Posts filed under “War/Defense”

60 Minutes: Hack Attack on Sony

North Korea’s cyberattack on Sony Pictures exposed a new reality: you don’t have to be a superpower to inflict damage on U.S. corporations

If most people remember anything about the North Korean government’s cyberattack against Sony Pictures last November, it’s probably that there was a lot of juicy gossip in leaked emails about movie stars, agents, and studio executives. There was also an absurd quality to the whole episode, which was over an ill-advised movie comedy about the assassination of North Korea’s leader, which the North Koreans did not find funny. The weirdness of it all has obscured a much more significant point: that an impoverished foreign country had launched a devastating attack against a major company on U.S. soil and that not much can be done about it. In some ways it’s another milestone in the cyberwars which are just beginning to heat up, not cool down.


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Category: Video, War/Defense, Web/Tech

John Oliver: Government Surveillance & Snowden Interview

There are very few government checks on what America’s sweeping surveillance programs are capable of doing. John Oliver sits down with Edward Snowden to discuss the NSA, the balance between privacy and security, and dick-pics.

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Category: Video, War/Defense

Confused Person’s Guide to Middle East Conflict

Source: The Atlantic

Category: Digital Media, Politics, War/Defense

Shifting Sands in Middle East

Interesting collection of shifting alliances in the Middle East:   Source: WSJ

Category: Digital Media, Politics, War/Defense

Goodbye to War Loan: 1917 to 2015

To commemorate this most interesting of gilts we have made a film about War Loan – one that tells the economic history of the UK through wars, default, the re-joining and leaving of the gold standard, the inflationary 1970s, the loss of the UK’s AAA credit rating, and finally the deflation that has followed the Great Financial Crisis.


Category: Credit, Video, War/Defense

ISIS May Be Losing a Lifeline

Source: Washington Post

Category: Digital Media, Politics, War/Defense

DARPA’s Plan to Secure the Internet

DARPA Dan’s fight to secure the Internet

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Category: Technology, Video, War/Defense

Uh-Oh: BusinessWeek Cover Story Nationalism

Now I am engaging in full on selective perception:     Source: BusinessWeek

Category: Contrary Indicators, Financial Press, Media, Psychology, War/Defense

7 Ways to Stop Terrorism

How to Stop Terrorism: 7 Ways to Drain the Swamp In the wake of the barbaric Paris terror attack, everyone is debating how to stop further terrorism. Some say we need more war against Islamic countries … or more spying … or more crackdowns on our liberties. But – despite what the talking heads may…Read More

Category: Really, really bad calls, Think Tank, War/Defense

Iran Set to Compromise?

Overview The Euro has declined to around US$1.19. However, net short speculative positions have, once again, risen to extreme levels, which worries me. Tomorrow’s December EZ CPI inflation data is highly important. The Bloomberg forecast is for a reading of -0.1% Y/Y, as opposed to +0.3% in November. Tomorrow’s FED minutes will also be very…Read More

Category: Markets, War/Defense