Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Analog Computing, November 1985

Analog Computing, Issue Number 36, November 1985


George Mason, 2nd Amendment


Baby taken from parents who wanted 2nd doctor's opinion

Baby taken from parents who wanted 2nd doctor's opinion

Anna argued with doctors about getting a second opinion. Without a proper discharge, she finally took Sammy out of the hospital to get a second opinion at Kaiser Permanente.


“The police showed up there. They saw that the baby was fine,” Anna said. “They told us that Sutter was telling them so much bad stuff that they thought that this baby is dying on our arms.”

Medical records from the doctor treating Sammy at Kaiser Permanente said the baby as clinically safe to go home with his parents. The doctor added, “I do not have concern for the safety of the child at home with his parents.”

“So police saw the report from the doctors, said, ‘okay guys, you have a good day,’ and they walked away,” Anna said.

Anna said the next day police and child protective services showed up on her doorstep. Alex Nikolayev said he met them outside a short time after they arrived.

“I was pushed against the building, smacked down. I said, ‘am I being placed under arrest?’ He smacked me down onto the ground, yelled out, ‘I think I got the keys to the house,’” Alex said.

Then police let themselves inside.

On home video shot with a camera Anna set up herself, police can be seen entering her front door on Wednesday.

“I’m going to grab your baby, and don’t resist, and don’t fight me ok?” a Sacramento police officer said in the video.

Internet sales tax bill divides Republicans, vote looms in Senate

Internet sales tax bill divides Republicans, vote looms in Senate

A contentious bill which could come for a final vote in the Senate as early as Thursday would empower states to make online retailers collect sales taxes for purchases made over the Internet. Though it would likely face more resistance in the House, where the anti-tax creed is more pronounced, a number of Senate Republicans — and Republican governors — are supporting the bill.

Ron Paul: Police manhunt for Boston Marathon bombing suspect scarier than attack

Ron Paul: Police manhunt for Boston Marathon bombing suspect scarier than attack

They reminded of a “military coup in a far off banana republic,” he said, Politico reported. “Force lockdown of a city. Militarized police riding tanks in the streets. Door-to-door armed searches without warrant. Families thrown out of their homes at gunpoint to be searched without probable cause. Businesses forced to close. Transport shut down.”

Mr. Paul reminded the surviving suspect, 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, was ultimately discovered by a civilian, and not due to police crackdown

Democrat Admits Background Checks Won’t Work — Wants to Pass It Anyway

Democrat Admits Background Checks Won’t Work

Sullum writes that the trafficking proposal is just an example of overcriminalization. “That seems a bit redundant, since transferring a gun to someone you know or have reasonable cause to believe falls into a prohibited category is already a felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison,” wrote Sullum. “Apparently Gillibrand wants to make it even more illegal, which she says is ‘complementary to background checks.’ There you have the theory underlying the gun controls favored by President Obama in a nutshell: None of these measures on its own will do anything to reduce crime, but if we pass them all together…well, they still won’t do anything, but they will create the appearance of doing something.”

Monday, April 29, 2013

Next Generation, August 1995

Next Generation, Issue Number 8, August 1995


MegaCon 2013 - Frenchy and the Punk - Orient Express (2013-03-16)

MegaCon 2013 - Frenchy and the Punk - Orient Express (2013-03-16)

Frenchy and the Punk perform 'Orient Express' on Saturday at MegaCon 2013 in Orlando, Florida.


John Kelly: NASA still aiming for manned Mars mission

John Kelly: NASA still aiming for manned Mars mission

The mission being planned to the asteroid will be a big part in making a mission to Mars possible. Getting there will require developing and flying the super rocket NASA would ultimately need for a trip to Mars, as well as the first model of the Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle called Orion. It will require more complex spacewalking equipment and capabilities. And new propulsion technology. And more extended flights.

Politics: Everything is Rigged: The Biggest Financial Scandal Yet

Politics: Everything is Rigged: The Biggest Financial Scandal Yet

Conspiracy theorists of the world, believers in the hidden hands of the Rothschilds and the Masons and the Illuminati, we skeptics owe you an apology. You were right. The players may be a little different, but your basic premise is correct: The world is a rigged game. We found this out in recent months, when a series of related corruption stories spilled out of the financial sector, suggesting the world’s largest banks may be fixing the prices of, well, just about everything.

Friday, April 26, 2013

PC Zone, August 1995

PC Zone, Issue 29, August 1995


Private Asteroid-Mining Project Launching Tiny Satellites in 2014

Private Asteroid-Mining Project Launching Tiny Satellites in 2014

Planetary Resources, which counts Google execs Larry Page and Eric Schmidt among its investors, plans to loft a set of tiny “cubesats” to Earth orbit in early 2014, to test out gear for its first line of asteroid-prospecting spacecraft.

CISPA 'dead' in Senate, privacy concerns cited

CISPA 'dead' in Senate, privacy concerns cited

Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), the chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, said in a statement on April 18 that CISPA’s privacy protections are “insufficient.”

A committee aide told ZDNet on Thursday that Rockefeller believes the Senate will not take up CISPA. The White House has also said the President won’t sign the House bill.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Atarian, August 1989

Atarian, August 1989


MegaCon 2013 - Frenchy and the Punk - Carnival (2013-03-16)

MegaCon 2013 - Frenchy and the Punk - Carnival (2013-03-16)

Gypsy and the Punk perform 'Carnival' on Saturday at MegaCon 2013 in Orlando, Florida.


Taxes: President Obama's budget would hit middle class

Taxes: President Obama's budget would hit middle class

“The president keeps breaking his campaign pledge to not tax the middle class — first with his health care law and now with these tax hikes in his budget,” Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch, the top GOP member on the Finance Committee, told POLITICO. “As I’ve said before, when it comes to this White House and its penchant for wanting to raise taxes, everyone — including those middle-class families the president says he wants to help — needs to watch their wallets.”

Lawmakers, aides may get Obamacare exemption

Lawmakers, aides may get Obamacare exemption

Congressional leaders in both parties are engaged in high-level, confidential talks about exempting lawmakers and Capitol Hill aides from the insurance exchanges they are mandated to join as part of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul, sources in both parties said.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Analog Computing, February 1986

Analog Computing, Issue 39, February 1986




MegaCon 2013 - Frenchy and the Punk - Make Out (2013-03-16)

MegaCon 2013 - Frenchy and the Punk - Make Out (2013-03-16)

Frenchy and the Punk perform 'Make Out' on Saturday at MegaCon 2013 in Orlando, Florida.


Citing U.S. debt, Arizona set to OK gold, silver currency

Citing U.S. debt, Arizona set to OK gold, silver currency

Arizona is on track to become the second state in the nation to recognize gold and silver coins as legal tender. It would join Utah as part of a conservative movement arising out of a lack of confidence in the Federal Reserve and a fear that paper money could become virtually worthless as U.S. debt deflates the value of the dollar.

Republican trio push to militarize U.S. response to domestic terrorism

Republican trio push to militarize U.S. response to domestic terrorism

Speaking on the Senate floor, the three Republicans said the government should expand the definition of an enemy combatant to include any domestic terrorists inspired by “radical Islam.” They said Tsarnaev should be interrogated as an enemy combatant before being transferred to the civilian justice system, despite the fact he is an American citizen.

Man Dies in Police Raid on Wrong House

Man Dies in Police Raid on Wrong House

A 61-year-old man was shot to death by police while his wife was handcuffed in another room during a drug raid on the wrong house.

Electronic Gaming Monthly, June 1993

Electronic Gaming Monthly, Issue Number 47, June 1993


Tuesday, April 23, 2013

MegaCon 2013 - Frenchy and the Punk - Le Train (2013-03-16)

MegaCon 2013 - Frenchy and the Punk - Le Train (2013-03-16)

Frenchy and the Punk (along with Captain Sprocket from The Cog Is Dead) perform 'Le Train' on Saturday at MegaCon 2013 in Orlando, Florida.


In Boston, our bloated surveillance state didn’t work

In Boston, our bloated surveillance state didn’t work 

Remarkably, this message of the paramilitarized surveillance state was in no way challenged merely because it was inaccurate. By the time Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick ended the “shelter in place” request, the second suspect had still not been found. Suddenly, the Boston public was supposed to believe that they were magically safer after the lockdown ended than before. But lest one come to conclude that this suggested a failure of the militant and closely watchful surveillance state, Rachel Maddow, Erin Burnett and other cable news heads happily rushed to its vindication by triumphantly exclaiming the insightful fruits of the years-long “See Something, Say Something” campaign by the Department of Homeland Security.

The rough description that the media had in common was this: A guy walked out to his boat to smoke a cigarette, saw something moving, and lifted the tarp — only to find the injured suspect. At which point, he retreated and called the police! Would the boat owner have acted differently prior to the “See Something, Say Something” campaign? Never mind.

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev charged with using weapon of mass destruction

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev charged with using weapon of mass destruction

The charges include one count of using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction – an improvised explosive device or IED – against persons and property within the United States resulting in death, and one count of malicious destruction of property by means of an explosive device, resulting in death. US prosecutors did not announce whether they would seek the death penalty.

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Don't get me wrong, I'm not trying to diminish the horror of what this guy did at all... But didn't the WMD label used to be reserved for chemical, biological and nuclear weapons? Or are we saying George Bush was right all along? Surely Iraq had pressure cookers...

Monday, April 22, 2013

Commodore World - February March 1997

Commodore World - Issue 19 - February March 1997

MegaCon 2013 - Wil Wheaton

MegaCon 2013 - Wil Wheaton

Enjoy fifty minutes in a Q & A with Wil Wheaton as he discusses the Big Bang Theory, Star Trek and more.


The Bill of Rights was written for Dzhokar Tsarnaev

The Bill of Rights was written for Dzhokar Tsarnaev

Not only did the militarized domestic law enforcement complex put the City of Boston under martial law, but nobody seems to have found it out of the ordinary, much less outrageous. Yes, a few journalists like libertarian Anthony Gregory raised a finger. But, for the most part, nobody seemed to mind that the entire city was under military siege, complete with paramilitary units in full battle gear, battlefield ordinance and tanks.

Boston Tried a Police State and it Failed

Boston Tried a Police State and it Failed

Think about that. Boston was turned into a giant prison for a day to catch a teenager with pressure cooker bombs.

What does this mean?

1. Terrorism “Works”

For a maximum investment of perhaps $1 or $2 thousand dollars, ideologically-motivated individuals can cost the economy perhaps as much as $1 billion dollars in economic output. Nobody yet knows how much it costs to shut down down Boston for a day but $1 billion is about how much the city produces on a daily basis. The return on investment for an enterprising terrorist could be as much as 500,000%.

Boston Bombing Lessons: Martial Law Doesn't Work

Boston Bombing Lessons: Martial Law Doesn't Work

In the end, if the goal of the terrorists was to terrorize, the terrorists won in Boston. Rather than returning to its ordinary business, one of the world’s greatest cities was terrorized, and even shut down, for days by the two suspects identified by authorities as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older (deceased) brother Tamerlan. The two presumably hated America for its freedom, and were able to get the government to take away much of those freedoms from its citizens for a period of time.

Are we becoming a police state? Five things that have civil liberties advocates nervous

Are we becoming a police state? Five things that have civil liberties advocates nervous

The indefinite detention provision is just one of many trends in policing and law enforcement that have civil liberties advocates alarmed. New external threats, as well as technological advancements, are posing new challenges to our Constitutional rights, advocates say. Policymakers are debating those issues in Congress and in the courts right now, and the decisions they make could have fundamental consequences for what it means to be an American.

Sen. Feinstein: Treating Bombing Suspect as an Enemy Combatant Would Be 'Unconstitutional'

Sen. Feinstein: Treating Bombing Suspect as an Enemy Combatant Would Be 'Unconstitutional'

On Fox News Sunday, chairwoman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) said she “believes very strongly” that the Boston bombing suspect should be read his Miranda rights and given a lawyer.

“I think that’s the only legal way to proceed. I do not believe under the military commission law that he is eligible for that (enemy combatant status). It would be unconstitutional to do that,” Sen. Feinstein said.

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I do not agree with Feinstein on much (in fact, this is the only specific case I can recall) but she is right here. If the Constitution is only going to apply when it is popular or when the government says so then it may as well not apply at all. This guy is an American citizen and he gets the same rights as everyone else or we have already lost the freedoms we are supposedly protecting.

Friday, April 19, 2013

JoyStik - November 1983

JoyStik - November 1983


MegaCon 2003 - Anime Costume Contest (part 4)

MegaCon 2003 - Anime Costume Contest (part 4)

The anime costume contest at MegaCon 2003 (part 4).


Immigration Bill Gives New Legals $3,000 Hiring Edge

Immigration Bill Gives New Legals $3,000 Hiring Edge

Under the immigration reform bill, some employers would have an incentive of up to $3,000 per year to hire a newly legalized immigrant over a U.S. citizen.

In avoiding one controversy — the cost of providing millions of newly legalized immigrants with ObamaCare subsidies — the Senate “Gang of Eight” may have risked walking into another.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Core - Spring 1983

Core - Volume 1, Number 1 - Spring 1983


MegaCon 2003 - Anime Costume Contest (part 2)

MegaCon 2003 - Anime Costume Contest (part 2)

The anime costume contest at MegaCon 2003 (part 2).


CISPA Voids Private Contracts, Undermines Rule of Law

CISPA Voids Private Contracts, Undermines Rule of Law

While CISPA’s sponsors emphasize “voluntary” information sharing, the bill actually cannibalizes private contracts between cloud computing providers and their customers, which include many individuals and small businesses. CISPA’s sweeping immunity provision in subsection (b)(4) permits a provider to break its privacy promises to users with impunity. Indeed, the bill gives firms blanket immunity for all acts involving cyber threat information sharing, so long as such acts are taken in “good faith” – even if companies have not taken any reasonable steps prior to sharing information to ensure that it pertains to an actual cyber threat.

CISPA also permits government agencies to recklessly mishandle private information, providing absolutely no recourse to businesses and individuals harmed by such wrongdoing unless the violation is “willful[] or intentional[].”

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

MegaCon 2013 - Frenchy and the Punk - Caravan (2013-03-15)

MegaCon 2013 - Frenchy and the Punk - Caravan (2013-03-15)

Frenchy and the Punk perform 'Caravan' Friday night at MegaCon 2013 in Orlando, Florida.


Applicants wanted for a one-way ticket to Mars

Applicants wanted for a one-way ticket to Mars

Want to go to Mars? Dutch organisation Mars One says it will open applications imminently. It would be a one-way trip, and the company hopes to build a community of settlers on the planet.

Government Secrecy Orders on Patents Have Stifled More Than 5,000 Inventions

Government Secrecy Orders on Patents Have Stifled More Than 5,000 Inventions

What is known about secrecy orders is largely the result of Freedom of Information Act requests filed by groups like the Federation of American Scientists, an independent, nonpartisan think tank. Those documents show that the overall number of secrecy orders has steadily increased in recent years, totaling more than 5,300 by 2012, with some of them in effect for decades.

Star Wars: Admiral Motti actor has died

Star Wars: Admiral Motti actor has died

After defying Lord Vader aboard the original Death Star, Admiral Motti became a symbol of the Empire's over-confidence. But the actor Richard LeParmentier has become a favourite amongst fans... and now, has sadly passed away.

CISPA vote means companies can't promise to protect privacy

CISPA vote means companies can't promise to protect privacy

Google, Facebook, Twitter, and other Internet companies and e-mail providers will be prohibited from making legally binding promises to protect your privacy, thanks to a vote this afternoon in the U.S. House of Representatives.

DUE TO OBAMACARE, NATION'S LARGEST MOVIE THEATER CHAIN CUTS EMPLOYEE HOURS

DUE TO OBAMACARE, NATION'S LARGEST MOVIE THEATER CHAIN CUTS EMPLOYEE HOURS

Monday, Regal Entertainment Group, the largest movie theatre chain in the country, announced that thousands of employees will have their work hours cut — as a direct result of the added cost of the new ObamaCare mandates that become effective later this year.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Nintendo Power, November 1995

Nintendo Power, Issue Number 78, November 1995


MegaCon 2013 - Frenchy and the Punk - Make Out (2013-03-15)

MegaCon 2013 - Frenchy and the Punk - Make Out (2013-03-15)

Frenchy and the Punk perform 'Make Out' Friday night at MegaCon 2013 in Orlando, Florida.


With CISPA cybersecurity bill on deck, Justin Amash reiterates privacy concerns

With CISPA cybersecurity bill on deck, Justin Amash reiterates privacy concerns

On his Facebook, Amash wrote he would oppose CISPA when it is brought to a vote.

“The bill grants corporations and other entities broad immunity to share your personal and confidential data (e.g., e-mails) with the government,” Amash wrote. “CISPA overrides contracts and even federal and state privacy laws.”

CISPA has been likened to two widely unpopular bills considered by Congress during the 2011-12 session: the Stop Online Piracy Act, or SOPA, and the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act, or PIPA.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Commodore World, Issue 22

Commodore World, Issue 22


MegaCon 2013 - Frenchy and the Punk - Le Train (2013-03-15)

MegaCon 2013 - Frenchy and the Punk - Le Train (2013-03-15)

Frenchy and the Punk perform 'Le Train' (with Captain John Sprocket of The Cog Is Dead) Friday night at MegaCon 2013 in Orlando, Florida.


Obama budget projects $943-million bailout for key housing agency

Obama budget projects $943-million bailout for key housing agency

The Obama administration’s proposed budget projects the Federal Housing Administration will need a $943-million bailout this year to stabilize its shaky long-term finances.

The agency, whose mortgage insurance business increased dramatically during the Great Recession, is supposed to fund itself from premiums it charges homeowners.

The absurdities of the income tax

The absurdities of the income tax

There is some finite cost to defending the borders, running a court system, and administering “justice.” For those who believe that government should do more (like conservatives and liberals), there is likewise a finite cost for building roads, running healthcare programs and taking care of the poor. That cost doesn’t change significantly overnight or even from year to year.

But the income tax doesn’t reflect this. If productivity and therefore incomes double due to some new technology, the amount of money owed to the government doubles, even though there are less poor people, more private sector “infrastructure” projects and less crime (crime goes up during recessions, down during booms). The more productive Americans are, the bigger and more oppressive a government they get.

Talk about a bad incentive.

‘The neo-conservative era is dead’: Ron Paul announces DC think-tank

‘The neo-conservative era is dead’: Ron Paul announces DC think-tank

“After decades in and out of the US House of Representatives leading the call for a non-interventionist foreign policy and the protection of civil liberties, Dr. Paul is launching a revolutionary new vehicle to expand his efforts. The Institute will serve as the focal point of a new coalition that crosses political, ideological and party lines,” the statement begins.

Friday, April 12, 2013

3D0 Magazine - July 1996

3D0 Magazine - Issue 12 - July 1996


IRS: We can read emails without warrant

IRS: We can read emails without warrant

The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has claimed that agents do not need warrants to read people’s emails, text messages and other private electronic communications, according to internal agency documents.

Obama Expands His Power to Kill While Reducing Our Capacity to Defend Ourselves

Obama Expands His Power to Kill While Reducing Our Capacity to Defend Ourselves

Their boss in the White House has never publicly answered that question, but he has exercised that horrific power without publicly defending or legally justifying it. When lawyers for potential victims of presidential killings (how terrifying does that sound?) sought to ascertain the source of that power, the president dispatched Justice Department lawyers into court to persuade judges that the legal argument supporting killings is classified. That’s because, those Justice Department lawyers argued, the decisions to kill—just like Star Chamber’s decisions to kill—are made in secret; hence, the legal support for the killings must be kept secret.

Arizona Legislature Approves Gold and Silver as Money

Arizona Legislature Approves Gold and Silver as Money 

Under the Arizona SB 1439 legislation, precious metals would be treated just like debt-based fiat dollars for taxation and regulation purposes. However, unlike fiat dollars, nobody would be forced to accept gold or silver currency. While the original Senate bill would have allowed citizens to pay state taxes in any form of money, including precious metals, the House added an amendment striking that provision in an effort to ease opposition from the state Department of Revenue.

Philadelphia abortion clinic horror

Philadelphia abortion clinic horror

NBC-10 Philadelphia reported that, Stephen Massof, a former Gosnell worker, “described how he snipped the spinal cords of babies, calling it, ‘literally a beheading. It is separating the brain from the body.” One former worker, Adrienne Moton, testified that Gosnell taught her his “snipping” technique to use on infants born alive.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Commodore User - January 1984

Commodore User - Volume 1, Issue 4 - January 1984


MegaCon 2013 - Frenchy and the Punk - Carnival (2013-03-15)

MegaCon 2013 - Frenchy and the Punk - Carnival (2013-03-15)

Frenchy and the Punk perform 'Carnival' Friday night at MegaCon 2013 in Orlando, Florida.


5-year-old suspended for threatening to use bubble gun

5-year-old suspended for threatening to use bubble gun

A 5-year-old kindergarten student was suspended from her school in Pennsylvania, for threatening to shoot another child. Her weapon: A Hello Kitty bubble gun.

The little girl said she and a classmate should shoot each other with bubbles, and the school called it a terrorist threat.

MARYLAND GOVERNOR TAXES RAIN

MARYLAND GOVERNOR TAXES RAIN

Maryland Democratic Governor Martin O’Malley has instituted a tax on citizens for the amount of rain that falls on their property.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Suncom Joy Sensor for Colecovision

Electronic Games - January 1984 - - Advertisement - - Suncom - Joy Sensor

Electronic Games
January 1984

Advertisement

Suncom
Joy Sensor for ColecoVision




MegaCon 2013 - Frenchy and the Punk - Blacksmith (2013-03-15)

MegaCon 2013 - Frenchy and the Punk - Blacksmith (2013-03-15)

Frenchy and the Punk perform Blacksmith Friday night at MegaCon 2013 in Orlando, Florida.


IRS High-Tech Tools Track Your Digital Footprints

IRS High-Tech Tools Track Your Digital Footprints

Tax lawyers and watchdogs are concerned about the sweeping changes being implemented with little public discussion or clear guidelines, and Congressional staff sources say the IRS use of “big data” will be a key issue when the next IRS chief comes to the Senate for approval.

Gun vote set for Thursday as Democrats beat back GOP-led filibuster

Gun vote set for Thursday as Democrats beat back GOP-led filibuster

In scheduling the vote, Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) said he doesn’t know if he has sufficient support to proceed to further debate on the bill. Regardless, “we’re going to vote on this anyway,” he said. “It may take a little time, but the American people deserve a vote.”

Retro Thing: Rare Commodore 65 Hits eBay, Bidding Mayhem Ensues. Again.

Retro Thing: Rare Commodore 65 Hits eBay, Bidding Mayhem Ensues. Again.


Tuesday, April 9, 2013

The Guide to Computer Living - September 1986

The Guide to Computer Living - Volume 3, Number 5 - September 1986

A monthly publication for Commodore owners.


MegaCon 2013 - Frenchy and the Punk - Circus Parade (2013-03-15)

MegaCon 2013 - Frenchy and the Punk - Circus Parade (2013-03-15)

Frenchy and the Punk perform 'Circus Parade' Friday night at MegaCon 2013 in Orlando, Florida.


Police Confiscate Man’s Guns Over Son’s Water Pistol Threat

Police Confiscate Man’s Guns Over Son’s Water Pistol Threat

In the latest example of anti-gun hysteria, police in New York State confiscated a man’s firearms and revoked his pistol license after his son threatened to use a water pistol against bullies who had taunted his friends at school.

Doctors driven to bankruptcy

Doctors driven to bankruptcy

Five years ago, Plantation, Fla.-based bankruptcy attorney David Langley didn’t have a single doctor as a client. Since then he’s handled at least six bankruptcy cases involving doctors. Two current clients — an orthopedic surgeon and an OB/GYN — also are in bankruptcy.

None of his physician clients had malpractice lawsuits that landed them in dire financial straits. All are “top-notch doctors,” he said.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Duo World, November/December 1993

Duo World, Issue Number 3, November/December 1993


NASA Asteroid Landing Mission To Take Place In 2021 After Accelerated Obama Plan, Says Bill Nelson

NASA Asteroid Landing Mission To Take Place In 2021 After Accelerated Obama Plan, Says Bill Nelson

NASA is planning for a robotic spaceship to lasso a small asteroid and park it near the moon for astronauts to explore, a top senator said Friday.

The ship would capture the 500-ton, 25-foot asteroid in 2019. Then using an Orion space capsule, a crew of about four astronauts would nuzzle up next to the rock in 2021 for spacewalking exploration, according to a government document obtained by The Associated Press.

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., said the plan would speed up by four years the existing mission to land astronauts on an asteroid by bringing the space rock closer to Earth.

Feds Identify 300,000 Americans as Terrorists

Feds Identify 300,000 Americans as Terrorists

Do you hate paying taxes? Are you fighting foreclosure? Do you feel like no one should be allowed to commit violence against you and don’t always blindly follow the commands of the authorities? Do you film encounters with police or believe gold makes better currency than Federal Reserve Notes? Well you might be part of a domestic terrorism movement and not even know it.

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Dies

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher Dies

Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher has died at the age of 87. According to a spokesman, Thatcher died peacefully this morning following a stroke.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Commodore: The MicroComputer Magazine, June 1983

Commodore: The MicroComputer Magazine, Volume 4, Number 3, Issue 24, June 1983


MegaCon 2013 - Frenchy and the Punk - Birthday Fanfare (2013-03-15)

MegaCon 2013 - Frenchy and the Punk - Birthday Fanfare (2013-03-15)

Frenchy and the Punk perform 'Birthday Fanfare' Friday night at Megacon 2013.


What Stockton's Bankruptcy Means for the Rest of Us

What Stockton's Bankruptcy Means for the Rest of Us

So, confronted with an obligation to repay more than $200 million in loans to bondholders and more than $900 million to the California pension system for its current and former employees, and confounded by a serious reduction in real estate tax revenue, so serious that Stockton cannot afford to pay either the bondholders or the pension system, let alone both, the city that over-borrowed and over-spent and over-promised has sought the protection of a federal bankruptcy court.

Obama: “I Am Constrained by the System Our Founders Put in Place”

Obama: “I Am Constrained by the System Our Founders Put in Place”

During a speech in Denver, Colorado, President Obama remarked that his gun control agenda was “constrained by the system our founders put in place,” as he lambasted Second Amendment advocates who argue that gun ownership is a means of protection against government tyranny.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

TurboPlay, June/July 1990

TurboPlay, Issue Number 1, June/July 1990


MegaCon 2013: Friday (2)

MegaCon 2013: Friday (2)

Leaving MegaCon 2013 on Friday night...


Millions Could Get Surprise Tax Bills Under ‘Obamacare’ If They Don’t Accurately Project Their Income

Millions Could Get Surprise Tax Bills Under ‘Obamacare’ If They Don’t Accurately Project Their Income

What happens if you or your spouse gets a raise and your family income goes up in 2014? You could end up with a bigger subsidy than you are entitled to. If that happens, the law says you have to pay back at least part of the money when you file your tax return in the spring of 2015.

That could result in smaller tax refunds or surprise tax bills for millions of middle-income families.

Bank of Japan Unveils Massive Stimulus Plan

Bank of Japan Unveils Massive Stimulus Plan

The Bank of Japan unleashed the world’s most intense burst of monetary stimulus on Thursday, promising to inject about $1.4 trillion into the economy in less than two years, a radical gamble that sent the yen reeling and bond yields to record lows.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Disney Shuts Down LucasArts, Cancels Star Wars 1313 And Star Wars: First Assault

Disney Shuts Down LucasArts, Cancels Star Wars 1313 And Star Wars: First Assault 

Staff were informed of the shutdown this morning, according to a reliable Kotaku source. Some 150 people were laid off, and both of the studio’s current projects—Star Wars: First Assault and Star Wars 1313—were cancelled. Disney will still use the LucasArts name to license games, but the studio is no more.

Advertisement for The CodeWriter Series for the Commodore 64

Advertisement for The CodeWriter Series for the Commodore 64

From the June 1984 issue of Commander


MegaCon 2013 - Frenchy and the Punk - Steampunk Pixie

MegaCon 2013 - Frenchy and the Punk - Steampunk Pixie


Frenchy and the Punk perform 'Steampunk Pixie' Friday night at Megacon 2013 in Orlando, Florida.

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NASA Mega-Rocket Could Lead to Skylab 2 Deep Space Station

NASA Mega-Rocket Could Lead to Skylab 2 Deep Space Station

With a little tinkering, the upper-stage hydrogen propellant tank of NASA’s huge Space Launch System rocket would make a nice and relatively cheap deep-space habitat, some researchers say. They call the proposed craft “Skylab II,” an homage to the 1970s Skylab space station that was a modified third stage of a Saturn V moon rocket.

UN approval of arms trade treaty sets up Obama, Senate showdown

UN approval of arms trade treaty sets up Obama, Senate showdown

It is opposed by the National Rifle Association, which argues the accord violates the Second Amendment by regulating small arms, such as rifles and handguns, and calling for the creation of an “end-user registry.”

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Atari Age, May / June 1982

Atari Age, Volume 1, Number 1, May / June 1982


The Hobbit ring that may have inspired Tolkien put on show

The Hobbit ring that may have inspired Tolkien put on show

A few decades later and 100 miles away, more of the story turned up: at Lydney in Gloucestershire, a Roman site known locally as the Dwarf's Hill, a tablet with an inscribed curse was found. A Roman called Silvianus informs the god Nodens that his ring has been stolen. He knows the villain responsible, and he wants the god to sort them out: "Among those who bear the name of Senicianus to none grant health until he bring back the ring to the temple of Nodens."

Veteran’s Guns Confiscated After Forced ‘Psychiatric Evaluation’

Veteran’s Guns Confiscated After Forced ‘Psychiatric Evaluation’

“They confiscated my guns and pistol permit. I was released two days later from the evaluation on my on recognizance. I have since attempted to use the courts and attorneys to fight the revocation of my pistol permit. Then on top of everything else, the bills from the short stay at the hospital and EMS bills that they billed me, along with what I had to pay the attorney adds up to a large amount of money,” he adds.

New York police sued for pepper-spraying 5-month-old baby

New York police sued for pepper-spraying 5-month-old baby

“The pepper-spray caused the children to scream out and choked the two-year old, who went into fits of vomiting,” the lawsuit says. “Ms. Taylor was then placed in handcuffs as the minor children cried in fear and pain.”

Monday, April 1, 2013

Commodore Format, May 1993

Commodore Format, Issue Number 32, May 1993


MegaCon 2013: Friday (1)

MegaCon 2013: Friday (1)

Walking around the exhibit hall at MegaCon 2013 at the end of the day...


PAUL: A duty to preserve the Second Amendment

PAUL: A duty to preserve the Second Amendment

When Congress reconvenes next month, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is expected to bring gun control back to the Senate floor. If this occurs, I will oppose any legislation that undermines Americans’ constitutional right to bear arms or their ability to exercise this right without being subject to government surveillance.

Mega-Rich Withdrew Money From Cyprus Before Looting

Mega-Rich Withdrew Money From Cyprus Before Looting

In addition, as Reuters reports, “While ordinary Cypriots queued at ATM machines to withdraw a few hundred euros as credit card transactions stopped, other depositors used an array of techniques to access their money.”

Branches and subsidiaries of Cypriot banks in London and Russia remained open while banks in Cyprus were closed, allowing Russian oligarchs and other wealthy depositors to move their money.