tqk writes "As the son of a WWII serviceman (a Flight Lieutenant/Tail Gunner in a B17 bomber) and an IT geek, I think this is appalling. On PBS Newshour last night, I saw a story about this along with an interview with the ProPublica reporter (?) who's on it. Since then, I've learned this has been going on as far back as the war in VietNam. "Backups? What're those?" Entire service histories are being lost! Historians have been screaming about it and veterans are being forced to drag lawyers in to prove they did what they did. $DEITY!!!111
tqk writes "I think this's a fascinating read. Tying together "The Arab Spring" revolutions, mass protests from India, Israel, Britain, Wall St. (among others), it posits that twenty/thirty-somethings have given up "en mass" expecting their political systems to even bother to listen to their objections, much less do anything about them. ACTA is about to be signed despite objections from elected congresses, corruption and regulatory capture seem to be all that governments are capable of these days. This story reminds me of the '60s rebellions against the status quo and "business as usual."" Link to Original Source top
tqk writes "There's this story in CJR lauding the L. A. Times for (in CJR's opinion) a story worth highlighting. CJR: "Nathaniel Popper gets this story by combing the websites of the Federal Reserve, FDIC, SEC, and Commodity Futures Trading Commission, which have for the first time begun publishing records of their meetings."
As a geek who's built databases connecting related data in efficient ways, this is intriguing. There ought to be a lot of room for pro-bono, NGO oversight ops in there, not to mention potential funding, yes?
I'm available for the sysadmin or backend db portion (yeah, I'm poor, but I'm not living in my Mom's basement!). Really, I think this could be pretty cool, adding much needed oversight on how gov't. works and what are its interconnections.