“Despite the fact that the FBI was accused of hiding information from judges when obtaining authorization for use of the secretive “Stingray” cell phone tracking device, a judge has ruled that the use of the device by federal agents was lawful.
This case could quite unfortunately have wide-ranging effects on how the government conducts the type of dragnet surveillance enabled by the Stingray device.
Interestingly, the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) also recently received a new batch of documents from the FBI about the Stingray.
On Wednesday, Judge David Campbell dismissed the motion to suppress the information gathered through the Stingray device in the case of Daniel Rigmaiden.”
Via Activist Post
“It’s been more than a decade in the making, but now Harvard University researchers have developed a tiny flying drone that is barely larger than a quarter.
Robotics researchers at the Ivy League school have achieved a first, reports Forbes: the creation of robotic insects that are capable of flight. A paper detailing their work was recently published in the journal Science. Here’s an abstract of the research:
Flies are among the most agile flying creatures on Earth. To mimic this aerial prowess in a similarly sized robot requires tiny, high-efficiency mechanical components that pose miniaturization challenges governed by force-scaling laws, suggesting unconventional solutions for propulsion, actuation, and manufacturing. To this end, we developed high-power-density piezoelectric flight muscles and a manufacturing methodology capable of rapidly prototyping articulated, flexure-based sub-millimeter mechanisms.
We built an 80-milligram, insect-scale, flapping-wing robot modeled loosely on the morphology of flies. Using a modular approach to flight control that relies on limited information about the robot’s dynamics, we demonstrated tethered but unconstrained stable hovering and basic controlled flight maneuvers. The result validates a sufficient suite of innovations for achieving artificial, insect-like flight.”
Via Natural News
“Collecting rainwater in barrels is a common Earth-friendly and off-grid living practice, but the sustainable existence chore is illegal in many states. Unless you own the water rights on the property, it is not permissible to salvage rainwater in barrels for future use. Western states where water is in high demand, like Colorado, Utah, and Washington, have laws which prohibit rainwater collection or diversion.
It may sound like common sense that a deed to a piece of property includes the rights to the water below, but that is not always the case. As a real estate agent with an appraiser husband, I know all too well the look of shock on a homeowner’s face when such a pesky little detail is revealed during the selling process.
Until learning about the latest infringement on property rights, I had never considered that the water rights clause pertained to anything above ground, with the exception of streams and rivers. The legal definition of water rights does include the phrase, “gathers on the surface of the Earth.” Apparently states which do not allow homeowners the right to fill rainwater barrels take the surface gathering aspect to the extreme. Typical surface water litigation cases involve damaging adjacent properties or altering a naturally flowing body of water – not catching raindrops falling from heaven for off-grid or sustainable purposes.
Salt Lake City Toyota dealership owner Mark Miller found out about the Utah law the hard way. He constructed a large rainwater collection system to use for washing cars on his lot. Instead of heralding the Earth-friendly business decision in one of the driest states in America, Miller was faced with a violation letter.”
Police raid innocent family because of indoor garden, spied on their purchases and dug through trash
“A former FBI counterterrorism agent has hinted at a vast and intrusive surveillance network used by the U.S. government to monitor its own citizens.
Tim Clemente admitted as much when he appeared on CNN Wednesday night.
Discussing the Boston Marathon attack and past telephone conversations of Katherine Russell and her now deceased husband, suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, Clemente said that those conversations would be available to investigators. “
Via The Daily Mail