Tuesday, May 30, 2017

The Resistance is Ready!! Up the Rebels!!

The Resistance is more determined than ever to find out exactly what's going on here. 

Trump has trampled on our First Amendment rights, declaring an all out war on the media, trying to register people by religion, trying to stop the free press. A free press is a cornerstone of a free society. 

Without that, what do we have?

An uninformed, ignorant population which is exactly what Donald Trump wants. 

I've been accused of not loving my country because I don't love my president. 

How dare anyone say such things? I'm fighting for our fundamental rights. 

Since the person making these accusations doesn't care about anything other than his right to carry GUNS, GUNS, GUNS... someone should educate him on the FIRST AMENDMENT. 

It's number one for a reason. So as James Johnson threatens to "shut me down?" by sending Mother of all Bombs to my front door... 

More from this classy character!!

I say, good luck trying!! 

Not in my country.  Nope. Up The Rebels!!

Elyssa Durant, Ed.M.
Nashville, Tennessee

"You may not care how much I know, but you don't know how much I care."


Sunday, May 28, 2017

Leaders in the movement against Hate Crimes become victims themselves.

This is unfortunately what happens when you get to a certain level on this playing field. You become the target of Hate Crimes yourself no matter what your Race. 

When I received the death threats and learned my photographs and address were being circulated in private Nazi forums. I was advised to remove selfies and photographs from social media. Law enforcement quickly responded and YES, they DO follow my twitter account where my posts are raw and unfiltered. 

Unfortunately it's a risk that comes with the territory and one I have chosen to take. This makes me very sad. 

I was fighting against racism and White Supremacists long before I was targeted myself. Then I learned that these idiots don't even consider ME white because I'm Jewish. Oreally? 

They told me, "Trump will take care of you Jews!" Told me I would be deported or killed once Trump took office. This is his base. The second you come to me and tell me that I'm overreacting to a credible death threat (names available upon request because they were from my hometown) you become a Nazi sympathizers. I will delete you from my friends

list and life forever. 

I've been on the Dark Web longer than some of you have been on social media. Don't tell me I'm overreacting. Law enforcement sure doesn't think so and they pay very close attention to my social networks and interactions for a good reason. That's what I signed up for and I have no regrets. 

I know in my heart that I'm fighting the good fight and that I'm in this for the right reasons. If I need to wave academic credentials in your face or point you to my many publications to convince you that what I have to say is worth listening to and you attack me for my looks? I've already won. 

So don't bother sending message requests after I remove you from my inner circle. I don't make these judgments easily. And to hear people are going on and on about it months later after being told (here) that I should be more like a pizza and get in an oven without screaming? YOU ARE A NAZI SYMPATHIZER! 

Keep up the chatter. All publicity is good publicity. And I already own you. And I will live rent free in your heads. Good luck with that. πŸ˜€πŸ˜€πŸ˜€


Raise the Terror Alert!! They are already here!!

The U.K. has raised the threat level of Terrorist attacks to critical. Now the USA needs to do the same thing. And let me assure you, building a wall or deporting small children will NOT keep terrorists out. They are ALREADY here. They are White, homegrown Far Right Extremists. 

I will say this as many times as I need to. And calling me a Bitch or ugly or even death threats won't shut me up. It will only amplify my message. Can you here me now?? 

Elyssa Durant, Ed.M.
Nashville, Tennessee

"You may not care how much I know, but you don't know how much I care."


Friday, May 26, 2017

Hey hey! Ho ho! Donald Trump Has GOT to go!!

I worked on the Obama Campaign and with the Obama Transition Team. 

People have asked me if I was this critical of Obama and the answer is yes. However, not once did I ever feel that Obama was in it for the money or his ego. I'm done placating a 70 year old loser. 

Once Obama was in and I wrote my up policy briefs and proposals I was done. I'm not done with Trump because I don't think he has the moral character, integrity or human decency to represent me or anyone else in the United States. 

I've put up with Trump as a neighbor half a mile from Mar-A-Lago and that was bad enough. Now Trump is alienating all of our allies the same way he did with Palm Beach Residents. 

Donald Trump has GOT to go.
Elyssa Durant, Ed.M.
Nashville, Tennessee

"You may not care how much I know, but you don't know how much I care."


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Trump administration officially rolls back transgender bathroom guidance - wptv.com

Trump administration officially rolls back transgender bathroom guidance - wptv.com

Trump administration officially rolls back transgender bathroom guidance

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Trump administration on Wednesday night withdrew Obama-era guidance on transgender bathroom use in public schools.

The announcement is a significant victory for opponents of the Obama administration's guidelines who believe the federal government should never have gotten involved in the issue. Civil rights groups, meanwhile, decried the move as an attack on transgender children that denies them equal rights.

Last May, the departments of Education and Justice issued joint guidance directing schools to let transgender students use facilities that correspond with their gender identity. The "Dear Colleague" letter, addressed to school districts and colleges that receive federal funding, was based on the Obama administration's interpretation of Title IX, the federal law that bans sex discrimination in schools, to include gender identity.

In a two-page "Dear Colleague" letter to public schools, the Trump administration said the existing guidance did not "contain extensive legal analysis or explain how the position is consistent with the express language of Title IX, nor did they undergo any formal public process."

The letter -- which does not offer new guidance but simply withdraws the Obama administration policy -- says there must be "due regard" for the role of states and local school districts in shaping education policy in schools.

The letter also makes clear that the "withdrawal of these guidance documents does not leave students without protections from discrimination, bullying, or harassment."

"As President Trump has clearly stated, he believes policy regarding transgender bathrooms should be decided at the state level," the White House said in a statement. "The joint decision made today by the Department of Justice and the Department of Education returning power to the states paves the way for an open and inclusive process to take place at the local level with input from parents, students, teachers and administrators."

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said the administration has "a responsibility to protect every student in America and ensure that they have the freedom to learn and thrive in a safe and trusted environment.

"This is not merely a federal mandate, but a moral obligation no individual, school, district or state can abdicate," the statement continued. "At my direction, the department's Office for Civil Rights remains committed to investigating all claims of discrimination, bullying and harassment against those who are most vulnerable in our schools."

DeVos, however, was not originally on board with the plan, a source told CNN Wednesday.

Supreme Court poised to consider related case

In a separate letter, the deputy solicitor general informed the Supreme Court that the guidance had been withdrawn. The court is poised to consider the case of Gavin Grimm, a 17-year-old transgender male who wants to use the bathroom that corresponds to his gender identity.

Last April, a federal appeals court ruled in favor of Grimm, a Virginia resident, who fought the school board's new policy at Gloucester High School that denied him access to the boys' bathroom but allowed him the use of recently constructed single-stall unisex restrooms. In ruling for Grimm and against the school district, the court deferred to the Obama administration's interpretation of Title IX.

In an interview with CNN last fall, Grimm said that he was just "another 17-year-old kid."

"I have 17-year-old fears and worries and I have 17-year-old motivations, which is just to get out of high school and have fun with my friends and family. There's just nothing about me that is predatory or dangerous, or warrants the kind of response I got from the community," he said.

Arguments in the case are scheduled for March 28. While the Trump administration's new guidance may not stop the case, it could give the justices an off-ramp to send the matter back to the lower court to consider the new guidance. The court could also decide to send the case back before arguments.

"Both parties will tell the court we think the court to decide the question," said James Esseks,the director of the ACLU's Lesbian Gay Bisexual and HIV Project and a lawyer for Grimm.

'Not what Betsy wanted to do'

One source outside of government who said he's familiar with DeVos' thinking on the plans told CNN, "this is not what Betsy wanted to do."

She communicated that first to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, the source said. She was then summoned to the White House on Tuesday for a meeting with Sessions and President Donald Trump, where she was told to agree to the plans.

"It was the President's decision," the source said.

DeVos reminded Trump that both he and she had publicly promised to protect all students.

She felt that this was not in accordance with those promises. She did ask for additional language to put in the letter that affirmed that students would still be protected and the Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights would investigate issues.

Her concern was that some people may interpret it as removing protections.

"When the President tells you to do something you don't want to do, that is a hard spot to be in," the source said.

Outrage from transgender advocacy groups

The Obama administration guidance was in response to questions from school districts about how to treat transgender students, based on best practices from schools across the country that have already taken up the issue.

"A school may not require transgender students to use facilities inconsistent with their gender identity," the guidance read.

That guidance outraged Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, who led a charge on behalf of several states and won a nationwide injunction from a district court judge in Texas barring federal agencies from taking action against the schools that disagreed with the guidance.

Sarah Warbelow, legal director of Human Rights Campaign, said rescinding the guidance will lead to confusion among schools that look to the federal government for best practices, because the change does not affect existing federal law, only the Department of Education's interpretation of it.

And Mara Keisling, the executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, told reporters the decision was "simply and dangerously wrong and incorrect."

"Laws like Title IX are not state-by-state options, they are the responsibility of the federal government," she said.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Sessions lengthens drug sentences because he will do anything to cover up his connection to Russia

Sessions lengthens drug sentences because he will do anything to cover up his connection to Russia

Sessions lengthens drug sentences because he will do anything to cover up his connection to Russia

We knew it was coming and on Thursday Jeff Sessions confirmed it: the Department of Justice has officially rolled back the Obama-era progress in criminal justice reform and is moving to lengthen drug sentences so that prosecutors enforce mandatory minimums in federal law. This despite the fact that under Obama, the move toward avoiding mandatory minimums in charging low-level and nonviolent drug offenders marked the first decline of the federal prison population in over a decade. But what's the decline in the prison population matter to Jeff? Especially when it means less people of color locked up? Ol' Jeff isn't having it. Not at all. He's all for returning us back to the days when getting caught with a dime bag of marijuana could get you life in prison.

In a memo distributed to federal prosecutors nationwide Thursday, Sessions said the department default in future cases will return to a previous policy of filing the most serious charge available against a defendant under the provable facts.

"It is a core principle that prosecutors should charge and pursue the most serious, readily provable offense," Sessions said in the directive, dated Wednesday.

Coincidentally this directive was issued around the same time that the White House was scrambling to explain its firing of FBI Director James Comey. Does anyone else find this timing extremely suspicious? As long as Sessions has the DOJ attention focused on revitalizing the war on drugs, they won't be paying attention to investigating his ties to Russian officials—or so he thinks. And he's got an incomprehensible rationale for this decision, including citing facts and trends that are made-up and inaccurate.

Speaking at an opioid-abuse summit in West Virginia Thursday, Sessions conceded that problem won't be solved solely by putting more people in prison but he insisted that tougher law enforcement is an essential part of the solution.

"It is a big, critical part of it," the attorney general said. "We're on a bad trend right now. We've got too much complacency about drugs. Too much talk about recreational drugs," Sessions said, railing against what he called "the pro-drug crowd." [...]

While violent crime statistics have ticked up in the past couple of years, they remain near historic lows. There is a bipartisan consensus that certain forms of drug abuse are on the rise, particularly abuse of opioids and prescription painkillers.

He's got one thing right, putting more people in prison definitely won't solve the problem. And it's telling (but not surprising, given that he's a complete racist) how he's suddenly developed an empathy to the opioid and prescription painkiller epidemic which is ravaging largely white communities. Where was this empathy several decades ago when crack-cocaine was ravaging the largely black and brown inner cities? Where was his talk about addiction and treatment programs then? His "one-size fits all, send all the black and brown folks to prison" approach is widely ineffective and costly for dealing with drug use. 

Many experts say [mandatory minimum] laws and sentencing rules led to drug offenders spending decades in prison or even receiving life behind bars, when lesser sentences would have been adequate. The laws also ballooned the prison population, leading to costs that were unsustainable for some state governments.

"The Justice Department's expected shift to prosecuting and incarcerating more offenders, including low-level and drug offenders, is an ineffective way to protect public safety," Brett Tolman, a U.S. Attorney for Utah under President George W. Bush, said in a statement anticipating the policy change. "Decades of experience shows we cannot arrest and incarcerate our way out of America's drug problem. Instead, we must direct resources to treatment and to specifically combatting violent crime. This will help law enforcement do our jobs better."

Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III is the most dangerous appointment in the Trump cabinet. Ineffective, corrupt, racist bigots have no place running the Department of Justice. And let's not forget, he not only lied about his relations with Russia, he has sat back and watched as the president of the United States has continued to participate in a secret relationship with their government. He acts more like the attorney general of Russia, not the United States. He is not to be trusted. This war on drugs is just a cover-up. He should be the next to go and if he is not fired, he needs to be removed—immediately. 


The Trumps' travel and protection costs: $30 million to Palm Beach County

The Trumps' travel and protection costs: $30 million - Sun Sentinel

The Trumps' travel and protection costs: $30 million

Trump tweets fired FBI director 'better hope' no 'tapes' exist of their conversations

On the Thursday evening before Easter, photographers staking out Palm Beach International Airport awaiting President Trump were surprised to see not one, but two Air Force planes arriving within minutes of each other.

Shortly before the president landed, Melania Trump arrived on a Boeing C-32 — a military version of a 757 — with their 11-year-old son, Barron, and other family members to spend the holiday at Mar-a-Lago. Her one-way trip from New York, where she lives separately from her husband so their son can finish the school year, cost taxpayers more than $110,000.

Nobody questions that the safety of the president and his family is of vital national interest, or that the costs of first family travel and protection have soared in the age of terrorism.

There is no standard methodology to tally travel and protection costs, but based on publicly available information reviewed by The Times, the total for Trump's first 100 days was at least $30 million. By comparison, the conservative think tank Judicial Watch found that costs for President Obama and his much smaller family averaged $12 million a year.

Congress recently allocated the Secret Service an additional $13 million to cover unanticipated overtime for its agents. It also set aside an extra $61 million to reimburse New York and Palm Beach for some of their expenses incurred since the election to protect the first family.

The jump in costs is largely due to the fact that Trump has used three separate residences — the White House, Trump Tower and Mar-a-Lago. Last weekend, he added a fourth: the Bedminster, N.J., golf club where the family has traditionally spent summer weekends.

In addition to protecting the president and first lady, the Secret Service guards five children, their three spouses and eight grandchildren — 16 people in all. Since the election, Secret Service agents have accompanied the president's two adult sons on business trips to Dubai, Uruguay, the Dominican Republic, Canada, Ireland and Scotland. Each "protectee" — as they are called by the Secret Service — gets his or her own security detail even when traveling together.

When Melania, Barron and the president's younger daughter, Tiffany, recently visited Chelsea Piers, a sporting complex in Manhattan, 14 Secret Service vehicles waited outside.

And when Donald Trump Jr., wife Vanessa and their five children; Ivanka Trump and her three children; and Eric Trump, wife Lara and their two beagles went to Aspen, Colo., for spring break, they were accompanied by up to 100 Secret Service agents. Ski rentals for agents cost taxpayers $12,208, according to a government invoice uncovered by NBC News.

The most expensive property to protect is Trump Tower, the 58-story skyscraper in midtown Manhattan where Melania and Barron live in a penthouse and Donald Jr. and Eric have their offices.

The New York Police Department wrote in a letter to Congress that it was spending $127,000 to $146,000 a day to secure the building, in addition to the $4.5 million that the Fire Department expects to spend this year on security there. The costs are expected to decline after Melania moves to Washington this summer.

Jonathan Wackrow, a former Secret Service agent who had been assigned to former First lady Michelle Obama, says the costs are justified because the security of the first lady has a direct bearing on the president's ability to function.

Even so, Wackrow said: "It's an astronomical expense. You have to set up a massive security structure for the first lady to operate outside of Washington with everything that support the detail, from cars to communications."

"New York is a very complicated environment," he added. "It's not like you're working in Billings, Mont."

On a weekday afternoon, cool and drizzling with nary a protester in sight — what should pass as a quiet day at Trump Tower — the building is a veritable fortress girded by at least 30 uniformed NYPD officers and at least that many Secret Service agents in bulletproof vests inspecting bags or guarding the elevators and doors.

There also is a fleet of two dozen armored SUVs, mobile police stations, police cars and other vehicles, including a strategically placed garbage truck that blocks the private garage through which members of the Trump family enter and leave the building. More security forces are tucked away in the surrounding high-rises.

Mar-a-Lago is another big expense.

Helping provide security during Trump's visits to Mar-a-Lago since the election has cost local taxpayers about $4.5 million, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office.

The bulk of those expenses are for Sheriff's Office overtime and equipment. It also includes the costs of reinforcements from other South Florida law enforcement agencies, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The Palm Beach Police Department estimates that crowd control and help with Mar-a-Lago security during presidential visits have cost the department about $115,000 in personnel expenses.

Overtime for extra officers brought in during protests during Trump's visits have cost nearby the West Palm Beach Police Department about $50,000, department spokesman Sgt. David Lefont said.

Sheriff Ric Bradshaw, who coordinates the local law enforcement response with the Secret Service, has been out of town since congressional leaders agreed to a budget deal proposed to reimburse Florida communities for presidential security costs.

In his absence, the Sheriff's Office has declined to comment on whether the proposed federal funding would be enough.

Palm Beach County leaders have been lobbying to get federal reimbursement for presidential security costs.

"Not until the check is sent will I be comfortable that Palm Beach County will be reimbursed," County Mayor Paulette Burdick said.

The county has suggested turning Mar-a-Lago into a special taxing district to recoup the money being spent on Trump.

Since taking office, Trump has spent seven weekends at the resort, each trip costing at least $1 million, with some estimates running up to $3.6 million. The biggest chunk of that is the $142,000 an hour it costs to fly Air Force One.

Melania Trump has flown separately on five occasions either to or from Palm Beach. Public accounts of her appearances show she has also made at least eight round-trip flights to Washington, D.C., since the inauguration. The Air Force said that it could not immediately provide her flight records but that each hour of flying on the Boeing C-32 — the largest and most expensive of the three planes she uses — costs $38,922.

"It is all about security," Wackrow said. "The first lady needs to be in constant communication with the president and she has no ability to do that on a nonmilitary aircraft."

More controversial is the foreign travel of Donald Jr. and Eric, who make frequent splashy trips to Trump-branded properties.

"You have people with not only heavy travel schedules, but heavy business schedules with enormous public profiles," said Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent who is now active in Republican politics in Florida. "Donald Trump Jr. is like a brand in and of itself."

Fireworks lighted up the sky over Dubai in mid-February when the Trump brothers hosted a private party for 1,500 people to open the Trump International Golf Club, events that were guarded at the expense of U.S. taxpayers. The costs have not yet been made public, but a shorter trip by Eric Trump to promote a Trump Tower in Punta Del Este, Uruguay, ran up $97,830 in hotel bills for Secret Service agents, State Department personnel and local law enforcement officials, according to government records found by the Washington Post.

A former Secret Service agent said a trip of that type would have required at least 20 agents — field officers, intelligence officers, day- and night-shift agents, and drivers — and that they might have gone ahead by two weeks to prepare. Secret Service agents are reimbursed for food and lodging at the State Department daily rate, which for Dubai, United Arab Emirates, is up to $553.

"You don't want a family member of the president to go unprotected, but what you really have here are ... taxpayers subsidizing Trump's business activity," said Norman Eisen, who served as ethics czar under Obama and now heads the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.

The cost of protecting Obama and his family during the previous administration drew the ire of Republican columnists and politicians, including Trump. "President @BarackObama's vacation is costing taxpayers millions of dollars — Unbelievable!" he tweeted in January 2012 while the Obama family was visiting Hawaii.

Judicial Watch frequently skewered Obama for travel and security spending, estimating that each winter vacation in Hawaii cost taxpayers about $4 million.

"The Obamas' notorious abuse of presidential travel perks wasted military resources and stressed the Secret Service," the watchdog's president, Tom Fitton, said in a press statement in December. "… President-elect Trump can immediately save taxpayers money by reforming presidential travel."

Now Fitton says his group has filed requests under the Freedom of Information Act for an exact accounting of spending under Trump and will sue agencies that fail to comply.

He defended Trump's right to visit his home on weekends, especially because the president is working. But he encouraged Trump to play golf closer to home — on the Virginia golf course he owns, for example — or to follow the lead of past presidents and make Camp David in Maryland his main retreat.

"There should be some sensitivity on his part," Fitton said. "He owns planes so he knows what it costs to fly one."


2017/05/11 WPA Analytics Joe Black is back??

Wow. There it is. On MY website that @cliffsull hosted as a courtesy to @yagbebi and look what you did with my trust and my life. Fuck you Cliff, I've got ALL the records I need to extradite YOUR ass.

What's a Ping-Hub ??

Fuck you Cliff!! Fuck you Strudz, Fuck you Jaded, Reza and all the rest who thought it was all for the Lulz.

I'm still paying for this shit and I'm NOT going to get over it.

For the record nobody HACKED Joe Black's website. Joe was stupid enough to give Reza Rafarti (you know the 21 year old Iranian) the admin password. And I was the one who revoked it.

Also not very smart for @wiredheadlance to call my best friend in NYC impersonating a cop and didn't even block the fucking number. What kind stupid amateur does that??

And as for Anthony? Yes, I AM a real person and perhaps I was "too good to be true"

If you thought I was crazy then, you should see me now.

You did this. All of you. And I never forget. So Cliff, when are you going to tell them you were hosting the site.

You used me to generate support for Gary McKinnon because my sites generate more traffic than if yours combined. And while I'm thrilled Gary was not extradited to the US the way you used my name and eFame and good faith trust that both @yagbebi and I gave you to host my website was a total breach of security and professional ethics.

So... what do plan to do about it??

Disadvantages of BYOD and Flashback Friday edition of DailyDDoSe 9/11/11 🍎 SHATTERED


Four Disadvantages to Workers Playing Around With Consumer Mobile Apps in Your Enterprise | Inside BlackBerry
Now a Blackberry user for life thanks to twitter customer service. 

Sprint made me pay for useless tech support in India. Nothing is worse than tech support in the Philippines. 

Sprint banned me in 1999 

Verizon fucked me in 2011 

Comcast has been fucking me for longer than I can remember and I'm literally out of options

Apple Genius TEAM October 2011: Have you considered a device other than Apple?

That was minutes before my iPHONE was stolen. At the fucking Apple Store. 

I told them to GPS that shit before they get out of the store and the Apple Genius told me that the GPS privacy "bug" had been fixed and they couldn't locate my phone. 

Anyone who knows me and my acute awareness of surveillance equipment can imagine how well that went down with me. Apple was still pretending it was a "bug?" 

I went ballistic. Think about this for a minute, I fly to Manhattan on 9/11/2011 after I was blindsided my LulzSec on June 22, 2011. 

I had no idea what social engineering was and 
Every aspect of my life had become a running joke and
I became eFamous beyond my wildest dreams. Every one wanted a piece of me and j was completely unprepared for such psychotic stalkers. They sold T-Shirts with my social security number on it at Defcon and gave the first one to Jester for the Lulz. 

They posted my home address and sent a fire truck to my apartment and the city sued ME cuz there was no fucking fire. That's so uncool. At least they didn't charge me for the SWAT team. 

To be continued 

Insert link to SHATTERED Apple 🍎 Incident 

I'm STILL mad about that shit. And I'm  NOT getting over it anytime soon. 

Have a good day! 

This is how mine started out... 

AT&T is building a new cell network that’ll give cops and firefighters priority in a crisis - DailyDDoSe™ May 12, 2017 #FTP

AT&T is building a new cell network that'll give cops and firefighters priority in a crisis - The Washington Post
DailyDDoSe™ May 12, 2017

Random thoughts d'jour

Wasn't it just a few months when AT&T had a nationwide outage of 911?  Somehow I don't trust they have the capacity to take on this grand endeavor. 

They probably just want another contract with the NSA. 

Nashville PD still thinks. I h4x0red them but I swear it was an accident.  Since they followed my twitter account frothing at the mouth over the way they mishandled a Hate Crime they sent six cars straight to my apartment, searched my cell and DELETED photographic evidence of their incompetence. All this without a warrant. And it happened on THREE SEPARATE OCCASIONS. 

That's when I contacted the Mayor, the ADL and a good friend from my days at the First Amendment Center who is now a Law Professor and Senior Research Fellow at Vanderbilt Law School and the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center. 

These cops tried to intimidate me and refused to take a report on theft and fraud until the Mayor ordered them them to do their job. Even then the Seargant spelled my name incorrectly on the God damned police report.

That started a very long and drawn out investigation and a trial and ultimately caused severe CPTSD (Complex PTSD) 

It took four years and a LOT of systematic desensitization and meds for panic attacks every time I heard sirens or saw flashing lights. 

They violated my fourth and fifteenth amendment rights and thats about as serious as it gets. 

I moved to Palm Beach County as a direct result of this police harassment and their failure to respond to a Code 3 in a timely fashion. 

Fuck THOSE police. They are the ones that make all cops look bad. 

And not once did they bring a warrant. Those bastards.

I hope they learned something from a Fed's daughter who was the lead Prosecutor in the largest police corruption and brutality case in the dark history of Philadelphia Police Corruption. 

Be safe out there... #SNIFF 

AT&T is building a new cell network that'll give cops and firefighters priority in a crisis

The federal government has tapped the nation's second-largest cellphone carrier to build a first-of-its-kind wireless network — one that promises to help firefighters, police and medical workers more easily communicate during a major emergency.

The 25-year contract announced Thursday directs AT&T to build and maintain the network, which is known as FirstNet and is unprecedented in its level of sophistication and scale.

When federal, state or local authorities arrive at the scene of an emergency today, their communications devices must compete with those of consumers who are also trying to access the cellular network, FirstNet executives said. That can lead to congestion and delays that endanger lives.

But the FirstNet network will be designed to give priority to first responders, said FirstNet President T.J. Kennedy. Through special SIM cards inserted in their phones, police, fire and medical officers will be better able to communicate with one another. Much like current technology, the new network will allow them to send and receive video, data and voice calls before they reach a crisis area. But that information will arrive uninterrupted and in real time.

"They will always be prioritized. They're always at the front of the line," Kennedy said. "This happens inside the network at the millisecond level."

FirstNet is administered by the Commerce Department and was proposed in the years after Sept. 11, 2001, when emergency workers responding to the day's terrorist attacks struggled to communicate across clogged channels and incompatible technologies.

Under the contract, AT&T will spend $40 billion of its own money deploying FirstNet. It will also receive $6.5 billion from the government at the end of five years if it successfully meets a number of milestones designed to fast-track the project. And the government is awarding the company with as much as 20 megahertz of new wireless airwaves that AT&T intends to integrate into the service. That "spectrum," as it's known, will expand the network's capacity and help ensure that communications do not fail.

"First responders use more than 10,000 networks for voice communications," AT&T said in a release. "These networks often do not interoperate, which severely limits their ability to communicate with each other when responding to a situation. FirstNet's mission is to fix this."

AT&T's extensive existing infrastructure means that the company may move more quickly to set up FirstNet, which will be available in all 50 states.

"It's not going to be a build-from-scratch type of thing," said FirstNet chief executive Mike Poth. "So it's a win for us and public safety because it's going to accelerate the time to market."

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To take advantage of the network's capabilities, public safety departments will need to buy a subscription to FirstNet. Automatically included is the preemption feature, which is among the most-requested by first responders, said Chris Sambar, AT&T's senior vice president for FirstNet.

Sambar declined to say how expensive the rate plans will be but said that they would be priced "below market [rates]."

Designing a system such as FirstNet has taken years because of the sheer number of public safety departments in the United States who expect to use the network, according to an industry official who spoke on the condition of anonymity because details of the project remain private.

"It's been a long hard slog, because it's complicated technically to think about building a network like this," the official said. "We'll see how it goes, but obviously AT&T's serious about it and it has the potential to be a big win for public safety."


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Estate Facts and Pictures - Mar-a-Lago History And Photos

Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago Estate Facts and Pictures - Mar-a-Lago History And Photos
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A History of Mar-a-Lago, Donald Trump's American Castle

"A big house is on one acre. I have 24. It's the great estate of Palm Beach."

Marjorie Merriweather Post


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In 1973, cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post donated her 128-room Palm Beach mansion to the U.S. government to be used as the "winter White House." And now that Donald Trump is president, that legacy has in some sense come true.

Post was one of the world's richest women when she finished building Mar-a-Lago in 1927 at a cost of $7 million. American architect Marion Sims Wyeth designed the estate, which sits on 20 acres that border the Atlantic Ocean on one side and Florida's Intracoastal Waterway on the other. (Wyeth also designed the Florida governor's mansion in Tallahassee).

Post willed her home to the American government upon her death with the intention that it be used as a warm-weather retreat for the president. But in 1981 the government returned Mar-a-Lago, which had been declared a National Historic Landmark a year earlier, to the Post Foundation, citing its high annual maintenance cost of $1 million.

Mar-a-Lago's Living Room In 1967

Courtesy of federal HABS—Historic American Buildings Survey in Florida

Enter Donald Trump. The mogul's reported first offer for the property—$28 million—was turned down. But he persisted and the market slumped. Trump ended up getting the property for $5 million in 1985, and paid an additional $3 million for Post's antiques and furniture. (Post's Washington, D.C estate, by the way, is now a museum. It's called Hillwood. No word on whether the Donald has toured it yet.)

Trump turned Mar-a-Lago into a private club in 1995 and built a 20,000-square-foot ballroom with $7 million in gold leaf. He also spent $100,00 on four gold-plated sinks. Basically, there's gold everywhere you look. (When Trump is in residence, he and his family stay in a private wing of the house.)

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Donald Trump with his then-wife Ivana and staff at Mar-a-Lago in 1987.


Last spring, Trump's former butler and Mar-a-Lago's unofficial historian, Anthony Senecal told the New York Times about the house's "library, paneled with centuries-old British oak and filled with rare first-edition books that no one in the family ever read." (Senecal was also investigated by the Secret Service last year for threatening comments he made on Facebook about Barack Obama)

Trump hasn't always seen eye-to-eye with the locals over his plans for Mar-a-Lago. In the last decade, for example, he has fought the town of Palm Beach over the size of this American flag. The original, installed in 2006, was on an 80-foot pole and Palm Beach ordinances forbade flag poles higher than 42 feet; violation carries a daily fine of $250.


Trump sued for $25 million claiming his right to free speech was being violated. Ultimately he and the town came to an agreement: Trump switched to a smaller flag posted on a 70-foot pole. And instead of paying fines, he donated $100,000 to veterans' charities.

Then last year Trump sued Palm Beach Country for what he called "deliberate and malicious" moves to direct departing flights from the Palm Beach International Airport over Mar-a-Lago. He dropped that suit in November, after the election. It's a moot point now anyway, as the secret service requested a no-fly zone be established over Mar-a-Lago when Trump is in residence.

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When he opened Mar-a-Lago, Trump welcomed Jewish members, African-Americans, and gay couples, who had been prohibited from joining other Palm Beach clubs. Club members reportedly used to pay a $100,000 initiation fee and annual dues of $14,000 (along with taxes and an annual food minimum of $2,000) for the privilege of using the facilities like this pool. On January 1, following Trump's November victory, the inauguration fee was reportedly increased to $200,000.

It is, by most accounts, a profitable business. Trump made $15.6 million from the club in 2014. He reportedly stands to profit even more as president, both through higher fees and through increased interest in the club and its events.

The Beach Club is on the Atlantic Ocean side of the property.


So far, he's visited the property five times as president. He took his first trip there for the Red Cross Ball in early February and hosted Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the following weekend. Trump returned a few days later for Presidents' Weekend, when he played a round with pro golfer Rory McIlroy at the nearby Trump International Golf Club and announced Lieutenant General H. R. McMaster as his pick for national security advisor. He visited two weekends in March, including a March 17-19 trip that included First Lady Melania Trump and their son, Barron, along with her parents, Viktor and Amalija Knavs.

Trump apparently feels more comfortable at Mar-a-Lago than almost anywhere else, and his pleasure in the estate was in evidence when I spoke to him about it back in 2014. "I have 24 acres in Palm Beach and nobody has anything like that," Trump told me at a show jumping event there in 2014. "A big house is on one acre. I have 24. It's the great estate of Palm Beach."

The estate is actually 20 acres, but who's counting?

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