Creeping Toward Permanent Drought ; Traces of Ancient Marijuana Discovered in China ; and More Picks 6/13

Suit Alleges Amazon’s Alexa Violates Laws by Recording Children’s Voices Without Consent (Reader Steve)

From the Seattle Times: “A lawsuit filed in Seattle Tuesday alleges Amazon is recording children who use its Alexa devices without their consent, in violation of laws governing recordings in at least eight states.”

Customs Says Hack Exposed Traveler, License Plate Images (Reader Steve)

The author writes, “Customs and Border Protection said that photos of travelers and license plates collected at a single U.S. border point have been exposed in a malicious cyberattack in what a congressman called a ‘major privacy breach.’”

Creeping Toward Permanent Drought (Chris)

The author writes, “Both trees and climate models are telling us the same frightening story.”

Video: Senator Bernie Sanders Delivers Remarks on Democratic Socialism (DonkeyHotey)

From C-SPAN: “Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, spoke about his views on democratic socialism and why he believes it would be good for America.”

Earliest Evidence for Cannabis Smoking Discovered in Ancient Tombs (Mili)

The author writes, “Traces of potent pot were identified in 2,500-year-old wooden artifacts buried with people who lived along the Silk Road in China.”