Midnight In The Desert — america

Why North America Looks the Way it Does

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Why North America Looks the Way it Does

North America is a beautiful continent that’s home to the Rockies, Yosemite, the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and many more natural wonders. How did that happen? How did North America get its shape? The answer is that it took millions and millions of years. Over the history of Earth, tectonic plates have smashed into each other and dove under one another to literally move continents and create everything we see above ground. It’s fun to track our planet’s history to see how many different shapes North America once had, and how things like the mountain ranges on its edges got created...

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Nobody’s Securing America

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Nobody’s Securing America

When people I know who aren’t involved in information security think of the National Security Agency (NSA), they usually think of a secretive organization whose mandate is to spy on digital communication within and outside of the U.S. in the name of national security. The Snowden leaks, Glenn Greenwald’s obsessive reporting and wall-to-wall coverage by (though sometimes reluctant) mainstream media organizations have resulted in a mostly uncontested shared picture of the NSA’s work, though opinions on the legality, morality and efficacy of its efforts remain divided, to say the least. This common picture of the NSA as the warden of...

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America Must Build More Icebreakers or We'll Lose the Battle for the Arctic

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America Must Build More Icebreakers or We'll Lose the Battle for the Arctic

WITH THE PARIS climate talks behind us, the world appears serious about mitigating the environmental impacts already afoot and preparing for those ahead. Yet the United States remains dangerously unprepared for the profound changes and opportunities coming to the Arctic. Nowhere is this more obvious than in the pitiful state of its icebreaker fleet. The United States has just one heavy ice breaker and no plans to build more, a short-sighted and foolhardy policy that will leave it scrambling to catch up with Arctic nations competing for shipping routes and resources as Arctic ice continues its retreat. It wasn’t always...

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