Friday, February 17, 2017

Robo Customs & Border Protection Officer

Customs & Border protection plans to use a robotic officer to determine if travelers entering (and maybe leaving) the country are being truthful or not. Well, at least they have been testing such a device but my bet is if they are testing at least they hope to use it. More here:

http://nypost.com/2016/12/29/the-lie-detecting-robot-customs-officer-of-the-future/

When you read that article, of course you noticed that the article did not say the device would be used to interview arriving aliens to determine if they had ill intent for the USA or its citizens. Oh no - CBP would reportedly use it to find out if you have fruits or vegetables or maybe to ask if you are carrying weapons (after you get off of the plane is how it seems from the article).

Yes, one professor or someone like that suggested it could be used to find terrorists but that is not how the article suggests it would be used by CBP. Mind you, I am not faulting CBP, I figure they would use it for seeking out terrorists among arriving aliens; I am faulting the reporter who wrote that piece for not outright saying it should most definitely be used to seek out and prevent terrorists from entering our country.

I say - use it first and foremost on those arriving from foreign to determine if they are terrorists, plan to do harm to the USA or its citizens, will follow our laws or not - and watch those with ill intent dwindle from entering through land border crossings, airports and seaports by way of visa programs.

All the best,
GB

Maxine Waters Audio - Real Or Fake It Is Priceless

Imagine a prankster, claiming to be the president of the Ukraine, calling Maxine Waters to discuss Russia, the escalation of the conflict in the Ukraine, Donald Trump and hoped for new U.S. sanctions against Russia due to Russian aggression and election tampering (by way of hacking) in Limpopo! No, don't just imagine it, listen to the call here:



All the best,
Glenn B

Have The Laws Of Physics Changed Or...

...has there been some sort of a cosmic shift, like the one in the book Dirk Gentley's Hollistic Detective Agency that caused the couch to get stuck in the turn of the stairway where it easily had passed before?

I only ask because suddenly our microwave oven no longer fits on the shelf where it has sat securely enough even though precariously on the edge for the past couple or few years. Over the past few days, when you open the door, the darned thing starts to fall off of the shelf and no the door is not hitting anything. Now, I know the shelf size has not changed and am wondering if somehow the back section of this hybrid microwave/convection oven expanded due to overheating or something like that, or maybe the back wall of the shelf area somehow has bulged. I guess I may notice that later when I remove it and replace it with the new one I just ordered. The new one being quite a bit smaller should sit there much more securely and its feet not be near the shelf edge.

If the back of the unit and the back of the cubbyhole in which it sits both appear normal, I am going to go with the cosmic shift hypothesis. Heaven knows, things in general have certainly been bizarre as of late.

All the best,
Glenn B
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