Archive for the 'Politics' Category

Governments store and gather a *lot* of private information about everyday citizens, in order to provide you with services such as health, transportation, safety, education, taxation, and much more. How much of this will be handed over to private IT companies such as Google in the rush to the “cloud”? What will happen to it […]

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Recently I saw an ad which read: “Over 60% of the U.S. state governments have gone Google.” Does this mean that we’ve now handed the majority of our state governments’ operational data to a single privately-controlled company which has well-publicized partnerships with other governments such as China? To find out more, I contacted Google’s press […]

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Last week marked the original official deadline for the Digital Television Transition, after which analog television broadcasts would be terminated. (The official deadline was recently extended to June 12, 2009.) To ease the transition, the US government launched the TV Converter Box Coupon Program, which “allows U.S. households to obtain up to two coupons, each […]

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Our Revised News

Sign on the old historical archive in Santa Fe, New Mexico. One chilly day last September, United Airlines’ stock temporarily crashed more than $1 billion due to an accidental re-release of an old news report about its 2002 bankruptcy. The New York Times reported that “shares of United traded at one cent… down 99.92 percent, […]

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Meddlesome Military

While smoking a cigar on the porch this evening, my friend Taylor made an interesting comparison. Apparently, the Bush administration has proposed using very high-resolution military satellites for domestic surveillance. Taylor said that this reminded him of 27 BCE in ancient Rome, when for the first time Roman legions were allowed to be stationed domestically […]

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This evening I went to the Kendall Cinema to watch “Gonzo,” the latest documentary about Hunter S. Thompson. Afterwards, in honor of the doctor, I wrote the following letter to Rolling Stone magazine: To Rolling Stone, Several months ago you began stamping my name and address on piles of dead trees and convincing the United […]

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