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Humanity shouldn't make autonomous weapons: an open letter from AI & robotics researchers

A distinguished group of scientists and researchers involved with physics, computer science, security, and other fields have signed an open letter calling for a ban on militarized robots, saying that the development of autonomous weapons would be bad for the Earth and bad for humanity.

# Permalink (Tuesday, July 28, 2015)

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After two corrections, The New York Times' botched Clinton email story still has an error

Media Matters excoriates The New York Times for its sloppy, error-ridden coverage of Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State, when she used a private email server to send and receive messages via email.

# Permalink (Monday, July 27, 2015)

Permanent Defense

Facts about I-1366 that Tim Eyman didn’t bother to mention

This morning, Tim Eyman sent an email to the press, taking another opportunity to crow about getting signatures submitted for I-1366 and ostensibly provide information pertaining to the initiative. Here are some very important facts he didn’t bother… (read more)

NO on I-1366 Committee forms; will respond to Tim Eyman’s signature turn-in tomorrow

Efforts to build a broad coalition to stop Tim Eyman’s I-1366 received a major boost today with NPI and Permanent Defense founder Andrew Villeneuve’s announcement of the formation of a statewide campaign committee to oppose the initiative. I-1… (read more)

Police report, eyewitness testimony documents harassment of citizens by Eyman petitioners

With Tim Eyman and his associates said to be winding down the signature drive for I-1366, Eyman’s most destructive initiative yet, NPI’s Permanent Defense has been reviewing anecdotes submitted by citizens and activists regarding their experie… (read more)

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  • A European Capital Markets Union: Suppor....
    (Policy Network) — Roundtable event in Brussels to mark the launch of Policy Network’s report Supporting Investors and Growth Firms: A Bottom-Up Approach to a Capital Ma....
  • Deus Ex Machina: IRS Has an Epiphany, Re....
    (Tax Justice Blog) — The latest development in the endless saga of tax avoidance by hedge fund and private equity managers. The Internal Revenue Service proposed new rules l....
  • The IRS: You Don't Have to Like Them, bu....
    (Tax Justice Blog) — Congress is considering further gutting the Internal Revenue Service's enforcement capacities even as a new report from the Taxpayer Advocate shows that....
  • Sightline on Shell’s Presence in Oregon
    (Sightline Daily) — For those following the controversy of Shell’s Arctic drilling program, here’s a look at the role of Northwest ports—first Seattle, no....
  • Nike: Just Dodge It
    (Tax Justice Blog) — For fans of creative tax dodging, the release of the Nike Corporation's annual report is always an enlightening occasion. As we noted two years ago, the....
  • Scott Walker's Tax-Cut-Driven Economic Plan
    (Tax Justice Blog) — After his 2011 election, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker aggressively pursued and helped pass a series of tax cuts in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. His policie....
  • Scott Walker's Tax Cut Driven Economic Plan
    (Tax Justice Blog) — After his 2011 election, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker aggressively pursued and helped pass a series of tax cuts in 2011, 2013, 2014 and 2015. His policie....
  • NEW REPORT: Too Many Kids Are Being Left....
    (schmudget) — Because of stagnating wages, underemployment, and high costs for basic needs like housing and child care, many of Washington state’s kids and families w....
  • LNG jobs reality check
    (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternativ....) — BC premier Christy Clark recently stated that the Pacific NorthWest LNG project headed by Petronas would create 4,500 jobs, and that the LNG industry as....
  • Letter Urging the Department of Labor No....
    (Economic Policy Institute » ....) — EPI and its partners sent the following letter urging the Department of Labor to not extend the comment period for its proposal to raise the salary thre....
PNW Topic Hotlist

The PNW Topic Hotlist curates blog posts from local blogs based on current events. Posts categorized under topics of the moment are shown below.

  • Success Academy: Scholars Have Problems ....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Parents can be hard to please. Read the correspondence from the parents of “scholars” who don’t like the new uniforms or the new vendo....
  • Success Academy: Very Expensive Uniforms!
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Please read this tweet. Success Academy charters rent swank uniform store. Meanwhile parents gouged on uniforms. ht @SSherylyn @Linda1746 pic.twitter.co....
  • Rick Hess: How the Common Core Went Wrong
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Rick Hess directs education studies at the conservative, free-market American Enterprise Institute. We often disagree but I am often impressed that he d....
  • Carole Marshall: The Big Lie Behind Rhod....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Carole Marshall is a retired teacher who taught in the schools of Providence, Rhode Island. She was invited to participate in shaping Rhode Island ......
  • Hispanic Group in Texas Disagrees with N....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — In recent weeks, as Congress debated different issues in the reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, a dozen or more of the natio....
  • Laura H. Chapman Analyzes “No Nonsense N....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Our regular reader and contributor Laura H. Chapman researched No Nonsense Nurturing pedagogy and shares what she found:   “Here are some not....
  • Peter Goodman on Cuomo’s Phony “Receiver....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Peter Goodman is a close observer of city and state education policy in Néw York. In this post, he describes how Governor Andrew Cuomo bypassed the stat....
  • NY Teacher Offers Advice to VAM-Loving R....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — Regular readers may have noticed a flurry–one might say–a deluge of comments by a reader who signs as “Virginiasgp.” SGP stands ....
  • Florida Secret VAM Formula Revealed Here!
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — From a reader: “Florida VAM formula … from the DOE website. This is a terrible joke. y_i=μ+∑_(g=1)^M▒〖δ_g x_g 〗+∑_(j=1)^K▒〖β_j x_j+θ_(k)i+ω_....
  • Proof that British Politicians Meddle as....
    (Diane Ravitch's blog) — The new British secretary of state for education has learned something very silly by reading about the “reform movement” in the United State....

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