So FBI Can Access iPhone After All?

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From Julian Sanchez at Cato Institute:

In a third-act twist worthy of M. Night Shyamalan, the FBI has announced that it has just discovered a method, provided by an unnamed “third party,” of breaking into deceased San Bernardino shooting suspect Syed Farook’s iPhone without help from Apple. As a result, the hearing at which Apple and DOJ lawyers were scheduled to square off today has been postponed for at least two weeks while the Bureau tests out this “new” approach, potentially rendering the legal battle with Cupertino moot.

The scare quotes in the previous sentence are there to signal my skepticism that there is a genuinely novel in play here—which matters because the FBI has been consistently representing to the courts that Apple’s assistance, and an order to compel that assistance, was “necessary” to access the data—which is to say, that the FBI had no viable alternative methods to decrypt the contents of the phone.


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Hauntings at Mudhouse

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From Michael John Scott at MadMikesAmerica:

Almost every detail about the Mudhouse Mansion is riddled with mystery, which is perhaps what made the building so attractive to ghost hunters and thrill-seekers.

It was built sometime in the late 1800s on a little hill in Lancaster, Ohio, and sold in the 1920s to the Hartman family, who are still the owners of the property—though the family name switched with Lulu Hartman-Mast’s inheritance. Sometime in the 1930s, the house slipped into abandonment, and in the ensuing years reportedly played host to transients and traveling hippies. Like any derelict home—especially one so ominous—the Mudhouse Mansion of Ohio soon gave way to numerous creepy tales.


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John Oliver and Trump’s Wall

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From Marc McDonald at BeggarsCanBeChoosers.com:

A lot of progressives despise and fear Donald Trump. I don’t. While Ted Cruz does creep me out (and frightens the hell out of me), there are actually some things I admire about Trump.

I mean, it took some big balls to stand on a GOP debate stage and repeatedly blast the decision to invade Iraq. We’ve been doing that at this blog for years. I’ve gotta tell ya, there’s a certain sense of vindication when the GOP frontrunner is basically saying the same thing about Iraq that we’ve been saying since 2003.

There’s a couple of other things that I’ll admit I like about Trump.


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Neo-Nazi German Politician Saved By Syrian Refugees

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From Esther Yu-Hsi Lee at ThinkProgress:

Stefan Jagsch, a German neo-Nazi leader, has Syrian refugees to thank for saving his life following a car crash into a tree last week.

Jagsch, a 29-year-old member of the anti-immigrant National Democratic Party (NPD) and the party’s top candidate for an election in the Hesse region, was seriously injured after he swerved off the road and hit a tree in the German town of Büdingen. Witnesses said that two Syrian refugees who passed the accident rushed to his help, pulling him from the wreckage and administering first aid.


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Trump Is Not Hitler

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Green Eagle contrasts followers of Donald Trump with history’s real thing. Let’s not make the current variety more than a pale reflection.

From Green Eagle:

So, there have been few American politicians in our lives as openly nasty and hate filled as Donald Trump. But I think it’s time to stop the facile comparisons to Hitler. These claims prove to me, more than anything else, how knowledge of what Hitler and the Nazis were, has largely disappeared in this country. Here’s a bit of perspective.

First of all, the United States in 2016 is facing little compared to the massive trauma of Germany in the 1920’s, when Hitler rose to prominence. Yeah, our last Republican President gave us one of the most humiliating military disasters in history, and Republican economic cant caused a major disruption in the economy. But, in truth, the Iraq aggression really affected Americans in only very minor ways, compared to World War I Germany, where a large part of a whole generation was killed off, and the people at home suffered immense deprivation, only to lose a war that they need never have entered, and end up being charged massive reparations as a result. And the 2008 economic collapse, as bad as it was, was a minor disruption compared to the complete devastation of the German economy that took place in the twenties, leaving a large part of the middle class destitute. It is these people, not the poor, who formed the real core of Hitler’s support.


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#UMMorris: A hotbed of Satanism!

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From PZ Myers at Pharyngula:

We’re in trouble now: one of those conservative campus watchdog groups has discovered that the University of Minnesota Morris has Satanist students. And not just ordinary, run-of-the-mill Satanists — these are gay devil-worshippers!

Actually, it looks more like a recruiting newsletter was sent out, but I’m sure our evil student body will leap on it.


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Auto Rescue Foes Romney, Kasich Join in Ohio

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From Jon Perr at Perrspectives:

Just days after recording robocalls for Marco Rubio in Florida, failed 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney joined Governor John Kasich on the campaign trail in Ohio on Monday. Bizarrely, Romney wasn’t there to endorse Kasich, but instead merely to oppose Donald Trump. But in trying to keep alive his faint hopes of rescuing the GOP from itself at the July Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Romney’s presence with Kasich only served to highlight their joint opposition to the rescue that mattered most to Ohioans–President Obama’s saving of the American auto industry.


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Boiled Frogs and Climate Science

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From (O)CT(O)PUS at The Swash Zone:

When writing about climate change, the boiled frog analogy serves a useful purpose, and it goes like this. If you place a frog in boiling water, it will immediately jump out. If you place the same frog in slowly heated water, it will stay put until it boils to death. No frogs were harmed in the writing of this post. Nevertheless, the boiled frog analogy describes an aspect of human nature: How complacent attitudes ignore a looming threat that unfolds gradually over time.

Climate change cannot be seen, touched, or watched on cable TV with the immediacy of a hurricane or tsunami. Climate change may not be felt this next year, next year, or ten years from now.


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The Party of Palin

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From Mycue23 at Random Thoughts:

The Trump tidal wave is about to wash the Republican brand out to sea in its wake. The group that is so proud to wrap themselves in the title, “party of Lincoln”, is about to become irrelevant. I’m not saying that the party will disappear, but it will no longer be able to make a claim to the lineage of Lincoln. The Party, which so proudly adopted the southern strategy in the 60’s and doubled down on that with the Lee Atwater tactics of the 80’s, is about to fully reap what it has sown

In the last election cycle, I thought that Sarah Palin was the ultimate payoff for what had been done to the Republican brand over the past 40 years. I was incorrect.


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Trump, Violence, Reform

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From Libertarian Michael A. LaFerrara at
Principled Perspectives:

At this writing it’s unclear who started the violence that caused Donald Trump to cancel his 3/11/16 Chicago campaign rally, although it was most likely instigated by Leftist agitators. Disruption has been the Left’s modus operandi since the rise of the New Left in the 1960s.

But regardless of who initiated the violence, what is clear is that the anti-Trump protesters’ aim was to silence Trump. It was an overt attack on his right to freely express his opinions, and on the attendees’ right to hear what he had to say. Fortunately, Democrats and Republicans alike condemned the violence. Unfortunately, most major candidates managed to partially blame Trump’s rhetoric for, as John Kasich put it, creating “a toxic environment.”

I’m no Trump fan. But this is nonsense.


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