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Month: December 2017

Year of the boomerang

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Glancing up to see a ‘Ron Paul for President’ hoodie meandering through my place of work was vertigo-inducing, to say the least.  More so when he came directly up to me with a question, bypassing others closer by and more capable at giving assistance.  I answered his question flatly, but walked with him, confessing my […]

01/01/17 Overnight links

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EFF: Communities from coast to coast fight for control over police surveillance New York Times: How do you vote? 50 million Google images give a clue Cointelegraph: Kidnapping of bitcoin exchange executive showed importance of financial privacy Activist Post: Top 5 stories buried or deliberately ignored by mainstream media in 2017 Kansas City Star: These stories missed in 2017 will […]

Anatomy of a Police State

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FEE: Is America a Police State? James Herrigan and Anthony Davies ask an important question, one asked many times before, yet in their case it seems to be rhetorical.  They note an instance of gratuitous brutality committed against an elderly couple by violent men who happened to get hired as cops.  All over hibiscus, which a […]

Deirdre McCloskey on the true beneficiaries of free markets

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From her book, Bourgeois Dignity: Why Economics Can’t Explain the Modern World: “Nor during the Age of Innovation have the poor gotten poorer, as people are always saying. On the contrary, the poor have been the chief beneficiaries of modern capitalism. It is an irrefutable historical finding, obscured by the logical truth that the profits […]

12/31/17 Overnight links

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The Intercept: Facebook says it is deleting accounts at the direction of the U.S. and Israeli governments ABC News: Artificial intelligence is learning from our encounters with nature–and that’s a concern Economic Times: The fight for privacy in this connected age Sky News: Surveillance devices hidden in everyday items The Nation: Russiagate is devolving into an effort to stigmatize dissent […]

12/30/17 Overnight links

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Toronto Star: U.S. government’s email surveillance survives years after Edward Snowden blew the whistle StateScoop: Facial recognition technology deployed by feds at 9 airports draws skepticism Market Insider: AI meets a shopping mall The Libertarian Republic: Unsealed court docs show how prosecutors tried to rig Bundy trial Forbes: Let’s never let the Left live down its absurd ‘Net Neutrality’ alarmism […]

Reckless, militarized cops murder young father-of-two on his doorstep over prank phone call

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“There’s a reason we separate military and police. One fights the enemy of the state, the other serves and protects the people.  When the military becomes both, the enemies of the state tend to become the people.”  -William Adama, Battlestar Galactica Swatting, the act of calling in a fake hostage situation in order have a SWAT team […]

12/29/17 Overnight links

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EFF: Court challenges to NSA surveillance: 2017 in review Gizmodo Australia: The great data breach disasters of 2017 China Digital Times: China building DNA database by controversial means Daily Signal: Invasive new airport screenings may put privacy at risk Techdirt: Prosecutors benefiting most from police body cameras Also Techdirt: Hawaiian Supreme Court says the First Amendment protects filming the police National Review: Masterpiece […]

Daily Nock

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Having an odd habit of sticking with a single writer for weeks at a time has its benefits, mainly due to the discovery of gems that would otherwise go unnoticed.  Reading several Nock essays each day for a week gets you through a large chunk of his work, and one of his best is “Prohibition […]

12/28/17 Overnight links

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The American Conservative: Dirtboxes: The newest government tool for warrantless privacy invasion Rare.us: Rand Paul led the Senate fight against renewing warrantless surveillance and won The Hill: Europe’s privacy law set to change how personal data is handled around the globe Coindesk: Privacy on the blockchain: Where are we headed? EFF: Nation-state hacking: 2017 in review National Interest: The fentanyl crisis […]