News quiz for week ending 4/8/16

Friday's News Quiz   —   Posted on April 8, 2016

Questions

DIRECTIONS: For the bolded part of each statement write TRUE or FALSE next to the statement, then rewrite the bolded part of each false statement to make it true. (10 points each)

1. __________________ A group of parents in California’s Capistrano Unified School District called for a student boycott of schools last Friday to protest the school district’s decision to require all students to wear school uniforms.

2. __________________ The protesting parents said they hope to get the district’s attention and force a new dialogue, feeling that the district didn’t adequately seek feedback before making the change and then granted only token parent participation after a backlash.

3. __________________ Last year, an anonymous source leaked an unprecedented amount of documents from the Latin American law firm Mossack Fonseca. The Paraguay Papers scandal was reported this week. World leaders, government workers, billionaires and celebrities are involved in the scandal.

4. __________________ The report revealed that for at least the past 40 years, more than 130 rich, famous and/or politically powered people have hidden their fortunes in anonymous, offshore (and legal) shell companies, allowing them to skirt tax laws and make major money moves in the shadows.

5. __________________ The US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has given the go ahead for four defense contractors to begin building “Munchkin” drones, which will be reusable unmanned platforms that can be dropped and retrieved by other aircraft.

6. __________________ The idea of DARPA’s new drone program is to replace the expensive and increasingly vulnerable multi-function combat aircraft which currently perform a range of different missions. Not only would the concept reduce the cost but it would remove the risk to pilots by keeping them out of the front line.

7. __________________ In a letter to Defense Secretary Ash Carter this week, Sen. John McCain, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee warned that the fight against ISIS risks turning into another Vietnam War if the administration only gradually increases troops levels and other capabilities.

8. __________________ Sen. McCain blames the administration’s grudging incrementalism in the war against the Islamic State and wrote that it “risks another slow, grinding failure for our nation.” Sen. McCain wrote that after talking to military commanders on the ground and in the Pentagon “the …conclusion [is] that they have been reduced from considering what it will take to win to what they will be allowed to do by this administration.”

9. __________________ This week, the Obama administration declined to offer public support for draft legislation that would empower judges to require Chinese hackers to help law enforcement crack encrypted data.

10. __________________ Sen. Bernie Sanders suggested in remarks last month that he had come around to the view that law enforcement agencies needed to have a way to gain access to encrypted information on smartphones. He said that doing nothing to address law enforcement’s encryption challenges “can’t be the right answer.”


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