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2014-07-09
R.I.P. William 'Bill' Herbert Kelder - Intellpuke

2013-11-28
Gamers Donate 37,500 Pounds Of Food To Needy

2013-09-30
Statement From The Whitehouse Regarding The Government Shutdown

2013-09-29
An Open Response To 'Organizing for Action'

2013-08-26
Bayou Corne: The Biggest Ongoing Disaster In The U.S. You Have Not Heard Of

2013-04-21
Boston Mayor Hopes Feds 'Throw the Book' at Marathon Bombing Suspect

2013-04-19
Boston Police Closing In On Suspects

2013-04-15
2 Explosions At Boston Marathon. 2 Dead, Many Injured.

2013-01-03
The Press vs Citizens Rights and Privacy - Act 3

2012-12-30
CBS News - Year In Review 2012

Nature.com - 366 Days: 2012 In Review

The Guardian - 2012 In Review: An Interactive Guide To The Year That Was

TruTV - The Biggest Conspiracy Theories of 2012

Colbert Nation: 2012: A Look Back

FIP Year In Review(s?)

2012-12-25
Happy Holidays

2012-12-21
Welcome To A New Era!

2012-12-16
An Open Letter To United Health Care, Medcom, And The Medical Insurance Industry In General

2012-11-17
Whitehouse Petition To Remove "Under God" and "In God" From Currency And The Pledge.

2012-11-15
December 21, 2012

2012-11-11
If Hillary Clinton Ran For President, She Would Probably Be The Best-prepared Candidate In American History

2012-11-10
CIA Director David Petraeus Resigns After FBI Investigation Uncovers Affair With High-Profile Journalist

FIP Format Update

2012-11-07
Thank you for voting.

2012-11-06
Live Election Results

2012-09-30
FIP In Hiatus

2012-09-18
U.S.-Afghan Military Operations Suspended After Attacks

Iran Nuclear Chief Says IAEA Might Be Infiltrated By 'Terrorists And Saboteurs'

Romney Stands By Gaffe

2012-09-17
President Obama Says China Trade Practices Harm American Auto Parts Workers



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We (Now) Recognize Cory Booker, the Tweeting Senator From NJ
2015-05-26 06:11:41 (2 minutes ago) 

"I am very respectful of the Senate’s important traditions, but it also has to keep up with the times."

The post We (Now) Recognize Cory Booker, the Tweeting Senator From NJ appeared first on WIRED.









 
Market Snapshot: Investors dump U.S. stock futures ahead of durable-goods data
2015-05-26 06:11:19 (3 minutes ago) 
U.S. stocks are on track for another day in red territory on Tuesday, ahead of closely watched durable-goods and housing numbers that could further strengthen the case for a rate hike this year.
 
Homecoming queen dies on way home from prom
2015-05-26 06:10:44 (3 minutes ago) 
A Texas teenager was killed on the way home from prom when she was swept away by raging flood waters. Affilates KABB and WOAI have more.
 
Police: 3 children hurt when waterspout uproots bounce house [+video]
2015-05-26 06:10:42 (3 minutes ago) 
 
O2 craps itself on national Blighty holiday as cabinet minister moans: 'Oi, sort it out!'
2015-05-26 06:10:37 (3 minutes ago) 
Be less dog poop

O2 customers up and down the UK were left without access to the carrier's mobile service on Bank Holiday Monday, after its network buckled for five hours yesterday evening.…

 
10 Things to Know for Today
2015-05-26 06:10:34 (3 minutes ago) 
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: 1. 12 MISSING AFTER FLOODING IN TEXAS SWEEPS AWAY VACATION HOME...
 
10 Things to Know for Today
2015-05-26 06:10:33 (3 minutes ago) 
Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today:...
 
Joe Nichols brings his traditional country sound to Rocksino
2015-05-26 06:08:46 (5 minutes ago) 
Country singer Joe Nichols is proud of his traditional sound, which he brings to the Hard Rock Rocksino on Saturday, May 30.
 
Families spending 90% of tax bonus
2015-05-26 06:07:43 (6 minutes ago) 
Survey says the 80-euro monthly helps make ends meet






 
Brett Arends's ROI: Selling stocks in May can keep your cash cool this summer
2015-05-26 06:06:29 (7 minutes ago) 
Most summers since 1950 have seen at least one U.S. market sell-off, and often quite dramatic at that, writes Brett Arends.
 
What's it like to be hated by the Russian internet?
2015-05-26 06:05:08 (9 minutes ago) 

As online space becomes increasingly toxic, Afisha talks to four prominent figures about managing torrents of personal abuse

Facing death threats and streams of abusive messages, some Russians are becoming increasingly targeted by rising levels of online vitriol.

Trolling and internet abuse is a global problem, but each of these stories reveals how for some people working in Russia the digital sphere has become increasingly pernicious, with some saying it has become particularly bad since the annexation of Crimea.

Related: Salutin' Putin: inside a Russian troll house

‘The hatred and pain will pass’

Continue reading...
 
Iraqi forces launch new operation to drive out ISIS
2015-05-26 06:02:06 (12 minutes ago) 
A major military operation to liberate Iraq's Anbar and Salaheddin provinces from ISIS forces has begun, Iraqi state media and a key Shia militia group said Tuesday.
 
China's yuan 'no longer undervalued'
2015-05-26 06:01:15 (13 minutes ago) 
China's yuan has strengthened over the past year to its correct value, according to the International Monetary Fund.
 
Islamic State PR gloss masks Iraqi forces' gains
2015-05-26 06:01:04 (13 minutes ago) 
The loss of Ramadi revealed a disturbing weakness in the Iraqi army, but it is difficult to believe Iraq's government is losing its war against Islamic State, says John Simpson.
 
Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
2015-05-26 06:00:14 (14 minutes ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
 
WFP Urges Syrian Humanitarian Pause for Crop Harvest
2015-05-26 06:00:04 (14 minutes ago) 
UN food agency urges humanitarian pause in Syria fighting so farmers can harvest crops
 
Teachers boost result for kids with foreign parents
2015-05-26 05:51:32 (22 minutes ago) 
Second-generation immigrants and their classmates get higher grades from teachers than in the national exam. But the discrepancy is wider for children with foreign parents, research by a major Swedish daily suggests.
 
The 'South Texas Family Residential Center' Is No Haven: It’s an Internment Camp.
2015-05-26 05:51:00 (23 minutes ago) 

Originally posted on The Marshall Project.

The Dilley "South Texas Family Residential Center" tries to mask its nature with summer-camp-inspired euphemisms. When I visited Dilley last week along with other nonprofit representatives, we were told that the "residents" live in "neighborhoods" with names like "Yellow Frog" and "Red Parrot," which come with matching cartoon animal labels, and are watched over by "residential supervisors."

But Dilley is no summer camp.

Opened in December, it is a 50-acre secure detention facility estimated to cost $260 million per year and is owned and operated by the Corrections Corporation of America, the nation's biggest for-profit prison company. Dilley's purpose is to detain families who fled violence in Central America, came to the United States seeking protection, and are waiting for the courts to decide their claims for immigration relief. Still under construction, the facility currently detains nearly 800 people and will have the ability to hold 2,400 by the time construction is finished. On completion, Dilley will be the single largest immigration detention facility in the nation, making Central American toddlers and mothers the new face of mass detention.

A high fence and security cameras encircle the camp, preventing the "residents" from escaping. Visitors go through metal detectors and entry procedures indistinguishable from those in a regular prison. Both the children and their mothers know the "residential supervisors" are guards — and are reminded of this fact by reporting to be counted three times a day and enduring frequent bed checks at night.

The temporary housing that members of Congress and the media saw in an earlier visit has been replaced with barracks-like structures that offer no privacy — a single room can hold as many as 12 people from unrelated families. Inside the treeless camp, the thin, red soil turns into throat-grinding dust when dry, and after rainstorms, it becomes sticky, shoe-destroying mud.

Each morning at 5:30 a.m., guards wake the children up with shouting and lights. For a place with so many young children, there are no toilets or showers inside the housing units — only communal restrooms accessible through hallways exposed to the elements. On one occasion, a young girl was forced to pee her pants during a detainee count because a guard refused to let her leave to use the toilet. It is not surprising that many children start each day with tears.

Immigration officials claim that this is a "safe and humane" way to detain children and their mothers. But what I saw at Dilley was disturbingly familiar to me.

During World War II, the U.S. government arrested my family because of their Japanese ancestry and locked them in prison camps that were euphemistically called "relocation centers." Historians generally agree that the wartime incarceration of Japanese Americans was wholly unjustified — a product of hysteria and racist, unsubstantiated beliefs that they were potential spies and saboteurs. In a historical irony, Japanese Americans were actually drafted from the camps and fought in a racially segregated U.S. Army unit.

I have previously visited the sites of Manzanar, Tule Lake, and other World War II incarceration camps. More than anything else, Dilley feels like an updated version of these places. And modern officials' efforts to put a happy sheen on family detention echo the World War II propaganda films created to justify the incarceration of Japanese Americans, which caused lasting trauma for Japanese-American families.

By rendering parents as helpless as their children, the camps both undermined family structures and created a constant undercurrent of anxiety. In the claustrophobia and lack of privacy of the barracks, nobody could escape from the arguments and tears of other families. Even after they left the camps, children struggled to recover from early experiences of living as child prisoners.

Today, immigration authorities under President Obama's direction are needlessly inflicting the same trauma on families that arrived in the United States seeking protection.

Family detention facilities on the scale of Dilley exist only because the Obama administration made a dramatic about-face last year in its treatment of migrant families. Between 2010 and June 2014, Immigration and Customs Enforcement generally did not detain families seeking asylum protection in the U.S. However, starting in the summer of 2014, ICE responded to increased numbers of Central American migrants by taking the position that Central American families should either be denied release or released only if they could post enormously high bonds.

These policies apply even to families that have passed the first hurdle for asylum protection: showing a credible fear of persecution in their home countries. The result of the government's policies has been a massive construction spree of family detention facilities. Though ICE maintained fewer than 100 family detention beds in May 2014, it is expected to have a total of 3,700 family detention beds nationwide by this summer.

The day after I visited Dilley, ICE announced that it would take steps to "enhance" conditions of confinement inside its family detention facilities because "the well-being of detained families, particularly of children, is of paramount importance to ICE." But these measures do not address the underlying inhumanity of family detention. If the administration is serious about protecting children and trauma survivors, then ICE must release these families to the community — under individually determined terms of release or supervision — while their immigration cases make their way through the courts.

ICE's misguided effort to build child-friendly prison camps repeats the inhumanity that the U.S. government inflicted on Japanese-American families during World War II. If Obama administration officials implementing family detention ignore the lessons of the past, they will assure their own ignoble place in history.

Today's family immigration detention centers may look child friendly, but they are the new internment camps.
 
Geofencing: The ultra-low power frontier for the Internet of Things
2015-05-26 05:50:56 (23 minutes ago) 
Free-range for devices

Internet of Lawnmowers How are the next 10 billion devices going to connect to the internet of today, tomorrow? Having all of these gizmos talk to one another over your standard 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi is not going to happen, so how will all those gizmos connect to the wider internet, and how will we keep them all safe, happy and updated?…

 
David Squires on … Louis van Gaal and the end of the season
2015-05-26 05:50:43 (23 minutes ago) 

In the final cartoon from his series this season, David Squires finds the Manchester United manager heading for the stage …

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Moody’s warns on housing risks
2015-05-26 05:50:29 (23 minutes ago) 
Moody’s welcomes recent bank moves to tighten loan criteria, but warns there are still persistent risks in the housing market.
 
Malaysia exhumes mass 'migrant' graves
2015-05-26 05:50:22 (23 minutes ago) 
Malaysia exhumes bodies suspected to be migrants buried in 139 grave sites as fresh details of alleged human trafficking camps emerge.
 
Seen in a restaurant in Texas
2015-05-26 05:49:12 (25 minutes ago) 
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Stolen Pompeii frescoes recovered in U.S
2015-05-26 05:48:01 (26 minutes ago) 
1st-century BC artifacts belonged to private collection






 
Nine Brains Found Next to Train Tracks in NY
2015-05-26 05:47:03 (27 minutes ago) 
Nine preserved brains were found along a street in a northern New York village, but authorities say no criminal activity is suspected.







 
India moves to reduce road death penalties despite high rate of accidents
2015-05-26 05:45:34 (28 minutes ago) 
East Coast highway shows why, with 1% of world’s cars, India accounts for 15% of global traffic deaths

When it opened in 2001, the East Coast Road in southern India gave drivers a smooth, modern link to coastal resorts and an open stretch of highway to gun their engines on weekends.

The 685km road also is a glaring example of why, with just 1% of the world’s automobiles, India accounts for 15% of global traffic deaths, according to the World Bank. In 2013 there were 174 accidents on the East Coast Road, and 24 people died. So many men from villages flanking the road have been run over by speeding vehicles and drunk drivers in the past decade that their bereaved wives are called “ECR widows”.

Everybody is lobbying to dilute the law as much as possible. The government has buckled under pressure

Fearing long court cases and police harassment, bystanders often hesitate to help accident victims

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12 missing after flooding in Texas sweeps away vacation home
2015-05-26 05:45:06 (29 minutes ago) 

WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) — Recovery teams are set to resume looking for the 12 members of two families who authorities say are missing after a rain-swollen river in Central Texas carried a vacation home off its foundation, slamming it into a bridge downstream.

Trey Hatt, a spokesman for the Hays ...

 
Justice Insider: Solemn service honors fallen police officers
2015-05-26 05:40:33 (33 minutes ago) 
As the sun set over Franklinton on Thursday, Columbus police officers, family and friends gathered in Genoa Park for a memorial service honoring the Police Division’s 53 fallen officers.
 
Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
2015-05-26 05:40:11 (34 minutes ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
 
The Latest on IS: Iraq Says Anbar Offensive Won't Take Long
2015-05-26 05:40:02 (34 minutes ago) 
The Latest on IS: Iraqi Shiite militia spokesman says Anbar offensive won't take long
 
Syrian refugees: the dangerous sea journey to Europe - video
2015-05-26 05:30:53 (43 minutes ago) 
A Syrian refugee, now settled in Coventry, Britain, describes the hardship of the dangerous Mediterranean crossing that brought her to safety. She and another woman share the dream of being reunited with their families, who are both stuck in Greece. Continue reading...
 
6,000 ghost towns: Italy's answer to migrant crisis?
2015-05-26 05:30:44 (43 minutes ago) 
 
Dnipro chasing a dream in Europa League final
2015-05-26 05:30:38 (43 minutes ago) 

MOSCOW — Against the backdrop of a conflict tearing its country apart, Ukrainian club Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk is aiming for success in the Europa League final.

Dnipro, which has reached the final without playing a single game at its own stadium, will face Spanish club Sevilla on Wednesday in Warsaw. The winner will earn a place in next year's Champions League, providing added motivation to win UEFA's second-tier event — formerly known as the UEFA Cup.

 
Stiller pays tribute to Anne Meara
2015-05-26 05:30:32 (43 minutes ago) 
Ben Stiller pays tribute to his mother, the actress and comedian Anne Meara, who has died aged 85.
 
The Latest on IS: Iraq says Anbar offensive won't take long
2015-05-26 05:30:30 (43 minutes ago) 
Noon (0900 GMT)...
 
These soups at Target only have test labels.
2015-05-26 05:29:11 (45 minutes ago) 
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Visco says Italian economic recovery firming up
2015-05-26 05:28:02 (46 minutes ago) 
Central bank says reforms must be accelerated, expanded






 
Syrian refugees: the dangerous sea journey to Europe - video
2015-05-26 05:25:29 (48 minutes ago) 
A Syrian refugee, now settled in Coventry, Britain, describes the hardship of the dangerous Mediterranean crossing that brought her to safety. She and another woman share the dream of being reunited with their families, who are both stuck in Greece. Continue reading...
 
Iraq: Operation to push ISIS from Anbar, Salaheddin begins
2015-05-26 05:23:12 (51 minutes ago) 
 
New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta says he won’t resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans
2015-05-26 05:21:39 (52 minutes ago) 
New Hampshire representative Frank Guinta is under mountains of pressure to resign from fellow state Republicans after campaign finance violations, but says he does not intend to.






 
Meeting on South Side street ends in man’s shooting death
2015-05-26 05:20:39 (53 minutes ago) 
Gregory Fly didn’t know what sort of meeting on a South Side street could have cost his brother his life on Monday. “I don’t know what it was, but nothing is worth losing your life like this,” Fly said on Monday as he stood a half-block from the wrecked car where the body of his brother, Walter Fly, was covered by a blanket.
 
Nicola Sturgeon attacks UK government's spending cuts
2015-05-26 05:20:17 (54 minutes ago) 

Scotland’s first minister says cuts will hit economic growth and deficit reduction and says the Scottish government will campaign to stay in the EU

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
2015-05-26 05:20:15 (54 minutes ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
 
Bangladesh Bans a Hardline Islamist Group Suspected of Killing Atheist Bloggers
2015-05-26 05:10:49 (1 hours ago) 
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RAF Eurofighter gets a Battle of Britain makeover
2015-05-26 05:10:33 (1 hours ago) 
Paint job honours Flight Lieutenant James Brindley Nicolson VC

The RAF is commemorating this year's 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain with a fetching makeover for one of its Eurofighter Typhoons, repainted with the markings of 249 Squadron's Flight Lieutenant James Brindley Nicolson VC DFC.…

 
UCLA is No. 1 seed for 1st time in NCAA baseball tournament
2015-05-26 05:10:29 (1 hours ago) 

OMAHA, Neb. — UCLA coach John Savage didn't expect his Bruins to be down for long after they went from being national champions in 2013 to finishing five games under .500 in 2014.

He was right.

The Bruins' dominance in the Pac-12 this spring impressed the Division I Baseball Committee so much that on Monday they were awarded their first No. 1 national seed for the NCAA tournament.

 
AP sources: Tom Brady's appeal wouldn't be heard by Wednesday
2015-05-26 05:10:29 (1 hours ago) 
 
Philip Zimmermann: king of encryption reveals his fears for privacy
2015-05-26 05:10:20 (1 hours ago) 

The creator of PGP has moved his mobile-encryption firm Silent Circle to Switzerland to be free of US mass surveillance. Here he explains why

When Philip Zimmermann was campaigning for nuclear disarmament in the 1980s, he kept an escape plan in his back pocket. The inventor of the world’s most widely used email encryption system, Pretty Good Privacy – more commonly known as PGP – was ready to move his family from Colorado to New Zealand at a moment’s notice.

The button was never pressed and the Zimmermanns stayed put. Until this year, that is. At 61, the Internet Hall of Fame inductee and founder of three-year-old mobile encryption startup Silent Circle has just left the US for Switzerland. In the end, it was not the nuclear threat that convinced him to leave his homeland, but the surveillance arms race.

Today, email can be routinely and automatically scanned for interesting keywords, on a vast scale, without detection. This is like driftnet fishing.”

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With ISIS in Crosshairs, U.S. Holds Back to Protect Civilians
2015-05-26 05:08:13 (1 hours ago) 
Many Iraqi commanders and some American officers say that exercising caution with airstrikes has harmed the coalition’s larger effort to destroy the Islamic State.
 
TWU Local 100 ad slams mayor or bus driver arrests
2015-05-26 05:07:32 (1 hours ago) 
The head of MTA transit union has road rage for Mayor Bill de Blasio over a street safety program that has put bus drivers in cuffs.
 
These Days, All Politics Is Technological
2015-05-26 06:11:41 (2 minutes ago) 

We realize that politics tends to be divisive. But it’s important. Think of it this way: Politics is just social change made manifest.

The post These Days, All Politics Is Technological appeared first on WIRED.









 
Slender Man case attorneys call charging law unconstitutional
2015-05-26 06:11:13 (3 minutes ago) 
Attorneys for 13-year-old Anissa Weier say charging the girl as an adult violates the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment.
 
Floodwaters overwhelming parts of Texas
2015-05-26 06:10:42 (3 minutes ago) 
Torrential downpours, boat and helicopter rescues in some places; grim search for dozen members of 2 families from house that got swept away
 
O2 craps itself on national Blighty holiday as cabinet minister moans: 'Oi, sort it out!'
2015-05-26 06:10:41 (3 minutes ago) 
 
Islamic State PR gloss masks Iraqi forces' gains
2015-05-26 06:10:37 (3 minutes ago) 
John Simpson: Fear and PR jihadists' strongest card
 
Myanmar's Suu Kyi is missing from global meeting on Rohingya
2015-05-26 06:10:34 (3 minutes ago) 
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- An international gathering about the plight of Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya Muslims boasts a star-studded cast, with three Nobel Peace laureates among those calling on the world to wake up to the unfolding tragedy....
 
What's it like to be hated by the Russian internet?
2015-05-26 06:10:29 (3 minutes ago) 

As online space becomes increasingly toxic, Afisha talks to four prominent figures about managing torrents of personal abuse

Facing death threats and streams of abusive messages, some Russians are becoming increasingly targeted by rising levels of online vitriol.

Trolling and internet abuse is a global problem, but each of these stories reveals how for some people working in Russia the digital sphere has become increasingly pernicious, with some saying it has become particularly bad since the annexation of Crimea.

Related: Salutin' Putin: inside a Russian troll house

‘The hatred and pain will pass’

Continue reading...
 
Op-Ed Contributor: On Being African in Europe
2015-05-26 06:08:19 (6 minutes ago) 
We lack inspiring symbols and leaders: our Martin Luther Kings, our Rosa Parkses, our Obamas.
 
'Literally No Way Out' of Flood-Ravaged Mall
2015-05-26 06:06:46 (7 minutes ago) 
Houston's historic flooding left many stranded early Tuesday — including some trapped inside a mall.







 
Outside the Box: Your financial adviser may want your money for the wrong reasons
2015-05-26 06:06:28 (7 minutes ago) 
Financial advisers who have a fiduciary responsibility towards their clients provide better and less-biased advice, writes Antoinette Schoar.
 
Global warming could spread US ragweed to UK, causing misery for hayfever sufferers
2015-05-26 06:05:06 (9 minutes ago) 

Climate change could help the invasive weed from north America, that triggers severe allergic reactions, become common across the UK by 2050, experts have warned

Climate change could help a notorious invasive weed known to trigger severe allergy attacks gain a foothold in the UK, experts have warned.

Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) is native to North America but since the 1960s has spread rapidly across warmer parts of Europe.

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Dad crashes truck into daughter, boyfriend's car
2015-05-26 06:01:59 (12 minutes ago) 

A Green Township man was arrested after intentionally crashing his truck into his daughter and boyfriend while the couple drove on Colerain Avenue Saturday.

        
 
Riders injured in 'thunderball' stunt
2015-05-26 06:01:06 (13 minutes ago) 
Two circus performers are injured in a crash during a motorcycle "thunderball" stunt.
 
Malaysia exhumes mass 'migrant' graves
2015-05-26 06:01:03 (13 minutes ago) 
Malaysia exhumes bodies suspected to be migrants buried in 139 grave sites as fresh details of alleged human trafficking camps emerge.
 
New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta says he won’t resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans
2015-05-26 06:00:07 (14 minutes ago) 
New Hampshire representative Frank Guinta is under mountains of pressure to resign from fellow state Republicans after campaign finance violations, but says he does not intend to.






 
‘Brain Balls’ Grown From Skin Cells Spark With Electricity
2015-05-26 05:51:42 (22 minutes ago) 

Globe-like agglomerations of human neural cells look and act strikingly like real, living grey matter.

The post ‘Brain Balls’ Grown From Skin Cells Spark With Electricity appeared first on WIRED.









 
Geofencing: The ultra-low power frontier for the Internet of Things
2015-05-26 05:51:01 (23 minutes ago) 
 
After Rand Paul’s Sort-of Filibuster, What’s Next for Surveillance Reform?
2015-05-26 05:51:00 (23 minutes ago) 

While technically Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) stand against the NSA yesterday wasn't a filibuster, any time a member of Congress talks for over ten hours without a bathroom break, it's close enough in our book.

Paul's move came just as the debate around NSA reform started heating up in the Senate. Though senators were scheduled to leave today, it now looks like they may be in D.C. well into the holiday weekend, deciding whether to extend, reform, or simply put to rest provisions of the Patriot Act set to expire on June 1 (more on that here).

So, what is the effect of Sen. Paul's "filibuster" and what does it mean for the surveillance debate?

Here are the main takeaways. 

Pressure is mounting from all sides on Congress to reform the Patriot Act

According to an ACLU poll released this week, Americans support reforming or sunsetting the Patriot Act by almost a two to one margin.

Two demographic groups that most support reform: millennials and independent men. Considering that, it's not a surprise that Senator Paul's stand did not go unnoticed. Twitter abounded with calls to #StandForRand.

Senator Paul was also joined on the Senate floor by Democrats and Republicans, mirroring the bipartisan coalition that has formed around the issue.

Unless everyone can agree, the Senate is likely working into the weekend

Under Senate rules, typically the Senate leader (in this case, Sen. Mitch McConnell) files a motion to proceed, which then needs to "ripen" in order to allow a bill to move forward.  Unless the speaker can get the consent of all senators to immediately debate the bill, it typically takes 30 hours for a bill to ripen.

One of two bills would likely need to move in the Senate in order to beat the sunset – either the USA Freedom Act, which already passed the House, or a two-month straight reauthorization of the expiring provisions of the Patriot Act, which has not yet cleared the House.

By extending debate on the floor, Sen. Paul ensured that the earliest that Sen. McConnell could move to proceed on either  was this morning. In other words, absent carefully orchestrated procedural gymnastics (such as attaching the measures to another bill), the Senate will not debate either extending or reforming the Patriot Act until Saturday.

As of this moment, Sen. McConnell has not given a clear indication of whether he intends to bring one or both bills to the floor. If members who have already indicated that they support NSA reform stand strong and oppose any reauthorization, they easily have the 41 votes needed to jam any reauthorization bill, leaving sunset or reform as the only option.

Gridlock could equal at least temporary sunset

Members of the House are set to leave Washington, D.C., to begin the Memorial Day recess (think nap time and monkey bars) this week. Unless they come back early, the House will not return until June 1. 

And, so, a game of chicken begins.

As you might remember, the USA Freedom Act — the modest reform bill passed by the House — extends provisions of the Patriot Act that are set to expire on June 1 with some modifications. House leadership has said that they will not take up a bill that simply seeks a straight extension of the Patriot Act provisions.

To really drive the point home, the House is leaving this afternoon and has said again (and again) that they will not come back early to vote on an extension.

With the House gone, if the Senate passes a new reform bill or a straight reauthorization of the Patriot Act, it would likely not be soon enough to stop the provisions from sunsetting first. That technically happens at midnight on May 31, 2015. Unless the House decides to come back early or essentially has unanimous consent to pass a bill during a pro forma session.

A sunset could flip the NSA debate on its head.

After a sunset, the equation flips.

With a sunset, Congress' reform bill won't just modify provisions of the Patriot Act. It would resurrect pieces of the Patriot Act (i.e. parts of Section 215) that have died. Section 215 is the provision of the law that has been used illegally to collect call records of everyone in America, thousands of financial records, and other electronic records.

Proactively authorizing that kind of behavior again should and will be a tough pill for many members of Congress to swallow. 

And, it will be an even harder pill for the public to swallow.

It will be particularly difficult in light of the Justice Department report released earlier today, which exposed that the FBI is using Section 215 to collect huge volumes of information, including metadata and electronic records, about innocent people — and that despite all of this collection, the FBI is unable to point to any case in which the information it obtained turned out to be crucial to an investigation.

If Section 215 sunsets, pro-reform advocates will have  more leverage to push for stronger surveillance reforms than those currently on the table, because the new status quo will tip more in favor of those who oppose mass surveillance under the Patriot Act. However, they will have to strongly push back against fearmongering from anti-reformists and proposals that are weaker than those currently being considered.

Anyone excited yet?

Gridlock could mean a temporary Section 215 sunset. And then the equation flips.
 
Tornado in Mexico and US storms leave at least 17 dead
2015-05-26 05:50:49 (23 minutes ago) 

Texas and Oklahoma hit hard by flash floods, with thousands of Texans forced from their homes

At least 17 people have died in Mexico and the US after extreme weather lashed regions along the border over the weekend and into Monday.

A tornado that struck Ciudad Acuña on the Mexican side of the border killed 13 as it destroyed homes and flung cars against buildings.

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Rosetta News
2015-05-26 05:50:43 (23 minutes ago) 

The Rosetta spacecraft is still orbiting comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko while it now approaches the Sun. Six months ago Rosetta made history by delivering its Philae lander onto a comet’s surface - something no other space mission has done before.The film covers the mission’s highlights so far: from its launch in 2004; its journey across the solar system and waking up after deep space hibernation ten years later, its arrival at the selection of a landing site and Philae’s unexpected multiple landings on the comet.The film also reviews what we have learnt about the comet to this point.

 
The Latest: Marin Cilic off to strong start at French Open
2015-05-26 05:50:27 (23 minutes ago) 
 
Young islander wins UK song award
2015-05-26 05:50:21 (24 minutes ago) 
A young singer-songwriter who came up with her first original song when she was three wins an award in a UK music competition.
 
Witcher 3 cool water effects
2015-05-26 05:49:11 (25 minutes ago) 
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Iraq Launches Operation to Drive ISIS Out of Anbar
2015-05-26 05:47:41 (26 minutes ago) 
Iraq has launched a military campaign to drive ISIS militants out of Anbar province, senior security officials said Tuesday.
 
Cameron’s bid for special treatment in Europe is a phenomenal gamble
2015-05-26 05:45:38 (28 minutes ago) 
Germany and France talking up eurozone convergence plays to Britain’s Eurosceptics. Few of Cameron’s fellow European leaders would dare take this risk

David Cameron is about to hurl his irresistible election mandate at the immoveable object of France and Germany, and their desire for ever closer union. He is to clear his diary for a month-long campaign to avert another diplomatic car crash over Europe.

Cameron has promised “fundamental change” in Britain’s treaty relations with the EU, with a referendum by the end of 2017. Germany and France have no interest in such a negotiation. They are more concerned with Greece and Italy, and with achieving “economic, fiscal and social convergence” for the eurozone.

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Cameron’s bid for special treatment in Europe is a phenomenal gamble
2015-05-26 05:45:29 (28 minutes ago) 
Germany and France talking up eurozone convergence plays to Britain’s Eurosceptics. Few of Cameron’s fellow European leaders would dare take this risk Continue reading...
 
Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
2015-05-26 05:44:19 (30 minutes ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
 
Hospital staff needs grief care, too
2015-05-26 05:40:33 (33 minutes ago) 
Nurses, social workers, clergy members and doctors hold the hands of the grieving, radiate calm in the face of anger and blame, and deliver news that leaves patients and their families without words. But no amount of training and experience can steel them against their own pain.
 
New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta says he won’t resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans
2015-05-26 05:40:05 (34 minutes ago) 
New Hampshire representative Frank Guinta is under mountains of pressure to resign from fellow state Republicans after campaign finance violations, but says he does not intend to.






 
12 missing after flooding in Texas sweeps away vacation home
2015-05-26 05:31:13 (43 minutes ago) 

WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) — Recovery teams are set to resume looking for the 12 members of two families who authorities say are missing after a rain-swollen river in Central Texas carried a vacation home off its foundation, slamming it into a bridge downstream.

Trey Hatt, a spokesman for the Hays ...

 
Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
2015-05-26 05:30:50 (43 minutes ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
 
Sir Malcolm Bruce: Commons would empty very fast if lying MPs had to quit
2015-05-26 05:30:43 (43 minutes ago) 

Former MP insists lying is widespread as he attempts to defend Alistair Carmichael’s conduct in relation to leaked Nicola Sturgeon memo

Sir Malcolm Bruce, the former deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, said lying in public remained widespread as he sought to defend his embattled colleague Alistair Carmichael.

The sole Lib Dem MP in Scotland is under pressure from the Scottish National party over his role in leaking a confidential government document during the general election campaign in an attempt to damage the SNP leader and Scottish first minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

I think people in public life are entitled to make a mistake and move on

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Haggerty bids for International Tennis Federation presidency
2015-05-26 05:30:38 (43 minutes ago) 

PARIS — The former chairman of the U.S. Tennis Association has announced that he is running for president of the International Tennis Federation.

David Haggerty, who currently serves as a vice president of the ITF, says in a statement Monday that "my goal is to strengthen the ITF's role as the world governing body for tennis and to increase revenue and communications throughout the tennis family so that we can ensure a healthy and viable future for our sport."

Italy's Francesco Ricci Bitti is stepping down in September after completing a fourth term as president.

 
Myanmar's Suu Kyi is missing from global meeting on Rohingya
2015-05-26 05:30:30 (43 minutes ago) 
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) - An international gathering about the plight of Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya Muslims boasts a star-studded cast, with three Nobel Peace laureates among those calling on the world to wake up to the unfolding tragedy. But fellow winner and pro-democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi will not be among them. She wasn't invited....
 
The Latest on IS: Iraq says Anbar offensive won't take long
2015-05-26 05:30:30 (43 minutes ago) 
Noon (0900 GMT)...
 
Sinosphere Blog: Chinese Distiller Sued in Test of State Vs. Private Ownership
2015-05-26 05:28:39 (45 minutes ago) 
A family has sued the liquor maker Wuliangye over ownership of pits used to make baijiu, a powerful, clear liquor.
 
Johnny Depp could face 10 years in prison for taking his dogs to Australia
2015-05-26 05:25:40 (48 minutes ago) 

The Oscar-nominated actor has been threatened with a lengthy sentence after failing to declare his pets when flying to the country

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Johnny Depp could face 10 years in prison for taking his dogs to Australia
2015-05-26 05:25:21 (49 minutes ago) 

The Oscar-nominated actor has been threatened with a lengthy sentence after failing to declare his pets when flying to the country

After illegally bringing his two dogs to Australia, Johnny Depp could face up to 10 years behind bars.

The actor, who is currently filming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, landed himself in trouble earlier this month when he brought his two Yorkshire terriers to the country on his private jet. He failed to declare them and therefore broke the country’s quarantine laws.

Related: Johnny Depp's dogs: their only crime was being born into a life of privilege | Elle Hunt

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New Jersey man dies of Lassa fever after Liberia trip
2015-05-26 05:23:12 (51 minutes ago) 
 
Chinese navy to focus on 'open seas'
2015-05-26 05:21:23 (52 minutes ago) 
China announces its strategy to focus the navy beyond its borders into open water, in a military strategy document.
 
Cause of death of child in park swing undetermined after autopsy; mother still hospitalized
2015-05-26 05:20:36 (53 minutes ago) 
 
Full Episode: Nightline 05/25/15: 'I Want That House'
2015-05-26 05:20:17 (54 minutes ago) 
Real Estate Impossible: Selling Nightmare Homes; How This Celebrity Home Stager Preps Stars' Pads for Sale; The Fabulous Life of New York City's Top Ranked Real Estate Broker
 
New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta says he won’t resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans
2015-05-26 05:20:06 (54 minutes ago) 
New Hampshire representative Frank Guinta is under mountains of pressure to resign from fellow state Republicans after campaign finance violations, but says he does not intend to.






 
Jony Ive promoted to chief design officer at Apple
2015-05-26 05:10:49 (1 hours ago) 

British designer will delegate day-to-day management, leading to speculation that he wants to return to live in the UK

Apple has promoted Sir Jonathan Ive, the British designer responsible for most of the company’s biggest hits in recent years, to the position of chief design officer at the company.

Jony Ive, whose previous title was vice president of design, will continue to be responsible for all of Apple’s design work, “focusing entirely on current design projects, new ideas and future initiatives”, according to Apple chief executive Tim Cook. But Ive’s day-to-day managerial responsibilities will be delegated to the new vice presidents of industrial design and user interface design, Richard Howarth and Alan Dye.

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Iraqi soldier recalls battle with ISIS over Ramadi
2015-05-26 05:10:32 (1 hours ago) 
Flanked by friends on a busy downtown Baghdad street, Asa'ad al-Yassiri pulls out a tattered piece of paper. It's his medical release from the Iraqi military, allowing him leave for a bullet wound to his left arm.
 
Arizona baseball coach Lopez ends 33-year career
2015-05-26 05:10:29 (1 hours ago) 

TUCSON, Ariz. — Andy Lopez is retiring after a 14-year stint as Arizona's baseball coach that included a pair of College World Series appearances and the 2012 national title.

The 61-year-old Lopez had quadruple bypass surgery in 2013, but didn't miss a game while winning 487 times in the desert. He won 1,174 games during a 33-year career that included stops at Cal State Dominguez Hills, Pepperdine and Florida.

 
New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta says he won’t resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans
2015-05-26 05:10:27 (1 hours ago) 
New Hampshire representative Frank Guinta is under mountains of pressure to resign from fellow state Republicans after campaign finance violations, but says he does not intend to.






 
Lithopolis Cemetery retells stories of buried veterans on Memorial Day
2015-05-26 05:10:08 (1 hours ago) 
LITHOPOLIS, Ohio — Two winters ago, when Lithopolis Cemetery Director Jennifer McKenzie was asked about a WWII veteran buried there, she started thinking about the other veterans. On Monday, she led a Memorial Day tour that stopped at 13 veterans’ graves. She had a story for each man.
 
Standard hotel apologizes after Navy officer turned away
2015-05-26 05:07:32 (1 hours ago) 
Manhattan’s swanky Standard hotel has issued an apology after a Navy officer wearing her iconic white uniform was turned away.
 
EXCLUSIVE: Parents should have more say in schools: James
2015-05-26 05:07:31 (1 hours ago) 
City parents need more say in public schools, Public Advocate Letitia James argues in a report obtained by the Daily News.
 
The Mystery of the Torso in Buffalo Cave
2015-05-26 06:11:41 (2 minutes ago) 

Last November, shortly after he’d been hired as a sheriff’s deputy in rural Clark County, Idaho, John Clements indulged his curiosity by reviewing the county’s unsolved homicides. It was a short list. Clark County, a former rail hub in a desolate swath of eastern Idaho, has fewer than 870 residents, and years often elapse between […]

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
2015-05-26 06:10:55 (3 minutes ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
 
Austria's Okotie returns for Euro 2016 qualifier in Russia
2015-05-26 06:10:42 (3 minutes ago) 

VIENNA — Austria striker Rubin Okotie will return to the national team for next month's Euro 2016 qualifier in Russia.

Okotie, who scored for the Group G leaders in a 1-0 win over Russia in November, missed Austria's friendly against Bosnia in March but has been included in the 25-man squad announced Tuesday by coach Marcel Koller.

Austria will be without injured midfielders David Alaba, Veli Kavlak, Christoph Leitgeb and Andreas Ulmer for the June 14 game in Moscow.

 
New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta says he won’t resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans
2015-05-26 06:10:40 (3 minutes ago) 
New Hampshire representative Frank Guinta is under mountains of pressure to resign from fellow state Republicans after campaign finance violations, but says he does not intend to.






 
Family man dies at Dignitas clinic
2015-05-26 06:10:37 (3 minutes ago) 
A father-of-three who had developed a tumour dies at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland, the BBC confirms.
 
Myanmar's Suu Kyi is missing from global meeting on Rohingya
2015-05-26 06:10:33 (3 minutes ago) 
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- An international gathering about the plight of Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya Muslims boasts a star-studded cast, with three Nobel Peace laureates among those calling on the world to wake up to the unfolding tragedy....
 
Global warming could spread US ragweed to UK, causing misery for hayfever sufferers
2015-05-26 06:10:27 (3 minutes ago) 

Climate change could help the invasive weed from north America, that triggers severe allergic reactions, become common across the UK by 2050, experts have warned

Climate change could help a notorious invasive weed known to trigger severe allergy attacks gain a foothold in the UK, experts have warned.

Ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia) is native to North America but since the 1960s has spread rapidly across warmer parts of Europe.

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Your Tuesday Briefing
2015-05-26 06:08:15 (6 minutes ago) 
Here’s what you need to know to start your day.







 
Floodwaters overwhelming parts of Texas
2015-05-26 06:06:31 (7 minutes ago) 
Torrential downpours, boat and helicopter rescues in some places; grim search for dozen members of 2 families from house that got swept away
 
Police officer breaks leg of 'frail' elderly man by pushing him over, court told
2015-05-26 06:05:23 (8 minutes ago) 

Constable Antonio Saffioti was sick and tired of being shouted at and touched all day so when Leonard Batholomuesz bumped into him, he shoved back

Sick of being shouted at and touched all day, a police officer pushed over a “frail” elderly man who bumped into him in Woolworths, a court has heard.

Leonard Batholomuesz was unsteady on his feet when he bumped into constable Antonio Saffioti.

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Cameron’s bid for special treatment in Europe is a phenomenal gamble
2015-05-26 06:05:04 (9 minutes ago) 
Germany and France talking up eurozone convergence plays to Britain’s Eurosceptics. Few of Cameron’s fellow European leaders would dare take this risk

David Cameron is about to hurl his irresistible election mandate at the immoveable object of France and Germany, and their desire for ever closer union. He is to clear his diary for a month-long campaign to avert another diplomatic car crash over Europe.

Cameron has promised “fundamental change” in Britain’s treaty relations with the EU, with a referendum by the end of 2017. Germany and France have no interest in such a negotiation. They are more concerned with Greece and Italy, and with achieving “economic, fiscal and social convergence” for the eurozone.

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Agent: 'Lawrence of Arabia' star Omar Sharif has Alzheimer's
2015-05-26 06:01:41 (12 minutes ago) 
Legendary "Lawrence of Arabia" actor Omar Sharif is battling Alzheimer's disease, his agent, Steve Kenis, confirmed to The Associated Press on Monday.
 
China's yuan 'no longer undervalued'
2015-05-26 06:01:05 (13 minutes ago) 
China's yuan has strengthened over the past year to its correct value, according to the International Monetary Fund.
 
Murders suspect post-mortem tests due
2015-05-26 06:01:03 (13 minutes ago) 
Police are expecting to find out later how a triple-murder suspect, whose body was found in woodland, died.
 
5 Things to Know This Morning: Powerful Moment
2015-05-26 06:00:06 (14 minutes ago) 
Your look at the five biggest and most buzz-worthy stories of the morning.
 
We (Now) Recognize Cory Booker, the Tweeting Senator From NJ
2015-05-26 05:51:42 (22 minutes ago) 

"I am very respectful of the Senate’s important traditions, but it also has to keep up with the times."

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A Plug-and-Play Model Policy for Police Body Cameras
2015-05-26 05:51:00 (23 minutes ago) 

Ferguson.

Staten Island.

Pasco.

North Charleston.

Baltimore.

An unarmed person of color. Dead at the hands of law enforcement. And then another. And another. And another. And another.

Seeking to stem the tide of senseless death, a national search began for an appropriate response. In short order, a growing chorus of elected officials, law enforcement, and community leaders settled on a common answer: police body cameras. Recent surveys suggest that more than one in four police agencies have already started using them.

Unfortunately, the violence, injustice, and inequity that plague our system of law enforcement will not be solved simply by affixing tiny cameras to officers' lapels. In fact, without the proper policies in place, the widespread deployment of police body cameras could do more harm than good. If body cameras are used to cast a net of roving surveillance over communities of color and low-income neighborhoods, they will cause harm. If police officers are given discretion as to when to turn on and off their cameras and key moments go uncaptured when violence erupts, they will cause harm. If video footage is captured but state laws or law enforcement policies prohibit the public from viewing it, they will cause harm. And if body camera videos are released en masse, resulting in the widespread violation of American's privacy with no public benefit — except perhaps to fans of TMZ and "COPS" style reality shows — they will cause harm.

If, however, police body cameras are deployed within the framework of a well-considered policy that strikes the proper balance between promoting transparency and protecting privacy, police body cameras might just do some good. To that end, and in response to overwhelming demand, the ACLU is releasing a model bill for use by state legislatures and local police departments to guide the development of their laws, policies, and procedures on the use of body cameras. This model bill is far more than a wish list — it is a comprehensive plug-and-play policy for those seeking to implement a sound police body camera program.

To date, we know of no state government or local police department body camera policy that checks all the right boxes. For example, Seattle's pilot program has strong rules governing when body cameras should be used, but it falls short in allowing police officers to review video footage before filing reports, which undermines investigations into police misconduct in many ways. The Seattle program also lacks disciplinary measures for officers who violate the rules.

The Los Angeles Police Department's policy, while fairly strong as to when officers should and should not use their body cameras, completely undercuts the goal of promoting transparency by hiding virtually all body camera footage away from the public. And in a state like Florida, even the best department-level body camera policies will be undermined by a new state law that shields large classes of body camera footage from disclosure under the pretext of protecting privacy.

To some extent, the hit-and-miss nature of state and local policies is understandable. The popular outcry for body cameras and the subsequent rush to use them in an effort to save lives and to bolster accountability left little time for contemplating complex issues of public policy and constitutional rights.

But the ACLU has taken that time. We have spent countless hours examining and contemplating police body camera policies, including in those areas where principles we care deeply about — like privacy, racial justice, reforming police practices, and criminal justice reform — are inescapably at odds with each other. The result is that we have come through the process with a model bill that wisely balances the many important and competing interests that are inherent in any police body camera policy.

As we gain more real world experience with police body cameras, it is very possible some policy determinations reflected in our model bill may need to be reconsidered. That being said, the ACLU is confident the recommendations in our model bill are strong enough to be relied upon by states and local police departments throughout the nation.

There is much we must do to remedy the shortcomings of our nation's law enforcement system. The implementation of sound police body camera programs is just a small piece of that effort, but if done right, it will likely be an important and valuable step in the right direction.

How to get the knotty issue of police body cameras right.
 
What ACLU v. Clapper Means
2015-05-26 05:51:00 (23 minutes ago) 

This was originally posted on JustSecurity.

Many others have already weighed in about the significance of last week’s ruling in ACLU v. Clapper. Here are my own quick thoughts. As regular readers of this blog already know, I’m counsel to the plaintiffs in the litigation.

The ruling is a major victory for the many advocates from across the political spectrum, outside the government and inside, who have been arguing that some of the government’s surveillance activities are overbroad and unlawful and that the system of oversight that Congress established in 1978 isn’t working. The FISA court signed off on the call records program dozens of times after hearing argument only from the government. Now the first appeals court to have considered the issue after adversarial presentation has concluded, in an opinion that no one could characterize as anything other than meticulous and comprehensive, that the program is illegal. The Second Circuit’s opinion is respectful towards the FISA court and the congressional intelligence committees, but there is no doubt that the opinion is an indictment of the oversight system. The ruling means that even if Congress reauthorizes Section 215 by June 1, the government will have to discontinue bulk collection under that provision unless Congress adds language expressly authorizing bulk collection or the government prevails on the Supreme Court to vacate the ruling. That the Second Circuit declined to enjoin the call records program is immaterial. If Congress reauthorizes Section 215 in its current form, the district court will likely issue an injunction. Even without an injunction, telecommunications providers may begin to resist compliance with production demands. The ruling means that the government will have to reconsider other bulk collection programs that are operated under other authorities but predicated on the same now-discredited theory of “relevance.” We know the DEA had a bulk call records program until 2013. We know the NSA was collecting Internet metadata in bulk until 2011. In what contexts the government is engaging in bulk collection now is not entirely clear, but news reports indicate that there are other bulk collection programs that haven’t yet been officially acknowledged. If the government is operating other bulk collection programs — or even “bulky” collection programs — it will now have to reconsider them. Even if it doesn’t reconsider them of its own accord, private entities whose assistance the government needs (telecommunications companies, financial companies, technology companies) may resist demands that they might not have resisted before last week. I suspect that general counsels of corporations that hold large volumes of third-party records will read the Second Circuit’s decision especially closely. The ruling will change the dynamics on the Hill — and to some extent it already has. The Senate majority leader was already struggling to marshal support for a straight reauthorization of Section 215. Now his task is harder, first, because the Second Circuit’s ruling makes it even clearer that the Patriot Act’s surveillance provisions are being abused; and, second, because, again, even a straight reauthorization won’t enable the government to continue bulk collection under Section 215 unless the Supreme Court vacates the Second Circuit’s decision. The flipside is that the leverage of the USA Freedom Act’s supporters has increased, and they may be able to use that leverage to strengthen the Act — for example, to tighten the restriction against bulk collection under Section 215, to impose stronger minimization requirements, to require greater transparency about the government’s surveillance activities, and to prohibit “backdoor” searches under the FISA Amendments Act. If the USA Freedom Act isn’t strengthened, some who previously supported it may ask whether it accomplishes significantly more than what the Second Circuit has already accomplished, and they may begin to wonder why Section 215 shouldn’t simply be allowed to sunset. On the other hand, if the reform bill is significantly strengthened, it may attract support from organizations and individuals that haven’t until now been willing to support it. (Currently, the ACLU is neither supporting the bill nor opposing it.)

It will be easier to say in three years, or perhaps even three months, precisely how significant the Second Circuit’s decision was. But the decision has already shaken things up, and it could change the government’s surveillance practices quite dramatically. I wrote two years ago that the Snowden disclosures should spark reform, and I wrote here nine months ago that they would. It’s too early to know whether I was right, but I’m more optimistic today than I was a week ago.

The ruling is a major victory for advocates from across the political spectrum.
 
Tornado in Mexico and US storms leave at least 17 dead
2015-05-26 05:50:47 (23 minutes ago) 

Texas and Oklahoma hit hard by flash floods, with thousands of Texans forced from their homes

At least 17 people have died in Mexico and the US after extreme weather lashed regions along the border over the weekend and into Monday.

A tornado that struck Ciudad Acuña on the Mexican side of the border killed 13 as it destroyed homes and flung cars against buildings.

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‘Colouring water’
2015-05-26 05:50:43 (23 minutes ago) 

This photo was taken at the Twickel estate in Delden, the Netherlands, at the beginning of fall 2013 by Michael Angelo Richardson. ‘Colouring water’ won the top prize in ESA’s Sentinel-2 ‘Colour vision’ photo competition.

 
WBZ AccuWeather Morning Forecast For May 26
2015-05-26 05:50:26 (23 minutes ago) 
;Danielle Niles has your latest forecast. ;






 
Pair earn World Tin Bath race crowns
2015-05-26 05:50:21 (24 minutes ago) 
One of the Isle of Man's strangest sporting competitions, the World Tin Bath Championships, celebrates its 44th anniversary.
 
Maligned Study on Gay Unions Is Shaking Trust
2015-05-26 05:48:43 (25 minutes ago) 
The questioned findings, published in December in Science, have shaken not only political scientists but also public trust in the way the scientific establishment vets new findings.
 
12 missing after flooding in Texas sweeps away vacation home
2015-05-26 05:47:15 (27 minutes ago) 

WIMBERLEY, Texas (AP) — Recovery teams are set to resume looking for the 12 members of two families who authorities say are missing after a rain-swollen river in Central Texas carried a vacation home off its foundation, slamming it into a bridge downstream.

Trey Hatt, a spokesman for the Hays ...

 
Nicola Sturgeon attacks UK government's spending cuts
2015-05-26 05:45:36 (28 minutes ago) 

Scotland’s first minister says cuts will hit economic growth and deficit reduction and says the Scottish government will campaign to stay in the EU

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County cricket – live!
2015-05-26 05:45:18 (29 minutes ago) 

All the action with Lizzy Ammon at Hove for Sussex v Warwickshire and Graham Hardcastle at Taunton for Somerset v Yorkshire

10.31am BST

Graham Hardcastle sets up the day

Good morning and welcome to the county blog, where we have Lizzy Ammon at Hove for what is almost certain to be the final day and myself at Taunton.

10.26am BST

Morning all,

Today we have Lizzy Ammon at Hove for Sussex v Warwickshire and Graham Hardcastle at Taunton for Somerset v Yorkshire. Here are the reports from yesterday:

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The Latest: Harris County residents warned to not leave home
2015-05-26 05:41:47 (32 minutes ago) 
 
The Latest on IS: Iraqi Shiite militia spokesman says Anbar offensive won't take long
2015-05-26 05:40:32 (33 minutes ago) 
 
Myanmar's Suu Kyi Is Missing From Global Meeting on Rohingya
2015-05-26 05:40:02 (34 minutes ago) 
As Nobel winners gather to speak out about Rohingya, where's Myanmar's Suu Kyi?
 
Japan braces for severe butter shortage
2015-05-26 05:30:58 (43 minutes ago) 

Government prepares for emergency imports as demand for butter is expected to outstrip supply by more than 7,000 tonnes

Japan is bracing for a severe butter shortage that threatens cake making across the country, echoing last year’s dairy disaster that left supermarket shelves empty.

The Japan Dairy Association is warning that demand for butter will outstrip supply by more than 7,000 tonnes, prompting the government to ready emergency imports.

Related: Japan's exhausted cows cause butter shortage ahead of Christmas

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Japan braces for severe butter shortage
2015-05-26 05:30:49 (43 minutes ago) 

Government prepares for emergency imports as demand for butter is expected to outstrip supply by more than 7,000 tonnes

Japan is bracing for a severe butter shortage that threatens cake making across the country, echoing last year’s dairy disaster that left supermarket shelves empty.

The Japan Dairy Association is warning that demand for butter will outstrip supply by more than 7,000 tonnes, prompting the government to ready emergency imports.

Related: Japan's exhausted cows cause butter shortage ahead of Christmas

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Texans scramble to recover after 'wall of water' hits
2015-05-26 05:30:41 (43 minutes ago) 
CNN's Ed Lavandera is in Marcos, Texas, where residents are searching for those still missing after nearly 400 homes were washed away by flooding.
 
Rays' 1B James Loney has broken finger, could miss 4-6 weeks
2015-05-26 05:30:38 (43 minutes ago) 
 
The Latest on IS: Iraq says Anbar offensive won't take long
2015-05-26 05:30:30 (43 minutes ago) 
Noon (0900 GMT) A spokesman for Iraq's Shiite militias says an operation launched to retake the western Anbar province from the Islamic State group will "not last for a long time" and that Iraqi forces have surrounded the provincial capital, Ramadi, from three sides....
 
Myanmar's Suu Kyi is missing from global meeting on Rohingya
2015-05-26 05:30:30 (43 minutes ago) 
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- An international gathering about the plight of Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya Muslims boasts a star-studded cast, with three Nobel Peace laureates among those calling on the world to wake up to the unfolding tragedy....
 
With ISIS in Crosshairs, U.S. Holds Back to Protect Civilians
2015-05-26 05:28:35 (45 minutes ago) 
Many Iraqi commanders and some American officers say that exercising caution with airstrikes has harmed the coalition’s larger effort to destroy the Islamic State.







 
Tornado in Mexico and US storms leave at least 17 dead
2015-05-26 05:25:40 (48 minutes ago) 

Texas and Oklahoma hit hard by flash floods, with thousands of Texans forced from their homes

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Sir Malcolm Bruce: Commons would empty very fast if lying MPs had to quit
2015-05-26 05:25:20 (49 minutes ago) 

Former MP insists lying is widespread as he attempts to defend Alistair Carmichael’s conduct in relation to leaked Nicola Sturgeon memo

Sir Malcolm Bruce, the former deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, said lying in public remained widespread as he sought to defend his embattled colleague Alistair Carmichael.

The sole Lib Dem MP in Scotland is under pressure from the Scottish National party over his role in leaking a confidential government document during the general election campaign in an attempt to damage the SNP leader and Scottish first minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

I think people in public life are entitled to make a mistake and move on

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Police hunt suspect who killed New Mexico officer
2015-05-26 05:23:12 (51 minutes ago) 
 
VIDEO: Do pre-pay meters hit the poorest?
2015-05-26 05:21:19 (53 minutes ago) 
The energy watchdog Ofgem says it will investigate the installation of pre-payment energy meters in the homes of customers who have run up debt on their bills.
 
Full Episode: Nightline 05/25/15: 'I Want That House'
2015-05-26 05:20:20 (54 minutes ago) 
Real Estate Impossible: Selling Nightmare Homes; How This Celebrity Home Stager Preps Stars' Pads for Sale; The Fabulous Life of New York City's Top Ranked Real Estate Broker
 
Malaysian Police Find a Corpse in Abandoned Jungle Camp
2015-05-26 05:20:15 (54 minutes ago) 
Malaysian police find a corpse as forensics teams dig up graves at abandoned traffickers' camp
 
Market Extra: Ryanair glides toward all-time high after profit soars 66%
2015-05-26 05:10:59 (1 hours ago) 
Shares of Ryanair ascends as much as 6.6% after full-year earnings confirm the low-cost carrier’s new strategy is paying off.
 
Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
2015-05-26 05:10:41 (1 hours ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
 
Everything we own: Chinese families with all their possessions – in pictures
2015-05-26 05:10:29 (1 hours ago) 

Photographer Ma Hongjie has spent 11 years documenting families in various parts of China for his upcoming book The Family Belongings of Chinese People

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FIFA defers decision on continental rotation for WCup bids
2015-05-26 05:10:29 (1 hours ago) 

ZURICH — FIFA has deferred a decision on potentially limiting which continents can bid to host the 2026 World Cup.

FIFA's executive committee met Monday and had the option of blocking bids from confederations which hosted one of the two previous tournaments.

The panel meets again on Saturday.

As Russia will host the 2018 World Cup, the rule could exclude Europe from 2026 bidding. The United States, Canada and Mexico are likely candidates.

 
Stiller pays tribute to Anne Meara
2015-05-26 05:10:24 (1 hours ago) 
Ben Stiller pays tribute to his mother, the actress and comedian Anne Meara, who has died aged 85.
 
This is not very beautiful: A simple graph that shows why the 2022 World Cup should be stripped from Qatar.
2015-05-26 05:08:47 (1 hours ago) 
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Three hit, one dead in separate Brooklyn shootings: cops
2015-05-26 05:07:32 (1 hours ago) 
Three men were shot, one fatally, in two unrelated attacks in Brooklyn as the holiday weekend rolled to a close Monday night, police said.
 
EXCLUSIVE: Queens judgeship hopeful shocks with blunt tweets
2015-05-26 05:07:31 (1 hours ago) 
EXCLUSIVE: Peter Vallone Jr., who’s running for a judgeship in Queens, is blunt when it comes to using Twitter.
 
'Literally No Way Out' of Flood-Ravaged Mall
2015-05-26 06:11:26 (2 minutes ago) 
Houston's historic flooding left many stranded early Tuesday — including some trapped inside a mall.
 
Giant, buff kangaroo stalks Australian suburb
2015-05-26 06:10:45 (3 minutes ago) 
A massive kangaroo has been spotted in an Australian community measuring over 6 feet 6 inches. Nicky Haydon from affiliate Seven News has more.
 
Aloisi takes over as head coach of Brisbane Roar in A-League
2015-05-26 06:10:42 (3 minutes ago) 

BRISBANE, Australia — Three-time A-League champion Brisbane Roar has hired ex-Australia forward John Aloisi as head coach for next season, with one of his first assignments set to be against Liverpool in a friendly on July 17.

Aloisi, who scored the winning penalty to secure Australia's place at the 2006 World Cup, had playing stints in the Premier League, and in the Italian and Spanish top-flight competitions across a 20-year career.

He quickly moved into management and became head coach at Melbourne Heart in 2012-13 less the 12 months after retiring as a player.

 
Feminist Mad Max meme is an MRA’s nightmare
2015-05-26 06:10:37 (3 minutes ago) 

The Tumblr Feminist Mad Max combines the feminist charms of the Ryan Gosling “Hey Girl” meme with the feminist charms of Mad Max: Fury Road. Read the rest

 
Family man dies at Dignitas clinic
2015-05-26 06:10:36 (3 minutes ago) 
A father-of-three who had developed a tumour dies at the Dignitas clinic in Switzerland, the BBC confirms.
 
Myanmar's Suu Kyi is missing from global meeting on Rohingya
2015-05-26 06:10:33 (3 minutes ago) 
YANGON, Myanmar (AP) -- An international gathering about the plight of Myanmar's persecuted Rohingya Muslims boasts a star-studded cast, with three Nobel Peace laureates among those calling on the world to wake up to the unfolding tragedy....
 
Cameron’s bid for special treatment in Europe is a phenomenal gamble
2015-05-26 06:10:25 (3 minutes ago) 
Germany and France talking up eurozone convergence plays to Britain’s Eurosceptics. Few of Cameron’s fellow European leaders would dare take this risk

David Cameron is about to hurl his irresistible election mandate at the immoveable object of France and Germany, and their desire for ever closer union. He is to clear his diary for a month-long campaign to avert another diplomatic car crash over Europe.

Cameron has promised “fundamental change” in Britain’s treaty relations with the EU, with a referendum by the end of 2017. Germany and France have no interest in such a negotiation. They are more concerned with Greece and Italy, and with achieving “economic, fiscal and social convergence” for the eurozone.

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Italy to present extensive EU migrant plan, source
2015-05-26 06:07:43 (6 minutes ago) 
About 24,000 new arrivals to be transferred from Italy






 
The Wall Street Journal: Apple names Jony Ive chief design officer
2015-05-26 06:06:29 (7 minutes ago) 
In the newly created position, Ive will “focus entirely on current design projects, new ideas and future initiatives,” as he becomes only the third C-level executive at the company.
 
What's it like to be hated by the Russian internet?
2015-05-26 06:05:21 (9 minutes ago) 

As online space becomes increasingly toxic, Afisha talks to four prominent figures about managing torrents of personal abuse

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
2015-05-26 06:04:03 (10 minutes ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
 
New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta says he won’t resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans
2015-05-26 06:01:30 (12 minutes ago) 
New Hampshire representative Frank Guinta is under mountains of pressure to resign from fellow state Republicans after campaign finance violations, but says he does not intend to.






 
Should animals be given human rights?
2015-05-26 06:01:04 (13 minutes ago) 
A New York court is considering whether chimps are legal persons - and whether animals should be granted the same rights as humans?
 
Iraq Announces Launch of Operation to Drive ISIS From Anbar
2015-05-26 06:00:43 (13 minutes ago) 
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Taiwan Proposes Plan to Ease South China Sea Tensions
2015-05-26 06:00:04 (14 minutes ago) 
Taiwan suggests setting aside South China Sea disputes and jointly exploring for resources
 
These Days, All Politics Is Technological
2015-05-26 05:51:42 (22 minutes ago) 

We realize that politics tends to be divisive. But it’s important. Think of it this way: Politics is just social change made manifest.

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'Innocence' Restored
2015-05-26 05:51:00 (23 minutes ago) 

Fifteen months ago, I wrote about a terrible decision by a federal appeals court, which secretly ordered Google and YouTube to remove all copies of a controversial and newsworthy film from their online platforms.

This original panel of judges (wrongly) held that an actress who appeared for a few seconds in the controversial "film" "The Innocence of Muslims" had an enforceable right under copyright law to get the whole movie taken offline. The court then ordered the movie completely erased from the digital world — under a gag order, to boot. When we at the ACLU finally found out — after the censorship has been silently carried out in the night — we joined other civil liberties and library groups in petitioning the full 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider its decision in what's called an en banc review, arguing that the copyright claim in this case was an unacceptable Trojan Horse within the citadel of the First Amendment.

This week, the court saw the light: The long dark takedown of "Innocence" is finally over.

The initial fight was between an actress, Cindy Lee Garcia, and writer-director Mark Basseley Youssef (who also uses a few aliases – rarely a good sign in a business relationship). Youssef paid Garcia to say a few innocuous lines for a fictional film he never made. Instead, he dubbed some repellant content over her two lines and incorporated this five-second clip into a 13-minute trailer advertising "The Innocence of Muslims," Youssef's polemic against the Prophet Mohammed. The promised film was intended to provoke — and it did. There were riots. The film was blamed for the attack on Benghazi. Garcia received death threats. She sued.

We should never cede our First Amendement rights to those who would match words with weapons.

As I said before, I have a ton of sympathy for Garcia — who was, in the words of the court, clearly "bamboozled." Did she have claims for fraud, torts, breach of contract? Absolutely. Did she have a right to have a video at the center of a roiling public policy debate erased from the historical record? Absolutely not.

Fortunately, nearly everyone on the 9th Circuit saw the error of granting the initial copyright claim to the detriment of the public's right to watch this (badly produced and racist) film. Judge McKeown nicely summed up the first opinion's error by noting that it "gave short shrift to the First Amendment values at stake." Damn right.

But one judge had even sharper words for his colleagues: Judge Reinhardt, known as a cantankerous liberal lion on the court, was the lone voice specifically criticizing the court (PDF) for taking 15 whole months to reverse the initial ill-considered copyright takedown. He wisely wrote:

By leaving in place the panel's unprecedented gag order for well over a year, we surrendered to the threats of religious extremists who were offended by the film. For a United States court to do so was anathema to the principles underlying the First Amendment.

And that point is worth a special note. In recent weeks, we've heard many calls for censorship against Pamela Geller and her organization American Freedom Defense Initiative, which hosted a "draw Mohammed" cartoon contest in Texas at which officers were shot at and the two would-be attackers were killed. Those calling her actions "pyromania" or "hate speech" imply, dangerously, that the resulting violence justifies government censorship of her provocative words. And the original opinion in the Garcia case came perilously close to the same conclusion: that the death threats against Ms. Garcia justified the censorship of the public record.

Fortunately, as the court has now confirmed, our Constitution prevents those ideas from gaining traction. We don't give violent hecklers a veto over nonviolent speech. Period.

As Judge Reinhardt wrote with more than a soupçon of snark, "Although amateurish, offensive, and banned in many undemocratic countries, Innocence of Muslims is a film of enormous political, social, and religious interest." Our First Amendment sets us apart because it gives us the right and the privilege to see, hear, and react to newsworthy content. Including — and especially — terrible ideas.

And we should never cede that power to those who would match words with weapons.

The full 9th Circuit court saw the light, and the long dark takedown of the "Innocence of Muslims" is finally over.
 
What Congress Needs to Do Now for Real NSA Spying Reform
2015-05-26 05:51:00 (23 minutes ago) 

This was originally posted at The Daily Beast.

One section of the Patriot Act has been ritually abused. Americans want it changed. With a few days left to kill, amend, or reauthorize the bill, the ACLU's legislative counsel says the latter is no longer a viable option.

Congress has just a handful of legislative left days to decide whether to amend, extend, or simply let provisions of the Patriot Act expire on June 1. And, for now, the ball is in the Senate's court.

Last week, the House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed the USA Freedom Act, a bill that proposes scaling back—but still extending—the expiring provisions. While it would limit some forms of abuse, the bill unfortunately still leaves room for the government to collect the information of thousands of innocent Americans.

In short, it simply doesn't go far enough. And, it is out of touch with the views of the public.

A new ACLU-commissioned poll released this week finds that voters want the Patriot Act to be modified to protect Americans' privacy—by nearly two-to-one margin. The poll also notes that more than 80 percent of likely voters are concerned that the government is collecting and storing personal information such as phone records, emails, and bank statements. Almost the same percentage of people says that a warrant should be required to search those types of records.

It's clear what the public wants: a retooled, less invasive Patriot Act.

The USA Freedom Act—a modest, inadequate rollback of some of the NSA's authorities just passed by the House—faces an uncertain future in a divided Senate. Some Senators have rallied around the bill, framing it as the only viable reform option on the table. Senate Republican leadership, however, appears to have rejected the notion of reform and supports reauthorizing the expiring provisions for five years or, at least, temporarily.

Both approaches are misguided. Unless the Senate can make substantial improvements to the USA Freedom Act, Congress should simply let the provisions of the Patriot Act expire instead.

The expiring provisions – including Section 215 – were never intended to be permanent. In the wake of 9/11, Congress included sunset dates precisely to ensure that our country debated not only whether these provisions were still necessary, but also whether they were used in a way that violated the law and Constitution.

Over a decade after 9/11, we can no longer turn a blind eye to how these provisions have been abused.

We now know that Section 215 has been used to create massive surveillance programs that far eclipse the original intent of the law.

Under Section 215, the government collects information about every call made to or from an American. This includes every call made to a doctor, suicide hotline, journalist, or even place of worship. In addition, Section 215 has also reportedly been used by the FBI and CIA to collect large numbers of other records, including financial records.

This month in a landmark decision, a federal appeals court ruled that the call records program operated under Section 215 is illegal. This ruling aligns with recommendations made by an independent government oversight board, which found in early 2014 that the program had not made a substantial impact on any terrorist investigation and should be discontinued in its present form.

Given this, the question is not whether we should let Section 215 sunset, but why are we even considering letting it continue?

If Congress elects to move forward with the current bill instead of allowing Section 215 to sunset, it must be strengthened substantially to provide meaningful protections for Americans.

The language of the bill should further narrow the ability of the government to collect the information of people with no nexus to terrorism. As the federal court opinion made clear, Section 215 was never intended to allow the government to amass and data mine the records of Americans with no connection to a specific investigation. It was used that way anyway for over a decade.

The bill also needs to require that the government promptly purge all irrelevant records to ensure that government databases containing the information of innocent Americans do not continue to balloon.

Any bill worth passing should include widely supported reforms to prevent the government from using Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act—another controversial surveillance authority—to obtain information about Americans. Specifically, the bill should close the so-called "backdoor search loophole," and require the government to obtain a warrant prior to searching through the Section 702 database for information about Americans.

Positive legislation also has to change other provisions of the law, like the administrative subpoena authorities. Until 2013, these were also used to collect Americans' call records en masse. As the federal court of appeals made clear, laws that permit the government to collect records "relevant" to an investigation are not a blank check for the government to engage in mass surveillance.

And, a reform bill should eliminate loopholes in the transparency provisions to ensure that members of Congress and the public are never again left in the dark about the NSA's surveillance activities. Specifically, the government should be forced to report the full scope and total number of individuals impacted under Section 215, as well as under Section 702.

Without these improvements, the bill falls short of providing the meaningful surveillance reform the public demands and our country deserves.

Section 215 was supposed to expire when it became clear that it was no longer serving the best interests of our country.  That has happened. Let it expire, as so many Americans want it to.

One section of the Patriot Act has been ritually abused. Americans want it changed.
 
County cricket – live!
2015-05-26 05:50:44 (23 minutes ago) 

All the action with Lizzy Ammon at Hove for Sussex v Warwickshire and Graham Hardcastle at Taunton for Somerset v Yorkshire

10.31am BST

Graham Hardcastle sets up the day

Good morning and welcome to the county blog, where we have Lizzy Ammon at Hove for what is almost certain to be the final day and myself at Taunton.

10.26am BST

Morning all,

Today we have Lizzy Ammon at Hove for Sussex v Warwickshire and Graham Hardcastle at Taunton for Somerset v Yorkshire. Here are the reports from yesterday:

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
2015-05-26 05:50:41 (23 minutes ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
 
New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta says he won’t resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans
2015-05-26 05:50:25 (23 minutes ago) 
New Hampshire representative Frank Guinta is under mountains of pressure to resign from fellow state Republicans after campaign finance violations, but says he does not intend to.






 
Apple Design Guru Jony Ive Named Chief Design Officer
2015-05-26 05:49:54 (24 minutes ago) 
An anonymous reader writes: Jony Ive, Apple's senior VP of design has been promoted to the role of Chief Design Officer. Ive became Apple's chief of industrial design in 1997. Under Ive's direction, Apple's put out an impressive list of products including the iMac, iPod, and iPad. "In this new role, he will focus entirely on current design projects, new ideas and future initiatives," said chief executive Tim Cook in a memo. "Jony is one of the most talented and accomplished designers of his generation, with an astonishing 5,000 design and utility patents to his name."

Read more of this story at Slashdot.

 
Synagogue Repurposed as Minor League Team’s Souvenir Store
2015-05-26 05:48:35 (25 minutes ago) 
An Indiana house of worship that was last used in 1991 underwent a $1 million restoration to become the shop for what is now the Chicago Cubs’ Class A affiliate.







 
Watch Live: KPRC-TV Coverage of Houston Floods
2015-05-26 05:47:03 (27 minutes ago) 
Thunderstorms led to widespread flash flooding in Houston.







 
Goalkeeper fined for sipping water while opponents scored from set piece
2015-05-26 05:45:36 (28 minutes ago) 

• Chongqing Lifan’s Sui Weijie stood oblivious during quickly taken free-kick
• Player fined 50,000 yuan and says: ‘I made a terrible mistake’
• More from the amazing world of sport

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David Squires on … Louis van Gaal and the end of the season
2015-05-26 05:45:17 (29 minutes ago) 

In the final cartoon from his series this season, David Squires finds the Manchester United manager heading for the stage …

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New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta says he won’t resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans
2015-05-26 05:41:39 (32 minutes ago) 
New Hampshire representative Frank Guinta is under mountains of pressure to resign from fellow state Republicans after campaign finance violations, but says he does not intend to.






 
Colorado Theater Shooter's Notebook to Take Center Stage
2015-05-26 05:40:17 (34 minutes ago) 
Defendant's writings will be interpreted by both sides.
 
Austrian Police Arrest 3 for Smuggling People Into US
2015-05-26 05:40:02 (34 minutes ago) 
Austrian police arrest 3 suspects suspected of smuggling people onto flights for US, Britain
 
Sweden has fewest new prisoners in six decades
2015-05-26 05:30:55 (43 minutes ago) 
Fewer people were sent to prison in Sweden in 2014 than in any other year since the 1950s, according to new figures from Sweden’s Prison and Probation Service (Kriminalvården).
 
Johnny Depp could face 10 years in prison for taking his dogs to Australia
2015-05-26 05:30:44 (43 minutes ago) 

The Oscar-nominated actor has been threatened with a lengthy sentence after failing to declare his pets when flying to the country

After illegally bringing his two dogs to Australia, Johnny Depp could face up to 10 years behind bars.

The actor, who is currently filming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, landed himself in trouble earlier this month when he brought his two Yorkshire terriers to the country on his private jet. He failed to declare them and therefore broke the country’s quarantine laws.

Related: Johnny Depp's dogs: their only crime was being born into a life of privilege | Elle Hunt

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The Latest: Royal field at French Open on Day 3
2015-05-26 05:30:38 (43 minutes ago) 
 
New Hampshire Rep. Frank Guinta says he won’t resign, despite calls from fellow Republicans
2015-05-26 05:30:36 (43 minutes ago) 
New Hampshire representative Frank Guinta is under mountains of pressure to resign from fellow state Republicans after campaign finance violations, but says he does not intend to.






 
The Latest on IS: Iraq says Anbar offensive won't take long
2015-05-26 05:30:30 (43 minutes ago) 
Noon (0900 GMT)...
 
The Latest on IS: Iraq says Anbar offensive won't take long
2015-05-26 05:30:30 (43 minutes ago) 
Noon (0900 GMT)...
 
Salvini says Italy should stop paying EU
2015-05-26 05:28:02 (46 minutes ago) 
Northern League says migrant crisis shows 'hoax' of Europe






 
Japan braces for severe butter shortage
2015-05-26 05:25:38 (48 minutes ago) 

Government prepares for emergency imports as demand for butter is expected to outstrip supply by more than 7,000 tonnes

Japan is bracing for a severe butter shortage that threatens cake making across the country, echoing last year’s dairy disaster that left supermarket shelves empty.

The Japan Dairy Association is warning that demand for butter will outstrip supply by more than 7,000 tonnes, prompting the government to ready emergency imports.

Related: Japan's exhausted cows cause butter shortage ahead of Christmas

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Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake
2015-05-26 05:24:23 (49 minutes ago) 
Sandwiches account for one-fifth of total sodium intake, with nearly half of American adults consuming them on any given day, according to new study published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
 
Beware of rip currents today; breezy and hot this week
2015-05-26 05:21:51 (52 minutes ago) 
As was the case over the long holiday weekend, there is high risk of dangerous rip currents at the beaches today. This week otherwise should be mostly sunny, hot and breezy.
 
Chinese navy to focus on 'open seas'
2015-05-26 05:21:16 (53 minutes ago) 
China announces its strategy to focus the navy beyond its borders into open water, in a military strategy document.
 
Cause of Death of Child in Swing Undetermined After Autopsy
2015-05-26 05:20:19 (54 minutes ago) 
Cause of death of child in park swing undetermined after autopsy; mother still hospitalized
 
Turkish Opposition Candidate Shot in Knee While Campaigning
2015-05-26 05:20:15 (54 minutes ago) 
Turkish opposition candidate shot in knee while campaigning; officials say no political motive
 
Europe Markets: European stocks, euro under pressure as Greece, Spain niggle
2015-05-26 05:10:59 (1 hours ago) 
European stocks and the euro fall, with investors assessing financial and political developments in Greece and Spain.
 
RAF Eurofighter gets a Battle of Britain makeover
2015-05-26 05:10:37 (1 hours ago) 
 
Jony Ive promoted to chief design officer at Apple
2015-05-26 05:10:29 (1 hours ago) 

British designer will delegate day-to-day management, leading to speculation that he wants to return to live in the UK

Apple has promoted Sir Jonathan Ive, the British designer responsible for most of the company’s biggest hits in recent years, to the position of chief design officer at the company.

Jony Ive, whose previous title was vice president of design, will continue to be responsible for all of Apple’s design work, “focusing entirely on current design projects, new ideas and future initiatives”, according to Apple chief executive Tim Cook. But Ive’s day-to-day managerial responsibilities will be delegated to the new vice presidents of industrial design and user interface design, Richard Howarth and Alan Dye.

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Ex-England coach McClaren fired by 2nd-tier Derby
2015-05-26 05:10:29 (1 hours ago) 

DERBY, England — Former England coach Steve McClaren has been fired by Derby County after failing to guide the second-tier English club into the Premier League.

Derby said Monday that the decision was taken after a review of the season, and that "the appointment of a new head coach is required to continue the club's on-field progress."

McClaren, who coached England from 2006-07, took charge of Derby in September 2013 and led the team to the League Championship playoff final last season, where it lost to Queens Park Rangers.

 
Iraq launches counterattack against Isis near Ramadi
2015-05-26 05:10:24 (1 hours ago) 

State TV says troops will be backed by Shia and Sunni paramilitaries as Iraq attempts to retake western Anbar province

Iraq has announced the launch of a military operation to drive Islamic State out of the western Anbar province, where the extremists captured the provincial capital, Ramadi, this month.

Related: Rout of Ramadi reawakens Iraq to 'brutal reality'

Related: US defense secretary says fall of Ramadi shows Iraqi forces lack will to fight Isis

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Kenyan lawyer offers Obama 50 cows, 70 sheep, 30 goats to marry his daughter Malia
2015-05-26 05:08:47 (1 hours ago) 
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EXCLUSIVE: Lawmaker rips Blaz for delaying pension bill
2015-05-26 05:07:32 (1 hours ago) 
A state lawmaker is blasting Mayor de Blasio for holding up a bill that boosts pension benefits for injured cops and firefighters.
 
EXCLUSIVE: Deaf man died because hospitals failed him: suit
2015-05-26 05:07:31 (1 hours ago) 
EXCLUSIVE: Andre Berry (seen in picture frame), 52, died Nov. 5, 2013, with a hospital catheter still attached to his body, his grieving sister Denise (right) told the Daily News.
 
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