The NSA and the British GCHQ have been intercepting Yahoo Messenger video content shared on ostensibly private webcam conversations. If that’s not embarrassing enough, they’ve deemed the majority of users “undesirable.“
GCHQ does not have the technical means to make sure no images of UK or US citizens are collected and stored by the system, and there are no restrictions under UK law to prevent Americans’ images being accessed by British analysts without an individual warrant.
Read the entire article on The Guardian
Giving his personal contribution to “the most transparent administration in our history,” White House press secretary Jay Carney has made evading questions en vogue again. Credit to Yahoo! for compiling the interactive list below of Carney’s most widely used deflections in press briefings.
A mere 9,486 evaded questions in 444 press meetings (that’s 21 unanswered questions on average for those keeping score)
“Secrecy is a vacuum and nothing fills a vacuum like paranoid speculation.”
- Max Brooks / ‘World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War‘
Honestly, I found this a lot better than the recently shared REM rework, no offense to Melodyne. Be sure to give this reworking of Rage Against The Machine’s ever-popular single “Killing In The Name” a listen, performed in a style, that to me, is reminiscent of a lot of 311 material.
that sums everything up nicely
White House Green Lights Black Boxes For New Cars
The White House Office of Management has approved a request from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to mandate event data recorders, commonly referred to as “black boxes,” in 100-percent of new vehicles sold.
With NASA Mars Science Laboratory‘s Curiosity rover riding around and hopefully getting it on the surface of Mars, it felt right to take a look at how NASA ‘spends it.’ Given the awareness Barack Obama’s budget cuts for NASA raised earlier in the year, and the looming election I felt this would be interesting as well as salient. Despite Obama supporting these cuts in the past, he wasted no time changing his stance while public support for NASA reached an all-time high last evening.
I have seen a number of articles trying to draw a number of these comparisons separately, for ease and posterity’s sake I have done my best to compile a number of them here.
NASA Curiosity Mission: US$2.5 bil [source]
Iraq War: US$805 bil [source]
Afghanistan War: US$554 bil [source]
US Libyan Intervention: US$896 mil (~$9mil per day) [source]
US War On Drugs (Jan 2012 – Aug 2012): US$24 bil (~$500 per second) [source]
Obama 2008 Presidential Campaign: US$760 mil [source]
McCain 2008 Presidential Campaign: US$358 mil [source]
Note: I am not against government spending in it’s entirety, I’m fine with paying for something as long as we receive some measurable benefit from our spending.