AJ America: ‘Hot Yoga’ Guru Loses Sexual-Harassment Suit.
“One witness, Sharon Clerkin, is said to have testified that Choudhury once announced at a packed training session, the majority of whose participants are usually women, that ‘I should rape more girls, it’s good for business.’”
PS Blog: Why Walter Iooss’ Streak of 50 Super Bowls Could End.
The big grab by Time, again. You’re going to see worse and worse photography. Question is, will anyone actually notice. When I see the gallons of HDR beshat upon so many pictures these days ...
naked cap: Gaius Publius - The Pressure on Warren to Support Hillary Clinton.
Of interest. Stick to your guns, Liz.
SF Reporter: Too Much Prosecution?
Oh, joy ... the Koch brothers in New Mexico. How to make my day.
The Nation: Elizabeth Warren Blasts a Republican Plan to Protect White-Collar Criminals.
“ Banks or payment processors would no longer be held criminally responsible for simply aiding fraudulent activity involving customer accounts, since the fraud was not primarily conducted by the bank, nor against it.” What the bloody hell? Mattresses, not banks. Mattresses. I’m convinced.
NPR: No Comment From Grinning Martin Shkreli At House Hearing On Drug Prices.
Everything that’s wrong with capitalism, in one human waste.
Techdirt: Countries Sign The TPP ... Whatever Happened To The ‘Debate’?
“... today’s symbolic signing should really be an exclamation point on the near total lack of transparency and debate in this process. The 90 day window was a perfect opportunity to have an actual discussion about what’s in the TPP and why there are problems with it, but the administration showed absolutely no interest in doing so.”
NPR: Does Egypt’s Law Protect ‘Short-Term Brides’ Or Formalize Trafficking?
Horrific. My heart screams in outrage.
New Yorker: Ted Cruz’s Iowa Mailers Are More Fraudulent Than Everyone Thinks.
“I just wonder how many of these went out to people who might seriously believe they committed a violation or were embarrassed that their neighbors might know about their alleged voting record.” Social pressure, huh? What’s next, browser histories? Don’t laugh.
SF New Mexican: Over 1 million face loss of food aid over work requirements.
“The provision applies to able-bodied adults ages 18 through 49 who have no children or other dependents in their home. It requires them to work, volunteer or attend education or job-training courses at least 80 hours a month to receive food aid. If they don’t, their benefits are cut off after three months.”
And for those who do have children? They don’t have to work?
APNewsBreak: US declares 22 Clinton emails ‘top secret’.
So stupid. Of all people, someone who should know better. She might as well have handed her opponents a sledge hammer. Would have done less damage to herself.
Later, needed context: “The State Department said it had “upgraded” the classification of the emails at the request of the nation’s intelligence agencies. Mr. Kirby said that none of the emails had been marked at any level of classification at the time they were sent through Mrs. Clinton’s computer server ...” That sounds better.
Cayman News Service: Billionaire boater destroys reef.
BBC: Oregon stand-off - Robert ‘LaVoy’ Finicum, a militiaman apart.
The leaders always seem to avoid consequences, the ‘true believers’ end up cannon fodder. He will be more powerful as a symbol now, because it is his words that will be reused, not the Bundys. What he asked for is more local control, more local decision-making - not at all unreasonable. Tax cuts and Republicanism have robbed Federal oversight of those features. The ironies are clear.
I feel so bad about his death, even though I did not agree with the methods used by these guys. I wish I could help his family.
SciAm: Mass Shootings Are Contagious.
I believe we already sort of knew this.
Autoweek: VW diesel emissions scandal forces Bosch to launch investigation.
Like inspecting one’s own navel. Can a corporation effectively investigate itself? Or will we have a couple of lower-echelon scapegoats thrown under the bus, with a declaration of “It’ll never happen again”?
PhotoShelter Blog: This Is What Happens When You Try to Photoshop Money.
HAH. Big Brother gets you.
WaPo: Kids would rather play Xbox than make money shoveling. It’s pitiful.
“A couple of teens going door to door in New Jersey last year were stopped by police for operating without a license, just like the summertime lemonade-stand crackdown. Politicians actually debated whether kids should have to get a $450 business license to shovel Old Lady Johnson’s walk down the street before passing a bill giving them special permission to shovel. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) signed it into law last week, just in time for the snow.” My incredulous italics. Via Medley on FB.
Guardian.UK: US authorities distorting tests to downplay lead content of water.
NBC News/Oregon Governor: Feds Told Us To Keep Quiet About Occupation.
Ball firmly in Obama’s court now. Next?
Guardian.UK: Locals demand Oregon militia leave refuge: ‘It’s time for you to go home’.
“Ammon, his brother Ryan Bundy and occupier Jon Ritzheimer all showed up to the Harney County meeting and left without facing any threats from law enforcement. They walked past multiple sheriff’s deputies on the way out to their trucks.” Hmmph. Locals should heat up the tar, split the pillows, and have a rail ready next time.
New Republic: The Public Domain Still Needs Idealism.
“The Idealist does not shed new light on Swartz’s life or death; what it does—and does very well—is put Swartz’s work in context. The book gives an engaging, if knowingly incomplete, account of the history of intellectual property and copyright law, the archaic roots (and current implications) of cyberlaw, and some key players in the ongoing fight between open-data philosophy and the federal government.” Oh, on my reading list for sure.
Medium/Anil Dash: I’m the most magnanimous motherfucker you know.
“Now imagine, if every other week a stranger said, “I think you intend to kill children.” Could you laugh it off three times in a row? Four? Eight?” Anil is one of the most extraordinarily decent people I know. When I read something that makes me want to blow a gasket, Anil can trace a route to resolution that is reasonable, ethical and respectful: he’s good in all senses of the word. That this kind of thing happens to him, hurts my heart. Angry-sad all at the same time.
naked cap: The Deeper, Uglier Side of TPP.
Grrr. “Because just the mere threat of these types of cases can for, especially for a small country, can mean millions of dollars just in legal fees, and so it will make them think twice about enacting a policy that a corporation doesn’t like.”
Guardian.UK: New Mexico to sue EPA after massive mining spill filled rivers with toxic waste.
No mention of where any awarded monies will go to. One would imagine cleanup, but history shows this isn’t necessarily a guarantee.
Vox: Where do Mexican drug cartels get their guns? The US.
Burglary and theft here in the Southwest is for firearms purchase (or discovery), according to what I read. Also, check the map of gun stores here.