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There is a moral imperative to preserve a healthy planet

Valerie Rockefeller Wayne, a great-great-granddaughter of oil magnate John D. Rockefeller Sr. and a trustee of the largest charitable foundation in which the family still plays the leading role. 

Washington Post: Big Oil’s heirs join call for action as climate summit opens 

Scotland votes on independence today. Front pages from the UK and Scotland show different points of view.

The Clinton campaign has been conceived and everyone is just waiting around for the birth announcement.
John Dickerson writes about Hillary Clinton’s unannounced, but seemingly obvious, presidential bid in Slate.

I apologize for the length of this post, but given the gravity of the issue at hand when I sat down to write late last night a long list of things came to my mind.

More than anything, I am struck by two truths. One, it seems that history well documents that those who work to avoid conflict at all costs wind up being those destined in many instances to find much conflict. Peace at all costs rarely brings it. On the other hand, Jesus was incredibly clear in the book of Luke that we are to turn the other cheek at offenses and that if someone took our shirt, we were to offer our coat as well.

There’s an intermediate point between Othello, who kills Desdemona and asks questions later, and Hamlet, who never gets around to doing anything until he leaves the stage full of dead people. I’m afraid if President Bush was more of an Othello, President Obama has been more of a Hamlet and we need someone in between.
Feisal Istrabadi, former Ambassador of Iraq to the United Nations, gets Shakespearean about Iraq on today’s To the Point.

Is the era of the gay neighborhood over? Story, here. 

Left: Saturday night crowds starting to gather on West Hollywood’s Santa Monica Boulevard. The crosswalk is painted in gay pride colors as part of the city’s efforts to honor the city’s LGBT presence and history. (Photo: Saul Gonzalez) Right: West Hollywood Gay Pride Parade in 1984, the same year the community, located between Los Angeles and Beverly Hills, incorporated. (Photo: Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection)


(Photo credit: Davide Restivo/ cc/ Flickr)

A researcher at Hauri, an IT security software company investigating computer viruses, works at a lab of the company in Seoul March 22, 2013.

Military equipment and private-sector trade secrets are well-known targets of China’s state-sponsored cyber espionage program. But there’s now a new target for an elite Chinese hacking outfit known as “APT 18” or, more colorfully, “Dynamite Panda”: U.S. personal medical records.

This week, the medical firm Community Health Systems revealed the personal data of 4.5 million of its patients was stolen by the Chinese hacking group earlier this year. The hospital group is among the largest in the US, with 206 facilities spread across 29 states.

Michael Riley, who covers cybersecurity for Bloomberg News, said the government-sponsored hackers stole the names, addresses, birthdates and Social Security numbers of Community Health System’s patients. He added the attack highlights the security vulnerabilities endemic to hospitals across the country, including the long-term susceptibility of digital medical records.

“I think [hospitals] are realizing that they are certainly a target for cyber espionage and from very sophisticated hackers,” Riley said, adding that cyber-attacks against hospitals have increased dramatically over the last year.

The motive behind the medical records breach remains unclear, Riley said, adding the attack is “out of character” for this particular hacking outfit.

One theory is that rogue members of the “Dynamite Panda” cyber unit used their abilities to obtain the personal information to sell it on the black market — typically the domain of eastern European cyber thieves — without approval from their superiors. The medical documents in question could be very valuable, Riley added, because they contain enough information to apply for new credit cards or open online retail accounts.

“If that’s the case — that a Chinese cyber spy also has a gig on the side — then those 4.5 million people should definitely be concerned about identity theft,” Riley said.

It’s also conceivable the hackers sought to steal all the data they could from Community Health’s Systems databases, and simply ended up with the personal data. They may not have any intention to sell or use it, Riley said.

Additionally, the information may be used for adding supplementary data to the profiles of existing targets of the Chinese government. 

— Benjamin Gottlieb, producer for To the Point

Jim Foley’s life stands in stark contrast to his killers… No just god would stand for what they did.
President Obama speaking about the journalist who was executed by ISIL. 


A history of police uniforms and why they matter.

Uniforms have influenced interactions between cops and citizens since the start of American policing.

My conclusion was that Edward Snowden was a man interested in helping the US, not helping himself.

James Bamford on Edward Snowden on today’s To The Point.

(Listen to the interview with Bamford here)