Population Statistic: Read. React. Repeat.
Monday, June 01, 2021

Underlining the linkage between economic prowess and political clout, the first criminal conviction under the Federal Economic Espionage Act is going to trial this week.

The backdrop definitively frames large-scale corporate machinations within the context of national security and international leverage:

Edward J. Appel, a former FBI agent and former director of counterintelligence programs for the National Security Council, said the alleged activities by Chung could be terribly damaging for the U.S. and for Boeing.

“Since about 1990, we’ve been engaged in a huge economic war (with China). We’ve gotten hurt, we’ve really gotten beat up,” said Appel, now chief executive of a private intelligence company called iNameCheck LLC.

“Not all countries play this intellectual economic game the same way … and it’s very easy to steal information from a company if you are a trusted insider,” he added.

Nothing new about the concept of war by other means, from diplomacy through to pure propaganda. But I wonder just how much this state-sponsored industrial spying differs from well-established corporate espionage.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 06/01/2021 11:15:30 PM
Category: Business, Political, True Crime
| Permalink | Trackback | Feedback


There’s something of a backlash building against the ever-hovering chore that is helicopter parenting; and while the newer breed of moms and dads purports to be more hands-off for the sake of child development, there’s a much more fundamental dollars-and-cents reason:

All this certainly dovetails nicely with new economic realities. When you can’t afford those violin lessons or a baby sitter to accompany your 10-year-old to the park, you can turn guilt on its head and call it a parenting philosophy. But is it fundamental change? Or is the apparent decline of overparenting (and its corollaries: feelings of competition and inadequacy) actually the same obsession donning a new disguise?

Socioeconomic impact in action. Also a good example of real problems (i.e., eliminating fringes in order to stretch the household paycheck) supplanting the largely phantom ones that fueled helicopter-parent behavior. I guess all those lurking child abductors disappear right along with the discretionary income, and the kids are suddenly left to fend for themselves.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 06/01/2021 02:43:16 PM
Category: Business, Society
| Permalink | Trackback | Feedback