About ByronLord

Oxford Educated, world traveler: I have lived in four different countries and worked in more. For the past ten years I have been living in Boston. I work as an expert witness in a very narrow field. Jobs are very few and far between. But the hourly rate is very high. So I make about the same working one week a month as I used to work full time. Chat room etiquette: I have been on the Web almost two decades and on the Internet longer. In the old days it was considered impolite to proposition someone in the first ten minutes. So if I don't immediately proposition you, ask to go private or suggest we get matching tattoos, please do not take that as a lack of interest ladies. I don't get offended and I know some women do not, but most seem to find it tiresome. I spend a lot of time online, but I also spend a lot of time in my workshop on arts projects. I have more tools than Norm Abrams. No seriously. I have tools that he does not, trust me. I started working in wood, but these days I am more into metal and plastic. I also do work with electronics and robotics. So if I am logged in but not responsive, I may have gone down to one of my workshops to tinker with something. Don't be offended if I don't respond.

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Topic: Over 600 paedophiles have been arrested in the UK today.
Posted: 21 Jul 2014 19:03

The authorities have been far too focussed in trying to stop people being able to access this stuff with very little success and have now decided to go after the end user instead. The figures behind this operation are impressive: the NCA have removed 10,000 storage devices. The figure of 600 arrests in recent weeks is designed to shock and hopefully it's working to deter others from thinking they're safe to obtain and share these images.

There are operational reasons for doing mass arrests. If they arrested one perp at a time then the other 599 would shred their hard drives before they were pulled in.

But shows of force can also be PR displays and it is important to remember that suspects are innocent before proven guilty.

Kiddie porn arrests can be of varying quality. In the US there are some ugly stories of rural police forces making their clearup rates look good with what is essentially entrapment in chat rooms. But the UK police are probably aware that this is going to be followed up and they would look really bad if the cases collapsed.

Topic: FDIC and Banks
Posted: 10 Jul 2014 10:32

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) currently insures bank depositors' accounts up to $250,000. Some say that FDIC insurance causes depositors to become complacent . The depositor will not check the banks loan portfolio to determine risk . Others say that FDIC insurance brings stability to the banking system. Does the existence of the FDIC cause a risky banking system ?

Actually the FDIC spends much of its time regulating the banks and preventing them from doing things that might get them into trouble.

The point you raise is certainly a problem but the FDIC isn't the main example. The US govt. has been forced to step in and save numerous institutions that are not covered by FDIC because a collapse of Lehman Bros would leave other banks with a hole in their balance sheet and force them into default and that would in turn result in a chain reaction putting all the banks in bankruptcy and cause a depression or worse.

The good news is that under the regulations the Dems forced through in the wake of the deregulation induced crisis make it much easier for the Fed to wind up a weak bank. They don't need to wait till they are insolvent, they can be dissolved for having insufficient reserves. And the cost of the whole scheme is underwritten by a tax on banking. Almost all the money paid out under the TARP scheme has been repaid. The small amount that was not (about $100 million) is being clawed back. The Republicans meanwhile want the banks freed from all regulation and not have to pay anything back.

Now it might seem odd that despite all this more Wall Street workers support the Dems than Republicans. After all regulation is bad right? Well not if the lack of regulation allows banks that are using risky trading strategies to compete against you. As with Gresham's law: the bad money drives out the good.

Topic: Washington Redskins: Time to change the name?
Posted: 19 Jun 2014 21:01

I read the Washington Football team appealed this decision before and got it overturned? So I suppose it'll be overturned again.

If it's offensive to certain groups of individuals, why is it too much to ask them to change their team name?

Because the whole Republican thing is shitting in public so they can rub other people's noses in it. People like Snyder like the name precisely because it insults people. Its really just a way of telling people that they still support segregation. Like all those 'Concerned Citizens Committees' that were formed after the KKK started being a vote loser. When Reagan announced his run for the WH the racist bastard did it at the county fair where the three 'Mississippi burning' civil rights workers were kidnapped and murdered at. And that was to tell people where his sympathies lay.

The previous court ruling was overturned on appeal but the general consensus seems to be that it won't be reversed this time. Much harder to find covert supporters of segregation on the bench these days.

In practice the ruling means almost nothing since the team can still use the name and sue people for infringement of their trade dress. What they can't do is to get criminal penalties or statutory damages.

Topic: Obama stupidity
Posted: 19 Jun 2014 20:35

If he had left them there in the first place this mess wouldn't have gotten to this point.

Things only stopped getting worse in Iraq after Bush lost the 20126 mid term elections and the Iraqi nationalists started to believe that the US might actually go home. The midterm loss also meant Rumsfeld got sacked and Petraeus could actually start applying standard COIN doctrine like my friend teaches at the naval postgrad school. But it was the promise that US troops would be going home that made the difference.

Keeping the troops in Iraq was costing $200 billion, 100 dead US soldiers, twice that number of 'Contractors' and twenty times that number of dead Iraqi civilians a year. The number of US deaths would have gone up to thousands if the US had refused to leave when the agreement negotiated by Bush expired. The US forces would have become an occupying army again.

Given the two year panty twist that the GOP has pulled over Benghazi and the deaths of two CIA agents one might imagine that they would want to avoid posting soldiers overseas.

Neo-Colonialism doesn't work too well in the 21st century as Putin is starting to find out in Crimea. Another thing that Putin didn't think through is that his only ally that is actually an asset is Iran. Syria is in a state of civil war and the ex-Soviet satellites are economic basket cases. Iran has noted that Russia made a treaty promising to respect the territorial integrity of Ukraine and promptly tore it up. They are not at all pleased.

The current situation is actually very good for the West. It just takes some imagination.

ISIS is not going to be allowed to set up a Taliban/Sudan style terrorism state. But that can only be prevented if Turkey, Iran and the US work together to make sure it doesn't. The US isn't going to be sending troops to fight with the Iraqi army but Iran will. The biggest problem for the US in the region has been the hostility of the Iranian regime due to what the CIA did to Iran with the 1953 coup that installed the Shah as dictator. The best way to liquidate such disputes is to make common cause against a common threat.

We don't know how much loot ISIS has stolen from Mosul, I rather doubt the city had anywhere near the figures quoted in assets that can be carried off at the point of an AK47. But they certainly have enough to be free from their Saudi patrons at this point. At this point they can either choose to fight the Shi'ia forces who are no longer off guard or they could roll South into Saud and Kewait and see if the locals are interested in a spot of popular uprising.

The gulf monarchies are going to fall sooner or later, better it happen sooner. ISIS, Al Qaeda and the Taliban were all built on Saudi money. Saudi Arabia also has its Koch brothers and Sheldon Adelson types but instead of fueling lunatic tea party Republicans they fund terrorism. Sometimes out of conviction and sometimes to pay them off.

Taking territory is one thing, holding it is another. ISIS is not going to be able to hold on to what it has already taken, let alone expand. But the leaders of a band of trigger happy bandits looking for loot are going to find it very hard to stop.

Topic: Bareback? yes or no
Posted: 10 Jun 2014 12:34

You demand a condom with anal sex, but will suck a cock without one. Hmmm..................... I am going to let that sink in for a minute.. I never understood that - It is NOT okay to ejaculate INSIDE me because you may have a diseaes, but that very same cum I am going to swallow. HMM. REALLY think about that for a moment. You may just want to reevaluate your health concerns, just a smidge.

It is actually supported by evidence.

Oral sex is not risk free but the chance of blood borne transmission is very low. Anal sex has a much higher risk of transmission as it can cause tears in the anus and rectum.

The mouth is evolved to deal with risk of disease being transmitted by foreign objects being placed inside it. The vagina less so and the anus least of all.

Topic: do you believe in God?
Posted: 06 May 2014 12:05

I don't believe in your God.

The idea that a creator God would need the intercession of any priestly class is ridiculous. The idea that he would care about whether his creation believed in him or not is preposterous. It is also mighty convenient for the priestly class that has introduced itself as intermediaries as it allows them to equate not believing that the priests have a legitimate role with sin.

There have been thousands of Gods in human history and virtually every one of them is now forgotten. The arguments used by the Pope to justify the existence of his God are no different from those used to prove the existence of Baal or those Inca deities that liked the heart ripping out thing.

Of course it is quite possible that there are beings beyond human comprehension in the Universe and almost certain to be some outside the universe. But that does not necessarily make them Gods. And it is certainly illogical to demand belief in a being whose very existence is defined by incomprehensibility.

Science strongly suggests that if the universe does have a creator they were of the fire and forget kind. We have no evidence of any involvement post big bang.

Topic: What if Ukraine join NATO?
Posted: 05 May 2014 21:43

Schytians were not Slavs, they were more Persian. Which means you're going very very far if you drag that line towards Russia. It's hardly even comparable. And as for Revelations, well it's so full of imagery that it can just as well be the US it's describing.

As for Ukraine it will not join NATO nor will Putin invade or annex the Eastern part of Ukraine. The reason for this is that the government in Ukraine could accept giving up the Eastern Part of Ukraine due to the trade off; 9 million pro Russia voters are no longer in consideration when it comes to elections. Suddenly the pro-West of Ukraine will turn towards EU and the US and before you know it Ukraine will be a part of NATO. Then Putin will have the missile defense shield along the Polish and Ukrainian border as well as NATO bases. I don't think the rest of NATO would hesitate much by letting Ukraine join NATO, simply because it would mean that they'd get a larger border against Russia as well as the possibility for NATO ports in the Black Sea. In all fairness; the result above would actually serve the West a lot more than status quo.

NATO already has ports along the Black Sea: Turkey controls both banks of the Bosporus.

The way things are headed, Putin has to choose between a humiliating climbdown and doubling down on invasion. If he does that it is likely the end of the Russian federation because any invasion and occupation of Ukraine would be a blood bath. Putin is hated there. He isn't popular even in the supposedly pro-Russia bits.

Having said nothing while the previous President had snipers shoot unarmed civilians in the Maidan, Putin now pretends to care desperately about 'civilians' who are protesting with automatic rifles.

As for Revelations, it is a coded history of the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem in 70AD. 666 is code for Nero. It isn't a prediction at all. It isn't even a Christian text. The whore of Babylon is a rival cleric who John is attacking for preaching to the gentiles. In other words, likely a Pauline Christian preacher. And the destruction of the temple itself was likely brought on by similar messianic predictions. 64AD was one of the many years the messiah was predicted and it might well be that followers of Chrestus did actually burn down Rome in 64 in an attempt to bring on the messiah (There are references to Chrestus that predate the date for Jesus so Chrestians are a different lot).

There is a long and very ugly history of people getting excited by messianic prophecies...

Topic: Legalise prostitution?
Posted: 23 Apr 2014 18:58

Should be legal to buy or sell. The state has no business regulating behavior between consenting adults.

Legalize prostitution and pot. Ban the guns.

Topic: What if Ukraine join NATO?
Posted: 21 Apr 2014 17:25

What is highly likely to happen is an independent Eastern Ukraine which Russia will have as a buffer state against Western Europe. Ukraine will at no point be allowed to join NATO simply because Putin can very well turn off the gas valve that keeps them warm in the winter.

No, its not going to happen.

Putin made the mistake of threatening to cut off the gas supplies in the spring. So that gives the Europeans six months to prepare. Those pipelines that took gas across Ukraine into the rest of Europe can be run in the opposite direction to supply Ukraine.

Russia's new problem is how to sell their gas now that they have threatened to cut off supplies and created uncertainty in their ability to fulfill existing contracts.

There isn't going to be any federated or independent eastern Ukraine either. Russia's special forces captured the government buildings, not 'pro Russian demonstrators'. There is abundant proof in the photographs released today.

Russia only has 40,000 troops massed on the border. That is not enough to succeed against a force of 90,000 defenders plus a million reserves. Putin would lose most of the 5,000 special forces troops he already infiltrated into the country to seize government buildings.

Topic: Have you followed the story of Belle Knox?
Posted: 30 Mar 2014 19:39

What do I think? I think I am going to buy her video when it comes out.

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