Shostack + Friends Blog Archive


Small Bits: Wives Vs. The Dark Side, Diamonds, FRCA, Brill & Lexis-Nexis

  • VikingZen posts her Two Cents about Revenge of The Sith, and closes with:

    My big question: Why didn’t Padme just release a can of whoop-ass on her husband? I mean, they’re secretly married, the guy’s off in some outer galaxy playing space cowboy while she’s lugging around a pregnant belly full of twins? How about a nice back massage instead of allying himself with a Sith Lord? Here’s what she should have said: “I don’t know what’s in your Jedi cereal, but whatever it is, it’s giving you those stupid nightmares. I find your ‘Health Insurance’ solution ridiculous and there’s no way in hell I’m dealing with all that black laundry. Now go use your powers and sense me some kimchi nearby!” Now who’s the Force with?

    Any other questions about why Yoda advises Anakin as he does?

  • In “Africa’s ruin or salvation,” Asteroid starts from a history of diamond mining, comments on cartels, and what happens when they fall. From there he manages to transition to a blistering assault on the UN, and, well, read it.
  • The Privacy Law Site discusses Westra v. Credit Control of Pinellas in “Seventh Circuit: Creditors Do Not Have to Contact Individuals Under FCRA:”

    The Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals has found that the FCRA does not require a creditor to contact an individual who disputes information which the creditor has reported to a credit reporting agency.

  • The security-industrial complex grows with Steven Brill’s company scoring a contract with the Orlando airport, where DHS will background check you on behalf of a private company so you can get through airport lines faster, as reported in Forbes’ “Voluntary Security ID to Debut in Florida .”
  • It seems that insecurity in the complex is ok. Samablog mailed me a pointer to the Wall Street Journal reports that “Security Woes Don’t Slow
    Reed’s Push Into Data Collection

    News of security breaches at LexisNexis has thrust the Internet-based data company’s parent, publishing titan Reed Elsevier PLC, into the spotlight and tossed around Reed’s share price in the past few months. Investors might want to prepare themselves for more of the same.

    Far from backing off, Reed plans to push deeper into the business of collecting personal data on individuals for sale to employers, banks, lawyers and other clients — the source of the problems at LexisNexis.

    If they can’t control access to their databases, how on earth are they to be trusted with helping to make decisions about…oh, who can get on airplanes?