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Does Rand Paul make sense?

A little something for usanos -- no matter where they live. http://a42.com/forum/pg/topicview/misc/country-information/usa/national/... Does it have anything to do with expats? More than you might imagine.

Military-Industrial Complex Speech, Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1961

My fellow Americans:

Three days from now, after half a century in the service of our country, I shall lay down the responsibilities of office as, in traditional and solemn ceremony, the authority of the Presidency is vested in my successor.

This evening I come to you with a message of leave-taking and farewell, and to share a few final thoughts with you, my countrymen.

Like every other citizen, I wish the new President, and all who will labor with him, Godspeed. I pray that the coming years will be blessed with peace and prosperity for all.

Helping/Not Helping the Homeless

I just read an article in the UK independent titled US cities’ crackdown on homeless people is ‘close to ethnic cleansing’. This post is about "attitude".

Paying the price of doing the right thing

I was going to add this to one of the many Snowden threads here but they all seem pretty littered with opinion. So, here is a new post/link.

It is a Washingto Post article about how a CIA employee's quest to legally get information released terminated his career. Article/link at http://a42.com/forum/pg/topicview/misc/general-chat/snowden/using-proper...

Wow, my creation is famous

I didn't expect the NSA to be what made it famous but, they did. See the first line in the listing in this BoingBoing article.

Fun with A42

I have been having fun with A42. I feel it is worth mentioning why as clearly it is a better fit for some posts that have been and still do appear here.

NicaLiving at least used to be about moving to and living in Nicaragua. The percentage of readers in Nicaragua was, at one time, about 50%. It is about half that with the majority of folks being in the US. Based on posts, many seem much more interested in other countries rather than Nicaragua.

A new look at Encrypted Email and Chat

This post is inspired by a changing landscape, the most recent of which is Google's announcement of an end-to-end encryption tool.

For non-geeks, what Google is doing is at least a good starting point. As pointed out on one of the security lists I receive, "granny can use it" and "it will get others thinking seriously about encryption". That's two good things.

US vs. Canada (sorta)

One of the news feeds I receive pointed to an article titled "America’s middle-class defeat: How Canada shamed the wealthiest nation on earth". I read the article and found it worth pointing to from the Canada forum on A42.com. I bring it up here for a couple of reasons:

  • We have some active Canadians here who can help interpret what is said in the article (for those who are not going to understand).

The press: Nicaragua and the US

For as long as I have kept track of Nicaragua (over 30 years) it has always had a press that disagreed with the government. Up until Ortega's re-election, that had meant some press agreeing and some press disagreeing. With Ortega's second coming it has mostly been an anti-government press.

The result has been somewhere between exposure of government wrongdoing and creation of anti-government news. Where you draw that line will likely depend on your political stripes but, no matter, it has been easy to find anti-government facts or at least opinion.

NBC Snowden Interview

It is available here on YouTube. I'll just say very interesting.

NIST "required" to do bad work

Just a little tidbit I didn't know. Most of us heard that there is a serious hole in at least one NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology) encryption standard. The story surfaced that the NSA was probably to blame for some advice to NIST.

Which terrorists?

I grew up in Los Angeles California, son of parents from New England. The word racist probably best describes them. Blacks (of course we didn't call them blacks then), Jews, Japanese, Mexicans, ... -- it didn't much matter -- were bad and those who appeared to be like my parents -- white -- were good. We moved to a suburb before I was headed to junior high because "there were black kids in the junior high".

Is privatiization a good thing?

The article I just read is about privatization in the US but it is the typical IMF approach to fix the economies of countries such as Nicaragua. Various countries (Bolivia, for example) have resisted. What is reality?

The article titled 5 ways privatization is fleecing American taxpayers shows some examples of how privatization has been a huge mistake.

Spying is OK until it hurts business

The most recent fallout from Greenwald's No Place to Hide is that tech companies are starting to complain to the Obama administration. The first two are Cisco and FaceBook. Why? Because revelations about NSA activity (e.g., NSA adding backdoors to Cisco products without Cisco's knowledge) hurts business.

Ukraine?

The photo is from a recent tweet forwarded by a vet.

Someone (possibly Paul Craig Roberts) recently said that the US getting involved in the Russia-Ukraine thing would be like Russia getting involved in the US-Puerto Rico independence movement thing. Yet, we continue to hear BS from John Kerry and such.

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