Last week I noticed a banner up at an apartment complex reading “Free Turkey.” I thought it was a fine idea. A turkey is a whole lot cheaper than giving $50 off a month’s rent. Further, this can be used as a retention tool for current residents. Give a turkey in exchange for a [...]
I’ve been using Google well over a decade now. That’s how I learned that someone skilled and diligent can find out a surprising amount of information about almost anybody. Google therefore has a detailed history of my searches for as long as they actually keep data. This data is potentially available to law enforcement — [...]
On one hand, enough it known about “America’s Secret Agencies” to devote a special issue of Time to the topic. On the other hand, enough Americans want to know what the heck is going on that this can be at the checkout stand right next to cover stories about the Kardashians and Prince George. [...]
You thought it was your imagination, but no. It’s true. They Are Watching You! Look out! “I’m from the government, and I’m here to help.” In Closing: enjoying the view; don’t forget that Yellowstone is essentially a giant, flat volcano; organized crime; family tree; I’m willing to take it as a police failure that Target [...]
Yes, apparently you have to push the button to legally walk down the sidewalk here. It’s been driving me nuts all semester. In Closing: oh come now, we can all use more NSA and privacy links, particularly when it’s starting to garner international outrage; speaking of international laws, looks like America doesn’t care about them too [...]
I’m going to start with the revelation that an NSA employee stalked 9 women before being detected by logging and sometimes listening to their phone calls. They called it “spied on,” but let’s get down to brass tacks. That’s just one of a dozen “substantiated” cases of the NSA abusing their abilities. The Guardian says [...]
Saw this on the Embarcadero in San Francisco. Ok, I can deal with this. In Closing: Your NSA and Prism and other you don’t need no privacy link dump is here; some random health and science stuff; some even more random school and parenting links; short memories; and rum.
Here, have a nice heaping helping of NSA and Snowden items, with a side order of international reprocussions.
So Jeff Skilling got a new sentence handed down for his role in the financial shenanigans at Enron. Actually, it’s a reduction of the sentence he was given back in 2006 for stuff that happened throughout the 90s and caused the company’s collapse in 2004. In case you’ve forgotten: Enron’s collapse put more than 5,000 [...]
It has become clear that the United States government is spying on it’s citizens in the name of preventing “terrorism.” Just exactly what they are doing is under debate. Most experts outside the government itself seem to believe it is mathematically impossible for such surveillance to be effective. Many private citizens are asking what they can [...]