Mother Jones: The Brief Life and Private Death of Alexandria Hill.
This will make you livid.
Here, do an experiment. Choose any politician, combine their name with “email.” You’ll find the great majority (esp. governors) attempting to circumvent public records laws. You’ll find a spate of ‘burner’ email accounts, mysterious drive crashes (no redundancy?), more.
Doesn’t make it right, but the media does need to recognize that many politicos are doing it when reporting on the circumstance.
Later: TechDirt does it well. If she was passing classified info over personal email, her goose is cooked for ‘16.
WSJ: The Destruction of Cultural Heritage Should be a War Crime.
I agree, of course. But we also have to ask ourselves why this gets us more outraged (as a culture) than the abduction and forcible rape of Yazidi girls.
Channel4.com: Islamic State fighters smash historic statues in Iraq.
“According to Eleanor Robson, chair of the British Institute for the Study of Iraq, the majority of original statues have been taken to the Baghdad Museum for safe-keeping. [snip] Nonetheless, the stone winged bull you can see being destroyed is an original, probably one at the gates to Nineveh, dating back to the seventh century.” My italic emphasis.
NPR: FCC Approves Net Neutrality Rules For ‘Open Internet’.
The Economist: Energy controversies - A frack too far.
Cash in and move out, I assume. They feel left out of the bounty.
Reuters: Dutch restorers offer to repair Rome hooliganism damage for free.
So they should. Again, it amazes me that we have any historical aesthetics to enjoy, given mankind’s idiotic destructive tendencies.
BBC: Paris night drone mystery deepens.
“The security threat from these drones is minimal. Bird’s-eye images of Paris landmarks are available online in far higher quality than anything these devices could produce. And small, shop-bought drones are not strong enough to deliver a significant payload of explosives.” Probably just some numbskulls creating footage.
TechDirt: The Guardian Details The Horrors Of Chicago Police’s ‘CIA-Style Black Site’.
“Now, it’s roughly around here where you’re thinking one of two things. Some of you are thinking that such a claim as this is so outlandish that there’s very little chance that it’s true. Others must be thinking that the accusations of abuse and the denial of rights are rare mistakes made by a tiny percentage of officers. Too bad this secret wasn’t all that secret.” I saw the Guardian’s link earlier, but was waiting for independent corroboration of the accusations.
Guardian.UK: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev’s ‘self-appointed supporters’ allowed to demonstrate.
“They referred specifically to an incident outside the main entrance of the courthouse before Tsarnaev’s final pretrial conference in December, when Marc Fucarile, a man who lost his right leg in the bombings, had an exchange with the demonstrators. Some of the demonstrators believe that the injuries and deaths caused by the explosions were faked as part of a conspiracy, while others question whether authorities have proof that Tsarnaev is responsible for the bombings.” You’ve got to be kidding.
Medium: Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Put Your Baby Photos Online.
“Wait a minute. How is this possible? Seriously, is it even allowed? Aren’t we violating the privacy of these children and their families by commercializing these intimate family moments? We share your concern. In fact, this is precisely our point: By selling these mugs we’re violating people’s privacy in three ways ...”
KOAT: DWI checkpoint signs not a good idea in NM, attorney general says.
Archaeology News Network: The men who smuggle the loot that funds IS.
Business Insider: AT&T Google Fiber in Kansas City — but it’s charging more for privacy.
Charging for your freedom. This can’t be legal, can it?
Archaeology News Network: Vandalism found in Petroglyph National Monument.
Unfortunately, the park is nestled in the western section of the city, a city that already has an overage of graffiti. Without 24/7 surveillance, this will continue to be an issue.
BBC Sport: Lance Armstrong given $10m bill after losing lawsuit.
Mashable: The FAA just proposed regulations for commercial drones.
NY Times: Museum Rules - Talk Softly, and Carry No Selfie Stick.
Folks are so intent on their framing, they inadvertently bruise others and destroy property. Reminds me of when skateboards hit it big; kids ground off the edging on so many beautiful buildings around Princeton. Ugly scars *everywhere*. Tens of thousands of dollars of damage, that the University and town quietly paid for. I approve the stick-bans.
Slate: Reuters/Ipsos poll shows 42 percent of Americans support private drone ban.
“Seventy-one percent said drones should not be permitted to operate over the property of others, while 64 percent said they hope their neighbors won’t add drone flying to their list of weekend pursuits.” Folks want privacy, I understand that. Irresponsible operators are already flying over properties without warning or clearance.
On a side note, I just heard about a recent dismissed arrest. There’s a new use for “selfie sticks”. Pervs are going out to do ‘upskirt’ shots in public. Seems some courts feel that walking in public, there’s no expectation of privacy. Wait for that one to hit the social channels (the media won’t react until Twitter does, anymore) ...
Yahoo News: Police in Washington state fatally shoot man who threw rocks at them.
As I’ve mentioned, disproportionate response.
BillingsGazette: Missoula lawmaker - Yoga pants, Speedos should be illegal in public.
Yahoo/AP Exclusive: IS militants drawing steady stream of recruits.
“U.S. officials fear that some of the foreign fighters will return undetected to their homes in Europe or the U.S. to mount terrorist attacks.” That’s going to sell a lot of concealed-carry permits, you watch.
Slate/Inside Higher Ed: Marquette tries to fire tenured professor over blog post.
If blogs are dead and have no value, then what is this blog post doing?
SciAm: Bald Eagles Prove Full of Flame Retardants.
The gods are playing with us. There’s something terribly ironic about legal flag-burning and now having fireproof eagles ...
Hollywood Reporter: FAA Grants Additional Exemptions for Drone Use in Film/TV.
“Meanwhile, the FAA continues to receive exemption requests faster than it can approve them, demonstrating the need for the agency to begin the rulemaking process and create regulations in order to allow for more widespread use of the technology, rather than regulating on a case by case basis.” Jes’ keepin’ an eye out.