The Daily Beat

Premiere DateAug 12, 2013
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00:00 The Daily Beat Intro
00:30 Top Stories
03:41 PROMO
03:57 World News
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06:40 In Other News
10:34 True Love Montag
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Today The Associated Press published an article titled “Pirate Bay celebrates 10th anniversary with launch of PirateBrowser to evade ISP filesharing blocks.”

The article’s author Stuart Dredge writes:

Site celebrates 10th anniversary and thumbs nose at entertainment industry with Firefox-based web browser promising ‘no bundled ad-ware, toolbars or other crap’

The Pirate Bay has launched its own web browser aimed at people in countries where ISPs are blocking access to it and other filesharing websites.

PirateBrowser was launched as The Pirate Bay celebrated its tenth anniversary, despite strenuous efforts from entertainment rightsholders to get the site shut down in recent years.

“Do you know any people who can’t access TPB or other torrents-sites because they are blocked? Recommend PirateBrowser to them,” suggests the blog post announcing the browser, which is initially available for PC users.

Today Reuters published an article titled “N.Y. police’s ‘stop-and-frisk’ tactics violate rights, judge rules.”

The article’s author Bernard Vaughan writes:

In a stinging rebuke to the Bloomberg administration, a federal judge ruled on Monday that the New York City Police’s “stop and frisk” crime-fighting tactics violate the constitutional rights of minorities, despite claims by the mayor and police commissioner that it has driven down rates of violent crime.

U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled that the police adopted a policy of “indirect racial profiling” by targeting racially defined groups for stops, resulting in the disproportionate, discriminatory stopping of tens of thousands of blacks and Hispanics, and that the city’s highest officials “turned a blind eye” toward this result, she said.

“No one should live in fear of being stopped whenever he leaves his home to go about the activities of daily life,” Scheindlin wrote in her opinion.

Today published an article titled “Holder: ‘We Can’t Incarcerate Our Way to Becoming a Safer Nation.’”

The article’s author Brentin Mock writes:

Attorney General Eric Holder will announce new policies that will reduce maximized sentences for nonviolent drug offenders who aren’t tied to gangs or large-scale drug organizations. Holder will also seek sentencing reductions for elderly, nonviolent inmates while seeking alternative ways to handle other nonviolent criminals besides sending them to prison.

Holder is expected to make these announcements, which he’s been hinting at for months, today at the national conference for the American Bar Association in San Francisco, according to The Washington Post.

“A vicious cycle of poverty, criminality and incarceration traps too many Americans and weakens too many communities; however, many aspects of our criminal justice system may actually exacerbate this problem rather than alleviate it,” Holder will say today, as written in excerpts of his speech obtained by the Post. “Too many Americans go to too many prisons for far too long and for no good law enforcement reason. “We cannot simply prosecute or incarcerate our way to becoming a safer nation.”


Today The Associated Press published an article titled “UK bars trash cans from tracking people with Wi-Fi.”

The article’s author Raphael Satter writes:

Officials demanded Monday that an advertising firm stop using a network of high-tech trash cans to track people walking through London’s financial district.

The Renew ad firm has been using technology embedded in the hulking receptacles to measure the Wi-Fi signals emitted by smartphones, and suggested that it would apply the concept of “cookies” — tracking files that follow Internet users across the Web — to the physical world.

“We will cookie the street,” Renew Chief Executive Kaveh Memari said in June.

But the City of London Corporation insisted that Renew pull the plug on the program, which captures smartphones’ serial numbers and analyzes signal strength to follow people up and down the street. Renew didn’t immediately return a call seeking comment on whether it would comply with the authorities’ demand.

Today AFP published an article titled “Union official shot dead at S. Africa Marikana mine.”

The article’s author Claire Price writes:

A female union leader was gunned down at Lonmin’s Marikana mine in South Africa on Monday, police said, almost a year after officers shot dead 34 strikers at the mine.

Amid a deadly inter-union battle for supremacy, police spokesman Thulani Ngubane said a person was shot dead at the mine’s Rowland shaft northwest of Johannesburg.

“Officers are still on the scene,” he told AFP.

The powerful National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) confirmed the woman had been one of its leaders at the troubled mine.

Today BBC published an article titled “Ethiopians ‘seek asylum en masse in South Korea.

The article reads:

Two-thirds of a group of young professional Ethiopians who went for training in South Korea have stayed to seek asylum, it’s reported.

Forty chose to apply for political asylum on the grounds of “gross human rights violations”, while just 19 returned home, according to London-based Ethiomedia website. The pro-opposition news outlet quotes one of the 40, Sisay Woldegabriel, as complaining of Muslims being “brutalized by police and government forces”. The group is apparently staying at Henan Refugee Camp and Ethiomedia suggests they’ve been welcomed as a result of Ethiopia’s support for Seoul – in the form of thousands of troops – during the Korean War.


Today AFP published an article titled “US judge orders name change for baby called Messiah.”

The article reads:

A judge in the southern US state of Tennessee has ordered parents who named their son Messiah to change it.

“The word Messiah is a title and it’s a title that has only been earned by one person and that one person is Jesus Christ,” Judge Lu Ann Ballew said in the ruling last week, according to the newspaper The Tennessean.

The parents of the seven-month-old boy had gone to court because they could not decide what the child’s last name would be — the father’s or the mother’s.

The judge ordered that the child go by the last names of both, and along the way surprised everyone by ordering the first name be changed as well — to Martin.

Today The Raw Story published an article titled “LAPD detains photographer for ‘interfering’ with police investigation –from 90 feet away.”

The article reads:

Words like “interference” or “obstruction” seem to be thrown around quite frequently when law enforcement officers decide they’d rather not be filmed while on duty. How the passive act of filming can interfere with investigations or obstruct officials is left to the imagination. Fortunately (I guess…), law enforcement officials have very vivid imaginations. This allows them to arrest, detain, hassle or confiscate devices as needed, in order preserve the peace by chilling speech.

The latest definition of “interference” stretches the limits of credulity — to nearly 100 feet.

Shawn Nee is an award winning street and documentary photographer living in Hollywood, California. He says that on June 2, 2013, his right to take photos under the First Amendment was violated when the Los Angeles Police Department officers detained him while working in Hollywood.

Nee was standing on a residential sidewalk taking pictures of a man he had been photographing for years when LAPD officers showed up about 90 feet away to investigate a domestic dispute.

Today The Associated Press published an article titled “Most NY voters embarrassed by Weiner, Spitzer.”

The article’s author Michael Gormley writes:

New York voters, despite their tradition of rooting for comebacks and supporting eccentric candidates, have had it with Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer and their sex scandals.

A Siena College poll released Monday found that 68 percent of state voters and 62 percent of New York City voters are embarrassed by the national attention to the men’s candidacies, which have kept late-night TV hosts riffing for weeks.

“They are saying that these candidates and the national attention they are attracting is embarrassing,” Siena pollster Steven Greenberg said in an interview. He said the sex scandals of both Spitzer and Weiner go well beyond the brash and colorful candidates New York City voters have long embraced.