unarmed.

•Last April, police in El Cajon, a town in San Diego County, fatally shot homeless man Raymond Lee Goodlow after attempting to pull him over for riding his bicycle on a sidewalk. Police say they fired because Goodlow reached into his waistband. He was not carrying a gun, although they did apparently find two knives in other parts of his clothing.

•In another “waistband” shooting, a San Diego Police Department Officer shot and killed Angel Miguel Lopez, a fugitive parolee, last January when he fled as a SWAT team descended on the house where he was hiding out. Lopez is the least sympathetic of these victims—he had a long record, including a prison stint for armed robbery. But in the coverage of the shooting, I’ve yet to discern whether or not he was actually armed.

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