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Entries from May 2010

Earworm: Mike Doughty – “Rising Sign”

May 29th, 2010 · No Comments

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Tags: Art & Culture

Privacy and Tiered Pricing

May 29th, 2010 · 11 Comments

Here’s Kevin Drum on trading personal information for discounts—at the supermarket and the newsstand: Today, overall supermarket prices are still the same as they’ve always been, they’re just tiered differently: those with cards pay less and those without cards pay more. So on average, consumers haven’t benefited. What’s more, competition is generally fierce in the […]

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Tags: Economics · Privacy and Surveillance

Earworm: Metric – “Satellite Mind”

May 27th, 2010 · No Comments

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Tags: Art & Culture

Two Rand Paul Afterthoughts

May 26th, 2010 · 30 Comments

Jacob Sullum has a piece at Reason that is, in part, a response to my Newsweek article on Rand Paul and the Civil Rights Act: Paul’s more sophisticated critics argued not that he was racist but that he was unrealistic. Given the social environment created by centuries of government-backed slavery and oppression, they said, segregation […]

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Tags: Libertarian Theory

The Peril of Having Friends

May 25th, 2010 · 4 Comments

I’m going to have to side with (my friend) Ezra Klein against (our mutual friend) Conor Friedersdorf on the question of whether D.C. is somehow toxic for journalists and thinkers. Here’s the nub of his concern: But inside the world of many ideological magazines, think tanks, foundations, and other intellectual movement operations, a different dynamic […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media · Washington, DC

Monday Evening Earworm – Magnetic Fields Edition

May 24th, 2010 · No Comments

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Tags: Art & Culture

Shameless Self Promotion

May 24th, 2010 · 5 Comments

You’ve probably already seen these if you follow me on Twitter but: C-SPAN taped a Hill event I did on reforming federal electronic privacy law, with Greg Nojeim of CDT and Will DeVries from Google. I had a piece up at Newsweek on Friday discussing what’s right and wrong about Rand Paul’s views on the […]

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Tags: Self Promotion

Earworm: Janelle Monae – “Cold War”

May 19th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Off her phenomenal new album The ArchAndroid.

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Tags: Art & Culture

My Head, Blogging

May 19th, 2010 · No Comments

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Tags: Self Promotion

Sunday Evening Earworm: Stars – “Ageless Beauty”

May 16th, 2010 · 1 Comment

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Tags: Art & Culture