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Saturday, 24 June 2017

New TSA Policy May Lead to Increased Scrutiny of Reading Material

quote [ The TSA is testing new requirements that passengers remove books and other paper goods from their carry-on baggage when going through airline security. Given the sensitivity of our reading choices, this raises privacy concerns. ]

A misleading headline, as, this is more about the academy-award winners that man the TSA checkpoints being unable to distinguish between a book and a c4-explosive pack, and requiring that people take their books out of their carry-ons to keep the lines moving. Never mind that we have microphones that can hear a mouse fart in Panama, but can't seem to develop xray-scanning tech that can tell the diff.

Sucks - because now I may have to leave my paper copies of "enjoying the gift of surprise buttsex" and "Me, a gerbil, and Richard Gere" at home now.
[SFW] [Big Brother]
[by knumbknutz@2:13pmGMT] [4 comments]

Monday, 19 June 2017

Theaters Nationwide Getting Threats Amid Caesar Controversy

quote [ Theaters nationwide that perform the works of William Shakespeare are receiving threatening phone calls, messages, and social media posts linked to a controversial New York City production of Julius Caesar.

The Boston Globe reports theaters in Massachusetts, Texas, and Washington have gotten abusive messages ranging from death threats to accusations that the theater is responsible for the recent shooting in Alexandria, Va. that left four wounded, including Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana. ]

Full article in extended (time/paywall/adblock/yadayadayada)

[SFW] [dystopian violence] [+3]
[by knumbknutz@11:40pmGMT] [8 comments]

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Trump privately criticizes Republican health care plan he celebrated

quote [ By multiple accounts, the Republican president denounced the House Republicans’ proposal in no uncertain terms. A CNN report, for example, quoted a source saying the bill was “cold-hearted.” BuzzFeed’s article said Trump used the phrase “son of a bitch” to describe the pending legislation.

Before the meeting with Senate Republicans began in earnest, the president told his guests that the Senate version will be “generous, kind, with heart.” Left unsaid was Trump’s apparent belief that the House version, which he touted vigorously, wasn’t generous or kind, and obviously lacked heart. ]

In extended - House GOP Shocked to Learn That Infamous Con Artist Can’t Be Trusted

[SFW] [politics] [+2]
[by knumbknutz@7:46pmGMT] [24 comments]

Friday, 16 June 2017

Pence hires outside counsel to deal with Russia probe inquiries

quote [ Vice President Pence has hired outside legal counsel to help with both congressional committee inquiries and the special counsel investigation into possible collusion between President Trump’s campaign and Russia.

The vice president’s office said Thursday that Pence has retained Richard Cullen, a Richmond-based lawyer and chairman of McGuireWoods who previously served as a U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia. ]

Huh. Hasn't he tried prayer and electroshock therapy to fix this yet? I'm so confused.

Article in extended.

[SFW] [politics] [+2]
[by knumbknutz@12:56pmGMT] [4 comments]

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Senate GOP won't release draft health care bill

quote [ Senate Republicans are working to finish their draft health care bill, but have no plans to publicly release it, according to two senior Senate GOP aides.

"We aren't stupid," said one of the aides. One issue is that Senate Republicans plan to keep talking about it after the draft is done: "We are still in discussions about what will be in the final product so it is premature to release any draft absent further member conversations and consensus." ]

So-called moderate Senate republicans have already folded on the Medicaid cuts in the A.H.C.A. Get ready for some fine 40-grit sandpaper lube.
[SFW] [politics] [+2]
[by knumbknutz@6:53pmGMT] [9 comments]

Monday, 12 June 2017

The Crisis Of Expertise

quote [ In a 2015 story that seemed to encapsulate the death of expertise, an eighth-grader named Rebecca Fried claimed that Jensen was wrong, not least because of research she did on Google. She was respectful, but determined. ‘He has been doing scholarly work for decades before I was born, and the last thing I want to do was show disrespect for him and his work,’ she said later. It all seemed to be just another case of a precocious child telling an experienced teacher – an emeritus professor of history, no less – that he had not done his homework.

But, as it turns out, she was right and he was wrong. Such signs existed, and they weren’t that hard to find. ]

[SFW] [literature] [+3]
[by knumbknutz@5:18pmGMT] [14 comments]

Thursday, 8 June 2017

20 million starving to death: inside the worst famine since World War II

quote [ In February, the United Nations estimated that 100,000 South Sudanese were starving, and that 5 million more — 42 percent of the country’s population — have such limited access to proper food that they don’t know where their next meal is coming from. More recent figures are not available yet, but aid agencies fear the situation could be much worse now.

South Sudan isn’t the only country in the region facing mass starvation. A potentially historic famine is also threatening Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen. Far from Western eyes and far from the headlines, an estimated 20 million people in those four countries are at risk of dying due to a lack of food. ]

I'll post this before I get distracted by the next W.H. drunken twitter rambling
[SFW] [environment & nature] [+4 Sad]
[by knumbknutz@6:49pmGMT] [3 comments]

America’s Hidden H.I.V. Epidemic

quote [ The South also has the highest numbers of people living with H.I.V. who don’t know they have been infected, which means they are not engaged in lifesaving treatment and care — and are at risk of infecting others. An unconscionable number of them are dying: In 2014, according to a new analysis from Duke University, 2,952 people in the Deep South (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas) died with H.I.V. as an underlying cause, with the highest death rates in Mississippi and Louisiana. Among black men in this region, the H.I.V.-related death rate was seven times as high as that of the United States population at large. ]

Fantastic piece. Really shows shows how entire communities are silenced, ignored, and left to die.
[SFW] [health] [+4 Sad]
[by knumbknutz@12:43amGMT] [1 comment]

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Worldcon 75 World Science Fiction Convention Coming to Helsinki

quote [ The official Worldcon 75 website, where you can find all and any information about the event. Helsinki was selected to host the 75th Worldcon in 2017. Voting was held in the 2015 Worldcon, Sasquan in Spokane. ]

If you have the money and the time - this is where every SCI-FI nerd will be.
[SFW] [SE Book Club] [+1 Hot Pr0n]
[by knumbknutz@1:14pmGMT] [1 comment]

Monday, 5 June 2017

Florida shootings: Five killed by sacked employee

quote [ Police say the Orlando gunman was a former employee who killed himself after carrying out the attack. ]

Perhaps the mayor of London can send Trump a tweet about this.
[SFW] [dystopian violence] [+3 Sad]
[by knumbknutz@9:06pmGMT] [14 comments]

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