US vs UK

A US court has ruled that authorities cannot force people to incriminate themselves by divulging their encryption passwords. This is in marked contrast to the UK, where the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (RIPA) makes it a crime to decline to hand over all your incriminating files if the police demand it. If the case doesn’t involve national security, you can be put in jail for two years. If it does, five years.

In case you missed it: Pearl Harbor

Independent Institute article: Newly released naval records prove that from November 17 to 25 the United States Navy intercepted eighty-three messages that Yamamoto sent to his carriers. Part of the November 25 message read: “…the task force, keeping its movements strictly secret and maintaining close guard against submarines and aircraft, shall advance into Hawaiian waters, and upon the very opening of hostilities shall attack the main force of the United States fleet in Hawaii and deal it a mortal blow…”

Social mobility

According to the New York Times, I can no longer think of myself as in any way middle class. Interestingly, the US has worse social mobility than several European countries—but not worse than the UK. I remember back in the John Major days, hearing a lot of talk about the “classless society”. A lot of people seemed to believe the US was one.