Politics Archives

  1. Thoughts on King County’s Failed Proposition 1

    While most of the coverage for Proposition 1 read nice, there was not a lot of data shown to back it up the claims. This is frustrating because once you starting digging into the data, you find things like the fact that since 2001 operating costs per vehicle hour have increased 17%1 (when adjusted for…

  2. The Day We Fight Back

    Six months ago, primarily in light of the issues concerning the NSA’s use of what I believe to be unconstitutional searches I started the process of moving my email system (which is also the email system my family and extended family uses) away from Google Apps. Last week, I completed the technical transition to the…

  3. It’s a Politicans Problem

    This shutdown of the government is not an issue with Republicans. It’s not an issue with Democrats. It’s an issue with a group of people who transcend both parties: politicians. The potential good news? From www.gallup.com: Amid the government shutdown, 60% of Americans say the Democratic and Republicans parties do such a poor job of…

  4. Parallel Construction

    One of the largest concerns I have with things like the NSA listening and reading everything I do is that they would share that information without clearly establishing its legitimate source. The receiver of such information would need to have a plausible back story for how they came in to this information and that what…

  5. NSA Mass Surveillance is Criminal →

    Jennifer Stisa Granick (director of civil liberties at the Stanford Center for Internet and Society) and Christopher Jon Sprigman (professor at the University of Virginia School of Law) make a point in their NYTimes Op-Ed, “The Criminal N.S.A.“,  that I have not seen from many others: “It’s time to call the N.S.A.’s mass surveillance programs what they are:…

  6. How to Defeat Terrorists

    I was having dinner with family and some good friends, one of whom is an engineer several scores my elder. One of the topics that came up was how engineers see the world differently. This can be a potentially prickly question, especially since engineers are often considered to lack adequate social skills. I have always…