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12/16/2012  "Gun" "Control" -- Please note that this is a post about technology, not politics.
The tech industry cheerleads the displacement and reconfiguration of huge institutions like the music industry and telecoms. The arms industry shares many of the attributes of those industries, and is poised for fundamental change that is much like the changes they have experienced. If the product of the arms industry were not arms, the inevitable upheaval would be anticipated and prophesied with glee by the usual pundits (this website included). Its not, because the general availability of weapons is not something we as a community can agree on as an unmitigated good. For that matter, even free speech and assembly are by no means goals universally agreed upon. But advances in technology are providing all of these things, regardless of the preferences of any one group. If we as a country, and indeed we as a global community, are going to seriously address the question of gun control, we need to address the issue of fabricated weapons and weapon plans, or else the discussion will be moot. This is because the proliferation of 3D printed weaponry changes both the definition of gun and of what it means to control it.
(Tech Crunch)
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12/16/2012  Conn. Police: We have to be sensitive -- Statement from Connecticut State Police spokesman, Lt. J. Paul Vance.
"One thing that is becoming somewhat of a concern, and that is misinformation is being posted on social media sites. There has been misinformation coming from people posing as the shooter in this case, using other IDs, mimicing this crime and crime scene and criminal activity that took place in this community. There's been some things in somewhat of a threatening manner. It is important to know that we have discussed with federal authorities that these issues are crimes, they will be investigated statewide and federally, and prosecution will take place when people perpetrating this information are identified. Again, all information relative to this case is coming from these microphones, and any information coming from other sources cannot be confirmed and in many cases it's been found, it's inaccurate."
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12/16/2012  Newtown school shooting story already being changed by the media to eliminate eyewitness reports of a second shooter
The national media is ablaze today with coverage of the tragic elementary school shooting in Newtown, CT, where 27 people have reportedly been killed, including 18 children. As always, when violent shootings take place, honest journalists are forced to ask the question: "Does this fit the pattern of other staged shootings?" One of the most important red flags of a staged shooting is a second gunman, indicating the shooting was coordinated and planned. There are often mind control elements at work in many of these shootings. The Aurora "Batman" shooter James Holmes, for example, was a graduate student actually working on mind control technologies funded by the U.S. government. There were also chemical mind control elements linked to Jared Lee Loughner, the shooter of Congresswomen Giffords in Arizona in 2011.
(Natural News)
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12/15/2012  In Colombia, David Cameron's stance on drugs looks cynical -- The prime minister's belief that the war on drugs is working ignores Britain's complicity in the trade
Twenty-six years ago, on 17 December 1986, my uncle, Guillermo Cano Isaza, editor of the Colombian daily newspaper, El Espectador, was killed by gunmen paid by Pablo Escobar and his drug trafficking cartel. He had led a journalistic crusade to denounce the corruptive and violent power of drug trafficking. He paid with his life. The newspaper he edited was bombed and became a target as we lived through the bloody years of the so-called "war on drugs". Back then, and every year since, I've asked myself the same question: was it inevitable? Was there another way to fight the perverse effects of the illegal trade in drugs? With few positive results to show from the "war", another way now seems possible. Throughout the world, a serious debate is gaining momentum on the inefficacy of prohibition. Prosecuting growers, distributors and consumers leaves a trail of violence and does nothing to curb the sky-high profits of the cartels from corrupting the body politic and police. We need to look at different ways of managing the terrible social effects of drug abuse, while also eliminating the enormous profits of the illegal drug traffic.
(London Guardian)
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12/15/2012  Medical Examiner FULL Press Conference: Sandy Hook School Mass Shooting
Connecticut Chief Medical Examiner H. Wayne Carver provides an update to the media after he and his team examined the victims' bodies at Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown following Friday's mass shooting.
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12/15/2012  Police Walked A Man In Camo Pants And Dark Jacket Out Of Woods Newtown Co (CBS)
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12/15/2012  Robbie Parker gives interview, Full UNCUT
Victims father and aunt speak about loss of daughter/niece in Connecticut shooting.
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12/14/2012  Connecticut Shooter Adam Lanza: 'Obviously Not Well'
Adam Lanza of Newtown, Connecticut was a child of the suburbs and a child of divorce who at age 20 still lived with his mother. This morning he appears to have started his day by shooting his mother Nancy in the face, and then driving to nearby Sandy Hook Elementary School armed with at least two handguns and at least one semi-automatic rifle. - Peter Lanza, who drove to northern New Jersey to talk to police and the FBI, is a vice president at GE Capital and had been a partner at global accounting giant Ernst & Young. Adam's older brother Ryan Lanza, 24, has worked at Ernst & Young for four years, apparently following in his father's footsteps and carving out a solid niche in the tax practice. He too was interviewed by the FBI. Neither he nor his father is under any suspicion.
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12/14/2012  Connecticut Shooting: 27 Dead at Sandy Hook Elementary School: More than two dozen people, mostly children, were killed in Newtown tragedy.
It's believed at this hour and it's been confirmed to ABC news by state police there in Connecticut that two shooters were initially believed involved in the mass shooting one of those shooters. Now dead what's not been confirmed as whether or not that gunman took his own line for whether or not there was something that ensued after authorities began. Arriving at the scene and now the big question will be. Is there in fact that second shooter and where is that second shooter there have been searches that have unfolded throughout the afternoon. Clark -- -- We've authorities there are armed as you can see they're heavily armed many of them carrying their. They're automatic weapons.
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12/14/2012  Dreams in Infrared -- The Woes of an American Drone Operator
A soldier sets out to graduate at the top of his class. He succeeds, and he becomes a drone pilot working with a special unit of the United States Air Force in New Mexico. He kills dozens of people. But then, one day, he realizes that he can't do it anymore. For more than five years, Brandon Bryant worked in an oblong, windowless container about the size of a trailer, where the air-conditioning was kept at 17 degrees Celsius (63 degrees Fahrenheit) and, for security reasons, the door couldn't be opened. Bryant and his coworkers sat in front of 14 computer monitors and four keyboards. When Bryant pressed a button in New Mexico, someone died on the other side of the world. The container is filled with the humming of computers. It's the brain of a drone, known as a cockpit in Air Force parlance. But the pilots in the container aren't flying through the air. They're just sitting at the controls. Bryant was one of them, and he remembers one incident very clearly when a Predator drone was circling in a figure-eight pattern in the sky above Afghanistan, more than 10,000 kilometers (6,250 miles) away. There was a flat-roofed house made of mud, with a shed used to hold goats in the crosshairs, as Bryant recalls. When he received the order to fire, he pressed a button with his left hand and marked the roof with a laser. The pilot sitting next to him pressed the trigger on a joystick, causing the drone to launch a Hellfire missile. There were 16 seconds left until impact.
(Der Spiegel)
posted: 12/25/12                   0       12
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12/14/2012  FEMA L-366 Planning for the Needs of Children in Disasters
The goal of the course is to enable participants to improve their communitys mitigation and emergency operations plan specifically regarding the needs of children. The course will provide them with the information needed to address the unique needs of children prior to, during and following disasters. It will also provide them guidance and direction on how to form coalitions and how to become advocates for the unique needs of children in all aspects of emergency management. - Location: 2800 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT, 9 AM - 4 PM, Contact: Christopher Ackley
(State of Connecticut)
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12/14/2012  Gunman kills 20 kids, 6 adults at Connecticut elementary school ~ A man shoots and kills 20 children and 6 adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
NEWTOWN, Conn. A gunman massacred 20 children and six adults at a suburban elementary school here Friday morning before killing himself in what appeared to be the second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history, authorities said. Sources said Adam Lanza, 20, earlier killed his mother at home and then drove her Honda to Sandy Hook Elementary School equipped with firearms that were registered to one or both of his divorced parents.
(Los Angeles Times)
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12/14/2012  Obama: I've got 'bigger fish to fry' than pot smokers
In an interview with ABC News, President Obama told Barbara Walters that recreational pot smoking in states that have legalized the drug is not a major concern for his administration. Weve got bigger fish to fry, Obama said of marijuana smokers in Colorado and Washington, the two states where recreational use is now legal. It would not make sense for us to see a top priority as going after recreational users in states that have determined that its legal, he said. Going after individual users has never been part of federal policy. But under Obama, the Drug Enforcement Administration has aggressively gone after medical marijuana dispensaries in California, where they are legal. In September, federal officials raided several Los Angeles shops and sent warnings to many more.
(Washington Post)
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12/14/2012  Police Chase Suspect(s) Through Sandy Hook Woods
Who Are Two Shooters Captured?
(Associated Press)
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12/14/2012  Police Find Long Gun In Trunk Of Car In Sandy Hook Parking Lot: Newtown Connecticut School Shooting
Maybe there was two long guns in the trunk, and this only shows them removing the second one. Aerial of police finding a loaded long gun in the trunk of a car in the school parking lot appears to be a shotgun. This occurred hours after law enforcement sources already confirmed that they found a Bushmaster AR-15 in his trunk. .223 shells were found at the scene. Who was shooting the .223 inside the school then? From the NBC News Connecticut live feed on 12/14/12. "A Sig Sauer handgun and a Glock handgun were used in the slaying and .223 shell casings -- a round used in a semi-automatic military style rifle -- were also found at the scene. " "...However, federal authorities cannot confirm that the handguns or the rifle were the weapons receovered at the school. " "A law enforcement source told CBS News' Pat Milton that casings (spent shells) from a .223 semi automatic rifle were found inside the school."
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12/14/2012  Principal Outlined New Security Procedures At Sandy Hook Elementary School
The "frequently asked questions" section of the Sandy Hook Elementary School website features a question: "Please explain the security system at SHA. Click here to view the security letter sent to Sandy Hook families this year." The letter said: Dear Members of our Sandy Hook Family, Our district will be implementing a security system in all elementary schools as part of our ongoing efforts to ensure student safety. As usual, exterior doors will be locked during the day. Every visitor will be required to ring the doorbell at the front entrance and the office staff will use a visual monitoring system to allow entry. Visitors will still be required to report directly to the office and sign in. If our office staff does not recognize you, you will be required to show identification with a picture id. Please understand that with nearly 700 students and over 1,000 parents representing 500 SHS families, most parents will be asked to show identification.
(Hartford Courant)
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12/14/2012  RAW Helicopter Footage Sandy Hook HOAX PROOF 12/14/2012
The First Aerial View HD - This is footage before the chase in the woods. There are supposed to be 27 dead people inside at this moment. There are: No visible children (456 enrolled). No ambulances. No medical staff. No parents. No emergency. No panic. No injured. No visible bodies. No visible guns. No law enforcement surrounding the school. All/most footage we saw on TV was from the Firehouse. This is the same helicopter that capture the chase for the man/men in the woods; this is the helicopter arriving at the acting scene. It was ALL a HOAX.

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12/14/2012  Raw: Conn. police search woods after shooting
Dozens of police officers are searching a Connecticut elementary school Friday after a deadly shooting there. Investigators say as many as 27 have been killed, including 18 children.
(Los Angeles Times)
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12/14/2012  Raw: Student Describes Scene at School Shooting
"So we ran down to the firehouse and there was a man pinned down to the ground with handcuffs on, and we thought that was the victim."
(Associated Press)
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12/14/2012  Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting -- Newtown Police / Fire and CT State Police Radio Traffic
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12/14/2012  School shooting: Possible second gunman in custody
A possible second gunman in the Connecticut elementary school shooting is reportedly in custody. CBS News senior correspondent John Miller explains the significance of multiple gunmen in this case.
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12/14/2012  Stefan Molyneux: The Connecticut School Shootings
Freedomain Radio is the largest and most popular philosophy show on the web.
(True News)
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12/14/2012  Twelve facts about guns and mass shootings in the United States
When we first collected much of this data, it was after the Aurora, Colo. shootings, and the air was thick with calls to avoid politicizing the tragedy. That is code, essentially, for dont talk about reforming our gun control laws. Lets be clear: That is a form of politicization. When political actors construct a political argument that threatens political consequences if other political actors pursue a certain political outcome, that is, almost by definition, a politicization of the issue. Its just a form of politicization favoring those who prefer the status quo to stricter gun control laws. Since then, there have been more horrible, high-profile shootings. Jovan Belcher, a linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, took his girlfriends life and then his own. In Oregon, Jacob Tyler Roberts entered a mall holding a semi-automatic rifle and yelling I am the shooter. And, in Connecticut, at least 27 are dead including 18 children after a man opened fire at Sandy Hook Elementary School.
(Washington Post)
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12/13/2012  Outrageous HSBC Settlement Proves the Drug War is a Joke
If you've ever been arrested on a drug charge, if you've ever spent even a day in jail for having a stem of marijuana in your pocket or "drug paraphernalia" in your gym bag, Assistant Attorney General and longtime Bill Clinton pal Lanny Breuer has a message for you: Bite me. Breuer this week signed off on a settlement deal with the British banking giant HSBC that is the ultimate insult to every ordinary person who's ever had his life altered by a narcotics charge. Despite the fact that HSBC admitted to laundering billions of dollars for Colombian and Mexican drug cartels (among others) and violating a host of important banking laws (from the Bank Secrecy Act to the Trading With the Enemy Act), Breuer and his Justice Department elected not to pursue criminal prosecutions of the bank, opting instead for a "record" financial settlement of $1.9 billion, which as one analyst noted is about five weeks of income for the bank. The banks' laundering transactions were so brazen that the NSA probably could have spotted them from space. Breuer admitted that drug dealers would sometimes come to HSBC's Mexican branches and "deposit hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, in a single day, into a single account, using boxes designed to fit the precise dimensions of the teller windows." This bears repeating: in order to more efficiently move as much illegal money as possible into the "legitimate" banking institution HSBC, drug dealers specifically designed boxes to fit through the bank's teller windows. Tony Montana's henchmen marching dufflebags of cash into the fictional "American City Bank" in Miami was actually more subtle than what the cartels were doing when they washed their cash through one of Britain's most storied financial institutions.
(Rolling Stone)
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12/12/2012  12/12/12 and the Myriad of Number Patterns in Dates
Today as you are slogging through the tasks marked on your calendar, you might notice the date: 12/12/12. This will be the last date with the same number for day, month and last two digits of the year until New Years Day, 2101 (01/01/01)89 years from now. Many are celebrating the date with weddings (the truly hard core are start their ceremonies at 12:00 pm, presumably so that theyd be mid-vow at at 12:12), concertssuch as this benefit for victims of Superstorm Sandyeven mass meditations. The Astronomical Society of the Pacific, based in San Francisco, has actually declared 12/12/12 Anti-Doomsday Day, the antidote to purported Mayan prognostications that the world will end on 12/21/12. Belgian monks have released the holy grail of beersWestvleteren 12for public sale today.
posted: 12/20/12                   1       22
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12/12/2012  More Than 30 Top U.S. Officials Guilty of War Crimes
More than 30 top U.S. officials, including presidents G.W. Bush and Obama, are guilty of war crimes or crimes against peace and humanity legally akin to those perpetrated by the former Nazi regime in Germany, the distinguished American international law authority Francis Boyle charges. U.S. officials involved in an ongoing criminal conspiracy in the Middle East and Africa who either participated in the commission of the crimes under their jurisdiction or failed to take action against them included both presidents since 2001 and their vice-presidents, the secretaries of State and Defense, the directors of the CIA and National Intelligence and the Pentagons Joint Chiefs of Staff and heads of the Central Command, among others, Boyle said. In international legal terms, the U.S. government itself should now be viewed as constituting an ongoing criminal conspiracy under international law, Boyle said in an address Dec. 9th to the Puerto Rican Summit Conference on Human Rights at the University of the Sacred Heart in San Juan. Boyle is a Professor of International Law at the University of Illinois, Champaign, and the author of numerous books on the subject.
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12/10/2012  Fundraiser for the Families Involved in the Tragic Newtown, CT Shootings (NOTE THE DATE)
On December 14th, 2012 the families of twenty elementary school students and six adults were tragically shaken by the hatred of one very disturbed young man. There was no way to have predicted the events that would unfold on Friday morning when gunman Adam Lanza decided to enter Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. Not long after he entered, police arrived on the scene to find twenty young children, and six adults who's lives had been taken. Here at our hearts and prayers go out to the families of Newtown who have experienced a loss due to this tragedy. No Parent should ever have to experience the pain of burying their own child, and no child's life is ever meant to be cut short. In memory of those who were taken, and to honor the families left behind we want to feature a fundraiser set up for the families effected by the shootings in Newtown, CT.
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12/7/2012  A letter to the TEDx community on TEDx and bad science
In light of a few suspect talks that have come out of the TEDx movement some of which we at TED have taken action to remove, some being examined now and this recent thread on Reddit [], we feel it is important to reach out to all TEDx organizers on the topic of bad science and pseudoscience. Please know this above all: It is your job, before any speaker is booked, to check them out, and to reject bad science, pseudoscience and health hoaxes. Vetting your speakers is hard work, and can lead to uncomfortable moments. But as TEDx organizers, your audiences trust is your top priority, over and above any other personal or business relationship that may have brought this speaker to your attention. It is not your audiences job to figure out if a speaker is offering legitimate science or not. It is your job. - 2. Red flag topics These are not banned topics by any means but they are topics that tend to attract pseudo-scientists. If your speaker proposes a topic like this, use extra scrutiny. An expanding, depressing list follows: Food science, including: GMO food and anti-GMO foodists Food as medicine, especially to treat a specific condition: Autism and ADHD, especially causes of and cures for autism
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12/7/2012  How Corruption Is Strangling U.S. Innovation
If there's been one topic that has entirely dominated the post-election landscape, it's the fiscal cliff. Will taxes be raised? Which programs will be cut? Who will blink first in negotiations? For all the talk of the fiscal cliff, however, I believe the US is facing a much more serious problem, one that has simply not been talked about at all: corruption. But this isn't the overt, "bartering of government favors in return for private kickbacks" corruption. Instead, this type of corruption has actually been legalized. And it is strangling both US competitiveness, and the ability for US firms to innovate. The corruption to which I am referring is the phenomenon of money in politics. Lawrence Lessig's Republic, Lost, details many of the distortions that occur as a result of all the money sloshing around in the political system: how elected representatives are being forced to spend an ever-increasing amount of their time chasing donors for funds, for example, as opposed to chasing citizens for votes. Former congressman and CIA director Leon Panetta described it as "legalized bribery"; something which has just "become part of the culture of how this place operates."
(Harvard Business Review)
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12/7/2012  Obama's Pot Problem: Now that states have started legalizing recreational marijuana, will the president continue the governments war on weed?
When voters in Colorado and Washington state legalized recreational marijuana in November, they thought they were declaring a cease-fire in the War on Drugs. Thanks to ballot initiatives that passed by wide margins on Election Day, adults 21 or older in both states can now legally possess up to an ounce of marijuana. The new laws also compel Colorado and Washington to license private businesses to cultivate and sell pot, and to levy taxes on the proceeds. Together, the two states expect to reap some $600 million annually in marijuana revenues for schools, roads and other projects. The only losers, in fact, will be the Mexican drug lords, who currently supply as much as two-thirds of America's pot. Drug reformers can scarcely believe their landslide victories at the polls. "People expected this day would come, but most didn't expect it to come this soon," says Norm Stamper, a former Seattle police chief who campaigned for legalization. "This is the beginning of the end of prohibition." But the war over pot may be far from over. Legalization has set Colorado and Washington on a collision course with the Obama administration, which has shown no sign of backing down on its full-scale assault on pot growers and distributors. Although the president pledged to go easy on medical marijuana now legal in 18 states he has actually launched more raids on state-sanctioned pot dispensaries than George W. Bush, and has threatened to prosecute state officials who oversee medical marijuana as if they were drug lords. And while the administration has yet to issue a definitive response to the two new laws, the Justice Department was quick to signal that it has no plans to heed the will of voters. "Enforcement of the Controlled Substances Act," the department announced in November, "remains unchanged."
(Rolling Stone)
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12/6/2012  GAO Report Shows Problems with TSA SPP Program
Today, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS), Ranking Member of the Committee on Homeland Security, released the below statement in response to a Government Accountability Office (GAO) report on the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) Screening Partnership Program (SPP), a program in which airports can opt-out of having federalized screeners in favor of privatized ones. The report is entitled "Screening Partnership Program: TSA Should Issue More Guidance to Airports and Monitor Private versus Federal Screener Performance" (GAO-13-208).
(US Congress)
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12/6/2012  Hacker finds McAfee through phone trail
Weeks of international intrigue about the whereabouts of tech millionaire John McAfee ended Tuesday after the internet pioneer made an elementary digital mistake that highlighted the fraught relationship Americans have with what they once quaintly called "the telephone". That homely communication tool, wired into walls everywhere for the better part of a century, has become an untethered emailer, browser, banker, shopper, movie viewer, music player and - to an extent that few appreciate - digital spy of extraordinary power. McAfee, 67, who founded the popular antivirus company that bears his name, has been wanted for questioning by police in Belize since a neighbour turned up dead of a gunshot wound near McAfee's beachside home on November 11. The troubled tech savant, insisting that he had no role in the shooting, went on the run and has been taunting police by blog, Twitter and occasional podcast.
(The Sydney Morning Herald)
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12/6/2012  High-Speed Passenger Rail, Preliminary Assessment of California's Cost Estimates and Other Challenges, GAO-13-163T
Based on an initial evaluation of the California High Speed Rail Authority's (Authority) cost estimates, GAO found that they exhibit certain strengths and weaknesses when compared to best practices in GAO's Cost Guide. Adherence with the Cost Guide reduces the risk of cost overruns and missed deadlines. GAO's preliminary evaluation indicates that the cost estimates are comprehensive in that they include major components of construction and operating costs. However, they are not based on a complete set of assumptions, such as how the Authority expects to adapt existing high-speed rail technology to the project in California. The cost estimates are accurate in that they are based on the most recent project scope, include an inflation adjustment, and contain few mathematical errors. And while the cost estimates' methodologies are generally documented, in some cases GAO was unable to trace the final cost estimate back to its source documentation and could not verify how certain cost components, such as stations and trains, were calculated. - "...insufficient evidence to draw any conclusions of improved performance under SPP (Screening Partnership Program) when compared to federal screening services."
(Government Accountability Office)
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12/5/2012  Buford man killed by police officers identified
Jose Antonio Hernandez-Gonzalez reportedly told police Tuesday night they would have to shoot him before he dropped his loaded .357 revolver. #They did. #After a roughly six-minute standoff outside a Buford apartment complex Tuesday, 20-year-old Hernandez-Gonzalez pointed his gun at Gwinnett County police officers that had originally responded to North Alexander Street following a report of several people smoking marijuana. Four officers fired. #Hernandez-Gonzalez, another gun and several small baggies of marijuana later found on his person, police said, was killed. #No shots were fired until that threat was directed at officers, Gwinnett police spokesman Cpl. Jake Smith said.
(Gwinnett Daily Post)
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12/5/2012  Grandfather grieves teenage grandson killed by U.S. drone
Two years ago, Nasser al-Awlaki wrote a letter to President Obama. His request was simple: Please do not kill my son. He never got a response. Last September, his son, Anwar al-Awlaki, an American-born al Qaeda leader, was killed by a U.S. drone in a remote area of Northern Yemen. Two weeks later, his 16-year-old grandson, Anwars son, was also killed, in a separate U.S. strike hundreds of miles away. Anwar, it was expected, because he was targeted, Nasser al-Awlaki told CNNs Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview on Wednesday. But how in the world they will go and kill Abdulrahman, a small boy, a U.S. citizen, from Denver, Colorado? Nassers son, Anwar, was born in New Mexico in 1971 while he was studying for his masters degree. The family moved back to Yemen, but Anwar returned to the U.S. for college, and became an imam in California.
(American Civil Liberties Union)
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12/5/2012  Newly Released Drone Records Reveal Extensive Military Flights in US
Today EFF posted several thousand pages of new drone license records and a new map that tracks the location of drone flights across the United States. These records, received as a result of EFFs Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), come from state and local law enforcement agencies, universities andfor the first timethree branches of the U.S. military: the Air Force, Marine Corps, and DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). Military Drone Flights in the United States A160 Hummingbird DroneWhile the U.S. military doesnt need an FAA license to fly drones over its own military bases (these are considered restricted airspace), it does need a license to fly in the national airspace (which is almost everywhere else in the US). And, as weve learned from these records, the Air Force and Marine Corps regularly fly both large and small drones in the national airspace all around the country. This is problematic, given a recent New York Times report that the Air Forces drone operators sometimes practice surveillance missions by tracking civilian cars along the highway adjacent to the base.
(Electronic Frontier Foundation)
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12/3/2012  First AZ medical marijuana dispensary opens
More than two years after being approved by voters, the first legal medical marijuana dispensary in Arizona is now open for business. Patients and caregivers showed up to pre-register for distribution at Southern Arizona Integrated Therapies on Sunday.
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12/3/2012  Treating PTSD with Ecstasy: One story
When Rachel Hope picked up the phone in 2005 to call Dr. Michael Mithoefer, she didn't have high hopes. "I had very low expectations," said Hope, who suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder for years before investigating whether the drug Ecstasy might be able to free her from her torment. Her PTSD was traced to a period of sexual abuse as a child and a life-threatening car accident. In the initial 45-minute conversation, Mithoefer determined that Hope didn't have other serious psychological problems. He agreed to fly her to South Carolina to take part in his study of the experimental therapy. There, she underwent more psychological testing and a physical exam. There were standard therapy sessions, so Mithoefer could understand Hope's past and her symptoms. Finally, she was ready. Light streamed through the skylight as Hope lay back on a futon in Mithoefer's office, in the rear of a small bungalow.
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12/1/2012  How A Former Big Bank Lawyer Taught His Old Bosses A $25 Billion Lesson
Tom Cox is a lawyer who used to represent major banks. Now he's working to help Maine residents facing foreclosure keep their homes, and recently uncovered a massive fraud by five major mortgage lenders that led to a $25 billion dollar settlement to assist people driven into debt by shady business practices. Guess which job he found more satisfying?
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11/30/2012  Here We Go Again: Latest Draft Of White House Cybersecurity 'Executive Order' Is Leaked
Back in September, we posted a leaked version of a draft for a cybersecurity executive order that the White House had been passing around, mainly to try to force Congress into passing a cybersecurity law. With the last ditch attempt by Senator Harry Reid to move that process forward failing, it took exactly a week for the White House to revise its draft exec order, and start passing it around on November 21st. And, today, that new draft leaked as well. You can see the full draft here or embedded below. It's basically more of the same. It insists that there's a problem without providing any real evidence of that. Much of the order focuses on increasing information sharing among and between different government agencies. As expected, it's designed to encourage private companies, who are "owners and operators of critical infrastructure" to "participate, on a voluntary basis, in the Enhanced Cybersecurity initiative." This is part of what had people so concerned about the various bill proposals: whether or not companies would get broadly defined as "owners and operators of critical infrastructure" and then be forced or pressured into sharing private information, all in the name of "cybersecurity!"
(Tech Dirt)
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11/27/2012  Project Longevity: Justice Department, Connecticut State Officials Target Gun Violence
The Obama administration is taking a cautious step toward confronting the politically tricky subject of gun violence with an initiative focused on prevention due to be unveiled on Tuesday. It will not be the gun control launch that some of President Barack Obama's supporters hoped for after Obama won a second four-year term in a Nov. 6 election. Instead, U.S. Justice Department and Connecticut state officials will announce what one law enforcement official called a statewide approach that targets repeat criminals, creates alternatives for potential gang members and rallies neighborhoods against violence.
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11/26/2012  The 10 Things That Led to Legalized Marijuana in Colorado (by Rob Kampia)
In the wake of our victory in Colorado -- where 54.8 percent of the voters passed Amendment 64, a constitutional amendment to regulate marijuana like alcohol -- good people are understandably clamoring to pass similar measures in their states. Here is a listing of the ingredients of the recipe that led to the historic victory in Colorado on November 6. 1. Presidential Election: Given that no one had ever previously legalized marijuana in the history of the world, we assumed that the election in Colorado would be close -- win or lose. So we intentionally chose to place our initiative on the ballot during a presidential election, which always attracts a larger proportion of young voters, who are more supportive. 2. Inclusive Drafting Process: The team that drafted the initiative went out of its way to solicit feedback from key lawyers, medical-marijuana industry players, other organizational leaders, and unaffiliated activists. As a result, there was almost no infighting, which allowed us to build a strong coalition of support across the state. 3. Years of Groundwork: Officially, the Colorado campaign was two years long; unofficially, it was eight years long. In 2004, MPP's grants program helped launch two non-profit advocacy organizations in Colorado, SAFER and Sensible Colorado. The executive directors of these two organizations eventually became the co-proponents of Amendment 64. SAFER focused on educating the public about the fact that marijuana is less harmful than alcohol; it did so through citywide, marijuana-related ballot initiatives in Denver in 2005 and 2007, which each garnered support from a majority of Denver voters. In 2006, SAFER coordinated a statewide ballot initiative to legalize marijuana and generated substantial debate in Colorado (while garnering 41 percent of the vote). Meanwhile, Sensible Colorado helped expand access to medical marijuana for patients. Most significantly, in 2008, Sensible Colorado spearheaded a court challenge to expand the state's medical marijuana "caregiver" provision to allow for retail sales. All of this took planning and money.
(The Huffington Post)
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11/25/2012  CEO Council Demands Cuts To Poor, Elderly While Reaping Billions In Government Contracts, Tax Breaks
The corporate CEOs who have made a high-profile foray into deficit negotiations have themselves been substantially responsible for the size of the deficit they now want closed. The companies represented by executives working with the Campaign To Fix The Debt have received trillions in federal war contracts, subsidies and bailouts, as well as specialized tax breaks and loopholes that virtually eliminate the companies' tax bills. The CEOs are part of a campaign run by the Peter Peterson-backed Center for a Responsible Federal Budget, which plans to spend at least $30 million pushing for a deficit reduction deal in the lame-duck session and beyond. During the past few days, CEOs belonging to what the campaign calls its CEO Fiscal Leadership Council -- most visibly, Goldman Sachs' Lloyd Blankfein and Honeywell's David Cote -- have barnstormed the media, making the case that the only way to cut the deficit is to severely scale back social safety-net programs -- Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security -- which would disproportionately impact the poor and the elderly.
(The Huffington Post)
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11/23/2012  Online petitions seek to free Montana medical marijuana grower ~ Over 40,000 have signed
Medical marijuana grower Chris Williams is seeking a new trial after being convicted in a federal drug and weapons case that carries the potential for a prison sentence of up to 92 years. He's appealing, but his supporters aren't waiting for the justice system. They've taken his cause to the Internet, in the form of online petitions filed with the White House, with, and with Together, theyve gathered close to 40,000 signatures nationwide. "The sentence shocks the conscience," said Chris Lindsey, a former business partner of Williams who is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to a federal drug conspiracy charge. Williams rejected a similar plea agreement. "Look at (former Penn State assistant football coach) Jerry Sandusky," Lindsey said. "For 45 counts of child sexual abuse, he gets 30 years. Chris Williams is going to get three times that for being a medical marijuana provider. It doesnt make any logical sense."
(Helena Independent Record)
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11/22/2012  Gaza ceasefire holds but mistrust runs deep
A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas held firm on Thursday with scenes of joy among the ruins in Gaza over what Palestinians hailed as a victory, and both sides saying their fingers were still on the trigger. In the sudden calm, Palestinians who had been under Israeli bombs for eight days poured into Gaza streets for a celebratory rally, walking past wrecked houses and government buildings. But as a precaution, schools stayed closed in southern Israel, where nerves were jangled by warning sirens - a false alarm, the army said - after a constant rain of rockets during the most serious Israeli-Palestinian fighting in four years. Israel had launched its strikes last week with a declared aim of ending rocket attacks on its territory from Gaza, ruled by the Islamist militant group Hamas, which denies Israel's right to exist. Hamas had responded with more rockets.
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11/22/2012  Why should I be allowed to marry? I chose to be gay
Our writer says that there's something to good-old English bigotry after all: being gay is a way of choosing strife instead of choosing life - and he should know - I remember the exact moment I chose to be gay. I was sitting at home contemplating my predictable life of automatic acceptance and uncomplicated social assimilation and procreation and I thought, How dull. I whipped out my Manchester United biro from my Pamela Anderson pencil case and started brainstorming ways to inject some adversity into my future. I thought about tattooing my face with satanic imagery or becoming a single mother on a forgotten council estate but I just didnt have the qualifications. Clearly, I had the wrong approach! So I started sketching out a list of my tastes, traits and talents. Maybe that might point me in the right direction? I enjoyed the arts. I liked dressing up. I got erections when I thought about naked men. By cross-referencing these details with a number of different lifestyle choices, I came up with two options. I could either be a gay man or a Catholic priest. It was a tricky decision but in the end, I settled for option 1.
(The Independent)
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11/21/2012  Sacramento City Council outlaws outdoor cultivation of medicinal pot in Sacramento neighborhoods
Following a statewide trend, the Sacramento City Council passed an ordinance Tuesday night outlawing the outdoor cultivation of medicinal marijuana in residential neighborhoods. After nearly an hour of testimony, the council followed through on a vote last month signaling its intent to join Elk Grove and other cities around California that are placing tighter restrictions on marijuana cultivation. The council voted 6-2 to enact the ban. Councilwoman Sandy Sheedy, the chief proponent of the ban, said outdoor cultivation had led to crime and fear in her northern Sacramento district. "I think that people have a right to a quality of life," she said. Councilman Kevin McCarty added, "The current situation is not working in our neighborhoods." But Councilmen Steve Cohn and Jay Schenirer who voted against the ordinance urged the council to delay adopting the law until it was more thoroughly vetted.
(Sacramento Bee)
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11/20/2012  Dutch put pot in class with heroin
Strong strains of marijuana will be designated Class A drugs in the Netherlands, the same category as heroin and cocaine, a minister said. Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten told the Dutch Parliament "hard drugs have no place in the coffee shops," reported Tuesday. Opstelten said under the plan coffee shops in the Netherlands will only be allowed to sell cannabis with a THC level of less than 15 percent. He did not say when the new restriction will go into effect but coffee shop owners are already expressing opposition. Mark Josemans, a spokesman for the Maastrict owners association, said the change will move sales to the streets.
(United Press International)
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11/20/2012  Senate bill rewrite lets feds read your e-mail without warrants
Proposed law scheduled for a vote next week originally increased Americans' e-mail privacy. Then law enforcement complained. Now it increases government access to e-mail and other digital files. - A Senate proposal touted as protecting Americans' e-mail privacy has been quietly rewritten, giving government agencies more surveillance power than they possess under current law, CNET has learned. Patrick Leahy, the influential Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has dramatically reshaped his legislation in response to law enforcement concerns, according to three individuals who have been negotiating with Leahy's staff over the changes. A vote on his bill, which now authorizes warrantless access to Americans' e-mail, is scheduled for next week.
(CNet News)
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11/20/2012  The US-Israeli Attack on Gaza
The Western media in chorus has described the Israeli attack on Gaza as an ad hoc IDF-led counterterrorism operation, launched on the grounds of self defense in response to Palestinian rocket attacks on Israel. While reports acknowledge that president Obama, in the wake of the November 6 elections, had granted a Green Light to Tel Aviv, the central issue does not pertain to Washingtons support but rather to the direct involvement of the US government and military in the planning and implementation of the attack on Gaza. There is evidence that Operation Pillar of Cloud was implemented in close liaison with Washington in the context of the broader process of allied military planning. Senior US military officials were on location in Israel working with their IDF counterparts in the days leading up to the attack. Operation Pillar of Cloud was launched on the 14th of November, exactly one week after the US presidential elections. It was slated to be launched irrespective of the outcome of the US elections. The first action was the targeted assassination of the leader of Hamas military wing Ahmed Jabari. The operation has since evolved towards a generalized bombing campaign and ground invasion involving the announced deployment of some 75,000 Israeli troops.
(Global Research)
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