Schneier on Security: Fake Cell Phone Towers Across the US

Schneier on Security: Fake Cell Phone Towers Across the US.

We have one infrastructure. We can’t choose a world where the US gets to spy and the Chinese don’t. We get to choose a world where everyone can spy, or a world where no one can spy. We can be secure from everyone, or vulnerable to anyone. And I’m tired of us choosing surveillance over security.

Trouble with truth – grade inflation

Even the grades in college transcripts are dishonest today.

It has been common knowledge for years that people lie on resumes, but now, even your college transcript is a lie. What is the honest job seeker supposed to do?

Green. Kills.

Why birds are igniting in midair over Calif.

Wildlife experts say that at least 1,000 and as many as 28,000 birds will die within a year, and Grist reports that the plant has had problems with tortoises as well — scores of them were uprooted from their homes when the plant was constructed, Businessweek reported in 2012.

The Arab world: Tethered by history | The Economist

A very interesting look at the dysfunctional states in the Middle East.

http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21606286-failures-arab-spring-were-long-time-making-tethered-history

Such tensions between social classes, far more than those between sects, have sparked many recent Arab revolts; but sectarianism is then used to fan the flames. Islamists exploit class resentment to expand their base; governments stoke sectarian strife to justify their security apparatus.

So, Sue Me!

CNN Breaking News
The Republican-led House approved a resolution authorizing Speaker John Boehner to sue President Barack Obama over claims he exceeded his executive authority in changing a key Obamacare provision on his own.

I’m not sure that requires much commentary. Wild Bill (Clinton (impeached)) showed us that impeachment doesn’t work. This will be interesting.

Interview With a Dying Man

D. G. Myers on Cancer, Dying, and Living on EconTalk

Description:
D.G. Myers, literary critic and cancer patient, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the lessons he has learned from receiving a cancer diagnosis six years ago. Myers emphasizes the importance of dealing with cancer honestly and using it as a way to focus attention on what matters in life. The conversation illuminates the essence of opportunity cost and the importance of allocating our time, perhaps our scarcest resource, wisely. The last part of the conversation discusses a number of literary issues including the role of English literature and creative writing in American universities.

original source:
http://files.libertyfund.org/econtalk/y2014/Myersliving.mp3

Michael Munger on the Sharing Economy – EconTalk

Description:
Mike Munger of Duke University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the sharing economy–companies like Uber, AirBnB, FlightApp, and DogVacay that let people share their houses, cars, or other assets with strangers in exchange for money. These companies dramatically increase the use of resources that would otherwise be idle and disrupt existing services such as hotels and taxis. Topics discussed include the regulatory response to these companies, the politics of that response, and the significance of these new products. The conversation closes with the potential impact of Uber combining with driverless cars to change the automobile industry and cities.

original source:
http://files.libertyfund.org/econtalk/y2014/Mungersharing.mp3

Michael Munger on the Sharing Economy – EconTalk

Description:
Mike Munger of Duke University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the sharing economy–companies like Uber, AirBnB, FlightApp, and DogVacay that let people share their houses, cars, or other assets with strangers in exchange for money. These companies dramatically increase the use of resources that would otherwise be idle and disrupt existing services such as hotels and taxis. Topics discussed include the regulatory response to these companies, the politics of that response, and the significance of these new products. The conversation closes with the potential impact of Uber combining with driverless cars to change the automobile industry and cities.

original source:
http://files.libertyfund.org/econtalk/y2014/Mungersharing.mp3

The Arab world: Tethered by history | The Economist

An interesting perspective of the continually dysfunctional states of the Middle East.

http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21606286-failures-arab-spring-were-long-time-making-tethered-history

Such tensions between social classes, far more than those between sects, have sparked many recent Arab revolts; but sectarianism is then used to fan the flames. Islamists exploit class resentment to expand their base; governments stoke sectarian strife to justify their security apparatus.

Gregory Zuckerman on the Frackers and the Energy Revolution – EconTalk

Description:
Gregory Zuckerman of the Wall Street Journal and author of The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters, talks to EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his new book, the rise of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), how this technology developed, and the vibrant personalities that pioneered the energy revolution. Topics discussed along the way include the history and future of fracking, environmental concerns about the process, and how the story of fracking is the classic tale of the successes and failures of determined risk-takers. The role of market forces in driving that success and failure runs through the entire conversation.

original source:
http://files.libertyfund.org/econtalk/y2014/Zuckermanfracking.mp3

William Easterly on the Tyranny of Experts – EconTalk

Description:
William Easterly of New York University and author of The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor talks to EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the ideas in his book. Easterly argues that poverty endures in many poor countries because of a lack of economic and political freedom for its poorest members. He argues that the aid process and the role experts play in that process reinforces the oppression of the poor. Other topics discussed include data-oriented solutions, autocracy vs. democracy, and Easterly’s perspective on development from Bill Gates and recent EconTalk guest Jeffery Sachs.

original source:
http://files.libertyfund.org/econtalk/y2014/Easterlytyranny.mp3

Edward Lazear on Becker – EconTalk

Description:
Edward Lazear of Stanford University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about Gary Becker’s innovative contributions to economics. The conversation opens with personal reminiscences by Lazear and Roberts. They then discuss Becker’s application of economic principles to social phenomena such as discrimination, crime, education and the family along with Becker’s overall approach to economic theory and measurement.

http://files.libertyfund.org/econtalk/y2014/LazearBecker.mp3