Civil Liberties

Mike the Mad Biologist

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So there’s been a bit of discussion about libertarians who want to establish a bunch of off-shore countries on floating oil-rig type platforms that would be lil’ loonitarian paradises: Thiel has been a big backer of the Seasteading Institute, which seeks to build sovereign nations on oil rig-like platforms to occupy waters beyond the reach…

Guess who Mitt Romney picked as co-chair of his “Justice Advisory Committee”? Robert Bork. Yes, this Robert Bork: Banning Porn, Art and Science : Bork also called for shrinking the size of the First Amendment until it is small enough to be drowned in a bathtub. “Constitutional protection should be accorded only to speech that…

In the midst of all the chatter about Google+, many people seem to have ignored what this is really about: monetizing the cloud. What Google wants to do is make easy for you to store all of your documents and files on their servers, for which they will charge a small fee and/or use your…

I suppose we can start referring to ‘unlocked’ iPhones as FreedomPhones. Why? Well, I guess you could say, “Dictatorship, there’s an app for that“: The days of filming a live concert or sporting event on your iPhone may soon be a distant memory. Apple is developing software that will sense when a smartphone user is…

While there are probably more immediate concerns when it comes to the security nanny state the U.S. erected after 2001, such as the continuing erosion of civil liberties (especially when the servant learns to love the lash), this recent article about Boston’s Logan Airport security reminds me that there’s been another casualty of our security…

This is disgusting: Following up on their threat, Catholic Charities of Rockford, IL, have voluntarily ended all their adoption and foster care services rather than comply with the civil unions law that will take effect next week. In doing so, the organization terminated $7.5 million in state contracts, fired 58 workers, and likely displaced 350 foster…

So batshitloonitarian libertarian Ron Paul, who isn’t a racist, but just happens to adopt civil rights positions completely identical to those held by racists, has a slight problem. As Brad DeLong notes, he does believe in a very active role for government–but only on behalf of certain people (italics original; boldface mine): When you own…

We read about “the dumbest-ass things that any state could possibly do” according to one retired New Orleans judge to prevent prostitution: In their neighborhoods, they are sometimes taunted with dirty looks and jeers. Their pictures hang on the walls of local community centers where their children and grandchildren play. And their names and addresses…

The TSA Liquids and Gels Farce

By way of Jay Ackroyd, we come across this article about the whole “liquids and gels” silliness. If you fly regularly, it’s nothing you don’t normally experience: My carry-on goes through the scanner and comes out the other side. One of the guards squints at his monitor, then shoots me a hostile look. What’s this,…

You might remember the recent assault on Planned Parenthood by the rightwing. Well, I forgot that former congresswoman Marilyn Musgrave also got in on the act: Former Congresswoman and anti-abortion rights advocate Marilyn Musgrave (R-Colo.) suggested Planned Parenthood covers up sexual assaults against underage girls during the Conservative Principles Conference in Des Moines on Saturday.…