Monthly Archives: November 2014

Protesters detained for Hunger Games salute

A Thai theater chain has withdrawn the latest “Hunger Games” movie after several student protesters were detained for using a gesture taken from the films, a three-finger salute of resistance to authoritarian government.  http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/21/world/asia/thailand-protesters-hunger-games-salute.html?ref=world The salute, which in the movies is a daring act of silent rebellion, began to appear here in the weeks after […]

Employers: affordable healthcare to get skimpier

Despite years of rising medical costs and pressure from the health care overhaul, employers consider employee health insurance a priority. But new surveys suggest coverage may grow skimpier in the coming years. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/4f6450dcb559441ca682f52d8ecb6c99/some-things-know-ap-norc-employer-poll A poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found that companies that offer health insurance see it as a […]

Goldman Sachs, The Fed, and the US Government

From his desk in Lower Manhattan, a banker at Goldman Sachs thumbed through confidential documents — courtesy of a source inside the United States government. http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2014/11/19/rising-scrutiny-as-banks-hire-from-the-fed/?module=BlogPost-Title&version=Blog%20Main&contentCollection=Revolving%20Door&action=Click&pgtype=Blogs&region=Body&_r=0 The banker came to Goldman through the so-called revolving door, the symbolic portal that connects financial regulators to Wall Street. He joined in July after spending seven years as […]

Patriot Act allows for mass surveillance powers

A little-known provision of the Patriot Act, overlooked by lawmakers and administration officials alike, appears to give President Obama a possible way to keep the National Security Agency’s bulk phone records program going indefinitely — even if Congress allows the law on which it is based to expire next year. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/20/us/politics/nsa-phone-data-collection-could-go-on-even-if-a-law-expires.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&smid=tw-nytimes&_r=0 Senate Republicans on Tuesday […]

NSA official warned of all out spying backlash

Dissenters within the National Security Agency, led by a senior agency executive, warned in 2009 that the program to secretly collect American phone records wasn’t providing enough intelligence to justify the backlash it would cause if revealed, current and former intelligence officials say. http://bigstory.ap.org/article/ddbeccc61a36402f9737a7290f9048cb/ap-exclusive-some-nsa-warned-backlash The NSA took the concerns seriously, and many senior officials shared […]

Google’s AI will decide what a photograph says

Scientists at Google have created artificial intelligence software that can describe the contents of photographs far more accurately than ever before. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30100184 The machine-learning software developed by Google used two neural networks – one which deals with image recognition, the other with natural language processing. Neural networking is a computational model that mimics some of […]

Corporations like Uber plan to target dissident press

A row between Uber and the press has escalated after a senior executive at the lift-sharing company suggested it may hire a team to dig dirt on reporters who had written negatively about it.  http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30096050 Emil Michael’s comments followed a series of articles questioning the ethics of Uber. The company’s rapid expansion in cities across […]