CISPA started out as a laser pointed at cyber criminals and has been modified to be a bludgeon aimed at everyone. The problem is the vagueness of the wording. Laws are made purposefully vague so they can be used at the wielder’s discretion, and are meant to function as much as a threat as an actual instrument. The House has passed an extremely sloppy version of the bill, and the Senate is already hard at work making it even looser.
Some people are putting their faith in the President, who has stated quite firmly that he will veto it. In case you’ve forgotten, that’s the same guy who said he’d veto NDAA (and didn’t).
Sources: Cnet News, Forbes, Mother Jones, Newser, Scripd, The Guardian
Because you’ll believe anything…
The Senate Intelligence Committee just took three years to find out what the experts told them before they started: torture only gets you what you want to hear. Of course, they put it differently. They said they found no evidence that “enhanced interrogation techniques” have produced any counter-terrorism breakthroughs so far.
Meaning, what — that maybe it will next time? What a bunch of poody heads…
Sources: Edmonton Journal, Newser, Reuters
Let’s see…Mitt Romney is stiff, inarticulate, uneasy around humans, and often blurts out non sequiturs. Sound like any robot you know? According to the Obama team, the main weapon they’re going to use when fighting Romney is Romney. Since the current POTUS is the exact opposite of the Mittster, that should be an easy battle. But the GOP is fighting back with the same ammunition. They’re calling Obama slick, smarmy, and a brainiac, and that seems to be selling with their base.
The same people who, 12 years ago, wanted a President they could “have a beer with” are now saying that’s the last thing they want leading the country. Could that be because they finally took a look at what GW left us?
Sources: New York Times, Salon
zorbear, this one’s for you. But don’t worry, the bear wasn’t hurt.
A black bear was tranquilized after it wandered onto the University of Colorado campus in Boulder.
The 200-pound animal was spotted near university housing on April 26. One woman said it brushed past her as she was putting money into a parking meter.
CU Independent photographer Andy Duann captured the astonishing images of the bear falling from the brush onto a pad that workers had positioned beneath the tree to ensure the animal had a soft landing spot.
Source: Huffington Post
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker wasted no time after taking office in pushing a massive amount of Conservative legislation through the Republican State Congress. This resulted in a loss of business for the state and several recall elections. Now we discover that Wisconsin lost more jobs than any other state in America.
I have relatives in Wisconsin, and they tell me that the mood of the voters is getting more and more hostile. Poody heads will roll, cheese hats and all…
Sources: Christian Science Monitor, Newser, Politifact, Scott Walker
Seven people, including four TSA employees, were caught assisting a drug smuggling operation at Los Angeles International Airport. They apparently looked the other way as shipments of cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine stuffed into carry-on bags passed through their X-ray machines.
“This case underscores the unique nature of 21st century drug smuggling,” said Briane Grey the acting Special Agent in Charge of the DEA office in Los Angeles. “The defendants traded on their positions at one the world’s most crucial airport security checkpoints and used their special access for criminal ends.”
So this is why we gave up our privacy and convenience at the airport? This is government controlled security? It certainly looks like it…
Sources: Daily Mail, UPI