The Commonsense PRC in Thayer has cancelled their meeting tonight due to poor road conditions and the meetings for the Ozark Scenic Riverway have also been cancelled and rescheduled. Here is the announcement on the Scenic Riverway meetings:
From our friends in Arkansas comes notice of the following meeting. Please note you must register by tomorrow!
As stated in the article below, the US Federal Government’s massive purchases o ammo over the last year may have been related to insider info on the closing of the last US smelting plant right here in Missouri. I guess people could feel better about being shot with US Made Ammo, as opposed to the cheap Chinese imports, but somehow that seems irrelevant. It seems clear that gobbling up resources and impeding the ability to produce is the real objective. It isn’t just in ammunition either. We are looking at a manufactured economy in which manufacturing is totally controlled domestically. We can’t even provide the food we need much less the electronics, clothing, shoes, cars, tires, washing machines, and jump ropes.
Here is the Alan West op/ed:
I am one who steers very clear of tinfoil hat conspiracy theories. I often believe progressives plant stories in order to distract and disrupt, enabling them to pursue their true goals and objectives. That’s why I stress the importance of staying focused on the modern liberal socialist policies of the Obama administration, not the sideshow antics.
However, as a former combat commander, I have been trained to look for trends. And I believe we’ve found a very disturbing one. it seems that back door gun control is in full effect in the United States. Why? Thanks to Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), we can no longer smelt lead from ore in the United States.
The first contact the EPA made with The Doe Run Lead Smelter in Herculaneum, Missouri (population 2,800) was in 2008 but it was in 2010 that the EPA finally forced Doe Run to plan a shut down. This plant has been in operation since 1892 but will finally close its doors this month. It was the last lead smelting plant in the US.
The closedown is due to new extremely tight air quality restrictions placed on this specific plant. President Obama and his EPA raised the regulations by 10 fold and it would have cost the plant $100 million to comply.
In response to the Doe Run lead smelter shutdown, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the Doe Run Company “made a business decision” to shut down the smelter instead of installing pollution control technologies needed to reduce sulfur dioxide and lead emissions as required by the Clean Air Act.
Of course this is why we need serious regulatory reform that precludes executive agency fiat, especially regulation implementation that exceeds a certain adverse financial impact to a private sector business.
Of course the canned progressive socialist response is “For years families with children near Doe Run’s facilities have been exposed to unacceptable levels of lead, one of the most dangerous neurotoxins in the environment,” said Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for the EPA’s Office of Compliance and Enforcement Assurance. There are a few auxiliary lead processing plants remaining in the USA but their function is to re-claim lead from old batteries.
What this all means is that after December 2013, any ammunition that will be available to US citizens will have to be imported, which will surely increase the price and possibly come under government control. It seems this is fully in concert with the US Military and Homeland Defense recent purchase of large quantities of ammunition.
The effect is chilling: you can own all the guns you want, but if you can’t get ammo, you are out of luck. Remember when President Obama promised his minions that he was working on gun control behind the scenes? Welcome to it. The result is that all domestically mined lead ore will have to be shipped overseas, refined and then shipped back to the US.
Not only will ammo be even harder to come by, the demand and the process of supply will cause the price to skyrocket even more. And ponder this, there is an excellent chance that Obama will rig the market to where all ammo has to be purchased from the government instituting an ammo registration.
There hasn’t been a peep about this in the major news outlets, but it’s done. With the US no longer producing lead, all supplies will now have to come from China, Australia or Peru, with the overwhelming emphasis on China.
China is the largest miner of lead and the largest importer of scrap lead in the world. The highly progressive state of California recently passed a law that lead ammo is banned for sporting use. There is an alternative, copper ammo, but it is hugely expensive to make, and pure copper bullets are frequently labeled ‘cop killers’ so they can’t be sold.
So America, back door gun control is moving forward and while we are all distracted with Obamacare and Iran nuclear negotiations, our Second Amendment rights are undergoing an assault by clandestine infiltration. Remember we reported on this website the gun registration actions being undertaken in Washington DC. Barack Obama and his progressive socialist acolytes are quite savvy at political chess. He is seeking to outflank, envelope, and destroy the Second Amendment. Now it’s our move in 2014.
Read more at http://allenbwest.com/2013/12/backdoor-gun-control-lead-means-bullets/#IPrEmijem2aFIQ3g.99
(CNN) — From fighting terrorism to processing payments in the blink of an eye, facial recognition is set to change our ideas on privacy.
A number of exciting developments in the field could even push its toughest critics to reconsider.
“The more people get out of it, the more they’ll surrender to it,” says Manolo Almagro, senior vice president of digital for TPN Inc. Almagro believes that people will only embrace a technology if the benefits outweigh privacy concerns.
Facial recognition is a computer-based system that automatically identifies a person based on a digital image or video source — which is then matched to information stored in a database.
Often used in fictional TV-series such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, it is soon set to become a real-life tool for fighting crime. In 2014, the FBI will roll the technology out across the U.S. after pilot testing is completed in some states.
Manolo Almagro, TPN Inc.
Facial recognition is a key part of the agency’s ambitious $1 billion Next Generation Identification System (NGI) — a state-of-the-art biometric identification system that also includes iris scans, DNA analysis and voice identification. The mission is to reduce terrorist and criminal activity by improving and expanding biometric identification as well as criminal history information services.
UK-based Dr. Chris Solomon is an advocate for the technology too. A professor at the University of Kent, Solomon has created an “electronic sketch artist” system that has changed how UK police identify criminals. His method is currently used by 90% of British police and in more than 30 countries.
He explains: “The key advantage here is that it allows people to respond to faces they see rather than having to break it down into component parts.”
Credited with helping to solve hundreds of crimes, his facial composite software identifies suspected criminals in a new way. The system, EFIT-V, allows victims and witnesses to select the best and worst matches from a group of computer-generated faces. Based on their responses, the computer eventually “learns” what type of face they are after and displays options accordingly.
But facial recognition technology isn’t always so straightforward. Identifying faces from closed-circuit-television (CCTV) footage can be challenging — as demonstrated after the Boston Marathon bombings earlier this year.
Marios Savvides, Director of the CMU CyLab Biometrics Center, told CNN’s Tom Foreman that low resolution can be especially challenging.
“When you look at images collected from standard CCTV footage, the faces are way too small,” he said in May.
Savvides explained that it is especially difficult matching off-angle images to frontal facial photographs.
The solution Savvides’s team has created is a system that transforms flat photos into 3D. He argues the ability to recreate a suspect from all angles will improve the reliability of facial recognition and also help police track down suspects faster.
The luxury retail sector appears to see potential in facial recognition too. According to the Sunday Times, dozens of stores and hotels are testing the technology in the U.S., the UK, and the Far East.
UK-based company NEC IT Solutions, which also specializes in identification of terrorists and criminals, has created a system that analyzes the faces of potential customers as they enter shops.
The system then checks this information against a database with celebrities and valued customers — to help stores identify potential big spenders. Once a match is made, the software alerts staff via computer, tablet or smartphone. It can even provide details such as clothing size and shopping history.
Almagro believes that consumers are likely to volunteer information about themselves online if it enhances their shopping experience and helps provide recommendations that “make sense.”
A Finnish company, meanwhile, aims to streamline sales by using facial recognition technology for payments. Helsinki-based Uniqul has patented a system allowing payments to be made without wallets or smartphones.
“I’ve always been fascinated with how people purchase things and started thinking about the ideal way to pay as you walk into a store,” says Ruslan Pisarenko, the inventor of the idea.
Anticipating potential customer concerns, Pisarenko says that he isn’t too concerned the technology could be marred by security risks.
“We’ve been thinking about this from day one. Facial recognition is secure by nature and is fundamentally a biometric technology since you need to be in the store to use the technology.”
Amie Stepanovich, Electronic Privacy Information Center
But not everyone has embraced facial recognition with open arms. In 2011, Facebook introduced a controversial feature which automatically identifies faces in uploaded photos by comparing them to other tagged pictures.
It was rolled out without warning — a move that backfired in the EU as regulators and privacy campaigners forced the social networking site to turn off the functionality.
In spite of this, Facebook recently announced plans to extend facial recognition to profile photos in other parts of the world.
“Our goal is to facilitate tagging so that people know when there are photos of them on our service,” Facebook Chief Privacy Officer Erin Egan told Reuters.
Amie Stepanovich, the director of the domestic surveillance project at the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington D.C. argues that Facebook has the largest biometric database in the world, which could eventually compromise its users.
In an interview with NPR, Stephanovich said:
“No matter how much a company attempts to protect your privacy, if they’re collecting information about you, that information is vulnerable to government search.”