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Tuesday, December 01, 2015

The brand name Taser has become as synonymous with these devices as Kleenex or Xerox have to photocopies and tissues – a quirk of language known as a "proprietary eponym". The word has even become a verb, as people commonly speak of being "Tased" or "Tasered".

The word Taser, though, didn't start with the company: it's actually a loose acronym of the book Tom Swift and His Electric Rifle. Jack Cover, the inventor of the modern ECD, named his prototype after the YA sci-fi novel he loved, and the very idea for a less-lethal electric gun was largely inspired by the fictional one described in the book.

And while this quirky history is known among some in law enforcement and engineering circles, the innocence with which it's told – a curious inventor culling inspiration from the literature of his youth – belies a more sinister truth: the book itself is boldly racist.

The world's oldest living tracked bird has been spotted back on American soil where she is expected to lay an egg at the ripe old age of 64.

Wisdom, a Laysan albatross, was seen at the Midway Atoll national wildlife refuge with a mate at the weekend following a year's absence.

She was first tagged in 1956 and has raised at least 36 chicks since then.

Refuge staff said they were humbled and delighted to see her return. read more

Saturday, November 28, 2015

After decades of research and development, Naval scientists say they are within reach of a cure for Butthurt Disease, more commonly known as BHD.

"With BHD the rectum gets so inflamed it essentially swallows the rest of the body, making that person an actual, giant -------," said lead researcher Doctor Yvette Diaz. "Thus, the puckered frowny-face and ----- attitude."

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Sen. Jeff Sessions is out with a list of 12 vetted refugees who quickly joined jihad plots to attack the United States.

Sessions and other critics fear he'll use his many powers -- and Congress' autopilot funding for refugee programs -- to bring in far more than 10,000 migrants.

Obama says the new refugees will be vetted. But top security officials say the Syrians can't be vetted because the U.S doesn't know what they were doing in Syria before they applied for refugee status.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

And so, the cyber war between Isis and Anonymous rages on. After shutting down over 5000 of the militant group's social media accounts, and publishing a handy "how to" hacking guide against them, Anonymous are well into the midst of their "biggest" ever terrorist takedown. The online activists are apparently more determined than ever to destroy Isis – and now, they may have just unleashed their most powerful weapon yet.

According to a recent tweet from the #OpParis account, Anonymous are now flooding all pro-Isis hashtags with "Rick Roll" videos. That means; whenever any Isis account tries to spread a message, or get something trending, the topic will instead be flooded with countless videos of Rick Astley circa 1987.


#8 On the contrary, Doc, I think it's the left that doesn't fully understand the term. The up-as-we-speak thread with Obeidallah's article shows how little he and those who side with his point of view understand about the concept. Terrorism is an act committed with the intent to terrorize a populace or sector of it in the pursuit of political aims...it is less about the act than the intended effect of that act. Hate crimes are not necessarily terroristic in nature, although the bulk of terrorist acts are hate crimes.

Let's look at the list of people cited in the article:

Eric Rudolph, a terrorist. He indiscriminately killed with the intent of creating fear in a specific group.

Steve Anderson, was a murderer and a cop killer and a racist, but not a terrorist.

Justin Moose, a terrorist..or planned to be.

Frazier Glenn Miller, a racist and a murderer. Committed a hate crime, but not a terrorist.

Charles Robert Barefoot Jr., a racist.

Kody Brittingham, a whackadoodle? Was Lee Harvey Oswald a terrorist or was he an assassin?

Paul Chastain, I suppose he could have been intending to incite a reaction.

Steve Bixby, a murderer.

Daniel Schertz, a racist murderer.

Dylann Roof, a racist murderer.

One could argue that ALL of those above listed criminals had a broad political aim of inciting a race war, but if that is considered a political aim, then we can add a lot of other groups to the terrorism list who incite fear in ways that do not involve munitions. Are the rioters in Seattle terrorists? Does making someone afraid to speak out in opposition to a policy by threatening their livelihood terrorism?

Now let's contrast that with a groups that intends to incite fear in the populace or a segment of it, with a political aim:

Gangs. Rule their turf by intimidating the locals and making rival gangs afraid to cross territorial boundaries. Incite fear by indiscriminately killing rivals and innocents alike. They terrorize people in order to maintain control.

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