I have been meaning to reply to this for almost a month now, given that you're a respectable, informed commenter whose opinion matters to me.

My response, briefly: I firmly believe that this is more convincing than blaming the UK and France based on Sykes-Picot, due to the length of America's ~2 decades of support for… » 10/01/14 5:42pm 10/01/14 5:42pm

I don't really see what is wrong, exactly, about posting this news via an embedded CNN tweet at 11:11pm on a Saturday night. Furthermore: Do you think it is maybe possible that the terms blogger and journalist might overlap partially? Also, I regret wasting my time typing out a reply to you. Gravely. » 9/28/14 3:33am 9/28/14 3:33am

The Pentagon Isn't Done Investigating 1,700 Child Porn Cases From 2006

Back in the Bush era, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency provided the Pentagon with a list of 5,200 employees suspected of viewing child pornography. Five years later, the Boston Globe discovered that 1,700 of those cases had yet to be investigated. We filed a FOIA. Their investigation is still "open." » 9/26/14 11:11am 9/26/14 11:11am

Those "Interceptor" Fake Cell Phone Towers Are in Washington D.C. Now​

The fear is back! Just in time for a long queasy October, the Washington Post did a ride-along with the CEO of mobile security firm Integricell, who was mapping the locations of fake cell phone towers surveilling D.C.; What they found, the Post reports, was like "a primer on the geography of Washington power." » 9/26/14 9:11am 9/26/14 9:11am

The NSA Helped Israel Blackmail Palestinians

Scores of former members of Israeli military intelligence's very secret and quite elite Unit 8200 have publicly refused to collect information that is "used for political persecution" or "driving parts of Palestinian society against itself." Courteous allies at the NSA, we now know, helped make that spying possible. » 9/18/14 3:47pm 9/18/14 3:47pm

Foreign Countries Sure Are Donating a Lot to America's Think Tanks

If this New York Times website is to be believed, foreign governments have found the generous funding of U.S. policy institutes to be a handy way of covertly lobbying in Washington. But: Could multimillion-dollar donations, sometimes with explicit contractual stipulations, actually sway these great thinkers? » 9/16/14 4:10pm 9/16/14 4:10pm

The Patents Used to Prove Chemtrails Are Not What They Seem

For over fourteen years, a U.S. Navy patent, no. 3899144, has been used to suggest that the federal government is secretly dispersing a powdered chemical substance in the atmosphere, for reasons that are murky and contested. It's a leap in logic nearly as old as the chemtrail conspiracy theories themselves. » 9/15/14 2:07pm 9/15/14 2:07pm

There was a piece in Slate last year about Google, that I kept thinking about with respect to this book, about how Google's internal culture and goals are bound up in Star Trek. For example: Amit Singhal, the head of Google's search rankings team, told the South by Southwest Interactive Festival that "The destiny of… » 9/15/14 12:04pm 9/15/14 12:04pm

You Could Be Selling Drugs Anonymously on Instagram​ in a Couple Hours

Illicit drugs: They're not for winners at coin-op arcades, according to former FBI director William Sessions. Members of Instagram's still thriving drug trade should take note. Dealing drugs illegally is also frowned upon, but technology has never made it easier or safer than it does on Instagram right now. » 9/13/14 10:30pm 9/13/14 10:30pm