August 25, 2019

*Facial-Recognition Software Mistook One in Five California Lawmakers for Convicts:

One in five California lawmakers were mistaken for convicted criminals in an experiment testing the reliability of facial-recognition software in identifying potentially dangerous suspects. Local assemblyman Phil Ting called for the experiment as part of a bill to ban the use of such technology by police and law-enforcement agencies. The experiment incorrectly matched his face to a convicted felon, which he argues could put innocent people in jeopardy if police mistakenly identify them as dangerous criminals.

“The software clearly is not ready for use in a law-enforcement capacity,” Ting said. “These mistakes, we can kind of chuckle at it, but if you get arrested and it’s on your record, it can be hard to get housing, get a job. It has real impacts.” Proponents of the technology argue that it is useful in searching for lost children or elderly people in large group situations.

*Bernie Sanders’ ‘Prisoner Bill of Rights’ Guarantees Free Phone Calls, Video Chats, ‘Living Wage’:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has unveiled a “Prisoner Bill of Rights” he plans to enact, if elected president, guaranteeing unlimited, free phone calls and video chats for inmates. The “Prisoner Bill of Rights” is detailed as one element of Sanders’ comprehensive “Justice and Safety for All” criminal justice reform plan. In the “End Profiteering in Our Criminal Justice System” section of his overall plan, Sanders argues that, since the prison phone industry is a billion-dollar-a-year business, taxpayers – and not inmates – should foot the bill: ‘The prison phone industry, for example, is a monopoly business worth more than $1 billion a year, with companies charging sky-high fees for telephone calls that many families can’t afford to pay to keep in touch with their loved ones. Today, 1 in 28 children has an incarcerated parent — a fifth of which are under four years old. Children with incarcerated parents tend to do worse in school, experience anxiety and depression, and develop behavioral issues.”

“As president, Bernie will: Make prison phone calls and other communications such as video chats free of charge.” In the “Prisoner Bill of Rights” section, Sanders “guarantees” that inmates will have “Access to their families — including unlimited visits, phone calls, and video calls.” The list of prisoner “rights” also includes a guarantee that prisoners will be paid “living wages”: “Living wages and safe working conditions, including maximum work hours, for all incarcerated people for their labor.”

 *$240,000 – The Amount Each
American Owns of US Debt and Unfunded Obligations:

As Americans, we are greatly indebted not only to the men and women who have fought and died for our country, but also to the thinkers, statesmen, innovators, and ordinary people who gave us our founding principles. This debt is paid back not with money, but with a commitment to the active and vigilant self-government of our republic in keeping with the principles and virtues of our forefathers. Yet, our forefathers would shudder at our current $22 trillion in gross national debt. By the end of 2019, the debt will be close to $23 trillion. That amounts to a credit card bill of $69,200 for every man, woman, and child in America.

But that’s only the money that the government has explicitly borrowed. It doesn’t include any measure of “unfunded obligations”—money the government doesn’t have, but nonetheless promised to spend. Unfunded obligations are often considered problems for future citizens, but with Medicare and Social Security both running cash flow deficits and running out of money in 2026 and 2035, respectively, these future obligations have become a current burden.

Social Security’s unfunded obligations alone amount to $13.9 trillion. This means that, over the next 75 years, the government has promised to pay out $13.9 trillion more than it expects to collect in payroll taxes. At $42,200 per person, Social Security’s shortfall alone is about as much as the average person earns in a year. It’s enough to buy a new sedan and pay for a year’s rent in a median-rent two-bedroom apartment. If Social Security’s shortfall wasn’t bad enough, it pales in comparison to Medicare’s $42.3 trillion in unfunded obligations. At $128,500 per person—a whopping $514,000 for a family of four—America’s runaway Great Society program, lauded by socialists as a model for the future of health care, is already breaking America’s bank.

All combined, each American effectively owns $240,000 worth of U.S. debt and unfunded obligations—an amount equal to the average home price in the U.S. Just imagine having to pay two mortgages instead of one just to cover past government excesses.

 *Beer Still No. 1 Among
American Drinkers:

A new survey shows that beer is the No. 1 preferred alcoholic beverage among American adults who drink while wine and liquor are nearly tied for second place. In the poll, Gallup asked American adults, “Do you most often drink liquor, wine or beer?”

Thirty-eight percent said beer; 30% said wine; and 29 % said liquor. In addition, the survey found that 55% of men prefer beer but 45% of women prefer wine.

The largest percentage of beer drinkers (49%) live in the Midwest. For drinkers with a college degree, 39% said they drink beer most often. For those with no college, 47% said they drink beer most often.  “Adults under 55 are the age groups most likely to prefer beer as well as liquor, while adults over 55 are the most likely to prefer wine,” said Gallup. “Residents of the East and Midwest are most partial to beer. While no particular region is particularly oriented to wine or liquor, the Midwest lags behind the other regions in preferring wine.”

 *Mike Tyson: We Smoke $40K Worth of Pot a Month on Cannabis Farm:

Mike Tyson can add hotboxing champion to his resume. The heavyweight legend revealed on his podcast “Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson” on Monday that he and his co-host smoke around $40,000 worth of pot each month on his California cannabis farm. “What do we smoke a month?” Tyson asked co-host Eben Britton while smoking a joint. “Is it $40,000 a month? It’s $40, yeah, $40,000 a month.” Britton estimated that they’re toking up a mountain weed a month, admitting, “It’s crazy.”

The retired boxer broke ground in December on Tyson Ranch, a 40-acre plot of land about 60 miles from Death Valley National Park. The compound cultivates premium pot and announced plans for an edible factory, a hydro-feed and supply store, as well as “glamping” campgrounds for stoners.

 *Older Adults Scammed More Often By Relatives Than Strangers, Study Finds:

Between fraudulent phone calls, phishing emails, and various other online schemes, there are plenty of opportunities nowadays for older, not so tech-savvy, adults to become victims of a financial scam. Amazingly, a new study finds that it’s not far-away con artists and strangers who are more likely to prey on vulnerable seniors. Instead, acts of financial elder abuse are committed more frequently by a victim’s own family members.

Researchers at the University of Southern California utilized data collected by the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) for the study. More specifically, they focused on a NCEA hotline used as a resource for people looking to report, or seek information regarding, elder abuse of any kind. The study’s authors analyzed the collected data from the hotline, identified the most common types of reported elder abuse and profiled the most common perpetrators of such abuse.

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A cat has 230 bones in its body. A human has 206. A cat has no collarbone, so it can fit through any opening the size of its head.

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Paruresis is a condition that prevents people from urinating in public, sometimes even in their own homes if others are in adjacent rooms. The good news is that this anxiety disorder is highly treatable. The Secret Social Phobia: Shy Bladder Syndrome (Paruresis) offers strategies and easy-to-follow exercises to help you desensitize yourself to fear-producing situations and feel comfortable in public restrooms. Graduated exposure will help get you to the point where you can tolerate the anxiety of relieving yourself in a public washroom or other shared space.

Dr. Soifer also recently presented a TedX Mississippi talk entitled “Do Public Restrooms Make You Nervous,” which can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8l5IiK2Ly2g

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Comedian Sandra Bernhard – 1997

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August 18, 2019

*NY University Gender Studies Department Publishes Paper Saying Milking Cows Is Like Sexual Abuse:

The journal of one New York University’s Women’s and Gender Studies program has published a paper that insists that milking cows is comparable to “sexual abuse,” “emotional trauma related to pregnancy,” and “nonconsensual hormone treatments,” according to Celine Ryan, writing for Campus Reform. The paper, “Readying the Rape Rack: Feminism and the Exploitation of Non-Human Reproductive Systems,” was included in Dissenting Voices, published and edited by the Women’s and Gender Studies program at the College at Brockport State University of New York.

Ryan notes that the author, an intern for Brockport’s Women’s Studies Department, asserts that she must discuss the “under-researched” “feminist aspects of animal agriculture,” adding, “the same way women’s health has been at stake for years, a dairy cow’s reproductive system has been poked and prodded.” The author writes, “Throughout our lives, we are offered an idealized image of dairy cows where these animals graze on beautiful pastures, have room to sow and play, and are comforted in spacious areas in which to sleep. We are presented with images of a life well lived, but when it comes to the deaths of those same animals, the picture perfect story comes to a grim reality.”

The paper continues, “The outdated stereotype about women being caretakers and most importantly child bearers remains consistent in the dairy industry, especially when we take into account the means through which these animals are exploited. A few brief examples include rape or sexual assault, nonconsensual hormone treatments, and emotional trauma related to pregnancy. Dairy cows are forcibly impregnated, or raped, in order to constantly produce milk for humans to consume.”

*OUT OF CONTROL SPENDING! – $3,727,014,000,000: Federal Spending Sets Record Through July; Treasury Runs $866,812,000,000 Deficit:

The federal government spent a record $3,727,014,000,000 in the first ten months of fiscal 2019 (October through July), according to the Monthly Treasury Statement released today. While spending that record $3,727,014,000,000, the government ran a deficit of $866,812,000,000. Before this year, the most that the federal government had ever spent in the first ten months of a fiscal year was in fiscal 2009, when the Treasury spent $3,576,745,930,000 (in constant June 2019 dollars, adjusted using the Bureau of Labor Statistics inflation calculator).

Federal spending was impacted in fiscal 2009 by the recession that was ongoing when that fiscal year began. At the beginning of fiscal 2009, President George W. Bush signed the Troubled Asset Relief Program to bailout failing banks. Later that fiscal year, President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, aimed at stimulating the economy. Total federal revenues in the first ten months of fiscal 2019 equaled $2,860,202,000,000. That was less than the total revenues the federal government collected in the first ten months of fiscal 2017 ($2,866,978,570,000 in constant June 2019 dollars) and fiscal 2015 ($2,868,253,370,000 in constant June 2019 dollars).

Federal individual income tax revenues in the first ten months of fiscal 2019 equaled $1,428,904,000,000. That was less than the individual income taxes the federal government collected ($1,438,381,490,000 in constant June 2019 dollars) in the first ten months of fiscal 2018. The difference between the $2,860,202,000,000 in total taxes the government collected and the $3,727,014,000,000 that it spent in the October through July period resulted in a deficit of $866,812,000,000. According to Table 3 in the Monthly Treasury Statement, the Department of Health and Human Services spent the most of any federal agency in the first ten months of fiscal 2019 ($1,005,897,000,000), the Social Security Administration spent the second most ($915,775,000,000), and the Department of Defense-Military Programs spent the third most ($540,435,000,000).

 *China’s High-Tech Tyranny?:

There are passages in the State Department‘s latest reports on human rights and religious freedom in the People’s Republic of China that read as if they ought to be in some futuristic horror story — not in a federal agency’s factual explanation of how freedom is curtailed in the world’s most populous nation. First, there are the multitudinous surveillance cameras and the facial recognition software that makes them so useful to China’s communist regime. “According to media reports, the Ministry of Public Security used tens of millions of surveillance cameras throughout the country to monitor the general public,” said the State Department report.

These cameras are not deployed to preserve public safety and deter common criminals. “Human rights groups,” said the State Department, “stated authorities increasingly relied on the cameras and other forms of surveillance to monitor and intimidate political dissidents, religious leaders and adherents,Tibetans and Uighurs.” How would Chinese government officials identify the political and religious dissidents who showed up on these cameras? “These included facial recognition and ‘gait recognition’ video surveillance, allowing police not only to monitor a situation but also to quickly identify individuals in crowds,” said the report.

The People’s Republic, according to the State Department, is not satisfied with monitoring only the streets and other public places with its cameras. “The government installed surveillance cameras in monasteries in the TAR” — Tibet Autonomous Region — “and Tibetan areas outside the TAR,” said the State Department. The report on religious freedom noted that China also placed cameras in Christian churches.

 *Vast Majority of Porn Sites Track User Data, Often Without Telling You:

More than 9 in 10 pornography websites send user data to at least one third party, a new study has found. Google tracks users on nearly 75% of the porn sites studied by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. And going incognito may not always help.

“Even if you’re using a browser with an enhanced privacy setting, like Google Chrome’s incognito mode, you’re still susceptible to online tracking,” according to a summary of the study. “People often assume that using private browsing modes protects them, but that primarily limits your browsing history from being stored on your personal computer,” said one of the researchers, doctoral candidate Jennifer R. Henrichsen, in a university press release published July 24. “In reality, private browsing modes offer little to no protection against tracking more generally. The ecosystem for tracking is vast and ever-changing, so it is incredibly difficult to truly avoid being tracked online.”

The researchers analyzed over 22,000 porn sites and found 93% of them sent user data to at least one third party. Many of the sites’ privacy policies — if they even had them — don’t say anything about third-party trackers.

 *Study Blames Disturbing Rise In Teens Who Need Glasses On Excessive Screen Time:

So many people, especially young people and teenagers, spend a significant period of time each day staring at a screen of some kind, whether that be a computer, smartphone, tablet, or the regular old TV. Now, a new study is warning parents that all that screen time may be behind a stunning rise in children who need prescription glasses.

According to the report released by United Kingdom-based eye care company Scrivens Opticians, the percentage of 13-16 year olds in the U.K. who need glasses has nearly doubled over the past seven years — from 20% in 2012 to 35% in 2018. Two-thirds of those teens were diagnosed as being myopic, or short-sighted.

*’Publicity Stunt’: Girardi Calls Out Arizona Lender Who Targeted His Wife and Lifestyle in Lawsuit:

Prominent plaintiffs attorney Thomas Girardi has punched back against a lawsuit filed by an Arizona lender claiming that he used loan funds designated for his law firm to fund a “lavish lifestyle” for himself and his wife, “Real Housewives of Beverley Hills” cast member Erika Jayne. In court papers filed Aug. 7, Girardi, his wife and his firm, Girardi Keese, have asked a Phoenix federal judge to dismiss the suit and compel arbitration—something they say is called for in the firm’s loan agreement with the lender, Stillwell Madison.

“The current action was filed as a publicity stunt,” wrote the defendants’ lawyer, Robert Baker of Baker, Keener & Nahra. Baker, who previously represented O.J. Simpson in civil suits following his acquittal on murder charges, added that the lawsuit was filed in court in an “attempt to embarrass the defendants” and “with the goal to try to use the Court system as a publicity campaign.” “The Plaintiff surely knew there was an arbitration agreement in the contract for which they seek to enforce,” Baker wrote.

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Here is a Complete List of Inconsistencies in Prison Policy Surrounding Jeffrey Epstein’s Death Thus Far:

** Epstein said he was considering cooperating in “naming names” in his international sex ring
** He was found unconscious in his prison cell just three weeks earlier
** Two days prior to his death documents released for the first time implicated several top Democrats in his pedo sex ring
** He was taken off suicide watch after a failed attempt just two weeks earlier
** He was in isolation (unusual for a suicidal individual)
** The cameras malfunctioned — There is no video
** Even Mexico had video of El Chapo’s escape from prison
** Then later we hear the cameras showed the guards did not do rounds? Which is it?
** The prison guards had worked several extra shifts last week
** One prison guard on his floor was not even a certified guard
** The prison guards “forgot” to check on Epstein
** The prison guards slept through their shift
** The guards did not check Epstein for several hours
** There were reports of screaming the morning Epstein died
** The MCC had not seen a successful suicide in 40 years
** Epstein said he was the victim of attempted murder three weeks ago
** Epstein’s former roommate is facing mass murder charges
** Epstein had dirt on numerous globalist elites
** Epstein was not given paper sheets
** Epstein had sheets in his cell to hang himself
** Epstein was not suicidal according to medical professionals
** Epstein told his lawyers on Friday, a day before his death, “See you Sunday.”
** Epstein’s former roommate heard nothing
** Epstein reportedly had to get on his knees to hang himself from his bed
** Epstein autopsy showed broken bones in neck common in strangulation deaths

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What bullets do to bodies: gunshot victim Lamont Randell, shot twice during a robbery, begins his long recovery process.

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Jimi Hendrix (age 19) during his time as a paratrooper in the US Army, 1961.

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Wonderful podcast! Ryan and Jeff, thanks for bringing us the Mike Farrell interview and thank you to Mike for sharing his reflections. It’s so refreshing to listen to such a talented and well-spoken actor with love and reverence for the people he once worked with. I could’ve used a tissue or two as well! —Dena Freidinger McDonald

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*EXAMINER–COMMENTARY by Paul Clifford Escoll:
Last week’s top two stories and headlines are stated as facts instead of opinion. The first piece claims that because of welfare, people utilize it to not work and families utilize it by choice so they do not have to stay together. 

This is prejudiced in so many ways. This insensitive opinion is stated as fact.  It supposes that poor families have tons of options and that they use welfare as an excuse to not stay in a family.  

Rather, from GOP actions, such as taking children away from their families as they try to come to this country…. (filling the private for-profit prisons) can we conclude that they are anti-family? Well, I guess we can.

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August 12, 2019

*Former MCC Inmate: There’s ‘No Way’ Jeffrey Epstein Killed Himself:

The following account is from a former inmate of the Metropolitan Correction Center in lower Manhattan, where Jeffrey Epstein was found unresponsive Saturday, and declared dead at a hospital of an apparent suicide. The ex-convict, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, spent several months in the 9 South special housing unit for high-profile prisoners awaiting trial — like Epstein.

“There’s no way that man could have killed himself. I’ve done too much time in those units. It’s an impossibility. Between the floor and the ceiling is like eight or nine feet. There’s no way for you to connect to anything. You have sheets, but they’re paper level, not strong enough. He was 200 pounds — it would never happen. When you’re on suicide watch, they put you in this white smock, a straight jacket. They know a person cannot be injurious to themselves.”

“The clothing they give you is a jump-in uniform. Everything is a dark brown color. Could he have done it from the bed? No sir. There’s a steel frame, but you can’t move it. There’s no light fixture. There’s no bars. They don’t give you enough in there that could successfully create an instrument of death. You want to write a letter, they give you rubber pens and maybe once a week a piece of paper. Nothing hard or made of metal.”

“There’s up to 80 people there. They could put two in cell. It’s one or two, but I’ll never believe this guy had a cellmate. He was too blown up. The damage that unit can do to someone. It’s like you’re an animal and you’ve been brought into a kennel. A guy like Jeffrey, it’s like, “Holy sh-t.””

“I told my parents not to come there. God wasn’t in the building. I’ve had some heavy incidents in the building. What happened is permanent. Some of the guards are on a major power trip. They know guys there are suffering. They know something the rest of the world hasn’t seen, that a place like this exists in this country, and they get off on it. If the guards see that the guy is breaking, they’re going to help you break.”

“But it’s my firm belief that Jeffrey Epstein did not commit suicide. It just didn’t happen.”

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Jeffrey Epstein’s death may never be conclusively determined, because the standard practice in the area where he was detained is that cameras do not point inside cells.

Sources familiar with the correctional facility in question say, there are cameras in the Special Housing Unit — the SHU — but S.O.P. is that cameras do not point into the cells. Cameras capture, among other things, the doors to each cell to determine if anyone walks in or out, but they don’t point inside.

One source familiar with the facility says the drill is for guards to walk by each cell in intervals ranging from 15 to 30 minutes depending on the circumstances.

Unless there’s a one-off cell with a camera pointing inside — and there have been rare situations where this is the case — the time and manner of his death may never be captured.

A source did, however, make it clear … since Epstein was taken off suicide watch there were plenty of ways he could have hung himself. There are sheets, blankets, t-shirts and there are objects — including beds — on which the items can be tied to facilitate suffocation.

No matter what, it is baffling, disturbing and suspicious that medical professionals and officials at the correctional center would clear someone as high-profile, notorious and important as Epstein.

Jeffrey Epstein was also the target of death threats from fellow inmates during his stay at Manhattan’s Metropolitan Correctional Center … and should have been watched 24/7… this according to multiple sources connected with the investigation.

Sources say several of the threats involved extortion … put money in the inmate’s commissary account or else endure physical violence. The extortion started early on… before July 23, when Epstein apparently attempted suicide.

Although an autopsy was performed Sunday,  sources say one reason the conclusion was deferred is because the Medical Examiner must say whether death was a suicide or at the hands of another. The staff inside the facility is telling “inconsistent stories” regarding what happened and whether protocol was violated.

Attorney General William Barr said investigators are already learning of “serious irregularities” at the New York jail.  “We are now learning of serious irregularities at this facility that are deeply concerning and demand a thorough investigation,” Barr told a national policing conference in New Orleans on Monday morning. Barr said he was “appalled” and “angry” to learn of the Metropolitan Correctional Center’s “failure to adequately secure this prisoner.”