Civil Liberties

Mike the Mad Biologist

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A few weeks ago, Glenn Greenwald gave a speech where he discussed the climate of government intimidation in the U.S.: I received a lot of comments from people via email, from people in person telling me at my attended events, from people in my comment section, American citizens who said the following: “I understand and…

Even movie villians aren’t this twisted. And, no, I’m not making this up (italics mine): Under a GOP-backed bill expected to sail through the House of Representatives, the Internal Revenue Service would be forced to police how Americans have paid for their abortions. To ensure that taxpayers complied with the law, IRS agents would have…

Last week, I described how the Texas Republican party proposed legislation that would require a woman who wants to have an abortion to receive a vaginal exam (two actually). Well, the Texas Democrats at least fought back (which is more than the national Dems ever do): Houston state representative Harold Dutton got the most coverage…

Movement conservative Grover Norquist is famous (or infamous) for his slogan, “Our goal is to shrink government to the size where we can drown it in a bathtub.” (There are different versions of this saying). In response, some on the left will quip, when discussing the theopolitical right, that the theopolitical right wants to shrink…

Before I get to two videos of Democratic congresswomen talking about abortion and birth control, something that Adam Serwer wrote is very germane: These videos are striking because they’re a reminder of how little of media coverage of political battles over abortion reflects the views of real human beings, as opposed to the reductive, paternalist…

Why Tenure Matters

While there is a strong economic argument for tenure in higher education, let’s not forget that the ability to speak freely is vital: This attack on academic freedom — an adjunct hired to teach a course was fired by Brooklyn College [part of the CUNY system] administration after a state assemblyman sent a letter arguing…

The Foreclosure Mess Is About the Rule of Law

Note: I wrote this before stumbling across this post which provides pretty good evidence that President Obama’s recent sale of his house was also signed by a robosigner. Brazen doesn’t even begin to describe the situation…. It’s beyond trite to state that the foreclosure crisis has had a huge effect on the economy. But I…

From, Robert Bentley, the Republican governor of Alabama: “I was elected as a Republican candidate. But once I became governor … I became the governor of all the people. I intend to live up to that. I am color blind,” Bentley said in a short speech given about an hour after he took the oath…

…getting an abortion. Because that seems to be the message from the presidents of the third-year class of the UC Davis veterinary school–with the apparent approval of the Chair of the Department of Medicine & Epidemiology. By way of ScienceBlogling Dr. Isis, the enlightened solons: Dear Colleagues, One of our classmates recently gave birth and…

Before Congress took off before the Christmas break, they actually managed to do something productive and pass the repeal of the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” act, which banned open gays and lesbians from serving in the U.S. military. Unfortunately, the DREAM Act, which would have allowed undocumented students brought to America as children to obtain…