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I am not a geek but…

This story about 25-year-old Trevor Eckhart, an Android developer living in Connecticut, who recently focused attention on Carrier IQ software that’s installed on millions of mobile phones and which secretly forwards a record of everything done on each phone to company…

Because we’re all in this together

Inspired by Ten Bears’ excellent self-introduction and Bob’s blogging book review, here’s a bit of information about me: I’m a native Californian, always a city dweller (who loved playing cowgirl), a self-educated college drop-out, an avid reader and a literal-minded…

Herblock online at the Library of Congress

Starting with his first cartoon, published a few months before the 1929 stock market crash,  through the end of the 20th century, Herbert Block (known as Herblock) responded vigorously to the political and social world around him. The cartoon above,  from…

The other defense industry

According to Jeffrey A. Winters, author of Oligarchy (Cambridge University Press, 2011), there’s the “income defense industry” which is composed of [L]awyers, accountants, wealth management consultants, revolving-door lobbyists, think-tank debate framers and even key segments of the insurance industry whose…

Judge blocks Citigroup settlement With S.E.C.

Earlier this month, Judge Rakoff indicated that he had problems with the proposed settlement between the SEC and Citigroup arising from the sale of $1 billion of toxic mortgage debt. Â Today he followed through, rejecting the proposed settlement and ordered a trial.…