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Striking down prostitution laws
Mariana organized this panel on striking down prostitution laws. It was taped by the CBC and is available as a podcast on The Sunday Edition.
Four Ways 3D Printing May Threaten Security
"3D printers already produce everything from
prosthetic hands and engine parts to basketball shoes and fancy
chocolates. But as with any technological advance, new possibilities
come with new perils.
A new RAND paper, Additive Manufacturing in 2040: Powerful Enabler, Disruptive Threat, explores how 3D printers will affect personal, national, and international security. The paper is part of RAND's Security 2040 initiative, which looks over the horizon to anticipate future threats.
The same technology that might one day custom-print heart valves can
just as easily produce gun parts. The same machines that allow
astronauts on the international space station to print their own tools
might also help a state like North Korea print military or industrial
equipment to get around international sanctions...."
Here's a great article on the use of tasers and what's becoming an important part of the debate --- the fact that they are killing people with them:
On a balmy fall night, two police officers in a squad car in east Bradenton spotted a man on a bicycle without a headlight.
Derrick Humbert, 38, rode a bike around town because seizures from a head injury prevented him from driving. He worked odd jobs as a short-order cook and gardener. He took care of his three kids, 2, 8 and 11, while their mother worked the evening shift at a 7-Eleven.
On this Monday in late September, he was riding home from a convenience store just after midnight when police told him to stop.
Instead, he pedaled around a corner past three houses, jumped off the bike and ran into a yard, the two officers chasing him on foot.
By Christopher BeamPosted Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, at 6:32 PM ETJeffrey Dahmer When it came to serial killing, Stephen Griffiths did everything by the book. He targeted prostitutes in the slums of Bradford, a city in Northern England. He chose a unique murder weapon: a crossbow. He claimed to have eaten parts of his victims—two of them cooked, one of them raw. "I'm misanthropic," he told police investigators when he was finally caught in 2010. "I don't have much time for the human race." When he appeared in court, he gave his name as the "crossbow cannibal." It was as if he'd studied up on the art of serial murder. (In fact, he had: Griffiths was a part-time Ph.D. student at Bradford University, where he was studying criminology.) And yet, for all his efforts, he got only one short blurb in the New York Times when he was sentenced last month.Serial killers just aren't the sensation they used to be…