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How Paranoid Do You Need to Be: CyberVor


The New York Times recently reported that “A Russian crime ring has amassed the largest known collection of stolen Internet credentials, including 1.2 billion user name and password combinations and more than 500 million email addresses.” From some 420,000 websites. Pretty impressive. The digital and mainstream media were all over the story. An outfit called Hold Security had announced…

Racist Pandering or Something Worse?

Joe Miller Joins the Ku Klux Klan


Scratch the surface of the current immigration debate and beneath the posturing lies a dirty secret. Anti-immigrant sentiment is older than America itself. Born before the nation, this abiding fear of the “huddled masses” emerged in the early republic and gathered steam into the 19th and 20th centuries, when nativist political parties, exclusionary laws and…

Lauren Bacall Camping with President Harry Truman, 1945

R.I.P. Lauren Bacall, 1924-2014


The scene is a little less than halfway through To Have and to Have Not, Bacall’s first film. (Marie slides into Harry’s lap and leans down to kiss him.) HARRY What’d you do that for? MARIE (Murmurs) I was wondering whether I’d like it. HARRY What’s the decision? MARIE I don’t know yet. (Marie gives the…

Young children boarding La Bestia – The Beast, – the train through southern Mexico

Part of the Solution or Part of the Problem


Back in the Pleistocene, when WC was in undergraduate school, Eldridge Cleaver published his provocative Soul on Ice, where he ascribed to himself the proverb, “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.” Now Eldridge Cleaver shouldn’t be anybody’s role model. And WC categorically rejects that Manichaean, dualist view of the world. Human…

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The Illusion of Privacy: What the Government Knows About Your Travel


Ars Tecnica has been running a series by Cyrus Farivar on the information that the United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) gets and keeps about every American’s travel. You’ll be surprised. CBP gets and keeps  Passenger Name Records (PNR), data created by airlines, hotels, and cruise ships whenever your travel is booked. And while PNR sounds innocuous,…