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Left versus Right World

Left versus Right World

A concept-map exploring the Left vs Right political spectrum. A collaboration between David McCandless and information artist Stefanie Posavec, taken from my book The Visual Miscellaneum (out Nov 10th). Of course, the political spectrum is not quite so polarised. Actually, it’s more of a diamond shape, apparently. But this is how it’s [...]

New bill proposes a fine for citizens who DO NOT own a gun

New bill proposes a fine for citizens who DO NOT own a gun

Vermonters have long stood behind their right to bear arms, boasting some of the highest rates of gun ownership and the least restrictive gun laws in the country. Currently the only state that allows its citizens to carry a concealed weapon without a permit, it may soon be the first to require a permit for the unarmed in its ranks. In what could [...]

Applause For Finland: First Country To Make Broadband Access A Legal Right

Applause For Finland: First Country To Make Broadband Access A Legal Right

Kudos to the Finnish government, which has just introduced laws guaranteeing broadband access to every person living in Finland (5.5 million people, give or take). This is reportedly a first worldwide. Starting July 2010, every person in Finland will have the right to a one-megabit broadband connection as an intermediate step, says the [...]

Massachusetts: Cops Need Warrant To Stick GPS Device On Your Car

Massachusetts: Cops Need Warrant To Stick GPS Device On Your Car

For the past few years, it's become increasingly common for police to put GPS devices on suspects' cars to track where they are. But, that's kicked up a bunch of legal questions concerning whether or not it's legal to do that without a warrant. So far, the courts have not really agreed. Earlier this year, we saw one court (a federal appeals [...]

Obama supports extending Patriot Act provisions

Obama supports extending Patriot Act provisions

While you were all talking about Obama's calling Kanye West a "jackass," he was talking about extending The Patriot Act.... The Obama administration supports extending three key provisions of the Patriot Act that are due to expire at the end of the year, the Justice Department told Congress in a letter made public Tuesday. Lawmakers and civil [...]

Massachusetts Representative (who raised local alcohol tax) caught during New Hampshire booze run

Massachusetts Representative (who raised local alcohol tax) caught during New Hampshire booze run

A Westport lawmaker who voted to hike the state sales and alcohol taxes was spotted brazenly piling booze in his car - adorned with his State House license plate - in the parking lot of a tax-free New Hampshire liquor store, the Herald has learned. Michael J. Rodrigues’ blue Ford Crown Victoria, emblazoned with his “House 29” [...]

DHS photography guidelines

DHS photography guidelines

As part of a back-and-forth regarding the harassment of photographers at U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters in Washington, I've gotten my hands on the Homeland Security Department's official guidelines for photography of federal buildings. They're lame, to say the least, but I'm pretty sure they haven't been widely shared before [...]

New bill would give president emergency control of Internet

New bill would give president emergency control of Internet

Autos, banks, energy, medicine, the airwaves, the census, the internet, the paycheck of anyone trying to work for an honest living... There is nothing the Chicago thugocracy won't seize control of. Omnipotent government is the common thread here, and instead of fearing it like the Founders, people are sprinting toward it hoping for [...]

Stormy Daniels’ Political Advisor May Have Been Hit By Car Bomb

Stormy Daniels’ Political Advisor May Have Been Hit By Car Bomb

Porn star Stormy Daniels' potential senatorial campaign was rocked yesterday by an explosion that blew up her political advisor's car in New Orleans, according to local news reports. The advisor, Brian Welch, was not injured in the explosion. In surveillance footage aired on TV affiliate ABC-26, a man is seen opening the drivers'-side door, [...]

Germany to Porsche: No bailout for you!

Germany to Porsche: No bailout for you!

Porsche Automobil Holding SE, the company that owns Porsche AG and has sought a controlling interest in Volkswagen AG, will not be on the list of government loans in Germany this year according to the latest reports. Porsche is already actively seeking help from outside sources, however. Porsche had sought a $2.45 billion loan from Germany's [...]

Supreme Court: Student Strip Search Was Illegal

Supreme Court: Student Strip Search Was Illegal

SAFFORD, AZ - The Supreme Court says a school's strip search of an Arizona teenage girl accused of having prescription-strength ibuprofen was illegal. The court ruled on Thursday that school officials violated the law with their search of Savana Redding, who lives in Safford in rural eastern Arizona. Redding was a 13-year-old honor student [...]

Fear is eroding American rights

Fear is eroding American rights

The power of irrational fear in the US is extraordinary. It ranks up there with the Israel Lobby, the military/security complex, and the financial gangsters. Indeed, fear might be the most powerful force in America. Americans are at ease with their country’s aggression against Afghanistan, Iraq, and Pakistan, which has resulted in a million [...]

Congress proposes anti-DRM law for cars

Congress proposes anti-DRM law for cars

An unlikely pair of politicians... Bob Barr (Libertarian Party) and Ralph Nader (Green Party)... are jointly supporting Right-To-Repair Act of 2009 (H.R. 2057), a law that would make it legal to break the DRM on automotive systems so that independent garages can repair cars even if the manufacturers try to lock them out and then charge high rents [...]

Minimum font size for credit card “fine print”

Minimum font size for credit card “fine print”

The new US credit-card bill specifies a minimum type-size and a list of approved fonts for the terms and conditions, to replace the mind-clouding teeny-weeny eye-strain-o-rama font that normally fills a Bible-sized tome that accompanies your standard credit card. Section 122 of the Truth in Lending Act (U.S.C. 1632) is amended by adding at the [...]

If an airplane crashes on your land and nobody sees it… is it really your land to begin with?

If an airplane crashes on your land and nobody sees it… is it really your land to begin with?

What the hell do they need 2200 acres for? How big is the memorial going to be? Is anyone else annoyed that they're going to spend $58M on this project? Or am I just really cold-hearted and unsympathetic? The government will begin taking land from seven property owners so that the Flight 93 memorial can be built in time for the 10th anniversary [...]

Abusive Power and the Culture of Obedience

Abusive Power and the Culture of Obedience

"But rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law,' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual." - Thomas Jefferson, 1819 Ask anyone who has lived under a repressive [...]

Was this cartoon published in 1934 or 2009?

Was this cartoon published in 1934 or 2009?

Isn't that Alan Greenspan on the back of the wagon?

Cybersecurity Act of 2009

Cybersecurity Act of 2009

A recently proposed but little-noticed Senate bill would allow the federal government to shut down the Internet in times of declared emergency, and enables unprecedented federal oversight of private network administration. The bill's draft states that "the president may order a cybersecurity emergency and order the limitation or shutdown of [...]

Statebook

Statebook

Statebook is a spoof government site, providing examples of the types of information the UK government holds an an individual citizen. The site also shows what what new information the government want to collect, through new schemes, like the 'Intercept Modernisation Programme' which could even include amassing all of our Internet traffic data in [...]

New piracy law cuts internet traffic in Sweden

New piracy law cuts internet traffic in Sweden

Internet traffic in Sweden fell by 33% as the country's new anti-piracy law came into effect, reports suggest. Sweden's new policy - the Local IPRED law - allows copyright holders to force internet service providers (ISP) to reveal details of users sharing files. According to figures released by the government statistics agency - Statistics [...]

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