Just ignore that ruling and make your own

The fact that there is a secret court in America makes me unutterably sad. However well known it may be.

The Obama administration has asked a secret surveillance court to ignore a federal court that found bulk surveillance illegal and to once again grant the National Security Agency the power to collect the phone records of millions of Americans for six months.

It’s weaselly political machinations like this that give lawyers and politicians a bad name.

It makes me happy and sad

Summer Reading List

Words of Radiance – Brandon Sanderson. I found Mistborne to be meh, but I enjoyed the first book in this series, The Way of Kings,  though it could have used some editing down, so we’ll see how this one goes. Given that this tome clocks in at 1000 pages too, it counts as at least two books.

Foucault’s Pendulum – Umberto Eco. I enjoyed The Name of the Rose and I am a sucker for Well Read Moose‘s displays.

Shadow & Claw: The First Half of ‘The Book of the New Sun’ – Gene Wolfe. I’m being so literary this summer, no?

The Great Game: The Struggle for Empire in Central Asia – Peter Hopkirk. Because that’s just a great phrase and Gunga Din was a good movie. If I manage to learn some history about the ‘stans all the better.

The History of the Ancient World: From the Earliest Accounts to the Fall of Rome – Susan Wise Bauer. My Saturday morning and standing in line reading.

Country for Rockers

Even thought it’s a list, it is pretty hard to argue with their top 10.  It’s interesting that rock has little room for modern country and the old stuff dominates.

On letting the Wookie win

It’s long, and a bit loose, but a good read about freedom, its expression, and safety and the obvious threats to western civilization today.

Oh, you’re doing it? I changed my mind.

The opposition to the over-the-counter birth control by Planned Parenthood, et al is interesting. It seems to me that greater access to contraception was one of their guiding principles. Now, one of the arguments against this bill is that allowing greater access would make health insurance superfluous. How weird to oppose something they’d purportedly been fighting towards when they realize they can’t use that as a hook to steer a larger piece of policy. It’s almost as if  principles don’t matter and everything is just a calculated attempt to maintain power over women.

The problem with science journalism

It’s really easy to hack.