Hopefully a few longer updates coming later this week, including one my favorite topic, Somali Piracy. For now, some quick links I found interesting from last week, but never got to write about. I might circle back with some thoughts later if I get the chance.
- Bruce Schneier continues his epic assault on the ridiculousness of the TSA.
- I like this article defending negative campaigning. I’ve always thought the people decrying negative campaigning need to grow up a little – by and large, campaigns today are much cleaner and polite than they were in the past. We’re all adults, and our politicians are all campaigning by choice – if you want to play a big boy game, you have to play by big boy rules.
- Two interesting cases regarding police searches and the Constitution – a major one heading to the Supreme Court involving the use of drug-sniffing dogs around a private residence, and a Colorado with interesting privacy implications – whether or not a judge can force a suspect of a crime to give up their computer password to a computer. I have to wonder though – even if the judge orders it, what’s to stop a suspect from just saying they forgot? I don’t see how you could get past reasonable doubt to prove a contempt or obstructing justice charge.
- The idea of “Total War” assumes that both sides are 100% engaged in destroying the enemy. Of course, not everyone buys in – which can make for some interesting cases of trade between belligerents in war.
- Two awesome pieces of news in pop culture. The World War Z movie, which initially looked to be heading for a train wreck, is apparently being considered for a trilogy, which will help stay true to the amazing source material. And in TV news, the hilarious Alec Baldwin has signed on for another season of 30 Rock.