Monday, September 16, 2013

No More War

America, as a country, is exhausted by war. And not just the boots-on-the-ground type — a phrase I loathe and will explain why later – but everything about it: the rhetoric, the fear mongering, the clear ignorance to the will of the American people.

We are tired of it all.

President Obama said in his speech Tuesday night, “Terrible things happen across the globe, and it is beyond our means to right every wrong.”

Yes, Mr. President, terrible things do happen across the globe, but terrible things happen here as well. Our country is in the middle of sequestration, a governmental tightening of the belt, and just the notion of spending untold millions to slap Syrian President Bashar al-Assad across the wrist is kicking the American people while they are already down.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Digital footprints may embarass or worse: US privacy and technology laws could land practically anyone in jail

Flickr, Casey Konstantín
We’ve all done questionably illegal things in our lives (allegedly), whether partaking in recreational drug use in college, sipping on alcohol in our parents’ basements well before reaching the legal drinking age, or other dubious acts we feel best left tucked away.

Whether in admittance or not, sometimes we leave digital footprints behind of these activities. Facebook messages, phone records, photos, tweets, texts, and immature YouTube videos can be collected, stored, mined in a database, and searched at the government’s convenience.

Though our activities may not be illegal, they most certainly can be embarrassing and, if left unchecked in the vastness of the Internet, can tarnish a reputation.