2 year sentence for cop who fingered suspects’ anuses?

Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn gradually became aware of what Vagnini was doing but had to wait “a couple of years,” for a proper investigation to take place. Eventually, Vagnini was charged with 25 counts of assault and sexual assault against at least a dozen victims.
For his crimes, Vagnini will serve a little over two years in jail.
As part of a plea deal accepted earlier this year, he admitted his guilt on four felony and four misdemeanor charges, earning 26 months in jail. The sexual assault charge was voided by the deal, allowing Vagnini to avoid having to register as a sex offender.

Well Chief, good thing your officers were not doing something really illegal, huh?  Another Police Chief leadership.  Flynn–you are the problem.  Quit now in embarrassment.

via Unbelievably lenient sentence for cop who fingered suspects’ anuses | The Daily Caller.


Well, it only took 60 years

Alan Turing, a British code-breaker during World War II who was later subjected to chemical castration for homosexual activity, has received a royal pardon nearly 60 years after he committed suicide.

via Queen pardons Alan Turing, code-breaker castrated for homosexuality – CNN.com.

Willful Blindness

Also Sunday, Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi told state television from Geneva that the talks have faced trouble. He said there are “incorrect interpretations” in settling a protocol to implement the deal. He suggested there might need to be a “pause in the talks.”

All Iran wants is ‘blah, blah, blah’.  That equals time to work to the real goal.

via News from The Associated Press.

Some people have nothing better to do, so they Suck At Life.

Every Friday, she’s met the school bus in her Chanhassen subdivision, with the notion of thanking the bus driver for his efforts. She came bearing cookies because, she notes, you can’t just give a bus driver a cookie and ignore the kids. She’s been at the bus stop every Friday ever since — 15 school years.Tomorrow will be the first day without cookies.The cookie lady has been shut down. Somebody blew the whistle on her.

via In suburban isolation, ‘cookie lady’ built community at the school bus stop | NewsCut | Minnesota Public Radio News.

Scientists run eye cells through an inkjet printer

Scientists there have successfully used an inkjet printer to “print” rats’ retinal cells onto a substrate, paving the way for the creation of custom-made eye-repair material.
The researchers used ganglion cells and glial cells, from the retinas of adult rats. Retinal ganglion cells relay information from the eye to the brain, while glial cells support and protect neurons.

amazing times.

via Scientists run eye cells through an inkjet printer.

Lawsuit: Woman Faced Illegal Body Cavity Search, Observed Bowel Movement

“After enduring approximately six hours of demeaning and highly invasive searches, (the woman) was released without any charge,” the lawsuit said.

However, her attorney said she was charged $5,000 by the hospital.

“What is truly frightening about this incident is that it could have happened to anyone,” said ACLU-NM Legal Director Laura Schauer Ives. “The failed drug war and militarized border region have created an environment in which law enforcement officials increasingly inflict extreme and illegal searches on innocent Americans.”

It is not a ‘War On Drugs’ is is a war on people.

via Lawsuit: Woman Faced Illegal Body Cavity Search, Observed Bowel Movement « CBS Las Vegas.

Beware: Cryptolocker Ransomware

In the past 90 days, thousands of people worldwide have opened a seemingly innocuous link to track a holiday package. Suddenly, all the files on their computer are encrypted.
Joan Goodchild is the editor of “CSO,” Chief Security Officer magazine based in Framingham.
“This is a criminal operation. They are holding your folders and files ransom. We call this ransomware because that is exactly what it is. You need to pay in order to have access to them once again.”

via Cryptolocker Ransomware Being Described As ‘The Perfect Crime’ « CBS Boston.

Southwest planes now gathering weather data as they fly

Every 12 hours, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) launches weather balloons from approximately 70 locations across the US. While these do provide valuable data, a lot can change between those intervals and those locations. That’s why a new project is taking advantage of something that’s already going up in the sky on a much more frequent basis and in a higher number of locations – Southwest Airlines jets.

This a good idea

via Southwest Airlines planes now gathering weather data as they fly.

Federal Judge Richard Leon: NSA is “Almost Orwellian”

The Constitution requires a case or controversy—basically lawyers arguing against each other on behalf of clients whose interests are adverse—in order to invoke the jurisdiction of federal courts. The FISC judges, who sit and sign in secret, do not do so under the Constitution, because they have no case or controversy before them. They have only the NSA before them. Leon was the first federal judge to rule on the constitutionality of NSA spying under the Constitution—in the context of a litigant challenging the government and the government defending itself. And he found that spying to be in violation of the Constitution.

Leon wrote, “I have serious doubts about the efficacy of the metadata collection program as a means of conducting time-sensitive investigations in cases involving imminent threats of terrorism.” And he added an admonition that it doesn’t help the NSA’s case to be less than candid with the judge.

This was not a difficult case for the court. The government’s behavior was utterly indefensible. It was profoundly dismissive of the Constitution that federal employees have sworn to uphold. Leon wrote: “I have little doubt that the author of our Constitution, James Madison, who cautioned us to beware ‘the abridgement of freedom of the people by gradual and silent encroachments by those in power,’ would be aghast.”

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via Federal Judge Finally Acknowledges NSA is “Almost Orwellian” – Reason.com.

NASA orders urgent spacewalks on the ISS

Christmas will be another work day for the crew of the International Space Station (ISS) this year. While many Earthlings are sitting down to turkey and plum pudding, NASA astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Mike Hopkins will be carrying out the third and final of three spacewalks announced by NASA managers on Tuesday.
The spacewalks are being conducted to deal with an ammonia leak in one of the station’s cooling systems. The spacewalks, scheduled for December 21, 23 and 25, are aimed at replacing a faulty pump module that stopped working on December 11.

via NASA orders urgent spacewalks on the ISS.

Judge: NSA phone program likely unconstitutional

A federal judge ruled Monday that the National Security Agency program which collects information on nearly all telephone calls made to, from or within the United States is likely unconstitutional.U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon found that the program appears to violate the Fourth Amendment ban on unreasonable searches and seizures. He also said the Justice Department had failed to demonstrate that collecting the information had helped to head off terrorist attacks..  Acting on a lawsuit brought by conservative legal activist Larry Klayman, Leon issued a preliminary injunction barring the NSA from collecting so-called metadata pertaining to the Verizon accounts of Klayman and one of his clients. However, the judge stayed the order to allow for an appeal.

via Judge: NSA phone program likely unconstitutional – Josh Gerstein – POLITICO.com.

US Navy launches drone from submerged submarine

Today, the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) announced that it had successfully launched a drone from a submerged submarine. The all-electric eXperimental Fuel Cell Unmanned Aerial System (XFC) was launched in the Bahamas from the Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered attack submarine USS Providence (SSN 719) using a system that allowed the drone to be deployed without modifications to the boat, or requiring it to surface.


via US Navy launches drone from submerged submarine.

Archaeology vs. Physics: Conflicting roles for old lead

Lead, offering as it does a convenient combination of density and formability, is the first line of defense for radiation shielding. However, newly smelted lead contains a radioactive lead isotope, Pb-210, which is generated in the decay of U-238. While the uranium and other radioactive elements are largely removed during the smelting process, the Pb-210 remains, producing a low-level radioactive decay (about 200 decays per kilogram per second) that restricts the ability of the most sensitive nuclear and particle physics experiments to function.
Pb-210, however, has a 22.3 year half-life. When lead bars have lain underwater for 2,000 years, all of the Pb-210 has decayed, leaving “Roman lead” (or old lead) with a radioactive level roughly 100,000 times lower than is found in new lead.

Archaeology vs. Physics: Conflicting roles for old lead.

Napolitano: The NSA’s Vast Conspiracy Against Our Privacy

The assaults on personal freedom never seem to end. The very concept of violating the rights of many in order to catch a few—a practice perfected by tyrannical regimes—has been prohibited for 222 years by the same Constitution that the perpetrators of these practices and the conspirators in these schemes have sworn to uphold.

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via The NSA’s Vast Conspiracy Against Our Privacy – Reason.com.

Who is Behind All of this Anti-Sriracha Bigotry?

Sriracha maker ordered to halt shipping until mid-January - latimes.com

Because the sauces are ground fresh and not cooked, additional safety measures are required, said department spokeswoman Anita Gore. The 30-day hold helps ensure the sauce is free of harmful microorganisms for the duration of its shelf life, Gore said.
The distribution delay comes amid a heated legal battle with the city of Irwindale, which sued the hot sauce manufacturer over spicy odors that residents say caused a raft of health issues.
A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge ruled in November the plant must immediately stop any odor-causing productions until experts can identify and mitigate the smell.

Perhaps the evil cabal of Heinz and Tabasco?

via Sriracha maker ordered to halt shipping until mid-January – latimes.com.