Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013 -- Everyone knew this days was coming, but now that it is here, one can still hardly believe that Nelson Mandela is dead. To paraphrase Lincoln, the world will little note, nor long remember what one writes, but it can never forget what he did. Not only did he lead a movement that overthrew a totalitarian regime, but he also managed to reconcile the oppressed and the oppressors. Most revolutions eat their children. Thanks to Madiba, South Africans avoided that fate, and the ramifications extend far beyond that nation. [6 December]
NSA Logs 5 Billion Cell Phone Records Daily -- America's National Security Agency, which is responsible for most of the nation's signal intelligence gathering, tracks hundreds of millions of cell phones and logs 5 billion related records every day. A report in today's Washington Post says that by doing so, the agency is able to track movements and relationships among cell phone users in ways never before possible. The great irony is that the NSA analysts can't keep up with it all, and most of it is useless. [5 December]
Judge Says Detroit's Bankruptcy Can Proceed -- Federal bankruptcy judge Steven Rhodes has ruled that Detroit's bankruptcy can go ahead. "This once proud and prosperous city can't pay its debts. It's insolvent. It's eligible for bankruptcy," Judge Rhodes said from the bench. "At the same time, it also has an opportunity for a fresh start." The city's emergency manager Kevyn D. Orr now has to move with care in how he sheds the city's $18 billion in debt. [4 December]
Earth Needs to Coordinate Space Exploration -- The Space Age began close to 60 years ago, and almost immediately, it became a Space Race pitting the USSR and the USA against one another in a test of engineering and boldness. Prestige and the validity of political and economic systems were on the line. Today, India and China are among the newcomers to space exploration largely driven by the very same motives. A space program says a nation has arrived. However, it would be better for everyone if there were greater coordination among the space faring powers as earthlings would get greater scientific bang for the buck. [3 December]
Ukraine on Edge over EU Relations -- As many as half a million Ukrainians staged a demonstration yesterday demanding the resignation of the government. At issue was the decision of President Viktor Yanukovich not to sign a deal on closer ties with the European Union. The protest was the largest in Ukraine since the Orange Revolution of 2004, and the demonstrators want the president and his government to resign. Once again, Ukraine is divided between those who look toward Brussels and those who look toward Moscow. The potential for violence is acute. [2 December]
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