Electronic Privacy Information Center - EPIC has filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice concerning the use of devices that capture images of individuals stripped naked. The Transportation Security Administration has confirmed that whole body imaging machines are being used in at least one Virginia federal court by the US Marshall Service. EPIC submitted a FOIA request for information about these devices including the contracts with the manufacturer of the machines, and information about technical specifications and training materials. The Marshall Service failed to respond adequately to the request.
MSNBC - The recession's jobless toll is draining unemployment-compensation funds so fast that, according to federal projections, 40 state programs will go broke within two years and need $90 billion in loans to keep issuing the benefit checks. The shortfalls are putting pressure on governments to either raise taxes or shrink the aid payments.
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Miami Herald - Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum is conducting an anti-trust investigation of a voting-machine company merger that would create a near-monopoly over the levers of democracy in Florida and much of the United States. McCollum's office has issued at least six subpoenas covering every major voting-machine company as part of a civil investigation of Election Systems & Software's $5 million acquisition of Diebold Inc.'s elections division - a merger that would give a private company too much power over the machines used to castvotes, voting-rights groups say.
As expected, many readers did not appreciate the story suggesting that pet dogs leave a bigger paw print on earth than SUVs. But a few went the extra mile to make their point:
First they came after the mutts. And I said nothing.
Then they came after the whiners. And I said nothing.
Then they came after the barkers. And I said nothing.
Then they came after after me. But there was no one left to bark.
And from White Fang: "Grrrrrrrr. . . "
Germs Are Good for Kids: Almost 50 years ago my college biology professor quite conscious of how our immunity system has evolved advised us students that, 'Children should only be only clean enough to be presentable but dirty enough to be healthy."
How Business Schools Hurt America's Economy: In most large corporations run by financial types, actually being able to do something productive is a guarantee to be passed over for promotion. Being able to do something productive is a sign that the individual is spending his/her valuable time on the wrong topics. Valuable topics are money manipulation, stock value manipulation and spending lots of time networking and making sure one is suitably compensated. Concerning one's self with product quality, or any other endeavor involving the manufacture of a tangible product is seen as decidedly blue collar. Such topics are seen as fit for half-wits.