And why, exactly, did it take 4 years for you to decide that?
Drones-R-Us: US Government Admits It Drones American Citizens, Including Anwar al-Awlaki
The U.S. government admitted for the first time Wednesday that it intentionally droned American citizen Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen in 2011, and that it unintentionally droned three other Americans, including al-Awlaki’s 16-year-old son. Attorney General Eric Holder admitted it in a letter to Congress, The New York Times’ Charlie Savage reports. The letter comes the day before President Obama gives a speech at the National Defense University that will justify the drone strikes carried out since he took office, plus “review our detention policy and efforts to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay; and he will frame the future of our efforts against Al Qaeda, its affiliates and adherents,” an administration official told The New York Times’ Scott Shane.
Obama, who has a “kill list” of terrorist suspects, was inspired by the threat of losing reelection to create rules for the next president for when lethal force by drone is justified. It’s possible, given the sudden effort to follow through on the president’s State of the Union promise for transparency in the face of mounting criticism about the assassinations, that Thursday’s speech will lay out those rules. Drone strikes peaked in 2010 in Pakistan, the Times reports, and the rate of strikes in Yemen was cut by half this year compared to 2012. Anwar al-Awlaki, the New Mexico-born cleric turned al-Qaeda operative, was killed in September 2011, perhaps the most controversial drone strike in the Obama administration’s targeted killing program.
The letter also said that the United States had killed three other Americans: Samir Khan, who was killed in the same strike; Mr. Awlaki’s son Abdulrahman al-Awlaki, who was also killed in Yemen; and Jude Mohammed, who was killed in a strike in Pakistan.
“More than eight in 10 neighborhoods across the United States fall into the two least bikeable categories. And more than half of them — 3500 plus — are concentrated in very bottom category. Conversely, just 3.2 percent of the neighborhoods make the top-ranked category, Biker’s Paradise, while another 14.6 percent can be considered Very Bikeable.”
In honor of Bike to Work Day, Richard Florida takes a look at America’s most bike friendly cities and neighborhoods using Walk Score’s bikeability rankings.
Bike commuting may be on the rise in the United States, but the country is still far from being a Biker’s paradise.
A Bronx bus company is offering tours billed as a “a ride through a real New York City ‘GHETTO,’” the New York Post reports.
The company, Real Bronx Tours, has taken largely white foreign tourists around the Bronx. The tour guide was caught mocking the Bronx by Post reporter Candice Giove.
Three times a week, Real Bronx Tours takes riders — mainly white Europeans and Australians — on a trip that includes stops at food-pantry lines and a “pickpocket” park.
“Last week, on the first stop of the $45 tour, guide Lynn Battaglia, from Pittsburgh, pointed out a housing project. She then mocked the Grand Concourse, modeled after a Parisian boulevard,” reports Giove.“‘Do you feel like we’re on the Champs-Elysées?’ she teased a couple from Paris.”
The tour also included a drive near a food pantry at a church. Battaglia wondered out loud, “I don’t know what that line’s about, but every Wednesday we see it. We see them go in with empty carts, and we see them come out with carts full.
The tour guide warned of the dangers of going to a park in the Bronx and also gave inaccurate information about the origin of the word “pig” to describe a police officer. While Battaglia claimed the word came from the Bronx, in reality it originated in London.
The Bronx borough president harshly criticized the guide and the tour.
The guide is “the biggest fool on the planet,” said Ruben Diaz, the borough president. “To have foreigners come and gawk at a long line of people who are less fortunate than they are and to make money off of that and to view them as they are some sort of entertainment is pretty disgusting.” [emphasis mine]
Every Series, Every Episode!
StarTrek.com has made every episode available for streaming on their website! (and there doesn’t seem to be any indication that its only temporary!)
Have a series you’ve been meaning to watch? Can’t afford Netflix? No problem! Go forth; all of Star Trek is now at your disposal!
quietly slips this to any interested followers of mine
Guuuuys, watch Star Trek with meeeee.