Monthly Archives: June 2013

Even Ex-Stasi Are Horrified By the NSA’s Reach

You just can’t make this up (boldface mine): Wolfgang Schmidt was seated in Berlin’s 1,200-foot-high TV tower, one of the few remaining landmarks left from the former East Germany… “You know, for us, this would have been a dream come … Continue reading

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Links 6/27/13

Links for you. Science: Goodbye, Miami: By century’s end, rising sea levels will turn the nation’s urban fantasyland into an American Atlantis. But long before the city is completely underwater, chaos will begin (must-read) Wine-tasting: it’s junk science. Experiments have … Continue reading

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Observed on Marlborough Street, Back Bay, Boston:

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Anyone Who Thinks Massive Surveillance Won’t Be Misused Is Ignorant of History

Seriously, we haven’t figured out to make people better or more principled, and since, in the last decade, we have legalized torture, how could one possibly think that we have appropriate safeguards in place to prevent misuse of surveillance data … Continue reading

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Links 6/26/13

Links for you. Science: NIH is not spelled “NSF” Forget Gene Patents. Co-founder of 23andMe Patents Personalized Genomics Harry Reid vs. Sequestration: The Majority Leader’s Campaign To Save The NIH (good for him, but it’s too late for some scientists) … Continue reading

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How Congress Screwed Up the Voting Rights Act Renewal

Regarding the recent Supreme Court decision that, in essence, allows states to pass laws that will make it difficult for minorities, the poor, the elderly, and students to vote (and who just happen to vote Democratic. Coincidence no doubt), a … Continue reading

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Did I Miss the Discussion About Constant Surveillance?

So I’m continuing to dig out from grant writing, and I see that NYC Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly had some interesting things to say about the NSA revelations: Police Commissioner Ray Kelly launched a stinging rebuke to the federal government’s … Continue reading

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