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We the people want a Death Star

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The Obama administration just tried to pull an Obi-Wan Kenobi on the American people. "This is not the petition response you're looking for," writes Paul Shawcross of the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB). Shawcross, who heads the Science and Space branch of OMB, gave a digital...
We the people want a Death Star

Homeland Security Spent $430-Million To Tune Its Radios To A New Frequency, And Failed

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The incompetence of Homeland Security when it comes to actually doing things is well documented -- though, they're often so clueless that they take credit for successfully misleading Congress about their own failings. So I guess it should come as little surprise that a new report shows that DHS spent...
Homeland Security Spent $430-Million To Tune Its Radios To A New Frequency, And Failed

Congress: The TSA Is Wasting Hundreds Of Millions In Taxpayer Dollars

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The House Oversight Committee has come out with a report slamming the TSA for tremendous amounts of waste, specifically in the "deployment and storage" of its scanning equipment. Basically, it sounds like the TSA likes to go on giant spending sprees, buying up security equipment and then never, ever using...
Congress: The TSA Is Wasting Hundreds Of Millions In Taxpayer Dollars
What President Obama and others are saying about the Mars landing
Christine Quinn Introduces a Cheaper Computer Science Option for NYC Students
The art of the spectacular and public crash and burn

The White House rejects Death Star petition: We have a space station and blowing up planets is bad

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The White House has responded to a petition submitted to its We the People website instructing the government to secure funding for and building a Death Star by 2016. Unfortunately, the answer is no and the Obama Administration has outlined several reasons why it’s not going to happen — in...
The White House rejects Death Star petition: We have a space station and blowing up planets is bad
US attorneys general express concerns over Google's privacy policy

NY Considering Bill To Require Open Access To State Funded Research

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We've talked about the various debates concerning open access to federally funded research, and while there are still debates going on about bills in one direction or the other at the federal level, it looks like some politicians in NY State want to take matters into their own hands. Earlier...
NY Considering Bill To Require Open Access To State Funded Research

California Looking To Protect You From The Scourge Of Airlines Not Mentioning Privacy Policies You Don't Read

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Back in October, we wrote about how California Attorney General Kamala Harris was threatening United Airlines over Twitter, because their mobile app apparently didn't prominently display the app's privacy policy. California has a silly law that requires privacy policies. Now, Harris has actually sued Delta airlines over the same thing....
California Looking To Protect You From The Scourge Of Airlines Not Mentioning Privacy Policies You Don't Read
White House actually responds to that petition for building a 'Death Star'

White House Vaporizes Death Star Petition

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An estimated $850 quadrillion effort to add a “Death Star” similar to the one seen in “Star Wars” to the United States’ military arsenal would be too costly and doomed to failure. This according to the Obama administration which on Saturday officially rejected a citizen petition calling for the White...
White House Vaporizes Death Star Petition
Your tax dollars at play: Defending federal funding for games

Congressional Investigation Slams DHS Anti-Terror Centers: Wasted Taxpayer Funds, Created No Useful Intelligence & Violated Civil Liberties

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Since September 11th, the government has often had something of a blank check (and the equivalent lack of oversight) for anything labeled as being part of an anti-terror effort. As such, it should hardly come as a surprise that programs are wasteful, possibly fraudulent, bad for civil liberties and (oh...
Congressional Investigation Slams DHS Anti-Terror Centers: Wasted Taxpayer Funds, Created No Useful Intelligence & Violated Civil Liberties

Some Thoughts On An Innovation Agenda

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Over the past few weeks we've been running this little experiment with Darrell West of the Governance Studies program of the Brookings Institution to crowdsource ideas, feedback and insights into how the federal government can go about promoting an innovation economy. I wanted to use this Labor Day "off-day" to...
Some Thoughts On An Innovation Agenda

Australian Government Body Goes After Encyclopedia Dramatica In Epic Waste Of Taxpayer Dollars

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Australian Government Body Goes After Encyclopedia Dramatica In Epic Waste Of Taxpayer Dollars

Obama Administration Has Declared War On Whistleblowers, Describes Leaks As 'Aiding The Enemy'

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In 2008, now President Obama ran with the following as a key plank in his campaign: Protect Whistleblowers: Often the best source of information about waste, fraud, and abuse in government is an existing government employee committed to public integrity and willing to speak out. Such acts of courage and...
Obama Administration Has Declared War On Whistleblowers, Describes Leaks As 'Aiding The Enemy'

White House Responds To Death Star Petition: Obama "Does Not Support Blowing Up Planets"

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I love the Internet so much. America’s netizens have demanded that President Obama consider building the legendary Star Wars Death Star and the White House has responded. Not surprising, they have thoughtfully rejected the request, claiming it would cost an estimated $850,000,000,000,000,000 and that “the Administration does not support blowing...
White House Responds To Death Star Petition: Obama "Does Not Support Blowing Up Planets"

Big Data: What Do You Think It Is?

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"Big Data" is the technology that is supposedly reshaping the data center. Sure, the data center isn't as fun a topic as the iPad, but without the data center supplying the cloud with apps, iPads wouldn't nearly as much fun either. Big Data is also the nucleus of a new and growing...
Big Data: What Do You Think It Is?

Official White House Position: We're Not Building A Death Star

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About the only good advice I've ever given anyone about the way in which we spend our time on the interwebz was this: don't take any of it too seriously. Having a sense of humor is essential for getting through internet sites and forums, or else the cacophony of "Vote...
Official White House Position: We're Not Building A Death Star

State Subsidies To Hollywood: Almost Every Program Has Been A Dismal Failure, Costing Taxpayers

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So we've had a couple stories recently about the immense failures of taxpayers being forced to shovel money to Hollywood studios via various local "incentive" programs to try to convince the studios to film their movies in various locations. The studios, with the help of the MPAA, of course, continually...
State Subsidies To Hollywood: Almost Every Program Has Been A Dismal Failure, Costing Taxpayers

It Just Keeps Getting Worse

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Inquisitr: Australian Government Body Goes After Encyclopedia Dramatica In Epic Waste Of Taxpayer Dollars The creeping fascism just keeps getting worse. I mean what sort of crusader Government attempts to take legal action over a site that it has ZERO jurisdiction over? And crusader is the right term. This is...
It Just Keeps Getting Worse
Federal funding alone can't deliver wireless broadband
Green jobs, Fisker, creep into the VP debates

The White House Responds to That Death Star Petition: 'The Administration Does Not Support Blowing Up Planets'

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(Photo: Eye on Star Wars) Remember that petition urging the White House to facilitate job creation by building a gigantic Death Star a la Star Wars? With a little help from 4chan, the petition reached the 25,000 signature threshold it needed to elicit a response from the White House. Now, the...
The White House Responds to That Death Star Petition: 'The Administration Does Not Support Blowing Up Planets'

California Proposition Outlawing Anonymous Internet Usage For Broadly Defined 'Sex Offenders' Passes

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Yesterday, we wrote about a questionable ballot measure in California that, in an attempt to create harsher penalties for human trafficking, also included numerous problematic components, including banning anonymous speech for anyone on the sex offenders list -- which you can get on for a very broad list of offenses,...
California Proposition Outlawing Anonymous Internet Usage For Broadly Defined 'Sex Offenders' Passes
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