France’s New Laws Allow Almost Endless Surveillance

While the United States tries to back away from mass surveillance, at least publicly, France is moving in the opposite direction. As of July, the country has some of the most permissive surveillance laws in the Western world, allowing the state to collect citizens’ communications, break into homes, and watch anyone even remotely associated with a terror inquiry.


LA Tries to Prepare for the Big One

More than 15,000 structures in Los Angeles could be deadly to their inhabitants in an earthquake. And because they’re almost all affordable housing, a quake would in effect wipe out the opportunities for thousands of low-income people in the city. Now a city ordinance will force landlords to make the necessary improvements. But protecting the water supply? That’s another story.