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Entries from October 2009

Return of the Georgetown Cocktail Party

October 30th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Speaking of orthodoxy, heterodoxy, and their relative rewards: I’ve had occasion to recall something Yglesias wrote about a year back, responding to one of my own posts about the popular charge that insufficiently strident conservatives must just be venal climbers hoping to curry favor with liberals: I think this situation is rather more complicated than […]

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Tags: Uncategorized


October 28th, 2009 · 9 Comments

Via some outfit called VoIP News, I’m intrigued to learn that my insidious paymasters at Cato number among the 15 greatest enemies of net neutrality. Scary!  Turns out Cato is a “hired voice of reason” which, along with CEI “seems to draw its funding from a smattering of every major corporation ever to fund lobbyists.” […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media · Tech and Tech Policy

Chamber of Commerce Says No to Yes Men

October 24th, 2009 · 20 Comments

If you tell me there’s a squabble between the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Electronic Frontier Foundation, my instinct is to side with EFF before I even ask what it’s about.  If you tell me some group is trying to use the Digital Millennium Copyright Act to get a critical website taken down, I’m […]

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Tags: Law

Be Seeing You… in HD

October 23rd, 2009 · 2 Comments

I’m a huge fan of Patrick McGoohan’s classic series The Prisoner, but for such a visually striking program, the quality of the A&E DVD release always left something to be desired. So I’m pretty psyched to see that we’ll be getting a BluRay version next week. Judging by the clips I’ve seen from the British […]

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Tags: Art & Culture

Cato vs. Heritage Cage Match

October 23rd, 2009 · 5 Comments

xI’ve been debating the Heritage Foundation’s Jena Baker McNeill on the USA PATRIOT Act over at the LA Times all week: You can check out round one and round two, with the final bout scheduled for this afternoon. It’s frankly been a bit frustrating so far—I think it’s telling that PATRIOT defenders are so reluctant […]

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Tags: Privacy and Surveillance · Self Promotion

Unreasonable Balance

October 19th, 2009 · 2 Comments

I’ve got one of a bunch of letters in the Sunday Washington Post objecting to their facile editorial on PATRIOT Act renewal, which weirdly asserted that a “reasonable balance” is struck by a bill that reauthorizes surveillance powers almost unaltered. My original letter, incidentally, had somewhat more pointedly said that the Post “duly transcribed” the […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media · Privacy and Surveillance · Self Promotion

Conservatives for School Bullying?

October 16th, 2009 · 16 Comments

Via Andrew, I see that conservative news outlets haven’t been even a little shamed by the serial exposure of previous slanders against “safe schools czar” Kevin Jennings.  The Washington Times‘ editorial bashing Jennings for penning the foreword to Queering Elementary Education isn’t just stupid and offensive, as you’d expect; it’s downright bizarre. As you would […]

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Tags: Sexual Politics

Et Tu, Gawker?

October 16th, 2009 · 4 Comments

Sez they: The loss of two people, even high ranking ones, might not seem too brutal but for the website’s recent history: it lost a quarter of its staff last November, along with a closely-aligned development executive at parent company CondéNet; then in April it lost more staff, including managing editor Leander Kahney, two other […]

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Tags: Uncategorized

More Than You Ever Wanted to Know About Roving Wiretaps

October 15th, 2009 · 6 Comments

I have a probably excessive analysis over at Cato.

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Tags: Privacy and Surveillance · Self Promotion


October 14th, 2009 · 17 Comments

Via Spencer and Lindsay Beyerstein, apparently Double-X has hired some kind of sociopath as a “friendship advice” columnist. And by “sociopath,” I mean the sort of person who thinks that it’s too much to ask that putative friends (a) not ditch another friend who mysteriously vanishes in a state of obvious distress on a night […]

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Tags: Sociology