Legalizing Torture

The American government is proposing legislation to legalize their torture programs in violation of the Geneva Convention. That would be unfortunate, but still progress compared to the status quo, where they just do whatever they feel they want, without caring about what the law might require.

Steal More than Your Opponent

Americablog links to an article by Jason Matteson “Texas Bandits – A Study of the 1948 Democratic Primary”. That article is about the Texas Senate primary contest between Lyndon Johnson, who went on to become president, and Coke Stevenson. Johnson “won” by a 87 vote margin, 494,191 to 494,104. The article says: “Johnson not only … [Read more…]

Pilch Draft

Hartmut Pilch has posted a draft “Toward a Copyright-Centered Paradigm of Intellectual Property”. He has been very active in the FFII, helping to defeat the proposal to legalize software patents in Europe, as a president at the time (he is still a vice president). However, this draft is only a “proposal” for long-term political demands, … [Read more…]

Phony Seed Bed

for most noxious astroturf organizing and general bamboozlement in contemporary politics.” That’s what Josh Marshall has to say about the DCI Group. He also mentions “dirty tricks” and “slimey opps” in that post. It makes perfectly sense to me that the evil spam empire of Google would hire this kind of outfit for their lobbying … [Read more…]

Did They Read That

Lessig is pointing to a disgusting service called “didtheyreadit.com”. That service hijacks the computer of an e-mail recipient without consent. It tracks if an e-mail has been read by using a web bug. That of course will only work if the recipient is stupid enough to read mail in html format in the first place, … [Read more…]