In a kind of good news/bad news thing, a federal appeals court raised the standard for laptop searches at US borders while at the same time ruling the search in the case was acceptable under “reasonable suspicion” criteria. Borders have … Read More
While they have said nothing in the aftermath of Aaron Swartz’s death, the White House recently announced that taxpayer-funded research will be free to access after a year. This policy was formerly only applied to biomedical research but not has … Read More
The Center for Public Integrity ranked the 50 states in terms of levels of government corruption. New York State ranks 36th overall. I’m sure there are a a lot of New Yorkers who’ll be surprised to find we did this … Read More
Joshua Kopstein doesn’t think willful ignorance of the Internet by both major parties in Congress is acceptable in the age of SOPA and PROTECT-IP.
Jacob Weisberg, writing in Slate, says this about the debt-ceiling crisis: The debacle revealed that politics is broken in every possible way, and that there is no point in explaining complicated matters to the American people. Thanks to the Tea … Read More
Thomas Drake was a senior level executive at the National Security Agency who saw the waste, mismanagement and intelligence gathering on US citizens as wrong and attempted to address them through the normal channels. When his efforts were ignored, he … Read More
You may not be aware of it, but the US has what is called a three-tier-system for most beer sales. A brewery sells to a wholesaler/distributor who then sells to retailers who sell to you. Since 2005, however, it has … Read More
New York is infamous for its horribly corrupt state government. Everyone complains, yet New Yorkers keep re-electing the sleazy incumbents year after year. Take for instance state senator Jim Alesi. He illegally entered a home under construction, climbed a ladder … Read More