naked cap: Who Will Wind Up Holding the Bag in the Shale Gas Bubble?
The taxpayer, ultimately.
WSJ: Drone Flights Face FAA Hit.
Paywall blocks reading it for me, but some of you may have access. Sounds like the FAA is going restrictive, as I expected.
PS Mag: They Steal Babies, Don’t They?
“Children were being shipped quickly into international adoption, being made available as young as a few days or months — which meant that there had been no effort whatsoever to help out the birth family, and no effort to place the child with extended family or community. Money, in other words, was distorting the system, vacuuming children out of Ethiopia for profit.” My italic emphasis. I call that kidnapping, at the very least.
NY Times: Where Oil and Politics Mix.
“Reluctant landowners standing in the way of progress.” A lot of big money behind fracking; they steamroll rather than negotiate. No municipalities have regulations or laws in place for the onslaught, other than the 1860’s mining law.
NY Daily News: Bill Cosby paid off women says ex-NBC employee.
He’s finished. The handlers have started talking. I was going to post yesterday that this was too large of an operation to be a one-person deal. It needed coordination ... booking flights, renting cars, maintaining security. Many are complicit.
Photo Attorney: Forest Service Chief Issues Directive on Photography Permits.
Cut to the chase: “I also want to emphasize that commercial photography only requires a permit if the photography takes place at locations where members of the public are not allowed, or uses models, sets, or props. Commercial film and photography permit fees should be primarily viewed as land-use fees. If the activity presents no more impact on the land than that of the general public, then it shall be exempt from permit requirements.” My italic emphasis.
the interpreter: ISIS beheadings are a grotesque media strategy
“None of these actions are designed to dissuade Western military intervention in Iraq or Syria, or even to goad the West into becoming decisively committed on the ground, because ISIS understands this is unlikely to occur. Rather, it has a much more short-term aim: to get ISIS’s military and political setbacks out of the media cycle and replace them with bloody imagery that demonstrates ISIS is still a force.” It is very unsettling to see social media and personal branding strategies used for these purposes.
BBC: Trip Advisor couple ‘fined’ £100 by hotel for bad review.
“People should have the right to vent their disappointment if a hotel stay did not meet their expectations and should not be prevented from having their say.” Reviews are getting less and less useful for the consumer, as people become fearful of litigation.
Vox: Everything you need to know about the Bill Cosby sexual assault allegations.
Perhaps an update to the statute of limitations is in order? Since noone successfully prosecuted, and the incidents are far out of the range of court redress, it is conceivable Cosby could sue for defamation (libel and slander both). It would be grotesque to do so ...
Later: The Dish, What to think of Bill Cosby?
BBC: Topless sunbather photographed by estate agent drone.
“Mandy Lingard, who was sunbathing in her back garden wearing just a thong, said she realised only when she saw an advertising board near her home.” Would turn into a liability or harrassment suit in the US. Wait for it.
NY Times: The Civil War’s Environmental Impact.
“Man has too long forgotten that the earth was given to him for usufruct alone, not for consumption, still less for profligate waste.” A useful word for upcoming drone issues, methinks. Or knocking Ms Nockett.
TechDirt: Selling Fear - The First US School Installs A Shooting Detection System.
Politico: The Police Are Still Out of Control - Frank Serpico.
“In the NYPD, it used to be you’d fire two shots and then you would assess the situation. You didn’t go off like a madman and empty your magazine and reload. Today it seems these police officers just empty their guns and automatic weapons without thinking, in acts of callousness or racism. They act like they’re in shooting galleries.”
LA Times: Sherlock Holmes belongs to us all: Supreme Court declines to hear case.
“The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear a case brought by Doyle’s estate, which claimed that authors who wanted to publish stories about Holmes needed to pay the estate a licensing fee. This leaves intact a June decision by 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Richard Posner, which held that most of Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes stories are no longer protected by copyright.”
The Nation: People Voted for Republicans Last Night—That Doesn’t Mean They Like Them.
“Perhaps the stupidest thing that Democrats could do now is to respond to last night’s beating by tacking right. If they don’t, there could be a miniscule silver lining. At the moment, conservatives are ebullient, which means they’re likely to overplay their hand.” Ack. I heard the word ‘mandate’. Grab me a barf bag, quick.
DesignYouTrust: The Sad Story of a Stolen Truck.
Terrible end for a gorgeous truck. I’ll keep my eye out for similar models; there’s a great old junkyard down in Vaughn that I’ve been meaning to troll with my camera for B/W shots - though from the Google Maps satellite cam, it looks like someone’s hauled away a lot of the great ones already (those grass rings nearest the road were some fantastic 40’s pickups).
KOB-TV/New Mexico: OSU sues NMSU over pistol-packing mascot.
Given their long use, copyright law will probably favor OSU.
Guardian.UK: Drones spotted over seven French nuclear sites, says EDF.
Vox: GamerGate’s scary plan to wipe Gawker Media from the face of the Earth.
“On some fundamental level, GamerGate is driven by the thought that games publications shouldn’t just have ethical standards but should never publish an opinion the movement disagrees with ever.” If so, Joseph Goebbels smiles in pride.
Photo Attorney: Texas Statute Limiting Photos of People Found To Be Unconstititional.
Photoshelter Blog: 8 Legal Cases Every Photographer Should Know.
NY Times: South African Prosecutors Say They’ll Appeal Pistorius Conviction and Sentence.
I’m still not buying the burglar theory. I suspect the prosecution simply couldn’t construct, from available evidence, a convincing enough alternate scenario in the time they had. In a private two-person relationship, the trail is thin on the ground.
If I were a young lady, I would never ever date a prominent sports star. The odds are against you.
NY Times: Nurse Held in Ebola Quarantine Will Be Allowed to Go Home, Christie Says.
One has to ask, why is the CDC not involved, getting this poor lady out of the clutches of Christie?
Again, only the tip of the iceberg of how inhumane officials can get. In the meantime, if you’re flying back from Africa ... don’t land in Newark.
Self-absorbed Instagrammer defaces National Parks.
This makes me livid. Most know I spent over half a year working in Big Bend National Park in between years of college. We spent a great deal of our time trying to preserve things for future generations. I cannot even begin to express how impenetrably self-absorbed this young lady is.
I say put her on the Park Service’s lowest payscale job. She works as long as it takes to pay for the remediation of the damage she caused, plus a generous fine. Lives in park housing, eats park meals.
Normally, I’d say she needs to visit a psychologist, but I find hard work often smooths out such narcissism. Working in a park, she’ll learn to appreciate it ... make her work with the public, she’ll learn how obtuse the average park visitor can be. She will experience her behavior as in a mirror, and have to deal with the repercussions. Every. Single. Day.
She must be an example, a deterrent. Otherwise more will follow. More will follow anyway, but a proper balanced punishment will go far to prevent this behavior from spreading.
CJR: How do we know what we know about #Gamergate?
“The problem is that when anybody can tweet under the Gamergate hashtag, and no one wants to take responsibility for the movement, the media doesn’t know what to believe.” The media can’t pin down a crowdsourced gripe.