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Surveillance Blowback

Alfred W. McCoy | Posted 09.13.2013 | Politics
Alfred W. McCoy

The technology used is state of the art; the impulse, it turns out, is nothing new. For well over a century, what might be called "surveillance blowback" from America's wars has ensured the creation of an ever more massive and omnipresent internal security and surveillance apparatus.

Does New Policy Protect Intelligence Whistleblowers?

Project On Government Oversight | Posted 09.10.2013 | Politics
Project On Government Oversight

Whistleblowers can't be expected to make internal disclosures without credible protections. PPD-19 is a promising step towards a more accountable intelligence community.

'Self' Is a Misnomer

Robert Fuller | Posted 09.01.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

The word "self" carries strong connotations of autonomy, individuality, and self-sufficiency. It's as if it were chosen to mask our interdependence. It's hardly an exaggeration to say that in buying into this notion of selfhood, humankind got off on the wrong foot.

Is Your Child Ungifted?

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 08.27.2013 | Science
Scott Barry Kaufman

When Jay Leno asked Steve Carell how his kids were doing, he didn't seem too concerned: "I hate it when people talk about kids on talk shows. I hat...

The Wonderful American World of Informers and Agents Provocateurs

Todd Gitlin | Posted 08.27.2013 | Politics
Todd Gitlin

Some intriguing bits about informers and agents provocateurs briefly made it into the public spotlight when Occupy Wall Street was riding high. But as always, dots need connecting.

8 Things That Can Make You Smarter

Posted 06.23.2013 | Fifty

SPECIAL FROM Next Avenue By Annie Murphy Paul 'The science of learning' sheds new light on ways to keep expanding intelligence In “Thirte...

Why Everything You Know About Yourself Is Wrong

Robert Fuller | Posted 08.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Robert Fuller

While we all casually refer to our self, no one knows quite what that self is. Nothing is so close at hand yet hard to grasp as selfhood.

National Security Über Alles?

Christopher Holshek | Posted 08.20.2013 | Politics
Christopher Holshek

When a government, in a blanket sense, views its citizens as potential or suspected criminals, or enemies of the state as the growth of Boston-like domestic terrorism may portend, then it is in a perpetual state of conflict with its own people.

The Making of a Global Security State

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.17.2013 | World
Tom Engelhardt

Washington's urge to take control of the global communications environment, lock, stock, and chat room, to gather its "data" -- billions and billions of pieces of it -- and so turn the world into a secret set of connections, represents a remarkable development.

The Power of the Individual: Fathers Know Best

Matthew Dowd | Posted 08.14.2013 | Politics
Matthew Dowd

I thank Edward Snowden for again showing us the power one individual can have on this planet of more than 7 billion people. An awesome reminder of the strength in numbers -- the number one. You.

The Two Centers of Unaccountable Power in America, and Their Consequences

Robert Reich | Posted 08.13.2013 | Politics
Robert Reich

There are two great centers of unaccountable power in the American political-economic system today -- places where decisions that significantly affect large numbers of Americans are made in secret, and are unchecked either by effective democratic oversight or by market competition.

Are Our Education Leaders Wasting Our Most Vital Resources?

Liz Wiseman | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Liz Wiseman

Our schools must now solve problems for which they were not built. But instead of looking to our nation's capital for leadership, we should be asking if we have the right leadership in each of our schools.

CIA Chief Predicted Contractor Leaks 66 Years Ago

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 06.13.2013 | Politics

As the Edward Snowden leak case reminds us, the United States government has increasingly outsourced its intelligence operations to private firms like...

Who's Smarter? Dogs vs Cats (VIDEO)

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 08.11.2013 | Comedy
Jon Hotchkiss

So, to find out which pet is smarter, dog or cat, This vs That joined forces with dozens of the cutest dogs and cats along with Dr. Aaron Blasidell, the head of UCLA's Animal Cognition Lab and conducted a series of dynamic and interactive experiments.

The Precarious State of Our Civil Liberties

Matthew Dunn | Posted 08.11.2013 | Politics
Matthew Dunn

What worries me about programs like the NSA's PRISM is that human judgment comes into play too far down the line. Vast computers are collecting electronic communications data, and, by extension, data on people, and it is possible that millions of those people are law-abiding Americans.

The Scariest NSA-Gate Lesson: 'Private Citizen' Is Now an Oxymoron

Michael Shammas | Posted 08.10.2013 | College
Michael Shammas

In 1882, sensing an emerging age of secularism, Friedrich Nietzsche famously wrote, "God is dead." History proved him wrong, but although God is not yet dead, something else sure as hell is: Privacy.

The Impending Crisis of Data: Do We Need a Constitution of Information?

Emanuel Pastreich | Posted 08.05.2013 | Technology
Emanuel Pastreich

No degree of moral propriety among public servants, or corporate leaders, can stop the explosion of spying and the propagation of false information that we will witness over the next decade.

Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined

Scott Barry Kaufman | Posted 07.28.2013 | Impact
Scott Barry Kaufman

By redefining and broadening the concept of intelligence, hopefully we can increase society's appreciation for the intelligence and diverse strengths of many different kinds of minds, including prodigies, savants, and late bloomers, as well as those with dyslexia, autism, schizophrenia, and ADHD.

Agencies' Divide Over Threats Revealed

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 07.27.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON — In the months leading up to the killing of Osama bin Laden, veteran intelligence analyst Robert Cardillo was given the nickname "De...

Uncommon Sense: Toward an RQ Test?

Wray Herbert | Posted 07.24.2013 | Science
Wray Herbert

Keith Stanovich has just begun a three-year project, funded by the John Templeton Foundation, to create the first comprehensive assessment of rational thinking -- what may someday be commonly called the RQ test.

REVEALED: Disturbing Trend In Human Intelligence

The Huffington Post | Macrina Cooper-White | Posted 05.22.2013 | Science

Our technology may be getting smarter, but a provocative new study suggests human intelligence is on the decline. In fact, it indicates that Westerner...

CBS Picks Up Josh Holloway And Toni Collette Dramas

Posted 07.10.2013 | TV

CBS has picked up two dramas, "Intelligence" starring Josh Holloway, and "Hostages" starring Toni Collette, the network announced today. CBS also ...

China's Military: Here We Are!

Christopher Burgess | Posted 07.10.2013 | Politics
Christopher Burgess

Do we listen to the DoD or to the PRC government and Senior Colonel Wang XinJun, a researcher at the Academy of Military Sciences in Beijing, who recently stated, "The Chinese government and armed forces have never sanctioned hacking activities"?

3 Keys For Actually Making Positive Changes

Catherine Calarco | Posted 07.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Catherine Calarco

Live life with the knowledge that there is more good in the world than evil. The small positive changes we make each day make a difference for us, for our community and for our world.

Was Something Missed Before the Boston Marathon Bombing?

David W. Kearn | Posted 07.03.2013 | Politics
David W. Kearn

The confirmation that Tamerlan Tsarnaev had been the target of a federal investigation in 2011 led some to conclude that interagency cooperation, a central priority of the post-9/11 reforms, had once again proven inadequate.