Supreme Court ruling creates urgent need for abortion clinic escorts

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The Supreme Court has struck down a Massachusetts law establishing a “buffer zone” around abortion clinics, defining an area in which anti-choice protesters may not harass women who visit clinics. An important Metafilter post by Anotherpanacea points up the urgent need for more clinic escorts to help women through the gauntlet (I used to do clinic defense in Toronto’s Morgantaler Clinic, which was later bombed by anti-choice terrorists).
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FDA approves new insulin inhaler for diabetics

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The US Food and Drug Administration today approved a new insulin inhaler for use in treating diabetes, its first in years. The product, which is made by California-based MannKind Corporation, uses a dry powder that people can breath in to control insulin levels. It’s been designed not as a full-time replacement to insulin injections, and instead as an alternative to them at meal times given the powder’s short-term effects that kick in within what the company says is between 12 to 15 minutes.

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A better version of Werewolf

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The original game of Werewolf, also known as Mafia, is a party game of bluffing, paranoia, and wild accusations invented (appropriately enough) in Soviet Russia in the 1980s. It pits a small number of Werewolves (who know each others’ identities) against a larger group of Villagers who have no information; the Werewolves select a Villager to kill each “night” (while everyone’s eyes are closed), and the entire group votes on a player to lynch as a werewolf each “day” until one team or the other prevails. Jon Seagull reviews a much-improved version. Read the rest

Watch This Film About Why Aaron Swartz Matters More Than Ever

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internetsownboy Aaron Swartz was a young, bright genius who believed in the open Internet. A self-made millionaire by the age of 19, he co-founded Reddit, was part of the creation of RSS and became a political organizer and Internet hacktivist who was instrumental in the fight against SOPA. The Internet’s Own Boy, a film first released at Sundance and now opening to the public today, follows the story… Read More

NSA Transparency Report Offers More Questions Than Answers

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9054849140_e8527f3ac6_o The Director of National Intelligence on Friday followed through on calls for the government to be more open about its NSA surveillance programs, releasing its first transparency report. The problem is the transparency report wasn’t all that transparent. When reading the report, I was immediately struck by the revelation that under the bulk telephony metadata collection program, there… Read More

Parking spot startup vows to fight San Francisco’s plan to shut it down

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An Italian startup that lets people buy and sell city-owned parking spots to one another plans to ignore efforts to crack down on its business and those who use it. Monkey Parking today said will keep offering a way for people in public spots to “sell” their spot to another user of the service before vacating it, something that has typically been an open market for any nearby driver who happens upon it. Earlier this week, San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent out cease-and-desist letters to Monkey Parking and two local startups, warning them that that handoff between drivers was illegal and could net up to a $300 ticket. Herrera also warned that the company could be subject to $2,500 fine for each of those violation as part of…

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Activist groups fly ‘illegal spying below’ sign over NSA data center

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Three activist groups opposed to the NSA’s mass surveillance programs flew a brightly colored airship over the agency’s Utah data center today, displaying the message “NSA illegal spying below” for all to see. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, Greenpeace, and and the Tenth Amendment Center orchestrated the demonstration, using a 135-foot-long airship owned by Greenpeace. The airship also promoted the website Stand Against Spying — a collaborative effort between the three groups that allows visitors to look up whether or not their congressional representatives have opposed the recently unveiled government surveillance efforts.

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The new season of ‘Doctor Who’ premieres on August 23rd

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The eighth season of Doctor Who finally has a premiere date. The Twelfth Doctor, played by Peter Capaldi, will officially land on August 23rd. The feature-length premiere, titled Deep Breath, will be Capaldi’s first full appearance as the Doctor since last year’s Christmas special. Stakes will be especially high in this outing, since, after his last regeneration, the Doctor is either suffering from another bout of partial amnesia or something more serious. We’ll find out later this summer.

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‘The Jedi Doth Return’ in the final Shakespearean adaptation of ‘Star Wars’

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The scene is set for this, the final act.
I shall destroy the rebels, one and all,
And turn young Luke, my son, unto the dark.

—Darth Vader, Act I, Scene I, The Jedi Doth Return

Can’t wait for more Star Wars? Author Ian Doescher has been revisiting the original series trilogy the past year by reworking the them all into Shakespearean plays, and the final installment is coming out just days from now, on July 1st. Sure, it’s a ridiculous conceit, but as publisher Quirk Books has proven twice before now, it makes for a funny and compelling book trailer to watch actors in costume reading Doescher’s interpretation of classic Star Wars lines. The trailer for The Jedi Doth Return has just premiered, and you can watch it above.

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CrunchWeek: Aereo Slammed By Supreme Court, GoPro’s IPO Win, Google I/O

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Screen Shot 2014-06-27 at 1.56.32 PM Tech news sure doesn’t slow down for summertime anymore.
Case in point is this past week, in which the Supreme Court ruled that Internet streaming startup Aereo is illegal, personal video camera company GoPro held a wildly successful initial public offering, and Google touted a bunch of new things at its annual I/O developer conference, including a ridiculous but apparently actually… Read More

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