Encryption Explained

How It Works and Why It Matters

I had thought, at first, to start this article with a long list of Latin phrases1. Whereas that may have left my high school Latin teacher overjoyed, I suspect it would have detracted from my main goal: Explaining encryption in an accessible, understandable way. Naturally, that means I abandoned the Latin and opted to start with math2.

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The First Presidential Debate of 2016

Things Could Probably Be Worse

There was no winner in the first presidential debate of 2016. With her clearly superior command of trivia1 and decades spent in political offices, many expected Hillary Clinton to do far better than Trump in the debate. This expected performance did not materialize. Across the stage, many expected Trump’s combative and energetic style to overwhelm Clinton and, thusly, carry the day. This expected performance, likewise, did not materialize.

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Political Endorsements, the Media, and Duty

A Cavalcade of Logic-Denying and Morality-Ignoring Fools

An unsolicited statement of support engenders no duty upon the recipient completely regardless of the nature of the endorser. Any attempt to get a political figure to renounce or to ‘refuse’ (as if such thing were possible after the endorsement has been made) a statement of support or an endorsement or to denounce the endorser is one of two things:

  1. a cynical ploy to gin up support or to divide/discourage the opponent’s support, or
  2. a sincere, but poorly reasoned and utterly unwarranted, belief that an unsolicited statement of support or endorsement engenders a moral duty (at least under certain circumstances).

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