CNN: Spanish island of Mallorca considers street ‘bikini ban’.
“I’ve lived on Mallorca for the past 11 years and it makes my skin crawl when I have to stand behind some fat sweaty individual in the supermarket who thinks it’s OK to let it all hang out.” Pulled exclusively for that quote.
Guardian.UK: Lusitania divers warned of danger from war munitions in 1982, papers reveal.
“The facts are that there is a large amount of ammunition in the wreck, some of which is highly dangerous. The Treasury have decided that they must inform the salvage company of this fact in the interests of the safety of all concerned. Although there have been rumours in the press that the previous denial of the presence of munitions was untrue, this would be the first acknowledgement of the facts by HMG.”
Vox: Everything you need to know about Benghazi.
Handy. One could wish for more footnotes with links.
Telegraph.UK: Anti-rape video - Why Daniel Craig’s appeal to men could really matter.
WaPo: Inmate dies following botched Oklahoma execution, second execution delayed.
Hideous. A ‘vein blow’ often means the person administering the drugs popped the needle completely through the vein, into the body. So it could be ‘operator error.’ Since the AMA frowns on physicians doing this, we’re back to 19th century ‘doctor-barber’ medicine.
The media ‘usual subjects’ are voicing opinions about guillotines, electric chairs, gas booths and firing squads. Right. I thought the point was to eliminate torture, just end the life humanely?
If one must exercise death as a punishment, I understand modified ligature strangulation (compressing carotid and jugular veins, but not the windpipe) with about 8 pounds of constant pressure on each side of the neck causes swift unconsciousness and death, with supposedly minimal suffering. Drunks do it to themselves on an alarmingly frequent basis (falling asleep with their necks over chair arms, bars, etc.).
Mashable: Get Ready for Drone-vertising.
Ridiculous, in so many different ways. For instance, the quadcopter they’re using has 15 minutes of flight time.
CJR: Drone man.
I do wish the American media would be more precise about categorizing drones. In the context of this article, fine. I think of ‘drone’ specifically in a military/reconaissance context.
But domestically? Quadcopters with cameras, R/C aircraft with cameras have been around for decades. Anyone can drop less than $1k and be doing half-decent aerial videos in hours … though I’d recommend the smarter move is to rent [with damage waiver]. Piloting an R/C helicopter [main rotor/tail rotor] used to take weeks of practice; modern quadcopters are comparatively simple to master.
All of a sudden, every R/C device has become … quelle horreur! … a drone.
These are so cheap, and dropping in price so fast, every photographer in America will likely have one within the year. Many top photographers already almost treat them as disposables (new detritus to find in the wilderness, I’m sure). Heck, every family may have one by next Xmas. When kids are casually biking around with $500 GoPro setups … how far off can a <$1k ‘drone’ purchase be?
I predict laser gunbattle quadcopters will be next in the toy market.
I’m waiting for the first nonprofit to sail a ‘drone’ over a corporation-owned environmentally-contentious locale (fracking, uranium mining cleanup, etc.) and post the realities to Youtube. The legal brouhaha should be spectacular. It’ll be the whole Google Street Van privacy issue, dialed to ‘11’.
My point is, most of these devices are R/C quadcopters doing aerial videos - they have no military purpose. And just saying “R/C quadcopter”, don’t you feel less stressed about it? Drone is a trigger word, and frightens people. Most of these things are oversized plastic-fantastic toys. Hobbyist quality. No innocents are going to die*. Call a spade a spade. I won’t hold my breath, though. Paradronanoia attracts clicks.
Later: Tangentially related.
*They might put your eye out, though.
Ghost in the Machine: Running Right on NatSec Again.
[redacted comment] Of course you know she supports fracking, too. Will noone step up on the blue side of the aisle to compete for ‘16?
Medium/Dustin Sites: Freelancer.com is destroying my life.
A precautionary tale. Going wider than just this freelance site - check your online payment providers for where they’re incorporated, how their arbitration or other system works. You may find yourself out of luck for not reading the fine print.
Photo Attorney: Photography and the Law, Understanding Copyright on Lynda.com.
Recommended for all photographers who read this blog.
The Atlantic: Who Is at Fault When a Driverless Car Gets in an Accident?
“This won’t be a simple problem. How do you apportion blame between a human driver and a car’s automated systems? How do you apportion blame within those systems? Was it the software? Or the way the software was or wasn’t tested? Or maybe it was the hardware. Or perhaps it was due to the software and hardware interacting in unforeseen ways.” This’ll be entertaining. Read those articles about people blindly following Google Maps in their cars, and driving down outdoor staircases, into lakes … ?
MeFi: Two fatal Air India crashes on Mont Blanc - jewels and conspiracies.
Another great FPP.
LA Times: Cliven Bundy’s ‘better off as slaves’ remark about blacks draws fire.
As reprehensible as this opinion is, one does not have to venture far into rural America to hear worse. Washington has always adored the FJ Turner/Frontier Thesis individual, no matter what rotting baggage he brings along with him.
Good time to reread ‘The Monkey Wrench Gang’, to get an idea of what the Nevada culture is composed of.
TechDirt: Russia Orders Bloggers To ‘Register’; Outlaws Anonymous Blogging.
“The law introduces a new term: ‘Internet user called blogger.’ Bloggers will be obliged to declare their family name and initials and e-mail address. Those authors whose personal website or page in social networks has 3,000 visitors or more a day must have themselves registered on a special list and abide by restrictions applicable to the mass media.”
StarTrib: Report cites poor management, eroding safety for nuke dump radiation release.
Color me unsurprised.
Dallas Morning News: Wise County couple gets $3 million in fracking suit.
“I don’t think this is going to be damaging to the industry. But it is a warning to operators they need to exercise caution when running operations near homesteads.” Or the finger’s been pulled out of the dike.
Photo Attorney: Copyright Office Establishes New Fees to Begin on May 1.
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.”