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Easiest excuse for taking freedom: security

Easiest excuse for taking freedom: security

Here, in concise and precise language, is the best pricking of the security bubble I've seen... Security is an ideal language for suppressing rights because it combines a universality and neutrality in rhetoric with a particularity and partiality in practice. Security is a good that everyone needs, and, we assume, that everyone needs in the same [...]

DUI Checkpoint Refusal

Now this is how you do it. (more…)

You are freeish

You are freeish

How Freedom Dies: Internet Poker

How Freedom Dies: Internet Poker

Robert Arthur is the author of an unusual and fascinating book called You Will Die: The Burden of Modern Taboos. He also has a blog called Narco Polo that he posts to very infrequently. His single panel comics are like a Ripley's Believe it or Not of human folly. Hypocrisy: In 2010 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, the same town of Hogan Jr.’s [...]

Man with camera in park who fled angry parent sought by police (and turns out he was taking pix of his grandson)

Man with camera in park who fled angry parent sought by police (and turns out he was taking pix of his grandson)

A woman in Potacello, Idaho spotted an “older white man” taking pictures of “children” at a park, so she ran up to him and screamed at him until he left, and then called the police, who duly issued an alert asking the public for information about this mysterious stranger. The local press picked it up. Then the man called the police [...]

They’re Tracking Your Every Move and You May Not Even Know

They’re Tracking Your Every Move and You May Not Even Know

Sure there are reasons to save this "tracking" data... It's just that most of them are Orwellian nightmares. But as a German Green party politician, Malte Spitz, recently learned, we are already continually being tracked whether we volunteer to be or not. Cellphone companies do not typically divulge how much information they collect, so Mr. [...]

Photography is a crime.

Nothing the guy can do now, hes already admitted a crime to the courts, under the advice of his attorney.

Photographer’s bust card silkscreened on white balance cards

Photographer’s bust card silkscreened on white balance cards

PetaPixel sells a set of white-balance cards that are (handily enough) silkscreened with bust-cards spelling out US law regarding photography in public places. Stick 'em in your camera-bag and you'll always have balanced whites and balanced rights! Photographers Rights Gray Card Set

World’s greatest photographer’s “bust-card”

World’s greatest photographer’s “bust-card”

Hey photographers, have I got a bust card for you! The next time you're stopped by an authority figure for photographing a federally owned or federally leased building, just hand the law's agent this declassified 2010 DHS directive that unambiguously states that photographing public buildings from a public place is legal, and that harassing [...]

Woz on Network Neutrality

Woz on Network Neutrality

Writing in the Atlantic, Apple co-founder and hardware wizard Steve Wozniak defends Network Neutrality, describing open, neutral networks as a boon to creators, innovators and entrepreneurs... Imagine that when we started Apple we set things up so that we could charge purchasers of our computers by the number of bits they use. The personal [...]

Walmart shoppers to be shown video messages in checkout lines

This public service announcement will air in all Walmart stores equipped with checkout screens. A decade ago we only saw this craziness in movies where the US became an overbearing nanny state. Every year we continue getting closer to 1984. (more…)

US Government censors 70 websites for whole world

US Government censors 70 websites for whole world

The US is really ramping up its war on intellectual property infringement, a war which I'm sure will be just as successful, cheap and supported by the people as the wars on drugs and terrorism. The US has started seizing the domain names of various websites through ICANN - not because owners of these sites were convicted of anything, but merely [...]

President Obama, After Traveling With Naked Scanner CEO, Defends Naked Scans

President Obama, After Traveling With Naked Scanner CEO, Defends Naked Scans

As the whole mess with the TSA scanners has received a lot more attention in the last week or so, a few folks are noticing that ex-Homeland Security boss Michael Chertoff, who's been quite busy defending the naked scanners, happens to be making a ton of money from one of the main ones, Rapiscan, made by OSI, a client of Chertoff's consulting [...]

PLCB Wants Four Loko Pulled Off Store Shelves

PLCB Wants Four Loko Pulled Off Store Shelves

If you like a little jitter with your buzz, you soon could be out of luck in Pennsylvania. The overlords of all things booze, the PLCB, is asking distributors to stop carrying Four Loko and similar caffeinated malt liquor beverages as concerns grow deeper over the safety of the popular drinks. It’s not an outright ban, mind you, but a polite [...]

Feds forced to admit that it’s legal to take pictures of federal buildings

Feds forced to admit that it’s legal to take pictures of federal buildings

The New York Civil Liberties Union and Libertarian activist Antonio Musumeci just won a court case that affirms the right of photographers to take pictures and record video out front of federal courthouses. The US federal government settled the case by apologizing to Musumeci for his arrest, acknowledging that it is legal to record at [...]

Americans: Sign petition to fight Great Firewall of the USA

Americans: Sign petition to fight Great Firewall of the USA

Does Hollywood know how to be evil or what? Just as the President is denouncing Iran and China for censoring the Internet, the MPAA is rushing through a bill to create an Internet blacklist here at home. American ISPs would be required to block any domains that host too much copyright or trademark infringement. The bill is so careless and [...]

HOWTO: Record the Cops: A guide to the technology for keeping government accountable

HOWTO: Record the Cops: A guide to the technology for keeping government accountable

A Reason.com column this week looks at the range of cameras, software, and other technology available for citizens interested in recording on-duty police officers... Qik and UStream, two services available for both the iPhone and Android phones, allow instant online video streaming and archiving. Once you stop recording, the video is instantly [...]

Mainstream press throws Wikileaks under a bus in journalist shield debate

Mainstream press throws Wikileaks under a bus in journalist shield debate

A new proposed federal journalist shield law is under debate in the USA, which sounds like a great idea, except that the traditional press have agreed to amendments that would exempt Wikileaks from any protection for its confidential sources, on the grounds that Wikileaks isn't journalism... ORLY? More generally, Lucy Dalglish, executive [...]

Watching is a crime?

Watching is a crime?

The resisting-arrest conviction last week of Felicia Gibson has left a lot of people wondering. Can a person be charged with resisting arrest while observing a traffic stop from his or her own front porch? Salisbury Police Officer Mark Hunter thought so, and last week District Court Judge Beth Dixon agreed. Because Gibson did not at first [...]

The Government can now put GPS on your car without warrant

The Government can now put GPS on your car without warrant

Government agents can sneak onto your property in the middle of the night, put a GPS device on the bottom of your car and keep track of everywhere you go. This doesn't violate your Fourth Amendment rights, because you do not have any reasonable expectation of privacy in your own driveway - and no reasonable expectation that the government [...]

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