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Use of driver’s license photos in facial recognition searches is more dangerous than you think

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Critics make wrong argument about use of drivers license for facial recognition searches

A shocking report of “Big Brother” techniques being used by the FBI, ICE, and other federal law enforcement agencies is drawing harsh rebuke from both sides of the political aisle as lawmakers condemn the unauthorized use of state driver’s license photos in facial recognition searches. But there’s a problem with the biggest argument against the practice. They’re claiming it’s an issue of consent, but the real issue is access to vast stores of personal data whether consent is given or not.

The real threat is not law enforcement but government entities themselves.

Consent is a funny thing. The rise of digital, mobile, and internet technologies over the last three decades has made the vast majority of Americans complacent about what we consent to have done with our data. How often do we check the box marked “I have read and agree…” without actually reading it? We gave consent, but do we know what we’re consenting to when we click “Next”?

But digital safety is a different discussion altogether. The play by politicians in both parties to frame this as a consent issue is a legal concept for legal minds who are out of touch with what the people understand and who don’t fully appreciate the implications of the actions by law enforcement. I would posit that most Americans assumed their driver’s license photos are part of a database accessible by law enforcement and therefore searchable. Technically, it is, but it’s the use of facial recognition software that has lawmakers up in arms. When robots and AI enter into an equation, DC rightly bristles but for the wrong reasons.

We have to start looking at what the future holds as technology outpaces the government’s ability to reconcile it against laws. San Francisco took the step of banning facial recognition software for law enforcement altogether. Is this the right approach? Are law enforcement agencies the real target for our privacy angst? No. It’s the government itself that is the biggest risk to our privacy and security. By keeping law enforcement out of the mix, they’re setting up a society that allows various government entities to have access to these types of technologies without law enforcement looking over their shoulders.

I’m less fearful of law enforcement excluding me from their list of suspects through facial recognition software than the various government bodies outside of law enforcement using similar spying technologies to track me. That’s the real threat as society heads towards dependency on government for all our worldly desires. Don’t get me wrong. I’m not a fan of having my information searchable by law enforcement’s robots, either. But this uproar from DC, San Francisco, and others who are addressing the issue is opening them up to have even more control over our lives than they already do.

China’s “social credit scoring” may seem unlikely to ever reach America, but one needs only look at the recent rise of other authoritarian ideas like socialism in America’s collective psyche to realize things are changing rapidly. What the government can do with facial recognition software is a far greater danger than how law enforcement is currently using it.

We need to address the issues today and the coming issues of tomorrow as technology continues to outpace the means by which the people can control it. Government pointing at law enforcement’s sins is the pot calling the kettle black.

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Democratic mega-donor Ed Buck arrested after third overdose at his residence

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Democratic mega-donor Ed Buck arrested after third overdose at his residence

When a second man died at Ed Buck’s home last year, we called on him to be investigated and arrested. But, as predicted, he was not. Now that a third man was overdosed but did not die, police have an eyewitness to the Democratic mega-donor’s penchant for injecting men with methamphetamine. Now, he’s been arrested.

Buck was arrested late Tuesday night and will be charged by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office with running a “drug den” in which people come and exchange favors, likely sexual, for access to Buck’s drugs. Democrats who have received money from him in the past are scrambling to distance themselves from the progressive California “hero.”

Jasmyne Cannick, an activist and show personality who has been calling for Buck’s arrest from the beginning, could barely contain her excitement over the news.

Other Twitter reactions were as expected… harsh:

As Ed Buck prepares to face the judge Wednesday, those who have been calling for justice against this powerful man, such as Jasmyne Cannick, finally have hope that he will face the music for his alleged crimes against so many.

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Here’s the smoking gun that Ilhan Omar married her brother

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Heres the smoking gun that Ilhan Omar married her brother

For the last three years, various journalists and internet sleuths have searched for the “smoking gun,” a piece of evidence that ties all of the other circumstantial and contested evidence that Representative Ilhan Omar married her brother in an immigration and tax fraud scheme. They apparently didn’t search hard enough on her Twitter account until yesterday when a major piece of evidence was found.

Omar has since deleted the Tweet.

She and her team have been very good at deleting old posts that could implicate her, including posts in which her second husband and alleged brother Ahmed Nur Said Elmi referred to himself following the birth of Omar’s second child as a “proud uncle.” They even deleted the Instagram post that led to this discovery, but her Instagram page at the time was connected to her Twitter account, so the Tweet stayed even though the Instagram post was deleted.

Here is is:

In Somalia, the naming structure is given name, followed by father’s name, then grandfather’s name. Her second husband’s name, Ahmed Nur Said Elmi, indicates that his father was Nur Said.

Some have said that she was referring to her husband, and that the rest of the post, which was cut off in transfer from Instagram, probably said something like, “…giving me the best father a wife could want for her children,” or something like that. But in the beginning she refers to “my aabo Nur Said.”

In Somali, “aabo” means father. She would not be referring to her husband as “my father.”

Since entering the spotlight, Omar has referred to her father as “Omar Mohammad” but there are no records to match this claim. Based on this Tweet archive, it seems clear that she was referring to a many who conspicuously shares a name with her second husband as being her father.

Glenn Beck attempted to explain this as well in the video above. A representative for Omar made an extremely feeble excuse for the post and why she deleted it.

According to her staff, she allegedly called her father “Happy Light” then later married a man whose father’s name happened to be “Happy Light.” Sorry, folks. This is a lie.

This should be seen as enough evidence for the DoJ to open an investigation into federal immigration and tax fraud. There is no way for her to squirm out of this or excuse it away based on everything else we know. She should be investigated now.

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Voting with power tools: Making your own Modern-Day Musket, part I

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Voting with power tools Making your own Modern-Day Musket part I

We thought we would ‘Beto’ Robert Francis to the finish and bring up the subject of building your own AR-15.

Now that Robert Francis O’Rourke has made gun confiscation a key part of the left’s socialist national agenda we thought we would do our part, popularizing private production to propagate progressive paranoia.

We certainly have to salute those retail establishments having sold out of their ‘Beto Specials’ on AR-15s and AK-47s in two hours with a true masterstroke with it being ‘online only’ [That’s only a joke since the paperwork would have to be completed in person]. Then there is another outfit producing a ‘No Beto’ Stripped AR-15 Lower in honor of Robert Francis.

Our contribution will be a quick run down on making your own version of the Modern-Day Musket, the venerable AR-15. As is usually the case with ‘democratic’ socialists, they follow Saul Alinsky’s ‘rules’ “Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.” In the case of the inalienable human right of self-defense they have decided that an inanimate object made of aluminium and polymers is somehow the devil incarnate to the point of trying to make it sound like it shoots people indiscriminately without human intervention.

One video on this subject hails from a You tube producer ‘Nerd Gone South’ making the case of why the AR-15 [or AK-47 as the case may be] is the modern day musket. Because it is easy to build, use and maintain it is extremely popular and in common use. That is probably why the authoritarian socialist left has targeted if for as the first object of destruction.

Parts are parts.

For the uninitiated, the lower receiver is the frame for the bottom half of the venerable AR-15, the Modern-Day Musket. In general, it holds the magazine and the fire control mechanism, as such this is the part of the rifle that constitutes the ‘gun’ according to the government.

The rest of the parts of the rifle are just parts. However, with leftists being obsessed with controlling others, at some point, they could decide that they need a hand in anything that could be used to make a weapon, stone, wood, metal, etc. This video explains the basic workings of the rifle we also included some links to Brownells on the subject for more information.

An ‘80%’ lower receiver is merely a block of material in the shape of the bottom piece of the Modern-day musket, with some of the required machining operations already accomplished. The term ‘80%’ is undefined, but it’s the colloquial term for this type of part. Please note that control obsessed presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has already stated in her plans for everything that she would like to regulate these parts as well. Were that to take place the free market could simply work with the basic shapes, raw materials or Bauxite for that matter.

How to machine a 80% lower receiver for the Modern Day Musket.

This is just one of many video’s on YouTube and other locations on the subject of completing the necessary machining operations to finish a lower receiver. This can only be done for personal use, please check with any local laws or regulations in your area just to be certain.

This is a rather involved process, but it’s something good to know for present or future need. While an electric hand drill and portable router can be used to machine the part, the ideal tool would be a drill press or bench mill, something else for  present or future need.

Part II will be on the assemblage of a complete lower receiver either from the ‘80%’ or a stripped lower receiver along with a lower parts kit.

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