Big data isn’t just the domain of the NSA. Corporations mine information about customers online to do everything from targeted marketing to fundraising. This kind of information harvesting is intertwined with the way we use the internet today, and the White House wants to find out more about how citizens feel about how their information is collected. A brief new national survey asks who you trust with your data, what types of information you prefer to keep private, and more about privacy online.
The survey’s part of review being led by a counselor to President Obama at the request of the commander in chief. In addition to the survey, the White House is working with experts, think tanks and other institutions. By the time the review is completed by the end of April, the hope is that the report “anticipates future technological trends and frames the key questions that the collection, availability, and use of ‘big data’ raise – both for our government, and the nation as a whole.” That’s high hopes, but it can’t hurt to let the government know how you feel about privacy today — especially in light of the NSA’s comprehensive data collection practices.
Hope this writer from the left-leaning The Verge didn’t strain his neck while turning a blind eye to the fact that the president’s “signature legislation” is one of the biggest private data collectors/invaders out there. And as we pointed out yesterday, they’re still not very good at protecting it.
Hey, he’s made it this far.
Vice President Joe Biden, who is keeping his options open for the 2016 presidential election, will visit the early voting state of New Hampshire on Tuesday.
The vice president’s office said Biden will hold an event in Nashua highlighting “workforce development and the value of on-the-job training opportunities”.
New Hampshire holds the nation’s first presidential primary and is a regular stop for aspiring candidates.
Biden has expressed interest in running in 2016 in the race to choose a successor to President Barack Obama but is said to be waiting to see whether Democrat Hillary Clinton decides to run.
As the only man to be both a heartbeat away from the presidency and require a Secret Service advance team to remove any small parts from toys that can be a choking hazard, Biden plows through life blissfully unaware of just what an idiotic tool he really is. So why not run for president?
I would like nothing better than to see this loon muddy the 2016 waters for the Democrats and poke holes in “Inevitable Hillary” nonsense.
Let’s take those training wheels off, little Joey!
Even the control room was stunned and took a few seconds to acknowledge that he’d gotten it right away.
Per the higher-ups in the GOP and many in the media, we’re all supposed to just roll over and accept that Madame Clinton will steamroll her way to the Democratic nomination and the White House in 2016 but regular readers here know that I am not buying it.
The one Democrat who never talks about Mrs. Bill being in the White House is the Democrat who lives there now. In the past, sitting presidents would stay out of speculation about their successors because they were worried about presidential decorum and things like that.
President Obama was on an Internet comedy show last week doing what amounted to an infomercial for Obamacare. I don’t think decorum crosses his mind much.
And he does have opinions about the future of the Democratic party.
President Barack Obama said on Wednesday Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick – a rising Democratic star – would make “a great president or vice president” but will likely take a break when his eighth and final year as state chief executive ends.
“Deval’s done a great job and I think (it) signals that he could be very successful at the federal level as well,” Obama told Boston NBC station New England Cable News.
While making up her mind about 2016, Her Missuship has been starting to distance herself from the most recent man responsible for getting her a job in politics.
The alliance between Hillary and President Obama was always an uncomfortable, and probably unholy, one. But so is the one she has with the man she has been married to for decades. There is no love lost between the two most powerful camps in the Democratic party. Sure, Bill busted out the Bubba charm at the DNC in 2012, but that was more about the long game for Hillary than about helping Obama.
The Democrats need the Clintons and the president to play nice for this all to keep Hillary awake long enough to pull this off. That would require President Obama to do something for the greater good of the party.
A tough sell to a guy who is always in it just for himself.
(h/t The Mental Recession)
Some applicants to the New York health insurance exchange saw their email addresses revealed this week in a message reminding them of a March 31 enrollment deadline.
The automated email sent by the exchange on Monday went to New York residents who completed an online application process but hadn’t yet enrolled in insurance coverage. The message didn’t make use of the blind carbon copy feature, allowing recipients of the email to see the addresses of others who received it.
It wasn’t clear Wednesday how widespread the apparent privacy breach was.
The New York Department of Health tried to downplay things by saying that the email addresses were the only things revealed, which really just compounds the egregiousness of the error and reinforces that it probably wasn’t an accident because they really are that stupid.
Let it soak in-the people who can’t master the art of the blind carbon copy in email want to make health decisions for you and your loved ones.
Three more years.
Google just announced that as of today, Gmail is more secure than ever before. And the company isn’t hiding the fact that it’s actively trying to stop the government from spying on your email activity. Google says that Gmail will now use a secure HTTPS connection whenever you check or send email, regardless of where you’re accessing Gmail from — be it your home network or public Wi-Fi — or what device you’re using. Google made HTTPS encryption the default for its users back in 2010, but it’s continually making improvements wherever possible to keep out prying eyes.
As an added barrier between you and the NSA, Google is making another change: every single email message Gmail users send or receive will now be encrypted as it moves internally between the company’s data centers. That would seem to defeat a popular strategy of the NSA, which involves the agency intercepting email messages as they move between data centers and servers.
I just found a stationery store and bought a nice pen and some letter writing stock to communicate with some members of my family. That’s where I’m at with the trust issues these days.
Still, this is a good step to keep the NSA slightly out of the way in one area of our lives. Of course, Google is probably doing this because it prefers to be the Number One Creeper in your daily existence. Think of it as more of a Fatal Attraction concern for your privacy.
Better get home and check the pet rabbit.
Everyone makes mistakes when it comes to technology. Some are terrible at doing regular data back-ups because it’s not a high priority (you know who you are). Many have hundreds (thousands?) of emails sitting in an inbox right now. And, as I’ve mentioned before, there are those who skip using any form of virus protection — which means, you’re living on a razor’s edge.
Yet, there’s one mistake you’re probably making right now that is much more serious. It’s one that could be causing serious health problems like depression and anxiety. And, someday — in the not too distant future — it could play a role in workplace lawsuits, new employment laws and technical restrictions.
The problem: You’re not taking enough breaks from the computer.
This is something I have been actively working on recently. I have been on the road doing stand-up for almost all of my adult life and never had to worry about regular workplace things too much. In the past year, I began doing a lot of freelance writing which means I am staying home working at my computer.
A host of nagging orthopedic ills immediately presented themselves, so I began forcing myself to get up and move around more. That helped…a little.
I was still spending far too many hours staring at the computer. When you’re self employed it’s easy to make excuses for living at your desk. So I have been setting strict time limits for how long I should be there each day (while keeping up the breaks to move around). As if by magic, I am getting my work done in around half the time.
Full disclosure: giving up all non work related social media for Lent has helped a lot.
Russia’s intervention in Crimea has cost it “real economic pain,” the United States said Wednesday as it readied a new slew of sanctions to punish Moscow for taking over Ukraine’s southern peninsula.
“The question at this point is not if we will do more sanctions, it’s when,” State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters.
On Monday, Washington rolled out a series of sanctions against 11 mostly Russian officials, including seven of President Vladimir Putin’s inner circle.
Psaki insisted there has been “a huge economic impact” following Moscow’s intervention in Crimea.
Asked about reports that the whole 450-member Russian Duma has responded by calling on the US to sanction them, Psaki retorted: “Be careful what you ask for.”
Publicly, Russian officials have laughed off the US sanctions, which freeze their assets in the US, despite similar travel bans and sanctions imposed by the EU.
But Psaki hit back “that there is real economic pain, and if President Putin cares about the economy in his country, cares about the economic impact on the people of his country, cares about his place in the world, then those are all factors that should be looked at.”
She reeled off a list of figures, including that Russian stock indexes plunged 17 percent Friday to their lowest levels since 2009, and that the ruble has hit a five-year low against the dollar.
“Russia’s 19 richest people lost $18.3 billion due to stock market volatility on March 3 — the first day of trading after the beginning of Russian military intervention in Crimea,” Psaki told reporters.
Oh, the bluster.
Here in the Diplomacy of Oprah Era, we are supposed to believe in the power of BIG SCARY WORDS when it comes to dealing with various ne’er do wells around the world. Publicly “ruble shaming” Vladimir Putin probably sounds like a viable approach to many inside Team Lightbringer. Most of us, however, probably have already gotten the impression that Vlad probably isn’t going to be embarrassed because someone at State is casting aspersions on his level of concern for the Russian people.
A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to help Kansas and Arizona enforce laws requiring new voters to provide proof of their U.S. citizenship.
U.S. District Judge Eric Melgren in Wichita, Kan., ruled the commission has no legal authority to deny requests from Kansas and Arizona to add state-specific instructions to a national voter registration form. Melgren ordered the commission to immediately revise the national form.
The states and their top election officials — secretaries of state Kris Kobach of Kansas and Ken Bennett of Arizona, both conservative Republicans — sued the agency to force the action.
Predictably, there is the usual whining from Democrats about “voter suppression”, which in modern leftist political parlance means, “having any rules for voting at all”. They weave a sob-inducing tale of untold millions of American citizens who just have no way of getting any identification or documentation by election day here in the 21st Century. If that were actually the case, given the ID requirements for so many things in everyday life, the lefties would be screaming for a federal ID assistance program.
By the way, the Republicans involved in this suit and mentioned in the article are labeled “conservative” but the Democrat mentioned isn’t referred to as a “liberal”. That’s another nifty old school media bias trick that’s supposed to make conservative views appear fringe and liberal views mainstream, even though the opposite is most often true.
A Hillary Clinton presidential candidacy looks like a sure thing, with marquee Democratic donors and activists mobilizing for what they see as her inevitable entrance into the 2016 race.
Yet some of Mrs. Clinton’s closest confidants and allies aren’t sold on the idea that she should run. Their cautions add an unpredictable element as Mrs. Clinton weighs whether to seek the presidency again, a decision she says she plans to make later this year.
One of Mrs. Clinton’s top advisers and former aides, Cheryl Mills, believes she should stay out of the contest and has told her as much, according to people familiar with her views. But Sen. Barbara Boxer (D., Calif.) says she encourages Mrs. Clinton to run every chance she gets.
Others close to Mrs. Clinton worry that another campaign would test her stamina as she moves into her late 60s and would revive scandals from Bill Clinton’s White House that could prove personally painful.
Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, a longtime friend of the Clintons who has made films for their past campaigns, said she thinks Mrs. Clinton would like to run, and that she would like to see her friend do what makes her happiest.
She added: “I’m not in the political camp; I’m in the friends camp. And the friends camp definitely has concerns about her running.”
As I have stated here many times before, Hillary is an awful candidate and I am not sure why so many Republicans worry about her. She won her first campaign because Rudy Giuliani got cancer. That propelled her to an easy win against a sacrificial lamb of a candidate in her second one. In 2008, she was the overwhelming favorite to win the nomination and the White House, and we know how that turned out.
If we are getting the “concerned friends” blah blah from the always carefully controlled Clinton spin machine, it must mean that even they know the progs are going to keep pressing Elizabeth Warren to run. They want there to be an exit strategy in order to avoid Madame Overrated being embarrassed in another presidential race.
It’s no surprise researchers have shown again and again that kids are more likely than adults to spring for something like a bowl of Fruit Loops.
But young kids’ preference for extremely sugary foods might be even more biologically ingrained than we thought. Scientists now think that kids’ growing bodies may prompt them to crave more sugar — and a child’s sweet tooth might be heightened during growth spurts.
In a small study, researchers from the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia determined what tastes kids prefer by having them rate various soups, sugar waters, jellies and crackers with different levels of salt and sugar.
The study included 108 kids, ages 5 to 10, as well as their moms. The children who preferred sweet solutions over salty ones tended to be tall for their age. And there was a slight correlation between sweet preference and a biomarker of growth found in the kids’ urine.
Julie Mennella, the study’s lead author and a biopsychologist at Monell, says scientists have known for a while that kids prefer both sweeter and saltier tastes than adults, and that kids don’t have to learn to like sugar and salt. But no one could say exactly why.
This study suggests it has to do with children’s development — kids crave more energy and sugar because they’re growing, Mennella tells The Salt. This makes sense from an evolutionary perspective, since kids who sought out more calories were probably more likely to survive.
This can’t be good news to the First Lady and the army of food police she’s building. This is, after all, the woman who invited kids to the White House for lunch a couple of years ago and forced an abomination called cabbage sloppy joes upon them once she had them trapped.
Now the kids can order a side of banana split with that. Lives depend on it.
Rev. Jesse Jackson plans to lead a delegation to the Hewlett Packard annual shareholders meeting on Wednesday to bring attention to Silicon Valley’s poor record of including blacks and Latinos in hiring, board appointments and startup funding.
Jackson’s strategy borrows from the traditional civil rights era playbook of shaming companies to prod them into transformation. Now he is bringing it to the age of social media and a booming tech industry known for its disruptive innovation.
Let’s be honest, Jackson is never really in it for anybody else these days. His endgame here is sure to have a “Jesse Jackson’s bank account” component to it.
What this article fails to explore is that Silicon Valley and its driving industry are reeking with leftists who are supposed to be great lovers of diversity (as well as being (as well as being part of the Bay Area Progressive mother ship). Why on Earth would there be a lack of it, what with all of the latter day code hippies milling about the enviro-friendly tech campuses?
American cheese-makers say proposed EU-restrictions on cheese names are no “gouda” here.
On Tuesday, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-CT) hosted the Connecticut Cheese Challenge at Sankow’s Beaver Brook Farm in Lyme, Conn. Local farmer Suzanne Sankow says the senator was on hand to decide which feta was beta: Sankow’s own farm-fresh variety or the European-made version.
Sen. Murphy and the cheese makers milked the stunt to draw attention to European Union efforts to limit American farmers’ use of common cheese names like gouda, feta, parmesan and cheddar. The E.U. says these names are geographical indications, and should only be used for products made in certain regions.
But American cheese-makers and politicians say the restrictions are sour.
“In country after country, the E.U. has been using its free trade agreements (FTAs) to persuade its trading partners to impose barriers to U.S. exports under the guise of protection for its geographical indications,” Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) wrote in an open letter, which was signed by over 50 other senators.
The E.U. has already imposed restrictions on U.S. companies’ ability to sell cheeses like parmesan and feta under those names in Canada and South Korea, says Chris Galen, spokesman for the National Milk Producers Federation.
Few things will put me on Chuck Schumer’s side but you do not mess with my cheese. Maybe we should remind the ingrates that all of these “regional” cheeses would now have German names if it weren’t for the United States.
Officials in the US have dismantled a huge international online child pornography ring – one of the largest such operations ever uncovered, American authorities say.
They say that 14 men running a secret, members-only child porn website have been arrested.
About 250 children – mostly boys from the US – appeared on the site.
The website had more than 27,000 subscribers, many of whom have been charged in individual cases.
“Never before in the history of this agency have we identified and located this many minor victims in the course of a single child exploitation investigation,” Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) Deputy Director Daniel Ragsdale told Reuters news agency.
Ice worked with Homeland Security officials and other agencies to break up the ring, which ran a website to share videos of boys enticed from social networks into providing sexually explicit material – sometimes by men posing as women.
Ages of the children ranged in age from three to 17 years, officials said, and came from 39 US states. Twenty-three of the 251 victims were identified in Britain, Canada, New Zealand, Australia and Belgium.
For all of its benefits, the dark side of the Internet is very, very dark. For years I was accused of being overly protective of my daughter when it came to even my own social media habits. But the online world is one big, sinister playground for some of the worst of society.
The bumps and bruises afflicting his young administration have lowered Mayor Bill de Blasio’s stature among New Yorkers over the past two months, and there is a sharp racial divide in voters’ optimism about the city’s future, according to a new poll released Tuesday.
More than twice as many voters, 34 percent, now disapprove of Mr. de Blasio’s job performance than did in mid-January, when 13 percent disapproved, according to the survey, by Quinnipiac University.
Forty-five percent of respondents approve of the new mayor, down from 53 percent two months ago. Twenty percent of respondents said they did not have an opinion.
Mr. de Blasio has grappled with a series of minor controversies, over snowstorms, charter schools, the driving habits of his police-chauffeured sport utility vehicle, a tough legislative fight with the governor in Albany and a late-night phone call he placed to police officials after a political supporter was arrested.
There is a note of optimism in the Times‘ analysis of this poll, as if the “minor controversies” were merely transitional bumps in the road and not harbingers of things to come. Being a thug who places public school indoctrination over safety and opportunity for the city’s children doesn’t seem to faze them. It looks as if Hizzoner is going to have to do something really dastardly like close a bridge lane for a few hours to get their attention.
America’s National Security Agency has technology that is capable of recording the phone calls of an entire country and replaying them later, a report based on leaked documents said Tuesday.
The Washington Post, citing papers released by the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, said the eavesdropping agency’s equipment functions like a time machine by being able to reach into the past.
The report said the NSA can collect 100 percent of the calls of a target country, reaching as far back as one month with tools called MYSTIC and RETRO.
The leaked documents say the technology can “retrieve audio of interest that was not tasked at the time of the original call.”
There is a lot of lip service being paid these days to a new way of doing things over at Spies R Us but why would they back off on all of the investments made thus far? And how much do we actually want them to? It’s the classic, “Mmmm, this sausage is good but just hush about how it was made…” scenario.
Do we really want a field trip to the slaughterhouse?
An upcoming conference on heterosexual marriage is being denounced as hate speech by the Stanford Graduate Student Council (GSC), which is seeking to quash the event. Last week, the council at the top-ranked California university voted ten to two to deny funding for the event “Communicating Values: Marriage, Family, and Media,” sponsored by the Stanford Anscombe Society.
The council withheld the $600 of requested funding after student outcry over the event’s “anti-LGBT” content, according to the Stanford Daily.
Stanford Anscombe Society (SAS) is a group that “promotes discussion regarding the roles of the family, marriage, and sexual integrity in the lives of Stanford students both now and after graduation.”
“Communicating values” was created in order to “engage in intellectual and civil discourse about the issues of marriage, family, and sexual integrity,” according to the event description.
However, other students weren’t so willing to engage in civil discourse on their campus.
Over 100 students, many organized by the queer graduate group GradQ, showed up at the GSC meeting on “Communicating Values” and, according to the minutes of the meeting, decried “Communicating Values” as hateful and even dangerous to LGBT members of the Stanford community.
In the minutes (transcribed without editing), one student claims that “an event such as this would be a negative event, in schools that have negative events there is a statistically significant increase in suicide.” Another said that “public schools cannot deny student group funding based on viewpoint, but enforcing viewpoint neutral policy that denies funding for hate speech is an entirely different ballgame. Even if Stanford was a public university, it would be perfectly legal to deny funding to events that make LGBT community feel unwelcome.”
One of the more insidious charades leftists participate in is pretending that elite American universities are churning out intellectually rigorous people who should be running the country. For decades, however, they mostly produce incurious drones who have an unnatural fear of even a slightly differing opinion. Political correctness provides the foundation for freedom’s house of horrors, allowing any non-leftist thought to be labeled “hate”.
It’s almost to the point where Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four will be a feel good story relative to what is actually going on.
Former Louisiana Governor Edwin Edwards, who had served an eight-year prison term on racketeering charges, said on Monday he will seek election to the U.S. Congress.
The 86-year-old Democrat, who was released from prison about three years ago, will campaign for the seat currently held by Republican Bill Cassidy, who is running for the U.S. Senate.
“I’ve given a great deal of thought to this … and I acknowledge that there are good reasons why I should not run … but there are better reasons why I should,” Edwards told reporters at the press club in Baton Rouge, part of the district he is seeking to represent.
“I haven’t had this much attention since the trial,” he quipped.
Edwards said he is eligible to run for the U.S. House seat because nothing in the U.S. Constitution precludes a felon from becoming a member of Congress.
Well, shame might give someone pause about jumping back into that kind of media spotlight. But we’re talking about a Democrat here. This is kind of their thing, especially in Illinois.
Look for a Ray Nagin presidential run in 15-20 years, depending on the parole board.
Gosh, has it already been a year since the Republican Party establishment took almost four months to say, “We really blew that one”?
One year ago, a frank Republican Party assessment of why it came up short in the 2012 presidential election included a stark recommendation.
Embrace and champion comprehensive immigration reform, the post-mortem authors urged, or get used to a party whose appeal “will continue to shrink to its core constituents only.”
That bold assertion was decidedly offstage Monday, as the party orchestrated a full-on media effort to mark advances it says it’s made as a result of recommendations contained in the 2013 Growth and Opportunity Project report.
As this is a mainstream media assessment of the report, “progress” is almost solely related to comprehensive immigration reform, the focus on which will lea the GOP to its final autopsy.
Of course, that’s what the press an the Democrats want.
There are a great many things the party needs to do to win the White House back but a purely pandering “compromise” on immigration that only benefits the Democrats isn’t one of them. Does immigration policy in America need some work? Most definitely. However, none of the comprehensive approaches floated thus far have adequately addressed the need to stop the porosity at the border with Mexico first.
The leftmedia knows that this is a no-win path for the Republicans, which is why they keep pushing it. Sadly, many of the GOP leaders read too much of this crap. Boehner began this session by chasing the immigration reform squirrel but those evil Tea Party crazies who don’t know anything about strategy convinced Johnny Orange that he might want to focus on Obamacare this election year.
Which is exactly what the leftmedia does not want the Republicans talking about.
One day the higher-ups will learn to look at that for direction.
Green food may mean party time in America, where St. Patrick’s Day has long been an excuse to break out the food dye. But in Ireland, where the Irish celebrate their patron saint on March 17, green food has bitter connotations that recall the nation’s darkest chapter, says historian Christine Kinealy.
The reason, Kinealy explains, is the Irish potato famine of the 1840s, which forced so many Irish to flee mass starvation in their homeland in search of better times in America and elsewhere. Those who stayed behind turned to desperate measures.
“People were so deprived of food that they resorted to eating grass,” Kinealy tells The Salt. “In Irish folk memory, they talk about people’s mouths being green as they died.”
Liberals (she’s writing for NPR, she’s a lib) absolutely despise seeing anyone have a good time. They are miserable people by nature and want to make sure they can drag the rest of the world down to their desperately-in-need-of-Zoloft level. That’s how you get from “goofy bar holiday” to “OMG-DARK, SINISTER PAST!”
The good news is…ok, there really isn’t any when it comes to them.
The Pentagon’s decision to retire the entire U.S. fleet of popular A-10 “Warthog” aircraft is painful but necessary as the military is forced to save money now to develop tomorrow’s weapons, Air Force leaders said on Friday.
General Mark Welsh, the Air Force chief of staff, told a panel in the House of Representatives that eliminating the 283 tank-killer jets would save $3.7 billion over the next five years plus another $500 million in planned aircraft upgrades.
The money saved would in turn be used to bolster current Air Force readiness, which has slipped in recent years because of budget cuts, and to focus on priorities for the future, such as the radar-evading F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a new aerial refueling tanker and a new long-range bomber.
The planes are a fixture at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, which is my hometown. They have been on the bureaucratic chopping block before but have always survived because they’re very popular with the people who actually fight wars.
Republican Rep. Darrell Issa has penned a personal, scathing letter to his Democratic counterpart on the House oversight committee, escalating the public feud between the two high-ranking lawmakers amid the committee’s investigation into IRS targeting.
The letter to Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., top Democrat on that committee, was obtained by Fox News. In it, Issa countered, point by point, a series of claims that Cummings and two legal experts made earlier this week about whether former IRS official Lois Lerner could be held in contempt for refusing to testify.
Issa went further, effectively accusing Cummings of running interference on behalf of his party and the administration.
“… rather than pursuing the facts where they lead — which is the function of effective congressional oversight — you have made yourself an obstacle to effective congressional oversight, in effect, a defense counsel for Lerner and others who acted to deprive Americans of their constitutionally-guaranteed rights,” the committee chairman wrote.
In another verbal sting, he continued: “Even though the White House helped orchestrate your ascension to Ranking Member, I have encouraged, and continue to encourage, you to subordinate your political loyalties to the institutional interests of the Committee and the House, especially in cases like this where obstructing the Committee’s work risks permanently disadvantaging Congress in its interactions with the Executive Branch.”
Translation: “Stop being The Idiot King’s lapdog.”
Cummings has been the drama queen darling of the lefty blogosphere for his extended tantrum over Issa cutting his mic. Issa probably did his colleague from Maryland a favor, because when Cummings speaks he tends to be a blithering idiot.
Thankfully, Darrell Issa isn’t concerned with whether or not people like him, he’s just there to kick you-know-what until he gets to the bottom of whatever Team Lightbringer’s latest extralegal foray is.
Have you ever seen people work so hard to win after they have already won? This is further proof that liberals really are incapable of enjoying themselves, even in victory.
Even more pathetic is that they’re miserable and obsessed with something Romney never really said, which shows that he is living rent free in their heads.
Oh…what he did say on the subject turned out to be right at the time.
Price tag? A cool four grand. But you got free weekend minutes.
Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg blasted the U.S. government’s electronic surveillance practices on Thursday, saying he’d personally called President Barack Obama to voice his displeasure.
“When our engineers work tirelessly to improve security, we imagine we’re protecting you against criminals, not our own government,” Zuckerberg said in a post on his personal Facebook page.
“I’ve called President Obama to express my frustration over the damage the government is creating for all of our future. Unfortunately, it seems like it will take a very long time for true full reform,” the 29-year-old Zuckerberg continued.
The phone call and Zuckerberg’s 300-word missive on Thursday come amid a series of revelations about controversial government surveillance practices that were leaked by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.
“The president spoke last night with Mark Zuckerberg about recent reports in the press about alleged activities by the U.S. intelligence community,” a White House official said.
Facebook is a serial invader of personal privacy, so it is nice to see that Zuckerberg draws the line at his being violated. He is still probably having his staff work on ways to scan your retinas without you knowing about it when you’re on Facebook.
By the way…shouldn’t a tech wiz know better than to complain about the NSA via telephone?
Predictably, the libmedia’s favorite Republican useful idiot disagrees with Cruz.
From Lachlan Markay at The Washington Free Beacon:
A Democratic Super PAC is attacking a Republican Senate candidate for his supposed ties to libertarian philanthropists Charles and David Koch even though their company’s political arm has donated tens of thousands to the Democrat in the race.
Senate Majority PAC has strong ties to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.), who has frequently attacked the Kochs, going so far as to label them “un-American” on the floor of the Senate.
The group is now attacking Sen. Mary Landrieu’s (D., La.) opponent, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R., La.), for his supposed ties to the Koch Industries owners.
“Out of state billionaires spending millions to rig the system and elect Bill Cassidy,” the ad says, showing pictures of the Kochs and a stat on ad spending in the race by Americans for Prosperity, to which the Koch brothers have donated.
“Their goal: Another politician bought and paid for,” the ad says ominously. “Their agenda: Protect tax cuts for companies that ship our jobs overseas.”
However, Sen. Landrieu has received $27,000 in campaign contributions since 2000 from Koch Industries and its subsidiaries and employees, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.
Koch’s political action committee has given Landrieu’s another $35,000, including $15,000 during the current election cycle, making the company one of her PAC’s top 20 donors.
The Left’s constant caterwauling about the Koch brothers’ political money is uninformed and lazy. The GOP’s lack of effort to point it out is frustrating (but what’s new there?).
First, “Americans For Prosperity” does not mean “Koch money”, it means “Some Koch money”. True, the Koch brothers helped established AFP, but only with the stipulation that they wouldn’t fund it in perpetuity and would continually reduce their financial stake in the organization.
Second, the money from various Koch-associated sources has, as pointed out in the article above, often flowed to Democrats.
The first step is to expend the minimal effort it would require to uncouple the AFP car from the Koch train, as some bloggers have tried to do.
Reject the premise.
A friend named Andrew used to say that all the time.
German prosecutors have ruled that a 92-year-old former Auschwitz guard is fit to stand trial for being an accessory to the murder of tens of thousands of Jews sent to their deaths at the infamous Nazi extermination camp during the Second World War.
Oskar Groening, a former Nazi sergeant, admits serving at Auschwitz for two and a half years but he claims to have merely guarded doomed prisoners’ possessions at the camp and insists that he did not commit war crimes there.
However state prosecutors in Hanover announced on Thursday that they had completed an initial investigation against Groening and pronounced that he was fit to stand trial. He is likely to become the first former death camp guard to appear before a German court in decades.
Evil is still evil, even when it is presented in a doddering, grandfatherly package.
Business groups and congressional Republicans are blasting regulations President Obama will announce Thursday that could extend overtime pay to as many as 10 million workers who are now ineligible for it.
While liberals lauded the plan as putting more cash in the pockets of millions of workers, business groups warned it would damage the economy and Republicans said it was another example of executive overreach.
Trade associations already battling the White House over a proposal to raise the minimum wage to $10.10 per hour said they were blindsided by the announcement.
“This came as a shot out of the blue,” said David French, the National Retail Federation’s senior vice president for government relations. “Just on the surface, this looks like an enormous new administrative burden.”
Few details were released Wednesday about the initiative, which the administration is expected to detail on Thursday.
“What we’re trying to take a look at is how we can make the labor force as fair as possible for all workers and that people get rewarded for a hard day’s work with a fair wage,” Betsey Stevenson, a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers, told reporters Wednesday.
It is disturbing to hear so many adults in important positions repeat that word as if it applies to the real world. In the minds of Team Lightbringer, the business world is an elementary school playground at recess time and they want to heavily monitor it so that no one gets any feelings hurt.
This president’s lack of any real world work experience (sorry, Hopeychangeys, “Community Organizer” doesn’t count”) was one of the most worrisome things about him to many of us back in ’08. He has no reality-based frame of reference when making decisions and he is surrounded by yes men.
What could possibly go wrong?
You remember all of these, right?
The normally divided U.S. Senate moved forward on Wednesday with a new, bipartisan agreement designed to ease partisan gridlock.
If lawmakers succeed under the accord in coming days to pass a bill to upgrade a federal child-care program, it could serve as a model to approve other legislation. But it’s unlikely to lead to any sudden deals on stalled major legislation.
“I’m hopeful. I’m optimistic,” said Republican Senator Lamar Alexander of Tennessee. “But I believe in not counting your chickens until they hatch.”
“The goal here is to get off to a small but positive start with bipartisan bills, so that we can get back to legislating and tackling bigger issues in a responsible way,” said Democratic Senator Charles Schumer of New York. “I hope it works.”
It is probably safe to say that Chuck Schumer’s idea of “responsible” is vastly different from…any sane person’s.
Quoting myself from last November: There is no inherent virtue in bipartisan cooperation with an opponent who never gives anything in return.
The middle keeps getting redefined by Democrats moving ever leftward. So let’s stop pretending it’s a good thing to meet there.
Government estimates suggest there may be 77,000 empty or underutilized buildings across the country. Taxpayers own them, and even vacant, they’re expensive. The Office of Management and Budget believes these buildings could be costing taxpayers $1.7 billion a year.
That’s because someone has to mow the lawns, keep the pipes from freezing, maintain security fences, pay for some basic power — even when the buildings are just sitting empty.
“To see a building that’s 28,000 square feet, just boarded up three stories — it’s really a shame not to have it … put to a use that would be of benefit to taxpayers and citizens as a whole,” Wise says.
We smaller government types are generally ecstatic when the federal behemoth stops using anything. Bureaucracies are only good at one thing though: hemorrhaging cash. The federal government is an institutional idiot savant when it comes to wasteful spending. If there is nothing to waste money on, it will make something up. If there is no more money to waste, it will whine that it needs more tax revenue.
Even while its sitting on some choice real estate.
The New Jersey honor student who sued to get her parents to support her after she moved out of their home has reunited with them, and the family is now asking for privacy.
Rachel Canning’s return does not involve any financial or other considerations, the lawyer for the 18-year-old’s parents said Wednesday. Angelo Sarno said that the dispute had been settled “amicably,” but refused to comment further on the litigation.
Sarno said Rachel Canning moved back in with her parents on Tuesday night and said the notoriety surrounding the suit had damaged the family.
Her best friend’s dad was paying for the lawsuit that alleged that her parents were abusive and now she’s suddenly back home?
This one has weird lawyer stink all over it. Nine out of, well, nine, lawsuits brought by kids (yes, eighteen is a kid) have some disgusting adult in the background manipulating the child like a puppet.
We can’t get rid of lawyers and adults.
Maybe just the lawyers then.
Founded in 2011, Artemis is a startup working on pCell, a new wireless standard that it thinks could leapfrog 4G altogether.
Like any new, potentially disruptive technology, pCell has a ton of hype and uncertainty around it. We’ve put together the following guide to pCell for those who want to know more without any of the confusion or tricky marketing language.
What is pCell?
Cell towers as we know them today can be visualized as giant umbrella tops. You deploy them, and they broadcast a bubble of reception that gets weaker as you get farther away. They have to be far enough away from each other so as to not cause interference, but close enough together that you can move between their areas of coverage and still have cell service. If you have too many people in one place, their data use can bog down a tower for everyone.
Artemis’ technology takes a very different direction. Rather than carefully spacing out a relatively small number of towers, Artemis wants to deploy a massive number of boxes the size of routers — called “pWaves” — that will provide much better service to a much smaller area.
Rather than working against interference, pCell embraces the collision of radio waves. By combining the incoming signals from several of the pWave base stations, each pCell user is given the equivalent of their own “personal cell” (hence the name) — which basically means getting full bars of LTE at all times becomes the new standard, while “good” signal strength means getting a signal that’s as much as 1,000 times faster than what we’re all used to.