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Wednesday, April 24, 2019

If you've ever had a parking ticket, there's a good chance you know what "chalking" is.

A federal appeals court ruled this week that the practice of marking a car tires unconstitutional, a violation of your Fourth Amendment rights against unwarranted searches and seizures. For years traffic enforcement officers have marked car tires with chalk to see when they check back if a car has moved. It's often used in places where parking meters aren't available. Parking violations often serve as a key source of revenue for local municipalities....

What may seem like a victory to anyone who's ever wanted to fight a parking ticket, some are worried that the legal precedent could lead to the adoption of more privacy-invasive technologies instead.

Twitter has suspended over 5,000 accounts tied to a network amplifying a message denouncing the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as a "RussiaGate hoax." According to a researcher, the accounts -- most of which had only posted three or four times in the past -- were connected to other accounts previously used to post pro-Saudi messages. read more

The federal government is expanding an investigation into malfunctioning air bags to include an additional 12.3 million vehicles with air bags that could fail to inflate in a crash.

The investigation now includes certain models of cars by Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Mitsubishi, Toyota and Fiat Chrysler, which contain an airbag control unit produced by ZF-TRW, a German auto-parts company. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says this control unit, which is supposed to deploy the airbag upon detecting a collision, could fail to sense the crash because of electrical interference caused by the crash itself.

The problem may be responsible for as many as eight deaths, The Associated Press reports.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Some MSFT employees are criticizing the company's efforts to increase hiring from under-represented demographics to make its staff more diverse....

Threads started by an as-yet unnamed female program manager and posted on the internal Yammer message board in January and April assert that white and Asian men are being penalized or overlooked because of hiring practices that reward managers for hiring people outside of those groups. ...

Further, the employee questions the value of diversity at all: "Many women simply aren't cut out for the corporate rat race, so to speak, and that's not because of 'the patriarchy,' it's because men and women aren't identical." She follows up that it is "established fact" that the "specific types of thought process and problem solving required for engineering of all kinds (software or otherwise) are simply less prevalent among women," and that women simply aren't interested in engineering jobs.

A fallen U.S. Marine who was also a decorated FDNY firefighter was honored with a three-state procession Monday. Staff Sergeant Christopher Slutman, 43, was killed April 8 in a roadside bomb attack near Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. read more


Trump Erroneously Claims U.S. Supreme Court Role in Impeachment

...President Donald Trump said he'd ask the U.S. Supreme Court to intervene if Congress mounts an impeachment effort against him -- even though there are no legal grounds for the justices to consider such a request.

"If the partisan Dems ever tried to Impeach, I would first head to the U.S. Supreme Court," Trump said Wednesday on Twitter, in his latest criticism of reaction to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's findings on Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

"There no ‘High Crimes and Misdemeanors,' there are no Crimes by me at all," he asserted in a subsequent Twitter posting.

The Constitution gives the U.S. House wide latitude to impeach the president, and some powerful Democrats have called for starting that process now, which Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other party leaders have rejected.

The House "shall have the sole Power of Impeachment" and the Senate "shall have the sole Power to try all Impeachments," according to the Constitution. A 1993 Supreme Court decision says the courts have no role to play in that process, although Chief Justice John Roberts would preside over a Senate trial....

Inside Americans' growing fear of a warm planet

...Newly released survey data shows an upward trend in concern about the effects of climate change over the last decade, even as public opinion lags behind the scientific consensus on human-caused warming.

The big picture: The 2008–2017 results from researchers with Yale and George Mason universities arrives as Democrats are emphasizing climate change in the 2020 election cycle more than prior contests.

What they found: Check out the chart above [chart is in the article]. It shows increases in concern, but also reveals that less than half of adults see climate change harming them personally....

Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms

These mist covered mountains
Are a home now for me
But my home is the lowlands
And always will be
Some day you'll return to
Your valleys and your farms
And you'll no longer burn
To be brothers in arms
Through these fields of destruction
Baptism of fire
I've witnessed your suffering
As the battles raged higher
And though they did hurt me so bad
In the fear and alarm
You did not desert me
My brothers in arms...

@#2 ... To be expected from the Russiapublican party. ...

Billy Bragg - Ideology

more recent take

When one voice rules the nation
Just because they're on top of the pile
Doesn't mean their vision is the clearest
The voices of the people
Are falling on deaf ears
Our politicians all become careerists
They must declare their interests
But not their company cars
Is there more to a seat in parliament
Then sitting on your arse ...

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