This, actually, is not as bad as it sounds:
Internet companies and civil liberties groups were alarmed this spring when a U.S. Senate bill proposed handing the White House the power to disconnect private-sector computers from the Internet.
They’re not much happier about a revised version that aides to Sen. Jay Rockefeller, a West Virginia Democrat, have spent months drafting behind closed doors. CNET News has obtained a copy of the 55-page draft of S.773 (excerpt), which still appears to permit the president to seize temporary control of private-sector networks during a so-called cybersecurity emergency.
The new version would allow the president to “declare a cybersecurity emergency” relating to “non-governmental” computer networks and do what’s necessary to respond to the threat.
Used to be most of the malfeasance on the web was low-grade criminal stuff. But state actors have gotten into the game as well, occasionally blurring the line between basement hacker and national security cracker. The average (Windows) PC is connected on the web for mere seconds before the first automated attempts at hijacking occurs, and given the propensity of most folks to save their sheckels and hope for the best, the odds of a distributed botnet attack causing real denial of service problems given the right motivation approaches 1.0. Since much of the national security infrastructure rides atop the broader global information grid, it makes sense to find a way to temporarily turn threats off as they manifest themselves.
It ain’t pretty. But it also isn’t your father’s network.
Krauthammer looks into the health care future, declares the public option dead, disparages quasi-governmental bodies dispensing end-of-life guidance and predicts inevitable rationing.
Reason’s Roger Bailey reminds Ezra that that word? It does not mean what he thinks it means:
It’s not rationing if an individual decides to spend his money on a 16-ounce steak—but it is rationing if he can only purchase a USDA prime rib eye when he has a coupon issued from a government agency. In other words, true rationing occurs when individuals are forbidden from spending their money on products or services they want to buy.
Imperfect as private health insurance markets are, if a customer [or his employer] doesn’t like the decisions made by Blue Cross Blue Shield, Kaiser Permanente, or Golden Rule insurance bureaucrats, he can look elsewhere for his health insurance coverage. But if the government health care scheme becomes a monopoly, when the bureaucrats at the new Health Benefits Advisory Committee decide that a treatment should be withheld, that treatment will be withheld. That’s rationing.
I believe you have to be of a certain age to remember what governmental rationing really means. Or else live in Britain.
That’d work too.
Were you aware that you could buy a piston twin for less than $100k?
I was not.
Still, there you are.
Still made of unobtanium for a guy sending his daughter off to college out of state.
Found myself wondering about the time and expense of building a Glasair III. Three hundred horses under the cowl, 284 turbocharged knots at 18K, a 2000+ FPM rate of climb, aerobatic and 1000+ miles of cross country range. What’s to hate?
One of these days.
And you know what question I ask myself, when I get to the point where it’s all paid for and I can just go somewhere: Then what’ll I do?
And then I answer: Just go somewhere else.
Because you can.
This sort of thing? It’s not supposed to happen here.
In Austria maybe. But not here.
This is not a capital case, of course. Although for the life of me, I can’t imagine why. A life was taken here, the life that Jaycee Lee Dugard should have had. And obviously, there are special circumstances.
I guess there’s a reason why I’m not in charge.
Sherlock homes could solve a crime by noting the dog that didn’t bark. It’s left to us to ponder what other echoing silences might mean.
De mortuis, nil nisi bonum.
Yeah, well. That’s it for the now. Supper beckons, and the Hobbit will not be denied.
If you’ve got any sense at all.
Y’all have a great weekend.