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Hillary Clinton: Cold Creepiness with a Side of Corruption

Hillary Clinton: Cold Creepiness with a Side of Corruption

. by Thomas L. Knapp On October 16, failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton took her public pity party (and not so subtle hopes of somehow magically overturning the 2016 election) abroad, calling out WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as “a tool of Russian intelligence …. a kind of nihilistic opportunist who does the bidding of a […]

Excessive: Bail Isn’t Meant to Enable the Holding of Political Prisoners

Excessive: Bail Isn’t Meant to Enable the Holding of Political Prisoners

. by Thomas L. Knapp The US Constitution’s Eighth Amendment forbids “excessive bail” in criminal prosecutions. That prohibition seems somewhat vague. I guess we’re just expected to know excessive bail when we see it. Two current cases demonstrate not just excessive bail, but abuse of the whole idea of bail for the purpose of holding […]

Bump Stock Ban Boogie: The Latest Silly Political Dance Craze

Bump Stock Ban Boogie: The Latest Silly Political Dance Craze

. by Thomas L. Knapp Every time there’s a “public mass shooting” (defined by the Congressional Research Service as an incident in which four or more people are indiscriminately killed, not including the shooter or shooters, in a relatively public place) in America, the usual suspects climb atop of the pile of bodies before they’re […]

GOP Tax Plan: Hardly “Reform,” But Tax Cuts “Cost” Nothing

GOP Tax Plan: Hardly “Reform,” But Tax Cuts “Cost” Nothing

by Thomas L. Knapp . The Trump administration and congressional Republicans released their grandiosely titled “Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code” on September 27. The plan looks a lot more like a grab bag designed by lobbyists than like any kind of carefully considered plan for “tax reform.”   It’s full of smoke […]

Privacy and Politics: The Hypocrisy of the Surveillance Statists

Privacy and Politics: The Hypocrisy of the Surveillance Statists

. by Thomas L. Knapp The New York Times reports that at least six members of the Trump administration used personal email accounts to discuss White House matters. Given president Donald Trump’s campaign and post-campaign harping (as the Times puts it) on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s illegal use of a private server and […]

Social Media: When Does “Actively Working With the Government” Become Censorship?

Social Media: When Does “Actively Working With the Government” Become Censorship?

  by Thomas L. Knapp In a September 21 post, Mark Zuckerberg shared nine steps the  site he started is taking “to protect election integrity and make sure that Facebook is a force for good in democracy,” by “actively working with the government” and “partnering with public authorities.” The day before that, the United Kingdom’s […]

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon is Right to Fear Cryptocurrency

JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon is Right to Fear Cryptocurrency

  by Thomas L. Knapp When JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon called Bitcoin a “fraud,” what ensued looked a lot like a “poop and scoop” con: The practice of driving down a thing’s price by saying bad things about it, then buying up a bunch of it before the price bounces back. After Dimon’s comments, […]

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Turns the Clock Back on an Open Web

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Turns the Clock Back on an Open Web

. By Thomas L. Knapp On September 18, Ars Technica reports, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) published a new specification recommendation, Encrypted Media Extensions. The recommendation, which natively implements a “Digital Rights Management” scheme in web browsers, marks a giant step backward for user freedom and an “open” World Wide Web. W3C is the […]

Breaking up is Hard to do. Or is it?

Breaking up is Hard to do. Or is it?

. By Thomas L. Knapp “A cliche is haunting America — the cliche of a second civil war,” writes Jesse Walker in the Los Angeles Times. Pundits left and right wax ominous over the prospect of a permanent break in American society along partisan Republican/Democratic lines, citing outbreaks of street fighting a la Berkeley and […]

Net of the Long Knives? Neutrality Advocates Put it in Reverse

Net of the Long Knives? Neutrality Advocates Put it in Reverse

. By Thomas L. Knapp On July 12, a number of prominent companies joined in the “Internet-wide Day of Action to Save Net Neutrality.” Among them were GoDaddy, Namecheap, Google, and CloudFlare. All four companies issued pious statements about the dangerous possibility of Internet Service Providers cutting off access to perfectly legal content. A little […]

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