I'm not a fan of celebrity-chef Guy Fieri. In my personal opinion he seems to represent the absolute worst of both celebrity culture, and a restaurant experience that seems long on promotion, and precious little on actual enjoyable food. That said, I would strongly condemn the deliberate torching of one of his restaurants. Even Guy's American Kitchen & Bar in Times Square. No matter my personal feelings about Fieri as a chef and businessperson, the commission of arson is still a crime. Innocent people are, at the very least, going to lose the jobs. And could possibly be injured or killed. And society as a whole will be the loser if criminal vandalism becomes seen as an "acceptable" mode of public protest. Criminal vandalism and burglary is what happened to the Democratic National Committee. Their servers were deliberately targeted and broken into by malicious agents, acting - according to most indications - at the behest of the Russian government. And yet I have heard precious little outcry over the break-in and hacking. Instead internet commenters seem to fixate upon the alleged, or perceived, wrong-doings revealed in e-mails in which various staffers express a preference for Hillary Clinton over her opponents. In these people's minds, Hillary Clinton and the DNC are "corrupt" - and thus the criminal hacking is justified, if not completely laudable. I think that is a dangerous route to go down. Innocent people are being hurt as a result of this illegal hacking. Wealthy donors have had their credit card and social security numbers publicized for the "crime" of having donated to the DNC. (I will note that their names were already publicly available on the Federal Elections Commission website.) I was reminded of an excellent Atlantic article by Mark Bowden a few years ago discussing the cases of Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning. There is a difference between a Leak and a Dump: A Leak, is when an insider, aware of a criminal or unethical process or practice taking place inside an organization; decides to make public evidence of the wrong doing. A Leak is usually limited to information that is specific to an act, or acts, that the leaker knows to be wrong. And such information is usually carefully and responsibly reviewed and redacted to protect the privacy and identity of innocent people. A Dump, conversely, has none of those protections. It simply drops, wholesale, a vast trove of information onto a publicly available server. It is essentially an internet-enable act of vandalism. Bowden makes the argument that while both Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning may have been motivated by concerns over Government actions, for the vast majority they simply had no idea what they were stealing. Bowden contrasts the actions of previous Leakers (notably Mark Felt and Daniel Ellsberg) who knew precisely what information they were releasing, and conducted their "leaking" in such a manner that truly innocent people would be protected. We've now moved beyond that. We have now reached a point where criminal outsiders, with no knowledge of any specific crime or wrong doing, simply break into the computer systems of a target, gather all the data they can, and publicly release. You might not like Hillary Clinton. You might not like the DNC. But I think regardless of your political opinions, as a matter of principle we ought to condemn any act of cybercrime such as the hacking of the DNC.