This is most definitely NobodyisFlyingthePlane. We know that the President and other elected leaders aren’t flying the plane. This writer makes the case that the bureaucracies behind our national security often take the stick.
It’s the sort of thing that we really all know, but we don’t act or vote that way.
Of course, we know there are exceptions. Cheney and Armey took the stick when they headed the plane into the 2nd Iraq war.
The presidency itself is not a top-down institution, as many people in the public believe, headed by a president who gives orders and causes the bureaucracy to click its heels and salute. National security policy actually bubbles up from within the bureaucracy. Many of the more controversial policies, from the mining of Nicaragua’s harbors to the NSA surveillance program, originated within the bureaucracy. John Kerry was not exaggerating when he said that some of those programs are “on autopilot.”
Vote all you want. The secret government won’t change. – The Boston Globe
You saw this one coming right?
The Amazon Echo is a perfect way for the government to spy on citizens. Sure, Amazon rejects requests for the data but that doesn’t obviate the two big issues here.
The first is that the audio and data are recorded and kept. If it’s stored, even briefly, then hackers can get it. Especially state actors. The courts may yet force companies to give it up.
The second and larger issue is that we don’t have laws protecting the privacy of our data. We need regulations that keep up with changing technology. We need rules that favor citizens, not companies, and certainly not governements.
Bid for Access to Amazon Echo Audio in Murder Case Raises Privacy Concerns http://nyti.ms/2huPxwl
We need more forward thinking like this to make cities more livable and to improve transportation.
There are a lot of solutions out there to improve the transit experience. They don’t all involve throwing money at the same old bus and subway systems.
Apps like Flow from Alphabet have the ability to improve the experience of all people moving into, out of and through a city.
Flow packs sticks as well as carrots. An “optimised parking enforcement” module would use AI algorithms to calculate the most lucrative routes for parking cops, earning a medium-sized city another $4m in fines.
Sidewalk also wants to redefine public transport. Flow Transit would integrate information and payment for almost every form of transport into Google Maps. Choose a destination and the app will estimate a journey price and duration using everything from buses and taxis to Uber, Lyft, car-share services like Zipcar and even bike-shares.
The staff often says that you have to be a pretty bad person to be a nationally prominent politician, but this article has helped us bring a nuanced understamding to that.
Regardless of your views of his presidency…
Obama’s personal behavior has set a standard few presidents have ever reached.
those who praise Obama as a model father or husband for the black family do him a disservice. He’s a model, without asterisk for race.
As a person, as a human being, Barry stands head and shoulders above the rest.
It will be a long time before this country gets another leader of this quality.
With Obama, the Personal Is Presidential http://nyti.ms/29UyHCW
The States will have to make up for what the Federal Government can’t do for the climate.
The Brookings Institution reported this month that between 2000 and 2014, 33 states and the District of Columbia cut carbon emissions while expanding their economies. That list includes red states run by Republican legislatures, like Alaska, Georgia, Tennessee and West Virginia.
In some states, including Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska and parts of Texas, new wind turbines can generate electricity at a lower cost, without subsidies, than any other technology, according to a report published this month by researchers at the University of Texas at Austin.
States Will Lead on Climate Change in the Trump Era http://nyti.ms/2ivLwpp
We all get so excited when a billionaire claims he will give away all his money. We think philanthropy is so wonderful that it can solve all the world’s ills. Reality is that this type of philanthropy follows the whims of the giver.
In recent years, many of the industry’s elite have pledged financial support to schools, hospitals, police stations and homeless shelters, all while many of the industry’s companies have avoided paying taxes that would fund those same vital public institutions.
Wealth gleaned by way of tax dodges and monopolistic business practices is wealth stolen from the public, even when it is returned in the form of supposed gifts. Philanthropy has the power to do a great deal of good, but so do tax dollars allocated in an equitable democratic system. Perhaps it’s time to adopt a Gospel of Government.
What Can’t Tech Money Buy? http://nyti.ms/1WrhUuw
Are we caught in a can’t win situation between the climate and the economy?
If demand grows and we consume more goods and resources the climate suffers. If demand increases through population growth the climate suffers. If demand decreases the economy suffers.
Can we develop a world that’s not dependent on continuous growth for economic stability? Can we have an equitable world that’s not dependent on ever greater numbers of consumers?
It’s time to think about how we can live better not bigger.
Economic growth in advanced nations has been weaker for longer than it has been in the lifetime of most people on earth.
This slow growth is not some new phenomenon, but rather the way it has been for 15 years and counting. In the United States, per-person gross domestic product rose by an average of 2.2 percent a year from 1947 through 2000 — but starting in 2001 has averaged only 0.9 percent. The economies of Western Europe and Japan have done worse than that.
We’re in a Low-Growth World. How Did We Get Here? http://nyti.ms/2aIWeW5