Friday, September 6, 2013
Latest NSA revelations
Today's Times article, published despite NSA objections, confirms many more of our "paranoia is heightened awareness" suspicions. I think it was especially interesting that Our Government coerced some companies into installing backdoors in their privacy software. I'm pretty sure that GnuPG encryption still is safe, though, and it's not as hard to use as some would have you believe. Anyway, if you want to discuss your secret terrorist plans without NSA interference, try it — but remember to do your composition and encryption offline, and to securely delete your original before you go back online. Your hardware might be hacked.
Obama and Syria
It seems Our President did not have much success lining up support for his proposed attack on Syria at the G-20, and he's having even less success at home. Americans, you see, are just not into it, and the ones against it for reasons more substantial than just hating Obama have some questions to ask, like, what if you bomb them now and they do it again later? What if you make it easier for Al Nusra to come out on top? What makes you think that sending missiles against Syria will have any impact at all on Iran, except to make nuclear negotiations more difficult for Hassan Rowhani? Let's hope Congress, for whatever stupid reasons, says no.
The unemployment rate is down to 7.3%, almost entirely because the labor-force participation rate is so low. The new jobs being "created" by the "job creators" are nearly all "McJobs," and median family income remains roughly $4000 less than it was in 2008. Sadly, the government we have is not going to do anything about it. Some people just have too much goddamned money, and much too much of it goes to 501(c)(4)s, and from there to our "representatives" in Congress.