Why does the label matter? In theory, it should not: the FCC could call Comcast a cat food company, and it would still provide the same services. But under FCC rules, the “telecommunications service” label is important because it triggers a series of obligations under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.
The Title II debate is divisive, which has led some to call for a middle ground — one that is unlikely to work.
Those obligations, which cover everything from price-caps to closed-captioning to emergency services, have traditionally applied to “common carriers” like wireline phone companies, and place restrictions on how they run their business. That’s why broadband providers like Comcast and Verizon don’t want to live under Title II — they want to continue on as “information services” under a different part of the law (Title I) which, on paper, involves a lighter regulatory load.
It’s a rare day that I post something from NY Daily, but this is well written and thought provoking.
Bratton’s original insight was that stopping small crimes — fixing broken windows — helped prevent big ones: Once the cops began stopping fare-beaters, they found a remarkable number had drugs, weapons and/or outstanding warrants.
The strategy worked spectacularly well. In addition to catching truly bad players, having the NYPD crack down on nuisance crimes like public drunkenness, fare-beating and panhandling helped convince the public that the cops were there to proactively help keep order, not just chase criminals after the fact. And in some cases, like with fare-beaters — one in seven of whom turned out to have either a weapon or an outstanding warrant when stopped — it helped take serious criminals off of the streets,
But a generation later, with New York’s war on the violent crime level of the 1990s now decisively won, some neighborhoods are calling for a peace dividend — a relaxing of the sometimes relentless police pressure on low-level nuisance crimes.
Every New Yorker knows there are times and places when, in a nod to neighborhood sentiment and common sense, the rules get relaxed. In my Crown Heights, Brooklyn, neighborhood, it’s pointless to make or enforce noise complaints (or, for that matter, indecent exposure laws) in the days immediately preceding the West Indian American Day Carnival.
It was death by apnea. And it went on for an hour and a half. I made a pencil stroke on a pad of paper, each time his mouth opened, and ticked off more than 640, which was not all of them, because the doctor came in at least four times and blocked my view.
I turned to my friend Troy Hayden, the anchor and reporter from Fox 10 News, who was sitting next to me. Troy and I witnessed another execution together in 2007, and he had seen one before that, so he also knows what it looks like.
An Air Algerie flight en route to Algiers from Burkina Faso with 116 people aboard disappeared from radar early Thursday over the Sahara, the official Algerian news agency said.
Air navigation services lost track of AH0517 about 50 minutes after takeoff at 0155 GMT, the agency said. That means that it had been missing for hours before the news was made public.
“In keeping with procedures, Air Algerie has launched its emergency plan,” the APS agency quoted the airline as saying.
Loudly advocating for gay equality worldwide at a forum for US and international gay rights activists last month, Vice President Joe Biden stated that support for LGBTQ citizens should be an indicator for how civilized a country is considered to be.
Biden also won high praise at another conference, Netroots Nation this past weekend in Detroit, Michigan. Netroots is the nation’s largest gathering of progressive activists, and makes a special effort to promote diversity and inclusion. Many of the attendees this weekend were especially fond of Biden’s contributions to LGBTQ advancement.
“Those of us who hold marriage equality near and dear to our hearts and our homes, we know that Joe Biden spoke first,” said Arshad Hasan, a NetRoots Nation board member, in his introduction of Mr. Biden on Thursday. “I give Joe Biden credit for changing the dialogue in the White House.”
The Kochs’ Nonprofit Empire Is Building a Network of Libertarian Hackers, Coders and Designers - Yahoo News
Worried that IT experts seem to typically vote Democratic, the Koch Brothers have spearheaded hackathons to lure techies into the conservatarian sphere.
The gathering was the first inaugural conference put on by Lincoln Labs, a year-old club of politically-minded technologists started by three millennials with backgrounds in Republican politics: Garrett Johnson, a former aide to Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; Aaron Ginn, who worked on Mitt Romney’s digital team; and Chris Abrams, who runs digital operations for Vanity Fair magazine. The group — which adopts the label “conservatarian,” a popular buzzword for the ideological coalition between conservatives and libertarians — was born in 2013 in the aftermath of the failed Republican attempt to regain control of the White House, in which President Obama’s mastery of digital campaigning and data collection trounced Republican efforts to match it.
Over the past year, Lincoln Labs has grown to represent the epicenter of the right-wing tech scene as it struggles to make a dent in an industry traditionally dominated by the political left.
For most of Lincoln Lab’s existence, the group has relied upon financial backing and support from the orbit of activist groups that are part of Charles and David Koch’s donor network. Last weekend’s conference was sponsored by an array of groups from the Koch network: Generation Opportunity, its youth outreach group; the Libre Initiative, its Hispanic organization; Americans for Prosperity, its lead political advocacy arm; and i360, which collects data on behalf of the Koch network. Microsoft, Google, and Stampede, a political consulting firm that provides campaign services to conservative candidates, also served as sponsors for the event.
Predictably, the icons of 21st century conservativism, politicians like Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, made appearances to woo techies to the GOP side.
For Paul, a possible future Republican presidential candidate, the trip to Northern California was an opportunity to meet with tech entrepreneurs from both sides of the aisle, a group Paul hopes shares his antagonism for unbridled government spying and questionable data collecting practices.
“I come out here and people say, ‘Oh, I love President Obama. We’re all for President Obama, we’re from the tech community.’ Why?” Paul asked in his address at the conference. “Why would you be? He’s not for innovation. He’s not for freedom. He’s for the protectionism crowd.”
Paul went on to challenge the hackers to develop apps, “so the marketplace can figure what the idiots and trolls in Washington will never come up with.”
Makes you get kind of warm and fuzzy all over, doesn’t it?
Those thrilling moments when a soccer player kicks home the winning goal in the World Cup final or Beyonce debuts new dance choreography in concert might someday be recreated in full 3-D motion down to the smallest piece of confetti and played back from almost any angle. Such a possibility comes from a new motion-capture technique capable of reconstructing scenes captured by more than 500 video cameras mounted inside a two-story geodesic dome.
The new technique comes from Carnegie Mellon University researchers working in the Panoptic Studio—a video lab with a camera system capable of capturing 100,000 different points in motion at any time. Researchers developed a technique that uses consistent motion patterns as a cue for identifying and tracking certain points on an object captured by cameras. And it all works without the need for physical markers, such as those used by Hollywood motion-capture systems to translate the acting performance of Andy Serkis into the movements of the ape leader Caesar in the newest “Planet of the Apes” films.
Looks like the Sudanese woman, Mariam Ibrahim Ishaq, who had been sentenced to death for “apostasy” in Sudan is likely on her way back to the US.
A Sudanese woman who was spared a death sentence for converting from Islam to Christianity and then barred from leaving Sudan, has flown into Rome on an Italian government plane, officials say.
Mariam Yahya Ibrahim Ishaq, 27, whose sentence and detention stirred international outrage, arrived on Thursday at Rome’s Ciampino airport with her family and Lapo Pistelli, Italy’s vice minister for foreign affairs, television pictures showed.
There were no details on what led up to Mariam Ishaq’s departure from Khartoum, and there was no immediate comment from the Sudanese authorities.
Mohaned Mostafa, Mariam Ishaq’s lawyer, said he had not been told of her departure.
“I don’t know anything about such news but so far the complaint that was filed against Mariam and which prevents her from traveling from Sudan has not been cancelled,” Mostafa told Reuters.
Sounds almost like the US and the Italians cooperated to more-or-less smuggle her out of the country - even her own lawyer didn’t know she was gone.
Kudos; I’m glad she’s out of there and on her way to the United States where she can hopefully have a normal life once the media furor dies down.
The title of the post is the Fox headline, copied verbatim from their front page, it was the main article. The short paragraph that appeared below the headline was:
THE FAA lifts a travel restriction prohibiting US carriers from flying into and out of Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International Airport approximately 35 hours after it went into effect following criticism from Israel and Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.
Does it sound to you like Fox are trying to make it sound like Ted Cruz had something to do with the lifting of the restriction?
Well, here’s the detail buried in the article itself that tells the real story (emphasis mine):
In a statement, the FAA said that the Notice to Airmen restricting flights into Ben Gurion Airport officially expired at 11:45 p.m. Eastern Time Wednesday. The agency had instituted the prohibition shortly after noon Eastern Time Tuesday in response to a report that a rocket fired by Hamas had landed less than a mile from the airport. The restriction was renewed earlier Wednesday.
Yup, the restriction were not simply a blanket, it had a limited life span. And even though the restriction has now, expired, it seems that there is some concern.
The CEO of Delta Air Lines, which diverted a jumbo jet away from Tel Aviv before Tuesday’s ban, said earlier Wednesday the airline would not necessarily resume flights to Israel even if U.S. authorities declare the area safe.
Maybe Fox and Ted Cruz would like to accuse Delta of attempting to persecute Israel.
The CEO of Middle East carrier Emirates said after the shoot-down in Ukraine of a Malaysia Airlines jet last week that global airlines need better risk-assessment from international aviation authorities.
I cannot help but agree with that. It’s not been very long since MH17 was shot down with all souls lost. I have to wonder what Ted Cruz and Fox would have had to say had there been a number of Americans on MH17. I imagine that quite possibly they’d have been castigating the FAA for not being more cautious. Of course, ultimately, it would have been Obama’s fault.
And you know exactly what tune the wingnut chorus would have been singing.
In its dealings with Africa, China has taken its lead from centuries of European colonial exploitation there. Take all that you want, and too bad if the natives suffer for it.
China, with its rapidly urbanizing population, is the world’s biggest importer of wood products. And in its dealings with Mozambique, it is increasingly buying timber that is illegally harvested, according to a new report (pdf). The nonprofit Environmental Investigation Agency compared Mozambique’s official harvest numbers to global import numbers and calculated that 93% of Mozambique’s timber was illegally harvested in 2013, up from 76% in 2007—and most of that goes to China.
That’s perhaps no surprise; Mozambique is poor and timber is a good source of income. But the level of illegal logging and timber smuggling for the Chinese market is way beyond sustainable levels, despite claims to the contrary by Mozambican officials, according to the EIA. If the excessive focus on just a handful of commercial timber species continues, the country’s commercial stocks will be largely depleted in the next 15 years.
The illegal exports mean that Mozambique suffered losses of $146 million in potential export and exploration taxes from 2007-2013, the EIA says. That could have covered the 2014 state budget for poverty-alleviation programs more than twice over. It could, alternatively, have covered 30 years of law enforcement for Mozambique’s National Forest Program, according to the report from the EIA.
China is taking a lot of heat for its apparent neo-colonialism, but Chinese officials have generally waved such criticism aside as unfounded. But, just last week, China’s ambassador to Tanzania admitted that Chinese behavior in Africa is less than exemplary. shanghaiist.com
“Our people just cannot shake their bad habits,” Lu said, in an interview (link in Chinese) with the Chinese paper Southern Metropolis News yesterday. “Tanzania hosts ambassadors from about 70 countries, but none of them needs to constantly worry like us about consular protection issues,” Lu [Youqing] added.
Chinese citizens have been caught smuggling ivory out of Tanzania, and some are operating illegal gold mining operations throughout Africa.
They’re importing raw materials from Africa, while exporting standard Chinese business practices. Just what Africans don’t need — more corruption.