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Facing Scrutiny, Pete Buttigieg Releases List of McKinsey Clients

The list of clients includes: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Canadian supermarket chain Loblaws,

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Lawyer: Bolton Aide Charles Kupperman Fears House Will Reissue Subpoena For Testimony

An attorney for former national security adviser Charles Kupperman told a federal judge in Washington on Tuesday that the pledge from Democrats that they won't reissue a subpoena cannot be trusted.

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The Trade-Offs in the Articles of Impeachment

LawFare – “The draft articles of impeachment released on Dec. 10 by House Democrats reflect a series of careful and intentional strategic choices. First, the document is short—just over eight pages. It contains only two articles of impeachment: one on abuse of power, and one on obstruction of Congress. It uses no Latin terms. It has no footnotes. It is written in clear language, without lawyerly turns of phrase or technicalities. It is designed to tell a straightforward story in terms that are easy to understand. It is, in short, a document meant to be readable by Americans, not just by lawyers…”

Categories: Law and Legal

Your data has been sold to websites like MyLife and WhitePages

USA Today – “If you think your privacy is at risk when it comes to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, they’re nothing compared to the “people search engines.” We’re talking WhitePages, MyLife.com, BeenVerified and the like. Here’s the deal: States sell their data to brokers, who in turn feed court and criminal records, housing information, automobile details and more to these websites for a fee. You never asked for your real estate prices to be posted online, your address, age or other personal details, but they are there.  The good news: Most of the sites will let you remove the data through an opt-out click, although it’s not easy. For example, MyLife requires you to call in and make the request personally. And it’s really a game of whack-a-mole because when you remove info from one site, it can reappear on some new site…”

Categories: Law and Legal

Navy: Saudi Flight Trainees Are Grounded In Aftermath Of Pensacola Shooting

Officials have curtailed flight training for Saudi students as investigators continue to examine why one student killed three U.S. service members last week.

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Ring’s Hidden Data Let Us Map Amazon’s Sprawling Home Surveillance Network

Gizmodo has acquired data over the past month connected to nearly 65,800 individual posts shared by users of the Neighbors app. The posts, which reach back 500 days from the point of collection, offer extraordinary insight into the proliferation of Ring video surveillance across American neighborhoods and raise important questions about the privacy trade-offs of a consumer-driven network of surveillance cameras controlled by one of the world’s most powerful corporations. And not just for those whose faces have been recorded. Examining the network traffic of the Neighbors app produced unexpected data, including hidden geographic coordinates that are connected to each post—latitude and longitude with up to six decimal points of precision, accurate enough to pinpoint roughly a square inch of ground.

Neighbors, which has millions of users, is advertised as a way to receive “real-time crime and safety alerts” from local law enforcement and other Neighbors users nearby. A Ring camera isn’t required to use the app. In cities where police have partnered with Ring, police officers have access to a special law enforcement portal, through which the officers can request access to Ring footage. They can choose a date, a time, and a location on a map, and Neighbors users with cameras in the vicinity are alerted. Ring says police aren’t told which specific camera owners receive the requests, ostensibly to ensure there are no repercussions for refusing to cooperate. The users’ exact locations are obfuscated, Ring says, unless they choose to impart that information to police. Nevertheless, using the hidden coordinates, Gizmodo was able to produce detailed maps depicting the locations of tens of thousands of Ring cameras across 15 U.S. cities with varying degrees of accuracy. Selected as a representative sample, the cities include Los Angeles, Houston, Seattle, Oakland, Boston, and Chicago, among others…”

Categories: Law and Legal

Merriam-Webster’s Words of the Year 2019

Merriam-Webster – They, plus quid pro quo, crawdad, exculpate, and 7 more of our top lookups of 2019 – “Our Word of the Year for 2019 is they. It reflects a surprising fact: even a basic term—a personal pronoun—can rise to the top of our data. Although our lookups are often driven by events in the news, the dictionary is also a primary resource for information about language itself, and the shifting use of they has been the subject of increasing study and commentary in recent years. Lookups for they increased by 313% in 2019 over the previous year…

It’s no surprise that impeach is among the top words of 2019, with the largest single spike following House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s announcement of an impeachment inquiry on September 24th. Overall, the word had a 129% increase in lookups over last year. Impeach is defined in several ways, including “to charge with a crime or misdemeanor” and “to cast doubt on.” The former of these carries the additional specific meaning of “to charge (a public official) before a competent tribunal with misconduct in office”; the latter is often narrowed as well, with the meaning “to challenge the credibility or validity of.” Although frequently thought of as meaning “to remove from office,” impeach has a precise legal use in cases such as this, in which the action describes a step in removing an official from office, but does not refer to the removal itself. Impeach came to English from the French word empecher (“to impede”), itself from the Latin word impedicare (“to fetter”)—which is also the root of the English word impede…”

Categories: Law and Legal

The Fact-Check Industry

Columbia Journalism Review – Has our investment in debunking worked? “…Outside newsrooms, money is pouring in to set up new types of organizations to combat misinformation. There is now a sector of fact-checking philanthropy, fueled by Google, Facebook, and nonprofit foundations. As a result, the Duke count noted, last year forty-one out of forty-seven fact-checking organizations were part of, or affiliated with, a media company; this year, the figure is thirty-nine out of sixty. In other words, the number of fact-checking organizations is growing, but their association with traditional journalism outlets is weakening…”

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Latest Arctic Report Card – melting permafrost emitting billions of tons of carbon into air

“NOAA’s 14th Arctic Report Card recounts the numerous ways that climate change continued to disrupt the polar region during 2019, with near-record high air and ocean temperatures, a massive melt of the Greenland ice sheet, record low sea-ice extents, and major shifts in the distribution of commercially valuable marine species.  The Arctic Report Card is an annual volume of original, peer-reviewed environmental observations and analysis of a region undergoing rapid and dramatic change. Compiled by 81 scientists from 12 nations, the 2019 report card tracks a number of environmental indicators to inform decisions by local, state and federal leaders, as Arctic residents confront the challenges and opportunities presented by a rapidly changing climate and ecosystem. It was released today at the American Geophysical Union fall meeting in San Francisco.  “The speed and trajectory of the changes sweeping the Arctic, many occurring faster than anticipated, makes NOAA’s continued investment in Arctic research and activities all the more important,” said retired Navy Rear Adm. Timothy Gallaudet, Ph.D., deputy undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere at NOAA, who led the news conference where the report card was released. “We need the best scientific information to support NOAA’s efforts to better understand how environmental change is affecting the Arctic and weather around the globe, to support adaptation and economic opportunities in the region, and to sustain our ocean-based Blue Economy.”

Full press release | Arctic Report Card
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Voltage Hacking, Big Tech's 'Green' Data Score Card, and More News

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 12/10/2019 - 18:08
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Democratic Bill Aims To Block Title IX Rule Changes Pushed By Trump Administration

The bill comes as the U.S. Department of Education is nearing the end of a lengthy rule-making process to revise rules that govern how universities that receive federal funding handle sexual assault.

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New Statue Unveiled In Response To Richmond's Confederate Monuments

Kehinde Wiley's new sculpture mimics one of Confederate Gen. J.E.B. Stuart. The new work stands in front of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, a mile from its inspiration.

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Why European Countries Are Reluctant to Repatriate Citizens Who Are ISIS Fighters

Hundreds of ISIS fighters from Europe are in prison facilities in Syria. The prospect of repatriating them is deeply unpopular in much of Europe, and some countries have stripped them of citizenship.

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Merriam-Webster Singles Out Nonbinary 'They' For Word Of The Year Honors

The dictionary publisher lauded the singular they Tuesday, noting that the tiny word has enjoyed important new uses in an English language that otherwise lacks a good gender-neutral alternative.

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Andrew Yang Qualifies For December Debate, Bringing Diversity To Stage

The upstart entrepreneur and nonprofit executive becomes the seventh — and likely final — candidate to make the cut. He will also be the only nonwhite candidate onstage.

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At Least 1 Police Officer Dead After Jersey City Standoff

"Today is a horrific day," the New Jersey State Policemen's Benevolent Association said. Authorities confirmed "multiple deceased" during the shootout, which doesn't appear to be linked to terrorism.

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University Of Phoenix Reaches $191 Million Settlement With FTC, Including Debt Relief

The school has 15 business days to inform eligible students, "You no longer owe any money to University of Phoenix. You don't have to do anything to get this relief. "

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'Trump And His Generals' Author: The President Is Now Surrounded By 'Yes Men'

CNN analyst Peter Bergen reflects on Trump's soured relationships with Generals Mattis, McMaster and Kelly. "He's gotten rid of the most competent people he had in his circle," Bergen says.

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Hackers Can Mess With Voltages to Steal Intel Chips' Secrets

Wired Top Stories - Tue, 12/10/2019 - 13:00
A new attack called Plundervolt gives attackers access to the sensitive data stored in a processor's secure enclave.
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Now Playing: The Investigation Into The Russia Investigation

A watchdog report has reinvigorated the debate over the 2016 Trump campaign and its links to Russia. Another report is in the works and looks likely to reach different conclusions.

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