A federal judge struck down the nation’s last complete prohibition on carrying guns outside the home, declaring the District of Columbia’s strict handgun ban unconstitutional.
The ruling by a judge in New York, announced late Saturday, is the latest blow to the decades-long gun law in the nation’s capital, which is plagued by violent crime. In a landmark decision in 2008, the Supreme Court struck down the district’s handgun ban, establishing for the first time a personal right to own a weapon under the 2nd Amendment.
Senior District Court Judge Frederick J. Scullin Jr., a former Army colonel appointed to the court by President George H.W. Bush, ruled that the right to a weapon extended outside the home both for residents and visitors to Washington.
A rare lightning storm struck packed Venice Beach, Calif., Sunday, killing a 20-year-old man and injuring up to 12 others, one critically, after the same storm had struck a person on Catalina Island.
Firefighters said a bolt of lightning hit the water and the electrical current then traveled, hitting swimmers and surfers.
“The fire department assessed a total of 13 patients, and transported a total of eight patients,” Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main said.
The Hague’s arbitration court ruled on Monday that Russia must pay a group of shareholders in defunct oil giant Yukos around $50 billion for expropriating its assets, a big hit for a country teetering on the brink of recession.
The Hague court said it had awarded shareholders in the GML group just under half of their $114 billion claim, going some way to covering the money they lost when the Kremlin seized Yukos, once controlled by Mikhail Khodorkovsky.
Tim Osborne, director of GML, welcomed the award, which he said was the largest ever, as “very favourable”.
By Robinson Meyer, about whom the NSA gives not one fuck.
More: Anti-Surveillance Camouflage for Your Face - the Atlantic
The NSA made me slather my face in make-up.
Or, it didn’t make me, exactly. But last spring, I found myself wandering around D.C., wearing dazzle camouflage for the first time. It was a sunny Saturday, the capital swamp neither frigid nor muggy-oppressive—perfect for walking. It took me 45 minutes to get all the makeup on, to get the pencil right and the hair dangled just so.
I spent the day hanging out with some friends around Adams Morgan, a neighborhood seemingly developed by former hippies who had gone into non-profit C-suites or opened boutique restaurant-bars. I told my friends why my face had splotches of dark makeup on it but didn’t say much to anyone else, and that’s when the looks began.
I should step back. I had slathered the paint on my face in order to hide from computers. The patterns in which I applied the paint were important: To the pixel-calculating machinations of facial recognition algorithms, they transformed my face into a mess of unremarkable pixels. In the computer’s vision, my face caused a momentary burst of confusion.
That’s why the patterns are called computer vision dazzle (or CV dazzle). When it works, CV dazzle keeps facial-recognition algorithms from seeing a face. The technique takes its name from the dazzle camouflage of the two World Wars: The Great Power navies sought to protect their ships not by hiding them among the waves but by obscuring their size and movement. CV dazzle was developed by the artist, designer, and entrepreneur, Adam Harvey, who created the patterns as a student at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program.
The idea behind CV dazzle is simple. Facial recognition algorithms look for certain patterns when they analyze images: patterns of light and dark in the cheekbones, or the way color is distributed on the nose bridge—a baseline amount of symmetry. These hallmarks all betray the uniqueness of a human visage. If you obstruct them, the algorithm can’t separate a face from any other swath of pixels.
CV dazzle is ostentatious and kind of rad-looking, in a joyful, dystopic way. The first time I saw it, three years ago, I found it charismatic and captivating. Here was a technology that confounded computers with light and color. Since then, more and more people have learned about the technology. Harvey has contributed op-art about dazzle to The New York Times and enthusiasts have held facial dazzle parties. After documents from the Snowden tranche revealed the NSA had harvested an enormous database of faces from images on the web, CV dazzle seemed all the more urgent.
This reminds me of that movie (which title I can’t remember) with Robin Williams, of a dystopian future where everybody gets little cameras implanted in their eyeballs, and some dudebros get these facial tattoos to foil the cameras.
I guess these guys all want to be Robin Williams.
Also: I put this in the “Moonbats” category, which I think should be renamed to “Dudebros” since we don’t post many articles about Code Pink & PETA.
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Oscar-winning filmmaker George Miller’s “Mad Max: Fury Road” revisits his own post-apocalyptic trilogy featuring the anti-hero known as Mad Max. Tom Hardy stars in the role of Max Rockatansky, alongside Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Zoe Kravitz, Riley Keough, Hugh Keays-Byrne and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley.
Miller directed from a screenplay he wrote with Brendan McCarthy and Nico Lathouris. Miller also produces, along with Doug Mitchell and P.J. Voeten. Iain Smith, Graham Burke and Bruce Berman serve as executive producers.
Scheduled for release on May 15, 2015
The state of Minnesota is not exactly known as a hotbed of racism; in fact, as far as the United States goes, it has a fairly decent record of progressivism and is home to a sizable enclave of Somali refugees. That being said, police tried to pull a Rodney King the other night in South Minneapolis. I’ll let the article do the rest of the talking:
Al Flowers, a Minneapolis activist who spoke out last week against increasing violence in north Minneapolis, was arrested after an altercation with police officers at his home early Saturday.
Flowers, 55, was treated at Hennepin County Medical Center and then booked at 4:30 a.m. in the Hennepin County jail on pending charges of assaulting a police officer, according to Minneapolis Police.
His family and friends say that Flowers suffered injuries to his head and torso during the arrest, and by late Saturday, leaders of the black community were demanding a meeting with the mayor and chief of police
I’m normally very supportive of the police, but this is one of those times where their actions appear to be indefensible.
I agree. Bans are not an option. Jurisdictions like DC will just have to deal with the fact that regulation is the path. Bans don’t work. Bans are illegal and unwise. It’s simple. we as a society have chosen to have an effective means of self defense available to the at risk.
A federal judge has found a Washington, D.C., ban on carrying handguns unconstitutional, according to court filings made public Saturday.
In a 19-page order, Judge Frederick Scullin ruled in favor of four plaintiffs and the Second Amendment Foundation, a gun-rights advocacy group, which had sued the District of Columbia and Police Chief Cathy Lanier. The plaintiffs claimed the city’s refusal to issue carry permits restricted their right to self-defense.
“There is no longer any basis on which this court can conclude that the District of Columbia’s total ban on the public carrying of ready-to-use handguns outside the home is constitutional under any level of scrutiny,” Scullin wrote.
The plaintiffs, three of whom are D.C. residents, filed suit after the police department deemed self-defense an “unacceptable” reason for requesting a permit to carry a firearm in public. A fourth plaintiff had been arrested in D.C. and sentenced to probation on a weapons charge for carrying his firearm, which was licensed in several other states.