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Entire United States Power Grid Brought Down In Few Moves

Well this is not reassuring.  Read at misguidedchildren.com:

Reports release show the entire United States power grid can be brought down with just a few moves. How can the entire electronic energy grid be knocked out by a few précise hits?

Issue
The United States power grid is divided into three major networks. The three networks are Texas, the western half, and the eastern half. If the precision coordinated attacks hit those three grids, nine of the nation’s 55,000 electric substations would be enough to have a nationwide blackout.

 

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Requirements
Noting the report, the Federal Regulatory Commission is requiring the industry to provide plans by June 1st in protecting the grid. This will be a costly endeavor. 90% of the power grid was created before computers were invented. A interlocking capability, or failover setup will be needed. What is feared is a domino effect, when one substation goes down, the cascade effect will knock the remaining ones.

"I Was a Paid Hypocrite": Actor Explains Why He Abandoned Hollywood for His Christian Faith

From theblaze.com:

Former “Two and a Half Men” star Angus T. Jones surprised viewers in November 2012 when he announced that he had embraced Christianity and was struggling with the starring television role he had played for nearly a decade.

Now, he’s speaking out about his faith and explaining why he eventually left the comedy behind, calling himself a “paid hypocrite” for continuing to work on the show even though he wasn’t comfortable with its content.

Jones, who played the character Jake Harper in the sitcom, was still an active “Two and a Half Men” cast member when he called the program “filth” and announced that he no longer wanted to be a part of it. He ended up apologizing over his comments, though he later left the cast in 2013.

Attacked by three, bat-wielding thugs, man defends himself with legal gun…prosecutors considering charging the victim

Charge the victim with homicide for protecting his life with a legally carried weapon? Absurd. From liberallogic101.com:

A janitor who was held down and beaten with a baseball bat by three attackers in Milwaukee, Wisconsin may face formal charges for shooting and killing two of his assailants with the gun that he is legally allowed to carry.

On Wednesday afternoon, the currently unidentified maintenance worker was accosted by three young individuals while he was changing the locks at an apartment located in a rough area of Milwaukee. The three assailants mistook the janitor for the building manager and attacked him over the fact that one of their friends was put on notice for eviction.

Two of the individuals held down the 39-year old man while a third one beat him with a baseball bat. The maintenance worker was able to free himself and fatally shoot two of the attackers with his concealed carry permitted gun.

The two attackers who died were James Bell, Jr., 19, and Anmarie Miller, 17. The surviving attacker, aged 20, was arrested on suspicion of substantial battery, but was released without charges Friday.

A representative from the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office says the case is under review by their homicide unit — but there is no word yet about possible charges.

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Another 2nd Amendment win in California

At pubsecrets.wordpress.com:

Okay, someone has put something in the water at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; this is the second ruling in a row where they’ve defended the right to bear arms in self defense against hyper-restrictive California laws. This time, they smacked down the Yolo County Sheriff:

Just weeks after striking down the San Diego County “good cause” requirement as burdensome to the exercise of the Second Amendment, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Yolo County, CA’s requirement that a concealed carry applicant “prove they face a threat of violence or robbery” before being allowed to carry a gun.

The Court in its new-found crush on the Bill of Rights found that the application of the “good cause” rule in Yolo “impermissibly” infringed the plaintiffs 2nd Amendment rights. While the ruling only applies to the county in question, it seems to me this is another wedge in the door that opens the way for a state-wide ruling.

Civil liberties — what a concept!

Update on Idaho Campus Carry SB 1254

2014-03-12 SB 1254 Signed into law by Governor Otter, to take effect July 1, 2014.


SB 1254 made it out of Senate State Affairs committee and the full Senate.  It has gone to the House where it sits in their State Affairs committee.  I am still hoping this passes and is signed into law.


2014-02-26: Recently an email was sent out by the university administration to all students, faculty, and staff.  It was, as could be expected, very critical of the bill.  I'm no lawyer, but I had some issues with the text of the message and respectfully disagree on a number of points.  Excerpts from that email are below.

This bill permits those with certain permits to carry concealed weapons on campus except in residence halls and in public entertainment facilities with seating capacity of 1000 or more. Naturally, folks are focusing on this being about concealed weapons being allowed on campus. But under Idaho law, anyone with a concealed carry permit can also openly carry a weapon.

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