California has signed a new set of laws that are the strongest digital privacy rights in the U.S. Governor Jerry Brown has signed the Electronic Communication Privacy Act, which bars law enforcement agencies or investigative entities from handing over any sort of digital communications or metadata without a warrant. The law is by far the most public-friendly in the country.
It has never been said that it is fun to go through a DUI checkpoint, at the very least because they slow people from getting to their destination. However, it is generally understood that while not very fun, the checkpoints help to keep drunk or impaired drivers off the road. Continue reading… “Drivers refusing to talk to police at DUI checkpoints”
The Times said marijuana should only be available to people over 21 years old.
The New York Times has called for the federal government to repeal its ban on marijuana. They likened the federal law outlawing the drug to the failed prohibition of alcohol in the 1920s and ’30s. (Video)
Many teens could be held liable for texts they sent as a minor or between their friends of different ages.
More than half of teens surveyed said they send sexual texts to each other, and one in four of them are sexting pictures, according to a new study from Drexel University.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, says the internet is facing a “major” threat from “people who want to control it on the sly” through “worrying laws” such as SOPA, the US anti-piracy act, and through the actions of internet giants.
The rich got richer, and the poor kept on getting poorer.
In 2010, Zero Hedge started an annual series looking at the (re)distribution in the wealth of nations and social classes. What they found then (and what the media keeps rediscovering year after year to its great surprise) is that as a result of global central bank policy, the rich got richer, and the poor kept on getting poorer, even though as they predicted the global political powers would, at least superficially, seek to enforce policies that aimed to reverse this wealth redistribution from the poor to the rich (a doomed policy as the world’s legislative powers are largely in the lobby pocket of the world’s wealthiest who needless to say are less then willing to enact laws that reduce their wealth and leverage).
By rejecting patent applications, developing countries have kept down the costs of much-needed medications.
Gleevec, a leukemia drug, costs $70,000 per year in the United States, but only costs $2,500 in India. Why does that drug cost so much more in the U.S.?
On September 16, 2011, President Obama signed the America Invents Act.
On March 16, 2013, the third and final wave of provisions of the America Invents Act (AIA) became effective. This completes the overhaul of the U.S. patent law that began with the enactment of the AIA on September 16, 2011. The United States will move to a first-to-file system with these provisions. It will greatly expand the definition of prior art and usher in the use of post grant review.
Following the death of the 23 year old paramedical student in the capital city of Delhi in India who was brutally gang raped and assaulted on December 16th has put the spotlight on crimes against women in that country.
Futurist Thomas Frey: It may sound silly to walk into a bar and order up a beer with a weed chaser or to open a late night box of cereal called “Weedies” to help you sleep, but that is exactly the era we’re entering.
Tobacco companies fear the law will set a global precedent that could slash billions from the values of their brands.
The highest court in Australia upheld the world’s toughest law on cigarette promotion Wednesday. The law prohibits tobacco company logos on cigarette packs that will instead show cancer-riddled mouths, blinded eyeballs and sickly children.
Restaurant workers are among those that have sued for overtime pay.
From pharmaceuticalreps to home health care aides to waiters and waitresses in fancy restaurants, everyone is sick of working off the clock, and they’re looking to finally punch in.