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On Terrorism – Part 2: How to Eliminate Terrorism Without Eliminating Liberty

2010/06/13

We fight our so-called War on Terror as if we had only one ambition in our entire existence: to destroy terrorism at all costs. In reality, we have many goals, such as economic growth, personal and cultural development and many others, including maintenance, and expansion, of our civil liberties. So the real question is how do we stamp out terrorism without stamping out freedom?

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On Terrorism – Part 1: What’s It Good For?

2010/05/25

This will be a 2 part series. In part 1 I will look at terrorism from the point of view of the terrorist. I will ask ‘what’s terrorism good for?’ In Part 2 I will look at terrorism from the point of view of society. I will ask ‘how do we end terrorism without ending liberty and privacy, using what we learned in part 1?’

PART 1

Now that all the blathering about the failed bombing in Times Square has cooled down, I would like to ask a practical question: ‘what is terrorism good for?’

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Today’s Scandal – 4/08/2010: Police Prevent Citizens from Video-recording Police Misconduct

2010/04/09

This article in The Christian Science Monitor raises a great question: ‘Reality shows routinely tail US police officers, filming them tangling with miscreants. Cops regularly film themselves from cameras mounted on cruiser dashboards – and now special hats. But if the state uses cameras for its own purposes and defense, why are so many citizens getting in trouble for pointing their cameras at the police?’  It then presents some examples of police treating photographers badly, confiscating pictures, equipment, etc.

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In Response to ‘NYT: Do we need a new Internet? 19Feb09’

2010/03/23

I saw an article in this gentleman’s blog that made the case for a new internet where users give up their privacy in the name of security,perhaps, by creating a mandatory Internet Driver’s License. I will make the case against this: It would be ethically wrong, expensive, and ineffective.  I propose a better way.

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Today’s Scandal – 03/16/10: Revisionists Polish George W Bush’s Presidency

2010/03/16

It all began last week hen Karl Rove published a memoir defending his record as George W Bush advisor…Today I saw that the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports there is a ‘Miss me yet?’ movement in support of the former president.  Are you kidding me??? This post will set the record straight:

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Today’s Scandal – 3/15/2010: The First Corporation to Run for Congress

2010/03/16

When I saw this article Corporate entity becomes ‘candidate’, kicks off bid for Congress I hoped it was a cruel joke.  Then I started seeing additional coverage of the same story in other places, such as, The Washington Post, and NBC.  This an extremely bad idea for the following reasons:

(1) The only possible use of a congressional seat to a company is to further its own financial interests, which results in a conflict of interest between what is best for the corporation and what is best for the country.   This is why many public servants divest their assets, or put them into a blind trust before assuming office.

(2) If the company does not use its congressional seat to influence policy in its own favor (either by divesting or abstaining on certain votes), then the it is not servicing its fiduciary responsibility to provide the shareholders a good return on their investment.

(3) The reach of special interests, including large abusive corporations is unprecedentedly large and needs to be rolled back, most especially due to how much legal protection they have already obtained for their egregious customer service (think of banks and record labels).

How can this be stopped?

On the Record? An Open Letter to President Obama

2010/02/17

Dear Mr. President,

I am writing an open letter to you today, to ask you to renew your focus on those things that inspired the nation to elect you.

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