Thursday, August 15, 2013

NSA Scandal: #4557 - Email Service Used by Snowden Shuts Itself Down, Warns Against Using U.S. Based Companies - The Guardian (2) Federal Appeals Court: Obama Administration is Violating Federal Law Without any Legal Basis - The Blaze (3) GREAT CHARTS: Obama vs. the Other Presidents Since Kennedy: Still an Economic Disaster - American Thinker (4) Game Changer: Cuccinelli Announces Education Reform Proposal - Bearing Drift

Email Service Used by Snowden Shuts Itself Down, Warns Against Using U.S. Based Companies - The Guardian - A Texas-based encrypted email service recently revealed to be used by Edward Snowden - Lavabit - announced yesterday it was shutting itself down in order to avoid complying with what it perceives as unjust secret US court orders to provide government access to its users' content. "After significant soul searching, I have decided to suspend operations," the company's founder, Ladar Levinson, wrote in a statement to users posted on the front page of its website. He said the US directive forced on his company "a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit." He chose the latter. CNET's Declan McCullagh smartly speculates that Lavabit was served "with [a] federal court order to intercept users' (Snowden?) passwords" to allow ongoing monitoring of emails; specifically: "the order can also be to install FedGov-created malware." Read more........

(2) Federal Appeal Court: Obama Administration is Violating Federal Law 'Without any Legal Basis' - The Blaze - The Obama administration has been continuously violating federal law by delaying a law enacted by Congress “without any legal basis,” a federal appeals court ruled Tuesday. The decision refers to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s move to delay a proposed nuclear waste dump in Nevada. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia voted 2-1 in favor of ordering the commission to complete the licensing process and approve or reject the Energy Department’s application for a never-completed waste storage site at Nevada’s Yucca Mountain.In a sharply worded opinion, the court said the nuclear agency was “simply flouting the law” when it allowed the Obama administration to continue plans to close the proposed waste site 90 miles northwest of Las Vegas. The action goes against a federal law designating Yucca Mountain as the nation’s nuclear waste repository. Read more........




















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(3) Obama vs. The Other Presidents Since Kennedy: Still an Economic Disaster - American Thinker - In my previous American Thinker article, I compared the economic (and other) records of Obama versus Reagan. Reagan came out as the decisive victor. Some readers weren't entirely satisfied. They wanted to see a comparison of Obama's economic record against that of Carter, Bush 43, and others. So here it is, for all the presidents since Kennedy. The following figures show per-capita GDP in constant 2005 U.S. dollars, unemployment rate, civilian labor force participation rate, civilian employment-population ratio, average duration of unemployment, per-capita real personal income in 2009 chained dollars, per-capita real personal disposable income in 2009 chained dollars, and the gross federal debt. The year before each president took office is defined as Year 0. With the exception of gross federal debt (best illustrated as the change in debt as a percentage of the economy during an administration), the value of each indicator is normalized to 100 at Year 0 to facilitate inter-comparisons.As is clear, Obama unequivocally has the worst economic performance of any president since (and including) Kennedy, coming in last on each and every single indicator with the sole exception of the unemployment rate -- for which Obama is second-worst behind the Nixon-Ford administrations. Read more.......  To see more charts and larger image of above charts......

(4) Game Changer: Cuccinelli Announces Education Reform Proposal - Bearing Drift -
Ken Cuccinelli just announced what is arguably the most far-reaching education reform plan since the 1867 Constitution. On the question of providing competition to government-runs schools versus improving upon them, the Attorney General dramatically answered, “Yes.” The competition piece is breathtaking, going so far as to knock out impediments in the 1971 Constitution (WaPo – who provided surprisingly even-handed coverage; perhaps they were just starved for something to cover): His proposed constitutional amendments both aim to broaden the cause of school choice. The first would remove a provision in the state constitution that bans government aid to sectarian schools. Known as the Blaine Amendment, the measure first appeared about a century ago when the country’s Protestant majority sought to block government support for Catholic schools. It ultimately became law in nearly 40 states. Cuccinelli’s K-12 education plan says that despite a June 2000 decision by U.S. Supreme Court that found school choice programs to be constitutional, the Blaine Amendment in Virginia’s constitution restricts the state’s ability to craft broad-based school choice programs. Read more.......

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