Apple’s iOS 7 – Christie Cash – The Wages of NSA’s Sin
Everybody loves Apple. Well, many people do. I admit to using some Apple devices. But regardless the NY Times today pronounced the new iPhones as “meh”. However, they rave about iOS 7, calling THAT the big news.
They review “it’s a huge, radical redesign by hardware architect Jonathan Ive, who now has been put in charge of Apple’s software universe”. The look is sparse, white, almost plain in spots. All blue Helvetica against white. It’s good because it’s utilitarian, bad because it can be boring. It’s weird to be reading a review like this in the Old Grey Lady (that’s the nickname for the Times for you Newbs).
In other news, the Old Grey Lady reports that Ex-Obama officials that had a hand in crafting the Obamacare law have moved into the private sector where they are finding lucrative work. The only thing more certain than death and taxes is corruption in Washington, that great money vacuum that doubles as a bridge to nowhere.
In Joisey, the Garbage State, Gov. Christie is vacuuming up funds by finding ways around the pay-to-play donation limits. It’s all about your money, honey.
Democrats are bolting the President on issues from Surveillance and a Fed Reserve choice, to Syria. Meanwhile, the President, who seems increasingly isolated and ineffectual is plannin to jack up the pressure on Republicans who are threatening fiscal default through inaction. The Republicans have waged a scortched earth policy for many years, dating, at least in THIS go-round, back to the Bush years, and it seems they won’t be satisfied unless they reduce the United States to ashes. You OK with that, hometown?
Sometimes, the glacial pace of diplomacy can have its advantages. Although it doesn’t look like anything substantive will happen with the chemical weapons issue in Syria for at least a year as things plod along, at least an expensive war or intervention seems to have been halted. But now, we’ll be subjected to the drip-drip-drip of sabre rattling at the expense of real news, such as the latest moves by the government to spy on us, or remove more money from our wallets.
Speaking of which, the FISA court released a previously classified opinion in which it said the NSA’s call log snooping program was constitutional. How wonderful! It makes me feel great to know there are officials who are either criminal or deranged legal experts in the Federal Government. Only thing is, how is that news?
This just in… this morning Government lapdog NPR is running a report on how Brazil’s President… has snubbed the Obama administration over the NSA leaks showing the extent to which the Brazilian government was snooped on. Glenn Greenwald, the Guardian journalist who first published the leaks is a Brazilian resident, and is currently receiving protection from the government there.
NPR is also reporting on an internal crackdown at the NSA. It seems Snowden simply plucked many of the documents off an internal website. In a typical government response to things not going their way, the NSA is cracking down on its staff with draconian measures meant to limit future leaks. This is sure to further bureauocratize the organization. Parents of young children may recognize the patterns of behavior in government when it doesn’t get what it wants. For example: tantrums and vindictive behavior.
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