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Month: December 2017

DHS expands facial recognition tech into airports, raising alarm bells

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From the few remaining pro-privacy senators. 

12/27/17 Morning links

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Motley Fool: Meet the newest cryptocurrency trend: privacy coins New York Times: Homeland security increasingly means placing agents outside the homeland Future of Freedom Foundation: Homeland Security’s multi-billion dollar comedy show The American Prospect: Big Tech: the new predatory capitalism.  Ed: Interesting article, but its government-enabled “corporatism” at play here, not free trade. Al Jazeera: The Guantanamo art that makes Washington nervous […]

What we fight for

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I think it’s natural for people want liberty for themselves, with the term “liberty” here used to describe that system where voluntary interaction among consenting adults reaches as far as is possible into our day-to-day lives.  I think this holds even for those ostensible socialists and “communists” in our midst.  No communist, when planning their […]

12/27/17 Overnight links

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Techdirt: Facebook transparency report: lots of government surveillance, bad copyright takedown requests More from Techdirt: FBI celebrates taking down “terrorist” who told undercover agent he couldn’t go through with an attack.  Ed: The sheer desperation for terrorist convictions is pathetic. Activist Post: NATO rolls out offensive cyberweapons Popular Mechanics: The 2020 Olympics will be another glimpse into our surveillance-filled future Washington Examiner: Appeals […]

12/25/17 Christmas Day links

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History.com: The Christmas Truce of 1914 EFF: Medical privacy under attack: 2017 in review The Intercept: The election fraud in Honduras follows decades of corruption funded by the U.S. war on drugs Business Standard: 2017 was a banner year for arms industry Macleans: 2018 will be the year of cyberwarfare Zero Hedge: The Strangelovian Russia-gate myth NPR: The foster care system is […]

The wisdom of Nock

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Inarguably the most iconic essay ever penned by Albert Jay Nock is Isaiah’s Job, written in 1936, when Nock himself was 66 years old.  In this essay he gifted the unknown and unknowable collection of individuals who are naturally drawn to the philosophy of liberty with a name: the Remnant. “The Remnant are those who […]

12/24/17 Overnight links

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EFF: Beating back the rise of law enforcement’s digital surveillance of protestors Center for Research on Globalization: Drug deaths drive down US life expectancy for second straight year Another take on the crisis from the Chicago Tribune: The epidemic that’s shortening American lives Daily Star: Artificial intelligence is now bombing ISIS Digital Trends: Biometric scans at airports may not be […]

12/23/17 Overnight links

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New York Times: Privacy complaints mount over phone searches at U.S. border since 2011 The Hill: Rand Paul puts hold on Trump nominee over surveillance concerns Android Central: Ed Snowden’s Haven app turns your cellphone into a surveillance device Techdirt: Canadian government looking to step up domestic surveillance, scale back intelligence oversight The Intercept: How the government botched the case […]

12/21/17 Overnight links

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Techdirt: The spy coalition in Congress rushes through plan to keep the NSA spying on Americans EFF: Efforts to expand NSA spying trip up Rare: Rand Paul threatens to filibuster extension of warrantless surveillance CNET: Snowden, privacy groups oppose new surveillance bill Washington Examiner: The tech generation should reject mass surveillance City Journal: Is your cell phone protected by the Constitution? […]

We have it in our power to begin the world again

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Most of us have a voice in our brain that begins chittering almost immediately when we commit to a long-desired goal, plan, task, lifestyle, etc.  The voice sounds calm and rational, like a lawyer or psychiatrist, and explains either the high probability for miserable failure, a safe path to alternative-yet-lesser goals, or gives us a […]