Indonesia: Widodo approves castration for sex offenders who prey on children

May 26, 2016
New York Times    

"The Indonesian president, Joko Widodo, signed a decree on Wednesday authorizing chemical castration for convicted child sex offenders and requiring those released on parole to wear electronic monitoring devices. The new punishment comes in response to the brutal gang rape and murder in April of a 14-year-old girl on her way home on the island of Sumatra. Seven teenage boys were each sentenced to 10 years in prison for the crime, which prompted national outrage and revived previous calls for chemical castration as a punishment against child sex offenders." (05/25/16)  

Apple hires encryption expert to beef up security on its devices

May 26, 2016
The Hackers News    

"The FBI and other law enforcement agencies have waged legal war on encryption and privacy technologies. You may have heard many news stories about the legal battle between Apple and the FBI over unlocking an iPhone that belonged to the San Bernardino shooter. However, that was just one battle in a much larger fight. Now, in an effort to make its iPhone surveillance-and-hack proof, Apple has rehired security expert and cryptographer Jon Callas, who co-founded the widely-used email encryption software PGP and the secure-messaging system Silent Circle that sells the Blackphone." (05/25/16)  

What your browser says about you that your GPA doesn’t

May 25, 2016
Foundation for Economic Education
by BK Marcus   BK Marcus

"If you want to hire creative, independent, and innovative people, should you look at candidates' school transcripts, or would it be better to know which web browsers they prefer? In an interview with the New York Times, Laszlo Bock, senior vice president of people operations at Google, said, 'One of the things we've seen from all our data crunching is that GPAs are worthless' as a criterion for hiring, 'and test scores are worthless -- no correlation at all.' Google's top HR exec may in fact be understating the problem with grade point averages." (05/25/16)  

Immigration and self-determination

May 25, 2016
Bleeding Heart Libertarians
by Chris Freiman and Javier Hidalgo   Bleeding Heart Libertarians

"Some philosophers argue that states have rights to exclude immigrants because states have rights to collective self-determination. The idea here is that citizens have the right to control their collective affairs and shape the character of their society. Some people cash this out in cultural terms: we have rights to control cultural change and preserve our national culture. Immigration causes cultural disruption and so citizens have the right to restrict immigration. It's true that the freedom to immigrate can cause cultural change. But so can the exercise of other freedoms. ... if self-determination justifies restricting immigration to prevent cultural change, why can't it justify restricting freedom of speech?" (05/25/16)  

Japan: Abe to take G7 leaders to shrine

May 25, 2016
Reuters     Reuters

"Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe was set to escort Group of Seven (G7) leaders to the Shinto religion's holiest site on Thursday ahead of a summit that will cover topics from risks to the global economy to China's maritime assertiveness. Abe was to take U.S. President Barack Obama and other G7 partners to the expansive grounds of Ise Grand Shrine in central Japan, dedicated to sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami, mythical ancestress of the emperor. Abe has said he hopes the shrine visit will provide an insight to the heart of Japanese culture. Critics say he's catering to a conservative base that wants to put religion back in politics and revive traditional values." (05/25/16)  

You have a right to be paranoid

May 25, 2016
A Geek With Guns
by Christopher Burg  

"There are a lot of common ploys criminals will use to get within close range of an intended victim. Asking for directions, to borrow a cell phone, a couple of bucks to buy a bus ticket to get back home, for help in an emergency situation, and so on. These ploys all serve to drop the intended victims guard so they can be approached more easily. During a discussion about this story I mentioned to a friend that my standard response to these types of situations is to take a defensive stance, slide my hands into my pocket (usually onto a conceal weapon), and pretend that I don't speak English (in my experience this tends to reduce the amount of time an individual will invest in trying to interact with me). My friend told me that that sounds paranoid, which brings me to the point of this post. Our society places a stigma on perceived paranoia." (05/25/16)  

WA: Trump, Clinton win presidential primaries

May 25, 2016
Hawaii Telegraph    

"Donald Trump’s sweeping victory in Washington state's Republican presidential primary has brought him closer to the presidential nomination as he is now said to be merely 10 delegates short. Trump’s victory in the Washington state primary on May 24 got him at least 40 of Washington's delegates taking his total delegate count up to 1,229. ... Meanwhile, the Democratic race too proceeded as expected with Hillary Clinton easily defeating Bernie Sanders by winning 54 percent to 46 percent in early returns." (05/25/16)  

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