"There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with
power to endanger the public liberty." - - - - John Adams

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Sex robots can save marriages

Science Worth Reading About

(The Star Vancouver)  —  “We don’t know what’s coming or if AI will destroy the world. But we do know that people will be having sex with robots.”
That is what the 18 authors of a new book delving into the intricacies of human-machine copulation believe is a given.
One predicts sex with robots will even salvage marriages.
Neil McArthur — one of the authors who contributed to the book, Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications — believes that it’s about time the issue of robot sex was examined.

“There was a sense of panic and anxiety about this stuff,” said the Manitoban, who spoke to the Star while on a book-tour stop in Vancouver.
Co-author Marina Adshade, a UBC Vancouver School of Economics professor, believes humans having sex with robots will soon allow couples to customize their own marriages.
“Sex robots add the ability of finding new ways around problems,” she said. “I’m not going to worry about what my sexual relationship is because I have this technology that satisfies that part of my life.”
The book argues that society has always been moving to a more individual approach to marriage. Where women used to spend their days doing housework, today, machines, technological developments and shifting societal expectations have turned traditions upside down.
And while robot sex likely won’t end the tradition of marriage, it could very likely change how it looks.

“Instead of substituting marriage, I think robots will complement it,” Adshade said.
“Some people will not have to compromise.... It will break up this bundle of qualities we want in a person and allow us to focus on those that we think are important.
Disconnecting sex and marriage will take the pressure off modern relationships, Adshade said, and once this becomes normalized relationship structures will shift.
“I think there is also a direct link with sex robots and increased acceptance of polyamory or polygamy.”
Kim Switnicki, an intimacy coach and sex educator, said integrating robots in the bedroom can be valuable to society, especially for those who need more education or have trouble maintaining “in-real-life” relationships.
These are called “mediated relationships,” which Switnicki said is a relatively new field of research.

“Virtually all couples have mismatched sex drives, so it seems an obvious solution, but it does depend on how the partner chooses to use or interact or view the robot,” she said. “It really depends on how you value sex in the marriage context.”
It’s no different from using online porn to spice things up, she said.
“It’s a brilliant concept on paper, but it’s like having an open marriage or acting out a fantasy,” she said. “For some it works, but quite often, it is better left as a fantasy. It isn’t a fix or solution for a bad marriage.”
But there may be advantages particularly for groups like those with a disability, those who have experienced sexual trauma, those who live isolated, or those who have different sexual preferences than their partner, McArthur said.
There is very little research done on the social, philosophical, ethical and moral obligations of robots for sexual gratification.
“Will they be pornified fembots?” he said. “These exaggerated female creatures with huge breasts that look like this teenage male fantasy of what a woman should look like.”

McArthur said there are several researchers working on the appearance of bots to address gender issues.
“We are a long way from creating a robot that would have any kind of real agency or moral standing,” he explained.
But he also said it’s a fallacy to assume that only men will be buying sex robots.
“The market for sex toys is dominated by women,” he said, noting that he believes the market will dictate many of the proposed problems.
And it’s not like technology mingling with sex doesn’t already exist.
There’s been an uptick in companionship-marriage websites, apps and matchmaking services. And for those that worry adding a robot to the bedroom will ruin the sanctity of marriage, Adshade points to history: technology has always affected marriages but none has erased the institution.
Birth control and the microwave, for instance, both ignited social outcry that it signaled the end of marriage.
“So much of the discussion around sex robots was completely off base,” Adshade said. “It was hand-wringing about the future as opposed to saying let’s objectively look at what the implications are of this technology.
“This type of technology opens up possibilities that don’t exist now.”
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Jon Davis Gets a Sex Robot

1984 - Congress moves to make war eternal

"I am concerned for the security of our great Nation; not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within."
Douglas MacArthur

(Infowars)  -  Senator Rand Paul warned Tuesday that a new war powers act currently making its way through the Senate will expand the President’s authority to declare war without the backing of Congress, essentially allowing the ‘Commander In Chief’ to wage war any where at any time.

While the legislation has been presented as a plan to “reassert” Congressional power to “authorize where, when and with who we are at war,” the proposal for a new AUMF (Authorization for Use of Military Force) actually allows the president to declare anyone an ‘associated force’ of terrorists, without even disclosing the details to Congress or the public.

“Unfortunately, the authorization they’re putting forward will expand the president’s authority to involve us in war,” Senator Paul warned during an appearance on Fox News.

“Currently we’re involved in six or seven countries actively and another 10 or 20 sorts of intermittently. This new authorization will authorize all of those wars and then some.” Paul added.

“For the first time, it will authorize something called associated forces, which means anybody on the planet who says they are associated or we think are associated, we can go to war with,” Paul continued, essentially warning that the legislation constitutes a rubber stamp for war.

“My fear is that this new authorization will not constrain the president, but it will actually expand the presidential power, will expand our military involvement around the world.”

In an interview with The American Conservative, Kurt Couchman, vice president for public policy at the conservative Defense Priorities also warned on the implications of the legislation.

“When the founders wrote the Constitution they understood that military conflict was a big deal,” Couchman noted, adding that “They saw sovereigns go bankrupt over a series of wars started by kings, and they did not want our president to be king. You need the people to be on board through their representatives. (This proposal) ensures wars will continue on auto-pilot only subject to the president’s discretion.”

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Muslims ask Catholics for Exorcisms

Students learning to cast out demons were told to expect Muslims among their future clients at a week-long course on exorcism in Rome this week.

One of the speakers for the course, 89-year-old Cardinal Ernest Simoni of Albania, told the nearly 300 students that in his decades of experience as an exorcist he had performed the ritual on Muslims. “Jesus came for everyone,” he said.

“The grace of the Holy Spirit will redeem us all,” he said.

Father Andre Francisco Fernandes, an Indian priest currently serving in Dubai, said that “many Muslims,” even highly educated ones had approached him to request an exorcism.

“They say, ‘Father, someone has done black magic on me, can you pray over me and remove the devil?’” he said.

Giuseppe Ferrari, an expert on exorcisms and one of the organizers of the course, said: “I don’t see why we cannot do it for Muslims if they ask.”

While Islam already has a form of exorcism, this doesn’t prevent Muslims from seeking out Catholic priests to perform the rite. According to John L Allen, the editor of the religious website Crux, there is a “kind of pride” among Catholics who offer the service to Muslims. “It’s like saying our stuff works and theirs doesn’t,” he said.

Another of the lecturers for the course, Father César Truqui, a Catholic priest who has been performing exorcisms for 10 years, said in a recent interview that demand for exorcists is on the rise as more and more pastors become convinced that the devil is real and needs to be fought.

“Christ was the first exorcist,” said the Mexican priest based in Switzerland. “The power of casting out demons was one of the signs that Christianity was a true religion.”

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

‘Non-Binary Children’ to be studied in $1 million Fed grant

Thank God The GOP is in Charge

  • More money pissed down a government shit-hole. Just imagine the insanity if the "Conservative" GOP was not in charge.
  • Call me a "Crazy Blogger", which I am, but does ANYONE in the Big Government loving Republican Party actually give a crap about anything? 

(Washington Free Beacon)  -  The National Science Foundation is expanding a study of transgender children as young as three years old, giving the project's researcher an additional $1 million.
Kristina Olson, a researcher at the University of Washington, received the 2018 Alan T. Waterman Award, the nation's "highest honor for a young scientist or engineer," for her work studying the gender identities of toddlers.
Olson's TransYouth Project is not just interested in transgender children, but "intersex children," "non-binary children," "princess boys," "pink boys," and more.

"Olson is recognized for her innovative contributions to understanding children's attitudes toward and identification with social groups, early prosocial behavior, the development of notions of fairness, morality, inequality and the emergence of social biases," the National Science Foundation said in a statement announcing the award.
Olson is most well known for her gender studies, which has already received over $600,000 from the taxpayers. The Waterman award, which was announced last week, will give Olson an additional $1 million over five years.
"In addition to transgender children, we are recruiting intersex children, gender nonconforming children, tomboys, princess boys, pink boys, non-binary children, gender creative kids—you name it!" according to the project's website. "If you have a child who is under 18 and fits in one of these (or a related) category and are interested in learning more about our work or signing up, please complete the contact form."
The $1 million in new funding will go towards expanding the TransYouth project, as well as starting a mentorship program for "LGBTQ students, students of color, first-generation college students, and those from small colleges with fewer resources for research."
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Albuquerque Taking Steps To Become "Sanctuary City"

The Final Countdown

  • Neither the GOP nor the Democrats will secure our borders. Only Nationalist Donald Trump is willing to fight. When Trump leaves office no one will be left to speak for American citizens.

(Armandsrancho.blogspot.com)  -  It looks like the lunatics of the city council of Albuquerque are following in the footsteps of the loons running the city of Los Angeles and the state of California.

The Hill reported:

New measures passed this week in Albuquerque, N.M., will make it more difficult for illegal immigrants to be deported. 
The city's council passed a measure by a 6-3 vote that bars federal immigration officials who do not have a warrant from going into city-operated areas, Reuters reported. 
Measures passed by the majority-Democratic council also make it so city workers are prohibited from taking information on people's immigration status.
The country has gone insane. The citizens of foreign nations are more important than American citizens

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Dershowitz: ACLU Doesn't Care About Civil Liberty, It's 'Agenda-Driven and Anti-Trump'

The ACLU "is a partisan, hard-left, political organization, which no longer cares about the civil liberties of all Americans.”
Alan Dershowitz

(CNS News)  -  Famed attorney, author, and constitutional scholar Alan Dershowitz, who supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, condemned the FBI's raid on the office of President Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, and also denounced the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) for praising the raid. 
“If this were Hillary Clinton, they [ACLU] would be raising money left and right defending Hillary Clinton’s rights,” said Dershowitz on the April 16 edition of Fox & Friends.  
“But now they’re raising money left and left by attacking Trump and putting the attack on Trump over defending our civil liberties," he said.
"Why do you think I’m here all the time?" said Dershowitz, who is known for his liberal political views.  "Why do you think I’m speaking up in favor of a man I voted against?"
"Because the ACLU is dead in the water," said the emeritus professor of law at Harvard University. "Who has ever heard of the ACLU coming in, not only justifying, defending, but applauding a raid on a lawyer’s office, which may very well have taken material that was [protected by attorney-client privilege]."

When asked if he thought the ACLU was being political, Dershowitz said, "It is absolutely political. It is a partisan, hard-left, political organization, which no longer cares about the civil liberties of all Americans.”
d FeedbackWhen asked if he thought the ACLU was being political, Dershowitz said, "It is absolutely political. It is a partisan, hard-left, political organization, which no longer cares about the civil liberties of all Americans.”
“It is agenda-driven, money-driven and anti-Trump," said Dershowitz.
Alan Dershowitz, a regular commentator on CNN and Fox News, is the former Felix Frankfurter Professor of Law at Harvard Law School.
As an appellate lawyer, he won 13 of the 15 murder cases he handled. Some of his more famous clients include Mike Tyson, Patty Hearst, Claus von Bulow and O.J. Simpson. Dershowitz is the author or co-author of 33 books.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The Walking Dead Plays it Safe

The Best Villain in TV History

  • Negan is without doubt the best villain in the history of TV.  If he had not appeared I suspect The Walking Dead would have sputtered down to cancellation. 
  • As it is the series has meandered in assorted directions unsure where to go and gotten lost in side stories about 3rd level characters in order to save on salary costs. 
  • The season finale played it safe. Though a fairly standard season ending the series is still better than 80% of the crap on TV. Maybe 90%.
  • Even in its weakened state as long as Negan is on the screen there is some damned fine acting going on. Negan survived the season finale. I am looking forward to his return.

(The Verge)  -  The Walking Dead is back and careening toward the conclusion of the “All Out War” saga. That means the end of the feud between Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and his archnemesis Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) — and perhaps that’s a good thing. Overall, the show’s big bet on Negan has been a bit of a misfire, with ratings hitting staggering lows last year, and Negan himself largely absent from the first half of the show’s eighth season.
But a season-ending climax is an opportunity to bring all the threads together. I’ll be analyzing the season’s final episode through its presentation of Negan: how he acts, how he delivers his jokes and threats, and most importantly, how his character develops in contrast to our supposedly virtuous heroes. We’ll look at all the traits a villain is supposed to excel at — including those we detest — and boil it down into one single score on what we are calling the Negan-o-meter™. 
A score of 10 means he’s the best, most complex villain we’ve ever seen; a score of 0 means he’s pretty much the same ol’ Negan he’s always been. Hopefully, in these final episodes, The Walking Dead can turn Negan into the big bad audiences have always wanted.

At long last, The Walking Dead has arrived at the conclusion of the Negan saga. Over the past few weeks, the show has displayed a level of unpredictability that would have seemed impossible back at the season 7 premiere. That’s when Glenn was killed off and the show began feeling shackled by its comic book source material. Now, nearly two seasons later, the cheap character deaths and gimmicky cliffhangers have all but disappeared as more momentous world-building, narrative closure, and character explorations have taken center stage. Perhaps not surprisingly, the show’s ratings have responded accordingly.

But last night’s season finale, “Wrath,” fails to build on that creative momentum. The episode may ultimately be a satisfying episode of television, but aside from a few minor curveballs it plays things safe, and it takes almost all of its cues from writer Robert Kirkman’s comics storyline. In that sense, the TV show’s version of the Negan saga ends the same way that it began: resigning itself to mediocrity by focusing on telling someone else’s story.

Following last week’s last-minute surprise, in which Dwight’s turncoat tactics came to light and Negan plotted an ambush against Rick, it seemed like TV viewers might get a radically different conclusion to the “All the War” storyline than the one that the comic book delivered. But “Wrath” throws the entire Dwight subplot overboard in the first 15 minutes of the episode, wasting the immense emotional investment the show has encouraged viewers to make in his character.
While Rick and the others felt they were going to be able to get the drop on Negan, they quickly discover that they were being set up when they take out a group of Saviors that just happen to be carrying a map of Negan’s actual location. Thinking they’ve kept the advantage, they arm themselves and head out to take him down. But first, the show takes a breath with an emotional moment Rick finally asks Siddiq to tell him how Carl had become infected.
Meanwhile, the show cuts back to the Saviors, where a conversation between Negan and Gabriel reveals that map Rick has just found is also a fake, a backup decoy just in case the original plan to use Dwight to spread disinformation didn’t take. It completely sidelines Dwight for what feels like a completely unnecessary (and convoluted) reason, right when the show had the opportunity to do something unique and original. Instead, it pivots right back to the comics.
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Democrats paint streets white to stop global warming

Your Tax Dollars at Work

(World Net Daily)  -  Never mind that incredible glare when you’re trying to navigate your vehicle down Los Angeles streets on a hot, sunny day – the city insists on painting its streets white to fight climate change.
LA Street Services began the street-painting project last May after testing revealed the paint reduced road temperatures by 10 degrees. The product is meant to reduce the effect of urban “heat islands.”
The coating isn’t actually white. It’s a light gray product called CoolSeal, and it’s manufactured by GuardTop.
But whatever the color, the effect is certainly blinding.
Los Angeles paints streets white to reduce effect
of ‘heat islands’ (Photo: LA Street Services)

And it costs a pretty penny, too. Each mile of CoolSeal coating costs $40,000, and two coats last up to seven years. 
The product is sprayed onto the roads and spread across the surface with squeegees.
“CoolSeal is applied like conventional sealcoats to asphalt surfaces to protect and maintain the quality and longevity of the surface,” the company website states. “While most cool pavements on the market are polymer based, CoolSeal is a water-based, asphalt emulsion.”
Officials believe the coating will reduce temperatures in locations where it is applied. The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that dark asphalt can add as many as 22 degrees Fahrenheit to air temperatures compared with areas that do not have asphalt.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti is a key advocate of street painting to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
“Climate change is a fact of life that people in Los Angeles and cities around the world live with every day,” Garcetti said in 2017 after President Trump announced he would abandon the Paris Climate Agreement. “It is a grave threat to our health, our environment, and our economy — and it is not debatable or negotiable.”
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The moron Leftists forget that car tires are dirty and will turn the "white" streets black in no time.

Judge overseeing Trump case married George Soros

A Bipartisan Oligarchy Controls America

(The Gateway Pundit)  -  Kimba Wood, the federal judge overseeing the Cohen-Trump case rejected Trump’s request for a temporary restraining order on materials seized after KGB FBI agents raided Cohen’s properties.

FBI agents raided Cohen’s home and office looking for dirt on Stormy Daniels and seized attorney-client privileged communications between Trump and Cohen.

On Friday, President Trump was officially granted intervention in the Cohen case.
Late Sunday night, President Trump opposed allowing the government to review materials seized by FBI KBG agents in their raid of Michael Cohen’s properties in a court filing.
Federal Judge Kimba Wood made her decision on Monday.

How’s this for a fun fact? The same federal judge who just rejected Trump’s request for a temporary restraining order, officiated George Soros’ wedding in 2013.

It was a very intimate ceremony with only close family members in attendance.
This is totally normal, right?
The New York Post reported in 2013:
Soros and Bolton, a health care consultant, will exchange vows in a small ceremony on Saturday morning at the Bedford, New York estate, which Soros bought in 2003 from “Jurassic Park” author Michael Crichton.
Kimba Wood, a federal judge, will perform the non-denominational ceremony, which will be attended by members of the couple’s families, including his five children, a source familiar with the arrangements told Reuters.
The wedding ceremony will be followed by a reception on Saturday evening with more than 500 guests at the Caramoor arts center in nearby Katonah. On Sunday, the couple will preside over a brunch, also at Caramoor

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“These international bankers and Rockefeller-Standard Oil interests control the majority of the newspapers and the columns in those papers to club into submission or drive out of office officials who refuse to do the bidding of the powerful corrupt cliques which compose the invisible government.”.

Theodore Roosevelt 
(New York Times)

Monday, April 16, 2018

Bombing Syria for Fun and Profit

Pissing on the Constitution, Part XVII
GOP & Dems are Cheerleaders for Eternal War

By Gary;

Here we go again. The Military-Industrial magically gets us back involved in Syria just as everything is winding down.  Peace might actually break out!

My Mama did not raise no idiots.

Trump talks about pulling out of the unconstitutional and undeclared Syrian War and in only days we see a "gas attack" supposedly by Syria. Then there is the orchestrated international "outrage" over an attack that has not even been investigated.

Now all the NATO powers want to bomb Syria. More war for fun and profit.

Pure 100% Bullshit.

If you believe any of this I have some swampland in Florida to sell you.

Hell for years the CIA has shipped mountains of weapons into Syria to stir the cauldron of war and death. And don't even get me started on our other unconstitutional wars in Libya, Yemen, Iraq and Somalia.

Trump is being manipulated by the Oligarchs of the bipartisan Deep State who want Eternal War. There are no more open debates and a roll-call votes in Congress for a declaration of war . . . we just attack.

Bottom line, we are attacking Syria, a nation that has NOT attacked us nor has it even threatened us. But here we are arming Islamist rebels for years to level the entire country and now as things wind down trying to restart a war. 

The Military-Industrial Complex has backed Trump into a corner. If Trump opposes bombing Syria then he is proven to be a tool of Russia and in favor killing babies.

Meanwhile the mouth-breathing Sheeple eat up all the pro-war propaganda barfed up by the Government-Media Complex.