Archive for June 2015
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A county clerk in Arkansas announced plans to resign effective Tuesday, saying she has a moral objection to issuing same-sex marriage licenses.Cleburne County Clerk Dana Guffey said she met with County Judge Jerry Holmes early Monday to notify him of her intent to resign. No staff in her office had yet received any requests for a same-sex marriage license by mid-afternoon Monday, following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling Friday legalizing gay marriages nationwide.”It is definitely a moral conviction for me,” Guffey said.
Folsom Lake is losing more than a billion gallons of water each day. Lake levels will likely fall to historic lows by summer’s end, testing the reliability of a water supply that once seemed invulnerable.The region’s top water officials say they are ready: Scared, but prepared. They have imposed significant, mandatory water-use rules on their customers. Water districts closest to the lake are connecting their systems with those that don’t depend on it for a water supply. Several have dug wells and installed pumps to improve their access to groundwater.
The U.S. content industry will try anything to preserve its profit margin and power over the creative content market at the expense of the Internet. They will use any tactic that circumvents democratic processes to make new rules for the Internet that favor their interests and not the interests of Internet users or the technical community that actually builds the Internet as we know it. The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is yet another example of these tactics.
The TPP is a secretive plurilateral1 agreement that includes provisions dealing with intellectual property, including online copyright enforcement, anti-circumvention measures, and Internet intermediary liability. Due to the secrecy of the negotiations, we do not know what is in the current version of the TPP’s IP chapter; the general public has only seen a leaked February 2011 version of the U.S. IP chapter proposal [pdf]. Based on the one-sided nature of the groups directly involved, and the content of what has already leaked, we should all be concerned about the prospect of the TPP including provisions that will harm online expression, privacy and innovation on the Internet.
The financial elite are hinting that an impending financial collapse is on the horizon.
From the Greek-Euro crisis to gold’s sudden rise in popularity, the writing on the wall points to unavoidable economic doom.
On the eve of the Jade Helm military drill set to take place next month, Texas Governor Greg Abbott indicated his distrust of the Federal Reserve’s fiat monetary system in a move to repatriate $1 billion of gold back to his home state.
Countries such as China and Germany have made similar moves, with the German Central Bank, or Bundesbank, earlier this year saying it also has plans to repatriate 300 tonnes of gold from the New York Fed by 2020.
The world’s Jewish population has grown to be nearly as large as it was before the Holocaust, an Israeli think tank said in its annual report Sunday.
The Jewish People Policy Institute said there are currently 14.2 million Jews in the world. When factoring in individuals with one Jewish parent and others who identify as partially Jewish, the figure approaches 16.5 million — the Jewish population on the eve of World War II. The Nazis and their collaborators killed about 6 million Jews in the Holocaust.
The report said the rise has been due in part to natural growth, mainly in Israel, which has about 6.1 million Jews and one of the Western world’s highest fertility rates.
Two blasts rocked Chad’s capital city, killing at least 11 people weeks after suicide bombings killed dozens, residents and an official said Monday.
The first explosion was heard early Monday in the Dinguessou neighborhood of N’Djamena, and the second came minutes later, said resident Souleymane Brahim.
“There were two explosions. The first came around 5:10 a.m. in the morning. It was followed by gunfire. The second came around 5:16 a.m.,” he said.
The blasts come weeks after a double suicide bombing in the capital that killed at least 38 people and wounded more than 100 others. The June 15 attack was the first of its kind in N’Djamena and came after threats from Nigeria’s Islamic extremist group Boko Haram.
Global stock markets took a battering Monday after Greece shuttered its banks for the week and imposed limits on cash withdrawals — developments that have reinforced fears the country is heading for a debt default and a messy exit from the euro.
Investors are fretting about the uncertainty posed by the events in Greece. Though many experts say the global economy — even Europe — is in better shape to withstand a potential Greek exit from the euro, some point out that its implications are not fully clear.
Stocks fell in Asia and Europe, where Germany’s main index was down 3.5 percent and Greece’s market remained closed for the week. The euro fell sharply, as did oil prices, and Wall Street was expected to open lower.