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Ancestral WV hillbilly & old-style liberal who believes in US Constitution & detests RW revisionism of its principles (esp Establishment Clause)

Journal Archives

Replaced While on Maternity Leave: What's Legal, What's Not?,

Women at CNN are up in arms over the network’s Jan. 9 announcement that “New Day” co-anchor Kate Bolduan was replaced by her maternity leave fill-in Alisyn Camerota, while the first-time mom was still out of the office with her newborn. “The manner in which [network head Jeff Zucker] did it is angering female staffers,” a source told the New York Post. “They took [Bolduan] out while she was on maternity leave and buried it on a day when there’s serious news.” 

Yahoo! Parenting, January 12, 2015


Myths Underpinning The War On Abortion Rights, Debunked

Media Matters for America, January 14, 2015
The right-wing media misinformation behind the 231 restrictions on abortion passed by state legislatures in the last four years has found its way into Congressional Republicans' latest strategy to roll back abortion rights nationally. Medical experts agree that such anti-choice legislation is often based on medically inaccurate or outright false information and that these regulations harm women. Here are the facts behind the myths underpinning the GOP's war on abortion rights.


New tattoos discovered on iceman Oetzi

With the aid of a non-invasive photographic technique, researchers at the EURAC-Institute for Mummies and the Iceman have been able to show up all the tattoos on the man who was found preserved in a glacier, and in the process have stumbled upon a previously unknown tattoo on his ribcage. This tattoo is very difficult to make out with the naked eye because his skin has darkened so much over time. The latest sophisticated photographic technology has now enabled tattoos in deeper skin layers to be identified as well.


Stomach acid-powered micromotors get their first test in a living animal

Researchers have shown that a micromotor fueled by stomach acid can take a bubble-powered ride inside a mouse. These tiny motors, each about one-fifth the width of a human hair, may someday offer a safer and more efficient way to deliver drugs or diagnose tumors. The experiment is the first to show that these micromotors can operate safely in a living animal.


Spider electro-combs its sticky nano-filaments

A spider commonly found in garden centers in Britain is giving fresh insights into how to spin incredibly long and strong fibers just a few nanometers thick. The majority of spiders spin silk threads several micrometers thick but unusually the 'garden centre spider' or 'feather-legged lace weaver' can spin nano-scale filaments. Now scientists think they are closer to understanding how this is done.


State losses on oil production tax credits spark debate on how and why

The state expects to lose about $100 million on oil production taxes this year, a situation that has created consternation and confusion over whether it is caused by credits to companies that pay taxes or don't pay taxes. The answer is both.

 Alaska Dispatch:


Seems Alaska and West Virginia have a similar problem: an economy based on extraction industries. Sad part is that both have so much more to offer, more job opportunities than those from businesses whose actions threaten those other options.

Feds reject petition for Aleutians marine sanctuary

Saying the proposal didn't received support from "a breadth of community interests," the federal government rejected a petition to create a new marine sanctuary in the Aleutian Islands.

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Rubio wants permanent Patriot Act extension

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) on Tuesday called for a "permanent extension" of provisions of the Patriot Act that are set to expire in June. Rubio, who opposed a National Security Agency reform bill last year, made the call in a Fox News op-ed criticizing President Obamas counterterrorism policies. 

The potential White House contender also urged technology companies to "cooperate with authorities so that we can better track terrorist activity" -- an apparent reference to some companies implementing phone encryption that would not allow anyone, including law enforcement, to access its content without a password.

Link f/ op-ed:


Polis mocks Rubio: Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) sent out a sarcastic statement following Rubios op-ed, calling for around-the-clock surveillance on the senator: "If Senator Rubio believes that millions of innocent Americans should be subject to intrusive and unconstitutional government surveillance, surely he would have no objections to the government monitoring his own actions and conversations," Polis said.  

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TheHill: overnight - technology

THE LEDE: New analysis from the Federal Trade Commission about the billions of connected devices caused a stir among lobbying organizations and advocacy groups on Tuesday.

Leaders in Congress stayed mostly silent on the contents of the FTC analysis -- which raised privacy concerns regarding the "Internet of Things" -- but applauded the agencys focus on the tech trend. "The Internet is no longer a place we go to on occasion just to check email and access information, but it is now an integral part of our daily lives, helping us track our fitness, our sleep, and even control our home thermostats," House Commerce Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) and Rep. Michael Burgess (R-Texas), the head of the Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade subcommittee, said in a joint statement. "While public awareness of the Internet of Things is still in its early stages, now is the time to understand its future prospects and ensure that companies are protecting personal information when they introduce connected devices and services into the marketplace." 

Four members of the Senate Commerce Committee who have successfully pushed the panel to schedule a hearing on the matter said they "look forward to reviewing" the FTCs work. "As we explore smart ways to shape the Internet of Things -- realizing both its benefits and risks -- the Commerce Committee is best positioned to ensure the United States remains the global leader in innovation," Sens. Deb Fischer (R-Neb.), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) added in a joint statement of their own. If done right, the senators said that the Internet of Things could be a "game changer" for the U.S. economy. 

Industry groups were skeptical about the FTC staffs call for new broad privacy legislation to enshrine protections in law. The Consumer Electronics Association, for instance said it would be "too early to rush out laws that may choke off innovation." Steve DelBianco, the executive director of ecommerce group NetChoice, said that the report "risks scaring consumers and businesses away from a technology the report calls a new area of growth." "The best policy decisions are grounded in significant and statistically relevant data, analysis and evidence," DelBianco added.  

Chairman on Internet Rules: Internet policy flows through the Federal Communications Commission, Chairman Tom Wheeler told a small business and emerging technologies conference Tuesday. He reiterated his plan to vote on strong open Internet rules next month, saying it is the job of the agency to help business avoid failure. 

"The key to growth and success is an open Internet, an Internet that successfully creates opportunity rather than selectively determining winners and losers," Wheeler said. "That is what we are fighting for. We are doing it because of innovators like you. We want to provide the kind of stability that I know that as a [venture capitalist] I looked to see."

Rosenworcel calls for more Wi-Fi: FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel was back on the stump calling for more unlicensed spectrum at the State of the Net conference on Tuesday. Rosenworcel, a Democrat, called Wi-Fi "an essential onramp for internet connectivity" and urged more work to free up the unlicensed airwaves on which Wi-Fi signals operate. "Unlicensed spectrum is our best bet for innovation," she said. "It needs to move from the back bench to policy prime time."

She outlined a three-pronged approach to maximize unlicensed spectrum. First, officials should find more areas to convert to unlicensed airwaves, she said, while also urging Congress to be more proactive. Rosenworcel also called for federal officials to go after companies that block others' Wi-Fi signals, specifically criticizing Marriott for previously engaging in such practices.

Small Web firms ask for exemption from some net neutrality rules: The American Cable Association, which represents smaller Internet providers, on Tuesday asked the FCC to exempt some companies from additional transparency requirements of possible new net neutrality rules. "The FCC should not burden small and medium-sized Internet Service Providers with additional enhanced transparency rules that are utterly unwarranted with regard to these operators," trade group head Matthew Polka said in a statement. Forcing the smaller companies to comply with the possible provisions "would impose unworkable and costly burdens" on those companies, he added, without adding any benefit to consumers.

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