Re: Man opens fire inside Oklahoma restaurant before ‘armed citizen’ shoots, kills him, police say 

A man “opened fire” Thursday in an Oklahoma restaurant, leaving at least four people injured, before he was fatally shot by a bystander, police said.

If this happened as much as 2nd amendment types think it happens, we’d hear a lot more about it. But to quote Shannon Watts from Twitter:

Bad guy gets a gun – shoots three at Lake Hefner restaurant – and the calls it a victory.

In other high income countries, bad guys don’t get guns. People don’t get shot at restaurants. And armed strangers don’t have to risk their lives in the line of fire.

Re: Navy’s F-35 doesn’t have range for real stealth strikes, House report says

The F-35C suffers somewhat from the length of its development cycle. Competition for the Joint Strike Fighter program began in 1993—25 years ago—when the military threats facing the United States were significantly different. In 1993, there was no concern about Chinese “carrier killer” anti-ship ballistic missiles, for example; but in 2010, China introduced the Dongfeng (or Dong-Feng) 21D, an anti-ship ballistic missile with a range of 900 miles and a circular error probability of 20 meters. That’s accurate enough, with satellite tracking and terminal guidance, to hit an aircraft carrier far offshore.

This has me wondering, if we ever got into a shooting war with China, would be initiate an anti-satilite campaign? If their missiles have satellite tracking, seems beneficial to deny them that tracking.

Re: Hackers infect 500,000 consumer routers all over the world with malware

Wednesday’s report is concerning because routers and NAS devices typically receive no antivirus or firewall protection and are directly connected to the Internet. While the researchers still don’t know precisely how the devices are getting infected, almost all of those targeted have known public exploits or default credentials that make compromise straightforward. Antivirus provider Symantec issued its own advisory Wednesday that identified the targeted devices as:

Linksys E1200
Linksys E2500
Linksys WRVS4400N
Mikrotik RouterOS for Cloud Core Routers: Versions 1016, 1036, and 1072
Netgear DGN2200
Netgear R6400
Netgear R7000
Netgear R8000
Netgear WNR1000
Netgear WNR2000
QNAP TS251
QNAP TS439 Pro
Other QNAP NAS devices running QTS software
TP-Link R600VPN

Both Cisco and Symantec are advising users of any of these devices to do a factory reset, a process that typically involves holding down a button in the back for five to 10 seconds. Unfortunately, these resets wipe all configuration settings stored in the device, so users will have to reenter the settings once the device restarts. At a minimum, Symantec said, users of these devices should reboot their devices. That will stop stages 2 and 3 from running, at least until stage 1 manages to reinstall them.Users should also change all default passwords, be sure their devices are running the latest firmware, and, whenever possible, disable remote administration. (Netgear officials in the past few hours started advising users of “some” router models to turn off remote management. TP-Link officials, meanwhile, said they are investigating the Cisco findings.

Do a system reset and be sure to change your default password. While you’re at it, update your firmware.

IMO, routers should auto update just like Chrome and our phones and everything else in the dang world. My Apple AirPort Extreme does.

Source: Hackers infect 500,000 consumer routers all over the world with malware | Ars Technica

Re: NFL owners approve new national anthem policy

“We want people to be respectful of the national anthem,” commissioner Roger Goodell said. “We want people to stand — that’s all personnel — and make sure they treat this moment in a respectful fashion. That’s something we think we owe. [But] we were also very sensitive to give players choices.”

Ugh… I love my Titans man but this reallllllly makes me want to stop watching football. It seems most of the fans are mouth breathing troglodytes who don’t really understand the first amendment.

Source: NFL owners approve new national anthem policy

Re: ‘Loner’ student shoots and kills 10 at Texas school

Two school officers engaged the shooter, including school district police officer John Barnes, who was in critical condition after a gunshot wound to his elbow that almost caused him to bleed out, hospital officials said.

If two, armed school officers can’t deter or stop people from doing this, then why do we think that arming the math teacher is going to do any better?

I’m trying to challenge the conservative dogma that guns make us safer. I need to fact check this but I bet Texas probably has one of the highest per capita of gun ownership and concealed carry in the country. Does Texas have a low crime rate, especially violent crime rate compared to the rest of the country? I bet not. My conservative friends are going to argue but schools are ‘gun free zones’. /sigh

I agree that passing more gun laws will have almost zero short term affect (effect?) on gun crime and it would take certain types of laws to make a difference anyway, long term. It seems like the ‘more laws don’t matter’ types are arguing against the idea of laws themselves. If laws against guns don’t matter, do laws against murder and rape and theft matter?

Source: ‘Loner’ student shoots and kills 10 at Texas school | Reuters

Re: An Aggrieved Trump Wants Better Press, and He Blames Leaks for Not Getting It

And in the Oval Office, there is President Trump, who is prone to erupt about his communications team as ineffective and leak-ridden, complaining he has the biggest team and yet he gets “the worst press.”

 

I think this says a lot about Blabber Mouth Don. All he has to do to get good press is hire the best and biggest team… as opposed to not being a horrible human being.

But in recent months, Mr. Trump, who has never been convinced that his aides have his best interests at heart, has felt increasingly aggrieved. He blames his staff for not delivering better headlines on key initiatives, like tax cuts or a diplomatic breakthrough with North Korea. And he sees leaks as a cause of the distractions that have helped deprive him of those headlines, according to interviews with several current and former White House officials, all who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order to describe internal discussions.

😂😂😂

Source: An Aggrieved Trump Wants Better Press, and He Blames Leaks for Not Getting It – The New York Times

Re: Why Nashville Voters Rejected Public Transit

Antitransit types’ favorite refrain goes a little something like this: “Trains and buses never pay for themselves.” Like a Hank Williams tune, it never gets old because it’s sort of true. In 2015, the Hamilton Project looked at the profitability (or lack thereof) of transit agencies across the country. New York City loses about a dollar for every ride it serves, making it among the most efficient. Seattle, which has about the same population as Nashville but greater density, loses about $4 per ride.

Source: Why Nashville Voters Rejected Public Transit | WIRED

I really think this is an argument that liberals should try harder to win. So what if public transit doesn’t pay for itself? It’s not supposed to because we’re providing a service; this isn’t a business with shareholders.

Trump’s Plan to Lower Drug Prices Diverges From Campaign Promise

Ronny Gal, a securities analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Company, said the president’s speech was “very, very positive to pharma,” and he added, “We have not seen anything about that speech which should concern investors” in the pharmaceutical industry.

I believe there’s something to be said here about where the President’s loyalty lies. Is he a friend of big business, who will make sure not to interfere with big business or is he looking out for consumers?

Pretty obvious to me, he’ll be an ally of big business and while trying to sell us on the idea that he’s looking out for the consumer.

Source: Trump’s Plan to Lower Drug Prices Diverges From Campaign Promise – The New York Times

I’m a veteran and I support the NFL players right to knee during the anthem

Hard for me to understand people like this…

I’m a Titans fan and proud American (though a bit less so since we have people who actually elected the idiot in chief in our country) and veteran. I respect the principles the flag and anthem represent so I support the players right to knee during the anthem.

As far as protests go, kneeling is a pretty tame one. They’re not burning flags or wiping their ass with the flag or pissing on it or anything else. They’re quietly and peacefully kneeling.

Cycling Astoria OR to SF CA: Day 2 – Barview campground to Lincoln City

Today’s Distance: 63 miles
Total Distance: 122 miles

Day two! Honestly, I woke up feeling somewhat disappointed that I didn’t really hit my mileage goal for day one. As you can see from my Strava track, a lot of the route today was inland a bit so I was riding through farmland and I swear I kept seeing trucks of hops going by. Also, the aroma of manure was thick in the air. I actually saw a pump truck, pumping liquified cow manure on a field at one point so that explained that.

Around mid-morning I finally made it to Tillimook and was able to ship some stuff ahead to myself. Turns out Astoria is closed on the weekends! So I was toting like 8-10 lbs of extra weight on my bike. Additionally, I tossed my u-lock because I brought the wrong key; worthless. I’ll need to pickup a new u-lock soon though I’ve not found much opportunity to lock up my bike. Total weight off the bike: ~15 lbs.

Lunch today was veggie pizza in Pacific City. The pizza was delicious but I ended up eating too much and was sick a few miles down the road. Ugh.

The rest of the day passed pretty uneventful. The big climb of the day was saved for the very last and boy was it a doozy. Probably the hardest, longest climb I’ve ever done; can’t remember a harder or longer one. I arrived at camp after dark, quickly setup and zonked out.

I don’t have an exact spot picked out for a target today. Just going to pedal until I’m too tired.

Astoria to SF day 2

Astoria to SF day 2

Astoria to SF day 2

Astoria to SF day 2