News.com.AU: Belle Gibson - ‘No, None of it is true’.
“Factitious disorder is self driving and self perpetuating, maintained by the attention that people receive. Sufferers who use social media have a wider audience and therefore a greater propensity to receive the attention they are looking for by pretending to have the illness.” No remorse, endangering real cancer patients’ lives with bad advice. Just a plea of “I’m screwed up. I have Mommy issues. Give me some respect.”
GitHub/hiddentao: Officer Involved Shootings incidents map for the US.
Mashable: Drone carrying bottle of radioactive material lands on Japanese PM’s office.
And the drone paranoia will turn to ‘11’ ...
BBC: Does a US child go missing every 90 seconds?
Of those missing, the ‘truly’ kidnapped are more like ~1:7000 (if I did my math correctly; doubtful after this day). I believe the likelihood of a 20-something dropping dead is 1:2000, last time I looked. We don’t wrap 20-year-olds in bubble wrap and store them in closets. Let kids walk to school, play in playgrounds.
NY Times: Pilot of Gyrocopter Is Arrested After Landing on Lawn at Capitol.
I could wish he hadn’t done this. Gives people ideas.
WaPo: ‘Free-range’ parents plan to file lawsuit after police pick up children.
Three squadcars?! Over six hours of being detained, of which it looks like three were in the back of a parked police cruiser? No food, no bathrooms, presumably. Inhuman. Outrageous.
Vox: Elizabeth Warren has a game-changing idea that doesn’t require Congress.
“From Warren’s point of view, the idea of banks that are simultaneously so vulnerable to collapse and so integral to the ongoing operation of the economy that the government dare not prosecute them is the essence of the problem.” My italics.
Photo Attorney: Musician’s Photo Release is a Rights Grab.
Wow. Just wow.
TechDirt: TSA Agents Outwitted By Cory Doctorow’s Unlocked, ‘TSA-Safe’ Suitcase.
Check out the photo. Back when I used to fly regularly, the major airlines had a $25 per bag liability. Hair-raising, when I was having to haul a system worth $60k with me.
Guardian.UK: ‘Free-range’ kids taken into custody again - parents had to sign ‘safety plan’.
I oppose this idiocy with all might and main. Why they even need to be labelled ‘free-range kids’, boggles my mind. I learned SO MANY important things out on my own. Parents and schools can only do so much. Kids must be so impoverished these days. The tyranny of constant tracking and observation.
I feel for these parents. Once CPS gets involved, your life is hell. All those social workers, looking for advancement. “True believers.” You as a parent are ‘guilty’ until ‘proven innocent’ by extremely dubious standards of measure.
EFF Busts Podcasting Patent, Invalidating Key Claims at Patent Office.
“In petitions filed with Patent Office, EFF showed that Personal Audio did not invent anything new before it filed its patent application, and, in fact, other people were podcasting for years previously.”
BBC: Mother who killed son with salt for web attention jailed.
BBC: US judge strikes out Prince Andrew sex claims.
“BBC royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell said Judge Marra had expressed no opinion as to the “validity or veracity” of the allegations against Prince Andrew.” Certainly not exoneration; just ‘impertinence.’ I wonder at that very curious, specific choice of word.
Photo Attorney: Federal Lands Photography Rules.
FYI. A bookmark is definitely in order.
New Economic Perspectives: We Send Teachers to Prison for Rigging the Numbers, Why Not Bankers?
“Wow, a newspaper did a series of articles, and documented a scandal built on deceit. Imagine if the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal were to do an ‘unsparing’ investigation into banking fraud – and into Attorney General Eric Holder’s refusal to prosecute. What if they actually looked at culpability in the C-suites?” Hear, hear.
BBC: Indiana lawmakers unveil proposed changes to religious law.
What I don’t get, is why these kinds of ideas get so far when they should be shot down immediately by the Establishment Clause. The law is clearly intended to aid certain religions. Entanglement? Seen the news in the last few days? FAIL.
BBC: Eleven Atlanta teachers teachers in mass cheating scandal.
“She insisted that she was innocent, but many accused her of pressuring the teachers to show improvements in scores which would unlock greater federal funding.” You know, I’ve wondered how prevalent this behavior is, given the linking of funds to performance. Checks and balances? Are there any?
KRQE: *Seven* fires sparked in the Albuquerque Bosque in two days.
TG’s Political Wire: Are Republicans Losing Big Business?
Sigh of relief. Republicans, when in power, can’t resist going after social issues. Noone will remember any detail of Benghazi; everyone will remember the folks who support Indiana - and negatively.
ars technica: Energy companies around the world infected by newly discovered malware.
The Atlantic: U.S. Supreme Court - GPS Trackers Are a Form of Search and Seizure.
“If the government puts a GPS tracker on you, your car, or any of your personal effects, it counts as a search—and is therefore protected by the Fourth Amendment. The Supreme Court clarified and affirmed that law on Monday ...” Good.
Guardian.UK: Deepwater oil spill - BP steps up PR effort to insist all is well in the Gulf.
“This year, the NWF found that higher-than-normal rates of death for many species continued, and are likely linked to the disaster: dolphins along Louisiana’s coastline were found dead at four times historic rates last year, and research has shown the deaths of 12% of brown pelicans and 32% of a species of gull can be linked to the spill. The NWF report also says the eggs of many animals – from trout in the Gulf to pelicans nesting as far away as Minnesota – have been found to contain oil and the dispersant used by BP in the wake of the spill.”
NakedCap: Fracking’s New Nemesis - Earthquake Lawsuits.
“Indeed, some of the bigger players appear to have decided it’s best to keep these cases out of the press if possible. BHP Billiton and Chesapeake Energy settled a 2013 case lodged by five homeowners for a confidential amount.” Industries prefer to minimize case law on the books. Swift gag settlements are the first line of defense.
In These Times: Is There Anything Wrong with GMOs?
“Everybody thinks patenting plant materials happened with GMOs, but it didn’t. It goes back to the 1930s. Farmers in the developed world have been buying seeds from companies for many, many years.” And, indeed, it is true. Other interesting tidbits within.
NY Times: Islamic State Destruction Renews Debate Over Repatriation of Antiquities.
I used to be pro-repatriation. I suppose Zahi Hawass made such a strong case for Egyptian artifacts to be best appreciated in their country of origin, I was convinced. The Bamiyan Buddhas, Arab Spring, etc. have convinced me otherwise now. Spread cultural treasures widely throughout the world - with liberal travel/touring displays. Humanity’s art and history belong to no individual nation, region or political system.