Daily Archives: June 13, 2013

Just a thought: “Why would anyone keep a good thing secret?”

Just a thought:  “Why would anyone keep a good thing secret?”

U.S. secretly watered down Europe’s proposed privacy rules, report claims

HEar, Hear!


The revelation of the U.S.’s global web spying campaign is proving pretty awkward for the EU’s executive body, the European Commission. As the Commission has been forced to admit, it already knew about PRISM before Edward Snowden’s leak, and had “systematically” raised the issue with its U.S. counterparts, apparently without much luck.

This explains why the Commission’s initial reaction to the scandal was so weak. Ever since it became clear how angry Europeans are over being spied on through the likes of Facebook(s fb) and Google(s goog), though, it’s been talking a tougher game — Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding, whose proposals for a revised data protection law are said to be the antidote to this surveillance, is now demanding a full explanation from the U.S.

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However, there’s now a fresh wrinkle to this ever-expanding story: according to aFinancial Times report on Thursday, the U.S. has…

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The Person of the Year; And It Ain’t You

Hear, Hear: Who has Life Magazine designates Persons of the year; and no way to know why!

Supreme Court Rules Against Patenting Of Human Genes

Law Under God, not above!


220px-Clarence_ThomasDNA_orbit_animated_static_thumbI previously wrote a column opposing the claim of Myriad Genetics over patenting human genes in the case of Pathology v. Myriad Genetics, No. 12-398. The Supreme Court appears to have the same concerns. The Court unanimously ruled this afternoon against the Utah company and by extension of the Federal Circuit in claiming such property rights.

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CC Prose Audiobooks The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 2

Classic Literature VideoBook with synchronized text, interactive transcript, and closed captions in multiple languages. Audio courtesy of Librivox. Read by Mark F. Smith.

Arthur Conan Doyle on deception of the obvious

There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) Discuss


Lucy Christiana, Lady Duff Gordon (1863)

A leading British fashion designer of the Edwardian era, Gordon made less restrictive clothing for women that she sold in her own “Lucile, Ltd.” shops in London, Paris, Chicago, and New York. To promote her wares, she organized tea times when models would parade around in her designs, a precursor of the modern fashion show. Gordon was a passenger on the Titanic and survived its sinking by boarding Lifeboat 1 with her husband. What did the tabloids allege about their escape from the ship? More… Discuss




Jiroemon Kimura: World's oldest man ever dies at age 116

Jiroemon Kimura: World’s oldest man ever dies at age 116

Oldest Man in Recorded History Passes Away

Jiroemon Kimura, a Japanese man who, at 116, was the world’s oldest living person as well as the oldest man recorded in history, has died of natural causes. The father of seven reportedly had 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great-grandchildren. A retired postal worker, he was said to have helped out on a family farm until he was around 90. When asked the secret to his longevity, the supercentenarian said that eating light was key. One of his relatives disagreed, instead attributing his long life to his positive attitude. More…Discuss


“The Cinderella Man” Becomes World Heavyweight Champion (1935)

For budding boxer James J. Braddock, 1929 was a bad year. The promising pugilist narrowly lost a 15-round championship fight and, months later, the Great Depression struck. Braddock, struggling to support his family and losing many more bouts than he won, eventually gave up boxing to work the docks. In 1934, he returned to the ring, and a year later, he landed a title shot against Max Baer. Braddock was a 10-to-1 underdog but won in a stunning upset. Who beat Braddock for the title in 1937? More… Discuss



Clarence Hudson White

An accountant with a passion for art, White began teaching himself photography by taking portraits of his friends and family in his spare time. In 1896, he won a gold medal from the Ohio Photographer’s Association. As time passed, he became increasingly devoted to photography, helping to found the Photo-Secession movement in 1902 and, a few years later, moving to New York to pursue photography full time. He went on to become a renowned teacher of photography. Who are some of his famous students? More… Discuss