Monthly Archives: August 2013

criminalization of homelessness

Being homeless might be a crime, and “aiding and abetting” homeless people by giving them food might be illegal as well. Regarding criminality of homelessness: South Carolina’s capital city is dishing out some southern discomfort following a controversial decision to … Continue reading

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more on the surveillance state and forced corporate participation

Excellent post by Schneier on this topic. Last month, Levison [owner of Lavabit, now defunct] reportedly received an order — probably a National Security Letter — to allow the NSA to eavesdrop on everyone’s e-mail accounts on Lavabit. Rather than … Continue reading

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spy agencies and the war on journalism

Intriguing and disturbing perspectives regarding the US and UK surveillance apparatus’s war on journalism, employing the same sort of tactics used to disrupt terrorist cells. Bruce Schneier on the detaining of couriers of journalists … It could possibly have been intended … Continue reading

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drug testing

Drug testing is routinely used by companies for pre-employment (or randomly during employment), by police for those on parole, and even for socio-economically disadvantaged people to receive food stamps (varies by state). I have no idea how accurate these tests are … Continue reading

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half of north koreans have used methamphetamine

The number sounds high, but I don’t doubt that the problem is rampant. The North is now a narco-state. Whether this opium of the people is a concern of the regime is unclear. It seems to be condoned for the … Continue reading

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white house denies domestic surveillance

It’s painful to watch. The spokesman (deputy White House press secretary) knows full well he’s being deceptive, using carefully crafted language to avoid a literal, direct lie, rather favoring splitting hairs and resorting to indirect deception. He then steers away … Continue reading

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victory against stop and frisk

A rare victory against humiliation by police in NYC. The New York City Council voted Thursday to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s vetoes on two bills that are designed to rein in the New York Police Department’s controversial stop-and-frisk policy, marking … Continue reading

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