If the President Obama’s plans for the Internet are implemented by the federal government, Internet anonymity may soon be a thing of the past. The whole project has been given the typically massaged moniker of “National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace” (NSTIC). The development of the strategy is not a sudden, recent development. (In fact, a June 2010 draft of the proposed strategy is available here from the Department of Homeland Security.) But comments last week by Commerce Secretary Gary Locke appear to indicate that the administration may be preparing to implement NSTIC.
Telecommunications and Internet companies are increasingly finding themselves in uncomfortable positions, caught between privacy laws that protect their consumers and law enforcement efforts that necessitate privacy invasion. As Internet and telecommunications services grow in popularity, law enforcement agencies have utilized them as a means to find information about individuals that would otherwise be difficult to obtain.
The compass, perhaps the oldest navigational tool of man, does not point to the geographic north pole with its needle. Instead, it indicates the magnetic north pole — which, though close to the geographic north pole, is not at the “top” of the earth's axis. It is actually in the Arctic Ocean north of Canada, and moves as the magnetic fields of the earth change.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently received attention for pressing forward with its own version of the “cap and trade” scheme which the elected representatives of the American people refused to impose on the nation’s floundering economy.
Has science disproved God? Pope Benedict XVI has countered emphatically to the contrary. According to Fox News, the Pope declared on January 6 that Christians should reject the idea that the universe was created by accident, adding that God's mind was the driving force behind theories such as the Big Bang
In the midst of a lawsuit before the State Supreme Court between Virginia's Attorney General, Ken Cuccinelli, and the University of Virginia (UVA), the school has received yet another Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for the same materials which prompted the current lawsuit. Virginia Republican Delegate Bob Marshall of Prince William Co., the public interest law firm American Tradition Institute, and federal attorney David Schnare are asking the university to turn over documents they say contain important global warming research used by the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to mold environmental policies worldwide.
On January 1, California became the first state in the country to require a new standard for screw-base bulbs, potentially eliminating 100-watt incandescent light bulbs. According to experts, the new rules will save residents money as well as energy.
According to a story from Agence France-Presse (AFP), a collaborative space mission planned for later this year may give a new meaning to “Red October.” The governments of Russia and China are planning to launch China’s first Mars probe in October 2011.
Congressman Fred Upton (left) has the climate change movement enflamed with speculation about his upcoming tenure as chairman of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. Last week the Michigan Republican teamed with Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips to publish an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal entitled "How Congress Can Stop the EPA's Power Grab." They described new carbon dioxide emission regulations imposed January 2 by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as "an unconstitutional power grab that will kill millions of jobs."
Big Brother may potentially be armed with yet another tool against the American populace, according to the New York Times: computers that can see and report on the behaviors of individuals. The computers may be used in prisons to analyze inmates' behavior and can alert corrections officers to potential incidents based on what the computer observes.
In yet another effort to “go green," a number of businesses in Orlando, Florida, have assigned priority parking — similar to handicapped parking – to drivers of hybrid vehicles.