BBC: Jordan Graham pleads guilty to pushing husband off cliff.
Best not to have marital knock-down/drag-outs on precipitous ledges.
Slate: Suing Lance Armstrong.
“… DOJ and Landis have invoked a little-known law, the Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act, which stops the clock on the statute of limitations for fraud committed against the government during war. The idea is that because the United States has been at war in Afghanistan since 2001, the clock on Armstrong’s fraud never began ticking.” Yet we have many, many old laws that get pushed ‘beyond original meaning’. Recall the Mining Act of 1872.
ArtDaily: Masks sold in Paris to be returned to tribes by The Annenberg Foundation.
“… these are not trophies to have on one’s mantel, they are truly sacred works for the Native Americans. They do not belong in auction houses or private collections. It gives me immense satisfaction to know that they will be returned home to their rightful owners …” Clued into this by frequent commenter Emmett.
CNN: Shooting down drones - a town votes.
Told you so. Next, shoulder-mounted heat-seeking missiles will be ‘needed’ to maintain 2nd Amendment rights.
SF New Mexican: Santa Fe fire marshal grounds ‘flying farolitos’.
Bummer! Hardly worth going on the Xmas Eve walk, then. This was always a treat.
Guardian.UK: Native American artefacts sold for £1m in France.
Wrong. Many tribes are still in the process of reconstructing their past, after the failed ‘Americanizing’ policies of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Any and all relics help them in this process. The Hopi have a particularly hard row to hoe; their small reservation was surrounded by the US Government’s various grants to the Navajo (one of the Hopi’s traditional enemies). I wish this sale had not occurred. It may be right in law, but not in ethics.
NJ.com: Princeton University dismayed by leaking of J.D. Salinger’s unreleased stories.
“The school disclosed last week that the short story ‘The Ocean Full of Bowling Balls’ was one of three unpublished manuscripts sold on eBay and scanned and uploaded to a file-sharing site Nov. 27 without the authorization of the Salinger Literary Estate or knowledge of the university library …” Ruh-roh. Ties to The Catcher in the Rye.
AZStarNet: Feds stymied probe into fire deaths.
“The probe determined state fire officials put protection of property ahead of firefighter safety, even though they knew the area couldn’t be defended. The report found commanders lacked key personnel at critical times, including officers focused only on safety, and that they knew a thunderstorm was brewing that likely would push the fire toward crews.” As everyone suspected.
ArtDaily: Nigella Lawson admits using cocaine, cannabis.
A celebrity used drugs. This is news?
Mashable: Will TV Networks Broadcast Newtown 911 Calls?
I don’t know why they would. They don’t solve any mysteries. They just reopen old wounds, but lightly healed. If I were a media outlet, I’d put my foot down.
CNN: 2 million Facebook, Gmail and Twitter passwords stolen in massive hack.
“Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter told CNNMoney they have notified and reset passwords for compromised users. Google declined to comment. Yahoo and ADP did not provide immediate responses.” Time to change your passwords. Again. ‘Course, compared to Adobe’s password breach a few weeks ago, can you really call 2 million ‘massive’?
Later: More, and better, info.
WaPo/Milbank: Republicans see one remedy for Obama - impeachment.
“They’ve failed at cutting off funding, they’ve had difficulty suing Obama in court and they lost the 2012 election. That basically leaves them with the option of making loud but ineffectual noises about high crimes and misdemeanors.” If they push the i-word, and they’ll chip away at their ACA gains.
Hollywood Reporter: Animals Were Harmed.
Animals are apparently getting ‘Vic Morrow’d’ on a regular basis.
CNN: Online company fines couple for negative review.
New legal shenanigans - the ‘non-disparagement clause.’ Fine print has a way of coming back and biting you in the … @$$.
CNN Opinion: Young men, get a ‘yes’ text before sex.
Hmmm. Reading this, I wondered about the admissability of texts. Here. It seems they are, in combination with voicemails, geotagged metadata and browsing histories, becoming commonplace in the courtroom.
I suppose I fear that in all too many situations a pre-event ‘yes’ could very well end up a ‘no’ in person.
Guardian.UK: Adam Lanza was obsessed with mass murder.
“The report also illuminates the lengths to which Lanza went in planning the killings. GPS routes found on a device he purchased showed that he had scouted out Sandy Hook elementary school the day before he carried out the attacks.” A troubled mind left to percolate in isolation. Rarely a good outcome.
HiConsumption: Arsenal Firearms Double Barrel Pistol.
Good grief. For hiking in Alaska?
Metafilter: ‘Because someone had to fight for photographers.’
NY Times: Albuquerque Rejects 20-Week Abortion Ban.
CNN: Lawmaker takes sledgehammer to Hawaii homeless’ cart.
And a Democrat, no less. Curing a disease by treating individual symptoms. Like that works … ri-ight.
NY Times/Dealbook: Pressure Builds to Finish Volcker Rule on Wall St. Oversight.
“The push to reshape financial oversight hinges on negotiations in the coming weeks over the so-called Volcker Rule, a regulation that strikes at the heart of Wall Street risk-taking. The rule, which bans banks from trading for their own gain, has become synonymous with the Dodd-Frank overhaul law that Congress adopted after the financial crisis.”
Later, related: Why no bankers go to jail/Bloomberg.
GlobalPost: Concert pianist Laia Martin on trial for noisy practicing.
Seems kind of long after the events to be posting a suit.
SF New Mexican: Council OKs southwest annexation.
“It also estimates the annexation will mean $2 million in new tax revenues a year — $1.7 million in new property tax revenues and $300,000 in Gross Receipts Tax.” Both good and bad news. Means the County loses that revenue, but also the Sheriff’s Department doesn’t have to patrol those areas as much. Perhaps we’ll see police patrolling Eldorado a little more frequently.
NPR: With Pressure From All Sides, Obamacare Vise Tightens On Dems.
“[I] don’t know whether we’ll press them, but they say they’re coming up with it. But sooner rather than later [telling us] what they’re thinking ... would be better, yes.”
SF New Mexican: Albuquerque International Sunport braces for fewer Southwest flights.
“The provision known as the Wright Amendment only allows direct flights to or from Love Field to destinations within Texas and nearby states. It has benefited Albuquerque because Southwest flights headed farther west have needed to land there before sending passengers on to destinations like Los Angeles or Las Vegas.” Talk about a weirdsville bit of legislation; what a waste of fuel!