Smollett Arrested

This appears to be the state charges. Not sure if it include the federal charges for mail fraud. Judge scolds Jussie Smollett over allegations he staged racist, anti-gay attack: ‘Vile and despicable’.

Or as several people have pointed out… another FAKE hate-crime. If America was so awful, a) people wouldn’t be crashing the border to get in, and b) other people wouldn’t have to fake hate-crimes‡.

“First, Smollett attempted to gain attention by sending a false letter that relied on racial, homophobic and political language,” Johnson said. “When that didn’t work, Smollett paid $3,500 to stage this attack and drag Chicago’s reputation through the mud in the process. … This stunt was orchestrated by Smollett because he was dissatisfied with his salary. So he concocted a story about being attacked.”

He should lose his job, but he won’t. He should go to jail.

Oh, and a bunch of Celebrities are unwilling to condemn Smollett. Wow, nobody at this Black Women in Hollywood event wants to condemn Jussie Smollett. You think they would have been so open minded if the fake crime had been perpetrated by someone conservative?

‡ And the real hate crimes would be ignored.

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Self-defense is legal in North Carolina

JusticeBut then I thought it was. Death of man shot by homeowner ruled ‘justifiable homicide’.

On Dec. 20, deputies were dispatched to a report of an attempted home invasion and shooting at 123 Upton St., Lexington, at approximately 9:30 p.m.

Officers with the Lexington Police Department were the first to arrive on the scene. They located a male, identified as Begley, in the front yard of the residence, deceased as a result of a single gunshot wound.

It can take some jurisdictions a lot longer than 2 months to make a decision like this. Self-defense is a human-right.

What Could Go Wrong?

A popular electric scooter is vulnerable to hacking. This includes acceleration and braking controls. Xiaomi electric scooter reportedly vulnerable to hijacking hack.

Because the idea that no security is required for a system that controls the actual operation of a vehicle seems to be the thing. Especially if it is a scooter that is used by some of the big scooter rental companies. And no security is what they have.

The Xiaomi M365 is an electric scooter used by some scooter rental companies that contains a flaw that could allow a hacker to take full remote control over the vehicle, including causing the scooter to suddenly accelerate or brake, according to information released Tuesday by security research group Zimperium. The firm blames the scooter’s password authentication process, which is done via Bluetooth communications.

It is apparently very similar to a bug in Segway’s hoverboard that was found in 2017.

You can file this under “I for one, welcome our self-driving overlords,” or “Nobody does proper systems design anymore,” but I’ve used both of those already in the past 7 days.

Shortage of Police and Delays in 911 Response

You call 911 and you think you will get a quick response, but you may have to wait quite some time. Public safety chief on lookout for more troopers.

Some troops have average response times that are nearing the 15 minute maximum set by state statute. Troop K, based in Colchester, had an average response time of 12.28 minutes in 2018. It also had a 12 percent staff reduction, leaving it with 59 officers for 360 square miles of territory.

A lot of really bad things can happen in 12 minutes. And they list another troop with response times almost that long.

And we are not talking about the great open spaces out west; this is Connecticut.

State troopers provide primary law enforcement services for 79 of Connecticut’s 169 towns and patrol state property and state highways.

And it is getting harder to recruit officers.

Grandson Tries to Kill Grandfather – Epic Fail

Old doesn’t mean “easy target.” Bodycam: Man shot in chest after barging into Tuttle home to kill grandfather.

Police learned that around 8:45 a.m. Sunday, Williams drove up to a home on Star Drive near Sky Lane and barged in when the homeowner opened the door. The homeowner, who is Williams’ estranged grandfather, grabbed a pistol and opened fire, hitting Williams in the chest.

Williams had told the officer he went to the house to kill his grandfather. The grandfather reported that his grandson said during the break-in that he planned on killing him.

The grandson got taken to hospital in critical condition. Oklahoma has a “Castle Doctrine” or “Make My Day” law, so the cops are not in the habit of prosecuting self-defense. Which is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

This Prediction Didn’t Take a Crystal Ball

China has been acting like they have ambitions for a long time. Retired Japanese general predicts China will invade Taiwan by 2025, Okinawa by 2045.

A former Japanese military officer recently made waves after saying he believes China plans to invade and annex Taiwan by 2025 and Okinawa by 2045.

The comments by retired Lt. Gen. Kunio Orita, a 35-year veteran of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and a former commander of the 301st Tactical Fighter Squadron and 6th Air Wing, appeared last month in the English-language Taiwan News.

I guess we will see if there is anyone in the world who can (and is willing to) stand up to them, because I doubt we will.

On Broadway

It isn’t usual for a jazz musician to make it on the pop charts. But George Benson did in the 1970s. He is still playing guitar, which is a good thing.

This is “On Broadway” by George Benson, from his 1978 album Weekend in L.A. It hit number 7 on the Billboard Charts. (Use the link provided when YouTube discovers the privacy extensions in your browser and tells you the video is unavailable.)