Pseudo Random News and Comment

Live Your Life As If Everyone Else Was Going to Die Today Best advice I’ve read in ages. Approaching from the opposite direction will find a solution in many situations.

The unlimited power pseudo debate, and insecurity in the name of security:

Attorney General Holder: Prez Can Assassinate Americans On U.S. Soil

Why It Matters That Rand Paul Got His Answer  But “in combat” is just another subterfuge. It’s already been established the US is in a perpetual war against terrorism and if you are declared a terrorist you are by definition an enemy combatant. Therefore you can still be killed without any due process, anywhere in the world. It’s like asking god what rules he’s required to follow. The real answer is none.

A Devastating 26-Word Challenge to President Obama’s Leadership  Wyden stays the course, at least on one issue.

How the FBI Intercepts Cell Phone Data

Police officer ‘used criminal intelligence system as dating agency’

Google Reveals Some Data About National Security Letters, May Have Exposed DOJ Duplicity

Google Says the FBI Is Secretly Spying on Some of Its Customers

9th Circuit Appeals Court: 4th Amendment Applies At The Border; Also: Password Protected Files Shouldn’t Arouse Suspicion It’s not all bad news.

10 Things I Wish I Had Known Before Becoming a Parent Your genes will find a way to convince you it’s a good idea to have kids, even though it is in no way shape or form in your own best interest (in a modern non-agrarian society). Prepare yourself to resist with this handy guide to just a few of the downsides.

How Many Billions Of Drug-Laundered Money Does It Take To Shut Down A Bank? Since it’s never happened the answer is unknowable.

Ross Anderson’s Security Engineering Online Free! A classic that’s surprisingly entertaining reading too.

Oh, the irony: Business ethics journal paper retracted for plagiarism

Putting Tests to the Test: Many Medical Procedures Prove Unnecessary and Risky A few surprises on the list.

Effects of Diet Composition on Postprandial Energy Availability during Weight Loss Maintenance Cut out too much fat and you overeat. Where’s that bag of chips?

Salt Linked to Autoimmune Diseases Seems more an accelerant than a match but interesting theory.

Short bouts of exercise boost self control This is probably overstating its importance as a causal factor but I think it can certainly boost what you already have.

Target Date Fund Follies The average person doesn’t exist so an approach geared to that person can never be ideal either.

Richard Bernstein: 3 Signs to Watch for the Next Bear Market Rare that I read something about the market that changes how I look at it.

Sexting Habits of Teens It sucks to be old.

Petroleum jelly tied to vaginal infection risk in study  Not too surprising given it’s chemical nature and the ecological balance needed. As the old joke goes, it should be called “jam” instead of jelly because that’s what it’s used for.

Why doctors don’t attend their patients’ funerals Excellent piece on doctors’ greatest fears.

The Fed Balance Sheet: What is Uncle Sam’s Largest Asset? I guess the good news is the debt can’t be discharged by bankruptcy, otherwise this is completely [painfully] laughable.

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