Feds Beg Supreme Court to Let Them Search Phones Without a Warrant

Search Warrants for Cell Phones

American law enforcement has long advocated for universal “kill switches” in cellphones to cut down on mobile device thefts. Now the Department of Justice argues that the same remote locking and data-wiping technology represents a threat to police investigations–one that means they should be free to search phones without a warrant.

In a brief filed to the U.S. Supreme Court yesterday in the case of alleged Boston drug dealer Brima Wurie, the Justice Department argues that police should be free to warrantlessly search cellphones taken from suspects immediately at the time of arrest, rather than risk letting the suspect or his associates lock or remotely wipe the phone before it can be searched.

The statement responds to briefs made to the court by the Center for Democracy and Technology and the Electronic Frontier Foundation arguing that warrantless searches of cellphones for evidence represents a serious violation of the suspect’s privacy beyond that of a usual warrantless search of a suspect’s pockets, backpack, or car interior.

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American kids are more likely to be medicated for behavioral problems if they’re in poor or military families

Ritalin-SR

An estimated 7.5 percent of American children age 6-17 were prescribed drugs to treat behavioral and emotional difficulties in 2011, according to a CDC report published today. That estimate is equivalent to roughly 3.2 million children. Furthermore, the CDC reports that nearly 8 percent of children whose parents are members of the US military and 9.2 percent of children from families with incomes below the poverty line take prescription drugs for these same problems.

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Current Lake Superior ice cover is nearly 20 times more than last year

April 20, 2014: A NASA-satellite image of ice cover on Lake Superior.

It may be spring, but for the Great Lakes, particularly Lake Superior – it’s looking like winter more than ever.

Images captured this week by NASA’s Aqua satellite show that Lake Superior is still nearly 60 percent ice covered, according to the NOAA Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab. The ice is an average of 8.9 inches thick.

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Gallup: Montanans, Alaskans Say States Among Top Places to Live

When asked to rate their state as a place to live, three in four Montanans (77%) and Alaskans (77%) say their state is the best or one of the best. Those in Rhode Island (18%) and Illinois (19%) have the least praise for their states.

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More earn degrees, but 60% goal is uncertain

College Attainment

More Americans are earning college degrees, but the attainment rate must increase to meet the Lumina Foundation’s Goal 2025, a new report shows. Lumina wants 60 percent of adults to hold a “high-quality” degree, certificate or other postsecondary credential by 2025.

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As Shakespeare turns 450, humanities are dying

Shakespeare

In honor of William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, Jay Greene mourns the death of the humanities in U.S. schools.

 

He cites Harold Bloom: “Shakespeare not only invented the English language, but also created human nature as we know it today.”

 

“Teaching children about what it means to be a human being” isn’t important to “some of the more prominent” reform movements, writes Greene. They see school as “a mechanism for improving students’ economic prospects.” 

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Weather Vs Climate

Tornado

The weather at any spot is usually defined by max/min temperatures, humidity, precipitation and wind strength/direction. Weather varies hourly, daily, season-to-season and place-to-place. These weather measurements at any place can be averaged over various time periods.

Climate is defined as the average of thirty years of weather. Mark Twain explained the difference: “Climate is what you expect, weather is what you get”.

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Planned Parenthood President Argues European Women Should Stop Having Babies for 10 Years

Former president of the American Planned Parenthood Federation, Margaret Slee, argues that women in Europe should stop having babies for 10 years.

Ga. governor signs ‘guns everywhere’ into law

Georgia’s governor has signed a gun rights law that allows licensed owners to carry their weapons in more places, including schools, bars, churches, and some government buildings.

It’s legal for licensed gun owners in Georgia to pack heat in bars, schools, churches and some government buildings.

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, on Wednesday signed the state’s “Safe Carry Protection Act,” which critics dubbed the “guns everywhere bill,” in north Georgia, on the edge of the Chattahoochee National Forest and Cohutta Wilderness area.

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Massive volcanic eruptions are cooling the world

More volcanic ash than at any time in recorded history

“What’s causing this is the volcanic ash in the air,” says Saut. “You’ve got more volcanic ash in the air than at any time in recorded history.”

“With all of this volcanic ash, what’s happened is it’s caused the Hadley cell winds to shift toward the poles,” warns Saut, a 43-year market veteran.

“Normally these winds only move 30 degrees north of the equator and 30 degrees south. But with this huge input of volcanic ash, these winds have had a massive shift toward the poles. This is wreaking havoc with the weather patterns, and it’s here to stay.

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Extra-Judicial Killing

A Legal Way to Kill

When President Obama decided that he wanted to be able to use unmanned aerial drones in foreign lands to kill people, including Americans, he instructed Attorney General Eric Holder to find a way to make it legal. When later asked about this legal rationale by reporters for The New York Times, Holder declined to provide it, arguing that it was a state secret. He dispatched Department of Justice (DOJ) lawyers to court, where they succeeded in persuading a federal judge to deny the Times’ application to order the government’s legal rationale revealed.

Two weeks after this ruling, the federal appeals court to which the Times appealed unanimously ordered the DOJ to publicly reveal its heretofore secret rationale. The Obama administration is probably right to fear the revelation of this so-called legal way to kill, writes Andrew Napolitano. We already know that behind Obama’s veil lies a disingenuous president who claims he can secretly kill fellow Americans. Who knows what else we will find?

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FDA releases proposed e-cigarette regulations: And more!

E-Cigarette

Stricter regulations on e-cigarettes were proposed by the the Food and Drug Administration, which also recommended it regulate cigars, pipe tobacco, nicotine gels, water pipe tobacco, and hookahs.

The Food and Drug Administration is making another attempt at regulating electronic cigarettes and other tobacco products.

On Thursday, the agency proposed rules that call for strict regulation of electronic cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, nicotine gels, water pipe tobacco and hookahs. Currently, the FDA only has regulatory authority over cigarettes, smokeless tobacco and roll-your-own tobacco.

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Group finds 40,000 duplicate voters around Virginia

An investigation by the Virginia Voter Alliance found that forty thousand voters are registered in both Virginia and Maryland.

Tell me again why progressives are against voter identification? 

crosscheck of voter rolls in Virginia and Maryland turned up 44,000 people registered in both states, a vote-integrity group reported Wednesday.

And that’s just the beginning.

“The Virginia Voters Alliance is investigating how to identify voters who are registered and vote in Virginia butlive in the states that surround us,” Alliance President Reagan George told the State Board of Elections.

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Governments ‘responsible for 87% of online spying’

Computer Spying

According to a report from Verizon, governments around the world account for 87% of all Internet spying: a 3x increase in cyber espionage since last year. 

The vast majority of electronic spying attacks in 2013 can be attributed to governments, according to a new report.

The latest annual Data Breach Investigations Report by Verizon Communications reveals that there has been a three-fold increase in cyber espionage since the last report was published in April 2013.

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Rand Paul is Right: Jimmy Carter Was Thriftier Than Ronald Reagan

“Rand Paul: Jimmy Carter was better on the budget than Ronald Reagan” is how the vid begins. It shows the Kentucky senator in a variety of settings between 2007 and 2009 slagging St. Reagan as a spendthrift.

As Mediaite‘s Andrew Kirell points out, all of Paul’s basic statements about spending under Reagan are absolutely true. 

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NYPD’s Twitter photo contest backfires with images of aggressive police force

The New York Police Department attempted to harness Twitter to drum up support, but things haven’t exactly gone as planned.

Earlier today, the official NYPD Twitter account asked followers to tweet photos of themselves with NYC police officers under the hashtag #myNYPD — but so far, many users have jumped on that hashtag to flood it with images of police aggressively apprehending apparent suspects. So far, these are hardly the friendly images the NYPD was hoping for.

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Ohio man must pay $489,000 for fake distress report: court

An Ohio man whose hoax distress call triggered a massive U.S. Coast Guard search and rescue mission on Lake Erie must pay $489,000 in restitution, a U.S. appeals court said Tuesday.

Danik Kumar, a licensed pilot, told authorities in March 2012 he saw what he thought was a distress flare coming up from a boat as he flew over Lake Erie near Cleveland.

When asked by Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport to take a closer look, Kumar did not see a vessel, but reported seeing more flares and a fishing boat with four people onboard wearing life jackets and active strobe lights, the opinion said.

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NYPD’s Twitter photo contest backfires with images of aggressive police force

The New York Police Department attempted to harness Twitter to drum up support, but things haven’t exactly gone as planned.

Earlier today, the official NYPD Twitter account asked followers to tweet photos of themselves with NYC police officers under the hashtag #myNYPD — but so far, many users have jumped on that hashtag to flood it with images of police aggressively apprehending apparent suspects. So far, these are hardly the friendly images the NYPD was hoping for.

MyNYPD1

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NYPD’s Twitter photo contest backfires with images of aggressive police force

The New York Police Department attempted to harness Twitter to drum up support, but things haven’t exactly gone as planned.

Earlier today, the official NYPD Twitter account asked followers to tweet photos of themselves with NYC police officers under the hashtag #myNYPD — but so far, many users have jumped on that hashtag to flood it with images of police aggressively apprehending apparent suspects. So far, these are hardly the friendly images the NYPD was hoping for.

MyNYPD1

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NYPD’s Twitter photo contest backfires with images of aggressive police force

The New York Police Department attempted to harness Twitter to drum up support, but things haven’t exactly gone as planned.

Earlier today, the official NYPD Twitter account asked followers to tweet photos of themselves with NYC police officers under the hashtag #myNYPD — but so far, many users have jumped on that hashtag to flood it with images of police aggressively apprehending apparent suspects. So far, these are hardly the friendly images the NYPD was hoping for.

MyNYPD1

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Remedial math leads nowhere

More than two thirds of community college students take at least one remedial education course, usually math. Seventy percent of those placed into remedial math will not even attempt a college-level gateway course within two years.

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More Inconvenient Weather Facts

The ice coverage of the Great Lakes this week is 32.8%, which is 39X the 0.84% median ice coverage at this time of year

Historical Ice Coveage on the Great lakes

David Cameron Was Right When He Called the U.K. a ‘Christian Country’

Winchester Cathedral

 

British Prime Minister David Cameron has caused a minor controversy in the U.K. by writing in the Church Times that “I believe we should be more confident about our status as a Christian country.”

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Shale Boom Sends U.S. Crude Supply To Highest Since 1930s

Obama's Wishing Well

The U.S. is stockpiling the most crude since the Great Depression, thanks to the shale boom that has boosted production to the most in 26 years. Inventories rose 3.52 million barrels last week to 397.7 million, the highest level since 1931, according to Energy Information Administration data going back to 1920. –Mark Shenk, Bloomberg, 23 April 2014

At least 40 U.S. veterans died while waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system

At least 40 U.S. veterans died while waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system; many of them were placed on a secret waiting list.

The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor, according to a recently retired top VA doctor and several high-level sources.

For six months, CNN has been reporting on extended delays in health care appointments suffered by veterans across the country, some of whom died while waiting for appointments and care. But the new revelations about the Phoenix VA — reported exclusively by Scott Bronstein and Drew Griffin on CNN’s “AC360″ — are perhaps the most disturbing thus far.

Canadian aborted babies incinerated in Oregon waste-to-energy facility to provide electricity

VICTORIA, British Columbia, April 23, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The British Columbia Health Ministry has admitted that the remains of babies destroyed by abortion in B.C. facilities are ending up in a waste-to-power facility in the United States, providing electricity for residents of Oregon.

via : http://www.lifesitenews.com/canadian-aborted-babies-incinerated-in-oregon-waste-to-energy-facility-to-p.html

Washington State Dept. of Health: Counting Unborn Children

You can’t have it both ways.  Counting the unborn or aborting the unborn, what to do:

WIC Income Guidelines
Number of
people in your
household*
Maximum annual
income to
qualify
Maximum monthly
income to
qualify
2 $29,101 $2,426
3 $36,612 $3,051
4 $44,123 $3,677
5 $51,634 $4,303
6 $59,145 $4,929
7 $66,656 $5,555

*If you are pregnant, include each unborn child in household size.

 

WIC Eligibility :: Washington State Dept. of Health.

Another US energy milestone: US was the world’s largest petroleum producer in December for the 14th straight month

Total Petrol Production

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Bloomberg’s Path to Heaven

Bloomberg

Last week Michael Bloomberg told The New York Times he had secured a spot in heaven through his efforts to restrict guns, soda, and cigarettes. If so, asks Jacob Sullum, “does that mean I am going to hell?” Sullum says he and the former New York City mayor do not agree about much, especially when it comes to Bloomberg’s two biggest passions, both of which involve restricting people’s freedom for no legitimate reason.

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Don’t Tell on Bullies

flier advising students to not tell on bullies

Officials at Nebraska’s Lincoln Public Schools have apologized for passing out a flier at one school telling students not to tell on bullies because “the number one reason bullies hate their victims is because the victims tell on them.” It also advised those who are being bullied not to be sore losers, not to defend themselves and to “treat the person who is being mean as if they are trying to help you.”

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