Marty Huggins: Wouldn’t you like to hear Cam Brady recite the Lord’s Prayer?
Cam Brady: If the media would mind turning off all their recording devices and closing their eyes.
Cam Brady: Our Father, Art, who is up in Heaven. Aloe Vera be thy name. The thigh… Thy kingdom… come… the magic kingdom. As it is on Earth in a helicopter. Give us this day our daily… pizza. And let us digest it. Forgive us, forgive our passes we forget sometimes. On women folk with their… to dine, like that is a nice caboose you got there….
Cam Brady: That’s not part of it, I know that. Keep your heads bowed please. Forgive our tress passes. And lead us not into the Temptations for we are tired of their music and dancing. And deliver us from evil with your sword and mighty falcon. Forever and ever and ever. Amen.
There’s now some talk about repealing or revising the Patriot Act, and the failure of the Department of Homeland Security to do much good seems pretty widely acknowledged. But it’s widely accepted — even by the Government Accountability Office — that the TSA’s army of unionized federal employees is no better, and perhaps worse, than private screeners.
This should come as no surprise. When, as was the case before 9/11, security screeners were contractors employed by airlines, they had every incentive to do a good job: Airlines don’t want their planes hijacked or blown up. And they also had every incentive to be speedy and pleasant: Airlines don’t want to irritate their customers, or to make flying an unpleasant experience in general.
Federal employees have no such incentives, and it often shows
Eriksen posted the photo of herself on Instagram, along with the caption, “I feel so empty…4 days after birth,” igniting the online backlash. Twitter users called Eriksen and her washboard abs “intimidating,” “unhelpful,” “obviously a freak,” and “unfair to all women.”
In “Drawing Life,” Mr. Gelernter turned his own pain, disfigurement and subsequent recovery into a metaphor for the state of the country. He criticized the U.S. for losing the resources that helped him to mend—religion, family, art—and argued that American culture has focused on sensationalizing crime rather than on teaching courage and character.
He was troubled that people would describe the Unabomber as “sick” or a disturbed “genius” but hesitated to call him “evil.” It prompted Mr. Gelernter to ask, “What does it mean when a culture no longer believes in evil?” and “What happens to a society that has lost its ability to react morally in a crisis?”
In October, UCSF’s Pierre Theodore, a cardiothoracic surgeon, became the first doctor in the United States to obtain Institutional Review Board approval to use the device to assist him during surgery. Theodore pre-loads onto Glass the scans of images of the patient taken just before surgery and consults them during the operation.
“To be able to have those X-rays directly in your field without having to leave the operating room or to log on to another system elsewhere, or to turn yourself away from the patient in order to divert your attention, is very helpful in terms of maintaining your attention where it should be, which is on the patient 100 percent of the time,” said Theodore.
While the technology for Amazon Prime Air is in place, the requisite regulations certainly aren’t. Amazon says that its quadcopters and Prime Air service will be ready in time for FAA approval of civil unmanned aircraft (i.e. quadcopters, drones, etc.) in US airspace. If all goes to plan, the FAA hopes to have suitable regulation in place for civil unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) by 2015. The current FAA UAS roadmap says very little about autonomous vehicles, though, and we’d be surprised if the 2015 regulations allow for Bezos’ vision of a fleet of autonomous quadcopters.
How much political ‘grease’ will Bezos have to provide to get the FAA on board before 2029?
Afghanistan’s penal code dates back over three decades. The government is drawing up a new one to unify fragmented rules and cover crimes missed out when the last version was written, such as money laundering, and offences that did not even exist at the time, such as internet crimes.
The justice minister presiding over the reform is an outspoken conservative who last year denounced the country’s handful of shelters for battered women as brothels.
“15th century torture cannot be allowed in 16th century, modern, Afghanistan.”
So what are the FDA’s bureaucrats so worried about? Basically that purchasers of 23andMe’s personal genome services will do something dangerously stupid in reaction to the information that the tests provide. But will they? As an instance, the FDA letter puts forth a hypothetical in which 23andMe customers could be misled by the results of the company’s BRCA breast cancer gene tests. “If the BRCA-related risk assessment for breast or ovarian cancer reports a false positive, it could lead a patient to undergo prophylactic surgery, chemoprevention, intensive screening, or other morbidity-inducing actions, while a false negative could result in a failure to recognize an actual risk that may exist,” argues the agency.
“If we should describe the online environment in the past as good mingling with the bad, the sky of the cyberspace has cleared up now because we have cracked down on online rumors,” Ren Xianliang, vice minister of the State Internet Information Office, said during a rare meeting this week with foreign journalists.