My father refused to do any classified research work as a major physics researcher in the 1950's thru the 1980's, yet he was involved with the CIA in extracting scientists from the Soviet Union during that time. Because he had no security clearance, he was able to travel to the Soviet Union in the 1950's during the height of the cold war, making the contacts needed to do this work. Unfortunately, the Agency has lost its way, and in the 1960's and 70's tried to get me to perform some truly horrendous actions because of my personal Latin American contacts. When I refused, it took some serious pressure from some very highly placed people to keep me out of some very real cross-hairs...
So, anyone who has extracted themselves from involvement with the CIA and/or NSA has my highest regard!
Anyway, an excellent recap of the week Mr. Eisler.
Mother Nature has had a couple of billion years to get us to our current state of evolution. Now, after 50-60 years since Watson and Crick (and others) discovered the double-helix structure of DNA we think we can do one better? Talk about hubris!
This is what happens when those who draft and pass laws don't consider this factor - the law of unintended consequences. They only consider that "this law is good because...", and forget to consider why "this law is bad bacause...".
From the LA Times:
No evidence has emerged in the Snowden leaks indicating that the NSA is intentionally spying on Americans or meddling in domestic politics. The agency's defenders argue that the disclosures actually prove how hard the NSA works to protect Americans' privacy.
Joshua Foust, a former Defense Intelligence Agency analyst, pointed out that the NSA performed about 240 million database searches per year. Noting that it reported 2,776 violations of privacy rules in a recent one-year period, it had an error rate of "about 0.001156666667%."
"What the Church Committee revealed was that the intelligence community, which was supposed to be focused on foreign threats, was actually directly meddling in domestic issues," Foust said in an interview. "What these [recent] disclosures show is that while the NSA does violate the rules, it also makes a good-faith effort to try to minimize both the number of violations and their scope."
Faust/Foust - wasn't he in league with the Devil? :-)
"Of course, Schneier sees some upside to this in the long run -- which is that such blatantly ridiculous activity seems to only embolden others to push back on this trampling of our rights. Hopefully, that pushback works, because the alternative is horrifying to those who believe in a free and open society."
Those pushing for these egregious violations of our rights don't want us to stand up against them, since if we REALLY knew what they were up to, we'd have them hanging from the highest tree. These are the bankers, politicians, and big business tycoons. Unfortunately, the "security" services are only their lap dogs... and bark/bite on command.
I think we won't see super/hyper sonic travel until we perfect the personal teleporter. Unfortunately, the Concorde (as far as I recall) did not have adequate range to cross the Pacific, so it was limited to US/Europe travel. If it had the chops to go from the US to Japan/Taiwan/Australia/China in one jump, it would still be here today, especially given it currently takes over 18 hours to get across the big pond, and for business people, time is definitely $$.
Contact the cable provider and insist on a refund for the day + rebroadcast of the show... Even if they say NO, you realize that the cost to handle the call will cost them more than you paid for the inability to view your favorite time-waster...
I've just been re-watching "The Bourne Ultimatum". The similarities to what we have been observing with regard to the Snowden disclosures lately is just uncanny! If it weren't so scary, it would almost be funny! :rolleyes: