Jan. 6: Meaning, Significance, Ramifications

1/6/22 OUR PICKS: JANUARY 6 – ONE YEAR ON Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Anniversary of a Disgrace  (The Editors, National Review) On January 6, 2021, Mike Pence presided over a constitutionally mandated joint session of Congress to count the electoral votes. The Trump-Pence campaign disputed the 2020 results in election contests and in court, but

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Security Experts & the “Vulnerability of the Decade” | Covid Is Here for Good | How China Manipulates Facebook and Twitter, and more

12/24/21 OUR PICKS Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Computer Security Experts Scramble to Fix “Vulnerability of the Decade”  (Gopal Ratnam, CQ Roll Call / Techexplore) Criminals, cyber spies, and hackers around the world are launching thousands of attempts every hour to exploit a flaw in a widely used logging software as cybersecurity experts are scrambling to

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Securing U.S. Democracy

12/17/21 ARGUMENT: DEMOCRACY CHALLENGES Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Enable IntenseDebate Comments Most of the homeland security architecture built in the...

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America Is Not Ready for Omicron | Iranian Ransomware Is Coming for the U.S. | Government – Bioeconomy Partnership, and more

12/17/21 OUR PICKS Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  U.S. Ends Talks over Payments for Separated Migrant Families  (Camilo Montoya-Galvez, CBS News) Republican lawmakers had expressed outrage over reports that some families could have received hundreds of thousands of dollars as part of a potential settlement. read more

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“Cyber Is the Most Dangerous Weapon in the World” | Long-Lasting Tornadoes | Predicting China’s Behavior, and more

12/16/21 OUR PICKS Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  U.S. Builds New Software Tool to Predict Actions That Could Draw China’s Ire  (Reuters) U.S. military commanders in the Pacific have built a software tool to predict how the Chinese government will react to U.S. actions in the region like military sales, U.S.-backed military activity and even congressional

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Growth of the Left-Wing ‘Gunstagram’ | Post-Organizational Violent Extremism | Standing Your Ground in Texas, and more

12/14/21 OUR PICKS Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  The Growth of the Left-Wing ‘Gunstagram’  (Joshua Farrell-Molloy, ISD) There is an emerging firearms community in the US consisting of armed left-wing activists and antifascists that has grown on Instagram since 2020. We are calling this community ‘Left-wing Gunstagram’. read more

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The Inevitable Rivalry | China’s “Hostage Diplomacy” | Minimum Deterrent No More, and more

12/8/21 Our Picks: China Watch Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Minimum Deterrent No More: Where China’s Nuclear Buildup Is Headed  (Peter Huessy, National Interest) For the past year, senior U.S. military officials have been quietly warning U.S. policymakers that China’s buildup of nuclear weapons is a serious threat to the United States. read more

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Biggest Kink in America’s Supply Chain | DHS Reveals Next Research Interests | Facebook Made Exceptions to Its Taliban Ban, and more

11/30/21 Our picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  The Biggest Kink in America’s Supply Chain: Not Enough Truckers  (Madeleine Ngo and Ana Swanson, New York Times) Long hours and uncomfortable working conditions are leading to a shortage of truck drivers, which has compounded shipping delays in the United States. read more

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The Job of the Pentagon’s New UFO Office | China Became Jihadis’ New Target | Chinese Spies Academia, and more

11/2/21 Our picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  U.S. to Remove Colombia’s FARC from Terror List (AFP / VOA News) The U.S. government has notified Congress that it will remove the official terror group designation from former rebels of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), a congressional source told AFP Tuesday. The decision comes on

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Pentagon’s New UFO Office | Practicing Asteroid Deflection | Saving Colorado River Water, and more

11/26/21 Our picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  California, Arizona and Nevada in Talks on New Plan to Save Colorado River Water  (Ian James, Los Angeles Times) Two and a half years after signing a deal aimed at averting a damaging crisis along the Colorado River, water officials from California, Arizona and Nevada are discussing plans

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Iran “Leapfrogging” U.S. Cyber Defenses | Saving Colorado River Water | Hamas Banned in U.K., and more

11/19/21 Our Picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  California, Arizona and Nevada in Talks on New Plan to Save Colorado River Water  (Ian James, Los Angeles Times) Two and a half years after signing a deal aimed at averting a damaging crisis along the Colorado River, water officials from California, Arizona and Nevada are discussing plans

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America’s Infrastructure Struggles | Turning the Tables on Russia’s Psyops | Health-Care Workers Quitting, and more

11/17/21 Our picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  America’s Infrastructure Struggles with New Weather Forecast  (Arian Campo-Flores and Katherine Blunt, Wall Street Journal) Historically anomalous heat and rain have overwhelmed systems designed to withstand old meteorological patterns, and climatologists expect still worse with climate change read more

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“Ghost Guns” Available Online | Calibrating Domestic Intelligence | What It’s Like to Fight a Megafire, and more

11/16/21 Our Picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  ‘Ghost Guns’: Firearm Kits Bought Online Fuel Epidemic of Violence  (Glenn Thrush, New York Times) The untraceable weapons, assembled from parts, can be ordered with a click by children, gang members and felons. They are increasingly the lethal weapon of easy access around the U.S., but especially California. read

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Using AI to Provide the World with Drinking Water

11/15/21 Water Security Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Providing fresh drinking water for our society is a challenge that has persisted through multiple efforts. Though water covers 71 percent of earth’s surface, more than 2.5 billion people in the world lack access to fresh water at least once a month. For Amir Barati Farimani and his

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German Engine Technology Used in Chinese Warships: Report

11/8/21 China Watch Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Several types of Chinese navy warships are powered by engines that were either developed or built by German manufacturers, an investigation by public broadcaster ARD and the Welt am Sonntag newspaper revealed Saturday. The two companies involved are MTU in Friedrichshafen and the French branch of the Volkswagen subsidiary MAN, according to the report. 

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Government Action Needed to Ensure Insurance Against Major Hacking of Driverless Vehicles: Experts

11/5/21 Hacking Insurance Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Government action is needed so driverless vehicles can be insured against malicious hacks which could have potentially catastrophic consequences, a study says. The software in driverless vehicles will make it possible for them to communicate with each other. It is being used and tested on public transport around the

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Chinese Military to Surpass US, Russia | Encryption and Online Safety | No Time to Die, and more

10/29/21 Our Picks Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  U.S. Lawmakers Vote to Tighten Restrictions on Huawei, ZTE  (Reuters / VOA News) The U.S. Senate voted unanimously on Thursday to approve legislation to prevent companies that are deemed security threats, such as Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. or ZTE Corp., from receiving new equipment licenses from U.S. regulators. read

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Official Reject Claims of Terrorists Infiltrating U.S. From Mexico

10/29/21 Border Security Enable IntenseDebate Comments:  Fears the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan could reinvigorate terror groups like al-Qaida and Islamic State, and lead to a surge of attempted infiltrations along the southern U.S. border have not been realized, a top counterterrorism official said, dismissing claims to the contrary as “factually inaccurate.” For months, mostly Republican

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