Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Amazon has been quietly selling its facial recognition system to US police forces, marketing it for bodycam use


Amazon bills its Rekognition image classification system as a "deep learning-based image and video analysis" system; it markets the system to US police forces for use in analyzing security camera footage, including feeds from police officers' bodycams. (more…) source: https://boingboing.net/2018/05/22/candid-body-camera.html #Headlines by: Cory Doctorow

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Who is to blame for 'self-driving car' deaths?


Drivers may be confusing autonomous cars with driver assistance technology, with sometimes fatal consequences. source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-44159581 #Headlines by:

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One political party would rather not deal with climate change. Vote accordingly


To the editor: A graph in the Los Angeles Times shows a steady increase in the average temperature over the last 100-plus years. Another shows the state’s rapidly shrinking glaciers. (“Shrinking glaciers, bigger fires and hotter nights: How climate change is altering California,” May 11) A certain... source: http://www.latimes.com/la-ol-le-climate-change-california-politics-20180522-story.html #Headlines by:

Original Post: http://www.latimes.com/la-ol-le-climate-change-california-politics-20180522-story.html

Dog raising nine orphaned ducklings 'after mother duck killed by fox'


'They just want a mother and they now have Fred, a stay-at-home dad' source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/dog-ducklings-mother-raise-video-mother-fox-killed-labrador-a8363551.html #Headlines by: Nicola Irwin

Original Post: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/dog-ducklings-mother-raise-video-mother-fox-killed-labrador-a8363551.html

Income inequality is going to hit tomorrow's retirees hard


One of the mysteries of personal finance has been the disconnect between the income inequality afflicting the working public and the claims by fiscal conservatives that most people’s retirement lifestyles will be perfectly comfortable. A recent post on the Squared Away blog of Boston College’s... source: http://www.latimes.com/la-fi-hiltzik-retiree-inequality-20180522-story.html #Headlines by: Michael Hiltzik

Original Post: http://www.latimes.com/la-fi-hiltzik-retiree-inequality-20180522-story.html

Olympic swimmer files sexual abuse lawsuit, claims USA Swimming ignored matter


Former Olympic swimmer Ariana Kukors Smith claims that her coach Sean Hutchison engaged in prolonged, systematic abuse throughout her teens and that the matter was dismissed by the sport’s governing body - USA Swimming. Read Full Article at RT.com source: https://www.rt.com/sport/427427-olympic-swimmer-allegations-former-coach/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS #Headlines by: RT

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Lava fountains spray magma in dramatic aerial video from Hawaii


Eruptions have so far caused one injury source: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/hawaii-volcano-latest-lava-fountains-magma-aerial-video-kilauea-eruption-a8363611.html #Headlines by: Lisa Collins

Original Post: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/hawaii-volcano-latest-lava-fountains-magma-aerial-video-kilauea-eruption-a8363611.html

The 'reasonable' use of force by police has killed too many people. California can change that


Excessive force by police officers is a national problem, but the solution will need to come from state and local governments. The federal courts and federal government are showing themselves unwilling to deal with the problem, but meaningful action at the state and local levels is possible and,... source: http://www.latimes.com/la-oe-chemerinsky-ab-931-excessive-force-20180522-story.html #Headlines by: Erwin Chemerinsky

Original Post: http://www.latimes.com/la-oe-chemerinsky-ab-931-excessive-force-20180522-story.html

Twitter on fire after Pope Francis reportedly tells a gay man that 'God made him like this'


Social media was set ablaze as some praised and others questioned the integrity of Pope Francis after a gay man claimed the head of the Roman Catholic Church told him: "God made you this way." Read Full Article at RT.com source: https://www.rt.com/news/427413-pope-gay-remark-reaction/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS #Headlines by: RT

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Satirist faces 3 years in jail for calling Poland ‘stupid, backward country’ in anti-govt piece


A prominent Polish satirist is under investigation for defamation and faces up to three years in jail for a critical piece in which he called his home country “stupid,” and compared the president to a TV show character. Read Full Article at RT.com source: https://www.rt.com/news/427418-polish-satirist-defamation-case/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS #Headlines by: RT

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