Last month, SB 242, the California bill on social media privacy failed to get the votes to move forward. It appears the bill has another chance next week when it could come up for reconsideration. The San Francisco Chronicle has come out strongly in favor of the legislation. As I mentioned before, the bill could end up doing nothing if the federal privacy bill becomes law and preempts California law on this issue.
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“We are soon to introduce federal legislation, the Puppy Uniform Protection Statute (PUPS), or “Baby’s Bill,” named after an elderly dog rescued by animal advocate Jana Kohl.”
Only three U.S. states don’t have some sort of helmet law for motorcyclists. It use to be that helmet laws were very unpopular among motorcyclists. I’m not sure if that is still true but if so, then I say move to Iowa, Illinois and New Hampshire.
Palm Springs television station KESQ ran a five-part investigation into Scientology. Given the lack of media coverage of this notorious organization where allegations about many of its labor practices not to mention religious beliefs have been ignored, I commend this station for this work.
They also unearthed new information about Riverside Supervisor Jeff Stone and a $600 contribution he received from Scientology public relations person, Catherin Fraser. I knew he received $5,400 from Scientology’s lawyer Sam Alhadeff. Supervisor Stone spearheaded the constitutionally dubious ordinance banning protesters from getting within fifty feet of the Scientology’s compound in Hemet.
KESQ has started an investigative report into the protests at the Scientology compound in Riverside County. The first part gives a flavor for the protests, the passion on both sides that spilled over into the threat of violence. The second part was somewhat incoherent, starting off talking about “Anonymous” a leaderless coalition of Internet hackers supposedly creating havoc with the Scientology’s IT infrastructure. Then the piece veers into a discussion of Scientology practices and beliefs which mainly sounds weird but didn’t we already know that?
Part three sounds more promising. The clincher of part two is,
“As the war between Scientology and a group of protestors heats up, Riverside County Supervisors are taking a stance. But are they making decisions, based on propaganda? We’ll uncover who’s getting paid off. Our special series continues Wednesday night at 11.”
I can hardly wait!