Google On The Brain; Black Boxes In Cars; Senate Pushes Email Privacy; Detroit Has Company; Obama Loves The Drone – Monday Morning News Roundup 7-22-2013

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Here is a collection of some of the stories making the Internet rounds this morning. Click the links for the full stories.

 

  • According to Google’s founders, the company’s ultimate goal is to insert a chip inside your head for the most effortless search engine imaginable. “We have impatience for that to happen but the pieces of technology have to develop,” said one developer. Source: The Independent…

 

  • About 96 percent of all new vehicles sold in the United States have “black box” data recorders, but the NHTSA is pushing for 100 percent coverage. Data stored in the devices is increasingly being used to identify safety problems in cars and as evidence in traffic accidents and criminal cases, raising privacy concerns about who owns the information, and what it can be used for. Source: ACLU…

 

  • Meanwhile, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee is pushing to fast-track legislation that would require police to obtain a warrant before accessing emails and other private online messages. Source: The Hill…

 

  • Detroit may be alone among the nation’s biggest cities in terms of filing for bankruptcy, but it is far from the only city being crushed by a roiling mountain of long-term debt. From Baltimore to Los Angeles, and many points in between, municipalities are increasingly confronted with how to pay for massive promises. Source: Detroit Free Press…

 

  • The American Civil Liberties Union and the Center for Constitutional Rights, representing a family member, have sued former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and other former officials over the two separate drone strikes that killed three U.S. citizens in Yemen. The Obama administration wants the lawsuit dismissed. Source: McClatchy… 

 

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Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.