Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Washington Arrests Foreign Soccer Officials: Arrogant America Punishes and Sanctions the World | Cato Institute

Washington Arrests Foreign Soccer Officials: Arrogant America Punishes and Sanctions the World | Cato Institute: "Moreover, punishing foreigners creates future risks. Doing so works in America’s favor only as long as the U.S. is the dominant force on earth. Americans might rue the precedent set by their own government in a world where power is more equally distributed. Someday Americans might get indicted by other nations for “crimes” committed in the U.S."



Most of the alleged crimes involve foreigners acting overseas."

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Robert Anderson sees homeless people as individuals, not problems - CSMonitor.com

Robert Anderson sees homeless people as individuals, not problems - CSMonitor.com: "Typically, homeless shelters require that residents already be off drugs and alcohol, having completed a treatment program. Anderson and his colleagues worked to establish what they called the Homeless Outreach Team. They based their approach on the philosophy that housing is a basic human right, even for those still abusing alcohol and drugs."


Cybersecurity pros slam threat information-sharing bills - CSMonitor.com

Cybersecurity pros slam threat information-sharing bills - CSMonitor.com: "The signatories of the letter take issue with the potential privacy implications of the bills. "The bills weaken privacy law without promoting security," they said in the letter. "


How shoes that grow could help change the lives of children in poverty - CSMonitor.com

How shoes that grow could help change the lives of children in poverty - CSMonitor.com: "This idea inspired The Shoe That Grows, a sandal that is designed to last a child five years. The shoes come in small and large so that with just two pairs, children can have shoes on their feet from age 5 to 14 years old."



"Four sets of snaps, two on each side, allow for adjustment of the width, while another snap at the toe can change the length. The soul is made from compressed rubber while the straps are all leather. The show can also be tightened or loosened around the ankle with a buckle, like many sandals."

Thursday, April 09, 2015

LEGO turned itself around by analyzing overbearing parents - Quartz

LEGO turned itself around by analyzing overbearing parents - Quartz: "During a session with the photo diaries, for example, the researchers noted that the children’s bedrooms in New Jersey tended to be meticulously designed by the mothers. “They look like they’re from the pages of Elle D├ęcor,” noted one participant. Another child’s bedroom in Los Angeles was suspiciously tidy with a stylish airplane mobile hanging down. “That looks staged,” an anthropologist observed, and the team discussed what that might mean. These were children who were driven everywhere in SUVs with carefully managed after-school activities. The researchers noted that the moms were also “staging” their children’s development. They were trying to shape children who were creative, fun, outgoing, humorous, intelligent, and quiet all at the same time."



"In this same session, several researchers reported that children were hiding things from their parents. The observers noted the acronym POS (parent over shoulder) so prevalent in online gaming. One researcher reported being invited into a young boy’s room to see his most secret prized possession. The child pulled a shoebox out from under the bed and announced that it was filled with magic poisonous mushrooms."



"“These kids were bubble-wrapped,” one team member recalled. “Every physical space in their life was curated, managed, or staged by an adult. Whereas children in the past used to find freedom and an appropriate level of danger on the streets, playing on sidewalks throughout the neighborhood or roaming free in the country, these children needed to find their freedom in virtual spaces through online gaming or in imaginary zones (like the box of magic mushrooms).”"

Net neutrality could hinder efforts to safeguard Web, worry security experts - CSMonitor.com

Net neutrality could hinder efforts to safeguard Web, worry security experts - CSMonitor.com: "there is a potential the rules could create gray areas with regard to the use of certain traffic inspection tools used by providers to filter out malicious traffic and spam. Anything that would impose a ban on traffic throttling without accommodating provisions for handling spam or botnet traffic could create a problem for users, Mr. Bambenek says.

The reality is that not every bit of traffic that flows on the Internet is equal, he says. For instance, a lot of content that is malicious or spam can often consume a disproportionate amount of network resources. An indiscriminate ban on traffic throttling without clear language accommodating these issues could result in a less secure Internet, he said."


U.S. Catholic League Reveals Why ISIS Must Be Destroyed | Cato Institute

U.S. Catholic League Reveals Why ISIS Must Be Destroyed | Cato Institute: "Donohue explains further: “ISIS, following Hitler, Stalin, Mao and Pol Pot, wants to eradicate the collective memory of the people, which is why it goes beyond killing men, women and children: by destroying ancient works of art, and turning over graves, the totalitarians seek to erase the past, thus paving the way for the future.”"



“Totalitarians assault art and religion precisely because they bind people to their roots, thus creating an obstacle to the new social order. ISIS barbarians want to do more than kill Christian Assyrians, and those who are not just like them — they want to kill everything that ties the present to the past.”



"What ISIS has accomplished, for me, is to finally end my long-term, waning interest in Martin Luther King’s nonviolent direct action to restore individual liberties.



I continue to greatly admire Dr. King, but nonviolent action cannot cope with the unabated ferocity of ISIS."

The Political Assault on Climate Skeptics | Cato Institute

The Political Assault on Climate Skeptics | Cato Institute: "ctually, the move from “global warming” to “climate change” indicated the silliness of this issue. The climate has been changing since the Earth was formed. This normal course is now taken to be evidence of doom."



"all predictions of warming since the onset of the last warming episode of 1978-98—which is the only period that the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) attempts to attribute to carbon-dioxide emissions—have greatly exceeded what has been observed."



"The IPCC itself acknowledges the lack of any evident relation between extreme weather and climate, though allowing that with sufficient effort some relation might be uncovered."



"atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide have been vastly higher through most of Earth’s history. Climates both warmer and colder than the present have coexisted with these higher levels.



Currently elevated levels of carbon dioxide have contributed to increases in agricultural productivity. Indeed, climatologists before the recent global warming hysteria referred to warm periods as “climate optima.” Yet world leaders are embarking on costly policies that have no capacity to replace fossil fuels but enrich crony capitalists at public expense, increasing costs for all, and restricting access to energy to the world’s poorest populations that still lack access to electricity’s immense benefits."

Influencers: Stronger encryption on consumer devices won't hurt national security (+video) - CSMonitor.com

Influencers: Stronger encryption on consumer devices won't hurt national security (+video) - CSMonitor.com: ""We live in a Golden Age of Surveillance. Never in human history have police had such easy access to such vast quantities of data about people. They'll still be able to use subpoenas or court orders (and the threat of contempt penalties or even obstruction charges) to compel people to decrypt data; they can still surreptitiously attempt to get people's passphrases through physical surveillance," Mr. Sanchez continued. "It is flat out insane to suggest that we should undermine the security of a technology used by hundreds of millions of people for legitimate purposes because of the minuscule fraction of cases where crypto will be the make-or-break factor in a legitimate investigation.""


Priti Patkar helps the children of Mumbai's sex workers - CSMonitor.com

Priti Patkar helps the children of Mumbai's sex workers - CSMonitor.com: "“I was shocked to learn that children were often drugged and put under the cots as their mothers solicited customers,” she recalls. “Who would ever have thought that these young children often [served] as masseurs for their mother’s customers and ran errands for them?”"



"“It was certainly not the wish of [their] mothers,” she explains. “The moment we met them, they told us that they were longing to send their children to the local school.... Since they couldn’t look after their children in the night, they [would be] happy to drop them at a shelter home.”



And so Patkar decided to create one."