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The Overseas Diplomatic Life is Not All Sips of Tea

December 19, 2014 Yesterday I did a brief compare-and-contrast on the U.S. decision to normalize relations with the People's Republic of China, under Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Carter in the 1970s, and Wednesday's announcement by President Obama that the U.S. will begin the process of normalizing relations with Cuba. The normalizations were similar ...

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Annals of the Security State, Presidential-Vacations Edition

September 2, 2014 I believe I am the only amateur pilot who’s a Democrat. Okay, I'm exaggerating. I can think of four others. No, five! Therefore when people in the aviation community talk about the effect of “Presidential TFRs”—the 30-mile-radius no-fly zones, known as Temporary Flight Restrictions, that travel with a president wherever ...

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California High-Speed Rail—Some Views from the Valley

July 28, 2014 For those joining us late: California's controversial High-Speed Rail project is worth paying attention to, no matter where you live. While everyone moans about America's decaying infrastructure, this is the most ambitious and important infrastructure project anywhere in the country. Its outcome has a bearing on Jerry Brown's current campaign ...

The FAA Warned Airlines Not to Fly Over Ukraine

July 17, 2014 Many crucial questions about the tragic/disastrous apparent shootdown of the Malaysia Airlines flight in Ukraine are still unanswerable. Who did it? Why? With what warning? Or repercussions? But at this point one question can be answered: Did aviation authorities know that this was a dangerous area? Yes, they most certainly ...

Iron Dome—Savior, or Sales Job?

July 15, 2014 In its lead story this morning, the WaPo tells us that Israel's famous "Iron Dome" air defense system has been a huge technical success that has changed the realities of battle. The system, for the record, was developed in Israel, is produced by U.S. and Israeli contractors, and is mainly ...

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Smaller Towns as Talent Magnets — the Chance to Make Things Work

July 7, 2014 As we've spent time in smaller towns that are undertaking economic or cultural recoveries, my wife Deb and I have repeatedly been struck by a certain migration pattern. This is the presence, and importance, of ambitious people at the beginning of their careers who have chosen to fulfill those ambitions ...

The Electronic-Medical-Records Email(s) of the Day, No. 2

April 21, 2014 For background on the EMR saga, see this original article and previous installments one, two, three, four, five, six, and seven. Today, let's talk technical and business specifics of electronic-record software. First, from someone in this business, a vivid and specific illustration of the overall distortion of the medical marketplace. ...

The Electronic-Medical-Records Email of the Day, No. 1

April 16, 2014 Background: In last month's issue of The Atlantic (subscribe!) I had a brief Q&A with Dr. David Blumenthal, who had kicked off the Obama Administration's effort to encourage use of electronic medical records. Since then, the mail has kept gushing in, as reported in previous as reported in in our ...

Heartbleed Update: Sites That Tell You Which Passwords You Should Bother to Change

April 11, 2014 For background, see this early Heartbleed dispatch on general principles of password hygiene, and this one on a range of test utilities to check whether possibly affected sites have yet been repaired. Your simple two-point checklist for today and the weekend: 1) In addition to some of the other test ...

How to Check If a Site Is Safe From 'Heartbleed'

April 9, 2014 This post follows one a few hours ago about the Heartbleed security failure, and for safety's sake it repeats information I have added to that post as an update. Point 1: If you would like to test to see whether a site is exposed to the loophole created (over the ...