The CISPA cybersecurity bill is back, and it passed the US House this morning. Now it will go on to the Senate and possibly the White House. The bill gives the government the authority to collect private computer and internet data without a warrant as a tool to fight cyberattacks and espionage, but most people are rightfully wary of letting the government snoop through our digital lives without warning or a warrant.
Thirteen years into the 21st century and schools across America have gotten used to racial integration for decades, for generations. Except at Wilcox County High in Georgia, where the school is integrated, but the prom is not. Even as some students try desperately to change this, students and parents alike, steeped in tradition, are determined not to change anything.
Two whole decades into the 21st century and the US Census Bureau has finally decided to move as much of its censusing online as it can by 2020. Why didn’t we do this in 2010? Bureaucracy and a fear that there are still too many people without regular internet access. There will still be paper censuses, but if you can complete one online you’ll be encouraged to. At least you don’t have to travel 100 miles over mountains and rivers to be counted.
North Korea seems to show no signs of backing off the crazy lately. There was a government sponsored, pro-Kim Jong Un rally in Pyongyang that drew a hundred thousand people, forced to march and sing and pump their fists in olive drab uniforms, singing about how happy they would be to tear Americans limb from limb.
As North Korea continues to ramp up its rhetoric, the US has also been ramping up its presence in the region with high profile war games meant to show North Korea exactly the kind of destruction they would bring upon themselves if they attacked South Korea, Japan or US interests in the Pacific. As part of this deterrent effort, the US flew B2 bombers from Missouri to the Korean peninsula to drop dummy bombs, warning the North against going full retard.
Today was the day that the US Supreme Court heard the first of the two cases that will determine the immediate future of gay marriage not only in California but across America. Hundreds and hundreds of people on both sides of the argument crowded the streets outside the Supreme Court building, trying to make their own public case for one side or the other.
The governor of Michigan and the mayor of Detroit both agree it’s a last ditch effort, but with the city in decay and tens of billions of dollars in debt, the city is now under the control of an unelected emergency financial manager, whose decisions override any by the elected mayor or city council. Yes, in order for Detroit to survive at all, it’s now being run by a lawyer-czar. But it could be Detroit’s last hope.