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No Surveillance State Month, Part 30: Start a Conversation

July 24, 2013
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Originally posted on Professional Troublemaker:
Last but not least: in order to get change to happen in the government, assuming you don’t have enough money to buy whatever change you want, you need to get society riled up. Snowden did a great job at this, because he illustrated for the country what was being done,…

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Guest Post: Rolling Stone – A Case against Censorship

July 18, 2013
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guest post by Warren J. Blumenfeld Editor’s Note: This piece is printed with permission. We provided the images and links.  The release of Rolling Stone’s August 2013 issue featuring bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on its cover has set ablaze a virtual firestorm of protest. A long list of celebrities, including John Rich, Kelly and Jack Osbourn, […]

Mass Murder Has A Gender

August 7, 2012
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When the headlines start screaming about gunshots on campus, or a shooter on a rampage, we really don’t need anyone to stop and clarify that it’s a man. Of course it’s a man. It’s always a man. Except that one time, but otherwise, it’s always a man. So you might say that mass murder or […]

Hate and Bias Crime Data

August 6, 2012
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  In the midst of the ongoing Chick-fil-A mess, now seems like a good time to take a look at hate and bias crime. If you haven’t already read it, you really should start with last week’s post about Chick-fil-A. It deals with some of the free speech issues. To reiterate: hate speech is generally, […]

Free Speech, Hate Speech, Chick-fil-A Speech

August 3, 2012
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Even vegetarians who don’t own televisions and live on Mars are, by now, aware of the Chick-fil-A brouhaha. Dan Cathy, CEO of Chick-fil-A, made public, anti-gay statements. And then it turned out that Chick-fil-A funnels buckets of money to anti-gay organizations. The fight since then is about two things: gay rights and free speech. Let’s […]

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Yes! SCOTUS Lets Maryland Return to Arrestee DNA Testing

August 2, 2012
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Apparently, the Supreme Court has some sense when it comes to DNA testing. Maybe. We hope. Because, no foolin’, super serial you guys, DNA is the future of criminal justice. We can absolutely transform our entire criminal justice system with some policy changes on DNA. Chief Justice Roberts issued an opinion on Monday that effectively […]