Ghost in the Machine: Then the Rich Got Richer.
The Mischiefs of Faction: Will Republicans fall in line behind Romney?
FAA: FAA Exemptions for Commercial UAS Movie and TV Production.
“In their applications, the firms said the operators will hold private pilot certificates, keep the UAS within line of sight at all times and restrict flights to the ‘sterile area’ on the set.” This sort of indicates how the agency is going to deal with drones. Operators need to have a knowledge of airspace, weather and more. Just because it looks and costs the same as a toy, doesn’t mean that operation in public airspace is without dangers.
SciAm: Lower IQ in Children Linked to Chemical in Water.
Esquire: The U.S. Forest Service Wants to Fine You $1,000 for Taking Pictures in the Forest.
I suspect it is just badly-worded; that they’re intending to just corral large commercial shoots in a safe, predictable manner. Amateur video is breaking through a barrier with all these fancy tracking rigs and tripods and things ... it is up to the USFS to contain any damage. So put a bungee on any knee-jerk reactions until it settles down.
NY Review of Books: Age of Ignorance.
Gawker: Iranians Sentenced to Six Months, 91 Lashes for Dancing to “Happy”.
Can we talk about implementing a worldwide “Prime Directive” now? Between IS and this. Those who want to go back in time and be medieval, well ... they can be medieval. Noone in the modern world does business with them. No arms. No supplies of food. No internet. No health advances. You break with the modern world, the modern world cuts you off until you choose to rejoin it. Enjoy the dentists.
ProPublica: A New Way Insurers are Shifting Costs to the Sick.
“Health insurance companies are no longer allowed to turn away patients because of their pre-existing conditions or charge them more because of those conditions. But some health policy experts say insurers may be doing so in a more subtle way: by forcing people with a variety of illnesses — including Parkinson’s disease, diabetes and epilepsy — to pay more for their drugs.” Aha. I wondered why some rudimentary generic drugs had gone exponential in price.
LRB: Andrew O’Hagan reviews ‘No Place to Hide’ by Glenn Greenwald.
A very good read. Very long, but do take the time.
Guardian.UK: Texas proposes rewriting school text books to deny manmade climate change.
Stop it (again). I deal with so many clients overseas now, I find myself constantly apologizing for media-reported American idiocies.
The Atlantic: The Last Refrigerator.
Paris Review: Natty Bumppo, Soviet Folk Hero.
This took the top of my head off. Incredible.
ArtDaily: Elizabeth I ‘airbrushed’ for 18th century make-over and a bug is found in Edward VI.
“The original portrait of Elizabeth I, revealed by x-radiography, shows her wearing an elaborate costume with large ‘wings’ around her head. This was almost completely overpainted in the eighteenth century to create the ‘prettified’ image we see today.” No plastic surgery, so revise the paintings ... after all, for politicians and royalty perpetuity is more important than now.
Guardian.UK: How Hillary Clinton’s State Department sold fracking to the world.
If she wins the nomination, I’m changing my registration to ‘independent’.
SF New Mexican: Dems blame Martinez for loss of Tesla plant to Nevada.
The Dems are being foolish, using this as a lever. Location, location, location. NM didn’t have it, Nevada did. Nevada was likely a win/win even if it weren’t a right-to-work state.
This just shows the Democrats as terribly desperate for traction. Fire your PR flacks, get new ones. There’s plenty to discuss.
SciAm: BP Found “Grossly Negligent” in 2010 Spill.
SF Reporter: House Rules - Republicans say vulnerable state seats could give them majority.
Ugh. The unmentioned winning motto will be, “Frack NM.”
Coolist: NASA Space Launch System Is The Biggest Rocket Ever.
“Is the?” Will be. If/when built.
Quartz: Archeologists are scrambling to excavate a 2,600 year old city before it becomes a Chinese c
Said it just recently, I’ll say it again. It’s a wonder we have any visible remnants of history at all these days.
Dazed: No ice? Gaza is doing the Rubble Bucket Challenge.
Dissent: Presidential ADD.
“No topic seems to hold his interest very long, and so he bounces around without ever persuading the American public.” Given that, the perfect President for our burgeoning social media culture.
NY Times: U.S. Tried to Take Foley and Other Hostages From ISIS.
Vox: Five fascinating charts on the plummeting teen birth rate.
I’d just heard about the dropping rates via radio on the way home, and here’s extra info. Saves me having to go dig.
ProPublica: What to Look For In Dueling Autopsies of Michael Brown.
Hmmm. There’s an elephant in the room here, to me. Police today are trained to shoot at center of mass, not extremities. Sans other evidence, the head shots in particular sound punitive.