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Side by Side: Timeline of NSA’s Communications Collection and Cyber Attacks

In all the reporting and subsequent hubbub about the National Security Administration’s ongoing collection of communications, two things stood out as worthy of additional attention: — Collection may have been focused on corporate metadata; — Timing of NSA’s access to communications/software/social media firms occurred alongside major cyber assault events, particularly the release of Stuxnet, Flame, […]

The Internet Didn’t Kill the Middle Class; Laxity and Apathy Did

In tandem with the release of his book, Who Owns the Future?, Jaron Lanier’s interview with Salon generated a lot of hand-wringing across social media. It seems Lanier, one of our so-called intellectual visionaries, believes that the collapse of Kodak and its 140,000 jobs, and the rise of Instagram and its 13 jobs, exemplifies the […]

North Korea and the Bush Administration’s Toxic Legacy

Over the last several weeks there has been considerable re-evaluation of the Iraq War, launched ten years ago by the Bush Administration. Eulogies and opinions from pundits of all types ranged from “I told you so,” to “It was a qualified success.” We all know what the truth is without punditry: the war was a […]

An Angry Mother on Steubenville and Parenting

The Steubenville rape case is so offensive in so many ways I can’t even begin to tackle them all. •  CNN and a number of other news outlets cast the rapists as victims; •  Idiots who “don’t believe in rape” come out of the woodwork and spew their insanity; •  Society follows the spectacle of the case for […]

Forbes’ Flawed Report on NPR and Sourcing by Gender

Today saw a bumper crop of weak content masquerading as journalism. I’m really perturbed about one article in particular. Forbes—the business magazine led by zillionaire libertarian CEO and editor-in-chief Steve Forbes—published an article noting that NPR’s reporting had a gender bias in its sourcing. The report was written by contributor Michael Howe, whose bio at […]

The Cost of Bullshit: Climate Change, National Security, and Inaction

While we’re waiting for Congress and the White House to do something productive together for once, let’s recap: •  The Department of Defense said climate change is a critical strategic concern with regard to its operations and its impact on defense efforts, based on its legislatively-mandated Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR) published two-plus years ago in […]

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