Saturday December 07, 2013
Archive - 2013
Lunch had run late, and by the time we got back to our hotel, Hung Huang was already in the lobby waiting for us. Blunt, opinionated and wickedly funny, Huang is one of the country's top fashion editors. But she is better known for her acerbic posts on Weibo, a microblog, where she has 7.5 million followers. As we introduced ourselves - four journalists on a three-city tour of China - she passed around a picture that someone had texted her.
One diverting aspect of The Guardian-inspired hullaballoo over NSA surveillance has been watching people bicker about it on Facebook. In the old Soviet Union, people walked in the woods or hid in the bathroom with the faucets running to whisper forbidden thoughts. Here in the USA, people post them online along with cute kitten videos and photos of Reuben sandwiches.
It’s good to know that our friendly, über-secret National Security Agency is out there every day, protecting our freedom. By violating it.
A whistleblower has blown the lid off the NSA’s super-snoop program of rummaging electronically through about a billion phone calls made every day by us average Americans. This revelation prompted Al Gore to tweet: “Is it just me, or is secret blanket surveillance obscenely outrageous?”
It all depends how you look at it, really.
One man's hit man is another's humanitarian.
Johnny "The Executioner" Martorano, who turned government witness and copped to killing 20 men and women as part of Whitey Bulger's Winter Hill Gang, explained to Whitey's lawyer Tuesday in federal court here that he was motivated by love of family and friends.
And so it begins again, and on cue.
Like an incendiary device on a timer, summer has turned patches of Rocky Mountain paradise into scenes of fiery hell.
The people of Colorado are beginning to wonder if for the foreseeable future they are locked into four seasons: fall, winter, spring and wildfire.
Only 23 percent of Americans, a new Reuters poll says, consider former National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden a “traitor” for blowing the whistle on the federal government’s massive surveillance habit.
Many Americans clearly do find the idea of government agents snooping through their phone calls and emails a good bit unnerving.
She lost her job for reasons having nothing to do with her and everything to do with her ex-husband.
Carie Charlesworth is a teacher and a mother. She has 14 years of experience working for the San Diego Diocese and four kids.
Her ex is a felon, due to be released from prison later in June. In January, he came to the Catholic school where she was teaching, in violation of a restraining order. The school was put on lockdown. The teacher was put on paid leave.
In 1929, Secretary of State Henry Stimson dismantled the department charged with breaking codes and learning other nations’ secrets. Asked why, he said:
“Gentlemen don’t read other gentlemen’s mail.” Some sources quote him less elegantly as saying “each other’s mail,” but you get the gist. And boy, have we ever come a long way.
How much does soccer-loving China hate its men's national team?
Hillary Clinton's return to the living was almost flawless. Almost.