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Entries from September 2010

My Head, Blogging: SuperGeeky Edition

September 30th, 2010 · 3 Comments

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Tags: Privacy and Surveillance · Self Promotion · Tech and Tech Policy

Is the Fourth Amendment Really About “Privacy”?

September 13th, 2010 · 8 Comments

For those of you who aren’t reading Cato at Liberty (and why not??), I’ve got a longish post over there that looks at a couple of recent law review articles questioning whether it really makes sense to think about the Fourth Amendment primarily in terms of “privacy.” I find myself pretty sympathetic to the argument […]

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Tags: Law · Privacy and Surveillance

Earworm: D-Plan Reunion Edition

September 13th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Apropos of the Very! Exciting! News! that Dismemberment Plan—one of my all time favorite bands—is reuniting for a winter tour, here’s “The City” off the classic Emergency & I. (No, seriously, if you don’t have this album, go download it now.) The city has, indeed, been dead since they’ve been gone:

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Tags: Art & Culture

Intellectual Honesty

September 13th, 2010 · 59 Comments

Yglesias wonders why “intellectual honesty” is any different from plain-old honesty. Noah Millman gets at the difference as I’d understood it: “Intellectually honest” means you make arguments you think are true, as opposed to making the arguments you are “supposed” to make and/or avoiding making arguments that you think are true that you aren’t “supposed” […]

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Tags: General Philosophy · Journalism & the Media

A Surveillance State Coda

September 8th, 2010 · 4 Comments

The program of warrantless NSA wiretapping (and data mining) authorized by the president shortly after the 9/11 prompted a flurry of intense debate over its legality when it was disclosed by The New York Times back in 2005. Those arguments have, by now, been so thoroughly rehearsed that there’s not a whole lot new to […]

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Tags: Privacy and Surveillance

Koch Habits

September 2nd, 2010 · 27 Comments

So, I figured there wasn’t much point in my commenting on the New Yorker profile of the Koch brothers, mostly because as someone who’s directly or indirectly benefited from Koch largess for most of my adult life—the Koch Fellowship as a student; gigs at Koch-funded Reason and Cato—I’d expect folks to be justly skeptical of […]

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Tags: Journalism & the Media