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Four short links: 3 August 2013
Edward Snowden, Shriram Krishnamurthi, high water mark, hsing hsing
NSA Collects 'Word for Word' Every Domestic Communication, Says Former Analyst | ... -- JUDY WOODRUFF: Both Binney and Tice suspect that today, the NSA is doing more than just collecting metadata on calls made in the U.S. They both point to this CNN interview by former FBI counterterrorism agent Tim Clemente days after the Boston Marathon bombing. We do collect metadata, information about communications, more broadly than we collect the actual content of communications, but that's because it is less intrusive than collecting content and in fact can provide us information that helps us more narrowly focus our collection of content on appropriate foreign intelligence targets.
How to Design Programs, Second Edition -- The recipes are applied in two different, typical settings: interactive graphical programs and so-called batch programs. Both kinds of programs are still created with our design recipes. The material will flow into the next volume of the book, How to Design Components.
Security v freedom in the United States: Libertys lost decade | The Economist -- THE case of Private Bradley Manning, convicted this week by a military court of leaking secrets to the WikiLeaks website and now facing up to 136 years in jail, looks as if it might be the high-water mark of Americas zealous security culture. After the attacks of September 11th 2001, George Bush tipped the balance too far from liberty towards security, and it has stayed there under Barack Obama. He had set out to shed light on the warrantless warehousing by the National Security Agency (NSA) of private data belonging to millions of American citizens, possibly in breach of the Patriot Act and the Fourth Amendment. Mr Snowdens initial disclosure was selective, but his flight to Hong Kong and Russia was damaging, and he has ended up disclosing secrets about how America spies on China.
Slow Death by Panda The Bullshit of Innocence. -- Pandas, those cute little bears, are the reason for the decline of the US hegemony. We were weary of closed and communist China, unsure what to expect after years of cold war with the USSR. Washington provides $6 billion in military aid to Colombia, secures seven military bases from President Uribe, backs a military coup in tiny Honduras and denounces Brazil and Bolivia for diversifying its economic ties with Iran. China should immediately start to invest in building a larger panda population, one that when deployed to the US will blanket us in warm and fuzzy feelings of adorable cuteness. Im not sure the appropriate citizen to panda ratio but I would imagine somewhere in the neighborhood of 20,000:1 should suffice that would mean well need almost 16,000 pandas.
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