US military and humanitarian aid going to ISIS via direct aid and bribes through “taxes.”
|By: DSWright Friday October 17, 2014 1:31 pm|
At the very least it is time for Americans to stop idealizing Silicon Valley as made up of dreamers and rebels and understand that the technology sector is pursuing its economic interests – which are considerable – in much the same way other major industries are. Given that reality, the same kind of skepticism should be applied to their motives and regulations applied to their activities as other parts of the corporate sector.
|By: DSWright Friday October 17, 2014 11:10 am|
Some hysteria over Ebola was inevitable given how both lethal the disease is and how ignorant most people are about it, but the CDC’s incompetent statements and behavior have exacerbated the public’s natural trepidation. Not that the mainstream media aren’t also doing their best to foment panic. Hopefully the new Ebola czar will at least be able to tamp down fear about Ebola, if not actually institute and enforce the protocols for treating Ebola that the CDC failed to do.
|By: DSWright Thursday October 16, 2014 10:29 am|
The fantasist is a hard creature to tame, if for no other reason than he or she always has somewhere outside of reality to escape to when the facts get harsh. So it is with President Obama’s self-admitted fantasy of having moderate Syrian rebel forces aligned with US interests that can alter the reality on the ground in Syria. Despite abysmal results so far, Obama and company can not let go of the dream.
|By: DSWright Thursday October 16, 2014 6:47 am|
Though the CDC said yesterday Amber Vinson should not have taken a commercial flight, it has now been revealed that Vinson – who had a “low-grade fever” at the time – asked the CDC if she should fly and was told she could. After being cleared by the CDC despite coming into contact with now-deceased Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan,Vinson took a commercial flight from Cleveland to Dallas and was formally diagnosed with Ebola the next day.
|By: DSWright Wednesday October 15, 2014 12:40 pm|
A second US health worker has been diagnosed with Ebola. The nurse, Amber Vinson, treated Thomas Eric Duncan at Texas Presbyterian Hospital. The first health care worker to be diagnosed, Nurse Nina Pham, also treated Duncan at Texas Presbyterian. That at least two health workers have been infected has raised concerns about more cases and whether local hospitals with no Ebola experience can handle patients with the disease given the extrordinary protocols required to safely treat such patients.
|By: DSWright Wednesday October 15, 2014 11:30 am|
With Beijing and the authorities in Hong Kong unwilling to negotiate, Occupy Central pro-democracy protesters have been forced to continue their protests in Hong Kong for the right to a free election in 2017. Initially the Hong Kong authorities were hoping to wait the protesters out but have apparently lost patience and are now trying to forcibly remove protesters.
|By: DSWright Wednesday October 15, 2014 7:00 am|
President Barack Obama is not the only one who thinks arming the Syrian rebels is a “fantasy,” an exhaustive study by the CIA shows that throughout the agency’s history covert support of rebel fighters has had very little success. According to The New York Times, the still classified study was commissioned in 2012 and continued throughout 2013 to help policymakers decide whether supporting the Syrian rebels was a good idea.
|By: DSWright Friday October 10, 2014 11:52 am|
The prison banking industry is really taking off with an assortment of small time players on the state level snatching all the taxpayer and prisoner money they can. But one of the Too Big To Fail Wall Street banks has it locked up on the federal level. And surprise surprise they have friends at Treasury ready to give them special deals.
|By: DSWright Friday October 10, 2014 10:26 am|
Need more evidence that the government wants access to all your private information? Then check out the recent move by Attorney General Eric Holder and the FBI to subvert the use of strong cryptography by the average citizen.
As noted by Cory Doctorow, the move to weaken civilian use of strong crypto is actually a rehash of an issue that was temporarily settled in 1995 when the Electronic Frontier Foundation won a court case that declared computer code to be part of free speech.