Bitcoin is "Worse is Better" -
Bitcoin’s long gestation indicates it is an example of the ‘Worse is Better’ paradigm
Insurers treating climate change as a fact, pricing climate change insurance accordingly -
A new institute, financed by the insurance industry, not only believes in global warming but also supports a carbon tax to combat it.
The tech press is fond of noting that the SEA has used relatively primitive techniques to execute high-profile hacks. Some experienced hackers and security analysts have called their attacks downright amateur, as some of the group’s Twitter takeovers are the result of old phishing attacks. And they’ve also inadvertently left a digital paper trail that may reveal the identities of their highest profile members.
- Is This the Leader of the Syrian Electronic Army? (Updated)| Motherboard
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The Sovereign Double-Standard -
"American foreign policy is full of double standards. But if we observe the hypocrisy of our leaders and statesmen and are scandalized by it—if we look at the Clintons’ personal friendship with Mubarak, John Kerry lunching with the Assads, Donald Rumsfeld shaking hands with Saddam Hussein—then we actually misunderstand what “foreign policy” is and does and is for. A double standard is only a scandal if we aspire to and demand consistency and even-handedness, if we believe that we are governed by and follow a regime of impartial laws and order, applying in its majestic equality to the weak and strong alike. But if American foreign policy is anything, it is not even-handed and impartial, and international law is the least of its concerns. It is selfish, interested, aggressive, petty, and vindictive. It is a state arrogating to itself the right to make arbitrary choices, to make the rules while other countries only follow them. And to prove that distinction—to demonstrate that while the US and its allies can behave according to one standard, other nations can be stripped of that privilege, at will—the US must not only establish “red lines,” and enforce them, but it is the very arbitrary nature of those red lines which allows them to function as signs on the international stage. Lawlessness is how a state proves itself sovereign; submission to law is the sign of the weak.”
- Aaron Bady