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Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Blog, Essays, Politics | 0 comments

Avi’s Rubin’s TED Talk on Hacking Watches, Refrigerators, Guns, and More

 

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I first met Avi Rubin at the Maryland Live! Casino about three years ago.

We were shooting a high-stakes live cash game for “Poker Night in America,” on CBS Sports.  At the time, we were looking for interesting non-professional poker players who might add some personality to the game to be featured on national television.

Since the casino is located within a short driving distance of both Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD, I knew we’d attract several fascinating people to our game who, aside from loving poker, were highly accomplished and in some cases were at the top of their respective fields.

From the instant I saw his photograph, I knew that Rubin looked familiar, and I was right.  He’d appeared as the expert on a recent episode of “60 Minutes,” on the subject of network security issues in electronic voting, which was a hot topic that was being considered at the time.  Come to find out, he also served as a consultant to the White House.  Naturally, choosing Rubin to be on the show was an instant affirmative, given his background and unusual stature.

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Posted by on Mar 28, 2016 in Blog, Essays, Politics, What's Left | 6 comments

The Distrust and Downfall of Authority

 

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A new movie came out this past weekend which is sweeping across America.  It’s called “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.”

The critics reviews have been scathing.  Slate.com gave it a 10 on scale of 100.  RotttenTomatoes was far more generous, scoring it a 29/100.  One critic wrote:  “….another incompetent endeavor from an almost shockingly untalented filmmaker.”  Another penned:  “There’s not an ounce of fun to be found in the film’s entire two and half hours.”  Then, there was this zinger:  “If Christopher Reeve were alive he’d be suing for character libel.”

Bam!

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Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in Blog, Essays, Politics, What's Left | 4 comments

13 Years Ago….

 

030402-N-5362A-004 Southern, Iraq (Apr. 2, 2003) -- U.S. Army Sgt. Mark Phiffer stands guard duty near a burning oil well in the Rumaylah Oil Fields in Southern Iraq. Coalition forces have successfully secured the southern oil fields for the economic future of the Iraqi people and are in the process of extinguishing the burning wells that were set ablaze in the early stages of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multi-national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and end the regime of Saddam Hussein. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate 1st Class Arlo K. Abrahamson. (RELEASED)

 

Thirteen years ago this week, United States armed forces invaded Iraq under false pretenses.

America’s ill-advised invasion of Iraq combined with the emergence of a reckless new doctrine hellbent on regime change, as well as our ongoing intervention in the affairs of the greater Middle East lit the fuse on a ticking time bomb.  That prolonged carelessness has exploded into a global nightmare with no morning reprieve, nor any viable solution.  Not only isn’t there an exit strategy for American involvement.  We’ve plunged blindly into the abyss.  Perpetual conflict and living with the threat of terror appears to be our destiny.  We will end up paying for this tragic mistake for decades.

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Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Blog, Essays, Politics, What's Left | 7 comments

Bernie Sanders Supporters — What’s Next?

 

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The time has come for Bernie Sanders to take a final bow.  He should graciously exit the 2016 presidential race and end his campaign — the sooner, the better.

Given his glaring defeat yesterday in Arizona (losing by 16 percentage points), following five straight losses just a week earlier when he was trounced by 14 points in Ohio and lost by a whopping 31 points in Florida, there’s no path to the Democratic nomination for Sanders.  Obstacles have bricked into an impasse.

Yes, the upcoming slate of state primaries and caucuses is far more favorable to Sanders in terms of voter demographics.  He’ll win a number of moral victories — maybe even pull off a surprise or two.  Trouble is, there simply aren’t enough states remaining on the campaign trail like Vermont and Idaho, which were won by double-digit margins.  Even New York and California are now projected as longshots for Sanders.

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