Texas has a New Methamphetamine Problem

Meth face of the day

Specifically in Texas, this new methamphetamine epidemic appears intertwined with increases in yet another problem: sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV. What has happened is that we have a new precursor, phenyl-2-propanone (P2P), which is used by Mexican drug cartels to make methamphetamine. When made with P2P, meth is much more potent and has more ability to produce greater intoxication and enhanced dependence.

Source:  Maxwell, Jane. “Texas has a New Methamphetamine Problem.” UT News | The University of Texas at Austin. The University of Texas at Austin, 4 Aug. 2016. Web. 08 June 2017. <https://news.utexas.edu/2016/08/04/texas-has-a-new-methamphetamine-problem>.  (photo added to the quote for emphasis)

Click here to “enjoy” even more evidence of the physical appearance destruction that is wrought by meth use.  This “new meth” is a real problem and it’s right here in the Highland Lakes. Law enforcement was effective in eventually eliminating almost all, if not all, of the meth labs in our area. Only to have the Mexican supply increase and now with this new precursor — ingredient — we have not only a larger, more reliable supply, but a more potent and dangerous supply.

Don’t kid yourselves about whether we have a problem here, nor about whether this meth is available in our schools. I believe it is.

It is time for a community-wide wake-up and clean-up. I don’t know how that might come about nor how that goal could be accomplished, but it’s time to get with it.

 

Watch your strokes

Because Clinton’s medical records had been digitally recorded by her physicians and because the FBI agents knew that the National Security Agency has digital copies of all keystrokes on all computers used in the U.S. since 2005, they sought Clinton’s records from their NSA colleagues. (emphasis added)

Source: The FBI and Hillary, Again – Judge Andrew Napolitano

I clipped this not for the political point, but for the info on computer keystroke logging. I think we all knew that, or had heard that is was being done or possibly done. But If Napolitano’s information is correct — and I suspect it is — then universal keystroke logging is real.

What do we think about this? Is it real? And what can be done with that data? Just think of the amount of date obtained by keystroke logging of all computers, all the time, from everyone. Consider this:

A top secret National Security Agency program allows analysts to search with no prior authorization through vast databases containing emails, online chats and the browsing histories of millions of individuals, according to documents provided by whistleblower Edward Snowden. (emphasis added)

Source: XKeyscore: NSA tool collects ‘nearly everything a user does on the internet’ | US news | The Guardian

Or this:

The tools of the trade involve considerably more technology. Just this morning The New York Times reported that the NSA is using radio-wave technology to spy on computers not on the Internet

Source: 7 Chilling Ways the NSA Can Spy On You | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

I think we don’t pay enough attention to the surveillance of the citizenry. Is it necessary? Probably. The debate should focus on who can access the data and under what authority. We’ve recently heard that getting a warrant from the FISA court is not really difficult with, according to a Wall Street Journal report[1 Eichelberger, E. (2013, June 10). FISA Court Has Rejected .03 Percent Of All Government Surveillance Requests | Mother Jones. Retrieved from http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2013/06/fisa-court-nsa-spying-opinion-reject-request} in 2013 a mere .03 percent of requests have been rejected.

Thus the supposed protection of the FISA court process may or may not be of much use. We should demand that Congress give attention to better assurance of our privacy while still doing that which is necessary to national security. The two points are not mutually exclusive. We are fully engaged in WW3 — cyber warfare — and must stay engaged but not at the expense of personal privacy.

In the meanwhile, Big Brother really is watching so temper what you “say” online.

 

‘Time to Fight Back’: Pirro is right!

I know, her voice is irritating and she can be overly dramatic, but I would gladly repeat everything Judge Jeanine said. The assault on free speech is alarming. As far as UC-Berkeley is concerned, I don’t know if the February riots were by students or George Soros/BLM imports. Perhaps someone knows.

The issue is NOT a political one. It is about a constitutional right that everyone has and should appreciate regardless of where you are in the left-right divide. The issue is not political, but it has been co-opted and corrupted for political gain — but that’s a separate issue.

Most universities are, and have been for a long time, inhabited largely by left-leaning professors. It’s bad enough that they have the bully-pulpit of the classroom, [box] If you can’t debate — just yell …[/box] but when campus thugs and street gangs resort to violence in order to stifle free speech then, as the Judge put it, it’s the death of free speech.

I need not say more because she said it all.  (Posted with love for James W.)

Source: http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/04/23/judge-jeanine-pirro-opening-statement-ann-coulter-berkeley-speech-canceled-snowflake

 

Earth Day: Let’s do some Science

We have a debate going on climate change science. Let’s keep the debate going, but do it correctly.

[Today’s] March for Science will draw many thousands in support of evidence-based policy making and against the politicization of science. A concrete step toward those worthy goals would be to convene a “Red Team/Blue Team” process for climate science, one of the most important and contentious issues of our age.

Koonin, S. (2017, April 20). A ‘Red Team’ Exercise Would Strengthen Climate Science – WSJ. Retrieved from https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-red-team-exercise-would-strengthen-climate-science-1492728579

If you really care about Earth Day, the Earth, climate change, global warming, or in particular, mankind’s contribution to climate change you will read this article. It is well-written and very strongly makes an important case: let’s use the scientific method and test it thoroughly before we declare a concensus. Before anyone declares “victory” over the topic. Let’s do the climate change science.

Red Team exercises are well-known and known to be effective in sorting out the facts, theories and opinions before coming to a conclusion. It is more effective than simple peer-review and with the climate change controversy, it would be especially effective since many of the studies appear to suffer from confirmation bias.

Climate change science needs to be just that: science. We now see a wide-spread touting of a 97% concensus that man contributes to climate change — and the usual hysterical argument conflates the arguments to morph into a statement that “climate change is caused by man.” All of it. Really? No, but how much of it? Enough to be concerned about? How much man contributes, how and why, and what really can and should be done about it should be the inquiry.

The side debate is whether the 97% concensus claim is real. See e.g. Ritchie, E. J. (2016, December 14). Fact Checking The Claim Of 97% Consensus On Anthropogenic Climate Change. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/uhenergy/2016/12/14/fact-checking-the-97-consensus-on-anthropogenic-climate-change/#48cc9f3c1157

A Red Team exercise should sort that out. Let’s do it.

Should the Senate give Obama’s SCOTUS nominee a hearing?

US Supreme Court building, front elevation, st...
US Supreme Court building, front elevation, steps and portico. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Republican-led Senate has declared it will not give a hearing to any Obama SCOTUS nominee. They variously cite the “Biden rules” and the “Schumer rules” wherein those senators have in the past declared that Republican presidents in the last year of their term should not do exactly what Obama threatens to do. Should the Senate give Obama‘s SCOTUS nominee a hearing? Continue reading “Should the Senate give Obama’s SCOTUS nominee a hearing?”

GOP Stupidity — really now

GOP stupidity threatens to ensure a democrat victory.

A divisive battle is brewing in the Republican Party over the potential nomination of Donald Trump, as some party leaders warn they won’t back him and could support third-party or write-in candidates.

— http://www.wsj.com/articles/republican-divide-about-trump-grows-1456797124

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Ban the incompetent child, not guns

The incompetent child

An incompetent child is one who grows to the age of adulthood without the coping skills to be an adult in a complex world — one that requires the utmost in personal responsibility. My definition. So what.

It is the incompetent child — regardless of chronological age — who causes harm in society and the reason why is simple. That person is under stress trying to exist in the face of family issues, financial difficulties, and just the burdens some people face getting through the day. The incompetent child will, as a coping mechanism, turn to drugs and alcohol or, increasingly, find solace in gang affiliation. Sometimes that gang is the Islamic Jihad. Continue reading “Ban the incompetent child, not guns”