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Jul 10, 2016 Police used a robot to kill -- The key questions

QUOTE: While there are links to the discussion on the future of killer robots, known as LAWS (lethal autonomous weapons systems), there are also three important differences to keep in mind.

CNN (Cable News Network)
May 01, 2016 The Zombie Literature: Retractions are on the rise. But reams of flawed research papers persist in the scientific literature. Is it time to change the way papers are published?

QUOTE: “I think there is a continuum between fraud and errors, and I think people are all too willing to go easy on something if there is no fraud,” says Columbia University statistician Andrew Gelman, who blogs about retractions and reproducibility problems in the scientific literature.

Scientist, The (TS)
Jul 23, 2015 Uber wins, liberals lose

QUOTE: The model for these big new disruptors, like Uber (for rides) and Airbnb (for rooms), in the so-called sharing economy is simple: 1) Make markets, while treating workers as independent contractors or eliminating them altogether, 2) Build scale quickly and then negotiate from strength with would-be regulators, 3) Use the money they're raking in to sway if possible and crush if not any politician who tries to interfere with (1) or (2).

CNN (Cable News Network)
May 26, 2015 The University of Minnesota’s Medical Research Mess

QUOTE: the antiquated bureaucratic apparatus of institutional review boards, or I.R.B.s, which are supposed to protect subjects of medical experimentation. Indeed, whether other institutions have seen the kinds of abuses that have emerged at the University of Minnesota is difficult to know, precisely because the current research oversight system is inadequate to detect them.

New York Times
Mar 06, 2014 Pitfalls Seen in a Turn to Privately Run Long-Term Care

QUOTE: a closer look at Tennessee, widely cited as a model, reveals hidden pitfalls as the system of caring for the frail comes under the twin pressures of cost containment and profit motive. In many cases, care was denied after needs grew costlier — including care that people would have received under the old system. “The notion of prevention saving money in the long run only works if you actually provide care in the long run,” 

New York Times
Sep 20, 2013 Fukushima Forever

QUOTE: Fukushima is just the latest episode in a dangerous dance with radiation that has been going on for 68 years. Since the atomic bombing of Nagasaki and Hiroshima in 1945 we have repeatedly let loose plutonium and other radioactive substances on our planet, and authorities have repeatedly denied or trivialized their dangers. The authorities include national governments (the U.S., Japan, the Soviet Union/ Russia, England, France and Germany); the worldwide nuclear power industry; and some scientists both in and outside of these governments and the nuclear power industry. Denials and trivialization have continued with Fukushima.

Huffington Post
Jul 06, 2013 In Secret, Court Vastly Broadens Powers of N.S.A.

QUOTE: In more than a dozen classified rulings, the nation’s surveillance court has created a secret body of law giving the National Security Agency the power to amass vast collections of data on Americans while pursuing not only terrorism suspects, but also people possibly involved in nuclear proliferation, espionage and cyberattacks...

New York Times
Jul 26, 2012 The Real Problem With Offshore Tax Havens

QUOTE: one doesn’t necessarily have to fly to the Channel Islands with a bag of cash to stash ill-gotten gains or evade the taxman anymore. The past 30 years have seen the evolution of a mainstream financial system that is global in scope and that through secrecy and complexity has enabled itself to profit handsomely off of the tax evasion of the world’s richest citizens.

Time Magazine
Jul 14, 2012 This global financial fraud and its gatekeepers: The media's 'bad apple' thesis no longer works. We're seeing systemic corruption in banking – and systemic collusion

QUOTE: The notion that the entire global financial system is riddled with systemic fraud – and that key players in the gatekeeper roles, both in finance and in government, including regulatory bodies, know it and choose to quietly sustain this reality – is one that would have only recently seemed like the frenzied hypothesis of tinhat-wearers, but this week's headlines make such a conclusion, sadly, inevitable.

Guardian Unlimited
Mar 11, 2012 Cry, the Beloved Constitution (Op-Ed)

QUOTE: Both liberals and conservatives have the American Constitution in the cross hairs. They assault the Constitution in their different ways, each with damaging effects on our nation. Conservatives attack the courts on one hand and seek to have them advance their activist agenda on the other. Liberals, when it suits them, embrace rights that have not been enumerated in the Constitution and cry for restraint only when their pet bills come under fire. The result is a national jurisprudence whetted by political appetite, with our democratic values as the victims.

International Herald Tribune (IHT)
Jul 30, 2011 In Afghanistan, Rage at Young Lovers

QUOTE: It was the beginning of an Afghan love story that flouted dominant traditions of arranged marriages and close family scrutiny, a romance between two teenagers of different ethnicities that tested a village’s tolerance for more modern whims of the heart...An angry crowd of 300 surged around them, calling them adulterers and demanding that they be stoned to death or hanged.

New York Times
Jul 24, 2011 The 14th Amendment, the Debt Ceiling and a Way Out

QUOTE: former President Bill Clinton identified a constitutional escape hatch should President Obama and Congress fail to come to terms on a deficit reduction plan before the government hits its borrowing ceiling. He pointed to an obscure provision in the 14th Amendment...

New York Times
Jul 18, 2011 Are some countries abusing Interpol?

QUOTE: Some of these nations are using Red Notices to pursue political opponents or economic targets, according to a five-month investigation by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Because of the way Interpol is structured, there can be little recourse for those who are unjustly targeted.

CNN (Cable News Network)
Jun 25, 2011 It’s Science, but Not Necessarily Right

QUOTE: science fixes its mistakes more slowly, more fitfully and with more difficulty than Sagan’s words would suggest...Why? One simple answer is that it takes a lot of time to look back over other scientists’ work and replicate their experiments. Scientists are busy people, scrambling to get grants and tenure. As a result, papers that attract harsh criticism may nonetheless escape the careful scrutiny required if they are to be refuted.

New York Times
May 26, 2010 California Puts Vote Overhaul on the Ballot

QUOTE: a [California-Ed.] ballot measure that would replace traditional primaries in state and Congressional elections with, effectively, two rounds of voting. All candidates would run in the first round, and the top two vote-getters — regardless of party affiliation, or unaffiliation — would then face each other in the general election. Voters’ ultimate choice could be two Republicans or two Democrats, or two candidates with high name recognition, or deep pockets, or populist appeal.

New York Times
May 21, 2010 SEC launches inquiry into market's 'flash crash'

QUOTE: The Securities and Exchange Commission is looking at whether key financial firms broke securities laws when they stopped buying and selling stocks during the "flash crash" on May 6, helping fuel the historic plunge in prices.

Washington Post
Mar 27, 2010 States Seeking Cash Hope to Expand Taxes to Services

QUOTE: few states have gone where political leaders in Michigan and Pennsylvania are now suggesting: adding scores of services to their states’ sales tax requirement and lowering the tax rate under a widened tax base.

New York Times
Sep 26, 2009 Smuggling Europe’s Waste to Poorer Countries

QUOTE: Because of Europe’s new environmental laws, it is four times as expensive to incinerate trash in the Netherlands as to put it — illegally — on a boat to China.

New York Times
Sep 19, 2009 Planes to nowhere? Congress plans to increase small-town airline subsidies

QUOTE: opponents call the program [Essential Air Service] wasteful spending, noting that much of the money provides service to areas with fewer than 30 passengers a day.

Los Angeles Times
Sep 16, 2009 Citing Risks, U.S. Seeks New Rules for Niche Banks (Back to Business)

QUOTE: While they [niche banks that give loans to business] have brought billions of dollars in deposits, thousands of jobs and millions in charitable donations to Salt Lake City, the banks have also drawn fire from Washington.

New York Times
Sep 13, 2009 U.S. Cost-Saving Policy Forces New Kidney Transplant

QUOTE: Although the government regularly pays $100,000 or more for kidney transplants, it stops paying for anti-rejection drugs after only 36 months.

New York Times
Sep 01, 2009 Call to Jury Duty Strikes Fear of Financial Ruin

QUOTE: Few people like jury duty. But for many people squeezed by the recession, a jury summons holds a new fear: financial ruin.

New York Times
Aug 25, 2009 Hawaii to Remove Inmates Over Abuse Charges

QUOTE: Hawaii prison officials said Tuesday that all of the state’s 168 female inmates at a privately run Kentucky prison will be removed by the end of September because of charges of sexual abuse by guards.

New York Times
Aug 25, 2009 Threat Level Privacy, Crime and Security Online Federal Courts Wary of Document-Sharing Plugin

QUOTE: The federal court system doesn’t seem to like Harlan Yu, or his fellow merry pranksters, who made a tool to free court documents from an unwieldy computer system that has a nasty habit of charging 8 cents a page for public documents.

Aug 18, 2009 Cellphones problematic for 911

QUOTE: r the millions of Americans giving up their land lines in favor of cellphones, dialing 911 may no longer mean a quick response. It can lead to misrouted calls, delayed information about the location of the caller and, most important, a slower emergency response.

Aug 18, 2009 A Scheme For Protecting Content

QUOTE: Intertrust holds a treasure trove of patents that help content owners manage digital rights; it has spent five years and tens of millions of dollars developing a standard called Marlin, which aims to keep content secure in a way that legitimate consumers won't find offensive.

Jul 21, 2009 Sen. Schumer Proposes System to Verify Workers' Identities

QUOTE: Immigration analysts urged Congress on Tuesday to weigh carefully a leading Democratic senator's plan to require all U.S. workers to verify their identity using fingerprints or digital photos...

Washington Post
Jul 16, 2009 Afghanistan: Oversight AWOL?

QUOTE: Even as the Obama administration steps up spending in Afghanistan, it's shortchanging the government auditors responsible for ensuring that taxpayer dollars don't wind up in the pockets of swindlers and opportunists.

Mother Jones
Jul 09, 2009 The Next Hacking Frontier: Your Brain?

QUOTE: as neural devices become more complicated — and go wireless — some scientists say the risks of “brain hacking” should be taken seriously.

Jul 06, 2009 In Two States, a Lower Bar for Conviction (Sidebar)

QUOTE: ...Oregon is one of only two states that does not require juries to reach unanimous verdicts in criminal cases. Like Louisiana, it allows convictions by a vote of 10-to-2. ...defense lawyers say the rule was designed to make obtaining convictions easier.

New York Times
Jul 06, 2009 A Doctor by Choice, a Businessman by Necessity (Essay)

QUOTE: The rising [medical] commercialism, driven in part by increasing expenses and decreasing reimbursement, has obvious consequences for the public: ballooning costs, fraying of the traditional doctor-patient relationship.

New York Times
Jun 23, 2009 Illegal immigrants netted by local police could be released: The Obama administration directive comes as the president begins to assert control of the immigration issue.

QUOTE: Some undocumented immigrants swept up on minor charges such as fishing without a license won’t face federal detention. Instead, they’ll be released on their own recognizance... could affect at least some of the 66 US law enforcement jurisdictions that are part of a controversial program which, in essence, deputizes local police to act as de facto immigration agents.

Christian Science Monitor
May 08, 2009 For Gay Couples, Obstacles to Health Insurance (Patient Money)

QUOTE: “For the vast majority of gay couples,” she [Mary Jo Hudson, director of the Ohio Department of Insurance] said, “getting health insurance for a domestic partner is still a challenge.”

New York Times
Apr 22, 2009 After Losing Freedom, Some Immigrants Face Loss of Custody of Their Children

QUOTE: crackdowns against illegal immigrants thrust local courts into transnational custody battles and leave thousands of children in limbo.

New York Times
Dec 09, 2008 Uninsured Put a Strain on Hospitals

QUOTE: As increasing numbers of the unemployed and uninsured turn to the nation’s emergency rooms as a medical last resort, doctors warn that the centers — many already overburdened — could have even more trouble handling the heart attacks, broken bones and other traumas that define their core mission. Even before the recession became evident, many emergency rooms around the country were already overcrowded, with dangerously long waits for some patients...

New York Times
Nov 28, 2008 Legal Hurdles in West Slow Pursuit of Pirates

QUOTE: bureaucratic and legal hurdles facing international institutions and national governments have so far defeated most efforts to deal with the nimble crews of pirates in speedboats....But some legal experts in Germany said that the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea and an existing United Nations mandate to combat Somali piracy already provided all the legal cover necessary for muscular action against the pirates.

New York Times
Nov 13, 2008 School Chief Takes on Tenure, and Stirs a Fight

QUOTE: Ms. Rhee has proposed spectacular raises of as much as $40,000, financed by private foundations, for teachers willing to give up tenure....Ms. Rhee said she could no longer wait for a union response to her proposal, first outlined last summer, and announced an effort to identify and fire ineffective teachers, including those with tenure.

New York Times
Jul 07, 2008 With E-Verify, too many errors to expand its use? Database aims to make it easy for employers to check worker immigration status. Critics say the accuracy rate is too low.

QUOTE: President Bush's recent executive order mandating that all federal contractors use E-Verify and legislation pending in Congress that would make the program mandatory for all employers nationwide have heightened concerns among critics that thousands of legal Americans will be unfairly denied jobs.

Christian Science Monitor
May 01, 2008 Doan Ends Her Stormy Tenure as GSA Chief: Resignation Comes at White House's Behest

QUOTE: General Services Administration chief Lurita Alexis Doan has resigned as head of the government's premier contracting agency at the request of the White House, ending a tumultuous tenure in which she was accused of trying to award work to a friend and misusing her authority for political ends.

Washington Post
Mar 03, 2008 Despite City Law, Few Assisted Living Centers Licensed

QUOTE: Most assisted living centers in the District have not been licensed or inspected eight years after the D.C. Council mandated government oversight of the facilities ...As a result, consumer advocates say, some of the District's most vulnerable residents have been left at greater potential risk for abuse and neglect...

Washington Post
Nov 06, 2007 ‘Bad’ Legal Advice and the Death Penalty

QUOTE: A federal appeals court eventually ruled that the lawyer’s advice reflected such bad judgment as to fall below the Sixth Amendment’s guarantee of the effective assistance of counsel. On Monday, the Supreme Court announced that it would use the case to decide how appellate courts are to evaluate claims of ineffective assistance of counsel in plea negotiations.

New York Times
Nov 01, 2007 WaMu faulted on home loans: Colluded to inflate property values, N.Y. attorney general says

QUOTE: New York's attorney general has accused Washington Mutual Inc. of pressuring a real estate appraisal company to deliver inflated home values in order to justify making loans, a practice that some appraisers have complained of increasingly in recent years.

Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Oct 31, 2007 Baseball’s Drug Testing Lacks Element of Surprise

QUOTE: Drug testers contracted by the league routinely alert team officials a day or more before their arrival at ballparks for what is supposed to be random, unannounced testing of players. By eliminating the surprise factor, the practice undermines the integrity of the testing program, antidoping experts said.

New York Times
Oct 31, 2007 Council Says Some Hospitals Don’t Follow New Law on the Uninsured

QUOTE: “Hospitals are in a fiscal crisis,” he said. “They are being squeezed by the payers and they are being squeezed by the uninsured, and then we have the social and moral imperative to do the right thing for the patient. We really are between a rock and a hard place.”

New York Times
Oct 24, 2007 Terror watch list swells to more than 755,000 names

QUOTE: The size of the list, typically used to check people entering the country through land border crossings, airports and sea ports, has been growing by 200,000 names a year since 2004. Some lawmakers, security experts and civil rights advocates warn that it will become useless if it includes too many people.

Oct 23, 2007 Court Strikes Down ‘Volkswagen Law’

QUOTE: Striking down one of Europe’s most visible symbols of economic protectionism, the European Court of Justice ruled today that a German law shielding Volkswagen from a hostile takeover illegally restricts the free flow of capital within Europe.

New York Times
Oct 08, 2007 Katrina evacuees feel money pinch

QUOTE: That survey, by the U.S. Census Bureau, shows that thousands of people who fled the hurricane two years ago landed in dismal economic straits, often facing meager paychecks or unemployment after the storm scattered them across the USA. It found nearly a third of those who fled the hurricane could not find jobs last year, and thousands more weren't trying.

Sep 09, 2007 Turban Searches Rile Sikh Community: Turban Searches Rile Sikh Community

QUOTE: ...Sikhs were allowed to wear turbans through airport detectors when other passengers had to remove their hats. If the machine did not beep, the traveler could continue. If it beeped, the turban would be screened with a wand, patted down, or removed and examined in a private screening area. Under the new rules, even if there is no alarm, a TSA screener can ask to examine a turban.

Washington Post
Sep 02, 2007 Va. Tech Report May Signal Tough Choices on Reforms: Fixes to State's Mental Health System Could Cost Tens of Millions

QUOTE: Buried deep in the review panel's report on the massacre at Virginia Tech is a finding that many mental health professionals already knew quite clearly: The state's system for treating the mentally ill "has major gaps in its entirety."

Washington Post
May 20, 2007 Bilking the Elderly, With a Corporate Assist

QUOTE: Telemarketing fraud, once limited to small-time thieves, has become a global criminal enterprise preying upon millions of elderly and other Americans every year

New York Times

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