Civil Liberties

21 Jul 19
Ananda's Mantra

On a Friday evening recently, I participated in a vigil named “Lights for Liberty”. In the small community where I live, only a few were present. It was a nation-wide event which drew very little attention in the media. Very interesting was the multiethnic presence. Many of those who care about the separating of mothers […]

21 Jul 19
The Daily Omnivore

Fearless Girl is a bronze sculpture by American sculptor Kristen Visbal, commissioned by State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), a large asset management company. The statue was installed on March 7, 2017, in anticipation of International Women’s Day the following day. The statue was originally installed in Bowling Green, a park in lower Manhattan, facing down […]

21 Jul 19
Pakistan News Shows, Debates and Discussion

Hong Kong descended into chaos Sunday night as riot police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at anti-government protesters hours after China’s office in the city was daubed with eggs and graffiti in a vivid rebuke to Beijing’s rule. Acrid clouds of tear gas wafted through the city’s densely packed commercial district as police battled […]

21 Jul 19
Instinct Magazine

I’ve written about the Liberty Counsel’s anti-LGBTQ stance in the past and once again founder Mat Staver shares his bigoted views with all of us when he said the Q, which stands for “queer” or “questioning” in LGBTQ is in reference to pedophile and ephebophiles, according to Metro Weekly.  He made the comments during his […]

21 Jul 19
Christians in Media

Naturally, Christians want to shed the stereotype of being hateful and judgmental, and be viewed in a positive light. There are several reasons for this stereotype and thus there are several ways to move toward a better image. I will just mention a few. Most obviously, Christians can fight the stereotype by not being hateful […]

21 Jul 19
Catholic Restoration

Pope Leo XIII Born 2 March, 1810, at Carpineto; elected pope 20 February, 1878; died 20 July, 1903, at Rome. Gioacchino Vincenzo Raffaele Luigi was the sixth of the seven sons of Count Lodovico Pecci and his wife Anna Prosperi-Buzi. There was some doubt as to the nobility of the Pecci family, and when the […]

21 Jul 19
Russia News Now

by Fabius Maximus Summary: As the gun lobby moves from the expanding the right to concealed carry to the open carry of guns, let’s examine the stories about guns that so many believe. This is one of the beliefs that form the foundation of the New America being built by Republicans on the ruins of the America-that-once-was, overturning a century […]

21 Jul 19
Newsy Today

Shortly after Wednesday, because FaceApp went on the fun photo on Wednesday as the biggest downloadable smartphone app in America, panic started nationwide introducing: Who were everyone who was putting their photos? to everyone? And what do they want with millions of people faces? But some of the darkest concerns regarding a Russian connection, researchers […]

21 Jul 19
The Malaisian

So much of what has afflicted me as an individual living in what we call the “Western world” is an unshakeable sense and experience of detachment. Paradoxically, this experience may really be the only “common ground” or “shared reality” present in the culture at this juncture. At least, for my part, it is the only […]

21 Jul 19
Michael Abberton

Fidox stormed into Javit’s office without even waiting to be bidden to enter. Javit stood up from his desk, clearing his screen with a swipe of his hand.  “Fidox? Whatever is the matter, by Nido?” “Haven’t you heard? Seen the screencasts?” the old man said, going straight to the drinks dispenser. “Half the city is […]

21 Jul 19
EL CERRITO PROGRESSIVES

There is a growing trend in the United States  towards using surveillance technology to cast a broad net over a community to protect public safety rather than developing methods that are more precise.  As a result, we are all subject to the scrutiny of law enforcement agencies regardless of whether or not our activities are […]

21 Jul 19
ThinkProgress
A growing number of U.S. cities are banning facial-recognition software, amid fears that the intrusive approach would open wide the door to creeping public surveillance of private citizens. Officials in Oakland, California last week forbade government agencies, including its police department, from buying or using facial-recognition technology, joining Somerville, Massachusetts and San Francisco, which announced bans earlier this year. “Face recognition technology runs the risk of making Oakland residents less safe as the misidentification of individuals could lead to the misuse of force, false incarceration, and minority-based persecution,” council president Rebecca Kaplan said in a letter supporting the ban. Opposition to the public screening of private citizens is likely to grow, as more city and state legislators express concerns about the technology and consider restrictions of their own. The American Civil Liberties Union and Fight for the Future, a nonprofit digital rights organization, are also pushing for a nationwide ban on facial recognition technology. Jay Stanley, a senior policy analyst for the ACLU’s Speech, Privacy and Technology Project, recently wrote an essay for the group’s website condemning the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for a plan announced late last year to use facial recognition technology to secure the nation’s airports. “And just how much information does a government agency need to establish whether a person is a threat?” Stanley asked. “As the ACLU has long argued, there will never be enough to satisfy the government. There is a logic of identity-based security, and it inevitably leads toward a regime of expanding information collection, surveillance, and tracking of individuals.” Recent polling suggests the battle against the technology is an uphill climb. Reservations.com, a travel-booking website, conducted an online survey in May of 1001 adults, finding that 43% of respondents support the use of facial-recognition technology in airports to improve security and the speed up the process of boarding passengers, while 33% disapproved. Nearly a quarter of respondents (24.8%) had no opinion. “Citizens are mixed on their opinions of facial recognition technology, as shown in our survey,” the firm said in releasing its report. “There are many pros and cons for governments to work out in the coming years.” For its part, Fight for the Future last week launched an interactive map to track where in the country local and state governments are employing facial recognition, as well as where it is being opposed. The organization said the map and an accompanying tool kit was created to support local activists who are fighting for facial recognition bans in their communities. “We’re seeing growing momentum across the country of people pushing back against this dangerous technology, and we wanted to provide a useful resource to put all this information together,” said Evan Greer, digital-rights campaign director at Fight for the Future. So far, only San Francisco, Somerville, and Oakland, three cities known for their liberal activism, have instituted bans against the technology, but others are expected to follow. Berkeley, California, is considering a ban, for example and the state legislatures in Massachusetts and Michigan also have bills pending. Even in the U.S. Congress, there have been some expressions of bipartisan support for a federal ban on facial recognition technology. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), in a rare show of agreement, condemned facial-recognition technology during a congressional hearing in June. “Doesn’t matter what side of the political spectrum you’re on,” Jordan told the panel, “this should concern us all.”
21 Jul 19
Jehtro Lewis - Blog

In prior posts linked below, I covered on this blog the decision by California Gov Gavin Newsom to declare a moratorium on executions in his state and the echoes of that decision.  This new Los Angeles Times article reports on the latest echo under the headline “Death penalty trials have continued despite Newsom’s moratorium. The […]

21 Jul 19
CauseACTION Clarion

A bill to designate Antifa members as “domestic terrorists” has been proposed by Republican senators, but two activist groups, the American Civil Liberties Union and Anti-Defamation League, are opposed, The Washington Post reported. “It is dangerous and overly broad to use labels that are disconnected [from] actual individual conduct,” ACLU National Security Project Director Hina Shamsi told the […]