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Thursday Stress-buster: Insouciant cats

Insouciant (definition):

Carefree, nonchalant, indifferent; casually unconcerned.

And a playful baby elephant!

~Eowyn

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Drunk/naked British gals in Spanish party-town outed on Facebook

From whatever available evidence there is, it appears British young women are prone to public displays of drunkenness and sluttiness.

Three months ago, I did a post, “You’ve come a long way, baby: British women at Grand National horse race,” from which FOTM harvested this pic (see below) which became the subject of one of our most popular caption contests:

Now, a Facebook page, “Maga Walk of Shame,” is chronicling the behavior and lack-of-clothing of British gals (and men too) as they walk back to their hotels and holiday apartments after a wild night out in Magaluf, a tourist resort on the Spanish island of Majorca with a sex- and alcohol -fueled “party” reputation.

Urban Dictionary defines “walk of shame” as “walking back home the day after an unplanned casual sexual encounter, typically dressed in the same clothes as the previous evening”.

Below are some pics and a video from Maga Walk of Shame“:

Jon Lockett reports for The Sun, July 26, 2017, that while the Facebook page is criticized by some for invading peoples’ privacy (one person commented: “The whole point of going to Magaluf is to have a proper wild time. You don’t need some idiot filming your every move”), those that work in the island resort defended the popular page. A 20-year-old Magaluf worker, who asked to remain anonymous, told Daily Star Online: “If you’re going to go to Magaluf, expect to be on it. It is just a bit of banter and a bit of a joke. None of the girls seem to mind and mostly just have a laugh along with it.”

Drunken tourists tearing up the Magaluf strip this summer have sparked crisis talks as local officials try to crack down on the violence and disorder. British and German diplomats were summoned for a meeting with Spanish officials to discuss how to clamp down on the excesses of young visitors. The local council issued a list of 64 banned activities, including public boozing and climbing trees and buildings, with fines of up to £2,600 ($3,392) for violations.

More disturbing than the public drunkenness and nudity/semi-nudity is a video on “Maga Walk of Shame” of a satanic parade down Magaluf’s main street in May 2017. Coral Liggins, who was at the parade, wrote this comment:

demon day 😫 still get nightmares now

Here are some screenshots from the video, showing men carrying flaming torches and wearing animals heads, demon masks and devil horns, and a giant effigy of a winged demon:

The demon parade is Magaluf’s version of correfoc, a traditional Catalan “fire and devil” street festival because, you know, paying homage to the Devil is just so much fun. /sarc

~Eowyn

President Trump ends Obama’s transgenders-in-military policy

The military of any country, including that of the United States, is about national defense. The military is not a place for social engineering experiments.

But that’s precisely what Obama did to the U.S. military.

Under the Obama administration, so-called “transgenders” — a biological impossibility — were catered to:

  • In 2012, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued new guidelines that illegal aliens awaiting deportation must be provided taxpayer-funded abortion services, transportation to the abortion clinic, and transgender hormone therapy.
  • Beginning in June 2014, so-called “sex reassignment” transgender surgery is covered by the near-bankrupt Medicare. People with an ounce of sense know that the surgery actually is body mutilation — chopping off the penis and testicles; making a gouging wound and pretend it’s a vagina. Gender is determined by one’s DNA, specifically sex chromosomes — females have XX chromosomes; males have XY chromosomes — which no amount of surgery can change.
  • In 2015, male Army ROTC cadets were made to wear red high heels to “raise awareness” about rape.
  • On May 13, 2016, Obama issued a directive (via the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights) ordering all schools, colleges and universities that receive federal financial assistance to allow “transgenders” to use the rest- or locker-room of their predilection, instead of in accordance to their biological plumbing. “Transgenderism” is defined and determined subjectively by the “transgender”.
  • Beginning in June 2014, the Pentagon used she-males to recruit transgenders.
  • On June 30, 2016, effective immediately, Obama lifted a longstanding ban on transgenders in the military.

Finally, sanity will now return to the U.S. military.

Three hours ago, President Trump sent out a series of three tweets announcing an end to the Obama administration’s policy of transgenders in the U.S. military. He wrote:

“After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow . . . Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military. Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming . . . victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. Thank you.”

Thank you, President Trump!

If for no other reason, the high rate of suicides among transgenders should be a reason why they have no place in the U.S. military.

According to a study by the UCLA’s Williams Institute, whereas the percentage of suicide attempts in the overall U.S. population is 4.6%, among transgenders the percentage is a whopping 41%.

Please continue to pray for President Trump.

H/t Will Shanley

~Eowyn

Roomba will sell interior map of your home to highest bidder

Roomba is the name for disc-shaped robotic vacuum cleaners sold by iRobot beginning in September 2002. The little robot is equipped with sensors enabling it to change direction upon encountering obstacles, and to sense steep drops to keep it from falling down stairs.

Founded in 1990, iRobot actually began building bomb disposal robots for the U.S. Army before launching the world’s first “robovac” in 2002. The company sold off its military unit last year to focus on making Roomba for consumers, which claims as much as 88% of the U.S. robovac market. (Reuters)

Roomba ranges in price from $375 to the $899 WiFi-connected model 980.

To maximize efficiency, Roomba models manufactured in the last couple of years are equipped with mapping technology that measures — and stores — the dimensions of a room as well as distances between sofas, tables, lamps and other home furnishings. Now, iRobot plans to sell that data to smart home device manufacturers, turning the cute robot vacuum into a little spy.

Rhett Jones reports for Gizmodo, July 24, 2017:

“While it may seem like the information that a Roomba could gather is minimal, there’s a lot to be gleaned from the maps it’s constantly updating. It knows the floor plan of your home, the basic shape of everything on your floor, what areas require the most maintenance, and how often you require cleaning cycles, along with many other data points. And, according to Reuters, that data is the future of its business strategy:

“There’s an entire ecosystem of things and services that the smart home can deliver once you have a rich map of the home that the user has allowed to be shared,” said [iRobot CEO Colin] Angle. […]

Angle told Reuters that iRobot, which made Roomba compatible with Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant in March, could reach a deal to sell its maps to one or more of the Big Three in the next couple of years.

If a company like Amazon, for example, wanted to improve its Echo smart speaker, the Roomba’s mapping info could certainly help out. Spatial mapping could improve audio performance by taking advantage of the room’s acoustics. Do you have a large room that’s practically empty? Targeted furniture ads might be quite effective. The laser and camera sensors would paint a nice portrait for lighting needs that would factor into smart lights that adjust in real time. Smart AC units could better control airflow. And additional sensors added in the future would gather even more data from this live-in double agent.

And while Amazon seems like an obvious buyer—the kind that would pay huge money to shut out its competitors—don’t forget that Apple has its Siri speaker coming and it has a lot of catching up to do. The kind of data that iRobot is offering would give any developer a huge opportunity to fine tune the experience.

Maybe that doesn’t unnerve you, but it probably should. This is all part of the larger quest for a few major companies to hoover up every bit of data about you that they can. Now, they want to know all about your living space. Going through the iRobot terms of service, you can see just how much data is already being collected on a daily basis just by clicking like on a Facebook page or visiting a corporate website. And that data will likely be just as insecure tomorrow as it is today.

The question for iRobot and other manufacturers who are working with robovacs that use mapping is: Will users reject their product in favor of cheaper devices that offer more privacy? Angle doesn’t think that will be a problem. He tells Reuters that user data won’t be sold without permission and he thinks most people will want to take advantage of the greater functionality.

The iRobot Home app does clearly inform users that they are capable of turning off the cloud sharing functions on their Roomba. But the actual terms of service document is written in typically convoluted legal language. The privacy policy frames most data collection as something that will just make your device better and improve overall user experience. A section of the policy on sharing personal information with third parties bullet points out the situations in which iRobot could share this data.

At a glance it might seem like there’s only a narrow set of circumstances for third parties to get ahold of your info, but in reality, these guidelines give the company tons of freedom. It can share your data internally, with subsidiaries, third party vendors, and the government upon request. While a section about sharing data with third parties for marketing purposes specifies that the user must give consent, there’s this separate bullet point below that:

[We may share your personal information with] other parties in connection with any company transaction, such as a merger, sale of all or a portion of company assets or shares, reorganization, financing, change of control or acquisition of all or a portion of our business by another company or third party or in the event of bankruptcy or related or similar proceeding.

Depending on a court’s interpretation of that language, it would appear that your consent isn’t necessarily required if iRobot wanted to sell its user data in bulk to Apple. That doesn’t mean it would go forward with such a transaction without notifying users first.

Dyson, a high-end Roomba competitor, does a better job of giving users a quick breakdown of what’s in its privacy policy. But the particulars aren’t all that different than what iRobot sets out in its agreement. Dyson does promise to never “sell your personal information to anyone and only share it as outlined in this privacy policy or when you ask us to.” Of course, there’s still some wiggle room in there and Dyson also has agreements to interact with third party devices like the Amazon Echo.

[…] People will likely click “agree” to whatever terms are put in front of them. Hell, I never considered buying a Roomba until I started writing this article and thought about how much neater my apartment would be if I had one. Convenience trumps privacy every time. Just remember that the Roomba knows what room your child is in, it’s the one where it bumps into all the toys on the floor.

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~Eowyn

The Masters of the Universe Caption Contest

This is the 155th world-famous FOTM Caption Contest!

Here’s the pic:

You know the drill:

  • Enter the contest by submitting your caption as a comment on this thread (scroll down until you see the “LEAVE A REPLY” box), not via email or on Facebook.
  • The winner of the Caption Contest will get a gorgeous Award Certificate of Excellence and a year’s free subscription to FOTM:D
  • FOTM writers will vote for the winner.
  • Any captions proffered by FOTM writers, no matter how brilliant (ha ha), will not be considered. :(

This contest will be closed in a week, at the end of next Tuesday, August 1, 2017.

To get the contest going, here’s my caption:

But they tell us there are no conspiracies!

For the winner of our last Caption Contest, go here.

~Eowyn

We have a winner!

. . . for FOTM’s 154th Caption Contest!

So many good captions!

The FOTM writers duly voted, each for what he/she considered to be the best (#1) and second-best (#2) captions. Each #1 vote is worth 4 points; each #2 vote is worth 2 points.

And the winner of FOTM’s 154th Caption Contest, with two #1 votes and one #2 vote, totaling 10 points, is . . .

evh!

Here’s the winning caption:

Angela, I didn’t know I was going to cause the lefties to melt down on BOTH sides of the Atlantic.

Anonymous is in 2nd place, with one #1 vote and two #2 votes, totaling 8 points. Here’s his caption:

Admit it, Angela, Lena Dunham’s really your daughter!

Linda, truckjunkie, vistabee1 and Zorro are all in 3rd place, each with 4 points. Linda, vistabee1 and Zorro each has one #1 vote; truckjunkie has two #2 votes. Here are their respective captions:

You don’t think I’m as pretty as Melania! (Linda)

I’m SO embarrassed! I can’t believe I DID it — I KISSED HILLARY!!!! (truckjunkie)

Don’t cry, Angela, I don’t have the jurisdiction to put YOU in jail… (vistabee1)

The Tears of a Clown (Zorro)

Jurist is in 4th place, with one #2 vote and 2 points. Here’s his caption:

Still here! Didn’t you know that covering your eyes to make someone go away is for preschoolers?

Well done, everyone!

Congratulations, evh!

Here’s your fancy-schmancy Award Certificate of Great Excellence, all ready for framing! LOL

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For all the other caption submissions, go here.

Be here tomorrow for our next very exciting Caption Contest!

~Éowyn

British government wants to outlaw knives

Britain already has gun control.

Now, the government wants knife control as well.

Tom Newton Dunn reports for The Sun that on July 17, 2017, UK Home Secretary Amber Rudd proposed a complete ban on “street weapons” that “glamorize violence,” making possession of them illegal everywhere, whether in public or at home, and putting them on the same legal footing as unlicensed firearms.

The street weapons to be banned include:

  • zombie knives
  • butterfly knives
  • knuckledusters
  • sword sticks
  • blowpipes
  • a range of martial arts weapons such as deathstars and handclaws

Only people having the weapons for bonafied ceremonial or religious reasons — whatever that means — will be exempt from the ban.

Amber Rudd, 53, a member of UK’s Conservative Party, also wants to:

  • Make it compulsory to buy all knives in person rather than via mail or online order, so as to keep them out of children’s hands.
  • Make it an offense to deliver knives to private property.

In a statement for The Sun, Rudd writes:

“Violence such as knife crime has a devastating effect on families, communities and society.

Yet we are seeing knife attacks and the harm and suffering they cause all too often.

Things need to change and today I am setting out further action to help make sure they do.

Those who carry out such horrific attacks must know they face the full weight of the law.

Since I joined the Home Office I have banned zombie knives. I have also worked with major retailers to stop un­derage knife sales.

And last October police forces took part in a week of action to tackle knife crime under Operation Sceptre. This week hundreds of officers will be involved in the operation’s latest wave.

I am launching proposals to make it illegal for knives sold online to be delivered to a private address. Retailers would deliver to a shop or lo­cation where the customer’s age can be checked.

We are also looking to make it illegal to possess a dangerous weapon in the home. Together we can stop a crime that has become a scourge on society and break the vicious cycle of violence.”

The proposals come after police had called for more powers to tackle spiralling incidences on knife crime, despite earlier crackdowns such as longer jail terms. More than 32,000 knife offenses took place last year in Britain – a 14% increase from 2015.

Will Secretary Rudd propose a ban on pencils if criminals commit violence with pencils?

H/t GiGi

~Eowyn