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Entries from April 2008

College Student Discovers Racism in Constitution, Vows Meaningless Action

April 17th, 2008 · 10 Comments

The day isn’t over, but I’m willing to go out on a limb and predict that this is the stupidest thing I will read today. I’m not actually sure what it would mean to “strike” text that has already been nullified by subsequent amendments—pull out the original sheepskin and take a sharpie to it? Bonus […]

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Tags: Stupid Shit

Greenwald Talks Strategy

April 17th, 2008 · 1 Comment

After a debate watching party here in DC last night, Glenn Greenwald spoke for a bit and took some questions from the mostly-progressive crowd about how Democrats can more effectively counter Republican narratives.  The audio quality is not exactly stellar, but I did manage to capture some of the Q&A on my phone: Greenwald in […]

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Tags: Horse Race Politics · Journalism & the Media · Washington, DC

Wrote You a Letter Just the Other Day

April 17th, 2008 · No Comments

At Ars, I’ve got a report on an odd misuse of of National Security Letters recently uncovered by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

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Tags: Self Promotion

Jefferson Dance Party Writeup at Ars

April 14th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Involving Actual Journalism and everything, here.

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Tags: Self Promotion

Portrait of an Arrest

April 14th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Video of Saturday’s arrest at the Jefferson Memorial is now on YouTube.  I’ll have a more complete writeup at Ars Technica later, but here are some stills:

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Tags: Washington, DC

Discord of the Dance

April 13th, 2008 · 14 Comments

So, among my many character flaws is a tendency to overgeneralize my own reactions—to assume that, though we may disagree along any number of dimensions, other people’s thought processes work roughly the same way my own do. I wrote the post below on the assumption that just about everyone would share approximately my response, which […]

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Tags: Washington, DC

Hijinks Ensue

April 12th, 2008 · 29 Comments

Twitter informs me that a friend—whose name I’ll omit for the moment—just got arrested at a little dance party some libertarians were holding at the Jefferson Memorial (which, apparently, is open to the public 24/7). I’m not entirely clear on what the charge could have been—I wasn’t aware dancing at a public monument was prohibited […]

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Tags: Washington, DC

Stuff An Incredibly Tiny Subset of White People Like

April 11th, 2008 · 11 Comments

Samitha at Feministing offers up a bit of a thumbsucker about Stuff White People Like, which reminds me that I’d meant to second Megan’s take from last month: The vast majority of the stuff there has always felt a bit like one of those fantastic Onion headlines that’s followed up by a lame article. It […]

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Tags: Sociology

Privacy or Customer Service?

April 10th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Adam Thierer links a sound post on the way concerns about privacy in the digital context seem inconsistent with our reactions in the physical realm: Let’s say you are a tall, dashing, smartly dressed Chief Research Officer at a major Internet audience measurement company, and you walk into Nordstrom’s. A sales clerk you recognize comes […]

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Tags: Privacy and Surveillance

They Keep Pullin’ Me Back In!

April 9th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Gene Healy was a founding don of what, lo those many years ago, we jokingly called the Cato Blog Mafia.  Long out of the game, Gene has just announced his triumphant return to the blogosphere, where he’ll presumably be focusing on the issues at the heart of his excellent new book The Cult of the […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media · Law · Washington, DC