USA propaganda will now play to all Americans
‘Now, though, an update to the Cold War era law known as the Smith-Mundt Act means that content from outlets like Voice of America and Radio Free Europe — which create shows in 61 languages for more than 100 countries — can flow to American ears. The new law, which lets the US Archives and the State Department distribute the programming, also says that no funds shall be used to “influence public opinion in the US.”
‘The new rules raise an interesting debate about government media in the internet era. Is the content, as Cold War supporters of the original law claimed, propaganda that should not be directed at Americans? Or is it a legitimate and useful news source? A government source told Foreign Policy that the content is not propaganda but objective news that can counter-balance toxic, jihadist broadcasts aimed at diasporas like Minnesota’s Somali community…’
Inexcusable Social Media Sins
‘Social media is a great way to connect with people, but it can also turn some people off. Here are five inexcusable social media sins to avoid…’
NASA Spacesuit Water Leak a Mystery
Reminds me of a great novel by Reginald Hill where an astronaut was murdered also by a ‘leak’. A pee-inducing drug was added to his drink. The drug took effect while he was on space and his pee shortcircuited his spacesuit and electrocuted him.
‘NASA is on the hunt for the source of a leak that prompted a hasty and early end to a spacewalk outside the International Space Station on Tuesday.
‘NASA astronaut Chris Cassidy and Italy’s Luca Parmitano were less than an hour into a planned 6-hour, 15-minute spacewalk when Parmitano reported that the back of his head felt wet.
‘Thinking his drink bag had sprung a leak, Parmitano emptied it, but water continued to build up inside his helmet…’
Transfer Files Between Smartphones
‘Transferring photos and other files between nearby smartphones should be simple, but it’s not. There are a variety of different ways you can do this, and which is best depends on which types of smartphones you’re transferring files between.
‘This is particularly complicated because so many of these methods aren’t interoperable. Android, iPhone, and Windows Phone all have their own ways to send files and they don’t like talking to each other…’