My father was a colleague and good friend of Feynman in the 1940's - he was my babysitter when I was a little baby... I inherited from my father a set of his lecture notes with hand-written notes/comments in the margins, and dedicated to my father. Can I publish them? They are mine by inheritance, and the chain of ownership is clear...
FWIW, I did purchase around 2000 both of Feynman's "Six Easy Pieces" and "Six Not So Easy Pieces" in book/CD format. A great way to spend a bit of time driving to work (with the audio version at least)!
Everyone in the Miami PD who accessed her data, or looked the other way, should be summarily fired, and charged with violations of her right to privacy. $2500 per infraction? How about $25,000?! What dickheads!
My wife is a particle physicist at FermiLab, and my father was an astro-physicist who studied cosmic rays and mesons. To say that this is cool stuff is an understatement! My father would love the work that Hawking et al are doing. FWIW, Fred Hoyle was a close family friend.
Needless to say, we know a lot less about this subject than we need in order to help make sense of this crazy universe!
My wife went to Cern a couple of years ago for some meetings about the search for the Higgs Bozon. All I got was a tee-shirt with the Higgs math printed on it... :-)
"After all this, Coburn orders DHS to hand over "a full, unredacted set of the documents" as soon as possible."
It should have been instead of "as soon as possible.", "immediately, within 24 hours, or be held in contempt of Congress and remanded into custody!"... Maybe THAT would have gotten the needed attention of DHS and the DOJ.
It is amazing how much difference 1 or 2 years can make in the life and behavior of a person. My granddaughter was a mother at 23, yet she seemed totally under-prepared for her new role. Now, a year and a bit later, she is a totally different person - top in her class, a dean's honor student, and ready to meet the world head-on! If I hadn't seen it with my own eyes, I would not have believed it possible! I think that Snowden experienced a similar fugue when confronting his demons. It forced him to recognize just who, and what, he is - someone who CAN make a difference in the world we live in!
He has all of my respect, and well-wishes for his future.
about the Presidential Oath of Office. Doesn't it have a little bit in it about swearing to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States? Here it is - short but sweet:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” (thanks Wikipedia).
Honestly Mike, are you serious!? Really, Snowden was a one-off job. Anyone else would be dead within a week... Just my humble opinion, as one who has dealt with these asshats in the past. I had contacts in the 1960's who could get me in contact with Fidel Castro in Cuba, and the CIA wanted me to "deal" with him. I had to spend the next 40 years under cover as a result of NOT bowing to their wishes!
The greatest members (and chief justices) of the US Supreme Court have often been belittled when they were so appointed, yet have proven themselves over time to be minds, and characters, of the highest caliber! Justice Earl Warren and others come to mind, and the very fine Jusice Thurgood Marshall as well - one who should have been a chief justice IMHO. :-)