It's an Iced Tea Kind of Day
Happy National Iced Tea Day!
(Am I the only one who thinks this ought to be an official, recognized holiday in the South?)
Although I drink a lot of hot tea, as well, Southern sweet iced tea (by which I mean "might as well be drinking liquid sugar") is a staple, especially in the summer. And, no, it's not technically summer yet - but it is getting awfully warm.
- Libraries, Books, Authors, & Suchlike
- NSA surveillance: how librarians have been on the front line to protect privacy
- Celebrities and Authors Sign a Letter to Advocate For New York’s Libraries
- EDITORIAL: Library funding important as educational resource to Pa. families Not just Pa. families, either.
- After Nearly 30 Years, Librarian Of Congress Is Calling It Quits "President Obama will have the opportunity to nominate Billington's replacement, which is subject to Senate confirmation." I hope they pick a librarian.
- Juan Felipe Herrera Named U.S. Poet Laureate "He will be the first Latino poet to be appointed to the position." Related: U.S. poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera on the art of poetry
- Comix Legend Bill Griffith on Breaking Taboos in the Industry
- June 10, 1928: “Where the Wild Things Are” author Maurice Sendak is born
- June 10, 1881: Tolstoy disguises himself as a peasant and leaves on a pilgrimage
- Net & Tech
- Snowden leaks confirm: CISA is a surveillance bill Related: The NSA’s Domestic Cybersecurity Surveillance Yep, it's back. They're voting on it Friday.
- Justice Department plotting to resume NSA bulk phone records collection "About an hour after the White House said President Barack Obama had signed legislation ending the National Security Agency's bulk telephone collection program, the Justice Department told a secret court that the controversial spy program Edward Snowden disclosed could continue under the law....The Justice Department also informed the FISA Court that the court need not abide by a federal appellate court's decision last month declaring the bulk collection program illegal." So, basically, "screw all y'all and what you want - we're gonna do what we want to do."
- Encryption: The next battle between security and privacy Related: U.S. Tech Industry Appeals to Obama to Keep Hands Off Encryption
- Only a third of federal sites protect your Web traffic from prying eyes. That’s about to change.
- US House votes to ban Internet access taxes permanently
- 22 years after Verizon fiber promise, millions have only DSL or wireless
- EU vice-president: Copyright legislation is “pushing people to steal”
- Health & Science
- The marshmallow test, revisited "If a child or adult lives in an environment where promises always get broken and outcomes are unreliable, the most rational response is to eat the marshmallow right in front of her — and not wait for the promised marshmallows of the future."
- Parents of diphtheria-stricken boy feel “tricked” by anti-vaccination groups
- Nobel Laureate In Hot Water For 'Trouble With Girls' In Labs Related: Female Scientists Respond Brilliantly To Biochemist Calling Women Distractions
- Kindergartens Ringing the Bell for Play Inside the Classroom
- Beliefs About Innate Talent May Dissuade Students From STEM
- This Is What Happens When You Slash Funding for Public Universities "As this happens, public universities become more and more like private ones. At the University of Wisconsin, for example, out-of-state undergraduate tuition, currently around $25,000, is set to go up $10,000. Right now, the state caps the number of out-of-state students at 27.5 percent, but given recent massive budget cuts, many expect that cap to be lifted, meaning the university will be catering more and more to affluent students."
- Authority Issues
- UN Peacekeepers Regularly Trade Sex For Medicine And Food "About a third of alleged sexual abuse involves minors under 18. Assistance to victims is 'severely deficient.' The average investigation by OIOS, which says it prioritizes cases involving minors or rape, takes more than a year." Wow, that's bad.
- Other (Serious Stuff)
- Harry Reid warns: 'We're headed for another shutdown'
- On Fox News: A White Sexual Abuser Was "Curious" But A Black Victim Of Police Abuse "Was No Saint" "It is inconceivable that a rational person would defend the young Josh Duggar as a curious, but essentially good kid who simply made some mistakes, while condemning young Dajerria Becton, who did nothing wrong, as a sinful delinquent who deserved what she got."
- Department Of Justice Uses Grand Jury Subpoena To Identify Anonymous Commenters on a Silk Road Post at Reason.com
- When Bail Is Out of Defendant’s Reach, Other Costs Mount
- For Bakers And Restaurants, Egg Supply Is Getting Ugly
- Airline group suggests smaller carry-on bags to free up bins Pretty soon, we'll all have to check (and pay extra for) our wallets.
- Chipotle to offer part-time workers tuition reimbursement, paid leave