Big Government Looks For Nanny State Solution To Cyber-Bullying

I think we can all agree that cyber-bullying is a Bad Thing, especially for children, and even young adults. Bullying is a sad, and unfortunate, fact of life since time immortal. Cyber-bullying has also become a sad and unfortunate fact of life. So, what to do about it?

Cyberbullying: Rutgers University Awarded Grant to Develop New Cyberbullying Detection Methods

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a grant to Rutgers University to develop a system of “automatic detection” of cyberbullying. Rutgers University has received $117,102 in funding so far for its project. According to the grant, 40 percent of American teenagers have reported being the victims of cyberbullying.

“This is especially worrying as the multiple studies have reported that the victims of cyberbullying often deal with psychiatric and psychosomatic disorders,” the grant states. “Specifically, this research will advance the state of the art in cyberbullying detection beyond textual analysis by also giving due attention to the social relationships in which these bullying messages are exchanged. A higher accuracy at detection would allow for better mitigation of the cyberbullying phenomenon and may help improve the lives of thousands of victims who are cyberbullied each year.”

Learning more about it and the methods that occur in order to help kids is a Good Thing. Here’s where this starts running off the rails

The project will used text mining – searching for keywords – as well as other methods of analyzing the relationships between the adolescents who send and receive hurtful cyber messages. The grant language suggests that the researchers understand that research needs to go deeper and will hopefully be used to detect cyberbullying before it begins.

“By analyzing the social relationship graph between users and deriving features such as number of friends, network embeddedness, and relationship centrality, the project will validate (and potentially refine) multiple theories in social science literature and assimilate those findings to create better cyberbullying detectors,” the grant states. “The project will yield new, comprehensive models and algorithms that can be used for cyberbullying detection in automated settings.”

In other words, this will be a massive data mining initiative that delves deep into the lives of private citizens.

(Washington Free Beacon) Vivek K. Singh, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University, is leading the project.

“I have worked on multiple projects including designing a novel media sharing application, detecting patterns in large scale Twitter feeds, and analyzing community behavior in social media to design mechanisms to ‘nudge’ people into suitable behaviors,” he writes on his website.

Suitable behaviors as defined by whom? How will they define it? What methods will they use to “nudge” behavior? And, how will this be applied as “mission creep” creeps in? I’m sure Liberals will be A-OK with all this, but, will you be good with it if, say, a Republican administration, decides to use these methods to go after liberals online? As the saying goes “be careful what you wish for: you may get it.”

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If All You See…

…is a wonderful low carbon bike that Everyone Else should be forced to use rather than fossil fuels, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is Rhymes With Right, with a post on rank hypocrisy.

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Latest Great Pause Excuse: Atlantic And Pacific Oscillations

The Cult of Climastrology is desperately attempting to mitigate their failed computer models, talking points, and prognostications. The Hockey Schtick lists 66 excuses so far. There are really so many, does it matter anymore whether we number them?

Global Warming Pause Caused By Interaction Of Atlantic And Pacific Oscillations

The recent slowdown in climate warming is due to natural oscillations in the climate, according to a team of climate scientists, who add that these oscillations represent variability internal to the climate system. They do not signal any slowdown in human-caused global warming.

The Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation (AMO) describes how North Atlantic sea-surface temperatures tend to oscillate with a periodicity of about 50 to 70 years. The Pacific Decadal Oscillation (PDO) varies over a broader range of timescales. The researchers looked only at the portion of the PDO that was multidecadal — what they term the Pacific multidecadal oscillation (PMO).

So, warming is mostly/solely Man-caused, the Pause is natural. Strange how that works. Of course

Using a wide variety of climate simulations, the researchers found that the AMO and PMO are not significantly correlated; they are not part of the global “stadium wave” oscillation, as some researchers had claimed. What they found was that the Northern Hemisphere was warming more slowly, not because of the AMO — which has been relatively flat — but because of a sharply down-trending PMO.

Simulations, huh? Of course, they have to work in the dog at my homework oceans ate my warming, one of the original Excuses

The researchers conclude that the down-trending PMO and the unusual slowing of warming over the past decade are tied to heat burial beneath the tropical Pacific and a tendency for sustained La Niña type conditions. While there is paleoclimate data suggesting that this type of response could come from subtle features of climate change itself that climate models do not currently capture, the researchers note that the most likely explanation is the random excursions of the AMO.

Perhaps it’s time for the CoC to admit that they’re full of it, that climate and weather patterns change, and that Man is not mostly/solely responsible. They won’t. They have too much invested politically. Interestingly, Michael Mann is involved, so we know that the data is skewed, and we get

“Our findings have strong implications for the attribution of recent climate changes,” said Mann. “Internal multidecadal variability in Northern Hemisphere temperatures likely offset anthropogenic warming over the past decade.”

Warming=Man, Pause=nature. But of course.

The researchers conclude that given past historical patterns of variation in the AMO and PMO, this situation will likely reverse and add to human induced warming in the future.

Anything to keep the money train and fear-mongering rolling.

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Man With Massive Carbon Footprint To Offer Major Blueprint On “Climate Change”

Over the weekend Barack Obama jetted off to Florida to play some golf, which required multiple helicopter rides, several jumbo jets, and lots of fossil fueled vehicles to cart him around to and fro. Now we learn

Obama to Offer Major Blueprint on Climate Change

The White House on Tuesday morning is expected to unveil President Obama’s blueprint for cutting United States greenhouse gas pollution by nearly a third over the next decade.

Mr. Obama’s plan, part of a formal submission to the United Nations ahead of efforts to forge a climate change accord in Paris in December, will detail the United States side of an ambitious joint climate change pledge the president made in November in Beijing with the Chinese president Xi Jinping.

In an effort to spur other countries to enact their own domestic climate change plans leading to the Paris accord, the leaders of the world’s two largest greenhouse gas polluters offered the outline of a set of climate actions. Mr. Obama said the United States would cut emissions 26 to 28 percent by 2025, while Mr. Xi said that China’s emissions would drop after 2030.

But the plan will also intensify fierce Republican political opposition to Mr. Obama’s effort to build a climate change legacy.

His legacy is one of telling other people how to live their lives, and enforcing many of those beliefs on people via Executive Office regulation, while he himself has a carbon footprint of around 41,000 metric tons per year. The average American is at around 19 metric tons per year.

Mr. Obama’s blueprint, the follow-up to the Beijing announcement, is expected to lay out a road map for exactly how the United States will meet that pledge. Mr. Obama hopes that if the United States puts forth an ambitious domestic plan, other countries will follow, leading to a deal that would commit every country in the world to enact domestic climate change plans.

Of course, all this will have to rely upon action within the Executive branch, since Congress will not approve. This is another reason why Republicans need to retake the White House, especially with a non-squishy candidate, in order to roll back the economy killing measures, and the Big Government interference in our lives.

Meanwhile, Obama will continue to jet around, living the high life, using vast amounts of power and fossil fuels.

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Poll: Clear Majority Distrust Iran To Uphold Any Non-nuclear Weapons Deal

Wait, people don’t trust Iran? Strange

Poll: Clear majority supports nuclear deal with Iran

By a nearly 2 to 1 margin, Americans support the notion of striking a deal with Iran that restricts the nation’s nuclear program in exchange for loosening sanctions, a new Washington Post-ABC News poll finds.

But the survey — released hours before Tuesday’s negotiating deadline — also finds few Americans are hopeful that such an agreement will be effective. Nearly six in 10 say they are not confident that a deal will prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, unchanged from 15 months ago, when the United States, France, Britain, Germany, China and Russia reached an interim agreement with Iran aimed at sealing a long-term deal.

Part of this certainly has to do with Iran being Iran. The other part is certainly the horrible, pro-Iran position taken by Team Obama and its negotiators, who continue to seemingly give away the house to Iran.

Digging deep into the poll, we see that only 4% are very confident that “such an agreement would prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons…”, while 34% are not confident at all. This is with a typical oversampling of Democrats to Republicans, 30% to 22%.

Popular sentiment among Republicans is more in line with GOP lawmakers on the issue of whether Congress should be required to authorize any deal with Iran. A Pew Research Center survey released Monday found 62 percent of the public believes Congress, not President Obama, should have final authority over approving a nuclear agreement with Iran.

We also learn from that Pew survey that 63% think that Iran is not serious. In that poll, 49% approve of negotiating with Iran, 40% disapprove. There’s nothing wrong with negotiating: it should be preferred over immediate military action. The problem is when any deal really doesn’t stop Iran from working towards developing nuclear weapons.

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Sharpton: Indiana Religious Freedom Law Totally Like Slavery And Jim Crow Or Something

As Weasel Zippers notes, “This is the same guy who called a man a “punk faggot” on national TV.” And we surely can’t forget Sharpton’s involvement and leadership in pograms against Jews.

“This is a key moment for the country. Too often in our history, we’ve seen religion used to justify attacks on other people’s rights, from slavery, to Jim Crow, to women’s right to vote. That same fight is with us today, and we can’t let it stand.”

Interestingly, Leftists just like Al Sharpton are only interested in these attacks from one religion that occurred in the past. They are less than interested in those same attacks that come from Islam. In fact, if you even bring these issues up, you’ll be branded a racist, a bigot, and an Islamophobe. Honor killings? Jihad? Anti-Semitism? Forcing women to be covered from head to toe? Making women obtain 4 witnesses if raped, otherwise she will be whipped? Not allowing women to drive? Stoning women for adultery? Hanging gays? These are all issues, and the list keeps going, from hardcore Islam. Why are Leftists unconcerned about these actions? Actions which would not be allowed under Indiana’s RFRA. Indiana Governor Mike Pence penned an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, which is, sadly, behind the pay wall, that explains the law. Here’s a snippet via the governor’s home page

“I want to make clear to Hoosiers and every American that despite what critics and many in the national media have asserted, the law is not a ‘license to discriminate,’ either in Indiana or elsewhere.”

“I abhor discrimination. I believe in the Golden Rule that you should ‘do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’ If I saw a restaurant owner refuse to serve a gay couple, I wouldn’t eat there anymore.”

“As governor of Indiana, if I were presented a bill that legalized discrimination against any person or group, I would veto it. Indiana’s new law contains no reference to sexual orientation. It simply mirrors federal law that President Bill Clinton signed in 1993.”

“Some express concern that Indiana’s RFRA law would lead to discrimination, but RFRA only provides a mechanism to address claims, not a license for private parties to deny services. Even a claim involving private individuals under RFRA must show that one’s religious beliefs were ‘substantially burdened’ and not in service to a broader government interest—which preventing discrimination certainly is. The government has the explicit power under the law to step in and defend such interests.”

“The hospitality and character of Hoosiers are synonymous with everything that is good about America. Faith and religion are important values to millions of Indiana residents. With the passage of this legislation, Indiana will continue to be a place that respects the beliefs of every person in our state.”

He also notes that much of this was about protecting religious people from Obamacare.

Here’s the thing: many people and businesses are legally allowed to deny service. “No shirt, no shoes, no service”. People can be banned from businesses for improper conduct. Does a business have to make a “Hitler cake“? No. What if someone wanted a cake with violent tones on it? No, they do not have to make it. Does a business have a right to discriminate simply because a person is gay, Black, a woman? No. However, they wouldn’t have to make a gay a wedding cake.

What if someone came into a Muslim (or Jewish) bakery and wanted a cake with bacon on it? Would the baker be within their religious rights to say “no, I cannot make that”? Yes, they would. In a rational world, the people wanting the cake would say “I understand. I may not agree with your religious beliefs, but I understand, and respect your beliefs. Can you recommend a good baker?” In today’s society, where everyone is Offended, that is not what seems to happen, and Something Must Be Done, forcing compliance, particularly under Government intervention.

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If All You See…

…is a rising sea in world that has turned the lights off, you might just be a Warmist

The blog of the day is Ice Age Now, with a post noting that the warmer it gets, the more ice breakers we need.

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Our Planet Is Flatlining From A 1.4F Temp Increase Or Something

Nice to hear from the hysterical 20 something crowd

I’m twentysomething, I vote, and I won’t take seriously any candidate who doubts climate change

I’m a voter — a white, male, college-educated twentysomething voter, born in the conservative South, living in the liberal North. I was raised in a middle-class family but now occupy an economic class more concerned with finding jobs than itemizing tax deductions. I understand the complex foreign policy issues our country faces and yet I do not understand the self-cannibalizing direction of our domestic politics.

My vote is up for grabs. Heading into 2016, it will be coveted, along with those of my fellow twentysomethings. For any candidate looking to “inspire the youth vote,” here is the key to mine.

If you’re thinking “a good jobs market coupled with a great economy”, well, you didn’t read the headlines

Today’s news leaves no American wanting for reasons to fear: Islamic State, Iran, Syria, North Korea, Russia, not to mention our own border security, national debt and political gridlock. Yet one issue receiving less attention is the most pressing: Our planet is dying. It is hemorrhaging, suffocating and it is going to flatline. Soon.

Evidence of this inexorable march toward planetary collapse is overwhelming and yet the United States, the nation that considers itself “leader of the free world,” can’t even agree that it is happening? This is the issue. The only issue. We must do something to slow this trend — because we’ve already squandered any hope of reversing it.

Doooooooom! I guess if you have no reasonable job prospects, thanks to voting for people like Obama, one has time to whine about Hotcoldwetdry. Even though the Earth has survived multiple warm periods, ones which were warmer than the current warm period, in the Holocene alone.

The youth of this country want desperately to be proactive. We aren’t entitled. We want to innovate and improve things. This is not a crisis we asked for, but it will define our lifetime.

I wonder if the writer, John Cubelic, has given up all use of fossil fuels and made his own life “carbon neutral”? Obviously, that is rhetorical, because we know the answer is “no”. For all the talk of being proactive, it’s all about forcing other people to comply.

Climate change threatens the future of the planet. If that rhetoric sounds alarmist, that is only because we have been asleep on this issue for far too long. As for politicians who refuse to wake up, I take that inaction or opposition as a direct threat to my future and the future of my family. No politician who threatens me, my home and my family would ever receive my vote.

What action have you taken in your life, John?

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White House: Nuclear Deal Totally Doable If Country That Says “Death To America” Cooperates

The White House is desperate to get a deal, any deal, done

(The Hill) White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said on Sunday that he is optimistic that the Obama administration can reach a nuclear deal with Iran by Tuesday’s self-imposed deadline.

Earnest said that the deadline will be met if a deal is “doable,” and said Iran’s cooperative is key.

“Ultimately, the president believes that we should be able to … reach an agreement by the end of March if one is doable,” Earnest said Sunday on ABC’s “This Week,” noting that the Obama administration has been negotiating with Iran for more than a year in an effort to reduce its nuclear capabilities.

Apparently, Obama was working on the deal while playing golf over the weekend in Florida.

“it’s time for the Iranians to send a clear signal to the international community about whether or not they are willing to make the serious commitments required, and basically live up to their rhetoric, that they are not trying to acquire a nuclear weapon,” he said.

Clear signal?

How about this for another clear signal

(NY Post) The talks with Iran over its nuclear program hit a snag Sunday when the Islamic state reportedly said it would no longer agree to ship atomic fuel outside of the country.

The removal of the fuel has been a major part of the proposed agreement, and Iran had long agreed to send its atomic fuel to Russia.

But, according to The New York Times, Iran’s foreign minister ruled out the removal of the fuel stockpile.

“The export of stocks of enriched uranium is not in our program, and we do not intend sending them abroad,” Abbas Araqchi reportedly said. “There is no question of sending the stocks abroad.”

There were three main points to any agreement: inspections, centrifuges, and exporting the fuel. Iran has said “no” to snap inspections, and limited the types and locations of inspections. Team Obama followed the Iranian line. They have 18000 centrifuges, with 10000 spinning. They’ll be limited to a meager 6000. Now the third part seems to have fallen apart after Iran initially agreed to ship the atomic fuel. It’s almost like Iran knows Obama wants a deal no matter how bad it is.

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Big Government: People Need A License To Showcase And Allow Pictures Of Llamas

Conservatives are often asked what our problem is with Government, usually followed by the strawman from Liberals that we want to do away with all government. First, the anarchists tend to vote Democrat. Second, we do not want to do away with government, we want to reign in the size and, more important, scope of government. Government that constantly has mission creep, that is a bit too dictatorial, too intrusive, too bossy, too ridiculous. Case in point

(AP) The llamas that became a social media sensation running around a Phoenix-area retirement enclave last month are saying goodbye to the spotlight with one last event Saturday.

Kahkneeta and Laney, whose televised dash mesmerized the Internet and Sun City residents, will likely be making their final public appearance at a Phoenix race track, according to owners Bub Bullis and Karen Freund.

Here we go

The llama drama that spawned jokes and Twitter hashtags also got the attention of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Freund said.

A USDA official contacted them shortly after the Feb. 26 incident, saying they needed a license to showcase their llamas or even allow people to snap photos of them, the couple said. Neither was aware of such a policy. The husband and wife, who are both retired Phoenix police officers, had planned to continue offering the llamas for therapy and educational purposes.

That’s right: a member of a federal government agency actually told them that. A license. It seems like we need a license for everything these days. Part of it simply means giving government money. Did you know that the person selling you a car needs a license? They don’t have to earn it, take a test, or anything other than work for a dealership and pay a fee. Want to show your llamas to help out people? You need a license. Want to simply live as an American? Purchase health insurance Or Else.

“They just totally destroyed everything I had planned for my retirement,” Freund said. “We’ve taken them to schools before. Now they’re telling me I can’t do anything, even like a photo shoot.”

Freund said she is frustrated because the USDA won’t respond to any of her follow-up calls about the matter because everything has to be in writing. So they are giving up for now.

They say if the USDA wants to fine them, so be it. They won’t play the game anymore. Government forgets that they’re there to serve the Citizenry, not the other way around.

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