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Homophobia, racism and the Kochs: San Francisco’s tech-libertarian “Reboot” conference is a cesspool
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Homophobia, racism and the Kochs: San Francisco’s tech-libertarian “Reboot” conference is a cesspool

Originally posted on PandoDaily:
Starting today, San Francisco plays host to the Reboot 2014 conference. According to the event’s blurb: Reboot 2014 will bring together technical talent and policy advocates to turn ideas into deliverables for liberty. The word “liberty” is the giveaway, of course. With “Reboot,” libertarianism is making its Big Pitch to Silicon…

The techno-libertarians of Silicon Valley should think twice about aligning with climate deniers
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The techno-libertarians of Silicon Valley should think twice about aligning with climate deniers

Originally posted on PandoDaily:
As Mark Ames wrote yesterday, the Reboot 2014 conference has officially kicked off in San Francisco. Its stated goal is to leverage Silicon Valley’s technical talent to help foster “liberty,” which is really just shorthand for “libertarianism.” After all, the marquee speakers are free market rockstar Rand Paul and Reason.com editor Nick Gillespie,…

Doug Gansler for MD Governor
2014 Election

Doug Gansler for MD Governor

DOUG GANSLER FOR GOVERNOR I have known Doug for 25 years.  He’s a fighter and would make a great governor for Maryland.     Doug Gansler cares deeply about Maryland. He grew up in Maryland, his children have grown up in Maryland, and for 22 years, first as an Assistant United States Attorney, then as … Continue reading

China’s annual state of the environment report is miserable
China / Environment

China’s annual state of the environment report is miserable

Originally posted on Quartz:
China’s government swears it is finally getting tough on pollution, cracking down on everything from factory emissions to cars in the capital city. One sign that things are changing: analysts say the clean-up is already impinging on China’s economic growth. The country’s newly-released “state of the environment” report (pdf, in Chinese), however, paints…

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Credit ratings agencies just realized that climate change is a threat to the world economy

Originally posted on Quartz:
Credit rating agencies have been accused of being asleep at the wheel during the US subprime mortgage crisis, which ended up morphing into a full-blown international financial crisis and triggering a global recession. But there’s a new risk to the world economy and this time credit ratings agencies are on it. Over…

Human Rights

Update – Comfort Women Video

Originally posted on The Legal Satyricon:
Yesterday’s post, Mayer Brown, shame on you. (日本、ストライサンド効果へようこそ), might come into better focus (if you need it) if you watch this video. These are the women that the lawsuit referred to like this: During World War II and the decade leading up to it, an unknown number of women…

It Is Still Our Internet and We Can Save It
Net Neutrality

It Is Still Our Internet and We Can Save It

It Is Still Our Internet and We Can Save It The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Open Internet Order established “Net Neutrality” rules requiring that broadband providers disclose their network management practices while prohibiting them from blocking any lawful content, apps services or devices and from unreasonably discriminating against any Internet traffic. These are principles that … Continue reading

2013 in Review
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2013 in Review

2013 in Review JAN-MAR Zero Dark Wrong January 13, 2013 As a movie, frankly I think it is grossly overrated and could easily be much shorter.  It is unfortunate that having had the opportunity to tell a great American story of how the combination of American determination and technology prevailed and a mass murderer was brought … Continue reading

Freedom agenda for Democrats in 2014
2014 Election / Immigration / NSA SURVEILLANCE / Obama Administration / Obama Job Performance / Voter Suppression / Voting Rights Act

Freedom agenda for Democrats in 2014

  Freedom Agenda for Democrats in 2014     HuffPost Link    SMDP Link   December 31, 2013 This has been a disappointing year for President Obama and the Democrats. One would think that a year that featured a medley of Republican self-inflicted wounds culminating in the pointless government shutdown would end with the Democrats heading … Continue reading