In a recent German survey, 44 percent of respondents said they partially, or wholly believe the media regularly lies to the people, as the Pegida movement asserts. Media experts examine whether that’s true.
So wait – they’re going to examine whether it’s true they are lying? Or whether it’s true 44 percent believe they are lying? Can you please at least first start with examining if the media is using ambiguous statements?
Currently, the refugee situation dominates media reports. But Germans are simultaneously experiencing the crisis first-hand in their own towns and cities – and often finding dramatic differences between their perceptions of these events and journalists’ representations of them.
This discrepancy has been busying media experts since former Berlin Finance Minister Thilo Sarrazin began describing Germany’s integration of immigrants as a failure in his 2010 book “Germany Is Abolishing Itself.”
The media outrage that rained down upon the veteran Social Democratic politician was enormous – despite polls suggesting large numbers of Germans agreed with him.
Want to travel from anywhere to anywhere in the United States without being hassled by law enforcement officers? Good luck with that, citizen.
USA Today’s Brad Heath pointed out an interesting footnote in an asset forfeiture filing that made the assertion that traveling from Chicago to Los Angeles is inherently suspicious.
Also of note: suspect had a backpack, an item used to carry stuff — something no legitimate traveler would possess.
Speaking of which, if you’re not flying, you’re probably driving. Nearly every major highway in the US can be considered a “drug corridor,” depending on who you ask. These “drug corridors,” also known as “interstate highways,” are prime trolling spots for asset forfeiture. Traveling along these roads subjects out-of-state travelers to instant suspicion and warrantless searches, simply because these roads are also used by drug traffickers. Good luck avoiding using one of these highways during a road trip.
UK police are lobbying the government to be given access to every UK Internet user’s Web browsing history as part of the new Snooper’s Charter—the Investigatory Powers Bill—which is expected to be published next week. According to The Guardian, the police want to revive the controversial plan for ISPs to store details about every website visited by customers for 12 months, an idea first mooted in the original Communications Data Bill, which was dropped after opposition from the Liberal Democrats when they were part of the previous coalition government.
Richard Berry, the National Police Chiefs’ Council spokesman for data communications, is quoted as saying: “We essentially need the ‘who, where, when and what’ of any communication”—who initiated it, where were they and when did it happened. And a little bit of the ‘what’, were they on Facebook, or a banking site, or an illegal child-abuse image-sharing website?”
And forget about using https or tor:
The UK government has said that it recognises the “essential role that strong encryption plays in enabling the protection of sensitive personal data and securing online communications and transactions,” and does not “advocate or require the provision of a back-door key or support arbitrarily weakening the security of internet applications and services.” However, speaking in the House of Lords, the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, Baroness Shields, went on to say: “This is not about creating back doors; this is about companies being able to access communications on their network when presented with a warrant.”
Shields singled out “an alarming movement towards end-to-end encrypted application” for criticism. She said that David Cameron “expressed concern that many companies are building end-to-end encrypted applications and services and not retaining the keys. The Prime Minister has repeatedly said that there cannot be a safe place for terrorists, criminals and paedophiles to operate freely, with impunity and beyond the reach of law.” For this reason, she claimed, “It is absolutely essential that these companies which understand and build those stacks of technology are able to decrypt that information and provide it to law enforcement in extremis.”
“Newsnight” editor Ian Katz said he was concerned that the use counterterrorism powers “to obtain communication between journalists and sources will make it very difficult for reporters to cover this issue of critical public interest.”
The police Southeast Counterterrorism Unit said orders under the Terrorism Act “are used proportionately and on a case-by-case basis.”
Or, as they call it internally, whenever the fuck the feel like it.
Williams’ latest unselfish act was again an act of compassion after a security guard tackled young fan Charlie Lines as he tried to go onto the field in search of a signature.
“I was walking around doing a lap of honour with the boys and a young fella came running out and he got smoked by the security guard, like full on tackled him. I felt sorry for the little fella.
“He would have been eight or seven, I kind of felt sorry for him. It will be a night that he remembers hopefully.”
Six Russian women on Wednesday clambered into a mock spaceship to begin a unique experiment testing how an all-female crew would interact on a trip to the Moon and back.
The institute in 2010 locked six male international volunteers in an isolation experiment lasting 520 days, to simulate a flight to Mars and back.
“Such a crew is taking part for the first time in a simulation experiment. It’s interesting for us to see what is special about the way a female crew communicates,” said Sergei Ponomaryov, the experiment’s supervisor.
“It will be particularly interesting in terms of psychology,” said the institute’s director Igor Ushakov.
“I’d like to wish you a lack of conflicts, even though they say that in one kitchen, two housewives find it hard to live together,” he added.
The volunteers include scientific researchers, a doctor and a psychologist.
I’m most impressed that they’ve got to this point, working for this guy, without debilitating eyeroll-induced injuries.
Reasonable people may disagree on whether Britain should keep Trident and whether that subject need become totemic. But the notion that such an issue is worthy of debate seems beyond question. In 2009 54% of Britons were in favour of nuclear disarmament, a year later 63% said they favoured getting rid of Trident to reduce the budget deficit: and this is without any major UK party championing its cause. People didn’t stop having opinions about it. They just stopped having a political or media outlet for those opinions.
There is a difference between marginalising a debate and winning an argument. The process by which political issues enter and exit mainstream conversation, on what terms, by what means and to what end is not a matter of merit or relevance. Political and media elites apply themselves to the task with great prejudice and to great effect.
On an average day seven children are shot dead in America. But when you ask parents, as I did for a recent book, what factors they felt contributed to their children’s deaths they generally mentioned bad parenting or “evil”. None mentioned the easy availability of guns – even though, when asked specifically, they were, like most Americans, in favour of gun control. Thanks to the lobbying efforts of the National Rifle Association, the gun control debate in the US has become so stymied, misinformed, toxic and unproductive that even those at the sharpest end of the problem have ceased to imagine they can do much about it.
Despite devoting countless resources toward rectifying the issue, Chinese government officials announced Monday that the country has struggled to recruit hackers fast enough to keep pace with vulnerabilities in U.S. security systems. “With new weaknesses in U.S. networks popping up every day, we simply don’t have the manpower to effectively exploit every single loophole in their security protocols,” said security minister Liu Xiang, who confirmed that the thousands of Chinese computer experts employed to expose flaws in American data systems are just no match for the United States’ increasingly ineffective digital safeguards.
A one-time Alabama Teacher of the Year says she has resigned after state officials told her she’s unqualified to teach in her fifth-grade classroom because of certification issues.
Veteran teacher Ann Marie Corgill said Alabama Department of Education officials recently informed her that she was not qualified despite her well-documented accomplishments. She said she grew tired of trying to prove herself, prompting her to submit a letter of resignation, dated Tuesday and obtained by Al.com (http://bit.ly/1MwE2zy ). In the letter, Corgill — the state’s 2014-15 Teacher of the Year — cites her confusion.
“After 21 years of teaching in grades 1-6, I have no answers as to why this is a problem now, so instead of paying more fees, taking more tests and proving once again that I am qualified to teach, I am resigning,” Corgill wrote.
Hey, being in the bottom 2-3 states in educational quality doesn’t happen by itself. It takes dedicated morons to make that happen.
Isis is believed to have ordered the closure of all women’s clinics supervised by male doctors in its Syrian heartlands in its latest assault on the rights of women.
A culture of rape, forced marriages for child brides, the persecution of doctors and the exclusive use of medicines for militants have resulted in a crisis for women’s health under Isis’s brutal regime.
According to activists, Isis has drastically restricted the work of male gynaecologists in accordance with its leaders’ belief that men and women should be kept apart at all costs.`
AN ONLINE post of a third grade maths quiz has caused a firestorm after it showed a student was marked down even though they gave the correct answer.
The quiz, posted to Reddit, has caused outrage because the student was marked down purely for the way they calculated the right answer.
Focusing on basic whole number multiplication, the first question asked the student to calculate 5 x 3 using repeated addition.
The student answered 5+5+5 = 15, but this was marked incorrect by the teacher who advised the accurate answer was 3+3+3+3+3=15.
Question two was equally as contentious with the student being asked to draw an array to solve 4×6.
For their answer, the student drew six rows of four dashes, but this was marked incorrect by the teacher who advised the correct answer was four rows of six dashes.
The U.S. Army has kicked out more than 22,000 soldiers since 2009 for “misconduct,” after they returned from Iraq and Afghanistan and were diagnosed with mental health disorders and traumatic brain injuries. That means many of those soldiers are not receiving the crucial treatment or retirement and health care benefits they would have received with an honorable discharge.
Does someone have a quota?
In July, Dr. Smith’s team arrived in Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, a dusty outpost of 512 people on the island’s southwest coast, which serves as a base for researchers to prepare for fieldwork on the ice sheet.
The scientists were excited but anxious as they prepared to travel inland by helicopter to do the fieldwork at the heart of their research: For 72 hours, every hour on the hour, they would stand watch by a supraglacial watershed, taking measurements — velocity, volume, temperature and depth — from the icy bank of the rushing river.
“No one has ever collected a data set like this,” Asa Rennermalm, a professor of geography at the Rutgers University Climate Institute who was running the project with Dr. Smith, told the team over a lunch of musk ox burgers at the Kangerlussuaq airport cafeteria.
The European Union has voted through legislation that will require all internet providers to treat online traffic “without discrimination” – effectively ending porn filters established by David Cameron.
Part of the EU ruling designed to cut roaming charges across Europe, the legislation states internet firms must “treat all traffic equally, without discrimination, restriction or interference” regardless of the “content accessed or distributed”.
A Downing Street spokesperson insisted on Tuesday night “nothing would change.”
In a statement to the Daily Mail, the spokesperson claimed: “This means that if we need to we will bring in our own domestic law to retain the existing filtering systems the ISPs have put in place.”
Funny how that works since last week they couldn’t be bothered to do the same for women:
David Cameron faces the possibility of a Commons defeat over the “tampon tax” as a group of Tories prepares to vote with Labour and other opposition parties to demand a strategy to end the VAT on sanitary items.
The attempt to get rid of the 5% VAT rate is led by Labour MP Paula Sherriff, who is tabling an amendment to the finance bill. Cameron has argued that the EU sets the rules and it would be difficult to get them overturned.
During the election campaign, he said: “I wish we could get rid of this … There’s a problem with getting rid of VAT on certain individual issues because of the way this tax is regulated and set in Europe.”
But then again, getting some difficult legislation done for women isn’t interesting, but losing a “filter anything the government doesn’t like” filter, that’s different.
The military surveillance blimp that broke free of its mooring at Aberdeen Proving Ground Wednesday morning has returned to Earth after a four-hour, 160-mile, power line-snapping odyssey, authorities said.
NORAD spokesman Michael Kucharek said the runaway aircraft was on the ground near Moreland Township, Pa. — 160 miles north of its mooring in Edgewood — and was deflating. The blimp had slowly been losing helium, he said, and appears to have drifted to the ground.
A girl who refused to surrender her phone after texting in math class was flipped backward and tossed across the classroom floor by a sheriff’s deputy, prompting a federal civil rights probe on Tuesday.
The sheriff said the girl “may have had a rug burn” but was not injured, and said the teacher and vice principal felt the officer acted appropriately. Still, videos of the confrontation between a white officer and black girl stirred such outrage that he called the FBI and Justice Department for help.
“When I saw what was going to happen, my immediate first thing to think was, let me get this on camera. This was going to be something … that everyone else needs to see, something that we can’t just let this pass by.”
I don’t know what is more bat-shit-insane here – that a school calls in law enforcement because a teacher sees a girl texting, or that a kid assumed when he saw a police officer was that he was going to see horribly inappropriate, newsworthy conduct by the cop. And he was right.
I’ll tell you what he did. The Church of Christ held a potluck and Doug showed up (late, naturally) with only a small bag of chips. Not Lays, or Cape Cod chips. Oh no! Doug showed up with a 12 oz bag of Great Value chips, and they were not rippled!
As if that were not bad enough, Doug went through the line twice, both times heaping a pile of food onto his plate that was so enormous people wondered how he managed the weight of it. But the unkindest cut of all was at the conclusion of the potluck. Doug asked Helen where the leftovers of his chips were, so he could take them home. Helen told Doug that his chips were gone; they had all been eaten. Doug then had the nerve to complain about “these moochers” eating all of his chips. When Helen reminded Doug that the potluck was about feeding people, and fellowship, Doug took that opportunity to tell Helen that her fried chicken was “kind of greasy”, which he’d noticed upon eating a 2nd serving of it.
When you’ve lost Helen you’ve lost the entire church. No, they won’t be praying for Doug, for Doug is unrepentant.
What’s interesting about Watergate is how attitudes to it have changed. As recently as the early Seventies, the idea that the government would listen-in on the conversations of its political opponents was seen as fundamentally undermining democracy; to such an extent that the most powerful man in the world was forced out of office when it transpired he’d been involved in it. Polls show that most younger Americans today, who weren’t around at the time, can’t understand what all of the fuss was about.
It’s worth remembering that when you read the ruling that came from the investigatory powers tribunal last week in response to a case lodged by my Green Party colleagues Caroline Lucas and Jenny Jones. It is now, apparently, legal for GCHQ to spy on MPs’ and MSPs’ emails.
The Librarian of Congress has granted security researchers and others the right to inspect and modify the software in their cars and other vehicles, despite protests from vehicle manufacturers. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) filed the request for software access as part of the complex, triennial rulemaking process that determines exemptions from Section 1201 of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA).
Because Section 1201 prohibits unlocking “access controls” on the software, car companies have been able to threaten legal action against anyone who needs to get around those restrictions, no matter how legitimate the reason. While the copyright office removed this legal cloud from much car software research, it also delayed implementation of the exemption for one year.
“This ‘access control’ rule is supposed to protect against unlawful copying,” said EFF Staff Attorney Kit Walsh. “But as we’ve seen in the recent Volkswagen scandal—where VW was caught manipulating smog tests—it can be used instead to hide wrongdoing hidden in computer code. We are pleased that analysts will now be able to examine the software in the cars we drive without facing legal threats from car manufacturers, and that the Librarian has acted to promote competition in the vehicle aftermarket and protect the long tradition of vehicle owners tinkering with their cars and tractors. The year-long delay in implementing the exemptions, though, is disappointing and unjustified. The VW smog tests and a long run of security vulnerabilities have shown researchers and drivers need the exemptions now.”
(sung to the tune of Hotel California)
Exxon was aware of climate change, as early as 1977, 11 years before it became a public issue, according to a recent investigation from InsideClimate News. This knowledge did not prevent the company (now ExxonMobil and the world’s largest oil and gas company) from spending decades refusing to publicly acknowledge climate change and even promoting climate misinformation—an approach many have likened to the lies spread by the tobacco industry regarding the health risks of smoking. Both industries were conscious that their products wouldn’t stay profitable once the world understood the risks, so much so that they used the same consultants to develop strategies on how to communicate with the public.
Experts, however, aren’t terribly surprised. “It’s never been remotely plausible that they did not understand the science,” says Naomi Oreskes, a history of science professor at Harvard University. But as it turns out, Exxon didn’t just understand the science, the company actively engaged with it. In the 1970s and 1980s it employed top scientists to look into the issue and launched its own ambitious research program that empirically sampled carbon dioxide and built rigorous climate models. Exxon even spent more than $1 million on a tanker project that would tackle how much CO2 is absorbed by the oceans. It was one of the biggest scientific questions of the time, meaning that Exxon was truly conducting unprecedented research.
A court in the Hague revoked Scientology’s status as a “public welfare institution” this week – and the tax exemption that goes with it.
Plaintiffs are having trouble taking down the NSA in court for a simple reason: they can’t prove that the spy agency’s wide-reaching surveillance programs actually targeted them. Judges in several courts — including the Supreme Court — have repeatedly ruled that it is not enough to assume that these programs were highly likely to have caught a certain organization’s data in its dragnet.
The latest case to fall victim to this line of reasoning is a case brought forward by the ACLU, Wikimedia, The Nation, Amnesty International, and a few other organizations. In a court’s ruling, US District Judge TS Ellis III writes that the “plaintiffs’ argument is unpersuasive, as the statistical analysis on which the argument rests is incomplete and riddled with assumptions.” He continues on to note that, without the proper context, it’s unclear whether or not Wikipedia is large enough to have come under the NSA’s policies — despite the fact that it’s one of the largest sites on the internet.
And a FOIA request will get you a “we’re not telling you if we are spying on you or not because national security”. Kafka could not have been prouder.
We could elect Representatives that represent the citizens and not the ruling class . . .
Or we could elect a president that promises to have the most transparent presidency ever…
Chuck Berry was born in 1926…
The Department of Justice is trying to get Apple to unlock a defendant’s iPhone. While Apple has stated that it can technically bypass the phone’s passcode security, it has so far refused to do so for various reasons. So the DOJ has come up with a new strategy, force Apple to comply because it licenses the software on the phone. Because of that, the DOJ contends that the iPhone maker actually has a relationship with the phone that’s currently evidence in a case. In a reply to Apple’s response to the court order to unlock the phone, the government states, “Apple cannot reap the legal benefits of licensing its software in this manner and then later disclaim any ownership or obligation to assist law enforcement when that same software plays a critical role in thwarting execution of a search warrant.” In other words, it’s your software Apple, not the defendant’s, unlock it.
Google ads boss Sridhar Ramaswamy thinks the ad industry needs to hurry up and do something about bad ads and ad blockers.
“There needs to be more of a sustainable ad standard that we voluntarily define, and things in that standard should not get blocked,” he said. “I think this is essential to us all for survival.”
He said that Google has been in touch with the Internet Advertising Bureau, browser companies, and other industry executives. Meanwhile, Adblock Plus has been working on getting together a board of people in the ad industry to create a criteria for which ads should be labeled as “acceptable.” Acceptable ads would not get blocked.
Srid, I would not be surprised to see you change that “should not” to “could not” once you see my list of ‘acceptable’ ads:
By many standards, the most significant legal proceeding in the country is going on right at the moment in a courtroom far from the bloviation of Washington. In Charleston, West Virginia, Don Blankenship, once the CEO of Massey Energy, is on trial for crimes related to the 2010 explosion in the Upper Big Branch mine that killed 29 miners, the worst mine disaster in the United States in four decades.
What already is in evidence, and what already has been brought out in testimony by the prosecution, paints a picture of everything that is bad about the extraction industries and, further, everything that is bad about the current state of American industry, American capitalism, and American politics. It’s further proof that you have to be soft in the head to want the American government to “run like a business.”