Senator Moran On Filibustering Drone Policy And How To Influence Congressmen
Senator Jerry Moran (CrunchGov Grade: A) left his tie back in Washington, D.C., and sat down with me for an informal, yet candid discussion at the SXSW Interactive conference. The folksy Kansas representative has been one of the Senate’s few tech wonks, spearheading a bill to create a new visa for immigrant entrepreneurs, the Startup Visa Act 3.0. We’ve included highlights below. From filibustering drone policy to how to influence his fellow congressmen, we’ve included the highlights below. Drones “If the federal government can kill a U.S. citizen without due process of law in the United States, what can’t the federal government do?” said Moran, who helped Rand Paul on his epic 12-hour filibuster this week to protest the nomination of John Brennan as CIA Director. Paul had invoked the U.S. Senate’s fire-alarm procedure, the filibuster, which permits any representative to hold up all political activity so long as he or she continuously talks (no bathroom breaks). Moran joined ...
Prodded By Activist Hedge Fund, Apple Evaluates Plan To Return Cash To Shareholders Through Preferred Stock Issue
Apple said this afternoon it is evaluating the possibility of issuing preferred stock as part of its ongoing effort to return $45 billion to its shareholders which was initiated in March of last year. The evaluation is apparently in response to Greenlight Capital, a hedge fund led by David Einhorn that currently holds some 1.3 million shares of Apple stock. Greenlight has been very publicly pushing Apple to give more of its cash back to shareholders. In particular, Greenlight is opposing Apple’s proposed plan to amend its corporate charter in a way that would eliminate the option of issuing preferred stock. In an interview with CNBC today, Einhorn said that preferred stock should indeed be issued by Apple, and he blasted the company for hoarding its cash with a “depression-era mentality.” In a separate interview with Bloomberg, he compared Apple’s attitude toward cash to that of his grandmother, saying, “It is kind of like my grandma Roz. She wanted to hoard money. She would not ...
Syrian forces pound Damascus outskirts
Activist group says troops targeted rebel positions with artillery and air strikes in bid to secure the capital.
Syrian Troops Shell Aleppo
Syrian troops fired tank shells and artillery at neighborhoods in Aleppo as rebels tried to repel a government ground assault against their positions in the country's largest city, activists said.
Eben Moglen: Time To Apply Asimov's First Law of Robotics To Smartphones
Sparrowvsrevolution writes "Free software lawyer and activist Eben Moglen plans to give a talk at the Hackers On Planet Earth conference in New York next month on the need to apply Isaac Asimov's laws of robotics to our personal devices like smartphones. Here's a preview: 'In [1960s] science fiction, visionaries perceived that in the middle of the first quarter of the 21st century, we'd be living contemporarily with robots. They were correct. We do. We carry them everywhere we go. They see everything, they're aware of our position, our relationship to other human beings and other robots, they mediate an information stream about us, which allows other people to predict and know our conduct and intentions and capabilities better than we can predict them ourselves. But we grew up imagining that these robots would have, incorporated in their design, a set of principles. We imagined that robots would be designed so that they could never hurt a human being. These robots have no such commitments. ...
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