When Max Kelly, the chief security officer for Facebook, left the social media company in 2010, he did not go to Google, Twitter or a similar Silicon Valley concern. Instead, the man who was responsible for protecting the personal information of Facebook’s more than one billion users from outside attacks went to work for another giant institution that manages and analyzes large pools of data: the National Security Agency. Kelly’s move to the spy agency, which has not previously been reported, underscores the increasingly deep connections between Silicon Valley and the agency and the degree to which they are now
Remember when business managers would point to Japanese companies' use of 20-year plans as something to emulate? Right now, a five-year plan feels about as rare as a mountain gorilla or sperm whale. But as President Clinton pointed out earlier this year, short-term thinking is what got the world into this economic mess, and it's going to take long-term planning to pull us back out.
When the media get hold of a juicy story—one that inspires outrage or prurience—they will continue to run with it until something more outrageous or prurient overshadows it. Such was the case with Watergate and the Monica Lewinsky scandal that plagued the Clinton presidency. These pale to the gross mishandling of national public relations by the government and the private sector of China. In 50 years of being a news junkie, I cannot recall a tectonic success—the roaring Chinese economy—being so badly trashed by greed, incompetence and appalling PR. With a 1.3 billion population, China is governed by an iron-fisted Communist regime. But with millions of individual
The FEMA implosion Oct. 25, 2005: Vol. 1, Issue No. 42 IN THE NEWS WASHINGTON--The only FEMA employee to ride out Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans painted a grim portrait yesterday of an agency led by officials who were unprepared for the scope of the disaster and failed to respond to his increasingly desperate pleas for help. --Mary Curtius "FEMA official: Agency was clueless on Katrina" Los Angeles Times, Oct. 21, 2005 Like people the world over, I was appalled and sickened by what happened to the citizens of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Who
Clang, clang, clang goes the lockdown The play ends as a tragedy. All three of the major characters lived a morally reprehensible life that doomed them to Hell; when they are given a chance to escape from Hell, they choose to remain, knowing that there is No Exit from their evil natures. For them, life on earth was no different than life in Hell; at least in their present circumstance, they have only each other to torment. --Monkey Notes "No Exit" by Jean Paul Sartre Many years ago the late reporter and editor Mike Kelly recited one of the rules of life passed on
Since George W. Bush took office in 2001 amid unprecedented election controversy, paid circulation for left-wing political newsweekly The Nation has increased by a whopping 48 percent. "Our readers are passionate people who care about the issues facing the countryespecially now," asserts Art Stupar, vice president of circulation for The Nation. "Our repeat renewal rategleaned from multiple sourcesis 85 percent." Stupar's task to wrangle readers during the Clinton administration was far more arduous, he admits, but now since the store is minded by a man who represents the antithesis of leftist politics, liberal readers are energized. That's precisely the strategy behind a 4"