These are the things I've written that are tagged "politics"

The Day We Fight Back – February 11th 2014

February 11th is a unified day of internet action. From the site: DEAR USERS OF THE INTERNET, In January 2012 we defeated the SOPA and PIPA censorship legislation with the largest Internet protest in history. Today we face another critical threat, one that again undermines the Internet and the notion that any of us live […]

Cargo Collective’s 4th Amendment Wear

The 4th Amendment printed in metallic ink on shirts, underwear, and socks, to make your TSA encounters more interesting. Just to refresh your memory, the full text of the 4th Amendment to the US Constitution: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, […]

Congress To Create Internet Blacklist THIS WEEK

Demand Progress: Just the other day, President Obama urged other countries to stop censoring the Internet. But now the United States Congress is trying to censor the Internet here at home. A new bill being debated this week would have the Attorney General create an Internet blacklist of sites that US Internet providers would be […]

Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight Relaunches as NYT Blog

A great pickup for the NYT, and makes a lot of sense for Silver, too. If you’re not familiar with FiveThirtyEight, it is the work of statistician Nate Silver doing his mathamagic on US Politics. He modeled the 2008 US election nearly perfectly. Do yourself a favor and read his introduction post.

Fighting Terror With Freedom

Mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg has given a second incredibly-well-written speech in support of the so-called “Ground-Zero Moqsue,” which manages to have some lovely pull-quotes such as: But if we say that a mosque and community center should not be built near the perimeter of the World Trade Center site, we would compromise […]

Sequoia Voting Machine Hacked To Play Pac-Man

Without breaking the tamper-evident seals: We received the machine with the original tamper-evident seals intact. The software can be replaced without breaking any of these seals, simply by removing screws and opening the case. I don’t know about you, but my votes sure don’t feel safe.

Confessions of a Tea Party Casualty

A profile from Mother Jones about a right-wing member of the House who lost his re-election bid for being too sane. “They were upset with me,” Inglis recalls. “They are all Glenn Beck watchers.” About 90 minutes into the meeting, as he remembers it, “They say, ‘Bob, what don’t you get? Barack Obama is a […]

Senator Chris Dodd Joins The Gay Marriage Movement

Glad to see it. One of the most important parts: I believe that, when my daughters grow up, barriers to marriage equality for same-sex couples will seem as archaic, and as unfair, as the laws we once had against inter-racial marriage. And I want them to know that, even if he was a little late, […]

The Guardian Using Crowdsourcing To Uncover MP Expenses

With 700,000 documents to comb though it is a totally rational approach. It can either take a team of experts 2 years or it can take “everyone” a few days. Obviously the potential is there to game the system and make your guy look good or the other guy look bad, but review is a […]

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