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Cocaine Suppressed for Language Glitch
Originally posted on Engineering Evil:
Wednesday, February 04, 2015Last Update: 2:40 PM PT
CORPUS CHRISTI (CN) – Eight kilos of cocaine the Border Patrol found in a car can’t be used as evidence because the driver didn’t know he could object to the search, a federal judge ruled.
The Border Patrol suspected the driver was smuggling human organs, according to the arrest report . Key to the judge’s granting suppression of evidence was the use of a Spanish phrase by a Border Patrol agent who is not fluent in the language.
Joaquin Vasquez-Gutierrez, of Mexico, pulled his 2014 Nissan Sentra into a Border Patrol checkpoint in Sarita, Texas on Oct. 12, 2014, and agent Lisa Taranto ran the car’s license plate, court records show.
Sarita, pop. 238, the seat of Kenedy County, is about 90 miles from the U.S.-Mexico border.
“Taranto observed on her computer screen that the vehicle’s license plate had been flagged and…
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Google Search Results Will Reportedly Include Tweets In Real-Time Again Soon
Originally posted on TechCrunch:
Twitter is reported to have struck a significant partnership with Google on the eve of its latest financial results. Bloomberg reports that the two companies have agreed to a deal to put real-time tweets from Twitter back into Google’s search results sometime “in the first half of this year.”
The partnership would give Google access to Twitter’s data ‘fire hose’ again, something that search rivals Yahoo and (Microsoft) Bing already enjoy. Twitter and Google struck a similar agreement back in 2009, but it was not renewed in 2011. That left Google needing to crawl the Twitter services to index tweet — a process that takes time. Terms of this apparent new deal will make tweets visible inside Google’s search results immediately after they are tweeted out.
This coming together would be significant for a couple of reasons. Bloomberg’s sources claim there is no advertising revenue deal here, but Google will reportedly…
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They Must Ask Questions – Southern California Edison IT workers ‘beyond furious’ over H-1B replacements
Originally posted on Countenance Blog:
Southern California Edison IT workers ‘beyond furious’ over H-1B replacements
Information technology workers at Southern California Edison (SCE) are being laid off and replaced by workers from India. Some employees are training their H-1B visa holding replacements, and many have already lost their jobs.
The employees are upset and say they can’t understand how H-1B guest workers can be used to replace them.
Because they can!
“They are bringing in people with a couple of years’ experience to replace us and then we have to train them,” said one longtime IT worker. “It’s demoralizing and in a way I kind of felt betrayed by the company.”
Yes, the company is bad enough. But you should feel more betrayed by your elected officials.
You should ask your politicians and prospective politicians questions about this matter, and research their policy positions. Even some of the supposedly better…
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The Roots of Radicalism We Don’t Discuss
Originally posted on TIME:
Have you ever been so heartbroken that you joined the conservative faction of a local mosque? Khalid did, because he felt he had no other way to cope.
Khalid’s heartbreak happened in college. But the seeds for his slide into fundamentalism were planted before that. Khalid was born to Afghan parents in New York. And his story offers a different answer to the question of why American, French, or British youth from standard, middle class families turn to religious fundamentalism. It’s the holy grail of policy discussions, and tends to yield answers focused on external factors – like economic hardship or assimilation pressures. But a glance at the effect of internal household pressures reveals insights that are just as critical to any future policy solutions.
Like many children of immigrant families, for Khalid, negotiating among cultures and sub-cultures compounded feelings of isolation, inadequacy, and a desire to belong to something…
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