March 2007


Homeland Security31 Mar 2007 02:09 pm

I keep waiting for somebody to point out the larger issue arising from the tragic pet food poisoning story. One supplier with a tainted product has manged to kill several hundred pets, sicken thousands, and cripple a huge chunk of the pet food market.

All indicators are that this was an accident. Just think if somebody did it on purpose and did it in a more nefarious way… and did it to some additive in the human food supply. What kind of disaster could be wrought?

Our food supply is the terrorism risk that nobody ever wants to talk about because it’s so scary. We rely on so few processors and vendors for certain things, such as processed corn syrup (a food stuff nearly unknown before the 1950s), that one bad actor with a devious plan could make us afraid to eat or drink nearly anything.

I am deeply saddened by the tragic deaths of so many dogs and cats. But their deaths won’t have been meaningless if we use this opportunity to focus on the risks to our food supply.

News & Culture & Radio Show21 Mar 2007 05:11 pm

Here are tonight’s news items that I’ll be talking about on when I join my friend, David Lawrence, for my weekly segment on his radio show, The David Lawrence Show:

Fraud linked to TJX data heist spreads

Report Details FBI Missteps in Data Collection

How Big A Crime is Invasion of Privacy?

Remember, you can always download the audio of this hour, or any hour, from David Lawrence’s website for a micro-payment of 25¢. You can also subscribe to them via iTunes at David Lawrence Unplugged and have them automatically downloaded to your computer.

News & Culture & Radio Show13 Mar 2007 04:55 pm

Here are tonight’s news items that I’ll be talking about on when I join my friend, David Lawrence, for my weekly segment on his radio show, The David Lawrence Show:

DOD, Microsoft sign deal to data mine health records

White House panel OKs surveillance plans

Bush Pledges to End FBI Privacy Lapses

Remember, you can always download the audio of this hour, or any hour, from David Lawrence’s website for a micro-payment of 25¢. You can also subscribe to them via iTunes at David Lawrence Unplugged and have them automatically downloaded to your computer.