Rachel Marsden

In the latest example, an American hacker named Barnaby Jack died just days before he was reportedly set to demonstrate at a hackers' conference how to remotely disable cardiac pacemaker devices. Naturally, there was speculation about whether his groundbreaking work had been "discontinued" by authorities. Because, of course, the government is inherently more evil than someone set to publicly detail for the masses a new and innovative way of murdering people.

4) While American television networks are moving away from news and information programming in favor of the banal, viewers seeking actual news are increasingly turning to options presented by foreign governments. That's what former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meant when she told Congress in 2011 that America is losing the information war. Domestic news organizations are compelled to do their job by questioning power, while foreign-state media broadcasting in the U.S. are free to criticize America at will.

Hopefully these conversation topics will help you make new friends during the summer social season. At the very least, they'll turn the conversation away from Anthony Weiner.

Rachel Marsden

Rachel Marsden is a columnist with Human Events Magazine, and Editor-In-Chief of GrandCentralPolitical News Syndicate.
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