The presidential race may have been called, but six Senate races remain undecided and gay marriage is on the ballot in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington.
It’s still a long night.
Sen. Charles Schumer • Arguing that Google and Apple’s separate, upcoming 3D aerial maps raise major privacy concerns. He even wrote an open letter to the companies on the matter, which features this all-caps scare message: “TECHNOLOGY STRONG ENOUGH TO SEE THROUGH WINDOWS AND EVEN CATCH SUN BATHERS IN BACK YARDS” Problem is, Schumer appears to be citing a Daily Mail report on the matter that suggested that “military grade” spy planes were used to get this data, despite the fact that appears to not be the case. Google, in fact, responded, suggesting Schumer misunderstood the technology. “We currently don’t blur aerial imagery because the resolution isn’t sharp enough for it to be a concern,” a spokesperson said in a statement. (via shortformblog)
This is what happens when we have people making laws about technologies they do not understand nor make an attempt to understand.
- Friend: Don't be gettin' your House bullshit all up in my Senate.
- Me: Technically they're both yours; you just prefer one over the other.
- Friend: Well, neither of them is yours because you're a DC resident. Ha ha.
- Me: Damn you.
— The office of Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) • Discussing the stroke he suffered on Saturday and revealed Monday. He underwent surgery to relieve swelling around his brain earlier this morning. Kirk, 52, holds the seat vacated by Barack Obama when he ran for president in 2008. (via shortformblog)
I’m no longer an Illinois voter, so no longer represented by a “monster of the Cold War.” I think having no voting representation in Congress is a fair trade .
Pepco Executive Vice President of Power Delivery Dave Velazquez apologizes to the Montgomery County Council after the power company left 140,000 people without electricity following a relatively light winter storm.
Pepco has faced extensive criticism, complete with Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Representative Chris Van Hollen sending separate letters, for its overall poor service and inability to restore power to tens of thousands of DC area residents following a storm two weeks ago. The utility company took out a full page ad in the Washington Post to apologize for its poor service. In response, Maryland Senator Barbara Mikulski wants the federal government to investigate Pepco and establish reliability standards for power companies.
Lost in the excitement of the Senate’s repeal of DADT was another bill they passed today: S. 592 Local Community Radio Act
In passing this bill, the Senate opened up the doors to thousands of Low Power FM radio stations across the nation. These “hyper-local” stations generally have a range of only a few miles, are largely run by volunteers and broadcast a variety of programs including community news, local music and educational and multilingual programs.
On Tuesday, Craig Aaron of Free Press wrote a piece for the Huffington Post on the bill, in anticipation of its passage. It’s a great read.