Yes, Alligators Can Climb Fences

And just a reminder that they can (and do) climb fences. Alligator climbs fence in Florida. Especially if they are low. (Hat tip to It Ain’t Holy Water.)


Florida Man Strikes Again

What is it with Florida and golf carts? Florida man drives golf cart into Walmart, tries to hit shoppers before hitting cash register, deputies say.

[The guy with the golf cart] faces multiple counts of aggravated battery, aggravated assault with a motor vehicle, trespassing, resisting arrest, and felony criminal mischief.

Definitely something in the water. (Besides the gators, that is.)

Chicago Continues to Go Peak Florida

Another gator in Chicago. El Chompo: Cops seize drugs, gun….and 3-foot gator in Northwest Side raid.

Chicago police on Monday night found a three-foot-long alligator as they executed a search warrant in the Irving Park neighborhood.

They found drugs, guns and the gator. Alligators must be the new pit bulls, or something.

I Understand His Feelings, But…

This is not the way to settle the dispute. Homeowner shoots at man dumping raw sewage in neighborhood.

An outraged homeowner is accused of shooting at a man who was dumping raw sewage from an RV right in front of his house.

First off. Yuck. This guy – who is probably living out of his RV because Seattle is getting to be crazy expensive – really shouldn’t dump his crap on other people’s property. And it apparently isn’t the first time he’s dumped the black water tank in front of this particular house. So there’s that.

But then you can’t shoot at people who aren’t an imminent threat of death or severe bodily injury. Being completely grossed out doesn’t count.

“I don’t blame the guy for shooting him, honestly,” said Chris Eagles [a neigbhor].

Cholera. Typhus. Dysentery. Modern civilization was fun while it lasted.

Google Called to Task for Violating Privacy

GDPR regulators go after Google Assistant. Google ordered to halt human review of voice AI recordings over privacy risks.

It’s not news that Google doesn’t care about privacy, but that they are being called on it under GDPR is most definitely news.

A German privacy watchdog has ordered Google to cease manual reviews of audio snippets generated by its voice AI.

This follows a leak last month of scores of audio snippets from the Google Assistant service. A contractor working as a Dutch language reviewer handed more than 1,000 recordings to the Belgian news site VRT.

They notified all the relevant regulators (in Ireland as it turns out) about the breach. They defended the practice as needed to get the AI to understand different accents.

But it’s far from clear whether human review of audio recordings captured by any of the myriad always-on voice AI products and services now on the market will be able to be compatible with European’s fundamental privacy rights.

These AIs typically have trigger words for activating the recording function which streams audio data to the cloud. But the technology can easily be accidentally triggered — and leaks have shown they are able to hoover up sensitive and intimate personal data not just of their owner but anyone in their vicinity (which of course includes people who never got within sniffing distance of any T&Cs)


Why Shoot Up the Gilroy Garlic Festival?

I was at the festival exactly once, in the early 1980s. Gilroy Festival Shooting: What We Know and Don’t.

Gilroy, California bills itself as the Garlic Capital of the World. Or something to that effect. The festival is a smorgasbord of all the ways to eat garlic. Garlic shrimp. Pasta. Garlic bread. Roast Garlic. Elephant garlic (really large garlic, nothing to do with pachyderms.) Even the ice-cream is garlic, though it tastes mostly like vanilla, after a day of eating all that stuff. Sort of like a renascence festival without the jousting.

As the 41st annual Gilroy Garlic Festival wound down, gunshots rang out, sending festival goers fleeing. The police said at least three people were killed and 12 people were wounded. A suspect — who was not identified — was also killed, the authorities said.

So all the draconian gun laws in California… How are they working out? I predict politicians will want to “Do Something!” Even though whatever they propose, will have no impact on future events like this. But they will do something, mostly piss on the Bill of Rights.

The gunman was carrying an assault-type rifle when he was shot and killed by the police.

The story is from the NY Slimes, so they are all over the “epidemic of gun violence” angle, because like all good leftists, they hate the Bill of Rights.