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Another Tool Against Scammers.

Well, this looks like fun….

Introducing Re:scam – an artificially intelligent email bot made to reply to scam emails. Re:scam wastes scammers time with a never-ending series of questions and anecdotes so that scammers have less time to pursue real people.

If you think you’ve received a scam email, forward it to me@rescam.org and we’ll take it from there. We’ll even send you a transcript of the conversations Re:scam has had with the scammer – sometimes they can be quite funny! Please note, this can take a while as the bot is designed to reply to the scammer at varying times to appear natural – it may take anywhere from a few seconds to a few days to reply to the scammer each time.


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PragerU Sues Google / YouTube.

We have included videos from PragerU here on Raised on Hoecakes for several years now. We do so because there are days when we are tired of typing or real life doesn’t leave us the desire or energy to type a long post. We also do it for the reason that PregerU videos often present a conservative point of view with which we agree, but most of all, we find their videos to be educational and a great starting point for discussions.

Over the last year, Google / YouTube has decided that some of the PragerU videos are not worthy of being on PragerU’s YouTube channel and has banned, restricted or demonitized the videos.

In the filing, PragerU notes:

In so doing, YouTube holds itself out as the largest public forum for video based speech in California, the United States, and the world. YouTube plays a role of a public forum where, based on the number of views, likes, and subscriptions, new celebrities emerge and new ideas are popularized. Indeed, on its own “Official Blog,” YouTube has itself stated that its “mission” is to “give people a voice” in a “place to express yourself” and in a “community where everyone’s voice can be heard.” In totality, YouTube claims to be “one of the largest and most diverse collections of self-expression in history,” giving “people opportunities to share their voice and talent no matter where they are from or what their age or point of view.” See, e.g., https://youtube.googleblog.com/ (YouTube Official Blog: Broadcast Yourself).

While a full list of the videos that were or are restricted can be found here, some of the videos Google / YouTube has blocked and or restricted include these:

We don’t see anything on the lists that are “inappropriate” or as Google / YouTube claimed, “not suitable for young people.”
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Chicago Set To Repeal Soda Tax.

Last November, the Cook County Board of Commissioners passed a bill that taxed “sweetened beverages” at the rate of $0.01 (one cent) per ounce. The tax was implemented in July of 2017.

For those who are interested in what drinks the tax covered, the bill defines “sweetened beverage” as:

Sweetened beverage means any non-alcoholic beverage, carbonated or non-carbonated, which is intended for human consumption and contains any caloric sweetener or non-caloric sweetener, and is available for sale in a bottle or produced for sale from using through the use of syrup and/or powder. Sweetened beverage does not include (1) beverages consisting of 100% natural fruit or vegetable juice; (2) beverages in which milk, or soy, rice, or similar milk substitute, makes up more than 50% of the beverage or is the first listed ingredient on the label of the beverage; (3) beverages to which a purchaser can add, or can request that a retailer add, caloric sweetener or non-caloric sweetener; (4) infant formula; (5) beverages for medical use; (6) any liquid sold as a therapeutic nutritional meal replacement or for use for weight reduction as a meal replacement; or (7) any syrup or powder that the purchaser himself or herself combines with other ingredients to create a beverage.

Clear as mud, right?

The tax set off an advertising war between retailers, soda manufacturers, and tax opponents against outside interests such as Michael Bloomberg of New York.

Proponents of the tax said it would aid in the fight against obesity in adults and children. In fact, if one reads the bill, that is all the bill talks about – the effects of sweetened drinks on health. Opponents talked about how the tax was regressive in impacting the poor more than the rich, penalizing people for making choices, the increase of the nanny state, outside influences, and just the fact that the tax is another tax in a area where residents are highly taxed on everything.

According to Reuters, the tax is set to be repealed:
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Illegal Immigrant Accused Of Raping 6 Year Old Girl.

Edgar Mendoza

Above is a picture of one Edgar Mendoza, and illegal immigrant from Guatemala. Martinez is accused of raping a 6 year old child in her Trenton, NJ home.

An illegal immigrant in New Jersey is accused of raping a 6-year-old girl then jumping out of a second-floor window after her father walked in during the assault, police said.

Edgar Mendoza, 32, is accused of breaking into a Trenton, N.J. home at about 1:30 a.m. on Sept. 19 and molesting a 6-year-old girl while she was in bed, according to the Trentonian. Her father realized something was amiss when he noticed an upstairs light was turned off, according to the Star Ledger.

When the father entered the bedroom, he found Mendoza on the young girl’s bed, police said. Mendoza leapt from the second-story window and ran off, police said. The father called police.

During the presidential campaign, Donald Trump was eviscerated by the left and the main stream media for making this assertion:

When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” Trump said at his presidential announcement in June. “They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

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Dairy Farmer Convicted For Illegal Immigration (Workers, Not Cows.)

An owner of two Michigan dairy farms has been convicted of knowingly hiring illegal immigrants to work on his farms.

Back in September of 2016, the owner was indicted:

The dairy farms are located in Huron and Tuscola counties. The Parisville Dairy and Dunganstown Dairy, along with their owners Denis Burke, 53, and Madeline Burke, 50, both of Cass City, were indicted by a federal grand jury in Bay City, according to a news release from the United States Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Michigan.
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The Burkes owned and operated Parisville Dairy and Dunganstown Dairy where they employed workers at the farm, according to the indictment. Beginning in 2007 and continuing through June 2013, the Burkes allegedly conspired to transport, conceal, harbor and shield from detection, undocumented immigrants to obtain their services for financial gain.

As a part of its hiring practices, the indictment further alleges the Burkes and the farms failed to conduct the necessary inquiries required by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to determine the eligibility of all individuals to work in the U.S.

Some of the undocumented immigrants were hired by the Burkes on multiple occasions, using different names or Social Security numbers, according to the release. The defendants induced the undocumented immigrants to reside in the U.S. by providing them with employment and free housing on the farm, away from scrutiny by immigration authorities and the surrounding community.

Last Tuesday, Denis Burke agreed to pay nearly $1.4 million dollars in fines. He will be sentenced on January 4th, with the prospect of jail time very real.
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Man Who Stopped Robbery Being Sued By Robber.

On July 20, 2017, Cregg Jerri was in a Fresno, California Starbucks sipping coffee when Ryan Florez entered the store without the intention of getting a coffee or a muffin.

Flores was there to rob the joint.

Flores was wearing a Transformers mask and brandishing a gun. He then pulled out a knife.

Jerri, by that time, had seen what was happening and used a chair to hit Flores over the head.

Jerri managed to wrestle the knife away from Flores. In the process, Jerri was stabbed in the neck while Flores was stabbed or cut 17 times.
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Cocoa Beach, Palm Bay, Satellite Beach: If You Like Meetings, You Have Your Choice Tonight.

Like a seemingly endless items at a buffet, tonight there are lots of meetings that people can and should attend in their local communities.

COCOA BEACH: Tonight Cocoa Beach hosts a Charter Review Board meeting. The agenda for the meeting can be found here. There are some interesting things within the proposed changes to the Charter as we suggest that people read them as they will affect everyone.

The City also has two more meetings this week. Tomorrow night there is a Special City Commission Meeting concerning the budget which starts at 6:00 P.M.

The Commissioners will be right back at it on Thursday night at 6:00 PM again for a CRA meeting followed by a regular Commission meeting at 7:00 PM.

PALM BAY: The City Council will meet tonight at 6:30 PM for a budget meeting as well. Ordinances will be read, discussed and voted upon concerning fees and millage increases.

The Council takes a day off and then hosts a regular meeting on Thursday at 7:00 PM.

SATELLITE BEACH: Satellite Beach has a Board of Adjustment meeting tonight concerning a variance request made by the developers / architects of the proposed Solar Hotel. We wrote about this variance request and why it does not meet any legal standard for a variance yesterday.
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Stupidity Knows No Bounds.

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any more stupid, ridiculous, asinine, insipid and whatever other word you want to use to describe it, comes this news out of ESPN:

ESPN has removed an announcer from its broadcast of the University of Virginia’s first football game next month because he has the same name as a Confederate general memorialized in statues that are being taken down across the country.

The network announced late Tuesday that the announcer, Robert Lee, a part-time employee who calls about a dozen college football and basketball games a year for ESPN, would no longer participate in the broadcast of the Sept. 2 game in Charlottesville, Va., which became the center of violent clashes this month during a white supremacist gathering.

Robert Lee, the announcer, is of Asian descent. He has nothing to do with any protests or any lineage to the Lee family of Virginia. The surname “Lee” is one of the most popular surnames in the world.

A tweet sent out by an ESPN executive tried to defend the decision:
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