…Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, told Muslims making the annual pilgrimage to Mecca that Rushdie was an apostate whose killing would be authorised by Islam, according to the Iranian media. How very reassuring and level-headed of the British to respond by saying: The Foreign Office said: “The key thing from our point of view…Read More "Just the Standard Rhetoric"
The Globe and Mail has a good story on how copyright law is preventing the re-release of “Eyes On the Prize:” The makers of the series no longer have permission for the archival footage they previously used of such key events as the historic protest marches or the confrontations with Southern police. Given Eyes on…Read More Small Bits of Chaos
Scrivner points out a basic lack of agreement amongst the pundits: Damn that Bush, cleverly whipping up this fantasy of a threat to scare people into voting for him. … Damn that Bush, ineptly bungling America’s defense against the most dangerous threat Ian has a post about Ron Paul trying to ban the government issuance…Read More Small Bits of Chaos
I saw Hotel Rwanda this weekend. It’s a true story of a hotel manager who saved over 1,000 people from genocide. If you’ll allow me a moment of disgusted sarcasm, I look forward to the sequel, Hotel Darfur, now in pre-production. The story is the same: No one is bothering to intervene in African genocide,…Read More Hotel Rwanda
A sophisticated computer hacker had access to servers at wireless giant T-Mobile for at least a year, which he used to monitor U.S. Secret Service e-mail, obtain customers’ passwords and Social Security numbers, and download candid photos taken by Sidekick users, including Hollywood celebrities, SecurityFocus has learned. … T-Mobile, which apparently knew of the intrusions…Read More T-Mobile
Scrivner has another great post, this one to a study at Virginia Commonwealth University. (My link is to the study, not the press summary Scrivner links.) The press summary claims that rubbernecking accounts for 16% of accidents, looking at scenery or landmarks 10%, while cell phones account for only 5%. Clearly the answer is to…Read More Ban Windows, Not Cell Phones
The city of Truro, Massachusetts is trying to collect DNA from all 790 residents to solve a crime, reports the New York Times. Its not clear why they believe that residents are more likely to be the criminal than non-residents, and it is clear that they don’t get the 4th amendment, against dragnet searches, or…Read More DNA Dragnet
Eric Rescorla has two good posts on screening at Educated Guesswork. I’d still like to expand the range of questions, and ask, is intense personal screening effective or needed? Can we use air marshals, different aircraft designs, and armed pilots so that we don’t need to compare rub-downs to millimeter-wave xrays?Read More Educated Pat-Downs