Monthly Archives: July 2013

Cellphone location being tracked without warrant

A federal appeals court on Tuesday said that government authorities could extract historical location data directly from telecommunications carriers without a search warrant.  The closely watched case, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, is the first ruling that squarely addresses the constitutionality of warrantless searches of historical location data stored […]

Who was Aaron Swartz? Why is he dead?

Mr. Swartz was arrested in January 2011 after downloading more than four million scholarly articles from the fee-based online archive JSTOR to gain access, he evaded multiple efforts to block him, and even entered an unlocked closet in the basement of a campus building to plug directly into the network. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/31/us/mit-releases-report-on-its-role-in-the-case-of-aaron-swartz.html?ref=us in 1995 JSTOR met […]

Food stamps and SNAP to be completely cut by Congress

Nearly half a million people who receive food stamps but still do not get enough to eat would lose their eligibility for the program under proposed cuts that are expected to be taken up again by Congress. An additional 160,000 to 305,000 recipients who do get enough to eat would also lose their eligibility and […]

Civilian deaths still rising in Afganistan

The number of civilians killed or injured in Afghanistan rose by 23 percent in the first six months of 2013. From January to June, the number of civilians killed in war-related violence rose to 1,319 from 1,158 a year earlier. In the same period, 2,533 civilians were injured, compared with 1,976 in 2012. http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/01/world/asia/civilian-casualties-in-afghanistan-rise-23-percent.html?ref=world&_r=0 The […]

Mind Control: Erasing memories and implanting fear

False memories have been implanted into mice. A team was able to make the mice wrongly associate a benign environment with a previous unpleasant experience from different surroundings. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-23447600  The brains of genetically engineered mice were implanted with optic fibres in order to deliver pulses of light to their brain. Known as optogenetics, this technique […]

The elite’s war on the low-wage worker

Relegated to the background, America’s low-wage workers have been making considerable noise lately by deploying an unusual weapon — one-day strikes — to make their message heard: they’re sick and tired of earning just $8, $9, $10 an hour.  http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/07/28/sunday-review/fighting-back-against-wretched-wages.html?from=homepage  Their anger has been stoked by what they see as a glaring disconnect: their wages […]

International carbon taxes unfairly target citizenry

Australia has not abandoned its commitment to reducing climate-warming emissions. And carbon tax systems, while rare and rife with controversy, retain a firm foothold in a number of advanced economies. http://mobile.nytimes.com/2013/07/25/business/global/a-carbon-tax-by-any-other-name.html  In Australia, the government’s decision entails a change of methodology. By next July, the country will shift from its controversial carbon tax system to […]