Daily Archives: Thursday, 18-Sep-2014

Woman charged again after she rides her bicycle on busy U.S. 27

Last week Cherokee Schill appeared in court to answer several charges of obstructing traffic. Even though she was obeying what I thought was a reasonable interpretation of the law the judged fined her several hundred dollars. The prosecutor was also asking that she be banned from riding the stretch of highway, US27 in Jessamine Co., Kentucky, she had been ticketed on. The judge didn’t go that far.

This week Ms Schill was arrested for riding the same section of road on her bike, this time for second-degree wanton endangerment which is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail.

The report says Cobb “observed several vehicles braking hard and switching lanes erratically in an attempt to dodge the violator. Violator was wantonly engaging in conduct she knew would create substantial danger to the motorists attempting to avoid her.”

via Woman charged again after she rides her bicycle on busy U.S. 27 | Jessamine County | Kentucky.com.

So if other people’s reaction to a cyclist riding in traffic is to start driving erratically it is somehow the cyclist fault? How about if they slow down and wait to pass until they can do it without erratically changing lanes?

Here’s a video from the back of Ms. Schill’s bike. I wouldn’t want to ride on that shoulder either.

Apple’s “warrant canary” disappears, suggesting new Patriot Act demands — Tech News and Analysis

Dan points me to this article about Apple’s Warrant Canary going missing. “What’s a Warrant Canary,” you ask? It’s a tool used by companies and publishers to tell people that they so far have not been served with any subpoenas or warrants that would prevent them from telling whether or not they had been served with said subpoena or warrant.

Apple put out its first transparency report on government activity in 2013 and it contained the following footnote:

“Apple has never received an order under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act. We would expect to challenge such an order if served on us.”

via Apple’s “warrant canary” disappears, suggesting new Patriot Act demands — Tech News and Analysis.

Subsequent reports, in the last half of 2013 and the first six months of 2014 does not contain this language so you can figure that they have since then been served with an order under Section 215 of the USA Patriot Act.

<sigh> — I really don’t like living under a government that makes Warrant Canaries necessary. I don’t think our founding fathers would like it either.