Category Archives: Politics

The national security case against TPP

A retired Army general explains the tactical disadvantages the TPP puts the US in. The TPP is a bad deal all around, and will further erode constitutionally-protected rights as well as national sovereignty. Free trade is often good for the economies that participate unless, of course, there is a striking disparity in the value of labor capital between two trade partners–such as the case with the USA and China.

While I respect President Obama and the pact’s military backers, I believe these arguments miss a crucial point: By facilitating the further offshoring of America’s manufacturing base, the trade pact would actually undermine America’s military readiness and global economic standing.  TPP would hurt our national security interests more than it would help.

Source: The national security case against TPP | TheHill

How to Hack an Election in 7 Minutes

Folks, the security community has been screaming about this for 15 years now. We may ought to see ourselves running back to “dimpled chads” before things start to get even more stupid.

With Russia already meddling in 2016, a ragtag group of obsessive tech experts is warning that stealing the ultimate prize—victory on Nov. 8—would be child’s play.

Source: How to Hack an Election in 7 Minutes – POLITICO Magazine

How the Pentagon Became Walmart

Since we’ve declared war on every esoteric concept, it seems there’s no option but to use brute force to solve them.

When my mother came for lunch at the Pentagon, I shepherded her through the visitor’s entrance, maneuvered her onto the escalator, and had just ushered…

Source: How the Pentagon Became Walmart | Foreign Policy

We Need to Literally Declare War on Climate Change

And why not? We’ve declared war on everything else in this country.

We’re under attack by a powerful enemy—and our only hope is to mobilize like we did in WWII.

Source: We Need to Literally Declare War on Climate Change | New Republic

The Mystery of California’s High Gas Prices

Like everything else, it’s not exactly a cut-and-dry answer. It’s an interesting look at all the percentages going into the price at the pump.

Californians pay billions more at the pump. The odd thing is that nobody knows exactly why.

Source: The Mystery of California’s High Gas Prices

Poll: Most young Americans say parties don’t represent them

Attention, major political parties: the jig is up. The critical 18-30 demographic says they want better of you.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Most young Americans say the Republican and Democratic parties don’t represent them, a critical data point after a year of ferocious presidential primaries that forced partisans on both sides to confront what — and whom — they stand for.

Source: Poll: Most young Americans say parties don’t represent them

The Political Process Isn’t Rigged — It Has Much Bigger Problems

The problems in our electoral system are far more nuanced, and took far longer to screw up, than we tend to give credit for. It’s a problem over 200 years in the making, and it won’t get fixed in one election cycle. You and I are tasked with setting the repairs in motion, though.

All right, I need to vent. For months, I’ve watched Donald Trump decry as “rigged” everything from the Democratic primaries, the Republican primary rules (that’s right, the same rules that helped him win the nomination) and the fall debate schedule. And I’ve winced as many Bernie Sanders supporters have accused the Democratic National Committee of “rigging” the primaries and thrown around wild, roundly debunked conspiracy theories about deleted votes.

Source: The Political Process Isn’t Rigged — It Has Much Bigger Problems | FiveThirtyEight