The Center for Democracy and Technology cares about your privacy and the fact that Google and Facebook have contributed a few million to the center makes no difference. According to Justin Brookman, Director of Consumer Privacy at CDT and co-chair of it's "Do Not Track" working group, "Facebook and Google can't monitor what you do on third party sites." Plus the industry standard on privacy and things like 3rd party cookies is voluntary. So there. But should people be furious that Google or Facebook or other large internet firms may be tracking your web behavior on 3rd party sites? How sacred a right is privacy in the 21st century, especially online?
It is understandable that President Obama tried to do an end run around foreign policy and focus on so-called domestic issues in his State of the Union address last Tuesday. America has not been blessed with firm and decisive leadership from the Obama White House when it comes to international policy issues, to say the least. The no-show in Paris was just the latest in a long line of confused stances. But the President did take a moment to mention the Iran sanctions. "I will veto any new sanctions bill that threatens to undo this progress." The progress he was referring to is the continually stalled negotiations with the terror-sponsoring Islamic Republic of Iran over it's nuclear program which is clearly aimed at achieving weapons capability. Several extensions and a sanctions relief that is providing about $700 million a month to Iran means they have that much more time to continue their nuclear research program.
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How committed is the current Congress to limited government? In other words, how committed is Mitch McConnel? And how committed is the GOP with a majority not seen since the early 20's? Senators Thune, R-S.D. and Corker, R. Tenn. are already suggesting boosting gas taxes. And increased sales taxes at the state level is being bandied about. Mac Thronberry, R-Texas wants tax increases to protect defense spending from sequester cuts. There is always a pet project, some worthwhile some outrageous pork barrel spending, that a congressman or congresswoman wants to cuddle and feed. And fiscal conservatism, which seems to hover like a ghost in the background rather than take center stage, warns of worsening deficits if the starve-the-beast method of reducing government is attempted.
There are moments when the President of the United States cannot be too busy not to attend something like last Sunday's march in Paris. It was more than the 50 world leaders - and that included both Palestine and of course Israel - who marched with linked arms down the winter boulevards of that great city. It was the millions of French citizens who have had enough of islamic terrorism and it's latest deadly attempts to impose blasphemy laws in a Western, democratic society. President Hollande's embrace of columnist Patrick Pelloux was visceral, moving and untheatrical. This was not something staged, even if it was planned. This was real down to the very marrow of all those who marched and all those who watched in silent support around the world. Where were America's leaders? There may have been moments when France may have quietly asked the big bad old USA not to attend, as infuriating as that may have been. This was clearly not the case.
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These are very extensive injuries being described in this article about Harry Reid's "exercise" mishap! It looks more like he got mugged! Could he be lying and in reality was attacked by a gang of black teenagers and thinks it would be politically incorrect to say so?
Who in Obama's inner circle invented the Pivot-Figure-of-Speech-Thingy? Did the President himself after a game of hoops with his security staff start using the term in a meeting? Did they decide to use it later in press briefings? While it may seem a little silly to speculate on such a topic, what is definitely beyond silly is the overuse of the term, which has now made another appearance, as Obama is apparently planning a "pivot to lawmakers" as reported in the WSJ. That's a total of perhaps over 14 pivots, and the jokes about spinning in circles and pivoter-in-chief are barely funny anymore. The only remaining question is, is the whole pivot thing a snotty little fraternity house insider joke? Especially in this latest use of the term. After executive action on immigration and Cuba, two vital issues that the President did an end run around Congress on, what possible meaning does a pivot to lawmakers have? Aside from a wink to his own supporters?
Heretic meteorologist Anthony Sadar should have bulked up his Washington Examiner's article on 5 reasons to be skeptical of climate science in this brand new 2015. Melbourne-based Sean McClowry - of the Global CCS (Carbon Capture & Storage) Institute - already has 6 climate change busting Mega-projects for you. While Sadar carefully reviews the assumptions and perceptions behind the doomsday-ers' science, focusing on solar activity and ocean currents as likely far more important determinants of climate than any small percentage increase in Carbon dioxide, which only makes up a tiny fraction, 0.4% apparently, of the atmosphere, McClowry, instead, goes right to the heavy artillery. How about satellite based solar panels?! Never mind how much energy will be expended to get them up there and get them working correctly, this a multi billion dollar project! And you get a great acronym to boot: SBSP or Space Based Solar Power. Imagine the term rolling off the lips of a project administrator in Brussels or Washington D.C. while justifying, say, $30 billion in cost overruns and delays. Not enough for you? McClowry has geothermal projects in the Philippines, carbon capture in deep water oil and gas fields off the coast of Norway, and mega solar projects in Arizona and Pakistan.
The White House's diplomatic opening with Cuba is causing a lot of anger and worry, according to the Miami Herald's Andres Oppenheimer. In places like Jamaica, The Dominican Republic, and especially Cancun. Never mind the issues of choice and freedom for ordinary Cubans who, despite the opening up of Cuba's economy in carefully controlled areas like tourism and the resource sector, have seen precious little, make that none, of the dollars and euros flowing into the regime's coffers. No, the issue that Andres Oppenheimer, a long-time contributor to the Miami Herald, focuses on is the effect on American tourism in the aforementioned vacation spots of relaxed travel restrictions for Americans who wish to visit Cuba. As outlined in the LA Times, Hillary Clinton has laid the ground for a debate on lifting the Cuban embargo, along with other pet issues, in preparation for her presidential bid. So why shouldn't the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist join in on the fun?
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Rather than reviewing Obama's attempt to normalize relations with Cuba in terms of the last 116 years of Cuban American history, those angered by the White House's unilateral announcement have framed the issue in terms of Obama's questionable ability as a negotiator. The comparisons with Jimmy Carter are inevitable, and for those who are waiting and watching for the final fall of the Cuban regime, weakened by a less-solvent Venezuela in the face of falling oil prices, this agreement is not just infuriating on a political and human rights basis, it's simply weak negotiating. So who's right? And not just Obama defiantly trying to burnish his legacy in his lame duck years. There are some, not many, like Juan Carlos Hidalgo at the Cato Institute, who state the last 50 plus years of embargo have been a failure.
Is a wage a contract or a social obligation? As the debate over raising the minimum wage continues, this fundamental question seems to underlie the differences between those who advocate a state-based mandated raise in the minimum wage and those who state that market forces need to play out, and that local state conditions should determine minimum wages, rather than a national standard. Wisconsin governor Scott Walker has received tons of flack from liberal and hard-left organizations, some of whom say the minimum wage should be raised to over $20.00 an hour, a proposition that goes beyond most social democratic forms of socialism and borders on marxist labor theory. As these groups parade examples of adults who could barely meet living expenses, Walker's more nuanced response was lost in all the shouting.
Like it or not, driverless vehicles are on their way. While it's easy to imagine what kind of implications they will have on our everyday lives - more time during your commute to read the morning paper or enjoy your coffee, for example - it's a little more difficult to imagine how they will affect the economy on both a national and global scale, not to mention our personal finances.» Continue reading "It's Time Washington Got Serious About Driverless Cars"...