Pelosi, Impeachment & Democracy v. Autocracy – Musing about law, books, and politics

Democrats are up against an administration obstructing their investigations at every turn.

The question is: What should they do about this obstruction?

— Read on terikanefield-blog.com/pelosi-impeachment-democracy-v-autocracy/

No Body’s Business But Mine: How Menstruation Apps Are Sharing Your Data | Privacy International

Menstruation apps are not just concerned with your menstruation cycles. As our partner organisation Coding Rights showed in their research, Menstruapps – How to Turn Your Period Into Money (For Others), they collect information about your health, your sexual life, your mood and more – all in exchange for telling you what day of the month you’re most fertile or the date of your next period. In fact, the data you share with your menstruation app is probably information you would not share with others.

We therefore wanted to make sure that they keep this information to themselves, rather than sharing it with other companies. We initially looked at the most popular apps: Period Tracker by Leap Fitness Group; Period Tracker Flo by Flo Health, Inc.; Period Tracker by Simple Design Ltd.; and Clue Period Tracker by Biowink.

— Read on www.privacyinternational.org/long-read/3196/no-bodys-business-mine-how-menstruation-apps-are-sharing-your-data

A meeting with Jeffrey Epstein led to a gift — and, now, regrets – The Boston Globe

A graduate student, seeing Epstein’s name, flagged him as a potential problem.

“Have you read the articles about this Jeff Epstein? He seems pretty shady. . . . Just wanted to point it out in case you weren’t aware,” the student wrote to Oxman, who was in Barcelona at the time.

“Joi and I are aware,” Oxman wrote back. “I’ll share more in person when I return.”

In the e-mail string, Oxman added that “Jeff E.” should always be “confidential.”

But she also told the graduate student “do not worry, we are *not* sponsored by him, per my direction,” according to the e-mail.

— Read on www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2019/09/13/meeting-with-epstein-led-gift-and-now-regrets/0SPYm0hSg8iNh3JdDwPICP/story.html

E-books at local libraries: Inside the fight between publishers and librarians over buying and lending policy.

“Public libraries are engaged in one of the most valuable series of community services for all ages, for all audiences,” said Steve Potash, the CEO and founder of OverDrive, a company that supplies libraries with e-books. “The public library is just something that is underappreciated. It certainly is so by Macmillan.”

— Read on slate.com/business/2019/09/e-book-library-publisher-buying-controversy-petition.amp

Donald Rumsfeld Plotted Iraq Invasion on 9/11 Without Evidence of Connection

Don’t you wonder if they ever pause on September 11 every year and ponder how they all used the dead of that awful day for their own purposes, to fulfill their long-held desires for empire-building in the countries of oil, to use other people’s children in service of their profane desires? Don’t you wonder if they ever pause on September 11 and ponder how they’d all screwed up so badly throughout the summer of 2001 when, as Richard Clarke recalled, “all the lights were blinking red”? Do you wonder if they make the connection, in the softening dark of the early morning, between their own incompetence and the use they ultimately made of it?

— Read on www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/amp29001940/donald-rumsfeld-9-11-iraq-memo/

It’s Hard to Commemorate 9/11 If You Don’t Understand It. – Foreign Policy

Today’s students also lack a sense of historical perspective. In the late 1960s and early 1970s, there was an average of more than one airplane hijacking per week globally, and those two decades saw hundreds of bombings in the United States by groups ranging from the Ku Klux Klan to the Weather Underground. Indeed, on U.S. soil, both terrorist incidents and fatalities are down in the post-9/11 era compared with the years before.

However, because 9/11 defines what a terrorist incident can do, a bombing or shooting, especially if done by a Muslim in the name of jihad, looms far larger in the imagination than it did in the past. It is hard for students to picture a country remaining relatively calm about a 1970s-level pace of attacks. It is also difficult for them to imagine a U.S. government with only dozens, not tens of thousands, of counterterrorism officers.

— Read on foreignpolicy.com/2019/09/11/its-hard-to-commemorate-9-11-if-you-dont-understand-it-bush-trump-war-on-terror-atta/

Rebuke to Jerry Falwell Jr.’s Comment to Politico’s “‘Someone’s Gotta Tell the Freakin’ Truth’: Jerry Falwell’s Aides Break Their Silence” Article – World Red Eye | World Red Eye

Basically, DO NOT PISS OFF PHOTOGRAPHERS.

We, in fact, did not know Politico’s purpose for licensing the image and were as surprised as anyone to discover that Mr. Falwell was among the partygoers we photographed on July 19, 2014 at WALL Lounge.

As a result, we reviewed all the images we have from the event and discovered an additional four photos that include Mr. Falwell and two more of his son.

— Read on worldredeye.com/2019/09/rebuke-jerry-falwell-jr-s-comment-politicos-someones-gotta-tell-freakin-truth-jerry-falwells-aides-break-silence-article/