A draft of a "bipartisan" encryption bill has dropped in the Senate, and it's as awful as you might imagine. "Its broad wording allows the government to hold virtually anyone responsible for what a user might do with encryption," and the bill would force said "virtually anyone" to provide data pursuant to a court order "in an intelligible format," which fact would require telecoms to build backdoors into their software (after all, if it's not hackable, it's not "intelligible"). Remember: if Congress calls something "bipartisan," chances are no one in America actually wants it. When I get action alerts, you'll get action alerts.
Remember on Wednesday, when we discussed a Frank Luntz-conducted study showing that most business leaders support a minimum wage hike? Well, that wasn't the whole story: those business leaders also support, in large numbers, paid sick leave, expanded maternity and paternity leave, and reducing on-call scheduling. But don't worry: Frank Luntz stands ready to help right-wing hacks change the subject. About that scheduling item: you'd think business leaders, most of whom have written a schedule at one time or other, would want more predictable scheduling for their workers simply because it's easier for the person writing the schedule. I guess the disconnect is between "do what works" and "do whatever makes me the most money," which latter mindset is alluring even if you're not particularly greedy.
As you know, former President Bill Clinton got into a lengthy argument with Black Lives Matter protestors, and I just want to make sure you know he did it for show -- that is, to show off for white voters who don't like BLM all that much, in the hopes they'll vote for his wife, which even with Donald Trump in the race isn't a vain hope. How do I know he did it for show? Because, back in July,
Those right-wing billionaires looking for a third-party candidate if Donald Trump wins the Republican nomination may have found their man: retired Marine General James "Mad Dog" Mattis. I give them credit for coming up with someone not many folks have heard of -- though he was also the target of a write-in campaign in 2012, which surely doesn't happen by accident -- but why do we trust right-wing billionaires to pick our next President again? His "independence" will surely be for show. And their forecast, that Gen. Mattis could deny the Democrats enough states to throw the election to the House, isn't that savvy, either -- they don't think he'd steal more votes from Mr. Trump? Particularly when they're counting on him to show up Mr. Trump's fake toughness?
Finally, British Prime Minister David Cameron is in some trouble at home due to the Panama Papers' revelation of his late father's involvement in tax-free investing, and he's called the whole issue a "private matter." But leave it to Edward Snowden to come up with a zinger at Mr. Cameron's expense: "Oh, now he's interested in privacy." Some days a good joke is all you need.