In a 2008 academic paper, President Barack Obama’s appointee to head the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs advocated “cognitive infiltration” of groups that advocate “conspiracy theories” like the ones surrounding 9/11.
Phi Beta Iota: Sunstein is a serious person, #2 after Lawrence Lessig in terms of general positive influence on the information era from a legal point of view. He is, however, very ignorant and naive when it comes to government “conspiracies” to lie to their own publics, as has been clearly established with respect to the assassination of JFK and Martin Luther King, the USS Liberty attack by Israel, 9/11, and Iraq (935 documented lies). Unlike John Pilger, Sunstein is a “courtier” and has yet to find his freedom from being “validated” by an “establishment” that is actually violating the public trust in its failure to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth in the public interst.
Hackers seeking source code from Google, Adobe and dozens of other high-profile companies used unprecedented tactics that combined encryption, stealth programming and an unknown hole in Internet Explorer, according to new details released by researchers at anti-virus firm McAfee.
“We have never ever, outside of the defense industry, seen commercial industrial companies come under that level of sophisticated attack,” says Dmitri Alperovitch, vice president of threat research for McAfee. “It’s totally changing the threat model.”
Phi Beta Iota: We believe the American software era is ending, and the BRIC (Brazil Russia India China) era is beginning. Most interesting to us is the underlying philosophy that seeks to join free public access to software with embedded controls that protect or restrict–take your pick–access to “forbidden knowledge” including pornography.
Antarctica and the Myth of Deadly Rising Seas
On Monday, scientists from the Norwegian Polar Institute reported that they’d measured sea temperatures beneath an East Antarctic ice shelf and found no signs of warming whatsoever. And while the discovery’s corollaries remain mostly blurred by the few rogue mainstream media outlets actually reporting it, the findings are in fact yet another serious blow to the sky-is-falling-because-oceans-are-rising prophecies of the climate alarm crowd.