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reason.com

by Zenon Evans

July 30, 2014

The Tor Project is a great way for people to cover their tracks on the Internet. Because of this, some in the federal government, specifically the National Security Agency (NSA), really dislikes Tor.

So it comes as a bit of a surprise that the project actually received over $1.8 million in federal money last year. The Tor Project, which provides free software to users interested in surveillance- and censorship-resistant web activity, recently released its financial statements and reports for 2013, and sources began taking note yesterday. The documents show that the State Department directly granted the organization $256,900 as part of its mission to fund "international programs [that] support democracy, human rights and labor."

reason.com

by Zenon Evans

July 11, 2014

The public just got some new insight into one of the last year's spiciest (and fishiest) political kerfuffles: the push by the city council of Irwindale, California to shut down Huy Fong Foods, the makers of Sriracha hot sauce.

The tireless freedom-of-information requesters at MuckRock yesterday published internal council documents, revealing theatrically furious communication among the local government officials and a desire to exploit regulations to force the company into submission. First, to recap the situation. The squabbling began last October when reports emerged that some residents of the 1,500-person industrial town experienced watery eyes and sore throats due to the smells emitted by the Huy Fong factory. However, L.A. Weekly's Dennis Romero was skeptical, noting that "most of the odor complaints have come from four nearby homes, one of which is occupied by the relative of a city councilman. That councilman, Hector Ortiz, recused himself from discussion and voting on the matter because, he says, he owns property near the plant." And, the city was trying to sell property next to the factory at the time.

reason.com

by Zenon Evans

May 22, 2014

Do you ever get that creepy feeling like you're being watched in public? That your conversations are being bugged and transmitted to the shadowy headquarters of an organization just looking for ways it can catch you?

Well, good news: The New York City Police Department (NYPD) is thinking about justifying your paranoia. At a city council meeting on Tuesday the boys in blue discussed the possibility of buying some drones...

reason.com

by Zenon Evans

August 9, 2013

Frustrated by demands from town officials, one professor is suing his local government for violating his First Amendment rights by harshly regulating political yard signs.

David Rubin's struggle began in 2006 when government workers of Manlius, New York, told him to remove political signs from his yard. Rubin is no stranger to free speech issues. He is the former dean of Newhouse School of Communications and current First Amendment law professor at Syracuse University. On Tuesday, the Center for Competitive Politics (CCP), a non-profit, filed a lawsuit on the professor's behalf.

medium.com

by Zeynep Tufekci

July 23, 2013

Who says it's the best method to catch the bad guys?

Rabbits hop around but that's not very threatening. Hops on a network, however, are a different game. When a rabbit hops on a lawn, each hop adds a yard or so. Not so in a network topology. In a network, the difference between one and two hops is huge. The difference between two and three hops is humongous because the effect of "hops" on traversing a network is exponential rather than additive. Exponential mechanisms don't add, they multiply-and that is the key to understanding a multitude of modern phenomena ranging from viral videos to pandemics.

CNS News

by Zinie Chen Sampson

April 12, 2012

Enacting a law that bars doctors from discussing gun safety with their patients. Slicing the "f-word" from a designated free-speech wall. Blocking websites about non-mainstream religions and gay-advocacy groups from public computers.

Those were some of the dubious achievements that the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression cited Thursday in announcing its "Muzzle" awards. The Charlottesville center bestows the Muzzles annually to mark the April 13 birthday of Jefferson, its namesake, a free-speech advocate and the nation's third president. Center director Josh Wheeler says several of the 2012 winners earned their Muzzles for engaging in viewpoint censorship, which the First Amendment prohibits.

azcentral.com

by Zofia Rawner

July 29, 2012

Judges also to blame for child-welfare system woes, Zofia Rawner: Child Protective Services is not the only one to blame for the backlogged cases, abuse and deaths of Arizona's children.

They decide how and when children return to their families but are rarely blamed for problems because they rotate every two years into different court divisions. This makes it difficult for the public to track judges who return children to abusive parents or consistently fail to order proper services.

PJ Media

by Zombie

July 18, 2012

President Obama's instantly infamous "You didn't build that" speech is a major turning point of the 2012 election not because it was a gaffe but because it was an accurate and concise summary of core progressive fiscal dogma.

It was also a political blunder of epic proportions because in his speech Obama unintentionally proved the conservatives' case for limited government. This essay will show you how.

PJ Media

by Zombie

June 18, 2012

On Wednesday, June 13, members of the Occupy movement protested against a conference dedicated to combatting child sex trafficking - thus, the Occupiers in essence were coming out in favor of one of society's most loathsome moral crimes.

If there's one issue that unites Americans of all political stripes, it's the sexual enslavement of children. Whatever our opinions on other issues, we all agree that sex trafficking and the prostituting of children is an outrage and a tragedy. Everybody, that is, except Occupy Wall Street, who somehow found a way to oppose the abolition of child sexual slavery. In order to justify this seemingly incomprehensible and repugnant position, the Occupiers performed some of the most amazing moral gymnastics you'll ever encounter.

PJ Media

by Zombie

February 17, 2012

Media pundits have often tried to point out the similarities between the Tea Party and the Occupy movement, in a futile attempt to get the two groups to merge.

Unfortunately, the differences were too great, and we have yet to see the Tea Party and Occupy Wall Street protesting against the same thing side-by-side at the same protest. That is, until now. The unthinkable finally happened last night in San Francisco: the Tea Party shared a protest with the Occupiers, both groups angry with the same person.

      
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