Tuesday, January 31, 2006
Monday, January 30, 2006
They were loyal conservatives, and Bush appointees. They fought a quiet battle to rein in the president's power in the war on terror. And they paid a price for it.
Sunday, January 29, 2006
Thursday, January 26, 2006
At its current growth rate of over 90% per year, China will pass the US in total broadband subscribers by late 2006 to become the largest broadband country in the world. The US has fallen to 19th overall in household broadband penetration, and is in danger of being passed by Slovenia in early 2007.
Tuesday, January 24, 2006
A cold-war era film of the Army (UK?) doing tests the organizational and psychological effects of LSD of troops in the field. Live rocket launchers on the menu.
Witness: The Rose Vol. 2: Music Inspired By Tupac's Poetry, which is probably the hundredth post-mortem album this guy's name has graced. Later this year they're going to exhume his corpse and feature it on a dancing celebrity show.
Monday, January 23, 2006
Sunday, January 22, 2006
Saturday, January 21, 2006
Jones had offered to pay UCLA students $100 for recordings and lecture notes of professors caught in "indoctrination, one-sided presentation of ideological controversies and unprofessional classroom behavior." Jones said one student, whom he declined to identify, had taken up the offer thus far.
While saying that he was interested in monitoring professors who inject any sort of inappropriate ideology into courses, Jones has identified mainly instructors with liberal and leftist views as potential monitoring targets.
Among those who said they would not like to be scientists, reasons included: "Because you would constantly be depressed and tired and not have time for family", and "because they all wear big glasses and white coats and I am female".
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Monday, January 16, 2006
Thursday, January 12, 2006
Song Tapper is pretty amazing. Tap out a melody on your spacebar, and it IDs the song. For me, it correctly got Blackbird by the Beatles, and Happy Roving Cowboy by The Sons of the Pioneers (!)
Found on metafilter.
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Well, as far as an intelligence officer, especially a SIGINT officer at N.S.A., we're taught from very early on in our careers that you just do not do this. This is probably the number one commandment of the SIGINT Ten Commandments -- you will not spy on Americans.
It is drilled into our head over and over and over again in security briefings, at least twice a year, where you ultimately have to sign a paper that says you have gotten the briefing. Everyone at N.S.A. who's a SIGINT officer knows that you do not do this. Ultimately, so do the leaders of N.S.A., and apparently the leaders of N.S.A. have decided that they were just going to go against the tenets of something that's a gospel to a SIGINT officer.
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
A look into the prep that goes in to a Steve Jobs keynote.
Monday, January 09, 2006
A couple of similar, smaller Australian sites, here and here.
Saturday, January 07, 2006
Friday, January 06, 2006
After the latter scandal became public, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales (who, in 2002 as White House counsel, penned a memo advising the President on how to circumvent the 1996 War Crimes Act) claimed that George Bush had the right to violate the 1978 Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (which makes it illegal to spy on U.S. citizens in the United States without prior or retroactive -- within 72 hours-- court approval) due to his "inherent authority as commander in chief under the Constitution." This, despite the fact that in 2004 Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, writing for the court, insisted, "A state of war is not a blank check for the president when it comes to the rights of the nation's citizens." Bush himself then came out swinging, claiming that he had no need for the courts since he acted as his own agency of oversight, and his acts were legal because he "swore to uphold the laws."
The Hidden State Steps Forward, from The Nation
Thursday, January 05, 2006
"He is a great friend of Israel and a great friend of Prime Minister Sharon himself, so I am very surprised," Ayalon told CNN.
"This is what the word of God says," Watts told the AP. "This is nothing new to the Christian community."