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Daily Digest 2/15 - U.S. 49th in World Freedom Index, CA's Endless Water Wars

Sunday, February 15, 2015, 12:36 PM


US Sinks to 49th in World Press Freedom Index (pinecarr)

The US was 49th, as compared to 46th in 2014. The UK was 34th, France was 38th, Spain was 33rd, Australia was 25th, Germany was 12th, and Canada was 8th.

FAA Opens Skies to Drones in First U.S. Unmanned Flight Regulation (jdargis)

The Federal Aviation Administration Sunday unveiled a proposal to permit businesses to use small unmanned aircraft, so long as they are flown at low altitudes by a person who passes a knowledge test and is licensed.

The flights aren’t permitted over crowds and must not exceed 100 miles (161 kilometers) an hour, according to an FAA press release.

A Grand Compromise: Supporting School Choice Without Savaging Poor Kids (jdargis)

Title I represents the largest funding stream in the 50-year-old Elementary and Secondary Education Act , which is known today as No Child Left Behind. In 2014, the federal government distributed $14 billion of Title I money among low-income students through a number of formulas. The biggest chunk of Title I money typically goes toward basic grants, providing funds to school districts based on the number of low-income children those districts serve. Other formulas within Title I provide extra funds to schools that have concentrations of poverty. The bonus in funding for high-poverty schools is based on research finding that, while it is a disadvantage to be poor, there is a second disadvantaged piled on top of that for students who go to schools where large number of their classmates are also poor.

Americans only figured out free speech 50 years ago. Here’s how the world can follow our lead. (jdargis)

As those tensions rise, governments and reactionary groups resort to nationalism, victimization and suppression to keep foreign or offending speech at bay. The Pew Research Center found that, as of 2011, nearly half of the world’s countries punished blasphemy, apostasy or defamation of religion. Russia has just legislated harsher punishments for those guilty of offending religious sensibilities, and violent protests in Pakistan halted attempts to soften anti-blasphemy laws. China employs more than 2 million people to monitor online activity and support government censorship, according to the BBC. And last year, the ownership of Venezuela’s oldest daily newspaper, El Universal, changed hands under mysterious circumstances, a move accompanied by a much softer editorial stance toward the government. These salvos against freedom of speech and the press force the question: Can the global society emerging today also be a tolerant one?

Keeping up? It's increasingly difficult for the Joneses (jdargis)

In their long, unbroken fall from the middle class, the Joneses have lost just about everything. They had to sell their house in Huntington Beach at a low point in the market. Then they cashed in savings bonds and sold wristwatches and cameras.

"I sold my wedding ring, my engagement ring and my anniversary ring," said Suzanne.

Libya Warns of Oil Shutdown as Attacks Escalate (jdargis)

National Oil Corp., or NOC as the company is known, has a majority stake in all of Libya’s oil and gas producing ventures. It has a 59 percent stake in the company that operates Bahi, an oil field that came under attack on Friday, with Marathon Oil Corp., ConocoPhillips and Hess Corp. holding the remaining 41 percent, according to an NOC statement about the attack.

Threatened Smelt Touches Off Battles in California’s Endless Water Wars (jdargis)

The immediate future looks grim. Despite a few powerful winter storms, California is facing a likely fourth year of drought, which is wreaking havoc on the delta’s ecosystem. The waterway where the federal researchers were working contained large patches of water hyacinth, an invasive plant that has proliferated in the dry conditions. Last fall, scientists doing a comprehensive survey recorded their lowest-ever seasonal tally of delta smelts, by a substantial margin. Another species, the longfin smelt, hit its second-lowest number.

Spy agencies fund climate research in hunt for weather weapon, scientist fears (Michael W.)

Robock, who has contributed to reports for the intergovernmental panel on climate change (IPCC), uses computer models to study how stratospheric aerosols could cool the planet in the way massive volcanic eruptions do.

But he was worried about who would control such climate-altering technologies should they prove effective, he told the American Association for the Advancement of Science in San Jose.

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Putin's Russia: 152 on World Press Freedom index

In the name of context, and because I'm against the murder of journalists:

2015 Press Freedom Index

Russia - Reporters Without Borders

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this is a very good interview

i know not where it should be posted, so it is here.



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Americans only figured out free speech 50 years ago. Here’s how

What's with this garbage article, or did someone forget the /sarc? I would prefer less articles rather than BS like this just to fill in space. What a waste of my time.

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