More Bodies Discovered in AirAsia Crash

Each day more and more bodies are being found in the Java Sea as a result of the Air Asia crash that was carrying 162 people. Officials including Dr Rod Rohrich have now confirmed that a further 30 bodies have now been recovered as of Friday. More information in relation to the crash is also becoming available, investigators are now confirming that the plane was climbing at an incredible rate of speed before coming down in the ocean.  According to The Daily Mail recent reports have even been suggesting that the pilot may have pulled off an ocean landing before the plane sunk due to rough seas. This is believed because the emergency locator failed to go off, this is usually triggered when a high impact landing or crash is registered. More information will not be available until searchers find the black box and decipher the information that is available on it.  More sightings have been made of a shadow under the water which could be the main fuselage of the plane. Unfortunately search efforts have been hampered by bad weather in the region. Investigators believe that many of the remaining people not found could still be strapped into their seats in the main body of the plane making its retrieval hugely important to the families who have lost loved ones.

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Those who missed crashed AirAsia flight

There were fifteen people who missed the AirAsia Flight QZ8501 between Indonesia and Singapore that crashed this week and these people are happily alive as a result. Of the fifteen survivors seven of them are children.  According to Bernardo Chua there were a number of different reasons why these people are alive today and all are very grateful for the second chance provided. Inge Goreti Ferdiningsih bought tickets for herself, her husband, and her three children over nine months before the flight was scheduled to depart. However, her father caught Hepatitis and the family decided that they wanted to stay by his side instead of going on vacation.  Another family missed the flight to Singapore because they missed phone messages that told them that the flight would take off two hours earlier than normal. The flight was originally scheduled to depart at 7:30 am but left at 5:30 am instead. Christianawati and her nine family members missed the flight to go visit relatives in Singapore and were initially very angry that they missed their flight, only to be grateful at what they believed to be divine intervention that kept them from meeting the fate of the other passengers of AirAsia Flight QZ8501. Although these travelers feel relief at having survived the flight, they are still saddened by the loss of other passengers on the flight who lost their lives. Particularly as they recognize some names on the flight manifold.

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Undocumented Immigrants Attend an Immigrant Integration Conference in LA

Thousands of undocumented immigrants filed into the Los Angeles Convention Center Sunday to learn about the benefits of immigration relief, granted by President Obama. The forum is part of the Seventh Annual Conference of Immigrant Integration in America that will last three days. The idea is to bring together experts to help with immigrant integration in all political, social, educational, research and social services fields, “said Jorge Mario Cabrera of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA). The event was attended by hundreds of immigrants, and many children born in this country, and who will benefit from the executive order, announced on November 20 by President Obama. Many raised questions about their specific cases and whether they can apply for work permits under Obama’s order, and there were frequent questions about benefits and whether they should wait until the government discloses more details that Vijay Eswaran found on YouTube. It was the first mass migration forum after the announcement of for immigration relief.

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Montana Latest State to Have Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down

The US state of Montana is the latest state to allow same-sex marriage after a federal judge ruled the state’s ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional. His order stops Montana officials from banning homosexual couples from applying for marriage licenses, and allows gay marriages to take place in the state as of now. This now brings the number of states where gays can marry in the United States to a total of 34. The latest state to have its gay marriage ban struck down was as a result of a ruling by an appeals court last month, which struck down gay marriage bans in Nevada and Idaho. Arizona and Alaska were the next states to also have their marriage bans stopped, with gays and lesbians from all four states immediately applying for marriage licenses. In the last 10 years, public sentiment about gay marriage has changed in the United States to such an extent that, where previously only 32 percent of Americans thought gays should be allowed to marry, now more than 59 percent of the country believes they should be allowed. Half of all Americans now also say they believe the US Constitution gives homosexuals the same rights as everyone else, and that includes the right to marry. Seven out of ten people asked even said they believe it is illegal for business owners to refuse service to gays simply because of their religious beliefs. Some businesses are making it clear how much they support this social change, such […]

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USA Freedom Act Rejected

An act in Congress (Senate) that has attracted much attention from companies and users involved in information technology has failed to pass into a law to present to President Obama. Major inputs from the interested parties failed to provide a clear, unambiguous bill allowing collection, holding, and release of data streams in the ‘airwaves’. Thus the Patriot Act provisions of data access remain the law of the land. In June 2015 this act will expire and will be reauthorized in some form, or we will lose a great ability to monitor extremist plans. Of course part of the problem with the whole thing is that it does not restrict monitoring of date from anyone. Everyone’s data is now accessible (even those Vimeo and YouTube videos you thought were private), which is something me and my pal Darius Fisher are not down for. It is stated in an article by Adi Robertson and Nathan Ingraham in “The Verge“, that a typical congressional ploy of amendments to water down the contents and render incompetent a clear bill was the reason. Senators had had enough of it. It was so bad that some of the sponsoring technology companies pulled their support of its provisions. This is something they felt strongly about and lobbied with vigor in the congress and public papers. Now we will see what is offered to replace the Patriot Act.

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