Guardian.UK: Rancher on horseback lassoes would-be bike bandit in Walmart parking lot.
Techdirt: New York Times Says Fair Use Of 300 Words Will Run You About $1800.
FYI. I asked in 2000 via direct phone call about blogging excerpts. They said (NY Times, WaPo): “Source identified clearly, no more than three sentences and a link back.” I’ve pretty much tried to stick to that policy throughout my blogging career. Perhaps it is time for another phone call.
Guardian.UK: Hillary Clinton celebrates ‘milestone’ victory but Sanders refuses to quit.
Congratulations, Ms Clinton. History has been made. She won it fair and square (as fair and square as the system is, at present). As you know, I don’t believe she’s a strong candidate - she was beaten by a freshman with a teleprompter the last time around, and almost lost it to a grey-haired socialist this time. But there’s a great deal of sour grapes, childish to the extreme, being batted around the social media. I have no intention of adding childiotic fuel to the fire. I remain surprised Sanders performed as well as he did throughout this race. Given his nearly-unbelievable weakness in foreign policy, he’s not been what I’d call a ‘strong’ candidate either. (I’ve been of the opinion that we could solve November’s contest with one question: Give the candidates an unlabelled map, and have them point to which country they believe is Syria. The one who identifies it correctly is President.)
The question is, what does Bernie want? Other than to win without the required votes? He can’t win. Even if the email scandal brings down an indictment, there are no guarantees that the DNC will allow Sanders to run in her stead. He’s burning bridges with alacrity, at this date. His followers are bitter, angry. I don’t know how (or if!) this group can be reassimilated into the whole. Politico has one hell of a piece up today. Read it. Even that, followers won’t accept as reality (or trustworthy!). Bernie was the great hope of the economically beaten-down. That hope is now shattered. A whole lot of sad, angry despairing Democrats today. Be gentle. Bernie is the only one who can pick up the pieces. Can or will he move from potential candidate to statesman and rise above? He has a powerful movement at his fingertips. I hope it is not squandered.
On another note, the Republicans just blew it in California.
TechDirt: Another Court Says Law Enforcement Officers Don’t Really Need To Know The Law.
WaPo: Why Americans are giving up citizenship in record numbers.
Not necessarily Trump. Read on.
The Atlantic: For-Profit Colleges’ Students Wind Up Earning Less Than If They Had Never Enrolled.
I expected this. I’ve told the story of the young lady, who worked for a client of mine. She spent all her time trying to underline that she had “college level” Powerpoint skills, gained at one of the for-profit colleges. After a few encounters, and trying to truly understand how a university or college could require Powerpoint skills, I mentioned and showed Lynda.com. She was somewhat gobsmacked. The justifications increased, however, as the insecurity rose over her investment; pity and sympathy kept me civil through the relationship. Very difficult for the folks who were sold a pig in a poke.
Photo Attorney: YIKES! Photos Go Into Public Domain for Entering Photo Contest.
“Every photo entry received as part of the contest becomes property of the Tahoe National Forest and will be considered as public domain to prevent copyright infringement. The forest will have non-exclusive, unlimited use of the photo(s).” Yeah, pretty much you want to really read the fine print on ANY photo-contest.
Daily Beast: Confederate Flag Loses More Hallowed Ground as US House Votes to Ban Flag in VA Cemeter
“It is likely that the Senate will follow the House’s vote on Confederate flag at VA cemeteries and limit even further the right to display it on public property. We may not be far from a time when the only place that you can display a Confederate battle flag is on the back of a pick-up truck.”
Techdirt: Federal Judge Says Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine A Legitimate Source Of Evidence.
“There is no suggestion or evidence … that the Wayback Machine ever adds material to sites.” No, it doesn’t. But what it captures generally lacks context. I find that concerning.
WaPo: Why a staggering number of Americans have stopped using the Internet the way they used to.
Guardian.UK: Declassified documents detail 9/11 commission’s inquiry into Saudi Arabia.
USA Today: Emma Watson named in Panama Papers.
Like magic. Except the magic failed. No privacy.
Hyperallergic: In Quest for Selfie, Tourist Scales and Smashes 126-Year-Old Statue
Self-absorption continues to escalate ...
AlterNet: Pentagon Allowed to Supply Military Gear Directly to Homeland Security Dept.
“The new provision stipulates that Pentagon equipment can be supplied to domestic agencies for the purpose of counterdrugs, counter-terrorism and ‘border security,’ thus formally militarizing border operations under homeland jurisdiction.” Read the article to see what materiel law enforcement will have access to.
Independent.UK: Ancient Egyptian statue of Sekhemka disappears into private collection.
Terrible shame. Look at the exquisite modelling of the features.
TechDirt: Homeland Security Wants To Subpoena Us Over A Clearly Hyperbolic Techdirt Comment.
Trigger words. So there is good reason to be hesitant to use certain language on the ‘net.
WaPo: Scant evidence that Clinton had malicious intent in handling of emails.
Daily Beast: How The Secret Service Is Trying To Handcuff The Press.
Fear. So far, the press has not been a serious security vector. Given that everyone in the pool knows everyone else, it’s not a likely source of danger. So why this, why now?
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.