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March 12th, 2008 · 6 Comments

Here’s what ought to be a very simple question, inspired by Katherine Jean Lopez: If some scumbag is peddling the body of an exploited 14-year-old girl on the street, does he become more or less difficult to catch and punish in a world where prohibition has created a black market in prostitution. Think about it… […]

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Tags: Sexual Politics

Prostitution and Patriarchy

March 12th, 2008 · 3 Comments

I already Quick-Hits linked it in the sidebar, but this is easily the best thing I’ve read on all the Spitzer-inspired chin-stroking about prostitution, and I’d hate to deny those of you reading via RSS.

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Tags: Sexual Politics

A Glimmer of Hope on FISA?

March 11th, 2008 · No Comments

Ryan Singel has the “compromise” draft legislation produced by House Democrats; I haven’t had time to slog through the 119-page monster just yet, but on a quick scan of the summary, it looks pretty good at first glance. The EFF’s Kevin Bankston is reportedly pleased, which is an excellent sign. Update: I’ve just looked at […]

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Tags: Privacy and Surveillance

Selling is Legal. Fucking is Legal.

March 11th, 2008 · 3 Comments

The Spitzer scandal has prompted a lot of discussion of the legal status of prostitution. Andrew Sullivan quotes a commenter who asks: Why is it illegal to sell, what it is perfectly legal to give away? Indeed. But I always preferred George Carlin’s formulation:

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Tags: Random Cool Link · Sexual Politics


March 11th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Noun. The fear of whipping out your shiny new Apple device on the street—at times and places where you’d previously have used your old phone without a second thought—because you suddenly feel like an attractive target for muggers. I’m guessing I may not be the only one out there who’s experienced this phenomenon recently?

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Tags: Tech and Tech Policy

Continetti Redux

March 9th, 2008 · No Comments

I see we have yet another FISA article from Matt Continetti in the new Weekly Standard. I won’t bore readers rehashing the factual problems I’ve already pointed out, many of which recur here. But let me pick on a couple novel ones: And yet: No sooner had the ink dried on Ellen Nakashima and Paul […]

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Tags: Privacy and Surveillance

Chutzpah Award

March 9th, 2008 · 1 Comment

…goes to Cliff May for trying to convince us that there’s something Orwellian about the opponents of massive and unaccountable government surveillance of Americans.

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Tags: Privacy and Surveillance · Stupid Shit


March 8th, 2008 · 23 Comments

It’s a sign of the amount of raw misinformation floating around the FISA debate that even fundamentally smart and conscientious conservative writers often get the story badly wrong. And by this, I really don’t just mean “come to a normative conclusion I disagree with” or “weigh competing policy values in a non-libertarian way.” I mean […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media · Privacy and Surveillance

Why Was I Not Informed About Enon?

March 8th, 2008 · No Comments

OK, any putative friends of mine who were aware aware of the existence of the band Enon and  neglected to inform me… well, what this kid said.

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Tags: Uncategorized

Cats and Blogs, Living Together

March 8th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I always used to consider it a rule of thumb that once any person, band, trend, or other phenomenon was written up in the New York Times Style section, it was over—or at least seriously moribund. I’m hoping that’s only approximately true, since roomie Dave Weigel and I make a cameo in this NYT profile […]

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Tags: Self Promotion · Washington, DC