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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

The Morning News: Drone Concerns, a New Police Chief for Seattle, and Lots of Pre-K Drama

Posted by on Tue, Jun 24, 2014 at 8:44 AM

A citizen-owned drone hovering in Volunteer Park. (Which is not allowed under Seattle Park rules!)
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  • A citizen-owned drone hovering in Volunteer Park. (Which is not allowed under Seattle Park rules!!!)

About all those citizen-owned drones in America: The Washington Post (owned by the drone-loving Jeff Bezos) is looking at drone downsides in a three-part series. Today: "Close encounters." And oh, look: A Seattle woman reported a close encounter with a drone just the other day. It was allegedly staring in her downtown window.

About that rationale for drone killings: The New York Times calls it too thin.

Rebekah Brooks: Not guilty in the British phone hacking scandal.

Iraq: Fears that ISIS is recruiting Kurdish youth.

More Boko Haram kidnappings? Reports that the Nigerian militant group has seized "60 girls and women, and possibly more than 30 boys."

Seattle has a new police chief: As expected, Kathleen O'Toole was confirmed by the city council yesterday. Council Member Kshama Sawant was the sole vote against her. Here's one look at O'Toole's "to-do list."

Lots of pre-K drama at city hall: Also yesterday, Anna Minard caught us up on the controversies surrounding Council Member Tim Burgess's taxpayer-funded preschool proposal. By the end of the day, two competing measures related to pre-K were headed for the fall ballot, and an ethics complaint had been filed.

Local home prices: Rising.

New push on climate change: Coming soon from The White House.

And another bridge scandal for Chris Christie: "This one focusing on possible securities law violations involving the Pulaski Skyway bridge."


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From O'Toole's "todo" list:

"Fix an obvious omission in the SPD tool kit — the use of data to help guide and inform effective policing. The department needs to get into the late 20th century — at least — with its information technology. How can the skills, abilities and resources of the SPD be best applied?"

Yeah, awesome. Another Wifi leeching grid?
Posted by grarff on June 24, 2014 at 9:32 AM · Report this
Someone's going to start selling a drone jammer if this keeps up, and those things are going to start falling from the sky.
Posted by tiktok on June 24, 2014 at 9:49 AM · Report this
@2 Outside of crashing into moving aircraft, causing drones to fall from the sky is a terrible idea.

It will in a shit ton of damage, significant amounts of harm to people, and both the FCC and the FAA competing to see who can get the operator/seller/creator of such devices the most jail time.
Posted by Solk512 on June 24, 2014 at 10:00 AM · Report this
@2 Most of the models of quadcopters that I've researched (that's what we're discussing here, not drones) will automatically return to the takeoff point if communication is interupted. Additionally, they often use the 2.4 GHz wireless spectrum, along with lots of other stuff (heard of WiFi?), so any attempt at "jamming" will do more harm then the imaginary harm some model aircraft is causing.
Posted by Henry on June 24, 2014 at 10:09 AM · Report this
Did Sawant like the other guy better, or did she just not like the woman for some by-the-book socialist reason?
Posted by originalcinner on June 24, 2014 at 10:16 AM · Report this
Read Rachel Maddow's column in the Washington Post today.

Beyond the 60-day window afforded by the War Powers Act, Obama will need overt congressional authorization for additional troops to protect the U.S. Embassy and U.S. personnel, for the several hundred military “advisers” he has just announced, for air strikes by manned or unmanned planes or for any further military intervention.

Obama is plainly reluctant to send troops back at all, let alone to contemplate a larger-scale reengagement. But that doesn’t mean it’s his decision to make. Concerning Saigon in 1975, Ford thought that military reengagement was his decision, and Congress marched to the White House and reminded him that it was not. Concerning Baghdad in 2014, Congress seems determined to march in the other direction.

Contact your representatives.
Posted by cgd on June 24, 2014 at 11:44 AM · Report this
67% of Americans do not think President Obama has clearly explained what the U.S. goals are in Iraq.

58% do not think the U.S. should take the leading role among all other countries in the world in trying to solve international conflicts.

57% think the situation in Iraq is beyond the control of the U.S.

57% do not think the U.S. has an obligation to make sure Iraq is a stable democracy.

50 percent said the United States did not have a responsibility to do something about the hostilities in Iraq.

50 percent said the unrest in Iraq would have no effect on the possibility of terrorism in the United States.………
Posted by cgd on June 24, 2014 at 11:45 AM · Report this

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