McDonald’s recalls Happy Meal fitness trackers after they injure kids

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Strava Beacon lets cyclists broadcast their real-time location to friends

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Your Kid Is Way More Likely To Be Poisoned By Crayons Than By Marijuana

Your Kid Is Way More Likely To Be Poisoned By Crayons Than By Marijuana:

This year, marijuana opponents are raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to combat what they say are the threats of the drug. But as far as I’m aware, there are currently no efforts afoot to ban crayons.

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We Have a “Duty” to Submit; They Have No Duty to Protect

We Have a “Duty” to Submit; They Have No Duty to Protect:

It is a long-established principle that police officers and the agencies employing them face no specific or institutional liability when they fail to protect individuals from acts of criminal violence. Brittany Irish’s ordeal resembles that of the victims in the pivotal 1981 decision Warren v. District of Columbia in which the D.C Court of Appeals ruled that it is a “fundamental principle of American law that a government and its agents are under no general duty to provide public services, such as police protection, to any individual citizen.”…

If Brittany Irish had been pulled over by a state trooper who demanded to search her vehicle and person for drugs or cash, she would have been under a state-prescribed duty to submit. This is the kind of “general public service” the police are expected to provide – or, more accurately, to inflict. She cannot opt-out of that “service” without being arrested and possibly killed by those providing it. Those same agents of state-authorized violence, however, opted out of helping Brittany when she and her family needed protection.

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The Bahamas Issues U.S. Travel Advisory: Use ‘Extreme Caution’ Around Police

The Bahamas Issues U.S. Travel Advisory: Use ‘Extreme Caution’ Around Police:

It was the kind of advisory that the U.S. government has issued recently for travel under the repressive regime in Laos, or to the developing nation of Nicaragua: watch out for the security situation, and beware of street demonstrations, the State Department warned.

On Friday, however, those red flags were turned around on the United States.

The Bahamian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Immigration urged its citizens to exercise “appropriate caution” when traveling to the United States, and especially to cities where recent police shootings have occurred….

The Bahamian government specifically advised its young male citizens to take “extreme caution” with police. “Do not be confrontational and cooperate,” the government warned….

Canada, Germany and others have in the past also warned their citizens about deadly gun violence when traveling to the United States, but none updated their travel warnings this week.

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