Most people I know would say they hate politics. They’re cynical at best, unwilling to engage at worst. I say “at worst” because this is a democracy and democracies are dependent on an engaged electorate, but I understand why turning a blind eye feels better sometimes. Politics can be infuriating for people who like to live their … Continue reading Mo’ Info, Mo’ Problems
The problem, of course, is not merely one of misunderstanding. It is largely a consequence of the inexorable rise of digital technology. In a sense, the tech companies are more like the NSA than they would like to think. Both have seized on the progress in computing, communications, and storage to advance their respective missions. (When you … Continue reading NSA v. Silicon Valley
Oh, my. Watch from 0:49 on (or watch the whole thing). Just perfect. Continue reading
“It started with a father sending text messages to his daughter during the previews of a movie,” CNN writes. “It ended with the 43-year-old man shot dead amid the theater seats, and a 71-year-old retired police officer in custody.” The Tampa Bay Times starts its story this way: “Charles Cummings and his son, Alex, settled into their … Continue reading Man Shot In Movie Theater For Texting
A birther conspiracy theorist who inaccurately predicted that President Barack Obama would order nuclear attacks on U.S. cities has improbably found a way to top that wild claim. Conservative activist Jim Garrow appeared Monday on Fox News contributor Erik Rush’s radio program, where he claimed that Obama would try to boost his tanking poll numbers by claiming … Continue reading Whack-job Du Jour: Obama Talks to Aliens Edition
Ardent supporters of the Second Amendment like to say that the main reason they—constitutionally—have a right to bear arms is to “protect themselves” and/or in the event of a “government takeover.” Which is all fine and dandy, I suppose. The issue is that, in these United States, we had over 12,000 gun-related homicides in 2008 alone. Compare … Continue reading You’ll shoot your eye out!
Now bear with me, as I know this is an extremely simplified view of the issue. But here’s the gist of all this conversation about increasing the debt ceiling, and how the US should go about dealing with it’s ballooning deficit: You own a credit card. Your credit card limit is $750. You are currently … Continue reading Layman’s Terms: The Debt Ceiling