The COMPSEC Communist cell

… summer of 2013, and I was visiting Glenn Greenwald in Rio de Janeiro. This was just after Greenwald’s partner was detained in the UK trying to ferry some documents from Laura Poitras in Berlin back to Greenwald. It was an opsec disaster; they would have been much more secure if they’d emailed the encrypted […]

Radical environmentalism and ‘mental health’

Most people think of the environment of “nature” or of the natural outdoors, when they speak of “environmentalism.” Not so. Radical environmentalists do not spend much time outdoors, and that is not the environment that chiefly concerns them. The Social Environment There’s as “social environment” — where they are hard at work on a vicious […]

There’s no mail service in town

We can’t get our mail in this town. Credit cards and debit cards are set to expire and essentially irreplaceable without U.S. mail service. The labor-union locals insist that we open a fee-for-service brick-and-mortar “local” bank account with the proper I.D. birth-sex certificate passport and all that. According to one Maryland police department, many people […]

David’s numbering the people; Absalom’s haircut

Certain figures of veiled speech were used in Biblical times. When ancient Israel first formed itself into a kingdom from a federation of lordships or judgeships, David was chosen (or elected) king. There must have been official popular elections at the time. David was accused of sin for “numbering the people” [2 Samuel 24; 1 […]

Myth of the ‘Super-Spreader’

Throughout these simple, seemingly innocuous encounters, the man had mild symptoms of what authorities now know to be the novel coronavirus, and health officials believe he may have been a so-called super-spreader who unwittingly transmitted the infection to as many as 16 people, resulting in three deaths. The Terrifying Story of an Unwitting Potential ‘Super-Spreader’ in Chicago Just […]

Coronavirus® hits the royals

(CNN) — Spain’s Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Parma has become the first royal in the world to die from coronavirus, according to a statement from her brother, Prince Sixto Enrique. Spanish princess becomes first royal to die from coronavirus For one thing, she — or Her Royal Highness or Majesty — was 86 years old. I don’t […]

PATRIOT Act provisions expire

Republicans, [Rep. Thomas] Massie and Senator Rand Paul have been vocal critics of the Patriot Act’s surveillance provisions, including one that allows the FBI to get court orders through the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court to collect business records on suspects in national security investigations. Intelligence Community Will Temporarily Lose Some Surveillance PowersBy Eva McKend Washington, […]