What Good Is A President, Anyway?

As the interminable election season grinds on (though we are constantly assured that it is still ‘early days’ and that Trump still has plenty of time to self-destruct in a suitably flamboyant manner), I continue to attempt to ignore the ins and outs in the same way I try to ignore Christmas music in mid-November.

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The Irony of Security

This won’t be a very long post. It hardly needs to be – the stories speak for themselves. Various security procedures, implemented at great cost, have made people less safe.

Recently, it was discovered that (presumably Chinese) hackers obtained access to millions of forms related to background checks of those who apply for U.S. security […]

Military Science

There’s an old joke about how military intelligence is an oxymoron.

Unfortunately, it appears that Military Science is as well.

The products of science are, of course, still in high demand. Consider the modern arsenal of fusion bombs, GPS guided missiles, autonomous weapons, fission powered submarines, and research into lasers, bioweapons, and railguns. Never has […]

Feared & Fearful

The United States is the predominant world power, the world’s lone superpower. This is said so often that it is easy to forget just how ridiculously unbalanced the situation really is.

The United States spends $581 Billion a year on its military, more than the next nine largest budgets put together. China, #2 on the […]

Religion and Politics

Two of the most contentious subjects, indeed. The cause of this particular essay is the New York Time’s debate titled ‘The Pulpit and the Ballot Box‘, which asked ‘Why do voters care about a candidate’s religion? Does it matter?’. Many of the responses are interesting in their own right, particularly Mirsky’s assertion of an American, […]

Painting Mao Gold

From a recent high of 51% in 2011, US opinion of China has fallen precipitously in the years since to a ten-year low of 35% in 2014. Negative perspectives of China are proliferating as China’s GDP plays catch-up to the US economy. The game is tense, the stakes are high, and US politicians are […]

Old Drones & New Fears

Drones are in the news a lot these days. Whether it’s an NGIS proximately drinking and remotely driving his way onto the White House lawn, or reporters unwisely demonstrating the phenomenon that has had French security forces on high alert, drones are here to stay.

If only it were clear what a drone really was.

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On “Gun Rights for Terrorists”

This post is a much needed deconstruction and critique of a New York Times opinion piece titled ‘Gun Rights for Terrorists’, by Mary Lewis Grow. Go ahead and read it, though I’ll be quoting and paraphrasing liberally.

The author’s complaint is that “Those on the terror watch list are free to buy and own unlimited […]

Classified Ignorance

“Classified information, whether or not already posted on public websites, disclosed to the media, or otherwise in the public domain remains classified and must be treated as such until it is declassified by an appropriate U.S. government authority.” This is the opening line in June 2013 memorandum from the office of Timothy Davis, Director of […]