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Obama's Internet Surrender Threatens Freedom, Says... Bill Clinton

To date, nearly all of the politicians criticizing the Obama Administration's plan to hand over supervision of Internet domains to some sort of international organization next year have been Republicans.  Now there's a very notable exception: former President Bill Clinton.   Mar 24, 2014 7:17 AM PT

Washington Post Hits Bottom of Media-Bias Hole, Keeps Digging

John Hinderaker of the Powerline blog took the Washington Post down, hard, on Thursday for foolishly accepting a false report from a left-wing activist group and running it as a "news" story.  Hinderaker's debunking of the article, an exercise in anti-Koch Brothers propaganda, is a thing of beauty... not least because he only needed a few minutes on the Internet to prove the central claims of the story false, namely that the Kochs are allegedly the biggest leaseholders in Canadian oil sands, and are therefore a sinister power behind the drive to build the Keystone XL pipeline. Mar 22, 2014 6:12 AM PT

Preparing for the Great Global Internet Handover

Every suggestion I read about how to prepare for the great handover of Internet domain control to some vaporous global organism makes me more convinced this is a really bad idea.  For example, the Heritage Foundation offers a brief, well-considered set of precautions, outlined by a group of four distinguished researchers and analysts, that makes my hackles go up, because I don't see what leverage we have to ensure any of their suggestions are implemented properly. Mar 21, 2014 2:00 PM PT

Advertising the super-State

I don't have children myself, but my friends with kids have very little good to say about the weird Common Core system.  An awful lot of it strikes me as an attempt to move educational metrics away from results to process - it doesn't matter if kids come up with the right answers to something absolute like a math question, or that it takes them a long time to grind their way to a solution, provided they can show they followed the "right" problem-solving methods, and avoided damage to their fragile self-esteem.  This has the convenient, and probably not coincidental, side effect of allowing the educational establishment to give itself high marks for teaching those "right methods," even as the number of students coming up with the wrong answers would ordinarily make them look pretty bad. Mar 21, 2014 8:41 AM PT

A point in favor of Walker for President 2016: he drives Democrats insane

While everyone updates their 2016 presidential bracket picks, let's consider a point in favor of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker: he drives Democrats absolutely insane.  His gubernatorial opponent, Mary Burke, already sloshed gasoline all over her credibility and set herself on fire by airing a 100% false ad about Walker's job-creation record... and then, astonishingly, boasting about her reputation for truth and honesty: Mar 20, 2014 10:08 AM PT

Smart power: National Security Adviser tries, and fails, to link State Department feed... twice

Watching the Obama Administration conduct foreign policy is like watching Dewey Crowe try to pull off a crime caper on "Justified."  National Security Adviser Susan Rice - famed as the Sunday-show peddler of the Administration's Benghazi lies - took to Twitter to promote a new State Department feed that would "counter Russian misinformation on Ukraine."   Mar 19, 2014 10:51 AM PT

No Way to Hide Your Face from Facebook

Facebook now has better than a 97 percent chance to recognize you by simply looking at your face, which is roughly comparable to human facial-recognition skills.  (Everyone reading this who is "bad with faces" might be surprised to learn we can, on average, identify faces 97.5 percent of the time.) Mar 19, 2014 10:12 AM PT

China, Russia, and Iran want a crack at controlling the Internet

Each passing day sees more resistance to the Obama Administration's announced handover of Internet domain supervision to an as-yet undetermined global agency.  There's still plenty of support for the move as well, but the pendulum seems to be swinging against it this week. Mar 17, 2014 8:45 PM PT

A Signal from the Dawn of Time

The Big Bang must have been a hell of a show.  It's difficult for the human mind to comprehend the energies unleashed over an incredibly brief window of time.  Most pop-culture and educational film depictions of the event show a black void, a pinprick of light, a mighty BOOM!, and then stars whirling out into the darkness.  The problem with those depictions is that it happened much faster than that.  Not even our most powerful computers can process how quickly space and time took shape, not in the first hours or days after the cosmic clock began ticking, but in the first trillionth of a second.   Mar 17, 2014 8:08 PM PT

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