By way of quick update on how the town of Port Chester, New York, was using cumulative voting in its election Tuesday, it turns out that a Latino candidate did, in fact, find himself elected to the town's Board of Trustees. That's the first time a Latino Port Chesterean has received such a distinction, despite Westchester county town being more than 40% Latino. Kirk Semple, who has been following this story, reports that a Peruvian immigrant and Democrat by the name of Luis Marino came in fourth in the unusual balloting.
Richard Clarke'svision of the coming cyber-Armageddon is easy to poke fun at. The former White House cybersecurity point person's recent book is full of convoluted worst-case scenarios, like foreign agents wishing the U.S. ill triggering destructive office fires by causing Internet-connected photocopiers to jam. Clarke's going for high drama to get attention, and he should get some deference for being one of the few people in government to see the Al Qaeda threat clearly. But I'll reiterate something I tweeted last month, "What I've learned from Richard Clarke's 'Cyber War' book: Your toaster will, in fact, kill you."
Carl Malamud onstage at the 2010 Gov 2.0 Expo in Washington, D.C. (O'Reilly Media Photo/James Duncan Davidson)
Shortly after Barack Obama's election, as progressive activists and Democratic operatives were jockeying for positions large and small within the new administration, Carl Malamud launched a quixotic campaign for an appointment as the director of the U.S. Government Printing Office. The public printer's task, historically, has been to compile and distribute to the American people the considerable amount of information produced each day by the federal government.