Mile High Club Faces Charges; 7-Yr Olds in Congress; etc; etc

In Civil Liberties, Freedom of Speech, Laws & Regulation, Misc., religion & politics, Sexuality, US Politics on November 14, 2006 at 9:36 pm

From FindLaw News:

A couple traveling on a cross-country Southwest Airlines flight faces federal charges for allegedly having “overt sexual activity in the cabin of the plane.”. According to an FBI agent’s affidavit used in support of their arrest, the defendants were seated in the second or third row on the plane when flight attendants and passengers observed them “embracing, kissing, and acting in a manner that made other passengers uncomfortable,” including particularly intimate conduct.

Another snip:

Second-grader Saul Arellano, a U.S. citizen, appeared in Mexico’s 500-member Chamber of Deputies to plead for help in lobbying Washington to stop the deportation of his mother, an illegal Mexican immigrant who has taken refuge in a Chicago church.

Valuation Review, dropping a small bomb Garden State style:

New Jersey’s leading home foreclosure database warned today that a key indicator of housing market instability in the state has jumped substantially from 2005 to 2006 – indicating that the state’s stalled-out housing market may have a rocky road ahead to recovery.

Insurance Journal over-amps 18 grand, in my opinion:

GoodWorks Insurance, a new insurance ageny that gives half of its profits to local non-profits in accordance with a unique charitable contract, is expanding its business model to permit its use by established insurance agencies across the country… GoodWorks Insurance makes contributions to local non-profits that agree to distribute donations toward identifiable, tangible enhancements within 12 months after receipt of funds. The company anticipates that approximately 70 percent of its donations will support education with the remainder divided equally between healthcare and public safety. To date, GoodWorks Insurance reports it has contributed nearly $18,000 to community organizations in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

From Washington Technology, it’s like the self-check-out at the grocery store:

When officials at Joint Forces Command got a look at voice-to-voice translation technology that IBM Corp. was developing for use at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the focus of that work quickly changed. “We demonstrated the technology, and they immediately said, ‘We need that in Iraq in Iraqi Arabic,’” said Gary Ambrose, an IBM vice president who works with Defense Department customers.   So instead of developing the software to initially work with Mandarin Chinese, the focus changed to Iraqi Arabic…  “At the tactical level, where human translators were also required, there just weren’t enough to go around,” he said. “That presented a very significant challenge for our forces.”

and WashTech with this non-story that is critical to national security (really!)…

The United States scores better in protecting privacy than do the United Kingdom, Russia and China but worse than Australia, Canada and the rest of the European Union, according to a new report issued by Privacy International, a British organization.   The United States earned an overall grade of 2.0 out of 5, the eighth lowest overall in the world, followed by Thailand, graded 1.9; Philippines, 1.9; UK, 1.5; Singapore, 1.4; Russia, 1.4; Malaysia, 1.3; and China, 1.3. In the categories of enacting and enforcing privacy laws, and intercepting communications, the United States was ranked at the bottom, along with Russia and the Philippines. The United States and Singapore received the lowest privacy-protection scores in the category of workplace monitoring. 


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