today’s news … Wednesday, June 19

today’s news and information gleanings from here and there!

Quote for today… “The price too is a knowledge, based on human experience and held by all but fools and children, that the gleanings of the surveillance state will eventually be used by the mischievous, the malicious and the ignorant in ways the creators of the system did not intend. For all we know that’s already happened.” – Peggy Noona, in this Wall Street Journal column, “Privacy isn’t all we’re losing.”

  • Yeah, sure … wait, wasn’t the NSA just caught spying? – “The director of the National Security Administration today told Congress that more than 50 potential terrorist attacks have been thwarted by two controversial programs tracking more than a billion phone calls and vast swaths of Internet data each day.” – ABC News

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  • “Thursday, June 20th is Dump the Pump Day! A day where public transit systems across the country try and encourage individuals to get out of their cars and ride public transit.  The day is sponsored by the American Public Transportation Association (APTA). As part of Red Rost Transit Authority’s (RRTA) participation in Dump the Pump Day, RRTA is encouraging riders to tell their stories on how they have “Dumped the Pump” and experienced the benefits of public transit.  Entries will be placed into a random drawing for RRTA prizes.  The Grand Prize winner will receive a FREE year of transit on our entire system.  Any rider can submit their story via email at info@redrosetransit.com or by mail.  Entries can also be droped off at Queen Street Station.  The entry deadline is Friday, June 28, 2013.” – RRTA Website
  • Off-course arrest: “A New Freedom man was arrested Monday for driving a lawn tractor while intoxicated and other charges brought after a drunken domestic dispute, Southern Regional Police reported. Jerome Carl Foltz, 56, of Revere Drive, was arrested after a woman reported him driving his lawn tractor on North Second Street near Pleasant Avenue at 7:41 p.m. The woman also told police that Foltz kicked her car and punched her in the head, police said. When police arrived, they found Foltz sitting on the tractor and the woman standing nearby. Police said Foltz was impaired and uncooperative’ and ‘was yelling obscene language in the street.’ Police said it started when Foltz was involved in a domestic dispute at his home. He had been locked out of the house because he was intoxicated, and after trying unsuccessfully to get into the house by kicking the door and cutting a screen door with a knife, he left on the riding mower.” – York Daily Record

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