Samir’s Selection 06/14/2013 (p.m.)
Silicon Valley builds amazing spy tools, is horrified when they’re used for spying | PandoDaily
“If we’ve learned anything in the past few days it’s that the NSA does precious little of its own spying, relying instead on companies like Palantir and Booz Allen Hamilton. Indeed, Palantir is just one of dozens — hundreds? — of Silicon Valley companies developing and operating the tools used by intelligence agencies like the NSA. If the dystopian drama that Arrington imagines ever actually plays out, it’ll likely do so using tools created by a private company located within a dozen miles of Palo Alto.”
Ruth Marcus: James Clapper’s ‘least untruthful’ answer – The Washington Post
Five myths about privacy – The Washington Post
Wedding guest goodbyes: Friendships that end after your wedding.
“But the most poignant last-timers, the ones who really matter, are the people who once were profoundly important—stalwarts in a terrible time, co-adventurers, the dearest of dear—who, not because of geography or profession, but because of the eddying currents of life, are already drifting away from you by the time of the wedding, even if you don’t realize it. There is no break, just the conspiracy of inconveniences. “
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