'politics' Archive

Why I’m Really Not That Bugged About PRISM

16 June 2013, 5:59 am
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I’ve been thinking about this a lot, and the conclusion I eventually came to really startled me.
TLDR: The more communications data is recorded, the less scrutiny any of it gets.
Disclaimer: I have a longstanding amateur interest in cryptography and cryptanalysis; I’ve read a few books. I’ve never held a security clearance nor worked in intelligence. […]

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Open letter to Senator-Elect Brown

21 January 2010, 5:46 am
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Dear Senator-Elect Brown,
I am writing to urge you to reconsider your support of the pending health care reform legislation.
My experience has afforded me some insights which you might find useful in considering this matter.
First, I’ve experienced directly how badly our current system fails us. I went several years without the benefit of regular health care. […]

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omg omg omg omg

22 November 2008, 11:38 am
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YES! DIE, DST, DIE!
I knew there was a reason I voted for that man.
Goodness knows, I have no problem with using energy consumption as the axe to grind DST away on. But I would also love to see more attention paid to accident rates in the month after each switch, and an assessment of […]

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Callie Shell photographs of Obama

7 November 2008, 9:10 am
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I really did not have time today to look at all of these beautiful and insightful photographs of Barack Obama. But I did anyway. (The one in the ice cream shop is particularly magnificent).
(Thanks to SimpleBits for the pointer.)

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The Summervillain says “No” to Massachusetts Ballot Question 1

19 September 2008, 11:25 am
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If you’re in Massachusetts, you can too:
http://votenoquestion1.com

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You just can’t make these things up

16 September 2008, 6:21 am
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Oh, Somerville, heart of my heart.
I don’t really know a whole lot about the current State Senate race; I am an expat Somervillian for the nonce and not eligible to vote in it.
But candidate Bob Trane apparently thinks he has grounds to sue The Somerville Journal for running a satirical political cartoon
That is some […]

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funniest [redacted] subject line in a while

22 July 2008, 6:12 am
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I still want the bastards who send these things to all to go out of business and be forced to find honest work to feed their kids, but this one seems to capture the mood of the times, or anyway illuminate the current level of political discourse.

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right before you get crushed

5 October 2007, 2:16 pm
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I’ve been really enjoying the logo and branding re-design critiques at Brand New, well, pretty much since it launched.
I’m surprised (and delighted) by just how partisan today’s entry on the RNC’s pachyderm is.
If I weren’t more disenchanted with the Green Party, I’d suggest that maybe it could be the “mouse that roared.”

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