The Gun Report: July 25, 2013 – NYTimes.com

A man was shot and killed while holding a 3-year-old child in a shooting at a Richland County, S.C., apartment complex late Wednesday. The shooting erupted after an altercation between two groups, and the victim, who was in his mid-to-late 20s, appears to have been an innocent bystander. The child was unhurt.

via The Gun Report: July 25, 2013 – NYTimes.com.

Private Drones Spying on Surfers! OMG! Aerial Footage Lets Us Watch Santa Cruz Surfers From A Gulls-Eye View: SFist

While it is far from the first example of aerial drones being used to capture high-flying footage of Bay Area locations, this is the first time we’re taking to the skies to observe the lineup at a local surf spot.

Shot by photographer Eric Cheng using a remote controlled quadcopter and a GoPro camera over Steamer Lane down in Santa Cruz, the results are, in a word, rad:

via Aerial Footage Lets Us Watch Santa Cruz Surfers From A Gulls-Eye View: SFist.

Islamic Clerics Oppose Lebanese Law Protecting Abused Women – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East

This cannot be, can it? Opposing protection of women by law from murder?

On June 23, 2011, Dar al-Ifta, which is the religious Sunni authority in Lebanon, issued a statement reiterating the “unequivocal refusal of any draft law that violates the provisions of Islam under shiny titles, such as protection against violence.” The statement said that the law risks “disintegrating Muslim families in Lebanon and preventing children from being raised according to Islam, in addition to causing a conflict of competences between the concerned civil and Islamic courts.”

This statement came as a result of pressure from Sunni clerics who, days earlier, on April 17, 2011, staged a protest in opposition to the law on protecting women. The Islamic Association for Preachers, an organization of Sunni clerics in Lebanon, was the one calling for this protest.

via Islamic Clerics Oppose Lebanese Law Protecting Abused Women – Al-Monitor: the Pulse of the Middle East.

New study gives insight into norovirus infections | Vaccine News Daily

Proper hygiene, washing fruits and vegetables before consumption, disinfecting surfaces and staying isolated if already infected are all effective ways to decrease likelihood of infection and the spread of the disease.

via New study gives insight into norovirus infections | Vaccine News Daily.

 

The ever-increasing globilization of the fresh fruit and vegetable markets must contribute to more norovirus outbreaks. Better control over the whole process of importing and exporting food is of absolute importance to public safety and economic performance of the workforce.

Preclearance requirement sought for Texas on voting : SCOTUSblog

You go Holder! Yes!

Preclearance requirement sought for Texas on voting

The Obama administration, seeking to salvage significant power to stop racial discrimination in voting even after a major defeat in the Supreme Court, will be asking federal courts to put the state of Texas under a continuing duty to get official permission in Washington for any changes it wants to make in its election laws or methods. Attorney General Eric Holder disclosed that plan Thursday in a speech to the annual meeting of the Urban League, in Philadelphia.

Holder said the Justice Department will ask a federal district court in Texas to apply the “preclearance” requirement under the 1965 Voting Rights Act to Texas. That could only be done now, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling last month in Shelby County v. Holder, by having a court apply the so-called “bail-in” provision of the 1965 law’s Section 3. That provision was left intact by the Supreme Court.

Here is the Holder statement on the Section 3 issue:

“Today I am announcing that the Justice Department will ask a federal court in Texas to subject the State of Texas to a preclearance regime similar to the one required by Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act. This request to ‘bail in’ the state – and require it to obtain ‘pre-approval’ from either the Department or a federal court before implementing future voting changes – is available under the Voting Rights Act when intentional voting discrimination is found. Based on the evidence of intentional racial discrimination that was presented last year in the redistricting case, Texas v. Holder – as well as the history of pervasive voting-related discrimination against racial minorities that the Supreme Court itself has recognized – we believe that the State of Texas should be required to go through a preclearance process whenever it changes its voting laws and practices.”

via Preclearance requirement sought for Texas on voting : SCOTUSblog.

Text of H.J.Res. 54: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to the use … (Introduced version) – GovTrack.us – Disregard all treaties that US has signed, including one that ended Revolutionary War, War of 1812, WW One, WW Two?

File under strange way to be sure that Jewish, Catholic, or Muslim, Hindu, Sikh… tradition – if not already in Constitution never be allowed to be referenced in US courts.

113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. J. RES. 54

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to the use of foreign law as authority in Federal courts.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 24, 2013

Mr. CULBERSON (for himself, Mr. BISHOP of Utah, Mr. SAM JOHNSON of Texas, Mr. GOWDY, and Mr. MULVANEY) introduced the following joint resolution; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

JOINT RESOLUTION

Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to the use of foreign law as authority in Federal courts.

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled (two-thirds of each House concurring therein), That the following article is proposed as an amendment to the Constitution of the United States, which shall be valid to all intents and purposes as part of the Constitution when ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the several States within seven years after the date of its submission for ratification:

‘Article–

‘Section 1. Any legal opinion or ruling issued by any court in the United States, including those rulings and opinions issued by the Supreme Court of the United States, shall be based only on the United States Constitution, or on duly enacted statutes and domestic case law of the United States or any State and shall not be based on international laws, treaties, or religious laws.

‘Section 2. Any action of a court in violation of section 1 is null and void.’.

via Text of H.J.Res. 54: Proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to the use … (Introduced version) – GovTrack.us.

House GOP Considers Food Stamp Work Requirements – GOP loves to demonize anyone who needs help

About 47 million Americans received food stamps last year, but only a relative few are required to work or look for a job as a condition of receiving the aid.

Now, House Republicans are considering whether the work requirement should be strengthened as they seek cuts to the $80 billion-a-year program, which has doubled in cost over the last five years. One in seven Americans used the federal food aid last year.

A small group of GOP lawmakers met Wednesday to discuss trimming the program, now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP. One approach discussed in the meeting was a proposal by Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., that would allow — but not require — individual states to test work requirements.

via House GOP Considers Food Stamp Work Requirements.

Raw Milk Pulled for Possible E. Coli Contamination

A Washington creamery is recalling raw goat milk marketed for humans and pets because of possible E. coli contamination.

St. John Creamery of Lake Stevens, Wash., is recalling both refrigerated and frozen raw goat milk sold in various-sized containers with brown caps. The product was sold in western Washington with sell-by dates of July 29 and later.

The recall was initiated after routine sampling by Washington state agriculture officials. The milk can be returned to the store for a refund.

The company says it does not know of any human or pet illnesses associated with their products. E. coli can cause serious illness.

An investigation into the cause of the contamination is ongoing.

via Raw Milk Pulled for Possible E. Coli Contamination.

How Cameron’s plans to block on-line porn could also block political sites

Pride's Purge

(not satire)

Back in January I wrote a blogpost about how Internet Service Providers such as 3UK and O2 were censoring – flagging or blocking – websites like this one which include political content.

At the time some political commentators dismissed my discovery that political websites were being blocked as just mistakes or ‘over-sensitive filters’.

This is because they completely failed to understand the significance of what I had got the ISP’s to admit – that they had created a new category of websites they were censoring with what they call ‘mature content‘ – not just ‘adult content‘ which would include things like pornography.

Here’s a tweet to me from 3UK admitting the new category of websites they were censoring:

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The blogpost was widely shared but – troublingly for me – not by the usual political people who read this blog but by techies who somehow…

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