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Spy Game

Posted by on April 10, 2015 at 2:26 pm

I’ve got a lot of Spying On Americans links for you today. Between John Oliver and Ed Snowden simplifying the whole thing down to They have pictures of your genitals (haven’t seen it yet?) and the PATRIOT Act being up for renewal, there’s a lot of publicity. Like Hansel, it’s so hot right now. So let’s […]

Every Afternoon

Posted by on January 31, 2015 at 9:36 pm

  Translation: Every Afternoon in Grenada, Every Afternoon a Child Dies. Here in Las Vegas, our Child Protective Services office is under fire. Here’s a dead baby found incidental to police serving another warrant. Here’s a boy beaten to death for lying about reading some Bible verses — sadly, school officials alerted CPS to a […]

Not So Simple

Posted by on January 24, 2015 at 10:16 pm

So, just to make sure you’re up to speed before we get rolling. Uber put together service in Nevada arguing that they’re just a technology service that happens to connect consumers to people who are willing to drive them in private cars for a fee but they’re so not a taxi service. It looks like […]

Bad Habits: Firearms Edition

Posted by on January 23, 2015 at 10:34 pm

So, 2014 set a shameful record: most guns in carry-on bags seized by the TSA. Worse yet, over 80% of them were loaded. No shock that the rootinest-tootinest gun-totinest airports were DFW, Atlanta, and Sky Harbor. Not because they’re kinda southernish, but rather because they are big hub airports. For the record, it appears that there […]

Happy NSAmas!

Posted by on December 26, 2014 at 8:40 pm

The Feds took advantage of the fact that nobody was expecting anything newsworthy to happen on Christmas Eve to quietly release a treasure trove of documents (links to source material here!) showing that they have been very very bad stewards of our private information. And all of you who bought the Elf on the Shelf? […]

Ferguson

Posted by on November 19, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Here CNN, let me fix that headline for you. You see, you’ve got it as “Tense Ferguson awaits grand jury ruling; mayor says authorities prepared“. What you meant to say was “Mayor says authorities ready to rumble.” Let’s just face it, there’s going to be trouble. The fact that the cops look like an occupying […]

Fear-mongering at its finest.

Posted by on September 30, 2014 at 5:17 pm

The TSA really doesn’t like that Apple and Google both have products they can’t just hack remotely. As in, they are trying desperately to make them stop it. Poor babies may actually have to get search warrants. Oh, and here’s a nice article on some of the NSA’s computing issues and an item on how […]

Shooting oneself in the foot

Posted by on September 11, 2014 at 9:58 pm

You’ll notice that I didn’t do anything to commemorate excuse to slide into a dystopian police state day oops sorry I meant 9/11. Insert quote about safety and liberty here. Moving on then! Today’s news brought me this item about a teacher accidentally shooting herself in the leg. Last week a college professor shot himself in the […]

A year later, new stuff continues to trickle out

Posted by on August 13, 2014 at 4:39 pm

So here we are. Edward Snowden has been in Russia long enough that his visa has been extended. You can actually buy t-shirts with his face on them. There are people who consider him a traitor and people who consider him a hero. He’s got a huge spread in the current issue of Wired. The […]

Keep It Simple, Silly.

Posted by on July 16, 2014 at 8:33 pm

Alright, so apparently it took tens of thousands of kids showing up all alone in our country, having traveled thousands of miles through incredible obstacles to get us to collectively pay attention to immigration policy for more than 5 minutes. There’s screaming on both sides: they’re kids, many of them little, and they need our […]

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