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  1. Ubik

    “In a cameras-everywhere culture, science fiction becomes reality” http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-0411-cameras-everywhere-20150412-story.html#page=1 “Unlike George Orwell’s novel “1984,” where only Big Brother controlled the cameras, in 2015, cheap, mobile technology has turned everyone into a watcher.” (Meanwhile:) “The U.S. Department of Defense is developing video-monitoring technology called Mind’s Eye to predict crime before it happens, not unlike the 2002 movie “Minority Report,” starring Tom Cruise” (based on a 1956 science fiction short story by Philip K. Dick, first published in Fantastic Universe. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Minority_Report )

  2. Doc

    Nearly Nine Out of Ten Americans Now Have Health Insurance Thanks to the Affordable Care Act http://www.gallup.com/poll/182348/uninsured-rate-dips-first-quarter.aspx Gallup released a survey this morning showing that the uninsured rate among U.S. adults fell to 11.9 percent this quarter, the lowest rate since it started tracking insurance rates in 2008. It is a one percentage point drop from last quarter, and a 6.1 point drop from the middle of 2013, just before the state and federal health exchanges opened for business. This indicates a 34 percent drop in uninsured American adults in less than two years.

  3. Tejano

    “Internal documents from the Texas Department of Public Safety raise questions about the legality of privately-contracted border protection efforts, the Austin America-Statesman reports. The DPS could have breached its jurisdiction by gathering intelligence across the border in Mexico, an authority reserved for federal powers.
    The revelation came in a November 2010 report written by a DPS security contractor and obtained by Statesman reporter Jeremy Schwartz. The document describes the use of surveillance drones to gather intelligence on the border, but offers a striking warning: “Need to be careful here as we are admitting to spying on Mexico.”
    DPS officials told the Statesman they disagreed with the document’s language, and they distanced themselves from the contractor’s description surveillance efforts on the border.
    The program belonged to a branch of the Texas Rangers commissioned in 2009 to gather border intelligence, called the Ranger Reconnaissance teams. It was run in conjunction with Virginia-based Abrams Learning and Information Systems, the private defense contractor that authored the freshly-exposed documents. Between 2006 and 2010, ALIS received about $20 million in state contracts to coordinate border security systems.” http://www.chron.com/news/article/Documents-allege-Texas-DPS-spying-on-Mexico-6196718.php

  4. Solidario

    “Unlikely allies: Mexican miners and farmers unite over toxic spill : Outside groups help revitalize a six-year workers’ strike against copper giant Grupo México” http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2015/4/15/unlikely-alliance-in-the-copper-mining-town-of-cananea-mexico.html …many of the people involved in the plantón {occupation} are miners who have been on strike since 2008, when they walked out because of dangerous working conditions. Two years later, the government brought in 3,000 federal police, drove miners from the gates and occupied the town. Since then Cananea has been operated by contracted laborers recruited from distant parts of the country. But the strike has continued, as miners struggle to survive in this small mountain town where the mine is virtually the only source of work.
    Now, for the first time in five years, the mine is again paralyzed. This time, strikers didn’t stop its operation by themselves. Half the people with them are farmers — residents of the Rio Sonora Valley, angry over a toxic spill that upended their lives last August, causing health problems and economic devastation.
    People in the towns along the river used to have little involvement with the miners, but the spill gave them common ground. This alliance between miners and angry farmers also includes a U.S. union, the United Steel Workers. Together they are challenging the Mexican government’s fundamental rule for economic growth — that workers’ rights and environmental protections must be subordinate to the needs of corporate investors.”

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