Researchers have achieved long distance brain-to-brain communication in humans. Patterned signals of phosphenes (the colors you see when your eyes close) were sent over the Internet to EEGs worn by users, who were able to exchange messages like “ciao” and “hola” with a 90% success rate. Source
The US Department of Justice said it is launching a national pilot program in a number of cities to try and detect American extremists interested in joining terrorist organizations and fighting in countries like Syria and Iraq.
US Attorney General Eric Holder said in a video message Monday that the program is designed to bring together community representatives, public safety officials, religious leaders, and US attorneys to “improve local engagement … counter violent extremism … and – ultimately – to build a broad network of community partnerships to keep our nation safe.”
US to dispatch 3,000 personnel to West Africa to combat Ebola
NBC News: President Obama will announce a major surge in U.S. aid to combat Ebola in West Africa on Tuesday, with as many as 3,000 military personnel to be dispatched to train health workers and build treatment clinics.
According to senior administration officials,the Defense Department will divert $500 million to the effort, which will include building 17 new treatment centers with 100 beds apiece.
Photo: A burial team from the Liberian Ministry of Health unloads bodies of Ebola victims onto a funeral pyre at a cremation on August 22, 2014. (John Moore / Getty Images)
Damn. The future is going to be crazy.
Two Words: Master Splinter
This is horrifying.
John Yoo: “Obama has adopted the same view of war powers as the Bush administration.”
Sep. 10 2014
Later today President Obama will unveil his plan to “degrade and ultimately destroy” the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, through an expanded military campaign in Iraq and likely Syria. But by ordering the military into action without explicit congressional authorization, Obama is falling back, at least in part, on the same controversial legal theories of executive power that he once rejected.
Not everyone is surprised by the presidential about-face. John Yoo, a former Bush administration lawyer and one of the primary architects of the “strong executive” theory of presidential power, told BuzzFeed News, “Obama has adopted the same view of war powers as the Bush administration.”
In a preview of his speech on Sunday, Obama told Chuck Todd of NBC’s Meet the Press that he was “confident that I have the authorization that I need to protect the American people.” Obama repeated that same line in meetings with foreign policy pundits on Monday and again in meetings with congressional leaders on Tuesday.
That authority is Article II, Section 2 of the Constitution, which names the president commander-in-chief of the military. But not everyone is convinced that the clause, which opens Section 2, gives the president the authority Obama currently claims. Among those doubters is Obama himself, or at least the pre-presidential version.
In late 2007, as part of a candidate Q&A, Obama told Charlie Savage, “The president does not have power under the Constitution to unilaterally authorize a military attack in a situation that does not involve stopping an actual or imminent threat to the nation.” And as Obama made clear in his Sunday appearance on Meet the Press, this is not the case in Iraq or Syria. “I want everybody to understand that we have not seen any immediate intelligence about threats to the homeland from ISIL. That’s not what this is about.”
This is about prevention and preemption, exactly the sort of thing that candidate Obama said presidents were not authorized to do without congressional approval. But Congress seems to have little desire to vote on military action ahead of midterm elections in November, and, after last year’s confused approach to military strikes in Syria, Obama seems to have just as little interest in asking permission. Instead, whether out of expediency or outlook, he appears to have altered his views on constitutional power, and in doing so found himself relying on the same theories he once criticized.
CASTRO VALLEY, C.A. - A California school board is getting heat from community members on a recent purchase.
Our sister station, KPIX in San Francisco, reports Castro Valley High School is getting a $14,000 espresso machine.
Some postings on social media call it a waste of money. One Facebook user said, “There is no good explanation for a $14,000 espresso machine bought with district money — period!!!!!”
The price may sound kind of outrageous, yet Castro Valley Unified School District said it’s an investment.
Administrators explain, it’s one of the start-up costs as the district moves toward catering its own events rather than hiring vendors. One board member said not only will this save money it will save an important job at the school.
“We have a 14.5 hour position in the child nutrition department that we are working really hard to keep,” said Assistant Superintendent Candi Clark. “This is an opportunity to keep that position.”
The board approved the purchase of the espresso machine unanimously.
They say the money for it will come out of a separate fund as part of the child nutrition department.