ProPublica: Meet the Doctor Who Gave $1M of His Own Money to Keep His Gun Research Going.
“I did a gun show study. When I started crunching numbers on gun show sales, and looking at the surveys, I came to realize — as interesting as this is, gun shows themselves are not a big part of the problem. I felt obligated to add this into my report.” Unexpurgated scientific study will out.
Guardian.UK: Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter obituary.
God will sort things out? A more balanced take than most young-newsie American ones. NJ law enforcement of the period felt the case was clear; there was a great deal of anger over the overzealous prosecution. Ali (then in full bait-Frazier mode and wanting every bit of PR he could get after his first loss to Joe) and Dylan only served to obfuscate the facts at the time.
Daily Beast: The Border Towns the Constitution Forgot.
“It’s really hard for people to grasp that, as the CBP interprets it, civil liberties and constitutional protections are suspended 100 miles into the interior of the U.S.” At least ten years ago, while discussing law enforcement issues with an officer, he candidly said, “We pretty much treat anything south of I-40 as potentially ‘below the border.’”
AP: Portland plans reservoir flush after teen cited.
WHAT?!! Do you know how much we could use that post-pee water? Seriously, I’m surprised frackers haven’t made competing bids yet.
Mail.com: Bosnians see victims excavated from mass grave.
ArtDaily: Lock of Napoleon’s hair stolen from historic Briars Park homestead in Australia.
Oh no, better to start a new conspiracy theory. Someone wants to clone him!
WaPo: Heartbleed is about to get worse, and it will slow the Internet to a crawl
“‘If a certificate authority has to revoke 10,000 certificates, that entry will have 10,000 certificates on it. [snip] And if browsers have to download that … we’re talking hundreds of megabytes.’ It’s roughly the equivalent of having to download 30 minutes’ worth of standard-definition video just to view a single Web page.”
Re/code: More Americans Are Reporting Theft of Personal Data.
“New data from the Pew Research Center shows that 18 percent of American adults say they have had data like their Social Security number, credit card number or bank account information stolen at one time or another. The survey was conducted in January, and shows an increase from 11 percent of adults who said the same thing in July of last year.”
Flightclub/Jalopnik: The Awesome R/C Plane Video That Pissed Off The FAA.
Hmmmph. I suspect proof skills/training may end up being required, along with insurance, for use over dense public areas. Most R/C’s don’t have cages around their propellers, and can easily cause personal injury. Imagine the outrage when a newbie takes a $600 drone purchased from Amazon and flies it over a local playground, loses control, and injures a child … all rendered in spectacular color footage.
WaPo: France didn’t ban people from checking work e-mail after 6. This is why it should have.
NY Times: Benghazi - ‘The Administration Has Won’.
NY Times: Taking on Art Looters on Twitter.
“Last summer at Dahshur, a site near the Giza pyramids, where armed tomb raiders were burrowing for treasure, Dr. Hanna’s tweets about the pillage drew archaeologists and local residents to the site in protest. Those social media efforts, amplified by global news coverage, prompted the government to put soldiers in place for security.” A positive use of social media.
MetaFilter: Tamiflu, Roche and the Cochrane Collaboration.
Having worked many drug rollouts as an A/V tech, I can tell you this sort of thing is true for just about every drug out there.
ArtDaily: Germany lifts confiscation order on Nazi-era art hoard after more than two years.
“Gurlitt had said in a media interview earlier this year that he had no intention of giving artworks to potential claimants. But the elderly recluse, who is suffering from a number of health problems, has subsequently taken on a new team of advisors and appears keen to burnish his personal legacy.” We’ll have to wait and see; given his history, I am not hopeful.
A 2,438 mile long road trip along the US/Mexico border. Thought-provoking and well done.
CounterPunch: First Blood, Bloggers!
naked cap: Young Owners of Low-Budget GM Cars Weren’t Worth Saving.
“Guess what their ‘affordable’ workaround was? Are you ready for this? GM distributed a ‘service bulletin’ to its dealers suggesting they tell customers to remove heavy items from their key rings.”
Telegraph.UK: Nigella Lawson barred from boarding US-bound flight.
“Miss Lawson was never arrested, and Scotland Yard said in January that she would not face any police action over her admission of drug-taking.” I’d like to hear the DHS’s excuse, then. Or are beating eggs and whipping cream considered terrorist acts now?
ThinkProgress: Drilling Co. Could Force PA Landowners To Allow Fracking Under Their Land.
“Oil and gas company Hilcorp is trying to use a 1961 Pennsylvania law that would allow the company to bundle properties of people who don’t sign drilling leases with their neighbors who do, meaning that even landowners who don’t sign leases will be forced to allow drilling under their land if enough of their neighbors sign leases.”
NPR: Supreme Court Rolls Back Campaign Spending Limits On Corporations.
Hillary vs. Jeb is going to be hell. “Cry ‘Havoc!’, and let slip the dogs of war.”
Guardian.UK: Albuquerque police-shootings protest turns into ‘mayhem’.
Guardian.UK: Costco to dump $2.6m of peanut butter in New Mexico landfill.
“So instead of selling or donating the peanut butter, with a value estimated at $2.6m, the estate is paying about $60,000 to transport 950,000 jars – or about 25 tons – to the Curry County landfill in Clovis, where public works director Clint Bunch says it ‘will go in with our regular waste and covered with dirt’.” Would’ve fed a lot of homeless folks … or birds.
The Economist: Drone journalism - Eyes in the skies.
“In the past few months drones shot the most revealing footage of the protests that toppled Viktor Yanukovych, its corrupt president. They have also offered a bird’s-eye view of civil conflict in Thailand, Venezuela and elsewhere. They let journalists capture scenes that previously would have put their lives in danger, and made it harder for governments to lie.” When they start flying over private property and shooting what they find … that’s when the #%@$@ is going to hit the fan.
NY Times: Fukushima’s Shameful Cleanup.
“It is long past time that the government take direct control of the disaster site.” What’ve I been saying for a year or so?
Vanity Fair: How 1,280 Artworks Stolen by the Nazis were Hidden Until 2012.
Long read, saved for the weekend.