Rum Wars

U.S. law says that it should be the policy of the United States to seek a “peaceful transition to democracy and a resumption of economic growth in Cuba through the careful application of sanctions directed at the Castro government and support for the Cuban people.” 22 U.S.C. § 6002(1). Last year, the President reversed this paradigm. U.S. policy toward Cuba is accomplished in …

The Age of Big Data

Historians might call this the “Age of Big Data.”  If you were to ask your government officials what is “Big Data”?  Their response might be similar to quoting a U.S. Supreme Court Justice when asked about pornography, -“I know it when I see it.” With the Snowden scandal, the hacking of sensitive credit card information …

Rescuing the First Amendment

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. The First Amendment, U.S. Constitution. The First Amendment is the …

Thoughts on Florida v. Zimmerman

Trayvon Martin and George Zimmerman were two men from the same coin. Both men felt the need to define their masculinity beyond their character. One sought to define his masculinity through his fists. The other sought to define his masculinity through a gun. Tragedy was bound to happen when you have both kinds of men …

Congressional Committee Report Raises Concerns Over Chinese Economic Activity in the U.S.

A key national security committee of the US Congress published a bipartisan report yesterday that raises various public policy and legal questions related to Chinese economic activity in the US. The target companies argue the report is an exercise in protectionism. The government says it is focused national security. Analyzing solely the responses from both …

Books, Pen, and Paper

At noon he burneth the earth, and who can abide his burning heat? Sirach 43:3 After several days of no power, cable, internet or, in some cases, even cell phone service, it was good being from the books and paper generation. Books, pens, and paper work all the time. No electricity or bandwidth needed. At the …

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