- Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Put a panel on it:
- NYPD secretly named entire mosques as terrorist enterprises:
The New York Police Department has secretly labeled entire mosques as terrorism organizations, a designation that allows police to use informants to record sermons and spy on imams, often without specific evidence of criminal wrongdoing.
Designating an entire mosque as a terrorism enterprise means that anyone who attends prayer services there is a potential subject of an investigation and fair game for surveillance.
- In first brain-to-brain interface, researcher controls hand of other researcher via Internet.
- ACLU hires ousted Illinois GOP chairman as marriage equality lobbyist:
Former Illinois Republican Party Chair Pat Brady, who resigned in May after being targeted by his own party following months of controversy over his support for same-sex marriage, has been hired by the ACLU of Illinois to lobby state lawmakers to back the bill, the Chicago Tribune reports:
Brady said his job will to be lobby "Republicans and other like-minded folks, but primarily Republicans" in the House where a Senate-passed same-sex marriage bill remains stalled. "It's narrowly focused on the 10 or 11 (Republican lawmakers) who were open to the possibility of voting 'yes' on this," he said.
- Russian cops seize "gay" art poking fun at Putin and Medvedev:
Russian authorities have raided a very dangerous art gallery that had a rather-gay exhibit poking fun at Russian leaders Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev, among others.
Fun is apparently illegal in Putin’s Russia.
The artwork included a painting of Russian president, and former KGB head, Putin in women’s underwear, while brushing the hair of prime minister Medvedev, who was wearing a sexy bra (and looked quite hot, I might add—Putin, less so).
- California school district hires firm to monitor students' social media postings.
- Speaking of art, Dubya's latest can be found here:
Two new paintings by former president George W. Bush, published for the first time here on Gawker, give us a new window into the ongoing development of the tortured artist/torture advocate—and opens the possibility for a new phase in his oeuvre: cats. [...]
But two paintings, obtained by conspiracy-obsessed hacker Guccifer, represent either side of what art historians might in the future call "the break." The first, an immature work, shows two dogs relaxing on grass; one looks coyly at the viewer while other stares out-of-frame, its face reflecting shame. Together, they might be said to represent facets of Bush's personality—tense, ready for action, eager-to-please, versus reflective, shameful, cognizant of damage done:
- Acidifying ocean is going to start confusing fish and dissolving shells:
The study also found that ocean acidification is likely to affect sea life in multiple ways — fish might become hyperactive or confused, causing them to be less fearful of predators, and their metabolism could also change. This happens because water acidified to expected 2050 levels starts to acidify their internal tissues, particularly the central nervous system. For mollusks, a big concern is the rate at which they can form shells — an essential ability that is likely to slow as oceans become more acidic.
- Online services are hurting Nevada's brothels.
- On today's Kagro in the Morning show, a fascinating historical background for today's 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, from Chris Geidner at BuzzFeed: "The Idea For A March On Washington Began in December 1940." A great lesson in FDR's "make me do it" style, as well as a reminder that, yes, things can take time. We explore that theme with listener comments, in the context of other reform fights, including the considerably more insidery game of filibuster reform. Paul Buchheit's "Eight Ways Privatization Has Failed America." And TNR reports "Finally, a Dictator Does Something Lanny Davis Cannot Tolerate." That thing, of course, is failing to pay him.
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