North Dakota recently passed a bill that will allow cops to use armed drones to police the state; a writer makes the argument for showing on-air killings on the media; meanwhile, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto’s popularity has plummeted only a few years into his presidency. These discoveries and more below.

Police in North Dakota Can Now Use Drones Armed With Tasers Police in North Dakota are now authorized to use drones armed with tasers, tear gas, rubber bullets, and other “non-lethal” weapons, following the passage of Bill 1328.

Self-Plagiarism and the Politics of Character Assassination: The Case of Zygmunt Bauman In a recent study published in the Times Higher Education supplement, the world-renowned sociologist Zygmunt Bauman was charged with repetitive counts of “self-plagiarism.”

Restoring American Exceptionalism: Dick Cheney Never Disappoints Previewing his September 8 address on the Iran deal to (who else?) the American Enterprise Institute, Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz have published a lengthy op-ed (“Restoring American Exceptionalism”) in Saturday’s print edition of The Wall Street Journal.

U.S. Industrial Union Votes to Endorse BDS The United Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers of America votes in favor of boycotting Israel, supporting Iran deal.

‘In an Endless War on Terror, We Are All Doomed to Become Palestinians’ For 18 years Jeff Halper has been on the front lines of the Israel-Palestine conflict, helping to rebuild Palestinian homes in the occupied territories demolished by Israel.

Higher Education’s Real Censors: What We’re Missing in the Debate Over Trigger Warnings and ‘Coddled’ Students Aggrieved students find books dangerous; neoliberal administrators say they’re useless. I’d take the former any day.

The Contagious Madness of the New PC Obsessive searching for hurt and offence will create it where once it never existed.

Almost None of the Women in the Ashley Madison Database Ever Used the Site When hacker group Impact Team released the Ashley Madison data, they asserted that “thousands” of the women’s profiles were fake.

Why Do So Many Girls’s Names End in ‘A’? This week, the Social Security Administration released 2014’s ten most popular baby names in the U.S.

This Black Driver’s Mistake Was Looking a Police Officer in the Eye John Felton was driving to his brother’s house in Dayton, Ohio, on a recent night when he noticed a police car tailing him.

Should Media Show On-Air Killings? Yes the media should report and show the on-air killings, with a warning so viewers can change the channel if they wish.

Declining Ratings for Mexico’s Peña Nieto Three years after being elected president, Mexico’s Enrique Peña Nieto is increasingly unpopular.

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