ACC Archives

Month: November 2018
Trump’s Summit of Futility

(From Slate) Trump wants to isolate Iran; to do that effectively, he would need the cooperation of its trading partners (actual or potential) in Europe, Russia, and China—and he has angered all of them. He wants to play trade-war games...

The thrills and chills of a Democratic supermajority

(From The Daily News) Governor-elect Gavin Newsom has vowed to expand child care and home health services, at a cost to be determined. Many Democrats are committed to replacing private health insurance with a state-run plan such as the...

When Stealing is Legal

Civil asset forfeiture gives law enforcement and lawyers the right to seize property from lawbreakers, or suspected lawbreakers, far in excess of the criminal penalties they would face and is an invitation for abuse and corruption.

Marriott Security Breach Exposed Data of Up to 500M Guests

(From AP News) A security breach inside the Marriott hotel empire compromised the information of as many as 500 million guests worldwide, exposing their credit card numbers, passport numbers and birth dates for as long as four years, the company...

We Should All Be as Lucky as Florida’s Brenda Snipes

After receiving well-deserved criticism for vote counting issues in the midterm election, the Broward County Supervisor of Elections is retiring in January. Hopefully she can make ends meet with the $173,000 annual state pension she will receive.

Lockheed, Draper Among NASA Partners for New Lunar Payload Services

(From UPI) NASA announced several commercial partners Thursday in the U.S. space agency’s quest to return humans to the moon — and eventually Mars. The list included several relatively new companies, like Pittsburgh-based Astrobotic and California-based Masten Space Systems, as...

Ebola Outbreak in DR Congo is Second Worst in History

(From UPI) At least 245 people have died from the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo in recent weeks, the country’s health ministry said Thursday, making it the second-deadliest outbreak of the disease in history. Since August, there...