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US state wants to give its drones guns

 The US state which was at the forefront of the French-backed terrorist revolution against its lawful British king thinks that its freedom can be defended by drones with guns.

While thinking that the British government was a tyranny for putting a penny tax on tea, the citizens of Connecticut think they will be somehow freer if police can robotically kill someone by pressing a button on a robot.

Legislation, approved overwhelmingly by the state legislature’s judiciary committee, would ban weaponised drones in the state but an addition to the law exempts agencies involved in law enforcement. It now goes to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Civil libertarians and civil rights activists are lobbying to restore the bill to its original language before the full House vote.

David McGuire, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union in Connecticut said according to statistics, coppers tend to shoot minorities. The fear is that armed drones would be used in urban centres and on minority communities.

In 2015, North Dakota became the first state to permit law enforcement agencies to use armed drones but limited them to “less than lethal” weapons such as tear gas and pepper spray.

Apple fanboy takes gun shaped case to airport

CmrCpkJWEAAlL3m.jpg largeProof that, as a basic life-form Apple fanboys are not meant to be in the gene-pool, has been found at an Essex airport.

A bright spark thought it would be a  nifty idea to make an iPhone case which made the phone look like a hand-gun.  After all Apple fanboys have a problem getting themselves taken seriously and what better way to make them look tough than by making their favourite toy look like a lethal weapon?

Needless to say some complete iDiot in the UK  bought the case and then thought it was perfectly reasonable to take it to the Stansted Airport.  Essex Police stopped a man at Stansted Airport who had what seemed to be a gun sticking out of his back pocket.

They said that it was a “split second” scenario – and likely a terrifying one at that, before revealing it was only a phone case.

Fortunately for the Apple fanboy he was not dealing with the  “shoot first ask questions later” US authorities who would have filled him so full of lead that when he sat down he would have made pencil marks.  Unfortunately for humanity this iDiot might go on to contribute to the gene pool and further lower the standards of humanity.

Essex police say the Apple fanboy may yet be charged with a public order offence or for carrying an imitation firearm in a public space. We would also go for a charge of being a total tosser in a built up area, if such a charge existed.

EA cuts ties to gun makers

For years there has been a weird relationship between gun makers and the creators of computer games. 

Strapped with imagination problems, it seems that the game makers have been using  mages of real guns in their games as a sort of in-game advertising.

However, as the gun industry takes a hit after its products ended up in the hands of school kids in various mass shootings over the pond, the game makers are starting to wake up to the relationship being a PR nightmare.

Electronic Arts licensed the images of weapons from companies like McMillan Group International as part of a marketing collaboration for Medal of Honor: Warfighter. Activision Blizzard gives “special thanks” to Colt, Barrett and Remington in the credits for the Call of Duty franchise.

Rifles by Bushmaster, which was the brand used in the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting last December, have also appeared in the hugely popular Call of Duty, according to Reuters.

As the world tried to look for who to blame for the shootings, the National Rifle Association, of all groups, tried to blame the games industry. NRA chief executive Wayne LaPierre called the videogame industry “a callous, corrupt and corrupting shadow industry that sells, and sows, violence against its own people”.

While most of the sane world would say that was an obvious case of the pot calling the kettle black, it seems that EA is taking such comments seriously.

This week EA said that it is severing its licensing ties to gun manufacturers. At the same time it is saying that it has the right to continue to feature branded guns without a licence.

For those who have never played these sorts of games, the marketing of the guns is fairly full on. Some, like the Colt M1911 pistol in Call of Duty, are turned sideways to face the screen during reloading so you can see the brand name.

EA felt that this gave the games “enhanced authenticity”.  But the games industry was worried that the gun makers would sue them. After all, they were associating their product with violence, something that gun makers always try to avoid. In the end, licensing was seen as a good way to avoid such legal hiccups. It seems that money did not change hands between the gun makers and the games outfits.

Last year, games fans started to object to EA putting links to weapons companies like the McMillan Group and gun magazine maker Magpul, where gamers could check out real versions of weapons featured in the game, on its Medal of Honor: Warfighter website.

As a result EA pulled the links and dropped the marketing tie-up.

EA’s move does come with some risks. Aircraft maker Bell Helicopter is cross that it used its helicopters in the game Battlefield was beyond fair use and amounted to a trademark infringement. EA is hoping to win that case and put this licensing problem to bed for good.

What is strange about the situation is that gamers should notice no difference to the status quo. The only difference will be that the game makers will not be in a cosy relationship with the gun makers. Products will still be advertised and kids will still be able to spot the difference between a Colt and a Glock before they can identify the capital of South Africa. 

McAfee in the wild again

Anti-virus guru and Intel brand, turned outlaw, John McAfee, has been let out of a Guatemalan detention centre.

According to AP, McAfee has been fighting deportation to Belize where the local plod wants a word with him about his neighbour being shot in the back of the head.

Judge Judith Secaida has apparently ruled that McAfee’s detention was illegal, ordered him released, and given him 10 days to put his immigration situation in order.

It is not clear if McAfee could get some kind of temporary or transit visa to allow him to leave Guatemala. He has previously said he would like to go to the US with his 20-year-old Belizean girlfriend although the UK would do at a pinch.

McAfee was arrested for immigration violations after he sneaked into Guatemala from neighbouring Belize.

He had been planning to get asylum in the country because the Guatemalans don’t like the Belize government much. However, it turned out that while the Guatemalans don’t like Belize, they like US expats dodging murder inquiries even less.

McAfee claims that corrupt Belizean authorities are persecuting him and he has fears for his safety in the country.

He said he has tons of dirt on local politicians who would off him the moment he ends up in a police cell. 

McAfee wants to come to the UK

Security software icon John McAfee says he wants to live in Britain, where he was born, and that there is “no hope” for his life if he returns to Belize.

McAfee is being held in an immigration centre in Guatemala after entering the country illegally, and is facing deportation back to Belize where he is wanted for questioning about the murder of a neighbour.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald , McAfee said that he wanted to “settle down to whatever normal life” he could. He said he would like to live comfortably day by day, fish, swim, and enjoy his declining years. We are not sure if he has been back to the UK for a while as these are not pursuits the country is known for.  The UK is also less fond of people taking a handgun to a dispute about dogs, whereas in the US it is compulsory.

Talking on an internet broadcast from the detention centre, McAfee said returning to the US, where he made his fortune, was his only hope now. But he later added that he would be happy to go to England.

For what it is worth, we don’t think Tersea May need worry about McAfee coming back to his old stomping grounds.  It appears that McAfee just wants to make sure that he goes anywhere but Belize where “bad things will clearly happen to him”.

McAfee’s lawyers have filed a request with a court in Guatemala asking that he be allowed to stay until his legal appeals against deportation have been settled, which could take months.

 

 

McAfee defends himself in runaway blog post

Murder suspect and alleged fugitive John McAfee has taken time out from his busy run from the police to set up a blog.

The security software pioneer who is hiding from Belize police after a man he had a row with, Gregory Faull, ended up with a bullet in his head, has offered a $25k reward for capture of the real killer.

Dubbed “The Hinterland, the official blog of John McAfee” the blog appeared has McAfee writing off a couple of reporters from Gizmodo and Wired who he claims appear to be out to get him.

One, he claims, is seeking revenge over incriminating photos McAfee believes the reporter thinks McAfee sent to the writer’s wife. Wired on the other hand was more interested in showing him as a gun toting lunatic.

McAfee wrote that he is on run with a 20-year-old female named Sam. He said that a handful of friends and associates have been rounded up by police over the past week or so.

The posts are full of stories such as him returning to his home in disguise to find police digging up his dead dogs and cutting off their heads.

Another post urges readers to look closely at Belize’s prime minister’s Gang Suppression Unit that McAfee says has been used to go after the prime minister’s critics and enemies.

McAfee says the government was wrongfully going after him for illegal drug production and possession of firearms.

He said that he had pre-written enough material to keep his blog alive for at least a year. 

Belize authorities allege John McAfee on the run for murder

Inspector Knacker of the Belize yard is hunting antivirus pioneer John McAfee after an American, Gregory Faull, was found murdered.

Marco Vidal, head of the national police force’s Gang Suppression Unit, said that McAfee is a prime suspect in the murder of Faull.

Faull was a well-liked builder who had allegedly fallen out with McAfee.

Recently he had filed a formal complaint against McAfee with the mayor’s office, claiming that McAfee had fired off guns and exhibited “roguish behaviour”.

After a row involving dogs, Faull was found by his cleaner lying face up in a pool of blood with an apparent gunshot wound on the upper rear part of his head. A single luger brand 9mm expended shell was found at the first stairs leading up to the upper flat of the building.

Missing from the house was a laptop and an iPhone. McAfee was not around to answer any questions and is believed to have hoofed it.

According to GizmodoMcAfee has become increasingly erratic, and allegedly began associating with Belize gangsters in an effort to get his paws on some hardcore drugs.

It’s said that McAfee has been posting on a drug-focused message board called Bluelight about his attempts to purify the psychoactive compounds known as “bath salts”. Although the United Kingdom had a surge in the use of mephedrone – a cathinone-based drug that was briefly legal – it has not had the same blanket scare media coverage as ‘bath salts’ in the US, which are usually a similar derivative.

He allegedly wrote that it was the finest drug ever conceived, not just for the indescribable hypersexuality, but also for the smooth euphoria and mild comedown. US tabloids so far have equated ‘bath salts’ with incidents like road-side cannibals, however, after the scare this was later disproved.

McAfee said he was trying to find the holy grail of the perfect “super perv powder” and warned about the dangers of handling the freebase version of the drug. He said that version of the drug gave him the worst paranoia in his life. 

Earlier this year, McAfee claimed he became the victim of the Gang Supression Unit after he failed to bribe a local politician. At the time, he said the GSU took a sledgehammer to unlocked doors on his property, confiscated his passport, and seized all the weapons on his compound.

Amazon sends man an illegal assault rifle

After all the shootings in the US, it seems that the online retailer Amazon is interpreting the constitution as saying that bearing arms is compulsory.

A Washington man was a little surprised when he got a package from Amazon which was a little lighter than he thought it should be.

Seth Horvitz had been expecting a TV but when he opened the box it turned out to be a military-grade assault rifle. While the rifle was interesting, it did not really pick up good reception, so Horvitz was a little miffed.

According to AP, when he realised he had bought an assault rifle, it was “pure shock and disbelief”.

He had bought a Westinghouse 39-inch LCD television from the ecommerce retailer for around $320. What he got was a Sig Sauer 716 patrol rifle which was illegal in Washington.

An invoice for $1,590 found inside the box revealed that it was addressed to Independence Gun Shop, a Pennsylvania-based business, from online retailer Gunbuyer.com.

Amazon said that all Horvitz had to do was send a dispute claim for sending the wrong product.

However when Horvitz contacted the third-party Amazon seller, he denied any knowledge of the illegal weapon.

UPS, which delivered the package, likely caused the mixup, Horvitz said.

Horvitz expects that someone stuffed up on the labelling of the tracking information. Now he is without a TV or an assault rifle. We guess he did not need the gun because he was not mentally ill or a member of a neo-nazi militia. 

Aussies use Facebook to deal in small arms

The Melbourne Age  has uncovered a Facebook group dedicated to peddling weapons.

The group panicked after it was outed by the Age and told its members to delete everything they had posted.

Apparently one member has already been raided and he said he was lucky he was not home at the time.

The group had been peddling handguns and stun-guns, amongst other things.  The Facebook group had hundreds of members and made arrangements to buy illegal weapons.

The Age has monitored the page for a week and seen dozens of people have negotiated the sale of swords, knuckledusters, crossbows, extendable batons and bullet-proof vests.

One member of the group said he could get ‘dirty’ handguns for around $2,000. Another said he could procure new snub-nosed .38 calibre revolvers for $1,100, while another says he can get new 9mm pistols for $5,500.

It took Age hacks a few hours to join the group and be accepted by its administrator so it was not difficult.

The Victoria Police E-Crime Squad said it was not aware this Facebook account existed until they were informed by the Age.

As well as weapons, members of the group were offering prescription medication such as OxyContin, a synthetic opiate.

There is also discussion of committing prescription fraud to get hold of Clenbuterol, a medication used to treat asthma, but which is also used “off label” as a weight loss drug and performance enhancer by athletes.

Facebook said it was policy not to comment on individual groups as when they sign up, Facebook users agree not to use their account for illegal or unethical purposes. 

Google fights the "right to bear arms"

Google has decided that the dubious interpretation within the US constitution which some claimed gives them the right to own enough fire power to take on China, is pretty rubbish.

The Constitution gave Americans the right to keep and bear arms, which was effectively giving them the right to form a militia. At the time that was the prototype of an army however that is now being seen as the right to shoot anyone who comes onto your property, which has increased the insurance premiums for Jehovah’s Witnesses. 

Now Google has banned gun sales from its new shopping platform – which has miffed those who like the idea of shooting burglars in the back as they are running away.

Google made the change when it transformed its “product search,” which had consisted of free listings, into “Google Shopping,” which has paid listings.

Under its shopping service, Google “doesn’t allow the promotion of weapons or devices designed to cause serious harm or injury”.

This means that “guns, gun parts or hardware, ammunition, bombs, knives, throwing stars, and brass knuckles” are all banned. No one would have probably cared, but the ban was noticed by a site called Outdoor Hub, dedicated to “outdoor enthusiasts”.

The site’s owner Edward Pierz said Google “censors” firearm searches, and linked to a petition to “Tell Google not to interfere with our 2nd amendment rights”.

He said that if people want to buy a gun they are required to do a background check and use a federal firearms licence, even if you buy it online or through a gun shop.

The site claims that the new policy will disable many law abiding citizens from acquiring legal weapons for legitimate purposes at reasonable prices, and hurt small business income because they can’t advertise online.

Of course the National Rifle Association waded into Google for adopting a new and discriminatory policy with respect to the advertising of firearms, ammunition and related products.

It insisted that it was a “political statement” by Google at a time when most other large online retailers and search services are increasing the level of information they provide and the number of gun-related products they offer for sale.

But Daniel Vice, senior attorney at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, said that the internet was a brilliant way of selling dangerous weapons without background checks.

Vice pointed out that a study by Mayors Against Illegal Guns showed 62 percent of online gun sellers were willing to sell weapons to people who could not pass a background check.