Guardian.UK: Man allegedly lured Navajo girl in to van to sexually assault her but left her to die.
Horrible in every possible way.
GQ: Chasing the Wake of 14 Shootings in 10 Days.
“There will be injured, and there will be dead. We will begin with the obvious questions: Who is the shooter (age, occupation, etc.)? What is his psychological profile? Where did he get the gun? The last question will be maddening, because if answered honestly, each and every time we’ll realize that we gave it to the killer ourselves.”
Atlas Obscura: Safe Zones For Exchanging Internet Purchases Are Popping Up Around the U.S.
Good idea. I bought a used piece of photo equipment over CompuServe (back in the Stone Age), and met the seller at a rest stop on the southern portion of the NJ Turnpike. Skeevy as all hell - didn’t realize how clandestine it would feel until I actually arrived. Probably considered sexist of me, but for a woman alone - highly unadvisable.
BBC: US accuses Russia of nuclear sabre-rattling, amid Nato tensions.
I’d certainly like to hear more in-depth info about this situation than our candidates.
Farmington Daily Times: San Juan County earns failing marks for ozone.
As I’ve mentioned many a time, it is a terrible shame scent cannot be broadcast. If so, you would understand why the oil and gas areas are worst. You know, amazing things might happen if we had a way to share smells across long distances. I wonder if anyone’s working on such a device.
WaPo: Paris terror suspect is ‘a little jerk,’ his lawyer says.
“Mary referred to Abdeslam in French as a ‘petit con’ — a phrase that could be translated as ‘little jerk’ or a—hole — who was ‘more a follower than a leader’ among ‘Molenbeek’s little delinquents.’ He said Abdeslam ‘is the perfect example of the GTA generation who thinks he lives in a video game.’ (GTA stands for “Grand Theft Auto,” a popular gaming franchise that enables players to embark on deadly rampages and killing sprees in a virtual city.)” Points to economic opportunity and education as being reasonable preventatives, though.
National Geographic: Exclusive Photos Show Destruction of Nineveh Gates by ISIS.
“According to Danti, the Islamic State’s scorched earth policy is psychological warfare intended to give the appearance that they are in control and to make onlookers feel powerless.” The payback for this wonton destruction, however, may be merciless.
PS Mag: Can Holy Lands Become Holy Democracies?
A very good, if somewhat light, read.
Dissent: Is Labor a Commodity in Wisconsin?
“Surely if labor (or labor power) is a commodity, it is as Marx and many others have noted a peculiar one. It has sentience, feelings, ideas and the capacity for resistance. It’s not just another bar of soap.”
BronxBanterBlog: The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis.
Guardian.UK: Trump and Clinton share Delaware tax ‘loophole’ address with 285,000 firms.
“This squat, yellow brick office building just north of Wilmington’s rundown downtown is the registered address of more than 285,000 companies. That’s more than any other known address in the world, and 15 times more than the 18,000 registered in Ugland House, a five-storey building in the Cayman Islands that President Obama called ‘either the biggest building in the world, or the biggest tax scam on record’.” Remember those text ads in the back of magazines, “Incorporate in Delaware”? Yeah. That. Surprised it is still allowed to exist.
Watch the Circus: Why I Blew the Whistle on the SEC’s Investigation of Goldman Sachs.
naked cap: Greg Palast on How the New York and US Elections are Being Stolen.
“In Brooklyn alone, over 125,000 names were quietly scrubbed from the voter rolls in the five months leading up to the primary. To put it in prospective, the number of voters purged equals about half of the number who got to vote.”
TechDirt: Optometrists Push For State Laws Blocking Online Eye Exams.
Politico: Secret Service takes on new credentialing role for conventions.
naked cap: What was that US ship doing, when it was buzzed by the Russian Air Force?
A very good question. Read it. The author’s an interesting guy, on his own. Do a search on his name.
The Nation: Clinton and Sanders Sue Arizona Over 5-Hour Lines in the March Primary.
This issue - long lines for whatever reason - has not just been an issue in AZ. Thanks to frequent reader Evelyn, I know this has been a problem in many of the Midwestern states as well. A significant problem. This particular article sees it through one lens (the Voting Rights Act), but I contend any inability to allow voters to freely cast ballots is voter suppression. Even being unprepared for the turnout. Bureacracy is as bad a boogeyman as any. And noone knows the benefits of ‘evade while blocking’ like a politician does.
TBTimes: At Tampa Bay farm-to-table restaurants, you’re being fed fiction.
Hmmm. I wonder about other ‘local source’ restaurants around the US. Santa Fe, we’ve had our share of pretentious hokum over the years. A local newspaper should do an in-depth story.
Guardian.UK: US corporations have $1.4tn hidden in tax havens, claims Oxfam report.
“US corporate giants such as Apple, Walmart and General Electric have stashed $1.4tn (£980bn) in tax havens, despite receiving trillions of dollars in taxpayer support, according to a report by anti-poverty charity Oxfam.”
Later: The Atlantic goes a little deeper.
TechDirt: Led Zeppelin Case Will Go To A Jury ... Meaning Band Will Almost Certainly Lose.
This behavior began with the Yardbirds. At least the snitching was somewhat even-handed between the great black bluesmen and original white artists. I suppose a question is, can you copyright a riff. Even “Smoke on the Water” was snitched from elsewhere (a very surprising source, if you go looking). Most cases come down to whether the riff is also the main melody of the song. Certainly “Stairway” wouldn’t be the same without the riff. Not all the song, but inextricably required for it to be popular.
Guardian.UK: Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven may be partly stolen, judge says.
Isn’t the first. Zep is *legendary* for this. It’s the bitter fruit you must eat from, before declaring them legend.
Archaeology News Network: French tourist arrested for Colosseum drone flight.
No droning in Italy, without prior approval. “For most urban flights people will need to obtain a permit and we invite people to read our guidelines before they try anything.”
Atlantic: Deutsche Bank Puts Plan to Create 250 Jobs in North Carolina on Hold.
A bank. So, the pressure is going to continue to build.
Politico: Past cases suggest Hillary won’t be indicted.
“Between 2011 and 2015, federal prosecutors disposed of 30 referrals from investigators in cases where the main proposed charge was misdemeanor mishandling of classified information, according to data obtained from the Justice Department by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse. Prosecution was declined in 80 percent of those cases. Of the six where charges were filed, all the defendants apparently pled guilty, the data show.”
Colossal: Drones Rigged with LED Lights Dramatically Illuminate Landscapes at Night.
Neat as they are, it’s another technique that’s going to ruin the wilderness experience for us all. Drone racket *and* LED lights. Ed Abbey’d be out there with a shotgun, methinks.