Guardian.UK: The County - the story of America’s deadliest police.
Guardian, you’re missing an important piece, though you briefly mention it. Oil drilling. Big in Kern County. Where there are oil workers, there is meth. And crime soars, requiring exponential police response. Breeds this kind of behavior, I hate to say. So the blame goes ... ?
SF New Mexican: Santa Fe police seek suspects in million-dollar heist.
ArtDaily: Forger claims Da Vinci masterpiece “La Bella Principessa” is supermarket checkout girl.
As longtime readers know, I’ve been theorizing that this is a ‘golden age’ of forgery. We keep having ‘miraculous’ discoveries on a regular basis.
PS Blog: Is TIME Screwing Photographers?
SF New Mexican: Federal official says N.M. licenses are fine for U.S. travel.
“The fact the federal government didn’t give New Mexico an extension on Real ID compliance means that secure federal facilities in New Mexico will have to have stricter policies in the type of identification they accept. Starting Jan. 10, people won’t be able to use a New Mexico driver’s license to enter a military base or a federal installation such as the Los Alamos National Laboratory.” We’ll get four months’ notice if we need a passport for domestic travel.
NY Times: Syrian Passport by Stadium Stolen or Fake, A.F.P. Reports.
“Agence France-Presse is reporting, citing a source close to the investigation, that the passport bore the name of Ahmad al-Mohammad, a soldier in the Syrian Army who was born in 1990 and died months ago.” Which means, all the crazy anti-refugee rhetoric can stop now. But it won’t.
Dazed: Marina Abramović sued by former lover and co-creator Ulay.
“She is not just a former business partner. [snip] The whole oeuvre has made history. It’s now in school books. But she has deliberately misinterpreted things, or left my name out.” I saw this on another major media outlet, but the link disappeared between RSS receipt and my desiring to post ... and unfindable in search. I assume being rewritten?
Salt Supply - A Safe Gun For A Safe Home.
Economist: Personal information on the internet - Can you sue a website that misrepresents you?
Keeping an ear out over this one. Could have a big impact, if decided badly.
naked cap: The TPP and State Sovereignty.
“Notice also that the Lester says it’s going to take a year to figure out what the language of the tobacco carve-out really means. However, TPP, if it is to be passed, can be passed in less than a year. So, once again, we might have to pass a bill to find out what’s in it (and in this case, we’ll be informed by the decisions of unaccountable international tribunals with no ethical canons. What could go wrong?).” You can bet your boots interested parties know exactly what the agreement says - and more importantly, how to leverage it for profit.
NPR: Volkswagen Makes ‘Goodwill’ Gesture To Defrauded Diesel Owners.
“Customers who accept the money will not give up their right to sue, the company said.” I’d be real careful of accepting early offers.
NY Mag: Ambling Through America’s Most Stoned Suburbs.
Autoweek: VW gasoline and diesel engine CO2 emission problem.
“A recall based on this issue is not foreseen by the automaker in the U.S., as it is not considered to be a technical problem caused by faulty manufacturing or failed components, but rather a labeling issue.” Oh, that’s rich.
The Atlantic: Regulating Payday Loans Is a Start But It Won’t Fix the Underlying Problem.
“Short on cash and without a strong enough credit history to get a bank loan to tide them over, Melissa went to a payday lender, taking out a meager $450. When they weren’t able to pay the debt back in a matter of weeks, the amount ballooned to $1,700 thanks to the high interest rates, fees, and rollover loans (loans that get folded into new, larger loans when a borrower is unable to repay their initial loan).” On usury.
Techdirt: Connecticut Police Announce Plan To Open Unlocked Vehicles And Seize Valuables.
“My guess is this program will be shut down sometime in the next few days. The city has hugely miscalculated the public’s receptiveness to its warrantless search and seizure ‘public service.’” Good lord. Unlawful search and seizure, right here.
TechDirt: Law Enforcement - Traveling From Anywhere To Anywhere Is Suspicious Behavior.
NY Times: Arbitration Everywhere, Stacking the Deck of Justice.
NY Times: ‘Would Jesus Wear a Sidearm?’
SF New Mexican: Feds deny New Mexico an extension to comply with Real ID.
“People without valid federal IDs might eventually need a passport or have to go through other screening processes in order to travel on commercial airlines or enter federal buildings.” So, I can’t prove I’m a citizen unless I have a passport? Great. What about my SS card?
NM Politics: Dianna Duran resigns, pleads guilty to two felonies.
Guardian.UK: Planned Parenthood vandal with hatchet damages New Hampshire clinic.
Politicians and press continue to impress with ideological irresponsibility. Instead of using facts, they goose the outrage, encouraging their beloved ‘edge cases’ to go postal.
KOB.com: Family grieves 4-year-old girl killed in road rage attack.
Albuquerque, yesterday. Dominating our local news cycles at the moment. No news on the shooter.
Later: News on the shooter. Head to the bottom of the article. A real prince.
Guardian.UK: Ahmed Mohamed accepts scholarship in Qatar after Texas clock incident.
Unfortunate. I understand why, but this will not help other US Muslims.
PS Mag: The Unbelievable Power of the Home-Schooling Lobby.
Mashable: Defiant hedge fund bro still hasn’t lowered the $750 price of AIDS drug for babies.
How much time did it take to raise the price?