Category Archives: Broadcasts of Note

No, The Ninth Circuit Does Not Have A Stupendous Reversal Rate

Hi folks. Let me preface this with: I am absofuckinglutely not a lawyer in any way, shape, or form, and you should check my sources at the bottom as well as other sources.

Especially in the wake of this week’s ruling but also previously from the GOP I keep seeing a talking point about the Ninth Circuit having an “incredible reversal rate of 80% becuz liberal” and I’d like to address it a little.

Are most Ninth Circuit justices democrats? It’s a possibility. In this particular case (Washington/Minnesota v. Trump et. al.) the liberal argument lacks any sort of substance, given that it was a per curiam ruling – a very specific ruling that only occurs when every judge on the panel reaches a unanimous decision. Richard Clifton, a Bush II appointee, is a noted conservative and, if you listened to the oral arguments, pressed Washington state pretty damn hard. Even he found the DOJ position thoroughly lacking. Put frankly, DAG August Flentje’s arguments were ludicrous to begin with and resulted in a bipartisan ruling against an overreaching executive.

As to the 9th circuit record: that 80% figure isn’t nearly as remarkable as people upset with them keep trying to portray it to be. As of 2010 the Federal Circuit has a higher rate at 83%, and the mean overturn rate across all circuits is over 68%. As of 2014 SCOTUS was reversing 70.5% of lower court rulings. The Ninth Circuit reversal rate was 79.5%. The Ninth Circuit also makes up for a disproportionate amount of cases referred to SCOTUS at nearly 26%. Between 2010 and 2014, the Eighth Circuit had a reversal rate of 87.5% and the Sixth at 87%, though they accounted for 8 and 23 cases respectively. The Eleventh Circuit scored 81% reversals.

An overturn rate isn’t evidence of political bias or rift but a reflection that one set of judges disagreed with the way another set of judges interpreted the case and applicable law – largely about commercial, not constitutional, issues. POM Wonderful LLC v. Coca-Cola is a great example – heard by appointees of Reagan, Bush II, and Carter – it was reversed, but SCOTUS also rejected the DOJ view. But it’s hardly evidence of ideology, unless you feel strongly about pomegranates. In the 2010-2014 period the Federal Circuit had a reversal of 66% but those particularly consisted of SCOTUS overturning Federal patent rulings.

Don’t take my word for it. Read more from the American Bar Association and from SCOTUSblog

Current Podcast Subscriptions

As a pretty constant consumer of information podcasts are one of my favorite ways to stay informed. Below are the ones I’m currently subscribed to in alphabetical order, along with links to their iTunes page and their iTunes description (if there is one). Have omitted a few podcasts that I’m not sure about yet – the below I’ve been listening to for a while and feel I can give an endorsement for. Any notes I feel the need to add are in italics.

Against The Stream – Dharma talks by Noah Levine, author of Dharma Punx and Against the Stream, and other teachers at Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society in Los Angeles and elsewhere.

All in the Mind – Programme exploring the limits and potential of the human mind

All TWiT Shows (Video-LO) – Leo Laporte brings some of the most interesting personalities in technology together to talk about the most important issues. Fun, relaxed, informative and always entertaining, count on TWiT for the best tech podcasts in the world. Catch all the shows live 24/7/365 at http://live.twit.tv/ – Pretty vast, super-informed and well-polished programs. Very much worth checking out if you’re into tech. Audio version available too.

Analysis – Programme examining the ideas and forces which shape public policy in Britain and abroad, presented by distinguished writers, journalists and academics

Arms Control Wonk – The nuclear weapons, arms control, disarmament and nonproliferation podcast. Companion to the popular Arms Control Wonk blog (www.armscontrolwonk.com). Hosted by Jeffrey Lewis & Aaron Stein. – A high-priority listen for me. Constantly bringing up new information in the context of timely, current topics.

Brookings: @ Brookings Event Audio – Brookings offers audio podcasts of its public events through iTunes. Now you can download and listen to our briefings and conferences on a wide-range of public policy issues, many featuring leading policy-makers and foreign officials.

Common Sense with Dan Carlin – Common Sense with Dan Carlin is an independent look at politics and current events from popular New Media personality Dan Carlin. Carlin’s self-described “Martian” viewpoints infuse each episode with a political alien’s take on the world around us and the problems it faces. It’s a smart, unique (and admittedly U.S.-centric) program that doesn’t dumb down the information or analysis for the slowest person in the room. Carlin’s rapid-fire staccato voice has been compared to William Shatner after too many espressos. That, plus his penchant for making everyone in the audience mad at him eventually, makes for a witch’s brew of a podcast that is not for everyone. But for those craving a deeper intellectual analysis, a less partisan approach and unpredictable outside-the-box revelations, Common Sense with Dan Carlin is a feast for the mind.

Conversations with Tyler – Tyler Cowen hosts thought leaders from across the spectrum — economists, entrepreneurs, authors and innovators. All have one thing in common — they are making an impact on the world because of their ideas.

Covert Contact: The Blogs of War Podcast – Covert Contact is a weekly podcast by Blogs of War which covers the key national security, intelligence, and technology stories that are shaping our world. Covert Contact is hosted by Blogs of War creator John Little. His work and analysis has been featured on the BBC, CNN, CBC, ABC (Australia), PBS Newshour, Fast Company, CBS, and other international media outlets. The Blogs of War Twitter feed, @Blogsofwar, was selected as one of the top Twitter accounts of 2014 by Time magazine.

Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History – In “Hardcore History” the very unconventional Dan Carlin takes his “Martian”, outside-the-box way of thinking and applies it to the past. Was Alexander the Great as bad a person as Adolf Hitler? What would Apaches with modern weapons be like? Will our modern civilization ever fall like civilizations from past eras? This is a difficult-to-classify show that has a rather sharp edge. It’s not for everyone. But the innovative style and approach has made “Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History” a New Media hit. – Another must-listen. Long programs, but Carlin’s a fantastic storyteller.

Documentaries (by the BBC) – The best of BBC World Service documentaries and other factual programmes. This podcast offers you the chance to access landmark series from our archive. – Great for half-hour to hour-long programs on many different topics.

The Economist Radio (All audio) – The Economist was founded in 1843 “to throw white light on the subjects within its range”. More video and audio can be found at http://economist.com/video and as podcasts through iTunes.

EconTalk – EconTalk is an award-winning weekly talk show about economics in daily life. Featured guests include renowned economics professors, Nobel Prize winners, and exciting speakers on all kinds of topical matters related to economic thought. Topics include health care, business cycles, economic growth, free trade, education, finance, politics, sports, book reviews, parenting, and the curiosities of everyday decision-making. Russ Roberts, of the Library of Economics and Liberty (econlib.org) and George Mason U., draws you in with lively guests and creative repartee. Look for related readings and the complete archive of previous shows at EconTalk.org, where you can also comment on the podcasts and ask questions. – I often disagree completely with the host Russ Roberts and find him irritating at times but the guests and conversations are good, and deep.

Emerging Infectious Diseases – A podcast highlighting key articles in the current issue of Emerging Infectious Diseases, a journal from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Entrepeneur On Fire with John Lee Dumas – Entrepreneur On Fire is a podcast created for you, the Serial Entrepreneur, Side-Preneur, or Small Business Owner. If you are looking for inspiration, motivation, and ACTIONABLE advice during your daily commute, workout, or “me” time, John Lee Dumas delivers 7-days a week. Each episode brings you a successful Entrepreneur who shares their journey: Their failures, AH-HA moments, successes, and much more. Each episode ends with THE LIGHTNING ROUND where John extracts priceless resources and action steps for you, FIRE NATION!

Four Thought – Series of thought-provoking talks in which the speakers air their thinking on the trends, ideas, interests and passions that affect culture and society

FRONTLINE: Audiocast | PBS – FRONTLINE presents audio versions of select full-length episodes for listening on the go. Want more full-length FRONTLINE Audiocasts? Please leave a review and let us know what you think.

Future Tense – Full program podcast – A critical look at new technologies, new approaches and new ways of thinking, from politics to media to environmental sustainability. One single audio file of the whole program – good for continuous listening.

Girl on Guy with Aisha Tyler – join aisha tyler (archer, friends, talk soup) and her guests as they rant about stuff guys love: video games, action movies, comic books, sex, drinking, bar fights, and blowing sh*t up. plus the weekly installments of self-inflicted wounds and ‘the apologia’. girl on guy: stuff. guys. love. – Fairly new to my podcast subs and already a favorite. Very much worth listening to.

Great Lives – Biography series exploring the greatest people who ever lived. Matthew Parris interviews an eminent guest and an expert to reveal the truth behind their history heroes.

Hak5 – Put together by a band of IT ninjas, security professionals and hardcore gamers, Hak5 isn’t your typical tech show. We take on hacking in the old-school sense, covering everything from network security, open source and forensics, to DIY modding and the homebrew scene. Then we wrap it all up with a healthy dose of cocktails and geek comedy. Damn the warranties, it’s time to Trust your Technolust.

HBR IdeaCast – A weekly podcast featuring the leading thinkers in business and management from Harvard Business Review.

Headphone Commute – Free mixes created by and exclusively for Headphone Commute

Henry & Heidi – Henry Rollins and Heidi May come to you with their first ever podcast, Heidi & Henry.

In Our Time – Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of ideas

Intelligence Squared – Intelligence Squared is the world’s leading forum for debate and intelligent discussion. Live and online we take you to the heart of the issues that matter, in the company of some of the world’s sharpest minds and most exciting orators. Join the debate at www.intelligencesquared.com and download our weekly podcast every Friday.

Intelligence Squared US Debates – Intelligence Squared U.S. Debates bring Oxford-style debate to America – one motion, one moderator, two panelists for the motion and two against. From clean energy and the financial crisis, to the Middle East and the death of mainstream media, Intelligence Squared U.S. brings together the world’s leading authorities on the day’s most important issues. Join the debate online and cast your vote for each topic at www.iq2us.org. – This program and the above are really helpful in terms of not just listening to both sides of an issue but also honing your argumentation skills.

The Lawfare Podcast – This is the podcast series from Lawfare, the web’s leading multimedia web site devoted to national security law and policy. Visit us at www.lawfareblog.com

Let’s Make Mistakes – Mike and Jessie talk about design, with a lot of tangents along the way.

London School of Economics: Public lectures and events – Audio podcasts from LSE’s programme of public lectures and events.

The Loopcast – Series covering various national security topics and issues – Another new one to me that’s fast becoming a must-listen with great guests.

Meanwhile in the Future – Meanwhile in the Future is a brand new podcast from Gizmodo in which we try to really overthink what the future has in store for us. Every episode will tackle one potential future scenario — everything from a sudden ice age, to the end of antibiotic effectiveness, to a world in which contact sports are banned due to head injury — and try to work out how that future would really go down.

Middle East Week – Interviews with scholars of the Middle East about important events and issues in the region. In-depth information and analysis, not sound bites

Mindful Cyborgs – Mindful Cyborgs the audio present shock on mindfulness, cyborgs, contemplative computing, bio/lifehacking and unhacking, frictionless existence, quantified self netocracy, robotics and digital duality. Hosts, Wired, TechCrunch writer, founder of Technoccult Klint Finley and Globally tech fluffer Chris Dancy audio edutainment.

NeuroPod – NeuroPod, the neuroscience podcast from Nature, highlights news and articles published in Nature’s journals, including interviews with the people behind the science and in-depth commentary and analysis from journalists covering the research.

New Books Network – Discussions with Authors about their New Books

Off The Hook – Off The Hook is a weekly show on WBAI radio, New York, produced by 2600 Magazine. This feed offers a high-bitrate (128k) MP3 version of the show. – From the hacker-type perspective. Can be a bit rambling but a lot of good information out of this one.

On Being – On Being with Krista Tippett takes up the big questions of meaning with scientists and theologians, artists and teachers — some you know and others you’ll love to meet. Updated every Thursday, a new discovery about the immensity of our lives.

Paul’s Security Weekly – Security news, interviews, how-to technical segments. For security professionals by security professionals. We Hack Naked. – One of my favorite listens in order to stay current. They’re incredibly timely and knowledgeable.

Philosophy Bites – David Edmonds (Uehiro Centre, Oxford University) and Nigel Warburton (freelance philosopher/writer) interview top philosophers on a wide range of topics. Two books based on the series have been published by Oxford University Press. We are currently self-funding – donations very welcome via our website http://www.philosophybites.com

ProPublica Podcast – The ProPublica Podcast is a weekly program featuring interviews with reporters and information about the latest investigations published by ProPublica.org. Produced by the nonprofit newsroom, the podcast will take listeners behind the scenes of their reporting to show how they obtained the story, what inspired the report and what’s the potential impact that could result from the investigation.

Psychedelic SalonTalks and other programs regarding psychedelic science, great for pushing your mind a little farther out than normal.

Radio Motherboard – The future is wonderful, the future is terrifying. We should know, we live there. Whether it’s on the ground or on the web, Motherboard is traveling the world to uncover the stories that will define what’s coming next. New technologies, cultures, and discoveries are constantly reshaping this old planet of ours. And it’s happening faster than ever before. Radio Motherboard is all of that, in a fast-paced, fun, and informative podcast.

Radiolab from WNYC – On Radiolab, science meets culture and information sounds like music. Each episode of Radiolab® is an investigation — a patchwork of people, sounds, stories and experiences centered around One Big Idea. Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, Radiolab is produced by WNYC public radio. Support the adventure with a donation by pasting the following URL into your browser: https://pledge.wnyc.org/epledge/radiolab/

Rainmaker.FM Master Feed – Rainmaker.FM is an on-demand audio network delivering the latest insights on content marketing, SEO, conversion, design, mobile, social media, and digital entrepreneurism. If you want every show from the network delivered, you’re in the right place …

Rational Security – A weekly discussion of national security and foreign policy matters hosted by Shane Harris of the Daily Beast and featuring Brookings senior fellows Tamara Cofman Wittes and Benjamin Wittes.

Revolutions – A weekly podcast series examining great political revolutions. Now: The French Revolution Next: The American Revolution Visit us at revolutionspodcast.com

Rid Of The Bomb – Rid of the Bomb is what happens when you get 2 people who are passionate about comics, professional wrestling, feminism, and a whole bunch of other stuff to record their weekly conversations.

Seminars About Long-term Thinking – The Long Now Foundation’s monthly Seminars About Long-term Thinking were started in 02003 to build a compelling body of ideas about long-term thinking; to help nudge civilization toward our goal of making long-term thinking automatic and common instead of difficult and rare. The SALT talks are curated by Stewart Brand and supported by Long Now members who also get HD video of the Seminars. You can become a member and support the series for just $8 a month: https://longnow.org/membership/

Shrink Rap Radio – All the psychology you need to know and just enough to make you dangerous… This podcast features renowned psychologist,Dr. David Van Nuys , brining you in-depth interviews on a broad array of psychological topics including: psychotherapy, dreams, consciousness, depth psychology, business psychology, developmental psychology, mind/body psychology, personal growth, psychology and art, research psychology, social issues, and spirituality. The roster of world-class guests includes: Philip Zimbardo, Charles Tart, Irvin Yalom, Jonathan Haidt, Sara Lazar, Robert Altemeyer, Stanley Krippner, Arnold Mindell, Dacher Keltner, Michael Meade, and David Barlow among others.

Six Pixels of Separation – Six Pixels of Separation – The Mirum Blog is marketing and communications insights from the edge. Mitch Joel will unravel the complex world of digital marketing and social media with the perspective of a digital marketing agency. The Six Pixels Of Separation podcast is also here. Join the digital marketing conversation. Take part in the new marketing discussion. Stay tuned to see how this interactive agency is making a digital difference. While marketers still struggle to understand online marketing, an entirely new generation of marketing opportunities is already taking place and they’re being created by your customers. The Twist Image blog is here for all of your digital marketing adventures.

The Social-Engineer PodcastThemed on security issues revolving around “social engineering” or a mechanism of hacking focused more on people than technology. Highly informative and entertaining. A must-listen.

SPEKTRMODULEDrone/ambient type music mixtape put together by writer Warren Ellis. Great for working to

Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast – This podcast is a weekly feature offering up the commentary and opinions on the latest events in technology, security, privacy, and government. Please note: the views expressed in this podcast are those of the speakers and do not reflect the opinions of the firm. – Another case where I often vehemently disagree with the main host (Stewart Baker, former NSA counsel) but contains good conversations and guests. Excellent way to explore some alternative perspectives.

TEDTalks (video) – TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. On this feed, you’ll find TEDTalks video to inspire, intrigue and stir the imagination from some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers, speaking from the stage at TED conferences, TEDx events and partner events around the world. This podcast is also available in high-def video and audio-only formats.

Thinking Allowed – New research on how society works

This Week in Science – The kickass weekly science and technology radio show presenting a humorous and irreverent look at the week in science and tech. Each show TWIS discusses the latest in cutting edge science news on topics such as genetic engineering, cybernetics, space exploration, neuro science, and a show favorite Countdown to World Robot Domination. The show is hosted by Dr. Kirsten Sanford, a PhD in neuroscience, and Justin, a wisecracking professional car salesman and armchair physicist. Consistently voted one of the top science radio shows on the web – check it out and hear a science news program like no other.

The Titanium Physicists Podcast In which a three-person panel explains an aspect of physics to a layperson.

Turkey Wonk – Nuclear and political musings in Turkey and beyond

Upaya Zen Center – This weekly Podcast includes the Wednesday evening “Dharma Talks (audio)” from Upaya Zen Center and supports our mission: to provide a context for community practice, education in Buddhism and social service in the areas of death and dying, prison work, the environment, womens rights and peace-work. Our vision focuses on the integration of practice and social action, bringing together wisdom and compassion.

Welcome to Night Vale – Twice-monthly community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events. Turn on your radio and hide. Welcome to Night Vale. (Produced by Commonplace Books. Written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. Narrated by Cecil Baldwin. On Twitter as NightValeRadio)

Witness – The story of our times told by the people who were there. – Really good, short (less than 10 minute) history pieces.

Your Nerd Is Showing Official Podcast – Official podcast of Your Nerd Is Showing network, and home to the podcasts we record that just don’t “fit” elsewhere. You’ll find movie reviews, interviews, and a ton of other stuff here.

60 Minutes – Get the biggest scoops and best storytelling on television from 60 Minutes – on your schedule. Now you can listen to the show in its entirety every week. 60 Minutes is the most successful broadcast in television history with more than 80 Emmys under its belt. 60 Minutes is also the only show to obtain interviews with every American president from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama. – I struggle with 60 Minutes lately. It’s long been one of my most trusted sources but its emphasis on supporting pro security-state narratives and their storytellers troubles me very deeply. Worth listening to but take it with a grain of salt these days. Depressed I even have to say that.

Errata: Handwriting Style ID, Future Everything, Hersh is Nuts, Baltimore & Racism

The fantastic Social-Engineer.Org podcast had a fantastic recent episode on identifying people by way of their writing style on the internet. (audio at link)

On another security note, The Steptoe Cyberlaw Podcast recently had Bruce Schneier on the program. (audio)

A few great videos from FutureEverything 2015:
Warren Ellis on Haunted Machines
Haunted Machines panel with Ingrid Burrington, Joanne McNeil, Warren Ellis and Tobias Revell
Ellis’ closing talk, Some Bleak Circus.

The Guardian ran a great story on a Department of Energy worker who tried to sell a classified list of email addresses, tried to spear-phish DoE computers, and offered to spill the beans on highly classified projects for $100,000. (article)

Here’s a great Vox takedown of Seymour Hersh’s new book/LRB article about the killing of Osama Bin Laden. (article)

The New York Times on How Racism Doomed Baltimore. (article)

Mother Jones reports: Multimillionaire Carly Fiorina Took 4 Years to Pay Staffers From Her Last Campaign. (article)

Andrew W.K. in the Village Voice on depression – incredible piece of writing, and really important to read even if you don’t experience depression. Someone you love likely does and this may provide some perspective.

North Korea Executes Defense Minister via Anti-Aircraft

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This is fascinating to me not just by the ghoulish manner in which they carried out the execution (anti-aircraft gun on a firing range) but that one of my favorite podcasts, Arms Control Wonk, just had an episode that dealt in part with open-source intelligence analysts identifying what looked like an execution via anti-aircraft gun.

Don’t think they knew it was the North Korean defense chief…

In any case, if the topic interests you, give the link a click. It’s a great way to keep current with a lot of weapon nonproliferation/foreign policy and related topics.

Errata: Horrible Greenlight Game, Creator Economy, AI shenanigans, etc

Moving ‘Errata’ posts to a once-a-week thing, I think.

From gaygamer comes news about an incredibly horrible game allowed to find its way on gaming platform Steam’s “Greenlight” system. (article)

Paul Saffo’s SALT talk on the Creator Economy. (Video and audio at link)

Stephen Colbert has partnered with Share Fair Nation and ScanSource to fund every single teacher grant request in South Carolina. (article)

Motherboard on a new thought experiment: could a superintelligent AI freely manipulate humans interacting with it to its own ends? (article)

Also from Motherboard, a researcher has put together what looks to be a fairly comprehensive record of all arrests related to dark web market activity. (article)

Master combination locks have seemed pretty shoddy security for a long time, but a new exploit allows you to crack many combinations in eight tries or less. (article)

A great episode of the Lawfare podcast in which editor Ben White delivers a talk on “The Future of Violence.” (audio at link)

–This feels like a low-tech companion to the points about technology-centric existential threats that Bill Joy worries about. Going to have to pick up White’s new book, written with Gabriela Blum, ASAP.

Social-Engineer.org podcast episode with Deviant Ollam on his physical security shenanigans.

And via twitter, a Macedonian protester using a riot shield as a mirror to reapply her lipstick:

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Errata: More F35 Problems, Going Supernova and Election Journalism

Bloomberg on United Technologies F35 jet engines being unreliable, according to the GAO. Yet another problem with the F35 – the scope of missteps and overruns for this project continues to amaze me.

YouTube video from “Talks At Google” of a panel run by Molly Lavik regarding her book Going Supernova: The Bold Paths of 101 Superachievers. The panel goes deep into personal stories as well as offering practical advice, and I’ll be kicking around the content in my head for a while to come. Highly recommended, very worth an hour of your time.

Via $abi:

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Cecily Strong killed it

Errata: Ellis on Murder, Oliver on Snowden, Liberalism, Passwords, Linux lockscreen

Great, short video of Warren Ellis talking about murder. The Original Series: Warren Ellis on Murder (YouTube, 4mins)

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver did a fantastic piece on Edward Snowden and NSA spying this week, layering the discussion upon the common denominator framework of dick pics. Last Week Tonight With John Oliver: Government Surveillance (YouTube, 33mins)

I am as liberal as the day is long but it’s always good to check myself, challenge where I’m coming from at micro and macro levels. In that spirit, NPR’s recent Intelligence Squared Debate is excellent and important listening. Do Liberals Stifle Intellectual Diversity On The College Campus? (NPR site w/ MP3 download, 50mins)

French TV network TV5Monde was “hacked by ISIS sympathizers” through the sophisticated means of having broadcast an interview with all TV5’s social media passwords in the background. (Article)

Linux computers running GNOME are subject to a CVE in which the screen lock can be bypassed to a terminal. (Article)

We’ll end with my ideal desk setup:

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(Traffic monitoring system in I-Forget-What-City. Have totally forgotten where I grabbed this image.)

Broadcasts of Note: Hidden Fragility, Russia Engagement, Surveillance Landscapes, Randomness, What If

YouTube: Jim Crutchfield at UC DavisComplexity scientist Crutchfield talks about the hidden fragility of complex systems and their implications, such as a vulnerable power grid or insect-driven climate change. Half hour long and pretty down-to-earth/not jargon-filled.

CSIS: Engage or Contain? Future Policy Toward Russia Trilaterally ConsideredTrilateral Commission report launch panel. Worth a listen if you’re interested, but nothing earth-shattering.

 

YouTubeTrevor Paglen’s 30C3 talk, Six Landscapes – Fantastic talk on landscapes of state surveillance. Incredibly engaging, quite humorous at times.

On BeingLeonard Mlodinow on Randomness and Choice – Great interview with the physicist and writer. Largely covers randomness, with a side-helping of what physics says about free will.

 

TedRandall Munroe – Comics that ask “What If?” – Munroe’s not quite as comfortable out from behind his comic, but he does a great talk anyway.

Broadcasts of Note

Intelligence Squared USa lively Oxford-style debate on whether or not to break up the big banks.

CSIS: Cybersecurity: 21st Century Threats, Challenges, and Opportunitieshourlong panel of government/private sector shills making their case. I could not stop shouting at the screen while watching this.

TED: @Mikko – Living in a surveillance stateStrong statement against government surveillance by one of my favorite twitter follows.

Youtube: The Subway Signs ExperimentCute project which made the day of a few train conductors. Quick watch, but worth it.

Brookings: 2014 Midterm Election Preview: One Year OutA few interesting notes here, including Rep. Amash getting namechecked as someone the GOP will primary out.

CSIS: Social Media and Protest Movements in Venezuela: A Blogger’s PerspectiveGood perspective on the issue at hand, interesting and slightly dated given it was held prior to the ZunZuneo revelation.