All Further Articles for 2013-06-10

Monday, June 10, 2013
New York Senate Makes It Felony to Annoy or Alarm the Police, Which Won't Be At All Problematic
Arguing "too many people in our society have lost the respect they need to have for a police officer" - and we can't imagine why - the New York State Senate has passed a bill creating the felony crime of aggravated harassment for anyone touching a police officer with the intent to "harass, annoy, threaten or alarm" - a term so impossibly broad it could apply to anyone, anytime, doing pretty much anything in the vicinity of said officer. And yes, he or she gets to decide just what's annoying. "We need to make it very clear that when a police officer is performing his duty, every citizen needs to comply and that refusal to comply carries a penalty.” - the bill's sponsor
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Oh My Oh My: Turkish "Marginal Alcoholic Looters" Dance, Sing and Otherwise Show How to Protest With Grace
With Turkey's Prime Minister Erdoğan taking a hard line on still-resolute street protesters, they have responded in turn with uncommon good will, humor, stamina and creativity - making music, dancing in the streets, forging gas masks from soda bottles, turning Erdoğan's insults into rallying cries and creating unlikely symbols of rebellion - penguins?! - from his media obfuscations. Inspiring.
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The Dangers We Face
If you haven't seen it yet, an extraordinary interview with NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden on why he bravely chose to reveal "the workings of the machine." Also, why you should care about your privacy, why Snowden's act is the most important leak in American history to one who should know - Daniel Ellsberg - and Tom Tomorrow on the five stages of living in a surveillance state.
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