If you've been watching TV news and/or listening to our political leaders, then you know one thing about Omar Mateen: he was an ISIS terrorist, or an "Islamic radical," or whatever magic combination of words we're all supposed to say. But the more we learn about him the clearer it is that his motivations for … Continue reading Selective focus
The terrorist attack on the Zeventem Airport in Brussels yesterday targeted one of the softest spots in the entire transportation system: the security queue at any major airport. Our "shoes off, belt off, take out your laptop, measure your liquids, put your left foot in and shake it all about" security screening process creates another … Continue reading Security theater in action
InfoSec is not something I write about very often, mostly because I know where my limits are at any given time, and because it's not something I write about it's unfortunately not something I'm able to follow very closely. But today at Lawfare, Nicholas Weaver does an excellent job of explaining why this Apple dust-up … Continue reading A very bad precedent
Finally, my life strategy of being too poor to have any investments is paying off. What's the problem? Well, lots of things, apparently: Weak U.S. economic data has not helped matters today. December retail sales dipped 0.1% in December. Manufacturing in the New York region came in much weaker-than-expected in January and industrial production for … Continue reading Riding the roller coaster
Earlier today, this hit lefty Twitter: https://twitter.com/ppppolls/status/677871578281984002 HAHAHAHA, Jesus, what a bunch of blockheads, am I right? People immediately started having fun with this tidbit of information, and I'm sure there are 1500 word thinkpieces being typed up even now. Yours truly got in on the act, wondering what would happen to all the Disney … Continue reading Maybe the problem is your poll, not the people who answered it
Remember that 14 year old kid, Ahmed Mohamed, who tinkered around with a clock to try to show off his engineering skills in his Texas school, and wound up almost being arrested because he's a Sudanese Muslim and therefore is presumed terrorist (at least when carrying around unfamiliar-looking electronics) here in US America until proven … Continue reading What gives, clock kid?
The United States hasn't paid its UNESCO dues (which had made up over a fifth of UNESCO's overall funding) since 2011, when the organization admitted Palestine as a member state and thereby triggered a couple of obscure Foreign Relations Authorization Act provisions (from 1990 and 1994) that require the government to stop sending money to … Continue reading UNESCO and US national security, at LobeLog