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Entries from April 2008

Surely Lucy Won’t Yank the Football Away This Time!

April 30th, 2008 · 28 Comments

It’s a little depressing, on multiple levels, to see Jessica Valenti and Pam Spaulding celebrating because protesters at Smith College managed to shout down some bigoted halfwit who’d been invited to give a speech to the College Republican group on campus. Apparently, the “awesome feminists of Smith forced [anti-gay speaker Ryan] Sorba out after a […]

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Tags: Academia · Sexual Politics

Musing of the Day

April 30th, 2008 · 2 Comments

I wonder how many hard-line Republicans are going to Google “Operation Chaos” looking for information about Rush Limbaugh’s plan to bolster Hillary Clinton’s campaign, and instead discover that—back in the golden age before we passed that awful, restrictive, un-American FISA law—”Operation Chaos” was the CIA’s clever name for the practice of systematically spying on the […]

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Tags: Horse Race Politics · Journalism & the Media · Privacy and Surveillance

Impossible Consent

April 30th, 2008 · 5 Comments

A judge in Canada has ruled to sustain a sexual assault charge against a man whose wife says she consented to being choked to unconsciousness before sex. Apparently rough play of this sort was a routine part of the couple’s sex life. There is some question as to whether she actually consented or is only […]

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Tags: Sexual Politics

Das Kopyright

April 30th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Some libertarians out there think Larry Lessig, whatever his faults, might have a few ideas deserving of serious consideration. And that seems to have sent at least one supporter of strong IP hurtling over the edge. Over at Ars Technica, I take up the question: Is the creative commons really a Soviet gulag? Addendum: I […]

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Tags: Art & Culture · Law · Libertarian Theory · Self Promotion

Wallet-Threatening Behavior

April 27th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Andrew Sullivan notes this bit of news from the Netherlands: The Dutch cabinet has proposed a ban on the sale of all hallucinogenic “magic” mushrooms because they could induce life-threatening behaviour. A bill will now pass to the Dutch parliament, where a majority of lawmakers are expected to back a ban after a teenage French […]

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Tags: Nannyism

I Take Requests

April 27th, 2008 · 2 Comments

At the risk of inducing commenters to start demanding “Freebird,” here’s a quick take on Andy McCarthy’s recent NRO column on FISA and border searches. You have to wade through a few paragraphs of talk-radio style throat clearing, in which McCarthy uses his psychic powers to divine that congressional Democrats have blocked expanded executive wiretap […]

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Tags: Privacy and Surveillance

What I Wouldn’t Give for Video of This…

April 25th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Quoth Cass Sunstein: I know for a fact that Obama has actually played basketball with Richard Epstein, a libertarian on the law school faculty who has written some pretty controversial things on property rights and government regulation.

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Tags: Random Cool Link

Daily Hackery

April 23rd, 2008 · 7 Comments

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Tags: Journalism & the Media · Stupid Shit

Daily Hackery

April 22nd, 2008 · 2 Comments

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Tags: Uncategorized

Daily Hackery

April 19th, 2008 · No Comments

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Tags: Journalism & the Media