George Orwell may have imagined a world of total surveillance, but even his fertile imagination and acute understanding of totalitarianism did not foresee a world where the citizens demand, purchase, install, and configure devices to conduct the bulk of the surveillance on themselves and others. He also did not foresee the incestuous — if sometimes less-than-harmonious — relationship between government and business that would bring about the surveillance state. In the digital age, we have a state of total (or near total) surveillance that makes 1984 look like child’s play.

 

Despite historically high demand for oil, inventories have never been higher, and experts say oil prices are likely to drop back into the $20 per barrel range soon.

OPEC’s current president, Qatar’s energy minister Mohammed bin Saleh Al Sada, announced Monday that the oil cartel will hold “informal” side meetings at the International Energy Forum in Algeria in late September. Not surprisingly, the topic will once again be “cooperation” among the disparate and increasingly desperate members to restrict production in efforts to force oil prices higher.

 

 

 

 

CEO Elizabeth Holmes of med-tech company Theranos resigned from Obama's entrepreneur board under a cloud after her company's pin-prick blood test tool proved unreliable.

The United Nations has produced several "research" papers predicting that soon it will be too hot to do any labor-intensive work.

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