Pit Bull Argument Then Homicide, Alan Grayson vs. Syria, Defunding Obamacare and the Benefits of LSD
FlaglerLive | September 4, 2013
Today’s Live Wire: Quick Links
- Al-Qaeda vs. Drones
- Alan Grayson vs. Syria
- Pit Bull Argument Leads to Death in Jacksonville
- Twitter Grime: Who Follows Whom in Washington
- What Camus Understood About the Middle East
- Sixty Minutes of Louis CK
- Majority Opposed to Defunding Obamacare
- Women Doctors Make $50,000 Less Than Men
- LSD May Be Good For You
- Your Brain on Mescaline
From the Washington Post: “Al-Qaeda’s leadership has assigned cells of engineers to find ways to shoot down, jam or remotely hijack U.S. drones, hoping to exploit the technological vulnerabilities of a weapons system that has inflicted huge losses upon the terrorist network, according to top-secret U.S. intelligence documents. […] Al-Qaeda commanders are hoping a technological breakthrough can curb the U.S. drone campaign, which has killed an estimated 3,000 people over the past decade. The airstrikes have forced al-Qaeda operatives and other militants to take extreme measures to limit their movements in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Somalia and other places. But the drone attacks have also taken a heavy toll on civilians, generating a bitter popular backlash against U.S. policies toward those countries. Details of al-Qaeda’s attempts to fight back against the drone campaign are contained in a classified intelligence report provided to The Washington Post by Edward Snowden, the fugitive former National Security Agency contractor. The top-secret report, titled “Threats to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles,” is a summary of dozens of intelligence assessments posted by U.S. spy agencies since 2006. […] U.S. spy agencies have concluded that al-Qaeda faces “substantial” challenges in devising an effective way to attack drones, according to the top-secret report disclosed by Snowden. Still, U.S. officials and aviation experts acknowledge that unmanned aircraft have a weak spot: the satellite links and remote controls that enable pilots to fly them from thousands of miles away. In July 2010, a U.S. spy agency intercepted electronic communications indicating that senior al-Qaeda leaders had distributed a “strategy guide” to operatives around the world advising them how “to anticipate and defeat” unmanned aircraft. The Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) reported that al-Qaeda was sponsoring simultaneous research projects to develop jammers to interfere with GPS signals and infrared tags that drone operators rely on to pinpoint missile targets. Other projects in the works included the development of observation balloons and small radio-controlled aircraft, or hobby planes, which insurgents apparently saw as having potential for monitoring the flight patterns of U.S. drones, according to the report.” The full story.
- Surveillance Drones Give Germans Bad Memories
- Your Police State At Work: Spy Drones Entering Local Cop Arsenals, Including Florida’s
- Police Drones Are Banned from Florida Skies Absent a Warrant or Other Exceptions
- Allen West Gone, Alan Grayson Back: Democrats Hail Gains in Florida’s Congressional Delegation
- More Incitement to Violence Against Florida’s Alan Grayson
- Freddy Krueger Act: Donald Rumsfeld’s False Notes Against Intervention in Syria
- More than 2 million have fled Syrian civil war, U.N. says
As police were responding to the Avesta Baymeadows apartments on Old Baymeadows Road, where stabbing victim Joseph Micah Premo was being helped by rescue workers, a man matching the description of the assailant was seen leaving in a taxi, Lt. Rob Schoonover said Tuesday. Police stopped the cab and detained Tyehimba Yazid Fort, 32, of the 4200 block of West Moncrief Road. Schoonover said Fort owned a pit bull that he gave to Premo, who gave the dog to a third person. He said Fort and Premo argued over the dog and a fight erupted.
Premo, who lived at the apartment complex, was stabbed several times. He was taken to UF Health Jacksonville, where he died. Fort was charged with murder Saturday.” From the Times-Union.
- Flagler Beach Murderer Paul Miller Is Moved to Dade Prison, 350 Miles from Home
- Another Floridian Goon With a Gun
- A Belatedly Apologetic Paul Miller, 66, Is Sentenced to Life in Prison Without Parole
From New York Magazine: “Twitter has become such an integral medium for political communication that, according to our count, 97 percent of members of Congress now have an official Twitter presence. But Twitter is a two-way street — you spread your message, and you listen to what others have to say. So who are members of the House and Senate (or, doubtless more often, their staffs) listening to on Twitter? Daily Intelligencer decided to find out: With help from the wizards at Twiangulate, we identified every congressional Twitter account, then analyzed which other accounts they follow most often. Read on for rankings of which news organizations, journalists, and other politicians members of Congress follow, and which congressmen and women have the most and least followers. The takeaway, on Twitter as in life: The two parties don’t listen to each other very much.”
Salon’s analysis: “But when the most-followed lists are separated by party affiliation, interesting trends emerge. Republicans are more in lockstep in their following habits. 71 percent of Democrats follow the White House, the most-followed account for the Dems. Seventy-two percent of Republicans follow Eric Cantor, the seventh most followed account for the GOP. (John Boehner is the most-followed, with 88.7 percent of Republican members.) The Heritage Foundation has more elected Republican followers — 70.4 percent of members — than any actual media outlet or reporter. Even Politico. Even the Wall Street Journal. There’s no comparable organization in the top 20 for the Democrats.”
Here’s a sample. New York has a fuller breakdown.
- A Florida Senator’s Facebook Addiction
- Introducing Google+: Why Facebook’s Monopoly and Twitter’s Heyday May Be Over
Sit back, relax, abandon all hopes of getting any work done, and watch the greatest at work:
From the Kaiser Family Foundation: “The most commonly chosen reason for opposition to defunding the ACA is that “using the budget process to stop a law is not the way our government should work,” (named as a major reason by 69 percent in this group), followed by a belief that “without funding the law will be crippled and won’t work as planned,” (56 percent) and feeling that the law will be “a good thing for the country” (49 percent). Fewer (35 percent) say their main reason for opposing defunding efforts is that they’ve “heard enough about the health care law and it’s time to move on to something else.” See the full tracking poll on the state of the law.
- Insurance Commissioner’s Blurry Prediction of Rate Increases Under Obamacare Contradicted
- Despite Snubbing Obamacare, Florida Gets Thousands of Jobs and Cash from Health Act
- Small Businesses Self-Insure, Evading Obamacare Requirements, and Threatening It
Women doctors had a median annual income of $165,278 from 2006 to 2010, compared with yearly earnings of $221,297 for male physicians, according to the report published today in JAMA Internal Medicine. While the annual pay for women doctors has increased since the median of $134,995 in 1990, it’s only now beginning to approach the $168,795 annually earned by men 20 years ago, the researchers found. […] The study used data from the Current Population Survey and couldn’t adjust for a physician’s specialty or practice type, which may account for some of the gender pay gap, the researchers said. It’s important to understand the pay disparity regardless because there is no definitive way to know everything that plays a role in those employment decisions, they said.”
From the Daily Beast: “The watershed moment came last September, when the FDA approved a clinical trial on the use of LSD to treat anxiety in cancer patients. According to the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies (or MAPS), it was the first time since the 1960s that a medical study involving LSD was permitted by the federal government. MAPS Director Rick Doblin called it “a symbol that the psychedelic renaissance is here.” MAPS reached its fundraising goal of $225,000 in April, and will soon run its LSD trials in Switzerland, where it’s easier to legally obtain acid. The FDA’s approval is crucial, however, because it means it will accept the data that comes out of the Swiss trials. If those results prove the drug works, the agency will then run similar tests for safety and effectiveness. Doblin thinks that because of this ruling, it’s highly possible that within 10 years LSD prescriptions for treating anxiety associated with life-threatening illnesses could be available in America. Several other clinical trials involving LSD are also under way, one of them at Harvard’s McLean Hospital. […] Though the FDA won’t comment on investigational drug applications specifically, a spokesperson told The Daily Beast, “We do review applications for psychedelic drugs. They are held to the same standards as other drugs considered for FDA approval. And now there are some studies that have been permitted to proceed.”” The full story.
- Eric Holder Takes on the “War on Drugs,” Mandatory Sentences and Epidemic Imprisonment Rates
- Drug War Collusion: Top Cops, Lapdog Press, And the Art of Tax-Funded Campaigning
This is “Images Du Monde Visionaire,” though you don’t need to know French to understand this “educational film produced in 1963 by the film department of Swiss pharmaceutical company Sandoz (best known for synthesizing LSD in 1938) in order to demonstrate the hallucinogenic effects of mescaline and hashish. [The film] it shares many traits with some of the more interesting efforts in avant-garde film making of its time. Maybe the most remarkable about it is that it is the only venture in film of notable French writer and painter Henri Michaux who wrote several accounts of his experiments with drugs.” (From Strange Attractor.)
- Prescription Pill-Popping By Far a Leading Killer as Florida’s Drug Deaths Spike 20%
- Florida’s High Court Affirms Guilty Until Proven Innocent Standard in Drug Possessions