California’s drought appears to be taking a toll on a threatened fish species.
State officials found one delta smelt during a survey earlier this month of 40 sites in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, The Record of Stockton reported over the weekend (http://bit.ly/1OuAnhi). The survey by the state Department of Fish and Wildlife typically turns up dozens of smelt, and found 143 three years ago. It was conducted over four days.
The finger-long fish’s numbers, which have been in decline, are considered a measure of conditions in the delta. Experts say this year’s results were sad but not unexpected.
Clowns brawled with animal rights protesters under a circus big top in San Bernardino Friday night, witnesses say.
Hundreds of spectators watched the fight break out when workers allegedly tried to stop the activists from forcing their way inside after the Ramos Bros. Circus show began.
Two protestors were arrested following the melee, while two circus employees were injured when the fight broke out at 8:08 p.m., according to a San Bernardino Police Department spokesman.
Until recently our auto travels — in public — have been essentially private. Scattered individuals may have observed our locations at given moments, but the bulk of our public movements have been practically obscure. Nobody collected data in a systematic or useful way, and our movements were lost to history.
That is no longer true. Public and private entities are scanning license plates, snapping photos of our cars, and storing the times and locations where they appear. Close correlation between license plate numbers and particular drivers means that databases of mundane information about auto movements also reveal quite sensitive information about doctor and psychologist visits, business meetings, trysts, gatherings of legal advice and participation in political advocacy. License plates and cameras are, as I testified to Congress more than a dozen years ago, “Big Brother infrastructure.”
License plates are a once-sensible administrative tool that today undercuts privacy. It’s possible to protect privacy and administer traffic laws at the same time, but it’s not going to be easy.
Hush now baby, baby, don’t you cry.
Mama’s gonna make all of your nightmares come true.
Mama’s gonna put all of her fears into you.
Mama’s gonna keep you right here under her wing.
She won’t let you fly, but she might let you sing.
Mama’s gonna keep baby cozy and warm.
Ooooh baby, ooooh baby, oooooh baby,
Of course mama’s gonna help build the wall.
- Mother, Pink Floyd, The Wall
The city of Berkeley is considering what would be among the nation’s strictest buffer zones for tobacco products, as it tries to keep them away from schoolchildren.
The city is set to vote next month on an ordinance that would prohibit the sale of tobacco products within 1,000 feet of a school or public park, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on Saturday (http://bit.ly/1DUxogw ). The vote comes after the city in November became the first in the nation to pass a tax on soda and other sugary drinks.
The tobacco ordinance is modeled after one in Chicago that established a 500-foot buffer zone, according to the Chronicle. Berkeley’s proposal, however, would apply to many more products. It would also be more restrictive than the city’s marijuana law, which allows cannabis clubs within 600 feet of any school.
NEAR MERLIN, Ore. — A land dispute is creating tension between miners in Josephine County and the Bureau of Land Management. The owners of the mines say they are afraid their rights to due process will not be respected and have now called in reinforcements.
The Oath Keepers of Josephine County are gathering at a piece of property near Merlin. They’re in the process of setting up a staging area, in order to step in if they are needed by the Sugar Pine miners.
“Because we are constitutional group,” said Mary Emerick with Oath Keepers. “We defend the Constitution… And we are here just to make sure that they receive their Fifth Amendment rights which is due process.”
I lost interest as soon as I heard Oathbreakers was running the show. I don’t think much of those folks.
Police traffic stops are in the news again, tragically, sparking a new round of discussion on whether and how to outfit police with cameras and other technology.
For several years now, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University’s CyLab Biometrics Center have been testing an iris recognition system that can be used to identify subjects at a range of up to 40 feet.
Like similar biometric technologies — fingerprint or facial recognition systems — the Carnegie Mellon project uses mathematical pattern-recognition techniques. The technology captures images from a live photographic or video feed and runs them through a database to find a potential match.
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The dark glasses you see me wearing when I post pictures of myself? Those are my normal tint and once they hit sunlight they go damned near full black.
I don’t wear them because I’m tripping on iris recognition, it’s just that I happen to look cooler than shit in them.