greg (grysar) wrote,

Hesitation about applying for CIA jobs

There was some fairly dispiriting news in the Washington Post regarding working as a BAE contractor for the CIA.

Christine Axsmith, a software contractor for the CIA, considered her blog a success within the select circle of [cleared] people who could actually access it...
On July 13, after she posted her views on torture and the Geneva Conventions, her blog was taken down and her security badge was revoked. On Monday, Axsmith was terminated by her employer, BAE Systems, which was helping the CIA test software.

Admittedly working as an analyst for the Agency itself affords more protections, but still... ew.

In happier news, someone's actually selling an electric car. Short version: $100,000, 200 mile range, 135 mph top speed, and looks sexy to boot. Obviously not a practical option for the mass market just yet, but you gotta start somewhere. Obviously electrical power still involves burning fossil fuels in most cases, but it's still a hell of a lot more fungible. I'm curious about the comparative emissions of average American electricity versus a diesel engine.

There's also an interesting article on the inheritability of intelligence in the New York Times.
But what if the supposed opposition between heredity and environment is altogether misleading? A new generation of studies shows that genes and environment don’t occupy separate spheres — that much of what is labeled “hereditary” becomes meaningful only in the context of experience. “It doesn’t really matter whether the heritability of I.Q. is this particular figure or that one,” says Sir Michael Rutter of the University of London. “Changing the environment can still make an enormous difference.” If heredity defines the limits of intelligence, the research shows, experience largely determines whether those limits will be reached. And if this is so, the prospects for remedying social inequalities may be better than we thought.

Admittedly, this roughly corresponds to what I'd like to believe. Also, the author is a professor and advocate of early childhood education, not a reporter. So I'll try to counterbalance my natural desire to put faith in these news studies. Happily, the studies seem fairly rigorous.
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