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Category: Privacy and self ownership

Owning our own information and telling Big Brother to get lost

Midweek links

  • The shutdown reminds us how redundant and pointless much of the fedgov is.
  • You’ve probably already heard that Brazil’s new president Jair Bolsonaro plans to enable all non-criminal citizens to bear arms. Good. But how does that mesh with the newly elected governor of Rio’s plan to have cops shoot all non-cops seen carrying rifles? (H/T M)
  • Eric Peters says “Happy De-Platforming!” and generally notes the weirdly Soviet state of social media today. 9 Comments
  • Midweek links

  • Dear once-and-future felons: The long-rumored bump-stock ban has become a reality. Turns out Trump is more successful at “gun control” than Obama was. Here’s the skinny and what some folks are doing about it.
  • Now this may be the best anti-theft monkeywrench ever — if you happen to be a NASA engineer with six months to spend on the project. Fabulous video, though. (H/T PT)
  • Here’s some cheery news: 86% of all federal spending is now on autopilot, requiring no authorization from Congress. (Not that those miscreants ever try to cut spending even when annual budgeting requires it of them.) 7 Comments
  • Weekend links

  • Nobody is turning in standard-capacity mags in New Jersey.
  • But good lord! Rob Pincus thinks they should obey, obey, obey. You’d think a man of his experience would know something about the Bill of Rights. Or Marbury v Madison.
  • The FIBbies were supposed to answer some congressional questions about their raid on that Clinton Foundation whistleblower. They didn’t. Those guys have been way too big for their britches since the days of J. Edgar Hoover, and getting worse. A perfect example of perfectly predictable “unintended consequences.” 18 Comments
  • Friday links

    Another excellent piece from Ammo.com: “Policing For Profit: How Civil Asset Forfeiture Has Perverted American Law Enforcement”. Once again, there’s something here even for people who think they already know all about it. A good article to share. The latest juvenile cant about socialism is that it leads to better sex. Jim Bovard — who ventured behind the Iron Curtain more than once — questions that manufactured reality. Still curious about those “let’s stop Trump” texts between the pair of illicit FBI lovers high up in the collusion investigation? Well, too bad. Because the DoJ wiped them clean, claiming they…

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    Thursday links

  • This is potentially big. A federal judge rules that citizens have a right to secretly record public officials even where a state law forbids it. I’d like to see that applied everywhere.
  • You remember the Seattle-area motorcyclist stopped and threatened last year by a road-raging plain-clothes cop? He’s been awarded $65,000 taxpayer dollars. And — oh wonder of wonders — the King County sheriff’s office will henceforth admit that point a gun at an innocent motorist is an act of violence.
  • Earlier this week, Harvard concluded that the infamous gender pay gap is solely driven by personal choices. Now a study conducted at Yale and Princeton finds (unsurprisingly to anybody who’s been paying attention) that white liberals are more likely to act patronizingly toward minorities than white conservatives are. Oh, how these conclusions must pain those Ivy Leaguers. 4 Comments
  • Are your Christmas presents spying?

    Hey, that links post worked so well I think I’ll try to sneak in another post while The Wandering Monk is quietly busy in the other room. —– Are your Christmas presents spying on you? Or are you sending spies into a some innocent kiddie’s room or friend’s house? From wifi enabled stuffed animals to “smart” speakers that monitor your every word, Christmas just isn’t as jolly as it once was. The good folks of the Mozilla Foundation, bless their little hearts, once again present an interactive feature on creepy and not-creepy egadgets that are popular this season. You’ll need…

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