Overheard on CNN.com: 'Too lazy to place our own orders? Please.'
This year's LeWeb London event examines the push for "faster than real time" technology and its implications.
June 19th, 2012
08:25 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: 'Too lazy to place our own orders? Please.'

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

swohio: "And everyone used to think technology would make our lives so much better."

seyedibar: "And everyone was right."

CNN spoke with Loic Le Meur, founder of the European Internet conference known as LeWeb, about tech companies devising "faster than real time" experiences that anticipate your needs. Such topics will be the theme of LeWeb London this year. For example, a computer might be able to select food for you before you know what you want to order. Such projects are controversial; critics say they put people's privacy at risk. Readers responded with lots of hypothetical scenarios, with many wondering how this technology could and should be applied.

Should we fear mind-reading future tech?

Some smelled a hint of dystopia.

Kynt: "We're being lulled into lazy, ignorant obedience and compliance by the promise of ultimate comfort. We readily sell our privacy and leave our brain and conscience at the door for yet more instant gratification. All those who believe they will be in control delude themselves, because the true cost for the comfort and instant gratification are the very tools that would give you control."

Are we getting lazy?

WickedTribe: "Sounds like a huge waste of time and money. I know we as a society are becoming as lazy as possible, but too lazy to place our own orders? Please."

Maybe we're just becoming less autonomous.

thecabin: "We’ve been slowly losing our freedom. This could be the device that speeds the process up. I think there’re already a lot of people who have been 'brainwashed' to a certain degree. This is how government and corporations get more 'control' over the population. Who knows? Something like this could start a war."

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Gotta Watch: Impaled and alive
Doctors say the three-foot shaft somehow missed every major blood vessel in the victim's brain.
June 19th, 2012
06:44 PM ET

Gotta Watch: Impaled and alive

Medical "miracles" may have saved the victims featured in this "Gotta Watch." Check out the X-rays of these traumatic head injury survivors and find out how they got themselves into so much trouble.


Teen survives spear through head

Doctors say a teen who had a 3-foot spear shot through his skull is recovering. WSVN reports.


Toddler impaled by pressure washer

A 17-month-old boy survives after falling on a metal pressure washer wand. WRAL reports.


Man survives pipe through head

A Las Vegas man involved in a car accident survived a pipe that went through his face. KVVU's Elizabeth Watts reports.

June 19th, 2012
06:09 PM ET

Military official disputes report of Mubarak's clinical death

[Updated at 6:09 p.m. ET] Conflicting reports emerged late Tuesday over whether the 84-year-old former president of Egypt, Hosni Mubarak, had died.

The state-run Middle East News Agency, citing medical sources, said he was declared clinically dead shortly after arriving at a military hospital in Cairo, where he was taken after suffering a stroke and cardiac arrest earlier in the day.

But Gen. Mamdouh Shahin, a member of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, told CNN, "He is not clinically dead as reported, but his health is deteriorating and he is in critical condition."

Fast facts about Hosni Mubarak

Adel Saeed, the official spokesman of the Egyptian prosecutor, had said earlier, "We were informed by prison authority that Mubarak's heart has stopped and they used electric shocks and CPR to resurrect him. He is now on an artificial respirator and doctors from the armed forces and International Medical Center will inspect him."

Nile TV reported that Mubarak had suffered a stroke.

Elizabeth Cohen, CNN's senior medical correspondent, said that "clinically dead" usually refers to someone who is brain-dead. In such a case, an electroencephalogram would indicate no real brain activity, she said.

Mubarak was sentenced to life in prison June 2 for the killing of pro-democracy demonstrators last year. He already was suffering from health problems and attended court on a gurney.

His health has been reported to be in decline since he was ousted as president of Egypt in February 2011. On June 11, a prosecutor's spokesman said Mubrak's health deteriorated after the verdict, and that defibrillators had been used several times to revive him "due to heart complications."

Mubarak's latest health crisis came on a day when both candidates who participated in a presidential runoff claimed victory.

iReport.com: Protests in Egypt

June 19th, 2012
06:05 PM ET

Fast facts on the life of Hosni Mubarak

History in government 

  • October 14, 1981 – February 11, 2011: President of Egypt
  • October 6, 1981: Assumes the presidency after the assassination of Anwar Sadat
  • Ran unopposed in his first three re-elections because the law did not permit a multiparty system at the time.


  • Born: Mohammed Hosni Mubarak, May 4, 1928, Kafr-el Meselha, Minufiya, Egypt
  • Family: Wife – Suzanne Thabet. Children – Gamal, 1963 (son); Alaa, 1961 (son)
  • Education: National Military Academy, Egypt, 1949; Air Force Academy, Egypt, 1952; Frunze General Staff Academy, U.S.S.R., 1964

Awards/Honors (from official bio)

  • Armour of the "Man of Peace" (1983)
  • Prize of "Personality of the Year" (1984)
  • Prize of "Man of the Year 1984" (1985)
  • The Medal of the Astrolabe (1989)
  • Prize of Democratic Human Rights (1990)
  • Membership and Decoration "Honoris Causa" (1991)
  • UN Prize of Population (1994)


Filed under: Egypt
June 19th, 2012
05:12 PM ET

Tropical Storm Chris forms in Atlantic

Tropical Storm Chris has formed in the Atlantic Ocean, though forecasters don't expect it to ever threaten land, according to the National Hurricane Center.

As of about 5 p.m. ET, the storm was located about 560 miles south of Cape Race, Newfoundland, with maximum sustained winds of 45 mph, according to the center.

The storm was moving to the east at 8 mph and was forecast to stay out over the open Atlantic and gradually weaken over the next couple of days as it encounters cooler water.

June 19th, 2012
05:11 PM ET

Mash-up: a tick, a dog, a duckling, a movement

The CNN Daily Mash-up is a roundup of some of the most interesting, surprising, curious, poignant or significant items to appear on CNN.com in the past 24 hours. We top it with a collection of the day's most striking photographs from around the world.

Winning by building

Matt Kibbe, president and CEO of FreedomWorks, a national umbrella organization for the tea party movement, says his group is learning from liberals the art of community organizing:

It's all about this community of people and how connected they are and how many new people they can bring into the system. And so every fight we fight - and it could be a policy fight, it could be building a protest, it could be a book club, it could be a policy seminar, or it could be get-out-the-vote - all of those things serve two purposes. One is to accomplish whatever the task is, but the other is to build organization. And we think that is the key to everything.

Are you my mother?

Here's your cute animal video of the day.


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Julian Assange requests asylum in Ecuador, foreign minister says
June 19th, 2012
02:57 PM ET

Julian Assange requests asylum in Ecuador, foreign minister says

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has formally requested asylum in Ecuador, the country's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino said.

Patino, speaking at a press conference in Quito, Ecuador, read from a statement that Assange was currently at Ecuador's embassy in London, England, where he formally requested asylum. Patino read a statement to reporters at a news conference in Quito. He took no questions.

The request comes after the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom on Thursday dismissed an application filed by an attorney for the WikiLeaks founder who was seeking to reopen his appeal against extradition to Sweden.

The application was Assange's last option in the British courts. Britain's Crown Prosecution Service has previously said if the court dismissed Assange's appeal, his only further remedy is to apply immediately to the European Court of Human Rights, and Assange's attorneys have vowed to do so.

The appeal itself would be a rarity, as the court's decisions are supposed to be final in Britain.

Assange has been fighting for a year and a half against being sent to Sweden for questioning about accusations of sexual abuse. Two women accused him in August 2010 of sexually assaulting them during a visit to Sweden in connection with a WikiLeaks release of internal U.S. military documents.

WikiLeaks' work is not at issue in the extradition matter or the Swedish allegations against Assange.

Assange has not been charged with a crime, but Swedish prosecutors want to question him about allegations of "unlawful coercion and sexual misconduct including rape," according to a Supreme Court document.

June 19th, 2012
02:14 PM ET

What Sandusky has said about child rape allegations

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky - on trial this week on child rape allegations - has made many public comments about the case, including that while he may have "horsed around" with boys, he's innocent of the charges.

The comments came in the months before the trial - including a newly released, previously un-aired excerpt from a November NBC interview in which he said, while explaining that he had helped many young people through a charity he founded, that he "didn’t go around seeking out every young person for sexual needs that I’ve helped."

The trial began last week with the testimony of eight men who accuse him of sexually abusing them when they were boys. Over four days, several testified that Sandusky forced them to engage in sexual acts with him in various places, including showers in the Penn State coaches' locker room, hotel rooms and the basement of his home.

Sandusky, who has pleaded not guilty, has admitted showering with boys - some of whom he allegedly met through the charity he created for underprivileged children - but denies the child-sex accusations.

Here is what Sandusky has said publicly in the months before the trial:

Aired portions of NBC interview: I 'horsed around,' but am innocent

On November 14 - days after a graphic 23-page grand jury report detailing some of the allegations was released - Sandusky told NBC's Bob Costas in a phone interview that he was "innocent" of the charges and claimed that the only thing he did wrong was having "showered with those kids."

“I say that I am innocent of those charges,” Sandusky told Costas during the interview, which was aired on NBC's "Rock Center With Brian Williams."

Costas pressed. "Innocent? Completely innocent and falsely accused in every aspect?" Costas said.

Sandusky responded: “I could say that I have done some of those things. I have horsed around with kids. I have showered after workouts. I have touched their leg - without intent of sexual contact.”

Costas also asked: "Are you sexually attracted to underage boys?"

Sandusky repeated the question, paused, and responded, "No. I enjoy young people."


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Michael Phelps could be eyeing a new record of 10 Olympic medals
Michael Phelps swims in the 200-meter individual medley finals in March.
June 19th, 2012
01:11 PM ET

Michael Phelps could be eyeing a new record of 10 Olympic medals

Michael Phelps may be looking to one-up himself.

The decorated swimmer has entered himself into seven individual events for the USA Olympic Swimming trials, and if he manages to qualify for all of them, and participates in all three team medleys, he could set himself up to take away 10 medals in this year's London Olympics.

Perhaps Phelps is thinking there's no other way to cap his record-setting eight medals in Beijing than to go for a few more.

And it may not be a bad way to cap off his record career. After all, Phelps said in a recent interview with 60 Minutes that he was going to retire after this year's Olympics.

Of course, Phelps could also be keeping his options open. If he were to fail to qualify in one of the events, he'd have plenty of backups. And some swimmers often enter themselves into additional races only to scratch themselves from some events to focus on others. Phelps may be waiting to see what events he and his coach feel he is best suited for.

It wouldn't be a first for him to scratch a few events. During the 2008 Olympic trials he scratched himself from three events.

Phelps has signed up for the 200-meter and 400-meter individual medley, the 100-meter and 200-meter butterfly, the 100-meter and 200-meter freestyle and the 200-meter backstroke during Olympics trials taking place on June 25 in Omaha, Nebraska, according to USA Swimming. Phelps is expected to be picked to be in all three men's team relay events.

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June 19th, 2012
12:42 PM ET

Insurgents breach U.S. military outpost in southern Afghanistan, U.S. officials say

A small U.S. military outpost in southern Afghanistan was breached by insurgents early Tuesday, according to two U.S. officials.

Both officials said initial details are sketchy, but military reports indicate that at least eight insurgents somehow got inside the security perimeter at Forward Operating Base Frontenac. Neither official had information on how the breach occurred.

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Both presidential candidates claim victory in Egypt
Egyptian riot police stand outside the parliament as protesters gather in Cairo on Tuesday.
June 19th, 2012
11:30 AM ET

Both presidential candidates claim victory in Egypt

Both candidates in what the United States called Egypt's "historic" presidential runoff over the weekend are claiming victory, the latest twist in the country's chaotic political upheaval.

A spokesman for Ahmed Shafik - the last prime minister to serve under deposed President Hosni Mubarak - said Tuesday that Shafik had won, state-run Nile TV reported.

At a news conference, Mahmoud Abu Baraka said the campaign was certain it had the correct numbers.

Mohamed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood candidate, claimed victory Monday. vowing to build an inclusive government. "No one's rights will be left out of it, and no one will dominate over the other," he said.

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June 19th, 2012
11:05 AM ET

Suspect in dismemberment killing due in Canada court

A Canadian porn actor suspected of killing and dismembering a university student in Montreal is due to appear in court there Tuesday by video link, Montreal police said.

Luka Rocco Magnotta, 29, faces first-degree murder and other charges in the death and dismemberment of Jun Lin, a 33-year-old Concordia University student from China.

He arrived in Canada on Monday from Germany, a police official said. He was in police custody when he flew back aboard a Canadian military plane.

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June 19th, 2012
10:17 AM ET

Syria-bound Russian ship turning back, British diplomat says

[Updated at 11:26 a.m. ET] A Russian cargo ship reported to be carrying arms to Syria is turning back, Britain's top diplomat said Tuesday.

"I am pleased that the ship that was reported to be carrying arms to Syria has turned back apparently towards Russia," British Foreign Secretary William Hague told the House of Commons.

U.S. officials have said that the Russian operator Femco's cargo ship, MV Alaed, was headed for Syria with attack helicopters and munitions for the al-Assad regime from the port of Kaliningrad. The vessel had been off the north coast of Scotland, according to ship tracking data.

Hague commented on a ship during questions about the fighting in Syria during a wide-ranging House of Commons question-and-answer session about foreign policy. He didn't name the vessel.

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Ex-Rutgers student convicted of bullying roommate is released
Dharun Ravi is seen at his trial on May 21.
June 19th, 2012
09:24 AM ET

Ex-Rutgers student convicted of bullying roommate is released

[Updated at 9:36 a.m.] A former Rutgers University student convicted of spying on and intimidating his gay roommate - who later committed suicide - was released from jail Tuesday morning after serving a 30-day sentence, according to the warden of the Middlesex County Office of Adult Corrections.

Ravi was found guilty in May on all counts including invasion of privacy, witness tampering, hindering apprehension and bias intimidation.

His former roommate, 18-year-old Tyler Clementi, killed himself by jumping off New York's George Washington Bridge into the Hudson River in 2010 after learning Ravi had secretly recorded Clementi's intimate encounter with another man.

While Ravi could have been sentenced to 10 years in prison, New Jersey Superior Judge Glenn Berman instead gave him a 30-day jail sentence, three years of probation and must complete 300 hours of community service aimed at assisting victims of bias crimes.

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Filed under: Courts • Crime • Justice • New Jersey
June 19th, 2012
07:40 AM ET

Tuesday's live events

The Supreme Court may soon rule on the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law.  Once a ruling is issued, CNN.com Live will be there for all the reaction and fallout.

Today's programming highlights...

9:10 am ET - Romney roundtable - GOP presidential Mitt Romney participates in a small business roundtable in Frankenmuth, Michigan.  He'll later travel to Holland, Michigan, for a campaign event at 6:25 pm ET.


Filed under: Elections • Mitt Romney • On CNN.com today • Politics
June 19th, 2012
03:11 AM ET

More wind and heat could hamper Colorado wildfire fight

Forecasters are expecting warmer than normal temperatures and gusty winds Tuesday in a northern Colorado area already ravaged by a wildfire, not a good combination for the legion of firefighters trying to extinguish the blaze.

The High Park Fire had consumed more than 58,700 acres of woodland by Monday evening, but it was about 50% contained, authorities reported.

Tuesday's forecast by the National Weather Service is similar to Monday, a day that brought blazing heat and winds that whipped up the blaze.

But firefighters say they can handle the weather conditions because winds are expected to be less than Sunday, a day that firefighters described as "tough."


Filed under: U.S. • Weather
June 19th, 2012
01:53 AM ET

Holder, Issa to meet about 'Fast and Furious' before possible contempt vote

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is expected to meet with a House committee chairman Tuesday about turning over documents that might postpone a contempt vote for the nation's top prosecutor.

Holder and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, are scheduled to meet to discuss Issa's demand for more documents relating to "Operation Fast and Furious," a federal firearms investigation that allowed hundreds of guns to reach Mexican drug gangs. Issa is the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

Issa has offered to postpone a contempt vote if Holder followed through on an earlier pledge to turn over some of the documents, but Holder said Monday that he wasn't willing to deliver the records before a meeting and wanted key Democrats to take part.

In a letter back to Holder late Monday, Issa said he won't be able to decide whether to put off the scheduled vote on a contempt motion without seeing the documents beforehand. And he complained that the Justice Department has failed to turn over a record of what documents it is refusing to hand over and why.


Filed under: Politics • U.S.
June 19th, 2012
01:15 AM ET

Sandusky's defense to call more witnesses, unclear if he will take the stand

The defense will call witnesses for a second day in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse trial Tuesday but it was still unclear if the former Penn State assistant coach will take the stand.

Closing arguments could begin as soon as Thursday, Judge John Cleland said Monday.

He said the defense will probably end its case midday Wednesday, followed by the prosecution's rebuttal. That should end Wednesday afternoon, clearing the way for closing arguments Thursday, less than two weeks after the start of what had been expected to be a three-week case.

Early in the trial, Joe Amendola, Sandusky's lawyer, implied that the accused football coach would take the stand.


Filed under: Crime • Justice • U.S.
June 19th, 2012
01:06 AM ET

Colorado fire tops 58,000 acres; weather stays hot and windy

Firefighters in northern Colorado made progress battling a raging wildfire in the hills west of Fort Collins on Monday despite high temperatures, low relative humidity and gusty winds that whipped up the blaze.

The High Park Fire had consumed more than 58,700 acres of woodland by Monday evening, but it was about 50% contained Monday night, authorities reported. Residents of some homes on the east side of the fire were allowed to return home, but people from several other neighborhoods remained under mandatory evacuation orders.

More than 1,700 personnel were battling the blaze.

Michael Stillman Maher, 30, was not one of them, although he allegedly wanted people to think he was, officials said. A fire chief reported seeing the Denver man driving a truck with a stolen government license plate and carrying phony firefighter credentials in the fire area Sunday night, officials said.

Maher was arrested in a Fort Collins bar early Monday morning and charged with impersonating a firefighter and theft.


Filed under: U.S.