The Daily Beat

Premiere DateAug 26, 2013
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Thursday Salon published an article titled “New York renews push for gay conversion therapy ban.”

The article reads:

Now that Chris Christie has signed a law in New Jersey banning gay conversion therapy for minors, three lawmakers in New York are hoping to keep up the momentum and pass the state’s own version of the law.

State Sens. Brad Hoylman and Michael Gianaris, and Assemblywoman Deborah Glick, all Democrats, are urging other lawmakers in Albany to pass a gay conversion therapy ban they introduced earlier this year, that had stalled in the Legislature.

Sunday The Raw Story published an AFP article titled “NSA broke encryption on UN communications: report.”

The article reads:

The US National Security Agency broke the encryption securing the United Nations’ internal video conferencing at its New York headquarters, German news weekly Der Spiegel reported Sunday, citing secret NSA documents.

The move provided the agency with “a dramatic improvement of data from video teleconferences and the ability to decrypt this data traffic,” the magazine quoted an NSA document as saying.

It said the NSA, which for months has been at the centre of revelations by intelligence leaker Edward Snowden, broke the encryption in the summer of 2012 and within nearly three weeks, had bumped up the number of decrypted communications from 12 to 458.

The NSA, on one occasion, also allegedly caught the Chinese secret services eavesdropping on the UN in 2011, it added, quoting an internal report.

Der Spiegel also claims that the US agency kept tabs on the European Union after it moved into new offices in New York in September 2012. Among documents provided by Snowden were plans of the EU’s premises, which the NSA codenamed “Apalachee.”

Today The Associated Press published an article titled “Convicted Fort Hood gunman begins sentencing phase.

The article reads:

The Fort Hood shooter, an Army psychiatrist convicted of killing 13 people in the November 2009 attack, faces the death penalty as the sentencing phase of his trial begins Monday.

Maj. Nidal Hasan showed no reaction after being found guilty last week by a military jury, which will now decide whether the Virginia-born Muslim who said he opened fire on unarmed soldiers at the Texas Army post to protect insurgents abroad should be executed.

Twelve of the dead were soldiers, including a pregnant private who pleaded for the unborn child’s life. More than 30 others were wounded. Investigators collected more than 200 bullet casings at the site of the attack.

At the minimum, the 42-year-old Hasan will spend the rest of his life in prison.


Today The Associated Press published a story titled “UN says vehicle shot at by snipers near Damascus.”

The article reads:

Snipers opened fire Monday at a U.N. vehicle belonging to a team investigating the alleged use of chemical weapons in Damascus, a U.N. spokesman said. The Syrian government accused the rebels of firing at the team.

Activists said later that the team had arrived in Moadamiyeh, a western suburb of the capital and one of the areas where the alleged attack occurred. They said the team was meeting with doctors and victims at a makeshift hospital.

Martin Nesirky, spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said the vehicle was “deliberately shot at multiple times” in the buffer zone area between rebel- and government-controlled territory, adding that the team was safe.

Today The Associated Press tweeted a photo with the headline “Switzerland Sex Boxes.”

The caption for the photo reads:

In this Saturday, Aug. 24, 2013 photo, a poster hangs in an open, wooden, garage-style “sex box” in Zurich, Switzerland. Prostitutes will be concentrated in a small city park built for more than USD $2 million in the Altstetten area of Zurich. It officially opens for business Monday. Prostitution is legal in Switzerland, but Zurich restricts it to certain areas, and is experimenting with the drive-in facilities to relocate the activity and improve safety and sanitation. The public had its first view of the completed facilities on Saturday.

Today AFP published an article titled “Facebook rallies thousands to Philippines protest.”

The article reads:

Tens of thousands of people gathered in a central Manila park on Monday to protest against embedded corruption in the Philippine political system after a rallying call on Facebook and Twitter.

The so-called “million people march” is one of the largest public demonstrations since President Benigno Aquino was elected in 2010 on an anti-corruption platform.

The protesters ranged from nuns and priests and students to businessmen, middle-class families, lawyers and other professionals, showcasing the broad-based anger over graft in the impoverished nation.

“The Filipino people are now modern. Proof is the million people march that we can’t be fooled by our leaders anymore,” a protester calling himself Gundam08 tweeted from the rally site.

Today The Associated Press published an article titled “Thai police crackdown ‘laughing gas’ balloons.”

The article reads:

Thai authorities are cracking down on vendors in Bangkok’s main backpacker district selling cheap doses of balloons filled with nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, to tourists.

Eight vendors have been arrested since police first noticed the trend a few weeks ago along Khao San Road, a pedestrian street lined with bars and cheap hotels, police Lt. Col. Pitiphan Kridakorn said Monday.

Each dose sells for about 130 baht, or $4.

Pitiphan said the sale of drug-filled balloons started in popular beaches, such as Koh Samui, Pattaya and Koh Pagnan — an island known for “full moon” parties fueled by drugs and alcohol.

He said police are trying to curb sales of the drug-filled balloons in the capital before it gains wider popularity.


Today The Associated Press published an article titled “Russian officials board environmentalists’ vessel.”

The article reads:

The environmental group Greenpeace says that Russian authorities have boarded their ship which is in the Arctic to protest against oil drilling.

The group is protesting offshore oil exploration conducted by state oil company Rosneft and ExxonMobil in the Russian section of the Arctic Ocean off western Siberia.

Greenpeace said in a statement on Monday that Coast Guard officials boarded the ship without permission after the group launched inflatable boats with banners reading “Save the Arctic” near an oil exploration vessel working for Rosneft.

Today Think Progress published an article titled “Hourly Wages Have Fallen By 8 Cents Since The Great Recession Ended.”

The article reads:

The average private-sector wage now stands 8 cents lower than it did when the Great Recession officially ended three years ago, according to data from the Labor Department. The slide from $8.85 per hour in June 2009 to $8.77 per hour last month is the latest evidence that the recovery has thus far failed to engage a key economic feedback loop between worker pay and consumer demand, undermining growth.

The numbers are adjusted for inflation, and exclude managerial workers and government employees. The stagnation and slight decline in hourly pay corresponds with two studies put out last week that showed American household earnings are down by more than $2,000 per year since the recession and that workers have suffered a lost decade in compensation despite increasing their productivity by nearly 25 percent.

Yesterday The Raw Story published an article titled “Media critic: Al Jazeera appealing because it’s not identified with corporate interests.”

The article reads:

The Qatar-based news network Al Jazeera is an important contributor to the political landscape of the United States, according to the media critic for The Baltimore Sun.

“We have had a narrowing of the conversation about democracy, especially on television,” David Zurawik said Sunday on CNN. “Throughout the media, we’ve become sort of identified with corporate interests and with the powers that be. I think part of that is the economic crunch we have all gone through. Al Jazeera in general is oriented towards what is called global south, which is people south of the equator — people who have been the victims of colonization.”