All posts tagged: New York Times

Are You Wondering Why Gas Prices Have Fallen Recently?

The New York Times reports that gasoline prices are tumbling just in time for the holiday shopping season to begin. “Consumers can thank the tentative reduction in tensions in the Middle East and swelling supplies of domestic oil for their good fortune, and energy experts say prices could fall further if negotiations between the West and Iran progress.” It’s curious to think we may have to thank Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, and the Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for low gas prices this holiday season. The former Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad could talk prices up but recent negotiations in Europe over Iran’s nuclear developments are bringing them down. The actions, or lack of actions, of the United States in the middle East could help grow our economy and make the holiday season more cheerful. There was a spike in oil and gasoline prices over the summer after the Egyptian army staged a coup and when the United States appeared poised to take military action in Syria. The Brent oil benchmark climbed above $115 a barrel in …

Cyberwarfare Precedent

  This new cyber war mandate could set a dangerous precedent. U.S. intelligence officials have indicated that although the United States has highly developed offensive information warfare capabilities, it is lacking in defensive capability. That could put our critical infrastructure at risk from retaliatory attacks. This measure can also assure that there are no more Wikileaks.   http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/04/us/broad-powers-seen-for-obama-in-cyberstrikes.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20130204&_r=0   Vera Moldt   Related articles Obama Is Now America’s Hacker in Chief (theatlanticwire.com) Iran builds up cyber warfare capabilities (upi.com) Cyberwarfare now menacing the enterprise, Kaspersky Lab says (networkworld.com)  

Lincoln, the movie

Lincoln is a 2012 historical drama film directed and produced by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. The screenplay was written by Tony Kushner and was based on the book, A Team of Rivals, by Doris Kearns Goodwin. It took six years to write and film, two years longer than the Civil War itself. The Thanksgiving weekend shows, such as Meet the Press, Up with Chris Hayes and MSNBC Weekends with Alex Witt all featured interviews and discussions about this movie. Apparently, everyone in punditocracy immediately flocked to see this movie. And everyone agrees that Daniel Day-Lewis has nailed Lincoln for all time, even Doris Kearns Goodwin. In the interview with Alex Witt, Goodwin said she felt as if Lincoln were “back again.” When I saw the movie, I never felt as if I were watching an actor, but actually Lincoln, so I understood what she was expressing. During the interview, she explained that the movie stays true to history and is as rooted in history …