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Entries from July 2010

The Week in, uh, Me

July 30th, 2010 · 4 Comments

I seem to have been a busy little bee this past week, so for those of you who aren’t following me on Twitter, here’s what I’ve gotten up to instead of, you know, blogging here: In an essay for Newsweek, I argue that Barack Obama should withdraw his threat to veto added GAO oversight of […]

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Tags: Privacy and Surveillance · Self Promotion

Earworm: Ariel Pink – Beverly Kills

July 29th, 2010 · 1 Comment

You can’t stop the press!

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Tags: Art & Culture

My Head, Blogging

July 26th, 2010 · 1 Comment

With former DHSer Stewart Baker on Wikileaks and intelligence oversight:

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Tags: Privacy and Surveillance · Self Promotion

Fox Has Gone to a Creepy, Creepy Place

July 22nd, 2010 · 21 Comments

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

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Tags: Journalism & the Media

Me on ECPA Reform

July 19th, 2010 · 4 Comments

I already linked the C-Span stream of my panel on digital privacy and the urgent need for reforms to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act, but for those who missed it the first time, here’s a Cato YouTube clip of my portion for your viewing pleasure:

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Tags: Privacy and Surveillance

Poor, Tragic, Troubled Mel Gibson

July 16th, 2010 · 25 Comments

So, I’m not only struck by how profoundly screwed up Jonah Goldberg’s reaction to the recently released audiotapes of Mel Gibson threatening his ex seems—I’m astonished that, having had these thoughts pass through his head, he’s oblivious enough to this that he’d publish them: I think Gibson is clearly troubled and despite his well-documented paranoia, […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media

Libertarian Coalitions

July 14th, 2010 · 27 Comments

It seems like the debate over where libertarians should make their political home is evergreen, even though I’ve always thought the answer was the rather boringly obvious one: Libertarian individuals and institutions should make whatever tactical alliances on specific issues that best suit their dispositions and concerns.  Still, a couple points about Ilya Somin’s response […]

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Tags: Libertarian Theory

Agnosticism and the Varieties of Certainty

July 4th, 2010 · 112 Comments

Here’s a little paradox.  Suppose we propose to meet for a drink at The Passenger after work, and I tell you that it’s on 7th just above Massachusetts Ave in Northwest. Perhaps being acquainted with my spotty geographic instincts, you ask if I’m certain. And of course I am, I go there after work often, […]

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Tags: General Philosophy

How to Provoke Me to Homicide

July 3rd, 2010 · 18 Comments

Wired’s Dylan Tweney recounts his live-tweeting of Wagner’s Die Walküre at the San Francisco Opera. I cannot fathom how he escaped the opera house alive. Look, fussing with your phone constantly—even on “minimum brightness”—is kind of a dick move at any performance, but it’s borderline sacrilegious when it comes to Wagner, whose genius was in […]

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Tags: Art & Culture