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Grandson of legendary John Deere engineer defends right-to-repair and condemns Big Ag for "taxing customers"

Willie Cade's grandfather Theo Cade was one of John Deere's most storied engineers, with 158 patents to his name; he invented the manure spreader and traveled the country investigating stories of how farmers were using, fixing, modifying and upgrading their equipment; today, Willie Cade is the founder of the Electronics Reuse Conference, having spent a quarter-century repairing electronics, diverting e-waste from landfills and rehabilitating it for use by low-income schools and individuals. ...
Tags: Post, Business, Corruption, Even If You Pay For The Product You're The Product, John Deere, Law, Monopolism, Right To Repair


Ariana Grande’s Stylist Is Not Just Waiting in the Wings

Law Roach, the man behind the looks of Instagram’s biggest celebrity as well as Zendaya and Tiffany Haddish, uses clothes to send a message.
Tags: Your-feed-fashion, Fashion and Apparel, Blacks, Pop and Rock Music, Coleman, Zendaya, Grande, Ariana, Roach, Law


The Pentagon’s Watchdog Is Investigating Whether the Acting Defense Secretary Boosted Boeing

The Department of Defense Office of Inspector General confirmed it has launched an investigation into whether Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has violated any ethics rules by promoting his former employer Boeing while serving in the Trump Administration. The investigation comes a week after a government watchdog group, called Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics…
Tags: News, White House, Defense, Uncategorized, Military, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Boeing, Trump Administration, Patrick Shanahan, Citizens for Responsibility, Boosted Boeing, Department of Defense Office of Inspector General


LA-area pursuit suspect breakdances before surrendering

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Law-breaking turned into breakdancing at the end of a Southern California vehicle pursuit. TV news helicopters were overhead Tuesday night when a suspect pursued by the California Highway Patrol finally surrendered, but broke out into a 10-second dance before being handcuffed. The pursuit began in the Calabasas area and headed east […]
Tags: News, Law, La, Los Angeles, Ap, Nation, California Highway Patrol, Southern California, Calabasas, Nation & World


‘Worst Case Scenario’: Florida GOP Bill Threatens Ex-Felon Voting Rights

The next few weeks will determine the fate of a high-profile campaign to restore the voting rights of hundreds of thousands of formerly incarcerated Floridians. That effort took its most substantive blow to date on Tuesday, with the state House Criminal Justice Committee voting on party lines to approve a bill that would severely restrict who could apply to get their voting rights back. The 10 Republicans who form a majority on the committee say their intention is simply to clarify the intent...
Tags: Florida, News, Law, House, Aclu, Voting Rights, Thomas, Allegra Kirkland, Department of Corrections, Tampa Bay Times, TPM, Ron DeSantis, Phil Telfeyan, Telfeyan, Muckraker, House Criminal Justice Committee


California's Right to Repair Bill, killed by Big Ag and Apple, has been reintroduced

Last year, California was one of several states to introduce right to repair legislation that would force companies to end practices that discourage the independent repair sector, creating a requirement to sell replacement parts, provide documentation, and supply codes to bypass DRM systems that locked new parts out of devices until the company activated them. The bills were mostly defeated, thanks to coalitions led by Apple -- which subsequently warned its investors that its profits were...
Tags: Apple, Post, Business, News, Law, California, US, Stockton, Agribusiness, SMEs, Big Ag, Susan Talamantes Eggman, Right To Repair, CALPIRG, Mikey Campbell, Maureen Mahoney


U.S.-Backed Forces Admit to Facing Difficulties Defeating IS in Syria

'We are facing several difficulties regarding the operations'
Tags: News, Uncategorized, Syria, Military, Onetime, U S Backed Forces Admit


A look at how the number of women in the military has steadily grown

Coast Guard Lt. Ronaqua Russell, 28, was awarded the Coast Guard Air Medal for operations. (Screenshot from U.S. Coast Guard video) Last month, Coast Guard Lt. Ronaqua Russell, 28, was one of eight pilots to be awarded the prestigious Coast Guard Air Medal for operations after the deadly hurricane that hit Houston in 2017. She is the first African-American woman in the branch to receive the Air Medal. The Women in Aviation International Conference ends Saturday, March 16 in Long Beach. Nine C...
Tags: News, Navy, Washington, Iraq, Defense, Infographic, Sport, Nasa, Soccer, Military, International Space Station, Army, Marine Corps, Va, Pentagon, Houston


The Trump Administration’s Relationship With Boeing Is Under Scrutiny After Crashes

Patrick Shanahan, Acting Secretary of Defense, told Congress that he welcomes an inspector general investigation into whether he violated any ethics rules by promoting Boeing Co. products while serving in the Trump Administration. Shanahan, who came to the Pentagon after spending more than three decades at Boeing, has routinely fended off questions about potential conflicts…
Tags: News, Congress, White House, Defense, Uncategorized, Military, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Boeing, Boeing Co, Shanahan, Trump Administration, Patrick Shanahan


A massive victory for fair use in the longrunning Dr Seuss vs Star Trek parody lawsuit

Back in 2016, the Dr Seuss estate won a preliminary court action against "Oh, The Places You'll Boldly Go!" a crowdfunded parody of Dr Seuss's "Oh the Places You'll Go!" and Star Trek, written by veteran Star Trek creator David "Tribble" Gerrold and illustrated by the comics giant Ty Templeton. In 2017, Comicmix, the publisher, secured a partial legal victory, but the Seuss estate wasn't done -- they have been litigating ever since, but now it appears the fight is done, and Comicmix has pr...
Tags: Google, Post, Happy Mutants, Science Fiction, Copyfight, News, Supreme Court, Law, Parody, Star Trek, Fair Use, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Oracle, Timothy Geigner, Kirk, Mattel Inc


Fort Trump? The Pentagon Takes a Step Toward Establishing Base in Poland

The Trump Administration has drawn criticism for considering U.S. troop withdrawals from Afghanistan and Syria, but it’s considering at least one new permanent military base overseas. It even has a suggested name: “Fort Trump.” Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood is in Warsaw, Poland this week to discuss the proposed base, which would…
Tags: News, Defense, Uncategorized, Syria, Afghanistan, Military, Foreign Policy, Poland, Pentagon, Donald Trump, Warsaw Poland, Trump Administration, John Rood, Fort Trump


New Pentagon Policy Requires Most People To Serve In Their Birth Gender

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Defense Department has approved a new policy that will largely bar transgender troops and military recruits from transitioning to another sex, and require most individuals to serve in their birth gender. The memo outlining the new policy was obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, and it comes after a lengthy and complicated legal battle. It falls short of the all-out transgender ban that was initially ordered by President Donald Trump. But it will likely force the mili...
Tags: News, Obama, Congress, California, Washington, Defense, Ap, Military, House, Pentagon, Associated Press, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Defense Department, Ash Carter, Trump


Trump Admin Closing Int’l Immigration Offices, Could Harm Military Abroad

The Trump administration plans to close its international immigration offices, a move that would likely harm members of the military stationed abroad who are trying to apply for citizenship, The Washington Post reported. The move could also slow down family visa applications and adoptions. In an email obtained by the Washington Post, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Francis Cissna told staff that the work would likely be shifted to the State Department if an agreement is...
Tags: News, Washington Post, Immigration, Military, State Department, Trump, USCIS, Nicole Lafond, Francis Cissna, U S Officials, L Francis Cissna, Trump Admin Closing Int


New Pentagon Policy Sets Limitations on Transgender Troops

It will likely force the military to eventually discharge transgender individuals who can't or won't serve in their birth gende
Tags: News, Uncategorized, Military, Overnight, Onetime


Trinity Love Jones: Mom’s Boyfriend, a Convicted Child Abuser, Charged With Murder of 9-Year-Old Girl Found in Duffel Bag

The boyfriend of Trinity Love Jones’ mother faces a murder charge in the death of the 9-year-old girl whose body was found partially stuffed in a duffel bag on a trail east of Los Angeles. PREVIOUSLY: 9-Year-Old Trinity Love Jones Identified As Girl Found Dead in Duffel Bag, Mom’s Boyfriend Arrested The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department announced in a press release Tuesday (Mar. 12) that 38-year-old Emiel Lamar Hunt was arrested in connection with the death of Trinity Love Jones.Emiel Hunt...
Tags: Facebook, Murder, Crime, Kids, News, Nbc, Children, Law, California, Los Angeles, Jazz, Graham, Trinity, San Diego County, Jones, Charged


Pentagon reassures public that its autonomous robotic tank adheres to "legal and ethical standards" for AI-driven killbots

The Pentagon is seeking bids to improve its Advanced Targeting and Lethality Automated System (ATLAS) so that it can "acquire, identify, and engage targets at least 3X faster than the current manual process." When this public tender sparked concern that the Pentagon's autonomous tanks were gaining automated targeting and firing capabilities -- that is, that they would be autonomous killbots -- the Pentagon updated the tender to reassure critics that "development and use of autonomous and se...
Tags: Post, News, Department Of Defense, Atlas, Military, Pentagon, Ai, Weapons Of Math Destruction, Ai And Ethics, Killbots, Lethal False Positives, Matt Novak Gizmodo


Western State College of Law maintains classes while area Argosy University and Art Institute campuses have closed

Western State College of Law students in Irvine were told by a March 7 email from their dean that the campus “will be able to hold classes at least through March 22.” Since January, third-year students at Western State College of Law in Irvine haven’t known from one week to the next if final exams will take place as scheduled or if they actually will graduate in May, said Sydney McGregor, 32, who hopes to sit for the state bar exam in July. A man enters Western State College of Law at Argosy...
Tags: Hollywood, News, Education, Law, California, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Soccer, Higher Education, New York Times, San Diego, Community, Local News, Orange County, Art Institute


Woman who faked pregnancy, promised adoption indicted on nine felony counts

Faking a pregnancy doesn’t appear to be against the law. But using a false pretense to convince a potential adoptive family to buy baby clothes, photographs and meals – those incidents could land a Virginia woman in jail. A grand jury in Scott County, Virginia, returned a nine-count felony indictment against Elizabeth Jones, the woman who is accused of convincing Matt and Laura Trayte from Southern California that she was pregnant and they could adopt her baby. The crime in each count is listed ...
Tags: Facebook, News, Law, Virginia, Sport, People, Soccer, Jones, Commonwealth, Southern California, Matt, Applebee, Lake Forest, Elizabeth Jones, Disney Store, Lake Forest CA


Judge tells jury to acquit accused sex trafficker because God said she's innocent

In Comal County, Texas, judge Jack Robison, presiding over the trial of accused sex trafficker Gloria Romero Perez, walked into the jury room after the jurors landed on a guilty verdict and urged them to reverse their decision because God says she's innocent. Unswayed, the jurors stuck to their guilty verdict. Another judge later ruled the case a mistrial while the Texas Judicial Commission let Robison off with a public warning. From My San Antonio: "The judge later apologized to the jury,...
Tags: Post, Legal, News, Law, Courts, Judges, San Antonio, Robison, Comal County Texas, Jack Robison, Gloria Romero Perez, Texas Judicial Commission, Courtrooms, Lord Knows


Trump Wants Countries Hosting US Troops To Pay Large Premiums For Them

President Trump wants countries hosting American troops to pay the full price of each deployed soldier as well as an additional premium, Bloomberg reported. According to several administration officials and others who spoke to Bloomberg, the Trump administration is drafting language that would demand Germany and Japan pay the full price for the troops, as well as 50 percent or more of that cost for the “privilege” of having them there, in Bloomberg’s words. The White House intends to eventuall...
Tags: Japan, News, White House, Germany, US, Bloomberg, Military, Nato, Donald Trump, Trump, Nicole Lafond


Meanwhile: Powerful Floods Are Wrecking Businesses. Including Mine.

Many local companies, including our historic movie theater, are facing recovery with no flood insurance.
Tags: News, Small Business, California, Insurance, Global Warming, Floods


Elon Musk Could Lose His Pentagon Security Clearance Over Video of Him Smoking Pot

The Pentagon is reviewing Elon Musk’s federal security clearance following the billionaire’s marijuana toke on a California comedian’s podcast in September, according to a U.S. official. Musk has refiled his SF-86 security form, which requires a federal employee or contractor seeking a clearance to acknowledge any illegal drug use over the previous seven years, according…
Tags: Elon Musk, News, California, Uncategorized, Bloomberg, Military, Pentagon, Musk, Onetime, Elon Musk Could Lose His Pentagon


Anne Frank’s stepsister meets with Newport Beach students in controversial swastika photo

Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss, addresses the media with Newport Harbor High School Principal Sean Boulton after Schloss meet with students involved in a party with Nazi salutes around a makeshift swastika in Newport Beach, CA, on Thursday, Mar 7, 2019. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss during a press conference at Newport Harbor High School after Schloss meet with students involved in a party with Nazi salutes around a makeshift swastika in ...
Tags: London, News, Nazis, Religion, Sport, Society, Soccer, United States, Prince Harry, Nazi, Orange County, Levi, Auschwitz, Anne Frank, Orange County Register, Newport Beach


It's on: House Democrats introduce their promised Net Neutrality legislation

House Democrats have made good on their promise to introduce the Save the Internet Act, legislation mandating Network Neutrality, which would force the FCC to reinstate the policy that Trump's Chairman Ajit Pai used a string of dirty tricks and illegal maneuvers to destroy. Such legislation cannot pass without the support of Senate Republicans, but it's still a canny move by the Democrats, since many of those Republicans represent the largely rural states that are ground zero for the worst ...
Tags: Post, News, Cable Company Fuckery, Fcc, Net Neutrality, Law, Senate, Pennsylvania, Democrats, House, US Senate, Trump, Markey, Ajit Pai, Ed Markey, Mike Doyle




U.S. Says Chinese Military Activity Is Rising in the Disputed South China Sea

“It’s building, it’s not reducing in any sense of the word."
Tags: News, Uncategorized, Military, South China Sea, Overnight, Onetime


Trump Administration Will Ask Military to Shelter Up to 5,000 Migrant Children

Federal officials intend to ask the Pentagon for help sheltering up to 5,000 migrant children crossing the U.S. southern border without a parent, marking an expansion of the Defense Department’s role in the Trump Administration’s hardline policy toward undocumented immigrants. The request is expected to come not long after U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP)…
Tags: News, Immigration, Uncategorized, Military, Pentagon, Defense Department, U S Customs, Trump Administration, Trump Administration Will Ask Military


It’s Time to Teach Young People How to Stop Being So Offended

'Giving offense is the price of diversity, not an impediment to diversity'
Tags: News, Uncategorized, Society, Debate


Sen. Martha McSally, Pioneering Ex-Air Force Pilot, Says She Was Raped by Superior Officer

'I felt the need to let some people know I too was a survivor'
Tags: News, Congress, Uncategorized, Military, Air Force, Onetime, Sen Martha McSally Pioneering Ex Air Force


GOP lawmake driven mad by bill that would decriminalize children who take naked photos of themselves, delivers a frenzied rant about anal sex on legislature's floor

Washington State is contemplating HB 1742, legislation that would end the practice of charging children who exchange consensual sexts with child porn offenses that can lead to prison and a lifetime on the sex-offender registry. The bill is very carefully crafted: it gives prosecutors the power to charge children who transmit sexualized images of other children aged 13-17 with misdemeanors, and continues to felonize any transmission of sexual pictures of children 12 and under. The statute i...
Tags: Video, News, Law, Washington, Sex, Religion, Gop, Washington State, Sexting, Brad Klippert, Klippert, HB 1742, South Central Washington Klippert, Rich Smith Slog



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