The Daily Beat

Premiere DateAug 13, 2013
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The Daily Beat is a daily news podcast inspired by the power of social media to spark social change. Tune in Monday through Friday at 7 p.m. as BTR’s social media director, DJ Jen, culls the “Twitterverse” and “blogosphere” to bring you the top stories regarding social justice and human rights issues.

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Today The Associated Press published an article titled ” NYC MAYOR LAMBASTES STOP-AND-FRISK RULING.”

The article’s author Colleen Long writes:

A federal judge’s stinging rebuke of the police department’s stop-and-frisk policy as discriminatory could usher in a return to the days of high violent crime rates and end New York’s tenure as “America’s safest big city,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned.

The ruling strikes at the heart of the legacy Bloomberg aims to leave when his third and final term ends this year. He said he would appeal but likely won’t be around long enough to deal with the repercussions.

“This is a dangerous decision made by a judge who I think does not understand how policing works and what is compliant with the U.S. Constitution as determined by the Supreme Court,” Bloomberg said. “I worry for my kids, and I worry for your kids. I worry for you and I worry for me. Crime can come back any time the criminals think they can get away with things. We just cannot let that happen.”

Yesterday Think Progress published an article titled “PHOTOS: Hardly Anyone Showed Up To Steve King’s Anti-Immigration Reform Rally.”

The article’s author Annie-Rose Strasser writes:

Rep. Steve King (R-IA) held a rally on Monday night for those who oppose the comprehensive immigration reform effort taking place on Capitol Hill. But no one, it seems, felt like going.

The event was billed as a “Stop Amnesty” event — a response to the pro-reform rallies being held around the country. It was held in Richmond, Virginia. But instead of massive turnout by those who agree with King’s assessment that the bill “proposes to legalize a lot of people that will include the people who are drug smugglers,” a mere 50 to 60 people came to the event, by Politico reporter Seung Min Ki’s estimate.

To check out the photos, click the link in the playlist page of today’s show.

Yesterday The Raw Story published a Reuters article titled “U.S. Air Force to shut down space surveillance system over budget cuts.”

The article reads:

The U.S. Air Force will shut down its space surveillance system that tracks satellites and other orbiting objects by October 1 due to budget constraints caused by automatic federal budget cuts known as the sequestration, it announced Monday.

Deactivating the system by October 1 would save the Air Force Space Command $14 million annually starting in fiscal year 2014.

The surveillance system got the nickname “Space Fence” because it transmits a “fence” of radar energy vertically into space that can detect any object or debris that crosses it without being cued to do so.

Commander of the Air Force Space Command, General William Shelton, said the system – which has been in operation since 1961 – was outmoded and that newer technology will provide more accurate observations.


Today AFP published an article titled “Hackers attack exiled Tibet government website.”

The article reads:

Hackers have attacked the Tibetan government-in-exile’s Chinese-language website with an unidentified virus, making the portal inaccessible, an official spokesman told AFP Tuesday.

“Our office cannot access the website and we are trying to figure out what kind of virus is responsible for the problem,” Tashi Phuntsok, spokesman for the exiled government based in the north Indian town of Dharamshala, told AFP. is the official site of the exiled government, whose spiritual head is the Dalai Lama. It covers the parliament, cabinet, administrative departments, and public offices.

Hackers have taken down the English, Tibetan and Chinese versions of the website several times in the past, according to Phuntsok.

“We are a prominent target for attacks by Chinese hackers,” he said.

Today AFP also published an article titled “China set to become world’s biggest net oil importer.”

The article reads:

China is set to overtake the United States as the world’s largest net oil importer from October, according to US figures, due to a combination of rising Chinese demand and increased US production.

Next year, China’s net oil imports will exceed those of the United States on an annual basis and the gap between them will continue to widen, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) said.

China is already the biggest energy user in the world and the second-largest oil consumer after the United States.

The shift has been driven by steady growth in Chinese demand, increased oil production in the United States, and stagnant or weakening demand in the US market, the EIA said in a report.

And finally, today AFP published an article titled “Egypt police use tear gas to break up Cairo clashes.”

The article reads:

Egyptian police fired tear gas to break up clashes between supporters of ousted president Mohamed Mursi and residents of a central Cairo neighbourhood, Agence France-Presse (AFP) correspondents said.

The clashes began when dozens of religious scholars affiliated with Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood entered the ministry of endowments and were ordered out by police, a security official said.

They then clashed with residents of the area prompting police to fire tear gas, the official and AFP correspondents said.


Yesterday AFP published an article titled “California to recognize transgender pupil preferences.”

The article reads:

Transgender students in California public schools will be able to choose which bathrooms to use and which sex-segregated sports to play, according to new legislation passed.

The bill signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown would allow students to be treated as their chosen gender rather than that listed on their official documents.

Supporters of the law say it will help reduce bullying, while opponents have warned that the new policy will disrupt learning.

“Will transgender students make some other children uncomfortable? Perhaps,” said the author of the bill, Democratic state legislator Tom Ammiano.

“I don’t want to minimize that, but new experiences are often uncomfortable. That can’t be an excuse for prejudice.”

Today The Raw Story published a Reuters article titled “Footage of disabled cows stir questions about growth drugs.”

The article reads:

At a beef industry conference in Denver last week, the animal health auditor for meat producer JBS USA presented a video showing short clips of cows struggling to walk and displaying other signs of distress. The animals appeared to step gingerly, as if on hot metal, and showed signs of lameness, according to four people who saw the video.

The people in attendance said the video was presented by Dr Lily Edwards-Callaway, the head of animal welfare at JBS USA, as part of a panel discussion on the pros and cons of using a class of drugs known as beta-agonists – the additives fed to cattle in the weeks before slaughter to add up to 30 pounds to bodyweight and reduce fat content in the meat.

Edwards-Callaway told the audience the cattle had been fed a beta-agonist, but did not identify which brand. She also said various factors – including heat, transportation, and animal health – may have contributed to the behavior seen on the video, according to JBS spokesman Cameron Bruett.

And finally today published an article titled “Erie Pipeline Explosion.”

KWQC reports:

Crews are responding to a massive pipeline explosion near Interstate I-88 and Albany road, just north of Erie, IL.

Whiteside county officials tell us Erie crews were able to shut off the natural gas line, but flames are expected to be active for hours.

Residents living within a one mile radius have been evacuated and a shelter has been opened at the Erie fire department. There are over 20 people currently in the shelter and more are anticipated to need assistance. This includes adults, children and pets.