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August

For Ta-Nehisi Coates and the ghost of Veronica Wedgwood

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This one’s a little dark. Not a cry for help, just a reflection. At the recommendation of essayist Ta-Nehisi Coates, I went out and got myself a copy of Veronica Wedgwood’s The Thirty Years War. It’s the kind of narrative … Continue reading

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August

In which I solve all of the country’s cybersecurity problems in a single blog post

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Some of you know that I work in law enforcement in a cyber-related role. As such, I get particularly het up over issues of information security, which resulted in my rather candid indictment of Federal network defenders during the OPM … Continue reading

2
August

We are the stories we tell ourselves

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Met up with my friend Daniel Polansky the other day. Our meetings usually involve a.) drinking and b.) bitching about one thing or another, but I guess I must have tipped the gripe scale even by our standards, because he … Continue reading

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July

An open letter to my niece

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Sweetheart, I’m reading this book about Joan of Arc and it made me think of you, not least because Joan was born and grew up in Domrémy-la-Pucelle, a little town that’s about a four hour drive from Paris, where you … Continue reading

30
June

Why Chinese Intelligence has my records

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The other day, I got an email from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) letting me know that my SF-86, the form I filled out in order to obtain a security clearance, had been stolen. While OPM never came out … Continue reading