Today, the Special Olympics World Games begin! This year, they're being held in Los Angeles. Google has a really nifty Doodle for the day:
- Libraries, Books, Writers, & Suchlike
- The University of Iowa Brings Fanzines To The Digital World "It’s no small task: the Rusty Hevelin collection contains over 10,000 individual items." Wow!
- Trump campaign bars Iowa paper from Iowa event after critical editorial I suppose that's a pretty strong indicator for how he values the fourth estate, which is distressing to see in a presidential candidate. As President, I suspect, he'd hand out similar ultimatums - "Print what I want out there, don't print anything negative, or you'll be shut out entirely." It's a terrible attack on the freedom of the press and an obvious tactic to prevent the citizenry from getting all the information we need.
- July 25, 1897: Jack London sails for the Klondike "Jack London leaves for the Klondike to join the gold rush, where he will write his first successful stories."
- Net Neutrality
- Republicans are trying to defund net neutrality. Will it work? "It's no secret that many Republicans hate the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules, which went into effect this June and regulate Internet providers like legacy telephone companies. Some now want to use Congress' power of the purse to roll those regulations back. If it works, Congress could forbid the FCC from using its budget to enforce net neutrality and give Internet providers a come-from-behind victory." Otherwise known as cheating the American people of something they've repeatedly said they want in order to benefit fat-cat ISPs.
- Public Knowledge Urges U.S. Trade Representative to Protect Fair Use and Public Domain "Public Knowledge remains concerned that provisions in the secretive Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement could harm Americans by weakening exceptions and limitations available under U.S. law, including fair use."
- Health & Science
- Walmart announces infant car seat designed to prevent hot car deaths "Walmart and Evenflo announced this week a new infant car seat with technology designed to remind drivers of their backseat passengers, and stop children from dying in hot cars."
- 3D-printed bottle caps will let you know if your milk goes bad Neat!
- U.K. Suspends Ban On Controversial Pesticide Linked To Decline In Bee Populations "Environmental and conservation groups are up in arms, criticizing the government for its secrecy over the issue, made all the more pertinent by the revelation that the government has gagged its own scientific advisers, refusing the publishing of the minutes from discussions on the use of the chemicals."
- Net & Tech
- Self-Censoring Font Redacts Words the Feds Are Watching For "Seen isn’t meant to help you evade the government’s snooping eyes, but make you think more about why the government might be snooping at all."
- Why cracking down on hackers would be bad for innovation
- No one knew how to help him during a panic attack, so this autistic man made an app to tell them.
- Feeling the Internet: How People with Visual Disabilities Surf the Web
- From Canes To Closures, Designing With Style For People With Disabilities
- Authority Issues
- Mourners Gather for Sandra Bland’s Funeral
- On the Death of Sandra Bland and Our Vulnerable Bodies
- Anonymous Says ‘Sandra Bland Was Murdered’, Calls For National ‘Day of Rage’ Related: Anonymous Says Sandra Bland Was Murdered And Here’s Why… This could get ugly...
- Sen. Bernie Sanders picks spot for Louisiana town hall campaign event Sweet! DH and I are going - we live about 15 minutes from Kenner! Although we might have to leave early - I bet the traffic is going to be crazybeans!
- Egyptians Turn to Facebook to Highlight Decrepit Public Facilities
- Carnations, Coffee And Denim: A Look At Kenya's Top 10 Exports
- Other (Serious Stuff)
- The New American Slavery: Invited to the U.S., Foreign Workers Find a Nightmare "The H-2 visa program invites foreign workers to do some of the most menial labor in America. Then it leaves them at the mercy of their employers. Thousands of these workers have been abused — deprived of their fair pay, imprisoned, starved, beaten, raped, and threatened with deportation if they dare complain. And the government says it can do little to help."
- How for-profit prisons have become the biggest lobby no one is talking about