The city of Cleveland has revealed its crowd control plan for next month's Republican National Convention, a heavily policed, fenced off 3.3 square-mile "event zone" -- the size of Baghdad's Green Zone -- with fenced-off protest areas far from the convention itself.
Though this sort of measure is par for the course in contemporary political events -- I remember them being especially controversial and aggressive during the GW Bush years, after the Battle of Seattle -- the normalization of banning protests at the site of political party conventions has led to a steady increase in the separation, with the RNC forming a new peak of control for political segregation.
ACLU Ohio has filed a lawsuit to reduce the extent of the event zone.
To the groups likely to protest the Republicans, that’s not enough. “What the city has done here is draw a gigantic blanket area that covers most of downtown Cleveland,” says Elizabeth Bonham, staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio, which has filed a lawsuit hoping to reduce the Event Zone’s size and restrictions. “When the government takes the extreme step of limiting speech and assembly in any way, the burden is on them to justify that those restrictions are reasonable,” Bonham says. “Here there are no alternatives.”
Cleveland Will Create a City Within a City to Keep the RNC Civil [Sam Lubell/Wired]
At a recent press conference, a wasp flew into the mouth of Costa Rica’s President Luis Guillermo Solís. “I ate it,” he said in Spanish with a smile. “I ate the wasp.” As Weird Universe points out, it’s similar to this memorable and unscripted moment in Raiders of the Lost Ark:
Randy Bryce wants to challenge Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan for the First District of Wisconsin, where Ryan beat his most recent Democratic challenger by 35 points.
Sean Spicer, the White House press secretary, first held an off-camera briefing that had one reporter describe him as “just kind of useless”, then was ridiculed by colleague and top Trump crony Steve Bannon as getting fatter, thereby explaining his unwillingness to be seen, and is now reported to be “searching for his own replacement.” […]
Even though credit cards now feature an EMV chip for securing transactions, they still have to include the magnetic strip for compatibility with older point of sale systems. Because of this, there’s no way for the chip’s new security capabilities to protect against card skimmers in the wild.How do you protect yourself from legacy-technology-induced fraud? […]
As the old saying goes, “You should sit in meditation for 30 minutes every day. Unless you are too busy, in which case you should meditate for an hour.” Since most of us have an endless list of things to do and people to see, carving out quiet time can feel impossible, especially when most […]
The Bragi Dash Truly Wireless Smart Earphones are far more than your run of the mill Bluetooth earbuds. While the earpiece design makes these earbuds ideal for exercise and activity, and passive noise cancelling is conducive to a more serene listening experience, these buds go well beyond just playing music.First of all, they can actually […]