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Saturday, May 17, 2014

The Saturday Morning News

Posted by on Sat, May 17, 2014 at 9:02 AM

Police Chief Potentials: Mayor Ed Murray's been saying he can't go wrong with any of the three police chief finalists he's picking from—he'll announce one on Monday—but for God's sake man, do not pick the guy from Mesa, Arizona:

Seattle Police Union Fights Reform: The Seattle Police Management Association is filing a labor complaint to block the implementation of a council-passed ordinance that allows the new chief to bring in outside command staff.

King County Executive Wades Into Rideshare Debate: And he's against capping the number of vehicles-per-company on the road.

California Is One Hundred Percent In Drought: Which means raging, devastating wildfires. And look, there's a probable link to climate change.

Whoops! The most powerful man in world soccer, FIFA chief Sepp Blatter, admits locating the 2022 World Cup in Qatar was a "mistake" because of its—no one could have foreseen this!—hot desert climate. The use of "slaves" to build stadiums, however, doesn't merit a mention.

NOOOOOO: Mozilla, the last open-source web browser, is giving in to the forces of buggy, cumbersome, suffocating Digital Rights Management (DRM).

New York Times Editor Killed NSA Story: Dean Bacquet, the guy who replaced Jill Abramson at the NYT this week, declined to publish a rock-solid story from an NSA whistleblower who came to the Los Angeles Times in 2007, when Bacquet was still editor there.

Rhode Island Putting the Brakes on Standardized Testing: The state senate just voted to 29 to 5 to pass legislation delaying the implementation of high stakes Common Core tests. The Providence Student Union declares victory:

Rhode Islanders are coming around to the fact that high-stakes testing spurs teaching to the test, increases financial stress on schools and districts, creates uncertainty in applying to college, and places inequitable burdens on students of color, English-language learners, and students with IEPs.

Federal Judge Orders Stop to Force-Feeding at American Gulag: Abu Wa’el Dhiab, who was cleared for release in 2009 but has now been held prisoner at Guantanamo Bay for twelve years, has been on hunger strike. The judge also ordered the Obama administration to preserve more than 100 surveillance videos of him being forcefully removed from his cell and fed. "This is a major crack in Guantanamo's years-long effort to oppress prisoners and to exercise total control over information about the prison," said one of his attorneys.

I've been to this garden in Cite Soleil, Haiti. It's awesome:


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for God's sake man, do not pick the guy from Mesa, Arizona

You've just about guaranteed it.
Posted by LMcGuff on May 17, 2014 at 9:22 AM · Report this
@1: Corrected - thank you.
Posted by Ansel Herz on May 17, 2014 at 9:54 AM · Report this
Firefox is an open source project, so it is easy to develop versions without DRM. I in am using Ice Weasel which comes standard with Debian linux.
Posted by Strangest on May 17, 2014 at 10:03 AM · Report this
Phoebe in Wallingford 6
Kathleen O'Toole seems like the best choice for our new SPD chief.
Posted by Phoebe in Wallingford on May 17, 2014 at 10:04 AM · Report this
DRM = digital restrictions management. It has nothing to do with rights.
Posted by Phil M on May 17, 2014 at 10:04 AM · Report this
JonnoN 8
Chromium and Konqueror are two other open source browsers. I do miss Camino tho...
Posted by JonnoN on May 17, 2014 at 10:51 AM · Report this
What A Jackhole ! ! !

While Paul Constant incessantly prattles on about sites ending their comment sections, the Obama democrats (Obama's appointees to the FCC) have voted to end network neutrality (or whatever remains of it)!

Now that is what the focus should be on (at least if a person has a normal complement of neurons, that is).

Mayor Ed Murray's been saying he can't go wrong with any of the three police chief finalists he's picking from...

That is exactly what Norm Rice (please ignore that buzzing sound emanating from his bottom) said about Fitzsimons, who turned out to be the very worst chief in Seattle history (who, of course, would go on to become a faculty member of the FBI Academy at Quantico).

And several articles pertaining to what jackholes are involved with:…………
Posted by sgt_doom on May 17, 2014 at 10:53 AM · Report this
Dr. Z 10
I wonder if "hot desert climate" will be a pretext for relocating the 2022 World Cup. The corporate sponsors don't want another Sochi on their hands, but they don't want to admit that Sochi was a PR disaster, either. Better to find another reason for moving them.
Posted by Dr. Z on May 17, 2014 at 10:54 AM · Report this
Standardized testing helps us pick out the future troublemakers. Them we watch.
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on May 17, 2014 at 3:50 PM · Report this

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