Google Seeks to Exploit Sony Cyberattack for Its Own Self-Interest
The Sony cyberattack - apparently state-sponsored - obviously raises solemn concerns, including national security and the very safety of American citizens.
Accordingly, immediate public discussion should focus primarily upon the gravity of the attack and how the Internet, one of the most transformative and beneficial innovations in human history, can sometimes become a tool for those with destructive and even deadly intent. While Sony Pictures, its employees, and its customers were the immediate victims this time, the reality is that this could happen to anyone and any enterprise. In fact, such attacks on other companies and individuals occur at an alarmingly accelerating pace.
Leave it to Google, however, to attempt to profit from the attack and leverage it on behalf of its own…[more]
If you want a sign that America’s civic health is not yet in terminal decline, here you go: We still hate Congress.
According to the most recent RealClearPolitics polling average, disapproval of the legislative branch is at over 78 percent. Sure, there are plenty of Beltway chin-scratchers who will tell you that this is a function of Washington’s gridlock — and they’re probably at least partially right.
I prefer to look at those numbers through a happier prism. Congress is The Man. And Americans are still cussed enough to want to stick it to The Man. (Now if only we could…
"Obama is hardly the first president to seek rapprochement with our adversaries and reconciliation with our enemies, of course. But his determination to make nice -- even in the face of clear and repeated rejection from the other side -- is unparalleled. For Obama and his team, diplomacy with rogue regimes is an end in itself, and any deal, however one-sided, is a win, especially one that the White…[more]