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Johnny Depp Jokes About Assasinating Trump

Johnny Depp: ‘When was the last time an actor assassinated a president?’

Last month, it was comedian Kathy Griffin’s infamous beheaded Donald Trump photo that pit the president’s supporters against Hollywood.

Now it appears that another Tinseltown figure, actor Johnny Depp, has entered the fray, making controversial comments about assassinating the commander in chief.

While at the Glastonbury Festival on Thursday in the English county of Somerset, Depp brought up the president prior to introducing his 2004 film, “The Libertine.”

“Can we bring Trump in?” Depp says to the crowd, which responds with widespread boos, according to videos of the remarks. “No, no, no. You misunderstand completely. I think he needs help. And this is going to be in the press and it’ll be horrible. But I like that you are all part of it. When was the last time an actor assassinated a president? I want to clarify: I’m not an actor. I lie for a living however it’s been a while. Maybe it’s about time.”

he’s so freak’n cool and edgy, isn’t he?

#RollsEyes  #whatevs

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Evergreen Shutsdown, Again

Evergreen State College suspends operations due to ‘potential disruptions’

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Evergreen State College in Olympia says it plans to suspend operations Thursday beginning at 3 p.m. Access to campus will be limited after 3:15 p.m., Zach Powers, a college spokesperson says. The decision was made “in light of potential disruption around planned demonstrations by off-campus organizations,” Powers says.

A conservative group, Patriot Prayer, plans a free speech rally at the campus at 5:30 p.m. A counter-demonstration by a group known as the Evergreen Anti-Fascist Community Defense Network is supposed to begin on campus at 3 p.m.

Troopers with the Washington State Patrol will be on campus working with Evergreen Police Services to ensure campus safety.

The college was shut down for three days in early June due to phoned in threats.

man, all the crazy shit that’s been going on at this Evergreen college is just fucking nuts.

#WTF  #gdamn  #crazyfuckers

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Republicans Targeted, Shot Down

Scalise critical, shooter ID’d as James Hodgkinson

A gunman believed to be a supporter of former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders sprayed a hail of bullets at a GOP baseball practice Wednesday morning, critically wounding House Majority Whip Steve Scalise and injuring four others before U.S. Capitol Police took down the rifle-wielding assailant.

Scalise was in critical condition Wednesday afternoon, MedStar Washington Hospital tweeted. He had surgery after being shot in the hip and was initially said to be stable.

The shooter, who had a violent history including arrests for battery, resisting arrest and drunken driving, was identified as 66-year-old James T. Hodgkinson, of Illinois, Fox News confirmed. President Trump said Hodgkinson died from injuries sustained when he was shot by police.

“I have just been informed that the alleged shooter at the Republican baseball practice is someone who apparently volunteered on my presidential campaign,” Sanders said in a statement. “I am sickened by this despicable act. Let me be as clear as I can be. Violence of any kind is unacceptable in our society and I condemn this action in the strongest possible terms.”

i didn’t even hear about this until last night and was kinda shocked to find out that some left-wing nutjob went to a friendly baseball game, armed with a rifle/guns and went in shooting — because they were republicans.

wow.

i mean, what the flying fuck?! i know it’s been pretty bad and all the political shit has been getting nasty & devisive, but g’damn… not sure i’ve ever heard of people being gunned down because they were Republicans.

List of threats against GOP & Trump from Hollywood…

  • Kathy Griffin ‘Beheads’ Trump in Graphic Photo
  • Madonna – “I’ve thought a lot about blowing up the White House.”
  • Snoop Dogg “Shoots” Trump in the Head in Music Video
  • Robert De Niro: “I’d Like to Punch Him in the Face”
  • Joss Whedon: “I Want a Rhino to F*ck Paul Ryan to Death”
  • Shakespeare in the Park Stabs ‘Trump’ to Death in Performance of ‘Julius Caesar
  • Rapper YG Threatens Trump with “F*ck Donald Trump” Song
  • Marilyn Manson Kills ‘Trump’ in Music Video

Trump ‘assassination’ play to continue despite mounting controversy…
Gutfeld: The blame game of today’s shooting…

#wtf  #gdamn  #depressing

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$75K Per Prisoner in CA?!

At $75,560, housing a prisoner in California now costs more than a year at Harvard

The cost of imprisoning each of California’s 130,000 inmates is expected to reach a record $75,560 in the next year.

That’s enough to cover the annual cost of attending Harvard University and still have plenty left over for pizza and beer.

Gov. Jerry Brown’s spending plan for the fiscal year that starts July 1 includes a record $11.4 billion for the corrections department while also predicting that there will be 11,500 fewer inmates in four years because voters in November approved earlier releases for many inmates.

holy fuckballs!!! i thought it was around $30k a year on average, but $75K a year is absolutely insane… i mean, isn’t that roughly twice the average income per US household (or pretty damn close)?

wow.

just… wow.

#blink  #wtf

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Mass Shooting @ Orando

6 dead, including gunman, in mass shooting at Orange County business, deputies say

ORLANDO, Fla. – A gunman killed five of his former coworkers then killed himself during a mass shooting at an Orange County business Monday morning, according to sheriff’s officials.

Seven people who work at Fiamma, the RV accessory business where the shooting took place, survived the incident without any injuries.

Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said the gunman was a former employee who was fired in April. Demings said the 45-year-old man came into the building armed with a gun and a knife and fatally shot four men and a woman then turned the gun on himself.

The shooting was reported at 8:03 a.m. at an industrial area on North Forsyth Road near Hanging Moss Road, northwest of Colonial Drive and State Road 417 in Orlando. Forsyth Road is closed from University and State Road 50.

The Orange County Sheriff’s Office tweeted that there are “multiple fatalities” in a “tragic incident.”

shit man, what the hell is going on? this was literally the first thing i heard about when i turned on the tv this morning… fuck man, what a crappy way to start the day.

oh, and i pressure washed my back deck over the weekend and then it turns around and decides to rain today… damnit.

#mumbles

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The London Bridge Attacker

London Bridge attacker in Arsenal shirt was ex-Tube worker ‘family man’ called Abz, 27 who appeared on Channel 4 documentary

The ex-KFC and London Tube worker, known as Abz, 27, was quizzed by cops over his twisted views before he was gunned down along with his two accomplices down following the depraved assault on Saturday night.

was once again sad to hear about the latest terror attack in london over the weekend… 3 attacks in the last three months, and this one happening basically at the same time as that ariana grande concert that i heard about — dunno if that was part of the plan or something, but sure seemed like a helluva coincidence y’know?

ugh, will this crazy shit never end?

Police uncover YouTube link to London terror attack

#sigh

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Developers Take $70B On App Store

Developer earnings from the App Store top $70 billion

Cupertino, California — Apple today announced that its global developer community has earned over $70 billion since the App Store launched in 2008. The App Store is home to the most innovative apps in the world and in the past 12 months alone, downloads have grown over 70 percent.

daaaaaaaamn… i knew it was a lot, but i guess i just never realized just how much money developers have earned from the App Store.

$70 billion is no joke.

#gdamn

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Lebanon Bans Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman Has Been Banned in Lebanon Over Gal Gadot’s Casting

All screenings of Wonder Woman that were slated to take place in Lebanon have been canceled, following a decision made by the Lebanese government. The issue at hand, The Hollywood Reporter explains, is Israeli actress Gal Gadot’s casting in the film because of her previous service in the Israeli Defense Force.

well that’s a damn shame, though not really much of a surprise to anybody… hell, wouldn’t be surprised to see some headline stating that the entire middle east bans the movie and to be caught watching it is punishable by stoning or some shit.

speaking of Wonder Woman, a friend of mine told me yesterday that he read that early reviews on the movie are great and that some are saying that it’s the best DC movie since the Dark Knight.

The Wonder Woman Movie Is Even Better Than You Hoped It Would Be

PS. still think i’ll just wait for it to hit redbox.

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RIP Roger Moore

Sir Roger Moore, Who Portrayed James Bond as a Playful Superspy, Dead at 89

Sir Roger Moore, the third actor to take on the legendary mantle of James Bond, has died of cancer at the age of 89.

A star of the TV screen during the mid 20th-century—in starring roles such as Ivanhoe, Maverick, and most famously as Simon Templar in The Saint—Moore achieved global fame when he replaced George Lazenby as the new star of the James Bond franchise. Moore played the hero—a suave, more humorous bent on the iconic British spy in comparison to his predecessors—across seven feature films between 1973 and 1985, covering franchise classics like The Man with Golden Gun and The Spy Who Loved Me.

well damn, today’s really shaping up to be a rather depressing one isn’t it?

can’t even tell you how many times i must’ve watched and rewatched the 007 movies as a kid growing up… kinda feel like an old childhood friend just died or something.

#SadPanda  #Sigh

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Suicide Bomber Attacks Ariana Grande Concert

Manchester Arena Suicide Bombing: 22 Die at Ariana Grande Concert

MANCHESTER, England — Children were among 22 people killed in a suicide attack after an Ariana Grande concert at Britain’s Manchester Arena, police said early Tuesday.

The bomber also died when he detonated an improvised explosive device near one of the venue’s exits at 10:33 p.m. local time (5:33 p.m. ET) on Monday, according to authorities.

Eight-year-old Saffie Rose Roussos was among the fatalities, according to her school.

Officials said 59 other people were wounded, including some who suffered life-threatening injuries. Many others remained missing.

ISIS claimed responsibility for the attack but produced no evidence. Earlier, a 23-year-old man was arrested in Manchester in connection with the attack.

The pop star’s fan base is primarily girls and teenagers, so the venue was packed full of families. Continue…

heard about this on the news this morning on the drive into work, and man… fucking horrible… bunch of parents and kids at a concert… fucking animals… actually that’s an insult to animals, and i’m not really sure what the best word to describe these evil assholes anymore.

damn man.

LIST: Recent Major Terror in Europe…

3,500 suspected terrorists in UK…

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RIP Chris Cornell

Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell has died

Chris Cornell, lead singer of Soundgarden and Audioslave, has died aged 52. The singer’s representative Brian Bumbery confirmed the news to the Associated Press, describing the death as “sudden and unexpected”, The Guardian report.

According to Bumbery’s statement, the grunge icon passed away in Detroit on Wednesday (May 17). His family will work closesly with the medical examiner to determine the cause of death and have asked for privacy at this time.

oh man, what sad news…

i got home last night just in time to sit down and watch the “I Am Heath Ledger” that i was looking forward to seeing… really good by the way, and kinda left me both amazed at just how much he accomplished, and even more sad at his passing — learned quite a bit about the guy that i didn’t know as well.

then i turn around and hear about this on the radio while driving over to Wawa for my morning coffee fix (i’m hopelessly addicted)… and was like “oh shit man, really?!”… they guys on the radio said something about it being a possible suicide?

#WTF  #SadPanda

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Hey Comey, You’re Fired!

F.B.I. Director James Comey Is Fired by Trump

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday fired the director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey, abruptly terminating the top official leading a criminal investigation into whether Mr. Trump’s advisers colluded with the Russian government to steer the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

The stunning development in Mr. Trump’s presidency raised the specter of political interference by a sitting president into an existing investigation by the nation’s leading law enforcement agency. It immediately ignited Democratic calls for a special counsel to lead the Russia inquiry.

Mr. Trump explained the firing by citing Mr. Comey’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, even though the president was widely seen to have benefited politically from that inquiry and had once praised Mr. Comey for his “guts” in his pursuit of Mrs. Clinton during the campaign.

But in his letter to Mr. Comey, released to reporters by the White House, the president betrayed his focus on the continuing inquiry into Russia and his aides.

“While I greatly appreciate you informing me, on three separate occasions, that I am not under investigation, I nevertheless concur with the judgment of the Department of Justice that you are not able to effectively lead the bureau,” Mr. Trump said in a letter to Mr. Comey dated Tuesday. White House officials refused to say anything more about the three occasions Mr. Trump cited. Continue…

i was a little surprised last night when i pulled up my twitter feed on my phone and the first thing i saw was something about the FBI director being fired — on techcrunch of all places… i’m sure some people were surprised, it sure sounds like James Comey was from what i’ve read, since the first he heard about it was seeing the news on the TV… man, what a shitty way to find out you just lost your job, y’know?

anywho, can’t say i’m really all that surprised… if anything, i would’ve thought that Trump would’ve let him go in the first few weeks after taking office, to be honest.

10 Major FBI Scandals On Comey’s Watch…

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X-37B Two Years Later

Air Force Releases Photos of X-37B Plane After 700 Days in Space

Early Sunday, a sonic booming could be heard across central Florida as an unmanned, reusable space plane landed at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. Shortly after the unannounced landing, the Air Force tweeted that an X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle had returned from orbit.

The space plane had been circling Earth for over 700 days. It was launched by an Alliance Atlas V rocket on May 20, 2015. The X-37B’s orbital mission was entirely classified and we still don’t know exactly what it was doing up there all this time.

man, that’s kinda crazy… i remember reading and blogging about this when it launched, and totally forgot all about it until i stumbled across this just now — so it’s been up there orbiting around our lovely little blue dot for the past two years?

wow.

PS. what’s up with the guys in the white hazmat suits? seems kinda weird… what kind of experiments are they doing up there in space?!

#curious  #blink

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Millennials Living @ Home

Here’s how many millennials live with their parents in each US state

Nearly one in three millennials lives in their parents’ home.

The US Census Bureau recently released a study on how young adulthood has changed between the 1970s and today. One of the main topics covered in the study was living situations.

In 1975, a 57% majority of young adults aged 18-34 lived with a spouse, while just 26% of adults lived in their parents’ home. In 2016, only 27% of young adults lived with a spouse, while the proportion of 18-34 year olds living with their parents went up to 31%, becoming the most common living situation.

daaaaaaaaamn..!!!!

i knew that more kids millennials were living at home these days that like every before… but seeing it broken down by percentages at the state level really hits home — pardon the pun.

#yikes  #surprised

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Lefties Threaten Violence, Rose Parade Cancelled

Portland parade canceled after protesters threaten to rough up Republicans

Protesters in Portland, Oregon, have gone from blocking streets and disrupting City Council meetings to threatening to rough up Republicans, and James Buchal is sick of it.

The chairman of the Multnomah County Republican Party, Mr. Buchal accused city officials of kowtowing to “domestic terrorism” after an annual parade was canceled over a warning from radicals who said they would wreck the event unless Republicans were excluded.

“[O]nce again, local civic leaders didn’t do enough to prevent organized gangs of criminal thugs from running rampant in the city,” Mr. Buchal said Wednesday in a statement. “According to the criminal elements, they control the streets of Portland.”

Organizers of the 82nd Avenue of Roses Parade scrapped the Saturday event after receiving an anonymous email offering a choice: Either bar the Multnomah County Republicans or “we will have two hundred or more people rush into the parade into the middle and drag and push those people out.”

“You have seen how much power we have downtown and that the police cannot stop us from shutting down roads so please consider your decision wisely,” said the email from thegiver@riseup.net.

what a week for the lefties… first there was all that crazy bullshit with Ann Coulter being threatened and cancelling her talk at Berkley, rightfully raising lots of questions about our first amendment right to free speech… she should’ve been welcomed with open arms, even if many of the students didn’t like or agree with what she had to say… at least sit down, be quiet, and listen to what she says first… then you can argue and debate — that’s a good and healthy thing, especially for any democracy.

then today i read about this rose parade being cancelled because a local “anti-fascist” liberal group in oregon threatened to mob and beat up people in a fucking rose parade because some republicans are involved? are you fucking serious?!

first thing it reminded me of was the “brown coats” in early 1930’s germany… gangs running around, beating people up, and threatening violence against other people and groups to keep them quiet — seriously, think about it for a second.

ugh, whatever.

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U.S. Drops MOAB In Afghanistan

U.S. drops ‘MOAB,’ a ‘Mother of All Bombs,’ in Afghanistan

The U.S. Air Force has deployed a so-called GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast bomb, known as the “Mother of All Bombs,” in Afghanistan, according to reports citing military personnel. The bombing was confirmed by White House spokesman Sean Spicer in his daily press briefing.

The more-than-20,000-pound bomb, referred to as a bunker buster, was dropped Thursday by an MC-130 aircraft, operated by an Air Force special unit, NBC reported.

Sources told the news organization that the mission targeted an ISIS tunnel network and personnel in the Achin district of Nangarhar Province, near the border with Pakistan.

MOAB is the largest nonnuclear bomb and is valued primarily for its ability to penetrate deep into Earth’s surface. According to an article from the Global Research Centre for Research on Globalization, such bombs are able to drill through 200 feet of reinforced concrete.

holy shit man! the largest non-nuclear bomb in the world, with a 1 mile blast radius?!

g’damn.

saw a tweet scroll by with something like “are we headed to WWIII?” and clicked the link… damn man, that’s some crazy shit… then again, on the flipside, maybe we should’ve been dropping these damn things on those crazy cave systems in afghanistan all along, and flush all those Taliban/Al-Qaeda/ISIS terrorists out.

China flaunts military might on state TV…

PS. just thought of that scene in the first Iron Man movie, with Tony Stark giving that weapons demo… lol

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U.S. Strikes Syrian Airbase

Russia condemns Syria missile strike ordered by Trump

(CNN)Russia and Syria have condemned the first US military strike against the Syrian regime, launched after a chemical weapons attack that killed dozens of civilians earlier in the week.

The Russian president, Vladimir Putin, denounced the strike on a Syrian airfield as “act of aggression” Friday and said it violated international law. Western leaders backed the US action, saying Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had brought it on himself.

On the orders of President Donald Trump, 59 Tomahawk cruise missiles were launched from US warships in the eastern Mediterranean. The missiles were directed at the Shayrat airfield, believed by the US to be the base for warplanes that carried out the chemical attack on a rebel-held town in Idlib on Tuesday.

Syria said six people were killed in the strike.

Trump said he ordered the operation after Tuesday’s attack on the rebel-held town of Khan Sheikhoun that killed more than 80 people, including many children. Pictures from the aftermath of the attack, showing dead and injured children, shocked the world.

Western nations blamed the Syrian regime for the attack. But Russia said it did not believe the Syrian government held any chemical weapons.

i was pretty confused last night when i got a text message from a friend asking if we were now at war with syria, and mentioned something about missiles… having no idea what the hell they were talking about, i brought up CNN and was like “whoa… what the shit is going on?!”

heard about that chemical attack by assad, and thought that was soooooooo incredibly fucked up… even more so, since this is at least the second (or third?) time he’s used chemical weapons against his own people… and last i remember, they came to some agreement back under Obama and removed “all” chemical weapons.

yeah right.

personally, i’m happy — well, maybe that’s not quite the right word here — that Trump ordered the strike, and at the very least sent a damn strong message to syria (and russia/iran)… hopefully it doesn’t escalate, but can we really sit back and do nothing?

PS. i can only take the news in small blocks, so depressing.

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Robots Will Replace Us

Robots will take a third of British jobs by 2030, report says

A third of existing British jobs are at risk of being taken over by robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) within 15 years, a report reveals.

As many as 30pc of existing roles in the UK could be automated by 2030 with the most at risk industries being waste management, transportation and manufacturing, according to an analysis by PwC. However, the report stressed that automation won’t result in rocketing unemployment.

“The UK employment rate is at its highest level now since comparable records began in 1971, despite advances in digital and other labour-saving technologies,” said John Hawksworth, chief economist at PwC.

Mr Hawksworth anticipates that manual and routine tasks will be susceptible to automation, with social skills and creative roles being more protected. “That said, no industry is entirely immune from future advances in robotics and AI,” he said.

feel like we all have a feeling that this not only coming, but it probably inevitable… between all the recent advancements in AIs and robotics, half of us are probably gonna be out of a job.

thankfully, they still need coders/designers… at least for now, and if that ever changes in the future, hopefully i’ll be retired by then.

#KnocksOnWood

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ISPs Can Now Sell Your Web History

The Senate Just Voted to Let Internet Providers Sell Your Web History

Today, the US Senate voted 50-48 to overturn broadband privacy rules that would have required internet service providers get consumer consent before selling their web browsing data to advertisers or other data companies.

The rules, which passed in October of last year, govern the collection and selling of private data by ISPs like Verizon, Comcast, or AT&T. Those rules would have required internet providers to ask for permission before selling data about your usage, like web browsing history and location, as well as data about finances, health, app usage, and more. The Senate just voted against it.

interesting read… still kinda mulling it all over in my head, but i appreciated reading some of the history leading up to the vote, etc… to be honest, i just figured they were already doing that shit in the background and don’t really care too much.

on the flipside, i’m not overly keen hearing about my TV “watching” me and gathering / selling my viewing habits to advertisers… so i guess i can get confusing and be a bit of a mess.

#hmmmmm

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Post London Attack Questions

What Britain Must Ask Itself after London Attacks

U.K. authorities have been preparing for a terrorist attack of this kind for years.

At 2:40 p.m. London time, a terrorist drove a vehicle into pedestrians on London’s Westminster Bridge. Then, reaching the north side of the bridge over the River Thames, he smashed into the gates of the British Parliament. Leaving his vehicle, he fought with police officers just inside a Parliamentary checkpoint. He was then shot and killed by armed police. Regrettably, before he died, the terrorist murdered one police officer and two other individuals and injured at least 20 others.

By utilizing a motor vehicle and knife and by targeting police (though this may have been pursuant to a desire to enter the Houses of Parliament), this assault follows Daesh (a.k.a. ISIS) methodology. And coincidentally or not, today is also the first anniversary of the Daesh attacks in Brussels. It is so far unclear whether the attack is linked to or inspired by Daesh — but I would bet very strongly that it is.

Regardless, British officials must now answer three pressing questions.

First, was the suspect operating alone or as part of a larger cell? Here, we must recognize that Britain’s terrorism environment is diverse. There are the loser-lone-wolfs in the vein of Omar Mateen, the Orlando nightclub shooter, but also skilled, multi-member cells. Daesh has previously planned highly compartmented, multi-stage attack plots in Europe. And in January 2016, it specifically threatened London’s Tower Bridge (not Westminster Bridge) and the then-prime minister, David Cameron. Authorities must quickly identify the suspect’s connections and learn whether (as with Daesh plots in France) he was advised by operatives abroad.

This leads us to the second question: Was the suspect known to the authorities? I suspect he was. British counterterrorism authorities retain a highly advanced database of jihadists and their sympathizers. This is helped by the fact that U.K. spy agencies have great latitude to identify and monitor terrorist suspects. The challenge, however, is that the number of terrorist suspects in Britain reaches into the thousands. Correspondingly, counterterrorism investigators must prioritize resources on those individuals they believe to pose the most significant threat. They cannot monitor everyone all the time. That said, if the suspect does turn out to be a known threat, political pressure will grow for a reintroduction of the now-defunct “control orders,” which imposed electronic tagging on terrorist suspects in lieu of prosecution.

Third, the U.K. must consider how well it responded today. While the Paris and Brussels attacks led the British to improve their response capacity to so-called roaming attacks, more must be done. Until now, the specific focus has been on investment in improved SWAT counterterrorism capabilities. But those efforts have been prioritized for London. Two immediate issues for the British are that the physical security of Parliament and the personal security of the British prime minister and the Queen are inadequate. Continue…

there’s always plenty of questions in the aftermath of these types of aggression / attacks… and sadly, we’ve become quite used to asking and hearing all the responses over the past decade or so… with so many terrorist attacks, after awhile i wonder if most people simply kinda tune it out?

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