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Supreme Court Says Phones Can’t Be Searched Without a Warrant – NYTimes.com

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Supreme Court Says Phones Can’t Be Searched Without a Warrant – NYTimes.com.

WASHINGTON — In a sweeping victory for privacy rights in the digital age, the Supreme Court on Wednesday unanimously ruled that the police need warrants to search the cellphones of people they arrest.

While the decision will offer protection to the 12 million people arrested every year, many for minor crimes, its impact will most likely be much broader. The ruling almost certainly also applies to searches of tablet and laptop computers, and its reasoning may apply to searches of homes and businesses and of information held by third parties like phone companies.

“This is a bold opinion,” said Orin S. Kerr, a law professor at George Washington University. “It is the first computer-search case, and it says we are in a new digital age. You can’t apply the old rules anymore.”…

Corruption: The Unrecognized Threat to International Security – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace

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Corruption: The Unrecognized Threat to International Security – Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Systemic corruption has an unrecognized bearing on international security. Policymakers and private companies often pay insufficient attention to corruption when deciding what foreign and defense policies to pursue or where to invest. Greater understanding of the nature of acute corruption and its impact on global security would contribute to a better assessment of costs and benefits and therefore to improved policy and practice.

Security Implications of Severe Corruption

  • Acute corruption should be understood not as a failure or distortion of government but as a functioning system in which ruling networks use selected levers of power to capture specific revenue streams. This effort often overshadows activities connected with running a state.
  • Such systematic corruption evokes indignation in populations, making it a factor in social unrest and insurgency…

How Does a Jet Engine Work?

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Another great video from General Electric. It explains in plain english how a jet engine works!

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Obesity crisis so severe parents face ‘burying’ their children – Health News | Irish Medical News | The Irish Times – Mon, Jun 23, 2014

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Obesity crisis so severe parents face ‘burying’ their children – Health News | Irish Medical News | The Irish Times – Mon, Jun 23, 2014.

The obesity problem among young people is so bad that the present generation of parents may be the “first to bury our children”, Department of Health secretary-general Ambrose McLoughlin has said.

He told an Irish Heart Foundation conference today that the State had to move away from treatment and towards prevention, adding that tackling obesity was now a “public health priority”.

“If we don’t deal with [obesity], we will be the first generation to bury our children,” he said…

17 aid workers abducted in Sudans Darfur region

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17 aid workers abducted in Sudans Darfur region.

Seventeen aid workers have been abducted in the Sudanese troubled Darfur region, sources said.

Irish NGO GOAL and local SAK reported that the abduction took place on Thursday.

They said three GOAL employees and 14 members of the Sudanese SAK were abducted in Kutum, North Darfur.

The sources said the three Goal employees included the country director.

The SAK members included the head of the Kutum branch and an engineer.

“Militiamen in three Land Cruisers stopped the GOAL country director and two staff members who were on their way to Kutum airport. They pulled them from their vehicle at gunpoint and took them to an unknown destination,” the sources, who asked not to be named because they are not authorised to talk to the media, told the Africa Review.

“At about the same time, gunmen in Land Cruisers abducted 14 employees of the Sudanese SAK organisation, in the Um Lyon in Kutum locality,” they added…

Iraq formally asks US to launch air strikes against ISIS..US lacks intel to carry out attacks in Iraq..yeah right..

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On Iraq, Echoes of 2003 – NYTimes.com

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On Iraq, Echoes of 2003 – NYTimes.com.

Is this 2014 or 2003?

I’m flinching at a painful sense of déjà vu as we hear calls for military intervention in Iraq, as President Obama himself — taunted by critics who contend he’s weak — is said to be considering drone strikes there.

Our 2003 invasion of Iraq should be a warning that military force sometimes transforms a genuine problem into something worse. The war claimed 4,500 American lives and, according to a mortality study published in a peer-reviewed American journal, 500,000 Iraqi lives. Linda Bilmes, a Harvard expert in public finance, tells me that her latest estimate is that the total cost to the United States of the Iraq war will be $4 trillion.

That’s a $35,000 tax on the average American household. The total would be enough to ensure that all children could attend preschool in the United States, that most people with AIDS worldwide could receive treatment, and that every child worldwide could attend school — for the next 83 years. Instead, we financed a futile war that was like a Mobius strip, bringing us right back to an echo of where we started.

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