Google: Online Eye of Sauron

by Phil Elmore -- Can a search engine be evil? It can, if it's so popular that the people who run it hold great power for which they are unaccountable. It is, more…

Bono is a hypocrite

by Phil Elmore -- Technology fuels popular entertainment. It has visited on the music industry a sea change in sales, marketing, content distribution, packaging and delivery platforms. Most of us realize that more…

Your vulnerability to electronic mugging

by Phil Elmore -- "Program a map to display frequency of data exchange, every thousand megabytes a single pixel on a very large screen," wrote William Gibson. "Up your scale. Each pixel more…

My gun: A most necessary tool

by Phil Elmore -- Guns are technology. Many of us no longer think of firearms as technology, however. We've allowed popular culture, emotional mythos and political propaganda to affect our view of more…

Tyranny's friend 'necessity'

by Phil Elmore -- "Necessity," said William Pitt, "is the plea for every infringement of human freedom. It is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves." There is no more…

Cruel and unusual punishment?

by Phil Elmore -- The Associated Press reported this week that Ohio inmate Kenneth Biros would be given a single, untested pet-euthanasia drug for his execution. This was supposed to take longer more…

Banning minarets to save the West

by Phil Elmore -- "The only snakes I know of," muttered the black lotus street peddler in John Milius' "Conan," "are those of Set and his cursed towers. Their evil has spread more…

The left's definition of 'hatred'

by Phil Elmore -- What do Adam Lambert, Cass Sunstein, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid and Barack Obama have in common? They share it with countless other political leftists – those who can more…

It's killing a baby, plain and simple

by Phil Elmore -- I was speaking with a friend from Mumbai recently, a coworker who has spent a couple of years in this country pursuing his education. I find it fascinating more…

Tasers' double-edged sword

by Phil Elmore -- CNN reported late last month that the manufacturer of Taser stun guns was hoping to "minimize controversy" by advising the nation's law-enforcement agencies "to avoid hitting suspects in more…