Posts tagged Homeland Security
Washington Post columnist wants to ban the Internet; Flat Earthers applaud
July 4, 2013 | 3:20 pm
TeleRead's We-Couldn't-Make-This-Stuff-Up-If-You-Paid-Us Department today brings you a call from respected (well, until now) Washington Post opinion writer Robert J. Samuelson to ban the Internet. Yes, that source of all evil. "If I could, I would repeal the Internet," Samuelson declares. "It is the technological marvel of the age, but it is not—as most people imagine—a symbol of progress. Just the opposite. We would be better off without it. " Ordinarily, I'd assume that a scribe like Samuelson must be writing with tongue firmly planted in cheek. So I conducted what we textual critics call a thorough anatomical examination. But no: Samuelson's...
Why Your Kindle is an Open Book to the Government
December 19, 2012 | 2:00 pm
In 1987, the Federal Bureau of Investigation approached Columbia University librarian Paula Kaufman with a request: keep an eye out for commies. She refused to cooperate with the bureau's "library awareness" program and her defiance helped spark a nationwide backlash against government snooping into Americans' reading habits. Even knowing the government might be watching, people realized, could change what you choose to read—and in turn alter what you think ... Read Full Article ... Source: Mother Jones * * * ...