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May 28, 2012
After The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel endorsed Scott Walker in his recall campaign, readers responded in kind, filling up an entire page with letters criticizing the decision. You can read them here. (ht Patch’s Recall Central, via Arena of the Unwell)

After The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel endorsed Scott Walker in his recall campaign, readers responded in kind, filling up an entire page with letters criticizing the decision. You can read them here. (ht Patch’s Recall Central, via Arena of the Unwell)

20:36 // 1 year ago
May 24, 2012
I think as far as the case of Mr. Afridi is concerned, it was in accordance with Pakistani laws and by the Pakistani courts, and we need to respect each other’s legal processes.
Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesperson Moazzam Ali Khan •  Discussing the sentence the country gave to Dr. Shakil Afridi for ”conspiring ‘to wage war against Pakistan or depriving it of its sovereignty,’ ‘concealing existence of a plan to wage war against Pakistan’ and ‘condemnation of the creation of the state and advocacy of abolition of its sovereignty’,” according to Pakistani newspaper Dawn. Afridi’s work running a vaccination program that doubled as a DNA-tracing program helped the U.S. find Osama bin Laden, making the decision to imprison Afridi one that has built tension between the two countries. Will the U.S. respect Pakistan’s decision?
11:32 // 1 year ago

All hands on deck: Police chief deployed ten officers to find son’s iPhone

  • cause In January, a freshman at a California high school found that his iPhone, which had Apple’s Find My iPhone software installed, was missing from his locker. He informed his father, who happens to be the Berkeley police chief.
  • reaction Chief Michael Meehan put ten officers on the case, four of which logged two hours of overtime knocking on doors. The phone was never found, and a police report was never written. But a reporter caught wind weeks later.
  • response Meehan has faced significant controversy for weeks over the issue — including wasteful spending related to the case — and recently talked to a reporter about the January incident. “I think it was worth it,” he said. source

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10:48 // 1 year ago
May 23, 2012

Pakistani doctor who helped U.S. find Osama bin Laden jailed, fined

  • 33 years in prison for running a fake vaccination program in an attempt to find Osama bin Laden using DNA
  • $3,500 fine for his actions, which led to the U.S. finding and killing the al-Qaeda leader a year ago source

» And no, the U.S. isn’t happy: Previously, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said she hoped to see Shakil Afridi freed, as his work helped capture a pretty bad dude. Instead, Afridi is heading to jail, a move which will likely strain relations between the U.S. and Pakistan, who are currently locked in a diplomatic battle over Afghan War supply routes. (EDIT: We apologize for the inital error in the title. Total accident. Sorry guys.)

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10:18 // 1 year ago
May 22, 2012

Obama administration, Sheriff Joe Arpaio go after each other

  • DOJ A couple weeks ago, it was announced that the Department of Justice would sue the police department headed by Maricopa County, Ariz. Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose practices were seen as abusive towards Latino inmates. It’s the second such investigation his office has faced.
  • Sheriff Joe Meanwhile, Sheriff Joe Arpaio is, over a year after Obama released his birth certificate, spending taxpayer dollars on a deputy who will focus on the cold case of whether or not Obama was born in Hawaii. ”It’s one deputy, so what? We have security issues, too, that I can’t got into,” Arpaio said. source

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10:38 // 1 year ago
May 20, 2012
12:04 // 1 year ago
May 15, 2012
theawl:

skidder:

AdWeek requires you to share certain stories in order to finish reading them. Why would I want to share something I can’t read? And is there anything more desperate a publisher can do? Gross.

I want to talk to the evil stupid-genius that invented this.

This is slightly worse than this image we ganked last week:

Soft paywalls like these are simply terrible ideas.

theawl:

skidder:

AdWeek requires you to share certain stories in order to finish reading them. Why would I want to share something I can’t read? And is there anything more desperate a publisher can do? Gross.

I want to talk to the evil stupid-genius that invented this.

This is slightly worse than this image we ganked last week:

Soft paywalls like these are simply terrible ideas.

11:13 // 1 year ago
May 13, 2012

Texting while driving? Try while walking. New Jersey town cracks down

  • $85 ticket if you’re caught texting while walking by police source

» Blackberry addicts, don’t go to Fort Lee, N.J.: In what’s perhaps the first ordinance of its kind in the country, the city is aggressively taking on people who attempt to multitask while walking down the street, citing three fatal pedestrian-related accidents in 2012 so far. ”It’s a big distraction. Pedestrians aren’t watching where they are going and they are not aware,” said police chief Thomas Ripoli, whose department has handed out 117 citations since the department first started going after texters. Many residents are upset about the rule, with some saying that the ticket’s cost is too expensive and that they’re not causing a danger to others while walking down the street. What do you guys think?

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22:46 // 1 year ago
May 12, 2012
JPMorganChase fought for a loophole that led to $2 billion trading loss
Not long after Dodd-Frank got passed, the company made arguments for a loophole in the Volcker Rule, which takes effect in July, to allow some of the types of portfolio hedging that that company used as it produced a $2 billion loss recently. “JPMorgan was the one that made the strongest arguments to allow hedging, and specifically to allow this type of portfolio hedging,” noted one Treasury Department official. Officials who worked on the law, such as Sen. Carl Levin, have made it clear that allowing for this type of activity was not their intention with the law. Now, they have a pretty clear $2 billion argument against allowing such a loophole to get through. (photo by Scott Eells/Bloomberg; edit for clarity)

JPMorganChase fought for a loophole that led to $2 billion trading loss

Not long after Dodd-Frank got passed, the company made arguments for a loophole in the Volcker Rule, which takes effect in July, to allow some of the types of portfolio hedging that that company used as it produced a $2 billion loss recently. “JPMorgan was the one that made the strongest arguments to allow hedging, and specifically to allow this type of portfolio hedging,” noted one Treasury Department official. Officials who worked on the law, such as Sen. Carl Levin, have made it clear that allowing for this type of activity was not their intention with the law. Now, they have a pretty clear $2 billion argument against allowing such a loophole to get through. (photo by Scott Eells/Bloomberg; edit for clarity)

11:38 // 1 year ago
May 11, 2012
I understand some of the breastfeeding advocates are actually upset about this, because I feel like they don’t show the nurturing side to attachment parenting. This isn’t how we breastfeed at home. It’s more of a nurturing, cradling situation … It did create such a media craze.
Time cover mom Jamie Lynne Grumet • Discussing the much-parodied breastfeeding cover that gave the magazine a real jolt this week. Grumet, while not prepared for the strong response, wasn’t exactly blindsided by the backlash as an advocate for attachment parenting: ”No, I don’t think any of us were expecting it,” she said. “We knew exactly what we were going to get into. I thought that our family was basically one of the better ones to handle this.”
12:37 // 1 year ago