DAILY GRINDER: Ever Wondered About Your Neighbor’s Political Affiliation? There’s An App for That
Are you a Philadelphia Democrat who wants to know where other Democrats in your area live? Like, their exact address? There’s an app for that! The Obama campaign has released this handy guide to finding all sorts of people in your area, whether they like it or not. Privacy, schmivacy. The app includes a Google map that can pinpoint an address and provide the first names, ages and gender of all voters living in the household. It’s like FourSquare for voters, am I right? Sooo…if for any reason your house gets egged, toilet-papered, firebombed, robbed or otherwise fucked-with, you could conceivably blame a Philadelphia Republican, yeah? [ProPublica]
The Daily News has named this year’s Sexy Singles, if anyone’s interested in, well, single people. And web hits.
Police say neither suicide nor foul play is suspected in yesterday’s death of 29-year-old Garrett Reid, the eldest of Eagles Coach Andy Reid’s five children. Garrett was found dead Sunday morning in a Lehigh University dorm room. [Philly.com Sports]
Last week, we reported some of the more bizarre conspiracy theories associated with fracking—the process by which natural gas is extracted from the earth—like, for example, the fact that it is allegedly responsible for Satanism. But a family in Western Pennsylvania is convinced that water contaminated by the chemicals used in the drilling process has caused an untold number of health problems. The Hallowich family sued several drilling companies and have since settled outside of court. Their journey is beautifully documented in photographs by Scott Goldsmith, one of six photographers documenting the effects of fracking for the Marcellus Shale Documentary Project. In one of the images, spring water is ignited via methane gas, which is thought to be a byproduct of drilling. [PublicSource]
Bail was denied this morning for Msgr. William J. Lynn, the former Archdiocese official who was convicted for child endangerment—aka failing to properly investigate allegations that priests sexually abused children. [Philly.com]
Pennsylvania’s voter-ID law is still a pain in (mostly) everyone’s asses. Check back with us for continued coverage and updates.