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20 February 2008 @ 01:31 pm
 
"The Bush Administration repeatedly violated FISA and told telecom companies that it was ok to do so based on a crazy constitutional theory that the President couldn't be bound by the law."

"The U.S. Navy plans to take a shot Wednesday at destroying a faltering spy satellite before it can tumble to Earth and - possibly - release a cloud of toxic gas."

"The cult of personality is used in the pejorative. But recast as a different name — call it charisma — and, as Roosevelt and other examples show, it can be a critical element of politics and its practical cousin, governance. It just can’t be the only element."

CATCHING UP:
* The Supreme Court refuses to hear domestic spying case, without comment. Feh.
* Legendary Cuban leader Fidel Castro has stepped down. More from Matt Frei here. Also, how Fidel's longevity points to a failed policy of embargo over here.
* Inside the insular intelligence culture at the CIA.
* One of the CIA's ambitious post-9/11 intelligence revamps has failed.
* On Saudi Arabia and... witchcraft.
* A collection of previously secret documents and artifacts related to the Kennedy assassination has been released.
* Are Americans hostile to knowledge?
* The Vatican is making the path to sainthood a little tougher.
* New headset to let gamers interact with the computer via brainwaves.

A new paper-thin material is the blackest black ever, which could lead to... cloaking devices. (Bonus: graphic.)

Target audience: checking out Paranoia Magazine.

In praise of the semicolon.

 
 
PMMJ: What the hell?!cheetahmaster on February 20th, 2008 06:43 pm (UTC)
Again: it's like they're not even trying anymore.
Blinkysqueegibo on February 20th, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
Note that the numbers are still being produced and disseminated through their respective offices and the media. It's just one aggregator website that's going away.
PMMJ: Adult Swim terroristcheetahmaster on February 20th, 2008 11:43 pm (UTC)
Still lame. Information wants to be free!
Blinkysqueegibo on February 21st, 2008 02:26 pm (UTC)
Tempest in a teapot
Uh, it's still free. That page is just a set of static links to other government web sites where the information is disseminated.

Also, it turns out that they're not getting rid of the site after all. And, if you believe their story (which sounds plausible to me), it really was a budget problem for the Economics and Statistics Administration. The subscription service was poorly done and needed to be rewritten and they didn't have the funds.

Now that you're aware of that site, are you planning to monitor the economic indicator releases? I look forward to reading your commentary.
PMMJ: Newscheetahmaster on February 21st, 2008 02:37 pm (UTC)
Re: Tempest in a teapot
Also, it turns out that they're not getting rid of the site after all. And, if you believe their story (which sounds plausible to me), it really was a budget problem for the Economics and Statistics Administration. The subscription service was poorly done and needed to be rewritten and they didn't have the funds.

Excellent news!

Now that you're aware of that site, are you planning to monitor the economic indicator releases?

I'm going to keep an eye on it, but fear it will be too granular or crunchy. I enjoy macroeconomics in general, but I don't fancy getting in flamewars over my half-formed opinions on topics I don't have a decent background in. Hence why I tend to fish for analyses by better writers.

(Also, I suck at math.)
PMMJ: Comicscheetahmaster on February 20th, 2008 06:38 pm (UTC)
The Perry Bible Fellowship enters semi-retirement. (Courtesy rstevens.)
Tales from a suburban touristasimplelife on February 20th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC)
AWW! I love PBF.
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PMMJ: Newscheetahmaster on February 20th, 2008 09:47 pm (UTC)
I don't disagree with that, but I still think we've got some pretty hefty problems over here.
PMMJ: Newscheetahmaster on February 20th, 2008 09:44 pm (UTC)
"Spin is about framing a coherent narrative, and Team Hillary's narrative borders on self-parody."
Lemon Russlemonruss on February 21st, 2008 01:18 am (UTC)
Paper-thin blackest black ever: Tanith capes?

Picsty, I'm not being accusatory or mean, but like what's your source for the "we test everyone" thing? Genuinely curious. I know the kids at TJHSST and Montgomery Blair would blow away the kids at, like, Heidelberg Gymnasium and all, but....